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What’s New in Linux Lite 3.8

Monday 12th of February 2018 12:30:51 PM
Linux Lite 3.8 has been released by Linux Lite developer Jerry Bezencon, It’s the final release of Linux Lite 3.x series. This release brings various package updates and improvements, include implementation of the TLP power management tool for laptops in the Lite Tweaks utility, better support for the LibreOffice office suite, a new font viewer and installer, and regional support for DVDs.

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

Monday 12th of February 2018 10:27:40 AM
The confidential source code to Apple's iBoot firmware in iPhones, iPads and other iOS devices has leaked into a public GitHub repo.

Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!

Monday 12th of February 2018 08:10:25 AM
Tens of thousands of websites are going to find themselves labeled as unsafe unless they switch out their HTTPS certificate in the next two months.

John Perry Barlow, Memorial Fund Grants and Fellowship in Memory of Bassel Khartabil, cpu_features and More

Monday 12th of February 2018 05:53:11 AM
RIP John Perry Barlow, EFF Founder, Internet Pioneer, 1947 – 2018.Cindy Cohn, Executive Director of the EFF, wrote yesterday: "Itis no exaggeration to say that major parts of the Internet we all know andlove today exist and thrive because of Barlow's vision and leadership.He always s

OpenWall's LKRG, Hitachi Joins the Open Invention Network, xcp-ng Kickstarter Campaign and More

Monday 12th of February 2018 03:35:57 AM
News updates for February 6, 2018.

8 IT automation mistakes to avoid

Monday 12th of February 2018 01:18:42 AM
CIOs share common automation pitfalls and advice on how to sidestep them. We all make mistakes, and ideally, we learn from them. But, hey, wouldn’t you rather learn from other people’s automation mistakes? That sure sounds more efficient.

Arch Anywhere is Dead – Long Live Anarchy

Sunday 11th of February 2018 11:01:28 PM
Arch Linux is one of the mainstream Linux distros of the world. To make it widely popular among the community, Arch Anywhere was launched. Now, it’s completely rebranded to Anarchy Linux. If you’ve been an Arch user or looking for having the best Arch Linux experience, Anarchy Linux is the best choice.

Review: Linspire 7.0

Sunday 11th of February 2018 08:44:14 PM
Being a fan of the original Linspire I decided to give this iteration a try. I saw some videos which praised it and I read some scathing reviews. Being as this would be my first Medium.com article I decided to do a review.

diff -u: Adding Encryption To printk()

Sunday 11th of February 2018 04:54:21 PM
When is security not security? When it guards against the wrong people oragainst things that never happen. A useless security measure is just anotherbatch of code that might contain an exploitable bug. So the Linux developersalways want to make sure a security patch is genuinely useful before pullingit in.

Learn how to delegate with presidential charisma

Sunday 11th of February 2018 02:37:07 PM
I traveled a lot this past fall. That meant long plane rides, during which I had a chance to read a book that's been on my list for years: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I've always been interested to learn more about Abraham Lincoln, but I wasn't expecting to get so many valuable and relevant lessons in open leadership from a closer examination of how Lincoln worked with his team of direct reports (his cabinet).read more

KDE Slimbook II Plasma-Based Linux Ultrabook Laptop Is Cheaper, More Powerful

Sunday 11th of February 2018 12:19:52 PM
As of today, there's a new KDE Slimbook Linux-powered, Plasma-based Ultrabook laptop available for sale and it comes with some impressive hardware specifications and a smaller price tag.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

Sunday 11th of February 2018 10:02:38 AM
Unable to convince Oracle to allow the use of its trademarked term "Java" to refer to the open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the Eclipse Foundation is asking those who care about such things to vote on proposed names for the software project.

How writing can change your career for the better, even if you dont identify as a writer

Sunday 11th of February 2018 07:45:23 AM
Have you read Marie Kondo[he]#039[/he]s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? Or did you, like me, buy it and read a little bit and then add it to the pile of clutter next to your bed?Early in the book, Kondo talks about keeping possessions that "spark joy." In this article, I[he]#039[/he]ll examine ways writing about what we and other people are doing in the open source world can "spark joy," or at least how writing can improve your career in unexpected ways.

Tough, Atom-based box PC supports EtherCAT

Sunday 11th of February 2018 05:28:09 AM
Taicenn’s Linux-ready “TBOX-4000” industrial box PC provides an Atom D2550, dual GbE ports with EtherCAT support, mSATA, optional wireless, and shock, vibration, and extended temperature resistance. Shenzhen based Taicenn Technology has launched a rugged industrial computer that runs Linux or Windows on an old school Intel Atom D2550 “Cedar Trail” processor with dual 1.86GHz cores, 640MHz Intel graphics, and a separate Intel NM10 controller chipset.

Introducing Zero-K, a Real-Time Strategy Game for Linux

Sunday 11th of February 2018 03:10:55 AM
Zero-K is a game where teams of robots fight for metal, energy anddominance. They use any strategy, tacticor gimmick known to machine. Zero-K is a game for players by players, andit runs natively on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows.

Why an involved user community makes for better software

Sunday 11th of February 2018 12:53:41 AM
Imagine releasing a major new infrastructure service based on open source software only to discover that the product you deployed had evolved so quickly that the documentation for the version you released is no longer available. At Bloomberg, we experienced this problem firsthand in our deployment of OpenStack. In late 2016, we spent six months testing and rolling out Liberty on our OpenStack environment. By that time, Liberty was about a year old, or two versions behind the latest build.read more

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Daily Builds Now Use Xorg by Default Instead of Wayland

Saturday 10th of February 2018 10:59:19 PM
Canonical announced today that it switched the daily build ISOs of its upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system to use the older X.Org Server display server by default instead of the more secure and modern Wayland.

An Open Letter to Justice Srikrishna About Data Privacy and Aadhaar

Saturday 10th of February 2018 09:04:57 PM
This open letter, penned by Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker, appears as a full-page advertisement in the February 9 edition of The Hindustan Times. It is co-signed by 1,447 Mozilla India community members.

Subtree Debuts Dotmesh and Dothub for Cloud Native Data Management

Saturday 10th of February 2018 07:10:35 PM
Container and cloud-native data management startup Subtree emerged from stealth on Feb. 7, alongside a $10 million seed round of investment and two initial products that bring data control to Docker and Kubernetes container environments.

This Week in Open Source News: One Million Students Have Taken Linux Foundation edX Courses, OPNFV Announces Verified Program & More

Saturday 10th of February 2018 05:16:13 PM
This week in Linux and open source news, The Linux Foundaiton & edX partnership have helped one million students learn open source for free and on their own schedules.

More in Tux Machines

GNOME: WebKit, Fleet Commander, Introducing deviced

  • On Compiling WebKit (now twice as fast!)
    Are you tired of waiting for ages to build large C++ projects like WebKit? Slow headers are generally the problem. Your C++ source code file #includes a few headers, all those headers #include more, and those headers #include more, and more, and more, and since it’s C++ a bunch of these headers contain lots of complex templates to slow down things even more. Not fun.
  • Fleet Commander is looking for a GSoC student to help us take over the world
    Fleet Commander has seen quite a lot of progress recently, of which I should blog about soon. For those unaware, Fleet Commander is an effort to make GNOME great for IT administrators in large deployments, allowing them to deploy desktop and application configuration profiles across hundreds of machines with ease through a web administration UI based on Cockpit. It is mostly implemented in Python.
  • Introducing deviced
    Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been heads down working on a new tool along with Patrick Griffis. The purpose of this tool is to make it easier to integrate IDEs and other tooling with GNU-based gadgets like phones, tablets, infotainment, and IoT devices. Years ago I was working on a GNOME-based home router with davidz which sadly we never finished. One thing that was obvious to me in that moment of time was that I’m not doing another large scale project until I had better tooling. That is Builder’s genesis, and device integration is what will make it truly useful to myself and others who love playing with GNU-friendly gadgets.

KDE: Usability & Productivity, AtCore , Krita

  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 6
  • AtCore takes to the pi
    The Raspberry Pi3 is a small single board computer that costs around $35 (USD). It comes with a network port, wifi , bt , 4 usb ports , gpio pins , camera port , a display out, hdmi, a TRRS for analog A/V out. 1GB of ran and 4 ~1GHz armv8 cores Inside small SOC. Its storage is a microSd card they are a low cost and low power device. The Touchscreen kit is an 800×480 display that hooks to the Gpio for touch and dsi port for video. To hold our hardware is the standard touch screen enclosure that often comes with the screen if you buy it in a kit.
  • Look, new presets! Another Krita 4 development build!
    We’ve been focusing like crazy on the Krita 4 release. We managed to close some 150 bugs in the past month, and Krita 4 is getting stable enough for many people to use day in, day out. There’s still more to be done, of course! So we’ll continue fixing issues and applying polish for at least another four weeks. One of the things we’re doing as well is redesigning the set of default brush presets and brush tips that come with Krita. Brush tips are the little images one can paint with, and brush presets are the brushes you can select in the brush palette or brush popup. The combination of a tip, some settings and a smart bit of coding! Our old set was fine, but it was based on David Revoy‘s earliest Krita brush bundles, and for Krita 4 we are revamping the entire set. We’ve added many new options to the brushes since then! So, many artists are working together to create a good-looking, useful and interesting brushes for Krita 4.

Software: GIMP, Spyder, SMPlayer

  • Five free photo and video editing tools that could save burning a hole in your pocket and take your creativity to the next level
    GIMP stands for the Gnu Image Manipulation Program and is the first word that people usually think about when it comes to free image editors. It’s a raster graphics editor, available on multiple platforms on PC. It has a similar interface to Photoshop: you have your tools on one side, there’s an option for your tool window and then you have your layers window on another side. Perhaps one of the most useful features of GIMP is the option of plugins. There is a wide database for them and there’s a plugin for almost any task you might need to carry out. GIMP is extremely extensive, and it’s the choice of the FOSS community, thanks to the fact that it’s also open source. However, there are also some disadvantages. For example, GIMP has no direct RAW support yet (you have to install a plugin to enable it, which means a split workflow). It also has quite a bit of a learning curve as compared to Photoshop or Lightroom.
  • Introducing Spyder, the Scientific PYthon Development EnviRonment
    If you want to use Anaconda for science projects, one of the first things to consider is the spyder package, which is included in the basic Anaconda installation. Spyder is short for Scientific PYthon Development EnviRonment. Think of it as an IDE for scientific programming within Python.
  • SMPlayer 18.2.2 Released, Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Via PPA
    SMPlayer is a free media player created for Linux and Windows, it was released under GNU General Public License. Unlike other players it doesn't require you to install codecs to play something because it carries its own all required codecs with itself. This is the first release which now support MPV and some other features such as MPRIS v2 Support, new theme, 3D stereo filter and more. It uses the award-winning MPlayer as playback engine which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats (avi, mkv, wmv, mp4, mpeg... see list).

Funding: Ethereum and Outreachy

  • How Will a $100 Mln Grant Help Ethereum Scale?
    On Feb. 16, six large-scale Blockchain projects OmiseGo, Cosmos, Golem, Maker and Raiden, that have completed successful multi-million dollar initial coin offerings (ICOs) last year, along with Japanese venture capital firm Global Brain have created the Ethereum Community Fund (ECF), to fund projects and businesses within the Ethereum ecosystem.
  • Outreachy Is Now Accepting Applications For Their Summer 2018 Internships
    This week Google announced the participating organizations for GSoC 2018 for students wishing to get involved with open-source/Linux development. Also happening this week is the application period opened for those wishing to participate in the summer 2018 paid internship program.