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Torrential – An Open-Source Torrent Client for elementaryOS

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 09:27

We have covered several torrent client applications on FossMint in topics such as 10 Best Cloud Torrent Service Providers and Best BitTorrent Client Apps for Linux in 2019. But as you already know by now, at least one new open-source application is created every other week.

Today, I bring you an open-source application developed for the torrenting world and it goes by the name of Torrential.

Torrential is a simple open-source torrent client designed for elementary OS users to download torrents in style while enjoying speed and minimalistic design experience.

It doesn’t have any settings unique to it, though, so technically it is another torrent client alternative that hopes to provide users with a speedy torrenting experience. However, as is expected of all Linux client applications, you can customize Torrential’s look using themes.

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today's leftovers

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 05:35
  • System on module fully-integrated Linux system for accelerated machine learning

    Coral System on Module is a fully-integrated Linux system for accelerated Machine Learning inferencing to be integrated into existing hardware with three 100-pin connectors. The SoM is available now from Mouser. The SoM comprises the NXP iMX8M SoC, eMMC memory, LPDDR4 RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the Google Edge TPU Coprocessor for acceleration.

  • Norbert Preining: R with TensorFlow 2.0 on Debian/sid

    I recently posted on getting TensorFlow 2.0 with GPU support running on Debian/sid. At that time I didn?t manage to get the tensorflow package for R running properly. It didn?t need much to get it running, though.

  • My Free Software Activities in September 2019

    Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

  • What are microservices? Your next software architecture

    Nearly every computer system performs multiple tasks using shared resources, and one of the questions of computer programming is how closely the bits of code that perform those tasks should be tied to one another. An increasingly popular answer is the concept of a microservice—a small, discrete chunk of functionality that interacts with other microservices to create a larger system.

    Although the basic idea of having such discrete components isn’t new, the way microservices are implemented makes them a natural foundation for both modern cloud-based applications. Microservices also dovetail with the devops philosophy, which encourages rapidly and continuously rolled out new functionality.

  • Automotive Grade Linux Announces Chinese Automaker SAIC Motor as a New Member

    AGL is an open source project at the Linux Foundation that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open, shared software platform for all technology in the vehicle, from infotainment to autonomous driving. Sharing a single software platform across the industry reduces fragmentation and accelerates time-to-market by encouraging the growth of a global ecosystem of developers and application providers that can build a product once and have it work for multiple automakers.

  • Automotive Grade Linux Announces Chinese Automaker SAIC Motor as a New Member

    Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open source platform for connected car technologies, announces seven new members. SAIC Motor has joined as a Silver member, and German Autolabs, KPIT, MontaVista, OTAinfo, OUTCERT and Ovo Automotive join as Bronze members.

  • What?s New In Zephyr 2.0.0?

    The Zephyr Project is a small, scalable real-time operating system (RTOS) for use on resource-constrained systems supporting multiple architectures

  • openSUSE WSL images in OBS

    A fundamental concept of all openSUSE packages as well as any image offered for download is a fully transparent, reproducible and automatic build and development process based on sources.

    In openSUSE developers do not perform manual builds on some specially crafted machine in their basement and then upload the result somewhere. Instead all sources are stored in a version control system inside the open build service (OBS) instance at build.opensuse.org. OBS then automatically builds the sources including all dependencies according to defined build instructions (eg spec files for rpms). OBS also automatically adds cryptographic signatures to files that support it to make sure nobody can tamper with those files.

  • Don’t Get Left Behind, Upgrade to SUSE Enterprise Storage 6 Today
  • Atari disputes reports that its retro-inspired console is doomed

    Atari put out a lengthy development update for the Atari VCS console earlier this week, on the same day that The Register reported that the project is experiencing significant difficulties. One source with knowledge of the project reportedly described it as a “shit show,” and the console is reportedly shaping up to be more of a Linux PC than a dedicated games console.

    Atari’s post sought to assure backers that the project is proceeding as planned. Amidst numerous photographs of the console’s circuit boards and chassis, the company claimed that the molds for the plastic housing of the console are “largely complete,” that its controllers and joysticks are “just about ready for mass production,” and that it expects to host hands-on preview events for the console later this fall.

  • IRS-Funded Review Confirms TurboTax Hid Free Filing From Search Engines, but Says There’s No Need for Major Changes

    A four-month outside review of the IRS’ partnership with the private tax software industry to provide free tax preparation offered mixed conclusions: It found serious problems in the program and confirmed ProPublica’s reporting this year that companies, including Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, had hidden the free option from search engines. But the report, written by an IRS contractor that has previously supported the industry’s position, also defended the program’s oversight.

    The review did not recommend sweeping changes. The mandate of the review was to narrowly assess the program to “ensure the continued operations and integrity of the Free File Program.” It did not examine the broader question of whether the premise of the program is sound or look at the IRS’ role in tax filing.

  • Digital Watchdog Adds Extensive List of Features to Spectrum IPVMS

    The DW Spectrum IPVMS server software is included with pre-configured DW Blackjack NVR servers and MEGApix CaaS edge cameras or it can be installed on third-party Windows or Ubuntu Linux-based systems.

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Security Leftovers

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 05:23
  • HP Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack Your PC: What to Do [Ed: Unless you're a Mono fanatic, you won't have DLLs on your system]

    That's because there's a serious flaw in older versions of Touchpoint Analytics, aka HP Device Health Service, a diagnostic program built into most HP PCs running Windows. A user or a program with administrative rights could use Touchpoint Analytics to silently and permanently install malware at the system level, and a limited-user account could also do so in certain cases.


    This kind of DLL switcheroo is known as a DLL injection, and it makes a program do things it shouldn't. PC gamers sometimes use DLL injection to cheat at games, and malicious hackers can use it to make a program run malicious code. (DLL injection works on Macs and Unix/Linux systems as well as on Windows.)

  • Thunderbird Will Start Using OpenPGP Encryption in 2020

    The developers of Thunderbird, one of the most-used free email clients in the world, plan to implement OpenPGP support in 2020.

    Thunderbird used to be made by Mozilla, but the company dropped it a few years ago, and the community took over the project. The email client is still using some of Firefox’s infrastructure.

    Since Thunderbird is an open-source and cross-platform email client, it would make sense to bundle GnuPG software, but the differences in licenses make that impossible (MPL version 2.0 vs. GPL version 3+). The devs have to look for another solution, and the only to make it work is to add OpenPGP.

    Thunderbird users until now only had the option to adopt an add-on called Enigmail, which provides data encryption for both the email client and SeaMonkey. When Thunderbird migrates to a newer code, though, the Enigmail add-on will stop working.

  • Key elements of Patching to consider for Healthcare IT CISOs

    Data breaches that affect businesses of all sizes are now more common than ever, and unsurprisingly this includes Australia. As they become almost a regular affair, healthcare sector is no exception. According to the last quarter Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) Statistics Report from OAIC, between January to March, the health sector reported 27 per cent of the data breaches, being one of the top industries. Of the 58 notifications over the first quarter, 52 percent was caused by human error, 45 percent was because of malicious or criminal attacks and 3 percent was due to system faults.

    The recent hack events were primarily ransomware attacks, one of the key security vulnerability that allows attackers to plant a malware into unpatched operating systems and legacy systems with the only objective of extorting affected organisations. Reports show that nearly half of reported ransomware attacks are on healthcare institutions. As the privacy violations and data breaches in healthcare industry involves high risks and costs, it is key for healthcare IT administrators to pay close attention to their IT infrastructure and detect security gaps. Here are some crucial elements of patching to consider as a part of the IT security strategy...

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Programming: RenderDoc Debugger, Python News, Eclipse Cloud Development (ECD), Go and BASIC

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 05:08
  • RenderDoc 1.5 Released For This Leading OpenGL / Vulkan / Direct3D Open-Source Debugger

    RenderDoc has already been the leading open-source graphics debugging tool for OpenGL / Vulkan / Direct3D across multiple platforms and it continues only getting more useful with each new feature release.

    RenderDoc 1.5 is the project's first release in six months and as such it's a fairly big update for this prominent graphics debugger.

    RenderDoc 1.5 now allows better configuring of capture replays, SPIR-V reflection and disassembly is now more reliable as well as working against the latest SPIR-V version, a Vulkan replay-time optimization, an OpenGL low-memory optimization, and various other optimizations throughout. One of the other optimizations worth mentioning is much better capture load and close time performance for D3D12/Vulkan captures with many serialized resources.

  • Wing Tips: Python Code Warnings in Wing Pro 7

    Examples of warnings that Wing might flag include syntax errors, indentation problems, uses of an undefined variable, imports that cannot be resolved, or variables that are set but never used.
    Code warnings save development time because they help to identify errors before code is even run. New code is checked as you work, although Wing will wait until you have finished typing so that it doesn't warn about code that is still being entered.

  • How to Analyze Survey Data with Python for Beginners

    Conducting surveys and polls is one of the best ways to collect data and gain insight into questions like why are customers leaving our website? or why are voters attracted to this candidate? But analyzing survey data can be a real challenge!

    In this tutorial, we’re going to walk through how to analyze survey data using Python. But don’t worry — even if you’ve never written code before, you can handle this! We’re going to take it step by step, and by the end of this tutorial you’ll see how you can unlock some pretty impressive analytical power with just a few lines of code!

    For the purposes of this article, we’ll be analyzing StackOverflow’s 2019 developer survey data, because it’s a large and recent survey data set that’s public and properly anonymized. But these techniques will work for almost any sort of survey data.

  • 2019.3 EAP 5

    A new version of the Early Access Program (EAP) for PyCharm 2019.3 is available now! Download it from our website.

  • Webinar Preview: “Starting Testing” tutorial step for React+TS+TDD

    The first tutorial steps got us setup in the IDE, with a sample project generated and cleaned up. Now it’s time to learn React and TypeScript by…writing tests?

    Indeed! This tutorial is trying to sell you on the idea that you’ll be more productive and happier writing and using your components from inside the IDE, instead of constantly heading over to the browser. For most of the steps in the tutorial, you do all of the learning, typing, and running from within a test, staying in the IDE and in the “flow”.

  • PyCon US 2020 Hatchery Program Launches Call for Proposals

    The PyCon US Hatchery Program has become a fundamental part of how PyCon as a conference adapts to best serve the Python community as it grows and changes with time.

    Initially we wanted to gauge community interest for this type of program, and since launching in 2018 we have learned more about what kind of events the community might propose. At the end of the inaugural program, we accepted the PyCon Charlas as our first Hatchery event which has grown into a permanent track offered at PyCon US.

  • Episode #151: Certified! It works on my machine
  • Red Hat strengthens commitment to open source tooling, joins new working group

    The Eclipse Cloud Development (ECD) project group started at the Eclipse Foundation in 2016 with Eclipse Che and Orion open source coding tools. Each year since has seen greater interest and new projects added, including Theia, CodeWind, Dirigible, Sprotty, and now Che4z. As the ECD has grown to become a center of open source cloud-native development tooling, user and vendor interest has also increased; users of Eclipse Cloud Development projects now number well over 500k, and several other vendors have joined Red Hat to push tooling forward in this critical market. This has been fantastic, as it has driven more contributions and collaboration from the community.

  • Manage multiple versions of Go with GVM

    Go Version Manager (GVM) is an open source tool for managing Go environments. It supports installing multiple versions of Go and managing modules per-project using GVM "pkgsets." Developed originally by Josh Bussdieker, GVM (like its Ruby counterpart, RVM) allows you to create a development environment for each project or group of projects, segregating the different Go versions and package dependencies to allow for more flexibility and prevent versioning issues.

  • Excellent Free Books to Learn BASIC

    BASIC (Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages whose design philosophy emphasizes ease of use. In 1964, John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz designed the original BASIC language at Dartmouth College. They wanted to enable students in fields other than science and mathematics to use computers. At the time, nearly all use of computers required writing custom software, which was something only scientists and mathematicians tended to learn.

    The advent of the personal computer was crucial to the success of BASIC. The language was designed for hobbyists, and as personal computers became more accessible to this audience, books of BASIC programs and BASIC games surged in popularity.

    BASIC is generally not regarded as the easiest way to take the first steps in learning the art of programming. But it does not hinder beginners from learning how to program, or teach them bad habits. And it’s the highest low-level language. Even today, there remains value in learning BASIC.

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A detailed look at Ubuntu’s new experimental ZFS installer

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 04:52

Although there isn't any support built into Eoan's apt package manager for automatically taking snapshots yet, we can demonstrate a snapshot—oops—rollback moment manually. In the above gallery, first we take a ZFS snapshot. Eoan has split our root filesystem into tons of little datasets (more on that later), so we use the -r option for zfs snapshot to recursively take snapshots throughout the entire tree.

Now that we've insured ourselves against mistakes, we do something we're going to regret. For the purposes of this demo, we're just removing Firefox—but we could really recover from anything up to and including an rm -rf --no-preserve-root / this way with a little extra legwork. After removing Firefox, we need to roll back our snapshots to restore the system to its original condition.

Since the root filesystem is scattered through a bunch of individual datasets, we need to roll them all back individually. Although this is a pain for the casual user without additional tooling, it does make it possible to do more granular restore operations if we're feeling picky—like rolling back the root filesystem without rolling back /home. Ubuntu will undoubtedly eventually have tooling to make this easier, but for the moment, we do a bit of sysadmin-fu and pipe zfs list to grep to awk to xargs, oh my.

The command line acrobatics might have been obnoxious, but the rollback itself was instantaneous, and Firefox has returned. It still doesn't work quite right, though, due to orphaned filehandles—we rolled back a live mounted root filesystem, which is kind of a cowboy thing to do. To make things entirely right, a reboot is necessary—but after the reboot, everything's the way it once was, and without the need to wait through any lengthy Windows Restore Point-style groveling over the filesystem.

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Mozilla: Firefox, Rust and XUL Extensions

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 04:18
  • These Weeks in Firefox: Issue 66
  • How to speed up the Rust compiler some more in 2019

    In July I wrote about my efforts to speed up the Rust compiler in 2019. I also described how the Rust compiler has gotten faster in 2019, with compile time reductions of 20-50% on most benchmarks. Now that Q3 is finished it’s a good time to see how things have changed since then.

  • Extensions in Firefox 70

    Welcome to another round of new additions and changes to extensions, this time in Firefox 70. We have a new API, some improvements on existing APIs, and some great additions to Firefox Developer Tools to make it easier to debug your extensions.


    We’ve made a few improvements to the downloads API in Firefox 70. By popular request, the Referer header is now allowed in the browser.downloads.download API’s headers object. This allows extensions, such as download managers, to download files for sites that require a referrer to be set.

    Also, we’ve improved error reporting for failed downloads. In addition to previously reported failures, the browser.downloads.download API will now report an error in case of various http 4xx failures. This makes the API more compatible with Chrome and gives developers a way to react to these errors in their code.

  • Last version

    Yesterday I released Mail Redirect 0.10.5, which may very well be the last version of Mail Redirect, at least in this form. The version contains some small bug fixes, with relation to compatibility with other extensions, Cardbook and Thunderbird Conversations to be precise.

    I already started trying to make Mail Redirect compatible with Thunderbird 71.0a1, when the Thunderbird developers announced that support traditional XUL-overlay add-ons, which Mail Redirect is, will be dropped in Thunderbird 72. This means that any effort I put in the add-on now with relation to compatibility with future Thunderbird versions will stop working in a month or so, so that won’t do any good.

    The good thing is that XUL-overlay add-ons will beep working in this major ESR-release, so Mail Redirect 0.10.5 will keep on working in Thunderbird 68., and will only stop working in Daily and Beta and in the next major Thunderbird release 76, which is planned to be released somewhere in july, I think.

    I haven’t decided what to do with Mail Redirect. In order to keep on working in Thunderbird 72+, I need to convert it to a WebExtension Experiment, but that will be a major rewrite and the future of WebExtension Experiments isn’t clear either. Thunderbird developers indicated that support for WebExtension Experiments will also be dropped somewhere in the future, so I’m not quite convinced yet that it will be worth the effort.

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8 of the Best IoT Projects Using Arduino

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 04:12

If you’re an electronics hobbyist, chances are you’ve heard of the Arduino. It’s a tiny computer that you can use to do surprisingly complex things. It also happens to be behind a fair number of Internet of Things projects.

While some people reach a for Raspberry Pi or something even more powerful, an Arduino or Arduino Uno might be all you need. We’ve put together a list of IoT projects that prove this to be true.

Also: py-videocore6 Raspberry Pi 4 GPGPU Python Library Leverages VideoCore 6 GPU

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Events: CopyleftConf, LibreOffice Conference, Kubernetes Contributor Summit

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 04:05
  • Announcing the Second Annual CopyleftConf!

    Last year's event was the first ever CopyleftConf. It was great! We have some videos up and more are coming. Also, our call for proposals is open now, through the end of the month -- we'd love to hear from you.

    The response was really positive and we're looking forward to putting on a fantastic 2020 event. Because last year's event was so well attended, we've gotten a larger venue for this year.

    Participants from throughout the copyleft world ? developers, strategists, enforcement organizations, scholars and critics ? will be welcomed for an in-depth, high bandwidth, and expert-level discussion about the day-to-day details of using copyleft licensing, obstacles facing copyleft and the future of copyleft as a strategy to advance and defend software freedom for users and developers around the world.

  • Nine more videos from the LibreOffice Conference 2019

    Yes, we’ve uploaded some more presentations from the recent LibreOffice Conference 2019 in Almeria, Spain. Many of these cover interoperability between LibreOffice and other office software.

  • Contributor Summit San Diego Schedule Announced!

    There are many great sessions planned for the Contributor Summit, spread across five rooms of current contributor content in addition to the new contributor workshops. Since this is an upstream contributor summit and we don’t often meet, being a globally distributed team, most of these sessions are discussions or hands-on labs, not just presentations. We want folks to learn and have a good time meeting their OSS teammates.

    Unconference tracks are returning from last year with sessions to be chosen Monday morning. These are ideal for the latest hot topics and specific discussions that contributors want to have. In previous years, we’ve covered flaky tests, cluster lifecycle, KEPs (Kubernetes Enhancement Proposals), mentoring, security, and more.

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Games: Pine, Playing with Godot and Valve's ACO Work

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 04:02
  • Open-world action adventure 'Pine' where humans are not top of the food chain is now available

    Pine certainly looks good, a proper open-world action adventure with a story depicting humans who never reached the top of the food chain. It just release with Linux support today.

    Note: Both the publisher and GOG sent a copy for us.

  • Playing with Godot

    I guess it is quite common to start the path towards programming by making games. I started with a simple guess the number on my dad?s zx81 back in the day. He must have written most of it, but I felt proud of the result, so I will claim that it was mine.

    I?ve experimented with various ways to get my kids into programming. Everything from board games, online resources, scratch, building shitty robots, and so on. They get it, but it is hard to move on from the basics to being able to start from a clean sheet of paper and create something.

    During the summer, I decided to look into the various options and tried using Unity and Godot. After a couple of experiments, I settled on using Godot. Partly because of its open nature, but also because as a tool, it does the job I need it to do just as well as Unity.

  • Valve's Radeon "ACO" Vulkan Compiler Back-End Now Supports Navi

    The promising ACO compiler back-end for the Radeon "RADV" Vulkan driver now has support for GFX10/Navi graphics!

    ACO was recently merged into Mesa 19.3 for this Valve-funded, gaming-focused Vulkan shader compiler back-end for RADV. But up until now it has only supported GFX8 and GFX9 hardware while now initial Navi/GFX10 support has been merged. ACO ultimately aims to deliver better performance over the existing back-end while also more quickly compiling shaders to help with game load times.

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Security Leftovers

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 03:58

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Screencasts/Audiocasts/Shows: SparkyLinux 5.9 Run Through, Linux Headlines, Ubuntu Podcast and Talk Python to Me

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 03:52
  • SparkyLinux 5.9 Run Through

    In this video, we are looking at SparkyLinux 5.9. Enjoy!

  • 2019-10-10 | Linux Headlines

    The Tor Project blacklists old relays, GitLab plans to introduce telemetry, Steam is working on a new multiplayer feature, The Matrix Project announces new funding, and AMP is getting a new home.

  • Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E27 – Exile

    This week we’ve been playing LEGO Worlds and tinkering with Thinkpads. We round up the news and goings on from the Ubuntu community, introduce a new segment, share some events and discuss our news picks from the tech world.

    It’s Season 12 Episode 27 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

  • Talk Python to Me: #233 The Masonite Python Web Framework

    Folks, it's not like the old days where there were just a couple of web frameworks for building apps with Python. These days there are many. One of those frameworks is the Masonite web framework created by Joseph Mancuso. Joseph is here today to tell us all about Masonite, what makes it special, it's core value proposition for web developers and much more.

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IBM/Red Hat and Fedora: CentOS, Ceph, Mainframes and Fedora Migration/Refresh

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 03:38
  • Download CentOS 8 ? DVD ISO Image

    CentOS is a Linux operating system, which is a 100% compatible rebuild of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. A user can download and use this enterprise-level operating system free of cost. CentOS 8 is the latest version available to download.

  • Modern continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline for traditional provisioning: Your questions answered (Part 1)

    During a recent webinar titled, “Modern continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline for traditional provisioning,” we received a lot of interest and many questions regarding the topic. Some of the questions were coming in at a very rapid rate and we were not able to address them all. As a followup to our webinar, we have decided to put the answers to those questions into this blog post. The questions are listed below.

  • Red Hat Ceph object store on Dell EMC servers (Part 1)

    Organizations are increasingly being tasked with managing billions of files and tens to hundreds of petabytes of data. Object storage is well suited to these challenges, both in the public cloud and on-premise. Organizations need to understand how to best configure and deploy software, hardware, and network components to serve a diverse range of data intensive workloads.

    This blog series details how to build robust object storage infrastructure using a combination of Red Hat Ceph Storage coupled with Dell EMC storage servers and networking. Both large-object and small-object synthetic workloads were applied to the test system and the results subjected to performance analysis. Testing also evaluated the ability of the system under test to scale beyond a billion objects.

  • Why Linux Developers Should Reconsider IBM Mainframes

    When mainframes were mainstream, many software professionals in the industry today were not even born yet. Mainframe computers have an extensive history, which makes it tempting to call them old, but today’s mainframes are extremely mature, fast, reliable and powerful. In fact, they are critical to the modern economy: Top airlines, banks, insurance companies and health care corporations rely on mainframe computing.

    One of the organizations keeping this technology with the times is IBM, with its IBM Z family of mainframe computers. Some of these mainframes—like the 31-bit s390 and, later, the 64-bit s390x architecture—were originally designed and built in the 1960s, and they have continued to evolve and modernize.

    “IBM still sells a lot of these even today,” said Elizabeth K. Joseph, a seasoned open source advocate who recently joined IBM as the developer advocate for its Z architectures. These machines run operating systems including z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and z/TPF, as well as Linux-based distributions like Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

  • Fedora localization platform migrates to Weblate

    Fedora Project provides an operating system that is used in a wide variety of languages and cultures. To make it easy for non-native English speakers to use Fedora, significant effort is made to translate the user interfaces, websites and other materials.

    Part of this work is done in the Fedora translation platform, which will migrate to Weblate in the coming months.

    This migration was mandatory as development and maintenance of Zanata — the previous translation platform — ceased in 2018.

    There are a number of translation platforms available, but having a translation platform that is open source, answering Fedora Project’s needs, and likely to be long-lived are key considerations in choosing Weblate. Most other translation platforms being closed source or lacking features.

  • F30-20191009 updated Live Isos released

    The Fedora Respins SIG is pleased to announce the latest release of Updated F30-20190904 Live ISOs, carrying the 5.2.18-200 kernel.

    This set of updated isos will save considerable amounts of updates after install. ((for new installs.)(New installs of Workstation have 1.2GB of updates)).

    A huge thank you goes out to irc nicks dowdle, Southern-Gentleman for testing these iso.

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Try App Outlet On Xubuntu, Universal App Store for Linux Desktop!

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 03:28

In a forum, I often read the debate between the use of several types of package formats on Linux. In Ubuntu we know a variety of applications that are packaged in various packages. Examples are Flatpak, Appimage, Snap, Apt and others.

Sometimes, one user and another have different opinions when choosing a package. An example is in my post about the advantages of appimage. There are some comments about this package. There are pros and cons to this package. All returned to user needs. We cannot generalize the needs and choices of users who choose certain packages.

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IDAD 2019: Join us on October 12th, and use this special dust jacket to uphold the right to read

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 03:27

Each year we stage the International Day Against DRM (IDAD) to help others learn about the dangers of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). For this year's IDAD on October 12th, we are focusing in particular on the increasing and disturbing amount of DRM present in ebooks and other online educational materials. Having so thoroughly invaded our leisure time, the digital infection known as DRM should not be allowed to spread into the classroom. Joining us in the fight for IDAD 2019 are the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, and The Document Foundation, among ten other participating organizations we are privileged to have standing with us in the fight against DRM.

In a bid to become the "Netflix of textbooks," and like many other publishers, Pearson is doing the opposite of what anyone committed to education should do: severely restricting a student's access to the materials they need for their courses through arbitrary page limits, "rented" books that disappear, and many which require a constant Internet connection.

Publishers like Pearson should not be allowed to decide the rigidly specific conditions under which a student can learn. No book should spy on your reading habits or simply "disappear" after you have had it for too long. In the digital age, it is unacceptable for a publisher to impose the same principles of scarcity that would apply to a physical product to a digital file. The computing revolution was caused by files being shared, not merely rented. Imposing these limitations on digital media is an attack on user freedom, no matter how much corporate PR may spin the story. It's our aim to let the world know that we support the rights of readers. You could say that for IDAD 2019, Defective by Design has you covered.

Also: parted-3.3 released [stable]

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Tiny module and dev kit run Android or Linux on Snapdragon 845

Pet, 10/11/2019 - 02:59

Intrinsyc announced a tiny “Open-Q 845 uSOM” and development kit that runs Android 9 or Yocto Linux on the octa-core Snapdragon 845. The module offers up to 6GB LPDDR4 and 64GB flash plus a WiFi/BT module.

In Feb. 2018 in conjunction with the launch of Qualcomm’s high-end, AI-enabled Snapdragon 845 (SDA845) SoC, Intrinsyc announced an Open-Q 845 HDK for the SoC aimed primarily at mobile phone developers. The Open-Q 845 comprised a Mini-ITX board with the Snapdragon 845 delivered via a compute module, but we never saw a separate SOM offering until now. The new Open-Q 845 uSOM is a 50 x 25mm mini-module like Intrinsyc’s Snapdragon 820-based Open-Q 820 µSOM. It’s supported by a Mini-ITX form-factor Open-Q 845 μSOM Development Kit, which is similar due to ship by the end of the year.

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Austrumi Linux Has Great Potential if You Speak Its Language

Čet, 10/10/2019 - 20:13

This distro needs only limited system resources. Requirements include an Intel-compatible Pentium 2 processor or later and at least 512 MB of RAM. You can stretch this minimal memory level by running the "boot:nocache" option if the computer has less than 512 MB RAM.

No hard drive is needed, but you can find in the system menu an installation tool to place Austrumi Linux on the hard drive or a bootable USB drive. You also can run a live session directly from a bootable DVD if your system has an optical drive.

Other than the lack of adequate English language support within this distro, the only other significant design weakness is the lack of persistent memory if you run the OS without a hard drive installation. This means you can not save personal data and system configurations for your applications.

You can use a USB drive or cloud storage to save personal data. If you use Austrumi Linux as a portable OS, those two storage solutions will be in play anyway.

Austrumi is clearly not targeting non-European users. If developers fixed the language support for non-Latvian speakers, it could be much more convenient to use. Expanding support for other global regions is a critical need for this otherwise very handy performer.

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Google Helps With Linux Scheduling With SchedViz

Čet, 10/10/2019 - 19:58

Google has just open sourced a tool that lets you visualize how your program is being treated under Linux scheduling. The idea is that you can use SchedViz to tune the system.

We all know the best scheduling algorithm to use - my program runs, everything else is suspended. Effective, but not cooperative. To achieve the same result while allowing other programs a chance to use the CPU we need to tune, and perhaps even select, the scheduling algorithm.

The problem is that the basic Linux tools to do the job are lacking and what generally happens is that you guess what might be best. In a modern system such a guess is unlikely to be correct because there are too many variables. Each thread has a priority and these interact under the scheduling policy. It can make a difference which core a thread is assigned to and changing cores is something best avoided.

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