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Streaming internet radio with RadioDroid

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 08:58

Online news outlets have recently lamented the passing of Google's Chromecast Audio device. The device received favorable reviews in the audio press, so I had already been thinking about acquiring one. Given the news of Chromecast's demise, I decided to look for one at a reasonable price—before they were all snapped up or thrown in the dumpster.

I found one at MobileFun and put in my order. The device eventually arrived, packaged in the usual serviceable but minimal Google wrapping, with a very brief Get Started guide printed on the outside.

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5 open source tools for teaching young children to read

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 08:55

Anyone who sees a child using a tablet or smartphone observes their seemingly innate ability to scroll through apps and swipe through screens, flexing those "digital native" muscles. According to Common Sense Media, the percentage of US households in which 0- to 8-year-olds have access to a smartphone has grown from 52% in 2011 to 98% in 2017. While the debates around age guidelines and screen time surge, it's hard to deny that children are developing familiarity and skills with technology at an unprecedented rate.

This rise in early technical literacy may be astonishing, but what about traditional literacy, the good old-fashioned ability to read? What does the intersection of early literacy development and early tech use look like? Let's explore some open source tools for early learners that may help develop both of these critical skill sets.

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today's leftovers

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 07:36
  • Autodesk Flame 2020’s AI Will Be Able to Isolate Objects in Moving Footage

    A productivity enhancement called Automatic Background Reactor is only available on Linux, but aims to keep projects moving by triggering background rendering automatically whenever a shot has been modified. Flame, Flare and Flame Assist 2020 will also support Open FX plug-ins as batch/BFX nodes or directly on the Flame timeline, as well as for Cryptomatte rendering.

    Licensing has been tweaked as well, with monthly, yearly, and three-year single-user options available for Linux. Customers on single-user licenses for Mac will be able to transfer their license to Linux, Autodesk said.

  • Add Appstream Release Data to your App Releases

    Appstream is a metadata standard for your software releases which gets used by package managers and app stores as well as web sites such as kde.org (one day at least).

    If you are incharge of making releases of an application from KDE mind and make sure it has an appstream appdata file.  You should also include a screenshot preferably in the product-screenshots git repo.

  • Manjaro 18 + Starting Your Journey | Choose Linux 6

    The LInux Gaming Report rolls forward as Jason throws Manjaro 18 on the test bench and walks away shocked.

    Then we offer some best practices and tips for, well, choosing Linux! How to pick the right hardware for your needs, where to discover your perfect distribution, and how to best enjoy your new journey.

  • The Debian project leader election

    While a few weeks back it looked like there might be a complete lack of Debian project leader (DPL) candidates, that situation has changed. After a one-week delay, five Debian developers have nominated themselves. We are now about halfway through the campaign phase; platforms have been posted and questions have been asked and answered. It seems a good time to have a look at the candidates and their positions.

    The five candidates are Joerg Jaspert, Jonathan Carter, Sam Hartman, Martin Michlmayr, and Simon Richter. Platforms for four of the candidates can be found here along with their rebuttals to the other platforms. Simon Richter has not provided a platform or participated in the debian-vote mailing list since his nomination mail on March 17. It is not clear what that means and there was no response to an email query about his plans. The other four candidates provided detailed platforms that outlined their experience in the Debian project and their vision for its future.

  • Alef Mobitech Joins Linux Foundation Edge

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OSS: Nacos, Collaboration, LibreOffice and Python

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 07:32
  • Discover, configure, and manage your microservices with Alibaba’s new project, Nacos

    Today we take a look at a new Alibaba project named Nacos.

    Nacos is a dynamic naming and configuration service and it provides a set of features that aim to help you to realize dynamic service discovery, service configuration, service metadata, and traffic management.

    According to its GitHub repo, “service is a first-class citizen in Nacos!” So, as you can imagine, support for multiple types of services is central to this tool.

  • Focus on openness and culture when selecting collaboration technology

    Enterprise collaboration strategies have to focus and center on people. This is an organizational culture initiative. Efficient collaboration happens between people who need to interact around critical business workflows and processes. While internal collaboration is a primary focus, many enterprises lack strong support for external collaborative interactions.

    The issue at hand is that a lot of collaborative interactions happen with external people in a vast and oftentimes complex business ecosystem. External collaboration with customers, partners or suppliers can yield tremendous competitive advantage and boost a company’s bottom line. However, companies have to use a systematic approach to develop a sound and successful strategy for building collaborative ecosystems and communities.

    It’s about a culture of collaboration that flattens organizational hierarchies and supports connectedness regardless of geography. This includes a serious commitment to openness for internal and external people and systems.

  • [Libreoffice] QA Report: March 2019

    Libreoffice 6.2.1 and LibreOffice 6.2.2 were released

  • AnacondaCON 2019 Day 1 Recap: Big-Time Learning

    AnacondaCON 2019 is off to a great start. As in past years, we programmed Day 1 with product- and package-specific tutorials for those looking to get hands-on learning with Anaconda Enterprise tools. Spots in these tutorials were in high demand, with only 100 seats per session to enable closer, more one-on-one instruction. If you weren’t able to join us, here’s a peek at what you missed.

  • Wing Tips: Auto-Editing in Wing Pro (Part 2 of 3)

    Wing Pro implements a suite of auto-editing operations that take care of common low-level editing tasks. Last week we looked at creating and managing blocks in Python code.
    In part two of this Wing Tips series on Wing Pro's auto-editing feature we turn to auto-invocation, which makes writing Python code that calls functions and methods easier and less prone to errors.

  • 15 Practical Python Set Examples with a Sample Program

    Sets are basically collection of certain items that are unordered. There is no specific order in which they are stored. In Python sets are same, but there are few differences with basic sets.

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Security: Firefox FIDO U2F, "Half Of Industrial Control System Networks Have Faced Cyber Attacks" and More

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 07:31
  • Mozilla Security Blog: Backward-Compatibility FIDO U2F support shipping soon in Firefox

    Web Authentication (WebAuthn), a recent web standard blending public-key cryptography into website logins, is our best technical response to credential phishing. That’s why we’ve championed it as a technology. The FIDO U2F API is the spiritual ancestor of WebAuthn; to-date, it’s still much more commonly used. Firefox has had experimental support for the Javascript FIDO U2F API since version 57, as it was used to validate our Web Authentication implementation that then shipped in Firefox 60. Both technologies can help secure the logins of millions of users already in possession of FIDO U2F USB tokens.

    We encourage the adoption of Web Authentication rather than the FIDO U2F API. However, some large web properties are encountering difficulty migrating: WebAuthn works with security credentials produced by the FIDO U2F API. However, WebAuthn-produced credentials cannot be used with the FIDO U2F API. For the entities affected, this could lead to poor user experiences and inhibit overall adoption of this critical technology.

    To smooth out this migration, after discussion on the mozilla.dev.platform mailing list, we have decided to enable our support for the FIDO U2F API by default for all Firefox users. It’s enabled now in Firefox Nightly 68, and we plan for it to be uplifted into Firefox Beta 67 in the coming week.

  • Security Researchers say Half Of Industrial Control System Networks Have Faced Cyber Attacks
  • Serious Apache server bug gives root to baddies in shared host environments
  • Apache needs a patchy! Carpe Diem, update now

    The maintainers of the world’s most popular web server, Apache HTTP Server, have patched a critical vulnerability that could give an attacker a way to gain full ‘root’ admin control on Unix-based systems.

    Named ‘Carpe Diem’ by the researcher who discovered it, Ambionics engineer Charles Fol, techies might prefer to first read his account of what is now identified as CVE-2019-0211 rather than the notification on the Apache Software Foundation’s official site which is light on detail.

  • New Bashlite malware wants your Belkin WeMo smart plugs for cryptocurrency mining

    The age of smart devices might bring convenience to our homes, but it also comes with additional potential dangers, including the risk of devices being infected by malware. Trend Micro has discovered a new version of the Bashlite malware, which is specifically designed to attack Belkin Wemo smart devices.

    Launched in 2014, Bashlite was developed to infect Linux machines, adding them to a botnet that can be used to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to bring down targeted systems.

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Google 'Sabotages' Crouton Again

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 07:04
  • Chrome OS Security Updates Break Crouton: Here’s The Fix

    For many users, Google’s Crostini project that brings native Linux apps support to Chrome OS is still a ways off from being a viable solution. We are seeing more and more updates that are giving Crostini the tools needed to forgo dual-booting a Linux distro but until full GPU support becomes a reality, Crouton is still a go-to for many.

    The keeper of Crouton, David Schneider, is a Google hardware engineer and he does an excellent job of maintaining the GitHub that houses Crouton and all its goodies.

    Yesterday, in the same GitHub project, David posted that recent security enhancements have broken the long-used method of installing Crouton on Chrome OS and in turn has called upon the internet to update tutorials and how-tos for the benefit of all who use Crouton.

    All-in-all, the end result is the same but the method in which the installer is launched requires some tweaking. Here’s the new method for running Crouton on Chrome OS.

  • Chrome OS 73 Stable version: Here’s what you need to know

    Last week, Google announced the availability of Chrome OS 73 in the Stable channel and began to push the platform update out to devices. Since the rollout is always staggered, my Pixel Slate wasn’t upgraded until recently so I’ve only now just got a chance to go through what’s new and improved.

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Fedora GNU/Linux: Fedora 30 Beta Previews and Development Tales (Bugzilla/Pagure)

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 06:57
  • Fedora 30 Beta released with desktop environment options, GNOME 3.32, and much more

    This release features zchunk format which is a new compression format designed for highly efficient deltas. All the DNF (Dandified YUM) repository metadata is now compressed with the zchunk format in addition to xz or gzip. When Fedora’s metadata is compressed using zchunk, DNF downloads only the differences between earlier copies of the metadata and the current version.


    This release includes updated versions of many popular packages including Golang, GNU C Library, Bash shell, Python, and Perl.

  • Fedora Workstation 30 Is Shaping Up To Be Another Exciting, Feature-Packed Update

    If you are looking for some motivation to try out this week's Fedora 30 beta build, it's shaping up to be another massive feature update as outlined by Red Hat's Christian Schaller.

    Schaller has penned another lengthy blog post highlighting the many improvements to be found in the upcoming Fedora Workstation 30. Many of the accomplishments to Fedora 30 were done by Red Hat developers and upstreamed to the respective projects.

  • Stories from the amazing world of release-monitoring.org #2

    As you could notice in my previous story, I plan to establish connection between the island of the-new-hotness and the realm of Pagure. More specifically with the large island in Pagure known as dist-git or Fedora package sources.

    This means we stop sending messengers to realm of Bugzilla and instead redirect them to the unknown land of Pagure. To make this easier for them we used the new magical chariot known as Packit. This chariot already knows the distant island of dist-git.

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Events and Back End: AsiaBSDcon, LinuxFest Northwest, SUSECON, Red Hat Summit and More

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 06:28
  • AsiaBSDcon 2019 Recap | BSD Now 292

    FreeBSD Q4 2018 status report, the GhostBSD alternative, the coolest 90s laptop, OpenSSH 8.0 with quantum computing resistant keys exchange, project trident: 18.12-U8 is here, and more.

  • NFNW 2019: What Presentations Are You Going to Attend?

    Looking over the fine list of presentations and events for LinuxFest Northwest 2019, here are my preliminary picks for which ones I want to attend. Since there are several at any given time slot, there are quite a few more I'd like to see but... conflicts. I hope they record the presentations and post them in a timely fashion.

  • SUSE Details Open Plans For Enterprise Linux Growth [Ed: Forbes perpetuates lies, e.g. "world where even Microsoft now loves Linux"No, it does not. It's a PR lie. But carry on spreading it for Bill.]

    German software companies often start their names with the letter S (SAP, Software AG and a few others) and so SUSE is no exception.

  • Red Hat Summit 2019 Track Guide: Cloud-Native App Dev

    We hope you already know that at Red Hat Summit 2019, taking place in Boston May 7-9, there will be a ton of interesting sessions and content to consider. With such a packed agenda, it may be difficult to choose which breakout sessions to attend and which will be the most meaningful for your personal "why" for attending Red Hat Summit. If your goal is to better understand cloud-native application development and how it fits into your enterprise goals, or how you can get started with developing cloud-native apps, we have you covered with a variety of breakout sessions to choose from.

    In today’s always on, always connected, and fast-moving digital world, applications need to keep up. Cloud-native applications are composed of small, independent and loosely coupled services, and cloud-native application development can be seen as a way to optimize existing applications, speed up the process of building new ones and connect them together. We expect it will be a hot topic at Red Hat Summit because it touches many different aspects of the developer and user experience. Check out some of our recommended  breakout sessions, roadmaps and labs to help you build your schedule to maximize your time on-site!

  • The making of Creating ChRIS: Developing a content strategy for a film series

    Naomi Amado, writer for Red Hat, discusses why it’s important for content folks to have project management skills, and the benefits of having a non-technical perspective when editing technical content.

  • Operators 101: Your auto-pilot for Kubernetes workloads
  • Kubernetes 1.14: Local Persistent Volumes GA

    The Local Persistent Volumes feature has been promoted to GA in Kubernetes 1.14. It was first introduced as alpha in Kubernetes 1.7, and then beta in Kubernetes 1.10. The GA milestone indicates that Kubernetes users may depend on the feature and its API for production use. GA features are protected by the Kubernetes deprecation policy.

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4MLinux 28.1 released.

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 04:45

This is a minor (point) release in the 4MLinux STABLE channel, which comes with the Linux kernel 4.19.28. The 4MLinux Server now includes Apache 2.4.38, MariaDB 10.3.13, and PHP 7.2.16 (see this post for more details).

You can update your 4MLinux by executing the "zk update" command in your terminal (fully automatic process).

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Parole Media Player 1.0.2 Released

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 04:41

A new (more) stable version of the Xfce media player is now available! Parole 1.0.2 fixes several bugs and improves packaged releases for distributions.

Also: Strawberry Music Player & Organizer Is A Fork of Clementine

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Google's KUnit Moving Forward As A Solid Unit Testing Framework For The Linux Kernel

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 03:34

Announced last October by a Google engineer was KUnit as a Linux kernel unit testing framework and a proper solution unlike some of the current in-tree kernel testing facilities. The latest KUnit patches have been volleyed for review while waiting to see if it will be accepted soon into the mainline kernel.

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Programming Leftovers

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 03:28

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Servers: UNIX vs Linux, Kubernetes Operator Hands-on Workshop, Xwo, and PostgreSQL Adds GSSAPI Encryption Support

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 03:19
  • UNIX vs Linux: Everything You Need To Know

    I get this question quite often, but I struggle explaining it, especially in a few simple words. Anyway, this is a very interesting topic because things are very complicated when it comes to UNIX vs Linux. There are business related things, licenses, policies, government influence etc.

    Due to Unix being an operating system and Linux being a kernel, they are different in nature and they have different purposes, they aren’t easily comparable. You can’t summarize the differences and what they are in a single sentence. But don’t worry. After this lesson of history and both of their features and purposes, you will get the “big picture” and everything will be nice and clear. You can jump to the end of the post, in the conclusion, if you want a quick read through.

  • Kubernetes Operator Hands-on Workshop at Red Hat Summit on May 6th Announced

    or those of you who have been following the rise of the Operators across the Kubernetes eco-system and were wondering what all the excitement was about, here’s your chance to get up to speed quickly and get some hands-on experience building them.

    This is day-long hands-on workshop is co-located with Red Hat Summit in Boston, workshop attendees must also be registered for Red Hat Summit. If you’d like to come, please request an invitation today and we’ll send you further details.

  • Latest Ransomware ‘Xwo’ Attacks PCs With Default Passwords [Ed: So it is not safe if you choose crap passwords. Compare to proprietary software which comes with NSA back doors]

    Xwo is similar to another malware called Mongolock — which formats files and backups of the target PC. There is no concrete information about how Xwo started spreading, however, the ransomware mimics websites of news and cybersecurity firms. Xwo registers them under the domain name ‘.tk’ which stands for Tokelau, New Zealand.

    Xwo scans the web for default credentials using MySQL, MongoDB, Postgre SQL, etc. Default credentials for Tomcat, an open-source Jawa container, were also reported to be unsafe. This ransomware sends the scanned credentials to the command center via an HTTP POST request.

  • PostgreSQL Adds GSSAPI Encryption Support

    GSSAPI encryption support can now be used by PostgreSQL for encrypting client/server communication over the network. PostgreSQL has already supported GSSAPI (Generic Security Services Application Program Interface) as a mean of authentication while now there's an encryption implementation if wanting to further tighten down the security on your network where you may have PostgreSQL connections/clients outside of the server itself. 

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Canonical Works for Microsoft

Pet, 04/05/2019 - 03:05

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Here Is How I Started Using Linux

Čet, 04/04/2019 - 20:58

It is April 2019 as I am writing this article from my Ubuntu 18.04 and I don’t remember the last time I had to use Windows for something that Linux couldn’t do. I don’t remember the last time I opened the thing called Ubuntu Software Store since I just use apt for most system related package management.

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Audiocasts/Shows: TWIL, Ubuntu Podcast and Ubuntu 19.04 Beta First Impressions

Čet, 04/04/2019 - 19:29
  • Episode 61 | This Week in Linux

    On this episode of This Week in Linux, I’m sick but I am making the show anyway because I am passionate bout the Linux community and I’m dedicated to bringing you your weekly source for Linux GNews. On the show this week, we check out some new releases from WINE, GNU Nano, Puppy Linux, Gentoo, Epiphany, and more. We’ll also take a quick look at the Beta release for Ubuntu 19.04 and a special Beta release from the Ubuntu MATE team. We got some app news for Flatpaks, Snaps and some utilities like Mailnag and smenu. Later in the show, we’ll do a follow up to the EU Copyright Directive news we covered last week, which is not good news but we will close out the show with some fun news about Linux Gaming. All that and much more on your Weekly Source for Linux GNews.

  • Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E00 – Frontier

    To ease ourselves into Season 12 we have a chat about what we’ve been up to since the end of Season 11.

    It’s Season 12 Episode 00 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

  • Ubuntu 19.04 Beta First Impressions

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Games: Cats Fly Helicopters, Warhammer II, Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel

Čet, 04/04/2019 - 19:27

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