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Story FOSS contributors Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 12:01pm
Story Slackware News Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 11:53am
Story Plasma 5.6.4, Applications 16.04.1 and Frameworks 5.22.0 available in Chakra Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 10:44am
Story Mozilla Firefox 46.0.1 Lands in the Ubuntu Repos, But No Sign of Thunderbird 45 Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 10:41am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 9:40am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 9:39am
Story Systemd 230 Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 9:25am
Story Debian Installer Stretch Alpha 6 release Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 9:14am
Story Google/ChromeOS Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 8:56am
Story Antivirus Live CD 18.0-0.99.2 Uses ClamAV 0.99.2 to Clean Your PCs of Viruses Rianne Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 1:06am

GNOME News

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  • Re: Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2016

    As a Director serving since two years already I would love to mention being on the Board is definitely a great experience and a way to learn how one of the most famous FOSS-related non-profit Foundations around the globe is actually ran behind the scenes. If you are a Foundation Member, have some spare time and willing to contribute to the GNOME Project in a way which doesn't strictly involve coding or any other development task, feel free to apply! I'm sure you will find this experience very rewarding!

  • External plugins in GNOME Software

    I’ve just pushed a set of patches to gnome-software master that allow people to compile out-of-tree gnome-software plugins.

  • LAS, hosted by GNOME

    Sri and many members of our community have spearheaded a wonderful new conference named Libre Application Summit. It’s hosted by the GNOME Foundation and has aspirations to bring together a wide spectrum of contributors.

  • Announcing the Debut of LAS GNOME Conference in Portland, OR

    The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the Libre Application Summit — hosted by GNOME (LAS GNOME), which will be held on September 19 – 23 in Portland, Oregon. LAS GNOME is a new conference that aims to advance the state of the GNU/Linux application ecosystem by increasing collaboration with the Linux Kernel and major Linux distributions, and by attracting and empowering application developers both big and small.

Android Leftovers

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Android

Development News

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Development
  • 4 Ways Custom Code Metrics Improve a Development Team

    One of the things that has surprised me over the years is how infrequently people take advantage of custom code metrics. I say this not from the perspective of a geek with esoteric interest in a subject, wishing other people would share my interest. Rather, I say this from the perspective of a business man, making money, and wondering why I seem to have little competition.

  • Why Continuous Integration Is Important

    Everything starts out fine, with management asking the developers for the amount of time it will take to implement a feature. The developers provide an answer, and management takes them at their word.

    Inevitably, one of two situations results: the deadline goes by yet the feature isn’t finished, or the feature is implemented on time, but it’s either faulty, creates new bugs, or both.

  • 3 open source Python GUI frameworks

    There comes a time in the journey of most any programmer when they are ready to branch out past the basic examples and start to build a graphical interface to their program.

    In Python, the steps to get started with GUI programming are not terribly complex, but they do require the user to begin making some choices. By its nature as a general purpose programming language with interpreters available across every common operating system, Python has to be fairly agnostic as to the choices it presents for creating graphical user interfaces.

MapD and MapR

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Server
OSS

Free Software Hyperledger News

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OS
Linux

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming
  • Vulkan support for Dota 2 to come next week

    Dota 2 is the first Valve game that will support the new Vulkan API and it could be as soon as next week.

    Considering how early Valve had access to it, and even showed off a demo of it way before release of Vulkan I am still surprise Talos beat it to be the first public Vulkan game. Well, I say surprised, but "Valve Time" is a thing right?

    It's exciting, as when Valve switched to Source 2 which had native OpenGL the performance was much better on Linux (in terms of smoothness and actual FPS figures) and Vulkan is supposed to improve it even more so.

  • OpenRW: An Open-Source, Linux-Friendly Reimplementation Of GTA III

    There is OpenMW as a re-implementation of Morrowind, OpenRA as a re-implementation of Command and Conquer, and many other open-source game projects out there seeking to be free engine re-implementation of popular classic games.

  • OpenRW, an open source engine for Grand Theft Auto III

    I love open source! OpenRW joins the ranks of game engines like OpenMW (Morrowind), OpenRA (Command & Conquer, Red Alert) CorsixTH (Theme Hospital), OpenXcom (X-COM: UFO Defense) and many more.

    It's early days for the project, but I have high hopes that it will join the ranks of many other playable and open source game engines.

    [...]

    Find OpenRW on github. It's licensed under the GPL.

  • Overfall, the awesome mix of adventure, RPG and strategy is now fully released and available for Linux

    I have a real soft spot for Overfall, it looks simple, but it has some really engaging gameplay with it mixing up a few different styles. The Linux version works really well too.

    What I especially like is the developers including a monitor picker in the games options, that was really useful for me as a dual-monitor user.

  • CRYPTARK, the fantastic 2D sci-fi roguelike shooter has a massive update with a co-op option

Linux 4.7 To Gain New Security Feature Ported From Chrome OS

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Linux

James Morris has made known the security subsystem updates intended for the Linux 4.7 kernel and it includes one addition worth mentioning.

Linux 4.7 is set to get the "LoadPin" Linux Security Module (LSM). LoadPin is ported from Chrome OS and allows limiting the medium/location where any kernel modules and firmware can be loaded. In other words, ensuring any modules, firmware, or other assets touching the kernel are only loaded from a trusted source.

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Also: The New Features So Far This Linux 4.7 Merge Window

Webconverger 35 Switches to Linux Kernel 4.5, Adds Firefox 46 with GTK3 Support

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GNU
Linux
Moz/FF

Webconverger, a Debian-based GNU/Linux operating system whose main design goal is to distribute a fully functional and controlled web kiosk platform, has been updated today to version 35.1.

There are many Linux kernel-based distributions out there that claim to offer a powerful web kiosk system for use in offices or Internet cafes, but Webconverger is among the most popular ones, and it is based on the almighty Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

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The shift in open source: A new kind of platform war

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OSS

For many years, open source software seemingly lay at the fringe of the tech industry. A subculture that many didn’t understand and that seemingly threatened the broader industry. It is amazing how much has changed.

Today, open source software, especially Linux, is so pervasive that you probably interact with it every day. From supercomputers to GoPros and nearly every data center in the world, open source software is the default platform.

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Linux 3.14.70

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Linux

I'm announcing the release of the 3.14.70 kernel.

All users of the 3.14 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 3.14.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.14.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st...

thanks,

greg k-h

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Dueling Arduinos Include Linux in Recent SBC Announcements

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Linux

Few would claim that the year-old fork and legal dispute between rival Arduino camps is healthy for the open source hardware community. Yet, so far, the platform remains strong, despite growing competition from open source Linux SBCs like the Raspberry Pi. In large part, this is due to the rising interest in Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which dovetails nicely with the low-power, gadget-oriented MCU-based platform.

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New Tool Promises to Help You Create Your Own Arch Linux Package Repositories

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Linux

There's a new tool out there that we would like to introduce to our Arch Linux power users who are already familiar with the complexities of AUR packaging and maintaining.

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SPAM Moderation

There has been a system in place to help prevent SPAM since the last major SPAM incident, but sometimes we still overlook some SPAM which gets into the front page, taking advantage of our very liberal and open submissions system (to enable participation by the whole community of users). If any spam still manages to sneak into the front page (often with pesky JavaScript redirects), please get in contact with us ASAP so that we can take action. Thanks to Christine Hall for the latest headsup.

Tumbleweed Live Loses Installer, YaST Trusted Boot

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-s

Today in Linux news Douglas DeMaio wrote the next Tumbleweed snapshot is to bring some exciting changes - and some not so exciting. They're dropping the installer from the live images. The YaST team announced some new changes in the bootloader module and installer as well as other developments from Sprint 19.

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Linux containers vs. VMs: A security comparison

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Linux
Server

In this article, I’ll take two different approaches to comparing VM and container security. The first approach will be more structural, or theoretical, looking at the characteristics of each from a security perspective. Then I’ll apply a more practical analysis by looking at what happens in a typical breach and how it might be affected by container and VM architectures.

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • 5 Security Tools for Containers and Microservices

    Containers and microservices from vendors like Docker and CoreOS offer innovative solutions for running apps and storing data in the cloud without the overhead of traditional virtualization. But they also present special challenges when it comes to security and protecting the data inside containers. Answers for container security are still emerging, but here's a look at what the ecosystem has produced so far.

  • The Democratization of Containerization
  • Scribus 1.5.2 Open-Source Desktop Publishing Software Adds HiDPI Improvements

    Scribus remains the number one open-source, cross-platform, and free desktop publishing software, and the latest release further advances the work towards the upcoming major version, Scribus 1.6.0.

    Scribus 1.5.2 arrives today after being in development for the past three months, during which the development team behind the open-source DTP software managed to improve the HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) support for the canvas rendering functionality, as well as to implement a new configuration section for the built-in Autosave and File Recovery system.

  • Top 10 command line tools for downloading in Linux

    When we think about Linux, definitely a back and white terminal will come in the mind, a true Linux user always prefer to work from terminal even for downloading, a command line downloading tool can help user to download anything from internet more quickly, in comparison to some GUI tool. There are lots of downloading tools for general purpose and even for torrents also but only few tools like curl or wget are more popular in comparison to other tools. In this tutorial we will discuss top 10 command line tools for downloading in Linux. Let us discuss these cli tools one by one.

  • This Simple Hack Lets You Make Skype for Web Calls on Linux
  • Best stocks of the day: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Jennison Associates LLC Increased Red Hat INC (NYSE:RHT) by $48.85 Million as Shares Declined
  • LATE: F23-20160512 Lives & F24 Betas Available.

    Back on May 12th, the team re-spun the Lives with the 4.4.9-300 kernel.

  • Digital signage solution Screenly chooses Canonical's Ubuntu Core software

    Today Screenly, a digital signage solution for the Raspberry Pi, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, an open-source platform, jointly announced a partnership to build Screenly on Ubuntu Core, according to a press release from Screenly. Screenly is adopting Ubuntu Core to give its customers a platform that is secure, simple to manage and available on the Raspberry Pi.

  • Wireless-rich “WaRP7” module aims i.MX7 at wearables, IoT

    NXP and Element14 unveiled a tiny “WaRP7” module for wearables and IoT that combines an i.MX7 Solo SoC with WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE, NFC, and MikroBus expansion.

    Element14 has partnered with NXP on an update to the original Freescale WaRP board, which ran on the Freescale (now NXP) i.MX6 Solo SoC. The WaRP7 shares the same Wearables Reference Platform (WaRP) branding as the WaRP, and is similarly a sandwich-style COM with I/O daughter card design running Linux and Android.

Canonical Has Work To Do: The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Tablet, Hands On

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Ubuntu

The BQ Aquaris M10 is a 10.1-inch touchscreen tablet powered by Ubuntu Core, and it can be used like a laptop by connecting a keyboard and mouse. The device has the ability to alter its navigation interface by connecting to an external display, similar to Microsoft's Continuum, with a feature Canonical calls “convergence.”

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FOSS Events (OpenPGP.conf, OSCON, and More)

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OSS
  • OpenPGP.conf: Call for Presentations

    OpenPGP.conf is a conference for users and implementers of the OpenPGP protocol, the popular standard for encrypted email communication and protection of data at rest. The conference shall give users and implementers of OpenPGP based systems an overview of the current state of use and provide in-depth information on technical aspects.

  • OSCON for the Rest of Us Starts Today

    Things get cranked-up for real in Austin, Texas today at OSCON. Although the conference started on Monday, the first two days were reserved for special two day training classes and tutorials. Today the big gate opens wide on the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey of open source conferences. For the first time ever, the event is taking place deep in the heart of Texas, as OSCON has said goodbye to Portland, Oregon, at least temporarily, to say hello to the land of Tex-Mex vittles.

  • 5 keys to hacking your community. What works?
  • Kindness and Community

    This was all after a weekend of running the Community Leadership Summit, an event that solicited similar levels of kindness. There were volunteers who got out of bed at 5am to help us set up, people who offered to prepare and deliver keynotes and sessions, coordinate evening events, equipment, sponsorship contributions, and help run the event itself. Then, to top things off, there were remarkably generous words and appreciation for the event as a whole when it drew to a close.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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OSS
  • F5’s Latest Updates Give a Nod to Developers

    As virtual appliances become a bigger part of its business, F5 is tweaking some of its products to better fit the concept of developers programming the network.

    The company has separated its orchestration tool from its management tool. The latter, which involves monitoring the network and making sure features such as high availability are viable, is still within the purview of networking people. But orchestration and provisioning of services is becoming more of a programmer’s job.

  • Building a bootstrapped business on open source

    Back in 2009, our day-to-day life at Planio was writing software for clients. Client work is often fun, but there can also be a feeling that you're stuck on a hamster wheel of endlessly churning through projects, always looking for new customers.

  • Getting started with Node-RED

    Node-RED is a browser-based flow editor that lets users wire together hardware devices, APIs, and online services in new and interesting ways.

    Node-RED's nodes are like npm packages, and you can get them the same way. And because Node-RED has a built-in text editor, you can make applications as complex as you like by adding JavaScript functions.

    Because Node-RED is based on Node.js and takes advantage of the event-driven, non-blocking model, it can be run on low-cost hardware like the Raspberry Pi or in the cloud.

  • PyBERT: Open-Source Software for Modeling High-Speed Links

    PyBERT by David Banas frees you from IBIS-AMI models, which have their limitations, for modeling high-speed SerDes devices and systems for signal integrity.

  • Report: Firefox Overtakes IE and Edge For the First Time
  • EFF wants to save Firefox from the W3C and DRM

    THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION (EFF) and web stalwart BoingBoing are fretting about the future of Firefox after moves by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that they claim threaten competition and liberty.

    A post on the EFF blog and BoingBoing pages warned that the W3C's weakening approach to openness threatens the future of the browser, which once looked like the only thing that could save the internet.

  • Notes for my HTCondor Week talk

    I’m delighted to have a chance to present at HTCondor Week this year and am looking forward to seeing some old friends and collaborators. The thesis of my talk is that HTCondor users who aren’t already leading data science initiatives are well-equipped to start doing so.

  • SQLite 3.13 Released With Session Extension, Postponed I/O For Temp Files

    SQLite 3.13 was released today as the newest version of this widely-used and relied upon embedded SQL database library.

    SQLite 3.13 integrates the Session Extension, which is used for generating change/patch-sets into a file for applying the same set of changes to another database with the same schema. This session extension can be used for merging changes from multiple users working off the same baseline database back into the original database and other use-cases where you may want to mege a "patch" of the changes to an original database. More details on SQLite's Session Extension can be found via this documentation page.

  • Open Source Content Management and Site Analytics Solutions are Flourishing

    Whether you want to run a top-notch website or a blog, or manage content in the cloud, open source content management systems (CMS) and analytics tools have come of age. You're probably familiar with some of the big names in this arena, including Drupal (which Ostatic is based on) and Joomla. As we noted in this post, selecting a CMS to build around can be a complicated process, since the publishing tools provided are hardly the only issue.

  • Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: May 20
  • Full-system Infinity preview coming up

    I’ve released bits and pieces of Infinity over the past year, but nothing that really brings everything together. Right now I’m working on an initial full-system release of everything to do with Infinity so far.

  • The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Kees Verruijt of CANboat

    Kees Verruijt is a sailing software engineer from Harlingen, NL. He maintains CANboat, which he describes as "[a] small but effective set of command-line utilities to work with CAN networks on BOATs".

  • 40 governments commit to open contracting to fight corruption

    Forty government organisations have committed to implementing open contracting in an attempt to fight corruption. They did so at the Anti-Corruption Summit 2016, which took place in London last week.

  • Welcome to Academic Torrents!

    We've designed a distributed system for sharing enormous datasets - for researchers, by researchers. The result is a scalable, secure, and fault-tolerant repository for data, with blazing fast download speeds.

  • DevOps model, a profile in CIO leadership, change management

    CTO Alexander Pluim described his company's situation as typical: An enterprise technology system has issues, no one is sure what is going wrong, but each worker is positive it isn't his fault.

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