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tuxmachines.org - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 17:10
  • Tesla plans to open-source vehicle security software

    In the past Musk has stated that preventing a fleet-wide hack is Tesla’s top security priority “I think one of the biggest concerns for autonomous vehicles is somebody achieving a fleet-wide hack,” on which he elaborated by saying “in principle, if someone was able to say, hack all the autonomous Teslas, they could – just as a prank – say ‘send them all to Rhode Island’ from across the United States… and that would be the end of Tesla and there would be a lot of angry people in Rhode Island!”

  • Tesla to release vehicle security source code

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has voiced his intention to release the source code for Tesla’s car security software in an effort to improve the security of future self-driving cars.

  • Blockchain as an “Open Source Language for Wealth”: Sacred Capital Founder Speaks

    Siddarth Sthalekar explains how Sacred Capital is using blockchain build a system of reputational wealth.

  • TenFourFox FPR9b2 available

    TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 9 beta 2 is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). This version tightens up the geometry on the date/time pickers a little, adds some more hosts to basic adblock, fixes a rare but easily wallpapered crash bug and further tunes up hash tables using a small patch from Firefox 63 (!). I am looking at a new JavaScript issue which does not appear to be a regression, but I'd like to fix it anyway since it may affect other sites. However, I'm not sure if this is going to make FPR9 final, which is still scheduled on or about September 4 due to the American Labor Day holiday on the usual Monday.

  • Running LibreOffice 6.1 on All Distros in AppImage Format

    The latest LibreOffice 6.1 has been released at 8 August 2018 with a bunch of improvements and you can install it on any GNU/Linux distro if you download the AppImage version. As you may know, application in AppImage format is "portable", you do not need to install anything in your OS except give it permission and double-click it! Here's how to download and run it regardless your GNU/Linux distro. Enjoy!

  • OTTO Raspberry Pi Powered Open Source Music Production Box

    Musicians searching for a compact music production box may be interested in a Raspberry Pi based open source device called the OTTO which has this week been featured on the Hackaday website. The portable synthesiser workstation created by Topisani started as a clone of the well-known Teenage Engineering OP-1. However over time Topisani has pushed the music box in a new direction and is currently designing a new user interface while still maintaining the small form factor inspiration of the OP-1.

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Critical Oracle Database Flaw and Lack of Accountability

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 17:06

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DXVK Merges Direct3D 10 API Support

Phoronix - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 17:04
Separate from the "DXUP" initiative, the popular DXVK project for accelerating Direct3D 11 atop Vulkan now has support itself for Direct3D 10...

Programming: OSM, WebGL and New Research

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 16:09
  • Vector Tile Support for OpenStreetMap’s iD Editor

    Protocolbuffer Binary Format(.pbf) and Mapbox Vector Tiles(.mvt) are two popular formats for sharing map data. Prior to this GSoC project, the iD editor in OSM supported GPX data. GPX is an XML schema designed as a common GPS data format for software applications. It can be used to describe waypoints, tracks, and routes.

  • Beautiful maps in minutes: Meet Kepler.gl

    Shan He may hold Silicon Valley's most meta job.

    "When I started out, I was building maps. Then I moved on to build tools to build maps, and now I'm doing tools to do tools that build maps."

    He, who dumped brick-and-mortar architecture studies for computational design, joined Uber as founding member of the data visualization team in 2014. She went on to construct Kepler.gl, a tool that helps make "beautiful maps in like 10 seconds"—without any coding. Built using the deck.gl WebGL data visualization framework, the ride-sharing company recently open sourced the geospatial toolbox that can be used with QGIS, Carto, and Mapbox Studio. Given its origins, it's easy to see why Kepler excels at large-scale visualizations centering on geolocations.

  • Machine Learning Can Uncover Programmers’ Identity

    Just like a painter or author, programmers tend to have their unique style in which they code. As they line up thousands of lines of code, they leave behind a sort of personal “signature” in it.

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Security updates for Monday

LWN.net - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 15:49
Security updates have been issued by Debian (blender, openjdk-8, postgresql-9.6, and sam2p), Fedora (libmspack, mingw-glib2, mingw-glibmm24, and rsyslog), Mageia (blender, glpi, godot, kernel, lftp, libjpeg, libsndfile, libsoup, mariadb, mp3gain, openvpn, and soundtouch), openSUSE (cgit, libvirt, mailman, NetworkManager-vpnc, and sddm), Slackware (bind), and SUSE (ffmpeg, glibc, and libvirt).

GIMP Photo Editor: Fine-Tune Your Images Like Never Before

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 15:34

Who doesn’t like to fine-tuning their images and the perfect way for a lot of users is to opt for popular image editing tools. While the count of these offerings is continuing excessively, we are here to talk specifically about GIMP or (the GNU Image Manipulation Program). The free alternative to Adobe Photoshop is no less than its counterparts owing to the set of features it offers to the users.

The professional is there for the users for adding the perfect shades of color, texture, and highlights in the image. It is a tool that you can use for developing your photos from the scratch. Use the tool for professional quality effect and you will have a whole new set of images to flaunt before others.

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Software: libredwg, MPV Player, Colibri, BitTorrent, Vocal, Curl

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 15:12
  • libredwg-0.6 released [alpha]
  • MPV Player: A Minimalist Video Player for Linux

    VLC is probably the best video player for Linux or any other operating system. I have been using VLC for years and it is still my favorite.

    However, lately, I am more inclined towards minimalist applications with a clean UI. This is how came across MPV. I loved it so much that I added it in the list of best Ubuntu applications.

  • Colibri – A Unique Minimalist Browser Without Tabs

    Today, we’ve got a somewhat non-conventional app for you and depending on how ready you are to jump on a new idea, you might just fall in love with it. This new idea is bundled in the form of Colibri, a browser that was not available for Linux until recently.

    Colibri is a free, proprietary, secure, speed-efficient, and uncluttered browser designed to be unique and compact. Its major selling point is its tabless browsing interface which works with 3 main tabbed sections instead – Links, Lists, and Feeds.

  • The Best Free BitTorrent Clients

    BitTorrent, the company that created the BitTorrent protocol, designed it with the aim of making it easy to distribute large amounts of data effectively. The peer-to-peer (P2P) technology enables each person downloading the data also to serve that data to others (a process called “seeding”). This drastically reduces the load on a single server and has many uses aside from downloading pirated material.

    So really, BitTorrent is merely a protocol—a tool that, in and of itself, is not at all illegal. It’s what you do with it that matters, just like owning a hammer isn’t illegal, but hitting someone over the head with it is. If you’re considering downloading copyrighted content, that’s illegal.

  • Vocal – a modern Vala podcast player

    Vocal is a powerful, fast, and intuitive application that helps users find new podcasts, manage their libraries, and enjoy the best that independent audio and video publishing has to offer.

  • A hundred million cars run curl

    One of my hobbies is to collect information about where curl is used. The following car brands feature devices, infotainment and/or navigation systems that use curl - in one or more of their models.

    These are all brands about which I've found information online (for example curl license information), received photos of or otherwise been handed information by what I consider reliable sources (like involved engineers).

    Do you have curl in a device installed in another car brand?

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Games: Bad Pad, Stage 9, Gladiabots, City of the Shroud, Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 14:44
  • Hard rock musical comedy metroidvania platformer 'Bad Pad' officially released

    Sometimes games get practically no attention which is such a shame, Bad Pad [Official Site] is one such game that deserves a little more as it's actually pretty good. It just left Early Access last week too, so if you're in the mood for a musical platformer that has a sprinkle of comedy and gore then it's one for you to take a good look at.

    What's interesting about it isn't just that it pulls in elements from games like Super Meat Boy with both the difficulty, movement style and the gory deaths but also the metroidvania-style gameplay and the (pretty good) music that goes along with it to tell the story.

  • Set Phasers to fun! Stage 9 lets you explore the Enterprise-D from Star Trek The Next Generation on Linux

    Are you as excited as I am about the news of Sir Patrick Stewart returning as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series? Well, now you can nerd out in style with Stage 9 which let's you explore the Enterprise-D from Star Trek The Next Generation.

    Sent in by a reader, who also happens to be one of the people working on it, Stage 9 aims to recreate the entirety (inside and out) of the Enterprise-D using Unreal Engine 4. They also gave me a little fun fact, that the Linux version seems to be more popular than the Mac version.

  • Real-time tactical RPG 'City of the Shroud' has a Linux demo build available for testing

    City of the Shroud, a real-time tactical RPG just recently launched on Steam and it turns out it's had a Linux demo build for testing for a long time, with hardly anyone stepping up to check it out.

    This post on Steam, open since October 2016 seemed to have no one reply to it until June this year. Now it's actually getting some attention, the developer has actually put up a new build (make sure to use the newer build in that later post). To be clear, you don't need to own it to test it, as it's an external demo download.

  • Gladiabots, the AI combat arena now has a test release for Linux on Steam

    Fancy having a team of robots you program with drag and drop AI fight in an arena? As that's exactly what you will be doing in Gladiabots.

    It's been available on itch.io for a while, with it just now entering Early Access on Steam. Today, the developer put up a Linux version in an opt-in beta on Steam named "new-platforms". If you do try it, you can let them know how it runs in this post on Steam. The itch version has worked pretty well for me, but as usual your experience may vary.

  • Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy now has a Linux build for testing

    Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a rather popular punishing climbing game, made as a tribute to Jazzuo's 2002 B-Game classic 'Sexy Hiking' and it now has a Linux build.

    Originally, you needed to opt into a Beta to access it. Going by the posts in the announcement thread on Steam, it seems you might not need to opt into anything now.

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Phoronix on Threadripper 2900 Series

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 14:41
  • Threadripper 2900 Series Temperature Monitoring Sent In For Linux 4.19 Then Backported

    As expected, the CPU temperature monitoring support within the "k10temp" hwmon driver has seen the patches sent in today to be updated for the AMD Threadripper 2900 series CPU support. These patches are going into the Linux 4.19 kernel merge window but slated to be back-ported to the currently supported stable kernel series.

  • AMD Threadripper 2950X Offers Great Linux Performance At $900 USD

    The embargo has expired now for talking about Threadripper 2 performance figures... First up are our initial Threadripper 2950X Linux benchmarks. In this article are the most interesting metrics for this 16-core / 32-thread processor while in the just-published AMD Threadripper 2990WX Linux Benchmarks are a lot more figures complemented by the 2950X and other CPUs plus power consumption numbers, etc. This article is most useful if specifically focused on the performance of the Threadripper 2950X that comes in at $899 USD.

  • AMD Threadripper 2990WX Cooling Performance - Testing Five Heatsinks & Two Water Coolers

    The 32-core / 64-thread AMD Threadripper 2990WX carries a 250 Watt TDP rating, thus the cooling performance is quite important especially if you don't want to hit any thermal throttling with this $1799 USD processor. Fortunately, the 2990WX doesn't require water cooling but actually can work quite well with high-end air heatsinks too. For adding some perspective on the cooling requirements of the Threadripper 2990WX, here are benchmarks of five heatsinks and two all-in-one water cooling systems.

  • AMD Threadripper 2990WX Linux Benchmarks: The 32-Core / 64-Thread Beast

    Whether you are compiling a lot of code, rendering models with Blender, or running various scientific workloads with OpenMP or MPI, the AMD Threadripper 2990WX is capable of delivering immersive Linux performance with its 32-cores and 64 total threads. While coming in at $1800 USD, the AMD Threadripper 2990WX can deliver better performance than the more expensive Intel Core i9 7980XE. Beyond being mesmerized about the performance today with this high-end desktop/workstation processor with the many thread-happy Linux workloads we encounter daily, this 32-core Zen+ processor has us even more eager to see AMD's next-generation Zen2-based EPYC CPUs next year.

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GNU Linux-libre 4.18

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 14:37
  • GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu

    Two new drivers had blob requests and were cleaned up (psp-dev crypto
    and icn8505 touchscreen), one was removed (atom isp), plenty needed
    adjustments.

    There are some new firmware loading interfaces starting with
    firmware_request (rather than request_firmware). The deblob-check
    script was adjusted to look for uses thereof. firwmare_request_nowarn
    is one of the new interfaces, and it almost looks like we could use it,
    since it doesn't log any errors if the firmware is not there, but it
    still looks for and asks for non-Free Software, so I decided to disable
    it just like request_firmware.

  • GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu Released As The Latest Deblobbed Kernel

    Hot off the release of the upstream Linux 4.18 kernel, the GNU folks have released GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu that is their deblobbed version that strips out any "non-free" device driver support, removes the ability to load binary-only kernel modules and not being able to load firmware blobs either.

    With the Linux-libre 4.18 release they had to clean-up some new drivers to fit their strict standards on code freedom, removed one more driver (Atom ISP), and make adjustments to other existing code.

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AMD Threadripper 2990WX Linux Benchmarks: The 32-Core / 64-Thread Beast

Phoronix - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 14:00
Whether you are compiling a lot of code, rendering models with Blender, or running various scientific workloads with OpenMP or MPI, the AMD Threadripper 2990WX is capable of delivering immersive Linux performance with its 32-cores and 64 total threads. While coming in at $1800 USD, the AMD Threadripper 2990WX can deliver better performance than the more expensive Intel Core i9 7980XE. Beyond being mesmerized about the performance today with this high-end desktop/workstation processor with the many thread-happy Linux workloads we encounter daily, this 32-core Zen+ processor has us even more eager to see AMD's next-generation Zen2-based EPYC CPUs next year.

AMD Threadripper 2990WX Cooling Performance - Testing Five Heatsinks & Two Water Coolers

Phoronix - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 14:00
The 32-core / 64-thread AMD Threadripper 2990WX carries a 250 Watt TDP rating, thus the cooling performance is quite important especially if you don't want to hit any thermal throttling with this $1799 USD processor. Fortunately, the 2990WX doesn't require water cooling but actually can work quite well with high-end air heatsinks too. For adding some perspective on the cooling requirements of the Threadripper 2990WX, here are benchmarks of five heatsinks and two all-in-one water cooling systems.

AMD Threadripper 2950X Offers Great Linux Performance At $900 USD

Phoronix - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 14:00
The embargo has expired now for talking about Threadripper 2 performance figures... First up are our initial Threadripper 2950X Linux benchmarks. In this article are the most interesting metrics for this 16-core / 32-thread processor while in the just-published AMD Threadripper 2990WX Linux Benchmarks are a lot more figures complemented by the 2950X and other CPUs plus power consumption numbers, etc. This article is most useful if specifically focused on the performance of the Threadripper 2950X that comes in at $899 USD.

SIGGRAPH 2018: OpenCL-Next Taking Shape, Vulkan Continues Evolving

Phoronix - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 13:59
It's a busy week folks as besides the AMD Threadripper 2 performance embargo expiring, it is also SIGGRAPH 2018 week in Vancouver and as well the start of the Linux 4.19 kernel cycle... No longer under wraps are the Khronos announcements from this annual graphics conference. Continue reading to learn about the latest happenings for the various Khronos industry-standard APIs and efforts like Vulkan and OpenCL-Next.

Wine Had A Successful GSoC 2018, Better Direct3D Game Benchmarks

Phoronix - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 12:13
The Wine project once again participated in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) for furthering their open-source agenda of better support for Windows programs on Linux and other operating systems...

IBM S/390 Linux 4.19 Kernel Code Sees More Spectre Updates, Boot Code Rework

Phoronix - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 10:40
The IBM System/390 "s390" architecture code has seen a number of improvements for Linux 4.19...

Threadripper 2900 Series Temperature Monitoring Sent In For Linux 4.19 Then Backported

Phoronix - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 10:30
As expected, the CPU temperature monitoring support within the "k10temp" hwmon driver has seen the patches sent in today to be updated for the AMD Threadripper 2900 series CPU support. These patches are going into the Linux 4.19 kernel merge window but slated to be back-ported to the currently supported stable kernel series...

Graphics: SIGGRAPH and XDC2018

tuxmachines.org - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 10:12
  • Radeon Pro WX 8200 Launches As "Best Workstation Graphics Performance Under $1,000"

    It's SIGGRAPH week and AMD has used this annual graphics conference to announce the Radeon Pro WX 8200, which they are saying is able to offer the best workstation graphics card performance in the sub-$1,000 USD category.

    The Radeon Pro WX 8200 is intended to be used for visualizations, VR, photo-realistic rendering, and other professional graphics workloads. The Pro WX 8200 features a High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC), enhanced pixel engine on, ECC memory, and is built on their Vega GPU architecture. The WX 8200 features 8GB of HBM2 memory and the graphics card is rated for a 230 Watt TDP.

  • XDC2018 Will Have Many Interesting Talks On Vulkan, AR/VR, Wayland & More

    Just over one month away is XDC2018 as the annual X.Org Developers' Conference where a variety of X.Org, Wayland, Mesa, Vulkan, and OpenGL talks will take place. This year's schedule is particularly packed and full of interesting information.

    XDC2018 is being hosted in Spain and running from 26 to 28 September at the University of A Coruña. The proposal for talks at XDC2018 are now over and the proposed sessions can be found on this Wiki page. Below is a look at some of the interesting talks slated for this open-source graphics/driver conference next month.

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GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu Released As The Latest Deblobbed Kernel

Phoronix - Pon, 08/13/2018 - 10:08
Hot off the release of the upstream Linux 4.18 kernel, the GNU folks have released GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu that is their deblobbed version that strips out any "non-free" device driver support, removes the ability to load binary-only kernel modules and not being able to load firmware blobs either...
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