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Reddit: Security things in Linux v4.8

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 12:02:30 PM

LXer: Solving the Linux kernel code reviewer shortage

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 12:00:34 PM
Operating system security is top of mind right now, and Linux is a big part of that discussion. One of the questions to be solved is: How do we ensure that patches going upstream are properly reviewed?read more

TuxMachines: Linux Kernel News

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 11:47:28 AM
  • Linux: The free operating system alternative that changed computing

    For most of us, when we think of PCs, we think of Windows. But Microsoft’s popular and well-known operating system isn’t the only option.

    Many users choose to live without Windows and run different operating systems like Linux instead.

    This year is a special one for Linux, as October 5 marks 25 years since the release of the Linux kernel.

    If you’re discovering Linux for the first time, find out all about it below.

  • Linux 4.8 adds Pi, Surface support but Linus Torvalds fumes over 'kernel-killing' bug [Ed: Linux foes go full swing to make the kernel look bad]

    Announcing the 4.8 release on Sunday, Torvalds' correspondence on the Linux kernel mailing list appeared calm despite a few "pretty small" issues carried over from the eighth and final 4.8 release candidate. He signed off with his usual "go forth and test" command.

    The several highlights of 4.8 include support for the touchscreen on Microsoft's Surface 3 device and the Raspberry Pi 3's System on a Chip.

  • Linux 4.8 Kernel Support for Microsoft Surface 3 touchscreen [Ed: Microsoft sites put a "Microsoft" slant on Linux]
  • Solving the Linux kernel code reviewer shortage

    Operating system security is top of mind right now, and Linux is a big part of that discussion. One of the questions to be solved is: How do we ensure that patches going upstream are properly reviewed?

    Wolfram Sang has been a Linux kernel developer since 2008, and frequently talks at Linux conferences around the world, like LinuxCon Berlin 2016, about ways to improve kernel development practices.

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TuxMachines: ZeroMQ founder Pieter Hintjens dies

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 11:30:28 AM

Pieter Hintjens, Belgian software developer and past president of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), gave much of his time and effort to the open-source community.

He did so even up until the day he planned for his own death, which was today.

Hintjens, who chose euthanasia today after dealing with terminal cancer, was a writer and a programmer who spent much of his life building large software systems and online communities, which he described as “Living Systems.”

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Reddit: Join the LibreOffice community [video]

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 11:27:22 AM

TuxMachines: GNU/FSF

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 11:04:36 AM
  • Free Software Faith for the Long Term

    But that naturally led to the in-fighting. It’s typical for the front runner to be targeted by all the also-ran distributions. The FSF targeted Ubuntu’s practicalist concessions (even though they were fairly minimal), Other distributions ripped Ubuntu and their community apart, trying to block Ubuntu’s success. I’m not saying they meant to do it, or that it was a conspiracy. But that these other communities did not see Ubuntu’s success as their own success and naturally tried to undermine it as humans are likely to do.

    So for very human reasons, we’re here with no real champion for Free Software in the practical arena. Ubuntu has fallen for its own hype and is not able to being the Free Software faith with it, even if it was successful. The societal and long term benefits of Free software remain largely unknown to the majority of the world and we wait patiently for a successor that can try again to change the world.

  • Free Software Directory meeting recap for September 30th, 2016
  • Twenty-two new GNU releases in September


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LXer: Official Arduino IoT dev kit has WiFi hub and 25 sensor modules

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 11:03:23 AM
Arduino LLC launched an ESLOV IoT Invention Kit, featuring an Arduino compatible WiFi hub device and 25 modular sensor devices, united via an Arduino Cloud. At the World Maker Faire New York, where Arduino LLC and Arduino Srl announced the settlement of their legal dispute, as well as plans to merge by the end of […]

TuxMachines: OSS Leftovers

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 10:11:56 AM
  • Open Source MANO Issues First Release

    ETSI’s Open Source MANO (OSM) group has today announced the availability of its OSM Release ONE, an open source Management and Orchestration (MANO) software stack closely aligned with ETSI NFV, and focused on helping industry accelerate the implementation of network virtualization. The OSM community aims to deliver a production-quality open source MANO stack that meets the requirements of commercial NFV networks.

    Available less than six months since the inaugural meeting of the OSM community, Release ONE has been engineered, tested and documented to allow for rapid installation in operator labs worldwide that seek to create a scalable and interoperable open source MANO environment. Release ONE substantially enhances interoperability with other components (VNFs, VIMs, SDN controllers) and creates a plugin framework to make platform maintenance and extensions significantly easier to provide and support.

  • Magisk Updated to v7, Now Completely Open Source

    Amongst the most notable changes, Magisk is now fully open source from v7 onwards, including the binaries that it makes use of. In addition to this, the Magisk Manager is now a completely different app altogether, becoming a part of the core experience. New features and improvements are planned, so we can be sure that things will continue to improve in the future.

  • RcppGSL 0.3.1

    A new version of RcppGSL in now on CRAN and in Debian. The RcppGSL package provides an interface from R to the GNU GSL using our Rcpp package.

  • Frogr 1.1 released

    After almost one year, I’ve finally released another small iteration of frogr with a few updates and improvements.

  • The cost of forsaking C

    The C programming language is not trendy. The most recent edition of the canonical C text (the excitingly named The C Programming Language) was published in 1988; C is so unfashionable that the authors have neglected to update it in light of 30 years of progress in software engineering. Everyone “has been meaning to” learn Rust or Go or Clojure over a weekend, not C. There isn’t even a cute C animal in C’s non-logo on a C decal not stuck to your laptop.

    But Myles and I are not trendy people, so we insist that all of our students become fluent in C. A fresh class of C converts has just finished working through the K&R bible, making this a good time for me to reflect on why we deify this ancient tongue.

    We give students four reasons for learning C:

    It is still one of the most commonly used languages outside of the Bay Area web/mobile startup echo chamber;
    C’s influence can be seen in many modern languages;
    C helps you think like a computer; and,
    Most tools for writing software are written in C (or C++)

    The first is easy to dismiss if one likes the Bay Area web/mobile startup echo chamber, the second if one hates C’s influence on many more modern languages. Most engineers should take head of reason three, although our students also learn computer architecture and at least one assembly language, so have a firm mental model of how computers actually compute. But reason four is hard to ignore.

    Forsaking C means forsaking anything below the level of abstraction at which one happens to currently work. Those who work for instance as web developers forsake thoroughly understanding the browsers, operating systems and languages on top of which their own work stands.

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TuxMachines: Red Hat and Fedora

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 10:09:48 AM
  • Red Hat Releases WildFly Application Server Version 10.1

    Improved load balancing is accomplished through a new profile, called “load-balancer” in the default domain.xml file. Profiles in domain mode allow for centralized management of multiple nodes (physical or virtual). This allows for multiple instances of WildFly that can be configured to provide different services.

  • Regulatory Filing: Sustainable Growth Advisers LP Holding in Red Hat INC (RHT) Increased as Share Price Declined
  • FOSS Wave: Goa, India

    These sessions mark the beginning of FOSS Wave: Goa, India. We have seen a lot of enthusiasm in this event and many people were interested in learning about FOSS and cutting-edge technologies. Contributors are already flowing in and we expect more in the near future!

  • X crash during Fedora update when system has hybrid graphics and systemd-udev is in update

    Hi folks! This is a PSA about a fairly significant bug we’ve recently been able to pin down in Fedora 24+.

    Here’s the short version: especially if your system has hybrid graphics (that is, it has an Intel video adapter and also an AMD or NVIDIA one, and it’s supposed to switch to the most appropriate one for what you’re currently doing – NVIDIA calls this ‘Optimus’), DON’T UPDATE YOUR SYSTEM BY RUNNING DNF FROM THE DESKTOP. (Also if you have multiple graphics adapters that aren’t strictly ‘hybrid graphics’; the bug affects any case with multiple graphics adapters).

  • Fedora 24 Users: Don't Run "DNF Update" From The Desktop

    Fedora 24 users are advised against currently updating your system using the common dnf update command when running GNOME, KDE, or any other graphical desktop. Due to an awkward bug being explored, it could leave your system in an unhappy state.

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TuxMachines: Security News

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 10:08:27 AM

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TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 10:07:19 AM

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LXer: KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS released

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 10:06:12 AM
After many work around in the previous beta version of KDE Plasma 5.8 beta,KDE team is finaaly here with their first LTS of Plasma desktop software release, KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS.Beleive it or not, this release is surely gong to attract plenty of non-techie or simple users.But Techies are also not going to lose interest, this Ubuntu based beauty is going to prove the beast features as well.Check out new features of kde plasma 5.8 LTS[....]

TuxMachines: Study: open source groups take security serious

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 09:54:51 AM

The IT security practices of some open source communities are exemplary, shows a study for the European Commission and European Parliament. Many communities use experts to ensure software security and to help their developers avoid security flaws. “These communities take security serious”, says Alberto Dominguez Serra, one of the authors working for Everis, a IT consultancy.

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TuxMachines: How Long Do Android Owners Own An Android Phone?

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 09:52:33 AM

CIRP estimates loyal Android owners keep their phones for about the same length of time as they did three years ago. In the past three years, that length of time increased slightly, then decreased about the same amount, such that the average age of an upgraded Android phone increased only by about three weeks in the past three years.

Among buyers of a new Android smartphone that already owned an Android smartphone, in the past three years, the age of their retired Android phones increased for five quarters, then decreased since then (Chart 1).

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TuxMachines: KDE Neon 5.8 User Edition Linux OS Offers the Latest KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Desktop

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 09:44:19 AM

The KDE Neon development team proudly announced a few minutes ago the release of the KDE Neon 5.8 User Edition GNU/Linux distribution with the recently released KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS desktop environment.

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LXer: Fedora Devs Warn Users Not to Run "dnf update" Inside a Desktop on Fedora 24

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 09:09:01 AM
Earlier today, Fedora Project's Adam Williamson published a public service announcement (PSA) to inform the Fedora Linux community about an important issue with the internal update process.

TuxMachines: Vista 10 Woes

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 08:38:28 AM
  • Lenovo won’t make Windows 10 phones due to Microsoft’s commitment issues

    Lenovo’s COO, Gianfranco Lanci, has said that the Chinese tech giant doesn’t intend to release any new phones running Windows 10 Mobile. This is because he doubts Microsoft’s commitment to its floundering smartphone platform.

    Speaking at the Canalys Channel Forum 2016, Lanci said that while Windows 10 for desktops has been doing well in the business world, it has no plans to build smartphones using the operating system.

  • Latest Windows 10 Anniversary Update Build Sends Some Users To Reboot Loop Hell

    Those of you rocking a PC with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update may want to hold off on letting your system apply the latest round of fixes. There are several user complaints that Build 14393.222 (KB3194496), the seventh Cumulative Update since the Anniversary started flooding PCs in August, is borking systems by putting them into an endless reboot loop.

    The latest update package is supposed to deliver "quality improvements" in the form of several bug fixes for various issues, as well as improve the reliability of certain tasks, such as downloading and updating games from the Windows Store. Unfortunately, in many cases the installation fails somewhere along the way and rolls back the changes it made, as indicated by complaints posted to Microsoft's support forums and Twitter. It also happened to me when I tried installing the update on my primary desktop.

  • More than half of PCs don't have Windows 10 AU yet, and no one's quite sure why

    Just 34.5 percent of all PCs are running Windows 10 version 1607, aka the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, according to AdDuplex, maker of a Windows 10 SDK for third-party app makers. The majority, 59.9 percent, are still running Windows 10 version 1511, also known as the Fall Update.

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LXer: Indian Government Embraces ownCloud

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 08:11:50 AM
An interview with the project team behind India's DigiLocker project, which is built on ownCloud. It also goes into India's other plans to support free and open source software.

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Alpine Linux 3.4.5 Released with Linux Kernel 4.4.27 LTS, Latest Security Fixes

A new maintenance update of the server-oriented Alpine Linux 3.4 operating system has been released, bringing a new Linux kernel version from the long-term supported 4.4 series and the latest security patches. Read more

DebEX Distro Now Lets You Create an Installable Debian 9 Live DVD with Refracta

After informing us of the release of Exton|OS Light Build 161021, today, October 26, 2016, GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton sent an email to announce the availability of DebEX Barebone Build 161025. The latest version of the DebEX Barebone GNU/Linux distribution, build 161025, is here, based on the soon-to-be-released Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" (Debian Testing) operating system and kernel 4.8.0-21-exton, a specially crafted Linux kernel package based on the latest stable Linux 4.8 kernel. Read more Just released: KNOPPIX 7.7.1 Public Release

Linux Kernel News

  • BUS1 Kernel Message Bus Posted For Review
    David Herrmann has posted the initial patches for review of the BUS1 kernel message bus, the successor to KDBUS as an in-kernel IPC mechanism. Herrmann announced, "This proposal introduces bus1.ko, a kernel messaging bus. This is not a request for inclusion, yet. It is rather an initial draft and a Request For Comments. While bus1 emerged out of the kdbus project, bus1 was started from scratch and the concepts have little in common. In a nutshell, bus1 provides a capability-based IPC system, similar in nature to Android Binder, Cap'n Proto, and seL4. The module is completely generic and does neither require nor mandate a user-space counter-part."
  • Linux 4.9 Is Going To Be The “Biggest Ever” Linux Release
    The next Linux kernel release, i.e., Linux 4.9, could be the biggest ever Linux release in terms of the commits. Linus Torvalds shared this news in the release announcement of Linux 4.9-rc2. He also hinted at the possibility of turning 4.9 into an LTS release. The final build of the kernel is expected to arrive in December.

Quirky 8.1 Linux Is Built with Ubuntu 16.04 Binary DEBs, Supports Raspberry Pi 3

Puppy Linux developer Barry Kauler was happy to announce the general availability of his Quirky 8.1 "Xerus" GNU/Linux distribution built with binary DEB packages from the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system. Quirky 8.1 "Xerus" is here to replace the old "April" series, and while it is indeed built using the binary DEBs of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, it stays true to being a distro from the Puppy Linux family and not an Ubuntu clone. However, it lets users install packages from the official Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) software repositories, a feature that was not available in the Quirky "April" releases. Read more