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LXer: This Week in Open Source News: Open Source Fridays, New Linux Foundation Project for Multi-Cloud Environments & More

Saturday 1st of July 2017 03:02:38 PM
This week in open source and Linux news, GitHub takes their Friday enthusiasm beyond casual Friday in creating a weekly "Open Source Day", a new Linux Foundation Project was announced, and much more!

Phoronix: FreeBSD 11.1 Release Candidate 1

Saturday 1st of July 2017 02:51:17 PM
The first release candidate for FreeBSD 11.1 is now available for testing...

LXer: Kubernetes 1.7 released

Saturday 1st of July 2017 01:08:16 PM
The leading cloud container-orchestration program adds new features to its appeal. If you're using containers in production, you know you need a DevOps tool to manage them. For many companies, Kubernetes is that program. The fast-developing, open-source, container-orchestration package has just released its newest version, Kubernetes 1.7, just over three months since the developers released Kubernetes 1.6.

Reddit: Understanding Xwayland - Part 2

Saturday 1st of July 2017 12:55:22 PM

TuxMachines: Software: José, Buildah, Poppins, KeePassXC, LabPlot, Design & Animation Software, Linphone

Saturday 1st of July 2017 12:26:26 PM
  • What's new in José v8?

    José is a general purpose cryptography toolkit which uses the data formats standardized by the JOSE IETF Working Group. By analogy, José is to JOSE what GPG is to OpenPGP and OpenSSL is to X.509.

  • Quick Blog on Buildah.

    Buildah is a new tool that we released last week for building containers without requiring a container runtime daemon running. --nodockerneeded

  • Poppins beta 0.3 released

    We are proud to announce the new release of Poppins 0.3 beta. This release is a big improvement including new features and bug fixing.

    Poppins 0.3 beta is PHP7 ready. It was tested on Debian 8 and 9, CentOS 7 and Ubuntu 16.04 server. Please read the release notes and edit your config files before upgrading.

  • The state of Linux media center software

    Recently a client expressed interest in developing a pre-built Home Theater PC (HTPC) solution with Digitial Video Recorder (DVR) functionality for Over The Air (OTA) broadcasts. They considered both low-end devices, like the Raspberry Pi, and high-end devices like dedicated PCs. As part of their marketing research, they wanted to have a broader perspective of existing solutions on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. Out of respect for the open-source community’s efforts, our client has kindly agreed to let us publish a subset of the report that summarizes HTPC solutions with built-in OTA recording and playback capabilities.

  • [Older] KeePassXC 2.2.0 released

    We are very excited to announce the release of KeePassXC 2.2.0! We have worked long and hard to bring you lots of new features and bug fixes in a well-rounded release.

  • nnn v1.2
  • LabPlot getting "live support"

    As I told you guys in my previous post, I'm here now to show you some new, cool stuff about LabPlot. First let me introduce you the synopsis of my project's proposal:

    "Currently, the visualization and analysis of data is only possible on static data that was imported into or generated in one of LabPlot's data containers. The goal of the project is to add support for streaming data. At the moment LabPlot has no support for this kind of data processing even though it is very important for this feature to be available in a scientific data plotting software."

  • Intro to Graphic Design & Animation Software on GNU/Linux

    This article introduces free software alternatives on GNU/Linux towards graphic design & 2D animation software on Windows. Yes, I write this article for those switching to GNU/Linux. You'll find here replacements for Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro, CorelDRAW, and even Macromedia Flash MX. I hope this list helps you finding what you need!

  • Linphone 4.0 for desktop platforms is available!

    Our engineering team intensively worked in the past few months on the development of our new Linphone 4.0 app for desktop platforms. We are glad to announce that this new version has officially been released on June 14!

    We consequently improved the app’s look and feel with a more user-friendly and modern user interface. We also implemented various new features to bring new specific possibilities for a desktop usage and reach the same level of usability as in our mobile versions.

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TuxMachines: FreeCAD development news and users

Saturday 1st of July 2017 12:23:24 PM
  • FreeCAD Arch development news - June 2017

    This is time for a new review of what has been going on in Arch development this month. Quite a lot actually, it's exciting that several things I've been working on during the last couple of months begin to flourish into pretty interesting and usable features.

    There is another interesting thing happening, is a very good synergy between the WikiLab project I'm working on now, which you must grow tired of hearing about, and FreeCAD developement. FreeCAD fuels the project development, which in turns fuels FreeCAD with bugfixes and new features. Me and other FreeCAD community members are really keen to pursue and extend that synergy further with other projects.

  • Giving an OS the space it demands

    My favourite CAD software used to run on at least ten different platforms, including my trusty SGI Indy. There was even a Linux student version. Evidently the market spoke, and for nearly twenty years the software has been Windows-only.

    [...]

    The lesson might appear to be Windows’ disinclination to be contained, but a licensing issue with the CAD software took a few weeks to resolve. In the interim I continued to do remarkable things with FreeCAD. I’ll use the proprietary software for details related to transferring the files, but FreeCAD is very close to keeping my CAD experience Windows-free.

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TuxMachines: Graphics: Radeon ProRender, Mir, Xwayland, NVidia GPUs Linux Gamers Use and More

Saturday 1st of July 2017 12:21:57 PM
  • Radeon ProRender for Blender and SOLIDWORKS Now Available

    Radeon™ ProRender is a powerful physically-based rendering engine that enables creative professionals to produce stunningly photorealistic images. Built on highly efficient, high-performance Radeon™ Rays technology, Radeon™ ProRender’s complete, scalable ray tracing engine uses open industry standards to harness GPU and CPU performance for swift, impressive results.

  • Mir: the new order

    The Mir project has always been about how best to develop a shell for the modern desktop. It was about addressing concerns like a security model for desktop environments; convergence (which has implications for app lifecycles); and, making efficient use of modern hardware. It has never been only about Unity8, that was just the first of (hopefully) many shells written using Mir. To that end, the Mir developers have tried to ensure that the code wasn’t too tightly coupled to Unity8 (e.g. by developing demo servers with alternative behaviors).

  • Understanding Xwayland - Part 2 of 2

    Last week in part one of this two part series about the fundamentals of Xwayland, we treated Xwayland like a black box. We stated what its purpose is and gave a rough overview on how it connects to its environment, notably its clients and the Wayland compositor. In a sense this was only a teaser, since we didn’t yet look at Xwayland’s inner workings. So welcome to part two, where we do a deep dive into its code base!

  • NVidia GPUs Linux Gamers Use: 2017 vs 2016
  • Experimental NIR backend for radeonsi
  • ARB_gl_spirv, NIR linking, and a NIR backend for radeonsi

    SPIR-V is the binary shader code representation used by Vulkan, and GL_ARB_gl_spirv is a recent extension that allows it to be used for OpenGL as well. Over the last weeks, I've been exploring how to add support for it in radeonsi.

    As a bit of background, here's an overview of the various relevant shader representations that Mesa knows about. There are some others for really old legacy OpenGL features, but we don't care about those. On the left, you see the SPIR-V to LLVM IR path used by radv for Vulkan. On the right is the path from GLSL to LLVM IR, plus a mention of the conversion from GLSL IR to NIR that some other drivers are using (i965, freedreno, and vc4).

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TuxMachines: Desktop: iMac Pro Substitute, System76's New Operating System

Saturday 1st of July 2017 12:18:16 PM
  • [Video] Linux Powered iMac Pro Killer // VLOG 46
  • New operating system launches with creators in mind

    A new Linux operating system designed specifically for people who use their computers to create has landed. System76 has developed Pop!_OS for people working on “complicated, professional-grade software and products, sophisticated 3D models... or makers working on their latest invention”, among others, it says – good news for 3D artists and other creatives looking for an alternative to Windows or macOS.

  • Linux PC company System76 introduces Pop!_OS Linux distribution

    System76 has been assembling and selling computers with Ubuntu Linux for years… but starting this fall the company will shift to a new customized Linux distribution called Pop!_OS.

    The new operating system is basically a lightly modified version of Ubuntu with a customized version of the GNOME Shell user interface.

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TuxMachines: today's howtos

Saturday 1st of July 2017 12:15:23 PM

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TuxMachines: Security: Security Updates, Systemd, OutlawCountry, Microsoft Cyberattacks, Microsoft Abuses, and Restrictions

Saturday 1st of July 2017 12:14:00 PM
  • Security updates for Friday
  • USN-3341-1: Systemd vulnerability

    An out-of-bounds write was discovered in systemd-resolved when handling specially crafted DNS responses. A remote attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service (daemon crash) or execute arbitrary code.

  • About the OutlawCountry Linux malware

    Isn’t that clear? The attacker is loading a custom kernel module as root in your machine. They don’t use Netfilter to break into your system. The problem is not Netfilter, the problem is your whole machine being under their control.

  • Wikileaks Reveals CIA Malware that Hacks & Spy On Linux Computers
  • OutlawCountry: Project of the CIA Targets Computers Running the Linux Operating System
  • NotPetya developers may have obtained NSA exploits weeks before their public leak [Updated]
  • Exclusive: India presses Microsoft for Windows discount in wake of cyber attacks [iophk: "Canonical ought to jump on this, why are they so quiet?"]

     

    India is pressing Microsoft Corp to offer a sharply discounted one-time deal to the more than 50 million Windows users in the country so that they can upgrade to the latest Windows 10 operating system in the wake of ransomware attacks.  

  • So You Think You Can Spot a Skimmer?

     

    Thanks to the myriad methods thieves have devised to fleece unsuspecting cash machine users over the years, there are now more ways than ever to get ripped off at the ATM. Think you’re good at spotting the various scams? A newly released ATM fraud inspection guide may help you test your knowledge.

  • Attacking the kernel via its command line
  • As A New Wave Of Cyberattacks Rolls Out, Rep. Ted Lieu Asks What The NSA's Going To Do About It

    Leaked NSA exploits have now been the basis for two massive cyberattacks. The first -- Wannacry -- caught hospitals and other critical infrastructure across several nations in the crossfire, using a tool built on the NSA's ETERNALBLUE exploit backbone. The second seems to be targeting Ukraine, causing the same sort of havoc but with a couple of particularly nasty twists.

    This one, called Petya, demanded ransom from victims. Things went from bad to worse when email provider Posteo shut down the attacker's account. Doing so prevented affected users from receiving decryption keys, even if they paid the ransom.

    It soon became apparent it didn't matter what Posteo did, no matter how clueless or ill-advised. There was no retrieving files even if ransoms were paid. Two separate sets of security researchers examined the so-called ransomware and discovered Petya is actually a wiper. Once infected, victims' files are as good as gone. No amount of bitcoin is going to reverse the inevitable. The ransomware notices were only there to draw attention to the infection and away from the malware's true purpose.

  • Microsoft, please stop doing things for our own good

    For over 20 years, Microsoft stomped on its competitors and then defended itself against the resulting antitrust lawsuits. But with desktop Windows waning in importance and its desktop software rivals largely gone, Microsoft seemed to have turned a new leaf. Or had it?

    In the one software sphere left where it still has rivals — antivirus and security software — Microsoft is up to its old anti-competitive tricks. Late last year, Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the eponymous antivirus company, said, “When you upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft automatically and without any warning deactivates all ‘incompatible’ security software and in its place installs… you guessed it — its own Defender antivirus. But what did it expect when independent developers were given all of one week before the release of the new version of the OS to make their software compatible?”

  • Yet more linux security module craziness ..
  • ThunderBolt Security Levels and Linux desktop

    Recently I got Dell XPS 13 as my new work laptop and I use it with the TB16 dock. This dock doesn’t seem to fully work with Linux, only monitors work. But if you go to BIOS settings and set the Thunderbolt Security level to “No security”. Then suddenly almost everything is working.

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Phoronix: GPLv3 Turns 10, FreeDOS Turns 23

Saturday 1st of July 2017 11:36:36 AM
There are some additional milestones to celebrate at the end of June...

Reddit: GNU GPLv3 turns 10!

Saturday 1st of July 2017 11:32:14 AM

Phoronix: Keith Packard Continues Working On DRM Leases For Vulkan / Linux VR

Saturday 1st of July 2017 11:24:26 AM
Keith Packard has published another update on his work around DRM leases and his objective of improving the open-source driver stack for SteamVR / Linux VR...

Reddit: Linux Mint Monthly News – June 2017

Saturday 1st of July 2017 11:17:13 AM

LXer: Latest Clonezilla Live Stable Update Includes a Lite Server, Linux Kernel 4.11.6

Saturday 1st of July 2017 11:13:54 AM
Clonezilla Live and GParted Live developer Steven Shiau is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability for download of a new stable version of his widely-used Clonezilla Live project.

Phoronix: NVIDIA Pops Out Another Vulkan Beta With More Performance Work

Saturday 1st of July 2017 10:40:32 AM
A few days back NVIDIA released the Vulkan 381.10.10 Linux beta that featured performance improvements as well as new Vulkan/OpenGL interoperability extensions. That beta driver has already been succeeded by a new driver...

Phoronix: KDE's KWin Seeing More Continuous Integration Work

Saturday 1st of July 2017 10:33:21 AM
KDE developer Martin Gräßlin has written more about KWin's auto test suite with KDE system administrators having set up a new continuous integration system...

Reddit: Mesa 17.1.4 released

Saturday 1st of July 2017 09:46:52 AM

TuxMachines: Warning: Grsecurity: Potential contributory infringement risk for customers

Saturday 1st of July 2017 09:28:36 AM

It’s my strong opinion that your company should avoid the Grsecurity product sold at grsecurity.net because it presents a contributory infringement risk.

Grsecurity is a patch for the Linux kernel which, it is claimed, improves its security. It is a derivative work of the Linux kernel which touches the kernel internals in many different places. It is inseparable from Linux and can not work without it. it would fail a fair-use test (obviously, ask offline if you don’t understand). Because of its strongly derivative nature of the kernel, it must be under the GPL version 2 license, or a license compatible with the GPL and with terms no more restrictive than the GPL. Earlier versions were distributed under GPL version 2.

Currently, Grsecurity is a commercial product and is distributed only to paying customers. My understanding from several reliable sources is that customers are verbally or otherwise warned that if they redistribute the Grsecurity patch, as would be their right under the GPL, that they will be assessed a penalty: they will no longer be allowed to be customers, and will not be granted access to any further versions of Grsecurity. GPL version 2 section 6 explicitly prohibits the addition of terms such as this redistribution prohibition.

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More in Tux Machines

Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 "Stretch" Live & Installable ISOs Now Available to Download

As we reported the other day, the Debian Project unveiled the first point release of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system, but no installation or live ISOs were made available to download. That changes today, July 23, 2017, as the Debian CD team lead by Steve McIntyre has prepared the new installation images of Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 "Stretch" for 64-bit (amd64), 32-bit (i386), PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian (ppc64el), ARM64 (AArch64), ARMhf, Armel, MIPS, MIPS 64-bit Little Endian (mips64el), MIPSEL, and IBM System z (s390x) hardware architectures. Multi-arch images supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit (i386 and amd64) PCs are also available for download, along with a set of twelve source ISO images. On the other hand, the Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 "Stretch" Live ISOs come in the usual flavors with the GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, and Cinnamon desktop environments, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Read more Also: Debian 9.1 GNU/Linux Released With 26 Security Fixes

4MLinux 23.0 BETA released.

4MLinux 23.0 BETA is ready for testing. Basically, at this stage of development, 4MLinux BETA has the same features as 4MLinux STABLE, but it provides a huge number of updated packages, including a major change in the core of the system, which now uses the GNU C Library 2.25. Read more Also: 4MLinux 23 Slated for Release in November 2017, to Be Supported Until July 2018

Review: Calculate Linux 17.6 KDE

Calculate Linux is a Gentoo-based distribution. The project's slogan is "Easy Linux from the source," which refers to the fact that Calculate is relatively easy to use but still benefits from Gentoo's powerful and flexible source-based Portage package manager. Calculate recently celebrated its tenth birthday and released Calculate Linux 17.6. The distro comes in four flavours; apart from a desktop and server edition there's Calculate Scratch ("for those who want to build a customized system that works for them") and Calculate Media Center ("for your home multimedia center"). Each version is available for the x86_64 and i686 architectures and uses SysV init rather than systemd. The desktop edition has ISOs for the KDE, Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce desktop environments - GNOME is presumably not available because of its dependency on systemd. I opted for the 64-bit KDE version, which is just over 2GB in size. Read more

Linux 4.13 RC2

  • Linux 4.13-rc2
    Things are chugging along, and we actually had a reasonably active rc2. Normally rc2 is really small because people are taking a breaher and haven't started finding bugs yet, but this time around we have a bigger-than-average rc2. We'll just have to see how that translates to the rest of the release cycle, but I suspect it's just the normal variability in this thing (and because I released -rc1 one day early, I guess rc2 was one day longer than usual despite the normal Sunday release). Changes all over, although the diffstat is dominated by the new vboxvideo staging driver. I shouldn't have let it through, but Greg, as we all know, is "special". Also, Quod licet Iovi, and all that jazz - Greg gets to occasionally break some rules. If you just ignore that new staging driver, the remainder is still about half driver patches (networking, rdma, scsi, usb). The rest looks normal too: architecture updates (x86, sparc, powerpc), filesystem (nfs, overlayfs, misc), networking and core kernel. And some new bpf testcode. Time for some more testing, people. You know the drill. Linus
  • Linux 4.13-rc2 Released, A "Reasonably Active" Update
    The second release candidate of the Linux 4.13 kernel is now available for testing.
  • The Kernel Put On Some Weight With Linux 4.13
    Here are some numbers about how much weight the kernel gained during the Linux 4.13 merge window that closed last week.