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Watch The Bq M10 Ubuntu Tablet Running OTA-13

Friday 23rd of September 2016 01:08:47 PM

Ubuntu OTA-13 rolled out earlier this week with some nifty new features in tow, and you can see them in action in the following set of videos.

This post, Watch The Bq M10 Ubuntu Tablet Running OTA-13, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Make Ubuntu Speak The Time On The Hour, Every Hour

Friday 23rd of September 2016 12:13:04 PM

Talking Clock is a simple bash script that makes Ubuntu tell you the time out-loud on the hour or at a custom interval.

This post, Make Ubuntu Speak The Time On The Hour, Every Hour, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Use Wunderlist from the Command Line

Friday 23rd of September 2016 10:54:50 AM

Want to use Wunderlist on Linux, but without the overhead of a GUI? Try Wunderline, a command-line interface for the popular to-do and task management service.

This post, How To Use Wunderlist from the Command Line, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

MATE Desktop 1.6 Released With Improved GTK3 Support

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 11:14:40 AM

MATE Desktop 1.16 is said to focus on "improving GTK3+ compatibility, migrating components to newer libraries, fixing bugs and code hygiene."

This post, MATE Desktop 1.6 Released With Improved GTK3 Support, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

An Easy Way To Set the Bing Image of the Day As Your Linux Wallpaper

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 08:48:54 AM

This app offers an easy to get the Bing image of the day as your Linux desktop wallpaper, automatically, no input required.

This post, An Easy Way To Set the Bing Image of the Day As Your Linux Wallpaper, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Is Microsoft Building Yet Another Skype Client?

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 06:45:56 PM

Recent rumours suggest yet another Skype desktop app to help ease the burden of maintaining so many — but is Skype for Life, in fact, already here and running on Linux?

This post, Is Microsoft Building Yet Another Skype Client?, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME 3.22 Official Release Video Uploaded to YouTube

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 04:43:50 PM

A GNOME 3.22 release video has gone live on YouTube. It gives users a look at the key changes that feature in the latest update to the Linux desktop environment.

This post, GNOME 3.22 Official Release Video Uploaded to YouTube, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME 3.22 Released, This Is What’s New

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 04:30:17 PM

GNOME 3.22 is out, and it features comprehensive Flatpak support, file manager improvements, and a whole host more besides. Click through to read more.

This post, GNOME 3.22 Released, This Is What’s New, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Got 5 Minutes? Ubuntu Wants Your Opinion On Something…

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 04:09:28 PM

Got a spare five minutes? You can help the Canonical design out by filling in a questionnaire. The team is looking to “gather information about how people perceive colours and use Scopes.” The short questionnaire is split into two sections: colour and Scopes. The section on colours …well you don’t really need me to explain […]

This post, Got 5 Minutes? Ubuntu Wants Your Opinion On Something…, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Polychromatic Works With New Razer Linux Drivers, Even More Devices

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 03:49:52 PM

Last month we wrote about a desktop app that let you configure Razer keyboards on Linux. It’s called Polychromatic. Our article appeared at a time of transition for the app as it was in the middle of switching away from requiring the Razer Chroma drivers to the newer, more capable “terrycain” Razer drivers.  You can see a list of Razer devices supported by […]

This post, Polychromatic Works With New Razer Linux Drivers, Even More Devices, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

You Can’t Install Linux on a Microsoft Signature Edition Laptop (Updated)

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 11:03:01 AM

It seems that Microsoft Signature Edition PCs prevent you from installing Linux, with a Lenovo rep saying this is "per our agreement with Microsoft".

This post, You Can’t Install Linux on a Microsoft Signature Edition Laptop (Updated), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Simple Weather Indicator for Ubuntu Now Has Its Own PPA

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 12:57:03 AM

A new version of the 'no frills' weather indicator that I use on my Ubuntu desktop is available to download — and it finally has a PPA.

This post, Simple Weather Indicator for Ubuntu Now Has Its Own PPA, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 49 Released, This Is What’s New

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 03:01:17 PM

Mozilla has released Firefox 49 for Windows, Mac and Linux. The latest update to the popular open-source web browser introduces a range of (always) welcome improvements. Among them, Firefox 49 ships with native support for the Widevine CDM on Linux. This enables you to watch Netflix (and other DRM-protected HTML5 video content) without any cumbersome workarounds. Hello Goes Bye-Bye, and Multiprocess Rollout Continues Firefox Hello, […]

This post, Firefox 49 Released, This Is What’s New, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Yikes — 92% Of You Say You Use 64-bit Ubuntu

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 11:17:50 AM

92% of omgubuntu.co.uk readers say they use a 64-bit version of Ubuntu as their primary OS, with just 7% relying on an Ubuntu 32-bit install.

This post, Yikes — 92% Of You Say You Use 64-bit Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Flowblade 1.8 Released, Supports Keyboard Trimming, Clip Snapping

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 11:17:40 AM

The open-source video editor Flowblade has a new release available for download.  Flowblade 1.8 arrives with a batch of key improvements, including the ability to trim clips using the arrow keys on your keyboard. This way of working, say the Flowblade team, feels “more convenient and precise [than] always working with a mouse”. Other changes/fixes in Flowblade 1.8 include: […]

This post, Flowblade 1.8 Released, Supports Keyboard Trimming, Clip Snapping, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

You’re Invited to the UK GNOME Release Party This Friday

Monday 19th of September 2016 01:21:39 PM

Are you in the UK? Within reasonable reach of Manchester? And a fan of the GNOME desktop? You're invited to the UK GNOME Release Party taking place this Friday…

This post, You’re Invited to the UK GNOME Release Party This Friday, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

5 Best New Features in Ubuntu Touch OTA-13

Monday 19th of September 2016 12:25:27 PM

See what's new in Ubuntu OTA-13, the latest update to the Ubuntu touch operating system for phones and tablets.

This post, 5 Best New Features in Ubuntu Touch OTA-13, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Media Player Indicator Is A Slick Sound Menu for GNOME Shell

Sunday 18th of September 2016 08:46:27 PM

Are you looking for a GNOME music player extension that offers player controls, ratings progress bar and more?

This post, Media Player Indicator Is A Slick Sound Menu for GNOME Shell, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Games Levels Up With Gamepad, Fullscreen & PlayStation Support

Sunday 18th of September 2016 12:28:39 PM

Despite being an avid retro gamer I've never used the GNOME Games app — and I've really been missing out.

This post, GNOME Games Levels Up With Gamepad, Fullscreen & PlayStation Support, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Remember The Milk Now Has an Official Linux App

Sunday 18th of September 2016 11:16:05 AM

Remember The Milk, a popular web-based to-do and task management service, has introduced an official desktop Linux app to its herd of official clients.

This post, Remember The Milk Now Has an Official Linux App, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

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