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LXer: LVFS makes Linux firmware updates easier

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 07:14:57 AM
Traditionally, updating a BIOS or a network card[he]#039[/he]s firmware in Linux meant booting into Microsoft Windows or preparing a MS-DOS floppy disk and hoping everything would work correctly after the update. Periodically searching a vendor website for updates is a manual and error-prone task and not something we should ask users to do. A firmware update service makes it simpler for end users to implement hardware updates.

TuxMachines: Microsoft Worker Leaves for Google, Criticizes Post-Windows Vista Dev Strategy

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 07:01:55 AM

Microsoft employee Tim Sneath, who spent no less than 17 years with the company, announced in a blog post that he’s leaving the software giant to work for Google on the new Flutter mobile framework.

Sneath started his post by emphasizing how great Microsoft is, explaining that he company has “incredibly diverse interests” and is “filled with talented people.”

Despite the good parts, however, the former Microsoft Program Manager who worked on a series of projects for developers, discussed what he described as the “missteps” that the Redmond-based software giant embraced beginning with the Windows Vista era.

Also: ‘Goodbye Microsoft, hello Linux’

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LXer: Four Hidden Costs and Risks of Sudo Can Lead to Cybersecurity Risks and Compliance Problems on Unix and Linux Servers

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 06:00:36 AM
It is always a philosophical debate as to whether to use open source software in a regulated environment. Open source software is crowd sourced, and developers from all over the world contribute to packages that are later included in Operating System distributions.

Reddit: Make Web Apps from Firefox??

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 05:12:15 AM

There's a way to make web apps from firefox like Webby from elementaryOS or something like that??

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LXer: SparkyLinux 4.7 "Tyche" Out Now with Latest Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Updates

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 04:46:16 AM
A new stability update of the SparkyLinux 4.x "Tyche" operating system series is out now bringing you the latest updates from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" software repositories.

TuxMachines: LiFT Scholarship Recipients Advance Open Source Around the World

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 03:36:00 AM

Fifteen people from 13 different countries have received Linux Foundation Training Scholarships (LiFT) in the category of Linux Newbies. This year, 27 people received scholarships across all categories — the most ever awarded by the Foundation.

Now in its seventh year, the program awards training scholarships to current and aspiring IT professionals worldwide who may not otherwise have the means for specialized training. The Foundation has awarded 75 scholarships worth more than $168,000 since the program began.

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LXer: Save Files Directly To Google Drive And Download 10 Times Faster

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 03:31:56 AM
So recently I had to download the update package for my phone but when I started downloading it, I found it was too big in size.

TuxMachines: Linux Containers vs Virtual Machines

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 03:29:57 AM

Ever since containers on Linux became popular, determining the difference between Linux containers and virtual machines has become trickier. This article will provide you with the details to understand the differences between Linux containers and virtual machines.

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TuxMachines: Linux gizmo indexes photos and videos for visual recognition search

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 03:01:08 AM

Pimloc’s “Pholio” runs Linux on an Nvidia Tegra, and provides offline storage and search of images and video using visual and face recognition.

Digital imaging has lived up to its promise of making it easier to take more images more quickly, but the promise that it would make it easier to find those images has fallen short. Unless you spend time with an image management package and apply tags to each and every photo, it’s a pain to try to find specific images or groups of images. A new Kickstarter project called Pholio promises to skip the prep work and use visual recognition technology to quickly locate any image or video you seek.

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LXer: LiFT Scholarship Recipients Advance Open Source Around the World

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 02:17:36 AM
Fifteen people from 13 different countries have received Linux Foundation Training Scholarships (LiFT) in the category of Linux Newbies. This year, 27 people received scholarships across all categories — the most ever awarded by the Foundation.

Reddit: [Intel ME]How would a linux user defend against INTEL-SA-00086 on affected systems if you never setup AMT/messed with ME?

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 01:56:40 AM

A friend has an affected desktop running one of those chips(e3 1200s v5) listed on the vulnerability page https://security-center.intel.com/advisory.aspx?intelid=INTEL-SA-00086&languageid=en-fr

however he's never setup AMT/ME and from our chat logs, his system refuses connections to the AMT ports(16992,*93), even from localhost

He runs debian sid and has said he blacklisted the mei and mei_me kernel modules from running. Does this help at all?

He's got an asrock e3v5 gaming board that had its last bios releases around 2016 http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Fatal1ty%20E3V5%20Performance%20GamingOC/?cat=Beta

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LXer: Linux/Android hacker SBC with hexa-core Rockchip SoC debuts at $75

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 01:03:16 AM
The Vamrs “RK3399 Sapphire” SBC is on sale for $75, or $349 for a full kit. Vamrs is also prepping an RK3399-based “Rock960” 96Boards SBC.Rockchip’s RK3399 is one of the most powerful ARM-based system-on-chips available on hacker boards, featuring two server-class Cortex-A72 cores clocked to up to 2.0GHz, as well as four Cortex-A53 at up to 1.42GHz and a quad-core Mali-T864 GPU.

Slashdot: No, the Linux Desktop Hasn't Jumped in Popularity

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 12:59:19 AM

Slashdot: Appeals Court Rules: SCO v. IBM Case Can Continue

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 12:59:19 AM

Phoronix: Extra KVM Changes For Linux 4.15 Bring UMIP Support, AMD SEV Changes Delayed

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 12:40:14 AM
As some additional work past the KVM changes for Linux 4.15 submitted last week, a few more feature items have been queued...

LXer: Red Hat partners with AWS with OpenShift Container Platform 3.7

Monday 20th of November 2017 11:48:55 PM
Red Hat wants to be your AWS hybrid cloud and container company as well your Linux provider. Kubernetes has become the cloud container orchestration program. Red Hat jumped on the Kubernetes bandwagon early in 2015. Today, Red Hat is all in, with the release of the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7.

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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.

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Security: Uber Sued, Intel ‘Damage Control’, ZDNet FUD, and XFRM Privilege Escalation

  • Uber hit with 2 lawsuits over gigantic 2016 data breach
    In the 48 hours since the explosive revelations that Uber sustained a massive data breach in 2016, two separate proposed class-action lawsuits have been filed in different federal courts across California. The cases allege substantial negligence on Uber’s part: plaintiffs say the company failed to keep safe the data of the affected 50 million customers and 7 million drivers. Uber reportedly paid $100,000 to delete the stolen data and keep news of the breach quiet. On Tuesday, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote: “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”
  • Intel Releases Linux-Compatible Tool For Confirming ME Vulnerabilities [Ed: ‘Damage control’ strategy is to make it look like just a bug.]
    While Intel ME security issues have been talked about for months, confirming fears that have been present about it for years, this week Intel published the SA-00086 security advisory following their own internal review of ME/TXE/SPS components. The impact is someone could crash or cause instability issues, load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system, and other possible issues.
  • Open source's big weak spot? Flawed libraries lurking in key apps [Ed: Linux basher Liam Tung entertains FUD firm Snyk and Microsoft because it suits the employer's agenda]
  • SSD Advisory – Linux Kernel XFRM Privilege Escalation

gThumb 3.6 GNOME Image Viewer Released with Better Wayland and HiDPI Support

gThumb, the open-source image viewer for the GNOME desktop environment, has been updated this week to version 3.6, a new stable branch that introduces numerous new features and improvements. gThumb 3.6 comes with better support for the next-generation Wayland display server as the built-in video player, color profiles, and application icon received Wayland support. The video player component received a "Loop" button to allow you to loop videos, and there's now support for HiDPI displays. The app also ships with a color picker, a new option to open files in full-screen, a zoom popover that offers different zoom commands and a zoom slider, support for double-click activation, faster image loading, aspect ratio filtering, and the ability to display the description of the color profile in the property view. Read more Also: Many Broadway HTML5 Backend Improvements Land In GTK4