What would the perfect Linux distro look like?

By Bryan Lunduke

As I review one Linux distribution or another, I find myself uttering phrases like “This is pretty good! Almost makes me want to switch my system to this,” over and over again. So many distributions of Linux are truly fantastic – but usually with a caveat. Something that stops me from making them my primary system.

Which begs the question… What does the perfect Linux distribution (or Linux-based operating system) look like for me?

If I throw out all of my preconceptions of various distros, and ignore any sense of brand or community loyalty that I have (let’s be honest… we all have at least a little bit of that) and focus purely on what that makes up that perfect system… what would it look like?

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Review: Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 is what vanilla Ubuntu should be

By Bryan Lunduke

I reviewed Ubuntu 15.10 (along with openSUSE Leap 42.1 and Fedora 23) a little over a week ago.

And, you know what? It is really solid. I’d go so far as to say it is the most excellent release of Ubuntu since they made the switch to the Unity desktop environment many years back.

But… that’s a bit of a problem. Since Ubuntu is so laser-sight focused on their in-house developed Unity environment, other environments simply don’t work as well. I experienced multiple problems trying to run GNOME on vanilla Ubuntu 15.10 – and had similar issues with KDE Plasma.

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Review: 5 memory debuggers for Linux coding

By Himanshu Arora

As a programmer, I’m aware that I tend to make mistakes — and why not? Even programmers are human. Some errors are detected during code compilation, while others get caught during software testing. However, a category of error exists that usually does not get detected at either of these stages and that may cause the software to behave unexpectedly — or worse, terminate prematurely.

If you haven’t already guessed it, I am talking about memory-related errors. Manually debugging these errors can be not only time-consuming but difficult to find and correct. Also, it’s worth mentioning that these errors are surprisingly common, especially in software written in programming languages like C and C++, which were designed for use with manual memory management.

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Red Hat delivers more container love in its latest Linux update

By Katherine Noyes

It’s been a container-filled week thanks to the DockerCon EU show in Barcelona, but on Thursday Red Hat added its own voice to the mix with a new Linux release featuring expanded container support.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2, which is the software’s first big update since March, is now generally available, with new additions focusing on containers, security, networking and system administration.

Included in RHEL 7.2 are updates for the Docker engine and container-management technologies including Kubernetes, Cockpit and the Atomic command. In addition, RHEL Atomic Host 7.2, the latest version of Red Hat’s container workload-optimized host platform, is available with most RHEL 7.2 subscriptions.

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10 offbeat, odd, and downright weird places you’ll find Linux

By Josh Fruhlinger

Tux the penguin

Let’s just get this out of the way: this isn’t the year of Linux on the desktop. That year will probably never arrive. But Linux has gotten just about everywhere else, and the Linux community can take a bow for making that happen. Android, based on the Linux kernel, is so prevalent on mobile devices that it makes the longstanding desktop quest seem irrelevant. But beyond Android there are a number of places where you can find Linux that are truly odd and intriguing, and by “places” we mean both strange devices and weird geographical locations. This slideshow will show you that it’s always the year of Linux pretty much everywhere.

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