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Fedora 26 Linux Operating System Launching mid-July with GCC 7 and DNF 2.0

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Red Hat's John Terrill is informing us about the availability of the Beta version of the upcoming Fedora 26 Linux operating system, which comes in three distinct flavors, Fedora 26 Workstation, Fedora 26 Server, and Fedora 26 Atomic Host.

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Wall mountable, Linux-friendly industrial PCs have Mini-ITX guts

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Aaeon announced a series of compact, low profile industrial PCs built around Mini-ITX cores, including a fanless model with a quad-core 2GHz Atom J1900 processor.

Aaeon’s ACS-1U01 series of compact, low profile industrial PCs are designed to house the company’s Mini-ITX single board computers “along with other module components,” says the company. Aaeon is targeting the systems at applications including industrial control, automation, medical equipment, and transportation. The systems have customizable casing and front/rear panels, and can be VESA-mounted.

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Free/Libre Software in the Public Sector in the UK, Spain, and France (Bolton, Galicia, and Arles)

  • UK’s Bolton hospital extends OpenEyes patient record system

    The UK’s Bolton NHS Trust, with its headquarters at the Royal Bolton Hospital, has extended OpenEyes, a web-based patient records system for ophthalmology. The health services provider has funded the addition of a HL7 standards-compliant messaging layer, which is now available to all other users of OpenEyes.

    Government Computing, a news site, reports that OpenEyes was selected also because it reduced IT vendor lock-in, “potentially preventing the technology being bought by another organisation and developed in a direction that may not be suitable for NHS use.”


    OpenEyes is being developed as open source at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Development began in 2010.

  • Galicia to add 70 libraries to its Koha system

    The government of Galicia (Spain) is to add 70 more libraries to its newly developed, Koha-based, integrated library management system, called Kohabib. The open source software solution allows libraries to share their catalogues, and provides other library-related services such as managing circulation, acquisition, and printing of labels.

  • Arles publishes vaccination management tool

    The city of Arles (France) has made OpenVaccin, a vaccination management solution, available as free software. The code, which is published under the GNU Public Licence (GPL), is used by the city’s healthcare services, to keep track of vaccinations.

GNOME and GTK News

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  • gnome-boxes: Introducing shared folders

    Being able to share a directory between the host machine and a guest machine is, needless to say, a very convenient way of accessing files from one another. Thanks to the SPICE developers, an API is available which is capable of doing just that. (the only conditions are that the guest machine must have a SPICE display and the spice-webdavd service installed). Considering this, the decision of further implementing shared folders in gnome-boxes is certainly not one to think about twice.

  • #newinstretch : Latest WebKitGTK+

    Debian 9 “Stretch”, the latest stable version of the venerable Linux distribution, will be released in a few days. I pushed a last-minute change to get the latest security and feature update of WebKitGTK+ (packaged as webkit2gtk 2.16.3) in before release.

  • Debian Stretch ships latest WebKitGTK+

    I’ll keep this update short. Debian has decided to ship the latest version of WebKitGTK+, 2.16.3, in its upcoming Stretch release. Since Debian was the last major distribution holding out on providing WebKit security updates, this is a big deal. Huge thanks to Jeremy Bicha for making this possible.

  • Gtef library renamed to Tepl – Text editor product line

IPFire 2.19 Linux Firewall Gets WPA Enterprise Authentication in Client Mode

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Michael Tremer from the IPFire Project announced the availability of a new stable update for the IPFire 2.19 series of the open-source Linux-based firewall distribution.

IPFire 2.19 Core Update 111 is now live and it appears to be a major update adding quite a large number of new features to the firewall, along with dozens of up-to-date components. The biggest change, however, seems to be the ability for IPFire to authenticate itself with an EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol)-enabled wireless network, supporting both TTLS and PEAP methods.

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Leftovers and Howtos

Leftovers: Software

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  • The end for fedfs-utils

    Chuck Lever has announced that the fedfs-utils project, which created utilities for the Federated Filesystem, will no longer be developed.

  • Proposal for end-of-life for fedfs-utils development

    Upstream fedfs-utils has not been under active development for two years or more, and there is a scant user base. I'd like to propose making 0.10 the final major release of fedfs-utils.

  • Tilix Review: One Awesome Terminal Emulator

    Looking for more features than what the default Gnome terminal provides? Let me introduce you to Tilix, a GTK3 tiling terminal emulator for Linux. If you haven’t heard of Tilix, you may recognize it by its old name, Terminix (there was a name change due to trademark infringement). But whatever we call it, this terminal emulator has some great features that even the casual user will find useful.

  • WPS Office for Linux 2016 (Apparently) Released
  • Starting up! [Marble]

    Marble Virtual Globe is an open-source globe that allows users to explore a 3D model of Earth, Mars, Venus, and the Moon, with a wide-variety of maps ranging from political to topographic. This year we will be focusing on its Android version, Marble Maps, and in my case, I am tasked with tidying up the UI, adding features and making sure it's all up to Material Design standards!

  • Integrate Git on Your Nautilus File Manager with This Extension

    Git is a version control system with which you can keep track of changes made to files even as you work with several people on the same directory (or project).

    It is probably no news to you that it is primarily used as a version control mechanism for open-source code and is the backbone of the most referenced website in our articles, GitHub.

  • Hands-on with Chrome’s wild new mobile interface

    As phones get bigger and bigger, putting all the controls at the top of the display—Desktop OS style—becomes less and less ergonomic. Phones like the Galaxy S8 Plus have displays that are about six inches tall, so there is no way most people can reach the top of the display one-handed. It's with this in mind that Google is totally rethinking the Chrome mobile design with a new layout that puts all the controls—even the address bar—at the bottom of the screen.

  • Firefox 54 Web Browser Lands in All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases, Update Now

    Mozilla launched Firefox 54 web browser the other day for all supported platforms and dubbed it as "the best Firefox ever." The release was made available for download from the browser's official website for Linux, Mac, and Windows OSes.

    The biggest new feature of Firefox 54, the one that makes it "the best Firefox ever," is support for multiple content processes (also known as e10s-multi). In other words, Firefox 54 is the first release of the web browser to use multiple operating system processes for rendering web page content, making it faster and more reliable.

Games: Wonder Boy, Dying Light, LandTraveller, and Two Worlds II

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Grml 2017.05 and Debian News

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  • Grml 2017.05 – Codename Freedatensuppe

    The Debian stretch release is going to happen soon (on 2017-06-17) and since our latest Grml release is based on a very recent version of Debian stretch I’m taking this as opportunity to announce it also here. So by the end of May we released a new stable release of Grml (the Debian based live system focusing on system administrator’s needs), known as version 2017.05 with codename Freedatensuppe.

  • Changed defaults for vim in Stretch

    So appearantly vim in Stretch comes with some new defaults, most notably the mouse is now enabled and there is incremental search, which I find… challenging.

  • 5 years of Debian Diversity Statement

    The Debian Project welcomes and encourages participation by everyone.

Servers, Red Hat, and Fedora (New ISO and More)

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Ubuntu News: IBM & Canonical, LXD Containers. Mir 0.26.3 and More

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  • IBM & Canonical: A Virtualization and Cloud Computing (R-)Evolution

    As modern IT evolves, there have been many milestones along the way. Starting with bare metal servers, followed by virtualization, then cloud computing, and beyond. Each advancement has created both challenges and opportunities for IT professionals. Today the industry is focused on deploying solutions that will improve overall IT operations while reducing overhead. Orchestration and modeling solutions help these organizations to integrate, manage, and deploy flexible solutions faster and with more consistency. Canonical and IBM have partnered to help our mutual customers with advanced virtualisation solutions on the IBM z and LinuxONE platforms.

  • Custom user mappings in LXD containers

    As you may know, LXD uses unprivileged containers by default.
    The difference between an unprivileged container and a privileged one is whether the root user in the container is the “real” root user (uid 0 at the kernel level).

    The way unprivileged containers are created is by taking a set of normal UIDs and GIDs from the host, usually at least 65536 of each (to be POSIX compliant) and mapping those into the container.

  • Mir release 0.26.3

    The significant thing with Mir 0.26.3 is that we are making this version available across the latest releases of Ubuntu as well as 17.10 (Artful Ardvark). That is: Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) and, last but not least, Ubuntu 16.04LTS (Xenial Xerus).

  • Mir 0.26.3 Released

    With Canonical divesting in Mir from the desktop and abandoning their mobile phone/tablet ambitions, we might not see Mir v1.0 ever reached as was anticipated to happen for the Ubuntu 17.10 cycle. However, Mir is still being maintained for IoT use-cases and today is a new point release.

  • Make Telegram Look at Home on Ubuntu with this Ambiance Theme

    We've found an Ambiance Telegram theme that helps integrate the popular messaging service's desktop client with the Ubuntu desktop.

  • Kernel Team Summary- June 15, 2017

    This blog is to provide a status update from the Ubuntu Kernel Team. There will also be highlights provided for any interesting subjects the team may be working on. If you would like to reach the kernel team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-kernel channel on FreeNode. Alternatively, you can mail the Ubuntu Kernel Team mailing list at:

  • Ubuntu's Snapd Daemon Now Works Properly on Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi Zero

    More than a month after Canonical's Simon Fels announced that he's working on bringing Snappy's Snapd daemon to the Debian-based Raspbian operating system for Raspberry Pi SBCs, the developer updated Snapd to version 2.26.4.

    Snapd 2.26.4 is the latest stable and most advanced version of the Snappy daemon that allows the installation and manipulation of Snap packages, the universal binary format created by Canonical for its Ubuntu Linux OS and other supported GNU/Linux distributions, and it's available for Raspbian Jessie too.

Openwashing and Attacks on FOSS, OSS Leftovers

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  • Microsoft is Bringing Native Linux Container Support and Bash to Windows Server [Ed: Microsoft wants to swallow GNU/Linux in a platform with NSA back doors and keyloggers, not to mention patent tax]
  • ​Microsoft joins Java-oriented Cloud Foundry [Ed: for influence and steering from the inside]
  • FreeNAS 11.0 is Now Here
  • OW2 Consortium: Building Beyond Europe

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of OW2, and the organization is celebrating during its annual conference, on June 26-27, in Paris, France. OSI GM Patrick Masson sat down with Cedric Thomas, CEO of OW2 to learn more about the foundation, it’s accomplishments over the past 10 years, and what’s in store for the anniversary celebration.

    The Open Source Initiative (OSI) Affiliate Membership Program is an international who’s who of open source projects, advocates, and communities: Creative Commons, Drupal Association, Linux Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Open Source Matters (the foundation supporting Joomla), Python Software Foundation, Wikimedia Foundation, Wordpress Foundation and many more. Open source enthusiasts outside Europe may not be as familiar with another OSI Affiliate Member, OW2, however its impact on open source development and adoption across the EU has been significant.

  • FSFE Newsletter - June 2017

Development News: Glibc, KDevelop, Stack Overflow Survey, and PostgreSQL

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  • Glibc Now Enables Tuning Framework By Default

    Since the end of last year Glibc has offered a tunables framework that could be exposed via the --enable-tunables switch at compile-time while now it's being enabled by default.

  • Language servers and IDEs

    My project proposal was to create a plugin providing good support for Rust in KDevelop. I intend to deliver on that project, but I do not think at its current state RLS provides good support. That may change in the future and I've shown a proof of concept that KDevelop can interact with a language server. Right now, I think I can do better.

  • According to statistics, programming with spaces instead of tabs makes you richer

    The annual Stack Overflow developer surveys often include lots of bad news. "People still use PHP," for example, is a recurring and distressing theme. "Perl exists" is another.

  • Secong Blog Gsoc 2017

    It was decided that using sql is unreasonable because of the large amount of data. Therefore, the method of storing the Postgresql json data was chosen, which makes it possible to flexibly approach the filling of the database and handle large amounts of data.

Security Leftovers: CyberSecurity, Cryptocoin, and SMB

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Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) to Use Linux Kernel 4.13, According to Canonical

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In their latest bi-weekly report, Canonical's Ubuntu Kernel team revealed the fact that they intend to target the Linux 4.13 kernel series for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

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Corsair Force MP500 240GB M.2 SSD On Linux

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Curious about the Corsair NVMe SSD performance with not having reviewed a Corsair SSD in quite some time, I decided to run some benchmarks on this MP400 240GB model compared to some other SSDs I had available for testing this week: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB NVMe, Crucial MX500 525GB SATA 3.0 SSD, and an Intel Optane 16GB M.2 SSD acting as a standalone driver. This is to give some rough idea for the performance expectations of the Force MP500 under Linux.

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Getting Started with Open Source Licenses

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With proprietary software, it's easy for a developer to know where he or she stands. Unless you or the company for which you're working owns the copyright to the code, it's off limits -- end of story. There's usually not even any temptation to use the code, because the source code is usually not available.

Moving into open source opens up a whole new world that can make things a lot easier. Suddenly, you're not constantly having to reinvent the wheel by writing code for processes where there's code already written and waiting at the ready. In some circumstances, you can even use open source code inside a proprietary project.

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GNOME 3.25.3 Released, GTK Development

  • GNOME 3.25.3 Now Available
    GNOME 3.25.3 is now available as the latest stepping stone towards September's release of GNOME 3.26.
  • GNOME 3.26 Desktop Environment Development Continues, New Milestone Is Out Now
    Matthias Clasen has informed the community via an email announcement that the third milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment is now ready for public testing. After a one day delay, GNOME 3.25.3 is now available, and it's the third development release of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment that could be used by default in popular GNU/Linux distributions, such as the Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) or Fedora 27, both due for release later this year. It brings a bunch of updates and new features to several of its components and apps.
  • Eight years since first release and still no usable theme?
    Well, let me be frank. Ever since gtk-3.0 I've been skeptical of it, especially of the theming aspect. In gtk-2 we had (and still have) many themes ranging from trash to excellent, almost every kind of taste could have been satisfied. Not so in gtk-3. First issue is constant changes to theming API, meaning that despite there being hundreds of themes, only handful of them actually work right :( And among them, I still have yet to find one that would work on my fairly usual 15,6″ laptop screen with 1366×768 px resolution. Basicaly I have two issues.

Microsoft Dirty Tricks and Entryism

Security: Windows Causes Chaos, Routers With Back Doors, Patching of UNIX/Linux

  • Traffic lights in Australia hit by WannaCry ransomware [Ed: Well, who uses Microsoft Windows to manage traffic?!?!]

    Radio station 3aw reports that dozens of pole based traffic calming measures are infected and that this came as a surprise to the local minister and Road Safety Camera Commissioner when radio reporters told him about it.

  • Honda shuts down factory after finding NSA-derived Wcry in its networks
    The WCry ransomware worm has struck again, this time prompting Honda Company to halt production in one of its Japan-based factories after finding infections in a broad swath of its computer networks, according to media reports. The automaker shut down its Sayama plant northwest of Tokyo on Monday after finding that WCry had affected networks across Japan, North America, Europe, China, and other regions, Reuters reported Wednesday. Discovery of the infection came on Sunday, more than five weeks after the onset of the NSA-derived ransomware worm, which struck an estimated 727,000 computers in 90 countries. The mass outbreak was quickly contained through a major stroke of good luck. A security researcher largely acting out of curiosity registered a mysterious domain name contained in the WCry code that acted as a global kill switch that immediately halted the self-replicating attack.
  • GhostHook: CyberArk finds new way to attack Windows 10

    Researchers at CyberArk Labs have discovered a new way of gaining access to the innards of Windows 10 64-bit systems that can bypass existing safeguards, including the kernel patch protection known as PatchGuard that Microsoft developed to improve system security.

  • John McAfee claims 'every router in America has been compromised' by hackers and spies

    Technology pioneer John McAfee believes that every home internet router in America is wide open to cyberattacks by criminal hackers and intelligence agencies. He makes the claim speaking after revelations from WikiLeaks that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) targets the devices.

  • 'Stack Clash' Smashed Security Fix in Linux
    What's old is new again: an exploit protection mechanism for a known flaw in the Linux kernel has fallen to a new attack targeting an old problem.
  • Continuous defence against open source exploits
    Register for next month's expo for the public sector DevOps community to hear key speakers from the front line of public sector digital transformation and see the latest technologies at first hand. Andrew Martin, DevOps lead in a major government department, has been added to the line-up of speakers to talk about the importance of getting the approach to security right with open source software.
  • IoT goes nuclear: creating a ZigBee chain reaction [iophk: "use 6lowpan instead"]

    If plugging in an infected bulb is too much hassle, the authors also demonstrate how to take over bulbs by war-driving around in a car, or by war-flying a drone.

  • Passengers given a freight as IT glitch knocks out rail ticket machines

    The network of machines are operated by the individual franchises, but share a common infrastructure from German software company Scheidt and Bachmann.

OpenBSD Development News

  • OpenBSD now has Trapsleds to make life harder for ROPers
  • Historical: My first OpenBSD Hackathon

    I was a nobody. With some encouragement, enough liquid courage to override my imposter syndrome, and a few hours of mentoring, I'm now doing big projects. The next time you're sitting at a table with someone new to your field, ask yourself: how can you encourage them? You just might make the world better.

    Thank you Dale. And thank you Theo.

  • Finish the link-kit job
    We've had the linkkit components in the tree for a while, but it has taken nearly 20 rounds between rpe/tb/myself to get the last few bits finished. So that the link kit is cleanly used at reboot, but also fits in with the practices kernel developers follow.