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Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 9:52am
Story Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 9:52am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 9:50am
Story Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 9:50am
Story Security News Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 9:35am
Story Best Linux Desktop for Customization Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 8:44am
Story Beware: Windows 10 Signature Edition Blocks Installing Linux Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 8:23am
Story Open source machine vision board and robot run Linux and Arduino Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 7:07am
Story Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Officially Released for All Ubuntu Phones and Tablets Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 7:05am
Story SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Now Includes GCC 6.2, GNU Binutils 2.26.1 & GDB 7.11.1 Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 7:03am

Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming

Linaro Still Working On TEE For The Linux Kernel, The Trusted Execution Environment

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Linux
Hardware

Besides the Greybus subsystem being right around the corner for the mainline Linux kernel, it might not be too much longer before the TEE subsystem is ready. TEE is now up to its 12th patch revision and is about trusted computing.

Linaro developers and other stakeholders continue working on TEE, the Trusted Execution Environment. The Trusted Execution Environment is for securely interfacing with a "trusted" OS running in a secure environment or on a separate co-processor. The TEE driver of this new Linux subsystem handles the communication between the host Linux OS and whatever is the trusted TEE implementation. Of course, given Linaro's involvement, the primary focus of TEE is on better supporting ARM TrustZone.

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Linux Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
  • ARB_ES3_2_compatibility Turned On For Intel Broadwell And Newer

    The Intel Mesa OpenGL driver now exposes the ARB_ES3_2_compatibility extension.

    The Intel i965 Mesa DRI driver has already supported the necessary extensions for OpenGL ES 3.2 support while this ARB_ES3_2_compatibility extension signifies that features found in GLES 3.2 but missing from OpenGL 4.5 are present in the desktop GL driver. This extension makes it easier for bringing mobile OpenGL ES programs to the desktop.

  • Southern Islands Support Will Come To AMDGPU On Linux 4.9

    One month after the first AMDGPU feature pull of new functionality for DRM-Next to in turn land in Linux 4.9, the second feature pull request has now been sent out and it presents experimental Southern Islands (GCN 1.0) support for AMDGPU.

  • Fun Friday For RadeonSI: Laying 64-Bit Integers, ARB_query_buffer_object
  • Windows-DRI Extension Added For X.Org Server 1.19

    In continuation of yesterday's article about Mesa Gets Improved For Running On Windows With Cygwin, the Windows-DRI extension has landed in the X.Org Server code-base.

    This is about improving the OpenGL/GLX support on Windows in a similar manner to the X.Org Server on Mac OS X, with the primary benefactor to this being applications running under Cygwin. See yesterday's article for some more details.

Samsung starts distributing Tizen devices to Russia’s Gazprom

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Linux

We have another Tizen story coming from Russia, where the platform has been doing very well. Tizen based smartphones like the Samsung Z3 are being actively used by Russia’s business and corporate sector as well as Government officials. Gazprom, which is Russia’s as well as the world’s largest Natural Gas company have now come up with a pact with Samsung to use Tizen based smartphones. To understand the kind of scale of this agreement is, it would be helpful to know that Gazprom has a global gas reserve share of 17 percent and 72 percent in Russia. Gazprom is also involved in the Russian Government’s diplomatic efforts; distortions of gas prices, and access to pipelines.

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Wine 1.9.19 Released with Better Joystick Support, World of Tanks Improvements

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Software

The Wine software has been updated today, September 16, 2016, to version 1.9.19, a development milestone towards Wine 2.0, bringing various bug fixes and improvements.

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Also: Wine 1.9.19 Brings Input Improvements, DC Rendering In Direct2D

Monitoring open source software key for DevOps shops

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OSS

Open source software is all the rage, as the DevOps movement advances, but it's important to keep track of it carefully for licensing and security purposes.

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Good things come from projects that fail

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OSS

Without realizing it, I joined the open source movement in 1999 during the midst of the Kosovo refugee crisis. I was part of a team helping route aid supplies to local humanitarian organizations running transit camps across Albania. These are the camps that refugees often arrived at first before being moved to larger, more formal camps.

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10 GNOME Shell Extensions You Should Be Using

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GNOME

When GNOME Shell (aka GNOME 3) dropped into the world of Linux, many criticized it for not being flexible enough. The new-look GNOME was seen as a step backward in productivity and efficiency. GNOME however had a few tricks up its sleeve to silence such naysayers. One such trick is GNOME Shell Extensions, which bring some much-needed configuration options to the GNOME 3 desktop environment. Offering everything from aesthetics to actual productivity, there’s a GNOME Shell Extension to fill whatever void you see in the latest version of GNOME.

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EU FOSSA publishes core sections of its deliverables

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GNU
OSS

To promote the exchange of comments made by the Free and Open Source Software communities, the EU FOSSA project points out some specific sections of the deliverables he produced so far. By consulting these chapters, you have a more direct insight to what the project team consider as the most relevant information.

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Best Android Phone Under $100

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Android

It's possible to get a decent Android experience, even on a shoestring — and unsurprisingly Motorola dominates this field.

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Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.17 Tool for Creating Snaps on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Ubuntu

Today, September 16 2016, Canonical's Sergio Schvezov was proud to announce the release of yet another maintenance update to the Snapcraft tool that helps application developers package their apps as Snaps for Ubuntu and other Linux OSes.

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Nextcloud and Canonical Introduce Nextcloud Box to Create Your Own Private Cloud

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OSS
Ubuntu

Today, September 16, 2016, Nextcloud informs Softpedia about the launch of a new hardware product, the first in the company's history, in collaboration with Canonical and WDLabs.

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • Linux Kernel 4.4.21 LTS Is a Big Update with Over 200 Changes, Update Now

    Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.4 as the latest stable and most advanced kernel version, Greg Kroah-Hartman published details about the twenty-first maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series.

  • Linux Kernel 4.7.4 Updates GPU Drivers, Adds OverlayFS and EXT4 Improvements

    Today, September 15, 2016, renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the Linux community about the availability of the fourth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series.

    Linux kernel 4.7.4 is now the most advanced stable kernel that exists for GNU/Linux operating systems. However, looking at its appended shortlog and the diff from the previous maintenance version, namely Linux kernel 4.7.3, we can't help but notice that the changes implemented in today's release are pretty small in number. Only 59 files were changed, with 614 insertions and 282 deletions.

  • Got the writing bug? An introduction to bibisco

    The writing bug bit me again recently, so I started seeking alternatives and came across bibisco. The application is a personal project of Andrea Feccomandi, who is its sole author. It's licensed under the GPLv2, and freely downloadable from the website, with builds for Windows and 32- or 64-bit Linux. The source code is available on GitHub.

  • [Older] The Top 10 Linux Distributions Of All Time

    Distrowatch started their much discussed ranking system in 2002.

    Whilst only a guide to the success of a distribution it provides an interesting historical view over how the Linuxsphere has changed in the past 14 years.

    Each distribution has a page counter which counts the hits it receives each day and these are counted up and used as a hits per day count for the Distrowatch rankings. To prevent abuse only 1 page count is registered from each IP address per day.

    Now the merits of the numbers and how accurate they are may be up for debate but hopefully the following list will be an interesting insite into the history of Linux.

    This list looks at the rankings since 2002 and highlights the distributions that have hit the top ten in any given year.

    There are some interesting facts to accompany this list. For instance there is only 1 distribution that has been in the top 10 throughout all 14 years although if you count Red Hat and Fedora as one distribution then you could say 2.

    Another interesting fact is that only 3 Linux distributions have ever held the top spot at the end of any given year. You can get one point for each distribution you name.

    28 distributions have appeared in the top 10 in the past 14 years proving that whilst it maybe easy to rise to success it is just as easy to fall out of favour.

    This list is in alphabetical order because it would be hard to do it on rankings as they fluctuate so much per distribution.

  • Rugged, fanless Skylake box-PC has triple GbE and dual HDMI

    Aaeon’s rugged, fanless “Boxer-6639” industrial box-PC features 6th Gen Intel (Skylake) processors plus triple GbE, dual HDMI, and six RS-232/422/485 ports.

  • Open Files Faster With Bookmarks Indicator for Ubuntu
  • Avoid ACCIDENTAL ALL CAPS With This Nifty Indicator Applet
  • [How To] Get Android Notifications on the Ubuntu Desktop

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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OSS

Dell XPS 13 With GNU/Linux Improved

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GNU
Linux
  • Dell XPS 13 Returns With Kaby Lake, Ubuntu, Rose Gold Finish

    Dell joined the Intel Kaby Lake party and announced that the latest update to its XPS 13 notebook PC will feature the new 7th generation (Kaby Lake) processors. The company will also offer a developer version of the lightweight laptop that comes loaded with Ubuntu, and the XPS 13 received a new color option in the form of Rose Gold.

    The Dell XPS 13 is the company’s thinnest and lightest laptop offering, weighing in starting at 2.7 lbs. and coming as thin as 9mm. The machined-aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, along with the display’s Corning Gorilla Glass, gives the device a durable, yet sleek construction.

  • Windows 10 haters: Try Linux on Kaby Lake chips with Dell's new XPS 13

    Rejoice Linux fans; the OS will work on laptops with Intel's Kaby Lake chips.

    Three new models of Dell's slick XPS 13 Developer Edition will be available with Ubuntu OS and 7th Generation Core processors in the U.S. and Canada starting on Oct. 10.

  • Dell updates Torvalds' preferred XPS 13 laptop: New Intel chips, rose-gold finish

    Dell has refreshed its popular XPS 13 laptop with Intel's seventh-generation Core processors. The update brings a longer battery life, among other improvements, and a new rose-gold option for those who want a change from the usual silver.

    The move brings Dell's XPS 13 in line with other hardware carrying Intel's new chips, such as the recently-released Lenovo Yoga 910.

Red Hat News

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Red Hat

KDE and GNOME

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KDE
GNOME
  • KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Now Available In Beta Form
  • KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Now in Beta, to Offer a Unified Look, GTK+ Support on Wayland

    Today, September 15, 2016, KDE developer and ex-Kubuntu maintainer Jonathan Riddell has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the Beta preview of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS desktop environment.

    Now that KDE Plasma 5.7 series reached end of life two days ago with the release of the fifth maintenance update, KDE Plasma 5.7.5, it is time for us to look further to the next major version, KDE Plasma 5.8, which not only it will be supported for two years as the first LTS (Long Term Support) Plasma desktop, but will also offer a comprehensive list of new features and improvements.

  • GNOME 3.21.92 Is The Final Step Before Next Week's GNOME 3.22

    GNOME 3.21.92 was announced this morning as GNOME 3.22 RC2, which serves as the final development milestone prior to next week's official GNOME 3.22.0 official desktop debut.

  • GNOME Weather METAR Data Fixed In New Update Rolling Out Now

    A quick follow up to the issue of broken weather forecasts in GNOME Weather on Ubuntu 16.04: they’re working again! Not automatically, obviously. If you’re running Ubuntu 16.04 you’ll need to install any pending updates, among them new bindings for the ‘libgweather’ library that adds support for the new METAR data bindings.

Memory Lane, Cooking w/ Linux, Red Hat's New Digs

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-s

Earlier this year a Red Hat logo was spotted at 300 A Street in Boston sparking rumors of an expansion. Well, today it was confirmed. In other news, Gary "the Everyday Linux User" walked us down memory lane with a glance back at distributions that graced the top 10 at Distrowatch.com. Marcel Gagne has put "Cooking With Linux" on YouTube and another project has jumped the GNU ship.

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Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • A Promising New eBook Reader for Linux Appears

    I don’t spend as much time reading as I should, even though I own a Kindle and an Android tablet.

    It’s not that I have a shortage of things to read, either. I have a huge backlog of eBooks.

    The reason is simple that when I’m “idling” I’m typically in front a regular computer, be it my desktop or a laptop.

    I’ve been on the hunt for a simple, straight-forward ePub reader app for the Linux desktop. Calibre is overkill (not to mention more of an eBook manager than an eBook reader) and the apps available in the Ubuntu Software store look horribly outdated.

  • What's your favorite tool for remote team collaboration?
  • Insomnia 3.0 Is a Slick Desktop REST Client for Linux

    Looking for a free, easy-to-use REST client for the Linux desktop? Don't lose sleep: get Insomnia.

  • New Version of Museeks Music Player Now Available to Download

    A new version of cross-platform music player Museeks is now available to download. The Museeks 0.7.0 update adds a number of improvements, including the ability to see cover art of playing tracks, a new first-run guide to help you add music to the player, and an option to run the app with a native window titlebar.

  • GNU Bash 4.4 Released With Wide Variety Of Changes

    GNU Bash 4.4 was released today with a wide variety of new features and changes.

  • Apple Releases CUPS 2.2 Printing System
  • Libreboot Leaves The GNU, The Free Software Foundation Denounced
  • libreboot is not GNU Libreboot anymore

    The Free Software Foundation recently fired a transgendered employee of the FSF, just for being trans, because some transphobic cissexist people wrote negativly about her. The FSF fired her because they thougdt she, rather than the assholes bullying her, was causing the FSF potential damage. As a result, she was fired from the FSF.

  • LLVM Clang 3.9 Mostly Trails GCC In Compiler Performance

    Following yesterday's GCC 5 vs. 6 vs. early 7 benchmarks, to no surprise LLVM's Clang compiler was brought up in the comments. I had already been running some fresh LLVM Clang benchmarks on this same Intel Xeon system and have those results to share now with Clang 3.8 and the newly-released Clang 3.9.

    This is the first time in a number of months I've carried out a large comparison of GCC vs. Clang using the latest compiler releases. For today's article are the GCC 5.4.0, GCC 6.2.0, and GCC 7.0.0 20160904 compiler benchmarks compared to LLVM Clang 3.8.0 and the new Clang 3.9.0 release. Interestingly, these benchmarks show a number of performance regressions in the generated binaries under Clang 3.9.

  • Chrome 54 Beta Brings Custom Elements V1: Create Custom HTML Tags

    Google today is rolling out the Chromium/Chrome 54 web-browser beta, which incorporates several new features for web developers plus media platform improvements for Chrome on Android.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu Phone, Sep 2016 - Vorsprung durch Touch
    The Ubuntu Phone is getting better, and with every new iteration of the OTA, my little BQ Aquaris E4.5 is gaining more speed and functionality. Like in the air force, with an avionics upgrade, which transforms ancient wings into a powerful and modern bird of prey. Only the pace of advancement is lagging behind the market. See what Android and iOS can do, even Windows Phone, and you realize how late and insufficiently meaningful the Ubuntu Phone really is. This has to change, massively. This latest round does bring some fine goods to the table - more speed and stability, better icons, more overall visual polish, incremental improvements in the applications and the scopes. But that's not enough to win the heart of the average user. A more radical, app-centric effort is required. More focus on delivering the mobile experience, be it as it may. Ubuntu cannot revolutionalize that which is already considered the past. It can only join the club and enjoy the benefits of a well-established reality. And that is a kickass app stack that makes the touch device worth using in the first place. Still, it's not all gloomy. E4.5 is a better product now than it was a year ago, fact. Ubuntu Phone is a better operating system than it was even this spring, fact. So maybe one day we will see Ubuntu become an important if not dominant player in the phone and tablet space. It sure is heading in the right direction, my only fear is the availability of resources to pull off this massive rehaul that is needed to make it stand up to the old and proven giants. And that's it really. If you're keen on Linux (not Android) making it in the mobile world, do not forget to check my Ubuntu tablet review! Especially the convergence piece. On that merry note, you do remember that I'm running a wicked contest this year, too? He/she who reads my books might get a chance to win an M10 tablet. Indeed. Off you go, dear readers. Whereas I will now run the same set of tests we did here on the Aquaris tablet, and see how it likes the OTA-12 upgrade. The end.
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