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Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 14/03/2018 - 12:14am
Story Graphics: XWayland and Mesa Roy Schestowitz 14/03/2018 - 12:12am
Story Server: Kubernetes, Apache Cassandra, and OpenStack Queens Roy Schestowitz 14/03/2018 - 12:10am
Story Software: VoIP, MAAS, Cozy, Calibre, KDE and GNOME Roy Schestowitz 14/03/2018 - 12:08am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 14/03/2018 - 12:02am
Story OSS Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 14/03/2018 - 12:00am
Story Red Hat Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2018 - 11:59pm
Story Mozilla Leftovers: New Release of Firefox and Lots More Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2018 - 11:56pm
Story Openwashing: Plus Codes, 'Open Innovation,' and Vatican Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2018 - 11:52pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 13/03/2018 - 11:49pm

UBOS Linux Beta 13: new apps and lots of new features

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Vulkan 1.1

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  • Intel Publishes 56 Patches For Conformant Vulkan 1.1 Support With ANV Driver

    Intel has joined the party with NVIDIA and AMD in offering launch-day Linux driver support for the big new Vulkan 1.1 update available today from The Khronos Group.

  • AMDVLK Open-Source Radeon Driver Arrives With Vulkan 1.1 Support

    When writing about the big Vulkan 1.1 release a few days ago I was wondering myself whether the official AMDVLK Vulkan driver or RADV Mesa-based Vulkan driver would be first to the table with Vulkan 1.1 patches... It turns out AMDVLK won this round, at least by a small measure of time.

    The AMD developers working on this official Vulkan Linux driver that's also part of the AMDGPU-PRO driver have just uploaded their revised code for supporting Vulkan 1.1. With around 13,000 lines of new code, they have enabled Vulkan 1.1 support within their AMDVLK/XGL code-base.

  • Vulkan 1.1 Released As The First Major Update To This Graphics/Compute API

    The Khronos Group has today announced Vulkan 1.1 as the first major update to this high-performance graphics/compute API since the initial Vulkan 1.0 release two years ago. And it's thankfully a hard launch with multiple vendors putting out Vulkan 1.1 conformant drivers today.

  • NVIDIA Releases First Linux Drivers For Vulkan 1.1

    Just as we have been accustomed to seeing over the years with OpenGL and now Vulkan, NVIDIA is first out the door with Windows and Linux drivers for this new graphics API update.

    Vulkan 1.1 is now available today, check out our launch article for all of the details. As mentioned there, multiple vendors have conformant drivers in place but NVIDIA is the first making them available.

  • Khronos Group has released Vulkan API version 1.1 today, new NVIDIA beta driver & AMD driver available

    For those interested, Khronos Group has today announced the release of the Vulkan [Official Site] API version 1.1 and NVIDIA already have a beta driver ready.

Games: Shooty Skies, SCP: Secret Laboratory, AMID EVIL, Northgard

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  • Shooty Skies from the creators of Crossy Road is now on Steam with Linux support, it's nuts

    Shooty Skies is an endless-arcade shooter that's free to play from the creators of Crossy Road, it's now on Steam and it has Linux support.

    This is the first Steam release from Mighty Games, who usually do mobile games. It will be interesting to see if they bring out any more PC games in future.

  • Free multiplayer horror game SCP: Secret Laboratory now has Linux support

    SCP: Secret Laboratory [Steam], a free multiplayer horror game based on SCP - Containment Breach by Undertow Games is now available on Linux.

  • A Linux version of Heretic-inspired FPS 'AMID EVIL' is planned

    Good news for fans of brutal FPS games, as the developer of Heretic-inspired AMID EVIL [Steam] has said they have plans for a Linux version.

    Coming across it today, I decided to ask on their official Steam forum about the possibility of Linux support. Thinking we might get the usual "we're thinking on it" response, instead I got a much more solid and clear "It's planned!" (source). They also said "Sometime post launch. No timeframe yet unfortunately", so we still have a bit of a wait, but fantastic to know it's coming.

  • Get ready to control a clan of Vikings in 'Northgard' as it's releasing for Linux tomorrow

    Northgard, the strategy game from Shiro Games where you control a clan of vikings is coming to Linux tomorrow!

    I've been excited about it for quite some time, especially as the developer confirmed it was coming way back in early 2017. Now that the game has been officially released, the developer has announced that tomorrow March 8th, the Linux (and Mac) versions will be released!

WINE 3.0 - Better but not good enough

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I am always happy to see major releases of open-sources projects, especially when they come loaded with features and enthusiasm. WINE 3.0 hails a significant overhaul of the framework, promising much better compatibility with Windows applications and the much needed support for Direct3D 10/11. Ah yes, if you're wondering, WINE is a software compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows stuff on UNIX-like operating systems.

My experience with this program has waned over the years - in line with the reduced quality and growing complexity of getting Windows applications to run. The last attempt was particularly bad, with lots of dependency problems and errors. Well, fresh version, fresh hope - and dev version 3.3 in the making. This ought to be interesting. Shall we?

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Cilium 1.0.0-rc4 Released: Transparently Secure Container Network Connectivity Utilising Linux BPF

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Cilium is open source software for transparently securing the network connectivity between application services deployed using Linux container management platforms like Docker and Kubernetes. Cilium 1.0.0-rc4 has recently been released, which includes: the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)-hosted Envoy configured as the default HTTP/gRPC proxy; the addition of a simple health overview for connectivity and other errors; and an improved scalable kvstore interaction layer.

Microservices applications tend to be highly dynamic, and this presents both a challenge and an opportunity in terms of securing connectivity between microservices. Modern approaches to overcoming this issue have coalesced around the CNCF-hosted Container Network Interface (CNI) and the increasingly popular "service mesh" technologies, such as Istio and Conduit. According to the Cilium documentation, traditional Linux network security approaches (such as iptables) filter on IP address and TCP/UDP ports. However, the highly volatile life cycle of containers and IP addresses cause these approaches to struggle to scale alongside the application as the large number of load balancing tables and access control lists must be updated continually.

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10GbE Mini-STX carrier board supports Linux-driven Type 7 modules

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Congatec announced a 5×5-inch Mini-STX form factor micro-server carrier board with 4x 10GbE ports, 2x GbE ports, and a COM Express Type 7 interface for its Atom C3000-based Conga-B7AC module.

High-end edge servers were a hot topic last week at Embedded World. Joining the conversation was Congatec, which announced a “deployment ready design study” for an unnamed “10GbE micro server carrier board.” The design’s COM Express Type 7 slot enables customers to maintain the equipment while upgrading only the COM Express module. In addition, its “5×5-inch” (147 x 140mm) Mini-STX form factor enables a compact, embedded friendly footprint.

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today's leftovers

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  • Chromebooks Will Soon Get a Docked Magnifier Accessibility Tool, Try It Out Now

    Chromium evangelist at Google François Beaufort shares today with us a new experimental feature that's coming to a Chromebook near you later this year and it's now available for public testing.

    The new feature we're talking about here is a docked magnifier tool that will be available from the accessibility settings of the Chrome OS operating system and promises to let you magnify the top section of your screen. Users will be able to choose between a 2x and 20x zoom level value.

  • OpenMAX Tizonia H.264 Encoder/Decoder Land In Mesa 18.1 Git

    It was last summer that a GSoC student developer worked on an OpenMAX Tizonia state tracker for Gallium3D to replace the existing and out-of-date "Bellagio" code. Finally today that new Tizonia code has landed in Mesa 18.1-devel Git.

  • Termshot - Take Image Screenshot of Command Line Output

    In this article, I'll show you how to turn a command line output in Linux into an image using Termshot. Termshot is Linux tool which turns a cli command's output into a screenshot including colors and interactive text. This is of the essence if working on something that you need to screenshot for sharing, reference or documentation purposes. Sometimes you would copy terminal output in a text format but when you paste it on a different platform like CMS, it will lose original formatting and its colors giving it an atrocious look.


  • Back to Basics Part 4 – using grep in GNU/Linux

    One of the really confusing things for users who are new to messing with the command line, can be trying to search with specifics. A useful little tool for aiding in this process, is called grep, or “global regular expression print,” which will search for regular statements in anything you pipe it through, and show you matches for what you looked for (if any exist.)

  • Way of the Passive Fist is out and it’s finger-aching fun

    Way of the Passive Fist [Steam] is not the type of brawler I expected it to be, but it’s still a very fun experience.

  • The Linux beta of Arma 3 has been updated to 1.80, compatible with Windows again for a time

    The Linux beta of Arma 3 [Steam] is once again up to date with the Windows client at version 1.80 (meaning for now multiplayer with Windows gamers is possible), this also brings compatibility with the Tac-Ops Mission Pack.

  • MX-17.1-RC1 Release Candidate 1 available for testing

    We are pleased to offer MX-17.1-RC1 for testing.

Red Hat, Fedora. and Debian

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  • Fedora 28’s Desktop Background Design

    Fedora 28 (F28) is slated to release in May 2018. On the Fedora Design Team, we’ve been thinking about the default background wallpaper for F28 since November. Let’s walk through the Fedora 28 background process thus far as a sort of pre-mortem; we’d love your feedback on where we’ve ended up.

  • Test Days: Internationalization (i18n) features for Fedora 28 2018-03-13
  • Qubes OS 4.0-rc5 has been released!
  • Qubes OS 4.0-rc5 has been released!

    We’re pleased to announce the fifth release candidate for Qubes 4.0! This release contains bug fixes for the issues discovered in the previous release candidate. A full list of the Qubes 4.0 issues closed so far is available here. Further details about this release, including full installation instructions, are available in the Qubes 4.0 release notes. The new installation image is available on the Downloads page.

  • My Free Software Activities in February 2018

    My monthly report covers a large part of what I have been doing in the free software world. I write it for my donors (thanks to them!) but also for the wider Debian community because it can give ideas to newcomers and it’s one of the best ways to find volunteers to work with me on projects that matter to me.

  • Debian Bug Squashing Party in Tirana

    On 3 March I attended a Debian Bug Squashing Party in Tirana. Organized by colleagues at Open Labs Albania Anisa and friends and Daniel. Debian is the second oldest GNU/Linux distribution still active and a launchpad for so many others.

    A large number of Kosovo participants took place, mostly female students. I chose to focus on adding Kosovo to country-lists in Debian by verifying that Kosovo was missing and then filing bug reports or, even better, doing pull requests.

BSD: APRICOT 2018 and BSDCan

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  • Conference Recap: APRICOT 2018


    APRICOT is the largest annual internet community conference in the Asia-Pacific region. Nearly one thousand attendees show up for two weeks of workshops, tutorials and presentations. While the primary focus of the conference is on networking, the conference also attracts a sizable number of systems people. I also attended some of the APTLD conference which overlapped for a couple of days during the APRICOT workshop week. This was the first time I attended APRICOT.

  • BSDCan 2018 - selected talks

Security Leftovers

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  • A few things I've learned about computer networking


    But I thought it could maybe be useful to list a bunch of concrete skills and concepts I’ve learned along the way. Like anything else, “computer networking” involves a large number of different concepts and skills and tools and I’ve learned them all one at a time. I picked most of these things up over the last 4 years.

  • Making security sustainable

    Perhaps the biggest challenge will be durability. At present we have a hard time patching a phone that’s three years old. Yet the average age of a UK car at scrappage is about 14 years, and rising all the time; cars used to last 100,000 miles in the 1980s but now keep going for nearer 200,000. As the embedded carbon cost of a car is about equal to that of the fuel it will burn over its lifetime, we just can’t afford to scrap cars after five years, as do we laptops.

  • US senator grills CEO over the myth of the hacker-proof voting machine

    Zetter unearthed a 2006 contract with the state of Michigan and a report from Pennsylvania's Allegheny County that same year that both showed ES&S employees using a remote-access application called pcAnywhere to remotely administer equipment it sold.

OSS Leftovers

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  • OrbTV: Telefónica's Lopez on Open Source for Network Automation & Virtualization

    Patrick Lopez, VP of Networks Innovation at Telefónica, talks about how vendors and operators can utilize open source to take more control over the design and programming of networks. In addition, Lopez examines Telefónica's approach to edge computing, and use cases for the technology such as in IoT and robotics.

  • Check out the now open-source code powering UI layout in Heaven's Vault

    The dev shared the code powering SLayout on GitHub for fellow developers to download and play with. All in all, Inkle Studios says that SLayout can be used in Unity to provide an easier way to handle layout properties and animation for text and UI elements.

  • Crowdsourcing FOSS Project Success: Clearly defined project data, a smooth path to widespread adoption.

    Today the Open Source Initiative® (OSI) announced its Incubator Project, ClearlyDefined, a crowdsourced project aimed at boosting the success of FOSS projects by clearly defining their status. Absences or ambiguities around licensing or known security vulnerabilities can erode confidence and limit project success. Project teams often are not aware of these concerns or do not know how to address them. ClearlyDefined identifies the gaps and works with project teams to fill them.

    "This is an important project to amplify the success of FOSS projects through wider adoption and confidence. It aligns closely with OSI's mission to educate and advocate for open source," said Simon Phipps, President of the board of directors of the OSI, curator of the world's open source licenses.

  • New Review Team Member 2018

    The Review Team is a specialized group responsible in reviewing and approving or rejecting every budget requests made by Mozilla Reps.

  • Making climate models open source makes them even more useful

    Designing climate experiments is all but impossible in the real world. We can’t, for instance, study the effects of clouds by taking away all the clouds for a set period of time and seeing what happens.

    Instead, we have to design our experiments virtually, by developing computer models. Now, a new open-source set of climate models has allowed this research to become more collaborative, efficient and reliable.

Plasma 5.12.3 bugfix updates available for 17.10 backports PPA

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Users of Kubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark can now upgrade via our backports PPA to the 3rd bugfix release (5.12.3) of the Plasma 5.12 LTS release series from KDE.

(Testers of 18.04 Bionic Beaver will need to be patient as the Ubuntu archive is currently in Beta 1 candidate freeze for our packages, and but we hope to update the packages there once the Beta 1 is released)

The full changelog of fixes for 5.12.3 can be found here.

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GitHub makes open-source project licensing easier with an open-source program

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Open-source licensing can get ... complicated. These days, many programs are 20 percent original code on top of 80 percent previously open-sourced code. To help address the resulting licensing complications, GitHub has open sourced Licensed, an internal tool they've used to automate some of GitHub's open-source projects licensing process.

That's pretty impressive considering only a few years ago, GitHub's laissez-faire attitude to licensing had led to 77 percent of all GitHub programs having no licenses at all. If that doesn't sound important to you, then you're a developer who's never tried to commercialize their program.

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3 open source tools for scientific publishing

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One industry that lags behind others in the adoption of digital or open source tools is the competitive and lucrative world of scientific publishing. Worth over £19B ($26B) annually, according to figures published by Stephen Buranyi in The Guardian last year, the system for selecting, publishing, and sharing even the most important scientific research today still bears many of the constraints of print media. New digital-era technologies present a huge opportunity to accelerate discovery, make science collaborative instead of competitive, and redirect investments from infrastructure development into research that benefits society.

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Host your own email with projectx/os and a Raspberry Pi

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There are plenty of reasons not to want to hand off the tasks of storing your data and running your services to third-party companies; privacy, ownership, and avoiding abusive "monetization" are some of the top ones. But for most people, the task of running a server is just too time-consuming and requires too much-specialized knowledge. Instead, we compromise. We put aside our worries and just use cloud-hosted corporate services, with all the advertising, data mining and selling, and everything else that comes with them.

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Linux Journal's Latest

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  • diff -u: Linus Posting Habits

    Linus Torvalds sometimes is criticized for bombastically cursing out kernel developers. He does do this, but it's not his default behavior, and I think the real nature of when and how he posts to the mailing list is interesting. For example, he stayed out of the whole discussion of how to replace the BitKeeper revision control system for a long time, letting various projects guess frustratingly at his desires, before he finally took a break from Linux development to design and implement git.

    In other cases, he's allowed developers to lambaste each other savagely for days or longer over key elements of the kernel or the behaviors of new hardware peripherals, only to enter the debate later on, generally to propose a simpler solution that neither camp had thought of.

    Sometimes he'll enter a discussion for apparently no other reason than that a particular bug or piece of code interests him, and he works with whoever posted a given patch to get the kinks out or track down underlying problems.

    In general, Linus tends to stay out of most discussions, coming in primarily only on controversial issues after he's developed a position of his own.

  • Chrome for Windows Now Built with Clang, March Android Security Bulletin, XCP-ng Release and More

    According to The Register, the open-source XenServer Project far exceeded its crowdsource goal, and the first XCP-ng release, based on XenServer 7.4, will be March 31st.

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today's howtos

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KDE: Kubuntu Bionic Beaver (18.04) Beta 1, KDE Slimbook II, KaOS 2018.03, and Screen Sharing in Plasma

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  • Kubuntu Bionic Beaver (18.04) Beta 1 Candidate Image Testing

    Candidate images for the Kubuntu Bionic Beaver (18.04) Beta 1 are now available for testing.

    The Kubuntu team will be releasing 18.04 in April. The final Beta 1 milestone will be available on March 8.

  • KDE Slimbook II at Scottish Linux User Group 20th Anniversary

    Glasgow’s group of Linux nerds has been gathering for 20 years so I was pleased to eat lots of curry at the Scottish Linux User Group’s 20th anniversary dinner. In the pub afterwards I showed off the new KDE Slimbook II and recorded a little intro. It’s maybe not the most slick presenting skills but it’s my first time making a video...

  • KaOS 2018.03

    KaOS is proud to announce the availability of the March release of a new stable ISO.

  • KaOS Linux Switches to Falkon Browser, March's Release Adds KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS

    The developers of the KaOS Linux operating system announced today that availability of March 2018's ISO snapshot with up-to-date components and latest GNU/Linux technologies.

    KaOS 2018.03 is now available for download and it's the first to ship with the recently released KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop environment by default. In fact, the new release includes KDE Plasma 5.12.2 LTS, along with the KDE Applications 17.12.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.43.0 software suites built on Qt 5.10.1.

  • Screen sharing in Plasma wayland session

    One of the important missing features in Plasma wayland session is without a doubt possibility to share your screen or record you screen. To support this you need help of the compositor and somehow deliver all needed information to the client (application), in ideal way something what can be used by all DEs, such as Gnome. Luckily, this has been one of the primary goals of Pipewire, together with support for Flatpak. If you haven’t heard about Pipewire, it’s a new project that wants to improve audio and video handling in Linux, supporting all the usecases handled by PulseAudio and providing same level of handling for video input and output. With Pipewire supporting this, there was recently a new API added to xdg-desktop-portal for screen cast support and also for remote desktop. Using this API, applications can now have access to your screen content on Wayland sessions or in case they are running in sandbox. With various backend implementation, like xdg-desktop-portal-kde or xdg-desktop-portal-gtk, they just need to support one API to target all desktops. Screen cast portal works the way, that the client first needs to create a session between him and xdp (xdg-desktop-portal) backend implementation, user then gets a dialog with a screen he would like to share and starts screen sharing. Once he does that, xdp backend implementation creates a Pipewire stream, sends back response to the client with stream id and then client can connect to that stream and get its content. Once he no longer requests content of the selected stream, xdp backend implementation gets information that nobody is longer connected to the created Pipewire stream and can stop sharing screen information and xdp backend implementation is again ready to accept next requests for screen sharing. This is all happening in the background so there is really no cool picture I can show, at least this dialog which you get when you request to share a screen.

  • KDE Plasma Working On Wayland Screen-Sharing With XDG-Desktop-Portal / Pipewire

    With Wayland not enforcing any standard for screensharing, KDE developers are now building off GNOME's approach of XDG-Desktop-Portal and PipeWire for desktop/screen sharing for adding this feature to Plasma on Wayland.

    Red Hat / KDE developer Jan Grulich has been working on screen sharing support for the KDE Plasma Wayland session. For this understandably he's gone with the groundwork laid by XDG-Desktop-Portal/Pipewire to allow for a quick bring-up of this support.

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