Games: Don't Starve Together, Cthulhu Saves the World, EVERSPACE 2 and Stadia

2019-08-19 20:35:21

Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

2019-08-19 20:33:55

Amazon Adds API-based Kernel Panic and Blue Screen to AWS EC2

2019-08-19 20:20:16

Amazon has introduced SendDiagnosticInterrupt for AWS EC2. The feature is an API-driven diagnostic interrupt that triggers a kernel panic for Linux instances or a blue screen/stop error for Windows instances. The interrupt is received as a non-maskable interrupt by Intel and AMD processors.

Better video streaming when WiFi is scarce

2019-08-19 20:17:34

In an era when the average U.S. household has five internet-connected devices, web surfers may often feel like they're always fighting over scraps of WiFi. How can a whole family all binge their favorite shows without somebody's connection slowing to a crawl?

Programming: WebAssembly, Mozilla GFX, Qt and Python

2019-08-19 20:00:04

WebAssembly for speed and code reuse Imagine translating a non-web application, written in a high-level language, into a binary module ready for the web. This translation could be done without any change whatsoever to the non-web application's source code. A browser can download the newly translated module efficiently and execute the module in the sandbox. The executing web module can interact seamlessly with other web technologies—with JavaScript (JS) in particular. Welcome to WebAssembly. As befits a language with assembly in the name, WebAssembly is low-level. But this low-level character encourages optimization: the just-in-time (JIT) compiler of the browser's virtual machine can translate portable WebAssembly code into fast, platform-specific machine code. A WebAssembly module thereby becomes an executable suited for compute-bound tasks such as number crunching. Which high-level languages compile into WebAssembly? The list is growing, but the original candidates were C, C++, and Rust. Let's call these three the systems languages, as they are meant for systems programming and high-performance applications programming. The systems languages share two features that suit them for compilation into WebAssembly. The next section gets into the details, which sets up full code examples (in C and TypeScript) together with samples from WebAssembly's own text format language. Mozilla GFX: moz://gfx newsletter #47 Hi there! Time for another mozilla graphics newsletter. In the comments section of the previous newsletter, Michael asked about the relation between WebRender and WebGL, I’ll try give a short answer here. Both WebRender and WebGL need access to the GPU to do their work. At the moment both of them use the OpenGL API, either directly or through ANGLE which emulates OpenGL on top of D3D11. They, however, each work with their own OpenGL context. Frames produced with WebGL are sent to WebRender as texture handles. WebRender, at the API level, has a single entry point for images, video frames, canvases, in short for every grid of pixels in some flavor of RGB format, be them CPU-side buffers or already in GPU memory as is normally the case for WebGL. In order to share textures between separate OpenGL contexts we rely on platform-specific APIs such as EGLImage and DXGI. Beyond that there isn’t any fancy interaction between WebGL and WebRender. The latter sees the former as a image producer just like 2D canvases, video decoders and plain static images. The Titler Revamp: QML Producer in the making At the beginning of this month, I started testing out the new producer as I had a good, rough structure for the producer code, and was only facing a few minor problems. Initially, I was unclear about how exactly the producer is going to be used by the titler so I took a small step back and spent some time figuring out how kdenlivetitle worked, which is the producer in use. Initially, I faced integration problems (which are the ones you’d normally expect) when I tried to make use of the QmlRenderer library for rendering and loading QML templates – and most of them were resolved by a simple refactoring of the QmlRenderer library source code. To give an example, the producer traditionally stores the QML template in global variables which is taken as a character pointer argument (which is, again, traditional C) The QmlRenderer lib takes a QUrl as its parameters for loading the Qml file, so to solve this problem all I had to do was to overload the loadQml() method with one which could accommodate the producer’s needs – which worked perfectly fine. As a consequence, I also had to compartmentalise (further) the rendering process so now we have 3 methods which go sequentially when we want to render something using the library ( initialiseRenderParams( ) -> prepareRenderer( ) -> renderQml( ) ) [...] The problem was resolved (thank you JB) finally and it was not due to OpenGL but it was simply because I hadn’t created an QApplication for the producer (which is necessary for qt producers). The whole month’s been a steep curve, definitely not easy, but, I enjoyed it! Right now, I have a producer which is, now, almost complete and with a little more tweaking, will be put to use, hopefully. I’m still facing a few minor issues which I hope to resolve soon and get a working producer. Once we get that, I can start work on the Kdenlive side. Let’s hope for the best! How to Make a Discord Bot in Python In a world where video games are so important to so many people, communication and community around games are vital. Discord offers both of those and more in one well-designed package. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a Discord bot in Python so that you can make the most of this fantastic platform. Qt Visual Studio Tools 2.4 RC Released The Visual Studio Project System is widely used as the build system of choice for C++ projects in VS. Under the hood, MSBuild provides the project file format and build framework. The Qt VS Tools make use of the extensibility of MSBuild to provide design-time and build-time integration of Qt in VS projects — toward the end of the post we have a closer look at how that integration works and what changed in the new release. Up to this point, the Qt VS Tools extension managed its own project settings in an isolated manner. This approach prevented the integration of Qt in Visual Studio to fully benefit from the features of VS projects and MSBuild. Significantly, it was not possible to have Qt settings vary according to the build configuration (e.g. having a different list of selected Qt modules for different configurations), including Qt itself: only one version/build of Qt could be selected and would apply to all configurations, a significant drawback in the case of multi-platform projects. Another important limitation that users of the Qt VS Tools have reported is the lack of support for importing Qt-related settings from shared property sheet files. This feature allows settings in VS projects to be shared within a team or organization, thus providing a single source for that information. Up to now, this was not possible to do with settings managed by the Qt VS Tools. read more

How ergonomic is your warehouse job? Soon, an app might be able to tell you

2019-08-19 19:56:44

In 2017 there were nearly 350,000 incidents of workers taking sick leave due to injuries affecting muscles, nerves, ligaments or tendons—like carpal tunnel syndrome—according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the workers with the highest number of incidents: people who work in factories and warehouses.

Screenshots/Screencasts: 10 GNU/Linux Distros (Screenshots) and New Screencast/Video of Endeavour OS 2019.08.17

2019-08-19 19:32:25

10 Linux distros: From different to dangerous One of the great benefits of Linux is the ability to roll your own. Throughout the years, individuals, organizations, and even nation states have done just that. In this gallery, we're going to showcase some of those distros. Be careful, though. You may not want to load these, or if you do, put them in isolated VMs. We're not kidding when we say they could be dangerous. Endeavour OS 2019.08.17 Run Through In this video, we are looking at Endeavour OS 2019.08.17. read more

A Cycle of Renewal, Broken: How Big Tech and Big Media Abuse Copyright Law to Slay Competition

2019-08-19 19:18:46

In 1950, a television salesman named Robert Tarlton put together a consortium of TV merchants in the town of Lansford, Pennsylvania to erect an antenna tall enough to pull down signals from Philadelphia, about 90 miles to the southeast. The antenna connected to a web of cables that the consortium strung up and down the streets of Lansford, bringing big-city TV to their customers — and making TV ownership for Lansfordites far more attractive. Though hobbyists had been jury-rigging their own "community antenna television" networks since 1948, no one had ever tried to go into business with such an operation. The first commercial cable TV company was born. The rise of cable over the following years kicked off decades of political controversy over whether the cable operators should be allowed to stay in business, seeing as they were retransmitting broadcast signals without payment or permission and collecting money for the service. Broadcasters took a dim view of people using their signals without permission, which is a little rich, given that the broadcasting industry itself owed its existence to the ability to play sound recordings over the air without permission or payment. The FCC brokered a series of compromises in the years that followed, coming up with complex rules governing which signals a cable operator could retransmit, which ones they must retransmit, and how much all this would cost. The end result was a second way to get TV, one that made peace with—and grew alongside—broadcasters, eventually coming to dominate how we get cable TV in our homes. By 1976, cable and broadcasters joined forces to fight a new technology: home video recorders, starting with Sony's Betamax recorders. In the eyes of the cable operators, broadcasters, and movie studios, these were as illegitimate as the playing of records over the air had been, or as retransmitting those broadcasts over cable had been. Lawsuits over the VCR continued for the next eight years. In 1984, the Supreme Court finally weighed in, legalizing the VCR, and finding that new technologies were not illegal under copyright law if they were "capable of substantial noninfringing uses." read more

Towns Across Texas Hit in Coordinated Ransomware Attack

2019-08-19 19:15:00

The state government and cybersecurity groups have mobilized to respond to a mass ransomware attack that simultaneously hit 23 different towns statewide.

Software, HowTos and Storage

2019-08-19 19:11:26

Pause Music When Locking The Screen And Resume On Unlock For Spotify, Rhythmbox, Others When you lock your computer screen (without suspending the system), most desktop audio players continue playback in the background, sometimes not emitting any sound ¹. Due to this you may unintentionally skip parts of podcasts or songs in a playlist, etc. Enter pause-on-lock, a Bash script that pauses your music player when you lock the screen and resumes playback once the screen is unlocked. pause-on-lock works on Unity, GNOME, Cinnamon and MATE desktop environments, and by default it supports Spotify and Rhythmbox. With the help of playerctl (a command line controller for controlling media players that support the MPRIS D-Bus interface), this script can extend its supported music players to many others, including Audacious, VLC, Cmus, and others. Easy Way to Screen Mirroring Android on Ubuntu! Screen Mirroring is one of the features found on smartphones, one of which is on Android. This feature serves to display the smartphone to a computer. This is very useful for example when used for demo applications that you make, or maybe for other things related to smartphones. In Ubuntu, we can do screen mirroring with applications available on Android, for example is AirDroid which can be used for screen mirroring through a browser. But I feel less optimal when using this instant method. Because there is a lag between activity on the smartphone and on the monitor screen on the computer, and the results are less than optimal. What might be the cause because it is opened through a browser and uses wi-fi? (Personal question). I am looking for another application for screen mirroring on Ubuntu, and one of the very good applications is Scrcpy. This application can be used for screen mirroring without a root device. Command line quick tips: Searching with grep How to Install Cezerin on Debian 9 How to Create a Bootable USB Stick from the Ubuntu Terminal How to Install Git on Debian 10 How to Copy/Move a Docker Container to Another Host Six practical use cases for Nmap The Next Stage of Flash Storage: Computational Storage NAS upgrade At some point in the future I hope to spend a little bit of time on the software side of things, as some of the features of my set up are no longer working as they should: I can't remote-decrypt the main disk via SSH on boot, and the first run of any backup fails due to some kind of race condition in the systemd unit dependencies. (The first attempt does not correctly mount the backup partition; the second attempt always succeeds). Storage Concepts And Technologies Explained In Detail read more

EVERSPACE 2 announced, with more of a focus on exploration and it will release for Linux

2019-08-19 19:02:49

Tags: Upcoming, Indie Game, Action, Simulation, Exploration, Unreal EngineEVERSPACE is probably one of my absolute favourite space shooters from the last few years, so I'm extremely excited to see EVERSPACE 2 be announced and confirmed for Linux. For the Linux confirmation, I reached out on Twitter where the developer replied with "#Linux support scheduled for full release in 2021!". It shall be continuing to use Unreal Engine, with a release on Steam first in Early Access next year. So while we won't be getting the early builds, we will at least see it at the final release which is awesome. Take a look at their trailer for it: Watch video on A key different between this and the first game, is that it's ditching the rogue-like die and repeat mechanics. Instead, it's going to be a full open-world exploration based story experience. Seems the combat it going to be very much like the original though, which makes me happy as it was intense! Get ready to open your wallets, as they need a bit of funding. They're going to be heading to Kickstarter on September 9th. Even though it's nowhere near finished, I think it looks pretty incredible. You can now wishlist and follow it on the Steam page.Article from

Share Your Keyboard and Mouse Between Linux and Raspberry Pi

2019-08-19 19:00:00

itsFOSS:This DIY tutorial teaches you to share mouse and keyboard between multiple computers using open source software Barrier.

Backdoor found in Webmin, a popular web-based utility for managing Unix servers

2019-08-19 18:47:28

Backdoored Webmin versions were available for download for more than a year through the official site.

Google reveal more games with the latest Stadia Connect, including Cyberpunk 2077

2019-08-19 18:42:21

Tags: Google, Game StreamingToday, Google went back to YouTube to show off an impressive list of games coming to their Stadia game streaming service, which we already know is powered by Debian Linux and Vulkan. As a reminder, Google said not to see Stadia as if it was the "Netflix of games", as it's clearly not. Stadia Base requires you to buy all your games as normal, with Stadia Pro ($9.99 monthly) giving you a trickle of free games to access on top of 4K and surround sound support. Focusing on some newly announced games that will be coming to Stadia, along with fresh trailers for previously announced titles, today's Connect event packed quite the punch. Here's some more titles that were mentioned: Attack on Titan 2 Final Battle - Omega Force Borderlands 3 - Gearbox Cyberpunk 2077 - CD Projekt DOOM Eternal - id Software Darksiders Genesis - Airship Syndicate Destroy All Humans! (remake) - THQ Nordic Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Edition - Giants Software GRID - Codemasters Gods and Monsters - Ubisoft Kine - Gwen Frey Mortal Kombat 11 - NetherRealm Studios Orcs Must Die 3 - Robot Entertainment SUPERHOT + SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE - SUPERHOT Team Samurai Showdown - SNK The Elder Scrolls Online - ZeniMax Online Studios Watch Dogs Legion - Ubisoft Windjammers 2 - DotEmu You can see the cut-down recap below: Watch video on Or if you prefer it, the full 40 minute presentation is available here. Stadia is going to launch in November, with access being granted to around 14 countries. Currently, the only way to actually get in is to purchase the Founder's Edition with everyone else getting access next year. The Founder's Edition comes with a Chromecast Ultra, three months Stadia Plus, an exclusive Night Blue Stadia Controller and more. It's not cheap though, at around $129/£119. How do you feel about Stadia currently, will you be giving it a go? Since it will work on Linux in any Chrome browser, I remain quite interested to try it out even if I have plenty of reservations about the service itself. Either way, it's yet another way to play AAA titles on Linux.Article from

Sucuri Can Help Secure Your Client Websites

2019-08-19 18:40:31

At Sucuri, we understand that most web professionals and web agencies ultimately need to make their clients part of the decision-making process for choosing to secure their sites. Overall, website security sounds like a good thing, but how do you position the value of Sucuri’s website security to clients who don’t know (or even care to know) the specifics behind what website security would offer them? Why is Website Security Important? Many clients will ask why they should care about website security. Continue reading Sucuri Can Help Secure Your Client Websites at Sucuri Blog.

Pause Music When Locking The Screen And Resume On Unlock For Spotify, Rhythmbox, Others

2019-08-19 18:40:20

pause-on-lock is a Bash script that pauses your music player when you lock the screen and resumes playback once the screen is unlocked.

Fedora: Dropping i686 and Flock Reports

2019-08-19 18:38:39

Approved: Fedora 31 To Drop i686 Everything/Modular Repositories The month-old proposal for the upcoming Fedora 31 Linux distribution release to stop with their i686 repositories for Everything and Modules was voted on today by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee. The FESCo group gave their formal approval today for permitting these i686 repositories to be removed beginning with Fedora 31. This also goes in-step with Fedora 31 having already decided to stop with their i686 kernel builds. Living my best 4 days: Flock to Fedora 2019 Months of waiting came to an end and finally, it was time to meet people with whom I have been working for the last 4 months, being on the other side of the screen. Things seemed different when our last Wednesday conference call ended with “Meet you soon” instead of a “Good Day”. The excitement of attending Flock to Fedora, was not only because the virtual interaction is turning to the real meeting but also, it was my first ever International trip. With approaching the 6th of August, the fear of travelling solo was getting on the peak, and at one moment I started questioning if all the trouble I underwent during last month was even worth it. But the time I met Shraddha(another intern working on the same project)at Bangalore airport, we happened to click so much at our first conversation that it was certain that at least my journey will not be me, and my headphones all the time. Since I reached Budapest a day before when everyone arrived, I got a handful of time discovering places, getting to know their culture and try on things we never tried before. The excitement of being at such a beautiful place did not make me realise that I was sleep-deprived, I had a jet lag of 4 hours and I was hungry. I spent the entire day roaming the streets, enjoying a breath of fresh air and exploring the city and ways of commute as well. Next day we shifted to the hotel that was booked for us and where the conference will be held. The ambience of the whole place was really nice and we met other fellow attendees at the conference. rpminspect Presentation at Flock 2019 Flock in Budapest was a great event. There were a lot of talks I wanted to attend, but could not make it to all of them. I did give one talk on my project called rpminspect. rpminspect is a project I started as a replacement for an internal Red Hat tool. I am working on integrating it in to the build workflow for Fedora but also allow package maintainers to use it locally as a build linter of sorts. Here is a link to the presentation I gave. I think there is video, but I am not sure where those are. read more

Security: Patches, IPFire 2.23 Core Update 135, Kaspersky in the Middle

2019-08-19 18:16:49

Security updates for Monday Security updates have been issued by CentOS (kernel and openssl), Debian (ffmpeg, golang-1.11, imagemagick, kde4libs, openldap, and python3.4), Fedora (gradle, hostapd, kdelibs3, and mgetty), Gentoo (adobe-flash, hostapd, mariadb, patch, thunderbird, and vlc), Mageia (elfutils, mariadb, mythtv, postgresql, and redis), openSUSE (chromium, kernel, LibreOffice, and zypper, libzypp and libsolv), Oracle (ghostscript), Red Hat (rh-php71-php), SUSE (bzip2, evince, firefox, glib2, glibc, java-1_8_0-openjdk, polkit, postgresql10, python3, and squid), and Ubuntu (firefox). IPFire 2.23 - Core Update 135 is ready for testing after a little break with many things to fight, we are back with a brand new Core Update which is packed with various bug fixes and cleanup of a lot of code. Wladimir Palant: Kaspersky in the Middle - what could possibly go wrong? Roughly a decade ago I read an article that asked antivirus vendors to stop intercepting encrypted HTTPS connections, this practice actively hurting security and privacy. As you can certainly imagine, antivirus vendors agreed with the sensible argument and today no reasonable antivirus product would even consider intercepting HTTPS traffic. Just kidding… Of course they kept going, and so two years ago a study was published detailing the security issues introduced by interception of HTTPS connections. Google and Mozilla once again urged antivirus vendors to stop. Surely this time it worked? Of course not. So when I decided to look into Kaspersky Internet Security in December last year, I found it breaking up HTTPS connections so that it would get between the server and your browser in order to “protect” you. Expecting some deeply technical details about HTTPS protocol misimplementations now? Don’t worry, I don’t know enough myself to inspect Kaspersky software on this level. The vulnerabilities I found were far more mundane. read more

Replicating Particle Collisions at CERN with Kubeflow

2019-08-19 18:09:56

This is where Kubeflow comes in. They started by training their 3DGAN on an on-prem OpenStack cluster with 4 GPUs. To verify that they were not introducing overhead by using Kubeflow, they ran training first with native containers, then on Kubernetes, and finally on Kubeflow using the MPI operator. They then moved to an Exoscale cluster with 32 GPUs and ran the same experiments, recording only negligible performance overhead. This was enough to convince them that they had discovered a flexible, versatile means of deploying their models to a wide variety of physical environments. Beyond the portability that they gained from Kubeflow, they were especially pleased with how straightforward it was to run their code. As part of the infrastructure team, Ricardo plugged Sofia’s existing Docker image into Kubeflow’s MPI operator. Ricardo gave Sofia all the credit for building a scalable model, whereas Sofia credited Ricardo for scaling her team’s model. Thanks to components like the MPI operator, Sofia’s team can focus on building better models and Ricardo can empower other physicists to scale their own models. Also: Issue #2019.08.19 – Kubeflow at CERN read more

Programming: Sanjog Sigdel's Work on LibreOffice and Python Picks

2019-08-19 18:04:51

The Document Foundation/LibreOffice Community Member Monday: Sanjog Sigdel I’m currently a Graduate Student pursuing my MTech. in IT degree here in Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal. Besides that, I am also a part-time instructor in a private college near the University: NIST College Banepa. I love knowing how new technologies work and also love exploring new places. Unitil now I have traveled almost 30 districts of Nepal via trekking, project monitoring and tours. I’ve been using Linux-based operating systems (mainly Ubuntu) since 2012. And I am also a FOSS activist/volunteer. I teach my students to use open source software and most of them are using Linux, LibreOffice, and Python programming in the Nano text editor Debugging Python Applications with the PDB Module In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to use Python's PDB module for debugging Python applications. Debugging refers to the process of removing software and hardware errors from a software application. PDB stands for "Python Debugger", and is a built-in interactive source code debugger with a wide range of features, like pausing a program, viewing variable values at specific instances, changing those values, etc. In this article, we will be covering the most commonly used functionalities of the PDB module. Mike Driscoll: PyDev of the Week: Paul Ganssle This week we welcome Paul Ganssle (@pganssle) as our PyDev of the Week. Paul is the maintainer of the dateutil package and also a maintainer of the setuptools project. You can catch up with Paul on his website or check out some of his talks. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Paul better! Image Process Plugin 1.2.0 for Pelican Released Image Process is a plugin for Pelican, a static site generator written in Python. Image Process let you automate the processing of images based on their class attribute. Use this plugin to minimize the overall page weight and to save you a trip to Gimp or Photoshop each time you include an image in your post. Image Process is used by this blog’s theme to resize the source images so they are the correct size for thumbnails on the main index page and the larger size they are displayed at on top of the articles. Top 7 Compelling Reasons to Hire Ukrainian Developers Many people consider offshore development. They seek quality for a lower cost and look where to hire developers. Customers search online, read reviews, or ask for referrals to find the software development team that best fits their goals. Ukraine has become one of the top locations where customers across Europe, Asia, and North America go for developers to build their products from scratch. How to Find and Hire a Python/Django Development Company Even though there are about 22 million developers in the world (according to a study), good Python/Django developers aren’t easy to find and can be quite expensive. But there are many job marketplaces for software development companies and individual Python developers. Where you can find profiles of software development companies and their projects, reviews and ratings from current and former clients. read more

Approved: Fedora 31 To Drop i686 Everything/Modular Repositories

2019-08-19 18:00:00

The month-old proposal for the upcoming Fedora 31 Linux distribution release to stop with their i686 repositories for Everything and Modules was voted on today by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee...

Technical vision for Qt for Python

2019-08-19 17:49:07

Exposing a huge framework such as Qt to another language is not an easy task and this was the main reason for the slow porting from the old PySide version in Qt 4 to Qt 5. Many developers hours were spent in adapting to new Qt 5 APIs, and more importantly, the binding generator tool such that everything can be handled properly. Now with Qt 6 things will be different, because the development of Qt for Python is progressing side-by-side to the C++ and QML stories in Qt 6. Hopefully, there will be a lot fewer surprises this time around. In fact, this effect can be seen with current 5.x releases, PySide2 is available almost at the same time as the Qt release, having in some cases a few days delays. Since the official release in Qt 5.12.0, the downloads of Qt for Python has been increasing day-by-day, which translates on the community adopting and enjoying the project. Also: Qt 6 Will Bring Improvements To The Toolkit's Python Support read more

Six practical use cases for Nmap

2019-08-19 17:26:00

Nmap is a powerful network discovery and inventory tool for Linux. Here are six practical use cases to get you started

Red Hat: New PHP Builds, End-to-End Encryption for Kubernetes Applications, Interns

2019-08-19 17:25:33

PHP version 7.2.22RC1 and 7.3.9RC1 Release Candidate versions are available in testing repository for Fedora and Enterprise Linux (RHEL / CentOS) to allow more people to test them. They are available as Software Collections, for a parallel installation, perfect solution for such tests (for x86_64 only), and also as base packages. RPM of PHP version 7.3.9RC1 are available as SCL in remi-test repository and as base packages in the remi-test repository for Fedora 30 or remi-php73-test repository for Fedora 28-29 and Enterprise Linux. RPM of PHP version 7.2.22RC1 are available as SCL in remi-test repository and as base packages in the remi-test repository for Fedora 28-29 or remi-php72-test repository for Enterprise Linux. Self-Serviced, End-to-End Encryption for Kubernetes Applications, Part 2: a Practical Example In part one of this series, we saw three approaches to fully automate the provisioning of certificates and create end-to-end encryption. Based on feedback from the community suggesting the post was a bit too theoretical and not immediately actionable, this article will illustrate a practical example. You can see a recording of the demo here. The Tiger that interned at Red Hat From the start, Tiger just had the right idea about looking for a college. Instead of reading US World News’ rankings, basing his decisions on sports teams, or even aiming for the Ivy Leagues, Tiger set out to make his college search a data driven effort. He asked himself, first, where he wanted to work. For him, that was an almost typical answer for an aspiring young technology student: Google, Facebook, Red Hat and other big name tech firms. [...] Tiger's real name is Passawit Kaovilai, and he's now entering his third year at NC State. He said that many people in his native Thailand have nicknames, and that his translates well into any language, and is understood immediately. He was also born in the year of the tiger, so the name is a natural fit. Here at Red Hat, Tiger has taken on the duties of a technical marketing intern. That means he's been diving into Red Hat OpenShift 4 to help create documentation and learning tools for users in the field. That also means contributing to open source projects, and getting his handle out there on GitHub, however modestly. read more

Lufthansa offers climate-friendly fuel, but at a price

2019-08-19 17:19:33

German airline Lufthansa is launching a website that allows customers to buy climate-friendly plane fuel to compensate for the emissions caused by their flight.

Google brings Linux app support to some older Chromebooks (including Chromebook Pixel 2015)

2019-08-19 17:17:59

Chrome OS started out as a browser-based operating system that could run web apps only. Eventually Google added support for Android apps, and then for Linux apps, making Chromebooks more useful as general-purpose laptops. But while most new Chromebooks feature out-of-the-box support for Android and Linux apps, many older models do not… and it looked like they never would. It turns out that may not be true after all: 9to5Google reports that Google seems to be testing an update that would bring Linux app support to the 2015 Chromebook Pixel, along with a number of other models released that year. read more

International launch set for Disney+ streaming service

2019-08-19 17:15:31

The Walt Disney Company said on Monday its streaming television service will debut in November in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Kdenlive 19.08 released

2019-08-19 17:01:52

After a well deserved summer break, the Kdenlive community is happy to announce the first major release after the code refactoring. This version comes with a big amount of fixes and nifty new features which will lay the groundwork for the 3 point editing system planned for this cycle. The Project Bin received improvements to the icon view mode and new features were added like the ability to seek while hovering over clips with the mouse cursor and now it is possible to add a whole folder hierarchy. On the usability front the a menu option was added to reset the Kdenlive config file and now you can search for effects from all tabs instead of only the selected tab. Head to our download page for AppImage and Windows packages. read more

VxWorks TCP/IP Stack Vulnerability Poses Major Manufacturing Risk

2019-08-19 17:00:00

A new analysis shows the scale of risk posed by networking vulnerabilities in a popular embedded real-time operating system.

Latest KDE Security Vulnerabilities Are Patched in Ubuntu and Debian, Update Now

2019-08-19 16:45:00

The Debian Project and Canonical released security updates for their supported operating systems to address some recently disclosed vulnerabilities in the KDE libraries. A couple of weeks ago, the KDE community fixed a security vulnerability discovered by Dominik Penner in the KConfig component, the configuration settings framework of the KDE Plasma desktop environment, which could allow an attacker to execute malicious code through a specially crafted .desktop file included in an archive that was opened in the file manager. "Dominik Penner discovered that KConfig supported a feature to define shell command execution in .desktop files. If a user is provided with a malformed .desktop file (e.g. if it's embedded into a downloaded archive and it gets opened in a file browser) arbitrary commands could get executed. This update removes this feature," reads the Debian security advisory. T...

AMD Posts Navi Display Stream Compression Support For Linux

2019-08-19 16:39:45

One of the kernel-side features not yet in place for AMD's newest Navi graphics processors on Linux has been Display Stream Compression support but that is being squared away with a new patch series...

Games: Blood: Fresh Supply, Spacebase Startopia, wsPublish, Devader, Planetary Annihilation: TITANS, Warfork, Project 5: Sightseer and GOG

2019-08-19 16:19:08

The situation with Blood: Fresh Supply getting a Linux version is looking a little unclear Blood: Fresh Supply is the revamp of the classic 90's first-person shooter Blood, released by Nightdive Studios in May this year. In the most recent update on Steam, the team mentioned "For future issues, we will have to recommend contacting Atari about them.". Their wording is interesting, which seems to indicate that Nightdive will not be making any further additions to Blood: Fresh Supply. Presumably then, this would mean the Linux version they previously confirmed back in May will not be happening either. Spacebase Startopia is the next title from Realmforge and Kalypso Media, coming to Linux Set Phasers to fun sci-fi fans, as Realmforge (Dungeons 3) and Kalypso Media just announced Spacebase Startopia and it's confirmed to be supporting Linux. From the press release sent over by Kalypso Media, they confirmed it's "an all-new take on the 2001 cult classic" Startopia from Mucky Foot Productions. wsPublish, an open source Steam Workshop Interop Library released How about a little open source news to get your Monday flowing? Game porter Ethan Lee recently announced the release of wsPublish, an open source Steam Workshop Interop Library with a little history. Incredibly stylish twin-stick shooter Devader is launching next month With some really wild enemy designs and action that just don't stop, Devader is a damn fun game and it's releasing officially next month. Planetary Annihilation: TITANS still seeing updates, Mesa issues on Linux being looked into Celebrating one year since Planetary Annihilation Inc took over development of Planetary Annihilation: TITANS from Uber Entertainment, the team have given an update. The post goes over what they've been able to achieve and it is quite impressive. Before Planetary Annihilation Inc appeared, it did seem like the game was left on life support so they've given it a big boost. A fair amount of Planetary Annihilation: TITANS was getting old, so their first point of action was to upgrade the underlying tech to be more modern. Along with that they also upgraded the AI, put a fair amount of effort into their servers to improve performance, gave it more multi-threading and so on. Based on the classic FPS Warsow, the new Warfork is now live in Early Access Fast-paced arena shooter Warsow has been forked, updated under the name of Warfork and it's now in Early Access on Steam. If you're curious why they forked it and put it on Steam, according to the team behind Warfork the owner of Warsow is apparently opposed to a Steam release (see the additional notes below on that). Not just that, but until recently Warsow saw very little in the way of updates and seemed a bit dead overall. In addition, the developers of Warfork are planning lots of work to make Warfork more easily adjusted with mods. Open-world vehicle-based survival game Project 5: Sightseer has been officially released Set on a huge procedurally generated world, Project 5: Sightseer from the developer of Windward is a sandbox open-world survival game where you pilot various vehicles. Instead of running around as person like in other survival sims, Project 5: Sightseer is more about technology. Starting you off in a rather crap land vehicle, you eventually build up an outpost and research much better transportation including those that enable you to fly vast distances easily. GOG are celebrating their Community Wishlist feature with a big sale The DRM-free store GOG are currently doing a bit of patting themselves on the back with a sale celebrating their Community Wishlist feature. Allowing gamers to suggest, discuss and vote on games they want to see come to GOG it's a pretty fun feature for a curated store to have. GOG say they have completed "over 2 million wishes" and they have "no plans on slowing down" with it. They of course can't fulfil every wish, but it's a good way for them to see what classics people want revived. read more

A Raspberry Pi Based Open Source Tablet is in Making and it’s Called CutiePi

2019-08-19 16:11:40

CutiePie is an 8-inch open-source tablet built on top of Raspberry Pi. Read more to find out about its specification, pricing, release date and availability.

Docker Storage

2019-08-19 16:00:00

EnterpriseStorageForum: Learn what Docker containers are all about, including how to enable different types of storage to support stateful application deployment.

Development Release: LXLE 18.04.3 Beta

2019-08-19 15:42:05

LXLE is an easy-to-use lightweight desktop Linux distribution based on Lubuntu and featuring the LXDE desktop environment. The project has published a new development release, based on Lubuntu 18.04 LTS. "LXLE 18.04.3 Beta is now available in 64-bit or 32-bit versions. This one was a long time coming....

Innovative valve train saves 20% more fuel

2019-08-19 15:33:32

The valve train is the "respiratory organ" of combustion engines: it manages the aspiration of fresh air and the discharge of exhaust gases, which is referred to as "gas exchange." Today, only mechanically driven camshafts are used in series production for this purpose, often equipped with an additional mechanism, some of which are quite complex. This allows to modify a valve movement pattern given by the camshaft, which is not possible without an increase in friction. At the same time, flexibility is not given to the desired extent. What is in demand—among other things for adaptation to changing fuel properties—are fast valve movements even at low speeds, stroke adaptations and cylinder-selective widely variable valve timing.

POWER9 & ARM Performance Against Intel Xeon Cascadelake + AMD EPYC Rome

2019-08-19 15:26:17

For those wondering how ARM and IBM POWER hardware stack up against AMD's new EPYC "Rome" processors and that of Intel's existing Xeon "Cascade Lake" processors, here is a round of tests from the POWER9 Talos II, Ampere eMAG, and Cavium ThunderX in looking at the cross-architecture Linux CPU performance currently in the server space.

US Chamber of Commerce, FICO Report National Risk Score of 688

2019-08-19 15:15:00

While the score was up for large businesses and down for small firms, the report urges all to prioritize third-party risk management.

Four more years! Four more years! Svelte Linux desktop Xfce gets first big update since 2015

2019-08-19 15:00:54

Hop from 4.12 to 4.14 fixes 'a boatload of bugs'. Hooray! In contrast to the frenetic pace of updates now typical in the software industry, the team behind Xfce, a lightweight desktop for Linux, have released version 4.14 nearly four-and-a-half years since the last stable release, 4.12.…

Ubuntu MATE 18.04.3 LTS Released for GPD Pocket, Ubuntu MATE 19.04 for GPD WIN 2

2019-08-19 14:58:00

The Ubuntu MATE project announced today on Twitter the release and general availability of the Ubuntu MATE 18.04.3 LTS and Ubuntu MATE 19.04 operating systems for the tiny GPD Pocket, GPD Pocket 2, and GPD WIN 2 computers. Released earlier this month, Ubuntu MATE 18.04.3 LTS is the third instalment in the long-term supported Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, shipping with updated kernel and graphics stacks from the more recent Ubuntu MATE 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system, including Linux 5.0. While until now users were able to download Ubuntu MATE 18.04.3 LTS for 64-bit and 32-bit computers, starting today the operating system is also available to download for SOFTWIN's GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2 gaming computers, as well as for the Topjoy Falcon mini laptop. Ubuntu MATE 19.04 is now available for GPD WIN 2 The Ubuntu MATE team also announced the release of the Ubuntu MATE 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system for...

Cthulhu Saves the World has an unofficial Linux port available

2019-08-19 14:54:14

Tags: Retro, RPG, SteamThe comedic retro-inspired RPG has been brought to Linux thanks to porter Ethan Lee and FNA. You can now aid the horrifying Cthulhu in his quest to save the world in order to ruin it properly later. In response to an announcement to a sequel to Cthulhu Saves the World, Ethan Lee AKA flibitijibibo has made a unofficial port for the original and a few other previously Windows-only games. As a quick reminder FNA is a reimplementation of the proprietary XNA API created by Micrsosoft and quite a few games were made with that technology. We’ve gotten several ports thanks to FNA over the years though Ethan himself has mostly moved on to other projects like working on FAudio and Steam Play. To get your copy of Cthulhu Saves the World working on Linux you’ll need to follow the instructions and download the files posted by Ethan here. The steps are fairly simple: Instructions   Extract the version for your OS Copy 'CSTW.exe', 'CSTW.pdb', and 'Content' from the Windows version to the executable directory. On Linux it's the 'CSTW/' folder, on macOS it's ''. Get the md5sum of 'Content/Movies/CSTW_intro2.wmv'. Extract, merging the Content folder with the one that already exists from copying the original game. The password is the md5sum from step 3! The game should now run! Run ./CSTW on Linux, open on macOS.   I got it working without much fuss and played some of the heroic Cthulhu’s quest. The game itself is a few years old and is directly inspired by the RPGs of an earlier era. That said, there’s a few twists that set it apart from its inspirations. Battles are generally faster and have a very Cthulhu-esque twist as inflicting insanity upon enemies has both up and downsides. It doesn’t require much of a grind either; battles in areas become optional after a number of encounters. This coupled with the ability to save anywhere and health restoring between battles makes players able to take the game at their own pace. As you might also expect, the game has a very tongue-in-cheek tone. The story is silly and Cthulhu only wants to become a hero to unseal his powers and then destroy the world. The cast of characters you encounter and join your party are also odd—you have to have a few screws loose to join up with Cthulhu, after all. Enemies also have creative short descriptions and varied abilities and if you’re into the parody aspects then it’s a fun and engaging ride. I reached out to the developers of Cthulhu Saves the World, Zeboyd games, to see if there was any chance of making this and Breath of Death VII ported officially and distributed. I have not heard back from them as of the time of publishing this article. Still, it’s an impressive port and one that underscores just how important it is to have quality cross-platform tools available. It’s good to see Ethan Lee back to porting titles and hopefully he’ll work on more official ports in the future. If you need a copy of Cthulhu Saves the World to play the unofficial port you can get one on Steam.Article from

Don't Starve Together has a big free update adding in boats and a strange island

2019-08-19 14:29:17

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Update, SurvivalKlei Entertainment have given the gift of new features to their co-op survival game Don't Starve Together, with the Turn of Tides update now available. Taking a little inspiration from the Shipwrecked DLC available for the single-player version Don't Starve, this new free update enables you to build a boat to carry you and other survivors across the sea. Turn of Tides is the first part of a larger update chain they're calling Return of Them, so I'm excited to see what else is going to come to DST. Given what they said back in May, things are going to get weird. Well, weirder anyway, Don't Starve Together is already pretty strange. Something about a mysterious entity in the sky? New feature Highlight: New Boat Mechanics: Don’t sink together! Build and deck out a boat large enough to carry you and your fellow Survivors across the sea. New Seafaring Crafting Menu: Craft everything you’ll need to hit the high seas. The Lunar Island: Explore a strange lunar landscape filled with bizarre creatures. New Lunar Island Biomes: Discover 3 new biomes loaded with valuable new resources, craftables, and fearsome enemies. Enlightenment: See the world from a new perspective as your Sanity is replaced by an all-new Enlightenment meter. See more on the Steam page.Article from

Tough Love: Debunking Myths about DevOps & Security

2019-08-19 14:00:00

It's time to move past trivial 'shift left' conceptions of DevSecOps and take a hard look at how security work actually gets accomplished.

US gives Huawei 90 day reprieve on ban: Ross

2019-08-19 13:57:53

The United States gave Huawei a 90-day reprieve Monday on a ban against buying US technology, but added nearly four dozen subsidiaries of the Chinese telecoms giant to the prohibition.

US gives Huawei 90 day reprieve on ban

2019-08-19 13:57:53

The Trump administration gave Huawei Technologies a 90-day reprieve Monday from a ban on doing business with US companies, as high-stakes trade talks between Washington and Beijing struggle to show gains.

New discipline proposed: Macro-energy systems—the science of the energy transition

2019-08-19 13:56:32

In a perspective published in Joule on August 14, a group of researchers led by Stanford University propose a new academic discipline, 'macro-energy systems,' as the science of the energy transition.

Bring on the technology bans

2019-08-19 13:50:01

In mid-July 2019, Oakland, California, became the third U.S. city to ban municipal departments from using facial recognition technology. Meanwhile, Congress began hearings on whether and how to regulate it on a national level. In a surprising moment of bipartisan consensus, the only thing lawmakers fought about was how extensive restrictions ought to be.

Tails 4.0 Anonymous Linux OS Enters Beta Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

2019-08-19 13:50:00

The Tails development team is currently working on the next major release of the Tails amnesic incognito live GNU/Linux system, also known by many as the Anonymous OS. Tails 4.0 recently entered beta testing and it's the first release to be based on the just released Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, which means that all the pre-installed packages have been updated to newer versions to support the latest hardware components, especially recent Nvidia and ATI/AMD graphics cards, as well as Mac computers. Tails 4.0 also promises support for Thunderbolt 3 devices, which is now integrated into the latest GNOME 3 desktop environment, with which the upcoming major Tails release will ship by default. Users who own a Thunderbolt device are urged to test the implementation by navigating to Choose Devices > Thunderbolt from the GNOME Settings utility. Furthermore, in Tails 4.0 users will be able to open persistent volumes from other Tails USB flash drives...

Easy Way to Screen Mirroring Android on Ubuntu!

2019-08-19 13:43:00

Screen Mirroring is one of the features found on smartphones, one of which is on Android. This feature serves to display the smartphone to a computer. This is very useful for example when used for demo applications that you make, or maybe for other things related to smartphones.

Researchers turn plastic water bottles into prosthetic limbs

2019-08-19 13:39:11

Artificial limbs made out of plastic water bottles could save healthcare providers millions of pounds and help tackle pollution at the same time.

GOG are celebrating their Community Wishlist feature with a big sale

2019-08-19 13:36:24

Tags: GOG, Game SaleThe DRM-free store GOG are currently doing a bit of patting themselves on the back with a sale celebrating their Community Wishlist feature. Allowing gamers to suggest, discuss and vote on games they want to see come to GOG it's a pretty fun feature for a curated store to have. GOG say they have completed "over 2 million wishes" and they have "no plans on slowing down" with it. They of course can't fulfil every wish, but it's a good way for them to see what classics people want revived. For Linux gamers, there's not a massive amount on sale but right now here's a few choice picks for you: Full Throttle Remastered - 75% off Turok - 75% off Theme Hospital - 75% off (use CorsixTH) Grim Fandango Remastered - 74% off Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition - 66% off Star Trek: 25th Anniversary - 66% off Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition - 66% off The Dig - 65% off Alien Rampage - 50% off RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack - 49% (use OpenRCT2) To see all Linux games on sale, tap this link here. GOG's Games Come True Sale runs until August 26th, 1 PM UTC.Article from

A framework for depth estimation and relative localization in ground robots

2019-08-19 13:30:01

Researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have recently developed a framework that can estimate the depth and relative pose of two ground robots that are collaborating on a given task. Their framework, outlined in a paper pre-published on arXiv, could help to enhance the performance of multiple robots in tasks that involve exploration, manipulation, coverage, sampling and patrolling, as well as in search and rescue missions.

Qt 6 Will Bring Improvements To The Toolkit's Python Support

2019-08-19 13:21:44

Adding to the interesting objectives for Qt 6 are further enhancements to "Qt for Python" for enhancing the programming language's support for this tool-kit...

Modern Technology, Modern Mistakes

2019-08-19 13:00:00

As employees grow more comfortable using new technologies, they could inadvertently be putting their enterprises at risk. And that leaves security teams having to defend an ever-expanding attack surface.

Intel Icelake Thunderbolt Support Still Being Squared Away For Linux - Hopefully For 5.4

2019-08-19 12:59:04

Intel Icelake laptops will soon be hitting store shelves and a vast majority of the Linux support has been squared away for many months. Unfortunately one bit still not mainlined is the Thunderbolt support...

How AI and robots will help safeguard our offshore energy infrastructure in the future

2019-08-19 12:50:01

The modern world depends on the smooth provision of vital services such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, food, water and healthcare. But the systems underpinning these sectors are increasingly complex and interdependent, interacting at a global scale—which makes them susceptible to potentially catastrophic failures when they come under stress.

KNOPPIX Live GNU/Linux System Is Now Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

2019-08-19 12:47:00

A new release of the KNOPPIX Live GNU/Linux system has been released and it's based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series and the Linux 5.2 kernel. KNOPPIX 8.6 is now available based on the software repositories of the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, but also packing some elements from the Debian Uunstable (Sid) repos. It's powered by the latest Linux 5.2 kernel series and X.Org Server 7.7 display server to support newer graphics cards and computer hardware. Best of all, KNOPPIX 8.6 is shipping with both 32-bit and 64-bit kernels to support old and new computers. The 64-bit version of KNOPPIX 8...

European cross-border bus and train travel made simple

2019-08-19 12:40:02

Imagine crossing borders on a bus or train in Europe with journey information in the language of your choice and without having to shop for the best price or worrying about payment or inspection. Picture also being able to control your own data using chip cards, smartphones or printed paper tickets that involve different interconnected national systems. traveling with such ease and trust simply on the basis of your account is now made possible by a technology developed under an EU-funded project.

Open-world vehicle-based survival game Project 5: Sightseer has been officially released

2019-08-19 12:37:25

Tags: Survival, Sandbox, Open World, Steam, New ReleaseSet on a huge procedurally generated world, Project 5: Sightseer from the developer of Windward is a sandbox open-world survival game where you pilot various vehicles. Instead of running around as person like in other survival sims, Project 5: Sightseer is more about technology. Starting you off in a rather crap land vehicle, you eventually build up an outpost and research much better transportation including those that enable you to fly vast distances easily. It's also about building up a base to store all your Watch video on The start of the game is a little painful due to how slow it is, but if you do stick with it once you get some upgrades going it's quite relaxing. Seems like it's come quite a long way since I last played, with a reasonably good tutorial in place now too. It's not really a game if you're into anything fast-paced. Project 5: Sightseer is more for those who enjoy exploration, mining for resources, building up a base and perhaps a little bit of combat here and there. Our community has graciously provided a server for Linux fans to play with each other, look for GamingOnLinux in the server list. You can find Project 5: Sightseer on Steam.Article from

'Nuclear-powered' missile accident in Russia: What really happened?

2019-08-19 12:33:27

A missile engine exploded at a naval test range, west of the city of Severodvinsk on Russia's northern coast at 9am on August 8. At least five people were killed and several others injured. As it is associated with Russia's defense program, the incident is shrouded in mystery. But shortly after the explosion the state weather monitoring agency, Roshydromet, reported a spike in radiation 40 km away.

A cyberattack could wreak destruction comparable to a nuclear weapon

2019-08-19 12:32:17

People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but I think they're missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging—and hackers are already laying the groundwork.

10 Linux distros: From different to dangerous

2019-08-19 12:27:19

One of the great benefits of Linux is the ability to roll your own. Throughout the years, individuals, organizations, and even nation states have done just that. In this gallery, we're going to showcase some of those distros. Be careful, though. You may not want to load these, or if you do, put them in isolated VMs. We're not kidding when we say they could be dangerous.

How to Monitor Apache (httpd) Web Server Performance In Linux?

2019-08-19 12:17:13

Learn, how to monitor Apache (httpd) web server performance in Linux.

System76 announce their own graphical Firmware Manager

2019-08-19 11:42:31

Tags: Distro News, MiscSystem76, the company known for their Linux hardware and the Pop!_OS Linux distribution recently announced their new Firmware Manager. Supporting their own Pop!_OS as well as other Debian-based distributions like Ubuntu, their firmware tooling is aimed at easing the update process for users. Developed due to a "lack of options for graphical frontends to firmware management services", since previous tools for LVFS (Linux Vendor Firmware Service) relied on GNOME Software or KDE Discover "which is not viable for Linux distributions which have their own application centers, or frontends to package managers". They've created a GTK application for other distributions to use, as well as widget library with it integrated into GNOME Settings. They do say that the core of the framework is "toolkit-agnostic", enabling frontends to be written in any toolkit. System76 said their new Firmware Manager project supports updating from both LVFS and system76-firmware, along with being compatible with Wayland. You can see the full blog post here. Talking about it on Twitter, the System76 CEO Carl Richell said "This work continues our transition from a hardware company shipping a distro to a hardware company providing an integrated, holistic hardware and OS product. Still a lot of work ahead of us but manufacturing, open firmware, and Pop!_OS are pulling together.". What are your thoughts? Seems pretty handy to me.Article from

System76 Unveils Graphical Firmware Updater for All Debian-Based Linux Distros

2019-08-19 11:38:00

American computer manufacturer System76 announced a new, cross-platform graphical utility that promises to make checking and updating your computer's firmware a lot more easier. The Firmware Manager project is System76's latest toy for the company's in-house built, Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS Linux distribution, but also compatible with any Debian-based GNU/Linux distro out there. Backed by the fwupd and system76-firmware CLI tools, the Firmware Manager utility will integrate into the GNOME Settings panel for easier firmware updating. "One of the issues we faced with firmware management on Linux was the lack of options for graphical frontends to firmware management services like fwupd and system76-firmware," said System76. "For ...

Compliance Training? What Compliance Training?

2019-08-19 11:30:00

Based on the classic FPS Warsow, the new Warfork is now live in Early Access

2019-08-19 11:23:38

Tags: FPS, Steam, Free Game, Open Source, Early Access, New ReleaseFast-paced arena shooter Warsow has been forked, updated under the name of Warfork and it's now in Early Access on Steam. If you're curious why they forked it and put it on Steam, according to the team behind Warfork the owner of Warsow is apparently opposed to a Steam release. Not just that, but until recently Warsow saw very little in the way of updates and seemed a bit dead overall. Now that Warfork is up on Steam, they've outlined their current main objectives as: - Modernize the engine - Make the game mod-friendly and Steam Workshop friendly. - Establish our own visual style in-game (weapons, models, sounds, music and textures). - Give people a reason to come back with matchmaking and weekly events. - Establish a friendly community of fellow AFPS lovers. You can see a much longer list of all their plans here. It's going to be interesting to follow this one, since it's free and open source (with no micro transactions) and it has Linux support right away which is something of a highlight of course. They said they won't be doing any real marketing until they're ready to leave Early Access, which is fair enough. After checking it out myself, as expected the Linux version runs beautifully. I ran around and got instantly killed as soon as people saw me often—yep, that's a fast-paced arena FPS alright. I continue to be terrible at such games but they're still a huge amount of fun. Find Warfork on Steam. Why not give it a try, since it's free you've got nothing to lose but time. Just recently, Warsow itself has seen somewhat of a small resurgence in development with multiple beta releases starting from June this year. It's currently on Beta 2.5 you can find here, which seems to have a bunch of sound work, bots, user interface improvements and so on. With both Warsow and Warfork now competing for your attention, what will you be picking?Article from

A POWER'ful Announcement Is Expected Tomorrow Changing The Open-Source Landscape

2019-08-19 11:09:21

For those interested in IBM's POWER architecture and/or open-source hardware prospects, an industry-shaking announcement is expected to happen Tuesday morning...

System76 Still Aiming To Be The Apple Of The Linux Space With Software & Hardware

2019-08-19 10:58:15

System76 continues doing much more work on software these days as well as expanding their own hardware manufacturing capabilities. This is much more than they did a decade or even several years ago when they were just selling PCs/laptops pre-loaded with Ubuntu. As summed up by System76 founder and CEO, Carl Richell, their end game is much more Apple-esque...

Planetary Annihilation: TITANS still seeing updates, Mesa issues on Linux being looked into

2019-08-19 10:48:19

Tags: RTS, Strategy, Steam, UpdateCelebrating one year since Planetary Annihilation Inc took over development of Planetary Annihilation: TITANS from Uber Entertainment, the team have given an update. The post goes over what they've been able to achieve and it is quite impressive. Before Planetary Annihilation Inc appeared, it did seem like the game was left on life support so they've given it a big boost. A fair amount of Planetary Annihilation: TITANS was getting old, so their first point of action was to upgrade the underlying tech to be more modern. Along with that they also upgraded the AI, put a fair amount of effort into their servers to improve performance, gave it more multi-threading and so on. One lingering issue on Linux, is that it doesn't work right on AMD GPUs with Mesa and hasn't done for a long time. They're fully aware and it seems it hasn't been forgotten about, as they said "We are aware of the Linux Mesa issues so please hang tight, we’re working on it!". They also just recently put out another small update which updates Naval units speed, since naval battles could end up far too slow along with even more AI improvements. They also noted that "It has been a great year and we look forward to an even better one to follow.", so it sounds like they have more fun stuff to come. Additionally, they have a really interesting development timeline up that's worth a little look, giving a little history behind it all. Really glad to see such effort being put into TITANS, as it remains a seriously fun grand-scale RTS. I've got a lot of hours in it personally and I come back to it often. There's just something incredible about hundreds of units flowing towards each other, explosions everywhere and just when you think you've won, another player crashes an entire moon into you—ouch. You can find Planetary Annihilation: TITANS on Humble Store and Steam.Article from

Incredibly stylish twin-stick shooter Devader is launching next month

2019-08-19 10:37:51

Tags: Action, Twin-stick shooter, Steam, Indie Game, Upcoming, DemoWith some really wild enemy designs and action that just don't stop, Devader is a damn fun game and it's releasing officially next month. Play this original arcade game and fight wave after wave of cruel, challenging and ever changing enemies. Wield powerful weapons as you strategize to find the best method to defeat the invaders while protecting the core. With many upgrade paths to choose from, various endings and secrets to unlock, Devader offers a wealth of possibilities and hours of game play. Announced on Twitter, the developer mentioned September 2nd as the date. Exciting, since it's possibly one of the most interesting twin-stick shooters I've ever played. You're tasked with protecting the Core, against wave after wave of ever-changing enemies called the Krin. Some of the design work going on here is wild too, the bosses in particular are insane. I took it for a spin recently, check out the footage: Watch video on With thanks to the developer, I do have a full copy ready so I will hopefully have something up around the release date on September 2nd. I've already played a fair bit and it's looking good, incredibly fun too and I think you're going to love it. You don't have to play it alone either, as it has support for up to four people to play together in local co-op. There's a demo on Steam so do check it out.Article from

wsPublish, an open source Steam Workshop Interop Library released

2019-08-19 10:35:12

Tags: Open Source, Steam, Game Dev, ToolkitHow about a little open source news to get your Monday flowing? Game porter Ethan Lee recently announced the release of wsPublish, an open source Steam Workshop Interop Library with a little history. Give it to me straight, what's it supposed to do? In the wise words of Lee: The main intention is to allow users to integrate wsPublish into their own tools to allow for built-in Workshop support, without the need for an additional program to manage their uploads. Originally developed by Lee, under contract with General Arcade for Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition and Shadow Warrior Classic Redux. Lee said that while other tools exist and have been released in some form, "there isn't a portable, dependency-free, multiplatform tool yet". After speaking to Gennadii Potapov, the co-founder and CEO of General Arcade, Lee has been allowed to release wsPublish for others to use. Find it on GitHub.Article from

NetBSD Sees Its First Wayland Application Running

2019-08-19 10:28:17

Wayland support is inching ahead on NetBSD for this secure, modern next-generation successor to running an X.Org Server...

Spacebase Startopia is the next title from Realmforge and Kalypso Media, coming to Linux

2019-08-19 10:20:30

Tags: Strategy, Simulation, Steam, UpcomingSet Phasers to fun sci-fi fans, as Realmforge (Dungeons 3) and Kalypso Media just announced Spacebase Startopia and it's confirmed to be supporting Linux. From the press release sent over by Kalypso Media, they confirmed it's "an all-new take on the 2001 cult classic" Startopia from Mucky Foot Productions. In Spacebase Startopia, manage your very own space station, maintaining the three unique deck types, accommodating eight different alien races and defending against enemy invaders while also contending with the station’s sharp-witted and sarcastic narrator AI, VAL. Take on the final frontier by yourself as you strive to create the best trade and tourist destination in the galaxy in the challenging single player campaign and the versatile battle mode, or link up with up to four friends/frenemies in competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes. They also sent along the announcement trailer: Watch video on Considering Dungeons 3 was pretty good and Realmforge did well with the Linux version, I'm pretty keen for this. I'm also a huge sci-fi fan, so this is exactly the kind of title I want to see. Here's some screenshots Kalypso provided: Interestingly, this is a title that Kalypso said is being "financially supported by the FFF Bayern", a company to promote media in Bavaria. Realmforge Studios are based in Germany, so it makes them a good match for it. It's not due to release for some time though, as it's currently scheduled for Q3 2020. You can wishlist and follow it on the now live Steam page.Article from

The situation with Blood: Fresh Supply getting a Linux version is looking a little unclear

2019-08-19 10:02:57

Tags: FPS, MiscBlood: Fresh Supply is the revamp of the classic 90's first-person shooter Blood, released by Nightdive Studios in May this year. In the most recent update on Steam, the team mentioned "For future issues, we will have to recommend contacting Atari about them.". Their wording is interesting, which seems to indicate that Nightdive will not be making any further additions to Blood: Fresh Supply. Presumably then, this would mean the Linux version they previously confirmed back in May will not be happening either. From what I understand about it, Atari contracted Nightdive Studios to make Blood: Fresh Supply and the contract is done. It's now completely down to Atari on what goes as far as updates and future ports are concerned. That's not actually the end of the story though. Speaking in their Discord a day after the original announcement, their Producer actually mentioned that "Official things will still come", "I have stated that the game is not being abandoned" and "Atari still want us to do things with the game". I have reached out to Nightdive to see if they will comment about the Linux version, will update you if/when they reply. Worth reminding readers that the open source NBlood project exists, which is based on EDuke32. Looks like NBlood is being updated to search for Blood: Fresh Supply data files too. Hat tip to dreamer_ in our Discord Channel.Article from

IT threat evolution Q2 2019

2019-08-19 10:00:29

Targeted attacks, malware campaigns and other security news in Q2 2019.

IT threat evolution Q2 2019. Statistics

2019-08-19 10:00:00

Kaspersky solutions blocked 717,057,912 attacks launched from online resources in 203 countries across the globe, 217,843,293 unique URLs triggered Web Anti-Virus components.

Proprietary Traps and Failures

2019-08-19 09:52:28

U.S. Customs System Back Online ... After Massive Failure                                           It appears the entire computer system for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has failed.                     Arkansas School Safety Efforts Aided by Mobile App [iophk: fraud, waste, abuse]                                           Geofencing is the use of GPS or radio-frequency identification technology to create a virtual geographic boundary, enabling software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area or, in the case of the Rave Panic Button app, to pinpoint a caller's exact location through a virtual map of the campus.                         "When there is an incident on campus and (the authorized user) activates one of the five panic buttons," French said, "it immediately sends a text, email, and an in-app notification providing situational awareness to all the other staff members on campus. It then provides a direct dial into the 911 dispatch center." Skype Snap Gets First Update in 6 Months, Plus a New Icon The popular VoIP sat unloved, with no stable updates, for six whole months. Fast forward a few weeks from calling them out and I’m pleased to report that whatever blockage was lodged in the build machine pipe-work has been well and truly flushed out. Not only is the Skype Snap app once again up to date on the Snapcraft store — hurrah! — but some freshly prepared ‘insider’ builds are available for the more adventurous to play with — double hurrah! read more

Security: Open Source Security Podcast, Screwed Drivers, and Voting Machines

2019-08-19 09:45:30

Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 157 - Backdoors and snake oil in our cryptography Josh and Kurt talk about snakeoil cryptography at Black Hat and the new backdoored cryptography fight. Both of these problems will be with us for a very long time. These are fights worth fighting because it's the right thing to do. Screwed Drivers – Signed, Sealed, Delivered Our analysis found that the problem of insecure drivers is widespread, affecting more than 40 drivers from at least 20 different vendors – including every major BIOS vendor, as well as hardware vendors like ASUS, Toshiba, NVIDIA, and Huawei. However, the widespread nature of these vulnerabilities highlights a more fundamental issue – all the vulnerable drivers we discovered have been certified by Microsoft. Since the presence of a vulnerable driver on a device can provide a user (or attacker) with improperly elevated privileges, we have engaged Microsoft to support solutions to better protect against this class of vulnerabilities, such as blacklisting known bad drivers. Most states still aren’t set to audit paper ballots in 2020 Despite some progress on voting security since 2016, most states in the US aren’t set to require an audit of paper ballots in the November 2020 election, according to a new report out this week from the Brennan Center for Justice. The report notes that experts and government officials have spent years recommending states adopt verifiable paper ballots for elections, but a handful still use electronic methods potentially vulnerable to cyberattacks. In 2016, 14 states used paperless machines, although the number today is 11, and the report estimates that no more than eight will use them in the 2020 election. read more

Richard Brown: Changing of the Guard

2019-08-19 09:37:08

After six years on the openSUSE Board and five as its Chairperson, I have decided to step down as Chair of the openSUSE Board effective today, August 19. This has been a very difficult decision for me to make, with reasons that are diverse, interlinked, and personal. Some of the key factors that led me to make this step include the time required to do the job properly, and the length of time I’ve served. Five years is more than twice as long as any of my predecessors. The time required to do the role properly has increased and I now find it impossible to balance the demands of the role with the requirements of my primary role as a developer in SUSE, and with what I wish to achieve outside of work and community. As difficult as it is to step back from something I’ve enjoyed doing for so long, I am looking forward to achieving a better balance between work, community, and life in general. Serving as member and chair of the openSUSE Board has been an absolute pleasure and highly rewarding. Meeting and communicating with members of the project as well as championing the cause of openSUSE has been a joyous part of my life that I know I will miss going forward. openSUSE won’t get rid of me entirely. While I do intend to step back from any governance topics, I will still be working at SUSE in the Future Technology Team. Following SUSE’s Open Source policy, we do a lot in openSUSE. I am especially looking forward to being able to focus on Kubic & MicroOS much more than I have been lately. As I’m sure it’s likely to be a question, I wish to make it crystal clear that my decision has nothing to do with the Board’s ongoing efforts to form an independent openSUSE Foundation. The Board’s decision to form a Foundation had my complete backing as Chairperson, and will continue to have as a regular openSUSE contributor. I have absolute confidence in the openSUSE Board; Indeed, I don’t think I would be able to make this decision at this time if I wasn’t certain that I was leaving openSUSE in good hands. On that note, SUSE has appointed Gerald Pfeifer as my replacement as Chair. Gerald is SUSE’s EMEA-based CTO, with a long history as a Tumbleweed user, an active openSUSE Member, and upstream contributor/maintainer in projects like GCC and Wine. read more

Linux Candy: WallGen – image generator tool

2019-08-19 07:59:54

Let’s start our candy adventure with WallGen. It’s a small command-line utility that generates HQ poly wallpapers with only a few text arguments for inputs. Depending on these arguments, you can create shape-based patterns, randomly filled surfaces, and even image-based patterns.

New tool makes web browsing easier for the visually impaired

2019-08-19 07:32:37

Researchers have developed a new voice assistant that allows people with visual impairments to get web content as quickly and as effortlessly as possible from smart speakers and similar devices.

Where'd all the stocks go? Nasdaq's CEO on shrinking market

2019-08-19 07:21:37

The stock market is a much less crowded party than it used to be.

An introduction to bpftrace for Linux

2019-08-19 07:02:00

Bpftrace is a new open source tracer for Linux for analyzing production performance problems and troubleshooting software. Its users and contributors include Netflix, Facebook, Red Hat, Shopify, and others, and it was created by Alastair Robertson, a talented UK-based developer who has won various coding competitions. read more

Moving files on Linux without mv

2019-08-19 07:01:00

The humble mv command is one of those useful tools you find on every POSIX box you encounter. Its job is clearly defined, and it does it well: Move a file from one place in a file system to another. But Linux is nothing if not flexible, and there are other options for moving files. Using different tools can provide small advantages that fit perfectly with a specific use case. Before straying too far from mv, take a look at this command’s default results. First, create a directory and generate some files with permissions set to 777: read more

WebAssembly for speed and code reuse

2019-08-19 07:00:00

Imagine translating a non-web application, written in a high-level language, into a binary module ready for the web. This translation could be done without any change whatsoever to the non-web application's source code. A browser can download the newly translated module efficiently and execute the module in the sandbox. The executing web module can interact seamlessly with other web technologies—with JavaScript (JS) in particular. Welcome to WebAssembly. read more

Linux Journal and Should Have Been Kept Going

2019-08-19 05:36:57

There's apparently no good explanation for the effective shutdown of Linux Journal and; London Trust Media Holdings (LTMH), owner of Linux Journal, saw numbers improving and the Linux Foundation, steward of, is loaded with money

How to Remove Untracked Files in Git

2019-08-19 03:48:52

The files in the Git working directory can be either tracked or untracked. Tracked files are the ones that have been added and committed and git knows about. Tracked files can be unmodified, modified, or staged. All other files in the working directory are untracked and git is not aware of those files. This article explains how to remove untracked files in Git.

How to Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 18.04

2019-08-19 01:25:55

In this article, we will go over step-by-step instructions on how to install OpenVPN on an Ubuntu 18.04 VPS.

Fedora and Red Hat: New F30 Builds, Flock Report, Servers and Package Management Domain Model

2019-08-19 01:25:43

Ben Williams: F30-20190818 updated isos released. The Fedora Respins SIG is pleased to announce the latest release of Updated F30-20190816 Live ISOs, carrying the 5.2.8-200 kernel. This set of updated isos will save considerable amounts of updates after install. ((for new installs.)(New installs of Workstation have 1.2GB of updates)). A huge thank you goes out to irc nicks dowdle, satellite,Southern-Gentlem for testing these iso. Flock to Fedora 2019 Conference report Last week I attended “Flock to Fedora” conference in Budapest, Hungary. It was a Fedora contributors conference where I met some developers, project leaders, GSoC interns. Below is a brief report of my attendance. What salary can a sysadmin expect to earn? The path to reliable salary data sometimes is sometimes paved with frustration. That’s because the honest answer to a reasonable question—what should I be paid for this job?—is usually: "It depends." Location, experience, skill set, industry, and other factors all impact someone’s actual compensation. For example, there’s rarely a single, agreed-upon salary for a particular job title or role. All of the above applies to system administrators. It’s a common, long-established IT job that spans many industries, company sizes, and other variables. While sysadmins may share some common fundamentals, it’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all position, and it’s all the truer as some sysadmin roles evolve to take on cloud, DevOps, and other responsibilities. What salary can you expect to earn as a sysadmin? Yeah, it depends. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a clear picture of what sysadmin compensation looks like, including specific numbers. This is information worth having handy if you’re a sysadmin on the job market or seeking a promotion. Let’s start with some good news from a compensation standpoint. Sysadmins—like other IT pros these days—are in demand. "In today’s business environment, companies are innovating and moving faster than ever before, and they need systems that can keep up with the pace of their projects and communications, as well as help everything run smoothly," says Robert Sutton, district president for the recruiting firm Robert Half Technology. "That’s why systems administrators are among the IT professionals who can expect to see a growing salary over the next year or so." Run Mixed IT Efficiently, The Adient – SUSE Way. When you have multiple distributions, such as Red Hat and SUSE, you can reduce administration complexity and save administration time and resources with a common management tool. Adient had applications running on both SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Adient deployed SUSE Manager to manage their Mixed IT environment involving both distributions. Package Management Domain Model When I wrote this model, we were trying to unify a few different sorts of packages. Coming from SpaceWalk, part of the team was used to wokring on RPMS with the RPM Database for storage, and Yum as the mechanism for fetching them. The other part of the team was coming from the JBoss side, working with JAR, WAR, EAR and associated files, and the Ivy or Maven building and fetching the files. We were working within the context of the Red Hat Network (as it was then called) for delivering content to subscribers. Thus, we had the concept of Errata, Channels, and Entitlements which are somewhat different from what other organizations call these things, but the concepts should be general enough to cover a range of systems. There are many gaps in this diagram. It does not discuss the building of packages, nor the relationship between source and binary packages. It also does not provide a way to distinguish between the package storage system and the package fetch mechanism. But the bones are solid. I’ve used this diagram for a few years, and it is useful. read more

Review: AcademiX GNU/Linux 2.2

2019-08-19 01:18:05

What sets AcademiX apart from other distributions is the EDU software manager. This package manager provides curated lists of educational software, which are grouped by subject and by age range. This package manager makes finding educational software really easy. There is software for astronomy, biology, geography, foreign languages, and many other subjects. While there are gaps in the availability of applications covering various subjects, that is a gap in the broader open source application ecosystem, not something specific to AcademiX. While some of the rough edges I noted with the installation process and the desktop customization make me a hesitant to recommend AcademiX to new Linux users, Educational Technology professionals should perhaps try out AcademiX just to use the EDU package manager to explore various open source applications. While installing and updating software was easy and basically the same experience as any other modern, Debian-based distribution, the fact that some of the packages come from servers in Romania means that some package downloads can be much slower than downloading from the world-wide network of Debian mirrors. For individual packages and small collections of packages this is not too noticeable, but it is still an issue. The frustrating part is the fact that the speeds are not consistent. Sometimes I was downloading at only 40kbps, but other times it was much faster. I experienced the same issue when trying to download the ISO. One download took about 20 minutes for the 1.7GB image but some other attempts took 4 hours. Final thoughts AcademiX GNU/Linux is an interesting distribution, but it has some rough edges that need to be cleaned up. Honestly, I really, really wanted to like this distribution (good distributions aimed at the educational market are always needed), but found it to be merely okay. AcademiX has a lot of potential, but it is just not there yet. DebianEdu/Skolelinux is far more polished while serving almost the exact same niche. However, if the AcademiX team cleans up some of the issues I noted above, especially the installer issues, I think future versions of AcademiX might turn out to be worthwhile. The EDU software installer is well organized and aids in discovering educational software, so that is one solid advantage AcademiX offers, but overall the distribution needs more work and polish before I could move it from "this distribution is okay" to "you should give this distribution a try". read more

Security: ECB, Bluetooth and AppArmor Crash Course

2019-08-19 01:04:09

ECB server hacked – Data disclosure of the European Central Bank – Bank hacks from Mexico to Bangladesh The Europeans probably do not even know about „what is going on“ and according to ex finance minister of Greece – finance ministers do not have a lot to say in the ECB – the IMF has – there are no recordings of the meetings of „The Eurogroup“ – so transparency over decision making processes is rather bad. After all just like the (more or less ideal) „big brother“ the FED it is not under direct democratic influence – does what it wants – every word the FED CEO says is analyzed and influences financial market decisions. „One of the sites of the European Central Bank (ECB) has been hacked. The attackers gained access to sensitive users ‚ information, however, the internal system of the Bank has not been compromised. Specification vulnerability in devices that speak Bluetooth is addressed The discovery of a flaw in Bluetooth specification that could enable an attack to spy on your information made news this week; the attacker could be able to weaken the encryption of Bluetooth devices and snoop on communications or send falsified ones to take over a device, said The Verge. FrOSCon 2019 - openSUSE booth & AppArmor Crash Course Last weekend, I was at FrOSCon - a great Open Source conference in Sankt Augustin, Germany. We (Sarah, Marcel and ran the openSUSE booth, answered lots of questions about openSUSE and gave the visitors some goodies - serious and funny (hi OBS team!) stickers, openSUSE hats, backpacks and magazines featuring openSUSE Leap. We also had a big plush geeko, but instead of doing a boring raffle, we played openSUSE Jeopardy where the candidates had to ask the right questions about Linux and openSUSE for the answers I provided. read more

Manjaro 18.0.4 Illyria Xfce review - Nice but somewhat crude

2019-08-19 01:00:52

Overall, Manjaro 18.0.4 Illyria Xfce is a decent distro. It has lots of good and unique points. Network, media and phone support is good. You get a colorful repertoire of high-quality programs, the performance and battery life are excellent, and the desktop is fairly pretty. The system was also quite robust and stable. But then, there were issues - including inconsistent behavior compared to the Plasma crop. The installation can be a bit friendlier (as Plasma one does). The package management remains the Achilles' Heel of this distro. Having too many frontends is confusing, and none of them do a great job. The messages on dependencies, the need for AUR (if you want fancy stuff), and such all create unnecessary confusing. There were also tons of visual papercuts, and I struggled getting things in order. All in all, Manjaro is getting better all the time, but it is still too geeky for the common person, as it breaks the fourth wall of nerdiness too often. 7/10, and I hope it can sort itself out and continue to deliver the unique, fun stuff that gets sidelined by the rough edges. read more

Linux 5.3 rc5

2019-08-19 01:00:00

Linus Torvalds: Another week, another -rc.

Top 10 Best Open Source Speech Recognition Tools for Linux

2019-08-19 00:48:14

Speech is a popular and smart method in modern time to make interaction with electronic devices. As we know, there are many open source speech recognition tools available on different platforms. From the beginning of this technology, it has been improved simultaneously in understanding the human voice. This is the reason; it has now engaged a lot of professionals than before. The technical advancement is strong enough to make it more clear to the common people. read more

HarmonyOS Explained: A Viable Future Android Competitor or a Futile Attempt From Huawei?

2019-08-19 00:20:34

During the annual Huawei developer conference, the company officially unveiled its custom HarmonyOS intended to create a unified ecosystem for potentially millions of users. Of course, this isn’t going to be as simple as churning out improved and feature-enriched versions of its Kirin chipsets for smartphones and tablets, so Huawei intends on taking its time with what could be a viable Android competitor, even though it hasn’t been marketed as such. Here we explain what is HarmonyOS, its unique feature set, and if it has the potential to somehow squirm its way in the duopoly iOS and Android have created for themselves. read more

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 828

2019-08-19 00:05:58

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: AcademiX GNU/Linux 2.2News: UBports testing Unity8 desktop changes, Debian getting FreedomBox desktop spin, Slackware tries more direct method of fundraising, FreeBSD phasing out GCC, Fedora project presents new Enterprise Linux channelQustions and answers: Concerns regarding non-free firmwareReleased last week: Emmabuntus DE2-1.05, Neptune....

Linux 5.3-rc5

2019-08-18 23:27:01

Another week, another -rc. It's been calm, and nothing here stands out, except perhaps some of the VM noise where we un-reverted some changes wrt node-local vs hugepage allocations. The rest is the usual driver fixes (usb, sound, nvme, habanalabs, rdma..) some arch updates (arm64 and x86) along with some filesystem fixes (afs and btrfs). But all of it is really quite small. Also: Linux 5.3-rc5 Released Following A Calm Week read more

Linux 5.3-rc5 Released Following A Calm Week

2019-08-18 21:56:14

Linus Torvalds just issued the Linux 5.3-rc5 kernel test release as we are now just a few weeks out from the official Linux 5.3 kernel debut...

Specification vulnerability in devices that speak Bluetooth is addressed

2019-08-18 20:23:48

The discovery of a flaw in Bluetooth specification that could enable an attack to spy on your information made news this week; the attacker could be able to weaken the encryption of Bluetooth devices and snoop on communications or send falsified ones to take over a device, said The Verge.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Linux Performance

2019-08-18 18:46:52

Now that the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series are running great with the latest Linux distributions following prominent motherboard vendors issuing BIOS updates that correct the "RdRand" issue, we're moving on with looking at the performance of the rest of the Ryzen 3000 series line-up while having freshly re-tested the processors under Ubuntu 19.04. Up for exploration today is the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, the six-core / 12-thread processor retailing for about $250 USD.

Openwashing Report: It’s Getting Worse, Fast. Everything is Apparently ‘Open’ Now Even Though It’s Actually Proprietary.

2019-08-18 18:17:03

The latest examples (this past week’s) of openwashing in the media, ranging from 5G to surveillance

Distribution Release: Redcore Linux 1908

2019-08-18 17:56:40

Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based, rolling release distribution which ships with two editions featuring pre-configured desktop environments: KDE Plasma and LXQt. The project's latest release, Redcore Linux 1908, is based on Gentoo's Testing branch to provide more up to date packages: "Starting with this release, Redcore Linux is....

What salary can a sysadmin expect to earn?

2019-08-18 17:00:00

Here are some current figures on system administrator salaries to help you toward your next steps

See Ubuntu Desktop Running on a Samsung Galaxy S10

2019-08-18 16:36:21

Linux on DeX is an Android app for select Samsung phones and tablets that allows users to run a full desktop Ubuntu experience on their handset. This post, See Ubuntu Desktop Running on a Samsung Galaxy S10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Slackware, the Longest Active Linux Distro, Finally Has a Patreon Page

2019-08-18 16:34:00

"Slackware is the longest active Linux distribution project, founded in 1993," writes TheBAFH (Slashdot reader #68,624). "Today there are many Linux distributions available, but I've remained dedicated to this project as I believe it still holds an important place in the Linux ecosystem," writes Patrick J. Volkerding on a new Patreon page. He adds that Slackware's users "know that Slackware can be trusted not to constantly change the way things work, so that your investment in learning Slackware lasts longer than it would with a system that's a moving target... Your support is greatly appreciated, and will make it possible for me to continue to maintain this project." TheBAFH writes: The authenticity of the Patreon page has been confirmed by Mr. Volkerding in a post in the Slackware forum of "I was going to wait to announce it until I had a few more planned updates done in -current that would be getting things closer to an initial 15.0 beta release, but since it's been spotted in the wild I'll confirm it." Slashdot also emailed Patrick J. Volkerding at last summer and confirmed that that is indeed the account that he's posting from on LinuxQuestions. At the time, he was still trying to find the time to get a Patreon page set up. "I've been trying to catch up on nearly a decade of neglecting everything other than Slackware, but I'm at least getting more caught up." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How to Create Availability Zones in OpenStack from Command Line

2019-08-18 16:11:32

In OpenStack terminology, Availability Zones (AZ) is defined as a logical partition of compute(nova), block storage (cinder) and network Service (neutron). Availability zones are required to segregate the work load of environments like production...

Intel Tries Again To Auto Enable GuC/HuC Functionality For Their Linux Graphics Driver

2019-08-18 16:02:33

Intel previously tried auto-enabling GuC and HuC functionality within their Linux kernel graphics driver but ended up reverting the support since the driver didn't gracefully handle the scenarios of missing/corrupt firmware files. The driver should now be more robust in such situations so they will try again for turning on the automatic behavior, possibly for the upcoming Linux 5.4 cycle...

What is an Operating System?

2019-08-18 15:54:06

An Operating System (OS) is system software that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs.

Skype Snap Gets First Update in 6 Months, Plus a New Icon

2019-08-18 15:37:59

Last month I made a very unsubtle yawning sound in the direction of Skype due to a lack of updates to the official Skype Snap app. The popular VoIP sat unloved, with no stable updates, […] This post, Skype Snap Gets First Update in 6 Months, Plus a New Icon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE Frameworks 5.61, Applications 19.08 in FreeBSD

2019-08-18 14:45:29

Recent releases were KDE Frameworks 5.61 and KDE Applications 19.08. These have both landed in the official FreeBSD ports tree, after Tobias did most of the work and I pushed the big red button. Your FreeBSD machine will need to be following current ports – not the quarterly release branches, since we don’t backport to those. All the modern bits have arrived, maintaining the KDE-FreeBSD team’s commitment to up-to-date software for the FreeBSD desktop. The one thing we’re currently lagging on is Qt 5.13. There’s a FreeBSD problem report tracking that update. read more

Dev branch moving towards Qt 6

2019-08-18 14:30:51

As you know, Qt 5.14 will be branched pretty soon. After that I would expect that most new development work would start to be aimed towards Qt 6. As it looks right now, 5.15 will be a smaller release where we polish what we have in 5.14, and prepare some things for Qt 6. To reflect that and help us all understand that the development focus is now towards Qt 6, I would like to propose that dev becomes the Qt 6 branch after we branched away 5.14 (and we merge wip/qt6 back into dev). We can then either create a 5.15 branch at the same time, or slightly later, once 5.14 has stabilised a bit more (e.g. after the beta or RC). Also: Qt's Development Branch To Begin Forming Qt 6 read more

How to Check Which Debian Version are you Running

2019-08-18 12:24:57

Wondering which Debian version are you running? This tutorial teaches you several ways to check Debian version in the terminal. read more

How to Install Pip on Debian 10

2019-08-18 12:05:22

Pip is a package management system that allows you to install Python packages. With pip, you can install packages from the Python Package Index (PyPI) and other repositories.

Qt's Development Branch To Begin Forming Qt 6

2019-08-18 11:30:25

Following the feature freeze and code branching for Qt 5.14, the Qt "Dev" branch will likely be shifting immediately to Qt 6 development. A Qt 5.15 release is still expected to happen before Qt 6.0, but that 5.15 milestone will likely just be a polished release derived from Qt 5.14...

Warfork Letting Warsow Live On Under Steam

2019-08-18 11:22:19

Going back a decade one of the interesting open-source FPS games of its time was Warsow. Development on Warsow formally ended a few years ago for this Qfusion (Quake 2 code base) engine powered game that started in 2005, but now there is Warfork as a fork of Warsow that is being developed and also available via Steam...

KDE Usability & Productivity Initiative Coming To An End

2019-08-18 11:06:31

The KDE Usability and Productivity Initiative to solve various problems in the KDE software stack to make it easier to use to more individuals and to do so more efficient will be coming to an end. But other KDE goals are being envisioned and the usability and productivity elements will continue to be worked on outside of this initiative...

Tilda: A Great Dropdown Terminal

2019-08-18 09:19:38

If you need a full sized, full featured persistent terminal that appears and hides at a single keystroke, Tilda is your friend. Like most Free Software, it has too little documentation, and some conflicting documentation out on the web. That's OK, with this document make Tilda do a heck of a lot of what it was designed to do. This document didn't cover multiple Tilda instance or transparency, but I'm sure both will be easy for you to achieve with a little web search and experimentation. read more

I'm going to work full time on free software

2019-08-18 09:17:07

A lot has changed since then. For one thing, I’ve learned the importance of free software in contrast to the “open source” I spoke of at the time. And, as I predicted, my eventual path toward achieving this goal was something I couldn’t imagine at the time. read more

Drone buzzes above vineyard helping Luxembourg winegrower

2019-08-18 08:51:22

Buzzing like a giant insect over the verdant Moselle Valley, a drone sprays fungicide over rows of vines.

Move over, Paris. Sartorial hacking is le dernier cri

2019-08-18 08:49:27

Not fashion chic; it is fashion cheek.

How To Add a User to Sudoers On Debian 10 Buster

2019-08-18 08:16:38

In today’s tutorial, we are going to see how you can add a user to sudoers on Debian distributions. The sudo command allows authorized users to perform commands as another user, which is by default the root user.

Events: LibreOffice Conference 2020, MariaDB's Thomas Boyd and Upcoming Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit

2019-08-18 07:52:02

LibreOffice Conference 2020 Proposals The Document Foundation has received two different proposals for the organization of LibOCon 2020 from the Turkish and German communities. When this has happened in the past, in 2012 (Berlin vs Zaragoza) and 2013 (Milan vs Montreal), TDF Members have been asked to decide by casting their vote. This document provides an outline of the two proposals, which are attached in their original format. Thomas Boyd Discusses Which Open Source Database is the Best Fit for the Business The world's largest and most innovative businesses are turning to enterprise open source databases for mission-critical applications, with the most popular open source relational databases being MariaDB, MySQL, and Postgres. However, while all three of these databases are open source, mature, and available in enterprise editions, there are significant differences between them — both in terms of application development as well as database administration and operations. DBTA recently held a webinar featuring Thomas Boyd, director of technical marketing, MariaDB Corporation, who discussed the differences between MariaDB, MySQL, and Postgres. [...] EnterpriseDB is heap only while MySQL and MariaDB offer InnoDB, Columnar, Aria, MyRocks, and more. Open Source Summit welcomes Platform9 experts Cloud-native experts share tips and practical learnings for Kubernetes in the enterprise, Kubernetes on bare metal or with stateful MySQL databases, and optimizing the cost and performance of Serverless applications. Transform Your Career: Attend Open Source Summit North America this August in San Diego For the last decade, The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit has proven to be invaluable for attendees.  A 2018 participant recently wrote an article on stating “Last August, I arrived at the Vancouver Convention Centre to give a lightning talk and speak on a panel at Open Source Summit North America 2018. It’s no exaggeration to say that this conference—and applying to speak at it—transformed my career.” We encourage you to read the article and discover why attending Open Source Summit can be a game changer for you as well. read more

Apache: Self Assessment and Security

2019-08-18 07:46:39

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Annual Report for 2019 Fiscal Year The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of the annual report for its 2019 fiscal year, which ended 30 April 2019. Open Source at the ASF: A Year in Numbers 332 active projects, 71 million lines of code changed, 7,000+ committers… The Apache Software Foundation has published its annual report for fiscal 2019. The hub of a sprawling, influential open source community, the ASF remains in rude good health, despite challenges this year including the need for “an outsized amount of effort” dealing with trademark infringements, and “some in the tech industry trying to exploit the goodwill earned by the larger Open Source community.” [...] The ASF names 10 “platinum” sponsors: AWS, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, the Pineapple Fund, Tencent Cloud, and Verizon Media Apache Software Foundation Is Worth $20 Billion Yes, Apache is worth $20 billion by its own valuation of the software it offers for free. But what price can you realistically put on open source code? If you only know the name Apache in connection with the web server then you are missing out on some interesting software. The Apache Software Foundation ASF, grew out of the Apache HTTP Server project in 1999 with the aim of furthering open source software. It provides a licence, the Apache licence, a decentralized governance and requires projects to be licensed to the ASF so that it can protect the intellectual property rights. Apache Security Advisories Red Flag Wrong Versions in Patching Gaffe Researchers have pinpointed errors in two dozen Apache Struts security advisories, which warn users of vulnerabilities in the popular open-source web app development framework. They say that the security advisories listed incorrect versions impacted by the vulnerabilities. The concern from this research is that security administrators in companies using the actual impacted versions would incorrectly think that their versions weren’t affected – and would thus refrain from applying patches, said researchers with Synopsys who made the discovery, Thursday. “The real question here from this research is whether there remain unpatched versions of the newly disclosed versions in production scenarios,” Tim Mackey, principal security strategist for the Cybersecurity Research Center at Synopsys, told Threatpost. “In all cases, the Struts community had already issued patches for the vulnerabilities so the patches exist, it’s just a question of applying them.” read more

Google and Android Code

2019-08-18 07:45:10

Google releases source code for I/O 2019 app with Android Q gesture nav, dark theme The Google I/O companion app for Android often takes advantage of the latest design stylings and OS features. It demoed Android Q’s gesture navigation and dark theme this year, with the company today releasing the I/O 2019 source code. Introducing Coil, an open-source Android image loading library backed by Kotlin Coroutines Yesterday, Colin White, a Senior Android Engineer at Instacart, introduced Coroutine Image Loader (Coil). It is a fast, lightweight, and modern image loading library for Android backed by Kotlin. Google open-sources Live Transcribe’s speech engine Google today open-sourced the speech engine that powers its Android speech recognition transcription tool Live Transcribe. The company hopes doing so will let any developer deliver captions for long-form conversations. The source code is available now on GitHub. Google released Live Transcribe in February. The tool uses machine learning algorithms to turn audio into real-time captions. Unlike Android’s upcoming Live Caption feature, Live Transcribe is a full-screen experience, uses your smartphone’s microphone (or an external microphone), and relies on the Google Cloud Speech API. Live Transcribe can caption real-time spoken words in over 70 languages and dialects. You can also type back into it — Live Transcribe is really a communication tool. The other main difference: Live Transcribe is available on 1.8 billion Android devices. (When Live Caption arrives later this year, it will only work on select Android Q devices.) read more

FOSS in Crypto: Bots, Audius, and "Crypto Code Commits Remain Near All-Time Highs"

2019-08-18 07:43:14

Best Free and Open-Source Crypto Trading Bots, Rated and Reviewed Crypto trading bots have become an increasingly popular tool for experienced bitcoin traders who want to deploy automated bitcoin trading strategies. As a result, there are now over a dozen trading bots (with ranging subscription prices) that digital currency traders can use. Fortunately, for traders who want to test out algorithmic trading before committing funds toward a specific bot, there are several free trading bots from which to choose. Here’s an introduction to the most popular free, open-source bitcoin trading bots available in 2019. Blockchain Music Streaming Startup Unveils Source Code, Incentives Audius, a blockchain startup that aims to disrupt the music streaming industry, has uploaded its public beta version. Blockchain music-streaming service Audius gears up for public beta A new streaming service with its sights set on making the middlemen of the music biz obsolete is inching closer toward its goal of disrupting the Spotifys and SoundClouds of the world. After a year of development, and armed with $5 million in investment capital from VC firms General Catalyst, Lightspeed, and Pantera Capital, blockchain startup Audius is finally ready to show the world what it's been working on. Crypto Code Commits Remain Near All-Time Highs, Despite Price Declines The least committed contributors were the first to leave as cryptocurrency market caps went south. That’s the main finding from Electric Capital’s second “Developer Report,” which was published Monday. The report analyzes code activity in all the open-source repositories in crypto and follows the venture capital firm’s first such report from March. While there’s a sense that protocols and projects have been losing code contributors, the majority of developers that left crypto during the market correction in the first half of 2019 (77 percent of them) were the least committed contributors to the least promising projects. read more

Sharing/Collaboration/Open Data/Open Access

2019-08-18 07:40:00

3D printing organs may soon be a reality via a new open-source technique – Future Blink Bioengineers at Rice University created entangled cardiovascular networks similar to the body's natural passageways. Global reinsurance experts urge investment in open-source risk models Strategic management experts say greater collaboration between the insurance industry and state policy makers, including investment in open-source risk models, could improve society's ability to recover from disasters linked to climate change. Flume Kicks Off Open Source FlumeSounds Project Australian #1 bad boy of EDM Flume made a surprise project announcement FlumeSounds yesterday. He uploaded a near 8-minute video of samples to all his socials for fans and creators to manipulate. Flume announces open-source sample series for producers Hot off the release of his new EP, 'Quits', Australian producer Flume has revealed Flume Sounds, an open-source audio loop series for producers. First global open-source database for spinal cord injury research will be a ‘game-changer,’ say experts Experts from the University of Alberta and two universities of California are teaming up to launch the world’s first open-source database for spinal cord injury research. The Open Data Commons for preclinical Spinal Cord Injury research (ODC-SCI) will improve research and treatment worldwide by making data more accessible, according to researchers and patients. “The database has the potential to improve treatment for up to half a million people suffering from spinal cord injuries worldwide, and also enhance research in other areas of health, science and rehabilitation,” said Randy Goebel, associate vice-president of research at the U of A. Nationwide project provides free science materials to meet California’s new standards While California students began taking a new statewide science test this past spring, school districts were still struggling to get teaching materials aligned to the state’s new science standards into classrooms. A new nationwide effort is trying to speed up that process by offering free, open source science materials to teachers and schools. In 2017, philanthropists, state leaders and curriculum writers formed OpenSciEd to get materials to teachers implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, new academic standards that emphasize hands-on projects and integrate several scientific disciplines. California adopted the new standards in 2013 and this past spring began administering a new state science test. But it wasn’t until last November that the State Board of Education approved a list of recommended textbooks and materials aligned to the new standards for kindergarten through 8th grade. read more

Security: Defcon, Carbon Black, Open-Source Cyber Fusion Centre, Open Source Security Podcast and Avaya

2019-08-18 07:36:48

DARPA's $10 million voting machine couldn't be hacked at Defcon (for the wrong reasons) For the majority of Defcon, hackers couldn't crack the $10 million secure voting machine prototypes that DARPA had set up at the Voting Village. But it wasn't because of the machine's security features that the team had been working on for four months. The reason: technical difficulties during the machines' setup. Eager hackers couldn't find vulnerabilities in the DARPA-funded project during the security conference in Las Vegas because a bug in the machines didn't allow hackers to access their systems over the first two days. (DARPA is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.) Galois brought five machines, and each one had difficulties during the setup, said Joe Kiniry, a principal research scientist at the government contractor. "They seemed to have had a myriad of different kinds of problems," the Voting Village's co-founder Harri Hursti said. "Unfortunately, when you're pushing the envelope on technology, these kinds of things happen." It wasn't until the Voting Village opened on Sunday morning that hackers could finally get a chance to look for vulnerabilities on the machine. Kiniry said his team was able to solve the problem on three of them and was working to fix the last two before Defcon ended. At hacking conference, Pentagon's transparency highlights voting companies' secrecy At the country's biggest election security bonanza, the US government is happy to let hackers try to break into its equipment. The private companies that make the machines America votes on, not so much. The Def Con Voting Village, a now-annual event at the US's largest hacking conference, gives hackers free rein to try to break into a wide variety of decommissioned election equipment, some of which is still in use today. As in the previous two years, they found a host of new flaws. The hunt for vulnerabilities in US election systems has underscored tensions between the Voting Village organizers, who argue that it's a valuable exercise, and the manufacturers of voting equipment, who didn't have a formal presence at the convention. Carbon Black Open-Source Binary Emulator Eases Malware Analysis Carbon Black, the cybersecurity and endpoint protection software provider, has unveiled the Binee open-source binary emulator for real-time malware analysis. The company announced Binee at last week’s DEF CON 27 hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. [...] Carbon Black also has been gaining momentum with MSPs and MSSPs over the past few months. In fact, Carbon Black recorded revenue of $60.9 million and a net loss of $14.6 million in the second quarter of 2019; both of these figures generally beat Wall Street’s expectations. Concordia receives $560K for a new Open-Source Cyber Fusion Centre The call for collaborative projects in the area of information communication technologies led to the genesis of the Open-Source Cyber Fusion Centre, a project that will provide companies with a wide array of tools and methodologies for cybersecurity. The project is a joint initiative with Carleton University and two industrial partners, eGloo and AvanTech, all of which have recognized expertise in open-source software application programming interfaces (APIs) and technology stacks. [...] The Open-Source Cyber Fusion Centre’s ongoing research will help strengthen and democratize the Canadian economy. By mitigating cyberthreats, projects of this kind promote entrepreneurship and help nurture a more diverse economy. In addition, the centre provides students with unique opportunities to participate in an ever-changing, complex cybersecurity industry that is becoming increasingly prevalent in Canada. SMEs can get in touch with the centre and its partners to receive support on their security operations. They can install advanced technologies in their corporate network as a free service to monitor the security of their operations. Open Source Security Podcast Ep. 151– The DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge with David Brumley Open Source Security Podcast helps listeners better understand security topics of the day. Hosted by Kurt Seifried and Josh Bressers, the pair covers a wide range of topics including IoT, application security, operational security, cloud, devops, and security news of the day. McAfee Discovers Vulnerability in Avaya VoIP Phones McAfee researchers have uncovered a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in open-source software from a popular line of Avaya VoIP phones. McAfee is warning organizations that use Avaya VoIP phones to check that firmware on the devices have been updated. Avaya’s install base covers 90% of the Fortune 100, with products targeting customers from small business and midmarket, to large corporations. read more

KDE: Usability & Productivity, CryFS/Plasma Vault, Krita 4.2.5

2019-08-18 06:48:28

KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 84 Get ready for week 84 in KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative! 84 weeks is a lot of weeks, and in fact the end is in sight for the U&P initiative. I’d say it’s been a huge success, but all good things must come to an end to make room for new growth! In fact, KDE community members have submitted many new goals, which the community will be able to vote on soon, with the three winners being unveiled at Akademy next month. But fear not, for the spirit of the Usability & Productivity initiative has suffused the KDE community, and I expect a lot of really cool U&P related stuff to happen even after the initiative has formally ended–including the long-awaited projects of PolicyKit support and mounted Samba and NFS shares in KIO and Dolphin! These projects are making steady progress and I hope to have them done in the next few months, plugging some longstanding holes in our software. ownCloud and CryFS It is a great idea to encrypt files on client side before uploading them to an ownCloud server if that one is not running in controlled environment, or if one just wants to act defensive and minimize risk. Some people think it is a great idea to include the functionality in the sync client. I don’t agree because it combines two very complex topics into one code base and makes the code difficult to maintain. The risk is high to end up with a kind of code base which nobody is able to maintain properly any more. So let’s better avoid that for ownCloud and look for alternatives. A good way is to use a so called encrypted overlay filesystem and let ownCloud sync the encrypted files. The downside is that you can not use the encrypted files in the web interface because it can not decrypt the files easily. To me, that is not overly important because I want to sync files between different clients, which probably is the most common usecase. [...] My personal conclusion: CryFS is an interesting project. It has a nice integration in the KDE desktop with Plasma Vault. Splitting files into equal sized blocks is good because it does not allow to guess data based on names and sizes. However, for syncing with ownCloud, it is not the best partner. Krita 4.2.5 Digital Painting Software for Ubuntu/Linux Mint Krita is a robust, fast and flexible painting application that makes creating art from scratch or existing resources a fun and productive experience. With many powerful brush engines and unique features such as multi­hand and mirrored painting, Krita explicitly supports creating comics, concept art, storyboards, textures, matte paintings and illustrations. Krita has several features that are unique or a first among free software painting applications: support for colorspaces other than RGB, like CMYK, support for HDR painting, painting assistants, a perspective grid. Pop-up Palette: Quickly pick your color and brush by right-clicking on the canvas. You can also use Krita’s tagging system to swap out the available brushes that are displayed. The ring outside of the color selector contains the most recently used colors. These settings can be configured through the preferences. read more

Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 8.6

2019-08-18 04:50:06

Klaus Knopper has announced the release of KNOPPIX 8.6, a new stable version of the project's Debian-based live CD with a choice of LXDE (default desktop), KDE Plasma 5.14 and GNOME 3.30. Interestingly, the distribution comes with a custom init system called "knoppix-autoconfig" which replaces systemd present in....

Knoppix 8.6 Released - This Original Linux Live Distro Now Based On Debian Buster

2019-08-18 04:12:34

Knoppix 8.6 is out this weekend as the newest version for this one of the original Linux distributions supporting Live CD/DVD booting...

HealthyPi v4 open source, wireless, wearable for human vital signs monitoring

2019-08-18 03:43:19

A new piece of hardware will soon be launching via the Crowd Supply website called HealthyPi v4, offering a fourth-generation built on the technology and feedback from previous versions. The open source, wireless, wearable has been specifically designed to monitor human vital signs and is powered by an ESP32. Also: EEZ Bench Box 3 open source modular test chassis read more

Open Hardware and Devices

2019-08-18 03:27:53

RAKWireless Introduces RAK7200 LoRa Tracker | Features & Specifications Padauk PMS150C “3 Cents” MCU Supports SDCC Open Source Toolchain OpenHW Group Launched Spain's First Open Source Satellite [Fossa Systems], a non-profit youth association based out of Madrid, is developing an open-source satellite set to launch in October 2019. The FossaSat-1 is sized at 5x5x5 cm, weighs 250g, and will provide free IoT connectivity by communicating LoRa RTTY signals through low-power RF-based LoRa modules. The satellite is powered by 28% efficient gallium arsenide TrisolX triple junction solar cells. The satellite’s development and launch cost under EUR 30000, which is pretty remarkable for a cubesat — or a picosatellite, as the project is being dubbed. It has been working in the UHF Amateur Satellite band (435-438 MHz) and recently received an IARU frequency spectrum allocation for LoRa of 125kHz. Fitness Trackers Don't Have To Be Proprietary The OpenHAK is an open-source fitness tracker in a 3D printed wristwatch case that measures your heart rate and counts your steps, offering the resultant data for you to collect via Bluetooth. At its heart is a Sparkfun Simblee module, with heart rate sensing through a Maxim MAX30101 and step counting .by a Bocsh BMI160. It’s designed for expandability from the start with a header bringing out useful interface lines. In the prototype, they’ve used this to support a small OLED display. The result is a fitness tracker watch that may not match some of the well-known proprietary devices, but which remains completely open and probably costs a lot less too. CutiePi is an open source Raspberry Pi-based tablet (coming in late 2019?) The CutiePi is hardly the first tablet built around one of Raspberry Pi’s tiny, low-cost computers. But it’s a pretty nifty looking addition to the category that combines an 8 inch touchscreen display with a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite, a custom carrier board, and software to make the Linux-based Raspbian operating system touch-friendly. CutiePie’s developers have a working prototype and hope to begin selling the tablet later this year. But the whole project is open source, so anyone who wants to build their own can check out the code and hardware design files and give it a try. CutiePi open source Raspberry Pi tablet unveiled Unfortunately, no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet for the CutiePi, but as soon as information comes to light, we will keep you updated as always. read more

Understanding Kubernetes Storage

2019-08-18 02:33:32

Kubernetes storage is useful to storage administrators because it enables different forms of persistent, stateful data retention within Kubernetes cluster deployments, which are increasingly popular.

Programming: CI/CD and 'DevRel'

2019-08-18 02:27:51

Codefresh’s More Robust, Open Source Marketplace Makes Coding Easier, Faster, More Secure First deployed in December 2018, the Codefresh Marketplace makes it easier for code developers to find commands without having to learn a proprietary API – every step, browsable in the pipeline builder, is a simple Docker image. The Marketplace contains a more robust set of pipeline steps provided both by Codefresh and partners, such as Blue-Green and Canary deployment steps for Kubernetes, Aqua security scanning, and Helm package and deployment. All plugins are open source and users can contribute to the collection by creating a new plugin. Codefresh freshens produce at the Kubernetes code marketplace Codefresh is the first Kubernetes-native CI/CD technology, with CI denoting Continuous Integration and CD denoting Continuous Delivery, obviously. The organisation has this month worked to improve its open source marketplace with features that focus on faster code deployment. First deployed in December 2018, the Codefresh Marketplace [kind of like an app store] allows developers to find commands without having to learn a proprietary API — this is because every step, which is browsable in the pipeline builder, is a simple Docker image. DevOps World | Jenkins World: CircleCI orbs, DevOps Institute’s Ambassador Program, and Codefresh Marketplace DevOps and Jenkins is on full display this week at CloudBees’ DevOps World | Jenkins World taking place in San Francisco. In addition to the DevOps thought leaders and community members coming together to learn, explore and help shape the next generation of Jenkins and DevOps, a number of organizations took the opportunity to reveal new products. [...] SmartBear revealed TestEngine, a new solution designed to automate test execution in CI/CD environments. In addition, the company announced ReadyAPI 2.8 to accelerate functional, security and load testing of RESTful, SOAP, GraphQL and other web services. The new tools are aimed at accelerating API delivery. Users can now execute ReadyAPI, SoapUI Pro and SoapUI Open Source tests simultaneously on a central source that’s integrated into their development processes. This tackles the challenges that Agile and DevOps teams have such as complex deployments, large regression suites, and global development teams, according to SmartBear in a post. What Is Developer Relations? Matthew Broberg, Advocate and Editor at says that in practice the implementation of DevRel has been far from consistent. "DevRel, in theory, is the intersection of three disciplines: engineering, marketing, and community management," he says. "In practice, DevRel applies to a wildly popular set of job titles with wildly different expectations across different organizations." [...] Rebecca Fitzhugh, Principal Technologist at Rubrik agrees. "While there is certainly a marketing component when representing the company to the customer and community, it's equally about representing the customer to the company," she says. "Our DevRel team brings feedback from our customers to the product and engineering team in order to drive a better developer experience against our product's APIs." read more

Network transparency with Wayland: Final report.

2019-08-18 02:25:41

The goal of this 2019 Google Summer of Code project is to develop a tool with which to transparently proxy applications that use the Wayland protocol to be displayed by compositors. Unlike the original X protocol, only part of the data needed to display an application is transferred over the application's connection to the compositor; instead, large information transfers are made by sharing file descriptors over the (Unix socket) connection, and updating the resources associated with the file descriptors. Converting this side channel information to something that can be sent over a single data stream is the core of this work. The proxy program I have developed for the project is called Waypipe. It can currently be found at (I am currently looking for a better stable path at which to place the project; the preceding URL will be updated once this is done.) A few distributions have already packaged the program; see here; alternatively, to build and run the project, follow the instructions in the README and the man page. My work is clearly identified by the commit logs, and amounts to roughly ten thousand lines of C code, and a few hundred of Python. Also: Vulkan 1.1.120 Released As The Newest Maintenance Release read more

The ClockworkPi GameShell is a super fun DIY spin on portable gaming

2019-08-18 01:47:09

Portable consoles are hardly new, and thanks to the Switch, they’re basically the most popular gaming devices in the world. But ClockworkPi’s GameShell is something totally unique, and entirely refreshing when it comes to gaming on the go. This clever DIY console kit provides everything you need to assemble your own pocket gaming machine at home, running Linux-based open-source software and using an open-source hardware design that welcomes future customization. The GameShell is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, which began shipping to its backers last year and is now available to buy either direct from the company or from Amazon. The $159.99 ( on sale for $139.99 as of this writing) includes everything you need to build the console, like the ClockworkPi quad-core Cortex A7 motherboard with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 1GB of DDR3 RAM — but it comes unassembled. read more

Development Release: antiX 19 Beta 3

2019-08-18 01:26:11

The third beta release of antiX 19, a lightweight, desktop-oriented Linux distribution featuring the IceWM window manager, is now available for testing. This major new version is based on Debian 10: "antiX 19 beta 3 'full' and 'base' editions (64-bit and 32-bit) are available. Our third beta build....

KNOPPIX 8.6.0 Public Release

2019-08-18 01:19:51

Version 8.6 basiert auf → Debian/stable (buster), mit einzelnen Paketen aus Debian/testing und unstable (sid) (v.a. Grafiktreiber und aktuelle Productivity-Software) und verwendet → Linux Kernel 5.2.5 sowie Xorg 7.7 (core 1.20.4) zur Unterstützung aktueller Computer-Hardware. English: Knoppix 8.6 new public version is finally out ! read more

Vulkan 1.1.120 Released As The Newest Maintenance Release

2019-08-18 01:08:10

Vulkan 1.1.120 is out as the newest weekly update to the Vulkan graphics API...

Fedora 29 to 30 upgrade - How it went

2019-08-18 00:58:36

Alas, my Fedora 30 experience started strong with the first review and soured since. The test on the old laptop with Nvidia graphics highlighted numerous problems, including almost ending up in an unbootable state due to the wrong driver version being selected by the software center. With the in-vivo upgrade, I almost ended up in a similar state due to some incompatibility with extensions. I wasn't pleased by other glitches and errors, and the performance improvement margin isn't as stellar as the clean install test. All in all, Fedora 30 feels like a rather buggy release, with tons of problems. I think versions 27 to 29 were quite robust overall, at least the Gnome version, but the latest edition is quite rough. That would mean I'd advise people upgrading to take care of their data, remember the possible snags like extensions, and triple check their hardware is up to the task, because apparently QA isn't cool anymore, and no one else will do this for you. All in all, Fedora 30 is very bleeding edge, finicky, definitely not for everyday use by ordinary desktop folks. It's a dev tool for devs, so if you want something stable and boring, search elsewhere. read more

Neptune 6.0 Released, Which is based on Debian 10 (Buster)

2019-08-18 00:52:30

Leszek has pleased to announce the release of the new stable release of Neptune 6.0 on 1th Aug, 2019. It’s first stable release of Neptune 6.0 based on Debian 10 “Buster”, featuring the KDE Plasma desktop with the typical Neptune tweaks and configurations. The base of the system is Linux Kernel in version 4.19.37 which provides the necessary hardware support. Plasma 5.14.5 features the stable and flexible KDE made desktop that is loved by millions. read more

7 of the Best Linux Distros for Developers and Programmers

2019-08-18 00:49:33

One of the reasons Linux is great is because of how flexible it is. For example, it can run on everything from servers to your old laptop to a Raspberry Pi. For this reason, it’s also a fantastic platform for developers. Whether you’re a seasoned developer or just using Linux to learn to program, you still have to choose a distribution. The reality is that you can pretty much be a developer with most Linux distros, but some have those little conveniences that make them head-and-shoulders above the crowd. Here are the best Linux distros for developers. read more

How to Setup Grafana and Prometheus on Linux

2019-08-18 00:39:10

In today’s tutorial, we are going to take a look at one of the most popular monitoring stacks : Grafana and Prometheus. Prometheus is a time series database, created in 2012 and part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, that exposes dozens of exporters for you to monitor anything. On the other hand, Grafana is probably one of the most popular monitoring tools.

DSA-4503 golang-1.11

2019-08-17 22:00:00

security update

Krita 4.2.5 Digital Painting Software for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

2019-08-17 21:37:05

Krita is a free program for sketching and painting, although it has image processing capabilities, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters. Fields of painting that Krita explicitly supports are concept art, creation of comics and textures for rendering. Modeled on existing real-world painting materials and workflows, Krita supports creative working by getting out of the way and with a snappy response.Krita is a FREE and open source painting tool designed for concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. Krita has been in development for over 10 years and has had an explosion in growth recently. It offers many common and innovative features to help the amateur and professional alike.Krita is a robust, fast and flexible painting application that makes creating art from scratch or existing resources a fun and productive experience. With many powerful brush engines and unique features such as multi­hand and mirrored painting, Krita explicitly supports creating comics, concept art, storyboards, textures, matte paintings and illustrations.Krita has several features that are unique or a first among free software painting applications: support for colorspaces other than RGB, like CMYK, support for HDR painting, painting assistants, a perspective grid.Pop-up Palette: Quickly pick your color and brush by right-clicking on the canvas. You can also use Krita’s tagging system to swap out the available brushes that are displayed. The ring outside of the color selector contains the most recently used colors. These settings can be configured through the preferences.Noteable changes:Fix an assert in the transform tool when working with a tablet and touchFix continued transformation in the transform toolFix updates in the transform toolShow the publication time in the welcome page news ticker in the user’s preferred short date/time formatFix using the tangent-normal brush when the canvas is rotated or mirroredMake it possible again to create new palettes and save them in the resource folder, instead of the current documentMake Krita not gobble up all available memory when loading a JPG file with specific metadataConstrain assistant editors to the viewport, so they can always be manipulatedMake sure Krita stores changes to brush presets in the current session by defaultRemove an assert that could be triggered when opening the first image in a sessionUpdate the version of the default input settings profile, so the rotate/zoom action will be activated even if the user already had a local kritadefault.profile fileFix a crash on using the move tool while the image is being openedMake sure the painting tools don’t block anymoreMake the shortcut handling system more tolerant when shortcuts overlapFix a crash in the transform toolMake the transform tool and the move tool more responsiveAvailable for Ubuntu 19.10 Eaon/19.04 Disco/18.04 Bionic/Linux Mint 19/and other Ubuntu derivativesTo install Krita in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:Terminal Commands:sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kritalime/ppasudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install kritaWhat do you say about this application?Visit on site

Linux 5.3 Kernel Yielding The Best Performance Yet For AMD EPYC "Rome" CPU Performance

2019-08-17 20:52:00

Among many different Linux/open-source benchmarks being worked on for the AMD EPYC "Rome" processors now that our initial launch benchmarks are out of the way are Linux distribution comparisons, checking out the BSD compatibility, and more. Some tests I wrapped up this weekend were seeing how recent Linux kernel releases perform on the AMD EPYC 7742 64-core / 128-thread processors...

Concerns About IBM's Commitment to After the Fall of and Linux Journal

2019-08-17 20:50:26

The Web site is over two decades old; in its current form it's about a decade old and it contains plenty of good articles, but will IBM think so too and, if so, will investment in the site carry on?

RaspArch Project Now Lets You Run Arch Linux on Your Raspberry Pi 4 Computer

2019-08-17 20:40:00

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs Softpedia News about the availability of a new version of his RaspArch project, which lets users run the Arch Linux operating system on the tiny Raspberry Pi computers. RaspArch Build 190809 is now available to download and it is especially made for the recently released Raspberry Pi 4 Model B computer, which features a Quad-Core 1.5GHz 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU, up to 4GB RAM, and on-board dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 (BLE). The best thing about the new Raspberry Pi 4 model is that it supports up to 4K video resolutions via two micro HDMI ports. The tiny computer also comes with two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, an extended 40-pin GPIO header, MIPI Camera and Display ports, and true Gigabit Ethernet. RaspArch now lets you run Arch Linux on the Raspberry Pi 4 With the new RaspArch Build 190809 release, you can now install and run the latest Arch Linux operating system on the Raspberry Pi 4 ...

Install LibreOffice 6.3 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

2019-08-17 20:10:45

LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer: the word processor, Calc: the spreadsheet application, Impress: the presentation engine, Draw: our drawing and flowcharting application, Base: our database and database frontend, and Math: for editing mathematics. Recently LibreOffice released the major update version 6.3 of LibreOffice.LibreOffice install local documentation for offline help/reference. In order to make documents more elegant a set of new table styles and gradients are available. LibreOffice Writer now lets you rotate images. LibreOffice has improved the LibreOffice Online, which is a cloud-based feature that allows user to edit documents using a web browser.LibreOffice has clean interface and powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers.LibreOffice is a full-featured office productivity suite that provides a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft(R) Office. Your documents will look professional and clean, regardless of their purpose: a letter, a master thesis, a brochure, financial reports, marketing presentations, technical drawings and diagrams. LibreOffice is compatible with many document formats such as Microsoft® Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. But LibreOffice goes further by enabling you to use a modern open standard, the OpenDocument Format (ODF). LibreOffice is easily extensible through its powerful extensions mechanisms.Release Notes:The “Words With TWo INitial CApitals” AutoCorrect exception list function has been extended to also be consideredPage backgrounds (color, gradient and tiled bitmaps) are now covering the entire pageNew bottom-to-top, left-to-right writing direction in table cells and text framesImporting charts from DOCX drawingML group shapesOptional Forms menu layout, similar to Microsoft OfficeImplement GUI for legacy form controlsUser can disable the extra dialog for search resultsCalc and Draw tabs were changed for more visible and usabilitybetter integration of extensions by eliminating most of multi-threading and deadlock problemsBinary Linux x86 (32-bit) releases will be demotedCheckout complete release notes here.Available for Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan/19.04 Disco/18.04 Bionic LTS/Linux Mint 19To Install LibreOffice 6.3 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:Terminal Commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppasudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install libreofficeDownload LibreOffice for other distributions, That's itVisit on site

Linux package managers are slow

2019-08-17 19:12:55

I measured how long the most popular Linux distribution’s package manager take to install small and large packages (the ack(1p) source code search Perl script and qemu, respectively). Where required, my measurements include metadata updates such as transferring an up-to-date package list. For me, requiring a metadata update is the more common case, particularly on live systems or within Docker containers. All measurements were taken on an Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9900K CPU @ 3.60GHz running Docker 1.13.1 on Linux 4.19, backed by a Samsung 970 Pro NVMe drive boasting many hundreds of MB/s write performance. Also: a Linux distribution to research fast package management read more

LibreOffice 6.2 Open-Source Office Suite Is Now Ready for Enterprise Deployments

2019-08-17 18:35:00

The Document Foundation announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 6.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite series, marking it as ready for mainstream users and enterprise deployments. Coming five weeks after the release of LibreOffice 6.2.5, the LibreOffice 6.2.6 maintenance update is here with months of back-ported fixes and all the latest security patches to make your LibreOffice experience more stable and reliable. That's why, The Document Foundation now recommends the LibreOffice 6.2 series to users in production environments. LibreOffice 6.2.6 includes a total of 44 changes. "The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2.6, the sixth minor release of the LibreOffice 6.2 family, targeted at users in production environments. All users of LibreOffice 6.1.x and LibreOffice 6.2.x versions should upgrade immediately for enhanced security, as t...

Xfce 4.14 Desktop Environment Arrives After More Than 4 Years, Here's What's New

2019-08-17 18:07:00

After almost 4 and a half years in development, the Xfce 4.14 desktop environment has been released and it's packed with lots of new features and improvements. Xfce 4.14 comes 4 years and 5 months after Xfce 4.12, a release that it is probably included in the software repositories of almost all Linux-based operating systems. The goal for Xfce 4.14, as the developers explain, was to port all of the core components to the latest GTK3 and GDBus open-source technologies, instead of the old GTK2 and D-Bus GLib. "In this 4.14 cycle the main goal was to port all core components to Gtk3 (over Gtk2) and GDBus (over D-Bus GLib). Most components also received GObject Introspection support. Along the way we ended up polishing our user experience, introducing quite a few new features and improvements and fixings a boatload of bugs," reads the release announcement. Here's what's new in Xfce 4.14 Hi...

What Docker Storage is All About

2019-08-17 17:01:42

Learn what Docker containers are all about, including how to enable different types of storage to support stateful application deployment.

Violin - minimalistic desktop music player

2019-08-17 17:00:00

There's a new music player on the block. It's called Violin

Show HN: distri: a Linux distribution to research fast package management

2019-08-17 16:49:20


Kata Containers Packages are Available officially in openSUSE Tumbleweed

2019-08-17 16:27:18

Kata Containers is an open source container runtime that is crafted to seamlessly plug into the containers ecosystem. We are now excited to announce that the Kata Containers packages are finally available in the official openSUSE Tumbleweed repository. It is worthwhile to spend few words explaining why this is a great news, considering the role of Kata Containers (a.k.a. Kata) in fulfilling the need for security in the containers ecosystem, and given its importance for openSUSE and Kubic. read more

[EndeavourOS] The August release is available.

2019-08-17 16:10:03

This ISO contains: Calamares 3.2.11 (the latest version of our installer) Kernel 5.2.8 mesa 19.1.4-1 systemd 242.84-1 xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.16-1 XFCE 4.14 bash-completion broadcom-wl-dkms We also took care of some bug fixes: Autologin is working now (if chosen inside Calamares) Virtualbox detection is working Powersaving/screen-locking issues are resolved Added Leafpad as an option to use the editor as admin (not working with mousepad anymore) A general cleanup Removed light-locker (was causing issues) read more

Emmabuntus DE2 1.05 Released, Which Reduces ISO Image Size

2019-08-17 16:06:08

Emmabuntus Team is pleased to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 1.05 (32 and 64 bits) on 02nd Aug, 2019. It’s based on Debian 9.9 stretch distribution and featuring the XFCE desktop environment. This is a lightweight distribution, which was designed to run on older computers. This distribution was originally designed to facilitate the reconditioning of computers donated to humanitarian organizations, starting with the Emmaüs communities. read more