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Devices: SiFive's RISC-V, New Hardware, and Purism’s Librem 5

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Hardware

Games: Open Source Action Games, Hand of Fate 2, H-Hour: World's Elite, Parkitect, Space Pirates And Zombies 2

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  • Fun Packed Open Source Action Games

    The action game is a video game genre that focuses on physical challenges, including hand–eye coordination, anticipation, and reaction time. It is one of the hardest gaming genres to define. Given the popularity and longevity of the action game genre, developers have tinkered with the formula extensively. The genre is therefore fairly wide as it encompasses platform games, fighting games and shooter games. Sometimes real-time strategy games are also included in the genre. Many action games share similar design mechanics.

  • Hand of Fate 2 to release on November 7th with Linux support

    Ready to face the Dealer again? Hand of Fate 2 [Steam, Official Site] releases on November 7th it's now been announced. After a little confusion, it will still support Linux.

  • Looks like H-Hour: World's Elite, a spiritual successor to early SOCOM games may come to Linux

    H-Hour: World's Elite [Steam], a tactical, team-based multiplayer military shooter looks like it's heading to Linux.

    Thanks to SteamDB, we know they are at least working on it. Two days ago, a content depot for a Linux version popped up which is a good sign.

  • The latest Parkitect alpha adds in new build challenges, science fiction building pieces and more
  • Space Pirates And Zombies 2 on Linux is running rather well, so well it's now advertised on Steam

    I gave in and purchased a personal copy of Space Pirates And Zombies 2 [Steam] to test out the Linux beta, turns out in runs rather well. It runs so well in fact, that the developers have decided to put the SteamOS icon on the store page to show off Linux support.

  • How to Install Wine Gallium Nine in Linux for Near-Native Gaming Performance

    Gallium Nine does something interesting that few other Linux programs do — it re-implements a technology from Windows. In this case Gallium Nine is an open-source implementation of DirectX 9. As a result it matches Windows in DX9 performance and allows you to play DirectX 9 games at as performance as close to native as possible.

    It’s really hard to beat the performance that Gallium Nine offers, which makes it kind of odd that support for Gallium Nine isn’t included by default in Wine. The Wine developers went as far as to reject it. You need to install a specially-configured version of Wine with additional patches to enable it.

Software: GNU, GNOME, Synapse, and KDE's Amarok

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KDE
GNOME
  • GNU Tools Cauldron 2017 Videos Posted

    Videos from the recent GNU Tools Cauldron 2017 are now available online where matters from the GCC compiler to glibc and compiler diagnostics were discussed.

    The GNU Tools Cauldron 2017 took place from 8 to 10 September in Prague. Videos from the event are now online while the slides are sadly not yet available, but are said to be coming soon

  • GNUHealth 3.2.4 patchset released

    GNU Health 3.2.4 patchset has been released !

  • First GNOME 3.26 Point Release Now Rolling Out

    The first point release update to GNOME 3.26 is pretty much out (save for an official announcement). The first of many such releases, GNOME 3.26.1 brings with it bug fixes, performance tuning, and a few other minor tweaks.

  • Synapse – A Semantic Launcher for Searching and Launching Apps and Files

    Synapse is a free and open source quick launcher application with which you can easily start applications and access files using the Zeitgeist engine – kinda reminiscent of Ulauncher and Gnome Pie.

  • KDE's Amarok Music Player Seeing A Possible KF5/Qt5 Port

    It has been several years since last seeing an update to the Amarok open-source music player, but it looks like it may be alive and ticking after all, at least with one developer working towards a KF5/Qt5 port.

    Amarok is among the many KDE/Qt aligned media players from Juk, Cantata, Babe, Elisa, and others, but Amarok really hasn't been updated in quite a while. A Phoronix reader pointed out that a developer is indeed working on a port to using KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt5 and posted some initial patches back in September.

Cloudwashing and Openwashing

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OSS: EdgeX, P4 Runtime, and The Faces of Open Source

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  • Open Wide: Linux Foundation's EdgeX Foundry Debuts Barcelona

    EdgeX Foundry, which launched its open source project and community focused on building a framework for simplifying interoperability for IoT ecosystem players, is demonstrating announcing  "Barcelona," its first major code release, at IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

  • EdgeX’s Barcelona Release Sets Path for Open Source IoT

    EdgeX Foundry, the Linux Foundation’s open source industrial Internet of Things (IoT) group, is making its first major code release, dubbed Barcelona, available later this month. The new release promises to help take the complexity out of IoT by supporting certain key APIs as well as industrial protocols like Bluetooth Low Energy, MQTT (a low-energy machine-to-machine protocol), and simple network management protocol (SNPP).

  • Google Cloud, Barefoot Networks create P4 Runtime open source project

    Google Cloud and Barefoot Networks have created an open source project under P4.org called P4 Runtime, an API for enabling communication between control plane and forwarding plane in a more flexible manner.  

    Suitable for local or remote-control plane software, the P4 Runtime API is independent of the underlying forwarding plane type. It offers the ability to control a diversity of networking devices including fixed-function ASICs, FPGAs, NPUs, software switches, and Programmable ASICs.

  • The Faces of Open Source: Mike Dolan

    We're pleased to present the eighth, but sadly, final episode of Shane Martin Coughlan's, "The Faces of Open Source Law", featuring Mike Dolan. We'd like to thank Shane for his great work in introducing the issues related to open source software and communities, as well as the people so deeply involved and committed to helping the movement succeed.

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    Mike commented that our setup was just as ramshackle as the actual show. Despite this we recorded one of the longer and most content-filled interviews of the season, providing a perfect end point to an experiment in connecting personalities to well-known names in the open source legal sphere.

Security: RoboCyberWall, Updates, Dnsmasq, SEC, and Yahoo!

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  • RoboCyberWall Aims to Block Linux Server Hacks [Ed: ad disguised as an article]
  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Google Patches Open-Source Flaw, Requires TLD Encryption

    Google has made a couple of notable moves on the security front this week: One, it has patched flaws in a DNS software package known as Dnsmasq; and two, it said it would start requiring encryption for 45 top-level domains (TLDs) that it controls as a registrar.

    Dnsmasq, an open-source package, is widely installed in desktop Linux distributions (like Ubuntu), home routers and IoT devices, and provides functionality for serving DNS, DHCP, router advertisements and network boot. Google discovered seven distinct issues within the kit: three potential remote code executions, one information leak, and three denial of service vulnerabilities affecting the latest version at the project git server as of September 5.

  • SEC hack came as internal security team begged for funding

    Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed a 2016 breach of a test system that allowed an unknown party to get access to unpublished corporate information in the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system. The breach potentially allowed the bad actors to profit from trades based on the information. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton revealed the extent of that breach in a policy statement on the importance of the commission's cyber-security mission. But just a few months before the SEC discovered the initial breach last year, as Reuters reports, members of the SEC's own internal digital forensics and security team wrote a letter bemoaning the lack of support they received from the agency's Office of Information Technology and SEC leadership.

  • Hacks Are Always Worse Than Reported: All Of Yahoo Email Was Hacked In 2013. All. Of. It.

    Given recent and massive stories about data security breaches by some very, very large players in the technology and financial spaces, we have developed a mantra that you should have on repeat in your head any time you read stories about a breach: however big the breach is reported to be initially, it's always bigger. We formulated that 12 years ago and it has continually held true. We saw it with Equifax. We saw it with Deloitte. And you will also likely recall that 2013 and 2014 were not banner years for data security at a little company called Yahoo. Hacks of Yahoo's email platform were reported initially to be in the hundreds of thousands in terms of the number of accounts compromised. As Verizon began negotiating the purchase of Yahoo, that number crept into the hundreds of millions. Eventually, Yahoo settled on a billion compromised accounts resulting from the hacks.

GNOME: GNOME Shell 3.26.1, Mutter 3.26.1

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  • GNOME Shell 3.26.1

    GNOME Shell provides core user interface functions for the GNOME 3 desktop, like switching to windows and launching applications. GNOME Shell takes advantage of the capabilities of modern graphics hardware and introduces innovative user interface concepts to provide a visually attractive and easy to use experience.

  • GNOME Shell 3.26.1 Fixes Headless Mode

    GNOME 3.26.1 is shaping up to be a decent point release as besides Mutter finally picking up the half-tiling mode improvements, GNOME Shell 3.26.1 also has its share of changes.

  • Improved half tiling available in Mutter 3.26.1

    A late night announcement: the improved tiling patches (shown in a previous blog post) were merged in Mutter and and GTK+3, and will be available in GNOME 3.26.1 / GTK 3.22.23 (not yet released; should be available this week).

    I’d like to thank Florian Muellner, Matthias Clasen, Jonas Adahl and AlexGS for all their support, time, code reviews and testing.

Wine Staging 2.18

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Why video editing forced one Linux devotee to buy a Macbook

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Linux

I've been using Linux for nearly 20 years. I do everything I can to spread the open source word on every possible occasion. I've written countless articles extolling the value of Linux on both the server and the desktop. But every so often I run into an issue that I feel needs to be pointed out to the Linux community and the countless developers that make Linux possible. I feel this is a necessary evil, in order to help Linux grow and become the best possible platform on the market.

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SiFive unleashes the first Linux-ready, 64-bit RISC-V SoC

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SiFive has taped out the first multi-core RISC-V based processor design, and the first to run Linux, featuring 4x 1.5GHz “U54” cores and a management core.

SiFive announced “early access” availability of the 64-bit, quad-core U54-MC Coreplex – the first Linux-ready application processor built around the open source RISC-V architecture. Fabricated with a TSMC’s 28nm HPC process, the real-time capable U54-MC Coreplex is the first multi-core RISC-V design, and the first to offer cache coherence. The processor is intended for AI, machine learning, networking, gateways and smart IoT devices. A development board is set to ship in Q1 2018.

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today's leftovers

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Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya MATE Complete Review

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Linux

​So let us agree on this, Linux Mint is the best Linux desktop around. Linux Mint in 2017 is what Ubuntu used to be in 2008. With Cinnamon and MATE desktops, Linux Mint is simple and intuitive for new users and has gained widespread applause, appreciation, usage, and popularity.

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Security: Yahoo 'Search Secrets', Breach Secrets, Bluetooth Woes, and Phishing

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  • Yahoo Reveals Its Search Secrets, Vespa Tool is Now Available as Open Source

    Oath Inc., the Verizon company that has owned Yahoo since June, announced that Vespa is now available as open source on GitHub. According to a company blog post, making the big data processing and serving engine open source is a step further in Oath’s commitment to opening up its big data infrastructure to developers.

  • If you have a Yahoo account, do this now

    The company, which along with AOL is now part of a Verizon subsidiary called Oath, disclosed Tuesday that a 2013 hack had potentially stolen the information of all of its 3 billion users at the time — or triple the number of vulnerable users it had earlier reported.

  • Yahoo revises number of hacked accounts from 500,000,000 to 3,000,000,000

    Just over a year ago, Yahoo admitted that it had been hacked in 2013, and estimated that 500 million accounts had been compromised (the company blamed state-sponsored actors, and federal prosecutors have indicted two Russian spies for ordering the operation). Now the company has admitted that all three billion of its accounts were affected.

  • Yahoo Says All 3 Billion Accounts Hacked in 2013 Data Theft

    Yahoo on Tuesday said that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked in a 2013 data theft, tripling its earlier estimate of the size of the largest breach in history, in a disclosure that attorneys said sharply increased the legal exposure of its new owner, Verizon Communications.

  • Bluetooth sex toys are trivial to compromise just by walking around neighborhoods

    Lomas demonstrated the attack by wandering the streets of Berlin, compromising Lovesense Hush buttplugs. He also demonstrated that he could attack and compromise his father's BLE-enabled hearing aid, controlling what sound was played, allowing him to put voices in his father's head, or selectively alter his hearing.

  • Screwdriving. Locating and exploiting smart adult toys

    It’s hopefully well known by now that Bluetooth’s baby brother, BLE, isn’t exactly stellar when it comes to security. What you save in battery life and complexity comes at the price of easy discoverability and exploitability. Whilst BLE does have support for security, it is rarely implemented. When it is implemented it’s often done poorly.

  • Councils attacked over email ‘phishing’

    Banks and other financial institutions, including PayPal and Ebay, have been targeted frequently by crooks, as has the government’s tax collection agency HMRC - which often appears to be the source of emails promising lucrative tax rebates.

    But the government’s National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ, has said that fewer than five per cent of other public sector organisations have taken sufficient steps to prevent similar attacks, by using the validation protocol known as DMARC.

Microsoft Versus GNU/Linux

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Linux
Microsoft
  • The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

    Ever since Satya Nadella took the helm at Microsoft in 2014, his PR people have been grooming him to be an Inspiration Thought Leader, preaching Transformation to the TED Talk classes. This took another step with the global launch of his book Hit Refresh, a "masterpiece" of how to scale up the "growth mindset”. [must-read]

    Whether this therapeutic Davos-speak is helpful to Microsoft or not remains to be seen - but some things at the company never change. Like answering big strategic questions, and the endless in-fighting that sees products snuffed out.

  • Linux And Open Source Pioneer Munich Is Already Replacing Free Software With Microsoft’s Products [Ed: The title is not correct. Munich is assessing costs (after Microsoft bribe etc.) but is replacing nothing yet]
  • Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

    Microsoft has explained how a cascading series of cockups left some of its Northern European Azure customers without access to services for nearly seven hours.

    On September 29, the sounds of "Sacré bleu!" "Scheisse!" and "What are the bastards up to now?" were, we're guessing, heard from Redmond's Euro clients after key systems went down between 1327 and 2015 UTC. Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, Azure Backup, App Services and Web Apps, Azure Cache, Azure Monitor, Azure Functions, Time Series Insights, Stream Analytics, HDInsight, Data Factory and Azure Scheduler, and Azure Site Recovery were all titsup.

    The problems started when one of Microsoft's data centers was carrying out routine maintenance on fire extinguishing systems, and the workmen accidentally set them off. This released fire suppression gas, and triggered a shutdown of the air con to avoid feeding oxygen to any flames and cut the risk of an inferno spreading via conduits. This lack of cooling, though, knackered nearby powered-up machines, bringing down a "storage scale unit."

  • ​No, the Linux desktop hasn't jumped in popularity [Ed: the company behind it is connected to Microsoft and has, for many years, been the main source of FUD against GNU/Linux market share]

    Neither does it appear to be Google's Chrome OS, which tends to be under-represented in NetMarketShare and StatCounter desktop operating system numbers, being counted as Linux. Mind you, that would be fair, since Chrome OS is based on Linux.

Openwashing

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OSS

Fedora, Ubuntu, CentOS, openSUSE, Debian, Clear & Antergos Linux Benchmarks On AMD EPYC

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Graphics/Benchmarks

I've just wrapped up trying out nine different Linux distributions on AMD's EPYC in the form of the EPYC 7601 housed in the TYAN Transport SX TN70A-B8026. Like our initial testing with Ubuntu on EPYC, the other modern Linux distributions all played nicely with AMD's re-entry into the server market with their Zen-based offerings. But as with any new CPU platform, the out-of-the-box performance can vary greatly depending upon the Linux operating system being used. Here are benchmarks including Fedora, Ubuntu, CentOS, openSUSE, Debian, Clear Linux and Antergos.

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Games: Mad Max, Abandon Ship, RPCS3, Silicon Zeroes, Divided We Fall, Tizen Car Racing Games

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