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  • 5G futures: Why Huawei when open source may be the new black?

    So, the Australian government has a big decision to make about whether it will allow Huawei to be a provider of Australia’s 5G communications network that will power the internet of things for us. The national security concerns with having the large Chinese firm take on such an important role have been outlined well by ASPI’s cyber policy team and others in a series of recent Strategist posts.

    The big question people have asked, though, is, if not Huawei, then what? Ex-head of the UK’s GCHQ signals intelligence organisation Robert Hanigan, for example, has said, ‘The dilemma for western governments is that Chinese technology is no longer derivative or cheap, it’s often world-leading. Do we cut ourselves off from this technology by banning it, or find ways of managing the risk?’ It sounds like there’s an inevitability to embracing the solutions of China’s big tech firms, either now or sometime in the future.

    But that may well be just plain wrong. Rather than asking who’s the alternative supplier to Huawei, the better question might be, why would Australia go with an outdated approach to hardware and software provision at a time when new approaches might play to industry

  • The Top 3 Open Source Tools for AWS Incident Response

    Welcome to our third blog on incident response in the cloud. The first two posts primarily focused on the built-in capabilities from cloud service providers that can help your incident response efforts. We also discussed how to configure your Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment to take advantage of those features.

    Today, we are going to look at some tools that are extremely helpful for responding to cloud incidents. I’m only going to look at open source tools for AWS in this post, so you can go download and play with them in your training or test environment now.

  • WhiteSource Launches Free Open Source Vulnerability Checking [Ed: InfoQ is promoting/pushing proprietary software from Microsoft buddy (they co-author anti-FOSS papers)]
  • SD Times news digest: WhiteSource’s free vulnerability checker, Julia 1.0, and the Blockchain Learning Center

    WhiteSource is making its Vulnerability Checker available for free for developers to detect if their solutions contain any of the 50 most critical open-source bugs out there today. The checker will enable users to import and scan any library as well as check if their projects are susceptible to the most recent and common bugs.

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Radeon Developments

  • The Radeon "RADV" Driver Now Exposes Vulkan 1.1 On Android
    While the Mesa-based Radeon "RADV" Vulkan driver has been exposing Vulkan 1.1 since last year, the upcoming Mesa 19.1 will bring support for Vulkan 1.1 when this driver is active on Android systems. While the intersection of RADV driver usage on Android systems is quite low, this RADV Vulkan 1.1 support on Android comes following the merging of the YCbCr support into Mesa Git for the upcoming 19.1 release. Of the many additions to Vulkan 1.1 was YCbCr color formatted textures handling
  • Radeon Software for Linux 19.10 Adds Ubuntu 18.04.2 Support
    Radeon Software for Linux 19.10 was quietly released at the end of last week and seemed to go unnoticed until a Phoronix reader pointed out the existence of this updated hybrid driver featuring the AMDGPU All-Open and AMDGPU-PRO components. While being the first new release stream in quite a while to succeed the 18.50 series, the changes aren't all that noteworthy for what has been made public. The main change of Radeon Software for Linux 19.10 is now supporting Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS, the latest Ubuntu LTS point release pulling in the graphics/kernel components from Ubuntu 18.10. So this should also allow the AMDGPU-PRO driver to work on Ubuntu 18.10 thanks to the shared components. This new driver release does not support the newly-minted Ubuntu 19.04 with AMD not supporting the non-LTS releases at least until those bits end up being found in an Ubuntu LTS point release.

Android Leftovers

GNU/Linux Domination in Devices

  • Survey reveals IoT developers' most-used tools
    The survey was carried out by the Eclipse IoT Working Group, a not-for-profit open source software organisation, in conjunction with its members – including Bosch Software Innovations and Red Hat. About three quarters of survey respondents used Linux for edge and gateway IoT devices, while about half used Windows. Debian and its derivatives Raspbian, Ubuntu and Ubuntu Core were the most-used Linux distributions.
  • Ubuntu is #1 for embedded & IoT
    The results are in! Eclipse.org recently published their 2019 IoT Developer Survey. Ubuntu is again the top choice for embedded & IoT, with our cousins Raspbian and Debian taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. The numbers fall off pretty steeply after that.
  • Development board with triple DP++ ports runs on Ryzen R1000
    Sapphire has launched an “AMD FS-FP5R 5×5” SBC with an AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC plus 2x GbE, 3x DP++, USB 3.1, SATA III, and M.2 expansion. Sapphire also sells two Ryzen V1000 based SBCs. Hong Kong based Sapphire Embedded Solutions is primarily known for its gaming and graphics cards, but it also has an embedded product line that runs on AMD embedded processors like the G-series and R-series. Now, the company has launched an AMD FS-FP5R 5×5 SBC with AMD’s new R-series successor, the Ryzen Embedded R1000. No OS details were listed, but Linux and Windows 10 are supported on two Sapphire SBCs built around the more powerful Ryzen Embedded V1000: the AMD FS-FP5V and more recent, Mini-ITX form factor AMD IPC-FP5V 10GbE (see farther below).

What's New In Xubuntu 19.04?

April is one of the months awaited by Ubuntu fans. Because this month is the schedule for the release of the latest version. Usually, in every 2 years, we will find Ubuntu releasing the LTS version with longer support. Ubuntu has released version 19.04 with code name Disco Dingo. This distribution is not included in the LTS category, so it only gets support for the next 9 months. However, many features are added in this version. You can see the detailed features added in here! Besides Ubuntu, other variants such as Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Lubuntu also released 19.04. And in this article I want to discuss about Xubuntu 19.04. Read more