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AMD Rumored To Be Soon Launching A 12nm Polaris Refresh

Monday 8th of October 2018 09:03:38 AM
The latest rumors in the Radeon space is that AMD is in the final stages of preparing to release its third iteration of Polaris GPUs... We could be seeing a Radeon RX 670 and RX 680 very soon...

Linux Driver Revived For Finally Being Able To Read DDR4 Memory SPD Data

Monday 8th of October 2018 06:47:40 AM
DDR4 memory has been around for several years already yet the mainline Linux kernel doesn't have a driver for reading the SPD EEPROMs abiding by the JEDEC EE1004 standard as used by DDR4 SDRAM memory modules...

Phoronix Test Suite 8.4 Milestone 1 Released For The Latest Open-Source Benchmarking

Monday 8th of October 2018 05:58:59 AM
The first development milestone release of the Phoronix Test Suite 8.4-Skiptvet series is now available for evaluation...

VUDA: A CUDA-Like Runtime API For Vulkan

Monday 8th of October 2018 04:33:39 AM
An independent open-source developer has started the VUDA project as an effort to provide a CUDA Runtime API interface based on Vulkan...

Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 18 Released: Utilities Ported To Qt5, Other Updates

Sunday 7th of October 2018 11:25:11 PM
The Gentoo-based Calculate Linux distribution that offers versions ranging from desktop to server offerings is out with their newest release...

Linux Code of Conduct Likely To See Changes Ahead Of 4.19 Kernel Release

Sunday 7th of October 2018 07:11:02 PM
The Linux kernel's Code of Conduct that was abruptly dropped onto the Linux kernel, which happened as Linus Torvalds was announcing his empathy retreat last month, will likely see some revisions ahead of the upcoming Linux 4.19 stable debut...

Linux 4.19-rc7 Released: Final Kernel Likely In Two Weeks

Sunday 7th of October 2018 04:16:52 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman continues managing the Linux 4.19 kernel cycle while Linus Torvalds remains off on his empathy retreat...

Vulkan 1.1.87 Released But Not Yet Any Experimental Transform Feedback

Sunday 7th of October 2018 02:00:00 PM
Vulkan 1.1.87 is another Sunday morning update to the Vulkan graphics/compute specification...

RadeonSI Fast Color Clears Should Now Be Even Faster

Sunday 7th of October 2018 01:33:12 PM
Prolific Radeon Mesa contributor Marek Olšák of AMD started off his Sunday by posting another set of RadeonSI driver patches...

ET: Legacy Is Still Letting You Relive Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Memories In 2018

Sunday 7th of October 2018 12:00:00 PM
One of the still ongoing projects based upon the open-source id Tech 3 / ioquake3 engine still having a following in 2018 is ET: Legacy. ET: Legacy is the open-source project retaining full compatibility with Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory 2.60 while continuing to make engine improvements and with time have been remastering many of the original maps...

What systemd Is Up To With The Latest Developments In 2018

Sunday 7th of October 2018 10:55:57 AM
At the end of September in Berlin was the All Systems Go! conference focusing on user-space Linux and evolving from what years ago was the annual systemd conference. We've covered many of the interesting sessions from that conference while what we hadn't highlighted until now was Lennart Poettering's systemd update...

The Great Work In DRM-Next: More Icelake, Vega 20, xGMI & Other Additions

Sunday 7th of October 2018 10:38:42 AM
Whether it's called Linux 4.20 or Linux 5.0, the next kernel cycle is bringing a heck of a lot of improvements for the open-source graphics/display drivers on the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) front...

Next Linux Kernel Bringing "Speculative Store Bypass Safe" For ARMv8.5

Sunday 7th of October 2018 10:11:19 AM
Speculative Store Bypass Safe (SSBS) is a new bit added with ARMv8.5-A for SoCs moving forward like the ARM Cortex-A76 as a means for mitigation against Spectre V4...

KDE Plasma 5.15 Will Startup Faster, Konsole Fully Supports Emojis

Sunday 7th of October 2018 09:45:04 AM
It's been another busy week in the KDE space with a plethora of improvements from the KDE Plasma desktop to the expansive collection of desktop applications...

NixOS 18.09 Released With Upgrade To GNOME 3.28, Newer Systemd & Glibc

Saturday 6th of October 2018 10:15:32 PM
NixOS, the Linux distribution built atop the unique and functional Nix package manager, is out with its latest operating system refresh...

The Leading Linux Desktop Platform Issues Of 2018

Saturday 6th of October 2018 07:11:29 PM
Linux developer Simon Peter who has spent years working on application standards like AppImage and Klik recently presented on what he believes are the 2018 Desktop Linux Platform Issues and the unfortunate continually moving target of "the year of the Linux desktop" that never materializes...

GNU Tools Cauldron 2018 Videos Are Now Available

Saturday 6th of October 2018 12:01:54 PM
Taking place a month ago in Manchester was the annual GNU Tools Cauldron conference where developers and other key stakeholders to the GNU toolchain presented their latest research and development activities. The videos from that developer event are now available...

Why Facebook Loves Open-Source Firmware

Saturday 6th of October 2018 11:22:15 AM
With the Open-Source Firmware Conference 2018 videos having been uploaded this week, another one of the interesting videos to watch from this conference was about Facebook's preference for open-source firmware...

Raptor Computing Reveals More Details About Their Blackbird Low-Cost POWER9 Board

Saturday 6th of October 2018 10:51:27 AM
This week at the OpenPOWER Summit Amsterdam, Texas-based libre computer vendor Raptor Computing Systems announced Blackbird as a low-cost, micro-ATX POWER9 motherboard to be available in the coming months. The company has now revealed some additional details...

The MATE Wayland Port Is Moving Along, NVIDIA Mir Support Still Being Tackled

Saturday 6th of October 2018 10:25:30 AM
William Wold of Canonical's Mir team shared their latest weekly progress report on this display server supporting the Wayland protocol. While a short report, the two bits shared are quite interesting...

More in Tux Machines

Browsing the web with Min, a minimalist open source web browser

Does the world need another web browser? Even though the days of having a multiplicity of browsers to choose from are long gone, there still are folks out there developing new applications that help us use the web. One of those new-fangled browsers is Min. As its name suggests (well, suggests to me, anyway), Min is a minimalist browser. That doesn't mean it's deficient in any significant way, and its open source, Apache 2.0 license piques my interest. Read more

Security: Patches, FUD and Voting Machines

  • libssh 0.8.4 and 0.7.6 security and bugfix release

    libssh versions 0.6 and above have an authentication bypass vulnerability in the server code. By presenting the server an SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_SUCCESS message in place of the SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_REQUEST message which the server would expect to initiate authentication, the attacker could successfully authentciate without any credentials.

  • A Cybersecurity Weak Link: Linux and IoT [Ed: Blaming "Linux" for companies that put default passwords on all their products? Windows has back doors.]
  • Undetectably bypass voting machines' anti-tamper mechanism with a bit of a soda-can

    But University of Michigan grad student Matt Bernhard has demonstrated that he can bypass the tamper-evident seals in seconds, using a shim made from a slice of a soda can. The bypass is undetectable and doesn't damage the seal, which can be resecured after an attacker gains access to the system.

  • Security Seals Used to Protect Voting Machines Can Be Easily Opened With Shim Crafted from a Soda Can

    Bernhard, who is an expert witness for election integrity activists in a lawsuit filed in Georgia to force officials to get rid of paperless voting machines used in that state, said the issue of security ties and seals came up in the lawsuit earlier this year when Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron told the court that his Georgia county relies on tamper-evident metal and plastic ties to seal voting machines and prevent anyone with physical access to the machines from subverting them while they sit in polling places days before an election.

    [...]

    He noted that defeating ties and seals in non-tamper-evident ways isn’t the only method to wreak havoc on an election in Michigan. The state has a unique law that prohibits ballots from being used in a recount if the number of voters doesn't match the number of ballots cast at a precinct or if the seal on a ballot box is broken or has a different serial number than what it should have. Someone who wanted to wreak havoc on an election or alter an election outcome in Michigan could purposely tamper with ballot box seals in a way that is evident or simply replace them with a seal bearing a different serial number in order to get ballots excluded from a recount. The law came into sharp relief after the 2016 presidential election when Green Party candidate Jill Stein sought to get a statewide recount in Michigan and two other critical swing states and found that some precincts in Wayne County couldn't be recounted because the number of voters who signed the poll books—which get certified with a seal signed by officials—didn't match the number of ballots scanned on the voting machines.

OSS: Hedera Hashgraph, Service Providers, and Renaming the Bro Project

  • Hedera Hashgraph Distributed Ledger Technology Shares New Open-Source SDK [Ed: Hedera needs to delete GitHub, however, as the new head of GitHub killed Java projects like Hedera's]
    Hedera Hashgraph, one of the DApp facilitators within the blockchain industry recently announced that it has released its Software Development Kit (SDK) in Java.
  • Service Providers Should Adapt to Open Source World
    Finding differing opinions on open source with the telecom industry isn't hard to do, especially where orchestration is concerned. That's why a panel discussion on open source and MANO at the Light Reading NFV-Carrier SDN event in Denver seemed an odd place to find such outspoken agreement on that topic, but there it was. Four smart guys, none shy with their opinions, all seemed to agree on key points around open source, the need for standards, the role of vendors and the lack of internal software skills. But they also agreed that telecom service providers are struggling a bit to understand how to proceed in an open source world and still need some fundamental internal changes.
  • Renaming the Bro Project
    More than 20 years ago I chose the name "Bro" as "an Orwellian reminder that monitoring comes hand in hand with the potential for privacy violations", as the original Bro paper put it. Today that warning is needed more than ever ... but it's clear that now the name "Bro" is alas much more of a distraction than a reminder. On the Leadership Team of the Bro Project, we heard clear concerns from the Bro community that the name "Bro" has taken on strongly negative connotations, such as "Bro culture". These send a sharp, anti-inclusive - and wholly unintended and undesirable - message to those who might use Bro. The problems were significant enough that during BroCon community sessions, several people have mentioned substantial difficulties in getting their upper management to even consider using open-source software with such a seemingly ill-chosen, off-putting name.

Back End: Apache Kafka, 'Serverless'