GNU/Linux - portrait
Here is a personal 'portrait' artwork. A bit unusual compare to my previous portraits and probably a bit more 'digital' than 'painting' this time. But it's a concept I had in mind since a long time and wanted to paint it on this rainy Sunday afternoon at home.
System76 brings 4K display Ubuntu Linux laptop for Pro users
Finally, some good news for Apple fans who crashed System76 website a few days back. Apple makes a good laptop. However, they lack the option to add additional RAM or ports or graphics card. The new System76 Oryx laptop has a 4K HiDPI display. If you are a sysadmin, DevOps, or developer, give it a try to System76.
Linux Now Runs On 99.6% Of Top 500 Supercomputers
Linux may have just 2% in the desktop market share, but when it comes to supercomputers, Linux is simply ruling it with over 99% of the share.
Ultimate General: Civil War, the tactical war-game will come to Linux
It's worth noting that their previous game, 'Ultimate General: Gettysburg' also supports Linux.
This week in GTK+ – 24
In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 46 commits, with 1541 lines added and 3471 lines removed.
This Week In Solus - Install #39
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Solus Announces Partnership With Unixstickers
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Storing files with NAS4Free 10.3.0.3
A phrase I find myself repeating over and over, to family, friends and clients is "Make backups of your data." If a file is not backed up then it is one electrical storm, hardware failure or accidental key press away from no longer existing. This naturally leads people to wonder where copies of their data should be stored. There are any number of solutions from optical media to external hard drives, cloud storage to backup tapes. This week I want to talk about a network attached storage (NAS) solution which uses the NAS4Free operating system to manage disks.
Most of the NAS operating systems I have used in the past were built around useful features. Some focused on making storage easy to set up and manage, others focused on services, such as making files available over multiple protocols or managing torrents. Some strive to be very easy to set up. NAS4Free does pretty well in each of the above categories. It may not be the easiest platform to set up, but it's probably a close second. It may not have the prettiest interface for managing settings, but it is quite easy to navigate. NAS4Free may not have the most add-on services and access protocols, but I suspect there are more than enough of both for most people.
Where NAS4Free does better than most other solutions I have looked at is security. I don't think the project's website or documentation particularly focuses on security as a feature, but there are plenty of little security features that I liked. NAS4Free makes it very easy to lock the text console, which is good because we do not all keep our NAS boxes behind locked doors. The system is fairly easy to upgrade and appears to publish regular security updates in the form of new firmware. NAS4Free makes it fairly easy to set up user accounts, handle permissions and manage home directories. It's also pretty straight forward to switch from HTTP to HTTPS and to block people not on the local network from accessing the NAS's web interface.
All in all, I like NAS4Free. It's a good, general purpose NAS operating system. While I did not feel the project did anything really amazing in any one category, nor did I run into any serious issues. The NAS ran as expected, was fairly straight forward to set up and easy to manage. This strikes me as an especially good platform for home or small business users who want an easy set up, some basic security and a solid collection of features.
[manjaro] [Stable Update] 2016-11-19 – Mesa, LibDRM, Kernels, KDE Framework, Grub, Firefox
With KDE Freamework 5.28.0 for example syntax-highlighting got introduced. Also the Wayland support got enhanced with this framework update. For our xorg-stack we updated libdrm and pushed some more updated haskell packages out. Since we are on the move to use alpm hooks also for our kernels, we updated grub to do the same. Additionally we have a lot of rebuilds, some newer kernels, updated Mesa, php and Eric plus the latest Firefox to check out.
- openSUSE Leap 42.2 And Zorin OS 12 Released With Linux Kernel 4.4
[Slackware] Java 7 (openjdk) gets a security update
Many people who have a need for Java, will already have switched to Java 8. Nevertheless there are still many places where Java 7 is preferred or even required. So, I am riding on the Q4 security updates for OpenJDK and used the recently released icedtea 2.6.8 to compile OpenJDK 7u121_b00 or “Java 7 Update 121 Build 00”. As always, there is a JDK and a JRE package.
N900: 2016 Week 47
On November 8, 2016, the proto_v2 schematics were updated to the current version. We finished the last few improvements and our layouter is scheduling the layout to start in one week. We repeat our invitation to give the schematics a peer review: it's your last chance to peel your eyes on these schematics and be picky about details that our engineering team might have missed.
A Glimpse at Nodio, the Blockchain-Based Router
A new device called Nodio has been recently announced that can run multiple decentralized applications (dApps), a Tor node, and other functionalities. Nodio is a blockchain router that aims to give users a chance to create decentralized solutions.
Packet.net strong-ARMs cloud for $0.005 per core per hour
Packet.net, a bare-metal cloud aimed at developers, has flicked the switch on cloud-running servers powered by a pair of Cavium's 48-core ARMv8-A ThunderX processors.
CEO Zachary Smith told The Register that the company's cooked up the cloud for a few reasons. Price is one: Packet will offer ARM cores at a tenth of the price it charges for Intel cores, at US$0.50 per hour per server, or $0.005 per core per hour. Smith thinks that will be a head-turner by itself.
Samsung Offers Developers $10,000 Per App Via Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program
In the first half of 2014, Samsung released the Samsung Gear S2 smart watch running on Tizen, an open source, Linux-based operating system. Early in 2015, Samsung released the Samsung Z1 smartphone, which also ran on Tizen, in India for approximately $127. It was followed by the Z3 that got rolled out in Oct. 2015.
Minoca OS — An Interview With One Of The Engineers Of Open Source Operating System
Everyone benefits in some way when a new operating system comes out, especially when that operating system is open source. Minoca OS is a case of just that, and what’s more is that it has been written entirely from the ground up, further contributing to the software landscape.
Evan Green is the CEO of Minoca Corp, the organization currently maintaining Minoca OS, as well as a co-founder and engineer of Minoca OS. Evan has was kind enough to answer some questions about Minoca OS for us.
Open source and the problem of pure maintenance
One of the things that people using open source often wish loudly for (via) is software that's stable and only gets bug fixes, including security updates, with no other changes at all. Oh, and they want this for free as part of an open source project.
As you may have guessed, there is a fundamental problem with this. Indeed it is a classical fundamental problem in software development in general, namely that doing only maintenance is boring and very few people want to do it (especially for free, such as with open source software). This is why it's really quite hard to find anyone who does a good job of maintenance, especially over the long term and most especially for free. There are people who will provide you with well maintained systems that stay carefully stable for years, but generally they want money (often a fair amount of it).
List of RSS Feeds of GNU/Linux & Free Software/Open Source Related Websites
There are so many websites, planets, or blogs related to Free Software/Open Source (FLOSS) and GNU/Linux in English. It is difficult for someone to grabs many of their RSS feeds one by one. To solve this, I try to collect many URL of RSS feeds of them here. This is not complete by now (November 15th 2016) but I planned to complete the missing links below as soon as possible. I hope this list helps anyone in free software community worldwide.
- Project proposal: The GNUnet of autonomous Things
Is SVG 2 really on life support?
Between SVG 1.1 W3C Recommendation and SVG 2 in its current form, people have raised kids and sent them off to the college. And yet SVG 2 might arrive sometime in the future without quite a few useful features that have been already developed and tested. What's up with that?
Announcing SSL Labs Grading Changes for 2017
At SSL Labs, we have a major review of our grading criteria about once a year. As the security of the ecosystem matures, our goal is to push forward and make the requirements [for a good grade] stricter. In many ways, this process of continuous improvement is what really matters to us.
Twice the bits, twice the trouble: vulnerabilities induced by migrating to 64-bit platforms
64-bit is not exactly new anymore, but many codebases which started out as 32-bit have been ported to 64-bit. In this study, Wressnegger et al. reveal how a codebase originally written for 32-bit, and which is perfectly secure on 32-bit platforms, can have new vulnerabilities simply by compiling it for 64-bit systems. Beginning with a theoretical analysis of how such vulnerabilities might be introduced, the team then go and look for such vulnerabilities in the wild…
- PoisonTap - siphons cookies, exposes internal router & installs web backdoor on locked computers
Hello, my Laptop (ASUS K53BR) is booting very slow, testet on many distros (ubuntu, antergos, xubuntu, and now Cub Linux). I have changed the HDD to an SSD that is (when the system is finaly started up) fast. And i have 8GB DDR3L Ram. I get always timeouts with this Info: "INFO: task plymouthd:827 blocked for more than 120 seconds. Not tainted 4.2.0-34-generic #39~14.04.1-Ubuntu "echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs" disable this message.submitted by /u/Preisschild