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LXer: My first open source experience: 4 takeaways

Saturday 28th of October 2017 02:18:14 AM
A month ago, the term open source meant little to me. Then I enrolled in a class called "Foundations of an Open Source World," and now open source principles are integral to my way of thinking, and the community constantly amazes me.As a complete open source rookie, I often wished for an instruction manual to help ease my transition into the community. Following are four takeaways from my journey, in hopes that they will help other more

Reddit: Neutralizing the Intel ME is great, sure, but what if we could jailbreak it?

Saturday 28th of October 2017 02:03:53 AM

As in, actually run our own software in the ME (open-source ME firmware?) and get full access to poke around its operating system. That would be very difficult, but instead of just being immune to any sneaky tricks Intel may have put in there, we'd actually be able to know what it's doing when it isn't disabled. (Leading to either a massive security panic and class action lawsuits against Intel, or alternatively the knowledge that there really isn't any need to disable it unless you're a free software purist.) Plus, either way, it would be really interesting to poke around and see what's there—maybe secret functionality Intel hasn't revealed (yet), not to mention the interesting programming platform it is.

Beyond that, based on what we currently know the ME can do, would there be any practical benefits to having a CPU with a jailbroken ME? Like would you be able to do anything extra with that, that you couldn't with just a neutralized ME and coreboot? Is there anyone publicly working on doing this? Cause I'd love to see that happen.

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Reddit: Amiga 600 (M68030) booting Debian 8.0 (Jessie)

Saturday 28th of October 2017 12:59:51 AM

TuxMachines: Canonical to Focus Mostly on Stability and Reliability for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Saturday 28th of October 2017 12:39:09 AM

Ubuntu Desktop Director Will Cooke shares some information about what Canonical's plans are for the next LTS (Long Term Support) release of Ubuntu, which is scheduled for release on April 26, 2018. As expected, they'll focus mostly on stability and reliability, but it looks like there will be some new features added as well during the development cycle of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

"At this early stage in the development cycle we’re spending a week or so tidying up the loose ends from 17.10, SRUing the important fixes that we’ve found, getting ready to sync new packages from Debian," said Will Cooke in his latest weekly report. "As you know, 18.04 will be an LTS release and so we will be focusing on stability and reliability this cycle, as well as a few new features."

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TuxMachines: There's a DebEX Version with GNOME 3.26, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Saturday 28th of October 2017 12:37:24 AM

DebEX GNOME is a variant of the Debian-based DebEX operating system built around the GNOME desktop environment. The new release, DebEX GNOME Build 171026 is shipping with the latest GNOME 3.26 desktop environment by default, which is accompanied by the lightweight, GNOME 2-based, MATE 1.18 desktop environment.

Just like DebEX KDE Plasma, the DebEX GNOME Edition is based on the Debian Testing and Sid repositories, while the DebEX Barebone Edition remains based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" and Debian Unstable/Sid. The system is powered by Arne Exton's special kernel based on the Linux 4.13.4 kernel.

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TuxMachines: Apollo Lake Pico-ITX board offers multiple expansion paths

Saturday 28th of October 2017 12:27:51 AM

Portwell’s “Pico-6260” Pico-ITX SBC features Intel’s Apollo Lake processors, as well as simultaneous display support, SATA III, M.2, and mini-PCIe/mSATA.

We have covered scores of Portwell embedded products over the years here at LinuxGizmos, and before that at LinuxDevices, and we never recall seeing a Portwell Pico-ITX board. Indeed, the Apollo Lake based Pico-6260 is the sole listing on Portwell’s Pico-ITX page. Other Apollo Lake Pico-ITX boards include Avalue’s recent EPX-APLP, among others.

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LXer: Void Linux: A Salute to Old-School Linux

Saturday 28th of October 2017 12:23:52 AM
I’ve been using Linux for a very long time. Most days I’m incredibly pleased with where Linux is now, but every so often I wish to step into a time machine and remind myself where the open source platform came from. Of late, I’ve experimented with a few such distributions, but none have come as close as to what Linux once was than Void Linux.

TuxMachines: World's Most Trusted Open-Source Firewall, pfSense, Patched Against WPA2 KRACK

Saturday 28th of October 2017 12:21:56 AM

Released two weeks ago, pfSense 2.4 is a major update to the BSD-based firewall software that introduces an all-new installer based on bsdinstall with built-in ZFS support, revamped Captive Portal to work without multiple instances of the IPFW stateful firewall, support for UEFI machines, as well as support for multiple types of partition layouts like GPT and BIOS.

pfSense 2.4 also introduces support for Netgate ARM devices, such as SG-1000, support for OpenVPN 2.4, Negotiable Crypto Parameters (NCP), dual stack/multihome, and numerous other improvements. Now, the first point release, pfSense 2.4.1, is already out to patch the system against the infamous WPA2 KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attack) security vulnerability.

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TuxMachines: antiX 17 "Heather Heyer" Offers a Systemd-Free OS Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9.2

Saturday 28th of October 2017 12:19:58 AM

antiX 17 follows the trend of previous versions to offer users an operating system that does not include the widely used systemd init system. With this release, Gentoo's eudev device file manager for the Linux kernel is used by default instead of udev.

Designed to be fast, flexible, and light on resources, antiX 17 features a new option that lets users run a bleeding-edge Debian Testing (Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster") or Debian Sid platform. Also, it's now possible to set up and run a live encrypted system with persistence.

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TuxMachines: Servers and Red Hat, Fedora

Friday 27th of October 2017 10:53:21 PM

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TuxMachines: Security: UEFI Risks and Bad Rabbit (Microsoft Windows Strikes Again)

Friday 27th of October 2017 10:50:27 PM

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TuxMachines: Programming: TLS, Systers, RockScript, London Perl Workshop

Friday 27th of October 2017 10:41:56 PM
  • Mauritian code-cutters to help deliver TLS 1.3

    When IETF 100's hackathon kicks off in Singapore, one of the groups hoping to make waves will come from Mauritius.

    Their aim, Logan Velvindron of told Vulture South, is twofold: to make serious contributions to the development of the as-yet-immature TLS 1.3, and along the way, break Mauritius out of its public image as a tourist destination with nothing to contribute to today's IT.

  • Scout out code problems with SonarQube

    More and more organizations are implementing DevOps to make it faster to get quality code into the production environment after passing through the intermediate development and testing environments. Although things such as version control, continuous integration and deployment, and automated testing all fall under the scope of DevOps, one critical question remains: How can an organization quantify code quality, not just deployment speed?

  • Systers: Helping women find their potential in code

    Systers is the world's largest email community of women in technical computing roles, with more than 7,500 members from more than 65 countries. Systers was founded in 1987 by Anita Borg as the first online community for women in computing, and it hosts 23 different affinity groups where women technologists can connect with and offer support to members of their self-identified cultures.

  • RockScript: An Open Source Scripting Language and Engine for Microservice Orchestration

    Tom Baeyens has released a preview of RockScript, an open source scripting language and engine for integrating and orchestrating microservices in the style of Event-Driven Architecture (EDA). RockScript uses a language that looks much like JavaScript, which when executed by the accompanying engine allows the coordination of transactional activities within microservice systems in a similar fashion to Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) and Business Process Modelling (BPM).

  • London Perl Workshop


        WHEN: 25th November 2017 at 9:00AM
        WHERE: 115 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6UW (map)

  • How to rethink project management for DevOps

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Reddit: [Question] Help trying to boot any Linux distro on intel atom x5-Z8350

Friday 27th of October 2017 10:40:32 PM

For the last couple of days I've been trying to install Linux on a laptop with a Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor and with 2 GB of ram. I've tried several distros (from kali Linux to essentialOS), and several apps to write the iso to a USB drive (rufus, etcher, unetbootin... You name it), but it just won't work, when I try to boot into the USB drive I get a little flash on the screen and it reboots into windows. I've read that some intel atom processors can be difficult to run Linux in, but possible nevertheless. Does anyone know how could I do it? Thanks in advance.

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TuxMachines: Raspberry Pi CM3 fuels touch panel and network media player

Friday 27th of October 2017 10:33:10 PM

Distec’s 10.1-inch “POS-Line IoT” touch-panel PC is built on its RPi CM3 based “Artista-Iot” board, which also drives a VideoPoster IV media player.

In February, Germany based Distec announced its Artista-IoT touchscreen controller board based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, and has now announced a POS-Line IoT touch-panel computer built on the sandwich-style board combo. Primarily aimed at Point-of-Sale (PoS) applications, the touch-panel can also be used for HMI devices, digital whiteboard and production visualization, medical, aerospace, and signage applications.

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LXer: How to Install and Configure Master-Slave Replication with PostgreSQL 9.6 on CentOS 7

Friday 27th of October 2017 10:29:30 PM
PostgreSQL or Postgres is an open source object-relational database management system (ORDBMS) with more than 15 years of active development. It's a powerful database server that can handle high workloads. PostgreSQL can be used on Linux, Unix, BSD, and Windows servers.

Reddit: w/o SUDO, docker, or gentoo; how to install software requiring alot of dependencies on enterprise machine in $home directory?

Friday 27th of October 2017 10:26:59 PM

Almost entirely, most tutorial wills imply refer to using sudo apt-get install, or in some form refer to using admin privileges.

What would be the easiest way to install MQTT without its dependencies. I'm not too experienced, but it seems very unclear which dependencies are needed exactly. MAKE error show missing dependencies which are also missing dependencies itself. Seems chaotic.

My next approach would be to emulate the environment I want to install in and simply compile the software on my own machine and transfer it over. Is this the best I could do?


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TuxMachines: Ubuntu: 17.10 Review, Ubuntu 18.04 Plans, and Mir/Wayland

Friday 27th of October 2017 10:22:07 PM
  • GNU/Linux Review: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark"

    This is a review for Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" that was released at 19 October 2017 which features the new GNOME Desktop, new user interface, with GNOME 3.26 applications, and new wallpapers. The freshly installed system runs at ±1GiB of RAM and is slower on old machine. This review contains links for more information such as Artful download links, installation guide, and also newbie's guide. I hope you find this review helpful!

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver — Release Date And Expected Features

    Following the release of Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu 18.04, which would be an LTS release, is going to be called “Bionic Beaver.” While Beaver refers to a large, amphibious rodent with smooth fur and sharp teeth, Bionic is an ode to the robotics and artificial body parts.

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Is Now Officially Open for Development

    In a mailing list announcement published on Friday, Canonical's Matthias Klose announced that the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system is now officially open for development.

    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is the next long-term supported release of Ubuntu, which Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth dubbed as the "Bionic Beaver." According to the release schedule, the toolchain was uploaded on October 26, 2017, and development kicks off today, October 27, with APT, DPKG, and Debhelper merges.

  • Bionic Beaver now open for development
  • Longtime friends

    You may not know him, but he’s amongst other things the creator of something that could be seen as a precursor to a GNOME OS. Foresight was a distribution based on conary and aimed at providing an easy to use desktop with the latest technologies. It had rolling releases and always shipped the newest upstream bits, without any downstream patches whatsoever. It was also the first distribution to use PackageKit as the official user facing application installation interface. Back then, we used it as the base for an official live image of GNOME available on the GNOME website which was actually just Foresight without the wallpaper or any mention of the distribution.

  • Mir To Next Focus On Improving Wayland Testing

    With Mir now having basic Wayland support, next on their agenda is to improve the acceptance/conformance tests around Wayland in general that will help in vetting Mir's Wayland support code.

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