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  • Hardening SSH authentication using Yubikey (1/2)
  • Hardening SSH authentication using Yubikey (2/2)
  • KDE 4/5 Affected By A Root Exploit Vulnerability

    The issue in KAuth paired with a problem in smb4k can allow an attacker to gain root access on a local machine. This exploit has been tested on openSUSE Leap and Fedora 26 Alpha, among other distributions.

    More details on the issue are still coming to light but there is some detailed information via this oss-security posting.

  • Meson and GXml

    After a call, Yannick has pushed a patch to add Meson build system to GXml. This is my first time using Meson and I really love it.

    After a set of patches, I’ve managed to fix most installation and Unit Test integration.

  • Which Apps Would You Like to See as Snaps?

    Which applications would you like to see made available as Snap?

    That’s the question being asked by the Snapcraft community who work on the technology.

  • conjure-up dev summary for week 19

    We sent out a proposal outlining why we wanted to go with a particular solution and made sure to solicit input from the community to either get approval or see if there were any other solutions. Read about that proposal and responses for more details into that process and the pros and cons. The conclusion was to go with our proposal and bundle LXD into conjure-up snap in the same way we do Juju.

    This work has been completed and should make it's way into conjure-up 2.2. Prior to that though we need to make sure to socialize this change as it will cause users existing Localhost deployment to not be easily reachable and also documenting how users can reach their newly deployed containers.

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  • [Older] How To Protect Your Privacy On Linux
  • Linux: How to protect your privacy

    Privacy is an issue on many people’s minds these days, including those that run Linux on their computers. Linux has long had a strong reputation as a secure operating system, but there are still things that you can do to help protect your privacy while running Linux.

  • Cisco Advancing Cloud Strategy With OpenStack

    The cloud is a central pillar of Cisco's overall business efforts, and one of the leading voices for the cloud at Cisco is Lew Tucker, vice president and CTO of cloud computing. Tucker also serves as the vice chairman of the OpenStack Foundation, helping to guide the open-source cloud platform forward.

  • Opera browser is 'Reborn' with added Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp integration

    Opera Software has announced that its desktop browser has been 'Reborn' with built-in Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp integration.

  • GSoC: How can I improve next year?

    This year, KDE had great student engagement and a good level of commitment for all students so even if you followed all of these points, you may still have gotten a rejection email. We realize that this can be discouraging. However, we did our best to pick the students whom we think can fulfill the project's needs, and continue along in the future as KDE developers.

  • Solus Project Gets New Website, Migrates to New Development Tracker and More

    The fast moving Solus Project that is making some waves in the Linux distribution world has some new shiny things going on. Joshua Strobl, Solus Project Communications Manager has announced them in the latest This Week In Solus.

  • PCCW Global Chooses Ubuntu OpenStack and Juju

    PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, is collaborating with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu and CPLANE NETWORKS, the leader in multi-site OpenStack cloud orchestration, to create new cloud services for its customers.

  • Valve Puts The Steam Controller & Steam Link Back On Sale

    For those that didn't pick up a Steam Controller or Steam Link back during Valve's holiday sales, they are running a Steam Hardware sale the next few days.

  • Mechanical keyboards for programmers and gamers

    Why bother making keyboards open source?

    This is a question we hear often. People all over the world use keyboards every day, for a variety of purposes. At the core of all our keyboards is the ability to easily reconfigure any key to do any action. While normal typists make do with simple macros like Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, programmers and gamers have much more advanced needs. People that use Adobe Photoshop or Premier often have special key bindings for most of their keyboard.

Leftovers: Devices, KDE, ArchBang, Grml and More

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  • Raspberry Pi Zero W fixes networking omission

    I don't recommend trying to use the Raspberry Pi Zero W as a GUI desktop alternative. It works, but it is slow. I mean, you can watch YouTube videos on it, but for an extra $25, you could get a Raspberry Pi 3 that has double the RAM and more horsepower to give you a better and more responsive experience than the Raspberry Pi Zero W.

  • Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

    An enthusiast has compiled Google's infant Fuchsia OS and put the toddler through its paces.

    The open-source OS is an open secret – anyone can download the platform from Github, and one enthusiast at Hotfix, a repair shop in Texas, has done just that.

  • KDE Plasma 5.9.5, Krita 3.1.3 and digiKam 5.5 Coming Soon to Kubuntu 17.04 Users

    KDE's José Manuel Santamaría Lema is informing the Kubuntu Linux community today about the upcoming availability of a multitude of updates for various KDE technologies in the Kubuntu Backports PPA.

    It's a known fact that Kubuntu developers are always working hard to bring you all the latest goodies as soon as they are released upstream, and it looks like Kubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) users will be treated with the KDE Plasma 5.9.5 desktop environment, which is the last in the series as KDE Plasma 5.10 is coming at the end of May.

  • ArchBang OpenRC Rc iso
  • Grml 2017.05 "Freedatensuppe" Distro Enters Development Based on Debian Stretch

    The Debian-based Grml GNU/Linux distribution designed for system administrators is once again in development after taking a long break of approximately two and a half years.

    Dubbed "Freedatensuppe," the next major release of the operating system is versioned Grml 2017.05, and a first Release Candidate (RC) build is now available for public testing. Development of Grml 2017.05 is currently based on the Debian Testing branch, which will soon become Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch."

  • Much ado about communication

    One of the first challenges an open source project faces is how to communicate among contributors. There are a plethora of options: forums, chat channels, issues, mailing lists, pull requests, and more. How do we choose which is the right medium to use and how do we do it right?

    Sadly and all too often, projects shy away from making a disciplined decision and instead opt for "all of the above." This results in a fragmented community: Some people sit in Slack/Mattermost/IRC, some use the forum, some use mailing lists, some live in issues, and few read all of them.

  • What Internet-Connected War Might Look Like

    A technician hurriedly slings his backpack over his shoulders, straps on his M9 pistol, and bolts out of the transport with his squad of commandos in a hail of gunfire. As soon as his team reaches the compound, he whips out a laptop and starts deploying a rootkit to the target server, bullets whizzing overhead all the while.

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  • Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

    Microsoft's Edge browser is the subject of an amusing new bug report, alleging it somehow manages to screw up printing strings of numbers.

    The report on Microsoft's developer portal describes the issue where PDF files printed through Edge will display numbers and text incorrectly when exported.

    "Edge displays PDF correctly but printed content differs notably," the bug notice reads. "Printed content depends on selected printer, on printer settings, and on used computer (please try a different setup if first result looks correct)."

    The report includes a pair of examples in a numbered table. The first table is sequentially numbered from 1-140. The second table, which is said to have been printed in Edge through the "print-to-PDF" function, has the boxes numbered out of sequence with the first six as "1,1,4,4,4,7".

  • Black Lab Enterprise Linux Goes Free Again as Income Comes from Hardware Sales
  • Apricity OS, An Arch Linux-based Distro, Is Now Officially Dead
  • Highlights of the OBS frontend development sprint

    This is the first in a series of posts in which the frontend hackers want to report to the OBS community about the progress they have made developing the web user interface and the API of the OBS. You can expect these posts to come in roughly every 2 weeks, and we very much hope you enjoy them!

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  • Quassel with SSL and private CA on FreeBSD

    I spent some time improving the state of encyption on my domains (i.e. finally setting up https), and while I was at it, figured that I would switch from ssh+screen+irssi to Quassel. The FreeBSD packages for Quassel support SSL (TLS) by default, and there’s some brief instructions for setting that up as part of the pkg-message. However, I have a slightly different setup: for my in-house network, I have my own little root CA for my SSL certificates, and I wanted to use that. So for my quasselcore running on quassel.local.net, I wanted to have a certificate issued for that host, and used by quasselcore.

  • How game design can help you build better software

    Games are an interesting medium. Unlike just about every other popular form of entertainment, such as film, literature, and theatre, games depend on player choice. As a game designer, most of your time is spent crafting which choices to present to the player.

    The most interesting question to us is: How can we take the lessons learned from game design and apply them to open source software design in general as well as to the communities that surround them? Games create systems through their rules in the same way that all software creates systems through their code and communities do through their processes and traditions.

  • Cinnamon 3.4 Desktop Environment Tagged

    Clement Lefebvre has tagged the Cinnamon 3.4.0 release ahead of the Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" OS update.

    Last month we talked about some of the Cinnamon 3.4 changes including refactoring of its settings daemon, multi-process support for the Nemo file manager, and upgrades to CJS JavaScript component.

  • KDE e.V. Community 2016 Report Details 20 Years Of KDE

    KDE e.V. has issued their 2016 community report detailing their various accomplishments and events over the past year.

  • RISC-V Cores Get Support, Fees
  • SiFive Launches CPU IP Industry into the Cloud with New RISC-V Cores and an Easy Online Business Model
  • Linux-ready Mini-ITX offers Skylake and Xeon too

    Advantech’s “AIMB-242” industrial Mini-ITX board ships with Intel’s 6th Gen Core EQ and Xeon E3 CPUs, and provides SATA, M.2, mini-PCIe, and PCIe expansion.

    Advantech’s AIMB-242 is not a thin Mini-ITX board like the similarly 6th Gen Skylake-based AIMB-285, but it is billed as “industrial.” Advantech has already released a full-height Skylake Mini-ITX called the AIMB-275.

  • 90% of our roadmap and features are direct result of customer feedback: Stephen Orban, Global Head of Enterprise Strategy, AWS

    We have 42 availability zones in 16 regions across the world today. There are three more coming up in China, France, and Sweden and we are far from being done expanding. In the fullness of time, we will be in every major business area across the world.

today's leftovers

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  • Gnome-Pie: A Very Handy Launcher For Your Ubuntu/Linux Mint Desktop

    Indeed, the system you are running on your machine already have launcher or in other case you are using minimal desktop or you don't like to scroll through launcher to find an App you want to launch. It won't be wrong to say Gnome-Pie can be alternative option to your Current OS menu. Gnome-Pie is an awesome circular launcher designed to be fun, fast and visually appealing for Linux desktop. Basically it is made of several pies, each pie consist of multiple slices. The use can press a key stroke to open desired pie. By activating one of its slices, applications may be launched, key presses may be simulated or files can be opened.

  • Linux 4.11 released
  • AVR32 change for 4.12 - architecture removal

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  • Dawn of War III looks like it might come to Linux

    On SteamDB, Dawn of War III has two content depots named "feral_data_test" and "feral_mp_test". That's a pretty big indicator that something is happening, since Feral Interactive ported the previous Dawn of War II + the expansions to Linux it's also quite possible which gives this a fair bit of credit. Still, it is just speculation right now. Feral don't tend to talk about any of their work before release as well, so asking them would be pointless. Feral did do a teaser of a new port recently, so who knows, it could be.

  • Linux Mint 18.2 to Be Dubbed "Sonya," Will Come with Cinnamon 3.4, LightDM

    Today being the last day of April, Linux Mint leader Clement Lefebvre published the monthly newsletter of the project to inform the community about what's coming for the popular, Ubuntu-based distribution in May.

    The developer starts by warning those who still use the Linux Mint 13 "Maya" release that it reached end of life as it was based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), which also reached end of life on April 28, 2017. Therefore, Linux Mint 13 will no longer receive security updates so you must upgrade to a newer release.

  • USB – not all the same but it is hard to blow up your device

    There are now four USB charging and data standards – 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 and each means different things in terms of power delivery, data transfer speeds, fast charge support, and cable types.

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