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Story Sony agrees to pay millions to gamers to settle PS3 Linux debacle Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2016 - 7:56pm
Story Red Hat Financial News Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2016 - 7:54pm
Story Fedora: The Latest Release and More Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2016 - 7:20pm
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2016 - 6:52pm
Story Leftovers: Ubuntu Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2016 - 6:47pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2016 - 6:33pm
Story Server Administration Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2016 - 6:32pm
Story Android apps on Chromebook Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2016 - 6:10pm
Story Sean Michael Kerner at Dockercon 16 Roy Schestowitz 21/06/2016 - 6:06pm
Story As Red Hat aims for $5 billion in revenue, Linux won’t be only driver Rianne Schestowitz 21/06/2016 - 6:02pm

Samsung’s Next Smartwatch Gear S3 to be Codenamed Solis, Runs Tizen

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The Gear S2 has served as a fantastic Tizen flagship smartwatch, but now its time for the next iteration in its evolution, and according to a recent report it’s codenamed Solis. We expect this next device to run Tizen, hence the reason we are reporting it, and it will also support a circular display.

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Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Graphics Performance With NVIDIA's GTX 1070 & GTX 1080

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For your viewing pleasure this Friday is our largest Windows vs. Linux graphics/gaming performance comparison ever conducted at Phoronix in the past 12 years! With the brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards, their performance was compared under Windows 10 Pro x64 and Ubuntu 16.04 x86_64 when using the very latest NVIDIA Corp drivers for each OS. A range of Steam gaming benchmarks and more were done, including some cross-platform Vulkan graphics benchmarks. Continue on for this interesting comparison.

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Fedora Anaconda and Mint Install - Hands-on with two more Linux installers

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Last week I made a side-by-side comparison of Calamares and Ubiquity, the former a non-denominational Linux installer and the latter the Ubuntu installer.

This week, since it was just announced that Fedora 24 will be released next Tuesday, I would like to make a similar walk-through of the Fedora installer (anaconda) and the Linux Mint Debian Edition installer.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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  • Ubuntu: Quick install guide

    Honestly, modern Linux is easier, faster and less hassle to install than any recent release of Windows. That's the truth. No messing with keys, no worrying about activation and no digging out that lost install disc or USB drive.

    The beauty of Linux is that because it's free software anyone can download (or pop in a disc) and start using it. You don't even have to install anything! Linux technology and its free and easy licence means that it can be run straight off a CD or DVD.

  • Canonical Goes Snap Happy, Nextcloud 9 Released & More…

    When karma comes to visit, the one thing to remember is that in some way — which might even seem totally unrelated — you have some responsibility for that karmic bite. The best thing to do is to accept it with grace and to move on. I tell you this because that should give you a pretty fair assessment of what my life has been like since the last Week in Review.

    But it hasn’t all been bad karma. There’s been good news on the FOSS front as well…

  • Oh SNAP, and there’s the Devil

    I don’t know how else to put it. I’m sorry. It’s bad. It’s bad in my opinion, not fact. My opinion, is my expectation, will only turn fact by the time it is too late to do anything about it.

    It’s like, “why back-up anything?” — well, you’ll know when you’ve lost everything. In other words, when it is just slightly beyond way too fucking late.

  • Snappy Moves to New Platforms

    Canonical's Snappy package manager is taking its first steps outside the Ubuntu world. As of now, you can install it on Arch, Debian, Fedora and several other popular distros. And with developers like Mozilla getting behind it, it could soon become a new "universal standard".

  • Ubuntu’s SNAPS now available to other Linux Distros
  • Canonical and Chef Add DevOps Options with Habitat and Snap Packages

    DockerCon hasn't even started yet, but the channel has already seen two major open source DevOps announcements. Here's an overview of the latest news from Canonical about snap packages and Chef about its new app automation platform, Habitat.

  • App distribution for Linux just got way better

    Ubuntu's "snap" package format now works on a bunch of other popular Linux distros, including Arch, Debian, Fedora, and most of the Ubuntu flavors. It's also coming to CentOS, Mint, OpenSUSE, and even OpenWrt, among others.

  • Goodbye rpm and deb. Hello Snaps!

Security Leftovers

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  • Thursday's security updates
  • Network Security: The Unknown Unknowns

    I recently thought of the apocryphal story about the solid reliability of the IBM AS/400 systems. I’ve heard several variations on the story, but as the most common version of the story goes, an IBM service engineer shows up at a customer site one day to service an AS/400. The hapless employees have no idea what the service engineer is talking about. Eventually the system is found in a closet or even sealed in a walled off space where it had been reliably running the business for years completely forgotten and untouched. From a reliability perspective, this is a great story. From a security perspective, it is a nightmare. It represents Donald Rumsfeld’s infamous “unknown unknowns” statement regarding the lack of evidence linking the government of Iraq with the supply of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups.

  • The average cost of a data breach is now $4 million

    The average data breach cost has grown to $4 million, representing a 29 percent increase since 2013, according to the Ponemon Institute.

  • The story of a DDoS extortion attack – how one company decided to take a stand [iophk: “yet another way that cracked MS machines are big money”]

    Instead of simply ordering his company to defend itself in conventional fashion he was going to write to all 5,000 of Computop’s customers and partners telling them that on 15 June his firm’s website was likely to be hit with a DDoS attack big enough to cause everyone serious problems.

Leftovers: Software

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  • NetData : A Real-time performance monitoring tool for Linux

    NetData is a free, simple, yet useful utility that provides the real-time performance monitoring for your Linux systems, applications, SNMP devices, and visualize the result in a web browser with comprehensive detail. So, you can clearly get an idea of what is happening now, and what happened before in your Linux systems and applications. You don’t need to be an expert to deploy this tool in your Linux systems. NetData just works fine out of the box with zero configuration, and zero dependencies. Just install this utility and sit back, NetData will take care of the rest.

  • Koschei: Reducing bugs and saving time

    Koschei is a continuous integration service for RPM packages. It helps developers fix bugs as fast as possible. It tracks package dependency changes in Rawhide, the bleeding-edge, development version of Fedora. Packages whose dependencies change too much are rebuilt. Koschei logs these rebuilds, displaying dependency changes and current state.

    It tries to detect packages that fail to scratch-build from source (FTBFS) in Rawhide. (A scratch build is a short-term, temporary build Fedora doesn’t ship to users.) To do this, it builds packages from the latest available source in Koji, the Fedora build system. However, you don’t need a special Koji client for this purpose.

  • Oracle VirtualBox 5.0.22 Officially Released with Support for Linux Kernel 4.7

    Oracle has announced the release and general availability of VirtualBox 5.0.22, a new maintenance update of his open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported platforms.

Arthur Buliva: How do you Fedora?

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Arthur is from Kenya and first used Linux in 2002 when he was a freshman in college. During that time, open source software was just starting to be used in Kenya. He used Red Hat Linux 8 at the time, which he eventually upgraded to Red Hat Linux 9.

When asked about his childhood heroes, Arthur replied, “I grew up watching Indiana Jones on a VCR. Boy, did I wish I had a whip just like Indie’s!” He is an avid mountain biker and dog trainer. During the day, Arthur works as a software engineer at the United Nations office in Nairobi. At night, he interacts with open source software communities and chases after dogs he trains.

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How a student in India got started with open source

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I have always been an open source enthusiast. And when I heard about the awesome community from my brother I just couldn't wait to join in. He has always motivated me to do great things. I'm always enthusiastic to learn new things. Contributing to open source organizations, meeting amazing people and communities, and, of course, a deep interest of writing code have motivated me to join the summer training. I believe that I am able to achieve all these things after I joined the summer training and the great community DGP LUG.

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GNOME 3.21.3 unstable tarballs due (responsible: mcatanzaro

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Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-06-20 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.21.3
unstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them. Please make sure that your tarballs will
be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.21.3. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!

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On Snappy and Flatpak: business as usual in the Canonical propaganda department

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You may have read some stuff this week about an application delivery mechanism called Snappy and how it’s going to unite all distributions and kill apt and rpm!

This is, to put it diplomatically, a heaping pile of steaming bullshit. You may not be surprised to learn that said pile has been served by the Canonical press department.

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Robolinux 8.5 LTS Ships with a Free Installer, Stealth VMs for Running Windows

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Robolinux developers are announcing today, June 17, 2016, that the Robolinux 8.5 LTS "Raptor" operating system is now available for download based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux repositories.

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30 days in a terminal: Day 1 — The essentials

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Day 1 of my "I'm a ridiculous person who is going to use nothing but a Linux terminal for 30 days" experiment is complete. And it was not an easy day. Not bad. Just... challenging.

The day started as I expected it to. I fired up a terminal window and made it full screen and launched tmux—a terminal multiplexer. (I'm keeping a traditional desktop environment running in the background for a few days as a safety net while I get things working just right.)

For those new to the concept of a terminal multiplexer, think of it like a tiled window manager (multiple windows arranged in a non-overlapping fashion)—only just for terminals. That way you can have multiple shell sessions (and multiple applications) running at the same time within the same terminal.

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pfSense 2.3.1 FreeBSD Firewall Gets New Update to Patch Web GUI Security Issues

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Chris Buechler from pfSense announced earlier today, June 16, 2016, that there's a new maintenance update available for the pfSense 2.3.1 FreeBSD-based firewall distribution.

pfSense 2.3.1 Update 5 (2.3.1_5) is a small bugfix release for the pfSense 2.3.1 major update announced last month, and since pfSense now lets its maintainers update only individual parts of the system, we see more and more small builds like this one, which patch the most annoying issues.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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A Brief Look At Fedora 24

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With the install done and the system rebooted, I was greeted with the default desktop. First impression? It's clean, and it looks nice. It's the exact same desktop, minus the changed wallpaper, that has been featured a few releases. But, for some reason, this new release just feels... cleaner. Maybe it's the crisper fonts the activity bar; maybe it's the darker wallpaper that pairs better with the black along the top; maybe I just like the new wallpaper more than past releases. Additionally, the animations feel smoother. I'm not sure if that's a side effect of Wayland, or if the developers sped up the animation speed slightly, but, whatever it is, I appreciate the slickness.

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It's Finally Coming, Fedora 24 Linux Has Been Approved for Landing on June 21

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Yes, it's finally coming, the highly anticipated Fedora 24 Linux operating system has been approved for landing next week, June 21, 2016, when users can start upgrading their current Fedora 23 installations.

After four delays, Fedora 24 has a final release date, as the Fedora developers today, June 16, 2016, announced, immediately after the second Fedora 24 Final Go/No-Go meeting took place.

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Also: Fedora 24 Is Cleared For Landing Next Week

OpenHPC Establishes Leadership & Releases Initial Software Stack

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Today the Linux Foundation announced a set of technical, leadership and member investment milestones for OpenHPC, a Linux Foundation project to develop an open source framework for High Performance Computing environments.

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  • Open Source NFV Part Four: Open Source MANO
    Defined in ETSI ISG NFV architecture, MANO (Management and Network Orchestration) is a layer — a combination of multiple functional entities — that manages and orchestrates the cloud infrastructure, resources and services. It is comprised of, mainly, three different entities — NFV Orchestrator, VNF Manager and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). The figure below highlights the MANO part of the ETSI NFV architecture.
  • After the hype: Where containers make sense for IT organizations
    Container software and its related technologies are on fire, winning the hearts and minds of thousands of developers and catching the attention of hundreds of enterprises, as evidenced by the huge number of attendees at this week’s DockerCon 2016 event. The big tech companies are going all in. Google, IBM, Microsoft and many others were out in full force at DockerCon, scrambling to demonstrate how they’re investing in and supporting containers. Recent surveys indicate that container adoption is surging, with legions of users reporting they’re ready to take the next step and move from testing to production. Such is the popularity of containers that SiliconANGLE founder and theCUBE host John Furrier was prompted to proclaim that, thanks to containers, “DevOps is now mainstream.” That will change the game for those who invest in containers while causing “a world of hurt” for those who have yet to adapt, Furrier said.
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    Converged data vendor MapR has launched a new global partner program for resellers and distributors to leverage the company's integrated data storage, processing and analytics platform.
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    Activision Publishing, a computer games publisher, uses a Mesos-based platform to manage vast quantities of data collected from players to automate much of the gameplay behavior. To address a critical configuration management problem, James Humphrey and John Dennison built a rather elegant solution that puts all configurations in a single place, and named it Pheidippides.
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    The platform includes a large number of tools including Logstash, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and Kibana.
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Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First off, there are still plenty of industrial applications that don’t need much CPU horsepower, and second, the Compute Module is still the only COM based on Raspberry Pi hardware, although the cheaper, somewhat COM-like Raspberry Pi Zero, which has the same 700MHz processor, comes close. Read more

DAISY: A Linux-compatible text format for the visually impaired

If you're blind or visually impaired like I am, you usually require various levels of hardware or software to do things that people who can see take for granted. One among these is specialized formats for reading print books: Braille (if you know how to read it) or specialized text formats such as DAISY. Read more