How To: Fix American Truck Simulator not displaying on Linux with the latest update

2019-11-12 16:20:16

Announcing the Bytecode Alliance: Building a secure by default, composable future for WebAssembly

2019-11-12 16:19:48

Magnetic skin ensures the force is with you

2019-11-12 16:11:44

New Low-Load Cycle targets heavy-duty diesel engine emissions

2019-11-12 16:09:04

Southwest Research Institute engineers developed a new certification cycle, the Low-Load Cycle (LLC), to gauge the performance of heavy-duty diesel engine aftertreatment systems in low-load conditions. Aftertreatment systems filter exhaust emissions and reduce pollutants escaping into the environment. SwRI's Low-Load Cycle challenges aftertreatment systems by analyzing them in unfavorable, but common, low-load conditions, such as while idling, at speeds less than 25 miles per hour, and when exhaust temperatures are low. Current regulatory certification cycles simulate urban and highway driving only.

New research suggests robots appear more persuasive when pretending to be human

2019-11-12 16:00:04

Recent technological breakthroughs in artificial intelligence have made it possible for machines, or bots, to pass as humans. A team of researchers led by Talal Rahwan, associate professor of Computer Science at NYU Abu Dhabi, conducted an experiment to study how people interact with bots whom they believe to be human, and how such interactions are affected once bots reveal their identity. The researchers found that bots are more efficient than humans at certain human-machine interactions, but only if they are allowed to hide their non-human nature.

Huawei giving employees bonus for coping with US sanctions

2019-11-12 15:42:14

Huawei is paying its employees bonuses totaling more than $285 million as thanks for helping the Chinese tech giant cope with U.S. sanctions that threaten its smartphone and other businesses.

Disney Plus suffers some technical difficulties at launch

2019-11-12 15:38:26

Disney's brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success.

Glitches mar launch of Disney+ streaming service

2019-11-12 15:38:26

A big launch for the Disney+ streaming service Tuesday was marred by glitches which prevented many customers from accessing the on-demand television service.

Why Cyber-Risk Is a C-Suite Issue

2019-11-12 15:00:00

Organizations realize the scale of cyber-risk but lack counter-actions to build resilience.

How knitting won the war

2019-11-12 14:55:46

Craftivists have been savvy cryptographers for aeons longer than any computing geek.

Fair trade: Your soul for data?

2019-11-12 14:44:25

In an increasingly data-driven world, are we just walking data sources for the benefit of giant multinational corporations?

Apple co-founder says Goldman's Apple Card algo discriminates

2019-11-12 14:40:01

Apple Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., two of the most recognizable companies in tech and finance, are caught up in a growing debate over whether lenders unintentionally discriminate when they use complex models to determine how Americans borrow money.

Amazon plans new grocery store in L.A. as it thinks about how to conquer the industry

2019-11-12 14:33:32

Amazon.com Inc. said Monday that it planned to open a new type of grocery store in Los Angeles next year, another step in the e-commerce giant's multi-pronged effort to capture a larger piece of the massive U.S. grocery business.

New efficiency world record for organic solar modules

2019-11-12 14:33:16

A research team from Nuremberg and Erlangen has set a new record for the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules. The scientists designed an OPV module with an efficiency of 12.6 percent over an area of 26 square centimeters. The former world record of 9.7 percent was exceeded by 30 percent.

KDE Plasma 5.17.3 Desktop Environment Released with More Than 40 Bug Fixes

2019-11-12 14:32:00

The KDE Project released today the third maintenance update to its latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment series to address  more issues and update translations. Coming two weeks after KDE Plasma 5.17.2, KDE Plasma 5.17.3 is here as yet another bugfix release that addresses a total of 43 issues across various core components and apps, including Plasma Workspace, Plasma Desktop, System Settings, KWin, KScreen, Plasma Addons, Plasma Discover, Breeze GTK, Dr Konqi, KDE GTK Config, and xdg-desktop-portal-kde. "Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.17.3. Plasma 5.17 was released in October 2019 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a fortnight's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typic...

Uber develops technique to predict pedestrian behavior, while new documents are released about last year's accident

2019-11-12 14:30:01

In years to come, self-driving vehicles could gradually become a popular means of transportation. Before this can happen, however, researchers will need to develop tools that ensure that these vehicles are safe and can efficiently navigate in human-populated environments.

OnlyOffice, the Open Source Office Suite Apis Now Available on Flathub

2019-11-12 14:13:32

OnlyOffice Desktop Editors for Linux is now available to download and install as a Flatpak app from Flathub across multiple Linux distributions. This post, OnlyOffice, the Open Source Office Suite Apis Now Available on Flathub, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Microsoft Office Clone OnlyOffice is Now Available on Flathub

2019-11-12 14:13:32

OnlyOffice Desktop Editors for Linux is now available to download and install as a Flatpak app from Flathub across multiple Linux distributions. This post, Microsoft Office Clone OnlyOffice is Now Available on Flathub, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LinuxBoot Continues Maturing - Now Able To Boot Windows

2019-11-12 14:05:40

LinuxBoot is approaching two years of age as the effort led by Facebook and others for replacing some elements of the system firmware with the Linux kernel...

Essential System Tools: TLP power management package

2019-11-12 14:00:00

If you use Linux on a notebook, TLP is for you.

Speeding up the transition towards sustainable cities

2019-11-12 13:45:53

In a rapidly urbanizing world, the concept of smart cities is increasingly being used across Europe to improve the quality of life for citizens. Thanks to several EU-funded projects, such as MAtchUP, Sharing Cities and REMOURBAN, various steps have been taken in energy, mobility and ICT sectors to create more livable and sustainable cities.

Plasma 5.17.3

2019-11-12 13:44:48

Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.17.3. Plasma 5.17 was released in October 2019 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a fortnight's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include... Also: KDE Plasma 5.17.3 Desktop Environment Released with More Than 40 Bug Fixes read more

Games: We Happy Few, Helvetii, Starcom: Nexus and More

2019-11-12 13:39:21

We Happy Few for Linux and Mac being refunded, to get an "unofficial" beta After a long road, the waiting on We Happy Few for both Linux and Mac is about to come to an end. Not the happiest of endings either. Originally funded on Kickstarter back in 2015 for $334,754 CA, Linux and Mac support was then announced for We Happy Few after the campaign had started. In 2017, it was announced that Compulsion Games teamed up with Gearbox Publishing to complete it. Tremendous looking 2D action game Helvetii confirmed to be coming to Linux After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the supremely stylish 2D action game Helvetii has now been confirmed to be launching with Linux support next year. While their crowdfunding campaign didn't initially confirm Linux support, after it finished they announced that after evaluating it they've decided to do it and they "had actually quite a lot of demand" for it too. They said supporting Linux is "actually little work on our end (and we do have the ability to test it), we thought that we might as well do it". Wx3 Labs looking into Linux support for Starcom: Nexus Starcom: Nexus from Wx3 Labs is a striking looking open-world space action adventure and they've been looking into getting it running on Linux. In a post on Steam, one of the team noted they're using Unity making it possible but "some testing and fixes are expected". They went over attempting to test with a live Linux USB stick which has enabled them to see it running, and they mentioned to reply to post if you have the game and want to test the Linux version. Linux Gaming News Punch - Episode 21 Prepare for a fistful of news, as the Linux Gaming News Punch - Episode 21 has arrived to go over some recent interesting topics to allow you to keep up with all the news. For those just joining, this is a quick take roundup on recent Linux gaming news. Meant for those who struggle to keep up or just want a little Linux gaming news on the go. Audio-only files and feed links below the video. Interrogation: You will be deceived to arrive on Linux on December 5 Critique Gaming and Mixtvision have announced that their immersive noir-styled psychological detective-thiller with conversational puzzles, Interrogation: You will be deceived, is going to release on December 5. Previously covered here on GamingOnLinux back in August, after it caught my eye with the incredible rotoscoped almost-monochrome art. You are tasked with saving the city from a terrorist plot by interrogating suspects as the clock ticks down. To do so, you have to mix between interrogations and managing your team's reputation with time running out. read more

Growing the Linux app Ecosystem at LAS 2019

2019-11-12 13:36:10

The third Linux Application Summit (LAS) kicks off this week in Barcelona, Spain. Formerly organised under the GNOME project, known as Libre Application Summit, the new LAS is a joint effort between the KDE and GNOME projects. The aim of the conference is to encourage the growth of a vibrant Linux application ecosystem. Canonical are proud sponsors of LAS 2019, and are sending along a team to represent Ubuntu and Snapcraft. The volunteers on the organising committee each have a long history in the Linux application community. They’ve all worked on platforms and infrastructure to enable new software development for Linux. I took some time to chat with some of the team, and what LAS means for them. Aleix Pol, representing KDE, has worked on Linux applications for a while, and is hopeful for increased collaboration between application developers and platform maintainers. Aleix told me; “While we [GNOME and KDE] are sizeable organisations, we have massive tasks at hand. We need to create an environment where people can come and create their solutions for all of us.” This applies both for application developers and those who work primarily on the platforms themselves. He continued; “With GNOME, we share pieces of software, we share users and we even share some of our dreams. Meeting, talking and collaborating can only be beneficial”. Aleix also highlighted the benefits of meeting in person at events like LAS, “There’s a very different kinds of visitor. The ones who have been around will be putting faces to nicknames and having these discussions that IRC and mailing lists can’t sustain”. read more

An Introduction to /dev/null A.K.A. The Bit Bucket

2019-11-12 13:34:21

This introduction examines what /dev/null is, it's nicknames and how to use it for things like suppressing output, inputting EOF, and clearing files.

Kdenlive 19.08.3 is out

2019-11-12 13:30:15

The last minor release of the 19.08 series is out with a fair amount of usability fixes while preparations are underway for the next major version. The highlights include an audio mixer, improved effects UI and some performance optimizations. Grab the nightly AppImage builds, give it a spin and report any issues. read more

Drone wireless system can help rescue workers see inside buildings

2019-11-12 13:28:38

Engineers have developed a prototype drone-mounted wireless scanning system, which can fly up the outside of a high rise building and detect the whereabouts of individuals who may be trapped inside.

Gravity Ace, a gorgeous retro 2D twin-stick shooter that looks like Thrust on some serious steroids

2019-11-12 13:13:05

Tags: Indie Game, Steam, Upcoming, Godot Engine, Pixel Graphics, Action, Itch.ioThrust is that you? Gravity Ace, a new pixel-art twin-stick shooter in development by John Watson is looking quite incredible and it's coming to Linux. Being made in the FOSS game engine Godot Engine, it's actually inspired by both the classics Thrust and Gravitar. Obviously graphically a huge amount better since they're pretty old, Gravity Ace certainly looks like it will get quite intense and you can even try it out right now. First up though, check some footage below: Watch video on YouTube.com Feature Highlight: Many levels in 3 large worlds with an interconnected story Many enemy types + boss fights Create your own challenges and stories with the built-in level builder Share your unique levels and campaigns with other players Physics simulation of everything that moves Modern retro-styled arcade gameplay Original soundtrack Gamepad or mouse/keyboard controls There's no exact release date as far as I can see listed, however you're able to test the early builds right now on itch.io. It's impressive, I especially enjoy the little details in pixel-art games like this. Seeing your ship wings move when you boost, the particles blowing around when you boost close to things and so on which altogether make it look awesome. Quite challenging too in fact. It works with both keyboard and mouse and my Logitech F310 gamepad also felt great with it. While I didn't find the enemies in the first demo level particularly hard, it's the controls that really get you here as you battle against inertia. I failed the main objective in the first demo level a good five or six times! During it you need to capture an item and you do so by grabbing it with some sort of tractor beam, but it's just as floaty as you so you need to take its motion into account when trying to escape with it and not give it too many bumps. I got it! Oh no. Enemy fire can also destroy this priority item, as the two well-timed pictures above will show with the before and after shot during one of my early failed attempts to secure it. That first mission is nothing, diving into the second was a whole different style of pain. Much more cramped, enemies that fire more bullets and quicker and more it's crazy. The built in level editor is a lot of fun too, you can make some really fun levels with it and it's really simple to use too. Brilliant. Can't wait to see more from Gravity Ace. Check out the early demo on itch.io and you can also wishlist and follow it on Steam.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Advanced Copy Command Shows Progress Bar While Copying Large Files/Folders in Linux

2019-11-12 13:00:00

Advanced-Copy is a powerful command line program

Librsvg Continues Rust Conquest, Pulls In CSS Parsing Code From Mozilla Servo

2019-11-12 12:49:44

For about three years now GNOME's SVG rendering library has been transitioning to Rust. This library, librsvg, now makes further use of Rust around its CSS parsing code and Mozilla's Servo is doing some of that heavy lifting...

Coreboot Support Is Being Worked On For Fwupd/LVFS

2019-11-12 12:23:17

In making it more easy to update Coreboot system firmware, the ability to update Coreboot via the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) with Fwupd is finally being worked out...

How to Mount ISO File on Linux

2019-11-12 12:20:00

In this tutorial, we will explain how to mount ISO files on Linux.

Interrogation: You will be deceived to arrive on Linux on December 5

2019-11-12 12:13:51

Tags: Upcoming, Puzzle, Steam, GOG, Humble StoreCritique Gaming and Mixtvision have announced that their immersive noir-styled psychological detective-thiller with conversational puzzles, Interrogation: You will be deceived, is going to release on December 5. Previously covered here on GamingOnLinux back in August, after it caught my eye with the incredible rotoscoped almost-monochrome art. You are tasked with saving the city from a terrorist plot by interrogating suspects as the clock ticks down. To do so, you have to mix between interrogations and managing your team's reputation with time running out. Watch video on YouTube.com The team behind it said their vision is not just about dealing with terrorists, it's seeking to "address many modern social issues, the game uses terrorism as a starting point to cast a critical eye on political radicalisation, police brutality and the imbalance of power between the people, authorities and corporations that lead society" which certainly makes me curious on how well they handle such sensitive and major issues. Feature Highlight: Explore deep and increasingly difficult conversational puzzles to get to the bottom of a terrifying conspiracy Show your management skills balancing your cases, team, budget and the police force’s relationship with the public Reach one of multiple world-defining endings - where will your choices lead you? Meet over 35 complex and realistic characters Immerse yourself in the expressive noir art based on real actor footage and atmospheric music You can wishlist/follow it on Humble Store, GOG and Steam for release on December 5.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Qualcomm's Adreno 640 GPU Is Working Easily With The Freedreno OpenGL/Vulkan Drivers

2019-11-12 12:10:12

The Adreno 640 GPU that is used by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855/855+ SoCs is now working with the open-source Freedreno Gallium3D OpenGL and "TURNIP" Vulkan drivers with the newest Mesa 20.0 development code...

Linux Gaming News Punch - Episode 21

2019-11-12 12:04:38

Tags: GOL PodcastPrepare for a fistful of news, as the Linux Gaming News Punch - Episode 21 has arrived to go over some recent interesting topics to allow you to keep up with all the news. For those just joining, this is a quick take roundup on recent Linux gaming news. Meant for those who struggle to keep up or just want a little Linux gaming news on the go. Audio-only files and feed links below the video. Watch video on YouTube.com Audio feeds: MP3: Download | RSS Feed OGG: Download | RSS Feed Also available on Spotify. Topics covered, click me Nebuchadnezzar CARRION Transport Fever 2 Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition Shotgun Farmers Vaporum: Lockdown Steam Cloud Gaming (#1, #2) Steam for Linux can now run games in a special container Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Four Ways to Open the Terminal in Debian

2019-11-12 11:05:40

This article explains some simple ways that you can use through your keyboard, mouse control. or both, in order to open the Debian Terminal application. We have run the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Debian 10 Buster system.

Wx3 Labs looking into Linux support for Starcom: Nexus

2019-11-12 10:35:15

Tags: Indie Game, Steam, Early Access, UnityStarcom: Nexus from Wx3 Labs is a striking looking open-world space action adventure and they've been looking into getting it running on Linux. In a post on Steam, one of the team noted they're using Unity making it possible but "some testing and fixes are expected". They went over attempting to test with a live Linux USB stick which has enabled them to see it running, and they mentioned to reply to post if you have the game and want to test the Linux version. Hopefully their continued testing goes well, as it does look great. As a big fan of space sci-fi, I'm always in the mood for another game just like this. See the trailer below: Watch video on YouTube.com Feature Highlight: A gorgeous universe full of interactive planets to explore and celestial phenomena to discover Fast-paced exciting combat with numerous hostile threats Over 100 star systems to explore in a fully open-world universe Over 140 technologies to research Design your own ship using a modular construction system Talk and trade with multiple alien factions, each with their own agendas and dynamic AI Lots of hidden secrets and side quests Nebulae, derelict starships, warp gateways, comets, lost colonies, and much, much more You can check Starcom: Nexus out on Steam in Early Access. Hat tip to NuSuey.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Tremendous looking 2D action game Helvetii confirmed to be coming to Linux

2019-11-12 10:01:41

Tags: Steam, GOG, Upcoming, Crowdfunding, ActionAfter a successful Kickstarter campaign, the supremely stylish 2D action game Helvetii has now been confirmed to be launching with Linux support next year. While their crowdfunding campaign didn't initially confirm Linux support, after it finished they announced that after evaluating it they've decided to do it and they "had actually quite a lot of demand" for it too. They said supporting Linux is "actually little work on our end (and we do have the ability to test it), we thought that we might as well do it". Additionally, I personally spoke to the developer over email before seeing the Kickstarter announcement and they replied yesterday and they confirmed "it would be of little issue to port there, and it was often requested". Watch video on YouTube.com Feature Highlight: "Easy to learn, hard to master" character action mechanics: Use a variety of combo moves and the environment around you to dispatch your enemies in spectacular fashion. Play up to three distinct characters, each with their own play style and master their techniques The ever changing rot: Experience each run differently: Rooms, powerups, bosses and challenges will vary every time you set out to fight the rot. Learn, adapt and master your strategies to get to the end of your run! Love in the art:Inspired by other action games from the likes of Vanillaware, each background and character is painted with care, and animated in detail. The soundtrack is composed by the talented Dale North and with the participation of Nier: Automata's singer Emi Evans. The secret of the Gauls: Discover the ancient Celtic world of the Gauls, mixed in with more unique legends from Swiss and Germanic folklore. Journey from yet untamed forests to abandoned villages overtaken by cultists, merciless snowy caps, underground tunnels and beyond... If you're interested they have a Steam page up you can follow. It should also hopefully launch on GOG too but no page up there yet. Since Linux support has been confirmed, it's now listed on our dedicated Crowdfunding Page.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Essential System Tools: TLP – power management package

2019-11-12 09:51:20

If you use Linux on a notebook, TLP is for you. It saves laptop battery power with a wide variety of features. There’s processor frequency scaling, Wifi power saving, hard disk advanced power management, GPU power management and much more.

We Happy Few for Linux and Mac being refunded, to get an "unofficial" beta

2019-11-12 09:33:33

Tags: Steam, GOG, Open World, SurvivalAfter a long road, the waiting on We Happy Few for both Linux and Mac is about to come to an end. Not the happiest of endings either. Originally funded on Kickstarter back in 2015 for $334,754 CA, Linux and Mac support was then announced for We Happy Few after the campaign had started. In 2017, it was announced that Compulsion Games teamed up with Gearbox Publishing to complete it. Later in 2017 Compulsion Games announced work had begun on the ports, the whole game then had a delay and then Compulsion Games joined Microsoft in June of 2018 although they did confirmed then a Linux version was still happening. Yesterday, they finally gave an update on what's been happening. The post on Kickstarter mentions that they "haven't reached a quality level that we are comfortable with" and they will not be selling or advertising a Linux or Mac version. However, they will offer a full refund to Linux/Mac backers and give out an unofficial Beta version as you will get to keep your copy even with the refund. They also said it will likely run slower than the Windows version, although on Linux it was said that Proton/Steam Play might be faster. This Beta version for Linux was due with the 1.9 update released yesterday, although going by SteamDB it's not clear if that's actually happened yet and they've not said anything on it being released just yet. After waiting so long, this is a real shame but they've handled this in a vastly better way than most other developers when they've been unable to do what they promised.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Beyond Netflix: Disney Plus joins the streaming fray

2019-11-12 08:50:02

Disney is throwing its hat into streaming Tuesday with the debut of its Disney Plus service.

Crisis-hit Nissan chops forecasts, net profit worst for a decade

2019-11-12 08:42:24

Crisis-hit Japanese automaker Nissan Tuesday slashed its full-year forecast for both sales and profit as it struggles with weak demand in Japan, the US and Europe, as well as fallout from the arrest of former boss Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan slashes full-year forecast as first-half profit falls

2019-11-12 08:42:24

Crisis-hit Japanese automaker Nissan Tuesday slashed its full-year sales and profit forecast as it struggles with weak demand in Japan, the US and Europe, as well as the arrest of former boss Carlos Ghosn.

Chinese consumers smash 'Singles' Day' shopping record

2019-11-12 08:39:08

Chinese shoppers set new records for spending during the annual "Singles' Day" buying spree despite an economic slowdown and worries over the US trade war, with state media calling it a sign of China's rising economic strength.

Windows 10 20H1 Build 19013 arrives on the Slow ring with extra ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2019-11-12 08:32:43

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 20H1 builds -- from the May 2020 Update -- to the Fast ring on a weekly basis, but it seems like something of an event when new builds arrive on the Slow ring these days. Today the software giant pushes Build 19013.1122 out to Slow ring Insiders with a fix for the issue where the Settings app would hang or crash when accessing the System or Ease of Access sections. This build also comes with more kaomoji and a welcome update to Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2. Kaomoji, for the uninitiated, are faces with… [Continue Reading]

New chip for waking up small wireless devices could extend battery life

2019-11-12 08:09:30

A new power saving chip developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego could significantly reduce or eliminate the need to replace batteries in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and wearables. The so-called wake-up receiver wakes up a device only when it needs to communicate and perform its function. It allows the device to stay dormant the rest of the time and reduce power use.

Getting started with PostgreSQL

2019-11-12 08:03:00

Everyone has things that would be useful to collect in a database. Even if you're obsessive about keeping paperwork or electronic files, they can become cumbersome. Paper documents can be lost or completely disorganized, and information you need to access in electronic files may be buried in depths of paragraphs and pages of information. read more

5 open source plugins for Flutter apps

2019-11-12 08:02:00

Flutter is the newest addition to Google's programming cadre. Following the success of Android, Kotlin, and Golang, Flutter was created as a cross-platform application development language. It is primarily based on the Dart programming construct and is considered to be the next big programming paradigm because its code can run as a mobile app, a web app, and even a desktop app without any major changes. read more

8 great podcasts for open source enthusiasts

2019-11-12 08:01:00

Where I live, almost everything is a 20- or 30-minute drive from my home, and I'm always looking for ways to use my car time productively. One way is by listening to podcasts on topics that interest me, so as an open source enthusiast, I subscribe to a variety of open source-related podcasts. Here are eight Linux and open source podcasts that I Iook forward to every week. read more

What open communities teach us about empowering customers

2019-11-12 08:00:00

When it comes to digital transformation, businesses seem to be on the right track improving their customers' experiences through the use of technologies. Today, so much digital transformation literature describes the benefits of "delivering new value to customers" or "delivering value to customers in new ways." But "bringing new value to customers" is just the beginning. An even more powerful effect of digital transformation efforts is empowering customers. read more

Linking Linux system automation to the bottom line

2019-11-12 06:08:19

You'd think it would be easy to convince management that automation saves money. But you will have to prove that the time you spend doing repetitive tasks is better spent on more strategic work.

Intel's Vulkan Linux Driver Lands Timeline Semaphore Support

2019-11-12 05:55:32

A change to look forward to with Mesa 20.0 due out next quarter is Vulkan timeline semaphore support (VK_KHR_timeline_semaphore) for Intel's "ANV" open-source driver...

GStreamer Conference 2019 Videos Now Available Online

2019-11-12 05:23:57

Taking place at the end of October during the Linux Foundation events in Lyon, France was the GStreamer Conference to align with the annual developer festivities...

How to Install Koel Music Streaming Server on Ubuntu 18.04

2019-11-12 04:53:59

Koel is a web-based personal audio streaming app written in Vue.js on the client-side and Laravel on the server-side. This tutorial will cover how to install Koel on Ubuntu 18.04 based server.

Leftovers: Certifications, KDE, Ubuntu and Security

2019-11-12 04:38:57

Top 5 options for Linux certifications Linux certifications present an interesting mix of distribution- and brand-agnostic credentials, as well as vendor-specific ones. Many of these offerings provide data center professionals with defined pathways to learn, use and master Linux OS management, features and potential Linux use cases. Other programs are more ad hoc and specific to certain IT roles, such as systems engineers or IT administrators, but they go beyond self-taught curriculums and forums. Each program includes coursework and an exam. Depending on the certification, admins can buy everything as a bundle or pay separately for study materials and exams. SimpleMailQt v2.0.0-beta1 On my last post I talked about the new async simplemail-qt API that I wanted to add, yesterday I finished the work required to have that. SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) as the name says it’s a very simple but strict protocol, you send a command and MUST wait for the reply, which is rather inefficient but it’s the way it is, having it async means I don’t need an extra thread (+some locking) just to send an email, no more GUI freezes or an HTTP server that is stalled. The new Server class has a state machine that knows what reply we are waiting, and which status code is the successful one. Modern SMTP servers have PIPELING support, but it’s rather different from HTTP PIPELING, because you still have to wait for several commands before you send another command, in fact it only allows you to send the FROM the RECIPIENTS email list and DATA commands at once, parse each reply and then send the mail data, if you send the email data before you are allowed by the DATA command the server will just close the connection. Plasma 5 for Slackware – November ktown release Dear all, today I released KDE-5_19.11 and it comes with some upgrades to official Slackware packages. Don’t worry – Pat Volkerding kindly added the shared libraries of the official Slackware packages to aaa_elflibs, so if you have been updating your Slackware-current installation properly then nothing will break when you update Slackware’s exiv2 and LibRaw packages to the newer versions contained in the November release of ‘ktown‘. Official Slackware package updates for exiv2 and LibRaw will come sometime soon, but it will require Pat to recompile several other packages as well that depend on exiv2 and/or LibRaw. I needed the new exiv2 to compile the latest digikam, so I was pleased with Pat’s cooperation to make this a smooth ‘ktown‘ upgrade for you. Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 604 Ubuntu-ready Apollo Lake mini-PC features Myriad X AI accelerator IEI’s rugged, “ITG-100AI” DIN-rail PC runs on an Apollo Lake SoC and a new “Mustang-MPCIE-MX2” mini-PCIe card with dual Myriad X VPUs. The system ships with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SATA SSD plus GbE, serial, USB, and M.2. IEI has launched a compact, Intel Apollo Lake based “ITG-100AI” computer for industrial AI that showcases its Mustang-MPCIE-MX2 AI acceleration card. The fanless, 137 x 102.8 x 49.4mm ITG-100AI supports DIN-rail or desktop mounting and offers a 0 to 50°C range with airflow, as well as 5G shock resistance compliant with IEC68-2-27 and vibration resistance per MIL-STD-810G 514.6C-1. Vulnerability Values Fluctuate Between White, Grey and Black Hats A black hat selling vulnerabilities can make as much money as a white hat researcher using bug bounty programs, or a grey hat working for a nation state doing reverse engineering. Speaking at a Tenable conference in London last week, director of research Oliver Rochford said that to have people do vulnerability research is expensive, and all of the white, black and grey markets are symbiotic, as despite the difference between being legal and illegal, the different factors “mirror each other as it starts with vulnerability discovery.” Rochford said that this “shows how professional cybercrime has become,” pointing to the fact that the main difference between criminal and legal sides are ethics. In one slide, Rochford pointed out vulnerability discovery, exploit research and development are the same for both offense and defensive sides, while the differences fall at the "operationalization" side, where offensive sides look at espionage, sabotage and fraud, while defense sides look at threat intelligence and compensating control adaptation. In his research, Rochford showed that in some cases you can earn more as a white hat vulnerability manager than as a black hat, with a black hat able to earn around $75,000 in this sort of work. Rochford said this “is achievable and attractive” and while it was more lucrative to do it legally, if it is not “it is a way to make a living.” Name That Toon: Endpoint Protection read more

Slow Connections Discriminated Against: Google Stadia and Google Chrome

2019-11-12 04:35:48

Google reveal Stadia will only have 12 games available at launch, more later in the year With the Stadia streaming service from Google launching on November 19th for those with the Founder's Edition or Premiere Edition, they're finally revealing what will be available. It will only have 12, yes 12, titles at launch and a few of them are sequels. They are: Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2, GYLT, Just Dance 2020, Kine, Mortal Kombat 11, Red Dead Redemption 2, Thumper, Tomb Raider + Rise + Shadow and lastly Samurai Showdown. The only title you will get included in the Stadia Pro subscription (three months free with the Founder/Premier Edition) is Destiny 2, all others you have to pay for. If you stop paying for Stadia Pro, you lose access to any free games claimed and only keep those you've paid for normally. Google Chrome To Begin Marking Sites That Are Slow / Fast Chrome has successfully shamed web-sites not supporting HTTPS and now they are looking to call-out websites that do not typically load fast. Google announced today that they will begin marking websites that are often either loading slow or fast. Chrome developers are experimenting with ways to show whether a website typically loads fast or slow so the user is aware even before they navigate to a given web page or web app. The changes will be rolled out in future Chrome updates. read more

Shows and Screencasts: Linux Headlines, Frank Karlitschek, Linux Action News and OpenIndiana 2019.10 Run Through

2019-11-12 04:31:52

2019-11-11 | Linux Headlines 46 Steam gets support for Linux namespaces, some distributions are struggling with the shift from Python 2, Arch Linux supports reproducible builds, and GNOME has a new app in beta. Will Europe Succeed At Democratizing The Cloud? Europe (led by Germany and France) is contemplating Gaia-X, its own cloud infrastructure to create interoperability among clouds and also allow local companies to compete in the cloud market dominated by US companies like AWS, Microsoft and Google. It’s an ambitious effort, but will it work? We sat down with Frank Karlitschek, founder of Nextcloud to discuss. Linux Action News 131 Google steps up support for older Chromebooks, Microsoft Edge is coming to Linux, and the App Defense Alliance teams up to fight Android malware. Plus Google Cardboard goes open source, and a neat machine-learning tool to pull songs apart. OpenIndiana 2019.10 Run Through In this video, we are looking at OpenIndiana 2019.10. Enjoy! read more

Programming: Mutter & GNOME Shell Hackfest, PyCon Africa 2019 (Recap) and More Python

2019-11-12 04:18:29

Mutter & GNOME Shell Hackfest A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Mutter & GNOME Shell hackfest in Leidschendam. Real Python: PyCon Africa 2019 (Recap) PyCon Africa was a wonderful, inspiring, and technically enlightening conference that took place in Accra, Ghana from August 6 to 10, 2019 at the University of Ghana. This conference was the very first pan-African conference for Python developers and was attended by 323 Pythonistas from 26 different countries. Most of the attendees traveled from countries around Africa, and a number of speakers came from the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, and Italy. Python is becoming more and more adopted all across the globe. In Africa, Python is earning a special place for itself, where it’s used extensively for web development and data science. African businesses are looking for developers with Python skills in these areas, and having a PyCon in Africa provides a foundation to help support African programmers. [...] The day after the main conference was dedicated to sprints! This is where people group up to work on various open source Python projects. I was part of a team that worked on Cookie Cutter and other related projects. I submitted a PR that got merged into the project and I also helped mentor other team members. I highly recommend anyone who has not attended a sprint before to do so! It’s a great way to practice your skills, contribute to an open source project, and meet the developers involved with the project. Tutorial: How to Read Stata Files in Python with Pandas We are soon going to practically answer how to open a Stata file in Python? In Python, there are two useful packages called Pyreadstat, and Pandas that enable us to open .dta files. If we are working with Pandas, the read_stata method will help us import a .dta into a Pandas dataframe. Furthermore, the package Pyreadstat, which is dependent on Pandas, will also create a Pandas dataframe from a .dta file. Python Software Foundation: Seeking Developers for Paid Contract Improving pip The Python Software Foundation Packaging Working Group is receiving funding to work on the design, implementation, and rollout of pip's next-generation dependency resolver. (We'll be able to publicly name the funders later this month and in early December.) pip is the official package installer for Python. pip aims to make it easy for the millions of people who use Python to download and install Python libraries and applications (open source and closed source, source and binary, globally and within isolated virtual environments). It's a foundational component of the Python ecosystem and broader computer software and technology landscape. This project aims to complete the design, implementation, and rollout of pip's next-generation dependency resolver. This will lower the barriers to installing Python software, empowering users to get a version of a package that works. It will also lower the barriers to distributing Python software, empowering developers to make their work available in an easily reusable form. Because of the size of the project, funding has been allocated to secure two contractors, a senior developer and an intermediate developer, to work on development, testing and building test infrastructure, code review, bug triage, and assisting in the rollout of necessary features. Rename all files in a directory to the md5 hash read more

Database of 200+ smartphones that can run Linux (unofficially)

2019-11-12 03:17:59

The vast majority of smartphones in the world ship with some version of Google’s Android operating system. And most of them are only supported by their manufacturers for a few years. Have a phone that’s 3-4 years old? Then you’re probably not getting any Android updates anymore. No more security patches. No new features. Of course, some folks can run custom ROMs such as LineageOS, which lets you install updates indefinitely… but want to break out of Android altogether? There are a handful of other GNU/Linux-based operating systems including Ubuntu Touch, postmarketOS, and Maemo Leste that are designed to, among other things, help give your phone a longer lifespan. One tricky thing can be figuring out which phones are supported. That’s where a new Can My Phone Run Linux database from TuxPhones comes in. read more

Linux driver patches indicate AMD is readying integer scaling

2019-11-12 03:08:09

Both Intel and Nvidia have released graphics driver updates to enable integer scaling options this year. Intel made a big song and dance out of the development process with Tweets and blog updates trailing the graphics driver feature. Then integer scaling became available for Intel Gen11 graphics users after a September driver update. Nvidia actually pipped Intel to the post by implementing integer scaling (for Turing GPUs) in its Gamescom driver release in August - it snuck in the update without much fanfare as it simultaneously boosted a number of AAA games performance and added some new image sharpening features. read more

Using Diff Command to Compare Two Files in Linux Terminal

2019-11-12 03:00:00

The diff command is excellent for comparing two files in Linux terminal.

Red Hat and SUSE Servers: Boston Children’s Hospital, IBM and SUSE in High-Performance Computing (HPC)

2019-11-12 02:49:25

How Boston Children’s Hospital Augments Doctors Cognition with Red Hat OpenShift Software can be an enabler for healers. At Red Hat, we’ve seen this first hand from customers like Boston Children’s Hospital. That venerable infirmary is using Red Hat OpenShift and Linux containers to enhance their medical capabilities, and to augment their doctors cognitive capacity. Entry Server Bang For The Buck, IBM i Versus Red Hat Linux In last week’s issue, we did a competitive analysis of the entry, single-socket Power S914 machines running IBM i against Dell PowerEdge servers using various Intel Xeon processors as well as an AMD Epyc chip running a Windows Server and SQL Server stack from Microsoft. This week, and particularly in the wake of IBM’s recent acquisition of Red Hat, we are looking at how entry IBM i platforms rate in terms of cost and performance against X86 machines running a Linux stack and an appropriate open source relational database that has enterprise support. Just as a recap from last week’s story, the IBM i matchup against Windows Server systems were encouraging in that very small configurations of the Power Systems machine running IBM i were less expensive per unit of online transaction processing performance as well as per user. However, on slightly larger configurations of single socket machines, thanks mostly to the very high cost per core of the IBM i operating system and its integrated middleware and database as you move from the P05 to P10 software tiers on the Power S914, the capital outlay can get very large at list price for the Power iron, and the software gets very pricey, too. The only thing that keeps the IBM i platform in the running is the substantially higher performance per core that the Power9 chip offers on machines with four, six, or eight cores. Such processors are fairly modest by 2019 standards, by the way, when a high-end chip has 24, 28, 32, or now 64 cores, and even mainstream ones have 12, 16, or 18 cores. If you want to see the rationale of the hardware configurations that we ginned up for the comparisons, we suggest that you review the story from last week. Suffice it to say, we tried to get machines with roughly the same core counts and configuration across the Power and X86 machines, and generally, the X86 cores for these classes of single socket servers do a lot less work. Rise of the Chameleon – SUSE at SC19 The impact of High-Performance Computing (HPC) goes beyond traditional research boundaries to enhance our daily lives.  SC19 is the international conference for High Performance Computing, networking, storage and analysis taking place in Denver November 17-22.  SUSE will once again have a strong presence at SC19 – and if you are attending we would love to talk to you!  Our SUSE booth (#1917) will include our popular Partner Theater as well as a VR light saber game with a Star Wars themed backdrop.  We will showcase SUSE’s HPC core solutions (OS, tools and Services) as well as AI/ML, Storage and Cloud open source products.  Plus, during the gala opening reception we will premier our new mini-movie “Sam the IT Manager in The Way of the Chameleon: The Quest for HPC” which you don’t want to miss (we’ll provide the popcorn)! read more

KDE Frameworks 5.64 Released

2019-11-12 01:20:04

Sunday marked the release of KDE Frameworks 5.64 as the latest monthly update to this collection of libraries complementing Qt5...

How to Configure and Manage the Firewall on CentOS 8

2019-11-12 01:10:58

A firewall is a method for monitoring and filtering incoming and outgoing network traffic. It works by defining a set of security rules that determine whether to allow or block specific traffic. A properly configured firewall is one of the most important aspects of overall system security. In this tutorial, we will talk about how to configure and manage the firewall on CentOS 8. We’ll also explain the basic FirewallD concepts.

How to obscure open ports with knockd

2019-11-11 23:00:00

TechRepublic: Learn how to obfuscate SSH login with port knocking.

How to Kill or Terminate an Inactive SSH Session on Linux

2019-11-11 22:42:17

This tutorial allows you to find and kill an inactive SSH session on Linux.

Researchers Find New Approach to Attacking Cloud Infrastructure

2019-11-11 22:35:00

Cloud APIs' accessibility over the Internet opens a new window for adversaries to gain highly privileged access to cloud assets.

OpenText to Buy Carbonite for $800M Cash in $1.42B Deal

2019-11-11 22:30:00

The acquisition was confirmed just six months after Carbonite bought Webroot.

The PinePhone Pre-order has Arrived

2019-11-11 21:55:45

Anyone looking to finally get their hands on an early release of the PinePhone, can now do so as of November 15.

Account Fraud Harder to Detect as Criminals Move from Bots to 'Sweat Shops'

2019-11-11 21:30:00

Cheap labor, frequent data breaches, and better fraud detection technology are fueling frustrating changes in attackers' methods.

Google Chrome To Begin Marking Sites That Are Slow / Fast

2019-11-11 21:22:08

Chrome has successfully shamed web-sites not supporting HTTPS and now they are looking to call-out websites that do not typically load fast...

Canadian legion asks Fortnite gamers for pause to honor war dead

2019-11-11 21:21:19

No bullets, no bombs. Players of the hugely popular online game Fortnite were encouraged to pause for a moment of silence Monday to commemorate the armistice that ended the First World War.

Safety officials probing records of work on Southwest jets

2019-11-11 21:20:23

Federal regulators have threatened to ground dozens of Southwest Airlines jets if the airline can't confirm that the planes, which it bought used from foreign operators, meet all safety standards.

Boeing says 737 MAX expected to resume flying in January

2019-11-11 21:16:29

Boeing on Monday said it expects the 737 MAX airplane, which was grounded after two crashes killed 346 people, to resume flying in January, delaying its return by one month.

A Whole New World: Disney streaming debuts with hit brands

2019-11-11 21:16:19

Disney will sprinkle its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday, as its Disney Plus service debuts with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to boot.

How to Fix Corrupted Ubuntu (Boot-Repaired) 18.04, 19.01 & 19.10

2019-11-11 21:00:00

The simple and powerful method to fix the boot corrupted Ubuntu.

Why we shouldn’t blame ourselves for the Linux desktop’s microscopic marketshare

2019-11-11 20:23:39

Well, that was three interesting articles on the same topic on the same day, namely, billionaires. And read in turn they explain exactly why the Linux Desktop is still at such a marginal market share, and why that’s not because we, who work hard on it, are failures who have been doing the wrong thing all the time. It is in the first place policies, bought with money, that allowed people to build monopolies, taxing individuals and so becoming even more rich and powerful. However, what it is about, is the question: why is Bill Gates not in jail for life with all his wealth stripped off? He’s a criminal, and his crime has directly harmed us, the people working on free software, on the Linux Desktop. So, to make things painfully clear: Bill Gates made it so that his company would tax every computer sold no matter whether it ran Windows or not. If a manufacturer wanted to sell computers running Windows, all the computers it sold were taxed by Microsoft. He would get paid for the work a Linux distribution was doing, and the Linux distribution would not get that money. read more

Understanding "disk space math"?

2019-11-11 20:13:37

Everything in a PC, laptop, or server is represented as binary digits (a.k.a. bits, where each bit can only be 1 or 0). There are no characters like we use for writing or numbers as we write them anywhere in a computer’s memory or secondary storage such as disk drives. For general purposes, the unit […]

The Many Features & Improvements of the KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS Desktop Environment

2019-11-11 20:01:00

Work on the next major release of the open-source KDE Plasma Desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems kicked off a few months ago, promising numerous new features and enhancements. With the KDE Plasma 5.17 release out the door last month, it's time to take a closer look at the new features and improvements coming to KDE Plasma 5.18, which will be released early next year as the next LTS (Long Term Support) version of open-source desktop environment designed to run on GNU/Linux distributions. Among the enhancements of the KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS desktop environment, we can mention the ability to select and remove multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneous...

Stress testing the healthcare system

2019-11-11 20:00:01

Scientists at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna (CSH) have developed a stress test to determine the resilience of regional health care in real time. They used a 1:1 computer model of the Austrian primary health care system in the form of patient flows in regional physician networks as a basis. The innovative model provides concrete answers to questions: How important is a certain doctor for the functioning of primary care in my region? How many and which doctors' retirements can the system absorb? At what point can primary health care no longer be guaranteed for everyone in a region?

Find Files and Directories on Linux Easily

2019-11-11 20:00:00

As a system administrator, it is a very common task to look for a specific file on your file system.

Software: Gscan2PD, GIMP and LibreOffice

2019-11-11 19:40:52

Gscan2PDF 2.6.0 Released with import-all Option The official Gscan2PDF PPA has made the new release packages for all current Ubuntu releases, and their derivatives, including Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 19.10, Linux Mint 18.x and 19.x 5 Tools That Allow You to Make a Free Logo 2. Gimp Unlike Tailor Brands, GIMP is more of a photo editor which means that it comes with way more tools and features. If you want to do more than logo designing, then GIMP is your right choice. It comes with a customizable interface that not only covers cosmetics, but also the behavior of the various tools that it has. There are photo enhancement tools that help you to get rid of image distortions, colors, and other imperfections. Another benefit is support for multiple file formats viz. JPEG, PSD, PNG, and GIF. Community Member Monday: Celia Palacios I am a Mexican old-guard user of Linux since 2001. I studied Electronic Engineering, and I have been working in that field since 1989. I learnt all sorts of Linux stuff because I love to learn by myself. In addition, I love to read historical detective novels, lots of science fiction, and go to the movies with my husband. I love philosophy, symbolism and many alternative ideas about everything. I also like to have long, friendly debates about everybody’s presumptions (or assumptions?). I try to be open-minded, specially in this times when everyone’s getting polarized Mexico about our President. I used to be an athletic gal, but now I am a total coach-potato! Thanks, Netflix! read more

Joker's Stash Puts $130M Price Tag on Credit Card Database

2019-11-11 19:15:00

A new analysis advises security teams on what they should know about the underground payment card seller.

Google reveal Stadia will only have 12 games available at launch, more later in the year

2019-11-11 19:10:32

Tags: Google, Game Streaming, StadiaWith the Stadia streaming service from Google launching on November 19th for those with the Founder's Edition or Premiere Edition, they're finally revealing what will be available. It will only have 12, yes 12, titles at launch and a few of them are sequels. They are: Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2, GYLT, Just Dance 2020, Kine, Mortal Kombat 11, Red Dead Redemption 2, Thumper, Tomb Raider + Rise + Shadow and lastly Samurai Showdown. The only title you will get included in the Stadia Pro subscription (three months free with the Founder/Premier Edition) is Destiny 2, all others you have to pay for. If you stop paying for Stadia Pro, you lose access to any free games claimed and only keep those you've paid for normally. Google said more will be coming before 2019 is up like Borderlands 3, Darksiders Genesis, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and more although the dates of them are "Subject to Change". You can see the announcement about them here. This Debian Linux and Vulkan powered streaming service certainly has an uphill battle to win over gamers and this launch line up, honestly, doesn't seem all that great. With the leaks about Steam Cloud Gaming (#1, #2), Stadia may have an even bigger fight coming. We have a Stadia Founder's Edition pre-ordered to cover it here, although our thoughts on how Stadia runs on Linux may be quite delayed as they ship it out based on order date. Checking back on it, ours is saying to be delivered by November 27th.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Microsoft's Abduction of the Voice of Its Opposition Highlights the Urgency of the Movement/Campaign to Delete GitHub

2019-11-11 18:59:17

Microsoft understands that by entrapping FOSS and GNU/Linux inside proprietary software platforms like GitHub and Azure it can utilise the false perception that it somehow speaks on behalf of both (whilst attacking both)

Security: Updates, Mozilla AMO and Reproducible Arch Linux Packages

2019-11-11 18:57:22

Security updates for Monday Security updates have been issued by Debian (ampache, chromium, djvulibre, firefox-esr, gdal, and ruby-haml), Fedora (chromium, file, gd, hostapd, nspr, and rssh), openSUSE (bcm20702a1-firmware, firefox, gdal, libtomcrypt, php7, python-ecdsa, python3, samba, and thunderbird), SUSE (apache2-mod_auth_openidc, libssh2_org, and rsyslog), and Ubuntu (bash). Security improvements in AMO upload tools We are making some changes to the submission flow for all add-ons (both AMO- and self-hosted) to improve our ability to detect malicious activity. These changes, which will go into effect later this month, will introduce a small delay in automatic approval for all submissions. The delay can be as short as a few minutes, but may take longer depending on the add-on file. If you use a version of web-ext older than 3.2.1, or a custom script that connects to AMO’s upload API, this new delay in automatic approval will likely cause a timeout error. This does not mean your upload failed; the submission will still go through and be approved shortly after the timeout notification. Your experience using these tools should remain the same otherwise. Reproducible Arch Linux Packages Arch Linux has been involved with the reproducible builds efforts since 2016. The goal is to achieve deterministic building of software packages to enhance the security of the distribution. After almost 3 years of continued effort, along with the release of pacman 5.2 and contributions from a lot of people, we are finally able to reproduce packages distributed by Arch Linux! This enables users to build packages and compare them with the ones distributed by the Arch Linux team. Users can independently verify the work done by our packagers, and figure out if malicious code has been included in the pristine source during the build, which in turns enhances the overall supply chain security. We are one of the first binary distributions that has achieved this, and can provide tooling down to users. That was the TL;DR! The rest of the blog post will explain the reproducible builds efforts, and the technical work that has gone into achieving this. Arch Linux Updates Its Kernel Installation Handling Arch Linux has updated the behavior when installing the linux, linux-lts, linux-zen, and linux-hardened kernel options on this popular distribution.  The actual kernel images for their official Linux, Linux LTS, Linux Zen, and Linux Hardened flavors will no longer be installed to /boot by default. By not having the actual kernel reside on /boot should help those with separate boot partitions that are quite small and avoid running out of space when keeping multiple kernels installed.  read more

Sparky 2019.11 Special Editions

2019-11-11 18:49:59

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” Special Editions available to download: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue. The live system is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”. GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers. Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages. The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives. read more

Open-spec, dual-port router offers a choice of Allwinner H3 or H5

2019-11-11 18:30:44

FriendlyElec’s Linux-driven, $20 “NanoPi R1S-H3” router uses a modified version of the Allwinner H3-based NanoPi R1, upgrading the second LAN port to GbE while removing a USB port. There’s also a similar, $23 “NanoPi R1S-H5” with a quad -A53 H5. Back in February, FriendlyElec launched the community-backed NanoPi R1 router SBC, which still sells for $29. Now it has followed up with two more affordable NanoPi R1S routers based on upgraded versions of the NanoPi R1 that that give you dual GbE ports instead of 10/100Mbps and 10/1000/1000Mbps. The mainboards are smaller than the R1 at 55.6 x 52mm, and the board and the case have been entirely redesigned. read more

Canonical at TechWeek Frankfurt and Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai

2019-11-11 18:12:14

Canonical at TechWeek Frankfurt The TechWeek Frankfurt trade show will explore solutions to technology challenges organisations face across cloud computing and security, DevOps practices, Big Data management and more. Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai 2019: the highlights OpenStack remains a big thing and its adoption is constantly growing. According to the 451 Research Market Monitor (Open Source Software, OpenStack) from September 2019, its combined market size worldwide is $7.7B. This is much more than the combined market size of application containers which is $4.38B. During that last development cycle for OpenStack Train, 1,125 developers from 165 organisations contributed their patches and 25,500 of them were accepted. This makes OpenStack one of the three most active open source projects in the world. Moreover, by coming to China the OpenStack Foundation clearly declares its openness for the Asia markets and cooperation with local organisations on driving the future of the OpenStack project. read more

Lessons Using Linux and Other Free Software Taught Me

2019-11-11 18:11:33

This year marks my 20th anniversary of using Linux. I discovered it when applying for a position at a startup called Stormix Technologies. Stormix long ago had its moment of glory and flamed out, but working for it left me a dedicated Linux user. I didn’t know at the time, but my entire relationship to computing changed permanently as a result. To begin with, it’s been sixteen years since I bought a piece of software — and that was reluctantly, in order to complete work for a client. It’s been even longer since I was tempted to pirate software. Both facts imply the same thing: unlike most computer users, I stopped being a consumer of software. What I became instead was part of an ecosystem of users, and a potential partner in development if I chose to be. These days, purchasing and pirating software alike seem like a quaint custom of the past, like cranking a car before driving. I look with pity on those who purchase or pirate, regarding them as unnecessarily trapped in a toxic relationship. Having stopped consuming software, I also changed my relationship with the manufacturers of software. As a consumer, I had almost no contact with those who wrote the software I used. Mostly, I would get news of updates (read: another chance to spend money). If I ran into troubles, I might contact technical support, and more often than not, endure being asked a series of obvious questions while I fumed with impatience waiting to be given a fix. Tinkering on my own was forbidden by license, and mostly impossible since I had no access to the source code. read more

Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Slated for Release on February 6th, 2020

2019-11-11 18:11:00

Canonical has recently updated the release schedule for its latest long-term supported Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, with the release dates for the next two point releases. Released in April 2018, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) is the latest LTS (Long Term Support) version of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, supported by Canonical with software and security updates for 5 years, until 2023, but reaching end of life in April 2028. As all Ubuntu LTS series, the Bionic Beaver will receive up to five point releases that bring a new installation medium with up-to-date components to make the deployment of the operating system less painful. The latest point release in the series being Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS, released on August 8th, 2019. Besides updated core components and applications, as well as various improvements, the Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS point release also brought upgraded kernel and graphics stacks from Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), such as Linux kernel 5.0...

Firewalla Gold Intel-based Ubuntu Router Enables Multi-Gigabit Cyber Security (Crowdfunding)

2019-11-11 18:07:18

We covered Firewalla based on NanoPi NEO board in mid-2018. The device is a tiny firewall, parental control, ad-blocker, and VPN appliance for end-users. Since then they’ve launched Firewalla Blue based on NanoPi NEO2 SBC with Gigabit Ethernet and a faster processor, and now the company has just introduced the even more powerful Intel-based Firewalla Gold. The device runs Ubuntu Linux so the users will have full access to the operating system with SSH, and will be allowed to install their own packages. Just like the original Firewalla (now Firewalla Red) and Firewalla Blue, Firewalla Gold comes with a web interface to let users easily control what happens on their networks with features such as cyber threats protections, VPN, DDNS, SSH, Adblocker configuration. Additionally, the Firewalla app for Android or iOS enables users to set-up parental control, VPN, monitor bandwidth usage (Monthly / Daily / Hourly), and more… read more

Gnome: First Shortwave Beta

2019-11-11 18:00:51

Earlier this year I announced Shortwave, the successor of Gradio. Now, almost 11 months later, I’m proud to announce the first public beta of Shortwave! Shortwave is an internet radio player that lets you search for stations, listen to them and record songs automatically. When a station is being played, everything gets automatically recorded in the background. You hear a song you like? No problem, you can save the song afterwards and play it with your favorite music player. Songs are automatically detected based on the stream metadata. Aldo: Shortwave Enters Beta As New GNOME Internet Radio Player read more

What slowdown? Chinese shoppers set new 'Singles' Day' spending record

2019-11-11 18:00:02

Chinese consumers spent a record amount on Alibaba platforms Monday during the annual "Singles' Day" buying spree, the world's biggest 24-hour shopping event, which kicked off this year with a glitzy show by US singer Taylor Swift.

Why Reinfections Happen with a WAF

2019-11-11 17:54:14

A web application firewall (WAF) is a great way to detect and filter incoming malicious requests before they can exploit website vulnerabilities and security flaws. While a WAF helps protect against threats over HTTP/HTTPS, the website can still be hacked from the inside. Cross-site Contamination One common way that websites get reinfected is through cross-site contamination, which can occur even when a website is behind a firewall. Cross-site contamination happens when one website is infected and the malware copies itself into other directories, infecting all sites on the same server. Continue reading Why Reinfections Happen with a WAF at Sucuri Blog.

Adidas shifts German, US smart factories to Asia

2019-11-11 17:47:43

Sportswear maker Adidas announced Monday it was closing two niche but flagship factories in Germany and the United States that use robots and 4D printing to make sneakers, shifting the manufacturing to cheaper Asian factories instead.

Desktop Linux 101: Reinstall Your Favorite Apps With This Easy Automated Solution

2019-11-11 17:45:19

My job – and sheer curiosity – compels me to distro hop a lot. You know, endlessly trying out new desktop Linux distributions to see what’s new and shiny, and learn stuff along the way. But I found myself repeatedly installing the same set of software after each “nuke and pave.” Along the way I discovered a solution that saves bunch of time: writing a simple bash script! Basically it’s a text file that contains a series of commands that you can run as a program. It’s a great way to automate things that would otherwise get pretty tedious. In my case, I have a ton of staple software I like to have (like Audacity, Kdenlive, Spotify, Discord, Telegram, Steam, OBS Studio) no matter what PC or Linux distribution I’m using. Sure, I could go to the software store and install them one by one, or batch install them in a Terminal windows, but let’s streamline the process! read more

Shortwave Internet Radio Player For Linux Has Its First Beta Release

2019-11-11 17:44:57

Shortwave, the successor of Gradio, had it first beta release over the weekend. This is a GTK Internet radio player written in Rust, which uses radio-browser.info as its radio stations database.

Stable kernels 5.3.10, 4.19.83, 4.14.153, 4.9.200, and 4.4.200

2019-11-11 17:42:22

Linux 5.3.10 I'm announcing the release of the 5.3.10 kernel. All users of the 5.3 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 5.3.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.3.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s... Linux 4.19.83 Linux 4.14.153 Linux 4.9.200 Linux 4.4.200 read more

Learn the Latest Exploit Techniques at Black Hat Europe

2019-11-11 17:00:00

Master new exploit techniques for Microsoft RDP, Java remote protocols at Black Hat Europe in London next month.

Programming: Kirigami, Red Hat, Python and Twisted 19.10

2019-11-11 16:46:34

Creating a Kirigami application, the easy way Interested in getting started with Kirigami development in a few minutes? Since version 5.63 of the Kirigami framework, there is an easy way to do so: an application template. The template facilitates the creation of a new application, using CMake as the build system, and linking to Kirigami dynamically as a plugin at runtime. Let’s see how it works. As a starting point, we will use a virtual environment running the latest KDE Neon User edition. This is by no means a requirement, any Linux distribution with Kirigami 5.63 or later perfectly fits our needs. KDE Neon has been chosen just because it provides -by design- the latest Qt, KDE frameworks and applications. Moreover, a virtual machine will let us play fearlessly with the system directories. New features in Red Hat CodeReady Studio 12.13.0.GA and JBoss Tools 4.13.0.Final for Eclipse 2019-09 JBoss Tools 4.13.0 and Red Hat CodeReady Studio 12.13 for Eclipse 2019-09 are here and waiting for you. In this article, I’ll cover the highlights of the new releases and show how to get started. PyDev of the Week: Vuyisile Ndlovu This week we welcome Vuyisile Ndlovu (@terrameijar) as our PyDev of the Week! Vuyisile is a contributor to Real Python and a Python blogger on his own website. He is also active in the Python community in Africa. You can find out more about Vuyisile on his website or by checking out his Github profile. Let’s take some time to get to know him better! [...] I don’t have a favorite language yet because I haven’t been programming for a long time and I know that different languages are suited for different things. I’m learning JavaScript and back in college, I took C++ and Visual Basic classes. I teach programming classes at a High School using VB.Net because I find that using Visual Basic makes building GUIs in a Windows environment easy and the language is relatively simple to teach to beginners. The work projects I work on are web projects and I enjoy using Python and Django to build those out. Twisted 19.10.0 Released On behalf of Twisted Matrix Laboratories, I am honoured to announce the release of Twisted 19.10! [...] Many thanks to everyone who had a part in this release - the supporters of the Twisted Software Foundation, the developers who contributed code as well as documentation, and all the people building great things with Twisted! read more

Ubuntu-Based Linux For All Distro Gets New Release Powered by Linux Kernel 5.4

2019-11-11 16:43:00

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released today a new version of his Ubuntu-based LFA (Linux For All) GNU/Linux distribution that brings updated components, as well as new apps and tools. LFA (Linux For All) Build 191111 is now available to download based on Canonical's latest Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, but shipping with a much newer kernel, namely Linux 5.4 RC6. As such, LFA is one of the first distros to adopt the upcoming Linux 5.4 kernel series. LFA (Linux For All) Build 191111 is not just an update to previous releases of the Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux distribution, but a total rebuild that now uses packages from the latest Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) release instead of those used in the latest Ubuntu Linux release. "The system is based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS and Debian. It’s a total rebuild. I.e. nothing is left of the old LFA system," said Arne Exton. "Why Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS? Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is supported until April 2023. Ubuntu 19.10...

Games: Valve, BorderDoom, BlooM, The Sapling, Red Eclipse 2, Crash World, Cyberpunk Bar Sim and The Farlanders

2019-11-11 16:33:56

Valve has an Armistice Sale and Singles Day sale on Steam with some good Linux games cheap Yet another chance to grab a game or two from your wishlist perhaps? The Armistice Sale on Steam supports the War Child UK charity and there's also a Singles Day sale. For the Armistice Sale, Valve are promoting games with non-violent gameplay (or they got an update for the sale) to support children affected by the world’s deadliest conflicts. BorderDoom adds a little Borderlands flavour to classic Doom Always on the lookout for the new and interesting, BorderDoom came across the GOL news-desk recently adding a little Borderlands flavour to Doom. It's quite a basic mod, once that would likely work well with the many others out there. The basic idea of it is to add in weapons with random properties like damage, number of bullets fired, firing speed and so on, plus shields that recharge and enemies that have levels to give you more of a challenge. BlooM brings together the classics Doom and Blood Another quality mashup here, with BlooM merging together elements from both Doom and Blood into something quite different. The team behind it recently put up a fresh demo while they work on the full release which includes new maps, enemies, music and more. Design your own plants and animals in the casual sim The Sapling Releasing with Linux support in December, The Sapling looks like a nice casual sim where you design your own plants and animals. Probably one of the most difficult types of games to get right, many have attempted some sort of evolution sim and it's always great to see more. Red Eclipse 2 is a revamp of the classic free arena shooter coming to Steam I will admit this is quite a surprise, Red Eclipse is a first-person shooter I haven't seen mentioned in a long time and it seems they're closing in on a big revamped release with Red Eclipse 2. A classic free and open source shooter, Red Eclipse hasn't seen a released update since 1.6 back in December of 2017. Two years later, they're launching the massive upgrade for it free on Steam. Not a simple update either, they've completely changed the rendering engine to bring in Tesseract so they can support more advanced graphical features. Deliver pizzas, upgrade your car and smash into everything in Crash World Crash World is an upcoming comedy pizza delivery game with some really silly physics and you can try an early demo right now. Releasing on Steam next year, it's a pretty wacky game. Bouncy physics, terrible vehicle handling, a car you can upgrade and an ever-changing city should provide plenty of amusement. This isn't some GTA-style open-world game though, it's mission-based but going off-mission is something that will happen often. It did to me anyway, I just couldn't help myself. Cyberpunk Bar Sim fully funded on Kickstarter and coming to Linux Currently crowdfunding (successfully!) with a few days left, Cyberpunk Bar Sim takes elements inspired by both Game Dev Tycoon and VA-11 Hall-A to create a new mix of cyberpunk bar ownership. Starting off with nothing but a small dive bar with five stools, a counter-top and a handful of customers you will need to grow the business and expand your reach. Eventually you will pull in regulars, who will get chatty and tell you their story. Build a busy city on Mars in The Farlanders, an in-development city-builder with a free web demo Currently in development and quite early on, The Farlanders is a tile-based city-builder set on the red planet Mars. Created by developer Angry Kid, the same behind Undervault a free roguelike dungeon crawler. Even though it's not finished, it's starting to really look good and it's already engrossing enough for me to recommend taking a look at it if you're in the mood for a city-builder that's a little different to the rest. read more

Microsoft Edge is coming to Linux. But will anybody use it?

2019-11-11 16:18:14

Edge wasn't even popular on Windows—adding Linux support is a curious move.

Will 'Death Stranding,' a mysterious game about building connections, connect with gamers?

2019-11-11 16:10:01

Mysterious. Surreal. Empowering. And boring?

Civil servants, solar panels, and patronage: A Ghanaian case study

2019-11-11 15:50:02

Electricity is a hot political issue in Ghana. Ghanaians demand access to the electricity grid as a right of citizenship. And, when not connected, they have threatened in the past to boycott national elections with slogans such as: "No light, no vote!"

Transition to electric vehicles puts heavy pressure on production of critical metals

2019-11-11 15:40:40

The current production of a number of critical metals is insufficient for the large-scale transition to electric vehicles. This is the conclusion of a report by environmental scientists Benjamin Sprecher and organisations Copper8 and Metabolic. As a solution, they advocate more electric car-sharing, cars with a smaller battery and improved recycling.

A Brief Introduction To Dockerfile

2019-11-11 15:33:26

In this brief guide, we will see how to use Dockerfile to automate the process of building custom docker images on Linux.

Hackers Breach ZoneAlarm's Forum Site — Outdated vBulletin to Blame

2019-11-11 15:27:13

ZoneAlarm, an internet security software company owned by Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point Technologies, has suffered a data breach exposing data of its discussion forum users, the company confirmed The Hacker News. With nearly 100 million downloads, ZoneAlarm offers antivirus software, firewall, and additional virus protection solutions to home PC users, small businesses, and mobile

The Disappointing Direction Of Linux Performance From 4.16 To 5.4 Kernels

2019-11-11 15:25:00

With the Linux 5.4 kernel set to be released in the next week or two, here is a look at the performance going back to the days of Linux 5.14 from early 2018. At least the Linux kernel continues picking up many new features as due to security mitigations and other factors the kernel performance continues trending lower.

Why's that an emoji? The ethos and birthing process behind the icons we use to communicate

2019-11-11 15:23:16

If you have a smartphone, or use the internet at all in 2019, you probably know emoji—those small pictures that seem to punctuate nearly every written exchange today. (Some of you are probably even thinking your responses in emoji right now.)

Black Facebook employees complain racism, discrimination has gotten worse

2019-11-11 15:22:54

An anonymous memo alleging Facebook still has a black people problem is circulating inside the company one year after a former employee complained of racism and discrimination there.

A patch that simultaneously measures six health-related biomarkers by analyzing sweat

2019-11-11 15:21:17

A team of researchers from Tsinghua University and Northwest University, both in China, has developed a patch that can be used to measure six health-related biomarkers by analyzing sweat. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their patch and how well it worked when tested.

Large-scale integrated circuits produced in printing press

2019-11-11 15:07:27

Researchers at Linköping University and RISE, Campus Norrköping, have shown for the first time that it is possible to print complete integrated circuits with more than 100 organic electrochemical transistors. The result has been published in Nature Communications.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" Progress on Python 2 Removal

2019-11-11 15:04:00

The upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) and Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system are progressing on the removal of the now deprecated Python 2 implementation from their software repositories. The removal of an older Python implementation from an entire operating system system and its software repositories is a major deal for any OS vendor as it raises many severity issues due to the fact that numerous packages have not been ported to a newer branch, in this case we're talking about the removal of Python 2 and its replacements with Python 3. For Debian and Ubuntu, whose communities work closely together since the latter is based on the former, the transition from Python 2 to Python 3 started a few years ago, but now it's time for their next major release to ship without any Python 2 packages, though this appears to be a major deal even for some of the biggest GNU/Linux distributions in the world. "We are aiming to remove Python 2 for the Bullseye rel...

Social media design that seeks to mitigate polarization could increase ideological distance

2019-11-11 15:02:26

In a study by Matti Nelimarkka and his colleagues, interviewees brought up the fact that content recommendation models on social media may be poor solutions for reducing polarization in discussions. In another recently published article, Nelimarkka looks into how political science and HCI researchers could move toward an improved trading zone.

5 Security Processes You Shouldn't Overlook During M&A

2019-11-11 15:00:00

Security needs to be a central element of due diligence if a merger or acquisition is to succeed

The transition from fossils to renewables and its impact on consumer prices

2019-11-11 14:44:00

The transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energies is a global pursuit. But it's faster and more intensive in some countries than others. Take the case of South Africa. Heavily dependent on coal, the country is proceeding with a more intense transition in which renewable energies are set to play a growing role.

Indonesia's first scientific data bank is a step toward strengthening 'open data' practices

2019-11-11 14:35:39

A large number of researchers among Indonesia's scientific community have been known to perform unethical data tampering.

Smart tech systems cut congestion for a fraction of what new roads cost

2019-11-11 14:32:27

The new transport projects governments are constantly announcing are expensive. In the recent New South Wales and Victorian elections, the returned state governments' transport infrastructure promises added up to A$165 billion. What's mostly missing from the promised transport solutions is smart technology that provides higher benefits at a fraction of the cost—when retrofitting existing roads in particular. The benefit-to-cost ratio can be more than a dozen times greater than for a new road.

A deep learning technique to generate real-time lip sync for live 2-D animation

2019-11-11 14:30:01

Live 2-D animation is a fairly new and powerful form of communication that allows human performers to control cartoon characters in real time while interacting and improvising with other actors or members of an audience. Recent examples include Stephen Colbert interviewing cartoon guests on The Late Show, Homer answering live phone-in questions from viewers during a segment of The Simpsons, Archer talking to a live audience at ComicCon, and the stars of Disney's Star vs. The Forces of Evil and My Little Pony hosting live chat sessions with fans via YouTube or Facebook Live.

Build a busy city on Mars in The Farlanders, an in-development city-builder with a free web demo

2019-11-11 13:54:27

Tags: Indie Game, Itch.io, Early Access, New Release, UnityCurrently in development and quite early on, The Farlanders is a tile-based city-builder set on the red planet Mars. Created by developer Angry Kid, the same behind Undervault a free roguelike dungeon crawler. Even though it's not finished, it's starting to really look good and it's already engrossing enough for me to recommend taking a look at it if you're in the mood for a city-builder that's a little different to the rest. It just recently had a big update, which you can listen to the developer talking about below: Watch video on YouTube.com You have to balance food, water and power with limited expansion possibilities early on. As the game progresses, you gradually expand by terraforming small parts of the map. They already have another update in progress, which should hopefully be released next month. You can try The Farlanders free in your browser on itch.io and buy the standalone version to support further development on for $5.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

The Voyager Linux Distro Offers an Interesting Spin on Xfce

2019-11-11 13:51:32

The Voyager Linux distribution wants to take users on a journey to an "aesthetic and immersive" Linux environment — but does it succeed? This post, The Voyager Linux Distro Offers an Interesting Spin on Xfce, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 Open-Source Software Suite Released with over 200 Changes

2019-11-11 13:45:00

The KDE Project released over the weekend the KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 open-source software suite, a monthly update for October 2019 that packs numerous changes and bug fixes. KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 brings more than 200 hundred changes to the open-source software suite used by the KDE Plasma Desktop environment and the KDE Applications software suite, in an attempt to improve the overall performance, stability, security and reliability of the KDE Plasma desktop and related apps. Highlights of this release include initial support for the upcoming Qt 5.15 open-source and cross-platform application framework, support for CMake 3.5 series of the open-source and cross-platform package building tools, new and updated icons, as well as fixes for several memory leaks and crashes. For BSD, Windows and macOS platforms, KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 removes support for the deprecated Growl notification system for Mac OS X, adds and enables Notification Center support in latest macOS rel...

Making ceramic tile production greener with reused heat

2019-11-11 13:33:39

With its wide range of applications from construction to consumer goods, industrial processes and cutting-edge technologies, the ceramics industry is an integral part of EU manufacturing. A key component of energy-intensive industries (EIIs) that include sectors like iron, steel, cement, chemicals, pulp and paper, ceramics also have a climate footprint and their production processes involve high costs.

World's deadliest inventor: Mikhail Kalashnikov and his AK-47

2019-11-11 13:33:27

What is the deadliest weapon of the 20th century?

Hackers are now targeting councils and governments, threatening to leak citizen data

2019-11-11 13:31:58

In recent weeks, Johannesburg's computer network was held for ransom by a hacker group called Shadow Kill Hackers. This was the second time in three months a ransomware attack has hit South Africa's largest city. This time, however, hackers didn't pose the usual threat.

Cube-​shaped mag­netic build­ing blocks for soft ro­bot­ics ap­plic­a­tions

2019-11-11 13:31:46

ETH scientists have developed cube-shaped magnetic building blocks that can be assembled into two-dimensional shapes and controlled by an external magnetic field. They can be used for soft robotics applications.

New tool highlights what generative models leave out when reconstructing a scene

2019-11-11 13:10:02

Anyone who has spent time on social media has probably noticed that GANs, or generative adversarial networks, have become remarkably good at drawing faces. They can predict what you'll look like when you're old and what you'd look like as a celebrity. But ask a GAN to draw scenes from the larger world and things get weird.

OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 Enters Development with KDE Plasma 5.17, Linux Kernel 5.3

2019-11-11 13:09:00

OpenMandriva Association announced the release of the first pre-release version of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 operating system, the first major update to the OpenMandriva Lx 4 series. OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 is now officially in development, and a firs alpha release is ready for public testing with the latest KDE Plasma 5.17.2 desktop environment, which is accompanied by the KDE Applications 19.08.3 and KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 software suites, all built agains Qt 5.14. It also ships with the Linux 5.3.9 kernel and an updated toolchain built with Clang 9.0 and Glibc 2.30. As OpenMandriva Lx is one of the first and few GNU/Linux distributions to use Clang as the default compiler instead of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection), the development team decided that's it time to ship a Linux kernel that's also compatible with the Clang compiler. However, it's not enabled by default for now and remains an exper...

SUSE Continues Working On Linux Core Scheduling For Better Security

2019-11-11 12:55:13

SUSE and other companies like DigitalOcean have been working on Linux core scheduling to make virtualization safer particularly in light of security vulnerabilities like L1TF and MDS. The core scheduling work is about ensuring different VMs don't share a HT sibling but rather only the same VM / trusted applications run on siblings of a core...

Cyberpunk Bar Sim fully funded on Kickstarter and coming to Linux

2019-11-11 12:43:34

Tags: Indie Game, Crowdfunding, Steam, Simulation, UpcomingCurrently crowdfunding (successfully!) with a few days left, Cyberpunk Bar Sim takes elements inspired by both Game Dev Tycoon and VA-11 Hall-A to create a new mix of cyberpunk bar ownership. Starting off with nothing but a small dive bar with five stools, a counter-top and a handful of customers you will need to grow the business and expand your reach. Eventually you will pull in regulars, who will get chatty and tell you their story. Watch video on YouTube.com Feature Highlight: Explore a Sci-Fi city in a dystopian, cyberpunk future Manage your expenses, make drinks, advertise, and expand to further your popularity Meet and befriend your regulars as your popularity grows to learn about the personal lives of androids, noir detectives, augmented humans, and more in visual novel-style dialogues. Enjoy a selection of chill, jazzhop, and lofi beats! Their Kickstarter campaign is due to end November 14, with it hitting well over the rather small three thousand dollar goal. Linux support is confirmed, with their campaign stating it very clearly. Since it's funded, it's now on our dedicated Crowdfunding Page. You can see the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter here and wishlist/follow on Steam.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Pre-Loaded Linux PCs Continue Increasing - TUXEDO Computers Sets Up New Offices

2019-11-11 12:27:11

From System76 setting up their own manufacturing facility for Linux desktops to Dell offering more Linux laptop options, the demand for pre-loaded Linux PCs continues to increase. One of the smaller Linux PC vendors also now expanding is German-based TUXEDO Computers...

Shortwave Enters Beta As New GNOME Internet Radio Player

2019-11-11 12:09:46

Shortwave is a new Internet radio player built for GNOME with GTK3 and has been in development the past year...

New: 2019 State of the Internet / Security: Media Under Assault

2019-11-11 12:00:00

It can't be overstated: Web attacks and credential stuffing are real, long-term threats. This white paper, sponsored by Akamai, focuses on how they are impacting the high-tech, video media, and entertainment sectors.

Deliver pizzas, upgrade your car and smash into everything in Crash World

2019-11-11 11:30:55

Tags: Indie Game, Demo, Steam, Racing, Action, UnityCrash World is an upcoming comedy pizza delivery game with some really silly physics and you can try an early demo right now. Releasing on Steam next year, it's a pretty wacky game. Bouncy physics, terrible vehicle handling, a car you can upgrade and an ever-changing city should provide plenty of amusement. This isn't some GTA-style open-world game though, it's mission-based but going off-mission is something that will happen often. It did to me anyway, I just couldn't help myself. You're driving around a cartoon styled blocky city, delivering pizzas or crashing into everything depending on what your chosen mission is. It becomes true chaos too, during one mission I accidentally ran over a police officer who was asking for help (totally missed that side-quest) and then when trying to finish my actual mission of destroying evil lamp posts I had police cars trying to smash into me and police officers firing at me. It was absolutely crazy. On another attempt, I went a bit too fast while taking a hippy to a mechanic and caused a bit of a pileup. My car exploded and as the camera zoomed out I then saw a little bit of a chain reaction as my car smashed into another, then that exploded into another and so on. Hilarious, lots of unexpected stupid things happen. They're onto something here, if they keep polishing it and adding to it right up until release, this could be a great game for top laughs. You can try out an early demo on Game Jolt and wishlist/follow on Steam.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Morten Linderud: Reproducible Arch Linux Packages

2019-11-11 11:00:00

Arch Linux has been involved with the reproducible builds efforts since 2016. The goal is to achieve deterministic building of software packages to enhance the security of the distribution. After almost 3 years of efforts, along with the release of pacman 5.2 and contributions from a lot of people, we are finally able to reproduce packages distributed by Arch Linux! This enables users to build packages and compare them with the ones distributed by the Arch Linux team.

Red Eclipse 2 is a revamp of the classic free arena shooter coming to Steam

2019-11-11 10:46:40

Tags: Open Source, Free Game, Update, Steam, Upcoming, FPSI will admit this is quite a surprise, Red Eclipse is a first-person shooter I haven't seen mentioned in a long time and it seems they're closing in on a big revamped release with Red Eclipse 2. A classic free and open source shooter, Red Eclipse hasn't seen a released update since 1.6 back in December of 2017. Two years later, they're launching the massive upgrade for it free on Steam. Not a simple update either, they've completely changed the rendering engine to bring in Tesseract so they can support more advanced graphical features. Plenty more than just an upgraded rendering engine as they've built a new interface, new maps, gameplay mode adjustments and a whole lot more you can read about here. Feature Highlight: A completely free arena shooter. No fees, no microtransactions. Fun for everyone, young and old, noob or expert. Cross platform across Linux, macOS and Windows. Parkour, impulse boosts, dashing, and other tricks. A huge amount of mutators and game altering variables. Create maps with other players in realtime co-op edit. It remains open source too, so anyone can check it out and contribute towards making it better. You can follow it on Steam for release on December 19. You can also try it now with the older classic version on the official site.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Teachable Machine 2.0 expands machine learning experience

2019-11-11 10:30:01

What, it's that easy to grasp machine learning basics? Good news from Google's Teachable Machine crew. Previously, the Teachable Machine provided lessons on how AI works but a new 2.0 puts you to work in making your machine learning model come to life in apps, websites and more.

Design your own plants and animals in the casual sim The Sapling

2019-11-11 10:21:20

Tags: Indie Game, Upcoming, Steam, Itch.io, Simulation, CasualReleasing with Linux support in December, The Sapling looks like a nice casual sim where you design your own plants and animals. Probably one of the most difficult types of games to get right, many have attempted some sort of evolution sim and it's always great to see more. Take a look at some early footage below: Watch video on YouTube.com Feature Highlight: Design plants and animals. Fast-forward time to and watch the ecosystem work like a charm or slowly fall apart A sandbox mode where you can skip time and turn on random mutation, allowing true evolution. An instinct system where you can specify what an animal should do when it hears or sees something. A procedural animation system so any animal can perform any animation. Procedural music mixed on the fly. Everything set up to be easily extended by players. The developer, Wessel Stoop, said they just wanted to play a simple sim where you build your own plants and animals. After a the 2008 title Spore was released and didn't quite fit what they wanted, they decided to make one themselves and so The Sapling was born. You can wishlist and follow on itch.io and Steam, releasing on December 12. Article from GamingOnLinux.com

If Your Ubuntu 19.10 Or GNOME-Based Installation Keeps Locking Up, You’re Not Alone

2019-11-11 10:10:48

Carl Richell, CEO of System76, sent me a message this morning that only reinforces why I appreciate that company: they’re nimble and they act as quickly as humanly possible. Here’s what Richell had to say: “We pushed updates to Mutter Friday morning and users have reported that it resolved the issue for them. The same updates will be in Ubuntu soon as well.” I can happily confirm that installing the latest update on my Oryx Pro running Pop!_OS 19.10 resolved the issue, so a solution is definitely headed your way. Also: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Continuing To Work On Python 2 Removal read more

BlooM brings together the classics Doom and Blood

2019-11-11 10:04:42

Tags: Mod, FPSAnother quality mashup here, with BlooM merging together elements from both Doom and Blood into something quite different. The team behind it recently put up a fresh demo while they work on the full release which includes new maps, enemies, music and more. Watch video on YouTube.com Feature Highlight: More than 30 kinds of the original monsters taken from blood/doom series!. +22 new hybrid monsters between doom and blood 20 weapons and guns of kimbo powerup!. Added all blood's environment elements. Added original Blood's textures and new ones. Fight against hybrid monster with the classic iwad maps or your custom maps. New whole episode (8 maps). BlooM adds traps and random events in original/classic maps. It has pretty wide compatibility too with Doom II, Ultimate Doom, Final Doom, SIGIL and probably quite a few more can be played with it. Easily one of the most interesting mod mashups I've seen all year, works well together too. Some really great work on the environments, once finished this could be a pretty incredible mod. Check it out here on Mod DB and the ZDoom forum. As always, you need a Doom game engine to run it like GZDoom. Hat tip to dpanter. Article from GamingOnLinux.com

DDoS attacks in Q3 2019

2019-11-11 10:00:56

Statistically, Q3 2019 differs little from Q2. In terms of geographical distribution of attacks and targets, we saw a continuation of the now familiar trend of unexpected guests appearing, only to drop out the next quarter.

Fedora 31 and Control Group v2

2019-11-11 09:42:59

Over the last few years, I have seen the Linux kernel team working on Control Group (cgroup) v2, adding new features and fixing lots of issues with cgroup v1. The kernel team announced that cgroup v2 was stable back in 2016. Last year at the All Systems Go conference, I met a lot of the engineers who are working on cgroup v2, most of them from Facebook, as well as the systemd team. We talked about the issues and problems with cgroup v1 and the deep desire to get Linux distributions to use cgroup v2 by default. The last few versions of Fedora have supported cgroup v2, but it was not enabled as the default. Almost no one will modify the defaults for something as fundamental as the default resource-constraint system in Fedora, causing cgroup v2 to languish in obscurity. Also: Linking Linux system automation to the bottom line read more

BorderDoom adds a little Borderlands flavour to classic Doom

2019-11-11 09:30:34

Tags: Mod, FPSAlways on the lookout for the new and interesting, BorderDoom came across the GOL news-desk recently adding a little Borderlands flavour to Doom. It's quite a basic mod, once that would likely work well with the many others out there. The basic idea of it is to add in weapons with random properties like damage, number of bullets fired, firing speed and so on, plus shields that recharge and enemies that have levels to give you more of a challenge. Watch video on YouTube.com Quite a fun idea actually, giving another new spin on a classic first-person shooter. This is only the first version too, it seems the developer of the pack has plenty of improvements planned for it. So if you love your Doom-based stuff, firmly one to keep an eye on. To play it, like a lot of other Doom mods you will need something like GZDoom. For more info, see their announcement post on the ZDoom forum.Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Team of 'white hat' hackers found bugs in Amazon Echo and Galaxy S10

2019-11-11 09:30:03

A team of leading security researchers was recently crowned top hackers after finding vulnerabilities across multiple devices including an Alexa-powered Amazon Echo and a Samsung Galaxy S10.

Alexa as your new bestie: Can an AI robot or voice assistant help you feel less lonely?

2019-11-11 09:30:01

You: "Alexa, I'm lonely."

Redditor creates a massive, working AirPod replica that's pretty impossible to lose

2019-11-11 09:08:25

It's no secret that Apple's tiny AirPods earbuds get lost—a lot.

Is Spotify the new Tinder? It is for this couple

2019-11-11 09:06:56

Swipe right. Then left, another left, then left again. That's the typical movement your thumb might go through if you're trying to find "the one" on any dating app. In some circles, it's becoming more common to hear friends say they met their significant other via dating apps Tinder, Bumble or Hinge, but what about Spotify?

'New T-Mobile' announces budget plan for $15 monthly and 5G coming Dec. 6

2019-11-11 09:04:35

T-Mobile plans to light up its 5G network on Dec. 6 and, with it, is making long-term commitments to low-income families and first responders.

Interview with Bryan Wong

2019-11-11 09:02:47

There are a lot of features that make me love Krita. First, a lot of those features are very useful for game arts, such as clones array, grid and guide, these make making tiles extremely smooth. I can also make a bunch of clone layers with transform mask to generate spritesheets easily. Second, the brush engine is powerful. It has masked brush and texture. The soft round brush also allows you to draw your own intensity curve to make an interesting result. Third, the developer support is excellent. Whenever I report a bug, the developer will respond quickly and will solve the problem. The team really cares about the program and user experience. And many more… read more

Valve has an Armistice Sale and Singles Day sale on Steam with some good Linux games cheap

2019-11-11 08:57:20

Tags: Game Sale, SteamYet another chance to grab a game or two from your wishlist perhaps? The Armistice Sale on Steam supports the War Child UK charity and there's also a Singles Day sale. For the Armistice Sale, Valve are promoting games with non-violent gameplay (or they got an update for the sale) to support children affected by the world’s deadliest conflicts. Some of the games you can get cheap until tomorrow include: Back to Bed - 80% off AER Memories of Old - 75% off Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty - 75% off Mini Metro - 50% off Democracy 3 - 50% off SUNLESS SKIES - 33% off Additionally, the Singles Day 2019 sale is celebrating another special day that originated out of China as a sort of anti-Valentine’s Day. More deals can be found here like: BattleBlock Theater - 80% off Planetary Annihilation: TITANS - 75% off Full Metal Furies - 66% off Don't Starve Together - 60% off For The King - 60% off Overcooked! 2 - 40% off Wizard of Legend - 30% off Article from GamingOnLinux.com

Chinese e-commerce giants report booming Singles Day sales

2019-11-11 08:10:42

Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com reported a total of more than $50 billion in sales on Monday in the first half of Singles Day, an annual marketing event that is the world's busiest online shopping day.

Scientists develop sensor to save children, pets left in vehicles

2019-11-11 08:06:04

A small, inexpensive sensor could save lives by triggering an alarm when children or pets are left alone in vehicles.

Cheat sheet for common Linux commands

2019-11-11 08:02:00

The terminal is one of the most efficient ways to interact with a Linux computer. When you type a command into the shell, you tell your computer exactly what you want it to do, specifying both the source and destination of what you need done, and then there's no further interaction required. Every time you type a valid command into a shell, you're essentially programming, even though your program may only run for a millisecond. read more

3 approaches to secrets management for Flatpak applications

2019-11-11 08:01:00

Flatpak enables desktop applications to run in isolated sandboxes, which significantly improves security as it prevents applications from affecting one another and impacting the host system. In practice, however, typical applications still need to access services and user data that are shared among other applications and the host. read more

A guide to intermediate awk scripting

2019-11-11 08:00:00

This article explores awk's capabilities, which are easier to use now that you know how to structure your command into an executable script. Logical operators and conditionals You can use the logical operators and (written &&) and or (written ||) to add specificity to your conditionals. For example, to select and print only records with the string "purple" in the second column and an amount less than five in the third column: read more

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Continuing To Work On Python 2 Removal

2019-11-11 06:40:00

The goal for Ubuntu 20.04 is to ship with Python 2 removed since Py2 will be end-of-life after the after the start of the year and this next Ubuntu Linux release is a Long-Term Support release, but there still are many Python 2 depending packages left currently in Debian unstable and Ubuntu's "Focal Fossa" archive...

Getting Started With ZFS Filesystem on Ubuntu 19.10

2019-11-11 06:30:31

Ubuntu 19.10 gives the ability to install use ZFS on root. What is ZFS filesystem and how to use it? This tutorial answers your questions. read more

Open Data and Open Government Partnership

2019-11-11 05:56:47

What does open government mean for digital transformation? Openness is a critical tenet for democracy. It enables transparency, which enables accountability, which in turn drives better public outcomes and ideally a useful check and balance on power. But openness is also a critical tenet for modern public sectors if they are to be capable of responsiveness and resilience in the face of dramatic and rapid change, and to best ensure evidence-driven policy, programs, and service delivery. As part of this Public Sector Pia Review, I wanted to talk about open government as it applies to digital transformation of the public sector, beyond the usual (but important!) scope of transparency and freedom of information. I do recommend you also check out the Open Government Partnership (including Australia’s participation and the community around it), the great work of Open Australia over many years, and the Digital 9 (a collection of governments committed to open digital government), all three of which sit in the interesting intersection of open and digital government. I also encourage you to look closely at how Taiwan is dramatically raising the bar for open inclusive government in a digital world. There are also a lot of initiatives around the non-digital specific world of open government, including the Accountability Roundtable, Transparency International Australia, and many more. I also encourage you to read some of the great case studies that explore the intersection of digital and open government in this report on ‘Upgrading Democracy’ by the Centre for Policy Development from 2009. (the struggle) Towards an open source policy Public availability and tracability of results from publically-funded work is a topic that gets more and more attention from funding agencies and scientific policy makers. However, most policies focus on data as the output of research. In this contribution, we focus on research software and we introduce the ASTRON Open Source Policy. Apart from the license used (Apache 2.0), the policy is written as a manual that explains how to license software, when to assign a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), and defines that all code should be put in an ASTRON managed repository. The policy has been made publically available, a DOI has been assigned to it and it has been put in a repository to stimulate the ADASS community to start a conversation on how to make our code publically accessible and citable. Philadelphia to dissolve Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation ODDT’s Open Data team has joined OIT’s centralised data team under Chief Geographic Information/Data Officer, Henry Garie. Content strategists, user experience designers and visual designers are moving to OIT at the end of the year. ODDT developers will also join OIT’s software engineering team, led by the Director of Software Engineering, Dan Lopez. ODDT service designers and design researchers will spin off into the Service Design Studio, led by Dragoman. The Studio will work on City-wide process-improvement efforts. read more