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Story Open-spec networking Mini-ITX has 1, 2.5, and 10 GbE ports Rianne Schestowitz 25/04/2017 - 5:14pm
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2017 - 5:13pm
Story Ubuntu Images for Oracle Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2017 - 5:10pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2017 - 5:07pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2017 - 5:03pm
Story GNU/Linux Desktop Security Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2017 - 5:03pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2017 - 5:01pm
Story SystemD and Linux (Kernel) Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2017 - 5:00pm
Story Trying Out Nouveau's Accelerated Pascal Support With DRM-Next, Mesa 17.2-dev Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2017 - 5:00pm
Story Debian Shutting down public FTP services Roy Schestowitz 25/04/2017 - 4:58pm

Black Duck Spreading FUD Against FOSS

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OSS

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Security updates for Friday
  • Network Firewalls: How to Protect Your Network from Unauthorized Access
  • The Architecture of the Web Is Unsafe for Today's World

    The Internet is based on protocols that assume content is secure. A new, more realistic model is needed.

    Twenty-eight years ago, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee proposed a system to link text documents across a computer network. It changed the way the world communicates and does business. From its humble beginnings, the Internet has become a complex, dynamic, and heterogeneous environment.

    Today, the Internet revolution's main instrument, the Web browser, exposes users to unbounded malicious content and has become unmanageable.

    How did browsers become such a liability? Because they're based on an ancient set of communication rules, protocols that assume connections are secure and content is safe. The openness and utility of the protocols led to enormous innovation. But today, with all its sophistication, the Web is still based on protocols that weren't designed for security or enterprise-class management.

  • In encrypted-messaging market, open source not only key to success [Ed: Overlooked the point that easy-to-use programs whose sources code you cannot study are worse than nothing, just a trap. In this age of government-mandated back doors in programs and protocols the term "proprietary encryption" should be a paradox.]

    A couple months ago, one of the oldest encrypted, ephemeral messaging apps, Wickr, decided to open up its cryptographic code for the world. By allowing hackers and developers to examine their crypto code, it reasoned, it could earn a veritable security merit badge. And the approach had already boosted the appeal of another secure-messaging app, Signal.

    At least on the surface, Wickr’s open-source move appears to be paying off. Scott Stender, vice president of cryptography at NCC Group, a British company that specializes in helping clients manage cybersecurity risks, says it influenced his company’s decision to use Wickr, which incorporates end-to-end encryption, to keep its internal communications private.

  • Self Driving Taxis Are Going To Be A Nightmare To Secure, Warns Ex-Uber Security Researcher [Ed: Trams, trains, subways etc. go on rails; flights managed by programs nowadays. But there's a reason a pilot/driver is still crucial. Same for cars. Unless your driver/pilot is a suicidal maniac (which happens), the negative impact of accident on her/him helps secure the passengers.]

    So over the last few years you probably remember seeing white hat hackers demonstrate how easily most modern smart cars can be hacked, often with frightening results. Cybersecurity researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have made consistent headlines in particular by highlighting how they were able to manipulate and disable a Jeep Cherokee running Fiat Chrysler's UConnect platform. Initially, the duo documented how they were able to control the vehicle's internal systems -- or kill it's engine entirely -- from an IP address up to 10 miles away.

Enlightenment's EFL and Elive

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GNU
Linux
  • Enlightenment's EFL Wires Up A Focus Manager

    A ton of code hit the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries' (EFL) Git tree yesterday with the latest feature activity.

  • Debian-Based Elive 2.9.0 Beta Finally Brings Persistence, Netsurf Web Browser

    The development cycle of the Debian-based Elive 3.0 GNU/Linux distribution continues, and a new Beta milestone was launched today, April 21, 2017, for early adopters and public beta testers.

    Coming three weeks after the previous Beta release, Elive 2.9.0 Beta is here to finally implement the promised Persistence feature, which lets users save their personal files, extra apps that they might install, login credentials, and various configuration files during a live session.

The new replication features in MySQL 8

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Server
OSS

This year at the Percona Live open source database conference, I will present a talk on the latest replication features in MySQL 8.0.

It was a huge amount of work to get the MySQL Group Replication plugin out with MySQL 5.7.17. Group Replication is a new plugin that gives the user some nice replication properties by resorting to group communication and state machine replication. This makes the system able to protect data against split brain situations, enables fault-tolerance and high availability, and provides coordination between servers committing transactions that change the data.

In addition to Group Replication, the team has also invested quite a bit on core replication features. Some of these features were already released, and others will be released at some point in time in a MySQL Development Milestone Release (DMR).

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ROSA Desktop Fresh R9 GNU/Linux Operating System Rebased on a Newer Platform

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MDV

The development team behind the ROSA GNU/Linux operating system announced today the release and immediate availability for download of the KDE and KDE Plasma flavors of ROSA Desktop Fresh R9.

ROSA Desktop Fresh R9 is the first release in more than two years to rebase the RPM-based operating system derived from Mandriva to a newer 2016.1 platform. It comes with both the KDE 4 and KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments, while the GNOME 3, MATE, and LXQt variants should be out in the coming months.

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Devuan Jessie 1.0 RC

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Debian
  • Welcome to Devuan Jessie 1.0 RC

    Devuan GNU+Linux is a fork of Debian without systemd. The release 1.0 RC marks an important milestone towards the sustainability and the continuation of Devuan as a universal base distribution. Since the Exodus declaration in 2014, infrastructure has been put in place to support Devuan’s mission to offer users control over their system. Devuan Jessie provides continuity as a safe upgrade path from Debian 7 (Wheezy) and a flawless switch from Debian 8 (Jessie) that ensures the right to Init Freedom and avoids entanglement.

  • Devuan 1.0 Makes It To A Release Candidate: Debian Without Systemd

    The first release candidate is now available for Devuan, the fork of Debian that rids the system of systemd.

  • Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 stable release candidate

Node.js Foundation Interview and New Offer

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Development
Interviews

Release Date of Next Ubuntu: October 19, 2017

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Ubuntu
  • This is the Ubuntu 17.10 Release Date

    The Ubuntu 17.10 release date is set for October 19, 2017. Ubuntu 17.10 will use the GNOME desktop instead of Unity, the first release to do so since 2011.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 Release Schedule Published

    In addition to the Ubuntu 17.10 codename of Artful Aardvark coming out this week, the release schedule for this next Ubuntu Linux development cycle has also been published.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 Is Named Artful Aardvark

    The next short term Ubuntu release, i.e., Ubuntu 17.10, is codenamed Artful Aardvark. While Canonical boss Mark Shuttleworth is yet to make an official announcement, the Artful repos are now in existence. In an earlier announcement, Canonical has made it clear that Ubuntu 17.10 will comes with Wayland display server by default.

A Look at DietPi: A Lightweight OS for Your Pi Board

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OS

DietPi caught my eye some time ago, but I really started to become acquainted with it when I reviewed the Orange Pi Zero recently. It more than deserves a good review of its own, which is what this post provides.

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Linux 4.10.12

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Linux

I'm announcing the release of the 4.10.12 kernel.

All users of the 4.10 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.10.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.10.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st...

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Also: Linux 4.9.24

Linux 4.4.63

Getting to Know GNOME (From a Unity Perspective)

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GNOME

Unless you’ve lost all network connections over the past couple of weeks, you know the big news: Canonical announced it was dropping Ubuntu Unity and returning to its GNOME roots. Whether you think this is good or bad news, it’s happening. When the official Ubuntu 18.04 is released, it will be all GNOME. For those that have been happily using Unity for years, will this translate to a lesser experience and a learning curve for the new Ubuntu desktop?

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The Companies That Support Linux and Open Source: Doky

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Linux
Interviews

Open source continues to encourage and drive innovation globally, and Doky’s offerings are a perfect example of the positive loop created by open source projects leading to new products. Similar to how Linux forever changed the operating system landscape, Doky sees itself as a major catalyst for open source based software that users can access, use and collaborate with their favorite apps easily and in truly seamless and integrated way as never possible before.

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X-ES spins Enterprise Linux BSP for its x86 boards

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Linux

X-ES launched a RHEL-compatible “X-ES Enterprise Linux” distro optimized for its x86 COMs and SBCs starting with its recent Xeon/Broadwell VPX and VME SBCs.

Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES), which has supported its embedded boards with Gentoo Linux, will now offer a Red Hat flavored X-ES Enterprise Linux (XEL) board support package option as the default, with Gentoo still available as an alternative. XEL will be offered for all x86-based X-ES “embedded processing modules,” which would appear to include its Intel Bay Trail based XPedite8150 and Xpedite8152 COMs, among others. Tthe first four “featured products” with XEL are VPX and VME compliant SBCs aimed at high-end networking (see farther below).

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Qt Creator 4.2.2 released

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KDE

The spring has arrived, so we took our brooms and swept the bugs from under the carpets and out of the door.

We meticulously noted down all the classes, orders, families, species, and other details of what we found and removed, which you can look up in our spring cleaning log.

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • Linux PC builder System76 plans to design, manufacture its own hardware

    System76 is one of only a handful of PC vendors that exclusively sells computers with Linux-based software. Up until now, that’s meant the company has chosen hardware that it could guarantee would work well with custom firmware and the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

  • Opto 22 Fortifies Commitment to Open-source Technology by Joining The Linux Foundation

    Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 announces it has joined The Linux Foundation as a Silver Level member. As a Linux Foundation member, Opto 22 will help support the greatest shared technology resources in history, while also accelerating the company’s technology and innovation through open-source leadership and participation. In joining The Linux Foundation, Opto 22 hopes to spearhead the adoption of open-source technology in the industrial automation and process control industries, and accelerate the rollout of Industrial Internet of Things applications.

  • Indicator Bulletin – A Clipboard Manager for Searching and Formatting Text

    Yes, yes – there are already many clipboard managers in the Linux community but how many of them are posses a slick UI and are searchable? Today we bring you one such app to add to the number in your head.

    Indicator Bulletin is a clipboard manager applet through which you can intelligently search for (using regular expressions) and edit text you have saved to its clipboard.

    It was built for Ubuntu by Serg, who already has a handful of clipboard manager apps under his belt.

  • Copr <3 Modularity
  • Jonathan Blow's next game looks like it might support Linux

    Take this with a pinch of salt, since it's early days for his next game, but Jonathan Blow (Braid, The Witness) actually showed off his next game 'Jai Sokoban' running on Linux.

  • KDE Fans Launch Petition to Make Plasma Ubuntu’s Next Desktop

    A new petition is calling for Canonical to make KDE Plasma Ubuntu's next desktop, following news that the distro is to drop Unity in favour of GNOME.

  • Samba, Ceph, LightDM Update in Tumbleweed Snapshots

    Snapshots released the past two weeks of openSUSE Tumbleweed have slowed down a bit, but new software continues to be updated in the five snapshots that have been release since April 6.

  • Heroes of Fedora (HoF) – F26 Alpha

Android Leftovers

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Android
  • MIUI is never going to be close to stock Android, and that's a good thing
  • Chrome 58 for Android allows full screen web apps, tweaks History & Autofill settings
  • The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker

    So rumors have started flying that Google is about to build some ad blocker technology into Chrome, that would block ads that the company considers to be "unacceptable ads" -- as determined by the "Coalition for Better Ads." Of course, while a coalition for "better ads" sounds like a good thing, this Coalition for Better Ads has been criticized. It was put together by the biggest companies in the internet ad space, and many worry that it's just an attempt to whitewash over a lot of bad practices by declaring just the extremely egregious practices as "bad." Either way, the original report from the paywalled Wall Street Journal notes that the ad blocker might even block all ads on sites that run "bad" ads (i.e., not just the bad ads).

    There have been all sorts of reactions to the news of a built-in Chrome ad blocker, but a lot of people are raising the antitrust questions. Obviously, Google is unlikely to consider its own ads to be the "bad ads." And thus, an official Google ad blocker -- especially one that allows its own ads through and is default on its very popular browser -- at least raises eyebrows about antitrust issues. There's a strong argument to be made (and I'm pretty sure that some ad firms would raise this with a court within a day or so of such an ad blocker being released) that this is an anti-competitive move to suppress competing ad firms.

Linux on Servers

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Server

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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OSS
  • Event report: FOSSASIA 2017

    FOSSASIA 2017 reminded me of foss.in. After a long time, finally, a conference which has the similar aspects. Similar kind of tight organizing team, the presence of upstream communities from different locations. The participation from the local Singapore tech community along with Hackerspace Singapore is a serious boost. This was my 4th FOSSASIA conference, and also 3rd time in Singapore. I should thank Mario, Hong, and rest of the organizers to make this event a very pleasant experience.

  • Share Your Apache Mesos Expertise and Best Practices at MesosCon Events in 2017
  • Advantages of Choosing an Open-Source App Builder

    You’re launching a new business and you want to create a mobile application for you or your customers? Many tools exist to achieve it, but do you know the differences between them and what it implies for your business?

  • WordPress 4.7.4 Maintenance Release
  • When Open Source Opens The Door For Cybersecurity Risks [Ed: Yet another "useful idiot" (or paid marketer) for Black Duck the FUD agency]
  • Scality Accelerates Multi-Cloud Adoption with New Open-Source Release

    Scality, world leader in object and cloud storage, today announced immediate availability of a new open-source Scality S3 Server release, under the Apache 2.0 license, with support for high availability and multiple cloud data backends.

  • Facebook Modernizes Open Source Relay JavaScript Framework for Mobile [Ed: React = can’t even fork!]
  • Two tender announcements: lock-in vs. moving freely

    Using open source software and avoiding proprietary products is the only way to structurally prevent vendor lock-in. This principle has once again become clear from two procurement announcements recently published on Tenders Electronic Daily (TED), the public procurement journal of the European Union.

  • Open source @ Midburn, the Israeli burning man

    Our code is available on GitHub at https://github.com/Midburn/. And while it still need to be more tidy, I prefer the release early and often approach. The main idea we want to bring to the Burn infrastructure is using Spark as a database and have already began talking with parallel teams of other burn events. I’ll follow up on our technological agenda / vision. In the mean while, you are more than welcome to comment on the code or join one of the teams (e.g. volunteers module to organize who does which shift during the event).

  • Flying The First Open Source Satellite

    The Libre Space Foundation is an organization dedicated to the development of libre space hardware. It was born from the SatNOGS project — the winners of the first Hackaday Prize — and now this foundation is in space. The Libre Space Foundation hitched a ride on the Orbital ATK launch yesterday, and right now their completely Open Source cube sat is on its way to the International Space Station.

  • Why open source pharma is the path to both new and cheaper medicines

    We can all agree that we have some life-saving medicines available to us. We may have benefited directly, or have family members who are benefiting at the moment.

    Some medicines, however, are too expensive. Some don’t work too well and there are, of course, many terrible diseases for which we have no medicines at all. These issues affect rich and poor nations alike.

  • States are moving to cut college costs by introducing open-source textbooks

    Every cost associated with higher learning has steadily increased over the past decade, but none more so than college textbooks. While tuition increased by 63% between 2006 and 2016, and housing costs increased by 50%, the cost of textbooks went up by 88%, according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Intel axes lack Lustre file systems and open sources features

    According to The Register, Trish Damkroger, Intel’s Vice President and General Manager for Technical Computing Initiative sent an email this week to partners and customers confirming the change.

    [...]

    The Enterprise Edition provides large-scale, high bandwidth storage with the power and scalability of Lustre, whilst the Foundation Edition offers maximum speed and scale Lustre storage with support from Intel.

  • Should Desktop 3D Printing Be Open Source or Closed Source?

    Open source development has brought a lot of advantages to desktop 3D printing. Is our flirtation with open source a youthful indiscretion that will soon be discarded? Or is open source the key to our recent past and to unlocking the future of 3D printing?

  • How desktop 3D printing's open source platforms shaped the industry's diverse material supply

    Ten years ago, John Kawola remembers the 3D printing industry as a very different place to how it looks today. While still a dynamic field with innovation aplenty, it was dominated by a handful of players. “3D Systems, Stratasys, EOS and EnvisionTEC,” the President of Ultimaker North America lists. Between them, they dominated the 3D printer business, they drove innovation at a rate smaller companies could not keep up with, and they all had a closed materials environment.

  • Rblpapi 0.3.6
  • clang(1) added to base on amd64 and i386

    [...] clang(1) added to the base system (as a non-default compiler) on the amd64 and i386 platforms

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