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Reddit: My Linux Story

Saturday 6th of August 2016 12:44:09 AM

LXer: Tor Is Released

Friday 5th of August 2016 11:59:06 PM
The latest version of the Tor project was released this week, offeringgreater security and anonymity to individuals and organizations. Here'swhy you should care.

Reddit: [X-post from /r/guitar] Is there any free software to find chords from a music file?

Friday 5th of August 2016 11:56:48 PM

Is there any open source or at least free software available for Linux that take a music file (.mp3 or whatever) as input and gives chords used in the song with their timings. I hope I have conveyed what I mean. I post here because I duckduckgoed and did not find anything.

For example, used to have a free option to upload a youtube link to a song and then would tell the chords used in the song and where they were used. Now it is not free.

I understand that it might be difficult for such programs to be very accurate. Some inaccuracy is manageable.

Thanks for reading.

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Reddit: Vim Issues - Ubuntu 16.0.04

Friday 5th of August 2016 11:21:52 PM

I recently installed 16.04, as a fresh install, and I had an issue. I use vim as my main development env, but I had a config issue. no matter what I did, be it in .vimrc or running the commands in vim itself, I couldn't map keys.

I did everything, installing vim from the repo, using vim over the vi install. This is an issue I have never had before, I solved it by uninstalling all vim (including .tiny) and reinstalling from the repo. As soon as I did that my rc worked as normal.

Anyone know what the initial issue could have been?

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TuxMachines: Disney on GNU/Linux

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:38:07 PM

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TuxMachines: The Joy of Linux Desktop Environments

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:36:38 PM

I’m endlessly fascinated by Linux, to the extent that I wrote a book about it, Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches. My very favorite thing about Linux is the desktop environment concept. Desktop environments are graphical interfaces for the entire operating system, but where most operating systems, like Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android, have one common interface, Linux users can easily install and user a variety of interfaces without changing their underlying system.

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TuxMachines: Red Hat and Fedora

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:35:32 PM

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:32:57 PM
  • Give VLC A Dramatic New Look With These Dark Skins (Including Arc)

    VLC is often described as being the most versatile media player — and that doesn’t solely apply to irs ability to play almost any file format you can chuck at it!

  • Choqok 1.6 KDE Micro-Blogging Client to Bring Better Twitter Support, More

    Choqok maintainer and former Arch Linux developer Andrea Scarpino proudly announced the availability of the second Beta development release towards the major Choqok 1.6 series.

    If you're using the KDE 4 desktop environment, then you've probably heard of or used Choqok, which is a pretty cool and handy micro-blogging client that currently offers support for the popular Twitter social networking service, as well as (formerly and services.

    Choqok 1.6 has been in development for the past couple of months, during which the development team managed to add quite some improvements that make the open-source micro-blogging client a great alternative to existing products, such as Corebird and Birdie, both of which are written for GTK+-based desktops.

  • Tor Is Released

    The latest version of the Tor project was released this week, offering greater security and anonymity to individuals and organizations.

  • GitHub Enterprise 2.7 -- a better way to commit to commits

    The new release includes ‘GPG signature verification’ a technology that allows teams to know exactly who authored a commit.

    The release also includes several API previews to help developers create integrations that enforce customised policies and fit workflows.


    The release also adds ways for developers (and other users) to streamline the development process i.e. up to 10 people can be assigned to a given issue or pull request. Users can also prioritise task lists without editing markdown and know when comments have been edited.

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TuxMachines: Security News

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:16:07 PM
  • Linux Botnets on a Rampage [Ed: Kaspersky marketing in essence]

    Linux-operated botnet Distributed Denial of Service attacks surged in this year's second quarter, due to growing interest in targeting Chinese servers, according to a Kaspersky Lab report released this week. South Korea kept its top ranking for having the most command-and-control servers. Brazil, Italy and Israel ranked among the leaders behind South Korea for hosting C&C servers, according to Kaspersky Lab. DDoS attacks affected resources in 70 countries, with targets in China absorbing 77 percent of all attacks.

  • Machine-Learning Algorithm Combs the Darknet for Zero Day Exploits, and Finds Them

    In April, cybersecurity experts found an exploit based on this vulnerability for sale on a darknet marketplace where the seller was asking around $15,000. In July, the first malware appeared that used this vulnerability. This piece of malware, the Dyre Banking Trojan, targeted users all over the world and was designed to steal credit-card numbers from infected computers.

    The episode provided a key insight into the way malware evolves. In the space of just a few months, hackers had turned a vulnerability into an exploit, offered this for sale, and then saw it developed into malware that was released into the wild.

  • Frequent password changes are the enemy of security, FTC technologist says

    Shortly after Carnegie Mellon University professor Lorrie Cranor became chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission in January, she was surprised by an official agency tweet that echoed some oft-repeated security advice. It read: "Encourage your loved ones to change passwords often, making them long, strong, and unique." Cranor wasted no time challenging it.

    The reasoning behind the advice is that an organization's network may have attackers inside who have yet to be discovered. Frequent password changes lock them out. But to a university professor who focuses on security, Cranor found the advice problematic for a couple of reasons. For one, a growing body of research suggests that frequent password changes make security worse. As if repeating advice that's based more on superstition than hard data wasn't bad enough, the tweet was even more annoying because all six of the government passwords she used had to be changed every 60 days.

  • Managing Encrypted Backups in Linux, Part 2

    In part 1, we learned how to make simple automated unencrypted and encrypted backups. In this article, I will show you how to fine-tune your file selection, and how to backup your encryption keys.

  • Getting started with Tails, the encrypted, leave-no-trace operating system

    Tails, an encrypted and anonymous OS that bundles widely used open source privacy tools on a tiny device, is one of the most secure operating systems in the world. The Linux distribution rose to popularity when it was revealed Edward Snowden relied on Tails to secure his identity while sharing NSA secrets with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. In the past half decade, Tails has been embraced as an essential security suite by journalists, hackers, and IT workers.

    Tails is an acronym for The Amnesic Incognito Live System. The OS runs Debian and is easy to run on Macs and PCs from a USB drive. Tails encrypts all local files, runs every internet connection through Tor and blocks all non-secure connections, and provides a suite of secure communication tools like the Tor browser, HTTPS Everywhere, OpenPGP, the Claws Mail client, I2P, an IP address overlay network, and a Windows 8 camouflage mode to deter over-the-shoulder snooping.

  • Never Trust a Found USB Drive, Black Hat Demo Shows Why [Ed: Windows autoruns stuff]

    Does dropping an infected USB drive in a parking work when it comes to a hacker luring its prey into a digital trap? The answer is a resounding yes.

    At Black Hat USA, security researcher Elie Bursztein shared the results of an experiment where he dropped 297 USB drives with phone-home capabilities on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. He also explained how an attacker might program and camouflage a malicious USB drive outfitted with a Teensy development board to take over a target’s computer within seconds after plugging the drive in.

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LXer: Total System Backup and Recall with DEJA  Dup

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:04:44 PM
You probably already know of rsync and other command-line tools that enable Linux to handle backups in incredibly flexible ways. But, what if you prefer a GUI for such tasks? Where do you turn?

Reddit: Wine 1.9.16 released!

Friday 5th of August 2016 09:46:21 PM

TuxMachines: Linux Graphics

Friday 5th of August 2016 09:25:05 PM
  • AMDGPU-Pro 16.30 Graphics Driver Updated with Support for Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS

    AMD has recently and quietly updated the stable AMDGPU-Pro 16.30 graphics driver announced at the end of June 2016 to also support the Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr) series of GNU/Linux operating systems.

    The AMDGPU-Pro 16.30 graphics driver was initially released with support for the latest Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) distribution and brought features like support for newer graphics cards, such as the AMD Radeon RX 480 and the R9 series. However, the driver only works with 64-bit versions of the supported Ubuntu OSes.

  • Intel Mesa Soon Having OpenGL 4.5, Collabora To Focus On Performance

    Collabora's Timothy Arceri, one of the firm's open-source graphics driver developers, has written a blog post about recent work they've done to the open-source Intel Mesa driver stack.

    Arceri covers the work done to getting the Mesa driver to exposing OpenGL 4.4 for Intel Broadwell hardware and newer. He also reiterates that all of the necessary extensions for OpenGL 4.5 are already implemented too (for Broadwell and newer).

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TuxMachines: Games for GNU/Linux

Friday 5th of August 2016 09:15:43 PM
  • Unigine 2.3 Improves Screen-Space Raytraced Reflections

    The visually stunning and longtime Linux-friendly Unigine Engine is up to version 2.3 with a number of new features.

    Unigine 2.3 rolls out HTC Vive VR support, round earth support, a completely redesigned landscape tool, the meatlness workflow enabled by default, improved screen-space raytraced reflections, improved GGX mipmaps, parallax depth cutout, configurable TAA, water improvements, and more.

  • Near Death patch released, has an amusing bit for Linux gamers

    Personally I think it's a very cool game and I am looking forward to spending more time with it soon! If I don't find that damn penguin I'm going to cry a little inside.

  • The Fall Part 2: Unbound To Land Early 2017 & Part 1 Updated For Linux

    Before digging into the juicy news, I'd like to take a moment to note that last week we were finally able to get The Fall's Linux builds updated, bringing Linux users into sync with Windows and Mac users, and making new features like developer commentary available across all platforms.

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TuxMachines: Mozilla Firefox 48.0 Lands in All Supported Ubuntu OSes, Solus and Arch Linux

Friday 5th of August 2016 09:02:55 PM

It took them a couple of days, but the maintainers of the most popular GNU/Linux distributions have pushed the final release of the Mozilla Firefox 48.0 web browser to the stable channels, for users to upgrade from Mozilla Firefox 47.0.1.

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TuxMachines: Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.4 Rev8 Released

Friday 5th of August 2016 09:01:19 PM

The latest version of the Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.4 Rev8 has been released. The SDK is a collection of tools for developing Tizen Web and Native applications. You get an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Emulator, toolchain, sample code, and documentation. Tizen SDK runs on the Windows, Ubuntu, and Mac OS X Platforms. You are able to create Tizen apps without the use of the official Tizen IDE, but you need to make sure that it it still conforms to the Tizen packaging rules.

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TuxMachines: Cinnamon 3.2 Desktop to Enable Sounds for Notifications, Add New Screensaver

Friday 5th of August 2016 08:52:58 PM

Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre has published a new installation of the Monthly News newsletter to inform the community about the latest happening and upcoming plans for the popular GNU/Linux distribution.

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LXer: Install Tomcat 9 on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS

Friday 5th of August 2016 08:50:24 PM
Apache Tomcat (previously known as Jakarta Tomcat) or simply Tomcat, is an open source web server and servlet container developed by the Apache Software Foundation.

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Coding curmudgeon Linus Torvalds has gone off on yet another rant: this time against his own lawyers and free software activist Bradley Kuhn. On a mailing list about an upcoming Linux conference, a discussion about whether to include a session on the GPL that protects the open source operating system quickly devolved in an angry rant as its founder piled in. Read more

The Battle of The Budgie Desktops – Budgie-Remix vs SolusOS!

Ladies and gentleman, it’s the moment you have all been waiting for… the main even of the evening! In this corner, wearing Budgie trunks, fighting out of Ireland, created by Ikey Doherty, the man behind Linux Mint Debian Edition — SolusOS! And in this corner, built on the defending champion, also wearing Budgie trunks, aiming to be the next flavor of Ubuntu, Budgie-Remix! Read more

Leftovers: Software

  • 5 Cool Unikernels Projects
    Unikernels are poised to become the next big thing in microservices after Docker containers. Here’s a look at some of the cool things you can do with unikernels. First, though, here’s a quick primer on what unikernels are, for the uninitiated. Unikernels are similar to containers in that they let you run an app inside a portable, software-defined environment. But they go a step further than containers by packaging all of the libraries required to run the app directly into the unikernel.
  • Cedrus Is Making Progress On Open-Source Allwinner Video Encode/Decode
    The developers within the Sunxi camp working on better Allwinner SoC support under Linux have been reverse-engineering Allwinner's "Cedar" video engine. Their project is being called Cedrus with a goal of "100% libre and open-source" video decode/encode for the relevant Cedar hardware. The developers have been making progress and yesterday they published their initial patches that add a V4L2 decoder driver for the VPU found on Allwinner's A13 SoC.
  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 Milestone 3 Released For Linux Benchmarking
  • Calibre 2.65.1 eBook Viewer Adds Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura 2 Readers
    Kovid Goyal released today, August 26, 2016, a new maintenance update of his popular, cross-platform, and open-source Calibre e-book viewer, converter and library management tool. Calibre 2.65 was announced earlier, and it looks like it's both a feature and bugfix release that adds drivers for the Kobo Aura One and Kobo Aura Edition 2 ebook readers, along with a new option to the Kobo driver to allow users to ignore certain collections on their ebook reader. The list of new features continues with support for right-to-left text and tables to the DOCX Input feature, as well as the implementation of a new option to allow users to make searching case-sensitive. This option can be found and enabled in the "Searching" configuration section under Preferences.
  • Calamares 2.4 Universal Installer Framework Polishes Existing Functionality
    A new stable version of the Calamares universal installer framework used by various GNU/Linux distributions as default graphical installer has been released with various improvements and bug fixes. Calamares 2.4 is now the latest build, coming two months after the release of the previous version, Calamares 2.3, which introduced full-disk encryption support. However, Calamares 2.4 is not as big as the previous update as it only polished existing functionality and address various annoying issues reported by users.
  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0
    Another Armadillo 7.* release -- now at 7.400. We skipped the 7.300.* serie release as it came too soon after our most recent CRAN release. Releasing RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0 now keeps us at the (roughly monthly) cadence which works as a good compromise between getting updates out at Conrad's sometimes frantic pace, while keeping CRAN (and Debian) uploads to about once per month. So we may continue the pattern of helping Conrad with thorough regression tests by building against all (by now 253 (!!)) CRAN dependencies, but keeping release at the GitHub repo and only uploading to CRAN at most once a month.
  • Spotio Is A Light Skin for Spotify’s Desktop App — And Its Coming To Linux
    Spotify’s dark design is very much of its identity. No-matter the platform you use it on, the dark theme is there staring back at you. Until now. A bunch of ace websites, blogs and people I follow have spent the past 24 hours waxing lyrical over a new Spotify skin called Spotio.