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Android Studio 2.2 Beta Ships With Beta GPU Debugger

Monday 19th of September 2016 10:19:26 PM
Android developers announced the release today of the Android Studio 2.2 integrated development environment with many changes...

GNOME's GUPnP Released After A Decade Of Development

Monday 19th of September 2016 06:50:57 PM
Version 1.0 of GNOME's GUPnP has been released after about a decade in development along with the associated GSSDP project...

Unigine 2.3.1 Now Supports GPGPU Computing Via Compute Shaders, Renderer Improvements

Monday 19th of September 2016 05:42:56 PM
Unigine Engine developers have announced the latest version of their advanced multi-platform game engine and virtual reality system...

X.Org Server 1.19 Release Candidate 1

Monday 19th of September 2016 05:05:25 PM
The first release candidate of the X.Org Server 1.19 is now available along with some last-minute API/ABI breaks...

MSI X99A Workstation Motherboard Runs Nicely On Linux

Monday 19th of September 2016 04:18:25 PM
The past few weeks I've been testing out the MSI X99A Workstation motherboard courtesy of MSI Computer and it's been working out very well across a spectrum of open-source Linux (as well as BSD) use-cases for those in need of a LGA-2011 v3 motherboard.

Wine-Staging 1.9.19 Released

Monday 19th of September 2016 03:11:26 PM
Wine-Staging 1.9.19 was released this weekend as the latest experimental patch-set atop of the newest bi-weekly Wine release...

Raspbian Likely To Use Firmware-Based KMS For Raspberry Pi As Temporary Measure

Monday 19th of September 2016 02:07:51 PM
Eric Anholt has been working at Broadcom for more than two years to develop the "VC4" open-source Linux graphics driver stack consisting of the DRM/KMS kernel driver and VC4 Gallium3D driver in user-space. While there's been 2+ years of work and tons of progress made, it's still not feature-complete compared to the older proprietary driver and as an interim solution Eric has hacked up a firmware-based KMS path...

Ada Gets Promoted To Being A First-Class Language In Coreboot

Monday 19th of September 2016 01:47:02 PM
Coreboot has mainlined a months-old patch to make the Ada programming language "a first class citizen" in this low-level open-source project...

LLVM Still Pursuing Apache 2.0 License + GPLv2 Compatibility

Monday 19th of September 2016 01:11:44 PM
It's been a while since last talking about the discussions among LLVM developers about re-licensing the project. The re-licensing is moving forward and they are settling on the Apache 2.0 license plus explicitly stating compatibility with GPLv2...

Qt's Comprehensive Display/Graphics Options

Monday 19th of September 2016 12:12:41 PM
Qt developer Laszlo Agocs has written a thorough walkthrough for the official Qt blog about the different Qt graphics options with multiple displays on embedded Linux...

Ubuntu OTA-13 Released With Copy/Paste Support For Legacy Apps

Monday 19th of September 2016 11:00:00 AM
Ubuntu OTA-13 has been released this Monday morning for Ubuntu phone/tablet users...

More Intel DRM Changes For Linux 4.9, Including DMA-BUF Implicit Fencing

Monday 19th of September 2016 10:53:38 AM
For Linux 4.9 we already saw some Intel DRM changes in early August, a second batch of feature changes in late August for DRM-Next, and out this morning is another batch of i915 DRM driver changes being queued for the upcoming Linux 4.9 kernel merge window...

A Detailed Look At The Evdev Protocol

Monday 19th of September 2016 10:44:27 AM
Linux input developer Peter Hutterer of Red Hat has provided a look at the evdev protocol for those wondering about its design...

Linux 4.8-rc7 Kernel Released: Final In 1~2 Weeks

Monday 19th of September 2016 12:55:09 AM
Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.8-rc7 a few minutes ago and it's looking like this release cycle will likely drag on with a 4.8-rc8 release being likely next week...

Git Developers Want Your Feedback (2016 Git Survey)

Sunday 18th of September 2016 10:12:25 PM
The Git development community has launched a survey seeking feedback from users of this leading, open-source revision control system...

FreeBSD 11.0 RC3 Released, OS Still Trying To Get Out This Month

Sunday 18th of September 2016 01:00:00 PM
The third release candidate to FreeBSD 11.0 is now available with this release cycle running now a few weeks behind schedule...

As Prelude To Merging Gallium3D Driver, Etnaviv Libdrm Support Lands

Sunday 18th of September 2016 12:45:48 PM
The libdrm support was merged this weekend for Etnaviv, the open-source, reverse-engineered support around Vivante graphics cores. With the libdrm support in mainline, merging the Gallium3D driver into Mesa shouldn't be far behind...

Kodi 17 Steps Closer With Krypton Beta 2

Sunday 18th of September 2016 12:37:07 PM
For those of you making use of Kodi as your PVR/DVR/HTPC software, the second beta of "Krypton" is available for weekend testing...

Android-x86 6.0 Marshmallow Uses Mesa 12.0, Adds F2FS File-System

Sunday 18th of September 2016 12:27:41 PM
While Android 7 "Nougat" is available as the latest upstream from Google, the Android-x86 folks have finally put out their first stable release of Android-x86 6.0 Marshmallow...

Emacs 25.1 Released With Cairo Drawing, Better Network Security

Sunday 18th of September 2016 12:19:38 PM
For those not running the new, feature-packed Vim 8.0, GNU Emacs 25.1 was released on Saturday with several new features and improvements...

More in Tux Machines

Red Hat and Fedora

  • Red Hat, Logicalis in digital transformation partnership in Latin America
    PromonLogicalis, a provider of information technology and communication solutions and services in Latin America, and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced a collaboration that aim to help organizations navigate the digital transformation of their infrastructures to pave the way for cloud and the software-defined technologies, and to advance open source technology awareness in the region. Open source is delivering significant advancements in many areas of technology through community-powered innovation, including cloud computing, mobile, big data, and more. And, as companies embrace modern technology as a competitive advantage via digital transformation efforts, many are turning to open source because of the flexibility and agility it can enable.
  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to “Hold”
  • An Easy Way To Try Intel & RADV Vulkan Drivers On Fedora 24
    Fedora 25 should have good support for the open-source Vulkan Linux drivers (particularly if it lands the next Mesa release) while Fedora 24 users can now more easily play with the latest Mesa Git RADV and Intel ANV Vulkan drivers via a new repository. A Phoronix reader has setup a Fedora Copr repository that is building Intel's Vulkan driver from Mesa Git plus the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver re-based from its source (David Airlie's semi-interesting GitHub branch). Fedora COPR, for the uninformed, is the distribution's equivalent to Ubuntu PPA repositories.
  • Meeting users, lots of users
    Every year, I introduce Fedora to new students at Brno Technical University. There are approx. 500 of them and a sizable amount of them then installs Fedora. We also organize a sort of installfest one week after the presentation where anyone who has had any difficulties with Fedora can come and ask for help. It’s a great opportunity to observe what things new users struggle with the most. Especially when you have such a high number of new users. What are my observations this year?

Linux Devices

  • 96Boards SBCs host Intel Joule and Curie IoT modules
    Gumstix announced two SBCs this week, based on Intel Joule and Curie IoT modules and built to 96Boards CE and IE form-factor specifications, respectively. At Linaro Connect Las Vegas 2016, where earlier this week Linaro’s 96Boards.org announced a new 96Boards IoT Edition (IE) spec, Gumstix announced support for 96Boards.org’s open SBC standards with two new single-board computers. Both SBCs will be available for purchase in October.
  • ORWL — First Open Source And Physically Secure PC, Runs Linux And Windows
    ORWL is the first open source, physically secure computer. Using a secure microcontroller (MCU) and an ‘active clamshell mesh’, the device makes sure that nobody breaks the security of the system. Its maker, Design Shift, has also launched a crowdfunding campaign on Crowd Supply.
  • Purism Is Still Hoping To Build A GNU/Linux Free Software Librem Smartphone
    Purism, the startup behind the Librem laptops with a focus on free software and user privacy/freedom, still has their minds set on coming up with a GNU/Linux smartphone. Purism continues selling their high-priced laptops and their Librem 11 is forthcoming as an Intel-based tablet/convertible device with stocking station. Next on their horizon they want to produce "the ideal no-carrier, Free Software phone running a bona fide GNU+Linux stack."

Leftovers: OSS

  • Asterisk 14 Improves Open-Source VoIP
    Digium, the lead commercial sponsor behind the Asterisk open source PBX project announced the release Asterisk 14 this week, continuing to evolve the decade old effort, making it easier to use and deploy.
  • Yahoo open-sources a deep learning model for classifying pornographic images
    Yahoo today announced its latest open-source release: a model that can figure out if images are specifically pornographic in nature. The system uses a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, which involves training artificial neural networks on lots of data (like dirty images) and getting them to make inferences about new data. The model that’s now available on GitHub under a BSD 2-Clause license comes pre-trained, so users only have to fine-tune it if they so choose. The model works with the widely used Caffe open source deep learning framework. The team trained the model using its now open source CaffeOnSpark system. The new model could be interesting to look at for developers maintaining applications like Instagram and Pinterest that are keen to minimize smut. Search engine operators like Google and Microsoft might also want to check out what’s under the hood here. “To the best of our knowledge, there is no open source model or algorithm for identifying NSFW images,” Yahoo research engineer Jay Mahadeokar and senior director of product management Gerry Pesavento wrote in a blog post.
  • Cloudera, Hortonworks, and Uber to Keynote at Apache Big Data and ApacheCon Europe
  • Vendors Pile on Big Data News at Strata
    Cloudera, Pentaho and Alation are among vendors making Big Data announcements at this week's Strata event. Vendors big and small are making news at this week's Strata + Hadoop event as they try to expand their portion of the Big Data market. Cloudera highlighted a trio of Apache Software Foundation (ASF) projects to which it contributes. Among them is Spark 2.0, which benefits from a new Dataset API that offers the promise of better usability and performance as well as new machine learning libraries.
  • New alliances focus on open-source, data science empowerment
    How can data science make a true market impact? Partnerships, particularly amongst open source communities. As IBM solidifies its enterprise strategies around data demands, two new partnerships emerge: one with Continuum Analytics, Inc., advancing open-source analytics for the enterprise; and another with Galvanize, initiating a Data Science for Executives program. Continuum Analytics, the creator and driving force behind Anaconda — a leading open data science platform powered by Python — has allied with IBM to advance open-source analytics for the enterprise. Data scientists and data engineers in open-source communities can now embrace Python and R to develop analytic and machine learning models in the Spark environment through its integration with IBM’s DataWorks Project. The new agreement between IBM and Galvanize, which provides a dynamic learning community for technology, will offer an assessment, analysis and training element for Galvanize’s Data Science for Executives program. This program empowers corporations to better understand, use and maximize the value of their data. The program will support IBM’s DataFirst Method, a methodology that IBM says provides the strategy, expertise and game plan to help ensure enterprise customers’ succeed on their journey to become a data-driven business.
  • Apache Spot: open source big data analytics for cyber
  • Chinese open source blockchain startup Antshares raises $4.5M through crowdsourcing [Ed: Microsoft-connected]
  • August and September 2016: photos from Pittsburgh and Fresno
  • Libre Learn Lab: a summit on freely licensed resources for education
    Libre Learn Lab is a two-day summit for people who create, use and implement freely licensed resources for K-12 education, bringing together educators, policy experts, software developers, hardware hackers, and activists to share best practices and address the challenges of widespread adoption of these resources in education. The 2nd biennial conference is Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 9th, at the MIT Tang Center. The keynote addresses will be delivered by the FSF’s own Richard M. Stallman, former Chief Open Education Advisor Andrew Marcinek and founder of HacKIDemia Stefania Druga. At the event, there will be a special tribute to Dr. Seymour Papert (the father of educational computing) by Dr. Cynthia Solomon.

Security Leftovers

  • Friday's security advisories
  • ICANN grinds forward on crucial DNS root zone signing key update
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is moving -- carefully -- to upgrade the DNS root zone key by which all domains can be authenticated under the DNS Security Extensions protocol. ICANN is the organization responsible for managing the Domain Name System, and DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) authenticates DNS responses, preventing man-in-the-middle attacks in which the attacker hijacks legitimate domain resolution requests and replaces them with fraudulent domain addresses. DNSSEC still relies on the original DNS root zone key generated in 2010. That 1024-bit RSA key is scheduled to be replaced with a 2048-bit RSA key next October. Although experts are split over the effectiveness of DNSSEC, the update of the current root zone key signing key (KSK) is long overdue.
  • Cybersecurity isn't an IT problem, it's a business problem
    The emergence of the CISO is a relatively recent phenomenon at many companies. Their success often relies upon educating the business from the ground up. In the process, companies become a lot better about how to handle security and certainly learn how not to handle it. As a CIO, knowing the pulse of security is critical. I oversee a monthly technology steering committee that all the executives attend. The CISO reports during this meeting on the state of the security program. He also does an excellent job of putting risk metrics out there, color coded by red, yellow, and green. This kind of color grading allows us to focus attention on where we are and what we’re doing about it.