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TuxMachines: How Google created a new kind of open source program office

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 08:39:22 AM

How does Google benefit by embracing a mission that goes beyond wielding industry influence? The benefits are not easy to calculate, but there are metrics that are objective, such as perceived influence compared to actual engineering contributions. Google may not contribute the most code and, before Kubernetes, its open source projects were either small efforts or tightly constrained and not very open (e.g., Chrome, Android), but it carries great (one might say outsized) influence in open source developer circles, which gave it a great platform to launch Kubernetes and increase its chances of success. But Google did things like create Google Code, which at one time was a massive repository of the world's open source code, and it created the Summer of Code. Although neither of these initiatives involved massive code contributions by Google, they enabled developers around the world to collaborate and write more code. To date, no other company—vendor, user, or otherwise—has embraced this mission to the same degree as Google. Although this is great for Google, one wonders when some other enterprising company will invest in a similar vision.

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TuxMachines: Michael Kors Dylan Access review: Android Wear for everyone

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 08:26:47 AM

The Michael Kors Access line is available September 6 starting at $350 for the model above (metal/silicone), going up to $395 for the more exclusive gold-tone Bradshaw varieties. Bands begin at $40, rising to $50 for the embossed versions). (In Canada, watch prices begin at $420, rising to $475, with bands running $50 to $60.)

Despite the issues with the charger, and the imperfect display characteristics, I grew to enjoy the Access, and would certainly recommend it to anyone looking to engage with the more fashion-forward varieties of Android Wear. Like the Fossil Q Founder, this smartwatch is more about the brand than the product, and it's clear that certain decisions were made to reinforce its place alongside similarly-designed analog watches in endless glass displays.

But somehow it works: it is both fashionable and functional, the comfortable enough (with a sizeable battery) to wear all day.

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LXer: Fedora 26 Linux Operating System to Land on June 6, 2017

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 07:26:31 AM
While the Fedora 25 Linux operating system is in heavy development these days, with an Alpha milestone out the door on the last days of August 2016, it appears that the Fedora devs are already planning on the next major release.

Reddit: Debian plugs Linux 'TCP snoop' bug

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 05:57:05 AM

Reddit: Commands for Linux+ Exam

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 05:51:05 AM

Do i need to remember precise commands with appropriate options and all for the Linux+ exam? Will i have access to a terminal where i can check man pages or is it all qns & ans?

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LXer: 20 Years of KDE Timeline

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 05:49:19 AM
KDE is celebrating 20 years as the original and best free software end-user creating community. The milestones of our project are marked on our 20 Years of KDE timeline. Find out the meetings and releases which defined KDE. Learn about the early and recent KDE gatherings around the world and how the branding has evolved over the years. What was your first KDE release?

Reddit: After a lifetime of only using Intel and Nvidia, I maybe switching to AMD, but I'm curious...

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 04:34:04 AM

How well does AMD contribute to the Open Source community? I know Nvidia does some stuff, don't know anything about Intel contributing, but what about AMD?

I've been avoiding AMD because of heat issues, driver issues, and Intel and Nvidia having the best product in the market. However, the RX 480 has been getting a lot of good reviews, and the new ZEN CPU seems like it could be promising, so I may switch.

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Reddit: Building Your Own Linux System From The Ground Up

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 04:32:09 AM

LXer: Git 2.10 Version Control System Is a Massive Release with Over 150 Changes

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 04:12:06 AM
A new major release of the popular Git open-source and cross-platform distributed version control system has been announced, version 2.10, bringing hundreds of changes to make development easier and more productive.

Reddit: Problem with dual boot W10 - Linux Mint

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 02:41:30 AM

Hello

I installed dual boot Windows 10 and Linux Mint, installation went alright but booting from Linux always gets me to BIOS if I don't put Windows 10 on the first in BIOS settings. My BIOS is set on UEFI, I see there's an option for Legacy , Secure boot is set on off. So when I want to use Linux, I always must open BIOS first from Windows settings and then set Linux as the first one to boot from. I thought I'd have a normal boot loader, so whenever I boot I simply choose W10 or Linux but this is annoying to do like this everytime I want to switch to Linux. Also, I 've noticed I have two Ubuntu(s) on that list . One is " ubuntu", the other one is " Ubuntu",that's the only difference. I tried putting each of them on the first place but the problem remained and I don't know what else to try. Besides, I don't want to mess up something in BIOS so I'll appreciate some assistance.

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LXer: Debian plugs Linux 'TCP snoop' bug

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 02:34:53 AM
Happy Labor Day, US sysadmins. Everyone else, you know what to doDebian's maintainers have moved to plug the TCP snooping flaw that emerged in August 2016.…

TuxMachines: Git 2.10 Version Control System Is a Massive Release with Over 150 Changes

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:44:37 AM

A new major release of the popular Git open-source and cross-platform distributed version control system has been announced, version 2.10, bringing hundreds of changes to make your development process easier and more productive.

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TuxMachines: Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0 Launches with Cloud and ThinClient Variants, Latest Software

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:43:19 AM

Today, September 5, 2016, Tomasz Jokiel of the Porteus GNU/Linux operating system was proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0.

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TuxMachines: Debian plugs Linux 'TCP snoop' bug

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:37:37 AM

Debian's maintainers have moved to plug the TCP snooping flaw that emerged in August 2016.

The bug, CVE-2016-5696, was spotted by University of California Riverside's Zhiyun Qian and his collaborators and published in August.

It enabled an attack against Linux (and Android) implementations of RFC 5961, which used challenge ACK packets to try and harden Linux. The implementation bug, present in the kernel since 2012, meant targets could be fooled into rate-limiting their challenge ACKs, letting an attacker work out sequence numbering when it resumed.

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Reddit: AMD RX 460 for 4k Video?

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:33:19 AM

Hi Linux people, I am excited about the new AMDGPU support and wonder if anyone knows what its video playback/decode capabilities are. I'm looking to upgrade my HTPC which is currently using intel integrated video. I want the card to be silent, and second to that is low power usage. Anyone have any experience with AMDGPU and RX 4xx cards?

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TuxMachines: Android vs iPhone | Android vs iOS: which is best?

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:22:43 AM

So you want a new phone, but you’re considering jumping ship from Android or iOS. But is the grass really greener on the other side, or should you stick with what you know? Here we outline the pros and cons of Android phones and iPhones. It’s Android vs iPhone: iOS vs Android. See also: Best new phones

Before we get started, we must point out that this guide is intended as a brief overview to help you decide whether to choose an Android phone or an iPhone. It’s not meant to be an exhaustive comparison of every last feature, both in hardware and software, of each type of phone. And we also know that die-hard fans won’t be persuaded to switch – that’s not the aim of this article at all.

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TuxMachines: QEMU 2.7.0 Open-Source Hypervisor Adds Support for Xen Paravirtualized USB, More

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:12:16 AM

A new stable version of the popular QEMU open-source hosted hypervisor has been released recently, version 2.7.0, which contains over 2200 commits from 189 authors.

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More in Tux Machines

New Releases

  • Security-Oriented Qubes OS 3.2 Improves the Integrated Management Infrastructure
    Today, September 29, 2016, Joanna Rutkowska announced the general availability of the second point release of the Qubes OS 3 stable series of the security-oriented and open-source Linux-based computer operating system. Qubes OS 3.2 is a maintenance release, which means that it mostly adds general fixes and improvements to various of the distribution's core components and functionalities, including the integrated management infrastructure that was introduced as part of the previous update, Qubes 3.1, allowing users to also manage the "insides" of a virtual machine.
  • Alpine Linux 3.4.4 Is Out, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.4.22 LTS, OpenSSL Patches
    Today, September 28, 2016, Alpine Linux creator and lead developer Natanael Cop has the pleasure of announcing the release of the fourth maintenance update to the latest stable Alpine Linux 3.4 server-oriented operating system series. Alpine Linux 3.4.4 is out as the most advanced version, powered by the recently released, long-term supported Linux 4.4.22 kernel and bringing up-to-date components to make your Alpine Linux-based server(s) more stable and reliable than ever. Most of the core components have been updated, but the most important one is OpenSSL 1.0.2j, which received the latest security fixes, just like in the rest of the GNU/Linux distros.

Leftovers: Software

  • Web Publishing and Development: Free Tools Abound
    Are you involved in DevOps and web development, or are you aiming to be? If so, you're probably very aware of many of the tools from the open standards and open source arenas that can make your work easier. Still, these are always spreading out at a fast clip and there are some applications and tools that are rarely discussed. Here at OStatic, we try to regularly update our collections focused on them. In this post, you'll find our latest roundup of free resources for web development that range from complete online courses available for free to unsung applications.
  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.6.1 Released
  • Skype for Linux Alpha 1.9 Adds a Dark Theme, Notification Muting
  • GNOME Calendar Pencils In Great New Features
    GNOME Calendar is one of the few decent desktop calendaring apps available on Linux — and it's going to get better.
  • The future of GNOME Calendar
    Today, the Calendar Team had the first meeting in history. Isaque, Lapo, Renata, Vamsi and I attended it, and the meeting was extremely productive! In fact, we were able to sketch out the general direction that GNOME Calendar will head towards.

More Android Leftovers

  • ​Google beats back Oracle again in Java Android case
    To recap, Oracle claimed the 37 Java application programming interface (API) packages Google used to develop Android are covered by copyright. Of course, that's not really the issue. True, the the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals foolishly ruled that APIs could be copyrighted. But the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in May 2016 that Google's use of the Java APIs were not subject to copyright licensing fees. Instead, Android's use of the APIs was covered by "fair use."
  • Google’s Open Source Fuchsia OS: The Mystery Linux Distro
    Few things are more tantalizing than a good mystery, and Google is making waves for an open source-centric mystery that may end up having profound implications. It all started in August when an extensive and unusual code repository for a new operating system called Fuchsia was discovered online, and now the growing source code set is on GitHub. Thus far, Google officials have been mostly mum on the aim of this operating system, although they have made a few things clear in chat forums. Two developers listed on Fuchsia's GitHub page — Christopher Anderson and Brian Swetland — are known for their work with embedded systems. The Verge, among other sites, has made a few logical deductions about the possible embedded systems focus for Fuchsia: “Looking into Fuchsia's code points gives us a few clues. For example, the OS is built on Magenta, a “medium-sized microkernel” that is itself based on a project called LittleKernel, which is designed to be used in embedded systems,” the site reports. The GitHub postings that confirm that Fuchsia is based on Magenta are particularly notable because Magenta has had applications in the embedded systems space. Here are some direct quotes: "Magenta is a new kernel that powers the Fuchsia OS. Magenta is composed of a microkernel as well as a small set of userspace services, drivers, and libraries necessary for the system to boot, talk to hardware, load userspace processes and run them, etc. Fuchsia builds a much larger OS on top of this foundation."
  • As Blackberry pulls out of handset business it has some big patent strategy calls to make