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Sparky 2021.03

Saturday 6th of March 2021 02:46:38 PM

Sparky 2021.03 of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is the first snapshot in 2021 of Sparky which is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
– packages upgraded from Debian testing repos as of March 5, 2021
– Linux kernel 5.10.13 (5.11.3 & 5.12-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
– Firefox 86.0
– Thunderbird 78.8.0
– LibreOffice 7.0.4.2
– LXQt 0.16.0
– MATE 1.24.1
– Xfce 4.16
– Openbox 3.6.1
– New edition with KDE Plasma 5.20.5
– VLC 3.0.12
– Exaile 4.1.0
– Calamares 3.2.37 + kpmcore 20.12.3
– Sparky APTus AppCenter 20210302
– added extra keyboard shortcuts to Xfce, LXQt and Openbox: https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/custom_shortcuts
– removed packages: sparky-xdf, bleachbit

LXQt:
– audio player: Exaile replaced by Clementine
– IM: Pidgin replaced by Kopete; HexChat replaced by Konversation
– Web: Cheese replaced by Webcamoid

System re-installation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui tool or a command:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Known issues:
– can not open terminal emulator via right click in Thunar in all non Xfce desktops and window managers; it requires xfce4-settings to be installed

 

Sparky System

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021 10:45:14 AM

There is a new, small application available for Sparkers: Sparky System

What is Sparky System?

Sparky System is a small, Yad based tool which gathers and shows information about system.

Modules:
– CPU information
– Memory usage information
– PCI bus devices
– Loaded kernel modules
– Battery state
– Sensors information
– Disk space usage

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-system

License: GNU General Public License v3.0
Wiki: wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/sparky_system
GitHub: github.com/sparkylinux/sparky-system

 

Sparky news 2021/02

Monday 1st of March 2021 07:12:18 PM

The second monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
* Linux kernel updated up to version 5.11.2 & 5.12-rc1
* added to repos: Gomux Matrix cli client, Tutanota Desktop email client, Kopete IM (Sparky 6), Amarok music player 2.9.71 (Sparky 6)
* Sparky 5.14 of the stable line released
* 2 repo mirrors have been set in Germany
* Added RealTime Debian Kernel installation to APTus (Sparky 5 & 6) & APTus AppCenter
* Added Backports & RealTime Backports Debian kernel installation to APTus (Sparky 5)

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them and us alive.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in March too, please.

Country Supporter Amount No name PLN 50 Wojciech H. PLN 5 Krzysztof M. PLN 50 Olaf T. € 10 Siebert C. € 50 Krzysztof S. PLN 50 Akos S. € 10 Gernot P. $ 10 Tom C. $ 15 Neal B. $ 2 Alexey $ 5 Mitchel V. € 30 Parvaneh B. € 6 Robert G. € 25 Markus P. € 30 Jacek G. PLN 100 Bogdan P. PLN 50 Paweł S. PLN 111 Jon C. € 20 Krzysztof S. PLN 3.58 Nicholas F. € 10.75 Andrzej M. PLN 5 Rudolf L. € 10 Stanisław R. PLN 80 Fernando A. € 20 Karl A. € 1.66 Jacek G. PLN 40 Andrzej T. PLN 100 Marek B. PLN 10 Alexander F. € 10 Stanisław G. PLN 20 Andrzej P. PLN 10 Jorg S. € 3 Paweł D. PLN 100 Aymeric L. € 10 Dariusz M. € 10 Maciej P. PLN 22 Ralf A. € 10 Daniel R. € 29.59 Total: 77%
€ 296
PLN 806.58
$ 32

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

Tutanota Desktop

Friday 19th of February 2021 01:04:37 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Tutanota Desktop

What is Tutanota?

Tutanota is the secure email service with built-in end-to-end encryption that enables you to communicate securely with anyone on all your devices.

What is Tutanota Desktop?
The secure desktop clients with built-in encryption is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS (mobile versions for Android and iOS are also available, as well as a web client). The Tutanota secure email service with automatic encryption has been published in March 2014. The Tutanota desktop clients enable you to use Tutanota directly from your computer without the need of a browser.

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6 amd64):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install tutanota-desktop

or via APTus-> Email tab-> Tutanota Desktop icon.

The first run asks about the app integration with the desktop – you do not need to do that, it is already integrated at the deb package.

Author: Tutao GmbH
License: GNU General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/tutao/tutanota

 

Sparky APTus 0.4.36

Tuesday 16th of February 2021 03:47:39 PM

Sparky APTus has been upgraded up to 0.4.36 (Sparky 5) & 0.4.38 (Sparky 6).

There are small, but notable changes of APTus, which provide:
– added Debian RealTime Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5 & 6)
– added Debian Backports Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5)
– Added Debian Backports RealTime Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5)
– separated Linux kernel amd64 & i686 installation of Debian and Liquorix kernels (Sparky 5 & 6); it means, the kernel installer shows amd64 kernels only on the list of amd64 machines and shows i686 & i686-pae kernels only on machines i686.

* No need to manually configure the Debian backports repos on Sparky stable 5 – the tool will do that for you.
* If you already configured Debian backports repos – simply disable or remove it.

The new small features will be moved to APTus AppCenter too.

 

Gomuks

Thursday 11th of February 2021 04:40:10 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Gomuks

What is Gomuks?

A terminal Matrix client written in Go using mautrix and mauview.

Installation (Sparky 6 amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gomuks

General usage:
– /help – View command list.
– /quit – Close gomuks.
– /clearcache – Clear room state and close gomuks.
– /logout – Log out, clear caches and go back to the login view.
– /fingerprint – Shows the Device ID and fingerprint, allowing verification of the session.
– /toggle – Toggle user preferences.
— rooms – Room list sidebar.
— users – User list sidebar.
— baremessages – Bare message mode where the sender name is inline with the messages.
— images – Text image rendering.
— typingnotif – Outgoing typing notifications.
— emojis – :emoji: conversion when sending messages.
— html – HTML input.
— markdown – Markdown input.
— downloads – Automatic downloads (this will also prevent images from working).
— notifications – Desktop notifications.
— unverified – Sending (e2ee keys for) messages to unverified devices. You need restart gomuks for this setting to take effect.

More info at the project’s GitHub wiki page.

Author: Tulir Asokan
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/tulir/gomuks/

 

Mirrors in Germany

Saturday 6th of February 2021 11:21:10 AM

There are two, new repo mirrors available for Sparkers, both located in Germany.

Mirror DE1 is provided by JackGrumbler:
http://de1.repo.sparkylinux.org

Mirror DE2 is provided by MoroS:
http://de2.repo.sparkylinux.org

Thanks a lot both, JackGrumbler and MoroS.

If you would like to provide a mirror repo server in your location, send a message via contact form, please.

Requirements and settings: https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/mirrors

If you’d like, I can set your Sparky mirror for you.

Sparky 5.14

Thursday 4th of February 2021 10:42:14 AM

A next point release of Sparky 5.14 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between Sparky 5.13 and 5.14:
* system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of February 2, 2020
* Linux kernel 4.19.171 (PC) (5.9.15-1~bpo10+1 in Debian backports repo, if you need a newer one)
* Linux kernel 5.4.83-v7+ (ARMHF)
* Firefox 78.7.0esr
* Thunderbird 78.7.0
* VLC 3.0.12
* LibreOffice 6.1.5-3
* LXQt 0.14.1
* Xfce 4.12.5
* Openbox 3.6.1-8
* xterm replaced by spterm, which is used by Sparky tools now

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.x installed, make full system upgrade:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavours:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

New live/install media of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Sparky news 2021/01

Monday 1st of February 2021 06:42:02 PM

The first monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
– Linux kernel updated up to version 5.10.12 & 5.11-rc5
– added to repos: DeepL-Linux Client, Trible bittorrent client, SteamTinkerLaunch

Do you think about a Sparky repo mirror server in your location?
What you need is:
– a fully managed vps with hard/ssd disk >= 20GB
– RAM >= 512MB
– CPU >= 1
– ssh access
– Debian 9/10 (preferred) or Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 or CentOS 7/8 preinstalled
– monthly bandwidth > 500GB
– one IP4 address
– NS record to redirect a new repo subdomain to
Let me know via the contact form if you could provide a VPS to Sparky repo mirror, please. I could set it up for you.

* Thank all of you very much, but unfortunately we did not found exact amount to the server, as well as to life

SteamTinkerLaunch

Tuesday 26th of January 2021 12:14:04 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: SteamTinkerLaunch

What is SteamTinkerLaunch?

SteamTinkerLaunch (short stl) is a Linux wrapper tool for use with the Steam client which allows to customize and start tools and options for games quickly on the fly.
stl works with linux native games and with games using proton! (Some features (f.e. ReShade) are only available for games using proton) (Non-Steam games added to Steam are supported as well).
There are two ways to use stl with steam. Either as Launch Option or as Steam Compatibility Tool.Installation (Sparky 6 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install steamtinkerlaunch
or via APTus-> Game section.

Founder: frostworx
License: GNU GPL 3.0
Web: github.com/frostworx/steamtinkerlaunch

 

Tribler

Thursday 21st of January 2021 04:16:11 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Tribler

What is Tribler?

Tribler is a research project of Delft University of Technology. Tribler was created over nine years ago as a new open source Peer-to-Peer file sharing program. During this time over one million users have installed it successfully and three generations of Ph.D. students tested their algorithms in the real world.
Tribler is the first client which continuously improves upon the aging BitTorrent protocol from 2001 and addresses its flaws. We expanded it with, amongst others, streaming from magnet links, keyword search for content, channels and reputation-management. All these features are implemented in a completely distributed manner, not relying on any centralized component. Still, Tribler manages to remain fully backwards compatible with BitTorrent.Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install tribler

Authors: Delft University of Technology
License: GNU GPL
Web: github.com/Tribler/tribler

 

DeepL-Linux

Sunday 10th of January 2021 02:36:44 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: DeepL-Linux

What is DeepL-Linux?

DeepL integration for Linux. Select text in any application and simply press Ctrl+C and another shortcut to translate it. The client for deepl in Linux uses webview.Installation (Sparky 5 & 6, amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install deepl-linux

Add system shortcut:
* add this command:
/opt/deepl/loader.sh
And set this command with a shortcut, for example: Ctrl-Alt-D

Use it:
Select text in any application, press Ctrl+c to copy selected content into clipboard, then press the shortcut you just defined for loader.sh

Author: kumakichi
License: ?
Web: github.com/kumakichi/Deepl-linux

 

Sparky news 2020/12

Saturday 2nd of January 2021 04:22:26 PM

The 12th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2020:
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.10.4 & 5.11-rc1
• Sparky 2020.12 of the rolling line released
• Sparky 2020.12 Special Editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released
• added to repos: Pogo audio player, Zettlr markdown editor, Rescuezilla, Cozy audiobook player

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them alive.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in January too, please.

Special thanks go to all of you, for sending extra money to the VPS too.

As you known, the January is the second and the last month we try to collect extra donations to pay a bill of our VPS. We alredy recived 55% of our need (PLN 1500) in the December 2020, so we still be trying to collect missing 45% in the January. The deadline is on the end of January 2021, so consider an extra, small donation to the VPS, please.

Happy New 2021 Year!

Country Supporter Amount Andrzej K. PLN 15 Andrzej K. PLN 20 Krzysztof M. PLN 50 Olaf T. € 10 Andrzej T. PLN 100 Wolfgang L. € 24 Krzysztof S. PLN 50 Gernot P. $ 10 Tom C. $ 15 Carlos F. $ 15 Neal B. $ 2 Mitchel V. $ 10 Thomas B. € 15 Paolo R. PLN 446.39 William S. € 60 Peter M. € 25 Simone M. € 10 Andrzej M. PLN 5 Andrzej K. PLN 50 Krzysztof S. PLN 5 Hubert S. PLN 200 Andrzej R. PLN 30 Marek S. PLN 10 Rudolf L. € 10 Alexander F. € 10 Karl A. € 1.66 Bernt A. € 50 Armel R. € 40 Tomasz P. PLN 50 Aymeric L. € 85 Jacek G. PLN 40 Jaime S. € 3 Stanisław G. PLN 20 Andrzej P. PLN 10 Andrzej P. PLN 4.20 Jorg S. € 5 Damian G. PLN 30 Jerzy R. PLN 18 William T. € 20 Bartłomiej P. PLN 35 Dariusz M. € 10 Ralf A. € 15 Władysław K. PLN 20 Jan K. PLN 300 Dariusz T. PLN 30 Wojciech H. PLN 1 Petr U. € 15 Total: 90% (+ 55% to VPS)
€ 408.66
PLN 1539.59
$ 52

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

Cozy

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020 12:56:49 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Cozy

What is Cozy?

A modern audio book player for Linux using GTK+ 3

Features:
– Import your audiobooks into Cozy to browse them comfortably
– Sort your audio books by author, reader & name
– Remembers your playback position
– Sleep timer
– Playback speed control
– Search your library
– Offline Mode! This allows you to keep an audio book on your internal storage if you store your audiobooks on an external or network drive. Perfect for listening on the go.
– Add mulitple storage locations
– Drag & Drop to import new audio books
– Support for DRM free mp3, m4a (aac, ALAC, …), flac, ogg, opus, wav files
– Mpris integration (Media keys & playback info for desktop environment)

Installation (Sparky 6 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install cozy

or via APTus AppCenter-> Multimedia-> Audio Players-> Cozy icon.

Author: Julian Geywitz
License: GNU GPL v.3
Web: github.com/geigi/cozy

 

Sparky 2020.12 Special Editions

Friday 18th of December 2020 03:57:43 PM

Special editions of Sparky 2020.12 GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of December 17, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.9.11 (5.10.1 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Calamares 3.2.34 + kpmcore 4.2.0
• APTus replaced by APTus AppCenter RC1
• added ‘sparky-www’ – it is a small package, which provides a custom Sparky’s start page, powered by DuckDuckGo, to your favorite web browser; the start page is located at /opt/sparky/index.html and has to be loaded manually to a web browser, after installing the package
• Firefox 84.0
• Thunderbird 78.5.1
• LibreOffice 7.0.3
• VLC 3.0.11
• Exaile 4.1.0 beta1
• Python 3.9 is the default one, and libpython3.8 is still installed
• python2.x & libpython2.x removed

GameOver edition:
• removed packages: snowballz, xblast-tnt

Multimedia edition:
• removed packages: jack, jack-mixer, volti, k3d, lilypond

Rescue edition:
• added packages: iotop, rescuezilla
• removed packages: disk-manager, system-config-lvm

According to all the applications which can be installed via the the Sparky APTus AppCenter, the System Kernel section lets you install/reinstall Linux kernels of Debian, Liquorix, XanMod and Sparky. If you looking for a RealTime Linux kernel, simply install XanMod RT Stable or RT Edge (latest) kernel.

System reinstallation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui or a text based tool:
sparky-upgrade

or via apt:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New iso images of the special editions can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Zettlr

Wednesday 16th of December 2020 07:34:40 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Zettlr

What is Zettlr?

A Markdown Editor for the 21st century. With Zettlr, writing professional texts is easy and motivating: Whether you are a college student, a researcher, a journalist, or an author — Zettlr has the right tools for you.

Features:
– Available in over a dozen languages
– Tight and ever-growing integration with your favourite reference manager (such as Zotero or JabRef)
– Cite with Zettlr using citeproc and your existing literature database
– Five themes and dark mode support
– File-agnostic writing: Enjoy full control over your own files
– Keep all your notes and texts in one place — searchable and accessible
– Code highlighting for many languages
– Simple and beautiful exports with Pandoc, LaTeX, and Textbundle
– Support for state of the art knowledge management techniques (Zettelkasten)
– A revolutionary search algorithm with integrated heatmap

Installation (Sparky 6 amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install zettlr

License: GNU GPL v.3
Web: github.com/Zettlr/Zettlr

 

Pogo

Wednesday 9th of December 2020 04:56:22 PM

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Pogo

What is Pogo?

Pogo – A fast and minimalist audio player for Linux. It groups tracks by album, which uses less space and simplifies rearranging your playlist. Pogo does not organize your tracks in a music library and does not stream or download tracks. Therefore, it is best suited for people who store their tracks by album and want a simple way of playing them. Pogo allows you to quickly search for music on local drives and in the playlist. It also features an equalizer and displays covers and desktop notifications.
Pogo is a fork of Decibel Audio Player and supports most common audio formats. It is written in Python and uses GTK+ and GStreamer.

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install pogo

or via APTus-> Audio Players-> Pogo icon.

Copyright (C) 2007-2010 Ingelrest Francois
Copyright (C) 2010-2017 Jendrik Seipp
License: GNU GPL v.2
Web: github.com/jendrikseipp/pogo

 

Sparky 2020.12

Saturday 5th of December 2020 10:58:23 AM

The December snapshot of Sparky 2020.12 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• packages updated from Debian testing repos as of December 3, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.9.11 (5.9.12 & 5.10-rc6 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Calamares 3.2.34 + kpmcore 4.2.0
• APTus replaced by APTus AppCenter 20201203-RC1; it is still under development but it is enough stable to let you test and work on it https://sparkylinux.org/sparky-aptus-appcenter/
• added ‘sparky-www’ – it is a small package, which provides a custom Sparky’s start page, powered by DuckDuckGo, to your favorite web browser; the start page is located at /opt/sparky/index.html and has to be loaded manually to a web browser, after installing the package https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/sparky_www
• Firefox 83.0
• Thunderbird 78.5.0
• LibreOffice 7.0.3
• VLC 3.0.11
• Exaile 4.1.0 beta1
• libpython3.9 is installed, but Python 3.8 is still the default one
• python2.x & libpython2.x removed
• GCC 10.2.0 as the default compiler
• added RSS feed clients: QuiteRSS to LXQt and Liferea to MATE and Xfce iso images

System re-installation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui tool or a command:

sparky-upgrade

or via APT:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

 

2020 annual payment of our server

Thursday 3rd of December 2020 11:35:42 AM

The annual payment day for our server is coming.

We know that the situation is very difficult for all of us, because the virus paralyzes not only our bodies, and businesses too, but if you are in a position to help us, please support us – without your support we will not be able to keep it running, because we only exist thanks to you.

Until January 31, 2021 we have to collect and pay for our server 1500 PLN/360 Euros/430 USD plus min. 2600 PLN/~620 Euros/~ 740 USD for our monthly bills, such as: electricity, gas, water, internet, domains, expenses related to improving the functionality of websites, small computer equipment that wears out constantly (memory, pen drives, mice, batteries, etc. …), fuel, as well as rent, food, drugs and immortal taxes.

This is a bigger amount than usual, so we start collecting today. If we do not pay – we could disappear from the network, but we believe, with your help, we will be able to do it.

There are 2 collection progress bars will appear on the website.
The first bar for monthly support, and the second one for the collection to the server, so add a note: support and/or collection to the server, as a message to your donation, please. The amounts without a note will be transferred equally (in half) to both collections.

Unfortunately, better times we know before the Coronavirus have not returned yet, and there are no signs that they will come back soon, so we would like to collect the minimum national wage every month; from January 2021 it is PLN 2,800/~670 €/~800 USD.

Linuxiarze, SparkyLinux, ArchiveOS and SoftMania is our only job we have and our only source of income. The two of us only live off your monthly support and small advertising incomes. It’s not possible to survive in the Polish capital having small income from the adds, so your support is very important to us.

Anyway, if any of you have something interesting for us to offer – we are open to cooperation.

We wholeheartedly thank you for your support, which is, as always, invaluable.
Thanks to people like you, we have the power to create and continue to operate.

Visit the donation page to find out how to send a donation.

Stay healthy.
Aneta and Paweł

Sparky news 2020/11

Tuesday 1st of December 2020 03:55:58 PM

The 11th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2020:

• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.9.11 & 5.10-rc6
• Sparky 5.13 “Nibiru” of the stable line released
• VMware Workstation Sparky’s Installer updated up to version VMware 16.x & put some fixes; it it available from APTus & APTus AppCenter; works on Sparky stable and oldstable only
• added to repos: LazPaint graphics editor, Nyxt web browser, Slimjet web browser, Simplest Studio audio editor

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them alive.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in December too, please.

Country Supporter Amount Krzysztof Ś. PLN 200 Olaf T. € 20 Gernot P. $ 10 John C. $ 5 Tom C. $ 15 Carlos F. $ 15 Neal B. $ 2 Andrzej T. PLN 100 Krzysztof M. PLN 50 Krzysztof S. PLN 50 Anthony M. € 12 Władysław K. PLN 10 Karl A. € 1.66 Marek B. PLN 10 Alexander F. € 10 Rudolf L. € 10 Paweł S. PLN 44.44 Jacek G. PLN 40 Stanisław G. PLN 20 Andrzej P. PLN 10 Bartłomiej P. PLN 25 Jorg S. € 5 Aymeric L. € 10 Dariusz M. € 10 Paolo R. PLN 447.82 Ralf A. € 15 Norbert M. PLN 50 Kiss L. € 5 Ryan S. € 20 Rafał L. PLN 100 Wojciech H. PLN 1 Mieczysław K. PLN 10 Ou P. € 100 Total: 85%
€ 218.66
PLN 1168.26
$ 47

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

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    In February there were 201 alerts generated, resulting in 29 regression bugs being filed on average 4 days after the regressing change landed. Welcome to the February 2021 edition of the performance sheriffing newsletter. Here you’ll find the usual summary of our sheriffing efficiency metrics, followed by some analysis on the data footprint of our performance metrics. If you’re interested (and if you have access) you can view the full dashboard.

Games: Assassin’s Greed, Yorg, Wanted Raccoon and More

  • Assassin’s Greed

    I don’t think any sane person is going to disagree with the quote, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” For those unaware, that quote came from British politician Baron Acton in 1887. That’s one of the few sayings man has uttered that stands against the test of time. Keep in mind, Acton coined this phrase from politicians who said something similar even earlier than his time; Acton’s phrase just seems to be the most popular, since it reads like modern English. Now, I’m not trying to get into politics; we’re a gaming web site, after all. But sadly, after a number of events have occurred — for the gaming industry in particular — within the past couple of years, I feel like even us Linux gamers get the short end of the stick. True, we always had the short end of the stick, up until Valve stepped in and basically saved our bacon around 2012-2013. But as far as native Linux games are concerned, and as advanced as Proton gets, competition that has arisen lately can either be a plus for us, or, as I bring out here, competition can be more so of a nuisance than it is anything else. [...] Yeah, some were probably expecting me to point the gun at Microsoft first. I’m not a total Microsoft hater, as I do appreciate some of their work, like some of the code they’ve contributed to the Linux kernel. But I seem to hear it all the time. Microsoft bought this company. [...] Microsoft joined the Linux foundation late 2016. Supposedly, they’re a high-paying “Platinum Member.” I don’t know if their claim, “We love Linux,” is actually true. If anything, they consider Linux as a threat, as long as they’re not making revenue via this platform. They haven’t made any official drivers for Linux as far as their Xbox controllers are concerned. Microsoft is invested in Linux at least when it comes to their whole Azure cloud services, a competitor to AWS and Google Cloud, and they have made it easier to develop for Linux within Windows with the WSL module developed in partnership with Ubuntu. Microsoft tried to make their own locked garden during the Windows 8 era with the Windows Store and trying to force everyone to put their applications through there. Fortunately, they failed miserably, thanks in no small part to Valve creating SteamOS. But it doesn’t mean Microsoft won’t stop trying.

  • FOSS racer Yorg has a new release with improved gamepad support | GamingOnLinux

    Top-down open-source racing? Yorg is a little bit like some of the classic Micro Machines games and while rough around the edges as it's in development it's showing promise as another FOSS game. With fast arcade racing along with some amusing physics, Yorg is already a lot of fun with multiple tracks, vehicles and different drivers to pick from. You can play against AI, local multiplayer and experimental online multiplayer. There's weapons too, so you can blow everyone up.

  • Wanted Raccoon is an upcoming comedy game in the spirit of Goat Simulator

    Remember the craziness of Goat Simulator? Wanted Raccoon has a familiar theme of animals going wild and it's entering Early Access on March 19 with Linux support. A game that seems like a big gimmick but apparently there's a little more to it. The developer mentions an actual storyline and some sort of research system. You can ride skateboards, fight people, upgrade skills, and of course - steal food. Everything a good Raccoon does right? There's also something about a kidnapped family. Hero Raccoon to the rescue?

  • Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 2: Selecting a Graphics Card

    Linux graphics support is still remarkably similar to how it was 20 years ago, even with all the progress that has been made in the years since. The Mesa 3D graphics library had its origins all the way back in 1995, and through the Utah GLX project attracted the attention of industry luminaries such as id Software’s John Carmack and vendors such as ATI, Intel, Matrox, S3, and 3dfx. By the turn of the millennium all of them had at least some support in Mesa. Nvidia went a different route, one which continues to set them apart to this day. Rather than choosing to cooperate with Mesa they instead ported their Windows drivers over to Linux directly, maintaining their own proprietary binary blob separate from the main Linux kernel. This driver model was also later adopted by ATI when they switched focus to their own proprietary “fglrx” driver, although this was largely reversed again after AMD acquired the company in 2006. By the time of Red Hat Linux 9 the Direct Rendering Infrastructure or DRI was firmly in place in Mesa and offered 3D support for a wide number of cards. This included the ATI 3D Rage Pro Turbo, which was the AGP card I had selected to test the machine. While a solid 2D performer it offered lacklustre 3D graphics even for the time of its release, and was intended more as an OEM graphics solution than for gaming. That makes them easy to find, but also not worth a lot.

10 Best Compression Tools for Linux

File compression is an integral part of system administration. Finding the best compression method requires significant determination. Luckily, there are many robust compression tools for Linux that make backing up system data easier. Here, we present ten of the best Linux compression tools that can be useful to enterprises and users in this regard. [...] A plethora of reliable Linux compression tools makes it easy to archive and back up essential data. You can choose from many lossless compressors with high compression ratios such as LZ4, lzop, and bzip2. On the other hand, tools like Zstandard and plzip allow for more advanced compression workflows. Read more

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (activemq, libcaca, libupnp, mqtt-client, and xcftools), Fedora (ceph, mupdf, nagios, python-PyMuPDF, and zathura-pdf-mupdf), Mageia (cups, kernel, pngcheck, and python-pygments), openSUSE (bind, chromium, gnome-autoar, kernel, mbedtls, nodejs8, and thunderbird), and Red Hat (nodejs:10, nodejs:12, nodejs:14, screen, and virt:8.2 and virt-devel:8.2). 

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  • Server Security Tips – Secure Your Server with These Best Practices

    Servers play a vital role in organizations. Their primary function is to provide both data and computational services. Because of the critical role they play, servers hold confidential organizational data and information. Information is like gold nowadays, and hackers are gold miners. An insecure server is vulnerable to all sorts of security threats and data breaches.

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  • Multiple Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities Could Allow Privilege Escalation

    Fortunately, before any active exploitation, Popov fixed these bugs for the users. Popov has confirmed merging of these patches with the mainline kernel version 5.11-rc7. Also, the fixes have been “backported into the stable affected trees”. As Positive Technologies elaborated, this isn’t the first time Popov found and patched a vulnerability. Earlier, he has also caught and fixed two Linux, bugs CVE-2017-2636 and CVE-2019-18683, as well in 2017 and 2020 respectively.

  • Understanding Samsung Knox Vault: Protecting the data that matters most

    Eight years ago, Samsung set out on a mission to build the most trusted and secure mobile devices in the world. With the introduction of our Samsung Knox platform at MWC in 2013, we put in place the key elements of hardware-based security that would help defend Samsung mobile devices and our customers’ data against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. Samsung Knox has since evolved into more than a built-in security platform, now encompassing a full suite of mobile management tools for enterprise IT administrators. But our mobile product planners, developers and security engineers have remained laser-focused on answering the primary question: how do we remain a step ahead of hackers and keep our users safe at all times? [...] In the first days of Android, the main focus was building a more open and flexible mobile operating system. Security was state-of-the-art for the time, inherited from the world of Unix and mainframe computers. But from the start, it became clear that smartphones were different; they were the most personal computers anyone had ever built.