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Story Linux Devices Roy Schestowitz 10/05/2017 - 8:25am
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 10/05/2017 - 8:24am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 10/05/2017 - 8:22am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 10/05/2017 - 8:21am
Story OpenWRT and LEDE agree on LInux-for-routers peace plan Rianne Schestowitz 10/05/2017 - 8:20am
Story OpenStack Summit Roy Schestowitz 1 10/05/2017 - 8:11am
Story Events: Open Networking Summit, DevConf, and OSCON Roy Schestowitz 10/05/2017 - 8:02am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 10/05/2017 - 7:33am
Story NVIDIA in Linux 4.12, Nvidia 381.22 Video Driver Roy Schestowitz 10/05/2017 - 7:06am
Story Tizen, Fuchsia, and Android Roy Schestowitz 10/05/2017 - 6:59am

Lubuntu 17.04 - simple evolution

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Lubuntu 17.04 continues to deliver a nice and friendly environment for those who like a light and snappy uncomplicated experience without many graphical bells and whistles. And it still lacks a common theme for applications and their design, because LXDE is not fully a “desktop environment” per se.

The Live session of Lubuntu 17.04 felt quick and snappy for me, which is no wonder on my new laptop.

The only small problem I mentioned in this review was the set of default applications. But that's easy to fix, isn't it?

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The great leap backward [otherwise behind paywall]

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Sayre's law states: "In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake". In that context, it is perhaps easy to understand why the discussion around the version number for the next major openSUSE Leap release has gone on for hundreds of sometimes vitriolic messages. While this change is controversial, the openSUSE board hopes that it will lead to more rational versioning in the long term — but the world has a way of interfering with such plans.

OpenSUSE Leap is an interesting hybrid distribution; its core packages come from the slow-and-stable SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) release, but those packages are replaced or supplemented by much newer software where desired. The current (and only) openSUSE Leap release was originally based on SLE 12 and openSUSE 13.1. The project had an immediate problem in that it needed to come up with a version number for this new distribution; in the end, it did what any of us would have done and chose 42. The current release is openSUSE Leap 42.2.


That said, this decision has set up another existential crisis for the future: what happens when the SLE 42 release comes out and openSUSE Leap is faced with reusing a version number — a deed seen as being even more foul than going backward? Brown shrugged off this problem, saying that, at the current release rate, SLE 42 isn't due for over 100 years. There should, he implied, be time for plenty of other flame wars before that one needs to heat up.

Brown's math is neglecting an important fact, though: SLE just skipped over two numbers, and might well be expected to do the same thing again in the next century. After all, 16 is a power of two, and all those zeroes might make some potential customers nervous. It's also the atomic number of sulfur; best to just skip it. Italians see 17 as an exceptionally ill-starred number. 18 is voting age in much of the world, and nobody has had luck with voting recently, so that one should be avoided too. 19 is suspiciously prime, but might yet prove acceptable pending further research. And so on; SLE 42 may come far sooner than anybody expects.

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GCC 7.1

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  • GCC 7.1 Released

    We are proud to announce the next, major release of the GNU Compiler Collection, 7.1. This year we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first GCC beta release and this month we will celebrate 30 years since the GCC 1.0 release.

  • GCC 7.1 Compiler Released

    The GNU Compiler Collection 7 (GCC 7) stable release is now available with today's announcement of GCC 7.1.

    GCC 7.1 features experimental support for all of the C++17 draft, various performance improvements, improved debugging/diagnostics, optimization work, various hardware-specific improvements, OpenMP 4.5 offloading to NVIDIA PTX, and much more. More details in Changes To Find With The Upcoming Release Of GCC 7.

Linux and FOSS Events: Open Networking Summit and OpenStack Summit in Boston

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  • Disruptive Collaboration: The Next Generation of Network Software and Hardware

    About 10 years ago, mobile networks began experiencing massive increases in demand with the launch of the iPhone and the introduction of other smart phones. In a keynote at the Open Networking Summit, Andre Fuetsch, President AT&T Labs and CTO, AT&T says that the demand increased over 250,000% in the past 10 years. What AT&T quickly realized was the hardware-centric approach they’d been taking for decades wasn't going to be enough, and they believed that shifting to software was their best bet to meet this accelerating demand. However, individual companies working alone tend to build similar solutions and duplicate effort, so AT&T isn’t doing this alone. They are collaborating together with other companies in a consolidated effort around ONAP, Open Network Automation Platform.

  • Catch Up With The Linux Foundation at OpenStack Summit in Boston

    The Linux Foundation will be at OpenStack Summit in Boston -- one of the largest open cloud infrastructure events in the world -- with many conference sessions, intensive training courses, giveaways, and a chance to win a free OpenStack training course or a Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit.

  • OpenStack Charms in Boston

FOSS FUD and Misnformation

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  • Lenovo Expands Commitment to Open Source [Ed: but excludes GNU/Linux, then censors people who talk about it]
  • Datto Hires Open Source Expert Markus Rex [Ed: Markus Rex left Novell and then ownCloud. The press release foolishly cites this FUD source, Black Duck.]
  • Why Some Enterprises Don’t Do Open Source [Ed: talking points from the likes of Black Duck basically]

    As everyone knows, the code for open source software (OSS) is made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone for any purpose. OSS is typically developed in a collaborative public manner, relying on the intelligence and creativity of crowdsourcing to create platforms, applications and infrastructure that in many cases rivals that of its proprietary, closed-source cousin.

    While smaller companies can quickly adopt open source products, many larger enterprises are laggards due to structural constraints. Though a group within an enterprise may use an open source solution, the tools rarely end up being deployed enterprise-wide because open source solutions are built to solve a specific problem for a specific line of business. If another line of business struggles with the same problem, they can’t simply adopt the same solution – they need to spend time setting up initial configurations and establishing the right IT support mechanisms. Bottom line: most large enterprises don’t do open source.

  • Think open source is a meritocracy? It is, but only if no one knows you're a woman [Ed: FOSS basher Liam Tung (there's track record) plays along with the misleading headlines. It's not a FOSS issue, it's a programming/CS issue. If anything, FOSS has made it easier to see women's contributions and analyse these, highlighting an issue proprietary software hides.]

Proprietary Communication Tools

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  • Now Slack-ing Off Is Encouraged!

    If your company hasn't already chosen to utilize Slack, it's probably only a matter of time. For anyone who has been around IRC before, Slack might seem like a total ripoff. I'll be honest, when one of the companies I work for starting using it, I wasn't impressed, because I could do all the same things with IRC.

  • Discord - voice and text chat for gamers

    Hi guys, it is been a long pause on our website due to our exams and stuff but we are now back with more interesting stuff for you guys. Today we are going to meet Discord. If you are into online gaming and MOBA type games then you must have used or heard about Discord. It is one of the most versatile app out there for voice and text based chat. There are other apps like Skype or Teamspeak but Discord is unique in it's own way. Let's get to know more about this app.

Latest Changes in Linux 4.12

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  • MD RAID Optimizations For Linux 4.12

    Another pull request worth mentioning for Linux 4.12 are the MD (Multiple Device) Software RAID changes.

  • Intel P-State, Schedutil Get Updated For Linux 4.12 Kernel

    Intel's P-State CPU frequency scaling driver continues getting in shape with the latest mainline Linux Git code and the CPUFreq Schedutil governor also received some tuning, among other power management and ACPI changes vetted for Linux 4.12.

    For the Linux 4.12 kernel, the Intel P-State driver's sysfs interface has been reworked so it's now "more straightforward and more intuitive", P-State should now work with all CPUs advertising hardware P-States (HWP), the load-based P-State selection algorithm will now be used on a wider range of systems, there is now Gemini Lake support in P-State, and there has been other clean-ups and optimization work to this Intel CPU scaling driver alternative to ACPI CPUFreq.

Qseven module runs Linux on TI’s AM5728

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Advantech’s Linux-driven “ROM-7510” module offers TI’s dual-core AM5728 SoC, 8GB eMMC, USB 3.0, PCIe, GbE, SATA, and industrial temperature support.

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today's leftovers

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FUD and Openwashing

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Nextcloud, NeoVim, GSettings, and GNOME

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  • Nextcloud 12 Beta Released, Focuses On Collaboration Possibilities
  • NeoVim Hits v0.2 Milestone

    NeoVim, the effort to rewrite and modernize Vim, is out with its latest feature release.

    NeoVim 0.2.0 is the new release of this featureful text editor. NeoVim 0.2 features some API additions, :terminal improvements, man page improvements, Windows support is now considered fully supported, several security fixes landed, and a variety of other changes introduced.

  • First steps with GSettings
  • GNOME Release Party – Lima, Peru

    Yesterday, we have celebrated the GNOME Release Party 3.24.1 by sharing a breakfast at Real Plaza – Centro Cívico. We were in total 18 people who knows GNOME by own experiences and previous talks I did in different universities located in Lima, Peru.

Meet the Slimbook Excalibur, a 15″ Aluminium Linux Laptop

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Spanish computer company Slimbook has unsheathed its latest Linux laptop — the mighty 15.6-inch Slimbook Excalibur.

Their largest laptop to date, the Excalibur is forged entirely from aluminium (think MacBook), cutting itself a prime spot alongside the more nimble 13″ Slimbook KDE laptop.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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  • Debian goes to Hackathon!

    As a mentor, my role was to ensure that each team have best possible chances of fulfilling the evaluation criteria for the contest. I also helped teams with the development and pitching.

  • My Debian Activities in April 2017

    This month I marked 72 packages for accept and sent one email to a maintainer asking questions. The number of rejections went down to 15. I would name that a good level again.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 506
  • feren OS, a distribution based on Linux Mint releases the 2017.0 'Murdock' edition

    feren OS, a distribution based on Linux Mint has released their 2017.0 'Murdock' edition with tons of new stuff.

    This is a bit of distribution-inception now though, with feren OS based on Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian — wow. It includes a customized Cinnamon desktop to give it their own fresh look. It also comes with the Vivaldi browser by default, which I haven't seen any other distribution do.

    In the latest edition of feran OS, they have dropped Mint Welcome, in favour of their own fork of Budgie Welcome called feren Welcome. Continuing the fork of a fork there I see!

Security Leftovers

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  • On reCAPTCHA Dread

    I wanted to read Matthew Garrett’s post on Intel’s remote AMT vulnerability, but since I’m using Private Internet Access, Cloudflare has gated it behind reCAPTCHA. reCAPTCHA is much, much harder than it used to be. Although there seem to be a couple of other variants, nowadays you’re generally expected to identify squares that contain street signs and squares that contain mountains. Now either the answer key is regularly wrong, or I just don’t know what street signs and mountains are. You’d think the former… but there actually is a good degree of ambiguity in selecting which squares to tag. Do I only tag all the squares that contain the signage-portion of the sign, or do I also tag the squares containing the signpost? (The former seems to work better, in my experience.) What if only a little bit of the sign extends into a particular square? (Jury’s out.) What if there are very distant signs in the background of the image, with many big signs in the foreground: should the distant signs be tagged too? And what constitutes a mountain anyway? Most of the “mountains” I see in the reCAPTCHA images look more like impressive hills to me. My guess is that reCAPTCHA wants me to tag any bit of elevated land as a mountain, but who knows, really.

  • Remote security exploit in all 2008+ Intel platforms

    The short version is that every Intel platform with AMT, ISM, and SBT from Nehalem in 2008 to Kaby Lake in 2017 has a remotely exploitable security hole in the ME (Management Engine) not CPU firmware. If this isn’t scary enough news, even if your machine doesn’t have SMT, ISM, or SBT provisioned, it is still vulnerable, just not over the network. For the moment. From what SemiAccurate gathers, there is literally no Intel box made in the last 9+ years that isn’t at risk. This is somewhere between nightmarish and apocalyptic.

  • Vulnerability hits Intel enterprise PCs going back 10 years
  • 6 signs enterprise security is getting better [Ed: This Microsoft employee will not want to say it, but shift away from Windows contributes to security]

Intel Memory Bandwidth Allocation Coming To Linux 4.12

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Intel Memory Bandwidth Allocation (MBA) support is coming to the Linux 4.12 kernel for allocating defined bandwidth between CPU cores.

The Intel RDT (Resource Director Technology) code was extended to allow for this MBA support to allow limits on memory bandwidth for threads when they are scheduled. MBA is billed as a feature for server clusters, VMs, clouds, containers, and other situations of having shared resources. The Memory Bandwidth Allocation can be paired with the exiting Memory Bandwidth Monitoring and Cache Allocation to monitor/limit the memory and cache available to processes.

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Qt 5.9 Beta 3, KDE Neon, and Krita

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  • Qt 5.9 beta3 available

    Qt 5.9 beta3 is now available. Instructions how to get the release are here: Diff to second beta can be found as an attachment.

  • Qt 5.9 Beta 3 Now Available

    For those looking forward to the upcoming Qt 5.9 tool-kit release, the third beta is now shipping.

    Qt release manager Jani Heikkinen has announced the Qt 5.9 Beta 3 release for testing and is encouraging users/developers to try it out to find bugs/regressions ahead of the planned release possibly at the end of May but could be delayed into June.

  • Has anyone used KDE Neon aside from myself?

    I love it so much so that it's now my daily driver (having completely erased Windows whereas I normally dual-boot).

  • Krita 3.1.3 Update Lets You Run Multiple Instances of the Digital Painting App

    Today, May 1, Krita Foundation proudly announced the release and general availability of the third maintenance update to the Krita 3.1 stable series of the open-source digital painting app for all supported platforms.

    Shipping with a ton of bug fixes, as well as a handful of cool new features, Krita 3.1.3 is here two months after the previous update to implement an option that finally allows users to run multiple instances of the app. It also implements the Cut, Copy, Paste, and Object Ordering context menu actions for the default tool.

Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Nextcloud 12 Officially Released, Adds New Architecture for Massive Scalability
    Nextcloud informs Softpedia today about the official availability of the final release of Nextcloud 12, a major milestone of the self-hosting cloud server technology that introduces numerous new features and improvements. The biggest new feature of the Nextcloud 12 release appears to be the introduction of a new architecture for massive scalability, called Global Scale, which is a next-generation open-source technology for syncing and sharing files. Global Scale increases scalability from tens of thousands of users to hundreds of millions on a single instance, while helping universities and other institutions significantly reduce the costs of their existing large installations.
  • ReactOS 0.4.5 Open-Source Windows-Compatible OS Launches with Many Improvements
    ReactOS 0.4.5 is a maintenance update that adds numerous changes and improvements over the previous point release. The kernel has been updated in this version to improve the FreeLoader and UEFI booting, as well as the Plug and Play modules, adding support for more computers to boot ReactOS without issues.
  • Sprint Debuts Open Source NFV/SDN Platform Developed with Intel Labs
    AT&T has been the headliner in the carrier race to software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). But Sprint is putting its own stamp on the space this week with its debut of a new open source SDN/NFV mobile core solution.
  • Google’s New Home for All Things Open Source Runs Deep
    Google is not only one of the biggest contributors to the open source community but also has a strong track record of delivering open source tools and platforms that give birth to robust technology ecosystems. Just witness the momentum that Android and Kubernetes now have. Recently, Google launched a new home for its open source projects, processes, and initiatives. The site runs deep and has several avenues worth investigating. Here is a tour and some highlights worth noting.
  • Making your first open source contribution
  • Simplify expense reports with Smart Receipts
    The app is called Smart Receipts, it's licensed AGPL 3.0, and the source code is available on GitHub for Android and iOS.
  • How the TensorFlow team handles open source support
    Open-sourcing is more than throwing code over the wall and hoping somebody uses it. I knew this in theory, but being part of the TensorFlow team at Google has opened my eyes to how many different elements you need to build a community around a piece of software.
  • IRC for the 21st Century: Introducing Riot
    Internet relay chat (IRC) is one of the oldest chat protocols around and still popular in many open source communities. IRC's best strengths are as a decentralized and open communication method, making it easy for anyone to participate by running a network of their own. There are also a variety of clients and bots available for IRC.