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Wayland Live CD ISOs Updated

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Wayland fan and Phoronix reader "Nerdopolis" has released updated versions of his Wayland Live CD for showcasing Wayland technologies in various forms.

The Wayland Live CD distribution, Rebecca Black OS, saw a major update last month with a lot of new functionality -- check out that article if you haven't already for the details. This weekend's Rebecca Black OS update just brings various bug-fixes.

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Timesys tips LinuxLink support for Renesas RZ/A SoC

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Timesys announced LinuxLink support for the Cortex-A9 based Renesas RZ/A SoC and RSK HDK. Renesas also tipped an RZ/A-based board for ARM Mbed development.

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Why prominent 'hobbyist' operating systems face an existential crisis

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GNU
Linux

Do you think Linux is an alternative, hobbyist operating system? Ha! Linux is mainstream. If you're looking for the next niche OS, you'll need to dive deep into the cracks and crevices: passion projects worked on by a handful of developers in their spare time.

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Over-Volting Your GPU With The New NVIDIA Linux Driver

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Unlike the frequency overclocking done through the NVIDIA Settings GUI, the over-volting can only be done via the command-line interface. It's not clear yet if this is just a temporary limitation if NVIDIA didn't get around to exposing it via the GTK interface or they will keep it CLI-only in trying to discourage novice users from accidentally over-volting their system and causing potential damage, etc.

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Also: NVIDIA Adds "Nyan Blaze" To Coreboot

Running XFCE on Chrome OS

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Google

I know what you are thinking. Big deal. Folks have been running Crouton, Chrubuntu, and even Xubuntu for some time now on their Chromebooks. Yes, but what about running XFCE straight from the cloud itself. A webapp, if you may, without an offline mode.

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CAINE Provides Sturdy Support for Forensic Specialists

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Eye candy and fancy screen effects have little place in the strictly business routine of forensic techs and IT pros. The CAINE and MATE combination contribute to the smooth interface and straightforward desktop. The default setting for full panel bar transparency blends it right into the desktop's background. This further extends the uncluttered appearance of the desktop.

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AMD's "AMDKFD" HSA Driver Is Ready For Pulling In Linux 3.19

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Linux

Oded Gabbay of AMD sent out the pull request to David Airlie for trying to land the AMDKFD driver in Linux 3.19. The difference between this driver and AMDGPU is that it's already been public for a while where we're still waiting for the AMDGPU graphics driver to be published that's the new DRM driver to be shared with the Catalyst Linux user-space for supporting the AMD Radeon R9 285 and newer GPUs.

While the AMDKFD driver hasn't yet been pulled by Airlie at the time of writing, this driver has already undergone review from upstream developers and in fact revised six times through the public process. Given that the drm-next merge window is still open for a few more days, this driver stands good chances of being merged then as a new Linux 3.19 driver. Friday's sixth version contains just minor changes to the driver compared to last week.

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Ten operating systems for the Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi single board computer has become incredibly popular with hobbyists, academics, educators and OEMs. It’s tiny, it’s cheap, it has great performance and it’s extremely versatile. Even better, you have a surprisingly wide choice of operating systems to help you tackle whatever project you take on. What? You thought there was only Raspbian? If so, read on. We’ll look at Raspbian first, but wait to you see what else you can run …

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Intel Sends In More Graphics Code For Linux 3.19

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Intel has sent in another round of graphics driver changes to be queued up in DRM-Next for the Linux 3.19 kernel.

The Intel DRM driver for Linux 3.19 already has initial Intel Skylake graphics support and numerous other changes. Daniel Vetter today sent in yet another drm-next pull request and he says the Intel team will have one more pull request in the coming days once it clears their QA/validation process.

Today's "drm-intel-next-2014-11-07" pull request has Skylake watermark code, reworked audio codec/ELD handling code, Skylake force-wake support, Cherryview support improvements, golden context support for Skylake, and tons of other fixes and improvements.

Find out the full list of these exciting Intel open-source Linux kernel graphics driver improvements via the mailing list pull request. The Linux 3.19 kernel cycle will get underway officially next month once Linux 3.18 has been christened.

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Top 10 Linux desktops part 2

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The Linux desktop is one of the most important things about your Linux experience, aiding or supporting your workflow and tasks in many ways. We look at the top ten available for various distros right now to try and help you decide.

The first part can be found on our website.

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Security: Reproducible Builds, Windows Phones, Debian, Mageia Identity Security Breach and More

  • Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #147
  • Windows Phones Get Cumulative Update KB4074592, PDF Support Now Broken
    Just when you thought Windows 10 Mobile is dead, here’s Microsoft rolling out a new cumulative update for the platform as part of its February patching cycle. Windows 10 cumulative update KB4074592, which is also released on PCs running the Creators Update (version 1703) – phones have never received the Fall Creators Update, comes with little changes for mobile devices, though it does something that many users might notice. Microsoft doesn’t provide a separate change log for mobile and PC, so the release notes that you can find at the end of the article include all the improvements and security fixes that Microsoft included in KB4074592 for both platforms.
  • Time to Join Extended Long Term Support for Debian 7 Wheezy
    Debian 7 Wheezy LTS period ends on May 31st and some companies asked Freexian if they could get security support past this date. Since about half of the current team of paid LTS contributors is willing to continue to provide security updates for Wheezy, I have started to work on making this possible.
  • Hackers Infiltrated Tesla to Mine Cryptocurrency
    While Elon Musk was busy planning how to launch his Tesla Roadster into the depths of space last month, a hacker was silently using Tesla’s computing power to mine an unknown amount of cryptocurrency. The unidentified attackers found their way in through cracks in Tesla’s cloud environment, according to a report issued by RedLock security on February 20. The miners were able to gain access via an unprotected Tesla Kubernete console—an open source system that manages applications. Included on this console were the access credentials to Tesla’s Amazon Web Service. Once they obtained access to the console, the attackers were able to run scripts that allowed them to stealthily mine cryptocurrency.
  • Hacking at EPFL Toastmasters, Lausanne, tonight
    ...remember to turn off your mobile device or leave it at home, you never know when it might ring or become part of a demonstration.
  • Mageia Identity Security Breach
    A user was able to gain access to our LDAP database and has published the email addresses and names, as well as apparent password hashes, of anyone who has signed up to identity.mageia.org. However, the published hashes do not match those on record, and all capitalisation has been removed, so it is not clear that the actual passwords have been compromised. All of the passwords have since been reset as a security precaution. New rules have been added to prevent access to the LDAP server. The sysadmins are investigating how the fields were read, as the configuration should have specifically prevented this. The passwords stored by the Mageia LDAP server are hashed and salted, meaning that the full decryption of the password, if they have actually been leaked, into a human-usable format would require significant computing power for safe and complex passwords.

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Canonical Donates Ubuntu Phones to UBports to Continue Ubuntu Touch Development

UBports devs announced today on Twitter that Canonical sent them a few old Ubuntu Phone devices to continue the development of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system. Now that Canonical has ceased the development of its revolutionary Unity 8 user interface for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system used on smartphones from Meizu and BQ, the company decided to donate several devices to the UBports community. UBports is recreating Ubuntu Touch, maintaining, updating, and modifying its code to offer the world a free and open source mobile operating system for those who want to use something else than Android, iOS, and what else is still out there. Read more Also: Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS Will Default To The New Installer The New Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Server Installer

LibreOffice 6.1 Arrives in August with Revamped Online Experience, New Features

Last week, we talked with The Document Foundation's marketing assistant Mike Saunders about the 1 million downloads milestone reached by the major LibreOffice 6.0 release in only two weeks after its launch, who told us that the team is already working on the next version, LibreOffice 6.1, due for release in August. LibreOffice 6.1 will be the first major update to the 6.x series of the office suite and will add yet another layer of new features and improvements to the open-source and cross-platform office suite used by millions of computer users worldwide, and we'd like you to be the first to know about them. Read more