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An open source Instagram desktop photo uploader

TuxMachines - Mon, 2018-02-12 11:54

One of my tasks at my new communications job is to re-activate and improve our social media channels. I've used Twitter and Facebook for many years, so that was easy. Now, I need to work on Instagram.

I've never really been into Instagram (or Pinterest), but I needed to learn and start Instagramming. I had a few pictures from a recent event, and I was all set to upload them onto Instagram from my Windows 10 desktop, but Instagram is a mobile-driven application. I couldn't find an upload button on the browser; I tried Chrome, Firefox, and Brave. Hmmm. OK. Let's try the Microsoft Store and install the handy app. Uh-oh, same problem.

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MX Linux 17: An upgraded distro made for beginners

TuxMachines - Mon, 2018-02-12 11:52

There are tons of operating systems coming out all the time, from free laptop systems like EasyPeasy to Manjaro, Mandriva, and Kubuntu. But all of them have their share of kinks.

Naturally, many of us are scared of change, and not everyone is an early adopter when it comes to these kinds of things. While operating systems like MacOS and Chrome OS still claim larger market shares in 2018, it bears mentioning that newer operating systems have a lot to offer.

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Review: Solus 3 and the Budgie desktop

TuxMachines - Mon, 2018-02-12 11:51

Solus is an independent, rolling release distribution. Solus's design is mostly aimed at home users who want a friendly desktop operating system. The distribution is available in three editions (Budgie, GNOME and MATE) and runs on 64-bit x86 computers exclusively. Each edition's installation media is approximately 1.2GB in size.

The project's latest release is Solus 3 which features support for Snap packages as well as more traditional packages managed by Solus's eopkg package manager, which is a fork of the PiSi package manager. There were many tweaks in this release with a number of improvements made to the application menu and searches. The Budgie edition also includes the ability to place the desktop panel on any of the four sides of the screen. There are more changes and tweaks listed, with accompanying screen shots, in the project's release announcement.

One of the reasons I wanted to try out Solus 3 and do it now is because I typically test rolling release distributions immediately after a new snapshot has been released. Solus 3 was made available back in August of 2017 and I was curious to see how well the distribution would handle being rolled forward several months and what changes might be visible between the August snapshot and Solus's current packages.

I decided to try out the Budgie edition of Solus. Booting from the Solus live media brings up the Budgie desktop with a panel placed along the bottom of the screen. The panel houses an application menu, task switcher and system tray. On the desktop we find a single icon for launching the project's system installer. I did not see any welcome screen or encounter any immediate issues so I jumped straight into the installer.

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What’s New in Linux Lite 3.8

TuxMachines - Mon, 2018-02-12 11:48

Linux Lite 3.8 has been released by Linux Lite developer Jerry Bezencon, It’s the final release of Linux Lite 3.x series. This release brings various package updates and improvements, include implementation of the TLP power management tool for laptops in the Lite Tweaks utility, better support for the LibreOffice office suite, a new font viewer and installer, and regional support for DVDs.

Linux Lite 3.8 also ships with Xfce 4.12 series as default desktop environment, powered by the Linux 4.4.0-112 kernel from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), features Google-based search page as default homepage in the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Inludes the New Lite Tweaks, New Lite Welcome, New Lite Help Manual, New Lite Upgrade and New Wallpapers.

Also: EzeeLinux Show 18.8 | A look at elementary OS and KDE Neon

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Linux On Nintendo Switch? Hackers Show That It’s Possible

TuxMachines - Mon, 2018-02-12 11:48

Every popular hardware in today’s times that tries to bind users to a particular software or operating system, becomes a target of hackers. They make continuous attempts to find ways to exploit the security measures. Along the similar lines, hacker group Fail0verflow has claimed to have found a Nintendo Switch hack.

The group has posted the picture of Switch booting a Debian GNU/Linux installation. The picture also shows a serial adapter connected to one Joy-Con docks. Notably, Fail0verflow is the same group that hacked Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3.

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Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle

TuxMachines - Mon, 2018-02-12 11:40

The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates for open-source software and coined the term, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. It's difficult to conceive of where the internet, indeed the world, would be today were it not for open-source software and, perhaps more importantly, the free software movement that preceded it and continues to promote free software today.

The difference between free and open-source software is at this point largely moot, save for deep philosophical differences that don't matter much to anyone outside a very small community of thinkers.

You can read an entertaining history of the Open Source Initiative here at The Reg. Here's my extremely foreshortened version: Open-source software is of course what happened to the free software movement when, to borrow a phrase from 1980s punk rock, the suits showed up.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

LXer - Mon, 2018-02-12 11:27
The confidential source code to Apple's iBoot firmware in iPhones, iPads and other iOS devices has leaked into a public GitHub repo.

OSS: GitHub, Nextcloud Talk, OpenZFS, GCC, Bruce Perens and EOMA68

TuxMachines - Mon, 2018-02-12 11:07
  • GitHub reveals open source project trends for 2018

    GitHub has released a report with statistics on the types of projects the GitHub community collaborated on from September 2016 to September 2017.

    Last year, 24 million people from over 200 different countries worked together on GitHub to code better and build bigger.

    From frameworks to data visualisations across more than 25 million repositories, the activity picked up more this year.

  • Two decades on, open source still brings the world together

    On Feb. 3, 1998, a few weeks after the announcement, a group of leading software developers who included Eric Raymond, Jon Hall and Michael Tiemann, among others, met to strategize how they could continue the momentum of the news. At the meeting’s close, the group agreed upon “open source” as the label for the movement.

  • Nextcloud Talk: video conferencing the open way

    For instant messaging I’ve been primarily using Telegram. I think it’s a good compromise between openness and features and mass adoption. It can also do encrypted audio calls, but it can’t do video calls and audio/video conferences of multiple people.

  • ZFS vs. OpenZFS

     

    You’ve probably heard us say a mix of “ZFS” and “OpenZFS” and an explanation is long-overdue. Our Senior Analyst clears up what ZFS and OpenZFS refer to and how they differ.  

  • GCC Lands s390 Compiler-Side Changes For Spectre V2

    Landing a few days ago for the Linux 4.16 kernel merge window was IBM z / s390 mitigation work for Spectre while now the necessary compiler-side changes are also present for the upcoming GCC 8 stable release.

    Landing this week in the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) code-base was the s390 architecture specific code for disabling prediction of indirect branches as part of its Spectre Variant Two work on IBM Z.

  • Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity's Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills

    Having defeated a defamation claim for speculating that using Grsecurity's Linux kernel hardening code may expose you to legal risk under the terms of the GPLv2 license, Bruce Perens is back in court.

    This time, he's demanding Bradley Spengler – who runs Open Source Security Inc and develops Grsecurity – foots his hefty legal bills, after Spengler failed to successfully sue Perens for libel.

    Perens, a noted figure in the open source community, and his legal team from O’Melveny & Myers LLP – as they previously told The Register – want to be awarded attorneys' fees under California's anti-SLAPP statute, a law designed to deter litigation that aims to suppress lawful speech.

    That deterrence takes the form of presenting unsuccessful litigants with the bill for the cost of defending against meritless claims.

  • Bruce Perens Wants to Anti-SLAPP GRSecurity's Brad Spengler With $670,000 in Legal Bills [Ed: Many comments here, some of them good]
  • Remember The EOMA68 Computer Card Project? It Hopes To Ship This Year

    The EOMA68 computer card project is the open-source hardware effort that aims to be Earth-friendly and allow for interchangeable computer cards that can be installed in laptop housings and other devices. The ambitious concept relying upon ARM SoCs raised more than $170k USD via crowdfunding in 2016 but its lineage dates back to the failed Improv dev board as well as the failed KDE Vivaldi tablet years earlier. It turns out in 2018 there is hope of EOMA68 hardware finally shipping.

    Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton, the main person behind the EOMA68 Libre Laptop project and EOMA68-A20 computer card, continues work on this effort. He spoke last weekend at FOSDEM 2018 about these efforts.

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Security: Fake Authentication 'Solution', Cryptojacking, and Meltdown's Linux Patches

TuxMachines - Mon, 2018-02-12 11:04

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Recommended DE or WM for small screen and high Productivity?

Reddit - Mon, 2018-02-12 10:33

My work Laptop crashed, its time to reinstall the OS, I might as well look around for something more exciting.

So at work, I code, I write, and I Google stuff, usually while listening to Music. Productivity is important, I like short cuts, I get annoyed having to click 4 times everytime I need to find something or activate something.

What's the conventional wisdom here? This is a small screen, 1366x768 res, so eye realestate matters.

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Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!

LXer - Mon, 2018-02-12 09:10
Tens of thousands of websites are going to find themselves labeled as unsafe unless they switch out their HTTPS certificate in the next two months.

'Razer Doesn't Care About Linux'

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-02-12 08:59

Is there a way to Post-Process a video with the Filters of Darktable?

Reddit - Mon, 2018-02-12 08:22

Darktable is a really powerful tool to post-process RAW photos. I failed to find anything similar for Videos. Maybe I imagine this too easy but wouldn't it be possible to simply apply Darktables filters to each video Frame?

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PSA: if hulu stopped working for you in Chrome, check to make sure that youre on HTTPS and not HTTP.

Reddit - Mon, 2018-02-12 08:00

Seems ive been hitting hulu without SSL for months. Recently chrome started marking non ssl sites as "Not Secure" in the address bar.

Went to hulu from my lazy buttons on chrome. Start a show. It said i had to update flash.. well thats odd, but not unusual.. So... i spend 30 minutes uninstalling and reinstalling flash over and over in different ways without success. Same message over and over "you must update flash". Even double checked via lsof the one i needed to update.

As im pondering, i looked up and noticed i was at http:// not https://. Muttered to myself if that was it i was gonna be mad. Sure enough. Switched to https, bam, worked.

Why hulu doesnt force redirect, i dunno, but i didnt want to wait 30 minutes for an answer from them. Anyway, there ya go. Dont spend 30 minutes, and check that youre using ssl.

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