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Story Fedora News Roy Schestowitz 21/08/2016 - 6:27am
Story Android/Chrome Roy Schestowitz 21/08/2016 - 6:26am
Story Intel Euclid: a brain, vision, sensor, hotspot module for robots Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2016 - 8:05pm
Story Android posts highest ever market share in latest mobile data Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2016 - 7:05pm
Story AMDGPU-PRO vs. Open-Source Gallium3D OpenGL Performance On Polaris Is A Very Tight Race Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2016 - 5:11pm
Story The Big Android Dev Interview: Jolanda Verhoef Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2016 - 4:54pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 20/08/2016 - 4:21pm
Story KDE and GNOME Roy Schestowitz 20/08/2016 - 4:19pm
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 20/08/2016 - 4:17pm
Story Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Roy Schestowitz 20/08/2016 - 4:16pm

Firefox 49 for Linux gains plugin-free support for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

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The Linux version of Firefox 49 is due for a proper release in September, although preview versions are currently available for those who want to try it out. With Widevine being free for anyone to use, Firefox's adoption of plugin-free support for it could well mean that the standard is embraced by a larger number of sites. Support for DRM makes the protocol particularly appealing to content providers, as does the lack of license fee.

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Security News

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  • New FFS Rowhammer Attack Hijacks Linux VMs

    Researchers from the Vrije University in the Netherlands have revealed a new version of the infamous Rowhammer attack that is effective at compromising Linux VMs, often used for cloud hosting services.

  • Fixing Things

    Recent reports that TCP connections can be hijacked have kicked an anthill at Linus and others have a patch.

  • Minica - lightweight TLS for everyone!

    A while back, I found myself in need of some TLS certificates set up and issued for a testing environment.

    I remembered there was some code for issuing TLS certs in Docker, so I yanked some of that code and made a sensable CLI API over it.

  • Guy Tricks Windows Tech Support Scammers Into Installing Ransomware Code

    A man named Ivan Kwiatkowski managed to install Locky ransomware on the machine of a person who was pretending to be a tech support executive of a reputed company. Ivan wrote his experiences in a blog post tells that how the tech support scammer fell into the pit he dug for innocent people.

Google Fuschia To Run On Magenta Kernel Instead Of Linux

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Fuschia, the brand new operating system of Goggle, is currently in the works with a promising Magenta Kernel. While rumors spread that this latest OS from Google might combine Android and Chrome OS into one, we dig deeper on Fuschia’s potential benefits and drawbacks.

Google Source reveals the latest information and GitHub leaks it as "Pink+Purple=Fuchsia (a new Operating System)." The code repository does not discuss further details, though.

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Also: Google waves goodbye to Linux for new IoT OS Fuchsia - coming soon to Raspberry Pi

5 Best Linux Gaming Distributions That You Should Give a Try

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One of the major reasons why Linux usage has lagged behind in comparison to Windows and Mac OS X operating systems has been it’s minimal support for gaming. Before some of the powerful and exciting desktop environments came to existence on Linux, when all a user would utilize was the command line to control a Linux system, users were restricted to playing text based games which did not offer convenient features comparable to graphical games of today.

However, with the recent progressive development and immense advancement in the Linux desktop, several distributions have come into the limelight, offering users great gaming platforms with reliable GUI applications and features.

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Also: Snow Horse released with Linux support recently, it sits firmly in my 'whut' pile

Slain: Back from Hell, a revamp of the not well reviewed Slain is now on Linux, looks much improved now

Shadow Warrior 2, the awesome looking FPS is due out in less than two months

Nine Parchments, a co-operative blast'em up game of magic mayhem announced from Frozenbyte

KDE Leftovers

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  • Plasma 5.7.3 and other important package updates available in Chakra

    Plasma 5.7.3 includes a month's worth of bugfixes and new translations, with the changes found mostly in plasma desktop and workspace, kwin and the networkmanager.

  • Neon News: Frameworks 5.25, Kontact in Dev Editions, Maui bases on Neon

    Today KDE Frameworks 5.25 was added to Neon User edition. KDE’s selection of Qt addon libraries gets released every month and this update comes with a bunch of fixes.

  • #31: GSoC with KDE Now – 9
  • Interview with Shane Semler

    I’ve known about it for a long time but only recently did I consider it seriously as a replacement for GIMP or Photoshop. Adobe keeps raising the price of their subscription and I simply couldn’t afford it any longer. I tried switching to GIMP but its performance at high resolutions (each page of the comic is 6000 x 10,000 pixels) was dismal. I looked at a few commercial options but was unhappy with either the price, performance or brush engine. I finally broke down and gave Krita a try. The last time I had given it a look it seemed like a QT GIMP with less features. Granted, this was many years ago so my memory is a bit hazy. The point is, I didn’t have a good impression of it. Anyway, I tried 2.8x and liked it and the price can’t be beat.

  • QtCon
  • The Qt Quick Graphics Stack in Qt 5.8

    When Qt Quick 2 was made available with the release of Qt 5.0, it came with the limitation that support for OpenGL (ES) 2.0 or higher was required. The assumption was that moving forward OpenGL would continue its trajectory to be the hardware acceleration API of choice for both desktop, mobile and embedded development. Fast forward a couple years down the road to today, and the graphics acceleration story has gotten more complicated. One assumption we made was that the price of embedded hardware with OpenGL GPUs would continue to drop and they would be ubiquitous. This is true, but at the same time there are still embedded devices available without OpenGL-capable GPUs where customers continue to wish to deploy Qt Quick applications. To remedy this we released the Qt Quick 2D Renderer as separate plugin for Qt Quick in Qt 5.4.

  • Qt Quick 2's Graphics State For Qt 5.8

    Qt developers Laszlo Agocs and Andy Nchols have written a summary on The Qt Blog about the state of the Qt Quick 2 graphics stack for the upcoming Qt 5.8 release.

    While Qt Quick 2 was introduced in Qt 5.0 with a requirement on OpenGL/OpenGLES 2.0+, the developers realized that was ultimately not enough and they have been working to make OpenGL-free back-end options to fit more of their user/customer needs.

  • OpenGL changes in KWin compositing

    In Plasma 5.8 we will see a few changes in the OpenGL compositor which are worth a blog post.

  • KDE Plasma 5.8 To Finally Allow LLVMpipe, Drops EGL On X11 Option

    There are several changes to KWin's OpenGL compositor support with the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.8 release.

  • LVM support in KDE Partition Manager (feedback needed)

Fourth preview of Manjaro Ellada released

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Another week passed and we are happy to present our fourth preview release of Ellada.

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Other new releases: OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Linux Now Available For Download With New Features

What’s New in RancherOS v0.5.0

Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 1 Released

Maui 1 “Aurora” released

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The Maui team is happy to announce the release of Maui 1 “Aurora”.

This is the continuation of the full-desktop version of Netrunner (read about it here).

The biggest underlying change has been rebasing Netrunner on Kubuntu to Maui on KDE neon (Xenial LTS).

That means Maui will now be receiving continous updates and support until the next LTS in 2018.

During that timeframe, we plan to release updated ISO versions every 3-4 months with the latest of Plasma software and other updates.

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Linux 4.8-rc2 Kernel Released

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The second weekly test release of the Linux 4.8 kernel is now available.

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Video Demo, Tizen Ported onto the MIPS based Newton2 Platform

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Ingenic, a semiconductor company that is based in Beijing, China, design their own CPU core and System on Chips (SoC) based on the MIPS32 architecture. You can find their products in many end consumer products such as digital picture frames, portable media players, and GPS devices.

They have recently ported Tizen 2.3 to the Newton2 platform, which is ideally suited to the fast paced wearable and IoT market, and they also have a Tizen 3.0 demo image running on MIPS CI20 Creator board. We recently got to catch with Petar Jovanovic from RT-RK, which is a consultancy company that specialises in system software and compilers/tools, about their porting experience with Tizen:

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Android Leads the Tablet Market in Japan

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Android tablet shipments in Japan are set to steadily rise in the coming years, according to a June 2016 report from ICT Research & Consulting. While tablets running OSs from Apple and Windows (along with other companies) are also set to grow in shipments, Android will continue to lead in Japan.

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Debian News

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Leftovers: Software

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Elive 2.7.2 beta released

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The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.7.2
This new version includes:

Spotify works directly on the fly on your Elive system!
Designs: much much improved designs for the icons and theme, see details at continuation
fixes: thunar opens terminology as default terminal, admin mode works back too
Gimp includes a much better and improved default configuration like single window mode or an increased number of undeletes

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OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 on my laptop

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I am keeping OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 for sure. In general, I must say that I like the OS and, what I do not like about it is related to my very own Plasma 5 aversion instead of something particular to the OS. I mean, the OS picked up the wi-fi with no problems, the sound works, effects are working, I saw no crashes, and speed feels good. Kudos to the OpenMandriva team: their work is awesome. Of course, I must test other areas; for instance, I need to assess how the OS works with games. So, my next post will be about that, I guess.

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Android Leftovers

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  • Is Google Replacing Chrome OS, Android With Fuchsia?

    In a strange turn of events, reports about Google developing a new operating system surfaced this week. The OS that’s causing a huge noise in the online world is an open source, and it is dubbed as Fuchsia. With its existence coming into light, there is now one big question that needs to be answered: Is Google replacing its Chrome OS and Androi?

    It may seem too early to tell at this point, but Android Police did not rule out this possibility when it stated that Google could be hoping to replace the Chrome OS and even the hugely popular Android OS with Fuchsia someday. The tech site also indicated that there is also the possibility of Google using Fuchsia as a lightweight OS for devices like Google Home and the OnHub router, just like what Samsung does to its Tizen OS for its Gear smartwatches.

    Google’s Fuchsia OS is making headlines because it is not Linux kernel-based unlike the multinational company’s other operating systems, such as the Chrome OS, Android and Chromecasts, among others. Thus, this means the Fuchsia OS could run on almost anything — from PCs, Chromebooks, phones and Internet of Things devices.

  • Meet Fuchsia, a new operating system in the works at Google
  • How To Download YouTube Videos on Android
  • Who said Android had to be innovative?

Off-The-Shelf Hacker: This Story was Composed on a $9 Linux Computer

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A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed the CHIP computer. This time, we’ll go through the process of writing a TNS Off-The-Shelf Hacker story, on a CHIP computer.

I’ll talk about what I like and point out rough spots. Keep in mind that this is a $9 Linux-based computer. There certainly are limitations to its capabilities although you shouldn’t mistake the CHIP for a toy. You are reading the proof, right now, since all of this copy, the process of uploading it into the TNS’s content manager, and graphics editing were done on the CHIP. It only took a little bit longer than usual. As the technology matures, I’m definitely thinking about building a battery-powered notebook, using a nano-Linux board.

The point is that complete sub credit-card sized computer boards are a massive, positive trend in the Linux and physical computing world. And, it just keeps getting better.

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Also: The $5 Onion Omega2 Linux computer is made to order for Internet of Thing

8 incredibly useful things you can do with your old Android phone or tablet

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What is dead, may never die, apparently. We’re not so sure about that, but we do know that your old Android smartphone or tablet - the one left facedown in a drawer like a drowned mob victim - still has plenty to offer.

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Security News

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  • Hacker demonstrates how voting machines can be compromised [Ed: Microsoft inside]

    Concerns are growing over the possibility of a rigged presidential election. Experts believe a cyberattack this year could be a reality, especially following last month's hack of Democratic National Committee emails.

    The ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee sent a letter Monday to the Department of Homeland Security, saying in part: "Election security is critical, and a cyberattack by foreign actors on our elections systems could compromise the integrity of our voting process."

    Roughly 70 percent of states in the U.S. use some form of electronic voting. Hackers told CBS News that problems with electronic voting machines have been around for years. The machines and the software are old and antiquated. But now with millions heading to the polls in three months, security experts are sounding the alarm, reports CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal.

  • Another Expert Weighs in on Election Hacking

    Today the old Gray Lady, the New York Times, no less, weighed in on election hacking in an Op/Ed piece titled The Election Won't be Rigged. But it Could be Hacked. Of course, anyone who's read my second cybersecurity thriller, The Lafayette Campaign, a Tale of Election and Deceptions, already knew that.

    The particular focus of the NYT article is that since voting can be hacked, it's vital to have a way to audit elections after they occur to see whether that has been the case, and to reveal the true electoral result.

  • New release: usbguard-0.5.11
  • Linux.Lady Trojan Turns Redis Servers to Mining Rigs
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Android Leftovers

Lubuntu 16.10 Beta Out Now with Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS and the Latest LXDE Desktop

As part of today's Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Beta launch, Simon Quigley from the Lubuntu Linux team released the first Beta build of the upcoming Lubuntu 16.10 operating system. Read more Also: Ubuntu MATE 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Beta Removes the Heads-Up Display (HUD) Feature Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 Beta 1 Released with GNOME 3.20 and GNOME 3.22 Beta Apps Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Beta Released, Ubuntu GNOME Has Experimental Wayland

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