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Story Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project' Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 9:24am
Story Raspberry Pi 3 takes the cake in 2016 hacker SBC survey Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 9:23am
Story Lessons learned for building an open company with transparent collaboration Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 9:18am
Story libarchive Security Flaws, Novice Linux, Slack's Latest Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 9:06am
Story Techright’s Roy Schestowitz on All Things Free Tech Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 9:02am
Story Radeon RX 480 Linux Testing Is Happening Right Now Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 8:57am
Story Michele Casey of Oracle Chats About Oracle Linux Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 8:24am
Story Remaining Articles About PS3 Settlement Over GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 8:22am
Story Apple Lock-in Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 8:06am
Story Red Hat Financial News Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 7:57am

As Red Hat aims for $5 billion in revenue, Linux won’t be only driver

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Linux
Red Hat

Last year Red Hat, which has been mostly known for selling Linux in the enterprise became the first $2 billion open source company. Now it wants to be the first to $5 billion, but it might not be just Linux that gets it there.

A couple of years ago Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst recognized, even in the face of rising revenue, that the company couldn’t continue growing forever featuring Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) alone. As successful as RHEL had been, the world was changing and his company like so many enterprise-focused companies had to change too or risk being left behind.

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Anecdotal Comparison of Steam on Linux Vs Windows

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Linux
Microsoft
Gaming

After seeing how smoothly Steam ran on the Cinnamon Linux box, we sat together at my house the next day and put Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3 LTS on her Dell, installed I might add, without hardly any drama over EUFI. Mint has that handled nicely. I explained to her that while Steam has almost 2,000 games running on Linux, some of the larger game houses haven’t boarded the Linux Steam ship. For her, that was fine. What she plays runs just fine on Linux…at least for now.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Point Linux MATE 3.2 Release Notes

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GNU
Linux

These release notes for Point Linux MATE 3.2 (agni) provide an overview of the release and document the known issues with Point Linux MATE 3.2.

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Fedora 24 is Released

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Red Hat
  • Fedora 24 Linux Distribution Officially Released, Available for Download Now

    Today, June 21, 2016, Fedora Project has announced the general availability of the final release of the Fedora 24 Linux operating system for desktops, servers, cloud, and embedded devices.

    Delayed four times during its development cycle, the Fedora 24 distribution is finally available to download today. It looks like it ships with the usual Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server, and Fedora Cloud variants, as well as the official Fedora Spins with the Xfce, LXDE, KDE, MATE/Compiz, Cinnamon, and Sugar desktops.

  • Fedora 24 released!

    The Fedora Project has embarked on a great journey… redefining what an operating system should be for users and developers. Such innovation does not come overnight, and Fedora 24 is one big step on the road to the next generation of Linux distributions. But that does not mean that Fedora 24 is some “interim” release; there are great new features for Fedora users to deploy in their production environments right now!

  • Fedora 24 Officially Released: Powered By Linux 4.5 & GNOME 3.20

    There's a lot of good stuff in Fedora 24 across their Server, Workstation, Cloud, and other products.

  • I Am Super Excited About Fedora 24

    Long story short, this latest Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution release has shaped up to be another splendid release. Fedora 24 features the GNOME 3.20 desktop and all of its latest innovations on the desktop side, GCC 6 is the default compiler, many other package updates like glibc 2.23 / Mono 4.2 / Golang 1.6 / Python 3.5, and many other improvements. You can see a complete list of Fedora 24 changes via FedoraProject.org.

GNU/Linux on Servers

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GNU
Linux
Server

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

SUSE, Intel collaborate on HPC stack

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SUSE

The Germany-based GNU/Linux company SUSE has teamed up with Intel with the latter to offer its server distribution, which is optimised for high-performance computing (HPC), as an option on the Intel HPC Orchestrator, an HPC system software stack.

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Red Hat and Fedora

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Red Hat

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Security advisories for Monday
  • BadTunnel: Critical vulnerability affects every version of Microsoft's OS since Windows 95

    A security researcher from Tencent, China's largest internet service portal, has discovered a critical security flaw in Microsoft's Windows operating system that affects every single version of Windows over the last two decades, from Windows 95 all the way to Windows 10.

  • Decentralized Security

    If you're a fan of the cryptocurrency projects, you've heard of something called Ethereum. It's similar to bitcoin, but is a seperate coin. It's been in the news lately due to an attack on the currency. Nobody is sure how this story will end at this point, there are a few possible options, none are good. This got me thinking about the future of security, there are some parallels when you compare traditional currency to crypto currency as well as where we see security heading (stick with me here).

    The current way currency works is there is some central organization that is responsible for minting and controlling the currency, usually a country. There are banks, exchanges, loans, interest, physical money, and countless other ways the currency interacts with society. We will compare this to how IT security has mostly worked in the past. You had one large organization responsible for everything. If something went wrong, you could rely on the owner to take control and make things better. There are some instances where this isn't true, but in general it holds.

    Now if we look at cryptocurrency, there isn't really a single group or person in charge. That's the whole point though. The idea is to have nobody in charge so the currency can be used with some level of anonymity. You don't have to rely on some sort of central organization to give the currency legitimacy, the system itself has legitimacy built in.

Leftovers: Debian

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Debian

Leftovers: GNOME Software

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GNOME
  • GTK Hackfest 2016

    I'm back from the GTK hackfest in Toronto, Canada and mostly recovered from jetlag, so it's time to write up my notes on what we discussed there.

    Despite the hackfest's title, I was mainly there to talk about non-GUI parts of the stack, and technologies that fit more closely in what could be seen as the freedesktop.org platform than they do in GNOME. In particular, I'm interested in Flatpak as a way to deploy self-contained "apps" in a freedesktop-based, sandboxed runtime environment layered over the Universal Operating System and its many derivatives, with both binary and source compatibility with other GNU/Linux distributions.s

  • Scenario tasks

    In the upcoming weeks you will be able to see these tips “in action” since we will create more scenario tasks for GNOME applications.

  • Wrapping up scenario tasks

    And scenario tasks need to be written using the language that your testers would normally use. Avoid using very technical words if your users wouldn't be technical. You might use technical words and phrases if you were building a usability test for a programmer's IDE and Debugger, but you wouldn't use technical words and phrases for a general desktop environment like GNOME. It's all about finding the right balance and "voice" in your scenario tasks.

  • Maple syrup

    Last week I attended the GTK+ hackfest in Toronto. We had a really good group of people for the event, which lasted 4 days in total, and felt really productive.

    There were a number of interesting discussion and planning sessions, from a design point of view, including a session on Flatpak “portals” and another on responsive design patterns.

KDE Neon: The Rock & Roll Distribution

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KDE

What does it mean when developers behind one of the world's most popular desktop environments decide to jump into the deep end and fork a distribution? Depending on who you ask you’ll hear madness, excellence, confusion, and excitement as onlookers figure out the exact nature of a new breed of beast and guess what it will do.

KDE neon is a new distribution freshly forked from Ubuntu being driven by prominent KDE contributors and figures. When initially announced some mixed messages marred the event, but since then the project has found its footing and expectations are seemingly being set...

Neon is entirely unique as a product produced by a community which always made generalist software; Plasma and KDE software is offered by Suse, Red Hat, Arch, Slack, any distribution you can name. Neon is in direct competition with those systems, and several people decried this new distribution as opening the potential for favouritism.

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LibreOffice Getting Automatic Crash Reporting

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-s

Markus Mohrhard cross-posted today on the Document Foundation blog of a new feature coming in LibreOffice 5.2. Mohrhard said, "Starting with LibreOffice 5.2 the LibreOffice project will have an automated crash reporting tool with server side analysis." In other news, GNOME's Sébastien Wilmet today blogged this thoughts on Mint's X-Apps, little applications commonly forked from GNOME apps and Sam Varghese reported on the exit of Jacob Appelbaum from Debian. Gizmodo listed five reasons to install Linux, and by Linux they mean Ubuntu, onto your laptop and Matt Hartley discussed why Ubuntu LTS is better than the latest and greatest.

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Linux Kernel 3.12.61 LTS Is a Small Release with CIFS, MIPS, XFS, and EXT4 Fixes

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Linux

Kernel developer Jiri Slaby has announced the release of the Linux 3.12.61 LTS kernel, which is the sixty-first maintenance update for the long-term supported Linux 3.12 series.

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4 fun (and semi-useless) Linux toys

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OSS

There's so many more fun projects out there to explore, so don't let my modest list be the end of the adventure. Too often in the open source world, we suffer from people looking in, scrutinizing what we make, and seeking practical and clear paths toward monetization. But that's not what open source is about, really; open source is supposed to be fun and inspiring. It empowers everyone to follow their vaguest notion to completion, no matter how "useless" or "frivolous" it may be.

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Meet Emmabuntus Debian Edition, an Educational OS Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.5

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GNU
Linux
Debian

Softpedia has been informed today, June 21, 2016, by Patrick Emmabuntüs about the first-ever release of the Emmabuntüs Debian Edition computer operating system.

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Ultimate Edition 5.0 LTS Released Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)

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Ubuntu

After many months of silence, and probably hard work, TheeMahn has finally released a new version of his Ubuntu-based Ultimate Edition computer operating system.

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Exploiting Recursion in the Linux Kernel

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Linux

On Linux, userland processes typically have a stack that is around 8 MB long. If a program overflows the stack, e.g. using infinite recursion, this is normally caught by a guard page below the stack.

Linux kernel stacks, which are e.g. used when handling system calls, are very different. They are relatively short: 4096 bytes on 32-bit x86, 16384 bytes on x86-64. (The kernel stack size is specified by THREAD_SIZE_ORDER and THREAD_SIZE.) They are allocated using the kernel's buddy allocator, which is the kernel's normal allocator for page-sized allocations (and power-of-two numbers of pages) and doesn't create guard pages. This means that if kernel stacks overflow, they overlap with normal data. For this reason, kernel code must be (and usually is) very careful to not make big allocations on the stack and has to prevent excessive recursion.

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OSS in the Back End

  • Open Source NFV Part Four: Open Source MANO
    Defined in ETSI ISG NFV architecture, MANO (Management and Network Orchestration) is a layer — a combination of multiple functional entities — that manages and orchestrates the cloud infrastructure, resources and services. It is comprised of, mainly, three different entities — NFV Orchestrator, VNF Manager and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). The figure below highlights the MANO part of the ETSI NFV architecture.
  • After the hype: Where containers make sense for IT organizations
    Container software and its related technologies are on fire, winning the hearts and minds of thousands of developers and catching the attention of hundreds of enterprises, as evidenced by the huge number of attendees at this week’s DockerCon 2016 event. The big tech companies are going all in. Google, IBM, Microsoft and many others were out in full force at DockerCon, scrambling to demonstrate how they’re investing in and supporting containers. Recent surveys indicate that container adoption is surging, with legions of users reporting they’re ready to take the next step and move from testing to production. Such is the popularity of containers that SiliconANGLE founder and theCUBE host John Furrier was prompted to proclaim that, thanks to containers, “DevOps is now mainstream.” That will change the game for those who invest in containers while causing “a world of hurt” for those who have yet to adapt, Furrier said.
  • Is Apstra SDN? Same idea, different angle
    The company’s product, called Apstra Operating System (AOS), takes policies based on the enterprise’s intent and automatically translates them into settings on network devices from multiple vendors. When the IT department wants to add a new component to the data center, AOS is designed to figure out what needed changes would flow from that addition and carry them out. The distributed OS is vendor-agnostic. It will work with devices from Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Juniper Networks, Cumulus Networks, the Open Compute Project and others.
  • MapR Launches New Partner Program for Open Source Data Analytics
    Converged data vendor MapR has launched a new global partner program for resellers and distributors to leverage the company's integrated data storage, processing and analytics platform.
  • A Seamless Monitoring System for Apache Mesos Clusters
  • All Marathons Need a Runner. Introducing Pheidippides
    Activision Publishing, a computer games publisher, uses a Mesos-based platform to manage vast quantities of data collected from players to automate much of the gameplay behavior. To address a critical configuration management problem, James Humphrey and John Dennison built a rather elegant solution that puts all configurations in a single place, and named it Pheidippides.
  • New Tools and Techniques for Managing and Monitoring Mesos
    The platform includes a large number of tools including Logstash, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and Kibana.
  • BlueData Can Run Hadoop on AWS, Leave Data on Premises
    We've been watching the Big Data space pick up momentum this year, and Big Data as a Service is one of the most interesting new branches of this trend to follow. In a new development in this space, BlueData, provider of a leading Big-Data-as-a-Service software platform, has announced that the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds. Essentially, users can now run their cloud and computing applications and services in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance while keeping data on-premises, which is required for some companies in the European Union.

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Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First off, there are still plenty of industrial applications that don’t need much CPU horsepower, and second, the Compute Module is still the only COM based on Raspberry Pi hardware, although the cheaper, somewhat COM-like Raspberry Pi Zero, which has the same 700MHz processor, comes close. Read more