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Development Release: Porteus 5.0 RC2

15 hours 27 min ago
It took more than a year for Porteus to get from RC1 to RC2 for its upcoming 5.0 release, but the new version of the project's Slackware-based distribution is finally ready for testing: "After nearly 14 months and a lot of developments (circumstantial and technical), team Porteus is....

Development Release: Mageia 8 Beta 1

Saturday 8th of August 2020 12:52:20 AM
The Mageia team have published a new development snapshot of the upcoming Mageia 8 release. The first beta build includes a number of improvements to the installer, such as a new filesystem support, along with better support for the ARM architecture. "Some of the major improvements include improved....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 20.04.1

Thursday 6th of August 2020 07:20:15 PM
Łukasz Zemczak has announced the release of Ubuntu 20.04.1, along with the distribution's community editions. These new builds mostly contain bug fixes for packages, reducing the amount of time required to update new installations. "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (Long-Term....

BSD Release: BSD Router Project 1.97

Wednesday 5th of August 2020 02:07:59 AM
Olivier Cochard-Labbé has announced the release of BSD Router Project (BSDRP) 1.97, the latest stable build of the project's free and open-source software router distribution based on embedded FreeBSD. This release is upgrades the underlying operating system to FreeBSD 12.1: "BSDRP 1.97 is online. Based on a FreeBSD....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 876

Monday 3rd of August 2020 03:37:55 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Haiku R1 beta 2 News: DragonFly BSD gets updated ext2 driver, GRUB security update renders Red Hat and CentOS systems unbootable Questions and answers: Evaluating available Linux mobile phones and checking system identification Released last week: OPNsense 20.1, GeckoLinux 999.200729.0, ALT Linux....

Distribution Release: BunsenLabs Linux Lithium

Sunday 2nd of August 2020 11:09:13 PM
The BunsenLabs development team has announced the release of BunsenLabs Linux Lithium, a major new version from the project that offers a lightweight and customisable Linux distribution based on Debian's "stable" branch and featuring the Openbox window manager: "BunsenLabs Linux is pleased to announce Lithium, the latest release....

Distribution Release: ALT Linux 9.1

Sunday 2nd of August 2020 01:37:16 PM
Michael Shigorin has announced the release of ALT Linux 9.1, an updated version of the project's independently developed distribution for workstations, servers and educational institutions: "BaseALT Ltd announces the availability of an update to its family of Linux distributions, ALT 9.1. The stable Platform 9 repository supports 8....

Distribution Release: GeckoLinux 999.200729.0

Friday 31st of July 2020 03:39:28 AM
The GeckoLinux "Rolling" edition, which is a desktop-oriented distribution based on openSUSE's "Tumbleweed" branch, has been updated to version 999.200729.0. It brings a new set of installable live images with a choice of Cinnamon, Xfce, GNOME, KDE Plasma, MATE, LXQt and IceWM desktop environments. From the release announcement:....

BSD Release: OPNsense 20.7

Thursday 30th of July 2020 03:04:23 PM
Jos Schellevis has announced the release of OPNsense 20.1, the latest stable version of the project's open-source, easy-to-use, HardenedBSD-based firewall and routing platform. This version is based on HardenedBSD 12.1 and it ads several interesting enhancements to its web-based user interface: "For five and a half years, OPNsense....

Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Beta

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 02:44:15 PM
Six months following the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2, Red Hat is publishing a beta for the upcoming release of version 8.3. The new beta offers updated development and hosting tools: "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 introduced Application Streams, where software components used for application development....

Development Release: OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 Alpha 1

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 04:16:15 AM
Cristina Sgubbi has announced the availability of the initial alpha build of OpenMandriva Lx 4.2, the forthcoming new release of the project's Linux distribution optimised for desktop use. The new release updates the Linux and all KDE/Qt applications to their latest versions. "Here we have the alpha milestone....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 876

Monday 27th of July 2020 01:00:50 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Artix Linux 20200125News: IPFire shares security tips, Fedora offers guide for switching from scp to rsync, Manjaro user tests kernel power consumptionQuestions and answers: Updating a rolling release versus a fixed release distributionReleased last week: SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2, GeckoLinux 152,....

Distribution Release: REMnux 7

Thursday 23rd of July 2020 03:04:07 AM
Lenny Zeltser has announced the release of REMnux 7, a major update of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution with a toolkit for reverse-engineering and analysing malicious software. The new version continues to be delivered as an OVA virtual appliance, but is now based on Ubuntu 18.04: "Ten years after....

Distribution Release: SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2

Tuesday 21st of July 2020 02:34:53 PM
The SUSE team has announced the release of a new service pack (SP) for SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE). The new update, SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2, offers security improvements, techniques to reduce downtime, and improvements to ARM platforms. "Greater security for federal government and public sector organizations as....

Distribution Release: GeckoLinux 152

Monday 20th of July 2020 05:59:35 PM
GeckoLinux is a desktop-oriented distribution based on openSUSE. The project's latest version includes updated desktop environments and enables several third-party software repositories. "GeckoLinux continues to be focused on eliminating pain points and polishing its unique out-of-the-box configuration on top of the stable and flexible openSUSE base. Proprietary media....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 875

Monday 20th of July 2020 12:42:16 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Linux Lite 5.0News: ReactOS hires storage developer, UBports fixes Wi-Fi issues on PinePhone, FreeBSD publishes status report, Debian updates install mediaQuestions and answers: Easy access to VeraCrypt packagesReleased last week: Univention Corporate Server 4.4-5, EndeavourOS 2020.07.15Torrent corner: Archman, Bluestar, EndeavourOS, KaOS, KDE....

Distribution Release: KaOS 2020.07

Saturday 18th of July 2020 10:00:07 PM
KaOS is a rolling release distribution that focuses on one desktop (KDE Plasma) and one toolkit (Qt). The distribution's latest snapshot provides a series of package updates, more configuration options, and additional firmware for wider hardware support. "You will find Plasma 5.19 on this ISO. Highlights of 5.19....

Distribution Release: EndeavourOS 2020.07.15

Wednesday 15th of July 2020 10:11:05 PM
EndeavourOS is a rolling release Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. The project aims to be a spiritual successor to Antergos - providing an easy setup and pre-configured desktop environment on an Arch base. The distribution's latest snapshot introduces some package updates along with some new tools for....

Distribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.4-5

Tuesday 14th of July 2020 05:17:34 PM
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is an enterprise-class distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. The distribution's latest release introduces LDAP improvements and single sign-on features: "The release of version 4.4-5 of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) brings a series of technical innovations for the Single Sign-on of users to applications connected....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 874

Monday 13th of July 2020 12:16:16 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: openSUSE 15.2 LeapNews: CentOS to receive real-time packages, Ubuntu introduces Flutter toolkit, Mint provides upgrade guideQuestions and answers: Exploring alternatives to Flatpak and Snap packagesReleased last week: SparkyLinux 5.12, Clonezilla Live 2.6.7-28, NomadBSD 1.3.2Torrent corner: ArcoLinux, Clonezilla, Endless OS, GParted, KDE neon,....

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Programming: Python, Rust, PHP, C++ and More

  • Python For Loop: Everything You Need to Know

    Loops are one of the essential elements in any programming language, and Python is not an exception to it. Loops are used to repeat a statement or a block of statements multiple times. If there were no concept of loops in programming languages, we have to write each statement again and again for the number of times we want to execute it. Python provides two types of loops to handle looping requirements, i.e., the while loop and the for loop. In this tutorial, we will learn everything about the for loop statement in Python. Before getting started with this tutorial, It is necessary to have Python installed and set up in your environment path. If you don’t have it installed already, refer to our step by step guide to install Python on Linux. The code presented in this tutorial can be run on the python shell, but it is recommended to run the code in a Python IDE. If you don’t have a python IDE installed in your system or want to know which IDE is a better choice to install, you can refer to our guide Top 10 best python IDE compared.

  • NihAV Is An Experimental Multimedia Framework Written In Rust

    NihAV is an experimental multimedia framework written in the Rust programming language. At the moment it's focused on diving into supporting decoders for different formats that lack open-source support right now / not yet reverse engineered, exploring new approaches for conventional multimedia concepts, and other experiments for advancing audio-video frameworks.

  • rra-c-util 8.3

    n this release of my utility library for my other packages, I finally decided to drop support for platforms without a working snprintf. This dates back to the early 2000s and a very early iteration of this package. At the time, there were still some older versions of UNIX without snprintf at all. More commonly, it was buggy. The most common problem was that it would return -1 if the buffer wasn't large enough rather than returning the necessary size of the buffer. Or, in some cases, it wouldn't support a buffer size of 0 and a NULL buffer to get the necessary size.

  • Embedded Programming and Beyond: An Interview with Warren Gay

    Interested in embedded programming? Warren Gay, an Ontario, Canada-based senior programmer, is an excellent resource for professional programmers, students, and makers alike. Here he talks about his new book, FreeRTOS for ESP32-Arduino (Elektor, 2020), and shares insights about FreeRTOS, ESP32, Arduino, embedded technologies, and more. You are sure to find his input informative and inspiring, especially if you plan to work with ESP32 or Arduino in the near future.

  • PHP 7.1 - 8 new features

    In the PHP 7.0 version function declaration accepts a return type, with the release of 7.1 version functions and parameters can return/accept null by prefixing the data type with a question mark(?). if the data type passed as parameter or returned by a function is different from the type specified a TypeError exception will be thrown.

  • Senior Developers don’t know Everything

    For about 20 years, I’ve been doing C++ and Qt and KDE development. I suppose that makes me a “senior software engineer”, also in the sense that I’ve hacked, programmed, futzed, designed, architected, tested, proved-correct, and cursed at a lot of software. But don’t let the label fool you: I look up just as much in the documentation as I ever did; senior developers don’t know everything.

Software and Games: Cloud Hypervisor, Joplin, Kodi, MuseScore, Bashtop, Grounded

  • Intel Cloud-Hypervisor 0.9 Brings io_uring Block Device Support For Faster Performance

    Intel's Cloud Hypervisor focused on being a Rustlang-based hypervisor focused for cloud workloads is closing in on the 1.0 milestone. With this week's release of Cloud-Hypervisor 0.9 there is one very exciting feature in particular but also a lot of other interesting changes. 

  • Joplin

    Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format. Notes exported from Evernote via .enex files can be imported into Joplin, including the formatted content (which is converted to Markdown), resources (images, attachments, etc.) and complete metadata (geolocation, updated time, created time, etc.). Plain Markdown files can also be imported. The notes can be synchronized with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronizing the notes, notebooks, tags and other metadata are saved to plain text files which can be easily inspected, backed up and moved around.

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  • Kodi 19 Alpha 1 Released With AV1 Decoding, Many Other HTPC Improvements

    Kodi 19 "Matrix" Alpha 1 has been released for this very popular, cross-platform open-source HTPC software.  Kodi 19 is bringing many exciting improvements as a major update to this open-source home theater software. 

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  • Scorewriter MuseScore 3.5 Released with Chord Symbol Playback

    MuseScore, free music composition and notation software, released version 3.5 with long list of new features, bug fixes, and other improvements. MuseScore 3.5 contains one of the most requested features: Chord Symbol Playback. The feature is disabled by default so far. You can enable it by going to Edit > Preferences > Note Input.

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  • Bashtop: An Htop Like System Monitor But Much More Useful

    As cool as Htop there is one thing that it's seriously lacking in and that is system monitoring tools, this may not be a problem for you but if you want a system monitor than bashtop is a much better option to choose, it let's you do most of the process management stuff that you want from htop but it comes with things like hard drive usage, network usage and cpu usage statistics. 

  • An Early Look at Grounded

    You’re in control of a child, who looks like he/she hasn’t entered the teenager years just yet. Among four different children — two boys and two girls — they’ve got a big problem: they’ve been shrunk to the size of an insect. Join them in their adventure — either by yourself or with a group of online friends — as they fight to survive in someone’s backyard, trying to build shelters whilst defending against bugs, and figure out why they’ve shrunk in the first place. Enter Grounded, developed by Obsidian Entertainment — the studio that brought us such titles as Pillars of Eternity, The Outer Worlds, and Star Wars: KOTOR2.

Fedora: LTO, Nest and More

  • Fedora 33 Moving Closer To LTO-Optimizing Packages

    Going back to last year Fedora has been working to enable link-time optimizations by default for their packages. That goal wasn't achieved for Fedora 32 but for Fedora 33 this autumn they still have chances of marking that feature off their TODO list.  LTO'ing the Fedora package set can offer not only performance advantages but in some cases smaller binaries as well. This is all about applying the compiler optimizations at link-time on the binary as a whole for yielding often sizable performance benefits and other optimizations not otherwise possible. LTO is great as we often show in benchmarks, especially in the latest GCC and LLVM Clang compilers. 

  • Zamir SUN: Report for session 1 of FZUG @ Nest with Fedora

    Last month, Alick suggested the Fedora Zhongwen User Group (FZUG) can do a online meetup during Nest with Fedora. And based on the survey, people registered for two time slots, the first one is 9:00 PM Saturday evening UTC+8 which is not a good time for Alick, so I take up the coordinating role for this session. As for the tool, we decided to use Jitsi, as it should work fine for most of us and do not have any limitations. What’s more, it’s totally open source. During the meeting, I firstly introduced Nest with Fedora and it’s previous offline version, Flock to Fedora, to the attendees. It’s interesting to see that during the past years, we not only have new users in China, but also new contributors. One attendee shares that his motivation of being a packager is that deploying packages for their research in the lab is cumbersome before. So he decided to package all into Fedora and then he can just simply install them on every machine. It is good to know that people contribute back because they want to solve their own problems. Maybe this can be a talking point to attract more contributors in the future. After the self introduction, we continue by sharing our interesting stores with Linux. That is a lot of fun.

  • Jon Chiappetta: Last piece of relay software needed for my home bridged network

    If you are running a bridged/relayd network with macs on it you may need to also forward the multicast broadcasts (mDNS related) that allow the devices to automatically discover each other. On the WRT wifi client side, there is a pkg called avahi-daemon and you can configure to operate in “reflector” mode to forward these broadcasts across the specified interfaces. Running this service along with the dhcprb C program which takes care of layer 2 arp requests & dhcp gateway forwarding has been pretty smooth so far!

Perl Programming: Exercises and DocKnot Release

  • The [Perl] Weekly Challenge #072

    I am glad, this week focus was more Array/List related. Technical speaking Array and List aren’t the same in Perl. I must admit until I read the article by brian d foy, I thought they were the same. As the famous saying, you learn something new every day.

  • Perl Weekly Challenge 72: One-Liners for Trailing Zeros and Line Ranges

    These are some answers to the Week 72 of the Perl Weekly Challenge organized by Mohammad S. Anwar. Spoiler Alert: This weekly challenge deadline is due in a few hours. This blog post offers some solutions to this challenge, please don’t read on if you intend to complete the challenge on your own.

  • Russ Allbery: DocKnot 3.05

    I keep telling myself that the next release of DocKnot will be the one where I convert everything to YAML and then feel confident about uploading it to Debian, and then I keep finding one more thing to fix to release another package I'm working on. Anyway, this is the package I use to generate software documentation and, in the long run, will subsume my static web site generator and software release workflow. This release tweaks a heuristic for wrapping paragraphs in text documents, fixes the status badge for software with Debian packages to do what I had intended, and updates dependencies based on the advice of Perl::Critic::Freenode.