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Phoronix: Ubuntu 18.04 Minimal Spin Down To ~30MB Compressed / ~81MB On Disk

Friday 2nd of February 2018 05:31:04 PM
For those using Ubuntu Minimal images for containers/Docker, assembling your own base distribution, setting up an embedded Linux environment, or related use-cases, the minimal images for the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release will be even smaller...

Reddit: Improving privacy without breaking the web

Friday 2nd of February 2018 05:21:56 PM

Phoronix: Purism Might Develop An X11-Free Wayland Compositor Aligned With GNOME

Friday 2nd of February 2018 05:07:45 PM
Yesterday we heard of Purism's plans to support desktop diversity but by default for their Librem 5 smartphone they will likely be using GNOME in order to maintain a unified experience across their devices. The latest now is they might develop a new Wayland compositor in line with GNOME...

Phoronix: POWER Brings Memory Protection Keys, OCXL OpenCAPI Driver To Linux 4.16

Friday 2nd of February 2018 03:58:10 PM
The POWER architecture code updates were sent in this Friday for the Linux 4.16 kernel and brings a few goodies if you happen to be using any modern PPC hardware...

Reddit: Regenerating keymaps

Friday 2nd of February 2018 03:34:00 PM

Ok, i think i screwed something up. I edited the de-latin1 keymap to change the shift state of number keys. Since this screwed my RDP sessions up, i reverted all changes. Everything great, except, now i have to press "~" twice to get the output. I have no clue why (made a backup of the keymap and just copied that back).

I'm on Antergos. Is there a way to regenerate/download all keymaps again, overwriting all currently installed ones? All i can find is articles and posts on changing to another layout.

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Reddit: A minimalist guide to tmux

Friday 2nd of February 2018 03:14:12 PM How to Manage PGP and SSH Keys with Seahorse

Friday 2nd of February 2018 03:11:55 PM
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LinuxToday: SolydXK Plasma Rewards Effort With Stunning Results

Friday 2nd of February 2018 03:00:00 PM

LinuxInsider: SolydXK is a Debian-based Linux distribution that comes with a choice of the Xfce (SolydX) or KDE (SolydK) desktop.

Reddit: TIL: Why we need to use swap in modern systems

Friday 2nd of February 2018 02:57:15 PM This Week in Open Source News: Emotional Chatbots, LF Networking Fund & More

Friday 2nd of February 2018 02:52:00 PM
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Reddit: Wait... What?

Friday 2nd of February 2018 02:40:38 PM

Phoronix: RadeonSI NIR Gets Compute Shader Support

Friday 2nd of February 2018 02:08:53 PM
Timothy Arceri of Valve's Linux GPU driver team continues getting the RadeonSI NIR support up to scratch...

LXer: Linux performance before and after Meltdown and Spectre fixes

Friday 2nd of February 2018 01:31:33 PM
The patches, as expected, brought Linux[he]#039[/he]s performance down, but their impact has not been as bad as feared.

Reddit: How to disable Google Enterprise?

Friday 2nd of February 2018 12:59:57 PM

I want to install crouton on the school laptops so I can download steam, how can I do this? I need to enable developer mode, but to do that I need Google enterprise removed. How do I do that?

device: Acer N16Q14

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LXer: How to Check Your Linux PC for Meltdown or Spectre Vulnerability

Friday 2nd of February 2018 12:17:13 PM
One of the scariest realities of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is just how widespread they are. Use these simple tools to see how your Linux PC is affected and what you can do.

More in Tux Machines

GNOME and Fedora

  • RFC: Integrating rsvg-rs into librsvg
    I have started an RFC to integrate rsvg-rs into librsvg. rsvg-rs is the Rust binding to librsvg. Like the gtk-rs bindings, it gets generated from a pre-built GIR file.
  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
    A year and a couple of months ago, Christian Schaller asked me to pivot a little bit from working full time on Fleet Commander to manage a new team we were building to work on client hardware enablement for Fedora and GNOME with an emphasis on upstream. The idea was to fill the gap in the organization where nobody really owned the problem of bringing up new client hardware features vertically across the stack (from shell down to the kernel), or rather, ensure Fedora and GNOME both work great on modern laptops. Part of that deal was to take over the bootloader and start working closer to customers and hardware manufacturing parnters.
  • Fedora Atomic Workstation: Works on the beach
    My trip is getting really close, so I decided to upgrade my system to rawhide. Wait, what ? That is usually what everybody would tell you not to do. Rawhide has this reputation for frequent breakage, and who knows if my apps will work any given day. Not something you want to deal with while traveling.
  • 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.