Linux Foundation: Hyperledger, Mapzen, Open Mainframe Project and Academy Software Foundation

2019-02-17 17:58:55

14 Excellent Free Plotting Tools

2019-02-17 17:57:54

Open Hardware: Hackable Devices, RISC-V and 3-D Printing

2019-02-17 17:34:34

The Need to Fund Open Source Software Research and Development to Enhance ICT for Development and ICT for Dollars

2019-02-17 16:05:44

I owe part of my IT education to the Open Source Community. I enhanced my programming skills using open source programming languages; I garnered a better understanding of operating systems through my study and research of the Linux kernel; I understood the inner workings of software by having access to their code; and in college, I used learning materials from computer science classes made available by MIT Open Courseware. But this article is not about how I benefited from open source software. I only mentioned my experience with open source software to illustrate that if I can benefit from it, every Liberian can do the same. Therefore, this article is about how open source software can benefit Liberia as a developing country. It is also a call to both private and public organizations to invest in open source software in order to enhance Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) and Information and Communications Technology for Dollars (ICT4$). Liberia’s ICT sector has achieved a lot since the end of the civil war. The creation of a liberal market, the advent and deployment of the ACE subsea cable and several other achievements have been the factors that have driven Liberia’ ICT revolution. Again, this article is not intended to delineate all of Liberia’s ICT achievements; it’s about the benefits we can get from investing in open source software. Before going further into this discussion, permit me to briefly discuss the difference between the two types of software. Open source software is software whose source code is openly published, is available at no charge, and can freely be modified and distributed. Proprietary software is software that is generally licensed for a fee and its source code is kept secret. It is often developed by software firms or companies such as Microsoft. read more

Noctua's NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Is Still The Best 4U EPYC / Threadripper Cooler I've Found

2019-02-17 16:02:04

If you are in the market for an AMD Ryzen Threadripper or AMD EPYC heatsink that fits within 4U height requirements, the Noctua NH-U9 TR4-SP3 is still easily the best option available. I'm now running the NH-U9 TR4-SP3 in five different EPYC/Threadripper systems in the racks and they work out splendid...

Call for Oman Free and Open Source Software Platform

2019-02-17 15:58:31

Call for Oman Free and Open Source Software Platform The participants of the Free and Open Source Software Conference 2019 commended the efforts of government agencies and academic institutions in supporting free and open source software in the Sultanate. It was recommended to strengthen these efforts and raise awareness of this software in various educational institutions and in public and private institutions. The participants commended the good organisation of the conference and its success and they called for its continuation every two years to increase awareness of free and open source software and its role in modern digital technologies to keep up with the developments during the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They also commended the Oman Free and Open Source Software Platform, which was announced at the opening of the conference. 'IT localisation vital for future' Under the theme of “FOSS as Driver for Technology Transfer, Innovation & Entrepreneurship”, the fourth edition of the Free and Open Source Conference FOSSC was launched yesterday at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) Conference Hall under the patronage of Dr. Abdulmounim bin Mansoor Al Hassani, Minister of Information and in the presence of academics, researchers and students along with international guests. The two-day conference, the first-of-its-kind in the Mena region, is jointly organised by the Communication and Information Research centre (CIRC) at SQU and the Information Technology Authority (ITA), represented by the Digital Society Development Division to support the Free and Open Source Initiative (FOSS). read more

What have you been playing recently and what do you think of it?

2019-02-17 15:02:38

Tags: MiscIt's question time once again, time to tell the world what you've been playing and let us know if it's worth getting. I've actually been really enjoying Sid Meier's Civilization VI with the new expansion, it's far more addictive than I originally thought. While I previously got bored with it after a few rounds, that's no longer the case. The disasters system with climate change adds so much to the game to seriously make it that much more interesting. Soon my English army shall take over what's left of the world… In regards to the performance of the port (which isn't great in the later game), Aspyr Media did say this on Reddit: The answer is actually not technical, but simply bandwidth. Frankly, it was a valentines miracle to get Linux out along-side Windows in a playable state that we were happy with AND cross platform. There will be time for optimizations once the dust settles, and we will continue to optimize for as long as we work on the product. For Civ V, that was years. As for other games, I still can't pull myself away from Rocket League. Now that I have a few hundred hours in it, the amount of tricks I can pull off is increasing all the time, once you get to grips with some aerial maneuvers the game certainly opens up a bit. Another shout out to Streets of Rogue, still one of my absolute favourite indie games. The amount of time I'be put into this is nuts. Probably one of the funniest games I've ever played with friends. Absolutely check it out if you haven't and do have a look at our video of it!

GNOME's Geary 0.13 Is A Big Step Forward For This Linux Mail Client

2019-02-17 14:18:53

Geary 0.13 is out today as a big step-up for this GNOME e-mail client for the Linux desktop...

KDE Usability & Productivity

2019-02-17 12:47:30

This week in Usability & Productivity, part 58 The System Settings Window Decorations page has been completely rewritten, bringing it into greater conformance with the modern visual style and fixing a huge number of bugs in the process (Valerio Pilo, KDE Plasma 5.16.0)... KDE Continues Overhauling System Settings, More Discover Improvements Sunday mornings mean another weekly recap of the KDE improvements made, thanks to the great analysis by KDE developer Nathan Graham. While Plasma 5.15 was released this week, the KDE developers are already hard at work on KDE Plasma 5.16. read more

Wine-Staging 4.2 Released - Now Less Than 800 Patches Atop Upstream Wine

2019-02-17 12:46:02

Wine 4.2 debuted on Friday and now the latest Wine-Staging release is available that continues carrying hundreds of extra patches re-based atop upstream Wine to provide various experimental/testing fixes and other feature additions not yet ready for mainline Wine...

KDE Continues Overhauling System Settings, More Discover Improvements

2019-02-17 12:23:50

Sunday mornings mean another weekly recap of the KDE improvements made, thanks to the great analysis by KDE developer Nathan Graham. While Plasma 5.15 was released this week, the KDE developers are already hard at work on KDE Plasma 5.16...

Security: More Breaches, Phishing, Windows Problems and WireGuard

2019-02-17 11:49:54

ClassPass, Gfycat, StreetEasy hit in latest round of mass site hacks Behold, the Facebook phishing scam that could dupe even vigilant users Researchers with password manager service Myki recently found a site that purported to offer SSO from Facebook. As the video below shows, the login window looked almost identical to the real Facebook SSO. This one, however, didn’t run on the Facebook API and didn’t interface with the social network in any way. Instead, it phished the username and password. Cyber threats to utilities on the rise, firm warns WireGuard Released For macOS, WireGuard Windows Coming & Linux Kernel Bits Still Pending The initial version of the WireGuard open-source secure VPN tunnel is now available for macOS, following the WireGuard for iOS port a few months prior. But sadly on the Linux front, the kernel bits still have yet to be mainlined. WireGuard lead developer Jason Donenfeld announced the release of WireGuard for macOS on Saturday along with the cooperation of other developers. This macOS port is built from the same sources as their iOS app and integrates into Apple's networking stack. read more

WireGuard Released For macOS, WireGuard Windows Coming & Linux Kernel Bits Still Pending

2019-02-17 09:35:38

The initial version of the WireGuard open-source secure VPN tunnel is now available for macOS, following the WireGuard for iOS port a few months prior. But sadly on the Linux front, the kernel bits still have yet to be mainlined...

How to Create Bootable Ubuntu 18.04 USB Stick on Linux

2019-02-17 08:26:04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a bootable Ubuntu USB stick from the Linux terminal. You can use this USB stick to boot and test out or install Ubuntu on any computer that supports booting from USB.

Freedreno Picks Up OpenGL Compute Support For Adreno A6xx Hardware

2019-02-17 08:07:13

The newest addition to the Freedreno Gallium3D driver for open-source 3D on Qualcomm graphics hardware is enabling OpenGL compute support for A6xx series hardware...

Python 2.7.16 release candidate 1 available

2019-02-17 06:39:07

A release candidate for the upcoming 2.7.16 bug fix release is now available for download. read more

Audiocasts: SMLR on Endless OS and The Linux Link Tech Show (TLLTS)

2019-02-17 06:34:51

SMLR Episode 301 Fresh Looks:Endless OS The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 796 read more

FinalCrypt – An Open Source File Encryption Application

2019-02-17 06:32:49

FnalCrypt is a free and open source encryption tool that allows you to encrypt files with a key. It is available for Linux, Windows and macOS. read more

Fedora's Adoption of Cgroups V2 and Fedora Infrastructure Detective Work

2019-02-17 06:26:00

Fedora 31 Planning To Use Cgroups V2 By Default While the Linux kernel has shipped Cgroups V2 as stable since early 2016, on Fedora and most other Linux distributions it hasn't been enabled by default over the original control groups "Cgroups" implementation. But come Fedora 31 later this year, they are now planning to make it the default. Enabling Cgroups V2 by default will allow systemd and the various Linux container technologies along with libvirt and friends to make use of the new features and improvements over the original Cgroups like offering a unified hierarchy. The new implementation also provides better consistency, purpose-driven flexibility, and other design improvements over the original control groups. It's taken a while for CGroups V2 to become the default due to interface changes compared to V1 and all of the important containers/tooling needing to be adapted to make use of it. Fedora Infrastructure Detective Work: Mirrorlist 503's The Fedora Project Mirrorlist system has evolved multiple times in the last 10 years. Originally written by Matt Domsch it underwent an update and rewrite by Adrian Reber, et al a couple of years ago. For many years Fedora used a server layout where the front end web servers would proxy the data over VPN to dedicated mirrorlist servers. While this made sense when systems were a bit slower compared to VPN latency, it had become more troublesome over the last couple of years. read more

Fedora 31 Planning To Use Cgroups V2 By Default

2019-02-17 05:07:36

While the Linux kernel has shipped Cgroups V2 as stable since early 2016, on Fedora and most other Linux distributions it hasn't been enabled by default over the original control groups "Cgroups" implementation. But come Fedora 31 later this year, they are now planning to make it the default...

Introduction to Linux I/O, Standard Streams and Redirection.

2019-02-17 04:37:20

A introductory tutorial on Linux IO, Standard Streams, their file descriptors and redirection. This covers the three basic input output stream (stdin, stdout, and stderr) and well as explains their file descriptors. It also examines practical use cases for each including redirection.

GNU FreeDink 109.6

2019-02-17 04:13:23

GNU FreeDink 109.6 This is the first official announcement for the new 109.x line with updated technologies (SDL2, OpenGL), WebAssembly support and many fixes and improvements. GNU's RPG/Adventure Game Updated For SDL2, Defaults To OpenGL Rendering Of the many free software projects under the GNU umbrella, there aren't many games. One of the only titles is GNU FreeDink, which is out this weekend with its newest update after several active weeks of development. read more

Microsoft Now Calls Windows "Linux" (Misleading People)

2019-02-17 04:07:40

Windows 10 Will Let You Access Linux Files Using File Explorer [Ed: Misleading from Bogdan Popa, Microsoft News Editor writing in the "Linux" section of Softpedia. This isn't "Linux", it's Windows.] Windows 10 Will Soon Let You Access WSL Linux Files From Explorer, Other Improvements [Ed: Those are not "Linux files" but Windows] Updated WSL in Windows 10 version 1903 lets you access Linux files from Windows Windows 10 April 2019 Update Brings Linux File Access With Enhanced WSL [Ed: People are now supposed to think Windows is Linux and vice versa. This deliberate confusion serves Microsoft. It serves EEE.] Windows 10's File Explorer Will Soon Let You Access Your Linux Subsystem Files [Ed: Longtime (decades-long) Microsoft boosters are boosting this perception too] read more

Graphics: Mesa, Vega and ETC2

2019-02-17 03:13:18

RADV Driver Gets Big Patch Series For 8-bit & 16-bit Arithmetic, 8-bit Storage A set of 38 patches have been sent out that wire in support for the VK_KHR_shader_float16_int8, VK_AMD_gpu_shader_half_float, VK_AMD_gpu_shader_int16, and VK_KHR_8bit_storage extensions to the RADV driver within Mesa. Rhys Perry who started contributing to the Nouveau driver stack has been working on this 8-bit and 16-bit arithmetic support for the Radeon Vulkan "RADV" driver. These 8-bit / 16-bit extensions work for AMD Volcanic Islands GPUs and newer. However, the half-floats support needs LLVM 8.0 or newer due to bugs on LLVM 7. BACO Power Savings Support Comes To AMD's Vega 12 The latest addition to AMD's open-source Linux kernel driver is supporting BACO on Vega 12. With the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel cycle, BACO is enabled for Vega 10 and Vega 20. BACO is short for Bus Active, Chip Off as a low-power mode whereby most of the GPU is shut-off during idle periods in order to drastically cut the power consumption of the graphics card. BACO is also known as AMD ZeroCore Power mode. Improved ETC2 Texture Compression Lands For Older Haswell/Ivybridge GPUs On Linux The previously mentioned work on improving ETC2 support for older generations of Intel graphics has now been mainlined for Mesa 19.1. This work for the ETC2 texture compression is improving the "fake" support for Intel Gen 7 class graphics, the Ivybridge and Haswell era graphics. This work was done by Igalia to address the lack of native ETC2 coverage on these several year old chips. Following this improved implementation for the fake ETC2 support is also wiring up OES_copy_image support for this extension. ETC2 is the lossy texture compression mandated since OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenGL 4.3. read more

Debian Developers' Updates and Python Bits

2019-02-17 03:07:35

Steve Kemp: Updated myy compiler, and bought a watch. David Moreno: Dell XPS 13 9380 Got myself a XPS 13” 9380 that Dell just released as “Developer Edition” with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS pre-installed. They just released it on January 2019. Ubuntu didn’t last long though. I prefer OS X Mojave than any of the Ubuntu installations. It’s okay though, it’s just not for me. Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, January 2019 I was assigned 20 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative and carried over 5 hours from December. I worked 24 hours and so will carry over 1 hour. I prepared another stable update for Linux 3.16 (3.16.63), but did not upload a new release yet. Detect the player’s boundary In this article, we will start to create the boundary detection mechanism which can be used to help the boy moving around the canvas. We will go slowly where this topic will take a few chapters to complete. In this chapter, we will focus on below issues. Threadless mode in Mitogen 0.3 Getting Started with Pathlib read more

Tales of colours: GIMP and Latte Dock (KDE)

2019-02-17 03:05:33

Colorization in GIMP As part of the Image team at GREYC lab (CRNS, ENSICAEN, University of Caen), I implemented the “fill by line art” algorithm in GIMP, also known as “Smart Colorization“. You may know this algorithm in G’Mic (developed by the same team), so when they proposed me to work with them, I wanted to implement this algorithm in GIMP core. Thus it became my first assignment. Latte and a Colors tale... A few months ago while I was scratching Latte Dock limits an idea came and haunted my thoughts. How Latte could give the colors freedom for panels and windows that an Android phone already provides? Questions like this arose and solutions appeared suddenly in many different places, but an important and concrete dream prevail in the end. read more

4 Excellent Command-line FTP clients

2019-02-17 02:58:11

The desktop environment with its bundle of programs sharing a common graphical user interface (GUI) remains a firm favorite with users. Not surprising really given that a good desktop environment makes computing fun and simple. The graphical desktop environment has become so ingrained in almost everyone’s computer activities that it might seem the command line will wither away. Yet, there is still an important role to play for the powerful command-line interface (CLI). Also: FinalCrypt – An Open Source File Encryption Application read more

Games: Ravenfield, Shotgun Farmers and Steam Play

2019-02-17 02:54:47

Ravenfield, the single-player FPS with large-scale battles has a new release out More FPS news for you this weekend, with the single-player Ravenfield having another great update out with lots of new toys. Early Access build 13 is up and with it comes two huge new maps with River Delta and Citadel, so it now has a total of nine large battles to engage in. The unique FPS 'Shotgun Farmers' is leaving Early Access next month Shotgun Farmers, by far one of the most unique FPS games I've played in a long time is due to leave Early Access soon. While the developer, Megastorm Games, isn't giving an exact date just yet they have made it clear it will be next month. To go along with the news, a small update was released adding in some adjustments to the maps along with support for character emotes. The first Steam Play update for this year is out with Proton 3.16-7 beta Valve have pushed out a Steam Play beta update with Proton 3.16-7 now available for testing. Lots of fixes! Not quite the huge upgrade many were expecting, most people thought Valve would be pushing ahead with a major update of Wine but this release still seems like a very nice update overall Firstly, they've updated DXVK to 0.96 and FAudio to 19.02. This should hopefully mean quite a number of games will see improvements and begin working. Additionally, there has been some controller improvements, with Unity specifically mentioned for games like Subnautica and INSIDE. read more

How to Use Reverse SSH Tunnel to Allow External Connections to Your PC

2019-02-17 02:42:58

If your ISP doesn't provide you with a dedicated IP address, you can make use of a VPS and reverse SSH tunnel to allow external connections. Here's how.

Compiz 0.9.14.0 released

2019-02-17 02:35:44

Compiz 0.9.14.0 has been officially released today. Major changes in this release include: - Development has switched from Bazaar (back) to Git [1]. - CCSM has been ported to PyGObject, GTK 3 and Python 3. - compizconfig-python has been ported from Pyrex to Cython. - Restored the Color Filter plugin by porting it to the new plugin API. - Added support for loading configuration from multiple files. - Docks and splashscreens now appear focused. - Fixed build errors with GCC 8. - Removed KDE (4.x) support code. - Compiz now needs cmake ≥ 3.10.0 and pkg-config ≥ 0.29.1 to build. - gtk-window-decorator now needs libmetacity ≥ 3.22.0 to build. Also, some bugs have been fixed. See NEWS [2] for a list of them. The tarball for the new release can be downloaded at [3]. Please report any bugs you have found to our bug tracker [4]. I would like to thank Alberts Muktupāvels, Marco Trevisan, Auboyneau Vincent, Samuel Thibault, Colomban Wendling, Eleni Maria Stea and other people who have contributed to this release. Also: Compiz 0.9.14 Released As First Update In Over Two Years read more

GNU's RPG/Adventure Game Updated For SDL2, Defaults To OpenGL Rendering

2019-02-17 02:29:32

Of the many free software projects under the GNU umbrella, there aren't many games. One of the only titles is GNU FreeDink, which is out this weekend with its newest update after several active weeks of development...

Improved ETC2 Texture Compression Lands For Older Haswell/Ivybridge GPUs On Linux

2019-02-16 23:34:52

The previously mentioned work on improving ETC2 support for older generations of Intel graphics has now been mainlined for Mesa 19.1...

How to Install GNU Octave in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

2019-02-16 22:54:14

In this article, we will describe how to install GNU Octave, a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear problems, and for performing other numerical experiments.

Ravenfield, the single-player FPS with large-scale battles has a new release out

2019-02-16 21:42:36

Tags: FPS, Early Access, Action, Indie Game, Unity, SteamMore FPS news for you this weekend, with the single-player Ravenfield having another great update out with lots of new toys. Early Access build 13 is up and with it comes two huge new maps with River Delta and Citadel, so it now has a total of nine large battles to engage in. Your arsenal has grown larger once again, with the addition of a smoke grenade to cover your tacks and a new grenade launcher which comes with a new sight zeroing feature. The AI also went through some upgrades, if you thought they were a challenge before you might be in for a shock. They will use smoke grenades, they're a lot smarter in the paths they will take which makes battles feel more dynamic (no more conga lines). What also sounds fun, is the added feature of alternate fire modes and alternate sights, so modders have more to play with when making new weapons. Naturally, this release also brings in plenty of bug fixes as well. While I am sad it's staying as a single-player game, since it would be awesome in multiplayer, it has won me over. It doesn't look like much with graphics out of the late 90's but there's a huge amount of entertainment here. The physics are silly, the addition of vehicles and big maps makes it feel more tactical and there's just something amusing about being gunned down by three blocky characters driving a jeep with your big blobs of blue blood spread over the map like paint. The fun factor is helped by how much you can customise it, which is a lot. It has Steam Workshop support to download new weapons, vehicles and maps and so you can really make it weird. Grab it on Humble Store and Steam.

Inserting Data Into Tables - MySQL Series Part 4

2019-02-16 21:32:02

Data insertion is very important in understanding MySQL databases. If the right data is not inserted in the right columns, we may get a lot of errors. Let us quickly create a small employee table by running the following command.create table employee(name varchar(20), city varchar(10), salary int);Once we are done with creating the table we can start inserting some data into it.Follow the complete MySQL Series here.Inserting Single RecordTo insert one record into the database, we will use the [...]

The unique FPS 'Shotgun Farmers' is leaving Early Access next month

2019-02-16 21:20:03

Tags: Action, Indie Game, Unity, FPS, Steam, Early AccessShotgun Farmers, by far one of the most unique FPS games I've played in a long time is due to leave Early Access soon. While the developer, Megastorm Games, isn't giving an exact date just yet they have made it clear it will be next month. To go along with the news, a small update was released adding in some adjustments to the maps along with support for character emotes. In a few weeks, they plan to add in another new map along with some more cosmetic items for character customisation, which are earned by playing the game. It's a unique game, since each time your bullets miss and hit the floor, they act like seeds growing a new weapon for someone else to come along and grab (or for you to reload). It's clever, really odd and yet it's also quite brilliant. You have to hand it to indie developers, always pushing games into weird and fun new places. While it's a multiplayer game, it does have full bot support and they're actually quite good. You can grab it on Steam.

Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 Released with over 180 Security Updates and Bug Fixes

2019-02-16 20:10:00

The Debian Project announced today the general availability of the eighth point release to the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series. Coming only a month after the Debian GNU/Linux 9.7 emergency release that, which included only an important security update for the APT package manager, the Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 point release is here as an up-to-date install media that contains numerous security and bug fixes, offering users a way to install the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series without having to download hundreds of updates from the official software repositories. "This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems," said the Debian Project in an email announcement. "Please note that the point release does not constitute a new...

Updated Debian 9: 9.8 released

2019-02-16 19:20:27

The Debian project is pleased to announce the eighth update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename "stretch"). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available. Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 9 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old "stretch" media. After installation, packages can be upgraded to the current versions using an up-to-date Debian mirror. Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages, and most such updates are included in the point release. Also: Debian 9.8 Released With Latest Security Fixes read more

Windows 10 Will Let You Access Linux Files Using File Explorer

2019-02-16 19:07:00

Microsoft’s Linux push in Windows 10 will continue with the release of the April 2019 update, also known as version 1903, and the company detailed some of the changes coming to users in a blog post. One of the most important improvements is the addition of support for Linux files that can be accessed directly using File Explorer, which is the default file manager in Windows 10. Right now, this option is part of Windows 10 build 18836, which is actually a preview build of the April 2020 Windows 10 feature update, but Microsoft says it’ll go live with version 1903 this spring. Microsoft explains that the implementation is as simple as it could be. Just type explorer.exe in your favorite Linux distribution installed on Windows 10 with WSL and the command should open a File Explorer window with the Linux files available as part of a dedic...

C Programming Tutorial Part 3 - Variables basics

2019-02-16 19:05:30

In this tutorial, we will show you the basics of using variables in C programming.

Xfce apps – In the land of Tux, where the shadows lie

2019-02-16 18:38:13

Last year, I decided to do a thorough analysis of the KDE and Gnome application stacks, separately, to figure out how complete these two desktop environments really are. I looked at the different application categories, weighed the major advantages and flaws in the popular software, examined some unique entries, and then also talked about what’s…

Intel Starts Publishing Open-Source Linux Driver Code For Discrete GPUs

2019-02-16 18:34:00

fstack writes: Intel is still a year out from releasing their first discrete graphics processors, but the company has begun publishing their open-source Linux GPU driver code. This week they began by publishing patches on top of their existing Intel Linux driver for supporting device local memory for dedicated video memory as part of their restructuring effort to support discrete graphics cards. Intel later confirmed this is the start of their open-source driver support for discrete graphics solutions. They have also begun working on Linux driver support for Adaptive-Sync and better reset recovery. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Compiz 0.9.14 Released As First Update In Over Two Years

2019-02-16 18:04:00

While Ubuntu may no longer be using Compiz by default as the compositing window manager, the Compiz project is still alive as marked by today's Compiz 0.9.14.0 release...

Debian 9.8 Released With Latest Security Fixes

2019-02-16 17:14:20

Debian 9.8 is available this weekend as the latest bug-fix / security fix update to Debian GNU/Linux "Stretch"...

Opening Files with Qt on Android

2019-02-16 16:31:08

After addressing Android support in KF5Notifications another fairly generic task that so far required Android specific code is next: opening files. Due to the security isolation of apps and the way the native “file dialog” works on Android this is quite different from other platforms, which makes application code a bit ugly. This can be fixed in Qt though. read more

Firefox for iOS Amps Up Private Browsing and More

2019-02-16 15:16:46

Today we’re rolling out updated features for iPhone and iPad users, including a new layout for menu and settings, persistent Private Browsing tabs and new organization options within the New Tabs feature. This round of updates is the result of requests we received straight from our users, and we’re taking your feedback to make this version of iOS work harder and smarter for you.

Bitmain SoC Support Coming To Linux 5.1 - Sophon ARMv8 + RISC-V Chip For Deep Learning

2019-02-16 15:04:23

Queued for mainlining with the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel cycle is initial support for Bitmain SoCs. Bitmain is the Chinese company that started out designing ASICs for Bitcoin mining with the Antminer and other products. The company has also been venturing into designs for artificial intelligence and deep learning...

Six years ago Steam was released for Linux - Happy Birthday

2019-02-16 14:00:00

Happy official birthday to the Steam client for Linux

BACO Power Savings Support Comes To AMD's Vega 12

2019-02-16 13:46:51

The latest addition to AMD's open-source Linux kernel driver is supporting BACO on Vega 12...

Fastest Way To Build Backlinks For Your Website

2019-02-16 13:32:02

It’s no longer an option to have a website for your business. In the digital world of today, a business without an online website is one destined to fail. Moreover, the best way to jump start your new –– or revive a not so new –– business is by improving the quality of its online presence. Yet, it’s often easier said than done. While having an online website is a no brainer, keeping it alive and going strong in a competitive market is not so much simpler. The key to making sure your website is up to date and competing is search engine optimization (SEO). It’s basically how you ensure your website reaches your target demographic. The better and more SEO friendly your website is, the more people it’ll attract, and the better your business will be. One of the strongest weapons in your SEO arsenal is backlinks, one you just can’t do without.What Are Backlinks?Backlinks are simply the links on other websites that link to yours. So, if another website has an external link that redirects users to your own website, this is called a backlink. The importance of backlinks is they ensure your website has good traffic. More importantly, more backlinks means more exposure for your content, and it also means your website is trusted. If you think about backlinks as proof of credibility –– where other sites are dying to link to yours –– then it’s something you’ll want your demographic to experience; think of it as a recommendation of your website. How then can you build backlinks to your website? The short answer is ethically and professionally. There are those who resort to shady methods to increase the website traction, which often results in a backlash and the website gaining notoriety for being not too honest. This is the last outcome you can hope for your business. What are some ethical, professional ways to get backlinks to your website then?Broken Link MethodThis is how it works: you’ll search for websites who can ideally link to yours –– that is, having similar content. Then you’ll contact the webmaster to report the broken links on their website, and give them same candidate links to replace those broken links –– naturally yours will be among the list. Since you’re doing them a favor by reporting broken links, which make for an awful user experience, it’s quite likely your link would end up on their website in return. This is quite an efficient and quick way because no matter how good the website and the webmaster are, every website has broken links and every website doesn’t want those broken links.Guest PostingThis is another good and reliable way to build backlinks. The idea is simple; you write content for another website which would mean you’ll get to include a link to your own. This could be done in the text itself –– since you’ll probably be contacting websites that have similar content to yours –– or in your author biography, in which you could include links to your website. Either way, the links will refer back to your website which is what you want at the end of the day. It’s quite important however not to abuse this strategy, as many do. Don’t go for websites that are not reputable or are somewhat shady; look for someone reliable and trustworthy enough in your niche, so as to ensure your backlink would count for something. It’s also important to keep in mind what it is you need to do. According to the article How To Build Backlinks – An SEO Link Strategy From 37,942 Anchor Texts, the most important thing to get right when building backlinks is the anchor text you use as that is the first thing Google is looking at in a natural backlink profile. Also, don’t just write the one time; contribute several articles to each website you’re guest posting at.Help A Reporter OutHelp a reporter out (HARO) is a free service which reporters and journalists use to get information on certain articles you’re writing. What you can do is sign up for free –– it’s also quite quick –– and you’ll get weekly requests from reporters looking for help with certain reports or features. When you do get back to certain reporters about certain inquiries which you can help with, whether they’re citing you and your website as a source or citing information from your website –– which means a backlink –– either way you’re getting a backlink. Be sure to filter out requests, though and only respond to those related to your specific niche.TestimonialsTestimonials are another clever way of earning backlinks. So, any company likes to brag about its sales, and some even have specific pages on their websites dedicated to that purpose, called Testimonials page. What you’ll do is make a list of products and services you’ve used for companies that have testimonials pages. Then, start writing reviews for each of those, which will naturally ask for your contact details, and then leave your feedback on the page. You’ll find that most, if not all, companies will automatically take your testimonial and link back to your website, as proof that this is not a scam of a testimonial and that the person who wrote it is a real one. This gives your website greater exposure as Testimonials is a page many visit to make sure the service or product they’re about to pay money for are legit and trustworthy. Patience Is A VirtueA key point in building backlinks is being patient. If you ever come across someone claiming they can sell you the secret to getting your website to the number one place on Google rankings, it’s most likely a scam. The process of building backlinks takes time and patience, because there are no shortcuts here. But you need to do it correctly and properly to ensure that the backlinks you got will do your website good, not the other way around. That is why it’s important to play it by the book so you can sleep tight knowing your backlinks will not get deleted the following day or the shady website that backlinked to yours won’t disappear out of the blue. At the end of the day, how well you play out the backlinks game will determine how much traffic your website will get, and ultimately how your business’s online presence will look like.Visit on site http://www.noobslab.com

RADV Driver Gets Big Patch Series For 8-bit & 16-bit Arithmetic, 8-bit Storage

2019-02-16 13:07:54

A set of 38 patches have been sent out that wire in support for the VK_KHR_shader_float16_int8, VK_AMD_gpu_shader_half_float, VK_AMD_gpu_shader_int16, and VK_KHR_8bit_storage extensions to the RADV driver within Mesa...

Windows 10 Will Soon Let You Access WSL Linux Files From Explorer, Other Improvements

2019-02-16 12:44:18

With Windows 10 Version 1903 inching closer as the "April 2019" Update, Microsoft published a blog post on Friday night outlining the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) changes they are making in this next installment of the operating system...

Updated WSL in Windows 10 version 1903 lets you access Linux files from Windows

2019-02-16 12:01:34

The marriage between Linux and Windows is getting stronger. Having embraced Linux with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), Microsoft is now doing what users have been begging for: Windows 10 April 2019 Update makes it possible to access Linux files from Windows. As well as enabling you to open Linux files from within Explorer, Windows 10 version 1903 gives you the option of editing Linux files from Windows. See also: Microsoft takes Insiders into next year, with the release of the first Windows 10 20H1 build Forget Linux -- Here's how to install Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 3 Dirty_Sock… [Continue Reading]

The first Steam Play update for this year is out with Proton 3.16-7 beta

2019-02-16 10:08:18

Tags: Steam Play, Valve, Steam, BetaValve have pushed out a Steam Play beta update with Proton 3.16-7 now available for testing. Lots of fixes! Not quite the huge upgrade many were expecting, most people thought Valve would be pushing ahead with a major update of Wine but this release still seems like a very nice update overall Firstly, they've updated DXVK to 0.96 and FAudio to 19.02. This should hopefully mean quite a number of games will see improvements and begin working. Additionally, there has been some controller improvements, with Unity specifically mentioned for games like Subnautica and INSIDE. As for bug fixes and other changes, here's what they improved: Fix for fullscreen behavior in Into The Breach. Fix for crashes in some d3d9 games on Mesa. Fix for crash when launching certain games, including Path of Exile, the Bloons series, and the Naruto Shippuden series. Fix for games with special characters in paths, including LEGO Harry Potter. Restore previous functionality of the Uplay client. New runtime option for old games that can't handle modern GL extension strings. Set PROTON_OLD_GL_STRING to limit the extension string length. New runtime option to disable d3d10 support, PROTON_NO_D3D10. Better support for games that use very old steamworks SDKs, including Lost Planet. Fixed various problems with the build system, and added a new top-level Makefile to make simple builds much easier. You can see the changelog here. Looks like it's going to be a fun weekend of testing ahead! I did give Into The Breach a very quick test, but sadly it doesn't look like the fullscreen issue is solved for me. Setting it into fullscreen made it into a bigger window, turned it black and seemed to make it freeze. I had to force-quit, then when loading it up again it was just in a big window with bits cut-off. Looks like they still need to work on that.

OpenAI's GPT-2 algorithm is good in knitting fake news

2019-02-16 10:00:01

Fake. Dangerous. Scary. Too good. When headlines swim with verdicts like those then you suspect, correctly, that you're in the land of artificial intelligence, where someone has come up with yet another AI model.

Ubuntu-Centric Full Circle Magazine and Debian on the Raspberryscape

2019-02-16 08:34:21

Full Circle Magazine: Full Circle Weekly News #121 Debian on the Raspberryscape: Great news! I already mentioned here having adopted and updated the Raspberry Pi 3 Debian Buster Unofficial Preview image generation project. As you might know, the hardware differences between the three families are quite deep ? The original Raspberry Pi (models A and , as well as the Zero and Zero W, are ARMv6 (which, in Debian-speak, belong to the armel architecture, a.k.a. EABI / Embedded ABI). Raspberry Pi 2 is an ARMv7 (so, we call it armhf or ARM hard-float, as it does support floating point instructions). Finally, the Raspberry Pi 3 is an ARMv8-A (in Debian it corresponds to the ARM64 architecture). [...] As for the little guy, the Zero that sits atop them, I only have to upload a new version of raspberry3-firmware built also for armel. I will add to it the needed devicetree files. I have to check with the release-team members if it would be possible to rename the package to simply raspberry-firmware (as it's no longer v3-specific). Why is this relevant? Well, the Raspberry Pi is by far the most popular ARM machine ever. It is a board people love playing with. It is the base for many, many, many projects. And now, finally, it can run with straight Debian! And, of course, if you don't trust me providing clean images, you can prepare them by yourself, trusting the same distribution you have come to trust and love over the years. read more

OSS: SVT-AV1, LibreOffice, FSF and Software Freedom Conservancy

2019-02-16 08:30:34

SVT-AV1 Already Seeing Nice Performance Improvements Since Open-Sourcing It was just a few weeks ago that Intel open-sourced the SVT-AV1 project as a CPU-based AV1 video encoder. In the short time since publishing it, there's already been some significant performance improvements.  Since the start of the month, SVT-AV1 has added multi-threaded CDEF search, more AVX optimizations, and other improvements to this fast evolving AV1 encoder. With having updated the test profile against the latest state as of today, here's a quick look at the performance of this Intel open-source AV1 video encoder. Find a LibreOffice community member near you! Hundreds of people around the world contribute to each new version of LibreOffice, and we’ve interviewed many of them on this blog. Now we’ve collected them together on a map (thanks to OpenStreetMap), so you can see who’s near you, and find out more! What I learned during my internship with the FSF tech team Hello everyone, I am Hrishikesh, and this is my follow-up blog post concluding my experiences and the work I did during my 3.5 month remote internship with the FSF. During my internship, I worked with the tech team to research and propose replacements for their network monitoring infrastructure. A few things did not go quite as planned, but a lot of good things that I did not plan happened along the way. For example, I planned to work on GNU LibreJS, but never could find enough time for it. On the other hand, I gained a lot of system administration experience by reading IRC conversations, and by working on my project. I even got to have a brief conversation with RMS! My mentors, Ian, Andrew, and Ruben, were extremely helpful and understanding throughout my internship. As someone who previously had not worked with a team, I learned a lot about teamwork. Aside from IRC, we interacted weekly in a conference call via phone, and used the FSF's Etherpad instance for live collaborative editing, to take notes. The first two months were mostly spent studying the FSF's existing Nagios- and Munin-based monitoring and alert system, to understand how it works. The tech team provided two VMs for experimenting with Prometheus and Nagios, which I used throughout the internship. During this time, I also spent a lot of time reading about licenses, and other posts about free software published by the FSF. We're Hiring: Techie Bookkeeper Software Freedom Conservancy is looking for a new employee to help us with important work that supports our basic operations. Conservancy is a nonprofit charity that promotes and improves free and open source software projects. We are home to almost 50 projects, including Git, Inkscape, Etherpad, phpMyAdmin, and Selenium (to name a few). Conservancy is the home of Outreachy, an award winning diversity intiative, and we also work hard to improve software freedom generally. We are a small but dedicated staff, handling a very large number of financial transactions per year for us and our member projects. read more

How to Install ERPNext on Ubuntu 18.04

2019-02-16 08:23:31

ERPNext is an open-source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) framework designed around hassle-free web-based business process management. ERPNext features include Accounting, HR & Payroll, Manufacturing, Sales & Purchase, CRM, Projects, Help Desk, Asset Management, and a fully functional website. The ERPNext core is developed using the Python programming language. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ERPNext on Ubuntu 18.04 on one of our optimized ERPNext hosting servers.

Security: Back Doors Running Amok, Container Runtime Flaw Patched, Cisco Ships Exploit Inside Products

2019-02-16 08:11:44

Here We Go Again: 127 Million Accounts Stolen From 8 More Websites Several days ago, a hacker put 617 million accounts from 16 different websites for sale on the dark web. Now, the same hacker is offering 127 million more records from another eight websites. Hacker who stole 620 million records strikes again, stealing 127 million more A hacker who stole close to 620 million user records from 16 websites has stolen another 127 million records from eight more websites, TechCrunch has learned. The hacker, whose listing was the previously disclosed data for about $20,000 in bitcoin on a dark web marketplace, stole the data last year from several major sites — some that had already been disclosed, like more than 151 million records from MyFitnessPal and 25 million records from Animoto. But several other hacked sites on the marketplace listing didn’t know or hadn’t disclosed yet — such as 500px and Coffee Meets Bagel. The Register, which first reported the story, said the data included names, email addresses and scrambled passwords, and in some cases other login and account data — though no financial data was included. Vendors Issue Patches for Linux Container Runtime Flaw Enabling Host Attacks How did the Dirty COW exploit get shipped in software? An exploit code for Dirty COW was accidentally shipped by Cisco with product software. Learn how this code ended up in a software release and what this vulnerability can do. read more

10 Cool Software to Try from CORP Repo in Fedora

2019-02-16 08:05:23

In this article, we will share 10 cool software projects to try in Fedora distribution. All the apps or tools covered here can be found in COPR repository. However, before we move any further, let’s briefly explain COPR. read more

Zowe 1.0 released, Microsoft joins OpenChain, new Raspberry Pi store, and more news

2019-02-16 08:05:00

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the first physical Raspberry Pi store, NVIDIA's hyper-realistic face generator, Microsoft joining the OpenChain project, and more. read more

Mozilla: Extensions in Firefox 66 and Jingle Smash (VR)

2019-02-16 08:01:07

Extensions in Firefox 66 I want to start by highlighting an important change that has a major, positive impact for Firefox users. Starting in release 66, extensions use IndexedDB as the backend for local storage instead of a JSON file. This results in a significant performance improvement for many extensions, while simultaneously reducing the amount of memory that Firefox uses. This change is completely transparent to extension developers – you do not need to do anything to take advantage of this improvement. When users upgrade to Firefox 66, the local storage JSON file is silently migrated to IndexedDB. All extensions using the storage.local() API immediately realize the benefits, especially if they store small changes to large structures, as is true for ad-blockers, the most common and popular type of extension used in Firefox. The video below, using Adblock Plus as an example, shows the significant performance improvements that extension users could see. Jingle Smash: Geometry and Textures I’m not a designer or artist. In previous demos and games I’ve used GLTFs, which are existing 3D models created by someone else that I downloaded into my game. However, for Jingle Smash I decided to use procedural generation, meaning I combined primitives in interesting ways using code. I also generated all of the textures with code. I don’t know how to draw pretty textures by hand in a painting tool, but 20 years of 2D coding means I can code up a texture pretty easily. Jingle Smash has three sets of graphics: the blocks, the balls, and the background imagery. Each set uses its own graphics technique. read more

Voters Choose Two New Board Members and One Incumbent to openSUSE Board

2019-02-16 07:59:06

Out of 446 eligible voters, 46 more openSUSE Members than last elections, only 231 — 6 fewer than last elections — chose to cast their votes, leaving last spring’s elections holding the record both for most ballots cast and largest percentage of Members who took enough interest in openSUSE to take the time to cast their votes. Incumbent Christian Boltz aka cboltz garnered the most votes with a total of 141 votes — more than half of those who voted — confirming the Community’s confidence in him. He was followed closely by Marina Latini aka deneb_alpha with 119 votes — also more than half of the active voters — and Dr. Axel Braun aka DocB with 104 votes, almost half. As incumbent, Christian is already sitting on the Board and will continue his duties for his second two-year term. Marina and Axel are expected to join him and take their seats for their first two-year terms sometime within the next couple of weeks. read more

Samsung to launch US retail stores in smartphone push

2019-02-16 07:52:25

Samsung announced Friday it will open three US retail stores to promote its Galaxy line of smartphones as the South Korean giant sets to launch an updated flagship handset.

Latte bug fix release v0.8.6

2019-02-16 07:51:05

Latte Dock v0.8.6 has been released containing important fixes and improvements! Also: The Long Road to Long-Term Goals read more

US seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones

2019-02-16 07:50:02

The U.S. government will lead an ambitious effort to develop technologies to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals crucial to battery production in anticipation of soaring global demand and potential shortages, Department of Energy officials said Friday.

What’s New in Linux Mint 19.1 Xfce Edition

2019-02-16 07:46:16

Linux Mint 19.1 XFCE is the latest release of Linux Mint 19.1 that uses lightweight Xfce desktop environment 4.12. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable. The Update Manager is able to list mainline kernels and to show their support status. The Software Sources tool was given a new look. Similar to the welcome screen, it’s now using an Xapp sidebar and a headerbar. The Language Settings and the Input Methods are now two separate applications and the user interface for the Input Methods tool was revamped. It uses an icon sidebar and now shows a dedicated page for each supported language. Based on Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS an powered by Linux Kernel 4.19, Linux Mint 19.1 Xfce edition also include pre-installed applications Thunar File Manager 1.6.15, Mozilla Firefox 65, Archive Manager 3.28, Gnome Disk 3.28, Hexchat 2.14, Thundebird 60, GIMP 2.8, Transmission Torrent Client 2.92, Rythmbox Music Manager 3.4.2, VLC Player 3.0.4, Xfce Dictionary 0.8, Libre Office Suite 6.0.6, Xfce Terminal 0.8, GNOME Fonts 3.28, Synaptic package Manager 0.84. read more

Researchers keeps wraps on automatic text generator to prevent misuse

2019-02-16 07:22:47

Researchers this week announced they had developed an automatic text generator using artificial intelligence which is very good—so good, it is keeping details private for now.

Ethical Hacking, Ubuntu-Based BackBox Linux Is Now Available on AWS

2019-02-16 07:00:00

The BackBox Linux operating system promises to offer Amazon Web Services users an optimal environment for professional penetration testing operations

How to Secure a Linux Server

2019-02-16 06:47:25

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GNU/Linux: System76, HP Chromebook and Samsung Tablet

2019-02-16 06:12:02

System76 refreshes Serval WS Linux laptop with 9th Gen Intel Core CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-Series GPUs Nowadays, many consumers put a premium on having a thin and light computer. This is understandable, as no one wants to lug around a big and heavy notebook. With that said, some people only care about raw power -- weight and size be damned. System76's Serval WS is one such laptop -- insanely powerful, but boy howdy, it is a biggun! The 15-inch model weighs 7.5 pounds, while the 17-inch variant tips the scales at 8.6! Today, System76 launches a refreshed version of the Linux laptop. It features desktop-class 9th Generation Intel Core processors, which is cool, but arguably more intriguing is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-Series GPU options -- 2060, 2070, or 2080. Yeah, this refreshed Serval WS is an absolute beast! HP Chromebook X2 down to $399 for My Best Buy members Wow. I just heard from Scott, an About Chromebooks reader, who tipped me off to a $200 savings on the HP Chromebook X2. This is specifically for my Best Buy members as part of an early access President’s Day sale, which is open to all consumers starting Friday. Normally priced at $599.00, the HP Chromebook X2 is down to $399 until midnight tonight, central time. Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab S5e Tablet with Android 9 Pie, Ultra Thin Design Samsung announced today the Galaxy Tab S5e tablet with a stylish and versatile design, and components to help you enjoy the best possible content from your favorite streaming services. The Galaxy Tab S5e tablet is built for connectivity and entertainment, says Samsung, which means that it comes with support for 4K UHD (Ultra HD) content so you won't have to make any compromise when watching your favorite TV shows and movies. Its 10.5-inch Edge to Edge Super AMOLED display features 16:10 screen ratio and UHD 4K (3840x2160) at 60fps video playback. read more

Microsoft and IBM Spin/PR

2019-02-16 06:07:05

Windows 10 Will Finally Offer Easy Access to Linux Files [Ed: No, this is more WSL entrapment. They try to prevent people from using proper GNU/Linux with the actual kernel, either standalone or dual-boot. This is also about surveillance on one's files, keys, keystrokes, everything.] Zowe Makes Mainframe Evergreen [Ed: Swapnil Bhartiya greenwashing and openwashing 2-in-1] Zowe also offers a vendor-agnostic experience allowing users to mix and match tooling and technologies. It provides interoperability, through the latest web technologies, products, and solutions from multiple vendors, and it allows developers to use the familiar, industry-standard, open source tools to access mainframe resources and services. The ibmvnic driver with SR-IOV is now supported by SLES 12 and SLES 15 on IBM POWER9 processor-based systems The ibmvnic driver enables PowerVM Single Root I/O Virtualizations (SR-IOV) for improved network capabilities including reduced systems processor utilization, decreased network latency, and enforcement of network Quality of Service. read more

Games: Hollow Knight: Silksong, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus and Dusk

2019-02-16 05:37:52

Hollow Knight: Silksong Announced for PC, Mac, Linux, and Switch The new sequel is coming to Windows PC, Mac, and Linux, with no release date. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the game. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus Now Available for Mac, Linux The game launched for Windows PC via Steam back in November, and the developers have now updated the game with official Mac and Linux support. The developers have also teased some free content coming soon, including new Troops, additional maps, a new Discipline, and multiple difficulty settings. You can read the full patch notes here. Retro FPS Dusk is out on Mac and Linux Mac and Linux users can now get cracking in Dusk, a retro FPS inspired by classics like Doom and Quake. read more

New Releases and Video: Archman and ArcoLinux

2019-02-16 05:35:42

Archman – KDE Plasma Edition 2019.02 – Kararlı Sürüm Hazır ARCOLINUX -D -B 19.2 Now the iso , packages and tutorials for Xmonad have been created, it was time to make the tutorials about deepin. It was an ideal time to take another look at deepin and see what we can improve before making the tuto’s. Deepin can be a very eye-candy desktop just of the box. With some minor tweaking you can change it to your liking. ArcoLinux 19.02 Run Through In this video, we look at ArcoLinux 19.02. Enjoy! read more

Mir 1.1.1 Release Candidate

2019-02-16 05:33:38

Mir 1.1.1 - release candidate I’ve just kicked off the process for a bugfix release of Mir. An initial release-candidate is currently building in ppa:mir-tream/rc. Mir 1.1.1 RC1 Has Fixes For PostmarketOS, Demo Shells Using Wayland Mir 1.1 was released back in December as the first post-1.0 feature update while now preparing for release is the Mir 1.1.1 maintenance milestone. Canonical's Alan Griffiths has tagged the Mir 1.1.1 release candidate today as the newest bug-fix release. Highlights include: - Fixing issues with PostmarketOS support, particularly around its usage of the musl C library rather than Glibc. PostmarketOS is the mobile Linux distribution derived from Alpine Linux that's been having a steady following in recent times and running on the Nexus 5/7, Nokia N9, and other devices. read more

Wayland's Weston 6.0 To Support XDG-Shell Stable, Helping Apps Like MPV Video Player

2019-02-16 05:27:53

While the current Wayland/Weston release cycle is a bit behind schedule, it has allowed time for another addition to be made to the Weston 6.0 compositor...

Programming: Choosing Between Go and Rust, Python, R-tree and R

2019-02-16 05:23:05

The developer’s dilemma: Choosing between Go and Rust If you were to make a list of important programming languages that have appeared in the past decade, Go and Rust would almost certainly be featured on it. Similarly, if you were to sit down and think about which programming languages are best suited to developing secure, microservices-friendly frameworks or applications today, you might find yourself debating between Go and Rust. If you’re struggling to decide whether Go or Rust is a better language for your development needs, keep reading. This post compares Go and Rust, explaining how they are similar, how they’re different, and what each can do for you. pprint.isrecursive: Check if object requires recursive representation Performance benchmark on mdds R-tree I must say that I am overall very pleased with the performance of R-tree. I can already envision various use cases where R-tree will be immensely useful. One area I’m particularly interested in is spreadsheet application’s formula dependency tracking mechanism which involves tracing through chained dependency targets to broadcast cell value changes. Since the spreadsheet organizes its data in terms of row and column positions which is 2-dimensional in nature, R-tree can probably be useful for speeding things up in that area. In memory of Monty Hall To explore this a bit further and to have a nice exercise with R, a small simulation of games is created. read more

Software: Pitivi, PackageKit, 23 Electron Applications You Should Know About and More

2019-02-16 04:53:26

Polishing Pitivi's viewer In the Pitivi video editor, the viewer is quite important, as it shows the video. Our viewer also shows a discreet frame around a clip selected in the timeline, making it easy to resize and position the video of the clip by dragging. Below is the story of the viewer updates in the past year. [...] Normally the viewer is used to display the project video at the playhead position, but we also use it to display the start or end margins of a clip when it is being trimmed. [...] Pitivi benefits from the GStreamer multimedia framework used on most Linux desktops and we contribute back in multiple ways. We could use some more hands on Pitivi. Contributions of any type would be greatly appreciated. Come chat with us. If you're a student, you can join us doing a GSoC internship this summer! PackageKit is dead, long live, well, something else It’s probably no surprise to many of you that PackageKit has been in maintenance mode for quite some time. Although started over ten years ago (!) it’s not really had active maintenance since about 2014. Of course, I’ve still been merging PRs and have been slinging tarballs over the wall every few months, but nothing new was happening with the project, and I’ve worked on many other things since. I think it’s useful for a little retrospective. PackageKit was conceived as an abstraction layer over about a dozen different package management frameworks. Initially it succeeded, with a lot of front ends UIs being written for the PackageKit API, making the Linux desktop a much nicer place for many years. Over the years, most package managers have withered and died, and for the desktop at least really only two remain, .rpm and .deb. The former being handled by the dnf PackageKit backend, and the latter by aptcc. How to watch for releases of upstream projects Do you want to know when a new version of your favorite project is released? Do you want to make your job as packager easier? If so, this article is for you. It introduces you to the world of release-monitoring.org. You’ll see how it can help you catch up with upstream releases. 23 Electron Applications You Should Know About Here we present the best Electron applications available for Linux desktops, including Ubuntu, as well as macOS and Windows too. We’ve written about a lot of diverse Electron apps over the past few years, ranging from desktop podcast clients to popular IDEs. Not everyone appreciates Electron’s cross-platform versatility as much as we do. Heck, I once wrote an opinion piece explaining why Electron apps aren’t evil. Some have issues with the amount of memory Electron apps use up, the CPU cycles they eat up, and the disk size they take up. But there are those who don’t mind using the odd Electron app here or there, to plug a gap. So I figured a roundup spotlighting some to the very best Electron applications available for Linux (and other OSes) could still be of interest. 10 Benefits of Publishing Your App in the Snap Store [Video] Canonical's Alan Pope lists 10 benefits of publishing apps in the Snap store. His talk was recorded at the FOSDEM Linux conference in Belgium. read more

Server: Network Function Virtualization. Little Backup Box, Oracle and Red Hat

2019-02-16 04:49:41

NFV, virtualized central offices, and the Need for VNF Data Protection Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is designed to provide value around modularity and flexibility. NFV can allow different radio access networks and customer applications to run on one physical network so that the 5G revolution becomes a reality. Critical enterprise compliance requirements, including data protection and disaster recovery, must still be met during this race to modernization. Little Backup Box: A Handful of Improvements and a Dash of PHP My every Little Backup Box improvement project starts with the same thought, It does the job but... This time around I wanted to fix and improve several things. Firstly, since the DLNA feature wasn't working at all, I removed it altogether a while ago. Subsequently, I missed the ability to browse and view freshly backed up photos on many occasions. Secondly, I'm not a big fan of Python. There is no particular reason for that, I just never really warmed up to the language. On the other hand, PHP has always been my personal favorite and go-to scripting language, no matter what some professional developers think of it. So I wanted to swap the Python-based Little Backup Box web interface with a simpler, and arguably more elegant, version written in PHP. Finally, Little Backup Box theoretically can be installed on any Linux machine running a Debian-based Linux distribution. But due to some values hard-wired in the scripts, deploying Little Backup Box on any system other than Raspbian requires some manual tweaking. This is something I wanted to fix as well. What is Oracle Linux? And where to Download it Oracle Linux is based on and fully compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux ( source code and binaries ). It has the exact same package as the same version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and has the exact same source code as the Red Hat distribution. There are approximately 1000 packages in the distribution. Even if the source code of the two is compared byte by byte, there is no difference. The only change is to remove the trademark and copyright information. So, that’s why we can call it an Oracle Enterprise Linux. Oracle Linux, the first version of Oracle released in early 2006, one of the Linux distributions, to better support Oracle software and hardware support. Because of the enterprise-level support plan UBL (Unbreakable Linux) provided by Oracle, many people called it an indestructible Linux. Linux chops are crucial in containerized world, says Red Hat executive How are companies in 2019 going to make multicloud a practical reality? The jury seems to have selected containers (a virtualized method for running distribute applications). This is why legacies and startups alike are flooding the market with container products. Which should companies choose? Ever see those Red Hat Inc. T-shirts that say “Containers Are Linux”? That pretty much sums up Red Hat’s bid for the containerization championship. “As you move into that space of Kubernetes, and containers and orchestration, you really want someone who knows Linux,” said Stefanie Chiras (pictured), vice president and general manager of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux business unit, known as RHEL, at Red Hat. Chiras spoke with Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Stu Miniman (@stu), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during the IBM Think event in San Francisco. They discussed RHEL 8 and the crucial importance of Linux for containers. (* Disclosure below.) Red Hat Delivers Unified Integration Platform for Cloud-Native Application Development Red Hat Extends Datacenter Infrastructure Control, Automation with Latest Version of Red Hat CloudForms read more

Devices: Plug Computers, Estone, Purism's Plan for Privacy

2019-02-16 04:13:23

Sheeva64 is an $89 tiny headless PC that plugs into an AC outlet Plug Computers are tiny PCs that you could easily mistake for an AC power adapter, because they plug directly into a wall outlet and typically don’t include video output. Instead these small, low power, “headless” computers usually run some sort of Linux-based operating system allowing you to use the little PCs as file servers or for other simple jobs. One popular option about a decade ago was called the SheevaPlug, and it was a device built around a 1.2 GHz Marvell Kirkwood 6281 ARM9 processor. i.MX8M-driven Pico-ITX SBC features dual-DSP audio module Estone is launching an “EMB-2238” Pico-ITX board for audio and voice control applications that runs Linux on an i.MX8M and offers a dual-DSP audio hub and DAC, 40-pin GPIO, and optional PoE and second GbE. Toledo, Ohio based Estone Technology (known for its former Habey brand) offers a variety of Linux-friendly Pico-ITX boards, including boards based on the i.MX6 (EMB-2230), i.MX6 UL (EMB2200) models, and Intel Cherry Trail EMB-2610. The company recently announced (via Electronics Weekly) an EMB-2238 board with the same 100 x 72mm form factor. The SBC builds on the audio strengths of NXP’s i.MX8M SoC with the help of high-end audio circuitry from Cirrus Logic. How Purism avoids the FaceTime remote camera viewing is not Free Software – with its source code released so that anyone can verify their security claims, like the one we use at Purism – how can you trust what cannot be verified? At Purism, both our Librem laptops, and the upcoming Librem 5 phone include this rather simple switch, that makes it remarkably easy to guarantee that the camera and microphone have no electrical circuit enabled. See? Powerful simple privacy protection built into all Purism products by default. read more

Security: Updates, Patches and Bugs

2019-02-16 04:08:00

Security updates for Friday Hacker Exploits Snapd Flaw to Obtain Access on Linux System Australian channel player finds big Linux bug Flaw in runC could allow malicious containers to infect host environment A vulnerability discovered in the runC container management tool has exposed multiple privileged container systems to a potential exploit through which attackers could allow malware to escape a container and compromise an entire host system. read more

Wine 4.2 Released

2019-02-16 03:38:54

Wine Announcement The Wine development release 4.2 is now available. Wine 4.2 Released With Unicode String Normalization & ECC Crypto Key Support The second bi-weekly development release following last month's stable debut of Wine 4.0 is now available for testing. Wine 4.2 was just release and adds Unicode string normalization support, support for ECC cryptographic keys, support for mixing 32/64-bit DLLs in the load path, futex-based implementations of more synchronization primitives, and the usual smothering of bug fixes. read more

GNOME Desktop: Security Internship, History of GNOME and People Who Work on librsvg

2019-02-16 03:29:14

GNOME Security Internship - Update 5 This project started with a simple on/off switch in control center that entirely enabled or disabled the USB protection. A respectively so called always on and always off. Later on we introduced a smarter protection level that was active only when the user session was locked. While an always on protection seemed a good idea on paper it turned out that the advantages compared to the lock screen protection were very slim. When the screen is locked both protections have the same behaviour. They only differentiate when the user session is unlocked. Pick a clock, any clock. After listening to the latest episode of Emmanuel’s podcast on the History of GNOME, nostalgia got the better of me, and I decided to dig out the GNOME 1.4 usability study that we ran at Sun Microsystems in March 2001, and make it available online again. Who wrote librsvg? The shitty thing about a gradual rewrite is that a few people end up "owning" all the lines of source code. Hopefully this post is a little acknowledgment of the people that made librsvg possible. The charts are made with the incredible tool git-of-theseus — thanks to @norwin@mastodon.art for digging it up! Its README also points to a Hercules plotter with awesome graphs. You know, for if you needed something to keep your computer busy during the weekend. read more

Slackware Removal of Lumina Desktop and Additional New Packages/Versions

2019-02-16 03:25:35

Lumina Desktop will be removed from my -current repository The Lumina Desktop is part of the TrueOS project, a FreeBSD variant. I packaged version 1.4.0.p1 for Slackware and it is part of the Plasma5 variant of my Slackware Live Edition. I noticed a while ago that Lumina would no longer start but it was low on my priority list to try and fix it. Today I found the time to look into this, but a recompilation against the latest Qt5 and other libraries, altough error-free, would not make the Lumina Desktop start successfully: it will start to load, but then you’ll hear a beep and you’re dumped at the command prompt or at the graphical login screen without evidence of what happened. Valentine present for Slackers Today is Valentine’s Day. A moment to give some extra attention to people that are dear to you. In my case, that’s everyone who loves, uses, supports, advocates or develops Slackware Linux. For all of you, I uploaded “KDE-5_19.02” to the ‘ktown‘ repository. There’s some updates in there that might interest you, see below. If you do not (want to) run or install Slackware-current, I will make sure that a new ISO of the Slackware Live Plasma5 Edition will be available around the weekend. That way, you can safely try it out without having to touch your hard drive. As always, these packages are meant to be installed on a Slackware-current which has had its KDE4 removed first. These packages will not work on Slackware 14.2. read more

Fedora: EPEL, Fedora Program Management, Fedora 30 Plans and Bodhi 3.13.0 Release

2019-02-16 03:15:21

Proposed Change to EPEL Policies: Minor Release Based Composes The change moves EPEL composes to biannual based composes and adds an updates tree for consumers. Package trees will have a naming structure similar to Fedora release names, and will be regularly archived off to /pub/archives after the next minor release. Package lifetimes will be similarly affected with the expected minimum 'support' lifetime of any package to be that of a minor release. Fedora Community Blog: FPgM report: 2019-07 Here’s your report of what has happened in Fedora Program Management this week. I’ve set up weekly office hours in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. Fedora 30 Might Enable DNF's "Best" Mode By Default Under a late change proposal for Fedora 30, the DNF package manager's "best" mode might be enabled by default. The --best option for DNF always tries to upgrade to the highest version available even if dependencies cannot be satisfied. While it may make sense for DNF to always try going for the latest and greatest package version which is in line with most other Linux package managers, the current behavior aims for the latest version where all package dependencies can be satisfied. If a newer package version is available but with unmet dependencies, the current default DNF behavior will silently ignore that newer version. Bodhi 3.13.0 released read more

Events: SFK, OSCAL and FOSDEM

2019-02-16 03:03:34

SFK, OSCAL and Toastmasters expanding into Kosovo Back in August 2017, I had the privilege of being invited to support the hackathon for women in Prizren, Kosovo. One of the things that caught my attention at this event was the enthusiasm with which people from each team demonstrated their projects in five minute presentations at the end of the event. This encouraged me to think about further steps to support them. One idea that came to mind was introducing them to the Toastmasters organization. Toastmasters is not simply about speaking, it is about developing leadership skills that can be useful for anything from promoting free software to building successful organizations. Julian Sparber: An other year, an other FOSDEM I have come a long way since my first time at FOSDEM a couple of years ago. The first time it was all new and unknown. I tried to attend as many talks as possible, but could only see half of the talks i wanted to go (amazing how many people there are at FOSDEM). Every year I listened to fewer and fewer talks, because conversations I had outside of talks are so much more fun and appealing. I think the biggest thing which changed is that I’m no longer just a user of free software, but an active contributor. This year, I spent a lot of the time at the GNOME booth, which is always fun. The GNOME beers event is also awesome, though it was really crowded this year (let’s hope we get a bigger space next year). On Friday we also had a great lunch at a Libanese restaurant. Thanks to Adrien for organizing, and thanks to Purism for offering lunch. FOSDEM 2019 - Recorded presentations (videos) If you weren't able to attend FOSDEM earlier this month, you're in luck as all presentations were recorded! From the latest on Open Source projects Zink (OpenGL on Vulkan) and VirGL (virtual 3D GPU for QEMU), to a state of the union on GStreamer embedded, and a look at how the KernelCI project is getting a second breath, Collaborans presented in five devrooms at FOSDEM 2019. Below is the full list of talks given at Collaborans during the two-day conference in Brussels, with direct links to each recording. read more

Proton 3.16-7 Updates Against DXVK 0.96, New FAudio

2019-02-16 03:00:08

It's been a while since Valve issued a new Proton update for their spin of Wine that powers Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux. Fortunately, in time for any weekend gaming, a new Proton release is now available...

C Programming Tutorial 4 - Variables and Memory

2019-02-16 02:40:25

In this tutorial series so far, we have discussed how to create and run a basic C program, what are preprocessors, as well as basics of variables. Now let's dig a bit deep into variables and discuss the memory aspect.

SVT-AV1 Already Seeing Nice Performance Improvements Since Open-Sourcing

2019-02-16 00:15:54

It was just a few weeks ago that Intel open-sourced the SVT-AV1 project as a CPU-based AV1 video encoder. In the short time since publishing it, there's already been some significant performance improvements...

DSA-4392 thunderbird

2019-02-15 23:00:00

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How to Flush DNS Cache on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

2019-02-15 23:00:00

The following guide shows you how to Flush the DNS Cache in Ubuntu 18.04

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab S5e Tablet with Android 9 Pie, Ultra Thin Design

2019-02-15 22:34:17

Samsung announced today the Galaxy Tab S5e tablet with a stylish and versatile design, and components to help you enjoy the best possible content from your favorite streaming services.

6 Ways to Open Folders in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

2019-02-15 22:00:00

Opening folders in Ubuntu is one of the basic tasks you will perform as a regular Ubuntu user.

Staffing Shortage Makes Vulnerabilities Worse

2019-02-15 21:00:00

Businesses don't have sufficient staff to find vulnerabilities or protect against their exploit, according to a new report by Ponemon Institute.

Hackers Found Phishing for Facebook Credentials

2019-02-15 21:00:00

A "very realistic-looking" login prompt is designed to capture users' Facebook credentials, researchers report.

Wine 4.2 is officially out with plenty of game fixes

2019-02-15 20:49:59

Tags: WineThe Wine team are having a busy year once again, with the second development release for Wine 5.0 out as the bottle for Wine 4.2 is now open and ready to be passed around. Here's what's new: Unicode string normalization support. Support for ECC cryptographic keys. Support for mixing 32/64-bit dlls in the load path. Futex-based implementations for more synchronization primitives. Various bug fixes. This time around, they noted 60 bugs as fixed. The usual note applies here, some may be bugs actually solved in earlier versions of Wine that are only now being checked off the list. These bug fixes include improvements for Planetside 2, League of Legends, Elite Dangerous, StarCitizen and plenty more. You can see the full release notes here.

Wine 4.2 Released With Unicode String Normalization & ECC Crypto Key Support

2019-02-15 20:43:16

The second bi-weekly development release following last month's stable debut of Wine 4.0 is now available for testing...

How to watch for releases of upstream projects

2019-02-15 20:31:13

Do you want to know when a new version of your favorite project is released? Do you want to make your job as packager easier? If so, this article is for you. It introduces you to the world of release-monitoring.org. You’ll see how it can help you catch up with upstream releases. What is release-monitoring.org? […]

Run Particular Commands Without Sudo Password In Linux

2019-02-15 20:00:00

ostechnix: This brief tutorial describes how to run particular commands without sudo password in Unix-like operating systems.

Amazon invests in electric vehicle startup Rivian

2019-02-15 19:55:31

Electric vehicle startup Rivian on Friday announced a $700 million investment round led by Amazon, which recently pumped money into a young self-driving car technology firm.

Little Backup Box: A Handful of Improvements and a Dash of PHP

2019-02-15 19:16:53

My every Little Backup Box improvement project starts with the same thought, It does the job but... This time around I wanted to fix and improve several things.

Programming: Emacs Org, ISO C++, PyCharm and Recursive Programming

2019-02-15 19:09:56

The world’s most advanced UNICs of Organizers I recently began using Emacs Org mode, a tool for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system. Since I am a cosplayer I was looking for a repacement for Cosplanner, a non-free Android app. When I was still using Android, I once installed Cosplanner and found out that it has many nasty features. So I deleted my copy. Unlike Cosplanner, Orgmode uses a human readable text format that you can read with any text editor. This allows the user to store an Orgmode file in a git repository that can be synced between devices. November 2018 ISO C++ meeting trip report (Core Language) The ISO C++ standards meeting in November 2018 was held in San Diego, CA. As usual, Red Hat sent three of us to the meeting: me (for the Core Language Working Group), Jonathan Wakely (for the Library Working Group [LEWG]), and Thomas Rodgers (for the Concurrency and Parallelism Study Group [SG1]). I felt the meeting was productive, though some features that had been expected to make it into C++20 are now in question. PyCharm 2019.1 EAP 4 Our fourth Early Access Program (EAP) version for PyCharm 2019.1 is now available on our website. Recursive Programming Despite often being introduced early-on in most ventures into programming, the concept of recursion can seem strange and potentially off-putting upon first encountering it. It seems almost paradoxical: how can we find a solution to a problem using the solution to the same problem? read more

Graphics: Mesa/Virgl3D, Nouveaum and Gallium3D

2019-02-15 19:06:12

Virgl Lands A Number Of Performance Optimizations In Mesa 19.1 For those using the Virgl3D driver stack for having OpenGL acceleration within KVM guest VMs with VirtIO-GPU that is then accelerated by hosts, there are performance optimizations that have just landed in the Mesa 19.1 development code. Virgl has introduced a transfer queue along with being able to de-duplicate intersecting 1D transfers, which results in a texture upload micro-benchmark going from 64.23 mtexel/sec all the way to 367.44 mtexel/sec. Panfrost Gallium3D Driver Gets Mali T600/T700 Midgard Update The Panfrost Gallium3D driver that was recently merged into Mesa 19.1 will soon have better support for the Mali T600/T700 series graphics. ARM's Mali Midgard T600/T700 generations have always been part of the support target for the Panfrost driver, but the newer T860 is where the developers spend most of their reverse-engineering, open-source driver development resources. With a several hundred line patch, the Panfrost Gallium3D driver is receiving updated support for the older Mali Midgard hardware with tests done on the T760 while not regressing the newer T860 support. Nouveau Driver Picks Up SVM Support Via HMM The Nouveau kernel driver has queued patches for introducing Shared Virtual Memory (SVM) support for this open-source NVIDIA driver as a step forward to its OpenCL/compute opportunities. The Nouveau DRM driver has support for SVM via the Heterogeneous Memory Management infrastructure that's been part of the mainline kernel for a while. Nouveau patches have been worked on for a while but finally on trajectory for mainline. The NVIDIA proprietary driver has also been working to make use of HMM. read more

Load Testing Web Servers with Siege Benchmarking Tool

2019-02-15 19:00:00

Knowing how much traffic your web server can handle when under stress is essential for planning future grow of your website or application.

Linux 5.1 Improvements

2019-02-15 18:54:26

Linux 5.1 Kernel Bringing New Option For Drivers To Be Async Probed This driver_async_probe option added by Intel Linux developers allows specifying a list of drivers for the given system that can be probed asynchronously. While the Linux kernel has supported asynchronous driver probing during boot time, some drivers still don't behave properly in this context. As a result, using driver_async_probe= is a safe route for specifying drivers that can be probed asynchronously or for easily testing drivers to verify their async behavior. Linux 5.1 To Deal With More Quirky Hardware From The Lenovo X1 Tablet To ASUS Transbook There's no shortage of quirky HID hardware out there. With the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel cycle will be more fixes/workarounds for such consumer devices. read more

Everyday Regular Expressions

2019-02-15 18:49:59

Nearly every programmer or systems administrator will use regular expressions at some point in their career; whether it’s as simple as changing a select bit of text in vim, or as advanced as validating detailed bits of information. The post Everyday Regular Expressions appeared first on Linux Academy Blog.

ICS/SCADA Attackers Up Their Game

2019-02-15 18:30:00

With attackers operating more aggressively and stealthily, some industrial network operators are working to get a jump on the threats.

Mir 1.1.1 RC1 Has Fixes For PostmarketOS, Demo Shells Using Wayland

2019-02-15 18:29:36

Mir 1.1 was released back in December as the first post-1.0 feature update while now preparing for release is the Mir 1.1.1 maintenance milestone...

Audiophile Linux Promises Aural Nirvana

2019-02-15 18:17:35

Linux isn’t just for developers. I know that might come as a surprise for you, but the types of users that work with the open source platform are as varied as the available distributions. Take yours truly for example. Although I once studied programming, I am not a developer. The creating I do with Linux is with words, sounds, and visuals. I write books, I record audio, and a create digital images and video. And even though I don’t choose to work with distributions geared toward those specific tasks, they do exist. I also listen to a lot of music. I tend to listen to most of my music via vinyl. But sometimes I want to listen to music not available in my format of choice. That’s when I turn to digital music. read more

GNU/Linux Distributions Deconstructed, GNU/Linux Distros on Old Chromebooks

2019-02-15 18:08:18

Linux Distributions Deconstructed Wanna know what’s in a Linux Distribution? Watch this video... What To Do When Your Chromebook Reaches the End of Its Life Chrome OS is built on top of the Linux kernel, which is why newer models can install Linux applications. It also means that users can install Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. There are a few problems you may run into with installing other versions of Linux, but overall, it’s a great way to give your Chromebook a new life. read more

Stable kernels 4.20.10, 4.19.23, 4.14.101 and 4.9.158

2019-02-15 18:07:41

Linux 4.20.10 I'm announcing the release of the 4.20.10 kernel. All users of the 4.20 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.20.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.20.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... Linux 4.19.23 Linux 4.14.101 Linux 4.9.158 read more

4 Methods To Change The HostName In Linux

2019-02-15 18:02:33

2DayGeek: We can easily change the hostname on systemd system using the below four methods.

Stable kernels 4.20.9, 4.19.22, 4.14.100 and 4.9.157

2019-02-15 18:01:36

Linux 4.20.9 I'm announcing the release of the 4.20.9 kernel. Stay away from this, use 4.20.10 instead. The updated 4.20.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.20.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... Linux 4.19.22 Linux 4.14.100 Linux 4.9.157 read more

Games: Forgiveness, Littlewood, Steam Play and More

2019-02-15 17:59:11

Forgiveness, a new escape room style puzzle game is coming to Linux this month With themes based around the seven deadly sins with psychological-horror vibes, Forgiveness, a new escape room puzzle game is coming to Linux. Littlewood, the peaceful building RPG has been fully funded and it's on the way to Linux Unlike a lot of RPGs, Littlewood actually takes place after all the action has been done. It's your job to rebuild and the Kickstarter campaign was a huge success. For those who didn't see this before, it's developed by Sean Young (Roguelands, Magicite, Kindergarten) with their own take on the building and crafting type of game taking inspiration from titles like Animal Crossing, Dark Cloud and earlier versions of Runescape. Against a funding goal of only $1,500 it managed to pull in $82,061 from 3,952 backers. This means it has smashed through every single stretch-goal that was set. The 2D beat 'em up 'Tunche' is another game funded on Kickstarter and heading to Linux Another bit of positive crowdfunding news for you today, as Tunche, the 2D beat 'em up with procedurally generated worlds has been funded and so it's coming to Linux. Their Kickstarter campaign managed to get $55,395 from 1,080 backers against their original goal of $35,000. With that funding secured, they managed to break through two stretch goals, which will add in "challenge events" and a "dark heroes expansion pack". The Linux version of Eastshade, the peaceful open-world exploration game is still coming to Linux While the Linux version of Eastshade sadly didn't arrive at release, the developer has confirmed it's still coming. Dungeons 3 has a new unexpected DLC out today, adding in another campaign I have to hand it to Realmforge Studios and Kalypso Media Digital, they've supported Dungeons 3 exceptionally well since release. Not only have they released multiple new (and fully voiced) campaign packs, they also put out a free update earlier this month adding in a new multiplayer map and a powerful new spell can be earned by completing the Clash of Gods expansion. Apparently Valve are working with Easy Anti-Cheat to get support in Steam Play (updated: yup) Turns out, this is true. As a Valve developer did reply to a user on the VKx Discord to say "they're probably referring to the ongoing conversation, which is currently stalled by the NDA, yes" which I've now seen myself—thanks for the tip, MartinPL. A look at what games and bundles are on sale ahead of the weekend Ah yes, another weekend is about to crash into our lives and so you're looking for a new game to sink some hours into. Let's have a look at what's available. First up, itch.io has a Midwinter Selects Bundle available with four games that support Linux and two that don't. The Linux games included are Minit, Wheels of Aurelia, Heaven Will Be Mine and Milkmaid of the Milky Way. The entire bundle is $10 and that's a pretty good price for all of them together. GOG have a midweek sale going on for another day or so which has some gems like Owlboy, Pinstripe, Timespinner and more with their prices cut down to size. GOG also have an 11 bit studios sale, with lots of their games going cheap too like Moonlighter and This War of Mine. Fancy working on Wine to help push Steam Play? CodeWeavers are hiring What will you need to work with them? They require strong C language skills, you obviously need to be very familiar with Linux, a good understanding of build systems, know your way around debugging problems and so on. This is great, if they're after more developers it shows just how serious they are about pushing Steam Play forwards to really improve Linux gaming for those titles that will never come to Linux. read more

Post-Quantum Crypto Standards Aren’t All About the Math

2019-02-15 17:45:00

Post-Quantum Crypto Standards Aren't All About the Math

2019-02-15 17:45:00

The industry needs to keep in mind the realities of hardware limits and transitional growing pains, according to Microsoft, Utimaco researchers

The Linux Vendor Firmware Service Has Served Up More Than 5 Million Firmware Files

2019-02-15 17:26:44

The Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS), which serves up system BIOS/firmware files from many different vendors as well as various devices so that hardware can see firmware updates under Linux and be updated via Fwupd, has served up more than five million firmware images...

Linspire CE 8.0 Office 365 Released

2019-02-15 16:48:12

today the Linspire team is pleased to announce the release of Cloud Edition 8.0 Office 365. This is an update to our CE Office - by far one of our most popular business releases for 2018. We have worked diligently to thoroughly integrate Microsoft’s web services into this product. Who was this designed for? For our business and education users who rely on Microsoft’s web services in their offices and classrooms. CE Office 365 offers the standard Microsoft Office online platform married to the stability and security of the Linux desktop.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe Linux SSD Benchmarks

2019-02-15 16:41:25

Announced at the end of January was the Samsung 970 EVO Plus as the first consumer-grade solid-state drive with 96-layer 3D NAND memory. The Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSDs are now shipping and in this review are the first Linux benchmarks of these new SSDs in the form of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB MZ-V7S500B/AM compared to several other SSDs on Linux.

Talos – A modern Linux distribution for Kubernetes

2019-02-15 16:38:37

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Can we trust scientific discoveries made using machine learning?

2019-02-15 15:56:00

Rice University statistician Genevera Allen says scientists must keep questioning the accuracy and reproducibility of scientific discoveries made by machine-learning techniques until researchers develop new computational systems that can critique themselves.

Billionaire Buffet's Berkshire liquidates $2.1bn stake in Oracle – just months after buying the shares

2019-02-15 15:51:10

Bill Gates' bridge chum's firm buys Red Hat stock, trims Apple Oracle's share prices took a buffeting last night after it was revealed billionaire Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway had ditched its $2.1bn stake in Big Red.…

Billionaire Buffet's Berkshire liquidates $2.1bn stake in Oracle – months after buying the shares

2019-02-15 15:51:10

Bill Gates' bridge chum's firm buys Red Hat stock Oracle's share prices took a buffeting last night after it was revealed billionaire Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway had ditched its $2.1bn stake in Big Red.…

White-Hat Bug Bounty Programs Draw Inspiration from the Old West

2019-02-15 15:30:00

These programs are now an essential strategy in keeping the digital desperados at bay.

IBM researchers develop a technique to virtually patch vulnerabilities ahead of threat

2019-02-15 14:30:03

Researchers at IBM have recently devised a new technique to virtually patch security vulnerabilities before they are found. Their approach, presented at the International Workshop on Information and Operational Technology, co-located with RAID18, leverages testing techniques for supervised learning-based data generation.

NOAA satellites helped rescue 340 people in 2018

2019-02-15 14:19:33

The pilot of the rowboat Alba had a noble goal – to raise awareness and funds for the Scottish Association for Mental Health. And he was going to row 3,400 nautical miles, from Norfolk, Va., to his home in Scotland, to do it.

Add Security to Your Website Agency Portfolio

2019-02-15 14:19:20

As a website industry professional, you are aware of the importance of website security. This is especially true when managing 10 or more sites. How can you convey this message to your customers? Offering Website Security to Clients Website security should be part of any web professional’s portfolio. How can you get started talking with your clients about website security? Here are some ways to approach this topic and have customers onboard with a website security offering. Continue reading Add Security to Your Website Agency Portfolio at Sucuri Blog.

New technology breaks through sign language barriers

2019-02-15 14:00:02

Opportunities once distant to the hard-of-hearing community will become a reality with a breakthrough sign language translator. Engineers from Michigan State University developed and patented a technology that – unlike prior translator mechanisms – is non-invasive and as portable as a tube of Chapstick.

AI-based visual tech to be applied to CCTV cameras

2019-02-15 14:00:01

A visually based artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by South Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) will be deployed on CCTV cameras for detecting and preventing crimes.

SUSE OpenStack Cloud v9, Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS Released, Happy Birthday Steam for Linux, WebKitGTK v 2.23.90 Released, Future Support of Virtual Desktops Hinted at in Chromium Codebase

2019-02-15 13:38:22

SUSE OpenStack Cloud version 9 is out with its first release candidate. After a bit of delay, Canonical just released the released Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS (Bionic Beaver) packaged with a patched 4.18 Linux kernel to address the boot failure bug pushing its release by a week. Yesterday (Valentine's Day) marked the 6 year anniversary of the release of Steam for Linux. Happy belated birthday Steam for Linux!!! Just released is WebKitGTK version 2.23.90, adding better GTK integration, support for JPEG2000 and touchpad gestures and more. A recent code commit to the Chromium codebase may hint to a near future support of virtual desktops; a definite plus for those who tend to run multiple programs all at once. News

Virgl Lands A Number Of Performance Optimizations In Mesa 19.1

2019-02-15 13:23:41

For those using the Virgl3D driver stack for having OpenGL acceleration within KVM guest VMs with VirtIO-GPU that is then accelerated by hosts, there are performance optimizations that have just landed in the Mesa 19.1 development code...

A new pipeline for 3-D video recording, compression, transmission and decompression

2019-02-15 13:20:01

You might have a music video – and a Purdue University professor – to thank for making a future trip to see the doctor much easier.

10 Benefits of Publishing Your App in the Snap Store [Video]

2019-02-15 13:16:38

Canonical's Alan Pope lists 10 benefits of publishing apps in the Snap store. His talk was recorded at the FOSDEM Linux conference in Belgium. This post, 10 Benefits of Publishing Your App in the Snap Store [Video], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

A look at what games and bundles are on sale ahead of the weekend

2019-02-15 13:02:34

Tags: Game Sale, Game BundleAh yes, another weekend is about to crash into our lives and so you're looking for a new game to sink some hours into. Let's have a look at what's available. First up, itch.io has a Midwinter Selects Bundle available with four games that support Linux and two that don't. The Linux games included are Minit, Wheels of Aurelia, Heaven Will Be Mine and Milkmaid of the Milky Way. The entire bundle is $10 and that's a pretty good price for all of them together. GOG have a midweek sale going on for another day or so which has some gems like Owlboy, Pinstripe, Timespinner and more with their prices cut down to size. GOG also have an 11 bit studios sale, with lots of their games going cheap too like Moonlighter and This War of Mine. For those itching to join the "just one more turn" club, Fanatical have Civilization VI Gold Edition + Gathering Storm on sale together and it looks like the best deal going right now for it at £49.99, compared to them both on Steam for £69.53 or Humble at £69.18. Steam also has some favourites of mine on sale like Rise to Ruins for those who love their city builders or perhaps you fancy a little dungeon crawling with Vaporum also on sale, they even have the awesome (and difficult) Crypt of the NecroDancer super cheap. Meanwhile, over on Humble they have The Humble Paradox Bundle 2019, The Humble Great GameMaker Games Bundle and the Humble Monthly with Cultist Simulator and tons of DRM free games in the Humble Trove. If you're up for a little reading, their current book bundles seem good too like the Intro to Code Bundle or the Break into the Game Industry bundle. Hopefully this will get you going, have a fantastic weekend everyone.

Redcore Linux Gives Gentoo a Nice Facelift

2019-02-15 13:00:00

Working with the Linux operating system offers a never-ending series of alternatives. One of the greatest benefits of using the Linux desktop is that you are never at risk of vendor lock-in or of being stranded if your chosen distro flavor suddenly sours. Take Redcore Linux, for example. Redcore is not a household name among typical Linux users. Neither was its predecessor, Kogaion Linux.

Zowe Makes Mainframe Evergreen

2019-02-15 12:44:32

Mainframes are, and will continue to be, a bedrock for industries and organizations that run mission-critical applications. In one way or another, all of us are mainframe users. Every time you make an online transaction or make a reservation, for example, you are using a mainframe. According to IBM, corporations use mainframes for applications that depend on scalability and reliability. They rely on mainframes in order to:

How learning more about neuroscience might influence development of improved AI systems

2019-02-15 12:41:28

Deep-learning neural networks have come a long way in the past several years—we now have systems that are capable of beating people at complex games such as shogi, Go and chess. But is the progress of such systems limited by their basic architecture? Shimon Ullman, with the Weizmann Institute of Science, addresses this question in a Perspectives piece in the journal Science and suggests some ways computer scientists might reach beyond simple AI systems to create artificial general intelligence (AGI) systems.

Study uses neural networks to define Dada

2019-02-15 12:31:29

To make a Dadaist poem, artist Tristan Tzara once said, cut out each word of a newspaper article. Put the words into a bag and shake. Remove the words from the bag one at a time, and write them down in that order.

elementary 5 "Juno"

2019-02-15 12:30:00

by Bryan Lunduke A review of the elementary distribution and an interview with its founders. In the spring of 2014 (nearly five years ago), I was preparing a regular presentation I give most years—where I look at the bad side (and the good side) of the greater Linux world. As I had done in years prior, I was preparing a graph showing the market share of various Linux distributions changing over time. But, this year, something was different. In the span of less than two years, a tiny little Linux distro came out of nowhere to become one of the most watched and talked about systems available. In the blink of an eye, it went from nothing to passing several grand-daddies of Linux flavors that had been around for decades. This was elementary. Needless to say, it caught my attention. Figure 1. elementary 5 "Juno" In the years that followed, I've interviewed elementary's founders on a few occasions—for articles, videos or podcasts—and consistently found their vision, dedication and attitudes rather intriguing. Then in 2016, I was at a Linux conference—SCaLE (the Southern California Linux Expo). One bright, sunshiny morning, I found myself heading from my hotel room down to the conference floor. On my way, I got it in my head that I really could use some French toast. I had a hankering—a serious one. And when Lunduke gets a hankering, no force in the cosmos can stop him (he says, switching to talking about himself in the third person seemingly at random). Somehow or another, I ended up convincing the elementary crew (four of them, also at SCaLE, with a booth to promote their system) to join me on my French toast quest. After searching the streets of downtown Pasadena, we found ourselves in a small, but packed, diner—solving French Toast Crisis 2016—and allowing us to chat and get to know each other, in person, a bit better. These were...kids—in their mid-20s, practically wee babies. But, I tell you, they impressed me. Their vision for what elementary was—and what it could be—was clear. Their passion was contagious. It was hard to sit with them, in that cramped little diner, and not feel excited and optimistic for what the future held. And, what's more, they were simply nice people. They oozed goodness and kindness. Their spirit had not yet been crushed by a string of IT managers that make soul-crushing a hobby. They were the future of desktop Linux (or at least a rather big part of it). This was evident, even back then. And, that wasn't just the French toast talking. Go to Full Article

Autonomous vehicles could revolutionise urban tourism

2019-02-15 12:29:23

In the first study of its kind, academics from Surrey and the University of Oxford have examined how Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) may make a substantial impact on the future of urban tourism.

Dungeons 3 has a new unexpected DLC out today, adding in another campaign

2019-02-15 12:28:55

Tags: Strategy, DLC, Steam, Humble Store, GOGI have to hand it to Realmforge Studios and Kalypso Media Digital, they've supported Dungeons 3 exceptionally well since release. Not only have they released multiple new (and fully voiced) campaign packs, they also put out a free update earlier this month adding in a new multiplayer map and a powerful new spell can be earned by completing the Clash of Gods expansion. Today, they're going to be releasing another small DLC, the rather amusingly named 'An Unexpected DLC' which will feature: A new, fully voiced campaign across 3 challenging maps New boss enemy: The Queen of the Forest New creep type: Rootling Take a look: Watch video on YouTube.com Amusingly, they said the Lord of the Kings expansion released back in April last year would be the last. They went onto release another with Clash of Gods in September last year and here we are again with another. I'm certainly not complaining though, it's a game that definitely deserves a long life. Apart from going a bit over the top with jokes early on in the first campaign, it firmly finds its feet and it's an enjoyable strategy game overall. You will be able to find the game and all DLC on Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

A transformer to drive the transition from AC to DC

2019-02-15 12:25:33

EPFL researchers have developed a compact and efficient medium-frequency transformer. Their device is poised to enhance the flexibility and efficiency of tomorrow's smart grids and DC power distribution networks. An EPFL-made prototype has been thoroughly tested and presented in several tutorials designed for experts from the academic and industrial worlds.

Nouveau Driver Picks Up SVM Support Via HMM

2019-02-15 12:17:35

The Nouveau kernel driver has queued patches for introducing Shared Virtual Memory (SVM) support for this open-source NVIDIA driver as a step forward to its OpenCL/compute opportunities...

The 2D beat 'em up 'Tunche' is another game funded on Kickstarter and heading to Linux

2019-02-15 11:54:29

Tags: Beat 'em up, Crowdfunding, Indie Game, Coming SoonAnother bit of positive crowdfunding news for you today, as Tunche, the 2D beat 'em up with procedurally generated worlds has been funded and so it's coming to Linux. Their Kickstarter campaign managed to get $55,395 from 1,080 backers against their original goal of $35,000. With that funding secured, they managed to break through two stretch goals, which will add in "challenge events" and a "dark heroes expansion pack". Watch video on YouTube.com As a reminder of what it will feature: Choose from 4 unique characters, each with their own fighting style and skills to unlock Use a vast arsenal of fighting moves and magical arts to defeat your enemies. Go on an adventure through the beautiful hand-drawn world  Play solo or co-op with your friends Face epic bosses and show them what you've got 4 procedurally generated worlds that make every playthrough unique Dig into the world of Peruvian legends and folklore Sadly, this one did not include a playable demo for Linux but the developer did make it clear to me personally that a Linux version will definitely be released. I shall continue to follow it along, keeping you apprised of what happens with it as they push through development of the game to release. It does have a Steam page ready and waiting, so you can also wishlist and follow it there if that's your thing.

Linux 5.1 Kernel Bringing New Option For Drivers To Be Async Probed

2019-02-15 11:42:38

The Linux 5.1 kernel is bringing a new driver_async_probe= option for specifying a list of drivers that can be probed asynchronously to speed-up the boot process...

Forgiveness, a new escape room style puzzle game is coming to Linux this month

2019-02-15 11:29:38

Tags: Coming Soon, Indie Game, Puzzle, SteamWith themes based around the seven deadly sins with psychological-horror vibes, Forgiveness, a new escape room puzzle game is coming to Linux. You have lived your life in sin and now you can’t escape the punishment of "God". You wake up, in an unfamiliar room where the enigmatic Dr. Benjamin Smith has trapped you to test your worthiness to stand his judgment ‒ The man believes himself a god and wants to bring his own form of justice to the world. What will it take for you to be forgiven? Watch video on YouTube.com Features: Take the personality test and find out which sin you are guilty of: the room design and the environment, as well as the trials you’ll go through on your escape to freedom will change accordingly. Two different game modes: Story Mode and Free Play. The first changes based on the results of your personality test, the latter allows you to visit all the rooms at your choice. Explore rich environments, analyze dozens of objects, and examine every clue to find the key to solve the intricate puzzles. Two levels of challenge: Normal and Extreme. The normal difficulty has subtle hints and there is no time limit, but if you want to experience what real punishment is, try to face the challenge by yourself on Extreme mode, with the clock ticking and only 30 minutes left to escape each room! If the time is up and you haven’t found the solution yet, you will face terrible consequences. An evocative soundtrack which changes in each room to perfectly convey the themes and the gravity of every sin and punishment. It's going to release on February 28th, with a demo available already. I've already been sent a key, so I will be taking a look soon and will have more thorough thoughts to share at release. For now though, I can say it works and performance seems really good. You can wishlist and follow it on Steam.

WARNING – New Phishing Attack That Even Most Vigilant Users Could Fall For

2019-02-15 11:18:01

How do you check if a website asking for your credentials is fake or legit to log in? By checking if the URL is correct? By checking if the website address is not a homograph? By checking if the site is using HTTPS? Or using software or browser extensions that detect phishing domains? Well, if you, like most Internet users, are also relying on above basic security practices to spot if that

Linux 5.1 To Deal With More Quirky Hardware From The Lenovo X1 Tablet To ASUS Transbook

2019-02-15 10:59:11

There's no shortage of quirky HID hardware out there. With the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel cycle will be more fixes/workarounds for such consumer devices...

The Linux version of Eastshade, the peaceful open-world exploration game is still coming to Linux

2019-02-15 10:47:03

Tags: Coming Soon, Delayed, Steam, Indie Game, Open World, Exploration, Itch.ioWhile the Linux version of Eastshade sadly didn't arrive at release, the developer has confirmed it's still coming. When asked about what's happening on their Steam forum, the developer said this: Mac and Linux are still planned, and will be sometime after the initial Windows release of Feb 13 (at the risk of being honest with my thoughts: my _guess_ is <1 month after, but I can't know for sure). We've unlisted those platforms on our steam page for the moment, because we're not able to pass Steam's verification while having them listed, and cannot set per-platform release dates. So nothing has changed. Additionally, I'd like to point out that "promise" might be a strong word for merely being open with our internal plans. Its not as if we've started taking preorders for those platforms. Fair enough, delays happen and working on multiple platforms when you're a small team isn't always simple. For those who haven't seen it before, take a look at the trailer: Watch video on YouTube.com It features: A peaceful open-world exploration-adventure full of character Compose paintings anywhere in the world and offer them to the locals to unlock secrets and gain items Acquire crafting materials and schematics to surmount obstacles and solve quests Make friends along the way through fully-voiced dynamic conversations and unlockable topics Since most other open-world exploration games always end up focusing on combat, Eastshade looks and sounds like a fantastic change of pace. Great to know it is still coming, as it looks like a wonderful game. You can wishlist and follow it on Steam and itch.io. As a reminder, if you do wishlist games on Steam before they become available on Linux, make sure you set Linux as your platform in your preferences (at the bottom) otherwise it doesn't show up as a Linux wishlist.

Eastshade, the peaceful open-world exploration game is still coming to Linux

2019-02-15 10:47:03

Tags: Coming Soon, Delayed, Steam, Indie Game, Open World, Exploration, Itch.ioWhile the Linux version of Eastshade sadly didn't arrive at release, the developer has confirmed it's still coming. When asked about what's happening on their Steam forum, the developer said this: Mac and Linux are still planned, and will be sometime after the initial Windows release of Feb 13 (at the risk of being honest with my thoughts: my _guess_ is <1 month after, but I can't know for sure). We've unlisted those platforms on our steam page for the moment, because we're not able to pass Steam's verification while having them listed, and cannot set per-platform release dates. So nothing has changed. Additionally, I'd like to point out that "promise" might be a strong word for merely being open with our internal plans. Its not as if we've started taking preorders for those platforms. Fair enough, delays happen and working on multiple platforms when you're a small team isn't always simple. For those who haven't seen it before, take a look at the trailer: Watch video on YouTube.com It features: A peaceful open-world exploration-adventure full of character Compose paintings anywhere in the world and offer them to the locals to unlock secrets and gain items Acquire crafting materials and schematics to surmount obstacles and solve quests Make friends along the way through fully-voiced dynamic conversations and unlockable topics Since most other open-world exploration games always end up focusing on combat, Eastshade looks and sounds like a fantastic change of pace. Great to know it is still coming, as it looks like a wonderful game. You can wishlist and follow it on Steam and itch.io. As a reminder, if you do wishlist games on Steam before they become available on Linux, make sure you set Linux as your platform in your preferences (at the bottom) otherwise it doesn't show up as a Linux wishlist.

postmarketOS – A Linux Distribution for Mobile Devices

2019-02-15 10:46:53

Not too long ago, I published an article on TecMint about 13 Most Promising New Linux Distributions to Look Forward in 2019 in which I listed a distro for mobile phones, Bliss OS. Today, I introduce to you a free, open source, and futuristic project that aims to bring mobile devices together in one swoop. postmarketOS is a touch-optimized, security-focused, and pre-configured Alpine-based Linux distribution created to be compatible with several old and new devices. Below is an introduction from the developers themselves, read more

Mozilla: Root Certificate Store, Rust and WebAssembly

2019-02-15 10:44:08

Why Does Mozilla Maintain Our Own Root Certificate Store? Mozilla maintains a database containing a set of “root” certificates that we use as “trust anchors”. This database, commonly referred to as a “root store”, allows us to determine which Certificate Authorities (CAs) can issue SSL/TLS certificates that are trusted by Firefox, and email certificates that are trusted by Thunderbird. Properly maintaining a root store is a significant undertaking – it requires constant effort to evaluate new trust anchors, monitor existing ones, and react to incidents that threaten our users. Despite the effort involved, Mozilla is committed to maintaining our own root store because doing so is vital to the security of our products and the web in general. It gives us the ability to set policies, determine which CAs meet them, and to take action when a CA fails to do so. A major advantage to controlling our own root store is that we can do so in a way that reflects our values. We manage our CA Certificate Program in the open, and by encouraging public participation we give individuals a voice in these trust decisions. Our root inclusion process is one example. We process lots of data and perform significant due diligence, then publish our findings and hold a public discussion before accepting each new root. Managing our own root store also allows us to have a public incident reporting process that emphasizes disclosure and learning from experts in the field. Our mailing list includes participants from many CAs, CA auditors, and other root store operators and is the most widely recognized forum for open, public discussion of policy issues. Extract Method Refactoring in Rust Why should you use Rust in WebAssembly? WebAssembly (Wasm) is a technology that has the chance to reshape how we build apps for the browser. Not only will it allow us to build whole new classes of web applications, but it will also allow us to make existing apps written in JavaScript even more performant. In this article about the state of the Rust and Wasm ecosystem, I'll try to explain why Rust is the language that can unlock the true potential of WebAssembly. read more

Programming: Conda-Forge, Meson Quest, PyLadies Auction at PyCon 2019 and More

2019-02-15 10:42:08

Intake released on Conda-Forge Intake is a package for cataloging, finding and loading your data. It has been developed recently by Anaconda, Inc., and continues to gain new features. To read general information about Intake and how to use it, please refer to the documentation. Introducing the Meson Quest Eighth Annual PyLadies Auction at PyCon 2019 Episode #117: Is this the end of Python virtual environments? Talk Python to Me: #199 Automate all the things with Python at Zapier Nohup Command in Linux Enables You to Run Commands Even After Logging Out Make websites more readable with a shell script read more

Shape-morphing joints allow these small robots to ace obstacles

2019-02-15 10:40:01

To walk. To jump. To swim. Nature's beings can use the same body parts to do a variety of things—like walk, jump and swim. Robots? Think about it. You generally see them do limited tasks with their mechanical designs and rigid links.

How to Install Pagekit CMS on Debian 9

2019-02-15 10:36:32

Pagekit is modern, intuitive, modular, and flexible open source (MIT license) CMS built with Symfony components and Vue.js. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the Pagekit CMS installation process on a Debian 9 (stretch) operating system by using NGINX as a web server, MariaDB as a database server, and optionally you can secure transport layer by using acme.sh client and Let's Encrypt certificate.

Graphics: Intel's OpenGL Mesa Driver, DRM and More

2019-02-15 10:34:01

Intel's OpenGL Mesa Driver To Better Handle Recovery In Case Of GPU Hangs It's sure been a busy week in the Intel open-source graphics driver space... The latest improvement is a patch series providing better context restoration in the case of GPU hangs. Chris Wilson who usually deals with the Intel DRM kernel driver, including on the reset/restore front recently, sent out a set of two patches for improving the Intel i965 Mesa driver's behavior following GPU hangs. Intel's Linux DRM Driver To Enable PSR2 Power-Savings By Default The Intel DRM/KMS kernel driver will soon see PSR2 panel self refresh capabilities enabled by default for allowing more power-savings on Intel-powered ultrabooks/notebooks. For a while now Intel's Direct Rendering Manager driver has enabled Panel Self Refresh (PSR) by default as well as other power-savings features like frame-buffer compression (FBC). But the newer Panel Self Refresh standard, PSR2, for eDP displays has not been enabled by default. Intel Linux Graphics Driver Adding Device Local Memory - Possible Start of dGPU Bring-Up A big patch series was sent out today amounting to 42 patches and over four thousand lines of code for introducing the concept of memory regions to the Intel Linux graphics driver. The memory regions support is preparing for device local memory with future Intel graphics products. The concept of memory regions is being added to the Intel "i915" Linux kernel DRM driver for "preparation for upcoming devices with device local memory." The concept is about having different "regions" of memory for system memory as for any device local memory (LMEM). Today's published code also introduces a simple allocator and allowing the existing GEM memory management code to be able to allocate memory to these different memory regions. Up to now with Intel integrated graphics, they haven't had to worry about this functionality not even with their eDRAM/L4 cache of select graphics processors. read more

Dating is a free software issue

2019-02-15 10:24:52

Many dating Web sites run proprietary JavaScript. JavaScript is code that Web sites run on your computer in order to make certain features on Web sites function. Proprietary JavaScript is a trap that impacts your ability to run a free system, and not only does it sneak proprietary software onto your machine, but it also poses a security risk. Any piece of software can be malicious, but proprietary JavaScript goes the extra mile. Much of the JavaScript you encounter runs automatically when you load a Web site, which enables it to attack you without you even noticing. Proprietary JavaScript doesn't have to be the only way to use Web sites. LibreJS is an initiative which blocks "nonfree nontrivial" JavaScript while allowing JavaScript that is either free or trivial. Many dating apps are also proprietary, available only at the Apple App and Google Play stores, both of which currently require the use of proprietary software. read more

Apparently Valve are working with Easy Anti-Cheat to get support in Steam Play (updated: yup)

2019-02-15 10:19:39

Tags: Valve, Steam, Steam Play, WineUpdate: Turns out, this is true. As a Valve developer did reply to a user on the VKx Discord to say "they're probably referring to the ongoing conversation, which is currently stalled by the NDA, yes" which I've now seen myself—thanks for the tip, MartinPL. Original article Treat this with a pinch of salt since we've been unable to confirm it, Valve and Easy Anti-Cheat are apparently working to get it supported with Steam Play. I've held off on writing about this, as I have tried to reach the EAC team multiple times and I've also tried speaking to Valve. Neither have replied to me, sadly, but the people over at EAC did reply to one user on Reddit to say this: Thanks for reaching out! While Easy Anti-Cheat already supports native Linux games, unfortunately it is not compatible with the Steam Play emulation yet. We are currently working with Valve to bring the support for Steam Play as well. However, at this time we cannot promise a release date. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Despite the troubles, hope you have a great day! I'm not entirely sure why neither party decided to reply to my questions on this, it could be that they were trying to keep it hush-hush until they had something to show for it. It is quite exciting if true though, as getting EAC working in Wine/Steam Play would be massive, as it's the only thing currently holding back multiple titles from working well when played on Linux. With that in mind, it wouldn't be the least bit surprising if they are working on it given how it's going to be essential considering how many multiplayer games use it. Valve/EAC, if you're reading this don't be afraid to reach out, I don't bite.

Apparently Valve are working with Easy Anti-Cheat to get support in Steam Play

2019-02-15 10:19:39

Tags: Valve, Steam, Steam Play, WineTreat this with a pinch of salt since we've been unable to confirm it, Valve and Easy Anti-Cheat are apparently working to get it supported with Steam Play. I've held off on writing about this, as I have tried to reach the EAC team multiple times and I've also tried speaking to Valve. Neither have replied to me, sadly, but the people over at EAC did reply to one user on Reddit to say this: Thanks for reaching out! While Easy Anti-Cheat already supports native Linux games, unfortunately it is not compatible with the Steam Play emulation yet. We are currently working with Valve to bring the support for Steam Play as well. However, at this time we cannot promise a release date. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Despite the troubles, hope you have a great day! I'm not entirely sure why neither party decided to reply to my questions on this, it could be that they were trying to keep it hush-hush until they had something to show for it. It is quite exciting if true though, as getting EAC working in Wine/Steam Play would be massive, as it's the only thing currently holding back multiple titles from working well when played on Linux. With that in mind, it wouldn't be the least bit surprising if they are working on it given how it's going to be essential considering how many multiplayer games use it. Valve/EAC, if you're reading this don't be afraid to reach out, I don't bite.

Latte – Excellent KDE Dock based on Plasma Frameworks

2019-02-15 10:19:22

Let’s tackle the obvious starting question for 10. What’s a dock? I doubt this will ever be a question on the TV programme University Challenge… A dock is a graphical user interface element that allows the user to have one-click access to frequently used software. This type of utility also enables users to switch quickly between applications, as well as to monitor programs. This type of application is an excellent way of extending the functionality and usefulness of the desktop Latte is a dock based on plasma frameworks that aims to offer an elegant and intuitive experience for your tasks and KDE Plasma widgets. It animates its contents by using parabolic zoom effect and tries to be as unobtrusive is possible. The software is mostly written in Qt/QML and C++, but this project also heavily relies on KDE Frameworks 5. read more