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GNU/Linux Releases: Q4OS 2.2.1, Absolute 14.2, and OpenMediaVault 3.0 Beta

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  • Q4OS 2.2, Scorpion, testing

    Q4OS development team is pleased to announce immediate availability of the new significant update of the Q4OS 'Scorpion' desktop, version 2.2. This is a testing version of the Q4OS desktop, based on the recent Debian 9 Stretch release with the upgraded Linux kernel 4.6, GCC 6 and the Trinity 14.0.4 desktop environment. The alternative LXQT desktop is supported in Q4OS, so users can have Trinity and LXQT desktops alongside installed and choose which one to log in. Q4OS 2.2 'Scorpion' continues to be under development so far, and it will stay as long as Debian Stretch will be testing. Q4OS 'Scorpion' will be supported at least five years from the official release date.

  • Absolute 14.2 released

    Based on Slackware 14.2

    Comes in a 32 as well as a 64-bit version. Same basic functionality, but most everything updated under the hood. No longer fits on a single CD -- the usual installation method is a USB stick. With this size-constraint removed, larger apps like LibreOffice and Calibre are now included in the base installation.

  • OMV3 beta amd64/i386 images

    The amd64 and i386 ISO images for 3.0.36 (beta) can be downloaded for testing here. Please do not use them for production systems.

Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming

Firefox 49.0 Is Now Available

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Moz/FF

While being delayed one week due to last-minute bugs, Firefox 49.0 is now available this morning.

Firefox 49 ships with Linux Widevine support for handling this CDM similar to the existing Windows support for being able to play more protected HTML5 video content.

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Also: Mozilla emits JavaScript debugger for Firefox and Chrome

Security News

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Security
  • Security advisories for Monday
  • Why do we do security?

    I had a discussion last week that ended with this question. "Why do we do security". There wasn't a great answer to this question. I guess I sort of knew this already, but it seems like something too obvious to not have an answer. Even as I think about it I can't come up with a simple answer. It's probably part of the problems you see in infosec.

    The purpose of security isn't just to be "secure", it's to manage risk in some meaningful way. In the real world this is usually pretty easy for us to understand. You have physical things, you want to keep them from getting broken, stolen, lost, pick something. It usually makes some sort of sense.

  • New release: usbguard-0.6.2
  • DNSync

    While setting up my new network at my house, I figured I’d do things right and set up an IPSec VPN (and a few other fancy bits). One thing that became annoying when I wasn’t on my LAN was I’d have to fiddle with the DNS Resolver to resolve names of machines on the LAN.

Debian 8 Updated, Kubuntu Help Wanted, Mageia 5.1

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The Debian project announced an update to their stable Debian 8 branch, the sixth such update since its release. This update is primarily to address security issues. Elsewhere, the Mageia folks announced an update to version 5, released last summer, to hold users over since 6.0 has been delayed. The Linux Grandma put out the call for help today as they're running a bit low on developers over there and the Free Software Foundation as well as Richard Stallman replied to the accusations of discrimination in the case of LibreBoot.

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Oracle pledges continued support for Java and NetBeans

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Development
OSS

Last week, Oracle disowned NetBeans. The company announced it was turning its Java-based NetBeans over to the Apache Software Foundation. Now, Oracle is changing its tune on both NetBeans and Java Enterprise Edition (JEE).

Oh, don't get me wrong. Oracle still doesn't want to manage NetBeans. But Oracle claims it's not just dumping the NetBeans integrated developer environment (IDE) code. In an email, Bill Pataky, VP of Oracle Mobile Development Program and Developer Tools, told me, "Oracle is opening the governance model of NetBeans, not dropping support. Oracle has three products that depend on NetBeans." These are:

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Bcache File-System Has Initial Encryption Patches

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Linux

It's been a while since last having anything to talk about with regard to Bcachefs as a file-system aiming for speed while having ZFS/Btrfs-like capabilities and being spun out of the Bcache caching code. This file-system now has tentative patches for complete encryption support.

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Tiny $2.10 WiFi module taps ESP8285 WiFi SoC

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OSS

Itead has launched a $2.10, 14 x 13.5mm “PSF-A85” WiFi module based on the ESP8285 SoC, a version of the ESP8266 that adds 1MB SPI flash.

In recent months, before releasing the faster, Bluetooth enabled ESP32 big brother to its popular ESP8266 WiFi SoC, China-based Espressif released a follow-on to the ESP8266 called the ESP8285. Now, Itead, which also makes various Sonoff-branded WiFi-enabled IoT gizmos, has released what appears to be the first third-party WiFi module based on the chip: the $2.10 (without antenna) PSF-A85.

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Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 "Jessie" Live ISO Editions Are Now Available for Download

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Debian

Just yesterday, September 18, 2016, we reported on the official availability of the Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 "Jessie" operating system, but no installation mediums of Live editions were announced.

That changes today, September 19, 2016, as we've received a tip from one of our readers that both the installation-only and Live ISO editions have been released on the official channels and are now available for download (see the links below if you want to get them now).

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Linux/FOSS Events/Conferences

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OSS
  • Manchester GNOME 3.22 Release Party – Friday 23rd Sept. @ MADLab [Ed: we're planning to be there.]
  • LAS (Libre Application Summit) GNOME Conference Takes Place September 19-23

    Today, September 19, 2016, was the first day of the first-ever LAS (Libre Application Summit) GNOME open source conference for GNU/Linux application developers.

    As you might have guessed already, the event is being organized by the GNOME Project, the same non-profit organization that's behind the popular GNOME desktop environment used in numerous Linux kernel-based operating systems around the globe, and an important part of the Free Software ecosystem.

    LAS (Libre Application Summit) GNOME conference's main goal is to encourage the growth of the Linux application ecosystem among small and medium-sized businesses, as well as various educational institutions. It also aims to expand the collaboration between the Linux kernel and major GNU/Linux operating systems.

  • Headed to LAS GNOME!

    By the time this gets posted on the blog, I will be headed to LAS GNOME. I'm really looking forward to being there!

    I'm on the schedule to talk about usability testing. Specifically, I'll discuss how you can do usability testing for your own open source software projects. Maybe you think usability testing is hard—it's not! Anyone can do usability testing! It only takes a little prep work and about five testers to get enough useful feedback that you can improve your interface.

  • Fedora 24 release party in Paris
  • HackMIT

    One of the core missions of a Fedora Ambassador is to represent the Fedora Community at events. On the weekend on September 17 and 18, 2016 I attended HackMIT as a representative of Fedora with Justin Flory. I was also honored to serve as a mentor to several teams.

  • Tickets for systemd 2016 Workshop day still available!

    We still have a number of ticket for the workshop day of systemd.conf 2016 available. If you are a newcomer to systemd, and would like to learn about various systemd facilities, or if you already know your way around, but would like to know more: this is the best chance to do so. The workshop day is the 28th of September, one day before the main conference, at the betahaus in Berlin, Germany. The schedule for the day is available here. There are five interesting, extensive sessions, run by the systemd hackers themselves. Who better to learn systemd from, than the folks who wrote it?

  • [LPC] Preliminary Microconference Schedule Up

    Every year we get a number of constraints on Microconferences which we try hard to accommodate. Accounting for all of those, we’ve put the preliminary schedule up here. If you notice any problems, please email contact@linuxplumbersconf.org and we’ll try to fix it

    Also note, this is preliminary, the Microconferences may still move around as we get requests to change them. Also note that the times of talks within Microconferences is highly likely to change (please see the MC leaders if you want this to change).

  • World Port Hackathon 2016 concludes successfully

    Last month, the fourth edition of the World Port Hackathon took place in Rotterdam. Several teams worked on problems identified by representatives of the port community in workshops leading up to the hackathon. This year's event was organised in co-creation with the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore.

today's leftovers

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Server Administration

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Server
  • Parity Check: Beware the Public Cloud Bandwagon [Ed: uses the Clown Computing buzzword]

    To determine how far along a company is in their cloud migration, McKinsey asked over 800 CIOs and senior IT executives if at least one corporate workload was primarily run on a particular cloud tier. For large enterprises, only 24 percent were using a virtual private cloud in 2015, but that skyrockets to 71 percent in 2018. Ditto public cloud, with large enterprise use going from 10 percent in 2015 to 51 percent in 2018.

  • Oracle Takes On Amazon in Cloud Infrastructure

    Oracle set its sights on cloud infrastructure leader Amazon Web Services on Sunday, introducing a new cloud platform to combine the elasticity of private cloud with the performance, security and regulatory compliance of on-premises computing.

    Larry Ellison, Oracle's founder and CTO, announced the new services from the opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, the company's big customer conference, which kicked off Sunday.

  • Mesos at Strava
  • DevOps: How to Persuade Your Boss to Buy In [Ed: uses the DevOps buzzword]

    So there you are, you and your ace tech team, all excited about DevOps. You know that DevOps is the methodology that will move you past "yak shaving" and into building an IT infrastructure that will streamline and move your company forward. But how do you sell this to your bosses, and especially your non-technical bosses? Victoria Blessing, Operations Engineer for the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, described the basics in her LinuxCon North America 2016 presentation.

    To start, Blessing explained the meaning of "yak shaving,” which was coined by Carlin Vieri at MIT. It refers to a series of tasks that must be completed in order for you to be able to do what you were trying to do in the first place. While it can really be applied to any aspect of life, it's something that we, in IT, constantly fall victim to. Getting caught up in the little details it takes to get things done, and then we're constantly fighting fires. It's a part of the culture problem that we have."

  • IBM (IBM), Hortonworks (HDP) Announce Open Source Distribution on Power Systems

    IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Hortonworks (NASDAQ: HDP) today announced the planned availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP®) for IBM Power Systems enabling POWER8 clients to support a broad range of new applications while enriching existing ones with additional data sources.

    HDP's secure, enterprise-ready open source Apache Hadoop distribution provides clients with a highly scalable storage platform designed to process large data sets across thousands of computing nodes. For enterprise users running POWER8-based systems, the first microprocessor designed for big data and analytics, Hortonworks provides a new distribution option for selecting a cost-effective platform for running their big data and analytics workloads. This open source Hadoop and Spark distribution will complement the performance of Power Systems by allowing clients to quickly gain business insights from their structured and unstructured data.

  • Canonical and IBM Deepen Their OpenStack Partnership

    Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is spreading out with its OpenStack eforts. It has announced that Ubuntu OpenStack is now available for IBM customers who want to manage their own OpenStack cloud across IBM platforms such as IBM z Systems, IBM LinuxONE and IBM Power Systems, including IBM’s newly announced OpenPOWER LC servers. This is an expansion of the companies’ hybrid cloud partnership, and many instances of OpenStack already run on top of Ubuntu.

    As the OpenStack marketplace shifts, there is a shortage of people available to build secure and private clouds. IBM reports that it is following in the footsteps of companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Bloomberg and Time Warner Cable in making Ubuntu OpenStack available to customers as a tested and supported cloud solution.

  • Making installation easy, Hackathon winners, and more OpenStack news

Qt Graphics with Multiple Displays on Embedded Linux

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Development
Linux
  • Qt Graphics with Multiple Displays on Embedded Linux

    Creating devices with multiple screens is not new to Qt. Those using Qt for Embedded in the Qt 4 times may remember configuration steps like this. The story got significantly more complicated with Qt 5’s focus on hardware accelerated rendering, so now it is time to take a look at where we are today with the upcoming Qt 5.8.

  • Qt's Comprehensive Display/Graphics Options

    Qt developer Laszlo Agocs has written a thorough walkthrough for the official Qt blog about the different Qt graphics options with multiple displays on embedded Linux.

    This walkthrough provides a look at the state of Qt graphics on Qt 5.7~5.8, particularly for the embedded use-case. Among the backend options for Qt with EGLFS are KMS/DRM using GBM buffers, KMS/DRM with EGLStreams, Vivante fbdev, Broadcom Dispmanx (Raspberry Pi), Mali fbdev, and X11 full-screen windows. Yes, Qt does support KMS/DRM with EGLStreams/EGLDevice for NVIDIA's Linux driver support -- for those that didn't know, the approach NVIDIA has been pursuing for NVIDIA Wayland support.

Phoronix on Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks

GNOME News

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GNOME
  • You’re Invited to the UK GNOME Release Party This Friday

    Are you in the UK? Within reasonable reach of Manchester? And a fan of the GNOME desktop? You're invited to the UK GNOME Release Party taking place this Friday…

  • GNOME's GUPnP Released After A Decade Of Development

    Version 1.0 of GNOME's GUPnP has been released after about a decade in development along with the associated GSSDP project.

    GUPnP provides a framework around creating UPnP (Universal Plug n Play) devices and control points. GUPnP is designed around GNOME technologies like GObject. GSSDP is what implements the SSDP resource discovery and announcements.

Linux Devices

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Linux
  • Raspbian Likely To Use Firmware-Based KMS For Raspberry Pi As Temporary Measure

    Eric Anholt has been working at Broadcom for more than two years to develop the "VC4" open-source Linux graphics driver stack consisting of the DRM/KMS kernel driver and VC4 Gallium3D driver in user-space. While there's been 2+ years of work and tons of progress made, it's still not feature-complete compared to the older proprietary driver and as an interim solution Eric has hacked up a firmware-based KMS path.

  • Turn Your Feature TV Into A Smart TV For $30

    I used Android rather than a Linux distribution because wanted to add smart TV capabilities to my basic TV and not use it as a desktop PC. Beyond that, Android has a far richer app ecosystem than desktop Linux. Whether you are talking about Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime or whatever,…everything is available on Android as an app. And, if you want to use it as a casual gaming system then everything from Angry Birds to Asphalt is available, too. You just need to find a compatible Bluetooth game controller that works with Android.

    Although this is a full-fledged smart TV setup with 4K support, it can also support casual web browsing and let you get some work done.

  • HackADay: Controlling computers and stuff with the mind

    I am very slothful. I let computers do my work. That's why I became a sysadmin. In this article I am going to describe how I lifted up my lazyness to the next level by triggering a command with my mind to install a new virtual machine with: MariaDB, Nginx and Wordpress.

    [...]

    In the next video clip, I recorded a proof of concept. First I got a connection with my headset (the light turns blue), then it took me a while to be focused. As soon as I have a focus level of 80, my program will turn on a LED and call ansible-playbook. In the clip we will see that in my Amazon AWS-Console a new virtual machine will start and install Wordpress, MariaDB and Nginx. At the end of the clip, I will copy the IP-address of the new host and connect to the Wordpress-Page on it.

  • What Drones Did for the Sky, Robot Subs Are About to Do for the Sea

    One of the first in this field was OpenROV, a group that uses Linux computers and Kickstarter funding to develop their submersibles. Led by NASA engineer Eric Stackpole, the group launched a 5 lb. consumer/educational ROV the size of a laptop in kit form for just $900 in 2012. Their latest model, shipping in November, is the Trident. This sub is small enough to fit in a rucksack under an airplane seat. Trident's tether connects to a floating, towed buoy with a Wi-Fi connection to the operator, giving a new level of freedom.

  • Artificial Intelligence, The Search For The Perfect Slave

    Take, as first example, Mycroft, which started as “a friendly AI virtual assistant for Linux users” but, as you will see, can find its “places” at home to help. And, it is open source. So, there is no limit to what you can adapt it to.

  • i.MX6 UltraLite COM offers up to 64GB on-board eMMC
  • Skylake box-PC targets transportation applications

Android Leftovers

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Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • Adept Releases Open-Source Energy Measurement Tools for Parallel Hardware

    Over its three-year lifespan, Adept has investigated energy consumption in parallel hardware and software. Energy efficiency is becoming a serious consideration for developers of high-performance and high-throughput computing systems. As computers become more powerful, they inevitably consume more energy – unless the technology is improved so they become more efficient.

    [...]

    The Adept Tool Suite consists of three parts: a benchmark suite, power measurement infrastructure, and power and performance prediction tool.

  • Riot wants to be like Slack, but with the flexibility of an underlying open source platform

    In the ‘old days’ there were plenty of messaging apps and aggregators, but they survived in an open source world. Today, business models dictate that platforms like Slack must keep their messages to themselves.

    It would be nice if open-source alternatives could bring back the days of flexibility, combined with today’s world of excellent user experience. What if Slack were simply an excellent tool running on an underlying open-source platform? Could it create the same value?

    Riot (formerly known as Vector while it was running in Beta) is a new UK-borne app hoping to have a crack at that.

  • Orange to test AT&T's open source ECOMP platform

    Orange’s R&D division Orange Labs Network plans to test ECOMP, an open source platform designed by AT&T for creating and managing software-centric network services. ECOMP, which stands for Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy, will be released to the wider telecom industry as an open source offering managed by the Linux Foundation.

  • MongoDB cofounder explains what to do when a project has gone off track

    It has happened to nearly every technology leader. A project that seemed like an excellent idea when you started it either drifted off course, proved too ambitious or not as useful as originally thought. What do you do when you're in the middle of a project that you realize is not going well?

    Eliot Horowitz, CTO and co-founder of open source database company MongoDB, knows this problem first-hand. In an interview with The Enterprisers Project, he explains what happened when he and his co-founder realized they had to pull the plug on the original version of their technology.

  • Open Source OpenPokeMap Project Will Enable Anybody To Run A Pokemon Go Tracker

    The 3rd party development community around Niantic's hyper successful Pokemon Go game is not slowing down. A new project will enable everybody interested to run his own Pokemon Go map service. OpenPokeMap is an open-source, open-infrastructure map for Pokemon Go. The developer behind FastPokeMap is supporting the project as a "consultant." He says that OpenPokeMap is similar to FastPokeMap.

  • NetBeans Going to Apache: Is Java Next?

    Most followers of open source probably weren't surprised by Wednesday's fuss over NetBeans' possible move from Oracle to the Apache Software Foundation. If you missed it, it started with an announcement on the NetBeans website that "Oracle has proposed contributing the NetBeans IDE as a new open-source project within the Apache Incubator."

    The announcement goes on to indicate the move is being made out of the goodness of Oracle's heart. "Oracle is relinquishing its control of NetBeans and introducing it to Apache's widely accepted governance model, which will provide new opportunities to the NetBeans community and stimulate further code contributions."

  • Microsoft (MSFT) news recap: Microsoft loves open source, Garage gets a new look and more [Ed: Microsoft advocacy site repeats the Big Lie; Microsoft still lobbies against FOSS, e.g. in India this year]
  • Code Editor Wars Redux: Vim, Emacs Fire Salvoes
  • GNU Emacs 25.1 Text Editor Arrives with Enhanced Network Security Features
  • LA launches open source business portal

    The open source LA Business Portal was funded by the Small Business Administration's Start Up In A Day initiative and used the codebase of San Francisco’s Business Portal as a foundation for LA's code.

    As an open source project, the LA Business Portal can help cities without the resources or capacity to build a solution from the ground up improve their business climate, officials said. The startup guides and starter kits for popular business types will be made available to be adapted and used by other local government entities.

Development News

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  • Ada Gets Promoted To Being A First-Class Language In Coreboot

    Coreboot has mainlined a months-old patch to make the Ada programming language "a first class citizen" in this low-level open-source project.

    As of today in Coreboot GNAT runtime system was also added today for the Ada code.

  • LLVM Still Pursuing Apache 2.0 License + GPLv2 Compatibility

    COMPILER --
    It's been a while since last talking about the discussions among LLVM developers about re-licensing the project. The re-licensing is moving forward and they are settling on the Apache 2.0 license plus explicitly stating compatibility with GPLv2.

    For the past year they've been eyeing the Apache 2 license for the LLVM stack over their University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License, which is similar to the three-clause BSD license.

  • Update on Node.js npm Tool and Express Module

    The second day at Node Interactive Europe last week had two keynotes that concentrated on specific tools and modules. Kat Marchán talked about the npm packaging tool, and Doug Wilson explored the state of the express module.

  • Git Developers Want Your Feedback (2016 Git Survey)

Microsoft 'Love', Openwashing, and More Layoffs

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Linux
Microsoft
  • Does Microsoft really love Linux?

    Microsoft has always had an…uneasy…relationship with Linux, to say the least. But a writer at The Verge is convinced that Microsoft does indeed love Linux these days, and that its stormy Linux past is now behind the Redmond giant.

  • PerfView is now Open Source On GitHub [Ed: Microsoft uses PerfView in an openwashing effort in order to market proprietary Visual Studio, which adds surveillance to compiled code]

    The readme associated with the GitHub repository has getting started information (how to fetch the repository, how to build, test and deploy the code. We use Visual Studio 2015. You can download a free copy of Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition that has everything you need to clone, build test and deploy PerfView. Thus you can get going with PerfView RIGHT NOW. The instructions on the PerfView repository tell you how to get started even if you know nothing about GIT (although knowing something about GIT and Visual Studio certainly helps).

  • Microsoft will close its Skype office in London [Ed: in recent years, as Microsoft pretends to be "Open" (it's the opposite), layoffs have become routine at the company]

    Microsoft is going to close Skype’s London office, in a move that could impact the jobs of the nearly 400 people employed there. The company told the Financial Times that is will “unify some engineering positions,” but that it “will be entering into a consultation process to help those affected by the redundancies.”

    The London office is a key part of Skype’s history, since it was the primary engineering site and headquarters of the company before Microsoft acquired it, and it also survived Skype’s strange interlude under the ownership of eBay before it was acquired by the big M.

    While the move is no doubt a blow to London’s tech scene, some former insiders told the FT that it’s also not a surprise to see it go, largely because a steady stream of executive departures over the last few years have foretold a shift in the locus of power at the company. Post-acquisition, Microsoft has also done a lot of product work on Skype, with plenty of integration with Office 365 and a number of feature introductions that bring it closer in line with Slack.

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