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Linux-ready Mini-ITX offers Skylake and Xeon too

Saturday 6th of May 2017 02:07:40 AM
Advantech’s “AIMB-242” industrial Mini-ITX board ships with Intel’s 6th Gen Core EQ and Xeon E3 CPUs, and provides SATA, M.2, mini-PCIe, and PCIe expansion. Advantech’s AIMB-242 is not a thin Mini-ITX board like the similarly 6th Gen Skylake-based AIMB-285, but it is billed as “industrial.” Advantech has already released a full-height Skylake Mini-ITX called the […]

How to build cross-platform console apps with .NET Core

Saturday 6th of May 2017 12:19:01 AM
Although .NET has traditionally been a Windows-only, closed-source proprietary platform, those days are coming to an end. The new .NET Core platform is here and it's open source and cross-platform. You can now write your C#/.NET code once, on any platform, and run it on Windows, Linux, and macOS.read more

3 big open data trends in the United States

Friday 5th of May 2017 10:30:22 PM
The open data community got a surprising piece of news when the Trump Administration recently announced that it would no longer be supporting the Open.whitehouse.gov's Open Data portal.read more

Automotive Grade Linux takes center stage for open automotive standards

Friday 5th of May 2017 08:41:44 PM
At ELC 2017, Walt Miner of Automotive Grade Linux talks about how AGL differs from GENIVI, and surveys the road ahead toward this July’s Daring Dab release. After working for seven years at Tier 1 automotive suppliers that were members of the GENIVI project, Walt Miner, the Community Manager for the Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade […]

GNU nano: a minimalist console editor

Friday 5th of May 2017 06:53:06 PM
Text console editors are useful in many ways. For example, they’re indispensable for editing files while recovering from a failure. Fedora contains a wide selection of applications for editing text files, ranging from GUI editors like gedit and GNOME Builder to... Continue Reading →

Building Linux Firewalls With Good Old Iptables: Part 1

Friday 5th of May 2017 05:04:27 PM
Of course, we still need firewalls on our computers, even though that is not a subject we see much in these here modern times. There are Linux and BSD firewalls, prefab firewalls on commercial hardware from little to big that are most likely based on an open source firewall and a multitude of GUI helpers. In this two-part series, we will learn how to run iptables from the command line and then how to set up a firewall for an individual PC and a LAN firewall.

How to Install the Latest AMDGPU-PRO Drivers on Ubuntu

Friday 5th of May 2017 03:15:49 PM
AMDGPU-PRO is AMD’s graphics driver for professional users, but it’s also great for gamers. Learn how to install it on Ubuntu Linux.

How to convert xls file to csv file in Linux and vice versa

Friday 5th of May 2017 02:01:29 PM
Excel is an Microsoft spreadsheet program and its extension is .xls or .xlsx. Now we as Linux user can convert xls file to csv file in Linux and .xls to .csv. This quick guide will help you how we can convert xls file to csv file in Linux using program called SSConvert and Unoconv.

The May 2017 Issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

Friday 5th of May 2017 12:47:09 PM
The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the May 2017 issue.

Fake Google Docs phishing deluge hits Gmail

Friday 5th of May 2017 11:32:48 AM
A new phishing attack has appeared in inboxes around the world that masquerades as an email contact sharing a Google Doc. The emails appear to originate from a legitimate account, with the email addressed to hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailinator.com and dozens of contact email addresses blind carbon copied (bcc) in.

How to mount an encrypted Linux home directory to salvage data

Friday 5th of May 2017 10:18:28 AM
Let's say you've been using a Linux machine for either a desktop or a server. During the installation you opted to have the home directory encrypted and, at some point (for whatever reason) the system will no longer boot. Is that encrypted data lost? With a little bit of work, no. I want to walk you through the process of recovering the data from your encrypted home directory. This process will require a working Linux machine with the drive containing the encrypted home directory attached and mounted. Your best bet is to handle this process on the likes of one of the more recent Ubuntu releases, as it will ensure your drive is automatically mounted when you attach it. You will also need the encryption password you created to protect your home directory.

GStreamer 1.12.0 Open-Source Multimedia Framework Hits Stable, Adds Many Changes

Friday 5th of May 2017 09:04:08 AM
The GStreamer project, through Sebastian Dröge, is pleased to announce today the immediate availability of the GStreamer 1.12.0 stable series of the open-source multimedia framework for GNU/Linux distributions.

Redshift – A Nifty Tool to Reduce Eye Strain at Night in Linux

Friday 5th of May 2017 07:49:48 AM
Redshift adjusts the color temperature of your screen according to your surroundings (position of the sun).

Asus Tinker Board – An Inexpensive Home Theatre Solution

Friday 5th of May 2017 06:35:28 AM
The Asus Tinker Board is a computer designed for Single Board Computer hobbyists, makers [he] Internet of things enthusiasts. One of the highlights of the device is its multimedia support - it’s a tremendous prospect for the multimedia enthusiast on a budget. The computer has a respectable 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor. It’s only 32-bit (unlike the Raspberry Pi 3) but it has a higher clock speed. The Tinker Board also sports an integrated ARM-based Mali-T760 graphics processor (GPU). It’s available to purchase from Amazon (and other retailers), and currently priced at $59.99.

Ubuntu 17.04 and future versions

Friday 5th of May 2017 05:21:08 AM
After the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, lots of people were frustrated because AMD dropped their driver support for legacy hardware. That mean that legacy GPU won't be running on fglrx drivers anymore. One of our PC is also running with Radeon GPUs and we were also frustrated with this move from AMD. We did run Ubuntu on that machine on minimal UI and without driver support. To save the day, there were some open-source alternatives, but those weren't giving enough performance. This was just the same in 16.10.

Ubuntu Server GUIs

Friday 5th of May 2017 04:06:48 AM
The ultimate guide to Ubuntu Server GUIs - screenshots, details, recommendations etc.

Tesseract OCR: Installation and Usage on Ubuntu 16.04

Friday 5th of May 2017 02:52:28 AM
Tesseract is one of the most powerful open source OCR engine available today. OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. This tutorial shows the installation and usage of Tesseract on Ubuntu 16.04.

In the Depths of the Cloud, Open Source and Proprietary Leviathans Fight to the Death

Friday 5th of May 2017 01:38:07 AM
Just because open source is winning in the enterprise, that doesn't mean that the proprietary folks have given up their old tricks.

What to do when your open team has impostor syndrome

Friday 5th of May 2017 12:23:47 AM
Recently I facilitated a creative work week for my colleagues working on the Planet 4 project at Greenpeace. One evening, when we came together in a closing circle after a day of intense creative work, I asked the participants to share how they were each feeling about the day. We allowed these reflections to manifest into conversation.read more

Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro -- Microsoft

Thursday 4th of May 2017 11:09:27 PM
We're gonna make 'em an offer they can't refuseAfter Tuesday's big launch of Windows 10 S, it emerged the software will force people to use Edge and Bing. How can that be?…

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  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.

KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.