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Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2017 - 4:28pm
Story Servers Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2017 - 4:27pm
Story Software Leftovers and GNOME Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2017 - 4:26pm
Story Debian and Ubuntu Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2017 - 4:24pm
Story OSS Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2017 - 4:22pm
Story Events: OpenStack and Containers, MongoDB World 2017 Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2017 - 4:21pm
Story Security: Stack Clash and WannaCry Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2017 - 4:15pm
Story Programming: GCC and Java Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2017 - 4:08pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2017 - 3:57pm
Story Mozilla News: Firefox Focus for Android, $2 Million Prize to Decentralize, and Ad Blocking Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2017 - 3:53pm

Escuelas Linux 5.4 Educational Distribution Officially Released, Based on Bodhi

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If you can't get enough educational-oriented GNU/Linux distributions, here's another one for you, Escuelas Linux 5.4, an open-source computer operating system based on Bodhi Linux and designed for deployment in schools.

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Tips on Scaling Open Source in the Cloud

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I can summarize that in three points for application developers: a shorter learning curve, better security with less hassle, and more resources with increased agility.

First is the shortened learning curve. Developers just want to develop applications when they use open source. They want to focus on their particular application logic and they want to decide what features to develop. They do not want to spend time and effort on managing the physical infrastructure, an aggravation cloud computing eliminates.

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OnePlus 5 review—The best sub-$500 phone you can buy

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Smartphone companies don't seem to care about cultivating a true "lineup" of phones. If you aren't spending at least $650, most companies will offer you anonymous, second-rate devices that seem like they've had no thought put into them. With the death of the Nexus line and with Lenovo's continued bungling of Motorola, the "good but not $650" market is slimmer than ever. Enter the OnePlus 5, which continues the company's tradition of offering an all-business, high-end smartphone for a great price.

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My Ubuntu for mobile devices post mortem analysis

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Now that Ubuntu phones and tablets are gone, I would like to offer my thoughts on why I personally think the project failed and what one may learn from it.

To recapitulate my involvement in the project: I had been using Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 7 on an on-and-off-basis between its announcement in 2013 and December 2014, started working on Click apps in December 2014, started writing the 15-part “Hacking Ubuntu Touch” blog post series about system internals in January 2015, became an Ubuntu Phone Insider, got a Meizu MX4 from Canonical, organized and sponsored the UbuContest app development contest, worked on bug reports and apps until about April 2016, and then sold off/converted all my remaining devices in mid-2016. So I think I can offer some thoughts about the project, its challenges and where we could have done better.

Please note that this post does not apply to the UBPorts project, which continues to work on the phone operating system, Unity 8 and other components.

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today's leftovers

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Univa Contributes Universal Resource Broker to Open Source Community

    The Universal Resource Broker is a software solution that allows distributed application frameworks written for Apache Mesos to run seamlessly on Univa Grid Engine. Making URB available as an open-source project opens the door to continued innovation, enabling community contributors to build adapters to additional workload managers and application frameworks. In addition to open-sourcing the project, Univa is extending URB to support Kubernetes clusters as well.

  • Chinese tech giant Alibaba joins key open-source cloud computing foundation

    Kicking off a week in which it plans to encourage American businesses to invest in China, Alibaba Group announced plans to give something back to the cloud computing community: Alibaba Cloud is now a member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

  • dgplug summer training 2017 is on
  • Call for Speakers Now Open for Percona Live Open Source Database Conference Europe 2017

    The conference theme this year is "Championing Open Source Databases," with sessions on MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB and other open source database technologies, including time series databases, PostgreSQL and RocksDB. The 2017 conference will feature a range of in-depth discussions and hands-on tutorials for three formal tracks -- Developer, Business/Case Studies and Operations.

  • [Old] The Difference between Google Chrome and Chromium on Linux

    Chromium on Linux has two general flavors: You can either get Google Chrome or chromium-browser (see Linux Chromium Packages. This page tries to describe the differences between the two.

    In short, Google Chrome is the Chromium open source project built, packaged, and distributed by Google. This table lists what Google adds to the Google Chrome builds on Linux.

  • Firefox Focus New to Android, blocks annoying ads and protects your privacy

    Last year, we introduced Firefox Focus, a new browser for the iPhone and iPad, designed to be fast, simple and always private. A lot has happened since November; and more than ever before, we’re seeing consumers play an active role in trying to protect their personal data and save valuable megabytes on their data plans.

    While we knew that Focus provided a useful service for those times when you want to keep your web browsing to yourself, we were floored by your response – it’s the highest rated browser from a trusted brand for the iPhone and iPad, earning a 4.6 average rating on the App Store.

    Today, I’m thrilled to announce that we’re launching our Firefox Focus mobile app for Android.

    Like the iPhone and iPad version, the Android app is free of tabs and other visual clutter, and erasing your sessions is as easy as a simple tap. Firefox Focus allows you to browse the web without being followed by tracking ads which are notoriously known for slowing down your mobile experience. Why do we block these ad trackers? Because they not only track your behavior without your knowledge, they also slow down the web on your mobile device.

  • SQL Server 2017 on Linux boosts efficiency for analytics firm [Ed: There is no such thing as "SQL Server 2017 on Linux". It's a lie. It runs on DrawBridge. Proprietary trap.]
  • Accenture, Microsoft team up on blockchain-based digital ID network [Ed: Microsoft proxy Accenture and Microsoft continue to pollute the Blockchain world]

    Accenture Plc and Microsoft Corp are teaming up to build a digital ID network using blockchain technology, as part of a United Nations-supported project to provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people worldwide with no official documents.

  • Metsä Wood Launches 'Open Source Wood'

    Metsä Wood's Open Source Wood initiative is a call to action to architects, designers and engineers to join forces, share innovation and contribute knowledge about large-scale, modular wood construction. By creating an open innovation platform around modular wood construction, Metsä Wood's aim is to connect the local wood construction industry with global knowledge to facilitate collaboration and growth.

  • Open Access Policy In International Organisations

    Open access is “part of the DNA” of international intergovernmental organisations, Charlotte Beauchamp, head of editorial and design at the World Intellectual Property Organization, said during a workshop last week. Representatives of different international organisations described during the workshop the increasing use of an open access policy by their organisations.

    A workshop on International Organizations and Open Access was organised on 12 June during the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2017 (WSIS Forum 2017), which took place from 12-16 June.

  • PHP 7.2 Slated For Fedora 27

    A new feature proposal would ensure Fedora 27 ships with the latest PHP release at the time.

  • General Catalyst, Founder Collective fund the creators of open source programming language

    The creators of the programming language Julia, several of whom have connections to MIT and Harvard, have raised $4.6 million from General Catalyst and Founder Collective for a startup that aims to commercialize the open source code, a type of business that is becoming more common in the Boston area.

    Julia Computing builds professional software tools to make it easier for organizations, especially i

  • Qualys Security Advisory : The Stack Clash

Android-x86 Fork Lets Users Install and Run Android 7.1.2 Nougat on Their PCs

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After informing us last week about the release of a new build of his RaspAnd operating system for Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computers, developer Arne Exton today announced a new version of his Android-x86 fork.

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Also: Raspberry Pi / VC4 Software Support Continues Improving One open source robot launches for DIYers

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A new type of consumer-tier robot has launched, and it is called One. This model, unlike ones before it, is open source and designed for anyone to build. The robot utilizes a simple programming language called Scratch, while the hardware itself is based around Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Multiple cameras, microphones, lights and speakers, among other things, makes One suitable for a variety of tasks.

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NetBSD Image for Raspberry Pi Updated to Improve Raspberry Pi 3 Boot Support

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Jun Ebihara of the Japan NetBSD Users' Group is reporting today on Twitter that he managed to release an updated version of the Raspberry Pi image for the NetBSD (evbarm) operating system.

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Canonical Outs Major Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases

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Canonical released major kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems patching up to eleven vulnerabilities across all of the supported architectures.

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News and e-press echos after EUPL v1.2 publication

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The publication of the new EUPL v1.2 has been echoed widely across Europe, starting with the official “The European Commission has released a new version of the European Union Public Licence (EUPL), a tool for publishing any copyrighted work as open source. The licence is legally consistent with the copyright law of all EU countries and is especially well-suited for public administrations sharing IT solutions.”

If the licence is especially suited for public sector, it is also widely used by the private sector. In fact, the majority of the 15.000 EUPL licensed works are distributed by economic actors, developers and enterprises.

In Germany, the announcement was promptly commented by IfrOSS, the German Institute for legal questions on free and open source software (EU-Kommission veröffentlicht neue EUPL-Version). focuses on the extended compatibility of the EUPL (i.e. with the GPL v3) and point out that in various European Member States like The Netherlands, France, Spain etc. the licence has been selected for distributing, when convenient and applicable, software applications made by governments.

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Also: Romania opens new procurement portal for testing

Games: Wild Terra Online, Paradigm, Gemstone Keeper, and Scrap Garden

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Software: Journal Apps, GNU Automake, Weblate, Gammu, and CrashPlan

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  • 5 of the Best Journal Apps for Linux

    Journals can serve a number of functions. They can help you organize your thoughts. They can help you keep track of your day. Sometimes, you just want to get your feelings out onto a page. If you’re a Linux user, you have a few excellent options for composing and compiling your own digital journal on your favorite operating system.

  • GNU Automake 1.15.1 released
  • GNU Automake 1.15.1 Comes After A Stall In The Project

    GNU's Automake 1.15.1 release is now available, which isn't too big on new work but comes after a lack of activity on Automake.

  • Call for Weblate translations

    Weblate 2.15 is almost ready (I expect no further code changes), so it's really great time to contribute to it's translations! Weblate 2.15 should be released early next week.

  • python-gammu for Windows

    It has been few months since I'm providing Windows binaries for Gammu, but other parts of the family were still missing. Today, I'm adding python-gammu.

  • Two Popular Open-Source Apps Are Now Available in the Windows Store
  • Backup your GNU/Linux system with CrashPlan

    Backup, backup, backup...This is the biggest thing that I wish everyone would follow when messing around with your computer, regardless of operating system but especially with GNU/Linux.

    GNU/Linux is fairly stable nowadays, but anyone who uses it regularly knows that this can change in the blink of an eye, and so...backup!

    There are plenty of different ways to backup your system, but one that I have found very easy to use is a piece of software called CrashPlan. CrashPlan is one of very few user-friendly graphical tools to create backups, and it does it’s job well. CrashPlan is available for Windows,Linux, and MacOS.

Linux Development and Graphics

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  • Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman both have new Linux in mind

    Linux lords Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman have clarified Linux's short term future.

    Torvalds took to the Kernel Mailing List to announced release candidate six of Linux 4.12, along with his fervent hope that “this would be a normal release cycle where rc7 is the last rc.”

    If so, that will mean Linux 4.12 will get its last release candidate next weekend and emerge on July 2nd.

    Another eight or nine weeks later we'll get Linux 4.13 and then it will be 4.14's turn in the spotlight.

  • NVMe Now Officially Faster for Emulated Controllers, Thanks to Collabora's Devs

    A year ago, we reported on the performance improvements brought by Collabora's developers to emulated NVMe devices, which were contributed as patches upstream in the Linux 4.8 kernel.

    The patches added huge performance improvements to emulated NVMe devices, but work didn't stop there, and Collabora's Helen Koike is now reporting on the official release in the NVMe Specification Revision 1.3 under the name "Doorbell Buffer Config command."

  • Another Batch Of AMDGPU Feature Updates For Linux 4.13

    Alex Deucher today submitted what is likely the final set of Radeon/AMDGPU feature updates to be queued in DRM-Next for the upcoming Linux 4.13 kernel cycle.

    Previously submitted for the Radeon/AMDGPU DRM drivers targeting Linux 4.13 were the first round of AMD Raven Ridge graphics support, many Vega fixes, KIQ support for compute rings, MEC queue management rework, audio support for DCE6/SI hardware in AMDGPU, and module parameter changes for better handling SI/CIK behavior in the two drivers.

  • AMD Vega 56 and Vega 64 GPUs destined for iMac Pro detailed in Linux driver

New Tizen Refrigerators and TVs

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Raspberry Pi News: Smart Kitchen, Best Raspberry Pi Distros, and Adding Alexa to a Raspberry Pi

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  • Small but Powerful: Automating the Smart Kitchen with the Raspberry Pi

    Ever since the first credit-card sized model was released in 2012, the Raspberry Pi line of sub-$100 Linux devices has defied all expectations. Its owners have chained the devices together to construct powerful supercomputers and used single devices to drive home automation and security systems. The Raspberry Pi is also a great way to inexpensively automate a smart kitchen, and there are easy-to-follow DIY recipes for doing so online.

    First-generation Raspberry Pi devices were nowhere near as powerful and flexible as today’s models. The first generation had no Wi-Fi capabilities, minimal memory and a mid-range CPU. Fast-forward to today, though, and Raspberry Pi devices are as powerful and capable as many personal computers, but available at a fraction of the cost. Their low cost is partly due to the fact that these devices run free and open source Linux distributions instead of expensive, proprietary operating systems.

  • 5 of the best Raspberry Pi distros in 2017 [Ed: recently-updated old article]

    Believe it or not, the Raspberry Pi is now five years old. In its relatively short life the Pi has ushered in a new revolution in computing that stretches far beyond its original remit which was to promote basic computer science education in schools.

  • How to Add Alexa to a Raspberry Pi (Or Any Linux Device)

GNOME: Fedora + GNOME Group Presentation in Peru, Hackfest, and GSoC

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  • First Public Presentation of the Fedora + GNOME group

    A group of students from different universities have gathered together to learn Linux in deeply. We have started with the GNOME Peru Challenge on Fedora 25, that basically consists in fixing a bug. To achieve that, we have follow an empiric schedule that includes, installation of Fedora 25, use GNOME apps such as Pomodoro, Clock, Maps, and others such as GIMP, building some modules, working with Python to finally see GTK+.

  • GNOME Fractional (and multi-monitor) Scaling Hackfest, the report

    As previously announced, few days ago I attended the GNOME Fractional Scaling Hackfest that me and Red Hat‘s Jonas Ådahl organized at the Canonical office in Taipei 101.
    Although the location was chosen mostly because it was the one closest to Jonas and near enough to my temporary place, it turned out to be the best we could use, since the huge amount of hardware that was available there, including some 4k monitors and HiDPI laptops.
    Being there also allowed another local Canonical employee (Shih-Yuan Lee) to join our efforts!

    As this being said I’ve to thank my employer, for allowing me to do this and for sponsoring the event in order to help making GNOME a better desktop for Ubuntu (and not only).

  • The first weeks of GSoC

    Over the next 2 weeks I’ll be continuing migrating the cloud providers library to use gdbus-codegen as well as adding support for the cloud providers API to the GtkPlacesSidebar.

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GNOME 3.25.3 Released, GTK Development

  • GNOME 3.25.3 Now Available
    GNOME 3.25.3 is now available as the latest stepping stone towards September's release of GNOME 3.26.
  • GNOME 3.26 Desktop Environment Development Continues, New Milestone Is Out Now
    Matthias Clasen has informed the community via an email announcement that the third milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment is now ready for public testing. After a one day delay, GNOME 3.25.3 is now available, and it's the third development release of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment that could be used by default in popular GNU/Linux distributions, such as the Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) or Fedora 27, both due for release later this year. It brings a bunch of updates and new features to several of its components and apps.
  • Eight years since first release and still no usable theme?
    Well, let me be frank. Ever since gtk-3.0 I've been skeptical of it, especially of the theming aspect. In gtk-2 we had (and still have) many themes ranging from trash to excellent, almost every kind of taste could have been satisfied. Not so in gtk-3. First issue is constant changes to theming API, meaning that despite there being hundreds of themes, only handful of them actually work right :( And among them, I still have yet to find one that would work on my fairly usual 15,6″ laptop screen with 1366×768 px resolution. Basicaly I have two issues.

Microsoft Dirty Tricks and Entryism

Security: Windows Causes Chaos, Routers With Back Doors, Patching of UNIX/Linux

  • Traffic lights in Australia hit by WannaCry ransomware [Ed: Well, who uses Microsoft Windows to manage traffic?!?!]

    Radio station 3aw reports that dozens of pole based traffic calming measures are infected and that this came as a surprise to the local minister and Road Safety Camera Commissioner when radio reporters told him about it.

  • Honda shuts down factory after finding NSA-derived Wcry in its networks
    The WCry ransomware worm has struck again, this time prompting Honda Company to halt production in one of its Japan-based factories after finding infections in a broad swath of its computer networks, according to media reports. The automaker shut down its Sayama plant northwest of Tokyo on Monday after finding that WCry had affected networks across Japan, North America, Europe, China, and other regions, Reuters reported Wednesday. Discovery of the infection came on Sunday, more than five weeks after the onset of the NSA-derived ransomware worm, which struck an estimated 727,000 computers in 90 countries. The mass outbreak was quickly contained through a major stroke of good luck. A security researcher largely acting out of curiosity registered a mysterious domain name contained in the WCry code that acted as a global kill switch that immediately halted the self-replicating attack.
  • GhostHook: CyberArk finds new way to attack Windows 10

    Researchers at CyberArk Labs have discovered a new way of gaining access to the innards of Windows 10 64-bit systems that can bypass existing safeguards, including the kernel patch protection known as PatchGuard that Microsoft developed to improve system security.

  • John McAfee claims 'every router in America has been compromised' by hackers and spies

    Technology pioneer John McAfee believes that every home internet router in America is wide open to cyberattacks by criminal hackers and intelligence agencies. He makes the claim speaking after revelations from WikiLeaks that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) targets the devices.

  • 'Stack Clash' Smashed Security Fix in Linux
    What's old is new again: an exploit protection mechanism for a known flaw in the Linux kernel has fallen to a new attack targeting an old problem.
  • Continuous defence against open source exploits
    Register for next month's expo for the public sector DevOps community to hear key speakers from the front line of public sector digital transformation and see the latest technologies at first hand. Andrew Martin, DevOps lead in a major government department, has been added to the line-up of speakers to talk about the importance of getting the approach to security right with open source software.
  • IoT goes nuclear: creating a ZigBee chain reaction [iophk: "use 6lowpan instead"]

    If plugging in an infected bulb is too much hassle, the authors also demonstrate how to take over bulbs by war-driving around in a car, or by war-flying a drone.

  • Passengers given a freight as IT glitch knocks out rail ticket machines

    The network of machines are operated by the individual franchises, but share a common infrastructure from German software company Scheidt and Bachmann.

OpenBSD Development News

  • OpenBSD now has Trapsleds to make life harder for ROPers
  • Historical: My first OpenBSD Hackathon

    I was a nobody. With some encouragement, enough liquid courage to override my imposter syndrome, and a few hours of mentoring, I'm now doing big projects. The next time you're sitting at a table with someone new to your field, ask yourself: how can you encourage them? You just might make the world better.

    Thank you Dale. And thank you Theo.

  • Finish the link-kit job
    We've had the linkkit components in the tree for a while, but it has taken nearly 20 rounds between rpe/tb/myself to get the last few bits finished. So that the link kit is cleanly used at reboot, but also fits in with the practices kernel developers follow.