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Wine 1.9.24

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 00:05
  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 1.9.24 is now available.

  • Wine 1.9.24 Ships With More Fixes & Improvements

    Wine 1.9.24 is out as the newest bi-weekly development release of this program for running Windows binaries on Linux and other operating systems.

    Wine 1.9.24 isn't the most exciting release by far in recent memory but does have support for unordered access views in Direct3D, fixes to regression tests, improvements in HID support, and various bug-fixes. In total there are 28 known bug-fixes with this new version.

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OSS Leftovers

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 21:52
  • Deepstream: an Open-source Server for Building Realtime Apps

    Realtime apps are getting really popular, but they’re also hard to build. Wolfram Hempel introduces deepstream, an open-source server he co-founded to make data-sync, request-response and publish-subscribe a whole lot easier.

  • Open Source Email Marketing with phpList

    Email marketing has been exploding in popularity. You might have heard of the likes of MailChimp and Emma advertising the use of their services to send a whole bunch of messages for prospects and profit. The number of ways to promote goods online is forever growing, and research shows emails are still the most effective. I like to compare it with the “desktop is dead” myth; while mobile is on the rise, desktop is here to stay. I believe the same about email.

    Having said that, it’s no surprise that the number of services competing in the field have mushroomed in recent years, capitalising on demand from firms of all sizes to get access to that most personal of places, the email inbox.

    While big brand proprietary platforms and their sponsorship deals have been busy establishing themselves, an Open Source alternative has been minding its own business, making regular releases and accumulating a committed base of users since the year 2000. Enter phpList, the email marketing app you can run yourself without paying for messages, subscribers, or additional features.

  • 3 alternative reasons why you should test Nextcloud 11 Beta

    And many of the folks about to be put in power by President-elect Trump favor more spying, including on US citizens, expansion of the NSA, a crackdown on whistleblowers and more. Trump's pick for CIA director calls for Snowden's execution. For, what I can only guess must be giving proof of illegal government spying to dangerous terrorists like the Washington Post and the Guardian, who proceeded to win a Pulitzer prize by disclosing this information irresponsibly to the US public.

  • Mickey Mouse Open Source, Close Call at WordPress, and More…

    These days we’re seeing a lot of companies that aren’t officially in the software business releasing code developed in-house for internal use under open source licenses. You can now add Disney to that list, which includes Capital One, Walmart and others.

    This was pointed out on Wednesday by InfoWorld’s Paul Krill, who notes that in addition to Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio and Nemo, the company has given us advanced image projects such as OpenEXR, as well as DevOps tools for the Mac, such as Munki. More information on Disney’s open source projects can be found on its GitHub page.

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AMD, Radeon, and RadeonSI

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 21:32
  • RadeonSI's Gallium3D Driver Performance Has Improved Massively In The Past Year

    As some more exciting benchmarks to carry out this US holiday week, here are benchmarks of all major Mesa releases from Mesa 11.0 from mid 2015 through the latest Mesa 13.1-dev code as of this week. Additionally, the latest AMDGPU-PRO numbers are provided too for easy comparison of how the open-source AMD GCN 3D driver performance has evolved over the past year. It's a huge difference!

  • LLVM 4.0 Causes Slow Performance For RadeonSI?

    Several times in the past few weeks I've heard Phoronix readers claim the LLVM 4.0 SVN code causes "slow performance" or has rendering issues. Yet it's gone on for weeks and I haven't seen such myself, so I decided to run some definitive tests at least for the OpenGL games most relevant to our benchmarking here.

  • It Looks Like We'll Still See A GUI Control Panel For AMD Linux

    Earlier this year I exclusively reported on the "Radeon Settings" GUI control panel may be open-sourced for AMD Linux users but since then I hadn't heard anything publicly or privately about getting this graphics driver control panel on Linux for AMDGPU-PRO and the fully-open AMDGPU stack. But it looks like that it's still being worked on internally at AMD.

  • Yet More AMDGPU DAL Patches This Week For Testing

    It had been a few weeks since last seeing any new enablement patches for AMD's DAL display abstraction layer code, which is a big requirement for HDMI/DP audio, HDMI 2.0, potential FreeSync support, and also needed for next-generation GPUs. The lack of fresh DAL patches changed though this week when new patches were sent out and already another round of revising to this display code has now been mailed out for review.

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Calamares 2.4.5 Installer Fixes Security Issue with Unencrypted Boot Partitions

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 21:03

Today, November 25, 2016, Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer framework, received a new maintenance update, versioned 2.4.5.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Q4OS 1.8

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 20:55

Q4OS is fairly straight forward to get to grips with and it runs like a dream.

When I tried it last year it was on a much older machine and really worked well. On this machine it performs magnificently.

The Windows look and feel might not be to everybody's taste especially the use of "My Documents" and "My Pictures" etc but you can easily rename them.

The desktop environment is Trinity and it lacks certain features such as window snapping.

I haven't tried Q4OS out with my NAS drive or printer and other hardware yet but I did last time around and it had no issues so I suspect it will be the same this time. I will update you in the next blog post about this. I will also update you as to whether Steam works or not.

As with last time around I can't really fault Q4OS on anything. Well I suppoes there are a couple of things that could be improved such as dual booting and the network manager should be installed by default as the one that comes with Q4OS is a bit inconsistent.

After just a couple of hours effort I had Q4OS installed with every application I need including PyCharm. I am now able to listen to music, watch films, surf the web, write software, edit documents, read and send mail, use DropBox, use Skype and play games.

Q4OS also comes with WINE which is useful for running Windows software.

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Microsoft & Linux & Patents & Tweets

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 20:23

Fact-checking some tweets about Linux Foundation’s newest member and their harvesting of other members’ money.

Also: Microsoft Loves Linux Patent Tax

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today's leftovers

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 15:08

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Controlling Relays with ARTIK boards with Tizen OS and IoTivity server

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 12:12

The number of “Smart” bulbs and switches that are available out in the market is nearing infinity these days. These devices generally tend to cost a considerable amount of money, and for the price what you generally get is a device that can probably be controlled over bluetooth or WiFi from your Phones and smartwatches. All this spending however, doesn’t make any sense for a maker or a DIY enthusiast as all this can be achieved with some really cheap electronics components which are widely available.

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Security News

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 11:11
  • Microsoft is reportedly sharing Windows 10 telemetry data with third-parties

    MICROSOFT HAS REPORTEDLY signed a deal with FireEye that will see it share telemetry data from Windows 10 with the third-party security outfit.

    So says Australian website ARN, which reports that Microsoft and FireEye's partnership, which will see the security firm's iSIGHT Intelligence tools baked into Windows Defender, will also see FireEye "gain access to telemetry from every device running Windows 10."

    Microsoft uses telemetry data from Windows 10 to help identify security issues, to fix problems and to help improve the quality of its operating system, which sounds like a good thing. However, with the company previously admitting that it's latest OS is harvesting more data than any version before it, Microsoft's mega data-slurp also raised some privacy concerns.

  • Hackers attack European Commission

    The European Commission was the victim of a “large scale” cyberattack Thursday, a spokesperson said.

    “The attack has so far been successfully stopped with no interruption of service, although connection speeds have been affected for a time. No data breach has occurred,” the spokesperson said.

  • 8 Books Security Pros Should Read

    Calling all infosec pros: What are the best books in your security library?

    On a second thought, let's take a step back. A better question may be: Do you have a security library at all? If not, why?

    Security professionals have countless blogs, videos, and podcasts to stay updated on rapidly changing news and trends. Books, on the other hand, are valuable resources for diving into a specific area of security to build knowledge and broaden your expertise.

    Because the security industry is so complex, it's impossible to cram everything there is to know in a single tome. Authors generally focus their works on single topics including cryptography, network security modeling, and security assessment.

    Consider one of the reads on this list of recommendations, Threat Modeling: Designing for Security. This book is based on the idea that while all security pros model threats, few have developed expertise in the area.

  • DoD Opens .Mil to Legal Hacking, Within Limits

    Security researchers are often reluctant to report programming flaws or security holes they’ve stumbled upon for fear that the vulnerable organization might instead decide to shoot the messenger and pursue hacking charges.

    But on Nov. 21, the DoD sought to clear up any ambiguity on that front for the military’s substantial online presence, creating both a centralized place to report cybersecurity flaws across the dot-mil space as well as a legal safe harbor (and the prospect of public recognition) for researchers who abide by a few ground rules.

  • Data breach law 'will create corporate awareness'

    The introduction of a data breach law requiring disclosure of consumer data leaks is important because it will make big corporates aware they need to be transparent about their state of security, the head of a big cyber-security firm says.

    Guy Eilon, the country manager of Forcepoint, was commenting on the speech made by Dan Tehan, the minister assisting the prime minister on cyber security, on Wednesday.

  • US Navy breach: 130,000 soldiers at risk after HPE contractor hacked [iophk: "MS, possibly MS sharepoint?"]

    The Navy has acknowledged the breach and said it was made aware of the incident after being notified that a laptop belonging to an employee of Navy contractor Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) was compromised by hackers.

  • US Navy warns 134,000 sailors of data breach after HPE laptop is compromised

    Sailors whose details have been compromised are being notified by phone, letter, and e-mail, the Navy said. "For those affected by this incident, the Navy is working to provide further details on what happened, and is reviewing credit monitoring service options for affected sailors."

  • Personal data for more than 130,000 sailors stolen, admits US Navy

    A spokesman for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, said: “This event has been reported to the Navy and because this is an ongoing investigation, HPE will not be commenting further out of respect for the privacy of our Navy personnel.”

  • Riseup’s Canary Has Died

    Popular provider of web tools for activists and anarchists and backbone of much infrastructure for internet freedom, Riseup.net has almost certainly been issued a gag order by the US government.

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Android Leftovers

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 10:27

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Red Hat and Fedora

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 10:27

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Games for GNU/Linux

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 10:00

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Leftovers: Software

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 09:59
  • Calibre 2.73 eBook Manager Allows Import and Export of Column Coloring Rules

    Today, November 25, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal proudly announced the release of yet another maintenance update of his popular, open-source, cross-platform, and free ebook library management tool.

    Calibre 2.73 is here exactly one week after the previous point release, namely Calibre 2.72, to add a bunch of interesting new features, such as the ability to hide row numbers in the main book list by using the new option implemented in the Look & Feel section of the Preferences dialog.

  • darktable 2.2 RAW Image Editor Gets New RC with Support for 4-Year-Old XMP Files

    The developers behind the open-source and cross-platform darktable photography workflow application and RAW image editor are hard at work these days to prepare the final release of the major darktable 2.2 series.

    It's been only two weeks since our initial report on the upcoming darktable 2.2 release, so we recommend that you read that article first to get yourself familiar with the upcoming new features and improvements, which we have to admit that are overwhelming.

  • Give your eyes a break in the evenings with Redshift

    If you've heard of either Twilight or f.lux, you'll probably know what these sorts of programs do: they adjust the colour temperature of your screen according to the time of day, often by altering the amount of blue light being emitted, to make the colour temperature and brightness more suitable for viewing in your environment. The end result is "normal" bright light during the day, for easy screen visibility during the day, but at night your screen will display a much softer and less bright image, with a reddish hue, which can greatly reduce eye strain and just generally make night time computer use a lot more comfortable.

  • Mcomix Is An Ace Desktop Comic Book Reader for Ubuntu

    I very recently stumbled across a blog post that shared something I’ve been looking for for years: the little-known run of 35p ‘choose your own adventure’ comics.

  • Intel Graphics Installer 2.0.3 Now Supports Ubuntu 16.10

    The Intel Linux graphics driver tool has been updated to support Ubuntu 16.10 and Fedora 24. The Intel Graphics Update Tool for Linux v2.0.3 offers up the latest Intel 2016Q3 graphics stack.

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Mesa 13.0.2

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 09:55
  • Mesa 13.0.2 3D Graphics Library to Improve the Intel and Radeon Vulkan Drivers

    Today, November 24, 2016, Collabora's Emil Velikov announced the availability of the Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming second Mesa 13.0 3D Graphics Library point release.

    That's right, Mesa 13.0.2 3D Graphics Library is now in the works, and it looks like it's slated for release on November 25, 2016, around or shortly after 5pm GMT, promising a bunch of new fixes for the open source Intel i965, Radeon, and VC4 graphics drivers, as well as multiple improvements for the Intel ANV Vulkan and Radeon Vulkan (RADV) drivers.

  • Mesa 13.0.2 Being Prepped With Intel Geminilake Support, Vulkan Fixes & More

    For those riding the Mesa 13.0 stable release train rather than the adventurous Mesa 13.1-dev Git code, the Mesa 13.0.2 stable update is right around the corner with many fixes.

    Mesa release manager Emil Velikov is hoping to get the 13.0.2 release out the door this weekend, but today he's issued the 13.0.2-RC1 test release. There are currently around 50 changes set for the Mesa 13.0.2 bug-fix release. Highlights include many fixes to VC4, i965, Radeon, and RADV drivers. There are also a number of Vulkan WSI (windowing system integration) fixes plus driver specific work, more smoke-testing, and memory leak fixes.

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LibreOffice contributor interview: Leif Lodahl

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 09:35

Until September 1st I was working as project manager and business developer in the company Magenta. From September 1st I’m working as IT architect at City of Ballerup (Ballerup Municipality). My work for (and with) LibreOffice has, until recently, been both professional and in my spare time.

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Never buying Windows again, eh? How about the Linux powered Oryx Pro?

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 09:09

The Oryx Pro is the opposite of most of the laptops you have seen reviewed here recently. At 15.2x10.7x1.1" and 5.5lbs it is bulkier than the slim laptops dominating the market, not to mention the 2lb power brick. It also runs Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as opposed to Win10, thankfully the install is well configured for the hardware present according to the review at Ars Technica. The hardware on the other hand is familiar and rather impressive, a desktop class GTX 1060, an i7-6700HQ, 32GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The model reviewed at Ars runs you almost $1900 or there is a 17" model, as well as a GTX 1070 upgrade available if you so desire. Pop by to take a look at the full review of this Linux powered laptop.

Also: Fedora 25 News & Update: New Linux Based Operating Sytem Available Now; Is This Windows 10, Mac OS Killer?

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FreeDOS 1.2 RC2

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 09:00
  • FreeDOS 1.2 Release Candidate 2

    We started FreeDOS in 1994 to create a free and open source version of DOS that anyone could use. We've been slow to make new releases, but DOS isn't exactly a moving target anymore. New versions of FreeDOS are mostly about updating the software and making FreeDOS more modern. We made our first Alpha release in 1994, and our first Beta in 1998. In 2006, we finally released FreeDOS 1.0, and updated to FreeDOS 1.1 in 2012. And all these years later, it's exciting to see so many people using FreeDOS in 2016.

  • FreeDOS 1.2 RC2 Arrives, Still Evolving After 22 Years

    The second release candidate of FreeDOS 1.2 is now available, approximately one month after FreeDOS 1.2-RC1 and twenty-two years after the FreeDOS open-source project began.

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 Slated for Early December Release for Ubuntu Phones, Tablets

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 08:48

On Thanksgiving day, Canonical's Lukasz Zemczak wrote yet another landing e-mail to inform the Ubuntu Phone and Tablet communities about the release date of the long-anticipated Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 software update.

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