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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Continues To Focus On The Linux 4.4 Kernel

Wednesday 25th of November 2015 01:02:31 PM
Ubuntu's kernel team continues to be focused on having Linux 4.4 for Ubuntu 16.04...

Krita 2.9 Animation Edition In Beta, Takes Advantage Of OpenGL 3 On The GPU

Wednesday 25th of November 2015 12:16:07 PM
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign where the KDE-aligned Krita program raised €30,520, the first beta of Krita 2.9 Animation Edition is now available...

Wayland Protocols v1.0 Released

Wednesday 25th of November 2015 12:09:38 PM
Last week I wrote about the Wayland protocols being split from Wayland and Weston itself. Today marks the version 1.0 release of these protocols...

The Current State Of Pyston As An Open-Source, High Performance Python

Wednesday 25th of November 2015 01:51:33 AM
A status update concerning the Dropbox-sponsored Pyston project was presented earlier this month...

DragonFlyBSD Switches To Gold Linker By Default

Tuesday 24th of November 2015 11:02:25 PM
DragonFlyBSD has switched to using the Gold Linker by default rather than GNU ld...

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Is A Letdown On Linux

Tuesday 24th of November 2015 08:14:46 PM
While leaked slides indicate AMD was planning better gaming on Linux for Crimson, in the end they really didn't deliver. Even for their mentioned games, when testing various Linux OpenGL games on three different systems the performance was largely unchanged.

AMD Crimson Linux Release Notes: Glxgears Stuttering Fixed

Tuesday 24th of November 2015 03:08:16 PM
As the latest on today's interesting AMD Crimson driver release for both Linux and Windows, the release notes for the new Linux driver build are now available...

Latest On AMD Crimson For Linux: Supports 4.x Kernels, Drops Pre-GCN GPUs

Tuesday 24th of November 2015 02:29:51 PM
Here's the latest in my hurried but exciting testing of the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition for Linux atop Ubuntu...

What The Radeon "Crimson" Control Center Looks Like On Linux

Tuesday 24th of November 2015 02:06:38 PM
With the just-released AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition for Linux, aside from the reported performance improvements another area I was curious about was the talked about new control center for the driver...

AMD Radeon Crimson Software For Linux Is Now Available

Tuesday 24th of November 2015 01:43:37 PM
AMD's Radeon Software (the new "Catalyst" driver) for Linux is now available, being released on the same day as the Crimson Windows release...

An Open Letter From Jolla's Co-Founder

Tuesday 24th of November 2015 12:44:16 PM
Given the news last week about Jolla going through a big round of temporary layoffs and debt restructuring, Antti Saarnio, the co-founder and Chairman of Jolla, has written an open letter about the situation...

Fedora Could Use Your Help Testing Wayland

Tuesday 24th of November 2015 12:30:44 PM
Fedora developers are hoping you'll help them test out the latest Fedora Workstation experience with GNOME atop a native Wayland experience...

The Best $90 Spent For My Home-Made Server Room

Tuesday 24th of November 2015 01:02:49 AM
Earlier today I wrote about how reusing the heat from the 60+ system Linux benchmarking server room can heat a home in the winter. The free heat is nice, but it came with a bit of noise; however, thanks to purchasing one product for less than $100 USD the noise level has been significantly reduced...

Radeon Software Crimson Edition Will Reportedly Offer Better Linux Performance

Monday 23rd of November 2015 09:52:41 PM
We've been waiting to find out more details on Radeon Software Crimson Edition, a.k.a. the new AMD Catalyst driver, and how it will affect the Linux support... Well, apparently there are some hefty performance boosts in store...

Early Radeon vs. Nouveau OpenGL Tests On Linux 4.4

Monday 23rd of November 2015 05:00:00 PM
With Nouveau Kepler re-clocking beginning to work better on the in-development Linux 4.4 kernel, here are some fresh benchmarks comparing the open-source NVIDIA driver on the Git kernel compared to some AMD Radeon graphics cards on its open-source driver.

Imagination Launches Creator CI40 "Ultimate IoT-In-A-Box"

Monday 23rd of November 2015 04:17:16 PM
For the past month Imagination has been sharing details on their Creator CI40 development board. Today this "IoT-In-A-Box" has officially launched in the form of a Kickstarter campaign...

Here's A Linux 4.4-rc2 Kernel For Easy Ubuntu Testing

Monday 23rd of November 2015 03:49:19 PM
Last week I spun an early Linux 4.1-rc1+ kernel for Ubuntu testing with the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA failing. With the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA still down, here's a spin of Linux 4.4-rc2...

Booting Linux In Just One Second

Monday 23rd of November 2015 02:27:39 PM
One of the most interesting presentations from this year's Embedded Linux Conference Europe was how-to boot Linux in under one second!..

Running Linux Benchmarks Constantly Is Enough To Heat A Home In The Winter

Monday 23rd of November 2015 01:42:59 PM
Earlier this month I wrote about using a Tjernlund 530CFM fan for ventilation of the warm air from the basement computer/server room for Linux benchmarking into my office and the rest of the house for warm air in the winter. After some tweaks last week, I'm quite content with the design and is sufficiently heating the rest of the house so far this winter...

KDE Plasma 5.5 On Wayland Is Secure, But Not Yet Ideal

Monday 23rd of November 2015 01:13:26 PM
Martin Gräßlin has written a new blog post about the state of security when using KWin/Plasma atop Wayland...

More in Tux Machines

KTU exams to run on open source software

All examinations of the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU) — which run on an online platform — would switch to open source software from the second semester onwards. For the first semester examinations, the KTU would use a proprietary, Microsoft, software. In response to demands from student organisations, the KTU has pushed back its first semester examinations by two days. The first of the examinations would now begin on December 4 instead of December 2. The first of the results would be published on December 19. Read more Also: KTU goes ahead with exam outsourcing

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Security Leftovers

  • Friday's security updates
  • Researchers poke hole in custom crypto built for Amazon Web Services
    Underscoring just how hard it is to design secure cryptographic software, academic researchers recently uncovered a potentially serious weakness in an early version of the code library protecting Amazon Web Services. Ironically, s2n, as Amazon's transport layer security implementation is called, was intended to be a simpler, more secure way to encrypt and authenticate Web sessions. Where the OpenSSL library requires more than 70,000 lines of code to execute the highly complex TLS standard, s2n—short for signal to noise—has just 6,000 lines. Amazon hailed the brevity as a key security feature when unveiling s2n in June. What's more, Amazon said the new code had already passed three external security evaluations and penetration tests.
  • Social engineering: hacker tricks that make recipients click
    Social engineering is one of the most powerful tools in the hacker's arsenal and it generally plays a part in most of the major security breaches we hear about today. However, there is a common misconception around the role social engineering plays in attacks.
  • Judge Gives Preliminary Approval to $8 Million Settlement Over Sony Hack
    Sony agreed to reimburse employees up to $10,000 apiece for identity-theft losses
  • Cyber Monday: it's the most wonderful time of year for cyber-attackers
    Malicious attacks on shoppers increased 40% on Cyber Monday in 2013 and 2014, according to, an anti-malware and spyware company, compared to the average number of attacks on days during the month prior. Other cybersecurity software providers have identified the December holiday shopping season as the most dangerous time of year to make online purchases. “The attackers know that there are more people online, so there will be more attacks,” said Christopher Budd, Trend Micro’s global threat communications manager. “Cyber Monday is not a one-day thing, it’s the beginning of a sustained focus on attacks that go after people in the holiday shopping season.”

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