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Story Celebrating 15 Years of SELinux Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2016 - 8:11pm
Story SMARC COM runs Linux or Android on quad core AM437x Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2016 - 8:09pm
Story 6 Benefits of Using Open Source Software in Government (Industry Perspective) Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2016 - 7:23pm
Story GPIO Zero and Raspberry Pi programming starter projects Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2016 - 7:17pm
Story Mozilla Pushes Firefox 45 Into Beta, Promises GTK3 Integration for Linux, Again Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2016 - 7:08pm
Story Could Linux Mint Replace Ubuntu? Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2016 - 7:06pm
Story Tizen v Android Wear: Which smartwatch OS is right for you? Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2016 - 6:50pm
Story Linux 4.5 RC2 and AMDGPU Roy Schestowitz 01/02/2016 - 4:33pm
Story Leftovers: OSS (Lexumo, Red Pitaya, IBM Mainframes, John Sullivan's Talk) Roy Schestowitz 01/02/2016 - 4:31pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 01/02/2016 - 4:27pm

South Tyrol open source school project to spur teachers

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OSS

Three teachers and a handful of volunteers working on the decade-old project that introduces schools in the Italian province of South Tyrol (Alto Adige) to free and open source software, are starting a campaign to get new teachers involved.

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Pagure: DIY git project hosting

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Software

Pagure is a new, full featured git repository service for the web, written in Python. It is similar to other popular git forges like Github and Gitlab, allowing open source contributors to share and collaborate on code and content. By the way, pagure is French for “hermit crab,” as reflected in the logo on the project documentation.

Pagure is the brainchild of Pierre-Yves Chibon, a member of the Fedora Engineering team. The Fedora Engineering team focuses on Python based solutions because the language is easy to learn and thus presents less barrier to entry for contributors. Pagure is therefore a perfect fit not just for hosting projects, but for encouraging contribution to the service itself.

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Google deep learning capabilities heading to Android, creating phones that can think like people

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Android
Google

Your next Android phone might be able to see like a real human being.

Google has announced that it is to integrated deep learning into its phone operating system, allowing the phones to use algorithms to recognise what is in pictures and think about it like a person.

The company has begun a tie-up with Movidius, a company that makes chips that help with “machine vision”. The two companies have already worked together on Google’s Project Tango, which uses a series of cameras to allow computers to be able to see spaces in 3D.

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Apricity OS Is Getting a Cinnamon Flavor Soon, Both KDE and Xfce Flavors Delayed

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OS
Linux

The developers of the Arch Linux-based Apricity OS computer operating system announced a few minutes ago, January 28, 2016, that the first Beta build of Apricity OS for 2016 is now available for download and ready for testing.

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Tor Browser 5.5 is released

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OSS
Security

Tor Browser 5.5, the first stable release in the 5.5 series, is now available from the Tor Browser Project page and also from our distribution directory.

This release features important security updates to Firefox.

On the privacy front we finally provide a defense against font enumeration attacks which we developed over the last weeks and months. While there is still room for improvement, it closes an important gap in our fingerprinting defenses. Additionally, we isolate Shared Workers to the first-party domain now and further improved our keyboard fingerprinting defense.

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Custom Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 OS Is Out with GAPPS and Linux Kernel 4.0.9 LTS

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Android

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs Softpedia today about the immediate availability for download of a new build of his custom Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 computer operating system.

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Sylpheed 3.5 Open Source Email Client Released with Support for HiDPI Displays

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GNU
Linux
OSS

Sylpheed, an open-source, free and cross-platform email client that is currently used in numerous lightweight GNU/Linux operating systems, has been updated to version 3.5, a release that introduces cool new features.

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6 starting points for open source beginners

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OSS

To help navigate your first open source contribution, I've put together a list of what I think are the most beginner-friendly open source starting points, as well as, a few other helpful resources. To make sure the list contains well-maintained projects, I've only included projects with over 1,000 stars on GitHub (unless otherwise stated).

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COM version of BeagleBone Black to launch in April

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Linux

BeagleCore will launch a COM version of the BeagleBone Black in April, via Conrad Electronic. The “BeagleCore BCM1” will be supported by an optional carrier board.

Last summer, German startup BeagleCore failed to fund its eponymous BeagleBone-based module on Kickstarter. Yet, the open source computer-on-module will be reborn in April as the similar BeagleCore BCM1. BeagleCore announced an exclusive worldwide distribution partnership with Germany’s Conrad Electronic to sell the module starting at $55, as well as a starter kit version with carrier board starting at $129.

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How Google backed an open source winner

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Google
OSS

It’s hard to fault the pedigree of Google’s Kubernetes container management tool, and it seems many of the world’s cloud-forward enterprises agree.

Inspired by Borg – Google’s internal container management software, which manages the two billion-plus containers the web giant starts each week – Kubernetes has scale in its DNA.

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IDG and Phoronix on Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Watch: Mark Shuttleworth Talks Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Snappy at UbuCon Summit 2016

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Ubuntu

Since we "failed" to show you guys a live video stream or even a recording of Mark Shuttleworth's opening keynote at UbuCon Summit 2016 during SCALE 14x, we're continuing our "Watch" series of articles today with an interview of Canonical and Ubuntu founder at the said event.

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Oracle Java, Canonical/Ubuntu Certification

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Server
Web
  • Oracle Is Deprecating The Java Web-Browser Plugin With Java 9

    For anyone still relying upon Java web-plugins in their browser, they are going to be deprecated with the upcoming Java 9.

    Oracle announced today in a blog post that they will be moving to a plugin-free Java by deprecating the once common Java web plug-in in Java 9. The plug-in support will then be dropped in a later Oracle JDK/JRE release.

  • Canonical and Oracle partner to make cloud adoption via Ubuntu even easier

    CANONICAL and Oracle have announced a joint venture aimed at speeding up cloud adoption.

    The companies have made an agreement to provide enterprises with greater flexibility in the way they develop and deploy large-scale workloads on Oracle Cloud.

  • Canonical to Provide Certified Ubuntu Images for Oracle Cloud
  • Canonical and Oracle bring certified Ubuntu images to Oracle Cloud customers

    Ubuntu developer Canonical has disclosed that certified Ubuntu Linux images are now available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace for customers to access.

    The move is part of a collaboration between the two firms to provide greater flexibility for companies developing and deploying large-scale workloads on Oracle Cloud.

    Ubuntu Linux has become a popular choice for scale-out workloads in the cloud thanks to its performance, stability and regular updates, according to Canonical. The firm has in fact tied its refresh cycle to that of the OpenStack cloud computing framework, which is now included with Ubuntu as standard.

The Linux Foundation and the Uneasy Alliance

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Linux

Meanwhile, the comments on Garrett's blog suggest that, whatever else happens, Garrett has tapped into a general perception. For instance, the community site FOSS Force discussed the issue under the headline "Linux Foundation Sells Out."

Clearly, to many, the Linux Foundation represents the community poorly. However, the accuracy of that perception seems more mixed that either side seems willing to acknowledge.

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Also: 'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out

Arduino, Open Source Hardware

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Hardware
OSS
  • 17-Year-Old Kid Tells How To Make A Real BB-8 Droid Powered By Arduino
  • Telecoms Look Past Cisco and HP to Open Source Hardware

    Now, a new wave of companies aims to push this movement even further. This morning, four big-name telecoms— AT&T, Verizon, Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, and South Korea’s SK Telecom—agreed to join the Open Compute Project. Through a sub-project dedicated to the needs of telecoms, they too will explore open source servers and networking equipment that can boost efficiency and reduce costs. “Everyone is looking for that same synergy and agility,” Gagan Puranik, a director of architecture planning at Verizon, says of his company and others who have joined Facebook’s experiment in open source hardware. “The learning and the sharing will go both ways.”

  • Large Telcos Flock to Facebook's Open Compute Project, Open Hardware [Ed: not code]

    According to Facebook's published guidelines, the new OCP Telco Project will advance the following objectives: 1) communicating telco technical requirements effectively to the OCP community; 2) strengthening the OCP ecosystem to address the deployment and operational needs of telcos; and 3) bringing OCP innovations to telco data center infrastructure for increased cost-savings and agility.

GNU/FSF: Edward Snowden, Free Software Directory, and Binutils

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GNU
  • Edward Snowden will kick off LibrePlanet 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    The annual free software conference will kick off at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the morning of Saturday, March 19th with "The last lighthouse: Free software in dark times", in which Snowden (who will appear via a free software live video stream) and Daniel Kahn Gillmor will discuss free software, surveillance, power, and control of the future.

  • Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: January 29th
  • GNU Binutils 2.26: Linker Gets Experimental Garbage Collection, LLVM Plugin Support

    GNU Binutils 2.26 has been released as the first major release in more than one year since Binutils 2.25.

    This collection of binary tools was updated this week and the release announcement sent out this morning. In digging through the Git change-log and then the Bintutils NEWS, libmpx is now enabled by default, more patches from GCC mainline were imported, some new configure switches added, there is now support for the ARC EM/HS and ARC600/ARC700 architectures, objcopy improvements, and more.

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • The Daily Startup: Snyk Nabs $3M to Help Make Open-Source Code Safer

    Software security breaches often happen because attackers exploit known vulnerabilities in open-source code built into programs. That is why new startup Snyk Ltd. is releasing developer tools in hopes that programmers would write more secure software from the get-go, Yuliya Chernova reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Snyk started offering tools that find known vulnerabilities in a client’s code free. The company hopes to then sell monitoring tools that would scan a client’s code to identify holes that become known, as well as tools to fix and isolate the faulty code.

  • How Amazon customer service was the weak link that spilled my data

    As a security conscious user who follows the best practices—using unique passwords, two-factor authentication, only using a secure computer, and being able to spot phishing attacks from a mile away—I thought my accounts and details would be pretty safe. I was wrong.

    That's because when someone went after me, all those precautions were for nothing. That’s because most systems come with a backdoor called customer support. In this post I’m going to focus on the most grievous offender: Amazon.com. Amazon.com was one of the few companies I trusted with my personal information. I shop there, I am a heavy AWS user (raking up well over $600/month), and I used to work there as a software developer.

Red Hat News

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Red Hat
  • Red Hat Expands Partner Reach With New Insight Enterprises Deal
  • Red Hat CEO to deliver Discovery Lecture on organizational openness

    Jim Whitehurst, president and chief executive officer of Red Hat Inc., will give the talk, The Power of Openness, at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121. A book signing will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the nearby Venture Café. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is a part of the Discovery Park Distinguished Lecture Series.

  • 3Reasons RedHat, Inc. Stock Could Fall

    And what if Oracle stopped optimizing every product for maximum revenue, instead flooding the market with affordable database tools of unbeatable quality? And maybe the remnants of that near-forgotten Sun Microsystems buyout could come up with another Solaris-branded operating system that puts Red Hat's best efforts to shame?

  • Red Hat, Inc. See Large Inflow of Money

    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) traded negative at $71.3. On an intraday basis, the price dropped -0.44 points or -0.61%. The composite uptick value was $15.81 million while the combined downtick value was $15.22. The net money flow was $0.59 million while the up/down ratio was not very comforting at 1.04. The shares on a weekly note has seen a change in share price of -1.6%.According to the trading data, the shares saw a block trade with $3.57 million in upticks and $2.86 million in downticks. The up/down ratio for the block was calculated to be 1.25. The net money flow for the block trade was 0.71.

  • Promising stocks in today’s market: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)

Events: LibreOffice India, IndiaHacks, FOSDEM

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Linux
  • LibreOffice India First Meetup - A Big Small Step!

    It was a historical meetup of LibreOffice Community in India indeed! It was the first LibreOffice meetup in India. We ideated for starting LibreOffice activities in India during my Red Hat days. Last year, few of us participated in LibreOffice Conference, Aarhus, Denmark. We saw the level of real volunteer participation from all over the world for LibreOffice and no doubt several of us were inspired much. I discussed with Chandrakant and decided that it is already late and we should start as soon as possible on our own level. And this small meetup is the output of what we discussed. We have planned for much more in this year.

  • IndiaHacks online code sprint includes month-long open source track

    Open source software contributions often spring from passion—the passion to give back to the community, or simply the burning desire to create something new. The same passion that drives individual contributors also drives the team behind IndiaHacks to help develop the skills and networks of those individual contributors.

    From January 30 to March 2, the Open Source Track of IndiaHacks challenges contributors from all over the world to make the most of their efforts. Originally focused on algorithmic programming, IndiaHacks added eight more tracks for this year. The open source track follows the model of Hacktoberfest and other similar events: Contributions are measured by accepted pull requests and commits to open source software projects.

  • Brussels CentOS Dojo

    This Friday (2016-01-29) there will be a great CentOS dojo in Brussels Belgium. I am going mostly to help out run the cameras and announce different talks. I will also be wanting to listen to people use who use EPEL about what they use it for and what they are wanting to see in growth. This will help me prepare for the talk on Sunday at FOSDEM which I will be moderating.

    If you have questions please try and find me. I will probably be the one fellow in a tie and sports coat. [And because I am from the desert.. no rain coat which sounds like a minus currently in Belgium].

  • Whither EPEL (Talk at FOSDEM 2016)

    If you are going to FOSDEM 2016 and use CentOS, Scientific Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or even Oracle Enterprise Linux.. you should be interested in a round-table talk we are having on Sunday to talk about the Fedora Project's Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) . EPEL is a repository which has a curated set of Fedora packages rebuilt for EL-5, EL-6, and EL-7.

Android Leftovers

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