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Just say no to root (in containers)

Thursday 29th of March 2018 11:32:21 AM
I get asked all the time about the different security measures used to control what container processes on a system can do. Most of these I covered in previous articles on Opensource.com:read more

Product Review: GitStorage

Thursday 29th of March 2018 10:20:13 AM
By profession, I'm a software developer. Aside from a preferred editor,what matters most to a developer is the use of a Source Code Manager(SCM). So, when a new product comes along featuring my favorite SCM,Git, I had no choice but to spend some time using it.

Reversal on Google vs. Oracle Case, Microsoft Open Sources WSL for Linux Distro Maintainers, New Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and More

Thursday 29th of March 2018 09:05:52 AM
The US Court of Appeals has reversed a 2016 jury decision on Google's use ofOracle's Java APIs as fair use. The damages could amount to nearly $9billion for Google.

Cel-shaded third-person shooter 'Crazy Justice' will have a Battle Royale mode and Linux support

Thursday 29th of March 2018 07:51:32 AM
It's been a while since we talked about Crazy Justice, the third-person cel-shaded shooter and we have good news. Not only will it have Linux support it's also getting a Battle Royale mode.

Configure Magento 2 to use Varnish on CentOS 7

Thursday 29th of March 2018 06:37:12 AM
In the first post, we installed Magento 2 on our CentOS 7 machine. In the second post of this series, we will cover installing and configuring Varnish to make our Magento store super fast.

Solomon Hykes, Dockers founder, leaves day-to-day running of container company

Thursday 29th of March 2018 05:22:52 AM
The face of Docker, the leading container company, Solomon Hykes, is stepping down. Insiders knew this had been coming for months, but today, Solomon Hykes, Docker's founder, announced he was leaving day-to-day work at the leading container company.

Google Makes It Easier for Chrome Users to Stream Local Video and Audio Files

Thursday 29th of March 2018 04:08:31 AM
Chrome users who usually cast audio and video files to Chromecast or similar Cast devices will soon experience a much more straightforward and accessible streaming method.

GoScanSSH Malware Targets Linux Servers

Thursday 29th of March 2018 02:54:11 AM
A recently discovered malware family written using the Golang (Go) programming language is targeting Linux servers and using a different binary for each attack, Talos warns.

Awkward Dimensions Redux: An Awkward Steam Game To Try Out

Thursday 29th of March 2018 01:39:51 AM
Awkward Dimensions is a game about understanding someone’s life through dreams. It’s an indie game created and developed by Steven Harmon. He narrates his life + struggles, his happiness, and his determination not to give up his dream (a game developer) no matter what. Might get you inspired playing the game as it did to me.

Getting started with Jupyter Notebooks

Thursday 29th of March 2018 12:25:30 AM
Since the days of papyrus, publishers have struggled with formatting data in ways that engage readers. This is a particular issue in the areas of mathematics, science, and programming, where well-designed charts, illustrations, and equations can be key to helping people understand technical information.read more

College student reflects on getting started in open source

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 11:11:10 PM
I just completed the first semester of my second year in college, and I'm reflecting on what I learned in my classes. One class, in particular, stood out to me: "Foundations of an Open Source World," taught by Dr. Bryan Behrenshausen at Duke University. I enrolled in the class at the last minute because it seemed interesting and, if I’m being honest because it fit my schedule.read more

You Can Now Install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on Your Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with RaspEX

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 09:56:50 PM
If you want to install Canonical's upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system on your brand new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ computer, now you can with the latest RaspEX distro.

How to install eSyndiCat PHP Directory Software on Ubuntu 16.04

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 08:42:30 PM
In this tutorial, we will learn how to install eSyndiCat on Ubuntu 16.04 server. eSyndiCat is a free, open source and one of the most popular PHP directory software that can be used as an addition to your existing site or as a stand-alone platform.

Do continuous deployment with Github and Python

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 07:28:10 PM
Developers can create many useful services using Github’s webhooks. From triggering a CI job on a Jenkins instance to provisioning machines in the cloud, the possibilities are almost limitless. This tutorial shows how to use Python and the Flask framework... Continue Reading →

How to Disable SELinux on CentOS 7

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 06:13:50 PM
The full name of SELinux is Security-Enhanced Linux. It is a security feature of Linux built into the Linux kernel. It is used to control access to users, files, network resources and applications of a Linux system. SELinux provides extended file system permissions on top of the traditional Linux filesystem permission known as Discretionary Access Control (DAC). SELinux is a good security feature. But it is hard to understand and maintain. That is why small companies and startups often don’t bother with SELinux. CentOS 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL 7) comes with SELinux pre-installed. In this article, I will show you how to disable SELinux on CentOS 7. Let’s get started.

After Meltdown and Spectre, Intel CPUs Are Now Vulnerable to BranchScope Attacks

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 04:21:47 PM
While we're not yet done with the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws that put billions of devices at risk of attacks, security researchers have discovered a new wave of attacks called BranchScope.

Xiaomi Launches the Mi MIX S2 Android Smartphone to Take on Apple's iPhone X

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 03:07:26 PM
Xiaomi unveiled on Tuesday during a live event straight from Shanghai, China, its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Mi MIX S2, promising a premium mobile experience.

Kubernetes 1.10 Release Advances Storage and Improves Security

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 01:53:06 PM
First major release of 2018 for the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration is now available, including a patch for a critical vulnerability that could have enable an attacker to access the host filesystem.

Monster Crown looks like it might scratch your Pokemon itch, confirmed for Linux

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 12:38:46 PM
While the release of Monster Crown may be a while away, this monster catching and breeding game is confirmed for Linux.

Red Hat's Largest Deals Now Coming from OpenShift Containers

Wednesday 28th of March 2018 11:24:26 AM
While Linux, OpenStack and middleware are still important core element of Red Hat's business, it is the company's Kubernetes based platform that is leading the way.

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GNU/Linux on the Desktop Versus Proprietary Forms

  • Why I use a Mac computer, but an Android phone
    Yes, you could use a flavour of Linux on cheaper hardware, but then you trade the great Mac graphical interface with the ones available to Linux. You can fight me in the comments, but deep down you know I’m right. MacOS comes with Bash, and many of the tools those familiar with Linux would expect to have by default in their favourite distribution, including basics like “whois”, which aren’t installed in Windows by default.
  • Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong
    The original assumed vision of the Chromebook platform was a laptop and operating system capable of running only the Chrome web browser. You could do anything you wanted, as long as you wanted to stay on the web at all times. Today, the best new Chromebooks can runs apps from three additional operating systems. Not only do Chromebooks run apps, but they run more apps without dual- or multi-booting than any other computing platform. Chromebooks can run apps from Android, Linux and Windows concurrently in the same session.
  • Games, Tests and GitLab CI
    We are getting midterm of the GNOME 3.30 development cycle and many things already happened in the Games world. I will spare the user facing news for later as today I want to tell you about development features we desperatly needed as maintainers: tests and continuous integration. TL;DR: GLib, Meson, Flatpak and GitLab CI make writing and running tests super easy!

Graphics: Vulkan and Vega M

  • Vulkan Virgl Has Kicked Off For Supporting This Graphics/Compute API Within VMs
    Of the hundreds of projects for this year's Google Summer of Code, there are many interesting GSoC 2018 projects but one of those that I am most excited for is Vulkan-Virgl for getting this modern API supported with hardware acceleration by guest virtual machines. As implied by the name, this effort is based upon the Virgl project started by David Airlie and originally tasked with getting OpenGL acceleration to guest VMs using a fully open-source Linux driver stack. Virgl has been in good shape for a while now with OpenGL, while this summer the hope is to get the Vulkan API support going for opening up VMs to using this high-performance graphics and compute API.
  • AMDVLK Driver Lands Half-Float Additions, Many Other Improvements
    There's been another weekly-ish public code push to the AMDVLK open-source AMD Vulkan Linux driver stack and this time around it's heavy on feature work. There has been a fair amount of changes pertaining to half-float (FP16) support including support for the AMD_gpu_shader_half_float extension, prepping for VK_AMD_gpu_shader_half_float_fetch, FP16 interpolation intrinsics and register settings, and more.
  • Vega M Graphics On Intel Kabylake G CPUs Are Beginning To Work Under Linux
    We have been covering the Linux driver upbringing of "Vega M" for the Vega/Polaris graphics found in select newer Intel "Kabylake G" processors. The code is still in flight before it will work in all released versions of the Linux driver components, but for those willing to build the code or rely upon third party repositories, Vega M is now working on Linux. As I have covered in various past articles, the open-source driver support for Radeon Vega M is queued into DRM-Next for the upcoming Linux 4.18 kernel cycle, Mesa 18.1 albeit with new hardware I always recommend using the latest Git (current Mesa 18.2), and there are also binary GPU microcode files needed too.

Plasma 5.13 – Amazing Tux, How Sweet Plasma

Plasma 5.13 is (going to be) a very nice release. It builds on the solid foundation that is the LTS edition, and adds cool, smart touches. The emphasis is on seamless integration of elements, which is what separates professionals from amateurs. It’s all around how the WHOLE desktop behaves, and not individual programs in isolation. And Plasma is making great strides, offering a polished version of an already mature and handsome product, with extra focus on fonts, media and browser connectivity and good performance. There are some rough patches. Apart from the obvious beta issues, those goes without saying, KDE Connect ought to be a true multi-phone product, the network stack really needs to be spotless, and that means full Microsoft Windows inter-operability, Spectacle should allow for configurable shadows and alpha channel, and I want to see if the decorative backend has been cleaned up, i.e. can you search and install new themes and icons without encountering useless errors and inconsistencies. But all in all, I’m quite impressed. The changes are big and noticeable, and above all, meaningful. You don’t just get features for the sake of it, you get things that improve the quality and consistency of the desktop, that maximize fun and productivity, and there’s deep thought in orchestrating it all together. It ain’t just a random bunch of options that happen to work. I like seeing patterns in things, and I’m happy when there’s functional harmony. This spring season of distro testing hasn’t been fun, and Plasma 5.13 is balm for my weary wrists, so hurting from all that angry typing. More than worth a spin, and highly recommended. Full steam on, Tuxers. Read more Also: This week in Usability & Productivity, part 20

Sad News! Development Stopped for Korora and BackSlash Linux

It seems more and more small distributions are facing a had time. Recently we saw the crisis at Void Linux. Now we have two more small Linux distributions calling it quit, albeit temporarily. Read more