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Games: Plague Inc: Evolved, Valve's ACO, Push Me Pull You, 3D Buzz, Zombie Panic, Lazr, ReDoomEd

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  • Plague Inc: Evolved hits new all-time high on player count due to the Coronavirus outbreak in China

    Plague Inc: Evolved, a strategy/simulation mix that supports Linux, has seen a sudden surge in popularity recently as China has a real-life Coronavirus outbreak people are testing it out in the game.

    In the last 24 hours, it's hit a new all-time high peak-player count of over fifteen thousand people all trying to cover the world in something terrible. This is thanks to the modding support the game has with the Steam Workshop, there's multiple packs that add in some form of the new Chinese Coronavirus.

  • Valve's ACO Helps The Radeon RX 5600 XT Compete With NVIDIA's RTX 2060

    As shown yesterday the new video BIOS of the Radeon RX 5600 XT paired with the corrected SMC firmware on Linux yields impressive performance improvements that -- similar to Windows -- allows the card to compete better with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060. For Linux users, activating the Valve-funded ACO compiler back-end for the Radeon "RADV" Vulkan driver helps turn up the competition even more.

  • 'Push Me Pull You' is a strange but kid-friendly multiplayer comical wrestling game featuring humanoid conjoined twins

    This somewhat bizarre but at the same time completely original game, sponsored by the Victoria State Government and Film Victoria Australia, has been out since July 2016 with Linux support, but it was overlooked by almost everyone. Also, it didn't help the fact that several months ago I requested the developer to send a copy for the GOL staff to check, but they said they were no longer handing review keys. Although it barely has Steam user reviews, it has received a number of awards and the few people who wrote reviews for it seemed to like it.

  • All courses from online learning site '3D Buzz' went free, due to the website shutting down; torrent available

    Although most of the courses were paid, a couple of weeks ago the site had to shut down, following the ramifications of one of its founders' tragic death by cancer in 2017 (memorial and portfolio page); however, they decided to release absolutely all the content (about 200 GB of videos) for free to download, out of appreciation for all the community's support across the years.

    [...]

    In my personal case, I didn't check any course due to lack of time, so I can't tell you about their general quality, but if you want to get a glimpse, they have a YouTube account with dozens of old videos to see if their style of teaching suits you.

    This unfortunate event shows another facet of such an horrific disease; sometimes it's not only about the extreme torment of the affected person and the psychological devastation that causes on relatives and friends, but also the catastrophic financial consequences that worsen an already grisly situation. However, an excellent gesture like this at least helps to keep the person's legacy alive, and opens the slight possibility that somebody uses this (now free) content to release a masterpiece in a couple of years. One can only hope...

  • Zombie Panic! Source getting the big 3.1 release with Linux support 'as soon as possible' - needs testing

    The Zombie Panic! Team put out another update on the progress towards version 3.1, what's turned into a massive overhaul to many parts of the game as Linux support also comes in.

    Not long to go though, with version 3.1 Beta Update 5 being released yesterday which should be the last major update as they move onto focusing on the smaller things to get a "public release as soon as possible". This still could be months away, depending on how many issues come up.

  • Lazr, an impressive cyberpunk physics-enhanced 2D platformer is on Kickstarter with a big demo

    After an impressive tech demo, then an expanded demo, the physics-enhanced 'clothformer' Lazr is now on Kickstarter to help it cross the development finishing line.

    The developer, Garrick Campsey, didn't originally plan this to be a full game. Being made as a result of a challenge from another game developer adding dynamic motion simulation into a platformer. A video of the prototype then went somewhat viral on Twitter and they decided to continue it into a proper game.

  • 'ReDoomEd', a port of the original Doom level editor, was released on Linux

    DoomEd was a program written by Carmack and Romero on 1993, to directly build the levels from the original Doom. Seventeen years later, the developers behind Twilight Edge Software are releasing a free and independent port based on that program, appropriately called ReDoomEd, which is based on DoomEd's source code, publicly released by John Romero himself on 2015.

Games: Shotgun Farmers, GOG and DXVK Release

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  • Linux gaming night: Shotgun Farmers - come join tonight

    Tonight, we've decided to do something a little different. We're organising a Linux gaming night and you're all invited to join us.

    Getting into the whole community spirit thing here, channelling some positive vibes for the Linux gaming community and for a fun indie game that's quite unique and cheap—let's play Shotgun Farmers. A good time too, as on Steam right now it's 30% off making it £4.89 / $6.99 / €5.73.

  • GOG have now launched their own big Lunar Sale with tons of DRM-free of deals

    If Humble Store and Steam didn't sway you yet, perhaps some DRM-free games from GOG might as they've now launched their own big Lunar Sale.

    As this is a very Chinese themed event, GOG have prepared a little "gaming horoscope" page. Since I entered this world in the year of The Dragon, according to GOG I am "confident, intelligent, and enthusiastic" and well suited for RPGs. Can't really argue with that.

  • Direct 3D to Vulkan translation layer DXVK version 1.5.2 is up, lots of fixes for games

    The DXVK team have released another new version of their Direct 3D 9/10/11 to Vulkan translation layer with 1.5.2 now available.

    Firstly an important note: It requires more up to date drivers again, as they've upped the requirements to Vulkan 1.1 support. A good time to go and check, Vulkan 1.1 has been supported in both NVIDIA and Mesa driver for quite some time now so it really shouldn't be an issue. Why did they up the Vulkan version used? They said the "Vulkan 1.0 fallback path was largely untested and did not always work correctly" and it allowed some code cleaning.

    As for what's new, on the Direct 3D 9 support side, they added in some "missing D3D9 swap chain functionality" so more games should run including ATi ToyShop demo, Atelier Sophie and Dynasty Warriors 7. There's also some Direct 3D 9 bug fixes and "minor performance and memory optimizations" so it should run Windows games a bit smoother now.

3 Reasons Why This OS Is The Perfect Choice For PC Gamers

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I recently produced a video guide showing how to get set up for gaming on elementary OS, an excellent, polished Linux distribution which I’ve praised on these pages repeatedly. I received a perplexing comment explaining that I should just create one universal guide for all Ubuntu-based distributions, since “generally, the software installation steps are the same.” That couldn’t be further from the truth, and it inspired me to paint a detailed picture why.

Pop!_OS, elementary OS, Zorin OS. These are but a few Linux distributions based on Canonical’s popular Ubuntu. But that doesn’t mean these are merely reskinned OSes with different wallpapers and a slightly tweaked user interface.

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Games: GOG, La Résistance, Stardew Valley, Frictional Games, Trains & Things, Xbox One controller on Linux

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  • GOG have now launched their own big Lunar Sale with tons DRM-free of deals

    If Humble Store and Steam didn't sway you yet, perhaps some DRM-free games from GOG might as they've now launched their own big Lunar Sale.

    As this is a very Chinese themed event, GOG have prepared a little "gaming horoscope" page. Since I entered this world in the year of The Dragon, according to GOG I am "confident, intelligent, and enthusiastic" and well suited for RPGs. Can't really argue with that.

  • La Résistance expansion for Hearts of Iron IV releasing February 25

    Paradox Development Studio have now announced that the La Résistance expansion for their "best-selling strategy wargame" Hearts of Iron IV releasing February 25.

    This huge expansion has been in the works for a while now, focusing on the "highlights the challenge of governing unruly conquests and the power of well-placed spies". You can see their original announcement trailer from PDXCON last year below:

  • Stardew Valley has managed to sell over 10 million copies - plus it's cheap right now

    Releasing almost four years ago, they said a Linux version would depend on sales of the Windows version. Then later that same month, Linux (and macOS) became a top priority which is likely due to it going onto selling over a million copies before the end of April. The Linux build was then fully released in July and since then they've pushed out plenty of big content updates and continue to do so.

  • The Frictional Games teaser has grown again - oh no it's going to be a monster isn't it

    Okay, Frictional Games, what exactly are you teasing us with? I need to know, it doesn't look like what I originally thought.

    Not up to speed? Late last year, Frictional Games (SOMA, Amnesia) started teasing a new game on a dedicated website and every so often the video that's on repeat changes. Initially starting as a tiny little cell, it then started to look like a beating heart…only yesterday it grew again and now it looks like it has a tail.

  • Trains & Things, a multiplayer-focused economic strategy game enters Early Access

    Developer bitshift have announced their multiplayer focused economic strategy game, Trains & Things, is now available in Early Access.

    With cross-platform online multiplayer to play in co-op or against others, simple track building, mod and custom map support it could be a good one to keep an eye on.

  • xow, a Linux driver for the Xbox One Controller wireless dongle has a new release up

    If you're using an Xbox One controller on Linux, you should keep an eye on the xow driver which aims to support multiple versions of it and multiple controllers.

    xow 0.3 was released last night adding in full rumble functionality "including triggers", udev rules so you no longer require root/super user privileges, there's a Makefile uninstall target and they added support for the Xbox One Elite Controller too. Additionally, it fixes an incompatibility with the mt76 kernel driver and a crash when unplugging the dongle while pairing.

Games: Terminal Phase, TaniNani, Rocket League, Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York

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  • Time travel debugging in Spritely Goblins, previewed through Terminal Phase

    Okay, by now pretty much everyone is probably sick of hearing about Terminal Phase. Terminal Phase this, and Terminal Phase that! Weren't you getting back to other hacking on Spritely Goblins, Chris? And in fact I am, I just decided it was a good idea to demo one of the things that makes Goblins interesting.

    What you're seeing above is from the experimental tt-debugger branch of Terminal Phase (not committed yet because it's a proof-of-concept, and not as clean as I'd like it to be, and also you need the "dev" branch of Goblins currently). When the user presses the "t" key, they are presented with a menu by which they can travel backwards and forwards in time. The player can select a previous state of the game from every two seconds and switch to that.

  • In the puzzler TaniNani, you move level tiles instead of a character and it's very sweet

    Spread the tiles, swap them around and get your little friends to find each other in the sweet puzzle game TaniNani out now with Linux support. Note: Key provided by the developer.

    I won't leave you hanging for my thoughts on this one, I absolutely love it. The characters are adorable when they meet, the game is super easy to get into and there's no stress with it. Go at your own pace, figure it out and try as many times as you like without repercussions. TaniNani is a perfectly example of a good casual puzzle game that's enjoyable to play through.

  • Need a new game? There's big sales on Steam and Humble (plus a free Crusader Kings II DLC)

    I can't think why you might need a new Linux game right now but there's plenty of huge sales going on if you're interested in a new and fun experience.

    Valve have today launched their Lunar New Year Sale, as expected. Absolutely masses of great games going for ridiculous prices.

    On Steam, Paradox are also giving away the Sons of Abraham expansion for Crusader Kings II until January 27. Since Crusader Kings II itself is now free, stocking up on some other freebies is great to keep you going until Crusader Kings III releases.

  • Psyonix are ending support for Rocket League on both Linux and macOS

    Sad news today Linux gamers, Psyonix emailed us directly to make sure we saw the news that they're officially ending support of Rocket League on Linux and macOS.

  • Rocket League is Dropping Support for Linux

    Rocket League is dropping official support for Linux and macOS. Psyonix shared the news in a short statement posted on their website.

  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York released for Linux

    Draw Distance today released Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York, a very stylish Visual Novel set in the universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. Good to see it happen, after the confusion we were left with at the Windows version release.

Games: Europa Universalis IV, Overcooked, ScourgeBringer and CreatorCrate

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  • Paradox to trial a subscription system to help with DLC overload for Europa Universalis IV

    Recently Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio put out a small update for Europa Universalis IV, initially saying it didn't really do much. However, after users did some digging, they had to release a statement about upcoming subscription plans.

    Initially, the update notes said they were "running a few experiments aimed at reducing the threshold for new players to access the full EU4 experience" and that they didn't want to disclose what as it would "interfere with the test". Not long after the post, a user replied to show subscriptions mentioning a "monthly payment" for DLC access.

  • Overcooked! 2 has a free content update out with the Spring Festival

    Team17 and Ghost Town Games have released a nice free content update for the crazy co-op cooking game Overcooked! 2. See Also: Some previous thoughts on Overcooked! 2.

    Out now, the Spring Festival update celebrates the upcoming Year of the Rat for the Chinese New Year celebrations later this month. It adds in five new specially themed kitchens to play through, plus two new chefs with the Rat Chef and Turtle Chef you can select as playable characters.

  • ScourgeBringer - an incredibly stylish mix something between 'Dead Cells and Celeste' arrives soon

    Flying Oak Games and Dear Villagers have announced that ScourgeBringer, their wonderfully stylish rogue-lite platformer is releasing on February 6 in Early Access.

    The same team that worked on NeuroVoider have returned, with what they say blends elements of Dead Cells and Celeste into a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious entity wreaked havoc on all humanity. Sounds bleak but the graphics certainly look vibrant.

  • Try the demo for CreatorCrate, a wild roguelike platformer with a curved world and physics fun

    CreatorCrate is currently in development, a little rough around the edges but it's showing a lot of promise to be a very fun roguelike platformer with plenty of uniqueness.

    With a curved game world set inside a rotating space station, changing gravity, physics interactions with you being able to pick up objects and launch them across the screen—it certainly has a good amount of charm.

GameMode 1.5

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  • Feral's GameMode 1.5 Now Supports Changing The CPU Governor Differently For iGPUs

    With Feral's GameMode 1.5 the big change facing users is for those running integrated graphics. In a change led by an Intel open-source graphics driver developer, GameMode now supports setting an alternative CPU frequency scaling governor for integrated graphics use-cases. Up to now GameMode has defaulted to always using the "performance" CPU frequency scaling governor for normally delivering the best performance, but for integrated graphics that in some situations can lead to lower performance. Due to the integrated graphics and CPU cores sharing the same power envelope, ramping up the CPU performance can throw the graphics performance out of balance and at least for some games lead to lower performance. So with GameMode 1.5, the user can now opt for "powersave" or an alternative governor instead when using an iGPU.

  • Feral Interactive's open source 'GameMode' system performance booster has a new release

    Feral Interactive don't just port a lot of games to Linux, they also work on some open source bits here and there. One of their projects is GameMode, which just got a new release.

    GameMode is a "daemon/lib combo for Linux that allows games to request a set of optimisations be temporarily applied to the host OS and/or a game process". In simple terms, it can help ensure your Linux PC is giving the game all it can to run smoothly. Looks like someone new is handling the project too, with Alex Smith having left Feral Interactive.

Games: Starcom: Nexus, Wild Woods, Shrine

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  • Wx3 Labs continue polishing the Linux Beta of Starcom: Nexus - it's looking good

    After getting a Linux Beta build back in December, the open-world space action and adventure game Starcom: Nexus continues getting polished up for Linux support.

    The developer provided a key, so I took a look to see how the Linux version was running and it's fantastic. I've yet to come across any issues with it. As a massive fan of space, the possibility of aliens and sci-fi tech Starcom: Nexus definitely ticks a lot of the right boxes and the story reminds me of Star Trek: Voyager.

  • You can now nominate games for the GamingOnLinux GOTY Award

    It's finally here! We're bringing back the GamingOnLinux GOTY Awards we did a few years ago, so it's time to get nominating.

    How it usually works is we have this dedicated GOTY Page, you pick a category and then search for a game in the box at the top to nominate it in that category. You can nominate as many as you wish, as long as they fit within the category.

    Once enough time has passed we will then lock down nominations, clear up any in the wrong place and open it for voting in around a week or two.

  • Wild Woods, a free couch co-op action game about defending a moving wagon

    Currently free on itch.io while it's not finished, Wild Woods resembles Unrailed! a little in that you're protecting a moving vehicle but it does it in a rather different way.

    Playable by yourself or with up to three others (1-4 players), you will be running alongside your wagon as it travels through a dangerous forest. During the daytime you can collect resources, which will be vital for surviving the night. When the sun goes down, bandits come out and attack. As you progress, you get to do a few upgrades on your wagon and overall it's a real sweet game to try out.

  • Shrine, a total conversion of Doom II has you slaying Eldritch abominations

    Regular readers will know by now that I love a good first-person shooter, I also keep an eye on fun mods and entire conversions of Doom. Shrine is another recent discovery, sending you into the Eldritch depths of hell.

    Shrine is inspired by Lovecraftian horror, so it's very much styled as you would expect with seriously freaky looking enemy types. It has 8 brand new weapons, 13 enemies to blast into the next dimension, 16 levels that are surprisingly challenging and a ton of custom textures/sounds and more.

Games: Albion Online, Rosewater, Terminal Phase, The Coma 2

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  • Albion Online has the 'biggest-ever' update now live named 'Queen'

    The Queen update for the MMO Albion Online is live, what Sandbox Interactive claim is the "biggest-ever". This is the eighth post-release content update for Albion Online, with a focus on a major rework of the Outlands continent.

    A new Hideouts system sounds quite fun, giving Guilds a place to build a secret underground base in the open-world black zones (full PvP). You will see see a lot more open-world PvP battles with a new territory claiming system, new Elite enemy NPCs to fight in Elite Randomized Dungeons, a new skin customization system, simplified and streamlined Item Power progression and more.

  • Rosewater, a wild west adventure set in the world of Lamplight City is coming to Linux next year

    Grundislav Games along with Application Systems Heidelberg have announced Rosewater, a wild west adventure set in the world of their previous game Lamplight City.

    "It's been several years since Harley Leger left New Bretagne and headed west, hoping to leave the past behind and make her way as a freelance writer. After arriving in the sleepy border town of Rosewater, a seemingly trivial assignment for the local paper leads to the hunt for a missing man's fortune--and the story of the century."

  • Terminal Phase – A Space Shooter Game That Runs In Terminal

    Today, I came across an interesting CLI game called Terminal Space, a space shooter game that runs in your Terminal. It is somewhat similar to a mobile game named Space Impact that usually came bundled with several old Nokia phones. I have played Space Impact game on my Nokia basic model phone several years ago. It was really interesting and addictive game. If you’ve played Space Impact, Terminal Space might look very familiar. It is an open source project released under GPLv3 and is written in Racket programming language. In this brief guide, I am going to show you how to install and play Terminal Phase space shooter game in Terminal on Linux.

  • The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters has a new trailer ahead of the full release next week

    Leaving Early Access on January 28, the Korean-made survival-horror The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters has a new trailer.

    While it's technically part of a series, you don't need any amiliarity with the story from The Coma: Recut. Vicious Sisters follows a new protagonist, Mina Park and her first experience in the Shadow Realm. However, if you've played the previous game you might spot some familiar faces.

Games: Planetary Sanitations Inc., Terminal Phase, The Humble Europa Universalis IV Bundle and Half-Life

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  • Planetary Sanitations Inc, a free and open source world exploration mecha roguelike

    A game I completely forgot to cover some time ago is Planetary Sanitations Inc., a free and open source roguelike that has you exploring different worlds. As you explore, you piece together a mech unit from various modules, each of which can be destroyed individually.

    Thankfully, even though I forgot about it there was a big update to it recently which popped up in my feed so here we are. It's another game made with Godot Engine, with the source code available up on GitLab. The recent update to it brings in some first steps towards polishing the experience with a proper starting menu and a small tutorial.

  • Terminal Phase, a space shooter you can play in a Terminal window

    Ever wanted to play a space shooter in your Terminal window? Well, now you can with Terminal Phase which was announced recently.

    The developer, Christopher Lemmer Webber, is a name some of you might know as they're involved in the ActivityPub specification and they're the co-founder of GNU MediaGoblin amongst other things. Terminal Phase was actually released as a result of hitting a goal on their Patreon page, funding their work in the free software community.

  • The Humble Europa Universalis IV Bundle is live ready to take your time away

    That's a pretty ridiculously good deal, considering just how much playable content is included with all of that together. As usual though, there's higher tiers as well.

    If you pay more than the average there's also: Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man, Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum, Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks, Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense and Europa Universalis IV - El Dorado.

  • The original Half-Life games are now free to play until Half-Life: Alyx launches

    Valve have made their original Half-Life titles all the way up to Half-Life 2: Episode Two free to play for a few months.

    This is to build up excitement for their VR-only title, Half-Life: Alyx, which releases in March. Which we still don't know if it will support Linux or not, I'll be speaking to Valve more about that closer to the time. It likely all depends on the state of SteamVR at the time.

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    FOSDEM 2020 will take place next week, and there will be several interesting talks about open-source hardware and software development.

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  • Boston Dynamics Robot Dog Now Freely Available to All as Open-Source Code

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    Open-source software (OSS) is built upon code that's free and available to anyone who needs it. It adheres to the Debian (Linux) free software guidelines. The only type of certification comes from the Open Source Initiative, which makes sure that coding listed as "open source" meets their criteria by a) Being available for distribution to anyone without any restrictions, b) Making sure the source code is available, and c) Including a license that stipulates that any modifications or improvements are released with a new name or version number. Unlike closed, proprietary code, open-source requires no licensing fees or permission as long as you adhere to the terms of service outlined by the developer. Although tech support is hit-or-miss and depends on the developer, it has a large and active community of developers who are happy to help you work out any issues. You'll also find dozens of digital libraries on the internet that contain base code, modules, and fully formed apps that you can use, alter, and share. There are many reasons why working with open source code is preferable, and these are especially applicable to network monitoring apps and tools.

  • 2020: Expect more from containers, open source and cloud

    2020 is the year in which open source will become even more fundamental to the success of companies as they move to become fully-fledged, digitally-led businesses; proprietary software will lose relevance; companies will increasingly turn to the cloud to deliver value and capitalise on growth opportunities; and containers will finally become mainstream. [...] He also believes that the new decade will herald unprecedented growth when it comes to companies not only becoming container-led but also cloud-native - ready to benefit even more from a cloud-centric (and open) landscape. “South African businesses are having more serious discussions around multi-cloud and hybrid cloud implementations. Throughout this, an open approach, relying on an agile approach through containers, gives organisations the impetus they need to be digital-first,” he says.

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    Google and its partners at the Janelia Research Campus today released the largest, most detailed set of brain scans ever published. The project encompasses nearly one-third of the brain of a fruit fly and includes detailed mappings for more than 25 thousand neurons featuring more than 20 million synapses. The best part: it’s all been released open-source to the public. This is a great day for science. [...] Luckily for organizations and individuals who can’t afford the resources it would take to build this particular project, Google and the scientists at the Janelia Research Campus have published the entire project open-source. Even better, the team painstakingly formatted the data, images, videos, and other information in a way that makes it easily accessible to everyday people and usable by world-class researchers.

  • People of WordPress: Robert Cheleuka

    You’ve probably heard that WordPress is open-source software, and may know that it’s created and run by volunteers. WordPress enthusiasts share many examples of how WordPress changed people’s lives for the better. This monthly series shares some of those lesser-known, amazing stories. [...] Robert first came into contact with WordPress in 2014 when he and a friend started a local tech blog. Before that, all he knew was basic, outdated HTML from high school and some knowledge of Adobe Dreamweaver. They decided to use WordPress, and their new blog looked like it came from the future. They used a theme from the repo and got such positive feedback from the blog they decided to open a content and media publishing agency. While they got a few web redesign jobs thanks to the exposure the blog brought, they lacked the administrative and business skills needed and ended up going their separate ways. Then in his first real job after college Robert finally took it upon himself to learn the ins and outs of WordPress. He learned how to install WordPress on a server and did some research on customizing themes. With that knowledge alone he got his first web design clients and started earning nearly as much as he did at his job. Robert soon realized that free WordPress themes would only take him so far, especially with his limited code skills. Because in Malawi only people who travel abroad have access to credit cards, paying for premium themes was impossible. Like many WordPress designers in developing countries, Robert turned to using pirated themes instead. He knew that was both unsafe and unethical, and decided to learn how to code. Knowing how to build themes from scratch would surely help him rise above the competition.

  • Elastic: Big Data Needs Effective Search To Drive Value

    Elastic N.V. (ESTC) is a provider of opensource software which is used in applications like real time search and analytics. Elastic’s rapid growth is being driven by a rapid growth in the volume of data being generated globally and the need for improved search tools. Elastic potentially has a bright future even as cloud computing vendors introduce the same technology, provided the company continues to offer customers a compelling value proposition.

  • MariaDB Announces Cloud Native Open Source DB

    There's a new version of MariaDB that is designed to make it easier to develop apps using smart transactions and cloud-native data storage. MariaDB began life as an alternative to MySQL when Oracle took over the original MySQL. The new release, MariaDB X4, was announced by MariaDB Corp, which develops and sells an enterprise version of the open source MariaDB database management system. MariaDB has a SQL interface for accessing data, alongside GIS and JSON features.

Security Leftovers

  • Does Your Domain Have a Registry Lock?

    Dijkxhoorn said one security precaution his company had not taken with their domain prior to the fraudulent transfer was a “registry lock,” a more stringent, manual (and sometimes offline) process that effectively neutralizes any attempts by fraudsters to social engineer your domain registrar.

    With a registry lock in place, your registrar cannot move your domain to another registrar on its own. Doing so requires manual contact verification by the appropriate domain registry, such as Verisign — which is the authoritative registry for all domains ending in .com, .net, .name, .cc, .tv, .edu, .gov and .jobs. Other registries handle locks for specific top-level or country-code domains, including Nominet (for .co.uk or .uk domains), EURID (for .eu domains), CNNIC for (for .cn) domains, and so on.

  • Cisco Warns of Critical Network Security Tool Flaw

    The flaw exists in the web-based management interface of the Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC), which is its platform for managing Cisco network security solutions, like firewalls or its advanced malware protection service. Cisco has released patches for the vulnerability (CVE-2019-16028), which has a score of 9.8 out of 10 on the CVSS scale, making it critical in severity.

  • No big deal, Rogers, your internal source code and keys are only on the open web. Don't hurry to take it down

    Source code, internal user names and passwords, and private keys, for the website and online account systems of Canadian telecoms giant Rogers have been found sitting on the open internet. The leaked software, seemingly uploaded to GitHub by a Rogers engineer before they left the telco, is written in Java and powered various components of Rogers.com. The materials are marked "closed source" and copyright Rogers, yet can be found on the web if you know where to look. Details of and credentials for services and systems on the ISP's internal networks are included. This kind of information, along with source code to skim for security bugs, is a boon for miscreants casing the telco to compromise it. These details may have already been exploited by criminals, or may prove useful for future attacks. It's also a reminder that engineers and management must take all precautions to avoid pushing private company code to public repositories. It should be noted that no customer information nor account details – beyond the names, passwords, and email addresses of some members of the ISP's web development team – are present in the public code repository. The web app blueprints date back to 2015, so just how much of this code remains in production is unclear. One hopes the passwords and keys have been replaced over the past five years, at least. With any luck, this may well be more of an embarrassment to one of Canada's biggest broadband'n'telly telcos than anything else.

  • Rogers’ internal passwords and source code found open on GitHub

    Sensitive data of another major Canadian firm has been found sitting open on the GitHub developers platform. Security researcher Jason Coulls said he recently discovered two open accounts with application source code, internal user names and passwords, and private keys for Rogers Communications. No customer data was found. He suspects the code belonged to a developer who has left the telco. Coulls, who works in the IT department of a Toronto firm and has his own security consultancy, initially told The Register of the discovery, after which the news site contacted Rogers. One problem is the code he saw describes data payloads and how it goes between databases and web services. “You can use that to get to the stuff that people [thieves] would go after,” he explained.

  • How to patch your open source software vulnerabilities

    Software vulnerabilities are a fact of life. Researchers -- if not hackers -- constantly discover new ways to compromise popular software libraries. It's up to enterprises to quickly deploy patches to secure software before hackers get in. Consider the Equifax breach, in which a hacker exposed the data of more than 145 million users, resulting in $575 million in fines for the credit rating agency. A U.S. Senate investigation identified a backlog of over 8,500 unpatched vulnerabilities at Equifax -- the hacker gained access through just one of those unpatched systems. Vulnerability backlogs are especially prevalent within enterprises that rely on open source components. Nearly all applications make use of some open source components that take the place of either mundane or arcane coding tasks. An open source project often has an active community to maintain and augment it, but that's not always the case. Ultimately, open source software requires a leap of faith from the user that what they're adopting is secure and effective.

Entrapment and Digital Prisons (Microsoft GitHub and Sonos)

  • Microsoft open-sources ONNX Runtime model to speed up Google’s BERT

    This is the most recent leap forward in natural language for Microsoft, but not its first attempt to make Google’s BERT better. About a year ago, Microsoft AI researchers also released MT-DNN, a Transformer-based model that set new high performance standards for the GLUE language model performance benchmark.

  • GitHub now uses AI to recommend open issues in project repositories [Ed: Microsoft now uses mindless buzzwords like "HEY HI!!!" (AI) to market its proprietary software trap]
  • AVSystem Releases a New Version of Open-Source Anjay LwM2M SDK

    AVSystem is pleased to announce that an open-source version of Anjay 2.2.1 has just been released on GitHub.

  • See you later, Sonos: Meet the open-source audio system that would perhaps perhaps no longer ever die

    This week, Sonos launched — after which therefore retracted — that it would perhaps perchance ruin-of-life a assortment of popular audio streaming products made by the corporate at some level of its first 10 years in alternate. Sonos had made up our minds to complete improve on yarn of these first-skills products lack sufficient processing vitality and storage to accommodate contemporary aspects. Regardless that there delight in been many enhancements in presents, miniaturization, and general efficiency, loudspeaker skills has no longer fundamentally changed since its introduction in the 1920s. Offered that they’re no longer inclined outside their efficiency specifications, the drivers and cones can closing a long time. Diverse elements inner speakers encompass magnets constituted of ferrous and uncommon earth presents that attain no longer expire.

  • So long, Sonos: Meet the open-source audio system that will never die

    Sonos had decided to end support because these first-generation products lack sufficient processing power and storage to accommodate new features. Although there have been many improvements in materials, miniaturization, and overall performance, loudspeaker technology has not fundamentally changed since its introduction in the 1920s. Provided that they aren't used outside their performance specifications, the drivers and cones can last decades. Other components inside speakers include magnets made out of ferrous and rare earth materials that do not expire. In addition to solid-state MOSFET-based signal amplifiers, self-powered speakers also contain transformers, which are made of solid cores of metal wound with fine conductive wire. Updates to transformer technology in recent years include Gallium Nitride (GaN), which reduces heat and overall footprint. These components, particularly MOSFETs do not "go bad" unless they are abused, such as being subjected to high temperatures, very high voltages, or transient power spikes, which can be mitigated by a simple surge suppressor or power conditioner.

FUD and Openwashing Leftovers

  • Kevin Owocki on Gitcoin, Controversy and the Future of Open Source Funding

    Some of that controversy has been from outside the Ethereum community, pointing to Consensys and Ethereum Foundation support as an example of centralization. Some of the controversy has come from within, as debates rage about what is or isn’t an acceptable use of “public” resources.

  • Sonatype: Secure code with less hassle

    Software development has changed drastically over the past decade. Take a 22-year-old graduate with a degree in computer science. At one time, they would start off testing code, then start to write code line-by-line. Today, 80% of applications are developed using open source software. Instead of laboriously worrying over each caret and comma, code is grabbed and assembled. This can make for quick iterations and rapid project completion.

  • Lyft's open source asset tracking tool simplifies security

    The modern map -- in fact, any map since the Age of Sail -- serves an important purpose in navigation. Exploration feats, such as Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe, Lewis and Clark's American expedition, or more recent excursions to the Earth's polar regions, would not have been possible without mapping knowledge and ability. A cursory look at ancient or medieval history shows that early maps, prior to their use for navigation, served a different purpose entirely. The map in the 15th century manuscript La Fleur des Histoires was by no means intended to be geographically accurate. Instead, it was designed to convey a concept or idea -- in this case, the separation of ruling powers by region. However, the real power of mapmaking -- that is, for navigation -- would not be realized for generations.

  • vChain, the Makers of the CodeNotary Open Source Code Trust Solution With Over 9 Million Monthly Customer Integrity Verifications Raises $7 Million in Series A to Secure Today’s DevOps Process

    vChain, the leading trust and integrity company, announces the close of a $7M Series A investment round. Elaia, a leading European tech venture fund, led the new investment round which includes also other notable investors such as Swiss-based Bluwat and Acequia Capital (Seattle, USA). vChain was founded in late 2018 and released its first product in April 2019.

  • Open source licence series - WhiteSource: permissive is winning, but is there a hurt factor?
  • Open source licence series - Instaclustr: Is open core a rotten deal?

    Ideally, open source software should be, well, free and open.

  • Open source licence series - Percona: is the battle won, or is this a different war?

    Recently, the Cryptographic Autonomy License (CAL) was submitted for OSI consideration. As Holo’s co-founder Arthur Brock explains in his blog post, his goal is to protect end-user privacy and autonomy. Restrictions in this case focus not on whom, but how the software should be used. While many on the OSI board seem to support the licence, Bruce Perens, OSI co-founder and the person who drafted the original Open Source Definition (OSD), resigned from OSI saying, “… it seems to me that the organisation is rather enthusiastically headed toward accepting a licence that isn’t freedom-respecting. Fine, do it without me, please.”

  • Open Source Wood Innovation Award Given to an Active Member
  • Open Source Plant Material And Intellectual Property

    Today we hear the term “open source” more and more. It is a term that is most commonly identified with software and firmware development out of the Silicon Valley. However, the term is becoming common in the plant industry.

  • Garadget review: Open your garage door with open-source technology

    There’s no scheduling system nor (surprisingly) a logging system built into Garadget, but it does support Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, IFTTT, and a whole host of lesser-known third-party tools, but all of that will invariably force you into the system’s forums again. For example, there are two Garadget Alexa skills, one for if you want to say “smart garage” and one for if you want to say “Garadget” to invoke the skill. Setting up a connection to SmartThings requires using Samsung’s developer tools.