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Leftovers: Gaming

Mon, 2016-06-20 23:14

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Phoronix on Graphics

Mon, 2016-06-20 22:51
  • Trying The Intel Vulkan Driver On Skylake With Dota 2 + Talos Principle

    With the recent report that Intel's Vulkan Linux driver should now work with Dota 2, I was curious to test out the game -- and Talos Principle -- with the latest Mesa Git code that houses this open-source "Anvil" Vulkan driver.

    With the Padoka PPA now shipping the Intel Vulkan driver by default, it's super easy on Ubuntu-based Linux systems to fetch a Mesa Git snapshot within the past day or two that does have the Vulkan driver for Intel hardware built and enabled. So that's what I went with for trying Mesa 12.1-dev state of the Intel Vulkan driver as of today on a Core i5 6600K "Skylake" box running Ubuntu 16.04.

  • Why The R9 290 & Other Select Radeon GPUs Are Performing Miserably On Linux 4.7

    With this weekend's 5-Way Mesa 12.1-dev + Linux 4.7 Git Radeon Comparison and other tests I've done on Linux 4.7 Git with Radeon hardware, the R9 290 has regressed to the point of performing noticeably worse than other AMD GCN GPUs... Many other Phoronix readers with different Rx 200/300 graphics cards have also confirmed their graphics cards performing poorly on Linux 4.7.

  • NVIDIA Launches Tesla P100 PCI-E Card
  • Mesa Lands Support For GL_EXT_window_rectangles

    The newest OpenGL extension now supported by Mesa is GL_EXT_window_rectangles.

    GL_EXT_window_rectangles is a newer OpenGL extension and explained via the OpenGL.org registry, "this extension provides additional orthogonally aligned 'window rectangles' specified in window-space coordinates that restrict rasterization of all primitive types (geometry, images, paths) and framebuffer clears."

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Qt News

Mon, 2016-06-20 22:49
  • The Qt Company Is Still Aiming To Get Qt 5.8 Out This Year

    This year has already encountered the releases of the much-delayed Qt 5.6 followed quite quickly by Qt 5.7.

  • QtWebKit Technology Preview 2
  • New Technology Preview Of QtWebKit

    There's a new technology preview release of QtWebKit for those wanting to use this formerly retired WebKit-based module instead of the newer QtWebEngine that makes use of Chromium's Blink engine.

    As covered earlier this month, QtWebKit has been aiming for a return by interested developers wishing to continue to leverage WebKit in Qt applications rather than moving over to Qt WebEngine. Konstantin Tokarev who has been leading the revival on QtWebKit announced the release of its second technology preview release.

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Leftovers: OSS

Mon, 2016-06-20 22:01

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qBittorrent’s Advanced Saving Management explained

Mon, 2016-06-20 21:51

Today's update to qBittorrent 3.3.5 introduced a feature called Torrent Management Mode to the Bittorrent client to improve torrent organization.

The program offers two options when it comes to the saving of torrents which it calls Simple Saving Management and Advanced Saving Management.

Also: qBittorrent 3.3.5 Open-Source BitTorrent Client Adds Torrent Management Mode

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Development News

Mon, 2016-06-20 21:09

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Samsung to increase use of Tizen OS in its products, less Android

Mon, 2016-06-20 21:09

According to a Samsung source, the Tizen Operating System could be utilised in all company devices in an effort to cut its heavy reliance on the Android platform. The source, that wished not to be named, confirmed to the Korean herald publication the importance of owning your own ecosystem:

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Devil-Linux 1.8.0 Distro to Add Google Authenticator for PAM, Moves to SquashFS

Mon, 2016-06-20 21:06

Devil-Linux developer Heiko Zuerker has announced that the Devil-Linux 1.8.0 operating system is now open for development, and a Release Candidate is ready for public testing.

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Rockstor 3.8-14 Linux-Based NAS Solution Gets New Interface to Power Down HDDs

Mon, 2016-06-20 21:03

Softpedia has been informed today, June 20, 2016, by Suman Chakravartula about the immediate availability for download of the Linux kernel-based Rockstor 3.8-14 NAS-oriented operating system.

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Fedora 24: Comparing Gnome, KDE Plasma, Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, LXDE

Mon, 2016-06-20 21:00

It is interesting to look at the gaps in this table - for example, the KDE spin doesn't include digiKam, which seems very odd, and please don't try to tell me that Gwenview should count as a photo management application! Why does the Cinnamon spin not have a music player? Perhaps I overlooked it... but I don't think so. Also, even though LXDE is expected to be a lightweight distribution, the lack of any kind of PDF viewer seems rather extreme.

So that's the whole family -- six different desktops, ranging from the most fully equipped to the most leanly stripped. They will all be available starting Tuesday, 21 July from the Fedora Downloads page. Get it while it's hot!

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Linux and China rule supercomputing's TOP500 in 2016

Mon, 2016-06-20 20:56

At the International Supercomputer Conference, the latest TOP500 list of supercomputers was announced. To no one's surprise, Linux, is the top operating system for the world's fastest computers, but many may be shocked to find China now has the most and fastest supercomputers.

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Software radio apps are open-source on Ubuntu App Store

Mon, 2016-06-20 19:43

Lime Micro (London, UK) has announced that Ubuntu is putting together an App Store for LimeSDR that can be accessed once the LimeSDR crowd funding campaign successfully reaches its $500,000 pledge goal. The Snappy Ubuntu App Store will ensure the software defined radio (SDR) apps developed with the LimeSDR board are downloadable and those developed by Lime remain completely open-sourced.

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Red Hat launches a Docker Compose rival for running containers

Mon, 2016-06-20 19:25

Vendors are hard at work adapting their products to support the containerized workloads that are starting to appear in enterprise environments. One of the companies at the forefront of the push is Red Hat Inc., which today introduced a new native Docker management tool for Ansible, the popular automation framework it acquired last year.

Users will now be able to deploy and define the behavior of containerized applications in the same interface where they control the other components of their infrastructure. Policies are inputted in the form of Playbooks, which can be used to perform everything from setting up an AWS instance to orchestrating multi-stage update outs. They play an analogous role to Puppet’s Modules and the Cookbooks in Chef, the two most popular configuration automation tools on the market. Red Hat says that using native functionality is more convenient than opening an external tool like Docker Compose or Dockerfile in a separate tab and constantly switching back and forth during development.

Also: Red Hat Launches Ansible-Native Container Workflow Project

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Security Leftovers

Mon, 2016-06-20 12:34
  • Making a Case for Security Analytics

    Being a victim of a data breach no longer results in a slap on the wrist. Instead it can lead to costly fines, job loss, physical damage and an organization's massive loss of reputation. Case in point: Target. Following its high-profile breach in late 2013, Target suffered large losses in market valuation and paid more than $100 million in damages.

  • GoToMyPC password hack – urgent, change passwords NOW

    If you use the popular Citrix GoToMyPC remote access product for macOS, Windows, Kindle, iOS, and Android you will need to change all passwords now.

  • Web Application Defender's Field Report: Account Takeover Campaigns Spotlight

    ATO attacks (also known as credential stuffing) use previously breached username and password pairs to automate login attempts. This data may have been previously released on public dumpsites such as Pastebin or directly obtained by attackers through web application attacks such as SQLi. The goal of the attacks is to identify valid login credential data that can then be sold to gain fraudulent access to user accounts. ATO may be considered a subset of brute force attacks, however it is an increasing threat because it is harder to identify such attacks through traditional individual account authentication errors. The Akamai Threat Research Team analyzed web login transactions for one week across our customer base to identify ATO attack campaigns.

  • Google's security princess talks cybersecurity

    Her talk was even-keeled, informative, and included strong FOSS messaging about everyone's vested interest in internet security and privacy. After the talk was done, I watched her take audience questions (long enough for me to take a short conference call) where she patiently and handily fielded all manner of queries from up and down the stack.

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Peppermint 7 Could Land on June 30, Will Be an LTS Release Based on Ubuntu 16.04

Mon, 2016-06-20 11:15

In a brief Google+ announcement, the Peppermint OS developers have informed the community about the possible upcoming availability of the Peppermint 7 Linux operating system.

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4MRescueKit 18.0 Enters Beta, Adds Antivirus Live CD 18.0-0.99.2 & 4MParted 18.0

Mon, 2016-06-20 11:13

Today, June 20, 4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki proudly informed Softpedia about the general availability of a Beta release of his upcoming 4MRescueKit 18.0 Live CD project.

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Removing Barriers to the Uptake of Open Source Software

Mon, 2016-06-20 11:05

Public sector procurement organisations such as Crown Commercial Services in the UK are guiding public sector organisations to facilitate the procurement of Open Source Software based solutions. However there is little or no guidance of how to negotiate contracts and measure the effectiveness of open source software solutions compared to proprietary solutions.

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NetOS 8.0.2 Arrives with Improved Support for Chromebook Pixel and Surface Pro

Mon, 2016-06-20 10:41

Black Lab Software (PC/OpenSystems LLC) CEO Roberto J. Dohnert informs Softpedia today, June 20, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of the NetOS 8.0.2 operating system.

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