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Lenovo to Preload Ubuntu, Red Hat on More PCs

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 07:07:00 AM
Lenovo has just announced that it would begin preloading Ubuntu and Red Hat on some of its existing devices in an attempt to provide workstation customers with more options regarding the operating systems powering the machines.

“While many users prefer to customize their own machines – either on hardware without an OS or by wiping an existing client OS, then configuring and installing Linux – this can raise uncertainty with system stability, restricted performance, compatibility, end-user productivity and even IT support for devices,” Lenovo says.

“Now that these users are making their way out of the proverbial shadows and onto the enterprise floor, the demand is high for an out-of-the-box solution that removes the barrier for deployment of enterprise-grade hardware within a Linux software ecosystem.”

The entire ThinkStation and ThinkPad P Series lineup will be certified for Red Hat Enterprise and Ubuntu LTS, and the company explains that this process guarantees e... (read more)

Another German City Wants to Replace Microsoft with Open Source Software

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 06:29:00 AM
The migration from Microsoft software to open-source alternatives comes with a series of benefits, including reduced licensing costs and better local control over the code powering the whole thing, and this is one of the reasons some authorities across the world are looking into such a transition.

Munich, for example, has become a pioneer in this regard after switching from Microsoft software to Linux and open source alternatives, and now it looks like another German city is pondering a similar decision.

Hamburg is reportedly looking into embracing open-source software on local computers in an attempt to reduce reliance on paid products and to become what’s being described as “a model in digital sovereignty.”

A report from German publication Der Standard indicates that the plan is still in its early days and details are scarce, to say the least, albei... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 78 to Launch with Major Changes for Linux and macOS Users

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 05:05:00 AM
Mozilla has just released Firefox 77 to production devices across the world, and now the company has started the work on the very next release due later this month.

Firefox 78 is projected to come with major changes for Linux and macOS, but also with a highly-anticipated new feature on Windows.

First and foremost, let’s see what’s new for users running Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Firefox 78 will come with a built-in PDF client, which means that you will be able to use Firefox as a PDF reader. At this point, such tasks are handled by Microsoft Edge by default on Windows, but some people turn to dedicated PDF clients or even to Google Chrome.

Additional information on PDF support in Mozilla Firefox is available here.

Linux requirements

Then, Firefox 78 will come with updated system requirements on Linux d... (read more)

Major Linux Event to Take Place Online Due to Obvious Reasons

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 04:43:00 AM
The Document Foundation (TDF) has recently announced that the openSUSE + LibreOffice conference will take place online as the two organizations are trying to reduce the risks caused by the global health issue.

The event was originally scheduled to take place October 13-16, but the organizers now explain that these dates could change as they’re working on a scheduled for the new digital event.

Proposals for talks, workshops, and workgroups can still be submitted until July 21, and everyone will be able to attend using a video conferencing solution whose name is yet to be disclosed.

“Shifting the conference online is good news and the organisers intend to provide a great conference that is filled with insightful talks, technical presentations and sessions dedicated for those who want to socialise during the event,” The Document Foundation ex... (read more)

Why Linux Adoption Skyrocketed in 2020

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 04:27:00 PM
Linux has long been considered the underdog of the desktop operating system world, as many believed that giving up on Windows and embracing anything like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or others made absolutely no sense.

Many of these people pointed to the gaming support in the Linux world, while others claimed that no matter how much is improved, Linux would never replace Windows simply because it lacks the familiar approach that’s making Microsoft’s operating system the preferred choice for so many users out there.

But the most recent statistics show that the adoption of Linux is improving at a really fast pace, and while it’s still far from overtaking Windows, all these numbers suggest that sooner or later, choosing an operating system doesn’t just come down to Microsoft and Apple products.

While Linux has gradually improved its market share in the last ... (read more)

Ubuntu Linux Overtakes Windows XP, Only Sky Is the Limit Now

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 09:41:00 AM
As we’ve told you earlier today, Linux keeps growing, and growing, and growing, as third-party statistics show that the adoption of this Windows alternative keeps improving.

Out of all Linux distributions that users can try out today, however, there’s one that’s getting the most love, it seems. And unsurprisingly, it’s Ubuntu, the Linux distro that has recently managed to overtake the Windows XP and is now increasing its market share at a faster pace overall.

NetMarketShare numbers for May 2020 show that Ubuntu is now running on 2.11 percent of all systems out there, while Windows XP is down to 0.96 percent.

While at first glance this doesn’t sound like a notable achievement, it actually is, as many preferred to use Windows XP on older computers in an attempt to delay a more substantial hardware upgrade. But as it turns out, some of those who don’t want to invest... (read more)

Linux Keeps Growing and Growing and Growing

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 08:43:00 AM
Linux keeps growing, according to new market share data, and if the same trend is continued in the next few months, it’s likely to overtake Apple’s macOS and become the second most-used desktop platform worldwide.

While Windows continues to be the preferred choice for the majority of users, its market share keeps declining, and Linux appears to be the one benefitting from this substantial change in usage trends.

More specifically, Windows was running on 86.69 perc... (read more)

Linux Lite 5.0 “Emerald”: Everything You Need to Know

Monday 1st of June 2020 01:29:00 PM
Linux Lite has just received a highly-anticipated update in the stable channel, so anyone who wants to give this distro a try can now download version 5.0.

Described as the most advanced version of Linux Lite, this new release obviously comes with a series of major improvements, and this article is supposed to provide you with a closer look at everything you need to know if you want to download the latest update.

What’s new

It goes without saying that Linux Lite 5.0 introduces a series of changes versus the previous releases, so the changelog is the thing that most people are looking for.

While we’re not going to dissect every little change because this is a massive release, worth highlighting is the full support for UEFI and a new Updater notifier that lets you know whenever new updates are available.

There are also new logout changes... (read more)

Linux on Phones Gaining Ground as postmarketOS Keeps Evolving

Monday 1st of June 2020 06:15:00 AM
postmarketOS is the ambitious project that can bring Linux to mobile phones out there, and after three years of hard work, it has reached several important milestones, including booting on no less than 200 different devices.

While this doesn’t sound like a huge achievement for some, it’s certainly something truly notable given it’s based on a community effort that keeps getting more contributors.

postmarketOS is now based on Alpine Linux 3.12 stable, and the developing team explains that the platform currently boots on over 200 phones, albeit only the QEMU virtual device is supported in the main channel.

Categorized devices

And speaking of channels, postmarketOS now has several categories for the devices included in the development process, namely main, testing, and community.

“All existing device ports have been moved... (read more)

Linux Lite 5.0 “Emerald” Is Now Available for Download

Monday 1st of June 2020 05:01:00 AM
Linux Lite 5.0, also known as Emerald, is finally available for download, as the developing team has just released the stable version for everyone.

As every new stable release of Linux Lite, this new update is considered “the most feature rich, complete” version to date, so if you want to give a try to this Linux distribution, this is undoubtedly the one that you should install.

Version 5.0 obviously comes with massive improvements, and one of the most notable is the full support for UEFI, which is now supported out of the box without the need for any other changes.

There’s no hidden telemetry in this release (heard that, Windows 10 users?), and Linux Lite 5.0 Emerald comes with a new update notifier that shows notifications whenever new updates are available for download. Beginning with this release, you should see a notification telling you how many updates are available, with an “Install Updates” button let... (read more)

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Audiocasts/Shows: Adding And Removing Swap Files Is Easy In Linux, Linux Action News, Open Source Security Poscast

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  • Linux Action News 155

    We try out the new GNOME "Orbis" release and chat about Microsoft's new Linux kernel patches that make it clear Windows 10 is on the path to a hybrid Windows/Linux system. Plus, the major re-architecture work underway for Chrome OS with significant ramifications for Desktop Linux.

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  • Open Source Security Poscast Episode 216 – Security didn’t find life on Venus

    Josh and Kurt talk about how we talk about what we do in the context of life on Venus. We didn’t really discover life on Venus, we discovered a gas that could be created by life on Venus. The world didn’t hear that though. We have a similar communication problem in security. How often are your words misunderstood?

Matthias Clasen: GtkColumnView

One thing that I left unfinished in my recent series on list views and models in GTK 4 is a detailed look at GtkColumnView. This will easily be the most complicated part of the series. We are entering into the heartland of GtkTreeView—anything aiming to replace most its features will be a complicated beast. Read more Also: Oculus Rift CV1 progress

AMD and Intel (x86) in Linux

  • Linux 5.10 Adding Support For AMD Zen 3 CPU Temperature Monitoring

    The next version of the Linux kernel will allow monitoring temperatures of the upcoming AMD Zen 3 processors. While CPU temperature monitoring support may seem mundane and not newsworthy, what makes this Zen 3 support genuinely interesting is that it's coming pre-launch... This is the first time in the AMD Zen era we are seeing CPU temperature reporting added to the Linux driver pre-launch. Not only is it coming ahead of the CPUs hitting retail channels but the support was added by AMD engineers.

  • FFmpeg Now Supports GPU Inference With Intel's OpenVINO

    Earlier this summer Intel engineers added an OpenVINO back-end to the FFmpeg multimedia framework. OpenVINO as a toolkit for optimized neural network performance on Intel hardware was added to FFmpeg for the same reasons there is TensorFlow and others also supported -- support for DNN-based video filters and other deep learning processing.

  • Intel SGX Enclave Support Sent Out For Linux A 38th Time

    For years now Intel Linux developers have been working on getting their Software Guard Extensions (SGX) support and new SGX Enclave driver upstreamed into the kernel. SGX has been around since Skylake but security concerns and other technical reasons have held up this "SGX Foundations" support from being mainlined. There has also been an apparent lack of enthusiasm by non-Intel upstream kernel developers in SGX. This past week saw the 38th revision to the patches in their quest to upstreaming this support for handling the Memory Encryption Engine (MEE) and relates SGX infrastructure. [...] The Intel SGX foundations v38 code can be found via the kernel mailing list. The Linux 5.10 merge window is opening up next month but remains to be seen if it will be queued for this next cycle or further dragged out into 2021.

  • Intel SGX foundations
    Intel(R) SGX is a set of CPU instructions that can be used by applications
    to set aside private regions of code and data. The code outside the enclave
    is disallowed to access the memory inside the enclave by the CPU access
    control.
    
    There is a new hardware unit in the processor called Memory Encryption
    Engine (MEE) starting from the Skylake microacrhitecture. BIOS can define
    one or many MEE regions that can hold enclave data by configuring them with
    PRMRR registers.
    
    The MEE automatically encrypts the data leaving the processor package to
    the MEE regions. The data is encrypted using a random key whose life-time
    is exactly one power cycle.
    
    The current implementation requires that the firmware sets
    IA32_SGXLEPUBKEYHASH* MSRs as writable so that ultimately the kernel can
    decide what enclaves it wants run. The implementation does not create
    any bottlenecks to support read-only MSRs later on.
    
    You can tell if your CPU supports SGX by looking into /proc/cpuinfo:
    
    	cat /proc/cpuinfo  | grep sgx