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Story OSS Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 20/07/2016 - 1:16am
Story The Importance of Following Community-Oriented Principles in GPL Enforcement Work Roy Schestowitz 20/07/2016 - 12:52am
Story Games for GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 20/07/2016 - 12:49am
Story Linux and Graphics Roy Schestowitz 20/07/2016 - 12:46am
Story How To Upgrade to Linux Mint 18 matthartley 19/07/2016 - 9:12pm
Story Coin-sized COM could be world’s smallest Raspberry Pi clone Rianne Schestowitz 19/07/2016 - 8:52pm
Story Fedora-based Korora 24 'Sheldon' Linux distro now available -- 32-bit ISO dead Rianne Schestowitz 19/07/2016 - 6:06pm
Story Can you name these Linux distributions? Rianne Schestowitz 19/07/2016 - 4:48pm
Story OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 RC1 arrives!! Rianne Schestowitz 19/07/2016 - 4:35pm
Story Big Data/Hadoop Roy Schestowitz 19/07/2016 - 4:23pm

SBC, COM, and dev kit tap octa-core, Cortex-A53 Samsung SoC

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sModule’s SBC, COM, and development kit run Ubuntu 12.04 or Android 4.4 on a 1.4GHz octa-core, Cortex-A53 Samsung S5P6818 SoC.

Shenzhen-based sModule Technology is a subsidiary of CoreWind that has primarily made wireless modules, but has recently jumped into Linux- and Android-ready computer-on-modules and development kits, as does CoreWind itself. Recently, sModule released several boards based on the octa-core, Cortex-A53 Samsung S5P6818, clocked at 1.4GHz: a $75 iBox6818 SBC, a $56 Core6818 COM, and a CORE6818-equipped, $119 SBC-x6818 development kit.

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Linux Should Lead True Universal Computing

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Imagine computers that you can have conversations with or control through gestures and head movements. Or even your own thoughts.

There are endless energies and resources for whizbang toys such as games, crappy mobile apps, and new generations of smartphones… but the one area of genuine innovation, the one that is truly ground-breaking, is stuck in Nowheresville. In this glorious year 2016, we're still ignoring computer users with vision, hearing, and other physical limitations.

None of us are getting any younger, and injury or illness can befall anyone. And yet, many people are excluded because they can't see, or hear, or use a mouse and keyboard comfortably.

This is a silly state of affairs: it’s just an engineering problem. Ideally, anyone should be able to use any computer on equal terms, without needing someone standing by to help. And why not? Computers are just machines. We make them. We can make them better.

Linux and FOSS are the natural leaders for true universal computing, because FOSS always leads to the widest adoption. Let's take a look at the current state of accessibility and then review some development resources.

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ChaletOS: A Linux for Those Who Miss Windows 7

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The first thing you should know is that ChaletOS is based on Xubuntu—which indicates the look and feel was achieved via Xfce. Added to this desktop were a number of tweaks focused on giving the user the ability to alter and refine the style, as well as the inclusion of Conky. Included with this Xfce-volution is what Petrovic calls the Style Changer. The ChaletOS Style Changer is an elegant solution for tweaking the look and feel. With it, you can easily change the theme of both Xfce and Conky (Figure 2).

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Linux Kernel 4.6.4 Lands in the Stable Arch Linux Repositories, Update Now

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Just a few moments ago, July 15, 2016, the Arch Linux kernel maintainers have managed to upgrade the operating system's stable kernel to the recently released Linux 4.6.4 version.

Announced four days ago, on July 11, Linux kernel 4.6.4 has been introduced by Greg Kroah-Hartman as being a pretty small maintenance update changing a total of 36 files, with 216 insertions and 98 deletions. However, the developer urged GNU/Linux distribution maintainers to upgrade to this version as soon as possible.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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Clear Linux Update

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Nvidia 367.35 Linux Graphics Driver

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  • Nvidia 367.35 Linux Graphics Driver Released with VDPAU Feature Set H Support

    Today, July 15, 2016, Nvidia published a new long-lived graphics driver for UNIX-like operating systems, including GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris, Nvidia 367.35.

    The Nvidia 367.35 video driver comes as an upgrade to the previous update, Nvidia 367.27, announced exactly one month ago, which introduced support for Nvidia's recently released GeForce GTX 1080 and GTK 1070 graphics cards on Linux kernel-based operating systems.

  • NVIDIA 367.35 Released, Supports 8K H.265 Video Decoding

    NVIDIA Corp is out today with a rather notewrothy 367.xx series Linux driver update.

    The NVIDIA 367.35 driver that was released moments ago has GeForce GTX 1000 "Pascal" support improvements along with performance improvements and more. The possible performance win is improved buffer write speeds of the NVIDIA DRMKMS driver by using write-combined DRM dumb buffers.

Ubuntu Forums Cracked. Again.

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today's leftovers

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Latest Steam Beta Client Adds More Goodies to Steam Controller, Linux Chat Fix

    Today, July 14, Valve released a new Beta version of its desktop Steam Client for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

    The most important changes have been implemented, as usual, in the Steam Controller support. Therefore, users are now getting a "Set Cursor Position" binding controller action that lets them set a random X/Y position to be moved to a button press, but it's more versatile than this.

  • Industry-leading App Photomatix HDR Is Now Available on Linux

    Photomatix HDR is industry-leading software designed to automatic merging multiple photographs into high dynamic range (HDR) images, then tone-map them back to a low dynamic range (LDR) image.

    Chiefly you’ll be using the app to process and merge ‘bracketed’ images — sequences of pictures taken at different exposure settings. Bracketing is a feature available on most modern DSLRs and some smartphones.

  • mandoc-1.13.4 released
  • GIMP 2.8.18 Released

    We are releasing GIMP 2.8.18 to fix a vulnerability in the XCF loading code (CVE-2016-4994). With special XCF files, GIMP can be caused to crash, and possibly be made to execute arbitrary code provided by the attacker.

Fedora: The Latest

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  • Fedora needs you to port a Python package!

    Fedora is always moving forward and that means switching to Python 3. There are plenty of upstream projects that already support Python 3. Unfortunately, they are often not packaged in Fedora. We try to keep track of such cases and more in the Fedora Python 3 Porting Database. There, you can see these packages marked with a blue color and listed on the page for Mispackaged packages. Get up to three Fedora badges for updating spec files to support Python 3! Join the porting party, help us move to the future and get your reward. We can port it, but not without your help!

  • FISL report

    Thursday, jul 14, was the second day of FISL at PUC Porto Alegre, we had a raining day. On this day more people came by our table to grab some adhesives, participate in a quiz and talk about Fedora projects.

  • Updated RPM Fusion’s mirrorlist servers

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • AT&T Hopes Open Source SDN Platform Will Become 'Industry Standard'

    AT&T said it will open source the homegrown software platform powering its software-centric network that leverages software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) in the hope it will mature the fledgling technologies and become an industry standard.

  • AT&T Open Sourcing Its SDN Management Platform

    Officials with the carrier say they are releasing the ECOMP technology to the open-source community via the Linux Foundation.

    AT&T officials are following through on a promise to release the management and automation platform for the company's software-centric network initiative to the open-source community.

  • Building an open source eVoting system: The vVote experience [Ed: watch out for Microsoft]

    There has been a lot of interest suddenly in electronic voting, so I thought I would give some insight into what’s holding it back. Between 2012 and 2014, I became intimately involved in electronic voting when I joined the Victorian Electoral Commission to build the world's first Verifiable Voting system, shortened to 'vVote'. This gave me insight into the requirements of electronic voting to satisfy the modern needs of democracy.

  • The first open source hypervisor for the Internet of Things is unveiled

    The prpl Foundation is set to debut its prplHypervisor – an open source hypervisor developed to secure embedded devices in the IoT via separation – at the IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas. The foundation, in its security guidelines, holds that the use of separation in security can play an important role in resolving the fatal security flaws that negatively impact the IoT.

  • The benefits of getting involved in tech communities
  • EIF v. 3: the EU hampers its own goal to promote better interoperability with harmful licensing terms

    The FSFE provided the European Commission with our input in regard to the ongoing revision of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). The EIF aims to promote enhanced interoperability in the EU public sector, and is currently going through its third revision since 2004. Whilst the draft version gives preference to Open Standards in delivering public services, it also promotes harmful FRAND (so-called "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory") licensing terms for standards. In practice, these are highly anti-competitive and unfit not only for Free Software but for the whole software sector in general. In addition, the draft also ignores the proven relationship between interoperability and Free Software: many national frameworks explicitly require their national services to be based on Free Software. We asked the European Commission to address these and other shortcomings and ensure interoperability in an efficient way.

  • What do we mean when we talk about open music?

    The About link indicates that the site operates under the UK copyright law, which apparently sees copyright in the work extinguished 70 years after the death of the author and in a sound recording 50 years after the performance.

  • New journal HardwareX to promote open source hardware for science

    The real power of the X-Men, a team of fictional comic book superheroes, is the ability to work together and share their different skills to meet a mutual goal. Open source veterans know this approach works well in the real world of technology development, and now it is becoming mainstream in the sciences.

    There is already a huge collection of open source scientific software tools, and now there are even dozens of open source hardware tools for science (if any are missing from the wiki, please click edit and add them). In the past, open scientific hardware projects were buried in the specialty literature, and although the mechanisms of an apparatus were normally discussed, the documentation fell well short of what OSHWA has defined as open hardware.

  • Who wrote Hello world

    The comments make it clear that this is a commonplace - the sort of program that every programmer writes as a first test - the new computer works, the compiler / interpreter produces useful output and so on. It' s the classic, canonical thing to do.


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Google to launch a Google-branded Android phone by Christmas 2016

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According to The Telegraph, Google is developing its own phone which it plans to release later this year. Unlike the Nexus phones, which have been designed and manufactured by partners such as Huawei, HTC, LG, Asus and Motorola, the report claims that Google wants to have complete control over hardware and software. Also see: Nexus 5X review and Nexus 6P review.

Clearly, the prospect of a Google-branded flagship Android phone is an exciting one. Currently, Nexus phones enjoy swift (or at least relatively swift) software updates when new versions of Android come out. Manufacturers of other Android phones can be slow to roll out new versions of Google’s software and often overlay their own interfaces and demote Google’s apps and services in favour of their own.

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Android Leftovers

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Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

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Microsoft has quietly killed a vulnerability that can be exploited to unlock ARM-powered Windows RT tablets and boot non-Redmond-approved operating systems.

The Register has learned that one of the security holes addressed this week in the July edition of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday closes a backdoor left in Windows RT by its programmers during its development.

That backdoor can be exploited to unlock the slab's bootloader and start up an operating system of your choice, such as GNU/Linux or Android, provided it supports the underlying hardware.

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Development: Pyston, Go, and PHP

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  • Pyston 0.5.1 released

    We are excited to announce the v0.5.1 release of Pyston, our high performance Python JIT.

  • Pyston 0.5.1 Is Making Python Code Even Faster

    In addition to Dropbox announcing the Lepton image compression algorithm, their Pyston team has announced the v0.5.1 release and it provides more performance improvements for this Python JIT.

  • New Relic Adds Application Performance Monitoring Support for Go Open Source

    New Relic has announced that it has added support for the Go programming language (Golang) to its SaaS-based application performance monitoring platform. With the addition of Go New Relic adds to the six other programming languages it supports including Java, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, and Ruby for polyglot application performance monitoring (APM) for cloud and microservices architectures.

  • Rogue Wave Software's Zend Server

    The CTO at Rogue Wave Software, Zeev Suraski, says he's never seen anything like PHP 7 in the software space—namely the halving of hardware needs after a mostly painless software upgrade. Organizations salivating to leverage this massive performance gain would be wise to investigate Zend Server 9, an application server that builds on the benefits of PHP 7, both on-premises and in the cloud.

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