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Reddit: Mozilla and feature removal.. an analysis

Saturday 18th of February 2017 01:51:47 PM

Mozilla - has one big problem!

The issue is that they are always in attack mode and are willing to fight! They are doing that since day one. Mozilla tried to fight against IE and have been able to break it's dominance a bit with useful and cool features.

Then Chrome arrived. Moz tried the same strategy too, but it was not working as it used to work in the past. So they have been thinking about something else. Beat them with their own weapon. If Mozilla would walk away from their attack mode and would accept things as they are, it would not have ended like that. But their latest plans/goals are also a total failure. So why still going on with that. Moz had a nice market share during Firefox until version 20 or something like that. Enough to prove towards Google that they are not winning to 100%. But even that was not enough for them. Moz wanted to become number one, no matter what it has to be done to reach that goal. For this they are sacrificing user's interests.

History has showed it that a holy war never will lead to success. We had a believe driven crusade which failed. We had a war driven crusade which failed (luckily). What makes Mozilla believe that they could win their crusade?

Something more worth to be mentioned:

The topic opener from the Mozilla blog officially admits it more or less: Our beloved UI customization is almost not existing anymore.

Mozilla often talks about a security or Maintenance to be a reason but it not the biggest. The thing is simple users present the biggest part of the market share. Chrome owns the largest percentage of the market share.

So what do companies do which try to gather a large part of that users too? They restrict and remove features from which they know that simple users are not going to accept them and refusing to use a browser with such features inside.

Opera has done it. Even Microsoft has done it partly with Edge - even if they can't remove much features as they do not had many in the first place. Everyone adopts that new simplicity trend because big companies show that they earn that way money and gather large influence. Even an Open Source company like Mozilla is not willing to ignore that.

Ask a simple user if he would use a software with tons of customization or accessibility features inside. The answer is a clear no-brainer. And what are you doing then to gather that users? Remove features and restrict the feature set until a point that these users switch over.

Saved money is a nice side effect, but not the main reason of all that. Like it or not, we experience a 180 degree shift of priorities. And in most cases advanced users are the one's who lose everything as it is not possible to earn enough with users like us today.

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LXer: Organizing your music: Tagging as you rip

Saturday 18th of February 2017 01:32:05 PM
I think that I've always hated filing and organizing stuff. Equally, I always hate it when I can't find something because I haven't filed or organized it well. When it comes to enjoying my music, these two contradicting tendencies tend to show up when I try a new music player that can't figure out how my cover art is stored, can't find the correct cover image online because the album is unusual, or the version I have isn't correctly more

Reddit: Experiences with strategies to increase Linux desktop security?

Saturday 18th of February 2017 01:25:38 PM

I have been thinking for a while about approaches to increase security on the desktop.

The main problem I see is that network-facing programs, such as web browser and email clients process tons of untrusted data, and any security flaw in them (for example, a buffer overflow) provides access to all user data. Let's assume we have data here that we want to keep confidential.

For the web browser, there is a relatively simple solution: Run it in virtualbox or another VM. If the VM has little or no user-specific configuration, this also helps against tracking and fingerprinting.

For the email client, this is more complex. An approach I have been experimenting with is SELinux, but while it is without doubt good for servers, it looks, so far, too complicated for normal desktop usage.

Another approach is using a different account and user id for the email client, and possibly use sudo / gksudo to launch it. One can put shared data into a special directory and give it permissions to a group to which both normal and restricted user id belong to.

That works, but becomes a bit tedious after a while. I think one of the main disadvantages is that to be effective, one has to keep up a strict separation of domains. Now let's assume that you receive an invoice, need to make a online bank transfer to a account number you got in the invoice, and want to send a job application - that means you need to cross domains all the time. And to keep it effective, you need to follow it consequently. (This is true for many risk mitigation strategies: For example, in traffic, there is far less security if you stop at 99 red lights, and run over number 100.) Another aspect - if I receive an invoice as a PDF and the email client launches the PDF viewer, this PDF is still untrusted data but the viewer is another program which might also need access to documents I prepare.

A more comfortable approach could be to use AppArmor profiles to limit the capabilities of the different client programs. I found that AppArmor, which was introduced for Ubuntu, is now available on Debian as well. However, I haven't used that so far. my question is how well does that work, does it really help, which approaches lead to minimum hassle and maximum effectiveness?

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Phoronix: Ten Features You Will Not Find In The Mainline Linux 4.10 Kernel

Saturday 18th of February 2017 01:01:11 PM
With last weekend mentioning ten exciting features of Linux 4.10, the tables have turned and now we are looking at ten features not found in the mainline

Phoronix: The X.Org Foundation Is Preparing For Their 2017 Elections

Saturday 18th of February 2017 12:32:36 PM
This year's X.Org Foundation elections are warming up and will be getting underway shortly...

Phoronix: The Most Downloaded Benchmarks With The Phoronix Test Suite /

Saturday 18th of February 2017 12:25:27 PM
With last week crossing 22 million test/suite downloads I decided to dig in and see what have been the most popular test profiles downloaded from for execution by the Phoronix Test Suite...

Phoronix: Fedora 26 Will Receive Glibc 2.25

Saturday 18th of February 2017 11:53:40 AM
GNU C Library 2.25 is set to be introduced in Fedora 26...

LXer: Top 5: Dropping GPL license usage, a quick intro to tmux, and more

Saturday 18th of February 2017 11:37:43 AM
In this week's Top 5, I highlight dropping GPL license usage, sample data for apps with the tool Elizabeth, a tale of a brief career in open source, a muscian's journey from distro to distro, and a quick intro to tmux.Top 5 articles of the week5. A quick introduction to tmuxread more

Reddit: Squeeze disk space on a Debian system

Saturday 18th of February 2017 10:17:45 AM

Reddit: Martin Graesslin ~ Editing files as root

Saturday 18th of February 2017 10:06:23 AM

LXer: Insecure Android apps put connected cars at risk

Saturday 18th of February 2017 09:43:21 AM
Android applications that allow millions of car owners to remotely locate and unlock their vehicles are missing security features that could prevent tampering by hackers, according to Kaspersky Lab researchers.

Reddit: VM vs live bootable USB

Saturday 18th of February 2017 09:05:04 AM

so I was looking into creating a kali live bootable disc, and was looking for guidance on the tech support chat, however, someone told me to go VM and VM was superior to live bootable USB? Is that true?

What makes it superior, and what are the drawbacks?

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Reddit: KVM PCI passthrough on a notebook

Saturday 18th of February 2017 09:01:22 AM

Does anybody have any inside whether vga passthrough can be properly used on a notebook? Now I know you need a dedicated display for the VM, but since the host is running linux, whats stopping me from giving the notebook display to the VM and running the host OS headless? Can always start/stop the VM (and thus give the display back) via ssh from a secondary device (2nd notebook or heck even my Kindle via wlan), no?

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TuxMachines: Linus The Man Behind Linux

Saturday 18th of February 2017 08:40:05 AM

Well, we all have heard somewhere (if not using it already) about Linux an Operating System that hardly gets a virus, that runs applications created to run only on Linux and can’t run Windows and MacOS applications (at least not out of the box), and it's free, as in free beer or as in speech. But how was Linux created? Why is it free? Who created it?

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Reddit: Do you have multi iso USB?

Saturday 18th of February 2017 08:15:48 AM

I'm creating multi boot USB stick from currently most used distros.

Currently what is going into the drive is, Debian (netinst), Ubuntu 16.04 (netinst), Puppy tahr, ttylinux, stress linux and UBCD. On a maybe list are Mint and Arch. 32 and 64 bit versions where aplicable.

Do you use multi iso sticks? What images you have on it?

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Reddit: Need help booting Arch

Saturday 18th of February 2017 08:15:41 AM

I used Rufus to create a bootable USB (tried iso and DD images) but everytime I go to boot the OS, it instantly shuts down my monitor and I don't know what's happening. Please help!

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Linux and FOSS Events

  • Debian SunCamp 2017 Is Taking Place May 18-21 in the Province of Girona, Spain
    It looks like last year's Debian SunCamp event for Debian developers was a total success and Martín Ferrari is back with a new proposal that should take place later this spring during four days full of hacking, socializing, and fun. That's right, we're talking about Debian SunCamp 2017, an event any Debian developer, contributor, or user can attend to meet his or hers Debian buddies, hack together on new projects or improve existing ones by sharing their knowledge, plan upcoming features and discuss ideas for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.
  • Pieter Hintjens In Memoriam
    Pieter Hintjens was a writer, programmer and thinker who has spent decades building large software systems and on-line communities, which he describes as "Living Systems". He was an expert in distributed computing, having written over 30 protocols and distributed software systems. He designed AMQP in 2004, and founded the ZeroMQ free software project in 2007. He was the author of the O'Reilly ZeroMQ book, "Culture and Empire", "The Psychopath Code", "Social Architecture", and "Confessions of a Necromancer". He was the president of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), and fought the software patent directive and the standardisation of the Microsoft OOXML Office format. He also organized the Internet of Things (IOT) Devroom here at FOSDEM for the last 3 years. In April 2016 he was diagnosed with terminal metastasis of a previous cancer.
  • foss-gbg on Wednesday
    The topics are Yocto Linux on FPGA-based hardware, risk and license management in open source projects and a product release by the local start-up Zifra (an encryptable SD-card). More information and free tickets are available at the foss-gbg site.

Leftovers: OSS

  • When Open Source Meets the Enterprise
    Open source solutions have long been an option for the enterprise, but lately it seems they are becoming more of a necessity for advanced data operations than merely a luxury for IT techs who like to play with code. While it’s true that open platforms tend to provide a broader feature set compared to their proprietary brethren, due to their larger and more diverse development communities, this often comes at the cost of increased operational complexity. At a time when most enterprises are looking to shed their responsibilities for infrastructure and architecture to focus instead on core money-making services, open source requires a fairly high level of in-house technical skill. But as data environments become more distributed and reliant upon increasingly complex compilations of third-party systems, open source can provide at least a base layer of commonality for resources that support a given distribution.
  • EngineerBetter CTO: the logical truth about software 'packaging'
    Technologies such as Docker have blended these responsibilities, causing developers to need to care about what operating system and native libraries are available to their applications – after years of the industry striving for more abstraction and increased decoupling!
  • What will we do when everything is automated?
    Just translate the term "productivity of American factories" into the word "automation" and you get the picture. Other workers are not taking jobs away from the gainfully employed, machines are. This is not a new trend. It's been going on since before Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. Industry creates machines that do the work of humans faster, cheaper, with more accuracy and with less failure. That's the nature of industry—nothing new here. However, what is new is the rate by which the displacement of human beings from the workforce in happening.
  • Want OpenStack benefits? Put your private cloud plan in place first
    The open source software promises hard-to-come-by cloud standards and no vendor lock-in, says Forrester's Lauren Nelson. But there's more to consider -- including containers.
  • Set the Agenda at OpenStack Summit Boston
    The next OpenStack Summit is just three months away now, and as is their custom, the organizers have once again invited you–the OpenStack Community–to vote on which presentations will and will not be featured at the event.
  • What’s new in the world of OpenStack Ambassadors
    Ambassadors act as liaisons between multiple User Groups, the Foundation and the community in their regions. Launched in 2013, the OpenStack Ambassador program aims to create a framework of community leaders to sustainably expand the reach of OpenStack around the world.
  • Boston summit preview, Ambassador program updates, and more OpenStack news

Proprietary Traps and Openwashing

  • Integrate ONLYOFFICE Online Editors with ownCloud [Ed: Proprietary software latches onto FOSS]
    ONLYOFFICE editors and ownCloud is the match made in heaven, wrote once one of our users. Inspired by this idea, we developed an integration app for you to use our online editors in ownCloud web interface.
  • Microsoft India projects itself as open source champion, says AI is the next step [Ed: Microsoft bribes to sabotage FOSS and blackmails it with patents; calls itself "open source"]
  • Open Source WSO2 IoT Server Advances Integration and Analytic Capabilities
    WSO2 has announced a new, fully-open-source WSO2 Internet of Things Server edition that "lowers the barriers to delivering enterprise-grad IoT and mobile solutions."
  • SAP license fees are due even for indirect users, court says
    SAP's named-user licensing fees apply even to related applications that only offer users indirect visibility of SAP data, a U.K. judge ruled Thursday in a case pitting SAP against Diageo, the alcoholic beverage giant behind Smirnoff vodka and Guinness beer. The consequences could be far-reaching for businesses that have integrated their customer-facing systems with an SAP database, potentially leaving them liable for license fees for every customer that accesses their online store. "If any SAP systems are being indirectly triggered, even if incidentally, and from anywhere in the world, then there are uncategorized and unpriced costs stacking up in the background," warned Robin Fry, a director at software licensing consultancy Cerno Professional Services, who has been following the case.
  • “Active Hours” in Windows 10 emphasizes how you are not in control of your own devices
    No edition of Windows 10, except Professional and Enterprise, is expected to function for more than 12 hours of the day. Microsoft most generously lets you set a block of 12 hours where you’re in control of the system, and will reserve the remaining 12 hours for it’s own purposes. How come we’re all fine with this? Windows 10 introduced the concept of “Active Hours”, a period of up to 12 hours when you expect to use the device, meant to reflect your work hours. The settings for changing the device’s active hours is hidden away among Windows Update settings, and it poorly fits with today’s lifestyles. Say you use your PC in the afternoon and into the late evening during the work week, but use it from morning to early afternoon in the weekends. You can’t fit all those hours nor accommodate home office hours in a period of just 12 hours. We’re always connected, and expect our devices to always be there for us when we need them.
  • Chrome 57 Will Permanently Enable DRM
    The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making it an always-on, permanent feature of Chrome. The new version of Chrome will also eliminate the “chrome://plugins” internal URL, which means if you want to disable Flash, you’ll have to do it from the Settings page.

Linux Mint 18.1 Serena - The glass is half full

Linux Mint 18.1 Serena is an okay distro. It has more merit than Sarah, but then, it's also had almost a year to work on polishing some of the issues, and while a few have been ironed out, big quality issues that were never the domain of Mint before still persist. The live session experience is underwhelming, the default theme is not vibrant enough and can lead to ocular exhaustion quickly, there were problems with stability, multimedia playback, and the promise of Spotify never came to be. On the other hand, most of the stuff works out of the box, the repos are rich, the distro can be tamed relatively easily, and at the end of the day, you have a supported, popular system full of goodies and shiny colors with only a slight aftertaste of betrayal in your proverbial mouth. Good, but only if you've just started playing around with Linux. This distro has no flair. It doesn't have the magic and fire of yore. No fire, no nothing. It's not super green. And it must pop pop pop. So I guess, grade wise, 6.5/10 or some such. All in all, 'tis Linux Mint all right, but not the best offering by a long shot. Read more Also: Linux Mint 18.2 Features – What’s Ahead In the Next Release