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TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 03:56:41 PM
  • New Regulations Appear To Authorize Chinese Law Enforcement To Hack Into Computers Anywhere In The World

    A recurrent theme here on Techdirt has been the way in which the West has ceded the moral high ground in so many areas involving the tech world. For example, in 2010, we noted that the US had really lost the right to point fingers over Internet censorship. The moral high ground on surveillance went in 2013 for people, and in 2014 for economic espionage. Meanwhile, the UK has been shown to be as bad as the most disreputable police states in its long-running blanket surveillance of all its citizens.

    The UK's most recent move to cast off any pretense that it is morally superior to other "lesser" nations is the Investigatory Powers Act, which formalizes all the powers its intelligence services have been secretly using for years. One of the most intrusive of those is the power to carry out what is quaintly termed "equipment interference" -- hacking -- anywhere in the world.

  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat Update Now Rolling Out to Nexus and Pixel Devices; Brings Fixes for Numerous Issues
  • Waze for Android Auto is finally on its way as beta testing prepares to kick off
  • Mouser Boosts Open Source Lineup with DFRobot, Globally Distributes Plug-and-Play Sensors Series

    Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader that empowers innovation, announces a global distribution agreement with DFRobot, a leading robotics and open source hardware provider. The agreement brings DFRobot's robotics and maker-focused products to Mouser's growing open source lineup.


    The Gravity Arduino Starter Kit is a plug-and-play electronics toolkit that helps beginners easily learn how to work with sensors and the Arduino platform. The kit includes a DFRduino UNO R3 microcontroller, which functions exactly the same as Arduino UNO, and 12 popular Gravity components and sensors. The Gravity 27-Piece Sensor Kit for Arduino offers a robust selection of sensors that are fully compatible with the Arduino platform. The kit features a bundle of the most popular DFRobot Gravity sensors, including those for light, CO2, sound, touch, and distance, plus an accelerometer and a relay module. Both the Starter Kit and Sensor Kit use the IO Expansion Shield for connecting sensors to the Arduino board.

  • 5 cool C/C++ app dev tools

    As compelling as new languages like Rust are for building systems, C and C++ remain fundamental for writing applications that run close to the metal, despite the waxing and waning of their usage statistics.

    What's more, the culture of tools for C/C++ development remains deep and fruitful. Here are five C-related projects -- compilers, libraries, and support tools -- that caught our eye recently, whether for bolstering existing projects or starting new ones.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 03:54:40 PM
  • Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter Launches On Steam

    Croteam has done the full release of Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter on Steam today, just days after SSVR: The First Encounter left early access.

    This sequel to SSVR: TFE is now available and also on sale for 25% off, taking its sale price to $30 USD. Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter has Fusion 2017 integration meaning it was ported to Vulkan, 64-bit, and the other changes, including Linux support. At the moment it's not being listed as Linux supported on Steam, but should be shortly or working if not already after installing the Serious Sam Fusion 2017 beta.

  • Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter & Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter released in full
  • Road Redemption has released the big update for Linux gamers, it's actually pretty good

    The Road Redemption [Steam, Official Site] developers have now updated the Linux build of their combat racer and I've spent a little time testing it. It actually works pretty nicely now!

    Performance wise on max settings it's been running very smoothly. I'm not surprised though, considering visually it doesn't look like it's doing a great deal to push the GPU side.

  • Hellpoint, a dark sci-fi action RPG adds Linux support to their tech demo

    While I shy away from a lot of Kickstarters, Cradle Games are doing it right. They spoke to the community and posted on reddit to get feedback. Getting a Linux build out ASAP for testing shows commitment to me. Not just that, but it shows they are capable of getting a Linux version of their game running. They seem very responsive to feedback too, which is encouraging.

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TuxMachines: Linux and Linux Foundation

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 03:54:05 PM
  • Open Source Boom Not Without Challenges

    Open Networking Summit -- The booming interest in software-defined networking and open source is driving this event, but two of its biggest backers today warned an opening keynote audience that change is needed if open networking is going to succeed commercially.

    Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, which sponsors ONS, and event founder Guru Parulkar, now executive director of the Open Networking Foundation, both called for fundamental change specifically impacting investment and the need to harmonize projects to be more efficient.

  • The Sad Case Of The Linux Foundation [Ed: Today, the Linux Foundation promotes the anti-GPL Microsoft proxy Black Duck. For the uninitiated, Black Duck is paying the Linux Foundation while going against the GPL, the licence of Linux]

    Once upon a time, TLF had a Desktop User’s Group… No more.

  • Mini TTY In Development For The Linux Kernel

    Linaro and other ARM/embedded developers continue working on minitty, a minimal TTY implementation for the Linux kernel that's targeting embedded systems.

    The mini TTY implementation is designed for systems not needing the full TTY layer. The minitty code only supports serial port outputs with no VTs or PTYs, no job control support, no hung-up state, and various other features have been stripped out. The motivation for this is reducing the size of the kernel and dynamic memory requirements when using Linux on embedded systems. Beyond that, "the existing TTY code is quite large and complex", per Linaro's Nicolas Pitre.

  • Complaining about the kingdom of kernel

    Jonathan Corbet of LWN gave a keynote at Linaro Connect about The kernel's limits to growth. The general summary was that the kernel had scaling problems in the late 90's (A single "B"DFL does not scale) but the developers figured out a method that was more sustainable. There's a growing concern that we're about to hit another scaling problems with insufficient maintainers. Solving this has gotten some attention of late. I have a lot of thoughts about maintainership and growing in the kernel (many of which can be summarized as "well nobody has told me to stop yet") but this is not that blog post. The talk mentioned that kernel development can be described as "A bunch of little feifdoms". This is a superb metaphor for so many things in Linux kernel land.

  • Vulkan's VK_KHR_incremental_present Now Supported By Mesa's ANV/RADV Drivers

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: OSS

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 03:52:22 PM
  • Automation is Becoming a Necessity, is Puppet the Only Answer?

    A microcosm of today's world includes building cars via robots, self driving vehicles, etc. No matter the task, it appears the number one goal is to automate it as much as possible. The technology landscape is no different. DevOps engineers are asked to automate as many tasks as possible in the current environment. This benefits both the engineer and the corporation. As an engineer, there are a lot of choices to complete a particular task at your disposal, but which automation tools are leading the way?

    Probably not surprising, Puppet and Chef tend to garner the largest overall numbers. That has been the case when the data was originally analyzed, and it continues to this day. However, the more important piece is, are they growing? In both cases, the answer is no. Puppet has seen a decline of nearly 10% over the last six quarters, while Chef has seen an increase of about 7% over that same time period. In a nutshell, they both garner large demand, but they have remained fairly stagnant.

  • Adobe Releases Source Han Serif, Pan-CJK Typeface
  • Google's New Font Honors Ancient Type Traditions
  • Google's new font is a beautiful typeface for East Asian languages
  • High Performance Logging with Apache BookKeeper

    Apache BookKeeper is a high-performance and low-latency cloud storage service, originally designed for write ahead logging. Since its original development, BookKeeper has been expanded and is now used by companies including Twitter, Yahoo, Salesforce, Huawei, and EMC.

    In their presentation at the recent Vault conference, Venkateswararao Jujjuri (JV) from Salesforce and Sijie Guo from Twitter provided an overview of Apache BookKeeper and showed some production use cases. In this interview, they provide some additional implementation details.

  • DragonFlyBSD Gets NX Bit Support

    While NX bit has been around for many years with AMD64 for marking page tables as no-execute or not, the DragonFlyBSD kernel is now only making use of it.

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LXer: Microsoft's Patent Extortion Against Linux Now Targets Watches With Linux on Them

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 03:48:53 PM
Only a week or two after going for Toyota's bank account (over operating systems and file system patents, i.e. Linux) Microsoft goes after another Japanese giant, Casio, which uses Android

TuxMachines: Red Hat and Fedora

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 03:48:24 PM

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Phoronix: Fedora 26 Alpha Released

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 03:03:56 PM
The alpha release of Fedora 26 has finally shipped...

Reddit: Failing to extend partition need help!

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 02:50:36 PM

I have a linux box that was built before my employment, all the partitions are half allocated so I want to extend them so were not wasting storage. I am following the link here:

Its a 4TB drive only partitioned to use 2TB. I follow the prompts everything is going well up until I plug in the Resize2fs /dev/sda1 command to extend my partition, it kicks back this error:

resize2fs /dev/sda1 resize2fs 1.42.9 (28-Dec-2013) The filesystem is already 536870655 blocks long. Nothing to do!

Which I dont understand, it should allow me to extend theres 2TB of unused storage...Im not sure what Im missing here. Sorry for the long post but here is the print out of the the actual disks.

fdisk -l | grep Disk

Disk /dev/sda: 4000.0 GB, 3999999721472 bytes, 7812499456 sectors

There is a laundry list more but just trying to get one extended right now

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LXer: Trump signs law allowing ISPs to sell your browsing history

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 02:39:59 PM
President Donald Trump quietly signed a law Monday preventing privacy rules that were passed last year from coming into effect which prevented internet providers from selling their browsing data. A spokeswoman for the White House confirmed the signing.

LXer: Vine Linux 6.5 "Poupille" OS Released with Updated Toolchain, LibreOffice 5.2

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 02:21:49 PM
After more than 2 years of development, the developers of the independently developed Vine Linux distribution designed for the Japanese Linux community announced today the release and immediate availability of Vine Linux 6.5.

Reddit: Did i fucked up?

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 02:02:25 PM Trivial Transfers with TFTP, Part 2: Configuration

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 02:00:55 PM
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TuxMachines: CPUFreq vs. P-State CPU Scaling Governor Tests On Various Vulkan/OpenGL Games

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 01:57:43 PM

With the recent release of some new Linux games like the Serious Sam 2017 update and Max Max, also with featuring Vulkan renderers, here are some fresh Intel P-State vs. ACPI CPUFreq frequency scaling driver and governor comparisons with a variety of Linux games.

Particularly on the P-State side, our CPU scaling driver tests over the years have showed the potential for big swings in performance depending upon the governor/driver, but in other games there are minimal differences. The Intel CPU generation can also play a role with sometimes the newer Intel hardware having a tougher time performing well with the Intel P-State powersave mode that's commonly the default on many Linux distributions.

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Reddit: Is it possible to run a script at startup to open an application in fullscreen and require the sudo password to change screens?

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 01:45:01 PM

I am building an Augmented Reality Sandbox for the Science Department on my college campus. What I am hoping to do for ease of access (and to impress my supervisors) is to open the AR application, and lock the session down to only run this app and require the sudo password to change screens?

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Phoronix: CPUFreq vs. P-State CPU Scaling Governor Tests On Various Vulkan/OpenGL Games

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 01:42:43 PM
With the recent release of some new Linux games like the Serious Sam 2017 update and Max Max, also with featuring Vulkan renderers, here are some fresh Intel P-State vs. ACPI CPUFreq frequency scaling driver and governor comparisons with a variety of Linux games.

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    It's been five almost five months since the developers behind the Debian-based Devuan GNU/Linux operating system launched the second Beta version towards the first stable release of the OS, and they now announced the Release Candidate. The Devuan project continues its vision of providing a libre Debian fork without using the systemd init system, and the Release Candidate (RC) version brings the GNU/Linux distribution closer to a final release. The interesting fact is that this RC appears to be stable enough to be used for production work.
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