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  • IBM (IBM), Red Hat (RHT) on Watch on Deal Concerns from EU
  • Exploring the evolution of Kubernetes to manage diverse IT workloads

    Two very recent acquisitions depict how Kubernetes has created a huge impact in IT ecosystem. One is IBM’s Red Hat and VMware’s Heptio acquisition. IBM did not shown the direct interest to target container orchestrations but had eyes on Red Hat’s Kubernetes Based Openshift.

  • To No Surprise, Intel's Discrete GPU Efforts Will Support Linux Gaming

    It should come as virtually no surprise to any regular Phoronix reader given the significant investment Intel makes to Linux via their Open-Source Technology Center with working on Mesa for their Vulkan/OpenGL drivers and related components, but their discrete GPU undertaking will support Linux gaming alongside Windows. 

    Our Windows friends at Hot Hardware wrapped up an interview with Intel's Ari Rauch, VP of the Core And Visual Computing Group and GM of the Visual Technologies Team. With Intel's first dGPU not expected until at least 2020, there are no real shockers from that interview. But it is pleasant to note they did reference Linux, "Ari seemed confident and pointed out that Intel has already made significant strides in overall compatibility and with Day 0 [Windows] driver support for some of the latest games. We should also mention that Ari underscored that Linux gaming will be a focus for Intel as well."

  • Fun Desktop Computing with Debian KDE Part 3: Applications

    Continuing second part, in this part I discuss about applications on Debian KDE including how to run them from start menu, knowing application file format (.deb), finding more applications and install them, changing file type associations, and changing startup applications. You are also able to put applications (shortcut icons) on desktop area and also on panel. I hope this part will help you a lot to manage applications. Enjoy!

  • Brent Schroeder Presented at @CloudEXPO New York | @SUSE #Cloud #CIO #Linux #IoT #SmartCities #DigitalTransformation
  • RC bugs 2018/01-48
  • Huawei Is Developing Its Own Android Alternative OS [Confirmed]

    For a long time, rumors have been implying that Huawei is secretly working on a smartphone operating system (OS) to topple the Android market.

    Today, Huawei Product VP, Bruce Lee, confirmed on Weibo (a Chinese social media site and news site) that an alternative OS, to replace Android, is “under development.”

  • The crusade against open-source abuse [Ed: Corporate media comparing FOSS to militarism and religion]
  • De-facto closed source: the case for understandable software

     

    Code is the only thing you can trust, and by not reading it, you’ve forfeited the most important benefit provided by this ecosystem: the choice of not having to trust the authors regarding behavior or continuity.
     

    You want to download thousands of lines of useful, but random, code from the internet, for free, run it in a production web server, or worse, your user’s machine, trust it with your paying users’ data and reap that sweet dough. We all do. But then you can’t be bothered to check the license, understand the software you are running and still want to blame the people who make your business a possibility when mistakes happen, while giving them nothing for it? This is both incompetence and entitlement.
     

    Plus how is this any different from using proprietary software? If you’re not going to take full advantage of FOSS, maybe you’re better off spending your money on support contracts anyway. At least then, you are entitled to complain until you’re blue in the mouth. Maybe you can even take someone to court!

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  • Handling Unix Signals in Python

    UNIX/Linux systems offer special mechanisms to communicate between each individual process. One of these mechanisms are signals, and belong to the different methods of communication between processes (Inter Process Communication, abbreviated with IPC).

    In short, signals are software interrupts that are sent to the program (or the process) to notify the program of significant events or requests to the program in order to run a special code sequence. A program that receives a signal either stops or continues the execution of its instructions, terminates either with or without a memory dump, or even simply ignores the signal.

    Although it is defined in the POSIX standard, the reaction actually depends on how the developer wrote the script and implemented the handling of signals.

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  • LHS Episode #260: The Sun’s Massive Ejection

    Welcome to Episode 260 of Linux in the Ham Shack. We're so glad you could join us. In this episode, the hosts talk about the results of JOTA 2018, FCC Part 15 rules, the sun and its atmosphere, new satellites, cryptocurrency vulnerabilities, Fedora, SDR with the Raspberry Pi and much more. Thank you for listening!

  • Manjaro Gnome 18.0 overview | Enjoy the simplicity

    In this video, I am going to show an overview of Manjaro Gnome 18.0 and some of the applications pre-installed.

  • Thunderbird, YaST, Sudo Updates Arrive in Tumbleweed

    The three Tumbleweed snapshots this week brought a newer Linux Kernel, several rubygem package updates and improvements for an Xfce support library.

    Snapshot 20181126 brought the 4.19.4 Linux Kernel, which fixed accelerated VLAN handling and fixed a memory leak with the Nouveau secure boot. Yet another Setup Tool (YaST) had some updates with yast2-fonts 4.0.2 that changes the desktop file fonts to system-wide fonts and multiple translations were also updated with the yast2-trans package. The support library for Xfce desktop environment, exo, updated to version 0.12.3; it improved layout spacing and alignment and hides the exo launchers from GNOME Software. The package for Integrated Development Environment cross-platform, kdevelop5 5.3.0, brought improved language support for php, python and c++; it also offers a new clazy analyzer plugin. Multiple other libraries were updated including libjansson 2.11, libsemanage 2.8, libsepol 2.8, libzypp 17.9.0 and more. Several rubygem packages were updated in the snapshot and rubygem-bundler 1.17.1 had a significant amount of additions and improvements including an add config option to disable platform warnings. The mailutils 3.5 package for the handling of email fixed a bug in the base64 encoder. Parser generator bison 3.2.2 brought massive improvements to the deterministic C++ skeleton, lalr1.cc and the library for manipulation of TIFF images, tiff 4.0.10, added a few patches that address the 10 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) patches that were removed.

  • Google brought Fuchsia demo to official Bluetooth testing event, UnPlugFest

    Three times a year, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (or SIG) hosts an event in a different location around the world called UnPlugFest (or UPF). At these events, engineers from major companies all the way down to fresh startups gather together to test their hardware projects against each others’ to maximize compatibility and interoperability.

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    A Fuchsia engineer directly confirmed the team’s intention to test Fuchsia at the event in his personal Twitter feed. “UPF” has also been referenced in a handful of commits to Fuchsia’s Gerrit since the event ended, but it was not clear from these what exactly was being tested.

  • Largest Linux Open Source Deal Ever

    IBM is acquiring Linux software provider Red Hat in a deal worth approximately $34 billion — the largest Linux or open source business deal in history. The company will pay $190 per share in cash for Red Hat, which had a market capitalization of about $20.5 billion prior to the deal. IBM said the acquisition builds on its move to re-engineer its software portfolio with containers.

    Container technologies are fast becoming a safe and reliable way to move applications across multiple IT footprints, from existing data centers to the public cloud and vice versa,’’ the company said in a statement. “Going hand-in-hand with IBM’s shift to containerized software, is Red Hat’s expansive portfolio of enterprise-grade, cloud-native, and hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions, which, when combined, provide a clear pathway for enterprises to adopt hybrid cloud computing.”

  • Connecting software freedom and human rights

    Over the last few days, while attending the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, I've had various discussions with people about the relationship between software freedom, business and human rights.

    In the information age, control of the software, source code and data translates into power and may contribute to inequality. Free software principles are not simply about the cost of the software, they lead to transparency and give people infinitely more choices.

    Many people in the free software community have taken a particular interest in privacy, which is Article 12 in the declaration. The modern Internet challenges this right, while projects like TAILS and Tor Browser help to protect it. The UN's 70th anniversary slogan Stand up 4 human rights is a call to help those around us understand these problems and make effective use of the solutions.

    We live in a time when human rights face serious challenges. Consider censorship: Saudi Arabia is accused of complicity in the disappearance of columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the White House is accused of using fake allegations to try and banish CNN journalist Jim Acosta. Arjen Kamphuis, co-author of Information Security for Journalists, vanished in mysterious circumstances. The last time I saw Arjen was at OSCAL'18 in Tirana.

  • Nithya Ruff on Open Source Contributions Beyond Code

    Sometimes when we think about open source, we focus on the code and forget that there are other equally important ways to contribute. Nithya Ruff, Senior Director, Open Source Practice at Comcast, knows that contributions can come in many forms. “Contribution can come in the form of code or in the form of a financial support for projects. It also comes in the form of evangelizing open source; It comes in form of sharing good practices with others,” she said.

    Comcast, however, does contribute code. When I sat down with Ruff at Open Source Summit to learn more, she made it clear that Comcast isn’t just a consumer; it contributes a great deal to open source. “One way we contribute is that when we consume a project and a fix or enhancement is needed, we fix it and contribute back.” The company has made roughly 150 such contributions this year alone.

    Comcast also releases its own software as open source. “We have created things internally to solve our own problems, but we realized they could solve someone else’s problem, too. So, we released such internal projects as open source,” said Ruff.

  • Startup diary: You'd be crazy not to tap into open-source software and communities

    By 'open-source software' I mean not only such famous examples as the Linux operating system that runs most of the world's websites, but also large swathes of system infrastructure that goes unseen but is essential internet 'plumbing'.

  • How Innovative Is MongoDB?

    Last time, I looked at the innovative power of HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) and came away pleased. Can we say the same about MongoDB (NASDAQ:MDB), another Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick that's showing signs of capturing the imaginations of the millions of developers who use the product daily?

  • LibreOffice monthly recap: November 2018

    As we head towards LibreOffice 6.2, which is due to be released in late January (or early February), our worldwide community is organising events to test the software. Check out the LibreOffice 6.2 Bug Hunting Session in Ankara, Turkey, where participants tested the alpha version on Linux, Windows and macOS.

  • Language: Assembly | BSD Now 274

    Assembly language on OpenBSD, using bhyve for FreeBSD development, FreeBSD Gaming, FreeBSD for Thanksgiving, no space left on Dragonfly’s hammer2, and more.

  • The Power to Serve – FreeBSD Power Management

     

    Time for FreeBSD article covering its power management features. It also applies to FreeBSD Desktop series but its not limited to it. Popular opinion seems to be that FreeBSD is so server oriented that it lacks any power management mechanisms. Nothing more far from the truth. While less important on the desktop (but will still lower your electricity bill) or servers it is desirable to properly configure power management on laptops to so they will have longer battery life and will run more quiet.

  • Appeal Moving Forward in GPL Compliance Suit Against VMware

    Conservancy dedicates itself to fighting for software freedom for as long as it takes. GPL enforcement requires steadfast, unwavering diligence. Two years have passed since Christoph Hellwig announced his intention to appeal the Hamburg District Court's decision, and more than three and a half years have passed since Conservancy announced its financial support for this lawsuit. Christoph's case is in Germany against VMware for their failure to provide the complete source code of the kernel they distribute, which is covered by the GPL and based on Linux. The lower court dismissed the case as a result of evidentiary rules and likely an incomplete understanding of the documentation of the code in question. Yesterday, the German Court of Appeal held the first hearing on the appeal.

    As staunch proponents of community-driven enforcement, Conservancy remains committed to supporting Hellwig's case for as long as it takes. The hearing yesterday was a tiny step in a long process toward resolving this issue, and, as we understand the situation, nothing is yet decided. As courts always do, they encouraged the parties to settle their dispute out of court. VMware could still choose to do the right thing here, admit that they did not meet the terms of the GPL and acquiesce to Christoph's request. The Courts have set a deadline of January 24, 2019 for settlement. If Christoph and VMware cannot reach a settlement by then, the Court is expected to adjudicate the appeal.

  • OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

    It is OneDrive's turn to get a beating with the stick of fail as the service took a tumble this morning.

    Issues first began appearing at around 08:00 GMT as users around Europe logged in, expecting to find their files, and found instead a picture of a bicycle with a flat tyre or a dropped ice cream cone. Oh, you guys!

  • [Podcast] PodCTL #56 – Windows Containers with Microsoft
  • Amazon now has its own version of Java: Corretto

    The open source Corretto distribution of OpenJDK currently is in beta. It is multiplatform and can be deployed in the cloud, on premises, and on a user’s local computer. Licensed under the Gnu Public License Version 2, Corretto is designed as a drop-in replacement for all Java SE (Standard Edition) distributions, unless users are using features not included in OpenJDK.

  • What now, Larry? AWS boss insists Amazon will have dumped Oracle database by end of 2019
  • Google Code-in in KDE

    So far, so good! We're having quite a variety of students and I'm happy to see new ones still joining. And surprising to me, we're still getting beginner tasks being done, which keep us busy.

    New this round were some tutorials written by Pranam Lashkari. I hope we can expand on this next year, because I think a lot of students who are willing to do these tutorials one by one are learning a lot. His thought is that they can be added to our documentation after the contest is over. I think we can re-use some stuff that we've already written, for next year. What do you think?

  • ‘Butter’ attack still victimizing Linux servers: Report [Ed: By brute forcing SSH you're not exploiting any real security issues]

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  • Open Source Tools for Working Writers

    When it comes to writing, using the right tools can free you up to focus on your content.

    Sooner or later, open source development comes to every field, and tools for working writers are no exception. However, if you search for the topic, you will find the lists of writing tools are full of apps that are no longer in development and have been dropped from most distributions.

    Accordingly, here is a list of useful writing apps that are still available as of late 2018. Some have been around for a long time, while others are newer and little known.

  • Parrot Security 4.4 Run Through
  • Bodhi 3.11.1 released
  • Ubuntu Server development summary – 27 November 2018

    The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update and highlights for any interesting subjects from the Ubuntu Server Team.

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  • Some underappreciated gems going cheaper in the current sales, ends tomorrow

    With multiple stores have games on sale, here’s a slightly different look at some possible Linux games to buy. We often highlight exceptional indie games, the few AAA games we have and so on. However, we don’t often highlight some of the more underappreciated gems that aren’t hugely popular, but still worth looking into.

    To make the list, they had to be games I’ve personally played and enjoyed, not in Early Access while also not getting a lot of sales and recognition despite being really quite fun. On top of that, they all have less than one thousand reviews from users of Steam, which means they will be overlooked even more than others.

  • Matthias Clasen: An update on Flatpak updates
  • Ubuntu Pack 18.04 Cinnamon Run Through

    In this video, we look at Ubuntu Pack 18.04 (also known as UA Linux).

  • Fuchsia: Beginning of a new era?

    Technologically, Fuchsia is also much different compared to Chromium and Android, Google's current two most popular OS. For starters, it is not based on Linux. Rather it is based on Zircon Kernel and can be written in an array of languages such as, C, C++, Dart, Go, LLVM, Python, Rust, Shell, Swift, JavascriptCore etc. Fuchsia is based on a new microkernel called "Zircon".

  • Windows 10 Had a Thanksgiving Weekend Stuffed With Update Bugs

    Nothing is certain in life but death, taxes, and Windows 10 update bugs. While we were enjoying the holidays, Microsoft acknowledged it broke everything from Windows Media Player to the sound output on some PCs.

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  • Episode 44 | This Week in Linux

    On this episode of This Week in Linux. We take a look at the latest Raspberry Pi, Linus has some comments on some performance issues with recent Spectre mitigations, Canonical announced 10 Years Support for Ubuntu 18.04. We’ll also be checking out a bunch of distro releases from Void Linux, Slax, Deeping, Whonix and even a beta from Red Hat. Later in the show, we’ll cover some Security News as well as some awesome sales going on for Linux Games right now! All that and much more!

  • TeXstudio 2.12.12 Released, How to Install it in ubuntu

    The open-source LaTeX editor TeXstudio released version 2.12.12 today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04.

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  • Ultimate Edition 6.0 XFCE Run Through

    In this video, we look at Ultimate Edition 6.0 XFCE. It comes with a new theme that brings new life into this beautiful distro.

  • Portability of tar features

    The tar format is one of the oldest archive formats in use. It comes as no surprise that it is ugly — built as layers of hacks on the older format versions to overcome their limitations. However, given the POSIX standarization in late 80s and the popularity of GNU tar, you would expect the interoperability problems to be mostly resolved nowadays.

    This article is directly inspired by my proof-of-concept work on new binary package format for Gentoo. My original proposal used volume label to provide user- and file(1)-friendly way of distinguish our binary packages. While it is a GNU tar extension, it falls within POSIX ustar implementation-defined file format and you would expect that non-compliant implementations would extract it as regular files. What I did not anticipate is that some implementation reject the whole archive instead.

  • Touchscreen and stylus now working on HP Envy x360

    The Fedora version on kernel 4.19.3 includes a patch allowing both stylus and touchscreen to properly run on AMD processor based HP touchscreen thanks to the combined effort from Hans, Lukas and Marc for finding the root cause and testing the fix.

    A few scary moment on HP Envy x360 15-cp0xxx Ryzen 2500U was a conflicting IRQ handling due to possibly booting on Windows 10 used to get all feature parity to Linx counterpart i.e. Fedora 29 in this case. Fortunately, power off somewhat did the trick. Since then, both stylus and touchscreen run without a hitch.

  • Google Updates: Fuchsia to Honor, Duo to Chromebook, Bootloader-locked Pixels

     

    Fuchsia next, and a surprising device has been chosen as the next testing ground for the fledgeling OS. New commits show that it can now be installed on the Honor Play, the budget gaming flagship built on a Huawei/HiSilicon Kirin 970, the same chip as the Huawei P20 Pro.
     

    This isn't just the first Kirin device to be tested, it's the first consumer mobile full stop, and now its done, there's every chance we'll see other Kirin devices ready for Fuchsia very quickly. Shame Google still won't tell us what it's for.

  • Ohio University to switch to open source fonts

    The fonts EB Garamond and Barlow will officially replace Galliard and Frutiger beginning Jan. 1, 2019, according to an OU news release.

    The new fonts are open source, which means they are accessible to anyone. After Nov. 1, users will be able to download the font packages from the University Communications and Marketing website.

    OU’s usage of Zilla Slab will continue since it is already an open source font, Dan Pittman, an OU Spokesman, said in an email. 

    Converting to these new fonts is anticipated to save OU approximately $60,000 over the next three years and will also allow access to the different colleges and other departments to further the OU brand, according to the release.

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  • Time to break academic publishing’s stranglehold on research

    Here is a trivia question for you: what is the most profitable business in the world? You might think oil, or maybe banking. You would be wrong. The answer is academic publishing. Its profit margins are vast, reportedly in the region of 40 per cent.

    The reason it is so lucrative is because most of the costs of its content is picked up by taxpayers. Publicly funded researchers do the work, write it up and judge its merits. And yet the resulting intellectual property ends up in the hands of the publishers. To rub salt into the wound they then sell it via exorbitant subscriptions and paywalls, often paid for by taxpayers too. (Some readers may scent a whiff of hypocrisy, given New Scientist also charges for its content. But good journalism does not come free.)

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  • Meson DRM Driver Getting Support For HDMI 2.0 4K

    Should you be using the Meson DRM/KMS Linux driver for Amlogic hardware support, HDMI 2.0 4K @ 60Hz support is on the way.

  • Ruiner | Linux Gaming | Ubuntu 18.04 | Native

    Ruiner running on Ubuntu Linux natively. A top down action shooter set in a cyberpunk world.

  • Latte bug fix release v0.8.3

    Latte Dock v0.8.3 has been released containing important fixes and improvements!

  • Change in Professional Live

    We build software for the next generation Heidolph devices based on Linux and C++/Qt. Both technologies are in the center of my interest, over the years it has become more than clear for me that I want to continue with that and deepen my knowledge even more.

    Since the meaning of open source has changed a lot since I started to contribute to free software and KDE in particular, it was a noticeable but not difficult step for me to take and move away from a self-proclaimed open source company towards a company that is using open source technologies as one part of their tooling and is
    interested in learning about the processes we do in open source to build great products. An exciting move for me where I will learn a lot but also benefit from my experience. This of course that does not mean that I will stop to contribute to open source projects.

  • NeuroFedora update: week 47
  • HTML Conversion Software ‘HTMLDOC’ Available as Snap

    The latest HTMLDOC, open-source HTML conversion software, now can be easily installed in Ubuntu 16.04 and higher via Snap package.

    HTMLDOC is a program that reads HTML and Markdown source files or web pages and generates corresponding EPUB, HTML, PostScript, or PDF files with an optional table of contents.

    While Ubuntu universe repository provides an old software package, the HTMLDOC developer offers the Snap (containerized software package) which is always updated.

  • How to setup a UFW firewall on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server
  • How to Build a Server at Home

    There are lots of premade servers available to buy from well-known vendors such as HP, DELL etc. But most of the time these are really costly to buy. It may be a problem for you. If that’s the case, you can actually buy the required components separately and build a server yourself. It will do what you want it to do, but the cost of building such a server would be low. The only disadvantage of doing this is that, you won’t get any hardware and software support. You’re on your own. If any component stops working, then you will have to buy a new one or send it on warranty if it does have.

  • How To Install and Configure Redis on CentOS 7

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  • Ubuntu's "Bionic Beaver" Promised a 10 Year Lif

    Shuttleworth is probably playing a bit with smoke and mirrors here, however, and there's likely not as much "new" here as it might seem. According to Canonical's website, traditional support with free security and bug fixes for Ubuntu 18.04 still runs out in five years, or in April 2023. After that, you'll need to write a check to Canonical to keep your machines safe and secure.

  • Drone.io, Packet team on free continuous delivery service for open-source developers

    Drone.io, makers of the open-source Drone continuous integration/continuous delivery tool (CI/CD), announced Drone Cloud today, a new CI/CD cloud service that it’s making available for free to open-source projects. The company is teaming with Packet, which is offering to run the service for free on its servers.

    Drone.io co-founder Brad Rydzewski says his company is “a container-native continuous delivery platform, and its goal is to help automate the developer workflow from testing to release.” Continuous delivery is an approach built on cloud-native, the idea that you can manage cloud and on prem with single set of management tools. From a developer standpoint, it relies on containers as a way to continuously deliver application updates as changes happen.

    As part of that approach, the newly announced Drone Cloud provides a publicly hosted CI/CD cloud offering. “It’s free for the open-source community. So it’s an open source only offering. There’s no paid plan, and it’s only available to public GitHub repositories,” Rydzewski explained.

  • Red Hat partners with DICT on open source app platform

    RED HAT, INC. has partnered with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on the creation of applications for the government using open source technology.

    “The collaboration with DICT is something with regards to developing a community of ISVs (independent software vendors) and developers within the Philippines that can leverage on open source innovations and the way that we have discussed, moving forward, with DICT is to provide DICT with a platform, a sandbox platform comprising Red Hat technologies,” Damien Wong, vice president and general manager of Asian Growth and Emerging Markets (GEM) at Red Hat, said during the launch of the company’s Philippine office.

  • Best browsers for privacy

    No browser is 100 percent confidential. However, the best of the privacy-minded browsers promise to block ads and cookies and allow for extensions to disrupt trackers even further.

    With a number of options out there for private browsing, we take a look at the best browsers on the market for privacy.

  • The State of the Octoverse: top programming languages of 2018 [Ed: The programming world according to Microsoft]

    At the core of every technology on GitHub is a programming language. In this year’s Octoverse report, we published a brief analysis of which ones were best represented or trending on GitHub. In this post, we’ll take a deeper dive into why—and where—top programming languages are popular.

    There are dozens of ways to measure the popularity of a programming language. In our report, we used the number of unique contributors to public and private repositories tagged with the appropriate primary language. We also used the number of repositories created and tagged with the appropriate primary language.

  • What's Coming in OpenStack Stein?

    In a video interview with ServerWatch, Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation outlines some of the new an enhanced capabilities that will be coming in the OpenStack Stein release.

    "There is a focus on operations, there is a focus on security and there are updates to the upgrade process and continuing to improve that," Bryce said.

    In the Queens release cycle, OpenStack starting talking about the notion of "fast forward" upgrades, whereby OpenStack operators could skip a release, instead of needing to upgrade to each consecutive release, in order to stay current.

    In terms of new things coming in OpenStack Stein, Bryce said that he expects to see a lot of accelerator work. The accelerator work is being done in the core OpenStack Nova compute project as well as the OpenStack Cyborg project, which provides a framework for managing hardware and software acceleration resources. Acceleration resources include multiple hardware components including GPUs, FPGAs, ASICS and other different processor types.

  • Oracle BrandVoice: By Welcoming Women, Python’s Founder Overcomes Closed Minds In Open Source [Ed: Oracle is a sexist company; this is Oracle trying to smear FOSS with stigma.]
  • [Old] How to Increase OpenBSD's Resilience to Power Outages

    Most of the OpenBSD systems I am in charge of are deployed in data centres, powered by UPSs which provide them with electrical power during periods of public grid power outages. But there is also a number of OpenBSD systems I administer, which are deployed in much less favourable conditions; where frequent power outages last longer than UPS batteries do, or where there are no UPSs at all (such as branch office routers in godforsaken places where having electricity and Internet access at all is considered a lucky circumstance). These latter systems are likely to have high rate of unclean shutdowns caused by prolonged or unexpected power outages, which in turn increase the probability of their inability to boot without human intervention. This article describes steps to make OpenBSD system more resilient to unexpected power outages by minimising the possibility of inconsistent file systems after unclean shutdowns, which is achieved by mounting all disk partitions in read-only mode. Filesystems which have to be writable - /var, dev and /tmp - are mounted as writable memory file systems.

  • Games on FreeBSD

    What do all programmers like to do after work? Ok, what do most programers like to do after work? The answer is simple: play a good game! Recently at the Polish BSD User Group meetup mulander was telling us how you can play games on OpenBSD. Today let’s discuss how this looks in the FreeBSD world using the “server only” operating system.

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  • How Software Is Helping Big Companies Dominate

    Antitrust deserves the attention it’s getting, and the tech platforms raise important questions. But the rise of big companies — and the resulting concentration of industries, profits, and wages — goes well beyond tech firms and is about far more than antitrust policy.

    In fact, research suggests that big firms are dominating through their use of software. In 2011, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen declared that “software is eating the world.” Its appetizer seems to have been smaller companies.

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    This model, where proprietary software pairs with other strengths to form competitive advantage, is only becoming more common. Years ago, one of us (James) started a company that sold publishing software. The business model was to write the software and then sell licenses to publishers. That model still exists, including in online publishing where companies like Automattic, maker of the open source content management system WordPress, sell hosting and related services to publishers. One-off licenses have given way to monthly software-as-a-service subscriptions, but this model still fits with Carr’s original thesis: software companies make technology that other companies pay for, but from which they seldom derive unique advantage.

    That’s not how Vox Media does it. Vox is a digital publishing company known, in part, for its proprietary content management system. Vox does license its software to some other companies (so far, mostly non-competitors), but it is itself a publisher. Its primary business model is to create content and sell ads. It pairs proprietary publishing software with quality editorial to create competitive advantage.

    Venture capitalist Chris Dixon has called this approach the “full-stack startup.” “The old approach startups took was to sell or license their new technology to incumbents,” says Dixon. “The new, ‘full stack’ approach is to build a complete, end-to-end product or service that bypasses incumbents and other competitors.” Vox is one example of the full-stack model.

    The switch from the software vendor model to the full-stack model is seen in government statistics. Since 1998, the share of firm spending on software that goes to pre-packaged software (the vendor model) has been declining. Over 70% of the firms’ software budgets goes to code developed in-house or under custom contracts. And the amount they spend on proprietary software is huge — $250 billion in 2016, nearly as much as they invested in physical capital net of depreciation.

  • Metsä Wood - Open Source Wood Winner: ClipHut Structural Building System
  • Shutting the open sauce bottle

    While open source software has revolutionised the enterprise software world, a few people are starting to wonder if its very nature will survive the age of the cloud.

    The concept that software can be used by pretty much anyone for pretty much anything is causing its developers big problems in the era of distributed cloud computing services.

    Two open-source software companies have decided to alter the licences under which some of their software is distributed, with the expressed intent of making it harder -- or impossible -- for cloud computing providers to offer a service based around that software.

  • How do we handle and use such enormous amounts of data?

    How many gigabytes of data did we (the people of Earth) create yesterday?

    ...brain. is. thinking...

    More than 2.5 billion!

    And it's growing. Yes, it's hard for us to wrap our human brains around it. So, the question the Command Line Heros podcast deals with this week is: How do we handle and use such enormous amounts of data?

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  • Arch-Wiki-Man – A Tool to Browse The Arch Wiki Pages As Linux Man Page from Offline

    Getting internet is not a big deal now a days, however there will be a limitation on technology.

    I was really surprise to see the technology growth but in the same time there will be fall in everywhere.

    Whenever you search anything about other Linux distributions most of the time you will get a third party links in the first place but for Arch Linux every time you would get the Arch Wiki page for your results.

    As Arch Wiki has most of the solution other than third party websites.

    As of now, you might used web browser to get a solution for your Arch Linux system but you no need to do the same for now.

  • How To Install and Use Docker Compose on Debian 9
  • How to fix Firefox Sync issues by resetting your data
  • Linux xxd Command Tutorial for Beginners (with Examples)
  • How to run remote commands on multiple Linux servers with Parallel-SSH
  • Valve's card game Artifact is running very well on Linux, releasing next week

    Artifact, Valve's newest game, is due out on November 28th and it will be coming with same-day Linux support. Valve provided me with an early copy and it's pleasing to see it running well.

    We won't have any formal review until after release, however, I do have some rather basic initial thoughts found from a few hours with the beta today. Mainly, I just wanted to assure people it's running nicely on Linux. I also don't want to break any rules by saying too much before release…

    Some shots of the beta on Ubuntu 18.10 to start with. First up is a look at the three lanes during the hero placement section, which gives you a choice where to put them. It's interesting, because you can only play coloured cards if you have a hero of that colour in the same lane.

  • Contributing to the kde userbase wiki

    This is the story about how I started more than one month ago contributing to the KDE project.

    So, one month ago, I found a task on the Phabricator instance from KDE, about the deplorable state of the KDE userbase wiki. The wiki contains a lot of screenshot dating back to the KDE 4 era and some are even from the KDE 3 era. It’s a problem, because a wiki is something important in the user experience and can be really useful for new users and experienced ones alike.

    Lucky for us, even though Plasma and the KDE applications did change a lot in the last few years, most of the changes are new features and UI/UX improvements, so most of the information are still up-to-date. So most of the work is only updating screenshots. But up-to-date screenshots are also quite important, because when the user see the old screenshots, he can think that the instructions are also outdated.

    So I started, updating the screenshots one after the other. (Honestly when I started, I didn’t think it would take so long, not because the process was slow or difficult, but because of the amount of outdated screenshots.)

  • deepin 15.8 GNU/Linux Download Links, Mirrors, and Torrents

    On 15 November 2018, deepin 15.8 has been released. The ISO size is now reduced one more time to 2.1GB compared to the previous release of 2.5GB. It includes new design on the dock and the right panel. Here's download links with mirrors and torrents. Enjoy!

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Software: 14 Excellent Free Plotting Tools and Texinfo 6.6

  • 14 Excellent Free Plotting Tools
    A plotting tool is computer software which helps to analyze and visualize data, often of a scientific nature. Using this type of software, users can generate plots of functions, data and data fits. Software of this nature typically includes additional functionality, such as data analysis functions including curve fitting. A good plotting tool is very important for generating professional looking graphics for inclusion in academic papers. However, plotting tools are not just useful for academics, engineers, and scientists. Many users will need to plot graphs for other purposes such as presentations. Fortunately, Linux is well endowed with plotting software. There are some heavyweight commercial Linux applications which include plotting functionality. These include MATLAB, Maple, and Mathematica. Without access to their source code, you have limited understanding of how the software functions, and how to change it. The license costs are also very expensive. And we are fervent advocates of open source software. The purpose of this article is to help promote open source plotting tools that are available. To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 14 excellent plotting tools. Many of the applications are very mature. For example, gnuplot has been in development since the mid-1980s. The choice of plotting software may depend on which programming language you prefer. For example, if your leaning towards Python, matplotlib is an ideal candidate as it’s written in, and designed specifically for Python. Whereas, if you’re keen on the R programming language, you’ll probably prefer ggplot2, which is one of the most popular R packages. With good reason, it offers a powerful model of graphics that removes a lot of the difficulty in making complex multi-players graphics. R does come with “base graphics” which are the traditional plotting functions distributed with R. But gpplot2 takes graphics to the next level.
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  • [GNU] Texinfo 6.6 released
    We have released version 6.6 of Texinfo, the GNU documentation format.

Bare-Metal Kubernetes Servers and SUSE Servers

  • The Rise of Bare-Metal Kubernetes Servers
    While most instances of Kubernetes today are deployed on virtual machines running in the cloud or on-premises, there is a growing number of instances of Kubernetes being deployed on bare-metal servers. The two primary reasons for opting to deploy Kubernetes on a bare- metal server over a virtual machine usually are performance and reliance on hardware accelerators. In the first instance, an application deployed at the network edge might be too latency-sensitive to tolerate the overhead created by a virtual machine. AT&T, for example, is working with Mirantis to deploy Kubernetes on bare-metal servers to drive 5G wireless networking services.
  • If companies can run SAP on Linux, they can run any application on it: Ronald de Jong
    "We have had multiple situations with respect to security breaches in the last couple of years, albeit all the open source companies worked together to address the instances. As the source code is freely available even if something goes wrong, SUSE work closely with open source software vendors to mitigate the risk", Ronald de Jong, President of -Sales, SUSE said in an interview with ET CIO.
  • SUSE Public Cloud Image Life-cycle
    It has been a while since we published the original image life-cycle guidelines SUSE Image Life Cycle for Public Cloud Deployments. Much has been learned since, technology has progressed, and the life-cycle of products has changed. Therefore, it is time to refresh things, update our guidance, and clarify items that have led to questions over the years. This new document serves as the guideline going forward starting February 15th, 2019 and supersedes the original guideline. Any images with a date stamp later than v20190215 fall under the new guideline. The same basic principal as in the original guideline applies, the image life-cycle is aligned with the product life-cycle of the product in the image. Meaning a SLES image generally aligns with the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server life-cycle and a SUSE Manager image generally aligns with the SUSE Manager life-cycle.

Steam's Slipping Grip and Release of Wine-Staging 4.2

  • Steam's iron grip on PC gaming is probably over even if the Epic Games Store fails
     

    It doesn’t matter though. Whether Epic succeeds or not, Steam has already lost. The days of Valve’s de facto monopoly are over, and all that matters is what comes next.

  • Wine-Staging 4.2 Released - Now Less Than 800 Patches Atop Upstream Wine
    Wine 4.2 debuted on Friday and now the latest Wine-Staging release is available that continues carrying hundreds of extra patches re-based atop upstream Wine to provide various experimental/testing fixes and other feature additions not yet ready for mainline Wine.  Wine-Staging for a while has been carrying above 800 patches and at times even above 900, but with Wine-Staging 4.2 they have now managed to strike below the 800 patch level. It's not that they are dropping patches, but a lot of the Wine-Staging work has now been deemed ready for mainline and thus merged to the upstream code-base. A number of patches around the Windows Codecs, NTDLL, BCrypt, WineD3D, and other patches have been mainlined thus now coming in at a 798 patch delta.