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Security problems need to be made public: Linus Torvalds

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People are less willing sometimes to brush the problem under the mat, and leave it up to vendors that have disclosures, like infinity long disclosure times," he said. "I'm a huge believer in just disclosing, still somewhat responsibly, but security problems need to be made public -- and there are people who argue, and have argued for decades, that you never want to talk about security problems because that only helps the black hats -- and the fact is that I think you absolutely need to report them, and you need to report them in a reasonable time frame.

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On Linus Torvalds and communities

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Not being a jerk doesn’t just mean tolerating noobs, though. Communities should have an established code of conduct which addresses both annoying and mean actors. When the code of contact is being repeatedly breached, the violator needs to be nudged in the right direction. When a community is welcoming and actively works to remain that way, it thrives. That’s how it can get the diversity of ideas and grow the technical competency that Linus Torvalds so desires.

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Adjusting PulseAudio to play .wav files without distortion

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Well, it turned out that the distorted/scratchy system sounds in Thunderbird described in my previous postwere due to PulseAudio. Here is what I did to fix the problem...

Linux Mint 18 Could Adopt Systemd

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The Linux Mint project is using Ubuntu as its base and there is even a branch that's using Debian, but it looks that for the moment it won't be using systemd as the default init system.

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The TrackingPoint 338TP, the Linux Rifle that's accurate up to a mile

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First, the 338TP uses the .338 Lapua Magnum long-range rifle for its base. This rifle started as a design for a US Marine sniper rifle. Then, to acquire the target, the rifle uses a laser to enable you to "tag" your target. More than just a laser-targeting system, its sensors also track wind speed, direction, temperature, and barometric pressure. As serious shooters know, all of these factors must be taken into account for an accurate shot at great ranges.

This data is then passed on to the built-in Linux computer. Once you've tagged the target, the rifle will automatically track it. You then bring your reticule, the optical target-aiming point, to match the rifle's computed impact point. Once you've matched it up and you decide to take the shot, you pull the trigger and the TriggerLink computer works out all the details needed to hit the target. Thus, and this is surprising until you get used to it, there may be up to a second of delay between the time you pull the trigger and when the shot goes off.

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Manjaro XFCE 0.9.0-pre1 edition released

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Some of you might already noticed that some of our developers started in September last year to work on our next release series we call Bellatrix (0.9.0). With this series we switch over to a more modern graphical installer framework called Calamares.

The new, Qt5/python3 based installer is a joint effort of several distributions. In May 2014, developers of Netrunnner, KaOS and Manjaro got together to discuss the possibility to work jointly on a brand new, Qt5 based installer. The idea was born to create Calamares. By June the coding started and by September a first, raw usable version was put into testing for XFCE based ISOs. Currently, Calamares is being developed with contributions from BBQLinux, Fedora, KaOS, Kubuntu, Manjaro, Maui and Netrunner.

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Linux 3.19-rc5

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Another week, another -rc.

Fairly normal release, although I'd wish that by rc5 we'd have calmed
down even further. But no, with some of the driver tree merges in
particular, this is actually larger than rc4 was.

That said, it's not like there is anything particularly scary in here.

The arm64 vm bug that I mentioned as pending in the rc4 notes got
fixed within a day of that previous rc release, and the rest looks
pretty standard. Mostly drivers (networking, usb, scsi target, block
layer, mmc, tty etc), but also arch updates (arm, x86, s390 and some
tiny powerpc fixes), some filesystem updates (fuse and nfs), tracing
fixes, and some perf tooling fixes.

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Handheld Linux Terminal Gets an A+

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Are you all thumbs when it comes to Linux? If you follow [Chris]’s guide to building a handheld Linux terminal, that particular condition could work to your advantage. His pocket-sized machine is perfect for practicing command line-fu and honing your scripting skills on the go.

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Asynchronous Device/Driver Probing For The Linux Kernel

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While Google's Chrome OS supports asynchronous device/driver probing, the mainline Linux kernel does not. However, patches are working toward this feat in order to speed up the kernel's boot process for hardware/drivers that are slow at probing.

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Dear Computer Makers: I Want an Ubuntu Notebook!

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I want to buy an inexpensive, low to medium-end notebook that comes preinstalled with Ubuntu. I want it to have hardware that is supported by the latest Linux kernel so I can put any GNU/Linux distribution on it that I want. I want it to look nice, you know, like all those fancy HP Stream notebooks and Chromebooks that you're selling. I want it to cost $300 to $450.

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New Arduino boards include first FPGA model

Arduino launched a “MKR Vidor 4000” board with a SAMA21 MCU and Cyclone 10 FPGA, as well as an “Uno WiFi Rev 2” with an ATmega4809 MCU. Both boards have a crypto chip and ESP32-based WiFi module. In conjunction with this weekend’s Maker Faire Bay Area, Arduino launched two Arduino boards that are due to ship at the end of June. The MKR Vidor 4000 is the first Arduino board equipped with an field programmable . The Intel Cyclone 10 FPGA. will be supported with programming libraries and a new visual editor. The Arduino Uno WiFi Rev 2, meanwhile, revises the Arduino Uno WiFi with a new Microchip ATmega4809 MCU. It also advances to an ESP32-based u-blox NINA-W102 WiFi module, which is also found on the Vidor 4000. Read more

DragonFlyBSD 5.3 Works Towards Performance Improvements

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today's leftover

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    With development on Phoronix Test Suite 8.0 wrapping up for release in the coming weeks, here is a recap of some of the prominent changes for this huge update to our open-source, cross-platform benchmarking software.
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  • Security updates for Monday