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Farewell, application menus!

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 18:18

Application menus – or app menus, as they are often called – are the menu that you see in the GNOME 3 top bar, with the name and icon for the current app. These menus have been with us since the beginning of the GNOME 3.0 series, but we’re planning on retiring them for the next GNOME release (version 3.32). This post is intended to provide some background on this change, as well as information on how the transition will happen.

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DragonFlyBSD 5.3 Offering Some Performance Improvements

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 17:13

Since the release of DragonFlyBSD 5.2 this past April there have been many improvements to this popular BSD operating system, including on the performance front. I recently wrapped up some fresh benchmarks of DragonFlyBSD 5.3-DEVELOPMENT for seeing what the performance is looking like in what will eventually be released as DragonFlyBSD 5.4.

A lot of recent DragonFlyBSD coverage has been around its support/optimizations for Threadripper 2 with lead DragonFlyBSD developer Matthew Dillon being a big fan of these new high-core count CPUs. In this article though tests are being done from an Intel Xeon "Skylake" CPU for looking at the performance work outside of that scope.

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Plasma 5.14 Comes with New Features and a Much Polished Environment

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 17:08

Tuesday, 9 October 2018. Today KDE launches the first release of Plasma 5.14.

Plasma is KDE's lightweight and full featured Linux desktop. For the last three months we have been adding features and fixing bugs and now invite you to install Plasma 5.14.

A lot of work has gone into improving Discover, Plasma's software manager, and, among other things, we have added a Firmware Update feature and many subtle user interface improvements to give it a smoother feel. We have also rewritten many effects in our window manager KWin and improved it for slicker animations in your work day. Other improvements we have made include a new Display Configuration widget which is useful when giving presentations.

Also: KDE Plasma 5.14 Desktop Environment Officially Released, Here's What's New

KDE Plasma 5.14 Released With A Plethora Of Improvements

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PiCluster 2.4 is out!

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 16:51

I am pleased to announce that a new version of PiCluster is out with some nice improvements. PiCluster aims to provide an easy-to-use solution to manage your Docker containers across multiple nodes. Let’s see what is new in this release.

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Today's Red Hat Series on Programming/Development

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 16:42
  • 4 best practices for giving open source code feedback

    In the previous article I gave you tips for how to receive feedback, especially in the context of your first free and open source project contribution. Now it's time to talk about the other side of that same coin: providing feedback.

    If I tell you that something you did in your contribution is "stupid" or "naive," how would you feel? You'd probably be angry, hurt, or both, and rightfully so. These are mean-spirited words that when directed at people, can cut like knives. Words matter, and they matter a great deal. Therefore, put as much thought into the words you use when leaving feedback for a contribution as you do into any other form of contribution you give to the project. As you compose your feedback, think to yourself, "How would I feel if someone said this to me? Is there some way someone might take this another way, a less helpful way?" If the answer to that last question has even the chance of being a yes, backtrack and rewrite your feedback. It's better to spend a little time rewriting now than to spend a lot of time apologizing later.

  • 6 tips for receiving feedback on your open source contributions

    In the free and open source software world, there are few moments as exciting or scary as submitting your first contribution to a project. You've put your work out there and now it's subject to review and feedback by the rest of the community.

    Not to put it too lightly, but feedback is great. Without feedback we keep making the same mistakes. Without feedback we can't learn and grow and evolve. It's one of the keys that makes free and open source collaboration work.

  • What was your first open source pull request or contribution?

    Contributing to an open source project can be... Nervewracking! Magical. Boring?

    Regardless of how you felt that first time you contributed, the realization that the project is open and you really can contribute is quite awesome.

  • Stop hiring for culture fit: 4 ways to get the talent you want

    If you're looking for talented people you can turn into cultural doppelgängers—rather than seeking to align productive differences toward a common goal—you're doing it wrong.

  • Who was the first computer programmer?

    Ada Lovelace, daughter of the English poet Lord Bryon and Anne Isabella Noel Byron (née Milbanke), was arguably the world's first computer programmer. Her notes on Babbage's Analytical Engine, published as additions to her translation of Luigi Menabrea's Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage contain an algorithm for computing Bernoulli numbers.

    Some biographers downplay, or outright dismiss, Ada Lovelace's contributions to computing, but James Essinger, author of "Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age" is a firm supporter of Lovelace's place in the history of computing.

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OSS Leftovers

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 16:36
  • How Linux Is Changing The Face Of End-User Computing
  • DT's Clauberg Sounds Warning on Profusion of Industry Groups


    A senior technology executive at Deutsche Telekom has warned the telecom sector it must avoid duplicating effort through the mishmash of industry associations and groups that have sprung up in recent years.

    Axel Clauberg, a vice president at the German operator, told an audience of telecom executives at this week's SDN NFV World Congress that some groups would have to form partnerships to ensure they do not gobble up telco resources.

    "We have limited resources we can contribute into these organizations and the worst for me would be an overlap between organizations and duplication of efforts," he said during a keynote presentation in The Hague. "Sometimes we have to step back and think about where we need to partner."

    Clauberg's warning follows a mushrooming of industry associations in the past decade as operators have wrestled with the technical and skillset challenges that surround the rollout of software-defined and virtualized networks.  

  • Databricks Launches First Open Source Framework for Machine Learning

    Databricks recently announced a new release of MLflow, an open source, multi-cloud framework for the machine learning lifecycle, now with R integration.

    Databricks recently announced a new release of MLflow, an open source, multi-cloud framework for the machine learning lifecycle, now with R integration.

    RStudio has partnered with Databricks to develop an R API for MLflow v0.7.0 which was showcased at the Spark + AI Summit Europe.

    According to a release issued by the company, before MLflow, the machine learning industry did not have a standard process or end-to-end infrastructure to develop and produce applications simply and consistently.

  • Open source: a core element in tech’s hottest trends

    Open source software which was previously perceived to be a geeky and slightly awkward alternative to mainstream software, has evolved to be trendy, fashionable and innovative. As 2018 nears its end, we’re seeing open source projects play an increasingly important role in all the top strategic technology trends that are reshaping the world around us.

    Open source has grown and matured to the point where everyone from small businesses to tech giants and global enterprises have open source at the core of their strategies.

    This two part series from SUSE identifies ten top tech trends where open source is taking centre stage.

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Red Hat News Picks

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 16:27

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MSM-Next Bringing A6xx Performance Improvements, Fixes To The Linux Kernel

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 15:23

Freedreno/MSM maintainer Rob Clark sent in his MSM-next pull request on Sunday of new feature material slated for the Linux 4.20~5.0 kernel.

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Convert Screenshots of Equations into LaTeX Instantly With This Nifty Tool

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 14:56

Mathpix is a nifty little tool that allows you to take screenshots of complex mathematical equations and instantly converts it into LaTeX editable text.

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Fedora: F29 Later This Month, Firefox on Wayland, and Josef Strzibny's Upcoming Book

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 14:38
  • Fedora 29 Is Now Under Its Final Freeze For Release Later This Month

    As of last night Fedora 29 embarked upon its final freeze as the last step for reaching its official debut by month's end.

    Fedora 29 development is now effectively over except for any granted freeze exceptions or blocker bug fixes. Any other updates will be queued to go down as package updates post-release.

    As of writing, there are eight accepted blocker bugs already ranging from DNF update fails to issues unlocking LUKS-encrypted USB/SD drives from within GNOME to a GNOME Shell Wayland crash.

  • Fedora Developers Update Firefox For Wayland With V-Sync, HiDPI, Better Rendering

    Red Hat / Fedora developers have updated Firefox packages pending for F27 / F28 / F29 that bring a slew of improvements for the web-browser operating under Wayland.

    The updated Firefox 63 and 64 Nightly packages for Fedora Linux users include patches to fix or provide better rendering support, v-sync is now working under Wayland, and there is also working HiDPI scaling support.

    The Firefox-Fedora packages also build with the currently out-of-tree Pipewire WebRTC support too.

  • Firefox on Wayland update

    The builds also ship PipeWire WebRTC patch for desktop sharing created by Jan Grulich and Tomas Popela. Wayland applications are isolated from desktop and don’t have access to other windows (as X11) thus PipeWire supplies the missing functionality along the browser sandbox.

    I think the rendering is generally covered now and the browser should work smoothly with Wayland backend. That’s also a reason why I make it default on Fedora 30 (Rawhide) and firefox-x11 package is available as a X11 fallback. Fedora 29 and earlier stay with default X11 backend and Wayland is provided by firefox-wayland package.

  • Josef Strzibny: I am writing an introductory book to web application deployment

    I decided to write a book (at the very least attempt to). And yes, there will be some Fedora inside!

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Games: Kingdom Rush Origins, TinyBuild, Openwashing, Niffelheim, Unleashed, AI War 2, A Gummy's Life, KURSK and Wine

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 14:17
  • Kingdom Rush Origins to release October 18th, Linux support confirmed for release

    Ironhide Game Studio have announced today that Kingdom Rush Origins will release on Steam on October 18th. I've no doubt it will make it to other stores too like GOG and Humble Store like previous games, however they've only mentioned Steam so far.

    I asked the developer on Twitter, if the Linux version would be released at the same time. They replied with "Yes!", so that's really great news for Linux gamers.

  • Humble are allowing you to build your own bundle of TinyBuild games and save some monies

    For those of you craving your latest Linux gaming fix, Humble are doing a build your own bundle with TinyBuild.

    The way it works, is that a ton of games are on sale and if you add at least three to your basket you will get an additional discount. If you add four the discount is higher and higher again if you add five. The saving you can get is kind of ridiculous.

  • Mojang to open source more of Minecraft with two libraries already on GitHub [Ed: This is openwashing; they just free a few bits here and there...]

    I have to admit, I am quite surprised by this. Mojang (owned by Microsoft) are to open source more of Minecraft and they've already started to do so.

  • Niffelheim, a dark survival RPG released recently with Linux support

    It seems we have a few readers interested in Niffelheim emailing it in, a dark survival RPG that follows some elements of Norse mythology that recently released with Linux support.

  • Looks like the 2D open-world sandbox RPG Unleashed is releasing soon

    Unleashed, a 2D open-world sandbox RPG that was funded on Kickstarter is looking pretty good and it's releasing soon with Linux support. I initially covered it back in March this year, as this promising RPG was emailed to us directly by the developer. I completely forgot about it, but thankfully they succeeded in getting funds on Kickstarter with around €10K being pledged. Not a lot, so hopefully the end result is still good.

  • Arcen Games grand strategy game 'AI War 2' to enter Early Access on October 15th

    Nearly two years after the Kickstarter, Arcen Games are ready to bring in more players. AI War 2 is going to enter Early Access on October 15th.

    The sequel to their 2009 hit AI War: Fleet Command, AI War 2 has you take on an overwhelming "inhuman" enemy that has underestimated you. Their currently plan is to remain in Early Access until at least "Q2 2019", although that does depend on how feedback goes and what they need to work on.

  • The amusing multiplayer game A Gummy's Life has left Early Access with an overhauled movement system

    A Gummy's Life is a really fun multiplayer game that can be played with local players and online. It's now left Early Access with a major update.

    I've had quite a lot of fun with this, especially with my Son who adores it because it's completely silly. One thing that wasn't too great was the movement system, which they've actually overhauled as part of the 1.0 update. Movement seems smoother, more responsive and you have a better amount of control with it now too making it an even better experience.

  • First-person adventure about sunken Russian sub KURSK to have a delayed Linux release

    KURSK [Official Site] seems like it's going to be quite a compelling action-adventure game which follows the story of the Russian Kursk submarine disaster back in 2000. I've been following it now for years as it sounds quite interesting, although Linux native gamers have to wait a little longer.

    The developer, Jujubee S.A., has been emailing us their usual press emails about it and it has been clearly mentioning Linux support. However, the Steam store page doesn't mention Linux. After trying to reach them for months over emails, I decided to try Facebook today and they actually responded with a clear "Yes, KURSK will be released on Linux.". Sadly though, the Linux version will come later than the Windows build while they are working to "provide the best possible results on Linux". I've been told the media folks will contact us sometime in regards to the Linux release.

  • Wine's Direct3D Code Will Now Default To OpenGL Core Contexts For NVIDIA GPUs Too

    Earlier this year with Wine 3.9 its Direct3D code changed to default to OpenGL 4.4 core contexts rather than the legacy/compatibility context. NVIDIA GPUs ended up being left at the older value but now that has changed.

    As of yesterday in Wine Git, CodeWeavers' Henri Verbeet has changed the WineD3D code now to also default to OpenGL core contexts for NVIDIA GPUs.

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“Made By Google” Event

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 14:03

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Canonical Releases Important Ubuntu Kernel Live Patch to Fix L1TF, SpectreRSB

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 11:28

Available for the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series, the new Linux kernel livepatch is rolling out now to all subscribers of the Canonical Livepatch Service. It patches a total of seven security flaws, including the well-known L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF)/Foreshadow and SpectreRSB vulnerabilities.

The two L1FT vulnerabilities fixed in this new kernel livepatch are CVE-2018-3620 and CVE-2018-3646, but it also addresses a flaw that reduced the effectiveness of Spectre Variant 2 mitigations for paravirtual guests (CVE-2018-15594), a use-after-free vulnerability in the IRDA implementation (CVE-2018-6555), and a critical stack-based buffer overflow in the iSCSI target implementation (CVE-2018-14633).

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First VyOS 1.2.0 release candidate is available for download

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 09:17

This month, the VyOS project turns five years old. In these five years, VyOS has been through highs and lows, up to speculation that the project is dead. Past year has been full of good focused work by the core team and community contributors, but the only way to make use of that work was to use nightly builds, and nightly builds are like a chocolate box a box of WWI era shells—you never know if it blows up when handled or not. Now the codebase has stabilized, and we are ready to present a release candidate. While it has some rough edges, a number of people, including us, are already using recent builds of VyOS 1.2.0 in production, and now it's time to make it public.

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0.3 Release of Elisa Music Player

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 09:12

Elisa is a music player developed by the KDE community that strives to be simple and nice to use. We also recognize that we need a flexible product to account for the different workflows and use-cases of our users.

We focus on a very good integration with the Plasma desktop of the KDE community without compromising the support for other platforms (other Linux desktop environments, Windows and Android).

We are creating a reliable product that is a joy to use and respects our users privacy. As such, we will prefer to support online services where users are in control of their data.

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Academix GNU/Linux – A Debian-Based Education-Focused Distro

Tor, 10/09/2018 - 09:09

Recently, We have published articles focusing on education with titles including 10 best Linux educational software for your kids, and QupZilla – An Educational Lightweight Qt Web Browser.

Today, we have a Linux distro that even though you may not have heard about, is doing a lot of great work for learners in various parts of the world and it goes by the name of Academix GNU/Linux.

Academix GNU/Linux is a Debian-based distro that was created specifically for teaching. All of the bundled software that it ships with is free, open-source, and targetted at education fields ranging from primary to university level.

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