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  • Canonical Doubles Down on Raspberry Pi Support, Promises New Tools and Services   16 min 3 sec ago
    • Canonical To Bring New Tools And Ubuntu Linux Support For Raspberry Pi

      With the release of Ubuntu 19.10, Canonical announced the official support roadmap for Raspberry Pi single-board computers. Not just v19.10, Raspberry Pi also supports the long-term release of Ubuntu 18.04.4.

      Along the same lines, Canonical has shared a new Ubuntu Raspberry Pi support roadmap to further strengthen their relationship. They now plan to bring in new tools, services and default official support for the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

  • This 5G smartphone comes with Android, Linux - and a keyboard. Back to the future with the Astro Slide   24 min 56 sec ago
    • This 5G Phone Runs Linux and Doubles as a Tiny Laptop with a Physical Keyboard

      The so-called Astro Slide looks retro but feels modern. Despite the PDA-like appearance, the device is essentially a 5G smartphone that can double as a laptop thanks to a small physical keyboard.

      In terms of hardware, the Astro Slide comes with the essential feature package to let you stay productive on the go. It’s powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 octa-core SoC and obviously comes with a 5G chip specifically optimized for what the parent company says improved signal with reduced power consumption.

  • This 5G smartphone comes with Android, Linux - and a keyboard. Back to the future with the Astro Slide   10 hours 24 min ago
    • Astro Slide is Part Smartphone, Part PDA with Support for Linux

      Now, i’m generally wary of mentioning anything that is crowdfunded — and that goes double when it’s hawked on the oasis of overpromise that is IndieGoGo.

      But Planet Computers, the company angling to animate this ode to early 00s technology, have a track record in this area. Not only have they run successful crowdfunding campaigns before, but they’ve also nailed the hard bit: actually shipping products to backers.

  • WireGuard 1.0.0 for Linux 5.6 Released   12 hours 38 min ago
    • Linux's WireGuard VPN is here and ready to protect you

      Linus Torvalds has released the newest version of the Linux 5.6. It includes many new and neat features like USB4 support, a fix for the 32-bit Epoch problem, multi-path TCP, and numerous driver patches. The biggest news of all s that Linux now has the popular open-source Virtual Private Network (VPN) WireGuard baked in.

      WireGuard is a radical new approach to VPNs. With its minimal codebase -- about 4,000 lines of code -- it's much easier to debug and secure than its rivals such as OpenVPN with its over 100,000 lines.

      Torvalds himself loves WireGuard for its simplicity. Long before he incorporated WireGuard into Linux, Tovalids said "Can I just once again state my love for it and hope it gets merged soon? Maybe the code isn't perfect, but I've skimmed it, and compared to the horrors that are OpenVPN and IPSec, it's a work of art."

  • WireGuard 1.0.0 for Linux 5.6 Released   14 hours 57 min ago
    • WireGuard VPN makes it to 1.0.0—and into the next Linux kernel

      We've been anticipating WireGuard's inclusion into the mainline Linux kernel for quite some time—but as of Sunday afternoon, it's official. Linus Torvalds released the Linux 5.6 kernel, which includes (among other things) an in-tree WireGuard. Phoronix has a great short list of the most interesting new features in the 5.6 kernel, as well as a longer "everything list" for those who want to make sure they don't miss anything.

  • Turn Your Regular TV into a Smart TV With KDE Plasma Bigscreen   14 hours 59 min ago
    • KDE Developers Are Working on a TV Interface

      The developers of the KDE desktop are hard at work to create a TV interface.

      Never one to remain stagnant, the developers of the KDE desktop are hard at work creating what they have dubbed “Plasma Bigscreen.” This new project has one goal – to develop a user interface aimed at television screens.

      This new interface will also integrate with the open source Mycroft AI voice assistant to create a smart TV platform that will include full voice control and can be expanded with Mycroft “skills.” The platform will be free, open source, innovative, and community supported. Out of the box, Big Plasma will include some simple skills, such as the Youtube Voice Application, which allows users to interact with Youtube via voice command.

      Plasma Bigscreen will also include the Aura Browser, based on the QtWebEngine. This browser has been designed to work completely with arrow key navigation, so you won’t need a mouse to control the app (just your remote). In fact, the entire Plasma Bigscreen interface is intended to be easily used via remote control, and includes experimental support for HDMI-CEC (HDMI Consumer Electronics Control).

  • Linux 5.6   15 hours 3 min ago
  • Linux 5.6   15 hours 38 min ago
  • Debian To Take On COVID-19 With A Biohackathon   15 hours 42 min ago
    • Debian @ COVID-19 Biohackathon (April 5-11, 2020)
      Dear Debian Community,
      There will be an virtual (online) COVID-19 Biohackathon from April 5-11,
      2020 and the Debian Med team invite you help us improve biomedical FOSS
      and the tools/libraries that support those projects.
      Most tasks do not require any knowledge of biology or medicine, and all
      types of contributions are welcome: bug triage, testing, documentation,
      CI, translations, packaging, and code contributions.
      1. Debian related bugs are viewable at [covid19-bugs]
      2. Software awaiting packaging is listed at [covid-19-packages], please
      respond to the RFP with your intent so we don't duplicate work
      3. You can also contribute directly to the upstream packages, linked
      from the Debian Med COVID-19 task page at [covid-19-packages]. Note:
      many biomedical software packages are quite resource limited, even
      compared to a typical FOSS project. Please be kind to the upstream
      author/maintainers and realize that they may have limited resources to
      review your contribution. Triaging open issues and opening pull requests
      to fix problems is likely to be more useful than nitpicking their coding
      4. Architectures/porting: Please focus on amd64, as it is the primary
      architecture for biomedical software. A secondary tier would be arm64 /
      ppc64el / s390x (but beware the endian-related issues on s390x). From a
      free/open hardware perspective it would be great to see more riscv64
      support, but that is not a priority right now
      5. The Debian Med team is also trying to improve the availability of
      automated biomedical pipelines/workflows [robust-workflows] using the
      Common Workflow Language open standard. The reference implementation of
      CWL is written in Python and there are many open issues ready for work
      that don't require any biomedical background [cwltool-issues]
      6. It is very easy to contribute to Debian Med team. We have a lowNMU
      policy for all our packages. Merge requests on Salsa are usually
      processed quickly (but please ping some of the latest Uploaders of the
      package to make sure it will be noticed). Even better if you ask for
      membership to the team and push directly to the salsa repository.
      7. The [debian-med-team-policy] should answer all questions how to
      The main COVID-19 biohackathon is being organized at [covid-19-bh20] and
      for Debian's participation we are using [salsa-covid-19-bh20]
      Michael R. Crusoe on behalf of the Debian-Med team
      (and Andreas Tille on behalf of Michael R. Crusoe ;-) )
  • Debian To Take On COVID-19 With A Biohackathon   15 hours 51 min ago
    • Debian Linux readies an anti-coronavirus hack-a-thon

      Open-source programmers and engineers have been working on a wide variety of projects to beat coronavirus. These range from hospital management programs to speeding up drug development to building inexpensive ventilators. Now, Debian Linux, one of the oldest and largest Linux distribution communities, is throwing its programming resources into beating COVID-19.

      The Debian Med team is inviting programmers to a virtual COVID-19 Biohackathon from April 5-11, 2020. The Debian Med team wants your help in improving free and open-source biomedical software programs, tools and libraries.

  • Linux 5.6   19 hours 3 min ago
    • Linux 5.6 Kernel released with Nvidia RTX 20 graphics support

      The Linux 5.6 Kernel was released this weekend. The popular alternative OS kernel includes some important new features and changes, as well a broader support for modern PC hardware like Nvidia RTX20 and AMD Navi series GPUs. However, in his announcement of the release, Linus Torvalds indicated that progress towards the next release could be impacted by Covid-19.

      Linux specialist site Phoronix characterises the Linux 5.6-rc1 test release kernel as "simply huge," being stuffed with new and improved features for end-users. HEXUS readers might be particularly interested in the raft of new CPUs and GPUs supported in this release but there is a lot more to discuss, as you will see if you read on.

  • This 5G smartphone comes with Android, Linux - and a keyboard. Back to the future with the Astro Slide   19 hours 6 min ago
    • The Astro Slide is a 5G PDA that runs Android 10 and Linux

      First of all, the new Pocket Computers device rocks 5G out of the box, thanks to MediaTek’s latest flagship processor, the Dimensity 1000. The Astro Slide also comes with Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and NFC connectivity.

      Secondly, the full QWERTY keyboard has a novel “RockUp” hinge mechanism. You slide-out the backlit-keyboard entirely from underneath the screen to create a tiny laptop. If you’re into adding physical keyboards to smartphones, this is possibly the best compromise.

  • This 5G smartphone comes with Android, Linux - and a keyboard. Back to the future with the Astro Slide   19 hours 55 min ago
  • Linux 5.6   20 hours 51 min ago
    • Linux 5.6 is out with USB4 and GeForce RTX GPU support, plus much more

      A new Linux Kernel version 5.6 has been officially released with some important changes including the addition of support for USB4, and GeForce RTX 2000 series graphics cards with the Nouveau driver.

      Yes, Turing GPU support has arrived with the open source Nouveau driver, along with the proprietary firmware images, as reports. However, don’t get too excited, as re-clocking doesn’t work yet (getting the GPU to operate at stock clocks), and other important pieces of the puzzle are missing (like no Vulkan support with Nouveau).

  • GNU Linux-libre 5.6-gnu (GNU Health for all)   21 hours 13 min ago
    • GNU Linux-Libre 5.6 Kernel Is Out for Those Who Seek 100% Freedom for Their PCs

      Less than a day after the release of the Linux 5.6 kernel series, the GNU Linux-libre project announced the general availability of the GNU Linux-libre 5.6 kernel.

      The aim of the GNU Linux-libre project is to provide the GNU/Linux community with a version of the upstream Linux kernel that’s 100% free. Therefore, the GNU Linux-libre 5.6 kernel is a 100% free version of the Linux 5.6 kernel, shipping only with free and open source drivers.

      GNU Linux-Libre 5.6 kernel deblobs three new drivers that have been included in the Linux 5.6 kernel series, namely AMD Trusted Execution Environment, ATH11K WiFi, and Mediatek SCP remoteproc Additionally, it also cleans up the Nouveau, AMDGPU, and AMD PSP drivers.

  • Linux 5.6   22 hours 19 min ago
    • Linux 5.6 Ships With Broken Intel WiFi Driver After Network Security Fixes Go Awry

      For those that are normally spinning their own kernels and punctually upgrading to new releases, you will want to hold off on the new Linux 5.6 kernel for the moment if you use the Intel "IWLWIFI" WiFi driver.

      Landing in the kernel right ahead of the Linux 5.6 release were a set of mac80211 security fixes sent in by Intel's Johannes Berg. Those fixes in turn broke the IWLWIFI driver that supports Intel's current wireless chipsets on Linux.

  • Linux 5.6   22 hours 26 min ago
    • Linux Kernel 5.6 Officially Released with Built-In WireGuard Support

      Despite all of the coronavirus challenges we’re facing these days, Linus Torvalds announced the release of the Linux 5.6 kernel series, the first to ship with built-in WireGuard support.

      Development of Linux kernel 5.6 kicked off in early February with the first Release Candidate, but it wasn’t affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Seven weeks and RCs later, the final release of the Linux 5.6 kernel is here with a plethora of goodies.

      WireGuard is now built into the kernel and all future kernels will ship with it


      Of course, there are also numerous new and updated kernels, along with lots of improvements for various components. This makes Linux kernel 5.6 a worthy upgrade for most GNU/Linux distributions.

      However, Linux 5.6 isn’t yet ready for mainstream use because it’s still marked as a “mainline” kernel on the website, from where you can also download the source tarball if you’re eager to try it on your machine.

      The rest of the world should wait for the first point release, Linux kernel 5.6.1, before upgrading. With this, the two-weeks merge window for the Linux 5.7 kernel series is now officially open, and Linus Torvalds hopes the coronavirus outbreak won’t affect its development cycle.

  • Linux 5.6   22 hours 45 min ago
    • Linux Kernel 5.6 Released With Plenty Of New Features

      The boss of the Linux, Linus Torvalds has released Linux Kernel 5.6. One of the biggest features or improvements that you might see in Linux Kernel 5.6 is that it has a solution for the Year 2038 Problem which means that you can now run your 32-bit system beyond Jan 19, 2038.

      The new kernel also has support for WireGuard VPN, Server-to-server copy for NFSD, Intel Virtual Bus, Qualcomm, Experimental F2FS file compression support, USB4, Amazon Echo speaker and open-source NVIDIA RTX 2000 series.

  • Linux 5.6   22 hours 46 min ago
    • Linux 5.6 Release – Main Changes, Arm, MIPS & RISC-V Architectures

      Some of those changes are said to allow booting a buildroot-based system on QEMU’s virt board.

      For the full list of commit messages, you can check out the changelog generated with the command git log v5.5..v5.6 --stat. KernelNewbies website should also soon have a Linux 5.6 changelog.

  • This 5G smartphone comes with Android, Linux - and a keyboard. Back to the future with the Astro Slide   1 day 32 min ago
    • Astro Slide 5G Transformer Smartphone Comes with a Slide-out Keyboard, MediaTek Dimensity 1000 SoC (Crowdfunding)

      Planet Computers has introduced several smartphones with physical keyboards over the last few years including Gemini PDA and Cosmo Communicator with the later recently received its promised Debian Linux images besides just running Android 9.0.

      The company is now back with the new model. Powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 processor, Astro Slide 5G Transformer supports 5G connectivity and comes with a slide-out keyboard following on the steps of the company’s previous smartphones.

  • Linux 5.6   1 day 1 hour ago
    • Linux Kernel 5.6 Officially Released

      Torvalds says in the official announcement that the development of the next kernel update is unlikely to be impacted substantially by the new coronavirus outbreak, as most engineers are typically working from home anyway.

      However, he does admit that a slowdown is expected due to social distancing and the pandemic.

  • Linux 5.6   1 day 6 hours ago
    • 'Social distancing champ' Linus Torvalds releases Linux 5.6, tells devs to put health before next release

      Linux overseer Linus Torvalds given the world version 5.6 of the Linux kernel, and been given the title “social distancing champ”.

      The latter accolade came from his daughter. But he’s tried to live the values it implies by telling the Linux community not to stress about the pace of kernel development.

      “I haven't really seen any real sign of kernel development being impacted by all the coronavirus activity - I suspect a lot of us work from home even normally,” he wrote.

      “I'm currently going by the assumption that we'll have a fairly normal 5.7 release, and there doesn't seem to be any signs saying otherwise, but hey, people may have better-than-usual reasons for missing the merge window,” he added.

  • Linux 5.6   1 day 10 hours ago
    • Linux 5.6 Kernel Released With WireGuard, USB4, New AMD + Intel Hardware Support

      Linus Torvalds just announced the release of the Linux 5.6 stable kernel a few minutes ago. This also means the Linux 5.7 merge window is now open for business.

    • The 5.6 kernel has been released

      Linus has released the 5.6 kernel.

      Some of the headline features in this release include Arm EOPD support, time namespaces, the BPF dispatcher and batched BPF map operations (both described in this article), the openat2() system call, the WireGuard virtual private network implementation, the flow queue PIE packet scheduler, nearly complete year-2038 support, many new io_uring features, the pidfd_getfd() system call, the ZoneFS filesystem, the ability to implement TCP congestion-control algorithms in BPF, the dma-buf heaps subsystem, and the removal of the /dev/random blocking pool.

      See the LWN merge-window summaries (part 1 and part 2) and the (under construction) KernelNewbies 5.6 page for more details.

  • Changelog: Nitrux 1.2.7   1 day 12 hours ago

  • Git 2.26.0   1 day 13 hours ago
    • Git 2.26 fetches faster by default

      With the recent release of Git 2.26, the open source distributed version control system uses version 2 of Git’s network fetch protocol by default.

      This protocol, introduced in 2018, addresses a problem with the old protocol, whereby a server would immediately list all of the branches, tags, and other references in the repository before the client could send anything. Use of the old protocol could mean sending megabytes of extra data for some repositories, even when the client only wanted to know about the master branch.


      New config options, including the ability to use wildcards when matching credential URLs. Git config options can be set for all connections or only connections to specific URLs.

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