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Leftovers and Howtos

Thu, 2017-06-15 22:59

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Leftovers: Software

Thu, 2017-06-15 22:58
  • The end for fedfs-utils

    Chuck Lever has announced that the fedfs-utils project, which created utilities for the Federated Filesystem, will no longer be developed.

  • Proposal for end-of-life for fedfs-utils development

    Upstream fedfs-utils has not been under active development for two years or more, and there is a scant user base. I'd like to propose making 0.10 the final major release of fedfs-utils.

  • Tilix Review: One Awesome Terminal Emulator

    Looking for more features than what the default Gnome terminal provides? Let me introduce you to Tilix, a GTK3 tiling terminal emulator for Linux. If you haven’t heard of Tilix, you may recognize it by its old name, Terminix (there was a name change due to trademark infringement). But whatever we call it, this terminal emulator has some great features that even the casual user will find useful.

  • WPS Office for Linux 2016 (Apparently) Released
  • Starting up! [Marble]

    Marble Virtual Globe is an open-source globe that allows users to explore a 3D model of Earth, Mars, Venus, and the Moon, with a wide-variety of maps ranging from political to topographic. This year we will be focusing on its Android version, Marble Maps, and in my case, I am tasked with tidying up the UI, adding features and making sure it's all up to Material Design standards!

  • Integrate Git on Your Nautilus File Manager with This Extension

    Git is a version control system with which you can keep track of changes made to files even as you work with several people on the same directory (or project).

    It is probably no news to you that it is primarily used as a version control mechanism for open-source code and is the backbone of the most referenced website in our articles, GitHub.

  • Hands-on with Chrome’s wild new mobile interface

    As phones get bigger and bigger, putting all the controls at the top of the display—Desktop OS style—becomes less and less ergonomic. Phones like the Galaxy S8 Plus have displays that are about six inches tall, so there is no way most people can reach the top of the display one-handed. It's with this in mind that Google is totally rethinking the Chrome mobile design with a new layout that puts all the controls—even the address bar—at the bottom of the screen.

  • Firefox 54 Web Browser Lands in All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases, Update Now

    Mozilla launched Firefox 54 web browser the other day for all supported platforms and dubbed it as "the best Firefox ever." The release was made available for download from the browser's official website for Linux, Mac, and Windows OSes.

    The biggest new feature of Firefox 54, the one that makes it "the best Firefox ever," is support for multiple content processes (also known as e10s-multi). In other words, Firefox 54 is the first release of the web browser to use multiple operating system processes for rendering web page content, making it faster and more reliable.

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Games: Wonder Boy, Dying Light, LandTraveller, and Two Worlds II

Thu, 2017-06-15 22:55

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Grml 2017.05 and Debian News

Thu, 2017-06-15 22:53
  • Grml 2017.05 – Codename Freedatensuppe

    The Debian stretch release is going to happen soon (on 2017-06-17) and since our latest Grml release is based on a very recent version of Debian stretch I’m taking this as opportunity to announce it also here. So by the end of May we released a new stable release of Grml (the Debian based live system focusing on system administrator’s needs), known as version 2017.05 with codename Freedatensuppe.

  • Changed defaults for vim in Stretch

    So appearantly vim in Stretch comes with some new defaults, most notably the mouse is now enabled and there is incremental search, which I find… challenging.

  • 5 years of Debian Diversity Statement

    The Debian Project welcomes and encourages participation by everyone.

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Servers, Red Hat, and Fedora (New ISO and More)

Thu, 2017-06-15 22:52

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Ubuntu News: IBM & Canonical, LXD Containers. Mir 0.26.3 and More

Thu, 2017-06-15 22:47
  • IBM & Canonical: A Virtualization and Cloud Computing (R-)Evolution

    As modern IT evolves, there have been many milestones along the way. Starting with bare metal servers, followed by virtualization, then cloud computing, and beyond. Each advancement has created both challenges and opportunities for IT professionals. Today the industry is focused on deploying solutions that will improve overall IT operations while reducing overhead. Orchestration and modeling solutions help these organizations to integrate, manage, and deploy flexible solutions faster and with more consistency. Canonical and IBM have partnered to help our mutual customers with advanced virtualisation solutions on the IBM z and LinuxONE platforms.

  • Custom user mappings in LXD containers

    As you may know, LXD uses unprivileged containers by default.
    The difference between an unprivileged container and a privileged one is whether the root user in the container is the “real” root user (uid 0 at the kernel level).

    The way unprivileged containers are created is by taking a set of normal UIDs and GIDs from the host, usually at least 65536 of each (to be POSIX compliant) and mapping those into the container.

  • Mir release 0.26.3

    The significant thing with Mir 0.26.3 is that we are making this version available across the latest releases of Ubuntu as well as 17.10 (Artful Ardvark). That is: Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) and, last but not least, Ubuntu 16.04LTS (Xenial Xerus).

  • Mir 0.26.3 Released

    With Canonical divesting in Mir from the desktop and abandoning their mobile phone/tablet ambitions, we might not see Mir v1.0 ever reached as was anticipated to happen for the Ubuntu 17.10 cycle. However, Mir is still being maintained for IoT use-cases and today is a new point release.

  • Make Telegram Look at Home on Ubuntu with this Ambiance Theme

    We've found an Ambiance Telegram theme that helps integrate the popular messaging service's desktop client with the Ubuntu desktop.

  • Kernel Team Summary- June 15, 2017

    This blog is to provide a status update from the Ubuntu Kernel Team. There will also be highlights provided for any interesting subjects the team may be working on. If you would like to reach the kernel team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-kernel channel on FreeNode. Alternatively, you can mail the Ubuntu Kernel Team mailing list at: kernel-team@lists.ubuntu.com

  • Ubuntu's Snapd Daemon Now Works Properly on Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi Zero

    More than a month after Canonical's Simon Fels announced that he's working on bringing Snappy's Snapd daemon to the Debian-based Raspbian operating system for Raspberry Pi SBCs, the developer updated Snapd to version 2.26.4.

    Snapd 2.26.4 is the latest stable and most advanced version of the Snappy daemon that allows the installation and manipulation of Snap packages, the universal binary format created by Canonical for its Ubuntu Linux OS and other supported GNU/Linux distributions, and it's available for Raspbian Jessie too.

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Openwashing and Attacks on FOSS, OSS Leftovers

Thu, 2017-06-15 22:44
  • Microsoft is Bringing Native Linux Container Support and Bash to Windows Server [Ed: Microsoft wants to swallow GNU/Linux in a platform with NSA back doors and keyloggers, not to mention patent tax]
  • ​Microsoft joins Java-oriented Cloud Foundry [Ed: for influence and steering from the inside]
  • FreeNAS 11.0 is Now Here
  • OW2 Consortium: Building Beyond Europe

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of OW2, and the organization is celebrating during its annual conference, on June 26-27, in Paris, France. OSI GM Patrick Masson sat down with Cedric Thomas, CEO of OW2 to learn more about the foundation, it’s accomplishments over the past 10 years, and what’s in store for the anniversary celebration.

    The Open Source Initiative (OSI) Affiliate Membership Program is an international who’s who of open source projects, advocates, and communities: Creative Commons, Drupal Association, Linux Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Open Source Matters (the foundation supporting Joomla), Python Software Foundation, Wikimedia Foundation, Wordpress Foundation and many more. Open source enthusiasts outside Europe may not be as familiar with another OSI Affiliate Member, OW2, however its impact on open source development and adoption across the EU has been significant.

  • FSFE Newsletter - June 2017

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Development News: Glibc, KDevelop, Stack Overflow Survey, and PostgreSQL

Thu, 2017-06-15 22:40
  • Glibc Now Enables Tuning Framework By Default

    Since the end of last year Glibc has offered a tunables framework that could be exposed via the --enable-tunables switch at compile-time while now it's being enabled by default.

  • Language servers and IDEs

    My project proposal was to create a plugin providing good support for Rust in KDevelop. I intend to deliver on that project, but I do not think at its current state RLS provides good support. That may change in the future and I've shown a proof of concept that KDevelop can interact with a language server. Right now, I think I can do better.

  • According to statistics, programming with spaces instead of tabs makes you richer

    The annual Stack Overflow developer surveys often include lots of bad news. "People still use PHP," for example, is a recurring and distressing theme. "Perl exists" is another.

  • Secong Blog Gsoc 2017

    It was decided that using sql is unreasonable because of the large amount of data. Therefore, the method of storing the Postgresql json data was chosen, which makes it possible to flexibly approach the filling of the database and handle large amounts of data.

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Security Leftovers: CyberSecurity, Cryptocoin, and SMB

Thu, 2017-06-15 22:37

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Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) to Use Linux Kernel 4.13, According to Canonical

Thu, 2017-06-15 21:21

In their latest bi-weekly report, Canonical's Ubuntu Kernel team revealed the fact that they intend to target the Linux 4.13 kernel series for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

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Corsair Force MP500 240GB M.2 SSD On Linux

Thu, 2017-06-15 21:20

Curious about the Corsair NVMe SSD performance with not having reviewed a Corsair SSD in quite some time, I decided to run some benchmarks on this MP400 240GB model compared to some other SSDs I had available for testing this week: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB NVMe, Crucial MX500 525GB SATA 3.0 SSD, and an Intel Optane 16GB M.2 SSD acting as a standalone driver. This is to give some rough idea for the performance expectations of the Force MP500 under Linux.

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Getting Started with Open Source Licenses

Thu, 2017-06-15 21:19

With proprietary software, it's easy for a developer to know where he or she stands. Unless you or the company for which you're working owns the copyright to the code, it's off limits -- end of story. There's usually not even any temptation to use the code, because the source code is usually not available.

Moving into open source opens up a whole new world that can make things a lot easier. Suddenly, you're not constantly having to reinvent the wheel by writing code for processes where there's code already written and waiting at the ready. In some circumstances, you can even use open source code inside a proprietary project.

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KDE: Simple Menu, Kdenlive 17.04.2, and Krita 4.0 Pre-Alpha

Thu, 2017-06-15 19:20
  • Meet Simple Menu, an Alternative Application Launcher for KDE Plasma 5 Desktops

    The KDE community showcased today on their social media channels a new, alternative application launcher for KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments, Simple Menu.

    Simple Menu hit the KDE Store recently, and it would appear to be an intuitive and minimal application launcher widget that can easily replace the default one of your KDE Plasma 5 desktops. It's interface resemblance the look and feel of the fullscreen Application Dashboard, giving users easier access to their favorite apps.

  • Kdenlive 17.04.2 released

    A minor release is out fixing a couple crashes in the titler and Affine transition as well as improving a Windows rendering issue. Note that all focus and energy are still on the timeline refactoring due for 17.08. Soon we will provide an AppImage version for testing, stay tuned.

  • Krita 4.0 Drawing Program In Development, Pre-Alpha Builds Now Available

    While it feels just like yesterday when the big Krita 3.0 drawing program update was released with its port to Qt5, Krita 4.0 is already under development.

  • First Development Builds for Krita 4.0!

    It’s still early days, and we have to say this up-front: these builds are not ready for daily work. We mean it, you might luck out, but you might also seriously lose work. Please test, and please report issues on bugs.kde.org! (But check whether your issue has already been reported…) That said…

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Security Leftovers: University College London 'Burned' by Microsoft Windows, University on Broken Voting Systems, Coredumps on Web Servers and More

Thu, 2017-06-15 19:19
  • University College London hit by ransomware attack

    The attack began on the same day Microsoft released an extremely rare security update for Windows XP and Windows Vista, warning of WannaCry-style attacks in the future using one of 16 different critical vulnerabilities.

  • The 15 worst data security breaches of the 21st Century

    Data security breaches happen daily, in too many places at once to keep count. But what constitutes a huge breach versus a small one? CSO compiled a list of 15 of the biggest or most significant breaches of the 21st century.

    This list is based not necessarily on the number of records compromised, but on how much risk or damage the breach caused for companies, insurers and users or account holders. In some cases, passwords and other information were well protected by encryption, so a password reset eliminated the bulk of the risk.

  • Georgia’s lax voting security exposed just in time for crucial special election

    Lamb privately reported the breach to University officials, the report notes. But he learned this March that the critical Drupal vulnerability had been fixed only on the HTTPS version of the site. What's more, the same mother lode of sensitive documents remained as well. The findings meant that the center was operating outside the scope of both the University and the Georgia Secretary of State for years.

  • Don't leave Coredumps on Web Servers

    Coredumps are a feature of Linux and other Unix systems to analyze crashing software. If a software crashes, for example due to an invalid memory access, the operating system can save the current content of the application's memory to a file. By default it is simply called core.

    While this is useful for debugging purposes it can produce a security risk. If a web application crashes the coredump may simply end up in the web server's root folder. Given that its file name is known an attacker can simply download it via an URL of the form http://example.org/core. As coredumps contain an application's memory they may expose secret information. A very typical example would be passwords.

  • Login-stealing phishing sites conceal their evil with lots of hyphens in URL

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Graphics in Linux and Cairo

Thu, 2017-06-15 18:39

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FreeNAS 11.0 Released and OpenBSD Server Shown Off

Thu, 2017-06-15 18:33
  • FreeNAS 11.0 is Now Here

    After several FreeNAS Release Candidates, FreeNAS 11.0 was released today. This version brings new virtualization and object storage features to the World’s Most Popular Open Source Storage Operating System. FreeNAS 11.0 adds bhyve virtual machines to its popular SAN/NAS, jails, and plugins, letting you use host web-scale VMs on your FreeNAS box. It also gives users S3-compatible object storage services, which turns your FreeNAS box into an S3-compatible server, letting you avoid reliance on the cloud. Click here to view what’s new with FreeNAS 11.0.

  • FreeNAS 11.0 Released

    FreeNAS 11.0 is now officially available, the network attached storage (NAS) centered operating system powered by FreeBSD.

    FreeNAS 11.0 features Bhyve virtualization support from FreeBSD, new hardware support via the FreeBSD 11-STABLE updates, plugin support, and performance improvements (up to around 20% faster than FreeNAS 9.10).

  • My OpenBSD Server (2) - A virtualized network with OpenBSD's vmm

    This time I would like to go a little bit further and extend the server with a network of virtual machines, where each machine can be reached by the name of the subdomain it should represent.

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Avidemux Video Editor An Easy To Use Video Editor For Linux

Thu, 2017-06-15 17:52

​We all edit videos sometime in our life. It can be your Granny’s video or Mom’s special recipe video or your artist awesome line that you need to upload to youtube. On Linux, we have an awesome video editor which is fairly easy to use and is very much powerful. The editor I am talking about is Avidemux.

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Leftovers: Gaming

Thu, 2017-06-15 17:08

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