The "Verify Apps" feature of Play Services is Google's firewall against app-based malware. It was introduced in 2012, and first enabled by default in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. (Older versions can manually enable it in the Google Settings app.) Verify Apps works similarly to a traditional PC virus scanner: Whenever the user installs an app, Verify Apps looks for malicious code and known exploits. If they're there, the app are blocked outright — a message is displayed saying "Installation has been blocked." (In other, less suspicious cases, a warning message may be displayed instead, with the option to install anyway.)
A few days back I wrote about a Vulkan renderer for a PlayStation emulator being worked on and now the code to that Vulkan renderer is publicly available.
For those wanting to relive some PlayStation One games this week or just looking for a new test case for Vulkan drivers, the Vulkan renderer for the LibRetro Beetle/Mednafen PSX emulator is now available, months after the LibRetro folks made a Vulkan renderer for the Nintendo 64 emulator.
The Etnaviv DRM-Next pull request is not nearly as exciting as MSM getting Adreno 500 series support, a lot of Intel changes, or the numerous AMDGPU changes, but it's not bad either for a community-driven, reverse-engineered DRM driver for the Vivante graphics cores.
Ubuntu is preparing Mesa 12.0.4 for Ubuntu Xenial and Yakkety users. It's not as great as Mesa 13, but at least there are some important fixes back-ported.
Mesa 12.0.4 is exciting for dozens of bug fixes, including the work to offer better RadeonSI performance. But with Mesa 12.0.4 you don't have the RADV Vulkan driver, OpenGL 4.5, or the other exciting Mesa 13 work.
While there are many open-source game engines these days, many of which were formerly closed-source/commercial engines, one of the big bottlenecks for community-driven game projects continue to be on the art assets/models and/or their reliance upon the commercial game assets for game engines that were later opened up. ET: Legacy continues making progress on free, modernized assets inspired off the original Wolfenstein Enemy Territory game.
Originally, when it was called Das Tal, it ran a Kickstarter campaign that was sadly unsuccessful, so it's pleasing to see it carry on. I've been following it since then and the email update sadly got pushed down my inbox due to an influx of news recently.
I was shared an email yesterday from a conversation with the developers of futuristic racer 'Redout' [Steam, Official Site]. The developers are willing to do a Linux version, if there's enough interest.
It looks damn near incredible and certainly did remind me of WipeOut, a game I wasted hours and probably entire days of my life in when I was younger.
0 A.D. [Official Site] has a change in leadership with Erik stepping down, but work continues on and the new Alpha is already shaping up.
I love 0 A.D. even at this early stage. It is still rather rough, but even release really does bring it forward dramatically. It is one of the most promising open source games available right now.
Mageia 5.1 Released, Tumbleweed's Latest, Most Secure
The Mageia project today announced the release of stopgap version 5.1, an updated "respin" of 5.0 and all updates. The Daily Dot posted their picks for the most sure operating systems and the Hectic Geek is "quite pleased" with Fedora 25. Matthew Garrett chimed in on Ubuntu unofficial images and Dedoimedo reviewed Fedora-based Chapeau 24.