Ubuntu 19.10 Daily Builds Are Now Available to Download

2019-04-23 13:55:00

NVIDIA have two new drivers out with 430.09 and the Vulkan beta driver 418.52.05

2019-04-23 13:52:57

Apache: AirFlow, PLC4X and Market Share

2019-04-23 13:47:34

Trapped inside a panic room, can you save yourself and your mafia empire? Save Koch is out

2019-04-23 13:34:10

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Strategy, Simulation, AdventureIn Save Koch you play as mafia kingpin, Jeffrey Koch, who is under threat from a hidden mastermind trying to take your place. It released last week with same-day Linux support, as the first game from developer Wooden Monkeys. Note: Key provided by the developer. Watch video on YouTube.com More about it: You are local mafia kingpin, Jeffrey Koch. Your empire in New Kandinski is in total chaos because an unknown Mastermind has decided to take your place. And they’ve planted a sleeper Mole inside your operation. It’s time to act, but you need to act smart. Gather your loyal soldiers and do whatever you have to to stay in charge—hire detectives, torture witnesses, study the clues—do everything you need to figure out who is behind this attack and find the traitor in six days.. Features: Unique sci-fi noire genre High tension: complete your investigation in just six days in an atmosphere of stress, panic and suspicion. Live with the consequences: once you make your decisions, there’s no going back and each decision can impact the outcome Roguelike elements: new gameplay could turn yesterday’s enemy into today’s best friend, and a well-known situation could play out completely differently Thieves, detectives, thugs: select your crew and use their various skills to your advantage Entertaining thriller: immerse yourself in a futuristic atmosphere of cyberpunk, noire and black humor. Keep safe and stay on top! Truthfully, this is one game I just didn't quite get the draw of. It feels like a really confusing mess of things all going on in real-time and it acts like you already understand the world and the characters despite being dropped in it without a single thing being explained to you. Due to the real-time nature of it, Save Koch felt a little messy. While you're having a phone call with someone, a mission might have failed in the background or a new lead might have appeared for you to send an agent on. It didn't really help that missions popped up that suggested I use certain agents, one of them was dead and the other I didn't even have (and the first time I even heard their name in the game)… My gameplay of it could basically be entirely summarised by "what the hell is going on, what am I doing?". Some games make that confusion fun but not Save Koch. You can find Save Koch on Steam where it's 15% off until April 26th.

Games: Farm Life, ProtoCorgi, Teeworlds, Sigma Theory: Global Cold War, Steam on Ubuntu 19.04, Optimizations For Mesa 19.1

2019-04-23 13:28:52

Farm Life, the Match 3 game about restoring a farm has been released for Linux and it's lovely Great to see another Match 3 game on Linux with Farm Life, ported over by Bearded Giant Games as part of their Linux 1st Initiative. I had the pleasure of testing this one before releasing and it's sucked away hours from me! Not a genre I play too often, partly because there's not many good Match 3 games available on Linux, so for me this does fill a little hole. Although I will fully admit that I was horribly addicted to Candy Crush on Android a few years ago. The shoot 'em up 'ProtoCorgi' now has an updated demo, which is also on Steam for Linux too In ProtoCorgi you're a pup that means business, serious business. You play as Bullet, a cybernetic pup on a quest to save your owner. Since I tested the original demo, it's had a pretty large update reworking some systems which you can find a full changelog of here. This Godot Engine powered shoot 'em up is very promising, so I'm looking forward to seeing the full game. What the demo offers is obviously quite short, as it's only meant as a taster of what's to come Teeworlds, the classic free multiplayer platform battler is still being updated and it's looking good Teeworlds, a game that's been around for a great many years now continues to be improved and updated with another update pushed out recently. For those who've never played it, Teeworlds is a side-scrolling platform action game played online across various game modes like deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag. It's free, it's also open source (GitHub) and if you manage to get a bunch of people together to play with, it can be seriously fun. The near-future game of espionage 'Sigma Theory: Global Cold War' is out in Early Access Developed by Mi-Clos Studio (Out There) and Goblinz Studio (Robothorium, Dungeon Rushers), Sigma Theory: Global Cold War, a game about using special agents to attempt control of the world has entered Early Access with Linux support recently. In the near-future scientists made a discovery called the Sigma Theory, which could throw the world into complete chaos. Apparently it's capable of helping to create new weapons of insane power, as well as tools that could disrupt everything from the economy to the human mind. Sounds pretty wild, so naturally everyone wants a piece of the pie. How to install Steam on Ubuntu 19.04 In this video, we look at how to install Steam on Ubuntu 19.04. Intel Iris Gallium3D Picks Up More Game Performance Optimizations For Mesa 19.1 There is just one week to go until the Mesa 19.1 feature freeze and branching for this next quarterly feature update to these open-source OpenGL/Vulkan Linux drivers. Notable this round is the introduction of the Intel "Iris" Gallium3D driver for supporting Broadwell graphics and newer atop this next-gen OpenGL driver ahead of next year's Xe Graphics dGPU launch. With days to go until the Mesa 19.1 feature freeze, more performance optimizations have landed. Kenneth Graunke of the Intel Open-Source Technology Center who has led the Iris Gallium3D driver development for more than the past year pushed a number of notable improvements into Mesa Git today. iris: Track valid data range and infer unsynchronized mappings - On Skylake graphics this improves the FPS average for games like DiRT Rally, Bioshock Infinite, and Shadow of Mordor by 2~7% and the max FPS by as much as 9~20%. read more

10 Best Programming Languages for Embedded Systems

2019-04-23 13:20:27

As we continue to expand our technological horizons by making anything that we can to be smart, the importance of embedded systems is becoming more apparent and many programmers are beginning to concentrate on IoT projects and there is no better time than now for you to start building your embedded systems programming-related skills and you need to know the most appropriate languages to use. Embedded systems programming languages are different from others in the sense that they are perfect for low-level system access and require relatively fewer resources than others. So, without further ado, here’s a list of the best programming languages for embedded systems. Also: MLIR Is A New IR For Machine Learning That Might Become Part Of LLVM Top 20 Best Machine Learning Applications in Real World read more

ps_mem Shows Per-Program Memory Usage On Linux

2019-04-23 13:11:36

Unlike many other tools that report memory usage per process, ps_mem reports the RAM usage of programs. For example it shows how much RAM is used by all Chromium processes combined. The program developer notes that the ps_mem name is used for backwards compatibility, but a more accurate name would be coremem. The displayed RAM is calculated by adding the sum of private RAM and the sum of shared RAM for a program processes. Running ps_mem with no arguments shows a list programs and their RAM usage in ascendant order (from the lowest RAM usage to the highest). For each program it shows the private, shared, and total used RAM, as well as the number of processes. Swap information for each program can be shown as well, by using the -S option (sudo ps_mem -S). read more

New way to 'see' objects accelerates future of self-driving cars

2019-04-23 13:09:29

The laser sensors currently used to detect 3D objects in the paths of autonomous cars are bulky, ugly, expensive, energy-inefficient – and highly accurate.

NVIDIA Releases The GeForce GTX 1650 At $149 USD, Linux Benchmarks Incoming

2019-04-23 13:08:23

Coming in now a step below last month's GeForce GTX 1660 as an RTX-less Turing graphics card is now the GeForce GTX 1650 at the $149 USD price point...

whois - A CLI Tool To Check Information About Ownership Of A Domain Name And IP Address

2019-04-23 13:08:16

"whois" is a command line utility that fetches information about ownership of a domain name from whois server (whois database).

7 Ways to Get the Most from Your IDS/IPS

2019-04-23 13:00:00

Intrusion detection and prevention is at the foundation of successful security in-depth. Securing the perimeter requires a solid understanding of these two critical components.

Intel Iris Gallium3D Picks Up More Game Performance Optimizations For Mesa 19.1

2019-04-23 12:11:09

There is just one week to go until the Mesa 19.1 feature freeze and branching for this next quarterly feature update to these open-source OpenGL/Vulkan Linux drivers. Notable this round is the introduction of the Intel "Iris" Gallium3D driver for supporting Broadwell graphics and newer atop this next-gen OpenGL driver ahead of next year's Xe Graphics dGPU launch. With days to go until the Mesa 19.1 feature freeze, more performance optimizations have landed...

How to Install League of Legends on Linux

2019-04-23 11:53:55

League of Legends is an extremely popular MoBA game, but it isn't available for Linux. Learn how to install and run it on Linux with Lutris.

Strawberry Released for Sparky Linux, feren OS 2019.04 in Review

2019-04-23 11:46:41

Strawberry There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Strawberry feren OS 2019.04 overview | feren OS, made for today's and tomorrow's generation In this video, I am going to show an overview of feren OS 2019.04 and some of the applications pre-installed. read more

The near-future game of espionage 'Sigma Theory: Global Cold War' is out in Early Access

2019-04-23 11:45:01

Tags: Strategy, Steam, Indie Game, Early Access, Simulation, UnityDeveloped by Mi-Clos Studio (Out There) and Goblinz Studio (Robothorium, Dungeon Rushers), Sigma Theory: Global Cold War, a game about using special agents to attempt control of the world has entered Early Access with Linux support recently. In the near-future scientists made a discovery called the Sigma Theory, which could throw the world into complete chaos. Apparently it's capable of helping to create new weapons of insane power, as well as tools that could disrupt everything from the economy to the human mind. Sounds pretty wild, so naturally everyone wants a piece of the pie. Watch video on YouTube.com You're tasked with putting a covert team together, to attempt to take control of it all. Interestingly, your first test is to actually secure a team, which doesn't always work out right. You pick a person and attempt to convince them to join you, picking an option after they ask "why should I join you" and sadly a bunch of my hot picks weren't interested in my answer—dammit. I have to admit the portraits are masterfully created though, great artwork! The basic idea is that you need to gather scientists and somehow get them to join you, to work on Sigma Theory research projects in a race against the doomsday clock. To do so, you send agents to various countries around the world and give them tasks like hacking, a little recon and so on. So far it seems quite nice but there's really not a great amount of depth to it for a strategy game from what I can see. For those interested in what's coming in future updates to the game, you can find their Roadmap here. The release has come with one Linux issue, where you're supposed to get some sort of intro movie after hitting New Account to begin only to be greeted by a black screen. They said it's a "codec problem or an issue with the internal movie reader in Unity" and so they will update it to skip it until a solution is found. For now, when you get the black screen just hit ESC and it skips it nicely. You can grab Sigma Theory: Global Cold War on Humble Store and Steam (GOG again have no Linux build), just remember it's not finished as it's an Early Access title. Going by what they've said about it, their time in Early Access will be quite short at only 3-6 months.

MLIR Is A New IR For Machine Learning That Might Become Part Of LLVM

2019-04-23 11:39:04

Earlier this month the developers behind Tensorflow open-sourced MLIR as the Multi-Level Intermediate Representation. They hope this IR can become a common format between machine learning models/frameworks and as part of that it might end up becoming an LLVM sub-project...

Kodi 18.2 Released With VA-API Fixes, OpenGL ES Rendering Fixes

2019-04-23 11:21:16

For fans of the Kodi HTPC software, version 18.2 of the "Leia" update is now available with several prominent fixes...

1 in 4 Workers Are Aware Of Security Guidelines - but Ignore Them

2019-04-23 11:00:00

1 in 4 Workers Are Aware Of Company IT Security Guidelines but Don't Follow Them

Teeworlds, the classic free multiplayer platform battler is still being updated and it's looking good

2019-04-23 10:58:21

Tags: Free Game, Open Source, Action, PlatformerTeeworlds, a game that's been around for a great many years now continues to be improved and updated with another update pushed out recently. For those who've never played it, Teeworlds is a side-scrolling platform action game played online across various game modes like deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag. It's free, it's also open source (GitHub) and if you manage to get a bunch of people together to play with, it can be seriously fun. Watch video on YouTube.com Since I last tried it, the game has been through multiple huge changes and some massive new features have been introduced. Most recently they added in an advanced scoreboard with game statistics, experimental joystick support, chat commands, bot cosmetics, the ability to change your skin without leaving a server and more. However, looking back over previous updates to the game (if you've not played for a while like me) even more was added like a new last man standing game mode, support for 64 players, a new skin system to customise your look from various parts, a bunch of new maps and so on. The game has honestly come along massively in the last year, pretty impressive. You can download it direct from the official site or from Steam. Worth a go! We even have a community server for it hosted by community member dpanter, look for "GamingOnLinux Deathmatch" in the server list.

Ubuntu: 5 Reasons to Upgrade, Sophia Sanles-Luksetich Interview, Ubuntu on Neural Compute Stick and Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter

2019-04-23 10:46:29

5 Reasons to Upgrade to Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo" On the surface, new versions of Ubuntu aren’t as big as they used to be. Like in the days before Canonical created its own Unity interface, the Ubuntu experience is now functionally similar to what you get in alternatives such as Fedora and openSUSE. But there are a few big reasons to be eager for what Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo” has to offer, with some additions demonstrating just how nice it is to have Ubuntu desktop developers spending more time working directly on GNOME. Women and Nonbinary People in Information Security: Sophia Sanles-Luksetich Sophia Sanles-Luksetich: I am a rookie information security consultant. I currently perform bug bounty triage for companies which I am not allowed to name, but let’s just say most folks have heard of these companies. Before I got into information security, I was an IT generalist who dabbled in a bit of programming, Linux and privacy. Ubuntu was actually my first OS. It’s funny to think now that my decision as a 12-year-old could have impacted my career so much ten years later. KC: I must admit that it’s unusual that Ubuntu was your first OS. But that’s great! I use Kubuntu on my work desktop. Did that make you delve into Debian a bit? SSL: Oh cool! I have dabbled with Debian a bit, but not as much as most folks would expect. I think I learned a lot more soft skills using Ubuntu at a young age. Like when I couldn’t download my favorite game as a kid, I spent hours reading error logs, documentation and forums to figure out how to get the game working on my computer. Open Source Software (OSS) is also very modular compared to a lot of closed source software, so learning how software is built on other software was a big help. Now everything is miles down a supply chain that most people can barely scratch the surface of, at least in my opinion. [...] KC: Excellent. How did you get into Ubuntu computing initially? SSL: We had a family computer that stopped working. Rather than buy a new Windows disk to fix it, I asked around to my friends. Funny enough, one of my friend’s dad worked in information security, and I played board games with him and his son. I asked his son to give me a copy, and he messed it up by downloading it onto the CD rather than doing an image transfer. Lucky for me, I had a bit more a competent IT friend, Rikki, who ripped me a fresh CD. It’s funny, too; she was a lot more like me then, I thought. We both started in theater and ended up getting into computers just because they are resourceful and we were both people who loved the convenience for record keeping. I think what got me into OSS, to begin with, was the idea that I never had to pay for it. I am a cheapskate. I can think of a good chunk of my IT experience that I learned by trying to get something for free. I learned how to torrent, how to not screw up your computer on harmful sites. Always a fun time! [...] SSL: I think if I could give one piece of advice to new cybersecurity folks, I would tell them all to volunteer at conferences and talk to the attendees. You will learn a lot just by talking to people in the field. Oh, and of course, don’t discount soft skills and the fundamentals. How developers are using Intel’s AI tools to make planet Earth a better place Biswas first gathered plant data from Google images, then used TensorFlow (widely-used machine learning framework in the deep learning space) and Open Vino (Intel’s neural network optimisation toolkit) to build an AI model. Once the images and videos of plants were captured the model is used to identify the cause of the disease, possible cures and preventive measures. To run these solutions, Biswas used Intel 7th Gen i5 NUC mini PC. [...] Ma took a digital microscope and connected it to a modestly powerful Ubuntu based laptop with Intel’s Neural Compute Stick connected to it. The entire system cost less than $500. The neural network at the heart of the system was able to successfully determine the shape, colour, density, and edges of the Escherichia coli (E. coli) and the bacteria that causes cholera. Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 575 Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 575 read more

Linux Head Command

2019-04-23 10:39:35

The head command prints the first lines (10 lines by default) of one or more files or piped data to standard output.

The shoot 'em up 'ProtoCorgi' now has an updated demo, which is also on Steam for Linux too

2019-04-23 10:32:06

Tags: Shoot 'em up, Indie Game, Steam, Itch.io, Demo, Pixel Graphics, Godot EngineIn ProtoCorgi you're a pup that means business, serious business. You play as Bullet, a cybernetic pup on a quest to save your owner. Since I tested the original demo, it's had a pretty large update reworking some systems which you can find a full changelog of here. This Godot Engine powered shoot 'em up is very promising, so I'm looking forward to seeing the full game. What the demo offers is obviously quite short, as it's only meant as a taster of what's to come Watch video on YouTube.com   As short as it is though, I loved what I saw. Some lovely art, incredibly over the top action just how I like my shoot 'em ups to be and plenty of insane looking power-ups too. Previously, the Linux demo was only available on itch.io. They've solved whatever issue they were having, so you can now find the freshly updated demo for Linux on both Steam and itch. No current release date given for the full version.

Farm Life, the Match 3 game about restoring a farm has been released for Linux and it's lovely

2019-04-23 10:12:49

Tags: Match 3, Indie Game, DRM-Free, Casual, Family FriendlyGreat to see another Match 3 game on Linux with Farm Life, ported over by Bearded Giant Games as part of their Linux 1st Initiative. I had the pleasure of testing this one before releasing and it's sucked away hours from me! Not a genre I play too often, partly because there's not many good Match 3 games available on Linux, so for me this does fill a little hole. Although I will fully admit that I was horribly addicted to Candy Crush on Android a few years ago. This brings back good memories of it, although without all the micro-transaction rubbish as Farm Life is a properly premium Linux game ported by a company that's trying to push for Linux support (see the Linux 1st Initiative). One quite nice feature in Farm Life is that you can play the levels across two modes: a Relaxed mode that allows you just to finish a level and take as long as you want, as well as a more challenging Limited mode giving you a set amount of moves to make and some of the levels on this mode will test you. There's 100 levels to complete, as well as a farming meta-game where you improve the farm as you progress through the story. Is it worth it? Well, I've played a good few hours of it recently and I've enjoyed it a lot, a nice casual experience. The Linux version works great too, as expected. You can grab Farm Life for $6.99 from the Bearded Giant Games store.

Operation ShadowHammer: a high-profile supply chain attack

2019-04-23 10:00:35

In late March 2019, we briefly highlighted our research on ShadowHammer attacks, a sophisticated supply chain attack involving ASUS Live Update Utility. Now it is time to share more details about the research with our readers.

How to change passwords in Linux via the CLI (Terminal)

2019-04-23 09:25:15

This tutorial will show you how to change your password, change another user's password, and more options with passwords in Linux.

Software: Business Intelligence (BI), Bandwidth Monitoring Tools, ledger2beancount and Fractal, a Matrix Client for GNOME

2019-04-23 09:15:43

9 Best Free Linux Business Intelligence Software Business intelligence tools are typically used to design and generate reports from a wide range of data sources. There are a number of different types of business intelligence software. These include reporting and querying software, digital dashboards, process and data mining, business performance management, and spreadsheets. All organisations deploy reporting software in one way or another. Reporting is regarded as a central part of business intelligence. A business intelligence platform includes three layers: a database layer, a business intelligence layer, and an analytics/performance management layer. Linux and business intelligence are a good match in part because Linux has powerful toolkits for interacting with other systems, with open source databases (such as MySQL) to act as the data source. This article highlights the best business intelligence software that runs under Linux. Although there is not a wide range available, all of the applications featured below are useful for any business which wants to access, format and deliver information to their staff, their customers, and their commercial partners. Here’s our verdict on the 9 business intelligence software. Linux Bandwidth Monitoring Tools To Analyze Network Usage Without any explanations, let’s jump into the best bandwidth monitoring tools to analyze network usages in Linux operating systems. Martin Michlmayr: ledger2beancount 1.7 released I released version 1.7 of ledger2beancount, a ledger to beancount converter. Announcing my Contract with Purism for an Adaptive Fractal UI Over the past year or so I have been a regular contributor to Fractal, a Matrix chat client for GNOME. My contributions have allowed me to take on a bigger role in the GNOME community, including the maintainership of a few apps. I am pleased to announce that over the next week I will be working to make Fractal’s UI adaptive for the Librem 5’s launch. This contract began last week, and I already have some results to show off. read more

Games: GNU/Linux-Based Ataris VCS Delayed and Epic Games Store is Now Available on GNU/Linux

2019-04-23 08:38:34

Ataris VCS Delayed, But Does Anyone Even Care? Backers of the Linux-based Ataris VCS console should be sufficiently numb to news about delays by this point. We’ve been covering the protracted mess marketed as the “Atari VCS” since …Well, since forever, or more accurately since 2017, when the machine was known by a better name (‘Ataribox’) it wasn’t cloaked in a thick cloud of vapourware… Alas it looks like we’ll be writing about the console-that-never-is for a while longer, following news that the machine, which still lacks a functional prototype, has been delayed once again. But I have to ask at this point: does anyone even care? Epic Games Store is Now Available on Linux Thanks to Lutris Open Source gaming platform Lutris now enables you to use Epic Games Store on Linux. We tried it on Ubuntu 19.04 and here’s our experience with it. Gaming on Linux just keeps getting better. Want to play Windows games on Linux, Steam’s new in-progress feature enables you to do that. Mesa 19.1 Adds Workaround For Epic Games Launcher With OpenGL The latest change merged for Mesa 19.1 is a workaround so the Epic Games' game launch correctly renders when using OpenGL. It turns out that the Epic Games Launcher, which is Windows-only at least for now, relies upon an OpenGL 4.4 core context but uses deprecated OpenGL functionality. Technically the software shouldn't be using a core context but rather compatibility context if it needs to use deprecated GL functionality. read more

Fedora: Docs Translations FAD Report, KDE Applications 19.04 in Flathub and Fedora 30 Upgrade Test Day

2019-04-23 08:35:52

Fedora Docs Translations FAD Report Last week Jean-Baptiste Holcroft and Adam Šamalík met in Strasbourg for Docs Translations mini-FAD in order to prototype translations support for the Fedora Docs website. And we did a lot of work! This post is a report from the event, a status report, and a brief plan for how to move forward. Our goal was to make sure we’re both on the same page about how it’s all going to work, to do some coding and publish a functional prototype, and to write a set of requirements for a potential production deployment. [Some] KDE Applications 19.04 also available in flathub The KDE Applications 19.04 release announcement (read it if you haven't, it's very complete) mentions some of the applications are available at the snap store, but forgets to mention flathub. Fedora Community Blog: Fedora 30 Upgrade Test Day 2019-04-26 Friday, 2019-04-26, is the Fedora 30 Upgrade Test Day! As part of this planned change for Fedora 30, we need your help to test if everything runs smoothly! read more

Linux Now Available on More Phones with Samsung’s Latest DeX Update

2019-04-23 08:24:00

If you’re looking for a convenient way to run Linux on a phone and thus get the portability that everyone is hoping for without any loss in terms of usability, Samsung’s Linux on DeX project is worth a chance. With this feature, Samsung basically enables Linux to run on its DeX platform, which allows a smartphone to double as a PC when connected to a bigger screen with a dedicated adapter. While the standard DeX version is available for all latest-generation Samsung phones, the Linux on DeX project advances slowly, so only a handful of models are supported for now. The most recent update, however, expands this list to several new Samsung smartphones, including here the full Galaxy S10 lineup. You can thus use the Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10+, and even the Galaxy S10 5G to launch Linux on DeX after installing today’s update. How to join the beta Additionally, Samsung has also added support...

Source Code for CARBANAK Banking Malware Found On VirusTotal

2019-04-23 08:20:50

Security researchers have discovered the full source code of the Carbanak malware—yes, this time it's for real. Carbanak—sometimes referred as FIN7, Anunak or Cobalt—is one of the most full-featured, dangerous malware that belongs to an APT-style cybercriminal group involved in several attacks against banks, financial institutions, hospitals, and restaurants. In July last year, there was a

ASRock spins Whiskey Lake-U in thin Mini-ITX, 3.5-inch, and NUC formats

2019-04-23 08:10:55

ASRock announced four products based on Intel’s 8th Gen Whiskey Lake-U: a thin Mini-ITX “IMB-1216” board, a 3.5-inch “SBC-350,” and a NUC 4?4 form-factor “iBox-8365U” mini-PC and NUC-8365U mainboard. ASRock Industrial has been busy lately tapping the latest embedded-oriented x86 chips in products such as the Intel 8th Gen Whiskey Lake-U based iBox-8265U mini-PC, as [[he]#8230[/he]]

Will your organization change itself to death?

2019-04-23 07:02:00

Open organizations are flexible and resilient organizations. This means they're able to change themselves as the world around them changes. It's a critical skill for remaining relevant over time, both for individuals and organizations. read more

Fauxpen source is bad for business

2019-04-23 07:02:00

Open source software is amazing. This emergent phenomenon of human collaboration, enabled by the internet, makes it possible for organizations of every size—including for-profit businesses—to get more done, faster, with less friction and with more predictability. It's the foundation of our digital economy. Proprietary software is fine. It is what it is. Sure, it lacks the collaborative advantages of open source software, but at least it does what it says on the tin. Pay me this, I'll give you that, and you can use it according to this specific license we negotiate. read more

Hydroelectricity and transmission planning in Chile use open source geospatial tools

2019-04-23 07:00:00

From 2014 and 2017, I had the good fortune of working with a multidisciplinary team in Chile, building decision support tools to facilitate the planning of hydroelectric capacity as an alternative to fossil-fuel based thermoelectric capacity. Our job was also to aid in the design of transmission line corridors. Transmission lines carry “bulk electricity” from where the electricity is generated to where it is consumed. read more

Graphically manage SSH keys with Seahorse

2019-04-23 07:00:00

If you're a Linux system administrator, you are probably familiar with using the Secure Shell (SSH) tool to securely connect to remote servers. You probably also know that SSH uses a public-private key pair to provide encryption. So, the first step in using SSH is to generate the key pair. You can also distribute your public key to remote servers so you can log into them without needing to type your password. read more

Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year

2019-04-23 06:41:26

Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services.

3 Ways to Create an Encrypted Archive

2019-04-23 05:42:14

Discussion on different methods to create an encrypted archive and the pros and cons of each.

Intel SPMD Compiler 1.11 Released

2019-04-23 04:17:26

Intel continues working on its SPMD compiler as part of their SPIR-V translator running on the CPU and other efforts. ISPC is the Intel SPMD Program Compiler and at the end of last week reached its version 1.11 milestone for this C variant compiler designed for single program, multiple data programming...

Security: Curl, Two Factor Authentication (2FA) and Hacking With Kali Linux

2019-04-23 03:57:45

Daniel Stenberg: curl + hackerone = TRUE There seems to be no end to updated posts about bug bounties in the curl project these days. Not long ago I mentioned the then new program that sadly enough was cancelled only a few months after its birth. Now we are back with a new and refreshed bug bounty program! The curl bug bounty program reborn. Liz Fong-Jones on how to secure SSH with Two Factor Authentication (2FA) Liz mentions that by adding passphrase encryption, the private keys become resistant to theft when at rest. However, when they are in use, the usability challenges of re-entering the passphrase on every connection means that “engineers began caching keys unencrypted in memory of their workstations, and worse yet, forwarding the agent to allow remote hosts to use the cached keys without further confirmation”. The Matrix breach, which took place on April 11 showcases an example of what happens when authenticated sessions are allowed to propagate without a middle-man. The intruder in the Matrix breach had access to the production databases, potentially giving them access to unencrypted message data, password hashes, and access tokens. Hacking With Kali Linux Before I talk about the series that I am going to start, let us briefly talk about who should follow this series. I know there are so many people out there who are very curious to learn hacking just to hack their partner's social media account. Well, if you are such a person, please listen to me. Hacking is not about getting into somebody's personal life and steal their information. It is illegal. Somebody well said - “We need to have a talk on the subject of what's yours and what's mine.” So you should not hack information that is not yours. ​But if you are a tech enthusiast who wants to make a career as a penetration tester or white hat hacker, this series can be really a good way to start. So for such enthusiasts, I am creating a page where you can follow the series. You can also follow our social media pages so you get a notification when a new informative article comes out. read more

Mozilla: VoxelJS, AiC and Mozilla B-Team

2019-04-23 03:26:51

Mozilla VR Blog: VoxelJS: Chunking Magic A couple of weeks ago I relaunched VoxelJS with modern ThreeJS and modules support. Today I'm going to talk a little bit about how VoxelJS works internally, specifically how voxels are represented and drawn. This is the key magic part of a voxel engine and I owe a tremendous debt to Max Ogden, James Halliday and Mikola Lysenko Voxels are represented by numbers in a large three dimensional array. Each number says what type of block goes in that block slot, with 0 representing empty. The challenge is how to represent a potentially infinite set of voxels without slowing the computer to a crawl. The only way to do this is to load just a portion of the world at a time. AiC: Collaborative summary documents One of my goals was that we could, at least for a moment, disconnect people from their particular position and turn their attention towards the goal of achieving a shared and complete summary. I didn’t feel that we were very succesful in this goal. For one thing, most participants simply left comments on parts they disagreed with; they didn’t themselves suggest alternate wording. That meant that I personally had to take their complaint and try to find some “middle ground” that accommodated the concern but preserved the original point. This was stressful for me and a lot of work. More importantly, it meant that most people continued to interact with the document as advocates for their point-of-view, rather than trying to step back and advocate for the completeness of the summary. In other words: when you see a sentence you disagree with, it is easy to say that you disagree with it. It is much harder to rephrase it in a way that you do agree with – but which still preserves (what you believe to be) the original intent. Doing so requires you to think about what the other person likely meant, and how you can preserve that. However, one possible reason that people may have been reluctant to offer suggestions is that, often, it was hard to make “small edits” that addressed people’s concerns. Especially early on, I found that, in order to address some comment, I would have to make larger restructurings. For example, taking a small sentence and expanding it to a bullet point of its own. Finally, some people who were active on the thread didn’t participate in the doc. Or, if they did, they did so by leaving comments on the original GitHub thread. This is not surprising: I was asking people to do something new and unfamiliar. Also, this whole process played out relatively quickly, and I suspect some people just didn’t even see the document before it was done. If I were to do this again, I would want to start it earlier in the process. I would also want to consider synchronous meetings, where we could go try to process edits as a group (but I think it would take some thought to figure out how to run such a meeting). In terms of functioning asynchronously, I would probably change to use a Google Doc instead of a Dropbox Paper. Google Docs have a better workflow for suggesting edits, I believe, as well, as a richer permissions model. Finally, I would try to draw a harder line in trying to get people to “own” the document and suggest edits of their own. I think the challenge of trying to neutrally represent someone else’s point of view is pretty powerful. Mozilla B-Team: happy bmo push day! Bugfixes + enabling the new security feature for API keys. read more

Devices: Radiant Software, ASRock and Microsoft

2019-04-23 03:22:18

Radiant 1.1 Lattice FPGA Design Tools Release Accelerates Design Reuse In addition to supporting Windows, Radiant Software 1.1 adds support for the popular Ubuntu LTS 16.4 distribution of Linux. Radiant Software 1.1 is now available for download from Lattices website and currently can be used with a free license. ASRock spins Whiskey Lake-U in thin Mini-ITX, 3.5-inch, and NUC formats ASRock announced four products based on Intel’s 8th Gen Whiskey Lake-U: a thin Mini-ITX “IMB-1216” board, a 3.5-inch “SBC-350,” and a NUC 4×4 form-factor “iBox-8365U” mini-PC and NUC-8365U mainboard. ASRock Industrial has been busy lately tapping the latest embedded-oriented x86 chips in products such as the Intel 8th Gen Whiskey Lake-U based iBox-8265U mini-PC, as well as the iBox-R1000 industrial PC and NUC-R1000 mainboard built around the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000. Now it has announced four more Whiskey Lake-U products aimed at the embedded market. Making Sense of Microsoft’s Acquisition of Express Logic [Ed: Windows is worthless, so Microsoft is buying the competition. Microsoft also bought Danger, Sidekick etc. and it never ended well. Anything Microsoft touches turns to dust. When it bought Skype it was (back then) near-monopoly, but not anymore. Microsoft sometimes announces financial losses.] Even the Linux Foundation, home of the Linux kernel, hosts a project called Zephyr, which is an RTOS designed for use-cases, beyond the reach of Linux. read more

Events: Richard Stallman in Zurich (Switzerland), OpenStack Summit, Linux Fest Northwest

2019-04-23 02:33:31

Richard Stallman - "Free Software and Your Freedom" (Zurich, Switzerland) SUSE CaaS Platform at Open Infrastructure Summit If you’re attending Open Infrastructure Summit this year and have in previous years as well, you might be noticing something a bit different; this year it’s not called OpenStack Summit. While we expect much of the talk will still be about OpenStack, we thought it might be a good idea to include other related technologies as well, like SUSE CaaS Platform, SUSE Cloud Application Platform – the two offerings that combine to form SUSE’s Application Delivery solution – and SUSE Enterprise Storage Gearing Up for Linux Fest Northwest 2019! This next weekend (April 26-28th, 2019) I will be in Bellingham at Bellingham Technical College for Linux Fest Northwest to help at the Ubuntu table! I will be demonstrating Ubuntu Studio and my au… Ubuntu Studio at Linux Fest Northwest 2019 Council Chair Erich Eickmeyer will be in Bellingham, WA, USA this weekend for Linux Fest Northwest 2019, and will be bringing his audio setup to demonstrate Ubuntu Studio at the Ubuntu table. Check out the post on his personal blog! read more

Games: Faerie Solitaire Harvest, Burning Knight, Basingstoke and Little Misfortune

2019-04-23 01:58:48

Faerie Solitaire Harvest released and it's a fantastic game for relaxing with Developer Subsoap teamed up with Puppygames for the latest addictive card game, as Faerie Solitaire Harvest is out now and it's absolutely worth a go or two. Burning Knight looks like a pretty crazy roguelike, developed on Linux Burning Knight from Rexcellent Games looks absolutely nuts and not only is it coming to Linux, it's developed on Linux. I've been following it for quite some time now, but only recently it gained a fresh Steam page and a fancy new trailer you can see below. It's a little hard to follow but from the official info, it seems you will be robbing dungeons and attempting to escape somehow. Basingstoke: An Apocalyptic Survival Alien Invasion Game Basingstoke is an apocalyptic alien invasion survival game available on itch. The game is free for Linux users. I’ve played the game for a week or two and found it to too addictive, however, your opinion may vary. Basingstoke gameplay is about surviving the alien invasion by collecting and looting stuff as you find your way to the destination; maybe harm some of those aliens too if you’d like to. Dark adventure game 'Little Misfortune' from the maker of Fran Bow now has a demo available From the creators of Fran Bow and sharing the same universe, Little Misfortune now has a demo available to get a taster. What's interesting, is that when I spoke to the developer back in November last year, it didn't seem like they had a solid answer about Linux support as they would "try to". With the demo release today, it does have a Linux version so that's awesome and looks a bit more positive for us. Little Misfortune is an interactive story-based adventure game that follows Misfortune Ramirez Hernandez, a sweet eight year old girl. Led by the narrator, who Misfortune can actually hear and she calls him "Mr. Voice", you set off on an adventure to get Eternal Happiness to give to her mother. read more

Bash Functions with Examples

2019-04-23 01:47:47

Basically bash function is a set of commands. Bash function mainly used for executing a single or group of commands again and again. Functions make it easier to read the code and execute meaningful group code statements.

Linux Distributions Should Enhance how Sudo Asks for Passwords

2019-04-23 00:22:01

sudo is probably the most famous command in the Linux world. It allows ordinary users to run other commands or programs using the superuser privileges, but it doesn't show you the password while you are typing it. This behavior should change by default.

Hacking With Kali Linux

2019-04-23 00:06:39

​Today I am going to start a very interesting series of topics, Hacking with Kali Linux. In this series, I will start from the basics of hacking with Kali Linux and go advance. I will not beat around the bush and discuss crap that's spammed all around the internet but will share real-life scenarios of hacking.Who is this series for?Before I talk about the series that I am going to start, let us briefly talk about who should follow this series.I know there are so many people out there who [...]

FBI: $2.7 billion in Losses to Cyber-Enabled Crimes in 2018

2019-04-22 22:10:00

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) last year received an average of 900+ reports daily of Internet-enabled theft, fraud, and exploitation.

Trojanized TeamViewer Used in Targeted Attacks Against Multiple Embassies

2019-04-22 22:00:00

Motive remains unclear though financial theft appears to be one possibility, Check Point Research says.

Mesa 19.1 Adds Workaround For Epic Games Launcher With OpenGL

2019-04-22 21:55:11

The latest change merged for Mesa 19.1 is a workaround so the Epic Games' game launch correctly renders when using OpenGL...

Tesla eyes 'robotaxis' by 2020 with new self-driving technology (Update)

2019-04-22 21:16:15

Tesla said Monday it is expecting to deploy self-driving "robotaxis" by 2020 as it unveiled its upgraded technology for driverless vehicles.

Tesla pushes forward on autonomous driving with new computer chip

2019-04-22 21:16:15

Tesla on Monday unveiled computer hardware for "full self-driving" capabilities as part of its strategy to bring autonomous cars to the mainstream.

WannaCry Hero Hutchins Pleads Guilty to Malware Charges

2019-04-22 21:15:00

Marcus Hutchins, the security researcher who helped halt the spread of the WannaCry attack, pleads guilty to two charges related to writing malware.

Basingstoke: An Apocalyptic Survival Alien Invasion Game

2019-04-22 20:52:16

Basingstoke is an apocalyptic alien invasion survival game available on itch. The game is free for Linux users. I’ve played the game for a week or two and found it to too addictive, however, your opinion may vary.Basingstoke gameplay is about surviving the alien invasion by collecting and looting stuff as you find your way to the destination; maybe harm some of those aliens too if you’d like to.System requirementsDecent gaming hardware is recommended to enjoy smooth gameplay. The developers [...]

Kubuntu 19.04 Ships with KDE Plasma 5.15 Desktop, Experimental Wayland Session

2019-04-22 20:52:00

The Kubuntu 19.04 official Ubuntu flavor has been released as part of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system series with various updated components and improvements. Featuring the same internal changes as Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), the Kubuntu 19.04 operating system is here to offers users an updated KDE experience powered by the KDE Plasma 5.15.4 desktop environment and KDE Applications 18.12.3 software suite, built against the Qt 5.12.2 application framework. Of course, several of the pre-installed applications have received updated versions as part of the Kubuntu 19.04 release, including Mozilla Firefox 66.0 as default web browser and LibreOffice 6.2.2 as default office suite. The Latte Dock 0.8.8, KDevelop 5.3.2, and Krita 4.1.7 apps are also available. Configuration GUI for Wacom drivers, expe...

Who Gets Targeted Most in Cyberattack Campaigns

2019-04-22 20:30:00

Attackers are changing both their tactics and targets in an attempt to remain criminally successful, Proofpoint's study found.

A Look At The Intel Cascade Lake Performance For Windows Server 2019 vs. Linux vs. FreeBSD Benchmarks

2019-04-22 20:11:29

Continuing on with our benchmarks this month of the new Intel Xeon Cascade Lake processors in the form of the Xeon Platinum 8280 processors, here are some preliminary figures showing not only how various Linux distributions are comparing to Microsoft Windows Server 2019 but also FreeBSD 12.

Dark adventure game 'Little Misfortune' from the maker of Fran Bow now has a demo available

2019-04-22 20:06:44

Tags: Adventure, Indie Game, Steam, Coming Soon, Demo, UnityFrom the creators of Fran Bow and sharing the same universe, Little Misfortune now has a demo available to get a taster. What's interesting, is that when I spoke to the developer back in November last year, it didn't seem like they had a solid answer about Linux support as they would "try to". With the demo release today, it does have a Linux version so that's awesome and looks a bit more positive for us. Little Misfortune is an interactive story-based adventure game that follows Misfortune Ramirez Hernandez, a sweet eight year old girl. Led by the narrator, who Misfortune can actually hear and she calls him "Mr. Voice", you set off on an adventure to get Eternal Happiness to give to her mother. Watch video on YouTube.com The dark tone to the game is interesting, as Mr. Voice points out Misfortune is going to die today. I won't spoil too much, but if you look around and properly take things in, you will see the darker side to it and some of the backstory of what's been going on with a home that's not exactly a friendly place to be. The actual demo is very short at around 15 minutes and I thought it was incredibly well done as a taster. The art is and atmosphere is seriously fantastic and the setting has me wanting to know a lot more, so I'm looking forward to the full release. I'm especially interested in the choices system, to see what happens based on what I do. I have to say that I love chat between Mr. Voice and Misfortune, quite amusing. There's so much that I now feel like I need to know from the demo! You can find the Linux demo on Steam, sadly itch.io only has a demo for Windows.

Building a Raspberry PI Cluster - Part II: Operating system installation

2019-04-22 20:04:42

As per our first part, you now have your cluster all assembled and ready and want to install it. Do something with it already. For this we will have to download Raspbian Stretch Lite - a Linux distribution based on Debian and made especially for the Raspberry Pi. The ”Lite” version has an image file of 1,8GB and contains only the base system.

Improve your toolbox with git-pw, a python-based tool that integrates git & patchwork

2019-04-22 20:00:00

A well-known Linux kernel developer once said, a poor craftsman famously complains about his tools, but a good craftsman knows how to choose excellent tools.

Put the internet back under your control with the FreedomBox

2019-04-22 19:37:00

For less than a $100, you can have an open-source powered, easy-to-use server, which enables you -- and not Apple, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft -- to control your view of the internet.

Ubuntu Kylin 19.04 Adds a New Visual Experience, Latest WPS Office Suite

2019-04-22 19:32:00

Chinese Ubuntu users will be happy learn that the Ubuntu Kylin 19.04 operating system has been released as part of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) series, a release that adds various enhancements and updated components. Featuring the same internal improvements as the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system, Ubuntu Kylin 19.04 shops with a fresh and all-new visual experience through a unified style that revamps the boot animation, login and lock screens, adds a transparency effect to the applications menu, notification area, and taskbar, as well as other smaller enhancements. "We are bringing a whole new visual experience in this distribution, from system choice, boot up animation, log in program to system desktop, a unified style is presented. Amazing transparency effect is utilized on start menu, taskbar and noti...

3 Things About Cloud and IoT You Need to Consider

2019-04-22 19:15:47

The internet of things (IoT) and cloud-based providers are bound at the hip. That said, most people don’t understand how, why, or what to expect. I’ve been asked some good questions that drove me to do some research and testing. Perhaps the answers are of interest to you as well.   Read more at: InfoWorld

Faerie Solitaire Harvest released and it's a fantastic game for relaxing with

2019-04-22 19:01:41

Tags: Card Game, Steam, Indie Game, Family FriendlyDeveloper Subsoap teamed up with Puppygames for the latest addictive card game, as Faerie Solitaire Harvest is out now and it's absolutely worth a go or two. Watch video on YouTube.com As I mentioned previously about the game, this seriously was my first proper time getting into such a match-2 game and I've been a bit blown away by just how lovely the presentation is in Faerie Solitaire Harvest. I've been seeking more casual experiences lately and this is already a favourite to keep jumping back into. While it doesn't list Linux support on the Steam page, it does have a Linux version that works great as I've been testing it before release. Speaking about why it's not advertised, they said this: The store page does not list Linux support as Linux is bundled with SteamOS and FSH currently does not work on SteamOS (we know what’s wrong but do not have a fix yet). However the game does work great on most other versions of Linux. Game features: 40 locations with beautiful hand-painted backgrounds 360 hand crafted solitaire card layouts 32 pets to collect each with an evolution and story to share Adventure mode where you save the faeries and make new friends Quickplay mode to replay locations and earn extra rewards New Game + mode with even greater rewards 40+ achievements to earn Just the right amount of relaxing fun and challenge Suitable for all ages It's not a particularly difficult game but that's okay, it's not supposed to be crazy-difficult. It has enough of a challenge to keep you going, making you think a little while also not being too taxing on your mind. It's exactly the type of game you want when you're lacking energy for much else. It does exactly what it's supposed to, giving you a great match-2 experience. You can find Faerie Solitaire Harvest on Steam now and it's absolutely worth a go.

3 Ways to Install Atom Text Editor in openSUSE

2019-04-22 19:00:00

Tecmint: Atom is a free, open-source, hackable, easy to customize and cross-platform text editor, that works on Linux, OS X, and Windows.

Burning Knight looks like a pretty crazy roguelike, developed on Linux

2019-04-22 18:25:10

Tags: Action, Roguelike, Steam, Indie Game, Coming SoonBurning Knight from Rexcellent Games looks absolutely nuts and not only is it coming to Linux, it's developed on Linux. I've been following it for quite some time now, but only recently it gained a fresh Steam page and a fancy new trailer you can see below. It's a little hard to follow but from the official info, it seems you will be robbing dungeons and attempting to escape somehow. Watch video on YouTube.com When speaking to the developer today on Twitter to get it all confirmed, they said "I'm developing it on linux, and it works 100%" so that's pretty awesome. As for what it will feature, it will have both online and local multiplayer to play with or against others. Dungeons will be procedurally generated, a built-in level editor to make your own dungeons and more. As for the release, while it's currently scheduled for "Q1 2020" that is more of a tentative date. The developer said they will probably finish it faster but they're sticking that date up to be safe which is fair enough. You can wishlist and follow it on Steam and itch.io.

Monitor Your Network with Zabbix

2019-04-22 18:00:00

 LinuxProMagazine: Zabbix is a network monitoring application that lets you stay on top of all your network activities.

Reset Email Account Passwords After a Website Malware Infection

2019-04-22 17:54:03

It’s not uncommon for bad actors to use compromised websites to send large amounts of email spam. This can cause major headaches for website owners — spam can lead to the blacklisting of a web host’s mail server IPs, or the domain name itself may be placed on blacklists like Spamhaus DBL. Reset Email Passwords After a Website Hack Blacklisting is problematic. It has serious consequences for a website’s reputation, may impact sales and revenue, and it can be a tedious process to remove a domain from a blacklist authority. Continue reading Reset Email Account Passwords After a Website Malware Infection at Sucuri Blog.

A deep learning tool for personalized workout recommendations from fitness tracking data

2019-04-22 17:53:51

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed FitRec, a recommendation tool powered by deep learning, that is able to better estimate runners' heart rates during a workout and predict and recommend routes. The team will present their work at the WWW 19 conference May 13 to 17 in San Francisco.

Whats New in Ubuntu 19.04?

2019-04-22 17:13:09

You may know that Canonical just launched a new version of Ubuntu, but is it worth the upgrade? Does Ubuntu 19.04 solve any problems you currently have?

Fedora/Red Hat/OSS: Red Hat Summit for Big Banks, Impressions of Fedora 30 and TeleIRC

2019-04-22 16:24:16

Red Hat Summit 2019 session highlights: Financial Services The financial services industry is one that seems to be constantly changing - whether it be regulatory driven or market driven - and how consumers are accessing their banking and financial information is as dynamic as the technology industries that they rely on in their day-to-day life. Red Hat’s enterprise open source technologies can help financial firms and fintechs alike craft modern, innovative solutions designed to drive higher levels of returns and at scale. This year at Red Hat Summit, taking place in Boston May 6-9, we are offering a variety of financial industry focused breakout sessions and labs to help navigate the impact that open source technologies could have on your firm,  and help you understand your options when it comes to getting the most from your investments. My Impressions of Fedora 30 so far (Beta Review) TeleIRC v1.3.1 released with quality-of-life improvements On April 20th, 2019, the TeleIRC development team released TeleIRC v1.3.1, the latest version after the final development sprint for the university semester. This release introduces minor improvements in order to accommodate heavier work-balance loads on our volunteer contributors. However, it gave us an opportunity to reduce technical debt. This blog post explains what’s new in TeleIRC v1.3.1 and also offers a retrospective into how this last sprint went. read more

Multimedia and Graphics: GStreamer, AMDVLK and DRM Driver

2019-04-22 16:20:31

GStreamer Editing Services OpenTimelineIO support OpenTimelineIO is an Open Source API and interchange format for editorial timeline information, it basically allows some form of interoperability between the different post production Video Editing tools. It is being developed by Pixar and several other studios are contributing to the project allowing it to evolve quickly. We, at Igalia, recently landed support for the GStreamer Editing Services (GES) serialization format in OpenTimelineIO, making it possible to convert GES timelines to any format supported by the library. This is extremely useful to integrate GES into existing Post production workflow as it allows projects in any format supported by OpentTimelineIO to be used in the GStreamer Editing Services and vice versa. AMDVLK 2019.Q2.2 Brings More Performance Optimizations, DXVK Corruption Fixes AMD this morning released AMDVLK 2019.Q2.2 as the newest tagged update to their open-source Radeon Vulkan Linux graphics driver.  The AMDVLK 2019.Q2.2 update is notable in that it has performance optimizations for Total War: WARHAMMER II, Talos Principle, and Thrones of Britannia. These were among the games we pointed out earlier this month in our recent RADV vs. AMDVLK driver benchmarking where previously AMDVLK performed much better but less so in that recent comparison. So it looks like the AMDVLK vs. RADV driver performance is back to some healthy competition.  MSM DRM Driver Bringing Zap Shader Support To Exit Secure Mode On Adreno 600 Series The Freedreno MSM DRM driver changes have been submitted to DRM-Next ahead of Linux 5.2. MSM provides the Direct Rendering Manager support around Qualcomm Adreno hardware and with this next kernel cycle is continuing to see better Adreno 600 series support.  The primary addition to MSM with Linux 5.2 is zap shader support. A "zap" shader is a way for Adreno hardware to exit its secure mode via a series of specialized commands as accessing the registers directly for exiting the GPU secure mode is generally locked down by the bootloader.  read more

The Great GNU/Linux Division

2019-04-22 16:03:27

I have not abandoned the language of the purists altogether. For instance, I still refer to my distribution of choice as ?Debian GNU/Linux,? because that is what project members prefer. Similarly, if an FSF employee asks that I use their preferred term, I will usually agree if I think the story I?m covering is one in which people should know the difference. What has changed is my refusal to be overly-concerned about such matters of language. While language issues were worth discussing 20 years ago, the inability to move beyond them is obsessive and crankish today. If the purists really want to help free software, they would be more useful contributing to the project of their choice than clinging a cause that was lost years ago. read more

Ataris VCS Delayed Until December (If Anyone Even Cares At This Point)

2019-04-22 16:00:15

Shipment of the Ataris VCS Linux games console has been put back to December 2019 at the earliest, despite an original release date of July 2019. This post, Ataris VCS Delayed Until December (If Anyone Even Cares At This Point), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ataris VCS Delayed Until December (Yawn)

2019-04-22 16:00:15

Shipment of the Ataris VCS Linux games console has been put back to December 2019 at the earliest, despite an original release date of July 2019. This post, Ataris VCS Delayed Until December (Yawn), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ataris VCS Delayed, But Does Anyone Even Care?

2019-04-22 16:00:15

Shipment of the Ataris VCS Linux games console has been put back to December 2019 at the earliest, despite an original release date of July 2019. This post, Ataris VCS Delayed, But Does Anyone Even Care?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Scientific Linux 6/7 Will Remain Supported But The Distribution Is Ending

2019-04-22 15:31:51

For those wanting a community-supported, free version in effect of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the two options have been CentOS with its close relation (and employment) by Red Hat or Scientific Linux that has been maintained Fermilab, CERN, and other research labs. Moving forward, however, these labs are going to be adopting CentOS 8 and they will not be developing a new version of Scientific Linux based on the upcoming RHEL8...

Xubuntu 19.04 Drops Support for 32-Bit Systems, Ships with Xfce 4.13.3 Desktop

2019-04-22 15:17:00

Xubuntu 19.04 arrived as part of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system series bringing some important changes to this lightweight official Ubuntu Linux flavor. Xubuntu 19.04 is here as the first release of the lightweight Ubuntu flavor based on the Xfce desktop environment to no longer offer 32-bit ISO images that would allow users to install the Linux-based operating system on computers from 15 or 20 years ago. Xubuntu 19.04 is now only supported on 64-bit systems. "In December, the team voted to discontinue 32-bit images for Xubuntu 19.04 and forward. If you want to continue using Xubuntu with 32-bit architectures, Xubuntu 18.04 is supported for 3 years, and the Xubuntu package set can be installed from the Minimal CD," said the development team in the release notes. What's new in Xubuntu 19.04 Featuring the same internal improvements implemented by Canonical in

Security: 'Phone' Gimmicks, GNU/Linux Tools and More

2019-04-22 15:04:29

Guess Who Fooled The Nokia9 PureView – A Pack Of Chewing Gum! We are all aware that smartphone security options such as fingerprint scanners and facial recognition aren’t 100% secure. This has been proved further with the case of the Nokia 9 PureView, which appears to have been unlocked by a pack of chewing gum. As per a couple of tweets, the Nokia 9 PureView is reportedly getting unlocked via unidentified fingerprints of another user and a pack of chewing gum. Linux Distributions Should Enhance how Sudo Asks for Passwords One thing to be noticed from the picture above is that the password is hidden. When users write anything at that time, nothing will be displayed on the screen, not even asterisks. They’ll have to trust that there’s something written in the terminal and just write their passwords and hit Enter. Historically, this is done for both ease of implementation and security reasons. It makes it difficult for people standing near your shoulder from knowing your password length. If they don’t know your password length, it would be harder for them to guess it. They can, of course, listen to the keystrokes you are hitting and try to guess how many characters did you hit? But that’s more difficult than just looking at the screen and counting the number of asterisks there. Also, when they see that your password is too long, they might not even try to use your computer and guess your password. But if your password is less than few characters, it will give them hope. Additionally, in terms of implementation, displaying an asterisk instead of the password character requires more code and work to do. In the terminal, when you write normal commands and you see them in the terminal, it’s because the “echo mode” is set to On, meaning that all characters will be displayed on your screen. In sensitive commands, however, such as sudo or passwd, “echo mode” is set to Off, which simply doesn’t take the extra step of printing those characters to the screen. So that’s less work and code to do, and it went on like that since the Unix days to simply hide the password characters Top 10 Best Linux Password Managers In 2019 If you are a Linux users and struggling to get a proper password manager then this post is for you. In this post, We have listed the best (at least for us) Linux password managers for you. Your Netflix Bandersnatch Choices Can Be Tracked By Hackers Netflix took the video streaming industry by storm when it debuted Black Mirror: Bandersnatch last year. The “choose your own adventure” themed movie puts viewers in charge of the story and flow of the movie. The success of Bandersnatch even led to the creation of a second interactive show ‘You vs. Wild’ featuring Bear Grylls. Proactively Identifying Compromised Passwords | Roadmap to Securing Your Infrastructure read more

Strawberry: A Fork of Clementine Music Player

2019-04-22 14:49:03

In this age of streaming music and cloud services, there are still people who need an application to collect and play their music. If you are such a person, this article should interest you. We have earlier covered Sayonara music player. Today, we will be taking a look at the Strawberry Music Player. read more

Dropped Linux Kernel Drivers Occasionally See Revival - FDOMAIN Gets Second Chance

2019-04-22 14:45:31

When drivers get dropped from the Linux kernel it's generally due to hardware being no one cares about anymore that hasn't been produced in many years and the code often falls into disrepair to the point that the only logical way forward is dropping the driver. That happened last year to the "FDOMAIN" driver but as does happen every so often (albeit rare) thanks to the code being still obtainable through Git and the nature of open-source, interested parties can step up and revive the code...

4 Tips to Protect Your Business Against Social Media Mistakes

2019-04-22 14:30:00

Don't let social media become the go-to platform for cybercriminals looking to steal sensitive corporate information or cause huge reputational damage.

Games: Simple Dot, Talk to Strangers, and More

2019-04-22 14:24:33

Minimalistic puzzle game 'Simple Dot' releasing next month, looks like it could be interesting Simple Dot seems like it has a nice idea, with you drawing lines to get balls from one end of a level to another. A simple idea but it looks like it does get quite complicated later on. Talk to Strangers, a game of everyday survival as you become a door to door sales person Here's a bit of an odd one, Talk to Strangers puts you in the shoes of a sales person going door to door. It released last week with Linux support and the developer, Post Mortem Pixels, did send over a key so I've played it for a little while to gather some thoughts on it. It's actually an expanded idea of their Game Jam entry Don't Talk to Strangers (itch.io), released during the Stencyl Game Jam back in 2016. They said they were impressed by the feedback it gained, so they expanded and evolved it into a full game with Talk to Strangers. A look at some great Linux gaming deals not to be missed this week Another week has begun, it's hot and so it's a good time to stay inside playing games obviously. Here's a look over what's going cheap this week. Firstly, Humble Store is doing a Team17 Publisher Week with a few nice Linux games on offer like Flockers, Overcooked! 2 and Sheltered. If you act fast Humble also have Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition going really cheap for another 5 hours. read more

The end of Scientific Linux

2019-04-22 14:21:42

Scientific Linux is driven by Fermilab's scientific mission and focused on the changing needs of experimental facilities. Fermilab is looking ahead to DUNE[1] and other future international collaborations. One part of this is unifying our computing platform with collaborating labs and institutions. Toward that end, we will deploy CentOS 8 in our scientific computing environments rather than develop Scientific Linux 8. We will collaborate with CERN and other labs to help make CentOS an even better platform for high-energy physics computing. read more

How To Monitor Disk I/O Activity Using iotop And iostat Commands In Linux?

2019-04-22 14:21:37

2DayGeek: Learn how to monitor disk I/O usage or statistics in Linux.

10 Best Programming Languages to Learn Hacking

2019-04-22 14:13:56

We covered the Best 20 Hacking and Penetration Tools for Kali Linux and I am happy that our readers were excited at the new tools they came across. However, getting the tools is one thing and knowing how to use them properly is another. Hacking involves breaking the protocols of any system on a network and while this can be done by a plethora of applications available for free, being a hacker requires you to understand the languages that the software that you have in focus is written in and they are usually written in a range of common languages. Today, we bring you a list of programming languages that you should know if you want to build a career as a hacker. Also: How often do you contribute to open source projects? read more

New device paves the way to 3-D-printed organs, food

2019-04-22 14:09:04

More than 113,000 people are currently on the national transplant list. And with a shortage of donors, this means that about 20 people will die every day while waiting for an organ, according to the U.S. Department of Health.

Proactively Identifying Compromised Passwords | Roadmap to Securing Your Infrastructure

2019-04-22 14:02:12

Happy Monday, and welcome back to Roadmap to Securing Your Infrastructure. The post Proactively Identifying Compromised Passwords | Roadmap to Securing Your Infrastructure appeared first on Linux Academy Blog.

FOSS Project Spotlight: Drupal

2019-04-22 14:00:00

Linux Journal: Drupal is a content management framework, and it's used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day.

Ubuntu MATE 19.04 Brings Improved Out of Box Nvidia GPU Experience for Gamers

2019-04-22 13:59:00

The Ubuntu MATE 19.04 operating system has been released as part of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system series, a release that adds latest software updates and some interesting new features. Powered by the stable and well-tested MATE 1.20.4 desktop environment with some improvements and new features from the MATE 1.22 release, which needs more testing to be eligible for inclusion in future Ubuntu MATE release, the Ubuntu MATE 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system adds major improvements for owners of AMD Radeon and Nvidia graphics cards. "During the Ubuntu 18.10 development cycle the Linux kernel, firmware, Mesa and Vulkan were all updated to ensure we offered the best possible support for sipping AMD GPUs. During the 19.04 cycle AMD support has been uplifted again but we have also improved the “out of box” experience for ...

An ultra-stretchable triboelectric strip sensor (TSS) to control objects in 3-D space

2019-04-22 13:58:52

Nanogenerators, technological tools that can convert mechanical or thermal energy into electricity, come in three key designs: piezoelectric, triboelectric and pyroelectric. While piezoelectric and triboelectric nanogenerators can convert mechanical energy into electricity, pyroelectric ones work by harvesting thermal energy.

Linux on Dex comes to Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Tab S5e

2019-04-22 13:58:13

Linux on DeX is aimed to bring the seamless mobility of Samsung’s DeX platform for developers to code on the go. The app enables developers to work on both Android and Ubuntu-based Linux distributions anytime, anywhere. Other Linux distributions may also work, although Samsung isn’t offering official support for those yet. Also, Samsung is partnering with Canonical, the maker of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, to provide Linux on DeX users with a modified version of Ubuntu. As of now, Linux on DeX is only compatible with the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Tab S4. However, with the new update, users of Samsung’s Galaxy S flagships from 2018 as well as 2019 get it too. The recently launched Galaxy Tab S5e also now supports Linux on DeX. The new version, which is currently in beta, also fixes the issue with Ubuntu image download on Google Chrome. read more

The Linux desktop is not in trouble

2019-04-22 13:49:29

Writing for ZDNet earlier this month, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols declared trouble for the Linux desktop. He’s wrong. Or maybe not. Maybe we’re just looking at different parts of the elephant. sjvn’s core argument, if I may sum it up, is that fragmentation is holding back the Linux desktop. Linux can’t gain significant traction in the desktop market because there are just so many options. This appeals to computer nerds, but leads to confusion for general users who don’t want to care about whether they’re running GNOME or KDE Plasma or whatever. read more

OpenJDK 11 Now The Default Java For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS - Plus Some New OpenJDK Benchmarks

2019-04-22 13:26:52

Canonical has shifted the default Java of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS from OpenJDK 10 to OpenJDK 11. Plus here are some fresh OpenJDK 8/11/12 benchmarks on this Ubuntu Long Term Support release...

Kdenlive 19.04 released

2019-04-22 13:23:42

We are happy and proud to announce the release of Kdenlive 19.04 refactored edition concluding a 3 year cycle in which more than 60% of the code base was changed with +144,000 lines of code added and +74,000 lines of code removed. This is our biggest release ever bringing new features, improved stability, greater speed and last but not least maintainability (making it easier to fix bugs and add new features). read more

2 new apps for music tweakers on Fedora Workstation

2019-04-22 13:19:25

Linux operating systems are great for making unique customizations and tweaks to make your computer work better for you. For example, the i3 window manager encourages users to think about the different components and pieces that make up the modern Linux desktop. Fedora has two new packages of interest for music tweakers: mpris-scrobbler and playerctl. mpris-scrobbler tracks your music listening history on a music-tracking service like Last.fm and/or ListenBrainz. playerctl is a command-line music player controller. read more

Tutorial: Deploying a Web Application on Google Cloud Run

2019-04-22 13:00:43

Google Cloud Run is a serverless environment to run containers. For the background and context of this latest Google Cloud Platform (GCP) service, refer to my previous article.

AMDVLK 2019.Q2.2 Brings More Performance Optimizations, DXVK Corruption Fixes

2019-04-22 12:07:48

AMD this morning released AMDVLK 2019.Q2.2 as the newest tagged update to their open-source Radeon Vulkan Linux graphics driver...

A look at some great Linux gaming deals not to be missed this week

2019-04-22 11:56:36

Tags: Game SaleAnother week has begun, it's hot and so it's a good time to stay inside playing games obviously. Here's a look over what's going cheap this week. Firstly, Humble Store is doing a Team17 Publisher Week with a few nice Linux games on offer like Flockers, Overcooked! 2 and Sheltered. If you act fast Humble also have Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition going really cheap for another 5 hours. The Humble Humongous Entertainment Bundle is also still going for another day, which has a ton of excellent family friendly games which are really worth checking out. GOG are doing a pretty damn good Indie Week sale, with loads of great games reduced like Moonlighter, Darkest Dungeon, Hollow Knight, Owlboy, Hammerwatch, Tower of Time, Sunless Sea, Sunless Skies and more. Absolutely worth a look, some of my favourites are in there! Fanatical are also doing a big Easter Eggstravaganza Sale and they also have some good titles cheaper from big titles like Civilization VI to Motorsport Manager they have a pretty varied selection. Fanatical are also doing a Mystery Egg Bundle which is a little risky, since you've no idea what you will get but it could work out well. However, their Easter Eggstravaganza sounds like a better deal as the more games you pick up, the bigger your savings. They also still have a ridiculous 90% off Skullgirls.

NetworkManager 1.18 Released With Policy Routing Rules, VLAN Filtering For Linux Bridge

2019-04-22 11:55:19

NetworkManager 1.16 was released in March with WireGuard support, WiFi P2P, Intel IWD improvements, and much more. Surprisingly being released already is NetworkManager 1.18...

DragonFlyBSD 5.4.2 Rolls Out With Two Dozen Fixes

2019-04-22 11:39:18

While awaiting DragonFlyBSD 5.6 as the BSD operating system's next feature release, DragonFlyBSD 5.4.2 has been released as the newest stable point release...

Talk to Strangers, a game of everyday survival as you become a door to door sales person

2019-04-22 11:36:34

Tags: Indie Game, Steam, Itch.io, CasualHere's a bit of an odd one, Talk to Strangers puts you in the shoes of a sales person going door to door. It released last week with Linux support and the developer, Post Mortem Pixels, did send over a key so I've played it for a little while to gather some thoughts on it. It's actually an expanded idea of their Game Jam entry Don't Talk to Strangers (itch.io), released during the Stencyl Game Jam back in 2016. They said they were impressed by the feedback it gained, so they expanded and evolved it into a full game with Talk to Strangers. Watch video on YouTube.com Despite some rough English text, the gameplay is somewhat interesting and as someone who used to work in sales I can fully understand the Rage and Depression statistics because it's really not a fun job. Unless you get invited in for tea and biscuits, that's always a nice bonus. However, true to life a fair amount of doors will be closed in your face in Talk to Strangers and some people are way too happy to buy random junk. My first run ended rather abruptly, as I decided to accept the invitation to enter a creepy looking house hoping for a nice cup of something hot, only to end up as the ingredients for some kind of weird occult potion and I was never to be seen again. Interestingly, when you start again your little tips gathered remain so you might be able to do better at certain houses. It's a very unusual game, one with 20 different endings that's been just so completely odd to play through that I'm honestly not sure what to think of it! It's quite repetitive, as the gameplay loop is simply knock on some doors, pick a couple options and hope you sell something. You also need to balance your money buying items, to precent going over on your Rage and Depression meters. If you enjoy weird, it might be for you. You can find it on itch.io and Steam. A fun little fact for you, the developer told me that Talk to Strangers was developed entirely on Linux using Stencyl and "other open-source tools" just like their previous game NEXT JUMP: Shmup Tactics.

How to Mitigate ICMP Timestamp Vulnerabilities in Linux

2019-04-22 11:30:05

Learn how to mitigate the ICMP timestamp vulnerability in Linux by blocking certain types of Internet Control Message Protocol at the firewall.

MSM DRM Driver Bringing Zap Shader Support To Exit Secure Mode On Adreno 600 Series

2019-04-22 11:17:01

The Freedreno MSM DRM driver changes have been submitted to DRM-Next ahead of Linux 5.2. MSM provides the Direct Rendering Manager support around Qualcomm Adreno hardware and with this next kernel cycle is continuing to see better Adreno 600 series support...

Minimalistic puzzle game 'Simple Dot' releasing next month, looks like it could be interesting

2019-04-22 10:47:24

Tags: Indie Game, Casual, Steam, Coming SoonSimple Dot seems like it has a nice idea, with you drawing lines to get balls from one end of a level to another. A simple idea but it looks like it does get quite complicated later on. Watch video on YouTube.com From what the developer has described, you will have up to five lines to draw on each level and the balls react differently to each of them. There's over 60 levels of this, various ways to solve each level and you can hide the ranking system if you just want a more casual experience. Honestly, I love puzzlers like this. Simple ideas that let you give your brain a bit of a workout, while not being overly taxing so still good after a long day. You can check it out and wishlist it on Steam. It's releasing on May 17th with Linux support.

Free and open source racer 'SuperTuxKart' hits the big 1.0 release

2019-04-22 10:35:18

Tags: Free Game, Open Source, RacingA long time coming for sure, the free and open source racer SuperTuxKart has a big 1.0 release with LAN and online play enabled. The game has a few different modes available including a normal race, time trial, soccer mode, battle mode and the newer Capture-The-Flag mode all of which can be played online. Watch video on YouTube.com They're not done yet though of course, they said it themselves that isn't not perfect and there are "improvements to be done, features to be added, and gameplay to be improved" but it's a massive step forward. You can see their official release post here and find the downloads here. Personally, I'm impressed it has come as far as it has recently and it's probably the best free Mario Kart clone to be found. It's actually pretty fun too, a good game to chill out with. Now this huge addition with networking is out of the way, it will be very interesting to see what they move onto doing next.

Talos reports on new, sophisticated hacking group manipulating DNS systems

2019-04-22 09:30:01

A hacking group has gone after government domains—they targeted 40 government and intelligence agencies, telecoms and internet giants in 13 countries for more than two years, said reports. This is a new, sophisticated team of hackers spying on dozens of targets, said Wired.

EpiWear: Students work up wearable to halt allergic reactions

2019-04-22 09:15:08

What if, in an emergency, you reach for your epinephrine shot and it's not there? It would be if you were wearing it.

Tesla gears up for fully self-driving cars amid skepticism

2019-04-22 08:00:14

Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears poised to transform the company's electric cars into driverless vehicles in a risky bid to realize a bold vision that he has been floating for years.

Tesla gears up for fully self-driving cars amid skepticism (Update)

2019-04-22 08:00:14

Tesla expects to have full self-driving cars in which humans won't have to touch the steering wheel around the second quarter of next year.

KMyMoney 5.0.4 released

2019-04-22 07:12:11

It took us a while, and now it is ready: KMyMoney 5.0.4 comes with updated documentation. As usual, problems have been reported by our users and the development team worked hard to fix them in the meantime. Besides that, one or the other long standing bug has been fixed. The result of this effort is the brand new KMyMoney 5.0.4 release. Despite even more testing we understand that some bugs may have slipped past our best efforts. If you find one of them, please forgive us, and be sure to report it, either to the mailing list or on bugs.kde.org. From here, we will continue to fix reported bugs, and working to add many requested additions and enhancements, as well as further improving performance. Please feel free to visit our overview page of the CI builds at https://kmymoney.org/build.php and maybe try out the lastest and greatest by using a daily crafted AppImage version build from the stable branch. Also: Color Picker Snap For Linux read more

Excellent Utilities: lnav – the log file navigator

2019-04-22 07:03:19

This is the second in a new series highlighting best-of-breed utilities. We’ll be covering a wide range of utilities including tools that boost your productivity, help you manage your workflow, and lots more besides. For this article, we’ll put lnav under the spotlight. lnav is a curses-based utility for viewing and analyzing log files. The software is designed to extract useful information from log files, making it easy to perform advanced queries. Think of lnav as an enhanced log file viewer. For many years system and kernel logs were handled by a utility called syslogd. Most Linux-based operating systems have since moved to systemd, which has a journal. That’s a giant log file for the whole system. Various software and services write their log entries into systemd’s journalctl. lnav can consume the JSON version of journalctl’s output. And it supports a wide range of other log formats. For systems running systemd-journald, you can also use lnav as the pager. We included a couple of log analyzers in our Essential System Tools feature. And lnav wouldn’t be totally out of place in that feature. lnav is optimized for small-scale deployments. read more

9 ways to save the planet

2019-04-22 07:03:00

What can be done to help save the planet? The question can seem depressing at a time when it feels like an individual's contribution isn't enough. But, who are we Earth dwellers if not for a collection of individuals? So, I asked our writer community to share ways that open source software or hardware can be used to make a difference. Here's what I heard back. 9 ways to save the planet with an open source twist 1. Disable the blinking cursor in your terminal. read more

4 open source apps for plant-based diets

2019-04-22 07:02:00

Reducing your consumption of meat, dairy, and processed foods is better for the planet and better for your health. Changing your diet can be difficult, but several open source Android applications can help you switch to a more plant-based diet. read more

8 environment-friendly open software projects you should know

2019-04-22 07:01:00

For the last few years, I've been helping Greenpeace build its first fully open source software project, Planet 4. Planet 4 is a global engagement platform where Greenpeace supporters and activists can interact and engage with the organization. The goal is to drive people to action on behalf of our planet. We want to invite participation and use people power to battle global issues like climate change and plastic pollution. read more

Tracking the weather with Python and Prometheus

2019-04-22 07:00:00

Open source monitoring system Prometheus has integrations to track many types of time-series data, but if you want an integration that doesn't yet exist, it's easy to build one. An often-used example is a custom integration with a cloud provider that uses the provider's APIs to grab specific metrics. In this example, though, we will integrate with the biggest cloud provider of all: Earth. read more

Nginx Commands You Should Know

2019-04-22 06:50:57

In this guide, we will go over the most important and frequently used Nginx commands including starting, stopping, and restarting Nginx.

Thunderbolt Is Seeing A Lot Of Improvements For Linux 5.2

2019-04-22 04:06:05

Adding to the excitement of the Linux 5.2 kernel changes are a lot of Thunderbolt improvements expected to be introduced in this next kernel cycle...

Tutorial: MCUXpresso SDK With Linux, Part 1: Installation and Build With Make

2019-04-22 04:01:03

I admit: my work laptop machine is running a Windows 10 OS by default. But this does not prevent me running Linux in a Virtual Machine (VM). Each host platform has its benefits, and I don’t feel biased to one or the other, but I have started using Ubuntu more and more, simply because I have worked more on Embedded Linux projects. While I have used mostly Windows with Eclipse for NXP LPC, Kinetis, and i.MX platforms in the past, I started using Ubuntu, too, from last year with the NXP MCUXpresso SDK. I did not find much documentation about this on the web, so I thought it might be a good idea to write a tutorial about it. So, here we go… Building NXP MCUXpresso SDK on Linux Ubuntu

Video/Audio: Manjaro 18.0 Deepin Edition, Open Source Security Podcast, This Week in Linux, Linux Gaming News Punch, Linux Action News, GNU World Order and Talk Python to Me

2019-04-22 01:42:50

What’s New in Manjaro 18.0 Deepin Desktop Edition Manjaro 18.0 Deepin Edition is official Manjaro Linux flavour with Deepin Desktop Environment 15.8 as default desktop environment includes several deepin applications a free open source software. Manjaro 18.0 Deepin Edition is powered by the latest Long-Term Support of Linux Kernel 4.19, include pamac version 7.3. in manjaro 18.0, The Manjaro Settings Manager (MSM) now provides an easy-to-use graphical interface for installing and removing the many series of kernels. At the time of this release, eight kernel-series are available directly from manjaro binary repositories, from 3.16 series to the latest 4.19 release. Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 142 - Hypothetical security: what if you find a USB flash drive? Josh and Kurt talk about what one could do if you find a USB drive. The context is based on the story where the Secret Service was rumored to have plugged a malicious USB drive into a computer. The purpose of discussion is to explore how to handle a situation like this in the real world. We end the episode with a fantastic comparison of swim safety and security. Episode 64 | This Week in Linux On this episode of This Week in Linux, we got a lot of releases week. Ubuntu and all of the Flavours have released 19.04 versions along with an interesting update from the Ubuntu derivative Pop!_OS. The KDE Community announced the availability of a bunch of new versions of various KDE Applications. Linux Gaming News Punch - Episode 9 Coming in hot (please save me from this heat) is the ninth episode of the Linux Gaming News Punch, your weekly round-up of some interesting bits of news. For regular readers, as always this might not be too helpful but for those who don't visit too often this should help keep you updated. Linux Action News 102 Ubuntu 19.04 is released we share our take, OpenSSH has an important release, and Mozilla brings Python to the browser. Also WebThings is launched and we think it might have a shot. GNU World Order 13x17 Talk Python to Me: #208 Packaging, Making the most of PyCon, and more Are you going to PyCon (or a similar conference)? Join me and Kenneth Retiz as we discuss how to make the most of PyCon and what makes it special for each of us. read more

Programming: epub, OpenJDK, GNU Parallel and GStreamer

2019-04-22 01:40:06

Yet another man to epub converter Initial search seemed successful, but actually, none of the things I found worked correctly, or at least were not working for me. More precisely, I wanted something to generate a “book” with consistent internal links, so that I can jump from one page to another correctly. See the README for what I tried and gave up on. In Debian, there is of course the online manpages service, and there’s also The Linux man-pages project which do this very well. However, the UI and style for these seem to be designed for interactive browsing, whereas a simple output is better for offline browsing. So, after a bit of playing around with man -T html, mandoc and man2html, I settled on the later to write my tiny wrapper script. It’s a v0.0.1 release, but nevertheless works, so here it is: https://github.com/iustin/man2ebook. Red Hat to maintain OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 Red Hat is taking over maintenance responsibilities for OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 from Oracle. Red Hat will now oversee bug fixes and security patches for the two older releases, which serve as the basis for two long-term support releases of Java. Red Hat’s updates will feed into releases of Java from Oracle, Red Hat, and other providers. Oracle released JDK (Java Development Kit) 8, based on OpenJDK 8, in March 2014 while JDK 11, based on OpenJDK 11, arrived in September 2018. Previously, Red Hat led the OpenJDK 6 and OpenJDK 7 projects. Red Hat is not taking over OpenJDK 9 or OpenJDK 10, which were short-term releases with a six-month support window. Red Hat Takes Over Maintenance of OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 From Oracle parallel @ Savannah: GNU Parallel 20190422 ('Invitation') released [stable] GNU Parallel 20190422 ('Invitation') [stable] has been released. It is available for download at: http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/parallel/ No new functionality was introduced so this is a good candidate for a stable release. GStreamer's Meson and Visual Studio Journey Almost 3 years ago, I wrote about how we at Centricular had been working on an experimental port of GStreamer from Autotools to the Meson build system for faster builds on all platforms, and to allow building with Visual Studio on Windows. At the time, the response was mixed, and for good reason—Meson was a very new build system, and it needed to work well on all the targets that GStreamer supports, which was all major operating systems. Meson did aim to support all of those, but a lot of work was required to bring platform support up to speed with the requirements of a non-trivial project like GStreamer. read more

NomadBSD 1.2 released!

2019-04-22 01:36:12

We are pleased to announce the release of NomadBSD 1.2! We would like to thank all the testers who sent us feedback and bug reports. read more

Review: Alpine Linux 3.9.2

2019-04-22 01:33:21

Alpine Linux is different in some important ways compared to most other distributions. It uses different libraries, it uses a different service manager (than most), it has different command line tools and a custom installer. All of this can, at first, make Alpine feel a bit unfamiliar, a bit alien. But what I found was that, after a little work had been done to get the system up and running (and after a few missteps on my part) I began to greatly appreciate the distribution. Alpine is unusually small and requires few resources. Even the larger Extended edition I was running required less than 100MB of RAM and less than a gigabyte of disk space after all my services were enabled. I also appreciated that Alpine ships with some security features, like PIE, and does not enable any services it does not need to run. I believe it is fair to say this distribution requires more work to set up. Installing Alpine is not a point-n-click experience, it's more manual and requires a bit of typing. Not as much as setting up Arch Linux, but still more work than average. Setting up services requires a little more work and, in some cases, reading too since Alpine works a little differently than mainstream Linux projects. I repeatedly found it was a good idea to refer to the project's wiki to learn which steps were different on Alpine. What I came away thinking at the end of my trial, and I probably sound old (or at least old fashioned), is Alpine Linux reminds me of what got me into running Linux in the first place, about 20 years ago. Alpine is fast, light, and transparent. It offered very few surprises and does almost nothing automatically. This results in a little more effort on our parts, but it means that Alpine does not do things unless we ask it to perform an action. It is lean, efficient and does not go around changing things or trying to guess what we want to do. These are characteristics I sometimes miss these days in the Linux ecosystem. read more

DPL elections 2019, congratulations Sam Hartman!

2019-04-22 01:00:00

The Debian Project Leader elections just finished and the winner is Sam Hartman!

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 811

2019-04-22 00:57:38

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Alpine Linux 3.9.2News: Manjaro's ARM port now offered through the main project's website, Obarun releases S6 init tools, Ubuntu working on better ZFS support, Ubuntu Studio 18.04 gains longer term support, Sam Hartman becomes Debian's Project LeaderTips and tricks: Simple rsync examplesReleased....

Netrunner Rolling 2019.04 Released With Updated KDE Desktop Bits

2019-04-22 00:38:33

The Netrunner Rolling Linux distribution that is based on Arch Linux / Manjaro (unlike the non-rolling release using Debian Testing) is out with a new release for this KDE-focused desktop platform...

How to Use Linux Screen Command With Examples

2019-04-22 00:10:40

The screen command in Linux is used creating terminal multiplexing. By using screen you can run any number of the terminal based applications. Screen command can enable you to resume your work where last time you exited the application.

Netrunner Rolling 2019.04 Arch-based Linux distribution available for download

2019-04-21 22:07:10

Rolling release operating systems are really cool, because they are constantly being updated. This can ensure that the user is kept up-to-date without effort. Why is that good? Well, vulnerabilities are patched quickly, while the latest and greatest features of popular programs are regularly introduced. Of course, there is a potential downside too -- it could introduce bugs that could lead to instability. Ultimately, the user must decide if as rolling release best meets their needs. One of the best such operating systems is Netrunner Rolling. I love this Arch/Manjaro-based operating system for several reasons, but mostly for its elegant implementation… [Continue Reading]

Red Hat Takes Over Maintenance of OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 From Oracle

2019-04-21 21:20:00

"Red Hat is taking over maintenance responsibilities for OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 from Oracle," reports InfoWorld: Red Hat will now oversee bug fixes and security patches for the two older releases, which serve as the basis for two long-term support releases of Java. Red Hat's updates will feed into releases of Java from Oracle, Red Hat, and other providers... Previously, Red Hat led the OpenJDK 6 and OpenJDK 7 projects. Red Hat is not taking over OpenJDK 9 or OpenJDK 10, which were short-term releases with a six-month support window. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Distribution Release: NomadBSD 1.2

2019-04-21 21:07:15

NomadBSD is a 64-bit live system for USB flash drives, based on FreeBSD. The project's latest release, NomadBSD 1.2, is based on FreeBSD 12.0. The new version includes on-disk documentation, enables TRIM support and fixes a number of issues related to video drivers. "We are pleased to announce....

Linux Gaming News Punch - Episode 9

2019-04-21 21:03:43

Tags: GOL PodcastComing in hot (please save me from this heat) is the ninth episode of the Linux Gaming News Punch, your weekly round-up of some interesting bits of news. For regular readers, as always this might not be too helpful but for those who don't visit too often this should help keep you updated. Watch video on YouTube.com MP3: Download | RSS Feed OGG: Download | RSS Feed Also available on Spotify. Topics covered, click me Forager You Died but a Necromancer revived you Steam Play Danger Gazers King Arthur's Gold Unity 2019.1

Linux v5.1 rc6

2019-04-21 21:00:00

Linus Torvalds: It's Easter Sunday here, but I don't let little things like random major religious holidays interrupt my kernel development workflow.

Linux v5.1-rc6

2019-04-21 20:53:01

It's Easter Sunday here, but I don't let little things like random major religious holidays interrupt my kernel development workflow. The occasional scuba trip? Sure. But everybody sitting around eating traditional foods? No. You have to have priorities. There's only so much memma you can eat even if your wife had to make it from scratch because nobody eats that stuff in the US. Anyway, rc6 is actually larger than I would have liked, which made me go back and look at history, and for some reason that's not all that unusual. We recently had similar rc6 bumps in both 4.18 and 5.0. So I'm not going to worry about it. I think it's just random timing of pull requests, and almost certainly at least partly due to the networking pull request in here (with just over a third of the changes being networking-related, either in drivers or core networking). Also: Linux 5.1-rc6 Kernel Released In Linus Torvalds' Easter Day Message read more

Bluecherry Open Sources Its Entire Linux Surveillance Server

2019-04-21 20:44:00

"Big changes are here," writes the official blog for Bluecherry: In 2010 we released our multi-port MPEG4 video capture card with an open source driver (solo6x10) and in 2011 updated the driver to support our multi-port H.264 capture cards. Later, this open source driver was later added into the mainline Linux kernel. In 2013 we released our multi-platform surveillance application client with an open source (GPL) license. We are proud to announce that Effective April 18, 2019 we have released the entire Bluecherry software application open source with a GPL license. An anonymous reader writes: This includes the Linux based server application and the Windows / Linux / OS X client. Bluecherry's GitHub repo is now open for public viewing. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Linux 5.2 Will Introduce The Fieldbus Subsystem

2019-04-21 20:14:00

"The new Fieldbus system has been deemed ready to be released into the staging area of the Linux kernel," writes jwhyche (Slashdot reader #6,192). Phoronix reports: This newest subsystem for the Linux kernel benefits industrial systems. Fieldbus is a set of network protocols for real-time distributed control of automated industrial systems. Fieldbus is used for connecting different systems/components/instruments within industrial environments. Fieldbus is used for connecting facilities ranging from manufacturing plants up to nuclear energy facilities. The Fieldbus specification has been around for decades while now seeing a formal subsystem within the Linux kernel. The subsystem allows for devices to exchange data over a Fieldbus whether it be Profinet, FLNet, or one of the other implementations. The subsystem provides a generic framework for exposing switches, lights, actuators, motors, and other hardware... The Linux kernel's Fieldbus subsystem has gone through over ten rounds of public revisions in recent months and has been deemed ready to premiere with Linux 5.2 [which] should debut in July. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Linux 5.1-rc6 Kernel Released In Linus Torvalds' Easter Day Message

2019-04-21 18:36:20

Linux 5.1-rc6 is larger than the previous release candidate, but he isn't too worried right now about the condition of the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel...

Color Picker Snap For Linux

2019-04-21 18:30:00

Color picker is another cool flatpak app, for developers and UI designers that need to experiment with colors. Most development software comes with their own color palette tool but some lacks it. So this app is one way to generate customized color for your project during the development process.Install Color pickerOpen software center and search “Color picker”, then load its installer screen and select Install button. Alternatively, you can use the below command to install Color picker:sudo [...]

Spreadsheet annoyance no. 2

2019-04-21 17:30:24

Spreadsheets (LibreOffice Calc, Gnumeric, Excel) make dates out of entries that aren't dates. They do it to be helpful, but right around the world, at any hour and in many languages, users are shouting "IT'S NOT A DATE, YOU STUPID SPREADSHEET!" Non-date to date isn't the only unwanted conversion that spreadsheets are guilty of, as I recently learned.

today's leftovers (mostly howtos and programming)

2019-04-21 16:31:10

Install Nextcloud on Ubuntu 18.04 with Nginx – Google Cloud How to install the OPNsense Firewall/Router distribution How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo from 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish Destination Linux EP117 – Chris Were Digital Best 20 Data Science Courses Available For Increasing Your Data Scientist Skills Snek and a Balloon Install Python Package Loops in Python explained with examples read more

KDE Saw More System Settings Work While EGLStreams KWin Support Stole The Show

2019-04-21 16:23:32

Most exciting this week in KDE space was seeing KWin pick up support for the NVIDIA EGLStreams implementation for Wayland with this proprietary graphics driver. Beyond the EGLStreams KWin support were also many fixes and other improvements to the desktop landing this Easter week...

Using Ksplice To Detect Exploit Attempts

2019-04-21 15:42:14

Ksplice is a very cool technology. Ksplice allows you to patch important security updates to your system without a reboot. The in-memory code is patched as well as on-disk components, closing all the gaps for a security vulnerability. All the while, your applications keep running. A new feature of Ksplice is Known Exploit Detection. When you patch your system with Ksplice, not only is the security vulnerability closed, but also tripwires are laid down for privilege escalation vulnerabilities. If an attacker attempts to exploit a CVE you’ve patched, Ksplice notifies you. Ksplice is both protecting your system and alerting you to suspicious activity. Very cool. Also: Oracle's Ksplice Live Kernel Patching Picks Up Known Exploit Detection read more

11 Great Free Linux Foreign Language Tools

2019-04-21 15:11:05

Learning a new language can provide life changing opportunities and enjoyment. There are so many reasons to learn a foreign language whatever your nationality, to improve employment potential, intellectual curiosity, make travel more enjoyable, sharpen cognitive and life skills, make lifelong friends, and many more. While it is widely acknowledged that it is easier to begin learning a second language at a tender age, starting a new language at any age is eminently worthwhile. There’s a good selection of traditional materials and tools available to assist with language studies, such as language courses, grammar books, dictionaries, phrasebooks, and electronic translators. However, there are real benefits in using the latest technology to quicken the pace of learning. Online lessons and computer software are two popular ways of immersing yourself in learning a foreign language. They are the best alternative to actually staying in a country where the language is spoken by the general population. There is an extensive amount of open source computer software to help individuals learn a foreign language. We have identified the best of breed open source Linux software to make language acquisition fun, enjoyable, and a stimulating way of learning. These applications offer the opportunity to radically improve your life. read more

KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 67

2019-04-21 15:04:35

If you’re celebrating Easter, we’ve got a gift for you: week 67 in KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative! read more

Debian Project Leader Election 2019 Results (Sam Hartman Won)

2019-04-21 15:00:32

Hi, The winner of the election is Sam Hartman. The details of the results are available at: https://vote.debian.org/2019/vote_001 Stats for the DPL votes: |------+------+--------+-------+--------+---------+--------+-----------| | | Num | | Valid | Unique | Rejects | % | Multiple | | Year | DDs | Quorum | Votes | Voters | | Voting | of Quorum | |------+------+--------+-------+--------+---------+--------+-----------| | 1999 | 347 | 27.942 | | 208 | | 59.942 | 7.44399 | | 2000 | 347 | 27.942 | | 216 | | 62.248 | 7.73030 | | 2001 | ?? | ?? | | 311 | | | | | 2002 | 939 | 45.965 | 509 | 475 | 122 | 50.586 | 10.33395 | | 2003 | 831 | 43.241 | 510 | 488 | 200 | 58.724 | 11.28559 | | 2004 | 908 | 45.200 | 506 | 482 | 52 | 53.084 | 10.66372 | | 2005 | 965 | 46.597 | 531 | 504 | 69 | 52.228 | 10.81615 | | 2006 | 972 | 46.765 | 436 | 421 | 41 | 43.313 | 9.00246 | | 2007 | 1036 | 48.280 | 521 | 482 | 267 | 46.525 | 9.98343 | | 2008 | 1075 | 49.181 | 425 | 401 | 35 | 37.302 | 8.15356 | | 2009 | 1013 | 47.741 | 366 | 361 | 43 | 35.636 | 7.56155 | | 2010 | 886 | 44.648 | 459 | 436 | 88 | 49.210 | 9.76513 | | 2011 | 911 | 45.274 | 402 | 392 | 93 | 43.030 | 8.65836 | | 2012 | 948 | 46.184 | 436 | 403 | 72 | 42.511 | 8.72589 | | 2013 | 988 | 47.149 | 402 | 390 | 73 | 39.474 | 8.27170 | | 2014 | 1003 | 47.505 | 412 | 401 | 61 | 39.980 | 8.44117 | | 2015 | 986 | 47.101 | 364 | 353 | 39 | 35.801 | 7.49454 | | 2016 | 1023 | 47.977 | 286 | 282 | 74 | 27.566 | 5.87787 | | 2017 | 1062 | 48.882 | 327 | 322 | 57 | 30.320 | 6.58729 | | 2018 | 1001 | 47.457 | 343 | 333 | 53 | 33.266 | 7.01674 | | 2019 | 1003 | 47.505 | 389 | 378 | 59 | 37.687 | 7.95701 | |------+------+--------+-------+--------+---------+--------+-----------| Kurt Roeckx Debian Project Secretary Also: DPL elections 2019, congratulations Sam Hartman! Reference: Debian Project Leader Elections 2019

Ubuntu Studio 18.04 Extended Support

2019-04-21 14:51:14

Back in April 2018, Ubuntu Studio 18.04 was released as a non-LTS (Long-Term Support) version, which limited its support cycle to end January 2019. This was due to a number of factors, from the involvement of the team members at the time to the number of team members. In January 2019, the team came up with the idea for a Backports PPA of certain software to eliminate certain bugs and update the main packages (the ones that make Ubuntu Studio what it is). It was officially announced in February 2019. As such, the Ubuntu Studio team no longer supports Ubuntu Studio 18.04 unless the Ubuntu Studio Backports PPA is added. Adding the Ubuntu Studio Backports PPA increases the support length of Ubuntu Studio 18.04 to 3 years total, with support ending in April 2021. read more

Games: Capcom's FOSS Anomaly and 'Interrogation' Coming to GNU/Linux

2019-04-21 14:39:03

Capcom Home Arcade is a plug-and-play arcade stick with 16 games Capcom is getting in on the “classic” game bandwagon, announcing the Capcom Home Arcade, a €229.99 plug-and-play arcade system featuring support for two players and including 16 classic titles. If that price seems high to you, relative to emulator-based offerings from Nintendo, or even the FPGA-based solutions from Analogue, then ... you’d be right. In exchange for roughly $260, you do get genuine Sanwa joystick parts, and emulation courtesy of the well-respected, open source FB Alpha emulator. The Emulator In Capcom's Home Arcade Is Stirring Controversy Its website markets the Capcom Home Arcade as an “authentic gaming” experience, in part because it utilizes the original arcade ROMs for games like Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting and Alien Vs. Predator and runs them with FB Alpha, an arcade emulator known for its snappy response times. As those in the emulation community were quick to point out, however, FB Alpha is open-source, and distributed under a license that strictly forbids people from trying to profit off of it. Interrogation reveals 2019 release for Windows, Mac and Linux Getting a criminal suspect to crack under pressure isn't nearly as easy as TV makes it look. In indie Romanian developer Critique Gaming's upcoming Interrogation, players will find that out firsthand, needing all their conversational wiles if they're to bring down a growing terrorist organization. read more

Security: Windows, Marcus Hutchins, Phishing, OpenVPN, DARPA, DINSIC

2019-04-21 14:35:56

The latest Windows patch is breaking even more PCs with antivirus installed Earlier this week we reported that Microsoft halted updates to Windows PCs running Sophos and Avast’s security solutions, following user complaints that their machines were locking up or failing to boot. Since then, the list of known issues for the rogue update was itself updated to acknowledge compatibility issues with Avira and ArcaBit antivirus installed, with Microsoft temporarily blocking updates to those affected systems, too. Today, Ars Technica noticed that Microsoft is investigating compatibility issues for systems with McAfee antivirus installed, though it hasn’t started blocking the April 9 update from those PCs just yet. ‘WannaCry Hero’ Marcus Hutchins Pleads Guilty to Making Banking Malware [iophk: "It looks like they squeezed malware tech with a “plea bargain”. So I would take reports of a guilty plea with a large grain of salt. They probably threatened him with 1000s of years in prison as an alternative. The plea “deal” is not mentioned in the summary, thus misleading the public about the situation."] Marcus Hutchins, a security researcher known for helping stop the destructive WannaCry ransomware, plead guilty to hacking crimes on Friday. Hutchins was accused of writing a banking malware called Kronos in 2014, after he finished high school. The researcher was arrested in Las Vegas after attending the hacker conference Def Con in 2017. Days later, he plead not guilty in a Milwaukee courtroom. He was scheduled to be tried this summer. Google will begin to block sign-ins from embedded browser frameworks in June Phishing — schemes to nab personal data with disguised malicious webpages and emails — constituted more than 70% of all cyber attacks in 2016, according to a Verizon report. In an effort to combat them, Google last year announced it would require users to enable JavaScript during Google Account sign-in so that it could run attack-detecting risk assessments, and today, the company said it’ll begin to block all sign-ins from embedded browser frameworks like Chromium Embedded Framework starting in June. A deeper look into OpenVPN: Security vulnerabilities OpenVPN is the backbone of online security. It is supported in many popular virtual private network (VPN) providers such as NordVPN and ExpressVPN, and continues to receive frequent updates well into its 17th year in operation. It’s an unwritten rule of information technology, however, that popular security protocols will attract the largest contingent of hackers. As OpenVPN is open source, it is therefore much easier for hackers to locate and exploit security vulnerabilities within the software design. Nevertheless, the value of the open-source model is that it promotes open collaboration, thus encouraging other programmers to suggest changes to the design. This way, security vulnerabilities can be communicated directly to the developers, who then have the option to patch the software and eliminate the vulnerability. DARPA’s New/Old Plan for a Hack-Proof Voting Machine The Pentagon’s top research arm is working to build a hack-proof voting machine by combining something brand new with something old – specifically, secure open-source hardware and software using advanced cryptography on one end, and good old paper on the other. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently awarded the tech company Galois a $10 million contract for the project, which grew out of a broader agency project to remedy hardware vulnerabilities, the snappily named SSITH, for System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware. Galois, which focuses on ensuring the trustworthiness of hardware and software, will design the system, which will start with a different approach used by established voting machine makers, who have come under criticism over the vulnerabilities in their systems, Motherboard reported. For one, it will use open-source software, rather than the proprietary systems used by companies such as Election Systems & Software. It also will use open-source hardware, built from designs developed under the SSITH program. New Attacks (and Old Attacks Made New) This is shown again in Fortinet's latest Global Threat Landscape Report for the fourth quarter of 2018, where we reported that exploits that targeted individual organizations — often variations of existing malware or the misuse of FOSS (free/open source software) security tools — continue to grow at a rapid pace: 10% over the quarter, while the number of unique exploits they experienced increased by 5%. This suggests that, despite some reports suggesting that malicious actors follow the same work routines as their victims, cybercriminals didn't take much of a break over the holidays. And as you would expect, all of this malware — especially botnets — is becoming more complex and harder to detect. Security flaw in French government messaging app exposed confidential conversations Tchap wasn’t built from scratch. The DINSIC, France’s government agency in charge of all things digital, forked an open-source project called Riot, which is based on an open-source protocol called Matrix. In a few words, Matrix is a messaging protocol that features end-to-end encryption. It competes with other protocols, such as the Signal Protocol that is widely used by consumer apps, such as WhatsApp, Signal, Messenger’s secret conversations and Google Allo’s incognito conversions — Messenger and Allo conversations aren’t end-to-end encrypted by default. French Government's 'Secure' WhatsApp Replacement Hacked In Just 90 Minutes In order to better protect official conversations, the French government developed its own secure instant messaging alternative to WhatsApp. read more

Free/Libre LMS and CMS: Why FOSS, Sakai 'Outage' and CMS Wire on Tools Worth Checking Out

2019-04-21 14:32:36

Should Your LMS Be Open Source or Closed Source? When looking for a new learning management system, there are a multitude of questions that you must ask, starting with: What do I need my LMS to be able to do to allow us to reach our e-learning goals? One initial consideration that people often overlook is the type of technology an LMS uses. This is important to consider when evaluating whether an LMS will be able to provide the type of functionality you’ll need to meet your e-learning goals. When beginning the LMS evaluation process, you must first choose whether to use an open-source or closed-source learning management system. Let’s explore the differences between the two and highlight a few of the advantages of choosing an open-source LMS. OIT team, students respond to recent Sakai outage Hoffman said that this outage is an anomaly. “IT professionals in the OIT completed performance improvements for Sakai in mid-December, following intermittent performance and availability issues last fall. These changes have resulted in improved reliability for Sakai in recent months, the recent unrelated Saturday evening outage not withstanding,” he said. The outage ended up affecting a number of students in its 9-hour duration. “I logged onto Sakai around 1 a.m. on Sunday to study for my psychology exam and noticed there was a “time out” message. I couldn’t do anything, so I just studied for another class,” said Diana Nguyen, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year. 12 DevOps Tools for 2019 Worth Checking Out The merging of development and operations (DevOps) has introduced us to a whole new perspective regarding software development, from best practices such as continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) to an entirely different cultural philosophy. As a result we've seen an array of DevOps tools come into the mix to help enterprises meet the needs of these new practices and cultural requirements. Here are the top DevOps tools, in no particular order, sourced from G2 Crowd’s compiled list of “popular continuous delivery and source code management tools used by DevOps professionals”. read more

A Set Of Obscure Drivers Out-Of-Tree Since Linux 2.x Will See Mainline For Linux 5.2

2019-04-21 13:00:00

Should you have any Daktronics scoreboards, video displays, or digital billboards, mainline Linux kernel support appears to be in the works...

How to Install BoltWire CMS on Ubuntu 18.04

2019-04-21 12:44:29

BoltWire CMS is an open-source content management system that is easy-to-install and offers many features. Written in PHP, BoltWire CMS offers features that may not be available with other PHP-based CMSes, like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal – instead, it helps you create personal or business websites in minutes by just uploading the content of these sites to your server.

Google's Openwashing and Use of FOSS

2019-04-21 12:30:53

5 Key AI Announcements From Google Cloud 2019 & Why It’s Still The Big Friendly Open Source Giant [Ed: Google is not "Big Friendly Open Source Giant"; it's a proprietary software company (all the core things are proprietary) with 'surveillance capitalism' as the business model.] Why You Should Consider Google AI Platform For Your Machine Learning Projects Google Anthos reaffirms “managed open-source” as the future of hybrid cloud Google Anthos is a huge validation for Platform9’s approach to fully managed hybrid clouds powered by open-source technologies. In particular, the 5 tenets below that are at the core of the technology we’ve pioneered years ago are being used in production since 2015 by our enterprise customers across thousands of cloud deployments every today to power their business. Google Cloud adds Confluent, MongoDB and other open-source projects as managed services Confluent, the company founded by the creators of the Apache Kafka streaming data platform, announced last week that its Confluent Cloud for Apache Kafka is to be available natively on the Google Platform. Q&A: Advice from Red Hat aided Google Anthos’ open-source journey Even as Google has built one of the world’s most successful businesses on cloud computing, translating its innovations into enterprise-ready services has been a challenge in a competitive field. Now under new leadership and rebranded as Anthos, the contemporary Google Cloud Platform is the result of a series of decisions spanning open-source partnerships and storage technologies, layered with strong software support for a multicloud world. “I’ve been working with Google on their cloud efforts for almost 10 years now, and it started back when Google was about to get into the cloud business. They had to decide whether they were going to use KVM or Xen as their hypervisor, and we helped them do that,” said Mike Evans, vice president of technical business development at Red Hat Inc., noting his company’s role in aiding Google’s contemplation of open-source hypervisors for running their virtual machine services. read more

SuperTuxKart 1.0 Released with Online Play, New Tracks, Improved Karts

2019-04-21 12:17:28

SuperTuxKart online play is now available to all, with the new version of the famed open-source racing game including networked multiplayer action. This post, SuperTuxKart 1.0 Released with Online Play, New Tracks, Improved Karts, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Sam Hartman Is Debian's Newest Project Leader, Aims To "Keep Debian Fun"

2019-04-21 12:13:02

While initially no qualified candidates stepped forward for the 2019 Debian Project Leader elections, following the extended nomination period and voting, Sam Hartman has been elected the newest leader of Debian...

Intel i40e Driver Supporting Dynamic Device Personalization With Linux 5.2

2019-04-21 11:30:36

Intel's i40e / XL710 Ethernet driver will begin supporting Dynamic Device Personalization (DDP) with the upcoming Linux 5.2 kernel...

UK grant for open source healthcare

2019-04-21 11:11:44

The UK government has awarded a GBP 790,000 (about EUR 990,000) grant to research and implement eObs, an open source digital healthcare observation solution that can identify patients who are deteriorating and alert medical specialists. The solution, which uses information gathered by handheld devices, also helps cut workloads in medical wards by reducing the length of time patients stay and minimising the number of transfers and referrals. read more

Oracle's Ksplice Live Kernel Patching Picks Up Known Exploit Detection

2019-04-21 10:57:12

One of the areas of Oracle Linux and its "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" that the company continues investing in and differentiating it from upstream RHEL and alternatives is around Ksplice as their means of live kernel patching while Red Hat continues with Kpatch and SUSE with kGraft...

Software: Chats, LogRunners, Containers and Chrome 74

2019-04-21 09:34:31

6 Top open source team chat software for self hosted environment Verbal communication is in society since the inception of the period when humans found a way to express feelings in words/sound. This communication wasn’t only limited verbal mode it latter came on paper and then on computers. The value of good communication has its own significant place not only professional but in personal life too. However, here we only talk about professional. Now, the enterprises or business are not confined to only small space or tract, they are spreading their arms and legs in multiple directions to achieve targeted growth. In such a scenario, the chatting among company’s employees working on some particular project is either on email or some public chatting applications. But from the perspective of security and exchange of sensitive over a public chatting platform such as WhatsApp would not be a wised idea. The office team chat software should be in the control of businesses or teams using them for some project. Where they can add different features into as they required, such kind of needs can be fulfilled by the open source collaboration group chat platforms without the interface of any third party. However, while implementing self-hosted open source team chat servers or applications for the team make sure that they are behind a firewall for enhanced security. Scalyr Launches Open Source Community LogRunners for All Things Observability Log monitoring company Scalyr this week launched an open community, deemed LogRunners, for individuals in the observability space. The community is designed to help developers, architects, site reliability engineers, and DevOps and CloudOps professionals identify, solve, and prevent challenges in this market. While observability has quite a few definitions, it broadly refers to capabilities — such as logs, metrics, and traces — that help with testing, understanding, and debugging systems and architectures. For LogRunners this will also include Kubernetes, distributed tracing, and logging. Klusterkit: Three open source Kubernetes tools for on-prem, air-gapped environments Kubernetes and open source go together hand in hand with Platform9’s new announcement: three new open source Kubernetes tools simplify cluster orchestration and deployment. Each of these tools can be used independently or together, on air-gapped environments and on-premises deployment. Platform9 Open-sources Klusterkit to Simplify the Deployment and Operations of Production-grade Kubernetes Clusters on On-premises, Air-gapped Environments Platform9 open sources Klusterkit to simplify the deployment and operations of Kubernetes clusters Today, Platform9 open sourced Klusterkit under the Apache 2.0 license. It is a set of three open source tools that can be used separately or in tandem to simplify the creation and management of highly-available, multi-master, production-grade Kubernetes clusters on-premise, air-gapped environments. 12 open-source tools that make Docker better Blink and you might miss some of the most interesting developments around Docker these days. Kubernetes may be getting more of the hot-new-tool thunder, but Docker continues to offer “just enough” container orchestration for most development projects and deployments. Plus Docker has its own rich ecosystem of third-party tools that extend Docker, jazz it up, or make it less persnickety. Here are 12 open-source creations that get a boost from Docker or give Docker a boost, leveraging Docker for specific use cases or making Docker easier to work with. What’s New in Chrome 74, Arriving April 23 The stable version of Chrome 74 is set to land on April 23rd. It will include a dark mode on Windows, Incognito detection blocking, support for media keys in PiP, various Chrome OS improvements, and a lot more. It’s worth noting that while these are all planned features in Chrome 74, there’s always the chance they don’t end up making it into the final release and get pushed to 75 (or beyond). Still, we do expect to see at least most of this stuff in 74, even if still behind a flag. read more

Linux Foundation: 'Networking Superpowers' and Zephyr

2019-04-21 09:30:33

The Linux Foundation And Its Networking Superpowers I’ve written before about the Linux Foundation and the power of open, standards-based networking. Open source is having a significant impact in both the enterprise and with carriers around the globe. It’s also rubbing off on companies such as Cisco Systems, who are embracing a design philosophy that no longer locks customers into a specific networking stack. I recently had the opportunity to attend both the Open Source Leadership Summit (OSLS) in Half Moon Bay and the Open Network Summit (ONS) in San Jose. I would like to share some of my thoughts and insights from both events. The Zephyr Project Announces Major Technical Milestone with New Long Term Support Code Release The Zephyr™ Project, an open source project at the Linux Foundation that aims to build a secure and flexible real-time operating system (RTOS) for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced a technical milestone with the first Long Term Support (LTS) release. The Zephyr 1.14 LTS release, which has been developed by the diverse Zephyr community of almost 500 contributors, will offer vendors a customizable operating system that supports product longevity, security and interoperability. read more

Programming: Python, Pyodide, GitLab, Google’s MorphNet, OpenJDK, JITLink and Microsoft Spyware

2019-04-21 08:23:40

Ten industries using Python programming The report is part of ActiveState’s undertaking to better understand the needs and pain points of industry related to open source languages. ActiveState aims to decrease the costs and risks of managing open source languages and enable enterprises to maximize their related benefits. [...] Write and run code every step of the way, using Android Studio to create apps that integrate with other apps, download and display pictures from the web, play sounds, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development. Mozilla details Pyodide, which brings Python to browsers In a step toward its goal of building out a data science development stack for web browsers, Mozilla today detailed Pyodide, an experimental Python project that’s designed to perform computation without the need for a remote kernel (i.e., a program that runs and inspects code). As staff data engineer Mike Droettboom explained in a blog post, it’s a standard Python interpreter that runs entirely in the browser. And while Pyodide isn’t exactly novel — projects like Transcrypt, Brython, Skulpt, and PyPyJs are among several efforts to bring Python to browsers — it doesn’t require a rewrite of popular scientific computing tools (like NumPy, Pandas, Scipy, and Matplotlib) to achieve adequate performance, and its ability to convert built-in data types enables interactions among browser APIs and other JavaScript libraries. Mozilla's Open Source Browser Tool Iodide Can Be A Gamechanger For Data Scientists The last couple of years or so has witnessed the emergence of newer platforms for implementing Data Science projects. But the developers at Mozilla feel that these platforms couldn’t funnel in the potential of modern day browsers. To increase the ease of use and the way Data Analysis is done and communicated across the data science community, Mozilla launched a browser based platform Iodide for data science experiments. Iodide is a tool for data science experimentation and communication based on state-of-the-art web technologies. Notably, it’s designed to perform data science computation within the browser rather than on a remote kernel. GitLab’s DevOps Plans Ride Growing Kubernetes Federation GitLab used the recent Google Next event to further tighten its embrace of the Google cloud ecosystem that it fully jumped into last year. That includes a deeper integration of Kubernetes into its DevOps processes. Google Open Sources TensorFlow Version of MorphNet DL Tool Designing optimum deep neural networks remains a non-trivial exercise. “Given the large search space of possible architectures, designing a network from scratch for your specific application can be prohibitively expensive in terms of computational resources and time,” write Andrew Poon and Dhyanesh Narayanan on Google’s Research blog. “Approaches such as Neural Architecture Search and AdaNet use machine learning to search the design space in order to find improved architectures. An alternative is to take an existing architecture for a similar problem and, in one shot, optimize it for the task at hand.” Google’s MorphNet optimizes AI models without sacrificing accuracy Machine learning algorithms have a fatal flaw: They’re costly to fine-tune (in terms of time and resources) from scratch for specific apps. Some automated approaches attempt to expedite the process by searching for suitable existing models, but researchers at Google’s AI research division have a better idea. OpenJDK 11 replaces OpenJDK 10 as the default Java package in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Canonical has announced that OpenJDK 11 has replaced OpenJDK 10 as the default Java package in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Canonical recently released Ubuntu 19.04 which also uses OpenJDK 11 as default, the move to bump the version in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS means that users who don’t want to upgrade can enjoy the latest features from OpenJDK 11. OpenJDK is an open source implementation of Java and is used by developers around the world to develop enterprise-grade applications. JITLink Lands In LLVM 9.0 Being merged into the LLVM code-base this Saturday is JITLink, a just-in-time linker for parsing object files and letting their contents run in a target process. The initial focus on JITLink is serving as a replacement to RuntimeDyld for dynamically linking Mach object files (Mach-O) for Apple/macOS platforms. But the plan is once the Mach-O x86_64 support is squared away to extend JITLink to also serve the likes of COFF/ELF object files and support other non-x86_64 architectures. Weekly Python StackOverflow Report: (clxxiv) stackoverflow python report SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: code-server [Ed: This helps promote and spread Microsoft's proprietary software with surveillance] This week’s highlighted open-source project makes it easy for developers to use VS Code on the go. Code-server is a VS Code instance developed by Coder that runs on a remote server, enabling VS Code to be accessed through a browser. Coder open-sourced the solution in March. Because VS Code is being hosted on a large remote server, tests, compilations, and downloads are faster, the code-server team explained. It also removes the computation limitations of local machines. It’s particularly useful for developers on the go who may be running off their laptop battery. Because computations are performed on the server, devices battery life can be preserved, the team explained. Open Source Visual Studio Code Without Trackers Launched [Ed: When Microsoft says "open source" it doesn't mean "not spyware"; its "open source" actually helps sell proprietary software (MSVS) and has surveillance (Calculator also)] Open Source Atom Editor Eases Code Reviews [Ed: It is in NSA PRISM now.] read more

Security: Iran, Google, GrammaTech, FireEye and Latest FUD From WhiteSource

2019-04-21 08:19:49

Someone is Leaking an Iranian Hacking Group's Arsenal For the last few weeks, someone has been publishing the source code of the hacking tools used by a high-level attack team that’s been linked to the Iranian government. The tools belong to a group known variously as APT34 and OilRig, and whoever is dumping them appears to have some interest in not just exposing the tools but also the group’s operations. The leaks began in late March on a Telegram channel and have continued through this week. Researchers at Chronicle, a security company owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, have examined the leaked tools and confirmed that they are indeed the same ones used by the OilRig attackers. OilRig has been connected to a number of intrusions at companies and government agencies across the Middle East and Asia, including technology firms, telecom companies, and even gaming companies. Whoever is leaking the toolset also has been dumping information about the victims OilRig has targeted, as well as data identifying some of the servers the group uses in its attacks. Google will examine new Android developer accounts more closely For the better part of two years, Google has made a concerted effort to improve control over data in Android apps, chiefly by introducing system-level changes in Android, refining its Google Play developer policies, requiring developers to disclose the collection and use of sensitive data, and restricting access to certain permissions (like those involving SMS and call logs). But it hasn’t always been fully transparent with about these changes, and toward that end, the Mountain View company today announced that it’s “clarifying” several of its rules and reviewing the way it handles noncompliant apps. GrammaTech Releasing Binary Analysis and Rewriting Interface into Open Source Adobe Flash security tool Flashmingo debuts in open source community [Ed: Just kill Adobe Trash. The sooner, the better. This one helps openwashing of that malicious proprietary software blob, courtesy of CBS.] Open Source Tool From FireEye Automates Analysis of Flash Files Security company FireEye this week announced the release of an open source tool designed to automate the analysis of Adobe Flash files in order to identify malware and prevent infections. Counting Vulnerabilities In Open Source Projects and Programming Languages [Ed: Microsoft partner and anti-FOSS front group WhiteSource is once again using FUD in order to promote its brand and its non-FOSS 'services'; they advertise by bashing FOSS. Microsoft proud.] read more

FOSS in Blockchain

2019-04-21 08:14:37

Open-Source Counterparty Pushes Blockchain Capabilities Beyond Money Transfers RBI Mulling to Develop Open Source Blockchain-based Payment Solution True Fairness & Open Source is the Next Step in TRON (TRX) DAPPS Algorand Publicly Opens TestNet Algorand, an open-source software and blockchain technology company, announced today the opening of its TestNet to the public at large. After a successful private TestNet period with several hundred participants, the company is now inviting all businesses, developers and users to engage with TestNet and provide feedback on the quality, function, and overall experience of the TestNet protocol. EY Makes Privacy Enhanced Ethereum Tech Public Domain By CCN: In four-to-six weeks, a blockchain product developed by Ernst & Young (EY), one of the “big four” professional services organizations, will be made public domain (open source). IOTA launches source coordinator amid growing trading volumes IOTA has increased investors' confidence after the developers launched the open source coordinator on the mainnet. Blockchain Firm Digital Asset Integrates Smart Contract Language With Hyperledger Digital Asset first introduced DAML in April 2016, describing it as an expressive language designed for financial institutions to model and execute agreements through distributed ledger technology (DLT). Earlier this month, Digital Asset open sourced the DAML, making it freely available under the Apache 2.0 open source license. IOTA Released Open Source Coordinator On Mainnet – Bullish Sign For Investors? The Directed Acyclic Graph project IOTA (MIOTA) released its open source coordinator on the mainnet on April 10, a move that has IOTA investors quite optimistic. The move is the final step in allowing individuals and groups to set up their own private networks, test them, and develop Proof-of-Concepts (PoCs) more easily. Three Open-Source Blockchain Startups Gets $45000 Grants From Binance Labs Three Startups developing open-source blockchain technologies have received a grants of $15,000 each from Binance Labs, the investment arm of cryptocurrency exchange Binance. The grants which is in total of $45,000 is to support the start-ups in their quest to build projects that would serve the blockchain market on a larger scale. Binance Labs Grants $45,000 To Three Blockchain Open Source Projects read more