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Chromebooks With GNU/Linux Software and Windows Breaking Itself (Again)

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 11/08/2018 - 05:48
  • Linux Apps For MediaTek Chromebooks A Little Closer

    If you are the proud owner of a MediaTek-powered Chromebook such as the Acer Chromebook R13 or Lenovo Flex 11, some new features are headed your way.

    Spotted in the Canary channel in mid-October, the Crostini Project is now live in the Developer channel for Chromebooks with the ARM-based MediaTek processor. This brings native Linux app functionality to the Chromebooks with the MT8173C chipset and although the number of devices is few, MediaTek Chromebooks are relatively inexpensive and versatile machines.

  • Some Chromebooks Won’t Get Linux Apps. Here’s What You Can Do Instead

    When Chromebooks first began getting support for Android apps, there was some confusion as to just which Chromebooks would be supported. The same thing is starting to play out—though to a lesser degree—with support for Linux apps.

    You’ve always been able to install Linux applications (or other Linux-based operating systems) on Chromebooks through a workaround called Crouton because Chrome OS is based on the Linux kernel. The new method for installing Linux apps is much easier than before since it’s a baked-in part of the operating system.

    But not all Chromebooks will get official support for Linux apps. Here’s the deal.

  • The Chromium OS rootfs is mounted read-only. In developer mode you can disable the rootfs verification, enabling it to be modified.
  • Microsoft Acknowledges Issues with Edge Developer Tools and SQL Connection in cumulative update KB4462933

    In October 2018, Microsoft had release a cumulative update KB4462933 for Windows 10 V1803 users who had installed Windows 10 April 2018 update. This cumulative update released on 24th October lifted Windows 10 V1803 to build 17134376. It was a massive update with several important improvements and fixes. However, there were two main issues with this update that no one had noticed before, BornCity reports. One of the issues is the dysfunctional behavior of Edge Developer Tools and another is problems with SQL connections. These issues were also acknowledged by Microsoft on its support page for this update.

    According to WindowsLatest, Microsoft had not originally acknowledged the presence of these issues but later quietly updated the document to confirm these two issues being faced with the latest update.

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Unreal Engine 4.21 Released

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 11/08/2018 - 04:56
  • Unreal Engine 4.21 Released

    Unreal Engine 4.21 continues our relentless pursuit of greater efficiency, performance, and stability for every project on any platform. We made it easier to work smarter and create faster because we want your imagination to be the only limit when using our tools. And we battle-tested the engine on every platform until it met our developers' high standards so your project will shine once it is ready for the masses.

    We are always looking for ways to streamline everyday tasks so developers can focus on creating meaningful, exciting, and engaging experiences. Our industry-leading Niagara effects toolset is now even more powerful and easier to use, enabling you to dream up the next generation of real-time visual effects. You can build multiplayer experiences on a scale not previously possible using the now production-ready Replication Graph functionality. Iterate faster thanks to optimizations with up to a 60% speed increase when cooking content, run automated tests to find issues using the new Gauntlet automation framework, and speed up your day-to-day workflows with usability improvements to the Animation system, Blueprint Visual Scripting, Sequencer, and more.

    We strive to make it possible for your creations to be enjoyed as you intended by everyone, everywhere regardless of the form factor they choose. Building on the previous release, we have added even more optimizations developed for Fortnite on Android and iOS to further improve the process for developing for mobile devices. Available in Early Access, Pixel Streaming opens a whole new avenue to deploy apps in a web browser with no barrier to entry and no compromise on rendering quality. We have also improved support for Linux as well as augmented, virtual, and mixed reality devices.

  • Unreal Engine 4.21 Released, Linux Now Defaults To Vulkan

    Unreal Engine 4.21 is out today as the last feature release for Epic Games' engine of 2018. This is an exciting game engine update for Linux and Vulkan fans.

    Unreal Engine 4.21 features various tooling and creation improvements for game developers, optimizations that come to the engine following Epic's development of Fortnite for iOS and Android, performance enhancements, early access pixel streaming support, animation system optimizations, and more.

  • Unreal Engine 4.21 is out, now defaults to the Vulkan API on Linux

    Epic Games have released Unreal Engine 4.21 and it includes some interesting stuff on the Linux side of things.

    From now, Unreal Engine will default to using the Vulkan API on Linux and fallback to OpenGL when that can't be used. This is going to be good for the future of Linux games, since it should help developers get better performance.

    On top of that, it features a new media player for Linux with the bundled WebMMedia plugin which includes support for WebM VPX8/9 videos. To further improve Linux support, they now have a proper crash reporter interface so that they can "continue to improve support for Linux platforms".

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This MIT PhD Wants to Replace America's Broken Voting Machines with Open Source Software, Chromebooks, and iPads

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 11/08/2018 - 04:46

Tuesday morning, as millions of Americans lined up at their polling places to participate in the often quite literally broken democratic process, a new Twitter account tweeted a link to a short manifesto: “today’s voting machines are often insecure, not particularly easy-to-use, and so expensive that they’re often used much longer than they were designed for and election officials are forced to hunt for replacement parts on eBay. The market has failed us.”

The announcement, from a new nonprofit called VotingWorks, ended with a promise to build a “secure, affordable, open-source voting machine” from the ground up. The letter wasn’t signed, but it’s the work of Ben Adida, a software developer who has studied voting machines for more than 20 years and had a PhD from MIT in secure voting.

“I thought this launch would be pretty quiet, I thought it would be buried in the news of the actual election, but already a lot of people have reached out to volunteer to make it happen,” Adida told me on the phone. “It’s super early days, but the response to the announcement shows that people are hungry for this.”

Adida says that VotingWorks plans to use already existing, commodity hardware and open-source software to compete with the proprietary, expensive, and often insecure voting machines that currently dominate the market. He pitches it as an attempt to rethink voting machine from “first principles,” to reconsider what a voting machine is.

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The Best Linux Distros of 2018

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 11/08/2018 - 04:24

Every year, the question pops up; which Linux distribution is best? The reason that question persists the way it does is because there is no singular concrete answer. Most distributions are purpose built for certain situations, and even when they aren't, there are bound to be conditions that they're better and worse in.

This list attempts to pin down the best distributions for common use cases and situations. These are by no means the only options, but they are arguably the best as of now. Things in the Linux world always change, so keep an eye out for new developments.

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Mozilla News and Developments

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 11/08/2018 - 04:19
  • Happy BMO Push Day!
  • Lessons Learned while Designing for the Immersive Web

    It’s not necessarily more difficult – all the same design principles still apply – but it is quite different. One of the things that you have to account for is how the user perceives space in a headset – it seems huge. So instead of designing for a rectangular window inside a rectangular display, you’re suspending a window in what looks to be a very large room. The difficulty there is that people want to fill that room with a dozen browser windows, and maybe have a YouTube video, baseball game or stock ticker running in the background. But in reality, we only have these 2-inch screens to work with, one for each eye, and the pixels of just half a cell phone screen. But the perception is it’s 1,000 times bigger than a desktop. They think they’re in a movie theater.

  • Cross-language Performance Profile Exploration with speedscope

    The goal of speedscope is to provide a 60fps way of interactively exploring large performance profiles from a variety of profilers for a variety of programming languages. It runs totally in-browser, and does not send any profiling data to any servers. Because it runs totally in-browser, it should work in Firefox and Chrome on Mac, Windows, and Linux. It can be downloaded to run offline, either from npm, or just as a totally standalone zip file.

    In doing performance work across many language environments at Figma, I noticed that every community tends to create its own tools for visualizing performance issues. With speedscope, I hoped to de-duplicate those efforts. To meet this goal, speedscope supports import of profiles from a growing list of profilers:

  • How do people decide where or not to get a browser extension?

    The Firefox Add-ons Team works to make sure people have all of the information they need to decide which browser extensions are right for them. Past research conducted by Bill Selman and the Add-ons Team taught us a lot about how people discover extensions, but there was more to learn. Our primary research question was: “How do people decide whether or not to get a specific browser extension?”

  • These Weeks in Firefox: Issue 49
  • Friend of Add-ons: Jyotsna Gupta

    Our newest Friend of Add-ons is Jyotsna Gupta! Jyotsna first became involved with Mozilla in 2015 when she became a Firefox Student Ambassador and started a Firefox club at her college. She has contributed to several projects at Mozilla, including localization, SuMo, and WebMaker, and began exploring Firefox OS app development after attending a WoMoz community meetup in her area.

    In 2017, a friend introduced Jyotsna to browser extension development. Always curious and interested in trying new things, she created PrivateX, an extension that protects user privacy by opening websites that ask for critical user information in a private browsing window and removing Google Analytics tracking tokens. With her newfound experience developing extensions, Jyotsna began mentoring new extension developers in her local community, and joined the Featured Extensions Advisory Board.

  • This Week in Rust 259

    Hello and welcome to another issue of This Week in Rust! Rust is a systems language pursuing the trifecta: safety, concurrency, and speed.

  • Mozilla Reaffirms Commitment to Transgender Equality

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RISC-V Linux Development in Full Swing

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 11/08/2018 - 04:14

Most Linux users have heard about the open source RISC-V ISA and its potential to challenge proprietary Arm and Intel architectures. Most are probably aware that some RISC-V based CPUs, such as SiFive’s 64-bit Freedom U540 found on its HiFive Unleashed board, are designed to run Linux. What may come as a surprise, however, is how quickly Linux support for RISC-V is evolving.

“This is a good time to port Linux applications to RISC-V,” said Comcast’s Khem Raj at an Embedded Linux Conference Europe presentation last month. “You’ve got everything you need. Most of the software is upstream so you don’t need forks,” he said.

By adopting an upstream first policy, the RISC-V Foundation is accelerating Linux-on-RISC-V development both now and in the future. Early upstreaming helps avoid forked code that needs to be sorted out later. Raj offered specifics on different levels of RISC-V support from the Linux kernel to major Linux distributions, as well as related software from Glibc to U-Boot (see farther below).

The road to RISC-V Linux has also been further accelerated thanks to the enthusiasm of the Linux open source community. Penguinistas see the open source computing architecture as a continuation of the mission of Linux and other open source projects. Since IoT is an early RISC-V target, the interest is particularly keen in the open source Linux SBC community. The open hardware movement recently expanded to desktop PCs with System76’s Ubuntu-driven Thelio system.

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[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for November 8, 2018

LWN.net - Čet, 11/08/2018 - 01:34
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for November 8, 2018 is available.

A Look At The AMD EPYC Performance On The Amazon EC2 Cloud

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 23:15

Of the announcements from yesterday's AMD Next Horizon event, one that came as a surprise was the rolling out of current-generation EPYC processors to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Available so far are the AMD-powered M5a and R5a instance types to offer Amazon cloud customers more choice as well as being priced 10% lower than comparable instances. Here are some initial benchmarks of the AMD performance in the Amazon cloud.

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Evropskemu davku na multinacionalke slabo kaže

Slo-Tech - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 23:15
Evropskemu davku na multinacionalke slabo kaže Bloomberg - Napovedanemu davku GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple), s katerim želi EU zajeziti odtekanje dobičkov multinacionalk v davčne oaze, slabo kaže. Po prvih osnutkih naj bi podjetja, ki ustvarijo več kot 750 milijonov evrov prihodkov, v EU plačevala vsaj tri odstotke davka od globalnega dobička. Podjetja so se seveda odzvala s svarili, da bo davek prizadel investicije. Več na Slo-Techu.

Hekerski napad na pakistanske banke ali obsežen skimming?

Slo-Tech - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 23:14
Hekerski napad na pakistanske banke ali obsežen skimming? Reuters - Za oblico preplaha je poskrbel vodja enote za računalniško kriminaliteto v pakistanski Zvezni preiskovalni agenciji (FIA) Mohammad Shoaib, ko je dejal, da so hekerji vdrli v "skoraj vse večje pakistanske banke" in odtujili osebne podatke komitentov. Da se nekaj res dogaja, pričajo tudi ukrepi pakistanskih bank, ki množično onemogočajo uporabo svojih debetnih in kreditnih kartic v tujini. Hekerji so minuli teden iz Bank Islami uspeli ukrasti okrog 17.000 evrov. Shoaib je dejal, da preiskujejo več kot 100 primerov hekerskih vdorov v banke. Več na Slo-Techu.

Sodišče: Qualcomm mora licencirati patente konkurenci

Slo-Tech - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 23:14
Sodišče: Qualcomm mora licencirati patente konkurenci Slo-Tech - V tožbi ameriške Zvezne komisije za trgovine (FTC), ki jo je ta leta 2017 vložila zoper Qualcomm, je sodišče predhodno odredilo, da mora Qualcomm licencirati svoje patente konkurenci. To mora storiti, ko gre za patente, ki so nujno potrebni za zagotavljanje standardnih funkcionalnosti, zlasti pri čipih za povezljivost (modem chip) pametnih telefonov. FTC in Qualcomm sta sicer sodišča prosila za 30-dnevni odlog, da bi sama našla skupni jezik in se poravnala, a je sodnica Lucy Koh to zavrnila. Glavna obravnava bo prihodnje leto. Več na Slo-Techu.

HOW TO Overcoming Your Terror of Arch Linux

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 23:13

A recent episode of a Linux news podcast I keep up with featured an interview with a journalist who had written a piece for a non-Linux audience about giving it a try. It was surprisingly widely read. The writer's experience with some of the more popular desktop distributions had been overwhelmingly positive, and he said as much in his piece and during the subsequent podcast interview.

However, when the show's host asked whether he had tried Arch Linux -- partly to gauge the depth of his experimentation and partly as a joke -- the journalist immediately and unequivocally dismissed the idea, as if it were obviously preposterous.

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A Look At The AMD EPYC Performance On The Amazon EC2 Cloud

Phoronix - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 22:51
Of the announcements from yesterday's AMD Next Horizon event, one that came as a surprise was the rolling out of current-generation EPYC processors to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Available so far are the AMD-powered M5a and R5a instance types to offer Amazon cloud customers more choice as well as being priced 10% lower than comparable instances. Here are some initial benchmarks of the AMD performance in the Amazon cloud.

[$] A "joke" in the glibc manual

LWN.net - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 22:28

A "joke" in the glibc manual—targeting a topic that is, at best, sensitive—has come up for discussion on the glibc-alpha mailing list again. When we looked at the controversy in May, Richard Stallman had put his foot down and a patch removing the joke—though opinions of its amusement value vary—was reverted. Shortly after that article was published, a "cool down period" was requested (and honored), but that time has expired. Other developments in the GNU project have given some reason to believe that the time is ripe to finally purge the joke, but that may not work out any better than the last attempt.

Zuckerberga v britanskem parlamentu ne bodo videli

Slo-Tech - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 21:40
Zuckerberga v britanskem parlamentu ne bodo videli

vir: AP NewsAP News - Prvi mož Facebooka Mark Zuckerberg je zavrnil povabilo na pričanje v Westminstru, na katerega sta ga skupaj povabili komisiji kanadskega in britanskega parlamenta. Še več, v času, odkar je bilo vabilo pred dobrim tednom dni poslano, so se pobudi pridružila še predstavniška telesa Avstralije, Argentine in Irske. Med zaslišanjem naj bi Zuckerberg razjasnil pretekla dogajanja na priljubljenem družabnem omrežju, povezana z lažnimi novicami in varovanjem osebnih podatkov uporabnikov. Zuckerberg naj bi pred veliko mednarodno komisijo, kot so jo poimenovali, stopil 27. novembra letos. Več na Slo-Techu.

Gumstix enhances Geppetto board design service with new Board Builder UI

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 21:00

Gumstix has expanded its Linux-oriented Geppetto online embedded board development platform with a free “Board Builder” service that offers a checklist interface for selecting modules, ports, and more.

Gumstix has added a free Board Builder service to its Geppetto Design-to-Order (D2O) custom board design service. The Board Builder improvements make the drag-and-drop Geppetto interface even easier to use, enabling customization of ports, layout and other features.

With Board Builder, you can select items from a checklist, including computer-on-modules, memory, network, sensors, audio, USB, and other features. You can then select a custom size, and you’re presented with 2D and 3D views of board diagrams that you can further manipulate.

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Rclone - An Rsync Alternative To Sync File With Online Cloud Storage

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 19:48

Backup and Sync are have become essential today and this brings tools like rsync. Rsync is an amazing tool to sync files between 2 computers. But wouldn’t it be cooler if we could sync files from a computer to a cloud storage. This is where rclone - a mod of rsync comes in. Rclone can sync files from your computer to cloud-based storage services including google drive, one drive, drop-box, amazon drive and many more.

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Red Hat - How An Open Source Software Company Became 34,000 Million Dollars Company

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 11/07/2018 - 19:46

In a historic milestone, Red Hat, the company that triumphed with Linux and open source has been acquired by IBM for 34,000 million dollars, the largest transaction in history for a software company.

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