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Cray and Red Hat Spread ARM, Red Hat Financial News

Tue, 2017-11-14 04:40

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Linux Lite Users Are Among the First to Get Linux 4.14, Here's How to Install It

Tue, 2017-11-14 01:13

As you know, Linus Torvalds released the Linux 4.14 kernel series on Sunday, November 12, 2017, and while most GNU/Linux distro maintainers are waiting for it to be marked as stable on kernel.org, which will happen when the first point release is out, namely Linux kernel 4.14.1, Jerry Bezencon prepared the new kernel for his users.

Linux kernel 4.14 is the new long-term supported (LTS) kernel series and introduces features like larger memory limits, zstd compression for the Btrfs and SquashFS file systems, Heterogeneous Memory Management for future GPUs, support for AMD Secure Memory Encryption, better cpufreq behavior, and much more.

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Firefox 57 "Quantum" Web Browser Now Available to Download, Here's What's New

Tue, 2017-11-14 01:12

The biggest new feature of the Firefox 57.0 "Quantum" web browser is a major visual redesign that was developed by Mozilla as the Photon project and active on the Nightly channel until now. This makes the web browser two times faster than Firefox 49.0, according to Mozilla's development team.

"Firefox Quantum is roughly 2X faster than Firefox 49 on the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark, thanks to its new CSS engine, its “just right” multi-process architecture, the way it prioritizes your active tab, and much more," reads the preliminary release notes for Firefox 57.0 beta.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 Operating System Is Now Available for ARM Servers

Tue, 2017-11-14 01:01

Marking the culmination of a multi-year long collaboration between Red Hat and ARM, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ARM is debuts today as part of Red Hat's multi-architecture strategy as the company plans to support as many hardware architectures as possible for its commercial Linux-based operating system. As such, ARM server support has been added to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4.

"Our goal was to develop a single operating platform across multiple 64-bit ARMv8-A server-class SoCs from various suppliers while using the same sources to build user functionality and consistent feature set that enables customers to deploy across a range of server implementations while maintaining application compatibility," said Red Hat in the press release.

Also: Red Hat Enterprise Linux gets ARM server support

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GNU Linux-Libre 4.14 Kernel Officially Released for Those Seeking 100% Freedom

Tue, 2017-11-14 00:59

GNU Linux-libre 4.14 kernel is now available for download borrowing all the features incorporated in the recently released Linux 4.14 kernel, but without incorporating any proprietary drivers. Besides the usual deblobbing, this release also comes without the firmware subtree, which was removed upstream.

"The biggest change in this release is that the firmware subtree was removed upstream (thus the codename -ENOFIRMWARE), removing from the Linux kernel distribution a few pieces of Free firmware, and a number of non-Free ones. Alas, there are still a few pieces of non Free firmware remaining in Linux 4.14," said Alexandre Oliva.

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Eben Moglen is no longer a friend of the free software community

Tue, 2017-11-14 00:57

Eben Moglen has done an amazing amount of work for the free software community, serving on the board of the Free Software Foundation and acting as its general counsel for many years, leading the drafting of GPLv3 and giving many forceful speeches on the importance of free software. However, his recent behaviour demonstrates that he is no longer willing to work with other members of the community, and we should reciprocate that.

In early 2016, the FSF board became aware that Eben was briefing clients on an interpretation of the GPL that was incompatible with that held by the FSF. He later released this position publicly with little coordination with the FSF, which was used by Canonical to justify their shipping ZFS in a GPL-violating way. He had provided similar advice to Debian, who were confused about the apparent conflict between the FSF's position and Eben's.

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ProtonMail: An Open Source Privacy-Focused Alternative to Gmail

Mon, 2017-11-13 23:29

Have a look at ProtonMail, a secure, privacy-focused email provider that you can use as an alternative to Gmail.

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4MLinux 24.0 GNU/Linux Distro Enters Beta, Uses GCC 7.1 and Linux Kernel 4.9 LTS

Mon, 2017-11-13 17:03

Nearly two weeks after the release of the 4MLinux 23.0 new stable series of the independently-developed GNU/Linux operating system, development on the next major release starts now with the availability of 4MLinux 24.0 Core Beta, which will be used as the base system for 4MLinux 24.0 and all related products.

Powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.9.52 kernel, 4MLinux 24.0 Core Beta uses the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 7.1.0 as default compiler to offer applications designed for the i686 (32-bit) hardware architecture. The Core edition doesn't have a graphical UI and ships only with BusyBox 1.27.2 and GNU C Library (Glibc) 2.25.

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3 open source alternatives to AutoCAD

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:59

CAD—computer-aided design or computer-aided drafting, depending on who you ask—is technology created to make it easier to create specifications for real-world objects. Whether the object you're building is a house, car, bridge, or spaceship, chances are it got its start in a CAD program of one type or another.

Among the best-known CAD programs is AutoDesk's AutoCAD, but there are many others, proprietary or open source, out there. So how do the open source alternatives to AutoCAD stack up? The answer depends on how you plan to use them.

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Debian-Based Elive Linux Gets New Beta with Better Support for Nvidia, AMD GPUs

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:53

The upcoming major Elive 3.0 release is being developed for the past several months under the Elive 2.9.x umbrella, and the latest snapshot is now Elive 2.9.14 beta, which brings fixes to various of the preinstalled apps, as well as under-the-hood improvements.

These include better support for Nvidia and AMD Radeon GPUs, a fix for a crash with the Terminology terminal emulator that occurred when opening new tabs, new desktop scaling factor, as well as automatic selection and sizing of fonts based on your display's DPI and resolution.

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Ubuntu Devs Want to Know How You Feel About Guest Sessions in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:51

Canonical kicked off development of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) at the end of October with a focus on improving the overall stability and reliability of the operating system, being the next long-term supported release and all that. But they also plan on implementing some highly requested features, and one of these is guest sessions.

Software engineer Robert Ancell posted an announcement today on the community hub to get the pulse of the Ubuntu community and how they feel about guest sessions in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. If you're not aware, Canonical had to remove guest session support in Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) due to the switch to the GNOME desktop and its GDM login manager.

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Games for GNU/Linux

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:04

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today's howtos

Mon, 2017-11-13 15:57

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GNU Linux-libre 4.14-gnu Released, Still A Battle Deblobbing Driver Firmware

Mon, 2017-11-13 15:54

The Free Software Foundation Latin America team are once again punctual in delivering their updated GNU Linux-libre kernel.

Just hours after Linus Torvalds released Linux 4.14, the libre downstream released GNU Linux-libre 4.14-gnu. This kernel remains focused on removing code dependent upon binary-only/non-free firmware, including drivers needing such support, if they can't run without any firmware blobs nor any free software alternative, they are stripped from this tree. The libre kernel also prevents loading of non-free drivers.

Also: GNU Linux-libre 4.14-gnu: -ENOFIRMWARE is now available

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Security: Proprietary Software and Microsoft's Back Doors

Mon, 2017-11-13 15:49
  • Hackers Can Use Your Antivirus Software To Spread Malware [Ed: Crackers can use just about any proprietary software to spread other (even more malicious) proprietary software]
  • NYT: NSA Spy Units Forced to 'Start Over' After Leaks, Hacks
  • Media: homeland security USA “shocked” by the data theft [Ed: "shocked" by impact of its own collusion with Microsoft]
  • Report: NSA Hunts for Moles Amid Crippling Information Leaks

    The National Security Agency has spent more than a year investigating a series of catastrophic breaches and has yet to determine whether it’s fighting foreign hackers or a mole inside the agency, The New York Times reports. At the center of the saga is a mysterious group called the Shadow Brokers, which has been taunting the agency with periodic dumps of secret code online—leaks that employees say are much more damaging to national security than the information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Some of the stolen code has been used in global malware attacks such as the WannaCry cyberattack, which crippled hospitals and government institutions across the world. Current and former employees have described a mole hunt inside the agency, with some employees reportedly asked to hand over their passports and undergo questioning. Yet investigators still don’t know who the culprits are, be it an insider who stole an entire thumb drive of sensitive code, or a group of Russian hackers—for some, the prime suspects—who managed to breach NSA defenses. “How much longer are the releases going to come?” one former employee was cited as saying. “The agency doesn’t know how to stop it—or even what ‘it’ is.”

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GNU/Linux Desktop: Mint, DeX, and Microsoft's Campaign to Undermine LiMux in Munich

Mon, 2017-11-13 15:47
  • [Mint] Monthly News – November 2017

    Many thanks for your donations. Your help and support is greatly appreciated. It empowers us of course but it’s also a huge boost in confidence and motivation. Many thanks to all of you who help our project.

    Linux Mint 18.3 BETA

    The BETA for the Cinnamon and the MATE editions will be released this week.

    We hope you’ll enjoy them and we look forward to receiving your feedback. We’ll announce their official release in a couple of days.

  • Samsung Linux on Galaxy might run full, graphical Linux desktops

    Samsung sometimes tries to be too much like Google and engages in moonshot projects that are often abandoned quickly. So when it launched its new DeX “phone as a desktop” platform, it was natural for some people to wonder how long it would last. At least, for now, it seems that Samsung is investing a sizeable amount of resources to expand its coverage, like its upcoming Linux on Galaxy feature. Samsung just posted a concept video hinting that it could be more than what others have been able to do.

  • Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

    Hübner said "no final decision has yet been made" on whether LibreOffice will be swapped out for Microsoft Office. "That will be decided at the end of next year when the full cost of such a move will be known."

    Peter Ganten, CEO of Univention in Bremen and a member of the Open Source Business Alliance, told El Reg: "The council of the city of Munich has just executed a decision which they have made long before."

    Not all agree that it is a good decision.

    Ganten said "of course nobody in the open-source community is happy that this decision has been made" and the city will spend "decades of man power" and "millions of euros" on migration (as it did with the LiMux project) while client OSes "becomes more and more unimportant and other organisations are wisely spending their money for platform neutral applications."

    Matthias Kirschner, president of Free Software Foundation Europe in Berlin, said "there were never any studies" pinpointing what people were "unhappy" about. It might have been the LiMux client itself, or perhaps the migration process or lack of support.

    He said he was also not aware of a comparison of the unhappiness of staffers in cities using Windows.

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EXT4 In Linux 4.15 Gets Online Resizing When Using Bigalloc, Corruption Fixes

Mon, 2017-11-13 15:44

Ted Ts'o was quick to send in the EXT4 file-system and fscrypt file-system encryption framework changes for the just-opened Linux 4.15 merge window.

On the fscrypt front, it's mostly just a random assortment of bug fixes.

With the EXT4 changes, they are a bit more exciting. First up is support for online resizing of EXT4 file-systems when using bigalloc. EXT4 has long supported online resizing but this is for where "EXT4_FEATURE_RO_COMPAT_BIGALLOC" has been enabled while the existing EXT4 resize interfaces remain in shape for 4.15. For those unfamiliar with the bigalloc mode, the EXT4 documentation explains, "The bigalloc feature changes ext4 to use clustered allocation, so that each bit in the ext4 block allocation bitmap addresses a power of two number of blocks. For example, if the file system is mainly going to be storing large files in the 4-32 megabyte range, it might make sense to set a cluster size of 1 megabyte. This means that each bit in the block allocation bitmap now addresses 256 4k blocks."

Also: Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS Released: Check Out The New And Best Features

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pfSense: Not Linux, Not Bad

Mon, 2017-11-13 14:38

Through the years, I've used all sorts of router and firewall solutions at home and at work. For home networks, I usually recommend something like DD-WRT, OpenWRT or Tomato on an off-the-shelf router. For business, my recommendations typically are something like a Ubiquiti router or a router/firewall solution like Untangled or ClearOS. A few years ago, however, a coworker suggested I try pfSense instead of a Linux-based solution. I was hesitant, but I have to admit, pfSense with its BSD core is a rock-solid performer that I've used over and over at multiple sites.

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