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Reddit: Improving Manjaro speed?

Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:30:26 PM

Can anyone pass some advice on how I can improve the speed on my Manjaro install?

16.10 seemed to be faster on the same machine. I wiped everything and installed Manjaro 17 and I cant help but notice it is running a bit slower than the previous version. Maybe placebo, but still.

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LXer: Aptik – A Tool to Backup and Restore System Settings and Data in Ubuntu

Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:26:37 PM
Aptik is a tool, that backup and restore system settings and data in Ubuntu-based distribution.

Phoronix: Mesa 17.1 Expected In Early May, Feature Freeze In One Month

Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:20:32 PM
Collabora's Emil Velikov is continuing as the Mesa release manager and has laid out plans for getting the Mesa 3D 17.1 release to happen in early May...

Linux.com: Linux Foundation Highly Relevant to Data Center Networking Evolution Says SDxCentral Report

Thursday 9th of March 2017 03:30:58 PM
Title: Linux Foundation Highly Relevant to Data Center Networking Evolution Says SDxCentral Report9 MarLearn more

LXer: The impact GitHub is having on your software career

Thursday 9th of March 2017 03:18:00 PM
Over the next 12 to 24 months (in other words, between 2018 and 2019), how people hire software developers will change radically.I spent from 2004 to 2014 working at Red Hat, the world's largest open source software engineering company. On my very first day there, in July 2004, my boss Marty Messer said to me, "All the work you do here will be in the open. In the future, you won't have a CV—people will just Google you."read more

Reddit: What Graphical User Interfaces You Need on Linux?

Thursday 9th of March 2017 03:11:40 PM

What tools / functionalities you would like to see a graphical user interface created for? Do you use a specific command-line tool everyday on Linux and sometimes you wished you can just do it using a GUI? For example: do you need a GUI for wget, aria2, ffmpeg, gpg.. etc (there are many for those but just to make it clear)? Or would you like to see a program which does X functionality on Linux desktop?

P.S: This is not a discussion for which one is better or which one you prefer. This is only for people who want GUIs to be created. If you don't, please don't turn the track of this post.

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Phoronix: OA Performance Counters Now Being Exposed By Intel's Mesa Driver

Thursday 9th of March 2017 03:01:02 PM
Intel's Mesa driver is exposing additional performance counters now for helping game/application debuggers better profile the performance of their software on Intel HD/Iris Graphics hardware...

Linux.com: Monitor SATA and SSD Health with SMART

Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:45:43 PM
Title: Monitor SATA and SSD Health with SMART9 MarLearn more

TuxMachines: Leftovers: OSS

Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:23:26 PM
  • Teradata releases data lake platform to open source

    Teradata today released its data lake management software platform to the open source community. The project aims to help organizations address common challenges in data lake implementation, including skill shortages for engineers and administrators, learning and implementing governance best practices and driving data lake adoption beyond engineers.

    Teradata is offering the new open source Kylo project under the Apache 2.0 license, and plans to offer services and support for the platform.

  • Forrester Wave Report Highlights The Clear Prominence Of Open Source

    The security industry is recognizing the importance open source has within enterprise applications and ultimately security, according to Forrester research. The Forrester Wave: Software Composition Analysis, Q1 2017 focused on Software Composition Analysis (SCA) and found developers use open source components as their foundation and highlights how security pros are turning to SCA tools to reduce risks.

    The six leading providers, according to Forrester, are Black Duck Software, Flexera Software, Sonatype, Synopsys, Veracode, and WhiteSource Software. The report researched, analyzed, and scored each provider to see how each one measures up to help security professionals make the right choices for their organizations.

  • Why Open Collaboration Is Crucial for Blockchain Tech

    The one-year-old Hyperledger Project has already come a long way in making the innovative blockchain technology used in Bitcoin a viable option for secure business transactions. That was the clear message from Christopher Ferris in his keynote at the Open Source Leadership Summit in February.

    Ferris, the CTO of open technology at IBM and member of Hyperledger’s leadership, said Hyperledger and blockchain technology could be enormously successful in private enterprise securing and verifying rapid, high value, and highly private transactions. Additionally, the collaborative open source foundation is nearing release of its production-ready distributed ledger code base, Fabric.

  • Keynote: State of Blockchain - Christopher Ferris, Distinguished Engineer

    The Hyperledger project has come a long way in making the innovative blockchain technology used in Bitcoin a viable option for secure business transactions; hear more from Christopher Ferris in this keynote at the Open Source Leadership Summit.

  • ScyllaDB another contender to the open source NoSQL database crown

    The world of the database is one of those areas that sees lots of people obsessing over details that to outside observers would seem trivial. Graph, NoSQL, SQL, distributed—so many choices.

    So, when ScyllaDB told me about a funding round that they’d raised and their stated intention to replace Apache Cassandra, I was interested—if slightly skeptical. Not skeptical because of anything I know about ScyllaDB per se, but simply because of the busy-ness of the space.

  • Open Source adoption in Education Sector: Interview with Patrick Masson from OSI

    With the perceived growth of FLOSS deployments in the world's education sector, we wanted to try to confirm our intuition. What better way of doing so than going directly to the source. In this instance, we reached out to Patrick Masson, Director and General Manager at Open Source Initiative (OSI). He was kind enough to put a lot of time and effort into answering questions in this area. He provides plenty of reasons to confirm our initial thoughts. Please enjoy reading through the immense amount of information Patrick provided to us.

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TuxMachines: Security Leftovers

Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:21:44 PM
  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Google leads ‘guerilla patching’ of big vulnerability in open source projects

    Google has revealed its emergency patching efforts to fix a widespread and “pernicious” software vulnerability that affected thousands of open source projects in 2015.

    Referred to as “Mad Gadget” by Google (aka the Java “Apache Commons Collections Deserialization Vulnerability” CVE 2015-6420), the flaw was first highlighted by FoxGlove Security in November of that year, months after the first proof-of-concept code garnered almost zero attention.

  • Microsoft and Samsung react to Vault 7 CIA leaks -- Google, Linux Foundation and others remain silent

    The Vault 7 document and code cache released yesterday by WikiLeaks revealed that many big software companies were being actively exploited by the CIA. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and even Linux were all named as having vulnerabilities that could be used for surveillance.

  • Vault 7 fallout: Linux Foundation says it's "not surprising" Linux is targeted [Ed: "NSA Asked Linus Torvalds To Install Backdoors Into GNU/Linux"]

    In the wake of WikiLeaks' Vault 7 CIA leaks, Apple has been quick to point out that vulnerabilities mentioned in the documents have already been addressed. Microsoft and Samsung have said they are "looking into" things, and now the Linux Foundation has spoken out.

    Nicko van Someren, Chief Technology Officer at The Linux Foundation says that while it is "not surprising" that Linux would find itself a target, the open source project has a very fast release cycle, meaning that kernel updates are released every few days to address issues that are found.

  • The Linux Foundation responds to Wikileaks' CIA hacking revelations

    THE LINUX FOUNDATION has become the latest firm to responded to the revelations that its products have been compromised by the CIA.

    Wikileaks on Tuesday published 8,761 documents dubbed 'Year Zero', the first part in a series of leaks on the agency that Wikileaks has dubbed 'Vault 7'.

    The whistleblowing foundation claims the document dump reveals full details of the CIA's 'global covert hacking program', including 'weaponised exploits' used against operating systems including Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows and "even Samsung TVs, which are turned into cover microphones".

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TuxMachines: Red Hat and Fedora

Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:21:14 PM

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TuxMachines: GNOME News

Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:20:15 PM
  • GNOME Twitch is a rather slick desktop Twitch viewer

    Today I tried out GNOME Twitch [Github, Official Site], a native desktop application for watching Twitch streams and it's really quite amazing.

  • GNOME ED update – Week 10

    After quite a bit of work, we finally have the sponsorship brochure produced for GUADEC and GNOME.Asia. Huge thanks to everyone who helped, I’m really pleased with the result. Again, if you or your company are interested in sponsoring us, please drop a mail to sponsors@guadec.org!

  • Builder Documentation

    I’ve been slowly getting started on documentation for Builder in-between the 3.24 stabilization process and conference time. But there is a lot to do and we could use your help. Here is me publicly requesting that you help us get some documentation in place for 3.24.

  • Exploring your application runtime

    In Builder, we landed a new feature for 3.24 that allows you to create a new terminal inside the application runtime. If you’re building against your host system, then this is nothing special. If you’re building against jhbuild you’ll get a shell inside of that (but again, nothing really special).

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TuxMachines: More Android Leftovers

Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:19:41 PM

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:19:14 PM

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:17:54 PM
  • Todo.txt Indicator for Ubuntu Helps You Get Stuff Done

    If you manage your to-to list with a plaintext Todo.txt file this indicator applet may help you keep on top of your tasks.

    Sure, there are plenty of web-based clients, sticky note widgets, and feature-packed desktop task managers offering to help us cut through the crud and get stuff done.

  • VirtualBox 5.1.16 Released with Initial Linux Kernel 4.11 Support, Bug Fixes

    Oracle released a few moments ago new point releases of the VirtualBox 5.1 and 5.0 stable branches of the popular and open-source virtualization software for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    VirtualBox 5.1.16 is now the most advanced version of the application, and it comes approximately seven weeks after the VirtualBox 5.1.14 maintenance update. The most important change implemented for Linux users is initial support for the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel, whose development just started a few days with the first Release Candidate.

  • MOC – The Best Music Player for Your Linux Console

    MOC (Music On Console) is a Music player app for Linux/Unix Command Line Interface designed to be simple and robust enough to run smoothly without significantly affecting other I/O operations.

  • An Elegant Simple Weather Indicator for Linux

    Simple Weather Indicator is the simplest weather indicator app you can use on Unity and Gnome desktops (among others).

    It is an Open Source indicator app written in Python and it implements Eris, a free Open Source Weather API to fetch the current weather condition of designated regions.

  • Samba 4.6.0 Available for Download

    Samba 4.6 has been released with many new features and changes. New features include Kerberos client encryption types, a new option for owner inheritance, multi-process Netlogon support, new options for controlling TCP ports used for RPC services, and more.

  • Samba 4.6 Released With Various Printing/Sharing Changes

    Samba 4.6.0 is now available as the project's latest stable release for SMB/CIFS support on Linux systems.

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TuxMachines: Linux Devices

Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:17:05 PM
  • Book review: Up to no good with 'Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents'

    It all started with the Raspberry Pi as a Christmas present, and we started with the Raspberry Pi Education Manual as our guide. As a free download, it was a very good primer to get started. Then we moved onto other books, such as Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, and I started to notice some patterns. Those books often covered the same things over and over: getting the system to boot with Raspbian, visual programming with Scratch, and using the GPIO pins. Also, I noticed that the books focused on how to use the disparate features of the Raspberry Pi, but they didn’t have a common goal or theme in mind. Both of these observations led to my next observation that my daughter’s excitement in Raspberry Pi books started to wane because it felt like we were slogging through math textbooks as opposed to reading with an exciting goal in mind.

  • Industrial thin Mini-ITX runs on 7th Gen Intel CPUs

    Congatec’s “Conga-IC175” is a Linux-friendly thin Mini-ITX board with Kaby Lake CPUs, wide-range power, Intel Optane support, and PCIe and M.2 expansion.

  • Qnap launches TS-453Bmini NAS
  • QNAP Announces the TS-453Bmini Vertical NAS

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  • Security Tips for Installing Linux on Your SysAdmin Workstation
    Once you’ve chosen a Linux distro that meets all the security guidelines set out in our last article, you’ll need to install the distro on your workstation.
  • Fedora 26 crypto policy Test Day today (2017-03-30)!
  • Open-source developers targeted in sophisticated malware attack
    For the past few months, developers who publish their code on GitHub have been targeted in an attack campaign that uses a little-known but potent cyberespionage malware. The attacks started in January and consisted of malicious emails specifically crafted to attract the attention of developers, such as requests for help with development projects and offers of payment for custom programming jobs. The emails had .gz attachments that contained Word documents with malicious macro code attached. If allowed to execute, the macro code executed a PowerShell script that reached out to a remote server and downloaded a malware program known as Dimnie.
  • A scramble at Cisco exposes uncomfortable truths about U.S. cyber defense
    When WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disclosed earlier this month that his anti-secrecy group had obtained CIA tools for hacking into technology products made by U.S. companies, security engineers at Cisco Systems (CSCO.O) swung into action. The Wikileaks documents described how the Central Intelligence Agency had learned more than a year ago how to exploit flaws in Cisco's widely used Internet switches, which direct electronic traffic, to enable eavesdropping. Senior Cisco managers immediately reassigned staff from other projects to figure out how the CIA hacking tricks worked, so they could help customers patch their systems and prevent criminal hackers or spies from using the same methods, three employees told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
  • NTPsec: a Secure, Hardened NTP Implementation
    Network time synchronization—aligning your computer's clock to the same Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) that everyone else is using—is both necessary and a hard problem. Many internet protocols rely on being able to exchange UTC timestamps accurate to small tolerances, but the clock crystal in your computer drifts (its frequency varies by temperature), so it needs occasional adjustments. That's where life gets complicated. Sure, you can get another computer to tell you what time it thinks it is, but if you don't know how long that packet took to get to you, the report isn't very useful. On top of that, its clock might be broken—or lying. To get anywhere, you need to exchange packets with several computers that allow you to compare your notion of UTC with theirs, estimate network delays, apply statistical cluster analysis to the resulting inputs to get a plausible approximation of real UTC, and then adjust your local clock to it. Generally speaking, you can get sustained accuracy to on the close order of 10 milliseconds this way, although asymmetrical routing delays can make it much worse if you're in a bad neighborhood of the internet.
  • Zelda Coatings
    I assume that every permutation of scams will eventually be tried; it is interesting that the initial ones preyed on people's avarice and dishonesty: "I will transfer millions to your bank account, then you share with me" - with subsequent scams appealing to another demographic: "I want to donate a large sum to your religious charity" - to perhaps capture a more virtuous but still credulous lot. Where will it end ?

Tizen and Android

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Mesa and Intel Graphics