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Story Xen 4.7 Open Source Linux Hypervisor Arrives with Non-Disruptive, Live Patching Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 4:02pm
Story LibreOffice 5.1.4 Office Suite Now Available for Download with over 130 Bugfixes Rianne Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 4:00pm
Story Today and Yesterday in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 1:21pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 1:03pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 1:03pm
Story Red Hat News Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 1:00pm
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 12:49pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 12:39pm
Story Linux recommendations for a novice: Trying out Linux Mint, Manjaro, and PCLinuxOS Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 12:36pm
Story OPNFV project Roy Schestowitz 23/06/2016 - 12:34pm

Leftovers: Debian

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Debian
  • Appelbaum banned from Debian events after sexual misconduct charges

    The Debian GNU/Linux project says that former Tor developer Jacob Appelbaum is no longer welcome at its events, after charges of sexual misconduct were levelled against him.

  • Linux Australia adopts wait-and-see approach on Appelbaum

    Linux Australia has predictably chosen to take the safe option in the case of well-known privacy advocate Jacob Appelbaum who has been chucked out of various free software projects and associations after sexual misconduct charges were levelled at him.

  • Reorganizing the autopkgtest code

    The very-first alpha-quality release of reprotest is now in Debian's NEW package queue, so it should soon be available for install through apt.

  • twenty years of free software

    etckeeper was a sleeper success for me. I created it, wrote one blog post about it, installed it on all my computers, and mostly forgot about it, except when I needed to look something up in the git history of /etc it helpfully maintains. It's a minor project.

Whiskey, Linux and RAM

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Linux

Right now, I was planning on grabbing zRAM from the MATE Software Boutique as wisely suggested by Don Nadie to see what a little software magic might be able to do for me until I can maximize my hardware. Alas, it doesn’t seem to be available by that avenue, so I’ll have to find an alternative route. Adventure, ho! If all goes as disastrously as hoped, I should have much more to report next time around. Additionally to this purpose, I plan to avoid any and all friends who might try to intrude on my experiments between today and then. Ubuntu MATE’s my new girlfriend, now!

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Red Hat and Fedora

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Red Hat

VR Care is Frog's open source VR headset for hospital patients

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OSS

VR is pretty good at distracting us from the outside world - take off the headset you've been wearing and you'll see that it's gone dark/everyone has left/you really need to shower.

Frog and Stanford are putting this to good use with VR Care, a low cost, open source virtual reality headset and Epione, the accompanying game concept. Both are designed for a very specific purpose - distracting burns patients from pain during ongoing treatments, over weeks/months, in hospitals.

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Flatpak vs. snap wars

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Red Hat
Ubuntu
  • Linux’s RPM/deb split could be replaced by Flatpak vs. snap

    Ubuntu's "snap" applications recently went cross-platform, having been ported to other Linux distros including Debian, Arch, Fedora, and Gentoo. The goal is to simplify packaging of applications. Instead of building a deb package for Ubuntu and an RPM for Fedora, a developer could package the application as a snap and have it installed on just about any Linux distribution.

  • Canonical changes the game by announcing universal snap packages

    Every so often, I get to sit in on a phone call, video chat, or conversation that absolutely blows my mind. Tuesday, June 14 was one such occasion. I was invited to hear Mark Shuttleworth (founder of Canonical, which produces Ubuntu Linux) discuss a major announcement. Naturally, I assumed the announcement had something to do with Ubuntu Touch (maybe they'd found a major US carrier for the Ubuntu Phone). Little did I know the announcement would be so profoundly game changing.

Flatpak and Fedora

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Red Hat
  • What’s new in Fedora 24 Workstation

    Fedora 24 Workstation is the latest release of our free, leading-edge operating system. You can download it from the official website here. There are several new and noteworthy changes in Fedora Workstation.

  • New Documentation Site

    The Pulp team is happy to announce the availability of a new documentation site for Pulp and its plugins: https://docs.pulpproject.org/

  • Upgrading Fedora 23 Workstation to Fedora 24

    Fedora 24 just became available and is officially released. You’ll likely want to upgrade your system. If you’ve upgraded from past Fedora releases, you may be familiar with the dnf upgrade plugin. This method is the recommended and supported way to upgrade from Fedora 23 to Fedora 24. Using this plugin will make your upgrade to Fedora 24 simple and easy. Note also that shortly after the release of Fedora 24, you will also be able to update to Fedora 24 Workstation using the Software app.

  • Announcing Flatpak – Next Generation Linux Applications

    The Linux desktop has long been held back by platform fragmentation. This has been a burden on developers, and creates a high barrier to entry for third party application developers. Flatpak aims to change all that. From the very start its primary goal has been to allow the same application to run across a myriad of Linux distributions and operating systems. In doing so, it greatly increases the number of users that application developers can easily reach.

  • Flatpak brings standalone apps to Linux

    The development team behind Flatpak has just announced the general availability of the Flatpak desktop application framework. Flatpak (which was also known during development as xdg-app) provides the ability for an application — bundled as a Flatpak — to be installed and run easily and consistently on many different Linux distributions. Applications bundled as Flatpaks also have the ability to be sandboxed for security, isolating them from your operating system, and other applications. Check out the Flatpak website, and the press release for more information on the tech that makes up the Flatpak framework.

  • Announcing Flatpak
  • Fedora Workstation 24 is out and Flatpak is now officially launched!

    This is a very exciting day for me as two major projects I am deeply involved with are having a major launch. First of all Fedora Workstation 24 is out which crosses a few critical milestones for us. Maybe most visible is that this is the first time you can use the new graphical update mechanism in GNOME Software to take you from Fedora Workstation 23 to Fedora Workstation 24. This means that when you open GNOME Software it will show you an option to do a system upgrade to Fedora Workstation 24. We been testing and doing a lot of QA work around this feature so my expectation is that it will provide a smooth upgrade experience for you.

Antergos Linux One Of Best Arch Based Distros

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Linux
Reviews

One of the most difficult tasks for Linux newbies is to install Arch Linux. Unlike most of other Linux distributions, Arch Linux does not have graphical installer. It's completely CLI. Users have always been interested to use Arch based distros and luckily there are many. Antergos Linux is one the best, beautiful and sleek Arch based distros available.

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • 6WIND and Advantech Offer 40 Gbps NFV Test Drive Platform with Ubuntu OpenStack
  • Science and Tech museums' documents to be 'open by default' by fall, CEO pledges

    In a government town like Ottawa, where information has traditionally been jealously guarded, what Alex Benay is proposing could trigger a bout of cognitive dissonance.

    According to Benay, president and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, almost all documents generated by the corporation’s three national museums – Science and Technology, Aviation and Space, and Agriculture and Food – will soon be available to the public through an online portal.

    “Our hope is by the fall, roughly 90 per cent of our information is available to the public in real time,” Benay said in an interview Monday, hours after tweeting that museum documents will be “open by default” by autumn.

    Not everything will be made public: cabinet documents and material dealing with such things as personnel matters or corporate planning will remain confidential.

    But after that, pretty much anything goes, Benay said, including early drafts of historical assessments, exhibition plans and schedules for travelling exhibitions.

  • Automating your Home with Home Assistant: Python’s Answer to the Internet of Things

    Paulus Schoutsen created Home Assistant in 2013 “as a simple script to turn on the lights when the sun was setting,” as he told attendees of his recent Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit presentation, “Automating your Home with Home Assistant: Python’s Answer to the Internet of Things.”

  • How DevOps best practices improve team dynamics

    I've spent the past few months writing about the small, incremental behaviors that individuals can employ to be more successful. This month, I'd like to highlight team behaviors that I think are critical to having small successes at work. I spent time with one of the AtomicOpenShift (AOS) teams at Red Hat—the Cockpit project.

    Although I spend a significant amount of my time with the AOS teams, I rarely get the chance to work directly with Cockpit. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit with them for a while when we were all in Brno earlier this year. From an outsider's perspective, the team has an ease of speaking with each other—both on technical topics and personal ones—that makes you take notice. In fact, you might have assumed they all work together in the same office. However, all five engineers and the designer on the team are spread out across Europe and the United States.

GNU/Linux Leftovers

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Android
GNU
Linux

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • New RAA ransomware written in JavaScript discovered

    A new variety of ransomware called RAA has been discovered that has the somewhat unusual attribution of being coded in JavaScript instead of one of the more standard programming languages making it more effective in certain situations.

  • Want To Be A Cool Security Guru?

    Well it will take some work, security is not like what they show on TV. You don’t need green on black text, special goggles or an unlimited enhance function. Instead, it requires sitting down and understanding the history of the field, what it means to be “secure” and what limitations or assumptions you can work under. This summer I have decided to start my journey on the vast field of cryptography and am doing an online course at Stanford University that provides an introduction to cryptography. It is appropriately named “Cryptography I” and is the first part of a two part course, the second part being offered later in the Fall. Both are taught by a really awesome professor Dan Boneh who I find explains the material very well. I decided I would like to make some posts about what I have learned in this course as I go through the material so that I can share my knowledge and get a chance to write it down somewhere for later reference.

  • WordPress 4.5.3 Maintenance and Security Release

    WordPress 4.5.3 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

Raspberry Pi Zero IoT adapter adds Grove modules and more

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Linux

Dexter’s $17 “GrovePi-Zero” IoT expansion board for the Raspberry Pi Zero features analog, digital, and serial ports that support Grove modules.

Back in 2014, robotics specialist Dexter Industries released a GrovePi expansion kit for the Raspberry Pi equipped with ports that support SeeedStudio’s catalog of hundreds of Arduino-compatible Grove sensors and I/O modules. This was followed up with a $30 GrovePi+ board. The company has now spun a smaller, simpler GrovePi-Zero I/O kit specifically for the miniscule Raspberry Pi Zero.

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Sony agrees to pay millions to gamers to settle PS3 Linux debacle

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

After six years of litigation, Sony is now agreeing to pay the price for its 2010 firmware update that removed support for the Linux operating system in the PlayStation 3.

Sony and lawyers representing as many as 10 million console owners reached the deal on Friday. Under the terms of the accord, (PDF) which has not been approved by a California federal judge yet, gamers are eligible to receive $55 if they used Linux on the console. The proposed settlement, which will be vetted by a judge next month, also provides $9 to each console owner that bought a PS3 based on Sony's claims about "Other OS" functionality.

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Fedora: The Latest Release and More

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Red Hat

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • Elon Musk's open source OpenAI: We're working on a robot for your household chores

    OpenAI, the artificial-intelligence non-profit backed by Elon Musk, Amazon Web Services, and others to the tune of $1bn, is working on a physical robot that does household chores.

    The robot OpenAI is targeting would be as reliable, flexible, and intelligent as Rosie the maid from TV cartoon comedy The Jetsons.

    OpenAI leaders Musk, Sam Altman, Ilya Sutskever, and Greg Brockton explain in a blogpost that they don't want to manufacture the robot itself, but "enable a physical robot ... to perform basic housework".

  • Is Open Source Right for You? Maybe, But Cost Should Be the Last Consideration

    Without a doubt, open source is making the software business better. But, if you’re considering going the open source route for software that’s critical to your company, keep in mind that “open” doesn’t mean “free.” It’s understandable that cost would be a major factor in the decision to go open source, as it’s free to license and allows you to spin up unlimited instances. However, there are a number of hidden expenses associated with using open source software that in many cases can drive up the price tag way past commercial software. The real differentiating factors in open source have less to do with cost than they do with your objectives, and the capabilities of your team.

  • Community-powered marketing succeeds where traditional marketing fails

    It's time for us B2B marketers to stop being so transactional and impersonal—to stop believing that buyers' purchase decisions are completely rational. Buyers, after all, are people, not cogs in a wheel spinning inside their companies.

    Traditional B2B marketing tactics are expensive and increasingly ineffective. You know them well: online banners, emails from random salespeople, sponsored golf outings, airport advertising, billboards, radio ads. Our customers are swimming in messages about why our product is better than the next guy's. They're messages designed to promote, persuade, and convince, and they speak to the part of us hungry for just one more tiny bit of data that might help with an important decision.

  • Understanding Ceph and Its Place in the Market

    I see a strong and promising future for Ceph. Sure, like any other data storage solution it doesn't address all data storage needs, but it's here, and it's yet another contender in the software-defined storage arena.

  • twenty years of free software

    I'm forty years old. I've been developing free software for twenty years.

    A decade ago, I wrote a series of posts about my first ten years of free software, looking back over projects I'd developed. These retrospectives seem even more valuable in retrospect; there are things in the old posts that jog my memory, and other details I've forgotten by now.

  • OpenStack Summit Barcelona: Call for Speakers
  • Platform9’s Managed Kubernetes Available in Beta

    Platform9 uses a fork of the OpenStack cloud platform. The startup’s product allows companies to turn private servers into in-house versions of public cloud services like Amazon‘s. Last year the company debuted a virtual appliance that integrates its OpenStack controller service with VMware vSphere services.

  • OpenStack And Storage -- Flowing Downstream With Openness

    Nobody likes being locked out. Locked out of their home, locked out of their car, locked out of their corporate network. It feels helpless.

    Nobody likes being locked in either. Locked into a contract, locked into a relationship, locked in by a proprietary network operating system or a particular platform. Can’t take advantage of great new developments from other platform companies. It feels helpless.

  • Crash reporting for LibreOffice

    Starting with LibreOffice 5.2 the LibreOffice project will have an automated crash reporting tool with server side analysis of the reports. This has been active in the builds since 5.0.0.0.beta1 and was really working since beta 2.

  • The State of Open Source Security in Commercial Applications [Ed: The mouthpieces from Black Duck with more marketing placements/spam as ‘article’]
  • FreeBSD Is Trying To Figure Out If Anyone Uses Its VGL Graphics Library

    FreeBSD VGL provides a library for accessing graphics modes and carrying out basic drawing operations atop its syscons console driver. Not only is basic graphics output on a virtual console supported by libvgl, but mouse input is too handled. However, not many people seem to be using this library.

  • EU Rejection of Secret Service and EU Partial Adoption of Open Source: Two "Op Eds"

    I respectfully draw the community's attention to two "Op Eds" that explore missed opportunities for the EU in relation to open source everything.

  • Selecting an Open Source License for Your Project

    Selecting an open source license is not actually as easy as you might think. This article provides links to some valuable resources for anyone faced with choosing from the sea of open source licenses currently available.

  • OStatic's Guide to Open Source Licensing and the Law

Leftovers: Ubuntu

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Ubuntu
  • The press will believe anything about open source

    Take the case of Canonical's recent pronouncement that it has ended decades of dissonance between competing Linux package management solutions. The lack of thoughtful scrutiny of the claims by the tech press beggars belief. Fortunately, a swelling chorus of critics is rising to put the claims in context, separating the wheat from the chaff in Canonical's attempts to unify Linux distributions.

  • Keynote: More Fun, Less Friction: How Open Source Operations Will Take Big Data to the Next Level

    Solving operational difficulties with a modular, easy-to-use system was the solution Mark Shuttleworth laid out in his keynote entitled “More Fun, Less Friction” at Apache Big Data in Vancouver in May.

  • Removing Operational Friction Will Free Big Data To Do Big Things, Says Mark Shuttleworth

    Good code is cheap; it’s operational knowledge that’s holding back big data from solving the great problems of our time.

    Solving those operational difficulties with a modular, easy-to-use system was the solution Mark Shuttleworth laid out in his keynote entitled “More Fun, Less Friction” at Apache Big Data in Vancouver in May.

  • Announcing Jono Bacon Consulting

    I am really excited about this new chapter. While I feel I have a lot I can offer my clients today, I am looking forward to continuing to broaden my knowledge, expertise, and diversity of community strategy and leadership. I am also excited to share these learnings with you all in my writing, presentations, and elsewhere. This has always been a journey, and each new road opens up interesting new questions and potential, and I am thirsty to discover and explore more.

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • 5 Sparkling CLI Linux Time Trackers

    Time tracking software is a type of computer software that records time spent on tasks. This category of software can enable users to run billing reports, and prepare invoices for clients.

    The deployment of this software offers a new level of productivity to organisations, as it provides management with information on what time is spent by employees on different activities such as projects and tasks. This can help to measure productivity over time. This software is commonly used by professionals that charge clients by the hour such as accountants, solicitors, and freelancers. The generation of automatic invoices with minimal or no data entry removes the inconvenience of billing and invoicing clients, and improves efficiency.

  • Epiphany Web Browser to Let Users Run System Web Apps Outside the GNOME Desktop

    As mentioned earlier in our news story about the features coming to the Orca 3.22 open-source screen reader and magnifier, the GNOME developers are currently working hard on releasing the third snapshot towards GNOME 3.22.

  • Orca Screen Reader and Magnifier to Better Support LibreOffice in GNOME 3.22

    The GNOME developers announced this past weekend that they were working hard on releasing the third snapshot towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment.

  • Shotwell 0.23.2 Free Image Editor Improves Facebook Support, Fixes Many Issues

    The new development team behind Shotwell, the open-source image editor used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems, has announced the availability of a new maintenance build in the Shotwell 0.23.x series.

    Shotwell 0.23.2 is now the latest and most advanced stable version of the project, bringing better support for the Facebook integration by adding a pop-up login and updating the documentation in regards with the Facebook publishing permissions.

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  • FreeBSD 11.0 Alpha 5 Released, Schedule So Far Going On Track
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Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" to Ship with GCC 6 by Default, Binutils 2.27

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