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Openwashing, Microsoft Censorship of FOSS, and Microsoft Making Traps 'Open'

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 21:16

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Nemške šole ne smejo uporabljati oblaka Office 365

Slo-Tech - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 20:58
Nemške šole ne smejo uporabljati oblaka Office 365 Slo-Tech - Krepi se zavedanje, da oblačne storitve pomenijo, da imamo svoje podatke v računalniku nekoga drugega, s čimer se odrečemo delu nadzora nad njimi. Informacijski pooblaščenec v nemški zvezni državi Hessen je v skladu s tem odločil, da je v šolah uporaba Officea 365 (in drugih podobnih oblačnih storitev) nezakonita, ker ni možno zagotoviti varovanja osebnih podatkov. Gre za sklep večletnih javnih debat in preiskav. Več na Slo-Techu.

Linux 5.3: XFS, Networking and NVIDIA's Graphics Driver

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 20:34
  • XFS Gets Cleaned Up In Linux 5.3 Kernel Development Activity

    While not too eventful on the end-user feature front, the XFS file-system has seen another round of clean-ups with the ongoing Linux 5.3 merge window.

    XFS maintainer Darrick Wong characterized the feature work for XFS in Linux 5.3 as "significant amounts of consolidations and cleanups in the log code; restructuring of the log to issue struct bios directly; new bulkstat ioctls to return v5 fs inode information (and fix all the padding problems of the old ioctl); the beginnings of multithreaded inode walks (e.g. quotacheck); and a reduction in memory usage in the online scrub code leading to reduced runtimes."

  • Networking Changes For Linux 5.3 Bring New Google Driver But No WireGuard

    The networking subsystem updates were sent out on Wednesday for the Linux 5.3 kernel and include a bunch of improvements to many different drivers.

    The networking changes are heavy as usual and include improvements to pretty much all of the common networking drivers.

  • NVIDIA's Graphics Driver Will Run Into Problems With Linux 5.3 On IBM POWER

    For those using the NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver on an IBM POWER system, it could be a while before seeing Linux 5.3+ kernel support. Upstream has removed code depended upon by the NVIDIA binary driver for supporting the POWER architecture and as is the case they don't care that it will break NVIDIA driver support since it's binary/out-of-tree.

    The POWER changes for Linux 5.3 remove NPU DMA code. In the pull request they do acknowledge this DMA code is "used by the out-of-tree Nvidia driver, as well as some other functions only used by drivers that haven't (yet?) made it upstream."

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antiX-19-b2-full (64 and 32 bit) available

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 20:22

Our second beta build of the upcoming antiX-19 release, based on Debian Buster and systemd-free.

Changes since beta1.

* Inclusion of connman-bluetooth-firmware
* New app – App Select – Quickly find all installed apps.
* 4.9.182 ‘Sack Panic’ patched kernel
* New ‘antiX’ category added to menu
* New themes, icons and wallpaper
* Various bugfixes.

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today's leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 19:56
  • London Launches Open Source App for Homebuilding

    Bryden Wood, Cast, and the Mayor of London have launched a new app to speed up the capital’s home building. The freely-available app, titled PRISM, is aimed at the design and construction of high-quality, factory-built homes to address the current demand of 50,000+ houses per year.

  • Facebook just released this new open source JavaScript engine
  • Amazon, Microsoft Wage War Over the Pentagon’s ‘War Cloud’

    Amazon and Microsoft are battling it out over a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first “war cloud” computing system. But Amazon’s early hopes of a shock-and-awe victory may be slipping away.

    Formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan, or JEDI, the military’s computing project would store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the Pentagon to use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities. The Defense Department hopes to award the winner-take-all contract as soon as August. Oracle and IBM were eliminated at an earlier round of the contract competition.

    But that’s only if the project isn’t derailed first. It faces a legal challenge by Oracle and growing congressional concerns about alleged Pentagon favoritism toward Amazon. Military officials hope to get started soon on what will be a decade-long business partnership they describe as vital to national security.

    “This is not your grandfather’s internet,” said Daniel Goure, vice president of the Lexington Institute, a defense-oriented think tank. “You’re talking about a cloud where you can go from the Pentagon literally to the soldier on the battlefield carrying classified information.”

    Amazon was considered an early favorite when the Pentagon began detailing its cloud needs in 2017, but its candidacy has been marred by an Oracle allegation that Amazon executives and the Pentagon have been overly cozy. Oracle has a final chance to make its case against Amazon — and the integrity of the government’s bidding process — in a court hearing Wednesday.

    “This is really the cloud sweepstakes, which is why there are such fierce lawsuits,” said Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives.

  • Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93

    Fernando Corbató, whose work on computer time-sharing in the 1960s helped pave the way for the personal computer, as well as the computer password, died on Friday at a nursing home in Newburyport, Mass. He was 93.

    His wife, Emily Corbató, said the cause was complications of diabetes. At his death he was a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Dr. Corbató, who spent his entire career at M.I.T., oversaw a project in the early 1960s called the Compatible Time-Sharing System, or C.T.S.S., which allowed multiple users in different locations to access a single computer simultaneously through telephone lines.

  • Do you need a workstation? Do you care?

    Once upon a time — a long time ago — if you needed a workstation, you knew who you were and you knew how to get it: ask IT. Alternatively: whine, bully, and demand it from IT. And the machine you got would have a RISC-based processor, a customized UNIX operating system, and would likely be a branded model and possibly customized for your job and applications.

    [...]

    Microsoft allied with Intel to destroy the specialized workstation market, and thus began the long confusing story of Windows workstations.

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today's howtos and programming leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 19:54

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Proprietary Software Insecurity

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 19:50
  • Why recent hacks show Apple’s security strength, not its weakness [Ed: Spinning bug doors as a strength? Apple has its share of liars coming to the rescue of proprietary software (not the first such bug). Moving from Microsoft to Apple "for security" is like swapping vodka for rum to cure one's liver.]

    It might be tempting to follow that line of thinking in light of two recent stories of vulnerabilities affecting the Mac and the Apple Watch. In the first instance, the Zoom video-calling app could be abused to let someone spy on you through your webcam. In the second, a flaw in Apple’s Walkie Talkie app could let a hacker eavesdrop on your iPhone conversations. They’re both troubling security issues.

  • Eavesdropping Concerns Cause Apple Watch’s Walkie-Talkie App to Be Disabled

    Just like any other Internet of things device, it’s important to remember that smartwatches are still devices. And many cool features can also be used for unethical purposes. There is always another side of the coin.

    This is what Apple Watch users found this week when Apple disabled the Walkie-Talkie app when it was discovered that it allowed users to listen in on each other’s iPhone calls without the other person’s knowledge.

  • 250M Accounts Affected By ‘TrickBot’ Trojan’s New Cookie Stealing Ability

    Popular malware TrickBot is back and this time it has learned some new capabilities like stealing cookies. So far, it has infected around 250 million Gmail accounts.

    As per the research firm Deep Instinct, among the affected accounts, some belonging to the governments of the US, the UK, and Canada have also fallen victim to TrickBot.

  • TrickBooster – TrickBot’s Email-Based Infection Module - Deep Instinct

    Seeing a signed malware binary delivered to a customer environment prompted us to investigate further. We analyzed the malware sample and found swaths of PowerShell code in its memory. Analysis of this PowerShell code immediately led us to the conclusion that we are dealing with a mail-bot.

  • A better zip bomb

    This article shows how to construct a non-recursive zip bomb that achieves a high compression ratio by overlapping files inside the zip container. "Non-recursive" means that it does not rely on a decompressor's recursively unpacking zip files nested within zip files: it expands fully after a single round of decompression. The output size increases quadratically in the input size, reaching a compression ratio of over 28 million (10 MB → 281 TB) at the limits of the zip format. Even greater expansion is possible using 64-bit extensions. The construction uses only the most common compression algorithm, DEFLATE, and is compatible with most zip parsers.

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Some Cool Applications Developed by TeejeeTech!

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 19:34

Linux is a kernel that is currently experiencing many developments. As a user, we might want to try other kernels or upgrade the latest kernel to a computer system. Users need to be careful when changing the kernel, because this section is one of the important parts of a computer system.

But you can use Ukuu to make it easier to install and replace the kernel, because this application is an easy-to-use GUI Tool.

Based on the information I got on the Teejectech web, Starting from version 19.01, Ukuu turned into a paid license. This is because of the lack of donations needed to continue developing this application. But for those of you who have donated to Ukuu in the past, you can contact Teejeetech via email if you want to request a paid license from this application.

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Games in GNOME, New KDE Plasma5 for Slackware and KDE Wiki

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 19:28
  • Andrei Lisita: Getting closer

    Since my last blog post I have been on a short vacation but I have also managed to make some progress on my GSoC project again with guidance from my mentor.

    [...]

    Every savestate also has a creation date which is displayed in the menu, but that’s certainly not as eye-catching as the screenshots.

    There are still many missing features and things that need improving (such as the date formatting) but with every commit I feel that I am getting closer to the finished project.

  • KDE Plasma5 for Slackware, introducing Qt 5.13 in the July’19 update

    Now that all major components of the KDE software stack have fresh new releases, I bundled them for Slackware-current and voila: KDE-5_19.07.

    I have uploaded KDE-5_19.07 to my ‘ktown‘ repository. As always, these packages are meant to be installed on a full installation of Slackware-current which has had its KDE4 removed first. These packages will not work on Slackware 14.2.

  • The new userbase wiki

    When you find a kool feature in KDE software, you can write a small tutorial or just a small paragraph about it and the KDE Userbase Wiki is the right place to publish it. You don’t need to know how to code, have perfect English or know how MediaWiki’s formatting work, to contribute. We also need translators.

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Facebook se je s FTC poravnal za 5 milijard USD

Slo-Tech - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 19:24
Facebook se je s FTC poravnal za 5 milijard USD

vir: Flickr

vir: The VergeThe Verge - Ameriška Zvezna komisija za trgovino (FTC) se je z vodstvom Facebooka pogodila za poravnavo, potem, ko je zoper podjetje sprožila preiskavo glede domnevnega kršenja zasebnosti uporabnikov. V ospredju preiskave je bila afera Cambridge Analytica, v kateri je istoimensko podjetje dostopalo do osebnih podatkov 87 milijonov uporabnikov tega družabnega omrežja. Več na Slo-Techu.

Games: RetroArch, Cortex Command, Psychonauts 2, Fate Hunters, OpenHMD and Rings of Saturn

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 18:59
  • RetroArch will be Steam’s biggest emulation launch yet, coming July 30

    De Matteis tells Ars that this Steam version has been in the works "for a few months now," and he expresses specific interest in using Steamworks' Web API for future RetroArch builds. If such features are built, he says, that would create a fork in RetroArch's build distribution; until then, what you download from RetroArch's official site will be identical to the builds on Steam. (In a long-story-short explanation, De Matteis says that the Web API may prove necessary for the following red-tape reason: "There are certain licensing 'how many angels can stand on the head of a pin' issues that pertain to the Steamworks SDK and how the GPL license interprets what constitutes a system library or not.")

    [...]

    In addition to answering our questions, De Matteis coughed up one interesting bit of additional news. The 1997 N64 racing game Extreme-G may receive a retail Steam launch at an undetermined point in the future, and should this come to pass, RetroArch and its Mupen64plus emulator will power the game's Steam version. (De Matteis described this process as "talks," as opposed to a confirmed retail launch.) This would be a wholly separate download from RetroArch's free Steam download, and it would require publisher Throwback Entertainment to abide by a GPL license for the emulator front-end. "We went to great lengths to ensure all involved parties like Mupen64plus were kept in the loop on this and to make sure we got their approval," De Matteis says.

  • Cortex Command from Data Realms goes open source

    Cortex Command, a side-scrolling 2D action game originally released back in 2012 has now officially gone open source.

    In the announcement, it seems this is part of a marketing drive for their new game Planetoid Pioneers Online. Quite a nice way to do it though, I'm certainly not complaining. I think it would be great if more developers did this to their older games to help them live on.

  • Double Fine Productions have delayed Psychonauts 2 until next year, all versions still planned

    Double Fine Productions announced on their Fig campaign for Psychonauts 2 that there's going to be a delay, with it now due in 2020.

    Let's get to the good news first, they continue to confirm all previously mentioned platforms will be delivered which obviously includes the Linux version, just like they said before. As for the delay, they simply said it will be "next year" with no clear roadmap being given out yet.

  • Fate Hunters, another roguelike card-game with Linux support is leaving Early Access soon

    Another possible game to look at if you enjoy the likes of Slay the Spire, as Fate Hunters from Tower Games has Linux support.

  • OpenHMD version 0.3.0 is out, almost three years after the last version

    The team behind OpenHMD have now officially announced version 0.3.0, which comes with a huge amount of changes and new hardware support.

    What exactly is OpenHMD? Its aim is to provide a FOSS API and drivers for hardware like Virtual Reality Headsets and Controllers. They're hoping to support as many devices as they possibly can, while also being cross-platform.

    From this release they now support: 3Glasses D3 (first-party support from 3Glasses), Oculus Rift CV1 (rotational), HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro (rotational), NOLO VR (Positional including Controller support), Windows Mixed Reality HMD support (rotational), Deepoon E2, GearVR Gen1. Sadly PSVR is currently disabled due to issues, sounds like it may return later though.

  • Top-down hard sci-fi space game "Rings of Saturn" to launch in Early Access next month

    Kodera Software have released a new trailer for their hard sci-f game Rings of Saturn, with a release date teaser for Steam Early Access included.

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Fedora vs. Ubuntu: Linux Distros Compared

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 18:45

Fedora is a free and open source Linux-based operating system that has been around since 2003. Red Hat, the world’s largest open source company prior to being bought by IBM, sponsors the project. Fedora serves as the foundation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a version of Linux intended for companies and servers rather than personal desktop use.

Ubuntu became the most popular Linux-based operating system not long after launching in 2004. Billionaire Mark Shuttleworth created a company called Canonical whose purpose was to create a version of Linux for general computer users. Ubuntu was that desktop.

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Top 5 Linux Distros That Are Worth Your Attention

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 18:22

For users who do not know, Linux is a family of open source operating systems which is available in a large number of variations which are often referred to as “distros”. The word “open source” means that every Linux user holds the right to alter or redistribute their very own customised version of Linux with or without a charge.

To make it easier to understand, the core of the OS which is the “Linux Kernel” can be referred to as a universal engine. While users have the option to choose the type of car body or the features that they desire, as per their wants and requirements. Due to its open source nature, the Linux Core is picked up by several organisations or even small group of computer nerds that have developed their very own “distro’s”. Out of hundreds of registered Linux flavours, we have compiled a list of top 5 options that you must check out.

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KDE Frameworks 5.60.0

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 18:18

KDE Frameworks are over 70 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the KDE Frameworks web page.

This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner.

Also: KDE Frameworks 5.60 Released With Many Changes & Fixes

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KDE Itinerary - Vector Graphic Barcodes

tuxmachines.org - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 18:15

I have previously written about why we are interested in barcodes for the KItinerary extractor. This time it’s more about the how, specifically how we find and decode vector graphic barcodes in PDF files, something KItinerary wasn’t able to do until very recently.

While PDF is a vector graphics format, most barcodes we encounter in there are actually stored as images. Technically this might not be the cleanest or most efficient way, but it makes KItinerary’s life very easy: We just iterate over all images found in the PDF, and feed them into the barcode decoder.

It’s of course a bit more complicated to make this as efficient as possible, but conceptually you could script this with Poppler’s pdfimages command line tool and ZXing with just a few lines of code.

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NVIDIA's Graphics Driver Will Run Into Problems With Linux 5.3 On IBM POWER

Phoronix - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 17:26
For those using the NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver on an IBM POWER system, it could be a while before seeing Linux 5.3+ kernel support. Upstream has removed code depended upon by the NVIDIA binary driver for supporting the POWER architecture and as is the case they don't care that it will break NVIDIA driver support since it's binary/out-of-tree...

KDE Plasma 5.16 Released

Slashdot Linux - Sob, 07/13/2019 - 16:34
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