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Story Desktop News Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2016 - 6:52pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2016 - 6:51pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2016 - 6:51pm
Story Leftovers: Debian Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2016 - 6:46pm
Story Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2016 - 6:45pm
Story KDE Plasma 5.7.4 Desktop Environment Is Out with Plasma Desktop and KWin Fixes Rianne Schestowitz 23/08/2016 - 6:44pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2016 - 6:39pm
Story Linux Kernel News Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2016 - 5:03pm
Story Linux/FOSS Events: LinuxCon, ContainerCon, Software Freedom Day, and More Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2016 - 4:31pm
Story Red Hat News Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2016 - 4:25pm

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • Building an open medical records system for the developing world

    How do you introduce a woman whose very life is the epitome of humanitarian efficacy? Judy Gichoya is a Kenyan medical doctor specializing in radiology and an experienced programmer who's accelerating the growth of OpenMRS.

    According to its website, "OpenMRS is a software platform and a reference application which enables design of a customized medical records system with no programming knowledge." Judy first got interested in computers in high school, prior to entering medical school she learned to program at a technical college and through online resources on the internet. She enrolled in medical school and earned the extra income she needed to sustain herself by working at a company where she assembled 10 computers a night.

    She continued to upgrade her programming skills, initially focusing on Java but later moving to Python, Angular JS, and HTML5. A chance meeting with a developer working on OpenMRS in the United States who visited Kenya and provided training to local people who were interested resulted in her initial involvement with the project. She found his work very inspiring, so once she graduated medical school she got involved with OpenMRS. I recently had a chance to interview her.

  • Practicing “Open” at Mozilla

    Mozilla works to bring openness and opportunity for all into the Internet and online life. We seek to reflect these values in how we operate. At our founding it was easy to understand what this meant in our workflow — developers worked with open code and project management through bugzilla. This was complemented with an open workflow through the social media of the day — mailing lists and the chat or “messenger” element, known as Internet Relay Chat (“irc”). The tools themselves were also open-source and the classic “virtuous circle” promoting openness was pretty clear.

    Today the setting is different. We were wildly successful with the idea of engineers working in open systems. Today open source code and shared repositories are mainstream, and in many areas the best of practices and expected and default. On the other hand, the newer communication and workflow tools vary in their openness, with some particularly open and some closed proprietary code. Access and access control is a constant variable. In addition, at Mozilla we’ve added a bunch of new types of activities beyond engineering, we’ve increased the number of employees dramatically and we’re a bit behind on figuring out what practicing open in this setting means.

  • Docker and High Security Microservices: A Summary of Aaron Grattafiori's DockerCon 2016 Talk

    At DockerCon 2016, held in Seattle, USA, Aaron Grattafiori presented “The Golden Ticket: Docker and High Security Microservices”. Core recommendations for running secure container-based microservices included enabling User Namespaces, configuring application-specific AppArmor or SELinux, using an application-specific seccomp whitelist, hardening the host system (including running a minimal OS), restricting host access and considering network security.

  • Patterns for managing multi-tenant cloud environments
  • How collaborative should I be during strategic planning?

    The short answer is: very collaborative.

  • Upskill U on Open Source & White Box Networks With LinkedIn

    To boost the bottom line and achieve greater efficiencies, operators and enterprises are shifting from proprietary purpose-built hardware to "white box" solutions, including servers and switches -- some using purpose-built software and others on open source software.

    [...]

    "Like everyone else, telcos are interested in open source because they see that it can help them get higher quality code in a shorter amount of time, they presume it will make it more likely that products from different vendors can interoperate, they also expect that it will lower their software license costs," said Roseboro. "Of course they have some major concerns as well… there are a lot of new terms, techniques and tools that come along with the transformation to the cloud. [Telcos] will need new skills, new models, potentially new vendors and most certainly new processes."

White House Source Code Policy

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OSS
  • EFF: Feds' open source policy comes up short
  • The U.S. Government Goes Open Source

    Back in March, the White House released a draft of a Federal Source Code policy for public comment. The purpose of this policy was to “require new software developed specifically for or by the Federal Government to be made available for sharing and re-use across Federal agencies.” In other words, the government was going to go open source.

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • CVE-2016-5696 and its effects on Tor

    This vulnerability is quite serious, but it doesn’t affect the Tor network any more than it affects the rest of the internet. In particular, the Tor-specific attacks mentioned in the paper will not work as described.

  • Secure Boot Failure, Response, and Mitigation

    Last week, it became public that there is an attack against Secure Boot, utilizing one of Microsoft’s utilities to install a set of security policies which effectively disables bootloader verification.

  • Static Code Analyzer Reportedly Finds 10,000 Open Source Bugs

    A Russian company behind the PVS-Studio static code analyzer claims to have used the tool to discover more than 10,000 bugs in various open source projects, including well-known offerings such as the Firefox Web browser and the Linux kernel.

  • Linux.Lady the Crypto-Currency Mining Trojan Discovered

    Organizations reliant on Redis NoSQL a most sought after database require re-checking their configurations, security researchers advise. That's because the Linux.Lady crypto-currency Trojan, which mines digital money, has been discovered as it piggybacks on insufficient out-of-the-box security.

    It is possible that a maximum of 30K Redis servers are susceptible to attack mainly since inadvertent system admins gave them an Internet connection devoid of constructing a password for them in addition to not having Redis secured by default.

  • DDoS protection in the cloud

    OpenFlow and other software-defined networking controllers can discover and combat DDoS attacks, even from within your own network.

    Attacks based on the distributed denial of service (DDoS) model are, unfortunately, common practice, often used to extort protection money or sweep unwanted services off the web. Currently, such attacks can reach bandwidths of 300GBps or more. Admins usually defend themselves by securing the external borders of their own networks and listening for unusual traffic signatures on the gateways, but sometimes they fight attacks even farther outside the network – on the Internet provider's site – by diverting or blocking the attack before it overloads the line and paralyzes the victim's services.

    In the case of cloud solutions and traditional hosting providers, the attackers and their victims often reside on the same network. Thanks to virtualization, they could even share the same computer core. In this article, I show you how to identify such scenarios and fight them off with software-defined networking (SDN) technologies.

Openwashing of Microsoft (Portions of Proprietary Lock-in/Traps)

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Microsoft

3 command line music players for Linux

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Linux

One perception that Linux can't seem to shake off is that you can't do anything without using the command line. A number of people in my circle have been using Linux effectively for years, and they've yet to crack open a terminal window.

Having said that, working at the command line can make certain tasks faster and more efficient. If you're using older hardware, command line tools are an excellent alternative to graphical applications since they don't use too many resources.

One of those tasks playing music. You can do that in a terminal. How? Here's a look at three command line music players.

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WordPress and Automattic

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OSS

Elementary Loki Beta 2 shows you can improve on perfection

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Reviews

Over the past couple of years, I've made no bones about Elementary OS Freya being my go-to Linux distribution for desktops. In fact, I'd go so far as to say Elementary has become my all-time favorite Linux distribution. Why? It offers a beautiful user interface (with a completely unified design scheme) that any level of user would feel an immediate familiarity with.

That's Freya (the current stable release). At some point (there is no set release date) we'll have Loki in our hands and the improvements look to make Elementary OS something you won't want to ignore. In fact, I would argue that Elementary OS Loki could even be an ideal Linux desktop distribution for business.

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PowerShell for Linux, Mint 18 KDE, Fedora 25 Alpha NO-GO

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-s

The top story today must be the open sourcing of Microsoft PowerShell and its availability for Linux. Alpha quality packages are downloadable on GitHub. In other news, Clement Lefebvre said Mint 18 KDE Beta should be available this weekend and Jan Kurik said Fedora 25 Alpha is a "NO-GO." Canonical is now a patron of KDE e.V. and the release of Plasma 5.8 has been bumped up to make openSUSE 42.2.

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SlackEX Linux Live Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.7.1, Based on Slackware 14.2

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Slack

Arne Exton informs us about the immediate availability for download of a new build of his Slackware-based SlackEX GNU/Linux operating system, version 160817, running the latest stable Linux kernel.

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ReactOS 0.4.2 Operating System Lets You Mount and Read Various Unix Filesystems

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OS
Development

The ReactOS team announced recently the release of the second maintenance update for the ReactOS 0.4 series of the free and open-source operating system that based on the design principles of the Windows NT architecture.

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Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Numbers For Intel Skylake On Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1-dev

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Gaming

Thus there are some Dota 2 OpenGL vs. Vulkan benchmarks on the Intel Mesa driver below. But no results to share today for The Talos Principle. The Talos Principle menus were no longer rendering far of course as they had been up until at least one month ago, but the in-game benchmark mode was really choppy even with the "lowest" settings. When increasing the settings and restarting the game, the visuals still looked different from their renderings with OpenGL, so this game was omitted from testing today.

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Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) ISO Coming Soon with New LightDM Greeter

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Ubuntu

budgie-remix community coordinator and graphic designer Udara Madubhashana informs Softpedia about the latest news from the world of the GNU/Linux distribution built around the Budgie desktop environment and latest Ubuntu technologies.

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Linux Kernel 3.14.76 LTS Updates InfiniBand Drivers, Improves EXT4 Support

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Linux

After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.1, Linux kernel 4.4.18 LTS, and Linux kernel 4.6.7, which marks the end of the Linux 4.6 series, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of Linux kernel 3.14.76 LTS.

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Open source COM and carriers become 3D-printable computers

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GNU
Linux
OSS

Rhombus Tech’s Allwinner A20 based, “fully libre” EOMA68 COM and carrier boards can be installed in 3D printed mini-PC or laptop cases.

For the past five years, UK-based Rhombus Tech, led by developer Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton, has been developing a fully open source, removable computer-on-module (COM) in a standardized format known as “EOMA68.” Rhombus has now gone to CrowdSupply to help fund an “EOMA68-A20” module based on Allwinner’s A20 SoC, as well as a mini-PC and a 15.6-inch laptop built around the COM.

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Open source, DAQ-enabled hacking platform feels its inner Arduino

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OSS

Agilo’s open source, Arduino Mega compatible “Evive” IoT prototyping and DAQ platform offers a 1.8-inch display, breadboard, analog controls, and more.

Agilo Technologies, a startup formed by students at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), is pitching its flagship Evive prototyping product on Indiegogo. The company has achieved only 39 percent of its $30,000 flexible funding goal, with less than a week remaining, but it is committed to manufacturing the product and fulfilling orders. The company has already lined up other funding, as well as manufacturing and component suppliers, according to an email from CEO and co-founder Dhrupal R Shah.

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SteamOS 2.88 Beta Moves to Linux Kernel 4.1.30 LTS, Updates AMDGPU-PRO Drivers

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Linux
Gaming

Valve has just released today, August 18, 2016, a new Beta update of the SteamOS 2.0 gaming-oriented Linux kernel-based operating system the company uses on its Steam Machines.

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Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" KDE Edition Looks Gorgeous, Beta Is Available for Download

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Linux

Thanks to a news tip from one of our regular readers, it would appear that the Beta release of the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" KDE Edition operating system is now available for download.

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