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Story 3 open source alternatives to ArcGIS Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 2:13pm
Story KaOS Linux's November 2017 Release Adds KDE Plasma 5.11.3, Linux Kernel 4.13.12 Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 2:08pm
Story Anonymous Live OS Tails Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.13, Latest Tor Software Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 2:07pm
Story LG V30 review: Good hardware design marred by bad camera, software Rianne Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 2:02pm
Story Deepin 15.5 Beta——Small and Beautiful Features Roy Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 1:40pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 12:14pm
Story Tails 3.3 is out Roy Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 8:45am
Story Linux Runs on All of the 500 Fastest Supercomputers itsfoss 15/11/2017 - 8:31am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 5:32am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 15/11/2017 - 5:19am

Chromebooks Run Chrome OS, GNU/Linux (e.g. Crouton), and 'Windows' (CrossOver)

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Review of Ubuntu 17.10 and Other Caonical/Ubuntu News

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  • Ubuntu 17.10 - unhappy remarriage

    Ubuntu 17.10 is a new operating system not just because it was released very recently, in October 2017. It is also the first operating system from Canonical since it reverted from Unity to the GNOME desktop environment as default. It was GNOME 2 in use at the divorce time, and now it is GNOME 3 after the re-marriage.

    Linux notes from DarkDuck has already reviewed the GNOME version of Ubuntu, when Unity was still in place. There is also a quick screenshot-style review of Ubuntu 17.10, but it is now time to get a more in-depth look into this operating system.

    Ubuntu 17.10 is available to download through a large global network of mirrors, and torrents are available. The 32-bit ISO images are no longer available, only the 64-bit. The most recent 32-bit image for Ubuntu users is Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which still will be supported for a few more years. However, all newer versions will only be available with the 64-bit kernel, unless you are looking for the low-resource distributions like Lubuntu or Xubuntu.

  • What Unity Users Need to Know About Ubuntu 17.10’s GNOME Shell

    Rather than clicking the Ubuntu logo icon at the top of the launcher, you’ll click the 9-dot “Show Applications” button at the bottom of the dock to view, search, and launch your installed applications. Most of the applications are the same ones Ubuntu used on Unity, as Unity has always borrowed a lot of applications from GNOME.

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  • Top snaps in October: IntelliJ IDEA, MuseScore and more

    Hot on the heels of the Ubuntu 17.10 release, the snap store has seen some great additions for musicians with MuseScore, for developers with IntelliJ IDEA, and many more! Let’s have a look at our october selection...

Apache OpenOffice: We're OK with not being super cool... PS: Watch out for that Mac bug

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Apache OpenOffice 4.1.4 finally shipped on October 19, five months later than intended, but the software is still a bit buggy.

The resource-starved open-source project had been looking to release the update around Apache Con in mid-May, but missed the target, not altogether surprising given persistent concerns about a lack of community enthusiasm and resources for the productivity suite.

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Graphics: Mesa 17.3 RC3 and DRI3

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  • Mesa 17.3-RC3 Released As The Quarterly Update Nears

    Mesa 17.3 RC3 is now available as the third weekly release candidate for this quarterly installment to Mesa 3D that will likely be released as stable within the next week or two.

    Mesa 17.3 RC3 has just a few RADV and RadeonSI fixes, a fix to i915 Gallium3D to allow glxgears to run again, a few i965 Mesa changes, a couple fixes to the Intel OpenGL driver, and other minor updates.

  • Flush Control Support Lands In Mesa

    The latest extension onboarding for Mesa is wiring in ARB_context_flush_control support.

  • DRI3 v1.1 & DRI3 v1.2 Patches Revised

    Collabora's Louis-Francis Ratté-Boulianne has sent out the latest patches for the X.Org Server and related components for wiring up Direct Rendering Infrastructure 3 (DRI3) v1.1 as well as the newer v1.2 work too.

Kernel: USB Vulnerabilities in Linux, Linux Foundation Adds B9lab

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  • Linux kernel: multiple vulnerabilities in the USB subsystem
  • More Than One Dozen USB Vulnerabilities Published For The Linux Kernel

    Made public on Monday were details on 14 known security vulnerabilities within the Linux kernel's USB subsystem while there is also known to be more similar bugs that are yet to be resolved.

    The good news about these USB vulnerabilities is that they would require any rogue individual to first have created a specially-crafted USB device and to have physical address to the vulnerable Linux system.

  • B9lab Joins Hyperledger Project and Linux Foundation

    B9lab is pleased to announce it has joined the Hyperledger Project and the Linux Foundation. This follows the recent launch of their in-depth Hyperledger Fabric course for software engineers. Over the past two years B9lab has been committed to providing high quality education and certification to the wider blockchain industry for both developers and stakeholders.

GNU/Linux Releases: antiX MX, IPFire, Antergos 17.11

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  • antiX MX 17 Enters Beta, Ships with Latest Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Updates

    Following on the footsteps of the recently released antiX 17 GNU/Linux operating system, the development of the antiX MX 17 distribution is now officially open with the first beta out the door.

    antiX MX is an open source GNU/Linux distro based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment. Its development schedule is different than that of the big brother antiX and includes additional software packaged by the MX community.

  • Lightweight Linux Distribution antiX-17 Released!

    AntiX-17 supports both 32-bit and 64-bit processors which is not surprising because it focuses on supporting older hardware. It can support Pentium III computers with a minimum 256 MB RAM requirement. The installer needs a minimum of 2.7 GB hard drive space to run.

  • Latest IPFire 2.19 Linux Firewall Update Patches OpenSSL, Wget Vulnerabilities

    The development team behind the IPFire professional and hardened Linux firewall distribution announced the release of the IPFire 2.19 Core Update 116 software patch, which addresses several security issues.

  • ISO Refresh: antergos 17.11

Security: MINIX, DDOS, Bugs and Malware

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Apache Kafka Reaches 1.0 Milestone for Open-Source Distributed Streaming Platform

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Widely deployed open-source technology already used by major enterprises including Goldman Sachs, ING and Capital One reaches a critical milestone.

In the modern enterprise apps world, distributed streaming data is a core component and perhaps no other technology is as widely used for that purpose as is Apache Kafka. On Nov.1 the Apache Kafka 1.0.0 release officially debuted, marking an important new stage in the evolution of the widely used open-source project.

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Also: Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 Puts the Cloud in a Container

5 of the Best Linux Distros for Gaming

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When it comes to Linux, few people really associate it with gaming. Most people feel that gaming in Linux is not well supported and that there are very little or no games for Linux (which is a myth). Obviously this is not correct as there are plenty of open-source games for Linux as well as Windows-based games that you can install via Wine. The only thing that can hamper the experience is the Linux distro itself. While any Linux distro may be used for gaming, there are some distros specifically optimized for gaming. Here are the best five.<

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KDE Plasma 5.11.3 Desktop Environment Released with 40 Bugfixes and Improvements

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The KDE Plasma 5.11.3 software update comes two weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.11.2 release, and it appears to include a total of 40 changes, improving Plasma Desktop, Plasma Workspace, Plasma Discover, Plasma Addons, Plasma Networkmanager, KScreen, KWin, Milou, plasma-integration, kactivitymanagerd, and System Settings.

"Today KDE releases a Bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.11.3. Plasma 5.11 was released in October with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a fortnight's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important," said KDE in today's announcement.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, Takes On The Radeon RX Vega 64 Under Linux

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Last week NVIDIA began shipping the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card as an offering at the $449 USD price point to undercut the Radeon RX Vega 56. Here are some benchmarks of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti under Linux with the latest OpenGL/Vulkan drivers compared to Radeon RX Vega, the rest of the Pascal GPUs, and other graphics cards under a variety of different Linux gaming benchmarks with 12 cards in total being tested this round.

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Games: Nuclear Throne, HITMAN, Pillars of Eternity, Slashers: The Power Battle, Final Storm, Ebony Spire: Heresy

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Red Hat: Storage, Mobile, Containers and More

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  • Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 Broadens Reach for Enterprise Workloads
  • Mobile-ready India infuses new life into Open Source: Red Hat

    Open Source technologies like Linux have helped innumerable tech start-ups to flourish and one company that can take credit for providing entrepreneurs with a solid IT foundation is North Carolina-based Red Hat.

    Over two decades ago, Red Hat began with the idea of collaborating with IT leaders, open source advocates, developers and partners to create an Open Source ecosystem that spans Cloud, Middleware, Operating Systems, Storage, Virtualisation and Management. It is now ready to exploit today's most promising opportunity -- the mobile space.

  • Juniper Dons Red Hat To Ease Cloud Migration

    Distributed telecommunications cloud environments offer service providers a way to more quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively deliver services to end users, but they come with their share of complexity, management headaches, integration challenges and coordinating operations among multiple cloud vendors.

  • Red Hat Wraps OpenStack In Containers

    Red Hat is no stranger to Linux containers, considering the work its engineers have done in creating the OpenShift application development and management platform.

    As The Next Platform has noted over the past couple of years, Red Hat has rapidly expanded the capabilities within OpenShift for developing and deploying Docker containers and managing them with the open source Kubernetes orchestrator, culminating with OpenShift 3.0, which was based on Kubernetes and Docker containers. It has continued to enhance the platform since. Most recently, Red Hat in September launched OpenShift Container Platform 3.6, which added upgraded security features and more consistency across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. A month later, the company introduced Red Hat Container Native Storage 3.6 to support containerized applications and infrastructure in OpenShift clusters.

  • Insider Selling: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Insider Sells 2,888 Shares of Stock
  • Going Through the Figures for Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) and Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE)?

KDE: KDE Promo, KTextEditor, Redshift Plasmoid

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  • KDE Promo Activity Report – October 2017

    Another week, another KDE Promo report!

    This edition of the report is special in that we’ve now synchronized the reports posted on the mailing list with the ones posted here. In other words, the posts shared here will no longer lag behind the mailing list.

    If you missed the previous report, don’t worry: you can read it here.

    So, what have we been up to in the past month, and which tasks do we offer to potential contributors?
    Let’s have a look.

  • KTextEditorPreviewPlugin 0.2.1 (last stand-alone)

    The KTextEditorPreviewPlugin software provides the KTextEditor Document Preview Plugin, a plugin for the editor Kate, the IDE KDevelop, or other software using the KTextEditor framework.

    The plugin enables a live preview of the currently edited text document in the final format, in the sidebar (Kate) or as tool view (KDevelop). So when editing e.g. a Markdown text or an SVG image, the result is instantly visible next to the source text. For the display the plugin uses that KParts plugin which is currently selected as the preferred one for the MIME type of the document. If there is no KParts plugin for that type, no preview is possible.

  • Clive Johnston: Trouble sleeping? Try the Redshift Plasmoid

    Recently I have been having trouble sleeping and looked into ways to help myself drift off to the land of nod a bit more easily.

    One technique, which I have on my mobile phone, is to reduce blue colours with a shift to more subtle warmer red colours. This is called “redshift” and I decided to see if the feature is available in KDE Plasma. It turns out that there is a Plasmoid made for this task called “Redshift Control” and it is available via the Ubuntu archive.

CAINE 9.0 Linux Helps Investigators With Computer Security Forensics

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While there are many security-focused Linux distributions on the market, one distribution distinguishes itself by targeting forensic investigators. Instead of penetration testing tools, CAINE - which is an acronym for Computer Aided INvestigative Environment and was investigated to version 9.0 on Oct. 25 - is loaded with applications and tools to help investigators find the clues and data points that are required for computer security forensics.

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Software Freedom Law Center/Conservancy Dispute Update

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  • Concerning a Statement by the Conservancy

    On Friday, while we were putting on our annual conference at Columbia Law School, a puff of near-apocalyptic rhetoric about us was published by SFLC’s former employees, Karen Sandler and Bradley Kuhn, who now manage the Conservancy, which was originally established and wholly funded by SFLC, and still bears our name. We were busy with our conference when this happened, which seems to have been the point. We are glad to have the chance now, after a little much-needed rest, to help everyone avoid unnecessary hyperventilation.

  • Concerning a Statement by the Conservancy (Software Freedom Law Center Blog)

    The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has responded to a recent blog post from the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) regarding the SFC's trademark. SFLC has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to cancel the SFC trademark due to a likelihood of confusion between the two marks; SFC posted about the action on its blog.

Most companies can't buy an open source community clue. Here's how to do it right

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One of the most powerful—yet most difficult—things in open source is community. "Where a robust community exists," declared Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst in a recent interview with Slashdot, "Open source always wins." But building that community is hard. Really, really hard. While it's somewhat straightforward to predict the necessary components of a thriving open source community, it's immeasurably harder to predict when and where the confluence of those components will result in a community like Linux or Kubernetes.

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ONAP Rolls Out Amsterdam Release

Less than nine months after AT&T and the Linux Foundation merged their open source projects to become the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), the group today rolled out its first code release, Amsterdam. The highly anticipated release, which integrates AT&T’s ECOMP and the Linux Foundation’s Open-O code bases into a common open source orchestration platform, aims to automate the virtualization of network services. Read more

Inspiring the Next Generation of Open Source

The Linux Foundation works through our projects, training and certification programs, events and more to bring people of all backgrounds into open source. We meet a lot of people, but find the drive and enthusiasm of some of our youngest community members to be especially infectious. In the past couple of months, we’ve invited 13-year-old algorithmist and cognitive developer Tanmay Bakshi, 11-year-old hacker and cybersecurity ambassador Reuben Paul, and 15-year-old programmer Keila Banks to speak at Linux Foundation conferences. In 2014 when he was 12, Zachary Dupont wrote a letter to his hero Linus Torvalds. We arranged for Zach to meet Linus–a visit that helped clinch his love for Linux. This year, Zach came to Open Source Summit in Los Angeles to catch up with Linus and let us know what he’s been up to. He’s kept busy with an internship at SAP and early acceptance to the Computer Networking and Digital Forensics program at the Delaware County Technical School. Read more

Debian and Ubuntu Leftovers

  • Debian package depicts 'Tux the penguin' with sheep in intimate ASCII
    A Debian software package containing an "ASCII representation of zoophilia" has been installed automatically on some users' machines. According to a bug report, Debian user Felicia Hummel installed a package called "cowsay", which turns text into ASCII art of cows (or other animals) with speech or thought balloons. But with default settings of "install suggests" enabled, a controversial second "recommends" package called "cowsay-off" was also installed.
  • Join us at the Ubuntu Enterprise Summit!
    Bloomberg, Walmart, eBay, Samsung, Dell. Ever wonder how some of the world’s largest enterprises run on Ubuntu? This December, we are hosting our first ever Ubuntu Enterprise Summit to tell you how and help guide your own organisation whether it be running the cloud in a large telco to deriving revenue from your next IoT initiative. The Ubuntu Enterprise Summit is a two day event of webinars on December 5th and 6th where you can join Canonical’s product managers, technical leads, partners and customers to get an inside look at why some of the world’s largest companies have chosen Ubuntu. Whether you are focused on the cloud or are living life at the edge, the webinars will also look at trends and the considerations for your organisation when implementing such technologies. To kick off the event on December 5th, Canonical CEO and founder Mark Shuttleworth will deliver a keynote talk on 21st Century Infrastructure. Following Mark’s opening, there will be a series of other events and you can register now for those that spark your interest by clicking on the links below
  • Ubuntu Server Development Summary – 21 Nov 2017
    The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update and highlights for any interesting subjects from the Ubuntu Server Team. If you would like to reach the server team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-server channel on Freenode. Alternatively, you can sign up and use the Ubuntu Server Team mailing list.
  • Late Post For Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day 2017
    I am also very thankful for LaTeX2e and Tex Live. It has been a great thing to have to prepare devotional materials for church. I am thankful for the MOTU folks maintaining Gummi which is the editor I use on Xubuntu. Xubuntu is what I run on my laptop that goes many places with me. Tex Live is run both on the laptop and on the Raspberry Pi 2 at home.

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