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  • Debian Turns 25! Here are Some Interesting Facts About Debian Linux   14 hours 8 min ago
    • Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

      Hot on the heels of Slackware's quarter century comes the 25th anniversary of the announcement that Debian was incoming.

      Unlike Slackware, however, the Debian flavour of Linux remains hugely popular and the platform can usually be found troubling the top five rankings on open source OS tracker DistroWatch.com.

      Announced by Ian Murdock on 16 August 1993 (the name "Debian" is a portmanteau of the name of Murdock's girlfriend Debra, and his own forename, Ian) the original announcement cites Murdock’s dissatisfaction with the de-facto distro of the day, SLS, and his desire to create something "sleeker and slimmer". It would, however, take until January 1994 before an open beta was unleashed on the public with v0.90.

  • Windows Games On Linux and Linux Gaming Performance   14 hours 9 min ago
    • Steam Play compatibility for Wine seems to be coming

      I hope so. Microsoft inches in closer and quieter on software not sold on their store. If Valve knows what's good for them, they need shift the focus away from Windows or Microsoft will choke Steam to death. I don't blame MS for this; the mobile market showed them a path to greater profits. But if Valve lets them kill Steam, PC gaming will start to look a lot like Console gaming.

  • Windows Games On Linux and Linux Gaming Performance   14 hours 11 min ago
  • Debian Turns 25! Here are Some Interesting Facts About Debian Linux   14 hours 13 min ago
    • Happy 25th Birthday, Debian Linux!

      Debian is one of the most important open source projects ever. The Debian Linux operating system is extremely popular in its own right, but also, it is used as the base for countless other distributions. Ubuntu, for instance -- one of the most-used distros -- is Debian-based. Even Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, also has a Debian edition. Not to mention, Raspbian -- the official Raspberry Pi OS -- which is based on Debian too.

      Today, Debian is celebrating a very important milestone -- a 25th birthday! Yes, it is seriously that old -- its development was announced on August 16, 1993. Hell, many of its current users weren't even born then!

  • Windows Games On Linux and Linux Gaming Performance   14 hours 18 min ago
  • KDE Applications 18.08 Open-Source Software Suite Released, Here's What's New   14 hours 46 min ago
    • KDE Applications 18.08 Released

      Today the quarterly update to the collection of KDE software applications has shipped with its newest features.

    • KDE Ships KDE Applications 18.08.0

      We continuously work on improving the software included in our KDE Application series, and we hope you will find all the new enhancements and bug fixes useful!

  • Debian Turns 25! Here are Some Interesting Facts About Debian Linux   15 hours 23 min ago
    • Steve McIntyre: 25 years...

      We had a small gathering in the Haymakers pub tonight to celebrate 25 years since Ian Murdock started the Debian project.

  • Debian Turns 25! Here are Some Interesting Facts About Debian Linux   15 hours 26 min ago
    • Mixed Emotions On Debian Anniversary

      When I woke up this morning, my first conscious thought was that today is the 25th anniversary of a project I myself have been dedicated to for nearly 24 years, the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. I knew it was coming, but beyond recognizing the day to family and friends, I hadn't really thought a lot about what I might do to mark the occasion.

      Before I even got out of bed, however, I learned of the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. I suspect it would be difficult to be a caring human being, born in my country in my generation, and not feel at least some impact from her mere existence. Such a strong woman, with amazing talent, whose name comes up in the context of civil rights and women's rights beyond the incredible impact of her music. I know it's a corny thing to write, but after talking to my wife about it over coffee, Aretha really has been part of "the soundtrack of our lives". Clearly, others feel the same, because in her half-century-plus professional career, "Ms Franklin" won something like 18 Grammy awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and other honors too numerous to list. She will be missed.

  • Debian Turns 25! Here are Some Interesting Facts About Debian Linux   15 hours 46 min ago
    LWN
    • Debian: 25 years and counting

      The Debian project is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding by Ian Murdock on August 16, 1993. The "Bits from Debian" blog had this to say: "Today, the Debian project is a large and thriving organization with countless self-organized teams comprised of volunteers. While it often looks chaotic from the outside, the project is sustained by its two main organizational documents: the Debian Social Contract, which provides a vision of improving society, and the Debian Free Software Guidelines, which provide an indication of what software is considered usable. They are supplemented by the project's Constitution which lays down the project structure, and the Code of Conduct, which sets the tone for interactions within the project. Every day over the last 25 years, people have sent bug reports and patches, uploaded packages, updated translations, created artwork, organized events about Debian, updated the website, taught others how to use Debian, and created hundreds of derivatives." Happy birthday to the project from all of us here at LWN.

  • Debian Turns 25! Here are Some Interesting Facts About Debian Linux   15 hours 47 min ago
    • Happy 25th Birthday, Debian!

      Today, August 16, 2018, the Debian Project celebrates its 25th anniversary since the late Ian Murdock announced the Debian Linux Release, which is now known as the Debian Project.

      It's been 25 years since the late Ian Murdock, the founder of the Debian project, send his famous email to the comp.os.linux.development mailing list announcing that he is working on a new release and was looking for suggestions. He called it the Debian Linux Release, which was put together from scratch by the Linux software developer, though it was inspired by Softlanding Linux System (SLS).

  • Debian Turns 25! Here are Some Interesting Facts About Debian Linux   1 day 9 hours ago
    • 25 years and counting

      When the late Ian Murdock announced 25 years ago in comp.os.linux.development, "the imminent completion of a brand-new Linux release, [...] the Debian Linux Release", nobody would have expected the "Debian Linux Release" to become what's nowadays known as the Debian Project, one of the largest and most influential free software projects. Its primary product is Debian, a free operating system (OS) for your computer, as well as for plenty of other systems which enhance your life. From the inner workings of your nearby airport to your car entertainment system, and from cloud servers hosting your favorite websites to the IoT devices that communicate with them, Debian can power it all.

      Today, the Debian project is a large and thriving organization with countless self-organized teams comprised of volunteers. While it often looks chaotic from the outside, the project is sustained by its two main organizational documents: the Debian Social Contract, which provides a vision of improving society, and the Debian Free Software Guidelines, which provide an indication of what software is considered usable. They are supplemented by the project's Constitution which lays down the project structure, and the Code of Conduct, which sets the tone for interactions within the project.

    • DebConf 18 – Day 3

      Most of Japan is on summer vacation now, only a small village in the north resists the siege, so I am continuing my reports on DebConf. See DebConf 18 – Day 1 and DebConf 18 – Day 2 for the previous ones.

  • L1TF/Foreshadow News and Benchmarks   1 day 11 hours ago
  • L1TF/Foreshadow News and Benchmarks   1 day 13 hours ago
    • Flaw discovered in Intel chips, allows attackers to steal cloud data [Ed: Intel deserves to go bankrupt for selling billions of chips with defects and back doors in them (no accident, they put the ME there consciously)]
    • OpenBSD chief slams Intel , says more CPU flaws likely to be found

      The head of the OpenBSD project, Theo de Raadt, has warned that more flaws related to speculative execution in Intel CPUs are likely to be found and that the two vulnerabilities found by Intel, as a result of examining the Foreshadow bug — found by two independent teams — are cause for much worry.

      De Raadt told iTWire that Foreshadow was "the wrong name. It is one of three side effects of a very poor Intel decision".

      And he added in a mailing list post, "CVE-2018-3615 (Foreshadow) is by receiving the most press which is amazing considering it is by far the most boring of the 3, since very few few people give a rat's ass about SGX – who cares if SGX is broken when the CPU can't run your OS safely? Some convincing press agencies were hired, I guess, and have performed a masterful job of distracting."

    • New family of new speculative execution bugs, Foreshadow, adds to Spectre-Meltdown misery

      Three newly discovered speculative execution vulnerabilities found in Intel CPUs may turn out to be more serious than their Spectre and Meltdown cousins, because this time the side-channel attack bugs affect microprocessors that support Intel Software Guard Extensions, as well as virtual machines running on the same third-party cloud as the susceptible device.

      The new family of Spectre-like flaws, dubbed Foreshadow (CVE-2018-3615) and Foreshadow-NG (CVE-2018-3620 and CVE-2018-3646), were independently uncovered by two separate research teams -- one from imec-DistriNet-KU Leuven in Belgium, and the other from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and University of Adelaide and CSIRO's Data61 in Australia.

  • Zorin OS 12.4 Released – More Secure and Compatible than Ever Before   1 day 13 hours ago
    • Zorin OS 12.4 Released, Available to Download Now

      The latest update to the popular Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, Zorin OS 12.4 boasts of being “more secure and compatible than ever before.”

      “This new release brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance enhancements and hardware support out of the box. Zorin OS 12.4 introduces an updated hardware enablement stack,” say the Zorin devs.

  • Microsoft Openwashing and Infiltration Tactics   2 days 12 hours ago
  • Zorin OS 12.4 Released – More Secure and Compatible than Ever Before   2 days 16 hours ago
    • Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows

      Zorin OS has been around for a while, with the avowed goal of weaning Windows and Mac users off their respective operating systems and into the world of Linux. The Ubuntu-based distribution has now hit version 12.4, the last version until the platform is shifted to Ubuntu 18.04 towards the end of the year.

      In the meantime, Zorin OS remains one of the easiest ways to get into Linux for users fearful of leaving their closed source ways behind. Version 12.4 gets version 4.15 of the Linux kernel, expanding the hardware compatibility of the operating system as well as some patches and performance tweaks.

      Installation from an ISO image remains straightforward – The Register was up and running in minutes, first simply booting from the ISO image itself, and later committing a few GB of disk space to the thing.

    • Zorin OS 12.4 Linux distribution is here -- switch from Microsoft Windows 10 now!

      I'm not a Microsoft "hater" at all. With that said, I am not a fan of the state of Windows 10. The privacy issues alone are a reason to avoid the operating system, but that is hardly the only concern. For instance, Microsoft has been pre-loading tiles for games like Candy Crush and other apps -- a move that shows major disrespect towards its customers. Not to mention, the "Insiders" program is just a way for the company to get free beta testing -- Microsoft is all too happy to treat Windows 10 users as guinea pigs. It is all very shameful.

      These days, if someone asks my advice on buying a computer, I recommend purchasing a Mac, Chromebook, or PC with a traditional desktop Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu. If you are happy with your current computer, but hate Windows 10, installing a Linux distro is very easy nowadays. I often suggest that Windows switchers try Zorin OS as it has a familiar interface. Today, that excellent operating system reaches version 12.4.

  • Zorin OS 12.4 Released – More Secure and Compatible than Ever Before   3 days 5 hours ago
    • Linux 4.18 And Zorin OS 12.4 Released With Big Changes: Get Them Here

      The developers of the beginner-friendly Linux distro Zorin OS have released the latest version — Zorin OS 12.4. Just as you’d expect, it brings better hardware support, bugs and security fixes, and performance improvements.

      Powered by Linux kernel 4.15 and updated X server graphics stack, 12.4 aims to serve users in a better manner.

      It’s worth noting that Zorin OS 12.4 is the last point release before the next major Ubuntu 18.04.1-based release, which is scheduled to arrive in upcoming months.

  • KDE and GNOME GSoC: Falkon, WikiToLearn, Nautilus and Pitivi   3 days 10 hours ago
    • Google Summer of Code 2018 with Debian - Final Report

      My project is Wizard/GUI helping students/interns apply and get started and the final application is named New Contributor Wizard. It originated as the brainchild and Project Idea of Daniel Pocock for GSoC 2018 under Debian. I prepared the application task for the same and shared my journey through Open Source till GSoC 2018 in two of my blogs, From Preparations to Debian to Proposal and The Application Task and Results.

  • Direct3D 10/DXVK   3 days 11 hours ago
    • DXVK Brings Merged DX10 Support, Benchmarks Show Good Performance

      The approach being used is somewhat similar to DXUP, by means of using a wrapper around the DX3D11 interfaces – which is enough to run DX3D10-based games such as Crysis, Assassin’s Creed 1, and basically any other game that uses DX3D10 (though games are still being tested, and the dev asks for bug reports via the issue ticket if you can pinpoint the issue to the DXVK wrapper).

  • Akademy 2018 Day 1   4 days 5 hours ago
    • Akademy 2018 Day 2

      Day 2 of Akademy started with a wonderfully insightful keynote by Claudia Garad, the Executive Director of Wikimedia Austria. She focused her talk on some of the challenges that organizations like hers face when trying to bring about more inclusivity and diversity within their communities.

      She emphasized the importance of making underrepresented communities feel more welcome and heard within the organization, then went on to speak about how she perceived KDE as being quite ahead of Wikimedia in some aspects, especially when it came to reaching these goals.

      [...]

      Meanwhile, David Edmundson was not only predicting where KDE's Plasma desktop would be going next, but also numbering the potential pitfalls it would have to avoid on its way getting there. One of the things in store for Plasma users is full browser integration.

      Kai Uwe Broulik explained what is working (quite a lot), and how you will be able to control every aspect of your web browser with Plasma's integrated tools. Already working are controls for playback of videos and music on many popular sites using desktop widgets, including the likes of KDE Connect.

      Talking of playing music, Camilo Higuita told us about the progress of VVAVE, a next generation audio player that is fully convergent (it integrates both with your Plasma desktop and on your mobile phone), and is but one part of Camilo's idea for an open audio streaming service.

  • Sparky 5.5 RC   4 days 11 hours ago
    • SparkyLinux 5.5-dev20180726 ISO Change Sneak Preview Images Released

      SparkyLinux has just released new testing images of its SparkyLinux 5.5-dev20180726, the version based upon the Debian testing of “Buster.” The images released provide users a sneak peak into the updates and changes to expect from the upcoming release of the operating system.

      SparkyLinux is the GNU Linux distribution created atop the Debian distribution. It is a quick and lightweight fully customizable operating system created around the Openbox window manager. The operating system comes in different varieties that are specifically designed to cater to the needs of different kinds of users of the product such as developers, entrepreneurs, and students.

  • The Release of Linux 4.18   4 days 14 hours ago
    • New Linux kernel debuts, adds more suspect NSA-sourced crypto

      Adds more Spectre fixes, better power management and a hint of all-day-battery PCs.

      Linux creator and lead developer Linus Torvalds has released a new version of the Linux kernel.

      Version 4.18 went through eight release candidates – one more than usual – on its way to release.

      The biggest change this time around is the omission of the Lustre filesystem, software popular in the high-performance computing community because it helps storage to scale.

      Lustre’s developers emphasized work on the standalone version of the software and it was never fully-integrated with Linux, so this release dumped it.

  • KDE Frameworks 5.49.0 Released for KDE Plasma 5.13 with over 200 Improvements   5 days 15 hours ago
    • Release of KDE Frameworks 5.49.0

      KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.49.0.

      KDE Frameworks are 70 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the Frameworks 5.0 release announcement.

    • KDE Frameworks 5.49 Released With Many Changes

      The latest monthly update to the KDE Frameworks is now available that complement the offerings of the Qt5 tool-kit.

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