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LXer: A new version of Pac Man for the Atari 2600

Saturday 24th of January 2015 05:17:41 PM
...the version of Pac Man that was released for the Atari 2600 was horrible. I mean truly, incredibly, mind-blowingly awful. The graphics sucked, the sound was abominable and the entire experience was a let-down of absolutely epic proportions. But a programmer has created a new version of Pac Man for the Atari 2600, and it’s what Pac Man should have been when it was first released all those years ago.

Phoronix: Dying Light Appears Headed To Linux, SteamOS

Saturday 24th of January 2015 04:35:29 PM
Dying Light is a survival horror game developed by Techland. Up to now its release later this month has been billed as a Windows / PlayStation 4 / Xbox One title, but it looks now like it will premiere on Steam for Linux / SteamOS...

Phoronix: Wayland 1.6.1 & Weston 1.6.1 Released

Saturday 24th of January 2015 03:57:17 PM
Bryce Harrington, the former Canonical employee part of Ubuntu's X/Mir team turned Samsung open-source employee, has issued the first maintenance update for Wayland 1.6...

Reddit: A smarter or more space-conscious way or storing backups than 'cp daily.0 daily.1;rsync *network* daily.0'?

Saturday 24th of January 2015 03:47:48 PM

Obviously it's slightly more complicated than that. But that's the gist of the current implementation of our backup solution. It duplicates daily.0 to daily.1, then rsyncs all relevant network shares into daily.0. Then we keep a certain number of daily, weekly and monthly backups.

Thing is, I wonder if there might be a better way, or if we're really just doing it right. The whole process takes hours because even our small small company has enough data that daily.0 is about 6 terabytes.

6 terabytes copies nightly. That just seems insane. Not at an enterprise level. But for one little backup server for a small company? That's a LOT of data.

Is there something more sophisticated that could be done?

In a year of being here I never questioned the setup. You know...

But now I'm finally getting over that mindset and realizing this is my network now (for better or worse). and I'd like to be able to defend any choices, and be confident in how it's all setup.

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Slashdot: Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

Saturday 24th of January 2015 03:28:00 PM
jones_supa writes There has been quite a debate around the Linux version of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and the fact that it wasn't really a port. A special kind of wrapper was used to make the Windows version of the game run on Linux systems, similar to Wine. The performance on Linux systems took a hit and users felt betrayed because they thought that they would get a native port. However, after the game stopped launching properly at some point, the reason was actually found to be a Linux regression. Linus quickly took care of the issue on an unofficial Witcher 2 issue tracker on GitHub: "It looks like LDT_empty is buggy on 64-bit kernels. I suspect that the behavior was inconsistent before the tightening change and that it's now broken as a result. I'll write a patch. Serves me right for not digging all the way down the mess of macros." This one goes to the bin "don't break userspace". Linus also reminds of QA: "And maybe this is an excuse for somebody in the x86 maintainer team to try a few games on steam. They *are* likely good tests of odd behavior.."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

LXer: Thousands of U.S. gas stations exposed to Internet attacks

Saturday 24th of January 2015 03:23:19 PM
Over 5,000 devices used by gas stations in the U.S. to monitor their fuel tank levels can be manipulated from the Internet by malicious attackers.

Phoronix: pfSense 2.2 Brings AES-GCM With AES-NI Acceleration

Saturday 24th of January 2015 02:46:38 PM
Chris Buechler has released version 2.2 of the pfSense FreeBSD-based firewall/router focused software platform...

Reddit: Antergos + Catalyst + Gnome + yaourt -s catalyst-total = WIN

Saturday 24th of January 2015 01:34:37 PM

It installed really easy, and with lightDM display manager, Kernel 3.18, Gnome 3.14, pacmanXG, and yaourt/AUR by default.

Installed Catalyst 14.12 (Omega) from AUR patched for kernel 3.18. Yaourt catalyst-total, then aticonfig --initial.

Installed Octopi via AUR and it took care of QT4 dependencies for CCC. Enabled multilib. So far everything is perfect. Firefox Aurora (37) is in AUR :).

Really liking Antergos so far. Or I should say Arch. But the setup with Antergos IMO is really good.

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Phoronix: Mesa 10.4.3 Brings A Bunch Of Fixes For The Direct3D "Nine" Support

Saturday 24th of January 2015 01:34:12 PM
Emil Velikov announced the Mesa 10.4.3 point release during the early hours of today. While most Mesa stable updates aren't too exciting, this one is certainly noteworthy if you're a user of the Gallium3D "Nine" state tracker for providing Direct3D 9 support on Linux...

LXer: Should Microsoft open source Internet Explorer or destroy it?

Saturday 24th of January 2015 01:28:57 PM
In today's open source roundup: Microsoft has some decisions to make about Internet Explorer. Plus: Stream content from your Linux computer to Chromecast, and are Linux graphics apps ready for professional use?

Phoronix: New "ORC" JIT API Land In LLVM

Saturday 24th of January 2015 12:33:33 PM
The new "ORC" Just-In-Time compilation APIs have landed within mainline LLVM...

LXer: Linus Torvalds to Patch the Kernel for a Witcher 2 Problem

Saturday 24th of January 2015 11:34:35 AM
Linus Torvalds is not known to interfere with other projects than the Linux kernel and it must be something really special to get him involved. Well, it looks like the Linux port of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings proved to be interesting enough.

TuxMachines: Intel Has A Few More Graphics Changes For The Linux 3.20 Kernel

Saturday 24th of January 2015 11:31:23 AM

Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center sent in yet another Intel drm-next pull request to David Airlie for accepting into the 3.20 DRM-Next Git tree before he closes off the tree for accepting new feature code (Airlie's change for the past few kernels has been to stop accepting new code a few weeks before the N-1 release). With this latest Git pull request, the changes aren't too exciting:

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Reddit: Wine 1.7.35 release notes

Saturday 24th of January 2015 11:30:51 AM

TuxMachines: Oracle Goes After Cisco UCS, with the 'Whole Megillah'

Saturday 24th of January 2015 10:44:23 AM

Oracle CTO Larry Ellison wants a bigger piece of the server market and is taking direct aim at Cisco's UCS to grow share. Oracle's new X5 Engineered Systems portfolio is a bid by the company to provide lower-cost two-socket converged infrastructure systems running Linux at very competitive price points.

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TuxMachines: Zenwalk and Chakra Reviews, Another 32-Bit Voice

Saturday 24th of January 2015 10:38:03 AM

zenwalkToday in Linux news, Jack Germain has a review of Zenwalk and tries to review Chakra. With the pro-32 bit architecture folks seemingly winning the argument, Bruce Byfield weights in saying what's surprising is that it's taken so long to deprecate. Elsewhere, is reporting that Linus Torvalds patched the kernel to fix a Witcher 2 issue.

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Reddit: Trying to catch a cat

Saturday 24th of January 2015 10:30:59 AM


I've got a webcam setup to take stills every 10 seconds because there's some random cat coming into our house and eating the food. Using a raspberry pi I send those files to a larger machine for processing.

Problem is. Over night I get a load of images and barring converting it to a video and watching it all for a single frame flash of when this critter walks past I've got no way of telling if he's been in.

Is there a way for me to compare multiple images and to highlight using ffmpeg, mencoder, any other tool when there's been a large delta change in X image versus Y image?


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Phoronix: Intel Has A Few More Graphics Changes For The Linux 3.20 Kernel

Saturday 24th of January 2015 09:42:33 AM
Intel has already landed a lot of new DRM graphics code for the Linux 3.20 kernel but there's more in store for drm-next before calling it a week...

LXer: Mea Culpas & Cranky Patients Named Ken

Saturday 24th of January 2015 09:40:13 AM
For starters, I thought the proposal — not Red Hat or the Fedora Project — was the product of “first-world thinkers.” Neither Red Hat nor the Fedora Project needs me to explain the length and breadth of their worldwide community and how they fit within the structure of positively promoting FOSS worldwide. Also, to be clear: My commentary appeared after Stephen’s “let-me-explain” blog post, by a matter of minutes incidentally, so there was no cause-and-effect involved on my part.

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Real-time enabled Sitara SoC shows up on a COM

Variscite unveiled a Linux-friendly, SODIMM-style COM based on TI’s Sitara AM437x, supporting the updated SoC’s quad-core Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU). The VAR-SOM-AM43 is the first computer-on-module we’ve seen to use the Texas Instruments Sitara AM437x, a single-core Cortex-A9 system-on-chip that clocks to 1GHz. Last month, Adeneo announced an Android 4.4 BSP for TI’s Sitara AM437x development platform. Variscite is supporting its VAR-SOM-AM43 with a Yocto Linux, and soon, Android-ready hardware/software development kit of its own, which includes a VAR-AM43 CustomBoard development board, touchscreens, cables, and more Read more

High-end 'upstream' Linux laptop plans to ship in April

They said in working up hardware, they carefully designed the laptop "chip by chip" to work with open source software. The 4.4-pound laptop runs Linux. This is a GNU-based distribution, more specifically, the Trisquel GNU/Linux, "the strictest of distributions and strips all binary blobs from the Linux kernel." At the same time, they said laptop owners, if they want, can easily install anything less strict, such as Debian and Ubuntu. The machine has a 15.6" display in either 1920x1080 or 3840x2160 with a 60Hz refresh rate, 720p camera and HD Audio. It has a CD/DVD ROM drive. They used Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200. It has a 48 Wh lithium polymer battery with about eight hours of usage. Read more

Android essentials: 13 apps I can't live without

We spend a lot of time talking about Lollipop and OS-level issues with Android -- but you know what's just as important as the operating system on your phone or tablet? The apps that surround it. The right apps can make your device easier and more enjoyable to use. They can give it powers you didn't know were possible. They can make it feel like your own custom-tailored gadget -- whether you've been using it for two minutes or for two years. Read more

GHOST, a critical Linux security hole, is revealed

Researchers at cloud security company Qualys have discovered a major security hole, GHOST (CVE-2015-0235), in the Linux GNU C Library (glbibc). This vulnerability enables hackers to remotely take control of systems without even knowing any system IDs or passwords. Qualys alerted the major Linux distributors about the security hole quickly and most have now released patches for it. Josh Bressers, manager of the Red Hat product security team said in an interview that, "Red Hat got word of this about a week ago. Updates to fix GHOST on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, 6, and 7 are now available via the Red Hat Network." This hole exists in any Linux system that was built with glibc-2.2, which was released on November 10, 2000. Qualys found that the bug had actually been patched with a minor bug fix released on May 21, 2013 between the releases of glibc-2.17 and glibc-2.18. Read more