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Working packages on Windows Subsystem for Linux

Reddit - Sat, 2018-03-24 14:56

Are there any kernel incompatibilities with certain tools such as nmap? I heard networking and some other tools are useless on WSL. Is that true?

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Linux Speech - GIFs, scrots, & links

Reddit - Sat, 2018-03-24 14:39

I'm going to post this in a couple of subs so I get the most responses I can.

In my Communications class in college, we are starting to do informative/visual aide speeches. I have decided to do mine on Linux. There is a time limit, which is 6-8 minutes. My main points are:

  1. Linux is secure
  2. Linux is functional
  3. Linux is beautiful

At the end of the speech, I'm also going to mention some facts as to why Linux is important and where it is used in the world. For example, the majority of the ISS runs on Linux, the top 500 supercomputers in the world run Linux, various Linux distros are in the Windows Store, and other things like that (with credible sources).

I am posting about this because I would like the community (you guys) to post screenshots and/or short GIFs demonstrating one or more of the points above. If you know of anything else that can fit into the last bit (why it's important), please share with a link to your source.

Also note, this speech/presentation will be given to a room full of people in which only two will probably know of Linux. Myself and a friend of mine. The rest probably won't know about it, won't care, and will be bored. That's why I'm getting the security part over with first and I'm going to end with its potential beauty and implications/importance. I will also try to give as concise an explanation as to what Linux is as I can so if you can explain it in a nutshell while not boring a Mac user to tears, please share that as well!

The reason I am crowdsourcing most of this presentation is because having so much input from the community will be invaluable to the credibility of my presentation. Everyone who's contribution I use will be mentioned on the last slide and very briefly during the presentation. When it is finished, I will edit the post to include both the presentation file and my manuscript so anyone can use them. I will also comment on people's contributions that I use so they can know that, one, their contribution is being used and, two, they can make sure I have credited them how they would like.

Thank you everyone!

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This Week in Open Source News: New ACRN Project For IoT Arrives, Sony Owes PS3 Owners $65 & More

LXer - Sat, 2018-03-24 14:20
This week in open source and Linux news, The Linux Foundation's new ACRN (yes, pronounced acorn) project offers a hypervisor designed for IoT, Sony owes disgruntled PS3 owners $65... because of Linux, and more!

Programming: Python 2.*, Functional Computation, and Plagiarism in CS

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 13:29
  • 1.5 Year Warning: Python2 will be End of Lifed

    The end of upstream Python 2.7 support will be January 1, 2020 (2020-01-01) and the Fedora Project is working out what to do with it. As Fedora 29 would be released in 2019-11 and would get 1.5 years of support, the last release which would be considered supportable would be the upcoming release of Fedora 28. This is why the current Python maintainers are looking to orphan python2. They have made a list of the packages that would be affected by this and have started a discussion on the Fedora development lists, but people who only see notes of this from blogs or LWN posts may not have seen it yet.

  • Why is functional programming seen as the opposite of OOP rather than an addition to it?

    So: both OOP and functional computation can be completely compatible (and should be!). There is no reason to munge state in objects, and there is no reason to invent “monads” in FP. We just have to realize that “computers are simulators” and figure out what to simulate.

  • Why we still can’t stop plagiarism in undergraduate computer science

    The most important goal is to keep the course fair for students who do honest work. Instructors must assign grades that accurately reflect performance. A student who grapples with a problem — becoming a stronger programmer in the process — should never receive a lower grade than one who copies and pastes.


    University administrators should communicate their support. Instructors should know that, not only will they suffer no retaliation, but that the university encourages them to enforce university policies. This might require administrators to acknowledge the inconvenient truth of widespread plagiarism.

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Debian: Turris Omnia With Debian, ClojureSYNC, Debconf 2018

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 13:15
  • Using the switch on Turris Omnia with Debian

    After installing Debian on Turris Omnia there are a few more steps needed to make use of the network switch.

    The Armada 385 CPU provides three network interfaces. Two are connected to the switch (but only one of them is used to "talk" to the switch), and one is routed directly to the WAN port.

  • ClojureSYNC Talk Resources
  • Debconf 2018, MATE 1.2.0, libqalculate transition etc

    First up is news on Debconf 2018 which will be held in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Apparently, the CFP or Call for Proposals was made just a few days ago and I probably forgot to share about it. Registration has also been opened now.

    The only thing most people have to figure out is how to get a system-generated certificate, make sure to have an expiry date, I usually have a year, make it at least 6 months as you would need to put up your proposal for contention and let the content-team decide it on the proposal merit. This may at some point move from alioth to salsa as the alioth service is going away.

    The best advice I can give is to put your proposal in and keep reworking/polishing it till the end date for applications is near. At the same time do not over commit yourself. From a very Indian perspective and somebody who has been to one debconf, you can think of the debconf as a kind of ‘khumb‘ Mela or gathering as you will. You can definitely network with all the topics and people you care for, but the most rewarding are those talks which were totally unplanned for. Also it does get crazy sometime so it’s nice if you are able to have some sane time for yourself even if it just a 5-10 minute walk.

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Mozilla: Facebook-Mozilla Rift, MDN, No More Notifications (If You Want)

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 13:12
  • Mozilla stops Facebook advertising, demands privacy changes

    It’s probably not top of Mark Zuckerberg’s worry list this week but Mozilla Corporation, developer of the Firefox browser, is officially unhappy with Facebook.

  • Results of the MDN “Competitive Content Analysis” SEO experiment

    The next SEO experiment I’d like to discuss results for is the MDN “Competitive Content Analysis” experiment. In this experiment, performed through December into early January, involved selecting two of the top search terms that resulted in MDN being included in search results—one of them where MDN is highly-placed but not at #1, and one where MDN is listed far down in the search results despite having good content available.

    The result is a comparison of the quality of our content and our SEO against other sites that document these technology areas. With that information in hand, we can look at the competition’s content and make decisions as to what changes to make to MDN to help bring us up in the search rankings.

  • No More Notifications (If You Want)

    Online, your attention is priceless. That’s why every site in the universe wants permission to send you notifications about new stuff. It can be distracting at best and annoying at worst. The latest version of Firefox for desktop lets you block those requests and many others.

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EUPL planned actions

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 13:10

A revised set of guidelines and recommendations on the use of the open source licence EUPL v1.2 published by the Commission on 19 May 2017 will be developed, involving the DIGIT unit B.3 (Reusable Solutions) and the JRC 1.4 (Joint Research Centre – Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer). The existing licence wizard will be updated. New ways of promoting public administrations' use of open source will be investigated and planned (such as hackathons or app challenges on open source software). The target date for the release of this set of guidelines on the use of the European Public Licence EUPL v1.2, including a modified Licence Wizard, is planned Q2 2018.

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Security: Dropbox, FUD, CNCF, 'Cloud'

TuxMachines - Sat, 2018-03-24 13:06
  • Dropbox has some genuinely great security reporting guidelines, but reserves the right to jail you if you disagree

    Dropbox's position, however reasonable in many of its aspects, is woefully deficient, because the company reserves the right to invoke DMCA 1201 and/or CFAA and other tools that give companies the power to choose who can say true things abour mistakes they've made.

    This is not normal. Before DRM in embedded software and cloud connectivity, became routine there were no restrictions on who could utter true words about defects in a product. [...]

  • Hackers Infect Linux Servers With Monero Miner via 5-Year-Old Vulnerability [Ed: A five-year-old vulnerability implies total neglect by sysadmins, not a GNU/Linux weakness]

    Attackers also modified the local cron jobs to trigger a "watchd0g" Bash script every three minutes, a script that checked to see if the Monero miner was still active and restarted XMRig's process whenever it was down.

  • GitHub: Our dependency scan has found four million security flaws in public repos [Ed: No, GitHub just ran a scan for old versions being used and reused. It cannot do this for proprietary software, but the issues are there and the risks are no better.]

    GitHub says its security scan for old vulnerabilities in JavaScript and Ruby libraries has turned up over four million bugs and sparked a major clean-up by project owners.

    The massive bug-find total was reached within a month of the initiative's launch in November, when GitHub began scanning for known vulnerabilities in certain popular open-source libraries and notifying project owners that they should be using an updated version.

  • Envoy CNCF Project Completes Security Audit, Delivers New Release

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has begun a process of performing third-party security audits for its projects, with the first completed audit coming from the Envoy proxy project.

    The Envoy proxy project was created by ride-sharing company Lyft and officially joined the CNCF in September 2017. Envoy is a service mesh reverse proxy technology that is used to help scale micro-services data traffic.

  • Hybrid cloud security: Emerging lessons [Ed: 'Cloud' and security do not belong in the same headline because 'cloud' is a data breach, typically involving a company giving all its (and customers') data to some spying giant abroad]

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RawTherapee 5.4 Released For Open-Source, Cross-Platform RAW Image Editing

Phoronix - Sat, 2018-03-24 12:45
When it comes to RAW image editing on Linux, Darktable is what most often is talked about for its photography workflow and RAW image processing features. But another open-source alternative for RAW image processing is out with its latest release, RawTherapee...

Bootlin Making Progress On Their Open-Source Allwinner VPU Support

Phoronix - Sat, 2018-03-24 12:28
Bootlin (formerly Free Electrons) continues making progress on their goal to have working and upstream open-source video encode/decode support for the Allwinner VPU...

5 Minute FOSS: Spinning a custom Linux distribution

LXer - Sat, 2018-03-24 12:25
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Atomic Replace / Cumulative Patches Being Worked On For Linux Kernel Livepatching

Phoronix - Sat, 2018-03-24 12:07
It's been a while since last having anything new to report with the mainline Linux kernel's livepatching infrastructure, but some improvements are in the works...

More Signs Of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Alpha Being Inbound

Phoronix - Sat, 2018-03-24 11:53
Public details are still scarce about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, but it's looking like the alpha release might not be too far out...

Nouveau Is On The Verge Of Having Basic Compute Support

Phoronix - Sat, 2018-03-24 11:39
Karol Herbst, who is a long-time Nouveau contributor who joined Red Hat at the end of last year, along with other hat-wearing Linux developers continue working on Nouveau compute support for this open-source NVIDIA driver...

Best Desktop Environment

LXer - Sat, 2018-03-24 10:31
Read on to see how the desktop environment contenders fared in this week's Readers'Choice Awards category.


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