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XFS Updates Queued For Linux 4.13

Phoronix - Mon, 2017-07-10 19:23
Darrick Wong has sent in the XFS file-system updates slated for the Linux 4.13 kernel...

Arch Linux quick installation

Reddit - Mon, 2017-07-10 19:22

Summer 2017 Linux Hardware Statistics From OpenBenchmarking.org

Phoronix - Mon, 2017-07-10 19:06
Complementing last week's 2017 Linux Laptop Survey results, here are some complementary numbers you may be interested in that are collected by OpenBenchmarking.org based on Phoronix Test Suite activity...

Mozilla launches Project Things IoT framework on Raspberry Pi

LinuxToday - Mon, 2017-07-10 19:00

LinuxGizmos: Mozilla unveiled “Project Things,” which builds upon standard web technologies and the Web of Things project, and released code that runs on a Raspberry Pi.

7 features of QXmlEdit for unusual situations

LXer - Mon, 2017-07-10 18:32
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Question: What is the most common tty resolution besides 80x24/25?

Reddit - Mon, 2017-07-10 18:24

I want to write games for terminals and don't want to exclude people who solely use the tty, or would love to play games on a tty. Think: bsdgames, etc.

I really wonder about this, though. It's because at these low resolutions, it's getting tricky with the gameplay experience compared to higher resolutions like 120x??. Think: Range of Visibility.

I understand that many people will have a higher resolution tty, but i also wonder if there isn't a big, silent group who rather sticks to 80x24/25.

Thank you in advance!

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today's leftovers

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-07-10 18:22
  • Most popular laptop Linux distros revealed [Ed: Very misleading headline. Phoronix is a site for technical people (often developers), hence not representative of all users.]

    Phoronix’s Linux Laptop Survey revealed that Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution for laptops, followed by Arch Linux and Debian.

    The Phoronix survey was run over two weeks and attracted 30,171 responses from Linux users.

  • Linux Laptop Survey Reveals The Most Popular Linux Laptop Brands, Distros, & Other Details [Ed: Same as above. Very misleading headline/summary.]
  • Review: Alpine Linux is small, fast, and different

    Alpine Linux is a minimal Linux distribution, originally built with Gentoo, but now independent and self-hosting. In some respects Alpine is conceptually similar to NanoBSD, in that technical users can start with Alpine to build a Linux system with just what is need to accomplish the mission, and nothing more.

    Typically seen embedded in devices or appliances, Alpine got a big boost when it was selected to replace Ubuntu as the base image for Docker. Security, reliability, and solid development practices were the main reasons.

  • ISO Refresh: antergos 17.7
  • Parrot Security OS 3.7 Released With Linux 4.11, Now Based On Debian 10 Testing

    Earlier this year in May, we told you about the Parrot Security OS 3.6 release which came with updated packages and custom Linux kernel 4.9. It was based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 Stretch, whose stable release arrived a few weeks ago.

    Now, after about 2 months of development work, Frozenbox Network has released Parrot Security OS 3.7. For those who don’t know, Parrot Security OS is often listed as one of the best alternatives to popular ethical hacking operating system Kali Linux.

  • Tizen Experts Weekly News Recap – 9th July 2017
  • Xiaomi's India revenue risen by 328% in first half of 2017


    The company, however, didn’t give shipment numbers for India, but Counterpoint Research said the company ships on average four million smartphones a quarter.  

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Software: GIMP, QXmlEdit, iWant, Jam, and KDE Kube

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-07-10 18:22
  • GIMP Is Finally Getting a Built-in Metadata Editor

    The next version of GIMP will include an updated metadata viewer and a new metadata editor. The improved features are down to GIMP developer Benoit Touchette, whose work improves the existing ‘view metadata’ box but finally makes it possible to edit metadata in GIMP.

  • 7 features of QXmlEdit for unusual situations

    QXmlEdit is an open source XML editor written using Qt libraries that has some unusual features that can help you in complex situations.

    An ordinary XML editor can make it easier to write long XML documents in structured form instead of laying them down as text. (Did you ever do that?) Even so, sooner or later you will run into situations where a basic editor is not enough. For example, you may need to manipulate data with cardinalities you never thought possible, or deal with binary data, or compare two XML Schema Definitions (XSDs) at a semantic level. QXmlEdit, which runs on Linux, Windows, MacOS, and OS/2, has features that can help you in situations like those.

    Let's jump in.

  • iWant – The Decentralized Peer To Peer File Sharing Commandline Application

    A while ago, we have written a guide about transfer.sh and that allows you to share files over Internet easily and quickly, and PSiTransfer – a simple open source self-hosted file sharing solution. Today, we will see yet another file sharing utility called “iWant”. It is a free and open source CLI-based decentralized peer to peer file sharing application.

  • Jam – Listen to Google Play Music Straight From Your Console

    Jam is a recently developed Google Play Music player for the Linux and Windows consoles. It features a simplistic appearance within the terminal that is easy to navigate (pretty much like Cmus) and was written in the Go programming language.

  • KDE Kube – A Modern Mail Communication & Collaboration Client

    KDE Kube is a modern mail and collaboration client that provides both online and offline access to contacts, calendars, to-dos, notes, emails, and other personal informational features with a focus on beauty and ease of work.

    Based on QtQuick and AkonadiNext, it uses Sink for both synchronization and data access and leverages the KDE PIM codebase where possible.

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Kernel and Graphics Drivers: HID, OpenGL Multithreading, RAD, AMD/GPUOpen, and Vulkan Memory Allocator

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-07-10 18:21
  • HID Changes Submitted For Linux 4.13

    The Human Interface Device (HID) subsystem changes for the Linux 4.13 kernel have now been submitted.

  • Call for community testing: OpenGL multithreading is ready
  • OpenGL multithreading in Mesa is ready for wider testing

    A Mesa developer wrote into the public Mesa-dev mailing list to ask for testers of OpenGL multithreading in Mesa so that they can grow the whitelist of games that will use it.

  • radv and the vulkan deferred demo - no fps left behind!

    A little while back I took to wondering why one particular demo from the Sascha Willems vulkan demos was a lot slower on radv compared to amdgpu-pro. Like half the speed slow.

  • David Airlie On Tweaking RADV For Better Performance In Deferred Demo

    David Airlie has written a post on his new blog concerning a deferred rendering demo in Vulkan and how he managed to take the RADV driver from about half the speed of the AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan driver up to performance parity.

  • AMD/GPUOpen Vulkan Memory Allocator 1.0 Released

    With the 1.0 marking, AMD believes this Vulkan Memory Allocator is now ready for wide-spread use. The 1.0 release supports easy allocation of buffer and image storage, various code samples, and more. With the Vulkan Memory Allocator 2.0 they hope to make this library more suitable for games with functionality like texture streaming.

  • Vulkan Memory Allocator 1.0

    Full application control over GPU memory is one of the major differentiating features of the newer explicit graphics APIs such as Vulkan® and Direct3D® 12. In previous APIs, the GPU driver would have complete control over the surfaces and buffers you create, marshaling the memory to hopefully extract good performance, based on an inferred view of how the application wants to render via the API calls you make, and a need for the GPU to be shared with other system elements like the display compositor.

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today's howtos

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-07-10 18:19

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Games: Unity, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Golf for Workgroups and More

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-07-10 18:19

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As a developer, should I support X11 or Wayland?

Reddit - Mon, 2017-07-10 18:15

I want to program regular desktop applications (simple desktop software). But I want to support most Linux users. Most software uses X11 for creating and managing windows. I do realize that wayland is "simpler" in it's design, but is it in a mature enough state to say "alright, I'm only supporting wayland now"? I don't want to support two windowing systems (and I don't want to use a cross-platform library, because they are not designed for effectively using the windowing capabilites).

Is wayland installed on enough systems that I can say "Ok, wayland or nothing"? Because I don't want to deal with complaints about "it doesn't run on my display server". Is there information on the market share between X11 and wayland?

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OSS Leftovers: Puppet, Google, Haiku, glibc, and Kotlin

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-07-10 18:13

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Security and Encryption: Revenge, CIA Cracks, FUD, Black Hat, LinuxKit and Docker, GCHQ on e2, and DRM

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-07-10 18:08
  • Who's got your hack back?

    The topic of hacking back keeps coming up these days. There's an attempt to pass a bill in the US that would legalize hacking back. There are many opinions on this topic, I'm generally not one to take a hard stand against what someone else thinks. In this case though, if you think hacking back is a good idea, you're wrong. Painfully wrong.

    Everything I've seen up to this point tells me the people who think hacking back is a good idea are either mistaken about the issue or they're misleading others on purpose. Hacking back isn't self defense, it's not about being attacked, it's not about protection. It's a terrible idea that has no place in a modern society. Hacking back is some sort of stone age retribution tribal law. It has no place in our world.


    So this has me really thinking. Why would anyone want to hack back? There aren't many reasons that don't revolve around revenge. The way most attacks work you can't reliably know who is doing what with any sort of confidence. Hacking back isn't going to make anything better. It would make things a lot worse. Nobody wants to be stuck in the middle of a senseless feud. Well, nobody sane.

  • CIA has hacking tools, says Wikileaks

    The leaked papers have revealed that the agency turned to software which is named BothanSpy and Gyrfalcon to steal user credentials.

  • Linux Malware and Attacks on the Rise [Ed: This whole thing is based on a Microsoft ally from Seattle. Microsoft FUD by proxy, to distract from WannaCry Armageddon?]
  • Black Hat Survey: Security Pros Expect Major Breaches in Next Two Years

    A major compromise of U.S. critical infrastructure will occur in the next couple of years, according to a majority of IT security professionals -- and most expect breaches of their own enterprise networks to occur even sooner.

    These serious concerns are among those registered by respondents to the 2017 Black Hat Attendee Survey, the results of which are being published Wednesday. The survey offers insights on the plans and attitudes of 580 experienced security professionals, including many cybersecurity leaders who work in critical-infrastructure industries.

  • LinuxKit and Docker Security

    Docker got its start not just as a container system, but also as a Linux container system. Since then, Docker has developed versions of its container management systems for other platforms, including widely used cloud service providers, as well as Windows and the Macintosh OS. Many of these platforms, however, either have considerable variation in the Linux features which are available, or do not natively supply a full set of Linux resources.

  • Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

    Former GCHQ director Robert Hannigan has spoken out against building backdoors into end-to-end encryption (e2) schemes as a means to intercept communications by terrorists and other ne'er do wells.

    Home Secretary Amber Rudd has criticised mobile messaging services such as WhatsApp, that offer end-to-end encryption in the wake of recent terror outages, such as the Westminster Bridge attack, arguing that there should be no place for terrorists to hide.

    Hannigan, who led GCHQ between November 2014 and January 2017, struck a different tone in an interview with BBC Radio 4 flagship news programme Today on Monday morning, arguing there's no simple answer on the national security challenges posed by encryption.

  • How big is the market for DRM-Free?


    They reached a shocking conclusion: DVD players with even minimal circumvention features sell for about 50% more than similarly reviewed DVD players of similar vintage -- that means that in a commodity electronics category where the normal profit would be 2% or less, manufacturers that sell a model with just slightly different software (a choice that adds virtually nothing to the manufacturing costs) pocket 25 times the profits.  

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KDE's "Activities" Feature; Sell me on it.

Reddit - Mon, 2017-07-10 17:54

I'm a long time KDE user (running it under Manjaro). I greatly enjoy KDE and Plasma, and have things set up pretty much the way I use it.

I always peek into the "Activity" feature but for the life of me, I can't find a succinct explanation about what the heck they are actually used for. At best I understand it to just be an alternative to virtual desktops where each "activity" has its own background, icons, and widget layout. Is that it? Or is there more?

So to any KDE veterans out there, I'm curious to see what your use case for activities are, and how you use them to make your day to day life easier.

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BlackSuseOS An Opensuse Based System Focused in Security and pentesting

Reddit - Mon, 2017-07-10 17:51

BlackSuse website is ready and up: BlackSuseOS don't have a release date yet. Check your website for more info: blacksuse.org/wordpress.

What's the project for me: http://blacksuse.org/wordpress/2017/07/10/explanation-of-what-blacksuse-is-for-me/

Our live demo with a bit of what are coming: http://blacksuse.org/wordpress/2017/07/09/demo-live/

Next Steps: http://blacksuse.org/wordpress/2017/07/10/website-security-update-and-harden-kernel/

contact: admin@blacksuse.org

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All about Debian 9 'Stretch,' the Linux distro that just works

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-07-10 17:50

Debian 9 "Stretch" just came out, and as far as Linux distros go, Debian stands apart as a distribution meant for stability. Sure, most desktop users might choose Ubuntu or Fedora for their desktop PC, while users who are more willing to get their hands dirty might opt for Arch or Gentoo. Hackers might gravitate to Kali, while the paranoid among us might look for something like TAILS.

There's a lot to take in with a Debian release, but there are a few key notes for the average desktop user.

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