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Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2016 - 10:41am
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Story Phoronix on Graphics Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2016 - 10:38am
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2016 - 10:34am
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Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2016 - 9:38am
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Story Red Hat News Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2016 - 9:37am
Story Linux and FOSS Events Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2016 - 9:20am
Story How to campaign for the cause of software freedom Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2016 - 9:18am

today's leftovers

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Misc
  • Podcast Season 4 Episode 8

    In this episode: Bitcoin scandal. RMS wins an award. Savers and rich people can buy the DragonBox Prya (thanks Canseco!) and Devuan reaches beta. Plus loads of Finds, Neurons and a long-stewing Voice of the Masses.

  • Interop: SDN Growing to $12.5B, SD-WAN to $6B

    "Open source is not just at the bottom of the networking stack, it now goes from layer 2 all the way up to network and security services," Casemore said. "It's significant fact in the market landscape and vendors have to give it due consideration."

  • RcppArmadillo 0.6.700.6.0

    A second Armadillo release 6.700.6 came out in the 6.700 series, and we uploaded RcppArmadillo 0.6.700.6.0 to CRAN and Debian. This followed the usual thorough reverse-dependecy checking of by now 220 packages using.

  • Vivaldi Browser's New Snapshot Adds Editable Mouse Gestures, Tab Improvements

    We've been informed by Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard about the availability of a new snapshot build of the proprietary Vivaldi web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

    Vivaldi Snapshot 1.2.470.11 is now live for those who want to get an early taste of what's coming in the next stable update of the cross-platform web browser, which it looks like it gets a lot of attention lately, especially from those who want to migrate from Chromium-based browsers like Google Chrome or Opera. And today's snapshot introduces editable mouse gestures.

  • GNOME's Nautilus File Manager: "Its Best Moment Since It Was Created"

    At various points in GNOME's history the Nautilus file manager has been less than maintained, but these days the situation is much brighter.

    GNOME developer Carlos Soriano has come out to write about how great the Nautilus situation is these days. Soriano wrote in a new blog post, "as far as I can see the development status of Nautilus it’s in its best moment since it was created, and part of that is thanks of the status of gtk+ development and the values and vision of GNOME as a project."

  • Neptune Linux 4.5.1 ISO Out Now with USB 3 Boot Support, KDE Plasma 5.6.2

    Neptune developer Leszek Lesner announced the release and general availability of a new Live ISO image for his Neptune Linux rolling operating system, version 4.5.1.

    The new Neptune Linux 4.5.1 ISO is now ready for download and includes all the updated packages and security patches released in the distribution's main software repositories since Neptune 4.5.

  • My free software activities, April 2016
  • m23 rock 16.2 brings support for Ubuntu 16.04 clients

    From this version on, m23 offers support for m23 clients using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus. A set of desktop environments is, of course, included for the new Ubuntu. Friends of the Univention Corporate Servers will be happy to hear that the m23 app is now available in the Univention App Center. As always, several small improvements have also been made to various parts of the software.

  • Unity 8 and Snaps Are the Future of the Ubuntu Desktop, After Ubuntu 16.10

    Today, May 5, 2016, is the last day of the Ubuntu Online Summit 2016, and we've just attended a very exciting session where the Ubuntu developers have discussed the future of the Ubuntu Desktop after Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak).

    You can watch the entire session below if you don't want to read the next paragraphs, but as usual, we'll try to detail and explain a few things for you so that you know now what to expect from future versions of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, on the desktop, of course.

  • Router hackers reach for the fork: LEDE splits from OpenWRT

    A split seems to have emerged in the Linux-router-OS community, with a breakaway group splitting from OpenWRT.

    OpenWRT is the chief open router firmware implementation, but it has run into headwinds of late. For example, downtime for the group earlier this year was traced back to the small organisation running a single, small, server without redundancy.

  • Samsung’s 360 degree camera will cost just about $350, oh and it runs Tizen !

    Samsung is one of those big guns from the consumer electronics market who has been betting huge on Virtual Reality. After partnering with Oculus for the Gear VR headset which has set its own benchmark for the best untethered VR solution one can buy, now that the headset has been in good shape, Samsung is working out ways to deliver content on it. Samsung have joined hands with multiple partners to provide VR experiences on its Milk VR platform and had also unveiled its own 360 degree camera at Unpacked 2016 event back in february- Gear 360 to let almost anyone to produce 360 degree content that can be viewed on the Gear VR.

Windows Desktop 'Fun'

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Microsoft

Phoronix on Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Security updates for Thursday
  • OpenSSL patches two high-severity flaws

    OpenSSL has released versions 1.0.2h and 1.0.1t of its open source cryptographic library, fixing multiple security vulnerabilities that can lead to traffic being decrypted, denial-of-service attacks, and arbitrary code execution. One of the high-severity vulnerabilities is actually a hybrid of two low-risk bugs and can cause OpenSSL to crash.

  • Linux Foundation Advances Security Efforts via Badging Program

    The Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative's badging program matures, as the first projects to achieve security badges are announced.

  • Linux Foundation tackles open source security with new badge program
  • WordPress Plugin ‘Ninja Forms’ Security Vulnerability

    FOSS Force has just learned from Wordfence, a security company that focuses on the open source WordPress content management platform, that a popular plugin used by over 500,000 sites, Ninja Forms, contains serious security vulnerabilities.

  • Preparing Your Network for the IoT Revolution

    While there is no denying that IP-based connectivity continues to become more and more pervasive, this is not a fundamentally new thing. What is new is the target audience is changing and connectivity is becoming much more personal. It’s no longer limited to high end technology consumers (watches and drones) but rather, it is showing up in nearly everything from children’s toys to kitchen appliances (yes again) and media devices. The purchasers of these new technology-enabled products are far from security experts, or even security aware. Their primary purchasing requirements are ease of use.

  • regarding embargoes

    Yesterday I jumped the gun committing some patches to LibreSSL. We receive advance copies of the advisory and patches so that when the new OpenSSL ships, we’re ready to ship as well. Between the time we receive advance notice and the public release, we’re supposed to keep this information confidential. This is the embargo. During the embargo time we get patches lined up and a source tree for each cvs branch in a precommit state. Then we wait with our fingers on the trigger.

    What happened yesterday was I woke up to a couple OpenBSD developers talking about the EBCDIC CVE. Oh, it’s public already? Check the OpenSSL git repo and sure enough, there are a bunch of commits for embargoed issues. Pull the trigger! Pull the trigger! Launch the missiles! Alas, we didn’t look closely enough at the exact issues fixed and had missed the fact that only low severity issues had been made public. The high severity issues were still secret. We were too hasty.

  • Medical Equipment Crashes During Heart Procedure Because of Antivirus Scan [Ed: Windows]

    A critical medical equipment crashed during a heart procedure due to a timely scan triggered by the antivirus software installed on the PC to which the said device was sending data for logging and monitoring.

  • Hotel sector faces cybercrime surge as data breaches start to bite

    Since 2014, things have become a lot more serious with a cross section of mostly US hotels suffering major breaches during Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals. Panda Security lists a string of attacks on big brands including on Trump Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, Starwood, Rosen Hotels & Resorts as well two separate attacks on hotel management outfit White Lodging and another on non-US hotel Mandarin Oriental.

Red Hat News

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Red Hat

Linux and FOSS Events

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Linux
OSS
  • Tracing Microconference Accepted into 2016 Linux Plumbers Conference

    After taking a break in 2015, Tracing is back at Plumbers this year! Tracing is heavily used throughout the Linux ecosystem, and provides an essential method for extracting information about the underlying code that is running on the system. Although tracing is simple in concept, effective usage and implementation can be quite involved.

  • Ubuntu Online Summit

    There's a fundamental difference between conferences for community-driven projects and closed-source commercial software. While Microsoft, Apple and other large companies hold regular meetings to keep developers updated, the information almost always flows in one direction. They (the software owners) tell us (the software users) what they are working on and what they are about to release. These releases almost always come out of the blue often leave the developer community scrabbling to catch up.

  • Libocon 2016: accommodation

    We’re progressing with the organization of LibreOffice Conference 2016 in Brno. Italo Vignoli of The Document Foundation visited Brno last month, we showed him the venue and also places where we could hold a party, have a hacknight etc.

How to campaign for the cause of software freedom

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OSS

Free Software communities produce tons of great software. This software drives innovation and enables everybody to access and use computers, whether or not they can afford new hardware or commercial software. So that’s that, the benefit to society is obvious. Everybody should just get behind it and support it. Right? Well, it is not that easy. Especially when it comes to principles of individual freedom or trade-offs between self-determination and convenience, it is difficult to communicate the message in a way that it reaches and activates a wider audience. How can we explain the difference between Free Software and services available at no cost (except them spying at you) best? Campaigning for software freedom is not easy. However, it is part of the Free Software Foundation Europe’s mission. The FSFE teamed up with Peng! Collective to learn how to run influential campaigns to promote the cause of Free Software. The Peng Collective is a Berlin based group of activists who are known for their successful and quite subversive campaigns for political causes. And Endocode? Endocode is a sponsor of the Free Software Foundation Europe. We are a sponsor because free software is essential to us, both as a company and as members of society. And so here we are.

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Samsung debuts an Artik IoT cloud platform and IDE

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Linux
Red Hat

At the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco last week, Samsung was all about the Internet of Things, and its Artik IoT modules got lots of love.

Surprisingly, much of Samsung’s focus at its developer conference did not revolve around Tizen or SmartThings. Instead, the main focus was on its newly shipping Artik embedded modules, which ship with Fedora.

There was some Tizen related news, however, including a new ”Smart View” SDK for improving mobile connectivity with Tizen-based Smart TVs, as well as a promise to bring Knox security support to Tizen. There were also more details on the upcoming, 64-bit capable Tizen 3.0.

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GNOME 3.20.2 stable tarballs due (responsible: fredp)

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GNOME

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-05-09 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.20.2
stable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them. Please make sure that your tarballs will
be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.20.2. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!

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GCC 4.8 To GCC 6.1 Benchmarks For A Complex Program

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GNU
Graphics/Benchmarks

Here are some more compiler performance metrics to share of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) for a complex program.

The latest GCC benchmarks I have to share are of Open Porous Media, the initiative providing software for modeling and simulations around porous media processes. Long story short, software for areas like enhanced oil recovery along with other scientific and industrial fields. With the particular OPM benchmark component being used today, a reservoir simulator for three-phase black-oil problems.

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Also: GNU LibreJS 6.0.13 released

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

SparkyLinux 4.3 GameOver, Multimedia, and Rescue Editions Arrive with Goodies

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GNU
Linux

SparkyLinux 4.3 "Tyche" was officially launched last week with the KDE, MATE, Xfce, LXDE, and LXQt flavors, and now the team behind this lightweight Debian-based desktop-oriented operating system announced the release of three more editions.

SparkyLinux 4.3 GameOver, Multimedia, and Rescue editions are now available for download, as officially announced by the project's maintainer a few minutes ago, May 6, 2016, incorporating all the core components that have been made available in the previous flavors.

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Linux Kernel 3.14.68 LTS Is a Small Update with ARM & x86 Fixes, Updated Drivers

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Linux

After introducing yesterday the release of Linux kernel 4.5.3 and Linux kernel 4.4.9 LTS, renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman also published details about Linux kernel 3.14.68 LTS.

According to the appended shortlog, Linux kernel 3.14.68 LTS appears to be a quite small maintenance release, which changes a total of 45 files, with 345 insertions and 143 deletions. Linux kernel 3.14.68 LTS comes two weeks after the release of Linux kernel 3.14.67 LTS, which contained even fewer bug fixes and improvements. Check out the diff if you want to see the exact changes that have been made.

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 Takes Shape, Promises Unity 8 Improvements and Miracast

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Ubuntu

It has been a while since we discussed here something about the development of the next major Ubuntu Touch OTA update, the OTA-11, and at the request of many of you, we'll post the following information to keep you guys up to date.

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PC-BSD's Lumina Desktop 0.9.0 Environment Launches with Compositing Effects

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BSD

PC-BSD's Ken Moore today, May 5, 2016, announced the release of the Lumina Desktop 0.9.0 environment for his FreeBSD-based, desktop-oriented PC-BSD operating system.

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Canonical Announces the Availability of Ubuntu Core for Samsung ARTIK 5 and 10

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Ubuntu

Thibaut Rouffineau, an IoT & Ubuntu Core evangelist, has announced today the availability of Canonical's Ubuntu Core operating system for Samsung ARTIK 5 and 10 IoT (Internet of Things) platforms.

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Red Hat Software Collections 2.2 and Developer Toolset 4.1 Betas Now Available

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Red Hat

Today, May 5, 2016, Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, has announced in a press release the availability of Red Hat Software Collection 2.2 Beta and Red Hat Developer Toolset 4.1 Beta.

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  • Security updates for Thursday
  • OpenSSL patches two high-severity flaws
    OpenSSL has released versions 1.0.2h and 1.0.1t of its open source cryptographic library, fixing multiple security vulnerabilities that can lead to traffic being decrypted, denial-of-service attacks, and arbitrary code execution. One of the high-severity vulnerabilities is actually a hybrid of two low-risk bugs and can cause OpenSSL to crash.
  • Linux Foundation Advances Security Efforts via Badging Program
    The Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative's badging program matures, as the first projects to achieve security badges are announced.
  • Linux Foundation tackles open source security with new badge program
  • WordPress Plugin ‘Ninja Forms’ Security Vulnerability
    FOSS Force has just learned from Wordfence, a security company that focuses on the open source WordPress content management platform, that a popular plugin used by over 500,000 sites, Ninja Forms, contains serious security vulnerabilities.
  • Preparing Your Network for the IoT Revolution
    While there is no denying that IP-based connectivity continues to become more and more pervasive, this is not a fundamentally new thing. What is new is the target audience is changing and connectivity is becoming much more personal. It’s no longer limited to high end technology consumers (watches and drones) but rather, it is showing up in nearly everything from children’s toys to kitchen appliances (yes again) and media devices. The purchasers of these new technology-enabled products are far from security experts, or even security aware. Their primary purchasing requirements are ease of use.
  • regarding embargoes
    Yesterday I jumped the gun committing some patches to LibreSSL. We receive advance copies of the advisory and patches so that when the new OpenSSL ships, we’re ready to ship as well. Between the time we receive advance notice and the public release, we’re supposed to keep this information confidential. This is the embargo. During the embargo time we get patches lined up and a source tree for each cvs branch in a precommit state. Then we wait with our fingers on the trigger. What happened yesterday was I woke up to a couple OpenBSD developers talking about the EBCDIC CVE. Oh, it’s public already? Check the OpenSSL git repo and sure enough, there are a bunch of commits for embargoed issues. Pull the trigger! Pull the trigger! Launch the missiles! Alas, we didn’t look closely enough at the exact issues fixed and had missed the fact that only low severity issues had been made public. The high severity issues were still secret. We were too hasty.
  • Medical Equipment Crashes During Heart Procedure Because of Antivirus Scan [Ed: Windows]
    A critical medical equipment crashed during a heart procedure due to a timely scan triggered by the antivirus software installed on the PC to which the said device was sending data for logging and monitoring.
  • Hotel sector faces cybercrime surge as data breaches start to bite
    Since 2014, things have become a lot more serious with a cross section of mostly US hotels suffering major breaches during Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals. Panda Security lists a string of attacks on big brands including on Trump Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, Starwood, Rosen Hotels & Resorts as well two separate attacks on hotel management outfit White Lodging and another on non-US hotel Mandarin Oriental.

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