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Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Software

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  • 6 Best Email Clients for Linux Systems

    Email is an old way of communication yet, it still remains the basic and most important method out there of sharing information up to date, but the way we access emails has changed over the years. From web applications, a lot of people now prefer to use email clients than ever before.

  • 10 Best File Managers for Linux Systems

    File management is so important on a computer that users always want to have a simple and easy to use file manager or file browser. But sometimes having a feature rich and highly configurable file manager for performing both simple tasks such as searching, copying, moving, creating and deleting files, and complex operations such as remote access of files and SHH connections is very vital.

  • 5 Best Web Photo Gallery Solutions

    There are many web services that allow users to upload pictures to a hosting site. The image host stores the images on its servers, and shows the individual different types of code to allow others to view that image. Popular examples include Flickr, Instagram, Imgur, Photobucket, SmugMug and Snapfish.

    Most of these solutions provide free storage space, with more features available if you are willing to pay for a premium account. However, there are problems with these solutions. Leaving aside privacy and ownership issues, these services typically do not provide good integration with other platforms. There is a simple alternative which gives you more control and flexibility - self-hosted open source gallery software.

  • 5 reasons why VirtualBox has a place in the data center

    At first blush you might think VirtualBox or any type II hypervisor has no place in the data center, but that assumption would be wrong. Let me see if I can change your mind by laying out reasons why I believe VirtualBox does have a place in the data center.

Security Leftovers

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Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Graphics Performance With Radeon Software, AMDGPU-PRO, AMDGPU+RadeonSI

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Yesterday I published some Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Linux gaming benchmarks using the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards. Those numbers were interesting with the NVIDIA proprietary driver but for benchmarking this weekend are Windows 10 results with Radeon Software compared to Ubuntu 16.04 running the new AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver as well as the latest Git code for a pure open-source driver stack.

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5 Reasons to Install Linux on Your Laptop

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Linux

You can choose something other than MacOS or Windows 10 when it comes to an operating system for your computer. If you’re prepared to be a little more adventurous, Linux has plenty of great features that will save you time and make working a little less dull. The best part is that Live Installations allow you to try out the software before you wipe your entire hard drive.

Linux comes in various flavors called distros (distributions) and it’s up to you to determine which one you opt for. Ubuntu is by far the most popular desktop distro and is a good place to start for beginners, so we’ve focused on that one here, but once you’ve grasped the basics feel free to explore the pros and cons of some others out there.

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LibreOffice News

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LibO
  • Faster Rendering Appears To Be Coming For LibreOffice

    Some rendering speed improvements have been worked on recently for the LibreOffice open-source office suite and are now present in LO Git.

  • Document Liberation Project: progress so far in 2016

    If you haven’t heard of the Document Liberation Project (DLP) before, we made a short video explaining what it does and why it’s important. In summary: it supports development of software libraries to read documents from many (usually proprietary) applications. If you’ve ever opened a file generated by Apple Pages, WordPerfect or Microsoft Works in LibreOffice, you’ve benefitted from the hard work of the DLP team. And DLP libraries are used in many other prominent FOSS tools such as Inkscape and Scribus as well.

Red Hat Canonical Package Wars Claims Another Victim

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TechRights.org's Dr. Roy Schestowitz blogged today that Red Hat was "bashing the media" for covering Canonical's Snap packaging. In related news, Matthias Klumpp has suspended development of Limba, a cross-platform package management system similar to Flatpak, in deference to Snap and Flatpak. On Snap, Christine Hall touched on a thought that needs to be reported as well. On the other side of town, Dominique Leuenberger shared a bit of Tumbleweed news and Mike Saunders posted on the progress of the Document Liberation Project.

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Open source wins over France’s urban planners

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OSS

Marseille, France’s second largest city, and OpenMarie, a community of city administrations working on open source software, are boosting the development of OpenADS, a software solution for managing building and zoning permits. Last week, the two started the OpenADS working group, to bring together the many public administrations that use the software, and to manage the development roadmap.

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today's leftovers

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  • The Microsoft Tax Doesn't Really Exist [Ed: This article is wrong. The Microsoft tax does exist, based on leaked documents in Techrights.]

    When you are considering a switch to a computer with Linux pre-installed, you may be surprised to discover that the hardware is about the same price as a comparable Windows machine. You may have heard of something called the "Microsoft Tax" which refers to the extra price you pay for the cost of Windows on a computer that you buy with the intention of installing Linux on it. As a result, you may think that you should pay less for an equivalent computer with Linux pre-installed. After all, Linux is free and Windows sells for hundreds of dollars. But you don't. That's because the so-called Microsoft Tax doesn't really exist. It's a myth.

  • Entroware have released another beast of a Laptop, worth looking into
  • Acer's CXI2 Chromebox Now Has Upstream Coreboot Support

    Acer's CXI2 Chromebox line-up is now supported by mainline Coreboot.

    The CXI2 has been using Coreboot similar to other Chromebook/Chromebox devices, but wasn't supported by mainline Coreboot. That changed yesterday with the code now working its way into mainline Git.

  • Samsung's Purchase of Joyent Unlocks Cloud Infrastructure, and More
  • Containers are on fire as enterprises ramp up adoption

    Container technology is rapidly transforming the way enterprises develop and deliver applications, and adoption is set to ramp up spectacularly in the next year, even as obstacles towards adoption persist.

  • Nearly Two-Thirds of IT Users Plan to Mainstream Containers in a Year, Global Survey Reveals
  • OSVR's new headset, DeepMind learns gaming, and new Linux releases

    In this week's edition, we take a look at a new headset from OSVR, Google's DeepMind playing Montezuma's Revenge for rewards, and two new games out for Linux.

  • Videos: MontanaLinux CentOS Remix

    As you may know, I've been remixing Fedora for several years for my own personal use... called MontanaLinux. I've also been remixing CentOS and Scientific Linux and thought I'd write a little bit about it.

    The main reason I created the EL7 remixes is because I have a few older HP Proliant servers at work that have the CCISS Raid Controller and Red Hat dropped support for those in RHEL 7. Also, I originally included both GNOME and KDE as part of it but have since decided to make it leaner by switching to XFCE 4.12 that is available in EPEL... and of course it includes all of the available updates as of build time.

  • Linux + Windows : Robolinux 8.5 LTS Arrives With Stealth VM For Running Windows

    Robolinux is a unique Linux distribution that comes with a stealth VM for deep Windows integration. The latest release of this operating system i.e. Robolinux 8.5 LTS “Raptor” is now available for download. This release–featuring Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce, and LXDE versions–comes with Steam for Linux client for seamless gaming.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Week 2016/24

    It has been a very busy week, but it has shown how much enthusiasm every contributor puts into Tumbleweed. There have been again 4 snapshots released (0609, 0611, 0612 and 0613) and this marks the end of ‘Tumbleweed being built using GCC 5’. As usual, one end is just the beginning of something new: starting with Snapshot 0614 (or any higher number, in case openQA won’t agree) the entire distribution is built using GCC 6 as compiler.

  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) Receives Buy Rating from RBC Capital
  • Ubuntu Touch OS with Continuum like Convergence Feature Coming Soon to OnePlus 3

    Ubuntu’s Touch OS powered smartphone have slowly started becoming a reality since the last few years. Meizu MX4 was one of the powerful Ubuntu powered phones launched till date. That aside there are a few other devices that support Ubuntu Touch OS thanks to ports like these. Canonical’s Ubuntu OS however has succeeded to get a head start in the smartphone mainly due to the lack of features over an Android or iOS device.

  • T-Shirt Sale June 15th-21st

    From June 15th-21st you can get a 15% discount on a Bodhi Linux branded T-Shirt with the code TSHIRT16 on our Merchandise store.

  • elementary OS 0.4 ‘Loki’ Beta Released — Download The Most Beautiful Linux Distro

    elementary OS is a very popular and one of the most beautiful Linux distros out there. The upcoming version of the OS i.e. elementary OS 0.4 ‘Loki’, is coming in next few months. The first beta of this open source operating system is already here and you can download it right now to get started with testing.

  • Mygica Media Streamer First Impressions

    Some of it was streamed from my other Linux computers...

  • Microsoft's Office Plans Are a Confusing Mess

    Last week, I tried to get a subscription to Microsoft Office. I expected to simply find an Office license that included what I needed for a simple price. Instead, I discovered that Microsoft’s Office licenses are infuriatingly complex, making it nearly impossible for anyone to get what they need without overspending.

  • Why LinkedIn Will Make You Hate Microsoft Word

    IF Microsoft has its way, the vast membership of LinkedIn, the business networking site with more than 433 million members, will be instantly available to you while you use Microsoft products like Outlook or Skype. How many of LinkedIn’s members do you want to consult while also using Excel or typing away in Word? Microsoft is betting it’s a lot; this is part of its rationale for its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, announced on Monday.

    The companies’ chief executives, Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, explained their reasons for the deal in a PowerPoint presentation distributed to investors. In the center of a graphic titled, “A professional’s profile everywhere,” was a picture of an anonymous LinkedIn “professional” with arrows pointed outward to seven Microsoft products.

  • Microsoft buys Wand to improve chat capabilities

    Satya Nadella wasn't kidding when he said earlier this year that he believed in using chat as a platform for computing. Microsoft just bought Wand, a chat app for iOS, to further that vision.

Linux and Linux Foundation

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Linux
  • Intel Is Insanely Close To Showing Off OpenGL 4.5 With Their Mesa Driver
  • OpenSwitch Project, SnapRoute Target New Openness for Network Switching and Routing

    In the world of networking and network switches and routing, there are some interesting open source moves afoot. The Linux Foundation, has announced that the OpenSwitch Project is becoming a Linux Foundation project. OpenSwitch is an open source, Linux-based network operating system (NOS) designed to power enterprise grade switches from multiple hardware vendors that will enable organizations to rapidly build data center networks that are customized for unique business needs.

  • My DCTC2016 talk: Linux MD RAID performance improvement since 3.11 to 4.6

    This week I was invited by Memblaze to give a talk on Data Center Technology Conference 2016 about Linux MD RAID performance on NVMe SSD. In the past 3 years, Linux community make a lot of effort to improve MD RAID performance on high speed media, especially on RAID456. I happen to maintain block layer for SUSE Linux, back port quite a lot patches back to Linux 3.12.

  • Microsoft's Project Bletchley Aims to Expand Utility of Blockchain Technology

    As covered here recently, a continuously growing group of top technology and finance companies including IBM, Wells Fargo and the London Stock Exchange Group is partnering and working with The Linux Foundation to advance blockchain technology, which is central to how many businesses process transactions. if you ask some people, they'll tell you that the concept of the Blockchain is as dramatic as the creation of the Internet.

Leftovers: Software

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  • ibus-chewing-1.5.1 Released
  • A few words about the future of the Limba project

    Both Alex and I have been experimenting with 3rd-party app distribution for quite some time, with me working on Listaller and him working on Glick and Glick2. All these projects never went anywhere. Around the time when I started Limba, fixing design mistakes done with Listaller, Alex started a new attempt at software distribution, this time with sandboxing added to the mix and a new OSTree-based design of the software-distribution mechanism. It wasn’t at all clear that XdgApp, later to be renamed to Flatpak, would get huge backing by GNOME and later Red Hat, becoming a very promising candidate for a truly cross-distro software distribution system.

  • Git 2.9 improves submodules, diff readability

    The open source Git distributed version control system, the cornerstone of the GitHub code-sharing site, has been upgraded with faster submodules and improvements for diffs and testing.

    Version 2.9, released this week, expands options for submodules, which enable users to keep another Git repository in a subdirectory of a repository. The submodule improvements focus on speed and flexibility.

  • Git 2.9 Released

    A new version of Git was released this week, bringing a number of improvements that will be a welcome sight to software developers. Alongside the normal bug fixes and general maintenance work, some interesting new experimental features have been added.

  • Calibre 2.59 Has Better EPUB 3 Support, Amazon Metadata Download Improvements

    Today, June 17, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has proudly announced the release and general availability of the Calibre 2.59 update of the open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software.

    Calibre 2.59 arrives after only one week after the debut of Calibre 2.58, the previous point release that added compatibility with the latest Qt 5.x technologies (Qt 5.5 or later) on the Ubuntu Linux operating systems. And it looks like it introduces several improvements to the Amazon Metadata Download functionality.

  • The Wine Stable Release 1.8.3 Is Now Available

    The Wine team released today third stable release of their software. Version 1.8.3 has 54 bugfixes.

    This stable release contains bugfixes, translations updates and updated GPU description table(NVIDIA cards were added), new features are included in development releases from 1.9 branch.

  • Wine 1.8.3 Released With More Bug Fixes

Leftovers: KDE

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  • KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta
  • KDE Plasma 5.7 to Ship with Huge Wayland Improvements, New System Tray

    Today, June 17, 2016, KDE has had the great pleasure of announcing that the Beta of the forthcoming KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment is now available for public beta testing.

    Initially planned for June 16, KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta is here, and we can finally see what the KDE developers have prepared for fans of the modern, Qt5-based desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems. And just by taking a quick look at the release notes, we can notice that a lot of goodies are coming.

  • KDE e.V. joins advisory board of The Document Foundation

    The Document Foundation announces that KDE e.V. is joining the organization’s Advisory Board, and at the same time The Document Foundation joins KDE’s group of advising community partners as an affiliate.

  • GNOME & KDE Join The Document Foundation Advisory Board

    The GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. have joined the Advisory Board of The Document Foundation.

    The GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. have joined TDF's Advisory Board while in exchange The Document Foundation now has a seat on the boards of both GNOME and KDE. The press message The Document Foundation sent out this morning explained, "The objective is to strengthen relationships between the largest not for profit organizations focused on open source software, to foster the growth of the entire ecosystem."

  • The Qt Company Releases Qt 5.7
  • Qt 5.7 GUI Toolkit Released with Raspberry Pi 3 Support, Qt Creator 4.0

    Today, June 16, 2016, the Qt Company was proud to announce the final release and general availability of the long-anticipated Qt 5.7 GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit for all supported platforms.

    As many of you expected, Qt 5.7 is a major release that brings exciting new features and technologies for any and all Qt application developers out there, no matter if they're using a GNU/Linux distribution or the latest Windows 10 and macOS operating systems.

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Open Versus Closed: Addressing The IoT Standards Problem
  • Here's how developers should choose open source components wisely [Ed: WhiteSource self promotion]

    An open source component can be inappropriate for a developer in many ways. Starting from the risks the component is exposed to, to its license policy, developers have to keep a lot of things in mind while selecting the right piece for their tech puzzle. In an exclusive conversation with TechGig.com, Rami Sass, CEO and Co-Founder of WhiteSource, shared tips for selecting right open source components with developers. Read on.

  • Open-Source Test Automation Tools and You

    There's a shift to open-source mobile test automation tools happening today among developers and QA. And it's not just happening in mobile testing. Many mature technology sectors are adopting lightweight, vendor-transparent tools to fulfill the need for speed and integration.

    As with many free and open-source software markets however, a plethora of tools complicates the selection process. How do you know what to spend time learning, integrating and deploying in your own environment?

  • Lack of open source support continues to pose IT challenge

    Open source software and hardware continue to infiltrate the data center, but the lack of professional support remains a top business and IT concern.

  • Will Open Big Data Platforms Lead to an Open Enterprise?

    Big Data implementations are invariably built around Hadoop, Apache Spark and other open source solutions. And since these constructs must integrate into the broader enterprise data ecosystem at some point, is it possible that open source will come to rule the data center as a matter of course?

  • Ramping Up Your Open Cloud Deployment and Applications
  • New hospital in Houston selects open source EHR vendor

    Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston, opening in August, will use the OpenVista electronic health record system of Medsphere Systems. The inpatient behavioral health facility will open with 20 beds and plans to expand over time to 80 beds.

  • GSA CTO headlines WT open source breakfast

    The use of open source software is pretty much a forgone conclusion in the federal market but we are just now starting to scratch the surface of its power to disrupt the market.

  • 3D printed human hands, open source course materials, and more news
  • Open Source Agriculture

    An open source tool, the Food Computer, is being developed at MIT that can be used to create, save, and share climates for growing crops, maximized for nutrition, yield and taste, regardless of location or season.

  • Free culture in an expensive world
  • College courses without textbooks? These schools are giving it a shot.

    A community college reform group has selected a handful of schools in Virginia and Maryland to develop degree programs using open-source materials in place of textbooks, an initiative that could save students as much as $1,300 a year.

  • New open source 'GreenWeb' to mobile battery while browsing internet

    A new, open source computer programming framework that could make the web significantly more energy efficient, allowing people to save more battery power while browsing on mobile devices, has been developed by researchers including one of Indian-origin.

    Scientists developed what they are calling "GreenWeb," a set of web programming language extensions that enable web developers to have more flexibility and control than ever before over the energy consumption of a website.

    "Because user awareness is constantly increasing, web developers today must be conscious of energy efficiency," said Vijay Janapa Reddi from University of Texas in the US.

  • Rumors of COBOL's demise have been greatly exaggerated: Meet GnuCOBOL

    A recent article on Slashdot points out with some chagrin that the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs in the United States still use COBOL, originally invented in 1959, based on work by the late Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. The implication is—and has been for some years in the IT community—that COBOL is a completely dead language. Not so! In 1997, the Gartner Group reported that 80% of the world's business ran on COBOL, and surveys in 2006 and 2012 by Computerworld found that more than 60% of large financial organizations use COBOL (more, in fact, than use C++, a much newer language), and that for half of those, COBOL was used for the majority of their internal code. The COBOL standard has continued to be updated, with the most recent change being in 2014.

  • Open standard for UK emergency services

    The United Kingdom is introducing an open standard for IT systems used by emergency services, the country’s Digital Service announced on 23 May. The ‘Multi-Agency Incident Transfer’ (MAIT) standard is to harmonise the exchange of information within the emergency responder community to streamline the flow incident information between agencies.

Openwashing

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Leftovers: BSD

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  • ART single thread performances

    ART has been the default routing table backend in OpenBSD for some months now. That means that OpenBSD 6.0 will no longer consult the 4.3 BSD reduced radix tree to perform route lookups.

    The principal motivation for adopting a new tree implementation can be explained in three letters: SMP.

    I'll describe in a different context why and how ART is a good fit in our revamp of OpenBSD network stack. For the moment, let's have a look at the single-thread performances of this algorithm in OpenBSD -current.

  • parallel-lib: New LLVM Suproject
  • LLVM Has New "parallel-lib" Sub-Project

    This new parallelism library is described as "[hosting] the development of libraries which are aimed at enabling parallelism in code and which are also closely tied to compiler technology. Examples of libraries suitable for hosting within the parallel-libs subproject are runtime libraries and parallel math libraries. The initial candidates for inclusion in this subproject are StreamExecutor and libomptarget which would live in the streamexecutor and libomptarget subdirectories of parallel-libs, respectively."

Security Leftovers

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  • Mozilla Funds Open Source Code Audits

    As part of the Mozilla Open Source Support program (MOSS), the Mozilla Foundation has set up a fund dedicated to helping open source software projects eradicate code vulnerabilities.

  • Intel Hidden Management Engine – x86 Security Risk?

    So it seems the latest generation of Intel x86 CPUs have implemented a Intel hidden management engine that cannot be audited or examined. We can also assume at some point it will be compromised and security researchers are labelling this as a Ring -3 level vulnerability.

  • Smart detection for passive sniffing in the Tor-network

    If you haven't yet read about my previous research regarding finding bad exit nodes in the Tor network you can read it here. But the tl;dr is that I sent unique passwords through every exit node in the Tor network over HTTP. This meant that is was possible for the exit node to sniff the credentials and use them to login on my fake website which I had control over.

  • Lone hacker, not Russian spies, responsible for Democratic Party breach

    RED-FACED SECURITY OUTFIT CrowdStrike has admitted that the Russian government wasn't responsible for a hack on the Democratic Party after lone hacker Guccifer 2 claimed that he was responsible for the breach.

Fedora: The Latest

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