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Arduino shows off LoRa gateway and node shields

Sun, 2017-05-21 11:31

Arduino is prepping a “LoRa Gateway Kit” to bring LoRa wireless to its Linux-driven Arduino Tian, plus a “LoRa Node Kit” for the Arduino Primo.

At the Maker Faire Bay Area, Arduino showcased its new Arduino LoRa Gateway and LoRa Node shields that run on Arduino boards. Due to arrive later this year, the boards will be offered in a LoRa Gateway Shield Kit for the Linino Linux-enabled Arduino Tian, and a LoRa Node Shield Kit designed for the Arduino Primo or other Arduinos with at least 32KB of flash.

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today's leftovers

Sun, 2017-05-21 01:39

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Gaming News

Sun, 2017-05-21 01:37
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Is Coming to Linux and macOS on June 8, 2017

    After announcing the upcoming availability of Total War: SHOGUN 2 and Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai to Linux and SteamOS platforms, Feral Interactive is today teasing gamers with the Linux and macOS port of the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III game.

    Released by Relic Entertainment and Sega in partnership with Games Workshop, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III launched on Steam for Microsoft Windows only three weeks ago, on April 27, 2017. It's a real-time strategy (RTS) video game from the creators of the superb Warhammer 40,000 universe.

  • Shogun 2 On Linux Will Work With Radeon GPUs On Mesa 17.1, NVIDIA 375+

    After announcing SHOGUN 2 for Linux earlier this week, Feral Interactive has now announced the system requirements for this newest Linux game port being released next week.

    The minimum GPU requirements for SHOGUN 2 are a NVIDIA GeForce 600 series, AMD Radeon HD 6000 series, or Intel Iris Pro hardware. But they recommend a GeForce 700 series or Radeon R7 series for the best experience.

  • Is Steam bad for Linux gaming?

    Valve has gotten a reputation for promoting Linux as a platform for gaming, and thus many people have a very positive view of the company. But is there a darker side to Valve?

  • Valve is not your friend, and Steam is not healthy for gaming

    The drive to be on the bleeding edge of technology powers the PC gaming community. We want nothing more than to run our ridiculously powerful rigs on barely stable beta drivers, with our CPUs overclocked to speeds that are neither advisable nor guaranteed to be safe for our systems.

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KDE and GNOME News

Sun, 2017-05-21 01:35
  • Kwin Wayland High DPI Support

    The current world of high DPI works fine when dealing with a single montior and only dealing with modern apps.
    but it breaks down with multiple monitors.

  • My adventures on Crafting PT II

    I copy&paste the script used on Kate and adapted for AtCore situation. So far everything is working, so I just need to have an icon done and submit the diff for approval and have it inside Craft.

  • A proposal to move GNOME to GitLab

    The GNOME project has, after a period of contemplation, put forward a proposal to move to a GitLab installation on GNOME's infrastructure. "We are confident that GitLab is a good choice for GNOME, and we can’t wait for GNOME to modernise our developer experience with it. It will provide us with vastly more effective tools, an easier landing for newcomers, and lots of opportunities to improve the way that we work. We're ready to start working on the migration."

  • Fractional scaling goes east

    When we introduced HiDPI support in GNOME a few years ago, we took the simplest possible approach that was feasible to implement with the infrastructure we had available at the time.

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Red Hat Interviews

Sun, 2017-05-21 01:33
  • Red Hat exec talks up new London 'innovation lab'
  • Red Hat exec talks open source strategies, innovation and VMware [iophk: "Free Software?"]

    So, even as things turn into 'products by vendors' or services through cloud, they're generally started with some sort of open source community. The only place where I think there's innovation going on [outside open source] would be some more niche areas, vertical applications where it just doesn't lend itself to broad open source contribution in communities. But I'd say most of the broad-based innovation taking place today starts with open source.

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OSS Leftovers

Sun, 2017-05-21 01:30
  • Intertwining Artificial Intelligence With Blockchain

    Except for those folks living under rocks (sounds uncomfortable), everyone knows about or at least has heard of bitcoin. However, not everyone understands the technology of bitcoin, which extends well beyond Internet-based currency.

  • Sprint exec: Chaos in open source indicative of startup culture, and that's just fine

    Mobile operators are embracing open source like never before, and there's a lot of confusion around the myriad projects and efforts that are underway, but that doesn't worry Sprint's vice president of technology Ron Marquardt.

  • PostgreSQL 10 Beta 1 Released

    The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces today that the first beta release of PostgreSQL 10 is available for download. This release contains previews of all of the features which will be available in the final release of version 10, although some details will change before then. Users are encouraged to begin testing their applications against this latest release.

  • PostgreSQL 10 Enters Beta

    More details on the changes to find with PostgreSQL 10 Beta 1 can be found via the informative release announcement posted this morning to PostgreSQL.org.

  • LibreOffice can open XLSX files Excel cannot

    Just a quick heads up. I just created and saved an Excel file using Excel 2016, which cannot be opened again with it. Glad our swiss army knife LibreOffice can

Windows Security Cannot be Blamed on "XP"

Sun, 2017-05-21 01:24

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Android Leftovers

Sun, 2017-05-21 00:12
  • Google has a new way to call out poorly made Android apps

    Google's plan to improve the Android experience involves more than just tweaking the operating system. It also requires developers to up the quality of their work, and now Google has a new way to warn app creators whose work isn't up to snuff. Long story short, if your app ranks in the bottom 25 percent when it comes to certain stability, battery or rendering metrics, you'll be hearing from the search giant through the developer console.

  • Android Go is NOT a replacement for Android One

    The current specs race and the bid to have computing power in our smartphones that is vastly superior to that in most of computers has proven to be a necessity when it comes to Android smartphones. For flagship devices, this is not a major problem as the large cost of the device means OEMs can afford to add expensive components, but what about for the super low-cost devices?

  • Google making cheap Android phones support its latest software

    Google is making another go at getting cheap Android phones to support its latest software, an attempt to lock more consumers in the developing world into the internet giant’s services.

    The new program, called Android Go, was announced at the Alphabet Inc. division’s I/O developer conference on Wednesday in Mountain View, California. It bakes features directly into Google’s mobile operating system that are designed specifically for cheap phones, including software to manage cellular data costs. The service will launch in 2018.

  • Shadow Warrior finally makes the jump from PC to Android

    In 1997, 3D Realms, the development team behind Duke Nukem 3D, released Shadow Warrior for the PC. It remains one of the best first person shooters ever made, and now you can finally play it on your Android smartphone or tablet for just $2.99, thanks to publisher Devolver Digital and the game’s Android developer, General Arcade.

  • Does Android Wear Have a Future?

    I remember the precise moment I understood smartwatches. I had been using a massive Samsung phablet for a week, trying to understand how people were using these relatively new devices. When it buzzed in my pocket, I thought "I wish I could look at a smaller screen."

  • 10 new Android O features that will make your phone better

    Though we got out first peek at Android O back in March, Google finally revealed more details this week at its I/O developers conference about the soon-to-drop version of Android.

    Though we're still quite a ways away from the official release, we now a lot more about the update. At first glance, many of the new changes are subtle, building on updates Google introduced last year with Nougat. (Yes, it's another boring year for Android.)

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Android Leftovers

Sat, 2017-05-20 11:47
  • 14 new features in Android O you need to know about

    Android O is currently available to developers and those brave enough to take part in the public beta.

    Keep in mind as you go through these slides, features often change during development. So things may look different this fall when Android O gets a proper name and release. But until then, the following are features you can expect when Android O hits your device.

  • Android O’s most exciting new feature is a total game-changer

    Of all the current phones that are going to be updated to Android O after Google releases the new operating system, only the Pixel will take advantage of Project Treble. What that actually means is that Google might update the phone even after the mandatory two-year period for software updates expires.

  • Android O latest rumours - name, release date, features & public beta
  • Android to Add Kotlin Programming Language Support

    Today, at the Google I/O keynote, the Android team announced first-class support for Kotlin. [...] Starting now, Android Studio 3.0 ships with Kotlin out of the box

  • ICC Examin 1.0 on Android

    ICC Examin allows since version 1.0 ICC Color Profile viewing on the Android mobile platform. ICC Examin shows ICC color profile elements graphically. This way it is much easier to understand the content. Color primaries, white point, curves, tables and color lists are displayed both numerically and as graphics. Matrices, international texts, Metadata are much easier to read.

  • What Fuchsia could mean for Android

    Google has never been one to settle or to do things in a way that is not decidedly "Google". So it should have come as no surprise to anyone that they began working on a project that had many scratching their heads. The project is called Fuschia and most people that follow Google and Android closely, know of this new platform.

  • Project Treble is the most important Android update you've never heard of

    “This time, things will be different,” or so Google says with each major dessert-flavored Android release that it pushes to phones and tablets. But looking at Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat over the past two years proves that’s not entirely true.

  • Android Automotive hands-on: Google is finally ready to talk about its car OS

    After years of rumors and speculation, Google finally announced a plan to put a Google-blessed, car version of Android in a production vehicle. Audi and Volvo have both signed up to have their "next gen" vehicles powered by Google's OS. Previously we've seen "concept" Android-as-a-car-OS displays from Google in the form of a "stock Android" car OS in a Maserati and an FCA/Google concept for a "skinned android" infotainment system. With Audi and Volvo, the "concepts" are over, and we're finally seeing a work-in-progress product that will actually make it to market. And while previous concepts were quietly shown off with no one willing to comment, Google finally seems ready to talk about how Android in the car will work.

  • Android Circuit: Latest Pixel 2 Specs Leak, Samsung Note 8 Details, Google Invades Your iPhone

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Linux Devices

Sat, 2017-05-20 11:41
  • Compact, rugged Apollo Lake computer has swappable SATA

    Axiomtek’s tough, Linux-ready “eBOX100-312-FL” embedded computer offers a Celeron N3350 SoC, a SATA bay, and 2x mini-PCIe, HDMI, GbE, and USB 3.0 ports.

  • Rugged, Linux-ready Qseven module taps Apollo Lake

    The “MSC Q7-AL” is a Qseven COM with Intel Apollo Lake, triple display outputs, and options including -40 to 85°C support, 64GB eMMC, and a 3.5-inch carrier.

  • Ubuntu-ready SMB net appliance has dual mini-PCIe slots

    Aaeon’s “FWS-2271” network appliance offers Intel Apollo Lake SoCs, up to 16GB RAM, 4x to 6x GbE ports, 2x mini-PCIe slots, and shock/vibration resistance.

    The FWS-2271 network appliance for SOHO and SMB customers has updated Aaeon’s earlier Intel Braswell-based FWS-2260. Instead of Braswell, you get a choice of Intel Apollo Lake generation dual-core Celeron N3350 or quad-core Pentium N4200, both with 6W TDP. The Ubuntu-friendly device supports features including firewall, VPN, load balancing, software defined WAN (SD-WAN), Unified Threat Management (UTM), wireless Network Access Controller (NAC) and Virtual Customer Premise Equipment (vCPE).

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Samsung and Tizen

Sat, 2017-05-20 11:33

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GNU/Linux for Security

Sat, 2017-05-20 11:24
  • WannaCrypt makes an easy case for Linux

    Ransomware is on the rise. On a single day, WannaCrypt held hostage over 57,000 users worldwide, demanding anywhere between $300-$600 in Bitcoin. Don't pay up and you'll not be seeing your data again. Before I get into the thrust of this piece, if anything, let WannaCrypt be a siren call to everyone to backup your data. Period. End of story. With a solid data backup, should you fall prey to ransomware, you are just an OS reinstall and a data restore away from getting back to work.

  • Best way to avoid ransomware? Stop using Windows

    There are many Microsoft apologists, astro-turfers, and so-called journalists on the make who, at times like this, keep a low profile and furiously try to spread the message in Web forums that "computers users" are at risk.

    Alas, the harsh truth must at last be faced: if you do not use Windows, then the chances of a ransomware attack are close to zero.

  • No threat of WannaCry attack as GSTN operates on Linux: CEO

    GSTN, set up to provide IT infrastructure for GST rollout, will not be impacted by the WannaCry ransomware attack, as its systems do not run on Microsoft software, the network’s CEO Prakash Kumar said today.

    The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) is gearing up to handle about 3 billion invoices every month under the new indirect tax regime and will complete the beta testing of its software tomorrow.

    “Our software is not based on Microsoft windows operating system and hence we are immune. We operate on Linux software which is not affected by the ransomware attack,” Kumar told PTI.

    More than 60 lakh excise, service tax and VAT assessees have enrolled on the GSTN portal between November 8, 2016 and April 30, 2017. Currently, there are 80 lakh such assessees.

  • Massive cryptocurrency botnet used leaked NSA exploits weeks before WCry

    On Monday, researchers said the same weapons-grade attack kit was used in a much-earlier and possibly larger-scale hack that made infected computers part of a botnet that mined cryptocurrency.

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Pi Desktop: This kit turns your Raspberry Pi into a Linux desktop

Sat, 2017-05-20 11:18

The Pi Desktop kit from Premier Farnell -- the largest manufacturer of the Raspberry Pi -- includes an add-on board containing: an mSATA interface, an intelligent power controller (plus real-time-clock and battery); a heat sink; a USB adapter (Micro-Type A); spacers and screws -- and the box to keep it all in.

The company said the kit can help Raspberry Pi fans turn the board into a Pi into a "fully featured Linux-based desktop" computer "within minutes" which can then be connected to a display via the HDMI interface.

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[Review] Antergos Is More Than Just A Noob’s Arch Linux

Sat, 2017-05-20 11:14

To begin with, Antergos is one of those distros which I recommend with an air of upbeat confidence. And it has never let me down. I, being a distro hopper with an average of 3 distros per week, have found the love of my life in Antergos. It’s the marrying kind.

Sadly, Antergos is also one of the most underrated members of Linux family. We’ll talk about that later though. First, we see why Antergos is awesome.

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Events: QtCon, Akademy, Free and Open Source Software Compliance, Linux Plumbers Conference

Sat, 2017-05-20 02:19
  • Announcing QtCon Brasil 2017

    It's been almost a year since I, Filipe and Aracele were having a beer at Alexander Platz after the very last day of QtCon Berlin, when Aracele astutely came up with a very crazy idea of organizing QtCon in Brazil. Since then, we have been maturing such an idea and after a lot of work we are very glad to announce: QtCon Brasil 2017 happens from 18th to 20th August in São Paulo.

  • Join us at Akademy 2017 in Almería!

    This talk will illustrate the application areas for Input Methods by example, presenting short introductions to several international writing systems as well as emoji input. It will explain why solid Input Methods support is vital to KDE's goal of inclusivity and how Input Methods can make the act of writing easier for all of us.

  • Training in Foss Compliance

    The first training “Free and Open Source Software Compliance” is on June 23rd at KDAB’s Berlin training center. It will be held in German. Trainings in English at this and our other locations will follow later in the year. If you would like to learn how to navigate Open Source licensing with confidence, read more and sign up here.

  • Linux Kernel Memory Model Workshop Accepted into Linux Plumbers Conference

    A good understanding of the Linux kernel memory model is essential for a great many kernel-hacking and code-review tasks. Unfortunately, the current documentation (memory-barriers.txt) has been said to frighten small children, so this workshop’s goal is to demystify this memory model, including hands-on demos of the tools, help installing/running the tools, and help constructing appropriate litmus tests. These tools should go a long way toward the ultimate goal of automating the process of using memory models to frighten small children.

  • IBM’s OpenWhisk Stirs up Serverless IoT with Watson

    With the Internet of Things, the realms of embedded Linux and enterprise computing are increasingly intertwined, and serverless computing is the latest enterprise development paradigm that device developers should tune into. This event-driven variation on Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS) can ease application development using ephemeral Docker containers, auto-scaling, and pay-per execution in the cloud. Serverless is seeing growing traction in enterprise applications that need fast deployment and don’t require extremely high performance or low latency, including many cloud-connected IoT applications.

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PCLinuxOS Roll-Up Release: Another Linux installed on my new notebook

Sat, 2017-05-20 01:30

I happened across a new ISO image for the PCLinuxOS KDE desktop distribution this week.

PCLOS is a classic rolling-release Linux distribution, so this is just a "roll-up" release, pulling all of the updates since the last release together to make new installations easier, faster and more reliable.

Every time a new rolling release update is made we talk about those first two points, how it makes installation faster and easier, but I think my recent experience with two ASUS laptops shows that the last point can be important as well.

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SUSE EOL and Tumbleweed

Sat, 2017-05-20 01:22

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GNOME News

Sat, 2017-05-20 01:14
  • Petr Kovar: Plans for the next GNOME docs hackfest

    What we want to do differently this year is extending invitation to all people interested in GNOME content, whether it is upstream or downstream. We would especially like to see some Ubuntu folks attending. With Ubuntu moving to upstream GNOME, we are already seeing an increased number of docs patches coming from Ubuntu contributors, which is great, and I think having a joint documentation event could strengthen and expand the connections even more!

  • Improve focus and productivity by listening to different sounds

    Lately I found out that having a background ambient sound such as rain, wind, fireplace, really constrains me from any distraction.

    In doing so, inspired by Noisli.com, I created a GNOME Shell extension with similar functionality.

  • GNOME and Debian usability testing

    Intrigeri emailed me to share that "During the Contribute your skills to Debian event that took place in Paris last week-end, we conducted a usability testing session" of GNOME 3.22 and Debian 9. They have posted their usability test results at Intrigeri's blog: "GNOME and Debian usability testing, May 2017." The results are very interesting and I encourage you to read them!

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