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Happy 60th birthday, Fortran

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 05:06:02 PM
The Fortran compiler, introduced in April 1957, was the first optimizing compiler, and it paved the way for many technical computing applications over the years. What Cobol did for business computing, Fortran did for scientific computing.Fortran may be approaching retirement age, but that doesn't mean it's about to stop working. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first Fortran (then styled "FORTRAN," for "FORmula TRANslation") release.read more

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ARM arrives after seven years of development

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 03:51:42 PM
The promise of running serious Linux servers on ARM processors has been there for ages. Now, at long last, the reality is here.

OnePlus Accidentally Pre-Installed an App that acts as a Backdoor to Root Access

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 02:37:22 PM
OnePlus accidentally left in place a diagnostic testing application made by Qualcomm. After decompiling this application, he discovered that it can be exploited to grant root access -- effectively acting as a backdoor.

Automation controller runs Linux on a NanoPi Neo SBC

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 01:23:02 PM
Techbase launched a “ModBerry M300” automation controller built on a NanoPi Neo, and added M-Bus and M-Bus Wireless support to its ESP32-based Moduino. Gdansk, Poland based Techbase has added another member to its Linux-driven ModBerry family of automation controllers. The latest ModBerry is built around FriendlyElec’s open source NanoPi Neo SBC. The company has also […]

Sysadmins vs. natural disasters

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 12:08:42 PM
Sysadmins who lived through Katrina, Sandy, and other disasters share real-world advice for anyone responsible for IT during an emergency.

Firefox 57 "Quantum" Web Browser Now Available to Download, Here's What's New

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 10:54:22 AM
While the world waits eagerly for Mozilla to officially unveil the new Firefox Quantum web browser on November 14, 2017, you can download it right now for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows PCs.

My Adventure Migrating Back To Windows

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 09:40:02 AM
I have had linux as my primary OS for about a decade now, and primarily use Ubuntu. But with the latest release I have decided to migrate back to an OS I generally dislike, Windows 10.

Linux 4.14 Release Provides Long Term Support and Larger Memory Limits

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 08:25:41 AM
Among the new capabilities that landed in the Linux 4.14 update is the possibility for larger memory capacity utilization. The original x86-64 specification in Linux allowed for a limit 4 level of memory paging, providing a maximum of 256 TiB of virtual address space and 64 TiB of physical address space. A TiB or Tebibyte is approximately 1.1 Terabytes.

Crafting your AI strategy: 3 tips

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 07:11:21 AM
Take AI beyond obvious use cases and create a master plan.

The new long-term Linux kernel, Linux 4.14, has arrived

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 05:57:01 AM
For the next six years, Android smartphones, embedded Linux devices, and Linux-based Internet of Things gadgets will use the newly released Linux 4.14 kernel.

Firefox 57 Takes Quantum Leap Forward in Speed and Looks

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 04:42:40 AM
Mozilla's open-source browser gets a new look and new features in its' biggest update in a decade.

In-vehicle computer runs Marshmallow on Snapdragon

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 03:28:20 AM
Advantech’s rugged “Trek-530” in-vehicle computer runs Android 6.0 on a Snapdragon 212, and features isolated DIO, CAN, J1708/J1587, WiFi, BT, GPS, and LTE. Trucks appear to be heading for a switch to fully autonomous technology, creating new opportunities while also decimating yet another segment of the traditional workforce. In the meantime, trucking companies are smartening […]

Linux Lite Users Are Among the First to Get Linux 4.14, Here's How to Install It

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 02:14:00 AM
Linux Lite maintainer Jerry Bezencon is once again the first to announce on Twitter the availability of the latest Linux kernel branch in the software repositories of his Ubuntu-based distribution.

Install WebMail Lite PHP based Webmail Client on Debian 9.1

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 12:59:40 AM
In this guide, we’ll show you how to install the latest version of WebMail Lite PHP in Debian 9.1 and show you how to configure the application to fetch e-mails from a popular mail service Yahoo! Mail. The tutorial can be used for your own mail services as well, Yahoo is just used as an example.

3 open source alternatives to AutoCAD

Monday 13th of November 2017 11:45:20 PM
Editor's note: This article was originally published in May 2016, and has been updated to include a few additional options.CAD—computer-aided design or computer-aided drafting, depending on who you ask—is technology created to make it easier to create specifications for real-world objects. Whether the object you're building is a house, car, bridge, or spaceship, chances are it got its start in a CAD program of one type or another.read more

How enterprise IT uses Kubernetes to tame container complexity

Monday 13th of November 2017 10:31:00 PM
As containers accumulate, complexity grows. Here's how Kubernetes helps.

Watch: Ubuntu Linux Running on Galaxy S8 with Samsung DeX - Concept Demo

Monday 13th of November 2017 09:16:40 PM
Samsung recently published a new video on its YouTube channel demoing the recently launched "Linux on Galaxy" concept it introduced last month for Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 smartphones.

Getting started with OpenProject

Monday 13th of November 2017 08:02:20 PM
There are excellent open source alternatives to most proprietary software apps, and OpenProject is one great example. An easy-to-use, feature-rich application for project management and team collaboration, OpenProject includes agile and scrum functionalities, issue and bug tracking, Gantt charts, and more.read more

Microsoft: Sheltering Oneself From Patent Litigation While Passing Patents for Trolls to Attack GNU/Linux

Monday 13th of November 2017 06:48:00 PM
Another closer look at Provenance Asset Holdings and what exactly it is (connection to AST, part of the cartel Microsoft subsidises to shield itself)

ARM emulator in a VM? Yup, done. Ready to roll, no config required

Monday 13th of November 2017 05:33:40 PM
Also does MIPS, PowerPC, Sparc, and AARCH64Hacking ARM processors just became a little after a researcher who operates under the name Azeria Labs put together virtual machines that emulate common hardware .…

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Programming: Swift, Brilliant Jerks in Engineering, and Career Path for Software Developers

  • Swift code will run on Google's Fuchsia OS
    A few days ago, there was a flash-in-the-pan controversy over Google "forking" Apple's open-source programming language Swift. After a few minutes of speculation over whether Google was going to make its own special flavor of the language for its own purposes, Swift's creator Chris Lattner (who now works at Google) helpfully clarified the situation:
  • Brilliant Jerks in Engineering
    This are numerous articles and opinions on the topic, including Brilliant Jerks Cost More Than They Are Worth, and It's Better to Avoid a Toxic Employee than Hire a Superstar. My colleague Justin Becker is also giving a talk at QConSF 2017 on the topic: Am I a Brilliant Jerk?. It may help to clarify that "brilliant jerk" can mean different things to different people. To illustrate, I'll describe two types of brilliant jerks: the selfless and the selfish, and their behavior in detail. I'll then describe the damage caused by these jerks, and ways to deal with them. The following are fictional characters. These are not two actual engineers, but are collections of related traits to help examine this behavior beyond the simple "no asshole rule." These are engineers who by default act like jerks, not engineers who sometimes act that way.
  • [Older] The missing career path for software developers
    You started hacking on technology thrilled with every stroke of the key, making discoveries with every commit. You went about solving problems, finding new challenges. You were happy for a while, until you hit a plateau. There was a choice to be made. Continue solving the same problems or start managing others. You tried it out, and hated it. Longing to focus on technology, not people, you turned to your open source project. When it became successful, you became an open source maintainer but ended up overwhelmed and burned out. Hoping to get back to doing work that fascinates you, you went work for yourself. Lacking experience running a business, you're crushed with all the decisions you need to make. You’re nearing burnout — again. It feels like you’re on a hamster wheel.

Mastodon is Free Software, But It Does Not Respect Free Speech

Mastodon was always known to be tough on Nazis; it was known that they were strict on free speech only to a degree. After the treatment that I received yesterday, however, I can no longer recommend Mastodon. It may be Free software, but it’s very weak on free speech. Read more

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Mesa 17.3 RC5 and Early Stages of Linux 4.15

  • mesa 17.3.0-rc5
    The fifth release candidate for Mesa 17.3.0 is now available. This is the last planned release candidate before the final release. We still have a couple of regressions in our tracker [1] although I'm anticipating for those to be resolved by EOW.
  • Mesa 17.3-RC5 Released, Official Mesa 3D Update Expected By Next Week
    The Mesa 17.3 release game is in overtime but it should be wrapping up in the days ahead. Emil Velikov of Collabora announced the Mesa 17.3-RC5 release candidate this morning. He anticipates it being the last release candidate, but there still are a few blocker bugs open. As of writing there still are 4 bugs open with one pertaining to Gallium3D Softpipe and the others being Intel driver issues.
  • Extra KVM Changes For Linux 4.15 Bring UMIP Support, AMD SEV Changes Delayed
    As some additional work past the KVM changes for Linux 4.15 submitted last week, a few more feature items have been queued. The second batch of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) updates sent in today for Linux 4.15 include ARM GICv4 support, x86 bug fixes, the AMD VFIO NFT performance fix, and x86 guest UMIP support. Landing already with Linux 4.15 is Intel UMIP capabilities for User-Mode Instruction Prevention to prevent certain instructions from being executed if the ring level is greater than zero. This latest KVM pull update adds this UMIP support to its space for both real and emulated guests.
  • AMD EPYC Is Running Well On Linux 4.15
    Of the many changes coming for Linux 4.15, as detailed this weekend Radeon GPU and AMD CPU customers have a lot to be thankful for with this new kernel update currently in development. Here are some initial benchmarks of the Linux 4.15 development kernel using an AMD EPYC 7601 32-core / 64-thread setup. When it comes to EPYC in Linux 4.15, the kernel side-bits have landed for Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV), CPU temperature monitoring support now working, and improved NUMA node balancing.