- EPO’s Vice-President Willy Minnoye Was Rumoured to be Leaving
- Rumours About Secret EPO Salary of Benoît Battistelli
- Software Patents Not Potent in the United States Anymore, But Threat of Resurgence Persists Inside CAFC
- Links 8/8/2016: Linux 4.8 RC1, Steam on FreeBSD
- Links 7/8/2016: State of the GNOME Foundation, Let’s Encrypt and Firefox
Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere
Users are reporting that upgrading to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update renders their PCs unusable.
A lengthy Reddit thread explains the problem: the Anniversary Update installs just fine, but when users re-start their PCs after the upgrade … nothing happens.
Users report that their PCs simply hang on restart, sometimes losing even the ability to accept input from mice and keyboards and sometimes frustrating users by allowing input but not responding.
Some in the thread report that disabling Secure Boot removes the problem, others describe more elaborate workarounds.
Microsoft, for its part, has advised those in the thread to do a clean install of Windows and pointed those afflicted to USB media creation tools in order to facilitate that action.
RFC #1: Karl Fogel – Open Source, Then and Now (Part 1)
Karl served on the board of the Open Source Initiative, which coined the term “open source”, and helped write Subversion, a popular version control system that predates Git. Karl also wrote a popular book on managing open source projects called Producing Open Source Software. He’s currently a partner at Open Tech Strategies, a firm that helps major organizations use open source to achieve their goals.
Marek Continues Baking More Mesa Optimizations
AMD developer Marek Olšák continues leading their recent charge on looking to boost the performance potential out of Mesa / Gallium3D.
Aside from working on the remaining OGL4 extensions, longtime Mesa contributor Marek Olšák has been seeking to boost the performance of the open-source AMD OpenGL driver. He's published a number of optimizations with the most impressive improvements being for a 23%+ performance improvement for RadeonSI with the BioShock Infinite game.
The second release of littler as a CRAN package is now available, following in the now more than ten-year history as a package started by Jeff in the summer of 2006, and joined by me a few weeks later.
littler is the first command-line interface for R and predates Rscript. It is still faster, and in my very biased eyes better as it allows for piping as well shebang scripting via #!, uses command-line arguments more consistently and still starts faster. It prefers to live on Linux and Unix, has its difficulties on the OS X due yet-another-braindeadedness there (who ever thought case-insensitive filesystems where a good idea?) and simply does not exist on Windows (yet -- the build system could be extended -- see RInside for an existence proof, and volunteers welcome!).
Choqok Lives — Qt Twitter App Sees First Update in Over a Year
Feed me cereal and call me a-maized: there’s a brand new version of Qt Twitter app Choqok on the way.
Choqok 1.6 Beta is the first update to the app in over a year and a half since the previous, and only the second, major update to the app in almost three years!
“We want to make this release more stable than ever and then we are going to release a beta today and the final version next month,” Choqok’s developers write in a recent blog post update.
Stability is going to be key for the app as the incumbent stable release is full of bugs caused, in part, by changes to the Twitter infrastructure that it hasn’t kept pace with.
As such the bulk of this beta update is made up of bug fixes, polish and updates to work with new Twitter functionality, like sending unlimited direct messages and quoting tweets.
Choqok 1.6 is also based on KDE Frameworks 5 and supports for the GNU Social network.
- wtf is PAM?
GSoC Updates: Plugging in the grilo owncloud plugin
My GSoC Project has materialized quite a bit since the last blog post. In the previous blog post I discussed implementing a cache for persisting the query results from the owncloud grilo plugin. However, after some discussions with Felipe, we decided it’s better to proceed without the cache for now.
- Wifislax 4.12 Screenshot Tour
- Next Weeks Broker Price Targets For Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
- How Analysts Feel About Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT)?
- Flock to Fedora - Day #2 with focus on Modularity
Debian/TeX Live 2016.20160805-1
TUG 2016 is over, and I have returned from a wonderful trip to Toronto and Maine. High time to release a new checkout of the TeX Live packages. After that I will probably need some time for another checkout, as there are a lot of plans on the table: upstream created a new collection, which means new package in Debian, which needs to go through NEW, and I am also planning to integrate tex4ht to give it an update. Help greatly appreciated here.
- Sketching using MyPaint on the BQ M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet
Samsung Z2 Coming to India 11 August Priced at Rs 4,499 ?
We are super excited (American term) for the launch of the Samsung Z2. This upcoming Tizen tech has had lots of information pointing to its release such as Wifi and Bluetooth certification as well as news that Samsung has already begun assembly of the device. The Z2 is also slated to be distributed in 8 countries that include: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.
- Summit voting, awards nominations, and more OpenStack news
- 3M RPS: .NET Open Source is Happening in a Big Way [Ed: .NET is NOT (!) "open source", it's at best "open core" (to be). But be sure Microsoft employees will lie]
- Top Apple Open Source Projects You Must Know [Ed: open Apple -- like open Microsoft -- is a myth. All the core products are proprietary.
- OpenAFS release 18.104.22.168 available
- Google Pushes Machine Learning Forward With Open-Source Code, Simple APIs
- Google & Dashlane introduce a new open source password manager API called ‘Open YOLO’
- Google And Dashlane Came up with an Open Source API, YOLO
- Google and Dashlane’s open-source Android project means ‘You Only Login Once’
Hackers Could Break Into Your Monitor To Spy on You and Manipulate Your Pixels
We think of our monitors as passive entities. The computer sends them data, and they somehow—magically?—turn it into pixels which make words and pictures.
But what if that wasn’t the case? What if hackers could hijack our monitors and turn them against us?
As it turns out, that’s possible. A group of researchers has found a way to hack directly into the tiny computer that controls your monitor without getting into your actual computer, and both see the pixels displayed on the monitor—effectively spying on you—and also manipulate the pixels to display different images.
Computer Expert Hacks Into Common Voting Machine in Minutes to Reveal Shocking 2016 Election Threat
It took Princeton computer science professor Andrew Appel and one of his graduate students just minutes to hack into a voting machine still used in Louisiana, New Jersey, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, Politico reports.
Professor Andrew Appel purchased for $82 a Sequoia AVC Advantage, one of the oldest machines still in use. Within 7 seconds, he and his student, Alex Halderman, had picked the lock open. Within minutes, the duo had removed the device’s unsecured ROM chips with their own hardware that makes it easy to alter the machine’s results.
Researchers Bypass Chip-and-Pin Protections at Black Hat
Credit card companies for the most part have moved away from “swipe and signature” credit cards to chip and pin cards by this point; the technology known as EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) which is supposed to provide consumers with an added layer of security is beginning to see some wear, according to researchers.
How much though of what is being talked about around open is a case of preaching to the choir?
The believers, perhaps you’d even occasionally call them zealots, will like to think open everything is ushering in a new world of altruism.
But I’ve seen it enough that if individuals or corporations can turn a dollar by closing down people’s options rather than opening them up…then they tend to win.
OS//OS is operating on the premise of if we build it, they will come. They may be right – and certainly without people to champion such principles, and bring such thinking out of the interweb and into the physical world (such as this conference), then skeptics like me will remain that way.
Linux Kernel 4.8 will add Microsoft Surface 3 support
Torvalds further says, "if you ignore the documentation format change, things look fairly regular, with about 60 percent of the non-documentation diffs being drivers (gpu, networking, media, sound, etc) and about 15 percent being arch updates (arm, powerpc and x86 dominate, but there's mips and s390 too). The rest is spread out - core networking, tooling (mainly perf), include files, core kernel, vfs and low-level filesystems (xfs stands out)".
Linux 4.8 rc1 lands, with Surface 3 support promised!
Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has loosed the first release candidate for version 4.8 of the Linux Kernel.
“This seems to be building up to be one of the bigger releases lately,” Torvalds wrote on the Kernel Mailing List, but rates the update “fairly regular, with about 60% of the non-documentation diffs being drivers (gpu, networking, media, sound, etc) and about 15% being arch updates (arm, powerpc and x86 dominate, but there's mips and s390 too).”
Among the changes this time around are support for several touchscreen controllers, which contributors say will mean Linux can handle Microsoft's Surface 3.
Linux 4.8-rc1 Kernel Released
Just like clockwork, the first release candidate / development version of the Linux 4.8 kernel is now available for testing.
As of writing, Linus Torvalds has yet to issue a formal release announcement for Linux 4.8-rc1. However, it's been tagged in Git. For now at least, Linux 4.8 remains codenamed "Psychotic Stoned Sheep."
- The Many Exciting Features To The Linux 4.8 Kernel
- This pre-alpha video of BATTLETECH looks quite amazing
Exodemon, assume the role of a scientist infected by demonic forces
Exodemon is a recent discovery that I was about to write up and then the developer emailed me, how about those odds! The developer said they have just recently supported Linux and need some attention.
Project Cars official twitter confirms to me there are no plans for it on Linux now
Sadly, it's another game to join the growing list of games that promised a Linux/SteamOS version to drop support at some point without telling anyone. I've tried to get in touch with the developer numerous times. It's pleasing to get closure, but it took a long time to get it out of them.
They did at least stop taking any funding way before announcing SteamOS support, so if you purchased it once it released when there was still no sign of their previously promised support, well, you probably know by now not to pre-order.