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More on Debian GNU/Linux 9.2, FAI 5.4

Sun, 2017-10-08 19:57
  • Debian GNU/Linux 9.2 "Stretch" Update Introduces over 150 Security and Bug Fixes

    The Debian Project today announced the release of the second maintenance update of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series, adding a considerable number of bug fixes and security patches.

    Coming two and a half months after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 9.1, the Debian GNU/Linux 9.2 point release introduces numerous updates that regular Debian Stretch users should have received through the official channels of the popular distribution used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

  • FAI 5.4 enters the embedded world

    I'm happy to join the Debian cloud sprint in a week, where more FAI related work is waiting.

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Graphics: Vega 10 On RadeonSI, Vulkan 1.0.62

Sun, 2017-10-08 19:56
  • Testing Primitive Binning With Vega 10 On RadeonSI

    One month back Marek Olšák landed support in the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for primitive binning with Vega 10 GPUs but now that feature is likely to be disabled by default.

    Marek is moving ahead now to disable primitive binning by default for Vega 10 GPUs but to keep it enabled for upcoming Raven Ridge APUs. He explained in the proposed patch, "Our driver implementation is known to decrease performance for some tests, but we don't know if any apps and benchmarks (e.g. those tested by Phoronix) are affected. This disables the feature just to be safe."

  • Vulkan 1.0.62 Adds A New AMD Extension

    Vulkan 1.0.62 is now available as the latest updated specification for this high performance graphics and compute API.

    Vulkan 1.0.62 is mostly comprised of the usual documentation fixes and other clarifications. Nothing really too notable on that front with Vulkan 1.0.62.

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today's leftovers

Sun, 2017-10-08 19:51

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OSS: Cascadia Community Builder Award, ITA, Storage, Hyperledger

Sun, 2017-10-08 19:48
  • Cascadia Community Builder Award: 2017 winner announced

    The Cascadia Community Builder Award recognizes a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the free software movement in the Cascadia region, and this year's winner is Lance Albertson. The award was presented in person on Saturday, October 7, at the Seattle GNU/Linux conference. Albertson is director for the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) and has been involved with the Gentoo Linux project as a developer and package maintainer since 2003.

  • ITA trains MoE staff on using free and open source software

    The Information Technology Authority (ITA), in cooperation with  Daleel Petroleum, is conducting a training programme for Ministry of Education employees, on using free and open source software (FOSS) till October 22. 

    The training programme targets 200 employees in Dakhliyah and Dhahirah governorates and focuses on three main training curricula: Ubuntu for beginners, designed for teachers and supervisors and advanced Ubuntu for technicians in addition to GIMP and Inkscape software for teachers.

  • Open source technology promises to alter enterprise storage

    The most obvious example of this is the development of Linux, various distributions of which have been adopted as the cloud operating system of choice and the go-to platform for modern application developers.

  • Join us at Sibos in Toronto!

    We’re traveling to Toronto in a few weeks to attend Sibos 2017, Oct 16-19. Under the conference theme of ‘Building for the Future,’ we have a robust program agenda planned that is designed to help attendees learn about permissioned blockchains, distributed ledger technologies and smart contracts, plus the latest innovations coming out of Hyperledger.

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Software: Blender, KDE Connect, GNUHealth, GCC

Sun, 2017-10-08 19:45
  • New Blender 2.8 Design Document Published

    Blender 2.8 remains planned for 2018 brings many modern features including its "Eevee" physically based rendering engine, a grease pencil feature, a overhaul to the dependency graph feature, asset management, and much more. It also ups the requirement on Blender to OpenGL 3.3+ for rendering.

    Coming out this weekend is a new Blender 2.8 design document covering more about this huge release.

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  • KDE connect makes your mobile life easier

    KDE Connect connects between your mobile and Linux, wirelessly.

    You can copy photos, videos, or other files from mobile, or vise versa.

  • GNUHealth 3.2.5 patchset released

    GNU Health 3.2.5 patchset has been released !

  • Facebook Has Been Working On C++ Modules Support For GCC

    For C++20 the long-awaited modules system is likely to finally land. Facebook engineers have been working on a C++ modules implementation already for the GNU Compiler Collection.

    Since LLVM Clang 5.0 has been an experimental C++ modules implementation there while on the GCC side there hasn't been any implementation merged to master, but then again this technical specification isn't yet set in stone for C++20. Nathan Sidwell of Facebook has been among the developers working on supporting C++ modules within GCC's G++ front-end. Those unfamiliar with the proposed C++ module system can see the current TS.

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Games: RUINER, Natural Selection 2 and More

Sun, 2017-10-08 19:41

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Red Hat and Fedora News

Sun, 2017-10-08 19:32

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Newbie's Guide to Ubuntu 17.10 and More Information

Sun, 2017-10-08 19:30
  • Newbie's Guide to Ubuntu 17.10 Part 1

    This is a tutorial series for newbies to operate Ubuntu 17.10. This is targeted to help newbies from MS Windows environment to run Ubuntu. This series is divided into 3 parts: first operating the desktop, second navigating the file manager, and third setting the system so it suits your needs. After the final part, this will be re-published as an ebook of UbuntuBuzz. So start your Ubuntu and enjoy this!

  • Ubuntu 17.10 New Features, Release Date and Upgrade Procedure

    Ubuntu 17.10 is a short-term release and will be supported for nine months. Which means that in July 2018, you must upgrade to a newer version or else you won’t get system and security updates.

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An Interview With Neil McGovern, GNOME Foundation Executive Director: “Software Freedom, Users, And Technical Excellence Are Our 3 Pillars”

Sun, 2017-10-08 18:56

Earlier this year in February, the GNOME Foundation announced the appointment of Neil McGovern as its new Executive Director. He is a well-known figure in Free Software community; he served as Debian Project Leader from 2014-15. The GNOME Project, apart from developing GNOME desktop, also takes care of multiple other emerging projects.

Also: Travel to Berlin

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Ethereum and Blockchain News

Sun, 2017-10-08 17:04

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BSD: OpenBSD 6.2 Out a Week From Now

Sun, 2017-10-08 16:54

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Kernel: Ubuntu, FSPERF, SLIMbus

Sat, 2017-10-07 19:52
  • A New Ubuntu Kernel Build With The Very Latest AMDGPU DC Patches For 4.15

    This week the latest AMDGPU DC patches were queued up ahead of Linux 4.15. As covered in that article, those several dozen patches mostly further clean-up this major AMDGPU display code rework and trim it up by a few thousand lines of code. For those wishing to test out this new display stack, here is a fresh Ubutu/Debian x86_64 kernel build.

  • Facebook Developers Working On FSPERF For Better Linux File-System/Block Testing

    Josef Bacik of Facebook's file-system/storage team has announced fsperf as a new testing framework around the Linux file-system/block storage code.

    With every Linux file-system developer seeming to construct his own scripts and to test their file-system/block kernel code in a different manner, Josef is hoping fsperf can unify some of the processes by these Linux kernel developers.

  • SLIMbus Framework Revised For The Linux Kernel

    Linaro developers have restored work on the SLIMbus patches for the Linux kernel, which have long been dormant.

    SLIMbus is the Serial Low-power Inter-chip Media Bus, which is a standard from the MIPI alliance to allow multiple digital audio components to communicate simultaneously and carry multiple audio streams of differing sample rates and bit widths.

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Updated Debian 9: 9.2 released

Sat, 2017-10-07 19:47

The Debian project is pleased to announce the second update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename "stretch"). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available.

Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 9 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old "stretch" media. After installation, packages can be upgraded to the current versions using an up-to-date Debian mirror.

Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages, and most such updates are included in the point release.

New installation images will be available soon at the regular locations.

Also: Debian 9.2 Released

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Security: FireEye, Disqus, EFF on Apple

Sat, 2017-10-07 19:27
  • FireEye Warns of Expanding FormBook Malware Attacks

    "Because of the affiliate model (or Malware-as-a-Service) set up and its open availability on the web, it is difficult to determine the attack origins, and could be attributed to anyone who has subscribed to the service," Randi Eitzman, FireEye Analyst, told eSecurityPlanet.

    FormBook is being distributed via different document formats, including PDF, DOC and archive files that have some form of download link, macro or executable payload.

  • Disqus hacked [sic] : More than 17.5 million users' details stolen by hackers in 2012 data breach

    About a third of the compromised accounts contained passwords that were salted and hashed using the weak SHA-1 algorithm. Disqus said the exposed user data dates back to 2007 with the most recent data exposed from July 2012.

  • iOS 11’s Misleading “Off-ish” Setting for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is Bad for User Security

    Turning off your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios when you’re not using them is good security practice (not to mention good for your battery usage). When you consider Bluetooth’s known vulnerabilities, it’s especially important to make sure your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings are doing what you want them to. The iPhone’s newest operating system, however, makes it harder for users to control these settings.

    On an iPhone, users might instinctively swipe up to open Control Center and toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off from the quick settings. Each icon switches from blue to gray, leading a user to reasonably believe they have been turned off—in other words, fully disabled. In iOS 10, that was true. However, in iOS 11, the same setting change no longer actually turns Wi-Fi or Bluetooth “off.”

    Instead, what actually happens in iOS 11 when you toggle your quick settings to “off” is that the phone will disconnect from Wi-Fi networks and some devices, but remain on for Apple services. Location Services is still enabled, Apple devices (like Apple Watch and Pencil) stay connected, and services such as Handoff and Instant Hotspot stay on. Apple’s UI fails to even attempt to communicate these exceptions to its users.

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Software: Blender, OpenShot, Code Editors

Sat, 2017-10-07 19:22
  • Blender 2.79 released with new features and improvements

    Blender is a cross-platform community-driven project under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and runs equally well on Linux, Windows and Macintosh computers. Its interface uses OpenGL to provide a consistent experience. It provides a broad spectrum of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing functionality in one package. Through its open architecture, Blender provides cross-platform interoperability, extensibility, an incredibly small footprint, and a tightly integrated workflow. Blender is one of the most popular Open Source 3D graphics applications in the world. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

  • OpenShot – An Award Winning Open Source Video Editor

    We have posted a couple of video editors for Linux before including FlowBlade, LosslessCut, and Lightworks. Today, I introduce to you a video editor that has been very useful to the open source video community it needs no introduction – the reputable OpenShot Video Editor.

    OpenShot is an open source and cross-platform powerful video editor that is used for professionally creating and editing videos. It features a host of fantastic video editing tools including 3D animations, time & keyframes, audio effects, trimming & slicing, etc. It features a simple and uncluttered User Interface that is quick to learn, customize, and to use.

  • 4 Best Modern Open Source Code Editors For Linux

    If you ask the old school Linux users, their answer would be Vi, Vim, Emacs, Nano etc. But I am not talking about them. I am going to talk about new age, cutting edge, great looking, sleek and yet powerful, feature-rich best open source code editors for Linux that would enhance your programming experience.

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