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Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 25/02/2017 - 5:32pm
Story Desktop GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 25/02/2017 - 5:32pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 25/02/2017 - 5:31pm
Story Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives Roy Schestowitz 25/02/2017 - 5:30pm
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Story Linux on Servers and Networks Roy Schestowitz 25/02/2017 - 5:28pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 25/02/2017 - 5:26pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 25/02/2017 - 5:26pm
Story Linux 4.11 and the Linux Foundation Roy Schestowitz 25/02/2017 - 4:49pm
Story Games for GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 25/02/2017 - 4:42pm

Runtu 16.04.2 Xfce Edition Distro Is Based on Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS and Xfce 4.12

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The developers of the Ubuntu-based Runtu operating system have announced the release of a 64-bit version of the distribution with the lightweight and customizable Xfce desktop environment.

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Fedora Linux Distro to No Longer Offer Alpha Builds Starting with Fedora 27

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Red Hat

While the upcoming Fedora 26 Linux operating system is yet to get its first Alpha development snapshot, due for release on March 21, 2017, Red Hat's Fedora Program Manager Jan Kurik announced that Alpha builds will be dropped for Fedora 27.

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LEDE 17.01.0

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Android Leftovers

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Fedora 26 Linux Has Been Delayed by a Week, Should Now Land on June 13, 2017

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It would appear that the upcoming Fedora 26 Linux operating system has been quietly delayed by a week, and it now looks like the final release will hit the streets on June 13, 2017.

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Debian Project Releases Major Kernel Update for Jessie to Fix 14 Vulnerabilities

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Debian

The Debian Project, through Salvatore Bonaccorso, announced the availability of a new kernel security update for the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" operating system series that addresses a total of 14 vulnerabilities discovered recently and patched upstream.

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Recent open source hardware trends, from SBCs to servers

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Hardware

At ELC Europe, Intel MinnowBoard SBC evangelist John Hawley surveyed open hardware trends, and their impact on OS-enabled device and system development.

When you mention open source hardware, people typically think about community-backed hacker boards. However, the open hardware movement is growing on many fronts, including medical devices, rocketry and satellites, 3D printers, cameras, VR gear, and even laptops and servers. At the Embedded Linux Conference Europe in October, John “Warthog9” Hawley, Intel’s evangelist for the MinnowBoard SBC, surveyed the key open hardware trends he saw in 2016. The full video, “Survey of Open Hardware 2016,” can be seen below.

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Also in: Open Source Hardware: From SBCs to Servers

Linux Kernels 4.9.12 & 4.4.51 Now Available with Small Changes, Updated Drivers

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Greg Kroah-Hartman announced today the general availability of two new maintenance updates for the long-term supported Linux 4.9 and Linux 4.4 kernel updates for Linux-based operating systems.

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Recreating the PCLinuxOS Full Monty with KDE Plasma Activities

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PCLOS

When I recently wrote about the new PCLinuxOS release, I was a bit disappointed to find that the Full Monty version had been laid to rest. I'm sure there were a lot of good reasons for this decision, and I have no quarrel with it. But it still made me a bit sad, because I have always kept the Full Monty on at least one of my systems (it is currently on my Acer All-In-One desktop), and I often showed it to people who were curious about Linux, as an example of its breadth, depth and flexibility.

So I decided that it might be a useful exercise for me to try to create the equivalent of the Full Monty desktop starting from the latest PCLinuxOS KDE5 distribution. There are two major features which distinguish the Full Monty desktop - it had six virtual desktops, each of which was dedicated to a specific use, and it had lots and lots and lots of packages installed. The desktops looked like this:

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Games for GNU/Linux

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  • Smartphone game: Ground Effect, Tizen Racing Game FREE for Limited Time

    Ground Effect is a mobile game where you have to ride and drive your hovering aircraft on the sea. There are currently three races: Race, Ghost Race and Just Cruise. The race is the normal race where you have to you have floating cones on the water and you need to go through them to make a checkpoint there, YOU ALSO HAVE NO CHOICE!! You have to go through to make the next pair of cones light up indicating that those are the ones you need to go through. There are different racing ships, a yellow, purple and white; a white and red one; a green goo one on a white background; a flame one on a black background; a red and yellow one; a blue, white and red one; a yellow and black one; an orange and green one; a blue, black and a tiny bit of white; and a black and red one.

  • Wine Staging 2.2 Comes Hot on the Heels of Wine 2.2 with CSMT Optimizations

    Wine Staging 2.2 has been released today, February 22, 2017, and it's coming hot on the heels of last week's Wine 2.2 development release to bring various under-the-hood improvements to its CSMT (Command-Stream Multi-Threading) feature.

    Being based on Wine 2.2, Wine Staging 2.2 inherits all of its new functionality, including the ability to set the default Windows version to Windows 7 for newly created prefixes, the implementation of additional Shader Model 5 instructions, initial support for double-buffered theme painting, as well as the new Direct3D command stream improvements.

  • The Linux-supported MMO 'Albion Online' finally has a release date, new huge update in March

    The rather good MMO 'Albion Online' finally has a proper release date! I am looking forward to creating a guild with some Linux gamers.

  • SuperTuxKart Is Now on Steam Greenlight — Go Vote!

    Yup, the iconic open-source karting game is hoping to rev up enough interest to snatch a space amid the shelves of the Steam games store.

    “After a lot of requests and months of hard work we are launching SuperTuxKart on Steam Greenlight,” the team explain in a blog post (in which they also cite some of your comments from this site).

Security News

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New Input Drivers and TinyDRM in Linux 4.11 Kernel

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  • New Input Drivers For The Linux 4.11 Kernel

    Dmitry Torokhov has submitted the input feature updates for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window.

    One of the new input drivers for Linux 4.11 is the Zeitech touchscreen controller. The new Zeitec driver is zet6223 and supports the ZET6223 I2C touchscreen controller.

    Another new driver is for Samsung "touchkeys." The Samsung Touchkey support is the new tm2-touchkey driver and allows for touch key and LED functionality on the Exynos 5433 TM2 development board.

  • TinyDRM Queued For Linux 4.11

    TinyDRM has been queued in DRM-Next for landing with the in-development Linux 4.11 kernel.

    TinyDRM aims to provide "a very simplified view of DRM for displays that has onboard video memory and is connected through a slow bus like SPI/I2C." TinyDRM includes SPI and MIPI-DBI support.

Latvian Ventspils controls costs with open source

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OSS

The administration of Ventspils, Latvia’s sixth largest city, is an avid user of free and open source software. The main benefits: cost and resource optimisation.

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Ubuntu Touch finds a home on a conflict-free, fair-trade, user-maintainable handset

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Ubuntu

Handset maker Fairphone is teaming up with the community project UBports, which seeks to get Ubuntu Touch on mobile devices. They will be showing off Ubuntu Touch running on the Fairphone 2 during Mobile World Congress, which starts February 27 in Barcelona. While Ubuntu is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of mobile devices, the phone in question offers some compelling features.

“UBports Foundation will be showcasing its work at the Canonical booth, the company behind Ubuntu. Canonical is planning to tell about the latest developments around the convergence of its devices and UBports Foundation will share its mission ‘Ubuntu On Every Device’ with the visitors,” UBports said in a February 8 press release.

Currently, UBports’ website lists three devices as “fully working as daily drivers:” The OnePlus One, Nexus 5, and the Fairphone 2, with the latter showing all parts as functioning with Ubuntu Touch, save the GPS radio. (Interestingly, the UBports project website for the Fairphone 2 still lists the GSM radio [in addition to the GPS] as a work in progress. However there is a video of two people talking with the handset, so it’s likely the Fairphone 2 project website is out of date.) The website also has instructions for flashing Ubuntu to the Fairphone 2.

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BSD Leftovers

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BSD
  • LLVM/Clang 4.0 Is Running Late Due To Seven Blocker Bugs

    LLVM 4.0 was supposed to have been released by now, but it's running late due to open blocker bugs.

    Hans Wennborg commented on the mailing list that while the release should have happened on 21 February, serving as release manager, he hasn't tagged the release yet due to open blocker bugs.

  • FreeBSD-Based pfSense 2.3.3 Open-Source Firewall Released with over 100 Changes

    Rubicon Communications' Jim Pingle announced the availability of a new point release to the pfSense 2.3 stable series, which adds over 100 improvements and a bunch of new features.

    Updated to FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p16, the pfSense 2.3.3 maintenance release is here more than seven months after the 2.3.2 update and introduces several new packages, including TFTP Server, LCDproc, cellular, and tinc, a lot of improvements for the OpenVPN and IPsec implementations, as well as numerous stability and security fixes from FreeBSD.

    Dozens of bug fixes are included in pfSense 2.3.3 for WebGUI, graphs and monitoring, gateways and routing, notifications, Dynamic DNS, captive portal, NTP and GPS, DNS, resolver and forwarder, DHCP and DHCPv6 servers, router advertisements, HA and CARP, traffic shaping, firewall, rules, NAT, aliases, states, users, authentication, and privileges.

  • “Hi, I’m jkh and I’m a d**k”

    Yesterday, I was privy to a private email message discussing a topic I care deeply about. I contacted the author and said “You really need to make this public and give this a wider audience.” His response boiled down to “if I wanted it to get a wider audience, I was welcome to do so myself.” So here’s my first ever guest post, from Jordan K Hubbard, one of the founders of the FreeBSD Project. While this discussion focuses on FreeBSD, it’s applicable to any large open source project.

Linux Graphics

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OSS Leftovers

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OSS
  • Open Source IoT on Steady Enterprise March

    Enterprise IT decision makers have been exploring the potential of Internet of Things technologies, but they are not rushing IoT projects into development and are showing caution in their adoption commitments, according to survey results Red Hat released Wednesday. Of the 215 participants in the company's survey, "Enterprise IoT in 2017: Steady as she goes," 55 percent indicated that IoT was important to their organization. However, only a quarter of those organizations actually were writing project code and deploying IoT technologies.

  • WSO2 Offers Open Source Enterprise Mobility Management

    The software is fully open source under the Apache License 2.0. Source code is available on GitHub.

  • 5 trends impacting enterprise mobility in 2017

    At this point, there’s little left to say that’s new about the impact the IoT can have on the enterprise. Although the potential size of the IoT market is often hyped, the opportunities now available in various lines of business are indisputable. IoT enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to and control IoT devices in areas like energy, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, and more.

  • China Unicom & Radisys use CORD architecture to build better networks
  • Radisys launches open source RAN software for M-Cord project
  • Haddington Dynamics Releases Entire Source Code for Dexter Open-Source Robot, Invites Global Collaboration
  • Twilio paid $8.5 million in cash for assets of Kurento Open Source Project

    Twilio has been making strides to improve its WebRTC capabilities and part of its strategy includes making acquisitions to advance its objective. In September, the cloud-based telephony company purchased the team behind the Kurento Open Source Project and its assets. At the time, the financial terms were not disclosed, but now we know the deal was for $8.5 million in cash.

    In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Twilio revealed that it had picked up proprietary WebRTC media processing technologies; select licenses, patents, and trademarks; and some employees who worked on the service, although specifics were not provided.

  • What to do when people start hacking your culture

    I've previously written about the fact the Apache Software Foundation offers an exemplar of large-scale open source governance. Even with those supreme qualities, things can still go wrong. Apache offers some of the best protections for open source contributors but its mature rules can be manipulated by skilled politicians and/or determined agendas. What can we learn from their experience?

    In a very small proportion of Apache projects, there have been issues that seem to arise from Apache's rules and culture being intentionally gamed. They are a non-representative fraction of the work of Apache, but they provide valuable lessons on the way open source communities can be gamed. In this article I mention two such projects: Apache Harmony, an implementation of Java SE created independently of Sun that's now in the Apache Attic, and Apache OpenOffice, one of the successors to the OpenOffice.org project that closed after Oracle bought Sun Microsystems.

  • Embedded Linux Conference Features IoT and Development Tools

    The 2017 Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) is off to a fine start even as the rain clears up here in Portland, Ore. I don’t often get to sit in on technical sessions at trade shows because of a host of meetings, but this is the exception. If you get a chance, and Linux or Android is in your bailiwick, then ELC is worth attending. It delves into the technical details for using Linux and application spaces like the Internet of Things (IoT), with more hands-on details than our popular (but higher-end) IoT show, IoT Emerge, which will be returning this fall. IoT Emerge provides a high-level view of IoT applications and issues, whereas ELC is for the hardcore developers.

Red Hat News

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  • HPE, Red Hat Team on Storage, OpenStack for NFV

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) announced today they are working together to accelerate the deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions based on fully open, production-ready, standards-based infrastructures. HPE plans to offer ready-to-use, pre-integrated HPE NFV System solutions and HPE Validated Configurations incorporating Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage for communications service providers (CSPs).

  • Irish unit of open source software developers Red Hat sees profits jump

    A Cork-based subsidiary of open source software specialist Red Hat reported a sharp rise in revenues and profits last year, recently lodged accounts show.

    Red Hat Ltd, whose parent acquired Irish software firm Feed Henry for €63.5 million in September 2014, recorded a pretax profit of €33.2 million for the 12 months ending February 2016. This compares with a profit before tax of €26.6 million a year earlier.

  • From SAP to Red Hat: Lenovo to leverage partnerships to boost data center numbers

    A week after Lenovo executives pointed to partnerships as a way to drive numbers in its data center business, the company has announced an expanded relationship with SAP.

    It’s the latest in a string of partnerships, from Red Hat to Nutanix (Nasdaq: NTNX), all targeted to help Lenovo better compete.

  • Notable Runners: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC)

Leftovers: Software

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  • 3 mind mapping tools in Fedora

    In a previous Magazine article, we covered tracking your time and tasks. In that article we mentioned some mind mapping tools. Now we’ll cover three mind mapping apps you can use in Fedora. You can use these tools to generate and manipulate maps that show your thoughts. Mind maps can help you to improve your creativity and effectiveness. You can use them for time management, to organize tasks, to overview complex contexts, to sort your ideas, and more.

  • 10 command-line tools for data analysis in Linux

    So you've landed on some data you want to analyze. Where do you begin?

    Many people used to working in a graphical environment might default to using a spreadsheet tool, but there's another way that might prove to be faster and more efficient, with just a little more effort. And you don't need to become an expert in a statistical modeling language or a big data toolset to take advantage of these tools.

    I'm talking about the Linux command line. Just using some tools that you've probably already got installed on your computer, you can learn a lot about a dataset without ever leaving your terminal. Long-time Linux users will of course laugh—they've been using many of these tools for years to parse logs and understand configuration tools. But for the Linux newcomer, the revelation that you've got a whole data analysis toolkit already at your fingertips can be a welcomed surprise.

  • Trojita Is a Super Fast Desktop Email Client for Linux

    If you’re looking for a fast, IMAP compatible email client for Linux, why not try Trojita?

    Trojita aims to fetch and display email as quickly, and as efficiently, as possible. The open-source email app adheres to ‘open standards and modern technologies’, and is built around ‘the vendor-neutrality that IMAP provides’.

  • gparted 0.28.1

    A new version of gparted was released recently and I have updated the Fedora package to the latest version - 0.28.1.

    This version brings a rather exciting (at least, to me) update - ability to copy and resize already open LUKS filesystems.

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  • The Changes So Far For The Linux 4.11 Kernel
    We are now through week one of two for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window. I've already written a number of news posts this past week covering features I find interesting for Linux 4.11. If you are short on time and behind in your Phoronix reading, here's a quick overview of the material so far for this next major kernel bump.
  • Container-friendly Alpine Linux may get Java port
    A proposal floated this week on an OpenJDK mailing list calls for porting the JDK (Java Development Kit), including the Java Runtime Environment, Java compiler and APIs, to both the distribution and the musl C standard library, which is supported by Alpine Linux. The key focus here is musl; Java has previously been ported to the standard glibc library, which you can install in Alpine, but the standard Alpine release switched two years ago to musl because it’s much faster and more compact.
  • Linux From Scratch 8.0 Released, Brings New Changes And Features

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Mobile OS maker Jolla, whose Sailfish platform remains one of the few smartphone alternatives in play these days, has signed an exclusive license to a Chinese consortium to develop a Sailfish-based OS for the country. Jolla says the Chinese consortium will be aiming to invest $250M in developing a Sailfish ecosystem for the country, though it’s not specifying exactly is backing the consortia at this point, nor over what timeframe the investment will happen — beyond saying one of its early investors, a local private equity investor Shan Li, will take a “leading role” in building it up. “There are very big players behind it,” Jolla chairman Antti Saarnio tells TechCrunch, speaking ahead of a press conference held to announce the news here at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona. Read more

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