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Story Open source machine vision board and robot run Linux and Arduino Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 7:07am
Story Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Officially Released for All Ubuntu Phones and Tablets Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 7:05am
Story SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Now Includes GCC 6.2, GNU Binutils 2.26.1 & GDB 7.11.1 Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 7:03am
Story Tails 2.6 Anonymous Linux Live CD Is Out, Brings Tor & Tor Browser 6.0.5 Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 7:01am
Story CouchDB 2.0 Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 6:57am
Story IPFire 2.19 - Core Update 104 released Roy Schestowitz 21/09/2016 - 6:49am
Story Red Hat News Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2016 - 10:31pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2016 - 10:29pm
Story Web browsers for GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2016 - 9:43pm
Story GNOME/GTK News Roy Schestowitz 20/09/2016 - 9:42pm

Udacity Fuels Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Dreams

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This is a fantastic opportunity for technically capable students who want a chance to learn the tricks of an exploding new tech trade from the best teachers, he told LinuxInsider.

The growing popularity of programs focusing on open source technology is significant, observed Dan Cauchy, executive director of Automotive Grade Linux.

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It's time to make LibreOffice and OpenOffice one again

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Let's talk about OpenOffice. More than likely you've already read, countless times, that Apache OpenOffice is near the end. The last stable iteration was 4.1.2 (released October, 2015) and a recent major security flaw took a month to patch. A lack of coders has brought development to a creeping crawl. And then, the worst possible news hit the ether; the project suggested users switch to MS Office (or LibreOffice).

For whom the bells tolls? The bell tolls for thee, OpenOffice.

I'm going to say something that might ruffle a few feathers. Are you ready for it?

The end of OpenOffice will be a good thing for open source and for users.

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Solus Still Not Ready, NVIDIA on Wayland, Pimpin' Xfce

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When Apache began the public discussion of what to do with OpenOffice, I knew someone would bring up the LibreOffice remerger. Today Jack Wallen did just that. Elsewhere, Neil Rickert said that Solus still needs more work to be a daily driver and more on NVIDIA with Wayland was discussed in the Land of Wobbly Windows. Sebastian Kuegler blogged Plasma 5.8 excludes Wayland from long term support and Bruce Byfield highlighted seven KDE applications sometimes forgotten and Dedoimedo pimped Xfce.

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Red Hat News

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Fedora News

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  • On-boarding Kickoff: Fedora QA, Bhopal, India

    Furthering the FOSS Wave initiative to prepare students for the industry, it required us to work closely with and mentor people in the right way. Bhopal, India, has a good number of contributors who want to learn about Fedora Quality Assurance (QA). I started off by helping them to start with a few QA activities.

  • F24-20160914 Updated isos released

    I am happy to release the F24-20160914 updated lives isos with the kernel-4.7.3-201.

  • Using Ansible to Provision Vagrant Boxes

    Ansible is a great tool for system administrators who want to automate system administration tasks. From configuration management to provisioning and managing containers for application deployments, Ansible makes it easy. The lightweight module based architecture is ideal for system administration. One advantage is that when the node is not being managed by Ansible, no resources are used.

    This article covers how to use Ansible to provision Vagrant boxes. A Vagrant box in simple terms is a virtual machine prepackaged with tools required to run the development environment. You can use these boxes to distribute the development environment used by other team members for project work. Using Ansible, you can automate provisioning the Vagrant boxes with your development packages.

  • It’s rusty, thus it’s old? Hah! Rust in Fedora.

    As always: Provide feedback to improve packaging and the language itself. I’m also curious to see the first native Rust app in Fedora. Maybe rusty coreutils?

  • FOSS Wave: FOSS and Fedora in Bangalore, India

    I have planned to do this for more than two months, but we didn’t have any computer science club in my college. If it was for one event, we could have done it separate, but I wanted to organize multiple workshops (open source, mobile app development, website development, competitions, robotics etc). Thus, we needed a proper platform to easily organize the events without bothering too many people.

    I put the idea to open a club and inaugurate it. Later, we came to know that there was already an existing club named Labyrinth. This club was inactive for more than 18 months. No one was aware of it excluding four to five teachers. The teacher whom we approached to help us in initiating a new club also was not aware of it. After talking to the management, they told us the same thing. Starting a whole new club would take too much time, so we reopened Labyrinth and we had our first workshop in it.

  • Fedora @ BalCCon2k16 - Event Report!

    Another event, another great experience! This is my short (hopefully) event report from BalCCon2k16 which was held in my hometown - Novi Sad.

  • Libre Application Summit, Heroes of Fedora, commenting, and so much more!

OSS and Sharing/Standards Leftovers

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  • Open Source Opens Doors for Comms Startups

    Open source can break down barriers to startups and innovation in the comms industry, which can often be resistant to new ideas.

    "Our industry as a whole has a high barrier to entry for startups, and new small companies," Tom Anschutz, distinguished member of the AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) technical staff, said, speaking on a panel about the future of the data center. "With open source, SDN and NFV, one of the roles and responsibilities of innovating and bringing new things to the industry has opened up."

    However, while open source provides great value, somebody's got to provide packaged support, Trey Hall, vice president of marketing and technology for Walker and Associates, said. Barriers to entry are low, but support is still challenging.

  • What Open-Source Software Could Mean For Agriculture

    A lot of computer software is proprietary – you have to buy it, and modifying the code is strictly off-limits. But another type of software – called “open-source software” – performs as its name implies. Anyone is free to inspect, modify or enhance it.

    Over the years, this method of coding has led to some useful innovations, primarily for a variety of everyday computing tasks that pretty much anyone using the Internet today unknowingly takes advantage of. Now, open-source software is bleeding into the agriculture industry.

  • TaxBrain: Open source economic forecasting

    As economic policy becomes more complex, it grows less transparent.

    To bring some insight into the data and forecasts, the American Enterprise Institute’s Open Source Policy Center (OSPC) has developed a new approach to policy analysis.

    The TaxBrain web application lets users simulate and study the effect of tax policy reforms using open source economic models. Developed and launched in April by OSPC, TaxBrain aims “to make economic policy analysis more transparent, accessible and scientific,” AEI officials said.

  • Top 10 Google Open Source Projects You Must Know

    Google is a titan in the technology industry. Google has contributed to nearly every front of technology, and, since the Alphabet restructuring, has become the single most valuable company in the world. Google has also made some notable contributions to the open source community in the form of Android, Chromium OS, Go, Material Design Icons etc.

  • CloudBees Announces First Enterprise Distribution of Jenkins, Combining Open Source Innovation with Enterprise-Class Reliability and Stability
  • From MIT to MapR, Big Data Training is Becoming Easily Accessible
  • GNU Guile 2.1.4 released (beta)

    We are delighted to announce GNU Guile release 2.1.4, the next pre-release in what will become the 2.2 stable series.

    This release fixes many small bugs, adds an atomic reference facility, and improves the effectiveness of integer unboxing in the compiler. See the release announcement for full details and a download link.

  • Copyleft and data: databases as poor subject

    Open licensing works when you strike a healthy balance between obligations and reuse. Data, and how it is used, is different from software in ways that change that balance, making reasonable compromises in software (like attribution) suddenly become insanely difficult barriers.

  • Dutch public agencies fail to register open data on national portal

    Less than one in ten Dutch public agencies has registered any open data on the national open data portal. For municipalities, this falls to only one in twenty. These are the main results of an assessment performed by the Open State Foundation.

    According to the foundation, from 1,069 government organisations only 89 have datasets that can be found via the central government's open data portal: Although all ministries and provinces have registered one or more datasets, datasets from only 21 of a total of 395 municipalities, seven of 246 regional cooperation bodies, 12 of 155 Self-Governing Bodies and four of the 23 water boards can be found. High Councils of State and Public Bodies have not registered any open datasets yet.

  • Meet Hyperledger: An “Umbrella” for Open Source Blockchain & Smart Contract Technologies

    It’s hard to believe I’ve been working at The Linux Foundation on Hyperledger for four months already. I’ve been blown away by the amount of interest and support the project has received since the beginning of the year. As things really start to take off, I think it’s important to take a step back to reflect and recapitulate why and what we’re doing with Hyperledger. Simply put, we see Hyperledger as an “umbrella” for software developer communities building open source blockchain and related technologies. In this blog post, I’m going to try to define what we mean by “umbrella,” that is, the rationale behind it and how we expect that model to work towards building a neutral, foundational community.

  • Hitchhiker's Guide to IoT Standards and Protocols

    The framework of course depends on if your deployment is going to be internal, such as in a factory, or external, such as a consumer product. In this conversation, we’ll focus on products that are launching externally to a wider audience of customers, and for that, we have a lot to consider.

  • Standards Move at Snail’s Pace for the NFV Community

    There’s a general consensus among people working on telco virtualization that open source groups are replacing traditional standards groups.

    “In open source, code is the coin of the realm; express yourself with something that is useful,” said Tom Anschutz, distinguished member of AT&T’s technical staff, speaking yesterday at Light Reading’s 2016 NFV & Carrier SDN event.

Security News

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  • DevOps and the Art of Secure Application Deployment

    Secure application deployment principles must extend from the infrastructure layer all the way through the application and include how the application is actually deployed, according to Tim Mackey, Senior Technical Evangelist at Black Duck Software. In his upcoming talk, “Secure Application Development in the Age of Continuous Delivery” at LinuxCon + ContainerCon Europe, Mackey will discuss how DevOps principles are key to reducing the scope of compromise and examine why it’s important to focus efforts on what attackers’ view as vulnerable.

  • Sept 2016 Patch Tuesday: Microsoft released 14 security bulletins, rated 7 as critical

    Microsoft released 14 security bulletins for September, seven of which are rated critical due to remote code execution flaws. Microsoft in all its wisdom didn’t regard all RCEs as critical. There’s also an “important rated” patch for a publicly disclosed flaw which Microsoft claims isn’t a zero-day being exploited. But at least a 10-year-old hole is finally being plugged.

    Next month marks a significant change as Microsoft says it intends roll out "servicing changes" that include bundled patches. Unless things change, not all Windows users will be able to pick and choose specific security updates starting in October.

  • Microsoft Patches Zero Day Flaw Used In Two Massive Malvertising Campaigns [Ed: Microsoft, as usual, told the NSA about this months before patching]

    Microsoft was first notified about the so-called information disclosure bug in September 2015, security vendor Proofpoint said in an alert this week. But a patch for it became available only after Trend Micro and Proofpoint reported the bug again to Microsoft more recently when researching a massive malvertising campaign being operated by a group called AdGholas, the alert noted.

Proprietary Giant (All Core Products Proprietary) Linuxwashing and Openwashing Using GitHub Spin

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Android Leftovers

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3 open source alternatives to PowerPoint

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PowerPoint is one of those programs whose use has become so ingrained in the corporate world that it is probably running the risk of becoming completely genericized, in the same way that some people use Kleenex to refer to all tissues, or BAND-AIDs to refer to all bandages.

But presenting a slideshow doesn't have to mean using PowerPoint. There are a number of totally capable open source alternatives to PowerPoint for giving visual presentations. In many cases, the features of these “alternatives” are so compelling that, unless you're absolutely forced to use PowerPoint, I don't know why you still would.

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MEP: publicly funded software should be public

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Software developed with public funds should be made available as free and open source software, says Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda. Sharing source code should become a standard in IT procurement across the EU, the MEP says.

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Dutch tax office looking for Linux-on-mainframe supplier

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The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst) is looking for a supplier of the Linux operating system for its IBM System z mainframes.

The public tender comprises provision of the operating system for four IFL processors for a period of one year, and maintenance of and support for the platform for eight years. The latter term can twice be extended by a further year.

The contract will be awarded to the supplier offering the lowest price. Bids must be received by 24 October, and the contract will start on 1 December.

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Tiny $2 IoT module runs FreeRTOS on Realtek Ameba WiFi SoC

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Pine64’s $2 “PADI IoT Stamp” module is based on Realtek’s new “RTL8710AF” Cortex-M3 WiFi SoC, a cheaper FreeRTOS-ready competitor to the ESP8266.

Realtek’s RTL8710AF WiFi system-on-chip began showing up on tiny “B&T” labeled modules in July in China on AliExpress, as described in this Hackaday post. The Realtek SoC offers an even lower cost, and almost identical alternative to Espressif’s similarly Cortex-M3 based ESP8266 WiFi SoC. The Cortex-M3 based RTL8710AF costs a bit over $3 individually, but can be had for as little as $1.99 in volume.

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CUPS 2.2 Printing System Out Now to Support Local IPP Everywhere Print Queues

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Apple announced the release of a new stable version of its open-source CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) software used in the macOS operating system and all GNU/Linux distributions.

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Logic Supply Launches Intel Skylake Panel PCs Powered by Ubuntu 14.04, Windows

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Logic Supply informs Softpedia today that it launched a new line of modular panel PCs during the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016 (IMTS) event that is taking place this week until Saturday, September 18, in Chicago, U.S.A.

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Linux's lack of software is a myth

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There is nothing I can’t do on my Linux-powered computers. And no other platform works so much better that I feel the need to move to it.

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GNOME Maps App Won't Bring Public Transit Routing to the GNOME 3.22 Desktop

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GNOME Maps developer Marcus Lundblad talks in his latest blog post about some of the major new features coming to the GNOME Maps application as part of the soon-to-be-released GNOME 3.22 desktop environment.

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Also: Mutter Window Manager Gets More Wayland Fixes Before the Launch of GNOME 3.22

GNOME's File Roller Archive Manager to No Longer Offer a Nautilus Extension

Ghost Blogging With a Pi

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I’ve read that a fun and easy thing to do with a Raspberry Pi is to set it up as a dedicated blog server. I’ve never really had my own blog, so I decided I would give this project a shot. I hope that this article serves as a guide for those of you who would like to start a blog or who have a Raspberry Pi that’s not doing anything and are looking for a worthy project.

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Latest openSUSE Tumbleweed Snapshots Bring Wine 1.9.18, Glibc 2.24 & Mesa 12.0.2

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The first snapshots for the month of September have been released for the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system, and Douglas DeMaio is here again to report on the freshly added software versions.

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Flatpak 0.6.10 Makes the Dependency on systemd in the User Session Optional

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Flatpak developer Alex Larsson announced the release of Flatpak 0.6.10, a new maintenance update of the universal Linux binary format used in various GNU/Linux distributions.

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Red Hat News

  • Red Hat's Results Underscore its Growing Focus on OpenStack
    Late last week, Red Hat reported earnings per share of 55 cents on revenue of $600 million, beating estimates of 54 cents and $590 million, respectively. One thing that went unsaid across much of the coverage is that the company is in the midst of a major shift in its strategy toward OpenStack-based cloud computing, and it looks like service revenues and positive momentum from that effort are starting to arrive. "Our growth was driven in part by expanding our footprint with customers as we closed a record number of deals over $1 million, up approximately 60 percent year-over-year," Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst said during his company's earnings call. Seven of the top 30 deals had OpenStack in there, nine had RHEV," Whitehurst said. "We had three OpenStack deals alone that were over $1 million. So I think we're seeing really, really, really good traction there."
  • Red Hat targets $5-b revenue in five years
    Open-source technology firm Red Hat Inc, which hit the $2-billion revenue milestone two quarters ago, is looking to achieve $2.4 billion in FY 2017 and $5 billion in the next five years. The company is betting on India, its second largest operation outside the US, as one of the key growth engines to help achieve its aspirational revenue goal of $5 billion by 2021. “India is a bright spot for Red Hat for three reasons,” Rajesh Rege, Managing Director, Red Hat India, told BusinessLine.
  • Red Hat Announces Ansible Tower App for Splunk, Enabling Intelligence and Automation Enhancements
  • Red Hat’s (RHT) “Outperform” Rating Reiterated at Raymond James Financial Inc.
  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) PT Raised to $89.00 Servers Adoption

  • Adopt a server
    As most of you know, E14N is no longer my main job, and I've been putting my personal time, energy, and money into keeping the pump network up and running. I haven't always done a good job, and some of the nodes have just fallen off the network. I'd like to ask people in the community to start taking over the maintenance and upkeep of these servers.
  • Prodromou: Adopt a server
    There are currently around 25 servers in the federated network initially started by Prodromou, which does not count other instances. He notes that one important exception is the site, which is significantly larger than the rest, and which he would like to find a trusted non-profit organization to maintain.

Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 3 Released

The development team is pleased to announce the new Beta release of Black Lab Linux 8 – our latest OS offering to bring the best Linux desktop distribution currently on the market. This release moves the kernel and application set away from the prior LTS 14.04 base to the new 16.04 LTS base. Black Lab Linux 8 will showcase 3 desktop environments : MATE, LXDE and GNOME 3. Other improvements include: Full EFI support Kernel 4.4.0-38 LibreOffice 5.2 GNOME Video Rhythmbox Firefox 49 Thunderbird GIMP Full multimedia codec support Read more

Intel Core i7 6800K Benchmarks On Ubuntu + Linux 4.8

While the Core i7 6800K has been available for a few months now, there hadn't been any review on it since Intel hadn't sent out any Broadwell-E samples for Linux testing this time around. However, I did end up finally buying a Core i7 6800K now that the Turbo Boost Max 3.0 support is finally coming together (at first, Intel PR said it wouldn't even be supported on Linux) so that I can run some benchmarks there plus some other interesting items on the horizon for benchmarking. Here are some benchmarks of the i7-6800K from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the Linux 4.8 kernel. Read more