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Enlightenment 0.22 Linux Desktop Environment Greatly Improves Wayland Support

Mon, 2017-11-06 19:06

As expected for a new stable series, Enlightenment 0.22 is a major release bringing great improvements, new features, and countless bug fixes. And we'll start with the support for the next-generation Wayland display server, which was greatly improved in this release, adding support for relative pointer motion protocols, pointer constraints, and xdg-shell v6.

"The majority of development for this cycle has gone towards improving Wayland support," said Mike Blumenkrantz in the release notes. "This covers, but is not limited to: adding support for xdg-shell v6, pointer constraints, and relative pointer motion protocols. These additions improve XWayland support and increase stability across all components running under Wayland."

Also: Enlightenment 0.22 Available For Download

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ElectOS uses open source to restore trust in voting machines

Mon, 2017-11-06 19:03

When people doubt that an election will be conducted fairly, their trust in the outcome and their leaders naturally erodes. That’s the challenge posed by electronic voting machines. Technology holds the promise of letting people vote more easily and remotely. But, they’re also prone to hacking and manipulation. How can trust be restored in voting machines and election results?

Voting demands the ultimate IoT machine (to borrow a line from BMW). The integrity of these machines with their combination of sensors, security and data analysis produce the results that impact every aspect of all our lives.

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Linux Kernel 3.10 Reached End of Life, Users Are Urged to Move to Linux 4.4 LTS

Mon, 2017-11-06 18:58

The end of life was reached this past weekend with the release of Linux kernel 3.10.108, which is the last maintenance update for the Linux 3.10 branch. Therefore, users and OEMs are now urged to upgrade to a more recent, long-term supported Linux kernel, such as the Linux 4.4 LTS series.

"It is the last one in this branch and changes the status of the 3.10 branch to end of life. Thus for once I'm *not* suggesting to upgrade to this one, except if it's just to finish your migration to a newer branch (such as 4.4)," said Willy Tarreau in the mailing list announcement.

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Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5 Distro Coming Soon Based on Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS

Mon, 2017-11-06 18:56

If you're wondering, there weren't any other betas released for the Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5 operating system, so the Beta 3 release comes as a surprise to us all. It rebases the OS on Canonical's latest Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and brings various performance improvements.

For example, the driver capabilities have been increased through the inclusion of a new Linux kernel, and the operating system now offers much better performance on various devices. However, this beta release still has some known issues, especially with Microsoft Surface computers, as noted in the release announcement.

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Linux Kernel Developer: Laura Abbott

Mon, 2017-11-06 18:53

My full-time job is working as one of two maintainers for the Fedora kernels. This means I push out kernel releases and fix/shepherd bugs. Outside of that role, I maintain the Ion memory management framework and do occasional work on arm/arm64 and KSPP (kernel hardening).

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today's leftovers

Mon, 2017-11-06 11:47

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Linux 3.10 EoL, 15,600 Linux Developers

Mon, 2017-11-06 11:45
  • Look back to an end-of-life LTS kernel : 3.10

    The end of the 3.10 branch is a good opportunity to have a look back at how that worked, and to remind some important rules regarding how to choose a kernel for your products, or the risks associated with buying products running unmaintained kernels.

  • The Linux Foundation Releases 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report

    The 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report has now been released by the nonprofit Linux Foundation, with updated statistics on Linux kernel development. The report has analyzed the work done by 15,600 developers over more than ten years, as well as more recent trends in kernel development.

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Red Hat News

Mon, 2017-11-06 11:44
  • Red Hat starts moving its OpenStack platform to containers

    Red Hat is still best known for its Linux distribution, but the company has also long offered its own OpenStack distribution and additional services as well. Today, the company launched version 12 of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

    This update includes all of the usual stability improvements and bug fixes, but what’s probably most important for the distribution in the long run is that Red Hat is now starting to move all of its OpenStack platform to containers.

    Version 12 of the platform is based on the OpenStack Pike release, the 16th release of OpenStack, which launched just over two months ago. Current Red Hat OpenStack Platform customers include the likes of BBVA, FICO, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and TechCrunch’s corporate overlords at Verizon.

  • Bank of America Corporation Reiterates “Underperform” Rating for Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)
  • Analyzing Red Hat (RHT) and Its Rivals

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OSS Leftovers

Mon, 2017-11-06 11:36

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Security and FUD

Mon, 2017-11-06 10:07

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Latest on OpenStack in Sydney

Mon, 2017-11-06 09:42
  • Commonwealth Bank to take OpenStack approach to its public cloud environment

    A survey from the OpenStack Foundation has highlighted the growth of users among mainstream, non-IT industries, with the financial services sector one of the fastest growing.

    To emphasise the importance of open source in the Australian financial services sector, head of systems engineering for analytics and information at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) Quinton Anderson detailed his bank's journey, starting with OpenStack in some basic container environments before layering additional open-source technologies.

  • Open-source community has an integration problem: OpenStack

    At the OpenStack Sydney Summit, community leaders announced a new plan to overcome challenges in integrating and operating open-source technologies to solve real-world problems.

    Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, said on Monday the open source community hasn't historically been good at integration, and highlighted that innovation alone isn't enough to make it work.

  • Edge computing moves the open cloud beyond the data center

    When we think of cloud computing, most of us envision large-scale, centralized data centers running thousands of physical servers. As powerful as that vision sounds, it actually misses the biggest new opportunity: distributed cloud infrastructure.

    Today, almost every company in every industry sector needs near-instant access to data and compute resources to be successful. Edge computing pushes applications, data and computing power services away from centralized data centers to the logical extremes of a network, close to users, devices and sensors. It enables companies to put the right data in the right place at the right time, supporting fast and secure access. The result is an improved user experience and, oftentimes, a valuable strategic advantage. The decision to implement an edge computing architecture is typically driven by the need for location optimization, security, and most of all, speed.

    New applications such as VR and AI, with requirements to collect and process massive amounts of data in near-real-time and extremely low latency, are driving the need for processing at the edge of the network. Very simply, the cost and distance of the hub-and-spoke model will not be practical for many of these emerging use cases.

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Debian. Ubuntu and Derivatives

Mon, 2017-11-06 06:14
  • Reviving GHDL in Debian

    It has been a few years since Debian last had a working VHDL simulator in the archive. Its competitor Verilog has been covered by the iverilog and verilator simulator packages, but GHDL was the only option for VHDL in Debian and that has become broken, orphaned and was eventually removed. I have just submitted an ITP to make my work on it official.

    A lot has changed since the last Debian upload of GHDL. Upstream development is quite active and it has gained free reimplementations of the standard library definitions (the lack of which frustrated at least two attempts at adoption of the Debian package). It has gained additional backends, in addition to GCC it can now also use LLVM and its own custom mcode (x86 only) code generator. The mcode backend should provide faster compilation at the expense of lacking sophisticated optimization, hence it might be preferable over the other two for small projects.

  • Thorsten Alteholz: My Debian Activities in October 2017
  • debconf mailinglists moved to lists.debian.org

    Today I had the pleasure to move the debconf mailinglists to lists.debian.org.

  • Ubuntu Podcast: S10E35 – Berserk Miniature Need
  • LXTerminal 0.3.1 released

    This is an security and bugfix update. However, there is also minor feature added to enhance usability. It will be integrated into Lubuntu very soon.

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OpenStack in Sydney

Mon, 2017-11-06 02:55
  • OpenStack to tackle open source integration

    The OpenStack Foundation made its announcement, kicking off the OpenStack Summit currently running in Sydney at the Darling Harbour International Convention Centre.

  • OpenStack Summit Sydney Spotlights Open Infrastructure Integration
  • OpenStack says its work is largely done. Now your hard work can fill in the blanks

    The OpenStack Foundation has kicked off its summit in Sydney, Australia, with a call to current OpenStack users to help it to win more users by sharing code they've written to link OpenStack to other tools and infrastructure.

    The Foundation's decided the time is right to pursue easier integration because it feels the core of OpenStack is in good shape: its myriad modules are felt to be nicely mature and to offer the functionality that users need and want.

  • WeChat parent company Tencent joins the OpenStack Foundation as a Gold Member

    Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings Limited, the parent company behind extremely popular services like WeChat and QQ, today announced that it is joining the OpenStack Foundation as a Gold Member. OpenStack members at the Gold level pay annual dues of 0.025 percent of their revenue with a minimum of $50,000 per year and a maximum of $200,000 to support the development of the open source cloud platform.

  • OpenStack® Board Elects Tencent as Gold Member of the Foundation
  • Sydney OpenStack Summit - Started
  • OpenStack’s next mission: bridging the gaps between open source projects

    OpenStack, the massive open source project that provides large businesses with the software tools to run their data center infrastructure, is now almost eight years old. While it had its ups and downs, hundreds of enterprises now use it to run their private clouds and there are even over two dozen public clouds that use the project’s tools. Users now include the likes of AT&T, Walmart, eBay, China Railway, GE Healthcare, SAP, Tencent and the Insurance Australia Group, to name just a few.

    “One of the things that’s been happening is that we’re seven years in and the need for turning every type of infrastructure into programmable infrastructure has been proven out. “It’s no longer a debate,” OpenStack COO Mark Collier told me ahead of the projects semi-annual developer conference this week. OpenStack’s own surveys show that the project’s early adopters, who previously only tested it for their clouds, continue to move their production workflows to the platform, too. “We passed the hype phase,” Collier noted.

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