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Story Python 2.7.16 release candidate 1 available Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2019 - 6:39am
Story Audiocasts: SMLR on Endless OS and The Linux Link Tech Show (TLLTS) Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2019 - 6:34am
Story FinalCrypt – An Open Source File Encryption Application itsfoss 17/02/2019 - 6:32am
Story Fedora's Adoption of Cgroups V2 and Fedora Infrastructure Detective Work Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2019 - 6:26am
Story GNU FreeDink 109.6 Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2019 - 4:13am
Story Microsoft Now Calls Windows "Linux" (Misleading People) Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2019 - 4:07am
Story Games: Ravenfield, Shotgun Farmers and Steam Play Roy Schestowitz 1 17/02/2019 - 4:06am
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2019 - 3:59am
Story Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS Released with Linux Kernel 4.18 from Ubuntu 18.10, More Rianne Schestowitz 5 17/02/2019 - 3:40am
Story Graphics: Mesa, Vega and ETC2 Roy Schestowitz 17/02/2019 - 3:13am

Python 2.7.16 release candidate 1 available

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Development

A release candidate for the upcoming 2.7.16 bug fix release is now available for download.

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FinalCrypt – An Open Source File Encryption Application

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Software

FnalCrypt is a free and open source encryption tool that allows you to encrypt files with a key. It is available for Linux, Windows and macOS.
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Fedora's Adoption of Cgroups V2 and Fedora Infrastructure Detective Work

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Red Hat
  • Fedora 31 Planning To Use Cgroups V2 By Default

    While the Linux kernel has shipped Cgroups V2 as stable since early 2016, on Fedora and most other Linux distributions it hasn't been enabled by default over the original control groups "Cgroups" implementation. But come Fedora 31 later this year, they are now planning to make it the default.

    Enabling Cgroups V2 by default will allow systemd and the various Linux container technologies along with libvirt and friends to make use of the new features and improvements over the original Cgroups like offering a unified hierarchy. The new implementation also provides better consistency, purpose-driven flexibility, and other design improvements over the original control groups. It's taken a while for CGroups V2 to become the default due to interface changes compared to V1 and all of the important containers/tooling needing to be adapted to make use of it.

  • Fedora Infrastructure Detective Work: Mirrorlist 503's

    The Fedora Project Mirrorlist system has evolved multiple times in the last 10 years. Originally written by Matt Domsch it underwent an update and rewrite by Adrian Reber, et al a couple of years ago. For many years Fedora used a server layout where the front end web servers would proxy the data over VPN to dedicated mirrorlist servers. While this made sense when systems were a bit slower compared to VPN latency, it had become more troublesome over the last couple of years.

GNU FreeDink 109.6

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GNU
Gaming
  • GNU FreeDink 109.6

    This is the first official announcement for the new 109.x line with updated technologies (SDL2, OpenGL), WebAssembly support and many fixes and improvements.

  • GNU's RPG/Adventure Game Updated For SDL2, Defaults To OpenGL Rendering

    Of the many free software projects under the GNU umbrella, there aren't many games. One of the only titles is GNU FreeDink, which is out this weekend with its newest update after several active weeks of development.

Microsoft Now Calls Windows "Linux" (Misleading People)

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Security Leftovers

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Graphics: Mesa, Vega and ETC2

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Graphics/Benchmarks
  • RADV Driver Gets Big Patch Series For 8-bit & 16-bit Arithmetic, 8-bit Storage

    A set of 38 patches have been sent out that wire in support for the VK_KHR_shader_float16_int8, VK_AMD_gpu_shader_half_float, VK_AMD_gpu_shader_int16, and VK_KHR_8bit_storage extensions to the RADV driver within Mesa.

    Rhys Perry who started contributing to the Nouveau driver stack has been working on this 8-bit and 16-bit arithmetic support for the Radeon Vulkan "RADV" driver. These 8-bit / 16-bit extensions work for AMD Volcanic Islands GPUs and newer. However, the half-floats support needs LLVM 8.0 or newer due to bugs on LLVM 7.

  • BACO Power Savings Support Comes To AMD's Vega 12

    The latest addition to AMD's open-source Linux kernel driver is supporting BACO on Vega 12.

    With the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel cycle, BACO is enabled for Vega 10 and Vega 20. BACO is short for Bus Active, Chip Off as a low-power mode whereby most of the GPU is shut-off during idle periods in order to drastically cut the power consumption of the graphics card. BACO is also known as AMD ZeroCore Power mode.

  • Improved ETC2 Texture Compression Lands For Older Haswell/Ivybridge GPUs On Linux

    The previously mentioned work on improving ETC2 support for older generations of Intel graphics has now been mainlined for Mesa 19.1.

    This work for the ETC2 texture compression is improving the "fake" support for Intel Gen 7 class graphics, the Ivybridge and Haswell era graphics. This work was done by Igalia to address the lack of native ETC2 coverage on these several year old chips. Following this improved implementation for the fake ETC2 support is also wiring up OES_copy_image support for this extension. ETC2 is the lossy texture compression mandated since OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenGL 4.3.

Bitmain SoC Support Coming To Linux 5.1 - Sophon ARMv8 + RISC-V Chip For Deep Learning

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Hardware

Queued for mainlining with the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel cycle is initial support for Bitmain SoCs. Bitmain is the Chinese company that started out designing ASICs for Bitcoin mining with the Antminer and other products. The company has also been venturing into designs for artificial intelligence and deep learning.

With the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel will be initial support for Bitmain's BM1880 System-on-a-Chip as well as the "Sophon Edge" developer board.

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Debian Developers' Updates and Python Bits

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Development
Debian

Tales of colours: GIMP and Latte Dock (KDE)

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GNU
KDE
Software
  • Colorization in GIMP

    As part of the Image team at GREYC lab (CRNS, ENSICAEN, University of Caen), I implemented the “fill by line art” algorithm in GIMP, also known as “Smart Colorization“. You may know this algorithm in G’Mic (developed by the same team), so when they proposed me to work with them, I wanted to implement this algorithm in GIMP core. Thus it became my first assignment.

  • Latte and a Colors tale...

    A few months ago while I was scratching Latte Dock limits an idea came and haunted my thoughts. How Latte could give the colors freedom for panels and windows that an Android phone already provides? Questions like this arose and solutions appeared suddenly in many different places, but an important and concrete dream prevail in the end.

4 Excellent Command-line FTP clients

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Software

The desktop environment with its bundle of programs sharing a common graphical user interface (GUI) remains a firm favorite with users. Not surprising really given that a good desktop environment makes computing fun and simple. The graphical desktop environment has become so ingrained in almost everyone’s computer activities that it might seem the command line will wither away. Yet, there is still an important role to play for the powerful command-line interface (CLI).

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Also: FinalCrypt – An Open Source File Encryption Application

Games: Ravenfield, Shotgun Farmers and Steam Play

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Gaming
  • Ravenfield, the single-player FPS with large-scale battles has a new release out

    More FPS news for you this weekend, with the single-player Ravenfield having another great update out with lots of new toys.

    Early Access build 13 is up and with it comes two huge new maps with River Delta and Citadel, so it now has a total of nine large battles to engage in.

  • The unique FPS 'Shotgun Farmers' is leaving Early Access next month

    Shotgun Farmers, by far one of the most unique FPS games I've played in a long time is due to leave Early Access soon.

    While the developer, Megastorm Games, isn't giving an exact date just yet they have made it clear it will be next month. To go along with the news, a small update was released adding in some adjustments to the maps along with support for character emotes.

  • The first Steam Play update for this year is out with Proton 3.16-7 beta

    Valve have pushed out a Steam Play beta update with Proton 3.16-7 now available for testing. Lots of fixes!

    Not quite the huge upgrade many were expecting, most people thought Valve would be pushing ahead with a major update of Wine but this release still seems like a very nice update overall

    Firstly, they've updated DXVK to 0.96 and FAudio to 19.02. This should hopefully mean quite a number of games will see improvements and begin working. Additionally, there has been some controller improvements, with Unity specifically mentioned for games like Subnautica and INSIDE.

Xfce apps – In the land of Tux, where the shadows lie

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GNU
Linux

Last year, I decided to do a thorough analysis of the KDE and Gnome application stacks, separately, to figure out how complete these two desktop environments really are. I looked at the different application categories, weighed the major advantages and flaws in the popular software, examined some unique entries, and then also talked about what’s missing, the obstacles that keep these environments from being fully independent and 100% user ready, so to speak.

I’d like to examine Xfce next. After all, this is the third most popular Linux desktop environment, barring forks of the other two, and so it merits its own moment of spotlight. But at the same time, Xfce has never really deliberately prided itself at what it can do and offer. It’s always hung to the back, sort of shying away from publicity, being modest and frugal in all aspects. So when you think about Xfce, you don’t normally think about the application stack. You could say it’s a lightweight, simple desktop, but can you name five pure Xfce programs? Aha. Let’s see.

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Compiz 0.9.14.0 released

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Software

Compiz 0.9.14.0 has been officially released today.

Major changes in this release include:

- Development has switched from Bazaar (back) to Git [1].
- CCSM has been ported to PyGObject, GTK 3 and Python 3.
- compizconfig-python has been ported from Pyrex to Cython.
- Restored the Color Filter plugin by porting it to the new plugin API.
- Added support for loading configuration from multiple files.
- Docks and splashscreens now appear focused.
- Fixed build errors with GCC 8.
- Removed KDE (4.x) support code.
- Compiz now needs cmake ≥ 3.10.0 and pkg-config ≥ 0.29.1 to build.
- gtk-window-decorator now needs libmetacity ≥ 3.22.0 to build.

Also, some bugs have been fixed. See NEWS [2] for a list of them.

The tarball for the new release can be downloaded at [3].
Please report any bugs you have found to our bug tracker [4].

I would like to thank Alberts Muktupāvels, Marco Trevisan, Auboyneau Vincent,
Samuel Thibault, Colomban Wendling, Eleni Maria Stea and other people who have
contributed to this release.

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Also: Compiz 0.9.14 Released As First Update In Over Two Years

Updated Debian 9: 9.8 released

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Debian

The Debian project is pleased to announce the eighth update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename "stretch"). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available.

Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 9 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old "stretch" media. After installation, packages can be upgraded to the current versions using an up-to-date Debian mirror.

Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages, and most such updates are included in the point release.

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Also: Debian 9.8 Released With Latest Security Fixes

Opening Files with Qt on Android

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Android
KDE

After addressing Android support in KF5Notifications another fairly generic task that so far required Android specific code is next: opening files. Due to the security isolation of apps and the way the native “file dialog” works on Android this is quite different from other platforms, which makes application code a bit ugly. This can be fixed in Qt though.

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Fedora's Adoption of Cgroups V2 and Fedora Infrastructure Detective Work

  • Fedora 31 Planning To Use Cgroups V2 By Default
    While the Linux kernel has shipped Cgroups V2 as stable since early 2016, on Fedora and most other Linux distributions it hasn't been enabled by default over the original control groups "Cgroups" implementation. But come Fedora 31 later this year, they are now planning to make it the default. Enabling Cgroups V2 by default will allow systemd and the various Linux container technologies along with libvirt and friends to make use of the new features and improvements over the original Cgroups like offering a unified hierarchy. The new implementation also provides better consistency, purpose-driven flexibility, and other design improvements over the original control groups. It's taken a while for CGroups V2 to become the default due to interface changes compared to V1 and all of the important containers/tooling needing to be adapted to make use of it.
  • Fedora Infrastructure Detective Work: Mirrorlist 503's
    The Fedora Project Mirrorlist system has evolved multiple times in the last 10 years. Originally written by Matt Domsch it underwent an update and rewrite by Adrian Reber, et al a couple of years ago. For many years Fedora used a server layout where the front end web servers would proxy the data over VPN to dedicated mirrorlist servers. While this made sense when systems were a bit slower compared to VPN latency, it had become more troublesome over the last couple of years.

GNU FreeDink 109.6

  • GNU FreeDink 109.6
    This is the first official announcement for the new 109.x line with updated technologies (SDL2, OpenGL), WebAssembly support and many fixes and improvements.
  • GNU's RPG/Adventure Game Updated For SDL2, Defaults To OpenGL Rendering
    Of the many free software projects under the GNU umbrella, there aren't many games. One of the only titles is GNU FreeDink, which is out this weekend with its newest update after several active weeks of development.

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