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Story Dev/FOSS Events: Kamailio World, Open Source Day, SunCamp, and DebConf14 Throwback Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 7:46pm
Story Fedora: The Latest Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 7:43pm
Story Microsoft Windows and Ransom Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 7:30pm
Story SUSE Security Breach (Again) and Tumbleweed Update Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 6:54pm
Story CoreOS's Linux platform bolsters enterprise Kubernetes features Rianne Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 6:41pm
Story Open source, $125 NAS SBC has four SATA 3.0 ports Rianne Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 6:37pm
Story CIA Uses "AfterMidnight" and "Assassin" Against Windows Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 5:40pm
Story Which Official Ubuntu Flavor Is Best for You? Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 5:21pm
Story RADV vs. AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan Performance vs. OpenGL In May 2017 Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 5:10pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 12/05/2017 - 4:50pm

Leftovers: Software and Shows

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  • Google Summer of Code students are announced today

    For Cantor, Rishabh Gupta will "Port all backends of Cantor to Q/K process." For Digikam, Yingjie Liu will make “Face Management Improvements," Ahmed Fathy will enable "Database export to remote network devices using DLNA/UPNP," Swati Lodha will create "Database separation for Similarity" and Shaza Ismail Kaoud will make a "Healing clone tool for dust spots removal."

  • GNOME Recipes growing team

    With the big push towards 1.0 now over, the development in GNOME recipes has moved to a more relaxed pace. But that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening! In fact, our team is growing, we will have two interns joining us this cycle, Ekta and Paxana.

  • Bodhi 2.6.2
  • Episode 46 - Turns out I'm not a bad guy
  • S10E09 – Elfin Moaning Wine

    This week we’ve been teaching kids to program, tinkering with GNOME and Microsoft released Windows 10 S. Intel have a security vulnerability in it’s Active Management Technology and Google have EOL’d all their Nexus devices.

Leftovers: Gaming

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Linux/OSS on Servers, Networks

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  • Docker 17.05.0 Adds Multi-Stage Build and Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Support

    Docker 17.05.0 was released today as part of the new Moby project, a collaborative effort to assemble container-based systems for the container ecosystem, a release that brings a great number of improvements and new features.

  • Heptio’s Joe Beda: Before embracing cloud computing, make sure your culture is ready
  • China hits milestone in developing quantum computer ‘to eclipse all others’

    A team of scientists from eastern China has built the first form of quantum computer that they say is faster than one of the early generation of conventional computers developed in the 1940s.

    The researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China at Hefei in Anhui province built the machine as part of efforts to develop and highlight the future use of quantum computers.

    The devices make use of the way particles interact at a subatomic level to make calculations rather than conventional computers which use electronic gates, switches and binary code.

  • Tracking NFV Performance in the Data Center

    Network function virtualization (NFV) is clearly on the rise, with an increasing number of production deployments across carriers worldwide. Operators are looking to create nimble, software-led topologies that can deliver services on-demand and reduce operational costs. From a data center performance standpoint, there’s a problem: Traditional IT virtualization approaches that have worked for cloud and enterprise data centers can’t cost-effectively support the I/O-centric and latency-sensitive workloads that carriers require.

Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Does open source still matter?

    The message to the thousands of participants was clear: the open source development model that brings together creators and users of software to solve business and societal problems is winning.

    From Singapore’s myResponder app that activates volunteers within the vicinity of those suffering from heart attacks to the transformation of government services in Mexico, open source software has sparked some of the world’s most inspiring innovations.

    While these open source powered initiatives are laudable, will they still accomplish their goals if the underlying technologies they are using aren’t open source?

  • Open-source tech disruptive force in computing industry, says IBM

    In today’s world, going alone has few benefits. This is doubly true in the tech industry, as companies who do their own thing don’t just have to reinvent the wheel, but also maintain it forever after. Collaboration and partnerships are key to doing effective business, and a common meeting ground for such collaboration is open-source technology, according to Jim Wasko (pictured), vice president of open systems development at IBM.

  • Welcome, GSoC’17 students!

    Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development during their holiday break. The Document Foundation and LibreOffice participate every year, and we are happy to announce three accepted projects aimed to improve usability.

  • Seneca Open Source researcher's $1-million grant renewed for five years

    With funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Seneca Professor Chris Tyler will build on five years as an Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) with expanded research into open source software that can run on low-energy, high-performance computers.

  • Finland’s Oskari GIS platform aims to go global

    Oskari, the online geographic map-building tool that was originally developed by the National Land Survey of Finland, is joining the OSGeo foundation, hoping to become one of the world’s standard open source Geographic Information Solutions. “The Oskari network now includes 33 members, mostly public administrations but also 13 companies, and the software is translated into 14 languages”, said Jani Kylmäaho, head of development at the land survey.

  • Italy creates digital transformation team

    On 24 March, the government of Italy started ‘Developers Italia’ a digital government transformation team and software development community focusing on open source software development. Software solutions and software libraries are to be published on GitHub, published under the MIT licence.

  • 4 ways to measure success in open source communities

Development News

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  • Declarative vs. Imperative paradigms

    At first glance you will notice that one of these remotes is dark, and the other is light. You might also notice that my photography skills are terrible. Neither of these facts is very important to the discussion at hand. Is there anything interesting that you can infer?

  • NASA wants YOU (to make its Fortran code run faster)

    NASA has teamed up with two technology crowdsourcing organizations in an effort to put some of its supercomputer code into afterburner mode. In an announcement on May 2, the director of NASA's Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP) launched the High Performance Fast Computing Challenge, an effort to accelerate NASA's Modern Fortran-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, FUN3D.

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The Return of the Asus Eee PC 900 -- with PicarOS!

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The reason why I jumped into the Linux train was a tiny Asus Eee PC 900 that I bought in 2007. This 8.9 inch netbook came with Linux pre-installed and I intended to change the OS to Windows XP, but the latter made the netbook a real snail. In addition, my wife had already grown fond of the cute Frozen Bubble game on Xandros, the netbook's original OS, so I went back to Linux, but put Mandriva on the machine instead.

It was an amazing little machine that helped me get my tenure at the University where I work, but that I gave away later to a person who needed it to keep studying.

Last month, by pure serendipity, I saw another Asus Eee PC 900 sitting on the display window of a computer repair shop.

I bought it for my daughter, expecting to change the Windows OS to Sugar since her school decided not to lend the OLPC XO computers for take out.

Even though I had my pendrive ready with Sugar, my plan did not work because I failed to consider that the machine is very old and, hence, its architecture is 32 bit. Most Linux distros abandoned 32 bit to concentrate on 64 bit. Sugar does not support 32 bit.

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Red Hat Summit News

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Open source NAS, offered as a device or bare PCB, runs Linux on MIPS

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The “GnuBee Personal Cloud 1” open-source NAS device, featuring dual GbE ports and up to six internal 2.5-inch SSDs and/or HDDs, has funded at Crowd Supply.

GnuBee designed its $168 “GnuBee Personal Cloud 1” (GB-PC1) NAS device to provide all the functionality of a commercial, proprietary NAS, “but at a much lower cost and with the transparency, reliability, and accessibility advantages that come with using FLOSS.” The GB-PC1 has just funded at Crowd Supply, and is expected to begin shipping by September.

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Sex, Love & Software: History of Free Software, Linux and Open Source

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A few weeks back, when we featured Brian Lunduke’s interview with Richard Stallman, we lamented the fact that most users who come to GNU/Linux these days seem to have little knowledge of the history of free software, Linux and open source. This is not good, for without a community of supporters, free tech cannot survive.

This is much different than it was 10 or 15 years ago, when the main reason for adopting Linux was because of its connection with the free software movement, which began in the 1980s under Richard Stallman, and spurred on by the GNU Project which he founded.

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Windows vs Linux: what's the best operating system?

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Linux is frequently overlooked by the general public and doesn't get much attention outside of hardcore enthusiasts. Some people perceive it to be overly complicated and unintuitive, while some simply aren't really aware of its existence.

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Leftovers: Gaming (White Noise 2 and HITMAN)

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Red Hat News

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  • Red Hat eyes Africa expansion

    Enterprise open source software provider Red Hat has seen large growth in SA and hopes to see this continue further and possibly to other markets on the continent.

    Red Hat is not exclusive to, but mainly focuses on, the public sector, financial services and telecommunications industries.

    Lee Miles, Red Hat CEMEA regional manager, says when he joined two years ago, there was a team of three based in SA, which has since grown to 16.

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  • Red Hat Is The Gatekeeper For ARM In The Datacenter

    If any new hardware technology is going to get traction in the datacenter, it has to have the software behind it. And as the dominant supplier of commercial Linux, Red Hat’s support of ARM-based servers gives the upstart chip makers like Applied Micro, Cavium, and Qualcomm the leverage to help pry the glasshouse doors open and get a slice of the server and storage business that is so utterly dominated by Intel’s Xeon processors today.

  • Red Hat Picks SevOne for Service Assurance

    Service assurance provider SevOne said today that its platform was chosen to provide automated insight and analytics into Red Hat’s network functions virtualization (NFV) solution.

  • Red Hat Exec: Start Gradually, And Use The Cloud To Streamline Your Business

Security Leftovers

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  • SELinux and --no-new-privs and the setpriv command.
  • Qualcomm study says sure, you can control a drone over LTE

    Internet-connected drones will be necessary if you're going to see fliers that can communicate when they're delivering packages, livestreaming video or otherwise coordinating with the outside world. But how well can you control them over an LTE data connection when they're soaring hundreds of feet above the ground? Quite well, if you ask Qualcomm. The chip maker has published the results of a trial run using LTE-linked drones, and it believes that they're ready for prime time... mostly.

    The dry run (which included over 1,000 flights) showed that existing cellular networks are up to the job. Drones will still get a strong LTE signal at altitudes as high as 400 feet, and they get "comparable" coverage. In fact, they have an advantage over the phone in your pocket -- they don't have to hand over connections as often as ground-based devices.

  • Fake Google Docs phishing deluge hits Gmail
  • 7 Steps to Fight Ransomware

    Perpetrators are shifting to more specific targets. This means companies must strengthen their defenses, and these strategies can help.

    Ransomware can be a highly lucrative system for extracting money from a customer. Victims are faced with an unpleasant choice: either pay the ransom or lose access to the encrypted files forever. Until now, ransomware has appeared to be opportunistic and driven through random phishing campaigns. These campaigns often, but not always, rely on large numbers of emails that are harvested without a singular focus on a company or individual.

  • Open Source Security Audit 'Should Be a Wake-Up Call' [Ed: Microsoft-connected media uses Microsoft-connected Black Duck to smear FOSS]

Leftovers: Software

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  • You Can Now Install Discord App as a Snap on Ubuntu, Other GNU/Linux Distros

    Canonical's David Callé announces that the widely-used Discord app, a free voice and text chat client for gamers on Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms, is now available for installation as a Snap from the Snappy Store.

  • Simplenote, the popular note-taking app, is now available as a Snap on Linux

    Simplenote is one of the most popular note-taking services around, and it’s just gotten easier to use on Linux.

    Launched last year, the official Simplenote Linux app is available as a Snap on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.

    The simple, straightforward note-taking service offers cloud sync and backup across devices, boasts some minor collaborative sharing features, and throws in fast search and note tagging for efficient organisation.

  • Calibre 2.84 Ebook Management App Updates Kindle Driver, Improves Conversion

    It's been nearly three weeks since the last Calibre update hit the streets, and it's now time to get your hands on a brand new version that adds several features and improves existing functionality.

    Calibre 2.84 was launched today by developer Kovid Goyal, who managed to update the Kindle driver to allow users to also delete the thumbnails of the books that are deleted from the system directory, and improved conversion by making use of the same regexp (regular expression) engine that's being used by the Edit Book tool, which appears to offer better support for Unicode characters.

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