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Story Canonical/Ubuntu: Snaps, Kubernetes, LTS, SmartDNS and Derivatives Roy Schestowitz 05/12/2017 - 3:53pm
Story Tizen and Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 05/12/2017 - 3:51pm
Story OSS and Sharing Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 05/12/2017 - 3:50pm
Story Programming: Lua, Qt 3D, C++ Roy Schestowitz 05/12/2017 - 3:48pm
Story Security: Management Engine (ME) and WebGoat Roy Schestowitz 05/12/2017 - 3:45pm
Story CoreOS Tectonic 1.8 Roy Schestowitz 05/12/2017 - 3:21pm
Story Free and Proprietary Software:, Aptdaemon, Justmd, TeamViewer, Vivaldi Roy Schestowitz 1 05/12/2017 - 2:49pm
Story You Can Now Have a Single ISO Image with the Essential Ubuntu 17.10 Flavors Rianne Schestowitz 05/12/2017 - 2:05pm
Story Games: Geneshift, Corpse Party, Stellaris, OpenMW Roy Schestowitz 05/12/2017 - 1:54pm
Story Events: LISA, Khmer Translation Sprint, Peru, Cubaconf, HackMIT Roy Schestowitz 05/12/2017 - 1:19pm

Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" Is Available To Download

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Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" has been released and is available to download from the official website. The release is based on Ubuntu 16.04, contains many improvements and new applications. Some important software were rewritten making them work much faster and look cleaner. Some less useful applications have also been removed to clean the system installation. So let's look at the major improvements in Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia".

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Security: Apple, Microsoft, and Human Error (GNU/Linux)

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KDE’s Goal: Privacy

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In the past, KDE software has come a long way in providing privacy tools, but the tool-set is neither comprehensive, nor is privacy its implications widely seen as critical to our success in this area. Setting privacy as a central goal for KDE means that we will put more focus on this topic and lead to improved tools that allow users to increase their level of privacy. Moreover, it will set an example for others to follow and hopefully increase standards across the whole software ecosystem. There is much work to do, and we’re excited to put our shoulder under it and work on it.

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Open Hardware Rising: RISC-V

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  • Western Digital To Begin Shipping Devices Using RISC-V

    RISC-V has a big new hardware backer... Western Digital.

    Western Digital just announced at the RISC-V Workshop conference that they will be getting behind RISC-V for the next generation of big data and fast data. They plan to switch over "one billion cores per year to RISC-V." By the time their transition is complete, they anticipate to be shipping two billion RISC-V cores per year.

  • SiFive and Microsemi Expand Relationship with Strategic Roadmap Alignment and a Linux-Capable, RISC-V Development Board

    SiFive, the first fabless provider of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, and Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, at the 7th RISC-V Workshop today announced the companies have formed a strategic relationship to meet the growing interest and demand in the RISC-V instruction set architecture. The companies have previously collaborated to provide RISC-V soft CPU cores for Microsemi's PolarFire® FPGAs, IGLOO™2 FPGAs, SmartFusion™2 system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs and RTG4™ FPGAs, currently available as part of the Microsemi Mi-V RISC-V ecosystem.

Games: Oxygen Not Included, Civilization VI, ATOM RPG

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How old is your oldest Linux install disk?

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Letting go of old installation media can be hard. No, chances are you're never going to install an old distribution with a 2.2 series kernel ever again (or maybe you are, who knows?). But there's a certain nostalgia attached to the physical relics of your early days with computing, particularly if you managed to save your first Linux boot disk.

So how long have you been holding on to your installers? Do you still have an install disk for which you no longer even have a computer that will read the disk? And if you do still have the appropriate disk reader, do you think your media aged gracefully enough to still work today?

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Graphics: AMD, Intel, Red Hat

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10 open source technology trends for 2018

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Technology is always evolving. New developments, such as OpenStack, Progressive Web Apps, Rust, R, the cognitive cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, and more are putting our usual paradigms on the back burner. Here is a rundown of the top open source trends expected to soar in popularity in 2018.

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Trisquel 8 "Flidas"

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This article mentions basic information and links about Trisquel 8 GNU/Linux operating system codenamed "Flidas". This article is for beginners who interested in Trisquel but have difficulties to find collective resources about Flidas. This article is also for developers who want to help Trisquel development but don't know where to go. This article may be updated later as Flidas is currently being developed for the final release. I hope this article helps Trisquel 8 development as much as possible.

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Also: Upgrade Abrowser to v57, the Firefox Quantum for Trisquel 8 GNU/Linux

Skylake AVX-512 Benchmarks With GCC 8.0

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For those curious about the current benefits of AVX-512, here are some benchmarks using a recent snapshot of the GCC 8 compiler and comparing the performance of the generated binaries for the skylake and skylake-avx512 targets.

AVX-512 right now is limited to just the Intel server and X-Series processors, but as we've reported already, Intel has effectively confirmed AVX-512 support for the Cannonlake desktop CPU line-up through GCC/Clang patches noting the AVX-512 addition. So due to greater AVX-512 availability on the horizon and continued AVX-512 improvements in GCC8, I ran some fresh benchmarks using the high-end Core i9 7980XE test system running Ubuntu Linux.

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Linux Mint 18.2 Users Can Now Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia," Here's How

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Linux Mint 18.3 launched the other day with both Cinnamon and MATE editions, which were previously available for download from the project's main FTP mirror. And now, the upgrade path is already open for Linux Mint 18.2 users, allowing you to upgrade your installation to the latest Linux Mint 18.3 release.

However, the upgrade path appears to be open only for Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" Cinnamon and MATE users, as Xfce and KDE users will have to wait until later this year for the Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" Xfce and KDE editions to be released. Anyway, follow the instructions below if you want to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3.

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NXP’s open source OpenIL Linux distro has Xenomai and OpenTSN support

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NXP unveiled an “Open Industrial Linux” (OpenIL) distribution with real-time Xenomai extensions, crypto security, and support for OpenTSN networking.

NXP announced a Buildroot-based, Xenomai-hardened “Open Industrial Linux” (OpenIL) distribution designed for industrial, networking, and secure connectivity applications that require real-time, determinist performance. OpenIL is billed as being open source, community backed, and hardware agnostic.

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Also: Linux for the Industry 4.0 era: New distro for factory automation

Red Hat and Fedora

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Kernel: UPower, AMDKFD. LTS

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  • UPower 0.99.7 Brings Bluetooth LE Device Battery Support

    The UPower power management abstraction layer for Linux systems is out with another pre-1.0 release.

  • AMD Preps To Upstream More AMDKFD HSA Kernel Driver Changes

    AMD has sent out 14 new patches today for the AMDKFD HSA kernel driver in material that should be targeting Linux 4.16.

  • Linux 4.14 will be supported until January 2020

    The long-term future of Linux has been officially confirmed by the organisation behind the popular software.

    The Linux Foundation has revealed that Linux 4.14 will be supported until January 2020, whilst Linux 4.4. will last until 2022.

    The news was confirmed by Linux Foundation director of IT infrastructure security, Konstantin Ryabitsev, in a Google Plus post written after October’s news that the Linux kernel team agreed to extend the next version of Linux’s Long Term Support (LTS) from two to six years was met with plenty of confusion.

    The extension to the LTS will help Android, embedded Linux and Linux IoT developers, but not all future Linux LTS versions will have the same lifespan.

Security: Updates, Uber Crack, NSA Breach, Windows Ransom, Barracuda Networks, US Department of Education

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  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • Chicago: Uber’s claim that hackers fully deleted stolen data is “nonsensical”

    It has now been a full week since the jaw-dropping revelations that Uber sustained a massive data breach in 2016, which affected more than 57 million people.

    Since November 21, the company has been hit with 10 federal lawsuits (including the two Ars reported on last week). On Monday, the city of Chicago and Cook County also sued Uber in Illinois state court, while numerous senators are now demanding answers as well.

  • Yet another NSA intel breach discovered on AWS. It’s time to worry.

    Once again the US government displays a level of ineptitude that can only be described as ‘Equifaxian‘ in nature. An AWS bucket with 47 viewable files was found configured for “public access,” and containing Top Secret information the government designated too sensitive for our foreign allies to see.

  • Classified US Army and NSA data was stored on an unprotected server
  • New NSA leak exposes Red Disk, the Army's failed intelligence system

    The disk image, when unpacked and loaded, is a snapshot of a hard drive dating back to May 2013 from a Linux-based server that forms part of a cloud-based intelligence sharing system, known as Red Disk. The project, developed by INSCOM's Futures Directorate, was slated to complement the Army's so-called distributed common ground system (DCGS), a legacy platform for processing and sharing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information.

    Each branch of the military has its own version of the intelligence sharing platform -- the Army's is said to be the largest -- but the Army's system struggled to scale to the number of troops who need it.

    Red Disk was envisioned as a highly customizable cloud system that could meet the demands of large, complex military operations. The hope was that Red Disk could provide a consistent picture from the Pentagon to deployed soldiers in the Afghan battlefield, including satellite images and video feeds from drones trained on terrorists and enemy fighters, according to a Foreign Policy report.

  • World’s Biggest Botnet “Necurs” Sends 12.5 Million Scarab Ransomware Emails

    Once the ransomware infects a machine, it encrypts files and adds “[[email protected]].scarab” extension to affected files. A ransom note with filename “IF YOU WANT TO GET ALL YOUR FILES BACK, PLEASE READ THIS.TXT” is also dropped in the affected directory.

  • Barracuda Networks Acquired by Thoma Bravo in $1.6B Deal
  • Federal student aid site offers one-stop shopping for ID thieves?

    The arrival of the holidays heralds another season soon to arrive: the tax season and, with it, the tax-return fraud season. And while the Internal Revenue Service has made some moves toward stanching the flow of fraudulent tax returns filed by cyber-criminals, another government agency may be offering up fresh fuel to fraudsters' efforts: the US Department of Education.

Linux Successes (And Failures) in 2017

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Linux Gaming: Despite what you may hear from those gamers who are game title loyal to Windows-specific video games, 2017 has been a decent year for gaming on the Linux desktop. Some of the most notable games have come from video game publisher, Feral Interactive. Notable title examples provided by this publisher include XCOM 2, Tomb Raider, Mad Max, and Total War: WARHAMMER (among other great game titles).

Discovery and installation of great Linux games is possible because of Steam (Valve),, and the Humble Bundle. It's also worth noting that crowd sourcing efforts on Kick Starter (among others) has also given Linux gaming a fair bit of traction. I think overall, Valve's Steam client provides the best example of Linux game discovery and even curation thanks to the ample reviews and user generated lists to help gamers decide on their next purchase.

It's also worth mentioning that there are actually entire distros dedicated to Linux gaming. The first one, based on Debian is called Steam OS as it's provided by Valve. Steam OS makes sense if you plan on running it as a dedicated gaming box or pre-installed on a "Steam Machine."

Another great gaming distro that I personally think is vastly more interesting than Steam OS is Sparky Linux. While it lacks the big company backing found with Valve's offering, it does come with WINE support pre-installed. This is useful for those of you who also enjoy playing WINE supported Windows games on your Linux box. I also love how it utilizes a lightweight desktop environment which means more resources are dedicated to your Linux gaming.

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Meet GameShell: A Game Boy Styled Retro Gaming Console Based on Linux

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If you often feel nostalgic about that Game Boy of your childhood and all those games you played on it, there is a good news for you. A Linux based device GameShell aims to bring it back to you. It is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.
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    The latest daily build live ISO images that landed earlier today for Kubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) apparently uses the Breeze-Dark Plasma theme for the KDE Plasma 5.11 desktop environment by default. However, we've been told that it's currently an experiment to get the pulse of the community. "Users running [Kubuntu] 18.04 development version who have not deliberately opted to use Breeze/Breeze-Light in their System Settings will also see the change after upgrading packages," said the devs. "Users can easily revert back to the Breeze/Breeze-Light Plasma themes by changing this in System Settings."
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