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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|
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.
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.
Recent reports that TCP connections can be hijacked have kicked an anthill at Kernel.org. Linus and others have a patch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
In Plasma 5.8 we will see a few changes in the OpenGL compositor which are worth a blog post.
There are several changes to KWin's OpenGL compositor support with the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.8 release.
Another week passed and we are happy to present our fourth preview release of Ellada.
Other new releases: OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Linux Now Available For Download With New Features
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.
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:
Today, I wanted to write something about one of them and how it affects audio processing in Nageru (and finally, how Debian's policies put me in a bit of a bind on this issue).
The big 1.0.0 is here! Following the unsurpassed lead of the FOAAS project, we have arrived at a milestone: Release 1.0.0 is now on CRAN.
We’ve received multiple reports from readers who say they’ve been unable to log in to Skype using the older Qt-based Skype for Linux app since August 13.
IBM Watson gets CognizeR extension [Ed: Watson is still proprietary.]
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
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.
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.
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.
- The Patent Microcosm is Panicking and Spinning Alice/§ 101 Because US Software Patents Are Still Dying
- Patent Microcosm Shuts Out the Poor: Unified Patent Court (UPC) Promotion by Practising Law Institute (PLI) Only for the Wealthy
- The United States Has a Growing Patent Trolls Epidemic as Very High Proportion of Lawsuits Filed by Them
- Pushers of Software Patents Outside the United States (Which is Belatedly Squashing These Patents)
- High Risk Persists That Yahoo’s Software Patents Will Land on Microsoft’s Lap and/or Trolls’ Hands
- In Its War Against Android/Linux, Apple Supported by Non-Producing/Non-Practicing Parasites, Whereas Technology Companies Support the Android OEM
- German Media Becomes Aware of Battistelli’s Defiance of the Very Basis of the EPO
- 21,000 Posts in Techrights in Less Than a Decade
- Links 14/8/2016: ‘Goodbye Windows – Hello Ubuntu’, Linux Mint 18 Xfce Overview
- Links 13/8/2016: Plasma 5.8 LTS, Alpine Linux 3.4.3
- Links 12/8/2016: Ardour 5.0, Simplenote Liberated
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.
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.