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LXer: Canonical Patches Security Issue on Ubuntu Forums, Passwords Weren't Compromised

Friday 15th of July 2016 02:58:38 PM
It would appear that, on the day of July 14, 2016, the Ubuntu Forums were compromised by someone who managed to get past the security measures implemented by Canonical and access the forum's database. This Week in Open Source News: AGL Releases Unified Code Base 2.0, Enterprise Software Uses Flawed Code, & More

Friday 15th of July 2016 02:45:41 PM
Title: This Week in Open Source News: AGL Releases Unified Code Base 2.0, Enterprise Software Uses Flawed Code, & More15 JulLearn more

Reddit: Flash Drive OS

Friday 15th of July 2016 02:45:32 PM

Does anyone know and effective way to install an OS to a Flash Drive. To be clear I am fully capable of making a live usb and ever persistence mode is not good enough. It creates a partition with an unknown format of ~3GB and cannot be essences which limits my space drastically. So I attempt the install process to the usb and I think we're my issue is with the GRUB loader. It wants to install it to /dev/sda but I decline and install it to the thumb drive because it defeats the purpose of making a portable OS if it is specific to my HDD on my laptop I could just install it side by side if I wanted that. So if anyone could give me advice or suggestions it would be much appreciated.

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[link] [comments] Linux Should Lead True Universal Computing

Friday 15th of July 2016 02:00:02 PM

Imagine computers that you can have conversations with or control through gestures and head movements. Or even your own thoughts.

There are endless energies and resources for whizbang toys such as games, crappy mobile apps, and new generations of smartphones… but the one area of genuine innovation, the one that is truly ground-breaking, is stuck in Nowheresville. In this glorious year 2016, we're still ignoring computer users with vision, hearing, and other physical limitations.

LinuxToday: New Vivaldi Web Browser Snapshot Improves Proprietary Media Support on Linux

Friday 15th of July 2016 02:00:00 PM

Vivaldi Snapshot 1.3.537.5 has been release only a few days after the previous snapshot, version 1.3.534.3, mostly to improve the broken HTML5 proprietary media support on Linux kernel-based operating systems

LXer: New journal HardwareX to promote open source hardware for science

Friday 15th of July 2016 01:50:01 PM
To bring scientific hardware into the mainstream and reward scientists that develop it, the largest scientific publisher, Elsevier, has just announced a new open access journal: HardwareX. The purpose of HardwareX is to help accelerate the distribution of low-cost high-quality open source scientific hardware.

Phoronix: Window/Menu Positioning Improvements For GTK+ On Wayland/Mir

Friday 15th of July 2016 01:41:17 PM
Red Hat's Jonas Ådahl has shared work being done to the GTK+ toolkit for avoiding global window positions for tooltips/menus/popovers and instead refactor it down to GDK and allow relative positioning...

Reddit: External Hard drive when running mint through USB drive

Friday 15th of July 2016 01:28:36 PM

Hi , I wanted to know if my external HDD ( transcend storejet in exFAT) will be detected by mint or will it require a format?

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Reddit: Ubuntu or openSUSE in 2016?

Friday 15th of July 2016 01:03:19 PM

I know "what distro to use" is an age-old question, but times also change dramatically. I've been a faithful user of Ubuntu since around 11.10 but recently, I've noticed a distinct lack in developer support. You painstakingly post a bug or subscribe to it, but even after ages, its unfixed. In many cases, lots of bugs are even closed as Won't Fix.

I'd like to know how is the openSUSE developer support compared to Ubuntu? Is it better or worse? I've finally decided that trivial things like Desktop Environment (GNOME, KDE, etc.), packaging system (apt vs yum), raw performance, etc. don't matter in the long run. What matters is how is the developer support.

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Reddit: Idea for a universal app installer

Friday 15th of July 2016 12:52:13 PM

Hey. We have all read about the many "universal app formats", none of which have become the standard as of yet. I honestly don't have a problem with multiple app formats (for now), but I'd love to see a universal installer. This wouldn't even be hard to make for someone with a little coding abilities. All the commands to manage packages in all formats are very simple, why not make an installer for them? This could be either terminal or GUI, although I prefer moving towards more GUI based core utilities.

How would it work?

  1. If you want to install a downloaded app, say .deb, .rpm or .tar.gz, you just double click the downloaded file to open with the installer.

  2. Installer checks the file format. If it's a .deb, display the metadata and confirm installation. The installer asks for sudo password, runs a simple "sudo dpkg -i". If it's a .rpm, do same thing but with "rpm -i". If it's a .tar.gz, it tries to find a configure, then asks for installation folder, runs simple ./configure > make > make install. If it's an Appimage, the installer chmods it +x.

  3. If you want to search your package manager repositories for packages, there would be a text box for search and the results are displayed as a list. Installer would check which package managers you have installed (apt, rpm, snap, flatpak) and use their search funtions. Columns in the list would present info as follows: Package name | Which PM (rpm, apt..) | Size | ???

  4. Click a result and an install button to do either apt install, rpm -i, flatpak install, or snap install

I might try to do this (kind of) as a shell script myself, I do think it's that simple.

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LXer: Free Tools for Driving an Open Source Project to Success

Friday 15th of July 2016 12:41:24 PM
Increasingly, as open source technology becomes more pervasive, tech and DevOps workers are choosing to or being asked to build out and oversee their own open source projects. From Google, to Netflix to Facebook, companies are also releasing their open source creations to the community.

Reddit: Working with a .pst file in Linux

Friday 15th of July 2016 12:34:50 PM

Phoronix: Google Developers Improve Mesa's Android EGL Support

Friday 15th of July 2016 12:10:32 PM
Google engineers working on Android have been experimenting with using Mesa on Android...

TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Friday 15th of July 2016 12:07:08 PM

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Friday 15th of July 2016 12:06:30 PM
  • Latest Steam Beta Client Adds More Goodies to Steam Controller, Linux Chat Fix

    Today, July 14, Valve released a new Beta version of its desktop Steam Client for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

    The most important changes have been implemented, as usual, in the Steam Controller support. Therefore, users are now getting a "Set Cursor Position" binding controller action that lets them set a random X/Y position to be moved to a button press, but it's more versatile than this.

  • Industry-leading App Photomatix HDR Is Now Available on Linux

    Photomatix HDR is industry-leading software designed to automatic merging multiple photographs into high dynamic range (HDR) images, then tone-map them back to a low dynamic range (LDR) image.

    Chiefly you’ll be using the app to process and merge ‘bracketed’ images — sequences of pictures taken at different exposure settings. Bracketing is a feature available on most modern DSLRs and some smartphones.

  • mandoc-1.13.4 released
  • GIMP 2.8.18 Released

    We are releasing GIMP 2.8.18 to fix a vulnerability in the XCF loading code (CVE-2016-4994). With special XCF files, GIMP can be caused to crash, and possibly be made to execute arbitrary code provided by the attacker.

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TuxMachines: Fedora: The Latest

Friday 15th of July 2016 12:04:01 PM
  • Fedora needs you to port a Python package!

    Fedora is always moving forward and that means switching to Python 3. There are plenty of upstream projects that already support Python 3. Unfortunately, they are often not packaged in Fedora. We try to keep track of such cases and more in the Fedora Python 3 Porting Database. There, you can see these packages marked with a blue color and listed on the page for Mispackaged packages. Get up to three Fedora badges for updating spec files to support Python 3! Join the porting party, help us move to the future and get your reward. We can port it, but not without your help!

  • FISL report

    Thursday, jul 14, was the second day of FISL at PUC Porto Alegre, we had a raining day. On this day more people came by our table to grab some adhesives, participate in a quiz and talk about Fedora projects.

  • Updated RPM Fusion’s mirrorlist servers

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LXer: Xen Project Release Strengthens Security and Pushes New Use Cases

Friday 15th of July 2016 10:47:02 AM
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Red Hat and Fedora

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Learn from the Experts at The Linux Foundation’s Europe Events
    The Linux Foundation has released session details for three major conferences coming up this fall: MesosCon Europe, Embedded Linux Conference / OpenIoT Summit Europe, and LinuxCon + ContainerCon Europe. MesosCon Europe, which will take place August 31-September 1 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is an annual conference organized by the Apache Mesos community, bringing together users and developers for two days of sessions about Mesos and related technologies. This year, the MesosCon program will include workshops to get started with Mesos, keynote speakers from industry leaders, and sessions led by adopters and contributors.
  • The Firebird Project's Firebird Relational Database
    Firebird distills its identity into the phrase "True universal open-source database" and boasts not only of being "free like free beer" but also, fittingly, of being "free like a bird". The latter permits anyone to build a custom version of the Firebird, as long as the modifications are made available for others to use and build upon.
  • Report: Austria can benefit from Big Data solutions
    Big Data solutions can contribute significantly to Austrian public administrations, a working group concludes in a report published in June. Benefits include improved quality of life, finding optimal business locations, and offering better guidance to citizens. The report by the Big Data working group aims to help public administration when considering Big Data solutions, providing legal, economic and technical context.
  • Report: over half of Spain’s regions now use SaaS
    In 2014, 59% of Spain’s regional governments used Software as a Service, according to the 2015 eGovernment report published on 30 June by PAe, Spain’s eGovernment portal. Next most-used cloud computing service is Infrastructure as a Service (40%), and third is Platform as a Service (20%). The usage of cloud computing is just one of the attributes of and indicators for eGovernment services that are aggregated in the report. The document shows the use of document management systems and support of electronic signatures. The text looks at interoperability, open data portals and eParticipation, lists region’s maturity levels of eGovernment services, from the availability to download forms online to the fully electronic management of applications.
  • Software Freedom in Kosovo, Waiting for Xfce Mint & More…
    It’s not FOSS, but I reckon the biggest story in tech this week, ignoring claims of Russia hacking for Trump, is the sale of Yahoo to Verizon for $4.8 billion. Considering that traffic watcher Alexa says the site is the fifth most visited address on the web, that seems like something of a bargain to me. Add to that Yahoo’s prime Silicon Valley real estate and the price seems to be in the “it fell of the truck” category. The sale puts Verizon in control of both America Online and Yahoo, so I suspect we’ll be seeing Verizon trying to compete with Google and Bing for a share of the search advertising market. [...] We’ve also heard from Software Freedom Kosova, which tells us it’s issued this year’s call for speakers, which will be open through September 15. This will be the seventh year for the Kosovo event, which aims to “promote free/libre open source software, free culture and open knowledge” — all laudable goals in my estimation. Potential speakers should know “the topic must be related to free software and hardware, open knowledge and culture.” Mike DuPont, the SFK member who made us aware of the event, told FOSS Force, “There might be travel expenses for qualified speakers.” The event will take place October 21-23.
  • Cloud, open source and DevOps: Technology at the GLA
    David Munn, head of IT at the Greater London Authority, explains what technology his organisation has adopted in order to help individuals keep innovating
  • Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink
    Money was a key factor in the outcome of the EU referendum. We will now have to learn to collaborate and to share [...] Does money matter? Does wealth make us rich any more? These might seem like odd questions for a physicist to try to answer, but Britain’s referendum decision is a reminder that everything is connected and that if we wish to understand the fundamental nature of the universe, we’d be very foolish to ignore the role that wealth does and doesn’t play in our society.
  • France’s Insee and Drees publish microsimulation model to increase transparency
    Insee (Institut national de la statistique), the French public agency for statistics, and Drees (Direction des études du Ministère des Affaires sociales et de la santé), which is in charge of surveys at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, has published the source code of the microsimulation algorithmic model called Ines.
  • Plant Sciences pushing open-source berry model
    Several of those opportunities appear to lie in the development of so-called ‘open market’ breeding. Historically, Plant Sciences’ berry varieties have made it into the commercial arena under limited licensing arrangements, with individuals or groups of grower-shippers paying a premium to use them. While Nelson is eager to point out that this model continues to perform well, his company have decided to structure its business in Europe in such a way that it offers varieties to the “largest audience possible” at the most competitive price. “Given the price pressures that producers, marketers and retailers are under, we sense that such an approach is needed to remain most viable going forward and bring new varieties forward to the broadest market,” he explained.
  • Drug discovery test leads to malaria drug prospects at UW
  • Worldwide Open-Source Project Discovers Promising Disease-Fighting Compounds
  • Open-source drug discovery a success
  • The Global Open Data Index to be updated
    Open Knowledge International, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes openness and transparency, has decided to update the survey for its Global Open Data Index. This index measures Open Data publication in 122 countries.
  • This Startup Created the Ultimate Open-Source Prototyping Product
    The world has become a technologically focused place. Unless you’ve set up shop in a cabin in the woods, your life is likely filled with gadgets, wearables, devices, and doodads that control everything from your TV to your laptop. And with all this technology, it’s no wonder tech jobs have become so prevalent in the market. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to learn skills and prototyping projects that will impress even the most critical interviewer. And one startup has built the perfect product to do just that. Created by a group of students from the India Institute of Technology, evive is an open-source prototyping module that can make creating projects easier than ever. It has a power module, plug and play hardware interface, user interface, data acquisition module, shield stack space and more. It’s even IoT ready so it can connect to more devices than you can count. Plus, it works across multiple platforms like LabVIEW, MATLAB, Scratch, Eclipse, ROS, Python, Arduino IDE and many more.
  • Friday's security updates
  • Pwnie Express Open Sources Tools to Lock Down IoT/Android Security
    Pwnie Express isn't a name that everyone is familiar with, but in the security arena the company has a good reputation for its wired and wireless threat detection technologies. Now, the Boston-based firm has announced plans to open source key tools that it has used to secure the Internet of Things (IoT) and Android software. Blue Hydra is a Bluetooth utility that can detect Bluetooth devices, and also work as a sniffer to query devices it detects for threats. Meanwhile, the Android Open Pwn Project (AOPP), is an Android ROM built for security testers. It's based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and community-developed ROMS -- one of which is CyanogenMod. It lets developers on the Android front sniff out threats on mobile platforms.


Sailfish OS 2.0.2

  • Sailfish OS 2.0.2 In Early Access With Variety Of Improvements
    Jolla announced today that their Sailfish OS 2.0.2 "Aurajoki" mobile operating system release is available as early access. Sailfish OS 2.0.2 makes it easier to take screenshots via the volume buttons, a variety of new keyboard layouts, a new layout on the media app, a new Sailfish OS logo, simplified backups, browser improvements, support for flash when recording videos, the cloud services now supports the VK service, dual SIM support on capable devices, Dropbox and OneDrive integration in the photo gallery, and a wide variety of other fixes and improvements.
  • [Early Access] Sailfish OS 2.0.2 Aurajoki
    This update contains of many bug fixes and new added features such as taking screenshot by holding down volume buttons for 0.5 seconds, added keyboard layouts for Indian languages Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Tamil and Bengali, new layout on Media app’s front page, new Sailfish OS logo and many more.