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Story OSS Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2016 - 1:50pm
Story Debian and Ubuntu News Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2016 - 1:45pm
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2016 - 1:43pm
Story Linux Devices Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2016 - 1:42pm
Story Open Source Software A Core Competency For Effective Tech M&A Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2016 - 1:20pm
Story AMD Graphics Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2016 - 11:58am
Story SUSE Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2016 - 11:56am
Story Fedora 23 EOL, Bye to FBDEV, Installfests of Yore Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2016 - 11:50am
Story Chromium/Chrome News Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2016 - 11:37am
Story It's Been A Quiet Year-End For BUS1, The Proposed In-Kernel IPC For Linux Roy Schestowitz 10/12/2016 - 11:34am

OSS Leftovers

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OSS
  • Why this CTO believes open source should be the new norm for all software companies

    Open source is personally very important to me, and my team has a long track record of contributing to open source projects, so it was a simple decision to open source our platform. Doing that encourages transparency and community engagement, which is key for any product that has security at its core. We had a vision to be a secure and completely transparent messaging app and we stuck to it.

  • Google's Open Embedded Projector is a Cool Data Visualization Tool

    With 2016 closing out, there is no doubt that cloud computing and Big Data analytics would probably come to mind if you had to consider the hot technology categories of the year. However, there is an absolute renaissance going on right now in the field of artifical intelligence and the closely related field of machine learning. In fact, in its top 10 strategic technology trends for the year 2017, Gartner put AI and machine learning at the top of the list.

    Google is among several companies making big contributions in this space. It recently gathered some compelling AI and machine learning demonstrations and placed them in its Google AI Experiments showcase. Now, Google has announced that it is open sourcing its data visualization tool, Embedding Projector. The tool will aid machine learning practioners as they visualize data without having to install and run Google's TensorFlow tool (also open source, which we covered here).

  • Nextcloud's Promising Advances Continue

    The extremely popular ownCloud open source file-sharing and storage platform for building private clouds has been much in the news lately. CTO and founder of ownCloud Frank Karlitschek resigned from the company a few months ago. His open letter announcing the move pointed to possible friction created as ownCloud moved forward as a commercial entity as opposed to a solely community focused, open source project. Karlitschek had a plan, though. He came out with a fork of ownCloud called Nextcloud, and we've reported on strong signs that this cloud platform has a bright future. In recent months, the company has continued to advance Nextcloud.

    Now, if you're running the Nextcloud platform, a convenient new addition is coming your way. The Nextcloud 9.0.54 and 10.0.1 releases come with a new updater. This new updater allows reliable upgrading to new Nextcloud versions via the web and in the upcoming 11 release even via the command line interface.

  • Don’t Let Your Project Suffer Because of Founder’s Mentality

    There’s a certain mentality that can creep up and slowly destroy open source project development. It’s dangerous in a way that nobody really notices it’s there or that it is destructive, except at the very last moments. It’s the founder’s mentality.

  • How Gratipay helps solve the 'free rider' problem
  • GCC Patch To Support Google's Fuchsia OS

    It's been a while since last hearing anything of Google's experimental Fuchsia OS but it looks like things are moving along as they are now looking to merge support for it into the GCC compiler.

  • Google's new open source testing solution, Refracta 8.0 Linux distro, and more news
  • Lessons From Wikipedia’s Annual Donation Strategy

Debian and Ubuntu News

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Debian
Ubuntu

Red Hat and Fedora

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Red Hat

Linux Devices

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Linux

Open Source Software A Core Competency For Effective Tech M&A

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OSS
Legal

Imagine your company just acquired its competitor for $100 million. Now imagine the company’s most important asset – its proprietary software – is subject to third-party license conditions that require the proprietary software to be distributed free of charge or in source code form. Or, imagine these license conditions are discovered late in the diligence process, and the cost to replace the offending third-party software will costs tens of thousands of dollars and take months to remediate. Both scenarios exemplify the acute, distinct and often overlooked risks inherent to the commercial use of open source software. An effective tech M&A attorney must appreciate these risks and be prepared to take the steps necessary to mitigate or eliminate them.

Over the past decade, open source software has become a mainstay in the technology community. Since its beginnings, open source software has always been viewed as a way to save money and jumpstart development projects, but it is increasingly being looked to for its quality solutions and operational advantages. Today, only a fraction of technology companies do not use open source software in any way. For most of the rest, it is mission critical.

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AMD Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

SUSE Leftovers

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SUSE
  • Git, Kernels, LightDM, More update in Tumbleweed

    Topping the list of updates for snapshot 20161129 was the update to Light Display Manager 1.21.1, which added an Application Programming Interface (API) version to the greeter-daemon protocol for future enhancements. Other updates in the snapshot include openVPN, which added a recommended utility for network and traffic protocols, and subpackages for systemd relevant for 32-bit users. Desktop manager xfdesktop updated to version 4.12.3 and introduced rotating wallpaper images if the images contain rotation information.

    The programming language vala, which aims to bring modern programming language features to GNOME developers without imposing any additional runtime requirements, updated in the 20161129 and 20161201 snapshots.

  • openSUSE Leap 42.1 upgrade to Leap 42.2
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Week 2016/49

    I’m sure nobody doubted it, but Tumbleweed is back on the roll! And in fact, we did the impossible and released 8 snapshots in a week. This review will cover {1201..1208}.

Fedora 23 EOL, Bye to FBDEV, Installfests of Yore

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-s

With Fedora 25 safely out of the door, time has come to bid adieu to version 23. Users are urged to upgrade. Elsewhere, Robin Miller looked back at an activity that older Linux users may remember, the Linux installfest. Michael Larabel reported today that the kernel may drop framebuffer device drivers and Dustin Kirkland shared Ubuntu's security overview.

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Also: neon User LTS, openSUSE Upgrades, Best Distro Poll

Chromium/Chrome News

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Google
Web

It's Been A Quiet Year-End For BUS1, The Proposed In-Kernel IPC For Linux

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Linux

With the Linux 4.10 kernel merge window expected to open this weekend, I was digging around to see whether there was anything new on the BUS1 front and whether we might see it for the next kernel cycle.

While I have yet to see any official communication from the BUS1 developers, it doesn't look like it's happening for BUS1. In fact, it's been a rather quiet past few weeks for these developers working on this in-kernel IPC mechanism to succeed the never-merged KDBUS.

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Also: Intel Working On 5-Level Paging To Increase Linux Virtual/Physical Address Space

Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming

Fedora News

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Red Hat
  • FEDORA and GNOME at the “1er Encuentro de Tecnología e innovación-Macro Región Lima 2016” Conference
  • 10 years of dgplug summer training

    In 2017 dgplug summer training will be happening for the 10th time. Let me tell you honestly, I had no clue that we will reach here when I started this back in 2008. The community gathered together, and we somehow managed to continue. In case, you do not know about this training, dgplug summer training is a 3 months long online IRC based course where we help people to become contributors to upstream projects. The sessions start around 6:30PM IST, and continues till 9PM (or sometimes till very late at night) for 3 months. You can read the logs of the sessions here.

  • 6 3D printing applications you can install on Fedora 25

    Do you have an interest in the 3D printing space but don’t know which 3D printing application will work on your favorite Linux distribution? You’re in luck, because in this article, you learn about 6 of such applications that you can install on Fedora 25 and other Linux distributions, like Ubuntu 16.10 and debian 8.

    Most of these you can install by selecting the 3D printing package when using the DVD or netinstall ISO image to install Fedora 25, but the rest you have to install individually.

  • FUDCon APAC Phnom Penh 2016

    FUDCon 2016, that was for me first of all a lot of work especially after the change of the venue in nearly last minute. Instead of ITC BarCamp happened this year at Norton University, what turned out not to be a good choice. A new hotel had to be found, not an easy task as on this side of the river are not many yet.

Android Leftovers

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Android

Security News

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Security
  • Security advisories for Friday
  • Oh, the security!

    This security concern has only raised because of using 3rd party parsers (well, in the case of the GStreamer vulnerability in question, decoders, why a parsing facility like GstDiscoverer triggers decoding is another question worth asking), and this parsing of content happens in exactly one place in your common setup: tracker-extract.

  • Patch for CVE-2016-8655 Issue Now Available for CloudLinux OS 7 KernelCare Users

    Just the other day we reported on the general availability of a kernel update for the shared hosting-oriented CloudLinux OS 7 operating system, and today a new patch is available for those running KernelCare.

    If you're not familiar with KernelCare, it's a commercial kernel live patching technology developed and provided by CloudLinux of its CloudLinux OS users. We've discussed CloudLinux's KernelCare in a previous report if you're curious to test drive it.

A tour of Google's 2016 open source releases

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OSS

Open source software enables Google to build things quickly and efficiently without reinventing the wheel, allowing us to focus on solving new problems. We stand on the shoulders of giants, and we know it. This is why we support open source and make it easy for Googlers to release the projects they're working on internally as open source.

We've released more than 20-million lines of open source code to date, including projects such as Android, Angular, Chromium, Kubernetes, and TensorFlow. Our releases also include many projects you may not be familiar with, such as Cartographer, Omnitone, and Yeoman.

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Viewing Linux Logs from the Command Line

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Linux
HowTos

At some point in your career as a Linux administrator, you are going to have to view log files. After all, they are there for one very important reason...to help you troubleshoot an issue. In fact, every seasoned administrator will immediately tell you that the first thing to be done, when a problem arises, is to view the logs.

And there are plenty of logs to be found: logs for the system, logs for the kernel, for package managers, for Xorg, for the boot process, for Apache, for MySQL… For nearly anything you can think of, there is a log file.

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At Long Last, Linux Gets Dynamic Tracing

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Linux

When the Linux kernel version 4.9 will be released next week, it will come with the last pieces needed to offer to some long-awaited dynamic thread-tracing capabilities.

As the keepers of monitoring and debugging software start using these new kernel calls, some of which have been added to the Linux kernel over the last two years, they will be able to offer much more nuanced, and easier to deploy, system performance tools, noted Brendan Gregg, a Netflix performance systems engineer and author of DTrace Tools, in a presentation at the USENIX LISA 2016 conference, taking place this week in Boston.

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Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3 released

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Linux

Manjaro Deepin is an edition of Manjaro Linux that uses the Deepin Desktop Environment, which is a desktop environment that originated from the Deepin Linux, a desktop distribution that’s based on Ubuntu.

The main edition of Manjaro uses the K Desktop Environment (KDE). Manjaro Deepin is just one of many community-supported desktop environments available to users of the Arch Linux-based desktop distribution. The others are: Budgie, Cinnamon, GNOME 3, i3, LXQt and MATE.

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Three serious Linux kernel security holes patched

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Linux
Security

The good news is developers are looking very closely at Linux's core code for possible security holes. The bad news is they're finding them.

At least the best news is that they're fixing them as soon as they're uncovered.

The latest three kernel vulnerabilities are designated CVE-2016-8655, CVE-2016-6480, and CVE-2016-6828. Of these, CVE-2016-8655 is the worst of the bunch. It enables local users, which can include remote users with virtual and cloud-based Linux instances, to crash the system or run arbitrary code as root.

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SUSE Leftovers

  • Git, Kernels, LightDM, More update in Tumbleweed
    Topping the list of updates for snapshot 20161129 was the update to Light Display Manager 1.21.1, which added an Application Programming Interface (API) version to the greeter-daemon protocol for future enhancements. Other updates in the snapshot include openVPN, which added a recommended utility for network and traffic protocols, and subpackages for systemd relevant for 32-bit users. Desktop manager xfdesktop updated to version 4.12.3 and introduced rotating wallpaper images if the images contain rotation information. The programming language vala, which aims to bring modern programming language features to GNOME developers without imposing any additional runtime requirements, updated in the 20161129 and 20161201 snapshots.
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  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Week 2016/49
    I’m sure nobody doubted it, but Tumbleweed is back on the roll! And in fact, we did the impossible and released 8 snapshots in a week. This review will cover {1201..1208}.