Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Civilization VI for Linux, Dungeons & Robots release, and new games out for Linux.
A little simple blog post here to document for myself and maybe help you with emulating Commodore machines on a Linux machine.
Kitten Rampage seems like a game that is directly copying Goat Simulator, but with a Kitten instead of Goat. If that's your thing it's now on Linux.
Flatpak is the new name of xdg-app. So following up on my previous LibreOffice in a Box post, here is some more technical detail on how an upcoming LibreOffice 5.2 will be available as a Flatpak bundle.
Welcome to the 28th installation of This Week in Solus. I’m all about that Software Center.
This is an unscheduled bug fix release. The 3.2.0 release contained the wrong kernel headers by default on the non-Legacy ISO images and the default elementary theme was improperly configured. This release also addresses a bug with multi-monitor support in Moksha. These fixes are already present on installed Bodhi systems for those who are keeping their systems up to date.
OpenMandriva may have become the first Linux distribution to switch to using Clang as the default compiler to build its thousands of open source packages. To date, Linux distributions have defaulted to using the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) to build software. Clang offers a number of advantages in error reporting, has a more liberal license and can provide performance gains in some situations. This has made Clang increasingly popular among BSD developers and, it appears, a few Linux developers too.
Hello community, our upcoming Calamares 2.3 installer now supports full hard drive encryption. Watch this video to get more information about it.
One of the things about Linux is it’s super-customisable. If you would like to go deeper than picking your desktop and the colour scheme of your icons, consider SUSE Studio, the online service that allows you to build a whole distro from the ground up, tailored to your specific needs.
I you are considering building your own distro, you could go hardcore and old school on your project, and download the Linux From Scratch manual — and, don’t get me wrong, setting up a distro using LFS is great educational experience and is something I would heartily encourage you do if you’re at a loose ends for a couple of weeks.
Slackel KDE 4.14.18 has been released. Slackel is based on Slackware and Salix. There are four iso images two installation iso and two live iso (64 and 32 bit).
Red Hat recently announced the latest iteration of its widely popular enterprise Linux — Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8.
Debian regularly produces many variations of installation CDs, DVDs, and live or cloud images for its users. We are due to upgrade soon to a new central build machine for image production to make the most of the latest CPU and storage technologies.
When I originally built the Raspberry Pi Dramble 6-node Pi cluster in 2014 (for testing Ansible with bare metal hardware on the cheap), I compiled all the code, notes, etc. into a GitHub repository. In 2015, I decided to take it a step further, and I started hosting www.pidramble.com on the cluster, in my basement office!
Is the suggestion that the Doppler weather radar in use at airports is less important than getting cat pictures from the comfort of your couch and not having to run an extra Ethernet cable? Because Delta Flight 191 is why these airport Doppler weather radar systems exist at all. Do we punish before or after the crash? As well I don't think there is an appreciation for just how hard it is to find malfunctioning transmitters: it can be done but with significant amounts of work. The FCC is not funded for this level of enforcement right now. Everyone must share the very finite electromagnetic spectrum. I don't have a problem giving life and safety critical systems priority over cat videos.
As a quick experiment locate your WiFi router and check the verbiage. I'm sure everyone has seen the part 15 text but probably never paid attention to it. You will find This device may not cause harmful interference as well as this device must accept any interference received. That's because the weather radar, by design, gets to break you but you don't get to break it.
At Open Whisper Systems, we've been developing open source "consumer-facing" software for the past four years. We want to share some of the things we've learned while doing it.
For those who entered the IT industry in the late 2000s, open source software is part of the norm. For them, there isn’t a time when open source software was not free and available to everyone, and permeating through almost every facet of technology.
But those who have been with open source from the beginning know that such was not always the case. As open source stands at the brink of technological breakthroughs, we remember its past and look forward to its promising future.
By the 1990s to 2000s a new kind of movement emerged. Linus Torvalds created the Linux kernel and because of it, more people were able to use open source operating systems and improve them to a level that was competitive with proprietary platforms.
Unlike the programmers of Stallman’s time, Torvalds and his peers’ primary motivations for moving open source forward were not moral but functional. They viewed it as the more efficient way to code, and way less expensive than its proprietary counterparts. Despite this industry-aligned motivation and the developments that arose from it, open sourcing was still a much debated issue. Many a programmer had to battle with giants like Microsoft for using open source software.
Ever imagined how your picture will “sound” if converted into music?
For fans of Thunderbird, the repeated back-and-forth from Mozilla leadership can be a source of frustration on its own, but it probably does not help that Mozilla has started multiple other non-browser projects (such as ChatZilla, Raindrop, Grendel, and Firefox Hello) over the years while insisting that Thunderbird was a distraction from Firefox. Although it might seem like Mozilla management displays an inconsistent attitude toward messaging and other non-web application projects, each call for Mozilla to rid itself of Thunderbird has also highlighted the difficulty of maintaining Thunderbird and Firefox in the same engineering and release infrastructure.
Riak TS, an enterprise-grade NoSQL database optimized for Internet of Things (IoT), recently upgraded to version 1.3. The Riak TS now has a free open source version for IoT developers, in addition to a more robust Riak TS Enterprise version.
The US government has chosen to attack everyone's privacy, US citizen and world citizen alike, in the name of attacking the privacy of terrorists. The government view is that privacy is an impediment to keeping us safe from physical harm. Tragically, they've thrown the baby out with the bathwater--we want to be safe from physical harm so that we can engage with society as free citizens with the maximum possible liberty...putting us in a digital prison, where all of our communication is subject to the whim of government review is the opposite of keeping us safe, its a devastating attack on our freedom.
Nevertheless, I really think that being a physicist is not an excuse for not following good programming style and practise when working with others, especially given the large number of learning resources currently available online. I am especially fond of two non-profit projects that focus on providing resources and organizing events to improve computing skills in scientific research. One is lead by Software Carpentry and the other is lead by Mozilla Science Lab. There you can find some nicely curated lessons on basic software development practices.
Here are some extra GCC 6.1 compiler benchmarks to share this weekend, complementing the recent GCC 4.9 vs. GCC 5 vs. GCC 6 comparison and the GCC 6.1 vs. Clang 3.9 compiler comparison.
Last Friday May 6th Savannah was moved to new hosting in the same datacenter with many various assorted related and unrelated changes. Since that time there have been wide spread reports of networking problems. The FSF admins are aware of the problem and are trying to resolve it.
The Free Software Legal & Licensing Workshop (LLW) is a three-day event held every year for legal professionals (and aficionados) who work in the realm of free and open-source software (FOSS). It is organized by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and, this year, the event was held in Barcelona (Spain), April 13-15. The topics covered during the event ranged from determining what constitutes authorship, how to attribute it, and what is copyrightable, to the complexity of licenses and how to make them more accessible for potential licensees lacking in legal background. In addition, license enforcement and compliance were discussed, with a particular focus on how the GPL and related licenses have done in court.
The kernel's random-number generator (RNG) has seen a great deal of attention over the years; that is appropriate, given that its proper functioning is vital to the security of the system as a whole. During that time, it has acquitted itself well. That said, there are some concerns about the RNG going forward that have led to various patches aimed at improving both randomness and performance. Now there are two patch sets that significantly change the RNG's operation to consider.
Mozilla is fighting to force the FBI to disclose details of a vulnerability in the Tor web browser. The company fears that the same vulnerability could affect Firefox, and wants to have a chance to patch it before details are made public.
The vulnerability was exploited by FBI agents to home in on a teacher who was accessing child pornography. Using a "network investigative technique", the FBI was able to identify the man from Vancouver, but Mozilla is concerned that it could also be used by bad actors.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the government says that it should be under no obligation to disclose details of the vulnerability to Mozilla ahead of anyone else. But the company has filed a brief with a view to forcing the FBI's hand. The argument is that users should be kept protected from known flaws by allowing software companies to patch them.
AryaLinux is a source-based Linux distribution inspired by LFS/BLFS. AryaLinux use bash scripts for building the entire distribution ground up. As of now, AryaLinux has Mate and XFCE spins as the supported desktop environments but support for other desktops is in progress.
One might wonder what might be the need to compile an Operating system from scratch and not use an existing one, especially since there are hundreds of thousands of Linux and their variants out there and there are doing a great job.
The LinHES Dev team is pleased to announce the release of LinHES R8.4!
LinHES R8.4 updates MythTV to 0.28-fixes as well as updates to the kernel, system libraries, nvidia drivers and many other parts of LinHES.
GLXOSD is an extensible on-screen display (OSD)/overlay for OpenGL applications running on Linux with X11 which aims to provide similar functionality to MSI Afterburner/RivaTuner OSD. It can show FPS, frame timings, temperatures and more in OpenGL games and applications. It can also be used to benchmark games, much like voglperf.
Intel's Tiago Vignatti has written a blog post about sharing CPU and GPU buffers on Linux using a new API introduced by DMA_BUF with the Linux 4.6 kernel.
Tiago and others at Intel OTC have been working on zero-copy texture uploads for Chrome OS and other improvements for quite some time in the context of Chrome OS while with Linux 4.6 will be new API for real Linux systems to share CPU and GPU graphics buffers.
Vulkan 1.0.13 Brings Another Week Worth Of Fixes
LinHES maintainer Cecil Watson today announced the release of LinHES R8.4, an open source attempt to make the installation of a GNU/Linux operating system and the MythTV media center software as trivial as possible.
Earlier this week, we reported on the release of a new build of the Ubuntu-based Exton|OS Linux distribution, version 160512, which has been rebased on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).
However, it was a bit strange that the distro shipped with an older version of the MATE desktop environment, a clone of the old-school GNOME 2 (also known as GNOME Classic) graphical interface, version 1.12.7, despite the fact that MATE 1.14 was released last month.
CIO.com: CoreOS's Matthew Garrett talks about the security risks in containers and how he and others are working to mitigate such risks.