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  • Samsung Continues Working On "Waycheck" For Wayland Testing

    Developers at Samsung's open-source group have been working on a simple unit/integration test framework and test program. This new tool is dubbed "Waycheck" and will hopefully lead to promptly catching functional regressions/bugs.

  • CRYENGINE adds support for Oculus Rift, Linux and Android TV
  • CryEngine 3.8.1 Adds The Linux & OpenGL Support
  • Qt Being Ported To Google Chrome / Native Client

    The Qt Company revealed today their work-in-progress port of Qt to Chrome / Google Native Client.

  • GCI 2014 and Grand Prize Trip

    Many pre-university students have participated in Google Code-In (2014) again and for many of them it has been the first opportunity to make contributions to Free Software and Open Source projects. In opposite to Google Summer of Code the GCI program is organized as a worldwide contest where students at the age of 13-17 years take the challenge to complete as many software development tasks from their mentor organizations as possible. These software development tasks are provided by Open Source Projects that are approved as mentor organizations. And at the end of 2014 KDE has participated as a mentor organization for the fifth year.

  • Mageia 5: Solid, Strong, and Humming Along

    Rémi Verschelde on behalf of the Mageia project today announced the release of Mageia 5. This release brings installer improvements including full UEFI support as well as a new administration panel and a move to RPM 4.12. Available in Live, Network, or Classic Installer for 32 or 64 bit computers Mageia 5 also supports upgrading from Mageia 4.

  • Mageia 5 Officially Released, Finally Supports UEFI Systems
  • Meet Fedora 22 MATE-Compiz – Include Video Overview and Screenshots

    Fedora 22 MATE-Compiz is an official fedora spins of fedora 22 featuring mate desktop environment version 1.10, using Compiz for desktop effect and Emerald as a window manager.

  • Ubuntu Patches Privilege-Escalation Bug

    There is a privilege-escalation vulnerability in several versions of Ubuntu that results from the fact that the operating system fails to check permissions when users are creating files in some specific circumstances.

  • 1 in 3 data center servers is a zombie

    A new study says that 30% of all physical servers in data centers are comatose, or are using energy but delivering no useful information. What's remarkable is that that percentage hasn't changed since 2008, when a separate study showed the same thing.

    The latest research was reported in a paper by Jonathan Koomey, a research fellow at Stanford University, who has done data center energy research for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Jon Taylor, a partner at the Athensis Group, a consulting firm.

  • John Kiriakou: DOJ misguided amid U.S. hacking

    I don’t much care if the Chinese know that I’m a former CIA officer. It’s no secret. I published a bestselling book about my years at the CIA. I give interviews in the press and on TV speaking out against torture. I lecture at colleges and universities about ethics in intelligence operations.

    But the information the Chinese stole included my original application to the CIA — my Standard Form 86. That form included information on my family members, friends, neighbors and references. That means their information was probably compromised too.

  • Opening up a can of worms: Why won't Conficker just die, die, die?

    The Conficker worm is now nearly seven years old but remains the most detected piece of malware on the internet. Despite a massive effort to squash it, why does it keep popping up again?

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  • Linux Foundation offers new scholarship opportunities

    The Linux Foundation has announced fourteen scholarships to those who don’t have the ability to attend Linux Foundation courses, the Linux Foundation will fund fourteen individuals to take the training courses.

  • Krita and Bug Week!

    It’s been a while since we made a new build of Krita… So, here’s Krita! In all the hectics surrounding the Kickstarter campaign, we worked our tails off to add new features, improvements and fixes, and that caused considerable churn in the code.

  • QML compositing manager for X11

    Implemented effects:

    Window show/hide animation

    Dim inactive windows (though it dims too many windows)


  • Riak KV, Basho and Kolab

    As I have mentioned in earlier blog entries, Kolab Enteprise has gained data loss prevention (DLP) functionality this year that goes above and beyond what one tends to find in other groupware products. Kolab's DLP is not just a back-up system that copies mails and other objects to disk for later restore, it actually creates a history of every groupware object in real-time that can later be examined and restored from. This will eventually lead to some very interesting business intelligent features.

  • Mageia 5 Linux Officially Released with Support for UEFI Systems and Btrfs

    After more than a year of hard work, the Mageia development team has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the final version of the highly anticipated Mageia 5 Linux operating system.

  • The tools don't get you the job

    When I was in film school, I had been told by my professors that I needed a certain set of tools in order to get through my classes, but none of them told me how I was supposed to afford those tools. I figured that film was, after all, an infamously expensive medium, so that was just part of the curse. Sure we don't use celluloid any more, but if you want to make moving pictures, you have to buy fancy computers, and then you have to buy fancy software (often as expensive as the hardware you just bought).


    And then on my way to work one day, I was riding the N line, reading a trade magazine, and I flipped to an article about how someone at Pixar or ILM was really enamoured by all of the Unix software that was being used there, and how you could render things without actually opening the application that had created the thing itself. It sounded amazing. You mean I can render stuff out and not have my computer crash because the image was too large to fit into RAM?

  • Google criticised for ‘opaque’ audio-listening binary in Debian’s Chromium browser

    Controversy has stirred in the Linux community since a bug report about Google’s Chromium browser was logged on Tuesday at Debian. Yoshino Yoshihito said in the report ‘After upgrading chromium to 43, I noticed that when it is running and immediately after the machine is on-line it silently starts downloading "Chrome Hotword Shared Module" extension, which contains a binary without source code,’

  • Friday's security updates

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  • DevOps people love container technologies, survey confirms

    That's the finding of a new survey conducted by, which finds that 38 percent of respondents use containers in their production environments at this time, and at least 65 percent expect to do so over the next 12 months. Containers in this sense are abstractions implemented at the operating system layer of the stack to support highly distributed applications.

  • Linux Foundation Scholarships: No Excuse Now

    Fourteen of you — who can demonstrate the greatest need and best illustrate what a Linux career means to you — will be awarded training scholarships.

  • Don't Bet On "X12" Succeeding X11 Rather Than Wayland (Or Mir)

    While there's long been an X.Org Wiki page with some pipe dreams for X12 as the successor to the X11 protocol, don't bet on it ever happening.

  • fresh breeze or a thunderstorm?

    I know the next weeks/months a lot of applications will be ported to KF5. If you’d like to offer Breeze icons please ask on we now have an good solution between standard icons and app specific icons and hope we can offer an Breeze and Breeze-Dark experience as you wish.

  • wallpaper contest results

    Overall there are 102 wallpapers submitted. Most of them via So the winner is the user. You can use the new wallpapers via the Get new Wallpaper button and can use all submitted wallpapers.

    Attached some of the submitted wallpapers (most of them are not in plasma 5.3 so you have to install the package to see the best of the best). I have to say thanks for all contributors and hope that you are happy with the results.

  • Qt Input Method – In Depth

    So an input method allows you for example to input Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Indian characters into a text input field of an application, even though there is only a Latin keyboard attached to the computer. That is done by analyzing the text, which is typed in as Latin, and e.g. opening a popup menu with a pre-selection of Chinese characters, which are associated with that Latin input. The user can now select one of these Chinese characters, which will then replace the Latin input in the text field.

  • Kubuntu Podcast Show 1

    Building on their UOS Hangout, the Kubuntu Podcast Team has created their first Hangout, featuring Ovidiu-Florin Bogdan, Aaron Honeycutt, and Rick Timmis.

  • Akademy 2015 Talks announced

    The talks programme for Akademy 2015 is now available. Details for organising BoFs will be announced later.

  • KDEPIM KF5 status and test plan

    As you know we decided to release kdepim kf5 in 15.08. (We have 2 months yet).

    I use kdepim kf5 by default now on my main computer. Of course when I started to use it all apps crashed, or there was some part of code which was not ported to kf5 yet.

  • Music, The GNOME Music Player, Is Getting Smart New Features

    Music, the GNOME music player that isn’t Rhythmbox, has been quietly progressing in the past few GNOME releases.

  • Cinnamon 2.6.8 Brings Many Requested Fixes

    As you may know, Cinnamon is a desktop environment developed by the Linux Mint team, created when GNOME has decided to ditch GNOME 2 and create the more-modern GNOME 3 DE.

  • MATE 1.10: Lighter and better

    Though MATE has added GTK3 support, it is still considered experimental. The team has noticed many serious regressions with each new GTK3 release. "So while MATE 1.10 built against GTK 3.16 currently works, we can not guarantee that will be the case when GTK 3.18 lands," said Winpress.

    That said, the team feels that the future release of GTK3 will be less demanding on MATE and the DE will continue to benefit from it.

    If you want to test GTK3 builds of MATE, there are two major distros offering it: Arch Linux and Fedora.

  • SUSE Continues Working On AMD HSA Support In GCC

    Going back a while now, AMD has been working with SUSE on adding HSA support to GCC. Some of the work has landed in GCC while more additions are still pending -- including some newly-published patches.

  • Two-Week Fedora Atomic Host Releases Proposed for Fedora 23 Linux

    On June 18, Jan Kurik published details about a new proposal to move Atomic Host cloud images from a six-month cadence to two-week releases for the upcoming Fedora 23 Linux operating system.

  • Debian Launches A Diversity Sponsorship Travel Program

    Debian feels that greater diversity at DebConf and in the Debian community will "significantly help" them in their goal of becoming the Universal Operating System, so they've launched a diversity sponsorship program for their annual DebConf event.

  • Rebasing Ubuntu on Android

    The Ubuntu phone is evolving step by step. The team has worked their socks off to build a convergent user interface, toolkit, and full SDK. The phone exposes an exciting new concept, scopes, that while intriguing in their current form, after some refinement (which the team are already working on) could redefine how we use devices and access content. It is all the play for.

  • Ubuntu Looks To Fill Vacated Developer Membership Board Seat

    The Ubuntu Developer Membership Board (DMB) has issued a call for nominations to fill a vacant seat on the board following the recent resignation by Scott Kitterman.

  • OSMScout is an Offline Navigation App for Ubuntu Touch

    Not long ago, we have announced GPS Navigation, a navigation software for Ubuntu Touch that works only online and is built on OpenStreetMap.

  • Mir 0.14 Works To Further Reduce Lag
  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Will Bring Full Shell Rotation and New Icons for the Core Apps
  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Update Has Been Released. OTA 4.5 May Be Released Very Soon.
  • Canonical Fixes Kernel Vulnerabilities on All the Supported Systems
  • Canonical patches privilege escalation bug in Ubuntu

    To address a local root privilege growth vulnerability that can be used to gain administrative privileges on the system, Canonical has released updates for Ubuntu.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 Is Near With Cinnamon/Mate RCs

    Clem has announced the release candidates of Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" for the Cinnamon and MATE desktop editions.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela RC Has Been Released
  • Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon RC released!
  • Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” MATE RC released!
  • Tiny module aims quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 at IoT

    Intrinsyc’s tiny “Open-Q 410″ module has a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 410, offers WiFi, BT, GPS, and 8GB eMMC, and runs both Android and Linux.

  • Tough box-PCs support dual GbE, dual displays, wireless

    Like Axiomtek’s eBOX620-841-FL (quad-core Atom E3845) and eBOX638-840-FL (quad-core Celeron J1900), the new eBOX625-841-FL, eBOX625-842-FL, and eBOX626-841-FL are fanless, embedded computers that run on 22nm Bay Trail system-on-chips. The “841” models tap the dual-core, 1.46GHz Atom E3826 while the eBOX625-842-FL goes for the same 2GHz Celeron J1900 found on the eBOX638-840-FL. All three models support extended operating temperature ranges, for example -40 to +55°C on the 842.

  • Raspberry Pi 2 Now Has a Beautiful Official Case

    Raspberry Pi 2 now has an official case that is built by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and distributed on all the major channels.

  • Tizen Developer Summit India 2015 dates announced, 30-31 July 2015 in Bengaluru

    India developers get ready as the Tizen Developer Summit India 2015. The dates have been announced and it is being held 30-31 July 2015 in Bengaluru, India. This is a technical event that is geared towards application and platform developers that want to learn more about the Tizen Operating System (OS). There will be technical content for App developers, platform designers, ISVs, OEMs, hardware vendors, software vendors, open source enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to learn more about Tizen.

  • signify shortcomings

    Secret key files contain a 64-bit hash (truncated SHA512) of the secret key data which is used to verify the user’s password. You wouldn’t want to enter the wrong password and accidentally sign something with a bogus key. Unfortunately, this creates something of an oracle. If you steal somebody’s secret key, instead of guessing passwords which will be terribly slow because of the KDF, you can just guess keys and compute hashes until you get a match. The good news is that the key space is fairly large; you won’t have much luck guessing one. Harmless as this may be, it’s bothered me quite a bit because it’s plainly wrong. (The rationale for this decision was that encrypting the hash as well would require another iteration of the KDF.)

  • Improving LXC template security

    Fedora and CentOS templates will accept a root password from the user during the build and set a randomized password for the root user if a password isn’t specified. Ubuntu Cloud takes another approach by locking out the root user and requiring cloud-init configuration data to configure the root account.

  • Security updates for Thursday
  • Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

    Six university researchers have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple's iOS and OS X, claiming it is possible to crack Apple's password-storing keychain, break app sandboxes, and bypass its App Store security checks.

  • Is the FOSS Infrastructure Crumbling?

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  • 5 steps to becoming a quality Docker contributor

    But getting started on a new codebase can be daunting. Docker has many, many lines of code. Fixing even the smallest issue can require reading through a lot of that code and understanding how the pieces all fit together.


    The software described in this article is designed for a Beowulf-style cluster. Such a cluster commonly consists of consumer-grade machines and allows for parallel high-performance computing. The system is managed by a head node and accessed via a login node. The actual work is performed by multiple compute nodes. The individual nodes are connected through an internal network. The head and login node need an additional external network connection, while the compute nodes often use an additional high-throughput, low-latency connection between them, such as InfiniBand.

  • Linbit Launches New Synchronous Server Storage Software

    DRBD9 provides enterprise Linux users with synchronous server storage replication including support for native remote direct memory access, or RDMA, and OpenStack integration.

  • Linode introduces KVM to help it move away from Xen

    The upgrade to KVM is very easy to carry out, on a Xen Linode’s dashboard, there is a link on the right sidebar titled ‘Upgrade to KVM’. Once you do the upgrade you should then be switched over to KVM. If you want to set your account to default to KVM for new Linodes just go to your Account Settings and set the ‘Hypervisor Preference’ to KVM, any new Linodes you create will be KVM. On a 1GB instance, one user reported the downtime to be between 8-9 minutes while he switched to KVM.

  • Linux Foundation Beefs Up Scholarship Program

    The Linux Foundation Training Scholarship Program provides funds to applicants who otherwise would not have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses. It attempts to help developers, IT professionals, and promising students to build Linux careers and contribute to shaping the future of the operating system and the enterprise.

  • Linux Foundation Calls for Submissions for Expanded 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program
  • 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program is now Accepting Applications
  • Who's Afraid of Systemd?

    Last year, the free software community was full of debates about systemd, the system manager that replaces init, the process that boots a Linux system. Now that systemd is uneventfully running the latest releases of major distributions like Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu, you might imagine that opposition to it is melting away -- but you'd be wrong.

    Instead, casual references on social media show that the rumors are as common as ever. And while you don't hear much recently about Devuan, the anti-systemd fork of Debian, it is still trudging towards a release while making the same arguments as ever.

    The situation is not unique. Some free software circles have always seemed to require an enemy. For instance, in the first decade of the millennium, it was Mono, an adaptation for Linux of Microsoft's .Net. Hundreds of thousands of words were written denouncing Mono, yet today it attracts no attention, although it is still available in repositories.

    Perhaps, too, free software users are becoming conservative as they age, as indicated by the user revolts against GNOME and KDE. Yet no precedent comes close to the viciousness of attacks on systemd, or had so little foundation, either.

  • Understanding Systemd
  • What will be the future of Linux without Linus?

    Linus: I’ve never been much of a visionary — instead of looking at huge plans for the future, I tend to have a rather short time frame of ‘issues in the next few months’. I’m a big believer in that the ‘details’ matter, and if you take care of the details, the big issues will end up sorting themselves out on their own.

  • [Reposted] The creator of Linux OS is calm about the future
  • If I get hit by a bus, Linux will go on just fine says Linus Torvalds

    Just a few days after asking the Linux community to let him take a break, Linus Torvalds has said the project he kicked off 1991 can now get along without him.

    He was, characteristically, blunt in his recent interview with Bloomberg, saying Linux would survive his death.

  • Another angle... Linux: a future without Torvalds [reposted in Ireland]
  • Will Linux survive the death of Linus Torvalds?
  • Linus Torvalds Says Linux Can Move On Without Him
  • Linux Top 3: Linux 4.1 delayed 1 Week, Kaos and Clonezilla Update

    Linux 4.1 is going to take a little longer than some of its predecessors, with Linus Torvalds release a rare eighth release candidate on June 14.

  • Examining the design patterns

    I wanted to share a brief update on the Outreachy project that Gina and I are working on, where Gina is preparing for a usability test in GNOME.

    So far, we've been in an "information gathering" mode, where she has been learning about some of the basics of usability testing. In our next step, Gina will now start doing an analysis in preparation for a usability test.

  • Plans for GNOME’s apps

    I’ve been a bit quiet about GNOME’s applications of late. This isn’t because nothing has been happening, though – quite the opposite. We’ve been steadily working away behind the scenes, and our application designs have evolved considerably.

  • Why I use Gentoo Linux (and if you develop software you should too)

    I first discovered Gentoo Linux when I left Oracle/Sun in 2010, gave up my Mac and decided to experiment with creating a mac-like desktop experience on Linux. The initial reason was the optimizations you can do to squeeze every bit of performance out of your hardware (I'd bought a cheap Lenovo laptop).

  • Ravello Empowers Open Source Community With Free Smart Labs on AWS and Google for Red Hat Certified Engineers
  • Rackspace's Carl Thompson Named 2015 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year
  • Red Hat (RHT) to Release Quarterly Earnings on Thursday
  • Rite Aid, Red Hat, Smith & Wesson earnings in focus
  • Red Hat Earnings Expected to Rise

    Optimism surrounds Red Hat, as it gets ready to report its first quarter results on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Analysts are expecting the company to book a profit of 27 cents a share, up from 24 cents a year ago.

  • Is Red Hat's (RHT) Q1 Earnings Likely to Surprise Estimates?

    Red Hat reported strong results in the last quarter with both earnings and revenues surpassing the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.

  • Fedora 22 - workstation - Gnome - Do not disturb

    Fedora 22 comes with the newest version of Gnome - 3.16. You've probably heard about this already. The new version brought quite a few shiny changes, a major one of which was a brand new notification area. You don't have a notification bar at the bottom any more, your notifications now come up at the top with the calendar. It's really neat! More information can be found in the release notes here.

  • Testing rawhide apps using xdg-app

    An important aspect of xdg-app is application sandboxing, which will require application changes to use sandbox-specific APIs. However, xdg-app is also a good way to deploy and run non-sandboxed (or partially sandboxed) regular applications.

  • Contribute to pkgdb2

    Pkgdb2 is the application managing in Fedora, who is allowed to access which git repo containing the files necessary to build the packages present in the distribution.

  • IRC on Hubs

    Still, since the idea for hubs is also to help new contributors get integrated more smoothly into the Fedora community, an effective way to message people did seem like it would be valuable. Since the team/project hubs will have the ability to include an embedded IRC channel, using IRC to send private messages seemed logical. But Fedora Hubs is not an IRC client – it will use IRC to send private messages between users and to enable the channel discussions, but every channel must be directly associated with a hub and the messaging interface will only support messages between Hubs users, not to anyone external. This is an active design choice that Mo and I made, based on the concept of keeping the hub as the central organizing principle of this app in order to help fend off scope creep.

  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Update Causes Problems, Canonical Apologizes for Issues and Promises Fixes

    It would appear that many users reported issues after upgrading their Ubuntu phones to the massive OTA-4 software update released by Canonical for their Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, which is used in devices like BQ Aquaris E4.5.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 'Rafaela' RC now available

    Ubuntu is one of the best overall Linux distributions, but it does have its fair share of detractors. Many people dislike the direction Canonical takes sometimes, including the much-maligned Unity desktop environment. Truth be told, I rather like Unity, but I can understand why some people prefer different desktop environments.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela available for download
  • Finally, an official Raspberry Pi case has been released!

    Rejoice Pi fans! The team behind Raspberry Pi have announced an official case for the Pi 2 Model B and the Pi Model B+. The case was announced today on their blog and is available from all the main Pi retailers for a cheap £6 (which works out to about $9).

  • Raspberry Pi Open Source Wireless Speakers Hit Kickstarter (video)

    Axiom Audio has this week unveiled a new range of wireless speakers they have added to their existing range that are powered by the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC.

  • Tuesday's security advisories
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • US Navy Soliciting Zero Days

    The National Security Agency may find and purchase zero days, but that doesn’t mean it’s sharing its hoard with other government agencies such as the U.S. Navy, which apparently is in the market for some unpatched, undisclosed vulnerabilities of its own.

    A request for proposal posted last Wednesday—which has since been taken down—to was a solicitation by the Naval Supply Systems Command seeking a CMMI-3 (Capability Maturity Model Integration) contractor capable of producing operational exploits that integrate with commonly used exploitation frameworks, the RFP said.

  • Your data is at risk if you are running iOS or Mac OS X

    Six university researchers from Indiana University have revealed that Apple’s password manager, Keychain, is susceptible to hackers. If exploited, the flaw would give a hacker access to the users passwords. The really worrying thing here is that Apple has known about the issue for months and still hasn’t managed to issue a fix.

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  • Linux Kernel 3.18.15 Longterm Released, Install/Update In Ubuntu 15.05 And Other Derivatives
  • AMD GPU LLVM Back-End Renamed From R600 To AMDGPU

    Last year upstream developers decided to rename the R600 AMD GPU LLVM back-end to "AMDGPU" and that move finally happened... But not to be confused with the new AMDGPU Linux kernel DRM driver.

  • Pinentry and GNOME issues

    Pinentry is an application to handle prompts for GnuPG, it should be able to ask for passwords and make questions.

  • Manjaro 0.8.13 Ships A Tweaked Xfce 4.12 Desktop

    Manjaro 0.8.13 has been released as the newest version of this easy-to-use derivative of Arch Linux. Manjaro 0.8.13 was developed over the past four months and ships with a tweaked Xfce 4.12 desktop and as an alternative is KDE Plasma 5.3.1 with KDE Frameworks 5.10 and KDE Applications

  • Arch Linux Performance With The Intel Broadwell NUC5i7RYB

    Results have started appearing on of the new Intel NUC5i7RYB that's powered by an Intel Core i7 "Broadwell" CPU.

  • Barclays Raises Red Hat Price Target to $84.00 (RHT)

    Barclays has also modified their ratings on a number of other information technology stocks in the few days. The firm raised its price target on shares of Citrix Systems, Inc. from $68.00 to $74.00. They have an overweight rating on that stock. Also, Barclays raised its price target on shares of Ellie Mae Inc from $70.00 to $75.00. They have an overweight rating on that stock. Finally, Barclays reiterated its equal weight rating on shares of TiVo Inc.. They have a $13.00 price target on that stock.

  • Meet Fedora 22 KDE : Include Video Overview and Screenshot

    All KDE applications are well integrated, with a similar look and feel and an easy to use interface, accompanied by an outstanding graphical appearance.

  • Mir-On-X & Dynamic Double Buffering Are The Latest Mir Work

    The work being done on Mir by Canonical developers include buffer semantic changes to help nested bypass support, dynamic double buffering (switching to/from triple buffering), continued work on detecting hung client applications, working out input changes, Mir-on-X is still being worked on, and there's improved testing and security work items also being tackled.

  • MATE 1.10 is out, here are its new features

    It’s taken fifteen months of development but the wait has paid off, MATE 1.10 has been released and Linux Mint users will be able to grab the new update after updating to Linux Mint 17.2 due to be released at the end of June. Of course Arch users can grab it right now.

  • Do it yourself open-source sampling with SamplerBox

    If you're into coding, DIY, or just trying to save some money, then you might be interested in the SamplerBox Player - a project born out of the frustrations of modern-day sampling.

  • Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

    Mortenson, who is the ex-Microsoft director of development for the .NET Framework, admitted the switch from HTML5 to React Native had been a challenge, but said: “It was a really big shift we had to make. We decided the phones were not yet powerful enough to have a really awesome, first-class experience for iOS and Android, so we bit the bullet.”

  • Friday's security updates

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  • FLOSS Weekly 340: VeraCrypt

    Randal and Aaron are joined by Mounir Idrassi to talk about VeraCrypt. VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and is based on TrueCrypt 7.1a.

  • GNU/Linux Desktops Climb A Mountain In Bahrain

    Even if you lump Desktop and Mobile together, Android/Linux beats all other operating systems in Bahrain by a wide margin. These folks are not tied to the past in IT…

  • Video: The Linux Kernel Report

    Somehow I missed this when it was first posted (Feb. 24th, 2015) from the Collaboration Summit 2015... but here it is... Jon Corbet's most recent Kernel Report.

  • StackIQ Has New Open Source Linux Server Provisioning Tool

    StackIQ is now offering an open source version of Stacki (short for “Stack Installer”), a Linux server provisioning tool. StackIQ initiated the open source project with the goal of providing systems administrators with a tool to install Linux at high speed. Stacki is a streamlined version of the base installer from StackIQ’s flagship product StackIQ Boss.Z

  • Call For Translators: coala!

    coala is a code analysis framework designed to ease the task of static code analysis for both users and developers. In the last months the coala community has been growing more and more active so we’re able to get even better code out to the world of free software.

  • Outreachy week 2 - personas

    I am honored to work with Gina this cycle on usability testing, as part of Outreachy and GNOME. We are off to a great start. I wanted to share Gina's excellent description of personas, and how they are used in usability testing.

  • My install for June

    I have been doing monthly installs of Tumbleweed, mainly to test out the installer. For June, I installed the 20150608 snapshot. I used the DVD installer (written to a USB), and this was for the 64-bit version.

  • Notable Session Mover: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)

    A notable mover in today’s trading session is Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) as the stock opened the most recent session at 78.82 and at the time of writing the last Bid was at 78.30. In the current trading session the stock reached as high as 78.97 and dipped down to 78.11. Red Hat, Inc. Common Stock, a NYQ listed company, has a current market cap of 14.35B and on average over the past 3 months has seen 1358910 shares trade hands on a daily basis.

  • Red Hat: Don't Cloud Over the Importance of Support

    A few months ago when Nebula folded, and then again this month when tech titans IBM and Cisco announced high-profile purchases of OpenStack-focused companies, we drove home the point that the OpenStack scene is starting to consolidate. Eventually, there will only be a few players of any significance, and I've made the point before that support will be the big differentiator as enterprises increasingly deploy OpenStack.

  • Debian-branded USB keys

    I've had some 8GB USB keys made, with the Debian swirl and text. By buying a reasonable number, I've got what I think is a good price for nice high-quality keys (metal body with a solid loop for attaching to a keyring). I'm now selling these for 7 pounds each, and I'm planning on bringing some to DebConf 15 too, where they'll be 10 EUR.

  • Ubuntu 15.10 Is Now Based on Kernel 4.0.5, But the System’s Final Version Will Use Kernel 4.1

    Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury has recently announced that Kernel 4.0.5 has been made the default kernel of Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, being already used on the daily images.

  • Vimix Icons Another Great Lightweight Icon Set for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Vimix icon set is elegant, modern, lightweight designed for Linux desktop. It offers flat type style with a minimal use of shadows for depth. This icon theme is based on two icon sets are Numix Circle and Paper icons by snwh. Since this icon theme based on two icon sets, the creator recommends that install those icons as well to get enhanced and greater experience. Vimix icons offers two panel theme so if you are using dark theme then you can select Vimix dark and if you are using light theme then you can select light version. It is compatible with most of the Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Lxde, and others. For this icon theme most of the application icons available, still if you found any missing icon or bug in this set then report it. Ambiance Blackout Colors theme used in following screenshots. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool or Ubuntu-Tweak to change themes/icons.

  • System76 unveils hardcore Serval WS laptop running Ubuntu Linux

    If you are a Linux user looking to buy a computer, System76 is one of the best manufacturers to target. Rather than buy a Windows machine and formatting the drive to install your favorite distro, the company's machines come pre-loaded with Ubuntu. Even cooler, its laptops do not have the Windows logo on the super key, instead having the Ubuntu logo. Even if you are a fan of a different distro such as Fedora, supporting a Linux-focused seller is good for the overall community.

  • WIN! The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

    The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition's slim design and 4.5 inch screen are perfect to experience Ubuntu's edge interactions and Scopes.

  • DRC-HUBO Run Linux and It Just Won the DARPA Robotics Challenge

    The DARPA Robotics Challenge is now over, and the competition has been won by a team from South Korea with a robot called DRC-HUBO. It's not hard to imagine that the robot is actually running a modified Linux distribution.

  • Top 10 Linux and Android Hacker SBCs of 2015
  • Top 10 Best Hacker SBC Boards of 2015
  • QEMU Affected By Another Security Vulnerability

    Back in May a security vulnerability went public that let VMs escape QEMU's security and gain access to the host via an issue in QEMU's virtual floppy disk driver code. Another QEMU security issue is going public today.

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Security advisories for Thursday
  • Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

    On May 9, a test flight of the A400M, intended to replace the aging Hercules as a mainstay of NATO's air mobility fleet, crashed in Spain, killing four of the six crew. According to Reuters today, a faulty software installation on the aircraft's systems deleted configuration information, and caused three of the four turboprop engines to shut down after takeoff.

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  • Docker’s New Microservices Monitoring Program Looks Like an OS-Style Approach

    Docker is a container host, a multitude of corrections tell us, and not an operating system. But the “container host” took another huge step towards looking like an operating system, as Docker Inc. officially launched this week the first in what appear to be several ecosystem technology partner programs, this one geared toward certifying monitoring systems.

  • XWayland Hit By Its First Security Advisory: Missing Authentication

    It turns out that the XWayland server currently starts up in a non-authenticating mode, thus any client with access to the server UNIX socket could connect to the server and use it. However, there's no Wayland compositors out there known to start XWayland with open TCP access, so at least remote exploits aren't expected. But this does mean that locally, untrusted users could capture input meant from other X11 clients, etc.

  • Qt 4.8 Forked Into New "CopperSpice" C++11 GUI Library

    Making some rounds on the Internet today is CopperSpice, a fork of Qt 4.8 from two years ago that's starting to take shape as a nice C++ GUI library for developers.

  • Calligra 2.9.5 Arrives with Kexi and Krita Improvements and New Features
  • Krita 2.9.5 Released

    The Kickstarter was a success, but that didn’t keep us from adding new features and fixing bugs! We made quite a bit of progress including adding pass-through mode to group layers, allowing inherit alpha to be used on all layer types, better PSD support, and adding an on-canvas preview of the color being picked. We even added a new brush preset history docker! You can see the full release notes below.

  • Harden Advanced Gtk+ Sequencer v0.4.2

    Advanced Gtk+ Sequencer is intended to use for music composition. It features a piano roll, as well a synth, matrix editor, drum machine, soundfont2 player, mixer and an output panels designed to be highly configurable. You may add effects to its effect chain and add or remove audio channels/pads. You may set up a fully functional network of engines, thus there is a link editor for linking audio lines.

  • Playing with GtkAssistant

    I decided to spend some time today to play with GtkAssistant, more precisely, I tried to build a mock installation wizard mimicking Boxes' one in order to test how I could adapt its behaviour to make it GtkAssistant ready.

  • Clonezilla 2.4.2-10 Makes Use Of OverlayFS & Systemd

    A few days ago Clonezilla, the popular Linux distribution with a focus on disk imaging and cloning, released version 2.4.2-10, and this release is a big one.

  • REMnux 6.0 Screencast and Screenshots
  • SolydXK 201506 Screencast and Screenshots
  • Red Hat launches Software Collections 2

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) launches on a not-to-frequent basis, RHEL 7 launched last year, three years on from RHEL 6. To prevent applications becoming to out-of-date the Red Hat Software Collections are released which contain newer web development tools, dynamic languages and databases.

  • Fedora 23 Will Get System Firmware Updates & Default Local DNS Resolver

    The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee met today to discuss features proposed for Fedora 23.

    Approved at today's FESCo meeting was the system firmware updates item along with having a default local DNS resolver.

  • Linux Top 3: Debian 8.1, Sabayon 15.06 and REMnux 6.0
  • Zyne is now in Debian

    Zyne is a modular synthetizer written in Python. Anyone can create and extend its modules using the Pyo library. Zyne's GUI is coded using WXPython and will look nicely in GNU/Linux, Mac and Windows systems. It's written by the same author of Pyo, and together with Cecilia and Soundgrain is part of an amazing set of libre tools for sound synthesis and electronic music composition.

  • Ubuntu powered BQ Aquaris E5 HD hit the market

    Following the release of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 earlier this year, BQ have started selling the Aquaris E5. The device will not ship until June 21 and shipments will only be made to the European Union, Norway and Switzerland. On the plus side however it comes in at a relatively cheap €199.90/£146.83/$224.70.

  • Graphics Microconference Accepted into 2015 Linux Plumbers Conference

    Although the Year of the Linux Desktop has yet to arrive, a surprising number of Linux users nevertheless need graphics support. This is because there have been a number of years of the Linux smartphone, the Linux television, the Linux digital sign/display/billboard, the Linux automobile, and more. This microconference will cover a number of topics including atomic modesetting in KMS, buffer allocation, verified-secure graphics pipelines, fencing and synchronisation, Wayland, and more.

  • rence Accepted into 2015 Linux Plumbers Con

  • Hacker Can Send Fatal Dose to Hospital Drug Pumps

    When security researcher Billy Rios reported earlier this year that he’d found vulnerabilities in a popular drug infusion pump that would allow a hacker to raise the dosage limit on medication delivered to patients, there was little cause for concern.

  • Tuesday's security advisories
  • Numerous QEMU Vulnerabilities Found and Closed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

    Canonical has released some details in a security notice about quite a few QEMU vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, operating systems.

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