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Fedora News

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Red Hat
  • Help FreeOrion come to Fedora

    Last month, Fedora Magazine published an article on how to compile and install FreeOrion. That article sparked some interest in open-source gaming on Fedora, and now FreeOrion is coming to Fedora.

  • Affinity Mapping and brainstorming

    We need a ‘fedora-specific’ data-field for events, because some events are Linux-wide, or open source-wide, and some are fedora-specific. We expect that ambassadors are the ones most likely to put non-fedora events into Hubs, since they may be attending/sponsoring, and don’t expect there to be non-fedora events listed without ambassador presence.

  • Xorg in Fedora-26 will use xorg-x11-drv-modesetting instead of -intel for all recent Intel GPUs

    A while back Debian has switched to using the modesetting Xorg driver rather then the intel Xorg driver for Intel GPUs.

Tizen Games

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Linux
Gaming
  • Top 20 Most Popular Tizen Apps and Games in 2016

    Tizen smartphones certainly gained further in popularity during 2016. We had the Samsung Z1, Z2 and Z3 models and we are promised more to be released during 2017. During the course of last year, we kept you updated with the Top apps/games that were being downloaded from the Tizen Store, and today we have the Tp 20 most popular Tizen apps and Games in the whole of 2016.

  • Smartphone Game: Genius Test, a good mind test game released in Tizen Store

    Hi guys, many puzzles game released have been released in the Tizen Store. But, a different type of puzzle game in mind testing game is now available. The game named Genius Test has been added by Amjad Chaudhry and copyright of I Need Play.

  • Smartphone Game: Ramble Race 2, ride on your Motorcycle

    Rample Race 2 is a game where you have to drive on a road without crashing. There are different motorcycles that you can buy using virtual money, which you collect by doing various things on the levels.

Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming
  • Steam Adds XBox Controller Rumble and EMiO PlayStation 4 "Elite" Gamepad Support

    It looks to us like Valve's engineers have decided to make a New Year's resolution to add great improvements to the Steam Client, and they're now shipping two more Beta versions for early adopters.

    Among the improvements added since our last report, we can notice that there's now XBox controller rumble support, a new option called "Turn Off Controller" that lets users shut down both the PlayStation 4 Bluetooth controller and the Sony wireless receiver that ships with it, and an updated Web control to Chromium 56.0.2924.10.

  • Observer, a new horror from the 'Layers of Fear' developer and publisher Aspyr Media announced

    It's being developed with Unreal Engine 4, so hopefully with Aspyr Media helping out, Bloober Team should be able to get a polished Linux version sorted.

  • [Older] Linux Arcade System

    How about turning your Linux system into an arcade system? Making your computer into an arcade system can make for some interesting fun. Actual arcade games that everyone had to pump quarters into all day and get nowhere, you can now do it at home without the need for quarters.

  • Discord announce their Linux client is now officially supported and out of beta

    Discord, the insanely popular chat and VOIP client primarily aimed at gamers is now officially supported on Linux and out of beta.

  • Gearend, a cute 2D non-linear exploration game built on Linux

    I was sent in Gearend [Official Site] by a reader, as it not only looks like a pretty good 2D exploration game, but it's also developed on Linux.

  • Wine-Staging 2.0 RC4 Improves FlipToGDISurface DirectDraw Handling, Adds Fixes

    It was bound to happen sooner or later, especially now that Wine 2.0 got its fourth Release Candidate (RC), and you can now test drive one of the last development release of Wine-Staging 2.0.

    The Wine Staging team have announced the availability of the Wine-Staging 2.0 RC4, based on Wine 2.0 RC4, but bringing a bunch of various improvements and bug fixes that haven't yet landed in the mainline Wine branch. Among these, we can mention better handling of FlipToGDISurface DDraw.

System76 and Dell with GNU/Linux

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GNU
Linux
  • Fans of System76 Ubuntu Linux computers can win a trip to the company's Denver headquarters

    "The last Superfan event was a resounding success, bringing together a wide range of Linux enthusiasts doing neat stuff with their System76 computers. Attendees included those working on Linux gaming content, a System76 Android app, tree-planting drones, and an open source personal assistant. During their time at the System76 headquarters the winners shared their feedback on current and future products, as well as joined the team for fun and games," says System76.

  • Dell’s Latest Laptop is $100 Cheaper If You Buy It With Ubuntu

    Dell love Linux. That’s not a bit of marketing fluff designed to look good writ large on a conference banner, but actual, tangible fact.

    Today the company announced the immediate availability of the Dell Precision 3520 mobile workstation (that’s “professional laptop” to you and Sleepy.

    Better yet buyers can save over $100 by choosing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS pre-loaded instead of Windows 10 — now that’s what you call a deal!

Linux and Graphics

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Linux
  • Linux Kernel 4.4.41 LTS Introduces Nouveau, Radeon, and PowerPC Improvements

    Greg Kroah-Hartman is on a roll, and he shows no signs of stopping delivering new maintenance updates for latest Linux kernels. After announcing the end of life for the Linux 4.8 kernel series, he's now reporting on the Linux 4.4.41 LTS kernel.

    Linux 4.4 is a long-term supported branch, currently used by Canonical in its Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system (sadly, it will be replaced by Linux 4.8 when Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS launches on January 19, 2017), as well as various other operating systems, including the popular Alpine Linux and Arch Linux distributions.

  • Linux Kernel 4.9.2 Improves Support for AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series, Dell XPS 17

    The Linux kernel is seeing a lot of improvements lately, yes again, and the newest stable Linux 4.9 series has already received its second point release, two days after Greg Kroah-Hartman's announcement for Linux kernel 4.9.1.

    With the availability of Linux kernel 4.9.1, users are now finally able to migrate from other kernel series to Linux 4.9, which is the most advanced version available on the market. But do not bother do attempt a compilation of Linux kernel 4.9.1 because Linux kernel 4.9.2 is already here, bringing lots of improvements.

  • Intel's ANV Vulkan Driver Now Supports Tessellation Shaders

    In addition to Mesa's "ANV" Intel Vulkan driver getting Float64 shader support this week, another important addition has made it into the latest Mesa Git code.

    Tessellation control and evaluation shaders are now supported within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. Obviously the Intel Mesa OpenGL driver had been supporting tessellation shaders for a while now, but up until now they weren't supported by the company's open-source Vulkan driver.

  • NVIDIA Publishes VkHLF Framework For Vulkan

Development News:

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Development
  • How to choose your first programming language

    The reasons for learning to program are as a varied as the people who want to learn. You might have a program you want to make, or maybe you just want to jump in. So, before choosing your first programming language, ask yourself: Where do you want that program to run? What do you want that program to do?

  • Go 1.8 Baking Garbage Collector Improvements, Lower Cgo Overhead

    The first release candidate of Google's Go 1.8 programming language is now available ahead of the official launch expected next month.

    Go 1.8 now has 32-bit MIPS LE/BE Linux support, this will be the last release with Linux ARMv5E/ARMv6 support (Go 1.9 will likely still support though the ARMv6K for the RPi1), the Assembler supports more instructions, the new 64-bit x86 back-end is now much more mature, and there are a variety of library changes.

  • The difference between development and deployment

    One possibility is that tools like version control systems were not designed to be used in production environments. For example, giving someone permission to push to the testing branch but not the production branch is not possible. The most common objection to this scheme is that if a vulnerability were discovered, you would want to mark certain commits as inaccessible. This would be another case of finer grained permissions; developers would have read access to all commits, but external users would not. We might need some additional engineering for existing tools to support this paradigm, but the features are easily understood and have been engineered into other software artifacts. For example, Linux (or PostgreSQL) implements the idea of fine grained permissions for different users.

ExLight Lets You Create Your Own Ubuntu with Enlightenment 0.20 and Linux 4.9

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Debian
Ubuntu

Arne Exton informs us about a new release of his Ubuntu/Debian-based ExLight 64-bit Live Linux operating system, bringing us some of the latest technologies and open-source software projects.

Based on Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) and borrowing various components from both the Debian Stable and Testing repositories, ExLight Build 170105 is now the most advanced version of the GNU/Linux distribution, shipping with a custom Linux 4.9 kernel injected with support for all the modern hardware and the Enlightenment 0.20.99.0 desktop.

These days, almost all of Arne Exton's GNU/Linux distributions come pre-installed with the Refracta tools, an open-source utility that lets users create their own live system with few mouse clicks, and ExLight Build 170105 is no different. It allows you to build your own Ubuntu live system in minutes.

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Android Leftovers

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Android

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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OSS
  • Sweden's Blockchain Land Registry to Begin Testing in March

    A public-private effort in Sweden to record land titles on a blockchain is set to begin public testing this March.

    Spearheaded by the Swedish National Land Survey and blockchain startup ChromaWay, the project was revealed in June to have support from consulting firm Kairos Future and telephone service provider Telia. Now, the project is moving ahead with the addition of two banks that specialize in mortgages, Landshypotek and SBAB, CoinDesk has learned.

    ChromaWay CEO Henrik Hjelte said that the sandbox release would seek to test the platform from a business, legal and security perspective, while allowing the public to test the interface and back-end.

  • VMware Joins Open-O to Pursue its Telco NFV Strategy

    The open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation works to enable end-to-end service orchestration via network functions virtualization (NFV) over both software-defined networks (SDN) and legacy networks.

  • Looking for Some Open Source Virtual Reality?

    For those of you who like your reality virtual and your software open, there are options — such as this nifty headset our Phil Shapiro found while searching YouTube.

  • Eagle Joins a Slew of Big Data Projects Open Sourced by Apache

    For more than a year now, we've steadily taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent times. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support. Recently, the foundation announced that Apache Kudu had graduated as a Top-Level project. Then, the news came that Apache Geode had graduated from the Apache Incubator as well. It is a very interesting open source in-memory data grid that provides transactional data management for scale-out applications needing low latency response times during high concurrent processing.

  • Decisive benefits of a good open source e-commerce

    There was a time when websites were only afforded and operated by big businesses alone. Nowadays you can easily find free basic websites online. If the free version that you are getting is not up to your standards, you can always purchase a premium one or customize the one that you currently have to suit your needs.

  • Why we need an open model to design and evaluate public policy

    In the months leading up to political elections, public debate intensifies and citizens are exposed to a proliferation of information around policy options. In a data-driven society where new insights have been informing decision-making, a deeper understanding of this information has never been more important, yet the public still hasn't realized the full potential of public policy modeling.

    At a time where the concept of "open government" is constantly evolving to keep pace with new technological advances, government policy models and analysis could be the new generation of open knowledge.

    Government Open Source Models (GOSMs) refer to the idea that government-developed models, whose purpose is to design and evaluate policy, are freely available to everyone to use, distribute, and modify without restrictions. The community could potentially improve the quality, reliability, and accuracy of policy modeling, creating new data-driven apps that benefit the public.

  • 3D designer builds open-source Metal Gear Solid inspired arm

    Jackson Gordon is an industrial design student at Philadelphia University. Gordon is the founder of Armatus Designs and was commissioned to make a 3D printed bionic hand. The project’s design was inspired by the character Venom Snake from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

  • Renault partner with OSVehicle to create an open source mass-market electric vehicle
  • Renault goes open source with next-gen electric buggy you might generously call 'a car'

    Renault is embracing open source with its new car – an electric vehicle named POM.

    As the car industry unveils its latest and greatest at the North American International Auto Show, the French carmaker is pushing the POM – which stands for Platform Open Mind – as the future of cars. The space-age golf cart, pictured above, will be powered by an open-source vehicle operating system that runs on ARM-compatible chips.

  • Improve your programming skills with Exercism

    Many of us have a 2017 goal to improve our programming skills or to learn how to program in the first place. While we have access to many resources, practicing the art of code development independent of a specific job requires some planning. Exercism.io is one resource designed for this exact purpose.

    Exercism is an open source project and service aimed at helping people level up in their programming skills using a philosophy of discovery and collaboration. Exercism provides exercises for dozens of different programming languages. Practitioners complete each exercise and then receive feedback on their response, enabling them to learn from their peer group's experience.

FOSS for Public Good

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OSS
  • Fighting Back Against Unlawful Warrants and Indefinite Gag Orders to Protect Internet Privacy and Security

    Mozilla and other major technology companies, including Amazon, Apple, Google and Twitter, are joining together in an amicus brief filing that supports Facebook’s ability to challenge both a search warrant for nearly 400 Facebook users’ data, and an indefinite gag order which forbids Facebook from notifying users about government requests for their data.

    Mozilla is joining this brief because we believe this type of lengthy, never-ending gag order ultimately infringes on the ability to control one’s online experience. This is part of our fight to protect individual privacy and security online, and to improve internet health by promoting cybersecurity and increasing transparency.

    In this case, the government argued that Facebook has no legal right to even challenge the warrant’s scope or validity, and a lower court agreed. This would mean companies like Mozilla couldn’t challenge unlawful orders we receive. And, because gag orders would prevent us from notifying users, those users wouldn’t know to challenge them either. Unlawful warrants would never see the light of day or be apparent to users. This is staggering and unacceptable.

  • Open medical records community supports new system in Mozambique

    The southern African country of Mozambique suffers under the most extreme challenges for resource-poor countries: economic instability, political strife, civil unrest, corruption and crime, unreliable infrastructure (such as transportation and telecommunications), and a large-scale HIV epidemic that has yet to be declared under control. The United Nations positions Mozambique’s Human Development Index at number 180 out of 188 countries, placing it as the eighth lowest nation in the world for the three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Over 11 percent of the adult population is infected with HIV, and approximately one in 10 children will die before their fifth birthday. Compounding Mozambique’s problems is a serious shortage of trained medical staff, with only 64 doctors and nurses per 100,000 people.

  • Clock ticking on open source voting effort as SF extends voting machine contract [Ed: recall this]

    The clock is ticking on the open source voting effort because Arntz said that the current system is becoming obsolete and in two years he plans to competitively bid for the new line of voting equipment if open source voting isn’t finalized by December 2018.

    “If the new open source voting system is not ready in two years, [John] Arntz advises that the Department of Elections plans to conduct a competitive process to lease a new voting system, removing the need for a large expenditure to purchase voting equipment,” the report reads.

    Those who support open-source voting systems argue they bring a greater level of transparency and accountability by allowing the public to have access to the source codes of the system, which is used to tabulate the votes. If The City owns the system outright it could come at a savings to taxpayers as opposed to using a private vendor.

Embedded Linux Conference in Portland

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Linux

Microsoft and Openwashing

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Microsoft

Security Leftovers

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Security

ISO File Verification - The Laziest Way Possible

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HowTos

Here's a (very) lazy way to verify ISO files without hunting down hashes.

How To Break Free From Your Computer Operating System -- If You Dare

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OS
GNU
Linux

Weary of the "awful" hour-long updates his Windows computer forced him to periodically endure, usually during prime work hours, Farhang recently abandoned his PC operating system. He switched to Linux, an open-source OS.

The result? Linux turned his laptop into a "very good Mac OS clone," he says. And the price was right. He paid nothing for the software.

If you've upgraded your computer during the holidays and also are thinking of upgrading your operating system, you might be tempted to follow Farhang. But it's not an easy path, and it's not for everyone. I know because I just tried to do it.

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Also: Why do you use Linux?

Set Up Two Factor Auth (2FA) on Your Smartphone & Linux Desktop... now.

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HowTos

Here's a tutorial to get 2FA working on both your smartphone and Linux desktop using oathtool.

Security OS Kodachi Linux 3.7 Released with Anonymous Wallpapers, Improvements

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OS
Linux

After less than two weeks since their end of year announcement, Eagle Eye Digital Solutions have announced the release of a new update of their security-oriented Linux Kodachi operating system, versioned 3.7.

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