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TuxMachines: Debian and LaTeX

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 10:14:15 AM
  • Web services for writing academic LaTeX papers as a team

    I was surprised today to learn that a friend in academia did not know there are easily available web services available for writing LaTeX documents as a team. I thought it was common knowledge, but to make sure at least my readers are aware of it, I would like to mention these useful services for writing LaTeX documents. Some of them even provide a WYSIWYG editor to ease writing even further.

    There are two commercial services available, ShareLaTeX and Overleaf. They are very easy to use. Just start a new document, select which publisher to write for (ie which LaTeX style to use), and start writing. Note, these two have announced their intention to join forces, so soon it will only be one joint service. I've used both for different documents, and they work just fine. While ShareLaTeX is free software, while the latter is not. According to a announcement from Overleaf, they plan to keep the ShareLaTeX code base maintained as free software.

  • Debian/TeX Live 2017.20171031-1

    Halloween is here, time to upload a new set of scary packages of TeX Live. About a month has passed, so there is the usual big stream up updates. There was actually an intermediate release to get out some urgent fixes, but I never reported the news here. So here are the accumulated changes and updates.

  • Monthly FLOSS activity - 2017/10 edition
  • FLOSS Activities October 2017
  • Free software activities in October 2017

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TuxMachines: Canonical/Ubuntu Leftovers

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 10:12:18 AM
  • Ubuntu Server Development Summary – 31 Oct 2017

    The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update and highlights for any interesting subjects from the Ubuntu Server Team. If you would like to reach the server team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-server channel on Freenode. Alternatively, you can sign up and use the Ubuntu Server Team mailing list.

  • Juju GUI: get your users started with getstarted.md
  • MAAS 2.3.0 beta 3 released!

    I’m happy to announce that MAAS 2.3.0 Beta 3 has now been released and it is currently available in PPA and as a snap.

  • Online course about LXD containers
  • LXD Weekly Status #21: Console Attach, Distribution Work, & More

    Last week @brauner and @stgraber were traveling to Prague for the Open Source Summit Europe.
    We got the opportunity to talk about LXD, system containers and various bits of ongoing kernel work as well as meet with a number of our users and contributors!

    All this travel and conference time reduced our ability to do feature work this week, so we’ve mostly been reviewing contributions and pushing a number of bugfixes with things going back to normal this week.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 quick screenshot tour

    Ubuntu 17.10 is the newest version of this world famous Linux distribution, and this one is especially interesting because Canonical decided to dump its controversial Unity baby and use GNOME desktop environment instead.

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Phoronix: Solus 4 Is Working On Restoring Wayland Support, NVIDIA Improvements

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 10:08:50 AM
The Solus Linux distribution project has shared some of the work they are currently pursuing for their Solus 4 operating system update...

Reddit: The November 2017 Month of LibreOffice begins!

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 10:08:26 AM

TuxMachines: Programming: pinp, GNSS, JavaScript, Security Updates

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 10:07:50 AM
  • pinp 0.0.3: More docs, more features

    Our pinp package for snazzier one or two column vignette received it second update. Now at version 0.0.3, it arrived on CRAN on Saturday with minimal fuzz as an 'CRAN-pretest-publish' transition.

  • Google lets Android devs see nanosecond-level GNSS data

    Created for phone designers, The Chocolate Factory has decided the raw GNSS data is also valuable to researchers, writing that the data “allows you to see the behavior of the GNSS receiver in great detail, including receiver clock offset and drift to the order of 1 nanosecond and 1 ppb [part per billion – El Reg] and measurement errors on a satellite-by-satellite basis.

  • ES8, the Javascript standard of 2017

    Surely you will know that since 2015 it was agreed to update the Javascript standard every year in order to keep JS up to date in a smooth way. The changes of last year were very decaffeinated, but this year we have some juicier news.

  • Security updates for Tuesday

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TuxMachines: OSS and Sharing

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 10:05:49 AM
  • OSS/Ksummit 2017

    Last week was kernel summit in Prague. Based on feedback from Linus and other people, kernel summit was a 2 day open technical forum along with a half-day "maintainer summit". Open Source Summit Europe was also happening at the same time and I attended somethings there as well.

    Darren Hart gave a talk about x86 platform drivers. Darren is the current maintainer of the x86 platform drivers. He gave a nice overview of what a platform driver actually is (a bunch of glue) and some history about how big or small drivers can be. One of the sticking points about drivers in general is that most hardware vendors only really focus on Windows and the driver philosophy there is different from Linux. This results in Linux needing to play catch-up and work around firmware that was only tested on Windows (see also the example of vendor "To be filled by O.E.M."). Hardware vendors can make this easier by using standard interfaces and also open sourcing firmware, something the Fedora community cares deeply about.

  • Apache Software Foundation is bringing open source ML to the masses with PredictionIO

    The Apache Software Foundation has announced a brand-new machine learning project, PredictionIO. Built on top of a state-of-the-art open source stack, this machine learning serve is designed for developers and data scientists to create predictive engines for any machine learning task.

    PredictionIO is designed to democratize machine learning. How? By providing a full stack for developers, they can create deployable applications “without having to cobble together underlying technologies”. Making it easier to use should widen the appeal and keep the machine learning bottleneck from getting any worse.

  • Edalex Solutions Announces Support for Open Source Repository EQUELLA
  • FaradayRF Open Source Digital Radio on HamRadioNow
  • Drone Challenge Rides Soft Radio

    The event was organized by Tom Rondeau, program manager in the microsystems department of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Before joining DARPA last year, Rondeau spent six years leading GNU Radio, an open source framework for SDR.

  • Compliance Is Not Just For Copyleft

     

    Just because the “compliance-industrial complex” wants you to fear reciprocity, that doesn’t mean you should. Each case needs understanding on its own merits. Who knows — in your case, embracing the GPL may well be the least-cost option.

  • Metsä Wood: Maarten van der Breggen Receives First Open Source Wood Award

    ...call to action to architects, designers and engineers to join forces, share innovation and contribute knowledge about large-scale, modular wood construction.

  • Georgia Tech Researchers Offer Open-Source Cancer Treatment Algorithm

    “Despite the documented advantages of the open sharing of code, to date, the practice has been extremely limited within the field of cancer drug prediction,” a group of Georgia Tech researchers write in a new PLOS ONE article. But they’re trying to change that.

    Calling its project “a gauntlet,” the team wants other researchers to take, use, modify, and expand upon a machine learning platform it built to judge cancer treatment effectiveness using genetic data.

    “We feed in genomic data. We use RNA expression data. Basically, we’re just looking for correlations,” John McDonald, PhD, told Healthcare Analytics News™. McDonald is the director of Georgia Tech’s Integrated Cancer Research Center and one of the study’s lead authors. “We put expression data in and we match that to responses to chemotherapeutic drugs.”

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TuxMachines: Microsoft Doesn't Use Microsoft

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 10:04:29 AM

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Phoronix: GNOME 3.26.2 Released

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 10:01:06 AM
GNOME 3.26.2 is now available as the second point release to September's release of GNOME 3.26...

LXer: Disney-branded internet filter had Mickey Mouse security

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 09:41:25 AM
23 vulnerabilities let rats run riot, even as kids' eyes were kept innocentA Disney-branded home internet filtering device might keep bad content out, but it was an open door to bad actors until earlier this month.…

TuxMachines: Funding FOSS

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 08:29:14 AM
  • Federal employees can now support the FSF through the Combined Federal Campaign

    The Free Software Foundation today announced its participation as a beneficiary charity in the 2017 Combined Federal Campaign, the workplace giving campaign for United States federal government employees.

    The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the world's largest annual workplace giving campaign, allowing US federal civilian, postal, and military employees to pledge donations to nonprofit charities such as the Free Software Foundation (FSF). Last year, federal employees voluntarily participating in the CFC contributed more than $167 million to charitable causes.

  • Reaction Commerce Raises $8.5 Million in Series A Funding Led by GV
  • GV leads $8.5 million funding into open source ecommerce platform Reaction Commerce

    But Reaction Commerce launched with a fresh take on things. Underpinned by a modern technology stack, it hopes to target the growing number of companies on the hunt for a new ecommerce platform. In fact, a recent Internet Retailer report found that around half of online retailers would like to switch ecommerce platforms.

  • Wireline Launching ICO For Open Source Developers

    “Currently open source projects are underfunded and developers aren’t motivated to build new applications because maintaining them is a thankless task,” says Wireline CEO Lucas Geiger. “We want to change that by creating an ecosystem that rewards developers, and helps enterprises gain leverage from the extended open source community. We’re excited to open the application process, see the ideas and support the talented people building the next generation of cloud apps.”

  • FundRequest introduces a blockchain incentive platform for open source projects

    After over a year of development, FundRequest has released a new blockchain platform built specifically for the funding, claiming, and rewarding of open source contributions. The company aims to introduce a new approach towards open source development that benefits both the developers who are creating the code and the organizations that use it with the overall goal of further driving the applications of open source technology.

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TuxMachines: Migrating to Linux: An Introduction

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 08:17:21 AM

Computer systems running Linux are everywhere. Linux runs our Internet services, from Google search to Facebook, and more. Linux also runs in a lot of devices, including our smartphones, televisions, and even cars. Of course, Linux can also run on your desktop system. If you are new to Linux, or you would just like to try something different on your desktop computer, this series of guides will briefly cover the basics and help you in migrating to Linux from another system.

Switching to a different operating system can be a challenge because every operating system provides a different way of doing things. What is second nature on one system can take frustrating time on another as we need to look up how to do things online or in books.

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LXer: List All Installed Packages with apt on Debian 9

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 08:15:38 AM
In this tutorial we are going to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to list all installed packages with apt on a Debian 9 VPS.

TuxMachines: OSS Leftovers

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 08:12:13 AM
  • Open-source software for data from high-energy physics

    Most of the universe is dark, with dark matter and dark energy comprising more than 95 percent of its mass-energy. Yet we know little about dark matter and energy. To find answers, scientists run huge high-energy physics experiments. Analyzing the results demands high-performance computing – sometimes balanced with industrial trends.

  • Why you need more than just open-source

    More IT decision-makers are turning to open source to drive better efficiency and digital innovation, as its flexibility enables organisations to build new customer experiences, services and products more quickly.

    As more enterprises tap open source there are some misconceptions about what open-source means. Open source technology allows for incredible collaboration between people, communities and projects. Yet many inadvertently associate the words “free” and “easy” with open source which is not always true. Open source makes tech easily accessible and collaborative, which drives incredibly fast innovation. But open source is much more than easily accessible tech. Enterprise needs must be considered and that is why the business of open source tech is about more than just accessibility.

  • GoPro’s Old But Efficient CineForm Codec Goes Open Source

    In the age of the unstoppable rise in resolution and thus in video data rate, GoPro has unleashed CineForm – its most efficient codec yet – to the public.

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    CineForm was one of the first codecs to offer significant compression that balanced quality, speed and performance, even more than Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes which arrived later. From a technological point of view, its better performance over ProRes and DNxHD is due to its better compression methods (Full frame wavelet comparing to DCT). Without getting too geeky here, it means one can compress more with fewer artifacts.

  • How to get involved with open source if you're a cat

    These days, it's not hard to find a good open source project whether you're looking for one or not. A casual glance at GitLab or GitHub renders quick results. Something a little more curated, however, is sometimes nice.

    OpenHatch is a site dedicated to connecting open source contributors like you to open source communities, tools, and education. It's not just a list of open source projects in need of help, it's a training resource with actual training missions that you can do to learn the basics of software development.

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TuxMachines: Security: Nextcloud, Microsoft/Windows, Canonical/Ubuntu

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 07:54:28 AM

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TuxMachines: pfSense 2.3.5-RELEASE now available

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 07:52:52 AM

As we have promised, will will continue to deliver security and stability fixes to the pfSense 2.3.x line even after we have released pfSense 2.4.0, since i386 and NanoBSD were deprecated in pfSense 2.4.0. These updates will continue for a minimum of one year after the pfSense 2.4.0 release date, which means they will continue through at least October 2018.

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TuxMachines: Graphics: AMDGPU-PRO, Mesa, NVIDIA

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 07:36:35 AM
  • AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 Linux Hybrid Driver Promoted To Stable

    Two weeks ago AMD released an AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 driver intended for cryptocurrency mining systems while now that v17.40 series driver has been promoted to being their general purpose stable Linux hybrid driver.

    The headline feature of the AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 beta was introducing large page support intended to help blockchain compute workloads with OpenCL. Sure enough, AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 is much faster for cryptocurrency mining like Ethereum though we haven't found many performance improvements in other OpenCL compute workloads.

  • Broadcom's VC5 Gallium3D Now Supports MSAA, More OpenGL Functionality

    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has continued bringing up the VC5 Gallium3D driver for supporting the company's next-generation graphics hardware that is much improved over the VC4 hardware found in the Raspberry Pi SBCs to date.

    Since earlier this month VC5 Gallium3D merged into Mesa but it does not yet work with any actual hardware due to the VC5 DRM driver yet to be completed kernel-side and merged, nor is that happening for Linux 4.15. But Eric has been making good progress on quickly getting the VC5 Gallium3D OpenGL driver up to par as he's also been working towards a VC5 Vulkan driver too thanks to the new hardware's capabilities.

  • Etnaviv Driver Sends Out Patches For Vivante GC7000 Support

    The developers behind the open-source, reverse-engineered Etnaviv KMS+Gallium3D driver stack for Vivante graphics support have been very busy recently.

    Etnaviv just recently reached OpenGL 2.0 support and then this week cleared OpenGL 2.1 support and now patches have emerged bringing up Vivante GC7000 series hardware support within their Gallium3D OpenGL driver.

  • NVIDIA Previews Open-source Processor Core for Deep Neural Network Inference

    With the proliferation of deep learning, NVIDIA has realized its longstanding aspirations to make general-purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs) a mainstream technology. The company's GPUs are commonly used to accelerate neural network training, and are also being adopted for neural network inference acceleration in self-driving cars, robots and other high-end autonomous platforms. NVIDIA also sees plenty of opportunities for inference acceleration in IoT and other "edge" platforms, although it doesn't intend to supply them with chips. Instead, it's decided to open-source the NVDLA deep learning processor core found in its "Xavier" SoC introduced last fall.

  • Nvidia 387.22 Linux Graphics Driver Adds Support for the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU

    Nvidia released a new short-lived proprietary graphics driver for UNIX systems, Nvidia 387.22, which introduces support for the recently unveiled GeForce GTX 1070Ti graphics card.

    Support for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was added only to the 64-bit and 32-bit Linux and FreeBSD drivers, as the Solaris build of the Nvidia 387.22 graphics driver doesn't offer support for this cheaper video card designed for gamers. A comparison between GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and GeForce GTX 1070 is available here.

  • Mesa 17.2.4 Graphics Stack Arrives with More Bug Fixes, Mesa 17.3 Gets Second RC

    Mesa developers Andres Gomez and Emil Velikov announced the availability of the fourth maintenance update of Mesa 17.2 stable series, and the second Release Candidate (RC) of Mesa 17.3.

    We reported last week on the upcoming availability of the Mesa 17.2.4 update to the open-source graphics stack for GNU/Linux distributions, and it arrived on October 30, 2017, bringing us another layer of fixes for the AMD Radeon RADV Vulkan, Broadcom's VC4, as well as both the Intel i965 OpenGL and Intel ANV Vulkan drivers.

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TuxMachines: NHS INTEROPen

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 07:19:42 AM
  • NHS Digital announces API Lab with INTEROPen

    NHS Digital has announced plans for an new API Lab to be run in conjunction with the INTEROPen community. INTEROPen is a community formed to develop open standards for the health and social care sectors. By creating the API Lab, NHS Digital hopes to get a set of open source APIs. These can then be used by developers to create new apps and speed up integration between systems in both health and social care.

  • NHS to get open source API lab

    NHS Digital plans on launching an API lab before the end of the year, with the goal accelerating development of interoperability in health and social care

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    “By partnering with INTEROPen we will be able to create APIs even faster, delivering real benefits for the health and care system,” he said.

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Reddit: Standalone Signal Desktop

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 06:52:32 AM

LXer: Canonical Outs Important Linux Kernel Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 06:49:52 AM
Canonical published today a new set of Linux kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu releases, which patch up to 12 vulnerabilities discovered lately by various security researchers.

Reddit: zuluCrypt 5.3.0

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 06:31:31 AM

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  • Can the new Firefox Quantum regain its web browser market share?
    When Firefox was introduced in 2004, it was designed to be a lean and optimized web browser, based on the bloated code from the Mozilla Suite. Between 2004 and 2009, many considered Firefox to be the best web browser, since it was faster, more secure, offered tabbed browsing and was more customizable through extensions than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. When Chrome was introduced in 2008, it took many of Firefox’s best ideas and improved on them. Since 2010, Chrome has eaten away at Firefox’s market share, relegating Firefox to a tiny niche of free software enthusiasts and tinkerers who like the customization of its XUL extensions. According to StatCounter, Firefox’s market share of web browsers has fallen from 31.8% in December 2009 to just 6.1% today. Firefox can take comfort in the fact that it is now virtually tied with its former arch-nemesis, Internet Explorer and its variants. All of Microsoft’s browsers only account for 6.2% of current web browsing according to StatCounter. Microsoft has largely been replaced by Google, whose web browsers now controls 56.5% of the market. Even worse, is the fact that the WebKit engine used by Google now represents over 83% of web browsing, so web sites are increasingly focusing on compatibility with just one web engine. While Google and Apple are more supportive of W3C and open standards than Microsoft was in the late 90s, the web is increasingly being monopolized by one web engine and two companies, whose business models are not always based on the best interests of users or their rights.
  • Firefox Nightly Adds CSD Option
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Firefox 57 is awesome — so awesome that I’m finally using it as my default browser again. But there is one thing it the Linux version of Firefox sorely needs: client-side decoration.

First Renesas based Raspberry Pi clone runs Linux

iWave’s “iW-RainboW-G23S” SBC runs Linux on a Renesas RZ/G1C, and offers -20 to 85°C support and expansion headers including a RPi-compatible 40-pin link. iWave’s iW-RainboW-G23S is the first board we’ve seen to tap the Renesas RZ/G1C SoC, which debuted earlier this year. It’s also the first Renesas based SBC we’ve seen that features the increasingly ubiquitous Raspberry Pi 85 x 56mm footprint, layout, and RPi-compatible 40-pin expansion connector. The board is also notable for providing -20 to 85°C temperature support. Read more Also: GameShell Is An Open Source And Linux-powered Retro Game Console That You’ll Love