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OpenStack News/Leftovers

TuxMachines - Fri, 2018-05-25 21:40
  • Canonical founder calls out OpenStack suppliers for ‘lack of focus’ on datacentre cost savings

    The OpenStack supplier community’s reluctance to prioritise the delivery of datacentre cost savings to their users could prove “fatal”, says Canonical co-founder Mark Shuttleworth.

  • OpenStack in transition

    OpenStack is one of the most important and complex open-source projects you’ve never heard of. It’s a set of tools that allows large enterprises ranging from Comcast and PayPal to stock exchanges and telecom providers to run their own AWS-like cloud services inside their data centers. Only a few years ago, there was a lot of hype around OpenStack as the project went through the usual hype cycle. Now, we’re talking about a stable project that many of the most valuable companies on earth rely on. But this also means the ecosystem around it — and the foundation that shepherds it — is now trying to transition to this next phase.

  • Free OpenStack Training Resources
  • How the OpenStack Foundation Is Evolving Beyond Its Roots

    The OpenStack Foundation is in a period of transition as it seeks to enable a broader set of open infrastructure efforts than just the OpenStack cloud project itself.

    In a video interview at the OpenStack Summit here, OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce and Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier discussed how the open-source organization is still thriving, even as corporate sponsorship changes and attendance at events declines.

    At the event, Collier said there were approximately 2,600 registered attendees, which is nearly half the number that came to the OpenStack Boston 2017 event. OpenStack's corporate sponsorship has also changed, with both IBM and Canonical dropping from the Platinum tier of membership.

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Wine 3.9 Defaults To OpenGL Core Contexts For D3D, Plumbing For VKD3D

Phoronix - Fri, 2018-05-25 21:33
Wine 3.9 is out as the project's latest bi-weekly development release. This latest build is certainly on the interesting side of the 3.x series...

CompTIA Linux+

Reddit - Fri, 2018-05-25 21:21

Do you possess CompTIA Linux+ certification? Is it useful in your career? What was your background prior to obtaining the certification? What did you use to study for the certification?

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Linux HiDPI | Recommendations?

Reddit - Fri, 2018-05-25 21:11

Hello! I've been lurking through the r/linux but I'm not able to find a good solution. I have a Lenovo Yoga 710, and I dispise W10. Any recommendations for a linux distro that works for HiDPI Support? & I mean like when on the internet the text is bigger, along with everything else.

Any recommendations to any distros would be awesome.

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Wine 3.9 Released

Reddit - Fri, 2018-05-25 21:06

Setup New User and SSH Key Auth. using Ansible on Ubuntu 18.04

LinuxToday - Fri, 2018-05-25 21:00

HowToForge: Ansible is a simple automation tool that automates software applications deployment, cloud provisioning, and configuration management. I

Extreme downhill free-riding game 'Descenders' just had a huge update, needs a quick fix on Linux

LXer - Fri, 2018-05-25 20:48
Descenders is an extreme downhill free-riding game currently in Early Access and their first major update just went live. Needs a small manual fix on Linux.

If a hacker downloads GPL binaries from my computer without permission, am I obligated to provide source?

Reddit - Fri, 2018-05-25 20:47

This didn't actually happen; I'm just wondering what would happen. Say I download the source code for a program licensed under the GPL. I make some changes to the source code that, for whatever reason, I don't want to make public, but that's fine because I don't plan on distributing the binaries either, and the GPL requirements only apply when distributing a work.

Unfortunately, someone hacks into my computer/cloud storage account/whatever, and downloads the binaries I intended to keep private, but for whatever reason was unable to download the source code. The hacker later contacts me and demands a copy of the source code with my modifications, corresponding to the binary I unintentionally conveyed to him. Am I required under the GPL to provide it to him?

And yes, I'm aware the hacker would likely have very little recourse. He could contact the original copyright holder and report my "violation", but it's unlikely that the copyright holder would choose to pursue the case upon hearing my side of the story. Not impossible though. I'm not sure if he'd be able to sue me for the source code himself—if he can and does, he'd be opening himself up to criminal charges for illegal hacking, but that doesn't mean it would never happen; maybe someone wants the source code enough that it's actually worth it to them. All I'm asking though is if not giving the hacker the source code could be dealt with as a GPL violation.

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Security: Updates, Browsers, Red Hat and Routers

TuxMachines - Fri, 2018-05-25 20:29
  • Security updates for Friday
  • Ryzom falling: Remote code execution via the in-game browser

    Ryzom’s in-game browser is there so that you can open links sent to you without leaving the game. It is also used to display the game’s forum as well as various other web apps. The game even allows installing web apps that are created by third parties. This web browser is very rudimentary, it supports only a bunch of HTML tags and nothing fancy like JavaScript. But it compensates for that lack of functionality by running Lua code.

    You have to consider that the Lua programming language is what powers the game’s user interface. So letting the browser download and run Lua code allows for perfect integration between websites and the user interface, in many cases users won’t even be able to tell the difference. The game even uses this functionality to hot-patch the user interface and add missing features to older clients.

  • For Red Hat, security is a lifestyle, not a product

    Red Hat has a sterling reputation in Linux security circles. That means the company has a workable process for preventing problems and responding to them. Even if you don't use Linux, the Red Hat security approach has a lot going for it, and some of its practices might be worth adopting in your own shop.

  • How insecure is your router?

    Your router is your first point of contact with the internet. How much is it increasing your risk?

    [...]

    I'd love to pretend that once you've improved the security of your router, all's well and good on your home network, but it's not. What about IoT devices in your home (Alexa, Nest, Ring doorbells, smart lightbulbs, etc.?) What about VPNs to other networks? Malicious hosts via WiFi, malicious apps on your children's phones…?

    No, you won't be safe. But, as we've discussed before, although there is no such thing as "secure," it doesn't mean we shouldn't raise the bar and make it harder for the Bad Folks.™

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Canonical Releases Major Kernel Updates for Ubuntu 17.10, 16.04 LTS & 14.04 LTS

LinuxToday - Fri, 2018-05-25 20:00

softpedia: Canonical now released new kernel versions for Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series and their official derivatives

FOSS as a Part of a Corporate Sustainability Plan

TuxMachines - Fri, 2018-05-25 19:35

In 1983 the United Nations convened a commission of 22 people to investigate the question of the worldwide environmental and social impact of human development. Four years later, in 1987, the commission released Our Common Future, more commonly known as the Brundtland Report in honour of Gro Harlem Brundtland, chairperson of the commission. This report detailed the very real socio-environmental issues facing humanity. One of its recommendations was for governments, organizations and companies to start engaging in what it called sustainable development. That is, "...development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

Since then there's been steep growth in the number of corporations that maintain and operate according to a corporate sustainability plan. These plans encompass environmental as well as social aspects of doing business. They encompass actions within an organization—such as natural resource usage, diversity and inclusion, and fair treatment of employees—as well as those external to the organization—such as the sustainability operations of their entire supply chain as well as the overall impact the corporation has on the Earth and its inhabitants.

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Opera 54 Browser Enters Beta with News on the Speed Dial, Update & Recovery Menu

LXer - Fri, 2018-05-25 19:33
Opera has promoted its upcoming Opera 54 web browser to the beta channel, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from the final version, due for release sometime next month.

The next huge strategy game from Paradox named Imperator: Rome will support Linux

LinuxToday - Fri, 2018-05-25 19:00

GamingOnLinux: Paradox have now confirmed, that their big new strategy game Imperator: Rome will support Linux.

Release of PostgreSQL 11 Beta 1

TuxMachines - Fri, 2018-05-25 18:55
  • PostgreSQL 11 Beta 1 Released!

    The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces that the first beta release of PostgreSQL 11 is now available for download. This release contains previews of all features that will be available in the final release of PostgreSQL 11, though some details of the release could change before then.

    In the spirit of the open source PostgreSQL community, we strongly encourage you to test the new features of PostgreSQL 11 in your database systems to help us eliminate any bugs or other issues that may exist. While we do not advise for you to run PostgreSQL 11 Beta 1 in your production environments, we encourage you to find ways to run your typical application workloads against this beta release.

  • PostgreSQL 11 Beta 1 Released With JIT Compilation, More Performance Tuning

    The first beta of PostgreSQL 11.0 is now available for testing.

    Just yesterday we happened to be talking about the new features coming for PostgreSQL 11 and today happened to mark the beta availability. PostgreSQL 11 is bringing continued performance optimizations, better handling of large data sets, usability improvements. initial JIT compilation support by making use of LLVM, and more.

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A free e-learning tool for creating digital content

TuxMachines - Fri, 2018-05-25 18:47

It's common to see a software app stand still—no new versions, no updates. Eventually, it gets overtaken by advancing technology and its user base drifts away. Open source software is not immune to this fate, but it is easier to revive than commercial software, where optimistic accountants cling to the hope that it still holds financial value.

eXeLearning (also called eXeLearn, or eXe), an open source XHTML editor that was created with support from Auckland University of Technology, University of Auckland, and Tairawhiti Polytechnic, achieved a measure of popularity among its target audience. The introduction to the version 1 manual described it as "an authoring environment to assist teachers and academics in the design, development, and publishing of web-based learning and teaching materials without the need to become proficient in HTML or complicated web-publishing applications." Despite a few annoying glitches, I liked and recommended that program. However, development stalled around 2010 and eXeLearning fell off my recommended list. eXeLearning is back on my list now.

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Graphics: Vega and Vulkan

TuxMachines - Fri, 2018-05-25 18:26
  • Vega 20 GPU Support & VCN Clock/Power Gating Sent In For Linux 4.18

    Last week was the main AMDGPU features update for Linux 4.18 via DRM-Next while today a secondary pull request of further feature work has been submitted.

    Last week's AMDGPU update included Vega M GPU support for Kabylake G hardware, reserving the initial scan-out buffer prior to the driver initialization for a more seamless console to driver experience, Raven Ridge GFXOFF support, various Vega 10 updates, and more.

  • NVIDIA 396.24.02 Linux Driver Brings New Vulkan Extensions

    The NVIDIA 396.24.02 Linux driver is available today and while it's a beta update, it ends up being quite an exciting release thanks to new Vulkan extensions.

    The newly-supported Vulkan extensions for the Linux driver build include VK_KHR_draw_indirect_count, VK_EXT_global_priority, and VK_KHR_get_display_properties2.

  • Vulkan 1.1.76 Released With KHR_draw_indirect_count & KHR_get_display_properties2

    Vulkan 1.1.76 has just been released ahead of the US Memorial Day weekend with new extensions to excite Vulkan developers.

    The two new extensions in Vulkan 1.1.176 are VK_KHR_get_display_properties2 and VK_KHR_draw_indirect_count, both of which are notable additions.

  • Vulkan Adds An Exception To Address Wine's Code License Incompatibility

    The Vulkan's documentation/generator being re-licensed from an MIT-style license to the Apache 2.0 license had caused problems for the Wine project supporting newer than Vulkan 1.0.51, but fortunately that issue has been resolved.

    The previous re-licensing of Vulkan-Docs has caused some problems for the LGPL-licensed Wine code, as we've covered previously, but that technicality has now been addressed with The Khronos Group adding an exception to their license to benefit the Wine project and others using code generated from the Vulkan vk.xml reference file so as not to have (L)GPL and Apache licenses clash.

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