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Phoronix: Ubuntu Plans For Consolidated Network Configuration

Sunday 31st of July 2016 04:08:10 PM
For Ubuntu 16.10, Canonical is planning to make use of a new project to unify and clean-up network configuration across Ubuntu projects from the desktop/server/cloud versions to MaaS and other forms...

TuxMachines: Snap! — Beyond teaching coding to would-be programmers

Sunday 31st of July 2016 03:11:34 PM

Block-based programming languages are not the be-all and end-all of Computer Science learning and they are not meant to be. You could use them without ever intending your students pursue a career in programming. For those who do want to become developers, tools like Snap! are a good starting point from which to get a handle on complex programming concepts, such as OOP, modularity, events, and so on. For other students, they provide a fun and consistent way of training your brain for logical reasoning and out-of-the-box problem solving.

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Reddit: Bluescreen after installing VLC Player

Sunday 31st of July 2016 03:06:58 PM

first of, i wanna point out that im not a linux buff, so dont be mad at me not understanding everything immediately. after i had trouble with a DVD, my father decided to install VLC on the Unibox we are using for TV. After he installed the plugin, the thing crashed with a bluescreen and he didnt reanimate it yet, as everytime it crashes with the exact same bluescreen. i wasnt able to make out anything except for something about DVB and a big fat FATAL SIGNAL at the end. any ideas?

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Phoronix: Btrfs ENOSPC Rework Lands For Linux 4.8, Boosts Throughput & Lowers Latency

Sunday 31st of July 2016 02:56:19 PM
The Btrfs "enospc-rework" that's been in development for several months by Facebook's Josef Bacik is landing with the Linux 4.8 kernel...

Reddit: Any guides on setting up a Debian-powered router?

Sunday 31st of July 2016 02:47:59 PM

I have a machine with 4 NICs and 1 wireless card. I'm trying to supply a few devices with Internet connection. I tried a few guides and none of them seem to work.

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Phoronix: NFS Client Sees Some Performance Improvements With Linux 4.8

Sunday 31st of July 2016 02:44:17 PM
The NFS client updates for the Linux 4.8 kernel feature a few prominent additions...

LXer: GNOME Maps App Is Functional Again, Switches to Mapbox API Through a GNOME Proxy

Sunday 31st of July 2016 02:23:08 PM
The GNOME developers behind the Maps application distributed as part of the GNOME Stack announced today the availability of an important release of the project since it lost access to the MapQuest service.

TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Sunday 31st of July 2016 02:18:13 PM
  • The Upgradeable Allwinner Dev Board That's Laptop-Compatible Raises $50k So Far

    At the beginning of the month I wrote about That Open, Upgradeable ARM Dev Board Is Trying To Make A Comeback, the EOMA68-spec'ed project formerly known as the Improv Dev Board. It's still using the same (rather slow) Allwinner SoC but has since seen some improvements and there's also a laptop compatible route too. The project has now raised more than $50k USD, but their goal is still three times that at $150k they are trying to raise over the next month.

  • My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

    Microsoft Office remains one of the most important software products available, despite some rather nasty flaws. For me, Microsoft Office and video games anchor me to Windows. While video games seem set to remain largely Windows-only for the foreseeable future, Office is losing its grip.

    For a long time, I used Office because it was faster. Perhaps more importantly, I knew most of it worked, and I could fairly quickly make a fresh installation do what I wanted. Office 365 has changed all of that.

    To be perfectly honest, I'm not entirely certain why I got Office 365. I was perfectly happy using Office 2010 that had been beaten about the ears enough to look and feel identical to Office 2003. It was quick, the context menus gave me access to all the commands I wanted, and I managed to get rid of both the spacing after the paragraphs and all those dumb "smart quotes."

    Perhaps someone sent me a file that wouldn't open in 2010. Perhaps it was yet another attempt to make Lync work. I will probably never remember. Regardless, the shift to Office 365's version of Office 2013 – and eventually 2016 – has been a descent into madness.

  • Deploy Kubernetes with ansible on Atomic
  • Install Zulip on Ubuntu
  • Parabola 2016.07.27 Screenshot Tour
  • Create two, three, many openSUSE Guides
  • Friday Session Wrap for Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • On managing Ruby versions

    This is a little thought on packaged Ruby versions (mostly in Linux-based systems) and why I don’t get many people advising newcomers to start by installing RVM when in reality they just want to program Ruby.

  • Are You Satisfied With Your Ubuntu Phone? (Poll)

    Ubuntu OTA 12 will have completed its phased roll out by the time you read this, and feedback to the changes it brings will not doubt have begun to roll in. Now that we’re almost 18 months on from the launch of the very first Ubuntu Phone I’m curious as to you are getting on with your Ubuntu Phone?

  • Snappy Sprint Heidelberg

    I recently attended Snappy Sprint Heidelberg, the first Snappy sprint focused on upstream and cross-distribution collaboration.

    Snappy is a technology with an interesting history: initially started to provide App Store-like semantics (atomicity, declarative security) for the Ubuntu Phone project, it has since expanded to be a platform for desktop application deployment (e.g. VLC), as well as server applications and the IoT space.

  • ReactOS 0.4.2 Nears With Many Features

    The first release candidate to the upcoming ReactOS 0.4.2 release is now available, the project aiming to be an open-source re-implementation of Microsoft Windows.

  • Software Freedom Kosova Conference SFK’16 Call for Speakers

    SKF | Software Freedom Kosova is an annual international conference in Kosovo organized to promote free/libre open source software, free culture and open knowledge, now in its 7th edition. It is organized by FLOSSK, a non governmental, not for profit organization, dedicated to promote software freedom and related philosophies.

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TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Sunday 31st of July 2016 02:14:35 PM

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TuxMachines: Security Leftovers

Sunday 31st of July 2016 02:11:53 PM
  • Xen patches critical guest privilege escalation bug

    A freshly uncovered bug in the Xen virtualisation hypervisor could potentially allow guests to escalate their privileges until they have full control of the hosts they're running on.

    The Xen hypervisor is used by cloud giants Amazon Web Services, IBM and Rackspace.

    Inadequate security checks of how virtual machines access memory means a malicous, paravirtualised guest administrator can raise their system privileges to that of the host on unpatched installations, Xen said.

  • Xen Vulnerability Allows Hackers To Escape Qubes OS VM And Own the Host
  • The Security of Our Election Systems [Too much of Microsoft]

    The FBI is investigating. WikiLeaks promises there is more data to come. The political nature of this cyberattack means that Democrats and Republicans are trying to spin this as much as possible. Even so, we have to accept that someone is attacking our nation's computer systems in an apparent attempt to influence a presidential election. This kind of cyberattack targets the very core of our democratic process. And it points to the possibility of an even worse problem in November ­ that our election systems and our voting machines could be vulnerable to a similar attack.

  • Data program accessed in cyber-attack on Democrats, says Clinton campaign [iophk: "Windows still"]

    A data program used by the campaign of the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, was “accessed” as a part of hack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that intelligence officials believe was carried out by Russia’s intelligence services, Clinton’s campaign said on Friday.

  • A Famed Hacker Is Grading Thousands of Programs — and May Revolutionize Software in the Process

    “There are applications out there that really do demonstrate good [security] hygiene … and the vast majority are somewhere else on the continuum from moderate to atrocious,” Peiter Zatko says. “But the nice thing is that now you can actually see where the software package lives on that continuum.”

    Joshua Corman, founder of I Am the Cavalry, a group aimed at improving the security of software in critical devices like cars and medical devices, and head of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative for the Atlantic Council, says the public is in sore need of data that can help people assess the security of software products.

    “Markets do well when an informed buyer can make an informed risk decision, and right now there is incredibly scant transparency in the buyer’s realm,” he says.

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Reddit: So I got myself a laptop running Linux now.

Sunday 31st of July 2016 01:33:41 PM

So I got myself a laptop running Linux now. Absolutely love how snappy it is. I'm running Manjaro on a first gen core I3.

What are some fun things to do with it though? I sort of want to learn how to use linux but it hasn't shat the bed yet so I haven't had to really get into it.

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TuxMachines: Games for GNU/Linux

Sunday 31st of July 2016 01:15:26 PM

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TuxMachines: GNOME Maps Is Back On Track Thanks to Mapbox

Sunday 31st of July 2016 12:56:44 PM

The desktop GNOME Maps app hit a dead-end earlier this month after the free service it used to display maps changed it usage policy.

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Reddit: How do you show off your Linux?

Sunday 31st of July 2016 12:51:24 PM

LXer: 3 Unique Takes on the Linux Terminal at Your Command

Sunday 31st of July 2016 12:28:46 PM
When I first started on my journey with Linux, back in the late 1990s, there was one inevitability: the terminal. You couldn’t escape it. The command line was a part of your daily interaction with the open source platform and that was that. Today’s Linux is a much different beast.

Phoronix: New ASoC Sound Drivers & More For Linux 4.8

Sunday 31st of July 2016 12:13:51 PM
Takashi Iwai's "sound" updates have been pulled in for the Linux 4.8 kernel...

Reddit: Linux Kernel versions question.

Sunday 31st of July 2016 11:34:37 AM

Hello,

I saw that 4.6.5 kernel was released some days ago. My question is, will the fixes included in 4.6.5 be included in the mainline 4.7 kernel ?

Does the opposite hold true ? if there is a fix in the 4.7 kernel will the fix be applied in older kernels if they share the same code?

Thanks

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Linux Development and LinuxCon

  • Linus Torvalds says GPL was defining factor in Linux's success
    Linus Torvalds and Dirk Hohndel, vice president and chief of open source at VMware, discussed the role that GNU GPL played in the success of Linux during a keynote conversation this week at LinuxCon NA in Toronto. Hohndel, who has been involved with the kernel for a very long time, said that during the past 25 years there have been many challenges, and one of the biggest challenges was the possibility of fragmentation. "How do we keep one single kernel?" he asked. "I used to be worried about fragmentation, and I used to think that it was inevitable at some point," said Torvalds. “Everyone was looking at the history of Linux and comparing it with UNIX. People would say that it’s going to fail because it's going to fragment. That's what happened before, so why even bother?" What made the difference was the license. "FSF [Free Software Foundation] and I don't have a loving relationship, but I love GPL v2," said Torvalds. "I really think the license has been one of the defining factors in the success of Linux because it enforced that you have to give back, which meant that the fragmentation has never been something that has been viable from a technical standpoint."
  • Making Use Of eBPF In The Mainline Linux Kernel
    One of the exciting innovations within the Linux kernel in the past few years has been extending the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) to become a more generalized in-kernel virtual machine. The eBPF work with recent versions of the Linux kernel allow it to be used by more than just networking so that these programs can be used for tracing, security, and more.
  • Linux turns 25 with a brilliant history
    Chances are, you use it every day. Linux runs every Android phone and tablet on Earth. And even if you’re on an iPhone or a Mac or a Windows machine, Linux is working behind the scenes, across the Internet, serving up most of the webpages you view and powering most of the apps you use. Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Wikipedia—it’s all running on Linux. Now, Linux is finding its way onto televisions, thermostats, and even cars. As software creeps into practically every aspect of our lives, so does the OS designed by Linus Torvalds.
  • Intel Lost Another Open-Source Driver Developer To Google Earlier This Summer
    There was another long-time Intel open-source Linux graphics driver developer that left the company earlier this summer and is now working at Google on the Chrome/Chromium OS graphics stack. Among the notable departures in the past few months from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center were Jesse Barnes, Wayland-founder Kristian Høgsberg, and Dirk Hohndel and apparently others that went under the radar or outside of our area of focus. Another graphics driver developer no longer at Intel is Chad Versace.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 For Haswell Lands With Intel's Mesa Driver