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  • These Chromebooks won’t get support for Linux apps — here’s why

    Since adding Linux app support for some Chromebooks in Chrome OS 69, Chrome developers slowly added support to more devices. However, they’ve also built a lengthy list of Chromebooks that will never see Linux app support.

    Chrome devs released a new batch of devices that will not see Linux app support this week, including the 2013 Chromebook Pixel.

    Several reasons exist that prevent Linux app support, some of which extend from how Google implemented support. Linux apps run in a container, which is a fancy way of saying they’re isolated from other parts of the OS for security.

  • What IBM's US$34 billion acquisition of Red Hat means to enterprise cloud users

    IBM and Red Hat announced last week that the companies have reached a definitive agreement under which IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for US$190.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately US$34 billion.

    This is the second-largest computer software deal ever recorded globally, according to Mergermarket data, which dates back to 1998.

    In terms of computer software M&A in the US alone, thus far in 2018 the sector has already hit a record high value of US$138.3 billion, having surpassed all previous full years on record. The IBM/Red Hat deal accounts for nearly a quarter of total US software deal value in the year to date.

    Globally, software M&A has seen 1,471 transactions this year, surpassing last year’s total of 1,328 but still behind 2017’s record high of 1,780. Global software M&A has reached US$187 billion to date this year, and is on track to at least meet 2015’s full-year record high of US$197 billion.

  • IBM Red Hat deal gets thumbs up, but questions remain says analyst

    IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat for $34billion is a win-win for both companies, according to analyst firm GlobalData and will give IBM a solid bridge between its existing on-premise hardware and its global cloud platform.
    But, despite its endorsement of the deal, GlobalData says the long-term and most profound ramifications of the deal will be felt within the Linux and broader open source communities.

  • Wall Street sees 20%-25% regulatory risk for IBM's envisioned acquisition of Red Hat

    Last Sunday, IBM and Red Hat announced a merger agreement under which "Big Blue" (NYSE:IBM) would pay $34 billion, or $190 per NYSE:RHT share, to acquire the company that once started as a Linux distributor.

    I may very well talk about the strategic ramifications of the proposed transaction some other time, but the focus of this post is exclusively on what the stock market appears to think of the deal.

    On Monday (October 29), Bloomberg already reported on what was then a 12% spread, "among the highest for North American deals." The article quoted a portfolio manager who said he didn't want to bet on a deal that may be about a year away from closing, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty as denying "any regulatory inhibitors," which she obviously had to say.

    The time frame certainly affects demand, given that risk arbitrageurs could in the meantime use the money they would spend on RHT shares now to bet on a couple of other mergers, provided that those other deals would close more quickly and happen sequentially. But there's more to it. The spread does indicate that merger-focused investors are far from convinced that the deal will materialize.

    On Friday (November 2), RHT closed at $172.24. If the deal went through, those investing now would then rake in a profit of more than 10%. Even if it took a year, a 10%+ gain would be a great deal. The only explanation for why there isn't stronger demand, at a higher price, is skepticism. Since I can't imagine anyone doubts that IBM is a serious buyer, the reason must be concern about the merger review process in the U.S. (DoJ), EU (European Commission, DG COMP), and China (MOFCOM). While China prevented Qualcomm from acquiring NXP, IBM reportedly claims it's not critical for the Red Hat deal. I haven't formed a definitive opinion on it yet, but for now I'll take IBM's word for it.

  • NBD graphical viewer

    Ever wondered what is really happening when you write to a disk? What blocks the filesystem writes to and so on? With our flexible, plug-in based NBD server called nbdkit and a little Tcl/Tk program I wrote you can now visualise this.

  • How to Type Indian Rupee Symbol in Ubuntu 18.04
  • Import of JSON and ngspice files
  • How to Install Deb Packages on Ubuntu
  • There are Over 2,500 Games Now on Steam Play for Linux

    If you have not heard about Steam Play for Linux before, it is what Valve has been working on to bring more Windows-only games to Linux devices. Valve first improved the compatibility with the games that were available on Steam. This announcement happened back in August, and two-months later, there are already more than 2,000 games available.

    Valve added Steam Play for Linux with Proton added to it just recently. These new updates and additions have helped even more Windows-only Steam games run on Linux PCs. We have all of the latest news on the Steam Play update and all of the games added to the system, so keep reading to learn more.

  • KDE Connect – New stuff 0x3

    As of this month app updates uploaded to Google Play need to target Android 8. This has several implications. Targeting Oreo comes with an updated Support Library, which forces us to drop support for Android 4.0 and below. According to our Google Play data this will affect approximately 400 users. We are very sorry about that, but these users won’t receive further updates. Furthermore, Android Oreo introduced some restrictions in regard to apps running in the background. In the future in order to be able to run in the background KDE Connect needs to show a persistent notification. The good news is that you can hide the notification. The (slightly) bad news is that we cannot do it by default. To hide the notification you need to long-press it and switch it off. Other notifications from KDE Connect are unaffected by this.

  • Skrooge 2.16.2 released

    The Skrooge Team announces the release 2.16.2 version of its popular Personal Finances Manager based on KDE Frameworks.

  • Some use cases for shared linking and ABI stability

    A recent trend in language design and devops deployment has been to not use shared libraries. Instead every application is rebuilt and statically linked for maximum performance. This is highly convenient in many cases. Some people even go as far as to declare shared linking, and with it any ABI stability, a dead relic of the past that is only unnecessary but actively harmful because maintaining ABI stability slows down language changes and renewal.

    This blog post was not written to argue whether this is true or not. Instead it is meant to list many reasons and use cases where shared libraries and ABI stability are useful and which would be hard, or even impossible, to achieve by relying only on static linking.

    Many of the issues listed here are written from the perspective of a modern Linux distribution, especially Debian. However I am not a Debian developer so the following is not any sort of an official statement, just my writings as an individual.

  • gentoo eix-update failure
  • Thorsten Alteholz: My Debian Activities in October 2018
  • Apple Will Keep Throttling iPhones With Old Batteries. Here's How to Stop It

    Last year, controversy stirred as Apple acknowledged that it had, in fact, purposefully inhibited iPhone performance when the battery neared the end of its useful life. The good news: It wasn’t just in your head! The less-good news: Apple will continue the practice with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X.

  • Why I’m Ditching Android

    On the other hand, Apple’s business model is based around hardware. Yes their hardware is grossly overpriced, but the flagship Android phones are pretty much inline with Apple these days. So it’s a moot point really.

  • Open libraries, open source software

    In September, I attended KohaCon 2018, an international conference for the user group of Valnet's integrated library system. A little bit of background: Koha...


  • Apple is an outlier from the open source boomlet
  • Microsoft may be the world's largest open source contributor, but developers don't care--yet [Ed: Mac Asay keeps trolling with Microsoft propaganda. Microsoft's entire range of software is proprietary]
  • Microsoft working on Sysinternals for Linux [Ed: Microsoft blob latches onto the rival even though nobody really needs it on GNU/Linux (we have better tools and they're FOSS also)]
  • GNU Health 3.4 RC1 ready to test !

    After over a year of hard work, we're getting close to the release of GNU Health 3.4 !
    GH 3.4 comes with lots of new and exciting features, including the Federation, Thalamus, updated genetics, calendar server, native client and mongoDB integration, GH embedded (raspi) among others.
    I just uploaded to pypi the Release Candidate 1 of the gnu health client (3.4rc1), thalamus (0.9.0), and the GNU Health HMIS component (3.4rc1)

  • SiFive Unleashes New 7-Series RISC-V Cores With Better Performance

    SiFive this week announced their 7-Series RISC-V cores with the 32-bit E7, 64-bit S7, and 64-bit U7 series. These new RISC-V parts aren't yet capable of running up against the fastest ARM Cortex CPU cores available today, but they are much more powerful than the previous-gen SiFive cores.

  • PortSmash is the Latest Side-channel Attack Affecting Intel CPUs

    To understand what port contention is, one should keep in mind that modern processors have multiple ports they assign to different instructions waiting for completion on a shared core. For example, a processor could have 2 ports for executing load operations. This would allow that processor to schedule two instructions doing a load at the same time. When ports get exhausted, a process will have to wait, thus introducing a measurable delay.

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  • The Monitoring Issue

    In 1935, Austrian physicist, Erwin Schrödinger, still flying high after his Nobel Prize win from two years earlier, created a simple thought experiment.

  • PodCTL #53 – The Internal Build vs Buy Discussion

    This week we had a great listener question that went something like this:

    “I work at a large company and we currently run a production Kubernetes (vendor-centric) environment. Some other groups in our company have some homegrown platforms that do similar functionality. How do we convince those other groups to work more closely with us, including potentially getting those group to switch over to our platform?”

  • How to Install and Use Chrony in Linux

    Chrony is a flexible implementation of the Network Time Protocol (NTP). It is used to synchronize the system clock from different NTP servers, reference clocks or via manual input.

    It can also be used NTPv4 server to provide time service to other servers in the same network. It is meant to operate flawlessly under different conditions such as intermittent network connection, heavily loaded networks, changing temperatures which may affect the clock of ordinary computers.


  • FPgM report: 2018-44
  • 20+ MongoDB Alternatives You Should Know About

    As MongoDB® has changed their license from AGPL to SSPL many are concerned by this change, and by how sudden it has been. Will SSPL be protective enough for MongoDB, or will the next change be to go to an altogether proprietary license? According to our poll, many are going to explore MongoDB alternatives. This blog post provides a brief outline of technologies to consider.

  • Antoine Beaupré: October 2018 report: LTS, Monkeysphere, Flatpak, Kubernetes, CD archival and calendar project

    As discussed last month, one of the options to resolve the pending GnuTLS security issues was to backport the latest 3.3.x series (3.3.30), an update proposed then uploaded as DLA-1560-1. I after a suggestion, I've included an explicit NEWS.Debian item warning people about the upgrade, a warning also included in the advisory itself.

    The most important change is probably dropping SSLv3, RC4, HMAC-SHA384 and HMAC-SHA256 from the list of algorithms, which could impact interoperability. Considering how old RC4 and SSLv3 are, however, this should be a welcome change. As for the HMAC changes, those are mandatory to fix the targeted vulnerabilities (CVE-2018-10844, CVE-2018-10845, CVE-2018-10846).

  • Intel updates embedded toolsuite — but says it’s scaling back its IoT effort

    Intel launched Intel System Studio 2019, updating the Linux-friendly embedded toolsuite with improved performance and enhanced I/O analysis. Meanwhile, due to soaring demand for Intel’s Core and Xeon sales, it’s scaling back its lower-end IoT business.

    Intel has a habit of launching and the discontinuing special projects outside its core processor business, but one experiment that has stuck around is Intel System Studio. A lot has changed since we last checked on the Intel System Studio (ISS) development toolsuite when it launched in 2013. For example, while initially targeting both mobile and embedded software development for Linux and Android running on Intel processors, with the dissolution of Intel’s mobile business, it is now focused on optimizing embedded IoT applications running on its Atom, Core, and Xeon processors.

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  • Serverless Roadmap: Hosted and Installable Platforms

    The survey conducted for our “Guide to Serverless Technologies” asked a series of questions about the vendors and technologies that we will be using in the next 18 months to drive our coverage at The New Stack.

    The first half of the roadmap dealt with the platforms and frameworks on which serverless architecture is deployed. The leading hosted platforms are the big three cloud providers’ FaaS offerings. AWS Lambda has twice as many users as Azure Functions and more than three times as many as Google Cloud Functions. Although on-premises deployments are not widespread, they are widely being considered. In fact, the percentage planning to use Kubeless, OpenFaaS, and Apache OpenWhisk rivals those looking at AWS, Microsoft and Google. In other words, the battle for the next wave of serverless adoption is alive and well.

  • Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S11E34 – The 34th Degree

    This week we have been playing with OpenVPN and we review the Clockwork Pi Gameshell. We bring you a command line love and go over your feedback.

  • Popcorn Time – Stream Movies and TV Shows Instantly from Torrents

    Popcorn Time is an open-source torrent application that lets you stream an awesome catalogue of media content without any restrictions or need to wait for the torrents to download completely. What’s even cooler is the option to watch content in HD and with subtitles.

    The fact that it is inspired by Netflix is visible in its presentation and while you can run it in your browser, it has desktop clients for GNU/Linux, Windows, and Mac.

    Today, I will be showing you how to install Popcorn Time on any Linux distributions. You can download it from the software center or AUR if you run Deepin OS or Arch Linux (its distros included) respectively.

  • Keep yourself organized

    Over the years I tried various tools to organize my daily work and manage my ToDo list, including Emacs org-mode, ToDo.txt, Kanban boards and simple plain text files. This are all great tools but I was never completely happy with it, over time it always became to unstructured and crowded or I didn’t managed to integrate it into my daily workflow.

    Another tool I used through all this time was Zim, a wiki-like desktop app with many great features and extensions. I used it for notes and to plan and organize larger projects. At some point I had the idea to try to use it as well for my task management and to organize my daily work. The great strength of Zim, it’s flexibility can be also a weak spot because you have to find your own way to organize and structure your stuff. After reading various articles like “Getting Things Done” with Zim and trying different approaches I come up with a setup which works nicely for me.

  • Cacher – A Code Snippet Organizer for Pro Developers

    Cacher is a modern productivity app for organizing code snippets into vast libraries that you can collaborate on with teams. It features a beautiful GUI with support for coloured labels, folders, bookmarks for quick organization, 100+ programming languages with syntax highlighting, and nicely demarcated working areas.

  • Freenode#live

    This weekend, Freenode#live is in Bristol, in the UK. It’s a FOSS-community type event. I’ll be there with David, and we’ll be doing a KDE booth to show off our technologies (which are cool) and our community (which I think is a great one). Stop by and see the Pinebook. Chat about the Nextcloud Include project. Or tell us you prefer to use i3 — that’s diversity in action (and i3 works fine together with other software from the KDE community).

  • GNOME 3.30.2 Released, Braiins OS Open-Source System for Cryptocurrency Embedded Devices Launched, Ubuntu 19.04 Dubbed Disco Dingo, Project OWL Wins IBM's Call for Code Challenge and Google Announces New Security Features

    GNOME 3.30.2 was released yesterday. It includes several bug fixes, and packages should arrive in your distro of choice soon, but if you want to compile it yourself, you can get it here. The full list of changes is available here. This is the last planned point release of the 3.30 desktop environment. The 3.32 release is expected to be available in spring 2019.

  • GNOME Internships interns has been elected

    GNOME Internships projects and interns has been elected!

    We had have strong applicants and quite a big amount of applications. If you are not the elected don’t be discouraged, it wasn’t an easy choice.

    This round we have to congratulate Ludovico de Nittis who will work in the “USB Protection” project with his mentor Tobias Mueller. Congrats Ludovico!

    The project goal is to increase the robustness against attacks via malicious USB devices. Certainly a challenging goal! You can read extensive information in the project wiki linked above, it’s definitely quite interesting.

  • Montreal's Debian & Stuff - November 2018

    November can be a hard month in the Northen Hemisphere. It tends to be dark, rainy and cold. Montreal sure has been dark, rainy and cold lately.

    That's why you should join us at our next Debian & Stuff later this month. Come by and work on Debian-related stuff - or not! Hanging out and chatting with folks is also perfectly fine. As always, everyone's welcome.

  • Mike Gabriel: My Work on Debian LTS (October 2018)

    after some nice family vacation in Tuscany, I did four hours of work on the Debian LTS project as a paid contributor at the end of this month. Thanks to all LTS sponsors for making this possible.

    I move over a backlog of 4h from October to November (so I will work 12h on Debian LTS in November 2018).

    Furthermore, I have signed up for Debian ELTS work with another 4h (as a start, more availability planned for upcoming months).

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  • The AMD Threadripper ECC DDR4-2666 Testing That Wasn't

    Recently in our forums there has been a lot of interest in Threadripper 2 builds using ECC DDR4 memory and the impact on performance, especially now with the Threadripper 2 family being rounded out by the 2920X and 2970WX. So I set out to do some DDR4-2666 ECC UDIMM testing with Threadripper 2, but that hasn't turned out well.

  • Representing KDE at XDC 2018

    Last month the X.Org Developer?s Conference (XDC) was held in A Coru�a, Spain. I took part as a Plasma/KWin developer. My main goal was to simply get into contact with developers from other projects and companies working on open source technology in order to show them that the KDE community aims at being a reliable partner to them now and in the future.

    Instead of recounting chronologically what went down at the conference let us look at three key groups of attendees, who are relevant to KWin and Plasma: the graphics drivers and kernel developers, upstream userland and colleagues working on other compositor projects.

  • Chris Lamb: Free software activities in October 2018

    We intend to maintain changes to these modules under their original open source licenses and applying only free and open fixes and updates. You can find out more at

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  • Episode 42 | This Week in Linux

    On this episode we cover the release of Linux 4.19, the Return of Linus Torvalds to the Linux kernel, the BIG news of IBM to Acquire Red Hat, the status update news for Solus, and the latest releases for Firefox, Teamviewer and Feren OS. We also take a look at some interesting new Hardware from System76, Pine64 and more. We haven’t had many gaming news the past couple of episodes so we’re fixing that with some awesome news for various Linux Gaming sales from Fanatical, Humble Bundle and Steam. Later in the show we’ll talk about some unfortunate security news from the X.Org project and we’ll have a follow up for the recent Microsoft Patent news. All that and much more!

  • Learn to Work with the Linux Command Line

    Open source software isn’t just proliferating within technology infrastructures around the world, it is also creating profound opportunities for people with relevant skills. Organizations of all sizes have reported widening skills gaps in this area. Linux tops the list as the most in-demand open source skill, according to the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report. With this in mind, In this article series, we are taking a closer look at one of the best new ways to gain open source and Linux fluency: the Introduction to Open Source Software Development, Git and Linux training course from The Linux Foundation.

  • Wayland's Weston Gets A Remoting Plugin For Virtual Output Streaming

    While Wayland/Weston development might be lightening up a bit for now with Samsung OSG closing up shop and they being one of the major drivers in recent years to this stack, fortunately, other developers remain. Tomohito Esaki of IGEL endpoint management solutions has introduced a remoting plugin with output streaming for Weston.

  • AMD Raven 2 Support Might Land In Time For Mesa 18.3

    Prolific open-source AMD hacker Marek Olšák has sent out a revised patch enabling support for the yet-to-be-released Raven 2 APUs within the RadeonSI Gallium3D.

    Raven 2 is the new Raven Ridge APU while as previously covered there are also AMD Picasso APUs coming down the pipeline too.

    On the kernel side, the in-development Linux 4.20 kernel has both Raven 2 and Picasso APU support within the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver.

  • Omarine 5.1
  • Kali Linux 2018.4 Release

    Welcome to our fourth and final release of 2018, Kali Linux 2018.4, which is available for immediate download. This release brings our kernel up to version 4.18.10, fixes numerous bugs, and includes many updated packages.

  • Kali Linux 2018.4 Released, ProtonDB Reports 2671 Games Now Work on Linux, Google Discover Rolling Out, Barcelona Investing 78.7% of IT Budget on Open Source and Manjaro New Stable Update

    Kali Linux 2018.4 was released yesterday. This is the final release of this year, and it brings the kernel to version 4.18.10, fixes several bugs and has many updated packages, including "a very experimental 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 image". The new version also includes Wireguard, "a powerful and easy to configure VPN solution that eliminates many of the headaches one typically encounters setting up VPNs". See the Wireguard on Kali post for more information. You can download Kali from here.

  • SUSE secures OpenChain Certification

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  • The Many Interesting Changes & Features So Far For Linux 4.20 (Or Perhaps Linux 5.0)

    While we still don't know yet whether Linus Torvalds intends to call this next kernel Linux 4.20 or Linux 5.0, we do know that whatever the version ends up being, this is going to be a very big kernel release with a lot of new features.

  • Arrongin and Telinkrin Themes for Ubuntu/Linux Mint (PPA)

    Arrongin and Telinkrin themes are fairly new but looks great while giving a nice flavor to the Nautilus and Gnome Tweak Tool. These themes are modern and refined re-interpretation of Ambiance theme. Creator tried to give a modern look to Nautilus and Tweak-tool and worked on even smallest details of the theme. Both themes pack Gnome shell theme as well to match with Gtk theme and released under GNU General Public License V2 or later. If you are using distribution other than Ubuntu/Linux Mint then download the theme directly from its page and install it in this location "~/.themes" or "/usr/share/themes". Arrongin and Telinkrin themes are in active development that means if you find any kind of bug or issue with theme then report it to get fixed in the next update. In the following screenshots, we have used Zafiro icon set.

  • IBM to Acquire Red Hat for $34B to Transform Cloud Landscape
  • IBM Buys Red Hat for $34,000,000,000.00

    Anyone remember the various commercials they've run over the years? I remember one specific one from... I don't recall the year... but yeah, it is dated now. It shows a pre-teen boy. Years have passed. If they were to update the commercial, who should play that character? The commercial ends with "The Future is Open". Let's hope it still is.

  • Bryan Lunduke Is New LJ Deputy Editor

    Today, Bryan Lunduke announced that he is officially joining the Linux Journal team as "Deputy Editor" of the illustrious — and long-running — Linux magazine.

    "I've been a fan of Linux Journal for almost as long as I've been using Linux," beamed Lunduke. "To be joining a team that has been producing such an amazing magazine for nearly a quarter of a century? It's a real honor." In November of 2017, SUSE—the first Linux-focused company ever created—announced Lunduke's departure to re-focus on journalism. Now, furthering that goal, Lunduke has joined the first Linux-focused magazine ever created.

    Lunduke's popular online show, the aptly named "Lunduke Show", will continue to operate as a completely independent entity with no planned changes to production schedules or show content.

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  • HiDPI on dual 4K monitors with Linux

    To drive a 4K display at 60 Hz, you need at least either HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2. The Dell P2415Q has been upgraded to HDMI 2.0 in 2016 and also provides a DP 1.2 input. There is a port for daisy-chaining a second monitor but, without support for DP 1.3, the refresh rate would drop to 30 Hz.

  • Valve gave an update on the major SOULCALIBUR VI issues with Steam Play

    It seems users trying out SOULCALIBUR VI in Steam Play ended up with a major issues in both Linux and Windows due to a bug in Steam Play's Proton. This bug, ended up making it so SOULCALIBUR VI would not be able to use any online features after loading it up on Linux with Valve's Steam Play even once.


    Of course, this is a good reminder that Steam Play is still relatively new (even if Wine itself has been around a long time) and so there's probably a number of major issues like this waiting to be found and fixed. Still, it's good to know Valve are on top of things before this ended up becoming something even bigger for other titles.

  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 42

    Implemented screen reader support for desktop icons, so visually impaired users can now read the icons on the desktop (Christian Hempfling, KDE Plasma 5.12.8). This is important work and we’re very interested in mentoring anyone else who has experience with or interest in accessibility work. If you’re interested, check out our page on how to get involved!

  • GSoC 2018 Mentor Summit

    Here is our report of the conference.

    It was an incredibly well organized event with a busy schedule. It was our first summit (we try that different openSUSE mentors/org admins go every year) and we enjoyed it a lot and found it really useful. Apart from attending many sessions about open source, mentoring and GSoC, we had the opportunity to meet and have interesting conversations with other org admins and mentors, as well as with the Google open source team and other Googlers. In total 314 mentors and org admins from 42 countries attended the events. This was a great chance to collect chocolate from all around the world for the chocolate bar table, which has already become a tradition at the summit.

  • Sterlite Tech to develop NFV and SDN solutions for CSPs using Red Hat open source technology

    Indian IT major Sterlite Tech is developing software-based programmable solutions using Red Hat’s open source technology to focus on communication service providers business. The company said once ready, the solutions will help CSPs, enterprises and citizen networks to get the full potential of web-scale Network Function Virtualisation Infrastructure (NFVI) platform, for their network automation and Software Defined Network (SDN) initiatives. The company will leverage Red Hat’s suite to develop a solution-stack that is more open and vendor agnostic. This will be set up at Sterlite Tech’s Centre for Smarter Networks (CSN).

  • Stock Growth in Focus For Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Prospera Financial Services Inc Takes Position in Red Hat Inc (RHT)
  • Open-Sources Atomic Swap Wallet
  • FreeBSD Moves Ahead With Deprecating Some Of Their 10/100 Network Drivers

    Reported at the start of the month were plans for FreeBSD 12 to deprecate many of their 10/100 Ethernet drivers with just leaving the popular fast Ethernet drivers and focusing on Gigabit and beyond networking drivers moving forward.

  • Why Take Part In Open Source?

    In honor of the 20th anniversary of the open source movement, DigitalOcean dedicated the latest edition of its quarterly developer survey to the state of open source.

    The report has findings from over four thousand respondents on their involvement with open source, as well as how they and their companies are using open source technologies.

    Looking at the demographics, of 4,349 survey respondents, 58% self-identified as developers, 22% as students and 10% as systems administrators. There rest identified as managers, technical support or “Other.” The survey was open to those 18 and over and 40% were between 18 and 24, the largest group (42%) were 25 to 34, 14% were 35 to 44 and only 4% were 45 and over. In terms of gender, 88% were men, 11% were women and 2% identified as non-binary/other.

  • RcppRedis 0.1.9

    A new minor release of RcppRedis arrived on CRAN earlier today. RcppRedis is one of several packages to connect R to the fabulous Redis in-memory datastructure store (and much more). RcppRedis does not pretend to be feature complete, but it may do some things faster than the other interfaces, and also offers an optional coupling with MessagePack binary (de)serialization via RcppMsgPack. The package has carried production loads for several years now.

    This release adds a few functions for the hash data structure thanks to Whit. I also relented and now embed the small hiredis C library as I got tired of seeing builds fail on macOS where the CRAN maintainer was either unwilling or unable to install an external hiredis library. Some packaging details were also brushed up.

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  • AMDGPU Firmware Files Updated, Raven Ridge DMCU Firmware Added

    Pushed out yesterday to the Linux Firmware Git tree were updated AMDGPU firmware files for these binary-only bits needed for proper Radeon GPU initialization.

    The firmware updates are mostly just syncing the firmware binaries against what is shipping this week in the new Radeon Software 18.40 packaged driver release. There doesn't appear to be anything too notable with these firmware blobs for Raven, Fiji, Tonga, Carrizo, Polaris, and Vega.

  • Kingdom Rush Origins is a polished and fun Tower Defense game worth your time

    Ironhide Game Studio have managed to make another compelling and polished Tower Defense game with Kingdom Rush Origins.

  • Humble has a new RPG Maker bundle up, with some nice Linux stuff included

    There's games, software and more included in the latest RPG Maker bundle from Humble and some good stuff for Linux too.

  • I was a podcast guest on The REPL

    Daniel Compton hosted me on his Clojure podcast, The REPL, where I talked about Debian, packaging Leiningen, and the Clojure ecosystem in Debian. It's got everything: spooky abandoned packages, anarchist collectives, software security policies, and Debian release cycles. Absolutely no shade was thrown at other distros.

  • Ubuntu's Cosmic Cuttlefish brings performance improvements and more

    Ubuntu 10.18 comes with Gnome 3.30 and its easier-to-control screen sharing and remote desktop sessions, auto-updating of Flatpak packages, and new panel for updating Thunderbolt devices (already in 18.04). Hardware panels are now only displayed when particular hardware exists on the system. In addition, Gnome disks can now decrypt and mount storage volumes that are encrypted by VeraCrypt.

  • NAS-Based Linux Photography Workflow

    Although QNAP NAS appliances are based on Linux, the underlying Linux distribution lacks some essential tools like Git, ImageMagick, rsync, etc. So the first order of business was to figure out a way to install packages I needed for my import tool. Lo and behold, I found Entware, a repository containing a growing collection of Linux tools. There is also a package manager that you can install on all popular NAS models, including QNAP. After a couple of evenings of Bash scripting and troubleshooting, Momo was born. Using it, I now import RAW files and photos directly to the NAS, and neatly organize them too. The Linux Photography book provides detailed instructions on deploying and using Momo.

  • Latest Bliss OS Build Lets You Run Android Pie On PC

    This open-source project includes reworked codes from the Android x86 project, and the Bliss OS Oreo releases to make the OS more dynamic.

    But the project is an unofficial one and is considered as development ROMs at this point, so for those who install it must proceed with caution. Also, make sure you download the correct version of Bliss for your specific device to avoid crashes and errors.

  • Design faster web pages, part 3: Font and CSS tweaks
  • Modernizing Applications for Kubernetes

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  • What are the Best Youtube Video Downloader for Ubuntu

    Downloading videos from Youtube to your PC comes in handy especially when you know you are going to be offline for long periods of time, for instance when you are catching a flight or a train.

    What's more is that it gives you the convenience of watching your videos without interference should the internet connection suffer some degradation. In this article, we will see the different tools that you can use to download YouTube videos in Ubuntu 18.04.

  • Announcing the Fractal Hackfest in Seville

    It’s been an exciting year for Fractal, the GNOME Matrix client. Since our last hackfest in May, we’ve decided to split the application, refactored large parts of the backend, implemented new features such as the media viewer, made the message history adaptive, and laid the groundwork for end-to-end encryption.

    Now that we have most of the foundations in place that will enable our long-term goals (such as adaptive layout, E2E, and the app split), we’re getting together again to push these initiatives forward. This is why we’re having another hackfest on December 11-14 in Seville, Spain.

  • Apollo Lake Pico-ITX doubles down on GbE and M.2

    IEI is launching a Pico-ITX form-factor “Hyper-AL” SBC with a dual-core Celeron N3350 and a pair each of GbE, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and M.2 ports plus HDMI, LVDS, SATA, and serial connections.

    The Hyper-AL (for Apollo Lake) was part of a recent group announcement that also included IEI’s first Arm-based SBC — the Rockchip RK3399 based Hyper-RK39. With the Hyper-AL, IEI is more in its comfort zone with an Intel dual-core Celeron N3350 with up to 2.4GHz clock and 6W TDP. Recent Apollo Lake based Pico-ITX boards include Aaeon’s PICO-APL4.

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