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Oracle: New VirtualBox 5.2 Beta, SPARC M8 Processors Launched

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  • VirtualBox 5.2 to Let Users Enable or Disable Audio Input and Output On-the-Fly

    Oracle announced new updates for its popular, cross-platform and open-source virtualization software, the third Beta of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.2 major release and VirtualBox 5.1.28 stable maintenance update.

    We'll start with the stable update, VirtualBox 5.1.28, as it's more important for our readers using Oracle VM VirtualBox for all of their virtualization needs. The VirtualBox 5.1 maintenance release 28 is here to improve audio support by fixing various issues with both the ALSA and OSS backends, as well as an accidental crash with AC'97.

  • SPARC M8 Processors Launched

    While Oracle recently let go of some of their SPARC team, today marks the launch of the SPARC M8.

    The initial SPARC M8 line-up includes the T8-1, T8-2, T8-4. M8-8, and SuperCluster M8-8 servers.

Software: Alternatives to Emacs and Vim, Alduin RSS Reader, SelekTOR

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  • 3 text editor alternatives to Emacs and Vim

    Before you start reaching for those implements of mayhem, Emacs and Vim fans, understand that this article isn't about putting the boot to your favorite editor. I'm a professed Emacs guy, but one who also likes Vim. A lot.

    That said, I realize that Emacs and Vim aren't for everyone. It might be that the silliness of the so-called Editor war has turned some people off. Or maybe they just want an editor that is less demanding and has a more modern sheen.

  • Open-Source Alduin RSS Reader for Linux

    RSS readers are useful if you want to get latest updates from website(s). Alduin is a free and open-source RSS feed reader available for Linux and Windows, built using modern technologies like: Electron, React, TypeScript and Less, it has easy to use user-interface and suitable for all types of users. It has native system notification support, and additionally it supports podcast feeds too.
    Using the Alduin RSS interface is fairly simple, just click on the plus shaped button, and it will pull new articles from that given feed url, you can delete already added feed sources, lock the side menu in place.

  • SelekTOR: A Frontend GUI For Tor Browser (Bypass Country Restriction)

    Tor is a free software designed to make communication anonymous. Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer overlay network consisting of more than seven thousand relays to conceal a user's location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. Tor makes it more difficult for Internet activity to be traced back (Warning: still possible). Tor's use is intended to protect the personal privacy of users, as well as their freedom and ability to conduct confidential communication by keeping their Internet activities from being monitored.

    SelecTOR is a frontend GUI for the Tor application. It is free for Linux and open-source based on Java released under license GNU GPL-2, it acts as a Tor launcher and exit node chooser for browsers that support system proxying using PAC files. It can be used for security and anonymization purposes or to bypass some firewall. Simplifies the process of selecting Tor exit nodes and manages selective URL pattern based on routing via system proxying.

Software: OpenStack Charms 17.08, PiCluster 2.2 and More

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  • OpenStack Charms 17.08 release!

    The OpenStack Charms team is pleased to announce that the 17.08 release of the OpenStack Charms is now available from jujucharms.com!

    In addition to 204 bug fixes across the charms and support for OpenStack Pike, this release includes a new charm for Gnocchi, support for Neutron internal DNS, Percona Cluster performance tuning and much more.

  • Go Serverless with new PiCluster 2.2

    I am pleased to introduce the new release of PiCluster! In PiCluster 2.2, there is now support to deploy functions! With this new feature, applications can spin up containers themselves and retrieve data from the PiCluster server. Let’s explore how this works.

    When a function is finished running, the container is automatically deleted and the output is stored on the server. When the application requests the data from the server, the data is removed as well.

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  • Plasma publictransport rewrite – Part II

    Last time we heard the publictransport applet was being re-written was almost a year back now. Since then, it has indeed gone through some sorts of rewrite, but at the Randa meetings, 2017, this has taken a whole new course.

  • Spam filtering with Rspamd

    Running one's own mail system on the Internet has become an increasingly difficult thing to do, to the point that many people don't bother, even if they have the necessary skills. Among the challenges is spam; without effective spam filtering, an email account will quickly drown under a deluge of vile offers, phishing attempts, malware, and alternative facts. Many of us turn to SpamAssassin for this task, but it's not the only alternative; Rspamd is increasingly worth considering in this role. Your editor gave Rspamd a spin to get a sense for whether switching would be a good thing to do.

    SpamAssassin is a highly effective tool; its developers could be forgiven for thinking that they have solved the spam problem and can move on. Which is good, because they would appear to have concluded exactly that. The "latest news" on the project's page reveals that the last release was 3.4.1, which came out in April 2015. Stability in a core communications tool is good but, still, it is worth asking whether there is really nothing more to be done in the area of spam filtering.

  • Finding driver bugs with DR. CHECKER

    Drivers are a consistent source of kernel bugs, at least partly due to less review, but also because drivers are typically harder for tools to analyze. A team from the University of California, Santa Barbara has set out to change that with a static-analysis tool called DR. CHECKER. In a paper [PDF] presented at the recent 26th USENIX Security Symposium, the team introduced the tool and the results of running it on nine production Linux kernels. Those results were rather encouraging: "it correctly identified 158 critical zero-day bugs with an overall precision of 78%".

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Software: Sublime Text, Synfig Studio, Temps, and PiCluster 2.2

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  • Sublime Text 3.0 Released With New Features — Download Here For Linux, Windows, Mac

    Sublime Text is one of best text editors around, there’s no doubt about that. Making this tool even better, its developers have just pushed the latest and much-awaited Sublime Text 3.0 release with new features.

  • Synfig Studio: A Powerful Open Source Animation Software

    There are some animation applications available but Synfig made its way trough crowd-funding and it's been successful. It is powerful, free, open-source vector-based 2D animation software package, developed from the scratch for producing feature-film quality 2D animation with fewer resources and people, it is released under the GNU General Public License.
    Synfig stores its animations in its own XML file format, often compressed with gzip. These files use the filename extension .sif (uncompressed), .sifz (compressed) or .sfg (zip container format). The files store vector graphics data, embed or reference external bitmap images, and also a revision history of the project. It can render to video formats such as AVI, Theora and MPEG, as well as animated graphics formats such as MNG and GIF. It can also render to a sequence of numbered image files, using formats such as PNG, BMP, PPM and OpenEXR.

  • Temps: A Beautiful Weather Application For Your Desktop

    Temps is a simple, free and open-source smart weather application, designed to stay on the desktop as a widget. It is cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac. It is built using Electron, Menubar, Chart.js, and OpenWeatherMap technologies.

    It does work with most of the desktops and lets you touch it visually. Basically it stays on the desktop as a widget and display current weather in any location around the world. It displays forecast for the following four days with current day.

    Since this is a non-profit project, developer is not able to offer unlimited access to weather information that means you can signup to OpenWeatherMap API and create a free key for yourself.

  • Functions-as-a-Service coming to PiCluster 2.2

    Check out the Wiki page for code samples and an overview of how it works. To try it out now before 2.2 is released, check out the dev branch on GitHub. Regarding the release status, functions are stable now but we are waiting for possible changes to the other components of PiCluster.

Software: Atom-IDE, MPV 0.27, and Sublime Text 3

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  • Introducing Atom-IDE

    GitHub, in collaboration with Facebook, are pleased to announce the launch of Atom-IDE - a set of optional packages to bring IDE-like functionality to Atom.

    The start of this journey includes smarter context-aware auto-completion as well as a host of code navigation features such as an outline view, go to definition, find all references as well as other useful functions such as hover-to-reveal information, errors and warnings (diagnostics) and document formatting.

    Our initial release includes packages for TypeScript, Flow, JavaScript, Java, C# and PHP that utilize the power of language servers to provide deep syntactical analysis of your code and projects. The language server protocol is being adopted by a number of organizations including Microsoft, Eclipse, Sourcegraph, Palantir, Red Hat, Facebook and now GitHub too!

  • Github Announce Atom IDE

    Github has announced Atom IDE, an add-on that transforms the Atom text editor into a full IDE using language servers to provide syntactical analysis of code.

  • MPV 0.27 Released with Minor Fixes, New OpenGL Options

    An updated version of MPV, the popular open-source media player, is available to download.

  • Sublime Text 3 Officially Released, Here’s How To Install It

    Sublime Text 3 has been officially released! I know; it feels like you’ve been using the beta builds for what feels like an eternity — but, at long last, a new stable release of the text editor is now available to download.

Software and howtos: QOwnNotes, MPV Player 0.27, Qt 5.10 Alpha and More

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Blender 2.79 Released

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  • Blender 2.79 Released

    These are the release notes for Blender 2.79, released September 12th, 2017.

  • Blender 2.79 Now Available With Much Faster Radeon OpenCL

    Today marks the long-awaited debut of the Blender 2.79 3D modeling software release. Especially for those using OpenCL acceleration, Blender 2.79 is quite an exciting update.

    Exciting us the most about Blender 2.79 is better OpenCL support and much greater performance. The performance improvements in Blender 2.79 aren't limited to OpenCL (or CUDA) but include greater performance on the CPU too thanks to continued AVX optimizations as well as continued multi-threading work. On the CPU side there can be 10~20% speed-ups while for some situations on OpenCL are now as much as 50% faster.

Software and howtos: Torrench, Gradio, Watermarking Images and More

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Software: KGraphViewer 2.4.0, Harmony, Inkscape, GCC

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  • KGraphViewer 2.4.0

    KGraphViewer 2.4.0 has been released.

    KGraphViewer is a visualiser for Graphviz’s DOT format of graphs.
    https://www.kde.org/applications/graphics/kgraphviewer

    This ports KGraphViewer to use KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5.

  • KGraphViewer Brought To KDE Frameworks 5, Qt 5

    For those relying upon KGraphViewer as a Graphviz dot graph viewer, it's the latest package ported to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5.

  • Harmony: A Player That Can Play Audio Locally And From Cloud Services

    Harmony is audio player inspired from iTunes, it is built with Electron and vanilla JS, available for Linux, Windows and Mac. It plays audio files locally and from cloud services as well. It is based on plugins, and plugins are available for Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, Hype Machine, Deezer, and local files.
    It is skinable means you can write and install themes but it has two themes available other than default. Harmony can be controlled using keyboard shortcuts and media keys. Press ? to see the list of available shortcuts. It is responsive design player that means you can resize it however you want, make it compact or half screen or full screen, it will follow you. It uses the tray or the sound menu integration to control the playback even when the app isn't focused.

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  • Draw Freely Vector Graphics Using Professional Inkscape

    Inkscape is a free and open-source professional vector graphics application, it is cross-platform available for GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac. You can use Inkscape if you are either professional or hobbyist designer, using this software you can create wide variety of graphics such as illustrations, icons, logos, diagrams, maps and web graphics. Inkscape uses the W3C open standard SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) as its native format.

  • GCC 8 Might Pursue Better, More Modern Default Options

    Motivated by the 2017 GNU Tools Cauldron, an ARM developer is looking for feedback on improving the options enabled by default for the GCC 8 compiler.

    Wilco Dijkstra of ARM is looking to possibly loosen GCC's conservative defaults a bit by allowing some more modern options by default and possibly adding more optimizations to -O2 too.

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Oracle: New VirtualBox 5.2 Beta, SPARC M8 Processors Launched

  • VirtualBox 5.2 to Let Users Enable or Disable Audio Input and Output On-the-Fly
    Oracle announced new updates for its popular, cross-platform and open-source virtualization software, the third Beta of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.2 major release and VirtualBox 5.1.28 stable maintenance update. We'll start with the stable update, VirtualBox 5.1.28, as it's more important for our readers using Oracle VM VirtualBox for all of their virtualization needs. The VirtualBox 5.1 maintenance release 28 is here to improve audio support by fixing various issues with both the ALSA and OSS backends, as well as an accidental crash with AC'97.
  • SPARC M8 Processors Launched
    While Oracle recently let go of some of their SPARC team, today marks the launch of the SPARC M8. The initial SPARC M8 line-up includes the T8-1, T8-2, T8-4. M8-8, and SuperCluster M8-8 servers.

Wikileaks Releases Spy Files Russia, CCleaner Infected, Equifax Has a Dirty Little Secret

  • Spy Files Russia
    This publication continues WikiLeaks' Spy Files series with releases about surveillance contractors in Russia. While the surveillance of communication traffic is a global phenomena, the legal and technological framework of its operation is different for each country. Russia's laws - especially the new Yarovaya Law - make literally no distinction between Lawful Interception and mass surveillance by state intelligence authorities (SIAs) without court orders. Russian communication providers are required by Russian law to install the so-called SORM ( Система Оперативно-Розыскных Мероприятий) components for surveillance provided by the FSB at their own expense. The SORM infrastructure is developed and deployed in Russia with close cooperation between the FSB, the Interior Ministry of Russia and Russian surveillance contractors.
  • Malware-Infected CCleaner Installer Distributed to Users Via Official Servers for a Month
    Hackers have managed to embed malware into the installer of CCleaner, a popular Windows system optimization tool with over 2 billion downloads to date. The rogue package was distributed through official channels for almost a month. CCleaner is a utilities program that is used to delete temporary internet files such as cookies, empty the Recycling Bin, correct problems with the Windows Registry, among other tasks. First released in 2003, it has become hugely popular; up to 20 million people download it per month. Users who downloaded and installed CCleaner or CCleaner Cloud between Aug. 15 and Sept. 12 should scan their computers for malware and update their apps. The 32-bit versions of CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 were affected.
  • Equifax Suffered a Hack [sic] Almost Five Months Earlier Than the Date It Disclosed
  • This is why you shouldn’t use texts for two-factor authentication

    For a long time, security experts have warned that text messages are vulnerable to hijacking — and this morning, they showed what it looks like in practice.

Amazon Changes Rental ('Cloud') Model on GNU/Linux

Devices/Hardware: Embedded/Boards, CODESYS, and EPYC Linux Performance

  • Linux friendly IoT gateway runs on 3.5-inch Bay Trail SBC
    While the MB-80580 SBC lists SATA II, the gateway indicates SATA III. Also, the gateway datasheet notes that the RS232 ports can all be redirected to RS232/422/485. Software includes Windows IoT Core and Server, as well as Yocto, Ubuntu Snappy Core, and CentOS Linux distributions.
  • Rugged panel PC scales up to a 19-inch touchscreen
    The fanless, IP65-rated WinSystems “PPC65B-1x” panel PC runs Linux or Win 10 on a quad-core Atom E3845, and offers 10.4 to 19-inch resistive touchscreens.
  • CODESYS announces CODESYS-compatible SoftPLC for open Linux device platforms
  • EPYC Linux performance from AMD
    Phoronix have been hard at work testing out AMD's new server chip, specifically the 2.2/2.7/3.2GHz EPYC 7601 with 32 physical cores.  The frequency numbers now have a third member which is the top frequency all 32 cores can hit simultaneously, for this processor that would be 2.7GHz.  Benchmarking server processors is somewhat different from testing consumer CPUs, gaming performance is not as important as dealing with specific productivity applications.   Phoronix started their testing of EPYC, in both NUMA and non-NUMA configurations, comparing against several Xeon models and the performance delta is quite impressive, sometimes leaving even a system with dual Xeon Gold 6138's in the dust.  They also followed up with a look at how EPYC compares to Opteron, AMD's last server offerings.  The evolution is something to behold.
  • Opteron vs. EPYC Benchmarks & Performance-Per-Watt: How AMD Server Performance Evolved Over 10 Years
    By now you have likely seen our initial AMD EPYC 7601 Linux benchmarks. If you haven't, check them out, EPYC does really deliver on being competitive with current Intel hardware in the highly threaded space. If you have been curious to see some power numbers on EPYC, here they are from the Tyan Transport SX TN70A-B8026 2U server. Making things more interesting are some comparison benchmarks showing how the AMD EPYC performance compares to AMD Opteron processors from about ten years ago.