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Phoronix: pfSense/m0n0wall-Forked OPNsense 16.7 Released

Thursday 28th of July 2016 01:37:27 PM
The latest major release is out of OPNsense, a BSD open-source firewall OS project derived from pfSense and m0n0wall...

Reddit: What does a glibc and musl do?

Thursday 28th of July 2016 01:32:36 PM

Please go into as much detail as possible.

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Reddit: LWN.net Weekly Edition for July 21, 2016

Thursday 28th of July 2016 01:13:53 PM

Phoronix: Unity 5.4 Arrives With Better Multi-Threaded Rendering, Other Rendering Improvements

Thursday 28th of July 2016 01:07:49 PM
Unity 5.4 was released this morning as the latest version of this popular cross-platform game engine...

Reddit: Calling all Scientists on r/Linux, what is your free software story and what do you think of it?

Thursday 28th of July 2016 01:02:49 PM

Apologies if this post isn't directly relevant to r/Linux, but I think it is considering that the most number of FOSS enthusiasts are found here rather than on r/opensource say.

About a year ago, I used to be a Windows and Google user+fan. I was unhappy with little control over Windows 10 compared to even Windows 8.1. I came across DuckDuckGo and parallely started using Firefox and customize it. I started to understand the importance of privacy, encryption and open source slowly. Then I realized that I need to change my OS to achieve proper privacy, support open source and have customization. That was when I switched to Ubuntu (with amazon searches off obviously) and stayed (with a bit of distro hopping). And a whole new way of looking at and using software opened up. FOSS approach is simply put, superior and the right way of doing things (I so love repositories concept).

Even though I am new to Linux, I found whatever little I learned too helpful to do work. I want to become an Astrophysicist and I realize the need for the same openness in Science. Most of our cutting edge scientific knowledge as a species is currently locked down to journals owned by shitty private companies. The same political dynamics that we see in software are at play in science too. And as such the same problem of popularizing FOSS ethos is here too. One has to go through only certain "official sources" to gain access to professional knowledge and contribute to the field. I think that's just stupid and only ensures the benefit of the private companies owning the journals.

I want to popularize Science and Science as FOS both because they go hand in hand to make a better civilization, a better species. I don't want to compromise on my FOSS ethos to popualrize science as it wouldn't solve the problem fundamentally. As such, I don't exist on Facebook, Whatsapp, Google products and Twitter. If I use these products to popularize science, I feel it is at the expense of FOSS and Science as FOS both. I want Science to be as open, have an open source, open data journal system in place, etc. But to do that, there's also the need to communicate with people on those networks and there's the paradox. Most Scientists and Science enthusiasts (that I know of at least) don't care about FOSS. They will see a fancy space simulator and will just go for it. So what do I do?

I have noticed that there are many scientists here who believe in FOSS and I would like to know your opinion on this. Do you think its important to spread Science as FOS and what medium to use? What is your FOSS story as a Scientist and where do you stand on all this?

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu Leftovers

Thursday 28th of July 2016 12:16:42 PM
  • Yakkety Yak Alpha 2 Released
  • Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Alpha 2 Released

    Today marks the second alpha release for Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" flavors participating in these early development releases.

    Participating in today's Yakkety Yak Alpha 2 development milestone are Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Kylin. No Xubuntu or Kubuntu releases to report on this morning.

  • PSA: Ubuntu 15.10 Hits End of Life Today

    It's time to wave a weary goodbye to the Wily Werewolf, as Ubuntu 15.10 support ends today.

  • Jono Bacon on Life After (and Before) GitHub

    Do you want to know what it takes to be a professional community manager? This interview will show you the kind of personality that does well at it, and how Jono Bacon, one of the world’s finest community managers, discovered Linux and later found his way into community management.

    Bacon is world-famous as the long-time community manager for Ubuntu. He was so good, I sometimes think his mother sang “you’ll be a community manager by and by” to him when he was a baby. In 2014 he went to XPRIZE, not a FOSS company, but important nevertheless. From there he dove back into FOSS as community manager for GitHub.

    Now Bacon is a freelance, self-employed community manager. One of his major clients is HackerOne, whose CEO is Bacon’s and my mutual friend Mårten Mickos. But HackerOne is far from his only client. In the interview he says he recently got back from visiting a client in China, and that he has more work then he can handle.

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LXer: Jono Bacon on Life After (and Before) GitHub

Thursday 28th of July 2016 12:03:58 PM
It caused a bit of a splash in May when Jono Bacon abruptly left GitHub after serving as community manager for only six months. As we predicted at the time, he’s landed on his feet.

TuxMachines: I've been Linuxing since before you were born

Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:55:34 AM

Once upon a time, there was no Linux. No, really! It did not exist. It was not like today, with Linux everywhere. There were multiple flavors of Unix, there was Apple, and there was Microsoft Windows.

When it comes to Windows, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite adding 20+ gigabytes of gosh-knows-what, Windows is mostly the same. (Except you can't drop to a DOS prompt to get actual work done.) Hey, who remembers Gorilla.bas, the exploding banana game that came in DOS? Fun times! The Internet never forgets, and you can play a Flash version on Kongregate.com.

Apple changed, evolving from a friendly system that encouraged hacking to a sleek, sealed box that you are not supposed to open, and that dictates what hardware interfaces you are allowed to use. 1998: no more floppy disk. 2012: no more optical drive. The 12-inch MacBook has only a single USB Type-C port that supplies power, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, external storage, video output, and accessories. If you want to plug in more than one thing at a time and don't want to tote a herd of dongles and adapters around with you, too bad. Next up: The headphone jack. Yes, the one remaining non-proprietary standard hardware port in Apple-land is doomed.

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Phoronix: FreeBSD Q2'2016: EFI Improvements, Prepping For FreeBSD 11.0, Package Updates

Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:52:14 AM
For FreeBSD fans not closely following its development on a daily basis, the FreeBSD project has released their Q2'2016 quarterly status report that covers various activities going on around this BSD operating system project...

Reddit: linux driver support for AMD: dedicated vs integrated graphics

Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:32:46 AM

short story: do integrated and dedicated AMD graphic cards use the same drivers? Or do integrated AMD graphics use their own drivers?

long story: I am looking for a not too expensive stationary pc. I know Intel CPU and integrated graphics (at least HD4400) work fine for me (in linux), no need for a dedicated graphics card. Though AMD CPUs with integrated graphics (is that what you call APU?) are really cheap compared to intel. But I read that AMDs linux drivers are everything but top notch. Does that apply to both integrated and dedicated graphics or is the integrated graphics a different story?

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Reddit: How is hidpi these days?

Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:32:30 AM

For the past few laptops I've gotten I've stuck with 1080p since I don't have any issues with it. I've read that gnome and cinnamon and a few others support it pretty well, but then stuff that isn't part of the DE or is dated doesn't scale properly and there are other bugs and issues with it. None of the information seems to be from 2016 or later though, so I'm wondering how people's experience with hidpi has been these days.

Any issues at all would make it seem like it wouldnt be worth it since 1080p seems to be good enough, though 4k and 8k into the future is where we are heading.

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LXer: Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest

Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:06:47 AM
R: you ready for a top-ten spot?It's no surprise that C and Java share the top two spots in the IEEE Spectrum's latest Interactive Top Programming Languages survey, but R at number five? That's a surprise.…

LinuxToday: Perl tricks for system administrators

Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:00:00 AM

Scripting in Perl is quick and easy, and its portability makes your scripts amazingly useful.

Reddit: Linux command cheat-sheet

Thursday 28th of July 2016 10:59:53 AM

LXer: Linux Kernel 4.6.5 and 4.4.16 released

Thursday 28th of July 2016 10:09:36 AM
Just after a couple of weeks,Linux Kernel 4.6.4 and 4.6.15 release was announced,here comes the next release in both series of Linux kernel 4.6 and 4.4.

LXer: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public

Thursday 28th of July 2016 09:12:25 AM
A well-known American photographer has now sued Getty Images and other related companies—she claims they have been wrongly been selling copyright license for over 18,000 of her photos that she had already donated to the public for free, via the Library of Congress.

LXer: Stagefright Poses Serious Risks 1 Year After It First Surfaced

Thursday 28th of July 2016 08:15:14 AM
One year after the Stagefright Android flaw was first reported, its effects are widespread. More than 100 related flaws have emerged and millions of users remain at risk.

TuxMachines: ArchStrike Linux Distro For Ethical Hackers: Security Of Kali + Performance Of Arch

Thursday 28th of July 2016 07:47:43 AM

The first ISO release of ArchStrike Linux distribution comes as a great news for ethical hackers and security researchers. If you are finding the new ArchStrike unfamiliar, let me tell you that it was previously called ArchAssault.

As the name suggests, ArchStrike Linux distro is based on the highly customizable and lightweight Arch Linux distro.

Now, the ArchStrike developers have announced that ISO images have been made available for download as the official installation medium. So, if you are willing to try out the latest ArchStrike Linux distro for hackers, you can go ahead and download ArchStrike 2016.07.21 ISOs for 64-bit and 32-bit CPUs.

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Reddit: What Editor do you use?

Thursday 28th of July 2016 07:44:01 AM

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • iTWire - Microsoft to reduce global workforce
  • Microsoft Faces Two Lawsuits For Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade Campaign
    The series of lawsuits against Microsoft doesn’t seem to terminate sooner.
  • Controlling access to the memory cache
    Access to main memory from the processor is mediated (and accelerated) by the L2 and L3 memory caches; developers working on performance-critical code quickly learn that cache utilization can have a huge effect on how quickly an application (or a kernel) runs. But, as Fenghua Yu noted in his LinuxCon Japan 2016 talk, the caches are a shared resource, so even a cache-optimal application can be slowed by an unrelated task, possibly running on a different CPU. Intel has been working on a mechanism that allows a system administrator to set cache-sharing policies; the talk described the need for this mechanism and how access to it is implemented in the current patch set.
  • Why Blockchain Matters
    If your familiarity with Bitcoin and Blockchain is limited to having heard about the trial of Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht, you can be forgiven -- but your knowledge is out of date. Today, Bitcoin and especially Blockchain are moving into the mainstream, with governments and financial institutions launching experiments and prototypes to understand how they can take advantage of the unique characteristics of the technology.
  • Our Third Podcast, with Cybik, is Out Now
    Cybik comes back on how he came to know and use Linux in the first place, his gaming habits, how he got involved into the Skullgirls port, and shares with us his outlook on the Linux gaming landscape. The podcast is just an hour long and you can either download it below, and use our RSS feed (that has the additional benefit of making it easy for you to get new episodes from now on):
  • GSoC: final race and multi-disc implementation
    It’s been a while since I wrote a post here. A lot has happened since then. Now Gnome-games fully supports PlayStation games, with snapshoting capabilities. The next thing I’m working on is multi-disc support, specially for PlayStation titles. So far, there’s a working propotity although a lot needs to be re-engineered and polished. This last part of the project has involved working both in UI, persistance and logic layers.
  • This Week in GTK+ – 11
    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 22 commits, with 6199 lines added and 1763 lines removed.
  • [Solus] Replacement of Release Schedule
    In the not so distant past, Solus followed a static point release model. Our most current release at this time is 1.2, with a 1.2.1 planned to drop in the near future. However, we also recently announced our move to a rolling release model. As such, these two schools of thought are in contradiction of one another.
  • First release of official ArchStrike ISO files! [Ed: last week]
  • July ’16 security fixes for Java 8
    On the heels of Oracle’s July 2016 security updates for Java 8, the icedtea folks have released version 3.1.0 of their build framework so that I could create packages for OpenJDK 8u101_b13 or “Java 8 Update 101 Build 13” (and the JRE too of course).
  • Pipelight update
    I decided to do an update of my “pipelight” package. I had not looked at it for a long time, basically because I do not use it anymore, but after I upgraded my “wine” package someone asked if I could please write up what could be done for wine-pipelight. As you know, pipelight is a Linux plugin wrapper for Mozilla-compatible browsers which lets you install and use Windows plugins on Linux. This configuration enables you to access online services which would otherwise be unavailable to you on a Linux platform. The pipelight plugin wrapper uses wine to load the Windows software.
  • Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Current Analyst Ratings
  • Friday Session Wrap for Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Fedora @ EuroPython 2016 - event report
  • Android 7.0 Nougat could be release as soon as next month
  • Android gains anti-spam caller ID feature
  • Amazon Cloud Revenue Hits $2.9B
  • ServerMania – Discover High Availability Cloud Computing, powered by OpenStack
    Cloud computing is fast growing in the world of computer and Internet technology, many companies, organizations and even individuals are opting for shared pool of computing resources and services. For starters, Cloud computing is a type of Internet-based computing where users consume hosted services on shared server resources. There are fundamentally three types of cloud computing available today: private, public and hybrid cloud computing.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Student survey data shows Open Source training uptake amongst women and young people remains extreme
    Future Cert, the UK and Ireland representative for the LPI (Linux Professional Institute), is calling for more awareness of Open Source software training amongst the under 21s and especially women, which the industry is so desperately in need of. New figures from a recent Future Cert student survey reveals that the number of women and young people taking LPI Certification in Open Source computing remains extremely low. Of those questioned, 98% were male, and just 2% were female, taking an LPI exam. This figure is significantly less than an already low figure of around 15% to 17% of women in IT careers in general. It raises the question, what does the industry need to do to make an Open Source career attractive to women?
  • Quality in open source: testing CRIU
    Checkpoint/Restore In Userspace, or CRIU, is a software tool for Linux that allows freezing a running application (or part of it) and checkpointing it to disk as a collection of files. The files can then be used to restore and run the application from the point where it was frozen. The distinctive feature of the CRIU project is that it is mainly implemented in user space. Back in 2012, when Andrew Morton accepted the first checkpoint/restore (C/R) patches to the Linux kernel, the idea to implement saving and restoring of running processes in user space seemed kind of crazy. Yet, four years later, not only is CRIU working, it has also attracted more and more attention. Before CRIU, there had been other attempts to implement checkpoint/restore in Linux (DMTCP, BLCR, OpenVZ, CKPT, and others), but none were merged into the mainline. Meanwhile CRIU survived, which attests to its viability. Some time ago, I implemented support for the Test Anything Protocol format into the CRIU test runner; creating that patch allowed me to better understand the nature of the CRIU testing process. Now I want to share this knowledge with LWN readers. [...] The CRIU tests are quite easy to use and available for everyone. Moreover, the CRIU team has a continuous-integration system that consists of Patchwork and Jenkins, which run the required test configurations per-patch and per-commit. Patchwork also allows the team to track the status of patch sets to make the maintainer's work easier. The developers from the team always keep an eye on regressions. If a commit breaks a tree, the patches in question will not be accepted.
  • Open-source Wire messenger gets encrypted screen-sharing
    Chat app Wire has been rapidly adding feature as of late as it looks to gain some traction against the myriad of competitors out there. The latest trick in its arsenal is screen sharing. Now you can click on the new screen-sharing button to, well, share your screen during a call (if you’re on a desktop, that is). It works during group chats too and, as with all Wire communications, is encrypted end-to-end. Wire believes it’s the first messaging app to include end-to-end encryption.
  • SPI board election results are available
    Software in the Public Interest (SPI) has completed its 2016 board elections. There were two open seats on the board in addition to four board members whose terms were expiring. The six newly elected members of the board are Luca Filipozzi, Joerg Jaspert, Jimmy Kaplowitz, Andrew Tridgell, Valerie Young, and Martin Zobel-Helas. The full results, including voter statistics, are also available.
  • SFK 2016 - Call for Speakers
    Software Freedom Kosova is an annual international conference in Kosovo organized to promote free/libre open source software, free culture and open knowledge, now in its 7th edition. It is organized by FLOSSK, a non governmental, not for profit organization, dedicated to promote software freedom and related philosophies.
  • Microsoft's Next Open Source Target Could Be PowerShell: Report
  • Open-source drug discovery project advances drug development
  • The First-Ever Test of Open-Source Drug-Discovery
  • Open-Source Drug Discovery a Success
  • CNS - Open-Source Project Spurs New Drug Discoveries
    Medicines for Malaria Venture, a nonprofit group based in Geneva, Switzerland, distributed 400 diverse compounds with antimalarial activity — called the Malaria Box — to 200 labs in 30 nations in late 2011. The findings from subsequent studies and analyses were published Thursday in the journal PLOS Pathogens. Distributing the Malaria Box to various labs enabled scientists to analyze the compounds and develop findings that have led to more than 30 new drug-development projects for a variety of diseases. As a stipulation to receiving the samples, the various research groups had to deposit the information from their studies in the public domain.
  • Wire and Launchkit go open source, a water flow monitoring system, and more news
  • Apache, astsu, Biscuit, Python, Puppet 4, systemd & more!
  • The Onion Omega2: The Latest Router Dev Board
  • Build a $700 open source bionic prosthesis with new tutorial by Nicolas Huchet of Bionico
    The 3D printing community has already successfully taken over the market for cosmetic prostheses, as fantastic initiatives like E-NABLE have proven. But the world of bionics is a different place and just a handful of makers have gone there with any form of success, such as the very inspiring Open Bionics. But even 3D printed bionic prostheses are definitely within our reach, as French open source fanatic Nicolas Huchet of Bionico has proven. Though by no means a making expert himself, he 3D printed his own open source bionic hand during a three month residency at FabLab Berlin and has now shared all the files – including an extensive tutorial – online. This means you can now 3D print your very own bionic prosthesis at home for just $700.
  • BCN3D Technologies develops open source 3D printed 'Moveo' robotic arm for schools
    Designed from scratch and developed by BCN3D engineers in collaboration with the Generalitat de Catalunya’s Departament d’Ensenyament (Department of Education), the BCN3D Moveo is an Arduino Mega 2560-powered, 3D printed robotic arm which could enable schools and colleges in Spain and elsewhere to teach students the basics of robotics, mechanical design, and industrial programming. When the Departament d’Ensenyament approached BCN3D one year ago regarding the possibility of an educative robotics project, the tech organization jumped at the chance to get on board.

Security Leftovers

10 hot Android smartphones that got price cuts recently

With numerous smartphone getting launched each month, brands always adjust prices to give slightly competitive edge to older smartphone models and also to clear inventories. Here are 10 smartphones that got price cuts recently. Read more