Retro Gaming with RetrOrangePi 3.0
Retro gaming consoles are quite popular now, but these deives are typically locked down, have a preset and unchangeable selection of games, and their availability may be limited. Often for less money and using a pi board, you can have much greater freedom to play the games you want from all the popular gaming consoles of years past. Setting up a pi board as a retro gaming console is easy and inexpensive, with no Linux expertise really needed, as the this brief review and set up guide for RetrOrangePi demonstrates.
LEDE v17.01.0-rc1 released
The LEDE Community is proud to announce the first release candidate of the upcoming LEDE 17.01 stable version series. It incorporates thousands of commits made during the course of the last months and allows us to refine the code base for the final v17.01.0 version.
With this release, the LEDE development team closes out an intense effort to modernize many parts of OpenWrt and incorporate many new modules, packages, and technologies.
Your phone is trying to control your life
One billion of us own a smartphone, and we know how addicting it can be.
One former Google employee says this is no accident. Indeed, it is by design. And he became troubled by the relentless efforts of app developers to keep us glued to the gadgets.
So, Tristan Harris founded an organization called Time Well Spent. He is asking the tech industry to bring what he calls ethical design to its products.
NewsHour special correspondent Cat Wise has more, part of our ongoing collaboration with The Atlantic.
Smartphone App: New RAM Cleaner app released to Tizen Store
Our all Tizen Smartphones have a good app named Smart Manager provided by Samsung, which is used for RAM Cleaning, Data Saving, Data managing, Battery Status, security and managing storage. Here is also an app named RAM Cleaner, provided by Cong Ly Tran, that is used for cleaning RAM, showing your Battery status, check your CPU and RAM Usages Status as well as running apps etc.
CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi announced today that support for the CloudLinux 5 operating system series is ending next month, along with production phase support for its kernel packages.
CloudLinux is a commercial operating system based on the freely distributed sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). It uses a modified Linux kernel based on the OpenVZ kernel and it's compatible with the CentOS and RHEL packages.
Three Upcoming Open Source Conferences
With Open Source 101, a single day, entry level conference, almost sold-out for its inaugural run at NC State University on Saturday, I thought now would be as good a time as any to take a look at some of the open source conferences coming up this spring.
For tech workers, whether in the trenches or in the front office, these conferences offer a unique opportunity that's not always found at other tech events. While many tech conferences focus on a single product or vendor, open source conferences offer a wide smorgasbord of subjects, with sessions on subjects that range from highly technical to strictly business. In addition, they're great for networking.
Code for Pakistan hosts Open Source Day for Women in Karachi
Code for Pakistan (CfP) hosted ‘Open Source Day for Women’ (OSDW) in Karachi in collaboration with Habib University.
About 40 young women and guests participated in the workshop where they learned about open source coding, honing their technical skills and contributing to civic innovation space. Huda Baig, Code for Pakistan’s Karachi rep, co-organized the event with Syed ObaidUllah, Founding Partner, MarketLytics, a software and data analytics studio, who volunteered with CfP to launch OSDW. Talking about Open Source, Huda said,
UniK: Isolating Processes and Reducing Complexity
Unikernels aren’t a new concept; the stripped-down, library-specific application machine images have been around for decades. But unikernels are enjoying a renaissance thanks to cloud computing; they offer major efficiencies in resource use and provide a tiny attack service for nefarious online activities. At CloudNativeCon in Seattle in November, Idit Levine presented the open source project UniK (pronounced “unique”) and announced new features to make unikernel creation more attractive and viable, both for cloud computing and Internet of Things devices.
NCSU Hosts One-Day Introduction to Open Source
It’s something of a grand experiment and it’s being being hosted this weekend on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. What it is might be called a miniconference, but let’s not call it that. “Mini” indicates smallness, and there’s nothing small about this event, even if it is only a single day affair.
Let’s call it a full fledged conference. The students attending will like that. It’ll make them feel important and so grown-up — which they are, actually. They’ll be able to feign weariness as they roll their eyes and tell friends they can’t meetup at the pizza pallor on Saturday because “I”m attending a conference.” Their friends will be secretly impressed, but won’t let on and will act like that’s the most natural thing in the world.
The event is called Open Source 101.
WebP 0.6 Released With Performance/Compression Improvements, img2webp Utility
We knew WebP 0.6 was coming and this week it's now been officially released.
libwebp 0.6.0 was tagged on Monday as the newest version of this WebP library. WebP 0.6 brings lossless performance and compression improvements, various performance improvements for SSE2 / NEON / MSA, the webpmux command gained a duration option, and there's a new img2webp utility.
- Google will open source its earth enterprise software in the near future
- NT Concepts Gears Up for Google Earth Enterprise Open Source Initiative
Google has open-sourced Chrome for iOS
Since its launch, Google’s Chromium project has been a desktop-only matter, but that changed in 2015 with the addition of the Android version. Following that, only the iOS version of the browser wasn’t open-source. However, that’s changing today as Google has announced that the code for Chrome on iOS has been moved into the Chromium open-source repository.
- Google takes iOS version of Chrome open source
- Google open-sources Chrome for iOS
- Google Chrome for Apple iOS is now open source
- Google Chrome for iOS goes open-source
- Google Makes Chrome Browser for iOS Open Source
Remains of the Day: Google Chrome for iOS is Now Open Source
Today Google announced that the code behind Chrome for iOS will now be accessible as part of the Chromium project. The desktop browser has long been based on open-source code but the complexity of the iOS version kept it separate, until now. That and more in today’s news.
Red Hat CIO shares 4 tactics to make the most of your first 100 days on the job
When you start a new CIO role, having a 100-day plan is table stakes. Having that plan-on-a-page is only part of the equation for a successful transition, though. When I recently joined Red Hat as CIO, I took several other actions that I believe can be useful for anyone beginning a new leadership role.
Red Hat and Boston University Collaborate to Advance Emerging Technologies and Open Source Research and Education
Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced a collaborative research and education agreement with Boston University (BU), an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research, to advance research and education on open source and emerging technologies, including cloud computing, machine learning and automation, and big data. Via the five-year agreement, Red Hat plans a broad educational and research collaboration with BU with grants totaling $5 million administered by BU’s Cloud Computing Initiative.
- Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) Rating Lowered to Hold at Vetr Inc.
- The Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) Receives Outperform Rating from William Blair
GNOME 3.24, LDC 1.1 & Minimal Container Image Proposed For Fedora 26
There are more fairly last-minute change/feature proposals for Fedora 26.
It should come as no surprise at all, but for formalities, there is the change proposal for GNOME 3.24 in Fedora 26. As usual, Fedora sticking to the latest GNOME upstream components for their Fedora Workstation releases. GNOME 3.24 is working on many improvements including better Wayland support, updated GNOME System Settings, ownCloud integration in some components, UI improvements to Epiphany, and a whole lot more as we've been covering in many articles.
Helping new users get on IRC
Hubs uses Freenode IRC for its chat feature. I talked quite a bit about the basics of how we think this could work (see “Fedora Hubs and Meetbot: A Recursive Tale” for all of the details.)
One case that we have to account for is users who are new Fedora contributors who don’t already have an IRC nick or even experience with IRC. A tricky thing is that we have to get them identified with NickServ, and continue to identify them with Nickserv seamlessly and automatically, after netsplits and other events that would cause them to lose their authentication to Nickserv, without their needing to be necessarily aware that the identification process was going on. Nickserv auth is kind of an implementation detail of IRC that I don’t think users, particularly those new to and unfamiliar with IRC, need to be concerned with.
Until February 6th, you can get the popular indie puzzle-platformer 'FEZ' for PWYW at itch.io
Just some simple and quick news: as confirmed in the following tweet by Polytron, until February 6th you can pay-what-you-want to buy the platformer FEZ, starting 0.01 USD. Obviously you can pay more and the money will be sent to a charity called American Civil Liberties Union. This deal only applies for the itch.io store.
- Motorsport Manager, the rather detailed simulator game now has Steam Workshop support
- Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED DLC now available in Early Access
An interview with Simon Roth, the developer of space colony simulator 'Maia'
I had the pleasure of talking to Simon Roth, a developer I've followed for quite some time now about his game 'Maia' [Official Site, itch.io, Steam], about Linux and other bits.
Steam Beta Client updated, finally fixing the notification spam when you login and group notifications
Valve have updated Steam and added in two really needed features. First, they won't spam you with who's doing what when you first login. I actually have all user notifications on Steam turned off, so it's not an issue for me. That is one of the reasons I do this though, so by them fixing this I might be able to turn them back on.
The second important new feature, is that they finally allow you to turn off notifications from groups. I hope they roll that out per-group in future, as some I want to be a part of, but not get notifications from and some I might. Still, it's a first step and a good one.
OpenStack cited as open source example for telecom
One open source model referenced by many in the telecommunications space is that of OpenStack, which is a cloud-based platform initially begun in 2010 as a project between NASA and Rackspace Hosting aimed at creating an open source cloud platform that could be operated on standard, legacy hardware.
- Harmonic and Mirantis Create Cloud Media Processor
Harmonic and Mirantis Bring Cloud-Native Media Processing to OpenStack
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, and Mirantis, a pure-play open cloud company, today announced a new partnership that is providing media content and service providers with access to the industry's first media processing solution for live and VOD production on OpenStack. Mirantis and Harmonic have ensured interoperability of Harmonic's VOS(TM) Cloud media processing solution and Mirantis' cloud platform, allowing customers to manage the entire media production and delivery workflow for broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) applications on standard IT hardware in a scalable cloud environment. The joint solution has successfully been deployed by a leading North American service provider, and is in numerous trials with other service providers worldwide.
OpenContrail: An Essential Tool in the OpenStack Ecosystem
Throughout 2016, software-defined networking (SDN) rapidly evolved, and numerous players in the open source and cloud computing arenas are now helping it gain momentum. In conjunction with that trend, OpenContrail, a popular SDN platform used with the OpenStack cloud computing platform, is emerging as an essential tool around which many administrators will have to develop skillsets.
Mirantis and Harmonic Team on Video Delivery Solutions for OpenStack
Mirantis, known for its focus on OpenStack, has been steadily forming partnerships that can take OpenStack deployments in new directions. For example, last year the company announced a collaboration with Google and Intel to evolve the architecture of the leading purpose-built lifecycle management tool for OpenStack, Fuel, and related OpenStack projects, to enable for use of Kubernetes as its underlying orchestration engine.
- Intel DRM Driver Prepping For HDMI 2.0 With Geminilake
It's Looking Like The Intel Gallium3D "ILO" Driver Will Be Laid To Rest
The Intel ILO Gallium3D driver was developed by LunarG as a sort of proving-grounds for low-level driver experiments, comparing ILO to the classic i965 Mesa driver, and more. But that ILO driver hasn't been really touched in years, doesn't properly support recent generations of Intel hardware, and has basically fallen into disrepair.
Edward O'Callaghan has now re-based his patch for dropping the ILO Gallium3D driver, per this Mesa-dev message. The work hasn't yet hit Mesa Git, but given the lack of opposition, it will probably land soon. Removing this unmaintained Intel Gallium3D driver lightens Mesa by around 54k lines of code.
Mesa's Intel Vulkan Driver Now Builds On Android
Mesa's "ANV" Intel Vulkan driver can now be built for Android.
- Mesa 13.0.4 stable released, time to update to get the latest fixes
- Mesa 13.0.4 Released While Waiting For Mesa 17.0
- The Features Coming For Mir 0.26: EDID, New APIs, Client-Side Vsync, Performance
AMD Planning For Launch-Day Vega Open-Source & AMDGPU-PRO Support
AMD confirmed yesterday during their earnings call that they are still on track with Ryzen for Q1 and shipping Vega in Q2.
The Linux Foundation Announces the Formation of a New Project to Help Accelerate Innovation in Open Networking Automation
The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced the formation of a project that will provide a framework for real-time, policy-driven software automation of network virtual functions. The project will allow software, network, IT and cloud providers and developers to rapidly create new services in response to evolving customer requirements.
How The Linux Foundation Goes Beyond the Operating System to Create the Largest Shared Resource of Open-Source Technology
The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting the legendary 25-year-old operating system, accelerates open-source development and commercial adoption across all community-created projects. Through tools, training sessions, and networking events, the foundation helps developers scale open-source software to benefit every industry. The Linux Foundation fosters innovation by hosting projects including the Node.js framework and Cloud Foundry application layer, along with programs for containers, virtual machines, orchestration, and data plane services. With more than 95% of the top million domains running Linux, the foundation carries tremendous clout when advocating for the wide-scale adoption and professionalization of open-source development.
libinput and lid switch events
I merged a patchset from James Ye today to add support for switch events to libinput, specifically: lid switch events. This feature is scheduled for libinput 1.7.
First, what are switches and how are they different so keys? A key's state is transient with a neutral state of "key is up". The state itself is expected to change frequently. Switches don't always have a defined logical neutral state and the state changes only infrequently. This requires different handling in applications and thus libinput exposes a new interface (and capability) for switches.
Systemd vs SysV vs Upstart — Linux Service Management Throwdown
The world of Linux is in a perpetual flame-war, the latest longstanding controversy is the topic of system service management. We needed a modern system service manager and systemd set a bar that nothing else could meet. Now with systemd being the default, many people are up in arms about it claiming that systemd impedes on open source software and freedom of choice. Is there something more sinister going on with systemd, or is this flame-war just smoke and mirrors?
Linux leadership stands against Trump immigration ban
By its very nature, open source -- and its most famous creation, Linux -- relies upon the open exchange of ideas. While that happens largely on a free, net-neutral internet, it also needs face-to-face meetings. President Trump's ill-considered, anti-immigration executive order is completely contrary to the spirit of open-source software.
Linux was started by Linus Torvalds, a Finnish citizen who immigrated to the US and became a citizen. So, it comes as no surprise that Linux's leaders are denouncing Trump's position.
- American Express joins Hyperledger Project
- American Express Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Project
- AmEx onboard with Hyperledger Project
Is Linux More Efficient Than Windows When it Comes to RAM Consumption?
With lower system requirements for Linux distributors than Windows, switching to Linux is a great way to rejuvenate an old computer. This is because Linux requires less hard drive space thereby putting a lesser load on your computer’s CPU.
Linux: Does price matter more than freedom?
One of the best things about Linux is that each user is free to use or modify any open source software. But one redditor recently raised the issue of the price of open source software as a big attraction for some users.
Protecting Your Privacy With Firefox on Linux
Privacy and security are becoming increasingly important topics. Though it's impossible to be 100% secure, there are measures that you can take, especially on Linux, to help defend your online privacy and security when browsing the web.
Firefox is probably your best option when selecting a browser for these purposes. Google Chrome cannot be trusted. It's owned by Google, a company known for data collection, and it's closed source. Chromium may be okay, but can't be guaranteed. Only Firefox has maintained a degree of commitment to user rights.
The Clock Ticks...Even The Silence Has An Echo.....
I suppose System76 has to make money on their addons, but holy frickin' cow. I'm not posting this to rage against System76, although they make it extremely easy to do so. I'm just showing you one of the many hangups we've had in getting enough money to operate for the next year.
softpedia: So we can't help but notice that multiple such system-wide change proposals for the upcoming Fedora 26 operating system appeared on the Fedora Project mailing list.
eWEEK: New open-source effort debuts to help improve the state of secure account recovery across internet services, starting with GitHub.