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Linux Support Is Priority Over Streaming For Steam Machines

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Steam Machines is being positioned to be important, not only for the Linux Foundation, but for PC hardware manufacturers.

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Announcing Apache CloudStack 4.2.1

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The Apache CloudStack project is pleased to announce the 4.2.1 release of the CloudStack cloud orchestration platform. This is a minor release of the 4.2.0 branch which released on Oct 1, 2013. The 4.2.1 release contains more than 150 bug fixes. As a bug fix release, no new features are included in 4.2.1.

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Kali Linux 1.0.6 Released with LUKS Self-Destruction Feature

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Kali Linux 1.0.6 is the first release to introduce an amazing feature called "emergency self-destruction of LUKS," which allows users to quickly nuke the entire installation in case of an emergency.

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Full-featured Android smartwatches debut at CES

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None of the high profile smartwatch launches expected in 2014 appeared at CES this year, but as we await rumored wristwear from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others, there were plenty of interesting smartwatches on display. Most follow the path of the Pebble watch, typically with minimalist operating systems running on microcontrollers, monochrome displays, and a focus on Bluetooth tethering. Here, we instead examine two relative newcomers that offer substantial smartphone-like Android capabilities: the Neptune Pine and the Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0.

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GNOME Ended 2013 With 46k Open Bug Reports

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Earlier this week Andre Klapper shared the annual GNOME Bugzilla statistics for 2013. The GNOME project ended out 2013 with 46,130 open bug reports, compared to 43k bug reports at the end of 2012 or 44k bug reports at the end of 2011. Of the 46k bug reports open at the end of 2013, 25k of them were opened in 2013 while 22k were closed in 2013.

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Korora 20 (Peach) released with a side of website refreshments

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This release brings with it a significant amount of work by the team and community to bring not two but ''five desktops'' that have been shaped for a genuine Korora experience. The additions of Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce represent the growth of our community and their contributions. Thank you to all who have contributed to make this possible.

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Leftovers: Games

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Traffic Jam on the Road to Linux in Cars

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A little before Christmas, I wrote about some of the important markets where Linux was starting to make its mark, notably gaming and the Internet of things. One sector where Linux has been active for a while is that of cars. As these become more and more infused with digital elements - be it in-car entertainment or control systems - so the need for an operating system that ties it all together becomes more urgent. As for elsewhere, Linux is the perfect choice: low-cost, flexible, secure, robust etc.

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Which version of Linux do you use?

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A lot of you may use many different versions of Linux on a regular basis. Or, maybe you don't see your choice here. Vote for the one you use the most or the one from this list that is your favorite.

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ZOL relaunches local mirror for largest Linux distros: Debian, Ubuntu & CentOS

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As we step into a new year, I can’t help but look back on the current year and wonder that there has been a lot of talk in the broadband/internet side of things locally but not a great amount actually done about it.

Now I know that sounds very negative, ISP’s have innovated quite a bit this past year, from uMax starting things by changing the game somewhat with fixed (non 3g) internet with their 20gigs for $75 plan and free modem, then ZOL blew that out of the park by saying that all their packages would no longer have a bandwidth caps forcing other providers like YoAfrica to follow suit. I’m still waiting for TelOne to also do similar across there packages as the last “big” ISP in Zimbabwe that’s yet to update/improve their packages (unlikely I know).

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AMDGPU Vega Patches and AMD Open-Sources Code

  • More AMDGPU Vega Patches Published
    Less than one week after AMDGPU DRM Vega support was published along with the other Vega enablement patches for the Linux driver stack, more Direct Rendering Manager patches are being shot out today.
  • AMD have announced 'Anvil', an MIT-licensed wrapper library for Vulkan
    AMD are continuing their open source push with 'Anvil' a new MIT-licenses wrapper library for Vulkan. It's aim is to reduce the time developers spend to get a working Vulkan application.
  • AMD Open-Sources Vulkan "Anvil"
    While waiting for AMD to open-source their Vulkan Linux driver, we have a new AMD open-source Vulkan project to look at: Anvil. Anvil is a project out of AMD's GPUOpen division and aims to be a wrapper library for Vulkan to make it easier to bring-up new Vulkan applications/games. Anvil provides C++ Vulkan wrappers similar to other open-source Vulkan projects while also adding in some extra features.

More Games

  • RPG Maker MV Update Brings Support for Linux
    Coinciding with their confirmation that the RPG Maker series has sold over 1,000,000 copies in western markets, western publisher Degica have announced that a new update for their latest piece of game development software – RPG Maker MV – now comes with support for Linux operating systems.
  • The Away Team, a sci-fi interactive fiction game, now available on Linux
    The Away Team, a sci-fi text-based adventure game by Underflow Studios, has officially been released on Linux. The minimum requirements according to the game's Steam page mention "Hannah Montana Linux", so it's a safe bet that no matter what you've got under the hood, it'll be plenty to run this interactive fiction game. The Away Team puts you in the role of an AI piloting Earth's final interstellar spaceship, leading your small human crew in search of a new home. Along the way, you'll navigate your way across multiple dynamically-generated space sector maps as you track down the crews that have journeyed into the unknown before your own. Each journey is unique.
  • Guns N' Boxes plans Linux support, testers requested
    Guns N' Boxes [Steam, Official Site] a game that promised a Linux version during the Greenlight campaign is now looking to put it out after many months waiting. They've asked for willing testers to help out.

Security Leftovers

  • How worried should your organisation be about cyber espionage - and what can you do about it?

    Computerworld UK speaks with Jarno Niemela, senior security researcher at F-Secure.

  • Inverse Law of CVEs
    I've started a project to put the CVE data into Elasticsearch and see if there is anything clever we can learn about it. Ever if there isn't anything overly clever, it's fun to do. And I get to make pretty graphs, which everyone likes to look at.
  • eBay Asks Users to Downgrade Security

    The company wanted me to switch from using a hardware key fob when logging into eBay to receiving a one-time code sent via text message. I found it remarkable that eBay, which at one time was well ahead of most e-commerce companies in providing more robust online authentication options, is now essentially trying to downgrade my login experience to a less-secure option.

  • Practical basics of reproducible builds
  • License Agreements and Changes Are Coming
    The OpenSSL license is rather unique and idiosyncratic. It reflects views from when its predecessor, SSLeay, started twenty years ago. As a further complication, the original authors were hired by RSA in 1998, and the code forked into two versions: OpenSSL and RSA BSAFE SSL-C. (See Wikipedia for discussion.) I don’t want get into any specific details, and I certainly don’t know them all.