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Story Wine and Games Roy Schestowitz 11/03/2018 - 1:57am
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 11/03/2018 - 12:10am
Story An Early Look At The Linux 4.16 Kernel Performance With AMD EPYC Rianne Schestowitz 11/03/2018 - 12:06am
Story Updated Debian 9: 9.4 released Rianne Schestowitz 11/03/2018 - 12:04am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 10/03/2018 - 5:34pm
Story Ubuntu: Kernel Patch, Canta Theme, Snap, elementary OS Juno and Linux Mint Roy Schestowitz 10/03/2018 - 10:07am
Story Security: Purism, SLAPP, Windows Servers, Windows at SMBs and More Roy Schestowitz 10/03/2018 - 10:04am
Story Mozilla News Roy Schestowitz 10/03/2018 - 9:13am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 10/03/2018 - 9:12am
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 10/03/2018 - 8:49am

You Can Now Install LineageOS on Your Raspberry Pi 3, Based on Android 8.1 Oreo

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If you've ever wanted to run the free and open-source LineageOS operating system for smartphones and tablet computers on your tiny Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computer (SBC), there's now an unofficial build available for public testing.

Finnish developer KonstaT published today the first build of a LineageOS 15.1 port for the Raspberry Pi 3 SBC, based on Google's Android 8.1 Oreo mobile operating system. It's powered by Linux kernel 4.4.119 LTS compiled with GCC 4.9 and includes the Android security patch level for February 2018.

Designed only for advanced users, this LineageOS port for Raspberry Pi 3 uses Google’s SwiftShader software renderer by default, which means that the display performance could be disrupted. Also, the developer doesn't recommend this initial build for any production use, nor for any media-oriented devices.

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Interview with MidnightBSD Founder and Lead Dev Lucas Holt

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MidnightBSD founder Lucas Holt shares the story of this project and discusses the recent Pale Moon controversy.
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today's leftovers

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  • Using AMD Open Source and the amdgpu-pro OpenCL driver for image processing

    I have a AMD grahpics card and use the great Open Source driver which comes with my Linux distribution. However for image processing I want the OpenCL support of my graphics card. Currently that’s only provided by the amdgpu-pro driver.

  • AMDGPU 18.0 X.Org Driver Released

    It had been a half-year since the release of the last AMDGPU DDX release, xf86-video-amdgpu 1.4.0, but today that has been succeeded by xf86-video-amdgpu 18.0 as they also embark on a year-based versioning scheme.

    xf86-video-amdgpu 18.0.0 was released today as they move to a year-based versioning scheme with X.Org/DDX driver releases becoming less frequent thanks to the maturing xf86-video-modesetting generic driver and also more users moving to Wayland-based Linux desktops.

  • Google Updates: I/O is go, Linux in Chrome, free apps by the load

    IN A WEEK when so much attention has been focused on Barcelona, there's a few stories that still managed to sneak in under the radar, Google-wise. For everything we've already covered you can go here.

    Firstly, there's indications that we're going to start seeing Linux containers that can run in Chrome OS, much as Snaps do for Windows in Linux.

    Its' been possible through a hack for a while, but this appears to be the real deal, with a "Project Crostini" being the name for the integration.

  • Project Crostini: Chrome OS prepares to support Linux apps

    Similar to Microsoft’s attempts, it’s clear Google believes supporting Linux will ensure developers spend as much time on their respective platforms as possible. While it may seem counterintuitive, it means developers are more likely to make native apps for the platform they’re using in their spare time.

  • The Kubernetes Lesson

    When Kubernetes was first announced in 2014, reactions were mixed. Some pointed to its pedigree and that of its creators, Brendan Burns, Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda, as reason enough to pay attention. Others focused on the fact that it was derived from Google’s Borg software but was not itself Borg, dismissing it as “Borg-lite” or little more than an interesting science project. Both camps were forced to acknowledge, however, that it was entering a crowded and fragmented software market. It was one project among a rapidly expanding array of options.

    In this first quarter of 2018, however, Kubernetes is arguably the most visible of core infrastructure projects. Kubernetes has gone from curiosity to mainstream acceptance, crossing any number of chasms in the process. The project has been successful enough that even companies and projects that have competing container implementation strategies have been compelled to adopt it.

  • Open Source Disk Cleaner App BleachBit Gets First Update After 19 Months

    Brief: Open Source system cleaner application BleachBit version 2.0 has been released. The new version brings some improvements and new features to the most used system cleaning application on Linux.

  • A site for reviews of Tumbleweed snapshots

    As leading-edge rolling distributions go, OpenSUSE Tumbleweed is relatively stable, but it is still true that some snapshots are better than others. Jimmy Berry has announced the creation of a web site tracking the quality of each day's snapshot.

  • The Impact of Open Source Software on Developing IoT Solutions

    Global IoT spending could reach $1 trillion by 2020. This growth means that IoT development will accelerate and open source software solutions are critical.

  • IoT Developer Survey – Deadline March 5, 2018

    We are seeking input from Internet of Things (#IoT) developers to better understand their needs for software and related tools. Whether you’re a hacker instrumenting your home with Raspberry Pi, or an IT developer working on Industrial IoT solutions, we want to know how you’re using open source technologies to build your IoT solution. The output from this survey will help the open source community focus on the resources most needed by IoT developers.

  • Is The Stock A Good Investment? – Red Hat Inc (NYSE: RHT)
  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) Relative Momentum Indicator Trending Higher
  • Schroder Investment Management Group Purchases 4,156 Shares of Red Hat Inc (RHT)
  • Snapdragon 820 based system can identify faces, age, gender, and emotion

    The VIA Smart Recognition Platform is a facial and object recognition board that runs Android 7.1.1 or Linux on a Snapdragon 820 by way of VIA’s SOM-9X20 module.

    VIA Technologies has re-spun its Snapdragon 820 based SOM-9X20 module and SOM-DB2 evaluation board as a VIA Smart Recognition Platform. The boards appear to be the same except that the SOM-9X20 is pre-loaded with a facial and object recognition stack.

  • Hot Chips Face Off at MWC and Embedded World

    This week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Embedded World in Nuremberg are primarily designed to showcase smartphones and embedded systems, respectively. Yet, increasingly the shows are focused on the processors that drive them.

    The only major chip announced in conjunction with this week’s conferences was Intel’s Stratix 10 TX FPGA, which is also the only chip covered here that doesn’t run Linux. Several other processors were announced earlier in the month, including AMD’s Ryzen Embedded V1000 and Epyc Embedded 3000. Meanwhile, new details were leaked about Intel’s 10nm Cannon Lake and Ice Lake chips, as well as some new 8th-Gen “Coffee Lake” models.

  • 8 Best Android Office Apps To Boost Your Productivity In 2018

OSS Leftovers

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  • Beyond metrics: How to operate as team on today's open source project

    How do we traditionally think about community health and vibrancy?

    We might quickly zero in on metrics related primarily to code contributions: How many companies are contributing? How many individuals? How many lines of code? Collectively, these speak to both the level of development activity and the breadth of the contributor base. The former speaks to whether the project continues to be enhanced and expanded; the latter to whether it has attracted a diverse group of developers or is controlled primarily by a single organization.

    The Linux Kernel Development Report tracks these kinds of statistics and, unsurprisingly, it appears extremely healthy on all counts.

  • Things Gateway - Part 5

    In Part 4 of this series, I showed how to link the Things Gateway with a quartet of Philips Hue bulbs via the Hue Bridge. There are advantages and disadvantages to using the Hue Bridge. On the plus side, the Hue Bridge enables the mobile device app, a mature controller for Hue lights with plenty of bells and whistles. On the downside, the Hue Bridge is an Internet capable device, and I'm just not sure I can trust that.

  • Why it might be time for Big Cloud to share the wealth with open-source startups

    There’s no longer any point in ignoring the truth: during the age of open-source software, which was supposed to democratize software development and usher in a new era of community-driven advancement, the most powerful companies in technology have consolidated their power and become the most important economic forces on the planet.

  • DotCMS Updates, TYPO9 9.1 Released, More Open Source News

    Miami-based dotCMS has rolled out dotCMS 4.3, featuring new Static Publishing features as well the new “Four Eyes” workflow approval.

    DotCMS’ Static Publishing feature — which was released last year — has been updated so users can save comprehensive static HTML versions of their websites in multiple locations, including local folders, AWS S3 buckets, or any external location or cloud service accessible via SCP or SFTP. According to the dotCMS press release, “these new Static Publishing features mean more customers can take advantage of the performance, disaster recovery, compliance, and security benefits that Static Publishing offers.”

  • Placed now offers open-source mobile location data for businesses
  • Pontus Vision Unveils Open-Source GDPR Compliance Tool
  • FundRequest Partners with Indorse on Boosting Blockchain Success
  • FundRequest, Indorse to certify, reward blockchain open source developers
  • FundRequest and Indorse partner to Certify and Reward Open Source Developers on the Blockchain

    FundRequest, a decentralized marketplace built for open source collaboration, has announced a partnership with Indorse, a reward-based decentralized professional social network where users can control their data, to match talented and certified open source developers with available projects, bounties and jobs.

  • Emacs #3: More on org-mode
  • New York Genome Center Researchers Create Low-Cost Open Source 3D Printed Device for Single-Cell Analysis

    So many of the benefits of 3D printing—and often all of them—allow for innovative strides to be made in a variety of industries today. Some of the most undeniable and significant impacts are being made in the medical field though, as researchers and manufacturers become more interested in manipulating the 3D realm to bioprint, create laboratory and medical devices, and more. As researchers continue to delve deeper on the cellular level, they also continue to become more successful in improving the quality of lives for patients around the world, including work with microfluidic devices.

Late Coverage of OpenStack Queens

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  • New OpenStack Queens release provides support for GPUs, containers to meet edge, NFV and machine learning workload demands

    The OpenStack community released on Wednesday Queens, the 17th version of the open source cloud infrastructure software. A packed release resulting from a six-month development cycle, Queens offers advancements benefiting for both enterprises with mission-critical workloads as well as organizations investing in emerging use cases like containers, NFV, edge computing and machine learning. The software now powers 60 public cloud data centers and thousands of private clouds at a scale of more than six million physical cores.

  • OpenStack Queens, RedDrop Android Spyware, Oracle's VirtualBox and More

    OpenStack Queens was released yesterday. The 17th version of the open-source cloud infrastructure software "offers a packed release with advancements benefiting not only enterprises with mission-critical workloads but also organizations investing in emerging use cases like containers, NFV, edge computing and machine learning".

  • ​Open-source cloud royalty: OpenStack Queens released

    The cloud is growing faster than ever, and OpenStack, the open-source cloud for the enterprise, is growing with it.

    By next year, 60 percent of enterprise workloads will run in the cloud, according to 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation, Workloads and Key Projects survey. While much of that growth is in the public cloud, OpenStack enterprise adoption is expanding, with enterprises in nearly all businesses turning to private and hybrid cloud models for their mission-critical workloads. Indeed, as OpenStack moves toward making more than $6 billion in 2021, OpenStack's private clouds are expected to deliver more revenue than its public cloud implementations.

Debian News/Reports

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  • When distributions get it wrong

    So this story starts with Debian removing XChat from its repo on 2016-01-30 which is not terrible in comparison to other distros but the problem arises when on 2017-08-08 it was accepted back into the repository to my surprise. Since then the maintainer has backported a few patches from HexChat including some CVE fixes and making UI changes to the input box totaling up to 44 patches as of today. Since no other upstream exists this project is no longer XChat really it is a Debian specific fork and due to timing this will land in Ubuntu 18.04 meaning this is theoretically “supported” (by the community) until 2023.


    I have no real conclusion for this story as I cannot solve it but I hope users of these distros don’t just accept that software in the repos is maintained or safe and I hope members of the Debian and Ubuntu community can recognize that pulling in completely dead software into their repositories is a bad idea.

  • BOB Konferenz’18 in Berlin

    Recently Pranav Jain and I attended Bob Conference in Berlin, Germany. The conference started with a keynote on a very interesting topic, A language for making movies. Using Non Linear Video Editor for making movies was time consuming, ofcourse. The speaker talked about the struggle of merging presentation, video and high quality sound for conferences. Clearly, Automation was needed here which could be achieved by 1. Making a plugin for non linear VE, 2. Writing a UI automation tool like an operating system macro 3. Using shell scripting. However, dealing shell script for this purpose could be time consuming no matter how great shell scripts are. While the goal to achieve here was to edit videos using a language only and let the language get in the way of solving this. In other words a DSL Domain-Specific Language was required along with Syntax Parse. Video ( a language for making movies which integrated with Racket ecosystem. It combines the power of a traditional video editor with the capabilities of a full programming language.


    This is just a summary of our experiences and what we were able to grasp at the conference and also share our individual experience with Debian on GSoC and Outreachy.

  • trains & snow

    unsurprisingly, my work was mostly focussed on Debian Perl Group stuff. we managed to move our repos from alioth to salsa during the weekend, which involved not only importing ~3500 repositories but also e.g. recreating our .mrconfig setup.

  • February 2018 report: LTS, ...

    This is my monthly Debian LTS report. This month was exclusively dedicated to my frontdesk work. I actually forgot to do it the first week and had to play catchup during the weekend, so I brought up a discussion about how to avoid those problems in the future. I proposed an automated reminder system, but it turns out people found this was overkill. Instead, Chris Lamb suggested we simply send a ping to the next person in the list, which has proven useful the next time I was up.

Events: foss-north,, a2k18 Hackathon

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  • foss-north – the count down

    We are approaching the count down to foss-north 2018 – at least from an organizer perspective. This year we will be at Chalmers Conference Centre, in the centre of Gothenburg – the world’s most sociable, friendliest city. So, save the date – April 23 – and make sure to drop by.

  • 3 Ansible videos from 2018

    The recent conference in Brno, Czechia is a great example of an event by and for developers and open source community members. Hundreds of speakers showed off countless technologies and features advancing the state of open source in Linux and far beyond. One of today’s most popular technologies is Ansible. Here’s a taste of how it was represented among the many excellent sessions at the conference.

  • a2k18 Hackathon Report: Ken Westerback on dhclient and more

    Once in Dunedin the hacking commenced. The background was a regular tick of new meltdown diffs to test in addition to whatever work one was actually engaged in. I was lucky (?) in that none of the problems with the various versions cropped up on my laptop.

Programming/Development: Qt 3D Studio 1.1, The Journey Back to C, RcppArmadillo 0.8.400.0.0

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  • Qt 3D Studio 1.1 Released

    We are happy to announce that Qt 3D Studio 1.1 has now been released. This release introduces many improvements to the user interface and introduces an improved way to define data driven UI content.

  • Qt 3D Studio 1.1 Brings UI Improvements

    Qt 3D Studio 2.0 is coming this summer, but today marks the Qt 3D Studio 1.1 release as an incremental upgrade for those using this 3D user-interface authoring system that originated out of NVIDIA's open-source code.

  • The journey back to C
  • RcppArmadillo 0.8.400.0.0

    RcppArmadillo release 0.8.400.0.0, originally prepared and uploaded on February 19, finally hit CRAN today (after having been available via the RcppCore drat repo for a number of days). A corresponding Debian release was prepared and uploaded as well. This RcppArmadillo release contains Armadillo release 8.400.0 with a number of nice changes (see below for details), and continues our normal bi-monthly CRAN release cycle (slight delayes in CRAN processing notwithstanding).

Wine 3.3 Released

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  • Wine 3.3 Released

    The Wine development release 3.3 is now available.

  • Wine 3.3 is out with a start on Vulkan support, D3D multi-threaded command stream is on by default

    Wine 3.3 is a pretty exciting release for those following development and wanting to run Windows games and software on Linux.

  • Wine Receives Initial Support for Running Vulkan Apps and Games, Wine 3.3 Is Out

    Wine, the open-source compatibility layer for running Windows apps and games on Linux-based and UNIX-like operating systems, received initial support for the next-generation and cross-platform Vulkan graphics API created by The Khronos Group.

    During the past couple of years, Vulkan proved itself to be a high-efficient graphics API (Application Programming Interface) on modern graphics cards, adopted more and more by game developers on Linux, Windows, macOS, and even mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, as well as gaming consoles.

    Wine lets Linux and Mac users run Windows apps and games on top of their operating systems, and, as of today, the open-source software project received initial Vulkan support, which was promised since last year when its developers announced the major Wine 3.0 release.

  • Wine 3.3 Brings First Vulkan Bits, D3D CSMT By Default

    Wine 3.3 brings the beginnings of Vulkan support with the initial "winevulkan" merge, Direct3D command-stream multi-threading (D3D CSMT) is now enabled by default for enhancing the Wine gaming performance out-of-the-box, multi-sample textures are now enabled by default, there is support for game controllers through SDL, and support for loading CIL-only .NET binaries.

Security: Updates, UEFI 'Secure' Boot, ​Memcached DDoS, Security in the Modern Data Center and the Latest FOSS From Sonatype

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  • [Slackware] Security updates for OpenJDK 7 and 8
  • The Linux Kernel Prepares To Be Further Locked Down When Under UEFI Secure Boot

    For more than the past year we have reported on kernel work to further lock down the Linux kernel with UEFI Secure Boot and it's looking now like that work may finally be close to being mainlined.

    Among the further restrictions that would be placed on the Linux kernel when running with UEFI Secure Boot enabled is blocking access to kernel module parameters that end up dealing with hardware settings, blocking access to some areas of /dev that could manipulate the kernel or hardware state, etc.

  • ​Memcached DDoS: The biggest, baddest denial of service attacker yet

    We've been seeing a rise of ever bigger Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks for years now. But, now a new attack method, Memcrashed, can blast your site with over a terabyte of traffic. Good luck standing up to that volume of abuse!

    Memcrashed works by exploiting the memcached program. Memcached is an open-source, high-performance, distributed, object-caching system. It's commonly used by social networks such as Facebook and its creator LiveJournal as an in-memory key-value store for small chunks of arbitrary data. It's the program that enables them to handle their massive data I/O. It's also used by many to cache their web-server-session data to speed up their sites -- and that's where the trouble starts.

  • Security in the Modern Data Center
  • One in Eight Open Source Components Contain Flaws [Ed: What about proprietary software? Not worth ever debating in the media? Phil Muncaster uses dramatic headline as a form of marketing for Sonatype.]

    For example, 145,000 downloads of vulnerable versions of Apache Commons Collections were recorded in the UK in 2017 – vulnerabilities connected to ransomware attacks in the wild.

Thread-optimized IoT gateway adds Ubuntu Core support

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Rigado announced that its i.MX6 UL based Vesta IoT Gateway, which offer Ethernet, WiFi, BT, Thread, and optional LTE, LoRa, and PoE, will soon be available with Ubuntu Core and Canonical’s IoT app store.

Starting this summer, Portland, Oregon-based Rigado will offer its Edge Connectivity gateway solutions with Canonical’s IoT-focused, transactional Ubuntu Core distribution. Rigado is referring to its low-cost, Yocto Project powered Vesta IoT Gateway, which launched in Dec. 2016 without the Vesta name. The new Ubuntu Core support will enable “sophisticated control, monitoring and tracking applications,” as well as “connected guest experiences,” says Canonical in its version of the announcement.

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  • BeagleWire, GitHub DDoS Attack, Open Source Bonus Winners and More

    Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS (Xenial Xerus) was released yesterday. The update includes "security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS". See the release announcement for more info and links to downloads.

LF: Jack Wallen and Swapnil Bhartiya, Linux Foundation's 'Edge', and Xen

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  • New Linux Video Series from Jack Wallen and Swapnil Bhartiya

    Swapnil and Jack started the video series in order to have a mature conversation about Linux, open source, and related topics. “With so many related topics, we felt it had become a challenge to have or find sensible, immediate, dialog with those involved, as each distinct community had become either too entrenched in their microcosm or disconnected from reality. Hence, ‘Let's Get Serious,’” Jack said.

  • Linux Foundation continues to help shape telecoms industry

    In its latest move that will have a major impact on the telecoms industry, the Linux Foundation has announced a new open source project that is intended to create an open source software stack to support high-availability cloud services that are optimised for edge computing systems and applications.

    To seed the new project, Akraino Edge Stack, AT&T - the world's largest telecommunications company - is contributing code designed for carrier-scale edge computing applications running in virtual machines and containers to support reliability and performance requirements.

  • Xen Project Member Spotlight: DornerWorks

    The Xen Project is comprised of a diverse set of member companies and contributors that are committed to the growth and success of the Xen Project Hypervisor. The Xen Project Hypervisor is a staple technology for server and cloud vendors, and is gaining traction in the embedded, security and automotive space. This blog series highlights the companies contributing to the changes and growth being made to the Xen Project, and how the Xen Project technology bolsters their business.

  • EdgeX Foundry Continues Momentum with ‘California Code’ Preview

    EdgeX Foundry is still a few months away from its one-year anniversary. For those unfamiliar, EdgeX Foundry is a vendor-neutral, open source IoT edge computing framework project under The Linux Foundation. At the heart of EdgeX is a microservice architecture which allows the platform to be distributed, updated, replaced, improved and even provided by commercial third parties for additional value add where it makes sense. Its goal is to provide an interoperable platform (hardware and OS agnostic) to accelerate the deployment of industrial IoT solutions.

Kernel: Thunderbolt, DTrace, Bareflank

  • Intel Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 Controller Support Getting Squared Away For Linux

    Back in January was the announcement of Intel's "Titan Ridge" Thunderbolt 3 controllers that offer DisplayPort 1.4 support and optional USB-C computer port compatibility while retaining backwards compatibility.

    It will still probably be some time before you find a Titan Ridge Thunderbolt controller in your device, but Linux support for these Alpine Ridge successors is getting wrapped up. Mika Westerberg posted the latest set of 18 patches today for adding Intel Titan Ridge support to the Linux kernel's Thunderbolt driver. With this Titan Ridge support comes a new USB-only security level, a new attribute for indicating whether devices were connected automatically during boot, and a pre-boot ACL for indicating devices that the firmware automatically connects during boot.

  • DTrace on Oracle Linux

    I like to joke that "all performance problems are either trivial or unsolvable", but that's really not true. While many performance issues can be diagnosed using standard tools like vmstat, mpstat, iostat, prstat, perf, and so on, sometimes you need to inspect the internal behavior of the system to understand what's going on. DTrace, the fantastic dynamic tracing tool introduced with Solaris, is ideal for this. While I haven't focussed on DTrace, I've blogged in the past on how I used it to discover interesting things about Oracle VM Server for SPARC live migration and internal workings of the Hercules emulator. In one of those blogs I refer to the '*stat' tools as a stethoscope, while DTrace is the MRI you deploy when needed for deep information.

  • A Guide To Making Use Of The DTrace Basics On Linux

    Oracle is still working on DTrace for the Linux kernel and last year allowed the kernel code to be under the GPLv2+ license. While there are other options these days for dynamic tracing on Linux like SystemTap, eBPF, KTrace, etc, for those wanting to use DTrace, an Oracle developer has posted a new guide for doing so under Linux.

  • Bareflank 2.0 Hypervisor Being Worked On With Better Memory Management, UEFI Support

    The Bareflank Hypervisor is nearly two years old and its version 2.0 release happens to be baking.

    Bareflank is a Linux hypervisor written in C++11/14 with VMM isolation and Windows support as well as other features. Bareflank 2.0 is now stepping closer to release as its next big step forward.

Graphics: OpenChrome, Mesa, and Vulkan

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If you accidentally delete data or format a disk, good advice can be expensive. Or maybe not: You can undo many data losses with SystemRescueCd.

The price for mass storage devices of all types has been falling steadily in recent years, with a simultaneous increase in capacity. As a result, users are storing more and more data on local storage media – often without worrying about backing it up. Once the milk has been spilled, the anxious search begins for important photos, videos, correspondence, and spreadsheets. SystemRescueCd can help in these cases by providing a comprehensive toolbox for every computer, with the possibility of restoring lost items.

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KDE: KDiff3 Joining, Polishing Gwenview, and PIM Charts

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  • Polishing Gwenview

    Gwenview is a core KDE app, and an important tentpole of the Usability & Productivity initiative.

    However, a few months ago Gwenview had no maintainer and few contributions. It was still a jewel, but was starting to bit-rot. Fast-forward to today: a lively crew of interested contributors are improving it daily, fixing bugs and resolving UI papercuts. Check out the Gwenview Phabricator project; it’s a hotbed of activity!

  • The Blue Blobs Return! Getting into Community Data Analytics

    Anyway, he was doing that for other communities than KDE, but he almost stopped now. For instance, he did it only once for Habitat in all of 2017. Luckily he published the scripts he was using in his git-viz repository so not all the knowledge was lost.

    Earlier this year, I decided to take the torch and try to get into community data analytics myself. I got in touch with Paul to talk a bit about my plans. My first step was to try to modernize his scripts while staying true to his original visualization.

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  • Kdepim2017 Network

The GNOME Recipes Hackfest

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  • Recipes hackfest

    The Recipes application started as a celebration of GNOME’s community and history, and it’s grown to be a great showcase for what GNOME is about...

  • Recipes hackfest, day 1

    It has been a bit quiet around GNOME recipes recently, since most of us have other obligations. But this is about to change; we’re currently having a hackfest about GNOME recipes in Jogyakarta, Indonesia, and we’ve already made some interesting plans for for future work in this app.

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