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Story Screenshots/Screencasts Roy Schestowitz 06/02/2016 - 4:05pm
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 06/02/2016 - 4:04pm
Story Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives Roy Schestowitz 06/02/2016 - 4:03pm
Story Linux Devices Roy Schestowitz 06/02/2016 - 4:02pm
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 06/02/2016 - 4:00pm
Story Linux and FOSS Events (FOSDEM and Beyond) Roy Schestowitz 06/02/2016 - 3:59pm
Story Mozilla Firefox News Roy Schestowitz 06/02/2016 - 3:58pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 06/02/2016 - 3:53pm
Story MakuluLinux Xfce is now Live ! Roy Schestowitz 06/02/2016 - 2:02pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 06/02/2016 - 1:25pm

Mozilla officially kills Firefox OS for smartphones in favour of 'Connected Devices'

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Moz/FF

Firefox OS is open source, so in theory community work could continue, but without the backing of a major sponsor it is unlikely.

The barriers to entry in the smartphone market are huge, so Mozilla's retreat was perhaps inevitable. Nevertheless, it is a sad moment for those in search of an open smartphone platform.

The thinking behind Firefox OS was to have a smartphone operating system based on browser technology, so that web apps would port easily and that everything would be built with open standards. Low-priced smartphones using the OS have been released by vendors including Alcatel OneTouch, LG, ZTE and Huawei.

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Linux Lite 2.8 Review At A Glance

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Linux
Reviews

Linux Lite is based on the Ubuntu LTS series of releases. LTS stands for Long Term Support, this means each release has a support period of 5 years. This is a great basis for stability, but not only that, you only need to install once every 5 years. During that period your system will continue to receive updates. Linux Lite is fully functional out of the box, this means that you won’t have to install extra software when you boot your computer for the first time. We believe that a computer should be ready to use straight away on the first boot after a new install. You’re going to need this kind of functionality on a daily basis when you are using your computer so we take the hassle out of trying to find the right software from the start.

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CoreOS Launches Docker Rival Rkt 1.0

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OS
Server

CoreOS released today rkt (pronounced Rock-it) 1.0, providing container users with an alternative runtime to Docker. CoreOS first announced rkt in December 2014 after dissatisfaction arose with the state of the Docker runtime.

While rkt is a competitor to the Docker runtime, users will still be able to run application containers that have been built with Docker tools. The promise of rkt is that of improved performance and security controls, as well as integration with CoreOS' larger platform effort Tectonic, which provides orchestration.

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A love for technology leads to Linux and open source

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Linux
OSS

Presently, I support about 200 Linux virtual machines at work in a private cloud and am delighted to write software on my operating system of choice.

More than a decade after my first Linux experience, all my computers at home now run it. I use GIMP to edit photographs I capture, listen to songs and watch movies on MPlayer, create and edit documents in LibreOffice, and use KVM and VirtualBox to run other Linux distros in virtualized environments.

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LuninuX OS 15.10 Launches as the Walking Walrus, Based on Ubuntu 15.10

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Ubuntu

The LuninuX OS Ubuntu-based open source computer operating has reached a new milestone, version 15.10, after being in development for quite some time now.

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SlackEX Released with Linux Kernel 4.4.1 and KDE 4.14.3, Based on Slackware 14.2

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Slack

After announcing the availability of a custom Linux 4.4.1 kernel for Slackware 14.2 and derivative distributions, today Linux developer Arne Exton informs Softpedia about the release of a new build of his SlackEX GNU/Linux operating system.

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IceCat 38.6.0 release

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GNU
Moz/FF

GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins and addons. Also their trademark license restricts distribution in several ways incompatible with freedom 0.
https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/

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iPhone vs Android: Almost Half Of iPhone Users Think Android Phones Are More Advanced

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Android
Mac

Forty-five percent of iPhone users say they believe Android phones are "more advanced" than iPhones, a survey of smartphone owners released Wednesday indicated. Thirty-one percent disagreed while the rest were unsure.

The survey was conducted by OnePulse, a London startup, which surveyed 1,500 iPhone and Android users via its app. Overall, including iPhone and Android users, 40 percent of those surveyed said Android was more advanced than iPhone.

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • OpenGL 4.5 Is Not The End Of The Road For OpenGL
  • Intel Starts Supporting The Quark X1000 SoC With Coreboot

    Well, this is interesting. The Intel Quark X1000 SoC now has very basic support within Coreboot.

    The Quark X1000 SoC has been available for more than two years already as a single-core 400MHz x86 processor designed for wearable devices and other tiny, low-power applications. The Intel Galileo developer board is one of the many public devices utilizing an X1000. Back in 2014 we shared some Quark X1000 Linux benchmarks and Intel Edison benchmarks for those interested.

  • Endless Is The Latest Company To Join GNOME's Advisory Board

    Endless Computer, the company designing Linux-powered computers -- and using a modified GNOME desktop -- for emerging markets, has joined the GNOME Advisory Board.

    Endless develops "computers designed for the entire world" with their Endless PC retailing for $189 USD and The Endless Mini for $79 USD. The Endless Mini is ARM-powered while the more expensive unit features an Intel Celeron CPU.

  • Incoming! Fleet Commander 0.7

    We’ve just released the 0.7 series which should be the first version that is somewhat stable to use (think of it as alpha) and as we speak is under review for inclusion with Fedora 24.

    For the last year I have been massaging the prototype we had at GUADEC in Strasbourg into a reliable product, and recently Oliver Gutierrez has joined the team to help with the web development affairs, I would like to summarize some of my work here so that you guys know what’s all about and what are the future plans.

  • Zorin OS 11 Core and Ultimate Editions Out Now for Windows Refugees - Screenshot Tour

    On February 3, the Zorin OS team was excited to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the Zorin OS 11 operating system, which is currently being distributed as Core and Ultimate editions.

  • Linux Lite 2.8 - Screencast and Screenshots
  • Linux Lite 2.8 Released With Linux Kernel 3.19, BTRFS Support And More

    Linux Lite known is a simple, sleek and stable Linux distribution based on Ubuntu's Long Term Support (LTS) releases. Linux Lite is especially for Windows users. It aims to fulfill everyday computing needs by providing the complete set of applications. Jerry Bezencon and the team recently announced Linux Lite 2.8, the final release of 2.0 series. Let's see what is new in this release.

  • Opensuse 13.1 has gone evergreen
  • First X-Apps, openSUSE Board, Faces of FOSS

    Today in Linux news "openSUSE 13.1 has gone Evergreen" and Bryan Lunduke was elected to its board. Clement Lefebvre reported on the first two Mint X-Apps and Dedoimedo found a distribution he likes. Rory Dear argued today against migrating to Linux and FOSS Force is back with their most difficult quiz yet.

  • Ubuntu Community Calls All Artists to Contribute Wallpapers to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

    Today, Ubuntu project member Nathan Haines has informed the Ubuntu community that the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase contest is open to submissions from artists who want to contribute their awesome artwork to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

  • PSA: Support for Ubuntu 15.04 Ends Today

    After nine months swinging in the wild, the sun finally sets on official support for the Vivid Vervet.

    Ubuntu 15.04 desktop users will receive no more security notices, critical fixes, or updated packages from the main Ubuntu archives as of February 4th, 2016.

  • ODROID-C2 64-bit dev board coming soon for $40

    Hardkernel’s next single-board computer features a quad-core ARM Coretx-A53 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM, and Gigabit Ethernet.

  • Developer: Video – Tizen Native Geocode API

    The Geocode API can be used as an add-on to your apps, that allows developers to create Tizen 2.3 or 2.4 native applications that can send your location and also receive co-ordinates from a server. You need to add permissions in your Tizen project for the app to use your phone’s map service, Internet and network.

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • ownCloud Mail App Gets Ready for Next Month's Awesome ownCloud 9.0 Release

    The ownCloud community today announced the release of the third milestone in the development of the ownCloud Mail application for the ownCloud self-hosting cloud server software.

  • FFmpeg 2.8.6 "Feynman" Released, Drops Support for VisualOn AAC and libaacplus

    FFmpeg is a complete suite of tools used to record, convert and stream audio and video. A new update has been released for the main branch and developers have also made an interesting announcement regarding the removal of support for two external AAC encoders.

  • MythTV 0.27.6 Arrives After Long Hiatus

    MythTV is a powerful Digital Video Recorder and home media center that comes with a wealth of features. The developers have published a new update for it, after a long hiatus.

  • Application Spotlight: Terminology

    Today we are going to take a look at one of the most mature / robust application written in Elementary and the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries - Terminology. For those who are unfamiliar with Terminology:

    “Terminology is a terminal emulator for Linux / BSD / UNIX etc. systems that uses EFL and has a whole bunch of bells and whistles. Use it as your regular vt100 terminal emulator along with all the usual things like 256 color support (we attempt to emulate Xterm as closely as possible in most respects).”

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming
  • The Wil Wheaton Effect Is Why Video Game Makers Should Embrace Let's Play Videos

    Now, we happen to know a thing or two around here about terms that get dubbed an "effect", especially when the revolve around exposure through internet channels. The Wheaton Effect is essentially a noticeable jump in sales for games that are featured on Table Top. As the original Reddit poster implies, the exposure generated by the game being featured on the show is a boon for sales. I would think this is an intuitive idea, in which an otherwise unaware public becomes aware of the fun to be had through these games and then goes out and buys them.

    [...]

    And, to be fair, much of the gaming industry has come around to this idea. You can see the evolution not only in the stance of the publishers, who often times go so far as to work with sites to unblock Let's Play videos that were automatically nabbed by ContentID, but also in video game hardware itself. The latest generation of consoles, specifically the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, are both designed specifically with ways for gamers to record gameplay and share those recordings. But Nintendo and some other lagging studios are more restrictive and I can't imagine why. Sales are what's important and exposure brings with it sales. The Wheaton Effect is an example of this, but this concept isn't in any way limited to the realm of table top games. Give up just a little bit of control, it seems, and you spur on sales.

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Mac and Linux canned
  • Batman: Arkham Knight is no longer coming to Linux or OSX
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Cancelled for Mac and Linux
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Mac OS X and Linux Releases Canceled
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Linux, Mac ports cancelled
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Linux And Mac Ports Cancelled
  • 'Batman Arkham Knight' For Mac And Linux Cancelled: Refunds Available
  • Batman: Arkham Knight’s Mac and Linux versions canceled
  • PSA: Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space now on Linux

    The weird and wacky space adventure game is available for Linux on Steam, via Humble Bundle, and via itch.io.

  • Freeciv 2.5.2 Free Strategy Game Is Inspired by Original Civilization

    Freeciv is a free and open source turn-based multiplayer strategy game that resembles and is inspired by the original Civilization series. A new update bringing quite a few fixes has been released for it.

  • Ice for SteamOS Now Lets Users Play Old Games from SNES Era

    It's now possible to play old games from the SNES era on SteamOS, thanks to an application named Ice, which has been made to work with this operating system.

    Ice had already been available for Steam, but a couple of developers made sure it would also work with SteamOS. The initial release has been marked as 0.1.0 and it shows the state of the development. It works, but installing it and figuring out how it can be used will take some time.

    The idea that you can play this kind of games in Steam is not a bad one, especially since emulators are already working on this platform, and there is even controller support. Why not take advantage of a collection of thousands of games that can be downloaded and used for free, and which in many cases are just as good as the ones released today?

  • RadeonSI Gallium3D Can Work With XCOM 2 On Linux

    While at first using open-source drivers to play XCOM 2 on Linux looked bleak, after some more trials, the latest Mesa Gallium3D code can work for Intel and Radeon.

    After the original article, I heard from the Linux game porters at Feral Interactive that the game should actually run with Intel and Radeon if using new enough Mesa, "We have completed the entire game on an AMD machine with mesa during development so it is pretty playable on R7/9 series cards it however is release quality due to some issues with the mesa drivers we are investigating."

  • Here Is What Happens When Trying To Use Non-NVIDIA Drivers To Play XCOM 2 On Linux

    As covered already, for launch Feral Interactive is only supporting NVIDIA graphics on Linux using their proprietary driver for launch day -- but, of course, that could change as new drivers are released in the future. AMD and Intel graphics (regardless of Catalyst or open-source for the Radeon hardware) are not supported for launch. Sadly there isn't any benchmark mode in the Linux version of XCOM 2, but given the hype around this game on Linux, I was curious to see what the graphics driver situation is really like... So no performance tests in this article, but just some initial impressions when trying different drivers and graphics processors.

  • How Interested Are You In XCOM 2 For Linux?

Red Hat Financial News

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Red Hat

More on Unicef's FOSS Plans

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OSS

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • Midokura Extends Enterprise SDN Insight with MEM 5.0

    MidoNet, Midokura's SDN platform, was open-sourced back in November 2014. Midokura CTO Pino de Candia explained that the new MEM 5.0 release is based on MidoNet (MN) 5.0, which was first released in October 2015. Midokura's product roadmap has MEM updates set to be released every 6 months, with MN updates every 3 months.

    [...]

    Looking forward, the next MEM release is version 5.2, currently scheduled to debut in July. Among the features that de Candia expects to be included are: Kubernetes and vSphere integration. Additionally, MEM Insights will likely benefit from integration with physical switches, starting with Cumulus Linux and other platforms in later releases. Another big item on the release roadmap is support for multi-site workloads.

  • Meet on open source software

    International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) will organise an open forum on FOSS transition policy and strategies for government officials here on Saturday.

    The venue will be Padmam Hall, Institute of Management in Government, Vikas Bhavan. The Centre had released its open source software policy in March, 2015, that made it mandatory to explore use of FOSS in government organisations.

  • Google Launches Best Ever Chrome Feature — Now You’ll Be Warned About Fake Download Buttons

    Google has updated the Safe Browsing feature in Chrome to protect your PC against the social engineering techniques that trick you into clicking the fake download buttons.

  • Getting Started With OpenStack [Webinar]

    The conversation around the adoption of OpenStack, the open source cloud technology platform, continues to gain momentum. Analysts at Forrester recently declared it “enterprise-ready” while many enterprise companies have taken the leap and deployed it. One thing that seems to be a dominant theme is that there are not enough professionals with OpenStack skills to keep up with demand.

  • OpenStack Adoption in the UK Hits 80 Percent, Claims SUSE

    But cost and complexity woes remain as public cloud adoption easily surpasses private cloud sales.

  • Cloud Skills are Valuable, and Mirantis and Others Are Ramping Up Training

    In case you've missed the trend, LinkedIn has become very central to how many people get hired these days, and it can be a conduit for upgrading your current job. LinkedIn also organically gathers a lot of job- and industry-related data, and that's why it's notable that according to the company's newly published analysis of the 25 Skills That Could Get You Hired in 2016, cloud and distributed computing ranked as the most in-demand skill globally last year.

    Here are some of the related findings, and some tips on how you can pick up OpenStack skills to better your job-seeking fortune.

  • There Is One Week To Go Until LibreOffice 5.1

    Among the features coming for next week's LibreOffice 5.1 release is a much faster start-up time (up to twice as fast!), improved Microsoft Office file format support, PNG export support in Calc, OpenGL transition support for Impress, menu improvements, auto-accelerator in GTK has been enabled, faster Calc performance, and many other enhancements developed over the past several months.

  • GNU Guile 2.1.2 released [beta]

    Guile 2.1.2 is the second pre-release in what will eventually become the 2.2 release series.

  • GnuTLS 3.4.9

    Released GnuTLS 3.3.21 and GnuTLS 3.4.9 which are bug fix releases in the previous and current stable branches.

  • Latest Windows 10 Spotted Having a Hidden Linux Subsystem

    Names of the latest discovered files are similar to Android subsystem from Project Astoria, i.e. ADSS.Sys. Where “LX” can only be taken for one thing, and that is LINUX.

  • Ourobotics releases completely open source Renegade 3D bioprinter

    Irish 3D bioprinting startup Ourobotics has just introduced their second ‘revolution’ to the bioprinting industry: an entirely open source 3D bioprinter called the Renegade that can be assembled for under $900. The Renegade 3D bioprinter was designed specifically to open up 3D bioprinting technology to the educational and biomaking communities, and the free, DIY instructions are now available to download via Ourobotics and 3Ders.org.

  • What's New in 3D Printing, Part III: the Software

    This article is the third part of a four-part series that examines some of the changes in 3D printing that have occurred in the past three years since my first articles on the subject. Because this is Linux Journal, instead of discussing the entire 3D printing world, I'm focusing on the sections of the topic most relevant to open source and open hardware. In the first article, I gave a general overview on the current state of 3D printing. In the second, I covered what's changed in 3D printing hardware during the past three years, including the shift away from open hardware and which printers still hold onto their open hardware roots. In this article, I discuss the changes in 3D printing software, and then in the final piece, I'll walk through setting up OctoPrint on a Raspberry Pi to control your printer remotely.

  • Go 1.7 Is Trading Much Slower Compile Times For Better Generated Code

    Go developers are warning that with the upcoming Go 1.7 release the compiler could be as much as two times slower, but will yield better quality -- and hopefully faster -- generated code.

    For the upcoming Go 1.7 development cycle, they plan to merge their SSA compiler back-end for their x86_64 platform. Their Static Single Assignment back-end is currently running much slower than their current back-end, but will yield better generated code.

Openwashing

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Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • Default settings in Apache may decloak Tor hidden services

    The information leak has long been known to careful administrators who take the time to read Tor documentation, but that hasn't prevented some Tor hidden services from falling victim to it. To plug the hole, darkweb sites that run Apache must disable the mod_status module that by default sets up a server status page displaying a variety of potentially sensitive information about the servers. Details include the number of requests per second sent to the server, the most recent HTTP requests received, CPU usage, and in some cases the approximate longitude of the server.

  • WordPress Update Patches Pair of Vulnerabilities

    Automatic updates that patch the two flaws and fix 17 bugs are now rolling out to users of the open-source WordPress CMS.
    A new update to the WordPress open-source blogging and content management system (CMS) has been released that patches a pair of security vulnerabilities and includes 17 bug fixes that improve functionality.

  • Linux Computers Becoming Increasingly Malware Prone
  • 10 Mistakes to Avoid to Make Open Source More Secure

    Open source is becoming more popular in the enterprise. But so are open-source vulnerabilities. Here is how you can prevent open source-related mishaps in 2016.

  • Custom and Open-Source Code: A New Approach to Application Security Management

    Use of open-source software is ubiquitous across the Web, cloud, containers, enterprise apps, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT). Analysis from Black Duck, an IBM Security partner, showed that open-source code comprises about 30 percent of the average commercial software application; this figure can jump even higher for in-house applications. According to Gartner, open source will be included in mission-critical applications within 99 percent of Global 2000 enterprises by the end of 2016.

IBM Supports Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Blockchain as Industry Standard, Plans Deployment

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Linux

In December Bitcoin Magazine reported that IBM and a group of top tech and finance companies are joining forces to develop a new open source blockchain separated from the Bitcoin blockchain. The group will work with the Linux Foundation to create a public network that lets blockchain applications built on top of it communicate with each other.

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Samsung’s TV Plus service will soon hit Tizen TVs in South East Asia

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Linux

Last October Samsung started off a new service in its home country, Korea called the TV Plus. The service essentially emulates the user experience of a regular satellite or set-top-box based TV on its smart Tizen based TVs connected to the internet. The service allows a user to browse through content just like flipping through channels on a normal TV. With a satisfying user response in Korea for the service along with a retention rate of over 80%, Samsung is now eyeing to spread the service to more parts of Asia and announced the Launch of the service recenlty at the Samsung Southeast Asia Forum,2016 held at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

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A Few Pointers for Companies Going Open Source in 2016

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OSS

2016 is still in the beginning stages, and many companies and developers are considering going open source to maintain relevancy. If you’re an open source novice and are thinking of making the leap, it’s important to understand the boundaries and regulations before you get in too deep. Consider the tips below your beginner’s guide to open source.

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