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MintBox Mini 2 With Linux Mint 19 Ready To Ship

Phoronix - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 16:45
Announced back in March was the MintBox Mini 2 as a collaboration project by CompuLab and Linux Mint. That tiny Linux PC is now available for order given the imminent release of Linux Mint 19 "Tara"...

Firefox 62.0 Beta Brings CSS Variable Fonts, "Clear Site Data & Cookies" Option

Phoronix - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 16:12
Following yesterday's release of Firefox 61, Mozilla pumped Firefox 62 into the beta channel...

Security updates for Wednesday

LWN.net - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 15:37
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (cantata and qutebrowser), Debian (imagemagick, php5, and redis), Fedora (cri-o and libgxps), Oracle (glibc, kernel, libvirt, samba, samba4, sssd and ding-libs, and zsh), Red Hat (ansible, dpdk, kernel, kernel-alt, kernel-rt, libvirt, pki-core, podman, qemu-kvm, and qemu-kvm-rhev), Scientific Linux (kernel, libvirt, pki-core, and qemu-kvm), SUSE (firefox, gcc43, and kernel), and Ubuntu (openssl).

FreeBSD 11.2 Ready For Release With Spectre Mitigation, Various Enhancements

Phoronix - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 14:28
FreeBSD 11.2 is ready to set sail as the first significant FreeBSD update since last July's 11.1 release...

NetworkManager Now Supports 6LoWPAN Devices

Phoronix - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 14:18
NetworkManager now has support for 6LoWPAN devices...

Yum Set To Be Retired In Fedora 29

Phoronix - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 12:44
While DNF has been serving as the "next-gen Yum" by default since Fedora 22, Yum 3 has still been present in releases since. But with Fedora 29 they are looking to deprecate and remove Yum...

GNOME's Shotwell 0.30 Is Organizing Flatpak Support, Theme Changes, Facial Recognition

Phoronix - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 11:27
Those working on GNOME's Shotwell image/photo manager and organizer are baking a number of improvements and new features for the next release...

Linux 4.17-ck1 Kernel Patches Released With Newest MuQSS Scheduler

Phoronix - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 11:16
Independent Linux kernel hacker Con Kolivas has published his latest kernel patch-set, Linux 4.17-ck1, which most notably includes the latest version of the Multiple Queue Skiplist Scheduler...

Fedora 29 Installer Will Support LUKS2 By Default, Modularity Work

Phoronix - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 11:10
Fedora 29 is shaping up to be a very exciting release with many changes from the desktop/workstation front to low-level improvements. Not only is the operating system itself getting many improvements, but the Anaconda installer is also seeing some continued enhancements...

Security: HIST, Hackers, Wi-Fi Alliance, and Intel

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 11:03
  • What is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

    Set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology under the United States Commerce Department, the Cybersecurity Framework is a set of guidelines for private sector companies to follow to be better prepared in identifying, detecting, and responding to cyber-attacks. It also includes guidelines on how to prevent and recover from an attack.

  • Cambridge Dictionary urged to change 'negative' definition of 'hacker'

    Campaigners are demanding The Cambridge Dictionary change its definition of hackers, claiming the world's oldest publishing house is allowing a "negative" stereotype of the title.

  • Rising concerns over hackers [sic] using satellites to target US

    Thrip used malware to infect computers linked to the satellites in an attempt to seize control of them — efforts that suggest the group’s motivations could extend beyond spying and include “disruption,” according to Symantec.

  • The Next Generation of Wi-Fi Security Will Save You From Yourself

    It’ll take time before you can enjoy the full benefits of WPA3; the Wi-Fi Alliance, a trade group that oversees the standard, is releasing full details today but doesn’t expect broad implementation until late 2019 at the earliest. In the course that WPA3 charts for Wi-Fi, though, security experts see critical, long-overdue improvements to a technology you use more than almost any other.

  • Intel says new TLBleed flaw unrelated to Spectre or Meltdown

    In a statement on Tuesday, an Intel spokesperson said the company had been notified of research from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which outlined a potential side-channel analysis vulnerability.

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OpenBenchmarking.org Crosses 32 Million Test/Suite Benchmark Downloads

Phoronix - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 11:00
The latest milestone has been reached for OpenBenchmarking.org: overnight it served its 32 millionth test profile / test suite download to Phoronix Test Suite users...

Krita 4.1 Released With Support For Multi-Monitor Workspace Layouts

Phoronix - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 10:51
Krita 4.1 is now the latest stable version of this open-source digital painting program...

KDE: Plasma 5.13.2, Qt5 , and Latest KaOS

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 10:04
  • Plasma 5.13.2

    Today KDE releases a Bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.13.2. Plasma 5.13 was released in June with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

  • Clear Linux Working On AVX2-Optimized Qt Toolkit

    One of the latest package optimizations being worked on within Intel's performance-oriented Clear Linux camp is a faster Qt5 tool-kit.

    Thiago Macieira who works for Intel and is also an upstream Qt developer is working on a change to begin supporting AVX2-optimized Qt builds within the company's high performance Linux OS. At least this AVX2 support would help out Qt3D but likely many other areas too given the performance benefits we have seen out of Advanced Vector Extensions in many other codebases.

  • KaOS Linux Gets the KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop Treatment, Latest Updates

    The KaOS development team released a new version of the their independent GNU/Linux distribution built around the KDE Plasma desktop environment to bring the latest software updates and technologies.

    KaOS 2018.6 comes about two months after the KaOS 2018.04 release that celebrated the distro’s 10th anniversary. Highlights of this release include the latest KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment with the first point release, version 5.13.1, along with the KDE Applications 18.04.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.47.0 software suites, all build with Qt 5.11.1.

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Red Hat News

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 08:45

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Security: WPA's Latest Promises of Security, Intel's Defects, and Cisco's Hardcoded Passwords

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 07:22

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Linux Foundation: Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and Tencent

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 07:19
  • Mercedes-Benz Vans adopts Automotive Grade Linux open platform

    Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to use the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) open onboard operating system in its upcoming commercial vehicles. This will first be seen in prototype projects later this year.

  • In open source push, Tencent joins Linux Foundation as platinum member

    Chinese internet giant Tencent has become a platinum member of the Linux Foundation.

    The move will place Tencent Mobile Internet Group general manager Liu Xin on the Linux Foundation’s board of directors. Additionally, the company plans to contribute an open source microservices project called TARS and a name service project dubbed Tseer to the foundation. It will also contribute Angel, its open source AI project, to the foundation’s deep learning division.

  • Tencent joins Linux Foundation as Platinum member

    The Linux Foundation welcomed China's Tencent as its latest Platinum member. Tencent's Liu Xin will join The Linux Foundation BoD. In addition to a seat on the board, as a Platinum member, Tencent will be able to take advantage of the foundation's expertise in areas such as open source governance, legal and compliance, events, marketing and more. As a Platinum member, Tencent will be able to offer further support and resources to a wide variety of open source projects and their communities.

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Events: LF Events, The Perl Conference 2018, and OSCON (Open Source Convention)

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 07:17
  • Last Chance to Speak at Open Source Summit and ELC + OpenIoT Summit Europe – Submit by July 1

    Submit a proposal to speak at Open Source Summit Europe & ELC + OpenIoT Summit Europe, taking place October 22-24, 2018, in Edinburgh, UK, and share your knowledge and expertise with 2,000+ open source technologists and community leaders. Proposals are being accepted through 11:59pm PDT, Sunday, July 1.

  • The Perl Conference 2018 Session Videos Are Now Online

    Taking place last week in Salt Lake City was The Perl Conference 2018, the annual conference devoted to this popular programming language. There were around 300 Perl developers in attendance and a host of presentations by key Perl developers like Larry Wall.

    If this is your first time hearing about The Perl Conference, you can learn more about the event via their conference site.

  • Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Open Source at OSCON

    OSCON (Open Source Convention) has been the focal point of the open source movement. The inception of OSCON came from an event focused on Perl and grew to cover the other scripting languages. It has since evolved into the destination for all things free and open. The event has also provided a platform for the launch of major initiatives such as Kubernetes 1.0 and OpenStack—both announced at OSCON.

    This is a special year for OSCON, as the event will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary. OSCON will take place in Portland, Oregon, with training and tutorials happening July 16-17, and the conference happening July 18-19.

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Radeon Software 18.20 vs. Mesa 18.2 RadeonSI/RADV Linux Driver Performance

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/27/2018 - 06:06

Last week AMD released the Radeon Software 18.20 driver "AMDGPU-PRO" with support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. If you are curious how their closed-source OpenGL and Vulkan driver performance is comparing to the latest Mesa-based open-source driver, here are performance metrics using the latest drivers.

Also: Phoronix Test Suite 8.0.1 Released With Windows Benchmarking & Phoromatic Improvements

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