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TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-08-13 16:58
  • Russia's 3Dquality Continues to Expand and Impress with Growing Range of 3D Printers
  • Minimalist Cetus 3D Printer Soon to Hit Kickstarter
  • Qubie is an open hardware solution for tracking wait times at voting places

    With an incredibly important national election coming up, it’s more critical than ever that everyone who can vote does — and is able to. Election tech firm Free and Fair is hoping to help avoid overflowing voting locations with a simple, open source device that automatically monitors waiting times and keeps voters and officials informed.

    Free and Fair creates open source software for polling places, from checking in voters to actually taking and tallying votes — but Qubie is the company’s first original hardware, created for the Hackaday Prize. Founder Daniel Zimmerman explained that it was just another aspect of the voting process that struck them as out of date.

    “In the last few elections there have been reports of long queue times, people giving up and going home,” he told TechCrunch. “Election technology is in a pretty sorry state — we thought it’d be nice to gather data on that rather than anecdotes.”

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Government FOSS Policy (US and NZ)

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-08-13 16:49
  • U.S. government seeks reduced use of custom software, releases new policy to 'free the code'

    With the presidential election season upon us, I'm often asked whether the U.S. government efforts to encourage use of open source software (OSS) will continue when a new administration comes into office in January.

    As I've written before, there has been a shift, going back almost a decade, away from the debate over whether to use open source to a focus on the how to. The release by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the U.S. Federal Source Code Policy on August 8th is the latest manifestation of this shift. It achieves the goal laid out in the Obama administration's Second Open Government National Action Plan (PDF) for improved access to custom software code developed for the federal government. The plan emphasized use of (and contributing back to) open source software to fuel innovation, lower costs, and benefit the public. It also furthers a long-standing "default to open" objective going back to the early days of the administration.

  • A Policy Win For Open Source Software In New Zealand [Ed: by Open Source Open Society]

    The recent announcement of a new policy framework providing guidance to public agencies on the licensing of open source software (OSS) will lead to better results across government and industry by enabling more collaboration. The policy is significant as it increases the likelihood of future government web services being developed using open source code and allowing external parties to copy, adapt or integrate their features. It will drive more efficient use of public money, more integrated government web services, local innovation and economic growth. However, perhaps most remarkable is the transparent and collaborative online consultation and drafting process through which this ambitious idea became a robust policy in less than a year.

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SUSE, IBM, and Servers

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-08-13 16:48

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BioShock Infinite Runs Much Faster For RadeonSI On Mesa Git: ~40%

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-08-13 16:40
Earlier this week the deferred flushes change landed in Radeon Gallium3D code for reportedly offering 23%+ performance improvements in BioShock Infinite as one example. I've tested out BioShock Infinite and other changes to confirm the performance differences...

Linux Kernel News

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-08-13 16:35

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OpenMandriva Lx 3.0

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-08-13 16:26

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Security News

TuxMachines - Sat, 2016-08-13 16:00
  • White House aims to secure open source government programs

    The White House unveils a new open source government policy and new research estimates the government's zero-day exploit stockpile to be smaller than expected.

  • How Governments Open Sourcing Code Helps Us Be More Secure

    The idea of governments releasing their proprietary code isn’t some pipe dream, it’s slowly becoming a reality in many countries and starting a much needed public discussion in others. Governments around the world are beginning to understand that their software is funded by the public, and therefore belongs to the public and should be accessible for their use. Bulgaria just passed a law which mandates that all code written for the government must be released as open source. Similarly, the United States is starting a 3-year pilot requiring all US agencies to release at least 20% of all federally-funded custom code as open source. France, Norway, Brazil and other countries have also initiated their own government open source programs to ensure more government funded code will be released as open source.

  • 2046 is the last year your CEO has a business major [Ed: says Juniper which put back doors in its software?]
  • DARPA's Machine Challenge Solves CrackAddr Puzzle

    Seven autonomous supercomputers faced off against each other in DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) event on the first day of the DEFCON security conference. In the end, a system known as 'Mayhem' won the $2 million grand prize and in the process helped solve a decade-old security challenge that revolved around detecting a particular type of vulnerability.

    Mike Walker, the DARPA program manager responsible for CGC, commented during a press conference that some bugs are so well known that they become famous. One such example is CrackAddr, the name of a function that can split up parts of an email address.

  • New Linux Malware Installs Bitcoin Mining Software on Infected Device

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OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Released With Mesa 12.0, F2FS Support

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-08-13 15:52
The long-awaited OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 release finally happened this morning for this Mandriva (and long ago, Mandrake) derived Linux distribution...

Linux partitioning

Reddit - Sat, 2016-08-13 15:48


I have question regarding partitioning. I'm new to linux so be patient guys:). I need to know how to do it in 2 scenarios. Disks: 2x 256 SSD and 1x 1TB HDD.

scenario a) dual boot (ubuntu and win10), some VMs (~150 gb), general storage

scenario b) just ubuntu, some VMs (windows there but might not end up with w10 if thats VM, ~200gb), general storage

I thought about putting /home on HDD and /usr in SSD (but do not know if I should separate /usr from root or should I just leave it there)

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Red Hat Announces the Release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7.2.6

LXer - Sat, 2016-08-13 15:28
Red Hat is happy to announce the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7.2.6, a maintenance update that adds many performance improvements for most of the included components.

Linux on Yoga 710 14, has anyone experience with it?

Reddit - Sat, 2016-08-13 15:23

Hi! I'm looking for a laptop with price below 850$ which works out of the box in Linux. Although i hate Lenovo, 710 14'' without discrete card seems good. I saw some posts on ubuntu forums about how laptop can't work with ubuntu 16.04. Is there anyone here who has such model? Is all things works?

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What is copyleft?

LinuxToday - Sat, 2016-08-13 15:00

Richard Stallman isn't the only one that uses the term copyleft.

The Document Foundation's 2015 Annual Report

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-08-13 15:00
Besides the Free Software Foundation issuing their first-ever annual report this week, The Document Foundation has come out this week as well with their 2015 annual report...

Fedora 26 Will Likely Be Released Mid-May

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-08-13 14:42
Fedora developers have been working to come up with a schedule for Fedora 26 to succeed the November release of Fedora 25...

"Way Cooler" Is A Wayland Window Manager / Compositor Written In Rust

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-08-13 14:25
Way Cooler is another project to add to the list of interesting Wayland compositors / window managers from the futuristic NEMO-UX to Swap to many others...

Plasma 5.8 Feature Freeze Next Month, To Be The First LTS Release

Phoronix - Sat, 2016-08-13 14:11
Development on KDE Plasma 5.8 continues to move along with the feature freeze for it being next month. Plasma 5.8 when released in October is going to be the first Long-Term Support (LTS) release of Plasma 5...

DRM: You have the right to know what you're buying!

LXer - Sat, 2016-08-13 13:34
Today, the EFF and a coalition of organizations and individuals asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to explore fair labeling rules that would require retailers to warn you when the products you buy come locked down by DRM ("Digital Rights Management" or "Digital Restrictions Management").


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