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  • Red Hat Names Paul Cormier President and Chief Executive Officer   1 day 11 hours ago
    • Red Hat names new CEO

      Open source specialists, Red Hat has announced that Paul Cormier has been appointed as the company’s president and chief executive officer.

      Comier is a long term Red Hat veteran and has previously served as the company’s president of Products and Technologies.

      Comier succeeds Jim White Hurst who will now serve as president of Red Hat’s parent company, IBM.

      In 2019, Red Hat was acquired by US software giant IBM in a $34 billion deal.

      During his time at Red Hat, Cormier has driven more than 25 acquisitions at Red Hat, as the company grew exponentially and expanded beyond its Linux routes.

  • today's leftovers   1 day 11 hours ago
  • Galaxy Chromebook reviews   1 day 11 hours ago
    • Samsung Galaxy Chromebook: Is the Ultimate Chrome OS Platform Worth the Price?

      The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is now available to buy -- but the US$999 price tag for its one-of-a-kind configuration may cause an internal struggle between want and need.

      Samsung introduced its high-end Galaxy Chromebook at CES 2020 in Las Vegas early this year. The company positioned it as the flagship Chromebook to meet potential demand for a more useful and powerful multipurpose premium mobile device.

      The Galaxy Chromebook is an ultra premium 2-in-1 laptop running Google's Chrome OS. It ships with a durable aluminum body, the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, and a 13.3-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) touchscreen.

      The Galaxy Chromebook enters a market packed with laptops that are getting thinner and faster each year. However, its appearance no doubt is ill-timed, given the COVID-19 pandemic. Only time will tell if the Galaxy Chromebook's premium build and high-end specs will make it essential for consumers and businesses.

      The comparative advantage to buying Chromebooks is usually their better battery life and more economical price -- but not so much with this device, which functions as a clamshell laptop and swings into tablet mode via a set of 360-degree hinges.

      Despite the Galaxy Chromebook's stunning aesthetics, Mercury Gray or bold Fiesta Red color options, and packed configuration, it is up against two potentially demanding competitors -- The Google Pixelbook and the Asus Chromebook Flip C436, according to reviewers.

      Should serious Chrome OS users buy into this new unit? Generally speaking, no way, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

      "Serious Chromebook users tend to focus on Web-based processes and applications that don't require a ton of compute power or storage capacity, and have a strong preference for low-cost products with high-quality mobility features," he told TechNewsWorld.

  • Manjaro Linux and TUXEDO Computers launch custom InfinityBook laptop   1 day 11 hours ago
    • Tuxedo InfinityBook Manjaro Announced: High-end Linux Laptop

      Spec-wise the Tuxedo InfinityBook Manjaro has a 15.6″ 1080p screen, 54Wh battery good for up to 12 hours at idle, a slim 19.9mm z-height and a 1.9kg weight. Networking comes from a Realtek gigabit ethernet chip and Intel Wireless-AC 9260, specced for up to 1.73Gbps combined throughput. The wireless card also provides Bluetooth 5.

      Processing and graphics come from either an Intel Core i7-10510U or Core i5-10210U with Intel UHD 620 graphics. Both are 4-core 8-thread 15W chips but the i7 raises cache from 6MB to 8MB, raises base clock from 1.6GHz to 1.8GHz, and raises max turbo from 4.2GHz to 4.9GHz.

      Storage-wise the base configuration is a 250GB M.2 SATA SSD with options for up to a 2TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD, or even a 970 PRO up to 1TB.

  • Security Leftovers   1 day 11 hours ago
    • Linux Foundation backs security-oriented seL4 microkernel operating system

      However, SeL4 can be used, in theory, as a foundation for Linux and other Unix related operating systems. For example, it was briefly considered for use in Richard M. Stallman's still-born Gnu Hurd operating system. Now, with its latest edition and broader support, seL4 may be more broadly deployed.

      This kernel is a member of the L4 microkernel family. SeL4 is a mathematically proven correct, bug-free operating system kernel. It's designed to enforce strong security properties. Data61 claims it's the world's first operating system with such proof. It's also, they say, the only proven operating system featuring fine-grained, capability-based security and high performance. In the real world, it supports mixed criticality real-time systems.

  • Games: NVIDIA, RPG and Gaming on PCLinuxOS   1 day 12 hours ago
    • NVIDIA 440.82 Linux Driver Brings DOOM Eternal Performance Fix, Linux 5.6 Compatibility

      NVIDIA today released the 440.82 Linux binary display driver as their newest stable update in the current 440 driver series.

      The NVIDIA 440.82 Linux driver brings a workaround for DOOM Eternal when running under Steam Play to ensure important resources are placed in vRAM. This important performance workaround has previously been available through NVIDIA's Vulkan beta driver and is now in the stable release given the popularity of DOOM Eternal.

  • Linux 5.7 Features   1 day 12 hours ago
    • Some Older Intel Tablets Finally Seeing Working Touchscreen With Linux 5.7

      While Intel's open-source Linux hardware support is extremely good even in time for launch day of not only for their server / data center products but also desktop and mobile platforms, occasionally there are exceptions. One of the biggest exceptions over the past decade has been the Bay Trail support sometimes taking years to see fixes or finishing up areas of the support. The latest example of this is some Intel Bay Trail and Cherry Trail tablets finally seeing working/reliable touchscreen support on Linux 5.7.

  • Mozilla Firefox 75 Is Now Available for Download, Here’s What’s New   1 day 12 hours ago
    • Keeping Firefox working for you during challenging times

      There’s likely not a single person reading this who hasn’t been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that school and office closings and “shelter in place” orders have taken a toll on many of you and have led to large adjustments in day-to-day routines.

      The team at Firefox is no different. As people have been adjusting to the new normal, our product leadership and release management looked into our teams’ capabilities and new limitations. Based on this, we believe we can maintain our 2020 Firefox release schedule as we navigate this global crisis together.

      Our Firefox staff and contributors are used to working remotely, including doing their tests on remote hardware. We often work with people in different timezones, whose regional culture is different. We’ve built empathy into our systems for handling difficult or unexpected circumstances. These strengths are what allow us to continue to make progress where some of our competitors have had to slow down or stop work.

      We are launching our next release, Firefox 75, today, April 7, as scheduled. We will continue to monitor both internal and external feedback and remain open to making future adjustments.

      We know that this is a time when our users depend on Firefox to provide uninterrupted access to vital government and health services, so we have taken steps to avoid shipping changes that might negatively impact user experience or possibly break these websites.

    • Latest Firefox updates address bar, making search easier than ever

      We have all been spending a lot more time online lately whether it’s for work, helping our kids stay connected to their schools or keeping in touch with loved ones. While connecting is more important than ever as we face this pandemic together, we’ve also been relying on the power of “search” to access information, news and resources through the browser. Today’s Firefox release makes it even easier to get to the things that matter most to you online. Bringing this improved functionality to Firefox is our way of continuing to serve you now and in the future.

      [...]

      With a single click in the address bar, you’ve got access to your most visited sites. And if by chance you have that site already opened in another tab but can’t find it, we’ve highlighted a text shortcut next to it (in teal!) so you can easily jump to that tab rather than going through the gazillion tabs you already have open. This also works for any page you’ve searched, and may not realize you’ve already opened it.

    • Firefox 75: Ambitions for April

      Even in these times of isolation, our engineering teams have adapted, kept focused, and worked hard to bring you another exciting new edition of Firefox. On the developer tools side, you’ll find instant evaluation in the console, evnt breakpoints for WebSockets, and many other things besides. On the web platform side, new additions include HTML lazy loading for images, the CSS min(), max(), and clamp() functions, public static class fields, and additions to Web Animations API support.

  • Foliate Linux GTK eBook Reader 2.0 Released With A Plethora Of Changes   1 day 12 hours ago
    • Foliate, the Best eBook Reader app for Linux, is Now Even Better

      I’ve called Foliate the best eBook reader for Linux desktops in the past and based on the change-log of its latest release, I don’t see that opinion changing.

      Foliate 2.0 is a MASSIVE update to this GTK-based .epub reader. It adds a crop of major new features, including a redesigned interface, new reading options, new navigation behaviour, more control, more choice, more everything.

      For me, the biggest change in Foliate 2.0 is the new distraction-free reading mode. This sees Foliate’s window chrome (GTK header bar and progress bar) auto-hide so that you can focus on reading the contents of .epub (and other supported files) rather than gawking at UI elements.

  • Server: CentOS, MitM, Ceph, Kubernetes and Linux Bashing   1 day 13 hours ago
  • Mozilla Firefox 75 Is Now Available for Download, Here’s What’s New   1 day 13 hours ago
    • Firefox 75.0

      Firefox 75.0 has been released. New features include improvements to the address bar, making search easier, all trusted Web PKI Certificate Authority certificates known to Mozilla will be cached locally, and Firefox is available as a Flatpak. See the release notes for more details.

  • Security Leftovers   1 day 13 hours ago
  • You Can Now Buy a PinePhone Preloaded with Ubuntu Touch   1 day 13 hours ago
    • PINE64 Launches the Linux-based PinePhone UBports Community Edition

      For the most part, if you’re looking for a smartphone, you have two choices; Android or iOS. The iPhone is a single device tightly controlled by Apple. Google’s Android platform offers greater selection and a wider range of prices.

      However, PINE64, a manufacturer of Linux-based hardware, produce the PinePhone. The device is already available in a range of mobile Linux editions. Now, there’s a new addition to the lineup; the PinePhone UBports Community Edition.

      [...]

      UBports is a community of developers contributing to the Ubuntu Touch software, a mobile-friendly port of Ubuntu. The platform inevitably suffers some of the same pitfalls as other alternatives, like the lack of a fully-stocked app store. However, it’s integration with the main Linux distro is a crucial feature.

      For instance, UBports is working on Convergence—the ability to plug your phone into any monitor and expand into desktop mode. To satisfy the Linux faithful, you’ll find a full Ubuntu Terminal available on the phone, along with a host of other open-source apps preinstalled.

      Of course, one of the main draws here is that the UBports Ubuntu Touch is genuinely open-source, rather than the restrictive semi open-source nature of Android. There’s also OpenStore, an app store for third-party developers.

  • Ubuntu 20.04 Beta is Now Available to Download   1 day 13 hours ago
    • What’s New in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

      Ubuntu 20.04 is the latest LTS release of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS comes with a lot of new features and changes. In this article, I am going to talk about these new features and changes. So, let’s get started.

  • Mozilla Firefox 75 Is Now Available for Download, Here’s What’s New   1 day 14 hours ago
    • Mozilla Firefox 75.0 Released with Flatpak Support

      Mozilla Firefox 75.0 was released today. Ubuntu security & updates repositories has published the packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

      Mozilla Firefox 75.0 comes with revamped address bar, which brings clean search experience. On Linux, the behavior when clicking on the Address Bar and the Search Bar changes: a single click selects all without primary selection, a double click selects a word, and a triple click selects all with primary selection.

      The new release also brings official Flatpak support, improves HTTPS compatibility, and various security fixes. See release note for details.

  • Linux 5.7 Features   1 day 14 hours ago
    • Short Topix: Plex Comes Under Fire From Pro-Copyright Group

      Linux Floppy Disk Driver Gets Improvements For 5.7 Kernel

      When was the last time you used a floppy disk?

      Yeah, that's what I thought.

      When was the last time you could even buy a floppy disk?

      Yep. Same thing.

      As much as many think that it's time for floppy disk support to be stripped from the Linux kernel, it's instead getting a breath of new life, sort of. Several months ago, Linus was considering removing floppy disk code from the mainline Linux kernel. After all, who in the world used it any more?

      At the same time, he challenged kernel contributors to update the floppy drive support. Well, someone answered the challenge. The new floppy disk support is supposed to roll out with the Linux 5.7 kernel. This isn't a few minor patches, either. According to an article on Phoronix, the code for Linux's floppy disk code has seen 586 new lines of code, and 613 deletions.

      So, if during this period of self-quarantine you're cleaning out a closet and run across a stash of long-forgotten floppy disks, Linux will have your back ... provided you still have the hardware to read them.

      I have to admit that I have quite a few floppy disks around (and know exactly where they are). I also have a USB-based floppy drive to read them with (which I'm not exactly sure where it's located).

      Some things are just too difficult to give up, I guess.

  • Mozilla Firefox 75 Is Now Available for Download, Here’s What’s New   1 day 16 hours ago
    • Firefox 75 Released With Flatpak Support; Firefox On Wayland Now Has H.264 VA-API And Full WebGL Support

      The Firefox 75 release comes with a revamped address bar (screenshot above) with a clean search experience that's optimized for small laptop screens, with top sites appearing when you select the address. There's also improved readability of search suggestions, with a focus on new search terms.

      Also, when clicking on the address bar and the search bar, the behavior is now the same across Linux, macOS and Windows desktops: a single click selects all without primary selection, a double click selects a word, and a triple click selects all with primary selection (previously this worked differently on Linux).

  • Canonical announces Managed Apps to simplify enterprise cloud operations   1 day 17 hours ago
    • Canonical Joins Cloud Wars: Rolls Out Fully Managed Apache Kafka, Elastic, MongoDB, MySQL, More

      Company “open to any conversation on any open source app that organisations need managed”

      Canonical, the company best known for open source operating system Ubuntu (one of the most widely used OSs in the cloud) has made an unexpectedly aggressive gambit for a broader slice of the managed services pie — it is now offering to manage a wide range of applications including Apache Kafka, MongoDB, MySQL and ElasticSearch.

      The news, announced early this month, catapults Canonical deeper into the “cloud wars”; although it is not offering IaaS in its own data centres, it is offering the SaaS on infrastructure of choice and able to support fully managed applications across AWS, Azure and GCP, the company confirmed to Computer Business Review.

  • Server: CentOS, MitM, Ceph, Kubernetes and Linux Bashing   1 day 17 hours ago
  • GNU MediaGoblin: We’re still here!   1 day 17 hours ago
    • GNU MediaGoblin Announces They Are Still Alive

      One of several GNU projects that have been silent in recent years is MediaGoblin, the effort to provide a free and decentralized web platform for sharing of digital media.

      It's been four years already since the last release of GNU MediaGoblin, which was version 0.9 that offered Python 3 support and better OAuth security and other improvements. Since then this multimedia web platform has been silent.

      But the MediaGoblin crew announced today that they are in fact still working on the project. They acknowledge work has slowed in recent years but have been working towards new features like multi-resolution video, video subtitles, and other improvements and fixes.

  • Linux 5.7 Features   1 day 18 hours ago
    • F2FS Introduces Zstd Compression Support With The Linux 5.7 Kernel

      The Flash-Friendly File-System (F2FS) updates have been sent in for the very active Linux 5.7 kernel.

      Most notable for F2FS in this next version of the Linux kernel is introducing Zstd transparent file-system compression support. LZO and LZ4 also remain available as the existing compression options. LZ4 meanwhile is the new default compression method for F2FS.

  • Mozilla Firefox 75 Is Now Available for Download, Here’s What’s New   1 day 18 hours ago
    • Firefox 75 will respect ‘nosniff’ for Page Loads

      Prior to being able to display a web page within a browser the rendering engine checks and verifies the MIME type of the document being loaded. In case of an html page, for example, the rendering engine expects a MIME type of ‘text/html’. Unfortunately, time and time again, misconfigured web servers incorrectly use a MIME type which does not match the actual type of the resource. If strictly enforced, this mismatch in types would downgrade a users experience. More precisely, the rendering engine within a browser will try to interpret the resource based on the ruleset for the provided MIME type and at some point simply would have to give up trying to display the resource. To compensate, Firefox implements a MIME type sniffing algorithm – amongst other techniques Firefox inspects the initial bytes of a file and searches for ‘Magic-Numbers’ which allows it to determine the MIME type of a file independently of the one set by the server.

  • Mozilla Firefox 75 Is Now Available for Download, Here’s What’s New   1 day 18 hours ago
    • Firefox 75 Released With Flatpak Support, Wayland Improvements

      Mozilla has released Firefox 75.0 as what is a big update for Linux users.

      Firefox 75.0 ships with good Flatpak support as an easier means of deploying the web browser on the Linux desktop.

      Also significant for Firefox 75 on Linux is Firefox on Wayland having full WebGL and working VA-API support as some long overdue improvements.

      Firefox 75.0 also brings a number of search improvements, improved HTTPS compatibility, security fixes, support for the loading attribute on img elements to improve bandwidth/memory efficiency, and various other developer additions.

  • Mozilla Firefox 75 Is Now Available for Download, Here’s What’s New   1 day 18 hours ago
    • Firefox 75 Released, Official Flatpak Build Now Available

      We told you that a Firefox Flatpak build was coming to Flathub, the de-facto Flatpak App Store, a few weeks back. With the release of Firefox 75 the first Firefox Flatpak release is formally available to all.

      Flatpak aside, Linux users of Firefox also benefit from word selection in the address bar and search box that is consistent with macOS and Windows platforms, e.g., a single click selects no words; a double click selects a whole word; a triple click selects all words.

  • Screencasts/Audiocasts/Shows: Ubuntu Kylin 20.04, Linux Headlines, Linux in the Ham Shack and More   1 day 18 hours ago
    • First Look: Ubuntu Kylin’s New Desktop Shell is Shaping Up *Very* Nicely…

      The upcoming release of Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 features a fancy looking new desktop environment, the Qt-based UKUI 3.0.

      UKUI 3.0 is a major retooling of the desktop compared to the MATE-based UKUI desktop you may be familiar with (it’s not a total divorce from MATE as a few MATE-related apps stick along for the ride).

      Below are a series of screenshots that an omg! reader (Lord Tech) kindly sent over. They ably illustrate just how well the fledgling UKUI 3.0 desktop is coming along.

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  • LibreOffice Macro Team: progress report

    Macros help users to automate common tasks in LibreOffice. In September 2019 we announced a new team in our community to work on macro support. A progress report was published in November 2019, so let’s review everything that happened since then. If you are interested in contributing to the macro team (development, testing or documentation), we’d love to hear from you – please send an email to ilmari.lauhakangas@libreoffice.org and we’ll get in touch.

  • Padded numbering in Writer, part 2

    I already posted about the start of padded numbering support in Writer, there the focus was to insert 0 characters to pad up the result to 2 characters. Let’s see how that got extended in the recent past… First, thanks Nicolas Christener who made this work by Collabora possible.

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