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TuxMachines: KDE Plasma 5.8.8 LTS Desktop Environment Released with Various Improvements

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:13:38 PM

The KDE Project is announcing today the release and immediate availability for download of the eighth maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment.

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TuxMachines: ASUS PRIME Z370-A Running Great On Linux

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:12:05 PM

For those looking at assembling a new system around Intel's 8th Gen Core "Coffee Lake" CPUs, the motherboard I've been conducting most of my Linux tests from has been the ASUS PRIME Z370-A. A few weeks of use with this motherboard, I'm happy with this Intel Z370 motherboard.

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TuxMachines: Linux Mint Will Discontinue Its KDE Edition

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:10:28 PM

The Linux Mint crew has confirmed today they will be discontinuing future releases of their KDE spin following next month's Linux Mint 18.3 release.

Linux Mint 18.3 will be the last version of this Ubuntu-derived distribution to feature a dedicated KDE Plasma Edition.

They are dropping their KDE support as the Linux Mint team envisions themselves as a "production distribution...a complete desktop operating system", and as part of that focus on their own Cinnamon Desktop Environment. But they will continue their support for Cinnamon-like desktops include MATE and Xfce where their custom tools still play nicely.

Also: Monthly News – October 2017

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Reddit: Zulip 1.7: Open source team chat

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:10:05 PM

TuxMachines: Open Source Virtual Signaling? Or, Why Do You Really Like Open Source?

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:06:39 PM

Open source software is everywhere these days -- from Microsoft to government agencies to (maybe) your car. In a world where open source is so pervasive, I can't but wonder: Do the myriad companies that now push open source really believe in it, or is it mere virtue signaling?

This is a fair question to ask. Many of the companies that are now very publicly promoting open source were once antithetical to open source.

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LXer: Find Devices Connected To Your Wifi In Linux

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:05:48 PM
Usually our connection to the Internet should be private and free of malicious users, however, obtaining the keys to access the network is very simple currently so that a user with some knowledge about networks could get it in a few minutes and use to navigate to Through our network, being able to consume a considerable bandwidth and making our network run slow.

TuxMachines: 7 open source alternatives to Dreamweaver

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:04:08 PM

Not all that many years ago, pretty much every webpage on the Internet was, at some level, designed painstakingly by hand. It was tough, and before CSS really took hold and became well supported across most common browsers, it often involved hacking a layout together by using HTML tables in a way they were never really envisioned to support.

While some designers developed workflows completely based around manual editing of raw HTML files, the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor began to emerge as a tool of empowerment to millions of amateur and professional designers who didn't know, or at least hadn't mastered, the art of hypertext markup.

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Reddit: Companies vs. Communities Making Linux Distros

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:03:29 PM

TuxMachines: Kernel/Linux Foundation: VMware, Community Data License Agreement, ZFS, CNCF

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 05:26:53 PM
  • The Linux Foundation Releases Annual Kernel Development Report
  • VMware Upgrades Linux Foundation Membership to Platinum
  • Linux data-sharing licences: So, will big data hogs take the plunge?

    With its new open data licensing framework, announced on Tuesday, the Linux Foundation has created legal frameworks around sharing raw, unorganised data to tempt generous companies, nonprofits, government agencies and researchers to do so.

  • Please Welcome the Community Data License Agreement

    Those who have followed the spread of open source software (OSS) know that a bewildering thicket of OSS licenses were created in the early days. They also know that although the Open Source Initiative was formed in part to certify which of these documents should be permitted to call itself an “open source software license,” that didn’t mean that each approved license was compatible with the other. Ever since, it’s been a pain in the neck to vet code contributions to ensure that an OSS user knows what she’s getting into when she incorporates a piece of OSS into her own program.

  • Oracle Could Still Make ZFS A First-Class Upstream Linux File-System

    For many years Linux storage enthusiasts have dreamed of having the ZFS file-system part of the mainline Linux kernel. But since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems that outlook has looked much more bleak that they would re-license the ZFS kernel code under a license compatible with the upstream GPLv2 Linux kernel. But an Oracle engineer presented today that the ZFS Linux dream might still come true.

  • Open ZFS File-System Running On Windows
  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds two open-source security projects

    The other project that CNCF has taken under its wing is called The Update Framework. Created by New York University professor Justin Cappos, TUP is the specification on which Notary is based. Developers can use the technology to equip their own software with capabilities for fending off attempts to corrupt code. A group of automakers, for example, has created a version of TUP for securely patching car systems.

  • CNCF Brings Security to the Cloud Native Stack with Notary, TUF Adoption

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation continues to vigorously build its portfolio of open source cloud-native technologies. CNCF’s Technical Oversight Committee voted to accept both the Docker-developed Notary trusted content framework and the specification Notary was built on, TUF, as the 13th and 14th hosted projects, respectively.

    The organizations announced the new members at the Open Source Summit Europe, being held this week in Prague.

  • CNCF Brings In Notary, The Update Framework to Boost Container Security

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation on Oct. 24 announced that it is expanding its project roster with the addition of the Notary container trust project and The Update Framework security effort.

    The Notary project was originally developed by Docker and provides a content signing framework to help verify the cryptographic integrity of a container application image. Notary makes use of The Update Framework (TUF), which is a specification for enabling secure software updates.

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TuxMachines: Graphics: RADV, Vulkan, Gallium3D. Freedreno, Mesa, OpenGL

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 05:24:17 PM
  • Feral Adding AMD_shader_info To RADV Vulkan Driver

    As further sign of Feral Interactive continuing to pursue Vulkan for their Linux games, a Feral developer today posted a patch for implementing the brand new AMD_shader_info extension for the RADV Mesa driver.

    Alex Smith of Feral posted the patch today wiring in AMD_shader_info. This AMD-developed shader information extension debuted just days ago with the Vulkan 1.0.64 update. This Vulkan extension provides a means of querying information about a compiled shader from the shader disassembly to statistics, but the extension itself places no mandates about what is exposed.

  • Freedreno Works On Context Priority Support, Plumbs Into Gallium3D

    There's been a theme recently with the open-source graphics drivers of working on priority scheduling support from AMDGPU priority scheduling for VR use-cases and tied into RADV to Intel also allowing context priority support that in turn is exposed through EGL. The Freedreno driver has also been working on a context priority implementation.

    Rob Clark of the Freedreno project this week posted new patches for implementing context priority support for his Gallium3D driver with supported Qualcomm Adreno hardware and on a supported kernel with the MSM DRM code. The work also includes some generic Gallium3D plumbing for adding a new capability for drivers that want to expose per-context priorities. This Gallium3D driver implementation allows for low, medium, and high context priorities or for all non-Freedreno drivers right now just doesn't expose the cap.

  • Mesa's OpenGL KHR_no_error Support Is Now "Done"

    Mesa's support for the OpenGL KHR_no_error extension is now treated as "done" for all drivers.

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu: Shuttleworth Speaks Out, Ubuntu 17.10 Plans, Xubuntu 18.04 Plans

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 05:15:19 PM
  • Shuttleworth explains killing off Unity

    Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has been telling the world+dog why he killed off Unity and it is all about getting busy, ready for an IPO.

    The Unity desktop was introduced back in 2011 and while Shuttleworth was rather keen on it, other Ubuntu fans were not.

  • Ubuntu Server Development Summary – 24 Oct 2017
  • Cinergy makes significant digital signage savings using Ubuntu Core

    Based in Dallas, Texas, Cinergy operates a chain of three cinema entertainment centres (CECs) with ambitious expansion plans. CECs are an all in one entertainment venue incorporating cinemas, restaurants, bowling and other activities such as escape rooms. With so many activities to communicate including the latest promotions and film times, Cinergy’s digital signage set up needs to be efficient, secure and effective.

  • What to Expect from the Ubuntu 17.10 Release

    One of the hottest events this month for Linux/Ubuntu users is the release of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark). For those who are not fans of Ubuntu and Linux in general, this might be just one more release to miss, but this is a release you should take note of. The major news here is that this is the first release since Canonical decided to move away from Unity. But there is more!

  • Preparing for Xubuntu 18.04

    Xubuntu 17.10 was just released, but planning for Xubuntu 18.04 – the next long-term support (LTS) release – began quite some time ago. For our users, LTS releases mostly mean a system that is going to be more stable and supported for longer. For us contributors, this means a bunch of things.

    As a repercussion of the longer support cycle and the sought out stable nature of the LTS releases, we do not want to introduce (too many) new components, libraries or other technical changes, as each change has regression potential. This is also a delicate balancing act between getting bugs fixed but keeping enough things as they are.

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TuxMachines: GNU: FSFE Newsletter, Glibc, GCC

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 05:05:33 PM
  • FSFE Newsletter - October 2017


    The EU is currently revising its copyright rules in its proposal for the EU Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market, so that they may be more suitable for the modern digital age. Instead of recognising the realities of how different content is being shared online, the current EU Copyright Directive proposal, and in particular its Article 13 targeted at online hosting providers, threatens our ability to access public code repositories and share code online. The new rules enshrined in Article 13 intend to introduce new obligations for code hosting platforms in order to prevent any possible copyright infringement: if they do not implement these, the platforms will end up being directly liable for their users' activity. [...]

  • Glibc 2.27 Will Premiere With Many Optimizations

    When glibc 2.26 was released in August it was a noteworthy release with plenty of optimizations and introduced its own per-thread cache. With the next installment of the GNU C Library there will also be many more optimizations.

    A few days back I wrote about more functions receiving FMA optimizations including powerf/logf/exp2f/log2f. That article also mentioned how replacing some old Assembly versions of functions with generic C code has also resulted in significant performance improvements. That's not all.

  • Intel Pushes More GCC Patches For New Instructions On Icelake Processors

    Intel has published more patches for supporting new instruction set extensions that will debut with "Ice Lake" processors when launched in late 2018 or early 2019.

    Besides Intel recently landing CET support in GCC as the Control-flow Enforcement Technology, their compiler engineers have been working on supporting the other instruction set extensions coming with Icelake processors, which is the successor to the next-gen Cannonlake CPUs.

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TuxMachines: Games Leftovers

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 05:02:51 PM

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TuxMachines: KDE and GNOME: Qt 5.10 Beta 2, Falkon, KDE Promo, GCompris, GNOME Foundation, Retro-GTK

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 05:00:43 PM
  • Qt 5.10 Reaches Its Second Beta Milestone

    Qt 5.10 is up to its second beta milestone ahead of its expected stable debut by the end of November.

    The Qt 5.10 Beta 2 milestone is coming out on time, giving hope that Qt 5.10.0 will be officially released as scheduled on 30 November rather than being delayed as has become common for Qt5 releases.

  • Qt 5.10 Beta2 available

    Qt 5.10 beta2 is now available. Instructions how to get the release are here:

    Please take a tour and and test the release. And please make sure all issues which must be fixed before final Qt 5.10.0 release are visible in rc blocker list (

    Diff to first beta can be found as an attachment.

  • Falkon – New browser under the KDE Umbrella

    It is worth noting that the package is a “git snapshot” and is mid re-branding (it still refers to QupZilla in many places), there are many bugs/issues and the software is no-where near release quality.

  • KDE Promo Activity Report – September 28, 2017

    This is just a quick round-up to keep you in the loop and point you to KDE Promo activities that you can join.

    If you missed the previous report, or just want to refresh your memory, you can read it here.

  • GCompris Qt for Raspberry Pi


    This version for Raspberry Pi was made possible thanks to the new “light” mode that we’ve been working on (read the previous post to learn more about this new rendering mode).

    It was built and tested on Raspberry Pi 3, where it works good. Since it was not tested a lot yet, this first package is considered beta. Please report any issue you may experience with it. If you can try it on a Pi 2, please let us know the result. It was also not tested on Pi 1, but those probably don’t have enough cpu and/or ram to run it.

  • Empowering individuals of the community – The board takes action

    This blog post is intended for GNOME Foundation members or people interested in part of our budget management. I have good news for you, the board has decided new policies to empower the individuals of our community!

  • Retro-GTK Has An Exciting Future Ahead With Many Improvements For Libretro Gaming

    GNOME developer Adrien Plazas has written a blog post about some of the big work items he's engaged in for retro-gtk, the GNOME user-interface for running various libretro cores / game emulators.

  • 10 Best Icon Themes For Linux

    One of the coolest things you can do to your Linux desktop is tweaking it to suit you. One key part of the tweaking process is to change your icon theme and you probably are going to want to do this as some distros ship some displeasing icon themes. Fortunately, the Linux community provides a ton of themes that you can use to turn your Linux desktop around and looking good. Let’ take a look at some ten awesome available for your desktop.


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LXer: Whos building Linux in 2017?

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 04:37:08 PM
Linux runs 90 percent of the public cloud workload, 82 percent of the world's smartphones, 62 percent of the embedded market, oh and a mere 99 percent of the supercomputer market. All that rests on the Linux kernel.

LXer: 10 Wget Command Examples

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 03:22:47 PM
We’ll show you 10 practical examples of Wget Command. Wget is a free utility that can be used for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP which are considered as the most widely-used Internet protocols.

Reddit: Need help with Ubuntu Server - Paying via Paypal

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 03:17:57 PM


I run a droplet at digitalocean which crashes each night at around 2:00 am. I have already deleted the cronjobs.daily but it still happens. Please send me your skype id, and I will give you more details. I will pay you a little salary via Paypal which we can discuss before.

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Security: Google and Morgan Marquis-Boire

  • Google: 25 per cent of black market passwords can access accounts

    The researchers used Google's proprietary data to see whether or not stolen passwords could be used to gain access to user accounts, and found that an estimated 25 per cent of the stolen credentials can successfully be used by cyber crooks to gain access to functioning Google accounts.

  • Data breaches, phishing, or malware? Understanding the risks of stolen credentials

    Drawing upon Google as a case study, we find 7--25\% of exposed passwords match a victim's Google account.

  • Infosec star accused of sexual assault booted from professional affiliations
    A well-known computer security researcher, Morgan Marquis-Boire, has been publicly accused of sexual assault. On Sunday, The Verge published a report saying that it had spoken with 10 women across North America and Marquis-Boire's home country of New Zealand who say that they were assaulted by him in episodes going back years. A woman that The Verge gave the pseudonym "Lila," provided The Verge with "both a chat log and a PGP signed and encrypted e-mail from Morgan Marquis-Boire. In the e-mail, he apologizes at great length for a terrible but unspecified wrong. And in the chat log, he explicitly confesses to raping and beating her in the hotel room in Toronto, and also confesses to raping multiple women in New Zealand and Australia."

Review: Fedora 27 Workstation

On the whole there are several things to like about Fedora 27. The operating system was stable during my trial and I like that there are several session options, depending on whether we want to use Wayland or the X display server or even a more traditional-looking version of GNOME. I am happy to see Wayland is coming along to the point where it is close to on par with the X session. There are some corner cases to address, but GNOME on Wayland has improved a lot in the past year. I like the new LibreOffice feature which lets us sign and verify documents and I like GNOME's new settings panel. These are all small, but notable steps forward for GNOME, LibreOffice and Fedora. Most of the complaints I had this week had more to do with GNOME specifically than Fedora as an operating system. GNOME on Fedora is sluggish on my systems, both on the desktop computer and in VirtualBox, especially the Wayland session. This surprised me as when I ran GNOME's Wayland session on Ubuntu last month, the desktop performed quite a bit better. Ubuntu's GNOME on Wayland session was smooth and responsive, but Fedora's was too slow for me to use comfortably and I switched over to using the X session for most of my trial. Two other big differences I felt keenly between Ubuntu and Fedora were with regards to how these two leading projects set up GNOME. On Ubuntu we have a dock that acts as a task switcher, making it a suitable environment for multitasking. Fedora's GNOME has no equivalent. This means Fedora's GNOME is okay for running one or two programs at a time, but I tend to run eight or nine applications at any given moment. This becomes very awkward when using Fedora's default GNOME configuration as it is hard to switch between open windows quickly, at least without installing an extension. In a similar vein, Ubuntu's GNOME has window control buttons and Fedora's version does not, which again adds a few steps to what are usually very simple, quick actions. What it comes down to is I feel like Ubuntu takes GNOME and turns it into a full featured desktop environment, while Fedora provides us with just plain GNOME which feels more like a framework for a desktop we can then shape with extensions rather than a complete desktop environment. In fact, I think that describes Fedora's approach in general - the distribution feels more like a collection of open source utilities rather than an integrated whole. Earlier I mentioned LibreOffice can work with signed documents, but Fedora has no key manager, meaning we need to find and download one. Fedora ships with Totem, which is a fine video player, but it doesn't work with Wayland, making it an odd default choice. These little gaps or missed connections show up occasionally and it sets the distribution apart from other projects like openSUSE or Linux Mint where there is a stronger sense the pieces of the operating system working together with a unified vision. The big puzzle for me this week was with software updates. Linux effectively solved updating software and being able to keep running without a pause, reboot or lock-up decades ago. Other mainstream distributions have fast updates - some even have atomic, on-line updates. openSUSE has software snapshots through the file system, Ubuntu has live kernel updates that do away with rebooting entirely and NixOS has atomic, versioned updates via the package manager, to name just three examples. But Fedora has taken a big step backward in making updates require an immediate reboot, and taking an unusually long time to complete the update process, neither of which benefits the user. Fedora has some interesting features and I like that it showcases new technologies. It's a good place to see what new items are going to be landing in other projects next year. However, Fedora feels more and more like a testing ground for developers and less like a polished experience for people to use as their day-to-day operating system. Read more

6 Reasons Why Linux is Better than Windows For Servers

A server is a computer software or a machine that offers services to other programs or devices, referred to as “clients“. There are different types of servers: web servers, database servers, application servers, cloud computing servers, file servers, mail servers, DNS servers and much more. The usage share for Unix-like operating systems has over the years greatly improved, predominantly on servers, with Linux distributions at the forefront. Today a bigger percentage of servers on the Internet and data centers around the world are running a Linux-based operating system. Read more Also: All the supercomputers in the world moved to Linux operating systems

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