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Steam VR's "Knuckles" Controller Now In Dev Kit Form

Phoronix - Thu, 2017-06-22 19:39
Last year Valve showed off a prototype of their new "knuckles" controllers for Steam VR while now it appears they are getting to the stage of shipping dev kits to VR developers...

Serial Terminal for Ubuntu (running Cinnamon Gui)

Reddit - Thu, 2017-06-22 19:19

I need some suggestions on an app that allows me to connect to devices (mostly Cisco switches) over a serial connection (/dev/ttyUSB0). On OS X I use an app called Serial, which is damn near perfect for my use, hoping I can find something like it on Linux.

What I need it to do: 1. Copy and paste into and out of. 2. Customize the font and colors. 3. Gui based preferred.

Putty would be absolutely perfect, except you cannot copy and past in or out of it, which is a key functionality that I need. And GTKTerm works well and ticks all the boxed except I cannot change the font or the colors.

So any ideas?

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Microsoft Dirty Tricks and Entryism

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-06-22 19:02

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Security: Windows Causes Chaos, Routers With Back Doors, Patching of UNIX/Linux

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-06-22 19:00
  • Traffic lights in Australia hit by WannaCry ransomware [Ed: Well, who uses Microsoft Windows to manage traffic?!?!]

    Radio station 3aw reports that dozens of pole based traffic calming measures are infected and that this came as a surprise to the local minister and Road Safety Camera Commissioner when radio reporters told him about it.

  • Honda shuts down factory after finding NSA-derived Wcry in its networks

    The WCry ransomware worm has struck again, this time prompting Honda Company to halt production in one of its Japan-based factories after finding infections in a broad swath of its computer networks, according to media reports.

    The automaker shut down its Sayama plant northwest of Tokyo on Monday after finding that WCry had affected networks across Japan, North America, Europe, China, and other regions, Reuters reported Wednesday. Discovery of the infection came on Sunday, more than five weeks after the onset of the NSA-derived ransomware worm, which struck an estimated 727,000 computers in 90 countries. The mass outbreak was quickly contained through a major stroke of good luck. A security researcher largely acting out of curiosity registered a mysterious domain name contained in the WCry code that acted as a global kill switch that immediately halted the self-replicating attack.

  • GhostHook: CyberArk finds new way to attack Windows 10

    Researchers at CyberArk Labs have discovered a new way of gaining access to the innards of Windows 10 64-bit systems that can bypass existing safeguards, including the kernel patch protection known as PatchGuard that Microsoft developed to improve system security.

  • John McAfee claims 'every router in America has been compromised' by hackers and spies

    Technology pioneer John McAfee believes that every home internet router in America is wide open to cyberattacks by criminal hackers and intelligence agencies. He makes the claim speaking after revelations from WikiLeaks that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) targets the devices.

  • 'Stack Clash' Smashed Security Fix in Linux

    What's old is new again: an exploit protection mechanism for a known flaw in the Linux kernel has fallen to a new attack targeting an old problem.

  • Continuous defence against open source exploits

    Register for next month's expo for the public sector DevOps community to hear key speakers from the front line of public sector digital transformation and see the latest technologies at first hand.

    Andrew Martin, DevOps lead in a major government department, has been added to the line-up of speakers to talk about the importance of getting the approach to security right with open source software.

  • IoT goes nuclear: creating a ZigBee chain reaction [iophk: "use 6lowpan instead"]

    If plugging in an infected bulb is too much hassle, the authors also demonstrate how to take over bulbs by war-driving around in a car, or by war-flying a drone.

  • Passengers given a freight as IT glitch knocks out rail ticket machines

    The network of machines are operated by the individual franchises, but share a common infrastructure from German software company Scheidt and Bachmann.

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8 ways to contribute to open source when you have no time

LinuxToday - Thu, 2017-06-22 19:00

Find the time in your busy life to give back to the projects you care about.

OpenBSD Development News

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:53
  • OpenBSD now has Trapsleds to make life harder for ROPers
  • Historical: My first OpenBSD Hackathon

    I was a nobody. With some encouragement, enough liquid courage to override my imposter syndrome, and a few hours of mentoring, I'm now doing big projects. The next time you're sitting at a table with someone new to your field, ask yourself: how can you encourage them? You just might make the world better.

    Thank you Dale. And thank you Theo.

  • Finish the link-kit job

    We've had the linkkit components in the tree for a while, but it has taken nearly 20 rounds between rpe/tb/myself to get the last few bits finished. So that the link kit is cleanly used at reboot, but also fits in with the practices kernel developers follow.

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A user's guide to links in the Linux filesystem

LXer - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:45
In articles I have written about various aspects of Linux filesystems for Opensource.com, including An introduction to Linux's EXT4 filesystem; Managing devices in Linux; An introduction to Linux filesystems; and A Linux user's guide to Logical Volread more

Apertus AXIOM, The Open Source Cinema Camera

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:44

The AXIOM Beta is an open source camera developed by Apertus, which was successfully funded on Indiegogo in 2014. Progress went a little quiet, but they’ve now released an update.

If you don’t know what the AXIOM camera is, then don’t worry – you’re probably not alone. It’s a project started by independent film-makers looking to create a cinematic film camera that would last and keep ahead of rapidly advancing technology.

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Where do you see the future of android and mobile linux going?

Reddit - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:44

Linux was the best thing to happen to computers in 1991. Since then, lots of open source development happened, Netscape opened up Mozilla, the distributions came and then, KDE and GNOME came to fulfill the dream of a completely FOSS powered PC.

But when android came on the scene in 2006, and was based upon linux, there were both good and bad aspects of it. The good was that linux became more popular and used by people because of android, but the bad was that it was no longer the linux that we knew earlier:

  1. Before android, though we had a number of distributions like fedora, debian, etc., the fragmentation wasn't as drastic since the kernel was the standard and uniform. Linux kernel avoided the fragmentation because of GPL which ensured that any separate attempts to create improved forks were merged back with the upstream.

  2. The second aspect is the OEMs. The software level fragmentation of linux is multiplied severally if the OEMs too start designing different components in their own labs which have nothing in common. Each applies their own secret sauce to SoC, bootloader, motherboard, camera, GPS, etc. and to top it, they neither provide the kernel code, nor the drivers for all these things. In the PC world, we had standards like 8086 that ensured a compatibility between all the computers, but for some reason, there seem to be no such standard organization looking over the android device OEMs.

Going forward, where do you think this fragmentation and the new world of smartphone linux will take us?

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Jumps On Qt 5.9, Picks Up Default MP3

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:42

OpenSUSE's Tumbleweed rolling-release distribution continues picking up new functionality in a very punctual manner.

Just weeks after the last of the MP3 patents expiring and Fedora shipping full MP3 support, openSUSE Tumbleweed is now the latest distribution legally shipping MP3 support out-of-the-box. This comes with Tumbleweed using GStreamer 1.12 and enabling mpg123.

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CryENGINE 5.4 Bringing Vulkan Renderer

Phoronix - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:37
CryENGINE 5.4 is slated for release next month and will finally roll out a Vulkan renderer...

Linus Torvalds Explains How Linux Still Surprises and Motivates Him

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:36

Linus Torvalds took to the stage in China for the first time Monday at LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen China in Beijing. In front of a crowd of nearly 2,000, Torvalds spoke with VMware Head of Open Source Dirk Hohndel in one of their famous “fireside chats” about what motivates and surprises him and how aspiring open source developers can get started. Here are some highlights of their talk.

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Fedora version upgrade - Laptop with Nvidia

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:35

Several months ago, I wrote an article on the Fedora in-vivo upgrade mechanism using dnf. The upgrade went smoothly, going from version 24 to version 25 on my G50 laptop. Now, let us make this thing more challenging.

Today, I shall attempt to upgrade Fedora 23 to Fedora 25, a two-version skip, on my somewhat antiquated LG RD510 notebook, which also happens to have an Nvidia graphics card, and also using the relevant proprietary drivers. As promised, here we go. Let's see if we can match the success of the previous adventure.

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LibreOffice 6.0 to Automatically Update Itself on GNU/Linux, but There's a Catch

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:33

LibreOffice developer Markus Mohrhard recently announced that his work on the new automatic updater for the upcoming LibreOffice 6.0 office suite for Linux is finally ready to see the light of day.

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SparkyLinux 4.6 Released as First GNU/Linux Distro Based on Debian 9 "Stretch"

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:32

The Polish developers behind the Debian-based SparkyLinux GNU/Linux distribution were proud to announce today the general availability of the final SparkyLinux 4.6 release codenamed Tyche.

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LibreOffice 6.0 to Automatically Update Itself on GNU/Linux, but There's a Catch

LinuxToday - Thu, 2017-06-22 18:00

softpedia: The new automatic updater uses delta updates to update the application to the latest version available on LibreOffice's servers.

`nosuspend` is a systemd-compatible tool to block system suspend while a command is running

Reddit - Thu, 2017-06-22 17:43


I was troubleshooting caffeine and its utilities, had issues getting it to work on my system. This guy mentioned how easy it would be to write a little script to block suspension, and after some feedback it evolved into this fully functional little tool! Check it out, works great! I think this should be packaged and included in distros even. Cheers!

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Free Software: Ring, LibreOffice, Nylas, Tilda and Stellarium

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-06-22 17:21
  • Ring is a Privacy-Focused, Open-Source Skype Alternative

    If you’re sick of Skype for Linux’s lack of progress, or rankled by the imminent retirement of the older (but superior) Qt Skype client, there’s a GNU alternative in town called Ring.

    GNU Ring is a cross-platform, privacy-minded communication app that is fast gaining a following in FOSS and security-conscious circles.

  • LibreOffice Automatic Updater Available to Test on Linux

    Open-source office suite LibreOffice is inching closer to providing automatic updates in-app. Daily builds of LibreOffice for Linux with a new automatic updater built-in are available for testing, LibreOffice developer Markus Mohrhard announced today.

  • Nylas Mail Is Dead, Jim [Ed: But it's just another Electron 'app']

    Nylas Mail was (I guess still is, but I can’t be bothered keeping track of tenses in this heatwave) a cross-platform desktop email client built using the world’s most popular application development framework, Electron.

    Thanks to a fairly decent set of smarts the app could handle multiple accounts, do unified inboxes, mail snoozing, undo send, and a bunch other stuff.

  • Tilda – A Highly Configurable GTK Based Drop Down Terminal For Unix-like Systems

    Tilda is a free, open source, highly customizable and configurable GTK based drop down Terminal emulator for Unix-like operating systems. Unlike other traditional Terminals like gnome-terminal (Gnome), Konsole (KDE), MATE Terminal (MATE), xterm and many others, Tilda has no border window and is hidden until a key or keys pressed. Its design was inspired from the classical Terminals used in first person shooter games, Quake, Doom and Half-Life to name a few. It doesn’t has border window, menu bar, title bar, and minimize or maximize buttons. It can be pulled up and down when a key is pressed. Tilda is popular among developers and those who are using Terminal mostly to perform all tasks.

  • Stellarium 0.16 Adds RemoteSync Plugin to Allow Running Multiple Instances, More

    Alexander Wolf released today Stellarium 0.16.0, a new major update of the open-source and cross-platform planetarium software for GNU/Linux, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.

    Stellarium 0.16.0 is a stable version that introduces some exciting new features, such as a RemoteSync plugin that lets users run multiple instances of the application, supports non-spherical models for solar system objects like small moons and asteroids, and new Skycultures, including Belarusian and Hawaiian Star Lines.

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