- Sprint joins CORD Project focused on SDN, NFV, cloud
- Sprint and DT join AT&T, Verizon and China Unicom at CORD Project
- CORD Announces New Collaborators
- ONF/ON.Lab Combo Showcases SDN Innovation
- ONOS Project Announces New Release
- Sprint Joins ONF's CORD Project Signaling Open Source Interest
- Samsung Tizen Is Riddled With Zero-Day Flaws, According To An Israeli Cyber Security Researcher
- Samsung's Tizen Android replacement riddled with security holes, claim researchers
- Tizen said to be riddled with vulnerabilities
- Samsung's Tizen OS is a hacker's dream, security researcher exposes 40 unknown vulnerabilities
- Security expert: Samsung's Tizen operating system is a hacker's dream
- 'The worst code I have ever seen': Vulnerable Samsung Tizen phone and TV software exposed
- Report: Samsung's Android replacement rife with security flaws
- Security Researcher Finds 40 Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in Samsung's Tizen OS
- Samsung's Tizen OS Apparently Has Some Security Holes
- Samsung's Version Of Tizen May Be Massively Insecure
- Samsung Tizen has 40 zero-day vulnerabilities, researcher warns
- Samsung's Tizen OS Said to Be Riddled With as Many as 40 Zero-Day Vulnerabilities
- Samsung Smart TVs, Watches Full of Security Holes (Report)
- Samsung's Tizen OS may be overrun with security flaws
- Samsung's Android alternative is a security disaster, says researcher
- Security researcher finds Samsung's Tizen, used in its Smart TVs, is full of security issues
- Samsung's TV and watch OS is reportedly full of security holes
- Linux-based Tizen: Critical bugs leave most Samsung Smart TVs open to attack
- Reliance Jio to work with AT&T, Linux Foundation to drive SDN, NFV innovation
Reliance Jio Joins ONAP
ONAP is a collaborative open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation and formed in February through the combination of AT&T’s ECOMP and The Linux Foundation’s Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O). The two projects joined under ONAP to develop an open software platform for real-time, policy-driven software automation of virtual network functions. ONAP enables software, network and cloud provider companies as well as open source community developers to collaborate in an open ecosystem, encouraging rapid creation of new services and innovation.
Linux 4.10.8, 4.9.20 LTS and 4.4.59 LTS Kernels Are Out to Address Various Bugs
At the end of March, Greg Kroah-Hartman released three new maintenance updates for the long-term supported Linux 4.9 and 4.4 kernel series, as well as the latest stable Linux 4.10 kernel branch.
Linux 4.10.8, 4.9.20 LTS and 4.4.59 LTS kernels are out, and they come only one day after their previous maintenance updates, which means that all of them are small patches addressing a few bugs that needed to be fixed urgently. Of course, users are urged to update their systems to these new versions as soon as possible.
Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9 Enters Beta, Adds Support for openSUSE and Fedora
Rapid Photo Downloader developer Damon Lynch announced this past weekend the release of the first Beta build of the upcoming Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9 series of the open-source and free photo and video downloader for Linux PCs.
Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9 will be the next major release of the application developed by a photographer for amateur and professional photographers alike. The new series has been in development for the past one a half years, during which it received an Alpha milestone approximately eleven months ago.
Rapid Photo Download Makes It Easy to Import Photos from a Camera or Smartphone
It’s spent 2.5 years in development, but the first beta release of Rapid Photo Downloader 0.9 is now available to download.
It’s been almost 7 years since we last featured this app on this site, so I’ll totally understand if you don’t recall much about it!
Designed and built by a photographer, Rapid Photo Downloads lets you import photos and videos from a connected camera or smartphone quickly and, it claims, reliably.
Gkill is an Interactive CLI Process Killer Written in Go
Now, I appreciate that few of you will have much use for this app, but it’s too cool to not throw a few words up here about.
It’s called Gkill and it’s an interactive command-line process killer for Windows, macOS and Linux.
The app is written in Go, and lets you quickly filter through and kill running tasks and processes using your keyboard.
- Variations around ls -lrt
- How to install and use ZNC bouncer for IRC
Unity 5.6 Game Engine Is the Last in the Series, Improves Vulkan Support
Unity Technologies informs Softpedia about the availability of the Unity 5.6 game engine for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, iOS, and Microsoft Windows.
Unity 5.6 appears to be the last maintenance update for the Unity 5 series, adding quite a bunch of improvements and new features. These include lighting improvements through a Progressive Lightmapper preview, which provides new light modes, better graphics performance, and Vulkan support enhancements.
Armor Clash II looks like a cheap RTS that could end up being fun, releasing soon
Armor Clash II [Steam], a cheap-looking RTS game will release soon with Linux support. Even though it looks a little tacky, I think it could be a good bit of fun.
2D racer 'Race Online' to get dedicated servers and release date announced
Fun 2D racer 'Race Online' [Steam] is set to release tomorrow on April 5th and the developer has detailed some changes coming to online play.
Hey, everyone. Today we will be setting up “ruby on rails” in one of the latest versions of ubuntu i.e. 16.04. We will go for rvm (Ruby Version Manager) which will let you manage work and switch between multiple ruby environments. I will provide screenshots and pictures (wherever I can) and the steps without hectic, so you guys can easily setup up and start app development quickly. Let us start.
CentOS Linux 5, Scientific Linux 5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Reach End of Life
The end of March 2017 concluded with the end of life for various GNU/Linux distributions based on the Red Hat's RHEL5 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5) series.
Red Hat published today, April 3, 2017, the final notification for the retirement of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system, targeted at customers subscribed to the company's Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 channel. Users are being notified that Red Hat won't provide active support for RHEL5 starting March 31, 2017. However, Red Hat offers a special add-on for those who don't want to upgrade.
Flatpak 0.8.5 Improves Detection of Flatpakref Extensions, Needs Automake 1.13.4
Alex Larsson from the Flatpak (formerly XDG-App) project, an open source initiative to develop a distro-agnostic Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework, announced today the release of Flatpak 0.8.5.
Some of you out there reading our regular Flatpak reports may wonder what's Flatpak 0.8.5 doing here when we already got Flatpak 0.9.1. Well, it looks like the Flatpak devs are still maintaining the stable 0.8 series of the project for various GNU/Linux distributions that did not yet moved to the 0.9 branch.
(Spring-)Cleaning the Fedora Package Collection
Spring arrived and doing spring-cleaning I thought about all the cleanup tasks in Fedora. If you are interested in doing some Fedora spring-cleaning, I will show you some opportunities to get your hand’s dirty and Fedora cleaner.
Debian LTS report for March 2017
March 2017 was my seventh month as a Debian LTS team member.
My Free Software Activities in March 2017
Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Android, Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.
just to let you know that the Devuan's bug tracking system is finally
available online at:
The system is compatible with the BTS used by Debian (we are actually
using the same code base), and shares the same workflow.
Cloud Computing Leader OVH Joins the Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud Programme
Today, April 3, 2017, Canonical announced that OVH, the leading and fastest-growing cloud computing company offering VPS and dedicated servers, as well as other web services, joined the company's Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud program.
The new Canonical and OVH partnership will benefit OVH customers running public or private clouds, VPS, and bare metal servers on their infrastructures, minimizing the downtime and bandwidth costs. Being an Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud partner, OVH will now be able to distribute Ubuntu guest images to all of their users.
BeagleBone Relay on OpenBSD -current
A notable recent happening is getting a -current BeagleBone Black Tor relay up and running.
Orange Pi Zero Overview
The Orange Pi Zero with the H2+ SoC is a single board computer that is great for maker projects and IoT scenarios. It is best for use cases that do not require a graphical desktop or connection to a monitor as it does not include an HDMI port and only has AV out via an expansion board.
Rugged, 3.5-inch SBC expands upon Skylake
Perfectron’s Linux-friendly, 3.5-inch “OXY5361A” SBC supplies 6th Gen CPUs with industrial temp support, and a pair each of mini-PCIe, GbE, and DP links.
The OXY5361A follows earlier x86-based 3.5-inch SBCs from Perfectron such as the 5th Gen “Broadwell” based OXY5338A. The new OXY5361A runs on dual-core, 15W TDP 6th Gen Core “Skylake” U-Series processors. Other Skylake-U SBCs include Axiomtek’s Pico-ITX PICO500, Diamond’s recent, 3.5-inch Venus, and ADL’s 3.5-inch ADLQ170HDS.
USB3 Vision computer can do assisted surgery
Active Silicon’s Linux-ready, Haswell-based “USB3 Vision Processing Unit” acquires and processes image data from up to 4x USB3 Vision cameras.
Active Silicon’s USB3 Vision Processing Unit (USB3 VPU) is designed for a variety of high-end industrial and medical computer vision applications, including its primary application of computer assisted surgery. The USB3 VPU has four inputs for USB3 Vision cameras and four 3G-SDI outputs configured to output two channels of 3G-SDI video, each with a duplicate output.
Google Launches a New Issue Tracker, Used for Android and the GCP
Exactly one month ago, Google announced they had just launched a new Issue Tracker project for their Google Cloud Platform products. Until now, if you wanted to submit a bug about a Google product then you were pointed at a code.google.com URL. For Android, this would be the AOSP Issue Tracker and it would be the Chromium Issue Tracker for Chrome. This worked fine for a while, but even this issue tracker had some bugs and it just looked like a dated system.
Sorry Windows, Android is now the most popular end-user operating system
For decades, the answer to the question "What's the most popular operating system?" was Windows. You may not have liked it, but macOS, OS/2, Linux, you name it, couldn't knock it off its pedestal. But, then along came smartphones and tablets, and PCs started their long sales decline. In March 2017, by web-analytics company StatCounter's reckoning, Android became more popular than Windows.
Android is more popular than Windows... for getting online [iophk: "at those figures the monopoly rents will become unobtainable and without additional income, such as stock trading, the bubble will pop"]
Usage figures published by StatCounter show that Android accounted for 37.93 percent of the worldwide OS Internet usage share in March. Windows is not far behind at 37.91 percent, but Android taking the lead is being described as a "milestone in technology history."
Windows is starting to lose out overall, although it still accounts for 84 percent of the worldwide desktop operating system market.
- Android overtakes Windows for first time
- Android beats Windows as most popular OS for interwebz – by 0.02%
Haiku OS Picks Up AMD Ryzen Support, More Driver Improvements
The monthly status report on the BeOS-inspired Haiku operating system reveals their latest efforts.
Adobe partners with Google to launch new open-source pan-CJK font
A few years back, Adobe and Google teamed up to launch a new open-source font for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages. Today, the two companies are expanding on this project with the launch of a serif CJK font. Adobe calls this new font Source Han Serif, while Google calls it Noto Serif CJK.
Just like with the first project, Adobe font designer Ryoko Nishizuka worked on the overall design of the font and the company then worked with a number of local foundries in China, Japan and Korea to finish all of the 65,535 glyphs that make up the full font (which also includes Latin, Cyrillic and Greek glyphs based on Source Serif). All of those glyphs are available in seven weights, so we’re talking about more than 450,000 glyphs here — a huge number compared to your average Latin font.
Open-source software unlocks 3-D view of nanomaterials
Now it's possible for anyone to see and share 3-D nanoscale imagery with a new open-source software platform developed by researchers at the University of Michigan, Cornell University and open-source software company Kitware Inc.
Tomviz 1.0 is the first open-source tool that enables researchers to easily create 3-D images from electron tomography data, then share and manipulate those images in a single platform.
- Alibaba cloud adopts Microsoft’s open source networking software [Ed: Microsoft booster Jordan Novet has called Linux "Microsoft’s open source networking software"]
- Cloudera IPO Is An Interesting Analysis On Open-Source
Is open source the transformative solution for activism?
Progressive Coders, the group that he founded uses OpenStreetMaps. This community supported, open source mapping software help thousands of volunteers find Indivisible near them.
Evolving toward openness: How to change the way you think and work
But to me, striving to become more open is less like a journey and more like a serious evolution. In my case, evolving to an open mindset has truly meant challenging my own mental models and norms. It has meant wrestling with tensions between how things have been done in the past with how they could be done differently in the future. It's an evolution that really begins (and continues to this day) with a decision to change and embrace what being open really means.
- Google's new open source hub, an example IP agreement from GitHub, and more news
- Microsoft Shutters CodePlex, Will Migrate Projects to GitHub
Qt versus Wx: How do two of the most popular Python frameworks compare?
Python is a popular language capable of scripting as well as object-oriented programming. Several frameworks provide a GUI (graphical user interface) for Python, and most of them are good at something, whether it's simplicity, efficiency, or flexibility. Two of the most popular are wxPython and PyQt, but how do they compare? More importantly, which should you choose for your project?
How many testers do you need?
When you start a usability test, the first question you may ask is "how many testers do I need?" The standard go-to article on this is Nielsen's "Why You Only Need to Test with 5 Users" which gives the answer right there in the title: you need five testers.
But it's important to understand why Nielsen picks five as the magic number. MeasuringU has a good explanation, but I think I can provide my own.
- Security updates for Monday
UEFI BIOS flaws can be exploited to install highly persistent ransomware
Earlier this year, a team of researchers from security vendor Cylance demonstrated a proof-of-concept ransomware program that ran inside a motherboard’s Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)—the modern BIOS.
- Athletes hacked by APT28 'Fancy Bear' Russian hacking crew
Latest Ikea lightbulb set may cause new botnet attack, cybersecurity group warns
The new Ikea lightbulb is the latest in its line of "Home Smart" products. However, it seems the popular do-it-yourself (DIY) company's new product may pose a cybersecurity risk.
- Malware Attack Targets Open Source Developers [Ed: Articles like these neglect to say that only developers who use Microsoft Windows are at risk. Better headline: malware targets Windows users who are registered at GitHub. Must have Microsoft Word and PowerShell.]
If A Phone's Facial Recognition Security Can Be Defeated By A Picture Of A Face, What Good Is It?
No technology is perfect and facial recognition software is obviously no exception. But whereas law enforcement groups use this flawed technology in too many instances, device manufacturers are beginning to ship out security features that rely on facial recognition software almost ubiquitously. Many might look at this modern technology and imagine defeating it and logging into another person's phone would resemble some kind of Mission Impossible style convolution. Sadly, as proven again recently with the release of Samsung's Galaxy S8, defeating the security feature is laughably simple.
- Analyzing Linux Performance Issues With Perf
DPDK Project Moves to Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced that the DPDK Project (Data Plane Development Kit) community has moved to The Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral home that promotes collaboration around open source technologies, such as a technical governance model that enables the growth of developer communities.
- Networking Industry Leaders Join Forces to Expand New Open Source Community to Drive Development of the DPDK Project
Welcoming FRRouting to The Linux Foundation
One of the most exciting parts of being in this industry over the past couple of decades has been witnessing the transformative impact that open source software has had on IT in general and specifically on networking. Contributions to various open source projects have fundamentally helped bring the reliability and economics of web-scale IT to organizations of all sizes. I am happy to report the community has taken yet another step forward with FRRouting.
FRRouting (FRR) is an IP routing protocol suite for Unix and Linux platforms which includes protocol daemons for BGP, IS-IS, LDP, OSPF, PIM, and RIP, and the community is working to make this the best routing protocol stack available.