Some improbable 2017 predictions [Older, no longer behind paywall]
Another important single point of failure is Android. It has brought a lot of freedom to the mobile device world, but it is still a company-controlled project that is not entirely free and, by some measures at least, is becoming less free over time. A shift of emphasis at Google could easily push Android more in the proprietary direction. Meanwhile, the end of CyanogenMod has, temporarily, brought about the loss of our most successful community-oriented Android derivative.
The good news is that the efforts to bring vendor kernels closer to the mainline will bear some fruit this year, making it easier to run systems that, if not fully free, are more free than before. Lineage OS, rising from the ashes of CyanogenMod, should help to ensure the availability of alternative Android builds. But it seems likely that efforts to provide free software at the higher levels of the stack (microG, for example) will languish.
A Web Service Written in Pure Bash.
The service itself is currently running on a Ubuntu 16.10 droplet on DigitalOcean. To expose my service I needed to open a connection with the outside world and initially played with netcat as it’s preinstalled on most *nix machines. This task wasn’t familiar to me at all, but I couldn’t read the incoming request and I couldn’t handle two users connecting at the same time. I explored inetd which lacked of documentation beyond the man page. Continuing with my research I found xinetd which is a more secure version of inetd. I also found a lot more sufficient documentation and user guides on creating a service. After installing xinetd I began building a primitive version of my pure bash service called beeroclock.
Deloitte Blockchain Lab Opens in NYC
Here's another sign that blockchain is becoming big business.
Deloitte today announced the formation of a blockchain lab in the heart of New York City's financial district in what the global audit and consultancy firm expects will be a "make or break" year the technology. The lab is home to more than 20 developers and designers and will work with Deloitte teams abroad as well as over a dozen of the company's technology partners.
Open now and dubbed the Americas Blockchain Lab at Deloitte, the new practice will help drive the development of blockchains solutions for financial services firms, from proofs of concepts to ready-to-integrate solutions, stated the company.
"Financial institutions have the power and ability to move blockchain to the next level," said Eric Piscini, a principal with Deloitte Consulting, in a statement. "To get there, companies will need to move away from churning out proofs of concept and begin producing and implementing solutions."
- $0.39 EPS Expected For Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) In Quarter
- Asking for help with koji builds
Debian 8.7 released
This update adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with adjustments for serious problems.
Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 Released
The Debian Project has released the seventh update of Debian 8 Jessie. This release ships with tons of security updates, bug fixes, and updated packages. The existing users of Debian 8 need to point the apt package tool to one of the updated Debian mirrors and get the update. The new installation media and ISO images are yet to be published.
- Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 Released With New Features and 85 Security Updates
Linux market-share on Steam dropped 0.08% in December 2016
Why is this important to know? Well, it's highly likely the amount of Linux users on Steam is growing, but it's probably dwarfed by Windows (and likely Mac too) growth at the same time so it brings down our market-share.
Nothing to worry about, so if anyone writes about it like it's Linux gaming doomsday, don't believe them. It would be something to worry about if developers started coming along noticing a drop in sales from Linux, but not a single developer has said so.
Keep buying Linux games, keep playing them on Linux and keep going. 2017 is going to be fun!
- Streets of Rogue development build updated with NAT punch-through and automatic port forwarding
Setting up a retro gaming console at home
Commodore 64 was the first computer I ever saw in 1989. Twice in a year I used to visit my grandparents’ house in Kolkata, I used to get one or two hours to play with it. I remember, after a few years how I tried to read a book on Basic, with the help of an English-to-Bengali dictionary. In 1993, my mother went for a year-long course for her job. I somehow managed to convince my father to buy me an Indian clone of NES (Little Master) in the same year. That was also a life event for me. I had only one game cartridge, only after 1996 the Chinese NES clones entered our village market.
Tasbot does Tasblock - Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 - Part 170 [Ed: NES mini uses Linux]
This speedrun was recorded live at Awesome Games Done Quick 2017, a weeklong charity speedrun marathon raising money for Prevent Cancer Foundation. Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 is just one of the many charity marathons put on by Games Done Quick.
- Wine 2.0-rc5 release, moving towards a final stable version
The Case for Ubuntu Phone: Flexibility for Mobile Networks
Canonical engineer Ted Gould has put the case for Ubuntu Phone, arguing that mobile carriers will appreciate the 'flexibility' to bundle apps and services.
ZeroPhone - a Raspberry Pi smartphone
Because it has so many uses, the idea sems to be obvious and yet there isn't a project like that. Moreover, I've been studying the topic for a couple of years now and this project is meant to be useful to other people as well - so I have a chance of commercializing it (while still keeping it open-source).
Smartphone Game: Sniper Fury Available in Tizen Store
Sniper fury is a game where you have to shoot the evil and you shoot to kill to be the best sniper ever, created by the developers at Gameloft.
XDA Spotlight: Abusive Gym Reminder, an Open-Source App that Yells at you if you don’t Workout
Do you like being yelled at? Are army training boot camps your idea of a good time? Does being screamed at make you more motivated? Then we have have just the app for you. Say hello to the open-source Abusive Gym Reminder.
This is an an application whose sole purpose is to send you abusive notifications everyday you do NOT go to the gym. Surprisingly, it actually works – just not how I thought the developer intended it.
moto g falcon reactivation and exodus mod
I was pretty sure that wifi worked when I last used that phone about 1.5 years ago with CM11/12, so I started to dive into the forums of xda-developers to look for alternatives. Here I found out about Exodus. I've a bit of trouble trusting stuff from xda-developer forums but what the hell, the phone is empty anyway so nothing to loose and I flashed the latest falcon build.
- Android 7.0 Nougat kernel source released for Moto Z and Moto Z Droid
Baidu released artificial intelligence operating system DuerOS
At this year’s CES show, Baidu released its artificial intelligence operating system system DuerOS, also announced at home with small fish to reach cooperation, small fish at home is the first equipped with Baidu DuerOS artificial intelligence manufacturers. Baidu said that this is the first time the introduction of dialogue type artificial intelligence operating system, Baidu is an important strategic product of artificial intelligence. DuerOS emphasizes the interactive nature of voice conversations through natural language. At the same time with the cloud of the brain, can always learn evolution, become more intelligent.
Intel Open-Sources BigDL, Distributed Deep Learning Library for Apache Spark
Intel open-sources BigDL, a distributed deep learning library that runs on Apache Spark. It leverages existing Spark clusters to run deep learning computations and simplifies the data loading from big datasets stored in Hadoop.
Tests show a significant speedup performance running on Xeon servers compared to other open source frameworks Caffe, Torch or TensorFlow. The speed is comparable with a mainstream GPU and BigDL is able to scale to tens of Xeon servers.
New Port for RISC-V
We'd like to submit for inclusion in GCC a port for the RISC-V architecture. The port suffices to build a substantial body of software (including Linux and some 2,000 Fedora packages) and passes most of the gcc and g++ test suites; so, while it is doubtlessly not complete, we think it is far enough along to start the upstreaming process. It is our understanding that it is OK to submit this port during stage 3 because it does not touch any shared code. Our binutils port has already been accepted for the 2.28 release, and we plan on submitting glibc and Linux patch sets soon.
- [Older] Twenty-four new GNU releases in December
Getting Election Data, and Why Open Data is Important
Back in 2012, I got interested in fiddling around with election data as a way to learn about data analysis in Python. So I went searching for results data on the presidential election. And got a surprise: it wasn't available anywhere in the US. After many hours of searching, the only source I ever found was at the UK newspaper, The Guardian.
Surely in 2016, we're better off, right? But when I went looking, I found otherwise. There's still no official source for US election results data; there isn't even a source as reliable as The Guardian this time.
You might think Data.gov would be the place to go for official election results, but no: searching for 2016 election on Data.gov yields nothing remotely useful.
The Federal Election Commission has an election results page, but it only goes up to 2014 and only includes the Senate and House, not presidential elections. Archives.gov has popular vote totals for the 2012 election but not the current one. Maybe in four years, they'll have some data.
Renault To Release Twizy Hardware / Platform As An Open Source EV
However for the US and most other places ‘not Europe’, it would be an opportunity to at least be able to own one, or a reasonable likeness to it.
Security Through Transparency
Encryption is a foundational technology for the web. We’ve spent a lot of time working through the intricacies of making encrypted apps easy to use and in the process, realized that a generic, secure way to discover a recipient's public keys for addressing messages correctly is important. Not only would such a thing be beneficial across many applications, but nothing like this exists as a generic technology.
- Patch your FreeBSD server for openssh vulnerabilities [11/Jan/2017]
So I have been doing a little bit of googling and cannot come to a final decision... Which is why I have come to you guys!
I am planning on installing Kali Linux on my laptop. The laptop currently is running Windows 10 - 8GB of RAM - 1TB HDD and is 64-bit!
Now... my question to you guys is... when I completely wipe my laptop of windows to install Kali... Should I install a 32 bit version or a 64 bit version of Kali?
Ofc some would say just install the 64 Bit as it is a 64 bit machine... But I have heard some people run into more problems on the 64 bit and recommend the 32 bit version? I am just a little confused and was hoping you guys could help me out!submitted by /u/FullyMetalz
Hey, I will start with something for those who think: tl;dr.
I have a lot of "research" to store (including but not limited to: Notes, Pictures, Bookmarks, PDF's, Film),all digital. I stumbled upon the idea of misusing a filesystem to create a net of the information (as trivial as this might sound). But the idea as it is has some draw backs, limiting its power. Now I am asking for your approach or and improvement on the idea of a long term "research-knowledge" storage.
So I have researched a number of things. Probably most of you did. So, I acquire knowledge and understanding that most of the time I don't need promptly. However, I want to store it for later reference. So for quite some time, I tried to store stuff on paper. Which went miserably wrong, looking back at it. Writing it down and organizing it as paper is not a way, that I am very good in. Partly, because the researched things are broadly distributed in various media formats and also I am not very good at sorting papers into many folders... I am aware of system called "Zettelkasten" or card index box. But it is not digital and any digital copy of the concept would lack some possibilities that the digital world gives you. (And not pay credit to the partly short lived nature of the internet)
Much of my research is going on online or at least on or with a computer close by. So I thought, it is probably easiest to organize everything on my computer. But until recently I didn't really think much about a systematic way to do so. Having heard an Interview with the German author Frank Schätzing, I was made aware of the significance of this procedure. He himself does it by throwing files into folders on his hard disk. Original documents and abstracts of those documents are in an hierarchy that somehow represents the linkage of of the subject. This can of course include (but is not limited to) bookmarks of webpages, movies (from youtube for example), pdfs, webpages, text files, sound files, pictures etc. Whatever file you fancy. Maybe not databases, but you get the idea.
This of course sounds very much like a trivial idea. Nevertheless, I consider the approach quite powerful. It accounts for the various kinds of documents that are out there, at the same time you can organize a structure in it. Furthermore it is not bound to any special kind of product that you have to rely on being there in 30 years.(You of course still need the programs to open the files, but this goes on top of every other sensible process)
Adopting the system at the moment, it has a major drawback, that really bugs me. That is crosslinks between topics. I could do crosslinks on a linux file system, or on a windows file system (or on a iOS) but I can hardly do something that works on all three and reliably works with backups. Especially if I start moving folders, I would still want them to be aligned. I thought, that maybe a neat way to work around this is introducing keywords. Again, this is something that is not really supported between systems or on any system.
So what I'm searching for is a way to: * Long term store information * And connection between information * That is likely to be accessible in the future * On Windows and Linux/Unix like
I had the idea of using a mongodb database. But I would need to build a lot of software around that, to make it usable. And that really speaks against the long term usability...
Do you have any neat "Ansatz" for this problem? What is your approach? Or do you have any way of improving the "Schätzing" approach? I am very interested in your opinion. I am aware that there are several note taking applications. Some are quite powerful, few handle the variety of documents that I am looking for and even less (and by that I mean: I havn't found one) are interesting in terms of longevity.submitted by /u/janYabanci
I just wasted a day on this. I'm well aware of how annoying PowerXpress is on Linux, but this has been extra challenging.
- You better pray the DKMS module can build.
- The driver doesn't appear to have any libgl switching or the same useful PowerXpress tools like fglrx does.
- Good luck with anything other than Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 for a desktop OS. Even the Arch AUR guys are scratching their heads over this.
This is insanity.submitted by /u/Starks
CC4 - Linux - A Brief Introduction
Here I've given a speech concerning the topic of Linux, it's benefits and where it stands today, with a little bit of history.
- Project Sputnik Interview | LINUX Unplugged 179
Late Night Linux – Episode 01
In Episode 01 of Late Night Linux we talk about Desktop Linux market share, KDE Neon, Ubuntu Touch, what we think will happen in 2017, CyanogenMod becoming Lineage OS and loads more.
- new Ubuntu Terminal snap - tabs and tiled view on Ubuntu 16.04 Unity 8