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openSUSE Tumbleweed Operating System Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS

3 hours 5 min ago
Users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system have received the latest Linux 4.14 LTS kernel via a snapshot released this week in the stable software repositories.

Compact carrier matches the footprint of the Jetson TX2 that powers it

Friday 24th of November 2017 06:16:23 AM
Aetina’s “ACE-N510” carrier for the Linux-powered Jetson TX1 and TX2 measures only 87 x 50mm, and offers HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, 2x CAN, and optional -20 to 70°C. When Aetina recently unveiled its Nano-ITX (120 x 120mm) ACE-N261 carrier for Nvidia’s Jetson TX2 and earlier, pin-compatible Jetson TX1 COMs, it mentioned an upcoming ACE-N510 that was even smaller.

Sponsored development is a win-win for users and developers

Friday 24th of November 2017 04:22:01 AM
There is a myth that simply by making a software platform open source, qualified people will give up their nights and weekends to contribute to its development. With rare exceptions, that's not how the open source world works. Building a community of contributors takes time, and complex applications often have a steep learning curve before a developer becomes comfortable working with the code.

Oracle Adds Initial Support for Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS to VirtualBox

Friday 24th of November 2017 02:27:39 AM
Oracle recently updated their VirtualBox open-source and cross-platform virtualization software with initial support for the latest Linux 4.14 LTS kernel series.

Intel Didn't Heed Security Experts Warnings About ME

Friday 24th of November 2017 12:33:17 AM
The folks at Intel probably went to the nearest lavatory to wash egg off their faces after finding these flaws. This should never have happened. Security experts have been saying for years that Intel's ME was a security nightmare waiting to happen. Intel didn't listen, apparently because being the first (and now second) largest chip maker on the planet, it knew better.

How To Install Kali Linux

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 10:38:55 PM
?When it comes to penetration testing, hacking and offensive distros, one of the first to be mentioned is Kali Linux. It is based on Debian and is available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions. Today we take a look at installing Kali Linux. We will look at using the entire disk and installing alongside Windows.

Why microservices are a security issue

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 08:44:33 PM
I struggled with writing the title for this post, and I worry that it comes across as clickbait. If you[he]#039[/he]ve come to read this because it looked like clickbait, then sorry.1 I hope you[he]#039[/he]ll stay anyway: there are lots of fascinating2 points and many3 footnotes.

Interview with FreeDOS Founder and Lead Dev Jim Hall

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 06:50:11 PM
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the FreeDOS project. To help celebrate those many years and help raise awareness for the project, I connected with Jim Hall (FreeDOS founder and lead developer) and asked him a few questions. Here are his answers.

9 Excellent Open Source Configuration Management Applications

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 04:55:49 PM
This software automates the configuration of machines to a particular state. Like any other tools, they are designed to solve specific problems in certain ways. The goal is to get a system from whatever state it is in, into the desired state. Configuration management software are the tools of choice for many system administrators and devops professionals.

Why Linux can make you feel thankful or merely stuffed

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 03:01:27 PM
It's turkey time — cause for reflection on how Unix and Linux have improved our lives.

How to Install Firefox Quantum on Debian Stretch Linux

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 01:07:05 PM
Firefox 57 is easily the best update to come to Firefox ever. Mozilla even named this release "Quantum" because of how dramatically the browser speed improved. Couple that with the complete redesign of Firefox's UI, and you have a pretty dramatic change.

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 11:12:43 AM
More than 20 pulls a day on his desk, v.4.15 bloating and a Thanksgiving trip to pack for made Linus testyLinux overlord. Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors “f*cking morons”.

'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 09:18:21 AM
Wow, I see what you did there *rolls eyes*. The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests.

Chromebook exploit earns researcher second $100k bounty

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 07:23:59 AM
For Google's bug bounty accountants, lightning just struck twice. In September 2016, an anonymous hacker called Gzob Qq earned $100,000 (?75,000) for reporting a critical "persistent compromise" exploit of Google's Chrome OS, used by Chromebooks.

Open Source Cloud Skills and Certification Are Key for SysAdmins

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 05:29:37 AM
System administrator is one of the most common positions employers are looking to fill among 53 percent of respondents to the 2017 Open Source Jobs Report. Consequently, sysadmins with skills in engineering can command higher salaries, as these positions are among the hardest to fill, the report finds.

qBittorrent 4.0 Is a Massive Update of the Open-Source BitTorrent Client

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 03:35:15 AM
qBittorrent, the open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent client written in Qt for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems, has been updated to version 4.0, a major release adding numerous new features and improvements.

Open source Linux-on-Zynq SBC debuts new FPGA add-on standard

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 01:40:53 AM
Opal Kelly’s “SYZYGY Brain-1” SBC, which runs Linux on a Zynq-7012S, is a proof of concept for its SYZYGY standard for FPGA-driven peripherals. FPGA development firm Opal Kelly has gone to Crowd Supply to launch a development board to showcase its SYZYGY standard for FPGA peripheral expansion.

Containers are Linux - But What About Windows?

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 12:26:33 AM
VIDEO: Chris Wright, CTO of Red Hat discusses the intersection of Windows and Linux containers and how Red Hat now works with Microsoft.

5 approaches to learning Python

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 11:12:13 PM
Python is a powerful, versatile programming language that's popular with open source software developers. Whether you're a seasoned developer looking to test your code, or you just want to learn the basics, the following resources might help.read more

How to Set Up Private DNS Servers with BIND on Ubuntu 16.04

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 09:57:53 PM
How to Set Up Private DNS Servers with BIND on Ubuntu 16.04.

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Oracle Adds Initial Support for Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS to VirtualBox

Oracle recently updated their VirtualBox open-source and cross-platform virtualization software with initial support for the latest Linux 4.14 LTS kernel series. VirtualBox 5.2.2 is the first maintenance update to the latest VirtualBox 5.2 stable series of the application, and it looks like it can be compiled and used on GNU/Linux distribution running the recently released Linux 4.14 LTS kernel. It also makes it possible to run distros powered by Linux kernel 4.14 inside VirtualBox VMs. Read more

Today in Techrights

today's leftovers

  • How a Linux stronghold turned back to Windows: Key dates in Munich's LiMux project [Ed: This explains the progression of Microsoft's war on GNU/Linux, typically using proxies]
    The project is temporarily put on hold while a study investigates whether it could be derailed by software patents.
  • End of an open source era: Linux pioneer Munich confirms switch to Windows 10 [Ed: Microsoft paid (bribed) all the right people, got a Microsoft fan -- by his own admission -- in power, gifted him for this]
    Mayor Dieter Reiter said there's never been a unified Linux landscape in the city. "We always had mixed systems and what we have here is the possibility of going over to a single system. Having two operating systems is completely uneconomic.
  • Ubuntu Podcast: S10E38 – Soft Knowledgeable Burn
    This week we refactor a home network, discuss how gaming on Linux has evolved and grown in recent years, bring you a blend of love and go over your feedback.
  • Live ISOs for Slackware-current 20171122
    I have released an update of the ‘liveslak‘ scripts. I needed the tag for a batch of new ISO images for the Slackware Live Edition. These are based on the latest Slackware-current dated “Wed Nov 22 05:27:06 UTC 2017“) i.e. yesterday and that means, the ISOs are going to boot into the new 4.14.1 kernel.
  • Am I willing to pay the price to support ethical hardware?
    The planned obsolescence is even worse with tablets and smartphones, whose components are all soldered down. The last tablet with a removable battery was the Dell Venue 11 Pro (Haswell version) announced in October 2013, but it was an expensive Windows device that cost as much as a mid-range laptop. The last Android tablet with a removable battery was the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (GT-N8000 series), released in August 2012. It is still possible to find mid-range smartphones with removable batteries. Last year the only high end phones with removable batteries were the LG G5 and V20, but even LG has given up on the idea of making phones that will last longer than 2 years once the battery starts to degrade after roughly 500 full charge and discharge cycles. Every flagship phone introduced in 2017 now has its battery sealed in the case. According to the gmsarena.com database, the number of new smartphone models with non-replaceable batteries grew from 1.9% in 2011 to 26.7% in 2014, and now to 90.3% in 2017. It is highly likely that not a single model of smartphone introduced next year will have a replaceable battery.

More Coverage of New Lumina Release

  • Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Released
    The TrueOS BSD folks working on their Qt5-powered Lumina Desktop Environment have issued a new feature update of their open-source desktop.
  • Lumina Desktop 1.4.0 Released
    Lumina 1.4.0 carries a number of changes, optimisations, and feature improvements. Lumina is the default desktop of TrueOS, a BSD-based operating system. The desktop itself is lightweight, modular, built using Qt, and uses Fluxbox for window management. Although Lumina is mostly aimed at BSD users it also runs on Linux, including Fedora, Arch and — *mario coin sfx* — Ubuntu.