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Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2019 - 1:36am
Story Ubuntu Core slims down, offers 10-year LTS support Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2019 - 1:13am
Story Vamrs launches RK3399Pro SBC plus cheaper version of RK3399-based Rock960 Rianne Schestowitz 23/01/2019 - 12:59am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 23/01/2019 - 12:00am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 22/01/2019 - 10:41pm
Story Phoronix Test Suite Improvements Roy Schestowitz 22/01/2019 - 10:40pm
Story GNOME and KDE: GTK, KEXI, KookBook and Krita Roy Schestowitz 22/01/2019 - 10:38pm
Story OSS Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 22/01/2019 - 10:34pm
Story Mozilla: Virtual Reality (VR) Work and the Coral Project is Moving to Vox Media Roy Schestowitz 22/01/2019 - 10:32pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 22/01/2019 - 9:47pm

Ubuntu Core slims down, offers 10-year LTS support

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Ubuntu

Canonical released Ubuntu Core 18, based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, bringing 10-year support to the embedded Linux platform. Other enhancements include a reduced attack surface and easier porting of Ubuntu apps.

Canonical’s stripped-down, container-like Ubuntu Core version of Ubuntu for embedded IoT has reached version 18. The most significant benefit is that the distro is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). Although Bionic Beaver is almost two years old, its long-term support (LTS) status means Canonical promises to support it for 10 years, improving the chance of warding off malware attacks throughout the product lifespan.

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Also: Ubuntu Core 18 released for secure, reliable IoT devices

Ubuntu Core 18 Released By Canonical For IoT/Embedded With 10 Year Support Strategy

Canonical brings some bling to the Internet of Things with Snap-happy Ubuntu Core 18 release

Vamrs launches RK3399Pro SBC plus cheaper version of RK3399-based Rock960

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Android
Linux

Vamrs has launched an under $299 “Toybrick RK3399Pro” SBC that runs Linux or Android on the AI-enhanced RK3399Pro. Vamrs also released a cheaper, $69 Model C version of its RK3399 based Rock960 SBC.

Shenzhen based Vamrs has opened pre-orders for a Toybrick RK3399Pro (TB-RK3399Pro) development board, a collaborative project with Rockchip to showcase its AI-enabled RK3399Pro SoC. Despite posting a pre-order submission page with a promise to start shipping this month in limited quantities, pricing is not yet settled, but at least one version will sell for under $299. Meanwhile, Vamrs has released a slightly stripped-down, 1GB version of its earlier, RK3399-based, 96Boards compatible Rock960 hacker board (see farther below).

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • Compact Bay Trail SBC has option for third GbE port

    Axiomtek’s “CAPA84E” is a 3.5-inch Bay Trail SBC with an optional third GbE port, dual M.2 slots, plus VGA, DisplayPort, USB 3.0, SATA, and -20 to 70°C support.

    Axiomtek’s motto may well be: “If first you succeed, iterate until you don’t.” The king of the spinoffs has released yet another iteration of one of the first Intel Bay Trail SBCs, the CAPA841, which in 2015 was followed by the slightly scaled down CAPA840. The new CAPA84R similarly supports Bay Trail and conforms to the 3.5-inch form factor, but with a different mix of features.

  • Letting people work where they want shows how much you value them

    Open organizations are inclusive. They aren't inclusive solely because it's the right way to be but because it produces better outcomes. Inclusivitiy enables a more diverse set of viewpoints.

  • Cities agree on minimal interoperability mechanisms

    Over a hundred European cities have agreed on ‘Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms’ defining the communication between software programmes and building blocks to allow co-creation and sharing of services. The MIMs, advocated by the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative, are “simple steps towards using new technology”, OACS chairman Martin Brynskov said on Thursday.

  • Containers On The Edge

    There are two major families for the choice of operating system and ecosystem: RTOS-based and Linux-based families. Smaller, cost-constrained devices tend to benefit from the simplicity of RTOS-based, while more full-featured and complex devices benefit from the richness of Linux (see The Shift to Linux Operating Systems for IoT for more background on the reasons for these approaches in IoT). Linux has been used in embedded devices for almost as long as it has existed (see here for an excellent timeline of early embedded Linux usage by Chris Simmons). The focus here is on Linux based products, as they have the needed functions such as access controls and memory segregation that allows for upgrading portions in a controlled fashion.

  • YouTuber Fits A Fully Functional Computer Into A Mouse

    While the YouTuber’s original plan was to squeeze a Raspberry Pi inside of a regular computer mouse but was unable to do so due to size constraints. Hence, he 3D printed a computer mouse to fit the components of the computer inside the mouse.

    Dubbed as “The Computer Mouse”, the device consists of a Raspberry Pi Zero W computer, a 1.5-inch color OLED LCD display with a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels, a 3D-printed mouse, a rechargeable 500 mAh battery, and a tiny Bluetooth retractable keyboard for text inputs and more complicated commands. It also has a power button at the edge to start the tiny computer. Further, it runs GNU/Linux-based operating systems such as Raspbian.

  • Microsoft Wallet for Windows Phone to be retired in February

    Support is set to end for all Windows 10 Mobile devices by the end of this year, and Microsoft is already beginning to retire apps in anticipation. In an update to the , Microsoft has noted that the app will be "officially retired" on February 28, 2019.

    Microsoft Wallet is the official tap-to-pay method for Windows Phones, similar to Apple Pay and Google Pay on iPhones and Android devices. The app also allows users to load up their loyalty and membership cards, allowing them all to be stored in one place.

  • mintCast 300.5 interview 5 Joe Ressington

Phoronix Test Suite Improvements

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Graphics/Benchmarks
  • Making It Even Easier To Gauge Your System's Performance

    For those trying to understand their system's performance on a macro level will enjoy a new feature being introduced with Phoronix Test Suite 8.6-Spydeberg for seeing how your CPU/system/GPU/storage/network performance compares at scale to the massive data sets amassed by OpenBenchmarking.org and the Phoronix Test Suite over the past decade.

  • Phoronix Test Suite 8.6 Milestone 2 Released For Open-Source Benchmarking

    Two weeks since the initial Phoronix Test Suite 8.6 development release, the second milestone release is now available for your open-source, cross-platform benchmarking evaluation.

GNOME and KDE: GTK, KEXI, KookBook and Krita

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KDE
GNOME
  • Theme changes, revisited

    We’ve made a 3.24.4 release, to fix up a few oversights in 3.24.3. This release does not include the new theme yet, we will push that to the next release.

    We’ve also made another NewAdwaita tarball, which includes refinements based on some of the suggestions we received since last week.

  • KEXI 3.2 Beta

    Yesterday KEXI 3.2 Beta shipped, effect of improvements from entire 2018. Full info in the wiki.

    That's best KEXI to date! Pun intended because among other things one is especially worth mentioning, entirely new and final date/time grammar for user's SQL.

  • KookBook 0.2.1 – now actually kind of useful

    There was a snag in the KookBook 0.2.0 release, and 0.2.1 is available.

  • Krita Interview with Edgar Tadeo

    Comparing to Photoshop, I think Krita can make good digital painting that looks like it was made with a real brush. However,  PS is not a paint program, Krita’s advantage is its brushes.

OSS Leftovers

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OSS
  • Google cloud and GO-JEK’s announce Feast, a new and open source feature store for machine learning
  • The best free photo editor 2019

    GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) is the best free photo editor around. It's packed with the kind of image-enhancing tools you'd find in premium software, and more are being added every day. 

    GIMP’s interface will be instantly familiar if you have ever used Photoshop or other premium photo editing software – especially if you select the single-window mode, which lays out all its toolbars and canvases in an Adobe-style layout.

    The photo editing toolkit is breathtaking, and features layers, masks, curves, and levels. You can eliminate flaws easily with the excellent clone stamp and healing tools, create custom brushes, apply perspective changes, and apply changes to isolated areas with smart selection tools.

    GIMP is an open source free photo editor, and its community of users and developers have created a huge collection of plugins to extend its utility even further. Many of these come pre-installed, and you can download more from the official glossary. If that's not enough, you can even install Photoshop plugins.

  • Call for Answers: Survey About Task Assignment

    rofessor Igor Steinmacher, from Northern Arizona University, is a proeminent researcher on several social dynamics in open source communities, like support of newcomers, gender bias, open sourcing proprietary software, and more. Some of his papers can de found in his website.

    Currently, Prof. Igor is inviting mentors from open source communities to answer a survey about task assignment in projects. See below the description of the survey and take some time to answer the questions – the knowledgement obtained here can be very interesting for all of us.

  • The future of open source: An increased focus on security and performance

     

    This has always been critical as open source is inherently a shared resource system; we need to avoid an open source “tragedy of the commons”, especially now, given the heavy corporate backing of key open source projects. The support and investment from key tech players is critical to the future of open source; contributions from other enterprises, SMBs and general users is equally critical to ensure that the future of open source is open to everyone, not only the well-funded tech firms.

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Mozilla: Virtual Reality (VR) Work and the Coral Project is Moving to Vox Media

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Moz/FF
  • How to make VR with the web, a new video series

    Virtual reality (VR) seems complicated, but with a few JavaScript libraries and tools, and the power of WebGL, you can make very nice VR scenes that can be viewed and shared in a headset like an Oculus Go or HTC Vive, in a desktop web browser, or on your smartphone. Let me show you how:

    In this new YouTube series, How to make a virtual reality project in your browser with ThreeJS and WebVR, I’ll take you through building an interactive birthday card in seven short tutorials, complete with code and examples to get you started. The whole series clocks in under 60 minutes. We begin by getting a basic cube on the screen, add some nice 3D models, set up lights and navigation, then finally add music.

    All you need are basic JavaScript skills and an internet connection.

  • The Coral Project is Moving to Vox Media

    Since 2015, the Mozilla Foundation has incubated The Coral Project to support journalism and improve online dialog around the world through privacy-centered, open source software. Originally founded as a two-year collaboration between Mozilla, The New York Times and the Washington Post, it became entirely a Mozilla project in 2017.

    Over the past 3.5 years, The Coral Project has developed two software tools, a series of guides and best practices, and grown a community of journalism technologists around the world advancing privacy and better online conversation.

    Coral’s first tool, Ask, has been used by journalists in several countries, including the Spotlight team at the Boston Globe, whose series on racism used Ask on seven different occasions, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting.

    The Coral Project’s main tool, the Talk platform, now powers the comments for nearly 50 newsrooms in 11 countries, including The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Intercept, and the Globe and Mail. The Coral Project has also collaborated with academics and technologists, running events and working with researchers to reduce online harassment and raise the quality of conversation on the decentralized web.

Software: HTTPie, Weblate, and Go For It

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Software
  • HTTPie – A Modern HTTP Client Similar to Curl and Wget Commands

    HTTPie (pronounced aitch-tee-tee-pie) is a cURL-like, modern, user-friendly, and cross-platform command line HTTP client written in Python. It is designed to make CLI interaction with web services easy and as user-friendly as possible.

  • Weblate 3.4

    Weblate 3.4 has been released today. The most visible new feature are guided translation component setup or performance improvements, but there are several other improvements as well.

  • Get started with Go For It, a flexible to-do list application

    There seems to be a mad rush at the beginning of every year to find ways to be more productive. New Year's resolutions, the itch to start the year off right, and of course, an "out with the old, in with the new" attitude all contribute to this. And the usual round of recommendations is heavily biased towards closed source and proprietary software. It doesn't have to be that way.

    Here's the tenth of my picks for 19 new (or new-to-you) open source tools to help you be more productive in 2019.

Linux Picking Up Support For The Fireface UCX High-End Professional Audio Solution

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Linux
Hardware

Should you be assembling a recording studio or have another purpose for some high-end audio kit, the RME Fireface UCX is the latest sound device seeing support in the upstream Linux kernel.

The Fireface UCX is a USB 3.0 / Firewire audio interface with onboard DSP that supports 18 input/output channels, eight analog I/O ports, and a variety of other connections. This 36-channel USB/Firewire audio interface has received a lot of praise from online reviews, but this professional audio gear retails for around $1,600 USD.

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Security Updates, Reproducible Builds and More Debian Maintenance

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Security
Debian
  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #195

    As part of the Debian Long Term Support (LTS) effort it was noticed that an old package was failing to build beyond ~2015.

  • Kai-Chung Yan: My Open-Source Activities from November to December 2018

    I do not work on open-source full-time, although I sincerely would love to. Therefore the posts may cover a ridiculously long period (even a whole year).

    Debian

    Debian is a general-purpose Linux distribution that is widely used on the planet. I am a Debian Developer who works on packages related to Android SDK and the Java ecosystem.

    After a month of hardwork, I finally finished the packaging of android-platform-art. The tricky part was that this package is the first of our Android SDK packages that fails to build using GCC, which was realized only after I had patched an awful lot of code.

  • Free Software Activities in December 2018

    Hello again for another of my monthly updates on my work on Debian Science and the FreeCAD ecosystem.

    There's only a few announcement items since I was mostly enjoying my holidays, but several important things were accomplished this month. Also, since there's not much time left before the release of Debian 10, there's some consideration to be done towards what I'll be working on in the next few months.

Ubuntu: Ukuu, VAAPI, Multipass and More

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Kernel Update Utility (Ukuu) Moves To A Paid Licensing Model With The Latest Release

    Ukuu, or Ubuntu Kernel Update Utility, a fairly popular unofficial GUI tool for easily installing the latest mainline Linux kernel on Ubuntu-based distributions, has moved to a paid ($11) licensing model with its latest 19.01 release.

    Ukuu displays the list of kernels available in the Ubuntu Mainline kernel website, allowing users to easily download and install the desired version. The utility can also remove installed kernels, display the changes in the selected Linux version, display notifications when new kernels are available, and so on.

  • Ubuntu Gets Snappier Video Playback With Chromium Snap For VA-API Acceleration

    For Ubuntu users running the Chromium web browser and wanting to enjoy better video acceleration with Gallium3D or Intel hardware, there is now a Chromium Snap for testing that features VA-API video acceleration support for GPU-based decoding.

    Fedora Linux recently began offering Chromium patched with VA-API support due to Google not really trusting Linux GPU video acceleration and thus not having the support upstream. Fedora users testing out this VA-API video acceleration support with Chromium has been panning out well so now Ubuntu is taking the patch and offering a Chromium snap with this experimental functionality.

  • Ubuntu Testing Chromium Snap With VAAPI (Hardware-Accelerated Video Decoding) Support

    Ubuntu is testing a new Chromium snap package that enables VAAPI support, allowing the web browser to take advantage of hardware-accelerated video decoding.

    Canonical developer Olivier Tilloy has created a VAAPI-enabled Chromium snap using the Fedora patch (which got Chromium with VAAPI support about 2 weeks ago), and published it in a new candidate/vaapi channel. Thanks to this, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions that can enable Snap support, can easily install Chromium with Video Acceleration API enabled, which should bring smoother video playback, less CPU usage and improved power usage.

  • Multipass now also available for Windows

    Following our macOS release, this time the team is really happy to announce another platform Multipass will speed your workflow on. You can now grab the installer package for Windows from our GitHub Releases page.

  • Harness the Full Power of Ubuntu Linux on Windows with Multipass for Windows

    Canonical announced today the availability of its Multipass orchestration tool for virtual instances of Ubuntu Linux for the Microsoft Windows operating systems.
    Multipass is an open-source command-line utility that lets users orchestrate the creation, management, and maintenance of virtual machines of Ubuntu Linux for simplifying the development of applications. It is available on Linux and macOS operating systems, and, as of today, it's also available for the Windows platform.

    "Following our macOS release, this time the team is really happy to announce another platform Multipass will speed your workflow on, Windows" said Canonical's Michał Sawicz. "We’re looking forward to your feedback! The code that’s open-source is available on GitHub and that’s where you can submit bugs or feature requests as well."

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 562

Please welcome Star Labs to the LVFS

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Linux

A few weeks ago Sean from Star Labs asked me to start the process of joining the LVFS. Star Labs is a smaller Linux-friendly OEM based just outside London not far from where I grew up. We identified three types of firmware we could update, the system firmware, the EC firmware and the SSD firmware. The first should soon be possible with the recent pledge of capsule support from AMI, and we’ve got a binary for testing now. The EC firmware will need further work, although now I can get the IT8987 into (and out of) programming mode. The SSD firmware needed a fix to fwupd (to work around a controller quirk), but with the soon-to-be released fwupd it can already be updated:

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Also: UK Linux Vendor Star Labs Systems Supporting LVFS+Fwupd For Firmware Updates

LibreOffice: LibreOffice 6.2 Finished, C++ Workshops and Conditional Formatting in LibreOffice Calc

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LibO

BSD: OpenBSD Journal on Open Wi-Fi and 2TB of RAM

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BSD

Games: Golf With Your Friends, Equilinox, Broforce and Lots More

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Gaming

Linux Ping Command Explained with Examples

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HowTos

Here are some of the most common usages of ping command in Linux along with their explanation.
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Runtime security agent tailors itself to each Linux-based IoT device

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Linux

VDOO has launched an “ERA” (Embedded Runtime Agent) for securing Linux IoT devices. The agent self-optimizes for specific systems with the help of the company’s Vision analytics software.

Security startup VDOO has launched its ERA (Embedded Runtime Agent), which it claims is the first auto-generated runtime agent designed to offer security protections directly on Linux-based IoT devices. The ERA agent is claimed to offer more optimized and timely protection of IoT devices than is available from typical top-down enterprise security solutions. A runtime agent like ERA is better equipped for securing highly diversified IoT devices, says the Israel-based company.

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