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Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 26/04/2016 - 10:12am
Story Distro Choices Roy Schestowitz 26/04/2016 - 8:56am
Story elementary OS 0.3.2 "Freya" review Roy Schestowitz 26/04/2016 - 8:55am
Story Should MS Buy Canonical, No Year of Linux Desktop Roy Schestowitz 26/04/2016 - 8:46am
Story A GNOME Software Hackfest report Roy Schestowitz 26/04/2016 - 8:43am
Story Verizon and NASA Double Down on Red Hat OpenStack Rianne Schestowitz 26/04/2016 - 8:17am
Story Yu Yunique to Lenovo Vibe P1m: Best Android phones under Rs 7000 Rianne Schestowitz 26/04/2016 - 8:02am
Story GTK3 Support in Firefox 46.0 Roy Schestowitz 26/04/2016 - 7:50am
Story Security support for Wheezy handed over to the LTS team Roy Schestowitz 26/04/2016 - 7:48am
Story OpenStack Summit Roy Schestowitz 26/04/2016 - 7:38am

Security Leftovers

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Linux Foundation News

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Linux
  • Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin keynote speaker at ITS America 2016

    Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, will take centre stage at ITS America 2016 San Jose on Tuesday, 14 June as the keynote speaker for day two of the event, The Infrastructure of Things.

  • Companies That Support Linux: CoSoSys

    CoSoSys develops data-loss prevention products for computers and mobile devices that access and store sensitive data. The company’s Endpoint Protector 4 features device control to manage Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux machines.

    Recently, CoSoSys joined The Linux Foundation and released a private beta version of Data Loss Prevention for Linux, which is available upon request for Ubuntu, openSUSE, CentOS, and Red Hat. The company is also investigating the possibility of expanding its technology to help manage wearable devices.

  • A Look Into Linux.com's New Server Stack

    While our updated Linux.com boasts a clean look and fresh interface for our users, there’s also an entirely new infrastructure stack that we’re happy to take you on a tour of. Linux.com serves over two million page views a month: providing news and technical articles as well as hosting a dynamic community of logged-in users in our forums and Q&A parts of our site.

    The previous platform running Linux.com suffered from several scalability problems. Most significantly, it had no native ability to cache and re-serve the same pages to anonymous visitors, but beyond that, the underlying web application and custom code was also slow to generate each individual pageview.

Wine Staging 1.9.8

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Software
  • Wine Staging 1.9.8 Has Better Support for Running 64-bit Windows Apps on Linux

    The Wine Staging team announced a few minutes ago, April 19, 2016, that the Wine Staging 1.9.8 development release is now available for download via the official channels.

  • Release 1.9.8

    Time for another release! Wine Staging 1.9.8 is now available. This version contains improvements for 64 bit support and MSYS2.

  • Wine-Staging 1.9.8 Improves 64-bit Windows App/Game Support

    Adding in more experimental patches over last week's Wine 1.9.8 development release is the routine Wine-Staging update.

    Wine-Staging 1.9.8 is carrying more patches to improve support for running 64-bit Windows software -- particularly on OS X, there is improved compatibility with MSYS2, and a variety of other improvements that are ready in the Wine-Staging realm but not yet ready to be mainlined in Wine.

Some Distributions Are Already Making Changes To Linux's Scheduler

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Already it's looking like the research from the recently covered The Linux Scheduler: a Decade of Wasted Cores that called out the Linux kernel in being a poor scheduler is having an impact.

While we haven't seen any major upstream improvements yet to the Linux kernel scheduler, it looks like some parties are beginning to take note and better analyze the scheduler for possible performance improvements. Intel's Clear Linux distribution that's known for being focused on high out-of-the-box performance (even faster Intel graphics) already took action and landed some changes to their kernel's scheduler.

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Made in China: Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition dares to be different

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Ubuntu

Meizu, based in the city of Zhuhai in the Guangdong region of China, is not a company or a name most US consumers are familiar with.

Compared with some of the other Chinese giants I have been dealing with in this series, such as Xiaomi, Huawei, and ZTE, Meizu is downright scrappy, reporting about $17M of revenue on $452M of net income according to their public filings from 2013.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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Debian
Ubuntu
  • TeX Live 2016 pretest and Debian packages

    Preparation for the release of TeX Live 2016 have started some time ago with the freeze of updates in TeX Live 2015. Yesterday we announced the official start of the pretest period. That means that we invite people to test the new release and help fixing bugs. At the same time I have uploaded the first set of packages of TeX Live 2016 for Debian to the experimental suite.

  • Reproducible builds: week 50 in Stretch cycle

    Emily Ratliff wrote an article for SecurityWeek called Establishing Correspondence Between an Application and its Source Code - How Combining Two Completely Separate Open Source Projects Can Make Us All More Secure.

    [...]

    With the departure of Lunar as a full-time contributor, Reproducible Builds Weekly News (this thing you're reading) has moved from his personal Debian blog on Debian People to the Reproducible Builds team web site on Debian Alioth.

  • Will You Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS? [Poll]

Red Hat-Related (Buzzword, CEO's Book, LP, and Docker)

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Red Hat
  • Coffee Shop DevOps: Complexity of change
  • When empowering employee decision-making, intent is everything
  • Announcing systemd.conf 2016

    After our successful first conference 2015 we’d like to repeat the event in 2016 for the second time. The conference will take place on September 28th until October 1st, 2016 at betahaus in Berlin, Germany. The event is a few days before LinuxCon Europe, which also is located in Berlin this year. This year, the conference will consist of two days of presentations, a one-day hackfest and one day of hands-on training sessions.

  • ​A big step forward in container standardization

    Server and cloud admins all agree that containers are great. What we don't agree on is which containers are the best. Rather than let this spark into a standards fire-fight, the Open Container Initiative (OCI), has sought to create common container standards, The newest of these is open container Image Format Spec project.

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • Clementine Music Player Scores Juicy New Update
  • RcppCCTZ 0.0.4

    A few days ago a new upstream version "2.0" of CCTZ was released. See here for the corresponding post on the Google OpenSource Blog.

  • Vivaldi Web Browser Rebased on Chromium 50, Vivaldi 1.1 Might Land This Week

    We have just been informed by Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard that there's a new snapshot available for testing, which might just become the first point release of the Vivaldi 1.0 web browser.

  • KDE PIM Spring Sprint Report in Toulouse

    Like a routine now, the KDE PIM spring sprint was held in Toulouse again, first week of April at Ekito's city center office, many thanks to them.

    First of all thank to all the participants: Franck Arrecot, Andre Heinecke, Sandro Knauß, Volker Krause, John Layt, Christian Mollekopf, Laurent Montel, Kevin Ottens, Daniel Vrátil that made of this sprint an awesome moment.

  • Designing APIs for multiple languages

    Designing software that is both fast and available to higher level languages generally means you end up writing C. There are guiding principles you should follow when doing so to ensure that you give your software the best chance for success.

  • Writing a plugin for GNOME To Do – Introduction

    Every plugin has a single entry point: GtdActivatable. Plugins must provide an implementation of this interface. I’ll write more about this interface below.

today's howtos

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HowTos

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • The future of development with OpenShift and OpenStack
  • How to be a good OpenStack mentor

    Victoria Martinez de la Cruz wants to make mentoring within OpenStack an excellent experience.

  • Open Source: Licensing Pitfalls May Outweigh Benefits [Ed: certainly another attack on using common talking points]

    A common provision of such licenses, however, is that any software that derives from the open-source software must also be made publically available under the same copyleft provisions. Some of these licenses can be incompatible with one another, so that by combining code blocks with different licenses a developer would create a situation where conforming to one license violates the terms of the other license. Some licenses may conflict with a businesses' objectives by forbidding commercialization of derivative products. And some licenses, Leach noted, are "viral" in nature in that not only is the specific software built on the open-source component to be made open source under the license, so is all other integrated software that becomes part of the product. Further, such a viral license not only "infects" the developing company's proprietary product software, forcing it to be open source, the license can force application software created by the product's user to also become open source under the viral license.

  • This open source tool will help you use your mind to control DIY projects

    Move over pressing buttons with hands. You can now use your mind to control smartphones, robots, and even your friends’ limbs with OpenBCI, an open-source brain-computer interface.

  • RuuviTag, an open-source Bluetooth Sensor Beacon, heading to KickStarter

    RuuviTag is a low power, compact Bluetooth beacon solution that can monitor its surroundings in various ways, that can be implemented to other devices and projects due to its open development.

    Aside from being just a standard proximity beacon, it can also monitor temperature, humidity, air pressure and acceleration, and can be easily adjusted to cover different kinds of needs without programming or electronic knowledge. The device can operate for several years on a single coin battery.

Android Leftovers

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Android

Openwashing

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OSS

Development News

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Development
  • 5 more timeless lessons of programming 'graybeards'

    The HR departments and hiring managers in Silicon Valley have a challenge. They can’t ask an applicant’s age because their companies have lost brutal discrimination lawsuits over the years. Instead, they develop little tricks like tossing in an oblique reference to “The Brady Bunch” (“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”) and seeing if the candidate gets the joke. Candidates who chuckle are deemed a poor cultural fit and are tossed aside.

  • Node.js Foundation 2016 User Survey Report

    The Node.js Foundation recently conducted an expansive user survey to better understand Node.js users (you, or maybe you Smile. We were interested in getting a better sense of the type of development work you use Node.js for, what other technologies you use with Node.js, how the Node.js Foundation can help you get more out of Node.js, how you learn new languages, and more.

  • Learn Computer Science And Programming With Google’s New Education Website

Meet the world’s smallest Android phone

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Android

These days, people love having phones with large displays, even though Apple’s new iPhone SE shows that there’s still a market for smaller phones. Even this new smaller iPhone looks positively huge compared to a new Android phone called the Posh Mobile Micro X S240. Unbox Therapy over the weekend got a first look at this tiny new Android phone, which features a 2.4-inch display, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, a dual-core processor, a two-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.4 KitKat.

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PCLOS 2016.03 KDE: good job

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PCLOS
Reviews

I must admit that this time I had a much nicer experience with PC Linux OS than I had the previous time.

I could not find any issue to note during my Live run of this operating system apart from escessive number of applications.

Good job, PCLOS team! Let's hope you'll keep up with all you've done!

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rm -rf Hoax, Well-oiled LXLE, New Debian Project Leader

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-s

It turns out that Marco Marsala's deletion of his entire web hosting data, reported Friday, was a viral marketing campaign. Debian Project Leader elections are over and a winner emerged victorious. Several reviews caught my eye today as did Jessie Smith's look at Redox, a Unix-like operating system whose underlying philosophy is "Everything is a URL."

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Open source and innovation: then, now and in the future

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OSS
Drupal

Today, one in 40 global websites are now run on Drupal and almost 40,000 people around the world actively contribute to it, making it one of the largest open-source communities.

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Also: CUBA Platform is Going Open Source

Tiny, rugged COM runs Linux or Android on Snapdragon 820

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Android
Linux

The 50 x 28mm Inforce 6601 Micro SOM runs Ubuntu or Android on a Snapdragon 820 SoC, and offers wireless, 4GB RAM, 64GB UFS, and a Mini-ITX carrier board.

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Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Security updates for Monday
  • DHS CIO walks back staff comments on open source

    Some IT professionals at the Department of Homeland Security raised eyebrows over recent comments on GitHub that suggested a proposed federal open-source policy could result in the "mafia having a copy of all FBI system code" or could give terrorists "access to air traffic control software." The comments were attributed to the CIO's office.

    However, DHS CIO Luke McCormack has since filed his own official comments, noting that "prior comments do not represent DHS policy or views."

  • Microsoft PowerShell — Hackers’ New Favorite Tool For Coding Malware

    You might not know but PowerShell, the ubiquitous force running behind the Windows environment, is slowly becoming a secure way for the attackers to hide their malicious activities. Unfortunately, at the moment, there’s no technical method of distinguishing between malicious and good PowerShell source code.

  • MIT reveals AI platform which detects 85 percent of cyberattacks

    Today's cybersecurity professionals face daunting tasks: protecting enterprise networks from threats as best they can, damage limitation when data breaches occur, cyberforensics and documenting the evolution and spread of digital attacks and malware across the world.

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Android Leftovers

User Editorial: A different approach to calculating the popularity of Linux gaming on Steam

Now that the monthly Steam statistics are out again, we can see that the result has increased slightly from last month, we are back up to 0.90% from 0.85%. While that is a positive sign, we are again looking at a number below 1% this month. As has been previously pointed out there are a few flaws with the Steam statistics, such as that users of the Big Picture Mode do not get the survey at all. There are also likely a few flaws we don't know about. Still, we can safely assume that the Steam Hardware Survey isn't completely lying either: Linux usage might be off by a bit, but if it says below 1%, it is rather unlikely that the real numbers are for example above 2%. It is a statistic, and we have to treat it like a statistic, that gives us an indication of the Linux market share on Steam. An increase likely means a larger market share and a decrease a smaller market share. A fair point that has been made, however, that the amount of Steam users has been increasing over time. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume the number of Linux Steam users has increased as well. The question is: How did Steam grow? Read more

A Down and Dirty Look at Xubuntu 16.04

In our look at Xubuntu 16.04, we find it to be stable, quick and intuitive. It’s a distro that makes our short list of recommendations for those wishing to move from Windows to GNU/Linux. For a look at Ubuntu’s new LTS release, 16.04 or Xenial Xerus, I decided to forgo “Ubuntu prime” in favor of one of the officially sanctioned “baby *buntus,” choosing Xubuntu, the distro’s Xfce implementation. We use Xfce on Mint on nearly all of the computers here at FOSS Force’s office, so I figured this would put me in familiar territory, especially since Mint is also a Ubuntu based distro. Read more

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