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Phoronix: Linux 4.9 To Begin Landing Nouveau "Boost" Support For Faster Performance

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:13:31 PM
Great news for users of the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" graphics driver: the long-awaited boost patches are now queued up to land with Linux 4.9...

TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:13:14 PM
  • GNU nano 2.7.0 was released

    The first nano where you can select text by holding Shift together with the movement keys. (This doesn't work on all terminal emulators, but works fine on a Linux consolse, on an xterm, and on a Gnome Terminal.

  • 20 Years of KDE Timeline

    KDE is celebrating 20 years as the original and best free software end-user creating community. The milestones of our project are marked on our 20 Years of KDE timeline. Find out the meetings and releases which defined KDE. Learn about the early and recent KDE gatherings around the world and how we have evolved over the years. What was your first KDE release?

  • Akademy 2016 BoF Wrapup Video

    The first BoF day of Akademy is over with several teams meeting to discuss their progress and plans for the next year. At the end of the day we had a group session to summarise what went on in each of the rooms. Watch the video of the wrapup to discover the plans for the next year.

  • Restricted Funds in Non-Profit Accounting

    I’ve served as treasurer for three separate organizations over the last six years. Two of them are US 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. The other is a consumer-owned cooperative. I’m not an accountant, but I’ve learned a lot about accounting, and each organization has forced me to learn something new.

    Today’s adventure is learning how to deal with restricted funds, or funds that have to be used for a particular purpose. I’m going to show four different techniques for dealing with restricted funds, along with some pros and cons.

  • Frugalware 2.1 "Derowd" Linux Distro Arrives with GNOME 3.20.2, Kernel 4.7.2

    Believe it or not, the Frugalware Linux distribution is still around, and while it was never all that popular among newcomers, some of us hardcore geeks still want to enjoy a well-done operating system on our personal computers.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:11:24 PM

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TuxMachines: Kernel Space: Graphics

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:10:56 PM
  • RADV Radeon Vulkan Driver One Step Closer To Being Merged In Mesa

    While the ultimate vision of the open-source Radeon Vulkan driver isn't yet clear with RADV being the front-runner so far as the community-based driver while AMD has yet to open up their official Vulkan driver and there's been few remarks about RADV from AMD employees (aside from John Bridgman in our forums), RADV inched forward today in moving closer to being merged in mainline Mesa.

  • libinput and the Lenovo T450 and T460 series touchpads

    I'm using T450 and T460 as reference but this affects all laptops from the Lenovo *50 and *60 series. The Lenovo T450 and T460 have the same touchpad hardware, but unfortunately it suffers from what is probably a firmware issue. On really slow movements, the pointer has a halting motion. That effect disappears when the finger moves faster.

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TuxMachines: IBM to set up new Linux cloud for Africa

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 12:07:02 PM

IBM has announced a new LinuxONE community cloud for Africa, to be hosted at its client centre in Johannesburg.

This follows a forecast by Frost & Sullivan that sub-Saharan Africa will be the second-largest mobile market by 2020, surpassing Europe and just behind Asia-Pacific.

Developers will be able to use the newly set up cloud free for 120 days.

IBM is also expanding its sales and support network of LinuxONE systems, its most powerful, in Africa.

Dr Salihu Dasuki, assistant professor of computing and applied sciences at the American University of Nigeria, said the new could would help to boost the open-source movement in Africa.

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Reddit: Mainline Explicit Fencing – part 1

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 12:05:29 PM

Reddit: Adobe U-Turns, Decides to Support Flash for Linux

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 11:54:20 AM

TuxMachines: Torvalds at LinuxCon Part III: Permissive Licenses and Org Charts

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 11:53:06 AM

In the last of our three part series that began last week on Linus Torvalds’ keynote interview at this year’s LinuxCon, Linux’s lead developer talks about everything from up and coming operating systems in IoT to the development process.

“You mentioned the strength of the GPL,” Dirk Hohndel said, by now about twenty minutes into his interview of Linus Torvalds at LinuxCon 2016. “Many new kernels have shown up in the last couple of years, mostly geared towards really small devices, the IoT space: Zephyr by Intel, Fuchsia by Google and a bunch more.”

If you are who you work for now, Dirk Hohndel is VMware’s boy. But at the time of the interview, only a few weeks back, he’d been working as VMware’s chief open source officer for less than a month. For almost fifteen years before that — fourteen years nine months he’s careful to point-out on LinkedIn — he belonged to Intel, where he served as chief Linux and open source technologist. Before that he spent six years at SUSE, where he was CTO when he left in 2001, two years ahead of the Novell brouhaha.

“One of the interesting commonalities is they’re all under BSD or MIT,” he continued. “Do you think they’re interesting and do you think that one of them could grow up and become a competitor for Linux or replace Linux?”

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LXer: Akademy 2016 BoF Wrapup Video

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 11:43:50 AM
The first BoF day of Akademy is over with several teams meeting to discuss their progress and plans for the next year. At the end of the day we had a group session to summarise what went on in each of the rooms. Watch the video of the wrapup to discover the plans for the next year.

Reddit: Measuring Network Performance in Linux with qperf

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 11:41:09 AM

TuxMachines: Greg Kroah-Hartman: 4.9 == next LTS kernel

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 11:37:19 AM

As I briefly mentioned a few weeks ago on my G+ page, the plan is for the 4.9 Linux kernel release to be the next “Long Term Supported” (LTS) kernel.

Last year, at the Linux Kernel Summit, we discussed just how to pick the LTS kernel. Many years ago, we tried to let everyone know ahead of time what the kernel version would be, but that caused a lot of problems as people threw crud in there that really wasn’t ready to be merged, just to make it easier for their “day job”. That was many years ago, and people insist they aren’t going to do this again, so let’s see what happens.

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TuxMachines: Security News

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 11:34:55 AM
  • Pokémon-inspired rootkit attacks Linux systems [Ed: Media hyping up "Linux" threat which requires 1) the cracker has access to the device. 2) cracker installs malware.]

    Provides backdoor and traffic-hiding capabilities.

    A new persistent stealthy malware that can give attackers full control over Linux servers has been discovered by researchers.

    Researcher Fernando Mercês with security vendor Trend Micro said the malware - a rootkit family - is named after a character in the Pokémon fantasy game called Umbreon.

    Umbreon is a dark Pokémon that hides in the night, an "appropriate characteristic for a rootkit," Mercês wrote.

  • Pokémon-loving VXer targets Linux with 'Umbreon' rootkit [Ed: More hysteria, now in British media, over something that's not a real risk, thanks to self promotion]
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  • LuaBot Is the First Botnet Malware Coded in Lua Targeting Linux Platforms [Ed: so don’t install malware]

    Unlike Mirai, which is the fruit of a two-year-long coding frenzy, LuaBot is in its early stages of development, with the first detection being reported only a week ago and a zero detection rate on VirusTotal for current samples.

  • Nearly 800,000 Brazzers Porn Site Accounts Exposed in Forum Hack [Ed: Remember Canonical having Ubuntu Forums cracked, twice, due to proprietary vBulletin? Well, vBulletin -- again.]

    Nearly 800,000 accounts for popular porn site Brazzers have been exposed in a data breach. Although the data originated from the company's separate forum, Brazzers users who never signed up to the forum may also find their details included in the dump.

    Motherboard was provided the dataset by breach monitoring site Vigilante.pw for verification purposes. The data contains 790,724 unique email addresses, and also includes usernames and plaintext passwords. (The set has 928,072 entries in all, but many are duplicates.)

    Troy Hunt, a security researcher and creator of the website Have I Been Pwned? helped verify the dataset by contacting subscribers to his site, who confirmed a number of their details from the data.

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LinuxToday: KDE Software Store to Soon Offer Downloads in Snap, Flatpak and AppImage Formats

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 11:00:00 AM

Dubbed The KDE Store, the new software store is exactly that, a store where application developers can publish their open-source projects and share them with the world.

Reddit: Trying to install Anaconda for python.

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 10:00:37 AM

I'm using Ubuntu. I download the installer which gives me a sort of text page with a loading bar at the top of it. What should I do because i'm not sure what to do with the page or what I should do from there.

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TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 09:56:06 AM
  • 7 ways Apple's iPhone 7 needs to play catchup to Android

    All eyes will be on Apple Wednesday, and on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that everyone expects the company to announce. Now more than ever, Apple has the advantage to win back on-the-fencers who are as open to an iPhone as they are to a whole chorus of Android phones.

    Why? Because Samsung just recalled its latest iPhone opponent, the Galaxy Note 7, over a battery flaw, and because Google hasn't announced its latest Nexus successors (the rumored "Pixel" phones are said to be coming in October). That puts the iPhone in a position of strength and opportunity -- if they can meet some of the top features found in Android rivals.

  • Apple hopes new iPhone 7 release will regain ground from growing Android
  • Fancy using Android on your computer? Android-86 released first build of Nougat for the PC

    It’s safe to say that Android and Intel don’t play that well together these days, and neither Google nor Intel are doing much to change that. Despite that, however, the Android-86 project, which is aimed at bringing Android to computers, is alive and well.

    In fact, the Android 7.0 build for developers has just been released through the project. What does that mean? You can now run Android 7.0 Nougat on your computer.

  • Has Huawei built a tablet for Google to be released in 2016?

    Right now, fans of the Nexus line have their eyes on the next pair of smartphones expected to be released in the coming weeks, but nobody has really been paying much attention to what Google has planned in the tablet department. Some have even speculated that Chromebooks are rapidly overtaking the niche that Android tablets once occupied, but now it seems like Google might have another tablet card up their sleeve in conjunction with Huawei.

    It doesn’t have a name yet, and with the Nexus line allegedly rebranding to Pixel, there’s no way to really even speculate. All we know is that prolific leaker and Android community staple Evan Blass has tweeted that Google will be releasing a “Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM” before the end of the year.

  • Leak “confirms” Google Pixel, Pixel XL comes with Android 7.1

    In case there were any doubt that Google’s upcoming Android smartphones due next month would be coming with Android 7.1 out of the box, this should lay those to rest. Actually, it still might not, considering it’s technically still an unverified leak. For leakster LlabTooFeR, however, it’s pretty much a done deal. And considering how the initial Android 7.0 release missed a couple of things, that’s almost a given. Now all we have to do is wait for about a month to see if Marlin and Sailfish, both from HTC, will indeed be the first of Google’s new line of Pixel smartphones.

  • GStreamer on Android and universal builds

    There are some things that I’d like for us to be able to do better. The first is that Android Studio doesn’t pick up native code with our current build approach. This is a limitation of the Android Gradle NDK plugin, which doesn’t support a custom build. This should change with Android Studio 2.2.

  • Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall has a 22-year-old precedent
  • Do not deal with Android Enjoyed, Camera Sky and Klukkur, Fair Trading warns
  • Apple Music for Android Surpasses 10 Million Downloads

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Reddit: netdata, the open-source real-time performance monitoring, reaches 20.000+ installations!

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 09:37:40 AM

20.976 installations as of now: https://github.com/firehol/netdata/wiki

Also, 14.000+ github stars! The dev-ops projects page on github, shows netdata as 4th: https://github.com/showcases/devops-tools

netdata never left the top github trending projects, since Apr 2016!

And check the demo site for the new slightly improved look, supporting browser notifications for alarms: http://london.my-netdata.io/

Thank you guys - your participation made this possible!

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LXer: Adobe resurrecting Flash Player on Linux

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 09:03:44 AM
Four years ago, Adobe made a decision to stop updating the Flash Player package (NPAPI) on Linux, aside from delivering security patches. It has made an about turn on this decision in the last week...

TuxMachines: How Google created a new kind of open source program office

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 08:39:22 AM

How does Google benefit by embracing a mission that goes beyond wielding industry influence? The benefits are not easy to calculate, but there are metrics that are objective, such as perceived influence compared to actual engineering contributions. Google may not contribute the most code and, before Kubernetes, its open source projects were either small efforts or tightly constrained and not very open (e.g., Chrome, Android), but it carries great (one might say outsized) influence in open source developer circles, which gave it a great platform to launch Kubernetes and increase its chances of success. But Google did things like create Google Code, which at one time was a massive repository of the world's open source code, and it created the Summer of Code. Although neither of these initiatives involved massive code contributions by Google, they enabled developers around the world to collaborate and write more code. To date, no other company—vendor, user, or otherwise—has embraced this mission to the same degree as Google. Although this is great for Google, one wonders when some other enterprising company will invest in a similar vision.

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More in Tux Machines

Proxmox VE 4.3 released

Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH today announced the general availability of Proxmox Virtual Environment 4.3. The hyper-converged open source server virtualization solution enables users to create and manage LXC containers and KVM virtual machines on the same host, and makes it easy to set up highly available clusters as well as to manage network and storage via an integrated web-based management interface. The new version of Proxmox VE 4.3 comes with a completely new comprehensive reference documentation. The new docu framework allows a global as well as contextual help function. Proxmox users can access and download the technical documentation via the central help-button (available in various formats like html, pdf and epub). A main asset of the new documentation is that it is always version specific to the current user’s software version. Opposed to the global help, the contextual help-button shows the user the documentation part he currently needs. Read more

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Security News

  • Tuesday's security updates
  • New Open Source Linux Ransomware Divides Infosec Community
    Following our investigation into this matter, and seeing the vitriol-filled reaction from some people in the infosec community, Zaitsev has told Softpedia that he decided to remove the project from GitHub, shortly after this article's publication. The original, unedited article is below.
  • Fax machines' custom Linux allows dial-up hack
    Party like it's 1999, phreakers: a bug in Epson multifunction printer firmware creates a vector to networks that don't have their own Internet connection. The exploit requirements are that an attacker can trick the victim into installing malicious firmware, and that the victim is using the device's fax line. The firmware is custom Linux, giving the printers a familiar networking environment for bad actors looking to exploit the fax line as an attack vector. Once they're in that ancient environment, it's possible to then move onto the network to which the the printer's connected. Yves-Noel Weweler, Ralf Spenneberg and Hendrik Schwartke of Open Source Training in Germany discovered the bug, which occurs because Epson WorkForce multifunction printers don't demand signed firmware images.
  • Google just saved the journalist who was hit by a 'record' cyberattack
    Google just stepped in with its massive server infrastructure to run interference for journalist Brian Krebs. Last week, Krebs' site, Krebs On Security, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took it offline, the likes of which was a "record" that was nearly double the traffic his host Akamai had previously seen in cyberattacks. Now just days later, Krebs is back online behind the protection of Google, which offers a little-known program called Project Shield to help protect independent journalists and activists' websites from censorship. And in the case of Krebs, the DDoS attack was certainly that: The attempt to take his site down was in response to his recent reporting on a website called vDOS, a service allegedly created by two Israeli men that would carry out cyberattacks on behalf of paying customers.
  • Krebs DDoS aftermath: industry in shock at size, depth and complexity of attack
    “This attack didn’t stop, it came in wave after wave, hundreds of millions of packets per second,” says Josh Shaul, Akamai’s vice president of product management, when Techworld spoke to him. “This was different from anything we’ve ever seen before in our history of DDoS attacks. They hit our systems pretty hard.” Clearly still a bit stunned, Shaul describes the Krebs DDoS as unprecedented. Unlike previous large DDoS attacks such as the infamous one carried out on cyber-campaign group Spamhaus in 2013, this one did not use fancy amplification or reflection to muster its traffic. It was straight packet assault from the old school.
  • iOS 10 makes it easier to crack iPhone back-ups, says security firm
    INSECURITY FIRM Elcomsoft has measured the security of iOS 10 and found that the software is easier to hack than ever before. Elcomsoft is not doing Apple any favours here. The fruity firm has just launched the iPhone 7, which has as many problems as it has good things. Of course, there are no circumstances when vulnerable software is a good thing, but when you have just launched that version of the software, it is really bad timing. Don't hate the player, though, as this is what Elcomsoft, and what Apple, are supposed to be doing right. "We discovered a major security flaw in the iOS 10 back-up protection mechanism. This security flaw allowed us to develop a new attack that is able to bypass certain security checks when enumerating passwords protecting local (iTunes) back-ups made by iOS 10 devices," said Elcomsoft's Oleg Afonin in a blog post.
  • After Tesla: why cybersecurity is central to the car industry's future
    The news that a Tesla car was hacked from 12 miles away tells us that the explosive growth in automotive connectivity may be rapidly outpacing automotive security. This story is illustrative of two persistent problems afflicting many connected industries: the continuing proliferation of vulnerabilities in new software, and the misguided view that cybersecurity is separate from concept, design, engineering and production. This leads to a ‘fire brigade approach’ to cybersecurity where security is not baked in at the design stage for either hardware or software but added in after vulnerabilities are discovered by cybersecurity specialists once the product is already on the market.

Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

Small scale DAB radio was (quite literally) conceived in an Ofcom engineer’s garden shed in Brighton, on a Raspberry Pi, running a full open source stack, in his spare time. Four years later, Ofcom has given the thumbs up to small scale DAB after concluding that trials in 10 UK cities were judged to be a hit. We gave you an exclusive glimpse into the trials last year, where you could compare the specialised proprietary encoders with the Raspberry Pi-powered encoders. “We believe that there is a significant level of demand from smaller radio stations for small scale DAB, and that a wider roll-out of additional small scale services into more geographic areas would be both technically possible and commercially sustainable,” notes Ofcom. Read more