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Fifth browser

Reddit - Sun, 2016-04-17 18:15

Fifth is built on the light and fast technologies of FLTK and Webkit. Licensed under the GPLv3 license.

Avoids tracking by blending in the crowd Fifth gives you the possibility to spoof as many items as possible used to detect and profile you. Each version will be released with the most common defaults according to research such as the EFF panopticlick.

Fully customizable per-site, of course.

Keeps control in your hands Override anything, from CSS to JS to cookies.

Avoids much of the modern bloat of the web With no Flash or WebGL to show you ads, or WebCL to run up your power bill, auto-playing loud ads are a thing of the past.

SSL certificates handled in a SSH-like manner CAs are ignored, the only thing that matters is that the cert does not change. With today's rogue CAs and governments, this policy is better suited for detecting man-in-the-middle attacks than a browser blindly trusting a CA.

This also nicely sidesteps pay-to-play schemes such as the Extended Validation, which gives a bigger green secure notification in common browsers.

Performance and memory use are explicit goals No JS extensions. All features are in native C/C++.

Respects your privacy. URLs are never sent anywhere, unlike in certain other browsers.

Similarly, the speed dial leaks no information to the site. No connection to the site is made, nor can the tile execute any JS when loading the speed dial page. The favicon is used if available, and it can only become available when you manually go to the site. http://fifth-browser.sourceforge.net/index.html https://github.com/clbr/fifth

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Phoronix on Graphics

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 18:15
  • Getting Started With Mesa Development This Weekend

    It seems more and more independent developers are interested in getting involved in Mesa open-source graphics driver development, but aren't really sure where to start or what are some easy tasks to get started.

  • Here's An Ubuntu Kernel Build If You Want To Help Test Nouveau Boost Support

    If you have a NVIDIA GeForce 600/700 "Kepler" graphics card and wish to help out the Nouveau driver developers by testing out the experimental "boost" re-clocking patches covered yesterday on Phoronix thanks to the work by Karol Herbst, here's a 4.5-based Ubuntu kernel build to try out this weekend.

  • Nouveau "Boost" Patches Show Much Performance Potential

    Karol Herbst has been one of the independent developers leading the charge to improve Nouveau re-clocking support. Within his Git tree he's been queuing up re-clocking and voltage handling improvements for this reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux driver. He's hoping the improved re-clocking code will be ready for the Linux 4.7~4.8 kernel, but I decided to try out his Git tree this week for some benchmarking of this experimental support.

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Leftovers: Kernel

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 18:09
  • Why Zephyr?

    When the Zephyr project was announced in February, many members of the Linux community seemed to find it puzzling. Although Zephyr is hosted by the Linux Foundation, it is an entirely separate operating system that incorporates no Linux code. It also targets small hardware devices—from Arduinos to ARM system-on-chips (SoCs)—even though there are several other open-source OS projects (including Linux for many ARM SoCs) that also address that device class. At the 2016 Embedded Linux Conference in San Diego, the Zephyr team was on hand to make the case for why the new project is necessary and, hopefully, interesting to developers.

  • Highlights from the Embedded Linux Conference

    The annual Embedded Linux Conference happened last Monday through Wednesday (April 4th-6th) in San Diego, with high-level corporate sponsors on the order of Qualcomm and Intel. It is one of the biggest annual Linux conferences in North America, with over 100 different speakers offering technical presentations this year. Let’s look at a couple of the notable aspects of this year’s conference.

  • Is The Linux Kernel Scheduler Worse Than People Realize?

    A number of Phoronix readers have been pointing out material to indicate that the Linux kernel scheduler isn't as good as most people would assume.

    There is this paper entitled The Linux Scheduler: a Decade of Wasted Cores that covers the research done on the Linux kernel's scheduler to indicate it's suboptimal.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Intel Graphics: Unity, Xfce, KDE, LXDE, GNOME, MATE, Openbox

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 18:07

Some Phoronix readers have been requesting fresh tests of OpenGL graphics/gaming performance on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with its different desktop environment options. For some brief results to share this Sunday, here are some Intel Skylake numbers when running Ubuntu 16.04 and testing out Unity, Xfce, KDE Plasma, LXDE, GNOME, MATE, and Openbox.

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How does htop gets my mouse input via ssh?

Reddit - Sun, 2016-04-17 18:04

Hi people. I was doing some work and I had ssh into a server. Then I fired htop to checkout my resource usage. Then when I clicked on one of the lines, I could interact with it. What's going on behind the scene? How does a ssh session get my mouse input? I looked at the source code, but still can't figure it out. Just curious if anyone has an explaination how they did this.


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Security Leftovers

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 17:58
  • Backdoor in JBoss Java Platform Puts 3.2 Million Servers at Risk
  • Let's Encrypt: threat or opportunity to other certificate authorities?

    Let's Encrypt is a certificate authority (CA) that just left beta stage, that provides domain name-validated (DV) X.509 certificates for free and in an automated way: users just have to run a piece of software on their server to get and install a certificate, resulting in a valid TLS setup.

  • Making it easier to deploy TPMTOTP on non-EFI systems

    On EFI systems you can handle this by sticking the secret in an EFI variable (there's some special-casing in the code to deal with the additional metadata on the front of things you read out of efivarfs). But that's not terribly useful if you're not on an EFI system. Thankfully, there's a way around this. TPMs have a small quantity of nvram built into them, so we can stick the secret there. If you pass the -n argument to sealdata, that'll happen. The unseal apps will attempt to pull the secret out of nvram before falling back to looking for a file, so things should just magically work.

  • Badlock Vulnerability Falls Flat Against Its Hype

    Weeks of anxiety and concern over the Badlock vulnerability ended today with an anticlimactic thud.

  • Samba 4.4.2, 4.3.8 and 4.2.11 Security Releases Available for Download
  • The Internet of bricks

    One of the promises of the "Internet of things" is that it gives us greater control over our homes, gadgets, and more. Free software also offers that sort of promise, along with the idea that, if necessary, we can support our own gadgetry when the manufacturer moves on to some new shiny object. The currently unfolding story of the Revolv hub shows that, in many cases, these promises are empty. The devices we depend on and think we own can, in fact, be turned into useless bricks at the manufacturer's whim.

    The Revolv "M1" home-automation hub was one of many products designed to bring home control to the Internet. It is able to control lights, heating, and more, all driven by smartphone-based applications. The product was sufficiently successful to catch the eye of the business-development folks at Nest, who acquired the company; Nest was acquired in turn by Google, and is now a separate company under the "Alphabet" umbrella.

  • Underwriters Labs refuses to share new IoT cybersecurity standard

    UL, the 122-year-old safety standards organisation whose various marks (UL, ENEC, etc.) certify minimum safety standards in fields as diverse as electrical wiring, cleaning products, and even dietary supplements, is now tackling the cybersecurity of Internet of Things (IoT) devices with its new UL 2900 certification. But there's a problem: UL's refusal to freely share the text of the new standard with security researchers leaves some experts wondering if UL knows what they're doing.

    When Ars requested a copy of the UL 2900 docs to take a closer look at the standard, UL (formerly known as Underwriters Laboratories) declined, indicating that if we wished to purchase a copy—retail price, around £600/$800 for the full set—we were welcome to do so. Independent security researchers are also, we must assume, welcome to become UL retail customers.

  • Combined malware threat is robbing banks of millions every day

    THE SECURITY attack dogs at IBM have uncovered two normally solo malware threats working together to rob banks in the US and Canada.

    IBM's X-Force division has dubbed the combined malware Stealma and Louise GozNym by merging the names of the individual, but now friendly, Gozi ISFB and Nymaim.

    "It appears that the operators of Nymaim have recompiled its source code with part of the Gozi ISFB source code, creating a combination that is being actively used in attacks against more than 24 US and Canadian banks, stealing millions of dollars so far," said IBM in a blog post.

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The Man Who Deleted His Entire Company With A Line Of Code……Well, He Is A Troll

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 17:57

Earlier this week, Marco Marsala, the owner of a web hosting company claimed to have erased his entire business from the internet with a single command. Well, now it appears that he made up the entire story.

On the popular Server Fault forum, he posted his story earlier this week. On the internet, he already became a legend and people didn’t realize the need to recognize the merit of his claim.

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Custom Kernel on Ubuntu

Reddit - Sun, 2016-04-17 17:56

Expanding DBaaS workloads with OpenStack Trove and Manila

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 17:50

One of the most commonly needed components of any enterprise application is a solid database, and the development community behind OpenStack is working hard to make sure working with databases in the open source cloud is an easy, reliable, and performant experience.

Amrith Kumar of Tesora, Christopher Merz of NetApp, and Rob Young of Red Hat are giving a talk at the OpenStack Summit in Austin, TX later this month entitled Expanding DBaaS Workloads with OpenStack Trove and Manila which explores the integration between multiple OpenStack projects, Trove and Manila, and developers from several companies to make databases a first-class citizen and enterprise-ready application for OpenStack.

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​Top 3 ways to better utilise Linux-based software containers

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 17:47

Software container infrastructure, such as Linux Containers (LXC), is fast becoming a core facilitator of the DevOps revolution and agile development in general.

Containers are lightweight and fast, and they can help developers keep up in today’s fast-paced software development and release environment.

An application architecture based on Linux Containers not only requires the tools to build and run containers, but also an underlying foundation that is secure, reliable, and enterprise-grade, with an established lifecycle designed to meet the ongoing requirements of an enterprise developer over the long term.

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Android Leftovers

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 17:43

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Canonical Announces Snappy 2.0 Ahead of the Ubuntu Core 16.04 LTS Release

LXer - Sun, 2016-04-17 17:33
Canonical has announced the release of Snappy 2.0 for the upcoming Ubuntu Core 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.

OpenMW 0.39.0

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 17:23
  • OpenMW 0.39.0 Released!

    The OpenMW team is proud to announce the release of version 0.39.0! Grab it from our Downloads Page for all operating systems. This release brings background cell loading and caching, which is a feature not to be missed. Initial support for object shaders has found its way back into our engine, and a host of bugs have been smashed. See below for the full list of changes.

  • OpenMW 0.39 Open-Source Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Remake Lands for GNU/Linux

    The OpenMW project today, April 16, 2016, announced yet another maintenance version in the development cycle of their open-source remake of the Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind game for GNU/Linux operating systems.

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Meet MeLE PCG02U, a Fanless Intel Bay Trail PC Stick Running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 16:41

Today we would like to introduce you guys to an upcoming PC stick powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor and running the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Linux operating system.

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Kyocera unveils $99 waterproof Hydro REACH Android phone for Boost Mobile and Virgin USA

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 16:36

When buying a smartphone, there are many things to consider. Should you get Android or iOS? How much should you spend? Which carrier will you use? It can be very confusing.

If you are on a budget, however, Android is the best option -- Apple does not offer truly affordable off-contract phones. Choosing a value-focused, pre-paid carrier -- such as Boost Mobile or Virgin USA -- can be another way to save money. Today, Kyocera announces an affordable waterproof Android handset for those aforementioned carriers. Just how affordable is it? $99!

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ubuntuBSD, the OS That Brings Ubuntu and FreeBSD Together, Now Has a Homepage

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 16:32

Jon Boden, the creator of the controversial ubuntuBSD project, an open-source and free operating system that brings Ubuntu and FreeBSD together, unveiled the distribution's official homepage.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Brings Docker 1.10 with Fan Networking to Every Architecture

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-04-17 16:30

Canonical's Dustin Kirkland informed the Ubuntu community about the availability of the Docker 1.10 Linux container engine for every supported architecture in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

Also: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to Present Users with Notifications About Software Updates

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