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Korora 24 "Sheldon" Linux Is Available Only for 64-bit PCs, Based on Fedora 24

TuxMachines - 9 hours 29 min ago

After a long wait, the Korora 24 GNU/Linux distribution has been released, based, as its version number suggests, on many of the technologies included in the popular Fedora 24 operating system.

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Women In Tech: Jane Silber, CEO Of Canonical

TuxMachines - 9 hours 34 min ago

When I sat down to interview Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, I don’t think it was lost on either of us that our ability to chat freely even though I was in my office in the middle of the U.S. and she was in her office in London, England had everything to do with cloud computing, an area in which her company does brisk business.

Silber has been running Canonical (maker of Ubuntu, among a great many other software products) in one form or another for well over a decade at this point, first as COO and now CEO. She answers questions thoughtfully, with carefully chosen words; even though I’m sure I’m not the first journalist to ask her some of the below questions (maybe not even the first one this week), she had no canned responses, and she never veered off course to discuss her own agenda. There were no preset talking points; simply, I asked questions, and she answered them.

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Systemd 231 Released

Reddit - 9 hours 38 min ago

Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.7.2, Qt 5.7 and KDE Applications 16.04.3

TuxMachines - 9 hours 47 min ago

Chakra GNU/Linux developer Neofytos Kolokotronis today, July 25, 2016, announced the release of the latest KDE and Qt technologies, along with new software versions in the main repositories of the Linux kernel-based operating system.

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Susan Chen, Promoted to Vice President of Business Development

LXer - 10 hours 12 min ago
I’m excited to announce that Susan Chen has been appointed Vice President of Business Development at Mozilla, a new role we are creating to recognize her achievements. Susan joined Mozilla in 2011 as Head of Strategic Development.

In a Quiet Market for PCs, Chromebooks are Marching Steadily Forward

TuxMachines - 10 hours 18 min ago

It's no secret that Chrome OS has not been the same striking success for Google that the Android OS has been. And yet, Chromebooks--portable computers running the platform--have not only found their niche, but they are also introducing a new generation to cloud computing. Chromebooks are firmly entrenched in the education market, where many young users have become used to the convention of storing apps and data in the cloud.

Now, according to new research from Gartner, Chromebooks are ready to hit new milestones. Analysts there report that Chromebook shipment growth will be in the double digits this year. At the same time, though, Chromebooks have not become fixtures in the enterprise, replacing Windows PCs.

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Server Administration

TuxMachines - 10 hours 19 min ago
  • SysAdmins With Open Source Skills Are In Demand

    System administrators play a crucial role in businesses today. They are the individuals responsible for the configuration, support and maintenance of company computer systems and servers. For this reason, they are a popular hiring request, with defense and media companies alike looking for these professionals on Dice.

    Yet, despite the ongoing demand, finding and recruiting system administrators may be more of a challenge. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that the quarterly unemployment rate for system administrators was 0.6%, well below the national quarterly average (4.9%) and the quarterly average for all tech professionals (2.1%). Employers thus need to focus more of their recruitment strategies on poaching this talent from competitors.

  • One Phrase Sysadmins Hate to Hear (And How to Avoid It)

    A few years later, sysarmy, the local IT community, was born as the "Support for those who give support." And in that spirit, for this 8th AdminFest edition, we want to do exactly that: support those who help others in our Q&A platform, sysarmy.com/help. Each 500 points a participant earns, he/she gets a free drink in return!

  • DevOps'n the Operating System

    John Willis takes a brief look at the history of how Devops principles and operating systems have converged. He spends most of the time forward looking at what and how unikernels will converge with Devops tools, processes and culture. He ends with a demo of how containers, unikernels and Devops ideas can work together in the future.

  • 5 reasons system administrators should use revision control

    Whether you're still using Subversion (SVN), or have moved to a distributed system like Git, revision control has found its place in modern operations infrastructures. If you listen to talks at conferences and see what new companies are doing, it can be easy to assume that everyone is now using revision control, and using it effectively. Unfortunately that's not the case. I routinely interact with organizations who either don't track changes in their infrastructure at all, or are not doing so in an effective manner.

    If you're looking for a way to convince your boss to spend the time to set it up, or are simply looking for some tips to improve how use it, the following are five tips for using revision control in operations.

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Kernel Space/Linux

TuxMachines - 10 hours 19 min ago

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SUSE Leftovers

TuxMachines - 10 hours 21 min ago
  • Machinery Team: Navigating your Linux system descriptions the pretty way

    Starting from version 1.21.0 you'll experience an improved graphical user interface, where show and compare views are connected. With this you can navigate between viewing different descriptions as well as comparing them, so working with multiple system descriptions is much faster and offers greater usability.

    When you start the graphical user interface you will get a list of all available system descriptions, where you can choose one to view more details. The following screen shot shows this list. You can use the search mask to filter them for certain terms. Simply click on the description you would like to see and it will get you to the details view. Run the command `machinery list --html` to get to the list view.

  • SUSE Studio enabled Microsoft Azure image type for SLES 12

    We are happy to announce that Azure image type has been enabled for SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP1 appliances. From now on you can build and upload SLE12 SP1 based appliances in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

TuxMachines - 10 hours 22 min ago

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

TuxMachines - 10 hours 24 min ago
  • Virtuozzo’s new Kernel-based Virtual Machine for ISPs is a ‘huge thing,’ years in the making
  • Virtuozzo debuts hyper-converged offering based on open source technology and optimized KVM

    Virtuozzo announced on Monday general availability of Virtuozzo 7. With this new version, the platform ushers in a new level of portability, reliability, and performance, especially for customers in large data center environments where vendor flexibility, as well as low latency, is critical.

  • Wire private messenger goes open source, invites users to build compatible clients

    Wire is one in a growing number of messaging services that promise to keep their users' correspondence private. In this case, the service offers encrypted text, voice, and video calls. And now it's open source.

  • Messaging Service ‘Wire’ Goes Open-Source, Invites Devs to Build Clients

    Encrypted text, voice and audio calling service Wire has gone open-source, releasing the code for everything devs need to build their own apps that interface with the service.

  • Apache Kudu is the Latest Open Source Big Data Project to Reach Top-Level Status

    For the past year, we've taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support and more.

    Continuing the trend, the foundation has announced that Apache Kudu has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Kudu is an open source columnar storage engine built for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem designed to enable flexible, high-performance analytic pipelines.

    “Under the Apache Incubator, the Kudu community has grown to more than 45 developers and hundreds of users,” said Todd Lipcon, Vice President of Apache Kudu and Software Engineer at Cloudera. “We are excited to be recognized for our strong Open Source community and are looking forward to our upcoming 1.0 release.”

  • Susan Chen, Promoted to Vice President of Business Development

    Susan joined Mozilla in 2011 as Head of Strategic Development. During her five years at Mozilla, Susan has worked with the Mozilla team to conceive and execute multiple complex negotiations and concluded hundreds of millions dollar revenue and partnership deals for Mozilla products and services.

  • TNS Research: Multiple Orchestrators, Multiple Clouds, What a Mess

    Bundling some of the functionality into the container itself is one approach. However, orchestration may also become subsumed into a PaaS offering or be included as capability offered by a cloud provider. Wikibon’s Brian Gracely described this option as a container management platform in a recent article. This term is useful because it captures a broader stack of services being deployed together as a stack. Along with workload and company size, the choice of container management platforms is also still affected by the cloud(s) being deployed to.

  • Teradata Acquires Big Data Partnership Consultancy, Expands Open Source Analytics Services
  • Teradata bolsters Hadoop consulting biz with new UK acquisition
  • Finding security issues, regional events, and more OpenStack news
  • PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 Released

    The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces today that the third beta release of PostgreSQL 9.6 is available for download. This release contains previews of all of the features which will be available in the final release of version 9.6, including fixes to many of the issues found in the first and second betas. Users are encouraged to continue testing their applications against 9.6 beta 3.

  • PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 Released This Week

    PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 was released on Thursday as this major database update gets closer to its general availability release later this year.

    PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 brings a number of fixes to the parallel query support and fixes many other items throughout the PostgreSQL server code. The official 9.6 release isn't expected until "late 2016."

  • Facebook’s New Open Source Project Helps You Create Apps Easily With React.js
  • OpenKnit: Open Source Digital Knitting

    OpenKnit is an open-source, low cost, digital fabrication tool that affords the user the opportunity to create her/his own bespoke clothing from digital files. Starting from the raw material, the yarn, and straight to its end use, a sweater for example, in about an hour. Designing and producing clothes digitally and wearing them can now happen in the very same place, rewarding the user with the ability to make decisions regarding creativity and responsibility. (homepage) (full instructions for a Wally120 open-source knitting)

  • The Open Patient: Advocating for open access to medical data

    Steven Keating had always been interested in data and learning about things, which is why he volunteered to do a research scan when he was a student. The scan revealed an abnormality. In 2014, the abnormality had grown into a massive tumor. Soon he learned that there were many barriers keeping him from accessing his own data. "And that's what I've been sharing, which is this question: How come as a patient we're last in line for our own data? How come my doctors and my university researchers can see my tumor genome and I can't?"

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Events: GNU Health and SIGGRAPH

TuxMachines - 10 hours 24 min ago

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LLVM and DragonFlyBSD

TuxMachines - 10 hours 26 min ago

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Security Leftovers

TuxMachines - 10 hours 29 min ago

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ArchStrike Ethical Hacking Linux Operating System Gets Its First ISO Builds

LXer - 11 hours 9 min ago
The ArchStrike developers have announced today that their Arch Linux-based operating system designed for ethical hackers now has official installation mediums as ISO images.

What could people do for FOSS or what bothers me...

Reddit - 11 hours 34 min ago

Hi, on reddit.com/r/linux i noticed several people in the last months asked what one could do to improve opensource, or what one hates about FLOSS. So i sat down and wrote a couple of things down, which should/could be improved. some should not perhaps, but alas, my company would like to have it. Disclaimer: I work with mostly FLOSS-components, so i know everything a little bit, but most of it not very good. If sth. is already done, i missed it. But i do not think that i missed much. And i work mainly with Debian/ubuntu (and derivated systems) and kde (and use the software on it) and i maintain servers and a couple of hundred linux workstations. sometimes i admit patches or bugs, but i do not have enough time for it, sadly. but since others want to know.. perhaps some will patch some stuff.

and keep in mind, these are my own experiences. you might think, many things might be wrong or outdated. these are my experiences..

i tried to split my points up :)

FLOSS Software in General:
  • every procject should have targets to build their software as shared library and as static library.
  • documentation sucks. almost always
    • you have an interoperable API? write examples in at least two languages, and please not in c and c++ if your main language of the project is c or c++
    • provide architecture pictures
    • provide dependencies in your documentation
  • please use existing config formats, do NOT invent your own! use one, which has already parsers, like the apache or the ini file or json or mozilla like
  • please build out of place (do not mix your source with your object/binary files in one directory)
  • projects should provide scripts which valgrind/afl-fuzz test their software for memory leaks/bugs so every user can test on its own.
  • if you have software which handles security-sensitive or privacy-sensitive things, think about writing a daemon which handles that stuff and separate client and security-relevant stuff ** important for configuration, only allowed configurations in enterprise (like masterpasswords for firefox from ldap or ad?) ** credential separation? ** the daemons should be able to change configurations live and get notices from config management programs like that, so that the programs do not have to be restarted. (login/out really sucks for desktop session change handling) ** for example: i change ciphersuites in firefox or proxies or central parts of the kde config, but it only works, if the user logs out or even restarts the program?
  • please write unittests, componenttests, recipes, so that other can use these on his/her platform if everything works and perhaps they will extend them for you.
virt-manager/libvirt/kvm/spice Stack (and available in debian/ubuntu):
  • please support usb-hotplugging. Atm i need to restart the virtual machine to "plugin" another usb device
  • this goes out to x11/xorg/wayland as well. please support multiple virtual monitors as well. this is extremely important for testing. atm we need physical hardware for testing. that sucks.
  • please support mac address change without removing/adding network device. restarting is okay (if not usb), but not removing/adding the device
  • if i have no gui in a vm-guest, please make it happen, that i can copy the content (input/output) out of the guest to the host.
  • there could be definitely better desktop integration. virtualbox is atm far nicer to use for the desktopvirtualizers.. but i do not trust oracle.. :/
  • good local shared folder integration, atm.. it's not nice.
  • snapshot support for lvm and not only for files...
  • better support of commercial (like vmware) virtualdisk formats in qemu-img (converting between the formats...)
thunderbird/firefox (and available in debian/ubuntu):
  • please use maildir instead of mbox as standard format or make it easily switchable in the start configuration and provide gui and cli tools for converting
  • please make a native gpg implementation into tb, enigmail is nice, but not good enough. smime has more effectiveness,because people do not need to install another thing.
  • the calendar sucks on some plattforms. the gui is deformed, and randomly i have to wait for a reaction
  • please make the use of a master password configurable mandatory
  • easy complete deactivation and reactivation of flash. so with deactivation all flash content is just blanked and NOT LOADED and alternatives are used if available and wanted.
  • start firefox (only for special users perhaps?) without proxy or with special kiosk config which is not changeable
  • thunderbird: draganddrop of attachments in and out of mails does not work reliable in several configurations
KDE (i see you as one big entity, sorry) (and available in debian/ubuntu):
  • please look after your numlock implementation.
  • The printer stack was so awesome in kde3. please do it again in kde5 ** local administration of printers and profiles ** fine grained (user-)administration
  • please add the possibility to deactivate the clipboard in kde5
  • kwallet sucks. ** no easy renewal/rollover of credentials ** no export to things like keepassx2, no import either ** no partial access to credentials like certificates which i am allowed to use but not to read (like machine authentification) ** often i need to reauthenticate without good reason on debian testing ** but sadly, it is really needed. please do not abandon it. ** not easy to use.
  • why is there no virtual keyboard for blind users on login?!
  • kde-network-manager-stack should not need passwords for certificates for 802.1x. (certificates can but do not have to be encrypted)
  • okular: there's no activity/progress bar while loading BIG pdfs
  • okular: print A3/A0 (german paper format) sucks/does not really work in practice
  • poppler/okular is not able to do encrypted pdfs or do xfa. This is important for companies and institutions
  • easy screencasting nicely integrated would be a nice feature. though easy solvable
  • if sth is crashing, and konqi shows up, it would be nice that is it possible to install easily all debug symbols..
  • debian source packages should have rules for other types of builds, like in gentoo
  • deb/apt tools should support x509 client certifications, so debian/ubuntu could have private repositories
  • additionally deb/apt tools should support certificate rollover/renewal like with scep for example
  • easy hooking of debian/ubuntu into an ad or ldap environment, like for example the tool which is in redhat?
  • debian packaging recipes with afl testing, so that everyone on its plattform can use that.
  • kde-network-manager should not need passwords for certificates for 802.1x. (certificates can but do not have to be encrypted)
  • there's no easy way to install the debug package for another package. or recursively all debug packages of a package which has dependencies. why isn't there something like apt-get inst-dbg [-r] package?
  • pre/post apt/dpkg hooks ** the hook can stop or rollback the process with certain signals.
  • newer/better/more/new complete packaging of ** sage-math ** radare2 ** matrix (chat standard) ** mattermost ** gitblit ** openpht ** jepsen (http://jepsen.io/ https://github.com/aphyr/jepsen) ** tox/qtox the skype alternatives ** diaspora ** firefox addons: *** unhmt lastpass adblocker-plus *** useragentswitcher httpfox ghostery modify-headers *** better-privacy anonymx foxyspider tamperdata hackbar
  • please package software tests so others can test the software on their platform.
  • apt-mirror and debmirror and aptly should support mirroring and publishing debian and ubuntu and downstream distros without code change.
  • debootstrap should be easily usable for downstream distros, too..
  • lintian and other debian tools should not need code changes only config changes if one want to use his own sections and codenames for distribution releases
  • please make a standard for a system that installation of systems/daemons DOES NOT MEAN INSTANT SERVICE ACTIVATION. for the love of all that is holy!
  • dpkg/apt/aptitude/muon/software center/ubuntu software should support whitelists. groups of users (perhaps posixgroups?) should be allowed to install software in the repository which is in a whitelist, without having root privilege on the machine
Otherwise (and available in debian/ubuntu):
  • simplescan could/should have a feature where i can add xmp tags and key/values for scanned documents
  • aptly should support client certificates for private repositories
  • pgadmin should be much expanded. orientate yourself on the sqlserver web interface
  • please debug and fix the intel graphic drivers. they are horWWnot as good as they could be.
  • openscap should support communication/rollout of policies with rabbitmq/celery (or stuff like that) please do not invent your own stuff.
  • better text-to-speech synthesis. festival and espeak suck. do it like atm, which is used by anonymous publications. they have papers on it. but no one implemented it afaik, we need it for sight-challenged people
  • FLOSS version of yed
  • network-manager should not need passwords for certificates for 802.1x. (certificates can but do not have to be encrypted)
  • integration of scep in network-manager
  • logind/kwallet (or another session/credentials daemon) supports management of certificates which applications are allowed to use but users are not allowed to see, like a password store?
  • packaging of https://github.com/MalcolmRobb/dump1090 for debian/ubuntu and support with openstreetmap instead of googlemaps
  • tool which gets networktraces from program over hooking ltrace-like into socket-read/write functions... instead of wiresharking.
  • network-manager supports captive portals (i admit i have no idea how to resolve that crap)
  • openldap support AD
  • openldap please i can haz migration and maintenance tools? the one at the moment suck very hard. i have to write everything on my own.
  • openldap online replication/migration/transformation sucks, too.
  • rewrite x11vnc. it has strcpy all over the place, sometimes it has obscure bugs which only happen on patched systems which are not out-of-the-box debian/ubuntu systems.
  • poppler is not able to do encrypted pdfs or do xfa. This is important for companies and institutions
  • there's no signed drivers for ext2/3/4/luks for windows. this would be important for data migration and enabling FLOSS in institutions
  • with FLOSS programs created pdfs which contain images or scanned files are often bigger than the results of closed source counterparts. please, fix this.
  • no protocol and implementation of cryptographic secure oblivious agreements for open protocols like xmpp
  • no secure group chat protocol implementation for xmpp (a standard exists from cypherpunks afair)
  • pidgin slack integration sucks. you're invited into a channel and you do not see that.
  • if you auto-join more than X channels in pidgin in IRC, IRC admins will not like you. i once patched a sleep of one second into join, nobody was hurt by it and irc-ops were appeased.

My conclusion: please do not write another app or cool cli-tool. all these tools are written mainly in C/C++/Java/Python/Perl/Ruby. If you patched some of THAT stuff above and can do some basic linux admin stuff, you will have NO problem finding a job with a decent paygrade. Learn and go to the projects, they are happy to have helping hands.

At last: i know all this will never be done, at most a small part, but perhaps some people have now ideas what could be important for companies and linux desktops in a middle-sized company. i try to do my own share and patch or contribute or donate money, but i'm not a really good coder, sadly. But i really love OpenSource and think it is one of the most important things we have. It helps us keeping control over our systems...

i have to admit, this got a lot bigger than i thought. i hope you do not think of that as hate or flame, but that are my problems as a poweruser/developer who tries to further opensource.

keep on building

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