FSFE Fellowship Representative, OSCAL'17 and other upcoming events
The Free Software Foundation of Europe has just completed the process of electing a new fellowship representative to the General Assembly (GA) and I was surprised to find that out of seven very deserving candidates, members of the fellowship have selected me to represent them on the GA.
I'd like to thank all those who voted, the other candidates and Erik Albers for his efforts to administer this annual process.
Linux Foundation and Free Software Foundation Europe Introduce Resources to Support Open Source Software License Identification and Compliance
The open sourcing of "cregit," the underlying tool used at cregit.linuxsources.org, provided by The Linux Foundation. cregit enables easy access to and improves the visibility of details in the history of changes in source code files.
- Linux Foundation EdgeX Foundry aims to ‘unpickle’ IoT interoperability
I've been using Linux off and on for the past 11~ years since I was in the 8th grade; starting with Ubuntu 6.06. I'm familiar with basic troubleshooting, not afraid of getting deep into config files, and have even managed to install a kernel module or two. However, I have never quite been able to really stick with Linux and get to the point that I would call proficiency; to the point of many tasks becoming second nature.
I have severe ADHD, barely controlled on 90mg of Adderall per day. However I don't think my inability to stick with Linux is a strict matter of focus. I'm moderately successful in programming (A few flavors of ASM (mostly RISC), C, Python, and Haskell are the bulk of my experience). My best guess is that man pages--for the most part--are excessively verbose atrocities of documentation. I feel that there has to be a middle ground that is both technical and terse.
Does anyone know of any guides that may help me out here?submitted by /u/LHoT10820
With the death of yet another open source/free software/Linux-based mobile platform, Ubuntu Touch, clearly it is time for us to sit down and have a frank discussion about what we in the free software world can reasonably accomplish in a mobile platform.
One of the biggest issues—if not THE biggest issue—with Ubuntu Touch was that it simply had goals that were far too aggressive to reasonably achieve. It suffered from the all-too-common malady known in software development as feature creep.
Apache Fineract Open-Source Financial Services Application Graduates
Ever wanted to build your own banking platform? Now you can with the open-source Fineract project.
The open-source Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has many different processes, including one for how a new project can be incubated, mature and eventually graduate to become a Top-Level Project.
Open Source Stats--But What Do the Numbers Mean?
I recently sent a report to project management containing some numbers that purport to describe the status of the RDO project.
I got a long and thoughtful response from one of the managers—we'll call him Mark—and it seems worthwhile sharing some of his insights. To summarize, what he said was, don't bother collecting stats if they don't tell a story.
We track "downloads" of RDO, which roughly speaking means every time someone runs the quickstart and it grabs the RPM. Except RDO is on a mirror network, so that number is false—or, at best, it reflects what the trends might be across the rest of the mirror network. So we have no idea what this metric means. So why are we bothering to track it? Just stop.
Baidu Open-Sources Its Software To To Speed Up The Development Of Autonomous Car Tech
Baidu, China’s largest search engine, said last week that it’s opening up its self-driving technology to drive the development of the budding industry. At the Shanghai Auto Show, according to the Financial Times, the company said the project would provide an “open, complete and reliable software platform for its partners in the automotive and autonomous driving industry to develop their own autonomous driving systems.”
- Baidu to Launch Autonomous Cars by 2020
- Baidu Self-Driving Vehicle Platform Started Trails
- The “Google of China” Is Releasing a Self-Driving Operating System for Free
- Baidu's New "Project Apollo" Opens Its Self-Driving Vehicle Tech Platform
Haivision and Wowza Form SRT Alliance to Support New Open Source Low Latency Video Streaming Initiative
Developers can also improve upon, use, and re-contribute (under LGPLv2 license) to SRT.
- Wowza, Haivision launch SRT Alliance
- Haivision and Wowza Launch SRT Alliance for Low-Latency Streaming
OpenStack for Research Computing
In this video from Switzerland HPC Conference, Stig Telfer from StackHPC presents: OpenStack for Research Computing. OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.
Martin Casado at ONS: Making SDN Real
Software Defined Networking (SDN) has evolved significantly since the concept began to be considered in the 1990s, and Martin Casado, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, used his keynote at the Open Networking Summit to talk about how he’s seen SDN change over the past 10 years.
Mozilla Continues to Oppose the U.S. Administration’s Executive Order on Travel
Mozilla and more than 150 other tech companies continue to oppose the U.S. administration’s revised Executive Order on travel as it winds its way through the U.S. Court system.
This order seeks to temporarily prohibit the U.S. Government from issuing new visas to travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries and suspend the U.S refugee program. Soon after it was issued, two federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland held the revised order to be discriminatory and unconstitutional. So far, their decisions have prevented the order from being enforced, but the administration has appealed to higher courts asking for a reversal.
- Open source software found to pose serious security vulnerabilities
- Apps with open-source code are dangerous, research says [Ed: Days later, Microsoft anti-FOSS 'proxy' Black Duck finds another "useful idiot"]
PHP 7.2 Planned For Release At The End of November
It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but the PHP 7.2 release schedule was firmed up earlier this month and is aiming to ship by the end of November.
Certified Ubuntu Images available on Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Service
Certified Ubuntu images are now available in the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services, providing developers with compute options ranging from single to 16 OCPU virtual machines (VMs) to high-performance, dedicated bare metal compute instances. This is in addition to the image already offered on Oracle Compute Cloud Service and maintains the ability for enterprises to add Canonical-backed Ubuntu Advantage Support and Systems Management. Oracle and Canonical customers now have access to the latest Ubuntu features, compliance accreditations and security updates.
Canonical's Certified Ubuntu Images Land in Oracle's Bare Metal Cloud Service
Canonical announced the official availability of Certified Ubuntu images in Oracle's Bare Metal Cloud Services, which accompany the images that the company already provides in the Oracle Compute Cloud Service.
Canonical's Certified Ubuntu images in Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services are a great addition because they promise to provide developers with dedicated, high-performance bare-metal compute instances, as well as virtual machines with up to 16 Oracle Compute Unit (OCPU). They also add the ability for Oracle's enterprise customers to access the latest and greatest Ubuntu features.
GRUB 2.02 Is Ready To Boot Your System
It appears that GRUB 2.02 is now ready for release as the first stable update to GRUB2 since the v2.00 release five years ago.
- MKVToolNix, a set of tools to create, alter and inspect Matroska files on Linux has a new major build
MKVToolNix 11.0 Open-Source MKV Manipulation Tool Released with New Features
MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus proudly announced the release and immediate availability for download of MKVToolNix 11.0.0 "Alive" open-source MKV (Matroska) manipulation utility.
Coming one month after the MKVToolNix 10.0.0 release, MKVToolNix 11.0.0 stable update is here with important bug fixes for both the AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 parsers, a bunch of improvements to the GUI (Graphical User Interface), as well as some new features implemented mostly in the mkvmerge component.
ShellCheck – A Tool That Shows Warnings and Suggestions for Shell Scripts
Boostnote – A Note Taking and Markdown Editor Made for Coders
Boostnote is an Open Source Markdown note-taking editor app designed for programmers. Of course, non-programmers can use it without issue and take advantage of all its modern features which include full Markdown (with live preview) and Latex support.
10 Alternatives to Your Favorite Windows Apps on Chrome OS
These days Chromebooks are pretty popular. Especially recently, as Google made it possible to install Android apps directly from the Play Store onto some Chromebooks. This has created an uptick in users switching from other operating systems (most notably Windows) to Google’s Chrome OS.
- Building a Basic "Production" Onion Server on Ubuntu
- Fun things to do with driver updates
- Book review: Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow
- ReleaseMe CI States, Help, Git
- Preparing Data for Machine Learning
- Auto Shutdown, Reboot, Suspend, Hibernate Your Linux System At A Specific Time
How to Safely and Securely Back Up Your Linux Workstation
Even seasoned system administrators can overlook Linux workstation backups or do them in a haphazard, unsafe manner. At a minimum, you should ￼￼set up encrypted workstation backups to external storage. But it’s also nice to use zero-knowledge backup tools for off-site/cloud backups for more peace of mind.
Let’s explore each of these methods in more depth. You can also download the entire set of recommendations as a handy guide and checklist.
Google zero-trust security framework goes beyond passwords
With a sprawling workforce, a wide range of devices running on multiple platforms, and a growing reliance on cloud infrastructure and applications, the idea of the corporate network as the castle and security defenses as walls and moats protecting the perimeter doesn’t really work anymore. Which is why, over the past year, Google has been talking about BeyondCorp, the zero-trust perimeter-less security framework it uses to secure access for its 61,000 employees and their devices.
Is Linux good for gaming?
Linux has come a long way from where it started, and it’s certainly made progress when it comes to gaming. But there are still folks who doubt the ability of Linux to run games.
One redditor recently asked about gaming on Linux, and he got some very informative responses in the Linux subreddit.
- 24 Linux Games for a $1, Courtesy of Bundle Stars
- Original Tomb Raider Level Now Playable in Your Browser
- OpenLara lets you play the first Tomb Raider in your browser
- Relive the blocky, pixelated glory of the original Tomb Raider in your browser
- Play the original Tomb Raider in your browser with unlocked FPS
- You can now play the original Tomb Raider in your browser
- Original Tomb Raider Level Can Be Played In Your Browser
- A look at 'Meganoid', the platformer with roguelike elements from Orangepixel
- Stardew Valley 1.2 is out with more languages, better gamepad support and more
UniBall, a completely free to play online 2D sports game arrives on Linux
Rocket League too hard for you? UniBall might be what you're after. It has very simple movement controls so it's quick to learn.
OpenRCT2, an open source game engine for RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
It appears we've never mentioned OpenRCT2 [Official Site, GitHub] before, a fully featured open source engine for RollerCoaster Tycoon 2!
systemd ❤ meson
After hearing good things about meson for a long time, I decided to take the plunge and started working on porting the build system of systemd to meson. In our case "build system" is really a system — 11.5k lines in configure.ac and two Makefile.am s. This undertaking was bigger than I expected. Even though I had the initial patch compiling most of the code after a weekend of work, it took another three weeks and 80 patches  to bring it to mergeable state. There are still minor issues outstanding, but the pull request has been merged, so I want to take the opportunity to celebrate and summarize my impressions about meson.
Systemd Lands Meson Build System Support
Systemd can now be built with the Meson build system as an alternative to its traditional Make support.
Another Stable Update Released for the Linux 3.18 Kernel, Adds Many Improvements
One day after announcing the release of the Linux 4.10.12, 4.9.24, and 4.4.63 kernels, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of yet another maintenance update to the Linux 3.18 kernel series.
Kernel Developers Still Discussing Raising Linux's Compiler Requirements
Linux kernel developers are still looking to raise the requirements of GCC for building the Linux kernel.
It turns out some developers are still using GCC 4.1 for building the mainline Linux kernel, largely for MIPS and other niche architectures. Plus some developers still are using older GCC compiler releases for allegedly better compiler warnings. But at least in 2017 it's looking like there's some agreement on beginning to mandate later GCC 4.x compilers as a minimum for being able to build newer kernel releases.
One of the many features to look forward to with Linux 4.12 is the Nouveau DRM driver providing initial 3D/accelerated support for GeForce GTX 1050/1060/1070/1080 "Pascal" graphics cards. Here are some benchmarks of this open-source NVIDIA driver support for these latest-generation GPUs compared to the proprietary driver.
Shutting down public FTP services
After many years of serving the needs of our users, and some more of declining usage in favor of better options, all public-facing debian.org FTP services will be shut down on November 1, 2017. These are:
Debian closing off public FTP servers after many years online
The official date for them to be shut down is November 1, 2017. They stated the reasons being that FTP servers have no support for caching or acceleration, they haven't used FTP in their installers for years and other understandable reasons.