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Munich's U-turn, Fedora 27 on Halloween, Back to Linux

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In the story that wouldn't die, Munich's Linux reversal in in the news again as the city's administrative committee recommended moving to a uniform Windows-based deployment throughout city government by 2020. Elsewhere, Fedora 27 is scheduled for release on October 31, 2017 and kde.org got a new look. Former Linux user Paul Cutler has returned to the fold and Blogger Dedoimedo compared Fedora's Xorg to Wayland.

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Kodi Illegal, Open Source Now a Word

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Seems the top story today was the arrest of five individuals for selling devices loaded up with Open Source Kodi. Apparently the kits came with add-ons that allowed users to stream pirated content. In other news, Merriam-Webster has added the word "Open Source" to its database of official words, along with 1000 others. Jonathan Terrasi described his Linux awakening and blogger Dedoimedo said the GNOME version of openSUSE 42.2 is better than Plasma, but it still doesn't redeem the mediocre release.

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Best Distros, openSUSE Whoops, Debian 9 One Step Closer

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In the latest Linux news, the news.opensuse.org got hacked and displayed "KurDish HaCk3rS WaS Here" for a while Monday and while the site has been restored, no comment on the hack has been issued. Elsewhere, Debian 9.0 has entered its final freeze in the last steps in preparations for release. FOSS Force has named their winner for top distro of 2016 and Swapnil Bhartiya shared his picks for the best for 2017. Blogger DarkDuck said MX-16 Xfce is "very close to the ideal" and Alwan Rosyidi found Solus OS is giving Elementary OS a run for its money. Phoronix.com's Michael Larabel explained why he uses Fedora and Jeremy Garcia announced the winners of the 2016 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards.

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Bodhi Needs Testers, Build Your Own PC

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Jeff Hoogland today posted that time has come to polish up Swami and asked for his bravest users to install the newest to give it a go. Tails is the latest distribution to deprecate their 32-bit architecture and GIMP 2.8.20 was released. Liam Tung reported on a new self-assembled laptop able to run Linux and Rick Broida suggested some light-weight distros for such cases. Just in case you actually take that route, Jamie McKane shared some tips for first time computer assemblers.

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Best Distros for Mac Users and Everyone Else

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Derrik Diener today said that a lot of Mac users jumped ship recently and he has some Linux suggestions for them. Adam Shepherd shared his list of best distributions for desktop users, enterprise servers, and security buffs. Most of his picks are very familiar. Elsewhere, GIMPer Alexandre Prokoudine blogged of the 2.10 blockers and Mozilla has pulled the plug on Firefox OS. In case you missed it, LibreOffice 5.3 was announced yesterday with the most features ever in a single release and Carla Schroder posted a quick down and dirty tutorial to becoming an Arch user.

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Also: GIMP 2.10 Coming, GIMP May Re-Target To GTK4 Rather Than GTK3

GIMP 2.10 blockers and the road to 3.0

KDE Plasma 5.9 Released, 5.10 Previewed; Steam Machines RIP

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Jonathan Riddell announced for the KDE team the arrival of Plasma 5.9, the next big update to the desktop family. This release brings some new features such as Global Menus and a new network configuration module. And if that wasn't enough KDE for you, Eike Hein blogged of some of the goodies being cooked up for 5.10. The Register reported on a bug in Cryptkeeper that triggered its removal from Debian, other distros are waiting for upstream fixes. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols said Linux is the right choice for those who appreciate a modicum of privacy and Mairin Duffy said today to come join in the Fedora IRC chats.

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Top Ubuntu Mistakes, F26 Wallpaper Hunt, Linux GOTY

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It's that time of development again when the Fedora Design Team sends out their call for supplemental wallpapers. Artists and photographers are encouraged to participate. Matt Hartley discussed today some of the mistakes new users make with Ubuntu and offered up his best advice for avoiding them. TecMint compiled the top five reasons to install Linux and the second round of voting has begun in FOSS Force's Best Distro of 2016 contest. Some familiar names graced Google's Code-in winners and Gaming On Linux has identified the best games of 2016 through a user polling survey.

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Mint 18.1 KDE & Xfce, Bodhi 4.1.0, ftp.kernel.org RIP

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Clement Lefebvre announced the releases of Linux Mint 18.1 KDE and Xfce following earlier releases of MATE and Cinnamon versions. Mint 18.1 is a long term supported release meaning it will get security updates until 2021. Jeff Hoogland announced an update to Bodhi Linux 4.0.0, dubbed 4.1.0. This release brings all the security and bug updates since the 4.0.0 release as well as a new dark theme for the native Moksha desktop. The Fridge announced 17.04 Alpha 2 as the community wallpaper drive got underway and a new KDE laptop has surfaced.

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  • Linux Mint 18.1 KDE and Xfce released

    The Linux Mint team has just released the long term support release Linux Mint 18.1 as a KDE and Xfce edition to the public.

    The new version of Linux Mint brings software updates and refinements mostly. First, some information on Linux Mint 18.1 being a long term support release.

    The Mint team will support Linux Mint 18.1 with security updates until 2021. Future versions of Linux Mint will use the same base package as Linux Mint 18.1 until 2018. This ensures that it is easy to update to new versions.

  • Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” KDE released!
  • Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” Xfce released!

Best Distro, systemd Exploit, KDE neon Scare

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The Linux world keeps on turning and while I've been under the weather a KDE neon download scare rocked users recently as well as a newly discovered exploit in systemd. The exploit is said to "open the door to privilege escalation attacks, creating a means for hackers to root systems." Elsewhere, FOSS Force is running their annual Readers' Choice Awards Poll for the best Linux desktop distribution for the year ended a few weeks ago. Firefox 51.0 was released with a new logo and Arch is deprecating the 32-bit architecture images. Jamie Watson test several more distros on his new notebook and Jesse Smith reviewed GoboLinux saying, "I applaud the developers' efforts in making something unusual and interesting."

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2017 Desktops, neon Goes Calamares, Spices Changes

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Desktop choice is a hallmark of Linux and Jack Wallen today predicted which will become more popular in 2017. His list may surprise you. In other news, Jonathan Riddell said today that KDE neon would be switching installer from its current Ubiquity to another gaining in popularity. It's currently in the developer version, but it'll soon make its way into the user recommended version. Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre today announced changes to the Cinnamon desktop applets. He said he was concerned about security of 3rd party contributions given last year's security breach. Elsewhere, Robin Miller defended his Ubuntu choice saying, "So call me mass-average. Call me boring. Call me one of the many, the humble, the Ubuntu users!"

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Ditching Out-of-Date Documentation Infrastructure

Long ago, the Linux kernel started using 00-Index files to list the contents of each documentation directory. This was intended to explain what each of those files documented. Henrik Austad recently pointed out that those files have been out of date for a very long time and were probably not used by anyone anymore. This is nothing new. Henrik said in his post that this had been discussed already for years, "and they have since then grown further out of date, so perhaps it is time to just throw them out." He counted hundreds of instances where the 00-index file was out of date or not present when it should have been. He posted a patch to rip them all unceremoniously out of the kernel. Joe Perches was very pleased with this. He pointed out that .rst files (the kernel's native documentation format) had largely taken over the original purpose of those 00-index files. He said the oo-index files were even misleading by now. Read more

Mozilla: Rust 1.32.0, Privacy, UX and Firefox Nightly

  • Announcing Rust 1.32.0
    The Rust team is happy to announce a new version of Rust, 1.32.0. Rust is a programming language that is empowering everyone to build reliable and efficient software.
  • Rust 1.32 Released With New Debugger Macro, Jemalloc Disabled By Default
    For fans of Rustlang, it's time to fire up rustup: Rust 1.32 is out today as the latest feature update for this increasingly popular programming language. The Rust 1.32 release brings dbg!() as a new debug macro to print the value of a variable as well as its file/line-number and it works with more than just variables but also commands.
  • Julien Vehent: Maybe don't throw away your VPN just yet...
    At Mozilla, we've long adopted single sign on, first using SAML, nowadays using OpenID Connect (OIDC). Most of our applications, both public facing and internal, require SSO to protect access to privileged resources. We never trust the network and always require strong authentication. And yet, we continue to maintain VPNs to protect our most sensitive admin panels. "How uncool", I hear you object, "and here we thought you were all about DevOps and shit". And you would be correct, but I'm also pragmatic, and I can't count the number of times we've had authentication bugs that let our red team or security auditors bypass authentication. The truth is, even highly experienced programmers and operators make mistakes and will let a bug disable or fail to protect part of that one super sensitive page you never want to leave open to the internet. And I never blame them because SSO/OAuth/OIDC are massively complex protocols that require huge libraries that fail in weird and unexpected ways. I've never reached the point where I fully trust our SSO, because we find one of those auth bypass every other month. Here's the catch: they never lead to major security incidents because we put all our admin panels behind a good old VPN.
  • Reflections on a co-design workshop
    Co-design workshops help designers learn first-hand the language of the people who use their products, in addition to their pain points, workflows, and motivations. With co-design methods [1] participants are no longer passive recipients of products. Rather, they are involved in the envisioning and re-imagination of them. Participants show us what they need and want through sketching and design exercises. The purpose of a co-design workshop is not to have a pixel-perfect design to implement, rather it’s to learn more about the people who use or will use the product, and to involve them in generating ideas about what to design. We ran a co-design workshop at Mozilla to inform our product design, and we’d like to share our experience with you. [...] Our UX team was tasked with improving the Firefox browser extension experience. When people create browser extensions, they use a form to submit their creations. They submit their code and all the metadata about the extension (name, description, icon, etc.). The metadata provided in the submission form is used to populate the extension’s product page on addons.mozilla.org.
  • Firefox Nightly: These Weeks in Firefox: Issue 51

Mesa 18.3.2

Mesa 18.3.2 is now available. In this release candidate we have added more PCI IDs for AMD Vega devices and a number of fixes for the RADV Vulkan drivers. On the Intel side we have a selection ranging from quad swizzles support for ICL to compiler fixes. The nine state tracker has also seen some love as do the Broadcom drivers. To top it all up, we have a healthy mount of build system fixes. Alex Deucher (3): pci_ids: add new vega10 pci ids pci_ids: add new vega20 pci id pci_ids: add new VegaM pci id Alexander von Gluck IV (1): egl/haiku: Fix reference to disp vs dpy Andres Gomez (2): glsl: correct typo in GLSL compilation error message glsl/linker: specify proper direction in location aliasing error Axel Davy (3): st/nine: Fix volumetexture dtor on ctor failure st/nine: Bind src not dst in nine_context_box_upload st/nine: Add src reference to nine_context_range_upload Bas Nieuwenhuizen (5): radv: Do a cache flush if needed before reading predicates. radv: Implement buffer stores with less than 4 components. anv/android: Do not reject storage images. radv: Fix rasterization precision bits. spirv: Fix matrix parameters in function calls. Caio Marcelo de Oliveira Filho (3): nir: properly clear the entry sources in copy_prop_vars nir: properly find the entry to keep in copy_prop_vars nir: remove dead code from copy_prop_vars Dave Airlie (2): radv/xfb: fix counter buffer bounds checks. virgl/vtest: fix front buffer flush with protocol version 0. Dylan Baker (6): meson: Fix ppc64 little endian detection meson: Add support for gnu hurd meson: Add toggle for glx-direct meson: Override C++ standard to gnu++11 when building with altivec on ppc64 meson: Error out if building nouveau and using LLVM without rtti autotools: Remove tegra vdpau driver Emil Velikov (13): docs: add sha256 checksums for 18.3.1 bin/get-pick-list.sh: rework handing of sha nominations bin/get-pick-list.sh: warn when commit lists invalid sha cherry-ignore: meson: libfreedreno depends upon libdrm (for fence support) glx: mandate xf86vidmode only for "drm" dri platforms meson: don't require glx/egl/gbm with gallium drivers pipe-loader: meson: reference correct library TODO: glx: meson: build dri based glx tests, only with -Dglx=dri glx: meson: drop includes from a link-only library glx: meson: wire up the dispatch-index-check test glx/test: meson: assorted include fixes Update version to 18.3.2 docs: add release notes for 18.3.2 Eric Anholt (6): v3d: Fix a leak of the transfer helper on screen destroy. vc4: Fix a leak of the transfer helper on screen destroy. v3d: Fix a leak of the disassembled instruction string during debug dumps. v3d: Make sure that a thrsw doesn't split a multop from its umul24. v3d: Add missing flagging of SYNCB as a TSY op. gallium/ttn: Fix setup of outputs_written. Erik Faye-Lund (2): virgl: wrap vertex element state in a struct virgl: work around bad assumptions in virglrenderer Francisco Jerez (5): intel/fs: Handle source modifiers in lower_integer_multiplication(). intel/fs: Implement quad swizzles on ICL+. intel/fs: Fix bug in lower_simd_width while splitting an instruction which was already split. intel/eu/gen7: Fix brw_MOV() with DF destination and strided source. intel/fs: Respect CHV/BXT regioning restrictions in copy propagation pass. Ian Romanick (2): i965/vec4/dce: Don't narrow the write mask if the flags are used Revert "nir/lower_indirect: Bail early if modes == 0" Jan Vesely (1): clover: Fix build after clang r348827 Jason Ekstrand (6): nir/constant_folding: Fix source bit size logic intel/blorp: Be more conservative about copying clear colors spirv: Handle any bit size in vector_insert/extract anv/apply_pipeline_layout: Set the cursor in lower_res_reindex_intrinsic spirv: Sign-extend array indices intel/peephole_ffma: Fix swizzle propagation Karol Herbst (1): nv50/ir: fix use-after-free in ConstantFolding::visit Kirill Burtsev (1): loader: free error state, when checking the drawable type Lionel Landwerlin (5): anv: don't do partial resolve on layer > 0 i965: include draw_params/derived_draw_params for VF cache workaround i965: add CS stall on VF invalidation workaround anv: explictly specify format for blorp ccs/mcs op anv: flush fast clear colors into compressed surfaces Marek Olšák (1): st/mesa: don't leak pipe_surface if pipe_context is not current Mario Kleiner (1): radeonsi: Fix use of 1- or 2- component GL_DOUBLE vbo's. Nicolai Hähnle (1): meson: link LLVM 'native' component when LLVM is available Rhys Perry (3): radv: don't set surf_index for stencil-only images ac/nir,radv,radeonsi/nir: use correct indices for interpolation intrinsics ac: split 16-bit ssbo loads that may not be dword aligned Rob Clark (2): freedreno/drm: fix memory leak mesa/st/nir: fix missing nir_compact_varyings Samuel Pitoiset (1): radv: switch on EOP when primitive restart is enabled with triangle strips Timothy Arceri (2): tgsi/scan: fix loop exit point in tgsi_scan_tess_ctrl() tgsi/scan: correctly walk instructions in tgsi_scan_tess_ctrl() Vinson Lee (2): meson: Fix typo. meson: Fix libsensors detection. Read more Also: Mesa 18.3.2 Released With Many Fixes As Users Encouraged To Upgrade