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TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-26 11:56
  • New features in GNOME To Do

    Some of you might have noticed that GNOME To Do wasn’t released with GNOME 3.22. There is a reason for that: I didn’t have enough time to add new features, or fix any bugs. But that changed, and in fact big things happened.

  • CUDA 8, cuDNN, Nvidia drivers and GNOME Software metadata

    The Nvidia driver repository has been updated with AppStream metadata. From Fedora 25 onward, you will be able to search for Nvidia, CUDA, GeForce or Quadro to make the driver, control panel and other programs appear in the Gnome Software window.

    As far as I know, this should be enabled by default on Fedora 25.

  • Builder Rust

    With Federico’s wonderful post on Rust’ifying librsvg I guess it makes sense to share what I’ve been doing the last couple of days.

    I’ve been keeping my eye on Rust for quite a while. However, I’ve been so heads down with Builder the last two years that I haven’t really gotten to write any or help on integration into our platform. Rust appears to take a very pragmatic stance on integration with systems code (which is primarily C). The C calling convention is not going anywhere, so at some point, you will be integrating with some part of a system that is “C-like”. Allowing us to piecemeal upgrade the “Safety” of our systems is much smarter than rewrite-the-universe. This pragmatism is likely due to the realities of Rust’s birth at Mozilla. It’s a huge code-base, and incrementally modernizing it is the only reality that is approachable.

  • Librsvg gets Rusty

    I've been wanting to learn Rust for some time. It has frustrated me for a number of years that it is quite possible to write GNOME applications in high-level languages, but for the libraries that everything else uses ("the GNOME platform"), we are pretty much stuck with C. Vala is a very nice effort, but to me it never seemed to catch much momentum outside of GNOME.

    After reading this presentation called "Rust out your C", I got excited. It *is* possible to port C code to Rust, small bits at a time! You rewrite some functions in Rust, make them linkable to the C code, and keep calling them from C as usual. The contortions you need to do to make C types accessible from Rust are no worse than for any other language.

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Leftovers: Software

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-26 11:55
  • Rblpapi 0.3.5

    A new release of Rblpapi is now on CRAN. Rblpapi provides a direct interface between R and the Bloomberg Terminal via the C++ API provided by Bloomberg Labs (but note that a valid Bloomberg license and installation is required).

  • Flatpak 0.6.13

    These used to take an application id and an optional branch name as two arguments. This meant you could not specify multiple apps to install in a single command. So, instead of having the branch as a separate argument we now support partial references. If you only specify an id we try to match the rest as best we can depending on what is installed/available, but if this matches multiple things you have to specify more details.

  • New features on Hosted Weblate

    Today, new version has been deployed on Hosted Weblate. It brings many long requested features and enhancements.

  • A Wild Desktop Reddit App for Linux Appears

    Reddit is …Well it’s Reddit: there’s little else like it on the internet.

    Thos of us who use Reddit probably do so a tab, in a browser, because that’s how the site works best.

    Many desktop Reddit apps exist, but few translate the unique experience of using the service to the desktop in a way that really works.

  • Opera 41 Browser Brings Performance Improvements

    For those still using the Opera web-browser, Opera 41 is now available as the latest stable release and seems primarily focused on performance improvements.

  • Faster and better browsing – Welcome Opera 41

    We all know the feeling. You want to check out your favorite website, but when you open your laptop or turn on your computer, you realize the browser is closed. You click on the browser icon and then have to wait while the browser opens all your previously opened sites…

    We have a solution for you that makes your browsing faster: Opera 41 includes a new, smarter startup sequence that cuts away almost all the wait time, no matter how many tabs you open on startup.

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Security News

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-26 11:53
  • Tuesday's security updates
  • We Got Phished

    She logged into her account but couldn’t find the document and, with other more urgent emails to deal with, she quickly moved on and put this brief event out of mind.

    This staff member will henceforth be known as PZ, or “patient zero.”

    The login page wasn’t really a login page. It was a decoy webpage, designed to look legitimate in order to trick unsuspecting recipients into typing in their private login credentials. Having fallen for the ruse, PZ had effectively handed over her email username and password to an unknown party outside the Exploratorium.

    This type of attack is known as “phishing.” Much like putting a lure into a lake and waiting to see what bites, a phishing attack puts out phony prompts, such as a fake login page, hoping that unwitting recipients can be manipulated into giving up personal information.

  • DDoS attacks against Dyn the work of 'script kiddies'

    Last week's distributed denial of service attack in the US against domain name services provider Dynamic Network Services are more likely to have been the work of "script kiddies", and not state actors.

    Security researchers at threat intelligence firm Flashpoint dismissed reports that linked the attack to WikiLeaks, the Russian government or the New World Hackers group.

    Instead, Flashpoint said, it was "moderately confident" that the Hackforums community was behind the attack which led to well-known sites like Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and Paypal being inaccessible on 21 October (US time).

  • How one rent-a-botnet army of cameras, DVRs caused Internet chaos

    Welcome to the Internet of Evil Things. The attack that disrupted much of the Internet on October 21 is still being teased apart by investigators, but evidence thus far points to multiple "botnets" of Internet-connected gadgets being responsible for blocking access to the Domain Name Service (DNS) infrastructure at DNS provider Dyn. Most of these botnets—coordinated armies of compromised devices that sent malicious network traffic to their targets—were controlled by Mirai, a self-spreading malware for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

    in a blog post on the attack, Dyn reported "tens of millions" of devices were involved in the attack

    But other systems not matching the signature of Mirai were also involved in the coordinated attack on Dyn. "We believe that there might be one or more additional botnets involved in these attacks," Dale Drew, CSO of Level 3 Communications, told Ars. "This could mean that they are 'renting' several different botnets to launch an attack against a specific victim, in which multiple other sites have been impacted."

    The motive may have been blackmail, since the attacker sought a payout by Dyn to stop. But Drew warned that the huge disruption caused by the attack "could result in large copycat attacks, and [a] higher [number of] victim payouts [so] as to not be impacted in the same way. It could also be a signal that the bad guy is using multiple botnets in order to better avoid detection since they are not orchestrating the attack from a single botnet source."

  • ARM builds up security in the tiniest Internet of Things chips

    IoT is making devices smaller, smarter, and – we hope – safer. It’s not easy to make all those things happen at once, but chips that can help are starting to emerge.

    On Tuesday at ARM TechCon in Silicon Valley, ARM will introduce processors that are just a fraction of a millimeter across and incorporate the company’s TrustZone technology. TrustZone is hardware-based security built into SoC (system on chip) processors to establish a root of trust.

    It’s designed to prevent devices from being hacked and taken over by intruders, a danger that’s been in the news since the discovery of the Mirai botnet, which recently took over thousands of IP cameras to mount denial-of-service attacks.

  • Antique Kernel Flaw Opens Door to New Dirty Cow Exploit

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2 Linux clients for Microsoft's OneDrive. Yes, they work, but...

LXer - Wed, 2016-10-26 10:51
There is another cloud storage from a global company. It is OneDrive from Microsoft. You can think of me being a Devil's Advocate here, but let me continue. OneDrive gives you 5Gb of storage space by default that you can extend later on.

Does anyone know whether Linus Torvalds still uses Fedora?

Reddit - Wed, 2016-10-26 10:02

I'm looking forward to switch from Ubuntu 16.04 to Fedora 24, and one of the solid motivations could be if Linus Torvalds also uses Fedora! I'd heard in some forums that he did use Fedora some time ago, but would like to know whether its still the case?

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Krita 3.1 Digital Painting App Now in Development, Promises Cool New Features

LXer - Wed, 2016-10-26 09:43
The Krita development team announced this past weekend that a second Beta pre-release version of the upcoming Krita 3.1 point release is now available for public testing.

5 More Reasons to Love Kubernetes

LXer - Wed, 2016-10-26 08:34
In part one of this series, I covered my top five reasons to love Kubernetes, the open source container orchestration platform created by Google. Kubernetes was donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation in July of 2015, where it is now under development by dozens of companies including Canonical, CoreOS, Red Hat, and more.

Where OpenStack cloud is today and where its going tomorrow

LXer - Wed, 2016-10-26 07:25
The future looks bright for OpenStack -- according to 451 Research, the company is growing rapidly to become a $5-billion-a-year cloud business. But obstacles still remain.

pcDuino goes quad-core, swaps Arduino for RPi compatibility

LXer - Wed, 2016-10-26 06:17
LinkSprite’s $25, 64 x 50mm “pcDuino4 Nano” SBC is a re-spin of FriendlyARM’s NanoPi M1, offering a quad-core H3, Raspberry Pi expansion, and 3x USB ports. Can you be a pcDuino without the Duino? For its latest open source pcDuino board, LinkSprite has switched from Arduino compatibility to a 40-pin Raspberry Pi expansion interface, breaking […]

ARB_gpu_shader_int64 Patches For Intel's Mesa Driver

Phoronix - Wed, 2016-10-26 06:05
Well known Intel open-source developer Ian Romanick has published a massive set of 59 patches for enabling GL_ARB_gpu_shader_int64 within core Mesa and their i965 DRI driver...

GRUB question regarding NVME SSD's

Reddit - Wed, 2016-10-26 05:37

Will GRUB recognize a PCIE SSD drive that my bios won't? Linux and Windows both recognize the drive, but I can't boot it from my bios.

I have an old Gigabyte EX58-UD5 motherboard that doesn't support nvme and I've almost given up on editing my bios, as every program I've found so far seems to be incapable of even loading my non UEFI bios.

I was hoping that if I just installed windows on the drive from windows, grub could pick it up and my problems would be solved. So, should I bother busting out my slow installing w7 cd? Can GRUB save me? And if not, is there another boot loader that can?

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Develop Network Applications for ESP8266 using Mongoose in Linux

LXer - Wed, 2016-10-26 05:08
Let’s talk about how to start to develop network applications for ESP8266 chip using Mongoose Embedded Web Server in Linux. I will use Ubuntu, but all things can be easily adapted for any Linux distribution.

Fedora 25 supplemental wallpapers

LXer - Wed, 2016-10-26 04:00
Each release, the Fedora Design team works with the community on a set of 16 additional wallpapers. Users can install and use these to supplement the standard wallpaper. The Fedora Design team encourages submissions from the whole community. Contributors then use the Nuancier app to vote... Continue Reading →

OpenStack Adoption and Revenues on the Rise

LinuxToday - Wed, 2016-10-26 04:00

One thing you can count on at the semiannual OpenStack Summits are new studies and reports about OpenStack.

The World Runs on OpenStack

LinuxToday - Wed, 2016-10-26 04:00

ServerWatch: The OpenStack Summit keynotes got underway the morning of October 25, with Mark Collier, Chief Operating Officer of the OpenStack Foundation, declaring that the world runs on OpenStack.


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