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Microsoft Privacy Violations, Fedora: Season's Pick

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 10:29

Topping today's Linux news is the wrist slapping of Microsoft by French Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés for excessive spying. Back in Linuxland, openSUSE 42.2 Alpha 3 and Mint 18 Xfce Beta were released for early testers. Bruce Byfield compares Linux and Windows users and Dedoimedo found another distribution he likes. VarGuy Christopher Tozzi ran down five Open Source projects that didn't work out and Sam Varghese scolds Linux users for expecting Final quality out of Alpha releases.

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Why did Russel King or whoever chose not to comment/explain on Linux kernel source code?

Reddit - Thu, 2016-07-21 10:25
not_relocated: mov r0, #0 1: str r0, [r2], #4 @ clear bss str r0, [r2], #4 str r0, [r2], #4 str r0, [r2], #4 cmp r2, r3 blo 1b

As you may know already, the above code snippet is from the linux kernel as can be found here.

As the comment says, it clears BSS by making it 0x00.

I was expecting it to be in 16 byte alignment and performed analysis with readelf, and found out that in fact it is in 8 byte alignment.

It seems that freed bytes are located at the bottom of the stack, and since stack hasn’t been used much, 8byte alignment seems to be okay.

What I’m curious is that why dear Russel King chose not to write comments on this when further explanation other than “clear bss” seems necessary? Or is it explanation-worthy only to me ?

Any thoughts or comments would be much appreciated. Thank You.

P.S. I am fairly new to Linux kernel so please be gentle with me.

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OpenSUSE 42.2 Alpha 3

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 10:21
  • OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 3 Released

    Ludwig Nussel has announced the release today of the third alpha release for the forthcoming openSUSE "Leap" 42.2 update.

    OpenSUSE 42.2 Alpha 3 finishes up the merge of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 components, updates to GNOME, KDE Plasma 5.7 integration, and various other changes.

  • openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha3 released

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Games for GNU/Linux

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 10:18

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Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Xfce – BETA Release

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 10:12

Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

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FLOSS Weekly 397: CoreOS Update

LXer - Thu, 2016-07-21 10:08
Operations teams currently spend their days fighting fires, critical updates, machine failures, networking outages; instead of moving their infrastructure forward. The CoreOS team wants to enable companies to run their applications securely and reliably in any environment. We hope to dramatically improve the security of “the stack” while making advancements in modern server infrastructure.

deepstreamHub Launches deepstream.io, an Open Source Real-Time Server

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 10:08

German start-up deepstreamHub has launched deepstream.io, an open source, scalable, real-time server platform. The platform is designed for applications that require a network of device-resident nodes that communicate with cloud applications or with one another. Individual nodes can subscribe to topics and receive data whenever other clients publish to those topics. Nodes can also register functions that can be called by other nodes. The deepstreamHub platform is also available as a resource for additional services.

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Open Source History Lessons: 5 FOSS Projects That Didn't Pan Out

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 10:04

There's no denying the success of free and open source software projects like Linux, Apache and (probably) OpenStack. But what about the FOSS projects and companies that have enjoyed less success? Here's a look at some free and open source software projects or businesses that had good ideas, yet never delivered on them (at least not fully).

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Feral Linux users should learn when to shut up

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 09:54

The very words alpha in the name of the release indicate that the Skype which was announced on 14 July is not ready for prime time. That should be apparent to anyone with the IQ of the common cockroach.

But it is apparently not evident to some Linux users.

Things do not seem to be clear to some so-called Linux writers, either. Here is one claiming that "The Skype for Linux alpha does not have all the features that will be released into the final version."

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7 Differences Between Linux and Windows: User Expectations

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 09:44

When I was a boy, I imagined that other languages were codes, whose words had a one-to-one correspondence to English. In the same way, many Windows users expect Linux to be an exact equivalent.

The reality, of course, is quite different. Both Windows and Linux are operating systems -- the programs used to run other applications -- but they often fulfill basic functions in different ways. Like any application, they have their own unspoken logic, and part of learning either is to learn their logic.

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How to install Arch Linux on Dell XPS 13 (2016) in 7 steps

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 09:41

I love the Dell XPS 13 (2016) that Dell gave me on loan. But installing Arch Linux with UEFI enabled can be challenging for new users — especially since ‘grub’ doesn’t work on this system with Arch Linux. I talked to a lot of people in the Arch community and resorted to using systemd-boot for successful install.

Here's how I got Arch Linux running on the Dell XPS 13 laptop.

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today's leftovers

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 09:40
  • Google play store playing with GPS?

    Microsoft broke my father's computer: it made him update to Windows 10, when Windows 10 can not use two of 3 USB ports. Ouch.

  • Persistent storage patterns for Docker in production
  • IBM Announces Blockchain Cloud Services on LinuxOne Server

    A new cloud environment for business-to-business networks announced by IBM last week will allow companies to test performance, privacy, and interoperability of their blockchain ecosystems within a secure environment, the company said. Based on IBM’s LinuxONE, a Linux-only server designed for high-security projects, the new cloud environment will let enterprises test and run blockchain projects that handle private data for their customers.

    The service is still in limited beta, so IBM clients will not be able to get their hands on it just yet. Once it launches, however, the company said clients will be able to run blockchain in production environments that let them quickly and easily access secure, partitioned blockchain networks.

  • An honorary degree for Alan Cox

    Congratulations are due to Alan Cox, who was awarded an honorary degree by Swansea University for his work with Linux. "Alan started working on Version 0. There were bugs and problems he could correct. He put Linux on a machine in the Swansea University computer network, which revealed many problems in networking which he sorted out; later he rewrote the networking software. Alan brought to Linux software engineering discipline: Linux software releases that were tested, corrected and above all stable. On graduating, Alan worked at Swansea University, set up the UK Linux server and distributed thousands of systems."

  • [antergos] ISO Refresh 2016.07.19
  • Video: Hardware hacking basics for Linux software devs

    In this interesting ELC video, Grant Likely, a Linux kernel engineer and maintainer of the Linux Device Tree, describes his sojourn into embedded hardware.

    Sometimes the best tutorials come not from experts, but from proficient newcomers who are up to date on the latest entry-level technologies and can remember what it’s like to be a newbie. It also helps if, like Grant Likely, the teacher is a major figure in embedded Linux who understands how hardware is ignited by software.

    At the Embedded Linux Conference, Likely — who is a Linux kernel engineer, and maintainer of the Linux Device Tree subsystem used by many embedded systems — described his embedded hardware journey in a presentation called “Hardware Design for Linux Engineers” — or as he put it, “explaining stuff I only learned six months ago.”

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Leftovers: Software

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 09:38

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GNOME News

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 09:35
  • Responding with emoji

    In Diana's usability test, she will moderate a "first experience" of GNOME. Testers will login to GNOME using a fresh "test" login, and go through the first-time experience. The testers will use a few scenario tasks to guide them through tasks that most users would usually do on a new computer (check email, copy files from a USB stick). Afterwards, Diana will interview each tester to see what they thought.

  • BOF session of Nautilus – GUADEC
  • GNOME's Mutter Sees Big Rework, Striving For Multi-DPI Rendering

    A ton of patches hit GNOME's Mutter this morning by Jonas Ådahl as he's been working towards multi DPI rendering and other improvements by drawing monitor contents to individual frame-buffers.

    Jonas has been reworking Mutter to draw monitor contents to individual frame-buffers rather than targeting a single frame-buffer, in order to support situations of having multiple monitors with a desire to have independent DPI changes for each display (e.g. one HiDPI display and other displays that are not), etc. Jonas summarized it with this bug report.

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Red Hat News

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 09:34

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Fedora: The Latest

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 09:33
  • Now Available: The Ultimate Fedora T-Shirt!

    If you’ve been involved in free and open source projects like Fedora for very long, you know one of the most sought-after “swag” items is a t-shirt with your projects’ logo. Until now, the easiest way to get a Fedora T-shirt has been to go to a big event like Flock, or through events organized & supported by our Fedora Ambassadors around the world.

  • Council Elections: Interview with Langdon White (langdon)

    Simply put, I have been actively involved and an active user of Fedora for about 4.5 years. I have been, almost exclusively, a Linux user for 10 years and I had dabbled in Linux before that. I have been a Linux sysadmin and a Linux developer (mostly a developer) for approximately 15 years.

  • Fedora 22 end of life

    As of July 19, 2016, Fedora 22 has reached its end of life for updates and support. No more updates, not even security fixes, will be provided for Fedora 22. Fedora 23 will be maintained with updated packages until approximately one month after the release of Fedora 25.

    Upgrading to Fedora 23 or Fedora 24 is highly recommended for all users still running Fedora 22. For more information on upgrading Fedora, check out the DNF System Upgrade page on the Fedora Project wiki.

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Debconf/Debian Leftovers

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-07-21 09:32

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