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Story Samsung’s Linux on Galaxy software will bring full-fledged Ubuntu desktop to your phone (with an external display) Rianne Schestowitz 12/11/2017 - 8:00am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2017 - 10:01pm
Story Audio/Video: Unleaded Hangout, Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2017 - 10:00pm
Story Linux Bugs and Features Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2017 - 9:58pm
Story Software: Kdenlive, ucaresystem, FFmpeg, Calibre, NetworkManager Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2017 - 9:55pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2017 - 9:54pm
Story Games: Cattails, Devader, Far-Out, DRM, Games for the Brain, Wine Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2017 - 9:52pm
Story GNOME: Builder, LibreOffice, Outreachy 2017 Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2017 - 9:50pm
Story Devices: Linux-based Ethernet Gear, Tizen, Android Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2017 - 9:39pm
Story OSS and Sharing Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 11/11/2017 - 9:36pm

Enlightenment 22

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  • New Features in Enlightenment 22

    The E22 development cycle has been underway for over a year, and it has included over 1,500 patches to address nearly 200 tickets on our issue tracker. With this has come a number of new features and improvements.

  • Enlightenment 22 Is Packing Much Better Wayland Support, Meson Build System

    With Enlightenment E22 having been in development for one year and queued over 1,500 patches so far, the next release could be near with a great number of new features and improvements.

    With Enlightenment E22 the developers have been working on "greatly improved" Wayland support, continued improvements to their gadget infrastructure, a sudo/ssh password GUI, Meson build system support, tiling window policy improvements, per-window PulseAudio volume controls, and various other additions and bug fixes.

Future Of Linux Operating Systems On Desktop Computers

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Linux operating systems have dominated all aspects of the computing operating systems but one. From servers to supercomputers and even on mobile and embedded devices with Android, Linux is either the only choice or the most popular amongst them. But when it comes to the desktop, Linux has not been able to dominate although it has become quite an important player in this space. Linux on the desktop continues to gain popularity but how far can it go? Join me as I look at the future of Linux on the desktop.

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Users Get Latest KDE Plasma 5.11.2 Desktop and Mesa 17.2.3

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Back to publishing weekly reports about the latest updates landing in the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system, Dominique Leuenberger is reporting on the contents of the newest snapshots.

No less than seven snapshots have been released to the OpenSuSE Tumbleweed repositories during this week, which means it's at its highest capacity, bringing users some of the recent software updates and technologies. First off, users can now update to the latest KDE Plasma 5.11.2 desktop environment and KDE Frameworks 5.39.0 stack.

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Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5 Beta 3 Released

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Today we are pleased to announce the first public beta release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5. With this release we have made several enhancements to the Black Lab Enterprise Linux system. We have increased driver capabilities with the inclusion of a new kernel and we now have better performance. We have also worked on web app capability and with the Chromium Web Browser you now have the same functionality as Chrome OS as well as the ability to use standard Linux applications.

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Kubuntu and KDE News

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PCLinuxOS 2017.07 KDE - Majestic and horrible

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It is amazing how similar and yet how vastly different two distributions can be, even though they share so much same DNA. Mageia delivered very good results throughout. PCLinuxOS, apart from small glitches early on, was splendid. But then, as if it had developed a second personality, it went ballistic with those desktop crashes, and finally, a completely borked setup due to issues with the package manager. That's the one thing that is different between Mageia and PCLinuxOS, but then, I've never really had any issues with apt-get and/or Synaptic.

All I can say is that my PCLinuxOS 2017.07 testing delivers a bi-polar message. One, you get some really super-user-friendly stuff that surpasses anything else in the Linux world, with tons of goodies and focus on everyday stuff. You also get some idiosyncrasies, but that's Mandriva legacy, and it definitely can benefit from some modern-era refresh. Two, the series of Plasma crashes and the package management fiasco that totally ruined the good impressions. Well, I may give this another shot some day, as the early work was ultra promising. I recommend you proceed with caution, as the package management side of things looks quite dangerous. No scoring, as I have no idea why it went so badly wrong, but that's a warning of its own. Majestic and lethal. Take care.

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today's leftovers

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  • IT Security Woes and Linux – Unleaded Hangout

    IT Security Woes and Linux are the topic of the day with the hangout crew. We discuss recent events with Equifax and how they’re not the only cybersecurity incident worth note.

  • GNOME Asia 2017

    Finally, I got opportunity to write about my first and awesome GNOME Asia 2017. This year is a special year for GNOME as it’s the 20th anniversary of GNOME and 10th anniversary of GNOME Asia conference.

    GNOME Asia was hosted at Chongqing University, Chongqing this year which happens to be known as 3D city built on and around mountains. It was also my first experience in China as a visitor. I was excited.

  • Faking cleaner URLs in the Debian BTS
  • My Free Software Activities in October 2017

    My monthly report covers a large part of what I have been doing in the free software world. I write it for my donors (thanks to them!) but also for the wider Debian community because it can give ideas to newcomers and it’s one of the best ways to find volunteers to work with me on projects that matter to me.

  • Skylake-based touch panels offer up to IP69 protection

    Wincomm’s Linux-ready “WTP-9E66” resistive touch-panel PCs come in IP66 protected 15-, 19-, and 22-inch models, with optional PCAP, IP67, and IP69.

  • Tizen 4.0 Milestone M2: What has been released?

    Samsung has published the second milestone, so-called M2, of Tizen 4.0. This is the second release for Tizen 4.0 after Samsung hit the first milestone back in June, also announcing that Tizen is the most successful Linux-based embedded OS in the whole world. As expected, Tizen 4.0 M2 comes with a bunch of new, welcome additions and some fine-tuning for the platform.

  • Apple Quarter and Few Other Items in Smartphone Wars

Audacity 2.2, Auryo, F1 2017

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  • Audacity 2.2 Released With New Themes, MIDI Playback & Other Changes

    The Audacity open-source digital audio editor is out with a new feature release.

    Audacity 2.2 ships with four UI themes, adds playback support for MIDI files, improves the organization in menus, and now links the help buttons to the relevant manual pages. There are also nearly 200 bug fixes, complete support for macOS 10.12 Sierra, improved error recovery, and more.

  • Auryo is a Desktop SoundCloud App that Works on Linux

    Auyro is a desktop SoundCloud app for Linux, Windows & macOS. It supports Soundcloud features, keyboard shortcuts, and boasts a modern design.

  • Trying Out The Intel Vulkan Driver With F1 2017 On Linux

    With Feral Interactive's port of F1 2017 to Linux, only Radeon via RADV and NVIDIA are supported for this racing game that's making use of the Vulkan graphics API under Linux. For those curious about if Intel graphics can squeeze by for this game with the open-source "ANV" Intel Vulkan driver, I tried it out.

    Following the Radeon RADV vs. NVIDIA GeForce benchmarks yesterday and ahead of some larger comparisons and other discrete GPU Linux tests of this game that was released on Thursday, I decided to see how far Intel graphics could drive this popular game.

What To Do After Installing Kubuntu 17.10 and GNU/Linux in General

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  • What To Do After Installing Kubuntu 17.10
  • 5 Things to do after a fresh install of GNU/Linux

    So, regardless of what distribution being used, there are things that I do after every single install I do, and I thought perhaps I would share some of them with you; perhaps something I do is missing from your setup and you might like to include it!

    I am going to leave out the things that you find in every other "Download your favourite music player!" as this is redundant, and pointless to list.

    The list includes the following five suggestions: increase audio quality, making sure the firewall is enabled,

OSS Leftovers

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  • FOSDEM 2018 - Distributions Devroom Call for Participation
  • Product pitches aren't on the list of reasons why we attend conferences

    Conferences are on my mind at the moment. Partially, it's because I recently attended the Open Source Summit and Linux Security Summit.


    Just to be entirely clear: I really, really hate product pitches. Now, as I pointed out in the preceding paragraph, there's a place for learning about products. But it's absolutely not at an industry conference. But that's what everybody does—even (and this is truly horrible) in keynotes. Now, I really don't mind too much if a session title reads something like "Using Gutamaya's Frobnitz for token ring network termination"—because then I can ignore it if it's not relevant to me. And, frankly, most conference organizers outside company conferences actively discourage that sort of thing, as they know that most people don't come to those types of conferences to hear pitches.

  • Why aren't you an OpenStack mentor yet?

    OpenStack is a huge project composed of dozens of services, each with a different focus, design and specific team of developers. Just to illustrate, if we take Sahara as an example, Sahara is a service that is highly integrated with other services and relies on them to perform its basic features: for authentication it uses Keystone, to store its images it uses Glance, Heat is used for orchestrating instance creation, Neutron is used for networking, and Nova is where the instances creation are actually triggered. As such, getting started in such an environment can be overwhelming, especially for those without much experience. Having the opportunity to have someone to help a new contributor during the beginning of this new experience can help out with a lot of common difficulties, and attract even more new contributors to the community.

  • OpenZFS Developer Summit 2017

    The fifth annual OpenZFS Developer Summit was held October 24-25, 2017 in San Francisco. As with previous years: The goal of the event is to foster cross-community discussions of OpenZFS work and to make progress on some of the projects we have proposed. The first day of the event is presentations, and the second day is combined presentations and a hackathon. New contributors are welcome at the hackathon!

  • Microsoft Adds GCC ARM Cross-Compilation Support To Visual Studio [Ed: Microsoft is piggypacking GCC to promote its proprietary software that adds surveillance to compiled code]
  • GCC 8 Feature Development Is Ending Later This Month

    The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) will be seeing the last of its features added in the next two weeks for next year's GCC 8 stable release.

    SUSE's Richard Biener announced today that the feature development phase of GCC 8 will be ending on 17 November. After that point, GCC 8 enters "stage three" development meaning only bug fixing and documentation work will be allowed.

  • Europe Gets FLOSS

    Little by little the EU is working towards removing all barriers to adoption of Free/Libre Open Source Software. It works for people. It works for governments. It doesn’t enslave organizations to mindlessly plod on treadmills such as those of M$ and Oracle, continually cranking out revenue and entanglements to the benefit of a mindless corporation.

  • We're switching to a DCO for source code contributions

    We're committed to being good stewards of open source, and part of that commitment means we never stop re-evaluating how we do that. Saying "everyone can contribute" is about removing barriers to contribution. For some of our community, the Contributor License Agreement is a deterrent to contributing to GitLab, so we're changing to a Developer's Certificate of Origin instead.

  • Biomaker Fayre showcases 40 open source, low-cost biological instruments

    There was a real buzz in the air when 40 interdisciplinary teams exhibited their prototypes for the 2017 Biomaker Challenge at the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering.

    Projects covered everything from spectrometers for measuring the colour of penguin guano, microfluidics for tissue culture, to ultrasonic systems for measuring plant height and 3D printed modular microscopes. Each group was given a £1000 grant and four months to turn their big ideas for open source and DIY research tools into reality and over 100 people came along to the final event.

Tor Development and Bugfix

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Kernel: Link Time Optimizations (LTO), LWN Articles, SMB and SCO

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  • Linux Kernel Patches Add Clang LTO Support

    Patches by an Android security team member at Google allow the Linux kernel to be compiled with Clang using Link Time Optimizations (LTO).

    Sami Tolvanen of Google posted the kernel patches on Friday to support building the Linux kernel with Clang using LTO enabled and paired with GNU Gold with the LLVMgold plug-in for linking the kernel build.

  • Patch flow into the mainline for 4.14 [Ed: these LWN articles are no longer behind a paywall]

    There is a lot of information buried in the kernel's Git repositories that, if one looks closely enough, can yield insights into how the development community works in the real world. It can show how the idealized hierarchical model of the kernel development community matches what actually happens and provide a picture of how the community's web of trust is used to verify c

  • A look at the 4.14 development cycle

    The 4.14 kernel, due in the first half of November, is moving into the relatively slow part of the development cycle as of this writing. The time is thus ripe for a look at the changes that went into this kernel cycle and how they got there. While 4.14 is a fairly typical kernel development cycle, there are a couple of aspects that stand out this time around.

    As of the 4.14-rc5 prepatch, 12,757 non-merge changesets had found their way into the mainline; that makes 4.14 slightly busier than its predecessor, but it remains a fairly normal development cycle overall. If, as some have worried, developers have pushed unready code into 4.14 so that it would be present in a long-term-support release, it doesn't show in the overall patch volume.

    1,649 developers have contributed code in this development cycle, a number that will almost certainly increase slightly by the time the final 4.14 release is made. Again, that is up slightly from 4.13. Of those developers, 240 made their first contribution to the kernel in 4.14. The numbers are fairly normal, but a look at the most active developers this time around shows a couple of unusual aspects.

  • Digging in the kernel dust

    Refactoring the kernel means taking some part of the kernel that is showing its age and rewriting it so it works better. Thomas Gleixner has done a lot of this over the past decade; he spoke at Kernel Recipes about the details of some of that work and the lessons that he learned. By way of foreshadowing how much fun this can be, he subtitled the talk "Digging in Dust".

    Gleixner's original motivation for taking up his spade was to get the realtime (RT) patches into the mainline kernel, which he found involved constantly working around the shortcomings of the mainline code base. In addition, ten years of spending every working day digging around in dust can make you quite angry, he said, which can also be a big incentive to make things better.

  • A block layer introduction part 1: the bio layer

    The term "block layer" is often used to talk about that part of the Linux kernel which implements the interface that applications and filesystems use to access various storage devices. Exactly which code constitutes this layer is a question that reasonable people could disagree on. The simplest answer is that it is all the code inside the block subdirectory of the Linux kernel source. This collection of code can be seen as providing two layers rather than just one; they are closely related but clearly distinct. I know of no generally agreed names for these sub-layers and so choose to call them the "bio layer" and the "request layer". The remainder of this article will take us down into the former while the latter will be left for a subsequent article.

  • Linux kernel 4.13 and SMB protocol version fun

    There’s been a rather interesting change in the Linux kernel recently, which may affect you if you’re mounting network drives using SMB (the Windows native protocol, occasionally also called CIFS).

    There have been several versions of the protocol – Wikipedia has a good writeup. Both servers and clients may support different versions; when accessing a shared resource, the client tells the server which protocol version it wants to use, and if the server supports that version then everyone’s happy and the access goes ahead; if the server doesn’t support that version, you get an error and no-one’s happy.

  • SCO versus IBM (and Linux) springs back to life after court ruling

    SCO, the Unix operating systems vendor that turned on Linux in a bid to claim proprietorial ownership of the open-source operating system that effectively ate its lunch, has won a surprise victory in the US Court of Appeals against systems giant IBM.

    The victory will spark new life - not a lot, but some - into the effectively defunct company's intellectual property [sic] claims.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver Release Schedule, Pop!_OS Development Update

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  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver Release Schedule

    The schedule of the release of Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver with given dates are as follows:

    4th January 2018 - Alpha 1 (Not Public Release - opt-in)
    1st February 2018 - Alpha 2 (Not Public Release - opt-in)
    8th March 2018 - Beta 1 (Not Public Release - opt-in)
    5th April 2018 - Final Beta
    19th April 2018 - Release Candidate
    26th April 2018 - Final Release

  • Pop!_OS Development re-org, Upstream Cooperation, and Partaaay!

    Doing the same things better, faster, and more reliable is the name of the game.  We are pivoting towards improving the entire development process on Pop!_OS. We are making changes in how we triage issues from the community.  We are also streamlining our Q&A process as well now that we have Benjamin Shpurker, our dedicated QA, onboard.  But that’s not all - we have started locking down our staging and production code with specific requirements that need to be met before being merged into their respective repositories.  Code reviews and testing are incredibly important to us.   The team has done a great job thus far, but we want to build a process that will scale while boosting quality and reliability.

  • Pop!_OS Continues Plotting Their Future Improvements: HiDPI, Bug Triage

    Hot off their inaugural Pop!_OS release two weeks back, this Ubuntu-derived Linux distribution developed by System76 is moving onto their next set of goals.

Security: DBD, Windows Botnet, Updates and Reproducible Builds

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  • How we are addressing a mistake we made while running

    On Wednesday, October 25th, we received an email letting us know that an old Drupal database backup file was publicly accessible on, a site operated by the Free Software Foundation. This backup file contained contact information and other details that should not have been public, submitted from 2007-2012.

    Within minutes of receiving the report, we removed the file and started auditing and the rest of our sites. The file did not contain any passwords or password hashes, financial information, mailing addresses, or information about users who interacted with the site without ever logging in.

    On Friday, October 27th, once we were reasonably confident we understood the scope of the problem and had fixed the most urgent issues, we sent a notification email to every address that was in the database backup file. We explained what had happened, took responsibility, and apologized.

  • Man who developed a botnet of over 77,000 infected computers to pay for college avoids jail time

    Tierman created the botnet by covertly infecting users' computers with malware via social media without their knowledge. Since at least August 2011, he sold access to his botnet to those looking to send spam messages to unsuspecting victims. When he was arrested in October 2012 as a student at California Polytechnic State University, more than 77,000 infected computers were active in Tiernan's botnet.

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #131

From lab to libre software: how can academic software research become open source?

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Academics generate enormous amounts of software, some of which inspires commercial innovations in networking and other areas. But little academic software gets released to the public and even less enters common use. Is some vast "dark matter" being overlooked in the academic community? Would the world benefit from academics turning more of their software into free and open projects?

I asked myself these questions a few months ago when Red Hat, at its opening of a new innovation center in Boston's high-tech Fort Point neighborhood, announced a unique partnership with the goal of tapping academia. Red Hat is joining with Boston-area computer science departments—starting with Boston University—to identify promising software developed in academic projects and to turn it into viable free-software projects. Because all software released by Red Hat is under free licenses, the partnership suggests a new channel by which academic software could find wider use.

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Parrot 3.9 “Intruder” Ethical Hacking Linux Distro Released With New Features — Download Here

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In mid-October, The Parrot Project announced that it’s going to be releasing the latest Parrot Security 3.9 operating system for ethical hacking and penetration testing in the upcoming weeks. The team also released its beta release for testers. After the wait of a couple of weeks, the final Parrot 3.9 release is here.

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