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Story NHS Cautionary Tale About Windows Roy Schestowitz 13/05/2017 - 11:04am
Story Windows Chaos Rianne Schestowitz 13/05/2017 - 5:46am
Story Here comes Treble: A modular base for Android Rianne Schestowitz 13/05/2017 - 12:48am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 11:51pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 10:02pm
Story Red Hat News Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 10:01pm
Story Tizen and Android Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 10:00pm
Story Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 9:59pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 9:32pm
Story Wine 2.8 Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 9:07pm

Release Notes for Grml 2017.05-rc1 - codename Freedatensuppe

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Grml is a Debian based live system focusing on the needs of system administrators. This Grml release provides fresh software packages from Debian testing (AKA stretch) and is the first Grml release using systemd as its init system. As usual it also incorporates up to date hardware support and fixes known bugs from the previous Grml release.

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Also: Debian GNU/ Linux 8.8 Released

Mark Shuttleworth Reaffirms Commitment to Desktop, Canonical IPO Talk

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  • Mark Shuttleworth: Ubuntu on the Desktop Will Remain Important to Canonical

    The OpenStack Summit 2017 event kicked off today in Boston, MA, and Canonical's CEO Mark Shuttleworth was there to discuss the upcoming plans for Ubuntu on the desktop, cloud computing, and IoT (Internet of Things).

    The Canonical and Ubuntu founder was interviewed there by theCUBE, who were very curious to know what is the state of Ubuntu Linux these days, now that Mark Shuttleworth shocked the Open Source community when he announced last month that development of the Unity interface is shut down, along with the convergence vision.

  • Mark Shuttleworth Says Ubuntu Desktop “Remains Really Important”

    Mark Shuttleworth has reiterated that the Ubuntu desktop “remains really important” to Canonical.

    He made the comments in an interview with The Cube at the OpenStack Summit 2017 taking place in the USA this week.

    Asked to describe the current state of Ubuntu following last month’s announcement that Canonical is to end investment in Ubuntu Phone, Unity 8, convergence, the Ubuntu founder admitted that Ubuntu ‘failed’ to take Ubuntu mainstream in personal computing.

  • My Current Ubuntu Desktop (And How You Can Recreate It)

    As you may have heard me mention in the latest episode of the Ubuntu Podcast, I’ve been ankle deep in GNOME extensions these past few weeks. Why? Well, like many of you I have made a preëmptive switch to GNOME Shell now that Unity is being left to the cobwebs.

  • Canonical starts IPO path

    At OpenStack Summit, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth revealed in an interview that the recent changes in the Linux and cloud power were to ready Canonical for an IPO.

    In early April, Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu Linux was ending its " investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell." Ubuntu had long been a cloud power, and it's been building its Internet of Things (IoT) reputation. Soon thereafter, Canonical CEO Jane Silber announced she was stepping down and that Shuttleworth would return as CEO.

Red Hat News

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  • The future of middleware lies in orchestrating the architecture, says Red Hat

    Enterprise adoption of containers and microservices continues to grow, driven by increased developer efficiency and support microservices. This type of architecture, however, does not come without challenges. And this week during Red Hat Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, Red Hat Inc. announced OpenShift Application Runtimes to mitigate those obstacles and accelerate a cloud-native environment.

    “One of the things that has continued to be an actual challenge, at least a perceived challenge in the minds of would-be microservices architects, is: ‘How do I manage all the stuff?’” said Mich Piech (pictured, right), vice president and general manager of middleware at Red Hat.

  • Can Red Hat juju sell more OpenStack than OpenStack can?

    OpenStack got some play at last week’s 2017 Red Hat Summit, with keynote speakers giving the open-source infrastructure project nods. But there remains some mystery as to how much OpenStack customers are consuming from Red Hat Inc.’s offerings.

    “OpenStack manages resources — whether its compute, network, storage resources,” said Jim Whitehurst (pictured), president and chief executive officer of Red Hat.

  • ​Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11 released

    How serious is Red Hat about OpenStack? Serious enough that when it announced Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11, the latest version of of its massively scalable and agile Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud, at OpenStack Summit, it based it on February's OpenStack "Ocata" release.

  • Red Hat OpenShift opens doors for container-based mobile app dev

    The Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform furthers its partnership with Amazon Web Services with a new integration that makes it easier for developers to build and deploy apps in containers.

  • Red Hat rolls out the announcements at its annual summit

    Last week open source company Red Hat held its annual summit. I didn't actually attended the event, but I took the opportunity to follow along virtually. Many of my analyst friends were there, and between their missives, some back-channel conversations and interaction with their AR/PR team, I got a pretty good handle on what was up.

    This comes at an interesting time for Red Hat. Its original business, Red Hat Linux in all its flavors, is going well, but newer open-source initiatives (OpenStack, OpenShift, Docker, etc.) have muddied the waters and created a requirement for Red Hat to embrace different areas.

    Historically, I’ve found Red Hat a difficult organization to engage with. They seem to get a little prickly about criticism (whether constructive or not), and defensiveness seems to be something of a core operating model for them. That said, having a view of the event from a distance gives me a chance to tell it like I see it.

  • The GPU Open Analytics Initiative, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11, AIY Projects, and NVIDIA’s VRWorks SDK — SD Times news digest: May 8, 2017

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Financial services organisations are “waking up” to finding talent through open source

    Symphony, the Google-backed chat tool touted as the “Bloomberg Killer” has the backing of the vast majority of investment banks – Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Jefferies, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Wells Fargo have all invested – and it now has big asset managers like BlackRock and Citadel.

    While the secure cloud-based chat tool gets most of the headlines, there’s a sister, non-profit organisation called the Symphony Software Foundation, which promotes open-source software collaboration and is quietly capturing the attention of financial services organisations by uncovering coding talent. Gabriele Columbro, an executive director at the firm, says that open source development creates opportunities for developers that just wouldn’t be there otherwise.

  • MapD Open Sources High-Speed GPU-Powered Database
  • MapD Technologies Open Sources Lightning-Fast GPU-Powered Database
  • Open source drives ‘composable infrastructure’

    Today’s software world is growing ever more cloudy and every more fragmented. We have myriad programming languages, numerous application platforms and services-oriented architectures (yes, but not the dusty ones of yesteryear!)


    Composable infrastructure is right for this because, for instance, not every data store is right for every customer, he pointed out. And open-source is the source of many of these parts, he said. “Google uses open source to build critical parts of our infrastructure. Google Cloud is an extension of that. Developers will build their own tools using Python or Go… programming languages we invented that are the foundation for cloud computing around containers.”

  • Open source can protect your virtualised network. Here’s how.

    Virtualisation has been a hot topic in telecommunications for nearly half a decade, and security concerns have remained an ever-present feature. This is not surprising given the extent to which NFV/SDN is transforming the industry and the many ‘known unknowns’ this entails.

    As networks migrate from hardware to software, and ‘walled gardens’ turn into much more open cloud-like architectures, so security risks increase.

    Throwing open source software development into the mix adds a further layer of complexity.

  • 3000 Reviews on the ODRS

    The Open Desktop Ratings service is a simple Flask web service that various software centers use to retrieve and submit application reviews. Today it processed the 3000th review, and I thought I should mark this occasion here. I wanted to give a huge thanks to all the people who have submitted reviews; you have made life easier for people unfamiliar with installing software much easier. There are reviews in over a hundred different languages and over 600 different applications have been reviewed.

Events: OpenStack Summit and OSCAL

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  • OpenStack Summit: The Golden (Channel) Age Of Open Source

    Some of us remember when running any production workload on Linux was considered living dangerously. My, have times changed. Last week, I spent some time at the largest-yet Red Hat Summit, along with about 6,000 other attendees. All three big public cloud vendors had booths on the expo floor — in fact, Microsoft was a platinum sponsor. Cisco, HPE, IBM, Juniper, Oracle and other household names jockeyed for attention with the likes of Big Switch, Black Duck and NuoDB.

  • OPNFV Membership Grows as Community Hosts OPNFV Open Source Day at OpenStack Summit

    OpenStack Summit -- The OPNFV Project, an open source project that facilitates the development and evolution of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) components across various open source ecosystems through integration, deployment, and testing, today announced China SDN/NFV Industry Alliance, a 50+-member alliance focused on increasing the readiness of SDN/NFV, and Netscout, a leading provider of business assurance, have joined the project.

  • Visiting Kamailio World (Sold Out) and OSCAL’17

    Kamailio World features a range of talks about developing and using SIP and telephony applications and offers many opportunities for SIP developers, WebRTC developers, network operators and users to interact. Wednesday, at midday, there is a Dangerous Demos session where cutting edge innovations will make their first (and potentially last) appearance.


    On Saturday I'll be giving a workshop about the Debian Hams project and Software Defined Radio. On Sunday I'll give a talk about Free Real-time Communications (RTC) and the alternatives to systems like Skype, Whatsapp, Viber and Facebook.

Openwashing and Microsoft, Antitrust Déjà Vu

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  • Microsoft contributing Open-Source OPC UA stack [Ed: Microsoft openwashing of .NET, which is NOT "Open Source" but at best Open Core]
  • Nuanced Déjà Vu in Microsoft's Desktop Monopoly

    When I was in late high school, which was in the early days of this blog, I had recently switched to Linux and was essentially an evangelist, singing its praises and loudly cursing the misdeeds of Microsoft with respect to the desktop market; many of my blog posts at that time were in that vein. In the nearly 8 years since then, I, my blog, Linux, Microsoft, and the consumer device market have all evolved and matured: I've become less evangelistic and more realistic about many things (or so I'd like to think), my blog has correspondingly shifted focus in various ways, Linux distributions have become less of a "wild west" than they were 8 years ago and have gained more support for popular things like proprietary video drivers and game platforms like Steam, Microsoft has been more open about supporting free and open-source software initiatives, and the consumer device market has shifted much more toward mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets which are very different from the desktops, laptops, and netbooks of 8 years ago (the latter of which doesn't really exist anymore as it once did). That said, I recently read a post on Slashdot (original article by Brian Fagioli of Betanews) about how Microsoft is locking the configuration settings for changing the default browser (Microsoft Edge) and search engine (Bing) choices in Windows 10 S, which is its version of Microsoft Windows 10 designed for lower-end hardware used in schools. For the sake of old times, I thought it might be nice to post about it, but hopefully with a bit more nuance than what I was capable of 8 years ago (and with the benefit of having seen the last 8 years of intervening technological development).


    Overall, I don't think Microsoft really has the leverage to ensure total dominance of its own web browser that it did 16 years ago. Too many ordinary consumers have moved onto other browsers and other platforms entirely. The default browser issue will only affect the rare cases of opening specific locally-hosted HTML and similar files, so for all other cases, users can put their preferred browser shortcut on the main screen or menu of Microsoft Windows 10. While it certainly pays to be vigilant about anticompetitive behavior and trends toward proprietary software, I don't see a need to hyperventilate like I might have 8 years ago.

Oracle fires Java warning at IBM and Red Hat

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  • Oracle fires Java warning at IBM and Red Hat

    Oracle has hit out at IBM and Red Hat Middleware for their continued opposition to its proposed plan to make Java modular.

    Mark Reinhold, Oracle’s Java Platform chief, has called IBM’s position on the Java 9 Module System (JPMS) "disappointing", "surprising" and a threat to Java.

    IBM has suggested it will vote against the JPMS JSR that Reinhold leads – JSR 376. The result for the Community vote on JPMS is due to be announced on June 8.

  • Falcon: A New, Faster JIT Compiler For Java/JVM

    Last week Azul Systems released a new version of its Zing runtime for Java. With the new version of Zing comes a new JIT compiler dubbed "Falcon" for offering faster Java performance.

Android Leftovers

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LinuxAndUbuntu Distro Review Of The Week Bodhi Linux

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​Bodhi Linux is essentially one of those distributions which try to bring your old PC back to life but at the same time, tries to make it look like it is still keeping up with the latest trends in Design and Interface. And with every new release, its community is growing larger and larger. We will look at the latest release which comes with a new theme and more bug fixes (more on this later).

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Linux 3.18.52

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I'm announcing the release of the 3.18.52 kernel.

All users of the 3.18 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 3.18.y git tree can be found at:
git:// linux-3.18.y
and can be browsed at the normal git web browser:

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A Variety Of KVM Changes For Linux 4.12, Supports MIPS Hardware Virtualization

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The Kernel-based Virtual Machine changes have been submitted for the Linux 4.12 kernel merge window.

There are plenty of KVM changes as usual for this next kernel cycle. Some of the work for KVM on ARM includes improved PMU support and virtual interrupt controller improvements. MIPS meanwhile has picked up basic support for hardware virtualization when using Imagination P5600/P6600/I6400 or Cavium Octeon III hardware.

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A proposal to remerge OpenWRT and LEDE

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It appears that the OpenWRT and LEDE communities are about to vote on a proposal covering many of the details behind merging the two projects (which forked one year ago) back together. The plan appears to be to go forward with the OpenWRT name, but with the LEDE repository; domain names would be transferred to SPI.

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MariaDB raises $27.3 Million

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  • MariaDB raises $27.3 mln

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced a EUR 25m funding of MariaDB, the company behind the fastest growing Open Source database, to support the company’s next stage of growth and database innovation. This EIB operation is guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a key element of the European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe, aiming at reviving investment in strategic projects around Europe.

  • MariaDB Raises €25m in Funding

    MariaDB, a Menlo Park, California-based provider of the MariaDB open source database, raised €25m in funding.

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) provided the funding, which is guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).

  • EIB backs open source database MariaDB with €25m

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has given €25 million in funding to open source database provider, MariaDB.

    This investment has been offered in order for MariaDB to increase its global client base as part of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a long term plan drafted by the European Commission.

  • Open Source database developer MariaDB picks up $27M from the EIB

    As open source database architecture continues to grow in popularity, one of the bigger developers in the area has picked up some funding to target the opportunity.

  • Open source database MariaDB secures €25m EIB funding

    The European Investment Bank likes what it sees in MariaDB, putting €25m into the open source database for expected growth in the coming years.

    The European Investment Bank’s (EIB) activities throughout the EU have proved quite interesting in recent years.

Debian-Based OSMC Linux Media Center Updated with Better Raspberry Pi Support

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While we were waiting for the final Mesa 17.1.0 3D Graphics Library to hit the streets this past weekend, Collabora's Emil Velikov is today announcing the availability of the fourth and last Release Candidate (RC) milestone.

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Raspberry Pi Zero W, hands-on: A very welcome new member of the family

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The Raspberry Pi Zero W was announced on February 28th. I started trying to get one as soon as I saw the announcement. I finally succeeded on May 3rd.

Those two months of delay and frustration say a lot about the overwhelming demand for the Raspberry Pi in general, and the Pi Zero models in particular, so I will start with a brief description of that before getting into the main hands-on portion of this post.

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Chuwi LapBook 12.3 is a 2K Ubuntu Laptop for $329

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Chinese computer company Chuwi plan to release an Ubuntu powered laptop.

The Chuwi LapBook 12.3 is a thin, all-metal clamshell notebook with a 12.3-inch 2K display.

Never heard of Chuwi? Me either.

Though the company is far from a household name it carving out a name for its self making a slate of well-received Windows 10 tablets, and 2-in-1’s — one of which even dual-boots with Android.

And now they’re apparently turning their attention to Ubuntu.

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Upcoming Conferences: ApacheCon and oSC17

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  • 3 Developers Explain Why They Attend ApacheCon

    ApacheCon North America is right around the corner. Everyone is looking forward to this year’s event May 16-18 in Miami. There’s plenty new to see, hear, and do this year but that’s not the only attraction for developers.

    The annual conference of The Apache Software Foundation is where users and contributors meet face-to-face to collaborate on the next generation of cloud, Internet, and Big Data tech. The Apache community is huge and has upwards of 4500 committers. There is ample opportunity to meet MVPs and project heroes plus swap war stories with fellow developers in the trenches.

  • Excited about oSC17? Volunteer to experience another aspect of it!

    oSC17 is just around the corner, and if you want to be part of making it awesome you can now sign up to become a volunteer!

    Volunteers are invaluable to conferences, and they play a major role in creating a pleasant conference atmosphere for attendees.

Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Worms W.M.D updated with a free game mode 'Forts'

    Worms W.M.D [Steam, Official Site] has just received a fresh update to add in a free game mode about battling with Forts, an apparent fan-favourite mode from earlier games.

    You pick an animated fort, a special tactical item of your choice like a Sentry Gun or a Health Crate and then it's all-out war. Forts also get a flag composed of your Steam profile picture, I can see that being abused...

  • Hot Guns, a fast-paced action platformer that reminds me of Broforce

    I absolutely adored Broforce after completing it, so I'm really happy that Hot Guns [Steam, Official Site] supports Linux as it does remind me of it. The game released recently without much fanfair, which is a shame as it's great.

  • The Culling is currently broken on Linux, with no reply from the developer

    In another case of a game developer seemingly not caring about the Linux version, The Culling [Steam] is currently broken on Linux with no reply from the developer when asking about it.

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  • Nextcloud 12 Officially Released, Adds New Architecture for Massive Scalability
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  • Sprint Debuts Open Source NFV/SDN Platform Developed with Intel Labs
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    Open-sourcing is more than throwing code over the wall and hoping somebody uses it. I knew this in theory, but being part of the TensorFlow team at Google has opened my eyes to how many different elements you need to build a community around a piece of software.
  • IRC for the 21st Century: Introducing Riot
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Tizen News: Phones and TVs

  • Tizen 3.0-powered Samsung Z4 now available with offline retailers in india
    The Samsung Z4, the fourth smartphone in Samsung’s Z series and a successor to the Z2 (and not the Z3, as many would assume), has been formally announced and made an appearance at the Tizen Developer Conference (TDC 2017) this past week. The Z4 was rumoured to make its way to India on May 19th (Friday) and it did – arriving with offline retailers after launching in the country last Monday (one week ago).
  • Samsung 2017 QLED TVs World First to support autocalibration for HDR
  • Samsung approves You.i TV video platform for Tizen TV app development
    While Samsung has developed Tizen TV apps using JavaScript, You.i TV’s Engine Video app runs on Native Client (NACL), a web technology that does not only allows C++ applications to run in a standard browser but is said to be 24 times faster than JavaScript. Now that Samsung has approved You.i TV’s video engine platform, developers can craft more video content for Tizen Smart TV owners.
  • Samsung Smart TV gets a new Glympse app that enables location sharing on the TV
    Samsung Smart TV, powered by the intuitive, self-developed Tizen operating system, has gotten a cool new app which enables consumers to view the location of their friends, loved ones or even a pizza delivery or cable technician in real-time directly from their home’s largest screen. The new app is developed by Glympse, the leading real-time location services platform.

How To Encrypt DNS Traffic In Linux Using DNSCrypt

​Dnscrypt is a protocol that is used to improve DNS security by authenticating communications between a DNS client and a DNS resolver. DNSCrypt prevents DNS spoofing. It uses cryptographic signatures to verify that responses originate from the chosen DNS resolver and haven’t been tampered with. DNSCrypt is available for multi-platforms including Windows, MacOS, Unix, Android, iOS, Linux and even routers. Read

Debian-Based Untangle 13.0 Linux Firewall Tackles Bufferbloat, Adds New Features

Untangle NG Firewall, the open-source and powerful Debian-based network security platform featuring pluggable modules for network apps, has been updated to version 13.0, a major release adding new features and numerous improvements. The biggest improvement brought by the Untangle NG Firewall 13.0 release is to the poor latency generated by excess buffering in networking equipment, called bufferbloat, by supporting a queueing algorithm designed to optimize QoS and bandwidth to enforce a controlled delay. Read more