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Reddit: [Question] [Request] anyone got direct download links for the Linux distros in the Microsoft store?

Sunday 17th of June 2018 08:29:44 PM

I’m looking for the direct links to download them so I can install them without using the Microsoft store

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TuxMachines: today's howtos and leftovers

Sunday 17th of June 2018 08:29:05 PM

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TuxMachines: OSS Leftovers

Sunday 17th of June 2018 08:28:33 PM
  • Using Open Source Software in a SecDevOps Environment

    On 21 June 2018 the Open Source Software3 Institute is hosting a discussion that should be of high interest to enterprise technologists in the DC/Northern Virginia, Maryland area. From their invite:

    Come hear from our panelists about how the worlds of Open Source Software and the Secure Development / Operations (SecDevOps) intersect and strengthen one another. SecDevOps seeks to embed security in the development process as deeply as DevOps has done with operations, and Open Source Software is a major factor in Security, Development, and Operations.

    Tickets are free, but you need to register soon because seating is limited.

  • TenFourFox FPR8b1 available

    TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 8 beta 1 is now available (downloads, release notes, hashes). There is much less in this release than I wanted because of a family member in the hospital and several technical roadblocks. Of note, I've officially abandoned CSS grid again after an extensive testing period due to the fact that we would need substantial work to get a functional implementation, and a partially functional implementation is worse than none at all (in the latter case, we simply gracefully degrade into block-level divs). I also was not able to finish the HTML input date picker implementation, though I've managed to still get a fair amount completed of it, and I'll keep working on that for FPR9. The good news is, once the date picker is done, the time picker will use nearly exactly the same internal plumbing and can just be patterned off it in the same way. Unlike Firefox's implementation, as I've previously mentioned our version uses native OS X controls instead of XUL, which also makes it faster. That said, it is a ghastly hack on the Cocoa widget side and required some tricky programming on 10.4 which will be the subject of a later blog post.

  • GNU dbm 1.15

    GDBM tries to detect inconsistencies in input database files as early as possible. When an inconcistency is detected, a helpful diagnostics is returned and the database is marked as needing recovery. From this moment on, any GDBM function trying to access the database will immediately return error code (instead of eventually segfaulting as previous versions did). In order to reconstruct the database and return it to healthy state, the gdbm_recover function should be used.

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TuxMachines: Server: GNU/Linux Dominance in Supercomputers, Windows Dominance in Downtime

Sunday 17th of June 2018 08:25:09 PM
  • Five Supercomputers That Aren't Supercomputers

    A supercomputer, of course, isn't really a "computer." It's not one giant processor sitting atop an even larger motherboard. Instead, it's a network of thousands of computers tied together to form a single whole, dedicated to a singular set of tasks. They tend to be really fast, but according to the folks at the International Supercomputing Conference, speed is not a prerequisite for being a supercomputer.

    But speed does help them process tons of data quickly to help solve some of the world's most pressing problems. Summit, for example, is already booked for things such as cancer research; energy research, to model a fusion reactor and its magnetically confined plasma tohasten commercial development of fusion energy; and medical research using AI, centering around identifying patterns in the function and evolution of human proteins and cellular systems to increase understanding of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, or addiction, and to inform the drug discovery process.

  • Office 365 is suffering widespread borkage across Blighty


    Some users are complaining that O365 is "completely unusable" with others are reporting a noticeable slowdown, whinging that it's taking 30 minutes to send and receive emails.  

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TuxMachines: Google: VR180, Android and the Asus Chromebook Flip C101

Sunday 17th of June 2018 08:22:49 PM

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Reddit: Are there any automated, open source door locks? I want to avoid the security issue of support eventually being dropped.

Sunday 17th of June 2018 08:18:27 PM

Sorry mods that this isn't immediately Linux related, but this is one of the best places to ask, plus I'd like Linux support (eg being able to ssh in to change settings).

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TuxMachines: Security Leftovers

Sunday 17th of June 2018 08:15:00 PM
  • Hackers May Have Already Defeated Apple’s USB Restricted Mode For iPhone

    Recently, the iPhone-maker announced a security feature to prevent unauthorized cracking of iPhones. When the device isn’t unlocked for an hour, the Lightning port can be used for nothing but charging. The feature is a part of the iOS 12 update, which is expected to launch later this month.

  • Cops Are Confident iPhone Hackers Have Found a Workaround to Apple’s New Security Feature

    Apple confirmed to The New York Times Wednesday it was going to introduce a new security feature, first reported by Motherboard. USB Restricted Mode, as the new feature is called, essentially turns the iPhone’s lightning cable port into a charge-only interface if someone hasn’t unlocked the device with its passcode within the last hour, meaning phone forensic tools shouldn’t be able to unlock phones.

    Naturally, this feature has sent waves throughout the mobile phone forensics and law enforcement communities, as accessing iPhones may now be substantially harder, with investigators having to rush a seized phone to an unlocking device as quickly as possible. That includes GrayKey, a relatively new and increasingly popular iPhone cracking tool. But forensics experts suggest that Grayshift, the company behind the tech, is not giving up yet.

  • How Secure Are Wi-Fi Security Cameras?
  • Trump-Kim Meeting Was a Magnet For Russian Cyberattacks

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Reddit: Better setup for developer's workstation

Sunday 17th of June 2018 08:11:53 PM

Over the years I've used most of major and minor linux distros and since Fedora 21 I'm with it.
Now days I feel that it becomes new Ubuntu and I hate it - it becomes really bloated disto.

So, I'm exploring options to go with some basic distro with good community support and not so have to maintain as my main daily job is software development.

Few of my colleagues use Arch Linux with i3 and Gnome.

Idea behind i3 is really great but I need from time to time to undock my laptop and go to conferences, do some presentations, setup meetings so I'm not sure if that is suitable for that type of tasks as well.

I'm not highly opinionated on this so any suggestion is more then welcome :)

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TuxMachines: Linux 4.18 Outline

Sunday 17th of June 2018 06:33:27 PM
  • AppArmor In Linux 4.18 Supports Audit Rule Filtering

    Sent out earlier this week were the AppArmor feature updates for the Linux 4.18 kernel merge window.

  • The Changes & New Features For Linux 4.18, Benchmarks Are Incoming

    With the early release of Linux 4.18-rc1, feature development on Linux 4.18 is over and it's onto roughly eight weeks worth of testing and bug fixes. For those that are behind in their Phoronix reading with our extensive and original reporting on the Linux 4.18 merge window happenings, here is our recap of the big changes that made it into Linux 4.18. We are also in the process of firing off the start of our Linux 4.18 kernel benchmarks.

  • Features That Didn't Make It For The Mainline Linux 4.18 Kernel

    There are many changes and new features for Linux 4.18 with the merge window having just closed on this next kernel version, but still there are some prominent features that have yet to work their way to the mainline tree.

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Sunday 17th of June 2018 05:38:08 PM

Reddit: I made a Linux app that takes a different approach to browsing internet. Janus Workspace Desktop - Browse Easier

Sunday 17th of June 2018 05:33:46 PM

Hi Reddit,

This is my first desktop app (developed and primarily used on Ubuntu). You can find it here -

Janus Workspace Desktop takes on a different approach to browsing. It allows you to open as many windows as you like in every tab and navigate easily between them.

All windows opened within Janus Workspace share the same session. Meaning you can log in with a certain account once and use the same login in Janus. If you want a separate session, sort of a persistent Incognito you can open such windows as well. It is really useful for monitoring several ad campaigns for different profiles. It supports a huge amount of regular browser functionalities and shortcuts -> You can find Janus Twitter account at and here is a simple usage example

If you want to try it out - I have added a special user for Reddit - username is Reddit and password is reddit.

No usage statistics are kept in the application. The only user data that is being kept in it is your registration info. All login details that you use in it are out of Janus's reach. Google Analytics statistic is anonymous and can be stopped from the settings menu.

Also - there is a chrome extension version that is rather limited due to the chrome enviroment. For more functionalities check the desktop version of Janus. If you want a ligther more limited version, the chrome extension is just for you :) ->

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LXer: Linus Torvalds Kicks Off Development of Linux Kernel 4.18, First RC Is Out Now

Sunday 17th of June 2018 05:15:16 PM
A day early than expected, Linus Torvalds kicked off the development cycle of the next kernel series, Linux 4.18, with the release of the first RC (Release Candidate) milestone.

Reddit: Bash script for copying files to another directory and renaming it

Sunday 17th of June 2018 04:10:07 PM

Hi everyone,

I am newbie in this, so I would like to ask for help with making a bash script, which would copy all my file ending with ".top" (*.top) and copies of that files also rename * (intead of star there are names of ligands, and it should be the same name as in originally ".top", but I need add "-mass" before ".top"). And new copies should go to "../dir1/dir2" directory.

Thank You...

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Reddit: Premiere Pro alternative!!??

Sunday 17th of June 2018 03:18:27 PM

Can anyone who have used Premiere Pro tell me: why does almost all video editors on Linux don't have curves and advanced curves? For instance a speed ramp, or an opacity curve, gain curve, rotation curve....or even Luma mattes, transform, mirror, duplicate...or titling tools that toggles letter spacing, all caps button, titling keyframes, all of these are tools I use almost every projects. Where all all of these Premiere functions in Linux video editors? I like Linux, I do, but what's keeping me away is that it doesn't like it when it's removed from my drive(totally off topic) and it doesn't have a decent replacement for Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro has a serious problem with background services running when I'm editing so it hogs my computer, but while Linux video editors doesn't have this problem it doesn't have the basic functionality that I use every time with Premiere Pro. Can someone bring some light to this topic please?

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Reddit: Apple Music on Linux

Sunday 17th of June 2018 02:52:44 PM

LXer: Microsoft is Still 'Cybermobbing' Its Competition Using Patent Trolls Such as Finjan

Sunday 17th of June 2018 02:46:36 PM
In the "cybersecurity" space, a sub-domain where many software patents have been granted by the US patent office, the patent extortion by Microsoft-connected trolls (and Microsoft's 'protection' racket) seems to carry on; but Microsoft continues to insist that it has changed its ways

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Openwashing: Facebook, Microsoft/Adobe and More

Hyperthreading From Intel Seen as Dodgy, Buggy

  • Intel Hyper Threading Performance With A Core i7 On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
    Following the news yesterday of OpenBSD disabling Intel Hyper Threading by default within its OS over security concerns and plans to disable Simultaneous Multi Threading for other processors/architectures too, here are some fresh Intel HT benchmarks albeit on Ubuntu Linux. The OpenBSD developer involved characterized HT/SMT as "doesn't necessarily have a positive effect on performance; it highly depends on the workload. In all likelihood it will actually slow down most workloads if you have a CPU with more than two cores." So here are some benchmarks using a current-generation Intel Core i7 8700K six-core processor with Hyper Threading.
  • SMT Disabled by Default in -current
  • OpenBSD Will Disable Intel Hyper-Threading To Avoid Spectre-Like Exploits
    OpenBSD, an open source operating system that focuses on security, announced that it will disable Intel’s Hyper-Threading (HT) feature so that attackers can no longer employ Spectre-like cache timing attacks.
  • Intel’s hyperthreading blocked on OpenBSD amid hints of new Spectre-like bugs
    The maintainer of open source Unix-like operating system, OpenBSD, has announced that it will disable hyperthreading on Intel CPUs because of security concerns. It claims that simultaneous multithreading creates a potential new attack vector for Spectre-like exploits, and plans to expand its disabling of multithreading technologies to other chip manufacturers in the near future.

Programming/Development: ISO C++, Rust, FBGraphics and So-called 'DevOps'

  • Trip Report: C++ Standards Meeting in Rapperswil, June 2018
    A couple of weeks ago I attended a meeting of the ISO C++ Standards Committee (also known as WG21) in Rapperswil, Switzerland. This was the second committee meeting in 2018; you can find my reports on preceding meetings here (March 2018, Jacksonville) and here (November 2017, Albuquerque), and earlier ones linked from those. These reports, particularly the Jacksonville one, provide useful context for this post. At this meeting, the committee was focused full-steam on C++20, including advancing several significant features — such as Ranges, Modules, Coroutines, and Executors — for possible inclusion in C++20, with a secondary focus on in-flight Technical Specifications such as the Parallelism TS v2, and the Reflection TS.
  • Proposal for a staged RFC process
    I consider Rust’s RFC process one of our great accomplishments, but it’s no secret that it has a few flaws. At its best, the RFC offers an opportunity for collaborative design that is really exciting to be a part of. At its worst, it can devolve into bickering without any real motion towards consensus. If you’ve not done so already, I strongly recommend reading aturon’s excellent blog posts on this topic. The RFC process has also evolved somewhat organically over time. What began as “just open a pull request on GitHub” has moved into a process with a number of formal and informal stages (described below). I think it’s a good time for us to take a step back and see if we can refine those stages into something that works better for everyone. This blog post describes a proposal that arose over some discussions at the Mo
  • C gfx library for the Linux framebuffer with parallelism support
    FBGraphics was made to produce fullscreen pixels effects easily with non-accelerated framebuffer by leveraging multi-core processors, it is a bit like a software GPU (much less complex and featured!), the initial target platform is a Raspberry PI 3B and extend to the NanoPI (and many others embedded devices), the library should just work with many others devices with a Linux framebuffer altough there is at the moment some restrictions on the supported framebuffer format (24 bits).
  • 16 blogs and newsletters to follow for DevOps practitioners

Brave/Mozilla News

  • Deterministic Firefox Builds
    As of Firefox 60, the build environment for official Firefox Linux builds switched from CentOS to Debian. As part of the transition, we overhauled how the build environment for Firefox is constructed. We now populate the environment from deterministic package snapshots and are much more stringent about dependencies and operations being deterministic and reproducible. The end result is that the build environment for Firefox is deterministic enough to enable Firefox itself to be built deterministically.
  • Brave Launches User Trials for Opt-In Ads That Reward Viewers
    We’ve been busy building our new Basic Attention Token (BAT) platform, which includes a new consent-based digital advertising model that benefits users, publishers, and advertisers. Our first phase started last Fall with the integration of BAT into Brave Payments, and enabled users to anonymously distribute contributions to their favorite publishers and creators.
  • Get Paid For Watching Ads: Brave Browser Announces Opt-in Trials
    Brave, the web browser which garnered a huge fan following, predominantly for its ad blocking feature, and depriving advertisers of confiscating private data by blocking trackers is in the news again. And this time, users can earn some cash. In a blog post, Brave announced that it will be conducting voluntary testing of their new ad model in which they will showcase at least 250 pre-packaged ads to users who will sign up for their early access version. Thus, offering a small amount of money in the form of micropayments.