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GNOME’s patent-troll counterattack

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 06:18:12 PM

Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC filed a patent suit against the GNOME Foundation in September, asserting a violation in the Shotwell photo manager. GNOME has now gone on the counterattack, questioning the validity of the patent and whether it applies to Shotwell at all. There is also an unspecified counterclaim to strike back against Rothschild. “We want to send a message to all software patent trolls out there — we will fight your suit, we will win, and we will have your patent invalidated. To do this, we need your help.” (Source: LWN)

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Firefox 70 is Here with New Logo, Secure Password Generator + More

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 06:16:55 PM

The release, the latest stable update to the hugely popular open source web browser, features a number of notable improvements and privacy enhancements. Firefox 70 includes a new ‘securely generated password’ option that works in HTML password fields. Rounding out the security and privacy updates, there’s yet more enhanced tracking protection, plus integration with Firefox Lockwise (formerly Lockbox; requires a Firefox account). (Source: OMG! Ubuntu)

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Ikey Doherty Launches Open-Source Focused Game/Software Development Company

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 01:58:16 AM

Well known open-source figure Ikey Doherty who rose to prominence for his work on the Solus Linux distribution and then went on to work on Intel’s Clear Linux project is now having his hand at game engine development. Ikey shared with us that he left Intel back in May to begin his new adventure: Lispy Snake. Lispy Snake is a UK software development firm that at least initially is working on a game engine and games. Given Ikey’s experience, the firm is focused on leveraging open-source technologies. (Source: Phoronix)

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Clear Linux Working On A New Software Store

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 01:56:13 AM

Intel developers are still working on some interesting improvements to Clear Linux itself this quarter on top of keeping up to date with the latest upstream software it packages. For those users of this Intel-optimized rolling-release Linux distribution, Q4’2019 is set to bring more improvements to its installer, Python 2 should finally be cleared out, the user bundles / third-party support looks like it will be ready, and they are even working on a new alternative to GNOME Software that will be focused on their bundles packaging architecture. (Source: Phoronix)

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Proper Linux Screen Sharing Coming to Chromium & Electron Apps like Discord

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 01:46:14 AM

There’s some good news for multi-monitor Linux users fed up at not being able to share a specific screen in apps like Google Meet and Discord. A patch to add ‘screen enumeration’ to the Chromium browser is currently pending merge upstream. Once this fix is accepted Chromium and Chromium-based apps (like Discord) will finally support full screen sharing on Linux in a manner similar to that on Windows and macOS. Not being a multi-monitor user, or someone who shares their screen often, I wasn’t aware of this particular limitation until recently. (Source: OMG! Ubuntu)

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Disney+ Won’t Work on Linux

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 01:43:14 AM

If you plan to get Disney+ with the hopes of using it on a Chromebook, Linux computer, or some Android streaming players, you may be out of luck. Sadly, early testing in the Netherlands has shown Disney+ does not work on these devices. Disney has set its DRM (Digital Rights Management) to a very high level to help prevent piracy. Disney uses a DRM system created by Google called Widevine. The Widevine system has three different levels of security, and Disney has set their level of security all the way up to 1 according to Hasdegoede who first reported this and Cord Cutters News has later confirmed. Sadly many devices including Chromebooks and Linux do not support level 1 Widevine as their support stops at level 3. (Source: Cord Cutter News)

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Samsung Kills ‘Linux On DeX’

Monday 21st of October 2019 05:34:38 PM

Samsung has reportedly sent out emails to a relatively small number of its customers that it’s shutting down the Linux on DeX (aka Linux on Galaxy) beta program. The South Korean company warned users that it would no longer provide support for the program for future operating systems and devices. (Source: TFiR)

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Wine 4.18 Released With Many Bug Fixes

Friday 18th of October 2019 09:37:34 PM

While three weeks have passed since the previous Wine development release compared to the usual two-week cadence, Wine 4.18 is out today and isn’t too busy on the feature front but there are more than three dozen bug fixes. The delay and Wine 4.18 not being particularly big appear to be due to WineConf taking place last week in Toronto keeping many of the developers busy. New Wine 4.18 feature work includes implementing more VBScript functions, cleanups/improvements to the Apple macOS Quartz code, and fixes for test case failures. (Phoronix)

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Mirantis Partners With OpenStack Foundation to Support Upgraded COA Exam

Friday 18th of October 2019 09:05:19 PM

Mirantis announced today that it is providing resources to the OpenStack Foundation, including becoming the new administrators of the upgraded Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) exam. (Mirantis)

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Unpatched Linux bug may open devices to serious attacks over Wi-Fi

Friday 18th of October 2019 12:40:53 AM

A potentially serious vulnerability in Linux may make it possible for nearby devices to use Wi-Fi signals to crash or fully compromise vulnerable machines, a security researcher said. The flaw is located in the RTLWIFI driver, which is used to support Realtek Wi-Fi chips in Linux devices. The vulnerability triggers a buffer overflow in the Linux kernel when a machine with a Realtek Wi-Fi chip is within radio range of a malicious device. At a minimum, exploits would cause an operating-system crash and could possibly allow a hacker to gain complete control of the computer. The flaw dates back to version 3.10.1 of the Linux kernel released in 2013. (Arstechnica)

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Microsoft Announces Open Source Dapr

Thursday 17th of October 2019 09:19:38 PM

Dapr is an open source, portable, event-driven runtime that makes it easy for developers to build resilient, microservice stateless and stateful applications that run on the cloud and edge. Dapr embraces the diversity of all programming languages and developer frameworks and simplifies building applications such as the e-commerce example. (Microsoft)

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Ubuntu 19.10 arrives with edge capabilities for Kubernetes

Thursday 17th of October 2019 11:17:24 AM

Following 25 weeks of development, Canonical today released Ubuntu 19.10. Highlights include new edge capabilities for Kubernetes, an integrated AI developer experience, and the fastest GNOME desktop performance yet. You can download Ubuntu 19.10 from here. (VentureBeat)

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Fedora at 15: Why Matthew Miller sees a bright future for the Linux distribution

Thursday 17th of October 2019 02:09:52 AM

Fedora project leader Matthew Miller discusses lessons learned from the past, future architectural changes, as well as hot-button topics, including systemd. In a wide-ranging interview with TechRepublic, Fedora project leader Matthew Miller discussed lessons learned from the past, popular adoption and competing standards for software containers, potential changes coming to Fedora, as well as hot-button topics, including systemd. (TechRepublic)

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Red Hat OpenShift 4.2 Delivers New Developer Client Tools

Thursday 17th of October 2019 02:05:11 AM

Red Hat has introduced the latest version of its enterprise Kubernetes platform. According to the company, Red Hat OpenShift 4.2 aims to make cloud-native technologies easier to use and more accessible for developers via capabilities that automate the set-up and management of Kubernetes environments. This enables developers to focus on building the next-generation of enterprise applications without requiring deep Kubernetes expertise. (TFiR)

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The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codename Has Been Revealed

Thursday 17th of October 2019 01:46:25 AM

The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS codename has been revealed on Launchpad, home of Ubuntu development. Following Ubuntu 19.10 ‘Eoan Ermine’, the next version of Ubuntu will, as expected, be based around the letter “F”. But it’s not going to be Feral Ferret, Famous Fox or Finicky Falcon. No, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is codenamed the “Focal Fossa“. (OMG! Ubuntu)

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Google launches the $649 Pixelbook Go Chromebook

Wednesday 16th of October 2019 08:33:44 AM

At its annual hardware event, Google today announced the launch of the Pixelbook Go, the latest iteration of its first-party Chromebook lineup. Starting at $649, the Pixelbook Go marks a return to the standard laptop format after last year’s Pixelbook with a 180-degree hinge and the Pixel Slate 2-in-1. (TechCrunch)

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Databricks brings its Delta Lake project to the Linux Foundation

Wednesday 16th of October 2019 08:26:13 AM

Databricks, the big data analytics service founded by the original developers of Apache Spark, today announced that it is bringing its Delta Lake open-source project for building data lakes to the Linux Foundation and under an open governance model. The company announced the launch of Delta Lake earlier this year and even though it’s still a relatively new project, it has already been adopted by many organizations and has found backing from companies like Intel, Alibaba and Booz Allen Hamilton. (TechCrunch)

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Linux Sudo bug opens root access to unauthorized users

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 11:17:06 AM

Sudo, the main command in Linux that allows users to run tasks, has been found to have a vulnerability that allows unauthorized users to execute commands as a root user. The vulnerability, known as CVE-2019-14287, does require a nonstandard configuration but nonetheless does open the door to unauthorized users. (SiliconAngle)

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Red Hat CFO ‘Dismissed’ From Company

Monday 14th of October 2019 02:42:02 PM

Red Hat Inc.’s finance chief Eric Shander has been dismissed from the company, forfeiting a $4 million retention award that was agreed to ahead of Red Hat’s acquisition by International Business Machines Corp. The Raleigh, N.C.-based software company confirmed late Thursday that Mr. Shander was no longer working at Red Hat. “Eric was dismissed without pay in connection with Red Hat’s workplace standards,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement. (WSJ)

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OpenSUSE’s OBS Can Now Spin Windows Subsystem for Linux Images

Monday 14th of October 2019 02:37:05 PM

The openSUSE’s Open Build Service (OBS) has been picking up the ability to build Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) images for those wishing to craft their own WSL distribution or just rebuild openSUSE from source as a reproducible/verifiable build. The complexity with spinning openSUSE WSL images in OBS is the appx files that need to be assembled, which they have relied upon using Microsoft Visual Studio from a Windows machine. But now in making use of the MinGW cross-toolchain they are generating the necessary appx files directly on Linux. (Phoronix)

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