Linux Now Flies Along With A Drone Under Ubuntu and Parrot: S.L.A.M Dunk Droid To Come Out Soon
A new drone is about to hit the tech world by storm and it is called the S.L.A.M. dunk by Parrot from France. This news started roaming around the Internet on September 8. But it is not just a drone because when it is not up in the air flying, it also serves as a computer, which is powered by Linux.
- Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) New Default Wallpaper-package is Out
- Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Official Mascot Is Here. What Do You Think?
Hearthstone is the only game I play that doesn't have a Linux release. A couple weeks ago Blizzard introduced an expansion to the game, called Karazhan. Before the update HS worked wonderfully on PoL, but unfortunately the update broke it. However, just 2 weeks later I decide to check if they have maybe fixed this issue, and after simply reinstalling the game it works perfectly!
I admire the guys who actually fix the stuff that breaks, and don't just spew out new things and forget them immediately. Awesome job, I got so happy I had to donate.
(I hope this kind of thread doesn't break the rules or isn't considered spam)submitted by /u/mmaramara
The future of money
What happens when the way we buy, sell and pay for things changes, perhaps even removing the need for banks or currency exchange bureaus? That's the radical promise of a world powered by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. We're not there yet, but in this sparky talk, digital currency researcher Neha Narula describes the collective fiction of money — and paints a picture of a very different looking future.
Bitmain launches open-source bitcoin mining pool
Bitmain, one of the world's leading manufacturers of Bitcoin mining hardware, has announced the launch of an open-source bitcoin mining pool, as a part of its free bitcoin block explorer, analytics tool and bitcoin wallet BTC.com.
- Bitmain Launches BTC.Com, a New Open-source Bitcoin Mining Pool with Zero Mining Fee!
Open Source Execution without Dropping Windows
IT managers are seeking alternative ways to replace their legacy software, without dropping Windows operating system due to high cost implementation and license dependency of proprietary software. Open Source software has found its way into enterprises infrastructures as it provides access to third party vendors and developers to modify the software and publish them. They are also known as Free or Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS). FLOSS licenses users with the freedom to study and modify the program, to run for any function and to redistribute copies of either the original or modified source code (without having to pay royalties to previous developers). And, enterprises can update the FLOSS executions according to their requirement and also publish it for the other user’s requirement. This is one of the reasons why enterprises appreciate Open Source products and its advantages.
Due to the open nature of the software, the design deliberations are open in contrast to the closed processes of proprietary vendors’ software. Also, the Open Source software products are easy to assess and evaluate with the help of the Community and Help pages. Open Source allows anyone to contribute code and permits software to integrate with not commonly encountered use cases, that a proprietary vendor would least taken into consideration. In terms of innovation, the Open Source development reflects Bill Joy’s law: “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.” That is unfeigned for all the software vendors, so leveraging a product with potentially larger developer base enables access to greater innovation.
Startup Arya.ai Launches Open Source AI Tool Braid
Braid is designed as an open source tool for developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems. According to Vinay Kumar Sankarapu, CEO and founder of Arya.ai, by introducing open sourcing key tools in AI, the emerging field will grow faster and developers will be able to easily design more impactful applications.
Arya.ai's Braid Aims to Weave Together Neural Network Components
Startup Arya.ai on Monday introduced Braid, an open source tool available for free to companies developing neural networks. Braid is a flexible, customizable, modular meta-framework that works with operating systems for deep learning. It is designed for rapid development and to support arbitrary network designs. It is simple and scalable, for use with networks that need to handle many data points at large volume, Arya.ai said. Braid allows for quick experimentation without having to worry about the boilerplate components of the code.
- Keynote: Open Source is a Positive-Sum Game - Sam Ramji, CEO, Cloud Foundry Foundation
- Free Software Directory recapping the "Golden Oldies" meeting
FSF Events: Free Software Foundation community meetup (Washington, D.C.)
Come share snacks and refreshments with the free software community. FSF campaigns manager Zak Rogoff will be happy to talk about our ongoing battle against Digital Restrictions Management in Web standards, the recent European net neutrality victory, our role in the new White House source code policy, and almost anything else you ask him about. The FSF will provide the first round of snacks and beers, with more available from the menu.
This is an informal gathering for anyone interested in spending time with the free software community or learning more about the FSF; you are welcome, whether you are free software noob or hacker extraodinaire.
- MySQL 0-day could lead to total system compromise
MySQL Exploit Evidently Patched
News began circulating yesterday that the popular open source database MySQL contains a publicly disclosed vulnerability that could be used to compromise servers. The flaw was discovered by researcher Dawid Golunski and began getting media attention after he published a partial proof-of-concept of the exploit, which is purposefully incomplete to prevent abuse. He said the exploit affects "all MySQL servers in default configuration in all version branches (5.7, 5.6, and 5.5) including the latest versions." In addition, MariaDB and Percona DB which are derived from MySQL are affected.
- Tuesday's security updates
[Mozilla:] Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility
There have been far too many “incidents” recently that demonstrate the Internet is not as secure as it needs to be. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve seen countless headlines about online security breaches. From the alleged hack of the National Security Agency’s “cyberweapons” to the hack of the Democratic National Committee emails, and even recent iPhone security vulnerabilities, these stories reinforce how crucial it is to focus on security.
Internet security is like a long chain and each link needs to be tested and re-tested to ensure its strength. When the chain is broken, bad things happen: a website that holds user credentials (e.g., email addresses and passwords) is compromised because of weak security; user credentials are stolen; and, those stolen credentials are then used to attack other websites to gain access to even more valuable information about the user.
One weak link can break the chain of security and put Internet users at risk. The chain only remains strong if technology companies, governments, and users work together to keep the Internet as safe as it can be.
IoT malware exploits DVRs, home cameras via default passwords
The Internet of Things business model dictates that devices be designed with the minimum viable security to keep the products from blowing up before the company is bought or runs out of money, so we're filling our homes with net-connected devices that have crummy default passwords, and the ability to probe our phones and laptops, and to crawl the whole internet for other vulnerable systems to infect.
Linux/Mirai is an ELF trojan targeting IoT devices, which Malware Must Die describes as the most successful ELF trojan. It's very difficult to determine whether these minimal-interface devices are infected, but lab tests have discovered the malware in a wide range of gadgets.
Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet
First, a little background. If you want to take a network off the Internet, the easiest way to do it is with a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS). Like the name says, this is an attack designed to prevent legitimate users from getting to the site. There are subtleties, but basically it means blasting so much data at the site that it's overwhelmed. These attacks are not new: hackers do this to sites they don't like, and criminals have done it as a method of extortion. There is an entire industry, with an arsenal of technologies, devoted to DDoS defense. But largely it's a matter of bandwidth. If the attacker has a bigger fire hose of data than the defender has, the attacker wins.
Internet's defences being probed: security expert
A big player, most possibly a nation state, has been testing the security of companies that run vital parts of the Internet's infrastructure, according to well-known security expert Bruce Schneier.
In an essay written for the Lawfare blog, Schneier, an inventor of the Blowfish, Twofish and Yarrow algorithms, said that the probes which had been observed appeared to be very carefully targeted and seemed to be testing what exactly would be needed to compromise these corporations.
Schneier said he did not know who was carrying out the probes but, at a first guess, said it was either China or Russia.
Pointing out that the easiest way to take a network off the Internet was by using a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, he said that major firms that provide the basic infrastructure to make the Internet work had recently seen an escalation of such attacks.
Hackers smear Olympic athletes with data dump of medical files
Hackers are trying to tarnish the U.S. Olympic team by releasing documents they claim show athletes including gymnast Simone Biles and tennis players Venus and Serena Williams used illegal substances during the Rio Games.
The medical files, allegedly from the World Anti-Doping Agency, were posted Tuesday on a site bearing the name of the hacking group Fancy Bears. “Today we'd like to tell you about the U.S. Olympic team and their dirty methods to win,” said a message on the hackers' site.
The World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed it had been hacked and blamed Fancy Bears, a Russian state-sponsored cyber espionage team that is also known as APT 28 -- the very same group that may have recently breached the Democratic National Committee.
KDE regularly polls as the most popular desktop environment for Linux. However, because more desktops use GNOME applications, to many users KDE might as well be a separate operating system. That is unfortunate, because some of the most feature-rich free applications are designed for KDE.
I am not referring here to utilities like the Kate text editor, the Konsole terminal, or even the Dolphin file manager. All of these are well-integrated into KDE and have all the features any user could want, but most of them are matched by GNOME counterparts. Rather, I am thinking of applications that are outstanding by any measure, the best of breed in their software categories.
- Blender and Flatpak (bis)
- anytime 0.0.1: New package for 'anything' to POSIXct (or Date)
- Vim 8.0 Arrives With New Features — First Major Release In 10 Years
- Vim 8.0 released
VirtualBox 5.1.6 Brings Many Fixes
VirtualBox 5.1.6 was released on Monday with many fixes and minor improvements for this Oracle cross-platform virtualization tech.
- Blackmagic Fusion 8.2 Launches on Linux
- Blackmagic Design Announces Fusion 8.2 is Now Shipping
The reason? I am not so fond of an LXDE desktop environment that isn't an integrated desktop environment per se, but rather a collection of different small tools under the same roof.
But anyway I thought there should be a review for this distribution, especially because it is in the Top-20 of Distrowatch rating.
As happened multiple times before, the trigger was a request from my customers. One of them ordered a disk with Lubuntu 16.04 operating system. You can order your personal copy of Lubuntu operating system too!
In the early days of Linux it was possible to do high-quality audio recording, but it was often difficult to set up. Then Ubuntu Studio made it a lot easier.
Back in 2000-2002, after studying B2B marketing, I started to work at an engineering office. Aside from marketing and sales stuff, I was in charge of optimizing the number of workstations and licenses to match our real needs and cut costs.
We had many expensive CAD workstations that were mainly running Unix at the time, from vendors such as SGI, IBM, and Sun, with costly CATIA, Euclid, and Unigraphics software.
I was a computer geek but because of my studies in marketing, I didn't have the opportunity to play with Unix systems. Then I discovered GNU/Linux, and I downloaded some available distributions, including Red Hat, Mandrake, and Debian. These distros were not easy to install like they are today, and often even getting the network working was difficult, but having a terminal on a cheap laptop was great.
In 2004 I adopted Ubuntu, a version of Linux that was good for new users.
Thanks to Framasoft.org, I already was using a lot of open source applications before switching to Linux, such as Firefox, OpenOffice, Gimp, and Inkscape.
Intel's GPU-Accelerated Precise Touch & Stylus Tech Still Not Mainlined For Linux
Intel's Precise Touch and Stylus (IPTS) technology offers GPU-accelerated multi-touch/stylus handling using OpenCL. While there have been kernel patches for a few months floating around, this support has yet to be merged into the mainline Linux kernel.
A Phoronix reader wrote in this morning to say that the IPTS code remains available for Linux but isn't mainline. He also pointed out that the IPTS support is needed for supporting the touchscreen/stylus on devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
- NVIDIA Doubles TX1 Deep Learning Speed & Efficiency With Software Upgrade
- Modesetting, PRIME Cursor Improvements Land In X.Org Server
Steam Client Beta Adds Radial Menu Mode, Other Steam Controller Improvements
Linux gamers making use of a Steam Controller will want to try out the latest Steam Client Beta.
Frenetic twin stick shooter and platformer ‘RIVE’ was released on Steam, it's Two Tribes final game
Although some may think that this is a cheap marketing campaign, there is a truly interesting article written by the developers where they explain the alleged reasons for not making games anymore. Though, after reading it, I can’t help but wonder: what would happen if the game turns out to be a massive commercial hit? Would they change their minds?
Space Pirates and Zombies 2 still planned for Linux, not due for at least another 4 months
Space Pirates and Zombies 2 [Official Site] looks damn good, the reviews are looking good for it too and it is still planned for Linux which is great news.
- If you don't own Company of Heroes 2 yet, it's now 75% off on Steam, go get it
So, I personally am a Unity user because it looks great, it is stable, things are not moved around between releases, the user experience is comfortable, and there is just a professional feeling all around.
There is, however, a bunch of small UX lemons that I have found:
- On every login, I am reminded that my hostname is not compatible with something called Avahi, and thus Avahi is disabled. Why would this be important to mention? I would expect it to be the other way around: when you explicitly want to start using Avahi, it would tell you that you have to modify your hostname.
- Despite setting all my update preferences to "every two weeks", the update dialog pops up on every login, and when I click "Remind me later", it pops up for another occasion after couple of minutes.
- Hibernate is still disabled by default, even though it would work just fine on many machines. Even suspend does not work reliably on all machines with Linux anyway, so why be so conservative about hibernate?
- When I open the mini calendar from the top bar, the current day is highlighted with orange color. However, when I change the month, the same day (by number) is highlighted from that other month. This can create an impression that the current month is something different than it actually is.
There could be some garden party to do something about these little papercuts. Have you found any others?submitted by /u/jones_supa