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Submission + - Tracing the user space and Operating System interactions (

mfilion writes: Like the bug that no one can solve, many issues occur on the interface between the user application and the operating system. But even in the good Open Source world, understanding what is happening at these interfaces is not always easy. This article reviews some of the tools to trace the calls being made among the kernel, libraries and the user applications.

Submission + - Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold: A look at the ramifications of this decision (

mfilion writes: Collabora's Daniel Stone considers the future of the Linux desktop in the light of Ubuntu's return to GNOME. "The world in 2017, however, is a very different place. KMS provides us truly device-independent display control, Vulkan and EGL provide us GPU acceleration independent of window system, xkbcommon provides shared keyboard mechanics, and logind lets us do all these things without ever being root. GBM allocates our buffers, and the universal allocator, borne out of discussions with the whole community including NVIDIA, will soon join the family. Mir leans heavily on all these technologies, so the change is a bit less seismic than you might think."

Comment Hello! (Score 1) 351

There is a precedent with the "Hello" webrtc calling functionality, which also relies on a proprietary service. I wish Mozilla had invested in writing a decent WebRTC server, it's really something that is missing from the WebRTC ecosystem. Currently we only have MCUs (where all the media goes throught the server) and hosted services, but no good P2P WebRTC service.

Comment Re:Funny how this works ... (Score 1) 184

Very different, Netflix licenses the content from the copyright owners. So this case is about regulatory oversight, not about copyrights. In particular, it's about knowing if Netflix has to pay to produce "canadian content", it's about knowing if there will be any Canadian TV in the future or not. And the big problem is that English Canadians like the idea of Canadian TV, but they don't watch it and aren't ready to pay for it, they'd rather watch Americans shows, etc.

French Canada (Quebec) is a whole different matter because there is a cultural and language barrier that keeps foreign content as 2nd tier.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 533

systemd's big feature of the alternatives is that is also supervises running deamons after they've been started. OpenRC (and baselayout 1.x, it's predecessor), tried to do it, but in a half-hearted way that never really worked. That why we have the "zap" command to tell the init system "you think this daemon is running, but it's actually not". With systemd, this kind of thing can no happen because it actually uses modern kernel features to keep track.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 4, Interesting) 533

PolicyKit specifically can be compiled to use consolekit instead of systemd for session tracking.

Except that, last I heard, Lennart is also the maintainer of ConsoleKit, and he has officially declared it dead in favor of systemd-logind. Seriously, the reason everyone choses systemd is because it's just better. And as a former Gentoo dev with a good knowledge of openrc, systemd is one or two levels above.

Comment Re:Odd... (Score 2) 186

Switching between the two distributions (or even Scientific Linux) is already as easy as switching repos and updating a few branding specific packages. I'd imagine that Red Hat would make the process even easier to do so in the next release.

Actually their FAQ says that isn't an option, you have to re-install from scratch to get an officially supported system (as the binaries are not exactly the same).

Comment Re:Two-edged sword? (Score 2) 162

Sorta... well no, It's still highly illegal and you can get sued for making an illegal copy.

For example: some Canadians got sued for coping "Hurt Locker" (The erotic comedy about two gay shoe store employees and their love of leather uppers.)

This is entirely untrue, in Canada, making copies of AUDIO recoding for personal use IS legal.. This only applies to Audio content, not to movies, etc. This is also why the levy is only on CDs, not on DVDs for example.

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