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Today in Open Source: Free software harmful to consumers? Plus: Riot Games and open source, and the LXLE Lubuntu respin

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Last year, Riot Games senior staff realized that they were at a breaking point and needed a new software data infrastructure. “The time to arrive at insights was taking too long, and our solution required too many dev team members to make changes to our data schemas or other updates,” he said.

To upgrade the software infrastructure meant incorporating Hadoop along with a cloud-based data warehouse and an end-to-end automated software development pipeline. The Hadoop transformation touched on several tools and add-on programs for various purposes:

Honu: Streaming log collection and event processing pipeline
Platfora: BI analysis and visualization
Oozie: Workflow job scheduler
Hive: Data warehouse and queries
Chef: Code deployment and configuration management
GitHub: Versioning and tracking of programs
Jenkins: Build system management
Eureka: Service discovery process

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I give the folks at Riot Games a lot of credit for doing this. That kind of infrastructure change is no small accomplishment, particularly given the size of the company's player base. But it seems to have worked very well for them, and it's a great example of the real value of open source solutions.

LXLE Improves on LXDE and Lubuntu
Randy Fry over at Alternative Computing has an interesting take on the virtue of LXLE, an LXDE spin. LXLE is basically a juiced up version of Lubuntu. Randy wasn't quite satisfied with LXLE, so he juiced it up even more.

I am running the LXLE spin of Lubuntu. LXLE is an Ubutu based Distribution running LXDE. But the developer has tuned it up. It runs the compton composite manager, It has areo type window control from the keyboard. Fehlstart for launching applications from the keyboard, a random wallpaper changer with some really nice wallpaper. And a few other added applications and tweaks.

This LXDE is already juiced up! And yet all these additions, still keep this desktop on the lower end of resource usage. It sets at around 350-400 MB of memory usage on my machine at idle. But for me, something is still missing.

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Randy's modifications aside, LXLE is an interesting spin. Here's a brief list of its features:

Light on resources; Heavy on functions.
Always based on Ubuntu/Lubuntu LTS.
Uses an optimized LXDE user interface.
A very familar desktop layout paradigm.
Prudent full featured Apps preinstalled.
The latest versions of all major software.
Added PPA's extends available software.
Updated Openbox, PCmanfm, OpenJDK
Fast Forecast, Aero Snap, Quick Launch
Random Wallpaper, Panel Trash access
Theme consistency throughout system.
50 gorgeous wallpapers preinstalled.
Numerous other tweaks/additions.
Stable and rock solid performance.
32 and 64 bit OS versions available.
Boots & is online in less than 1 minute.

You can download LXLE (Lubuntu Extra Life Extension) from Sourceforge.

LXLE Desktop
Image Courtesy of LXLE.net

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