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Automating repetitive tasks for digital artists with Python

LXer - Thu, 2016-09-15 14:27
Artists and designers should know how to code. There, I said it.Now, I could go into a good in-depth exposition on how the artist mindset and the developer/engineer mindset aren't all that different, or how the image of the "non-technical artist" is a relatively recent phenomenon. Those are topics for another article. For the purposes of this article, suffice it to say that knowing a little code will not only give you a better understanding of how your digital tools work, but that knowledge will help you create your work more efficiently.read more

An Early Look At Possible Changes/Features For PHP 7.2, PHP 8.0

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-09-15 14:23
PHP developer Pascal Martin has offered an early look at possible changes and new features for PHP 7.2 along with very early contenders for PHP 8.0...

AMDGPU 1.1.1 X.Org Driver Released, Radeon 7.7.1 DDX Too

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-09-15 14:10
Today marks the release of the infrequent updates to the xf86-video-amdgpu and xf86-video-ati X.Org display drivers...

4 big ways companies benefit from having open source program offices

LinuxToday - Thu, 2016-09-15 14:00

 opensource.com: Why would a company not is not in the business of software development create an open source program office?

Udacity Fuels Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Dreams

LinuxInsider - Thu, 2016-09-15 14:00
Online education company Udacity on Tuesday introduced a new "nanodegree" program in self-driving auto engineering. President Sebastian Thrun made the announcement. The goal is to build a crowdsourced, open source self-driving car, he said. Students will learn the skills and techniques used by self-driving car teams at the most innovative companies in the world, Udacity has promised. The course spans three 12-week terms and covers deep learning, computer vision, sensor fusion, localization and controllers.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is officially coming to SteamOS & Linux, port by Feral Interactive

LXer - Thu, 2016-09-15 13:30
Here’s the news you have been desperate to hear, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is officially heading to SteamOS & Linux and it’s being ported by Feral Interactive.

Deploying Nova-LXD Hypervisors with OpenStack-Ansible

LinuxToday - Thu, 2016-09-15 13:00

Recently, a new OpenStack nova plugin was developed, nova-lxd.

GNOME 3.21.92 Is The Final Step Before Next Week's GNOME 3.22

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-09-15 12:58
GNOME 3.21.92 was announced this morning as GNOME 3.22 RC2, which serves as the final development milestone prior to next week's official GNOME 3.22.0 official desktop debut...

Mesa 12.0.3 Is An Emergency Release For Intel Users

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-09-15 12:52
Emil Velikov announced the "emergency release" this morning of Mesa 12.0.3 as the latest stable installment for the Mesa 12.0 series...

JDK 9 release delayed <i>another</i> four months

LXer - Thu, 2016-09-15 12:27
Devs ask for more time to do the job right, meaning July 2017 instead of next week as first plannedOracle's asking for more time to complete JDK 9.…

Feral's New Linux Port Is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Phoronix - Thu, 2016-09-15 12:23
The "massive" new Linux game teased yesterday by porting house Feral Interactive is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided...

Red Hat News

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-09-15 11:57

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Fedora News

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-09-15 11:57
  • On-boarding Kickoff: Fedora QA, Bhopal, India

    Furthering the FOSS Wave initiative to prepare students for the industry, it required us to work closely with and mentor people in the right way. Bhopal, India, has a good number of contributors who want to learn about Fedora Quality Assurance (QA). I started off by helping them to start with a few QA activities.

  • F24-20160914 Updated isos released

    I am happy to release the F24-20160914 updated lives isos with the kernel-4.7.3-201.

  • Using Ansible to Provision Vagrant Boxes

    Ansible is a great tool for system administrators who want to automate system administration tasks. From configuration management to provisioning and managing containers for application deployments, Ansible makes it easy. The lightweight module based architecture is ideal for system administration. One advantage is that when the node is not being managed by Ansible, no resources are used.

    This article covers how to use Ansible to provision Vagrant boxes. A Vagrant box in simple terms is a virtual machine prepackaged with tools required to run the development environment. You can use these boxes to distribute the development environment used by other team members for project work. Using Ansible, you can automate provisioning the Vagrant boxes with your development packages.

  • It’s rusty, thus it’s old? Hah! Rust in Fedora.

    As always: Provide feedback to improve packaging and the language itself. I’m also curious to see the first native Rust app in Fedora. Maybe rusty coreutils?

  • FOSS Wave: FOSS and Fedora in Bangalore, India

    I have planned to do this for more than two months, but we didn’t have any computer science club in my college. If it was for one event, we could have done it separate, but I wanted to organize multiple workshops (open source, mobile app development, website development, competitions, robotics etc). Thus, we needed a proper platform to easily organize the events without bothering too many people.

    I put the idea to open a club and inaugurate it. Later, we came to know that there was already an existing club named Labyrinth. This club was inactive for more than 18 months. No one was aware of it excluding four to five teachers. The teacher whom we approached to help us in initiating a new club also was not aware of it. After talking to the management, they told us the same thing. Starting a whole new club would take too much time, so we reopened Labyrinth and we had our first workshop in it.

  • Fedora @ BalCCon2k16 - Event Report!

    Another event, another great experience! This is my short (hopefully) event report from BalCCon2k16 which was held in my hometown - Novi Sad.

  • Libre Application Summit, Heroes of Fedora, commenting, and so much more!

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OSS and Sharing/Standards Leftovers

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-09-15 11:56
  • Open Source Opens Doors for Comms Startups

    Open source can break down barriers to startups and innovation in the comms industry, which can often be resistant to new ideas.

    "Our industry as a whole has a high barrier to entry for startups, and new small companies," Tom Anschutz, distinguished member of the AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) technical staff, said, speaking on a panel about the future of the data center. "With open source, SDN and NFV, one of the roles and responsibilities of innovating and bringing new things to the industry has opened up."

    However, while open source provides great value, somebody's got to provide packaged support, Trey Hall, vice president of marketing and technology for Walker and Associates, said. Barriers to entry are low, but support is still challenging.

  • What Open-Source Software Could Mean For Agriculture

    A lot of computer software is proprietary – you have to buy it, and modifying the code is strictly off-limits. But another type of software – called “open-source software” – performs as its name implies. Anyone is free to inspect, modify or enhance it.

    Over the years, this method of coding has led to some useful innovations, primarily for a variety of everyday computing tasks that pretty much anyone using the Internet today unknowingly takes advantage of. Now, open-source software is bleeding into the agriculture industry.

  • TaxBrain: Open source economic forecasting

    As economic policy becomes more complex, it grows less transparent.

    To bring some insight into the data and forecasts, the American Enterprise Institute’s Open Source Policy Center (OSPC) has developed a new approach to policy analysis.

    The TaxBrain web application lets users simulate and study the effect of tax policy reforms using open source economic models. Developed and launched in April by OSPC, TaxBrain aims “to make economic policy analysis more transparent, accessible and scientific,” AEI officials said.

  • Top 10 Google Open Source Projects You Must Know

    Google is a titan in the technology industry. Google has contributed to nearly every front of technology, and, since the Alphabet restructuring, has become the single most valuable company in the world. Google has also made some notable contributions to the open source community in the form of Android, Chromium OS, Go, Material Design Icons etc.

  • CloudBees Announces First Enterprise Distribution of Jenkins, Combining Open Source Innovation with Enterprise-Class Reliability and Stability
  • From MIT to MapR, Big Data Training is Becoming Easily Accessible
  • GNU Guile 2.1.4 released (beta)

    We are delighted to announce GNU Guile release 2.1.4, the next pre-release in what will become the 2.2 stable series.

    This release fixes many small bugs, adds an atomic reference facility, and improves the effectiveness of integer unboxing in the compiler. See the release announcement for full details and a download link.

  • Copyleft and data: databases as poor subject

    Open licensing works when you strike a healthy balance between obligations and reuse. Data, and how it is used, is different from software in ways that change that balance, making reasonable compromises in software (like attribution) suddenly become insanely difficult barriers.

  • Dutch public agencies fail to register open data on national portal

    Less than one in ten Dutch public agencies has registered any open data on the national open data portal. For municipalities, this falls to only one in twenty. These are the main results of an assessment performed by the Open State Foundation.

    According to the foundation, from 1,069 government organisations only 89 have datasets that can be found via the central government's open data portal: Although all ministries and provinces have registered one or more datasets, datasets from only 21 of a total of 395 municipalities, seven of 246 regional cooperation bodies, 12 of 155 Self-Governing Bodies and four of the 23 water boards can be found. High Councils of State and Public Bodies have not registered any open datasets yet.

  • Meet Hyperledger: An “Umbrella” for Open Source Blockchain & Smart Contract Technologies

    It’s hard to believe I’ve been working at The Linux Foundation on Hyperledger for four months already. I’ve been blown away by the amount of interest and support the project has received since the beginning of the year. As things really start to take off, I think it’s important to take a step back to reflect and recapitulate why and what we’re doing with Hyperledger. Simply put, we see Hyperledger as an “umbrella” for software developer communities building open source blockchain and related technologies. In this blog post, I’m going to try to define what we mean by “umbrella,” that is, the rationale behind it and how we expect that model to work towards building a neutral, foundational community.

  • Hitchhiker's Guide to IoT Standards and Protocols

    The framework of course depends on if your deployment is going to be internal, such as in a factory, or external, such as a consumer product. In this conversation, we’ll focus on products that are launching externally to a wider audience of customers, and for that, we have a lot to consider.

  • Standards Move at Snail’s Pace for the NFV Community

    There’s a general consensus among people working on telco virtualization that open source groups are replacing traditional standards groups.

    “In open source, code is the coin of the realm; express yourself with something that is useful,” said Tom Anschutz, distinguished member of AT&T’s technical staff, speaking yesterday at Light Reading’s 2016 NFV & Carrier SDN event.

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Security News

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-09-15 11:53
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • DevOps and the Art of Secure Application Deployment

    Secure application deployment principles must extend from the infrastructure layer all the way through the application and include how the application is actually deployed, according to Tim Mackey, Senior Technical Evangelist at Black Duck Software. In his upcoming talk, “Secure Application Development in the Age of Continuous Delivery” at LinuxCon + ContainerCon Europe, Mackey will discuss how DevOps principles are key to reducing the scope of compromise and examine why it’s important to focus efforts on what attackers’ view as vulnerable.

  • Sept 2016 Patch Tuesday: Microsoft released 14 security bulletins, rated 7 as critical

    Microsoft released 14 security bulletins for September, seven of which are rated critical due to remote code execution flaws. Microsoft in all its wisdom didn’t regard all RCEs as critical. There’s also an “important rated” patch for a publicly disclosed flaw which Microsoft claims isn’t a zero-day being exploited. But at least a 10-year-old hole is finally being plugged.

    Next month marks a significant change as Microsoft says it intends roll out "servicing changes" that include bundled patches. Unless things change, not all Windows users will be able to pick and choose specific security updates starting in October.

  • Microsoft Patches Zero Day Flaw Used In Two Massive Malvertising Campaigns [Ed: Microsoft, as usual, told the NSA about this months before patching]

    Microsoft was first notified about the so-called information disclosure bug in September 2015, security vendor Proofpoint said in an alert this week. But a patch for it became available only after Trend Micro and Proofpoint reported the bug again to Microsoft more recently when researching a massive malvertising campaign being operated by a group called AdGholas, the alert noted.

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Proprietary Giant (All Core Products Proprietary) Linuxwashing and Openwashing Using GitHub Spin

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-09-15 11:52

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Back-up strategies

Reddit - Thu, 2016-09-15 11:47

Hello, I'm currently running a web server (Apache and Mysql) with 3 SSD's in a RAID-5 configuration. I have a separate server which runs 2 magnetic drives in a simple mirror configuration.

I have a cron running once per day which uploads time-stamped tarballs of config files, database dumps and files in the WWW folder. This seems to be serving me well for the moment but I've never had to restore a back-up.

So my question, how do you handle such a back-up? Would I be better implementing a software solution? What would be a better choice for doing a full system back-up so if the server fails I can deploy a snapshot of the entire system back to itself.

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