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Intel's Mesa Driver Jumps Ahead To OpenGL 4.2

Phoronix - Tue, 2016-05-17 13:51
It was just yesterday that Intel's Mesa driver crossed the OpenGL 4.0 threshold while today it's jumped ahead to OpenGL 4.2...

Single sign-on improvements in Fedora 24

LXer - Tue, 2016-05-17 13:13
How many times do you wish everything around you was a tiny bit smarter? A door opens automatically when you come in with bags of groceries. A light switches on when you step in. Entering a password twice in a... Continue Reading →

Let's Encrypt: The Good and the Bad

LinuxToday - Tue, 2016-05-17 13:00

Datamation: Let's Encrypt isn't all good...

Android roars back in strongest growth in two years, as Apple shrinks

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-17 12:20

Google's Android smartphone operating system has reported impressive growth as competition with Apple intensifies in the months before the release of the iPhone 7.

Android's market share increased 7.1 per cent across Europe in the first three months of the year, where it now holds 75.6 per cent of the market to Apple's 18.9 per cent, which fell from 20.2 per cent.

In Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, Android grew largely at the expense of Windows Phone, whose sales fell 5 per cent, while close to 7 per cent of first time Android users were migrating from Windows, according to research from analysts Kantar Worldpanel.

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today's leftovers

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-17 12:10
  • Geary 0.11.0 released

    Geary is an email application built for GNOME 3. It allows you to read and send email with a simple, modern interface.

  • Deploying OpenStack on just one hosted server
  • Transmission in QML?

    One of the hardest parts of actually doing something is the action to do it. I spend quite a while saying to myself “I’ll start learning QML”, then I discovered that there is a Qt version of Transmission, the one used on Windows and also a few linux flavors. Unfortunately it’s not polished as I hoped to run unmodified on Mac, Gnome and such (it runs fine on Plasma, my DE of choice, but I wanted to make it work nice anywhere).

  • Reviving the GTK development blog

    The GTK+ project has a development blog.

    I know it may come as a shock to many of you, and you’d be completely justified in thinking that I just made that link up — but the truth is, the GTK+ project has had a development blog for a long while.

  • GNOME.Asia Summit 2016

    While I was going through news.gnome.org, a piece of news flashed on my screen stating that GNOME.Asia summit 2016 is to be held in Delhi, India which is my own place. Though at that time I was completely unaware about what happens in a summit, what it is meant for and all that sort of questions. But for once, I decided to atleast attend it, if not participate. I told about this news to my mentors Jonas Danielsson and Damian Nohales. Initially i was quite reluctant to participate there, but Jonas pushed me a lot to present a lightning talk about my outreachy project in the summit. Damian too motivated me to go for the summit. Therefore I decided to submit a lightning talk proposal about my project : "Adding print route support in GNOME-Maps". Within few days i got the confirmation regarding the acceptance of my talk and also the approval of travelling sponsorship.

  • Uruk 1.0 Screenshot Tour
  • AUSTRUMI 3.4.2 Screenshot Tour
  • Manjaro 16.06 RC1 Polishes Xfce 4.12, Linux 4.4 LTS

    The first release candidate to the upcoming Manjaro 16.06 "Daniella" release is now available.

    Manjaro's flagship desktop continues to be built upon Xfce 4.12, for which they've worked on more polishing and improvements this release cycle. Manjaro 16.06 for the KDE spin will feature Plasma 5.6 and KDE Applications 16.04.

  • LetsEncrypt on openSUSE Leap

    I’ve been running my personal blog on rootco.de for a few months now. The server is a minimal install of openSUSE Leap 42.1 running on a nice physical machine hosted at the awesome Hetzner, who offer openSUSE Leap as an OS on all of their Physical and Virtual server hosting. I use the standard Apache available in Leap, with Jekyll to generate this blog. You can actually see the source to this Jekyll blog on GitHub. And to manage it all I use the awesome SaltStack and keep all of my Salt configuration in GitHub also so you can see exactly how my system is setup.

  • 5 rules for avoiding burnout

    Recently, I was asked to fly to India to help some new teams at Red Hat learn a bit more about how to approach the ideas underpinning Agile effectively. Impulsive me wanted to respond, "Yes, I will absolutely travel to India to meet people and share what I know." However, reasonable me followed up with, "OK, so you are going to fly to India. That's almost a two-day trip, you will only be there for around a day, and then you have to fly back for two days. You have a class that week, are teaching the following week, and somewhere in between all of that you are supposed to organize a yard sale. Oh, and in case you didn't know, you need a visa."

  • Fedora 24 alpha - Twine software.

    Today I tested teh Twine open-source tool with Fedora 24 alpha. I used virtual box software the last version.

  • Mobile giants will not be able to hold back the open source wave much longer

    The traditional core of the mobile industry still runs shy of open source. Qualcomm may have made some concessions to the new world with activities like AllSeen, but in general, mobile technologies are still run by traditional standards bodies and industry alliances with complex patent sharing deals and strictly controlled development processes. But the new giants of the mobile world have a very different view of open source, seeing it as a way to drive innovation, accelerate development and share costs.

  • Slaves, Rejoice! You’re Going To Have To Do Twice The Work And Still Pay M$ For Your Servitude

    Slaves have no doubt they are slaves when the slave-master beats them out of spite. M$ is clarifying the situation by increasing the number of ads displayed in “10”.

  • Microsoft: We're planning to double Start menu ads in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

    Microsoft has spelled out its aim of doubling the space it allocates in the Start menu for promoting the Microsoft Store.

  • Paw Prints: Writings of the maddog: I give my heart to you

    One last thing. I would like to give a heartfelt (no pun intended) "Thank you" and my admiration for Dr. Berry and the entire staff of St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua, New Hampshire. How do you thank people for saving your life?

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Wine 1.9.10 Introduces Civilization V and Microsoft Office 2007 Improvements

LXer - Tue, 2016-05-17 12:10
A new development release of the Wine open-source software, which is being used by GNU/Linux and Mac OS X users to run Windows applications and games has been announced today, version 1.9.10.

Leftovers: Gaming

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-17 12:09

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Leftovers: OSS

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-17 12:07
  • Conflict resolution: A primer

    People are pretty incredible. The open source community is a great example of this: hundreds and thousands of people passionate about building new things, collaborating together, and helping each other succeed. Good people deliver great results, time and time again.

    There is though, always going to be conflict. Sometimes people will disagree on ideas, on perspectives, on approaches, or ideologies. Sometimes you can’t point your finger at the source of conflict easily and it seems people just don’t get on.

    Conflict doesn’t just happen in open source projects though. It happens at work, in our families, in our groups of friends, and elsewhere. So, when you have two people who rub each other up the wrong way, how do you help to resolve it? Today I want to share some things I have learned that might help.

  • Amazon goes open source with machine-learning tech, competing with Google’s TensorFlow

    Amazon is making a bigger leap into open-source technology with the unveiling of its machine-learning software DSSTNE.

  • OPNFV’s Inaugural Plugfest Hosted by CableLabs

    OPNFVs first Plugfest was held at CableLabs facility in Louisville, CO. This event, which focused on deployment and integration of OPNFV as well as Virtual Network Function (VNF) applications, was open to both OPNFV members and non-members.

  • AtScale, Focused on BI and Hadoop, Bags Another $11 Million in Funding

    In recent months, tools that demystify and function as useful front-ends and connectors for the open source Hadoop project are much in demand. Hadoop has been the driving technology behind much of the Big Data trend, and there are many administrators who can benefit from simplified dashboards and analytics tools that work with it. In fact, as we covered here, MapR's CEO predicted that IT will embrace self-service Big Data to allow developers, data scientists and data analysts to directly conduct data exploration."

  • My two cents about Jekyll

    Wordpress is mainly about WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get), but you can also go the WYSIWYW way if you prefer (What you see is what you write). In other words, you can write your posts in plain HTML, or Markdown (thanks to the Jetpack plugin). The latter is what I used to do, but the downside is a slower productivity: you need to click the Preview button to get a preview of the resulting page.

  • SourceClear’s Free Tool “Open” Finds Vulnerabilities In Your Open Source Code [Ed: It’s not free (libre), it’s not open, and it’s Microsoft-connected FUD]
  • Microsoft Rolls Out .NET Core RC2, .NET Core SDK Preview 1 With Linux Support [Ed: core means Open Core, more or less]
  • HSA IL Front-End Proposed For GCC

    HSA stakeholders are hoping to mainline their HSA IL front-end for the GCC compiler stack. In particular, BRIG, the binary form of the Heterogeneous System Architecture Intermediate Language.

    The HSA Foundation has been maintaining their repository with the HSA IL front-end on top of GCC 4.9 while now the developers are hoping to see this code mainlined. The development appears to be done primarily by Parmance, a company specializing in parallel performance engineering.

  • Global Geographic Information System (GIS) Market - Growing Demand of Open-Source GIS Software a Key Market Restraint - Research and Markets
  • Can Open Source Hardware Crack Semiconductor Industry Economics?

    The running joke is that when a headline begs a question, the answer is, quite simply, “No.” However, when the question is multi-layered, wrought with dependencies that stretch across an entire supply chain, user bases, and device range, and across companies in the throes of their own economic and production uncertainties, a much more nuanced answer is required.

    Although Moore’s Law is not technically dead yet, organizations from the IEEE to individual device makers are already thinking their way out of a box that has held the semiconductor industry neatly for decades. However, it turns out, that thought process is complicated just as much by technical challenges as it is by economic barriers.

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Security Leftovers

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-17 12:04
  • Security will fix itself, eventually

    Here's my prediction though. In the future, good security will be cheaper to build, deploy, and run that bad security. This sounds completely insane with today's technology. A statement like is some kook ten years ago telling everyone solar power is our future. Ten years ago solar wasn't a serious thing, today it is. Our challenge is figuring out what the new security future will look like. We don't really know yet. We know we can't train our way out of this, most existing technology is a band-aid at best. If I had to guess I'll use the worn out "Artificial Intelligence will save us all", but who knows what the future will bring. Thanks to Al Gore, I'm now more optimistic things will get better. I'm impatient though, I don't want to wait for the future, I want it now! So all you smart folks do me a favor and start inventing the future.

  • Does Microsoft care about security? [Ed: no, because leaks show it gives back doors to governments]

    On Wednesday, I also booted my laptop to Windows. I had not used the laptop for several days, so the AV definitions were three days old. It updated after around 3 hours. But the Vista system still has not updated.

    This is the third consecutive month when I have had problems with updating MSE, at around the time of patch Tuesday. The previous two months, I attempted to manually update. On the manual update, it did a search for virus updates, then seemed to hang there forever not actually downloading. It did eventually update, after repeating this for two days. This month, I decided to allow it to update without manual intervention, with the results described above.

    It seems pretty obvious that, recently, Microsoft has worsened the priority for updates to Windows 7 and to Vista. The priority worsening is greater for Vista than for Windows 7. It affects monthly patches as well as MSE virus table updates.

    The message to malware producers is loud and clear. Malware producers should distribute their malware on patch Tuesday, and Microsoft will give them a free run for several days.

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Apache incubating project promises new Internet security framework

LXer - Tue, 2016-05-17 11:07
A new incubating project at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) promises a more secure Internet that doesn't require monolithic trust hierarchies and centralized certificate authorities. And it could eliminate the need for complex passwords, too.

KWayland joined KDE Frameworks

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-17 10:51

The current release 5.22 of KDE Frameworks gained a new framework: KWayland. So far KWayland got released together with Plasma. KWayland entered as tier 1/integration and is only available on Linux (and other Linux-like systems).

For us working on the Wayland stack in Plasma and KDE this is a very important step. Now we can use KWayland also in other frameworks. Also with KWayland in frameworks we expose it to a larger audience. We hope that it is a useful framework for anyone using Wayland with Qt. It’s not a replacement for QtWayland, rather an addition and way more flexible by being closer to the Wayland API.

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Sweden’s insurer: open source maximises IT efficiency

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-17 10:44

Open source’s inherent flexibility maximises IT value, says Mikael Norberg, CTO at Sweden’s Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). Thanks to free software licences, information technology can be used effectively. Last year, Försäkringskassan completed its transition to open source in its data centre in Sundsvall, “driving down costs while increasing IT value”, the CTO says.

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End of Apple, maddog Recovering, PCLOS Drops 32-bit

TuxMachines - Tue, 2016-05-17 10:43

Top new today in the Linux world is the recovery of Jon "maddog" Hall. Hall, a staunch supporter of Linux and Open Source, recently suffered a heart attack and is now recovering comfortably at home. PCLinuxOS announced the end of the 32-bit versions and Dimstar blogged the latest in Tumbleweed. Elsewhere, Paul Venezia said Apple is on the ropes and Neil Rickert said Microsoft clearly doesn't even care about security.

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