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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-07-16 14:53
  • Apcera Announces Support of New Open Source NATS Streaming Solution

    Apcera has announced that it is providing support for the new NATS Streaming solution, a performant, secure and simple open source messaging platform. NATS Streaming offers features that enable support for new classes of applications such as IoT and big data analytics. The platform is tightly coupled but loosely integrated with NATS, providing enterprise grade features without sacrificing NATS’ core simplicity.

  • Chef and Puppet lead the charge in open source cloud automation

    IT pros increasingly turn to Chef and Puppet for open source cloud automation and orchestration. But other options, such as TOSCA, are also worth exploring.

  • How Open Source Is Becoming the Core of All Software

    This panel discussion, recorded at this year’s OSCON in Austin, Texas, with two Cisco open source folks and a Capital One person is fascinating. Learn about how enterprises are acknowledging their use of OSS and taking greater responsibility for contributing back to it. Learn how people are more often using GitHub contributions as their resume. Learn how the open model allows companies to iterate faster in a rapidly changing world. If open source is becoming the default methodology, how is this changing mindsets within the enterprise?

  • Submit presentations for Seattle GNU/Linux Conference

    Proposals for talks at the Seattle GNU Linux Conference are due by August 1st. SeaGL is a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community and free/libre/open-source software/hardware. Our goal for SeaGL is to produce an event which is as enjoyable and informative for those who spend their days maintaining hundreds of servers as it is for a student who has only just started exploring technology options. SeaGL welcomes speakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience—even if you've never spoken at a technical conference. If you're excited about GNU/Linux technologies or free and open source software, we want to hear your ideas.

  • Oracle v. Google Not Over Yet: Oracle Seeks Another New Trial While Google Seeks Sanctions On Oracle's Lawyers

    Basically, Oracle is continuing to falsely pretend that fair use only applies to non-commercial use (it doesn't), and that creating something new with an API isn't transformative unless it's like artwork or something (this is wrong). Oracle's interpretation of fair use is not supported by the history or case law of fair use, and it would be shocking to see the court accept it here.

    Meanwhile, on the flip side, Google is looking to punish Oracle's lawyers and asking for sanctions against them for revealing in open court sensitive information that had been sealed by the court.

  • Errata and patches released!

    Now would be a good time to check http://www.openbsd.org/errata59.html as a number of patches related to reliability and security have been released as follows.

    This appears to be in response to fuzz testing as documented further in this mailing list archive: http://marc.info/?l=oss-security&m=146853062403622&w=2

    Tim Newsham and Jesse Hertz of NCC Group appear to have done most of the research related to these discoveries so far, and I know at least one of them has had patches committed to the OpenBSD project in the past, so it is nice to see continual collaboration from professional researchers contributing back to project!

  • Notes from the fourth RISC-V workshop

    The lowRISC project, which is an effort to develop a fully open-source, Linux-powered system-on-chip based on the RISC-V architecture, has published notes from the fourth RISC-V workshop.

  • New Journal Will Focus on Open Source Hardware for Science

    Mention the term open source to most people, and they'll immediately think of community-driven software, but open source hardware concepts have been around for some time, and there is even an official Open Source Hardware (OSHW) definition that can be referred to here. Open Source Hardware refers to machines, devices, or other physical things whose design has been released to the public for modification and distribution.

    Now, to usher in more scientific hardware to the open source fold, and to reward scientists that create it, Elsevier, has launched a new open access journal: HardwareX.

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Lighttpd 1.4.40 Fixes Hundreds of Bugs

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-07-16 14:29
Lighttpd, the lightweight open-source web server designed for high performance, is out with its major v1.4.40 update...

With 4 Days Left, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Lessig, And Barbara Van Schewick Beg Europe To Close Net Neutrality Loopholes

LXer - Sat, 2016-07-16 14:19
Europe only has a few days left to ensure that its member countries are actually protected by real net neutrality rules. As we've been discussing, back in October the European Union passed net neutrality rules, but they were so packed with loopholes to not only be useful, but actively harmful in that they effectively legalize net neutrality violations by large telecom operators.

X.Org Server Development Continues Trending Lower

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-07-16 14:13
Half-way through the year, the X.Org Server has seen just over 300 commits, well down compared to a few years ago around this time where it would see about three times as many commits...

FESCo Approves Latest Round Of Fedora 25 Features

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-07-16 13:59
The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) has approved nearly all of the recently proposed features for the upcoming Fedora 25 Linux release...

Fedora Atomic Two Week Release (Based on Fedora 24)

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-07-16 13:53

Hello all, On behalf of many various groups within the Fedora Project including the Release Engineering and Tooling teams, Websites Team, and Cloud Working Group I would like to announce the Fedora Atomic Host Two Week Release now based on Fedora 24 and powered by an all new Compose process and tooling, brand new AutoCloud, updates to the website code, as well as updates to the release tool.

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GNOME News

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-07-16 13:40
  • Final preparations for usability tests

    I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the schedule. A few weeks ago, I commented on moving to the project phase of usability testing.​ I included a calendar of our remaining work. If you refer back to the calendar, you will note we are nearing the end of week 8. Next week is week 9 (starting 18 July) so Diana, Renata and Ciarrai have another week to refine their usability tests.

  • Using Gedit, Nautilus with Pkexec Will Soon Be Less Hassle

    Here’s the deal: ‘gksu’ (the once recommended way to run GUI apps as root) was deprecated in favour of ‘pkexec’, a graphical fronted for PolicyKit, several years back. Ubuntu no longer ships with gksu installed.

    For all its benefits there’s a big ol’ “problem” with pkexec: it’s a total butt-ache to use to run certain GUI apps as root. In fact, to use pkexec with applications like Gedit or Nautilus you need to have a requisite PolicyKit file installed in your “/usr/share/polkit-1/actions” directory for each app you’re trying to run as root.

  • GNOME Maps Hits A Dead End, Can No Longer Display Maps

    If you were set to plan your weekend activities using the GNOME Maps application, you’ll need to change course.

    As of this week the nifty desktop navigation app can no longer fetch maps tiles to display.

    MapQuest, the application’s tile provider, has amended its usage policy and discontinued direct tile access. GNOME developers have the choice of paying to keep using the service or, ultimately, using a new one.

    And that won’t be easy.

    “I will need some help with contacting OpenStreetMap [and] with finding solution to our tile issue. I think we are going to need our own tiles.gnome.org for a map application/platform to be feasible,” says Jonas Danielsson, Maps’ chief developer.

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'Good' Microsoft

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-07-16 13:39
  • Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win

    Microsoft pulled the strings.

    At least, that’s what Google and so many business and tech journalists said when the search giant first faced antitrust complaints in Europe six years ago. And indeed, Microsoft had filed one of those complaints. It was also the money-wielding mastermind behind the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace, a group that lobbied the European Union and helped others bring complaints against arch-rival Google. But all these years later, Microsoft has removed itself from the fight, reaching an agreement with Google that says both companies will drop all regulatory complaints against each other. And yet, Google’s antitrust problems are only getting worse.

  • Study Backed By Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Claims Enterprises Can Save Millions by Switching To Windows 10 [Ed: Forrester ‘Research’ is again being paid by Microsoft to lie to the public. Previously for anti-Linux too. Microsoft propaganda being framed as ‘study’ to promote malware.]

    Microsoft Corporation (NASADQ:MSFT) has backed a study conducted by Forrester Research...

  • Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

    When Windows 10 launched, Microsoft claimed it would have the new operating system on a billion devices by mid-2018. That isn't going to happen, however, Redmond has now admitted.

  • One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC

    Microsoft’s free upgrade of Windows 10 hit PC makers where it hurt though the extent of this was apparently a surprise to the software giant, data druids at Gartner have claimed.

    According to a survey by the holders of the Magic Quadrant, one in five consumers that upgraded to the free version of the OS decided they didn’t actually need to replace their client after all.

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Vulkan 1.0.21 Released To Fix More Issues

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-07-16 13:33
This weekend's update to Vulkan takes it to version 1.0.21...

What is the state of Linux and libre software in China?

Reddit - Sat, 2016-07-16 13:11

OK, China says that it is based on the communist ideas.

One of the most famous communist ideas is sharing.

Do the government support the libre software sharing philosophy and Linux?

Do they publish the code for sharing or even post improvements upstream?

Any people from China (or people who are knowledgeable about this issues in China)?

I mean, they have a ton of money and resources and they could help LInux in a big way, but for now I haven't seen a big libre project from China. E.g. Deepin is also not completely libre, right?

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Prpl Foundation demos first open source hypervisor for MIPS IoT

LXer - Sat, 2016-07-16 12:25
The Prpl Foundation demoed the “prplHypervisor,” an open source, Linux-ready hypervisor for MIPS-based IoT with multiple secure domains for different OSes. The prplSecurity framework is one of the chief projects of the Imagination Technologies backed, Linaro-like prpl Foundation, which is developing open source Linux and Android code for MIPS processors.

How To Setup A Web Server And Host Website On Your Own Linux Computer?

LXer - Sat, 2016-07-16 10:30
Welcome to small tutorial series of hosting website on Linux machine. This series of articles will teach how to setup a web server on Linux computer and make it available online. The website we'll host on our personal computer can be accessed from around the globe. In this article(Part 1), we are going to install all the required tools to setup web server.

Prpl Foundation demos first open source hypervisor for MIPS IoT

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-07-16 09:48

The Prpl Foundation demoed the “prplHypervisor,” an open source, Linux-ready hypervisor for MIPS-based IoT with multiple secure domains for different OSes.

The prplSecurity framework is one of the chief projects of the Imagination Technologies backed, Linaro-like prpl Foundation, which is developing open source Linux and Android code for MIPS processors. The latest piece is the prplHypervisor, which prpl calls “the industry-first light-weight open source hypervisor specifically designed to provide security through separation for the billions of embedded connected devices that power the Internet of Things.”

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric -- it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

LXer - Sat, 2016-07-16 08:36
All that nagware hasn't workedWhen Windows 10 launched, Microsoft claimed it would have the new operating system on a billion devices by mid-2018. That isn't going to happen, however, Redmond has now admitted.…

SBC, COM, and dev kit tap octa-core, Cortex-A53 Samsung SoC

LXer - Sat, 2016-07-16 06:42
sModule’s SBC, COM, and development kit run Ubuntu 12.04 or Android 4.4 on a 1.4GHz octa-core, Cortex-A53 Samsung S5P6818 SoC. Shenzhen-based sModule Technology is a subsidiary of CoreWind that has primarily made wireless modules, but has recently jumped into Linux- and Android-ready computer-on-modules and development kits, as does CoreWind itself. Recently, sModule released several boards […]

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