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Reddit: inode->i_version rework for v4.16

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 06:06:09 PM

LinuxToday: How to Install ionCube Loader on Debian 9

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 06:00:00 PM

HowToForge: IonCube is a PHP extension that can be used for decoding secured encrypted PHP files at runtime.

TuxMachines: Security: Reproducible Builds, IoT, Code Review, Microsoft Windows Back Doors Cause More Trouble

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 05:25:21 PM
  • Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #144
  • Top 10 IoT Security Threats
  • Code Review Isn't Evil. Security Through Obscurity Is.

    On January 25th, Reuters reported that software companies like McAfee, SAP, and Symantec allow Russian authorities to review their source code, and that "this practice potentially jeopardizes the security of computer networks in at least a dozen federal agencies." The article goes on to explain what source code review looks like and which companies allow source code reviews, and reiterates that "allowing Russia to review the source code may expose unknown vulnerabilities that could be used to undermine U.S. network defenses."

    The spin of this article implies that requesting code reviews is malicious behavior. This is simply not the case. Reviewing source code is an extremely common practice conducted by regular companies as well as software and security professionals to ensure certain safety guarantees of the software being installed. The article also notes that “Reuters has not found any instances where a source code review played a role in a cyberattack.” At EFF, we routinely conduct code reviews of any software that we elect to use.

  • A fast-evolving new botnet could take gadgets in your home to the dark side
  • WannaMine: Another Cryptojacking Malware Fueled By Leaked NSA Exploit Is Rising [Ed: Microsoft Windows + NSA back doors = chaos]

    You might be able to recall the NSA exploit called EternalBlue which was leaked by the hacker group in April last year. The Windows exploit was later used to launch worldwide cyber disaster in the name of WannaCry. Another ransomware, also based on EternalBlue, followed a month later.

  • What is WannaMine? New fileless malware uses NSA's leaked EternalBlue exploit to mine cryptocurrency

    Security researchers have discovered a new strain of malware that uses the National Security Agency's EternalBlue exploit to hijack computers and secretly mine cryptocurrency. In April last year, the exploit was leaked as part of a cache of alleged NSA hacking tools released by the hacker group Shadow Brokers.

    Cybersecurity experts had warned that the exploit would soon be leveraged by other threat actors to power their own sophisticated and likely frequent cyberattacks. Shortly after, the Windows exploit was used to launch the massive global WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks in May and June.

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Reddit: GDB 8.1 released.

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 05:20:19 PM

Reddit: Intro to Kernel Hacking

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 05:16:51 PM

TuxMachines: Intel OpenGL/Vulkan Performance Edging Slightly Higher With Mesa 18.0

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 05:08:55 PM

Yesterday I posted some initial benchmarks of Mesa 18.0 on RADV/RadeonSI drivers for AMD GPUs now that feature development is over for this next quarterly installment of Mesa 3D. On the Radeon side there were mostly performance improvements to note with the RADV Vulkan driver, but what about on the Intel side? Today are benchmarks of the Intel i965 OpenGL and ANV Vulkan drivers compared to earlier Mesa releases for seeing how the Intel (U)HD Graphics performance has changed on the Linux desktop.

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Reddit: Linux Monitoring Tool Detects Meltdown Attacks

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 05:05:45 PM

TuxMachines: Linux Lite 3.8 Is the Last in the Series, Linux Lite 4.0 Will Arrive on June 1

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 05:05:38 PM

Poised to be the last in the 3.x series, Linux Lite 3.8 is here with a bunch of changes and improvements, among which we can mention the implementation of the TLP power management tool for laptops in the Lite Tweaks utility, better support for the LibreOffice office suite, a new font viewer & installer, and regional support for DVDs.

"If you have DVDs that are from another region other than your own, you can now easily change region so that it will play in VLC. Insert your DVD, open a terminal and type regionset and follow the onscreen instructions. See this thread here for more information," says Jerry Bezencon in the release announcement.

Also: Linux Systems Running Newer Kernels Not Really Affected by Meltdown Patches

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TuxMachines: LibreOffice 6.0 Open-Source Office Suite Officially Released, Here's What's New

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 04:57:21 PM

Numerous months in the making, LibreOffice 6.0 comes two and a half years after the LibreOffice 5.x series, and it's the biggest release of the open-source and cross-platform office suite so far. It introduces a revamped design with new table styles, improved Notebookbars, new gradients, new Elementary icons, menu and toolbar improvements, and updated motif/splash screen.

LibreOffice 6.0 offers superior interoperability with Microsoft Office documents and compatibility with the EPUB3 format by allowing users to export ODT files to EPUB3. It also lets you import your AbiWord, Microsoft Publisher, PageMaker, and QuarkXPress documents and templates thanks to the implementation of a set of new open-source libraries contributed by the Document Liberation project.

Also: LibreOffice 6.0 Released With A Ton Of Open-Source Office Suite Improvements

LibreOffice 6.0 released

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Phoronix: Linux 4.16 Can Be A Lot Faster For Small I/O Activity

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 04:30:35 PM
The well known FIO benchmark saw a +244% improvement in read bandwidth for one test case as a result of one change to be found in Linux 4.16...

Reddit: Subgraph OS The Ultimate Security Guaranteed

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 03:34:31 PM

Reddit: PowerTop: un utility per risparmiare batteria

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 03:23:07 PM

Reddit: openSUSE Leap 15 Reaches Beta Phase Snapshots

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 03:22:57 PM ELC + OpenIoT: From Cloud Computing to Robot Apocalypse

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 03:00:38 PM
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Reddit: Making the Case for Slackware in 2018

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 02:43:41 PM

Phoronix: Intel OpenGL/Vulkan Performance Edging Slightly Higher With Mesa 18.0

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 02:40:00 PM
Yesterday I posted some initial benchmarks of Mesa 18.0 on RADV/RadeonSI drivers for AMD GPUs now that feature development is over for this next quarterly installment of Mesa 3D. On the Radeon side there were mostly performance improvements to note with the RADV Vulkan driver, but what about on the Intel side? Today are benchmarks of the Intel i965 OpenGL and ANV Vulkan drivers compared to earlier Mesa releases for seeing how the Intel (U)HD Graphics performance has changed on the Linux desktop.

Reddit: A history of low-level Linux container runtimes

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 02:04:30 PM

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OSS Leftovers

  • Sunjun partners with Collabora to offer LibreOffice in the Cloud
  • Tackling the most important issue in a DevOps transformation
    You've been appointed the DevOps champion in your organisation: congratulations. So, what's the most important issue that you need to address?
  • PSBJ Innovator of the Year: Hacking cells at the Allen Institute
  • SUNY math professor makes the case for free and open educational resources
    The open educational resources (OER) movement has been gaining momentum over the past few years, as educators—from kindergarten classes to graduate schools—turn to free and open source educational content to counter the high cost of textbooks. Over the past year, the pace has accelerated. In 2017, OERs were a featured topic at the high-profile SXSW EDU Conference and Festival. Also last year, New York State generated a lot of excitement when it made an $8 million investment in developing OERs, with the goal of lowering the costs of college education in the state. David Usinski, a math and computer science professor and assistant chair of developmental education at the State University of New York's Erie Community College, is an advocate of OER content in the classroom. Before he joined SUNY Erie's staff in 2007, he spent a few years working for the Erie County public school system as a technology staff developer, training teachers how to infuse technology into the classroom.

Mozilla: Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society, New AirMozilla Audience Demo, Firefox Telemetry

  • Net Neutrality, NSF and Mozilla's WINS Challenge Winners, openSUSE Updates and More
    The National Science Foundation and Mozilla recently announced the first round of winners from their Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) challenges—$2 million in prizes for "big ideas to connect the unconnected across the US". According to the press release, the winners "are building mesh networks, solar-powered Wi-Fi, and network infrastructure that fits inside a single backpack" and that the common denominator for all of them is "they're affordable, scalable, open-source and secure."
  • New AirMozilla Audience Demo
    The legacy AirMozilla platform will be decommissioned later this year. The reasons for the change are multiple; however, the urgency of the change is driven by deprecated support of both the complex back-end infrastructure by IT and the user interface by Firefox engineering teams in 2016. Additional reasons include a complex user workflow resulting in a poor user experience, no self-service model, poor usability metrics and a lack of integrated, required features.
  • Perplexing Graphs: The Case of the 0KB Virtual Memory Allocations
    Every Monday and Thursday around 3pm I check dev-telemetry-alerts to see if there have been any changes detected in the distribution of any of the 1500-or-so pieces of anonymous usage statistics we record in Firefox using Firefox Telemetry.

Games: All Walls Must Fall, Tales of Maj'Eyal

  • All Walls Must Fall, the quirky tech-noir tactics game, comes out of Early Access
    This isometric tactical RPG blends in sci-fi, a Cold War that never ended and lots of spirited action. It’s powered by Unreal Engine 4 and has good Linux support.
  • Non-Linux FOSS: Tales of Maj'Eyal
    I love gaming, but I have two main problems with being a gamer. First, I'm terrible at video games. Really. Second, I don't have the time to invest in order to increase my skills. So for me, a game that is easy to get started with while also providing an extensive gaming experience is key. It's also fairly rare. All the great games tend to have a horribly steep learning curve, and all the simple games seem to involve crushing candy. Thankfully, there are a few games like Tales of Maj'Eyal that are complex but with a really easy learning curve.

KDE and GNOME: KDE Discover, Okular, Librsvg, and Phone's UI Shell

  • This week in Discover, part 7
    The quest to make Discover the most-loved Linux app store continues at Warp 9 speed! You may laugh, but it’s happening! Mark my words, in a year Discover will be a beloved crown jewel of the KDE experience.
  • Okular gains some more JavaScript support
    With it we support recalculation of some fields based on others. An example that calculates sum, average, product, minimum and maximum of three numbers can be found in this youtube video.
  • Librsvg's continuous integration pipeline
    With the pre-built images, and caching of Rust artifacts, Jordan was able to reduce the time for the "test on every commit" builds from around 20 minutes, to little under 4 minutes in the current iteration. This will get even faster if the builds start using ccache and parallel builds from GNU make. Currently we have a problem in that tests are failing on 32-bit builds, and haven't had a chance to investigate the root cause. Hopefully we can add 32-bit jobs to the CI pipeline to catch this breakage as soon as possible.
  • Design report #3: designing the UI Shell, part 2
    Peter has been quite busy thinking about the most ergonomic mobile gestures and came up with a complete UI shell design. While the last design report was describing the design of the lock screen and the home screen, we will discuss here about navigating within the different features of the shell.