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  • Hyperledger creates experimental labs for startups

    As an effort to bring early-stage startups together with companies that are officially recognized by Hyperledger, this measure can accelerate the pace with which new ideas find traction and reach maturity.

    Companies previously had to go through a grueling application process to prove the maturity of their code and a commitment of resources before becoming an "officially recognized" by the consortium and getting "incubation status" for their code.

    To give an idea of ​​how strict the process of applying for this status, there are at least 185 members of Hyperledger, but only eight codebases have been officially granted the status.

    This new measure now gives startups access to some of the benefits accessed only by companies that are officially recognized - for example, IBM, Intel and Monax.

  • Linux Foundation Re-Orgs to Simplify Open Source Networking

    The Linux Foundation is restructuring its operations to better coordinate the activities of multiple open source networking projects that impact the telecom space, including OPNFV, ONAP and OpenDaylight.

  • Linux Foundation brings open source projects together under LFN

    The Linux Foundation recently announced a new project called the LF Networking Fund (LFN), a platform for cross-project collaboration. Among the founding projects of the LFN include, OpenDaylight, ONAP, OPNFV, PNDA and SNAS.

  • Open source networking projects unite under Linux Foundation

    The Linux Foundation created an umbrella platform, the LF Networking Fund, to promote cross-project collaboration among open source networking projects under its wing.

  • PDP Xbox One Controllers Should Now Work With The Linux 4.15 Kernel

    One of the last minute changes sneaking into the Linux 4.15 kernel is support for PDP Xbox One controllers.

    Linux supports a variety of Xbox controllers and various offshoots while now the controllers from Performance Designed Products is the latest. PDP Xbox One Controllers can be found at a variety of Internet retailers but up to now hasn't played nicely with the Linux kernel: the devices are rather peculiar about their initialization sequence and needed some extra packets before sending any input reports.

Subgraph: This Security-Focused Distro Is Malware’s Worst Nightmare

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By design, Linux is a very secure operating system. In fact, after 20 years of usage, I have personally experienced only one instance where a Linux machine was compromised. That instance was a server hit with a rootkit. On the desktop side, I’ve yet to experience an attack of any kind.
That doesn’t mean exploits and attacks on the Linux platform don’t exist. They do. One only need consider Heartbleed and Wannacry, to remember that Linux is not invincible.

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Best Linux security tools

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Linux has become a popular open source alternative to the popular Windows and iOS operating systems, and a key factor behind its rise is security.

The operating system is much less likely to be a target of malware than its better-known competitors as it has far fewer users, more knowledgeable server administrators and a comprehensive permissions system that enhances its defences.

That doesn't, however, make Linux invulnerable. Here are some Linux security tools to add an extra layer of protection to the operating system.

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The Linux Foundation's Latest Event and Latest Umbrella

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Linux Foundation's LinuxBoot

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  • System Startup Gets a Boost with New LinuxBoot Project

    The Linux Foundation is pleased to welcome LinuxBoot to our family of open source projects and to support the growth of the project community. LinuxBoot looks to improve system boot performance and reliability by replacing some firmware functionality with a Linux kernel and runtime.

    Firmware has always had a simple purpose: to boot the OS. Achieving that has become much more difficult due to increasing complexity of both hardware and deployment. Firmware often must set up many components in the system, interface with more varieties of boot media, including high-speed storage and networking interfaces, and support advanced protocols and security features.

    LinuxBoot addresses the often slow, often error-prone, obscured code that executes these steps with a Linux kernel. The result is a system that boots in a fraction of the time of a typical system, and with greater reliability.

  • Linux Foundation Announces "LinuxBoot" To Replace Some Firmware With Linux Code

    Not to be confused with Coreboot or its former name of LinuxBIOS, the Linux Foundation today announced LinuxBoot as a new initiative for replacing system firmware with the Linux kernel/drivers.

    LinuxBoot is backed from the likes of Google and Facebook for improving the system boot speed and reliability by replacing some firmware functionality with the Linux kernel and a runtime.

Systemd, Kernel, and the Linux Foundation

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  • Systemd 237 Is Being Prepared For Release

    Lennart Poettering and the systemd crew have begun with release preparations for systemd 237. As part of that, the change-log has been updated to provide a glimpse at what's ahead.

  • diff -u: Complexifying printk()

    It's so simple! The kernel decides to output a log message, so it calls printk() to send the message to a serial console—except it's not simple at all. What if the kernel is in the middle of crashing, and the log message is the crucial clue needed to diagnose the problem? How do you output a log message when you don't know what parts of the system you even can rely on? What if the system's out of memory or trapped in an atomic context, unable to switch from whatever's breaking to the code to execute the printk()?

    There are all sorts of corner cases that safely can be ignored by user code producing output, but that are essential to get right when the kernel is the one producing output.

    To make matters worse, these corner cases tend to occur in ways that are difficult to reproduce, creating potential controversy over whether a bug exists at all. How do you reproduce a bug that causes the very logging system to fail to tell you what happened?

  • Linux Foundation launches networking initiative

    The Linux Foundation has launched a new effort to promote collaboration between open source networking projects.

    The foundation this week unveiled the LF Networking Fund, which Arpit Joshipura described as a “platform for cross-project collaboration”.

    “LFN will form the basis of collaboration across the network stack, from the data plane into the control plane, to orchestration, automation, end-to-end testing, and more,” Joshipura, GM networking and orchestration at the Linux Foundation, wrote in a blog entry.

  • Samsung joins the Linux Foundation Networking Fund

    Samsung has become a Platinum Member of the Linux Foundation Networking Fund (LFN), a new body that brings together the decision makers of participating organisations. The advantages are enhanced operational excellence, simpler member engagement, and increased collaboration across open source networking project and standards bodies.

    According to the Linux Foundation's bylaws, Platinum Members "engage in or support the production, manufacture, use, sale, or standardisation of Linux and other open source-base technologies" and pay an annual fee of $500,000.

  • Announcing the Availability of Kubernetes 1.9.1 Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam

Devices: Librem 5, HPC, LimeSDR, Tizen, Android

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  • Free software smartphone now in design phase

    A project that raised money last year to build a mobile phone based on free software has finished assembling its design team and is in the planning phase of development.

    In an update on the development of the Librem 5 smartphone, creative director François Téchené said developers were now working on designing user interfaces and user experience for the device.

    The company behind the phone, Purism, raised a total of US$2.279 million in a crowd-funding effort, far above the target of US$1.5 million.

    "Free" refers to the hardware and software, with the phone to use Plasma Mobile, a mobile version of the KDE software that is used on the Linux desktop.

  • New Purism Developer To Begin Work On Tackling Responsive GTK+ Apps

    GNOME developer Adrien Plazas has joined Purism as part of their effort of getting GTK+ applications on the Librem 5 smart-phone.

  • GTK+ Apps on Phones

    As some of you may already know, I recently joined Purism to help developing GTK+ apps for the upcoming Librem 5 phone.

    Purism and GNOME share a lot of ideas and values, so the GNOME HIG and GNOME apps are what we will focus on primarily: we will do all we can to not fork nor to reinvent the wheel but to help allowing existing GTK+ applications to work on phones.

  • Building a Linux-based HPC system on the Raspberry Pi with Ansible

    In my previous article for, I introduced the OpenHPC project, which aims to accelerate innovation in high-performance computing (HPC). This article goes a step further by using OpenHPC's capabilities to build a small HPC system. To call it an HPC system might sound bigger than it is, so maybe it is better to say this is a system based on the Cluster Building Recipes published by the OpenHPC project.

    The resulting cluster consists of two Raspberry Pi 3 systems acting as compute nodes and one virtual machine acting as the master node:

  • Raspberry Pi and LimeSDR open-source DVB project

    The Raspberry Pi Zero and LimeSDR Mini have been used together to create what is claimed to be the world’s smallest open-sourced DVB transmitter.

  • Industrial strength ATX board brings legacy gear up to 6th and 7th Gen speed

    Adlink’s Linux-ready “IMB-M43H” ATX board supports Skylake or Kaby Lake Intel Core CPUs with up to 32GB DDR4, 4x SATA III, 8x USB, PCIe and PCI, EN 55032 EMI protection, and USB power stabilization.

     Adlink’s industrial ATX form-factor (305 x 244mm) IMB-M43H is designed as a Skylake or Kaby Lake upgrade for legacy installations. It provides support for older technologies like PCI, VGA, LPT, and 32-bit Windows 7. The board also supports 64-bit Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, as well as three 64-bit Linux distributions: Fedora 25, OpenSUSE Leap 42.1, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

  • Samsung Gear Apps for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple and Dogecoin rates

    A lot of app developers seem to be benefiting from the recent outburst in Blockchain technolog, more specifically in the cryptocurrency domain. While some developers are building cryptocurrency wallets, hedge funds, etc other developers are making apps which display the real-time value of the cryptocurrencies so users can decide on when to invest or trade their assets. But in recent times, there have been so many new cryptocoins emerging that it is getting harder and harder for people to keep a tab on their volatile values.

  • Google Teases Android P Name Inside Digital Puzzle For I/O

    The annual developer conference, Google I/O, will be held between May 8-10 this year at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. Much like every year, Google dropped a puzzle for the curious minds to put their brains to work and figure out the dates.

Linux and Graphics: Coreboot, New Releases, Radeon R600 Gallium3D Driver, XWayland

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  • New Coreboot Frame-Buffer Driver For The Linux Kernel

    A new Coreboot frame-buffer driver has been published for the Linux kernel that allows reusing of the frame-buffer setup by Coreboot during the hardware initialization process.

    Re-using the frame-buffer setup by Coreboot when initializing the graphics hardware can make for a faster booting system due to uselessly duplicating the FB setup process otherwise and for some small Linux systems just needing a basic frame-buffer can mean that the Linux kernel build doesn't even need a full graphics driver.

  • Linux Kernels 4.14.15, 4.9.78, and 4.4.113 Bring x86 and PowerPC Security Fixes

    Renowned Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman released new kernel updates for the Linux 4.14, 4.9 LTS, and 4.4 LTS series, which add more security fixes and updated drivers.

    Linux kernels 4.14.15, 4.9.78 LTS, and 4.4.113 LTS are now available, and they come with numerous improvements. While Linux kernel 4.14.15 is by far the biggest of them all, containing 104 files changed, with 1514 insertions and 447 deletions, Linux 4.9.78 LTS and 4.4.113 LTS kernels are pretty identical and include 60 changed files with 525 insertions and 167 deletions, and 64 changed files, with 960 insertions and 139 deletions respectively.

  • Radeon R600 Gallium3D Driver Nearly At OpenGL 4.5, Remaining Bits Being Finished

    It didn't happen in time for the upcoming Mesa 18.0, but the R600 Gallium3D driver for supporting pre-GCN AMD Radeon graphics processors is now nearly at OpenGL 4.5 compliance! A needed OpenGL 4.4 extension is now scratched off the list completing the necessary extensions to effectively have GL 4.5, assuming it can pass the conformance test suite.

  • XWayland Gets XDG-Output Support For Potential Fractional Scaling

    The long-in-development X.Org Server 1.20 has yet another XWayland addition: XDG-Output protocol support.

    XDG-Output is a newer Wayland protocol extension for providing more display output device information with a focus on desktop display details not already exposed otherwise.

Linux Devices: LimeSDR Mini, ML350 Fanless Computer, Librem 5

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  • LimeSDR Mini gains Raspberry Pi ready Grove Starter Kit

    Lime Microsystems has launched a Raspberry Pi compatible “Grove Starter Kit” option for its LimeSDR Mini radio hacker board with a GrovePi+ board, 15 Grove sensor and actuator modules, dual antennas for 433/868/915MHz bands, a base plate, and cables.

    Lime Microsystems has added to its successful LimeSDR Mini crowdfunding campaign on Crowd Supply with a $249 Grove Starter Kit designed to work with a Raspberry Pi. The news came shortly after Lime unveiled a DVB transmitter prototype project that combines the open source LimeSDR Mini Software Defined Radio (SDR) board with a Raspberry Pi Zero.

  • Ubuntu-ready embedded PC has optional CEC, 4G, and dual mSATA

    Logic Supply’s fanless, Apollo Lake based “ML350G-10” embedded PC offers 7x USB ports, up to 2x GbE, up to 2TB mSATA via 2x slots, optional WiFi/BT or LTE, and 2x DisplayPorts with optional CEC.

    Most of Logic Supply’s embedded PCs have run on Intel Core chips, but the Vermont-based company has produced a few Linux-ready, Intel Atom-based models including the Bay Trail Celeron based ML100G-10 and quad- or octa-core Avoton Atom C2xxx driven ML600G-10. Now, the company has launched an “ML350 Fanless Computer” series starting with the Apollo Lake-based ML350G-10.

  • Purism Plans to Bring Convergence to Its PureOS Linux Phone and Laptops

    Purism, the computer technology company that sells Linux-powered laptops, is currently working hard on their first Linux phone, Librem 5, for which the company ran a successful crowdfunding campaign last year.

    Last week, Purism published their first report on the upcoming privacy-focused Linux smartphone since the crowdfunding campaign ended, saying they plan to use the i.MX8 ARM processor for the device and the next-generation Wayland display server for the UI (User Interface), which is still in the design phase as they spent last two months establishing a design team.

    Now that their design team is in place and ready to work on the most powerful Linux phone ever, Purism shared their plans on attempting to bring convergence across all devices running the PureOS Linux operating system, including the upcoming Librem 5 smartphone and any of Purism's Librem Linux laptops.

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