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Story openSUSE Tumbleweed Users Get Linux Kernel 4.10.10, Updated Fonts, and More Rianne Schestowitz 27/04/2017 - 9:38pm
Story Linux 4.10.13 Rianne Schestowitz 27/04/2017 - 6:08pm
Story Linux-on-Sitara embedded computer triplets offer mini-PCIe expansion Rianne Schestowitz 27/04/2017 - 6:01pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2017 - 3:18pm
Story more of today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2017 - 3:18pm
Story Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2017 - 3:17pm
Story Microsoft Begs, Bugs, and Bug Doors Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2017 - 3:16pm
Story FOSS Licensing (and Lack Thereof) Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2017 - 3:12pm
Story Automotive Grade Linux Adds New Members Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2017 - 2:43pm
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2017 - 2:40pm

Top 4 CDN services for hosting open source libraries

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OSS

A CDN, or content delivery network, is a network of strategically placed servers located around the world used for the purpose of delivering files faster to users. A traditional CDN will allow you to accelerate your website's images, CSS files, JS files, and any other piece of static content. This allows website owners to accelerate all of their own content as well as provide them with additional features and configuration options. These premium services typically require payment based on the amount of bandwidth a project uses.

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Bash Bunny: Big hacks come in tiny packages

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Linux
Debian

Bash Bunny is a Debian Linux computer with a USB interface designed specifically to execute payloads when plugged into a target computer. It can be used against Windows, MacOS, Linux, Unix, and Android computing devices. It features a multicolor RGB LED that indicates various statuses and a three-position selector switch: Two of the positions are used to launch payloads, while the third makes Bash Bunny appear to be a regular USB storage device for copying and modifying files.

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openSUSE Leap's New Versioning Scheme Finally Syncs with SUSE Linux Enterprise

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SUSE

openSUSE Board Chairman Richard Brown informed the community about a major version number change for upcoming releases of the openSUSE Leap operating system.

As some of you might know already, openSUSE Leap 42.2 is the current stable release of the GNU/Linux distribution based on the sources of the commercial SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) operating system designed for enterprises, and the next scheduled release is openSUSE Leap 42.3, which is currently in development.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Top 4 CDN services for hosting open source libraries

    A CDN, or content delivery network, is a network of strategically placed servers located around the world used for the purpose of delivering files faster to users. A traditional CDN will allow you to accelerate your website's images, CSS files, JS files, and any other piece of static content. This allows website owners to accelerate all of their own content as well as provide them with additional features and configuration options. These premium services typically require payment based on the amount of bandwidth a project uses.

    However, if your project doesn't justify the cost of implementing a traditional CDN, the use of an open source CDN may be more suitable. Typically, these types of CDNs allow you to link to popular web-based libraries (CSS/JS frameworks, for example), which are then delivered to your web visitors from the free CDN's servers. Although CDN services for open source libraries do not allow you to upload your own content to their servers, they can help you accelerate libraries globally and improve your website's redundancy.

  • Users stand up, speak out, and deliver data on OpenStack growth

    Last week, the OpenStack Foundation announced the results of its ninth user survey. OpenStack users responded in record-breaking numbers to participate, and their voices as revealed in the data tell the real story of OpenStack. The OpenStack community is growing, thriving with new users, deployments, code contributions, and collaborations, all on the rise. User diversity is expanding across geographies and organizational sizes. And OpenStack's ability to integrate with innovative technologies is paving the way for advancements not even dreamed of just five years ago.

  • How to get started learning to program

Huawei, Google supercharge Android with new Raspberry Pi-like board

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Android
Linux

Prepare to run Android at blazing fast speeds on a new Raspberry Pi-like computer developed by Huawei.

Huawei's HiKey 960 computer board is priced at US$239 but has some of the latest CPU and GPU technologies. Google, ARM, Huawei, Archermind, and LeMaker all played roles in developing the board.

The HiKey 960 is meant to be a go-to PC for Android or a tool to develop software and drivers for the OS. The board development was backed by Linaro, an organization that develops software packages for the Android OS and ARM architecture.

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Debian Derivatives: Q4OS and Devuan

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Debian
  • Debian-Based Q4OS 1.8.4 Operating System Lets Users Select Alternative Desktops

    Today, April 26, 2017, the developers behind the Debian-based Q4OS GNU/Linux distribution announced the release of the fourth stability and security update of the Q4OS 1.8 "Orion" series.

    Q4OS 1.8.4 comes almost two months after the release of the previous point release, and besides incorporating all the security patches backported from the upstream repositories of the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" operating system series, it adds an exciting new feature, namely the integration of alternative desktop environments.

  • Which is Free, Which is Open … [Also]

    Devuan and Debian need not defer to the Open Source Initiative regarding
    what is Open Source, since the OSI is just using Debian's Free Software
    Guidelines. Debian's Free Software Guidelines are a definition of Free
    Software, not specifically Open Source. At the time they were created, RMS
    personally approved of them as "a good definition of Free Software".

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • Luminance HDR 2.5.0 Released, Here’s How to Install it on Ubuntu

    Luminance HDR is an open-source tool that lets you create and edit high-dynamic-range images (HDR) on Linux, Windows and macOS. The app recently got its first major update in several years and I figured it was something a few of you might wanna know about (and hey, we’ve featured a couple of other photography tools recently).

  • SMPlayer 17.4.2 Open-Source Media Player Supports MPlayer's ffhevcvdpau Decoder

    A new stable update of the open-source and cross-platform SMPlayer media player was announced recently, versioned 17.4.2, for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows.

    SMPlayer 17.4.2 is now the latest stable release of the popular media player applications, and it looks like it ships with various exciting improvements and new features. One of these is support for using the ffhevcvdpau decoder from the MPlayer project, but only on Linux-based operating systems.

  • Gyazo – An Easy Way to Capture Screenshots, GIFs and Save Websites

    Gyazo is a screen capturing application with which you can quickly take quality shots of your screen and also create GIFs on the fly with a simple click.

    It is as simple to use as another screen capture tool we wrote on earlier, Peek, but Gyazo seems to have an edge in terms of functionality, customizability, and extension; at least, for now.

  • The many ways of running firefox on OpenBSD

    Maybe i haven't talked about it enough on the lists, but since i've been maintaining the various mozillas in the portstree (cvs log says i started around firefox 3.6.something... 7 years ago. *sigh*) a lot of things changed, so i wanted take the 6.1 release as an occasion to sum up the various ways one could run which version of which firefox on which version of OpenBSD.

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • NSA backdoor detected on >55,000 Windows boxes can now be remotely removed

    After Microsoft officials dismissed evidence that more than 10,000 Windows machines on the Internet were infected by a highly advanced National Security Agency backdoor, private researchers are stepping in to fill the void. The latest example of this open source self-help came on Tuesday with the release of a tool that can remotely uninstall the DoublePulsar implant.

  • Turns out, pacemaker security is terrifying

    Ultimately, St. Jude Medical's stock plunged as much as 10 percent in the aftermath. The company launched a lawsuit against MedSec and Muddy Waters, and the three firms skirmished in the press again when MedSec's findings were allegedly reproduced by security firm Bishop Fox. What's more, the second set of researchers claimed they could take over the pacemakers at a distance of around 10 feet.

  • Chrome, Firefox, and Opera users beware: This isn’t the apple.com you want
  • [Older] Phishing with Unicode Domains

    From a security perspective, Unicode domains can be problematic because many Unicode characters are difficult to distinguish from common ASCII characters. It is possible to register domains such as "xn--pple-43d.com", which is equivalent to "аpple.com". It may not be obvious at first glance, but "аpple.com" uses the Cyrillic "а" (U+0430) rather than the ASCII "a" (U+0061). This is known as a homograph attack.

  • New Strain of Linux Malware Could Get Serious [Ed: ECT thinks that people having default username+password is a "Linux" issue? Seriously?

    A new strain of malware targeting Linux systems, dubbed "Linux/Shishiga," could morph into a dangerous security threat.

    Eset on Tuesday disclosed the threat, which represents a new Lua family unrelated to previously seen LuaBot malware.

12 Features That Made Unity The Best Linux Desktop

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Ubuntu

There I said it. So, naturally, I am feeling a little sad that Unity is retiring from its role as the default Ubuntu desktop. It will be replaced by (the also-awesome) GNOME Shell in Ubuntu 17.10 onwards.

For the past 6 and a half years I, like millions of Ubuntu users, have been able to rely on Unity. From Qml to Compiz, from controversy to controversy, the Unity desktop has held firm. As (arguably) the one element that helped to define and mould the Ubuntu identity it’s only natural that one wonders what Ubuntu is without it.

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GStreamer 1.12 and More

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Software
  • GStreamer 1.12 Multimedia Framework to Support Intel's Media SDK and CineForm

    The GStreamer 1.12 major release is coming next month, but Collabora's Olivier Crête is sharing with us today some of the most important new features implemented so far by various developers.

    Collabora made several contributions to the widely-used open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework, and now that many of you already managed to get an early taste of the new features coming with the GStreamer 1.12 release during the RC (Release Candidate) testing phase, let's take a look at the upcoming changes.

  • Receiving an AES67 stream with GStreamer

    GStreamer is great for all kinds of multimedia applications, but did you know it could also be used to create studio grade professional audio applications? For example, with GStreamer you can easily receive a AES67 stream, the standard which allows inter-operability between different IP based audio networking systems and transfers of live audio between profesionnal grade systems.

Testing F2FS With Its Multi-Drive Capabilities

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Linux

Late last year F2FS picked up multiple device support for this Flash-Friendly File-System. This F2FS multi-drive capability isn't native RAID support like Btrfs but just allows a single F2FS file-system to span multiple devices. But it's more than that in that block allocation and the garbage collection policy is modified to boost I/O performance by taking advantage of the multiple SSD/flash devices.

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today's leftovers

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Leftovers: Software and Games

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Software
Gaming
  • Xed Text Editor: Can It Really Compete with Gedit and Pluma

    There are many text editors available for Linux such as command line editors (vi, vim, nano and so) and GUI editors (Gedit, Pluma, Kate and so on). Linux always has space for new stuff but Xed isn't new and around from quite sometime.
    Xed text editor offers most of the standard editor features, extending this basic functionality with other features not usually found in simple text editors. It supports editing of multiple text files in a window (using Tabs) just like any other famous text editor. Support to encode UTF-8 files, compare files among others, syntax highlighting of source code, auto indentation and manual indentation, printing, print preview support, and many other standard features.

  • NeuLion MC Encoder V2.5 Adds Live HEVC 4K 10-bit Encoding for Linux Servers
  • Lil Tanks is a well polished and action packed side-scroller available for Linux

    I've been playing Lil Tanks [Steam, Official Site] and I think it's a fantastic side-scrolling action game well worth a look.

  • Phoenix Point from the original creator of X-COM is now crowdfunding on Fig

    I haven't been this excited for quite a while, the original creator of X-COM, Julian Gollop, and the rest of his studio Snapshot Games have put up Phoenix Point for crowdfunding on Fig.

    I'm excited for a number of reasons: It will support Linux, it will be on both GOG & Steam and it looks very much like an evolution of the XCOM.

Red Hat After Graphics People

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Red Hat

GNOME News

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GNOME

  • Desk Changer is a Wallpaper Slideshow Extension for GNOME

    Have you been looking for a GNOME wallpaper slideshow extension? If so, you can stop.

    In the comments to our recent post on the way GNOME handles wallpapers a number of readers asked whether GNOME had an image slideshow feature built in, without the need for third-party apps and the like.

    The answer is yes, GNOME does. Sort of.

  • Minwaita: A Compact Version of Theme Adwaita for Gnome Desktop

    As you may already know that Ubuntu is switching back to Gnome, this is the transition time for Ubuntu to switch back. Some creators are motivated and creating themes for Gnome desktop, which is a good thing and hopefully we shall see plenty of Gnome themes and icons around soon. As its name shows "Minwaita" it is minimal/compact version of Adwaita theme, the theme is available after some enhancements to make Gnome more sleek and more vanilla Gnome experience without moving to away from Adwaita's design. This theme is compatible with Gnome 3.20 and up versions. This theme was released back in November, 2016 and still in continuous development that means if you find any problem or bug in the theme then report it to get it fixed in the next update. Obsidian-1 icons used in the following screenshots.

  • Gnome Pomodoro Timer Can Help You Increase Productivity

    If you are struggling with focus on something, it could be your work or study then try Pomodoro technique, this method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. You can read more about Pomodoro here.

  • Widget hierarchies in GTK+ 4.0

    In GTK+3, only GtkContainer subclasses can have child widgets. This makes a lot of sense for “public” container children like we know them, e.g. GtkBox — i.e. the developer can add, remove and reorder child widgets arbitrarily and the container just does layout.

Red Hat News

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Red Hat

Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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Debian
Ubuntu

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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OSS
  • NAB 2017: Wowza, Haivision make SRT protocol open-source
  • Release Update: Prometheus 1.6.1 and Sneak Peak at 2.0

    After 1.5.0 earlier in the year, Prometheus 1.6.1 is now out. There’s a plethora of changes, so let’s dive in.

    The biggest change is to how memory is managed. The -storage.local.memory-chunks and -storage.local.max-chunks-to-persist flags have been replaced by -storage.local.target-heap-size. Prometheus will attempt to keep the heap at the given size in bytes. For various technical reasons, actual memory usage will be higher so leave a buffer on top of this. Setting this flag to 2/3 of how much RAM you’d like to use should be safe.

  • Partners, Persistent Systems to build open source, FHIR-based platform for sharing clinical info [Ed: I don't think the author of this article understands what "Open Source" [sic] means]

    Partners HealthCare has joined forces with Persistent Systems to build an open source platform for sharing clinical knowledge among healthcare providers, the companies announced on Tuesday morning.

  • The Linux Foundation and FSFE introduces new OSS resources

    The open-source landscape can be tricky to navigate with the different projects, licenses, and compliance requirements. The Linux Foundation and Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) are announcing new resources to simplify free and open-source software license identification and compliance.

  • Open Source Groups Provide New Licensing Resources

    Newcomers to free and open source software (FOSS) might be bewildered by the variety of licenses that dictate how users can use community offerings.

    For example, the Open Source Initiative lists nine "popular licenses" and Wikipedia lists dozens more coming in a variety of flavors for different purposes. Those purposes include linking, distribution, modification, patent grant, private use, sublicensing and trademark grant.

  • Garanti Bank Romania implemented Allevo’s open source solution for processing payments

    Garanti Bank Romania selected FinTP, Allevo’s open source solution to connect to SWIFTNet, ensuring compliance to SEPA standards and regulations, in order to optimize its operations. The bank continues, as such, to grow rapidly on the Romanian market, offering better services to its customers.

    By adopting FinTP, Garanti Bank Romania benefits from a technology that drives cost reduction and conveys full control over the source code of the application, thus eliminating the vendor lock-in dependence, while gaining access to a transparent product development process and transparent product audit.

    [...]

    FinTP is distributed under the free GPL v3 open source license. This distribution model is different from what vendors in this industry practice, its main advantage being that it removes any dependence on the vendor.

  • States to Cut College Costs by Introducing Open-source Textbooks

    These two states are moving to slash the astronomical costs of higher education by introducing open source textbooks.

    The University System of Maryland awarded mini-grants to 21 recipients across 12 different universities for converting all of their reading materials to open source platforms for students. Between the 7 Maryland community colleges and 5 public four-year institutions, the initiative has the potential to save over 8,000 students $1.3 million in textbook costs over the Fall 2017 semester.

    New York state Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is also moving to invest $8 million of the state budget into open source educational materials. The budget also included a new proposal that will provide free college tuition to any families or students in the state making less than $125,000 per year.

  • POCL Is Working On OpenCL-Over-CUDA With New Backend

    POCL, the Portable Computing Language project, aiming to provide a portable OpenCL implementation for usage against different CPUs and back-ends, has been working on CUDA support.

  • Securing Docker, One Patch at a Time

    Finding and fixing vulnerabilities is a good thing, according to Docker engineer Michael Crosby. In a standing-room only session at the DockerCon conference in Austin, Texas last week, Crosby went into detail on how the open-source container project deals with vulnerabilities.

This Week In Solus and the Latest ISO

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Linux
GNOME
  • This Week In Solus - Install #43

    We’ve been hard at work after last week’s snapshot on various items. We got some early reports of hardware incompatibilities with Wayland as well as issues on the GNOME edition of Wayland breaking important functionality like the ability to re-login after a logout. After some investigation, we have decided to temporarily disable Wayland in both gnome-session as well as GDM.

  • Newest Solus ISO Snapshot Includes GNOME

    Last week, the grand leader of the Solus Project released a new snapshot of his rolling release distro. There were a good number of changes. The most notable was a GNOME ISO.

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