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  • I soon discovered that Natalia wasn’t to be found in that 90 plus percent of new users. I spent another 30 minutes explaining where her “program files” were as well as some other “hidden” files she might need. I also purchase for her “Understanding the Linux File System Hierarchy.” Over the years, and specifically since 2008, there have been only eight Reglue Kids who would benefit from that book, and a book we gladly purchased for them. The stinger here is that Natalia is a full four years younger than the last person who received that book from us. Did I mention that Natalia is a gifted child? Oh, yeah…I probably did.

  • The Chip PC was crowdfunded through a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $2 million, many times the $50,000 goal that the computer’s developers wanted.

  • Desktop

    • This is the first product of Libiquity to achieve RYF certification. The Taurinus X200 has the same architecture and certified software as the Libreboot X200, which was certified in January 2015. The Taurinus X200 can be purchased from Libiquity at http://shop.libiquity.com/product/taurinus-x200.

      The Taurinus X200 is a refurbished and updated laptop based on the Lenovo ThinkPad X200, with all of the original low-level firmware and operating system software replaced. It runs the FSF-endorsed Trisquel GNU/Linux operating system and the free software boot system, Libreboot. Perhaps most importantly, all of Intel’s Management Engine (ME) firmware and software has been removed from this laptop.

    • I love the Linux desktop. As far as I’m concerned, the Linux Mint 17.2 is the best desktop around. Heck, I was once editor-in-chief of a website called Linux Desktop. But today, I believe there’s no way the Linux desktop will ever become the top desktop operating system.

    • One can also remember Valve’s release of a native Linux Steam client, the systemd storm, the bankruptcy of Mandriva S.A., the tension between the Ubuntu community and Canonical, to mention some of the most notorious changes in the world of Linux in these four years that have elapsed since the map was created.

    • The mobile revolution has trained many people to use touch screens instead of mice or trackpads. But how well do Linux desktop environments perform when it comes to touch? DistroWatch looked at various Linux desktops to find out how well they work as touch interfaces.

    • Palau may be tiny but apparently Paluans love GNU/Linux.

    • In a new development, it has been revealed that Indian Govt. may replace Windows across all offices with their own – open source OS. Called Bharat Operating System (BOSS), which was in testing and the results are satisfactory. In fact even Indian Army couldn’t break the code of Boss OS. Adavnaced version of it would be unveiled, while this week, a high level conference is scheduled by Union 全民彩票官网下载 Ministry. Announcements regarding replacing Windows can be taken during this meeting, and it’s mandatory to use only open source software in Govt. offices.

    • A little while back one of our readers e-mailed me and asked if I would experiment with the commonly used Linux desktops and report on how well they worked with touch interfaces. This is unusual territory for me. I generally do not like using touch interfaces, though I have worked with them on and off for over a decade. I tend to find navigating by swipes and finger presses cumbersome and unpleasant. I suspect part of the problem is my fingers are somewhat large, the buttons I am aiming at are often small (by comparison) and I dislike seeing finger prints on my screens.

      Still, I own a laptop that features a touch screen and so I loaded up several desktops on the device and experimented with each one in turn. The laptop is a de-branded HP with Intel video drivers and an approximately 15-inch screen. During most of this trial the laptop was running Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 (LMDE 2), which is based on Debian “Jessie”. Prior to starting this trial I had the Cinnamon, KDE 4 and Lumina desktop environments on this laptop. I added LXDE, MATE and Xfce. I attempted to install GNOME Shell as well, but ran into dependency conflicts, which I suspect relate to already having Cinnamon on the device. To work around this I downloaded a copy of Fedora and ran GNOME Shell from the live environment. Since Unity is not available in the software repositories of Linux Mint Debian Edition I downloaded a recent release of Ubuntu and used Ubuntu’s live environment to test Unity 7.

    • Icebergs is a start-up that’s offering a cloud service that lets you run Linux desktop sessions in a web browser using HTML5. The goal is to allow programming work to be done on any machine without having to install Linux every time.

      The pay-as-you-go service runs Ubuntu Linux with an Xfce desktop environment for a fast and lightweight experience in the browser. It offers root access so you can install the software you need. The service is also optimised for touch screen devices so you can even use it on a small smartphone screen if you so desire.

    • Are open source desktops ready for smartphones, tablets and other touch-enabled devices? That’s the question a DistroWatch writer recently set out to answer. Here’s a summary of what he found, and why it matters for the commercial open source world today.

    • The Linux Foundation is now recommending that users with new and shiny Chromebooks should really install Linux along their Chrome OS distros.

    • Chromebooks, which are cloud-connected devices that require constant Internet access, are notorious for low-end specs. This includes paltry processors and tiny storage space plus very little expansion capabilities.

    • Choosing an alternative to Windows 98 and learning Linux — back in the 90s — led Jack Wallen to his current career. How did you get started with Linux?

    • This summer will mark my 10th year as a Linux user. Reflecting recently on that upcoming milestone, I began thinking about how my attitudes toward Linux and open source software have evolved since that time. Here are my four stages of life in the Linux world.

    • In a bid to move away from reliance on Microsoft’s Windows, the Chinese government has built itself its own operating system to use instead. The result, named NeoKylin, looks almost exactly like Windows XP.

  • Server

    • Network Monitor now gives IT pros the ability to actively monitor Linux-based server environments, invite colleagues to view and create custom dashboards, fine-tune alert settings and understand communication issues associated with offline devices.

    • There is more raw power in silicon per square millimeter than there has ever been. With the advent of distributed computing — and cloud and container technology running on specialized hardware — performance analysis tools are primarily facing two challenges:

    • As containerization goes mainstream, many are finding new applications and use cases for container technology. Jan Pazdziora, senior principal software engineer at Red Hat, faced the limitations of traditional Docker when he wanted to containerize FreeIPA. This led to creation of his Docker-freeipa open source work.

      Jan has a talk coming up on the project at this year’s LinuxCon Europe. Jan has rich experience in open source, and we had a productive time discussing topics ranging from complex use cases for Docker, to open source software as a whole, and the future of Perl.

    • In Architecting Containers Part 1 we explored the difference between user space and kernel space. In this post, we will continue by exploring why the user space matters to developers, administrators, and architects. From a functional perspective, we will explore the connection that both ISV applications and in-house application development have to the user space.s

    • The key to whether it is a good idea to replace services hosted on a Microsoft OS with services hosted on a Linux OS is whether or not your systems administration team is familiar with managing servers running Linux. If your team has skilled Linux systems administrators, then transitioning is definitely a reasonable option. If your team is unfamiliar with Linux, you are likely to be better off upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2.

    • CA Southern Africa has revealed that CA Technologies has become a founding Platinum member of The Linux Foundation’s new Open Mainframe Project. The project is designed to create a collaborative environment among top industry leaders and academic institutions to drive both improvements and enterprise innovation on the mainframe. The project will initially focus on reinforcing four key areas: scalability, availability, performance and security.

  • Audiocasts/Shows

    • The show covers Open Source, technology, politics, and more, and features interviews, reviews, and plenty of loose, fun, and at times argumentative discussion.

  • Kernel Space

    • While there’s sadly not been much in the way of new feature development activity for Reiser4, this out-of-tree file-system continues to be ported to new versions of the Linux kernel.

    • I’m announcing the release of the 4.2.2 kernel.

      All users of the 4.2 kernel series must upgrade.

      The updated 4.2.y git tree can be found at:
      git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.2.y
      and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:


    • After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.2.2, Greg Kroah-Hartman has informed users of the Linux 4.1 LTS kernel branch that the ninth maintenance version is now available for download, urging them to update as soon as possible.

    • On September 29, renowned kernel developer and maintainer of several Linux branches Greg Kroah-Hartman had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the second point of Linux kernel 4.2.

    • First and foremost, make sure you are having fun. Find an itch to scratch—something that bothers you about FOSS software you use and where fixing it lies within your skill set. I believe it is important to start with small tasks and actually finish them so that you get a sense of fulfillment, rather than biting off something too big to chew.

    • Graphics Stack

      • AMD has confirmed that it has a Linux driver for its Vulkan card and have one prototype already – the only problem is that it is closed source.

  • Applications

    • Like many of you, I too have found myself wooed by the convenience of using Dropbox. It’s cross platform, simple to setup and provides a cloud storage option for those who might otherwise be less inclined to store files off-site. In this article I’ll explore alternatives to Dropbox for Linux users.

    • The developers of the Git open-source distributed version control system have just announced the release and immediate availability for download of the Git 2.6.0 software for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X operating systems.

    • Slack has completely changed the way that we used to communicate to one and other. Slack allows to join multiple teams and talk to them effectively without any distraction. But Slack can be more handy, if you’ve Slack client in your Linux (No more web app), but slack does not have any official client for Linux. But thanks to ScudCloud! An unofficial, open-source and nice tool for using Slack in Linux. So let’s see how to install & use ScudCloud in Linux distributions.

    • Though there are a number of other open source tools which are great for Linux administrators, the above five Linux open source tools are indomitable.

    • FFmpeg’s Ganesh Ajjanagadde has announced that the next release of the open-source and cross-platform FFmpeg multimedia framework will include an improved FFplay media player component.

    • SMPlayer, a Qt front-end for mplayer, has reached version 15.9.0 recently, this being the first stable version to support mpv. There are various other new features as well, like support for 3D stereo filter, MPRIS v2 support, a new default theme and more.

    • The Pragha is a less known application for playing music, but it’s the kind of app that makes you wonder why it’s not a lot more frequently used and famous. It’s simple, good, and does exactly what it says on the cover. Who doesn’t want that?

    • Calamares is a new system installation framework designed to be easily customized and used as the installation program for any Linux distribution.

    • Last week I have released tunir 0.8. In this release I have fixed few bugs related to better logging. But most of the work was wnet on vagrant support. We now support both Virtualbox, and libvirt based vagrant images. There is a new key in the job.json file called provider, if you give the value virtualbox, then tunir will use vagrant along with Virtualbox, otherwise it will try to use vagrant-libvirt provider (which is default for our usage). There is separate page in the docs which explains the configurations.

    • Proprietary

      • Foxit Reader is a popular free to use (but proprietary) PDF viewer available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Compared to the Windows version, Foxit PDF Reader for Linux lacks some features – most importantly, the ability to create PDF files, but the app still has quite a few useful features.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • About six months ago, I started to notice that there is a lot of hubbub going around in the tech-o-sphere about containers as a new way to approach virtual computing. I like exploring new technology, so I’ve spent the last few months getting the ins and outs of them. Here’s what I can tell you: Containers are an important technology that is not going away anytime soon. There are a lot of players in the space, and new ones enter all the time. If you are a developer in the modern world, understanding and using containers are necessary skills to have in your professional life.

    • Games

      • Sad news folks, Alien: Isolation has been delayed for Linux. There is no set release date now, but this gives them time to polish it up.

      • That’s really not a lot of sales for both platforms put together, but the thing to takeaway here is that SWTG is a very niche game. It’s not my type of game, and I don’t personally ever plan to buy it. I imagine a lot of people also feel the same way about it. That’s not to say it isn’t a good game, I just burnt myself out on retro type games a long time ago.

      • After announcing the availability of the last Alpha build of their upcoming Prison Architect game, Introversion Software reveals the fact that the final version of Prison Architect will be released next week when it leaves Steam Early Access.

      • The gamepad support on Linux is a little iffy right now too, as my Logitech F310 was mapped completely wrong. If I could have that gamepad working correctly, I would probably enjoy it more too.

      • Skullgirls has finally made a Linux appearance!

      • I haven’t played a Pinball game in many, many years, so Hyperspace Pinball was quite fun to see come to Linux.

      • Today, independent indie game publisher, Maximum OverDose, and EggHead Games are proud to announce the release of #I.X – a top-down, indie shooter for PC/Linux that pays homage to classics such as Team 17′s Alien Breed and 20th Century Fox’s action/horror film franchise, Aliens.

      • It wasn’t long ago that gamers avoided Linux like the plague, citing the lack of games as their main reason. When I was growing up, there were next to no major games to play on Linux and it seemed no developers cared to try. However, with the help of companies like Valve, 2K, and Aspyr Media, that’s quickly changing. More and more games are becoming available, with even some being Linux exclusives, including a launch on Steam of Don’t be a Patchman this past July.

      • Good news for Jagged Alliance fans, as it looks like another game in the series will come to Linux. The reviews are a bit mixed on this one though.

      • Humble Indie Bundle 15 is a new collection of games that brings to the Linux platform Skullgirls, and a number of other older names that were already available.

      • Feral Interactive has just published some very sad news regarding the launch of Alien: Isolation – The Collection for the Linux platform. The game won’t be launching today and it has been postponed.

      • Alien: Isolation -The Collection will arrive tomorrow and Feral Interactive, the studio that ported the game for Linux users, has just released the official system requirements.

      • Jotun is a new action-adventure title developed and published by Thunder Lotus Games released on Steam for Linux, and it’s currently being discounted by 15%.

      • Alien: Isolation is on its way to haunt Linux gamers, with Creative Assembly’s first-person horror game being ported to Linux by Feral Interactive.

  • Desktop Environments/WMs

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

      • As I loved to do digital painting I surfed the internet for good apps. All of them were great but they were not free… well, I ended up with Krita! My first favourite thing about Krita is that it’s free! That’s good because there are so many young artists out there who deserve to use any free available programs as good as Krita. Krita has TONS of awesome brushes and you can use a variety of them!

    • GNOME Desktop/GTK

      • The GNOME 3.18 Linux desktop, released Sept. 23, offers a milestone feature update. Code-named Gothenburg, the new open-source desktop environment benefits from 25,112 changes from 772 contributors. The GNOME 3.18 desktop includes improvements to the Files utility that make it easier for users to find, access and manage folders as well as files. There is now also a cleaner integration with Google Drive that can enable a user to directly access files from the cloud inside GNOME 3.18. Linux desktop users will also be able to choose a desktop setting that will automatically adjust screen brightness based on ambient lighting conditions. Keeping the hardware firmware on a Linux system updated is easier and more streamlined in GNOME 3.18, thanks to new support for the Linux vendor firmware update service. GNOME 3.18 includes updates to multiple GNOME applications, such as the Documents app, which benefits from a new user interface. The Calendar app has enhanced management features so users can more easily control information. The new release of Builder provides an improved developer experience with source code auto-completion for Python. Here’s a look at key features of the GNOME 3.18.

      • It has been an interesting process and a tad more difficult this cycle. Initial thoughts were laid into the video back in July but I have been doing the bulk of the work in September as can be seen from the rough activity schedule below. This is not really optimal of course – in comparison my activity on the GNOME 3.16 release video was much more scattered.

  • Distributions

    • During the first 16 hours in orbit, we have received nearly 1000 packets of LilacSat-2 from Harbin (BY2HIT), Shihezi (B0/BY2HIT), Nanjing (BI4ST), Xian (Northwestern Polytechnical University) and Singapore (9V1SV). Many thank to all!

    • Reviews

      • VectorLinux has no live session releases to let users try it out. Not having a live session is a severe disservice. It is also a big inconvenience in determining if the OS works on your gear. This illustrates everything that is wrong with VectorLinux’s distribution approach. It reinforces everything that detractors say about Linux being hard to install and confusing to set up.

    • New Releases

      • The Solus operating system is moving closer to its October 1 release and developers are putting the final touches on the operating system, even if that means making some important improvements and changes.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva Family

      • Today in Linux news, Mageia 5 showed well on reviewer Jesse Smith’s AMD machine. My Linux Rig scored an interview with Jim Whitehurst about his Linux setup and Clem Lefebvre announced the next Mint will be named Rosa. Elsewhere, PCWorld compiled a slideshow of Linus Torvald’s favorite tech pet peeves and Bradley Kuhn blogged on security issues using global email systems.

    • Gentoo Family

      • Sabayon 15.10 is a modern and easy to use Linux distribution based on Gentoo, following an extreme, yet reliable, rolling release model.
        This is a monthly release generated, tested and published to mirrors by our build servers containing the latest and greatest collection of software available in the Entropy repositories.

        The Change log files related to this release are available on our mirrors.
        The list of packages included in each Sabayon flavor is available inside*.pkglist files. Our team is always busy packaging the latest and greatest stuff. If you want to have a look at what’s inside our repositories, just go to our packages website.
        Please read on to know where to find the images and their torrent files on our mirrors.

      • Just a few minutes ago, the developers of the rolling-release Sabayon GNU/Linux distribution based on the acclaimed Gentoo operating system have announced the release and immediate availability for download of Sabayon 15.10.

    • Arch Family

      • The Manajro Linux distribution is now at its 15.09 milestone, providing a new graphical installer called ‘Calmares.’

        Beyond the typical suite of open-source tools in many Linux distributions, Majaro developers emphasize the broad support for multiple Linux kernels in the 15.09 release

      • VeltOS is a new Linux distribution based on Arch Linux that wants to do something that hasn’t been tried before, and that is to move the decision process in the hands of the community.

      • A gift and curse of Linux-based operating systems is the large selection. It is very cool that there are so many operating systems to choose from, but a good amount of them are crap. In other words, you have to sift through hundreds of fringe distros to discover the gems.

    • Ballnux/SUSE

      • SUSE, through George Shi, had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the Toolchain Module for their SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 operating system, which includes the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) software and related projects.

    • Slackware Family

      • The previous update was targeted for August but due to the difficulties I had in compiling all packages, that release slipped to early September. That is why I can announce a second September release for my KDE 5 packages for Slackware. The KDE 5_15.09_02 update contains all new software: Frameworks 5.14.0, Plasma 5.4.1 and Applications 15.08.1.

    • Red Hat Family

      • In the technology world today, Linux has become the platform around which innovative people are building the next generation of computing. People are building the most exciting applications, languages, and frameworks to run on Linux. It’s the default platform for burgeoning technological ecosystems around problems like big data, mobile, and analytics. Without Linux, all this activity simply wouldn’t exist.

      • Red Hat was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.

      • Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) has received a buy rating for the short term, according to the latest rank of 2 from research firm, Zacks.

      • Oppenheimer restated their outperform rating on shares of Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday, AnalystRatingsNetwork.com reports. The firm currently has a $88.00 target price on the open-source software company’s stock.

      • Many observers missed one of the most important aspects of the earnings report, though, which is that Red Hat’s OpenStack cloud computing effort is beating its own expectations. The huge news about the quarter was that the company reached $100 million in terms of its annual cloud computing revenue run rate. It had forecasted hitting that milestone in Q3, not Q2.

      • Fedora

        • I just upgraded not one, not two, not three, but four of my Fedora systems using the dnf system-upgrade plugin and it worked like a charm in each case. Three were workstation installations while the last was a server installation, and I’m happy to report that after the upgrade, they’re all alive and healthy!

    • Debian Family

      • We have been informed by the developers of the well-known Linux AIO project that their Linux AIO Debian Live 7 ISO image has been updated, now based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 7.9.0 (Wheezy) operating system.

      • Yes, it is that Jessie, but not in that context. The Raspbian operating system is based on Debian Linux, and the different versions of Debian are named after characters from the “Toy Story” films. Recent versions of Raspbian have been based on Debian Wheezy (the penguin who’s lost his squeaker in “Toy Story 2”), but Raspbian has now been updated to the new stable version of Debian, which is called Jessie.

      • The Raspbian developers have just updated their Linux distribution, and it’s now based on Debian 8 “Jessie,” the latest stable version available right now.

      • Derivatives

        • Updates for my multi-boot/multi-purpose USB stick: All components have been updated to the latest versions and I have confirmed that all of them still boot properly – although changes in the grub.cfg file are necessary. So going through these explanations one will end up with a usable USB stick that can boot you into TAILS, System Rescue CD, GNU Parted Live CD, GRML, and also can boot into an installation of Debian 8.2 Jessie installation. All this while still being able to use the USB stick as normal media.

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • Unity, that is the Ubuntu user interface, that nobody else uses.

            Since it is a Ubuntu-only thing, few applications have native support for its OSX-style hipster “global” menus.

          • It’s difficult to gage the success of the Ubuntu 全民彩票网址Phones, but there are three devices with Ubuntu in the wild and one of them is no longer available. On the other hand, the official website does say “more Ubuntu phones coming soon.”

          • The Ubuntu 15.04, 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems have just received a new update for the Nvidia drivers in order to correct a security issue.

          • The Ubuntu Team is working to improve the fonts being used in the operating system and they are now asking the community for help with the Arabic language.

          • We believe that the first impression matters, especially when it comes to introducing a new product to a user for the first time. Our aim is to delight the user from the moment they open the box, through to the setup wizard that will help them get started with their new phone.

          • Linux in the web browser is not a new concept to us, especially because even Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu Linux, has an Online tour of their computer operating system, which users can always try for free at http://tour.ubuntu.com/en/.

          • Just a few moments ago, Canonical has announced that a new kernel update is available for its current long-term supported Ubuntu Linux operating system, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), patching two critical issues discovered by various developers.

          • After introducing the Black Lab Appliance Server, Roberto J. Dohnert from Black Lab Software had the great pleasure of informing us earlier today about the immediate availability of the Black Lab Linux Server 7 operating system.

          • One of the things that Ubuntu fans were waiting too see this year was the new phone from BQ that aimed to use the convergence concept to its fullest, but it seems that the launch date has slipped into 2015.

          • The Ubuntu Touch operating system is preparing for the seventh OTA update and developers have decided to hit the feature freeze milestone this week.

          • Canonical’s Michael Terry sent an interesting email to the Ubuntu Touch mailing list to discuss the possibility of implementing a method for detecting native Ubuntu Touch apps and X-Ubuntu-Touch apps.

          • Canonical is making some changes to the way micro-updates are being handled for all the Ubuntu branches, which should make the distribution a lot more flexible.

          • Canonical, through Steph Wilson, revealed earlier today, September 28, the fact that they are working on a new UI design for their acclaimed Ubuntu Linux computer operating system and Ubuntu Touch mobile OS.

          • Canonical’s Oliver Grawert announced the release of the new and improved Raspberry Pi 2 image of the Ubuntu Snappy Core 15.04 operating system. Being based on the latest Linux 4.2 kernel, the Ubuntu Snappy Core 15.04 Raspberry Pi 2 image is now available for download to all Raspberry Pi 2 users.

          • Just a few moments ago, Canonical has announced that a new kernel update is available for its current long-term supported Ubuntu Linux operating system, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), patching two critical issues discovered by various developers.

          • The Ubuntu 15.04, 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems have just received a new update for the Nvidia drivers in order to correct a security issue.

          • After I wrote the guide on how to schedule downloads in Windows and Ubuntu, somebody wrote to me a very long email after they read the piece.

            According to the tirade, Wget is the best download manager ever and how dare I tell people to use aria2c without mentioning this core truth. The diatribe ended by telling me how I should do the world a favour and show myself the way to the after world.

          • As you may already know, Canonical has been working a lot lately at Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Touch, Mir, Unity and convergence.

            Recently, Canonical’s Pat McGowan has announced that the first Ubuntu-convergent mobile phone will be released in 2016, the vendor being still unknown from now.

            The convergent Ubuntu system will be using the same code base for both Ubuntu Touch and Ubuntu Desktop but the UI will behave different on the two platforms. While the windows will be full screen on the mobile devices, on Ubuntu Desktop, the windows will still be minimizable and will have X and – buttons on the top corner.

          • Flavours and Variants

            • Yes, you guessed it right!

              With a release of a new version of Ubuntu 15.10 less than a month away, many of you already looking for downloading of your own ISO image of the system. Yes, that’s the next version, codenamed Wily Werewolf.

              But many of you are not so lucky, and will need to wait longer, because you can not or do not want to create their own DVDs with operating system images.
              We can help!

  • Devices/Embedded

    • [Ed: this was foreseen here]
    • Google rolled out a pair of second-generation Chromecast media players, including a replacement for the original HDMI Chromecast and an audio-only model.

      Google today formally introduced its expected second generation Chromecast media streaming adapter, and as had been widely expected there are some welcome enhancements, along with the addition of an audio-only model. Both versions — dubbed “Chromecast 2015” and “Chromecast Audio” — are priced at $35, and are currently shipping within about two weeks of new orders. Also today, Google announced a pair of new Nexus smartphones based on Android 6.0 (aka “Marshmallow”): the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X (see farther below).

    • [Ed: Linux inside]
    • Linux, by the way, is the operating system of the Roku box, and it’s a heavily modified version called the Roku OS. Starting with the version 1.0, Roku has continued to modify the software for bug fixes, update of security, additional features, and revisions for its interface. Anybody can add his or her own favorite channel on the Roku box.

    • 全民彩票网址Phones

      • My first Firefox OS device was the Geeksphone Revolution. Hardware wise it was a quite nice device, but the size just didn’t fit my hand and so I droped it a few times until the display was broken.

        At that time – beginning of 2015 – I rather tended to go with anohther Firefox OS phone. Luckily the Alcatel One Touch Fire E got introduced at that time and I went with it (paying around € 120,-).

      • Tizen

        • The Tizen Operating System is faster and easier to use, and has a very user-friendly interface.

        • Exciting news today as we get something quite un-expected. Developer mode is now available as part of new firmwares for select Tizen TVs. This enables developers to test their apps directly on a Smart TV. In order to get this functionality, you need to be on the latest firmwares as listed below:

      • Android

        • BlackBerry on Friday announced that it would introduce an Android smartphone later this year. The announcement came during the company’s Q2 earnings call. The device will be known as the “Priv” and will be built around user privacy, said CEO John Chen. “Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform,” he added. BlackBerry didn’t offer any specifics about the Priv beyond the name — nothing about pricing, U.S. carrier partners or any handset specs.

        • Well, that all depends on your phone. If it’s a high-end device from a well-known manufacturer such as Sony, Samsung or HTC, it’s almost certain that an upgrade to Marshmallow will become available to it. However, don’t expect to get the upgrade until early 2016, since it will first roll out to Nexus devices.

        • Chen’s lack of familiarity with Android doesn’t necessarily reflect company-wide expertise, but we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on the Priv itself to really judge BlackBerry’s success here. The company says we’ll be hearing more about the 5.5-inch device in the coming weeks, with the phone hitting stores “late in the calendar year.”

        • The Blackphone is a fine device. It’s attractive, it’s fast. There’s a wonderful array of easy-to-use security settings, surpassing anything on the market, whilst much of the good work is done by the Silent Circle crew patching vulnerabilities and issuing updates. For dilettantes of the privacy and security spheres, or anyone who wants good protection from digital threats with little fuss, the Blackphone 2 is an ideal choice.

        • Silent Circle and Fairphone, which each offer smartphones that run extensively forked versions of Android, will soon ship powerful second-generation models.

          Alternative Android distributions have grown increasingly popular in recent years, from CyanogenMod to the OnePlus 2’s Oxygen OS to Chinese Android variants like Xiaomi’s MIUI. Last year, two more Android flavors also arrived in specialty phones that aim to find a niche in the smartphonosphere. First, there was the ultra-secure Blackphone from Silent Circle, and then the modular, environmentally and ethically focused Fairphone.

        • The stainless steel body of the Huawei Watch screams the utmost premium quality, adding a touch of class to your wrist, all the while fooling everyone into believing that you’re wearing a traditional watch. Little do they know that you’re wearing a computer on your wrist. This sought after feature has an obvious draw to a particular audience that wishes to practice a bit of form over function.

          I did not miss Qi charging and I did not miss having a built in ambient light sensor. The Huawei Watch is most likely the best in class that Android Wear has to offer right now, even though there are a few aspects of the watch that might not be suitable for everyone. If you don’t mind the lack of an ambient light sensor and you don’t mind the need for a propriety charger, the elegance of the Huawei Watch makes this smartwatch a must have for anyone looking to purchase a premium smartwatch right now.

        • If you stop and think about it, we’ve actually been in need of a decent starter watch for Android Wear. Something that doesn’t cost $300 (or more). Something that gets you the basic Android smartwatch experience without breaking the bank.

          The LG G Watch used to be that watch. More display on your wrist than watch-looking watch, it can be had for around $100 these days. But it doesn’t look like much. That’s where the ASUS ZenWatch 2 definitely trumps it. And it does so for a paltry sum.

        • To satisfy the curiosity out there, here are the first official images of PRIV. Keep watching this blog and our social channels for more images, videos and details about PRIV’s specs. We’ll also soon post how you can register to receive the latest information about PRIV, including when and how to buy it.

        • About 1.4 billion devices around the world now use the Android mobile operating system, said Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The figure is up from the 1 billion that Google announced in May. Pichai said many of those users are in emerging economies such as Vietnam and Indonesia. The US Census Bureau estimates about 7.3 billion people live around the world, which means Google has extended the reach of its Android software to more than 19 percent of the Earth’s inhabitants.

        • The big surprise at today’s Google announcement was the Pixel C, an Android tablet developed by the team behind the Pixel Chromebooks. The Chromebook Pixels have powerhouses of speed and wonders of design — and they definitely had the prices to match those outsized ambitions. The same thing applies to the Pixel C. It starts at $499, but you’re also going to want to pony up for the keyboard, which costs $149. That’s pretty-good laptop territory, so does the Pixel C actually compete with a pretty-good laptop?

        • The Blackphone 2, the second device from the Swiss company Silent Circle, is unique. It promises a fully private experience, with advanced security features, deep permissions management, and encrypted voice, text, and video chat built in. The phone, which runs a heavily modified version of Android, lets you fiddle with the most granular permissions settings of all your apps, giving you a level of privacy control that far exceeds that of regular Android phones. And when you make a call, send a text, or fire up a videoconference, your communications travel encrypted across Silent Circle’s private cloud VPN, better protecting you from spies.

        • You’re going to want Android Marshmallow. Google’s latest version of Android may sound like a single headline feature followed by a list of tiny improvements, but they all add up to one important update — there’s a reason Google is calling this release Android 6.0.

        • Google has updated its Nexus smartphone range with two new handsets powered by the latest build of Android, codenamed Marshmallow.

          “Nexus is for Android because we’ve designed it,” Google’s newish CEO Sundar Pichai told the press at Tuesday’s launch in San Francisco, meaning that the new phones have been designed to squeeze the most out of Android 6.0 aka Marshmallow. Hopefully for Google that will have customers asking it for s’more (sorry).

Free Software/Open Source

  • Open source’s technology leadership, along with an exponential increase in the sheer number of projects, leads to a final, somewhat ironic observation: It’s still tough to be an independent vendor of open source software. Those few vendors who stick to the traditional pay-for-support-only model tend to struggle, whereas an increasing number of “commercial open source” companies offer multi-tiered subscriptions that recall the proprietary world. In the latter case, less capable community versions sometimes remind you of old-fashioned “free trial” software.

  • Before Emby, I had limited open source experience. I submitted small bug fixes here and there to different projects that I took an interest in. The Media Browser project was always fully open source, and with the re-branding to Emby we felt that was the best way for the project to continue moving forward.

  • Open source wireless router firmware may become tougher to install in the United States, if not illegal. That’s if device manufacturers interpret new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules involving radio frequencies to mean that user-modified software should be banned.

  • The open source community generally hasn’t produced many security analysis tools. For the most part, the tools required to do malware research are available only under a commercial license from security vendors that sell security software and hardware.

  • Twitter has about a couple thousand engineers across the company working on a variety of technologies, from as deep as the Linux kernel to front-end Javascript libraries. It’s hard to pick anything in particular, but recently we have graduated Apache Parquet from the Apache incubator and are working on adding stateful service primitives to the Apache Mesos project so we can run MySQL in a Mesos cluster.

  • Building an open-source community takes dedication, hard work and no small number of late nights. As a community gets started there is generally a sense of momentum, ownership and deep commitment. But what happens once your community becomes established and successful? Inevitably volunteers are going to cycle in and out. As a community leader, you need to consider methods to bring in new members, spread the workload and communicate where and when the project could use help. How can you maximize growth and maintain your momentum?

  • Open source data visualization technologies have matured to the point where users say the available tools can handle large amounts of their visualization workloads.

  • Would software-related scandals, such as Volkswagen’s use of proprietary software to lie to emissions inspectors, cease if software freedom were universal? Likely so, as I wrote last week. In a world where regulations mandate distribution of source code for all the software in all devices, and where no one ever cheats on that rule, VW would need means other than software to hide their treachery.

    Universal software freedom is my lifelong goal, but I realized years ago that I won’t live to see it. I suspect that generations of software users will need to repeatedly rediscover and face the harms of proprietary software before a groundswell of support demands universal software freedom. In the meantime, our community has invented semi-permanent strategies, such as copyleft, to maximize software freedom for users in our current mixed proprietary and Free Software world.

  • The volume of new open source projects is staggering. In years past, it was sometimes difficult to find enough quality projects to fill a lenghthy list, but this year there were more than enough—so many, in fact, that it’s likely we overlooked some deserving projects.

  • In addition to Otto, HashiCorp launched Nomad, an open-source scheduler for deployment and resource maximization.

  • In an age where data availability and visibility is crucial, many organisations have found that their existing infrastructure has severely limited their options. Sometimes this is down to poor system design that prevents interoperability, but in others the intention is deliberate – a practice known as ‘vendor lock-in’.

  • File hosting service Dropbox, Inc has released its Zulip chat application under an open source Apache Foundation licence.

  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • Mozilla’s mission is to promote openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web.

        The Science Lab represents an important community of practice where we can model training around open data and open source, project-based learning, and offer fellowships and mentorship programs to further leadership development around these areas.

  • SaaS/Big Data

    • FusionSphere 6.0 is an open source platform and Huawei claims that it complies with native OpenStack standards, and supports OpenStack application programming interfaces (APIs). Third-party applications for OpenStack can purportedly run seamlessly on Huawei FusionSphere 6.0.

  • Databases

    • It’s always fighting talk when a vendor makes an announcement foretelling the end of a technology approach. Is open source HAWQ really going to kill the traditional database?

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • LibreOffice was launched as a fork of OpenOffice.org on September 28, 2010, by a tiny group of people representing the community in their capacity of community project leaders. At the time it was a brave – although necessary – decision, because it was rather clear to everyone that OpenOffice.org was not going to survive for a long time under Oracle stewardship.

      In fact, the group of 16 founders launched an independent free software project under the stewardship of The Document Foundation, to fulfil the promise made by Sun ten years before – at the time of the first announcement of OpenOffice.org – of an independent free software foundation capable of pushing forward the free office suite to the next level.

    • A new OpenOffice update, version 4.1.2, has been in preparation for a while. Born as a simple bugfix release, it became an occasion for some deep restructuring in the project: several processes have now been streamlined (and some are still in the works), new people are on board and infrastructure has been improved.

      Now the wait is almost over, and we are approaching the final phases before the 4.1.2 release. But we still need help with some non-development tasks, like QA and final preparations (press release, release notes and their translation).

    • The second minor release to the milestone 5.0 branch was announced at the start of this year’s LibreOffice Conference, taking place in Aarhus, Denmark. Italo Vignoli posted to the Document Foundation blog of the latest LibreOffice release saying, “The LibreOffice 5.0 family is the most popular LibreOffice ever.” Today’s update brings over 110 fixes in several key areas.

    • In two lengths, the book begins with those who initially announced the news of the fork. Charles Schulz, Leif Lodahi, and Micheal Meeks are among those included. Available in two lengths, the PDF book begins September 28, 2010 and ends with Lodahi’s template pitfalls post from Saturday. The full-length version contains 1227 pages verses the 668 of the shorter.

    • The last release of OpenOffice, 4.1.1, was released almost one year ago and most folks have written the project off as dead or on life support. But Bruce Byfield today said it’s not dead yet and, in fact, may have made it over the hump. Meanwhile, The Document Foundation has been planning upcoming conferences and analyzing their success. In other news, some new goodies are in the pipeline for Mint Xfce and MATE users and Bryan Lunduke said the System 76 Serval Linux laptop is “ideal.”

  • CMS

    • While the open source Drupal content management system (CMS) is freely available, there is money to be made in support and services. This is where Acquia, the lead commercial vendor behind Drupal, comes into play.

      Acquia today announced a new $55 million Series G equity financing round, with investors Centerview Capital Technology, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Split Rock Partners.


    • DataBasin’s Select-Identify, an invaluable tool for many working with salesforce.com, showed erratic behaviour: extremely hard to reproduce even by sometimes re-running the same query on the same data set, the operation would just stop without any error in the console log, trapped exception or else.

      After extensive debugging I found the problem in the queryMore method of the API implementation in DataBasinKit. If queryMore had to return just one record, it would malfunction.
      Technically this happened because the size reported by Salesforce.com in the queryMore is not the size of the objects of the queryMore, but of the original query.

    • We conducted an email-based interview with Noah Swartz of Privacy Badger. Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that detects and blocks third party tracking. If Privacy Badger notices a third party site that it thinks is attempting to track your browsing around the web it blocks it and prevents it from writing or reading cookies and other identifying information about your browser. Additionally Privacy Badger works with EFF’s newly drafted Do Not Track policy which aims to make user opt-out of online tracking a reality.

  • Public 全民彩票网址/Government

    • Germany’s constitution makes the use of vendor-neutral ICT standards mandatory, according to the PhD thesis of Felix Greve, a German lawyer全民彩票网址. The constitution demands minimum requirements for interoperability standards, Greve argues. The current lack of interoperability rules are a major barrier to the country全民彩票网址’s uptake of free and open source software, in public administration and elsewhere.

    • A multitude of interoperability problems is threatening Hungary’s central government use of free and open source office applications. Many of the government’s software solutions fail to take open document standards into account, stretching the office project’s support resources. The team is also finding it difficult to sustain support from IT management.


      Last week, at the LibreOffice annual conference in Aarhus (Denmark), Kelemen spoke about the department’s implementation of the LibreOffice suite of office productivity tools. The project started in 2013, and will end in October this year.

    • The European Commission has launched a public consultation on Standards for the Digital Single Market. The EC is asking for priorities for standards in important technology areas critical to achieving the single market.

    • The portal is built on the Consul participation application, which is published by the City as open source software.

  • Licensing

    • If you have thoughts on how to help make this automatable tracking of security, licensing, and copyright information available to the supply chain, ideas are most welcome. We’ll be having a Supply Chain Mini-Summit [8] in Dublin on Oct. 8th, and those interested in exploring this further are welcome to attend.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Kingston and Sutton ICT lead favours more regional, decentralised approach to data sharing, but sees value of certain national initiatives for purposes like ID assurance

      Ensuring the wider availability of open standards and common platforms will be vital to ensure local authorities are better able to engage in collaborative and shared service technology and data initiatives when opportunities arise, a London-based council ICT lead has said.

      Rob Miller, head of shared ICT services for Kingston and Sutton, said common ways of working and bringing key data resources together was a significant challenge needing to be addressed by local authorities to allow them to move forward with transformation work.

    • Hadoop/Spark

      • Six months down the line from its creation, the Open Data Platform Hadoop initiative driven by Pivotal and Hortonworks has today unveiled new members, work on a core spec and reference implementation, plus a formal governance structure.

      • It’s probably coincidence that Hadoop pioneer Cloudera and the Linux Foundation each announced Hadoop-related news that isn’t necessarily complementary, on the same day.

        But then again, the Strata + Hadoop World is taking over much of the Javits Center in New York City today through Thursday, so if you’ve got something big to say, there are plenty of open, interested ears to hear it.


  • Security

    • Our cross signature is not yet in place, however this certificate is fully functional for clients with the ISRG root in their trust store. When we are cross signed, approximately a month from now, our certificates will work just about anywhere while our root propagates. We submitted initial applications to the root programs for Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, and Apple today.

    • [Ed: Dan Goodin’s FUD du jour focuses on cracking that guesses passwords (weak passwords), not back doors in proprietary software. Compare to Microsoft’s back doors]
    • Akamai announced on Tuesday that its Security Intelligence Response Team has discovered a massive Linux-based botnet that’s reportedly capable of downing websites under a torrent of DDoS traffic exceeding 150 Gbps. The botnet spreads via a Trojan variant dubbed XOR DDoS. This malware infects Linux systems via embedded devices like network routers then brute forces SSH access. Once the malware has Secure Shell credentials, it secretly downloads and installs the necessary botnet software, then connects the newly-infected computer to the rest of the hive.

    • At CoreOS, running containers securely is a number one priority. We recently landed a number of features that are helping make CoreOS Linux a trusted and even more secure place to run containers.

      As of the 808.0.0 release, CoreOS Linux is tightly integrated with SELinux to enforce fine-grained permissions for applications. Building on top of these permissions, our container runtime, rkt, has gained support for SVirt in addition to a default SELinux policy.

    • According to distributed denial-of-service protection service CloudFlare, one customer’s site recently came under fire from 4.5 billion page requests during a few hours, mostly from smartphone browsers on Chinese IP addresses.

  • Defence/Police/Secrecy/Aggression

    • The legal position is perfectly clear. Syria has a recognised government, that of President Assad, represented at the United Nations. That government is legally entitled to call on Russian military assistance. Russian military action against ISIL is therefore legal.

    • In the last decade, now 7/7 has dropped out of this statistic, only one person has been killed in the UK by an Islamic terrorist attack. Let me repeat that. In the last decade, one person has been killed in the UK by an Islamic terrorist attack. That unfortunate death was Lee Rigby.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • The Volkswagen emissions testing scandal may speed up stalled EU talks on more accurate tests, as the shock waves of the scandal continue to reverberate in Europe.


      In 1998, Swedish researcher Per Kageson already wrote about the technologies that allow cars to pass the emission test without having lower pollution levels in the real world. He told the New York Times that nothing was done to “make it much more difficult for manufacturers to beat the tests”.

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • Stung by the campaign finance probe into potentially illegal coordination between Governor Scott Walker and independent campaign finance groups, the Wisconsin GOP is on the warpath. Governor Walker called for “dismantling” of the Government Accountability Board (GAB), the nonpartisan, independent agency that oversees Wisconsin elections, campaign finance and ethics laws.

    • In Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate, Donald Trump boasted proudly about rejecting a $5 million check–but really, he was boasting about not flagrantly breaking the law.

    • The PR man 60 Minutes dubbed “Dr. Evil”–Rick Berman–launched a new ad campaign this month against Chipotle.

      The profits of the fast food Mexican-style burrito company–which promotes whole foods over heavily processed factory food-type products–have surged while competitors like McDonalds and Burger King have tumbled. Chipotle has drawn a line in the sand on GMOs with its “G-M-Over It” campaign, as Americans’ concerns about genetically modified foods are growing.

  • Censorship

    • The United Nations has disgraced itself immeasurably over the past month or so.

    • If you were trying to put together a global all-star team of the most authoritarian, human rights abusing nations on earth, not only would Saudi Arabia be at the top of the list, it would be captain of the squad.

    • It may not have intended to, precisely, but the United Nations just took sides in the Internet’s most brutal culture war.

    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard confronting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over incendiary posts on the social network, Bloomberg reported on Sunday, amid complaints from her government about anti-immigrant posts in the midst of Europe’s refugee crisis.

      On the sidelines of a United Nations luncheon on Saturday, Merkel was caught on a hot mic pressing Zuckerberg about social media posts about the wave of Syrian refugees entering Germany, the publication reported.

  • Privacy

    • For the second time in a week Facebook users received an error message when trying to access their accounts on Monday afternoon. When reached via email, a Facebook spokesperson said the outages were caused by a configuration issue. Service was restored by early evening.

    • A factory refurbished Thinkpad shipped with Windows 7 and a scheduler app that ran once a day, collecting usage data about what you do with your computer and exfiltrating it to an analytics company.

      The fact that this was taking place was buried deep in the user “agreement” that came with the machine.

      This is the third preloaded spyware scandal to hit Lenovo this year: first it was caught installing Superfish, which grossly compromised user security by installing a man-in-the-middle certificate into the operating system; then it got caught loading immortal, self-reinstalling crapware into part of the BIOS reserved for custom drivers.

    • So, being an exile effectively means that you have angered the power structures of your 全民彩票官网下载 country全民彩票网址 to such an extent that other countries feel compelled to give you refuge, partly for legal or principled reasons, but also for political expediency. The current most famous exile in the world is, of course, Edward Snowden, stranded by chance in Russia en route to political asylum in Ecuador.

    • His opinion changed drastically over the summer of ’97 after we had blown the whistle on a series of crimes committed by the UK’s spy agencies. As a result of our actions — the first reports appeared in the British media on 24 July 1997 — we had fled the country全民彩票网址 and gone on the run around Europe for a month. At the end of this surreal backpacking holiday I returned to the UK to face arrest, pack up our ransacked 全民彩票官网下载, and try to comfort our traumatised families who had known nothing of our whistleblowing plans.

    • Raytheon Co on Monday said a new five-year contract it won from the U.S. Department of 全民彩票官网下载land Security to help more than 100 civilian agencies manage their computer security could be worth $1 billion, a key win for the company.

      Raytheon said DHS selected it to be the prime contractor and systems integrator for the agency’s Network Security Deployment (NSD) division, and its National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS). The contract runs for five years, but some orders could be extended for up to an additional 24 months, it said.

    • Lots more in the article. The Intercept also published 28 new top secret NSA and GCHQ documents.

    • Before long, billions of digital records about ordinary people’s online activities were being stored every day. Among them were details cataloging visits to porn, social media and news websites, search engines, chat forums, and blogs.

    • We’ve written before about how limited the Fourth Amendment is when applied to drivers and their vehicles. A number of court decisions — along with continually-reinforced exceptions — have allowed police to pull over motorists for any reason imaginable. Once they have someone pulled over, it’s just a matter of obtaining consent from the driver or, failing that, coming up with a reasonable approximation of probable cause. (Drug dogs are a favorite.) After that, no warrant is needed to search the vehicle, along with the contents of any container found within it.

    • PRESIDENTIAL POTENTIAL CARLY FIORINA has spoken of a time when HP made efforts to appease a data-hungry and terror-aware government with the speedy delivery of some servers.

      Fiorina, HP and the entire technology industry is under scrutiny and inspection concerning links between terrorism, terror tracking and technology. Her candid confession is a big one, and comes to us via The Register and its take on an article by an investigative reporter named Michael Isikoff.

    • Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor whose leaked documents opened a worldwide discussion about government surveillance, joined Twitter this morning. So far, he’s amassed more than 400,000 followers, but he follows only one account: @全民彩票网址NSAGov.

    • Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations rocked the world. According to his detailed reports, the US had launched massive spying programs and was scrutinizing the communications of American citizens in a manner which could only be described as extreme and intense.

    • Before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits President Obama, he and Chinese executives have some business in Seattle: pressing U.S. tech companies, hungry for the Chinese market, to comply with the country全民彩票网址’s new stringent and suppressive Internet policies.

      The New York Times reported last week that Chinese authorities sent a letter to some U.S. tech firms seeking a promise they would not harm China全民彩票网址’s national security.

    • The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently revealed that an estimated 5.6 million government employees were affected by the hack; and not 1.1 million as previously assumed.

    • The head of the National Security Agency on Thursday told Senate lawmakers that preventing his agency from collecting Americans’ information in bulk would make it harder to do its job.

      Under questioning before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Adm. Michael Rogers agreed that ending bulk collection would “significantly reduce [his] operational capabilities.”

      “Right now, bulk collection gives us the ability … to generate insights as to what’s going on,” Rogers told the committee.

    • The foundation behind Wikipedia is suing the U.S. government over spying that it says violates core provisions of the Constitution.

      The Wikimedia Foundation joined forces on Tuesday with a slew of human rights groups, The Nation magazine and other organizations in a lawsuit accusing the National Security Agency (NSA) and Justice Department of violating the constitutional protections for freedom of speech and privacy.

    • The main pending issues for the European Data Protection Regulation will be discussed on 16th and 17th September during the coming trialogue meeting. The latest proposals from the Council visibly aim at limiting the guarantees provided to the users in favor of private lobbies.

    • After the French Constitutional Council censored measures on international surveillance in the Surveillance Law voted last June, the government fires back with a bill that will be discussed at the end of September in the National Assembly. La Quadrature du Net strongly rejects the unacceptable clauses which would launch an “intelligence war” against our European and international partners.

    • After the huge success of a packed out hustings the Open Rights Group have two great events in one fantastic evening for our October Manchester Meetup.
      Please spread the word.

    • After yesterday’s announcement by the French government that the bill on International Surveillance will be discussed on a fast track procedure, the bill was adopted this morning at the Defence Committee by the French Lower Chamber in only twenty minutes and without almost any debate. An association of French-American lawyer全民彩票网址s and attorneys has just legally challenged the National Commission of Control of Security Interceptions (CNCIS, French Surveillance Watchdog) regarding the secret implementing decree of 2008. Could it be that the French government is worried about opening up its surveillance practices?

    • 15-year-old ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement between the US and EU should not stop data transfers being suspended, legal counsel says

    • The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) published on 23rd September his conclusions in the case “Maximilian Schrems against Data Protection Commissioner”. The Advocate General, Yves Bot, recommends an invalidation of the Safe Harbor agreement which regulates the transfer of personal data of European citizens by online services like Facebook, to the United States. The Advocate General considers that the surveillance carried out by US intelligence services hinders fundamental rights of European citizens. La Quadrature du Net welcomes these clear and protective conclusions, and hopes that the EU Court of Justice will have the courage to follow him in challenging Safe Harbor as demanded by civil society since the first Snowden revelations. Additionally, putting Safe Harbour aside, his analysis of the NSA’s practices should also apply to mass surveillance by European governments, such as France.

    • Fiberglass tapping, real-time Internet traffic analysis, encryption cracking, computer hacking: Germany’s foreign intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) is massively expanding its Internet surveillance capabilities. We publish its secret 300 million Euro investment programme ?Strategische Initiative Technik“. Members of Parliament and civil society criticise the agency’s new powers and demand an end of the whopping armament programme.

    • The undersigned civil and human rights organisations call on French parliamentarians to reject the draft law on surveillance measures for international electronic communications (Proposition de loi relative aux mesures de surveillance des communications électroniques internationales). The bill fails to defend and protect the right to privacy of individuals worldwide.

    • Last week was the first time someone from MI5 has given a live public interview.

    • Open Rights Group has responded to the announcement in today’s Terrorism Acts report that plans for a Privacy and Civil Liberties Board have been dropped.

    • The second category is personalization data, the things Windows—and especially Cortana—knows regarding what your handwriting looks like, what your voice sounds like, which sports teams you follow, and so on. Nothing is changing here. Microsoft says that users are in control, but our own testing suggests that the situation is murkier. Even when set to use the most private settings, there is unexpected communication between Windows 10 and Microsoft. We continue to advocate settings that are both clearer and stricter in their effect.

  • Civil Rights

    • Like other ex-Muslims, she says the importance of being true to herself outweighs the very real loneliness of being disowned and the guilt placed on her.

      “When I came out to my family my auntie told me my brothers and sisters wouldn’t be able to get married because their honour would be tarnished. And it would all be my fault.”

      The fear is constant too. “I used to live in Bradford for a time and I’d be very quiet about it because there are Muslims everywhere. I still have this innate fear, it’s hard to explain. You just want to keep quiet about it. It’s just safe to stay quiet.”

    • Prosecutors hate losing — so much so that they’re willing to color outside the legal lines for a chance at a win. Plenty of prosecutorial misbehavior has been uncovered over the years, most of it tied to the withholding of exonerating evidence.

    • This summer, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse introduced an amendment to the flawed Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA) that would make it even worse, by expanding the broken Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). EFF has proposed common sense changes to this federal anti-hacking law, many of which were included in “Aaron’s law,” recently reintroduced. While CISA was delayed by strong grassroots opposition over the summer, it looks likely to move soon—bad amendments and all. That’s why we’re urging people to take action and tell the Senate to vote no on this and any other dangerous CFAA changes.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • The media has been publically shaming Martin Shkreli, a Big Pharma (Turing Pharmaceuticals.) CEO who hyped the HIV drug price by 5455% (from $13.50 to $750 per tablet) and is reported to have hyped a cystinura drug by almost 2000%. This is a perfect example of why Piracy, or sharing should not be considered a crime and why our clear policy on the NHS handling drug research is again shown to be a viable option to prevent drug prices from harming patients.

    • 全民彩票官网下载s

      • In yesterday’s decision United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reminded rights owners of the need to assess whether their material is being used legally (in that it is fair use) before dishing out Digital Millennium 全民彩票官网下载 Act (DMCA) takedown notices. At issue in Lenz v Universal Music is a 29 second video of the plaintiff, Stephanie Lenz’s young children dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”. The 2007 clip shows primarily her toddler, hands grasped on a child’s toy stroller, grooving to Prince’s 1984 hit which plays loudly, but not particularly clearly, in the background. Like many a doting parent, Lenz recorded the video to show her friends and family that one of her children was learning how to walk. Lenz uploaded the clip to YouTube which managed to incur 200 hits before Universal issued a DMCA take down notice. Lenz twice appealed the takedown notice with the result that the clip was reposted on YouTube. It now has over 1.4 million views.

      • Warner-Chappell Music in the song—Happy Birthday- has been rejected on the technical but legally dispositive ground that the necessary chain of title in the hoary song had not been proven. For this Kat, the really interesting question that emerges from this decision is why there seems to be such a widespread sense of satisfaction in the ultimate result. It is not simply that justice has been served; after all, a lot of copyright decisions have been resolved on the finding that the moving party failed to show good title. Moreover, the general public seldom gets excited by the nitty-gritty of copyright transfers.

      • Haribo’s suit against Lindt’s golden chocolate bear has provided the trade mark community with a lot to digest (see IPKat posts here, here and here). The premise is interesting: Haribo sued Lindt based on an alleged infringement of its word mark GOLDBEAR – undoubtedly very well known in Germany – by Lindt’s three-dimensional golden chocolate bear.

      • We already wrote about the various filings in the Rightscorp-by-proxy lawsuit against Cox Communications. However, mixed in with all the filings are some interesting tidbits and exhibits. One that caught my eye was an exhibit revealing the “script” that Rightscorp gives its agents to use when people call in after receiving a notice. Cox Communications filed this in showing that the actual plaintiffs (BMG and Round Hill Music) “turned a blind eye” to Rightscorp’s misconduct. The script is quite something, with a few ridiculous statements. The most ridiculous, however, is the following.


Links 28/9/2015: Last News Catchup Before Resumption

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  • [ as “Anti” for ditching spyware. They are very annoyed at China全民彩票网址 and here’s why.]

  • Yes, GNU/Linux is happening in China全民彩票网址. After a decade or more of fits and starts, GNU/Linux has moved ahead. Thanks to Dell and other OEMs and governmental efforts to improve security and to stifle violation of copyright, 40% of delivered PCs bear GNU/Linux. It’s not just about price, either. That Other OS, illegally copied is virtually $0, too. This is about quality, getting IT done without being M$’s slave or being prey for malware. The Chinese can use FLOSS like everyone else and they can customize whichever way they need.

  • China全民彩票网址 has developed an operating system “NeoKylin”, a Linux based OS for its users as a replacement to long used Windows XP.

  • Desktop

    • Well, Inventec Corp, the Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) from Taiwan, confirmed this rumor of a Xiaomi laptop. Richard Lee, Chairman of Inventec, made this official confirmation via Taipei Times three days ago.

    • If you’re lucky enough to find some capable 64-bit ARM (AArch64) hardware, the latest open-source Linux packages are working out well in the 64-bit ARM world for providing a decent Linux desktop experience.

    • A report in the Wall Street Journal states, “Han Naiping, chief executive of China全民彩票网址 Standard Software, said that Dell became the first Western brand to make personal computers running his company’s NeoKylin operating system after they began a partnership in the second half of last year. Mr. Huang said 42% of Dell’s computers sold in China全民彩票网址 now run NeoKylin.”

  • Kernel Space

    • Twenty-four years ago this month, a Finnish developer with a sharp tongue who’s regarded by some as one of the most influential programmers alive today released version 0.01 of the Linux kernel to the Internet.

      Creator Linus Torvalds introduced it by posting a message in the days before its release to a Usenet newsgroup that famously began:I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu). Since then, the code base has of course expanded from 10,000+ lines of code to millions and it helps power everything from TVs to tablets to smartphones, routers and more.

    • After reporting the other day news about new Linux kernel maintenance releases, including Linux kernel 4.2.1, Linux kernel 4.1.8 LTS, and Linux kernel 3.10.89 LTS, today we’re informing you about the immediate availability for download of Linux kernel 3.4.109 LTS.

    • Immediately after announcing the general availability of Linux kernel 4.2.1 and Linux kernel 4.1.8 LTS, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed us all about the eighty-ninth maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 3.10 kernel series.

    • Jiri Slaby, the maintainer of the long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel series, had the pleasure of announcing a few minutes ago that the forty-eighth maintenance release of the branch is now available for download.

    • Linux kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman felt the need to underline once more something that has been announced a while back, but still hasn’t registered with the community. Linux kernel 4.1 is an LTS version.

      The Linux kernel is the core component of Linux distributions and many developers usually choose a long-term kernel for their operating systems. These are announced ahead of time and it’s usually a big deal. Right now there are eight different branches that are still being supported, with being the oldest.

    • So as usual, rc3 is actually bigger than rc2 (fixes are starting to
      trickle in), but nothing particularly alarming stands out.

      Everything looks normal: the bulk is drivers (all over, but gpu and
      networking are the biggest parts) and architecture updates. There’s
      also networking and filesystem updates, along with documentation..

      Go get it,

    • The newest open-source service/init manager trying to compete with systemd is System XVI.

    • Thanks Google for Open Source TCP Fix!

      The Google transport networking crew (QUIC, TCP, etc..) deserve a shout out for identifying and fixing a nearly decade old Linux kernel TCP bug that I think will have an outsized impact on performance and efficiency for the Internet.

    • Google engineers managed to recently uncover a high profile TCP bug in the Linux kernel that has huge implications on network performance and efficiency.

      Google landed this fix earlier this month into the Linux Git code. The issue and fix are well described via this blog post.

    • With Wayland 1.10 now open for development it’s time to start looking out for interesting new patches providing new functionality for Wayland and Weston. One of the new patches so far is for making use of systemd notifications in the Wayland compositor.

    • While Linus Torvalds commonly releases Linux kernel updates late into Sunday evenings, this week he’s done a Sunday morning release for kernel testers living in the US.

      Torvalds’ 4.3-rc3 release message was short and to the point: “So as usual, rc3 is actually bigger than rc2 (fixes are starting to trickle in), but nothing particularly alarming stands out. Everything looks normal: the bulk is drivers (all over, but gpu and networking are the biggest parts) and architecture updates. There’s also networking and filesystem updates, along with documentation.”

    • Linus Torvalds has tagged and released the Linux 4.3-rc2 kernel.

      According to Torvalds, 4.3-rc2 is “looking fairly normal” and “there’s some noise all over the tree due to the IRQ flow-handler cleanup…. But apart from that one-time thing, things are looking fairly calm and small.”

    • More atomic mode-setting work is being queued up for eventual integration into what will become Linux 4.4 a few months down the road.

    • Two AMD systems (both older systems, one a dual socket AMD Opteron 2384 box and the other an Athlon II X3 system) won’t boot up with the latest Linux 4.3 kernel code in the past few days due to what appears to be ehci-pci/ohci-pci problems. Early into the boot process are some “can’t setup: -12″ messages from the EHCI/OHCI PCI platform drivers followed by a failure in sata_nv and ultimately not being able to get to the root disk device.

    • Graphics Stack

      • On September 20, Collabora’s Emil Velikov released the eighth maintenance release of the old-stable Mesa 3D Graphics Library 10.6 branch, despite the fact that Mesa 11.0.0 is out for a week now and users are urged to move to it as soon as possible.

      • For those that haven’t yet moved to Mesa 11.0 and aren’t riding on Mesa 11.1-devel Git, Mesa 10.6.8 is now the next best thing.

      • One month after the Gallium3D drivers gained support for this extension, the Intel i965 driver now handles OpenGL 4.5′s ARB_texture_barrier.

        Prolific Mesa contributor Ilia Mirkin has added ARB_texture_barrier to i965 today. ARB_texture_barrier is identical to the NV_texture_barrier extension and was another easy extension for Ilia to implement.

      • NVIDIA’s interest in Nouveau mostly is on the mobile side with Tegra. Alexandre shared that the GM20B Tegra X1 work continues to be upstreamed, re-clocking and power management will come to the Tegra X1B soon, advanced features are planned, and a signed firmware release is imminent. With being based on the Maxwell GPU, the Tegra X1 is also plagued by needing signed firmware.

      • ASoC audio support patches have been published for AMD GPUs.

        Alex Deucher sent out the new Radeon audio patches today while the actual patches were done by an AMD developer we haven’t seen anything major from before: Maruthi Bayyavarapu. The five patches add ASoC support for AMD APUs and includes a new ACP (Audio Co-Processor) driver.

      • While many users and developers out there are looking for a time when Wayland rules the Linux desktop, Keith Packard remains focused on bettering X11/X.Org and keeping it going.

      • X.Org Server 1.17 was released back in February while finally today two X.Org DDX drivers are finally shipping xorg-server 1.17 support in released form.

        The new driver updates this weekend are xf86-video-s3virge 1.10.7 and xf86-video-chips 1.2.6. These releases were done by Matt Turner who has still been caring for some of these X.Org drivers for obsolete graphics processors.

      • I hope to have stable builds out of the Freedesktop 1.2 and Gnome 3.18 runtimes shortly, so that other people can play with them. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to distribute the unreal editor app.

      • Qualcomm’s Innovation Center (QuIC) sent out patches this morning for providing open-source hardware enablement for their new Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) via the free software MSM DRM/KMS driver.

      • Taking some time away from preparing the upcoming Wayland/Weston 1.9 release, Bryce Harrington at Samsung’s Open-Source Group has written a blog post about the state of Wayland features and other ongoing work.

      • [Old]
      • There’s an update on the state of atomic mode-setting for Linux, for those that didn’t hear it earlier today at XDC2015 in Toronto.

        Daniel Vetter of Intel’s Open-Source Technology Center and the lead Intel DRM maintainer presented on the state of atomic mode-setting. For those out of the loop, one of the primary benefits of the DRM driver supporting atomic mode-setting is that it can allow a full mode-set operation to be tested prior to actually being committed to ensure it can be properly handled by the driver and display hardware. For end-users, this is meant to yield less problems and ideally avoid any display flickering. There’s also interesting atomic mode-setting endeavors being pursued within the Wayland world and other areas for innovation like asynchronous atomic mode-setting.

      • To complement Google’s Summer of Code, the X.Org Foundation has long held the Endless Vacation of Code (EVoC) as a year-round, passive event where the foundation would fund students to get involved with X.Org/Wayland/Mesa projects. Sadly, however, it’s not been panning out and the rules are being tightened up even more due to past failures.

      • The proprietary NVIDIA Linux driver has a slider within its nvidia-settings utility for adjusting the OpenGL image settings, but do those settings have much of an affect on performance?

      • Samuel Pitoiset for the past few years has been on what seems like a one-man mission to implement NVIDIA’s hardware performance counters inside the open-source Nouveau driver. He continues making much progress and it’s starting to become a reality for developers who wish to profile their apps/workloads with Nouveau under Linux.

    • Benchmarks

      • With yesterday’s Catalyst 15.9 Linux driver release bringing fixes for a number of Steam Linux games, it’s been a busy night benchmarking this latest Catalyst Linux driver release. Here are some initial numbers.

      • First of all, Catalyst 15.9 fixes a problem that existed in 15.7 which was the inability to install the driver after a kernel update in Ubuntu 15.04. That means that 15.9 is now installable on such systems without extensive patching. This is definitely a very good thing, since something like a GPU driver shouldn’t be a preventing factor for kernel security updates. It apparently still doesn’t work with the brand new 4.x series kernels but I’m quite happy with my 3.19 at the moment.

      • A while ago, I posted about ffvp9, FFmpeg’s native for the VP9 video codec, which significantly outperforms Google’s decoder (part of libvpx). We also talked about encoding performance (quality, mainly), and showed VP9 significantly outperformed H.264, although it was much slower. The elephant-in-the-room question since then has always been: what about HEVC? I couldn’t address this question back then, because the blog post was primarily about decoders, and FFmpeg’s decoder for HEVC was immature (from a performance perspective). Fortunately, that concern has been addressed! So here, I will compare encoding (quality+speed) and decoding (speed) performance of VP9 vs. HEVC/H.264. [I previously presented this at VDD15, and a Youtube version of that talk is available also.]

  • Applications

    • Both openfortivpn and the NetworkManager-fortisslvpn plugin will be available in Fedora in next few days; the other distributions will hopefully follow.

    • MKVToolNix’s Moritz Bunkus has introduced the fourth maintenance release of the MKVToolNix 8.x series, the most advanced, open-source, and cross-platform MKV (Matroska) manipulation software on the market.

    • The developers of the MPV open-source video player software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems have announced the release of version 0.11.0, which fixes bugs and adds improvements to the MPlayer-based software.

    • The developers of the open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework that is being used by numerous commercial and open source software projects were extremely proud to announce that GStreamer 1.6 is now available for download.

    • GNOME has a collection of highly integrated applications that follows the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines and, for me, many of them aren’t quite useful. That’s pretty sad. Actually, that’s the reason that motivated me to start working with GNOME — to make the apps be useful to me, and craft new ones if they don’t exist.

    • Yeppp! is a very fast vector math library that works with a variety of programming languages, designed to work on a vast array of hardware across multiple architectures, and with that is designed to be super fast.

    • The GnuCash Project had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the eighth maintenance release of the free, cross-platform, and open-source GnuCash 2.6 accounting software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

    • GnuCash 2.6.8 released

      The GnuCash development team proudly announces GnuCash 2.6.8, the eighth maintenance release in the 2.6-stable series. Please take the tour of all the new features.

    • Claws is the email client that I just haven’t found overly clever. For one trying to get it to work with GMail is an absolute nightmare.

      You need to go into your GMail settings and change settings to enable Claws to connect to it and even then there is no guarantee it will connect.

    • Earlier this year we released an early-alpha patch to enable HTTP/2 support in our open source NGINX product and last week a fully-supported implementation of HTTP/2 in NGINX Plus. Today we proudly announce that HTTP/2 has been committed to the open source repo and is now officially available as part of NGINX version 1.9.5.

    • Developers behind the high-performance Nginx web server project have announced nginScript, a JavaScript-derived scripting language to do more with this open-source web server.

    • Proprietary

      • Vivaldi, a web browser developed by one of the Opera founders and a numerous team has been upgraded and is now ready for download. This is still a development version, so major changes are still being made.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • As described before, bisection works by taking a series of commits and testing systematically to find which commit introduced the regression. This doesn’t match well with the current development model of the Fedora kernel and makes bisection difficult.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • The developers of the Stella open-source, cross-platform, and free Atari 2600 VCS emulator software for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X operating systems, have announced the release of Stella 4.6.5.

    • Games

      • With this week’s release of Catalyst 15.9 for Linux the change-log mentioned a fix for Alien: Isolation… The only problem is, it’s not publicly released yet for Linux.

        There’s many wanting the game for Linux but there hasn’t been an official announcement yet. Since the Catalyst 15.9 release notes mentioning Alien: Isolation, which have since been redacted on the AMD site, many Phoronix readers have written in with excitement.

      • The Wine developers are putting some order into their project, and they have decided to switch the project to a time-based release model, with major releases coming only once a year.

      • Good news for Postal fans, as RWS has finally released the Paradise Lost DLC for Linux gamers. This DLC adds a lot of content to the game.

      • KDE is back on top again and Gnome is back in third, with Unity second. It seems the normal order of things has been restored. Also, before I get a scolding, the i3 option was removed long ago, but this survey was written way back in July, so this will be the last time it is seen on GOL .

      • The Team Fortress 2 multiplayer game developed by Valve has been upgraded once more, and developers have integrated a large number of suggestions from the community.

      • A new Humble Weekly Bundle has been released, and it comes with a ton of Linux games. Furthermore, some of the games that are available in this collection also come with the source code.

      • The developers of the famous Amnesia: The Dark Descent have returned with a new atmospheric and terrifying first-person game called SOMA, and they’ve also released it for Linux users.

      • The art style is charming and it was created by a former Blizzard artist Tyler Hunter, whose work you may have seen in World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 and Prey. The game seems to feature a good deal of humor. Those of you, who like bullet hell gameplay mechanics, you won’t be disappointed either.

      • You take on the role of the young Sebastian, who gets a job as a soda salesman in the remote and strange city of Dorisburg. The city is vast, with plenty of large indoor areas, and just tracking down your new employer proves to be a challenge. I spent my first hour of playing trying to find my way around the city and talking to everyone I met, without any real sense of my objective, so the game is a bit of a slow burner. It’s apparent that a lot of work has gone into making an interesting city with many venues for exploration and interactions though, so if you enjoy a game world you can get lost in, this game seems like it might fit the bill.

      • Maybe its only me because it was the first game of this quality I have played. And above all, I could actually play it on my normal Intel GPU laptop (but surprisingly only on Linux, the Windows version refused to play on my under-powered laptop).

      • The Steam client is approaching another stable release, and developers have just added a number of general fixes and improvements, with a little something for the Linux platform.

      • Grand Ages: Medieval is a new strategy game that combines both turn-based elements and real-time battles into a single experience. It’s developed by Gaming Minds Studios and published by Kalypso Media Digital.

      • Valve is supposed to launch the new Steam Machines on November 10, and users have started to wonder why there isn’t a lot more excitement coming from the company.

        The release of the Steam Machines, the new consoles from Valve, powered by SteamOS, a Linux distribution based on Debian, is supposed to happen in less than 2 months and the company has yet to make any kind of announcement regarding the events from that day. People are now starting to wonder if Valve is really serious about this thing or if it’s just another phase.

      • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a beautiful first-person adventure game developed by a studio named The Astronauts, and it looks like they are finally willing to take a closer look at Linux support.

  • Desktop Environments/WMs

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

      • In the past week, the KDE Community Forums administrators had been discussing how to improve the current forum layout. There are a few reasons in favor of a reorganization. First of all, to reflect better what KDE is (a community that produces software). Secondly, to provide a better organinzation for all kinds of people: those that require support, those that offer support, and those who want to contribute. All of this within a (hopefully) logical structure.

      • The KDE project now has a full complement of icons, and it would be very difficult to find a known app that doesn’t have its own icon. The issue with most themes and especially icon packs is that they don’t usually provide icons for every conceivable application, and that’s a problem with desktops like KDE.

      • Krita developer Boudewijn Rempt reports on the work done by him and other devs that are part of the team responsible for porting the famous open-source and cross-platform digital painting software to the next-generation KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5 technologies.

      • This weekend the KDE e.V. board is going to have an in-person board meeting in Berlin.

      • KDE on Wayland has been making a lot of progress recently to the point that it’s becoming usable and with KDE Plasma 5.5 it looks like it will be in very good shape.

        I was tipped off today about the “rapid progress” being made in making KDE day-to-day usable under Wayland and is starting to get up to par with KDE on X11.

      • Fiber, the new open-source web browser aligned with Qt/KDE and is generating a fair amount of interest, has laid out details regarding their planned ad policy.

    • GNOME Desktop/GTK

      • The GNOME developers are hard at work these days preparing to unleash the Release Candidate (RC) build of the anticipated GNOME 3.18 open-source desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.

      • Now that GNOME 3.18 is out and we’ve informed you guys about the new features it brings, the time has come to write more articles about the upcoming features of the next major release of the open-source desktop environment, GNOME 3.20.

      • Today, September 25, Alberts Muktup??vels has announced that his GNOME Flashback project that transforms the modern GNOME 3 desktop environment into a classic session has reached version 3.18, supporting the recently released GNOME 3.18 project.

      • As part of the soon-to-be-released GNOME 3.18 RC (Release Candidate) build of the acclaimed open-source desktop environment, the GTK+ developers prepared a new milestone towards GTK+ 3.18.

      • The sixth snapshot towards Rygel 0.28 Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) media server software has been announced on September 14, 2015, and it is available for download and testing as we speak.

      • Now that the Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0 (Mumble) distribution has been released, and that the highly anticipated GNOME 3.18 desktop environment hit the streets with its numerous new and attractive features, the developers of Parsix GNU/Linux teased users on Twitter about the upcoming release of the Debian-based operating system.

      • I’m here again in Cincinnati, OH for the 2015 Open Help Conference and GNOME Docs hackfest. The venue for this year’s conference is at the beautiful Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati.

      • The GNOME Project is about to release the RC (Release Candidate) development milestone for the forthcoming GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, so many of the project’s core components and applications have received various improvements and new features.

      • As part of the soon-to-be-released RC (Release Candidate) build of the anticipated GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, the developers behind the popular Orca screen reader and magnifier applications have announced a new version.

      • Clutter 1.24.0 was released today in time for the upcoming release of GNOME 3.18.0.

      • After announcing the visual workspace switcher applet, Clement Lefebvre, the lead developer of the Linux Mint and Cinnamon projects, had the great pleasure of announcing the new and improved sound applet of the upcoming Cinnamon 2.8 desktop environment.

  • Distributions

    • We’ve been informed by Black Lab Software, the company behind the Black Lab Linux operating system, about their new product, Black Lab Appliance Server, a new open standard platform for Linux applications.

    • New Releases

      • Antergos is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, and its developers are preparing a new package manager that should really change everything about the way packages are handled in this distro, and, why not, in other operating systems as well.

      • Solus Project’s Joshua Strobl posted a very informative article on his website about the work done by the team in preparation for the final build of the Solus 1.0 GNU/Linux operating system, due for release on October 1, 2015.

      • We have been informed earlier today by Zbigniew Konojacki, lead developer and maintainer of the 4MLinux independent and open-source distribution, that the Beta release of the next major version of the OS, 4MLinux 14.0, is now available for download and testing.

      • Zbigniew Konojacki, the creator and lead developer of the 4MLinux project, had the great pleasure of informing us earlier today, September 22, about the immediate availability for download and testing of the Beta build of 4MLinux 14.0.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva Family

      • OpenMandriva’s Kate Lebedeff had the great pleasure of announcing a new portal for Linux gamers who install the OpenMandriva Lx GNU/Linux operating system and want an easy way of playing their favorite Windows games.

    • Arch Family

      • Manjaro 15.09 was released this morning with its Xfce, KDE, and net installer spins. Manjaro 15.09 is their first major update since June and is codenamed Bellatrix for this Arch-based distribution.

        With this release the Manjaro team has decided to begin their versions based on date tags rather than their former versioning scheme. This Manjaro release also adds the Calamares installer framework as an alternate installer. Philip M??ller of Manjaro now believes this cross-distribution installer framework initiative is stable for production purposes, “It is now stable enough to be used on productive systems. You can still use Thus. Also our terminal installer got some small improvements.”

      • After announcing the release of the fourth and last Release Candidate of the Manjaro Linux Xfce 15.09 and Manjaro Linux KDE 15.09, Philip M??ller comes now with news about a new update for the upcoming GNU/Linux distribution.

      • A new stable version of the Arch Linux-based Manjaro operating system has been released, with a lot of changes, improvements, and a new installer.

    • Ballnux/SUSE

      • Announced this morning was the much anticipated beta of openSUSE 42.1 “Leap”.

        Today’s openSUSE Leap Beta has changes to GRUB, Plymouth, and other packages. Found currently in openSUSE Leap is the Linux 4.1 kernel, KDE Frameworks 5.13, XDM 1.1.10, and more.

      • The openSUSE Project announces openSUSE Leap 42.1 Beta operating system has been released and is now available for download and testing.

    • Slackware Family

      • There aren’t too many Linux distributions out there that still use Slackaware as the base and that’s a real shame. It used to be a lot higher in the user preferences, but it sort of faded away in the past few years. Absolute Linux is probably the only one that still managed to get some exposure in the news, but only because it’s upgraded quite often, although not as often as we’d like.

    • Red Hat Family

      • ClearFoundation’ David Loper comes today with news about the immediate availability for download of the first RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming ClearOS 7.1.0 enterprise-class, server oriented GNU/Linux distribution based on CentOS 7.

      • But that can’t keep me from appreciating the company, and it won’t stop me from recommending it as the stock continues to make a steady rise as the company delivered yet another quarter of earnings beat on Monday.

      • Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) traded down 0.33% on Wednesday, reaching $72.92. 1,281,705 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company has a market cap of $13.36 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 70.05. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $73.15 and its 200 day moving average is $75.43. Red Hat has a 52 week low of $52.53 and a 52 week high of $81.49.

      • Fedora

        • In software testing, usually unit testing, test stubs are programs that simulate the behaviors of external dependencies that a module undergoing the test depends on. Test stubs provide canned answers to calls made during the test.

        • Fedora 22 comes with libvirt and NetworkManager and it is pre-configured with a??defaulta?? NAT network. That’s fine, until you want to reach the NATed servers from your LAN.

          Good solution is network interface bridging. It was always a pain to configure this, but in Fedora 21 most of bugs were fixed and now it is possible to configure everything via NetworkManager.

        • Rooting this phone was ton of hassle. You have to ask LG to send you the unlock code! (My phone, not under contract). As most of the unrooting guides miss out this vital step, here is a guide to doing that.

        • FUDcon has always been a way to interact with other, to meet those contributors that were your coworkers for the past year (and in many cases, for longer periods). As the time goes by, Fedora has experienced a series of changes that sometimes are way to fast to keep track, specially since most of the contributors have a life outside the community.

        • I would like to share with you my own opinion on why I initially joined Petr Hr????ek in pursuing the idea of a portal for developers running Fedora and why I think that this project will help new and existing developers to take advantage of everything Fedora Workstation has to offer.

        • Reading the Project Atomic site, it seems I was kind of working from an outdated understanding of the “Atomic” concept. I’d always understood it as being more or less a branding of ostree, i.e. an “Atomic” system was just one that used the ostree deployment method. But it seems the concept has now been somewhat changed upstream. To quote the Introduction to Project Atomic:

        • Just a week or so shy of 3 years ago, Fedora Infrastructure embarked on a journey to migrate to using ansible to manage all our hosts. It’s been a long road and one we could have done faster, but we wanted to do things in a transparent and measured way, not rushing and making quick decisions and changes that we would have to clean up later. Today that journey is completed.

        • Second day started off with a great talk from Onuralp and Serdar about awesome possibilities for controlling Fedora (or other OSes) without touching. There was huge interest and people shown great enthusiasm with the devices presented (Myo and Leap Motion) as well as the software that ran all the pieces which was Python based on top of Fedora. There was a ton of questions during and after the talk, and later at the booth as well.

        • The Fedora Project has just revealed that the first Beta for Fedora 23 has been released and is now ready for download and testing. The project just got a lot nearer to the stable version and it already looks like it’s going to be a winner.

        • Planned for release next Tuesday, 22 September, is the Fedora 23 Beta. This Thursday will be the Go/No-Go meeting to decide if the F23 Beta is ready for release or needs to be pushed out for another day.

        • Have you updated your Fedora system recently? Hopefully you do this regularly. Updates fix various bugs and even add new features to your most loved applications. An update, to our users, is generally a notification from the Software application. If you’re an advanced user and prefer the command line, the process is simple:

    • Debian Family

      • Most importantly the fix for unicode-math that was broken for a short time, and for the Japanese users it seems that the LaTeX3 packages have gained support for upTeX. Good to hear.

      • The following 22 packages became reproducible due to changes in their build dependencies: breathe, cdi-api, geronimo-jpa-2.0-spec, geronimo-validation-1.0-spec, gradle-propdeps-plugin, jansi, javaparser, libjsr311-api-java, mac-widgets, mockito, mojarra, pastescript, plexus-utils2, powerline, python-psutil, python-sfml, python-tldap, pythondialog, tox, trident, truffle, zookeeper.

      • The sensationalist a??How Debian Is Trying to Shut Down the CIAa?? got started a few rants here…

      • Derivatives

        • The development team of the Debian-based Semplice Linux distribution has announced earlier today, September 18, the release and immediate availability for download of the Semplice for Workstations 2015.2 operating system.

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • Ubuntu developers have finally decided to drop the support for Unity Integration for Firefox, Unity Websites Integration, and Ubuntu Online Accounts extension, and they have been removed from Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

          • Canonical has announced the release of the Ubuntu 15.10 Final Beta for Ubuntu and some of its most important flavors, including Lubuntu, which is built around the LXDE desktop environment.

          • The development team of the Ubuntu GNOME distribution has just released the second and last Beta build of the Wily Werewolf release cycle, as part of today’s Ubuntu 15.10 Final Beta releases.

          • First of all, let’s get the obvious thing out of the way. Ubuntu GNOME is based on the GNOME 3.16 branch, which is not the latest version available right now. Just a few days ago, GNOME 3.18 was made available, and there are always a few people out there that will criticize the fact that Ubuntu GNOME won’t integrate it by default.

          • Xubuntu 15.10 Beta 2 was released by its developers yesterday, but don’t expect to see anything out of the ordinary in this new iteration. The gallery posted below will make this quite clear.

          • We’ve just received a very interesting email from Canonical’s David Plannella, who writes about the things achieved by the Ubuntu Community Team during the week that has just passed, keeping everyone up to date.

          • The Pinguy OS developers have just announced the release of a brand new tool that many of you out there will love, an alternative, or a fork if you want to call it that, to the very popular Remastersys utility for backing up or remixing Ubuntu distros.

          • Canonical has revealed that a vulnerability that affected the Unity Settings Daemon Daemon has been closed in Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS by the developers.

          • Canonical has recently released the source code behind that file synchronization server for Ubuntu One and it looks like the project has been put to good use.

          • Details about a couple of ICU vulnerabilities that have been found and repaired in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS have been published by Canonical.

          • We’ve talked a lot about the Ubuntu convergence in the last couple of years, since Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, announced back in December 2013 that Ubuntu 15.04 would achieve full convergence before Windows.

          • The vast majority of Ubuntu desktop users prefer to stick with a long term support release (http://wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS) rather than the regular 6 monthly releases, so 16.04 LTS represents the next big upgrade for most Ubuntu users. 16.04 LTS will be running Unity 7 by default as it has done for the last six years and our focus for the Unity 7 stack is fixing bugs which adversely affect the user experience of the desktop.

          • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS shipping next April on the desktop will be using Unity 7 by default along with the Compiz window manager atop an X.Org Server. While this isn’t as big of a change as switching to Unity 8 on the desktop with Mir, there’s still thousands of outstanding bugs.

          • Canonical’s Oliver Grawert had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the new and improved Raspberry Pi 2 image of the Ubuntu Snappy Core 15.04 operating system.

          • Canonical sadly hasn’t made public any sales numbers about the number of Ubuntu 全民彩票网址Phone devices out in the wild, but an estimate based upon update reporting pegs the number of current Ubuntu 全民彩票网址Phone users at around 25,000.

          • Apart from its OS plans, Canonical is also working on a new Internet browser named the Ubuntu browser, and they’ve just pushed a number of important changes and improvements this past week.

          • Flavours and Variants

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Perfectron’s new EPIC SBC runs Linux on 5th Gen Core CPUs, expands modularly with a rare PCe/104 fork called StackPC, and supports -40 to 85?°C operation.

    • If you want a super cheap Linux based computer, now is the chance to get it. Chip, a $9 Linux-based, super-cheap computer that raised some $2 Million beyond a pledge goal of just $50,000 on Kickstarter can soon be yours. After its successful Kickstarter campaign, now, the first run of devices is beginning to be distributed to backers.

    • In short succession a new firmware from Kobo, this time 3.18.0. And here is my mega-update. On request from a reader I have now prepared updates for all three hardwares, Mark4 (Glo), Mark5 (Aura), and Mark6 (GloHD).

    • The guys over Orange Pi have announced a new, cheaper version of their well-known Orange Pi 2 SBC (Single-Board Computer), which is dubbed Orange Pi PC, it’s open source, and it’s available for only $15 (a??13).

    • 全民彩票网址Phones

      • Tizen

        • The Samsung Gear S2, the company’s first round-face smartwatch, has received some great and warm reviews from the tech world so far. Now it seems that consumers in the 全民彩票官网下载land of Samsung (Korea) are also Interested in some round Tizen bling.

      • Android

        • Google will introduce 11 new languages in Android next month, including Gujarati, its chief Sundar Pichai announced today as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited its headquarters in California’s Mountain View as part of his Digital India push.

        • Android is seen to be dominating the worldwide smartphone marketshare by 82.8 percent, with iOS trailing behind at 13.9 percent.

        • A gold colored clamshell phone made by Xiaomi, has been certified by TENAA in China全民彩票网址. Samsung recently released a similar handset, the SM-G9198, that was powered by Android 5.1.1. Xiaomi’s clamshell features gold trim and apparently comes with a removable battery. But the most interesting part of the phone’s listing on TENAA is the 8GB of RAM that supposedly is inside the phone. And yes, that is RAM, not ROM.

        • For the majority of smartphone manufacturers, security and privacy are check boxes on a feature list. For Blackphone, they’re the main attraction. Launched last year as a joint venture between the secure communications service Silent Circle and the Spanish specialty phone manufacturer Geeksphone, Blackphone’s eponymous first product was an Android-based smartphone intended to provide the security and privacy that were lacking in Google’s mobile operating system. Last June, we got an exclusive first look at that device and found it to be largely what it claimed to be. Unsurprisingly for a security-minding phone, the original Blackphone felt somewhat lacking in the usability department and somewhat janky in the hardware department.

        • The iBall Andi HD6 is a large phone for a small price. At Rs. 6,999, it’s one of the few phones to pack a gargantuan 6-inch screen. But is that enough?

        • We are just a few days away from Google’s big event which is scheduled for in San Francisco on September 29. During the event, Google is expected to unveil the much talked about Nexus smartphones built by LG and Huawei (LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P). Reportedly, Android 6.0 Marshmallow will roll out to the following devices on October 5.

        • Don’t go buying a new Android phone yet as there are some amazing Android phones releasing in the coming few months.

        • Arne Exton was more than happy to drop an email to Softpedia HQ about the new release of his commercial RaspAnd project that lets users install Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop mobile operating system on a Raspberry Pi 2 SBC (Single-Board Computer).

        • Google is gearing up for a bevy of big announcements next week. The tech giant is expected to launch two new flagship smartphones, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6p a?? and likely alongside them, Android Marshmallow, the latest update to its mobile operating system (OS).

    • Sub-notebooks/Tablets

      • Jolla has begun fulfilling their orders on the crowd-funded Jolla Tablet.

        Jolla wrote in a blog post they’re sailing and that contributors to their crowd-funded campaign are being contacted now for completing the order so that the devices can begin shipping. However, for later backers, it still could be a few weeks before being invited to complete the order.

Free Software/Open Source

  • There is much written about the pros and cons of using open source software, generally with more emphasis on the pros. Open source evangelists have even convinced foreign governments (India and the United Kingdom, to name a few) to go so far as mandating the use of open source software. To make smart decisions, however, government agencies must carefully consider the project in question. Here are five tips for making sure important questions are not overlooked.

  • John Britton is Github’s “education liaison”, which means that he assists in bringing Github to 全民彩票官网登录s and college campuses. The sweeping online service in the last few years have changed the way the way coders build software across Silicon Valley and beyond. According to Britton, it’s transforming the way that teachers teach coding now. In the end, Github is all about collaborating on code together.

  • Dropbox has released Zulip, a group chat app, under an open-source Apache license. The move, announced today, comes after Dropbox acquired Zulip in March 2014.

    The client and server code is available on GitHub. You can download the client for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android here.

  • How is open source used in the large enterprise environment? A recent study from WIPRO and Oxford Economics titled a??The Open Source Eraa?? provided insights into that question. The report revealed that 21 percent of enterprises use open source software and 25 percent have deployed it in a business unit. However, 54 percent are in the planning phase of open source adoption.

  • An OVSDB interface lets the Brocade controller direct a virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) topology, which is an overlay network on existing Layer 3 infrastructure. VXLAN technology makes it easier for network engineers to scale out a cloud-computing environment.

  • Pinterest today announced the availability of Terrapin, a new piece of open-source software that’s designed to more efficiently push data out of the Hadoop open-source big data software and make it available for other systems to use.

    Engineers at Pinterest designed Terrapin as a replacement for the open-source HBase NoSQL database for this particular process, because HBase had proven slow and didn’t perform well beyond 100GB of data. The company looked at open-source key-value store ElephantDB as a possible alternative, but that wasn’t perfect, either.

  • A free, open source solution for connecting mobile, IoT, or Web apps to backend server data and services

  • Could fallout from Volkswagen’s cheating lead to vehicle manufacturers open-sourcing millions of lines of code for the sake of enhanced automobile cybersecurity?

  • For many, ignorance is the key lock-in. Folks born and raised as slaves may not appreciate there is any other life. Slaves may feel any competition to their slave-master is a threat to their way of life. Education is key. Students exposed to FLOSS at 全民彩票官网登录 will certainly know there is another way, a better way to do IT. Students I taught even knew how to install GNU/Linux and applications like LibreOffice. Today, there are many more retail shelves bearing GNU/Linux and LibreOffice than the bad old days. The stats show it. LibreOffice has over 100 million users. GNU/Linux as the classic desktop and Chrome OS are slowly but surely taking share in the world. Android/Linux is kicking butt.

  • Mycroft is a very successful project defined as an AI and 全民彩票官网下载 automation system, but its makers are hoping that it’s going be a lot more than just that.

  • The Mycroft AI 全民彩票官网下载 automation system has been gathering quite a following, especially after it completed a Kickstarter campaign. Now, its makers are looking to find a fitting mascot for the Mycroft.

  • Events

    • Systemv Startup vs systemd: With all the continuing brouhaha surrounding systemd, this is a must on my list. From the abstract on this talk, it appears as if this will be a positive take on systemd — pragmatic, since it seems to be here to stay, like it or not 00 and will seek to explain not only how it works and how to configure it, but to explain why its development was deemed necessary. This one is being conducted by open source software and Linux advocate David Both, who’s byline has appeared on OS/2 Magazine, Linux Magazine, Linux Journal, and OpenSource.com.

    • FUDCon LATAM 2015 was held in C?3rdoba Argentina, and hosted by Valentin Basel, Matias Maceira and Laura Fontanesi, and all the local volunteers that helped make the event could happen.

    • During FUDCon, I heard that later in the year we might get a Django Girls workshop in Pune. If you never heard about Django Girls before, here is a quote from the website:

    • In a nod to the proliferation of Linux in drones, the Dronecode Project will host a workshop in conjunction with LinuxCon and the ELC in Dublin next month.

  • Web Browsers

    • Chrome

      • If you’ve been curious how WebGL works in Chromium or other modern web browsers prior to hitting the graphics driver, here’s a lengthy explanation.

    • Mozilla

      • It’s not too often these days that we hear about SeaMonkey, Mozilla’s all-in-one Internet Suite, but an update to it is available this weekend.

        SeaMonkey continues to come equippped with email, IRC, HTML editing. and web browsing functionality and is powered by the latest Gecko engine release from Firefox. It was just earlier this week that Firefox 41 was released.

      • So, it happened. My Flame stopped working, it just doesn’t react to anything (power off switch, power cable), and of course being a weird unknown China全民彩票网址-only thing, no local repair shop would touch it. I probably could ask somebody at Mozilla for another one, but I already knew I wouldn’t. Let me write couple of words why I gave up on Firefox OS (not on Firefox or Mozilla!).

      • “Prompted by the disturbing privacy defaults in Windows 10 and an inquiry whether Webconverger leaked any intranet information, we reviewed Firefox defaults. This review was accomplished with Wireshark, a tool that allows us to analyse every packet leaving and entering a Webconverger instance. Strictly speaking these Firefox defaults don’t leak any private information and elements like safe browsing should give an extra layer of malware protection, but in practice the network noise generated by these services are too risky for security,” reads the official announcement.

  • SaaS/Big Data

    • I first found myself having to learn Scala when I started using Spark (version 0.5). Prior to Spark, I’d peruse books on Scala but just never found an excuse to delve into it. In the early days of Spark, Scala was a necessity — I quickly came to appreciate it and have continued to use it enthusiastically.

    • One popular number often noted by the Spark community is that its roughly 600 contributors make it the most active project in the entire Apache Software Foundation, a major governing body for open source software, in terms of number of contributors. That’s no small feat considering the number of popular enterprise database and infrastructure projects currently governed by Apache.

      And new numbers released this week as part of survey from Databricks, a software startup founded by the creators of Spark, shed some new light on just how popular the technology has become. One of the standout statistics has to do with attendance at user conferences, which are usually a good sign of interest in a technology and who’s using it. In 2015, attendance at Spark Summit events grew 156% to nearly 3,000, and the number of companies represented grew 152% to more than 1,100.

    • OpenStack is a big distributed system. FreeIPA is designed for security in distributed system. In order to develop and test each of them, separately or together, I need a distributed system. Virtualization has been a key technology for making this kind of work possible. OpenStack is great of managing virtualization. Added to that is the benefits found when one a??Fly our own airplanes.a?? Thus, I am using OpenStack to develop OpenStack.

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • My small contribution to last night’s LibreOffice conference hack-fest. In vertical text mode, the column view for pages now previews in the correct direction.

    • The Document Foundation just announced that LibreOffice 5.0.2, the second minor release for the 5.0 branch, has been released and is now available for download.

  • Education

    • Delivering this talk represented a challenge for me. My audience are freshman, that have been in college for all of three to four weeks. Your regular presentation is not going to work. My audience have left 全民彩票官网下载, making new friends, and enjoying new freedoms, making adult decisions. For most freshman, their journey is just beginning and if I were to use my own experience, constantly evolving. Where you started out might be completely different and that could be said to continue even in your adult life. We are after all works in progress. The other challenge is that perception of Free Software / Open Source is applicable only to computer science. That is of course patently untrue, considering how this concept has now spread to so many other sectors. Creating something requires a wide range of skillsets and its just not about coding.

  • BSD

    • Pkg 1.6.0 is set to introduce a number of improvements to their solver, improved support for partial upgrades, improved zsh completion support, improved Linux support, context-aware messages, and many other changes along with the usual bug-fixes and code clean-ups.

    • MidnightBSD’s Lucas Holt had the great pleasure of announcing this past weekend the release of version 0.7 of his BSD-based computer operating system, which adds numerous new features and under-the-hood improvements.

    • Randy Fishel of Oracle presented at this week’s XDC2015 conference about the state of the DRM/KMS graphics drivers on Solaris.

    • The latest OpenBSD kernel finally adds support for Broadwell graphics while Skylake support is still a ways out for this BSD operating system.


    • Hello everyone! It’s been a while since a comprehensive update of what’s happening in MediaGoblin land. Despite the quiet, there is a lot to report, so let’s get down to business and start reporting!

    • Bruno is specifically hoping to work on improving Hurd’s hardware support, “I’m interested in improving Hurd’s hardware support, probably working on the development of user-space device drivers, most likely the rump kernel integration. I see that Robert Millan has made some remarkable progress in that area, and I’d like to help.”

  • Openness/Sharing

    • The Irish Social Democrats have made open government one of their core issues. The party states that it wants to reform the political system, so that it serves the people rather than the political establishment. Developing a culture centred around openness and transparency is the first step in this process.


  • Hardware

    • Nowadays if you are lucky you can even have AArch64 hardware. The problem is that there is no desktop class one still. Mustang and Seattle are server boards, Juno is development platform, Hikey is out of stock, Dragonboard 410c has 1GB of memory (same as Hikey) and rest of a??publicly availablea?? AArch64 hardware is in Android or iOS devices.

  • Health/Nutrition

    • A U.S. drug company is taking the Canadian government to court for its attempt to lower the price of what has been called the world’s most expensive drug.

      Alexion Pharmaceuticals has filed a motion in Federal Court, arguing that Canada’s drug price watchdog has no authority to force the company to lower its price for Soliris.

  • Security

    • Some weeks ago the german low cost hoster 1blu got hacked…

  • Defence/Police/Secrecy/Aggression

    • Jeremy Corbyn will avoid a divisive vote on the Labour party’s policy on Britain’s nuclear deterrent at its conference this week after major unions said they would block the new leader’s attempts to adopt an anti-Trident stance.

      Labour party delegates were expected to vote on whether to renew Trident nuclear weapons or scrap them as party policy on 30 September, but the motion failed to win the support needed from activists in a ballot selecting which topics the party will debate at its conference in Brighton.

    • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was handed an embarrassing defeat yesterday afternoon, as his own party members voted against debating the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system.

      Corbyn has long campaigned against replacing Trident, and it had widely been expected that delegates at the Labour party’s annual conference in Brighton this week would vote on a motion backing the newly elected leader’s views.

  • Finance

    • Yet as the United Nations announce goals to be achieved by 2030, a crucial but secret trade meeting is taking place to advance the Trans Pacific Partnership, which will set the economic rules for 40 percent of the world economy, and threatens to undermine the U.N. goals before they have even begun.

      The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are made up of 17 general goals with 169 targets, including an end to extreme poverty and hunger, providing universal access to clean water and protecting the world’s oceans. The initiative is supported by 193 countries, the United Nations, the World Bank and countless non-profits, and establishes the international development agenda for the next 15 years.

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • There is probably no other place on this planet which receives so much negative press as North Korea. Given the totalitarian nature of DPRK’s government and the country全民彩票网址’s isolation, one can easily understood why the country全民彩票网址 receives so little love. However, what’s really worrying though is that a lot of media outlets do not even make the slightest effort to really understand the country全民彩票网址 and its people or even pay a visit to the Hermit Kingdom to see how the country全民彩票网址 looks from inside.

      As a result, there are a lot of myths circulating around the web concerning traveling to North Korea. Some of them are totally ridiculous, others make a bit more sense. When I visited North Korea in August 2015, I had the unique opportunity to challenge some of the misconceptions about tourism in DPRK. As usual, I did my best to keep the mind open and at least for the time being, forget a lot what I had heard about traveling to North Korea before.

  • Privacy

    • I have a geographically-diverse team that uses GPG to provide integrity of their messages. Usually, a team like this would all huddle together and do a formal key-signing event. With several large bodies of water separating many of the team members, however, it’s unlikely that we could even make that work.

    • This known backdoor, the Intel Management Engine, is signed by Intel. This means that you can’t run your own version without Intel’s permission. Purism claims to be working on unlocking it (presumably to remove these nasty features), but customers who previously bought a librem (hundreds of librem 15 customers, myself included, and the hundreds of people that bought the librem 13) will be stuck with a locked Management Engine. If Purism is successful in unlocking the ME to run unsigned modified versions, that will only affect newer laptops shipped by the company, not older ones that were sold previously.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality

    • On the coastal edge of Tunisia, a signal bounces between 11 rooftops and 12 routers, forming an invisible net that covers 70 percent of the city of Sayada. Strategically placed, the routers link together community centers–from the main street to the marketplace. Not long ago, the Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali government censored access to the Internet. The regime is gone now. And this free network gives the community unfettered access to thousands of books, secure chat and file sharing applications, street maps, and more.


Links 25/9/2015: GNU/Linux in Indian Government, NeoKylin in China全民彩票网址

Posted in News Roundup at 2:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • That handy link & footnote leads us to Wikipedia, which explains that “XFS middleware” refers to CEN/XFS, which is not in any way related to the XFS filesystem, or Linux, and is in fact Microsoft specific:

    CEN/XFS or XFS (eXtensions for Financial 全民彩票网址) provides a client-server architecture for financial applications on the Microsoft Windows platform.

  • One of the reasons some users are not dropping Windows right now and adopting Linux is because of a particular game they love and play. So, what is the game that’s keeping you from switching to Linux and total freedom?

  • On Linux servers, ClamAV can be run as a daemon. It can service requests to scan files sent from other processes. These can include spam filters or files on Samba shares. ClamAV typically runs from the command line, but there are third party developers who have created graphical user interfaces for it.

  • Now, I can’t guarantee that Microsoft would actually get the open source cred they want by following these steps. There are a lot of decades of bad blood to overcome. But it couldn’t hurt and would be a start anyway.

  • Whether be it the countless attacks by Chinese hackers on key government websites or be it Snowden reports, it has exposed the vulnerabilities in the cyberspace. The Government of India has decided to go its own way and has decided to create its own operating system (OS) and replace all other OSs. This could be a major set-back to the most popular Microsoft Windows, that has so far dominated the operating systems market in India.

  • Desktop

    • When Microsoft finally announced that official support for Windows XP was coming to an end, China全民彩票网址 wasn’t happy. At the time, Windows accounted for 91 percent market share on the desktop, compared to seven percent for OS X and just over one percent for Linux. Calling it “fairly expensive,” China全民彩票网址 wasn’t too keen to upgrade to Windows 8 either, or pay for extended support like the US Navy has.

      To solve these issues, and “wean its IT sector off Western software,” China全民彩票网址 decided to create its own OS. At first, this involved partnering with Canonical to create Ubuntu Kylin, a heavily localised version of Ubuntu for the Chinese market. However, since then the government has been championing a new OS, one that’s entirely 全民彩票官网下载 grown, and one that’s eerily familiar to millions of users.

    • Have you ever made a technology purchase without fully researching the device to make sure you can use it the way you want to? I have, and many times I’ve come to regret it. My recent purchase of a Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook is trying to turn into one of those times.

      I have a collection of sad old obsolete laptops that are essentially tethered permanently to an electrical outlet to function. They’re also mostly large and bulky, so not ideal for on-the-go use. I also have an old Asus eee Netbook that was the main computer I used when out and about, but it was slow and not able to do too much at once without being bogged down.

    • …this includes old Android 全民彩票网址Phones too.

    • Linux is a great operating system. Nobody in the Linux camp will argue about that. There are many articles on the Internet convincing you to try and to switch to Linux. There are also many articles that attempt to show you why you should not switch.

      Let’s look at this question from a slightly different viewpoint today. Say, you are now convinced that you want to switch to Linux. What you should NOT expect from this switch?

    • Chromebooks, which began as cheap netbooks that required Internet and raised eyebrows, have now become a bargain for many 全民彩票官网登录s, especially as educational tools increasingly move to the cloud. They made up almost half of the 3.9 million devices shipped to the US K-12 market from April through June 2015.

    • Microsoft Windows is the dominant operating system in China全民彩票网址, but the government is trying to encourage 全民彩票官网下载grown replacements. The most popular one is called NeoKylin. We gave it a whirl to see how the hottest China全民彩票网址-made OS looks and feels.

    • [Ed: article by Microsoft propagandist Andy Patrizio]

      When the Quartz reviewer attempted to install Google Chrome, he was blocked. The same happened with other apps. Quite a few apps were blocked from installation, but eventually they found they could manually add the apps by editing system files, and who wants novice computer users like office workers doing that?

    • FreeBSD (0.67%) and Chrome OS GNU/Linux (1.68%) peaked on September 21. GNU/Linux began to ramp up on September 20 and is still rising (16.41%). Even “Unknown” jumped to 0.67% on September 20 and reached 0.96% yesterday. It could be Gibraltar’s 全民彩票官网登录s have adopted FLOSS as affordable and robust. Nearby, Malta stood at 5.42% and Reunion stood at 6.71% GNU/Linux page-views yesterday. Doing education rather than IT is what 全民彩票官网登录s are about.

  • Server

    • The online development project repository for Docker containers apps grows dramatically in the 15 months since Docker Inc. introduced the technology.
      The open-source Docker container technology is popular for a number of reasons, particularly ease of virtualized application development and deployment.

      A key tool in the Docker arsenal for development and deployment is Docker Hub—which was launched in June 2014 by Docker Inc., the lead commercial sponsor behind Docker—and has grown significantly over the course of the past year.

    • …mega-outage was caused by vital systems in one part of AWS

  • Audiocasts/Shows

  • Kernel Space

    • Arun Raghavan has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the PulseAudio 7.0 open-source sound server software for GNU/Linux operating systems.

    • Many modern mice have the ability to store profiles, customize button mappings and actions and switch between several hardware resolutions. A number of those mice are targeted at gamers, but the features are increasingly common in standard mice. Under Linux, support for these device is spotty, though there are a few projects dedicated to supporting parts of the available device range. [1] [2] [3]

    • kdbus is a somewhat contentious kernel patch that is intended to provide the dbus api in kernel space. It is slated to be a drop in replacement for dbus (user space), with the initial beneficiary of the merge the systemd software that is present on most recent distributions. With linux 4.3rc1 out (which does not include kdbus), linux-next (proposals for inclusion of patches into kernel 4.4) has been made available, and it does indeed include kdbus.

    • As an avid swimmer growing up in North Carolina, Charlie Houchin spent his summers participating in many volunteer-run community swim meets. After he graduated from the University of Michigan, Houchin qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, where he won a gold medal in the 4×200 freestyle relay. At the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, he won another gold medal in the same event.


      Product positioning is one thing that IoT tech helps enable — certainly AllJoyn has for us — the idea of capturing data at the point of origin — for us, that had been a powerful concept we’ve applied.

    • Graphics Stack

      • So in order to get the final shader assemlby, it was executed a copy propagation, a register coalesce, and a dead code eliminate. BTW, I found that environment variable while looking at the code. It is not listed on the mesa envvar page, something I assume is a bug.

  • Applications

    • On September 17, the Git developers announced that the third maintenance release of the stable 2.5 branch of the world’s most used distributed version control system software, Git, is available for download for all GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

    • Kodi’s Martijn Kaijser announced earlier today, September 20, the immediate availability for download and testing of the second RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Kodi 15.2 release.

      Kodi 15.2 will be the second point release of the 15.x series of the world’s most acclaimed open-source media center software, formerly known as XBMC Media Center. According to the release notes, Kodi 15.2 Release Candidate 2 fixes more of those annoying issues reported by users since the previous RC build.

    • In any collaborative environment, it’s important to have good tools for communication. What tools work best for you depend a bit on your situation, but might include anything from mailing lists for email communication, Git or Subversion for version control, a wiki or Etherpad for collaborative authoring, a shared task list for organizing workflow, or even a full fledged project management suite.

    • One of the most compelling reasons to use Ruby on Rails is the ease in which you can get a web project up and running. And one of Docker’s key benefits is freedom from “dependency hell”.

      In his prior post, Mike Arnold (@全民彩票网址dharmamike) provided a 5-Step guide on how to setup In-container Rails development on your local machine using Docker Compose.

    • Proprietary

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • I admit it, some tools confuse me. I know they must be amazing, because programs don’t get popular by being dumb (well, reality TV, but that’s another story). I have the same sort of confusion with Vagrant that I have with Wine, Docker, Chef and countless other amazing tools people constantly rave about. So in this article, I’m going to break down Vagrant into its simplest form.

      • The only caveat to this process is that it requires you have at least a basic understanding of HTML and CSS (as the editing pane works with both). In other words, you’re not going to be editing a LibreOffice .odt file in a WYSIWYG editor. Also, you must have converted your e-book to either .epub or .azw3 formats (the Calibre editor cannot work with .mobi files).

      • Want to know how to watch Hulu on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and up?

        Well, we’re going to show you.

        The American streaming service Hulu uses Adobe Flash to play back video in the browser, and uses Adobe Flash DRM to encrypt it.

      • Today we look at Yakuake, the drop down terminal emulator for KDE. This application is part of The KDE Extragear collection, hosted on KDE-Apps.org. You can also download it from KDE.org’s Yakuake mirror page.

    • Games

      • The game has been ported to Linux by Jonas Ancurio Kulla, who is best known for his ports of To the Moon and Always Sometimes Monsters and for mkxp, which is an open source implementation of the scripting interface used by the latest generations of the RPG Maker engine. Last Word also uses Ryan C. Gordon’s newly released open source framework SteamShim for Steamworks integration.

      • In my day, Mac games were limited to playing tag in your raincoat, so it’s always great to see the Macintosh’s relatively tiny game library expand. The latest big-budget developer to offer a Mac version of one of their games is Creative Assembly, whose Alien: Isolation is coming to Mac—and Linux—next week.

      • The FPS junky in me approves of this, the developers of Insurgency added the Linux port to their official Trello todo list, and it looks like it already runs.

      • Vulkan is a new API from the Khronos Group, the same developers who are also working on OpenGL. Their efforts are now supported by Valve as well, and they are saying that developers won’t ever need to make a DirectX 12 game.

      • In the age of the digital download, DRM is a hot-button issue for video game players. The concept of ownership was cut-and-dried in the days of physical media, but there’s far more room for debate now that digital distribution services like Steam make up such a large proportion of the wider marketplace.

        And while the concept of DRM is nothing new, it’s the age of the practice that might lead to some older games becoming unplayable — thanks to a new update Microsoft has released for systems running running Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

      • Guild Software has had the pleasure of announcing that their popular, cross-platform 3D space combat MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), Vendetta Online, has been updated to version 1.8.350.

  • Desktop Environments/WMs

    • Looking at the release notes, which we’ve attached at the end of the article for reference, it would appear that there are 33 changes in the eleventh maintenance release of the Enlightenment 0.19 desktop environment.

    • If you have a low-resource computer, one with a small screen like some laptops, or are even someone just looking for something different to try, a tiling window manager could be a good option. They’re not for everybody, but then they’re not just for command-line commandos either.

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

      • I’ve come across a stumble in digiKam panorama creation, but also found a way around it, too.

      • With all of this implemented and new releases of the wrappers, which I’m preparing at the moment, all you have to do is to install cmocka, socket_wrapper, nss_wrapper and uid_wrapper and run ‘make test’. The Matrix will be created and libssh tested. You can find the cwrap libssh branch here.

        There is one test for a feature missing right now. We do not test keyboard-interactive authentication, but the cwrap project is working on a new wrapper to fix this. Stay tuned!

      • Kubuntu Day landed on the same day as my BoF sadly so I did not get to attend much of that. I was able to attend the BoF with Munich and a lot was accomplished in regards to upstream KDE working closer with the Munich team. Overall Akademy was extremely successful in catching up with everyone and working with them in person.

      • Technically, we’re done porting Krita to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5…

      • I don’t even remember the last time when I used KDE. The versions after KDE 3.x were not really my cup of tea. But when Sean mailed me some of his new works, I just had to try KDE one more time. Sean (half-left) is a renowned designer and customization guru who for years have been producing some of the greatest themes and artwork for Linux desktop. And as always, his latest creations are just as good as ever. 3 gorgeous Plasma 5 themes folks.

    • GNOME Desktop/GTK

      • The Internet being what it is today, being a public figure can be a very dangerous role. For those unaware, Karen Sandler has been under vigorous attacks—hate mail, public slandering, and more—for having been the GNOME Foundation‘s Executive Director from 2011 to 2014. Contrary to what I had hoped, even many months after, the hate has not died down. You still see wretched hives of scum and villainy like this blog post on a regular basis (warning: the comments over there are depressing). Enough is enough, time to set the record straight.

      • At first I wanted to contribute to GtkSpell so that GtkSpell and GtkSourceView work well together, without a dependency on each other. GtkSourceView defines a no-spell-check region. For LaTeX, the region includes the LaTeX command’s names, for example. But GtkSpell didn’t read that region, and the region was available only through the GtkSourceView API. Adding a dependency on GtkSourceView in GtkSpell was not desirable, because many applications use GtkSpell only. Also, a library like GtkSpell could potentially add the support for GtkEntry too, so if there is a dependency on GtkSourceView, it isn’t nice for an application that wants only the spell checking for a GtkEntry. The solution was actually really simple: the no-spell-check region is a GtkTextTag. After setting a name to the tag and expose it in the API, it was possible for GtkSpell to lookup the tag and read the region.

      • I bought a hifiberry amp (a 2x25W class D amplifier with a fully digital path from the raspberry) and a PiTFT 2.8″ touchscreen. I’m planning to integrate them with my raspberry pi model B inside in a set of Mission 731i speakers. That will give me a set of powered speakers that can stream music over a wifi network, with a touchscreen interface.

      • WebKitGTK+ already had an HTTP disk cache implementation, simply using SoupCache, but Apple introduced a new cross-platform implementation to WebKit (just a few bits needed a platform specific implementation), so we decided to switch to it.

      • We left codenames and macaques years ago but this year at GUADEC came the idea of a small gift to the GUADEC and GNOME.Asia teams, they do an amazing work, and here we are, the GNOME 3.18 release has been named “Gothenburg” as a token of recognition for this year’s GUADEC team.

      • The development cycle for GNOME never stops and soon we’ll have the first releases in the 3.20 branch of the desktop environment. This happens because there are usually a lot of changes, improvements, and features that are not ready in time for a release and they get pushed forward. In this case, pretty much anything that landed too late for GNOME 3.18 will probably be ready in time for 3.20, and so on.

      • Together with the default Fedora edition, which uses the GNOME 3 desktop, and the Spins, Fedora editions that use other desktop environments, the beta 1 installation images were released three days ago.

        I’ve already posted a few screenshots from a test installation of the Cinnamon Spin. See Fedora 23 Cinnamon preview. In this post, you’ll find screenshots taken from a test installation of the main edition.

      • The highly anticipated GNOME 3.18 open-source desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions will be officially unveiled tomorrow, September 23, 2015, and it promises to add a host of new features, as well as numerous under-the-hood improvements.

      • A couple of days ago I made the usual bunch of *mm releases for GNOME 3.18, including glibmm 2.46 and gtkmm 3.18, wrapping glib and GTK+ for C++. This adds the usual collection of new API from glib and GTK+, but the big change is the use of C++ 11.

  • Distributions

    • Reviews

      • Let’s say you want inexpensive, open-source server applications that are under your control… but you don’t have the tech chops to install Linux server programs from packages, never mind source code. If that’s you, then you need Turnkey Linux.

    • Screenshots/Screencasts

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva Family

      • Mageia, a community distribution forked from the now-discontinued Mandriva project, released Mageia 5 a few weeks ago. The new version of Mageia ships with updated software packages and UEFI support. (Secure Boot is not supported at this time.) The development team provided a good deal of documentation with the new version, supplying release notes, a summarizing release announcement and errata to guide us through potential problems. The Mageia distribution is available in many different builds and editions. There are plain installation discs, live discs (offered in GNOME and KDE editions) and discs for network installations. Each of the download options is available in 32-bit and 64-bit x86 builds.

    • Arch Family

      • After publishing details about the last Release Candidate builds of the Manjaro Linux Xfce 15.09 and Manjaro Linux KDE 15.09 distributions, Philip Müller had the pleasure of announcing a few minutes ago, September 18, the immediate availability for download and testing of the second Alpha build of Manjaro Linux Xfce 15.12.

    • Red Hat Family

      • As mentioned in my previous review (Q4OS), I recently updated a guide designed to help people choose the right Linux distribution for them by going through the top 25 Linux distributions on Distrowatch and providing a short excerpt about each one, listing who they are for and what users can expect.

        There were a handful that I hadn’t tried myself and so I had to use other people’s words to describe them. Q4OS was one of them and CentOS was another. I can now say that I have tried both of these distributions.

      • Red Hat reports 13% growth in the second quarter, improved cloud and emerging technology sales, and an expanded revenue estimate for third quarter.

      • This past summer, I was a Red Hat intern and conducted a top-secret operation with high-quality survey methods (OK, maybe just some interviews and conversations with fellow interns). I wanted to learn the keys to a successful internship experience at Red Hat.

        Red Hat prides itself on running an incredibly strong internship program. The company realizes the importance of teaching future employees from the ground up. And the feedback I got from the interns I spoke with was overwhelmingly positive.

      • In the quarter, Red Hat’s annualized run rate from its certified cloud and service provider program reached $100 million. It might appear insignificant at the first glance, but if it is judged from the perspective of the company’s future potential in public cloud compared to where it was a year ago, $100 million is an important milestone. Red Hat’s RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) expansion in public cloud helped the company achieve the milestone. Although Red Hat is still a traditional data center company offering software to enterprises for internal operations, I believe it is silently becoming a cloud computing powerhouse via its container and full virtualization technologies.

      • Fedora

        • The Cinnamon Desktop will be the newest desktop environment with its own Fedora installation image when Fedora 23 is released late next month.

          That would add one more Fedora Spin to the list of existing Spins. Fedora Spins are Fedora editions with a desktop environment different from the GNOME 3 desktop environment. GNOME 3 is the default desktop environment of Fedora.

        • Actually, I started using Linux well before I came to work at Red Hat. But having been at Red Hat for (going on) eight years now, it’s pretty much all I use.

          When I first started using Linux, I was trying to breathe life into an old computer. I was hacking around to see what it was all about. I graduated from Rice with a computer science degree back in 1989, and we used Solaris. Linux didn’t exist yet!

        • During FUDcon we had the opportunity to participate on a small interview that channel cba24n did, and where Valentin, Neville and I were invited to talk, explaining a bit about what’s the FUDcon and why do we promote open source technologies as a community.

    • Debian Family

      • Unfortunately, I don’t think one can get high 全民彩票官网登录 students without any prior knowledge in logic, or programming, or fancy mathematical symbols, to do something meaningful with a system like Isabelle, so I need something that is (much) easier to use. I always had this idea in the back of my head that proving is not so much about writing text (as in “normally written” proofs) or programs (as in Agda) or labeled statements (as in Hilbert-style proofs), but rather something involving facts that I have proven so far floating around freely, and way to combine these facts to new facts, without the need to name them, or put them in a particular order or sequence. In a way, I’m looking for labVIEW wrestled through the Curry-Horward-isomorphism. Something like this:

      • VLANd is Free Software, released under the GPL version 2 (or any later version).

      • Derivatives

        • The stable version of Ubuntu MATE Wily Werewolf (15.10) is almost here and we just received the final Beta. We now take a closer look at this Ubuntu flavor and see what’s been happening in the past few months.

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • Canonical is working on Unity 8 for the desktop, and they are making some very good progress with it. The latest news from the Ubuntu developers has to do with the greeter, which happens to be pretty much the same one from the phone.

          • Canonical’s ?ukasz Zemczak has sent in his daily reports for Wednesday, September 23, and Thursday, September 24, to inform us all about the latest features that landed in the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system in preparation for the OTA-7 software update.

          • On instructions of Chief Justice High Court of J&K N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, Chairperson e-Court , High Court of Jammu & Kashmir, Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Tashi Rabstan Members e-Committee, High Court of J&K, “Ubuntu Linux Awareness Cum Training Program under Change Management” for Judicial officers of District Ganderbal, Pulwama, Kupwara and Kargil was conducted.

          • One of the most important functions for any operating system, especially for the ones that are used by a lot of people, are the accessibility features. Ubuntu has support for people with disabilities, but there is still room for improvement.

            We wrote a while back that the head of the Ubuntu desktop, Will Cooke, was working to enhance the accessibility features for Ubuntu 16.04. He’s now working to get even more work done in this regard, just in time for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

          • You know the drill. Over the last couple of years, each major and minor Ubuntu upgrade has been, well, boring. There’s been little to report on, save for the constant droning of “When will we finally see Unity 8?” In fact, I can’t remember the last time Ubuntu had an exciting upgrade to roll out. That, in and of itself, says a lot about where we are as consumers and technologists. We live very much in a show me something exciting state. When a company or platform has nothing exciting to offer in an upgrade, the product loses its appeal.

          • One of the features that will be present in Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) are the new scrollbars that have been imported from upstream GNOME and that will make a lot of people happy.

          • IoT is the acronym for the Internet for Things, a new category of devices that are smart and can connect to the Internet, but they are far removed from anything that’s been done until now. We all knew that a time would come when we would have all kinds of cool stuff connected to the Internet, like a fridge or oven, but now that we’re here, we find that things have become terribly complicated.

          • The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition seems to be a success, and the white version of the phone is no longer available in the official Meizu store.

          • As part of today’s Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Final Beta releases, Canonical has pushed the second Beta build of Ubuntu Kylin 15.10, an official flavor of the world’s most popular free operating system designed specifically for the Chinese Linux community.

          • Ubuntu developers have been prompted by someone at Valve to fix a couple of problems in the operating system so that the new Steam Controllers will work as they are intended.

          • Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf final beta (beta 2 for the flavors) was released last night, bringing updated applications (including most GNOME 3.16.x apps), GNOME’s overlay scrollbars by default for GTK3 applications and of course, numerous bug fixes.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Z-Wave Europe and Popp & Co. have launched a “Popp Hub” 全民彩票官网下载 automation gateway that runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi, and supports Z-Wave and IP smart devices.

      Z-Wave Europe GmbH, which bills itself as Europe’s largest distributor for Z-Wave wireless technology devices, is selling and distributing the Popp Hub smart IP 全民彩票官网下载 gateway on behalf of UK-based Popp & Co. The latter has previously launched products such as energy-automated wind and weather sensors, and a self-connecting smoke detector. The Popp-Hub’s underlying Raspberry Pi 2 SBC runs the Z-Way Middleware, which Z-Wave Europe says is the first Z-Wave controller certified for the new Z-Wave Plus standard.

    • Versalogic’s “Fox” SBC features a DMP Vortex86DX2 SoC, dual display, USB, serial, and LAN ports, stackable ISA and PCI expansion, and -40 to 85°C operation.

    • Someone built a miniature Apple Computer that is powered by Raspberry Pi Model A+ and Raspbian, and it looks fantastic. The best thing about it is that you can actually buy one of these, or you can download the specs and 3D print them yourself.

    • My first attempt at getting something that I could control on this small computer was lcdgrilo. Unfortunately, I would have had to write a Web UI for it (remember, my buttons are just stuck on, for now at least), and probably port the SSD1306 OLED screen’s driver from Python, so not a good fit.

      There’s no proper Fedora support for Raspberry Pis, and while one can use a nearly stock Debian with a few additional firmware files on Raspberry Pis, Fedora chose not to support that slightly older SoC at all, which is obviously disappointing for somebody working on Fedora as a day job.

      Looking for other radio retrofits, and there are plenty of quality ones on the Internet, and for various connected speakers backends, I found PiMusicBox. It’s a Debian variant with Mopidy builtin, and a very easy to use initial setup: edit a settings file on the SD card image, boot and access the interface via a browser. Tada!

    • NASA rover coders at Intel’s Wind River biz axed – sources

      Intel-owned Wind River – the maker of the VxWorks software used in NASA rovers, spacecraft, military computer systems, and industry – has laid off a number of its most experienced staff, sources tell The Register.

      We’ve learned that some of the engineers hit by this quiet “reduction in force” have been with the Alameda, California, biz for more than 20 years – and worked on the version of the software used in space programs.

    • 全民彩票网址Phones

      • Tizen

        • The Tizen Developer Conference 2015 took place in Shenzhen China全民彩票网址 17 – 18 September. Over 1,000 developers from all over China全民彩票网址 and Asia gathered to learn more about the new OS of Everything, with the new slogan “The Best way to connect everything”, a clear reference ot the world of IoT.

        • Over a week ago we saw Samsung start Importing parts for the Samsung Z3, their next Tizen based Smartphone. Now we see them importing parts for tens of thousands of SM-Z300H Smartphones. This is the same pattern that we saw previously for their first Tizen Smartphone, the Z1. The Z3, however, is a Smartphone with a higher spec sheet & price tag than the Z1 and therefore will appeal to a different type of user than the Z1.

      • Android

        • Apple recently pushed out its latest software update and already sold out its supply of its new i全民彩票网址Phone 6S.

          But while i全民彩票网址Phones might be selling like hotcakes, there are still a bunch of reasons why Android phones are better.

        • BlackBerry is gearing up to release the new slider phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard dubbed “Venice.” A recent report, however, said that the handset will be called “BlackBerry Priv.” The new device will reportedly be powered by Android OS, instead of the synonymous BlackBerry 10 OS. An analyst with knowledge about the business talks about why the Canadian tech giant should embrace Android for good.

        • BlackBerry’s upcoming Android phone has been called “Venice” for quite some time, but that’s apparently nothing but a moniker meant to be shed and replaced by its real model name. According to Evleaks and N4BB, it will be released as the BlackBerry Priv, presumably due to its privacy features. Evleaks also revealed a new stock photo of the phone, which you can see below the fold. Don’t expect to see anything new, though: it’s still a QWERTY slider with a curved screen and an 18-megapixel camera. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about it and its release date soon. If the device turns out to have killer features, then it doesn’t matter what it’s called: after all, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

        • Google is guilty of making software people and companies want.

        • With two Android phones and an Android tablet, I find myself relying on mobile apps more than ever. Unfortunately, finding useful apps isn’t always easy. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of my own must have apps for Android to share. Some of these apps might be considered widgets, however each of them provides a critical role in my daily Android usage.

        • Arne Exton, the developer of several GNU/Linux distributions and Android-x86 derivatives, was more than happy to inform us earlier today, September 14, about the immediate availability of a new build of his AndEX OS.

        • Going back to Android recently, I saw that all tools binaries from the Android project are now click-wrapped by a quite ugly proprietary license, among others an anti-fork clause (details below). Apparently those T&C are years old, but the click-wrapping is newer.

          This applies to the SDK, the NDK, Android Studio, and all the essentials you download through the Android SDK Manager.

        • …I’ve kept swapping between Android and iOS every few years and although currently I swear by Android…

Free Software/Open Source

  • The telecom industry needs to be wary of different versions of open source platforms taking hold in the industry as it moves to the new IP. That was the message from Margaret Chiosi, a distinguished network architect at AT&T Labs (NYSE: T) and president of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), at the NFV Everywhere event in Dallas last week.

  • Apache Spark may be the fastest data processing engine around for big data, but unless you are conversant in Scala or Java, this cluster computing framework can be a pain to set up and manage.

  • Tectonic is an enterprise platform that provides out-of-the-box Kubernetes clusters on CoreOS Linux.

    Kubernetes is a Google-sponsored platform for managing clusters of Linux containers, while CoreOS Linux is a container-native operating system for containers, one of several container-native operating systems in active development.

  • eComStation, the Dutch-owned company that offers a PC operating system based on IBM’s OS/2, has floated the idea of a USB-bootable version of the OS.

    The firm keeps the OS/2 torch burning by offering a PC OS that lets users run OS/2 apps. The outfit claims the likes of Boeing, Whirlpool Corporation and VMware use its software, usually in applications where they can upgrade PCs but still need to run OS/2 code.

  • As a preview to the upcoming Apache Big Data Europe conference, we spoke with with Anjul Bhambhri, Vice President, Big Data and Analytics, IBM Silicon Valley Lab, who will be giving a keynote presentation titled, “Apache Spark — Making the Unthinkable Possible.” We talked with Bhambhri about IBM’s involvement with open source and what Big Data really means.

  • Cloud Dataproc will make it easier to administer and manage clusters, the company says.
    Big data analytics technologies such as Hadoop and Spark can help organizations extract business value from massive data sets, but they can be very complex to administer and to manage.

    Hoping to help reduce some of that complexity, Google Wednesday announced the launch of a new service dubbed Cloud Dataproc for customers of its cloud platform. The service is currently available only in beta and is designed to minimize the time businesses spend on administering and managing computing clusters in Hadoop and Spark environments.

  • The storage engine, Kudu, is meant as an alternative to the widely used Hadoop Distributed File System and the Hadoop-oriented HBase NoSQL database, borrowing characteristics from both, according to a copy of a slide deck on Kudu’s design goals that VentureBeat has obtained. The technology will be released as Apache-licensed open-source software, the slides show.

  • Sometimes the best way to cope with scale is to keep things simple and do everything you can to avoid it. This is the approach that GitHub, the repository service for the popular Git source version control tool created by Linus Torvalds a decade ago, has taken as it has grown explosively and become one of the centers of gravity for open source software development.

  • GitHub is a way for software engineers to share, shape, and collaborate on code. And it’s also a good way of teaching people to do the same thing.

  • The Linux Foundation’s Dronecode Project is hosting a workshop in Dublin, Ireland on Oct. 5, as well as a Flight Day event at a nearby airport on Oct. 8, to showcase open source Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology. These events bookend LinuxCon + CloudOpen + Embedded Linux Conference Europe, which is being held Oct. 5-7 at Conference Centre Dublin.

  • Last week, the EPA revealed that it had trusted Volkswagen’s diesel cars, without checking to see where they kept their brains. It sent a letter to the carmaker detailing how VW programmed about 500,000 cars over half a decade to cheat on its emissions tests. (The worldwide total, VW has revealed, is now 11 million.) It’s a story of massive corporate fraud but also an object lesson in everything that’s terrifying about a world in which cars and other things can think for themselves.

  • Open source software foundations are proliferating: Every month it seems that a new one is announced — Open Contain Initiative (OCI) and Cloud Native Container Foundation (CNCF) are just two of the more recent launches.

  • As much as we like to talk about the open-source community, it might be more accurate to describe it as an open-source club. No, not the kind you join, but rather something you use to pummel someone.

  • Whenever you hear someone complain about developer productivity, just slap them. Having slogged through hundreds of open source projects each year for the past several years, I can assure you that developers are extremely productive. Every time we put together this package — InfoWorld’s annual Best of Open Source Awards, aka the Bossies — I end up wishing developers were just a little less on the ball.

  • Earlier this week, pump.io creator Evan Prodromou announced that, due to budget and time pressures, he was looking to move pump.io into a community-governed project structure. “Ideally, what I’d like to do is transfer the copyrights, domains and data to a non-profit that could collect donations to keep the servers running. Budget-wise, it’s about $5K/year, including servers, domain registration, and SSL certs. It’d also be great if some of the people who have been sending in pull requests could start working on the software directly. There are a lot of PRs backed up.”

  • Events

    • Speakers at a conference have emphasised the importance of developing an annual plan for the promotion and advocacy of open source technologies to reduce the import of licensed software worth millions of dollars.

      A day-long conference was organised by the Open Source Foundation of Pakistan, in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Zong Pakistan, Pakistan Software Export Board, NADRA Technologies Limited and others. Leaders of the industry shared their expertise and shed light on how to use and develop open source technologies. HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed underlined the need of measuring the progress according to the target set in the annual plan. “HEC, on behalf of universities, is always available to extend all kind of support to promote open source technologies in the country全民彩票网址,” he said. He added open source had resulted in a paradigm shift which created a lot of opportunities for youth.

    • Saturday the 19. September was Software Freedom Day, an worldwide organized day full with events on various places. I participated in the event in Phnom Penh, which was hold at the National Institute of Posts, Telecommunications and ICT (NIPTICT). It was the second time this event was hold in Phnom Penh and at this place and it begins to grow. There was around 100 participants. The event started in the afternoon and was just a single track with various talks. Fedora was presented by Leap Sok who hold an talk “Understanding Software Virtualization” and me with “Fedora.next And Beyond – Fedora For Everybody”. We also distributed arround 100 DVD to the audience, we met also some people who already use Fedora on their computer.

    • It’s the second time I organize Software Freedom Day in Phnom Penh! I would like to thank everyone who volunteered, joined and/or presented yesterday. We had a great event and a nice turnout. It seems we managed to have a better focus on our audience this year.

  • Web Browsers

    • Chrome

    • Mozilla

      • Times are lean for Mozilla’s Firefox browser, no longer the second fiddle in the browser usage race, as it continues to fall behind Google Chrome and Internet Explorer and Edge for user market share. Into that environment Mozilla this week released a new stable release and a beta milestone of Firefox.

  • SaaS/Big Data

    • Last month we explored the pros and cons of open-source OpenStack, a platform I admittedly love, but which is not meant for everyone (for reasons laid out in that post). Today the topic shifts to OpenStack security. Why security? Because security is not only a hot media topic, but also one that automatically forces the CIO/CTO to analyze his or her own security situation within the organization. Is your open-source OpenStack network secure?

    • Cloud computing is an immensely complicated subject, and it can be hard to keep pace with the speed of development. When you look at a large collaborative project like OpenStack, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of pieces of the puzzle you need to be able to put together. But don’t worry! There are lots of resources out there to help you, including the official documentation, various OpenStack training and certification programs, as well as tutorials from the community members themselves.

    • New features in Tesora Enterprise 1.5 include several from the upcoming OpenStack Liberty release, providing improved MongoDB and Reddis database support.
      OpenStack database-as-a-service (DBaaS) vendor Tesora released version 1.5 of Tesora Enterprise 1.5 today, providing users with new features including several that are part of the upcoming OpenStack Liberty release.

      Tesora is a venture-backed vendor that has raised $14.5 million in funding to date, including a $5.8 million round announced on Aug. 13. The company is one of the leading contributors to the OpenStack Trove DBaaS project, which is part of the OpenStack Liberty milestone that is set to officially debut on Oct. 15. Among the new updates in Tesora DBaaS Platform Enterprise Edition 1.5 that come from OpenStack Liberty are improved MongoDB and Reddis database support.

    • HP has ramped up efforts in the open source big data and analytics space, adding extensive support to open source technologies in the latest release of its HP Vertica analytics engine.

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • The Document Foundation last month released LibreOffice 5.0 for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. It is the 10th major release since the launch of the project, and the first in the third development cycle.

    • The Dutch government is now pushing to have the Open Document Format mandatory in all the administration, a move that would make Microsoft very unhappy.

    • On September 15, the LibreItalia Association announced that the Italian Ministry of Defense Information Systems is switching to LibreOffice. The ministry will be installing LO on around 150,000 workstation, that makes it the second largest deployment of LO by an European agency.

  • CMS

    • Drupal will soon be 15 years old, and 5 of that will be spent on building Drupal 8 — a third of Drupal’s life. We started work on Drupal early in 2011 and targeted December 1, 2012 as the original code freeze date. Now almost three years later, we still haven’t released Drupal 8. While we are close to the release of Drupal 8, I’m sure many many of you are wondering why it took 3 years to stabilize. It is not like we didn’t work hard or that we aren’t smart people. Quite the contrary, the Drupal community has some of the most dedicated, hardest working and smartest people I know. Many spent evenings and weekends pushing to get Drupal 8 across the finish line. No one individual or group is to blame for the delay — except maybe me as the project lead for not having learned fast enough from previous release cycles.

    • For going on two years, Hussain Abbas has been consistently achieving at Axelerant—an India-based, open source incubator—where he holds the title of technical architect. His experience runs the gamut from x86 assembly and C#, to modern PHP-based platforms, to mainly Drupal these days. Hussain happened to be in the middle of a community summit at DrupalCon Los Angeles this year when we began talking about his dedication to the project he contributes to nonstop.

  • Education

    • What is machine learning? It is the use of both historical and current data to make predictions, organize content, and learn patterns about data without being explicitly programmed to do so. This is typically done using statistical techniques that look for significant events like co-occurrences and anomalies in the data and then factoring in their likelihood into a model that is queried at a later time to provide a prediction for some new piece of data.

    • The number of universities and 全民彩票官网登录s that have opted for open source alternatives of popular properties solutions has significantly increased over the last years. We often hear about adopting OpenOffice or LibreOffice as alternatives to Microsoft Office or about replacing Windows with Linux. Nevertheless, the amount of open source software designed specially for teachers still remains limited. Here are some tips on how to make the 全民彩票官网登录 life easier with the help of the commonly used open source software.

  • Business

    • Semi-Open Source

      • Thunder, the scalable processing engine behind Salesforce’s Internet of things (IoT) Cloud, took about a year to complete and is powered by four open source platforms used for big data analytics.

      • Technology is advancing at a breakneck speed. Cloud, big data, enterprise mobility, and IoT are changing the way organisations function, look at revenues, and acquire customers. We no longer are in the age of proprietary softwares, it’s the age of open source.

        Looking at this global opportunity for organisations to transform their ROI on the IT spend by leveraging the best commercially supported, enterprise-grade open source solutions, OSSCube was established by Lavanya Rastogi and Vineet Agarwal.

  • Funding

    • …the FUUG foundation in Finland has awarded me a grant to buy some hardware to help development of Obnam…

    • The two universities that have sent the most students to Google’s Summer of Code are located in Sri Lanka and India—University of Moratuwa and Indian Institutes of Technology. To what do you attribute the flowering of open source academic talent at these universities?


    • We recently updated our list of various licenses and comments about them to include the Universal Permissive License (UPL). The UPL is a lax, non-copyleft license that is compatible with the GNU GPL. The UPL contains provisions dealing explicitly with the grant of patent licenses, whereas many other simple lax licenses only have an implicit grant. While making the grant perfectly clear is a reasonable goal, we still recommend using Apache 2.0 for simple programs that don’t require copyleft. For more extensive programs, a copyleft license like the GNU GPL should be used to ensure that all users can enjoy software freedom.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • A group of volunteers, consisting of OKF (Open Knowledge Foundation) members and developers, has built an alternative web application to the official website of the Munich City Council, the goal of which is to increase the transparency of local political life.

    • Divided by borders, assembled in hierarchies and motivated by the kind of competitive ideology shared by the neoliberal business class, this meeting embodies the self-interested conventions of the old world. Unsurprisingly, the context has resulted in a failure of shameful proportions.

    • Even if they’ve been longtime partners, the tech sector’s influence on the automotive industry has never been stronger. OEMs in Detroit, Stuttgart, Seoul, and elsewhere are continually transforming cars to meet the demands of consumers now conditioned to smartphones (and their 18-month refresh cycle). Much of this is being driven by cheap and rugged hardware that can finally cope with the harsh environment (compared to your pocket or an air-conditioned office) that a car needs to be able to handle. Wireless modems, sensors, processors, and displays are all essential to a new car in 2015, but don’t let this visible impact fool you. The tech industry is having a broader influence on the automobile. Hardware is important, but we’re now starting to see larger tech philosophies adopted—like the open source car.

    • Open Data

  • Programming

    • A couple of decades ago, if you spent every day in chat rooms with your friends, you were a nerd. Today if you do the same thing, you’re just the average Facebook user. And so it’s no surprise there’s a gold rush mentality in the learn-to-code movement. With the tech industry booming and its products so pervasive in our lives, the allure of six-figure tech salaries make plenty of people pack up and head West (literally).


  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been the target of U.S. and Swiss corruption probes for months, and allegations of wrongdoing have swirled around him for even longer. Even as criminal probes resulted in the arrest of 14 FIFA officials in May and claimed his right hand man earlier this month, Blatter has largely remained above the fray.

  • Health/Nutrition

    • A cannabis “forest” has been discovered by police officers in a wealthy borough of south-west London.

      Scores of marijuana plants can be seen surrounded by native plant life in images posted on social media by officers from Kingston upon Thames.

    • Animals are the main victims of history, and the treatment of domesticated animals in industrial farms is perhaps the worst crime in history. The march of human progress is strewn with dead animals. Even tens of thousands of years ago, our stone age ancestors were already responsible for a series of ecological disasters. When the first humans reached Australia about 45,000 years ago, they quickly drove to extinction 90% of its large animals. This was the first significant impact that Homo sapiens had on the planet’s ecosystem. It was not the last.

      About 15,000 years ago, humans colonised America, wiping out in the process about 75% of its large mammals. Numerous other species disappeared from Africa, from Eurasia and from the myriad islands around their coasts. The archaeological record of country全民彩票网址 after country全民彩票网址 tells the same sad story. The tragedy opens with a scene showing a rich and varied population of large animals, without any trace of Homo sapiens. In scene two, humans appear, evidenced by a fossilised bone, a spear point, or perhaps a campfire. Scene three quickly follows, in which men and women occupy centre-stage and most large animals, along with many smaller ones, have gone. Altogether, sapiens drove to extinction about 50% of all the large terrestrial mammals of the planet before they planted the first wheat field, shaped the first metal tool, wrote the first text or struck the first coin.

    • The approval and planting of large-scale field trials of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is currently taking place. According to environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues, this is completely unconscionable. It is occurring even as the Supreme Court-appointed Technical Expert Committee (TEC) Report awaits adjudication in India’s Supreme Court, which expressly recommends a bar on herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops. As a result, Rodrigues is mounting a legal challenge as the lead petitioner in a Public Interest Litigation.

  • Security

    • Microsoft has finally revoked D-Link’s leaked code-signing key, which gave malware the red carpet treatment on millions of Windows PCs.

      Last week, it emerged that, for six months between February and September, D-Link exposed its private code-signing key to the world in a firmware download. Anyone who stumbled upon this key could use it to dress up malware as a legit-looking D-Link application, tricking Windows and users into trusting it.

      The key expired at the start of this month, meaning it cannot be used to digitally sign new malware. But any software nasties signed using the key earlier in the year would still be trusted and run by Windows PCs.

    • When I wrote about TPM attestation via 2FA, I mentioned that you needed a bootloader that actually performed measurement. I’ve now written some patches for Shim and Grub that do so.

      The Shim code does a couple of things. The obvious one is to measure the second-stage bootloader into PCR 9. The perhaps less expected one is to measure the contents of the MokList and MokSBState UEFI variables into PCR 14. This means that if you’re happy simply running a system with your own set of signing keys and just want to ensure that your secure boot configuration hasn’t been compromised, you can simply seal to PCR 7 (which will contain the UEFI Secure Boot state as defined by the UEFI spec) and PCR 14 (which will contain the additional state used by Shim) and ignore all the others.

    • A new non-profit foundation dedicated to improving security in the “internet of things” launched on Wednesday.

      More than 30 companies including Intel, Vodafone, Siemens, and BT are the founding members of the foundation, whose mission is to “make the Internet of Things secure, to aid its adoption, and maximize its benefits.”

      The IoTSF will focus on best practices and knowledge sharing. It will host a conference in London in December on IoT security.

    • As the the encryption access debate heats up in the United States and abroad, statements like the one above have become commonplace.

      But this is not just another expert giving an opinion. Rather, it’s the potent observation of Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of 全民彩票官网下载land Security, former Federal Appeals Court judge, ex-Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and, for almost a decade, a prosecutor.

      Speaking at a conference this summer, Chertoff crystallized what he sees as the risks of heading down such a path (that could likely prevent use of certain kinds of encryption). First, there is increased vulnerability. “You’re basically making things less secure for ordinary people,” he said.

    • That’s because someone’s found a way to easily access private bugs in your codebase – such as critical security holes you’re still working on to fix. An attacker must be able to register for a normal account via email, before exploiting a programming blunder to gain extra access.

  • Censorship

    • An injunction against a researcher may have protected sensitive data, but will the security community view it this way?

  • Privacy

    • The “Safe Harbour” framework—which is supposed to ensure data transfers from the EU to the US are legal under European data privacy laws—does not satisfy the EU’s Data Protection Directive as a result of the “mass, indiscriminate surveillance” carried out by the NSA. That’s the opinion of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Advocate General Yves Bot, whose views are generally followed by the CJEU when it hands down its final rulings.

    • Online privacy projects come and go. But as the anonymity software Tor approaches its tenth year online, it’s grown into a powerful, deeply-rooted privacy network overlaid across the internet. And a new real-time map of that network illustrates just how widespread and global that network has become.

    • The dark web browser Tor has now become extra secure as the .onion url has now been assigned special-use status. The Engineering Task Force (IETF) along with Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, part of ICANN, has granted formal recognition to the .onion domain, adding it to the list of Special-Use Domain Names.

    • Key signing parties are a pain and hopefully, one day, we will have better ways to authentication keys than reading hexadecimal strings out loud.

      The Zimmermann–Sassaman key-signing protocol makes them much more bearable already by having only one single hexadecimal string read out loud. That string is the cryptographic hash of a document given to every participant listing all participants and their fingerprints. If everyone has the same hash, then we assume that everyone has the same document. Then, participants in turn will confirm that they fully recognize the fingerprint listed in the document.

      Alexander Wirt wrote a small key server dedicated to receive keys from the participants. There is also a script that will generate the document from the submitted keys and a ready-to-use keyring. The latter can be run automatically using inoticoming when a new key arrives. Finally, it would be nice if participants could confirm that their key has been properly added to the document, e.g. by making the list available on a web server.

    • GeoQ organizes geospatial data from multiple sources, which prevents redundancy and determines where help is most needed.

      Project leader Raymond Bauer, with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, recently won Nextgov’s 2015 People’s Choice Bold Award for his efforts in spearheading GeoQ.

      It’s the first NGA project to leverage open source code-sharing site GitHub.

  • Civil Rights

    • Newly arrived migrants are responsible for Ukip’s underwhelming electoral performance in inner London, the party’s leader has said.

      Nigel Farage argued that it was difficult for his party to beat Labour in the capital because of the city centre’s high proportion of foreign-born residents.

    • Ukip infighting has broken out again in a row over which campaign the Eurosceptic party has decided to side with ahead of the EU referendum. Nigel Farage accused Douglas Carswell, the Conservative defector and Ukip’s only MP, of “residual loyalty” to his old party for not backing Arron Banks’s Leave.EU organisation.

    • Ukip is embroiled in a new civil war over the EU referendum at its annual conference, with Nigel Farage accusing his only MP Douglas Carswell of still having residual loyalties to the Conservatives.

      Farage made the comments amid discontent among some senior Ukip figures about his decision to officially endorse the grassroots Leave.EU campaign, which is being bankrolled by millionaire donor Arron Banks.

    • Nigel Farage has mocked David Cameron over claims he put his genitals in a dead pig’s mouth while at university, referring to the Prime Minister as “piggy in the middle”.

      The prime minister is alleged to have placed “a private part of his anatomy into a dead pig’s mouth” as part of an initiation ceremony, according to a book published by former Conservative party treasurer Lord Ashcroft.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality

    • The Jeb Bush campaign this week unveiled a major part of the candidate’s technology platform, and it likely includes taking a hatchet to net neutrality rules. The new policy outline on Bush’s website spends some time butchering the very definition of net neutrality as well, parroting several long-standing incumbent ISP narratives that net neutrality is somehow about content companies not paying their fair share, or that modernization of existing rules is somehow “antiquated.”

    • uProxy is a browser extension that lets you share your Internet connection with people living in repressive societies. Much of the world lives in countries that severely censor and restrict Internet access. uProxy makes it a little easier to bring the free and open Internet to some of the darkest corners of the world.

      How does it work? Find out in this interview with Lucy He, Raymond Cheng, and Salome Vakhtangadze.

    • For the first time, the body responsible for allocating IP addresses in North America says its free pool of IPv4 numerical labels is exhausted.

    • With the Federal Communications Commission being criticized for rules that may limit a user’s right to install open source firmware on wireless routers, we’ve been trying to get more specifics from the FCC about its intentions.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • 全民彩票官网下载s

      • “Holy copyright law, Batman!” So goes a line in the first paragraph of a federal appeals court ruling announcing that the iconic Batmobile is a character protected by copyright.

        The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals sided with DC Comics in its copyright infringement suit against Mark Towle, the operator of Gotham Garage, the maker of Batmobile modification kits.

      • Some potentially good news this morning — which may be undermined by the fine print. After many years of back and forth, the 9th Circuit appeals court has ruled that Universal Music may have violated the DMCA in not taking fair use into account before issuing a DMCA takedown request on a now famous YouTube video of Stephanie Lenz’s infant dancing to less than 30 seconds of a Prince song playing in the background. Because of this, there can now be a trial over whether or not Universal actually had a good faith belief that the video was not fair use.

      • We have written previously about the organizations and individuals who opposed exemptions to the Digital Millennium 全民彩票官网下载 Act’s (DMCA) anti-circumvention provisions. These drones oppose the rights of users to backup, modify, and study the software and devices that we own. The DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions create legal penalties for simply accessing your software under your own terms, and raises those penalties even higher should you dare to share the tools needed to do so. It creates real penalties for anyone who wants to avoid Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) controls. The granting of exemptions to these totalitarian rules is a broken and half-hearted attempt to limit the damage these rules bring, granting for 3 years a reprieve for certain specified devices and software.

      • The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today issued a ruling that could change the contours of fair use and copyright takedown notices.

      • More than two years after a documentary filmmaker challenged the copyright to the simple lyrics of the song “Happy Birthday,” a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the copyright is invalid.

        The result could undo Warner/Chappell’s lucrative licensing business around the song, once estimated to be $2 million per year. The company is likely to appeal the ruling to the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

      • The song “Happy Birthday” finally enters the public domain, a look at the Linux distro the Chinese government is hoping to replace Windows with, people are watching fewer season premiers this year, Pebble’s got an attractive new watch, and a cat that is absolutely up to no good.


Süddeutsche Zeitung Explains Imminent Federal Scrutiny Against Battistelli’s EPO in Germany

Posted in Europe, Patents at 3:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Summary: The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reveals that actions by the German government may be imminent against the EPO’s cliquish management, including its ringleader Beno?t Battistelli

there and it explains that the EPO’s serious privacy infringements are going to come under federal scrutiny, with findings to soon be revealed and probably entail yet more media negative coverage. Using classic diversion techniques, the EPO is still trying to defect and mislead journalists; among the tricks we see (e.g. “investigation”, “monitoring”, and “filtering” for abusive interrogation that can lead to suicides, mass surveillance and censorship, respectively), , victim-blaming (painting staff protests as the core issue, or characterising these protests as motivated by greed), misuse of the "racism" label (or personification of very broad issues) regarding 'poor' ?eljko Topi?, and construction of one abuse in an effort to cover up previous abuses (recursive, as it leads to an endless chain of abuses that never end). This sort of comedy of errors is guaranteed to end with serious consequences, not just staff suicides but probably high-level staff resignations (saving face before layoffs/firings and/or criminal charges).

“The Süddeutsche Zeitung comments on the lack of supervision of data protection a the European Patent Office,” SUEPO explains, quoting: “The Federal Data Protection Commissioner, Andrea Vosshoff, is seriously concerned about data protection at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, and has made her views known to the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Bundestag. At the end of September the Federal Government will be issuing a report in committee. This has been prompted by a specific case: In June it became known that spyware had been installed on a computer in an area which was accessible to visitors.”

“Translations in English, French, and Dutch are available by scrolling through the document,” SUEPO added, enclosing this document of which we have made a local copy [PDF], just in case the EPO decides to once again intimidate SUEPO into self-censorship. Here is the English translation of the article:

English translation

European Patent Office Data Protection Commissioner calls for Supervision for Patent Office

17 September 2015, 18:47 hours

European Patent Office Data Protection Commissioner calls for Supervision for Patent Office


The Federal Data Protection Commissioner, Andrea Vosshoff, is seriously concerned about data protection at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, and has made her views known to the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Bundestag. At the end of September the Federal Government will be issuing a report in committee. This has been prompted by a specific case: In June it became known that spyware had been installed on a computer in an area which was accessible to visitors. The background is the deep division between the management of the Office and parts of the staff body, with the involvement of their representative organization, the Suepo Union.

Persons unknown have been distributing communications attacking the President Beno?t Battistelli and other high-ranking EPO representatives, and the purpose of the software is supposed to help identify the perpetrators. One patent judge was banned from his post immediately, and critics have viewed this as an impermissible intrusion and exceeding of authority. The incident aroused anger, just as the putative spying campaign did. Critics make the point that the risk of parties not involved at all – staff members, patent judges, or members of the Administrative Council – all have reason to be concerned about the security of their data.

The Bavarian Data Protection Commissioner, Thomas Petri, also sees the need for action. He has called for an independent external data protection supervisory body to be established for the Office. This is an issue involving sensitive and economically valuable data, and intellectual property. Petri has approached the Federal Commissioner Vosshoff. The problem is that the European Patent Organization is a state within a state, with its own laws, and the President has far-reaching rights and powers. The only legal supervisory body to which he has to answer is the Administrative Council, on which the 38 Member States sit. Critics complain that basic rules which apply in Germany cannot be imposed on the EPO. Data Protection Commissioner Vosshoff is demanding that the legal basis of the Patent Organization, the Patent Convention, should be supplemented by an external supervisory arrangement. She has made this proposal to the Ministry of Justice in the letter to the Committee on Legal Affairs, which is in the possession of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. So far, however, the Ministry has rejected the idea on the grounds that the Convention cannot be supplemented without the agreement of all the Member States.

Meanwhile, there is still no peace at the Patent Office. Last week EPO staff were again on the march in Munich, this time to the Labour Inspectorate. The reconciliation procedure which was ordered in the early part of the year, and which began with discussions, appears to have stalled in the interim. The Munich-based Chair of the Union is currently fearful of severe disciplinary measures. Without the approval of the Office management, she made it publicly known in an Internet blog that she was being informed on, internally; this is apparently being viewed as contravention of her obligation to maintain confidentiality. Up to Thursday afternoon, the EPO was making no comment.

There has been a reckless accusation and a shallow presumption about the source of the leak. If people pass things around among colleagues or external entities other than media (sometimes out of necessity, e.g. in the case of lawyer全民彩票网址s, legal advisers, family and so on), it is possible for the leaker to become someone other than the original recipient of some piece of information. The very fact that the EPO’s management is bullying a person under false pretenses or totally made-up assumptions (reinforced through ferocious repetition in Battistelli's and Bergot's echo chamber) just serves to show the utterly poor investigative skills, even with the addition of ‘British Blackwater’ (CRG) to the team, owing to Battistelli’s signing of the CRG deal, at taxpayers’ expense. The naked emperor has done a good job proving the Streisand Effect and he shows no signs of stopping.

The EPO (meaning its management) is a very rogue, revengeful, misguided body that is willing to even bully innocent people rather than interrogate members of the management, who are themselves facilitators of serious crimes, thankfully (for them) managing to break and/or dodge European laws at nearly every turn.

We do need an investigative unit. It needs to investigate EPO management and it must be completely external/independent from the EPO, which has been systematically subverted from the inside as if the EPO is a private company with just one shareholder, Mr. Battistelli.

“That’s why I am president!”Beno?t Battistelli arrogantly exclaimed


EPO Managers, Patent Lawyers, Commissioners and Other Non-Technical Personnel Tackle Democracy, Alter Laws in Bulk and in Secret

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The will of the 1% is gradually becoming European law

Brittania Hotel

Summary: The reckless assault on European democracies and long-established laws across Europe are now lucidly demonstrated when it comes to patents

, “but EPO did not want to put his name on the study” (lies by omission). The that “the European Patent Office is a corrupt, malicious organisation which should not exist.” Now more than ever it should be rather self-evident. This issue is broader than just the EPO itself.

“What the hell,” , “they want to create a new court exclusively for big business and you clap? Is democracy a joke to you?”

This was a rant about the likes of the UPC, which the EPO is supporting. “Seriously,” , “now they want to create a special court paid by taxpayers exclusively for business to challenge democratic decisions?”

We are disturbed but not surprised to see . As , “Finland is ratifying Unitary Patent, I hope Effi can help to challenge it at their Constitutional court” (bullying and blackmail from central European authorities would likely ensue, as seen before in Mediterranean countries which opposed the Unitary Patent in its previous incarnation). Over at IP Magazine, a patents boosters’ site, it is “Finland & Lithuania [are] likely to ratify #UPC in coming months. Greece & Ireland in no hurry [...] momentum is building on #UPC. Generally accepted it is when not if the regime will happen” ().

Boosters of patents, who profit from them without creating anything, are still fast-tracking it all. Lawyers from London say that , vainly assuming that UPC is already a reality and then preparing for it (self-fulfilling prophecies which raise the overall cost of revocation). To quote IP Kat: “After wringing the London rain from her whiskers and tail in the lobby of Aldgate Tower last Wednesday, the AmeriKat bounced up to the 8th floor where she was greeted by a bevy of UPC glitterati who were gathered, at the invitation of Baroness Neville-Rolfe (UK Intellectual Property Minister), to see the site of the UK’s Central Division and local division hosted in London (see previous posts here and here). The space felt cavernous but as soon as the walls are up as per the plan (see below) there won’t be too much room to swing a cat (not that you would ever do that, of course).”

We took note of this disturbing move before and Henrion too that the “UK [is] presenting the building of the future patent court, already ignoring the option that the UK could do a Brexit” (there was not even a democratic process or a public discussion about it).

Dr. Glyn Moody, who is based on London, by saying that the “question is whether an ancillary agreement could allow UK to continue with UPC outside EU…”

Henrion , “you mean the obligation to ratify because of the “sincere cooperation”? This was thrown out by the ECJ out of the AG opinion” (to which that he “was mis-remembering how much the EU’s structure were embedded in UPC; does indeed look a problem for brexit…”).

Linking to , Henrion demonstrates that the Commission is now acting more like an agent of corporate power, not European citizens. “Enforcement of IPRs: follow the money,” as he put it.

It is going to be interesting to watch how European bureaucrats like Commissioners and EPO managers handle the ‘burden’ or the ‘nuisance’ of democracy. At the moment it sure looks like their agenda is everything but a public service. We saw that in ACTA some years ago and now we see it in so-called ‘trade’ agreements and ludicrous, gross overwrites of European law, as per the UPC for instance (making software patents legal and widely nforceable).

European law is being changed in secret, against any spirit of public participation, and obviously without a democratic process. Part of this we have seen in the way the EPO treats its employees (violating workers’ basic rights and ignoring court rulings that compel or enforce changes). The problem has broadened well beyond this and probably predates Battistelli’s days.

Europe’s Acceptance of and Resistance to Software Patents, Courtesy of Corporate Front Groups and Courtrooms Respectively

Posted in Courtroom, Europe, IBM, Patents at 4:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Summary: A snapshot of recent developments and upcoming developments in Europe, regarding software patents in particular

EARLIER this week we chastised IBM for implicitly promoting software patents in India, just as it had done to promote software patents in Europe. Multinationals generally want to have these patents everywhere, especially if these multinationals are vast monopolies that deal with software. They want to crush competition using patents.

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and a front group of IBM et al using so-called “non-aggression” pacts, which in practice barely work at all, not just because they cannot retaliate against patent trolls (see how Oracle sued Google over Android, despite their role in OIN). To quote their statement: “The Free Software Foundation Europe and Open Invention Network, with the participation of the Legal Network and the Asian Legal Network, are presenting two round table events with presentations and panel discussion of industry and community speakers, titled “Open Source and Software Patent Non-Aggression, European Context”. The events will be held in Berlin, Germany on October 21 and in Warsaw, Poland on October 22.”

This was also mentioned and the FFII’s President reacted much like we did, : “Probably those 2 associations are doing nothing to prevent swpatv3, or the unitary patent” (more on that in our next post).

“Someone should tell Battistelli, who is a Frenchman, that the EPO must obey the laws of France and many other countries where software patents are not legal.”Some people seem to have grasped the important role which software patents play in the field of operating systems like Android. Free software is probably harmed the most because software patents are a stab at the heart of free distribution. See . It is gratifying to see that more people now attribute the problem and lay the blame on software patents.

Recently, thankfully enough, April . 6 days ago it stated that “[o]n June 18th, 2015, the Paris High Court (tribunal de grande instance — TGI) issued a ruling in the Orange versus Free case [fr] (both French ISPs); this ruling was published [fr] on September 1st, 2015. On this occasion, the court reaffirmed that software patents are illegal in Europe under the European Patent Convention (EPC). While this reaffirmation is good news, it nevertheless testifies to the possibility of filing software patent applications today in Europe.”

Someone should tell Battistelli, who is a Frenchman, that the EPO must obey the laws of France and many other countries where software patents are not legal. As we shall show in our next post, the EPO is helping member nations and corporations that operate in them bypass the law and patent software, using for the most part a secretive and undemocratic transition into the UPC.

German Press Explains EPO Investigation Unit (I.U.), Struggles to Openly Speak to the Secretive EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The secretive Investigation/Investigative Unit (I.U.) of the European Patent Office (EPO) is further studied/explored by a recent article from junge Welt, an old and well-established German newspaper (since 1947)

THE EPO-centric coverage at Techrights is going to become more frequent and intensify because the more the EPO’s management cracks down on dissent (even very legitimate dissent), the more passionate its critics will become. On the face of it, more and more critics come out of nowhere now, even in the media (newspapers, radio, and television). The EPO has become the poster child of European institutions going rogue. The abuse happens on many levels and later today (probably this evening) we will write about EPO abuses that relate not just to (mis)treatment of staff. There are far broader issues at hand and these issues mean that today’s EPO does a huge disservice to European citizens, usually at the behest of very large corporations (many of which are not even European).

“The EPO has become the poster child of European institutions going rogue.”SUEPO another set of translations [PDF] of an article from junge Welt, titled “Juristisches Niemandsland” (we are from now on making local copies of documents, having seen the EPO using threats to remove critical material and muzzle critical voices).

As SUEPO puts it, “junge Welt gives on overview of the current climate at the EPO and the repressive reforms put in place by Mr Battistelli: “Employees have a fake sense of security. Protestors are being spied on and prosecuted.” The article reports on the work of the Investigative Unit: “covert surveillance of public or semi-public computers, no right to remain silent and no right to a legal counsel during interrogations”.

“A member of the Boards of Appeal was suspended over allegations of defamation. Staff representatives and/or union executives are subject to investigations by Control Risks and, among them, Elizabeth Hardon, SUEPO Chair. Freedom of expression and of association are under severe attack and the discussions on union recognition are just a sham and a marketing trick. The Dutch Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the union, but Mr Battistelli refused to recognise the Court. And so it goes, in the legal no man’s land.”

In the interests of gathering information in one place for later analysis and cross-referencing, here is the English translation of the entire article:

English translation

From: Edition of 18.09.2015, page 5 / 全民彩票官网下载 News

Legal No-man’s Land

At the European Patent Office, labour and employee rights have literally been suspended. Anyone who tries to fight back gets snooped on and targeted

By Ralf Wurzbacher


Regular panic on the Titanic?
At the European Patent Office in Munich the Boss looks after everything.
It’s a fiefdom.
Photo: Andreas Gebert/dpa – Bildfunk

The staff at the European Patent Office (EPO) based in Munich have their own union – or somehow they don’t. If you call SUEPO, someone says “I can’t talk to you.” That needs permission from the senior management, or, more precisely from the Boss. That’s Beno?t Battistelli, a.k.a. “the Sun King” or the “Dictator”, who rules over a mini-police state. Even the attempt at contact by junge Welt seems not to have met with the approval of his apparatchiks. Conversely, it is known for certain that at the end of last year two publicly- accessible computers were bugged with spyware and cameras for weeks, so as to catch an uppity staff member in the act.

It worked. The perpetrator was caught red-fingered and promptly thrown out. The patent judge in question, as a member of the EPO Board of Appeal, is said to have spread defamatory messages about the President of the Office and other managers. But the guilty party is only one of the critics – and there are a lot of them. When Battistelli took office five years ago the mood among the staff started to get steadily worse, and has now broken out into public protest. Employees from Munich and the office at The Hague in the Netherlands have taken to the streets a number of times to protest the iron-rod rule of their French boss, most recently at the end of June, in their hundreds from the headquarters in Munich. According to the Münchner Merkur, their demands were unambiguous: “He’s got to go.”

Battistelli arrived in 2010 to make the EU patent organization “more effective” and to generate bigger profits. Part of his “reform” is a performance-based career system, under which people who take time off due to illness gets their salary docked. Anyone who nevertheless dares to feel unwell, according to a report in the online portal Telepolis, must be at 全民彩票官网下载 at set times so as to be examined by an EPO-appointed doctor. Discipline and control come before anything. This was why what is known as the Investigation Unit came into being, which looks into accusations against staff members. Like a tribunal, witnesses and accused are heard, but there is no right to remain silent, nor are any attorneys allowed to assist. According to SUEPO, the external investigation company Control Risks has been brought in by the management, and the Dutch press claims that a detective agency has been hired to spy on the staff.

It is no coincidence that trade unionists are particular targets for the “sniffers”, above all SUEPO executive Elizabeth Hardon. She has been threatened with legal action due to the disclosure of “confidential information”, which includes, in the EPO interpretation, the disclosure of her summons before the investigation committee. When it comes to fundamental rights such as freedom of opinion and freedom to gather, Battistelli is having none of it. Word has it that he banned a demonstration with the threat of dire consequences for future careers, and he has also taken it upon himself to dictate how strikes can be conducted and how long they can last. He has in fact never even acknowledged SUEPO as the representative body of the employees. Negotiations along those lines were recently curtailed. Staff members regard the so-called peace talks as eyewash and a nothing more than a marketing trick.

How can this be happening on German soil? As an international authority, the EPO is not subject to the law of the host country全民彩票网址 although German citizens make up a quarter of the workforce, with some 7,000 employees. The Patent Office is not an EU organization either, because not all of the 38 European participant countries are members of the Community. From the legal point of view, the EPO is practically untouchable, but not politically. Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas (SPD) is aware of the blatant contraventions of German labour law, and of the data protection guidelines which apply in this country全民彩票网址. At the beginning of April his office let it be known that Germany, on the EPO Administrative Council, along with nine other countries, had abstained in the vote on Battistelli’s reforms. That’s what’s called symbol politics.

Conversely, a court at The Hague disagrees. Judges there have recently suspended the legal immunity of the Patent Office, and issued three demands: The EPO may no longer lay down the rules about labour disputes, the E-mail communications of SUEPO members may no longer be blocked, and the negotiations for union recognition must be resumed. Battistelli took due note and declared that the court does not have jurisdiction. And that’s how easy it is to rule in a legal no-man’s land.

Beno?t Battistelli and many of his 'bunker mentality' colleagues come from the country全民彩票网址 that spreads “right to be forgotten” (Internet censorship), so it might not be long before trying to ban news sites or prevent sites like Techrights from appearing in search results (expanding censorship beyond the EPO’s private networks). Stay tuned because we have a lot more coming.

Links 24/9/2015: GNOME 3.18, Fedora 23 Beta, New Firefox

Posted in News Roundup at 5:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Linux Australia considered a bid to buy publicity back in May, and then had to abandon the idea because the project it sought to influence had obtained enough funding and shut its door.

    The idea to pay for publicity was mooted by former Linux Australia secretary Kathy Reid on May 21 when she proposed that the organisation make a grant of $200 to technology journalist Renai LeMay, “with Renai then able to interview LA Council or nominated representatives about technology issues”.

    LeMay, who at that point was raising funds through Kickstarter for writing a book about “how Australia’s political sector is mismanaging technology policy”, had been working as an aide to Greens Senator Scott Ludlam prior to that. Before he went to Canberra, LeMay ran a technology website called Delimiter, an activity that he has now resumed.

  • …Microsoft Windows 10. The message? Why all the babies? Because…

    “These kids will grow up with Windows 10.”

    It’s looking like Windows is not being prepped to evolve for these kids. It isn’t going to evolve using the normal release numbers or titles…Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8.1, 10. Windows is going to stay at this final iteration “for the kids.” Why those kids? Those kids will be shelling out the money for a subscription model that Microsoft will be deploying soon.

    Well, you know what? Good for them. They will finally have a solid code base to incrementally make better, more stable and an absolute unchanging target for hackers and other bad guys. Heck, let’s give them credit for something. Two out of three ain’t bad. Good luck to you Microsoft. May our babies grow up needing to remember passwords. Sheesh, touting a cloud service to manage your passwords. That’s dumber than a shovel-struck mule. And facial recognition/iris scanning? If you are counting on that for a password, for Pete’s sake, don’t use the software the major banks are using.

  • Desktop

    • My kids have never looked back, either. When it came time for them to get their own computers as they started 全民彩票官网登录 at university, they all chose to have Linux on their laptops.

    • I have been helping folks break away from Windows and switch to either Linux Mint or Ubuntu for a while now and I’m going to share part of an email I got this morning with you. It really exemplifies the reaction I get when people start using a Linux distro for the first time.

    • Toshiba today announced the newly refreshed Chromebook 2 with 5th generation Intel i3 processor support. The new laptop not only comes with a new backlit keyboard for those late night blogging sessions, but also Skullcandy-tuned speakers, a 1080p IPS display and more, making it quite the workhouse.

      As touched on already, we’re looking at a 13.3 full HD display, which is joined by eight-and-a-half hours of battery life, on-board dual array microphones, 802.11ac Wi-Fi to keep you connected, and a USB 3.0 port (with a USB 2.0 port for backup) for all your peripherals.

    • Chromebooks have been selling like hotcakes on Amazon, with many models getting very high ratings by users. Now Toshiba has announced a refresh of its popular Chromebook 2 laptop. The new version will offer a 1080P IPS display and Intel i3 processor.

  • Server

    • If Amazon Web Service (AWS) had gone down on Monday, September 21, morning, instead of Sunday, September 20, people would still be screaming about it. Instead, it went down at 3 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and barely anyone noticed.

  • Kernel Space

    • The Linux kernel developers might lead interesting and exciting lives, but every once in a while, they need to do some of the boring stuff as well, like testing and implementing drivers for hardware into the kernel. Sometimes, that hardware is the new Steam Controller developed by Valve.

    • As expected, Linus Torvalds released a few minutes ago, September 20, the second Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Linux 4.3 kernel series, due for release later this year.

    • The Linux 4.2 kernel series just got its first maintenance release, as renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced a few minutes ago on the official mailing list of the project.

    • While DCHQ is commercially licensed software with enterprise-grade support, the company has embraced and contributes to open-source technologies in the Docker ecosystem, including the Open Container Initiative. DCHQ On-Premise runs on Docker containers and may be installed on-premise on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Ubuntu or CentOS. It installs via shell script or automated deployment from DCHQ Hosted PaaS. DCHQ registers a variety of Docker repositories, including Red Hat Container Registry, Docker Hub and Quay. It also integrates with Weave for cross-container communication across different hosts.

    • Graphics Stack

      • The Intel Graphics Installer for Linux, a tool that lets users install the latest graphics and video drivers for their Intel graphics hardware, has been upgraded to version 1.2.0 and is now ready for download.

  • Applications

    • One of these packages is ansiweather. It looks at the data at openweathermap and presents them on the console.

    • Weblate 2.4 has been released today. It comes with extended support for various file formats, extended hook scripts, better keyboard shortcuts and dozen of bug fixes.

    • Seth Vargo is an open source programmer and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He specializes in Ruby development and has worked for Chef, CustomInk, and HashiCorp. At this year’s All Things Open conference, Seth will speak about Vagrant. But, what is Vagrant and why should you care?

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Games

      • Valve has a large catalog of games and many of them have been released more than a decade ago, but the studio continues to update them, even if they are very old.

      • Today marks a huge milestone for Steam on Linux: 1,500 games are natively available! This is quite significant while Windows is at 6,464 and OS X is at 2,323.

        New games continue to be ported to Linux and offered via Steam almost daily. This is all while the Steam Linux market-share is below 1%. Heck, even stats well outside the gaming space show Linux desktop use at less than 2%.

  • Desktop Environments/WMs

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

      • With the upcomming release we decided to change the numbering schema. Starting from now, every time we implement new features, we increase the second digit in the version string. The third digit will be reserved for patch (hot fix) releases without any new features. The major number will be increased on any worldshaking events like new architecture for Qt/KDE, etc. This time, besides many bug fixing and performance improvements, we implemented many new features. – so, it’s going to be 2.1.0.

      • Cantor, the scientific programming environment inspired in notebook view concept, is going to have a new release together with KDE Applications 15.12 in December.

      • Recently we had to fix a tricky crash at work: our Qt Quick app was crashing randomly when switching between two pages of the app.

      • There was a trip to Zermatt this year as well,

      • KDE Applications 15.08.1 have landed in Kubuntu Wily (to become 15.10).

      • In this blog post, I will look at ways to move outdated UI code into the 21st century, of course with a Qt focus, and based on KDAB’s more than 15 years of experience in migrations. You will learn about your options, when it makes sense to consider a migration as opposed to a complete re-write, and how you can go about getting your migration project kicked off.

    • GNOME Desktop/GTK

      • The GNOME Project is proud to announce the release of GNOME 3.18,

      • It’s common “knowledge” in the Internet Peanut Gallery that GTK+ is “dead” or “dying” — I assume in the same sense that NetCraft certified that BSD is dead. It’d be (and, in point of fact, it is) easy to dismiss these rumors; it’s not like they come with actual numbers and trends, because the gods of old never mentioned the requirement for comments on the Internet to be cogent, let alone factually true, when they laid down the various RFCs.

      • Christian Hergert had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of his powerful GNOME Builder 3.18 open-source integrated development environment tool for GNOME app developers.

      • Unlike most of the previous GNOME 3.x releases, the latest GNOME 3.18 focuses more stability and under the hood features and less on redesigning applications or GNOME Shell.

        One of the most important new features in GNOME Shell 3.18 is the ability to access Google Drive directly from Files (Nautilus) and file chooser dialogs (via GVFS). This allows easily downloading your Google Drive files directly from the Files app as well as uploading new files…

      • The accelerometer support in GNOME now uses iio-sensor-proxy. This daemon also now supports ambient light sensors, which Richard used to implement the automatic brightness adjustment, and compasses, which are used in GeoClue and gnome-maps.

      • Earlier today, the GNOME project announced the release of GNOME 3.18, the next version of the default desktop environment available in Fedora Workstation. The best and easiest way to try out GNOME 3.18 for yourself is to use the freshly released Beta version of Fedora 23 Workstation. GNOME 3.18 has over 25,000 changes, updates and new features contributed by over 770 contributors:

      • After GNOME developers teased the features of the GNOME 3.18 “Gothenburg” desktop environment a full day before release, the new version has been finally made available in its stable form.

      • We did it. Yes, we finally made it. We’re having the 3.18 release, and is the best release ever – just like every GNOME release. We saw many cool features landing, a number of awsome project which the GNOME interns (hey, I was one of them too!) worked on this summer and lots of exciting news going around.

  • Distributions

    • Edward Snyder, the lead developer of the Liquid Lemur Linux distribution, has announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the third Alpha build of his upcoming Liquid Lemur Linux 2.0 OS.

    • The Mangaka Linux distribution is focused on Japanese Manga fans.

    • If a Windows user is considering switching to Linux and asks us to recommend a distro, we typically roll out the usual desktop favourites: Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, OpenSUSE and co. But is this actually the best approach? One Reddit user recently described his experiences when switching from Windows to Linux, and after battling problems with the newbie-friendly distros, he actually had the most success with Slackware.

    • Reviews

      • The Neptune distribution is a Debian-based project which offers users a friendly, desktop-oriented experience. Neptune uses KDE 4 as the default desktop environment. The latest release of Neptune, version 4.4, includes mostly minor upgrades with an eye toward improving the graphics stack and desktop performance.

        Neptune is available in just one edition for the 64-bit x86 architecture. The ISO file we download is 1.8GB in size. When we boot from Neptune’s live media a menu appears and asks if we would like to explore Neptune’s live desktop environment using English or German as our preferred language. Neptune then boots to the KDE desktop. The desktop environment is presented in a traditional manner, with the application menu, task switcher and system tray placed at the bottom of the screen. On the desktop we find icons which will grant us access to documentation, the distribution’s package manager and Neptune’s graphical system installer.

    • New Releases

      • Solus 1.0 is expected on October 1, 2015, but until then the devs are working hard on the last touches, so today, September 20, we have been privileged to see an exclusive sneak preview of the new Budgie Desktop user interface that will ship in the final release of the distribution.

      • From the looks of it, m32 Rock 15.2 is a major release, bringing support for the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie), Linux Mint 17.2 (Rafaela), and Linux Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) Linux kernel-based operating systems, support for the systemd init system, replacing the old SysVinit one, as well as a significant number of under-the-hood improvements.

    • Screenshots/Screencasts

    • Red Hat Family

      • Red Hat, the world’s most successful open source company, today announced their financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 ended August 31, 2015. The company registered total revenue of $504 million for the quarter which was up 13% year-over-year.

      • Red Hat Inc. raised its guidance for the fiscal year as the open-source software provider reported that earnings rose 9.8% in the latest quarter.

      • Joining Red Hat posed a challenge for me—would I be trusted and respected as a leader? While I had considerable leadership experience and a degree in computer science, I had no background in enterprise IT. In a very open, interactive culture like Red Hat’s, there was no way for me to fake it. However, I found that being very open about the things I did not know actually had the opposite effect than I would have thought. It helped me build credibility. My team learned that I wouldn’t feign knowledge where I did not have it and therefore was more likely to give me the benefit of the doubt when I did talk confidently. No one expects leaders to know everything all the time, but we do expect our leaders to be truthful and forthright.

      • Red Hat continues to accelerate its growth thanks to an evolving mix of platform and infrastructure technology revolving around Linux and the cloud. Red Hat announced its second quarter fiscal 2016 financial results on September 21, once again exceeding expectations.

      • Shares of Red Hat Inc (NYSE: RHT), which rose 2.32 percent on Monday, were down about 1 percent after hours.

      • In his new book, “The Open Organization”, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst makes the case for catalytic leadership. Managers direct. Leaders inspire and enable. Catalytic leaders build on inspiring and enabling with their attention to earning the right to lead and encouraging without judging.

        Whitehurst’s examples are drawn from organizations like Whole Foods, Zappos, Pixar, Starbucks, W.L. Gore and, of course, Red Hat. If you map Red Hat’s culture across dimensions of behaviors, relationships, attitudes, values and the environment you find mostly balance with spikes on identity, decisions, and learning.

      • Red Hat (NYSE:RHT)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by equities researchers at Needham & 全民彩票官网登录 LLC in a report issued on Tuesday, MarketBeat reports. They presently have a $86.00 price objective on the open-source software company’s stock. Needham & 全民彩票官网登录 LLC’s target price suggests a potential upside of 18.26% from the stock’s current price.

      • Here’s a trick question for you: Which of the following are files?

        Shell scripts
        LibreOffice documents
        Serial ports
        Kernel data structures
        Kernel tuning parameters
        Hard drives
        Logical Volumes (LVM)

        Perhaps you won’t believe this, but to Unix and Linux they are all files. That’s one of the most amazing concepts—it makes possible some very simple, yet powerful methods for performing many administrative tasks that might otherwise be extremely difficult or impossible.

      • Red Hat is known for its open culture. People openly share their opinions, give each other positive and constructive feedback, and make better decisions through collaboration. Jim Whitehurst recently wrote about how to foster a culture like ours—one that supports honest (and sometimes difficult) conversations.

      • Red Hat (NYSE:RHT)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by investment analysts at Credit Suisse in a research note issued on Tuesday, Market Beat Ratings reports. They currently have a $88.00 price target on the open-source software company’s stock, up from their previous price target of $84.00. Credit Suisse’s price objective points to a potential upside of 21.01% from the company’s previous close.

      • Fedora

        • More then a month ago Fedora called for submissions for the supplemental wallpaper package for Fedora 23. We got a lot of submissions this time. In fact, we broke all our previous records, with 199 submissions. We had 73 different participants who submitted to the contest. Many of them were first time contributors.

        • The deluge of software vulnerabilities creates challenges for system administrators, developers, and users. Although many vulnerabilities are corner cases that are often difficult to exploit and have limited effects, there are the occasional vulnerabilities that become front page news. Many people have heard of Heartbleed, Shellshock, and VENOM, but there are many other lesser known vulnerabilities that appear every day.

        • The Fedora 23 Beta is here, right on schedule for our planned October final release! Want to help make Fedora 23 be the best release ever, or just want to get a sneak peek?

        • Just a heads up for you intrepid rawhide users:

          The latest (as of this writing) dnf update, version 1.1.2-2.fc24 seems to break doing a lot of things you might want dnf to do (like update packages or list them or anything).

    • Debian Family

      • Debian’s Steve McIntyre posted a very long and interesting message on the Debian mailing list about the summary of the Debian CD BoF meeting that took place at the DebConf15 conference.

        Therefore, we report today that the unanimous decision was to no longer generate CD sets, which were distributed in the form of ISO images, for upcoming releases of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, starting with the anticipated Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 (Stretch) release. This applies for all of Debian GNU/Linux’s supported hardware architectures.

      • The developers behind the popular Linux AIO project, which creates Live ISO images with the main or most important editions of a GNU/Linux distribution, were happy to inform Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of Linux AIO Debian Live 8.2.0.

      • The Indian government is working on its operating system named BOSS, and it’s planning on ditching any kind of Microsoft-related application.

        India is not the first country全民彩票网址 out there that wants to stop being dependent on Windows or other Microsoft products. It’s also not the first one that wants to make its own operating system, but that hasn’t always gone according to plan.

      • We’re delighted to announce that after several months of work, a Debian 8 release candidate is finally ready for the Creator Ci20 microcomputer.

      • Derivatives

        • The developers of the Tails GNU/Linux operating system, the amnesic incognito live system used by Edward Snowden to stay invisible online at all times, has announced the release of Tails 1.6.

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • If you thought that the ownCloud Server/Client development was slow and boring, think again, as ownCloud has just announced the release of their first-ever appliance that lets users install ownCloud in virtual 全民彩票网址.

          • On September 15, Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury brought us the latest news from the last meeting of the Ubuntu Kernel Team, which took place earlier today on the dedicated IRC channel of the project.

          • Ubuntu developers are already preparing for the launch of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, even if they haven’t even got the 15.10 branch out the door. One of the ways they are doing this is by triaging the bugs that have been gathering dust.

          • Just a few minutes ago, September 20, Animesoft International had the great pleasure of informing Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of the final release of their Linux Mangaka Mou distribution.

          • On the instructions of Chief Justice High Court of J&K N. Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, Chairperson e-Court , High Court of Jammu & Kashmir, Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Tashi Rabstan Members e-Committee, the training on “Ubuntu Linux Awareness-cum -Training Program under Change Management” for the Judicial Officers of Gabderbal, Pulwama, Kupwara and Kargil was conducted.

          • Users like to make their Linux distribution look like something else, and Windows is usually a good target, but someone figured out that users might like to experience something from the past and put together a pack that can do just that.

          • The main developer of Ubuntu MATE, Martin Wimpress, is experimenting with the Numix icons and themes, and he seems to like the result.

          • Jono Bacon, the former Community Manager of Ubuntu, changed tracks last year when he quit Canonical and joined XPRIZE, a company not very well known within open source circles. Even after leaving Canonical, Bacon remained extremely active in the Ubuntu community and is often part of community related events. I met him last year at LinuxCon, just after he joined the XPRIZE Foundation as Senior Director of Community. But those were early days for him settling down at the new company; I met him again at LinuxCon Seattle and we sat down for an interview to understand what an open source guy is doing at this company.

          • While digging the Internet, we’ve found a captivating discussion on the Ubuntu Touch mailing list between three Canonical employees who are involved in the development of the Ubuntu for phones mobile operating system.

          • Canonical’s ?ukasz Zemczak has sent in his last report for the week of September 14, informing us all about the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers for the upcoming OTA-7 software update.

          • The Ubuntu Touch platform is getting all kinds of useful apps and it is at the moment much easier to find something you need. For example, there is now an app for cyclists.

          • The MX4 Ubuntu Edition from Chinese maker Meizu is the second Ubuntu smartphone to reach the market. Originally released for purchase only by linked request and invitation, the MX4 is now available for regular purchase direct from Meizu’s website at €299 euros (around £220). Note though, that the MX4 Ubuntu Edition is currently only available within the EU.

          • One of the features promoted by Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, in the Ubuntu for tablets trailer was the ability to multitask between a couple of apps. Lo and behold, the new iPad Pro running iOS 9 features something that is more than similar.

          • On September 22, Canonical’s ?ukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report to inform us all about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in preparation for the OTA-7 software update.

          • Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) is almost here, and users will surely ask what’s new and why they should upgrade from a previous version. Well, it’s not a difficult question to answer, and there is plenty of new stuff in Ubuntu 15.10, albeit not all of it visible.

          • Details about a couple of ICU vulnerabilities that have been found and repaired in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS have been published by Canonical.

          • Simon Eisenmann, an independent developer responsible for porting Canonical’s Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system on the ODROID-C1 SBC (Single-Board Computer), is happy to announce the availability of an updated version of the Snappy image for ODROID-C1.

          • Canonical, through Alexia Emmanoulopoulou, had the great pleasure of publishing what it appears to be the first ever infographic of the LXD container hypervisor used in the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

          • Ubuntu Touch is a Linux distribution, and this becomes all the more obvious when you connect a keyboard to it, and it lets you do Alt-Tab, just like it would happen on a regular desktop, but then again, that’s the whole point.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • SolidRun unveiled a $50 and up “HummingBoard-Gate” SBC for IoT that runs Linux or Android on an i.MX6 SoC, and expands with mikroBUS Click add-on modules.

      The HummingBoard-Gate is SolidRun’s fourth and most affordable community-backed HummingBoard SBC. Like the other HummingBoards, it’s a sandwich-style SBC based on replaceable computer-on-modules running Linux or Android on a Cortex-A9-based Freescale i.MX6 SoC, with a choice of Solo up to Quad models. Key features include support for up to 4GB DDR3 RAM, as well as optional WiFi/Bluetooth, four USB ports, MIPI-DSI and CSI, plus GbE, HDMI, and Mini-PCIe interfaces.

    • All you have to do is stick it in a package—a watch, a small gadget on the wall, a light bulb, or whatever your company desires—and you instantly “smartify” your product. This kind of luxury (which wasn’t available even a decade ago) has driven companies to opt for the use of true operating systems on their devices (namely Linux) and to forgo the older, more difficult and less efficient path of direct microcontroller programming with a single “forever” loop and every software aspect done in-house.

    • Running this on a machine on my local network is enough to keep the Echo happy, and I can now dim my bedroom light in addition to turning it on or off. But it demonstrates a somewhat awkward situation. Right now vendors have no real incentive to offer any kind of compatibility with each other. Instead they’re all trying to define their own ecosystems with their own incompatible protocols with the aim of forcing users to continue buying from them. Worse, they attempt to restrict developers from implementing any kind of compatibility layers. The inevitable outcome is going to be either stacks of discarded devices speaking abandoned protocols or a cottage industry of developers writing bridge code and trying to avoid DMCA takedowns.

    • Cloud Media’s “Open Hour Gecko” is an $89, quad-core Android media player with an optimized Kodi 15 app that supports HD audio passthrough and 4K H.264/265.

    • 21 Inc. has launched a Linux and Raspberry Pi based mini-PC with native support for the Bitcoin currency protocol, enabling a Bitcoin micropayments server.

      Since its debut in 2009, the peer-to-peer, open source Bitcoin crypto-currency protocol has continued to gain traction, especially for global transactions, legal and otherwise. Now, Andreessen Horowitz backed startup 21 Inc. has unveiled what it calls the world’s first computer with native hardware and software support for the Bitcoin protocol. The developer-oriented 21 Bitcoin Computer, which is intended primarily as a micropayments platform, is now on pre-sale for $400, with shipments due in November.

    • There’s no need to fret over the future of desktop Linux; Raspberry Pi has that covered. It’s expanding the future of Linux in other ways as well. Let me explain.

      At this very moment, thousands of children are hard at work tinkering with wires and connecting circuits to watch lights flicker on and off. They are typing lines of Python and are awestruck as a robotic arm comes to life for the first time. Smiles are widening on each child’s face as new boundaries are being crossed and experiments are taking shape. Linux has brought this joy into the lives of each of these children. How? Through the small but very powerful computer called the Raspberry Pi.

    • Qseven co-founder Congatec has just unveiled its first COM built to the 70 x 40mm “μQseven” footprint option introduced by Qseven v2.0 nearly three years ago.

      Despite being among the three principal founders of the Qseven Consortium back in 2008, Congatec has just now gotten around to introducing a module that exploits Qseven v2.0’s 70 x 40mm “μQseven” form factor option that was introduced nearly three years ago.

    • VIA revealed its first ARM based computer-on-module: the “QSM-8Q60,” which is also its first COM of any kind to adopt the 70 x 70mm Qseven 2.0 form-factor.

      VIA Technologies has a long history as developer of CPUs and chipset silicon, as the creator of several popular single-board computer standards including Mini-ITX, Pico-ITX, and Nano-ITX, and as a manufacturer of SBCs conforming to those formats. Despite its limited success in competing with Intel and AMD in the x86 processor market, VIA continues to fabricate and embed its own, somewhat obscure processors such as the 64-bit x86 architecture-based Isaiah II, and ARM Cortex A9-based processors including the Elite E1000 and WonderMedia WM8950.

    • I purchased the original MIPS Creator CI20 and the Raspberry Pi 2 on their release. The CI20, manufactured by Imagination Technologies, had many attractive selling points, not least its built-in connectivity (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), its good hardware specifications with 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, 8 GB flash memory, and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. However, the CI20 has not been, to date, a commercial success like the Pi 2. With so many units sold, the Pi 2 has built a huge community base, driven by some excellent distributions with successive updates. A revised Creator CI20 was released in May, and has an improved layout, but its enhancements were still overshadowed by the slow pace of software development.

    • 全民彩票网址Phones

      • Tizen

        • The Tizen 2.4 Beta SDK boasts the addition of over 3,000 new APIs that also brings with it some great functionality that developers are surely going to make use of in their applications. The Tizen 2.4 beta SDK is avabile now to download.

      • Android

        • Google recently issued a patch for Nexus mobile devices to fix an Android Lollipop vulnerability that lets hackers bypass the lockscreen and gain control of mobile devices.

        • Without a “Nexus” smartwatch on the market, the Moto 360 has always felt like the flagship device for Android Wear. It was the first watch announced, the first with a (mostly) round display, and it was the best looking of the Android Wear watches for a long time.

          But while on the outside it was the best Android Wear device, on the inside it was the worst one thanks to the seriously dated Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor. The result was a good-looking, slow smartwatch that would often be dead before the end of the day.

        • Exactly seven years ago to the day (September 23rd), Google, after much speculation, finally lifted the lid on its secret project, one which would go onto change the mobile world. Despite the rumors, it wasn’t a brand new smartphone – it was so much more. What it brought to the table was a completely new operating system, which would, in just a few years, become the most dominant force in the mobile and smartphone market. Its name? Android.

Free Software/Open Source

  • The board may be reluctant to move away from a big, branded, closed source solution. But the fact is, Open Source Software can now do the same for less.

  • A high profile open source project working on software-defined networks has given birth to what could become an important standard for bringing unity to the fragmented Internet of Things.

  • As websites and online services become ever more demanding, the need for compression increases exponentially. Fans of Silicon Valley will be aware of the Pied Piper compression algorithm, and now Google has a more efficient one of its own.

  • If you type the words ‘open source Splunk’ into Google, you’ll soon find a bunch of articles that talk up the challenge posed to Splunk by cheaper, open source alternatives. One even used the headline “In a world of open source big data, Splunk should not exist”, whilst another says “Splunk feels the heat from stronger, cheaper open source rivals”.

    And it’s true that when you think about big data and the Internet-of-Things (IoT), a number of open source technologies spring to mind. But is Splunk worried?

  • Frank Karlitschek founded ownCloud, a personal cloud platform that also happens to be open source, in 2011. Why open source? Frank has some strong opinions about how we host and share our data, and with the recent scrutiny on security and privacy, his thoughts are even more relevant. In this interview, I ask Frank some questions I’ve been wondering about my own personal data as well as how ownCloud might play a role in a more open, yet secure, data future.

    A little history on Frank: He is a long time open source contributor and former board member of the KDE e.V. After 10 years of managing engineering teams, today he is the project leader and maintainer of ownCloud. Additionally he is the co-founder and CTO of ownCloud Inc. which offers ownCloud for enterprises.

  • For four years, Garth has been working at Adobe on open source projects as a design and code contributor. These projects include Brackets, Topcoat, and Apache Flex. In addition to his work at Adobe, he also speaks at conferences about the power of design, improving designer/developer collaboration, and the benefits of open source. As part of this effort, Garth founded the Open Design Foundation.

  • Facebook this week is open-sourcing Relay, which provides data-fetching for React JavaScript applications. The move could open up new possibilities for the technology, Facebook engineers said.

    Accessible on GitHub, Relay is a JavaScript framework for developing data-driven applications with React, Facebook’s JavaScript library for building user interfaces. “Relay is actually intended to build and do for data-fetching what React does for the user interface rendering,” said Tom Occhino, Facebook engineering manager, in an interview at this week’s @全民彩票网址scale conference in San Jose, Calif.

  • Time to saddle up the rant stallion and take him out of the stable: This comes up from time to time on social media — as it did again several days ago — and it’s really about time it stops.

    Dennis Ritchie and Steve Jobs died pretty close to each other, time-wise. That may sound like the start of a joke — “Dennis Ritchie and Steve Jobs meet at the pearly gates, and…” — but we’re not going there today. Many people are under the impression that while Steve Jobs got all the attention as the “messiah of computing” when he died, Dennis Ritchie was completely ignored.

  • There was once a time when IT vendors shunned the idea of open source. Why wouldn’t they? The idea of sharing their very own programming innovations with others was viewed as detrimental to any competitive business. But nearly 20 years on, open source is now in vogue and has been embraced by some of the biggest IT vendors and their clients. So what changed? We find out.

  • There can be several reasons to resort to open source software solutions. Sometimes, it’s simply the only suitable offering out there. Others, it’s the best of its breed. And when expense is an issue, you can’t beat a zero dollar price tag. In any case, open source is an option you can’t ignore.

    As regular readers know, we’ve lived in a post-MS Office world for a while now. Free office suite LibreOffice does all we want and its Writer module works better than Word. Version 5, released last month, introduces a better organised command centre, Windows 10 compatibility, a style preview panel, short codes that enable quick insertion of emojis and other symbols and the ability to crop images inside the word processor.

    Whether all these new features matter to every user is not the point. The point is that LibreOffice develops under democratic principles, where users can vote on the features they want most. And since the development team has no commercial reason to hold back new features to maximise the profitability of older versions, enhancements flow through shortly after they’re ready.

  • We are three students in the Bachelor of Computer Science second degree program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). As we each have cooperative education experience, our technical ability and contributions have increasingly become a point of focus as we approach graduation. Our past couple of years at UBC have allowed us to produce some great technical content, but we all found ourselves with one component noticeably absent from our resumes: an open source contribution. While the reasons for this are varied, they all stem from the fact that making a contribution involves a set of skills that goes far beyond anything taught in the classroom or even learned during an internship. It requires a person to be outgoing with complete strangers, to be proactive in seeking out problems to solve, and to have effective written communication.

  • Small businesses and start-ups are always on the lookout for ways to save money on new and expensive services. Many budget-minded small businesses are returning to the days of hands-on and in-house to keep costs down, and the many open source tools available today can help do just that.

  • Academia is an excellent platform for training and preparing the open source developers of tomorrow. In research, we occasionally open source software we write. We do this for two reasons. One, to promote the use of the tools we produce. And two, to learn more about the impact and issues other people face when using them. With this background of writing research software, I was tasked with redesigning the undergraduate software engineering course for second-year students at the University of Bradford.

  • Use of free and open source software could help India save more than Rs 8,300 crore in government expenses on education and police only, says a new study, vindicating the Centre’s move to promote such software as part of its Digital India initiative.

    Schools and other institutions could save an estimated Rs 8,254 crore by adopting free and open source software (FOSS) while police departments could save about Rs 51.20 crore, said a study led by Rahul De, Hewlett-Packard Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

  • While DriveAI’s work is coming on a much smaller scale than the tech giants of the world, its members take pride in one key aspect: The entire project is open-source.

    The team regularly posts updates on its progress and snags. Anyone can view the DriveAI source code and provide input or suggest changes.

    While other self-driving car divisions and companies are protecting their work behind lock and key, DriveAI’s project will be free for anyone to apply and use for their own work.

    “Google’s going to write a bunch of proprietary code. All these car manufacturers are going to write their own proprietary code,” team member Parth Mehrotra said. “It’s a lot of wasted effort if everybody does the same thing again and again.

    “If ours isn’t up to par or where the industry wants the technology to be, they can contribute the manpower to it,” he said.

    An open-source project allows researchers across the globe to weigh in and suggest changes to the software. The company has already addressed issues raised by someone with a master’s degree in computer science who simply read over the source code.

    “What good is all of this technology if people can’t access it or have control over it?” Shoyoye said. “What good is collecting data if you can’t analyze it? People around the world can analyze this in real time and understand how autonomous vehicles are working in real time. That can only propel it forward.”

  • Most people realize that computers aren’t going to go away any time soon. That doesn’t mean that people have to put up with these deceptions and intrusions on our lives.

    For years, many leading experts in the software engineering world have been promoting the benefits and principles of free software.

    What we mean by free is that users, regulators and other independent experts should have the freedom to see and modify the source code in the equipment that we depend on as part of modern life. In fact, experts generally agree that there is no means other than software freedom to counter the might of corporations like Volkswagen and their potential to misuse that power, as demonstrated in the emissions testing scandal.

    If Governments and regulators want to be taken seriously and protect society, isn’t it time that they insisted that the car industry replaces all hidden code with free and open source software?

  • Events

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    • The Imagination backed Prpl Foundation announced a free OpenWrt Summit to be held in Dublin on Oct. 8, and co-located with Embedded Linux Conference Europe.

    • I attended this year’s mrmcd, a cozy conference in Darmstadt, Germany. As in the previous years, it’s a 350 people event with a relaxed atmosphere. I really enjoy going to these mid-size events with a decent selection of talks and attentive guests.

    • FOSDEM and SCALE are respectively Europe and North America’s biggest FOSS events and, of course, we’d love to run a booth there again. We had a good time last year, just check out see my overview blog and detailed blogs about FOSDEM and SCALE. It is time to start preparing again to have as much fun and impact as last year!

    • systemd.conf 2015 is close to being sold out, there are only 14 tickets left now. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, now is the time to do it, because otherwise it will be too late and all tickets will be gone!

  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • The latest Firefox update is now available. This release includes minor updates to personalize your Firefox Account and adds a new functionality to Firefox Hello Beta.

        Firefox Accounts provides access to services like Firefox Sync to let you take browsing data such as passwords, bookmarks, history and open tabs across your desktop and mobile devices. The latest update to Firefox Accounts allows you to personalize your Firefox Account profile in Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android by adding a photo.

      • The latest version of the Firefox browser – Firefox 41 – has been released by Mozilla for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.

        The new release includes updates which allow users to personalise their Firefox account, so they can share web browsing data such as passwords, bookmarks, history, and open tabs across their desktop and mobile devices. It also lets users add a photo to their account.

      • Now that Mozilla has officially released the Mozilla Firefox 41.0 web browser for all GNU/Linux distributions, but also for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, the time has come to update it on your favorite OS.

      • Mozilla has just released the stable version of Firefox 41, bringing some pretty cool features like the ability to set up a profile picture for the Firefox account and some memory improvements for AdBlock Plus.

      • Now that Mozilla released version 41.0 of its widely used, open-source and cross-platform web browser for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X operating systems, the time has come to inform you guys about the upcoming features of Firefox 42.0.

        Mozilla Firefox 42.0 has entered development, with a first Beta build released on September 23, and the first set of features to be implemented in the final version of the software have already been revealed. Among them we can mention GTK3 integration for GNU/Linux systems and one-click muting of audio on active tabs via a new indicator.

  • SaaS/Big Data

    • The year 2016 will see Americans lining up to elect their new president. While passion and sentiments will dictate the outcome of the elections on the surface, deep down, modern technology will be at play, helping determine who will be the next president. These elections will harness the power of Big Data on a scale never done before. We have already seen the role that Big Data played in 2012 elections, and it’s only going to get bigger. This Big Data revolution is led by, as expected, open source and Apache Hadoop, in particular.

  • Databases

    • Avi Kivity is well-known in the open-source and Linux communities as the original lead developer of the widely deployed KVM hypervisor. In 2012, Kivity started a company called Cloudius Systems, which develops the OSv operating system for the cloud. Today, Cloudius is being rebranded and refocused under the name ScyllaDB.

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • The Document Foundation has released the second Release Candidate for LibreOffice 5.0.2, the upcoming maintenance version for the 5.0 branch of the office suite.

  • Funding

    • With a new version of its product in the offing and $4 million in Series A funding in its pocket, GitLab — creator of an open source alternative to code-hosting nexus GitHub — is setting out to expand its reach with enterprise customers.


    • It’s 30 years of GNU — 30 years of freedom and 30 years of owning one’s computers. I can’t imagine a life where I don’t have control over the software I run. I’m going to be eternally thankful to RMS and Linus for starting the mass movements that have not only transformed an entire industry, but also shaped my thinking and my career.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Autodesk has open sourced the electronics and firmware of its resin- and DLP-based Ember 3D printer, revealing it to run Linux on a BeagleBone Black clone.

      In releasing the design of its Ember 3D Printer under open source licensing, Autodesk has revealed a mainboard that runs Linux on a customized spin-off of the BeagleBone Black hacker SBC. In March, the company published the recipe for the printer’s “PR48” Standard Clear Prototyping resin, and in May, it followed through by open sourcing its mechanical files. As promised, Autodesk has now opened up the BeagleBone Black based electronics and firmware.

    • As with the previous releases Ember’s electronics and firmware are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license and licensed under GNU GPL. Most of the newly released specs are, frankly, far above my head, but they do reveal some interesting information about the advanced 3D printer. The main control board is a very heavily modified version of a standard BeagleBone Black, a low-cost development board that should be relatively simple for anyone to get their hands on. Using relatively easy to source parts is an ideal scenario for developers looking to incorporate Autodesk printing technology into their own 3D printers. This sends a pretty clear signal that Autodesk really is committed to helping the entire 3D printing industry grow.

    • We have started a dozen days of research for “ZeMarmot” Open Movie. By this, we mean we are going for a trip to the Alps, where we we will stalk cool marmots! Our goal is to get photos, videos and sounds, of marmots, other animal and awesome mountain landscapes. These will be used for reference for the animation film, to study marmot behavioral patterns, movements, get ideas, and so on.

    • This certification process means creators must register their project, but it’s free to enter. In the first proposal for the Open Hardware Certification, there was discussion about distinct levels of certification, like ‘Open Bronze’. ‘Open Silver’ and ‘Open Gold’. This was ultimately not implemented, and there is only one level of the Open Hardware Certification.

    • Open Data

      • OpenTransportNet aims to change the way Europe’s public administrations create and manage transport services. The consortium wants to make geospatial information easily accessible and encourage anyone to use it, and create new, innovative services.

      • Combing through records spanning over 3.5 billion years, scientists 11 institutions have complied a ‘tree of life’ that includes the approximately 2.3 million known species of animals, plants, fungi, and microbes.

  • Programming

    • The issue of software freedom is, not surprisingly, not mentioned in the mainstream coverage of Volkswagen’s recent use of proprietary software to circumvent important regulations that exist for the public good. Given that Volkswagen is an upstream contributor to Linux, it’s highly likely that Volkswagen vehicles have Linux in them.

      Thus, we have a wonderful example of how much we sacrifice at the altar of “Linux adoption”. While I’m glad for some Free Software to appear in products rather than none, I also believe that, too often, our community happily accepts the idea that we should gratefully laud a company includes a bit of Free Software in their product, and gives a little code back, even if most of what they do is proprietary software.

    • “I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public,” Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn said in a statement Monday, addressing the so-called “defeat device” software the automaker built into its vehicles to deceive US air pollution tests. “We will do everything necessary in order to reverse the damage this has caused.”

    • In February, while coworking at the Open Internet Tools Project, I got to talking with Gus Andrews about face-to-face tech events. Specifically, when distributed people who make software together have a chance to get together in person, how can we best use that time? Gus took a bunch of notes on my thoughts, and gave me a copy.

    • Dancer is a lightweight web application framework for Perl, inspired by the Sinatra framework in Ruby. Dancer bills itself as simple and flexible, but powerful enough to run most any web application you can think up.


  • Hardware

    • Hewlett-Packard will shed as many as 30,000 more jobs as it splits into two companies, the company said at a meeting with analysts in San Jose, Calif.

      Tim Stonsifer, the incoming CFO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, the company devoted to corporate computing that will emerge from the split on Nov. 1, announced the reductions as part of his presentation on guidance. The restructuring will include a $2.7 billion charge.

  • Security

    • Out of thousands of websites infected through the new campaign, the security researchers say 95 percent of them rely on WordPress — and 17 percent of them have already been blacklisted by Google.

      Webmasters should make sure their plugins are all up-to-date to prevent exposure and blacklisting by the web’s most popular search engine.

      SecuriLabs has also provided a scanner for webmasters to check the health of their domains.

    • For the past seven years, a cyber-espionage group operating out of Russia—and apparently at the behest of the Russian government—has conducted a series of malware campaigns targeting governments, political think tanks, and other organizations. In a report issued today, researchers at F-Secure provided an in-depth look at an organization labelled by them as “the Dukes,” which has been active since at least 2008 and has evolved into a methodical developer of “zero-day” attacks, pulling together their own research with the published work of other security firms to provide a more detailed picture of the people behind a long-running family of malware.

    • A cyber security researcher has uncovered a significant vulnerability present within a library in iOS. When exploited, an attacker has the means to overwrite arbitrary files and insert a signed applications on a targeted device.

    • One of the longest-held beliefs is that the Linux desktop comes with invulnerable and foolproof security system.

      A close examination of the security system indicates that this might not be the case after all. The desktop running on Linux Operating System needs enhanced protection to provide it with excellent security and ensure that it can withstand the most vicious attacks from the latest and highly potent malware as well as viruses and spyware of today.

    • Apple has removed malware-infected apps from the App Store after acknowledging its first sustained security breach. The malware, known as XcodeGhost, worked its way into several apps by convincing developers to use a modified version of Xcode, the software used to create iOS and Mac software.

      “We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software,” Apple spokesperson Christine Monaghan told Reuters. “We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”

    • Although this seemed quite weird to some people, it has become a reason for more and more attention to be drawn to some of the best ways to protect your Linux workstation, even if most IT experts do not welcome all recommendations the checklist has.

      Konstantin Ryabitsev who is the director of collaborative IT services of the foundation created this list for all the users of LF remote sysadmins. This was done to make sure their laptops were always safe against all illegal attacks. Nevertheless, the foundation has not demanded for universal adoptions of the list.

    • When the U.S. Department of Commerce proposed a rule to regulate the international trade and sharing of “intrusion software,” worried security firms immediately went on the defense.

      Industry giants, such as Symantec and FireEye, teamed up with well-known technology firms, such as Cisco and Google, to criticize the regulations. The proposed rules, published in May, would cause “significant unintended consequences” that would “negatively impact—rather than improve—the state of cyber-security,” Cisco stated in a letter to the Commerce Dept.’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

    • Security researchers have both good and bad news about the recently reported outbreak of XcodeGhost apps infecting Apple’s App Store. The bad: the infection was bigger than previously reported and dates back to April. The good: affected apps are more akin to adware than security-invading malware.

    • Exploit traders Zerodium will pay a million dollars to anyone who finds an unpatched bug in iOS 9 that can be exploited to jailbreak iThings – or compromise them.

      The $1m (£640,000) bounty will be awarded to an individual or team that provides a working exploit to achieve remote code execution on an iOS device via the Safari or Chrome browsers or through an SMS/MMS message.

      This exploit could be combined with other exploitable vulnerabilities to perform an untethered jailbreak on an i全民彩票网址Phone or iPad, allowing fans to install any applications they want on their gadgets – particularly software not available on Apple’s App Store.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • During normal driving, the cars with the software — known as a “defeat device” — would pollute 10 times to 40 times the legal limits, the EPA estimated. The discrepancy emerged after the International Council on Clean Transportation commissioned real-world emissions tests of diesel vehicles including a Jetta and Passat, then compared them to lab results.

  • Finance

    • Digital currencies have been granted the status of an official commodity by the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which said that bitcoin operators must immediately ensure that their companies are legally registered under the applicable trading laws and regulations.

    • I found out about this through Paul Krugman, and if you’re a regular reader of Krugman’s columns and blog, not much here will be a surprise. Baker and Bernstein are advocating what I would call conventional-liberal economic policy by US standards (which means that it’s not really that liberal). The short version is that full employment is vital for improving the economic position of the average person, inflation is nowhere near as much of a risk as people claim, and the best economic action the US government can take at present is to aggressively pursue a full employment strategy without worrying excessively about inflation.

  • Censorship

    • France’s data protection watchdog has rejected an appeal by Google against a decision ordering the internet giant to comply with users’ requests to have information about them removed from all search results.

      Since a European Court of Justice ruling in May 2014 recognising the “right to be forgotten” on the net, Google users can ask the search engine to remove results about them that are no longer relevant.

      However, Google ran into trouble in France over the fact that while it removes these references from its results in searches made in Google.fr or other European extensions, it refuses to do so on Google.com and elsewhere.

  • Privacy

    • My opinion on advertising sours greatly when it comes to the topic of tracking and targeting, which I believe is overstepping the line from advertising to stalking. I don’t like going onto Amazon and finding whatever I looked at spilled over to other sites I visit. I’m disturbed when I use a Google service to realise later I’ll be inundated and pressured into purchasing something until my next pushable product becomes apparent. It’s like browsing physical store to find several random people have followed you back out, taking notes on everything you do and observing where else you’ll go – in the real world those people would be arrested for stalking, how is it acceptable online?

    • The Indian government has published a draft of its latest plans for encryption. The proposals spell bad news for domestic software developers and will make other companies looking to do business in the subcontinent very nervous indeed.

      The new National Encryption Policy [PDF] proposed by the nation’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology states that the government will require applications using encryption to store plain text versions of all data for 90 days so that they can be examined by the police if need be.

      “On demand, the user shall be able to reproduce the same plain text and encrypted text pairs using the software/hardware used to produce the encrypted text from the given plain text,” the proposed rules read.

    • The Skype service is currently down in some countries and Microsoft says that it’s already aware of the problem and a fix is on its way.

    • The TL;DR of that article is this: encryption you don’t control is not a security feature. It’s great that Apple implemented encryption in their messaging software but since the user has no control over the implementation or the keys (especially the key distribution, management, and trust) users shouldn’t expect this type of encryption system to actually protect them.

  • Civil Rights

    • The establishment’s Plan A had been to stop Jeremy Corbyn. Up against three technocrats of the political center, Corbyn—who has run nothing bigger than the planning committee of a town council, though he has been a member of Parliament since 1983—won 60 percent on the first ballot, becoming the new leader of the UK’s Labour Party.

      Plan B had been to hamstring Corbyn if he won by withholding support from Tony Blairite, centrist, pro-Nato, pro-business members of Parliament. Corbyn would be the floundering figurehead for 18 months before returning to business as usual. But 60 percent—from a membership swelled to half a million during Corbyn’s barnstorming summer—gives you a crushing mandate.

      Sixty percent gives you permission to appoint the hardest-left MP in Parliament as your shadow finance minister and put a vegan in charge of handling the farming lobby. Even as the right-wing press derided the mild-mannered and bearded Corbyn as a “weaponized lentil,” the shock was setting in. Corbyn wants to nationalize the railways and energy companies, use quantitative easing to fund public spending, scrap Britain’s nuclear weapons and student tuition fees. He is a lifelong anti-imperialist and supporter of Palestinian liberation. For the first time in 80 years, the establishment does not control the Labour Party.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality

    • Over the last few weeks a discussion has flourished over the FCC’s Notification of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on modular transmitters and electronic labels for wireless devices. Some folks have felt that the phrasing has been too Chicken-Little-like and that the FCC’s proposal doesn’t affect the ability to install free, libre or open source operating system. The FCC in fact says their proposal has no effect on open source operating systems or open source in general. The FCC is undoubtedly wrong.

    • Growth in the number of people with access to the Internet is slowing, and more than half the world’s population is still offline, the United Nations Broadband Commission said on Monday.

      Internet access in rich economies is reaching saturation levels but 90 percent of people in the 48 poorest countries have none, its report said.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

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      • A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Warner/Chappell Music’s claim to the 120-year-old song wasn’t legal, therefore freeing it from copyright. The ruling came amid a lawsuit challenging Warner/Chappell’s attempt to fine a group of filmmakers $1,500 for the song’s use.

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