- I'm Going to GUADEC
Mapbox steps in to help GNOME’s Maps application
On July 11th, GNOME’s Maps application stopped working. Like all mapping applications, it relies on an online service to provide data. The service it had been using – MapQuest – discontinued free access to their data. When the service went dead, there were no longer any maps in Maps.
Thankfully, it didn’t take long for a replacement to be found. Mapbox, a popular mapping service (they provide data for Pinterest, Github and Foursquare, among others) stepped up and has generously offered to provide mapping data. Better than that, Maps now has an agreement in place with its data provider, putting it on a much more solid footing. The new arrangement with Mapbox might also allow additional features in the future, such as downloading maps data for offline use.
ROSA Fresh R8 is out!
Dear friends, we are happy to present our new ROSA Fresh R8 release.
- Here Are Research Reports Worth Watching: Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT), Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL)
- Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS released
Monthly News – August 2016
In July, we’ve received $12,753 thanks to the generous donations of 530 people. I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us fund Linux Mint. During the attacks we were able to purchase additional servers and pay for services (some of which are now free, credits to Sucuri for sponsoring us) without ever worrying about how much things cost. We’re also able to have a budget which allows us to pay our development team. Although Mint developers are passionate and benevolent people, we send them money so that they can purchase fancy equipment or so they can be more comfortable and have more spare time (which they usually spend on improving Linux Mint anyway). They’ve no idea how much they’ll get, when and why, but they’re one of the core reasons Linux Mint gets better, so the same way you donate to Linux Mint, we love donating to them. On occasions and when something benefits the distribution in a tangible way, we’re also able to donate upstream. In preparation for Linux Mint 18, we sent money to various artists and some upstream developers. In brief, we’re extremely comfortable and free in the way we develop Linux Mint. Whenever we need something, we’re able to buy it. Whenever money can improve a particular aspect of the distribution we’re able to spend it. This frees our hands, it empowers us greatly and it makes our job much easier. I usually just say thank you and emphasize the fact that your help does help us a lot. Behind the curtain there are a lot of people involved at various degrees and doing very different things. Since we started in 2006 we never had to worry about money. We were able to grow our quality and success thanks to your enjoyment and support and we never had to feel small or revise our ambitions. You can see the effects this had on development and the decisions to maintain a new desktop environment, or lately in the decision to switch to XApps. I’m very grateful for this. Many thanks to you.
Finding Alternatives to Microsoft Excel
For example, if you are looking for software to install on your Windows-, OS X- or Linux-based computer so you can work without an internet connection, consider free, open-source suites like LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice. Along with word-processing and presentation applications, both suites include a spreadsheet program called Calc that uses the .ods format — but can open and save files in Microsoft Excel’s native format.
Mozilla Has Axed Firefox Hello, Will Remove It From Installs Next Month
Firefox Hello becomes Firefox Goodbye, as Mozilla announce they've discontinued the WebRTC feature and plan to remove it from the browser starting next month.
Cogito, Ergo Sumana
Advice on Starting And Running A New Open Source Project: Recently, a couple of programmers asked me for advice on starting and running a new open source project. So, here are some thoughts, assuming you're already a programmer, you haven't led a team before, and you know your new software project is going to be open source.
I figure there are a few different kinds of best practices in starting and running open source projects.
FCC Settlement Requires TP-Link to Support 3rd-Party Firmware
In a win for the open source community, router maker TP-Link will be required to allow consumers to install third-party firmware on their wireless routers, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Monday. The announcement comes on the heels of a settlement requiring TP-Link to pay a $200,000 fine for failing to properly limit their devices' transmission power on the 2.4GHz band to within regulatory requirements. On its face, new rules about open source firmware don't seem to have much to do with TP-Link's compliance problems. But the FCC's new rule helps fix an unintended consequence of a policy the agency made last year, which had led to open source developers being locked out of wireless routers entirely.
Embracing Open Source Software: Advantages and Risks
Many business and government organizations rely on open source software (OSS). One of the most common and widely known examples is the Linux operating system. While the use of OSS can provide numerous advantages such as inexpensive and particularly robust software that has been debugged and optimized by numerous programmers, there are also attendant risks. This article explores OSS and its use generally in commercial settings. An overview of OSS is provided along with a discussion of its popularity with programmers and several associated risks. Additionally, a brief description of various OSS licenses is provided. A follow-up article will provide a strategy for developing a policy to manage OSS use.
European countries awarded for their “star” commitments
IRM attributes “starred” status to selected commitments included in countries’ National Action Plans (NAP). These commitments “represent exemplary reforms that have potentially transformative impact on citizens in the country of implementation”, OGP said.
EOMA68: > $60k pledged on crowdsupply.com
crowdsupply.com has a campaign to fund production of EOMA68 computer cards (and associated peripherals) which recently passed the $60,000 mark.
If you were at DebConf13 in Switzerland, you may have seen me with some early prototypes that I had been lent to show people.
The largest Wikipedia gathering in South Asia kicks off
Wiki Conference India 2016 (WCI), the largest gathering of contributors to Wikipedia and its sister projects in South Asia, will be held during August 5-7 this year in Chandigarh, India.
The first iteration of this event was five years ago in 2011. The event is focused around South Asian language Wikipedias and Wikimedia projects. Hundreds of participants, including over 100 scholarship holders from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, will participate in this three-day event. A team of volunteers representing several Wikimedia communities across the country and three Wikimedia affiliates—Wikimedia India, Punjabi Wikimedians and Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge program—are working together to make this event a success.
Airbnb’s Brenden Matthews on Hadoop
Apache Hadoop is open source software for handling large data sets using distributed computing. This engaging video by Airbnb engineer Brenden Matthews explains Hadoop in historical context. I found it useful for familiarizing myself with general Hadoop terminology and concepts.
Apache-EMC containers support network block storage
The EMC container integration for Docker is a joint project of Apache Foundation and EMC code, part of EMC Emerging Technologies Division. It builds on previous EMC container initiatives. The Docker Volume Driver Isolator module exposes native Docker functionality through a command line interface. It is part of the Apache Mesos distribution released in July.
Is there money in open source big data? Hortonworks shares drop after sales miss
Hortonworks is facing a period of turmoil after it was revealed that president Herb Cunitz would be leaving and shares plummeted on the back of weak financial results.
- Shares of Hortonworks crashed over 25% after a huge miss on earnings and an exec departure
- Hortonworks Q2 misses, shares fall after hours
- Hortonworks Shares Plunge on Weak Results
- Hortonworks Reports Financial Results for Second Quarter 2016
- Big Data leader Hortonworks' shares plunge 25 percent on Q2 shortfall
- Big Data leader Hortonworks' shares plunge 25 percent on Q2 sales miss
Why You Should Speak At & Attend LinuxConf Australia
Monday 1 February 2016 was the longest day of my life, but I don't mean that in the canonical, figurative, and usually negative sense of that phrase. I mean it literally and in a positive way. I woke up that morning Amsterdam in the Netherlands — having the previous night taken a evening train from Brussels, Belgium with my friend and colleague Tom Marble. Tom and I had just spent the weekend at FOSDEM 2016, where he and I co-organize the Legal and Policy Issues DevRoom (with our mutual friends and colleagues, Richard Fontana and Karen M. Sandler).
Tom and I headed over to AMS airport around 07:00 local time, found some breakfast and boarded our flights. Tom was homeward bound, but I was about to do the crazy thing that he'd done in the reverse a few years before: I was speaking at FOSDEM and LinuxConf Australia, back-to-back. In fact, because the airline fares were substantially cheaper this way, I didn't book a “round the world” flight, but instead two back-to-back round-trip tickets. I boarded the plane at AMS at 09:30 that morning (local time), and landed in my (new-ish) hometown of Portland, OR as afternoon there began. I went home, spent the afternoon with my wife, sister-in-law, and dogs, washed my laundry, and repacked my bag. My flight to LAX departed at 19:36 local time, a little after US/Pacific sunset.
libinput and disable-while-typing
A common issue with users typing on a laptop is that the user's palms will inadvertently get in contact with the touchpad at some point, causing the cursor to move and/or click. In the best case it's annoying, in the worst case you're now typing your password into the newly focused twitter application. While this provides some general entertainment and thus makes the world a better place for a short while, here at the libinput HQ  we strive to keep life as boring as possible and avoid those situations.
- AMD's Marek Prepares Another OpenGL 4.4 Extension For RadeonSI Gallium3D
Simple Senet needs a new maintainer
Years ago, I discovered the board game Senet, possibly the oldest board game we know of, dating back to ancient Egypt. It's a simple game, something like the modern board game Sorry if you combined it with another board game, Chutes and Ladders.
Snapd 2.11 Released With New Commands, Interfaces
A shiny new version of snapd, the service that powers Canonical's 'Snap' packaging format, is now available.
- Microsoft Launches Skype 1.4 for Linux with Support for Bots [Ed: Skype is topologically a botnet (Microsoft restructured it for mass surveillance) so forget “bots”. Without any reason/purpose other than serving the spies, all Skype traffic will go through Microsoft.]
Fedora: Fixing fonts
Someone on twitter commented that I should write an article about how to fix fonts on Fedora. Sadly this is not something I am able to do. That doesn't mean there isn't a problem, just that I don't have the font specialist eye where they can look at a screen and go "OMG THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG HERE!!!!" in the way that someone who is slightly flat or sharp drives me bonkers. [I on the other hand can happily read a webpage in Comic Sans or Papyrus and wonder why everyone looking over my shouldr is cringing and hissing as I do so.]
- Fedora Flock - 2016 - Day 3
- PHP version 5.6.25RC1 and 7.0.10RC1
- PHPUnit 5.5
Android Now Has 97% Of India’s Smartphone Market
Strategy Analytics have released the latest Indian smartphone sales figures and there’s no surprise in that Android continues to dominate the market. This time last year the Android platform was used in 90% of Indian smartphones and twelve months later, this figure has increased to 97%. There are a number of reasons why Android is the platform of choice with Indian smartphone consumers and some of these are associated with the competition: Apple’s market share has halved from 4% last year to 2% this year and the reason for this is because iOS devices are too expensive. In the words of Woody Oh, Strategy Analytics Director, “Apple iOS will need to reduce iPhone pricing to cheaper levels… if it wants to regrow significantly in the future.” Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone SE, is a 4.0-inch device that does cost less than previous models, but it still in the upper / mid-range pricing for Android devices.
Android dominates in India with 97% market share
The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics show Android controlling 97% of the smartphone market share in India. 30.7 million phones were shipped in Q2 2016, of which Android phones accounted for 29.8 million units.
Best budget Android smartphones you can buy [August 2016]
There are new smartphones hitting the market constantly, but which is the best to pick up when you’re trying to save a buck or two? We’ve seen some great launches this summer and we’re only expecting more over the coming months, but for now, let’s go over the best budget Android smartphones you can go pick up today…
- Chrome for Android 52 promises speedier video load times and less battery drain
- LG V20 with Android 7.0 Nougat to launch on September 6
- LG unveils the first Android Nougat phone on September 6th
- Why you should enable Data Saver in Chrome for Android right now
- Alto's Adventure comes to Android TV, but Noodlecake double-dips with a paid Play Store listing
- Android Nougat’s ‘flowered’ home button animation will be tied to Google Assistant, and it looks awesome
- Android Wear gets new update, includes July security patch
- Security updates for Thursday
- Risk From Linux Kernel Hidden in Windows 10 Exposed at Black Hat [Ed: "Alex Ionescu, chief architect at Crowdstrike" - well, enough says. CrowdStrike Microsoft-tied. CrowdStrike are the same chronic liars who recently accused Russia of DNC leaks despite lack of evidence. The corporate press cited them. How can GNU and Linux running under a piece of malware with keyloggers and back doors be the main security concern?]
Italian-based Android RAT spies on mobiles in Japan and China, say researchers
Researchers discover an Italian-based Android RAT designed for spying that is targeting mobile devices using their unique identification codes
Have you ever thought about using a gpg key to encrypt something, but didn't due to worries that you'd eventually lose the secret key? Or maybe you did use a gpg key to encrypt something and lost the key. There are nice tools like paperkey to back up gpg keys, but they require things like printers, and a secure place to store the backups.
I feel that simple backup and restore of gpg keys (and encryption keys generally) is keeping some users from using gpg. If there was a nice automated solution for that, distributions could come preconfigured to generate encryption keys and use them for backups etc. I know this is a missing peice in the git-annex assistant, which makes it easy to generate a gpg key to encrypt your data, but can't help you back up the secret key.
So, I'm thinking about storing secret keys in the cloud. Which seems scary to me, since when I was a Debian Developer, my gpg key could have been used to compromise millions of systems. But this is not about developers, it's about users, and so trading off some security for some ease of use may be appropriate. Especially since the alternative is no security. I know that some folks back up their gpg keys in the cloud using DropBox.. We can do better.
Russian ROSA Company recently announced the release of ROSA Fresh R8 with your choice of four desktops. The final point release for Ubuntu 14.04 was announced and Clement Lefebvre said upcoming Mint 18 KDE will no longer sport its distinctive blue icon in favor of the green. In other Mint news, ArsTechnica's Scott Gilbertson said Linux doesn't get any better than Mint 18. Jamie Watson reviewed the difference between point and rolling Linux releases and two users share their personal Linux stories.
If you’re looking for a cheap computer, the first thing you should do is check out just how much you can get with a Chromebook.
Chromebooks are increasingly looking like the perfect laptops for a whole lot of people. Sure, they don’t have the wide desktop app ecosystem that Mac and Windows laptops have. But ask yourself how many of those apps you actually use each day, and of those, how many you actually need. Could you trade Outlook for outlook.com? Would you be fine in Google Docs instead of Office? (And if not, would your answer change if it meant saving several hundred dollars?)
Most of our time is spent online, and Chromebooks stick to the basics, offering just enough power to do that. The best of them should let you browse the web without problem and manage to impress you with how nice they are for the price.
Okay so I have windows 10. I wanted to install kali linux with a dual boot. Unfortunately when partitioning the hard drive I thought I was taking away 20% when in fact I was choosing the remaining hard drive space for windows. I need to get back all that hard disk space I gave to linux is there any way to partition it back. Please help me
lenovo laptop g50 series 1tb of hard drive 8gb of ramsubmitted by /u/deathlesgaming
DIY Linux Computer and 6LoWPAN Gateway
We toss together our own PCB designs, throwing in a microcontroller here or there. Anything more demanding than that, and we reach for a Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone (or an old Linksys router). Why don’t we just whip together a PCB for a small Linux computer? Because we don’t know how…but [Jonas] apparently does. And when we asked him why he did it, he replied “because I can!”
- 15W Skylake SBCs include Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX, and 3.5-inch