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Story Linux Kernel 4.1.23 LTS Has PA-RISC and EXT4 Improvements, Updated Drivers Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2016 - 9:46pm
Story Grid Router Built on Open-Platform Linux Operating System Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2016 - 9:44pm
Story Windows on TV Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2016 - 9:22pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2016 - 8:49pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2016 - 8:48pm
Story Fedora 24 Beta & Final Hit By Another Delay Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2016 - 8:04pm
Story Linux/OSS on Servers Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2016 - 6:33pm
Story The Situation Report: NIST Framework Mandatory? Open Source Rebellion at DHS? Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2016 - 6:15pm
Story EU jeopardises its own goals in standardisation with FRAND licensing Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2016 - 6:08pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2016 - 5:54pm

Pupils win Linux scholarships

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Linux

He added that Nigeria being the only certified Red Hat training partner in West Africa, aims at bringing Linux (using Red Hat as a standard) to Nigerian students by providing them with Linux administration modules while focusing on core administration tasks.

Already, two institutions, Yaba College of Technology (Computer Science Department) and The University of Lagos (Systems Engineering Department) are set to introduce Linux as a course from next session.

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Leftovers: Software Releases

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Software
  • RcppRedis 0.1.7

    A new release of RcppRedis arrived on CRAN today. And just like for the previous release, Russell Pierce contributed a lot of changes via several pull requests which make for more robust operations. In addition, we have started to add support for MessagePack by relying on our recently-announced RcppMsgPack package.

  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.3.2

    Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.

  • Google Summer Of Code 2016

today's leftovers

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Misc
  • Where did we all go wrong? And why doesn't anyone remember?

    But we didn't pursue them. We replaced them with something cheaper -- with Unix machines, an OS only a nerd could love. And then we replaced the Unix machines with something cheaper still -- the IBM PC, a machine so poor that the £125 ZX Spectrum had better graphics and sound.

    And now, we all use descendants of that. Generally acknowledged as one of the poorest, most-compromised machines, based on descendants of one of the poorest, most-compromised CPUs.

    Yes, over the 40 years since then, most of rough edges have been polished out. The machines are now small, fast, power-frugal with tons of memory and storage, with great graphics and sound. But it's taken decades to get here.

    And the OSes have developed. Now they're feature-rich, fairly friendly, really very robust considering the stone-age stuff they're built from.

    But if we hadn't spent 3 or 4 decades making a pig's ear into silk purse -- if we'd started with a silk purse instead -- where might we have got to by now?

  • Your Beard Doesn’t Intimidate Me Anymore!
  • Understanding Your HPC Application Needs

    Many HPC applications began as single processor (single core) programs. If these applications take too long on a single core or need more memory than is available, they need to be modified so they can run on scalable systems. Fortunately, many of the important (and most used) HPC applications are already available for scalable systems. Not all applications require large numbers of cores for effective performance, while others are highly scalable.

  • 5 Container as a Service Tools You Should Know About

    In a previous article on next-generation cloud technologies, I mentioned Containers as a Service (CaaS), which provides a framework to manage container and application deployment.

  • Don't Worry About IBM's Mainframe Sales Collapse

    For those who know little about International Business Machines , the company's hulking System Z mainframe computers may seem like little more than a relic. The 42% year-over-year decline in System Z sales during IBM's first quarter would appear to offer proof that the mainframe business is struggling.

    But investors shouldn't worry about this mainframe sales collapse. It's happened before, and it will happen again. IBM's System Z product cycle, which sees new models introduced every few years, induces an extreme amount of sales volatility as clients rush to upgrade. While IBM doesn't report System Z sales numbers directly, the company does report year-over-year performance, and that allows us to see that the big drop in sales during the first quarter is nothing out of the ordinary.

Kernel Space: Linux, Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
  • See How Your Linux GPU Compares To Various GeForce GPUs With NVIDIA 364.19

    While waiting for today's release of Tomb Raider on Linux, for which I just posted various NVIDIA Tomb Raider benchmarks on Ubuntu, I was running some other OpenGL benchmarks.

    One of the benchmark runs I did with various graphics cards this morning while waiting for Tomb Raider was the well known and demanding Unigine Valley demo. Tests were done with various Kepler and Maxwell GeForce graphics cards while using the brand new NVIDIA 364.19 driver on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS x86_64.

  • X.Org Foundation Election Results

    Two questions were up for voting, 4 seats on the Board of Directors and approval of the amended By-Laws to join SPI.

    Congratulations to our reelected and new board members Egbert Eich, Alex Deucher, Keith Packard and Bryce Harrington. Thanks a lot to Lucas Stach for running. And also big thanks to our outgoing board member Matt Dew, who stepped down for personal reasons.

  • X.Org Members Approve Becoming Part Of The SPI Organization

    The results just are in of the 2016 X.Org Foundation elections and the members have voted to become part of the SPI. The foundation thus is basically becoming dissolved to become part of Software in the Public Interest.

    After last year's vote failed for the X.Org Foundation to merge with the SPI due to not reaching the two-thirds quorum to change the by-laws, this year was a success: 61 of the 65 members voted.

today's howtos

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HowTos

Red Hat and Fedora

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Red Hat

Devices and Android

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Android
Linux

Leftovers: OSS, Transparency, and Sharing

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OSS

Development News

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Development

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says

    A nuclear power plant in Germany has been found to be infected with computer viruses, but they appear not to have posed a threat to the facility's operations because it is isolated from the Internet, the station's operator said on Tuesday.

    The Gundremmingen plant, located about 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Munich, is run by the German utility RWE (RWEG.DE).

    The viruses, which include "W32.Ramnit" and "Conficker", were discovered at Gundremmingen's B unit in a computer system retrofitted in 2008 with data visualization software associated with equipment for moving nuclear fuel rods, RWE said.

    Malware was also found on 18 removable data drives, mainly USB sticks, in office computers maintained separately from the plant's operating systems. RWE said it had increased cyber-security measures as a result.

  • Death of the enterprise VPN - if remote access is not secure what comes next? [iophk: "Spam. Besides, if an app cannot be put on the net without a VPN then it does not belong on the net in the first place."]

    VPNs are the backbone of enterprise remote access and yet their security limitations are starting to pile up. The problem is that the very thing that once made them so useful, network access, is now their biggest weakness. As the 2014 attacks on retailers Target and Home Depot painfully illustrate, this architecture can easily be exploited by attackers armed with stolen credentials to move around networks from within in ways that are difficult to spot until it’s too late.

Why Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Thinks That C++ Programming Language Sucks?

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Development
Linux

This morning, I was reading some news about Linux creator Linus Torvalds and I came across a decade-old note from him. You might have heard about Linus Torvald’s opinion of programming language C++ and this note was about the same.

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Also: Open Source: Thinking Big by Jim Zemlin

Leftovers: Ubuntu

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Ubuntu
  • Mele PCG02U is a $70 Ubuntu PC stick

    Chinese computer maker Mele has been offering small Android and Windows computers for a few years. Now the company is selling a PC-on-a-stick that runs Ubuntu Linux.

  • Mele PCG02U Ubuntu PC Stick Launches For $70
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS video review

    Ubuntu 16.04 LTS was recently released, and many Linux users have been wondering what it has to offer and if it’s worth installing or upgrading from a previous release of Ubuntu.

    Not to worry, a YouTuber by the name of Quidsup has a full video review of Ubuntu 16.04 that will walk you through the latest changes to Canonical's popular desktop distribution.

  • [Older] Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Released, This Is What’s New
  • uNav 0.59 GPS Navigation App for Ubuntu Phones Brings Pinch-Zoom, a Refreshed UI

    uNav developer Nekhelesh Ramananthan announced the release of version 0.59 of the default GPS navigation app for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for Ubuntu Phones.

    According to the announcement, uNav 0.59, which has been dubbed "Beauty and the Beast," comes with exciting new features, among which we can mention a brand-new navigation structure, giving users the possibility of searching for locations, favorites or coordinates directly from the menubar, as well as a refresh of the UI (details below).

Entroware's Orion Laptops Now Ship with Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS and Skylake CPUs

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Entroware, one of the few hardware companies to offer laptops with Ubuntu MATE Linux operating system pre-installed, today announced a refresh of its Orion series of laptops.

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GNOME Software Bug Doesn't Let Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Users Install Third-Party Debs

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GNOME
Security
Ubuntu

We've been tipped earlier by one of our readers that there's a bug in the GNOME Software (Ubuntu Software) package manager which doesn't let users install third-party .deb files in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

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Today's OpenStack News From Texas

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OSS

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming
  • Warsow 2.1 Recently Released With Offloaded Rendering

    While checking on various Linux game benchmarks this morning, I noticed Warsow 2.1 was quietly released at the end of March without much attention.

  • Unreal Engine 4.12 Preview 1 Has The Vulkan Mobile Renderer

    Epic Games today announced the first preview release for the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.12.

    Unreal Engine 4.12 brings the sequencer featuring a non-linear editor with 3D animation editing to the game engine for producing in-game cinematics and more. There are also other cinematic related improvements with Unreal Engine 4.12 Preview 1. In preview form for this release is audio localization support and the capability of running the Unreal Editor in VR.

  • Tomb Raider tested on R7 370 4G and HD 7970

    Thanks to Pepster from our IRC channel, I also managed to get results from his hardware, so we have an additional card to show results from. My computer is an i5-2500K@3.3 GHz, 8 GB of 1333 MHz RAM and the R7 370 4G. Pepster's rig has an i7-5830K and a HD7970. My rig runs Xubuntu 16.04 and thus uses Mesa 11.2 as stated in the official requirements for the game. Pepster used a bleeding edge Mesa from git on his Manjaro 15.12 installation.

  • The Culling, the Unreal Engine 4 battle royale survival game is now on Linux & SteamOS

antiX 16 Linux OS Gets a Second Beta Build with Kernel 4.4.8 LTS, Many Changes

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Linux

It's been a little over two weeks since the first Beta build of the upcoming antiX 16 Linux operating system was announced, and now we can get our hands on the second Beta release.

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Kernel Space/Linux

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Linux
  • PulseAudio Adds Memfd Transport Support

    PulseAudio gained support for utilizing the Linux kernel's memfd as a transport mechanism as spearheaded by the systemd/KDBUS crew.

  • Linux Kernel 3.12.59 LTS Out Now with Crypto & Networking Fixes, Updated Drivers

    Linux kernel developer Jiri Slaby today announced the availability of the fifty-ninth maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel series, urging all users to update as soon as possible.

    Looking at the appended shortlog, we can notice that Linux kernel 3.12.59 LTS is here to patch various security issues that have been discovered since the previous point release, version 3.12.58, which has been announced two weeks ago by Mr. Jiri Slaby, along with an important piece of information, that the Linux 3.12 series will be supported until 2017 because it is used in SUSE Linux Enterprise 12.

  • Linux infosec outfit does a Torvalds, rageblocks innocent vuln spotter

    An open source security firm has blocked a security researcher who reported flaws in a recently issued patch in an apparent fit of pique.

    Hector Martin took to Twitter on Tuesday to note a trivial crashing vulnerability in a recently issued patch by Grsecurity.

    “I literally crashed my box by pasting a bunch of text into a terminal, due to a really sad bug in the patch,” Martin said.

    In response, Grsecurity acknowledged the issue, which it said would be fixed in the next release. At the same time it blocked Martin on both Twitter and by IP address.

Mozilla News

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    Fedora 24 Delayed, Linus the Tops, New openSUSE Team

    Fedora Program Manager Jan Kuřík today announced a delay in Fedora 24, both the upcoming Beta and Final. Elsewhere openSUSE announced a new community release team, a group of volunteers to help with the release tasks. Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman both appeared on a "top 10 programmers of all time" list and a Windows 10 upgrade screen has gone viral. Read more

    elementary OS 0.4 "Loki" to Be Based on Ubuntu 16.04, Promises Big New Features

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