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  • Lenovo's ThinkPad P50 and P70 laptops have Windows 10 and Linux configurations

    More exciting, however, is that Linux-based operating systems are optional as well. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu can be configured to meet your needs.

  • Six outdated myths about Linux

    Linux has gotten a lot of attention over the last ten years, but certain outdated myths still persist about it. TechRepublic has a list of these myths and explains why they simply aren't true.

  • Confusing Treasure for Junk in Linuxland

    There was no mistaking the ire in his voice. I pushed him to tell me what he didn’t consider junk. Instead he began walking down the west wall of the shop, pointing repeatedly at desktop after desktop. “Some of these machines are six years old. How are you ‘helping’ anyone by giving them these pieces of garbage?”

    The good host was completely gone from me now. All that remained was a dangerous anger I knew I had to control. I asked him just what kind of computers or laptops did he not consider to be junk. I asked him just where I was supposed to get computers that met his approval. I reminded him that we lived and died by the computers businesses and individuals donated, and that we upgraded every computer to its maximum potential before it left our facility.

  • More on WebM rate control

    In my last post, I mentioned that libvpx had rate control issues; or more accurately, that libvpx as used by VLC (through FFmpeg) had. Seemingly that was actually fixed a while ago by Ilkka Ollakka; VLC now (well, since late 2013) automatically sets half a second VBV by default. I normally use one, but half a second is totally fine, too, and it will keep the bitrate use from spiraling out of control when you switch from e.g. a static slide to a fade.

  • HEVC/H.265 Video Decode Is Present In VDPAU For AMDGPU

    There is indeed the support in place with the latest Git of the open-source AMD Linux driver code.

  • Last Chance to Get the Excellent Invisible, Inc. on Steam at a 40% Discount

    Invisible, Inc., a turn-based strategy game developed and published on Steam for Linux by Klei Entertainment, is now available at a 40% discount. The promotion will end in less than 12 hours.

  • Akademy 2015 – where awesome things happen
  • Slackel 4.14.3 KDE Live Screenshot Tour
  • Reproducible builds: week 15 in Stretch cycle

    As you might have noticed, Debian sid is currently largely uninstallable, due to the GCC 5 transition, which also can be see in our reproducibility test setup. Please help!

  • Debian/TeX Live 2015.20150810-1

    For those who are starving for some updates while the big gcc5 transitions brings the rest of Debian/sid to a halt, here is some fresh meat, a new TeX Live checkout. Nothing spectacular new here, just the usual big bunch of updates of and several new packages. Maybe worthwhile mentioning is that luasseq has been reincorporated into the TeX Live packages. Thanks to the maintainer for his work till now!

  • Kodi 15.1 Release Candidate Is Now Available
  • the future is here

    That's right, boys and girls, a compiler with a bigger resident size than Firefox. Three times bigger.

  • Security advisories for Monday

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  • Homeworld Remastered Collection Is Not Coming to Linux Just Yet

    Homeworld Remastered Collection was released by Gearbox Software after the company bought the rights to the franchise from the former owner THQ. It was recently released for the Mac OS X, but it looks like Linux won't be joining anytime soon.

  • GNOME Announces Search for Executive Director

    The GNOME Foundation is looking for qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. The Executive Director is critical for the Foundation, the public face of GNOME, the liaison to the GNOME Advisory Board, and the primary fundraiser for the Foundation. It is expected that the Executive Director will execute the daily business of the Foundation, and work with the Directors of the GNOME Foundation on a regular basis.

  • OpenSUSE Leap 42 May Be Unveiled On The 20th Of September, When The System Reaches Feature Freeze

    As we have previously written, the SUSE team is working at a new Linux systems called OpenSUSE Leap, a system focused on stability, including LTS/ESR and stable apps only.

  • How to Install Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS on 64-Bit Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Debian OSes

    Arne Exton, an independent GNU/Linux developer, known for many Linux kernel-based operating systems, posted an interesting tutorial a couple of days ago about how to install the latest Linux 4.1 LTS kernel on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or Debian distros.

  • CoreOS’ Tectonic now runs on Mirantis OpenStack

    CoreOS and Mirantis have just announced that CoreOS’ Tectonic has been integrated into the Mirantis OpenStack distribution. The move will help teams create software more quickly and with improved quality.

  • Rebuilt multilib gcc compiler suite for slackware-current
  • LibreOffice 5.0.0 and 4.4.5 for your Slackware box

    For our stable Slackware (which is 14.1 of course) I have packaged LibreOffice 4.4.5 which was announced at the end of July. Actually, these packages were already available in my repository for the past couple of days but I wanted to wait with writing about it here until I could bake packages for LibreOffice 5.0.0 as well. Note that “LibreOffice 4.4.5 is replacing LibreOffice 4.3.7 as the ‘still’ version for more conservative users and enterprise deployments” according to the official announcement. Therefore I decided to be conservative and stick with 4.4.5 instead of packaging 5.0.0 for Slackware 14.1.

  • AltArch SIG Announced For CentOS: Fun For ARM & More

    On Monday a message was sent out to the centos-announce mailing list bringing attention to the newly created AltArch Special Interest Group. The focus of the group is for the community to come together and support CentOS 7 on architectures other than x86_64-- architectures such as ARMv7, AArch64 (64-bit ARM), 32-bit x86.

  • Fedora 23 Alpha 1 Will Be Released On The 11th Of August
  • Fedora 23 Alpha Cleared For Release Next Week
  • Debian Wants To Tackle UEFI, But They Need Your Help

    Over the weekend the Debian project put out a call, over Twitter, for UEFI horror stories as their developers begin to take a more serious look at Debian and UEFI, with the creation of a UEFI team.

  • Japanese-English dictionary for Kobo

    Since ever the Kobo firmwares also allowed downloading of a bunch of dictionaries, most of which I don’t need. As I am fluent in most languages I read and write, the only real dictionary I would like to see is a Japanese-English (I don’t dare asking for a Japanese-German). Unfortunately, Kobo never shipped one. OTOH, starting with firmware 3.16.10 they ships two different English-Japanese dictionaries, one excellent Japanese-Japanese dictionary, but not one Japanese-English. So I took the liberty to write a script that allows everyone to enrich the shipped Japanese-Japanese dictionary with English definitions.

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  • August 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: Programming
  • Should you install Linux on a Mac?

    Some Linux users have found that Apple's Mac computers work well for them. The combination of refurbished Macs from Amazon and Linux can result in a high quality operating system on a relatively low cost computer. But is it worth it to install Linux on a Mac? A writer at Softpedia considered that very question in a recent article.

  • Putting Lipstick on a Penguin

    It was then I explored ways to present Linux to the new user, and to do so in a way that did not cause system shock. I decided to make each new Linux installation look as much like Windows as possible. My partner Diane did fairly well when I told her we would become a one operating system household. She wasn’t weaned…she was herded into the world of Linux. I had cleaned the last virus from her computer.

  • Agents, the kinds that work for us.
  • Docker: evil spawn or useful tool

    There are plenty of criticisms of docker, the system for building a container-based virtual machine running just a single application. I've read many of them have have consistently been either in agreement or at least amused.

    The most relevant criticism is about the basic approach of building single-application virtual machines.

  • Stable kernel updates

    Greg Kroah-Hartman has released stable kernels 4.1.4, 3.14.49, and 3.10.85. All of them contain important fixes.

  • Thursday night reception for LPC

    Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Intel, the Linux Plumbers Conference is pleased to announce that there will be an additional social event this year. On Thursday August 20th, we will be gathering at the Seattle Rock Bottom Brewery—just a short walk from the conference venue and hotel—for drinks and dinner in a relaxed setting. The evening’s event will be showcasing local beers, wines, and spirits, but some of the more standard items (like single-malt scotches and cocktails) will also be available.

  • Failing with F5: CMP - Clustered Multiprocessing
  • CUPS Cloud Print 20140814.2 Has Been Released
  • How To Combine Two Graphs On Cacti
  • Installing/Starting Systemd Services Using Cloud-Init
  • How the system deals with USB devices
  • Error handling in Polari

    At the moment Polari will not tell you much more except logging a debug message in the terminal, should you fail to connect to the IRC server.

  • More tests, locale, and timezones. Last week in a nutshell.

    Slightly later than usual, but still, I'm giving a short update on how my works on Getting Things GNOME! have been progressing recently.

    After my first attempts with unit tests two weeks ago, I started the week off with an ambitious plan to unit test also another feature which I had to implement consequently: the start of the day setting in the preferences window. The test was a simple task. I really enjoy testing, even though I had to change it several times because of changes in the parse_time() function's output type. Nevertheless, my test was done and ready in a short period of time. However, afterwards I spent almost the entire week working on the functionality of setting the time itself.

  • Reproducible builds: week 14 in Stretch cycle
  • New Snappy Ubuntu Core Aims for IoT Devices, Raspberry Pi and More
  • Ubuntu MATE donates surplus funds to open source projects

    The maintainers of Ubuntu MATE have donated money to various open source projects this month. The beneficiaries of the donations all have something to do with Ubuntu MATE and have helped it exist in its current state by one means or another.

  • Compact, rugged i.MX6 SBC expands via PCIe and SATA

    F&S has launched a Linux-ready, “ArmStone A9-v2″ Pico-ITX SBC with an i.MX6 SoC, SATA, mini-PCIe, extended temperatures, and an optional 7-inch touchscreen.

  • Samsung Next Gear smartwatch rotating bezel demo shown off at Tizen Developer Summit

    The Tizen Developer Summit 2015 in Bengaluru, India, was a great time for Samsung to show of its Tizen talents, and that includes Information about its Next Gear Tizen Smartwatch. The new watch will feature a round face, as seen in the SDK and other leaks, but this is the first time that Samsung has also confirmed the existence of the Bezel that is used to Interact with the device.

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  • Smaller Docker containers for Go apps

    Most of our services are in Go, and thanks to the fact that compiled Go binaries are mostly-statically linked by default, it’s possible to create containers with very few files within. It’s surely possible to use these techniques to create tighter containers for other languages that need more runtime support, but for this post I’m only focusing on Go apps.

  • In Korean, Multipath TCP is pronounced GIGA Path

    Enabling Multipath TCP on the smartphone is the first step in deploying it. However, this is not sufficient since there are very few servers that support Multipath TCP today. To enable their users to benefit from Multipath TCP for all the applications that they use, KT has opted for a SOCKSv5 proxy. This proxy is running on x86 servers using release 0.89.5 of the open-source Multipath TCP implementation in the Linux kernel. During the presentation, SungHoon Seo mentioned that despite the recent rollout of the service, there were already 5,500 active users on the SOCKS proxy the last time he checked. Thanks to this proxy, the subscribes of the Giga Path service in Korea can benefit from Multipath TCP with all the TCP-based applications that they use.

  • Cleaning the house (GSoC #6) & GUADEC
  • Zorin OS 10 Is Out, the Best, Most Beautiful Release Yet, Based on Ubuntu 15.04 - Screenshot Tour

    On August 1, Artyom Zorin had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the final release of his Zorin OS 10 GNU/Linux operating system, distributed as Core and Ultimate editions, based on Ubuntu 15.04.

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  • The FCC Builds Open-Source Video Calling For The Deaf
    The FCC has gotten behind a new platform that helps the deaf talk to each other over video link. The idea of Accessible Communications for Everyone, or ACE as it’s being called, is that it lets all kinds of different apps talk to each other. It’s kind of how you can email anyone without worrying what app they use, only for video, and text and audio, all together.
  • Why Intel made Stephen Hawking's speech system open source
  • NodeConf EU all set for blarney in 'Nodeland'
    It's NodeConf EU time again -- the third annual gathering of what is hoped to be 400 of the top influencers in Node.js at Waterford Castle from September 6th to 9th.
  • 3 steps for planning a successful open source meetup
  • Starting in September, Chrome will stop auto-playing Flash ads
    Google has announced that, beginning September 1, Chrome will no longer auto-play Flash-based ads in the company's popular AdWords program
  • Apache Software Foundation Makes Lens, a Big Data Tool, a Top Level Project
    Whenever the Apache Software Foundation graduates an open source project to become a Top Level Project, it tends to bode well for the project. Just look at what's happened with Apache Spark, for example. Now, the Foundation (ASF), which is the steward for and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects, has announced that Apache Lens, an open source Big Data and analytics tool, has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP).
  • Intel Pumps OpenStack Up
  • LibreOffice 5.0.1 released, to keep the momentum going
  • First Update to LibreOffice 5 Lands
    The Document Foundation today announced the first update to the milestone LibreOffice 5.0 released a few weeks ago. This is a bug fix release bringing over 75 commits since version 5.0 was unveiled August 5. It is recommended that those using the 5.0 branch upgrade their LibO installs with today's update.
  • Salesforce Aura ventures into open source -- to a point
    Salesforce's splashy new UI, the Lightning Experience, is more than a pretty face. It was built with Aura, the company's open source UI framework, available for use independent from Salesforce's services. With Lightning -- and Aura -- Salesforce emphasizes how users can design applications that not only look great, but plug into more than Salesforce. Where, then, does Salesforce's open source offering end with Aura, and where do its own services begin?
  • Infosys talks open source, cloud and value
    Last year, when Infosys hired Abdul Razack to own the company’s platform division, he came with a mandate to use open source first. Eleven months on and Infosys Information Platform (IIP) is flourishing with 120 projects on the go, some proofs of concept, many moving to production, but with open source at their heart in most situations.
  • Eclipse Foundation Moving to Donations to Support Open Source Projects
  • Intel invests $60 million in drone venture
    Intel is investing $60 million in UAV firm Yuneec, whose prosumer “Typhoon” drones use Android-based controllers. Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich and Yuneec International CEO Tian Yu took to YouTube to announce an Intel investment of more than $60 million in the Hong Kong based company to help develop drone technology. No more details were provided except for Krzanich’s claim that “We’ve got drones on our road map that are going to truly change the world and revolutionize the industry.” One possibility is that Intel plans to equip the drones with its RealSense 3D cameras (see farther below).
  • Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: August 28 [Ed: out fo date now]
    Join the FSF and friends every Friday to help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones.
  • What Will Become of the World’s First Open Source GPU?
    Dr. Karu Sankaralingam, who led the team’s effort at the University of Wisconsin, where the project is based, says that building an open source or any other hardware project is bound to incur legal wrangling, in part because the IP almost has to be reused in one form or another. Generally, he says that for open source hardware projects like this one, the best defense is to use anything existing as a base but focus innovation on building on top of that. He says that to date, AMD has not been involved in the project beyond a few individuals offering some insight on various architectural elements. In other words, if the team is able to roll this beyond research and into any kind of volume, AMD will likely have words.

Security Leftovers

  • Friday's security updates
  • Security updates for Thursday
  • nsenter gains SELinux support
    nsenter is a program that allows you to run program with namespaces of other processes
  • Iceland boosts ICT security measures, shares policy
    Iceland aims to shore up the security of its ICT infrastructure by raising awareness and increasing resilience. And next to updating its legislation, Iceland will also bolster the police’s capabilities to tackle cybercrime.
  • A Project to Guarantee Better Security for Open-Source Projects
    Open-source developers, however, can take steps to help catch these vulnerabilities before software is released. Secure development practices can catch many issues before they become full-blown problems. But, how can you tell which open-source projects are following these practices? The Core Infrastructure Initiative has launched a new "Best Practice Badge Program" this week to provide a solution by awarding digital badges to open-source projects that are developed using secure development practices.

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