Star Labs Teases New Linux Laptop
Star Labs Teases New Linux Laptop

Star Labs Teases New Linux Laptop

11th Gen Intel CPUs, 11 Hours Battery Life 4/9/21

UK-based Linux computer manufacturer Star Labs teased today a new upcoming Linux-powered laptop with 11th Generation Intel Core processors and up to 11 hours of batter life.

Meet StarBook Mk V, a powerful 14-inch laptop featuring 11th Gen Intel Core processors based on the Tiger Lake-U generation with up to Iris Xe graphics, up to 64GB 3200MHz RAM, four 4 ohm speakers, up to 2TB PCIe SSD storage with up to 6.85GB/s transfer speeds, and up to 11 hours of battery life.

Customers will be able to choose between two types of 11th Generation Intel Core processors, namely the dual-core Intel Core i3-1110G4 with 2 cores, 4 threads, 6MB cache, and a 2.4GHz base clock speed or up to 4.1GHz with Turbo Boost, as well as the quad-core Intel Core i7-1165G7 with 4 core, 8 threads, 12MB cache, and a 2.8GHz base clock speed or up to 4.7GHz with Turbo Boost.

As far as the pre-installed operating system goes, Star Labs supports numerous GNU/Linux distributions on their Linux laptops, but they usually sell them with the latest versions of Ubuntu, elementary OS, Linux Mint, Manjaro Linux, MX Linux, and Zorin OS distros.

At the moment of writing, Star Labs didn’t mention anything about when the StarBook Mk V Linux laptop will be released. On their website, there’s only a teaser with the specs mentioned above and a “Coming soon” form if you want to get notified by email or SMS when the new laptop will be available on sale.

Rest assured that you’ll be the first to known Star Labs’ new Linux laptop is available for pre-order, so keep an eye on this space for more info soon!

AlmaLinux – the $1M Drop-In CentOs Replacement, Is Out and Bound for Data Centers
Its creator, CloudLinux, built the distribution at warp speed, racing to fill the void left by Red Hat’s EOL announcement for CentOS. March 31, 2021 (

AlmaLinux, designed as a drop-in replacement for CentOS 8, is headed for data centers.

The company behind the new Linux distro, CloudLinux, announced general availability of the first stable release of AlmaLinux OS in a virtual event Tuesday. It was conceived just this past December, immediately after Red Hat’s announcement that it was killing CentOS, the popular free downstream alternative to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and moving the project upstream, under the name CentOS Stream.

Related: Is openSUSE Leap Ready to Be the New CentOS?

“The idea for AlmaLinux OS formed as soon as Red Hat made its announcement for CentOS’s change of direction,” CloudLinux’s founder and CEO, Igor Seletskiy, said during the launch event. “From our years of experience and the knowledge of our customers’ needs and workflows, we knew that a void had been created and that we were ideally positioned to fill it.”

Red Hat’s announcement caused a big stir in the IT world, where organizations that don’t need outside support that comes with RHEL (and the associated expense) routinely run production workloads on CentOS. Red Had said in December that CentOS 8, the latest version, barely three months old, would reach end of life at the end of 2021 instead of the originally promised 2029.

Related: Two CentOS Replacements En Route After Red Hat’s Unpopular Move to Drop Support

CloudLinux had little choice outside of building its own version of the open source OS. Its source of income, CloudLinux OS, is essentially a hardened version of RHEL based on CentOS source code.

CloudLinux OS is especially popular among hosting companies because of its hardened security, with security patches often available even before they reach RHEL, and because it doesn’t require the downtime of a reboot after a kernel patch.

According to Seletskiy, CloudLinux currently has about 4,000 customers and more than 500,000 installations.

“We have proven that we can create and maintain such a distribution and we will continue to do so with AlmaLinux OS,” he said. “The target for AlmaLinux OS is broader. Just like CentOS was used for general-purpose computing, embedded HPC, and a multitude of other workloads, so will AlmaLinux OS. We envision it as a perfect replacement for any situation where a stable, reliable distribution with a long life cycle is needed.”

Focus On Performance and Reliability

AlmaLinux’s performance and reliability, allegedly on a par with RHEL and CentOS, were a big focus of the marketing message Tuesday.

Tech companies that supplied technical skills (and maybe money) to the project participated in the event to sing its praises. cPanel, which produces the popular web hosting control plane software, said it’s already fully supporting the new distribution and expect competitors like Plesk to do so soon. Radiant Networks indicated that it’s already using it in-house. Equinix Metal, Chef, and others were also on hand.

The fact that the distribution is being lauded for its stability and performance is somewhat surprising, given that much like the COVID-19 vaccines, it’s being brought to market at “warp speed.” Two months after it was conceived, it was released in beta. After that, according to CloudLinux, the software went through testing for reliability and performance, with most of that work “related to debugging, adding packages, and readying the software for production workloads.”

The AlmaLinux stable version released this week includes support for Errata, SecureBoot, AWS, and VMware, as well as a script for easy migration from CentOS to AlmaLinux.
CloudLinux Funds AlmaLinux Without Controlling It

Part of this rapid development was made possible by an infusion of funding from CloudLinux.

When the project was first announced, CloudLinux pledged to support it to the tune of $1 million per year, a commitment that still stands. During the event, Seletskiy promised that AlmaLinux would be supported until at least 2029, the year CentOS 8 was originally scheduled to reach end of life.

He said the project will keep up to date with the most current RHEL release and that work to upgrade AlmaLinux to RHEL’s upcoming latest and greatest will begin immediately after Red Hat releases its beta.

Although CloudLinux is largely funding AlmaLinux, it doesn’t own the project or the copyright on the software it produces. The project now belongs to a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that will take responsibility for managing AlmaLinux.

Jack Aboutboul has been named community manager, bringing more than 20 years experience in open source to the table, including more than eight years as a Red Hat community architect, six of which he spent as a community engineer on the Fedora project.

Aboutboul also takes a seat on AlmaLinux’s new board, as does Seletskiy. Three other board members were named as well: Jesse Asklund, global head of customer experience for WebPros at cPanel; Eugene Zamriy, director of release engineering at CloudLinux; and Simon Phipps, an open source advocate and former president of the Open Source Initiative. Two additional members of the governing board will be selected by the AlmaLinux community.

“The sudden shift in direction for CentOS that was announced in December created a big void for millions of CentOS users,” Phipps said in a statement. “As a drop-in open source replacement, AlmaLinux provides those users with continuity and new opportunity to be part of a vibrant community built around creating and supporting this new Linux distribution under non-profit governance. I give a lot of credit to CloudLinux for stepping in to offer CentOS users a lifeline to continue with AlmaLinux.”

While AlmaLinux is ready for prime time with this release, there’s still some urgent work to be done, primarily adding UEFI and Arm support, preparing images for AWS, Equinix Metal, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure, and obtaining FIPS and CIS security certifications.

Mx Linux – AHS 5.10 kernel 64 bit KDE/plasma with AHS 5.10

March 31, 2021 Updated iso images–direct download:32 bit Xfce/fluxbox with debian standard 4.19 kernel 64 bit Xfce/fluxbox debian with standard 4.19 kernel 64 bit Xfce/fluxbox with AHS 5.10 kernel 64 bit KDE/plasma with AHS 5.10 kernel Mirrors will populate over time.

Fluxbox is a stacking window manager for the X Window System, which started as a fork of Blackbox 0.61. 1 in 2001, with the same aim to be lightweight. Its user interface has only a taskbar, a pop-up menu accessible by right-clicking on the desktop, and minimal support for graphical icons

What is MX Linux AHS?The standard MX-19.3 releases (32 bit and 64 bit) feature the latest debian 4.19 kernel and unlike in the past the kernel will now auto-update along with debian sources by default. The AHS (Advanced Hardware Support) iso features a debian 5.8 kernel, mesa 20, as well as a new updated firmware package

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