The first thing you should know is that ChaletOS is based on Xubuntu—which indicates the look and feel was achieved via Xfce. Added to this desktop were a number of tweaks focused on giving the user the ability to alter and refine the style, as well as the inclusion of Conky. Included with this Xfce-volution is what Petrovic calls the Style Changer. The ChaletOS Style Changer is an elegant solution for tweaking the look and feel. With it, you can easily change the theme of both Xfce and Conky (Figure 2).
Just a few moments ago, July 15, 2016, the Arch Linux kernel maintainers have managed to upgrade the operating system's stable kernel to the recently released Linux 4.6.4 version.
Announced four days ago, on July 11, Linux kernel 4.6.4 has been introduced by Greg Kroah-Hartman as being a pretty small maintenance update changing a total of 36 files, with 216 insertions and 98 deletions. However, the developer urged GNU/Linux distribution maintainers to upgrade to this version as soon as possible.
Cubway is a journey with an abstract story of lifecycle of rebirth, called Samsara. Guide the cube through the long way full of dangers and difficulties, visit many interesting and mysterious places.
Near Death sounds a bit like The Long Dark, but you're in Antarctica and it sounds like it has a really cool thermal simulation inside it.
I've enjoyed a great many hours in RimWorld. It has charming visuals much like Prison Architect, but you're building a colony with a choice of different AI behind the scenes.
The game has sold over 120,000 copies directly from its website (myself included, I personally purchased my copy long ago). The developer has also given me a Steam key recently.
The Steam release marks a huge new "update 14" which includes a new scenario system, the amount of possibilities with this system are huge. It also features Steam Cloud saves, Steam Workshop support, new animals, new things to build, improved AI and it's just a huge release!
Lovely Planet Arcade the sequel to Lovely Planet releases soon and PC Gamer are giving away free keys for the original.
Intel's Clear Linux distribution hasn't been at rest this summer but they've continued working hard on various performance optimizations and improvements to their distribution.
The Intel Open-Source Technology Center developers working on Clear Linux have begun a weekly report to highlight the changes made over the past week to their updated-daily operating system.
Softpedia was informed by the Clear Linux developer on the availability of the first newsletter of the Linux kernel-based operating system that informs users about the latest GNU/Linux technologies implemented during the week that passed.
Today, July 15, 2016, Nvidia published a new long-lived graphics driver for UNIX-like operating systems, including GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris, Nvidia 367.35.
The Nvidia 367.35 video driver comes as an upgrade to the previous update, Nvidia 367.27, announced exactly one month ago, which introduced support for Nvidia's recently released GeForce GTX 1080 and GTK 1070 graphics cards on Linux kernel-based operating systems.
NVIDIA Corp is out today with a rather notewrothy 367.xx series Linux driver update.
The NVIDIA 367.35 driver that was released moments ago has GeForce GTX 1000 "Pascal" support improvements along with performance improvements and more. The possible performance win is improved buffer write speeds of the NVIDIA DRMKMS driver by using write-combined DRM dumb buffers.
Through an SQL injection vulnerability, the Ubuntu Forums were penetrated, as disclosed this morning by Canonical.
It would appear that, on the day of July 14, 2016, the Ubuntu Forums were compromised by someone who managed to get past the security measures implemented by Canonical and access the forum's database.
For months Microsoft has been describing Windows 10 “as a service” and now we know why. Microsoft is going to introduce a monthly subscription fee for Windows 10 usage…
That cost will be $7 per user per month but the good news is it only applies to enterprises, for now. The new pricing tier will be called “Windows 10 Enterprise E3” and it means Windows has finally joined Office 365 and Azure as a subscription service.
Back in February when Vulkan launched as the new Khronos graphics API, Ubuntu developers planned to have Vulkan support in Mir by Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
We have rare usage data on smartphones. Research by DScout using a special tool to capture every time a smartphone user touched a screen (so typing each letter of a word would count as one touch each time) and found that the average smartphone user touches the screen 2,617 times per day. This is across 76 separate sessions that use the screen (we also look at and touch other parts of the phone during the day such as plugging it in to get recharged).
Today, July 14, Valve released a new Beta version of its desktop Steam Client for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
The most important changes have been implemented, as usual, in the Steam Controller support. Therefore, users are now getting a "Set Cursor Position" binding controller action that lets them set a random X/Y position to be moved to a button press, but it's more versatile than this.
Photomatix HDR is industry-leading software designed to automatic merging multiple photographs into high dynamic range (HDR) images, then tone-map them back to a low dynamic range (LDR) image.
Chiefly you’ll be using the app to process and merge ‘bracketed’ images — sequences of pictures taken at different exposure settings. Bracketing is a feature available on most modern DSLRs and some smartphones.
We are releasing GIMP 2.8.18 to fix a vulnerability in the XCF loading code (CVE-2016-4994). With special XCF files, GIMP can be caused to crash, and possibly be made to execute arbitrary code provided by the attacker.
Fedora is always moving forward and that means switching to Python 3. There are plenty of upstream projects that already support Python 3. Unfortunately, they are often not packaged in Fedora. We try to keep track of such cases and more in the Fedora Python 3 Porting Database. There, you can see these packages marked with a blue color and listed on the page for Mispackaged packages. Get up to three Fedora badges for updating spec files to support Python 3! Join the porting party, help us move to the future and get your reward. We can port it, but not without your help!
Thursday, jul 14, was the second day of FISL at PUC Porto Alegre, we had a raining day. On this day more people came by our table to grab some adhesives, participate in a quiz and talk about Fedora projects.
AT&T said it will open source the homegrown software platform powering its software-centric network that leverages software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) in the hope it will mature the fledgling technologies and become an industry standard.
Officials with the carrier say they are releasing the ECOMP technology to the open-source community via the Linux Foundation.
AT&T officials are following through on a promise to release the management and automation platform for the company's software-centric network initiative to the open-source community.
There has been a lot of interest suddenly in electronic voting, so I thought I would give some insight into what’s holding it back. Between 2012 and 2014, I became intimately involved in electronic voting when I joined the Victorian Electoral Commission to build the world's first Verifiable Voting system, shortened to 'vVote'. This gave me insight into the requirements of electronic voting to satisfy the modern needs of democracy.
The prpl Foundation is set to debut its prplHypervisor – an open source hypervisor developed to secure embedded devices in the IoT via separation – at the IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas. The foundation, in its security guidelines, holds that the use of separation in security can play an important role in resolving the fatal security flaws that negatively impact the IoT.
The FSFE provided the European Commission with our input in regard to the ongoing revision of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). The EIF aims to promote enhanced interoperability in the EU public sector, and is currently going through its third revision since 2004. Whilst the draft version gives preference to Open Standards in delivering public services, it also promotes harmful FRAND (so-called "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory") licensing terms for standards. In practice, these are highly anti-competitive and unfit not only for Free Software but for the whole software sector in general. In addition, the draft also ignores the proven relationship between interoperability and Free Software: many national frameworks explicitly require their national services to be based on Free Software. We asked the European Commission to address these and other shortcomings and ensure interoperability in an efficient way.
The About link indicates that the site operates under the UK copyright law, which apparently sees copyright in the work extinguished 70 years after the death of the author and in a sound recording 50 years after the performance.
The real power of the X-Men, a team of fictional comic book superheroes, is the ability to work together and share their different skills to meet a mutual goal. Open source veterans know this approach works well in the real world of technology development, and now it is becoming mainstream in the sciences.
There is already a huge collection of open source scientific software tools, and now there are even dozens of open source hardware tools for science (if any are missing from the wiki, please click edit and add them). In the past, open scientific hardware projects were buried in the specialty literature, and although the mechanisms of an apparatus were normally discussed, the documentation fell well short of what OSHWA has defined as open hardware.
The comments make it clear that this is a commonplace - the sort of program that every programmer writes as a first test - the new computer works, the compiler / interpreter produces useful output and so on. It' s the classic, canonical thing to do.
Intel’s computer-security unit McAfee is drawing interest from private equity companies as Intel mulls selling the business that it bought in 2010 for $7.7 billion (A$10 billion).
According to The Telegraph, Google is developing its own phone which it plans to release later this year. Unlike the Nexus phones, which have been designed and manufactured by partners such as Huawei, HTC, LG, Asus and Motorola, the report claims that Google wants to have complete control over hardware and software. Also see: Nexus 5X review and Nexus 6P review.
Clearly, the prospect of a Google-branded flagship Android phone is an exciting one. Currently, Nexus phones enjoy swift (or at least relatively swift) software updates when new versions of Android come out. Manufacturers of other Android phones can be slow to roll out new versions of Google’s software and often overlay their own interfaces and demote Google’s apps and services in favour of their own.
I have been using a Chromebook as my sole computer for the past two and a half years. Never in that time have I felt the need to switch to another desktop operating system. Frankly, Chrome OS can accomplish pretty much everything I need to do — from heavy writing, to presentations, to photo editing. The “thin client” has become a reality for me with Chrome OS and it perfectly suits my needs.
With Google Play and Android app support hitting Chromebooks it's now possible to run Windows applications/games on Chromebooks via CrossOver For Android.
CodeWeavers confirmed today that it's possible to run CrossOver on Chromebooks now via the Android support. CodeWeavers was even able to install Steam for Windows on the Chromebooks via the CrossOver support.
Lenovo has quietly introduced a new affordable smartphone, the Vibe A, in Russia. The Chinese company as of now has not revealed pricing of the Lenovo Vibe A smartphone. We can expect the handset to be soon available in the local market.
The Lenovo Vibe A features a 4-inch WVGA (480x800 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731G processor paired with 512MB of RAM. The handset packs just 4GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). It is backed by a 1700mAh removable battery. The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Vibe A runs Vibe UI and supports dual-SIM. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and there is a 0.3-megapixel front camera on board as well. It supports 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB connectivity options. There's no 4G LTE support on the Lenovo Vibe A. It measures 124.5x64x10.6mm and weighs 132 grams. The smartphone will come in Black and White colours. The Vibe A launch was first reported by Helpix Russian site.
Nexus devices are, unsurprisingly, the most secure Androids, says security outfit Duo.
The devices are regarded as Google's flagship Android device on account of its operating system running the stock Android open source project (ASOP).
Android phones from other manufacturers nearly always add custom modifications and are slow to update AOSP updates, when mobe-makers bother to do so.
Duo Labs security intern Olabode Anise (@justsayo) says in analysis that Nexus users are the most secure on account of the rapid provision and application of updates.
"Google’s publicity around the stronger security model of Nexus phones, combined with the fast update rollout, has clearly resulted in safer users," Anise says.
Microsoft has quietly killed a vulnerability that can be exploited to unlock ARM-powered Windows RT tablets and boot non-Redmond-approved operating systems.
The Register has learned that one of the security holes addressed this week in the July edition of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday closes a backdoor left in Windows RT by its programmers during its development.
That backdoor can be exploited to unlock the slab's bootloader and start up an operating system of your choice, such as GNU/Linux or Android, provided it supports the underlying hardware.
We are excited to announce the v0.5.1 release of Pyston, our high performance Python JIT.
In addition to Dropbox announcing the Lepton image compression algorithm, their Pyston team has announced the v0.5.1 release and it provides more performance improvements for this Python JIT.
New Relic has announced that it has added support for the Go programming language (Golang) to its SaaS-based application performance monitoring platform. With the addition of Go New Relic adds to the six other programming languages it supports including Java, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, and Ruby for polyglot application performance monitoring (APM) for cloud and microservices architectures.
The CTO at Rogue Wave Software, Zeev Suraski, says he's never seen anything like PHP 7 in the software space—namely the halving of hardware needs after a mostly painless software upgrade. Organizations salivating to leverage this massive performance gain would be wise to investigate Zend Server 9, an application server that builds on the benefits of PHP 7, both on-premises and in the cloud.
After yesterday's 2.9.4 release, Wilbur today announced GIMP 2.8.18. This stable release addresses security and other bugs since 2.8.16. In other news the Mint project announced their 17.3 to 18 upgrade procedure and Douglas DeMaio reported on the latest changes to Tumbleweed.
The Automotive Grade Linux project released v2 of its open platform for connected cars, and added support for Raspberry Pi, DragonBoard, and Wandboard SBCs.
The Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project, which is developing a “Linux-based, open platform for the connected car,” announced the release of the second version of its Unified Code Base (UCB) distribution for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI). The latest version adds features like audio routing, rear seat display support, the beginnings of an app platform, and support for development boards including the DragonBoard, Wandboard, and Raspberry Pi.