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Events and Webinars: XDC2018, Linux Foundation, and Canonical

Fri, 2017-05-12 10:07
  • X.Org Is Looking For An XDC2018 Host

    The X.Org Foundation is looking for interested individuals to offer bids for organizing the 2018 X.Org Developers' Conference.

    The XDC2017 conference happening this September is taking place at the Googleplex in Mountain View and thus in the usual rotation, for the 2018 conference will ideally be trying to find a host in Europe.

  • New Continuous Development Course Now Available From The Linux Foundation
  • Webinar: Delivering the value of IoT in the retail industry

    IoT is being embraced by an increasingly diverse set of sectors and one which is reaping the benefits is the retail sector, specifically supermarkets and how they are using data in cold-chain (refrigeration) solutions. For this webinar, join Paul Edrich, CTO of IMS Evolve, who is helping major supermarket chains to manage billions of data points in real time to inform operational processes, reduce energy consumption and increase product quality.

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A federal court has ruled that an open-source license is an enforceable contract

Fri, 2017-05-12 09:54

When the South Korean developer of a suite of productivity apps called Hancom Office incorporated an open-source PDF interpreter called Ghostscript into its word-processing software, it was supposed to do one of two things.

To use Ghostscript for free, Hancom would have to adhere to its open-source license, the GNU General Public License (GPL). The GNU GPL requires that when you use GPL-licensed software to make some other software, the resulting software also has to be open-sourced with the same license if it’s released to the public. That means Hancom would have to open-source its entire suite of apps.

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GIMP 2.8.22 Open-Source Image Editor Fixes Ancient CVE Bug from 10 Years Ago

Fri, 2017-05-12 09:05

GIMP, the open-source, free and multi-platform image editor software, was updated today to version 2.8.22, which appears to be a bugfix release in the stable 2.8 series of the project.

Also: GIMP 2.8.22 Released, Fixes A 10 Year Old CVE

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GNOME 3.24.2 Released With A Variety Of Fixes

Fri, 2017-05-12 09:01

GNOME 3.24.2 is now available as the second and last planned point release to the GNOME 3.24 desktop series until the GNOME 3.26 debut in September.

As usual for GNOME point releases, GNOME 3.24.2 just includes bug/regression fixes and translation updates.

Also: GNOME 3.24.2 Desktop Environment Officially Released as the Last in the Series

GNOME Shell and Mutter Updated for the GNOME 3.24.2 Desktop with More Bug Fixes

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Kdenlive 17.04.1 released

Fri, 2017-05-12 08:55

With the ongoing refactoring at full throttle a minor bug fix released with the ability to use VAAPI in transcoding and rendering by inserting a pre-parameter in you encoding profile (refer to commit and bug report for more info), a performance improvement and some Windows version fixes.

Also: KDE Applications 17.04 Gets First Point Release, Adds More Than 20 Bug Fixes

KDE Plasma 5.10 Will Let You Install Snaps and Flatpaks, Support GNOME's ODRS

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today's leftovers

Fri, 2017-05-12 02:39
  • [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.

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Graphics in Linux and OSS

Fri, 2017-05-12 02:38

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SUSE Leftovers: SUSE Academic Program, OBS, and Status Page

Fri, 2017-05-12 02:35
  • SUSE Academic Program Opens Door to Open Source for Students Globally
  • Release of new Image Templates Page

    What’s that? – You might ask. Just have a look yourself. Click on the newly added ‘New image’ link on the OBS front page.

  • Announcing openSUSE’s status page – status.opensuse.org

    Worried about downtimes and maintenance windows of openSUSE services that you missed because there was no information provided?

    Now is your chance to get informed about any (un-)expected downtime of any openSUSE service!

    The openSUSE Heroes team is pleased to announce that status.opensuse.org is up and running as public status page, providing you with the latest updates about our infrastructure. We tried our best to get the page mobile friendly and easy to understand. Even RSS and Atom feeds are available. A big “thank you” to the team from Cachet, the open source status page system, for developing that great tool.

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Linux Devices

Fri, 2017-05-12 02:34
  • Nougat-flavored Nano-ITX SBC targets voice control

    Intrinsyc’s “Open-Q 212” SBC runs Android 7 on a quad -A7 Snapdragon 212, and offers special audio features for developing voice controlled devices.

  • Crowd funding the Radio access technology

    At Lime we have a mission to democratize wireless networks and to bring disruptive technology to the cellular market which will enable the service providers to deploy, maintain and upgrade their network at a fraction of today’s cost. Lime manufactures advanced RF integrated circuits called FPRFs (Field Programmable RF), also known as Software Defined Radios, which are fully programmable dual transceivers. Our chips cover all the cellular channels used globally, which makes them ideal for applications such as radio access for cellular and IoT.

  • This Mega-Sensor Makes the Whole Room Smart

    Laput, a graduate student studying computer-human interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, built the gadget as part of a project he calls Synthetic Sensors. He says it could be used to do things like figure out how many paper towels you’ve got left, detect when someone enters or leaves a building, or keep an eye on an elderly family member (by tracking the person’s typical routine via appliances, for example). It’s being shown off this week in Denver at the CHI computer-human interaction conference.

  • Thin, tough Mini-ITX board runs Linux on Apollo Lake

    Adlink’s rugged “AmITX-AL-I” is a thin Mini-ITX board based on Intel Apollo Lake. It offers triple and 4K displays, plus mini-PCIe, PCIe, and mSATA.

    Adlink briefly announced the AmITX-AL-I when unveiling several Intel Atom E3900 “Apollo Lake” COMs back in November. The board now has a product page, although it’s still tagged as “preliminary.”

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Fri, 2017-05-12 02:33

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Linux and FOSS Events: OSCON and More

Fri, 2017-05-12 02:33
  • 11 wisdoms from half a life in open source

    Brad Fitzpatrick, a software engineer at Google working on the Go programming language, is a life-long nerd.

    His father worked at Intel, so he grew up steeped in technology. He started writing software in middle school, and he has been building and working with open source software for 19 years—over half of his life. Fitzpatrick's keynote at OSCON this year was based on bits of wisdom from half a life in open source.

  • Starting an Open Source Project: A Free Webinar Highlights Best Practices

    Have you launched an open source project or are you considering doing so? Making a success of your project can involve everything from evaluating licenses to community outreach. The good news is that there are many free resources that can help you advance and protect your project.

    A recent webinar called “Best Practices for Starting an Open Source Project” focused on this topic. Hosted by Capital One, the online event featured Mike Dolan, VP of Strategic Programs at The Linux Foundation, as well as Scott Nicholas, who is Senior Director in the same department and assists in the execution of The Linux Foundation’s annual Legal Summit and other legal programs.

  • OpenStack Summit – Edward Snowden, open source and the power of ‘The Collective’

    Edward Snowden, former US NSA employee and self-styled information liberator, remains a highly contentious figure on the US political scene.

    It was then perhaps curiously appropriate, if inadvertent, timing that he should make a guest telecast appearance from Russia to the OpenStack Summit in Boston on the same day that President Donald Trump was sacking FBI Director James Comey as the row over alleged connections to the Kremlin and the Trump campaign rumbles on.

  • GSoC: First week of community bonding

    The first week of community bonding is nearly over and already it’s quite an experience for me. Me and Alameyo were very nicely welcomed by members of the igniterealtime project which really took care of making us able to jump right into the project.

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Development News: Haskell, Node.js, C++, and Golang

Fri, 2017-05-12 02:30
  • Three things I didn't know about Haskell

    I've been trying to refresh my Haskell skills and Paul Callaghan recommended I read the paper "A History of Haskell: Being Lazy With Class", which I found (surprisingly?) fascinating.

  • Keeping the Node.js core small

    Features are wonderful. When Node.js adds a new API, we can instantly do more with it.

    Wouldn’t a larger standard library be more useful for developers? Who could possibly object to Node.js getting better? And who, even more strangely, would actually remove APIs, making Node.js objectively worse?

  • NVIDIA Details CUDA 9 Features, Allows C++14 In Device Code

    NVIDIA at their annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC'17) have provided more public details about the forthcoming CUDA 9 compute update.

  • A Big Golang Update Lands In GCC 8.0

    Now that GCC 7 was released as stable last week, the GCC trunk/master code-base is back open for merging more feature work with the beginning of the GCC 8 development cycle.

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Security Leftovers

Fri, 2017-05-12 02:29
  • Keylogger Discovered in HP Audio Driver
  • [EN] Keylogger in Hewlett-Packard Audio Driver

    Security reviews of modern Windows Active Domain infrastructures are – from our point of view – quite sobering. Therefore, we often look left and right, when, for example, examining the hardening of protection mechanisms of a workstation. Here, we often find all sorts of dangerous and ill-conceived stuff. We want to present one of these casually identified cases now, as it's quite an interesting one: We have discovered a keylogger in an audio driver package by Hewlett-Packard.

    A keylogger is a piece of software for which the case of dual-use can rarely be claimed. This means there are very few situations where you would describe a keylogger that records all keystrokes as 'well-intended'. A keylogger records when a key is pressed, when it is released, and whether any shift or special keys have been pressed. It is also recorded if, for example, a password is entered even if it is not displayed on the screen.

  • Microsoft rushes emergency fix for critical antivirus bug

    The critical security vulnerability in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine affects a number of Microsoft products, including Windows Defender, Windows Intune Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint, Microsoft Endpoint Protection, and Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection. These tools are enabled by default in Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and Windows Server 2012.

  • Google Offers $20000 Rewards to Drive OSS-Fuzz Initiative
  • Call the fuzz, says Google, get the reward
  • How Google’s OSS-Fuzz is securing open-source software

    Google released OSS-Fuzz five months ago with a mission to make open-source projects stable, secure and reliable. Since then, the continuous fuzzing solution has found more than 1,000 bugs with 264 of them flagged as potential security bugs.

  • Google Fuzzing Service for OS Finds 1K Bugs in Five Months

    A Google-led initiative to find security vulnerabilities in popular open source projects has unearthed more than 1,000 bugs in various open source software in the five months since the effort was launched.

  • The IoT's Scramble to Combat Botnets

    With shadowy botnet armies lurking around the globe and vigilante gray-hat actors inoculating susceptible devices, the appetite for Internet of Things security is stronger than ever.

  • Exploiting the Linux kernel via packet sockets

    Lately I’ve been spending some time fuzzing network-related Linux kernel interfaces with syzkaller. Besides the recently discovered vulnerability in DCCP sockets, I also found another one, this time in packet sockets. This post describes how the bug was discovered and how we can exploit it to escalate privileges.

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GNOME News: GNOME 3.24.2, GNOME Themes, and GNOME Maps

Fri, 2017-05-12 00:21
  • GNOME 3.24.2 Released With A Variety Of Fixes

    GNOME 3.24.2 is now available as the second and last planned point release to the GNOME 3.24 desktop series until the GNOME 3.26 debut in September.

    As usual for GNOME point releases, GNOME 3.24.2 just includes bug/regression fixes and translation updates.

  • GNOME 3.24.2 is released

    GNOME 3.24.2 has been released. The second stable update to GNOME 3.24 brings many bug fixes and translation updates. All distributions shipping GNOME 3.24 should upgrade.

  • Install GNOME Themes – Own 26 GTK Themes with One Command

    Every now and then we let you in on some of the finest theme and icon sets because, like many other Linux users, we like to personalize our workstations. An appealing icon set, a well-thought out wallpaper, and an overall artillery of UI components go a long way to defining how well you enjoy using your computer.

    If you’re like me but are discouraged by the stress of having to download all those themes you shouldn’t be any longer because I have come across a script that will fetch you over 10 beautiful GTK themes and all you have to do is query Git to get the script and then run it.

  • Maps news

    3.24.2 was just released and right before the release a nasty crash-on-exit bug appeared. Actually, the bug has been in there ever since Maps gained the ability to show your contact´s addresses from GNOME Calendar/Evolution, but it was brought into daylight by the new version of GJS (our JavaScript engine, based on SpiderMonkey). The problem actually is that in the dispose vfunc of the ContactStore object (this is in our glue C code) we had forgotten to NULL out some pointer memebers when freeing the objects (with g_list_free and g_free) and dispose can be called multiple times and we probably got away before because GJS leaked these objects in the earlier versions. We got this bug report from Ubuntu by the way, in 17.04 the new version of GJS is already used. Thanks to Emmanuele Bassi for spotting this use-after-free bug, this is now fixed in the new version (and in master of course).

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Leftovers: Gaming

Fri, 2017-05-12 00:04

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GIMP 2.8.22

Thu, 2017-05-11 23:44
  • GIMP 2.8.22 Released

    We are releasing GIMP 2.8.22 with various bug fixes.

    All platforms will benefit from a change to the image window hierarchy in single window mode, which improves painting performance when certain GTK+ themes are used.

  • GIMP 2.8.22 Released, Fixes A 10 Year Old CVE

    It's not GIMP 2.10 or the GIMP 3.0 unicorn, but for those wanting the latest-and-greatest GIMP image manipulation program update, v2.8.22 is now available.

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Text and Video Editors: WordPress, Atom, and VidCutter

Thu, 2017-05-11 23:25
  • The WordPress Desktop App Is Blazingly Fast, But It’s Not For Me

    Are you a blogger? If so you may be interested to know that the open-source WordPress desktop app is now available as a Snap app. Released on Linux...

  • You Can Now Install the Atom Hackable Text Editor as a Snap on Ubuntu Linux

    Canonical's David Callé is informing the Ubuntu community today that the Atom open-source and cross-platform hackable text editor loved by numerous developers can now be installed in Ubuntu Linux as a Snap.

    Mark Shuttleworth promised to focus on advancing the develop of the Snappy technologies, which allow user to install Snap packages across multiple Linux-based operating systems, so we should see more and more popular apps packaged as Snaps.

  • 3 types of useful Atom text editor packages for writers

    Text editors aren't just something developers use to crank out code. Writers use them, too. A good text editor enables writers to focus on their words, but also packs other features that help them craft and publish their work more efficiently.

    While popular among the techies, GitHub's Atom text editor has evolved into a solid editor for writers, too. That's thanks to Atom's 6,100+ packages, which greatly extend the editor's capabilities.

    Let's look at three types of packages for the Atom text editor that writers of all stripes will find useful.

  • Open-Source Video Trimmer App VidCutter Scores Big Update

    A big update to VidCutter, an open-source video trim, split and merge app, is available to download. VidCutter is a cross-platform Qt5 app for quick video trimming/splitting and merging video clips without the need to re-encode. The app is powered by FFmpeg, which available on almost all major Linux distributions.

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Benchmarking The New RadeonSI/Gallium3D Threaded Support

Thu, 2017-05-11 21:32

Last night well known AMD Mesa developer Marek Olsak released a new patch series threading Gallium3D's pipe_context and initially is suitable for the RadeonSI driver. Given the performance gains he mentioned in the patch series, I was anxious to try out this new Gallium3D threading capability.

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