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Story Tizen Store to Support More Countries for Samsung Z2 Launch Rianne Schestowitz 19/09/2016 - 4:41pm
Story Epiphany 3.22 (and a couple new stable releases too!) Rianne Schestowitz 19/09/2016 - 4:38pm
Story Revisited: Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" KDE + Xfce Rianne Schestowitz 19/09/2016 - 4:32pm
Story 2016 LiFT Scholarship Winner Ksenija Stanojevic: Learning Linux Driver Development Rianne Schestowitz 19/09/2016 - 4:28pm
Story KDevelop 5.0.1 released Rianne Schestowitz 19/09/2016 - 4:24pm
Story Commission makes a list of its open source solutions Rianne Schestowitz 19/09/2016 - 4:22pm
Story Red Hat Financial News Roy Schestowitz 19/09/2016 - 4:12pm
Story Red Hat News Roy Schestowitz 19/09/2016 - 4:09pm
Story Games for GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 19/09/2016 - 11:02am
Story Security News Roy Schestowitz 19/09/2016 - 10:44am

Security News

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Security
  • Moving towards a more secure web

    To help users browse the web safely, Chrome indicates connection security with an icon in the address bar. Historically, Chrome has not explicitly labelled HTTP connections as non-secure. Beginning in January 2017 (Chrome 56), we’ll mark HTTP sites that transmit passwords or credit cards as non-secure, as part of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure.

  • UK Politician's Campaign Staff Tweets Out Picture Of Login And Password To Phones During Campaign Phone Jam

    When we talk password security here at Techdirt, those conversations tend to revolve around stories a bit above and beyond the old "people don't use strong enough passwords" trope. While that certainly is the case, we tend to talk more about how major corporations aren't able to learn their lessons about storing customer passwords in plain text, or about how major media outlets are occasionally dumb enough to ask readers to submit their own passwords in an unsecure fashion.

    But for the truly silly, we obviously need to travel away from the world of private corporations and directly into the world of politicians, who often times are tasked with legislating on matters of data security and privacy, but who cannot help but show their own ineptness on the matter themselves. Take Owen Smith, for example. Smith is currently attempting to become the head of the UK's Labour Party, with his campaign working the phones as one would expect. And, because this is the age of social media engagement, one of his campaign staffers tweeted out the following photo of the crew hard at work.

  • WiredTree Warns Linux Server Administrators To Update In Wake Of Critical Off-Path Kernel Vulnerability

    WiredTree, a leading provider of managed server hosting, has warned Linux server administrators to update their servers in response to the discovery of a serious off-path vulnerability in the Linux kernel’s handling of TCP connections.

  • Reproducible Builds: week 72 in Stretch cycle

Android Leftovers

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Android

Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming

Linus Torvalds Announces the Release of Linux Kernel 4.8 RC6, One More to Go

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Linux

It's still Sunday in the U.S., so Linus Torvalds just published his weekly announcement to unleash yet another Release Candidate (RC) development snapshot of the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series.

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Also: Linux 4.8-rc6 Kernel Released

today's leftovers

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Misc
  • Allwinner A33 DRM Support Coming In Linux 4.9

    Maxime Ripard of Free Electrons has sent in the Allwinner DRM driver pull request that will ultimately land for the Linux 4.9 kernel merge window.

    New to report on for the young Allwinner DRM driver is support in the sub4i-drm code for the Allwinner A33 SoC. Aside from the Allwinner A33 SoC, there are various other bug fixes and updates.

  • ZeMarmot monthly report for August 2016

    We went to the GUADEC conference, which was our first time there. Have a look to our reports in English and in Korean.

  • Bodhi 4.0 Linux OS Gets a Second Alpha Build, Remains Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

    Bodhi Linux developer Jeff Hoogland is pleased to announce on September 11, 2016, the release and immediate availability of the second Alpha development snapshot of his upcoming Bodhi 4.0.0 GNU/Linux distribution.

    Bodhi 4.0.0 Alpha 2 remains based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, and it looks like it brings an up-to-date Bodhi Builder tool that the developer uses to build his Ubuntu derivative. Moreover, the latest security and software versions pushed upstream in the Xenial repos have also been imported in the Bodhi 4.0.0 distribution, which uses the most stable release of the Moksha desktop environment.

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • RoundCube-Next Is Woefully Behind Schedule

    After raising more than $103,000 USD last year via crowd-funding the RoundCube-Next web-based email client doesn't really appear to be going anywhere.

    A massive crowdfunding campaign was launched in early 2015 to make RoundCube-Next a reality where they raised $103,541 of their original $80k goal. RoundCube-Next is/was supposed to be completely redesigned, offer integrated chat functionality, support video conferencing with WebRTC, integrate cloud file access, and offer a new and quite nice looking responsive UI.

  • Texinfo 6.3 released
  • Report: Students Can Save Thousands By Using 'Digital, Open-Source Textbooks'​

    A report related to a state pilot program has declared that college and university students across the state can save thousands with the use of "digital, open-source textbooks."

    The results of the pilot program were published last month.

  • Some notes on programming languages and web development

    Even before I begin, I must state that I'm not a web developer. I've never been one, and I have no intention to turn into one either. It isn't that I don't like developing web applications. On the contrary, I find the topic incredibly interesting. It's just that everything I need has pretty much already been developed by web developers, so I've never had to write an app myself. Add to that my lack of interest in pursuing a career the software development industry - I prefer my research - the implications are that I will always prioritise research related development.

    Take this blog, for example. It once used to be a Wordpress deployment, but I eventually got fed up with it bleeding the resources of my shared hosting space and moved to a static site. I didn't even bother learning a new language like Ruby to use Jekyll. I found something that was written in Python, a language that I know pretty well - Pelican - which works really well. So, really, for my web requirements, I tend to pick the path of least effort.

Android Leftovers

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Android

Debian and Ubuntu News

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Debian
Ubuntu
  • debhelper 10 is now available

    Today, debhelper 10 was uploaded to unstable and is coming to a mirror near you “really soon now”. The actual changes between version “9.20160814” and version “10” are rather modest. However, it does mark the completion of debhelper compat 10, which has been under way since early 2012.

  • Unseen changes to lintian.d.o

    We have been making a lot of minor changes to lintian.d.o and the underlying report framework. Most of them were hardly noticeable to the naked. In fact, I probably would not have spotted any of them, if I had not been involved in writing them. Nonetheless, I felt like sharing them, so here goes.

  • Launcher List Indicator Update Adds PPA, New Workspaces Features

    Did you find the Launcher List Indicator we wrote about recently useful? If so, you’ll want to check in with the latest version that’s available.

    Why?

    Well, a number of you said how more useful this applet would be if the launcher lists changed depending on which workspace you use.

    Well, this applet now supports exactly that!

  • Download Linux Mint 18 KDE Edition

    The KDE Edition of Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" was officially released recently at Friday, 9 September 2016. You can download the ISO files from these links.

Fedora News

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Red Hat
  • One week with Fedora Atomic in production

    I was using containers for over a year in my personal servers. I was running a few services in those. For the last one week, I moved all my personal servers into Fedora Atomic, and running more number of services in those.

  • Trying out rkt v1.14.0 on Fedora 24

    Few days back we had rkt v1.14.0 release from CoreOS. You can read details about the release in their official blog post. I decided to give it a try on a Fedora 24 box, I followed the official documentation. The first step was to download rkt, and acbuild tools.

Tizen News

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Linux
  • Samsung Z2 4G Next to be Released on MTN Network in Nigeria

    Just a couple of days after the Samsung Z2 was released in South Africa, there are indications that the next destination of the Tizen-powered smartphone may likely be Nigeria. Well, that’s if the post by leading mobile network operator MTN Nigeria on its website, detailing the Samsung Tizen Z2 as available on its stores in some cities across the West African country, is anything to go by.

  • Top 20 Most Downloaded Tizen Apps for August 2016

    The Samsung Tizen Store continues to buzz with activities, with a couple of new apps getting on the store. This is reflected in the diversity of apps / games that make up the top 20 most downloaded apps on the Tizen Store by Samung Z1 and Z3 smartphone owners each month. The month of August was no exception, as a some new apps and games have made it on to the top 20 most downloaded app chart.

  • Eid Special Wallpapers / Backgrounds for Samsung Z1, Z2, Z3 and TM1

    From the Tizen Experts team we would like to wish an early Eid Mubarak to all of our readers that will be celebrating the upcoming Muslim festival. To help you get into the festive mood here are some Special Eid Wallpapers for your Samsung Z1, Z2, Z3, and TM1 Tizen smartphones.

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • Dstat – Versatile resource statistics tool for Linux

    Dstat – versatile tool for generating system resource statistics & replacement for vmstat, iostat, netstat and ifstat. Dstat is another handy tool for monitoring systems during performance tuning tests, benchmarks or troubleshooting. It overcomes some of other tools limitations and adds some extra features, more counters and flexibility.

    I really impressed by dstat utility when analyzing the tool to prepare the article. I excited then i dig into deep on dstat utility usage, wow! awesome features which i didn’t find any performance monitoring tools.

    You can monitor additionally MySQL database activity, batter percentage info for laptop, number of dbus connections, fan speed, nfs utility, postfix, system temperature sensors, power usage, etc,., more & more. I personally advise every administrator to give a try, which will help you to improve the troubleshooting skill a lot.

  • PostfixAdmin 3.0

    I just released the long awaited PostfixAdmin 3.0.

  • Samba 4.5 Is a Massive Release That Improves Security, Adds Many New Features

    Samba 4.5 has been released and it is the latest, newest stable branch of the widely-used, free, cross-platform, and open-source software project that re-implements the SMB/CIFS networking protocol on UNIX-like platforms.

    Samba is being used by default in numerous, if not all GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as on Apple's macOS, to allow users to access network shares from other computers that run Microsoft Windows, and interact with them to exchange any file format that exists today.

  • The new v40 TrueType interpreter mode

    FreeType 2.7 ships the new v40 TrueType instructions interpreter version enabled by default. It finally brings DirectWrite/ClearType-like rendering to the screen, or ‘subpixel hinting’ as some FreeType code calls it. Actually, there is no subpixel hinting.

Women & Free Software projects

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OSS

To many women, a large social group of men they are supposed to join may be intimidating – the same could probably be said of any men joining a large social group primarily populated of women. But when what looks intimidating reveals itself as being actually oppressing , that is the moment we have a true problem. Male developers shunning, criticizing, belittling and offending female developers because they are females, even when not necessarily expressed in an explicit way, is purely not acceptable. It is neither on the most basic moral grounds nor in the letter and spirit of the Free Software movement. The Internet, unfortunately, reveals protracted bullies, the kind of people who would probably not have the guts to ask the targeted woman out, or even not dare look at a female developer in the eyes and tell her what he would be able to write from the comfort of his own keyboard, miles away from her.

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4MLinux 20.0 Distribution to Be the First to Run on UEFI PCs, Core Beta Out Now

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GNU
Linux

Today, September 11, 2016, 4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia about the availability of the Beta release of the Core Edition of his upcoming 4MLinux 20.0 GNU/Linux operating system.

Still powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series, 4MLinux 20.0 is now in development, and it looks like it incorporates the Glibc (GNU C Library) 2.23 and BusyBox 1.25.0 core components, along with GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6.1.0 for compiling the programs included in the final release of the GNU/Linux distribution.

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KDE Leftovers

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KDE
  • Plasma 5.7.4 and several important package updates available in Chakra

    The latest update for KDE's Plasma series is now available to all Chakra users, together with other important package updates mostly for the core repository.

    Plasma 5.7.4 includes a month's worth of bugfixes and new translations, with the changes mostly found in the plasma desktop and workspace packages.

  • Chakra GNU/Linux Gets LibreOffice 5.2.1 and KDE Plasma 5.7.4, Vulkan API Support
  • KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Desktop to Offer a More Efficient Pager, Per-Screen Pagers

    KDE developer Eike Hein reports on various improvements to pagers that will be implemented in the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS desktop environment, due for release on October 4, 2016.

    We reported a couple of months ago that the next major version of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, build 5.8, will be a long-term supported one. KDE Plasma 5.8 will also be the first LTS (Long Term Support) version of the renowned desktop interface used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems by default.

  • QtCon + Akademy 2016

    This year Akademy take place along with QtCon in Berlin, Germany. It is a year of great celebration for some free software communities, so they decided to get together to celebrate in a single event. KDE is celebrating 20 years, while VideoLAN and FSFE are celebrating 15 years. It was a historic moment and I could not miss it, so I went to Berlin for the second time (the first was to attend the Desktop Summit 2011).

Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Alpha 2 Release and August Donation Totals

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GNU
Linux

The feedback from our first alpha release has reported the Moksha desktop on the 16.04 base is as stable as ever, so the only reason this remains with a pre-release tag is due to some rough edges in terms of polish. There are some minor issues with the default theme under our new 16.04 base and I am still looking to make time to compile a non-PAE kernel image and create a separate disc image for that.

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It Looks Like Descent OS 5.0 Linux Will Be Based on Debian After All, Not Ubuntu

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Linux
Debian

After deciding to switch base one more time and move to Ubuntu, again, Descent OS Linux developer Brian Manderville announced at the beginning of the year first Alpha release of his upcoming Descent OS 5.0 GNU/Linux operating system.

It took the developer two years to bring us an Alpha build of its Ubuntu MATE-based Descent OS 5.0 distribution, and we haven't heard anything from him in the meantime. No Beta, not another Alpha build has been released since the February announcement of Descent OS 5.0 Alpha, which was based on Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

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Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming
  • Ioquake3 Is Finally Moving To Its New OpenGL Renderer By Default

    The ioquake3 open-source game engine project that's built around the Quake III: Arena code-base is finally moving to its new renderer by default and abandoning the original 17-year-old renderer.

    Beginning next month they will be defaulting new ioquake3 installs to using their "OpenGL 2" renderer and in November will disable the original renderer for all ioquake3 installations.

  • Agricola spinoff and Patchwork pass Greenlight, heading to Linux

    Two more digital incarnations of designer Uwe Rosenberg's hit 2-player board games are coming to Linux on Steam, as they've both now passed their Greenlight campaigns!

    Yes, they are mobile ports, just as Le Havre: The Inland Port is, but that doesn't mean they're of poor quality. In fact, it's just the opposite. I've played all three on Android (and the Le Havre spinoff additionally on Linux), and they're all fantastic and well-polished implementations. DIGIDICED is a team of only 4 developers, but they're really doing a great job with the licenses. They've even shown evidence of acting on user feedback with Le Havre, so I feel confident in recommending them to my fellow Linux gamers.

  • Wargame: European Escalation works once again for Nvidia users, two years after breaking

    It seems Wargame: European Escalation was broken for nearly two years (see this forum post) for Nvidia GPU users on Linux.

  • Curvatron, a simple yet interesting evolution of the old game 'Snake', we have free keys for you

    Curvatron has recently been released on Linux and the developer sent in a bunch of keys for you lucky people. The game itself is inspired by the old game 'Snake' that was on rather old Nokia mobile phones.

Wine-Staging 1.9.18

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Software
  • Release 1.9.18

    The Wine Staging release 1.9.18 is now available.

  • Wine-Staging Adds 1D Textures For D3D10/D3D11

    There is finally a new Wine-Staging version with release notes to talk about for this more-experimental version of Wine.

  • Wine Staging 1.9.18 Adds Experimental Support for 1D Textures in D3D10 and D3D11

    After being away since June, the Wine Staging development team is back to announce the new features incorporated in the latest version of the open-source software that let's users run Windows apps and games on their Linux boxes, Wine Staging 1.9.18.

    Based on the recently released Wine 1.9.18, Wine Staging 1.9.18 is here to bring you all the neat features and improvements implemented in the respective development version of Wine, such as the ability to support multiple kernel drivers in only one process, improvements to the WebServices reader, and better joystick support.

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Linux Graphics

  • The RADV Radeon Vulkan Linux Driver Continues Picking Up Features
  • OpenChrome Maintainer Making Some Progress On VIA DRM Driver
    Independent developer Kevin Brace took over maintaining the OpenChrome DDX driver earlier this year to improve the open-source VIA Linux graphics support while over the summer he's slowly been getting up to speed on development of the OpenChrome DRM driver. The OpenChrome DRM driver was making progress while James Simmons was developing it a few years back, but since he left the project, it's been left to bit rot. It will take a lot of work even to get this previously "good" code back to working on the latest Linux 4.x mainline kernels given how DRM core interfaces have evolved in recent times.
  • My talk about Mainline Explicit Fencing at XDC 2016!
    Last week I was at XDC in Helsinki where I presented about the Explicit Fencing work we’ve been doing on the Mainline Linux Kernel in the lastest few months. There was a livestream of all presentations during the conference and recorded sections are available. You can check the video of my presentation. Check out the slides too.

Linux Kernel News

  • Linux 4.8 gets rc8
    Chill, penguin-fanciers: Linux lord Linus Torvalds is sitting on the egg that is Linux 4.8 for another week. As Torvalds indicated last week, this version of the kernel still needs work and therefore earned itself an eighth release candidate.
  • Linux 4.8-rc8 Released: Linux 4.8 Next Weekend
  • Linux Kernel 4.7.5 Released with Numerous ARM and Networking Improvements
    The fifth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series, which is currently the most advanced, secure and stable kernel branch you can get for your GNU/Linux operating system, has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman. Linux kernel 4.7.5 is here only ten days after the release of the previous maintenance version, namely Linux kernel 4.7.4, and it's a big update that changes a total of 213 files, with 1774 insertions and 971 deletions, which tells us that the kernel developers and hackers had a pretty busy week patching all sorts of bugs and security issues, as well as to add various, much-needed improvements.
  • Blockchain Summit Day Two: End-Of-Conference Highlights From Shanghai
    Financial services firms and startups looking to be the bridge to blockchain ledgers continued to dominate presentations on the second and final day of the Blockchain Summit, ending International Blockchain Week in Shanghai that also saw Devcon2 and a startup demo competition.
  • Testing Various HDDs & SSDs On Ubuntu With The Linux 4.8 Kernel
    Here are some fresh benchmarks of various solid-state drives (SATA 3.0 SSDs plus two NVMe M.2 SSDs) as well as two HDDs for getting a fresh look at how they are performing using the Linux 4.8 Git kernel. After publishing Friday's Intel 600P Series NVME SSD tests of this lower-cost NVM Express storage line-up, I continued testing a few other SSDs and HDDs. These additional reference points are available for your viewing pleasure today. The additional data is also going to be used for reference in a Linux 4.8-based BCache SSD+HDD comparison being published next week. Stay tuned for those fresh BCache numbers.

Behind the GNOME 3.22 Release Video

This is less than usual. The time saving mostly stems from spending less time recording for the release video. At first thought you might think recording would be a breeze but it can be one of the most frustrating aspects of making the videos. Each cycle the GNOME community lands improvement a wide set of GNOME’s applications. So before each release I have to find some way to run a dozen of applications from master. I do this either by: Read more