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Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 21/04/2017 - 12:00pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 21/04/2017 - 11:58am
Story Linux on Servers Roy Schestowitz 21/04/2017 - 11:57am
Story Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Roy Schestowitz 21/04/2017 - 11:49am
Story Big Data and OpenStack Roy Schestowitz 21/04/2017 - 11:47am
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 21/04/2017 - 11:43am
Story Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04 Rianne Schestowitz 21/04/2017 - 9:14am
Story UK GDS looking for architects with open source expertise Rianne Schestowitz 21/04/2017 - 9:03am
Story Debian Derivatives: Elive, TeX Live, and deepin Roy Schestowitz 21/04/2017 - 8:12am
Story Hardware/Modding Roy Schestowitz 21/04/2017 - 8:05am

Graphics in Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks
  • Trying AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 On Ubuntu 17.04

    In early April AMD released the AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 driver as their first hybrid proprietary driver update in some time. With this update came support for Ubuntu 16.04.2 (and also 16.10, unofficially) but to little surprise it doesn't work out-of-the-box with this week's Ubuntu 17.04 release. But it can be made to work.

  • RadeonSI Polaris: Mesa 12.0 vs. 13.0 vs. 17.0 vs. 17.1 Git

    With Mesa 17.1 branching this weekend I figured it would be a fun Easter running benchmarks of Mesa Git compared to previous branches with a Radeon RX 470 Polaris graphics card. Here are these Mesa 17.1 benchmarks while other tests and on more GPUs is forthcoming.

  • Nouveau In Linux 4.13 Will Support HDMI Stereo 3D
  • Vulkan 1.0.48 Released

    There's another weekly update available to the Vulkan API, but this Easter update is on the small side.

Development News

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Development
  • Comprehend X86 Assembly Language with Open Source Books

    An assembly language is a low-level programming language for a computer, or other programmable device. Assembly language is used by almost all modern desktop and laptop computers. It is as close to writing machine code without writing in pure hexadecimal. It is converted into executable machine code by a utility program referred to as an assembler.

  • Xfce Session Manager 4.13 Released, Ported To GTK3

    An updated version of the Xfce4 session manager was released this Easter weekend.

    The xfce4-session 4.13.0 package was released today and it's a significant step forward for Xfce's session manager.

  • Relm: A GTK-Based GUI Library In Rust For Async GUI Apps

    With there being many Rustlang fans reading Phoronix, many of you will probably be interested in Relm: a new GUI library for Rust.

    Relm is a new crate/library for developing asynchronous GUI applications in Rust. Using GTK up to now in Rust looks rather messy, but Relm aims to change that and also make the applications more responsive by making the user-interface asynchronous and makes use of the language's futures capability.

Linux 4.11-rc7

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Linux
  • Linux 4.11-rc7

    You all know the drill by now. We're in the late rc phase, and this
    may be the last rc if nothing surprising happens.

    Things have been pretty calm this past week (the beginning of the week
    seemed particularly calm, and then as usual Friday happened..). We
    have a number of reverts for things that didn't work out and aren't
    worth trying to fix at this point, that's also normal (and people will
    look at it for the next version instead).

    So not too big, and things look very normal with two thirds of the
    changes being to drivers, and the rest being a mixture of arch updates
    (arm, x86, ia64, parisc), networking and filesystems (btrfs, cifs,
    orangefs). With a smattering of other stuff (tooling, header files,
    core kernel).

  • Linux 4.11-rc7 Kernel Released: Final Might Come Next Week

    Linus Torvalds has announced the seventh weekly test build of the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel.

Devil-Linux 1.8.0 released

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GNU
Linux

Devil-Linux 1.8.0 has been released! This is a major overhaul of Devil-Linux. Most programs and libraries have been updated and unmaintained ones have been removed. The main file system has been switched to squashfs, to further reduce the iso size. See the changelog for additional details.

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Freedom Doesn’t Have to Be Free: Revenue and Open Source

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GNU
OSS

In 1983, Richard Stallman kicked off the free software movement with the launch of the GNU Project. From that point onwards, free software was commonly associated with being free in the monetary sense as well.

Most all open source projects, especially those in the world of Linux are available free of charge. And while this is very nice in itself, it can result in developers not being able to fully commit to their projects.

In turn fantastic open source projects going nowhere in development when the lives of the maintainers catch up to them. But there is another way to go about open source!

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Could A New Linux Base For Tablets/Smartphones Succeed In 2017?

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Linux

Over the years we have seen many mobile/smartphone focused Linux efforts come and go from OpenMoko, Moblin/MeeGo, webOS, Firefox OS, and most recently Ubuntu Touch while others like Sailfish OS and Plasma Mobile appear to be somewhat stagnate or at least not gaining much marketshare nor advancing rapidly. But what if more of these mobile Linux efforts were to collaborate on a common base? There's a new effort being worked on in this area.

A Phoronix reader involved with this new project codenamed HALIUM shared with us some early details on the work. This open-source project is trying to pool resources and developers from UBports (one of the groups forking Unity 8), Sailfish OS community developers, the open webOS Lune OS project, and KDE Plasma Mobile contributors, among other developers.

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Chris Lamb Elected As New Debian Project Leader

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Debian

Chris Lamb has unseated Mehdi Dogguy as the next Debian Project Leader.

The 2017 Debian election results were posted today. Chris Lamb managed to secure more votes than current DPL Mehdi Dogguy and these two were the only ones competing in this year's elections. The DPL term is one year.

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Guide To Finding a Home-Based Linux Job

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GNU
Linux

With the technology advancements that keep on evolving, locating a home-based Linux job is a lot of Linux engineers dream. Unfortunately, there is still a majority of engineers that work in a typical office setting, but the opportunity to work out of the house continues to increase over time. After all, why not? Not having to commute seems to make a lot of sense. If all is done right, the efficiencies that can be gained by telecommuting are significant, for both the employer and employee. Therefore, since it is of great interest to find this work arrangement for many engineers, how does one find such a position? The goal of this article is to hit on some high points that will hopefully help one locate this type of role.

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Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • Boostnote: Open Source Note Taking App For Programmers

    Boostnote is a new Open Source note taking application focused on programmers. It is available for Linux, Windows and MacOS. It is built on electron and is run offline.

  • Wireshark 2.2.6 Has Been Released

    As you already know, Wireshark is an open-source protocol analyzer software, very used for monitoring the network traffic.

    The latest version available is Wireshark 2.2.6 which has been recently released, bringing many changes.

  • Introducing Babe - History

    This is my very first post for KDE blogs and it is also my very first application. So when I sit down to think about what to write about I thought I would like to tell you all about how and why I wanted to start coding and then why I decided to create a (yet another (i know)) music player, specially made for KDE/Plasma.

UBports Update

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Ubuntu
  • UBports Community Q&A: April 15, 2017

    Today marked another Q&A session in the books. You can find it right over here on our shiny new Youtube channel! The following are the majority of asked questions and a summary of their answers.

  • More Details On UBports' Plans For Unity, Mir & Anbox

    The UBports community are among those planning to fork the work on Unity 8 and they've already made ambitious plans like porting Unity 8 to Wayland. More details were revealed today.

    The UBports team issued their latest FAQs with some interesting remarks:

AV Linux 2017.4.9 Released!

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GNU
Linux

An updated 2017 ISO for AV Linux has been released, it features a new Audio Routing system,
many refinements and improvements and probably the most stable and functional collection of
Applications across the board to date! The older AV Linux 2016.8.30 ISO's are currently still
in the FTPs and will be phased out soon, make sure to download the 2017.4.9 release.

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Today is Hardware Freedom Day (and today's leftovers)

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Hardware
Misc
  • Happy Hardware Freedom Day 2017!

    And today is the day where we celebrate Free Hardware and the possibilities to build and design upon other people’s work or simply start something with the community in mind by ensuring projects can be shared and improved at will. In case you’ve missed our announcement the registration for Hardware Freedom Day will remain open for the month to come allowing you to celebrate at a later date, just make sure you specify the new date on your wiki page.

  • Apple’s MacBook Trouble is a Cautionary Tale

    The MacBook no longer holds the top spot in Laptop Mag’s annual ranking. In the magazine’s new ranking, MacBooks fall all the way to fifth place.

  • Leaked NSA Malware Threatens Windows Users Around the World

    The ShadowBrokers, an entity previously confirmed by The Intercept to have leaked authentic malware used by the NSA to attack computers around the world, today released another cache of what appears to be extremely potent (and previously unknown) software capable of breaking into systems running Windows. The software could give nearly anyone with sufficient technical knowledge the ability to wreak havoc on millions of Microsoft users.

  • EFF Director: WikiLeaks Move to Share CIA Hacking Tools with Tech Giants Could "Make Us All Safer"

    DN! talks with Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn about thousands of documents WikiLeaks published this week, dubbed "Vault 7," that describe CIA programs to hack into both Apple and Android cellphones, smart TVs and even cars. Some of the released documents describe tools to take over entire phones, allowing the CIA to then bypass encrypted messenger programs such as Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp. Other documents outline a CIA and British intelligence program called "Weeping Angel," through which the spy agency can hack into a Samsung smart television and turn it into a surveillance device that records audio conversations, even when it appears to be off. Other documents outline how the CIA has used the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, as a covert base to spy on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "It’s extremely troubling that the CIA was keeping all of this information rather than giving it to the tech companies so that they could fix these problems and make us all safer," Cohn notes.

Linux Graphics and Benchmarks

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Linux
  • Mesa 17.0.4's Release Is imminent

    Mesa 17.0.4 will be released as soon as this weekend with more than two dozen fixes.

    While preparing for the Mesa 17.1 branching, Mesa release manager Emil Velikov is concurrently working to get Mesa 17.0's latest point release.

  • Intel Vulkan Driver Preps External Memory Extensions For Mesa 17.2

    Intel's Jason Ekstrand has posted 21 new Mesa patches for adding the VK_KHX_external extensions to their ANV Vulkan driver. He believes the patches are now ready for merging and plans to land them for what will become Mesa 17.2.

  • MSAA Support Added To The OpenSWR Software Rasterizer

    Intel's OpenSWR graphics software rasterizer living within Mesa now has experimental support for MSAA.

  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Linux Benchmarks and Review: Good CPU Poor Value

    Finally, we have the top model of the AMD Ryzen 5 launch series, the AMD Ryzen 7 1600X. This is a really interesting CPU. In terms of specs, it is a 6 core 12 thread part with 16MB L3 cache and a 95W TDP. Immediately that gives it an advantage in a market where the average consumer space PC has, at most, 4 cores and 8 threads. While a lot of sites are pitting the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X against competition from Intel, we have the full Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 lineups to pit the CPU against. In our view, the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is a great CPU, but it struggles in the value department against AMD’s other CPU offerings. With a dozen test systems set up, mostly for DemoEval, and running and over a month worth of hours on the clock with Ryzen, we have a good idea regarding where value lies in the continuum.

  • Blender Cycles: OpenCL now is on par with CUDA

    AMD videocard owners rejoice! With the work on the split Cycles OpenCL Kernel, the performance of AMD GPU's has increased dramatically.

Software and today's howtos

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Software
HowTos

Ubuntu, Raspbian, and Debian

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Debian
Ubuntu
  • [Video] Ubuntu convergence Phone Tablet Desktop
  • I built this computer for $50—and you can too

    With the kit, just plug everything in and choose "Raspbian" from the list of options the first time. Voila, a fully-functioning computer emerges!

  • The State Of Debian 9.0 Stretch

    Debian developers are preparing for the final phase of the development freeze on Debian 9.0 "Stretch" and it's looking like the official release might not be too far out.

  • Status on the stretch release
  • Underestimating Debian

    I had two issues in the last days that lead me a bit into panic until they got solved. In both cases the issue was external to Debian but I first thought that the problem was in Debian. I’m not sure why I had those thoughts, I should be more confident in myself, this awesome operating system, and the community around it! The good thing is that I’ll be more confident from now on, and I’ve learned that hurry is not a good friend, and I should face my computer “problems” (and everything in life, probably) with a bit more patience (and backups).

FOSS: Mastodon Social, Richard Stallman Interview, ODF Toolkit and More

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GNU
Interviews
OSS
  • What is GNU social and is Mastodon Social a “Twitter Clone”?

    Mastodon Social is the name of an instance on GNU social which uses the OStatus protocol to connect to a vast variety of servers in what’s known as a federation. Mastodon is also the name of the software being used on that server, which was developed by Eugen “Gargron” Rochko. It was built with Ruby on Rails, Redux, and React.js. I learned the latter from the Wikipedia page, which is about the extent of research given by any of the other articles published this week.

  • "Richard Stallman" - Lunduke Hour - Apr 14, 2017

    In today's episode of the Lunduke Hour, I get the chance to sit down and chat with the one and only Richard Stallman. Founder of the Free Software Foundation. We talk about everything from the W3C's stance on DRM to opinions on the movie "Galaxy Quest".

  • New version of ODF Toolkit released
  • Indian Engineer wins UN Challenge to create open-source tool providing greater visibility into Member State voting patterns

    Unite Ideas is a big data crowd-sourcing platform developed by the Office of Information and Communications Technology, which seeks to provide a platform for collaboration between academia, civil society, and the United Nations.The vast amount of information generated by the UN in at least 6 official languages, and formats e.g. documents, datasets, and multimedia is increasingly being made available to the public as “open data”. At Unite Ideas, the public can access not just these these datasets, but also the source code of the solutions to previously completed challenges and build on them. Solutions and expertise developed can be re-used by governments and civil society to support international peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, international law, and humanitarian aid.

  • Ubuntu ditches Unity, Maryland embraces open textbooks, and more open source news

Events: Linux Plumbers Conference, CloudNativeCon and KubeCon Europe 2017

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OSS
  • Registration for Linux Plumbers Conference is now open

    The 2017 Linux Plumbers Conference organizing committee is pleased to announce that the registration for this year’s conference is now open. Information on how to register can be found here [1]. Registration prices and cutoff dates are published in the ATTEND [2] page of the web site. A reminder that we are following a quota system to release registration slots. Therefore the early registration rate will remain in effect until early registration closes on June 18 2017, or the quota limit (150) is reached, whatever comes earlier. As usual, contact us [3] if you have questions.

  • CloudNativeCon and KubeCon Europe 2017: an overview

    CloudNativeCon and KubeCon Europe 2017 took place in Berlin on March 29th and 30th, and they were packed with clever things you can do in, around, and on top of, Kubernetes. It is possible that not every reader of LWN is familiar with Kubernetes, so I'd like to give a brief description of it before I describe any of the talks that I heard there. To do that, I'll have to at least mention tools, containerization, cloud-native computing and microservices, and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

    Containers are an elegant way to combine two Linux primitives, control groups and and namespaces, with loopback filesystems to provide isolated structures that in many ways resemble virtual machines (VMs), though they don't have their own kernels. It is important to remember, however, that they are not actually VMs; no less an authority than Jessie Frazelle, who maintained Docker and now hacks on containers for Google when not speaking at KubeCon 2017, says exactly that in her blog. If you treat your containers like VMs, you're using them wrong, and things may not end well if you do that in production.

Q4OS 1.8.3 Orion review - Bayeux distro

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Reviews

Q4OS is like an ancient tapestry. Beautiful, stylish, iconic, but then, also fraying at the seams. The initial impression is mighty. You can't argue that. I was amazed by the virtual machine setup, and loved the live session even on the LG laptop. But then, the more I used it, the more I started seeing problems.

Orion does some things exceptionally well - it's friendly, it's designed to assist newbs in getting underway, it has a calm presence, and it's very frugal. But the hardware side of things is mediocre. First, no boot on UEFI. Then, no smartphone or Bluetooth support. Wonky suspend & resume. Moreover, customization is weak, UI has some rather rusty spots, and the multimedia front can benefit from improvement. The worst part is, prehistoric bugs linger, souring the experience.

All in all, Q4OS 1.8.3 Orion is the kind of desktop that got worse the more I used it, rather than better. Eventually, I settled in and enjoyed most of the experience, but there's a lot missing that most people take for granted. Curiously, it does some things exceptionally well, especially where some other distros struggle. But the balance isn't worth it. At the end of the day, TDE isn't the promised desktop and Q4OS isn't the promised distro. Good, but a lot more effort is needed to nail that professional feel. If you have an old laptop, you should definitely give it a try, just remember that the Ghost of KDE3.5 may come to haunt you. 5.5-6/10.

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