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TuxMachines: Will Microsoft’s Embrace Smother GitHub?

50 min 46 sec ago

Microsoft has had an adversarial relationship with the open-source community. The company viewed the free Open Office software and the Linux operating system—which compete with Microsoft Office and Windows, respectively—as grave threats.

In 2001 Windows chief Jim Allchin said: “Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer.” That same year CEO Steve Ballmer said “Linux is a cancer.” Microsoft attempted to use copyright law to crush open source in the courts.

When these tactics failed, Microsoft decided if you can’t beat them, join them. It incorporated Linux and other open-source code into its servers in 2014. By 2016 Microsoft had more programmers contributing code to GitHub than any other company.

The GitHub merger might reflect Microsoft’s “embrace, extend and extinguish” strategy for dominating its competitors. After all, GitHub hosts not only open-source software and Microsoft software but also the open-source projects of other companies, including Oracle, IBM, and Amazon Web Services.

With GitHub, Microsoft could restrict a crucial platform for its rivals, mine data about competitors’ activities, target ads toward users, or restrict free services. Its control could lead to a sort of surveillance of innovative activity, giving it a unique, macro-scaled insight into software development.

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Phoronix: It Turns Out RISC-V Hardware So Far Isn't Entirely Open-Source

2 hours 18 min ago
While free software/hardware advocates have been ecstatic about the RISC-V open-source, royalty-free processor architecture, hardware so far hasn't been as open as desired...

TuxMachines: Why Open Source Matters to Alibaba

2 hours 23 min ago

At present, Alibaba has more than 150 open source projects. We work on the open source projects with the aim to contribute to the industry and solve real-life problems. We share our experiences with the rest of the open source enthusiasts.

As a long-time contributor to various other open source projects, Alibaba and Alibaba Cloud have fostered a culture that encourages our teams to voluntarily contribute to various open source projects, either by sharing experiences or helping others to solve problems. Sharing and contributing to the community altogether is in the DNA of Alibaba’s culture.

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LXer: How To Install Apache on Ubuntu 18.04

2 hours 33 min ago
This tutorial explains how to install and manage the Apache web server on Ubuntu 18.04.

Reddit: What can't xwayland do?

4 hours 10 min ago

I think that wayland can live soon or die based on this, is there a list somewhere?

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LXer: Debian 8.11 Has Been Released | The Last Maintenance Release For Debian 8 (Jessie)

4 hours 28 min ago
The last maintenance for the long term support release Debian 8.11 (Jessie) has been released. Debian 8.11 brings several bug fixes and resolved various security issues. Check the release notes and update instructions.

LXer: 10 Best Math Libraries for Python

6 hours 22 min ago
The Mathematics module in the Python standard library has many features. For functions beyond that, below are some libraries specialized for certain needs. Here are the top best math libraries for Python.

LinuxToday: Automatically Change Wallpapers in Linux with Little Simple Wallpaper Changer

7 hours 3 min ago

itsFOSS: Here is a tiny script that automatically changes wallpaper at regular intervals in your Linux desktop.

TuxMachines: KDE: Qt, Plasma, QML, Usability & Productivity

7 hours 38 min ago
  • Qt 5.11.1 and Plasma 5.13.1 in ktown ‘testing’ repository

    A couple of days ago I recompiled ‘poppler’ and the packages in ‘ktown’ that depend on it, and uploaded them into the repository as promised in my previous post.
    I did that because Slackware-current updated its own poppler package and mine needs to be kept in sync to prevent breakage in other parts of your Slackware computer. I hear you wonder, what is the difference between the Slackware poppler package and this ‘ktown’ package? Simple: my ‘poppler’ package contains support for Qt5 (in addition to the QT4 support in the original package) and that is required by other packages in the ‘ktown’ repository.

  • Sixth week of coding phase, GSoC'18

    The Menus API enables the QML Plugin to add an action, separator or menu to the WebView context menu. This API is not similar to the WebExtensions Menus API but is rather Falkonish!

  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 24

    See all the names of people who worked hard to make the computing world a better place? That could be you next week! Getting involved isn’t all that tough, and there’s lots of support available.

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Phoronix: Compiler Fuzzing With Prog-Fuzz Is Turning Up Bugs In GCC, Clang

7 hours 46 min ago
Vegard Nossum of Oracle has been working on fuzzing different open-source compilers for turning up bugs within these code compiler likes GCC and Clang...

Phoronix: Arch-Based Manjaro 18.0 Beta 3 Available For Testing

7 hours 55 min ago
For fans of the Arch-based Manjaro Linux distribution, the third beta of their next major update is now available for evaluation...

TuxMachines: Programming: Python Maths Tools and Java SE

8 hours 1 min ago
  • Essential Free Python Maths Tools

    Python is a very popular general purpose programming language — with good reason. It’s object oriented, semantically structured, extremely versatile, and well supported. Scientists favour Python because it’s easy to use and learn, offers a good set of built-in features, and is highly extensible. Python’s readability makes it an excellent first programming language.

    The Python Standard Library (PSL) is the the standard library that’s distributed with Python. The library comes with, among other things, modules that carry out many mathematical operations.

    The math module is one of the core modules in PSL which performs mathematical operations. The module gives access to the underlying C library functions for floating point math.

  • Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month

    Oracle’s put a price on Java SE and support: $25 per processor per month, and $2.50 per user per month on the desktop, or less if you buy lots for a long time.

    Big Red’s called this a Java SE Subscription and pitched it as “a commonly used model, popular with Linux distributions”. The company also reckons the new deal is better than a perpetual licence, because they involve “an up-front cost plus additional annual support and maintenance fees.”

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TuxMachines: Linux 4.18 RC2 Released From China

8 hours 4 min ago
  • Linux 4.18-rc2

    Another week, another -rc.

    I'm still traveling - now in China - but at least I'm doing this rc Sunday
    _evening_ local time rather than _morning_. And next rc I'll be back home
    and over rmy jetlag (knock wood) so everything should be back to the
    traditional schedule.

    Anyway, it's early in the rc series yet, but things look fairly normal.
    About a third of the patch is drivers (drm and s390 stand out, but here's
    networking and block updates too, and misc noise all over).

    We also had some of the core dma files move from drivers/base/dma-* (and
    lib/dma-*) to kernel/dma/*. We sometimes do code movement (and other
    "renaming" things) after the merge window simply because it tends to be
    less disruptive that way.

    Another 20% is under "tools" - mainly due to some selftest updates for
    rseq, but there's some turbostat and perf tooling work too.

    We also had some noticeable filesystem updates, particularly to cifs. I'm
    going to point those out, because some of them probably shouldn't have
    been in rc2. They were "fixes" not in the "regressions" sense, but in the
    "missing features" sense.

    So please, people, the "fixes" during the rc series really should be
    things that are _regressions_. If it used to work, and it no longer does,
    then fixing that is a good and proper fix. Or if something oopses or has a
    security implication, then the fix for that is a real fix.

    But if it's something that has never worked, even if it "fixes" some
    behavior, then it's new development, and that should come in during the
    merge window. Just because you think it's a "fix" doesn't mean that it
    really is one, at least in the "during the rc series" sense.

    Anyway, with that small rant out of the way, the rest is mostly arch
    updates (x86, powerpc, arm64, mips), and core networking.

    Go forth and test. Things look fairly sane, it's not really all that

    Shortlog appended for people who want to scan through what changed.


  • Linux 4.18-rc2 Released With A Normal Week's Worth Of Changes

    Due to traveling in China, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 4.18-rc2 kernel a half-day ahead of schedule, but overall things are looking good for Linux 4.18.

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LXer: Ubuntu Data Collection Report is Out! Read the Interesting Facts

8 hours 16 min ago
Ubuntu started collecting some basic, not-personally-identifiable system data starting with Ubuntu 18.04. Two months after Ubuntu 18.04 release, Canonical has shared some interesting stats.