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8GB Raspberry Pi 4 Launched For $75 USD

Friday 29th of May 2020 12:11:17 AM

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB of RAM. The Raspberry Pi 4 2GB variant has dropped from $45 to $35 and now for complementing the existing 1GB / 2GB / 4GB models is an 8GB model. The rest of the RPi4 specs remain the same.

Read more at Phoronix

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Red Hat Runtimes adds Kubernetes-native Quarkus Java stack

Friday 29th of May 2020 12:11:08 AM

Red Hat’s Quarkus, a Kubernetes-native Java stack, is now supported on the Red Hat Runtimes platform for developing cloud-native applications. A build of Quarkus is now part of Red Hat Runtimes middleware and integrates with the Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes container platform for managing cloud deployments, Red Hat said.

Read More at InfoWorld

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Google Open-Sources AI for Using Tabular Data to Answer Natural Language Questions

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 01:49:30 AM

Google open-sourced Table Parser (TAPAS), a deep-learning system that can answer natural-language questions from tabular data. TAPAS was trained on 6.2 million tables extracted from Wikipedia and matches or exceeds state-of-the-art performance on several benchmarks. Co-creator Thomas Müller gave an overview of the work in a recent blog post.

Read More at InfoQ.com

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India’s contact tracing app is going open source

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 01:48:53 AM

India said it will publicly release the source code of its contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu, in a relief to privacy and security experts who have been advocating for this ever since the app launched in early April. The source code will be published on GitHub at midnight Tuesday.

Read More at TechCrunch

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Ex-Windows chief: Here’s why Microsoft waged war on open source

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 01:48:48 AM

Former Windows Division chief Steven Sinofsky has offered some context and a defense for Microsoft’s war on open source in the 1990s and early 2000s. The most famous quote capturing Microsoft’s previous approach to open source was from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Read More at ZDNet

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Systemd Will Change How Your Linux Home Directory Works

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 01:48:43 AM

The team behind systemd want you to adopt a new way of managing home directories. Calling it a “new way” is putting it lightly—this is a real paradigm shift for Linux. Here’s everything you need to know about systemd-homed, which is likely coming to a Linux distro near you.

Read More at How-To Geek

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World’s First AMD-Only Linux Laptop Officially Announced

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 01:48:36 AM

TUXEDO Computers has announced the TUXEDO Book BA15, powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U chip for the creation of what the company calls “the world’s first AMD-only and Linux-preinstalled laptop.” The laptop comes with integrated Radeon Vega 8 graphics and features three different memory options, all of them powered by Samsung.

Read More at Softpedia News

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YouTube for Android tests showing a recommended Google Search result when searching in YouTube

Tuesday 26th of May 2020 06:32:34 PM

Following the recent rollout of the new Bedtime Reminders feature in YouTube for Android, Google has now started testing a new feature that will show search results from the web within the app. Google appears to be rolling out this new feature for some users via a server-side update.

Read More at XDA Developershe feature was recently spotted by Reddit user u/TheMrIggs when he searched “open beer with knife” in the YouTube app.

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Linux-creator Linus Torvalds joins Linus Sebastian of Linus Tech Tips in embracing AMD over Intel

Tuesday 26th of May 2020 06:32:32 PM

Believe it or not, yet another Linus (no, not Linus van Pelt from Peanuts) is jumping to AMD, and this time it is probably a bigger deal than Sebastian’s current change of allegiance. Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, is no longer using an Intel CPU on his main computer.

Read More at BetaNews

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GNOME gets big open-source patent win

Tuesday 26th of May 2020 06:32:27 PM

In a surprise move, GNOME, makers of the popular Linux desktop of the same name, won not only a release and covenant not to be sued for any Rothschild patent but a release and covenant to any software that is released under an existing Open Source Initiative approved license.

Read More at ZDNet

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Raising the ground

Tuesday 26th of May 2020 06:31:17 PM

Want to create a program that displays an isometric grid receiving a file with coordinates in it? Well, Fredy Acuña from the Holberton School, a college alternative for training software engineers, is here to help you out. It is recommended to be familiar with C programming language and basics about SDL2.

Read More at Medium

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Is Open Source the Way Forward for SD-WAN?

Monday 25th of May 2020 05:18:40 PM

Speaking during a recent webinar, Slaymaker joined flexiWAN Founder and CEO Amir Zmora, whose company is the first to develop and launch an open source SD-WAN platform, in discussing the state of the SD-WAN market. They specifically discussed how an open source approach can address the technology’s most pressing challenges.

Read More at SDxCentral

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Android gets new accessibility features, including Google Assistant-powered Action Blocks

Saturday 23rd of May 2020 01:18:05 AM

For Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google is announcing a few updates to its suite of accessibility features for Android. The biggest one is the final, public release of Action Blocks. Google is also adding features to Live Transcribe, Bluetooth support to Sound Amplify, and better navigation options to Voice Access.

Read More at The Verge

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Linux 5.8 Set To Optionally Flush The L1d Cache On Context Switch To Increase Security

Saturday 23rd of May 2020 01:18:02 AM

The Linux kernel patches that have been spearheaded by Amazon AWS engineers to optionally flush the L1 data cache on each context switch have now been queued in the x86/mm branch ahead of the upcoming Linux 5.8 kernel cycle.

Read More at Phoronix

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CrowdStrike Falcon bolsters Linux protection with ML prevention, custom and dynamic IoAs

Saturday 23rd of May 2020 01:17:59 AM

CrowdStrike Falcon platform is bolstering its Linux protection capabilities with additional features, including machine learning prevention, custom Indicators of Attack (IoAs) and dynamic IoAs. CrowdStrike delivers breach prevention and visibility from its cloud-delivered platform via a single lightweight agent that supports endpoints and cloud workloads on all platforms.

Read More at Help Net Security

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Keeping open-source groups alive: FOSS Responders

Saturday 23rd of May 2020 01:17:57 AM

Open source is doing great, but some open-source groups are getting knocked around by the pandemic. That’s where the newly formed FOSS Responders come in. It’s actually a group of open source leaders from companies like Indeed, Facebook, Google, Red Hat, GitHub, GitLab, etc.

Read More at ZDNet

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Check Point fixes a 20-year-old Linux security issue

Saturday 23rd of May 2020 01:15:08 AM

For around two decades now, hackers have exploited the design of the memory management system used by Linux programs in order to take control of a target’s computer. Now researchers at Check Point have introduced a new security mechanism for Linux users called ‘safe-linking’ which means attackers will need more than one vulnerability in order to take over the program.

Read More at BetaNews

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Open-source tech helps companies quickly adapt during pandemic

Friday 22nd of May 2020 01:14:35 AM

As the COVID-19 pandemic shakes the world, companies need to change to embrace remote work and increasingly online operations. One way to quickly adapt to these new dynamics is to use open-source tools, available for access from anywhere in the globe, according to SUSE’s Alan Clark.

Read More at SiliconANGLE

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How to install Ubuntu Server 20.04 with the new Live Installer

Friday 22nd of May 2020 01:14:34 AM

Ubuntu Server 20.04 (Focal Fossa) has been out for a while now. The latest release includes a new Live Installer, which provides the option to automatically update itself every time it boots. Let’s walk you through the installation of Ubuntu 20.04 with this exciting new offering from Canonical.

Read More at TechRepublic

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A look at how Jitsi became a ‘secure’ open-source alternative to Zoom

Friday 22nd of May 2020 01:14:32 AM

Amid the video conferencing boom, Zoom’s security and privacy-related problems made a lot of people skeptical about using its products. Plus, the company wasn’t transparent about communicating its mishaps forcing a lot of people to look for free open source products, and Jitsi emerged as a perfect solution for them.

Read More at TNW

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LibreOffice 6.4.5 finally for Slackware 14.2

The Document Foundation recently released version 7.0.0 of their Libre Office suite of applications. The packages for Slackware-current can be found in my repository. But the situation for Slackware 14.2 used to be different – I got stuck after LibreOffice 6.2 because the newer source releases (6.3 and onwards) require versions of system software that our stable Slackware 14.2 platform does not offer. From time to time during the last year, when there was time and the build box was not compiling packages, I messed around with the libreoffice.SlackBuild script in futile attempts to compile recent versions of LibreOffice on Slackware 14.2. I failed all the time. Until last week. After I had uploaded the new KDE Plasma5 packages to ‘ktown‘, I had an epiphany and decided to use a new approach. What I did was: question all the historic stuff in the SlackBuild script that got added whenever I needed to work around compilation failures; and accept that the compilation needs newer versions of software than Slackware 14.2 offers. The first statement meant that I disabled patches and variable declarations that messed with compiler and linker; and for the second statement I stuck to a single guideline: the end product, if I were able to compile a package successfully, has to run out of the box on Slackware 14.2 without the need to update any of the core Slackware packages. Read more

Web Browsers: New Tor RC, Firefox/Mozilla Trouble, and Web Browsers Need to Stop

  • New release candidate: 0.4.4.4-rc

    There's a new alpha release available for download. If you build Tor from source, you can download the source code for 0.4.4.4-rc from the download page. Packages should be available over the coming weeks, with a new alpha Tor Browser release likely in the coming weeks.

    Remember, this is a release candidate, not a a stable release: you should only run this if you'd like to find and report more bugs than usual.

  • Mozilla is dead

    If Mozilla wants to survive, the management will be fired with unearned compensation, the most important departments will be strengthened, products that nobody ordered will be discontinued and the organization will be limited to its core competence. Browser, email, security, adaptability and the fight for a free Internet. And they work with all their might to ensure that the products will become an integral part of everyday life and all operating systems.

    Three months. That’s all the time they have for a clear signal. After that, users have to make a decision. Unfortunately, it will probably only be something with chromium.

    Poor Internet.

  • Web browsers need to stop

    I call for an immediate and indefinite suspension of the addition of new developer-facing APIs to web browsers. Browser vendors need to start thinking about reducing scope and cutting features. WebUSB, WebBluetooth, WebXR, WebDRM WebMPAA WebBootlicking replacing User-Agent with Vendor-Agent cause let’s be honest with ourselves at this point “Encrypted Media Extensions” — this crap all needs to go. At some point you need to stop adding scope and start focusing on performance, efficiency, reliability, and security5 at the scope you already have.