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Story Hands-on: Lumina Desktop 1.0.0 Rianne Schestowitz 18/08/2016 - 5:09pm
Story Honor 8 is a high-end Android phone at a mid-range price Rianne Schestowitz 18/08/2016 - 4:57pm
Story Gartner: Android’s smartphone marketshare hit 86.2% in Q2 Rianne Schestowitz 18/08/2016 - 4:52pm
Story Whatsie - Install & Use Whatsapp In Linux Mohd Sohail 18/08/2016 - 2:55pm
Story ODF in the Wild, Netrunner Goes Maui, p0wnball Wizard Roy Schestowitz 18/08/2016 - 2:01pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 18/08/2016 - 10:20am
Story Software and Games Roy Schestowitz 18/08/2016 - 10:19am
Story Red Hat News Roy Schestowitz 18/08/2016 - 10:17am
Story Leftovers: Debian Roy Schestowitz 18/08/2016 - 10:16am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 18/08/2016 - 10:14am

Security News

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  • Security updates for Friday
  • Linux malware turns victim's machines into crypto-currency miners [Ed: Linux "malware exploits flaw in Redis NoSQL" is not correct. Not Linux problem, not a flaw either but misconfiguration]
  • Researchers announce Linux kernel “network snooping” bug
  • Microsoft's compromised Secure Boot implementation

    There's been a bunch of coverage of this attack on Microsoft's Secure Boot implementation, a lot of which has been somewhat confused or misleading. Here's my understanding of the situation.

    Windows RT devices were shipped without the ability to disable Secure Boot. Secure Boot is the root of trust for Microsoft's User Mode Code Integrity (UMCI) feature, which is what restricts Windows RT devices to running applications signed by Microsoft. This restriction is somewhat inconvenient for developers, so Microsoft added support in the bootloader to disable UMCI. If you were a member of the appropriate developer program, you could give your device's unique ID to Microsoft and receive a signed blob that disabled image validation. The bootloader would execute a (Microsoft-signed) utility that verified that the blob was appropriately signed and matched the device in question, and would then insert it into an EFI Boot Services variable[1]. On reboot, the boot loader reads the blob from that variable and integrates that policy, telling later stages to disable code integrity validation.

Lubuntu Linux Team Is Ready to Begin the Migration Process to the LXQt Desktop

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Today, August 12, 2016, Lubuntu Linux maintainer Simon Quigley announced something that many of you have expected for so long, the migration of the lightweight Ubuntu flavor to the modern LXQt desktop environment.

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Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition: Is This Linux Laptop Worth $1,500?

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Thanks to its lightweight chassis, gorgeous screen and epic battery life, the Dell XPS 13 has been our favorite laptop overall for more than 18 months now. Though it's not targeted directly at business users, the laptop's industry-leading design and strong performance make it a great choice for workers, especially coders. The XPS 13 Developer Edition ($1,049 to start, $1,550 as tested) is a version of the notebook running Ubuntu Linux 14.04 that is primed for, you guessed it, developers.

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DataWind PocketSurfer GZ smartphone with Linux OS launched at Rs 1,499

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DataWind has launched its PocketSurfer GZ smartphone in India. Priced at Rs 1,499, the handset is powered by Linux operating system. DataWind has partnered with Reliance Communications for the device. Consequently, the PocketSurfer GZ comes bundled with RCom's offerings which will enable users to enjoy free internet access for a year.

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Open source audio editor Ardour 5.0 launches for Linux, OS X, and Windows

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Ardour is a free and open source digital audio workstation which can be used to record and mix music, podcasts, or just about anything else. The software has been available for Linux and Mac for over a decade.

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Linux 4.9 Will Be the Next LTS Kernel Branch, Says Greg Kroah-Hartman

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Just a few moments ago, renowned Linux kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman had the great pleasure of announcing that the next LTS (Long-Term Support) kernel branch will be Linux 4.9.

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US federal agencies to publish 20% custom software as open source

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Over the next three years, US federal agencies will be required to publish at least 20 percent of their newly-made custom software as open source. This requirement is part of a pilot established by the Federal Source Code Policy published last week by the President's Executive Office.

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Braswell Pico-ITX board features HDMI, SATA, GbE, M.2

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IEI’s wide temperature “Hyper-BW” Pico-ITX SBC expands upon Intel’s Braswell chips with 2x mini-HDMI, 4x USB, and 2x serial, plus SATA, M.2, and GbE.

IEI’s 100 x 72mm Hyper-BW recently showed up on an IEI product page with a “preliminary” tag, and without an announcement. The SBC follows earlier IEI Pico-ITX boards like the Bay Trail Celeron based Hyper-BT and the AMD G-Series SoC based Hyper-KBN. The Hyper-BW moves up to the latest Pentium and Celeron models within Intel’s 14nm “Braswell” line of SoCs, and can be compared with boards like Commell’s Braswell-based LP-176 Pico-ITX SBC.

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$5 Omega2 SBC Beats $300K Stretch Goal

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The most exciting developments in maker movement electronics is happening with low-cost Linux devices. In case you might not have heard of it, the Omega2 is a very small, very low-cost IoT Linux computer that you can program using many of the programming languages you already know. Check out the compelling Kickstarter video here.

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Simplenote, the planet’s most useful piece of software, is now open source on iOS, macOS and Android

    If you’re not using Simplenote, you’re missing out. This… well, simple note app has been a standby and lifesaver for me for years, though occasionally I have worried about its future: Will it survive if Automattic, which bought it back in 2013, goes under or gets bought itself? What if the servers go down? Is there a god, and if so, does he or she use Simplenote, too?

    At least a couple of those worries are alleviated with the news that Automattic is open-sourcing the Simplenote apps on iOS, Mac and Android. The Windows app was already open, so this doesn’t come as a total surprise, but it’s still good news.

  • Remains of the Day: Simplenote Goes Open Source
  • Simplenote for Android is now open source

    Simplenote is a lightweight yet full-featured note taking app that's cross-platform on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. It's a great alternative to Evernote and their new pricing, and offers syncing and sharing as well as the ability to work while offline. And as of today, it's now open source on all platforms.

  • Open source and saving the earth from asteroids

    The web app is using open source technologies such as PHP, Bootstrap, MySql and Apache and the team is working on making the web application code as well as the image recognition algorithm open source.

  • Open source R extension simplifies data science with IBM Watson
  • Upskill U: Telstra Tackles Open Source & NFV

    Open source's momentum is building in the telecom industry due in part to the appeal of a more collaborative development process between vendors, users and developers. Open source also has the potential to reduce development cycle times and costs; lay the foundation for improved software interoperability and customization across different companies; and deliver new solutions, such as those needed to support NFV.

  • GigaSpaces Empowers Developers with Open Source In-Memory Computing Platform

    GigaSpaces, a provider of in-memory computing (IMC) technologies, announced the launch of XAP 12, the company’s first open source initiative for its high-performance data grid. The open core enables developers to build upon a proven IMC platform that’s been utilized by hundreds of Fortune 500 companies worldwide, including top banks, leading retailers, and many of the world’s largest transportation, telecommunications and healthcare companies.

The FSF Issues Its First Annual Report

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I hadn't realized until now that it's the Free Software Foundation's first time issuing an annual report since it was formed thirty years ago.

The Free Software Foundation published its first annual report today, which covers their 2015 fiscal year from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015.

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Also: Trends in corporate open source engagement

Trends in corporate open source engagement

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Although we think primarily of open source as a community-driven effort, key members of that community are companies and their employees. Whether contributing to the project, sponsoring events, or leading cross-industry initiatives, they are enabling the broader use of open source in all parts of the economy. Companies take compliance and community relationships seriously and want to see the open source movement succeed. By working together, organizations and communities can continue to fuel the amazing momentum of open source.

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ExLight Linux Is Now Based on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS and Debian GNU/Linux 8.5

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us about the availability of a new build of his very popular ExLight Linux Live DVD operating system based on the latest Ubuntu and Debian technologies.

ExLight Linux Build 160810 is here to rebased the entire OS to the recently released Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, as well as to upgrade the default desktop environment to Enlightenment from 0.19.12, and move to a kernel from the Linux 4.6 series, specially optimized by Arne Exton to support more hardware.

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Red Hat News

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  • Red Hat Announces the Release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7.2.6

    Red Hat, through Scott McCarty, is happy to announce the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7.2.6, a maintenance update that adds many performance improvements for most of the included components.

    For those behind their Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host reading, we'll take this opportunity to inform them that Red Hat's Atomic Host offering for the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system is a specially crafted version of the OS that has a small footprint and it's designed to run containerized workloads.

  • How Red Hat Can Take Cloud Market Share Away From Its Key Rival

    Recently, Red Hat Inc (NYSE: RHT) has taken a back seat to Ubuntu in low cost cloud infrastructure. Ubuntu Linux has been a key rival of Red Hat and has experienced major success in capturing cloud infrastructure totaling to over a 65 percent share of all cloud server operating system instances.

    Deutsche Bank's Karl Keirstead commented on Red Hat's potential to fulfill its opportunities in cloud infrastructure. Keirstead's comments came after he met with Ubuntu company management.

  • Worth Watching Stock: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Why Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Is In News?

Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.14 for Ubuntu with New Rust Plugin, Improvements

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Canonical, through Sergio Schvezov, has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and general availability of Snapcraft 2.14 Snap creator tool for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.

Coming hot on the heels of Snapcraft 2.13, the new 2.14 maintenance update is here to introduce a bunch of new plugins, namely rust, godeps, and dump. You can find more information about each one by running the "snapcraft help < dump|rust|godeps >" command in a terminal window.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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  • The Spatials: Galactology, a quick look at this space station sim now it's on Linux

    I was quite the fan of the original The Spatials and now that The Spatials: Galactology came out as a day-1 release I have been keen to take a look.

    If you're into management sims and building games this will probably be right up your street, as it is a very cool indie game. It's essentially the first The Spatials with a ton of expanded content and improvements all around.

    Note: It's currently in Early Access, as they continue to add in new content and features. Most recently they added in creating your own spaceships to the mix.

  • Some quick thoughts on DEADBOLT, a hybrid of stealth and action now on Linux, it's very cool

    Since DEADBOLT recently came to Linux and GOG provided me with a copy, I took a look at this indie attempt at stealth and action.

    I’m going to be honest, it’s one game that sadly got bumped down in my list a bit as so many other things kept coming up. I’m sad that happened, as what I found with DEADBOLT has truly impressed me.

    First annoyance for me: The game starts on the wrong screen on my multiple monitor setup, luckily setting it to windowed mode and moving it over to my main screen and then setting it back to fullscreen was possible.

  • Turmoil, the simulation game about drilling for oil is now on Linux

    As promised, Turmoil, a tongue-in-cheek take on the simulation genre is now officially available on Linux.

The Document Foundation Released 2015 LibreOffice Report

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The Document Foundation today released its annual accounting report highlighting accomplishments for the year. "TDF Annual Report starts with a Review of 2015, with highlights about TDF and LibreOffice, and a summary of financials and budget." LibreOffice saw two major and 12 minor releases that year earning €1.1 million in donations. The project now sports over 1000 contributors with 300 making commits in 2015.

This years report covered a long list of topics beginning with the City of Munich and Russian RusBITech joining The Document Foundation's Advisory Board. The migration team got a honorable mention before the diagram of the power structure. But the best portion was that dedicated to the releases. Two major releases were announced in 2015, 4.4 and 5.0, as well as 12 minor updates, 4.3.6 through 5.0.4.

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