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Games: SteamOS, GOG, 'Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure', Kingdom Rush Origins

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 04:34

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Proprietary Software on GNU/Linux: Dropbox and VMware Player 14

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 04:32
  • Dropbox makes the cloud rain poop on Linux users

    Cloud storage rules -- especially when coupled with a local backup plan. Quite frankly, it is one of the best computing innovations of all time. How cool is it that you can easily backup important files to an offsite location? Let's be honest -- before the cloud, many computer and smartphone users didn't bother backing up at all. While many still do not, the cloud has definitely improved the situation through convenience and affordability.

  • VMware Player 14 review - Alternate reality

    VMware Workstation Player is a very decent program, especially for new users. It comes with a reasonable set of options, it tries to guess what you're doing and help, and for lightweight use, it makes perfect sense. But if you are an advanced user, you will definitely need and want more, and this is where the full pro version comes into play. Or alternatively, go for other options. Overall, it remains similar to version 4, which I tested several years ago.

    My biggest gripe is not having hardware acceleration, which significantly improves the performance of virtual machines. The network and storage side of things are less critical for everyday use. Multi-VM is also important if you need to create more complicated setups or labs. That said, the program is simple and easy, and has a very gentle curve for people just freshly starting in the virtualization world. Worth testing, but always remember, 'tis but a teaser for the heavyweight just hiding behind the corner. Indeed, for me, the big take from this endeavor is that I need to test the Workstation as well. We shall see.

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Source Code From Tesla

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 08/12/2018 - 04:17

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Patches Revised For AMD Zen Based Hygon Dhyana Server CPUs

Phoronix - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 21:46
Patches have been revised for the Linux kernel to support the initial Hygon Dhyana server CPUs that are the licensed AMD Family 17h "Zen" technology, basically the EPYC server CPUs for the Chinese market...

GSoC: KDE and GNOME Final Reports

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 18:34
  • GSoC 2018: Final week

    Coming to the last week, the activity Note_names is finally developed and being tested on different platforms.

    Principle: This activity aims to teach sight reading the musical notes and their position on the staff by presenting several notes one-by-one with animation from the right of the staff sliding to the right of the clef image. The user will get the combination of all the notes he has learned previously and the current targetted notes from the dataset. Only the reference notes are colored as red and the user is made to learn the notes around it using it as a leverage. One has to correct enough notes to get a 100% and advance to next stage.

  • Five-or-More Modernisation: It's a Wrap

    As probably most of you already know, or recently found out, at the beginning of this week the GSoC coding period officially ended, and it is time for us, GSoC students, to submit our final evaluations and the results we achieved thus far. This blog post, as you can probably tell from the title, will be a summary of all of the work I put into modernising Five or More throughout the summer months.

    My main task was rewriting Five or More in Vala since this simple and fun game did not find its way to the list of those included in the Games Modernisation Initiative. This fun, strategy game consists of aligning, as often as possible, five or more objects of the same shape and color, to make them disappear and score points.

  • The end of GSoC

    After three months of hard work and a lot of coding the Google Summer of Code is over. I learned a lot and had a lot fun. GSoC was an amazing experience and I encourage everybody to participate in future editions. At this point I’ve been a contributor to GNOME for nearly a year, and I plan on sticking around for a long time. I really hope that other GSoC students also found it so enjoyable, and keep contributing to GNOME or other Free Software Projects.

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today's howtos

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 18:30

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Which Ubuntu Flavor Should You Choose?

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 18:27

So, you just decided to switch to using a Linux distro and you’ve come to the decision that Ubuntu is the one for you. But while you were doing your research you came across tags like Ubuntu flavours and derivatives – “what are the differences?” you ask. Also, why are there so many versions and what is the alpha-beta-LTS business all about?

Today, I’ll give you the perfect weighing scale to help you choose which Ubuntu version to use as well as give you a fundamental understanding of why there are “so many” versions.

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GNOME Pomodoro: A Time Utility Tool That Increases Productivity

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 18:18

Hello readers, today I’ll be covering on how to increase your productivity and this applies to all types of computer users, especially Linux, just kidding. Believe me most of us who work on computers have suffered back pain, eye strain, stress, and then end up getting frustrated. However, did you know that one can fix all those issues by managing time in intervals and a short break in between? Yes, that’s right, read on below how you can go about that using GNOME Pomodoro.

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DEF CON 26 Reports

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 18:07

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KDE Frameworks 5.49.0 Released for KDE Plasma 5.13 with over 200 Improvements

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 17:59

KDE Frameworks consists of more than 70 add-on libraries for the open-source and cross-platform Qt application framework that offers a wide range of commonly needed functionality, as well as many core components and apps that are required for the KDE Plasma desktop environment to function correctly.

For the past several years, new KDE Frameworks versions are published every month in the second Saturday of the month, and KDE Frameworks 5.49.0 is the release the KDE Project prepared for the month of August 2018, bringing various improvements and addressing numerous bugs.

Also: KDE Frameworks 5.49 Released With Many Changes

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KDE Frameworks 5.49 Released With Many Changes

Phoronix - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 17:57
The latest monthly update to the KDE Frameworks is now available that complement the offerings of the Qt5 tool-kit...

Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Live Patch for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS & 16.04 LTS

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 17:54

Available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), the new kernel live patch fixes a total of five security vulnerabilities, including the recently disclosed critical TCP flaw (CVE-2018-5390) discovered by Juha-Matti Tilli, which could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service.

The rebootless kernel security patch also addresses a vulnerability (CVE-2018-13405) in the inode_init_owner function in fs/inode.c in the Linux kernel through 4.17.4 that could allow a local user to escalate his/her privileges by creating a file with an unintended group ownership and then make the file executable and SGID (Set Group ID).

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Dropbox To End Sync Support For All Filesystems Except Ext4 on Linux

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 15:28

Dropbox is thinking of limiting the synchronization support to only a handful of file system types: NTFS for Windows, HFS+/APFS for macOS and Ext4 for Linux.

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Qualcomm Adreno 600 Series Support Proposed For Linux 4.19 Kernel

Phoronix - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 14:34
While a bit late, Freedreno lead developer Rob Clark is hoping to see the Qualcomm Adreno 600 series bring-up happen for the Linux 4.19 kernel cycle...

Flatpak Gets New FreeDesktop SDK 18.08 Runtime

Phoronix - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 13:26
Flatpak now has access to an updated FreeDesktop SDK runtime that is built on their new BuildStream build system rather than Yocto and has other improvements...

Wayland 1.16 & Weston 5.0 Release Candidates For Testing

Phoronix - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 13:13
Derek Foreman of Samsung's Open-Source Group put out the release candidates on Friday for the upcoming Wayland 1.16 release as well as the Weston 5.0 reference compositor...

Mesa 18.1.6 On The Way With Over Three Dozen Fixes

Phoronix - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 13:07
While Mesa 18.2 is baking for release later this month, Mesa 18.1 remains the currently supported stable series. Final release preparations are underway for Mesa 18.1.6 as the latest bi-weekly point release...

Mir Now Supports XDG Shell Stable

Phoronix - Sob, 08/11/2018 - 12:32
Canonical developers continue working on advancing the Mir display server's support for Wayland...
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