How to configure an NFS server and mount NFS shares on Ubuntu 14.10

This guide explains how to configure an NFS server in Ubuntu 14.10 Network File System (NFS) is a popular distributed filesystem protocol that enables users to mount remote directories on their server. The system lets you leverage storage space in a different location and write onto the same space from multiple servers in an effortless manner. It, thus, works fairly well for directories that users need to access frequently.

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Should you use Debian or Ubuntu?

In today’s open source roundup: Debian versus Ubuntu. Plus: Five Linux distros for your computer, and which game genres need more games on Linux?

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Tiny quad-core ARM mini-PC runs Ubuntu with Cinnamon

A startup is pitching a $129-$199 “Imp” mini-PC on Indiegogo based on a quad-core Odroid-U3 SBC, with HDMI streaming and an Ubuntu/Cinnamon Linux desktop.

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Mesa Git Yields Performance Improvements For Newer AMD GPUs

Earlier this week I published some benchmark results showing Mesa 10.5-devel delivering Intel performance changes compared to Mesa 10.3 as found in Ubuntu 14.10. The next logical step to this testing is looking at the AMD Radeon graphics results for the R600g and RadeonSI drivers using multiple graphics cards while seeing what the open-source Radeon Linux driver has to offer if upgrading past what’s shipped in Ubuntu 14.10 and other recent Linux distribution releases.

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Fedora Good, Bad, & Ugly and Debian's Rise

Pádraig Brady today offered up his assessment of Fedora 21 in comparison to Fedora 16 from which he upgraded. Bruce Byfield is back with a look at the "rise of Debian technology" and Softpedia is reporting that CentOS was used to make the black hole in hit movie Interstellar. Gunnar Hellekson refutes the assertions in a recent GCN article declaring Open Source poorly designed and, finally today, Linux powered submersible says polar caps thicker than estimated. Debian is the basis for 132 other distributions listed on Distrowatch.com, according to Bruce Byfield, more than any other top tier distro. Byfield says Debian has become indispensable because it is perfectly suited for its new role as base for other distributions. He says its 50,000 packages help cement this position. Another factor for Byfield is the Debian project’s independence from Free Software Foundation. But ultimately, Byfield thinks it’s Debian package management that set it apart from the crowd. Pádraig Brady just replaced his Fedora 16 system with a new Fedora 21 install and today posted his review. He says the good includes things like better icons, faster package management, "cleaner" bootup, and all around better performance. Some of the bad came in the

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Meizu's Ubuntu Phone Not Expected Until Early Next Year

While we heard Meizu would launch an Ubuntu Phone in December, it looks like the first Meizu phone preloaded with Ubuntu’s mobile offering will not be released until early next year…

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Canonical Is Still Considering Turning the Phone into a Mini-PC

Canonical is working to complete their idea of convergence with the launch of Ubuntu Touch, a new operating system for mobile devices. The desktop flavor of Ubuntu will eventually share the same code with the mobile one, and their plans go even further than that.

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Expensive "Free/Libre Software Laptop" Uses A NVIDIA GPU

While there’s been an ongoing discussion this week about delivering a $500 “open to the core” laptop that runs Ubuntu Linux and would be comprised of open-source software down to the firmware and Coreboot, announced last week was a high-end laptop that also aims to promote free/libre software. Though don’t get out your wallets quite yet…

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Android game console runs on quad-core Cortex-A17

Ugoos announced a “micro game console” spin-off of its Android-based quad-core Cortex-A17 UT3 media player, and released an Ubuntu 14.10 build for the UT3.

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Netflix Open Sources Sophisticated Messaging Tool

Open cloud computing platforms are on all kinds of radars these days, including leading open source platforms such as OpenStack, but if you ask many folks which companies have top-notch expertise in the open cloud, you won’t often hear Netflix mentioned. The company actually has an admirable history of open sourcing many of its most useful cloud tools and accompanying security tools–and it is a sophisticated user of cloud services. We’ve reported on Netflix open sourcing a series of interesting "Monkey" cloud tools as part of its "simian army," and its release of three of its internal tools that help protect the security of its platform. Now, the company has announced the release of Message Security Layer protocol (MSL), billed as ‘A Modern Take on Securing Communication.’ The project is found on github under an Apache 2.0 license, with implementations in Java and JavaScript.  According to the company: "When we first launched the Netflix streaming service we used a combination of HTTPS and a homegrown security mechanism called NTBA to provide that security. However, over time this combination started exhibiting growing pains. With the advent of HTML5 and the Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions we needed something

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