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Linux 4.3 Will Have Many Intel Graphics Improvements, Better For Skylake

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Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has sent in many Intel DRM driver changes to be queued up in DRM-Next for the Linux 4.3 kernel.

This drm-intel-next load is quite big given that there's three batches of changes due to Vetter having held off on sending out this pull request for the code to land in DRM-Next.

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Bodhi Releases Roadmap, Mint 17.2 KDE Upgrade Ready

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Jeff Hoogland today posted some updated information for fans of his Bodhi Linux distributions as well as requesting help testing new desktop Moksha. Elsewhere, Clement Lefebvre today said the upgrade path from 17.0 and 17.1 to 17.2 is now open to all. Also, The Linux Foundation today announced its keynote speakers for upcoming conferences in Dublin and QEMU is the Software Freedom Conservancy's newest member.

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Linux Foundation offers cheaper courses and certifications for India

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This makes India the first region in which the Linux Foundation will offer country-specific pricing on select training and certification products.

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Samsung launches additional information services for Tizen TV

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Samsung Electronics have announced the addition of four services that provide real-time on-screen Information on their Tizen based Smart TVs. You can display Information that relates to sports, news, entertainment, and social. The Information is displayed on the right hand side of the screen on a transparent window, and can be accessed via the TV remote when the viewer is watching cable TV or IPTV.

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How I finally got permission to use my own computer

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As I learned more about Linux, it became easier to use with time. I was impressed by the contributions of open source developers to it as well. Use cases that were really hard for me at first became easier as more advancements were made in the Linux community. At one point, finding and installing codecs to play multimedia files was annoying, but later it became a cinch. Proprietary drivers (when absolutely necessary) required me to recompile my kernel, but it is now often just a checkbox. Free drivers have also made leaps and bounds.

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Feral Interactive Is Teasing New Linux Port on Twitter

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Feral Interactive is one of the major studios out there that are porting important games for Linux users, and it looks like they are planning something big, but they don't want to announce anything for certain.

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Leftovers: Devices

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  • Google’s iBeacon competitor ‘Eddystone’ expands capability of Bluetooth beacons
  • Three wireless advances target Linux and Android devices
  • Short-Range Wireless Tech for IoT Takes Three Big Steps [same article]

    One reason Linux -- and by extension Android -- have grown so quickly in embedded is that from very early on Linux was imbued with strong wireless support. Although ARM and others are working hard to improve wireless support on microcontrollers with efforts such as ARM's Mbed OS, for the most part if your gizmo needs WiFi, you need to set aside MCUs and RTOSes and move to Linux or Android running on a faster processor.

  • Tizen Store Opens for Paid Apps in Nepal, Samsung Z1 Launch Inches Closer

    Today, the Tizen Store has launched its paid service in Nepal, meaning developers can now sell paid applications to 4 countries – India , Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and now Nepal. Last week we spotted the firmware file for the Samsung Z1 Nepal and now with todays announcement the launch should be within a matter of weeks.

  • Android M: 5 small but important features you’re going to love

    Android M isn’t going to be a massive game-changer like Android 5.0 Lollipop was. However, it will have some small-but-important tweaks and improvements that will noticeably improve the consumer experience. Green Bot recently put together a slideshow of the small changes Google has made with Android M and we’ve picked out five of them that we think Android diehards will love. Check them out below and be sure to check out Green Bot’s full slideshow by clicking here.

  • Commodore's Ghost Lives in New Machine

    The device, named the "Commodore PET," runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, and has a 5.5-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS OGS display.

    It has a 1.7-GHz 64-bit octa-core CPU, up to 3 GB of RAM, an earphone jack, a microUSB slot, dual SIM cards, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery.

    The PET runs on 4G LTE, GSM and WCDMA networks.

Solus Operating System Is Now Based on Linux Kernel 4.1.3 LTS

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The Solus operating system has received a set of updates and developers made some important changes, like the adoption of a new Linux kernel of a new GTK+ version.

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Linux Kernel 3.18.19 LTS Adds x86, Btrfs, ARM, and UFS Improvements, Updated Drivers

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A new maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 3.18 kernel series has been announced on July 21 by none other than its maintainer, Sasha Levin. Linux kernel 3.18.19 LTS is now available for download.

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Open-Channel SSD Support Still Baking For The Linux Kernel

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Matias Bjørling continues tackling support for "open-channel SSDs" within Linux. His fourth revision to his Open-Channel SSD patch-set has been published and re-based against code in development for the Linux 4.3 kernel.

Open-Channel SSDs refer to solid-state drives that expose the physical characteristics to the host. File-systems and applications are able to directly place and manage data on flash chips where they wish along with managing the garbage collection and other behavior. Tieing in with Open-Channel SSDs is the LightNVM specification for providing a common interface to the system for controlling the SSD characteristics.

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Security: VPNFilter, Encryption in GNU/Linux, Intel CPU Bug Affecting rr Watchpoints

  • [Crackers] infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

    VPNFilter—as the modular, multi-stage malware has been dubbed—works on consumer-grade routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, and on network-attached storage devices from QNAP, Cisco researchers said in an advisory. It’s one of the few pieces of Internet-of-things malware that can survive a reboot. Infections in at least 54 countries have been slowly building since at least 2016, and Cisco researchers have been monitoring them for several months. The attacks drastically ramped up during the past three weeks, including two major assaults on devices located in Ukraine. The spike, combined with the advanced capabilities of the malware, prompted Cisco to release Wednesday’s report before the research is completed.

  • Do Not Use sha256crypt / sha512crypt - They're Dangerous

    I'd like to demonstrate why I think using sha256crypt or sha512crypt on current GNU/Linux operating systems is dangerous, and why I think the developers of GLIBC should move to scrypt or Argon2, or at least bcrypt or PBKDF2.

  • Intel CPU Bug Affecting rr Watchpoints
    I investigated an rr bug report and discovered an annoying Intel CPU bug that affects rr replay using data watchpoints. It doesn't seem to be hit very often in practice, which is good because I don't know any way to work around it. It turns out that the bug is probably covered by an existing Intel erratum for Skylake and Kaby Lake (and probably later generations, but I'm not sure), which I even blogged about previously! However, the erratum does not mention watchpoints and the bug I've found definitely depends on data watchpoints being set. I was able to write a stand-alone testcase to characterize the bug. The issue seems to be that if a rep stos (and probably rep movs) instruction writes between 1 and 64 bytes (inclusive), and you have a read or write watchpoint in the range [64, 128) bytes from the start of the writes (i.e., not triggered by the instruction), then one spurious retired conditional branch is (usually) counted. The alignment of the writes does not matter, and it's not related to speculative execution.

In Memoriam: Robin "Roblimo" Miller, a Videographer and Free Software Champion

Videographer Robin Roblimo Miller

Robin "Roblimo" Miller was a clever, friendly, and very amicable individual who everyone I know has plenty of positive things to say about. I had the pleasure of speaking to him for several hours about anything from personal life and professional views. Miller was a very knowledgeable person whose trade as a journalist and video producer I often envied. I have seen him facing his critics in his capacity as a journalist over a decade ago when he arranged a debate about OOXML (on live radio). Miller, to me, will always be remembered as a strong-minded and investigative journalist who "did the right thing" as the cliché goes, irrespective of financial gain -- something which can sometimes be detrimental to one's longterm health. Miller sacrificed many of his later years to a cause worth fighting for. This is what we ought to remember him for. Miller was - and always will be - a FOSS hero.

May everything you fought for be fulfilled, Mr. Miller. I already miss you.

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