Open source projects are by their nature intended to be welcoming, pulling in contributions from many different volunteers. But in reality, open source and the tech industry in general often lack diversity. Speaking at the Open Source Leadership Summit in February, Mozilla’s Chief Innovation Officer Katharina Borchert told the crowd that working to bring ethnic, gender, and skill diversity to open source projects isn’t just the right thing to do because of moral grounds, it’s the right thing to do to make projects more successful.
For a few weeks I have Linux Mint 18.1 installed on my laptop. I am still in school and started a new project. With that project we use onedrive on a Office 365 platform. On my laptop I use the latest Firefox 52 browser and strictly work in Word online since document compatibilty is always an issue while working in a team.
Sadly enough I experienced a lot of performance issues while browsing the directory and working on a document. As I also have a desktop running Windows 10 and the same Firefox 52 browser I tried working on that and see if the problem persists. But no. The problem was no more.
Then I began thinking and trying a few different things. On of the first ideas I came up with was changing the user-agent string. I changed the user-agent string to the following.
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:40.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/52
I the following extension in Firefox to change it.
After changing the user-agent the performance problems were resolved. The UI of OneDrive worked flawlessly. The only thing in the user-agent changed was the OS. At first I thought this was a random occurance but no. I changed back to the normal user-agent and the problem came back.
My friend who also had this problem used the same method as I did with the same results.
So by writing this I hope to get to know if people also have this issue.submitted by /u/Torrenator
A discussion over at /r/vim dug up some memories of try drivers, line discipline and chat devices that I have only a passing familiarity with.
With the title question what I'd really like to do is trace the exact code paths as much as possible from when I press Ctrl + [ to when the application gets the ESC character sent to it.
In my head, the high level flow is something like this
- IRQ from keyboard hardware
- Keyboard character device does stuff with scancodes
- Line discipline stuff
- TTY drivers does magic like handle signals
- Application receives ASCII control character
What I don't know at all is where the scancode or keycode combinations get translated into the appropriate ASCII.
I have a copy of the Linux git tree laying around and would like to trace the whole code path for this kind of thing, but I just don't know enough to get started.
Any pointers would be really welcome.submitted by /u/xelxebar
IBM, Red Hat collaborate to accelerate Cloud adoption
Software giant IBM on Tuesday collaborated with open source software solutions provider Red Hat that will provide the hybrid Cloud infrastructure to help customers efficiently run Cloud applications using OpenStack APIs.
IBM and Red Hat Are Joining Forces on the Hybrid Cloud
Red Hat and IBM announced a strategic collaboration today that's aimed at helping enterprises benefit from the OpenStack platform’s speed and economics while more easily extending their existing Red Hat virtualized and cloud workloads to the IBM Private Cloud.
- Red Hat Announces Agenda and Keynote Speakers for Red Hat Summit 2017
Intel Has More DRM Graphics Driver Code Ready For Linux 4.12
Intel had already sent in a batch of feature updates to DRM-Next targeting the Linux 4.12 kernel and yesterday an additional feature pull was submitted of work to premiere in this next kernel series.
Eric Anholt Continues Tuning GLAMOR, Cleaning Up ARM CLCD Driver
For those following the development of the open-source VC4 driver stack that notably supports the Raspberry Pi graphics hardware, developer Eric Anholt has published another status update.
As covered already, VC4 HDMI audio is coming to Linux 4.12 as a big milestone.
- Security updates for Monday
Old Linux kernel security bug bites
OK, hands up, who knows what High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC) is? It's an archaic networking data framing protocol that's used in modems, X.25, frame-relay, ISDN, and other now uncommon networking technologies. I know it because I used to work with them back in the day. You'll get to know it now because a researcher discovered a security hole hidden within the Linux kernel driver that implements it.
Seven year-old Linux vulnerability now patched
An old vulnerability was just discovered in the Linux kernel, potentially allowing hackers to gain privilege escalation, or cause a denial of service. The vulnerability was quickly fixed and there have been no signs of it in the wild, although that does not necessarily mean it went unnoticed.
OpenSSH 7.5 released
OpenSSH 7.5 has just been released. It will be available from the mirrors listed at http://www.openssh.com/ shortly.
OpenSSH 7.5 Has Security Fixes, Removes OpenSSL 1.0 Support for Portable OpenSSH
OpenSSH, the cross-platform and open-source 100% complete SSH 2.0 protocol implementation offering both SFTP server and client support was updated today to version 7.5.
OpenSSH 7.5 comes three months after the release of OpenSSH 7.4 in late December 2016, and promises to be a maintenance update that addresses two important security issues, implements support for the "=-" syntax to make removing of methods from algorithm lists a lot easier, and fix numerous reported bugs.
Is Linux Mint a secure distribution?
Linux Mint has been lambasted by some in the media for security problems over the last few years. But how accurate are such perceptions? Does Linux Mint really suffer from security problems or is it all much ado about nothing?
A writer at DistroWatch wades into the controversy and examines some of the myths and misunderstandings about Linux Mint and security.
Linux Mint's security record
Some of the more common misunderstandings I have encountered recently have involved the Linux Mint distribution. Mint has been a popular project in recent years and, with many people using the distribution and talking about the project, there is bound to be some mis-communication. In particular, most of the rumours and misunderstandings I have encountered have revolved around Mint's security practises and history. I would like to clear up a few of the more common rumours.
Mozilla Firefox is the First Pwn2own 2017 Victim to be Patched
Some vendors respond to security issues faster than others. Last week, the 10th annual Pwn2own hacking challenge was hosted by Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), with multiple groups of researchers taking aim at web browsers, operating systems and virtualization technology.
Mozilla's Firefox web browser was successfully exploited on March 16, the second day of the Pwn2own event. Researchers from Chaitin Security Research Lab were the only group to attack Mozilla Firefox, and earned $30,000 for demonstrating a new zero-day exploit. The day the exploit was demonstrated, the only thing publicly revealed about the exploit is that it made use of an integer overflow flaw in combination with an uninitialized memory buffer in the Windows kernel.
FOSSmint: Linux gamers now have a variety of games they can choose ranging from free to the relatively pricey ones.
Hi, I am a researcher and I need a personal wiki to store different bits and pieces of information for my own reference later. I am looking for a software that:
[Essential] Available on MacOS and Linux. Windows would be a good addition as well, but not critical.
[Essential] Allows to store text (obviously) and images.
[Essential] Allows to include code blocks into notes (with syntax highlighting).
[Important] Could be used as a daily journal/electronic lab notebook (ELN).
[Important] Makes it easy to sync notes between several machines.
[Important] Not abandoned by its developer.
[Not essential] Supports Markdown.
Zim Desktop Wiki almost ideally fits my requirements, but I cannot get it working under MacOS 10.12 (Sierra). Also, it seems that the program has not been updated for several years. CherryTree looks like a good alternative, but there is no MacOS version. OneNote doesn't have code highlighting and only available as online (slow) app on Linux. I dislike Tiddlywiki for some reason, probably for its layout.
Would be grateful for any other suggestions, thanks.submitted by /u/T07072014
IBM Launches Enterprise-Strength Blockchain as a Service
IBM on Monday unveiled the first enterprise-ready Blockchain as a Service offering based on The Linux Foundation's open source Hyperledger Fabric version 1.0.
IBM Blockchain, which lets developers quickly establish highly secure blockchain networks on the IBM cloud, is a transformative step in being able to deploy high-speed, secure business transactions through the network on a large scale, the company said.
The platform offers the world's safest Linux infrastructure, with tamper-responsive hardware security modules, a highly auditable operating environment, protection from insider attacks, and secure service containers, according to IBM.
SAS: Open source software comes with hidden costs and problems [Ed: Of course, proprietary software comes with no hidden costs and problems; SAS not a FOSS-centric group; watch members]
Open source technologies are great for organizations, but they're far from perfect. As a matter of fact, many of the open source technologies in use today come with hidden costs and problems. This is according to a new report by SAS, which was created on a poll of 300 executives across the UK and Ireland.
Open source-focused Google Summer of Code 2017 student applications now being accepted
Today is the first official day of spring. With that said, Google wants us to look towards the following season -- summer. You see, starting today, application entries are being accepted for Google Summer of Code 2017.
If you've never heard of this program, please know that the search giant pairs students with organizations to get real-world experience working on an open source project during summer break. Google even pays them some money -- it is not an unpaid affair. Pay, experience, and knowledge aside, participating will look excellent on a résumé.
How Google's open source .jpeg encoder can help your website load faster
A new open source image encoder from Google, announced last Thursday, could help business websites load faster and create a more seamless experience for users. Announced via a blog post, the new algorithm is called Guetzli, and promises .jpeg files up to 35% smaller than other methods, the post said.
According to the post, Guetzli means "cookie" in Swiss German. By using the encoder, businesses and professionals can shrink the file size of their images and graphics down, while maintaining quality, and browser and application compatibility, the post said.
- Google's open-source Guetzli: JPEG file sizes cut by 35 percent for faster browsing
- Google releases open source 'Guetzli' JPEG encoder
- Google Unveils Guetzli, Open Source JPEG Encoder, to Speed Browsing
- Africa: Genband's Jeremy Fuller Appointed to Chair Etsi's Interfaces and Architectures (Ifa) Network Functions Virtualization Working Group
Installed Kali linux to continue learning about pen testing. Attempting to install virtual box on Kali linux.
I'm downloading the file manually to where PWD points me, and then using DPKG -i with the file name to install. The error I get is
DPK: error processing package virtualbox-5.1 (--configure): dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Total noob so not sure what to do.submitted by /u/Heycallme
Dota 2 Receives Optimization For AMD Ryzen CPUs
If you were an early buyer of AMD Ryzen hardware, Valve has pushed out a Dota 2 game update with some Ryzen optimizations.
Today's Dota 2 update from Valve mentions, "Improved threading configuration for AMD Ryzen processors." Presumably this is with better dealing of Ryzen's new SMT capabilities for AMD processors.
Space sandbox game 'Avorion' has a whopper of an update, considering getting a server for it
I am a massive fan of 'Avorion' [Steam] as this Early Access space sandbox has a lot going for it and it just got a major update. I am also considering setting up a GOL server for it!
This new update will mean a re-design of your ships, so be warned. The flight model has been reworked and you now need to make use of three new blocks: Directional Thruster, Gyro Array, Inertia Dampeners.