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Story Games: Morphite, Mooseman, Arma, and PlayStation 4 DualShock Controller Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2017 - 7:53pm
Story Debian Development Reports Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2017 - 7:51pm
Story The GNOME Foundation Backs Librem 5 Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2017 - 7:22pm
Story Wine Staging 2.17 Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2017 - 7:16pm
Story 7 Things You Should Know About… Open Source Projects in Education Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2017 - 6:46pm
Story A Quick Review Of PCLinuxOS Mohd Sohail 20/09/2017 - 5:04pm
Story Development: RTOS, LipidFinder, Github Threat, and Stack Overflow Survey Roy Schestowitz 1 20/09/2017 - 4:04pm
Story Android/Linux Devices: Fire OS/Fire HD, Chromebook Pixel, Pixel 2 XL Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2017 - 4:02pm
Story Security: Equifax, Kodi, Infrared, and Windows XP in 2017 Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2017 - 3:49pm
Story Flock 2017, Fedora 27, and New Fedora 26 (F26) ISO Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2017 - 3:44pm

In-car telematics and connectivity platform runs Linux

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Laird unveiled a Linux-based “Open Platform” for telematics and in-car connectivity with WiFi, BLE, and NFC, and optional GPS/Glonass, LTE, and 802.11p.

Linux is finding its way into car systems that move beyond in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and into telematics and connectivity. On the low end, we’ve seen products like the recent, Raspberry Pi Zero W based AutoPi OBD-II dongle. This week at the inaugural Mobile World Congress Americas show in San Francisco, Laird is showing off a higher-end, OEM-focused “modular and scalable telematics platform” based on an open Linux platform.

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KDE Plasma 5.11 Enters Beta, Introduces Plasma Vault, Revamped Settings and More

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KDE

Today, the KDE project launched the Beta version of its upcoming Plasma 5.11 desktop environment for personal computers, giving the KDE community the first glimpse of what to expect from the final release later this fall.

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Linux 4.13.2

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Linux

I'm announcing the release of the 4.13.2 kernel.

All users of the 4.13 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.13.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.13.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st...

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Also: Linux 4.12.13

Linux 4.9.50

Linux 4.4.88

Linux 3.18.71

Software: Sublime Text, Synfig Studio, Temps, and PiCluster 2.2

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Software
  • Sublime Text 3.0 Released With New Features — Download Here For Linux, Windows, Mac

    Sublime Text is one of best text editors around, there’s no doubt about that. Making this tool even better, its developers have just pushed the latest and much-awaited Sublime Text 3.0 release with new features.

  • Synfig Studio: A Powerful Open Source Animation Software

    There are some animation applications available but Synfig made its way trough crowd-funding and it's been successful. It is powerful, free, open-source vector-based 2D animation software package, developed from the scratch for producing feature-film quality 2D animation with fewer resources and people, it is released under the GNU General Public License.
    Synfig stores its animations in its own XML file format, often compressed with gzip. These files use the filename extension .sif (uncompressed), .sifz (compressed) or .sfg (zip container format). The files store vector graphics data, embed or reference external bitmap images, and also a revision history of the project. It can render to video formats such as AVI, Theora and MPEG, as well as animated graphics formats such as MNG and GIF. It can also render to a sequence of numbered image files, using formats such as PNG, BMP, PPM and OpenEXR.

  • Temps: A Beautiful Weather Application For Your Desktop

    Temps is a simple, free and open-source smart weather application, designed to stay on the desktop as a widget. It is cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac. It is built using Electron, Menubar, Chart.js, and OpenWeatherMap technologies.

    It does work with most of the desktops and lets you touch it visually. Basically it stays on the desktop as a widget and display current weather in any location around the world. It displays forecast for the following four days with current day.

    Since this is a non-profit project, developer is not able to offer unlimited access to weather information that means you can signup to OpenWeatherMap API and create a free key for yourself.

  • Functions-as-a-Service coming to PiCluster 2.2

    Check out the Wiki page for code samples and an overview of how it works. To try it out now before 2.2 is released, check out the dev branch on GitHub. Regarding the release status, functions are stable now but we are waiting for possible changes to the other components of PiCluster.

Red Hat and Servers, IBM Mainframes

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Server

Q4OS 1.8.8, Orion

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GNU
Linux

The new Q4OS 1.8.8 stable release updates core system packages and implements improvements. Q4OS Orion 1.8.8 is based on Debian 8.9 Jessie and Trinity R14.0.4 desktop environment, it's the maintenance release of the Q4OS 1.8 'Orion' series, and is built on and updates the previous version. Google Chrome, the default Live CD web browser, has been upgraded to its most recent version 61.0.3163.79. Other improvements include polished GTK3 themes, new first boot Systemd configuration script, and more.

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Plasma Mobile and Purism's Librem 5 Free Smartphone

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KDE

Purism, Todd's company, produces the Librem computers, laptops with components that, where possible, are guaranteed to be respectful of the user's privacy. Their covers sport two hardware kill-switches, for example. One shuts off the camera. The other closes down WiFi and Bluetooth.

And, although not all components are open hardware,
Purism is perfectly transparent about this, recognizes it's not ideal, and aims to replace them when it becomes possible. Purism's ultimate aim is to achieve what they call Purism Purist state, in which every single chip and board is totally free and open, with all the schematics published under a free licence.

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Also: KDE Joins Purism in an Attempt to Build World's First Privacy-Focused Smartphone

Librem 5 Smartphone Now Plans To Ship With KDE Plasma

Linux: Jim Zemlin's Hypocrisy, Open Source Summit 2017 Roundup, AMD Graphics and CPU Failures/Bugs

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Hardware

KDE: Elisa, Randa, and Qt Con Brazil

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  • Last week development in Elisa

    I have decided to try to publish a short or not too short blog post each week some development happen in Elisa Git repository. I am inspired amongst others by the current posts about development of Kube.

    [...]

    I am still working on the notifications and a small progress has been made for the integration of visualizations when playing music.

  • Accessibility at Randa

    This year the Randa KDE meeting it’s all about Accessibility: a big effort has been concentrated around two very intertwined things: keyboard navigation and screen reader support.

  • Accessibility improvements in Randa

    Accessibility in KDE and Qt is constantly improving. Sometimes a change of scenery helps focusing and brings up productivity. Mix that with a bunch of great people and good things will start happening. It has been possible to create accessible Qt applications on Linux for a while, but of course not everything will just work out of the box untested. A while back Mario asked me to join this year’s Randa Meeting where KDE people discuss and fix issues. It turns out that was a great idea. I haven’t been able to focus much on applications and user experience lately, but with this backdrop it works

  • Discovering South America – Qt Con Brazil

    Few weeks ago I attended QtCon Brasil, an event organised by Brazilian members in the KDE Community who wanted to have an outreach event to the local technology community about Qt and beyond. It was great.

New Enlightenment Alpha

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GNU
Linux
  • Enlightenment DR 0.22.0-alpha Release
  • Enlightenment 22 Alpha Strikes With Better Wayland Support, Meson Build System

    Enlightenment 0.22 is now available in alpha form with a variety of improvements, including continued progress on Wayland.

    The Enlightenment X window manager / Wayland compositor has continued getting better particularly over the last few years and the upcoming E22 release will be no different. The Enlightenment 0.22 Alpha that's out today has "greatly improved" Wayland support as one of the leading features, which has continued to get better since E20.

Target's Sales Floors Are Switching From Apple to Android Devices

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Android
Mac

What may seem like a small change is enormous when the size of the company is considered. According to a spokesperson’s estimate, there are an average of 30 MyDevices in use per store, and approximately 1,800 Target stores. That’s 54,000 pieces of merchandise Apple won’t be upgrading. It also points to the growing irrelevance of the iPod line, which Apple stopped including in its quarterly sales reports in 2015.

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Databases: Oracle in Cloud Native Computing Foundation, New dbKoda Release

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Server
OSS
  • Oracle joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation, adds new container services

    As the excitement around software containers reaches fever pitch, database software giant Oracle Corp. is throwing its weight behind the cause.

    The company said Wednesday it’s signing up as a platinum member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, the organization leading the development of the Kubernetes container orchestrator tool. In addition, the company has just made Kubernetes available on its Oracle Linux platform, and will also open-source a Terraform Kubernetes Installer for its cloud infrastructure.

  • Oracle Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation as Platinum Member
  • dbKoda 0.7.0 new features

    0.7.0 is the second public release of dbKoda and our first post-MVP release. With the MVP (Minimal Viable Product) we definitely nailed the “M” criteria, and in this release we’ve pushing harder on the “V” side of the equation.

  • Southbank Software Introduces dbKoda, an Open Source Database Development Tool for MongoDB

    Southbank Software recently released its initial offering of dbKoda version 0.6.0, an open source MongoDB development tool packaged with JavaScript, React and Electron. As shown below, dbKoda’s graghical user interface features a connection manager and a feature-rich code editor for working with MongoDB databases.

Openwashing VMworld, Amdocs, VCV, and Microsoft

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OSS

Security: Kaspersky, Equifax and Internet of Things (IoT) at the Open Source Summit

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Security
  • Kaspersky Banned: Federal Agencies Ditch Russian Cybersecurity Firm Over Spying Concerns

     

    Acting Department of Homeland Security secretary Elaine Duke announced the ban of Kaspersky Lab software from federal government networks. The agencies have an unspecified timeline to rid their machines of the software, which DHS declared may pose a security risk.

  • US homeland security dept bans Kaspersky use by govt

     

    The US Department of Homeland Security has ordered all government agencies to stop using products from Kaspersky Labs, with a deadline of 90 days to implement plans to discontinue the use and to remove software from information systems.  

  • U.S. moves to ban Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage

     

    In a binding directive, acting homeland security secretary Elaine Duke ordered that federal civilian agencies identify Kaspersky Lab software on their networks. After 90 days, unless otherwise directed, they must remove the software, on the grounds that the company has connections to the Russian government and its software poses a security risk.

  • Ayuda! (Help!) Equifax Has My Data!

    Equifax last week disclosed a historic breach involving Social Security numbers and other sensitive data on as many as 143 million Americans. The company said the breach also impacted an undisclosed number of people in Canada and the United Kingdom. But the official list of victim countries may not yet be complete: According to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity, Equifax can safely add Argentina — if not also other Latin American nations where it does business — to the list as well.

    [...]

     

    It took almost no time for them to discover that an online portal designed to let Equifax employees in Argentina manage credit report disputes from consumers in that country was wide open, protected by perhaps the most easy-to-guess password combination ever: “admin/admin.”

  • Equifax hack: 44 million Britons' personal details feared stolen in major US data breach
  • On the Equifax Data Breach

    Last Thursday, Equifax reported a data breach that affects 143 million US customers, about 44% of the population. It's an extremely serious breach; hackers got access to full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver's license numbers -- exactly the sort of information criminals can use to impersonate victims to banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, and other businesses vulnerable to fraud.

    Many sites posted guides to protecting yourself now that it's happened. But if you want to prevent this kind of thing from happening again, your only solution is government regulation (as unlikely as that may be at the moment).

    The market can't fix this. Markets work because buyers choose between sellers, and sellers compete for buyers. In case you didn't notice, you're not Equifax's customer. You're its product.

  • Open Source Summit: Securing IoT is About Avoiding Anti-Patterns

    The security perils inherent in Internet of Things (IoT) devices are painfully obvious at this point in 2017, but why are there so many security issues? At a session during the Open Source Summit here Marti Bolivar, senior software engineer at Linaro detailed what he described as "anti-patterns" that ultimately lead to negative security outcomes.

    Bolivar started his session by defining what security in IoT is really all about, by pulling a quote from security engineer Ross Anderson.

Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 12

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Ubuntu

We’ll focus today on our advanced user base. We, of course, try to keep our default user experience as comprehensible as possible for the wider public, but we want as well to think about our more technical users by fine tuning the experience… and all of this, obviously, while changing our default session to use GNOME Shell. For more background on our current transition to GNOME Shell in artful, you can refer back to our decisions regarding our default session experience as discussed in my blog post.

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OSS: Networking, Wipro, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and FOSS in Government

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OSS
  • New network demands push adoption of open-source networking solutions

    Networking makes the modern connected world possible. Yet as networking has become more important, new technologies must rise to shoulder the burden. Businesses at all levels are discovering that open-source networking can provide the solutions they need.

    “I can confidently say that open-source networking, not just networking but open-source networking, is now mainstream,” said Arpit Joshipura (pictured), general manager of networking and orchestration at The Linux Foundation.

  • Richard Morrell: a brief history (of life) in open source

    I worked with Red Hat until the end of last year and am now at Falanx in the UK – a firm building possibly the fastest and most intelligent security platform to ever emerge from the open source community.

  • Wipro Joins Hyperledger to Catalyze Collaboration on Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Solutions
  • Wipro partners with open source blockchain project Hyperledger

    Wipro Limited said today that it will partner with an open source project Hyperledger to design and develop open source-based blockchain solutions for enterprise-grade blockchain deployments.

    Hyperledger is a global open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies across sectors such as finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chain, manufacturing and technology.

    “We are excited to welcome Wipro to the Hyperledger community. Wipro brings industry-acknowledged blockchain advisory and consulting capabilities, coupled with industry solutions for specific use cases and a strong partner ecosystem to help client businesses innovate on blockchain. We look forward to Wipro’s active contribution in the Hyperledger community to share insights on blockchain use cases, technology frameworks, tools and standards, and thought leadership,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger in a statement.

  • Government lab that gives a crap pushes open source

    The US government wants you to use its software, and if you're into manure, so much the better.

    The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), part of the US Department of Energy, last week released a new round of open-source projects in the hope that the public will take its research and run with it.

    Known for its MOOSE physics modeling software and a companion project for continuous integration and testing called CIVET, INL last year brought Paul Berg over from Amazon to serve as the lab's senior R&D software licensing manager. His remit is to oversee the handling of open-source projects.

    When Berg spoke to The Register earlier this year, he said the lab was preparing to make a number of its projects available to the public. And now the floodgates have opened.

  • Software Paid For With Public Money Should Be Open Source, Groups Say

    Publicly financed software should be open source, more than 30 signatories of an open letter are proclaiming, calling for others to sign the letter.

    According to a press release from the European Digital Rights initiative (EDRi), the 31 organisations and 469 people who signed the open letter want legislation requiring that publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made publicly available under a free and open source software licence.

    “If it is public money, it should be public code as well,” it says.

    “We need software that guarantees freedom of choice, access, and competition. We need software that helps public administrations regain full control of their critical digital infrastructure, allowing them to become and remain independent from a handful of companies,” the release says.

Linux Foundation Event and Initiatives

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Linux
  • Torvalds Wants Hackers on Linux's Team Instead of Going to 'Dark Side’

    Today’s topics include Linus Torvalds wanting hackers to join Linux before turning to the “dark side”; an Apache Struts vulnerability being the potential cause of the Equifax breach; ScanMyPhotos.com offering free photo digitizing to Texas and Florida residents; and Google’s appeal of its $2.9 billion EU antitrust fine.

    At the Open Source Summit in Los Angeles on Sept. 11, Linux founder Linus Torvalds said one way to improve security is to get hackers to join Linux before they attack us. He also said the concept of absolute security in Linux doesn't exist.

    "Even if we do a perfect job … let's be honest, there will always [be] bugs,"Torvalds said. There are a lot of security checks to help identify vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel. Therefore, as a technical person he is impressed by the ingenuity of the people who attack Linux code.

  • New Initiatives to Create Sustainable Open Source Projects at The Linux Foundation

    Open source software isn’t only growing. It’s actually accelerating exponentially in terms of its influence on technology and in society.

  • Linux Foundation: Announcing Our Open Source Guides for the Enterprise

    Last March we held a TODO Group track at Open Source Leadership Summit focused entirely on sharing best practices for businesses managing and building out open source programs. More than a dozen open source program leads and other leaders from companies shared their tips and best practices at the event.

    Furthermore in the last year or so, we have seen companies like AWS build out an open source program via @AWSOpen and even companies like VMWare hired their first Chief Open Source Officer. We’ve had many organizations approach TODO Group members asking for advice on how to get started with an open source program.

  • OPNFV Membership Grows Globally as Community Plans Fourth Developer Plugfest
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