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Story HardwareX journal on open source hardware in science launched Rianne Schestowitz 29/04/2017 - 7:49am
Story Linux Graphics and Benchmarks Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2017 - 1:52am
Story New Mozilla Foundation Board Members Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2017 - 1:40am
Story IPFire 2.19 Now Supports On-Demand IPsec VPNs, Core Update 110 Is Now Available Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2017 - 1:35am
Story Wine 2.7 Has Been Released Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2017 - 1:23am
Story Canonical Releases Snapd 2.25 Snappy Daemon for Ubuntu Linux, Here Is What's New Rianne Schestowitz 28/04/2017 - 6:38pm
Story Ubuntu Devs Work on Rebasing Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) to Linux Kernel 4.11 Rianne Schestowitz 28/04/2017 - 6:36pm
Story Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State Rianne Schestowitz 28/04/2017 - 6:33pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2017 - 4:12pm
Story Linux, Graphics, and Linux Foundation Roy Schestowitz 28/04/2017 - 4:01pm

HardwareX journal on open source hardware in science launched

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OSS

Scientific publishing house Elsevier has just launched the first issue of HardwareX, an open access journal on the free and open-source design, building and customising of scientific infrastructure (hardware). The journal says it is open to input from all scientific, technological and medical disciplines.

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Linux Graphics and Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks
  • XWayland Picks Up Tablet Pad Support

    More feature work landed today in xserver Git for what will eventually become X.Org Server 1.20.

    Peter Hutterer, the lead developer of Linux's input stack at Red Hat, has added support to the X.Org Server for handling tablet pads under XWayland.

  • Mesa 17.0.5 to Improve RadeonSI, Intel i965 and Vulkan Drivers for Linux Gaming

    Andres Gomez was pleased to announce that a Release Candidate (RC) milestone of the upcoming Mesa 17.0.5 maintenance update to the stable Mesa 17.0 series is out, giving us a glimpse over the new improvements and bug fixes.

    Mesa 17.0.5 should be available as soon as today, and it's the fifth bugfix release in the series, coming about two weeks after the launch of Mesa 17.0.4, which added various improvements to the Intel OpenGL and ANV Vulkan drivers, as well as RadeonSI, Radeon RADV Vulkan, Nouveau, Galleon, and Freedreno drivers.

  • Windows 10 Creators WSL vs. Clear Linux vs. Ubuntu 17.04

    Windows 10 Creators Update was released earlier this month by Microsoft as the latest installment to Windows 10. Since it's been a few months since last benchmarking the "Windows Subsystem for Linux" (WSL), a.k.a. "Bash for Windows", here are some fresh benchmarks of Ubuntu atop Windows 10 Creators Update vs. Intel's Clear Linux vs. Ubuntu 17.04.

New Mozilla Foundation Board Members

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Moz/FF
  • New Mozilla Foundation Board Members: Mohamed Nanabhay and Nicole Wong

    Today, I’m thrilled to announce that Mohamed Nanabhay and Nicole Wong have joined the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors.

    Over the last few years, we’ve been working to expand the boards for both the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation. Our goals for the Foundation board roles were to grow Mozilla’s capacity to move our mission forward; expand the number and diversity of people on our boards, and; add specific skills in areas related to movement building and organizational excellence. Adding Mohamed and Nicole represents a significant move forward on these goals.

    We met Mohamed about seven years ago through former board member and then Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito. Mohamed was at Al Jazeera at the time and hosted one of Mozilla’s first Open News fellows. Mohamed Nanabhay currently serves as the Deputy CEO of the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), which invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

  • Why I’m joining the Mozilla Board by Mohamed Nanabhay

    Mozilla has been at the forefront of shaping internet culture and fighting to keep the Internet open. Being able to join the Board and be of service to that mission is an honor as the open internet played such an important role in my life and my work.

  • Why I’m joining the Mozilla Board by Nicole Wong

    It’s an honor for me to join the Mozilla Board. I’m so inspired by the Foundation’s mission and by the incredibly talented people that lead it. And, I’m looking forward to contributing to Mozilla’s plans to build out a leadership network focused on protecting the open Internet.

IPFire 2.19 Now Supports On-Demand IPsec VPNs, Core Update 110 Is Now Available

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Linux
Security

IPFire's Michael Tremer announced today, April 28, 2017, the release of IPFire 2.19 Core Update 110, a new stable maintenance version of the open-source, Linux-based firewall operating system.

Coming two and a half months after the previous point release, IPFire 2.19 Core Update 110 is here to implement support for on-demand IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), which might just come in handy to those who deal with a huge amount of IPsec net-to-net connections on their infrastructures.

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Wine 2.7 Has Been Released

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Software

Canonical Releases Snapd 2.25 Snappy Daemon for Ubuntu Linux, Here Is What's New

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Ubuntu

Canonical's Snappy team, through Michael Vogt, announced today, April 28, 2017, the release and immediate availability of the Snapd 2.25 Snappy daemon for all supported Ubuntu Linux OSes, as well as other GNU/Linux distributions.

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Ubuntu Devs Work on Rebasing Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) to Linux Kernel 4.11

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Linux
Ubuntu

It looks like the Ubuntu Kernel team is back at work after taking a short break, and they recently published another installation of their bi-weekly newsletter to inform the Ubuntu Linux community about what to expect in the coming weeks.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Linux
Security

A paranoid Welsh Muslim who wore gloves while typing on his laptop, admitted being part of Islamic State, and, gasp, harbored a copy of Linux Mint, has been described as a “new and dangerous breed of terrorist.”

Samata Ullah, 34, who also used voice modulation software to disguise his thick Welsh accent while making instructional videos about encryption, pleaded guilty to five terrorism charges at Cardiff Crown Court. He was due to be sentenced Friday afternoon.

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Linux, Graphics, and Linux Foundation

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Leftovers: Debian and Ubuntu

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Debian
Ubuntu
  • CD/DVD Image Changes For The Upcoming Debian 9.0 Release

    With Debian 9.0 not being far away from releasing, the Debian CD Images Team has issued an update over their fundamental changes happening for this "Stretch" cycle.

  • The System76 'Galago Pro' laptop looks fantastic, $50 off for a few more days

    The Galago Pro looks like an incredibly stylish device ready for the masses with a slick aluminium casing, instead of the always cheap feeling plastic cases most tend to come with. It's slim, but best of all incredibly light for such a device at 1.3kg (2.87 lbs).

    It comes with Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS or Ubuntu 17.04, a speedy 7th Gen Intel in either an i5 7200U or i7 7500U and Intel® HD Graphics 620.

  • Download Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds

    The release schedule for Ubuntu 17.10 has been announced, and you can now download the daily build ISO images as well. Daily builds can be useful to watch the progress of Ubuntu 17.10, but are not recommended for normal usage due to possible bugs and changes.

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • GJS: What’s next?

    In my last post, I went into detail about all the new stuff that GJS brought to GNOME 3.24. Now, it’s time to talk about the near future: what GJS will bring to GNOME 3.26.

  • Sending SMS from Linux Just Got Easier with Latest Indicator KDE Connect Update

    Indicator KDE Connect now has Google Contacts integration, making it even easier to send text messages from the Linux desktop.

  • Cumulus Qt is a Lightweight Weather App for Linux

    Cumulus Qt is a Qt weather app for the Linux desktop. It's lightweight, has a bold, striking design inspired by Stormcloud, and is very customisable.

  • Vivaldi 1.10 Browser Now in Development, Will Introduce Docked Developer Tools

    Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard just informed us a few moments ago that Vivaldi 1.10 will be the next major version of the free and cross-platform web browser based on the latest Chromium technologies, not Vivaldi 2.0 as many of you have hoped.

    Vivaldi 1.9 just hit the streets the other day as world's first web browser to ship with the Ecosia search engine enabled by default to help reforest the plane, and it now looks like Vivaldi's devs never sleep, and development of Vivaldi 1.10 starts today with the first snapshot, Vivaldi 1.10.829.3, which introduces a long-anticipated feature: Docked Developer Tools!

Fedora: The Latest (Flatpak, Wallpapers, and PHP)

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Red Hat
  • Flatpak and Snaps aren't destined for graveyard of failed Linux tech yet

    The world of Linux has long been divided into tribes, or distros as we called them. But what actually makes a distro? The packages it uses? The people who put those packages together? The philosophy behind the choices the people who put the packages together make? The question of what makes a distro is actually very difficult on to answer and it's about to get even more difficult.

    There's a change coming to the world of Linux that's potentially big enough to make us rethink what a distro is and how it works. That change is Ubuntu's Snap packages and the parallel effort dubbed Flatpaks.

    While these two projects differ in the details, for the purposes of this article I'll consider them the same thing and use the terms interchangeably.

  • Need a New Wallpaper? Fedora 26 Has You Covered!

    Fedora 26 will ship with a stunning set of community-contributed wallpapers, and as ever, the standard of entries in the contest is incredibly high.

  • Fedora 26 will look awesome with supplemental wallpapers
  • PHP version 7.0.19RC1 and 7.1.5RC1

COBOL, Python and BeeWare

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Development
  • Banks should let ancient programming language COBOL die [iophk: "easy money"]

    Despite the fact that three trillion dollars run through COBOL systems every single day they are mostly maintained by retired programming veterans. There are almost no new COBOL programmers available so as retirees start passing away, then so does the maintenance for software written in the ancient programming language.

  • Cross-platform development with Python and BeeWare

    If you want to develop for Android, you have to use Java. If you want to develop for iOS, you have to use Objective C. And if you want to develop for the web, you have to use JavaScript. Right?

    These may be the preferred languages for these platforms, but at the end of the day, mobile phones and web browsers are computing platforms, and with a little work, you can use any language you want. With the BeeWare suite of libraries and bridges, you can use just Python. And, you can use the same code to deploy on all these platforms.

OpenStack and Cloudera

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Server
OSS
  • OpenStack User Survey Indicates Growth in Most Sectors

    A look at the numbers released last week by the OpenStack Foundation from its ninth user survey should be of interest to anyone considering the platform as part of a cloud solution. The platform's percentage of the overall cloud market remains level, at about two-thirds of the total clouds in deployment. That in itself represents a large increase in total deployments, as cloud use continues to rise. Add to that a rapid increase in proof-of-concept and test use, and it's clear that OpenStack's place in the cloud continues to strengthen.

  • 4 types of OpenStack Neutron networks you must understand

    If your OpenStack hosted virtual instances need network connectivity you’re going to have to create a network. There are multiple kinds of networks and in order to make the right choice you will need to understand at least two very important network attributes: ‘router:external’ and ‘shared.’ Unless you know what these attributes and their combinations mean, it will be difficult to make the optimal network choice.

  • Cloudera’s IPO is overshadowed by a rival it won’t mention

    One of the original poster children of the big data software craze, Cloudera, is due for its long-awaited IPO this week. Sometime Thursday afternoon, its shares will price somewhere between $12 and $14 and will open for trading on the New York Stock Exchange the following morning, raising about $200 million in the process.

    Make no mistake, this IPO qualifies as what’s known in venture capital circles as a down round. Essentially the new investors are buying shares in a company that is worth less than it was during its prior funding rounds.

'Creative' Uses of Open Source

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OSS

Security Leftovers

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Security

Open source experts to VA: Keep VistA, it can be fixed

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OSS

While the resounding opinion is that the Department of Veterans Affairs should replace the proprietary VistA with a commercial EHR, perhaps choosing Cerner as the Defense Department did, that idea does not hold so true within the open source community.

“When you look at the big trends in the IT industry, open source is used everywhere. In fact, some of the most successful mega IT systems have a significant open source component,” said Seong Mun, CEO of the Open Source EHR Record Alliance. “We believe it’s the right methodology to get to where we need to go.”

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