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Linux gizmo indexes photos and videos for visual recognition search

1 hour 41 min ago
Pimloc’s “Pholio” runs Linux on an Nvidia Tegra, and provides offline storage and search of images and video using visual and face recognition. Digital imaging has lived up to its promise of making it easier to take more images more quickly, but the promise that it would make it easier to find those images has […]

Font licensing and use: What you need to know

2 hours 56 min ago
Most of us have dozens of fonts installed on our computers, and countless others are available for download, but I suspect that most people, like me, use fonts unconsciously. I just open up LibreOffice or Scribus and use the defaults. Sometimes, however, we need a font for a specific purpose, and we need to decide which one is right for our project.read more

How to organize your passwords using pass password manager

4 hours 10 min ago
If you have the good habit to never use the same password for more than one purpose, you have probably already felt the need for a password manager. There are many alternatives to choose from on linux, both proprietary (if you dare) and open source. If you, like me, think that simplicity it's the way to go, you may be interested in knowing however to use the pass utility.

LVFS makes Linux firmware updates easier

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 07:14:57 AM
Traditionally, updating a BIOS or a network card[he]#039[/he]s firmware in Linux meant booting into Microsoft Windows or preparing a MS-DOS floppy disk and hoping everything would work correctly after the update. Periodically searching a vendor website for updates is a manual and error-prone task and not something we should ask users to do. A firmware update service makes it simpler for end users to implement hardware updates.

Four Hidden Costs and Risks of Sudo Can Lead to Cybersecurity Risks and Compliance Problems on Unix and Linux Servers

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 06:00:36 AM
It is always a philosophical debate as to whether to use open source software in a regulated environment. Open source software is crowd sourced, and developers from all over the world contribute to packages that are later included in Operating System distributions.

SparkyLinux 4.7 "Tyche" Out Now with Latest Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Updates

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 04:46:16 AM
A new stability update of the SparkyLinux 4.x "Tyche" operating system series is out now bringing you the latest updates from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" software repositories.

Save Files Directly To Google Drive And Download 10 Times Faster

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 03:31:56 AM
So recently I had to download the update package for my phone but when I started downloading it, I found it was too big in size.

LiFT Scholarship Recipients Advance Open Source Around the World

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 02:17:36 AM
Fifteen people from 13 different countries have received Linux Foundation Training Scholarships (LiFT) in the category of Linux Newbies. This year, 27 people received scholarships across all categories — the most ever awarded by the Foundation.

Linux/Android hacker SBC with hexa-core Rockchip SoC debuts at $75

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 01:03:16 AM
The Vamrs “RK3399 Sapphire” SBC is on sale for $75, or $349 for a full kit. Vamrs is also prepping an RK3399-based “Rock960” 96Boards SBC.Rockchip’s RK3399 is one of the most powerful ARM-based system-on-chips available on hacker boards, featuring two server-class Cortex-A72 cores clocked to up to 2.0GHz, as well as four Cortex-A53 at up to 1.42GHz and a quad-core Mali-T864 GPU.

Red Hat partners with AWS with OpenShift Container Platform 3.7

Monday 20th of November 2017 11:48:55 PM
Red Hat wants to be your AWS hybrid cloud and container company as well your Linux provider. Kubernetes has become the cloud container orchestration program. Red Hat jumped on the Kubernetes bandwagon early in 2015. Today, Red Hat is all in, with the release of the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7.

Containers and Kubernetes: What's next?

Monday 20th of November 2017 10:34:35 PM
Experts weigh in on what's ahead for container orchestration and Kubernetes

DragonBoard gains a camera kit

Monday 20th of November 2017 09:20:15 PM
Arrow’s DragonBoard 410c Camera Kit combines the 96Boards SBC with D3’s DesignCore Camera Mezzanine Board OV5640 and a 5-megapixel camera module. D3 Engineering’s DesignCore Camera Mezzanine Board OV5640 is a 96Boards mezzanine add-on designed to work only with the Arrow Electronics/Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c. Arrow and D3 have now launched a kit that provides a DragonBoard […]

Mark McIntyre: How Do You Fedora?

Monday 20th of November 2017 08:05:55 PM
We recently interviewed Mark McIntyre on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine. The series profiles Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done.

Firefox Private Browsing vs. Chrome Incognito: Which is Faster?

Monday 20th of November 2017 06:51:35 PM
With the launch of Firefox Quantum, Mozilla decided to team up with Disconnect Inc. to compare page load times between desktop versions of Chrome’s Incognito mode and Firefox Quantum’s Private...

Getting Started with Express.js: Ubuntu Server Setup

Monday 20th of November 2017 05:37:15 PM
This tutorial demonstrates how to use install Node.js on an Ubuntu server and how to run your first Express app.

Reveal.js presentation hacks

Monday 20th of November 2017 04:22:55 PM
Ryan Jarvinen, a Red Hat open source advocate focusing on improving developer experience in the container community, has been using the Reveal.js presentation framework for more than five years. In his Lightning Talk at All Things Open 2017, he shares what he's learned about Reveal.js and some ways to make better use of it.read more

How to use special permissions: the setuid, setgid and sticky bits

Monday 20th of November 2017 03:08:35 PM
Normally, on a unix-like operating system, the ownership of files and directories is based on the default uid (user-id) and gid (group-id) of the user who created them. The same thing happens when a process is launched: it runs with the effective user-id and group-id of the user who started it, and with the corresponding privileges. This behavior can be modified by using special permissions.

How to Run Diablo II with the GLIDE-to-OpenGL Wrapper

Monday 20th of November 2017 01:46:11 PM
Diablo II is usually a breeze to run on Linux, thanks to WINE and so often times you need no special tricks. However, if you're like me and experience a few glitches and washed out colours in the standard fullscreen mode, you have two options: run the game in windowed mode and go without cinematics, or install a GLIDE-OpenGL wrapper and get the game running properly in its fullscreen glory again, without the glitches and colour problems. I detail how to do that in this article.

GParted The Complete Partition Editor For Linux

Monday 20th of November 2017 12:20:25 PM
?Partition editing is a task which not only requires carefulness but also a stable environment. Today GParted is one of the leading partition editing tools on Linux environment. GParted is not only easy but also remains powerful at the same time. Today I am going to list out the installation as well as basics to use GParted which will be helpful to newbies.

SuperTuxKart Racing Game Now Available on Android, New Release Adds Many Changes

Monday 20th of November 2017 04:24:11 AM
The developers of the SuperTuxKart open-source and cross-platform racing game built around the Linux mascot Tux the penguin announced today the release of SuperTuxKart 0.9.3.

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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.