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Reddit: [App} Browse Reddit from your terminal

Thursday 8th of September 2016 02:33:58 AM

LinuxToday: Python vs Perl Debate

Thursday 8th of September 2016 02:00:00 AM

Which language whether python or perl is better, and which one to choose.

TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Thursday 8th of September 2016 01:57:33 AM
  • Google's Russian Android Appeal Falls Flat

    A Russian appeals court recently rejected Google's appeal of a $6.75 million fine regulators imposed on it for anticompetitive behavior -- that is, for forcing mobile device vendors to put Google Play apps on the main screens of devices using the Android operating system. The Ninth Arbitration Appeal Court's ruling, handed down last month, means that the court considered the decision of Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service to be reasonable and legitimate. Google therefore would have to pay the fine and take steps to remedy the situation.

  • The Android Runtime On Chrome OS Makes Use Of Wayland

    With Google's Android Runtime for Chrome (ARC) it turns out that this technology for letting Android apps run on Chrome OS is making use of the Wayland protocol and could open up other Wayland clients to running on Chrome OS.

    Readers in the Phoronix Forums pointed out that the ARC++ runtime makes use of Wayland, per a session description for this month's XDC2016 conference in Helsinki.

  • How the new iPhone 7 compares to the best Android phones

    Apple announced the latest iterations of the iPhone today, with what the company claims are its best iPhones yet. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus bring faster processors, new cameras, and some minor visual updates to antenna placement and color choices from last year's iPhone 6S — but these improvements come at the cost of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

    And while Apple has always been coy about the actual specifications of their devices, hard numbers for processor speed, RAM, and battery life are less important than ever nowadays. With phones like the Galaxy Note 7 leading the pack despite claims of “underpowered” hardware, it’s clear that a good experience in using a smartphone is far more crucial than necessarily having the fastest processor, most megapixels, or highest screen resolution. Which, to be fair, is more or less the strategy Apple’s been betting on for the last few years with its previous iPhones, and there’s no reason to suspect why the new models won’t continue to live up to that.

  • LG launches V20 smartphone with Android 7.0 Nougat

    LG took the wraps off the V20, its latest Android flagship, at an event in San Francisco this evening. The phone, a successor to last year's V10, is the first to ship with Google's latest Android 7.0 Nougat. Like it's predecessor. the V20 contains a dual-camera system and a second display located at the top of the phone. Both have been upgraded in this year's model; the cameras are more capable and the second display is now brighter with bigger font. More importantly, the V20 not only retains the headphone jack some phone makers are trying to phase out, but it also packs in some audiophile-grade features for music lovers who like lossless file formats and expensive headphones.

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TuxMachines: SUSE Leftovers

Thursday 8th of September 2016 01:55:07 AM
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed Linux Users Get Firefox 48.0.2, Thunderbird 45.3 & GCC 6.2.1

    Today, September 7, 2016, Douglas DeMaio published yet another informative bulletin to keep users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed Linux operating system up to date with the latest changes and software versions that landed lately.

    openSUSE Tumbleweed is a rolling release GNU/Linux distribution, so it's always getting new components via so-called snapshots. Just last week we told you the Tumbleweed is based on Linux kernel 4.7.2, and now one more snapshot arrive in the repositories this week, and it's the first for the month of September, bringing updates for some of the most important applications.

  • Highlights of YaST development sprint 24

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu Phone Now Has a Nifty, Native Photo Editing App

Thursday 8th of September 2016 01:52:02 AM

Ubuntu Phone finally has a photo editing app. Although early alpha quality, Instant FX for Ubuntu is already looking like an impressive app. And with so few native Ubuntu apps around, each one is truly appreciated. Now, obvious things first: InstantFX is very obviously styled around the Instagram Android & iOS app’s editing interface.

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TuxMachines: Samba 4.5.0

Thursday 8th of September 2016 01:50:10 AM

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Reddit: Is there any clean way to move Linux Mint from an HDD to an SSD?

Thursday 8th of September 2016 01:49:02 AM

As the title says. I originally installed Mint on my hard drive because I didn't know if I wanted to use it. Now that I have been using it for almost a month, I want to keep it and move it to my SSD. Is there any clean way to do that?

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TuxMachines: Games for GNU/Linux

Thursday 8th of September 2016 01:47:11 AM

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LXer: LibreOffice 5.2.1 Office Suite Released with Over 100 Improvements

Thursday 8th of September 2016 01:44:39 AM
Italo Vignoli from The Document Foundation was happy to inform Softpedia via an email announcement about the general availability of the first point release of the LibreOffice 5.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite.

Phoronix: Wireshark 2.2 Released

Thursday 8th of September 2016 01:12:46 AM
Wireshark 2.2 is now available as the newest version of this widely-used packet analyzer program...

LXer: Camera/sensor kit adds obstacle avoidance to drones

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 11:50:17 PM
Parrot’s Ubuntu- and ROS-driven, Tegra K1 based “S.L.A.M.dunk” development kit has a stereo camera and sensors that adds obstacle avoidance to drones. Parrot’s S.L.A.M.dunk, which is named for its integrated Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithm, can be added to any Linux-driven drone to help it navigate indoors or in other barrier-rich outdoor environments where GPS […]

LXer: Non-Linux FOSS: Chrome, for One

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 10:53:06 PM
When I use OS X, I really like the Fluid app for making standalone Webapplications. The problem is, Fluid isn't free unless you want the basicversion. I don't mind paying for an application (and I did pay for Fluid),but it seems like something as simple as a single site browser shouldn'tbe something that costs money.

Reddit: Vi command question

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 10:27:39 PM

I am just learning Vi so I apologize if this is an easy question.

I have been looking but have been unable to find a way to copy a file to a different directory (already exists) while in Vi, while also making that copied file the new current working file.

Does anyone know of a command to do this in Vi?

The only way I have been able to do it is to copy the file to the new dir, then opening the file using two separate commands. I am trying to find a way to copy it to the new directory while also opening that new copy in its new directory to make changes.

Thanks for any advice or help!

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LXer: Dig Into DNS: Part 1

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 09:55:55 PM
In this series of articles, I will explore the powerful dig utility. For those who haven't used the command before, these articles will give a useful overview of its features and uses. And, for those that have utilized dig in the past, the articles should serve as a reminder of the tool’s versatility and extensive functionality.

Reddit: my graphics card driver isn't supported?

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 09:39:49 PM

Hey everyone, I just did a fresh reinstall of Linux 16.04 lts, and I was trying to install my driver for a AMD Sapphire R9 270x. I went to their website and saw the drivers are not supported on linux :(. Is there anything I can do?

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LinuxToday: Stealthy, tricky to remove rootkit targets Linux systems on ARM and x86

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 09:00:00 PM

Called Umbreon, after a Pokemon character that hides in the darkness, the rootkit has been in development since early 2015 and is now being sold on the underground markets.

LXer: Black Lab Linux 8 "Onyx" Beta 2 Released

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 08:58:44 PM
Today the Black Lab development team is pleased to release “Onyx” Beta 2 - this brings us one step closer to the stable release of Black Lab 8 due in late November. Our team is continuously dedicated to bringing you the best Linux desktop – Black Lab is and will continue to be the standard bearer, introducing cutting-edge features without sacrificing usability and stability or a unique, intuitive desktop interface.New features of “Onyx” Beta 2 :

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LibreOffice Office Suite Celebrates 6 Years of Activity with LibreOffice 5.2.2

Today, September 29, 2016, Italo Vignoli from The Document Foundation informs Softpedia via an email announcement about the general availability of the first point release of the LibreOffice 5.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite. On September 28, the LibreOffice project celebrated its 6th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than to push a new update of the popular open source and cross-platform office suite used by millions of computer users worldwide. Therefore, we would like to inform our readers about the general availability of LibreOffice 5.2.2, which comes just three weeks after the release of LibreOffice 5.2.1. "Just one day after the project 6th anniversary, The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family," says Italo Vignoli. "LibreOffice 5.2.2, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users, provides a number of fixes over the major release announced in August." Read more

OSS Leftovers

  • But is it safe? Uncork a bottle of vintage open-source FUD
    Most of the open source questioners come from larger organisations. Banks very rarely pop up here, and governments have long been hip to using open source. Both have ancient, proprietary systems in place here and there that are finally crumbling to dust and need replacing fast. Their concerns are more oft around risk management and picking the right projects. It’s usually organisations whose business is dealing with actual three dimensional objects that ask about open source. Manufacturing, industrials, oil and gas, mining, and others who have typically looked at IT as, at best, a helper for their business rather than a core product enabler. These industries are witnessing the lighting fast injection of software into their products - that whole “Internet of Things” jag we keep hearing about. Companies here are being forced to look at both using open source in their products and shipping open source as part of their business. The technical and pricing requirements for IoT scale software is a perfect fit for open source, especially that pricing bit. On the other end - peddling open source themselves - companies that are looking to build and sell software-driven “platforms” are finding that partners and developers are not so keen to join closed source ecosystems. These two pulls create some weird clunking in the heads of management at these companies who aren’t used to working with a sandles and rainbow frame of mind. They have a scepticism born of their inexperience with open source. Let’s address some of their trepidation.
  • Real business innovation begins with open practices
    To business leaders, "open source" often sounds too altruistic—and altruism is in short supply on the average balance sheet. But using and contributing to open source makes hard-nosed business sense, particularly as a way of increasing innovation. Today's firms all face increased competition and dynamic markets. Yesterday's big bang can easily become today's cautionary tale. Strategically, the only viable response to this disruption is constantly striving to serve customers better through sustained and continuous innovation. But delivering innovation is hard; the key is to embrace open and collaborative innovation across organizational walls—open innovation. Open source communities' values and practices generate open innovation, and working in open source is a practical, pragmatic way of delivering innovation. To avoid the all-too-real risk of buzzword bingo we can consider two definitions of "innovation": creating value (that serves customer needs) to sell for a profit; or reducing what a firm pays for services.
  • This Week In Servo 79
    In the last week, we landed 96 PRs in the Servo organization’s repositories. Promise support has arrived in Servo, thanks to hard work by jdm, dati91, and mmatyas! This does not fully implement microtasks, but unblocks the uses of Promises in many places (e.g., the WebBluetooth test suite). Emilio rewrote the bindings generation code for rust-bindgen, dramatically improving the flow of the code and output generated when producing Rust bindings for C and C++ code. The TPAC WebBluetooth standards meeting talked a bit about the great progress by the team at the University of Szeged in the context of Servo.
  • Servo Web Engine Now Supports Promises, Continues Churning Along
    It's been nearly two months since last writing about Mozilla's Servo web layout engine (in early August, back when WebRender2 landed) but development has kept up and they continue enabling more features for this next-generation alternative to Gecko. The latest is that Servo now supports JavaScript promises. If you are unfamiliar with the promise support, see this guide. The latest Servo code has improvements around its Rust binding generator for C and C++ code plus other changes.
  • Riak TS for time series analysis at scale
    Until recently, doing time series analysis at scale was expensive and almost exclusively the domain of large enterprises. What made time series a hard and expensive problem to tackle? Until the advent of the NoSQL database, scaling up to meet increasing velocity and volumes of data generally meant scaling hardware vertically by adding CPUs, memory, or additional hard drives. When combined with database licensing models that charged per processor core, the cost of scaling was simply out of reach for most. Fortunately, the open source community is democratising large scale data analysis rapidly, and I am lucky enough to work at a company making contributions in this space. In my talk at All Things Open this year, I'll introduce Riak TS, a key-value database optimized to store and retrieve time series data for massive data sets, and demonstrate how to use it in conjunction with three other open source tools—Python, Pandas, and Jupyter—to build a completely open source time series analysis platform. And it doesn't take all that long.
  • Free Software Directory meeting recap for September 23rd, 2016

Security News

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  • Time to Kill Security Questions—or Answer Them With Lies
    The notion of using robust, random passwords has become all but mainstream—by now anyone with an inkling of security sense knows that “password1” and “1234567” aren’t doing them any favors. But even as password security improves, there’s something even more problematic that underlies them: security questions. Last week Yahoo revealed that it had been massively hacked, with at least 500 million of its users’ data compromised by state sponsored intruders. And included in the company’s list of breached data weren’t just the usual hashed passwords and email addresses, but the security questions and answers that victims had chosen as a backup means of resetting their passwords—supposedly secret information like your favorite place to vacation or the street you grew up on. Yahoo’s data debacle highlights how those innocuous-seeming questions remain a weak link in our online authentication systems. Ask the security community about security questions, and they’ll tell you that they should be abolished—and that until they are, you should never answer them honestly. From their dangerous guessability to the difficulty of changing them after a major breach like Yahoo’s, security questions have proven to be deeply inadequate as contingency mechanisms for passwords. They’re meant to be a reliable last-ditch recovery feature: Even if you forget a complicated password, the thinking goes, you won’t forget your mother’s maiden name or the city you were born in. But by relying on factual data that was never meant to be kept secret in the first place—web and social media searches can often reveal where someone grew up or what the make of their first car was—the approach puts accounts at risk. And since your first pet’s name never changes, your answers to security questions can be instantly compromised across many digital services if they are revealed through digital snooping or a data breach.
  • LibreSSL and the latest OpenSSL security advisory
    Just a quick note that LibreSSL is not impacted by either of the issues mentioned in the latest OpenSSL security advisory - both of the issues exist in code that was added to OpenSSL in the last release, which is not present in LibreSSL.
  • Record-breaking DDoS reportedly delivered by >145k hacked cameras
    Last week, security news site KrebsOnSecurity went dark for more than 24 hours following what was believed to be a record 620 gigabit-per-second denial of service attack brought on by an ensemble of routers, security cameras, or other so-called Internet of Things devices. Now, there's word of a similar attack on a French Web host that peaked at a staggering 1.1 terabits per second, more than 60 percent bigger. The attacks were first reported on September 19 by Octave Klaba, the founder and CTO of OVH. The first one reached 1.1 Tbps while a follow-on was 901 Gbps. Then, last Friday, he reported more attacks that were in the same almost incomprehensible range. He said the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks were delivered through a collection of hacked Internet-connected cameras and digital video recorders. With each one having the ability to bombard targets with 1 Mbps to 30 Mbps, he estimated the botnet had a capacity of 1.5 Tbps. On Monday, Klaba reported that more than 6,800 new cameras had joined the botnet and said further that over the previous 48 hours the hosting service was subjected to dozens of attacks, some ranging from 100 Gbps to 800 Gbps. On Wednesday, he said more than 15,000 new devices had participated in attacks over the past 48 hours.

Android Leftovers