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TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Monday 26th of February 2018 02:54:08 AM
  • Chromebooks and Crostini: Containers For Chrome OS By Google I/O?

    noun: small pieces of toasted or fried bread served with a topping as an appetizer or canapé.

    In layman’s terms, a crostini is a fancy crouton. More often than not, you will find crostini served in a similar manner to Bruschetta; brushed with Olive Oil and topped with cheese and other various deliciousness.

  • Chrome OS will soon let you run Linux VMs

    It could soon be possible to run Linux apps on a Chromebook without jumping through hoops. Recent commits to the Chrome OS source code suggests that Google is preparing to introduce support for virtual machines, specifically Linux containers.

  • Allwinner A83T Will Support HDMI With Linux 4.17

    The Sun4i DRM driver work has been progressing a lot since its mainline introduction two years ago with Linux 4.7. With the Linux 4.17 cycle, the A83T SoC will have initial HDMI output support.

    If you happen to have a tablet or other device powered by the Allwinner A83T, it should finally have working HDMI out support when using the Sun4i DRM driver with the kernel update coming later this year.

  • Moving to 64 bit

    When i bought my new desktop at home, i already had a plan to reinstall my old desktop with Slackware64, but i didn't specify the timeframe or even the version i'm going to install with. The old one was 32 bit since i got it installed since 2009 and it has been working well so far, but it's getting slower for my needs where i got to use virtual machines to build packages for MATE and Cinnamon. It is a dual-core E5300 Intel CPU with 4 GB of RAM, 320 GB + 1 TB hard drive, and NVidia GeForce 7050.

  • gvSIG 2.4: New version of gvSIG open source GIS is now available

    gvSIG Desktop 2.4, the new version of the open source Geographic Information System, is now available. You can access both the gvSIG Desktop 2.4 installable and portable versions from the download section of the project website [1], with distributions available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

  • iOS Gopher Client 17+

    This is is a modern Gopher browser for iOS. Built from the ground up, it lets you access the wealth of data available via Gopher from your favorite devices.

  • What will OpenStack "S" Be Named?

    The open-source OpenStack cloud community is now figuring out what to call its first release for 2019. No that's not a typo.

  • LLVM / Clang 6.0 Should Be Released Soon With Its Many New Features

    LLVM 6 is running a few days behind scheduled for its release along with Clang 6 for the C/C++ compiler, but this latest big update to this open-source compiler stack should still be on the ways in the days ahead.

  • What happened after the US moved to chip-embedded payment cards?


    The US began its transition to chip-based credit cards in earnest in October 2015, after high-profile credit card hacks in the previous years at Target, Home Depot, Michaels, and other big-box retailers. Today, although only 59 percent of US storefronts have terminals that accept chip cards, fraud has dropped 70 percent from September 2015 to December 2017 for those retailers that have completed the chip upgrade, according to Visa.

  • Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 84 - Have I been pwned?

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TuxMachines: KDE and GNOME: KDE Plasma 5.13 and Arrongin GTK

Monday 26th of February 2018 02:50:12 AM
  • KDE Plasma 5.13 Should Be Starting Up Even Faster

    One of the nice elements of KDE Plasma 5.12 is that it starts up faster, particularly when running on Wayland, but with Plasma 5.13 it's looking like it will be an even faster experience getting to the Plasma desktop.

    KDE Plasma 5.13 isn't scheduled to be released until the middle of June, but this next Plasma installment is already in heavy feature development following this month's successful Plasma 5.12 debut.

  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 7

    Another busy week in Usability & Productivity. As has been observed, we’re fixing issues at Warp 9 speed! KDE contributors racked up some pretty significant wins this week, and we’ve already got some great stuff in the pipeline that I hope to be able to announce next week! But for now, take a look at this week’s haul!

  • Arrongin GTK Theme Stands Out (But for the Right Reasons)

    Sure, the new Ubuntu theme is pretty great, but it’s still largely a mix of Ambiance, Adwaita and the proposed Unity 8 style. I.e. all known quantities.

    We’ve previously listed what we think are the best GTK themes for Ubuntu (and Linux in general). If you’ve read that list you may have noticed that a number of themes featured look similar, share design trends, or use a similar theme as a foundation.

    With former theme makers like ~half-left no longer making truly original GTK themes, Linux design has fallen into a bit of a creative lull. Every other theme that appears is (seemingly) based on either Adwaita, Arc or Adapta, uses material design cues (like Pop GTK), echoes macOS (Greybird, elementary) or is flatter than the response to most of my jokes (Arc, Plano, Ant, Vimix, et al).

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TuxMachines: Linux-Ready Hardware and Android Leftovers

Monday 26th of February 2018 02:45:55 AM

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TuxMachines: Red Hat, Oracle's RHEL Clone, and Fedora

Monday 26th of February 2018 02:42:31 AM

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TuxMachines: Debian and Derivatives: SnowCamp, Debian Gitlab, Debian/TeX Live, Snap Apps

Monday 26th of February 2018 02:40:48 AM
  • Report from Debian SnowCamp: day 3

    Thanks to Valhalla and other members of LIFO, a bunch of fine Debian folks have convened in Laveno, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, for a nice weekend of relaxing and sprinting on various topics, a SnowCamp.

  • Report from SnowCamp #1

    As Nicolas already reported, a bunch of Debian folk gathered in the North of Italy for a long weekend of work and socialisation.

  • Debian Gitlab ( tricks
  • Debian/TeX Live 2017.20180225-1

    To my big surprise, the big rework didn’t create any havoc at all, not one bug report regarding the change. That is good. OTOH, I took some time off due to various surprising (and sometimes disturbing) things that have happened in the last month, so the next release took a bit longer than expected.

  • Ubuntu Software Will Soon Let You Install Beta, Bleeding Edge Snap Apps

    No, not TV channels, or the sort the that ferries goods between countries, but development channels, e.g, beta, bleeding edge, stable, etc.

    Snap developers are able to distribute different versions of their app over “channels”, and have for almost as long as Snappy has been around in fact.

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LXer: Best Editor

Monday 26th of February 2018 02:04:30 AM
Cast your vote for the best text editor.

TuxMachines: Games: Deep Sixed, Streets of Rogue, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues and More

Monday 26th of February 2018 02:03:06 AM

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Reddit: Setting up a simple NAS with OviOS

Monday 26th of February 2018 12:30:35 AM

LXer: Facebook Live Magic Button

Sunday 25th of February 2018 11:12:57 PM
Facebook Live is simple to broadcast from a mobile device. Simply click"go live", and you're broadcasting on your timeline. Unfortunately, ifyou want to use a desktop computer with a webcam or remote IP camera,the process is a little more complicated.

Phoronix: Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R5 Running On Linux 4.14

Sunday 25th of February 2018 09:26:25 PM
Oracle's current Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) release is making use of Linux 4.1 that is definitely showing its age... Fortunately, for those using this Oracle spin of the Linux kernel on their RHEL-clone Oracle Linux have UEK Release 5 in the pipe that is transitioning to Linux 4.14 LTS...

LXer: How to Create a Tar File in Linux

Sunday 25th of February 2018 08:21:24 PM
This small tip will show you how to create a tar file from various files or directory.

TuxMachines: Games Leftovers

Sunday 25th of February 2018 07:51:46 PM
  • Tactical RPG Ash of Gods set to release in March

    Following a successful crowdfunding campaign last year, this beautiful RPG with hand-drawn animation is nearing release. We should be getting our hands on it sometime in March.

  • RADV Vulkan Driver Improvements Coming For Wolfenstein 2 On Wine

    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus makes use of the Vulkan graphics API on the id Tech 6 engine but sadly remains Windows-only aside from the consoles. While it runs with Wine, there are some bugs when using the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver but fortunately one of Valve's Linux developers is working on some improvements.

  • Nintendo finally catches up to other console makers, allows user game reviews

    To those who may wonder why this is news in an era where user reviews are commonplace, this is a significant detour from Nintendo's long-held attitude about user-created content. The company has traditionally restricted its fans' ability to post and share content in or about its games to other users—at least, without exchanging friend codes. The company's last major exception was Miiverse, a platform that debuted with the Wii U and allowed players to share stylus-authored drawings to the entire world should they receive moderators' approval. Some dubious users still came up with creative ways to get suggestive and inappropriate drawings past Nintendo moderators' eyes (and Miiverse has since been discontinued).

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TuxMachines: Graphics: Radeon and Mesa

Sunday 25th of February 2018 07:46:42 PM
  • Radeon Wattman's "Automan" Being Enabled For Vega On Linux

    With the upcoming Linux 4.17 kernel cycle there is initial support for Radeon Wattman with the AMDGPU kernel driver and modern Radeon graphics processors. "Automan" is now the latest being worked on for Vega GPUs.

    Automan as implied by the name is automatic Wattman handling for Linux. There was already automatic Wattman support via earlier AMDGPU patches for Polaris GPUs and can be enabled via the pp_power_profile_mode sysfs node to auto, but now there are patches for supporting newer Vega graphics processors.

  • UVD-Based HEVC Video Encoding Main Now Supported In Mesa 18.1

    Earlier this month AMD developers landed VCN-powered video encode support for the HEVC main format while now this has come to the UVD engine so it will work with pre-Raven GPUs.

    VCN "Video Core Next" is the new unified video encode/decode block found so far just on Raven Ridge APUs. That VCN support has been getting into Mesa while AMD's James Zhu this week enabled UVD-based encode for the HEVC main profile.

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TuxMachines: Chrome OS may soon be able to run Linux applications in a container

Sunday 25th of February 2018 07:45:03 PM

Even though Chrome OS is based on Linux (Gentoo Linux, to be exact), you can't run traditional desktop Linux applications. One solution to this problem is Crouton, a script that sets up a chroot of Ubuntu or Debian Linux on top of Chrome OS. While this does allow many people to use Chrome OS who otherwise couldn't, it's a hacky solution and requires enabling Developer Mode (which turns off most of Chrome OS' security features).

A new commit on the Chromium Gerrit has come to light, with the name "New device policy to allow Linux VMs on Chrome OS." The specific code adds a 'Better Together' menu in the Chrome OS settings, and allows IT administrators to turn the feature on or off.

Of course, the big news is that Chrome OS will almost certainly support running Linux applications at some point. That opens up a huge range of software, from open-source favorites like GIMP and LibreOffice, to Linux-compatible Steam games like Civilization V and Rocket League. Potentially, users could even install Wine to run some Windows programs.

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Ubuntu and Mint Leftovers

  • Ubuntu 18.04's Automatic Suspend Shows Linux Suspend Can Still Be An Issue In 2018
    One of the subtle changes that seemed to have been made during the Ubuntu 18.04 development cycle is automatic suspend now being enabled by default on desktop systems. Automatic suspend is flipped on with Ubuntu 18.04 desktop after a twenty minute delay of being idle, at least on several systems I've been running the daily Bionic Beaver with this month.
  • Bid “bonjour” to our Bionic Beaver!
    Along with a sneak preview of our official Bionic mascot, it’s a short update this week as we’re all heads-down in bug fixing mode. There are a couple of links to check out if you’re interested in what sort of data we want to collect about hardware and setup, with links to the source.
  • MintBox Mini 2
    Based on the Compulab Fitlet2, the new Mini is just as small as the original MintBox Mini and the MintBox Mini Pro but with much better specifications, better performance and a few more features.

Android Leftovers

  • Android tips and tricks: 10 great ways to boost your phone experience
  • About the privacy of the unlocking procedure for Xiaomi’s Mi 5s plus
    First, you got to register on Xiaomi’s website, and request for the permission to unlock the device. That’s already bad enough: why should I ask for the permission to use the device I own as I am pleased to? Anyway, I did that. The procedure includes receiving an SMS. Again, more bad: why should I give-up such a privacy thing as my phone number? Anyway, I did it, and received the code to activate my website account. Then I started the unlock program in a virtualbox Windows XP VM (yeah right… I wasn’t expecting something better anyway…), and then, the program tells me that I need to add my Xiaomi’s account in the phone. Of course, it then sends a web request to Xiaomi’s server. I’m already not happy with all of this, but that’s not it. After all of these privacy breaches, the unlock APP tells me that I need to wait 72 hours to get my phone to account association to be activated. Since I wont be available in the middle of the week, for me, that means waiting until next week-end to do that. Silly…
  • You Can Now Try Android Games Without Downloading Them
    Tired of downloading games only to realize they suck? Google Play Instant might mean never doing that again.
  • Plex for Android Will Soon Let You Cast Your Own Videos to Chromecast