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  • Tablet Protocol & Weston Support Is Back To Being Baked

    Peter Hutterer is back to working on tablet protocol and support for Wayland/Weston. In this context, it's for drawing tablets like the popular Wacom hardware.

    There's been some work done before on a tablet protocol while published today was a largely redone version of this protocol. The protocol is largely new, Peter noted, "Too many changes from the last version (a year ago or so), so I won't detail them, best to look at it with fresh eyes."

  • MATE 1.12 Brings GTK3 & Systemd Improvements, But No Wayland Yet
  • MATE 1.12 Has Arrived, Here's What's New

    The MATE desktop environment has been updated to version 1.12, and the new iteration brings quite a few improvements, the most notable being the support for GTK 3.18.

  • Screen management in Wayland

    One of the bigger things that is in the works in Plasma’s Wayland support is screen management. In most cases, that is reasonably easy, there’s one screen and it has a certain resolution and refresh rate set. For mobile devices, this is almost always good enough. Only once we starting thinking about convergence and using the same codebase on different devices, we need to be able to configure the screens used for rendering. Especially on desktops and laptops, where we often find multi-monitor setups or connected projectors is where the user should be able to decide a bunch of things, relative position of the screens, resolution (“mode”) for each, etc.. Another thing that we haven’t touched yet is scaling of the rendering per display, which becomes increasingly important with a wider range of displays connected, just imagine a 4K laptop running north of 300 pixels per inch (PPI) connected to a projector which throws 1024*768 pixels on a wall sized 4x3m.

  • A Minuet for KDE

    A Minuet is a musical form (occasionally with an accompanying social dance for two people) originated in the 17th-century France, initially introduced to opera but later also to suites such some of those from Johann Sebastian Bach. Although composing a minuet for KDE wouldn't be bad at all Smile, my musical skills don't make me feel like doing so by no means and, therefore, this post is gonna be about - you know - software and KDE! But software for music Smile

  • Tiny Core 6.4.1 Screenshot Tour
  • SUSE Looks To Mainline The AMD HSA Support In GCC

    Martin Jambor at SUSE is looking to begin mainlining the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) support within the GCC compiler.

  • Uptime Funk: Using SUSE's kGraft Live Kernel Patching For Linux

    Last year SUSE announced KGraft as a new form of live Linux kernel patching to reduce downtime by avoiding reboots when applying kernel security updates, etc. The initial combined infrastructure work of kGraft and Red Hat's Kpatch was merged in Linux 4.0. Here's how SUSE is showing off their live kernel patching method.

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  • After beating Dark Souls and Pokemon, Twitch is installing Arch Linux

    “Twitch Installs Arch Linux”—billed as a “cooperative text-based horror game”—began on Halloween. After beating both Pokemon and Dark Souls earlier this year, thousands of people are now trying to do something even geekier: collectively install Arch Linux. The stream is now back up after a botnet took over and partially installed Gentoo, another Linux distribution.

    You can tune into the stream at Twitch Installs Arch Linux. It works just like Twitch Plays Pokemon and Twitch Plays Dark Souls. Viewers vote on which key press to send to the terminal. Every ten seconds, the most popular key press is sent to the terminal. Arch Linux is a particularly good candidate for this, as it’s not the kind of Linux distribution you can install with a few clicks—it requires some terminal commands. You have to know what you’re doing, or at least be able to follow an installation guide.

  • openSUSE Leap 42.1 is the 'first Linux hybrid distro'
  • Watch out CentOS, Ubuntu here comes openSUSE Leap

    Red Hat has CentOS. Canonical has Ubuntu. Both these operating systems can be installed at no cost, and they are enterprise grade operating systems running on servers and cloud. However, SUSE doesn't have any such distro; The openSUSE codebase is way too diverged from the SUSE codebase.

    But that's changing. The openSUSE community is taking a big leap, dropping the old regular release cycles of openSUSE and moving to openSUSE Leap. The community has released the first version of openSUSE Leap today at SUSECon 2015.

  • Myriad Media Completes Production & Post For Baldwin& and Red Hat's "People-Powered Billboard"
  • Today Red Hat (RHT) Hits New Lifetime High

    Red Hat, Inc. provides open source software solutions to enterprise customers worldwide. It develops and offers operating system, virtualization, middleware, storage, and cloud technologies. RHT has a PE ratio of 76. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Red Hat a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

  • systemd: Converting sysvinit scripts

    Welcome back for another installment of the systemd series. Throughout this series, we discuss ways to use systemd to understand and manage your system. This article focuses on how to convert legacy scripts you may have customized on your system.

  • Skype founders are working on a robot that delivers groceries for $1.50
  • Skype founders develop robot that will deliver your groceries
  • Skype Founders Build a Robot for Suburban Streets
  • Skype co-founders prep self-driving robot package delivery
  • Skype founders unveil delivery robot
  • My Free Software Activities in October 2015

    My monthly report covers a large part of what I have been doing in the free software world. I write it for my donators (thanks to them!) but also for the wider Debian community because it can give ideas to newcomers and it’s one of the best ways to find volunteers to work with me on projects that matter to me.

  • Debian Moves To Non-Root X.Org Server By Default

    Distributions have been working on it for years to let the X.Org Server run without root privileges. This feat has now been accomplished for Debian testing users where if using systemd and a DRM/KMS graphics driver, you can run the xorg-server as a user.

  • Edward Snowden's Favorite Distro Tails Gets Major Upgrade to 1.7

    Tails, a Live operating system that is built with the declared purpose of keeping users safe and anonymous while going online, has been updated to version 1.7. This is a major upgrade and users have been advised to make the switch as soon as possible.

  • Top 20 Best Tizen Apps for October 2015

    October has come to an end and it’s time to have a look at last month’s Top 20 Best Tizen Apps. WhatsApp still remains as the number one downloaded app for the Tizen Store and it just shows you how many people actually use this application. At number two we have the new comer Truedialer phone & contacts app.

  • 1-Net Offers Ubuntu-Certified Cloud Services

    1-Net today announced that its public cloud service, Alchemy, has officially joined Canonical to be the Southeast Asia’s first Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud Service Provider. Alchemy is a high performance and secure IaaS platform, which enables users to build and manage scalable infrastructures on demand.

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    Following our investigation into this matter, and seeing the vitriol-filled reaction from some people in the infosec community, Zaitsev has told Softpedia that he decided to remove the project from GitHub, shortly after this article's publication. The original, unedited article is below.
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    Google just stepped in with its massive server infrastructure to run interference for journalist Brian Krebs. Last week, Krebs' site, Krebs On Security, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took it offline, the likes of which was a "record" that was nearly double the traffic his host Akamai had previously seen in cyberattacks. Now just days later, Krebs is back online behind the protection of Google, which offers a little-known program called Project Shield to help protect independent journalists and activists' websites from censorship. And in the case of Krebs, the DDoS attack was certainly that: The attempt to take his site down was in response to his recent reporting on a website called vDOS, a service allegedly created by two Israeli men that would carry out cyberattacks on behalf of paying customers.
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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

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