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Leftovers: Alpha Store litebook laptop Linux review; upcoming videos featuring Plex, Kodi, Ubooquity, Subsonic, calibre

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  • Alpha Store litebook laptop Linux review

    I ordered a litebook after emailing back and forth questions about Linux and the product. They replied super fast and everything sounded great.

    In reality, if I had to guess what is happening, it's a couple teenagers working out of their moms basement, ordering laptops from aliexpress in bulk, installing Linux and then selling them for a profit.

  • Coming Soon | For The Record

    Are we too dependent our Internet connectivity? Should we instead, explore creating our own Linux media servers in place of common streaming services? I’ll give you a preview of my effort to reduce my reliance with common streaming services. I’ll talk about upcoming videos featuring Plex, Kodi, Ubooquity, Subsonic, calibre and more!

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  • Google Grabs Nielsen as Business Apps User From Microsoft

    For word processing and spreadsheets, Nielsen staff now uses Google Docs and Sheets instead of Microsoft’s Word and Excel applications from its familiar Office suite of software. For video conferencing and messaging, Nielsen dropped Microsoft’s Skype in favor of Google equivalents.

  • 3DR Solo Back as Open Source Platform

    Don’t play Taps for 3DR‘s Solo yet. 3DR’s CEO Chris Anderson tweeted today that the Solo is getting a second life.

    In an article title “The Solo Lives On,” on the ArduPilot Blog – ArduPilot is an opensource autopilot system – the team explains how a community of developers worked to give the Solo a “heart transplant.” The developer of the now-obselete Pixhawk 2.0 hardware flight system, the Solo’s stock system, has developed a bolt-on replacement which will allow for new ArduCopter firmware changes.

  • Bluetooth Mesh networks: Is a standards body right for IoT innovation?

        

    Mesh networks are not new. It is a network topology in which each node relays data for the network. All mesh nodes cooperate in the distribution of data in the network. The IoT-purpose-built Zigbee—a low-power, low-bandwidth ad hoc network—is a mesh network. Dating to 2002, Aruba Networks was founded to build Wi-Fi mesh networks. In 2014, student protesters in Hong Kong used mobile app FireChat to turn the crowd’s smartphones into a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth mesh network so authorities could not interrupt protester’s coordinating conversations by blocking 3G and 4G network access.

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  • Arch Linux host cites freedom of speech defense, after using offensive domain name

    According to a user on Reddit by the name of 'fameistheproduct', this isn't the first time something in the community has offended some users. At one point, the system automatically generated license codes that could be regarded as offensive by some. The offending content has since been removed by the organization.

  • Ubuntu Still Working On Unity 7 Low Graphics Mode Improvements

    While Ubuntu's desktop future now rests with GNOME Shell for Ubuntu 17.10 and beyond, developers are still working on some Unity 7 refinements for existing Ubuntu desktop users.

    With Ubuntu 16.04 LTS still to be supported for years to come, Unity 7 is seeing a bit more than just maintenance take place. One of the areas of Unity 7 still being worked on is improving its low graphics mode for helping users on low-end/older systems as well as running within VMs where there may not be 3D acceleration available.

  • Intel kills Curie module and Arduino 101 SBC

    Intel is discontinuing its Curie wearables module and its Curie-enabled Arduino 101 SBC. Last month, Intel shut down the Joule, Edison, and Galileo.

    A month after Intel discontinued its Linux-ready, Atom-based Intel Joule and Intel Edison COMs, as well as its Quark-based Galileo Gen 2 SBC and its Recon Jet sports eyewear, the chipmaker announced the “end-of-life timeline” for its Quark-based Intel Curie module and the discontinuation of its Curie-based Arduino 101 SBC.

  • Chinese smartphone brands captured 87% of home market

     

    These top four Chinese brands now capture 69% of the market and have raced ahead of international and other local brands with expansive distribution reach and exciting portfolio.

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  • Linux Weather Forecast

    This page is an attempt to track ongoing developments in the Linux development community that have a good chance of appearing in a mainline kernel and/or major distributions sometime in the near future. Your "chief meteorologist" is Jonathan Corbet, Executive Editor at LWN.net. If you have suggestions on improving the forecast (and particularly if you have a project or patchset that you think should be tracked), please add your comments below.

  • Linux guru Linus Torvalds is reviewing gadgets on Google+

    Now it appears the godfather of Linux has started to put all that bile to good use by reviewing products on Google+.

  • Learning to love Ansible

    I’ve been convinced about the merits of configuration management for machines for a while now; I remember conversations about producing an appropriate set of recipes to reproduce our haphazard development environment reliably over 4 years ago. That never really got dealt with before I left, and as managing systems hasn’t been part of my day job since then I never got around to doing more than working my way through the Puppet Learning VM. I do, however, continue to run a number of different Linux machines - a few VMs, a hosted dedicated server and a few physical machines at home and my parents’. In particular I have a VM which handles my parents’ email, and I thought that was a good candidate for trying to properly manage. It’s backed up, but it would be nice to be able to redeploy that setup easily if I wanted to move provider, or do hosting for other domains in their own VMs.

  • GSoC: Improvements in kiskadee architecture

    Today I have released kiskadee 0.2.2. This minor release brings some architecture improvements, fix some bugs in the plugins and improve the log messages format. Initially, lets take a look in the kiskadee architecture implemented on the 0.2 release.

  • How UndoDB works

    In the previous post I described what UndoDB is, now I will describe how the technology works.

    The naïve approach to record the execution of a program is to record everything that happens, that is the effects of every single machine instruction. This is what gdb does to offer reversible debugging.

  • Wild West RPG West of Loathing Launches for PC/Mac/Linux on August 10th

    Today, developer Asymmetric announced that its comedy, wild west RPG, West of Loathing, is poised to launch for PC, Mac, and Linux on August 10th.

  • Canonical asks users' help in deciding Ubuntu Linux desktop apps

    Canonical Ubuntu Linux has long been one of the most popular Linux desktop distributions. Now, its leadership is looking to its users for help to decide the default desktop applications in the next long-term support version of the operating system: Ubuntu 18.04.

    This release, scheduled for April 2018, follows October's Ubuntu 17.10, Artful Aardvark. Ubuntu 18.04 will already include several major changes. The biggest of these is Ubuntu is abandoning its Unity 8 interface to go back to the GNOME 3.x desktop.

  • Enhanced Open Source Framework Available for Parallel Programming on Embedded Multicore Devices
  • Studiolada used all wood materials to create this affordable open-source home anyone can build

    Using wood panels as the principal building material reduced the project’s overall cost and footprint because the wooden beams and wall panels were cut and varnished in a nearby workshop. Prefabricated concrete was used to embed the support beams, which were then clad in wooden panels. In fact, wood covers just about everything in the home, from the walls and flooring to the ceiling and partitions. Sustainable materials such as cellulose wadding and wood fibers were even used to insulate the home.

Leftovers: Software from the Source, Electron, Debian, Wine, and KDE

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  • Software from the Source

    In this article, I am outlining an idea for an improved process of deploying software to Linux systems. It combined advantages of traditional, package mangement based systems with containerized software through systems such as Flatpak, Snap, or AppImage. An improved process allows us to make software deployment more efficient across the whole Free software community, have better supported software on users systems and allow for better quality at the same time.

  • Kernel 4.13 RC1 Has Been Released

    The final version of Kernel 4.13 RC1 has been finally released, bringing various changes and tweaks.

  • A look at I-Nex – a CPU-Z like Application for GNU/Linux

    When I was running Windows one of the first pieces of software I'd install after I'd grabbed all my necessities, was CPU-Z.

    It was useful for looking at temperatures, specs, generating reports, and just overall gathering of information. In GNU/Linux we can do all of this via the terminal, but not everyone likes to use consoles, and some may not even know how to. Thankfully, I-Nex exists, and it serves many of the same purposes.

  • Seriously Folks, Electron Apps Aren’t That Bad…

    Do you like Electron apps? Chances are you don't. In this post I list reasons why I don't think Electron apps are bad, and why haters should chill.

  • I'm going to DebCamp17, Montréal, Canada
  • Improving bulk performance in debhelper

    Since debhelper/10.3, there has been a number of performance related changes. The vast majority primarily improves bulk performance or only have visible effects at larger “input” sizes.

  • Wine 2.13 Has Improvements for Grand Theft Auto V, The Witcher 3, and Eve Online

    The Wine development team announced the release and immediate availability for download of the Wine 2.13 development release, which brings some new features and improves support for various Windows apps and games.

    Coming only one day after the Wine 2.0.2 stable release, which only brought a bunch of bug fixes, the Wine 2.13 development release is here to introduce support for Unicode 10.0.0, revamp the default mouse cursors, improve anti-aliasing in DirectWrite, and add Message Framing protocol support in WebServices.

  • KDE Ships Beta of KDE Applications 17.08

    Today KDE released the beta of the new versions of KDE Applications. With dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing.

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  • SparkyLinux 5.0 'Nibiru' Debian-based rolling release open source distro is here

    There are a lot of Linux-based operating systems in the wild, and I suggest trying as many as you can. Think of it like fruit -- apples are great, but you shouldn't stop after just tasting it. The world is full of different choices, such as mangoes, bananas, and oranges. The more you try, the more your knowledge expands. The same can be said of Linux -- even if you really like, say, Ubuntu, you should also test Fedora, Mageia, and more. Expand your mind!

    Today, yet another distro hits a major milestone; SparkyLinux achieves version 5.0. Called "Nibiru," it is a rolling release operating system that is based on the popular Debian (using modern testing repos). It aims to be lightweight, with choices of three desktop environments that are easy on resources -- LXQt, MATE, and Xfce. In other words, Sparky can breathe new life into aging computers. If you have meager hardware, you should definitely give it a look.

  • New Zenwalk Current ISO for 15 July 2017
  • Mageia 6 Enhances Linux Desktop Experience With Better Tools, New Look
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP now on Google Cloud

    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is now available as the operating system for SAP solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

  • Quantum Computing in the Enterprise: Not So Wild a Dream

    We won’t belabor an attempt at explaining how quantum computing works (if you want to dig into this, see detailed discussions in Schatsky’s content on the Deloitte University site). Schatsky calls it “a fantastical” form of computing” that harnesses that “bizarre properties” of subatomic particles, as described by quantum mechanics, and in so doing “will be able to perform certain kinds of calculations exponentially faster than the fastest computers currently known.” At its core is the elimination of steps that a conventional computer goes through to complete a complex task.

  • Ballistic Overkill updated again to improve matchmaking and auto balance is back

    Ballistic Overkill [Steam], one of the best online shooters on Linux has updated again and it now has better matchmaking, if you don't want to manually pick a server.

  • Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander to get an enhanced “Lightspeed Edition”

    The strategy game in space with RPG elements will be getting a massively reworked edition that’ll be free for existing owners of the game.

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  • Making the most of an SRE service takeover - CRE life lessons

    In Part 2 of this blog post we explained what an SRE team would want to learn about a service angling for SRE support, and what kind of improvements they want to see in the service before considering it for take-over. And in Part 1, we looked at why an SRE team would or wouldn’t choose to onboard a new application. Now, let’s look at what happens once the SREs agree to take on the pager.

  • There Are Now More Than 1,200 Vulkan Projects On GitHub

    It was in April that GitHub crossed the threshold of having 1,000 projects referencing Vulkan while today they have crossed the milestone of 1,200 projects.

    Showing the growing ecosystem around Vulkan, there are now 1,201 projects as of tonight making reference to this high-performance graphics API from The Khronos Group. Not bad for this graphics API that's just about one and a half years old. This consists of game engines, code samples, tooling / debuggers, bindings to a wide variety of programming languages, and more around the Vulkan API.

  • TechnoSec and Ubuntu Core help DE.OL transition to a smart factory

    The industrial internet of things market (IIoT) is estimated to reach US$ 195.47bn by 2022 according to Markets and Markets. A number of companies in this sector recognise the need to modernise their operations – DE.OL, an Italian company who design and manufacture hydraulic cylinders are one of these. Working with TechnoSec, an Italian IIoT start up specialising in M2M technologies, and Ubuntu, DE.OL were able to transition to a smart factory.

  • After Years Of Waiting, Hands On With The AMD ARM Board

    With Zen CPUs turning out very well in the marketplace, AMD appears to have divested some of their interest in ARM-based processors at least for the time being. But after waiting for years, I finally have my hands on an AMD Opteron A1100 ARM-based SBC for testing.

  • Shopping Center App now hits the tizen store
  • G20 Leaders Statement Includes Reference to Industry-Led International Standards

    Following its meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7-8, the Group of Twenty (G20) released a declaration that includes a positive reference to industry-led international standards.

    The G20 Leaders’ Declaration: Shaping an interconnected world outlines several common goals and objectives for the world’s major economies.

  • US restricts use of Kaspersky products by govt agencies

    The US government has removed Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved software suppliers for two government-wide purchasing contracts that are used to buy technology services.

  • Trump administration restricts popular Russian security software

    The Trump administration has discouraged government agencies from using a leading Russian cybersecurity firm’s software amid fears that the firm's products could serve as a Trojan horse for the Kremlin's hackers.

  • How I Survived the Internet of Things [Ed: Well, cameras with identical passwords, open ports?]

    Based on these goals I chose to work on home automation with a focus on security and lighting. After considering many things that could be done I chose to implement monitoring of fire, carbon monoxide, power, temperature, water intrusion, perimeter intrusion, and video monitoring. I also implemented lighting control with the goals of power savings, convenience, and having lights on when you come home. When designing and implementing the various subsystems I chose commercial grade monitoring, sensors and controls.

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    In January of 2017, an estimated 70% of the security cameras in Washington DC were compromised by malware and were not able to stream video. Workers had to physically go to each individual camera and do a fresh install of the original firmware to return them to operation.

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  • 5 Misconceptions About Being A Linux User

    ​Ever wondered what Linux is and how it really works? Many of us have asked this question, especially when you are densely populated around with Redmond fans and none of your pals have tried Linux ever! Some people in areas surrounded by FOSS, go ahead with full potential without any issues and for those trying out or curious about GNU Linux then here are the 5 main misconceptions about it.

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  • Oracle Releases Open Source Container Utilities, Including A New Container Runtime Written in Rust

    Oracle has released three open source container utilities including Smith, an Open Container Initiative (OCI) image-compliant container builder that creates "microcontainers" with a single executable and its dependencies; Crashcart, a microcontainer debugging tool that allows operators to sideload an image with Linux binaries into an existing container; and Railcar, a Rust-based alternative container runtime that implements the OCI-runtime specification.

  • Summer 2017 Linux Hardware Statistics From OpenBenchmarking.org

    Complementing last week's 2017 Linux Laptop Survey results, here are some complementary numbers you may be interested in that are collected by OpenBenchmarking.org based on Phoronix Test Suite activity.

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications Available on Google Cloud Platform to Help Enterprises be More Agile and Efficient

    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is now available as the operating system for SAP solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Customers can now leverage high performance virtual machines with proven price/performance advantages for SAP HANA workloads on GCP powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications. It is the first supported Linux for SAP HANA on Google Cloud. SAP solutions running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications via GCP help enterprise customers be more agile and reduce operating costs as they only pay for what they use, deploying business-critical applications more quickly and efficiently.

  • Approaching the exclusive “sub-minute” build time club

    For the first time in at least two years (and probably even longer), debhelper with the 10.6.2 upload broke the 1 minute milestone for build time (by mere 2 seconds – look for “Build needed 00:00:58, […]”). Sadly, the result it is not deterministic and the 10.6.3 upload needed 1m + 5s to complete on the buildds.

    This is not the result of any optimizations I have done in debhelper itself. Instead, it is the result of “questionable use of developer time” for the sake of meeting an arbitrary milestone. Basically, I made it possible to parallelize more of the debhelper build (10.6.1) and finally made it possible to run the tests in parallel (10.6.2).

  • Desperately Seeking Security: 6 Skills Most In Demand

    The last several years have seen a slew of reports coming out lamenting the typical enterprise's ability to recruit and retain quality cybersecurity talent.

    Earlier this year, ISACA's Cybersecurity Nexus survey found that more than one in four organizations take six months or longer to fill priority cybersecurity positions. Respondents to the survey said that 40% of organizations report receiving fewer than five applications for cybersecurity positions. And if things keep going the way they're already headed, the problem is only going to get worse. According to the 2017 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study conducted by Frost & Sullivan, by 2022 there will be a global shortfall of cybersecurity workers of 1.8 million people.

  • Flowhub IoT hack weekend at c-base: buttons, sensors, the Big Switch

    Last weekend we held the c-base IoT hack weekend, focused on the Flowhub IoT platform. This was continuation from the workshop we organized at the Bitraf makerspace a week earlier. Same tools and technologies, but slightly different focus areas.

    c-base is one of the world’s oldest hackerspaces and a crashed space station under Berlin. It is also one of the earliest users of MsgFlo with quite a lot of devices connected via MQTT.

  • Rugged in-vehicle computer keeps on truckin’ with Bay Trail Atom

    Lanner’s Linux-friendly “LVC-2001” in-vehicle PC runs on a Bay Trail Atom, and offers GPS, 2x GbE, SATA, 3x mini-PCIe, and MIL-STD-810G ruggedization.

  • Droid Lock Screen and Voice Assistant apps now available in Tizen Store

    Somyac Slawomir Baranowski is a popular developer on the Tizen OS platform. He has designed quite a number of apps such as 3D launcher and Nougat Launcher which are available in the Tizen store. Now, two new apps by this developer; Droid Lock Screen and Voice Assistant has just been released to the Tizen Store.

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  • ‘Cybersecuring’ the Internet of Things

    I recently had the chance to talk with the legendary Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the internet. We had a wide-ranging discussion about the past, present and future of the internet, network security and what it would take to successfully, safely and reliably merge the digital and physical worlds, a concept known as the “Internet of Things,” or IoT.

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Security: Firefox "Breach Alerts", Uber Crack, and Intel Back Doors

  • Firefox “Breach Alerts” Will Warn If You Visit A ‘Hacked’ Website
    One more thing is coming to add to the capabilities of the recently released Firefox 57 aka Firefox Quantum. Mozilla is working on a new feature for Firefox, dubbed Breach Alerts, which will warn users when they visit a website, whether it was hacked in the past or not.
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    Uber claims to have paid $100,000 to secure 57 million accounts exposed in a breach last year, but the UK's spy agency, GCHQ, suggests consumers don't place too much faith in Uber’s claim. The GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on Thursday published guidance for Uber users, reminding those affected by the firm’s just revealed 2016 breach they should take precautionary action even if their personal details may not have been compromised. The agency warned that Uber drivers and riders should “immediately change passwords” that were used for Uber.
  • Drive-By Phishing Scams Race Toward Uber Users
    Indeed, hardly any time elapsed after Uber came clean Tuesday about the year-old breach it had concealed before crack teams of social engineers unleashed appropriately themed phishing messages designed to bamboozle the masses (see Fast and Furious Data Breach Scandal Overtakes Uber).
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    Multiple investigations prompted by Uber's admission that it concealed a hack could join together for one big mega-probe into the incident. An EU working group which has responsibility for data protection will decide next week whether to co-ordinate different investigations taking place in the UK, Italy, Austria, Poland and the Netherlands.
  • Intel Didn't Heed Security Experts Warnings About ME [Ed: Intel refused to speak about back doors until it became too mainstream a topic, then pretended it's a "bug"]
    For nearly eight years, the chip maker has been turning a deaf ear on security warnings about the wisdom of Intel Management Engine.