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TuxMachines: Wine 3.0 Plans and GNU/Linux Games

Sunday 29th of October 2017 09:34:30 PM
  • Wine 3.0 Still Expected Around EOY With D3D11; Wayland & D3D12 On Roadmap

    WineConf 2017 is taking place today and tomorrow in Wroclaw, Poland. The event began today with a keynote by Wine founder Alexandre Julliard where he talked about Wine 3.0 plans and what's further out on the roadmap.

    Since the Wine 2.0 release almost one year ago, the Wine project has shifted to annual, time-based releases. We've been expecting Wine 3.0 around the end of 2017 or early 2018 and that still looks like it will be the case. Julliared reaffirmed plans for shipping Wine 3.0 around the end of the year.

  • SuperTuxKart 0.9.3 Released With New Tracks, Built-In Screen Recorder

    A new release of the open-source SuperTuxKart racing game is out just ahead of Halloween.

    SuperTuxKart 0.9.3 features new Halloween-themed assets, new tracks, and updates to some of the racing karts. SuperTuxKart 0.9.3 also now features a built-in screen recorder, HSV colorization for some scenery, graphics engine improvements, faster loading times, lower RAM/vRAM usage, improvements to their older OpenGL 2 rendering pipeline, and various other fixes and in-game improvements.

  • F1 2017 Racing Game Coming to Linux on November 2, Ported by Feral Interactive

    UK-based Linux and macOS video games publisher Feral Interactive recently announced that they're porting the F1 2017 racing game to Linux on November 2, 2017.

    Launched on August 25, 2017, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, and Microsoft Windows platforms, F1 2017 is currently one of the hottest racing games of the year. The game is developed and published by Codemasters, the makes of the Colin McRae and DiRT Rally titles.

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TuxMachines: Debian and Derivatives

Sunday 29th of October 2017 09:31:19 PM
  • Building packages without (fake)root

    Turns out that it is surprisingly easy to build most packages without (fake)root.

  • Elive 3.0 Is One Step Closer to Reality as Latest Beta Introduces Many Goodies

    The developers of the Debian-based Elive GNU/Linux distribution leveraging the Enlightenment desktop environment are still trying to finish the major Elive 3.0 release, and they just published a new Beta.

    Elive 2.9.12 Beta is here almost two months after the previous beta (versioned 2.9.8), and it looks like it's a big one, adding an extra layer of performance improvements to the desktop and window effects with up to 194%, as well as to video playback, which is now smoother than on previous betas.

    Elive's graphical installer, yes the one you don't have to pay to use it anymore, has been refactored in this new beta release to include a validator of characters for usernames, passwords, and hostnames, make the entire installation process a lot easier than before, and also fix numerous bugs, especially for the built-in browser.

  • And We’re Off: Development Begins on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ‘Bionic Beaver’

    Canonical’s Matthias Klose shared the news on the Ubuntu development mailing list.

    The first few weeks of every Ubuntu development cycle is spent syncing key packages from upstream sources, plumbing in the base infrastructure on which future changes lay, and so on.

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Release Schedule

    For those of you unaware Ubuntu’s April (xx.04) releases follow a 27-week schedule (as opposed to October releases’ 25 week schedule, owing to the little matter of Xmas and New Year).

    During the cycle time 2 alpha milestones, 2 beta milestones and 1 release candidate build are issued for public testing. Ubuntu flavors often take advantage of all of these.

  • Help test Plasma 5.8.8 LTS and Krita 3.3.1 for Kubuntu Backports!

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Reddit: tldr | simplified, community driven man pages

Sunday 29th of October 2017 09:27:09 PM

TuxMachines: OSS: Open Source Software Explained, Dutch Government, Open Access Law and MOOCs

Sunday 29th of October 2017 09:25:49 PM
  • Open Source Software Explained

    For those new to Linux, the concept of Open Source software may be foreign. In this short video, I attempt to explain the concept in non-geek speak for the Average Joe to understand.

  • Dutch coalition agreement: where’s the trust in Free Software?

    The new Dutch government, consisting of liberal-conservatives (VVD), christian democrats (CDA), democrats (D66) and orthodox protestants (CU), published the new coalition agreement: Vertrouwen in de toekomst (“Trust in the future”). I scanned through all sections of this document, searching for the word software.

    According to the new government, software is a matter for the justice department. Software is not mentioned in any other section, including the economic, education, labor policy, innovation policy and living environment sections.

  • It's Time for Congress to Pass an Open Access Law

    The public should be able to read and use the scientific research we paid for. That’s the simple premise of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act, or FASTR (S. 1701, H.R. 3427). Despite broad bipartisan support on both sides of the aisle, FASTR has been stuck in Congressional gridlock for four years. As we celebrate Open Access week, please take a moment to urge your members of Congress to pass this common-sense law.

  • 200 universities just launched 560 free online courses. Here’s the full list.


    In the past six years or so, close to 800 universities have created more than 8,000 of these MOOCs. And I’ve been keeping track of these MOOCs the entire time over at Class Central, ever since they rose to prominence.

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TuxMachines: Security: Joanna Rutkowska and Microsoft's NSA Back Doors

Sunday 29th of October 2017 09:21:22 PM

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Phoronix: AMDGPU vs. Radeon DRM With Linux 4.14 On GCN 1.0/SI GPUs

Sunday 29th of October 2017 08:32:06 PM
It's been a while since last testing the older GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" graphics cards with the AMDGPU DRM driver rather than the default Radeon DRM driver. Here are some fresh comparison tests using some original GCN graphics cards with the two DRM drivers while pairing it with Mesa 17.4-dev, including Vulkan tests that are made possible by switching over to the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver.

Phoronix: Freedreno MSM DRM Driver Updates Submitted For Linux 4.15

Sunday 29th of October 2017 07:16:30 PM
Freedreno founder Rob Clark today sent in the MSM DRM driver updates for DRM-Next to queue ahead of the upcoming Linux 4.15 merge window...

Reddit: Red Star OS 1.0 images finally found

Sunday 29th of October 2017 07:00:11 PM

Call me weird, but north korea has always fascinated me as a country, I love learning anything and everything about it (I don't sympathize with them, don't get me wrong). I am particularly interested in the technology side of them, their network infrastructure especially, and also their operating systems. I've messed with red star os 2 and 3 in excruciating detail, i even have RS 3 running on a real pc that i use from time to time.

I haven't stopped there however, as Red Star 4 appears to be out(it is cited that air koryo's website is hosted on an RS 4 server version, yet pulling up info on the site says otherwise and that it is in fact still on RS 3), and RS 1 still remains elusive.

I've scoured the internet trying to find even a screenshot of RS 1, and finally i have found what i believe to be a lead. The wikipedia page for RS has been updated and a few images of RS 1 appeared on the page, i followed the link found 11 imaged of RS 1. Here is the page-

At first glance it seems quite similar to RS 2, but with a more transparent taskbar. Personally i like it better than RS 2's default theme

Images were uploaded in 2013, and I've come to a dead end yet again. Seems to be the same dance as with the red stars that surfaced before, just wait and hope someone uploads a copy to the internet.

Anyways, just thought I'd shed some light on Red Star OS 1.0

EDIT: Found another image of the splash screen, the image seems to be from 2009 from a website here-

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LXer: The Top Free VPNs Of 2017

Sunday 29th of October 2017 06:29:28 PM
In a world where every company out there is stealing your data in the name of advertising, the best option to protect your privacy and identity is to be anonymous. Also, the recent past has seen several geographical regions being deprived of access to a particular website.

TuxMachines: openSUSE-Based GeckoLinux Distro Getting Smoother and More Reliable Startup

Sunday 29th of October 2017 06:23:42 PM

The developer of GeckoLinux, a GNU/Linux distribution based on both openSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed operating systems, announced the release of a beta preview of the next stable GeckoLinux Static series.

It's been quiet lately for GeckoLinux, and it has to do with the merging of SUSE Studio with the Open Build Service (OBS) distribution development platform, which forced the developer to find an alternative build method of his distro. After a long search, it appears that Kiwi on VPS is the best method for GeckoLinux.

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TuxMachines: Events: Open Source Summit, Embedded Linux Conference Europe, OpenStack Sydney

Sunday 29th of October 2017 05:48:35 PM
  • Open Source Summit - Day 3

    Open source summit Wednesday started with a keynote by members of the Banks family telling a packed room on how they approached raising a tech family. The first hurdle that Keila (the teenage daughter of the family) talked about was something I personally had never actually thought about: Communication tools like Slack that are in widespread use come with an age restriction excluding minors. So by trying to communicate with open source projects means entering illegality.

  • Embedded Linux Conference Europe & Open-Source Summit Wrap Up In Prague

    The 2017 Embedded Linux Conference Europe and Open-Source Summit Europe events hosted by the Linux Foundation this year in Prague wrapped up earlier this week.

    For those that missed the event in person, didn't tune into the available livestreams, and want to catch up on the material presented, most of the sessions do have their PDF slide decks available for download this weekend.

  • OpenStack Sydney: Turning one into two

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TuxMachines: Programming: uClibc, GCC, Fresh

Sunday 29th of October 2017 05:44:01 PM
  • uClibc Is Still Around As A Lightweight C Standard Library

    The uClibc project is still advancing as a lightweight, performant C standard library even while glibc has been making performance advancements and other improvements as well.

    Alexey Brodkin of Synopsys spoke at this week's Embedded Linux Conference Europe about how uClibc is still relevant today and "makes sense" for organizations like Synopsys.

  • GCC Prepares For C17 Language Support

    Not to be confused with C++17 that brings many notable additions and improvements, C17 is also coming soon as an update to the C programming language.

    The C17 programming language update is just a "bug fix version" to the C11 standard. C17 will soon go to ballot for voting and still might end up being known as C18, but for now the GNU Compiler Collection is getting prepped with patches as C17.

  • News: The new released Fresh IDE .

    The reputable IDE for FASM named Fresh comes on 29.10.2017 06:47:22 with new news.

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TuxMachines: Graphics: Mesa 17.2.4, Slang and More

Sunday 29th of October 2017 05:41:48 PM
  • Mesa 17.2.4 to Bring Several Fixes for Intel and AMD Radeon Drivers on Linux

    The developers of the Mesa 3D Graphics Library are preparing to launch a new maintenance update to the current Mesa 17.2 stable series, which will bring more improvements to supported drivers.

    Mesa 17.2.4 is currently being tested internally as a Release Candidate, which means it won't be long until the final release hits the streets, so we want to give you a heads up to what you can expect from this version. This is a stability update, so you should expect it to fix annoyances and other reported issues.

    For Intel GPUs, the Mesa 17.2.4 update brings several fixes, including for the compiler and the ANV Vulkan driver, but it looks like there's also a patch for the Intel i965 OpenGL driver to avoid breaking Beignet and VA-API, as well as other contexts in the system when they're used in combination with any version of the Mesa 17.2 series.

  • Slang Continues To Advance For Easing Shader Writing, Cross-Compiling Shaders

    NVIDIA and Carnegie Mellon University continue working on the Slang project for providing improved functionality around existing Direct3D HLSL and OpenGL GLSL shaders as well as developing its own shading language.

    Besides working on its own shading language that is inspired by Microsoft's HLSL, Slang allows cross-compiling shader code written in their language to HLSL, GLSL, DirectX bytecode, or SPIR-V. HLSL and GLSL code can also make easy use of Slang's libraries. When feeding HLSL or GLSL code into the Slang compiler, it can take care of some tedious steps of the shader writing process, full reflection information about parameters of the shader code, and various other helpers around graphics shader writing.

  • Intel ANV Vulkan Driver Patches For Cross-Stage Link Optimizations

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Security: Uber Sued, Intel ‘Damage Control’, ZDNet FUD, and XFRM Privilege Escalation

  • Uber hit with 2 lawsuits over gigantic 2016 data breach
    In the 48 hours since the explosive revelations that Uber sustained a massive data breach in 2016, two separate proposed class-action lawsuits have been filed in different federal courts across California. The cases allege substantial negligence on Uber’s part: plaintiffs say the company failed to keep safe the data of the affected 50 million customers and 7 million drivers. Uber reportedly paid $100,000 to delete the stolen data and keep news of the breach quiet. On Tuesday, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote: “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”
  • Intel Releases Linux-Compatible Tool For Confirming ME Vulnerabilities [Ed: ‘Damage control’ strategy is to make it look like just a bug.]
    While Intel ME security issues have been talked about for months, confirming fears that have been present about it for years, this week Intel published the SA-00086 security advisory following their own internal review of ME/TXE/SPS components. The impact is someone could crash or cause instability issues, load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system, and other possible issues.
  • Open source's big weak spot? Flawed libraries lurking in key apps [Ed: Linux basher Liam Tung entertains FUD firm Snyk and Microsoft because it suits the employer's agenda]
  • SSD Advisory – Linux Kernel XFRM Privilege Escalation

gThumb 3.6 GNOME Image Viewer Released with Better Wayland and HiDPI Support

gThumb, the open-source image viewer for the GNOME desktop environment, has been updated this week to version 3.6, a new stable branch that introduces numerous new features and improvements. gThumb 3.6 comes with better support for the next-generation Wayland display server as the built-in video player, color profiles, and application icon received Wayland support. The video player component received a "Loop" button to allow you to loop videos, and there's now support for HiDPI displays. The app also ships with a color picker, a new option to open files in full-screen, a zoom popover that offers different zoom commands and a zoom slider, support for double-click activation, faster image loading, aspect ratio filtering, and the ability to display the description of the color profile in the property view. Read more Also: Many Broadway HTML5 Backend Improvements Land In GTK4

ExTiX 18.0, 64bit, with Deepin Desktop 15.5 (made in China!) and Refracta Tools – Create your own ExTiX/Ubuntu/Deepin system in minutes!

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