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Games: Total War: WARHAMMER, Observer, Shadow Warrior and Latest Wine

Fri, 2017-07-21 08:43

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Security: FOSS Advantage, Updates, “Bad Taste” and More

Fri, 2017-07-21 08:41

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Red Hat and Fedora: OpenShift, Finance, and New Kernel in Fedora

Fri, 2017-07-21 08:40

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GNOME: Pitivi GSoC Work, Actions, Menus and Toolbars Kit for GTK+

Fri, 2017-07-21 08:38
  • Pitivi Developer Console Plugin

    The first part of my project was focused in adding support for creating Python-based plugin managers in libpeas and polishing the Pitivi Plugin Manager. Initially, before the Google Summer of Code started, the Pitivi Plugin Manager was done using the PeasGtkPluginManager. However the design didn’t fit pretty well in the Pitivi Preferences Dialog, so I had to implement it again but in Python. I took as reference the GNOME Builder Preferences window. It is worth to say that I could have used libdazzle, but Pitivi doesn’t use GSettings and instead it uses ConfigParser.

  • Pitivi: Transformation properties keyframes ready to land

    In my last blog post, I was telling you how my GSOC project was close to its completion. Since then, I’ve been working on getting it to a deployable state, while also adding some final touches. Now, it should be ready to land and you’ll probably see it included in Pitivi 2.0.

  • Amtk – Actions, Menus and Toolbars Kit for GTK+

    GtkUIManager has been deprecated without a good replacement for applications that want to keep a traditional UI (with a menubar, toolbar and statusbar). So I’ve written a new shared library called Amtk, currently developed inside the Tepl repository. It is a basic GtkUIManager replacement based on GAction. If you are interested, read the Amtk introduction (it explains the problems with what GTK+ currently provides and that Amtk solves) and the API reference.

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pfSense 2.3.4-p1 Open-Source Firewall Update Brings Security Fixes for OpenVPN

Fri, 2017-07-21 07:55

A new security and bug fix maintenance update just landed today for the pfSense 2.3.4 stable release of the open-source and free firewall distribution based on the FreeBSD technologies.

The pfSense 2.3.4-p1 patch is being released two and a half months after the launch of pfSense 2.3.4, and it looks like it attempts to inject new security fixes in pfSense and several of its components, including OpenVPN, as well as to fix various bugs that have been reported during this time. For example, it fixes Hover Dynamic DNS updates to be able to verify the SSL peer.

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CoreOS, OCI Unveil Controversial Open Container Industry Standard

Fri, 2017-07-21 01:44

CoreOS and the Open Container Initiative on Wednesday introduced image and runtime specifications largely based on Docker's image format technology.

However, OCI's decision to model the standard on Docker's de facto platform has raised questions. Some critics have argued for other options.

Version 1.0 provides a stable standard for application containers, according to Brandon Philips, CTO at CoreOS and chair of the OCI Technical Oversight Board.

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GNOME Tweak Tool Renamed to GNOME Tweaks, Will Learn New Tweaks for GNOME 3.26

Fri, 2017-07-21 01:42

The widely-used GNOME Tweak Tool utility that GNOME users can't live without was renamed the other day to GNOME Tweaks as part of a minor update towards version 3.26 for the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment.

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Debian-Based Elive 3.0 Linux OS Is Almost Here, New Beta Adds More Improvements

Fri, 2017-07-21 01:40

The development team behind the Debian-based Elive GNU/Linux distribution was proud to announce today the availability for download of a new Beta version towards the upcoming Elive 3.0 major release.

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Wine 2.0.2

Thu, 2017-07-20 23:31
  • Wine 2.0.2 Released With 62 Bug Fixes

    The Wine project has today announced Wine 2.0.2 as the newest stable update for running Windows programs on Linux, macOS, and other operating systems.

    If you aren't using the Wine 2.x bi-weekly development releases for the bleeding-edge experience to culminate with the stable Wine 3.0 release in a few months, Wine 2.0.2 is the newest and best for the time being.

  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine maintenance release 2.0.2 is now available.

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AMDGPU vs. Radeon DRM On Linux 4.13 For AMD GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs

Thu, 2017-07-20 20:24

With the Linux 4.13 kernel currently under development there are new module parameters that can make it easier switching from the Radeon DRM default on GCN 1.0 and GCN 1.1 GPUs to instead using the newer AMDGPU DRM driver, but Radeon remains the default. Here's my test experiences and benchmark results of AMDGPU vs. Radeon for GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs.

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Support for Ubuntu 16.10 Ends Today

Thu, 2017-07-20 17:24

Yup, Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak hit end of life (EOL) on July 20.

Released on October 13, 2016, Ubuntu 16.10 is a short-term release with a 9-month support cycle.

That support period is at an end and Ubuntu 16.10 will reach end of life on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

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Netrunner Rolling and Ubuntu Upgrades

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:35
  • Netrunner Rolling Is Back After One and a Half Years, It's Based on Arch Linux

    After one and a half years of silence, the Netrunner Rolling series make a comeback today with the release of version 2017.07, based on Arch Linux and Manjaro operating systems.

    By our count, Netrunner Rolling 2017.07 is here sixteen months after the Netrunner Rolling 2016.01 release, which was unveiled on February 27, 2016, and it's an up-to-date version with all the latest GNU/Linux technologies. The good news is that it's here to stay, and will receive regular updates 3 or 4 for times a year.

  • Clarification and changes to release upgrades

    I’ve recently made some changes to how do-release-upgrade, called by update-manager when you choose to upgrade releases, behaves and thought it’d be a good time to clarify how things work and the changes made.

    When do-release-upgrade is called it reads a meta-release file from changelogs.ubuntu.com to determine what releases are supported and to which release to upgrade. The exact meta-release file changes depending on what arguments, –proposed or –devel-release, are passed to do-release-upgrade. The meta-release file is used to determine which tarball to download and use to actually perform the upgrade. So if you are upgrading from Ubuntu 17.04 to Artful then you are actually using the the ubuntu-release-upgrader code from Artful.

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KDE/Qt: Qt Creator 4.4, GSoC Projects

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:33
  • Qt Creator 4.4 Enters Beta

    The Qt Company has announced the first public beta of the Qt Creator 4.4 integrated development environment.

  • Gsoc Week 5 , 6 , 7
  • Oware - Single player

    There are also some changes in my GSoC plan. I thought of working on computer activity after oware earlier when I made my proposal but with discussions with my mentors we came to a conclusion that musical activities are more important for a child. So I would be working on musical activities now which includes play piano and note names activity which were started in the branch Play piano and were earlier to be done in my last month. My aim would be to complete both these activities.

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Funding for Dremio and Matrix.org

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:29

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BSD: OpenBSD, Benchmarking LLVM/Clang, and AMD Zen Scheduler Model Lands In LLVM

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:27
  • Blog about my blog


    I want to try it again, and this time I decided to create a self-hosted blog. Something that runs on my own server and with httpd, the web server that I wrote for OpenBSD.  


    i That's why I decided to write my articles, including this one, in Markdown and use another tool such as lowdown to generate the XML pages for sblg.


  • Benchmarking LLVM/Clang's New AMD Zen Scheduler Model

    Just prior to LLVM 5.0 being branched yesterday, the AMD Zen scheduler model finally landed in LLVM and has the potential of boosting the performance of generated binaries targeting AMD's Zen "znver1" architecture. Here are some benchmarks of LLVM Clang 4.0 compared to the latest LLVM Clang compiler code when testing with both generic x86-64 optimizations and then optimized builds for the first-generation Zen CPUs, tested on a Ryzen 7 processor.

  • AMD Zen Scheduler Model Lands In LLVM, Makes It For LLVM 5.0

    It was coming down to the wire for the new AMD Zen scheduler model in LLVM 5.0 but now it's managed to land just hours before the LLVM 5.0 branching.

    The new Zen "znver1" scheduler model for LLVM was published by AMD in patch form last week and now this morning it's been merged to mainline LLVM. Funny enough, thanks to an Intel developer with commit rights to LLVM due to the AMD contributor not having access.

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OSS: VirtualBox, AMD EPYC Platform Letdown, Choosing FOSS, Open Source Blockchain Project, and RcppAPT 0.0.4

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:26
  • VirtualBox 5.1.24 Brings a Better Support for AMD Ryzen CPUs

    VirtualBox is a free and an open-source application for virtualization on x86 platforms. VirtualBox development team has announced a new maintenance release VirtualBox 5.1.24.

    The recent release of VirtualBox brought more support for AMD Ryzen processors to run certain guests such as Microsoft Windows XP. Emulating more SSE2 instructions. Fixing multiple issues with the graphical user interface for KDE Plasma, and black screen on reboot for multi-screen setup under certain conditions.

  • AMD EPYC Platform Security Processor Code Will Not Be Open Source

    AMD EPYC has been getting some bad word of mouth due to what Intel has been trying to portray but much has been cleared out in the official presentation. Many users that are worried about security have asked AMD to open source the AMD EPYC Platform security processor code. That will not be the case according to AMD.

    AMD EPYC Platform security processor is designed to keep the user safe from attacks because the OS can’t see what the PSP or IME is doing. Similarly, the user will also not know what the chips are doing. That is all great if the chip is keeping the user safe but it also means that if the defenses are breached then the user will not realize that as well.

  • Open Source: To Use Or Not To Use (And How To Choose)

    You'd like to use open source software, but you're not sure what criteria you should use when deciding whether to rely on it for a specific project or not. I have a long, complicated history with open source software.

  • Japanese Online Giant GMO Launches Open Source Blockchain Project

    Internet giant GMO Internet Inc. of Japan today announced the launch of the GMO Blockchain Open Source Software Project (GMO Blockchain OSS). The system will allow users to develop programs using blockchain as open source. In a first attempt by the company using this platform, the company has developed an open source medical record sharing system and launched it on July 6th, 2017.

  • RcppAPT 0.0.4

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Games and Graphics: Trains & Things, 'The Universim', and AMD

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:24

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Audiocasts/Shows: Unleaded Hangout, Lunduke Hour, and FLOSS Weekly

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:21
  • PulseAudio and Systemd | Unleaded Hangout

    Today on Unleaded, Brandon and Joe join me to discuss PulseAudio, systemd and whether or not adoption of these technologies is the end of all things good in the Linux world.

  • Warning, NSFW: "Book Reading: Linux is Badass" - Lunduke Hour - July 19, 2017
  • FLOSS Weekly 442: Hyperledger

    Hyperledger is a project to maintain a platform for distributed ledger projects and the toolkits at apps that support and use them. It’s intended for building private systems where everyone participating can be identified, so does not have an associated proof-of-work token or the “cryptocurrency” aura that goes with it.

    It may be the tool that finally re-decentralises the Internet. By taking away the shiny gold, people can finally see the power of a distributed ledger whose authority is established by consensus rather than heirarchy. The book Simon mentions, “The Myster of Capital” by Hernando de Soto, is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

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