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Phoronix: Chrome 56 Released With WebGL 2.0 By Default, FLAC Support

Thursday 26th of January 2017 02:41:18 AM
Chrome 56 is shipping tonight to stable users of Google's web-browser...

Phoronix: AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA OpenCL Performance With ArrayFire Using 18 GPUs

Thursday 26th of January 2017 02:00:00 AM
With now being able to benchmark ArrayFire via the Phoronix Test Suite, I've been having fun running a number of OpenCL graphics card tests with the 300+ available AF tests. The tests over the past week have been using the NVIDIA Linux driver while here are our first Radeon benchmark results using the AMDGPU-PRO driver stack.

Reddit: Visual code editors that work over an X tunnel?

Thursday 26th of January 2017 01:09:03 AM

Does anyone have any recommendations for a visual text editor that works over an X tunnel? I use Atom on my Linux box for programming, but it doesn't work over SSH. I know I really should get to know vim or emacs better, but I'm just looking for a simple text editor that gets the job done if I need to access the box remotely. Currently using Gedit which kinda sucks but isn't too bad. Thanks!

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TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Thursday 26th of January 2017 12:12:54 AM
  • Mac sales declined nearly 10% last year as Lenovo, Dell and others gained ground

    It’s not surprising that Mac sales dropped for Apple in 2016 as they experienced their first year over year sales decline since 2001. What is interesting, however, is that as Mac sales dropped roughly 10% and personal computers overall dropped 5.7% for the year, the top four leaders in the market all saw growth as Apple was pushed to number five.

    Although Mac sales were up in Q4 2016 compared to Q4 2015, an analyst note today from Bloomberg’s Anand Srinivasan and Wei Mok has revealed Apple has dropped to the fifth largest PC vendor, with ASUS (ASUSTeK) overtaking fourth place. The top four vendors are now Lenovo, HP, Dell, and ASUS.

  • Late Night Linux – Episode 02
  • Platform9 Introduces Infrastructure-Agnostic Managed Kubernetes Service
  • 10-bit HEVC Decoding Support Being Worked On For RadeonSI Gallium3D

    AMD developer Christian König is working on 10-bit HEVC video decoding support for the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver stack.

    HEVC/H.265's Main 10 profile allows 10-bits per sample. HEVC Main 10 support was added to Polaris graphics hardware. Last year there was HEVC Main 10 added to Radeon UVD code while now Christian is working on the user-space side.

  • Budgie Desktop Is Moving to Qt

    Tossing a startled cat amidst a proverbial flock pigeons, Budgie creator and Solus Project lead Ikey Doherty dropped word of the switch in a lengthy blog post that details the technical reasoning behind their plans for Budgie going forward.

  • GXml 0.13.90 Released

    With lot of work to do on XSD, but certainly happy to see GXml.Gom* classes taking shape, fixed lot of bugs since last 0.13.2 and starting to port some projects to this new version, I hope to soon release 0.14, just after most translation are in place.

    This new version, will provide a better supported XML GObject wrapped, using DOM4 API and initials of other technologies like XPath and XSD.

  • Poll: who needs 32bit packages for latest Plasma 5?

    During the past week I have been spending time on getting the latest KDE Frameworks, Plasma and Applications built. The new Applications 16.12 was quite a bit of work due to the splitting of tarballs in many smaller ones. Also, the Slackware 14.2 and -current versions have now diverged sufficiently that the packages I compile on 14.2 are no longer guaranteed to work on -current, so that introduces additional work.

  • Red Hat Breaks Above 200-Day Moving Average - Bullish for RHT

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TuxMachines: Linux Foundation: Microsoft and Hitachi

Thursday 26th of January 2017 12:12:20 AM

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TuxMachines: First antiX 17 Linux Net Images Are Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch"

Thursday 26th of January 2017 12:09:19 AM

The first antiX 16 (stable) and antiX 17 (testing) net images have been published today, January 25 2017, for both 64- and 32-bit platforms, allowing power users to fully customize their antiX Linux installations.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Thursday 26th of January 2017 12:08:00 AM
  • Technology of the Year 2017: The best hardware, software, and cloud services

    Looking over the winners of the 2017 Technology of the Year Awards, you can’t help but be struck by the startling number of open source projects. For several years now, we’ve watched as the more groundbreaking projects -- like Hadoop and MongoDB and AngularJS -- leapt from our Best of Open Source Software Awards packages into the rarified air of the Technology of the Year Awards, taking their place not only among the best open source software but among the best products period.

    This year, open source has finally tipped the balance. Among the 32 winners, at least 20 are either open source projects, cloud versions of open source projects, or commercial products with an open source core. The true number is probably higher, considering that many of the other winners are cloud services, which undoubtedly stand on open source foundations and may use open source in their secret sauce.

  • Open Source Year in Review Roundups Now Available

    The year 2016 was a momentous one for open source. From cloud computing platforms to big data and machine learning toolsets, transformative open source tools made more of a difference than ever for organizations large and small.

    Now, some interesting collections of 2016 open source year in review materials are taking shape. Here are a couple of year in review options worth checking into.

  • Building a 3D Game Engine with .NET Core [Ed: helping Microsoft embrace and extend]
  • Visual Studio on Linux
  • Digital and open source resources open La Crosse classrooms to learning

    Unlike some states, such as Texas, which require school districts to choose from an approved lists of textbooks, Wisconsin leaves the decision in the hands of school districts. When making textbook decisions, La Crosse School District supervisor of instruction and staff development Rob Tyvoll said the discussion starts with state standards.

    Textbook adoption committees identify concepts that need to be taught and bring in vendors to see what they offer. Committee members decide which of the options best fits the needs of the course.

    Textbook review and adoption happens on a cycle, Tyvoll said, which can be expedited in special circumstances, such as when the state adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. But Tyvoll said the internet gives teachers access to resources that are much more current than textbooks, allowing classes to stay up to date.

  • New to Programming? Check out these Outstanding Open Source Programming Books

    Computer programming offers a fascinating career path. It’s full of challenges, a great way of collaborating, teaches you how to think, and most importantly offers a way to improve your life. Become more productive, efficient, and effective in life by learning the discipline of coding.

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TuxMachines: Canonical Brings Kubernetes 1.5.2 Container Orchestration to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Thursday 26th of January 2017 12:07:58 AM

Canonical, through Jorge O. Castro, is proud to announce the general availability of the latest Kubernetes stable release in the company's specifically crafted software repositories for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

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TuxMachines: Budgie 11 Desktop Environment Development Kicks Off, Will Support GNOME Apps, Qt

Thursday 26th of January 2017 12:04:11 AM

Solus Project leader Ikey Doherty is kicking off the development of the Budgie 11 desktop environment, which will be used by default for the main edition of the Solus operating system.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:14:07 PM
  • Neofetch 3.0 Released

    The changes on offer in Neofetch 3.0 are fairly substantive, and range from additional operating system support to a new system-wide config installed to /etc/neofetch/config, including a slate of bug fixes, tweaks and improvements in-between.

    For example, you can now see CPU temperature out-put in Fahrenheit; multiple GPUs are listed on different lines; and KDE users will no longer see GTK theme output listed in their screen fetch!

    NeoFetch 3.0 is also able to fetch ‘now playing’ track data from even more music players, including Exaile, Quod Libet and JuK.

  • ABRT 2.10.0 - new features

    In the last release of ABRT we’ve introduced tons of new features. The most interesting ones are going to be summarized in this document.

  • NetworkManager 1.6 Released

    The developers working on NetworkManager have rolled out their big v1.6 feature update.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:13:08 PM
  • Stretch preparations before the freeze

    These are the last hours when we can update packages and they migrate to testing after 10 days right before the full freeze on 5 February.

    The latest Wireshark upstream version, 2.2.4 has been released on Monday and it is waiting patiently to be part of next Debian stable.

  • Worried about your online privacy? Download Linux distro Tails 2.10

    Donald Trump is US president now, and maybe you are happy about that. More power to you. Some folks, however, are terrified of the man. True, he only just started the job, but he has already declared war on the truth by lying about both inaugural crowd size and voter fraud. He has even publicly attacked the press for doing its job. Heck, Trump's FCC appointee, Ajit Pai, is a known opponent of net neutrality. With all of that said, it can be hard to feel that your privacy will be safe with such a curious administration.

  • Ebook: Beginner's Guide to Ubuntu Package Management
  • Ubuntu 17.04 Continues Prepping For Linux 4.10

    Ubuntu 17.04, the Zesty Zapus, is still planning to ship Linux 4.10 for its kernel when the OS ships in April.

    Linux 4.9 is still in the Zesty repository for now, but via the kernel team's unstable repository they are tracking upstream and have re-based to Linux 4.10-rc5.

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TuxMachines: Security Leftovers

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:12:09 PM
  • Linux nasty kicks weak, hacked gadgets when they're already down

    Several thousand Linux devices have been infected with a new Linux-based trojan, Russian security software firm Doctor Web warns.

    The Linux-Proxy-10 Trojan infects network devices running Linux, turning them into a platform for cybercrime that allows crooks to remain anonymous online. Black hats run freeware code called the Satanic Socks Server on infected devices.

    Miscreants hack into devices that are running with default passwords or are already infected with Linux malware in order to plant the malware.

  • A note about security after a possible security issue was discovered

    In future I would appreciate being told in private about any possible security issues. It's standard procedure to notify people in private to give them time to fix it. Putting it out in public right away, to be blunt, is a completely irresponsible thing to do. Luckily, we aren't a bank or anything that stores any sensitive information.

  • Tips and Tricks for Making VM Migration More Secure

    A challenge for any cloud installation is the constant tradeoff of availability versus security. In general, the more fluid your cloud system (i.e., making virtualized resources available on demand more quickly and easily), the more your system becomes open to certain cyberattacks. This tradeoff is perhaps most acute during active virtual machine (VM) migration, when a VM is moved from one physical host to another transparently, without disruption of the VM’s operations. Live virtual machine migration is a crucial operation in the day-to-day management of modern cloud environment.

  • Apollo Lake thin Mini-ITX board focuses on security

    Kontron’s “mITX-APL” thin Mini-ITX board offers Intel Apollo Lake SoCs with triple displays, dual GbE, dual SATA 3.0, mini-PCIe, and Kontron Secure Solution.

  • 7 ways we harden our KVM hypervisor at Google Cloud: Security in plaintext

    Google Cloud uses the open-source KVM hypervisor that has been validated by scores of researchers as the foundation of Google Compute Engine and Google Container Engine, and invests in additional security hardening and protection based on our research and testing experience. Then we contribute back our changes to the KVM project, benefiting the overall open-source community.

  • Look before you paste from a website to terminal

    Malicious code's color is set to that of the background, it's font size is set to 0, it is moved away from rest of the code and it is made un-selectable (that blue color thing doesn't reveal it); to make sure that it works in all possible OSes, browsers and screen sizes.

    This can be worse. If the code snippet had a command with sudo for instance, the malicious code will have sudo access too. Or, it can silently install a keylogger on your machine; possibilities are endless. So, the lesson here is, make sure that you paste code snippets from untrusted sources onto a text editor before executing it.

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TuxMachines: Portal 2 Fix and Linux Gaming Benchmarks

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:11:17 PM
  • Portal 2 has been patched to fix broken textures

    For quite some time Portal 2 [Steam] had broken textures on Linux and Windows. I reported the issue to Valve in April 2016 and they have now finally fixed it.

  • Core i3 vs. Core i5 Performance Impact On OpenGL/Vulkan Linux Gaming

    For a while now there have been some requests to post GPU benchmarks from some modern low-end and higher-end CPUs while testing different graphics cards, particularly to see the impact of the Vulkan API. With all the recent Kabylake testing, I've run some open-source AMD graphics tests using a Core i3 7100 and Core i5 7600K for those that may be weighing CPU options for a Linux gaming system upgrade.

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