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Norveška: Facebook, Google, Microsoft uporabnikom otežujejo nedeljenje podatkov

Slo-Tech - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 23:09
Norveška: Facebook, Google, Microsoft uporabnikom otežujejo nedeljenje podatkov Slo-Tech - Norveški državni svet za zaščito potrošnikov (Forbrukerrådet) je izdal izčrpno poročilo o varovanju zasebnosti na Facebooku, v Googlovih storitvah in v Windows 10, v katerem ugotavlja sistemske pomanjkljivosti. Poročilo je nastalo tudi zaradi nove direktive GDPR, ki je varovanje osebnih podatkov v EU zaostrila. V poročilu navajajo več primerov, kako so podjetja namenoma oblikovale izdelke tako, da so privzete nastavitve uporabnikovi zasebnosti manj naklonjene, njihovo spreminjanje pa je zaradi dizajna netrivialna in nelogična naloga. Ker se uporabi vsaj enega izmed navedenih izdelkov skorajda ne moremo izogniti, so v nadaljevanju podali kopico priporočil, kako lahko omejimo deljenje svojih podatkov. Več na Slo-Techu.

Swannove pametne kamere pošiljale posnetke naokoli

Slo-Tech - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 22:26
Swannove pametne kamere pošiljale posnetke naokoli Slo-Tech - Proizvajalcu pametnih nadzornih kamer Swann se je pripetil podoben incident, kot je bilo Alexino snemanje in pošiljanje pogovora naključnemu stiku. Louisa Lewis, ki uporablja kamero tega proizvajalca, je v soboto dobila opozorilo, da je kamera zaznala gibanje, in pripete posnetke dogajanja. To bi bilo normalno delovanje, le da Louisa Lewis ni dobila posnetkov iz svojega doma temveč neznane družine. Druga nevšečnost za Swann pa je dejstvo, da je Louisa Lewis BBC-jeva novinarka, ki je seveda takoj preiskala incident. Več na Slo-Techu.

Games: Kingdoms and Castles, Nimbatus - The Space Drone Constructor and More

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 19:48

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Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux With OpenGL/Vulkan On GTX 1060/1080 Ti & RX 580/Vega 64

Phoronix - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 17:41
Here are our latest benchmark numbers for looking at the performance of Windows 10 vs. Linux for OpenGL/Vulkan graphics driver performance for both NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon hardware using the latest drivers as of June 2018 for OpenGL and Vulkan.

Huston: Another 10 years later

LWN.net - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 17:04
Worth a read: Geoff Huston's writeup of how the net has evolved over the last ten years and where it may be going. "Perhaps this increased resistance to change is because as the size of the network increases, its inertial mass also increases. We used to quote Metcalf’s Law to each other, reciting the mantra that the value of a network increases in proportion to the square of the number of users. A related observation appears to be that a network’s inherent resistance to change, or inertial mass, is also directly related to the square of the number of users as well."

Poettering: Portable Services with systemd v239

LWN.net - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 16:40
Lennart Poettering describes the new systemd "portable service" feature, which appears to be a new take on containers. "Both resource bundling and isolation/sand-boxing are concepts systemd has implemented to varying degrees for a longer time. Specifically, RootDirectory= and RootImage= have been around for a long time, and so have been the various sand-boxing features systemd provides. The Portable Services concept builds on that, putting these features together in a new, integrated way to make them more accessible and usable."

Software: MindForger, GPMDP, and Proprietary Exit

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 16:28
  • MindForger – More Than A Notebook and Markdown IDE

    Hello lovers of FOSS! You trust FossMint to inform you of the best apps the Open Source world has to offer and today we have another title in fulfillment of your expectation.

    If you haven’t used MindForger before then you’re in for a pleasant one.

    MindForger is a modern, free, open-source, privacy-focused and performance-driven Markdown IDE for creating, editing, and managing all types of notes.

  • YouTube Music Support Lands In Google Play Music Desktop Player (GPMDP)

    The Google Play Music Desktop Player (GPMDP) app has been updated with support for the new YouTube Music. GPMDP is a cross platform desktop player for Google Play Music, and now YouTube Music, which adds extra features on top of Google's music service(s), like desktop integration, as well as various customization settings. The Google Play Music Desktop Player (GPMDP) app has been updated with support for the new YouTube Music. GPMDP is a cross platform desktop player for Google Play Music, and now YouTube Music, which adds extra features on top of Google's music service(s), like desktop integration, as well as various customization settings.

  • What proprietary tool do you wish had an open source alternative?

    Whatever the reason, we feel your pain, and we'd love to hear what irks you the most. What proprietary tool do you most want to rid your life of, but just haven't found the way to do so yet? And don't worry, there's hope. The open source community has built great alternatives to everything from AutoCAD to Minecraft, from Trello to Gmail, and from Slack to Acrobat.

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Servers: TOP500, Kubernetes, Blockchain, and 'DevOps'

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 16:25
  • Linux Finally Stands Alone on the TOP500 Supercomputer List [Ed: Finally? No. That happened in past years.]

    The new TOP500 list, which shows the 500 most powerful computer units in the entire world, shows some form of the Linux kernel powering every single machine that packs that kind of processing ability. Linux has already been the force behind most of the world’s most powerful computers for years, so this isn’t a surprising fact.

    What’s more surprising is how long it’s taken to get to this point since the kernel was only finally able to shove all other operating systems off the list back in November.

  • Why Kubernetes Is the New Application Server

    Have you ever wondered why you are deploying your multi-platform applications using containers? Is it just a matter of “following the hype”? In this article, I’m going to ask some provocative questions to make my case for Why Kubernetes is the new application server.

  • As Cloud Computing Providers Post Record Profits, One Company Wants to Make Them Obsolete

    Another blockchain-based startup, called AXEL, is similarly trying to wrest a portion of the cloud from large stakeholders—this time, cloud storage. By letting users set up their own remote storage devices, rather than paying an exorbitant monthly fee for access to a terabyte of storage space, AXEL users simply can buy a cheap terabyte drive, plug it in to their desktop at home and link it to their AXEL account—at that point, they have an entirely private connection to that HDD that allows full cloud access without even the possibility of outside interference or surveillance by the service provider. And if you want another five terabyte of cloud storage? It's as easy as buying five more terabytes of storage and hooking them up to the network. Since you own the drives, moving a file onto a linked drive takes zero upload time—it's in your cloud-linked folders, after all, and thus has nowhere else it needs to go.

  • How Important Is Open Source for DevOps, Really?

    Depending on your perspective, you might believe that DevOps and open source go hand in hand. Or you may think that, quite to the contrary, the two have little to do with each other. There are good arguments to be made for both interpretations.

  • Blockchain evolution: A quick guide and why open source is at the heart of it

    It isn't uncommon, when working on a new version of an open source project, to suffix it with "-ng", for "next generation." Fortunately, in their rapid evolution blockchains have so far avoided this naming pitfall. But in this evolutionary open source ecosystem, changes have been abundant, and good ideas have been picked up, remixed, and evolved between many different projects in a typical open source fashion.

    In this article, I will look at the different generations of blockchains and what ideas have emerged to address the problems the ecosystem has encountered. Of course, any attempt at classifying an ecosystem will have limits—and objectors—but it should provide a rough guide to the jungle of blockchain projects.

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Desktop: MintBox Mini 2, Linux Mint and Chromebooks

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 16:23
  • MintBox Mini 2 now available for purchase with Linux Mint 19 'Tara' pre-installed

    Back in March, we reported on the Mintbox Mini 2 -- a diminutive Linux Mint desktop PC manufactured by a company called "Compulab." Of course, it can run other distributions too, such as Ubuntu and Fedora. Heck, it can even run Windows 10 if you want/need. This is the second generation of Mintbox Mini with the big difference being a switch from AMD to Intel. The fanless device is not a powerhouse, but it should run the Linux distribution like a champ. Quite frankly, it is very beautiful too -- the fins look cool as hell.

    Barring any last-minute issues, the release of Linux Mint 19 "Tara" is imminent -- it should be made available any day now. As a result, starting today, you can finally order the MintBox Mini 2. Apparently, Compulab was waiting for Tara's release to get closer before taking orders. In addition to the standard model, there is also a "Pro" variant.

  • Monthly News – June 2018

    A huge thank you to all of you who helped us find bugs during the BETA. You sent us so much feedback we had to literally stop reading just so we could focus on processing and fixing what you pointed out. We’ve never received so many reports so fast before. Although we couldn’t possibly answer everyone or fix everything, it helped us fix a lot and improve the quality of Mint 19 significantly since it’s BETA release.

    Many thanks also to our sponsors and to all the people who sent us donations. You help us so we can work on Linux Mint. You’ve been empowering us and supporting us since the start of this project. This is the result of your efforts as well. We hope you’ll enjoy this new release.

  • 18 more Chromebooks, running Apollo Lake chips, get Linux app support

    Chromebooks are slowly becoming more versatile as they gain Android app support and more offline functionality. Linux apps have also come to a select few devices, but it seems like Google is ready to open the floodgates.

    According to XDA-Developers, Linux app support was switched on for all Chromebooks running Intel Apollo Lake processors. There are at least 18 Apollo Lake devices, according to the outlet.

  • Why I’m Glad I Escaped The Wintel Monopoly All Those Years Ago

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DXVK 0.61 Released With Performance Improvements

Phoronix - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 16:17
DXVK 0.61 is out today as the newest version of this Direct3D 11 over Vulkan translation layer to help with running Windows D3D11 games on Wine...

Python 3.7.0 and 3.6.6

LWN.net - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 15:49
The latest feature release of Python, 3.7.0, has been announced, along with the latest maintenance release for Python 3.6, 3.6.6. As noted on the "What's New In Python 3.7" page, there are many significant changes in the release. These include postponed evaluation of type annotations (for performance and simpler forward references to types), insertion-order preservation for dict objects is now part of the language, data classes have been added, async and await are now keywords, there are usability and performance improvements for asyncio, a new C API for thread-local storage has been added, and more. 3.7 will get bug fix updates until shortly after 3.8 is released (in roughly 18 months) and then will get security updates until mid-2023. 3.6 will continue to get bug fixes through the end of 2018 and security fixes into 2021.

Games and Graphics Leftover

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 15:45
  • Action-adventure platformer 'Chasm' has finally finished production

    The long wait for the good looking action-adventure platformer Chasm may soon be over, as the developer has announced they have finished production.

    Bit Kid (previously named Discord Games) said on their latest Kickstarter update, that they've been speaking to Valve (and Sony) about a good launch date that's not too crowded. That's going to be a bit of an issue no matter what though, with so many games coming out all the time it will be hard anyway.

  • The mental destruction heavy game 'Brigador' had another revamp recently

    Brigador is a game about piloting some sort of mech unit or tank and destroying practically everything and it had another revamp recently.

    It's such a different game to the initial release, I have to hand it to Stellar Jockeys for really sticking at it given how ignored they were back with their original release. A shame too, it's a beautiful game and now even more so. The latest update has overhauled the in-game lighting. It always looked good before, now it simply shines!

  • Detective Case and Clown Bot in: The Express Killer to release July 19th with Linux support

    Detective Case and Clown Bot in: The Express Killer, the sequel to Murder in the Hotel Lisbon is set to release on July 19th with Linux support. Murder in the Hotel Lisbon was released in 2013 and went on to sell over 120K copies, so hopefully The Express Killer will be a good follow-up.

  • RadeonSI GL 4.4 Compat Patches Make Wolfenstein & Doom With OpenGL Happy In Wine

    Timothy Arceri at Valve has been working a lot lately on improving the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver's OpenGL compatibility profile support. While he just posted GL 4.0 compatibility profile patches when he thought it would take a while before getting OpenGL 4.4 compatibility support in order, it turns out it wasn't as bad as anticipated.

    Arceri posted the latest set of 18 patches for getting OpenGL 4.4 compatibility support in order. Thanks to help from David Airlie and others, he was able to get the OpenGL 4.4 compatibility profile support in order.

  • Mesa 18.1.3 Is Coming This Week With Many RADV Fixes

    For those sticking to the Mesa stable releases, Mesa 18.1.3 is expected to be out by this weekend and features a few dozen changes.

    Mesa 18.1.3 at this point has just over three dozen patches. With those patches the RADV Vulkan driver stands out as having quite a number of fixes in this release. Besides RADV fixes there are also a number of Meson build system updates, some core GLSL and NIR fixes, and then just the assortment of other small changes/fixes.

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ARM and ReiserFS in Linux

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 15:44
  • ARM Updates Energy Aware Scheduling For The Linux Kernel

    ARM Linux developer Quentin Perret has sent out the latest set of kernel patches for implementing Energy Aware Scheduling (EAS).

    This Energy Aware Scheduling is a simplified version of what is currently being used by the Android AOSP kernel and is already being used in today's Android smartphones using big.LITTLE SoCs.

  • Reiser4 Ported To The Linux 4.17 Kernel

    For those still holding out hope for the Reiser4 file-system, it's now been ported to work with the Linux 4.17 kernel.

    The patch was updated yesterday to allow the Reiser4 file-system code to work with the Linux 4.17 kernel, which was released about three weeks ago. There are no other known functionality changes/additions with this Reiser4 code beyond the compatibility with this latest stable kernel release.

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Peppermint 9 Offers Some Cool New Options

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 15:23

Peppermint 9, released June 22, accomplishes something most other Linux distros don't: It melds the best components from other desktop environments and integrates them into a solid operating system.

Peppermint OS is a lightweight Ubuntu-based distribution featuring a desktop environment mashup of Xfce and LXDE components. The latest release nearly completes a process begun several upgrades ago, using more Xfce elements and fewer LXDE components.

Peppermint is a good alternative to the Linux Mint Xfce release with a sprinkling of Cinnamon to spice up the desktop a bit more. Peppermint also uses Ice -- a cloud and Web application management tool -- which makes the operating system refreshingly different.

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Security updates for Thursday

LWN.net - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 15:20
Security updates have been issued by Debian (exiv2, firefox-esr, graphicsmagick, php-horde-crypt, ruby-passenger, tomcat7, and xen), Fedora (dcraw, file, kernel-tools, and mupdf), openSUSE (firefox and tiff), Oracle (kernel, libvirt, pki-core, and qemu-kvm), Red Hat (patch), SUSE (jpeg, python-Django, tiff, and unixODBC), and Ubuntu (jasper).

The KDE e.V. Community Report for 2017 is now available

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 15:18

KDE's yearly report gives a comprehensive overview of all that has happened during 2017. It covers the progress we have made with KDE's Plasma desktop environment; Plasma Mobile (KDE's graphical environment for mobile devices); and applications the community creates to stimulate your productivity, creativity, education, and fun.

The report also looks at KDE's activities during 2017, giving details on the results from community sprints, conferences, and external events the KDE community has participated in worldwide. It also covers what is probably the most important community milestone of 2017: defining and agreeing on what are the most important global goals, goals that will direct the efforts of KDE community members for years to come.

Also: Those top Konsole Contributors

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GNOME Will No Longer Crash If Attaching A Monitor While The System Is Suspended

Phoronix - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 14:13
On GNOME 3.26~3.28, if attaching a monitor to the system while suspended -- such as when setting up for a presentation with a laptop and projector/monitor -- when resuming the system, GNOME Shell would likely crash. That rather glaring bug has now been fixed in the newest Mutter code...

ARM Updates Energy Aware Scheduling For The Linux Kernel

Phoronix - Čet, 06/28/2018 - 13:20
ARM Linux developer Quentin Perret has sent out the latest set of kernel patches for implementing Energy Aware Scheduling (EAS)...
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