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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Friday 7th of April 2017 09:05:40 AM

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Friday 7th of April 2017 09:03:27 AM
  • Chiosi: Open Source Necessary, Not Sufficient

    Margaret Chiosi has long been an open source advocate, but the former AT&T, now Huawei, executive acknowledged here today that open source by itself is not enough -- and the gap between what it provides and what carrier-class products require is an industry challenge.

    "You have all these open source pieces -- they are great initial pieces, but you can't just clean it up and run it, because it's not complete," Chiosi said, in an interview following her keynote presentation here. "The challenge for the industry is how do we get from here to production -- there are a lot of gaps."

    Chiosi's comments echo those made earlier in the week by another staunch open source proponent, Guru Parulkar, a founder of ONS and current executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. Parulkar noted the resources gap between what open source can deliver -- code, proofs-of-concept and lab trials -- and the commercialization and hardening processes needed to take products to market. (See Open Source Boom Not Without Challenges.)

  • Telecoms copying cloud providers make beeline for open source, say analysts
  • Open Networking Takes Next Steps Up the Stack
  • AT&T's Rice: ONAP will help the industry take advantage of ECOMP and Open-O
  • How ONAP Will Merge Millions of Lines of Code from ECOMP and Open-O
  • ONS 2017 Tracks Progress of Open Source Networking Projects
  • Open Source, Cybersecurity, Fintech Relationships: A Look Back at the North American Trading Architecture Summit

    This year’s North American Trading Architecture Summit was packed full of great insight from industry leaders in financial technology.

    Another Waters conference has come and gone, and yet again I’m left with plenty to chew on. The North American Trading Architecture Summit (NATAS) is particularly special for me, as it’s geared more toward the sell side.

  • HackerOne CEO: The tech industry has some 'catching up to do' on software security

    Remember the open source adage that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow?" Well, open source hasn't quite worked out that way. Heartbleed, Shellshock, and a host of other security holes have made open source, for all its virtues, look somewhat ordinary when it comes to bugginess and security.

    At least, that's one way to read the data.

    According to open source business luminary and HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos, however, open source absolutely has delivered better security than its proprietary peers. Perhaps even more important, however, is how open source enables bug bounty programs launched by HackerOne and others to be dramatically more successful than they could be in a closed-source context.

  • Speak at The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit North America in L.A.

    Four events, one name: LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen and the all-new Community Leadership Conference have combined to form one big event: Open Source Summit North America. The rebranded event, to be held Sept. 11-13 in Los Angeles, will feature a broader range of open source topics, and be more inclusive than ever.

    Each of the four conference areas bring a different part of the open source community to the table, providing a holistic overview of the industry for attendees of the new Open Source Summit.

  • It’s Time for Open Citations

    Today, Mozilla is announcing support for the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), an effort to make citation data from scholarly publications open and freely accessible.

    We’re proud to stand alongside the Wikimedia Foundation, the Public Library of Science and a network of other like-minded institutions, publishers and researchers who believe knowledge should be free from restrictions. We want to create a global, public web of citation data — one that empowers teaching, learning, innovation and progress.

    Currently, much of the citation data in scholarly publications is not easily accessible. From geology and chemistry journals to papers on psychology, the citations within are often subject to restrictive and confusing licenses which limit discovery and dissemination of published research. Further, citation data is often not machine readable — meaning we can’t use computer programs to parse the data.

    Mozilla understands that in some cases, scholarly publications themselves must be protected or closed in order to respect proprietary ecosystems and business models. But citations are snippets of knowledge that allow everyone to engage with, evaluate and build upon ideas. When citations are inaccessible, the flow of knowledge stalls. Innovation is chilled. The results are damaging.

  • Uber’s open source data visualization tool now goes beyond maps

    You may not be aware, but Uber offers an open source version of the data visualization framework it uses internally, called The tool was made available to anyone via open source license last November, and now it’s getting some key updates that should help make it more useful to external teams and individuals looking for interesting ways to take their data and turn it into compelling visual representations.

  • Mastodon is launched; Now everyone 'Toots' instead of tweeting
  • Meet Mastodon: The 'new' Twitter
  • Mastodon is here; will you stop tweeting and start tooting?
  • What living off the grid taught me about openness

    A sip of maple water, drawn straight from a steel bucket in the forest is electric; it's icy crisp, not too sweet, and tastes like trees and sky distilled into light. Perched on snowshoes, sweetly freezing your butt in the sugarbush, it's like a trickle of forest energy down your throat.

  • New Large-Scale Initiative Aims To Increase Open Access To Scholarly Research

    The Wikimedia Foundation, Public Library of Science (PLoS), and other publishers and research organisations have announced an initiative aimed at increase the amount of scholarly citation data freely available online, called the Initiative for Open Citations.

    The I4OC initiative is accessible here. At present, there are 66 participating organisations, including 29 publishers and 33 stakeholders, including the Wellcome Trust, Mozilla, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • European Commission May Join Gates Foundation And Wellcome Trust In Becoming An Open Access Publisher

    Open access isn't a new idea -- the term was first defined back in 2002, and arguably the first examples go back even further to the founding of in 1991 (pdf). And yet progress towards making all academic knowledge freely available has been frustratingly slow, largely because hugely-profitable publishers have been fighting it every inch of the way. In response to that intransigence, academics have come up with a variety of approaches, including boycotts, mass cancellation of subscriptions, new kinds of overlay journals and simply making everything available with or without permission.

  • Solving the cross-platform emoji problem

    However, as nice as they look on some platforms, not everyone is able to see emoji in the same way. Even though Unicode declares a standard to ensure that characters are strictly defined and are compatible across any system that uses Unicode, they aren't responsible for the design of emoji.

  • Windows ransomware variant targets healthcare sector [iophk: "Microsoft"]

    Philadelphia is believed to be a new version of the ransomware known as Stampado.

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LXer: Multiple Developers Come Forward To Continue Unity Development

Friday 7th of April 2017 08:31:41 AM
If you haven't heard already, Canonical has decided to end Unity development. Ubuntu 18.04 will ship with GNOME desktop.

TuxMachines: Red Hat Financial News

Friday 7th of April 2017 08:16:42 AM

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TuxMachines: Security Leftovers

Friday 7th of April 2017 07:35:54 AM
  • Security updates for Thursday
  • LMAOxUS Ransomware: Another Case of Weaponized Open Source Ransomware

    An Indian developer is playing around with an open source ransomware builder, which in the long run may end up causing serious problems for innocent users.

    This developer, who goes by the nickname of Empinel and claims to be based in Mumbai, has forked the open source code of the EDA2 project, and with the help of another user, has removed the backdoor hidden in EDA2's original code.

  • Google Patches Android Security Vulnerabilities in April Update

    Google is out with its April 2017 Android security update, patching 102 different vulnerabilities in the mobile operating system. Of the vulnerabilities patched by Google this month, only 15 are rated as having critical impact.

    Not surprisingly, the mediasever component is once again being patched by Google. The Android mediasever has been patched in every Android security update issued by Google since August 2015. In the new April update, mediaserver accounts for 15 flaws in total, including six rated as critical, five as high and four with only moderate impact.

  • Can you trust Linux-based Tizen OS?
  • Insecure Samsung Tizen is riddled with security flaws
  • CloudLinux 6 Users Get New Stable Kernel Security Update to Fix CVE-2016-10229

    Following on the recent stable and Beta kernel releases for the CloudLinux 7 operating system series, CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi announced earlier the availability of a new stable kernel update for CloudLinux 6 users.

    The new, updated kernel version 2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.25 is out as of April 6, 2017, and it appears to patch a Linux kernel vulnerability discovered in the udp.c file, which affects kernel versions smaller than 4.5, including the Linux 2.6 kernel running on CloudLinux 6 and CloudLinux 5 Hybrid operating systems.

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TuxMachines: Unity 8 Now Has a New Home over at UBports, Development Will Start Very Soon

Friday 7th of April 2017 07:28:06 AM

While some still believe that it will be impossible for a small team to keep the development of the Unity 8 and Ubuntu Touch alive after Canonical's decision to abandon both projects, UBports founder Marius Gripsgård thinks different.

We reported the other day that the leader of the UBports community, a team of skilled developers porting Canonical's Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system to various widely-used mobile devices, such as Fairphone 2 and OnePlus One, announced that he would do everything in his power to keep Unity 8 alive.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Ubuntu (Not Just Bad News)

Friday 7th of April 2017 07:24:37 AM

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LXer: openSUSE Tumbleweed Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.10.8, Receives Flatpak 0.9

Friday 7th of April 2017 07:17:21 AM
openSUSE's Douglas DeMaio is back with news for users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system series, informing them about the latest technologies and updates applications that landed in the repositories.

TuxMachines: Linux Kernels 3.16.43 LTS and 3.2.88 LTS Bring MIPS and Networking Improvements

Friday 7th of April 2017 07:13:56 AM

Ben Hutchings, Linux kernel developer and mainter of the Linux 3.2 and 3.16 long-term support kernel branches announced today, April 6, 2017, the availability of two new maintenance releases, namely Linux 3.16.43 LTS and Linux 3.2.88 LTS.

While Linux kernel 3.2.88 LTS is a very small bugfix release that only changes a total of 5 files, with 10 insertions and 8 deletions, adding a security fix and a couple of networking improvements for the IPv4 and L2TP protocols, Linux kernel 3.16.43 LTS is here to change a total of 48 files, with 366 insertions and 1246 deletions, according to the appended shortlog.

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TuxMachines: Red Hat News

Friday 7th of April 2017 06:26:04 AM

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TuxMachines: GNOME News

Friday 7th of April 2017 06:25:23 AM
  • GNOME ❤ Rust Hackfest in Mexico

    While I'm known as a Vala fanboy in GNOME, I've tried to stress time and again that I see Vala as more a practical solution than an ideal one. "Safe programming" has always been something that intrigued me, having dealt with numerous crashes and other hard-to-debug runtime issues in the past. So when I first heard of Rust some years back, it got me super excited but it was not exactly stable and there was no integration with GNOME libraries or D-Bus and hence it was not at all a viable option for developing desktop code. Lately (in past 2 years) things have significantly changed. Not only we have Rust 1.0 but we also have crates that provide integration with GNOME libraries and D-Bus. On top of that, some of us took steps to start converting some C code into Rust and many of us started seriously talking with Rust hackers to make Rust a first class programming language for GNOME.

  • Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold

    Today we all read the announcement of Ubuntu's decision to refocus on cloud and IoT activities, dropping Unity 8 to move back to a GNOME-based desktop for the 18.04 LTS. This marks a return to the fold, with Ubuntu having originally shipped GNOME all those years ago, and lest we forget, having contributed to early Wayland discussions.

    This is obviously a large, and undoubtedly difficult, decision that will have ramifications for years to come. Particularly in the user-facing aspects, unifying the desktops will help combine forces and be much more productive. For developers, a lot of the differentials in desktop technology (e.g. indicators, menus, scrollbars) between the two may now be at an end, making generic Linux an easier target for ISVs. And, assuming a GNOME Shell port to Mir is not underway, we are back at only supporting two window systems: X11 and Wayland.

    Fedora has already been shipping the GNOME Wayland session by default since Fedora 25, with broadly positive reception. (My personal favourite review: 'the transition to Wayland has been totally transparent ... GNOME 3.22 feels considerably smoother with Wayland'.) Should Ubuntu follow Fedora's lead and ship a Wayland-based GNOME session by default, then developers across all platforms will get all the benefits of the work done to Wayland in general, as well as EGL and Vulkan enablement, across the board for free. And we'll undoubtedly see more focus on it.

  • Welcoming Ubuntu to GNOME and Wayland

    So as most of you probably know Mark Shuttleworth just announced that they will be switching to GNOME 3 and Wayland again for Ubuntu. So I would like to on behalf of the Red Hat Desktop and Fedora teams to welcome them and say that we look forward to keep working with great Canonical and Ubuntu people like Allison Lortie and Robert Ancell on projects of shared interest around GNOME, Wayland and hopefully Flatpak.

    It is worth mentioning that even as we been competing with Unity and Ubuntu we have also been collaborating with them, most recently on working with them to integrate the features they wanted from GNOME Software like the user reviews, but of course now sharing a bigger set of technologies collaboration will be even easier.

  • Canonical changes Ubuntu’s focus, OTA and ISOC come together, and the Open Network Automation Platform — SD Times news digest: April 6, 2017

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LXer: Fabulous Bash Navigation Shortcuts

Friday 7th of April 2017 05:14:17 AM
We old coots are forever going on about our favorite keyboard shortcuts, because that is still the fastest way to get stuff done on a computer. Life is too short to faff around the hard way, so let's try some nice Bash time-saving shortcuts.

LXer: Feral Fury, a twin-stick shooter with rogue-lite features is out on Linux and it's pretty good

Friday 7th of April 2017 04:12:45 AM
Feral Fury is a twin-stick shooter with an overall dark feel to it. I've played it for a while and I've grown to really enjoy it, even if it's a little punishing.

Reddit: Linux Mint 32-bit boot fail w/ UNetbootin ERROR 13 (Tried without USB/CD-ROM)

Friday 7th of April 2017 03:30:01 AM

Long story short, I decided to install Linux Mint 32-bit on top of Windows XP onto an old laptop I recieved. After going through everything with UNetbootin (did not partition drives), when trying to boot with LM it throws this at me: (Keep in mind, I tried with the HHD only, not a USB/CD-ROM)

"Booting 'Start Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon 32-bit'

(hd0,1) Filesystem type is nfts, partition type 0x7 Kernel /Casper/vmlinuz file=/CD-ROM/preseed/LinuxMint.seed boot=casper iso-scan/

Error 13: Invalid or unsupported executable format

Press any key to continue..._"

System specs as follows: Acer Aspire One 2008 Intel Atom N270 1GB DDR2 120GB HHD

Any help is appreciated! If I can get into Linux Mint, some help for what to do afterward would be wonderful <3

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Reddit: Mirror of GNU Savannah on

Friday 7th of April 2017 03:14:24 AM

LXer: Introduction to the Domain Name System (DNS)

Friday 7th of April 2017 03:11:13 AM
Surfing the web is fun and easy, but think what it would be like if you had to type in the IP address of every website you wanted to view. For example, locating a website would look like this when you type it in:, which would be nearly impossible for most of us to remember. Of course, using bookmarks would help, but suppose your friend tells you about a cool new website and tells you to go to How would you remember that? Telling someone to go to "" is far easier to remember. And, yes, that is our IP more

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: OSS

  • Codesmith Students Garner National Praise for Open-Source Contributions
    Reactide is an Integrated Development Environment built for React, which intends to make React development easier for Software Engineers. The project has been widely praised, amassing over 6,000 stars on GitHub.
  • Airbnb’s new open source library lets you design with React and render to Sketch
    Today, Airbnb’s design team open sourced its internal library for writing React components that easily render directly to Sketch. Instead of trying to get Sketch to export to code, the Airbnb team spent its time on the opposite — putting the paintbrush in the hands of the engineer.
  • [Older] Telecoms copying cloud providers make beeline for open source, say analysts
    The supersonic growth of Amazon Web Services and other cloud providers in the past few years owes much to open-source communities that fed them cutting-edge tech free-of-charge. Now telecom is mimicking this strategy through involvement with the Linux Foundation, according to Scott Raynovich (@rayno) (pictured, right), guest host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio.
  • Get a Preview of Apache IoT Projects at Upcoming ApacheCon
    The countdown until ApacheCon North America has begun. The blockbuster event will be in Miami this year and runs May 16-18. The Apache community is made up of many niche communities and ApacheCon offers something for all of them. Here, Roman Shaposhnik, Director of Open Source, Pivotal Inc., who is heading the Apache IoT track at the ApacheCon conference, gave us a sneak peek of what the Apache Internet of Things community can look forward to at the event.
  • Free Webinar on Starting a Collaborative Open Source Project
  • Oracle draws curtains on OmniOS
    With its openly stated operational remit of ‘aggressive acquisitions’ (albeit positively aggressive), Oracle is (very) arguably a firm known for buying, swallowing, acquiring those companies it decides to consume.
  • Partners Healthcare, Persistent Systems to develop open-source platform
  • Libreboot Applies to Rejoin GNU
    Last week we reported that after reorganization, Libreboot was considering rejoining GNU and was seeking input from its community to determine the amount of support it had for such a move. From reading the comments posted both on our article on FOSS Force and on Libreboot’s website, it comes as no surprise that the project’s core members feel they have the necessary consesus to proceed. Last night, FOSS Force received an email — sent jointly to us and Phoronix — letting us know of the decision. Rather than repeat what’s already been written and said on the subject (for that, follow the first link above), we’re publishing a slightly edited version of the email, which will pretty much bring everyone up to date on the situation.

Security updates and no more patches from grsecurity (without a fee)

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • GrSecurity Kernel Patches Will No Longer Be Free To The Public
    The GrSecurity initiative that hosts various out-of-tree patches to the mainline Linux kernel in order to enhance the security will no longer be available to non-paying users. GrSecurity has been around for the better part of two decades and going back to the 2.4 kernel days. In 2015 the stable GrSecurity patches became available to only commercial customers while the testing patches had still been public. That's now changing with all GrSecurity users needing to be customers.
  • Passing the Baton: FAQ
    This change is effective today, April 26th 2017. Public test patches have been removed from the download area. 4.9 was specifically chosen as the last public release as being the latest upstream LTS kernel will help ease the community transition.
  • grsecurity - Passing the Baton
    Anyone here use grsecurity and have any thoughts about this?

Microsoft-Connected Forrester and Black Duck Continue to Smear FOSS

More Coverage of Kali Linux 2017.1 Release

  • Kali Linux 2017.1 Security OS Brings Wireless Injection Attacks to 802.11 AC
    Offensive Security, the developers of the BackTrack-derived Kali Linux open-source, security-oriented operating system announced the availability of the Kali Linux 2017.1 rolling release. Since Kali Linux become a rolling distro, the importance of such updated images was never the same, but Kali Linux 2017.1 appears to be a major release of the ethical hacking distro, adding a bunch of exciting new features and improvements to the Debian-based operating system.
  • Kali Linux 2017.1 Released With New Features | Download ISO Files And Torrents Here
    Offensive Security has updated the Kali Linux images with new features and changes. Termed Kali Linux 2017.1, this release comes with support for wireless injection attacks to 802.11ac and Nvidia CUDA GPU. You can simply update your existing installation by running few commands if you don’t wish to download the updated images from Kali repos.