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  • Linux 5.1, Red Hat's RHEL 8, Ubuntu Touch, GCC, App Store, Alpine, WSL2 | This Week in Linux 66

    On this episode of This Week in Linux, we’ve got a lot of big news to cover like the release of Linux 5.1, the new version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Microsoft announcing the Linux Kernel inside of Windows 10, Linux on Chromebooks, and more. We’ll also check out the latest release from Ubuntu Touch,…

  • Open Source Advocates express concern about Microsoft monopolizing OSS tooling [Ed: Everyone needs to delete GitHub now that dedicated Microsoft propaganda sites try to dismiss claims that Microsoft uses GitHub to sabotage the FOSS world]

    The executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, Mike Milinkovich now believes that Microsoft is heading for a complete monopoly which might endanger other companies and projects like Eclipse IDE. According to a recent survey by Stack Overflow (via The Register), Eclipse leads the market share for Jakarta EE development and is followed by IntelliJ IDEA and Visual Studio Code.

  • Recap: FOSDEM19

    This year’s FOSDEM (Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting) has been held in in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), as usual, on February 2 & 3, 2019. It was organised by volunteers to promote the widespread use of free and open source software..

    This was my first FOSDEM as a deputy member of the MC, and a fresh member of the Collabora team.

    I will try to give some information about my talks, and share my experience.

  • AT&T, DT, China Telecom throw support behind TM Forum's Open APIs

    The TM Forum announced that AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Salesforce and China Telecom have signed on in support of its Open APIs.

    Those companies showed their support by signing the TM Forum's Open API Manifesto, which commits them to using the TM Forum's APIs in their products and service offerings as well as in their request-for-proposal (RFP) processes.

    “Open APIs and open source software are at the heart of our network transformation, and we're thrilled at the broader ecosystem that's adopting the same approach,” said AT&T's Chris Rice, senior vice president, network cloud and infrastructure, in a statement. “TM Forum has played a critical role in nurturing this ecosystem, and we're pleased to support their Open API initiative.”

    The new members also agreed to take part in the TM Forum’s Collaboration program to continuously innovate and update the suite of Open APIs. Those APIs are in use by more than 7,000 software developers In over 1,200 companies worldwide

  • Cisco Making its MindMeld Conversational AI Platform Open Source [Ed: Cisco openwashing of mass surveillance listening devices]
  • A Cisco Router Bug Has Massive Global Implications

    THE CISCO 1001-X series router doesn't look much like the one you have in your home. It's bigger and much more expensive, responsible for reliable connectivity at stock exchanges, corporate offices, your local mall, and so on. The devices play a pivotal role at institutions, in other words, including some that deal with hypersensitive information. Now, researchers are disclosing a remote attack that would potentially allow a hacker to take over any 1001-X router and compromise all the data and commands that flow through it.

  • Daily News Roundup: Apple’s App Store Monopoly

    As of late, Apple has been under fire for its App Store practices. Specifically, the fact that it takes a 30% cut of all app sales, causing developers to raise prices, leaving users no other choice but to pay up.

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled iPhone owners could proceed with a suit against Apple for the practice. Since Apple only allows apps to be downloaded directly from its App Store on iOS, the claim is that it has a monopoly over app distribution. It’s an interesting angle because iOS is one of the only (or perhaps the only?) operating systems that works like this. Android, Windows, Linux, and even macOS allow users to install whatever they like outside of any official channels that exist.

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  • When to be concerned about memory levels on Linux

    Running out of memory on a Linux system is generally not a sign that there's a serious problem. Why? Because a healthy Linux system will cache disk activity in memory, basically gobbling memory that isn't being used, which is a very good thing.

    In other words, it doesn't allow memory to go to waste. It uses the spare memory to increase disk access speed, and it does this without taking memory away from running applications. This memory caching, as you might well imagine, is hundreds of times faster than working directly with the hard-disk drives (HDD) and significantly faster than solid-state drives. Full or near full memory normally means that a system is running as efficiently as it can — not that it's running into problems.

  • Linux Journal ASCII Art Contest

    Do you have l33t ASCII/ANSI art skillz? Your work could grace the cover of Linux Journal!

    That's right—your ASCII art on the cover of the longest-running Linux publication on the planet.

  • An other look at nir

    There has been interest in NIR support for etnaviv for a while, for the obvious reasons: gaining access to common optimizations, better support for non-trivial code transformations, better register allocation, and the promise of OpenCL and SPIR-V support in the future.


    So it comes down to my limted time and the big architectural changes I have done with unit tests and real shader compiles on the targets.

  • Etnaviv Developer Working On "EIR" Compiler Backend - Hopes For Vulkan Future

    Christian Gmeiner, one of the leading contributors to the Etnaviv Gallium3D code for providing open-source OpenGL driver coverage for Vivante graphics IP, has posted a series of patches for "EIR" as a new back-end IR based on NIR and other modern open-source driver graphics compiler back-ends. 

    After studying the other Mesa compiler back-ends and NIR itself, Christian began work on EIR to provide "the best parts" of these different projects, including features like legalization, optimizations, a register allocator, and unit tests. He resisted from wiring NIR support into Etnaviv itself on the basis of NIR being a fast moving target and concerns about how well it will map to future hardware/drivers.

  • Millions Of Cisco Routers Worldwide Are At Risk Due To ‘Thrangrycat’ Bug

    recent report from Red Balloon pits the security of millions of Cisco Routers around the world for a serious test. The report labels the potential exploit termed as “Thrangrycat“, a Cisco Router Bug in the routers. It can be exploited to gain access to the data flowing through the huge number of Cisco devices around the world.

  • This WhatsApp Flaw Allowed Israeli Hackers To Send Spyware Via Voice Call

    WhatsApp has today disclosed that a vulnerability allowed hackers to install national grade spyware on phones. The vulnerability was discovered in May this year and exploited a flaw in the audio call feature of the messaging app. The caller was able to install the spyware on the affected phones even though the receiver declined the call.

    The spyware installed on the phones is called ‘Pegasus’ which is a creation of Israeli cyber-intelligence company NSO. WhatsApp did not mention NSO in its official statement, but it was evident from the statement.

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  • SUSE CaaS Platform 3 validated for SAP Data Hub 2.5

    We are happy to share the news that SUSE CaaS Platform 3 on premise is validated for SAP Data Hub 2.5 with SUSE Enterprise Storage as storage backend.

  • Community Member Monday: Vera Blagoveschenskaya

    I live in Obninsk, Russia – it’s one of the major Russian science cities. You know, the first nuclear power plant was built in Obninsk. At the moment I work at BaseALT as a QA engineer. I really love testing! (I’ve noticed a minor bug in LibreOffice Writer while typing these words – I will surely report it later)

    I’m also mother of a teenage girl, so a lot of my spare time is dedicated to supporting her interests. Now she is really into biking and swimming, and we dream of visiting the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

  • GNU Radio Conference 2019 Seeks Papers, Presentations

    The GNU Radio Conference highlights the substantial and remarkable progress of the world’s premier open-source digital signal processing framework for software-defined radios. In addition to presenting GNU Radio’s theoretical and practical presence in academia, industry, the military, and among radio amateurs and hobbyists, GNU Radio Conference 2019 will have a special focus on the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, which landed the first humans on the moon — hence, the selection of “The Rocket City,” home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, as the venue.

  • The House gives data standardization another go

    Congress is offering up another bite at the data standards apple, introducing H.R.1530 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Financial Transparency Act.


    The data standards must:

    render information fully searchable and machine-readable;
    be nonproprietary;
    incorporate standards developed and maintained by voluntary consensus standards bodies; and
    be consistent with accounting and reporting principles.

  • Hackers are collecting payment details, user passwords from 4,600 sites

    Currently, it is unknown how hackers breached Picreel or the Cloud CMS's Alpaca Forms CDN. In a Twitter conversation, de Groot told ZDNet the hack appears to have been carried out by the same threat actor.

  • 4,600 Websites Prone To Hacking! Payment Data And Passwords At Risk!

    The two services in question are open source Alpaca Forms and analytics service Picreel.

  • Nvidia GPU Display Drivers Could Be Exploited To Launch DoS Attack

    vidia GPU display drivers could be on the radar of hackers. According to the latest news, Nvidia is prompting Geforce graphics card owners running Windows OS, to update their drivers.

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  • Reverse birthday present: KDE-5_19.05

    After a three-month hiatus, I have new Plasma5 packages for you. I just uploaded “KDE-5_19.05” to the ‘ktown‘ repository. It’s filled to the brim with new stuff.

    Hopefully not many of you will be disappointed by the fact that this is a 64bit-only release. I have a severely limited capacity unfortunately due to health issues. But, today is my birthday and I wanted to get this out as a ‘reverse present’ to all of you

    The 32bit packages will eventually follow, but I am afraid I will no longer be able to manage a monthly update cycle.

    As always, these packages are meant to be installed on a full installation of Slackware-current which has had its KDE4 removed first. These packages will not work on Slackware 14.2.

  • Fedora 30 Released with GNOME 3.32 and Other Improvements

    Fedora is one of the most popular Linux distros out there. It is backed by Red Hat Linux and known for its bleeding edge software. It has one of the largest Linux communities in the world and heavily focuses on open-source. Almost all the software (except the binary blobs on its kernel) is available in its official repositories.

    There are a lot of Linux enthusiasts who consider Fedora as an innovative Linux distro. It doesn’t hesitate to test new features and make them available for all other distros. With that being said, the Fedora team has recently released the latest version Fedora 30 with GNOME 3.32 and many other improvements. So, let’s have a look at the new features and changes one by one.

  • Fedora rawhide – fixed bugs 2019/04
  • First Bug Hunting Session for LibreOffice 6.3

    LibreOffice 6.3 is being developed by our worldwide community, and is due to be released in early August 2019 (see release notes describing the new features here).

    In order to find, report and triage bugs, the LibreOffice QA team is organizing the first Bug Hunting Session for LibreOffice 6.3 on Monday May 13, 2019. Tests will be performed on the first Alpha version, which will be available on the pre-releases server a few days before the event. Builds will be available for Linux (DEB and RPM), macOS and Windows, and can be installed and run in parallel along with the production version.

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  • Enough of WordPress

    Ctrl blog have been on a month long break while I’ve been migrating the entire website away from WordPress. This has been the longest break without an update since I launched the blog six years ago. I’ve never been super-happy about using WordPress and the number of paper cuts and annoyances had finally reached my limit. I wanted to get away from WordPress before I lost the enthusiasm for blogging.

  • Apple Exaggerates Battery Performance Of iPhones By 31%: Report

    A report from a United Kingdom-based independent consumer body says that Apple exaggerates the battery performance of several iPhone models.

    A Which? report examined the battery performance of many smartphones from a host of popular OEMs like Apple, Samsung, HTC and Sony. Out of these tests, it was found that Apple stands first in the list when it comes to overstating the talk time.

  • Smartphone battery life claims vs Which? Tests: Apple overstates by 31%

    Nokia, Samsung and Sony all understated, meaning you may end up seeing your phone last longer than you think.

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  • Open Websites In A Floating, Borderless Window With Pennywise

    Pennywise is a cross-platform application to open websites or local media in a floating window that stays on top of other windows, somewhat similar to the Picture-in-Picture feature available in some web browsers like Google Chrome, Vivaldi or Firefox Nightly, but with extra features.

    The application, which uses Electron, allows you to load a website, be it a video or text tutorial, a music video on YouTube, watching your favorite streamer on Twitch, and so on, in an always on top window on which you can keep an eye on while doing other stuff, for easy multitasking.

    Pennywise can be made borderless, and it can be set to Detached mode, which lets any interactions fall through to the window below it. The application has an option that allows changing its opacity too, but it only works on macOS and Windows; while not supported by Pennywise directly, this is also possible on Linux using the features available on some desktop environments (explained below).

  • Freespire 4.8 Released

    Today is another great day for the freespire development team, as we announce the release of Freespire 4.8. It is our FOSS solution, with no binary-only drivers, multimedia codecs and strictly libre applications, nothing proprietary included. Freespire is released bi-annually and showcases the best of the FOSS and KDE communities. Freespire is the best, most usable FOSS only based distribution in the world today. While Freespire 4.8 is an incremental release, it has a ton of new features and enhancements that we normally reserve for a major release Freespire has some great features and functionality that places it at the top of its class.

  • Intel's SVT-AV1 Video Encoder Saw Yet Another Performance Boost In April

    Intel's Clear Linux operating system wasn't their only open-source project seeing various performance improvements over the course of April but it turns out their Scalable Video Technology AV1 (SVT-AV1) video encoder also saw a nice performance improvement at the end of April. 

    When looking at my daily benchmark data, it was interesting to see the SVT-AV1 performance quietly improved last week and has remained that way. I have a handful of systems running benchmarks of the SVT video encoders on a daily basis with the same encode options and sample content. Intel's performance optimizations have been fascinating to watch and indeed since 28 April the performance is even better for their AV1 encoder. (Their HEVC/H.265 and VP9 encoder performance is flat for April.)

  • How to research smarter, not harder with 10 tools on Firefox.

    Whether you’re in school or working on a project, knowing how to research is an essential skill. However, understanding how to do something and doing it smarter are two different things. This is one of the reasons why productivity books are a multi-million dollar industry.

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  • Automated migration from JBoss A-MQ 6 to Red Hat AMQ 7 on Red Hat OpenShift

    Since Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform was first released, Red Hat Middleware products were provided to deploy on it and help developers to build more complex solutions. Messaging Brokers are a very important piece in most new application architectures, such as microservices, event sourcing, and CQRS. Red Hat JBoss A-MQ was provided from the beginning to deploy Messaging Brokers on Red Hat OpenShift easily.

    Red Hat AMQ 7 is the latest version of a high-performance, scalable, and multi-protocol broker based on the Apache ActiveMQ Artemis open source project. It is also available as a containerized image for use with Red Hat OpenShift, so it allows developers to quickly deploy messaging brokers in a cloud environment.

  • A guide to the open source distributed tracing landscape

    Getting started with distributed tracing can be a daunting task. There are many new terms, frameworks, and tools with apparently overlapping capabilities, and it’s easy to get lost or sidetracked. This guide will help you navigate the open source distributed tracing landscape by describing and classifying the most popular tools.

    Although tracing and profiling are closely related disciplines, distributed tracing is typically understood as the technique that is used to tie the information about different units of work together—usually executed in different processes or hosts—in order to understand a whole chain of events. In a modern application, this means that distributed tracing can be used to tell the story of an HTTP request as it traverses across a myriad of microservices.

    Most of the tools listed here can be classified as an instrumentation library, a tracer, an analysis tool (backend + UI), or any combination thereof. The article “The difference between tracing, tracing, and tracing” is a great resource in describing these three faces of distributed tracing.

    For the purposes of this guide, we’ll define instrumentation as the library that is used to tell what to record, tracer as the library that knows how to record and submit this data, and analysis tool as the back end that receives the trace information. In the real world, these categories are fluid, with the distinction between instrumentation and tracer not always being clear. Similarly, the term analysis tool might be too broad, as some tools are focused on exploring traces and others being complete observability platforms.

  • Making Open Source Ceph Easy To Use | Jason Van Der Schyff – SoftIron

    SoftIron offers Ceph powered storage appliance that enables users to use fully optimized Ceph without any complexity. We sat down with Jason Van der Schyff, VP, Operations of SoftIron to understand their custom build Ceph appliance.

  • Shame as a Service | LINUX Unplugged 299

    Fresh back from LinuxFest Northwest we share a few of our favorite stories and memories.

    Plus our concerns with Pursim's new subscription services, Fedora 30 is released, and we spin up the Distro Hoppers.

  • GeekRant #357 - GeekRant Assemble
  • Must-know Linux Commands [Ed: Actually GNU commands]
  • Mediapurge goes Linux!

    Withhin version 6.61 Mediapurge is released for almost all popular Linux distributions within german and english language.

    In addition, in the last versions, numerous of new features have been added.

    Mediapurge became a new comparison method, the "Mediapurge Image Fingerprint".
    It is compatible with the "Mediapurge Acoustic Fingerprint" and allows Mediapurge to recognize duplicate images regardless of format, resolution, color and brightness corrections and smaller edits.

  • openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 Bali: Call for proposals is Open

    openSUSE.Asia Summit is one of the great events for openSUSE community (i.e., both contributors and users) in Asia. Those who usually communicate online can get together from all over the world, talk face to face, and have fun.  Members of the community will share their most recent knowledge, experiences, and learn FLOSS technologies surrounding openSUSE.

    Following the Asia Summit in Taipei last year, the sixth openSUSE.Asia Summit year 2019 will be at Udayana University, Bali Indonesia on October 5th and 6th, 2019. The past Asia Summits have had participants from Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Nepal, and etc.

  • Dell Launches Linux-Loaded Precision 3540 Laptop Starting At ~$700 USD

    While the new Dell XPS 9380 Developer Edition is a beauty and offers very capable performance, if the price is too much, Dell has launched their "budget" Mobile Precision laptops now with Ubuntu Linux options. 

    The Dell Precision 3540 is the first of these new developer edition laptops. The Dell Precision 3540 starts at $702 USD for a Core i5-8365U model with UHD Graphics 620, 15-inch 1366x768 display, 4GB RAM, and 500GB HDD. There's a $67 savings in going for Ubuntu Linux over Microsoft Windows 10. Overall it's not too bad for a low-tier laptop though personally would have issues with the 4GB of RAM and 1366x768 display in 2019. 

  • Dell Latitude refresh banks on connectivity, battery life

    Operating system: Windows 10 Home 64-bit/Windows 10 Home 64-bit Ubuntu 18.04/NeoKylin 64-bit (May 2019)

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  • Cumulus Networks shapes network visibility for data centers

    Cumulus Networks has released a new version of its network operations toolset NetQ, which analyses the health of data center networks.

    The tool, which provides real-time actionable insights and operational intelligence about the networks, can analyse data from the container, virtual machine, or host, as well as the switch and port.

    “Combined with the threat of network outages, the widespread adoption of microservices, containers and virtual machines has added a new layer of complexity in the data center, resulting in a strain on traditional networks and the need for operational simplicity within the data center. In order to ensure the data center network is behaving as intended, obtaining a holistic view of the network is critical,” the company explains.

  • Fedora 29 : Install Inkscape with Flatpak Linux tool.
  • Fedora 29 : About poedit tool.
  • Yury German: Gentoo Blogs Update

    This is just a notification that the Blogs and the appropriate plug-ins for the release 5.1.1 have been updated.

    With the release of these updated we (The Gentoo Blog Team) have updated the themes that had updates. If you have a blog on this site, and have a theme that is based on one of the following themes please consider updating as these themes are no longer updated and things will break in your blogs.

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