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Linux 4.8.3

Thu, 2016-10-20 17:25

I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.3 kernel.

All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.8.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:

Also: Linux 4.7.9

Linux 4.4.26

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ARTIK is the Tizen’s Trojan Horse to dominate the IoT ecosystem

Thu, 2016-10-20 15:12

As part of the Forum “Tizen for the Internet of Things” held on September 22 in Moscow, Samsung Electronics has presented a new family of maker boards and modules named ARTIK, in addition to the infrastructure of the operating system Tizen 3.0.

Samsung ARTIK’s value proposition, as declared by Samsung, is to reinvent the prototyping process by leveraging world-class data security granted by the company as well as a wide array of tools, both hardware and software, such as the ARTIK Modules and Cloud, formerly known as SmartThings Open Cloud.

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today's leftovers

Thu, 2016-10-20 13:32

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Android Leftovers

Thu, 2016-10-20 13:27
  • Google Pixel review: The best Android phone, even if it is a little pricey

    Welcome to the age of Google Hardware. Apparently tired of letting third-party Android OEMs serve as the stewards of Android handsets, Google has become a hardware company. (Again).

    Earlier this year Google, launched a hardware division with former Motorola President Rick Osterloh at the helm. With the high-ranking title of "Senior Vice President," Osterloh doesn't oversee a side project—his group is on even footing with Android, Search, YouTube, and Ads. The hardware group is so powerful inside Google that it was able to merge Nexus, Pixel, Chromecast, OnHub, ATAP, and Glass into a single business unit. The group's coming out party was October 4, 2016, where it announced Google Home, Google Wifi, a 4K Chromecast, the Daydream VR headset, and the pair of phones we're looking at today: the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.

    The arrival of the Pixel phones marks the apparent death of the Nexus line; Google says that it has "no plans" for future Nexus devices. With the new branding comes a change in strategy, too. The Pixel brand is about making devices that are 100 percent Google, so despite Google's position as the developer of Android, get ready for Google-designed hardware combined with exclusive Google software.

  • Hands-on with the LeEco Le Pro3: services first, Android second

    LeEco’s flagship Le Pro3 smartphone isn’t trying to compete with the Google Pixel, which puts modern Google services in front of a stock Android backdrop. After playing with the Le Pro3 at the company’s U.S. launch event in San Francisco today, I’m left feeling that it’s an easy, low-cost way to get the full experience of LeEco’s applications.

    There are proprietary LeEco utility tools like the browser, email, calendar, messages, notes, and phone apps, along with bloatware like Yahoo Weather, but mostly the Pro3 is a means of distribution for the LeEco apps, like Live, LeVidi, and Le. There is also a standard-issue My LeEco app for managing services like EcoPass membership. Under it all is the EUI custom user interface.

    If you swipe left from the home screen, you see videos that LeEco recommends you watch — not Google Now.

  • Report: Google reaches agreement with CBS for 'Unplugged' web TV service - Fox and Disney may follow

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Thu, 2016-10-20 13:27
  • Linux Foundation Takes JavaScript Under Its Wings

    The JS Foundation is now a Linux Foundation Project. The news came on Monday, first as an announcement on the Linux Foundation's website, and then announced from the podium at the first day of Oscon Europe in London. "JS," of course, stands for "JavaScript," and as any web developer will tell you, it's an essential part of almost all modern websites. Its use isn't entirely web based, however. For instance, it's used in PDF documents.

    "We've been supporting a lot more than jQuery for a long time," Kris Borchers, the JS Foundation's executive director and former head of the JQuery Foundation, explained in his Oscon keynote address, "so the rebrand is to better reflect that. This also signals this effort to start creating a center of gravity for open source JavaScript."

  • Tips for contributing to a complex and large project like OpenStack

    Becoming a QA Engineer for OpenStack was a career shift for Emily Wilson who has a background in research microbiology. But there's an odd similarity between the two careers—they both involve figuring out what makes complicated systems work and where the weak points are. Paradoxically, this requires both a big picture perspective of a system, as well as an in-depth understanding of how the individual components function.

    At the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona later this month, Emily is giving a presentation on her first year working in the OpenStack community. In this interview, she talks to me about contributing to a large and complex project like OpenStack.

  • With OpenStack users, dev and test are king

    What's OpenStack's killer app? Users say it's dev and test.

    According to the latest OpenStack User Survey, most deployments of the open source cloud infrastructure project are on-premises private clouds for dev-and-test work that serve teams of fewer than 100 users.

  • Nasdaq Corporate Solutions Brings Open Source Technology to Enhanced Investor Relations Website Platform
  • Microsoft’s CEO Says Windows Is “The Most Open Platform” Ever [Ed: Not just a company of crooks of extortioners. It also lies. A lot. And without shame...]
  • Mesosphere half-year pledge: Fresh DC/OS open source baking [Ed: Very Microsoft-connected company that cannot be trusted]
  • Free Software Directory meeting recap for October 14th, 2016
  • How open source helped beat Ebola

    More than 10,000 dead, hundreds of thousands affected, and a world paralyzed with fear at the prospect of contagion. It is hard to fully grasp the impact of the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the valor of those who put their own lives on the line to save the lives of others.

  • Emulate 'Foundation Help Sierra Leone'
  • Meet the Artist Building an Open-Source Database of Everyday Movements

    The vibrance and diversity of East London is captured through the physical gestures of its inhabitants in Rosana Antolí’s Virtual Choreography, what the artist calls the world’s first digital archive of everyday motions. From the thumbs-up of a security guard to the flick of the wrist of a basketball player, the project combines performance and moving image to evoke daily life in the rapidly-changing neighborhood of Hackney Wick.

  • SafariSeat: Open Source Wheelchair for Developing Countries

    SafariSeat is a low cost, all-terrain and open source wheelchair designed for people in developing countries. It can be made in basic workshops using bicycle parts, which makes it easy to repair.

    SafariSeat has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, to raise money to build as many chairs as possible, and develop an open source manual. Local workshops can then use the manual to make SafariSeats for their communities.

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Note to MSPs: Government Agencies Want More Open Source Software

Thu, 2016-10-20 12:31

One of the biggest trends today in the government sector is high demand for open source software. If you're an MSP, it's time to take notice.

Traditionally, open source was not a major part of IT operations for government agencies, at least in the United States. If you look at the list of the top 100 IT contractors for the federal government in 2016, you won't see any names associated with open source software. What you will notice are several hardware and software companies that deal mostly with closed source code, such as Microsoft, IBM and Cisco.

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Games for GNU/Linux

Thu, 2016-10-20 12:21
  • 'Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler', a great looking point-and-click adventure is now on Linux

    The game doesn't show up in the newly released list for SteamOS/Linux games on Steam, as it gained a Linux version after the original release. I really do hope Valve fix that one day.

  • SteamOS 2.95 Beta Adds Bluetooth Firmware for Killer 1535 Card, Security Fixes

    Today, October 19, 2016, Valve's engineers working on the SteamOS gaming platform have pushed a new Beta update to the brewmaster_beta channel for the upcoming major release of the Debian-based operating system.

    SteamOS 2.95 Beta arrives three weeks after the release of the SteamOS 2.93 Beta build, but it looks like it's a small maintenance update adding Bluetooth firmware for the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 card, implemented in the firmware-nonfree package, and the latest security patches from upstream.

    As you might know, SteamOS is based on Debian Stable a.k.a. Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 "Jessie," which means that it's always in sync with its software repositories, getting the newest security fixes and software updates. Therefore, SteamOS 2.95 Beta updates the BIND9, NSS, NSPR, and libgd2 packages.

  • Vendetta Online 1.8.393 MMORPG Updates Oculus Rift Version with Gear VR Changes

    Guild Software developers finally made time to update the news page of the Vendetta Online MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) game and let us know what new features landed in the latest updates.

    It appears that Vendetta Online received a total of eight maintenance updates since our last report back in August 2016, which was about version 1.8.385. The latest stable update is now versioned Vendetta Online 1.8.393, and it introduces an updated Oculus Rift version of the game with updates from Samsung Gear VR.

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Why Security Distributions Use Debian

Thu, 2016-10-20 12:07

What do distributions like Qube OS, Subgraph, Tails, and Whonix have in common? Besides an emphasis on security and privacy, all of them are Debian derivatives -- and, probably, this common origin is not accidental.

At first, this trend seems curious. After all, other distributions ranging from Slackware and Gentoo to Arch Linux all emphasize security and privacy in their selection of tools. In particular, Fedora's SE Linux can be so restrictive that some users would rather disable it than learn how to configure it. By contrast, while Debian carries many standard security and privacy tools, it has seldom emphasized them.

Similarly, Debian's main branch consists of only free and open source software, its contrib and non-free branches not being official parts of the distribution. With many security experts favoring the announcement of vulnerabilities and exploit code rather than relying on security through obscurity, the way that many pieces of proprietary software do, this transparency has obvious appeal.

Yet although the advantage of free software to security and privacy is that the code can be examined for backdoors and malware, this advantage is hardly unique to Debian. To one or degree another, it is shared by all Linux distributions.

More from Susan: Why Use Linux, Systemd Complications, Debian's Security

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How to incorporate open source into computer science classes

Thu, 2016-10-20 12:04

This year at the Grace Hopper Conference I'm moderating a panel on why, and how, to incorporate open source into computer science classes. The panelists are four computer science instructors—all women—who have already used open source projects in their classrooms.

I've asked these four talented instructors to tell you a little about themselves, what teaching open source has meant for them and their students, and what you'll hear at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. This year the event is at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas from October 19-21.

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Systemd – Progress Through Complexity

Thu, 2016-10-20 12:03

A play on the Audi slogan: Vorsprung Durch Technik. Except we’re going to talk about something that is clearly not progress. Systemd. Roughly 6 years ago, Systemd came to life as the new, event-based init mechanism, designed to replicate the old serialized System V thingie. Today, it is the reality in most distributions, for better or worse. Mostly the latter.

Why would you oppose progress, one may say. To that end, we need to define progress. It is merely the state of something being newer, AKA newer is always better, or the fact it offers superior functionality that was missing in the old technology? After all, System V is 33 years old, so the new stuff ought to be smarter. The topic of my article today is to tell you a story of how I went about fixing a broken Fedora 24 system – powered by systemd of course, and why, at the end of, my conclusion was one of pain and defeat.

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Bodhi 2.3.0 beta

Thu, 2016-10-20 11:54

Hello Planet Fedora! I'm pleased to announce that a Bodhi 2.3.0 beta has been deployed to Fedora's staging infrastructure.

You can read the draft release notes if you'd like to learn about what has changed since Bodhi 2.2.4. The beta is currently deployed to staging if you would like to help with testing. If you would like to try the new packages for yourself, you can grab the beta from my bodhi-pre-release Copr repository.

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Clear Linux Now Powered by Kernel 4.8.1, Adds Wayland 1.12, GNOME 3.22 & Vim 8.0

Thu, 2016-10-20 11:52

Clear Linux Project's Eva P. Hutanu informs the community about the latest updated components and new features implemented in the Clear Linux operating system during the past few weeks.

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Tiny OpenWRT WiFi module updated in $12 and $4 versions

Thu, 2016-10-20 11:49

The $12 “VoCore2” WiFi COM, which runs OpenWrt on a Mediatek MT7688AN, has won Indiegogo funding and has been joined by a $4 “VoCore2 Lite” version.

Back in 2014, we hailed the $20 VoCore computer-on-module as the smallest yet to run Linux, measuring only 25 x 25mm. Earlier this month, China-based VoCore launched an updated open source VoCore2 board on Indiegogo, and quickly surpassed its modest flexible funding goal. With a month left, the campaign decided to fulfill an informal stretch goal based on popular demand to produce a cheaper version.

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3 Twitter clients for the Linux command line

Thu, 2016-10-20 11:03

While this may seem like a solution searching for a problem, for some people interacting with Twitter in a terminal window makes sense. There's less distraction at the command line than with a desktop Twitter client or even Twitter's web interface. On top of that, command-line clients are fast and their interfaces are generally quite clean.

No matter why you want to work with Twitter in a terminal, there are applications out there for you. Here's a look at three Twitter clients that you can run from the command line.

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‘Why Use Linux?’ Answered In 3 Short Words

Thu, 2016-10-20 03:56

This post is not a typical post. I’m not going to change your life, or teach you a new trick. Instead I’m going to drag you down the rabbit hole…

I had to Google a rather dry grammatical enquiry from my sister earlier. See, she’s in the process of going back to college to study nursing and has become fastidious about punctuation in the process.

She turned to me because her iPhone did not, in her words, ‘give the correct answer’.

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