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|Story||FOSS in Government (US and UK)||Roy Schestowitz||22/09/2016 - 11:29am|
|Story||Security Leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||22/09/2016 - 11:27am|
|Story||Andy Wingo on CML versus Go||Roy Schestowitz||22/09/2016 - 10:19am|
|Story||Openwashing Proprietary Software||Roy Schestowitz||22/09/2016 - 9:57am|
|Story||GNOME/GTK News||Roy Schestowitz||22/09/2016 - 9:50am|
|Story||True Love...and Microsoft Love||Roy Schestowitz||22/09/2016 - 9:41am|
|Story||Rosy Red Hat, GNOME 3.22, MS/Lenovo Barricading||Roy Schestowitz||22/09/2016 - 9:39am|
|Story||Moodle News||Roy Schestowitz||22/09/2016 - 5:12am|
|Story||Security News||Roy Schestowitz||22/09/2016 - 4:29am|
|Story||Servers/Networks||Roy Schestowitz||22/09/2016 - 4:24am|
A few years ago I decided to try Linux and it was surprisingly easy to install and use. Since I started with Ubuntu there were already lots of tutorials online for beginners. Initially I was interested in learning about the Linux kernel but using Linux led me to discovery of new tools such as vim, git, and bash shell.
I started experimenting with the kernel over a year ago when I wrote a simple hello module and loaded it into the kernel. After that I started making simple fixes using scripts such as checkpatch.pl and submitting patches. My confidence grew and eventually I joined the Eudyptula challenge to deepen my knowledge and I started making even bigger changes to the kernel tree. After being accepted into the Outreachy program, I had the opportunity to learn more about driver development and also got to work on embedded ARM devices running the Linux operating system.
One month after the release of KDevelop 5.0.0, we are happy to release KDevelop 5.0.1 today, fixing a list of issues discovered with 5.0.0. The list of changes below is not exhaustive, but just mentions the most important improvements; for a detailed list, please see our git history.
An update to version 5.0.1 is highly recommended for everyone using 5.0.0.
The European Commission is about to make a public inventory of the open source solutions used by the Commission and the European Parliament. A methodology for creating the inventory was just accepted by the EC’s Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT), as part of its ‘EU Free and Open Source Software Auditing’ (EU-Fossa) project.
Red Hat Inc. wants to help organizations deploy private clouds faster, and to that end has just unveiled a new tool called the QuickStart Cloud Installer (QCI) that should make it possible. The new installer comes just one week after the company rolled out Red Hat OpenStack Platform 9, based on the OpenStack Mitaka release.
Red Hat’s new installer differs from previous installation tools the company has released in that it’s an all-in-one solution for installing various technologies from its product suite, including CloudForms, OpenShift and Red Hat Virtualization as well as OpenStack. Based on Red Hat’s Satellite system management technology, QCI allows users to create a fully functional private cloud environment in less than four hours, the company claims.
evdev is a Linux-only generic protocol that the kernel uses to forward information and events about input devices to userspace. It's not just for mice and keyboards but any device that has any sort of axis, key or button, including things like webcams and remote controls. Each device is represented as a device node in the form of /dev/input/event0, with the trailing number increasing as you add more devices. The node numbers are re-used after you unplug a device, so don't hardcode the device node into a script. The device nodes are also only readable by root, thus you need to run any debugging tools as root too.
Just a few days after informing the community about the plans for the upcoming Chapeau 24 "Cancellara" GNU/Linux distribution, developer Vince Pooley is now releasing the first Beta milestone into the wild.
Yes, you're reading it right, a first Beta of Chapeau 24 "Cancellara" is now available for download so you can get an early taste of those awesome new features that we revealed for our readers in an initial report. And, as expected, the development release is based on the Fedora 24 operating system and ships with Linux 4.7 kernel.
A new stable release of the PPSSPP free, cross-platform, and open-source PSP (PlayStation Portable) emulator application has been made available for download, version 1.3.
PPSSPP 1.3 is here seven months since the release of the previous maintenance update, namely PPSSPP 1.2, and adds various interesting additions, such as better support for Android-based Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones, as well as any device running Apple's iOS 9 or later mobile operating system.
There's also improved support for 64-bit Android TV platforms, a memory leak patch for Raspberry Pi single-board computers, the implementation of the latest FFmpeg multimedia backend, and a workaround for some rendering issues on Tegra K1 and Tegra X1 mobile processors.
The developer of Devil Daggers [Official Site] has teased a Linux version to come soon, exciting, as it looks great and has very positive reviews overall.
We have published many tutorials for hackers and security researchers. You may have noticed that most tutorials are based on Linux operating systems. Even the hacking tools out there are based on Linux barring a few which are written for Windows and Mac. The moot question here is that why do hackers prefer Linux over Mac or Windows?
Today we look at the reason why hackers always prefer Linux over Mac, Windows, and other operating systems. You may have your own reasons for choosing Linux but what do hackers really look forward to while working with Linux.
HDDCryptor Ransomware Overwrites Your MBR Using Open Source Tools [Ed: Windows ransom but the headline only says “Open Source”]
Most of the research on this infection has been done by Marinho, who says that his company was called in to investigate and fix a massive infection at a multi-national company that affected computers in its Brazil, India, and US subsidiaries.
In the complicated world of networking, problems happen. But determining the exact cause of a novel issue in the heat of the moment gets dicey. In these cases, even otherwise competent engineers may be forced to rely on trial and error once Google-fu gives out.
Luckily, there’s a secret weapon waiting for willing engineers to deploy—the protocol analyzer. This tool allows you to definitively determine the source of nearly any error, provided you educate yourself on the underlying protocol. The only catch for now? Many engineers avoid it entirely due to (totally unwarranted) dread.
A potential solution to the growing pains of Bitcoin is the use of proof-of-stake rather than proof-of-work. An attacker which has a stake in the history already on the blockchain is unlikely to jeopardize it. In proof-of-stake, the cryptocurrency is paid by the miners into the bets of the next block to win. If an attacker bets on multiple chains, then they're guaranteed to lose money. This, combined with the fact that buying a lot of currency is more expensive than a lot of computer power, makes proof-of-stake practical. We will cover Peercoin later, which does proof of stake and has other mitigations for certain attacks.
An interesting idea is vote tattling. When an attacker votes on one block with a predecessor, and then votes on another with the same predecessor, peers can observe this. They can report double voting by using the votes as cryptographically-verified evidence, and taking the attacker's vote-money.
- Patents Roundup: Disclosure Requirements, Mobile Patents, Patent Lawyers’ Plagiarism, USPTO Getting Sued, and Corporate Domination of the Patent System
- With or Without the UPC (Which Will Probably Never Happen) Battistelli is Crushing the EPO and Ejects Experienced Staff, a Future Without Examination Possible
- When EPO Liar-in-Chief Benoît Battistelli Defamed His Staff in Parliament, Comparing Them to Nazis and Criminals
Ayoub Elyasir was born and raised in Tripoli, Libya. He currently works as a data engineer at Almadar. He says he’s passionate about “humanity, technology, open source, literature and poetry,” and enjoys swimming, body building and reading. Ayoub includes Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as childhood heroes. His favorite food is grilled chicken and hummus.
Ayoub started using Linux years ago. In fact, he told us, “My migration to Linux dates back to 2008 with openSUSE 11.” Ayoub started to use Linux as a curiosity. However, today he uses Linux and open source products completely. He gradually shifted from KDE and openSUSE to Fedora with GNOME.
I'd been trying to contribute to open source for about two years. Yes. Two years. And there's one thing I can tell you with a lot of certainty—it is intimidating. It's tough to get started. You have to learn how to work within a large code base. You have to learn and adhere to a project's coding style guides. Nothing makes sense: the control flow, how different modules interact, how and why the code is organized the way it is—it's all one big maze. You need to muster a lot of courage to ask questions, dive into the code base knowing next to nothing, and keep fighting with it. (This is a generalization about how some projects operate, but many have difficulty making their projects accessible to new contributors.)
Open source communities were among the first to use the Internet to make the physical distance between people irrelevant. The Internet is a great tool, since it helps us collaborate wherever we are. It doesn't matter if you're having lunch at the Eiffel Tower or waking up in sunny San Francisco, the Internet has helped us connect people on deeper levels.
I am from Peru, and have always lived in Peru. I study in Peru, and the Internet has helped me find valuable information for projects and life in general. However, when I joined the the Linux community, my life changed radically.
The open-source video editor Avidemux, received a new maintenance update (version 2.6.14) the other day, September 17, 2016, and it is now available for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac, and Windows.
Avidemux 2.6.14 is both a feature and bugfix release, coming exactly one month after the unveiling of the previous stable build, namely Avidemux 2.6.13. According to the release notes, the new version implements automatic check for new versions of the Qt interface (check are performed once a day), re-implements support for Windows XP (for those still using it) by adding support for the MXE cross-compiler.
Kovid Goyal released yet another weekly update of his popular, cross-platform, and open-source Calibre ebook library management software for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
Kodi 17 features a huge amount of work in areas like video playback, live TV and PVR/DVR, the music library, skinning and more. It features a new default skin, as well as a new default touchscreen skinned, named Estuary and Estouchy, respectively. With all this work done over the months some bugs might slip through and were hoping to quickly squash the coming beta releases.
Sound Menu in Ubuntu’s Unity desktop, Raven’s player controls appear for all apps that sport MPRIS2 integration.
Remember The Milk, a popular web-based to-do and task management service, has introduced an official desktop Linux app to its herd of official clients.
For a over decade, the third Saturday of every September has been celebrated as Software Freedom Day in dozens of countries around the world. The free and open source software (FOSS) movement, which grew in the 1980s out of frustrations with restrictions on use of copyrighted software, has changed considerably in the last decade. Barring a few exceptions, there has been a dilution in the focus on replacing Windows’ domination of mainstream computing. But FOSS, which some people may know as Linux, still forms the backbone of our technological lives. In developing countries like India, where scaling affordable access to technology is an admitted priority of the government, the promotion and adoption of FOSS seems to be a viable and pragmatic policy decision.
Whether one is aware of it or not, FOSS is behind the majority of all computing that makes modern, digital life possible. FOSS runs most of all smartphones, supercomputers, ATMs, servers and websites around the world. In India, two massive citizen-facing projects, our railway booking website IRCTC, and Aadhaar’s online infrastructure, use Linux servers too. But why should you care for FOSS?
4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia today, September 18, about the release and immediate availability for download of the Beta development milestone of his upcoming 4MLinux 20.0 GNU/Linux operating system.
And it looks like he has some big plans for the final, stable release of 4MLinux 20.0, which should hit the streets on November 1, 2016, promising users that it will be a special version of his independent operating system for personal computers, which always includes the latest and most advanced software versions and GNU/Linux technologies.
Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.8-rc7 a few minutes ago and it's looking like this release cycle will likely drag on with a 4.8-rc8 release being likely next week.
Linus Torvalds just made his regular Sunday announcement to inform the community about the availability of the seventh and last Release Candidate (RC) development build of the forthcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series.
According to Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.8 Release Candidate 7 is once again bigger in patches than he was expected. Last week, we reported that things are calming down and that this series will be a normal one with seven RCs, but it now looks like it won't happen, and there should be one more RC released next week, September 25, 2016.
Normally rc7 is the last in the series before the final release, but by now I'm pretty sure that this is going to be one of those releases that come with an rc8. Things did't calm down as much as I would have liked, there are still a few discussions going on, and it's just unlikely that I will feel like it's all good and ready for a final 4.8 next Sunday.
Freespace 2 was released in 1999 and still to this day holds up as one of the best space shooters around, and my own personal favourite. The mix of seriously intense space battles with an interesting story I thought was really well done overall. One day I would love to see it gain another game in the series. In 2002 Volition release the source code to Freespace 2!
Despite being an avid retro gamer I've never used the GNOME Games app — and I've really been missing out.
Get yourself some augmentations no matter your operating system.
A member of the Libreboot development team has painted a picture of a lead developer who is out-of-control.
It will probably not come as a surprise to anyone who’s been following the news about Libreboot’s sudden withdrawal from the GNU Project that not everyone connected with the Libreboot project is in agreement with project lead Leah Rowe’s recent actions.
The biggest story in FOSS this week was really something of a nonstory about Libreboot suddenly leaving the GNU project. We’ve already covered the initial story, as well as responses by both RMS and the FSF, so no need to flog this horse again.
The GnuCash development team announces GnuCash 2.6.14, the fourteenth maintenance release in the 2.6-stable series. Please take the tour of all the new features.
The third release candidate to FreeBSD 11.0 is now available with this release cycle running now a few weeks behind schedule
- After McRO v Namco Case (at CAFC) the Patent Microcosm Works Overtime to Produce Pro-Software Patents Propaganda, Smear the Supreme Court
- Poor Quality Control at the US Patent Office Gives Birth to ‘Unpatent’ and Gives a Voice to Critics
- Patent Trial and Appeal Board Under Attack by Law Firms, Which Will Soon Infiltrate It in the Form of ‘Bar Association’
- EPO President Benoît Battistelli and Team UPC Are Still Lying, Don’t Believe a Word They Say
- Battistelli is Lying About Patent Quality While It Continues to Nosedive at the EPO as Part of His Neo-liberal ‘Production’ Strategy
- Battistelli and His Circle — Not Just Team UPC — Still Delusional About the Prospects of a Unified Patent Court (UPC)
- Links 18/9/2016: Emacs 25.1, Slackel 6.0.7
- Links 17/9/2016: Debian 8.6 Released, More Microsoft Layoffs and Dead Products
- Links 16/9/2016: Uber Uses GNU/Linux, Dell’s New Laptops
- Links 15/9/2016: CUPS 2.2, Copyright Undermines European Internet Users