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Story Features for Linux 4.15 and 4.14 Roundup Roy Schestowitz 16/11/2017 - 2:32am
Story Games Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 16/11/2017 - 2:25am
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 10:36pm
Story Lunera turns lights into an “ambient cloud” of distributed Linux servers Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 10:31pm
Story Portable, open source retro game player runs Linux and Arduino Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 10:29pm
Story Why serverless computing makes Linux more relevant than ever Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 6:38pm
Story Kodi 17 "Krypton" Media Center Gets Its Last Update, Kodi 18 "Leia" Coming Next Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 6:34pm
Story The Road to the GNOME 3.28 Desktop Environment Continues, Second Snapshot Is Out Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 6:33pm
Story Linux-on-i.MX6 Pico-ITX SBC has 40-pin GPIO header Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 6:31pm
Story Desktop: Microsoft E.E.E., Dell, and Linux Mint 18.3 Roy Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 5:27pm

Openwashing and FOSS Foes Leftovers

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Games and Graphics

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Software: nomacs, NetworkManager, Opera, PostgreSQL Neon, Krita

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  • nomacs Image Lounge 3.8.0

    nomacs is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3 and available for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac, and OS/2.

  • NetworkManager 1.9.90
  • NetworkManager 2.0 Promises Basic Open vSwitch Support, Bluetooth NAP and WPS

    Work on the next major NetworkManager 2.0 release started in early September under the 1.9.x umbrella, and the open-source network connection manager recently entered beta stages of development.

    Developer Beniamino Galvani announced the release of NetworkManager 2.0 Beta (1.9.90), giving us an insight into the new features and improvements coming to this major release of the most used network connection management software for GNU/Linux distributions.

    The biggest new feature of NetworkManager 2.0 appears to be initial support for the Open vSwitch open-source implementation of a distributed virtual multilayer switch, which will allow users to set up basic Open vSwitch configurations. Open vSwitch support will be enhanced in future releases.

  • Opera 49 Web Browser Released with Advanced Screenshot Tool, Built-In VR Player

    Opera Software released today the final Opera 49 web browser for all supported platforms, a release that introduces numerous new features and an extra layer of performance improvements.

    Opera 49 has been in development for the past several months, and since we've pretty much covered its entire development cycle, you should already know which are some of the most prominent features included in this release, starting with the built-in, advanced screenshot tool and VR 360 player, and continuing with the ability to rearrange extensions in the toolbar and the refined private browsing mode.

  • PostgreSQL 10.1 Released

    PostgreSQL 10.1 is now available as the first update over the recently released PostgreSQL 10.

  • #KDE #KDENEON Plasma 5.11.3 Bugfix release ready in User edition
  • Learn Digital Painting with Krita in Bogota, Colombia

    Lina Porras and David Saenz from the Ubuntu Colombia user group wrote to tell us that they will give an introduction to digital painting with Krita starting this Saturday. David will be teaching Krita four Saturday sessions.

Ubuntu and OpenWRT Linux, Tizen News

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FOSS and Finance

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Security Leftovers

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  • What Is ARP Spoofing? — Attacks, Detection, And Prevention

    Spoofing is often defined as imitating (something) while exaggerating its characteristic features for comic effect. Not in the real world but also in the computer networking world, spoofing is a common practice among notorious users to intercept data and traffic meant for a particular user.

  • New Hope for Digital Identity

    For your inconvenience, every organization's identity system is also a separate and proprietary silo, even if it is built with open-source software and methods. Worse, an organization might have many different silo'd identity systems that know little or nothing about each other. Even an organization as unitary as a university might have completely different identity systems operating within HR, health care, parking, laundry, sports and IT—as well as within its scholastic realm, which also might have any number of different departmental administrative systems, each with its own record of students past and present.

  • Linux has a whole crock of USB vulnerabilities
  • Google Patches KRACK Vulnerability in Android

Ubuntu: Ubuntu Theme, Sound, and Firefox Quantum

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  • Does Ubuntu Need a New Theme? [Poll]

    Does Ubuntu need a new theme? Ubuntu developers certainly think so. They’ve started a new initiative to try and find a new GTK theme (as well as new GNOME Shell theme and icon set). But is Ambiance really outdated and unfit for purpose?

  • Ubuntu Is Looking for a New Theme

    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will be the next gold-standard Ubuntu release when it arrives in April 2018 — and it seems it could have a shiny new theme to boot.

    Ubuntu developers are hoping to run an Ubuntu theme contest (or more accurately let the community run one with some oversight and guidance).

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Might End Up Redoing The System Sounds

    The latest in the development of the "Bionic Beaver" is that new system sounds might come to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

    Following a discussion, there appears to be interest in redoing the system sounds for the Beaver release. Though at the moment there is no new sounds already being suggested as the replacement and a shortage of resources by the Ubuntu desktop team itself. The sounds of Ubuntu Touch were also brought up into the discussion.

  • How to Install Firefox Quantum in Ubuntu Right Now

    Mozilla has an official PPA to test the beta version. You can use the same PPA to install Firefox Quantum.

Graphics: Sway, Intel. NVIDIA, and AMD

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Games: Sales, Sudden Strike 4, Mantis Burn Racing, Starblast, Desert Child, Beastmancer

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Security: Vault 8 From Wikileaks, Yahoo and Other Massive Data Leaks

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  • Vault 8

    Source code and analysis for CIA software projects including those described in the Vault7 series.

    This publication will enable investigative journalists, forensic experts and the general public to better identify and understand covert CIA infrastructure components.

    Source code published in this series contains software designed to run on servers controlled by the CIA. Like WikiLeaks' earlier Vault7 series, the material published by WikiLeaks does not contain 0-days or similar security vulnerabilities which could be repurposed by others.

  • Marissa Mayer sounds distraught over Yahoo’s massive data breach

    Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer appeared distraught at a US Senate hearing Wednesday (Nov. 8) on the unprecedented data breaches at the company during her tenure.

    “As you know, Yahoo was the victim of criminal, state-sponsored attacks on its systems, resulting in the theft of certain user information,” Mayer said in her opening remarks, rarely looking up from her notes. “As CEO, these thefts occurred during my tenure, and I want to sincerely apologize to each and every one of our users.”

32 European ministers call for more Free Software in governmental infrastructure

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On 6 October, 32 European Ministers in charge of eGovernment policy signed the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment that calls for more collaboration, interoperable solutions, and sharing of good practices throughout public administrations and across borders. Amongst other things, the EU ministers recognised the need to make more use of Free Software solutions and Open Standards when (re)building governmental digital systems with EU funds.

The Tallinn Declaration, lead by the Estonian EU presidency, has been adopted on 6 October 2017. It is a ministerial declaration that marks a new political commitment at European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Area (EFTA) level on priorities to ensure user-centric digital public services for both citizens and businesses cross-border. While having no legislative power, the ministerial declaration marks a political commitment to ensure the digital transformation of public administrations through a set of commonly agreed principles and actions.

The FSFE has previously submitted its input for the aforementioned declaration during the public consultation round, asking for greater inclusion of Free Software in delivering truly inclusive, trustworthy and interoperable digital services to all citizens and businesses across the EU.

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Some Basic macOS 10.13 vs. Ubuntu 17.10 OpenGL Gaming Tests

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Following last week's F1 2017 launch for Linux which is making use of the Vulkan graphics API on Linux and Metal API on macOS, originally I set out to compare the macOS vs. Linux performance, but that didn't go quite as planned due to MacBook Pro woes. But here are some other OpenGL game tests between macOS and Ubuntu 17.10 Linux.

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LibreOffice 5.4.3 Office Suite Released with over 50 Bug and Regression Fixes

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LibreOffice 5.4.3 comes about five weeks after the 5.4.2 maintenance update and it's a minor point release that attempts to fix even more bugs and regressions that have been discovered in the previous version.

According to the changelogs for the RC1 and RC2 development milestone, a total of 52 issues were addressed in the LibreOffice 5.4.3 release across various of the components of the office suite. Check out each changelog if you're curious to know what exactly was fixed.

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Canonical Wants You to Contribute to the Default Theme for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

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As you probably know, Didier Roche was the one to lead the huge migration task from the Unity 7 user interface to the GNOME Shell one during the development cycle of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), the current stable release of Ubuntu.

During Artful cycle, the team lead by Didier Roche only managed to create a fork of the popular Dash-to-Dock extension for the GNOME Shell user interface that they call Ubuntu Dock, as well as some minor modifications to adapt their old Ambiance theme to the GNOME desktop environment.

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Complete Guide for Using GNOME Shell Extensions

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Step-by-step detailed guide shows you how to install and manage GNOME Shell Extensions manually or easily via a web browser.
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MINIX's creator would have liked to know Intel was using it

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When Andrew S. Tanenbaum created the educational, open-source operating system MINIX, he did it to teach operating system principles to his students at Amsterdam's Vrije Universiteit and to readers of his classic textbook, Operating Systems Design and Implementation. MINIX would become Linux's forefather. Tanenbaum knew that. What Tanenbaum didn't know was Intel would take MINIX and embed it within its CPUs for almost a decade.

As Tanenbaum wrote in an open letter: "Thanks for putting a version of MINIX inside the ME-11 management engine chip used on almost all recent desktop and laptop computers in the world. I guess that makes MINIX the most widely used computer operating system in the world, even more than Windows, Linux, or MacOS. And I didn't even know until I read a press report about it."

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OSS: TensorFlow, Serial, Deloitte Report, CUPS

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  • What is the TensorFlow machine intelligence platform?

    TensorFlow is an open source software library for numerical computation using data-flow graphs. It was originally developed by the Google Brain Team within Google's Machine Intelligence research organization for machine learning and deep neural networks research, but the system is general enough to be applicable in a wide variety of other domains as well. It reached version 1.0 in February 2017, and has continued rapid development, with 21,000+ commits thus far, many from outside contributors. This article introduces TensorFlow, its open source community and ecosystem, and highlights some interesting TensorFlow open sourced models.

    TensorFlow is cross-platform. It runs on nearly everything: GPUs and CPUs—including mobile and embedded platforms—and even tensor processing units (TPUs), which are specialized hardware to do tensor math on. They aren't widely available yet, but we have recently launched an alpha program.

  • Twitter Introduces Serial: an Open Source Library for Serialization

    UI smoothness in Android is something that gets brought up from time to time as it can be really easy for the average user to notice what is commonly referred to as jank. This is quite often noticed when scrolling through a list of items and Twitter noticed that serializing and deserializing data both to and from the database using the standard Android Externalizable classes took up about 15% of the UI thread time. The team took some time to optimize this issue and today they’ve announced Serial — a new, open source library for serialization.

  • Deloitte Report: Over 26,000 Blockchain Projects Began in 2016

    More than 26,000 new projects related to blockchain were created on code repository GitHub last year, according to data collected by Deloitte.

    For its new report – titled "Evolution of Blockchain Technology: Insights from the GitHub Platform" and published today – the professional services firm drew information from the development platform, which plays home to the code for over 86,000 blockchain initiatives, including major projects like bitcoin.

  • CUPS relicensed to Apache v2

    Apple has let it be known that the CUPS printing system will, as of version 2.3, switch from GPLv2 to the Apache License. This change is possible because Apple requires that contributors sign a contributor agreement [PDF] giving joint ownership of any copyrights to Apple.

Ubuntu 18.04 Daily Builds Now Available to Download

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Ubuntu 18.04 daily builds are now available to download. Their availability comes as the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 'Bionic Beaver' development cycle gets in to gear.

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The Definitive OpenStack Map

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OSS

When OpenStack launched in 2010, there were only two projects at the time: Nova compute and Swift storage. Over the last seven years, OpenStack has gotten significantly larger and more complicated, with many different projects that are all part of the open-source cloud platform effort.

In a session at the OpenStack Summit in Sydney, Australia on Nov. 8, Thierry Carrez, VP of Engineering at the OpenStack Foundation, detailed a new effort to help map the OpenStack landscape.

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