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More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

LXer - 2 hours 32 min ago
Deteriorating web prompts browser maker to take a stand. Mozilla intends to add basic ad filtering capabilities to its Firefox browser later this year, according to its recently updated roadmap. The move follows from what Asa Dotzler, Firefox roadmap and community leader at Mozilla, describes as changes that are making the web experience worse.

Barrier - a Synergy fork

Reddit - 2 hours 37 min ago

Starting from version 2, synergy uses it's own servers to create the connection between computers, even when these are on the lan. Thus, it requires internet connection to work. AFAIK version 1 only needed lan connection to operate. This is where the new fork comes in: barrier - https://github.com/debauchee/barrier

It is supposed to be a fork from synergy version 1. Did anyone tried it? I'm curious to know whether it actually is lan-only and if it runs any better than the original project. There aren't any help files and its documentation is very thin.

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Slax 9.4 RC1 Available For A Lightweight Debian Experience

Phoronix - 3 hours 54 sec ago
The first release candidate of the Debian-based Slax Linux distribution is now available...

How to Install Python 3.6.4 on CentOS 7

LXer - Sat, 2018-03-24 23:52
We’ll show you how to install Python 3.6.4 on CentOS 7. Python is at the core of many popular websites and programs – YouTube, Instagram, and even Yum on CentOS, to name a few. They all rely on Python’s reliability and performance to complete many tasks at a time. Python is a general-purpose object-oriented programming language designed to be used as a software solution for almost all kinds of problems.

Advanced DRI Configurator Now Supports PRIME GPU Setups

Phoronix - Sat, 2018-03-24 22:37
As a more modern and feature alternative to the DriConf configuration program for tweaking Mesa driver settings, a few months back we featured ADRICONF as the Advanced DRI Configuration. Recently this GUI program has picked up a few more features...

today's leftovers

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 21:58
  • Sony May Owe You $65 for Your Old PS3

    If you own an old PlayStation 3, the original “fat” one before it slimmed down, then Sony could owe you up to $65. Unfortunately, there are a few hurdles to jump through, and you only have until April 15, 2018 to stake your claim for compensation.

  • Nouveau Is On The Verge Of Having Basic Compute Support

    Karol Herbst, who is a long-time Nouveau contributor who joined Red Hat at the end of last year, along with other hat-wearing Linux developers continue working on Nouveau compute support for this open-source NVIDIA driver.

    Karol has been ironing out the Nouveau NIR support that is a critical element to get SPIR-V support going for the Nouveau driver, which is the common IR to Vulkan and OpenCL. Meanwhile there is also the work to get SPIR-V support for Gallium3D's Clover state tracker.

  • Intel OpenGL Driver Performance On Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu vs. Clear Linux

    When having the Microsoft Windows 10 Professional x64 installation on the Core i7 8700K "Coffee Lake" system this week I also took the opportunity to run some fresh OpenGL benchmarks on Windows compared to Linux.

    Due to the UHD Graphics 630 not being too practical for Linux gamers, for this quick round of benchmarking were just some standard OpenGL games and tests across all supported platforms. The latest drivers were used on each platform, including a secondary run on Ubuntu when switching to the Linux 4.16 Git kernel.

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Why so little love for the patent grant in the MIT License?

LXer - Sat, 2018-03-24 21:57
Too often, I hear it said that the MIT License has no patent license, or that it has merely some possibility of an "implied" patent license. If the MIT License was sensitive, it might develop an inferiority complex in light of the constant praise heaped on its younger sibling, the Apache License, which conventional wisdom says has a "real" patent license.read more

KDE and GNOME: Choqok, Discover, Qt and GStreamer

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 21:53
  • Choqok 1.6 Beta 1

    This will be the first release after the KDE frameworks port and many things have been fixed in those 16 months...

  • This week in Discover, part 11

    This week we landed a significant visual improvement for Discover: the app lists have been re-implemented using a new “cards” style in Kirigami. This was a lovely collaboration between Marco Martin, Aleix Pol, and myself. And best of all, this pretty “cards”-style list is also available to other Kirigami apps!

  • Krita Version 4.0 Released With Improved Vector Tools

    Brief: Popular open source digital painting application Krita has a new release with improvement on the vector tools. Have a look at the new features and installation procedure of Krita 4.0.

  • Certifiably Qt

    Expanding your team’s software development capacity is something that most managers will encounter at some point in their careers. There are several ways to do this – three of the most common options are hiring new employees, using a service company, or incorporating onsite contractors. Regardless of which route you choose to go, software certifications are an effective tool to help you identify the right resources. Qt certifications are a case in point.

  • Statistics, Google Code-in, Gitlab, Bugzilla
  • Collabora & GStreamer 1.14

    After a particularly long cycle of over 10 months, the GStreamer community had accumulated a lot of improvements that are now widely available in the 1.14 release. The release notes contain a good explanation of everything the community has produced, but I'd like to highlight some of the contributions from Collabora's engineers that we're particularly proud of.

  • Low-latency audio on Windows with GStreamer

    Digital audio is so ubiquitous that we rarely stop to think or wonder how the gears turn underneath our all-pervasive apps for entertainment. Today we'll look at one specific piece of the machinery: latency.

    Let's say you're making a video of someone's birthday party with an app on your phone. Once the recording starts, you don't care when the app starts writing it to disk—as long as everything is there in the end.

    However, if you're having a Skype call with your friend, it matters a whole lot how long it takes for the video to reach the other end and vice versa. It's impossible to have a conversation if the lag (latency) is too high.

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Software: Corebird, RawTherapee, LVFS and More

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 21:51

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Red Hat and Fedora: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Alpha, Results Imminent, Fedora Atomic Workstation and More

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 21:48

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Ubuntu and Mint Leftovers

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 21:46
  • Ubuntu 18.04's Automatic Suspend Shows Linux Suspend Can Still Be An Issue In 2018

    One of the subtle changes that seemed to have been made during the Ubuntu 18.04 development cycle is automatic suspend now being enabled by default on desktop systems.

    Automatic suspend is flipped on with Ubuntu 18.04 desktop after a twenty minute delay of being idle, at least on several systems I've been running the daily Bionic Beaver with this month.

  • Bid “bonjour” to our Bionic Beaver!

    Along with a sneak preview of our official Bionic mascot, it’s a short update this week as we’re all heads-down in bug fixing mode. There are a couple of links to check out if you’re interested in what sort of data we want to collect about hardware and setup, with links to the source.

  • MintBox Mini 2

    Based on the Compulab Fitlet2, the new Mini is just as small as the original MintBox Mini and the MintBox Mini Pro but with much better specifications, better performance and a few more features.

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Android Leftovers

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 21:44
  • Android tips and tricks: 10 great ways to boost your phone experience
  • About the privacy of the unlocking procedure for Xiaomi’s Mi 5s plus

    First, you got to register on Xiaomi’s website, and request for the permission to unlock the device. That’s already bad enough: why should I ask for the permission to use the device I own as I am pleased to? Anyway, I did that. The procedure includes receiving an SMS. Again, more bad: why should I give-up such a privacy thing as my phone number? Anyway, I did it, and received the code to activate my website account. Then I started the unlock program in a virtualbox Windows XP VM (yeah right… I wasn’t expecting something better anyway…), and then, the program tells me that I need to add my Xiaomi’s account in the phone. Of course, it then sends a web request to Xiaomi’s server. I’m already not happy with all of this, but that’s not it. After all of these privacy breaches, the unlock APP tells me that I need to wait 72 hours to get my phone to account association to be activated. Since I wont be available in the middle of the week, for me, that means waiting until next week-end to do that. Silly…

  • You Can Now Try Android Games Without Downloading Them

    Tired of downloading games only to realize they suck? Google Play Instant might mean never doing that again.

  • Plex for Android Will Soon Let You Cast Your Own Videos to Chromecast

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OSS Leftover

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 21:43
  • Bootlin Making Progress On Their Open-Source Allwinner VPU Support

    Bootlin (formerly Free Electrons) continues making progress on their goal to have working and upstream open-source video encode/decode support for the Allwinner VPU.

  • 8 Best Facebook Alternatives With Focus On Privacy For 2018

    Last year, Mastodon made splashes as an open source Twitter competitor but you can also use it as a Facebook alternative. Apart from all the differences in terms of privacy, character length, what really sets Mastodon apart is the “instance” feature. You can think of the service as a series of connected nodes (instances) and your account belongs to a particular instance.

    The whole interface is divided into 4 card-like columns. If you use this service as an alternative to Facebook, it might seem confusing but you might get a hang of it with time. Mastodon.social is the most popular instance, so you can start with it.

  • Upcoming March 2018 events: LibrePlanet, Reddit AMA

    We will also be manning a booth there, where you can try out our Librem laptops and see one of our i.MX 6 phone prototype development boards for the Librem 5. Come and say hi! We’ll be happy to meet old friends and new Free Software enthusiasts, veterans and newcomers, and to answer any questions attendees may have for us.

  • Best Open Source Content Management System
  • Open Compute Project Has Billion Dollar Impact on Server Market
  • 6-Axis Open-Source Robot Arm is Now on Kickstarter

    Just launched on Kickstarter is the AR2 6 axis robot aluminum parts kit operated by an Arduino microcontroller. The robot was created by Chris Annin, an automation engineer who has worked in the investment casting industry for more than 20 years.

    “I have a passion for robotics. I’ve always wondered why robots have to cost more than $30K and I wanted to bring a lower cost option to the table to afford the rest of us the opportunity to experience and play with 6 axis robots,” he explains.

  • FOSS Project Spotlight: Sawmill, the Data Processing Project

    If you're into centralized logging, you are probably familiar with the ELK Stack: Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana. Just in case you're not, ELK (or Elastic Stack, as it's being renamed these days) is a package of three open-source components, each responsible for a different task or stage in a data pipeline.

    Logstash is responsible for aggregating the data from your different data sources and processing it before sending it off for indexing and storage in Elasticsearch. This is a key role. How you process your log data directly impacts your analysis work. If your logs are not structured correctly and you have not configured Logstash correctly, your logs will not be parsed in a way that enables you to query and visualize them in Kibana.

  • The programming languages you should learn now

    Learning a programming language is not hard. In fact, if you’re experienced, you can learn the basics in under 24 hours. So if you’re in the market for a new lingua franca, such as to bolster your hirability, what you choose next might be influenced by your current language of choice.

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Security: FUD. Sensationalist Headlines and Windows Unnamed

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 21:35
  • Cybercriminals Exploit PHP Weathermap Vulnerability to Install Cryptocurrency Miner on Linux Servers [Ed: Nothing to do with Linux; media never names Microsoft Windows when something bad happens on it.]
  • Is Application Security Dead?

    Spoiler alert: If application security isn't dead yet, its days are numbered. OK, this is an over-exaggeration, but fear not, application security engineers — the work you do is actually becoming more important than ever, and your budget will soon reflect this. Application security will never die, but it will have to morph to succeed.

  • Sweden Is Becoming a Haven for Cryptojackers [Ed: Microsoft Windows not named, but implied]


    The number of such attacks surged an estimated 10,100 percent in the biggest Nordic economy in the fourth quarter, about double the jump globally, according to Symantec Corp.’s 2018 Internet Security Threat Report.

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Tilix – A New GTK 3 Tiling Terminal Emulator for Linux

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 21:10

But sometimes, we find it difficult to choose which terminal emulator to work with, depending on our preferences. In this overview, we shall cover one exciting terminal emulator for Linux called Tilix.

Tlix (previously called Terminix – name changed due to a trademark issue) is a tiling terminal emulator that uses GTK+ 3 widget called VTE (Virtual Terminal Emulator). It is developed using GTK 3 with aims of conforming to GNOME HIG (Human Interface Guidelines).

Additionally, this application has been tested on GNOME and Unity desktops, although users have also tested it successfully on various other Linux desktops environments.

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Atomic Replace / Cumulative Patches Being Worked On For Linux Kernel Livepatching

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 20:47

It's been a while since last having anything new to report with the mainline Linux kernel's livepatching infrastructure, but some improvements are in the works.

Petr Mladek of SUSE has been picking up the work started by Joe Lawrence at Red Hat for atomic replace functionality for the kernel livepatches in working towards cumulative patch support.

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