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Story A great time to be a Linux person Rianne Schestowitz 17/09/2015 - 5:30am
Story A Linux distro for education: UberStudent Roy Schestowitz 18/03/2015 - 12:41pm
Story A real-time editing tool for Wikipedia Roy Schestowitz 25/12/2014 - 9:14pm
Story Accessibility in Linux is good (but could be much better) Roy Schestowitz 04/05/2015 - 4:03pm
Story Acer models its latest $199.99 Chromebook after the impressive C720 Rianne Schestowitz 16/11/2013 - 9:37pm
Story Advice for front-end developers from Adrian Pomilio of Teradata Roy Schestowitz 09/10/2014 - 12:03pm
Story An introduction to Linux from Opensource.com Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 8:42am
Story An open source mantra: Avoid "no derivatives" Roy Schestowitz 06/01/2015 - 9:52pm
Story An open source tool for every classroom need Roy Schestowitz 18/12/2015 - 10:09am
Story An open vision: Strategic planning is transparent at Mozilla Roy Schestowitz 22/12/2015 - 12:22pm

Security News

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Ubuntu Leftovers

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Ubuntu
  • Fairphone 2 Ubuntu Touch Convergence Video

    Earlier this week we saw Canonical demo wireless display on the Bq M10 tablet — but it’s not the only device capable of cable-free convergence.

  • MacBuntu 16.04 Transformation Pack for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    MacBuntu (Macbuntu Yosemite/El Capitan) transformation pack is ready for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial. This pack contains themes for GTK (which supports: Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate and Xfce two themes dark & light for Gnome Shell, two themes for Cinnamon, two icon packs, cursors. There are some issues with 16.04 where it make some parts of the pack useless: 1) boot/splash we do not recommend you to install boot screen because there is a known bug for plymouth but we are still sharing, if you want to give it a shot; 2) Login screen, it is only offered for Ubuntu Unity and Ubuntu Gnome users but if you have multiple desktops then you can't choose and another known problem, if you remove lightdm-webkit then you will have blank screen, to solve this issue you have to install other display manager, so better to not install it. 3) Slingscold which is known as launchpad, it does work on some desktops but it may don't work for some users and you may see blank launcher.

  • Make Ubuntu 16.04 look like MacOS

    make Ubuntu 16.04 look like MacOS with the MacBuntu 16.04 Transformation Pack.

    Noobs Lab has detailed instructions on how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus.

  • Testing the Latest VLC Player on Ubuntu Is A Snap

    Road testing the latest daily build of VLC just got a whole heap easier on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS — a snap, you might say.

  • The Meizu MX6 Made Official, Ubuntu Edition ‘Coming Soon’

    After months of leaks the Meizu MX6 smartphone was unwrapped at a press conference in China earlier today. But the also-rumoured MX6 Ubuntu Edition was (alas) nowhere to be seen. Interestingly the specs of the device differ slightly from those that previous leaks, and benchmark charts claime

The World Envies India – New SailfishOS Phone

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Linux

A few days ago the Intex Aqua Fish became publicly available. This is the first 3rd party phone officially running SailfishOS from Jolla.

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NZ govt agencies now have open source software at their side

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OSS

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is helping government agencies pave the way for open source software use, opening doors for software developers keen to shape new innovative software, says Land Information Minister Louise Upston.

The NZGOAL Software Extension guidelines were themselves developed using open source tools and facilitated through Loomio, an online group decision-making platform. The final drafts were crafted through GitHub, an open source repository.

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Tough i.MX6-based Linux SBC targets wireless video, runs on 3W

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Android
Linux
OSS

The Gateworks Ventana GW5530 SBC runs Linux on an i.MX6, and has mini-PCIe and SIM expansion, a 9-axis IMU, three video inputs, and -40 to 85°C support.

The Ventana GW5530 is the latest in the 5th generation of the Gateworks Ventana family of NXP i.MX6-based SBCs, following last year’s similarly 800MHz, dual-core GW5520. The board is designed for wirelessly connected Man Portable Units (MPUs), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), digital signage, and robotics.

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Release of Fedora 24 updated Lives

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Red Hat

I am happy to release the F24-20160720 updated lives isos.

as always these respins can be found at http://tinyurl.com/Live-respins2

Using the updated isos will save about 500M of updates after install YMMV (Gold MATE install updates as of 20160720 is 513M)

I would like to thank the community and the seeders for their dedication to this project.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 vs. 760 vs. 960 vs. 1060 Linux Performance

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Graphics/Benchmarks

To complement yesterday's launch-day GeForce GTX 1060 Linux review, here are some more benchmark results with the various NVIDIA x60 graphics cards I have available for testing going back to the GeForce GTX 460 Fermi. If you are curious about the raw OpenGL/OpenCL/CUDA performance and performance-per-Watt for these mid-range x60 graphics cards from Fermi, Kepler, Maxwell, and Pascal, here are these benchmarks from Ubuntu 16.04 Linux.

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UK.gov digi peeps hunt open source chief

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OSS

The British government’s Digital Service is looking for a chief penguin to head up open source.

GDS has created a brand-new position for an individual to conduct open source technology projects, adoption and working practices for the government's IT arm.

Moreover, the chosen candidate will be charged with forging relationships with individuals and projects outside government in the open-source community.

Until now, GDS had a number of people working in different roles taking the lead on open source. The new individual will be nestled in GDS’s technical architecture team.

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EC to audit Apache HTTP Server and Keepass

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Security

The European Commission is preparing a software source code security audit on two software solutions, Apache HTTP server and Keepass, a password manager. The source code will be analysed and tested for potential security problems, and the results will be shared with the software developers. The audits will start in the coming weeks.

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This $50 Android smartphone may be the best deal in tech

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Android

In life, you get what you pay for.*

*Exceptions: Costco wine, $1 New York City pizza and the Blu R1 HD smartphone, now sold by Amazon for $50. In those cases, the quality of the product far exceeds your low expectations.

Yes, you read that right, there’s an Android GOOGL, +0.56% 6.0 smartphone that costs less than family dinner at the Olive Garden. It’s cheap, but it’s not, you know, cheap.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming

Open source offers job security as businesses navigate an IT talent war

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OSS

If you're in open source and looking for a job, chances are you won't have to search long. According to recent research, businesses are going out of their way to find—and hang onto—their best open source talent. Last month, the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report found that 79% of hiring managers have increased incentives to retain their current open source professionals.

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SUSE Leftovers

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SUSE
  • Tumbleweed updates bash, KDE, new Kernel coming soon

    There is a lot of excitement around the latest openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots because of new KDE features and the newest stable Linux Kernel, which is expected in the next snapshot.

    Snapshot 20160715 brought all those KDE updates Tumbleweed users were looking forward to like Framework 5.24.0, Plasma 5.7.0 and Applications 16.04.3. Breeze icons have a new feature and there is now jump list actions for tasks within an application available with KRunner thanks to the new Plasma. There is plenty of other new features with Plasma 5.7, so check out the video to see what is new.

  • SUSE helps resellers extend software benefits to the cloud, giving customers more flexibility with SUSE solutions

    SUSE today introduced a new program that allows resellers of SUSE subscriptions to host SUSE software products on behalf of their end-user customers, providing more flexibility to both resellers and end customers as they extend the benefits of SUSE products beyond customers’ on-site data centers.

    “Many of our customers are finding value in partnering with a managed cloud provider so they can stay fast and lean and focus their limited resources on their core business and on driving innovation,” said Ronald de Jong, president of sales at SUSE. “SUSE Reseller Hosting enables our reseller partners to easily create new offerings to serve these customers within their existing SUSE partnership framework, while growing the important relationships our SUSE end-user customers rely on.”

  • Google Summer of Code Mid-Term

    In this years edition of Google Summer of Code, an international annual program in which stipends are awarded to students to hack on Free Software during the summer, openSUSE members are mentoring seven students who all passed their mid-term evaluation last week. Go on to read what they have to say about their first 10 weeks in the program.

Security News

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Security
  • Security advisories for Tuesday
  • BlackBerry Inks Software Deal With U.S. Senate
  • BlackBerry inks security software deals, shares slip
  • BlackBerry Announces String of Small Security Software Deals
  • BlackBerry inks U.S. government software deals; shares slip
  • Carbanak Gang Tied to Russian Security Firm?

    Among the more plunderous cybercrime gangs is a group known as “Carbanak,” Eastern European hackers blamed for stealing more than a billion dollars from banks. Today we’ll examine some compelling clues that point to a connection between the Carbanak gang’s staging grounds and a Russian security firm that claims to work with some of the world’s largest brands in cybersecurity.

    The Carbanak gang derives its name from the banking malware used in countless high-dollar cyberheists. The gang is perhaps best known for hacking directly into bank networks using poisoned Microsoft Office files, and then using that access to force bank ATMs into dispensing cash. Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab estimates that the Carbanak Gang has likely stolen upwards of USD $1 billion — but mostly from Russian banks.

  • Now you can ask Twitter directly to verify your account

    Do you have an army of imposters online pretending to be you? Probably not, but now you can still request for a verified Twitter account.

    On Tuesday, Twitter launched an official application process so that any account can be verified and receive a blue checkmark badge next to its username. Twitter users interested in applying should have a verified phone number and email address, as well as a profile photo that reflects the person or company branding.

    Verified accounts get to filter their mentions to only see those from other verified accounts. But that seems to be the only real feature or perk that comes from having a blue badge–aside from bragging rights, of course. Additionally, verified accounts can’t be private, and the username must remain the same or you will have to seek verification all over again. If you are rejected, you can reapply after 30 days. Previously, the verification process was never clear-cut, and it seemed to require a direct connection to a Twitter rep.

  • Software flaw puts mobile phones and networks at risk of complete takeover [Ed: proprietary software]

    A newly disclosed vulnerability could allow attackers to seize control of mobile phones and key parts of the world's telecommunications infrastructure and make it possible to eavesdrop or disrupt entire networks, security experts warned Tuesday.

    The bug resides in a code library used in a wide range of telecommunication products, including radios in cell towers, routers, and switches, as well as the baseband chips in individual phones. Although exploiting the heap overflow vulnerability would require great skill and resources, attackers who managed to succeed would have the ability to execute malicious code on virtually all of those devices. The code library was developed by Pennsylvania-based Objective Systems and is used to implement a telephony standard known as ASN.1, short for Abstract Syntax Notation One.

Results of the EU-FOSSA survey

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OSS

Between 17 June and 8 July, you sent the EU-Fossa project 3282 answers, to help us choose which open source software to audit.

First, thank you very much for the many interesting and encouraging comments!

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Learn an instrument with this open source music teacher

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OSS

Playing musical scores is a heavy kind of art. The Nootka app will help you understand the basics of music notation reading, and help you improve by practicing various kinds of exercises. Nootka gives real-time feedback, has multiple difficulty levels, and is customizable.

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libinput is done

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Red Hat

Don't panic. Of course it isn't. Stop typing that angry letter to the editor and read on. I just picked that title because it's clickbait and these days that's all that matters, right?

With the release of libinput 1.4 and the newest feature to add tablet pad mode switching, we've now finished the TODO list we had when libinput was first conceived. Let's see what we have in libinput right now.

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$5 Linux-equipped Omega2 IoT module launches on Kickstarter

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Linux

Onion launched an “Omega2” module on Kickstarter, featuring a faster CPU, options for double the RAM and flash, and lower pricing than last year’s Omega.

Last year, Onion launched an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign for the original Omega module, with packages starting at $25. That campaign won $267,851 from 4,459 backers. Today, the company returned to the Kickstarter well seeking support for a version 2 follow-on to the Omega, appropriately dubbed Omega2. The new project has already reached more than 90 percent of its $15,000 funding goal — a modest feat, in light of the quarter of a million dollars last year’s project earned.

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Fedora News

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Red Hat
  • Fedora's answer to Snap Packages only begs more questions

    The universal package is the future of Linux and both Canonical and Red Hat have their own take. Which is the better solution? Or should there be a third?

  • Korora 24 (Sheldon) is Now Available

    The Korora Project has released version 24 (codename "Sheldon") which is now available for download.

  • 2016 July Elections: Interviews

    The 2016 July cycle of Elections is in full swing. Voting officially began on Tuesday, July 19, and ends Monday, July 25th at 23:59 UTC. Voting takes place on the Voting application website. As part of the Elections coverage on the Community Blog, most of the candidates running for seats published their interviews and established their platforms here. Are you getting ready to vote and looking for this information? You can find the full list of candidates and links to their interviews below.

Four Alternatives to Raspbian and Ubuntu MATE

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Linux
Ubuntu

It seems like every article one reads about the Raspberry Pi always makes a reference to Raspbian. If not, then the writer will probably write about how wonderful Ubuntu MATE is on the Raspberry Pi. Which begs the question: Are there any other OS options for the Raspberry Pi? While there’s nothing wrong with either distro, we should remember that the main appeal of using Linux is the freedom and amount of choice that is offered to the user. With that being said, here are four other distros that offer a great user experience on the Raspberry Pi.

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Why Open Source is gaining momentum in Digital Transformation?

Once upon a time in IT, using open source simply meant Linux instead of Windows, or maybe MySQL instead of Oracle. Now, there is such a huge diversity of open source tools, and almost every leading digital business and tech startup is making extensive use of them. It’s been a remarkable turnaround for open source over the last 10 years, placing the trend firmly at the heart of the digital revolution. Read more