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Story Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' KDE Edition Beta is available for download now Rianne Schestowitz 16/01/2017 - 8:41pm
Story 64-bit Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 ships for $25 to $30 Rianne Schestowitz 16/01/2017 - 8:38pm
Story Panasonic Toughpad Rugged Tablet Muscles into Android Space Rianne Schestowitz 16/01/2017 - 8:34pm
Story LXQt Spin Proposed For Fedora 26 Roy Schestowitz 16/01/2017 - 8:11pm
Story Linux Graphics Roy Schestowitz 16/01/2017 - 8:05pm
Story Raspberry Pi 1 and Zero: Hands on with Manjaro ARM and PiCore Linux Rianne Schestowitz 16/01/2017 - 1:34pm
Story Games for GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 16/01/2017 - 1:32pm
Story Raspberry Pi 3 Roy Schestowitz 16/01/2017 - 1:29pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 16/01/2017 - 1:16pm
Story Linux Kernel and Linux Event Roy Schestowitz 16/01/2017 - 11:05am

Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' KDE Edition Beta is available for download now

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Linux

A Beta release for Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' KDE is here. There are already versions available featuring other desktop environments, such as Cinnamon, Mate, and Xfce. You'd think that would be enough, but no! Apparently a fourth edition is needed. Some people feel that a KDE version is a waste of resources, but either way, here we are.

So what is new? The KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment is the star of the show -- after all, if you do not want KDE, you wouldn't choose this version. The shipping Linux kernel is 4.4.0-53, which is surprisingly outdated. Ubuntu-based operating systems are never known for being bleeding-edge, however.

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64-bit Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 ships for $25 to $30

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Linux
OSS

The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 has arrived with 1GB RAM and the same quad-core -A53 SoC as the RPi 3, available for $30, or $25 without 4GB eMMC.

Raspberry Pi Trading’s first 64-bit computer-on-module version of their flagship single board computer has finally arrived. Despite the name, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) is only the second generation of the CM1. Its name syncs up with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B SBC, which uses the same quad-core, 64-bit Broadcom SoC. The CM3 is now shipping in $30 Standard (4GB eMMC) or $25 Lite versions, while the CM1 drops in price to $25.

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Panasonic Toughpad Rugged Tablet Muscles into Android Space

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Android

Panasonic Jan. 12 unveiled a new tablet in its Toughpad series of devices designed for the corporate world. But unlike so many other rugged Panasonic machines, the FZ-A2 doesn’t run Windows. Instead, the device is running on Google’s Android Marshmallow, an operating system not typically associated with rugged PCs and mobile devices designed for rough-and-tumble field-service work. But the FZ-A2 is just the latest model in Panasonic's expanding line of Android tablets. This new Toughpad includes several corporate-friendly features such as robust security, a hot-swappable battery and plenty of ports that allow connection to a wide range of accessories. The Toughpad is launching at a time when market reports have consistently shown a steady decline in popularity of tablets. But Panasonic says its device is coming along at the right time. This slide show will take a look at the Toughpad to see whether its features will convince field-service workers and corporate hardware buyers that the tablet really is as appealing a buy as Panasonic claims it is. Read on to learn more about Panasonic’s FZ-A2 Toughpad.

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LXQt Spin Proposed For Fedora 26

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Red Hat

A new spin/flavor has been proposed for Fedora 26, one integrating the LXQt desktop environment.

For those late to the party, LXQt is the formation of the LXDE and Razor-qt projects and built around the Qt5 tool-kit. Fedora currently has an LXDE spin while this proposed Fedora LXQt would continue to co-exist alongside the existing LXDE version. Christian Dersch who proposed the LXQt spin explained, "LXDE spin will exist until its maintainer will stop it, LXQt is independent from LXDE spin. So nobody is forced to change Wink Also both projects are maintained upstream so there is no reason to drop anything here."

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Also: F26 Self Contained Change: LXQt Spin

Linux Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Raspberry Pi 1 and Zero: Hands on with Manjaro ARM and PiCore Linux

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Linux

In the previous two posts I wrote about SUSE Linux and Fedora/Manjaro ARM/Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3. The results were mixed, at best.

This time I'm taking on even more of a challenge because I'm going to be looking at the original Raspberry Pi Model B and B+, and the Raspberry Pi Zero. These models all have much more limited CPU power and memory than the Pi 2 and 3, so it will be interesting to see what can be done with them.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming

Raspberry Pi 3

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Linux
Hardware
  • Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Launched

    The Raspberry Pi Foundation this morning announced the Compute Module 3 (CM3) as the successor to their original Compute Module.

    The Raspberry Pi Compute Module remains targeted as a offering for those manufacturing customized products based upon the Raspberry Pi. The Compute Module uses a DDR2 SO-DIMM interface and makes it easy and low-cost to integrate within custom hardware designs.

  • Giveaway: Win a Linux-friendly Raspberry Pi 3 and Eleduino Aluminum Case with Heatsinks!

    If you have been wanting one, I have good news. We here at BetaNews are giving away the best version -- the Raspberry Pi 3. We aren't stopping there, however, as we are also including a very nice aluminum case -- including heatsinks for overclocking. It is the exact Raspberry Pi 3 and case as seen in the video above. In other words, the case has already been installed by yours truly. Want to enter to win? There are multiple ways to enter. Just click the link below!

Linux Kernel and Linux Event

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Red Hat News

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Red Hat

Leftovers: Software and HowTos

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Software
HowTos
  • Top Software

    The number of open source applications and tools that are available on today’s popular operating systems is simply mind-blowing. They come in all forms. Small scripts and console tools that can be easily integrated into large projects, feature-rich applications that offer everything a complete solution, well designed tools, games that encourage real participation, and eye catching candy.

    Open source software holds many compelling advantages over proprietary software. Open source improves the quality of the code, keeps costs down, encourages innovation and collaboration, combined with superior security, freedom, flexibility, interoperability, business agility, and much more.

  • Kodi 17.0 "Krypton" Release Candidate 3 Updates Estuary Skin, Fixes More Bugs

    The wait is almost over, and you'll finally be able to enjoy a much modern, improved, and full of new technologies Kodi media center on your PC or HTPC device, be it an Apple TV or Raspberry Pi.

    Martijn Kaijser announced the third Release Candidate (RC) development version for the Kodi 17.0 "Krypton" media center, and it looks to us like these pre-releases are getting smaller by the day, the RC3 build including only seven changes listed on the release notes attached to the official announcement.

  • Accessing Bingo Sites through Linux
  • Fedora - linux and shell.
  • Getting started with shell scripting

Wine-Staging 2.0-RC5 and 'Squad' Might be Coming to GNU/Linux

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Gaming
  • Wine-Staging 2.0-RC5 Improves Compatibility For Origin, GOG Galaxy & More

    Wine-Staging 2.0-RC5 was released on Sunday as the newest version of this experimental/testing Wine build. This time around there are some exciting new patches.

    On top of re-basing off Friday's Wine 2.0-rc5 release and continuing to maintain quite a number of patches that haven't yet made their way into mainline Wine, a few more patches were added. Upstream Wine is currently under a code freeze until the 2.0 release later this month but that doesn't stop the Wine-Staging crew.

  • Release 2.0-rc5

    Wine Staging 2.0-rc5 improves the compatibility of various applications that require at least Windows Vista or Windows 7. This includes Origin, Uplay, GOG Galaxy and many more. Several bugs were fixed in the PE loader to support loading of packed executables with truncated headers and/or on-the-fly section decompression. If you are using the 64 bit version of Wine, you may also benefit from the memory manager improvements, which allow applications to reserve/allocate more than 32 GB of virtual memory. The memory allocations are now only constrained by resource limitations of the hardware / the operating system and no longer by an artificial design limit in Wine.

  • Looks like FPS game 'Squad' might be coming to Linux soon

    The game uses Unreal Engine and we know already how iffy their Linux support actually is. Hopefully they won't come across too many troubles.

Security News

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Security
  • Microsoft slates end to security bulletins in February [iophk: "further obscuring"; Ed: See this]

    Microsoft next month will stop issuing detailed security bulletins, which for nearly 20 years have provided individual users and IT professionals information about vulnerabilities and their patches.

    One patching expert crossed his fingers that Microsoft would make good on its pledge to publish the same information when it switches to a new online database. "I'm on the fence right now," said Chris Goettl, product manager with patch management vendor Shavlik, of the demise of bulletins. "We'll have to see [the database] in February before we know how well Microsoft has done [keeping its promise]."

  • Reflected XSS through AngularJS sandbox bypass causes password exposure of McDonald users

    By abusing an insecure cryptographic storage vulnerability (link) and a reflected server cross-site-scripting vulnerability (link) it is possible to steal and decrypt the password from a McDonald's user. Besides that, other personal details like the user's name, address & contact details can be stolen too.

  • DragonFlyBSD Installer Updated To Support UEFI System Setup

    DragonFlyBSD has been working on its (U)EFI support and with the latest Git code its installer now has basic UEFI support.

A Look At The Huge Performance Boosts With Nouveau Mesa 17.0-devel On Maxwell

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Landing this week in Mesa 17.0-devel Git was OpenGL 4.3 for NVC0 Maxwell and a big performance boost as well for these GeForce GTX 750 / 900 series NVIDIA "Maxwell" graphics processors. Here are some before/after benchmarks of the performance improvements, which the patch cited as "1.5~3.5x better", when testing a GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 980.

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Also: Fresh Tests Of Intel Beignet OpenCL

Q4OS 1.8.2, Orion

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GNU
Linux

New version 1.8.2 is based on the the most recent release of stable Debian Jessie 8.7, important security patches have been applied and core system packages have been updated. Q4OS Update manager has been rewritten from scratch to provide a robust and reliable tool for safe system upgrades. Other Q4OS specific fixes and under the hood improvements are delivered as usual. All the updates are immediately available for existing Q4OS users from the regular Q4OS repositories.

Most attention is now focused on the development of the testing Q4OS 'Scorpion' version 2.2, based on Debian 9 Stretch. Q4OS 2.2 Scorpion continues to be under development so far, and it will stay as long as Debian Stretch will be testing, the release date is preliminarily scheduled at about the turn of April and May 2017. Q4OS 'Scorpion' will be supported at least five years from the official release date.

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Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 "Jessie" Live & Installable ISOs Now Available for Download

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Debian

We reported the other day that the Debian Project released Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 "Jessie," which is the seventh maintenance update to the current Debian Stable series of Linux-based computer operating systems.

As promised, we told you then that installation mediums aren't yet available for download, nor Live ISO images, which help users install the latest, most up-to-date version of Debian Linux on their PCs or laptops without having download hundreds of updates from the official software repositories.

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GIMP Roadmap

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GNU
Software
  • GIMP's Progress In 2016, What's Ahead For 2017

    GIMP contributor Alexandre Prokoudine published a lengthy blog post today looking back at what were the accomplishments for this open-source image manipulation program in 2016 and some of what's ahead for the program this year.

    [...]

    Among the work still being done before GIMP 2.10 is released includes cleaning up libgimp, changing linear/gamma-corrected workflows, and 16/32-bit per color channel support, a new color management implementation, and more. GIMP 2.10 will hopefully ship later in 2017.

  • How To Install The Latest GIMP 2.9 Development Build on Ubuntu
  • What To Expect In GIMP 2.10

    The GIMP is our favorite image editing app for Linux, and this year it’s set to get even better. The development team behind the hugely popular open-source project this week shared word about ‘what’s next for GIMP‘ in 2017.

Linux 4.10-rc4

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Linux
  • Linux 4.10-rc4

    Things are still looking fairly normal, and this is the usual weekly
    Sunday rc release. We're up to rc4, and people are clearly starting to
    find the regressions. Good, good.

    it's a slightly more random collection of fixes from last week: the
    bulk of it is still drivers (gpu, net, sound, usb stand out), and
    there's the usual architecture work (but mostly just x86 this time
    around), but there's a fair amount of fixes all over. Filesystems
    (xfs, btrfs, some core vfs), tooling (mostly perf), core mm,
    networking etc etc.

    This is also the point where I start hoping that the rc's start
    shrinking. We'll see how the tiny rc2 affects things - this may
    technically be rc4, but with that one almost dead week, it feels like
    rc3. But I'm crossing my fingers that we'll have less next week.

    Regardless, go out and test. This was not a huge merge window, I think
    we're in pretty good shape for people to dive in..

    Linus

  • Linux 4.10-rc4 Kernel Released

    The fourth weekly test release of the Linux 4.10 kernel is now available.

    For those not up to speed on Linux 4.10, see our Linux 4.10 feature overview. There is a lot of great work included like Nouveau atomic mode-setting, Nouveau boost support, AMD Zen/Ryzen work, new ARM board/platform support, EXT4/XFS DAX iomap support, ATA command priority support, Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0, and much more.

  • Linus Torvalds Announces Fourth Linux 4.10 Kernel Release Candidate, Get It Now

    It's Sunday evening, again, and Linus Torvalds just made his weekly announcement to inform the community about the immediate availability for download of a new Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux 4.10 kernel.

    One more week has passed in our lives, but the development of the Linux kernel never stops, and we're now seeing the release of fourth RC (Release Candidate) build of Linux kernel 4.10, which appears to be fairly normal, yet again, bringing only a collection of assorted bug fixes and improvements from last week.

Android Leftovers

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Android
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In the previous two posts I wrote about SUSE Linux and Fedora/Manjaro ARM/Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3. The results were mixed, at best. This time I'm taking on even more of a challenge because I'm going to be looking at the original Raspberry Pi Model B and B+, and the Raspberry Pi Zero. These models all have much more limited CPU power and memory than the Pi 2 and 3, so it will be interesting to see what can be done with them. Read more

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