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DragonFly BSD 4.4.3 Point Release Brings OpenSSL 1.0.1s, Intel Skylake Support

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Not a GNU/Linux operating system but DragonFly BSD is one of the most appreciated BSD distributions out there, so today we're informing you about the release of DragonFly BSD 4.4.3.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Xubuntu 16.04 LTS Default Wallpapers Revealed Ahead of the April 21st Launch

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The Xubuntu team has announced earlier the winners of the Xubuntu 16.04 wallpaper contest that took place over the last few weeks, which basically means that they've revealed the default wallpapers for the Xenial release.

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Also: Ubuntu SDK IDE and DevKit Officially Released for Ubuntu 16.04, Built on Qt 5.6

Fedora 24 Beta Freeze Now in Effect, to Be Seeded to Public Testers on May 3

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The development cycle of the upcoming Fedora 24 Linux operating system continues at a fast pace, and Fedora Project's Dennis Gilmore just announced today, April 19, 2016, two important milestones in the release schedule of the GNU/Linux distribution.

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Linux For All (LFA) Distro Brings Fluxbox WM and Cairo-Dock to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton today, April 19, 2016, informs us about the immediate availability of a new build of his Linux for All (LFA) Live Linux kernel-based operating system.

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Audio over HDMI comes to Intel Cherry Trail PCs running Linux

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Computers with Intel Atom Cherry Trail processors generally offer better performance than models with older Bay Trail chips. For example, the 2nd-gen Intel Compute Stick with an Atom x5-Z8300 outperformed the 1st-gen model with an Atom Z3735F chip in pretty much every CPU and graphics speed test I could throw at it.

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Android Leftovers

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Getting FOSS Text-to-Speech App Ready for Prime Time

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It’s been a while now since we talked about creating a front end GUI to the open source text-to-speech program, MaryTTS. I have a personal stake in this, as I lost my larynx, and thus my voice, due to throat cancer.

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KDE Plasma 5.6.3 Desktop Environment Released Patches a KWin Crash, Fixes Bugs

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Today, April 19, 2016, KDE announced the immediate availability of the third maintenance release in the stable KDE Plasma 5.6 series of the popular desktop environment used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems by default.

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Leftovers: Gaming (Tomb Raider, Super Cane Magic ZERO, Duskers)

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Linux Foundation News

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  • Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin keynote speaker at ITS America 2016

    Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, will take centre stage at ITS America 2016 San Jose on Tuesday, 14 June as the keynote speaker for day two of the event, The Infrastructure of Things.

  • Companies That Support Linux: CoSoSys

    CoSoSys develops data-loss prevention products for computers and mobile devices that access and store sensitive data. The company’s Endpoint Protector 4 features device control to manage Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux machines.

    Recently, CoSoSys joined The Linux Foundation and released a private beta version of Data Loss Prevention for Linux, which is available upon request for Ubuntu, openSUSE, CentOS, and Red Hat. The company is also investigating the possibility of expanding its technology to help manage wearable devices.

  • A Look Into's New Server Stack

    While our updated boasts a clean look and fresh interface for our users, there’s also an entirely new infrastructure stack that we’re happy to take you on a tour of. serves over two million page views a month: providing news and technical articles as well as hosting a dynamic community of logged-in users in our forums and Q&A parts of our site.

    The previous platform running suffered from several scalability problems. Most significantly, it had no native ability to cache and re-serve the same pages to anonymous visitors, but beyond that, the underlying web application and custom code was also slow to generate each individual pageview.

Wine Staging 1.9.8

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  • Wine Staging 1.9.8 Has Better Support for Running 64-bit Windows Apps on Linux

    The Wine Staging team announced a few minutes ago, April 19, 2016, that the Wine Staging 1.9.8 development release is now available for download via the official channels.

  • Release 1.9.8

    Time for another release! Wine Staging 1.9.8 is now available. This version contains improvements for 64 bit support and MSYS2.

  • Wine-Staging 1.9.8 Improves 64-bit Windows App/Game Support

    Adding in more experimental patches over last week's Wine 1.9.8 development release is the routine Wine-Staging update.

    Wine-Staging 1.9.8 is carrying more patches to improve support for running 64-bit Windows software -- particularly on OS X, there is improved compatibility with MSYS2, and a variety of other improvements that are ready in the Wine-Staging realm but not yet ready to be mainlined in Wine.

Some Distributions Are Already Making Changes To Linux's Scheduler

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Already it's looking like the research from the recently covered The Linux Scheduler: a Decade of Wasted Cores that called out the Linux kernel in being a poor scheduler is having an impact.

While we haven't seen any major upstream improvements yet to the Linux kernel scheduler, it looks like some parties are beginning to take note and better analyze the scheduler for possible performance improvements. Intel's Clear Linux distribution that's known for being focused on high out-of-the-box performance (even faster Intel graphics) already took action and landed some changes to their kernel's scheduler.

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Made in China: Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition dares to be different

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Meizu, based in the city of Zhuhai in the Guangdong region of China, is not a company or a name most US consumers are familiar with.

Compared with some of the other Chinese giants I have been dealing with in this series, such as Xiaomi, Huawei, and ZTE, Meizu is downright scrappy, reporting about $17M of revenue on $452M of net income according to their public filings from 2013.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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  • TeX Live 2016 pretest and Debian packages

    Preparation for the release of TeX Live 2016 have started some time ago with the freeze of updates in TeX Live 2015. Yesterday we announced the official start of the pretest period. That means that we invite people to test the new release and help fixing bugs. At the same time I have uploaded the first set of packages of TeX Live 2016 for Debian to the experimental suite.

  • Reproducible builds: week 50 in Stretch cycle

    Emily Ratliff wrote an article for SecurityWeek called Establishing Correspondence Between an Application and its Source Code - How Combining Two Completely Separate Open Source Projects Can Make Us All More Secure.


    With the departure of Lunar as a full-time contributor, Reproducible Builds Weekly News (this thing you're reading) has moved from his personal Debian blog on Debian People to the Reproducible Builds team web site on Debian Alioth.

  • Will You Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS? [Poll]

Red Hat-Related (Buzzword, CEO's Book, LP, and Docker)

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  • Coffee Shop DevOps: Complexity of change
  • When empowering employee decision-making, intent is everything
  • Announcing systemd.conf 2016

    After our successful first conference 2015 we’d like to repeat the event in 2016 for the second time. The conference will take place on September 28th until October 1st, 2016 at betahaus in Berlin, Germany. The event is a few days before LinuxCon Europe, which also is located in Berlin this year. This year, the conference will consist of two days of presentations, a one-day hackfest and one day of hands-on training sessions.

  • ​A big step forward in container standardization

    Server and cloud admins all agree that containers are great. What we don't agree on is which containers are the best. Rather than let this spark into a standards fire-fight, the Open Container Initiative (OCI), has sought to create common container standards, The newest of these is open container Image Format Spec project.

Leftovers: Software

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  • Clementine Music Player Scores Juicy New Update
  • RcppCCTZ 0.0.4

    A few days ago a new upstream version "2.0" of CCTZ was released. See here for the corresponding post on the Google OpenSource Blog.

  • Vivaldi Web Browser Rebased on Chromium 50, Vivaldi 1.1 Might Land This Week

    We have just been informed by Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard that there's a new snapshot available for testing, which might just become the first point release of the Vivaldi 1.0 web browser.

  • KDE PIM Spring Sprint Report in Toulouse

    Like a routine now, the KDE PIM spring sprint was held in Toulouse again, first week of April at Ekito's city center office, many thanks to them.

    First of all thank to all the participants: Franck Arrecot, Andre Heinecke, Sandro Knauß, Volker Krause, John Layt, Christian Mollekopf, Laurent Montel, Kevin Ottens, Daniel Vrátil that made of this sprint an awesome moment.

  • Designing APIs for multiple languages

    Designing software that is both fast and available to higher level languages generally means you end up writing C. There are guiding principles you should follow when doing so to ensure that you give your software the best chance for success.

  • Writing a plugin for GNOME To Do – Introduction

    Every plugin has a single entry point: GtdActivatable. Plugins must provide an implementation of this interface. I’ll write more about this interface below.

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Security Leftovers

  • The road to hell is paved with SAML Assertions
    A vulnerability in Microsoft Office 365 SAML Service Provider implementation allowed for cross domain authentication bypass affecting all federated domains. An attacker exploiting this vulnerability could gain unrestricted access to a victim's Office 365 account, including access to their email, files stored in OneDrive etc.
  • Cisco Finds Backdoor Installed on 12 Million PCs
    Cisco started analyzing Tuto4PC’s OneSoftPerDay application after its systems detected an increase in “Generic Trojans” (i.e. threats not associate with any known family). An investigation uncovered roughly 7,000 unique samples with names containing the string “Wizz,” including “Wizzupdater.exe,” “Wizzremote.exe” and “WizzInstaller.exe.” The string also showed up in some of the domains the samples had been communicating with.
  • The "Wizzards" of Adware [Ed: unsurprisingly Windows]
  • All About Fraud: How Crooks Get the CVV
    A longtime reader recently asked: “How do online fraudsters get the 3-digit card verification value (CVV or CVV2) code printed on the back of customer cards if merchants are forbidden from storing this information? The answer: If not via phishing, probably by installing a Web-based keylogger at an online merchant so that all data that customers submit to the site is copied and sent to the attacker’s server.
  • Why We Should Be Worried About Ancient Viruses Infecting Power Plants [Ed: unsurprisingly Windows again]
    The reasons these patients are vulnerable to viruses like W32.Ramnit and Conficker is because they run legacy systems that haven’t been patched or updated for a decade. And that’s fine as long as the operators of the plant keep them isolated and assume they are insecure, hopefully keeping the more critical parts of the network away safer.
  • Magical Thinking in Internet Security
    Increased complexity without corresponding increases in understanding would be a net loss to a buyer. At scale, it's been a net loss to the world economy.
  • Edward Snowden: The Internet Is Broken
    In 2013, a now-infamous government contractor named Edward Snowden shined a stark light on our vulnerable communications infrastructure by leaking 10,000 classified U.S. documents to the world. One by one, they detailed a mass surveillance program in which the National Security Administration and others gathered information on citizens — via phone tracking and tapping undersea Internet cables. Three years after igniting a controversy over personal privacy, public security, and online rights that he is still very much a part of, Snowden spoke with Popular Science in December 2015 and shared his thoughts on what's still wrong and how to fix it.

Android Leftovers


  • A little update on transit routing in Maps
    I talked a bit with Mattias Bengtsson before, and since he had been contemplating using OpenTripPlanner (OTP) for his GSoC project a couple of year ago and found it didn't scale too well for general turn-based routing, he was quite excited about my idea of combing GraphHopper and OTP, using OTP with just transit data (loaded from GTFS feeds).
  • GNOME Software Update That Fixes Installing Third-Party Deb Files Lands In Ubuntu 16.04 Proposed Repository
    A GNOME Software update that fixes the issue with installing third-party deb files was pushed to the Ubuntu 16.04 Proposed repository a few minutes ago.
  • Introducing GNOME Software
    GNOME Software is a new software center ('add/remove programs' application) for any GNU/Linux system using GNOME desktop environment. At this time, there are just a few third-party reviews about GNOME Software. This article is a general beginner guide about how to use GNOME Software. For this purpose we use the GNOME Software in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus. Thanks to the developers who created GNOME Software. We hope this article helps new users.

Leftovers: OSS

  • 1º Computer Science Week 2016
    And since the beginning, I had tried to bring the most of the content about Free Software ideology. And this time next week, it will start the 1º Computer Science Week, and what is more amazing is that this edition is bringing people from more there 14 cities around the state of Rio de Janeiro, for watch the talks. I didn’t expect that.
  • OpenDaylight as an NFV Controller
    In discussing our use cases, we’ve noticed that a key domain for OpenDaylight (ODL) is Cloud and NFV. ODL is closely tied to NFV and accordingly works very closely with the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), a related project with the Linux Foundation that concentrates on providing a carrier-grade, integrated, open source platform to accelerate the introduction of new NFV products and services.
  • Open, available & interoperable: How open source is transforming the data centre industry
    Analysis: From commercial to enterprise hubs, from smaller to bigger players, open source is gearing up to be the future of the data centre. The use of open source to design, build and deploy software and even hardware infrastructure in the data centre seems to be an accelerating trend amongst companies in the hosting space. Open source software revenues worldwide are expected to go beyond the $50bn barrier this year for the first time, according to Statista. By 2020, that value will rise to $57.3bn.
  • ​OwnCloud founder resigns from his cloud company
    Frank Karlitschek, ownCloud's founder and CTO, has resigned from his company. OwnCloud is a popular do-it-yourself infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud.
  • 7 science projects powered by open source GIS
    Next week, FOSS4G North America is coming to Raleigh, NC. FOSS4G is a conference celebrating all of the ways that free and open source software are changing the world of geographic and geospatial information science (GIS). These days, with ever-expanding technologies for collecting geographic data, sensor networks and the Internet of Things are driving larger and larger quantities of data that must be stored, processed, visualized, and interpreted. Practically every type of industry imaginable is increasing the types and quantities of geographic data they utilize. And the traditional closed source tools of the olden days can no longer keep up. Many of the applications of geographic tools are scientific in nature, from biology to oceanography to geology to climatology. Here are seven applications for geographic science that I'm excited about hearing talks on next week.