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Story OSS and Sharing Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 14/11/2017 - 5:58am
Story Mozilla: Firefox 57 and WebAssembly Roy Schestowitz 14/11/2017 - 5:56am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 14/11/2017 - 5:49am
Story Events: Netconf, Netdev, Percona Live amd More Roy Schestowitz 14/11/2017 - 5:38am
Story Split Screen is Coming to Google's Pixelbook Chromebook, Here's a Sneak Peek Roy Schestowitz 14/11/2017 - 4:59am
Story Linux 4.15 Features Roy Schestowitz 14/11/2017 - 4:54am
Story Btrfs Zstd Compression Benchmarks On Linux 4.14 Roy Schestowitz 14/11/2017 - 4:42am
Story Security: Kaspersky, Shadow Brokers, Core Infrastructure Initiative, Face ID Roy Schestowitz 14/11/2017 - 4:39am
Story Collabora's Role in Linux Development Roy Schestowitz 14/11/2017 - 4:37am
Story Samsung Demo of GNU/Linux on Phones Roy Schestowitz 14/11/2017 - 4:33am

Security: MINIX, DDOS, Bugs and Malware

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Apache Kafka Reaches 1.0 Milestone for Open-Source Distributed Streaming Platform

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Widely deployed open-source technology already used by major enterprises including Goldman Sachs, ING and Capital One reaches a critical milestone.

In the modern enterprise apps world, distributed streaming data is a core component and perhaps no other technology is as widely used for that purpose as is Apache Kafka. On Nov.1 the Apache Kafka 1.0.0 release officially debuted, marking an important new stage in the evolution of the widely used open-source project.

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Also: Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 Puts the Cloud in a Container

5 of the Best Linux Distros for Gaming

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When it comes to Linux, few people really associate it with gaming. Most people feel that gaming in Linux is not well supported and that there are very little or no games for Linux (which is a myth). Obviously this is not correct as there are plenty of open-source games for Linux as well as Windows-based games that you can install via Wine. The only thing that can hamper the experience is the Linux distro itself. While any Linux distro may be used for gaming, there are some distros specifically optimized for gaming. Here are the best five.<

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KDE Plasma 5.11.3 Desktop Environment Released with 40 Bugfixes and Improvements

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The KDE Plasma 5.11.3 software update comes two weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.11.2 release, and it appears to include a total of 40 changes, improving Plasma Desktop, Plasma Workspace, Plasma Discover, Plasma Addons, Plasma Networkmanager, KScreen, KWin, Milou, plasma-integration, kactivitymanagerd, and System Settings.

"Today KDE releases a Bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.11.3. Plasma 5.11 was released in October with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a fortnight's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important," said KDE in today's announcement.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, Takes On The Radeon RX Vega 64 Under Linux

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Last week NVIDIA began shipping the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card as an offering at the $449 USD price point to undercut the Radeon RX Vega 56. Here are some benchmarks of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti under Linux with the latest OpenGL/Vulkan drivers compared to Radeon RX Vega, the rest of the Pascal GPUs, and other graphics cards under a variety of different Linux gaming benchmarks with 12 cards in total being tested this round.

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Games: Nuclear Throne, HITMAN, Pillars of Eternity, Slashers: The Power Battle, Final Storm, Ebony Spire: Heresy

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Red Hat: Storage, Mobile, Containers and More

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  • Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 Broadens Reach for Enterprise Workloads
  • Mobile-ready India infuses new life into Open Source: Red Hat

    Open Source technologies like Linux have helped innumerable tech start-ups to flourish and one company that can take credit for providing entrepreneurs with a solid IT foundation is North Carolina-based Red Hat.

    Over two decades ago, Red Hat began with the idea of collaborating with IT leaders, open source advocates, developers and partners to create an Open Source ecosystem that spans Cloud, Middleware, Operating Systems, Storage, Virtualisation and Management. It is now ready to exploit today's most promising opportunity -- the mobile space.

  • Juniper Dons Red Hat To Ease Cloud Migration

    Distributed telecommunications cloud environments offer service providers a way to more quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively deliver services to end users, but they come with their share of complexity, management headaches, integration challenges and coordinating operations among multiple cloud vendors.

  • Red Hat Wraps OpenStack In Containers

    Red Hat is no stranger to Linux containers, considering the work its engineers have done in creating the OpenShift application development and management platform.

    As The Next Platform has noted over the past couple of years, Red Hat has rapidly expanded the capabilities within OpenShift for developing and deploying Docker containers and managing them with the open source Kubernetes orchestrator, culminating with OpenShift 3.0, which was based on Kubernetes and Docker containers. It has continued to enhance the platform since. Most recently, Red Hat in September launched OpenShift Container Platform 3.6, which added upgraded security features and more consistency across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. A month later, the company introduced Red Hat Container Native Storage 3.6 to support containerized applications and infrastructure in OpenShift clusters.

  • Insider Selling: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Insider Sells 2,888 Shares of Stock
  • Going Through the Figures for Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) and Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE)?

KDE: KDE Promo, KTextEditor, Redshift Plasmoid

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  • KDE Promo Activity Report – October 2017

    Another week, another KDE Promo report!

    This edition of the report is special in that we’ve now synchronized the reports posted on the mailing list with the ones posted here. In other words, the posts shared here will no longer lag behind the mailing list.

    If you missed the previous report, don’t worry: you can read it here.

    So, what have we been up to in the past month, and which tasks do we offer to potential contributors?
    Let’s have a look.

  • KTextEditorPreviewPlugin 0.2.1 (last stand-alone)

    The KTextEditorPreviewPlugin software provides the KTextEditor Document Preview Plugin, a plugin for the editor Kate, the IDE KDevelop, or other software using the KTextEditor framework.

    The plugin enables a live preview of the currently edited text document in the final format, in the sidebar (Kate) or as tool view (KDevelop). So when editing e.g. a Markdown text or an SVG image, the result is instantly visible next to the source text. For the display the plugin uses that KParts plugin which is currently selected as the preferred one for the MIME type of the document. If there is no KParts plugin for that type, no preview is possible.

  • Clive Johnston: Trouble sleeping? Try the Redshift Plasmoid

    Recently I have been having trouble sleeping and looked into ways to help myself drift off to the land of nod a bit more easily.

    One technique, which I have on my mobile phone, is to reduce blue colours with a shift to more subtle warmer red colours. This is called “redshift” and I decided to see if the feature is available in KDE Plasma. It turns out that there is a Plasmoid made for this task called “Redshift Control” and it is available via the Ubuntu archive.

CAINE 9.0 Linux Helps Investigators With Computer Security Forensics

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While there are many security-focused Linux distributions on the market, one distribution distinguishes itself by targeting forensic investigators. Instead of penetration testing tools, CAINE - which is an acronym for Computer Aided INvestigative Environment and was investigated to version 9.0 on Oct. 25 - is loaded with applications and tools to help investigators find the clues and data points that are required for computer security forensics.

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Software Freedom Law Center/Conservancy Dispute Update

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  • Concerning a Statement by the Conservancy

    On Friday, while we were putting on our annual conference at Columbia Law School, a puff of near-apocalyptic rhetoric about us was published by SFLC’s former employees, Karen Sandler and Bradley Kuhn, who now manage the Conservancy, which was originally established and wholly funded by SFLC, and still bears our name. We were busy with our conference when this happened, which seems to have been the point. We are glad to have the chance now, after a little much-needed rest, to help everyone avoid unnecessary hyperventilation.

  • Concerning a Statement by the Conservancy (Software Freedom Law Center Blog)

    The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has responded to a recent blog post from the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) regarding the SFC's trademark. SFLC has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to cancel the SFC trademark due to a likelihood of confusion between the two marks; SFC posted about the action on its blog.

Most companies can't buy an open source community clue. Here's how to do it right

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One of the most powerful—yet most difficult—things in open source is community. "Where a robust community exists," declared Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst in a recent interview with Slashdot, "Open source always wins." But building that community is hard. Really, really hard. While it's somewhat straightforward to predict the necessary components of a thriving open source community, it's immeasurably harder to predict when and where the confluence of those components will result in a community like Linux or Kubernetes.

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Krita 4.0 Development Update

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And then we realized we hadn’t posted news about ongoing Krita development for some time now. The main reason is that we’ve, well, been really busy doing development. The other reason is that we’re stuck making fully-featured preview builds on OSX and Linux. More about that later…

So, what’s been going on? Some of the things we’ve been doing were backported to Krita 3.2 and 3.3, like support for the Windows 8 Pointer API, support for the ANGLE Direct3D display renderer, the new gmic-qt G’Mic plugin, new commandline options, support for touch painting, the new smart patch tool, new brush presets and blending modes… But there is also a lot of other work that simply couldn’t be backported to 3.x.

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What's the difference between open source software and free software?

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Do you use "open source software" or "free software"? Although there are different rules for free software licenses (four freedoms) and open source licenses (Open Source Definition), what is not apparent from those two sets of rules is:

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Upgraded Zynq-based Zybo SBC targets embedded vision apps

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Digilent’s “Zybo Z7” SBC runs Linux on the Xilinx Zynq-7010 and -7020 ARM/FPGA SoCs, and offers HDMI in and out, MIPI-CSI, and up to 6x Pmod connectors.

Digilent, which is owned by National Instruments, is known for its FPGA-driven Pmod peripheral modules and Arty FPGA development board. In 2012, the company also launched a Zybo board supporting the lowest end Xilinx Zynq-7010 version of the Zynq family, which combines dual Cortex-A9 cores running Linux with an FPGA. Now Digilent has introduced a more capable Zybo Z7 board aimed at embedded vision applications. The Zybo Z7 offers an option for the Zynq-7020, which has a faster FPGA, as well as enhancements including the addition of a MIPI-CSI camera interface and separate HDMI in and out ports.

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Linux Foundation and Linux Development

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  • Linux Foundation Publishes Enterprise Open Source Guides

    The Linux Foundation added to its collection of enterprise guides for the development and use of open source software with three new offerings.

    The 17-year-old nonprofit organization is tasked with supporting open source communities and as part of that mission in September published six Open Source Guides for the Enterprise touching on subjects ranging from recruiting developers to using open source code.

  • AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization Patches Updated For Linux

    AMD Linux developers today sent out the latest revision to their big set of patches adding in support for Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) to the Linux kernel.

  • Linux User Management as a Service

    Managing Linux users has been an interesting topic in the identity management world. Early on, Linux machines weren’t that popular, so the management of the associated users was handled manually. But now, as Linux becomes more commonplace, controlling access to Linux systems is an important aspect for most IT admins to have covered. Fortunately, a new generation of Linux user management has arrived – and it simplifies the task for IT by coming in the ‘as a service’ form.

  • Project Treble Brings Extended Linux Kernel Security Support to Combat Fragmentation

Oracle Linux and GNOME

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  • Oracle Linux Security Developer To AMD: "Smatch" Your Driver

    Dan Carpenter of Oracle who is responsible for security audits of the Linux kernel is not happy with the current state of the AMDGPU DRM code-base.

    Carpenter fired off an email today on the public kernel mailing list with the title: AMD, please run Smatch on your driver. The Smatch he is referring to is a static analysis tool he designed for working on the Linux kernel.

  • Longtime GNOME Contributor & Oracle Principal UX Designer Leaves The Company

    The latest talent to have departed Oracle is a longtime GNOME contributor who has at Oracle/Sun Microsystems for nearly the past two decades.

    Calum Benson who had been involved with GNOME since 2000 and was particularly active during the Sun Microsystems days with GNOME 1.x and GNOME 2.x, involved in improving the usability of GNOME, has announced his sunset at Oracle.

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