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LXer: 4 artificial intelligence trends to watch

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 11:15:24 PM
2018 is the year AI talk turns into action

Reddit: Just used LibreOffice Draw for a serious CAD (!) project - I was amazed how good it was - hats off to LibreOffice

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 10:35:42 PM

I was amazed how good it was, every feature you could want, accurate enough, handled export to other users on AutoCad (!). Handled scales and layers perfectly and kept performing well even when working on muliple large complex files at the same time - I must admit, I didn't expect this.

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LXer: Mozilla Files Suit Against FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 10:01:04 PM
Today, Mozilla filed a petition in federal court in Washington, DC against the Federal Communications Commission for its recent decision to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order. Why did we...

LinuxToday: Linux Microsoft Office Alternatives

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 10:00:00 PM

Datamation: There are a wide array of Linux alternatives to Microsoft Office

Phoronix: Purism Eyeing The i.MX8M For The Librem 5 Smartphone, Issues First Status Update

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 09:45:15 PM
If you have been curious about the state of Purism's Librem 5 smartphone project since its successful crowdfunding last year and expedited plans to begin shipping this Linux smartphone in early 2019, the company has issued their first status update...

Reddit: youtube-dl slow download speed, is anyone else experiencing this?

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 09:00:58 PM

I've found only one comment on the projects github page:

https://github.com/rg3/youtube-dl/issues/6923#issuecomment-358005980

Seems to have started today.

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LinuxToday: digiKam 5.8 Open-Source Image Manipulator Adds UPnP/DLNA Export, Improvements

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 09:00:00 PM

softpedia: The new version introduces a new tool that allows users to export their image collections to UPnP/DLNA-compatible devices.

Phoronix: Benchmarking Retpoline-Enabled GCC 8 With -mindirect-branch=thunk

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 09:00:00 PM
We have looked several times already at the performance impact of Retpoline support in the Linux kernel, but what about building user-space packages with -mindirect-branch=thunk? Here is the performance cost to building some performance tests in user-space with -mindirect-branch=thunk and -mindirect-branch=thunk-inline.

TuxMachines: KDE Plasma's Discover Package Manager Gets Better Snap and Flatpak Support

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 08:48:47 PM

After sharing last week more info on the maturity of Flatpak support in KDE Plasma's Discover package manager, now Nathaniel Graham published details on some new user-facing highlights of what's done in Plasma Discover in the last week or so, and there's quite a bunch of improvements for both Snap and Flatpak universal binary formats.

For Snaps, Plasma Discover now no longer lets users click the "Install" button during the installation of Snaps, displays information on the license for Snaps, as well as the size of Snaps that aren’t installed on user's computer. For Flatpak apps, it now shows the version number if that info is defined in the AppStream file.

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LXer: How to Install and Optimize Apache on Ubuntu

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 08:46:44 PM
Detailed, beginner-friendly instructions on how to install, configure, and optimize Apache on an Ubuntu server.

TuxMachines: KWin/X11 is feature frozen

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 08:42:01 PM

Yesterday the KDE Community released the Beta for Plasma 5.12 LTS. With that release the feature freeze for 5.12 is in place and also an eternal feature freeze for KWin/X11. To quote the release announcement: “5.12 is the last release which sees feature development in KWin on X11. With 5.13 onwards only new features relevant to Wayland are going to be added.” This raised quite some questions, concerns and misunderstandings in the social networks. With this blog post I try to address those question and explain why this change in policy is done.

Also: KDE's KWin Now Considers Its X11 Code To Be Under An "Eternal Feature Freeze"

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TuxMachines: Plasma 5.12 LTS beta available in PPA for testing on Artful & Bionic

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 08:38:08 PM

Adventurous users, testers and developers running Artful 17.10 or our development release Bionic 18.04 can now test the beta version of Plasma 5.12 LTS.

Also: Kubuntu 17.10 and 18.04 Users Can Now Try the KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Desktop

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Reddit: Why are there so many Linux distros?

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 08:22:16 PM

Phoronix: Mesa 18.0 Will Enter Its Feature Freeze Soon

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 08:06:48 PM
The Mesa 18.0 feature freeze and release candidate will be issued in the days ahead...

LXer: Why building a community is worth the extra effort

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 07:32:24 PM
When we launched Nethesis in 2003, we were just system integrators. We only used existing open source projects. Our business model was clear: Add multiople forms of value to those projects: know-how, documentation for the Italian market, extra modules, professional support, and training courses. We gave back to upstream projects as well, through upstream code contributions and by participating in their communities.read more

Reddit: Is crossover worth the purchase?

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 07:06:42 PM

I want to switch over to linux, but I rely on m$ office - I've heard that CrossOver 17 has office 2016 support - Is it worth the purchase?

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More in Tux Machines

Linux Gaming For Older/Lower-End Graphics Cards In 2018

A request came in this week to look at how low-end and older graphics cards are performing with current generation Linux games on OpenGL and Vulkan. With ten older/lower-end NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards, here is a look at their performance with a variety of native Linux games atop Ubuntu using the latest Radeon and NVIDIA drivers. Read more Also: Wine 3.0 open-source compatibility layer now available

Red Hat Patch Warning

  • We Didn't Pull CPU Microcode Update to Pass the Buck
  • Red Hat Will Revert Spectre Patches After Receiving Reports of Boot Issues
    Red Hat is releasing updates that are reverting previous patches for the Spectre vulnerability (Variant 2, aka CVE-2017-5715) after customers complained that some systems were failing to boot. "Red Hat is no longer providing microcode to address Spectre, variant 2, due to instabilities introduced that are causing customer systems to not boot," the company said yesterday. "The latest microcode_ctl and linux-firmware packages are reverting these unstable microprocessor firmware changes to versions that were known to be stable and well tested, released prior to the Spectre/Meltdown embargo lift date on Jan 3rd," Red Had added.

Android Leftovers

Security: Updates, SOS Fund, IR, ME, and WPA

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Seeking SOS Fund Projects
    I’m spending some time over the next few days looking for the next round of projects which might benefit from an SOS Fund security audit.
  • Strong Incident Response Starts with Careful Preparation
    Through working every day with organizations’ incident response (IR) teams, I am confronted with the entire spectrum of operational maturity. However, even in the companies with robust IR functions, the rapidly evolving threat landscape, constantly changing best practices, and surplus of available tools make it easy to overlook important steps during planning. As a result, by the time an incident occurs, it’s too late to improve their foundational procedures.
  • The Intel Management Engine: an attack on computer users' freedom
    Over time, Intel imposed the Management Engine on all Intel computers, removed the ability for computer users and manufacturers to disable it, and extended its control over the computer to nearly 100%. It even has access to the main computer's memory.
  • What Is WPA3, and When Will I Get It On My Wi-Fi?
    WPA2 is a security standard that governs what happens when you connect to a closed Wi-Fi network using a password. WPA2 defines the protocol a router and Wi-Fi client devices use to perform the “handshake” that allows them to securely connect and how they communicate. Unlike the original WPA standard, WPA2 requires implementation of strong AES encryption that is much more difficult to crack. This encryption ensures that a Wi-Fi access point (like a router) and a Wi-Fi client (like a laptop or phone) can communicate wirelessly without their traffic being snooped on.