Kodak’s new 3D printer has a Raspberry Pi inside

2018-11-17 18:13:26

The Unfortunate Reason Linux 4.20 Is Running Slower

2018-11-17 17:59:47

The Spectre/Meltdown Performance Impact On Linux 4.20, Decimating Benchmarks With New STIBP Overhead

2018-11-17 17:39:40

Setting up an NFS Server and Client on Debian 9 (Stretch)

2018-11-17 16:19:04

This guide explains how to set up an NFS server and an NFS client on Debian 9 (Stretch). NFS stands for Network File System; through NFS, a client can access (read, write) a remote share on an NFS server as if it was on the local hard disk. In this Tutorial I will show you two different NFS exports, the export of a client directory that stores files as user nobody / nogroup without preserving filesystem permissions and a export of the /var/www directory which preserves permissions and ownerships of files, as required on a hosting server setup.

Red Hat Developers Working Towards A Vendor-Neutral Compute Stack To Take On NVIDIA's CUDA

2018-11-17 16:00:00

It's becoming more clear why Red Hat hired a Nouveau developer to work on SPIR-V/compute support for the open-source NVIDIA Linux driver even when that reverse-engineered driver's performance is very poor due to re-clocking / power management limitations for Maxwell and beyond. This appears to be part of a broader compute effort in pursuing a vendor-neutral compute stack across Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA GPU platforms that could potentially take on NVIDIA's CUDA dominance...

How to create VM using the qcow2 image file in KVM

2018-11-17 15:58:28

Endless OS Switching To The BFQ I/O Scheduler For More Responsive Linux Desktop

2018-11-17 12:00:00

While Con Kolivas' kernel patch series decided to do away with BFQ support, the GNOME-aligned Endless OS Linux distribution has decided to do the opposite in move from CFQ as the default I/O scheduler over to BFQ...

AMD Optimizing C/C++ Compiler 1.3 Brings More Zen Tuning

2018-11-17 11:27:11

Earlier this month AMD quietly released a new version of their Optimizing C/C++ compiler in the form of AOCC 1.3. This new compiler release has more Zen tuning to try to squeeze even more performance out of Ryzen/EPYC systems when using their LLVM-based compiler...

Outreachy Announces Its Winter 2018 Interns To Work On The Linux Kernel, GNOME

2018-11-17 10:46:03

Following the recent application period, Outreachy on Thursday announced the dozens of selected participants who will have a $5500 USD paid internship the next few months for working on open-source projects...

DevOps Online Training | New November Releases

2018-11-17 10:33:49

Are you ready for new DevOps online training? As part of our 200+ new Courses, Challenges, and hands-on Learning Activities launch this month, so far we’ve released: New Security Training New Containers Training New Google Cloud Training New Cloud Training New AWS Training New Linux Training New OpenStack Training And now we’re releasing new DevOps Content! The post DevOps Online Training | New November Releases appeared first on Linux Academy Blog.

Devices: Coreboot, Toradex and Digi, Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+

2018-11-17 10:33:32

Another Micro-ATX Haswell Era Motherboard Working With Coreboot But Needs Tiny Blob There are many Sandy Bridge era motherboards that have been freed by Coreboot while if you are looking for more options on something (slightly) newer, a micro-ATX Haswell-era motherboard from ASRock now works under this open-source BIOS implementation. The ASRock H81M-HDS is the latest motherboard port now mainline in Coreboot. The ASRock H81M-HDS supports Haswell Core and Xeon CPUs, supports two DDR3/DDR3L DIMMs, one PCI Express x16 slot, onboard display outputs, four SATA ports, and multiple USB3/USB2 ports. This motherboard can be found refurbished still from some Internet shops for about $70 USD. Toradex and Digi launch i.MX8X-based Colibri and ConnectCore COMs Toradex and Digi have released Linux-friendly i.MX8X-based modules via early access programs. The Colibri iMX8X and Digi ConnectCore 8X each provide WiFi-ac and Bluetooth 4.2. NXP’s i.MX8X SoC has made quite a splash this week. Eight months after Phytec announced an i.MX8X-based phyCORE-i.MX 8X module, Variscite unveiled a VAR-SOM-MX8X module and then Congatec followed up with the Qseven form-factor Conga-QMX8X and SMARC 2.0 Conga-SMX8X. Now Toradex and Digi are beginning shipments of i.MX8X based modules for early access customers. New Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ launched for only $25 read more

Radeon GCC Back-End Updated For Running Single-Threaded C & Fortran On AMD GPUs

2018-11-17 10:20:52

Back in September Code Sourcery / Mentor Graphics posted the Radeon GCC back-end they have been developing with the cooperation of AMD. This is for allowing the GCC compiler to eventually offload nicely to Radeon GPUs with its different programming languages and supported parallel programming models, particularly with OpenMP and OpenACC in mind. But for now this patch series just works with single-threaded C and Fortran programs. The second version of this port was posted for review...

Ubuntu Mir's EGMDE Desktop Getting Experimental XWayland

2018-11-17 10:07:30

Ubuntu's little known EGMDE example Mir desktop that is mostly a proving grounds for Mir development is now receiving support for XWayland for being able to run X11 applications within this example environment...

Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome: Net Neutrality Stance, Mozilla, a VR Work, Firefox Monitor and 5 Best Chrome Extensions For Productivity

2018-11-17 10:01:57

Mozilla Fights On For Net Neutrality Mozilla took the next step today in the fight to defend the web and consumers from the FCC’s attack on an open internet. Together with other petitioners, Mozilla filed our reply brief in our case challenging the FCC’s elimination of critical net neutrality protections that require internet providers to treat all online traffic equally. The fight for net neutrality, while not a new one, is an important one. We filed this case because we believe that the internet works best when people control for themselves what they see and do online. The FCC’s removal of net neutrality rules is not only bad for consumers, it is also unlawful. The protections in place were the product of years of deliberation and careful fact-finding that proved the need to protect consumers, who often have little or no choice of internet provider. The FCC is simply not permitted to arbitrarily change its mind about those protections based on little or no evidence. It is also not permitted to ignore its duty to promote competition and protect the public interest. And yet, the FCC’s dismantling of the net neutrality rules unlawfully removes long standing rules that have ensured the internet provides a voice for everyone. Meanwhile, the FCC’s defenses of its actions and the supporting arguments of large cable and telco company ISPs, who have come to the FCC’s aid, are misguided at best. They mischaracterize the internet’s technical structure as well as the FCC’s mandate to advance internet access, and they ignore clear evidence that there is little competition among ISPs. They repeatedly contradict themselves and have even introduced new justifications not outlined in the FCC’s original decision to repeal net neutrality protections. Virtual meeting rooms don’t have to be boring. We challenge you to design better ones! Mozilla’s mission is to make the Internet a global public resource, open and accessible to all, including innovators, content creators, and builders on the web. VR is changing the very future of web interaction, so advancing it is crucial to Mozilla’s mission. That was the initial idea behind Hubs by Mozilla, a VR interaction platform launched in April 2018 that lets you meet and talk to your friends, colleagues, partners, and customers in a shared 360-environment using just a browser, on any device from head-mounted displays like HTC Vive to 2D devices like laptops and mobile phones. Since then, the Mozilla VR team has kept integrating new and exciting features to the Hubs experience: the ability bring videos, images, documents, and even 3D models into Hubs by simply pasting a link. In early October, two more useful features were added: drawing and photo uploads. New Raspbian Update, Qt Creator 4.8 Beta2 Released, Firefox Monitor Now Available in More Than 26 Languages, Chrome OS Linux Soon Will Have Access to Downloads Folder and Canonical Extends Ubuntu 18.04 Long-Term Support Firefox Monitor, the free services that tells you whether your email has been part of a security breach, is now available in more than 26 languages: "Albanian, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English (Canadian), French, Frisian, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Argentina, Mexico, and Spain), Swedish, Turkish, Ukranian and Welsh." Along with this, Mozilla also announced that it has added "a notification to our Firefox Quantum browser that alerts desktop users when they visit a site that has had a recently reported data breach". See the Mozilla blog for details. 5 Best Chrome Extensions For Productivity That You Should Use In 2019 Google is the most popular browser around and supports a vast number of extensions as well. Since there are a lot of Chrome addons available in the Chrome Web Store, picking the best Google Chrome extension can be quite a task. Also, it is quite easy to get distracted on the web and lose track of time. Thankfully, several good extensions for productivity are available that can help you focus on your tasks, save time by prioritizing them and skillfully manage your to-do list. So here is a list of excellent Google Chrome extensions for productivity for the year 2019 that will assist you in your work in. read more

Graphics: Open-Source AMD Linux Driver Stack, Mesa 18.3.0 RC, ROCm 1.9.2 and Firefox on Wayland

2018-11-17 09:57:11

The Open-Source AMD Linux Driver Stack Hitting Problems With The Radeon RX 590 While the Radeon RX 590 that launched this week is just yet another Polaris refresh, it turns out the open-source AMD Linux graphics driver stack isn't yet playing well with retail RX 590 graphics cards. This is quite a surprise considering the PCI ID was picked up months ago and the mature Polaris Linux driver support for quite a while now, but could be like the rough Raven Ridge Linux experience where the production cards with the shipping vBIOS isn't what the developers encountered during their pre-production driver enablement. [...] Long story short, it looks like at least one initialization issue is blocking the Radeon RX 590 Linux support. Hopefully the workaround ends up being trivial enough that it can be quickly back-ported to existing stable Linux kernel series. Once the Radeon RX 590 is running well on Linux, I'll be through with a ton of benchmarks that I have already been working on this week with other graphics cards using the newest Linux driver stacks. This situation is sadly reminiscent of the Raven Ridge launch earlier this year where the open-source driver team was working on support for months in advance, but the production hardware/BIOS ended up varying a lot from their hardware bring-up that is was very shaky support at launch. The Raven Ridge support improved a lot on Linux since launch, but even to this day some hardware still seems to be problematic both of hardware in my labs as well as reports by users. Hopefully it won't take nearly as long for the RX 590 support to be in shape. mesa 18.3.0-rc3 The third release candidate for Mesa 18.3.0 is now available. Mesa 18.3-RC3 Released With RADV Fixes, Drops Zen L3 Thread Pinning Mesa release manager Emil Velikov has announced the latest weekly release candidate of the upcoming Mesa 18.3. Mesa 18.3 has a number of Meson build system updates, several RADV driver corrections, a few NIR updates, fixes video API support for Raven 2 APUs, and back-ports the change to drop the AMD Zen L3 thread pinning functionality. Radeon ROCm 1.9.2 Released - Brings SDMA/RDMA Support For Vega 20, HIP/HCC Improvements While we know ROCm 2.0 is coming out before year's end and that will have many improvements like complete OpenCL 2.0 support, ROCm 1.9.2 is out today as the latest stable release for this Radeon Open Compute stack. ROCm 1.9.2 brings some notable changes for just being a point release ahead of the big ROCm 2.0 milestone. Vega 20 remains one of the big areas for AMD's driver/software developers for what will begin shipping next year as the Radeon Instinct MI50 / MI60 accelerators. Mozilla Now Ships Firefox Nightly Builds With Wayland Enabled After what feels like an eternity in waiting years for Mozilla to ship their Firefox web-browser with native Wayland support enabled, their latest Firefox Nightly builds have achieved this milestone. There have been Wayland patches for Firefox going back years but the Wayland support hasn't been enabled in the official Firefox binaries up until now. Starting yesterday, the Mozilla.org Firefox Nightly packages have Wayland support built-in and when launching Firefox if GDK_BACKEND=wayland is set, should now work with native Wayland rather than XWayland. read more

OSS: Delver, Lock-in, Dries Buytaert, Openstack and Mycroft

2018-11-17 09:52:20

Delver devs release their tech publicly under open source license As an added bonus, it's always nice when developers open source their tech to share with others. The source release doesn't contain or cover the game data from Delver, and the game data remains subject to original copyright and applicable law. It's also worth mentioning that the source code release is licensed under the GNU General Public License v2.0, meaning the software can continue to be shared, edited, and distributed for free, and can be used for commercial use as well. How open source makes lock-in worse (and better) [Ed: Troll Mac Asay at it again] For open source companies desperate to figure out a business model that scales with the adoption of their ostensibly free software, Amazon's recent troubles getting off Oracle's database could be instructive. One way to look at Amazon's struggles is through the lens of "proprietary software creates lock-in," but this isn't actually helpful. Why? Because open source creates similar lock-in, and that's something open source entrepreneurs might want to consider. At Acquia Engage, CTO talks of open source WCM, Red Hat buy Dries Buytaert: No, [because] 18 to 19 years ago, mobile didn't exist. Google was a private company. I remember AT&T launching text messaging a month or so before. Social media didn't exist. I think less than 10% of the world had internet. I started Drupal; it was very much an experimental platform for me, just to have some fun. I was fascinated with the web, and I didn't have any grand plans. Obviously, that changed over time. I made it open source, [and] it started growing, slowly. Drupal started to grow, so I started my plans for Drupal and [followed] my conviction of us being onto something. We made a bet-the-farm bet on cloud [in about 2008], and that turned out to be the right bet, because we pioneered a new business model for open source, delivering [it] in the cloud. And a lot of companies are doing that now -- Elastic Path, MongoDB -- and I'm very proud of that. Openstack moves one step closer to the edge The second Openstack Summit of the year drew to a close in Berlin yesterday, and it will be the last of its name as it rebrands as the Open Infrastructure Summit in 2019, a move that seems largely in line with the evolution of the open source cloud platform as it shifts further into edge and builds out a series of related pilot projects with Openstack as the core proposition. Many of the keynotes this time around showed the progress that the community had made in building out the pilot projects announced at the Vancouver Summit earlier this year. One in particular, the first release of StarlingX, might well help cement the open infrastructure platform in edge. StarlingX is branded as an open source edge platform, with telecom and IoT use cases in mind. According to the Foundation it "leverages components of Ceph, Openstack and Kubernetes and complements them with new services including configuration and fault management", in particular to address technology challenges around high availability and ultra-low latency compute. SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Mycroft Companies are looking to provide better experiences with their customers, which has given rise to the popularity of chatbots. Yet assistants that use voice tend to be only associated with tech giants like Apple, Amazon, and Google. Mycroft is an open-source voice assistant that is aiming to make voice assistants more attainable for everyone. “We believe the future of AI should be open, not a cryptic black box only few understand and have control over. Building this new technology together, collaborating, sharing ideas and building on top of each other – that’s how we see it,” Mycroft’s website states. read more

New HealthEquity Data Breach Exposes PII/PHI of Almost 21,000 Customers

2018-11-17 09:04:01

LinuxSecurity.com: HealthEquity, an IRS non-bank health savings trustee who is handling more than 3.4 million health savings accounts, was breached when an intruder accessed the email accounts of two HealthEquity team members, exposing protected health information (PHI)/personally identifiable information (PII) of 20,906 subscribers.

Instagram bug inadvertently exposed some user's passwords

2018-11-17 08:55:25

LinuxSecurity.com: According to The Information, Instagram has suffered a serious security leak of its own that could've exposed user's passwords. While Facebook recently had a much more serious problem linked to its "View As" tool that was being actively exploited by... someone, the Instagram issue is linked to its tool that allows users to download a copy of their data.

macOS vs.Windows: Which OS Really Is the Best?

2018-11-17 08:41:36

And then there’s the issue of stability. Macs win on this count, too, mostly because Apple controls the hardware ecosystem (third-party drivers are a major cause of instability on Windows PCs). We’ve even seen blue screens on Microsoft’s own Surface computers. Those looking for the ultimate in stability, though, should check out Linux.

GitHub alternative strives to be all open source, only open source

2018-11-17 08:29:47

A new software service for hosting and managing open source projects, Sr.ht, aims to be an entirely open source alternative to existing services like GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket, recreating many of their features. Created by Drew DeVault and written in a mixture of Python and Go, Sr.ht is now available for public alpha testing by developers. Users can create an account with the hosted version provided by DeVault, or set up the exact same code on cloud or on-prem hardware. read more

Security: SMS, Patches, Android, Spam and 'Smart' Things

2018-11-17 08:25:09

A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more. The exposed server belongs to Voxox (formerly Telcentris), a San Diego, Calif.-based communications company. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone who knew where to look to peek in and snoop on a near-real-time stream of text messages. For Sébastien Kaul, a Berlin-based security researcher, it didn’t take long to find. Although Kaul found the exposed server on Shodan, a search engine for publicly available devices and databases, it was also attached to to one of Voxox’s own subdomains. Worse, the database — running on Amazon’s Elasticsearch — was configured with a Kibana front-end, making the data within easily readable, browsable and searchable for names, cell numbers and the contents of the text messages themselves. Security updates for Friday Google: Android Pie Updates Will Be A Lot Faster With Project Treble Frustrating spammers Tracking and snooping on a million kids With a couple of watches paired to different testing phones, I had a play with various authorisation and Insecure Direct Object Reference, IDOR, attacks. The only check the API appears to perform is matching the UID with the session_token, so simply changing the family_id in the get_watch_data_latest action, shown ibelow, allows an attacker to return the watch location and device_id associated with that family. read more

Programming: Java EE, Rust, JavaScript, RcppGetconf and More

2018-11-17 08:22:34

Free Online Java EE Development Course From Red Hat Available Now The Red Hat Training team is pleased to announce the release of Fundamentals of Java EE Development. This free training is hosted by our partner edX. edX is an open online course provider that now hosts three Red Hat courses, including Fundamentals of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fundamentals of Containers, Kubernetes, and Red Hat OpenShift. Enterprise Java (Java EE is now known as Jakarta EE) is one of the most in-demand and marketable programming platforms. With Fundamentals of Java EE Development, students learn the foundational skills needed to develop modern applications. Serving as an introduction to enterprise Java development using Red Hat Developer Studio and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, this course builds on students’ Java SE skills to teach the basic concepts behind more advanced topics such as microservices and cloud-native applications. New Rust Course - Building Reuseable Code with Rust This course is about the Rust programming language, but it’s not those general introductory course on basic Rust syntax. This course focus on the code reuse aspect of the Rust language. So we won’t be touch every language feature, but we’ll help you understand how a selected set of features will help you achieve code reuse. [...] snippet is not enough. What comes next naturally is to define a clear interface, or internal API between the modules (in a general sense, not the Rust mod). This is when traits comes in handy. Traits help you define and enforce interfaces. We’ll also discuss the performance impact on static dispatch vs. dynamic dispatch by using generics and trait object. Finally we talk about more advanced (i.e. you shouldn’t use it unless necessary) tool like macros, which will help do crazier things by tapping directly into the compiler. You can write function-like macros that can help you reuse code that needs lower level access. You can also create custom derive with macros. What is the MEAN stack? JavaScript web applications Most anyone who has developed web applications knows the acronym LAMP, which is used to describe web stacks made with Linux, Apache (web server), MySQL (database server), and PHP, Perl, or Python (programming language). Another web-stack acronym has come to prominence in the last few years: MEAN—signifying a stack that uses MongoDB (database server), Express (server-side JavaScript framework), Angular (client-side JavaScript framework), and Node.js (JavaScript runtime). RcppGetconf 0.0.3 Changes are minor. We avoid an error on a long-dead operating system cherished in one particular corner of the CRAN world. In doing so some files were updated so that dynamically loaded routines are now registered too. The performance impact of zeroing raw memory When you create a new variable (in C, C++ and other languages) or allocate a block of memory the value is undefined. That is, whatever bit pattern happened to be in the raw memory location at the time. This is faster than initialising all memory (which languages such as Java do) but it is also unsafe and can lead to bugs, such as use-after-free issues. There have been several attempts to change this behaviour and require that compilers would initialize all memory to a known value, usually zero. This is always rejected with a statement like "that would cause a performance degradation fo unknown size" and the issue is dropped. This is not very scientific so let's see if we could get at least some sort of a measurement for this. read more

Ubuntu MATE 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish - Reasonable-ish

2018-11-17 08:01:20

We mentioned consistency, remember? Well, in this regard, Ubuntu MATE is consistent. Lots of tiny visual bugs, average battery life, an occasional crash or three, and network connectivity issues. These were my top complaints with Beaver and they remain so with Cuttlefish. Ubuntu MATE 18.10 is more or less identical to its LTS predecessor. The changes aren't really big, with some extra hardware problems - the phone side is a big, big disappointment, but you get better overall theming and a more streamlined package manager. I would like to see this project succeed, but the energy investment from going hobby to pro is exponential, and it can't be done easily. But this is exactly what Ubuntu MATE needs. A super-strong QA process, and more focus on getting things tightly integrated. Power management is another issue. In the end, you should stay with the LTS edition of course, but hopefully, the problems we see here will be resolved in the next version. This reminds me of the situation Xfce was in two years ago. Gaining momentum, becoming better, and then ... we'll see. Because, speaking of energy, there does seem to be a limited, finite amount of it, and the mojo pendulum seems to have swung away from Xfce to MATE. There are a lot of excellent and unique new ideas in this project, but the glue (gluons in nuclear physics, if you will) isn't strong enough. Grade, about 7/10. I really want to see everything working like clockwork. Having a modern, majestic Gnome 2 reincarnate would be super fun. Take care, Borgians. Canonical: Mastering the upgrading of OpenStack read more

Microsoft's Vista 10 Disaster Returns, Privacy Violations, and Moving to GNU/Linux

2018-11-17 03:56:39

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update The 1809 build of Windows 10 and Windows Server is fast becoming infamous. Microsoft pulled it shortly after release when it started deleting people's files, and stumbling in other ways. Redmond reissued the software on Tuesday, and today it's clear you shouldn't rush into deploying it, if installing it at all, in its present state. Microsoft Just Crammed Ads Into Windows 10 Mail. When Will They Stop? [Ed: With Vista 10 the users are the product. The spies from Microsoft spy on them (sometimes illegally, but these people are above the law) and their real clients are advertisers.] Whether it’s pre-installing Candy Crush Saga, showing full-screen ads on your lock screen, or displaying banner ads in File Explorer, Microsoft has been shoehorning ads into every inch of Windows 10. The Mail app is getting them next. Update: Microsoft’s head of communications, Frank Shaw, just backpedaled on Twitter. He said “this is an experimental feature that was never intended to be tested broadly and is being turned off.” As Mehedi Hassan notes over at Thurrott, this is a strange claim because Microsoft has a detailed support page explaining these advertisements. Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office Microsoft broke Euro privacy rules by carrying out the "large scale and covert" gathering of private data through its Office apps. That's according to a report out this month [PDF] that was commissioned by the Dutch government into how information handled by 300,000 of its workers was processed by Microsoft's Office ProPlus suite. This software is installed on PCs and connects to Office 365 servers. The dossier's authors found that the Windows goliath was collecting telemetry and other content from its Office applications, including email titles and sentences where translation or spellchecker was used, and secretly storing the data on systems in the United States. That's a no-no. Those actions break Europe's new GDPR privacy safeguards, it is claimed, and may put Microsoft on the hook for potentially tens of millions of dollars in fines. The Dutch authorities are working with the corporation to fix the situation, and are using the threat of a fine as a stick to make it happen. How old were you when you first started using Linux? Whether you switched from another operating system, or are one of the lucky few who knew no OS before it, all of us were beginners at some point. How old were you when you started using Linux? Do you remember that time clearly, or is it so far in the past that it's but a faint memory? Regardless of the answer, let us know when it was, and maybe, a bit about what that experience has meant to you. read more

Games: Serious Sam Fusion, Surviving Mars: Space Race, Total War: WARHAMMER II

2018-11-17 03:51:40

Serious Sam Fusion has the first update in some time Serious Sam Fusion, the game hub that allows you to play Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam 3: BFE along with the VR version finally has an update. It's still in beta, but not classed as "Early Access" on Steam. If you pickup any of those games, it automatically gives you Fusion which is especially good for Linux gamers since some of their titles weren't officially available on Linux but are with Fusion. The Fusion hub also brings Vulkan support, so that's awesome. Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion and Gagarin free update have released, working well on Linux Haemimont Games along with Paradox Interactive have released the Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion today and it's great. Total War: WARHAMMER II will release for Linux on November 20th Feral Interactive have announced that Total War: WARHAMMER II for Linux is officially releasing on November 20th. Originally developed by Creative Assembly in partnership with Games Workshop and published by SEGA for Windows, this is the follow-up game to the original which was released for Linux in November of 2016. Total War: WARHAMMER II Launching For Linux Next Week Feral Interactive has just announced that Total War: WARHAMMER II will be released for Linux (and macOS) next week. On 20 November they will be releasing this latest native Linux game port following the Windows release a year ago. We've known it was slated for November and now it looks like they have the release all squared away for debut next Tuesday. read more

Plata Is A New Gtk Theme Based On The Latest Material Design Refresh

2018-11-17 02:58:30

Plata is a new Gtk+ theme based on the latest Material Design refresh. The theme comes in 3 variants, regular (mixed), Lumiere (light) and Noir (dark), each with regular and compact versions.

Linux zip Command Tutorial for Beginners (5 Examples)

2018-11-17 01:04:08

As the name suggests, the zip command lets you create archives. In this tutorial, we will discuss the basics of zip using some easy to understand examples.

The Open-Source AMD Linux Driver Stack Hitting Problems With The Radeon RX 590

2018-11-17 01:00:00

While the Radeon RX 590 that launched this week is just yet another Polaris refresh, it turns out the open-source AMD Linux graphics driver stack isn't yet playing well with retail RX 590 graphics cards. This is quite a surprise considering the PCI ID was picked up months ago and the mature Polaris Linux driver support for quite a while now, but could be like the rough Raven Ridge Linux experience where the production cards with the shipping vBIOS isn't what the developers encountered during their pre-production driver enablement...

openSUSE: 2018:3804-1: moderate: amanda

2018-11-17 00:18:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that fixes one vulnerability is now available.

openSUSE: 2018:3803-1: important: systemd

2018-11-17 00:16:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that solves two vulnerabilities and has 7 fixes is now available.

openSUSE: 2018:3802-1: libxkbcommon

2018-11-17 00:15:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that fixes 11 vulnerabilities is now available.

openSUSE: 2018:3801-1: moderate: openssh

2018-11-17 00:13:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that solves two vulnerabilities and has three fixes is now available.

openSUSE: 2018:3800-1: moderate: xorg-x11-server

2018-11-17 00:12:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that fixes one vulnerability is now available.

openSUSE: 2018:3798-1: moderate: apache-pdfbox

2018-11-17 00:11:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that fixes one vulnerability is now available.

GNOME 3.31.2 released

2018-11-16 22:57:26

GNOME 3.31.2 is now available. This is the second unstable development release leading to 3.32 stable series. Apologies that it's slightly late: there were some technical snafus. If you want to compile GNOME 3.31.2, you can use the official BuildStream project snapshot. Thanks to BuildStream's build sandbox, it should build reliably for you regardless of the dependencies on your host system... Also: GNOME 3.31.2 Desktop Released read more

GNOME 3.31.2 Desktop Released

2018-11-16 22:18:15

GNOME 3.31.2 is out this Friday as the latest development release in the trek towards next March's GNOME 3.32 release...

Linux 4.20 is Running Slower Than 4.19 On Intel CPUs

2018-11-16 22:05:00

Freshly Exhumed writes: An intentional kernel change in Linux kernel 4.20 for enhanced Spectre mitigation is unfortunately causing Intel Linux performance to be much slower than with 4.19. That change is 'STIBP' (Single Thread Indirect Branch Predictors), which allows for preventing cross-hyperthread control of decisions that are made by indirect branch predictors. It affects Intel systems that have up-to-date microcode and CPU Hyper Threading enabled. Phoronix gives the evidence. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Toradex and Digi launch i.MX8X-based Colibri and ConnectCore COMs

2018-11-16 21:54:26

Toradex and Digi have released Linux-friendly i.MX8X-based modules via early access programs. The Colibri iMX8X and Digi ConnectCore 8X each provide WiFi-ac and Bluetooth 4.2. NXP’s i.MX8X SoC has made quite a splash this week. Eight months after Phytec announced an i.MX8X-based phyCORE-i.MX 8X module, Variscite unveiled a VAR-SOM-MX8X module and then Congatec followed up […]

DHS Task Force Moves Forward on Playbooks for Supply Chain Security

2018-11-16 21:30:00

The public/private task force takes early steps toward securing the end-to-end supply chain.

How To Set Up Buildbot on FreeBSD

2018-11-16 21:28:25

New Bluetooth Hack Affects Millions of Vehicles

2018-11-16 21:25:00

Attack could expose the personal information of drivers who sync their mobile phone to a vehicle entertainment system.

BlackBerry Doubles Down on Security in $1.4B Acquisition of Cylance

2018-11-16 20:30:00

BlackBerry aims to bring Cylance artificial intelligence and security tools into its software portfolio.

Distribution Release: Voyager Live 18.10

2018-11-16 20:19:17

The Voyager Live team has announced a new version of their Ubuntu-based distribution. The new release, Voyager Live 18.10, switches from using the Xfce desktop to using GNOME Shell as the default interface. An English translation of the original French release announcement reads: "I present to you for....

Bisected: The Unfortunate Reason Linux 4.20 Is Running Slower

2018-11-16 19:38:46

After running a lot of tests and then bisecting the Linux 4.20 kernel merge window, the reason for the significant slowdowns in the Linux 4.20 kernel for many real-world workloads is now known...

How to Sort Files in Linux (GUI and Shell)

2018-11-16 19:32:55

In this article, we will explain how to view sorted files and folders in the Ubuntu Nautilus file manager and also learn how to print the output of the ls command in the command line according to our sorting preferences.

Como Instalar e Usar o Docker no Ubuntu 18.04

2018-11-16 19:19:59

How to make AI less biased

2018-11-16 18:35:18

With machine learning systems now being used to determine everything from stock prices to medical diagnoses, it's never been more important to look at how they arrive at decisions.

Tags And Sub-modules - Git Series Part 6

2018-11-16 18:30:00

This is the final guide in the Git series. Here, we will be covering two more major features that Git has to offer: tags and sub-modules. If you have been following the previous guides, and other materials, you should have a clearer understanding of what Git is, what it does, how to use it best, and how to troubleshoot. Here is a list of many of the aspects we have covered in this series:The basics: cloning a repo, committing changes, pushing to and pulling from a remote repository.Specifying re [...]

Working With iOS App Metadata From Linux Using Transporter

2018-11-16 18:05:01

Apple announced a new AppStore Connect API at WWDC18 to communicate directly with the App Store. In order to know more about this API, refer to my previous blog post. This was clearly huge and game-changing announcement but Apple also announced other things which might get unnoticed at WWDC sessions on What’s New in App Store Connect, such as support for the Transporter tool on Linux platforms. This means that we can now use Linux servers to upload and validate iOS app metadata and previews. In this post, we will explore how we might use Linux servers to deal with the App Store using the Transporter tool. iTMSTransporter Before jumping into Linux, let’s explore what Transporter is and how it’s being used on macOS servers at the moment. The transporter tool is also known as iTMSTrasporter. An iTMSTransporter stands for iTunes Music Store Transporter, which is Apple’s Java-based command-line tool to upload app binaries, upload screenshots, update app metadata, manage app pricing, manage in-app purchases, etc. This utility comes with Xcode so there’s no need to install it explicitly as long as you have Xcode. The binary can be found here:

5 Easy Tips for Linux Web Browser Security

2018-11-16 17:51:25

If you use your Linux desktop and never open a web browser, you are a special kind of user. For most of us, however, a web browser has become one of the most-used digital tools on the planet. We work, we play, we get news, we interact, we bank… the number of things we do via a web browser far exceeds what we do in local applications. Because of that, we need to be cognizant of how we work with web browsers, and do so with a nod to security. Why? Because there will always be nefarious sites and people, attempting to steal information. Considering the sensitive nature of the information we send through our web browsers, it should be obvious why security is of utmost importance. So, what is a user to do? In this article, I’ll offer a few basic tips, for users of all sorts, to help decrease the chances that your data will end up in the hands of the wrong people. I will be demonstrating on the Firefox web browser, but many of these tips cross the application threshold and can be applied to any flavor of web browser. read more

26M Texts Exposed in Poorly Secured Vovox Database

2018-11-16 17:45:00

The server, which lacked password protection, contained tens of millions of SMS messages, two-factor codes, shipping alerts, and other user data.

Qt/KDE: QtCon Brasil 2018, Qt 5.12 and Qt Creator 4.8.0 Beta 2

2018-11-16 17:30:23

Talking about Qt and Computer Vision at QtCon Brasil 2018 I had the opportunity to participate in QtCon Brasil 2018 as a speaker during the last weekend. It happened in São Paulo, which is a city that I haven’t visited for a long time. My talk was about the integration of Qt applications and Computer Vision, specially focused on the mobile environment with QtQuick and QML. During my presentation, I was focused on introducing some concepts to the people who just have heard or never had contact with Computer Vision. I talked a little bit about OpenCV, including an brief explanation about its modules and how they work, and I presented a little example of object recognition application made with QML (the code is available in the repository). Qt Quick Performance Improvements with Qt 5.12 LTS Qt 5.9 LTS already shows a great improvement of the overall performance compared to the previous long-term supported Qt 5.6 LTS release. These are summarized in a blog post about Performance Improvements with Qt 5.9 LTS and Qt Quick Performance Improvements on 64-bit ARM. With Qt 5.12 LTS we have continued to tune these further and taken a deeper look into the areas of QML engine memory consumption and JavaScript performance. Qt 5.9 LTS already shows a great improvement of the overall performance compared to the previous long-term supported Qt 5.6 LTS release. These are summarized in a blog post about Performance Improvements with Qt 5.9 LTS and Qt Quick Performance Improvements on 64-bit ARM. With Qt 5.12 LTS we have continued to tune these further and taken a deeper look into the areas of QML engine memory consumption and JavaScript performance. Qt 5.12 Lowering The QML Memory Consumption, Better JavaScript Performance As part of The Qt Company's ongoing improvements to their tool-kit and with Qt 5.12 being an LTS release, this cycle they focused a lot on improving the performance. Qt 5.12 LTS will be releasing in the next few weeks and as part of their performance push they have been working to lowering the memory consumption of the QML engine. The QML data structures have been optimized to reduce their size and better handling around cached objects. Qt Creator 4.8 Beta2 released We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 4.8.0 Beta2! This release comes with the many fixes that we have done since our first Beta release. Additionally we upgraded the LLVM for the Clang code model to version 7.0, and our binary packages to the Qt 5.12 prerelease. read more

Kodak’s new 3D printer has a Raspberry Pi inside

2018-11-16 17:02:39

Kodak has launched a Raspberry Pi 3 based Kodak Portrait 3D Printer with a dual-extrusion system, multiple filament types, a 5-inch touchscreen, and WiFi and Ethernet connections to a Kodak 3D Cloud service. Kodak and Smart Int’l. have collaborated on a professional, dual extrusion Kodak Portrait 3D Printer that runs a Linux-based 3DprinterOS on a […]

PCI for SMB: Requirement 9 – Implement Strong Access Control Measures

2018-11-16 16:48:38

Welcome to the sixth post of a series on understanding the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard–PCI DSS. We want to show how PCI DSS affects anyone going through the compliance process using the PCI SAQ’s (Self Assessment Questionnaires). In the previous articles written about PCI, we covered the following: Requirement 1: Build and Maintain a Secure Network – Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data. Requirement 2: Build and Maintain a Secure Network – Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords or other security parameters. Continue reading PCI for SMB: Requirement 9 – Implement Strong Access Control Measures at Sucuri Blog.

Server News: SAP and Red Hat

2018-11-16 16:29:06

Migrating to Linux: the basis of digital transformation SAP is moving HANA exclusively to Linux - Sabine Soellheim explains why Red Hat Ties Kubernetes Platform Closer to OpenStack Red Hat this week moved to tie application development and deployment environments based on Kubernetes closer to the latest version of the OpenStack cloud computing framework. The Red Hat OpenStack 14 release is based on the Rocky distribution of OpenStack. With this release, Red Hat is making it easier to automate the deployment of its distribution of Kubernetes on both virtual machines and bare-metal servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Other capabilities added include automated deployment of production-ready, high-availability Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform clusters based on Kubernetes and the ability for OpenShift container-based and OpenStack workloads based on virtual machines to share the same virtual network using the open source Kuryr container networking software developed under the auspices of the OpenStack Foundation. Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta; deprecates Btrfs filesystem Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta Offers Stratis and Yum 4 with Efficient Linux Networking read more

Total War: WARHAMMER II will release for Linux on November 20th

2018-11-16 16:28:49

Tags: Feral Interactive, Strategy, Coming Soon, SteamFeral Interactive have announced that Total War: WARHAMMER II for Linux is officially releasing on November 20th. Originally developed by Creative Assembly in partnership with Games Workshop and published by SEGA for Windows, this is the follow-up game to the original which was released for Linux in November of 2016. As a reminder of the system requirements, here's what you're going to need. At a minimum, it will require: OS: Ubuntu 18.04 64-bit Processor: Intel Core i3-4130 @ 3.4GHz GPU: 2GB NVIDIA GTX 680 or better, 2GB AMD R9 285 (GCN 3rd Gen) or better System RAM: 6GB RAM Storage: 52GB Additionally, they tested it with the NVIDIA driver 396.54 and on AMD with Mesa 18.1.5. They previously confirmed it will be using the Vulkan API. You can pre-order directly from the Feral Store, to ensure Feral gets the best cut to continue their fantastic Linux porting work. Something I wish to see continued for many years as I've enjoyed so many of their games I otherwise wouldn't have played. Otherwise, keep an eye on Humble Store and Steam. Watch video on YouTube.com We haven't been provided access before release, so any full review and port report will be sometime after release. As always, we will do our best to ensure you're informed of what you need to know. 

Games: Atomic Society, Spellcaster University, Banner Saga, ZED, Undead Horde, Slay the Spire, Sipho

2018-11-16 16:27:17

Atomic Society, a post-apocalyptic city building strategy game will come to Linux Atomic Society recently entered Early Access on Steam and the developer Far Road Games said it will be coming to Linux. What's interesting, is that even though users have been talking about playing it using Steam Play, the developer made it clear they're working on a native Linux build. On the Steam forum, they said "Yep, official support is planned as soon as we're a bit more on top of the content with the Windows version (being a tiny team we prefer to limit our debugging focus to 1 version at a time).". Really good to see that, sounds like an interesting game. Spellcaster University will have you build a university of mages, will support Linux You're a wizard harry! Spellcaster University, currently on Kickstarter is a management game where you will be tasked with building a university of mages. Stoic have now removed the Linux version of The Banner Saga, in favour of Steam Play News I'm not quite surprised by. Stoic have now officially removed the Linux version of The Banner Saga on Steam in favour of leveraging Valve's Steam Play. Why am I not surprised? Well, they already removed actual support for the original The Banner Saga and so we weren't going to be getting an further updates and the sequels were not coming to Linux. So, with that in mind, this news isn't really coming out of the blue. The problem is, they used an external porter for the original who went out of business and on top of that they also use Adobe AIR which was discontinued for Linux back in 2011. ZED, the surreal adventure game has a new trailer and partnership with Cyan ZED, the adventure and puzzle game whose team includes some of the creative forces behind Myst and many other popular games that was funded on Kickstarter has a brand new trailer and publishing partnership. For a little history, ZED was funded thanks to some help from the Linux gaming community. Our contributor BTRE interviewed Eagre Games back in 2016, with the developer publicly thanking us here at GOL (and the wider Linux gaming community) for helping them reach their funding goal. Undead Horde has a fresh trailer, developer still aiming for a simultaneous release for Linux Undead Horde is what the developer 10tons Ltd are calling a "necromantic action game" and I have to admit it looks rather fun to raise an undead army. Firstly, when I spoke to the developer yesterday they said "Hopefully we can do a simultaneous release on all Steam platforms!" when asked about Linux support. Considering they've been getting their previous games on Linux, I don't doubt that. The truly excellent roguelike card game 'Slay the Spire' now has the final content in Slay the Spire, a mix of a card-based strategy game with a roguelike has now added in the final content and my love of this game continues. For those of you who are tough enough (or lucky enough) to last an entire run, there's now a special final act to go through past Act 3. I don't want to spoil any of the details though but it really sounds like it's worth giving it your best shot. They also added some more music tracks into the game to treat your ears, bug fixes and so on. The main thing is that the game now has a proper ending for each character. Sipho, an action survival game where you build a creature is now in Early Access Sipho is an action survival game inspired by real creatures called Siphonophorae and it's now available in Early Access with same-day Linux support. read more

Total War: WARHAMMER II Launching For Linux Next Week

2018-11-16 16:25:53

Feral Interactive has just announced that Total War: WARHAMMER II will be released for Linux (and macOS) next week...

Mesa 18.3-RC3 Released With RADV Fixes, Drops Zen L3 Thread Pinning

2018-11-16 16:18:59

Mesa release manager Emil Velikov has announced the latest weekly release candidate of the upcoming Mesa 18.3...

Nix – The Purely Functional Package Manager for Linux

2018-11-16 16:13:14

Nix is a powerful, purely functional package management system designed for reliable and reproducible package management, released under the terms of the GNU LGPLv2.1. It is the primary package management system in NixOS, a lesser known Linux distribution. Nix offers atomic upgrades and rollbacks, multiple versions of package installation, multi-user package management and effortless setup of build environments for a package, regardless of what programming languages and tools a developer is using. Under Nix, packages are built from a functional package language called “Nix expressions”. This functional approach to package management guarantees that installing or upgrading one package cannot break other packages. Nix also has multi-user support, which implies that normal (or non-privileged) system users can securely install packages and each user is identified by a profile (a collection of packages in the Nix store that appear in the user’s PATH). read more

95% of Organizations Have Cultural Issues Around Cybersecurity

2018-11-16 15:30:00

Very few organizations have yet baked cybersecurity into their corporate DNA, research finds.

AI Poised to Drive New Wave of Exploits

2018-11-16 15:00:00

Criminals are ready to use AI to dramatically speed the process of finding zero-day vulnerabilities in systems.

Electronic skin points the way north

2018-11-16 14:51:04

While birds naturally perceive the Earth's magnetic field and use it for orientation, humans do not share this ability—at least, until now. Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) in Germany have developed an electronic skin (e-skin) with magnetosensitive capabilities sensitive enough to detect and digitize body motion in the Earth's magnetic field. As this e-skin is extremely thin and malleable, it can easily be affixed to human skin to create a bionic analog of a compass. This might not only help people with orientation issues, but could also facilitate interaction with objects in virtual and augmented reality. The results have been published in the journal Nature Electronics.

Ubuntu 18.04 Will Get 10-Year Support (Instead of the Usual 5 Years)

2018-11-16 14:47:44

The long-term support (LTS) releases of Ubuntu used to get support for five years. This is changing now. Ubuntu 18.04 will now be supported for ten years. Other LTS releases might also get an extended support. read more

Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion and Gagarin free update have released, working well on Linux

2018-11-16 14:46:04

Tags: Steam, Humble Store, GOG, Sandbox, City Builder, SurvivalHaemimont Games along with Paradox Interactive have released the Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion today and it's great. Note: DLC key provided by TriplePoint PR. The Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion expands the game in some rather interesting ways. One of the biggest obviously being the AI controlled colonies which are optional. Being able to trade with them, deal with distress calls and do covert ops against them has certainly added an interesting layer into the game. While I enjoyed the game anyway, this actually gives it a little bit more of a purpose outside of trying to stave off starvation and not get blown into tiny pieces by meteorites. It's interesting though, that this could pave the way for a full multiplayer feature, since they have things you can actually do with/against other colonies now. Although, you can't directly view AI colonies, only see them on the world map which is a bit of a shame. There's also the free Gagarin content update which has released at the same time, which includes some interesting goals from each Sponsor. They each have their own special list of goals for you to achieve, which will give you rewards for completing them. For example, with the International Mars Mission sponsor, one such goal is to have a colonist born on Mars which will give you a bunch of supply pods for free. They're worth doing, but not essential. Another fun free feature our planetary anomalies, which will require you to send a rocket stocked with Drones, Rovers or Colonists across Mars outside of your colony to investigate, they're pretty good too since they offer some pretty big rewards at times. There's also Supply Pods now which cost a bit more, but you don't need to wait for them to get prepped and so they're really good for an emergency situation and can end up saving your colony should the worst happen. Bringing Surviving Mars closer to games like Stellaris, there's also now special events that will happen. The game was a little, how do I put it, empty? Empty is perhaps too harsh, it's hard to explain properly. I enjoyed the game in the initially released form, but it did feel lacking in places. Not so much now since there's around 250 events that will come up at various points throughout the game. Some good, some bad, some completely terrible and so it just makes the game a lot more fresh. Considering this was added in free, it's quite a surprise. It goes to show how much they care about the game I think. I was actually having the game freeze up on me a few times in previous version, since I've put many hours into this latest update I haven't seen a single one so that's really welcome. The game has been running like an absolute dream on maximum settings, incredibly smooth and (as weird as it is to say this about Mars) it looks great too. On top of that, the Linux version got a fix for switching between fullscreen and windowed mode with the patch. One thing to note, is that there's a few new keybinds and so I do suggest resetting them or checking them over as I had one or two that were doubled up. As a whole, the game has changed quite dramatically with this expansion and free update. I liked it a lot before, now I absolutely love it. Even going with just the free update, it's so much more worthwhile playing! I'm very content with it and I plan to play a lot more in my own personal free time now. This exciting expansion will be available from Humble Store, GOG and Steam. It's also having a free weekend on Steam.

New Raspbian Update, Qt Creator 4.8 Beta2 Released, Firefox Monitor Now Available in More Than 26 Languages, Chrome OS Linux Soon Will Have Access to Downloads Folder and Canonical Extends Ubuntu 18.04 Long-Term Support

2018-11-16 14:38:06

News briefs for November 16, 2018. Simon Long has released a new Raspbian update. This update includes a "fully hardware-accelerated version of VLC", version 3 of the Thonny Python development environment, improved desktop configuration and more. You can download the update from here. Qt Creator 4.8 Beta2 is now available. In addition to many bug fixes, the LLVM for the Clang code model is updated to version 7.0 and binary packages are updated to the Qt 5.12 prerelease. You can get the open-source version here. Firefox Monitor, the free services that tells you whether your email has been part of a security breach, is now available in more than 26 languages: "Albanian, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English (Canadian), French, Frisian, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Argentina, Mexico, and Spain), Swedish, Turkish, Ukranian and Welsh." Along with this, Mozilla also announced that it has added "a notification to our Firefox Quantum browser that alerts desktop users when they visit a site that has had a recently reported data breach". See the Mozilla blog for details. Chrome OS Linux soon will be able to access your Downloads folder and Google Drive. According to the 9to5Google post, "Making the entire Downloads folder accessible will turn Linux apps into a first-class citizen on Chrome OS and will dramatically help with file organization and ease of use." Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced in his keynote at OpenStack Summit in Berlin that the Ubuntu 18.04 long-term support lifespan will be extended from five years to ten years. He also addressed IBM's acquisition of Red Hat. ZDNet reports that Shuttleworth indicated that this may lead customers to switch to Ubuntu, saying "We're neutral on the public cloud. We work at arm's length with AWS, Azure, and Google. We provide a common currency across different environment. But, we're not the lowest common denominator. We want to be the best operating system on Azure for Azure, AWS for AWS, and so on." News Raspberry Pi Raspbian qt Firefox Security Mozilla Chrome OS Canonical Ubuntu

ColorUNet: A new deep CNN classification approach to colorization

2018-11-16 14:30:03

A team of researchers at Stanford University has recently developed a CNN classification method to colorize grayscale images. The tool they devised, called ColorUNet, draws inspiration from U-Net, a fully convolutional network for image segmentation.

Essential System Tools: Nmap – network security tool

2018-11-16 14:29:51

Nmap is widely regarded as the de facto standard tool for network exploration and security auditing. Network administrators use Nmap to identify devices running on their systems, discover available hosts and the services they offer, finding open ports and detecting security risks. While Nmap is often used for such security audits, many systems and network administrators find the tool helps with routine tasks such as network inventory, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime.

Black Hat Europe Speaker Q&A: SoarTech’s Fernando Maymi on ‘Synthetic Humans’

2018-11-16 14:00:00

Ahead of his Black Hat Europe appearance, SoarTech’s Fernando Maymi explains how and why synthetic humans are critical to the future of cybersecurity.

Black Hat Europe Speaker Q&A: SoarTech's Fernando Maymi on 'Synthetic Humans'

2018-11-16 14:00:00

Ahead of his Black Hat Europe appearance, SoarTech's Fernando Maymi explains how and why synthetic humans are critical to the future of cybersecurity.

Kubernetes co-founder on the container revolution and the future of VMs

2018-11-16 14:00:00

Containers have exploded in popularity in recent years.

Serious Sam Fusion has the first update in some time

2018-11-16 13:59:55

Tags: Action, FPS, Steam, Vulkan, Early AccessSerious Sam Fusion, the game hub that allows you to play Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam 3: BFE along with the VR version finally has an update. It's still in beta, but not classed as "Early Access" on Steam. If you pickup any of those games, it automatically gives you Fusion which is especially good for Linux gamers since some of their titles weren't officially available on Linux but are with Fusion. The Fusion hub also brings Vulkan support, so that's awesome. Here's the most major changes in the fresh release: Fusion now has its own menu and game title as default, the game no longer launches with the SS3 menu settings. As such, the SS3 intro now plays when the first level of SS3 is started. Added new default gamepad layout (classic one is still available as option). Added a new weapon wheel that slows down time when used to select weapons. Added a new Bloom system. Menu now properly scales on 4K resolutions. Many other smaller changes. Speaking about how this update to Fusion took so long, going by their news on Steam it was a hotfix way back in February, they said this: Fusion is a central hub that connects all the main Serious Sam games in one and allows regular and VR players to jump in to the game together. Fusion also brings many improvements to previous games including a brand new engine - the same one Serious Sam 4 will be based on.  This development path brings with it various potential hickups, many of which we have experienced during the preparation of this patch. However, we are finally at a point where Fusion can be branched out as a stand-alone project, so SS4 development will no longer make its code unstable. Unfortunately due to this, the patch will re-download and re-install your game from scratch. With all games available, this makes the download around 12 GB. Currently it seems to work fine, apart from the graphics options menu crashing to the desktop every time for me. Unsure if it's a bug or a problem on my system but I've let them know anyway. See more on Steam.

Distribution Release: Raspbian 2018-11-13

2018-11-16 13:44:25

Simon Long has announced the availability of a new release of Raspbian, a Debian-based distribution for the Raspberry Pi single-board computers. One major change in this release is the addition of the VLC media player: "When I first joined Raspberry Pi, back in the dim and distant past....

Raspbian 2018-11-13 Brings Hardware-Accelerated VLC Media Player

2018-11-16 13:26:55

After releasing the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ yesterday, the Raspberry Pi Foundation today announced Raspbian 2018-11-13 as the latest update to their Debian-based Linux distribution for these low-cost ARM SBCs...

Acumos Project's 1st Software, Athena, Helps Ease AI Deployment

2018-11-16 13:00:00

The LF Deep Learning Foundation has announced the availability of the first software from the Acumos AI Project. Dubbed "Athena," it supports open source innovation in AI, ML and DL. The goal is to make critical new technologies available to developers and data scientists everywhere. Launched earlier this year, Acumos is part of a Linux Foundation umbrella organization.

FOSS Project Spotlight: BlueK8s

2018-11-16 13:00:00

by Tom Phelan Deploying and managing complex stateful applications on Kubernetes. Kubernetes (aka K8s) is now the de facto container orchestration framework. Like other popular open-source technologies, Kubernetes has amassed a considerable ecosystem of complementary tools to address everything from storage to security. And although it was first created for running stateless applications, more and more organizations are interested in using Kubernetes for stateful applications. However, while Kubernetes has advanced significantly in many areas during the past couple years, there still are considerable gaps when it comes to running complex stateful applications. It remains challenging to deploy and manage distributed stateful applications consisting of a multitude of co-operating services (such as for use cases with large-scale analytics and machine learning) with Kubernetes. I've been focused on this space for the past several years as a co-founder of BlueData. During that time, I've worked with many teams at Global 2000 enterprises in several industries to deploy distributed stateful services successfully, such as Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, Cassandra, TensorFlow and other analytics, data science, machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) tools in containerized environments. In that time, I've learned what it takes to deploy complex stateful applications like these with containers while ensuring enterprise-grade security, reliability and performance. Together with my colleagues at BlueData, we've broken new ground in using Docker containers for big data analytics, data science and ML/DL in highly distributed environments. We've developed new innovations to address requirements in areas like storage, security, networking, performance and lifecycle management. Now we want to bring those innovations to the Open Source community—to ensure that these stateful services are supported in the Kubernetes ecosystem. BlueData's engineering team has been busy working with Kubernetes, developing prototypes with Kubernetes in our labs and collaborating with multiple enterprise organizations to evaluate the opportunities (and challenges) in using Kubernetes for complex stateful applications. To that end, we recently introduced a new Kubernetes open-source initiative: BlueK8s. The BlueK8s initiative will be composed of several open-source projects that each will bring enterprise-level capabilities for stateful applications to Kubernetes. Go to Full Article

ZED, the surreal adventure game has a new trailer and partnership with Cyan

2018-11-16 12:58:00

Tags: Adventure, Puzzle, Coming Soon, Steam, Unreal EngineZED, the adventure and puzzle game whose team includes some of the creative forces behind Myst and many other popular games that was funded on Kickstarter has a brand new trailer and publishing partnership. For a little history, ZED was funded thanks to some help from the Linux gaming community. Our contributor BTRE interviewed Eagre Games back in 2016, with the developer publicly thanking us here at GOL (and the wider Linux gaming community) for helping them reach their funding goal. It's been some time since we've written about it, with Eagre Games now ready to show it off some more. Have a look at their new trailer: Watch video on YouTube.com They've also announced they're partnering with Cyan Ventures, the new publishing arm of Cyan Worlds who made Myst, Riven and several other games. It does seem like a fitting partnership, so hopefully it goes well for them. Seems like they needed the help too, since they posted about funds running dry back in May. On top of that, they will be doing VR support even though the stretch goal for that was never achieved.  Speaking on Reddit, again the developer thanked us and the Linux community along with a few comments to wash away some fears and concerns people had. They made it clear they have all the rights to do a Linux version, along with the Steam page not noting Linux support which seems to be an error by the people setting that up. You can follow it along and wishlist on Steam, with the announcement about all this on Kickstarter. It's not due out until Spring next year, hopefully they won't have many more bumps along the road.

What is the MEAN stack? JavaScript web applications

2018-11-16 12:53:24

Most anyone who has developed web applications knows the acronym LAMP, which is used to describe web stacks made with Linux, Apache (web server), MySQL (database server), and PHP, Perl, or Python (programming language). Another web-stack acronym has come to prominence in the last few years: MEAN—signifying a stack that uses MongoDB (database server), Express (server-side JavaScript framework), Angular (client-side JavaScript framework), and Node.js (JavaScript runtime).

Manjaro Linux 18.0 – Review and Features

2018-11-16 12:50:04

Manjaro has finally released a stable version of Manjaro 18.0 also codenamed “Illyria“. Manjaro always provided a lot of lot of emphasis on a user-friendly experience and Illyria is lived upto that to a great extent. The open source operating system is designed in such a way that it work completely out of the box straight away as it comes with a lot of pre-installed software. So once complete the installation of Manjaro 18.0, you don’t need to go installing other software that is needed for your day to day tasks. And Manjaro 18.0 has come out with fixes for a lot of issues and some improvements as well. Manjaro Linux 18.0 is certainly one of the easy-to-use and simple Arch Linux desktop version. read more

Radeon ROCm 1.9.2 Released - Brings SDMA/RDMA Support For Vega 20, HIP/HCC Improvements

2018-11-16 12:32:35

While we know ROCm 2.0 is coming out before year's end and that will have many improvements like complete OpenCL 2.0 support, ROCm 1.9.2 is out today as the latest stable release for this Radeon Open Compute stack...

Install TLPUI In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint From PPA

2018-11-16 12:00:00

LinuxUprising: TLPUI, a user interface for TLP (an advanced power management configuration tool for Linux), is now available in a PPA.

Undead Horde has a fresh trailer, developer still aiming for a simultaneous release for Linux

2018-11-16 11:57:06

Tags: Indie Game, Coming Soon, Steam, Action, RPGUndead Horde is what the developer 10tons Ltd are calling a "necromantic action game" and I have to admit it looks rather fun to raise an undead army. Firstly, when I spoke to the developer yesterday they said "Hopefully we can do a simultaneous release on all Steam platforms!" when asked about Linux support. Considering they've been getting their previous games on Linux, I don't doubt that. After their last three games being shooters, I'm pretty happy to see them do something different. Have a look at their fresh trailer: Watch video on YouTube.com A little more about it: Become a necromancer and raise the dead - Undead Horde is a necromantic action game with elements from RPG, strategy and hack'n'slash. You'll battle against the evil humans who've driven the necromancers and their undead minions into exile. You'll re-animate all kinds of creatures and build an army of up to 100 undead. You'll army follows you or attacks by itself depending on your commands. It will feature: Explore and conquer a fantasy world filled with creatures from humans to giant scorpions Re-animate your slain enemies and make them part of your undead army Endless number of new weapons, trinkets and magical items Level up and create the necromancer of your nightmares Sell and trade your loot with various merchants Manage shops with upgrades It's currently scheduled for a release towards the end of this year, so we will take a good look at it at release. You can follow it and wishlist on Steam.

More Benchmarks Of The Performance Pullback In Linux 4.20

2018-11-16 11:54:43

Last night I published some benchmarks after finding Linux 4.20 is regressing in several workloads compared to Linux 4.18/4.19 and at least was affecting Intel Core i9 "HEDT" boxes. Here are more affected workloads regressing on Linux 4.20 and it's not just limited to high-end hardware...

Atomic Society, a post-apocalyptic city building strategy game will come to Linux

2018-11-16 11:39:05

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, City Builder, Strategy, Simulation, Early AccessAtomic Society recently entered Early Access on Steam and the developer Far Road Games said it will be coming to Linux. What's interesting, is that even though users have been talking about playing it using Steam Play, the developer made it clear they're working on a native Linux build. On the Steam forum, they said "Yep, official support is planned as soon as we're a bit more on top of the content with the Windows version (being a tiny team we prefer to limit our debugging focus to 1 version at a time).". Really good to see that, sounds like an interesting game. Watch video on YouTube.com Sounds like it has a bunch of interesting features already, include dealing with crime, judging social issues in your society, fight against outsiders, custom difficulty settings and so on. From the early reviews, it seems to show quite a lot of promise while having a fair amount of rough edges. That's fair enough though, this is what Early Access is for. Find out more and wishlist on Steam. Wouldn't hurt to let the developer know in the Steam forum post if you will actually pick up a copy when the Linux version is live. Hat tip to Tiedemann.

The truly excellent roguelike card game 'Slay the Spire' now has the final content in

2018-11-16 11:24:25

Tags: Roguelike, Card Game, RPG, Strategy, Early Access, Indie Game, Steam, Humble StoreSlay the Spire, a mix of a card-based strategy game with a roguelike has now added in the final content and my love of this game continues. For those of you who are tough enough (or lucky enough) to last an entire run, there's now a special final act to go through past Act 3. I don't want to spoil any of the details though but it really sounds like it's worth giving it your best shot. They also added some more music tracks into the game to treat your ears, bug fixes and so on. The main thing is that the game now has a proper ending for each character. Watch video on YouTube.com I haven't written anything about it for months now, since then it's gone through a lot of updates. It has gamepad support, although the Steam Controller is a bit messed up with it detecting the wrong buttons. They've added lots of new visual effects to various cards and attacks, which really helps the game feel a lot more alive. I'm quite a fan of how they've used effects in the game, as it makes what would be some bland sections like events come alive. They also recently revamped some of the audio and added in more ambient background tracks and so on. Since I last wrote about it in June, it feels like a massive difference. There's so much to the game that I could probably go on and on and how it gets so much right. I honestly think it might actually be a contender for my top 5 favourite games and that's really saying something. The style is simply amazing, the creature design is fantastic and the enemies you face have some interesting abilities, being able to stock up on special relics to give you bonuses adds in an interesting gameplay element and so on. Weirdly, fullscreen mode no longer works so I've been playing it in windowed mode. Other than that, I really do love it. Pick it up from Humble Store and Steam, you won't be sorry it's absolutely worth picking up.

Secret Charges Against Julian Assange Revealed Due to "Cut-Paste" Error

2018-11-16 11:22:42

Has Wikileaks founder Julian Assange officially been charged with any unspecified criminal offense in the United States? — YES United States prosecutors have accidentally revealed the existence of criminal charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a recently unsealed court filing in an unrelated ongoing sex crime case in the Eastern District of Virginia. Assistant US Attorney Kellen

The Great "DevOps Engineer" Title Debate

2018-11-16 10:59:21

At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in Las Vegas last month, DevOps author and researcher Gene Kim unveiled his latest definition of DevOps:

Spellcaster University will have you build a university of mages, will support Linux

2018-11-16 10:58:08

Tags: Indie Game, Crowdfunding, SimulationYou're a wizard harry! Spellcaster University, currently on Kickstarter is a management game where you will be tasked with building a university of mages. Spellcaster University is a management game: you build your school, manage the budget, appoint teachers. But it is also a "card driven" game: all your constructions, your improvements, are played with the help of cards. You draw these cards from different decks linked to different magic schools. When you draw, you look at three cards and keep one. Chance remains controlled. But so, each game is different. You won't build the same magic university twice, and the game has great replayability. I do find it quite interesting that card-based approaches have become so popular in the last two years. They seem to be in practically every genre now. Watch video on YouTube.com It's another Kickstarter that it's being rather clear about their intention to make a Linux version, it reads "The game will initially be released on windows and mac, and a version for linux will be available within two months of the launch at most.". This is the sort of thing I like to see, a developer being clear a Linux version will come and specifically mentioning a small delay. Too many Kickstarters end up leaving Linux in the dust without even a mention of a delay. Their main goal is to get €15K in funding, with almost €3.5K currently pledged. Not a lot, but they do have 29 days to scrape by the finish line. I'm surprised it's not more popular, I honestly thought it looked rather sweet and it's somewhat unique too. I mean, come on, you can build on top of a massive turtle! See more on the Kickstarter. Hat tip to NuSuey.  

Another Micro-ATX Haswell Era Motherboard Working With Coreboot But Needs Tiny Blob

2018-11-16 10:55:06

There are many Sandy Bridge era motherboards that have been freed by Coreboot while if you are looking for more options on something (slightly) newer, a micro-ATX Haswell-era motherboard from ASRock now works under this open-source BIOS implementation...

HSTR Makes Searching Your Bash Or Zsh Command History Easy

2018-11-16 10:46:51

HSTR is a ncurses-based tool for Bash and Zsh that makes it easy to view, navigate and search your command history.

Qt 5.12 Lowering The QML Memory Consumption, Better JavaScript Performance

2018-11-16 10:31:29

As part of The Qt Company's ongoing improvements to their tool-kit and with Qt 5.12 being an LTS release, this cycle they focused a lot on improving the performance...

Mozilla Now Ships Firefox Nightly Builds With Wayland Enabled

2018-11-16 10:16:41

After what feels like an eternity in waiting years for Mozilla to ship their Firefox web-browser with native Wayland support enabled, their latest Firefox Nightly builds have achieved this milestone...

Stoic have now removed the Linux version of The Banner Saga, in favour of Steam Play

2018-11-16 10:06:56

Tags: Steam, Steam PlayNews I'm not quite surprised by. Stoic have now officially removed the Linux version of The Banner Saga on Steam in favour of leveraging Valve's Steam Play. Why am I not surprised? Well, they already removed actual support for the original The Banner Saga and so we weren't going to be getting an further updates and the sequels were not coming to Linux. So, with that in mind, this news isn't really coming out of the blue. The problem is, they used an external porter for the original who went out of business and on top of that they also use Adobe AIR which was discontinued for Linux back in 2011. They've actually done this as a result of user requests to have the native Linux version removed, since Steam has no built-in function to let you switch between a native game and the Windows version run through Steam Play. Hopefully Valve will add in such an option in future, so people can have the best of both worlds and make their choice themselves. Until Valve do that, I imagine a couple more will be doing the same who don't have the resources or simply can't update the Linux version, as sad as that is. After a few issues of it still downloading the soundtrack and some other misc files as if it still had a Linux build, I told them what else they needed to remove and so now it will actually do Steam Play properly. I've tested it myself and even on my reasonably low powered Intel laptop using the Mesa driver on Ubuntu 18.10 it works perfectly. No audio issues, no graphical issues and performance seems okay too. Is it a big loss? Not really. If they weren't doing anything with the old Linux build and for some it didn't run at all, this is a better option isn't it? I would say so. Obviously it's preferable to have a supported release, but if they can't or won't this is the only option and Steam Play is absolutely better than having to run Steam in Wine directly. So while the reasons for them doing this are nothing to do with Steam Play, it's good that it's around so we don't lose it completely. See more here.

Mylobot Botnet Now Exfiltrates Data Using Second Stage Khalesi Trojan

2018-11-16 08:45:41

LinuxSecurity.com: The very dangerous Mylobot botnet known for acting as a gateway for second stage malware payloads has been detected by CenturyLink while downloading the Khalesi data-stealing Trojan on compromised machines.

Devices: Adding Linux to A PDP-11, Adding GNU/Linux Software to Chrome OS, and Adding Ubuntu to Android

2018-11-16 08:40:52

Adding Linux To A PDP-11 The UNIBUS architecture for DEC’s PDPs and Vaxxen was a stroke of genius. If you wanted more memory in your minicomputer, just add another card. Need a drive? Plug it into the backplane. Of course, with all those weird cards, these old UNIBUS PDPs are hard to keep running. The UniBone is the solution to this problem. It puts Linux on a UNIBUS bridge, allowing this card to serve as a memory emulator, a test console, a disk emulator, or any other hardware you can think of. The key to this build is the BeagleBone, everyone’s second-favorite single board computer that has one feature the other one doesn’t: PRUs, or a programmable real-time unit, that allows you to blink a lot of pins very, very fast. We’ve seen the BeagleBone be used as Linux in a terminal, as the rest of the computer for an old PDP-10 front panel and as the front end for a PDP-11/03. Chrome OS Linux apps will soon be able to access your entire Downloads folder and Google Drive Google is working hard to turn Chrome OS into more than just a browser, but a real, functional operating system for consumers of all kinds. Most recently, they’ve invited developers to the platform with Linux app support that enables all of their tools, including Android Studio, to work as expected. Soon, your Chrome OS and Google Drive files will be even more accessible to your Linux apps. [...] According to a new commit on the Chromium Gerrit, that’s all about to change. The commit primarily pertains to a new dialog that will be shown when sharing ‘root’ folders like My Drive or Downloads with your Chrome OS Linux apps (internally known as Crostini) container. The dialog is intended to forewarn you that sharing a root folder is a bit more serious than just sharing a sub-folder, and to be sure you know what you’re doing. Samsung Note 9 and Tab S4 owners can run a full Ubuntu Desktop – Linux on Dex We have come a long way as an industry and if this is not one of the biggest milestones in personal computing, I don’t know what else qualifies. Over the past decade of smartphones being around, we have seen an exponential increase in the power that our smartphones pack. I mean, flagships from the past few years spot more RAM and processing power than most laptops out there, but the small form factor has always been a hindrance to the utilization of this power. I mean you can only do so much on a 5.5-inch display. Samsung has launched its “Linux on Dex” app in beta and is inviting geeks and tinkerers to register and help test and develop it. The app lets owners of specific Samsung devices “run” a full Ubuntu desktop on their device alongside Android. read more

Malicious code hidden in advert images cost ad networks $1.13bn this year

2018-11-16 08:33:51

LinuxSecurity.com: Malvertising, the practice of embedding malicious code in seemingly innocent online adverts, is evolving through the use of steganography.

Akash Angle: How do you Fedora?

2018-11-16 08:27:15

Akash is a fan of the GNOME 3 desktop environment. He loves most of the goodies and bells and whistles the OS can throw in for getting basic tasks done. For practical reasons he prefers a fresh installation as a way of upgrading to the latest Fedora version. He thinks Fedora 29 is arguably the the best workstation out there. Akash says this has been backed up by reviews of various tech evangelists and open source news sites. read more

Windows 10 1809's new rollout: Mapped drives broken, AMD issues, Trend Micro clash

2018-11-16 08:18:11

VIDEO: Steer clear of the rereleased Windows 10 October 2018 Update, IT pro warns. Meanwhile, Microsoft promises fix for buggy mapped drives at some point next year.

PHP on RHEL-8 - Remi Collet

2018-11-16 08:16:00

RHEL-8 Beta is announced and is available for download for whom want to try it. This is an opportunity to look a PHP installation and how modules work. 1. Installation ISO image is available for everyone, see the README file. Don't forget to enable the Beta repositories. # dnf repolist repo id repo name status rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - AppStream Beta (RPMs) 4594 rhel-8-for-x86_64-baseos-beta-rpms Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - BaseOS Beta (RPMs) 1686 2. Installation of PHP PHP is not part of BaseOS which is the base of the Operating System, reduced to minimal, but is available in AppStream, i.e. as a module. # dnf module list Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - AppStream Beta (RPMs) php 7.1 devel, minimal, defaul PHP scripting language t [d] php 7.2 [d] devel, minimal, defaul PHP scripting language t [d] You can see that both versions 7.1 and 7.2 (défaut) are available. Installation of version 7.1 # dnf module install php:7.1 Dependencies resolved. ========================================================================================================== Package Arch Version Repository Size ========================================================================================================== Installing group/module packages: php-cli x86_64 7.1.20-2.el8+1700+11d526eb rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 2.9 M php-common x86_64 7.1.20-2.el8+1700+11d526eb rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 624 k php-fpm x86_64 7.1.20-2.el8+1700+11d526eb rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 1.5 M php-json x86_64 7.1.20-2.el8+1700+11d526eb rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 70 k php-mbstring x86_64 7.1.20-2.el8+1700+11d526eb rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 547 k php-xml x86_64 7.1.20-2.el8+1700+11d526eb rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 187 k Installing dependencies: httpd-filesystem noarch 2.4.35-6.el8+2089+57a79027 rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 32 k nginx-filesystem noarch 1:1.14.0-3.el8+1631+ba902cf0 rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 23 k Installing module profiles: php/default Enabling module streams: httpd 2.4 nginx 1.14 php 7.1 Transaction Summary ========================================================================================================== Install 8 Packages Total download size: 5.9 M Installed size: 20 M Is this ok [y/N]: y Result: # php -v PHP 7.1.20 (cli) (built: Jul 19 2018 06:17:27) ( NTS ) Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group Zend Engine v3.1.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies And you can switch easily to  7.2 # dnf module install php:7.2 Dependencies resolved. ========================================================================================================== Package Arch Version Repository Size ========================================================================================================== Upgrading: php-cli x86_64 7.2.11-1.el8+2002+9409c40c rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 3.1 M php-common x86_64 7.2.11-1.el8+2002+9409c40c rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 653 k php-fpm x86_64 7.2.11-1.el8+2002+9409c40c rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 1.6 M php-json x86_64 7.2.11-1.el8+2002+9409c40c rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 73 k php-mbstring x86_64 7.2.11-1.el8+2002+9409c40c rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 580 k php-xml x86_64 7.2.11-1.el8+2002+9409c40c rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-beta-rpms 188 k Switching module streams: php 7.1 -> 7.2 Transaction Summary ========================================================================================================== Upgrade 6 Packages Total download size: 6.2 M Is this ok [y/N]: y Result: # php -v PHP 7.2.11 (cli) (built: Oct 9 2018 15:09:36) ( NTS ) Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies 3. Web usage 3.1 with Apache HTTP ServerTruncated by Planet PHP, read more at the original (another 1503 bytes)

A reliance on open source in enterprise: Necessary for digital transformation

2018-11-16 08:07:12

Enterprises have embraced the cloud; and now they’re focusing on open source. Open source lends itself to innovation, something competing enterprises need to seriously tap into, by allowing different developers from across the world to create and modify software to solve current challenges and open new avenues. To find out more about how open source is venturing into the enterprise community and spurring digital innovation, Information Age spoke to Stephan Fabel, director of product at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. read more

How old were you when you first started using Linux?

2018-11-16 08:02:00

Some folks grew up on Linux. But for most of us, we started using it later in life. Whether you switched from another operating system, or are one of the lucky few who knew no OS before it, all of us were beginners at some point. How old were you when you started using Linux? Do you remember that time clearly, or is it so far in the past that it's but a faint memory? Regardless of the answer, let us know when it was, and maybe, a bit about what that experience has meant to you. read more

What blockchain can learn from open source

2018-11-16 08:01:00

Over the 10+ years I've been involved with open source, I've been part of small projects with innovative ideas that grew into large projects with solid communities. I've also witnessed the way dysfunctional communities can suck the energy from projects. read more

Death by PowerPoint: These talks break the mold

2018-11-16 08:00:00

Conferences can be amazing experiences, with interesting people, great locations, and insightful talks. However, if you attend enough conferences, or the wrong conferences, you could succumb to one of the worst pandemics of our age. No, not "conflu"—death by PowerPoint. read more

Debian and Ubuntu: Raphaël Hertzog's Report, Mark Shuttleworth's Keynote, and Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo

2018-11-16 07:49:21

Raphaël Hertzog: Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, October 2018 Like each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS. OpenStack Summit Berlin 2018, Mark Shuttleworth keynote The OpenStack community has, and attracts, amazing people and amazing technology, however, that won’t be meaningful if it doesn’t deliver for everyday businesses. “I say that representing the company which doesn’t just publish Ubuntu and the reference OpenStack distribution on Ubuntu, we actually manage more OpenStack clouds for more different industries, more different architectures than any other company,” said Shuttleworth. There are things that have to be right – we have to support every single OpenStack release with upgrades. That means when Stein and Train are released, we will deploy, as part of the test process, Icehouse on 14.04, then deploy workloads on Kubernetes on Icehouse. With that running in the cloud, and without losing a workload, the version is then upgraded up to Mitaka. We then take the running cloud and upgrade to 16.04 under the hood, then upgrade to Queens, then upgrade to 18.04 and on to Rocky, Stein and beyond, as standard. Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S11E36 – Thirty-Six HoursUbuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S11E36 – Thirty-Six Hours This week we’ve been resizing partitions. We interview Andrew Katz and discuss open souce and the law, bring you a command line love and go over all your feedback. It’s Season 11 Episode 36 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain. read more

Server: OpenStack Summit in Berlin and Kubernetes, Sysadmins

2018-11-16 07:13:09

How AT&T Is Using OpenStack to Deploy 5G Networks The next generation of wireless networks known as 5G is being enabled at AT&T through a series of open source efforts, including the OpenStack cloud platform. At the OpenStack Summit in Berlin, Germany, executives from AT&T discussed how they are building out 5G networks and also demonstrated a live 5G phone call running on top of an OpenStack deployment. "5G is a revolution. The capabilities that 5G will enable are things that will be a step function increase in latency, in reliability and resiliency with ultra-low latency and at very high speeds." Amy Wheelus, vice president, Network Cloud at AT&T, said. "5G Is really more than just another generation; it's more than just another G, because 5G is going to enable new services, new products, and even new industries that you and I haven't even thought about that today." She noted that among the 5G application use cases are smart factories and autonomous vehicles. AT&T also expects that 5G will be used for augmented reality, not just for entertainment, but also for critical functions, such as search and rescue or troubleshooting at the top of a tower. OpenStack Expands Focus to Enable Open Infrastructure The OpenStack Foundation is no longer exclusively focused on its namesake cloud platform as the open-source effort is now expanding to enable the broader realm of open infrastructure. In a video interview at the OpenStack Summit here, Mark Collier, chief operating officer, and Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, detailed the group's new approach. It's an approach that now includes four pilot projects outside of the core OpenStack cloud platform—the Airship code deployment, Kata containers, StarlingX edge compute and Zuul continuous integration projects. [Podcast] PodCTL #55 – Kubernetes as the new Application Server Video: The Beginning, Present, and Future of Sysadmins read more

Linux Foundation: Uber Joins the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member, CNCF Survey and Cloudera

2018-11-16 07:05:55

Uber Joins the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member Uber has been an active and committed member of the open source community, leveraging, contributing, and developing open source solutions across our tech stack since launching our platform nearly 10 years ago. Announced today during Uber Open Summit 2018, we extend our commitment by joining the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member, continuing to support the open source community through the Linux Foundation. [...] “Open source technology is the backbone of many of Uber’s core services and as we continue to mature, these solutions will become ever more important,” said Thuan Pham, Uber CTO. “The Linux Foundation not only provides homes to many significant open source projects, but also creates an open environment for companies like Uber to work together on developing these technologies. We are honored to join the Linux Foundation to foster greater collaboration with the open source community.” CNCF Survey: Cloud Usage in Asia Has Grown 135% Since March 2018 [Ed: They just call every server "cloud" because they call themselves "cloud"] The bi-annual CNCF survey takes a pulse of the community to better understand the adoption of cloud native technologies. This is the second time CNCF has conducted its cloud native survey in Mandarin to better gauge how Asian companies are adopting open source and cloud native technologies. The previous Mandarin survey was conducted in March 2018. This post also makes comparisons to the most recent North American / European version of this survey from August 2018. AI in the Real World We are living in the future – it is just unevenly distributed with “an outstanding amount of hype and this anthropomorphization of what [AI] technology can actually provide for us,” observed Hilary Mason, general manager for machine learning at Cloudera, who led a keynote on “AI in the Real World: Today and Tomorrow,” at the recent Open FinTech Forum. [...] As progress is made in the development of AI, machine learning and deep learning, there are still things we need to keep in mind, Mason said. “One of the biggest topics in our field right now is how we incorporate ethics, how we comply with expectations of privacy in the practice of data science.” She gave a plug to a short, free ebook called “Data Driven: Creating a Data Culture,” that she co-authored with DJ Patil, who worked as chief data scientist for President Barack Obama. Their goal, she said, is “to try and get folks who are practicing out in the world of machine learning and data science to think about their tools [and] for them to practice ethics in the context of their work.” Mason ended her presentation on an optimistic note, observing that “AI will find its way into many fundamental processes of the businesses that we all run. So when I say, ‘Let’s make it boring,’ I actually think that’s what makes it more exciting.’” read more

IBM Acquisition of Red Hat Will Trigger Tectonic Changes in The IT Landscape

2018-11-16 06:04:01

Every once in a while comes along an acquisition with the potential of drastically changing the business landscape. One such acquisition was made over the weekend by IBM. IBM is acquiring Red Hat for $34 billion, a 64% premium over Red Hat's (RHT) closing price on Friday. This event is significant in several different ways, not to mention that this is the largest software only acquisition to date. There have been several different takes on the rationale behind Big Blue buying Red Hat. Like any tech acquisition this size, there is a business or strategic aspect as well as a technological impact of this deal. Let's take a look at both.

How to install Tomcat 9 on CentOS 7

2018-11-16 05:49:30

Tomcat is an open source implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies. This tutorial covers the steps required to install Tomcat 9.0 on CentOS 7.

Red Hat: OpenStack, Carahsoft, Partners and Technical Account Managers

2018-11-16 05:11:04

Red Hat talks upgrades and bare metal with its new OpenStack Platform Red Hat used this week's OpenStack Summit to announce the impending arrival of its OpenStack Platform 14. We had a chat with Red Hat's Nick Barcet about cadence, Kubernetes, and most definitely not IBM. It's been a while coming, but Red Hat has taken the latest OpenStack release, Rocky, and folded it into its OpenStack Platform, with version 14 due to hit a waiting world in the next few weeks. The goal of Red Hat's take is, as ever, to make life easier for admins tasked with setting up the occasionally challenging OpenStack platform. Simplifying cloud-native application adoption and getting containers on bare metal is the name of the game here. OpenShift, of course, gets a look-in as well as Red Hat continues to tightly integrate the container platform with OpenStack to bring more Kubernetes-based goodness to the party. Red Hat has pointed to Gartner research which claimed that 75 per cent of organisations will have either a multi-cloud or hybrid environment by 2020, meaning that OpenStack's private cloud infrastructure is likely to play a part. And Red Hat would be very happy to help set that up for you, for a fee. Carahsoft Receives the Red Hat Public Sector Distribution Partner of the Year Award Red Hat launches mobile app to enable partners to save time and build connections Supporting support: How TAMs bring stronger value to customers by collaborating with support delivery Red Hat Technical Account Managers (TAMs) have many responsibilities, all of which center around meeting customers’ needs and ultimately working to help customers succeed. One major responsibility for a TAM is providing support for the products that customers have purchased through subscriptions. Each of Red Hat’s products has a skilled and specialized support engineering team, dedicated to provide assistance for Red Hat’s customers. TAM customers receive the added benefit of having someone they know personally standing by, ready to assist them to get issues resolved as quickly as possible. Through close relationships, Technical Account Managers play a key role in providing that necessary support. read more

Graphics: RADV Vulkan Driver, NVIDIA 410.78 Linux Driver, Mesa 18.2.5, Firefox Nightly on Wayland and AMD Radeon RX 590 Launches

2018-11-16 05:05:37

RADV Vulkan Driver To Enable Vega Primitive Binning By Default - Helps Performance The RadeonSI OpenGL driver offered Vega primitive binning support the past year followed by the RADV Vulkan driver, but it hadn't been enabled by default. Those working on the RADV driver are now planning on unconditionally enabling this Vega performance optimization for up to a few percent performance boost. It seems the primitive binning driver support for RADV is mature enough that it can be flipped on by default and at least doesn't appear to be hurting any prominent Vulkan-powered Linux games. Samuel Pitoiset of Valve's Linux driver team sent out the patch today for flipping it on by default. On that patch message he describes this Vega feature as helping out some games by a few percent, "After doing a bunch of benchmarks, primitive binning helps some games like The Talos Principle (+5%) or Serious Sam 2017 (+3%). For other titles, either it doesn't change anything or it hurts very few (less than 1%)." NVIDIA 410.78 Linux Driver Fixes Vulkan Corruption, Adds Quadro RTX 4000 Support For those using the NVIDIA long-lived 410 Linux driver series over the in-beta 415.xx driver series, the 410.78 driver release is out today as the newest stable binary driver build. The NVIDIA 410.78 rolls out with official support for the Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card and a handful of bug fixes. The bug fixes include addressing a possible X Server hang when using legacy VGA mode, mode-setting failure with SDI output, and Vulkan rendering corruption. [Mesa-dev] [ANNOUNCE] mesa 18.2.5 A patch for nine state tracker that fixes several crashes using nine's thread_submit feature. There are other patches to other state trackers. A couple of patches for Meson build system, as well as for autotools. In the drivers side, there are a couple of fixes for RADV, one regarding subgroups and another regarding conditional rendering. There are also fixes for virgl, r600, and i965. Mesa 18.2.5 Brings Fixes For Direct3D 9 State Tracker, RADV Vulkan Driver For those sticking to the Mesa stable release train, Mesa 18.2.5 is now available ahead of the Mesa 18.3 quarterly feature release due out in the weeks ahead. As is the case for Mesa point releases, Mesa 18.2.5 is geared to deliver the latest bug/regression fixes. this 18.2.5 release has around three dozen changes, including fixes for the Gallium "Nine" D3D9 state tracker when using its thread-submit functionality, Meson build system updates, RADV Vulkan driver fixes, and also some basic fixes/tweaks to the common NIR, Mesa, and Intel code. There is no particular standout prominent fixes unless you were personally affected by one of the bugs. Firefox Nightly now with experimental Wayland support As of last nightly (20181115100051), Firefox now supports Wayland on Linux, thanks to the work from Martin Stransky and Jan Horak, mostly. Before that, it was possible to build your own Firefox with Wayland support (and Fedora does it), but now the downloads from mozilla.org come with Wayland support out of the box for the first time. However, being experimental and all, the Wayland support is not enabled by default, meaning by default, you’ll still be using XWayland. To enable wayland support, first set the GDK_BACKEND environment variable to wayland. AMD Radeon RX 590 Launches, Linux Support Presumably Okay While it comes as no surprise given all the leaks in recent weeks, today AMD officially announced the Radeon RX 590 graphics card as another update to Polaris. The new Polaris PCI ID addition we spotted back in September indeed turned out to be for a new high-end Polaris refresh. The Radeon RX 590 is this new high-end Polaris graphics card that is manufactured on a 12nm FinFET process. read more

Qt/KDE: Qt for Python, Inkscape Dark Theme on KDE Plasma, Atelier at Maker Faire and QtCon 2018!

2018-11-16 05:00:22

Python and Qt: 3,000 hours of developer insight With Qt for Python released, it’s time to look at the powerful capabilities of these two technologies. This article details one solopreneur’s experiences. [...] The big problem with Electron is performance. In particular, the startup time was too high for a file manager: On an admittedly old machine from 2010, simply launching Electron took five seconds. I admit that my personal distaste for JavaScript also made it easier to discount Electron. Before I go off on a rant, let me give you just one detail that I find symptomatic: Do you know how JavaScript sorts numbers? Alphabetically. ’nuff said. After considering a few technologies, I settled on Qt. It’s cross-platform, has great performance and supports custom styles. What’s more, you can use it from Python. This makes at least me orders of magnitude more productive than the default C++. Inkscape Dark Theme on KDE Plasma On KDE Plasma, it's very easy to setup Inkscape Dark Theme. To do so, go to System Settings > Application Style > GNOME/GTK+ Style > under GTK+ Style: switch all themes to Dark ones and give check mark to Prefer Dark Theme > Apply. Now your Inkscape should turned into dark mode. To revert back, just revert the theme selections. This trick works on Kubuntu or any other GNU/Linux system as long as it uses Plasma as its desktop environment. Atelier at Maker Faire and QtCon 2018! On the weekend of November 3 and 4, it happened on Rio de Janeiro the first Maker Faire of Latin America. And I was able to do a talk about Atelier and the current status of our project. The event hold more than 1.500 people on the first day, that saw a lot of talks and the exposition of makers of all over the country that came to Rio to participate in this edition of the Maker Faire. read more

Security: Updates, Systematic Evaluation of Transient Execution Attacks and Defenses, New IoT Security Regulations and GPU Side-Channel Attacks

2018-11-16 04:58:26

Security updates for Thursday A Systematic Evaluation of Transient Execution Attacks and Defenses [...] we present a sound and extensible systematization of transient execution attacks. Our systematization uncovers 7 (new) transient execution attacks that have been overlooked and not been investigated so far. This includes 2 new Meltdown variants: Meltdown-PK on Intel, and Meltdown-BR on Intel and AMD. It also includes 5 new Spectre mistraining strategies. We evaluate all 7 attacks in proof-of-concept implementations on 3 major processor vendors (Intel, AMD, ARM). Our systematization does not only yield a complete picture of the attack surface, but also allows a systematic evaluation of defenses. Through this systematic evaluation, we discover that we can still mount transient execution attacks that are supposed to be mitigated by rolled out patches. New IoT Security Regulations Due to ever-evolving technological advances, manufacturers are connecting consumer goods­ -- from toys to light bulbs to major appliances­ -- to the Internet at breakneck speeds. This is the Internet of Things, and it's a security nightmare. The Internet of Things fuses products with communications technology to make daily life more effortless. Think Amazon's Alexa, which not only answers questions and plays music but allows you to control your home's lights and thermostat. Or the current generation of implanted pacemakers, which can both receive commands and send information to doctors over the Internet. But like nearly all innovation, there are risks involved. And for products born out of the Internet of Things, this means the risk of having personal information stolen or devices being overtaken and controlled remotely. For devices that affect the world in a direct physical manner -- ­cars, pacemakers, thermostats­ -- the risks include loss of life and property. University Researchers Publish Paper On GPU Side-Channel Attacks University researchers out of University of California Riverside have published a paper this week detailing vulnerabilities in current GPU architectures making them vulnerable to side-channel attacks akin to Spectre and Meltdown. With their focus on NVIDIA GPUs, UCLA Riverside researchers demonstrated attacks both for graphics and compute by exploiting the GPU's performance counters. Demonstrated attacks included a browser-based attack, extracting passwords / keystroke logging, and even the possibility of exposing a CUDA neural network algorithm. read more

VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2

2018-11-16 04:56:20

Announcement: VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 released Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines! A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes. You can download the binaries here: http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/6.0.0_BETA2 Please do NOT open bug reports at our public bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum at https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewforum.php?f=15 to report any problems with the Beta. Please concentrate on reporting regressions since VirtualBox 5.2! Version 6.0 will be a new major release. Please see the forum at https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=90315 for an incomplete list of changes. Thanks for your help! Michael VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 Adds File Manager For Host/Guest File Copies, OS/2 Shared Folder Last month Oracle rolled out the public beta of VirtualBox 6.0 though didn't include many user-facing changes. They have now rolled out a second beta that does add in a few more features. VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 was released today and to its user-interface is a new file manager that allows the user to control the guest file-system with copying file objects between the host and guest. Also improved with VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 is better shared folder auto-mounting with the VBox Guest Additions. This beta even brings initial shared folder support to the guest additions for OS/2. read more

Thunderbird version 60.3.1 now Available, Includes Fixes for Cookie Removal and Encoding Issues

2018-11-16 04:03:45

Thunderbird happens to be one of the most famous Email client. It is free and an open source one which was developed by the Mozilla Foundation back in 2003, fifteen years ago. From a very basic interface, it has come a long way to be what it is today in 2018. With these updates, a recent one into the 60.x series from the 52.x series was a significant one. While the 60.x (60.3.0) update started rolling out, Mozilla was keen to push out 60.3.1. This new version of Thunderbird had a few bugs and kinks here and there which needed to be addressed which Mozilla did, most of them at least. read more

Games: Feral Interactive, ATOM RPG, Lore Finder, UnDungeon, Humble Store Fall Sale

2018-11-16 04:01:47

Feral Interactive are teasing a new Linux port, time to start guessing If it wasn't enough that Feral Interactive are porting Life is Strange 2, Total War: WARHAMMER and Total War: THREE KINGDOMS to Linux they're also teasing another new Linux port. They also only asked a few days ago to send port requests to them so they're really quite busy for us lately. ATOM RPG had another huge update expanding the game along with a full release next month For those after their next RPG fix, ATOM RPG is certainly going to be an interesting game for you to take notice of. While it's currently in Early Access, the full release is now scheduled for next month. Inspired by the likes of Fallout, Wasteland, Deus Ex, Baldur's Gate the inspiration is certainly clear. While it's a little rough around the edges, it certainly does show a huge amount of promise. Lore Finder, a cosmic horror metroidvania is on Kickstarter and should get Linux support Lore Finder, a cosmic horror metroidvania from developer Kitsune Games that certainly sounds unique. You take on the role of K.C. Morgan, a paranormal investigator and search a New England mansion for your missing father. They're calling it a "queer reimagining of the cosmic horror genre" as the protagonist is "non-binary". UnDungeon, a pixelart action RPG will be coming to Linux and it looks really slick A Kickstarter that was fully funded we completely missed, UnDungeon is a pixelart action RPG that has a dynamic fighting system and it's heading to Linux. The Humble Store Fall Sale is live, some great Linux games going cheap Another season, another sale! Looking for a new game? Here's a good chance to take a look at some fine Linux games. Firstly, if you act fast, you will be able to get a free copy of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion until November 18th which should work okay with Steam Play. read more

Another Fine Update Cycle From Microsoft

2018-11-16 03:54:40

Windows 10 1809's new rollout: Mapped drives broken, AMD issues, Trend Micro clash Within days of Microsoft's first release of Windows 10 1809 at the beginning of October, IT pros noticed that Windows File Explorer indicated that mapped network drives appeared to be broken. "Testing the new 1809 update, and everything seems to be fine except all mapped drives to Windows 2012 file servers show disconnected (red x) after reboots or logoff/on," wrote one IT pro on October 5, with many others confirming the same issue on company networks. Windows 10’s October 2018 Update Breaks Mapped Network Drives Microsoft’s October 2018 Update drama is largely over, but there are still a few lingering bugs. Microsoft has confirmed an issue where mapped network drives are broken after a PC restarts. This will not be fixed until 2019. read more

Who is Using Kolla Containers?

2018-11-16 03:34:26

Containers are everywhere now, including in OpenStack, where more and more projects are starting to include them. The post Who is Using Kolla Containers? appeared first on Linux Academy Blog.

Mark Shuttleworth reveals Ubuntu 18.04 will get a 10-year support lifespan

2018-11-16 03:20:50

VIDEO: Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth talks about Ubuntu, OpenStack, competition with Red Hat, and Canonical[he]#039[/he]s forthcoming IPO.

Linux 4.20 Showing Some Performance Slowdowns

2018-11-16 01:29:54

Being well past the Linux 4.20 merge window I have moved onto benchmarking more of this development version of the Linux kernel. Unfortunately, there are some clear performance regressions...

7 Free (or Cheap) Ways to Increase Your Cybersecurity Knowledge

2018-11-16 01:00:00

Building cybersecurity skills is a must; paying a lot for the education is optional. Here are seven options for increasing knowledge without depleting a budget.

How to Install Elgg Social Network on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

2018-11-16 00:52:09

Elgg is a free, open source and self-hosted social networking application that can be used to create your own social networking website. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Elgg with Apache web server on Ubuntu 18.04 server.

Announcing the AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty Preparation Course

2018-11-15 23:37:31

Hi folks! The post Announcing the AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty Preparation Course appeared first on Linux Academy Blog.

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2018-11-15 23:28:55

testing 123… please forgive the static ;-)

VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 Adds File Manager For Host/Guest File Copies, OS/2 Shared Folder

2018-11-15 23:06:06

Last month Oracle rolled out the public beta of VirtualBox 6.0 though didn't include many user-facing changes. They have now rolled out a second beta that does add in a few more features...

Uber Joins Linux Foundation Cementing Commitment To Open Source Tools

2018-11-15 22:40:00

At the 2018 Uber Open Summit, Uber announced it was joining the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member, making a firm commitment to using and contributing to open source tools. TechCrunch reports: Uber CTO Thuan Pham sees the Linux Foundation as a place for companies like his to nurture and develop open source projects. "Open source technology is the backbone of many of Uber's core services and as we continue to mature, these solutions will become ever more important," he said in a blog post announcing the partnership. "Uber has made significant investments in shared software development and community collaboration through open source over the years, including contributing the popular open source project Jaeger, a distributed tracing system, to the Linux Foundation's Cloud Native Computing Foundation in 2017," an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch. As the report mentions, it took the ride-hailing service a long time for them to join the Linux Foundation. "Uber has been long known for making use of open source in its core tools working on over 320 open source projects and repositories from 1500 contributors involving over 70,000 commits, according to data provided by the company," reports TechCrunch. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Congress Passes Bill for New Federal Cybersecurity Agency

2018-11-15 22:00:00

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act now headed to President Trump for signing into law.

Congress Passes Bill to Create New Federal Cybersecurity Agency

2018-11-15 22:00:00

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act now headed to President Trump for signing into law.

Distribution Release: Slax 9.6.0

2018-11-15 21:55:18

Tomáš Matějíček has announced a new release of Slax. The new version, Slax 9.6.0, is the latest build of the project's minimalist and modular desktop Linux distribution based on Debian's Stable branch. "I am happy to announce that a new version of Slax Linux is available for download.....

Lore Finder, a cosmic horror metroidvania is on Kickstarter and should get Linux support

2018-11-15 21:52:32

Tags: Crowdfunding, Metroidvania, Indie Game, PlatformerLore Finder, a cosmic horror metroidvania from developer Kitsune Games that certainly sounds unique. You take on the role of K.C. Morgan, a paranormal investigator and search a New England mansion for your missing father. They're calling it a "queer reimagining of the cosmic horror genre" as the protagonist is "non-binary". Watch video on YouTube.com What's interesting, is that they're offering up a demo you can play in your browser. Right on the Kickstarter page, so all platforms can give it a go even if the downloadable demo is only on Windows for now. About the "should get Linux support" they're refreshingly clear on that subject: The game will be powered by the FNA library created by Ethan Lee, which is used in the Mac and Linux ports of games such as Eversion, Celeste, Salt and Sanctuary, FEZ, Rogue Legacy, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Bastion, Transistor, and even our very own MidBoss. This means Mac and Linux ports should be doable, and will follow after release of the Windows version. If fully funded, we will have a modest stretch goal which if reached means Lore Finder will release simultaneously on Mac, Linux, and Windows. This stretch goal is needed because if unexpected difficulties porting to Mac and Linux crop up, we can't promise a simultaneous release without some budget to cover potential issues. For those who still have doubt, I've spoken to the developer a few times about it and they really are positive about a Linux version. They also previously put out the rather unique rogue-like MidBoss which does work well on Linux. The actual team working on this title have done some other really good stuff in the past like art for Cave Story+, The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ and a few others. Their main goal is only $10K, so it's not exactly high which means the stretch goal to have simultaneous Linux support likely won't be too much higher. With 29 days of the campaign left, I've no doubt it will smash through. For those concerned about such a low goal the game is already "reasonably well developed" and they're paying fees out of their own picket. Sounds very interesting, you can see more about it on Kickstarter. 

Congatec shows off Qseven and SMARC modules with new i.MX8X

2018-11-15 21:28:57

Congatec announced two industrial, Linux-ready modules equipped with NXP’s dual- or quad-A35 i.MX8X SoC: the Conga-QMX8X (Qseven) with optional PoE and the Conga-SMX8X (SMARC 2.0) with optional WiFi. When either Variscite or Congatec announces a computer-on-module based on a new processor, the other company typically follows suit shortly thereafter. After Variscite announced its NXP i.MX8X-based […]

RHEL 8 Beta arrives with application streams and more

2018-11-15 21:09:09

In the four years since the introduction of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7, the IT world has evolved. RHEL 8 Beta brings innovation and dozens of new features.

Don't cross the Application Streams! Actually, maybe you can now in RHEL 8 beta

2018-11-15 20:26:09

Allows updating user space without breaking everything Hot on the heels of its OpenStack Platform 14, Red Hat has announced the beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.…

NVIDIA 410.78 Linux Driver Fixes Vulkan Corruption, Adds Quadro RTX 4000 Support

2018-11-15 20:00:00

For those using the NVIDIA long-lived 410 Linux driver series over the in-beta 415.xx driver series, the 410.78 driver release is out today as the newest stable binary driver build...

How to Install TeamViewer on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

2018-11-15 19:54:49

TeamViewer is a popular software used for remote access over the internet to and from your system for Linux, MacOS, and Windows. In this article, we will explain how you can install the TeamViewer application on your Ubuntu system, both through the UI and the command line.

Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta

2018-11-15 19:48:00

The next major RHEL update is on its way with more container friendliness than ever.

How to Install Nginx on FreeBSD 11.2

2018-11-15 19:38:17

Cyber Crooks Diversify Business with Multi-Intent Malware

2018-11-15 19:30:00

The makers of malware have realized that if they're going to invest time and money in compromising cyber defenses, they should do everything they can to monetize their achievement.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Released For $25 USD

2018-11-15 19:24:37

The Raspberry Pi Foundation today unveiled the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ ARM SBC that costs just $25 and offers Bluetooth, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, and a 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 processor...

Sector 5 launches affordable E3 Chromebook

2018-11-15 19:20:56

For many consumers, Windows 10 is total overkill. If most (or all) of your tasks are web-based, a Chromebook is probably a much better option. After all, the Linux-based Chrome OS is fast and stable, while also being extremely secure. Why bother with all the malware and lag of Windows if you don’t have to? Today, a company called Sector 5 launches a new Chromebook model. Called "E3," it has an attractive design, decent specs, plenty of ports, and an affordable asking price. Best of all, it supports both Android apps and traditional Linux desktop programs too. "The Sector 5… [Continue Reading]

How to find a Word in Vim or vi text editor

2018-11-15 19:04:00

The Humble Store Fall Sale is live, some great Linux games going cheap

2018-11-15 19:03:36

Tags: Game Sale, Humble StoreAnother season, another sale! Looking for a new game? Here's a good chance to take a look at some fine Linux games. Firstly, if you act fast, you will be able to get a free copy of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion until November 18th which should work okay with Steam Play. As for Linux games, here's some picks to get you started off: Trine Enchanted Edition - 85% off Trine 2: Complete Story - 85% off PixelJunk Shooter - 85% off (Scaine was a big fan) Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - 85% off Deponia: The Complete Journey - 85% off The Fall - 80% off Life Is Strange - Complete Season - 80% off DiRT Rally - 80% off XCOM 2 - 75% off Sheltered - 75% off There's absolutely tons more, plenty of great deals I'm not mentioning there simply because I would be here all night listing some of my favourite games or things I think you might find interesting. Or perhaps you want to check out a cheap Windows game to try in Steam Play? Feel free to take a wider look. Humble also still have The Humble Dystopian Bundle which has 11 days left and various other bundles. Head on over to Humble Store and find something new. Worth noting, the next Steam sale is also this month.

Cloud, China, Generic Malware Top Security Concerns for 2019

2018-11-15 18:45:00

FireEye researchers unveil an extensive list of security risks waiting in the new year's wings.

Red Hat talks upgrades and bare metal with its new OpenStack Platform

2018-11-15 18:33:08

Just don't mention those three Big Blue letters, OK? Red Hat used this week's OpenStack Summit to announce the impending arrival of its OpenStack Platform 14. We had a chat with Red Hat's Nick Barcet about cadence, Kubernetes, and most definitely not IBM.…

Red Hat: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta Released, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 and More

2018-11-15 18:32:55

Powering IT’s future while preserving the present: Introducing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta Linux containers, Kubernetes, artificial intelligence, blockchain and too many other technical breakthroughs to list all share a common component - Linux, the same workhorse that has driven mission-critical, production systems for nearly two decades. Today, we’re offering a vision of a Linux foundation to power the innovations that can extend and transform business IT well into the future: Meet Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta. Enterprise IT is evolving at a pace faster today than at any other point in history. This reality necessitates a common foundation that can span every footprint, from the datacenter to multiple public clouds, enabling organizations to meet every workload requirement and deliver any app, everywhere. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta, we worked to deliver a shared foundation for both the emerging and current worlds of enterprise IT. The next generation of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform helps fuel digital transformation strategies across the hybrid cloud, where organizations use innovations like Linux containers and Kubernetes to deliver differentiated products and services. At the same time, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta enables IT teams to optimize and extract added value from existing technology investments, helping to bridge demands for innovation with stability and productivity. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta Released With Stratis, Yum 4, Application Streams The long-awaited public beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 is finally available! Red Hat surprised us with the beta roll-out this morning of RHEL8 ahead of the official Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 in 2019. Highlights of RHEL8 include: - Application Streams (AppStreams) for better separating user-space packages from the core kernel operations. This allows for shipping newer versions of applications prior to major/minor RHEL updates, utilizing multiple versions of the same package concurrently, etc. RHEL 8 Beta arrives with application streams and more Much of the impetus for RHEL 8 has been the growing need for a common foundation that can span every IT stronghold from the data center to multiple public clouds and make application delivery a lot more manageable. Four years have passed since RHEL 7 came our way, and so much has changed in the world of IT since then, with continued virtualization and containerization along with a growing need for rapid deployment. [...] Red Hat is interested in having existing customers and subscribers experience RHEL 8 Beta. Go to Red Hat's RHEL Beta site to get a feel for the flexibility and control this new release can provide to you. RHEL 8 Beta is built on the 4.18 Linux kernel as a baseline and provides many features that you are likely to appreciate. What's New in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 Red Hat announced its OpenStack Platform 14 update on Nov. 15, providing users of the open-source cloud platform with an incremental set of new features. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 is based on the upstream OpenStack Rocky milestone, which became publicly available on Aug. 30. Among the new features in OSP 14 are improved networking capabilities, including enhanced load balancing capabilities for container workloads. Red Hat is also continuing to push forward on the integration of its OpenShift Kubernetes container orchestration platform with OpenStack. In a video interview with eWEEK, Mark McLoughlin, senior director of engineering of OpenStack at Red Hat, outlined some of the new features in OSP 14 and the direction for the road ahead. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 delivers unified foundation for Kubernetes and virtual machines Red Hat Inc. announced Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14, its latest version of Red Hat’s massively-scalable, cloud-native apps-ready Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution. Based on the OpenStack “Rocky” community release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 integrates with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, a comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, bringing even more support for Kubernetes to enterprise-grade OpenStack. Paired with capabilities to improve bare-metal resource consumption and enhance deployment automation, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 aims to deliver a single infrastructure offering that can lay the foundation for traditional, virtualized and cloud-native workloads. OpenStack: We've seen the future, and it's metal (and infrastructure, natch) The OpenStack Foundation took to the stage in Berlin this week to talk infrastructure because, heck, everyone loves infrastructure, right? Especially open infrastructure. With its roots in a joint project set up by NASA and Rackspace back in 2010, the open-source OpenStack platform comprises a suite of components aimed at managing pools of compute, storage and networking resources for those wary of throwing their lot in with the likes of Amazon and Microsoft. Over two days of keynote speeches in which the OpenStack Foundation (OSF) wheeled out a succession of customers to insist the framework was a breeze to set up and not just for telcos, there was a tacit admission that perhaps it was time for the group to focus a bit more on the whole infrastructure thing. And China. read more

Pro SQL Server on Linux (Apress)

2018-11-15 18:19:16

This book walks you through installing and configuring SQL Server on the Linux platform. Author Bob Ward is one of the principal architects of SQL Server for Linux, and brings a corresponding depth of knowledge. Throughout this book are internals of how SQL Server on Linux works including an in depth look at the architecture. It covers day-to-day management and troubleshooting, including diagnostics and monitoring, the use of containers to manage deployments, and the use of self-tuning and the in-memory capabilities.It also covers performance capabilities, high availability, and disaster recovery along with security and encryption. <ASIN:1484241274> Read more...

Chrooted Drop Bear SSH Server HowTo

2018-11-15 18:00:00

Dropbear is a relatively small SSH 2 server and client.

Linux Online Training | New November Releases

2018-11-15 17:14:34

Ready for new Linux online training? We’re so excited to release new Linux training as part of our 200+ new Courses, Challenges, and hands-on Learning Activities launching this month! The post Linux Online Training | New November Releases appeared first on Linux Academy Blog.

Install and configure check_mk server on Linux

2018-11-15 17:00:00

Complete installation guide to install & configure check_mk server on Linux.

Japan Cyber Minister Says He Has Never Used a Computer

2018-11-15 16:45:00

Yoshitaka Sakurada, who recently took on the role after a cabinet shuffling, says it's up to the government to deal with it.

Google Open-Sources "Amber" Multi-API Shader Test Framework

2018-11-15 16:30:24

The newest open-source graphics project out of Google is called Amber and it's a multi-API shader testing framework focused on capturing and communicating of shader bugs...

Linux Tail Command

2018-11-15 16:11:48

The tail command displays the last part (10 lines by default) of one or more files or piped data. It can be also used to monitor the file changes in real time. One of the most common use of the tail command is to watch and analyze logs and other files that change over time, usually combined with other tools like grep.

More Than 50% of Free Mobile VPN Apps Have Chinese Ties

2018-11-15 16:00:00

In addition, most have "unacceptable" privacy policies and "non-existent user support."

Feral Interactive are teasing a new Linux port, time to start guessing

2018-11-15 15:58:01

Tags: Feral Interactive, TeaserIf it wasn't enough that Feral Interactive are porting Life is Strange 2, Total War: WARHAMMER and Total War: THREE KINGDOMS to Linux they're also teasing another new Linux port. They also only asked a few days ago to send port requests to them. Popping up on their port teaser radar today was this "CRYPTIC OBSCURITY": It's currently sat in the "Quite Soon" part of their radar, not that it really means all that much as it's very ambiguous but it is always a good bit of fun. I've said before how I hoped they would start announcing things sooner, looks like they're going to do so since they've announced multiple titles only in the last few months and now we're here again. So grab your thinking caps, brew up something tasty and start your guessing.

Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 Beta

2018-11-15 15:52:07

Red Hat has announced the availability of a beta release for the distribution's upcoming major release - Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8. The beta release focuses on security, Application Streams and Linux container technologies: "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta introduces the concept of Application Streams to....

Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta

2018-11-15 15:52:07

Red Hat has announced the availability of a beta release for the company's upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8. The beta release focuses on security, Application Streams and Linux container technologies. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta introduces the concept of Application Streams to deliver userspace packages more....

New IoT Security Regulations

2018-11-15 15:51:13

It falls upon lawmakers to create laws that protect consumers. While the US government is largely absent in this area of consumer protection, the state of California has recently stepped in and started regulating the Internet of Things, or "IoT" devices sold in the state­ -- and the effects will soon be felt worldwide.

From Reactive to Proactive: Security as the Bedrock of the SDLC

2018-11-15 15:30:00

New Raspberry Pi A+ board shrinks RPi 3B+ features to HAT dimensions

2018-11-15 15:23:30

A HAT-sized, $25, Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ will soon arrive with the same 1.4GHz quad-A53 SoC, dual-band WiFi, and 40-pin GPIO of the RPi 3B+, but with only 512MB RAM, one USB, and no eMMC or LAN. As promised, Raspberry Pi Trading has revived its old mini-size, four-year old Raspberry Pi Model A+ SBC […]

Merging memory and computation, programmable chip speeds AI, slashes power use

2018-11-15 15:19:34

By shifting a fundamental property of computation, Princeton researchers have built a new type of computer chip that boosts the performance and slashes the energy demands of systems used for artificial intelligence.

​Mark Shuttleworth reveals Ubuntu 18.04 will get a 10-year support lifespan

2018-11-15 15:19:00

Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth talks about Ubuntu, OpenStack, competition with Red Hat, and Canonical's forthcoming IPO.