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GNOME/GTK: WebKitGTK+ 2.17.92, GTK Python, GNOME 'Manchester' Coming Soon

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  • WebKitGTK+ 2.17.92 released!
  • WebKitGTK+ 2.17.92 Brings Improved Wayland Support

    The WebKitGTK+ build of the WebKit rendering engine for GNOME desktop applications has seen measurable Wayland improvements ahead of this month's GNOME 3.28 debut.

  • Working with Buttons and Labels with GTK Python

    We have another meeting with the GNOME + Fedora local group in Lima, Peru to prepare ourselves in coding to offer better workshops and conferences.

  • A Late GUADEC 2017 Post

    It’s been a little over a month since I got back from Manchester, and this post should’ve come out earlier but I’ve been swamped.

    The conference was absolutely lovely, the organisation were a 110% on point (serious kudos, I know first hand how hard that is). Others on Planet GNOME have written extensively about the talks, the social events, and everything in between that made it a great experience. What I would like to write about is about why this year’s GUADEC was special to me.

GNU Linux-libre 4.13 Released, Linux 4.14 Already Coming Into Form

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  • GNU Linux-libre 4.13-gnu is now available

    GNU Linux-libre 4.13-gnu sources and tarballs are now available at
    It didn't require any deblobbing changes since -rc7-gnu. Binaries are
    expected to show up over the next few days, though I might be slow in
    making them available because I'm traveling for the GNU Tools Cauldron.

    This release had a larger than usual assortment of new drivers dependent
    on blobs: Cavium Nitrox CNN55XX, Inside Secure's SafeXcel cryptographic
    engine, Qualcomm Venus V4L2 encoder/decoder, Mellanox Technologies
    Spectrum, Quantenna QSR10g, and Qualcomm ADSP and WCNSS.

    Minor changes to the per-release deblobbing logic was required for
    AMDGPU, IWLWIFI, and Redpine Signals WLAN drivers, due to source code
    rearrangement. New blobs are required by them, and also by Adreno A5xx,
    Intel i915 CSR, ath10k, brcmfmac, wil6210 and Silead DMI.

    x-libre 4.13
    For up-to-the-minute news, join us on #linux-libre of
    (Freenode), or follow me (@lxoliva) on Twister,
    GNU social at, Diaspora* at
    or at Check my web page (link in the signature) for
    direct links.

    Be Free! with GNU Linux-libre.

  • GNU Linux-libre 4.13-gnu Deblobs More Drivers

    Immediately following Linus Torvalds' release on Sunday of Linux 4.13, the GNU Linux-libre 4.13-gnu was outted for those wanting a fully-free system with driver binary blob support removed and eliminating other code that could depend upon non-open microcode/firmware support or the loading of binary kernel drivers.

  • Linux 4.14 To Get 5-Level Paging, AMD Secure Memory Encryption

    Ingo Molnar has sent in his many pull requests of new feature work targeting the Linux 4.14 merge window.

    One of Ingo's pull requests of interest to us are the memory management updates, which include some interesting feature work. First up, 5-level paging is now in place for upcoming Intel CPUs. Five-level paging allows the CPUs to support up to 128PB of virtual address space and 4PB of physical RAM. It's an interesting improvement from Intel and actually needed for the modern demands of x86 super computers beginning to hit the existing memory limitations.

  • ORC Unwinder For Linux 4.14, Boosts Kernel Performance By Disabling Frame Pointers

    Ingo Molnar submitted the Linux x86 Assembly updates today for the 4.14 merge window. What's interesting with the x86/asm code changes is the introduction of the ORC Unwinder.

NuTyX 9.0.94 and Tiny Core 8.1 Released

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OpenSUSE Leap 42.3 Plasma - No Linux, No Love

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So what do we have here? Well, in the end, I have a working system, with 95% of all my original issues and woes fixed. It took me a single day to do all this. Which means the devs and the QA can do so much more. OpenSUSE Leap 42.3 in its default form is not usable. It has terrible hardware support - all the basics are screwed, wonky package management with conflicts and issues, codec problems, bad customization, performance issues, battery issues, filesystem misbehaving, etc. Completely unusable in this form really.

I managed to overcome all these, because I had a free day and I wanted to see what I can do. But then, my version of SUSE has little with the original. A new kernel, different looks, tons of extra software, lots of configuration changes and fixes. Except the name, it's not really a Leap, now is it. Just a Linux with Plasma and such. Thus, my sad summary is that while my games with openSUSE 42.3 were fun, the core product is not suitable for day to day use. You're better off with Kubuntu or even Fedora. Or anything. The amount of problems here was among the biggest in years. Very sad, because SUSE will always have that special place in my heart. Grade 3/10. With my changes 9/10. And lights.

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Also: SUSE Pulls ‘Game of Thrones’ Parody From YouTube to Foil FOSS Force

Tanoshi is an Android laptop for kids with Google's parental control Family Link app pre-installed

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There is no shortage of tablets and computers aimed at children, but one Silicon Valley startup is betting its bootlaces that kids and parents will lap up its new Android-powered laptop-tablet hybrid.

The Tanoshi is touted as a “fun, safe, educational, and affordable” two-in-one computer designed with pre-teens in mind, and it is among the first machines to ship with Family Link — Google’s recently announced parental control app — pre-installed.

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Here's What Ubuntu 17.10's Default GNOME Shell Theme and Login Screen Look Like

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Soon after it entered Feature Freeze development stage on August 24, 2017, the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system is yet to receive a polished and final default desktop session which resembles that of previous releases running Unity.

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Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 9

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A very visual update today on our new Artful default session! This one is, as promised about our new GNOME Shell theme and you can see below some examples of those changes. For more background on this, you can refer back to our decisions regarding our default session experience as discussed in my blog post.

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Android 8.0 Oreo, thoroughly reviewed

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Android 8.0 Oreo is the 26th version of the world's most popular operating system. This year, Google's mobile-and-everything-else OS hit two billion monthly active users—and that's just counting phones and tablets. What can all those users expect from the new version? In an interview with Ars earlier this year, Android's VP of engineering Dave Burke said that the 8.0 release would be about "foundation and fundamentals." His team was guided by a single question: "What are we doing to Android to make sure Android is in a great place in the next 5 to 10 years?"

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OSS: What’s The Deal With Open Source, Facebook, and Reddit

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  • Ask LH: What’s The Deal With Open Source?

    People also often see open source endeavours as being run by a few unkempt coders in their parents' basements on a budget of nothing, updating when they get a chance (if ever). While many open source projects are run by less than a handful of contributors, larger open source systems like the Mozilla Foundation and the several Linux distributions clearly show that the system can work on a large-scale as well. In these cases, greater understanding of the underlying code can lead to more customisations and further development without actually requiring more money.

    Open source isn't necessarily right for every piece of software out there, but we do love open source. It can provide (and has provided) the world with some excellent software that anyone who knows what she's doing can change to suit her desires. In the end, the software isn't necessarily better or worse, but just different from a point of view that most users will never see.

  • Facebook promised to open up its log storage system

    Sysadmins struggling to manage lots of logs may want to Like a new "friend", after Facebook last week decided to share its distributed log management system.

    If you're just running one site, Zuck's "LogDevice" code might not be for you: it's how Facebook makes sense of its 10 data centres, including how The Social Network™ brings those logs back into sync when something goes wrong.

    Perhaps the most impressive number is in that operation: Facebook claims that after a failure, LogDevice can rebuild logs to “fully restore the replication factor of all records affected” at between 5 Gbps and 10 Gbps per second.

  • What does /r/linux feels about Reddit no longer being open source?

Software: Wire, Shutter, Dimmer

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  • Do You Use 'Wire' On Your Mobile? If Yes, Here Is Linux Client For You From Secure Repo

    Wire is a communication application mainly focused on privacy. Wire is available for almost every platform Linux, Windows, Mac and mobile devices, its applications across all platforms uniformly use state-of-the-art encryption mechanisms that are recognized as reliable by experts and the community.
    Wire offers end-to-end encrypted text messaging, video, voice calls and media, all conversation are private and secured, all conversations are available on multiple devices and platforms without weakening security.

  • Screenshot Tool ‘Shutter’ Gets First Update in Over 2 Years

    It’s been well over two and a half years since feature-rich screenshot tool Shutter was last updated — but a new release is finally here! Shutter’s last release was back in 2014, so this update has been a little overdue. But don’t get too excited; the wait doesn’t mean the app picks up any new features.

  • Desktop Dimmer Application Can Help Your Eyes To Stay Safe

    Well, you can adjust your screen brightness for your eyes but at some point. Dimmer lets you make your dark screen to darker. It is a free utility for setting the brightness of your main screen as well as external monitors. You can choose which screens will be set to the selected brightness level. Perfect for dark room, planetariums or anyone working in the dark with multiple monitors. For video presentations use dimmer to dim your laptop screen, while leaving the VGA output at full brightness on the projector. From the system tray you access Dimmer slider, the range from 0% (Means full brightness) to all the way to 100%.

Linux pioneer SUSE marks 25 years in the field

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The Germany-based SUSE Linux marked a milestone over the last few days: on Friday, 2 September, the company turned 25, a remarkable achievement in an industry where the remains of software companies litter the landscape around the world.

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Manjaro Gellivara 17.0.3 Arch-based Linux distro now available -- final 32-bit release

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Tomorrow is Labor Day, meaning for many of you, this is a three-day weekend. While some folks will use this time to relax, we computer geeks will instead tinker with hardware and try new software. If you like to install and play with various Linux-based operating systems, Labor Day Weekend is perfect for this!

Today, version 17.0.3 of the Manjaro Gellivara Linux distribution becomes available. This Arch-based operating system is quite the satisfying experience -- I highly recommend it. This will be the final "Gellivara" release, which also means it is the final 32-bit version of Manjaro. Yes, folks, for the next major version of the operating system, you will need 64-bit hardware to use this distro. If your hardware is still 32-bit only, please buy a new machine already!

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What's the current state of Linux distros for kids?

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When she was only two years old, my daughter was fascinated by the old Eee PC running Ubuntu Studio I was using as one of my main computers. She would climb on my lap to hammer away at the keyboard, so—even though she was a bit young—I decided to search for Linux distributions made for children. To my surprise, I found a few distros made for kids as young as two.

I downloaded DoudouLinux, booted it from a USB, and put it in front of my toddler. She tried a few games and puzzles, but she'd grown familiar with the iPad's touch screen (which she had been using at preschool) and didn't understand the laptop's dinosaur method of swiping a touchpad and clicking a button to make things to happen.

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Debian Activities and DebConf

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  • My Debian Activities in August 2017

    This month I accepted 217 packages and rejected 16 uploads. Though this might seem to be a low number this month, I am very pleased about the total number of packages that have been accepted: 558.

  • Summary of the DebConf 2038 BoF

    Steve McIntyre reports from a BoF session on the year-2038 problem at DebConf 17. "It's important that we work on fixing issues *now* to stop people building broken things that will bite us. We all expect that our own computer systems will be fine by 2038; Debian systems will be fixed and working! We'll have rebuilt the world with new interfaces and found the issues. The issues are going to be in the IoT, with systems that we won't be able to simply rebuild/verify/test - they'll fail. We need to get the underlying systems right ASAP for those systems."

  • FOSScamp Syros 2017 – day 1

    During Debconf17 I was asked by Daniel if I can attend FOSScamp Syros to help with Debian’s l10n in the Balkans. I said I would be happy to, although my visit would be short (2.5 days) due to previous plans.

Spyware Dolls and Intel's vPro

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For a number of years now there has been growing concern that the management technologies in recent Intel CPUs (ME, AMT and vPro) also conceal capabilities for spying, either due to design flaws (no software is perfect) or backdoors deliberately installed for US spy agencies, as revealed by Edward Snowden. In a 2014 interview, Intel's CEO offered to answer any question, except this one.

The LibreBoot project provides a more comprehensive and technical analysis of the issue, summarized in the statement "the libreboot project recommends avoiding all modern Intel hardware. If you have an Intel based system affected by the problems described below, then you should get rid of it as soon as possible" - eerily similar to the official advice German authorities are giving to victims of Cayla the doll.

All those amateur psychiatrists suggesting LibreBoot developers suffer from symptoms of schizophrenia have had to shut their mouths since May when Intel confirmed a design flaw (or NSA backdoor) in every modern CPU had become known to hackers.

Bill Gates famously started out with the mission to put a computer on every desk and in every home. With more than 80% of new laptops based on an Intel CPU with these hidden capabilities, can you imagine the NSA would not have wanted to come along for the ride?

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Review: Nitrux 1.0.2

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Nitrux is a fairly new addition to the DistroWatch database. The distribution features a custom desktop environment, called Nomad, which is based on KDE's Plasma 5 desktop. The Nomad desktop reportedly features a simplified system tray and a friendly, graphical front-end for the UFW firewall utility. Nitrux also ships with a custom software manager called NX Software Center and a music player called Babe. The Nitrux project previously featured the Anbox utility for running Android apps on GNU/Linux desktop distributions, but Anbox has been removed in recent versions of the Nitrux distribution.

Nitrux is available in just one edition and is built for 64-bit x86 computers exclusively. Originally I tried to download Nitrux from the project's website and found my download kept getting disconnected partway through. I switched to downloading the project's ISO file (1.0GB in size) from a SourceForge mirror and this download completed successfully.

Booting from the Nitrux installation media brings up a menu asking if we would like to launch the distribution's live mode or start the system installer. Taking the live mode option, we are brought to a graphical login screen. We can sign into the Nomad desktop by using "nitrux" as both the username and password.

The Nomad desktop appears to use KDE's Plasma desktop software, but with a high degree of customization. The main desktop panel containing the application menu and system tray is placed at the top of the screen. A quick-launch bar is displayed at the bottom of the screen. The launch bar at the bottom of the desktop displays icons, but no tool tips or text to indicate what clicking on each icon will open. The application menu is displayed as a large grid of icons. The first page of the menu displays commonly used (or "favourite") applications. The second page lists all installed applications. The desktop's default background is mostly white with red and purple at the corners in shades that remind me of cotton candy.

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Security: Updates, 2017 Linux Security Summit, Software Updates for Embedded Linux and More

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • The 2017 Linux Security Summit
    The past Thursday and Friday was the 2017 Linux Security Summit, and once again I think it was a great success. A round of thanks to James Morris for leading the effort, the program committee for selecting a solid set of talks (we saw a big increase in submissions this year), the presenters, the attendees, the Linux Foundation, and our sponsor - thank you all! Unfortunately we don't have recordings of the talks, but I've included my notes on each of the presentations below. I've also included links to the slides, but not all of the slides were available at the time of writing; check the LSS 2017 slide archive for updates.
  • Key Considerations for Software Updates for Embedded Linux and IoT
    The Mirai botnet attack that enslaved poorly secured connected embedded devices is yet another tangible example of the importance of security before bringing your embedded devices online. A new strain of Mirai has caused network outages to about a million Deutsche Telekom customers due to poorly secured routers. Many of these embedded devices run a variant of embedded Linux; typically, the distribution size is around 16MB today. Unfortunately, the Linux kernel, although very widely used, is far from immune to critical security vulnerabilities as well. In fact, in a presentation at Linux Security Summit 2016, Kees Cook highlighted two examples of critical security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel: one being present in kernel versions from 2.6.1 all the way to 3.15, the other from 3.4 to 3.14. He also showed that a myriad of high severity vulnerabilities are continuously being found and addressed—more than 30 in his data set.
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