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LXer: Linux Kernel 4.8.1 Is Out, Stable Enough for Deployment in GNU/Linux Distros

Saturday 8th of October 2016 12:03:42 PM
Renowned Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman proudly announced the availability of the first point release to the latest Linux 4.8 kernel series.

TuxMachines: DebEX GNOME Live DVD Released with GNOME 3.22, MATE 1.16, and Linux Kernel 4.8

Saturday 8th of October 2016 11:37:41 AM

After announcing the release of DebEX KDE Live DVD Build 161001, GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us today about the availability of a new build of his DebEX GNOME Live DVD.

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TuxMachines: LibreOffice 5.3 Office Suite Enters Development, Will Arrive in February 2017

Saturday 8th of October 2016 11:35:57 AM

We've been informed by The Document Foundation's Italo Vignoli that the next major release of the popular LibreOffice office suite, version 5.3, will soon enter development and the first bug hunting session takes place in two weeks.

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TuxMachines: Wine and Games for GNU/Linux

Saturday 8th of October 2016 11:08:27 AM

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TuxMachines: Linux Kernel News

Saturday 8th of October 2016 11:06:53 AM

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TuxMachines: Development News

Saturday 8th of October 2016 11:05:53 AM
  • GDB 7.12 released!

    Release 7.12 of GDB, the GNU Debugger, is now available via anonymous FTP. GDB is a source-level debugger for Ada, C, C++, Objective-C, Pascal and many other languages. GDB can target (i.e., debug programs running on) more than a dozen different processor architectures, and GDB itself can run on most popular GNU/Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows variants.

  • GDB 7.12 Released With Rust Debugging, Python Enhancements

    GDB 7.12 is now available as the latest feature release of the GNU Debugger.

    Arguably most exciting about GDB 7.12 is that it now supports debugging programs written in Rust! But if Rust support doesn't excite you, there is also some Fortran support improvements and various Python language enhancements.

  • Should Math be a Prerequisite for Programming?

    In her LinuxCon Europe talk, “The Set of Programmers: How Math Restricts Us,” Carol Smith, Education Partnership Manager at GitHub, got us thinking about how math requirements impact our ability to bring more people into the field of computer programming.

    Carol kicked off her talk with a story about how she traveled to New Zealand with two friends, Boris and Natasha (not their real names), and learned that Boris has agoraphobia, which causes him extreme anxiety in open spaces. New Zealand, as it turns out, is full of wide open spaces. During one hike, Boris really struggled with crossing the long bridge across a gully. The more he told himself he could do it, the harder it was. He felt like he should be able to do this and felt like he was the only person who couldn't do it. A lot of people get this feeling when they try to do math. They feel like everyone else can do math, and the more they think this, the more they feel like they are the only person who can't do math.

  • Rust and Automake

    Yes it is. But it is also limited to build the Rust crate. It does one thing, very well, and easily.

    Although I'm writing a GNOME application and this needs more than building the code. So I decided I need to wrap the build process into automake.

    Let's start with Autoconf for Rust Project. This post is a great introduction to solving the problem and give an actual example on doing it even though the author just uses autoconf. I need automake too, but this is a good start.

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TuxMachines: SUSE Leftovers

Saturday 8th of October 2016 10:46:24 AM
  • Dominique Leuenberger: openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Week 2016/40
  • ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED in Chrome/Chomium @openSUSE_Tumbeweed @DELL_5510
  • YaST Team: Improving low-vision accessibility of the installer

    In our latest report, we promised you would not have to wait another three weeks to hear (or read) from us. And here we are again, but not with any of the anticipated topics (build time reduction and Euruko 2016), but with a call for help in a topic that could really make a difference for (open)SUSE.

    Nowadays, YaST team is trying to fix a long-standing issue in the installer: low-vision accessibility. In the past, a user could get a high-contrast mode just pressing shift+F4 during installation. Unfortunately, that feature does not work anymore and, to be honest, changing to a high-contrast palette is not enough. Other adjustments, like setting better font sizes, should be taken into account.

    Another option is to use the textmode installation and set some obscure variable (Y2NCURSES_COLOR_THEME) to get the high-contrast mode. But it sounds like the opposite to user friendly.

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LXer: Top 10 and editors picks: September review

Saturday 8th of October 2016 10:37:56 AM
In September published 87 articles, including 2 series: DrupalCon Dublin and Open Source Worldwide. We also started our All Things Open 2016 series, which will run through October. We welcomed 21 new authors, and our community moderators contributed 21 articles.

TuxMachines: 6 Ways Mr. Robot Is Putting Linux in the Public Eye

Saturday 8th of October 2016 10:22:50 AM

One of the main Linux draws is its customization, and one of the most important areas is the desktop environment. Of the Linux desktop environments, GNOME and KDE are two of the leading environments. Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström) says to protagonist Elliot, “So I see you’re running Gnome! You know I’m actually on KDE myself.” Those familiar with Linux and its environments will appreciate this moment, especially Wellick’s follow up, “Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, I’m an executive running Linux, why am I even running Linux?”

Not only do we learn about KDE and GNOME, but there’s even a bit about the perception of Linux use in the enterprise (hint: it’s usually relegated to sysadmins and tech specialists, not execs).

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TuxMachines: Security News

Saturday 8th of October 2016 10:19:47 AM
  • Security advisories for Friday
  • surveillance, whistleblowing, and security engineering

    Imagine for a moment that you are a security engineer who discovers a backdoor that your company execs have been trying to hide from your team. Would you quit on ethical grounds or stay so that you can prevent this from happening again? I don’t think there is one right answer. Personally I am grateful both for those who left and blew the whistle, and for those who stayed to protect Yahoo’s 800 million users.

    Part of the job function of security engineers and pen testers is being ready for the moment you encounter something that you think should be disclosed but your company wants to keep secret. Think about what you would be willing to lose. Be prepared to escalate internally. Know the terms of your NDA and your exit agreement; try your best to honor them. Most of all, keep pushing for end-to-end encryption.

  • Digital Vigilantes Want to Shame DDoS Attackers And Their Corporate Enablers

    Hacker attacks that try to take down websites with a flood of bogus traffic, technically known as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, have become a daily occurrence on the internet. The rise of DDoS has created a cottage industry of companies dedicated to mitigating the attacks, and, on the flip side, professional DDoS-for-hire services and gangs.

    Now, a group of security researchers wants to name and shame not only the hackers responsible for such crippling attacks, but also the internet providers and traffic carriers that enable them by turning a blind eye to their actions, with a project called SpoofIT.

  • Russia Drafting Law to Favor Open Source

    I wrote the original cyber-vulnerability letter to the White House in 1994, and instead of acting responsibly, the US Government allowed NSA -- with the active complicty of US communicaitons and computing provider CEOs -- to compromise all US offerings. Not only are the communications and computing devices and related consulting compromised, but so are larger offerings (e.g. Boeing aircraft, which come with a computer system pre-configured for US Government remote control take-over -- Lufthansa is reported to have discovered this and at great expense removed all US computers from every aircraft). NOTE: I am quite certain about both of the above indictments, but only a proper European Commission investigation can satisfy the public interest; I believe that the same problems infect C4I systems from China, France, Israel, and Russia, and I do not believe most people are aware that the electrical system is now easily used to enter computers that are nominally disconnected from the Internet.

  • Systemd vulnerability crashes Linux systems

    A new vulnerability has been discovered that could shut down most Linux systems using a command short enough to fit in a tweet.

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TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Saturday 8th of October 2016 10:16:30 AM

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Reddit: *SUSE Dev Survey - Please help improve openSUSE for Developers

Saturday 8th of October 2016 09:37:33 AM

I would like to hear from Developers using Linux in any way, manner or form, to give feedback and ideas about improving openSUSE for Developers

I've put together this short survey which I'd really appreciate as many responses to as possible

Please spread the link around to anyone who might also be using or interested in using openSUSE as part of their development work

Any unstructured feedback here is also welcome


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LXer: This Week in Open Source News: 4 out of 5 Banks to Use Blockchain by 2017, Linus Torvalds Reflects on Past 25 Years, & More

Saturday 8th of October 2016 09:12:09 AM
This week in Linux and open source news, the popularity of blockchain amongst banks will continue to surge through 2017, Linus Torvalds refelcts on the anniversary of Linux at LinuxCon Europe, and more!

Reddit: Learning Linux for the more tech savvy

Saturday 8th of October 2016 08:39:57 AM

Hey, Reddit!

First, I'm going to start with some background info about myself. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time on RH, Mandrake, and the occasional backtrack when I felt like experimenting. I took a few classes in school about networking, flashing Cisco routers, and running Linux servers, but even more time learning things on my own - mostly digging deeper into things I was currently learning in class that I knew the class wouldn't teach me. Long story short, I'm the type of person who loves learning the more in-depth details of how and why things work and the rules set forth by current protocols so that I can better bend or sometimes break them to accomplish what I want done.

Now... Fast forward a number of years. I haven't touched Linux in probably 8 or 9 years. I just began going to college for I.T./CS after spending a number of years away doing unrelated work. I still know many of the basics (cd, ls, grep, more/less, editors (vi, vim, etc), blah blah blah) but as for learning more, I don't even know where to begin. Every beginner book I pick up, I get bored with easily because I already know 90+ percent of the content, yet every more advanced book I pick up, I'm completely lost because I don't understand the mid-level protocols that it's assumed I know.

So where can I learn? How do I begin learning if I don't know what to specifically research? Are there any resources out that are set up similarly to the way CodeAcademy is for programming where it's very easy to get through basics to get to the relevant content? I guess I'm just having trouble knowing what to look for...

Thanks so much for your time.

TL;DR - Out of the tech game for a while, need advice on where to relearn things that are neither too basic nor too difficult. Resources similar to CodeAcademy?

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TuxMachines: i.MX8 “eCockpit” SoC arrives, with media and IoT versions coming

Saturday 8th of October 2016 07:48:09 AM

NXP unveiled its automotive i.MX8 Quad with four Cortex-A53 cores, two Cortex-M4F cores, and two GPUs. The QuadPlus and QuadMax add one and two -A72 cores.

Freescale teased its automotive i.MX8 family in 2015 before the company was acquired by NXP, a process that may have contributed to the SoC family’s delays. The first three i.MX8 models are now due to sample in Q1 2017, says NXP, which has already built a development kit for the SoC, shown farther below. In addition, plans have leaked for future i.MX8 models for multimedia and low-power IoT applications, including dual-core models (see farther below).

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LXer: Homicide Commits Suicide, HP Says It’s Sorry & More…

Saturday 8th of October 2016 07:46:23 AM
Also included: Judge seems to make software patents illegal, Mageia mourns a contributor, Yakkety Yak frozen, KDE's new release, and getting ready for All Things Open.

TuxMachines: LeEco Accidentally Reveals Phone, Android TV Lineup Ahead of U.S. Launch

Saturday 8th of October 2016 07:41:21 AM

Chinese hardware upstart LeEco accidentally showed off key parts of its device lineup two weeks before the company is set to officially launch its US business Friday. The leak, which was first spotted by AndroidPolice, revealed two budget-phones as well as four different TV sets based on Google’s Android TV platform.

Product shots also show numerous LeEco-branded apps, suggesting that the company wants to use its devices to grow its entertainment services, much like it has done in China. A LeEco spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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More in Tux Machines


  • Managing OpenStack with Open Source Tools
    Day 2 operations are still dominated by manual and custom individual scripts devised by system administrators. Automation is needed by enterprises. Based on the above analysis, Ansible is a leading open source project with a high number contributions and a diverse community of contributions. Thus Ansible is a well supported and popular open source tool to orchestrate and manage OpenStack.
  • Databricks Weaves Deep Learning into Cloud-Based Spark Platform
    Databricks, a company founded by the creators of the popular open-source Big Data processing engine Apache Spark, is a firm that we've been paying close attention to here at OStatic. We're fans of the company's online courses on Spark, and we recently caught up with Kavitha Mariappan, who is Vice President of Marketing at the company, for a guest post on open source tools and data science. Now, Databricks has announced the addition of deep learning support to its cloud-based Apache Spark platform. The company says this enhancement adds GPU support and integrates popular deep learning libraries to the Databricks' big data platform, extending its capabilities to enable the rapid development of deep learning models. "Data scientists looking to combine deep learning with big data -- whether it's recognizing handwriting, translating speech between languages, or distinguishing between malignant and benign tumors -- can now utilize Databricks for every stage of their workflow, from data wrangling to model tuning," the company reports, adding "Databricks is the first to integrate these diverse workloads in a fast, secure, and easy-to-use Apache Spark platform in the cloud."
  • OpenStack Building the Cloud for the Next 50 Years (and Beyond)
    Two OpenStack Foundation executives talk about what has gone wrong, what has gone right and what's next for the open-source cloud. BARCELONA, Spain—When OpenStack got started in 2010, it was a relatively small effort with only two companies involved. Over the last six years, that situation has changed dramatically with OpenStack now powering telecom, retail and scientific cloud computing platforms for some of the largest organizations in the world.
  • The Myth of the Root Cause: How Complex Web Systems Fail
    Complex systems are intrinsically hazardous systems. While most web systems fortunately don’t put our lives at risk, failures can have serious consequences. Thus, we put countermeasures in place — backup systems, monitoring, DDoS protection, playbooks, GameDay exercises, etc. These measures are intended to provide a series of overlapping protections. Most failure trajectories are successfully blocked by these defenses, or by the system operators themselves.
  • How to assess the benefits of SDN in your network
    Software-defined networking has matured from a science experiment into deployable, enterprise-ready technology in the last several years, with vendors from Big Switch Networks and Pica8 to Hewlett Packard Enterprise and VMware offering services for different use cases. Still, Nemertes Research's 2016 Cloud and Data Center Benchmark survey found a little more than 9% of organizations now deploying SDN in production.

Security News

  • GNU Tar "Pointy Feather" Vulnerability Disclosed (CVE-2016-6321)
    Last week was the disclosure of the Linux kernel's Dirty COW vulnerability while the latest high-profile open-source project going public with a new security CVE is GNU's Tar. Tar CVE-2016-6321 is also called POINTYFEATHER according to the security researchers. The GNU Pointy Feather vulnerability comes down to a pathname bypass on the Tar extraction process. Regardless of the path-name(s) specified on the command-line, the attack allows for file and directory overwrite attacks using specially crafted tar archives.
  • Let’s Encrypt and The Ford Foundation Aim To Create a More Inclusive Web
    Let’s Encrypt was awarded a grant from The Ford Foundation as part of its efforts to financially support its growing operations. This is the first grant that has been awarded to the young nonprofit, a Linux Foundation project which provides free, automated and open SSL certificates to more than 13 million fully-qualified domain names (FQDNs). The grant will help Let’s Encrypt make several improvements, including increased capacity to issue and manage certificates. It also covers costs of work recently done to add support for Internationalized Domain Name certificates. “The people and organizations that Ford Foundation serves often find themselves on the short end of the stick when fighting for change using systems we take for granted, like the Internet,” Michael Brennan, Internet Freedom Program Officer at Ford Foundation, said. “Initiatives like Let’s Encrypt help ensure that all people have the opportunity to leverage the Internet as a force for change.”
  • How security flaws work: SQL injection
    Thirty-one-year-old Laurie Love is currently staring down the possibility of 99 years in prison. After being extradited to the US recently, he stands accused of attacking systems belonging to the US government. The attack was allegedly part of the #OpLastResort hack in 2013, which targeted the US Army, the US Federal Reserve, the FBI, NASA, and the Missile Defense Agency in retaliation over the tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz as the hacktivist infamously awaited trial.
  • How To Build A Strong Security Awareness Program
    At the Security Awareness Summit this August in San Francisco, a video clip was shown that highlights the need to develop holistic security awareness. The segment showed an employee being interviewed as a subject matter expert in his office cubicle. Unfortunately, all his usernames and passwords were on sticky notes behind him, facing the camera and audience for all to see. I bring this story up not to pick on this poor chap but to highlight the fact that security awareness is about human behavior, first and foremost. Understand that point and you are well on your way to building a more secure culture and organization. My work as director of the Security Awareness Training program at the SANS Institute affords me a view across hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of employees trying to build a more secure workforce and society. As we near the end of this year's National Cyber Security Awareness Month, here are two tips to incorporate robust security awareness training into your organization and daily work.

What comes after ‘iptables’? It’s successor, of course: `nftables`

Nftables is a new packet classification framework that aims to replace the existing iptables, ip6tables, arptables and ebtables facilities. It aims to resolve a lot of limitations that exist in the venerable ip/ip6tables tools. The most notable capabilities that nftables offers over the old iptables are: Read more

Linux 4.8.5

I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.5 kernel. All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.8.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser: Read more Also: Linux 4.4.28