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Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 28/06/2015 - 4:10pm
Story New ARM SoCs & Boards Supported By The Linux 4.2 Kernel Roy Schestowitz 28/06/2015 - 1:50pm
Story Node.js and Docker realigned Roy Schestowitz 28/06/2015 - 1:46pm
Story Linux 4.2 Advertises GFS2 Performance Improvements Roy Schestowitz 28/06/2015 - 9:41am
Story Will I Have the Latest Software Versions in Ubuntu with Snappy? Rianne Schestowitz 28/06/2015 - 7:55am
Story Italian makers unveil the Felfil, an open source 3d printing filament extruder Rianne Schestowitz 28/06/2015 - 7:52am
Story Manjaro Linux Cinnamon 0.8.13 Officially Released with the Cinnamon 2.6 Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 27/06/2015 - 7:50pm

Slackware Linux 13.1 arrives

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Slack

slackware.com: Yes, it's that time again! After many months of development and careful testing, we are proud to announce the release of Slackware version 13.1!

Is it time to rethink the open source license approval process?

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OSS

the451group.com: Open Source Initiative board member, Simon Phipps, declared on Monday that Google’s WebM project “is not currently open source”. It was a statement based on the fact that the license used for WebM is not currently approved by the Open Source Initiative as being compliant with the Open Source Definition.

Torrents go down Hollywood-style

linuxmint.com: With the assistance of the Svea Court of Appeals, the main Hollywood movie studios have landed a triple blow on OpenBitTorrent. The Court handed out three injunctions yesterday, one of which took the OpenBitTorrent tracker offline.

Btrfs and the Ubuntu spin machine

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: Alone among GNU/Linux distributions, Ubuntu has managed to project the impression that it is the best first choice for someone who wants to test the Linux waters. Put this down to slick media management.

The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 10.04

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Kubuntu 10.04 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. Kubuntu 10.04 is derived from Ubuntu 10.04 and uses the KDE desktop instead of the GNOME desktop.

PostgreSQL 9.0 is now in Betaphase

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Linux
Software
Reviews

The first Beta version of the new 9.0 release boasts over 200 new functions and improvements.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Victory: Tweakable GTK Theme
  • Go personas happy with Personas Rotator
  • Red Hat shifts hiring strategy as competition for talent intensifies
  • Don't Talk The Talk, Without Walking The Walk
  • openSUSE helps job center save money
  • Port the new distro-neutral initrd framework, Dracut, to Gentoo
  • Activities in 4.5
  • Hacking through the Software Patent Thickets
  • The Linux Action Show! s12e2 - Google Declares War on Apple
  • BYO Linux router to the NBN
  • Build a Linux-Powered Sprinkler System for your Garden
  • Going Linux - May 24: #103 - Computer America #26
  • Spreading the Word about Open Government Data
  • The World, Brought to You by Linux

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Add Proprietary Drivers to Ubuntu 10.04
  • 12 Steps to Install and Configure Alfresco
  • Example commands - dd
  • How to customize Ubuntu 10.04 desktop
  • install globalmenu in Ubuntu 10.04
  • Sending Email from Command line
  • How to install new themes in Gnome
  • Configure an Ubuntu Linux Computer for Less Than $200
  • How to Run Multiple Dropbox Accounts
  • Create dynamic wallpaper
  • Manage Removable Devices in KDE
  • make Peppermint OS even faster with Openbox
  • Fix for Empathy giving “Network Errors”
  • GCompris Educational game for ages 2 to 10 in Ubuntu

VIA's Linux Dreams Are Not Materializing

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Linux

phoronix.com: Back in 2008 there was the announcement from the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Texas that VIA had joined the open-source driver bandwagon after having abandoned previous open-source attempts. However, for the past two years, this has largely been a media bluff.

Interview with KMail Developer Thomas McGuire

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KDE
Interviews

kdenews.org: Welcome back again to the KDE Interview series. Today we feature Thomas McGuire, the KMail maintainer.

Red Hat exec: Oracle's not an open source company

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OSS

networkworld.com: It's been said that Oracle is now the industry's most powerful open source vendor, but don't tell that to Red Hat executives, who say Oracle doesn't even qualify as an open source company.

Recent changes in dpkg

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Software

debian.org: The versions 1.15.6 and 1.15.7 of dpkg introduced several important changes. Let's skim over them:

Retro mail client Cone has some modern features

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Software

sourceforge.net/blog: Cone harks back to the era when users read e-mail in a non-graphical application, without using menus, mouse, or buttons. Longtime Pine users will feel right at home with Cone; many keyboard commands are the same. However, Cone is not a Pine clone.

When the Administrator walks...

linuxjournal.com: We never like to see our co-workers leave. In most cases, though, we are are happy for them because they are going on to bigger and better things. But occasionally they are not leaving under their own power. And that is when things can get...well...messy.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 355

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at NimbleX 2010 (Beta)
  • News: Best features of Fedora 13, OpenSolaris release rumour, PCLinuxOS "FullMonty" edition, Debian "Squeeze" freeze delay, Ubuntu 10.10 feature proposals, Novell and Mandriva
  • Questions and answers: SELinux

KDE 3 Forked?

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KDE

pearsoncomputing.net: This project aims to keep the KDE3.5 computing style alive, as well as polish off any rough edges that were present as of KDE 3.5.10. Along the way, new useful features will be added to keep the environment up-to-date.

My thoughts on Ubuntu 10.04

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Ubuntu
  • My thoughts on Ubuntu 10.04
  • Ubuntu Linux Netbook Edition 10.04

Novell’s Markus Rex – celebrating 10 years

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SUSE
  • Novell’s Markus Rex – celebrating 10 years of Linux on the mainframe
  • Novell recognized for Web support
  • Want to buy a Linux company?

A capitalist fan of commie software

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OSS

itweb.co.za: It's a good question, I suppose. A tree-hugging leftwinger from a proud union family with an inexplicable taste for expensive Scotch single malts asked to know why, if I'm such a capitalist, I am so vocal about liking free and open source software.

License Equals Software Quality?

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OSS

itworld.com: Michael Hall, former editor of Linux Today, pointed out a blog entry with an interesting take on the recent beating Apple has been taking in the press lately. It was a posting that made me sit back and re-evaluate some of my own views.

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Command Line Heroes Launched

  • Red Hat launches new podcast series, Command Line Heroes
    Technology has become so integrated into our daily lives that it can be easy to take it for granted. But we’ve only gotten to where we are today because of the command line heroes that shaped the industry - and continue to do so. Command line hero. What does that really mean? To us it’s the developers, programmers, hackers, geeks and open source rebels - the people who are on the front line, transforming technology from the command line up. The biggest technology advancements and innovations didn’t happen by accident. They were made possible through the passion, creativity and persistence of technologists around the world.
  • Command Line Heroes
    I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while, ever since it was announced: today, the first two episodes of Command Line Heroes were published. Command Line Heroes, or CLH for short, is a series of podcasts that tells the stories of open source. It’s hosted by Saron Yitbarek, of CodeNewbie fame, and sponsored by Red Hat.

NethServer, Red Hat, and Fedora

  • Why building a community is worth the extra effort
    Building the NethServer community was risky. But we've learned so much about the power of working with passionate people.
  • Risk Malaise Alert in Option Market: Red Hat Inc Implied Price Swing Hits A Deteriorated Level
  • Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) Receives “Neutral” Rating from Credit Suisse Group
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  • Fixing flatpak startup times
    A lot of people have noticed that flatpak apps sometimes start very slowly. Upon closer inspection you notice this only happens the first time you run the application. Still, it gives a very poor first time impression. So, what is causing this, and can we fix it? The short answer to this is font-cache generation, and yes, I landed a fix today. For the longer version we have to take a detour into how flatpak and fontconfig works.
  • Fedora 28 wallpaper contest now open -- submit your image to the Linux distro!
    One of the first things I do after installing a new Linux distribution is set a different wallpaper. Why? Desktop pictures really inspire me -- my mood can be positively altered by a beautiful image. The default wallpaper is often boring. For the most part, I prefer images of nature with bright colors. After all, if I am stuck indoors working on my computer, a wallpaper of the beach, mountains, or a colorful bird, for instance, can transport me to the outdoors -- in my mind. Sadly, not every distro has beautiful high-quality images. Fedora, however, often does -- thanks to its "supplemental" wallpapers. What is particularly cool  about that operating system, is that it regularly accepts wallpaper submissions from the community as part of a contest. In other words, anybody can potentially contribute to a new version of the distro by simply uploading a photo, drawing, or other picture. Fedora 28 is the upcoming version of the OS, and the developers are now calling for wallpaper submissions for it. Will you submit an entry to the contest?

OSS Leftovers

  • Google's Kelsey Hightower talks Kubernetes and community
    Google developer advocate Kelsey Hightower says that he always figured that the (now wildly successful) Kubernetes container orchestration platform "would get big on its own at some point." He shared some of the reasons he sees for Kubernetes' success in a podcast recorded in December at CloudNativeCon in Austin. The first is that Kubernetes is an effective platform on which to do other things. It provides "better primitives than I had before" as Hightower puts it. At the same time, he says that this is something people misunderstand about Kubernetes. "It's not the end game," he says. Rather, at some point, it increasingly becomes "the new platform for building other platforms."
  • A FOSS Year Resolution
    It’s that time of year again. The time when some people are taking a long hard look at their lives and trying to decide what they want to change about themselves over the course of the next year. Some of us want to lose weight, or exercise more, or spend more time with our kids. The trouble is only about 9% of these resolutions actually happen.
  • Do not limit yourself
    The motto of Learn yourself, teach others is still very strong among us. We try to break any such stupid limits others try to force on our lives. We dream, we try to enjoying talking about that book someone just finished. We discuss about our favorite food. I will end this post saying one thing again. Do not bound yourself in some non existing limits. Always remember, What a great teacher, failure is (I hope I quoted Master Yoda properly). Not everything we will try in life will be a super successful thing, but we can always try to learn from those incidents. You don’t have to bow down in front of anyone, you can do things you love in your life without asking for others’ permissions.
  • Benjamin Mako Hill: OpenSym 2017 Program Postmortem
    The International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym, formerly WikiSym) is the premier academic venue exclusively focused on scholarly research into open collaboration. OpenSym is an ACM conference which means that, like conferences in computer science, it’s really more like a journal that gets published once a year than it is like most social science conferences. The “journal”, in iithis case, is called the Proceedings of the International Symposium on Open Collaboration and it consists of final copies of papers which are typically also presented at the conference. Like journal articles, papers that are published in the proceedings are not typically published elsewhere.
  • NVDA and Firefox 58 – The team is regaining strength
    A week before the Firefox 57 “Quantum” release in November, I published an Article detailing some bits to be aware of when using Firefox and the NVDA screen reader together. In Firefox 58, due on January 23, 2018, the reliable team is regaining strength in playing well together and offering you good and fast web accessibility. After the Firefox 57 release, due to many changes under the hood, NVDA and Firefox temporarily lapsed in performance. Statistics quickly showed that about two thirds of the NVDA user base stayed with us despite of this. So to all of you who stuck with us on this difficult release: Thank you! Many of the others moved to the extended support release of Firefox 52. Thank you to those of you as well, you decided to stick with Firefox! Also, statistics show that barely any of those of you who stuck with 57 decided to turn off multi-process Firefox, but instead used the new technology, and some of you even reported problems to us.
  • Retpoline-enabled GCC
    There will be upstream backports at least to GCC 7, but probably pretty far back (I've seen people talk about all the way to 4.3). So you won't have to run my crappy home-grown build for very long—it's a temporary measure. :-) Oh, and it made Stockfish 3% faster than with GCC 6.3! Hooray.
  • Payara Services to Embed Secure, Stable Open Source Java Runtime from Azul SystemsPayara Server 2018 Update Includes Azul Zulu Enterprise Builds of OpenJDK
  • Eclipse Che – A Next-Generation Cloud IDE and Workspace Server
    We have a couple of posts on developer workspaces and cloud IDEs but in my opinion, none of them has the combined features of beauty, flexibility, and efficiency while being free. That is why it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you the (arguably) best cloud-based IDE you will ever need, Eclipse Che. Eclipse Che is a beautiful and customizable open-source developer workspace and cloud Integrated Development Environment.

Security: Hospital With Windows, Reproducible Builds, Intel, Transmission and More

  • Hospital [sic] sent offline as hackers infect systems with ransomware, demand payment [iophk: "Windows"]
  • Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #142
  • Spectre and Meltdown patches causing trouble as realistic attacks get closer
    Applications, operating systems, and firmware all need to be updated to defeat Meltdown and protect against Spectre, two attacks that exploit features of high-performance processors to leak information and undermine system security. The computing industry has been scrambling to respond after news of the problem broke early a few days into the new year. But that patching is proving problematic. The Meltdown protection is revealing bugs or otherwise undesirable behavior in various drivers, and Intel is currently recommending that people cease installing a microcode update it issued to help tackle the Spectre problem. This comes as researchers are digging into the papers describing the issues and getting closer to weaponizing the research to turn it into a practical attack. With the bad guys sure to be doing the same, real-world attacks using this research are sure to follow soon.
  • Finnish firm detects new Intel security flaw
    new security flaw has been found in Intel hardware which could enable hackers to access corporate laptops remotely, Finnish cybersecurity specialist F-Secure said on Friday. F-Secure said in a statement that the flaw had nothing to do with the "Spectre" and "Meltdown" vulnerabilities recently found in the micro-chips that are used in almost all computers, tablets and smartphones today. Rather, it was an issue within Intel Active Management Technology (AMT), "which is commonly found in most corporate laptops, (and) allows an attacker to take complete control over a user's device in a matter of seconds," the cybersecurity firm said.
  • What is RubyMiner? New malware found targeting Windows and Linux servers to mine cryptocurrency
  • BitTorrent flaw could let hackers take control of Windows, Linux PCs
    According to Project Zero, the client is vulnerable to a DNS re-binding attack that effectively tricks the PC into accepting requests via port 9091 from malicious websites that it would (and should) ordinarily ignore.
  • BitTorrent critical flaw allows hackers to remotely control users' computers
    A critical flaw in the popular Transmission BitTorrent app could allow hackers to remotely control users' computers. The flaw, uncovered by Google Project Zero security researchers, allows websites to execute malicious code on users' devices. Researchers also warned that BitTorrent clients could be susceptible to attacks as well if the flaw is leveraged.