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  • Intel Comet Lake Processors To Feature Up To 10 Cores: Linux Support List

    With Intel set to release their next-gen Comet Lake processors, a leaked Linux support list has indicated that the forthcoming desktop processors might feature up to 10 cores.

    Intel will still rely on the 14nm manufacturing process, and the Comet Lake-S is speculated to be based on the Skylake micro-architecture. It will succeed the currently popular Intel Core i9-9900K processor which has 8 cores and 16 threads.

  • The KVM Changes Aren't Too Notable For Linux 5.1, But Many x86 Cleanups

    Paolo Bonzini submitted the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) changes for the Linux 5.1 kernel on Friday, much later in the cycle than normal. This isn't due to some big ticket features landing but rather "some ugly factors" in the form of tracking down some bugs and ended up dropping some premature optimizations. 

    So for Linux 5.1 the KVM virtualization work isn't the most exciting but there are some clean-ups for the ARM code, similar work on the S390 front, bug fixes and improvements to the POWER code, and "many, many cleanups" on the x86 front. Along with the many x86/x86_64 cleanups to the KVM code, a number of unnecessary MMU code optimizations were removed.

  • The First Test Release Of Phoronix Test Suite 8.8 Plus Exciting New Benchmarks

    The first development milestone release of Phoronix Test Suite 8.8-Hvaler is now available for your open-source, automated benchmarking needs on Linux, BSD, Windows, and macOS operating systems. 

    Phoronix Test Suite 8.8 Milestone 1 features a smattering of different improvements compared to Phoronix Test Suite 8.6 that shipped last month as the Q1'2019 feature update.

  • SMLR Episode 303 See Other Green
  • Full Circle Weekly News #124

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  • AMDGPU For Linux 5.1 Tweaks The Golden Settings For Vega, Corrects Fiji Power Reading

    Since last week the big set of DRM driver changes has been part of the mainline kernel for Linux 5.1 while working its way to mainline now are a couple of early fixes to the AMDGPU driver.

  • Krita 4.2.0: the First Painting Application to bring HDR Support to Windows

    We’re deep in bug fixing mode now, because in May we want to release the next major version of Krita: Krita 4.2.0. While there will be a host of new features, a plethora of bug fixes and performance improvements, one thing is unique: support for painting in HDR mode. Krita is the very first application, open source or proprietary, that offers this!

    So, today we release a preview version of Krita 4.2.0 with HDR support baked in, so you can give the new functionality a try!

    Of course, at this moment, only Windows 10 supports HDR monitors, and only with some very specific hardware. Your CPU and GPU need to be new enough, and you need to have a monitor that supports HDR. We know that the brave folks at Intel are working on HDR support for Linux, though!

  • Ubuntu Desktop To Auto-Install Necessary VM Tools/Drivers When Running On VMware

    In seeking to improve the out-of-the-box experience when running the Ubuntu desktop as a guest virtual machine within VMware's products, Ubuntu is planning on having the open-vm-tools-desktop package be automatically installed for providing a better initial experience. 

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  • QA Report: February 2019
  • Amazon steps up its open-source game, and Elastic stock falls as a result

    Open-source search software company Elastic saw its stock fall as much as 5 percent on Tuesday after Amazon Web Services announced the launch of a separate library of open-source code for Elasticsearch, a set of technologies that can be use to build search engines for web sites, and an important part of Elastic's business.

  • MongoDB backs off unpopular license; MDB +4%

    Key quote: "We continue to believe that the SSPL complies with the Open Source Definition and the four essential software freedoms. However, based on its reception by the members of this list and the greater open source community, the community consensus required to support OSI approval does not currently appear to exist regarding the copyleft provision of SSPL. Thus, in order to be respectful of the time and efforts of the OSI board and this list’s members, we are hereby withdrawing the SSPL from OSI consideration."

  • When "Zoë" !== "Zoë". Or why you need to normalize Unicode strings

    It first hit me many years ago, when I was building an app (in Objective-C) that imported a list of people from an user’s address book and social media graph, and filtered out duplicates. In certain situations, I would see the same person added twice because the names wouldn’t compare as equal strings.

    In fact, while the two strings above look identical on screen, the way they’re represented on disk, the bytes saved in the file, are different. In the first “Zoë”, the ë character (e with umlaut) was represented a single Unicode code point, while in the second case it was in the decomposed form. If you’re dealing with Unicode strings in your application, you need to take into account that characters could be represented in multiple ways.

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  • Tropico 6 El Prez Edition Announced for PC, Mac and Linux (Available to Pre-Order)

    Tropico 6 is an upcoming construction and management simulation game in the Tropico series, developed by Limbic Entertainment, published by Kalypso Media. Now the Tropico 6 El Prez Edition has been announced with details for PC, Mac and Linux.

  • Game Review: Steel Rats is an Enjoyable Bike-Combat Game

    Steel Rats is a quite impressive 2.5D motorbike combat game with exciting stunts involved. It was already available for Windows on Steam – however, recently it has been made available for Linux and Mac as well.

    In case you didn’t know, you can easily install Steam on Ubuntu or other distributions and enable Steam Play feature to run some Windows games on Linux.

    So, in this article, we shall take a look at what the game is all about and if it is a good purchase for you.

  • Kiwi TCMS: Taking the lead at OpenExpo Europe CfP votes

    We are happy to announce that Anton Sankov and Alex Todorov are currently taking the lead at OpenExpo Europe's CfP votes!

    Going to OpenExpo will be huge boost for Kiwi TCMS so please help us make this happen! Voting is open until March 17th 2019! You can cast your vote via Facebook login but remember to confirm your email address!

  • Cheese on the SCaLE | LINUX Unplugged 292

    A new voice joins the show, and we share stories from our recent adventures at SCaLE 17x.

    Plus we look at the Debian project's recent struggles, NGINX's sale, and Mozilla's new service.

    Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Ell Marquez.

  • OrecX and Accent Announce Cloud Contact Center Partnership and First Customer
  • Hardware Failures

    The physical server that MontanaLinux.org was running on had a complete hardware failure this afternoon.  We believe that the motherboard failed.  While we believe the original hard disks are intact but even if they aren't, have fairly recent backups, getting everything back up will be a bit time consuming.  This site is mostly back up but the files directory will take a while to sync so some of the videos may not be available for a while.

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  • Deepin 15.9.2 Run Through

    In this video, we look at Deepin 15.9.2. Enjoy!

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  • SPI annual report

    Software in the Public Interest has released its annual report [PDF] for 2018. "During the current board term SPI continues to strive for self-improvement and renewal. Treasury teamsprints, bank visits, and legal consultations during in-person meetings have helped keep the wheels turning. An overhaul of our corporate bylaws that better meets our needs is being presented to the members for their approval. And we have improved our reimbursement workflow with a view toward speedier and smoother processing."

  • GPS D-Day is less than a month away

     

    On the other hand, maybe very worried indeed: after all, GPS wasn't used half as much then as it is today. Bill Malik, Trend Micro's vice president told Tom's Guide: "Ports load and unload containers automatically, using GPS to guide the cranes. Public-safety systems incorporate GPS systems, as do traffic-monitoring systems for bridges. Twenty years ago these links were primitive. Now they are embedded. So any impact now will be substantially greater."

     

    To be clear, this doesn't impact all GPS devices. Anything made in the past decade has got a longer fuse, using 13 bits for the week counter meaning a total of 8,192 weeks. That means your Apple Watch won't start misbehaving until 2137, when you'll be long dead (happy Monday!)

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  • Bruce Schneier: It’s time for technologists to become lawmakers

    Bruce Schneier, a well-known security guru, called on technologists to become lawmakers and policy makers so countries can deal with issues such as the governance of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

    Schneier teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School of government, and he said the place is crawling with economists because they were able to answer many of the questions that arose in the 20th century. But in the 21st century, change is happening faster, and it’s driven by technology.

    “The future is coming,” Schneier said, speaking at the RSA security conference in San Francisco. “It’s coming faster than we think. And it’s coming faster than our existing policy tools can deal with. And the only way to fix this is to develop a new set of policy tools. With the help of the technologists, you understand the technologies.”

  • XHCI (USB 3.0+) issues have finally been resolved!

    Users have been facing issues with XHCI (USB 3 host controller) bus driver since quite some time now. Last month, Waddlesplash, a team member at Haiku, worked towards fixing the XHCI bus driver. Though few users contributed some small fixes, which helped the driver to boot Haiku within QEMU. But there were still few issues that caused device lockups such as USB mouse/keyboard stalls.

    The kernel related issues have been resolved now. Even the devices don’t lock up now and even the performance has been greatly improved to 120MB/s on some USB3 flash drives and XHCI chipsets.

    Users can now try the improved driver which is more efficient. The only remaining issue is a hard-stall on boot with certain USB3 flash drives on NEC/Renesas controllers. The work related to USB2 flash drives on USB3 ports and mounting the flash drives has finished.

  • 2 Billion Unencrypted Records Leaked In Marketing Data Breach --What To Do Next

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  • Linux Action News 96

    Free Software does what commercial can't this week, getting a Debian desktop on more Android devices gets closer, and PureOS promises Convergence but is there more beneath the surface?

    Plus Microsoft open sources Windows Calculator, and a quick recap of SCaLE 17x.

  • Modernization of Legacy Systems Through Edge Computing

    The offering combines the company’s industry-leading commercial real-time operating system (RTOS) and embedded Linux distribution into an edge compute software platform and allows other operating systems to run unmodified within the same framework, providing a software development environment across the Wind River portfolio.

  • How Open Source Apps Can Save Your Small Business Money

    Most businesses utilize apps to better integrate data, improve their mail service, and to speed up accounting, billing and invoicing processes.

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  • Altibase Has Open-Sourced Its Scale-Out Technology, Sharding

    On March 11, 2019, Altibase, an enterprise grade open source database, announced that it has open-sourced its scale-out technology, sharding. It is embedded in Altibase.

  • Massive growth in open source adoption in 2018 [Ed: Misleading/bait headline by Snyk to sell their FUD (badmouthing FOSS) or to sell their proprietary software and services (they are connected to Microsoft)]
  • Cloud Blast: All-Out Open Source, Data Science Chases Fads, Data Mining Spurs DevOps + more
  • Microsoft tweaks Windows 10 on Arm64 to play nicely with KVM [Ed: Microsoft so madly in love with Linux that it makes it easier to replace it and delete it]
  • Plugging the data gap: Google and UN Environment unveil freshwater monitoring app

    UN Environment, Google and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre have unveiled a groundbreaking web-based platform that fuses big data and environmental science to monitor global freshwater ecosystems, opening the door to a new era of data-rich analysis that could reshape how we measure humanity’s environmental footprint.

    The publicly available, free platform brings together Google’s expertise in satellite data, cloud computing, earth observation and artificial intelligence, UN Environment’s scientific knowledge, and the data analysis expertise of the Joint Research Centre, to show how water ecosystems are changing over time.

  • Big Announcements at TensorFlow Dev Summit; Google’s Open Data Efforts
  • ESP8266 Gets Its Game On With Open Source Engine

    Well, judging by software frameworks like the “Little Game Engine” created by [Igor], it looks like the ESP is expanding its reach into offline projects as well. While it might not turn the ESP8266 into a next-gen gaming powerhouse, we’ve got to admit that the demos shown off so far are pretty impressive. When paired with a couple of buttons and a TFT display such as the ILI9341, the ESP could make for a particularly pocket-friendly game system.

    The game engine that [Igor] has developed provides the programmer with a virtual screen resolution of 128×128, a background layer, and 32 sprites which offer built-in tricks like collision detection and rotation. All while running at a respectable 20 frames per second. This environment is ideal for the sort of 2D scrolling games that dominated the 8 and 16-bit era of gaming, and as seen in the video after the break, it can even pull off a fairly decent clone of “Flappy Bird”.

  • The Sad State of Logging Bugs for Apple

    This is where things get screwy depending on the component your bug lands in, since bug management is group dependent. Many groups will have only one or two QA people to do the initial screening of those large drop areas for bugs. QA engineers are sometimes instructed to screen bugs with a priority and “fix period” before passing them off to the engineer responsible for the code. This is terrible because many engineers will not look at bugs with a low priority. It is much better for the engineer who “owns the code” to look at a bug and determine the priority. The QA engineers will frequently get a huge back log of bugs to screen, and it can take weeks, or even months, for some bugs to get screened. Sometimes this leads to a mass screening of bugs, marking them all with a low priority. Bug originators have to notice this, and complain about it for the priority to get increased. Worse yet, some groups mass close bugs older than a year or so, and ask the originator to re-open the bug if the issue still exists. A lot of people don’t pay attention to bugs that need verification, and they simply become lost.

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  • What I learned at the ONAP & OPNFV Event in Paris-Saclay

    The ONAP and OPNFV projects kicked off 2019 with a combined developer event at the Nokia Paris-Saclay facility in France earlier this year.  A few more than 200 developers from those combined communities came together to discuss their next respective releases, plan longer-range strategic priorities, and for the first time ever met together to explore further collaboration between the two groups.

    As always, I get energized by taking part in these discussions and planning sessions feeding off of the enthusiasm, and passion for excellence that everyone in these communities exude.  This event had approximately 150 sessions spread across four days as well as an OPNFV Plugfest and 2 demonstrations set up by our Nokia hosts. I want to thank Nokia for hosting this event.  They have always been an incredibly supportive participant in these communities and an outstanding Platinum member of the Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) fund.

  • Videos and Books in GNOME 3.32

    GNOME 3.32 will very soon be released, so I thought I'd go back on a few of the things that happened with some of our content applications.

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    The other major change is that Videos is available, fully featured, from Flathub. It should play your Windows Movie Maker films, your circular wafers of polycarbonate plastic and aluminium, and your Devolver indie films. No more hunting codecs or libraries!

    In the process, we also fixed a large number of outstanding issues, such as accommodating for the app menu's planned disappearance, moving the audio/video properties tab to nautilus proper, making the thumbnailer available as an independent module, making the MPRIS plugin work better and loads, loads mo.

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: RcppArmadillo 0.9.200.7.1

    A minor RcppArmadillo bugfix release arrived on CRAN today. This version 0.9.200.7.1 has two local changes. R 3.6.0 will bring a change in sample() (to correct a subtle bug for large samples) meaning many tests will fail, so in one unit test file we reset the generator to the old behaviour to ensure we match the (old) test expectation. We also backported a prompt upstream fix for an issue with drawing Wishart-distributed random numbers via Armadillo which was uncovered this week. I also just uploaded the Debian version.

    Armadillo is a powerful and expressive C++ template library for linear algebra aiming towards a good balance between speed and ease of use with a syntax deliberately close to a Matlab. RcppArmadillo integrates this library with the R environment and language–and is widely used by (currently) 559 other packages on CRAN.

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  • More on Headerbars: Rebuttals

    People pointed out that you can drag on the UI controls, or use the hidden Alt-drag shortcut. Other people questioned how useful it is to drag windows around anyway, preferring to maximize everything or use window tiling keyboard shortcuts. I will address these responses:

    “Just drag on the controls in the headerbar”

    First of all, dragging controls to drag the window isn’t very intuitive. What other controls outside the headerbar allow you to move the window when dragging on them? Sure, you can learn it, but this isn’t the same as a good user interface that re-uses familiarity with existing elements rather than making you learn new modes.

    Second, you can’t drag the window by dragging on controls that themselves implement draggable behaviors–such as tab bars, comboboxes, pop-up menus, and sliders. So those controls can’t be put on the headerbar without reducing the drag area and violating the “you can drag the window by dragging on the controls” rule. In the original post, I gave an example of Firefox’s horrendous CSD that puts draggable tabs in the headerbar, reducing the drag area for the window itself to almost nothing. Ensuring draggability by only using controls that are not themselves draggable reduces developer flexibility compared to a traditional titlebar. It’s just not a problem if you have a separate titlebar.

  • Revisiting PEP 394

    With the uptake of Python 3 (and the imminent end of life for Python 2.7), there is a question of which version of Python a user should get when they type "python" at the command line or have it as part of a shebang ("#!") line in a script. Back in 2011, PEP 394 ("The 'python' Command on Unix-Like Systems") was created as an informational PEP that relayed the recommendations of the Python core developers to Linux distributions and others in a similar position about which version to point python to. Now, Petr Viktorin, one of the authors of the PEP, would like to revisit those recommendations, which is something that is suggested in the PEP itself.

    Viktorin is concerned that the recommendations essentially require a distribution to include Python 2 if it wants to install a "python", in addition to explicit "python2" and/or "python3" commands. The current recommendations are that, if there is a python, it should point to the same place as python2, and that scripts which are compatible with both Python 2 and Python 3 may continue to use python on their shebang lines. That effectively means a distribution with shiny new Python 3 scripts (which also support Python 2) needs to ship Python 2, which is not what some distributions want.

    The main issue is that some distributions are supported for ten or more years, but Python 2, in the form of Python 2.7, will reach its end of life on January 1, 2020—just ten months away. That leaves those distributions with some tough choices. They can either break with PEP 394 by making the version invoked by python configurable, for example. Or they have to ship scripts that could happily work on Python 2 with shebang lines that will invoke Python 3 (e.g. #!/usr/bin/python3).

  • RInside 0.2.15

    A new release 0.2.15 of RInside arrived on CRAN and in Debian today. This marks the first release in almost two years, and it brings some build enhancements. RInside provides a set of convenience classes which facilitate embedding of R inside of C++ applications and programs, using the classes and functions provided by Rcpp.

    RInside is stressing the CRAN system a little in that it triggers a number of NOTE and WARNING messages. Some of these are par for the course as we get close to R internals not all of which are “officially” in the API. My continued thanks to the CRAN team for supporting the package.

    It has (once again!) been nearly two years since the last release, and a number of nice extensions, build robustifications (mostly for Windows) and fixes had been submitted over this period—see below for the three key pull requests. There are no new user-facing changes.

  • Is a number divisible?

    After we have wrapped up the previous Forex project we will go easy today by solving a simple question from Codewars and then I will talk about the future plan for this website at the end of this post.

    The question goes like this, we are given a number where we will need to create a method to determine whether that number is divisible by the two following numbers or not, if so then the method will return True or else it will return False.

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  • ISO Refresh: antergos 19.3

    Packages updated for the live and minimal install environments

  • Molly de Blanc: Cyberbullying

    For about a year now I’ve had the occasional run-ins with “light” internet abuse and cyberbullying. There are a lot of resources around youth (and sometimes even college students) who are being cyberbullied, but not a lot for adults.

    I wanted to write a bit about my experiences. As I write this, I have had eight instances of being the recipient of abuse from threads on popular forum sites, emails, and blog posts. I’ve tried to be blithe by calling it cute things like “people being mean to me on the Internet,” but it’s cyberbullying. I’ve never been threatened, per se, but I do find the experiences traumatic and stressful.

    Here’s my advice on how to deal with being the recipient (I hesitate to use the word “victim”) of cyberbullying. I spoke with a few people — people I know who have dealt with internet abuse and some professionals — and this is what I came up with.

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • 13 Best Hacking Tools Of 2019 For Windows, Linux, macOS

    e have compiled a list of top hacking software and tools of 2019 with their best features and download links. This list is based on industry reviews, your feedback, and our own experience. This list will tell you about the best software used for hacking purposes featuring port scanners, web vulnerability scanner, password crackers, forensics tools, traffic analysis, and social engineering tools.

  • 40 per cent of 'AI start-ups' in Europe aren't involved in, er, AI

     

    According to the report, The State of AI 2019 [PDF], one in 12 new start-ups put AI "at the heart of their value proposition" in 2019, up from just one in 50 in 2013, with the UK "the powerhouse of European AI", accounting for one-third of Europe's AI-related start-ups.

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  • State of the copyleft union

    The license-importance divide seems almost generational: the older generation cares about licenses, and the younger generation does not. Yet, the historical focus on licensing in FLOSS, while occasionally prone to pedantry to a degree only developers can love, stemmed from serious governance considerations regarding how community members interact.

    Copyleft was invented to solve the many problems of project governance, assuring the rights of users and creating equal footing for all contributors. The licensing infrastructure today also has increased in complexity, with proprietary relicensing business models, excessive use of CLAs, and tricky clauses on top of existing licenses.

  • RISC-V opens up processor design

    Today, if you want to build a high-performance computing device, you can almost certainly find all the software you need in a free and open form. The same is not true for the processor chips that run that free software — whatever you choose, a chunk of what you pay will go on proprietary hardware licences to Intel, ARM, or their friends.

    RISC-V, pronounced 'Risk-Five', is a new architecture that's available under open, free and non-restrictive licences. It has widespread industry support from chip and device makers, and is designed to be freely extensible and customisable to fit any market niche. To be a success, however, it has to perform technically as well as be economic to design for, verify and program. It has enthusiastic supporters, but it also has enormous competition that has been dug into the very heartland of IT for decades.

  • USB4 Specification Announced: Adopting Thunderbolt 3 Protocol for 40 Gbps USB

     

    The USB4 specification will be based on the Thunderbolt protocol that Intel has contributed to the USB Promoter Group. The new interface will use USB Type-C connectors and will maintain backwards compatibility with USB 2.0, USB 3.2, and Thunderbolt 3 interfaces.  The maximum data transfer rate supported by the new USB4 interface is 40 Gbps over 40 Gbps-certified cables. Also, USB4 will support various display protocols, and power delivery.
     

    The USB4 standard will be officially ratified in the middle of 2019. At present over 50 companies are actively participating in the final stages of development of the draft USB4 specification.
     

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