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  • Laval Virtual: OpenXR master class in VR!

    Collabora's long-standing tradition of presenting talks at conferences took an unexpected turn in the last few months, with numerous events deciding to go virtual for their 2020 editions. Collaborans have been up to the challenge however, presenting online talks at a number of events including foss-north ("FOSS Virtual & Augmented Reality") and Linaro Tech Days ("Wayland and Weston: 8 years of production devices" & "Open Source GPU Drivers BoF").

    In addition to these online conferences, Collaborans also had the opportunity to speak at a event held entirely in VR! Laval Virtual World, which took place at the end of April, brought the concept of "virtual conference" to a new level with over 11,000 attendees from 110 countries taking part in a fully immersive experience! Here's a short highlight reel from the organizers, to give you an idea of what the event was like.

  • XSAVES Supervisor States For Linux 5.8 To Support Future Intel CPU Features

    Queued up this weekend as part of the x86/fpu changes slated for the upcoming Linux 5.8 cycle is low-level functionality necessary for supporting other current and future Intel CPU features.

    The XSAVES supervisor states (Save Processor Extended States Supervisor) support is now queued up ahead of the Linux 5.8 kernel. These patches have been on the mailing list for a while and now deemed ready for mainline inclusion after being queued by Borislav Petkov.

  • “Why don’t you just fix [thing] already?”

    The title of this post is a somewhat common gripe among users. Its obvious answer is that resources are limited and people were working on other things.

    Duh! Not very helpful.

    We need to dig deeper and find the implicit question, which is “Why wasn’t [thing that I care about] prioritized over other things?” This is a more accurate and useful question, so we can arrive at a more accurate and useful answer: because other things were deemed either more important or more feasible to fix by the people doing the work.

    Why would other things be deemed more important? For bugs, it’s because they affect everyone and are trivially reproducible. The ones that get overlooked tend to be more esoteric issues that are not easily reproducible, or only affect niche use cases or hardware. Put bluntly, it’s appropriate that such issues are de-prioritized; it should be obvious that issues which affect everyone and are trivially reproducible are more important to fix.

  • OpenBSD Seeing Initial Work Land On Enabling 64-bit POWER

    It's arguably long overdue but OpenBSD is seeing initial work on POWERPC64 enablement landing in its source tree.

    OpenBSD is joining the ranks of other BSDs and Linux distributions in supporting recent 64-bit IBM POWER / OpenPOWER hardware. It's still a journey ahead but as of last week the initial pieces of the architecture enablement were merged.

  • How to install Xtreme Download Manager - XDM on Ubuntu 20.04

    In this video, we are looking at how to install Xtreme Download Manager - XDM on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • 2020-05-18 | Linux Headlines

    openSUSE board elections are still causing friction in its community, Audacity rolls back its 2.4 update, the curl project seeks participation in its annual survey, the bootiso Bash script hits version 4.0, and Sunflower lands its first release in four years.

Proprietary Traps and Microsoft Entrapment

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  • Now Chrome Can Block Ads That Leach Power From Your CPU

    In a post published on Thursday, Chrome Project Manager Marshall Vale said that while the percentage of abusive ads is extremely low—somewhere around 0.3 percent—they account for 28 percent of CPU usage and 27 percent of network data.

  • What Happened When I Switched From Mac to Windows

    I’ve mostly loved this HP laptop I selected that day at Best Buy, but it does this weird thing. It has a tendency to randomly turn itself on when it’s supposed to be asleep, even when the lid is closed. It just suddenly fires up, and the fan is screaming, so you can tell it’s working hard. But what the hell is it doing? And why? It woke up like this once when it was plugged in, and it whirred all night and was too hot to pick up in the morning. The bottom of the laptop had two rubber strips to keep it from sliding around on a table. It’s gotten so hot at times that the glue has melted and both strips have fallen off. Impressive!

    It’s also done that when unplugged, tucked away in my backpack. I once put it in, fully charged, then pulled it out on a flight only to discover that it had awakened for reasons unknown, was blazing hot, and that the battery had drained to 17 percent. Unacceptable. I had a ton of work to do that day, and there were no outlets on that five-hour flight. I’ve also had it refuse to charge past 87 percent (or sometimes 93 percent), only for it to charge all the way to 100 the next time I plug it in. Why? Who knows.

  • Microsoft: We were wrong about open source, but luckily you can change [Ed: Of course ZDNet is again megaphone of Microsoft and of Brad Smith... amplifying something he said where Bill Gates had dumped bribery money through notorious J. Epstein and then RMS got kicked out]
  • Microsoft: we were wrong about open source
  • Building a customized Azure VM image with Image Builder and libvirt [Ed: Red Hat on going to Microsoft surveillance and proprietary software]
  • SUSE Accelerates Transformation in the Cloud with Solutions for Microsoft Azure [Ed: From SUSE is it expected?]
  • Xs:code and Redis Labs team up to help open-source software developers get paid [Ed: No, GitHub is not acceptable an option, it's Microsoft's proprietary software entrapment]

    For example, developers can put a “copyleft” licensed version of their code on GitHub that can be used for free by other open-source projects. Companies looking to use that code in a commercial product can buy a subscription xs:code’s platform. Developers can also offer a “freemium” or “open core” model in which the paid version has more features than the free public code.

today's leftovers: ExTiX Deepin, KDE News and Ultimate Edition

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  • ExTiX Deepin 20.5 Live based on Deepin 20 Beta (latest) with Skype, Spotify, Refracta Snapshot and kernel 5.7.0-rc5 :: Build 200517

    I’ve released a new version of ExTiX Deepin today (200517). This ExTiX Build is based on Deepin 20 Beta released by Deepin Technology 200415.

  • Help me choose a new laptop

    I’ve been doing all my development work on a late 2016 HP Spectre x360 for the past few years. Though a fantastic machine overall, it’s starting to fall apart: the screen backlight has partially burned out, the battery barely holds a charge anymore, and the trackpad sends a double or triple click when I press down on it. This thing has been worked hard and dragged all over the country and the world, so it feels like the time is coming for a replacement.

    So I did what a typical OCD nerd does for a major purchase: I made a spreadsheet with all reasonable options and gave myself terrible analysis paralysis!

  • An Elevator Pitch for digiKam, the Free RAW Processor and Photo Manager

    Whenever a discussion touches on the subject of RAW processing and photo management applications, digiKam rarely comes up. Even when talking about open source photography software, RawTherapee and darktable are often the only names that are thrown around. So let me give you an elevator pitch that makes a case for digiKam.

    1. digiKam is available for all mainstream platforms, including Linux, macOS, and Windows. For Linux users, there is even an AppImage package that you can run without any installation.

  • kdesrc-build updated for Gitlab Migration

    This weekend the KDE Sysadmins completed the migration of KDE git modules to our Gitlab-based source code management stack as discussed for months now, and recently posted to kde-cvs-announce as a final reminder.

    While we did some work in kdesrc-build to set the stage for support for the migration, there were a few changes still necessary to adapt to the new KDE project directory scheme.

    kdesrc-build has made those changes this weekend and should be able to handle the Gitlab-based KDE git modules.

    However you will likely need to manually update kdesrc-build and then kdesrc-build will be able to handle the rest.

    The easiest way to do this is to navigate to the kdesrc-build source directory (where you initially cloned it from git) and ensure that the kdesrc-build origin is properly configured.

  • Can you say HUGE?

    I just installed Ultimate Edition 6.6 Developer on my main rig. As an ISO is only 4.3 GB (4,314,519,552 bytes to be exact), however sucked up close to 50 GB once installed & is downloading 1.7 GB of updates & I just built it. It took me about 1/2 an hour to install on high end hardware. I fired up Pithos (Pandora Client) to listen to tunes as it installed. I am forewarning you it takes a long time to install. I just upgraded to an X570 Asus Hero VIII 2 or 3 days ago. Still on water 360mm cooling.

today's leftovers

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  • Linux and open source discussed in podcast, with Positive Internet

    In conversation with Nick Mailer, founder of The Positive Internet Company, a company that’s been in the free and open-source camp ever since its start. We discuss why every desktop’s a Linux desktop, how the “potting shed” mentality of the British psyche led to ARM’s world domination, and the fact that Positive’s green credentials are usually an afterthought for many of its clients, but a central tenet of the company.

    When it was founded, Positive Internet decided that open source software was the way to go. More than 20 years later, they seem to have been right about that particular choice (although Nick’s love of Perl and Vim may be more debatable). The company was founded in the same year a certain American startup opened shop, though Google has, it has to be mentioned, taken a rather different trajectory.

    With land dedicated to rewilding projects and a data center in the fenlands of Cambridgeshire (where wind power is pretty much unlimited), Positive Internet now has a global reach, with international offices and clients (including a one R. Stallman Esq.) all over the world. We spent an hour with Nick chewing the fat; this podcast is just some of the conversation’s many highlights. Enjoy!

  • Going Linux #391 · Listener Feedback

    The voice mail line gets some use. Bill has some distro and podcast recommendations for exploration during isolation. We help with some issues and we highlight an embarassing mistake.
    Episode 391 Time Stamps
    00:00 Going Linux #391 · Listener Feedback
    00:55 Bill participates in Ubuntu 20.04 test week
    02:24 Testing colors other than green
    03:23 Ubuntu DDE
    05:38 Arco is a no-go for new users
    10:05 Background noise generator
    11:16 Nofications: Do Not Disturb mode
    12:01 Bill's list of podcasts for sheltering at home
    14:18 Vic: More workflow topics, hardware compatibility, LHS
    23:26 Mike: Converting audio files from WMA
    27:27 Ralph: Educational content for charitable organization
    30:27 Labdoo
    31:02 David: An OpenOffice update and a question
    34:13 Highlander: Installing apps on live Kali Linux
    36:18 Adrian: A Solus on a 2011 Macbook Pro
    38:11 JackDeth: Colors and themes
    41:32 David: Problem printing PDFs
    47:56 goinglinux.com, goinglinux@gmail.com, +1-904-468-7889, @goinglinux, feedback, listen, subscribe
    48:54 End

  • Zstd Compression Under Review For OpenZFS

    The ZFS file-system has long offered transparent file-system compression via the likes of LZ4 and Gzip and while now Zstd compression is under review for OpenZFS and seeking testing from the community.

    Zstandard compression is already supported by the likes of F2FS and Btrfs as a modern compression algorithm backed by Facebook and hugely popular across many different areas. One of the newest pull requests for OpenZFS/ZFSOnLinux would extend the ZFS compression capabilities to include this new option.

  • Commitment issues: Organizational psychology and the benefits of managing openly

    Discussions about open values in the workplace often focus on leaders creating high-level strategies and visions for their teams and organizations. But a unique set of leaders, managers, bears additional responsibilities, such as generating business performance, creating work environments, representing the larger organization to the associate, and coordinating day-to-day operations—and they do this through their relationships with employees. Managerial relationships are integral to the employee experience, because they have a direct impact on retention, meaningful work, social support, and more. So managers need to be especially aware of the values and principles that guide their practice. To highlight this special kind of leader, the Open Organization community is creating a special article series, "Managing with Open Values."

    In the next few articles, we'll investigate different perspectives on what it means to "manage according to open values." We'll explore the importance of doing it and ask experts for their practical ideas on actually doing it..

    But first, we'll take a look at why you'd want to let open principles guide your management practices in the first place. For that, we begin with the end in mind: Employee engagement.

  • Toradex i.MX 8X-based System on Modules Gain AWS Certification and Support for Torizon Embedded Linux

    Toradex is now bringing Torizon (https://www.toradex.com/operating-systems/torizon), its easy-to-use industrial Linux software platform, to its System on Modules (SoMs) based on the i.MX 8X applications processors from NXP®. Toradex offers the i.MX 8X-based SoMs in two form factors: the small Colibri iMX8X (https://www.toradex.com/computer-on-modules/colibri-arm-family/nxp-imx-8x) and the powerful Apalis iMX8X (https://www.toradex.com/computer-on-modules/apalis-arm-family/nxp-imx-8x), with optional ECC memory. Toradex was among the first few partners to be part of NXP’s Early Access Program for the i.MX 8X applications processors and was shipping early samples of the Colibri iMX8X in 2018.

Openwashing Leftovers

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  • Glass Animals go ‘Open Source’ to help fans get creative
  • mParticle launches open-source data validation tools
  • mParticle Launches Open-Source Data Validation Tools

    mParticle, the Customer Data Platform (CDP) of choice for multi-channel consumer brands, today announced the release of a new open-source developer toolset to give engineering teams instant data quality protection and feedback in their integrated development environments (IDE).

  • What Is Great About Open Sourcing Contact Tracing Apps?

    Governments across the world have been working to deploy contact tracing apps in order to curb the spread of Covid-19. But many experts have raised concerns how such applications can potentially breach the privacy of citizens. Privacy concerns could be real, and personal data collection could be problematic. This may prevent a lot of people installing it.

  • Why Open Banking Needs Open Source
  • Ventilator Shortage Sparks Technology Partnership Between RespiraWorks and Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS)

    RespiraWorks, a nonprofit innovator of ventilators for developing countries, and Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS), creators of sophisticated embedded and touchscreen-enabled devices, announced a partnership to collaborate on RespiraWorks’ open source ventilator. The medical-grade device, which can be assembled for under $500, is being designed for long-term vs. crisis use and for developing countries with the intent to source and manufacture locally.

  • Venafi To Buy Kubernetes Open Source Tool Developer Jetstack
  • NearForm: What’s next for Kubernetes?

    There are some fundamental changes on the way for Kubernetes… and one of them is that it’s going to go serverless. It’s happening already in AWS with Fargate, the serverless compute engine for containers that works with Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). At the moment, a developer needs to specify how many machines and what size they should be. Soon there won’t be that need to specify up front: Kubernetes will go and figure it out, with resources negotiated as and when you need them.

    The next step is load balancing, whereby Kubernetes will manage the loads running in the hardware that the developer doesn’t control. All this represents a fundamental change in how companies use the cloud, a phase 2 where the customer can trigger an application and AWS will automatically adapt the hardware, freeing them from having to think about the underlying infrastructure. The core benefits of serverless in terms of operational efficiency and developer experience are magnified when deployed on Kubernetes.

  • OFA and Gen-Z Consortium to advance industry standardization of open-source fabric management

    The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is an open source-based organization whose mission is to develop and promote software that enables maximum application efficiency by delivering wire-speed messaging, ultra-low latencies and maximum bandwidth directly to applications with minimal CPU overhead. The OFA develops, tests, supports and distributes open-source Advanced Network Software – a suite of high-performance APIs and associated software for current and future HPC, cloud and enterprise data centers.

  • These Open-Source Workflows Helped Intuit Cut Back on Duplicate Work [Ed: Gross openwashing of Intuit -- a malicious and predatory company -- because of "open-source development practices for internal projects."]
  • Telco/vendor relationships in the spotlight

    The traditional relationships between telcos and their suppliers, and between the standards bodies and open source community, need to be revamped to enable faster innovation and more suitable development and procurement processes, according to key panellists who participated in the DSP Leaders World Forum 2020 discussion Expanding and Coordinating the Open Telecoms Ecosystem.

  • OKChain Goes Open-source while OKB Keeps Expanding its Ecosystem

    The report also mentioned the latest progress of OKChain. Only two months after the launch of its testnet, OKChain achieved 100% open-source in April and pioneered the concept of a business alliance. As of today, the first batch of ecological partners has been assembled, including public chain, wallet, explorer, mining pool, and others.

  • Open Networking Foundation bows Continuous Certification Program, partners with OCP
  • ONF, OCP Join Forces, Add Certification to CI/CD

    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), working with the Open Compute Project (OCP), today launched a program that will continually test and certify compliance with ONF open source software projects and OCP-recognized open hardware.

  • Samsung Unveils Innovative Storage Technology at OCP Virtual Global Summit

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  • Caesar III open source game engine 'Julius' has a new release

    Julius, a constantly improving free and open source game engine to play the classic Caesar III on modern systems has a brand new release available.

    This new release went up a few days ago and it's quite a big one all things considered. Not because of any one thing, there's just lots of nice small additions to make playing Caesar III better.

    New support for language packs and the Korean and Swedish versions of the game, there's also now translations for French, German, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish for the options screen. There's new hotkeys like ALT+Enter for fullscreen and CTRL+O/S for loading and saving and you can actually configure your own hotkeys now too.

  • Into the Breach gets a few tweaks for the new Linux version

    After waiting quite a while, Subset Games finally gave us the Linux port of Into the Breach and it's been working well for us but they just put out a fresh update to fix some issues.

    The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to hold off this alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game from the makers of FTL.
    Yesterday May 15 a small patch v1.23 went up, and it's good to see Subset Games give plenty of attention to the Linux version as they continue to ensure it works nicely. There's always going to be a few rough edges on a new version on any platform of course, as nothing is ever perfect.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2020/20

    This week we had some trickier changes entering our beloved distro, which might even have causes some (minor) problems for you while running zypper dup. It’s about how we package symlinks in our RPMs. So far, brp-check-suse converted the symlinks to absolute ones, then rpm warned about that fact. No way of pleasing the packager, right? The brp policy has been updated and symlinks are now all converted to relative ones (almost all – things to /dev stay absolute, e.g. /dev/null). This has some advantages when inspecting chroots or other layouts that could be mounted somewhere else. The issues seen were that not everything got rebuilt in the same go, which resulted in zypper complaining about file conflicts.

  • XMPP: ejabberd Project on the-federation.info

    Some days ago I wrote a small script to export the needed values to x-nodeinfo2 that is queried by the-federation.info. It's surely not the best script or solution for that job and is currently limited to ejabberd servers that use a PostgreSQL database as backend, although it should be fairly easy to adapt the script for use with MySQL. Well, at least it does its job. At least as there is no native ejabberd module for this task.

  • Suddenly Remote: What the Open Source Community Can Teach Us

    Remote work — all of a sudden with no time to plan for it — is disruptive. It’s unfamiliar. It’s stressful. It’s distracting, especially for those with school-aged children who are now themselves remote learners. Here are some of the ways open source communities mitigate the absence of physical human contact.

  • Linux Plumbers Conference: Linux Plumbers Conference 2020 Goes Virtual

    As previously promised, we are announcing today that we have decided to hold the the Linux Plumbers Conference 2020 virtually instead of in person. We value the safety and health of our community and do not wish to expose anyone to unnecessary risks.

    We do appreciate that it is the in-person aspect of plumbers (the hallway track) which attendees find the most valuable. An online Linux Plumbers Conference will clearly be different from past events. We are working hard to find ways to preserve as much of the LPC experience as we can while also taking advantage of any new opportunities that the online setting offers us. Since we no longer have many of the fixed expenses of an in-person conference, we are able to reduce the registration fee to $50. In addition we are pushing back the opening of registration to June 15 2020.

  • Security updates for Friday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (apt, inetutils, and log4net), Fedora (kernel, mailman, and viewvc), Gentoo (chromium, freerdp, libmicrodns, live, openslp, python, vlc, and xen), Oracle (.NET Core, container-tools:1.0, and kernel), Red Hat (kernel-rt), Scientific Linux (kernel), SUSE (kernel, libvirt, python-PyYAML, and syslog-ng), and Ubuntu (json-c).

  • Python Scripting For Ethical Hacking Part 1

    We’ve been working on so much lately that it’s been a while since our last post so thank you all for being patient.

    We decided that we should start a Python series dedicated to Ethical Hacking that you can use for your penetration tests, so we will start with and introduction to Python modules and go from there.

  • Audio Fun

    During the last weeks, as for most of us, the communication happens over applications on the PC. For this matter, I use my headphones which cover the ears, have a decent sound quality and a microphone builtin to the cable. It is a pure analog device with a 4 pin jack connector which has the big advantage to also work on my cell phone.

    [...]

    In the meeting people started complaining about a loud noise. It took me a while to figure out that they complained about me resp. my fan making the noise as the headphones shielded this noise pretty well. I simply muted my mic to get a quick solution. At the same time, I wondered why the microphone placed in the cable of the headphones is so good to pick up the fan’s noise.

    A bit of research turned out that it was the builtin microphone of the laptop which was used all the time and not the one located in the cable. Checking what is going on, I found out that the audio output switches from speaker mode to headphone mode when you plugin the headphone jack but that it does not switch the mic at the same time. You can do that manually, but it switches back to builtin equipment as soon as you pull the headphone plug. That’s not elegant and I thought that there must be a solution to automate the process.

    Searching for the term “howto automatically switch mic from builtin to headphone on linux” I got sound – How do I make Ubuntu select my headset mic as default … as the first hit. Well, I am using openSUSE Leap 15.1 but gave it a shot anyway. And guess what: it was exactly the solution I needed mainly because the person who answered the original question had a very similar, if not even the same hardware.

  • The US is trying to cut off Huawei's global chip supply, China threatens retaliation

    Things are heating up between the US and China – the US Department of Commerce is tweaking its export rule to “strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology,” reports Reuters.

    Last year, the Department of Commerce put Huawei on the so-called entity list, which effectively banned US companies from selling hardware and software to Huawei. A ban that was extended into 2021. Today, things got worse as the Commerce Secretary says that Huawei has been able to acquire US tech by buying from foreign producers that use it, circumventing the ban.

    [...]

    It’s not just TSMC that got caught in the crossfire either, a total of 114 Huawei affiliates have been blacklisted due to national security concerns.

    China is already threatening retaliation, including investigations and possible restrictions on Apple, Cisco and Qualcomm, who rely on Chinese factories. It may also suspend the purchase of Boeing planes.

Openwashing and FUD

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  • AMD Rethinks Decision And Will Open-Source Most Of Radeon Rays 4.0

    Two days ago as part of the GPUOpen relaunch AMD released Radeon Rays 4.0 as their ray intersection library. Unlike the previous Radeon Rays release, however, this new Vulkan-enabled version was not open-source. But now AMD has decided that at least in large part it will be going back to open-source.

    Radeon Rays 4.0 was clearly advertised as not being open-source despite the fact of being part of GPUOpen (alas there are also other closed-source projects part of GPUOpen) but sad considering previously it was open-source.

  • Microsoft open-sources coronavirus threat data to support security teams [Ed: Pure openwash]
  • Microsoft's Brad Smith says company was “on the wrong side of history” regarding Linux [Ed: Revisionism for E.E.E. tactics]
  • How to Avoid Open Source Traps [Ed: They tell us "Open Source" is "trap"... They tell us "Open Source" is "Security" risk... They tell us "Open Source" is "Licensing" nightmare.... Who's "they"? Very often Microsoft and its proxies. Projection tactics.]

    How restrictive is this open source license? Are binaries are available without a subscription requirement? What plug-ins are available? Does the small print hide a trap?

    These days it is clear that open source software is the default choice for development and infrastructure. Whenever you look at programming languages, operating systems, modern database technologies or the whole cloud native space, open source solutions are among the leading choices, writes Peter Zaitsev, CEO and co-founder of database specialist, Percona.

    As there is such a dominant open source position we often see companies marketing their software as “Open Source” even though it does not provide all (or any) of the benefits offered by truly open source software.

  • January 2020 License-Review Summary

    License-Review mailing list topics for January 2020:

    Continued discussion on the Mulan PSL V2
    Continued discussion on the Cryptographic Autonomy License (Beta 4)
    Resolution of the Vaccine License – Not Approved
    Continued discussion on the BSD-1-Clause [Legacy]
    Resolution of the CasperLabs Open Source License (COSL) – Considered Withdrawn

    [...]

    Continued discussion on the BSD-1-Clause [Legacy]

    Argument that all that use the license should just be relicensed under the BSD License since multiple identical licenses hinders freedom due to their costs
    https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004637.html

    Clarification that as a legacy submission, the submitter has no power over the license and that there are significant logistical issues with regards to push a change
    https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004638.html

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  • Top 10 Open Source and Free RPA Tools of 2020

    Similar to numerous software usage, there’s a build-or-buy choice when getting started with Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Actually, Gartner recently called RPA the fastest-growing enterprise software segment of 2018, with 63% development in worldwide incomes. It’s a serious market, as well, you have alternatives. Besides, commercial RPA merchants have commonly tried to prioritize ease of use, with expectations of empowering non-developers to have the option to make and deploy bots without a huge amount of technical overhead. Some of the commercial merchants offer a “freemium” product as a method of tempting prospective customers to kick the tires on their platforms.

    There are various RPA tools accessible in the market and picking one could be a challenge. Let’s look at some of the best free and open-source RPA tools.

  • January 2020 License-Discuss Summary

    License-Discuss mailing list topics for January 2020:

    - Dual Licensing
    - Copyright on APIs
    - Decision process regarding license review submissions
    - AGPL evaluation and real-world license testing
    - ZFS Kernel Code on Linux

  • Linux Plumbers Conference: Call for Microconferences and Refereed Talks track reopened

    We are pleased to announce that we have reopened the call for both refereed talks and microconferences. Due to the current global situation with the Covid-19 pandemic we wanted to give everybody a longer time window to submit proposals.

  • MariaDB 10.4.13 Release Notes
  • MariaDB 10.5.3 Release Notes
  • Free alternatives to Photoshop that give you maximum creative freedom

    Good for editing images or drawing something of your own.

  • PrintDemon – patch this ancient Windows printer bug!

    This month’s Patch Tuesday fixes just came out in what we’re calling a “bumper update“.

    Microsoft pushed out fixes for 111 different CVE-tagged vulnerabilities, 16 of which are deemed critical.

    That includes bugs that could in theory be remotely exploited, for example via rogue attachments or booby-trapped web pages, to implant malware without popping up any dialogs or warnings.

    However, there’s one apparently minor vulnerability that you may have seen in the media, because it’s created quite a stir: CVE-2020-1048.

Openwashing of Uber, Microsoft and AMD

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  • Uber open-sources automated design framework for experiments

    Uber today released a framework for designing experiments within Pyro, its open source tool for deep probabilistic modeling. The framework leverages machine learning to enable optimal experimental design (OED), a principle based on information theory that enables the automatic selection of designs for complex experiments. With the framework, experimenters can apply OED to a large class of experimental models, from DNA assays to website and app A/B tests.

  • Microsoft President Brad Smith Acknowledges They Were Previously Wrong On Open-Source [Ed: Why does Phoronix repeat Microsoft lies for them?]

    Brad Smith has served as the President of Microsoft since 2015. He held a virtual talk / fireside chat today with MIT CSAIL on various technology topics.

  • GPUOpen Celebrates Another Day Of Its Relaunch With A New Binary-Only Software Release [Ed: AMD's "GPUOpen" turns out to be a cynical openwashing ploy with no actual substance]

    AMD this week marked the relaunch of GPUOpen as their resource for creators and game developers with their collection of open-source/open-standards minded offerings on the graphics front. In honor of their relaunch, they said they would be issuing new software releases every day this week. It was a bit odd yesterday with Radeon Rays 4.0 dropping their open-source code-base and today they are introducing another new utility that is also binary-only.

    Radeon Memory Visualizer (RMV) is their new tool for GPU video memory profiling. RMV is intended to help understand game/engine memory allocations, discover memory leaks, analyze resource paging, and other memory-related analysis.

    But besides Radeon Memory Visualizer being Windows 10 only at this point, it's strange in that it is another GPUOpen release that is binary-only at least for now with no source code.

Leftovers: Graphics, Games, IBM/Red Hat, LibreOffice and Librem

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  • Radeon Rays 4.0 Released - Adds Vulkan While Dropping OpenCL, No Longer Open-Source

    Continuing with AMD's relaunch of GPUOpen and introducing new software releases all week, out this morning is Radeon Rays 4.0. It takes another step forward while taking a step back in terms of no longer being open-source.

    Radeon Rays 4.0 adds Vulkan API support as well as DirectX 12 and HIP capabilities, but now drops OpenCL support given HIP and DirectX12/Vulkan. Radeon Rays 4.0 also still supports CPU-based execution too.

  • Mesa 20.2 Picks Up A New Disk Cache: TGSI-To-NIR Caching

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    Merged today was the TTN cache itself as well as enabling it for RadeonSI and using TTN caching for compute shaders.

  • Aura of Worlds makes rogue-lite platformers a little more tactical

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    Escape flooding passages, outrun toxic pollen, face off against gargantuan bosses that have made entire mazes their home. Do you play defensively with the spear and energy shield, or swing into the fray with a boomerang and grapple hook? Do you scour the levels for potions and runes; or do you dive headfirst into the chaos?
    Originally released on Steam back in 2018, this Early Access game is not yet finished but even so it's showing a huge amount of promise and it's quite a lot of fun too. Linux support arrived earlier this month, as the developer has been enhancing their game engine.

  • Move over Stream Deck, give me some Stream Pi

    The Stream Deck from Elgato is a nifty little bit of hardware, one that gives you easy access to a ton of functions at the touch of a button and now it has some more open competition with the Stream Pi.

    Admittedly, we're quite late (okay—a lot) on the uptake with this one. It was actually announced last year and somehow I've not heard about it until today. Built to be cross-platform, open source and work on a Raspberry Pi. There's other similar projects I'm sure but the Stream Pi aims to be as close as possible to the Stream Deck.

  • Red Hat Quay 3.3: Deeper integration with Red Hat OpenShift

    Today, we’re pleased to announce the availability of Red Hat Quay 3.3. The latest version of Red Hat’s distributed and highly-available enterprise container registry focuses on deeper integrations with Red Hat OpenShift through the introduction of Quay Bridge Operator. This release also introduces Clair version 4, the latest version of the image vulnerability scanner, and enhances and stabilizes features introduced in previous Quay releases.

  • Open Liberty 20.0.0.5 brings updates to EJB persistent timers coordination and failover across members

    In Open Liberty 20.0.0.5, you can now configure failover for Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) persistent timers, load Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) classes directly from the resource adapter, format your logs to JSON or dev, and specify which JSON fields to leave out of your logs. In this article, we will discuss each of these features and how to implement them.

  • LibreOffice QA/Dev Report: April 2020
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    We are almost at the end of the Dogwood board verification and have found and fixed a number of issues with the initial Dogwood boards. We believe we will be able to complete testing and start shipping Dogwood phones out within a few weeks. We have also been working on Evergreen in parallel to procure the remaining components we need for mass production.

    We know the community is eager to hear any updates we might have about the Librem 5. Like with our Birch and Chestnut updates, we are trying our best to give you correct information for each batch with a reasonable level of confidence without venturing into speculation or guesses. This is especially important when it comes to reporting hardware updates as it can take time and iterations to trace down a problem into the component or mistake that caused it and often first guesses for a root cause prove to be incorrect.

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