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LXer: Tutanota: Encrypted Open Source Email Service for Privacy Minded People

Monday 19th of February 2018 05:19:39 AM
I have heard of another email provider that you may be interested in. It’s a little different, but it touts some of the same features ProtonMail does: privacy, security, open-source code, etc. It’s called Tutanota, and like ProtonMail, I am a very big fan.

Reddit: Linux 4.16-rc2 released

Monday 19th of February 2018 03:43:33 AM

TuxMachines: OpenStreetMap in IkiWiki and Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble

Monday 19th of February 2018 03:39:01 AM
  • OSM in IkiWiki

    Since about 15 years ago, I have been thinking of creating a geo-referenced wiki of pubs, with loads of structured data to help searching. I don't know if that would be useful for anybody else, but I know I would use it!

    Sadly, the many times I started coding something towards that goal, I ended blocked by something, and I keep postponing my dream project.

  • Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble

    That said, while I still believe in the goals of OpenStreetMap, I feel the OpenStreetMap project is currently unable to fulfill that mission due to poor technical decisions, poor political decisions, and a general malaise in the project. I'm going to outline in this article what I think OpenStreetMap has gotten wrong. It's entirely possible that OSM will reform and address the impediments to its success- and I hope it does. We need a Free as in Freedom geographic dataset.

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TuxMachines: Linux KPI-Based DRM Modules Now Working On FreeBSD 11

Monday 19th of February 2018 03:37:20 AM

Thanks to work done by Hans Petter Selasky and others, this drm-next-kmod port is working on FreeBSD 11 stable. What's different with this package from the ports collection versus the ported-from-Linux Direct Rendering Modules found within the FreeBSD 11 kernel is that these DRM modules are using the linuxkpi interface.

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TuxMachines: GNOME: WebKit, Fleet Commander, Introducing deviced

Monday 19th of February 2018 03:33:27 AM
  • On Compiling WebKit (now twice as fast!)

    Are you tired of waiting for ages to build large C++ projects like WebKit? Slow headers are generally the problem. Your C++ source code file #includes a few headers, all those headers #include more, and those headers #include more, and more, and more, and since it’s C++ a bunch of these headers contain lots of complex templates to slow down things even more. Not fun.

  • Fleet Commander is looking for a GSoC student to help us take over the world

    Fleet Commander has seen quite a lot of progress recently, of which I should blog about soon. For those unaware, Fleet Commander is an effort to make GNOME great for IT administrators in large deployments, allowing them to deploy desktop and application configuration profiles across hundreds of machines with ease through a web administration UI based on Cockpit. It is mostly implemented in Python.

  • Introducing deviced

    Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been heads down working on a new tool along with Patrick Griffis. The purpose of this tool is to make it easier to integrate IDEs and other tooling with GNU-based gadgets like phones, tablets, infotainment, and IoT devices.

    Years ago I was working on a GNOME-based home router with davidz which sadly we never finished. One thing that was obvious to me in that moment of time was that I’m not doing another large scale project until I had better tooling. That is Builder’s genesis, and device integration is what will make it truly useful to myself and others who love playing with GNU-friendly gadgets.

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TuxMachines: KDE: Usability & Productivity, AtCore , Krita

Monday 19th of February 2018 03:32:02 AM
  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 6
  • AtCore takes to the pi

    The Raspberry Pi3 is a small single board computer that costs around $35 (USD). It comes with a network port, wifi , bt , 4 usb ports , gpio pins , camera port , a display out, hdmi, a TRRS for analog A/V out. 1GB of ran and 4 ~1GHz armv8 cores Inside small SOC. Its storage is a microSd card they are a low cost and low power device. The Touchscreen kit is an 800×480 display that hooks to the Gpio for touch and dsi port for video. To hold our hardware is the standard touch screen enclosure that often comes with the screen if you buy it in a kit.

  • Look, new presets! Another Krita 4 development build!

    We’ve been focusing like crazy on the Krita 4 release. We managed to close some 150 bugs in the past month, and Krita 4 is getting stable enough for many people to use day in, day out. There’s still more to be done, of course! So we’ll continue fixing issues and applying polish for at least another four weeks.

    One of the things we’re doing as well is redesigning the set of default brush presets and brush tips that come with Krita. Brush tips are the little images one can paint with, and brush presets are the brushes you can select in the brush palette or brush popup. The combination of a tip, some settings and a smart bit of coding!

    Our old set was fine, but it was based on David Revoy‘s earliest Krita brush bundles, and for Krita 4 we are revamping the entire set. We’ve added many new options to the brushes since then! So, many artists are working together to create a good-looking, useful and interesting brushes for Krita 4.

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TuxMachines: Software: GIMP, Spyder, SMPlayer

Monday 19th of February 2018 03:29:49 AM
  • Five free photo and video editing tools that could save burning a hole in your pocket and take your creativity to the next level

    GIMP stands for the Gnu Image Manipulation Program and is the first word that people usually think about when it comes to free image editors. It’s a raster graphics editor, available on multiple platforms on PC. It has a similar interface to Photoshop: you have your tools on one side, there’s an option for your tool window and then you have your layers window on another side. Perhaps one of the most useful features of GIMP is the option of plugins. There is a wide database for them and there’s a plugin for almost any task you might need to carry out.

    GIMP is extremely extensive, and it’s the choice of the FOSS community, thanks to the fact that it’s also open source. However, there are also some disadvantages. For example, GIMP has no direct RAW support yet (you have to install a plugin to enable it, which means a split workflow). It also has quite a bit of a learning curve as compared to Photoshop or Lightroom.

  • Introducing Spyder, the Scientific PYthon Development EnviRonment

    If you want to use Anaconda for science projects, one of the first things to consider is the spyder package, which is included in the basic Anaconda installation. Spyder is short for Scientific PYthon Development EnviRonment. Think of it as an IDE for scientific programming within Python.

  • SMPlayer 18.2.2 Released, Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Via PPA

    SMPlayer is a free media player created for Linux and Windows, it was released under GNU General Public License. Unlike other players it doesn't require you to install codecs to play something because it carries its own all required codecs with itself. This is the first release which now support MPV and some other features such as MPRIS v2 Support, new theme, 3D stereo filter and more. It uses the award-winning MPlayer as playback engine which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats (avi, mkv, wmv, mp4, mpeg... see list).

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TuxMachines: Funding: Ethereum and Outreachy

Monday 19th of February 2018 03:28:04 AM
  • How Will a $100 Mln Grant Help Ethereum Scale?

    On Feb. 16, six large-scale Blockchain projects OmiseGo, Cosmos, Golem, Maker and Raiden, that have completed successful multi-million dollar initial coin offerings (ICOs) last year, along with Japanese venture capital firm Global Brain have created the Ethereum Community Fund (ECF), to fund projects and businesses within the Ethereum ecosystem.

  • Outreachy Is Now Accepting Applications For Their Summer 2018 Internships

    This week Google announced the participating organizations for GSoC 2018 for students wishing to get involved with open-source/Linux development. Also happening this week is the application period opened for those wishing to participate in the summer 2018 paid internship program.

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TuxMachines: today's howtos

Monday 19th of February 2018 02:51:37 AM

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TuxMachines: Review: DietPi 6.1

Monday 19th of February 2018 02:50:40 AM

DietPi makes it extremely easy to turn a single board computer into many different things. Installing and configuring Nextcloud, Kodi, etc., only require a few very basic steps. Every software package I tried installed with few issues, and worked great once installed. DietPi does almost all the hard work for the user, which makes it a great option for running on any single board computer or as a virtual machine. If you are looking for a lightweight and easy-to-use operating system for your single board computer, you cannot go wrong with DietPi.

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Reddit: Let's stop telling people that GPU Passthrough is hard, okay? It's not that difficult.

Monday 19th of February 2018 01:05:51 AM

I keep seeing comment after comment on posts where someone mentions GPU passthrough, and a few replies about how it's "hard".

GPU PASSTHROUGH IS NOT HARD, and I will show you.

You'll need:

  • Proper Hardware. Most modern CPU's and Mobos are capable of passing through a GPU or other PCI device. I run on an AMD FX-8350 mounted on an ASRock 970 Extreme 4 with 16GB of RAM. There is an nVidia GT 730 attached to the host, and an AMD R7 240 to the VM. I've also passed through a USB controller, because Spice USB redirection and gaming don't mix well (odd input errors, causing me to die in games often.)

  • The fine free softwares QEMU & libvirt. On Ubuntu, use "apt install qemu-kvm libvirt-bin virt-manager spice-client" to install these packages. I don't know what the package names are for other distros. VNC software for Windows administration is recommended, unless you're snazzy and have two monitors or something. I use a TV with two HDMI inputs, switching between one or the other.

  • The virtio guest drivers. You can find them here.

  • (optional) an extra HDD or SSD for your Windows partition, to minimize disk writes, improving performance. QEMU uses a COW type disk image. Why write twice if we don't have to?

  • (optional, but highly recommended) a separate KB/M for your VM, or whatever input device you prefer. I use my Steam Controller. Works great.

Got all that? Good.

Now, the "hard part". In /etc/default/grub, add "amd_iommu=on" (or intel_iommu=on, IIRC) to your kernel line. Reboot. That didn't seem very hard, now was it?

Back to the easy stuff.

Using Virt-Manager, create a new VM. This is very straightforward, and will be minimally covered here. If you're using a separate disk for your VM (if you can, do it!), make sure to choose the Custom Storage option when creating your VM. Choose a SATA disk bus.

The default networking option is sufficient for most use cases. Choose virtio for better performance.

Be sure to add a second SATA CD-ROM device for the virtio guest drivers in addition to the one for your Windows install image.

Now, install Windows (or whatever OS) in your VM. Don't forget to load the virtio drivers, or your networking/virtio storage devices may not work.

Shut down the VM after installation, and add your GPU using the Add Hardware -> PCI Host device option.. If you're using HDMI audio, don't forget to add it, too. Adding the USB controller at this time is also recommended. If your GPU has drivers, either download them from within the VM, or use dd to create an iso of your driver disc, and add it to the storage pool.

Install the drivers for your GPU (and any other passed through device, if need be), reboot your VM, and enjoy!

Refer to /r/vfio or Alex Williamson's blog for additional info.

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Reddit: Someone should make a site for linux noobs like myself to angrily vent

Monday 19th of February 2018 12:37:01 AM

I don't know if it's just me, but it seems like Linux is some sort of metaphor for the real world. It does everything you wanted, that windows never could, but you have to work HARD to figure out how to get it. Windows is more like having rich parents who spoil you, but are very strict. Everything works right out of the box, but it's somewhat limited what you can do.

With linux, and my experience so far, it feels like I need to get a PhD in Bash to fix issues that should be self explanatory in Windows. Maybe it's just me, but I doubt I'm the only one who feels like this.

It would be nice if they made a site where I could just rant without having to worry about my tone, or any sort of rules, but since it's Reddit, I'm trying not to act as angry as I actually am.

Is this a dumb idea? Does it already exist?

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Reddit: Chomper - An Internet Blocker for Linux

Monday 19th of February 2018 12:33:06 AM

Chomper is an internet blocker for helping prevent procrastination/mindless web surfing. It's in the same vein as Cold Turkey or SelfControl. However, neither of these programs support Linux, and the only similar program hasn't been developed in over 7 years. So, I developed Chomper.

Chomper has a simple command-line interface through which you can implement blacklists and whitelists at the URL level (e.g. you can block*, but not You can see a demo of its use in a gif at the Github repo. I've been using it successfully for the last week, and I finished polishing it off so that it's fit for general use. It's GPL-licensed. Please try it out, and let me know how you like it!

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Reddit: Deja Dup is not as trustworthy as it seems

Monday 19th of February 2018 12:24:09 AM

I have 2 drives, one 2tb hdd and one 240gb ssd. I went to backup the SSD before I installed a new OS on it, waited for it to complete, and then installed the new OS. After entering Deja Dup on the new OS, I went to restore the backup... But it was missing. I told deja Dup to backup on the 2tb drive, but it ignored my instructions and instead backed up to the home folder, which is now, might I remind you, formatted.

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Reddit: Trying out DietPi on single-board computers

Monday 19th of February 2018 12:18:37 AM

Reddit: When was the last time you actually had to boot an older kernel, from within the same version?

Sunday 18th of February 2018 11:52:19 PM

On Debian and Ubuntu at least, they save every kernel revision that ever gets installed, for even minor revisions (like 4.9.12 4.9.13, etc). This uses lots of space, and needs to be cleaned manually still, especially if you have a separate /boot...
When was the last time one of you actually had to use an older kernel version after a minor update? I always felt like they should only preserve major releases, like the latest 4.9, the latest 4.10, but maybe I am wrong...

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