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Graphics: AMDVLK's XGL Vulkan API, Vulkan On GitHub, Mesa 17.3.9, Libinput Getting Support For Custom Acceleration Profiles

Thu, 2018-04-12 18:06
  • AMDVLK's XGL Code Updated With Int16 & Shader Ballot Improvements

    AMD's XGL Vulkan API layer for their "AMDVLK" driver has been updated this week with a number of enhancements.

    The latest code drop for this AMDVLK XGL code includes supporting 16-bit integers "int16" within the AMD_shader_ballot and AMD_trinary_minmax extensions. There are also pipeline improvements, AMD_shader_ballot extension enhancements, a consistent dispatch table mechanism is now used throughout the driver, and a number of other code fixes.

  • There Are Now More Than 2,000 Projects Referencing Vulkan On GitHub

    As another milestone for the Vulkan API, as of today there are more than 2,000 projects referencing Vulkan on GitHub!

    It was nearly one year ago to the day (19 April) that Vulkan had 1,000 project mentions on GitHub while overnight that threshold crossed 2,000.

    Granted, the GitHub search isn't looking at projects necessarily offering a full Vulkan code implementation, but could be a Vulkan mention within code documentation saying it's coming soon, etc. But for comparison, "Direct3D 12" has just 39 hits on GitHub (or 101 for D3D12), 207 for D3D11 / 99 for Direct 3D 11, or 33,741 for OpenGL. Overall, not bad for Vulkan's continued rise and this graphics/compute API just over two years old.

  • Mesa 17.3.9 Is Coming With About Two Dozen Fixes To End Out Mesa 17.3

    Mesa 17.3.9 is expected to be released at the start of next week as the final point release for the Mesa 17.3 driver series that was introduced back in Q4'2017.

    With Mesa 18.0 now in good shape and being out for a few weeks, the Mesa 17.3 series is wrapping up. Juan Suarez Romero of Igalia who has been serving as the 17.3 series stable release manager today announced the 17.3.9 release candidate. There are currently 23 patches for this final point release, including fixes for the RADV Vulkan driver, GL/GLES version overriding fixes, GLSL patches, NIR fixes, and other minor work.

  • Libinput Getting Support For Custom Acceleration Profiles

    The latest libinput hackery being worked on by Linux input expert Peter Hutterer at Red Hat is custom profile support for pointer acceleration.

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Games: GameMode, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, GOG, Glitchspace, The Spatials: Galactology

Thu, 2018-04-12 17:52

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Programming: Qt, GitKraken, and GitHub

Thu, 2018-04-12 16:49

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Qt 5.9.5 Released

Thu, 2018-04-12 16:11

Qt 5.9.5 is released today. As a patch release Qt 5.9.5 does not add any new functionality, but provides important bug fixes and other improvements.

Compared to Qt 5.9.4, the new Qt 5.9.5 contains over 100 bug fixes. In total there are around 450 changes in Qt 5.9.5 compared to Qt 5.9.4. For details of the most important changes, please check the Change files of Qt 5.9.5.

Also: Qt 5.9.5 Released With 100+ Bug Fixes, ~450 Changes

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5 Best Feed Reader Apps for Linux

Thu, 2018-04-12 14:31

Extensively use RSS feeds to stay updated with your favorite websites? Take a look at the best feed reader applications for Linux.

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Security: ATI Systems, 'Smart' Meters, Despacito, AntiVirus Tools, Mitre ATT&CK Test Tools

Thu, 2018-04-12 13:51
  • Researchers Rickrolled Emergency Alert Sirens in Proof-of-Concept Hack

    A researcher from wireless security startup Bastille found that the emergency alert systems made by ATI Systems—which makes and installs emergency mass notification and alert warning systems—transmitted commands unencrypted, allowing anyone with a radio transmitter (and the ability to reverse engineer the commands) to hijack them.

  • The tricks power firms use to force us to switch to digital meters | This is Money
  • Here’s How Hackers Might Have Deleted Despacito Video From YouTube
  • Top 5 Absolutely Free Open-Source AntiVirus Tools for PC

    Antivirus software’s made us feel at ease in using our mobile phones, tablets, and computers. It allows us to browse safely on the net without the fear of making your private information spread to the others (or by any cause of viruses). Antivirus software also is known as anti-malware software, is a computer software that is used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software’s. It can protect the computer from malicious browser helper objects, ransomware, keyloggers, backdoors, trojan horses, worms, fraud tools, and adware etc.

    Some antivirus also includes protections from other computer threats like a spam, online banking attacks, infected and malicious URLs, scam and phishing attacks, online identity (privacy), social engineering techniques, advanced persistent threat (APT) and botnet DDoS attacks.

  • 4 open-source Mitre ATT&CK test tools compared

    One way to learn how to better defend your enterprise is to train a red team to simulate attacks. The Mitre ATT&CK framework, which can be a very useful collection of threat tactics and techniques for such a team. The framework classifies and describes a wide range of attacks. To make it even more effective, various commercial and open-source general testing tools have been built to complement its schemas.

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Software: KStars 2.9.4, QEMU 2.12 RC3. Catfish File Search for GNU/Linux Reviewed

Thu, 2018-04-12 13:49
  • Spring season KStars v2.9.4 is Released!

    Glad to announce the release of KStars v2.9.4 aka Emad is now release for Windows, MacOS, and Linux!

    The new release brings in more performance improvements and bug fixes.

  • QEMU 2.12.0-rc3 is now available

    On behalf of the QEMU Team, I'd like to announce the availability of the fourth release candidate for the QEMU 2.12 release. This release is meant for testing purposes and should not be used in a production environment.

  • QEMU 2.12 Should Be Ready For Release Next Week

    Barring any last minute blocker bugs from being discovered, QEMU 2.12 is expected for release next week as the latest feature update for this important piece of the Linux virtualization stack.

    QEMU 2.12 is coming in hot with the necessary user-space bits for Intel vGPU acceleration support, SMP support in the Tiny Code Generator (TCG) is now stable, the GTK2 UI is officially deprecated now in favor of GTK3, support for NVMe controllers to be directly driven via QEMU + VFIO, a variety of ARM emulation improvements, new RISC-V target, support for AMD Encrypted Virtualization with KVM, x86 IBRS support, and a lot of other improvements.

  • Catfish File Search for GNU/Linux

    In previous articles, I've discussed how to search for files through other means, like using the command line, but I thought I'd give a quick review of the GUI search tool, Catfish.

    Catfish is an extremely powerful, and yet extremely simplistic Gtk+ based graphical tool that utilizes multiple technologies already likely in your system, to complete its searches; locate and find, and utilizes zeitgeist for search suggestions.

    Sometimes, I really and truthfully just don't feel like popping open a terminal, and locating a file. Sometimes, I really just want to click around with my mouse, even if its typically slower.

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Xiaomi aims to release Kernel Source Code for new devices within 3 months after launch

Thu, 2018-04-12 11:56

Xiaomi is a company that’s largely renowned for their devices that offer excellent specifications relative to price. Smartphones is just one of their many ventures, but it’s how the company has made its name known globally. The company’s rapid expansion in markets like India has brought millions of new users onto smartphones running Android, which has resulted in a wave of new users on our forums looking to customize their devices. Unfortunately, Xiaomi has a poor history of complying with open source licenses as they have shown time and time and time again that they are willing to violate the General Public License v2 (GPLv2) by failing to release kernel source code for their devices. The GPL is what makes the developer community on our forums possible, as all Android phones run on the Linux kernel and without access to the source code it would have been nearly impossible for custom AOSP-based ROMs to take off the way they’ve done on our forums.

Also: Conservancy Welcomes the Common Workflow Language as a Member Project

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3 password managers for the Linux command line

Thu, 2018-04-12 11:47

We all want our passwords to be safe and secure. To do that, many people turn to password management applications like KeePassX or Bitwarden.

If you spend a lot of time in a terminal window and are looking for a simpler solution, you'll want to check out one of the many password managers for the Linux command line. They're quick, easy to use, and secure.

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Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

Thu, 2018-04-12 11:43

Google has published details of its "Fuchsia" operating system.

The last time we updated readers on the OS it needed fair amount of work to get going.

Now, Google has decided it's time it gave the world something more informative than a bunch of Git-managed open-source code, and this week published what it calls The Book: a programmer-oriented guide to interacting with Fuchsia (which, The Book emphasized, is Not Linux).

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Mozilla Leftovers: Data Collection, Containers, WebAssembly Studio

Thu, 2018-04-12 11:06
  • These Weeks in Firefox: Issue 36
  • Data Collection at Mozilla: Browser Errors

    The first step was to find out how many errors we’d be collecting. One tool at our disposal at Mozilla is Shield, which lets us run small studies at targeted subsets of users. In this case, I wanted to collect data on how many errors were being logged on the Nightly channel.

  • Use Firefox Focus to keep Facebook contained on your mobile device

    Most of us signed up for Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family. We didn’t sign up to share our personal information with mysterious third-party organizations. That’s why we created the Facebook Container, which lets you use Facebook on your desktop or laptop without sharing personal info with third parties outside of Facebook. Firefox Focus for iOS and Android can give you similar privacy protection when you’re using Facebook on the go. Here’s how it works.

  • Sneak Peek at WebAssembly Studio

    WebAssembly.Studio is an online IDE (integrated development environment) that helps you learn and teach others about WebAssembly. It’s also a Swiss Army knife that comes in handy whenever working with WebAssembly.

    

    We started working on WebAssembly Studio in late December 2017, in an attempt to merge two existing tools that we had developed: WasmExplorer and WasmFiddle. Since then, thanks to several contributors who jumped into the project early, we’ve made quite a bit of progress. We’ve merged those two tools and added several new features. Our beta (more like an alpha) release is now live at https://webassembly.studio and we are very interested in your feedback.

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Changing Healthcare with Blockchain Technology

Thu, 2018-04-12 10:59

He also emphasized that open source efforts, such as The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project, are driving blockchain forward and are essential. He said that openness ensures scalability, accessibility, resiliency, and innovation. “Participating in The Hyperledger Project has made a lot of sense for us,” Symanski noted. “It protects protocol governance, node management, consensus mechanisms, and more and these are all very important in the healthcare industry.”

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Video: See What's New in Ubuntu 18.04 Beta Preview. Is it Worth the Hype?

Thu, 2018-04-12 10:57

Ubuntu 18.04 Beta has been released ahead of the final release on 26th April. I took it for a test ride and created a video of the main new features in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Also (Video): EzeeLinux Show 18.15 | GNU Midnight Commander

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Debian Leftovers

Thu, 2018-04-12 10:55

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Software: Feed Readers, Kiwi TCMS, Laverna, Tig, Flash Player and More

Thu, 2018-04-12 10:52
  • 5 Best Feed Reader Apps for Linux

    RSS feeds were once most widely used, to collect news and articles from different sources at one place. It is often perceived that RSS usage is in decline. However, there are still people (like me) who believe in opening an application that accumulates all the website’s articles at one place, which they can read later even when they are not connected to the internet.

    Feed Readers makes it easier by collecting all the published items on a website for anytime access. You don’t need to open several browser tabs to go to your favorite websites, and bookmarking the one you liked.

    In this article, I’ll share some of my favorite feed reader applications for Linux desktop.

  • Kiwi TCMS 4.1.4

    We're happy to announce Kiwi TCMS version 4.1.4! This is a bug-fix and enhancement update which upgrades to the latest Django version, resolves several issues and includes lots of internal code updates.

  • Laverna – A Cross-Platform Privacy-Focused Note Taking App

    FossMint has a number of Markdown note-taking app articles under its belt and it is with pleasure that we bring you another fantastic one, Laverna.

    Laverna is a modern open source Markdown editor with a sleek UI and a focus on user privacy. It is written in JavaScript to provide users with a speedy enough performance to stand in as an Evernote alternative.

    With Laverna, you can take notes and create to-do lists, both of which you can organize using notebooks. During editing, you can decide to work in normal, preview, or distraction – free mode.

  • Tig – A Command Line Browser for Git Repositories
  • What’s A Suitable Flash Player Alternative To Adobe Flash Player

    More people are willing to break away from Adobe Flash Player – perhaps because it won’t be long before support for it will end. While many are making a move from Flash, Adobe is still offering releases for it such as the Flash Player 24 branch. Of course, with numerous threats plaguing the player, people wonder if they are any viable options available.

  • New PELUX 1.0 Automotive Software Leverages Open Source Technologies
  • Epiq Solutions Unveils Highly Integrated RF + Linux® Module to Simplify Wireless Product Development Cycle
  • DOSBox Part 1: Introduction, Startup Scripts and The Keymapper

    This guide provides the necessary skills that will be used in each successive guide. The main focus of this series is to provide practical examples and tutorials for achieving certain tasks using DOSBox. Later tutorials will cover handling floppy disk images and booting from them, same with hard drive images, running Windows 3.11, and other advanced tasks.

  • Capsule8 Launches Zero-Day Threat Detection Platform for Linux [Ed: Capsule8 seems to be proprietary and nothing that is secret code should be trusted anywhere near secure systems]

    Security startup Capsule8 officially launched the 1.0 release of its zero-day threat detection platform on April 11, after more than a year of active development.

    Capsule8 1.0 is intended to help secure both container as well as non-container based Linux workloads from unknown zero-day threats. Among the risks that Capsule8 aims to help mitigate are side-channel memory attacks, like the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

  • Introducing Snallygaster - a Tool to Scan for Secrets on Web Servers

    A few days ago I figured out that several blogs operated by T-Mobile Austria had a Git repository exposed which included their wordpress configuration file. Due to the fact that a phpMyAdmin installation was also accessible this would have allowed me to change or delete their database and subsequently take over their blogs.

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Krita 4.0.1 Released

Thu, 2018-04-12 10:36

Today the Krita team releases Krita 4.0.1, a bug fix release of Krita 4.0.0. We fixed more than fifty bugs since the Krita 4.0.0 release! See below for the full list of fixed isses. Translations work again with the appimage and the macOS build.

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Falkon browser - Fly babe fly

Thu, 2018-04-12 10:24

Falkon and QupZilla may be the same product, but just re-branding it has already improved the overall impression. Not by a huge margin, but enough to make it interesting. Once you start using it, you do realize that it's a mix of good and odd, much like the predecessor, with some really brilliant and dubious choices packaged together. Adblocking, session manager versus fuzzy interface, missing spellcheck and database plaintext thingie. Then, the behavior is nowhere near as stellar, lithe or fast as it should be.

Still, this has been my most successful QupZilla-ed experience so far. Falkon was stable, it did not crash, there were no errors, and overall, it worked well. But the sense of unease remains. I can't put my finger to it, but there's just something slightly out of place with it. Not sure what it is. But whatever it is, it's probably the reason why there hasn't been that much uptake with this native KDE Internet-giving program. Once that part is sorted out, Plasma may have a nice and friendly browser. Worth testing, and try not to be dissuaded by the oddness.

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Awesome GNOME extensions for developers

Thu, 2018-04-12 08:52

Extensions add immense flexibility to the GNOME 3 desktop environment. They give users the advantage of customizing their desktop while adding ease and efficiency to their workflow. The Fedora Magazine has already covered some great desktop extensions such as EasyScreenCast, gTile, and OpenWeather. This article continues that coverage by focusing on extensions tailored for developers.

If you need assistance installing GNOME extensions, refer to the article How to install a GNOME Shell extension.

Also: Free software desktops to 2020 & beyond

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