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Software and today's howtos

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:49

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Security and Bugs

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:49
  • Security updates for Thursday
  • Devops embraces security measures to build safer software

    Devops isn’t simply transforming how developers and operations work together to deliver better software faster, it is also changing how developers view application security. A recent survey from software automation and security company Sonatype found that devops teams are increasingly adopting security automation to create better and safer software.

  • This Xfce Bug Is Wrecking Users’ Monitors

    The Xfce desktop environment for Linux may be fast and flexible — but it’s currently affected by a very serious flaw.

    Users of this lightweight alternative to GNOME and KDE have reported that the choice of default wallpaper in Xfce is causing damaging to laptop displays and LCD monitors.

    And there’s damning photographic evidence to back the claims up.

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BSD: iXsystems and DragonFlyBSD

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:48
  • iXsystems Sees Record Growth in 2016, Charges Into 2017

    The FreeNAS Mini XL was also added, aimed at bringing enterprise-grade storage technology to the small office and home office user

  • VGA-Switcheroo Ported From Linux To DragonFlyBSD

    The latest DRM/graphics-related porting effort by François Tigeot in the DragonFly space is bringing over the vga_swticheroo module from the Linux kernel.

    François Tigeot continues doing a good job porting Linux DRM drivers over to DragonFlyBSD and getting them close to the state where they are with the mainline Linux Git tree. His latest effort is about getting VGA-Switcheroo working on DragonFly.

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KDE/Qt: Qt 5.9.0 beta and Krita

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:47

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GNOME and GTK News

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:46
  • GNOME ED Update – Week 12

    In case you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new GNOME release – 3.24! The release is the result of 6 months’ work by the GNOME community.

  • GTK hackfest 2017: D-Bus communication with containers

    At the GTK hackfest in London (which accidentally became mostly a Flatpak hackfest) I've mainly been looking into how to make D-Bus work better for app container technologies like Flatpak and Snap.

  • GNOME 3.24 Linux Desktop Environment Released | Here Are The New Features

    The GNOME Project has released the latest stable version of their open source desktop environment. GNOME 3.24, codenamed Portland, is here after 6 months of development and 28459 changes. Some of the biggest features of GNOME 3.24 are Night Light, improved notifications, new Recipes and Games application, two GPU support, etc.

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Leftovers: Gaming

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:46

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Microsoft Loves Microsoft

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:45
  • Microsoft’s OneDrive performance on Linux is causing quite a storm

    Since Microsoft has been under the stewardship of Satya Nadella, the software giant has been embracing Linux in various different ways – ‘new Microsoft, new attitude’, as we observed a year ago – but not when it comes to OneDrive, it would seem.

    As the Register reports, there are a good number of users complaining about the poor performance of the OneDrive web app on their Linux machines (or other non-Windows platforms like Chromebooks).

    The interesting point here is that when using a Windows PC on the exact same connection with the OneDrive app, everything runs smooth and fast.

  • Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

    Ever since Satya Nadella took over the reins at Microsoft, the Windows giant has been talking up how much it loves Linux – but it appears this hasn't trickled down to its OneDrive team.

    Plenty of Linux users are up in arms about the performance of the OneDrive web app. They say that when accessing Microsoft's cloudy storage system in a browser on a non-Windows system – such as on Linux or ChromeOS – the service grinds to a barely usable crawl. But when they use a Windows machine on the same internet connection, speedy access resumes.

    Crucially, when they change their browser's user-agent string – a snippet of text the browser sends to websites describing itself – to Internet Explorer or Edge, magically their OneDrive access speeds up to normal on their non-Windows PCs.

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Kernel Space: Linux, Graphics

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:44
  • Intel Has More P-State Changes Coming For Linux 4.12

    Tuning the P-State CPU frequency scaling driver for the Linux kernel feels like a never-ending process. While it's been around for years and continues to be refined, for some Intel CPUs on some workloads, the CPUFreq scaling driver leads to be better performance and even Intel's own Clear Linux distribution is using CPUFreq by default. With Linux 4.12, more intel_pstate revisions are taking place.

  • Intel's Vulkan Driver Working On VK_KHX_multiview Support

    Intel's open-source "ANV" Vulkan Linux driver is prepping support for the experimental VK_KHX_multiview extension.

    Key Intel Vulkan driver contributor Jason Ekstrand has published his initial patches for VK_KHX_multiview support within the ANV code-base. This also includes SPIR-V support for the related SPV_KHR_multiview extension.

  • Mir's Abstraction Layer Now Has Cut & Paste Support (MirAL)

    A few days ago we reported on Ubuntu's Mir now supporting drag and drop while now another important desktop feature has come to Ubuntu's Mir abstraction layer, MirAL.

  • DRM Core Updates For HDMI 2.0+ Features

    Synopsys has been working on some DRM core infrastructure patches for better handling of HDMI 2.0+ support by DRM drivers.

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Proprietary Software

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:43

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Red Hat and Fedora

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:40

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Android Leftovers

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:38

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:37
  • Next-gen developers need master class in open source, says IBM

    The demand for software applications with baked-in cognitive and data science technology is raising expectations of what a developer must bring to the table. Open-source Application Programming Interfaces lower the “concept count” needed, but composing them into next-gen apps will take practice, according to Angel Diaz (pictured), vice president of cloud architecture and technology at IBM.

    “The developer is becoming a cognitive developer and a data science developer in addition to an application developer, and that is the future,” Diaz said.

  • Dell Is Exploring The Use Of Coreboot, At Least Internally

    Dell appears to be using Coreboot on some of their modern Intel Atom motherboards paired with the Intel FSP and TianoCore.

  • How a small team keeps Twitter’s Fail Whale at bay

    Following the strong wake created by the Fail Whale, Twitter created a life raft in the form of stateless containerized micro services. In just a few years, they’ve scaled to hundreds of teams running thousands of services on tens of thousands of hosts and in hundreds of thousands of containers.

    Ian Downes is engineering manager for the compute platform team at Twitter. His team of about 10 engineers and a few other staffers buoys a platform providing container infrastructure to much of the stateless services powering twitter.com and its advertising business. Downes spoke recently at Container World on “Twitter’s Micro Services Architecture: Operational & Technical Challenges.”

  • Teradata Debuts Open Source Kylo™ to Quickly Build, Manage Data Pipelines
  • Teradata Scores Highest in All Use Cases in 2017 Gartner Report: Critical Capabilities for Data Management Solutions for Analytics
  • 5 Legal Risks For Companies Involved in Open Source Software Development

    The reasons that organizations use Open Source Software (OSS) are many and varied. It speeds development, lowers costs, provides flexibility, and facilitates innovation -- all of which add up to a competitive advantage for the organization.

    But there are also challenges and legal risks involved when companies shift from a development model based on custom, in-house development to one based on assembling open source components and coding only the parts that are truly unique to an application.

    In the previous post, we covered six operational challenges that organizations face using OSS.

    In this final post of our series, we’ll review the legal risks and the spectrum of open source licenses involved.

  • How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

    The latest issue of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine features a special report on open-source robotics hardware and its impact in the field. We’ve seen how, over the last several years, open source software—platforms like the Robot Operating System (ROS), Gazebo, and OpenCV, among others—has played a huge role in helping researchers and companies build robots better and faster. Can the same thing happen with robot hardware?

  • Thou shalt not depend on me: analysing the use of outdated JavaScript libraries on the web
  • Hello Debugger!

    I’m a huge fan of GDB and DDD, but for anything beyond basic breakpoints, I’ve found myself wading through too much user documentation. What if I want a consistent conditional breakpoint, even if I add or remove earlier code? Never mind setting an initial breakpoint, then adding a data-dependent watchpoint… already, the terminology is getting thick. There has to be a better way.

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Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Final Beta Released with Linux Kernel 4.10, Mesa 17.0

Thu, 2017-03-23 22:29

Canonical released today, as expected, the Final Beta of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system, due for release on April 13, 2017, along with the rest of the opt-in flavors, such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, etc.

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Embarcadero’s RAD Studio 10.2 released with Linux support

Thu, 2017-03-23 22:27

Embarcadero wants to help developers build cross-platform native apps faster with the latest release of its RAD Studio. According to the company RAD Studio 10.2 is a milestone release with Linux support, improved IDE menus, new features, and enhanced C++ performance.

The latest version features its first LLVM-based Linux compiler for enterprise development. The Delphi Linux compiler is designed to help developers take new and existing Windows server apps and target Linux servers, according to the company. The Linux compiler features full file system support, threads and parallel programing library, and FireDAC database access support.

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Red Hat software-defined storage takes another step forward

Thu, 2017-03-23 22:23

Do you need software-defined storage (SDS) for your enterprise virtualization, analytics, and enterprise sync and share workloads? If so, then Red Hat has the program for you: Red Hat Gluster Storage 3.2.

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Boards With Linux

Thu, 2017-03-23 21:37
  • Latest Linux Maker Boards Gamble on Diversity

    As usual, last week’s Embedded World show in Nuremberg, Germany was primarily focused on commercial embedded single board computers (SBCs), computer-on-modules, and rugged industrial systems for the OEM market. Yet, we also saw a growing number of community-backed maker boards, which, like most of the commercial boards, run Linux. The new crop shows the growing diversity of hacker SBCs, which range from completely open source models to proprietary prototyping boards that nevertheless offer low prices and community services such as forums and open source Linux distributions.

  • Rugged, expandable 3.5-inch Skylake SBC supports Linux

    Diamond’s 3.5-inch “Venus” SBC offers an Intel 6th Gen CPU, -40 to 85°C support, up to 20GB of ruggedized RAM, and mini-PCIe and PCIe/104 OneBank.

  • How enthusiasts designed a powerful desktop PC with an ARM processor

    The purpose of the gathering was to get the ball rolling for the development of a real desktop based on ARM. The PC will likely be developed by 96boards, which provides specifications to build open-source development boards.

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Has Interest in Ubuntu Peaked?

Thu, 2017-03-23 21:03

This graph represents Google search volume for Ubuntu (the OS) from 2004 until now, 2017.

Looking at the image it us hard to not conclude one thing: that interest in Ubuntu has peaked.

Also: Ubuntu splats TITSUP bug spread in update

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Leftovers: OSS

Thu, 2017-03-23 16:01

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Security Leftovers

Thu, 2017-03-23 14:57
  • Windows flaw lets attackers take over A-V software

    A 15-year-old flaw in every version of Windows right from XP to Windows 10 allows a malicious attacker to take control of a system through the anti-virus software running on the system.

  • Google Continues to Make Strides in Improving Android Security
  • Google cites progress in Android security, but patching issues linger
  • Dark Matter

    Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain 'persistence' on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.

    Among others, these documents reveal the "Sonic Screwdriver" project which, as explained by the CIA, is a "mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting" allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick "even when a firmware password is enabled". The CIA's "Sonic Screwdriver" infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.

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