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TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 12:29
  • Now Microsoft Won’t Let You Install And Boot Linux On Locked-down Windows Computers

    Microsoft has released a security update that has patched a backdoor in Windows RT operating system.

  • This Week in Solus – Install #3

    Solus has always held the philosophy of a “stable core, updated apps”. To achieve the level of stability we desire, we have been utilizing the LTS branch of the Linux kernel, prioritizing stability in our graphics stack, and sticking to a specific GNOME release series for each major release of Solus. To be more precise, Solus 1.0 shipped with GNOME 3.18.x and the plan of using GNOME 3.22.x in Solus 2.0.

  • Work after DebConf

    First week after DebCamp and DebConf! Both were incredible — the debian project and it’s contributors never fail to impress and delight me. None the less it felt great to have a few quiet, peaceful days of uninterrupted programming.

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Leftovers: OSS

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 12:29
  • The Open Source License API

    Around a year ago, I started hacking together a machine readable version of the OSI approved licenses list, and casually picking parts up until it was ready to launch. A few weeks ago, we officially announced the osi license api, which is now live at api.opensource.org.

  • The DIY diabetes kit that's keeping us alive

    They are using Nightscout, an open source platform developed and run by a global community of type 1 diabetics.

    Open source means it is freely available for anyone to use and modify - in this case at their own risk.

    It's a combination of a commercial product called a Continuing Glucose Monitor (CGM), which provides constant updates, a DIY transmitter and the freely available Nightscout programming code which enables the CGM data to be shared with a cloud data storage area - where it can then be distributed to other devices.

    So both father and son now receive constant updates on their phones (and George's smartwatch) and are able to assess George's needs minute by minute.

    It has given George the gift of freedom - he can now join his friends on sleepovers and enjoy his favourite sports.

    Mr Samuelson acknowledges that it is not without risk.

    "I am using open source software to do calibrations. Open source software is giving me final numbers and it is not an approved algorithm - it's not going to be exactly the same as the proprietary algorithms," he says.

  • Preserving the global software heritage

    The Software Heritage initiative is an ambitious new effort to amass an organized, searchable index of all of the software source code available in the world (ultimately, including code released under free-software licenses as well as code that was not). Software Heritage was launched on June 30 with a team of just four employees but with the support of several corporate sponsors. So far, the Software Heritage software archive has imported 2.7 billion files from GitHub, the Debian package archive, and the GNU FTP archives, but that is only the beginning.

    In addition to the information on the Software Heritage site, Nicolas Dandrimont gave a presentation about the project on July 4 at DebConf; video [WebM] is available. In the talk, Dandrimont noted that software is not merely pervasive in the modern world, but it has cultural value as well: it captures human knowledge. Consequently, it is as important to catalog and preserve as are books and other media—arguably more so, because electronic files and repositories are prone to corruption and sudden disappearance.

  • FOSSA - Now we need feedback by the real experts

    The goal of the "Free and Open Source Security Audit" (FOSSA) pilot project is to increase security of Free Software used by the European institutions. The FSFE has been following the project since the early beginning in 2014. I am concerned that if the project stays on its current course the European Institutions will spent a large part of the 1 Million Euro budget without positive impact on the security of Free Software; and the result will be a set of consultancy reports nobody will ever read. But if we work together and communicate our concerns to the responsible people in the Parliament and the Commission, there might still be a valuable outcome.

  • Facebook Open Source Report Card: 54 Projects in Six Months [Ed: a proprietary mass surveillance, censorship and propaganda giant]

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Development News

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 12:28
  • Wait… usenet is still… alive?!?!

    So, in conclusion, Fortran is a pretty cool language. The syntax is a little different that a curly-brace guy like me is used to, but once you figure it out, it’s pretty easy to use and has a very nice feature set. Again, if you’d like to look at a functional complete example, check out my source repository on GitHub.

    I’m going to do a third post in this series where I actually build a modern web application using Fortran for the middle tier (I’m thinking I need a cool name like LAMP or BCHS so maybe FARM – Fortran, Apache, REST and mySQL?) but that’s for another day. Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed learning it.

  • Coding A Text Editor In Less Than 1000 Lines Of C Programming Language

    A coder has created a text editor in C programming language in less than 1000 lines. He has shared the code on GitHub and allowed the interested programmers to take a look at it and learn.

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Linux Devices

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 12:23
  • Smaller & Faster than Raspberry Pi Zero: Meet NanoPi NEO ARM Linux Development Board

    Raspberry Pi Zero has two noticeable attributes compared to other Raspberry Pi boards: it’s smaller and it’s cheaper. FriendlyARM has now designed another model for their NanoPi family, that about 12% smaller, although not quite as thin at all due to its Ethernet jack and USB connector, and much faster than Raspberry Pi Zero, with NanoPi NEO board powered by Allwinner H3 quad core processor.

  • Notes from the fourth RISC-V workshop

    Many of the lowRISC team (Robert Mullins, Wei Song, and Alex Bradbury) have been in Boston this week for the fourth RISC-V workshop. By any measure, this has been a massive success with over 250 attendees representing 63 companies and 42 Universities. Wei presented our most recent work on integrating trace debug, which you’ll soon be able to read much more about here (it’s worth signing up to our announcement list if you want to be informed of each of our releases).

  • Arduino-powered Lock Automatically Locks The Door When You Open Incognito Mode

    Mike, the CEO of the Useless Duck Company, has created an Arduino-powered door lock which locks the door automatically when you open an incognito window in your web browser. In a YouTube video, Mike shows how this awesome tech works.

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Leftovers: Software

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 12:21
  • GNU ease.js 0.2.8 released

    This is a minor release introducing transparent Error subtyping.

    This release succeeds v0.2.7, which was released 26 October, 2015. There are no backwards-incompatible changes; support continues for ECMAScript 3+.

  • A leadership change for nano

    The nano text editor has a long history as a part of the GNU project, but its lead developer recently decided to sever that relationship and continue the project under its own auspices. As often happens in such cases, the change raised concerns from many in the free-software community, and prompted questions about maintainership and membership in large projects.

  • Imgur-Screenshot Is a Nifty Screengrab and Upload Tool for Linux

    I recently began looking for a way to quickify (totally legit word) the process of uploading large screenshots to Imgur when I happened across an awesome little tool.

    It’s called Imgur-Screenshot and, like the name should already tell you, it’s a screenshot tool that uploads your snaps to the (popular, rad) Imgur image hosting service.

  • Firefox will get overhaul in bid to get you interested again

    The next update to Firefox, however, represents the first step in Mozilla's long-term plan to get you using its web browser once again. It hopes to rekindle the interest and influence it claimed a decade ago by revamping its core, which could make complex websites like Facebook snappier but make it more difficult for attackers to launch attacks over the web.

  • Mozilla Servo arrives in nightly demo form

    The Firefox codebase dates back to 2002, when the browser was unbundled from the Mozilla Application Suite—although much of its architecture predates even that split. Major changes have been rare over the years, but recently several long-running Mozilla efforts have started to see the light of day. The most recent of these is the Servo web-rendering engine, for which the first standalone test builds were released on June 30. Although the Servo builds are not full-blown browsers, they enable users to download and test the engine on live web sites for the first time. Servo is designed with speed and concurrency in mind, and if all goes according to plan, the code may work its way into Firefox in due course.

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Does anyone use WINE even after the advent of Virtualbox? What are its uses?

Reddit - Sun, 2016-07-17 12:17

The title says it all. WINE is basically the "old-school" way of running Windows Apps in Windows. I'd like to know if anyone uses it today? How does it compare with using Mono or VirutalBox for running the Windows apps?

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Security Leftovers

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 12:16
  • Notice of security breach on Ubuntu Forums [Ed: this is proprietary software on top of proprietary software. Shame!]

    Deeper investigation revealed that there was a known SQL injection vulnerability in the Forumrunner add-on in the Forums which had not yet been patched.

  • Ubuntu Forums Hacked! Here Is What Hacker Stole?
  • ChaosKey

    The Linux Kernel, starting with version 4.1, includes source for this driver. It should be built by default in your distribution. If your using Linux + KVM to host other Linux instances, read the VirtualMachine page to see how you can configure the guests to share the host entropy source.

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Nvidia 367.35 Linux Graphics Driver Released with VDPAU Feature Set H Support

LXer - Sun, 2016-07-17 11:40
Nvidia published a new long-lived graphics driver for UNIX-like operating systems, including GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris, Nvidia 367.35.

Blockchain on GNU/Linux

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 11:18

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Fedora News

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 10:59
  • FESCo Approves Latest Round Of Fedora 25 Features

    The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) has approved nearly all of the recently proposed features for the upcoming Fedora 25 Linux release.

  • Fedora at FISL

    Yesterday, jul 15, was the thirty day of FISL where we have a best whether and more people walking and interesting at event.

  • Fedora at FISL - 2

    Today, jul 16, unfortunately was the final day of the seventeenth edition of FISL - International Forum Free Software, one of main events in Brazil.

    Our final talk was a reunion of users of Fedora in Brazil, where all six ambassadors present at event made their quick presentations, explained about 4Fs, alternately our main sub-projects and who is using Fedora in Brazil. At the end we had intention of five new contributors join Fedora and two invites to be present in events at universities of Santa Catarina state.

  • Report for Day 0 and Day 1 of FAD Kuala Lumpur 2016
  • Report for Day 2 of FAD Kuala Lumpur 2016

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Solus Linux explained

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 10:48

Solus Linux is relatively new to Linux world. It's first release was in 2012. Today latest version of Solus is 1.2.1 which was released on June 2016. So let's take a look at some cool features Solus offers us.

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ChaletOS: A Linux that Provides Uncanny Resemblance to Windows 7

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 10:46

The Linux platform has seen a surge of new users, who are usually migrating from Windows or at least they are trying Linux for the first time. But often, but they are afraid the interface will be too alien. Some developers think that it’s a good idea to give users something familiar, so that their first experience on the open source platform won’t be all that strange.

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Does Debian or Fedora provide a better GNOME3 experience?

Reddit - Sun, 2016-07-17 10:40

The title says it all. I've used both distros in the past and I'd like to stick with a Debian based (apt-get) system as far as possible, because I'm used to that and I like that very much.

However, I also know that Fedora is a distro supported by Red Hat, the very people who develop the GNOME3 Desktop, so I suppose their GNOME3 would be much better than Debian's?

Since I've never used Fedora extensively, I'd like to know the pros and cons of using GNOME3 on a Fedora vs Debian (or even a Debian-based like Ubuntu-GNOME or Mint GNOME flavor).

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Celebrate SysAdmin Day With Free, Weekly Linux Tutorials

LXer - Sun, 2016-07-17 10:03
We’ll deliver one free e-book tutorial to your inbox each week for 22 weeks from Linux Foundation Training. Everyone who signs up for the series before then end of July will also be entered into a drawing to win one of 10 free e-learning courses of your choice or one of three free LinuxCon North America passes we’re giving away.

Ubuntu Forums Hacked! Here Is What Hacker Stole?

LXer - Sun, 2016-07-17 08:25
The forums of the most popular Linux distributions, Ubuntu, was hacked. The news was reported yesterday by Jane Silber on Ubuntu insights. Although he has confirmed that not any password was hacked in the plain text, rather hashed and salted strings which are of no use for the hacker. But, the hacker successfully downloaded other users' information.

Creating a backup

Reddit - Sun, 2016-07-17 07:48

So I wanna mess with another Linux distro but I wanna back this one up so if I don't like it I can always just use this one again, but I don't want to have to reinstall everythign and re-do all my settings. Is there a way I can backup my current system for when I wanna come back to this distro?

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RHEL Workstation vs Server for RHCE

Reddit - Sun, 2016-07-17 07:29

Hey guys. I am studying for RHCE and do not want to use CentOS. I know Cent is 95℅ the same thing but I want to learn all the RHEL "quirks" in the lab and not be caught off guard when I actually take the test. I feel the best way to do this is with a real RHEL system.

With that said, Workstation is $180. Should I pay for this? How does Workstation compare to Desktop ($50), Server Entry Level ($350)? Does the server tier in any way make a better system for RHCE labbing? Will the Desktop tier allow me to do anything I would be able to do on Server?

I would not mind paying $350 for Server if there are solid reasons to. But not if Workstation or even Desktop are enough for RHCE.

Thanks guys

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