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Story Linux on Dex comes to Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Tab S5e Rianne Schestowitz 7 23/04/2019 - 12:30pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 23/04/2019 - 12:05pm
Story Strawberry Released for Sparky Linux, feren OS 2019.04 in Review Roy Schestowitz 23/04/2019 - 11:46am
Story OSS Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 23/04/2019 - 11:43am
Story Ubuntu: 5 Reasons to Upgrade, Sophia Sanles-Luksetich Interview, Ubuntu on Neural Compute Stick and Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Roy Schestowitz 23/04/2019 - 10:46am
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2019 - 10:46am
Story Debian Project Leader Election 2019 Results (Sam Hartman Won) Roy Schestowitz 2 23/04/2019 - 10:30am
Story howtos and programming leftovers Roy Schestowitz 23/04/2019 - 9:36am
Story Android Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 23/04/2019 - 9:19am
Story Software: Business Intelligence (BI), Bandwidth Monitoring Tools, ledger2beancount and Fractal, a Matrix Client for GNOME Roy Schestowitz 23/04/2019 - 9:15am

11 Great Free Linux Foreign Language Tools

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Learning a new language can provide life changing opportunities and enjoyment. There are so many reasons to learn a foreign language whatever your nationality, to improve employment potential, intellectual curiosity, make travel more enjoyable, sharpen cognitive and life skills, make lifelong friends, and many more. While it is widely acknowledged that it is easier to begin learning a second language at a tender age, starting a new language at any age is eminently worthwhile.

There’s a good selection of traditional materials and tools available to assist with language studies, such as language courses, grammar books, dictionaries, phrasebooks, and electronic translators. However, there are real benefits in using the latest technology to quicken the pace of learning. Online lessons and computer software are two popular ways of immersing yourself in learning a foreign language. They are the best alternative to actually staying in a country where the language is spoken by the general population.

There is an extensive amount of open source computer software to help individuals learn a foreign language. We have identified the best of breed open source Linux software to make language acquisition fun, enjoyable, and a stimulating way of learning. These applications offer the opportunity to radically improve your life.

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KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 67

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If you’re celebrating Easter, we’ve got a gift for you: week 67 in KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative!

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Debian Project Leader Election 2019 Results (Sam Hartman Won)

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The winner of the election is Sam Hartman.

The details of the results are available at:

Stats for the DPL votes:
|      |  Num |        | Valid | Unique | Rejects |      % |  Multiple |
| Year |  DDs | Quorum | Votes | Voters |         | Voting | of Quorum |
| 1999 |  347 | 27.942 |       |    208 |         | 59.942 |   7.44399 |
| 2000 |  347 | 27.942 |       |    216 |         | 62.248 |   7.73030 |
| 2001 |   ?? |     ?? |       |    311 |         |        |           |
| 2002 |  939 | 45.965 |   509 |    475 |     122 | 50.586 |  10.33395 |
| 2003 |  831 | 43.241 |   510 |    488 |     200 | 58.724 |  11.28559 |
| 2004 |  908 | 45.200 |   506 |    482 |      52 | 53.084 |  10.66372 |
| 2005 |  965 | 46.597 |   531 |    504 |      69 | 52.228 |  10.81615 |
| 2006 |  972 | 46.765 |   436 |    421 |      41 | 43.313 |   9.00246 |
| 2007 | 1036 | 48.280 |   521 |    482 |     267 | 46.525 |   9.98343 |
| 2008 | 1075 | 49.181 |   425 |    401 |      35 | 37.302 |   8.15356 |
| 2009 | 1013 | 47.741 |   366 |    361 |      43 | 35.636 |   7.56155 |
| 2010 |  886 | 44.648 |   459 |    436 |      88 | 49.210 |   9.76513 |
| 2011 |  911 | 45.274 |   402 |    392 |      93 | 43.030 |   8.65836 |
| 2012 |  948 | 46.184 |   436 |    403 |      72 | 42.511 |   8.72589 |
| 2013 |  988 | 47.149 |   402 |    390 |      73 | 39.474 |   8.27170 |
| 2014 | 1003 | 47.505 |   412 |    401 |      61 | 39.980 |   8.44117 |
| 2015 |  986 | 47.101 |   364 |    353 |      39 | 35.801 |   7.49454 |
| 2016 | 1023 | 47.977 |   286 |    282 |      74 | 27.566 |   5.87787 |
| 2017 | 1062 | 48.882 |   327 |    322 |      57 | 30.320 |   6.58729 |
| 2018 | 1001 | 47.457 |   343 |    333 |      53 | 33.266 |   7.01674 |
| 2019 | 1003 | 47.505 |   389 |    378 |      59 | 37.687 |   7.95701 |

Kurt Roeckx
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Also: DPL elections 2019, congratulations Sam Hartman!

Reference: Debian Project Leader Elections 2019

Phoronix: Sam Hartman Is Debian's Newest Project Leader, Aims To "Keep Debian Fun"

Old: People behind Debian: Sam Hartman, Kerberos package maintainer

Ubuntu Studio 18.04 Extended Support

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Back in April 2018, Ubuntu Studio 18.04 was released as a non-LTS (Long-Term Support) version, which limited its support cycle to end January 2019. This was due to a number of factors, from the involvement of the team members at the time to the number of team members.

In January 2019, the team came up with the idea for a Backports PPA of certain software to eliminate certain bugs and update the main packages (the ones that make Ubuntu Studio what it is). It was officially announced in February 2019.

As such, the Ubuntu Studio team no longer supports Ubuntu Studio 18.04 unless the Ubuntu Studio Backports PPA is added. Adding the Ubuntu Studio Backports PPA increases the support length of Ubuntu Studio 18.04 to 3 years total, with support ending in April 2021.

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Games: Capcom's FOSS Anomaly and 'Interrogation' Coming to GNU/Linux

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  • Capcom Home Arcade is a plug-and-play arcade stick with 16 games

    Capcom is getting in on the “classic” game bandwagon, announcing the Capcom Home Arcade, a €229.99 plug-and-play arcade system featuring support for two players and including 16 classic titles. If that price seems high to you, relative to emulator-based offerings from Nintendo, or even the FPGA-based solutions from Analogue, then ... you’d be right. In exchange for roughly $260, you do get genuine Sanwa joystick parts, and emulation courtesy of the well-respected, open source FB Alpha emulator.

  • The Emulator In Capcom's Home Arcade Is Stirring Controversy

    Its website markets the Capcom Home Arcade as an “authentic gaming” experience, in part because it utilizes the original arcade ROMs for games like Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting and Alien Vs. Predator and runs them with FB Alpha, an arcade emulator known for its snappy response times. As those in the emulation community were quick to point out, however, FB Alpha is open-source, and distributed under a license that strictly forbids people from trying to profit off of it.

  • Interrogation reveals 2019 release for Windows, Mac and Linux

    Getting a criminal suspect to crack under pressure isn't nearly as easy as TV makes it look. In indie Romanian developer Critique Gaming's upcoming Interrogation, players will find that out firsthand, needing all their conversational wiles if they're to bring down a growing terrorist organization.

Security: Windows, Marcus Hutchins, Phishing, OpenVPN, DARPA, DINSIC

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  • The latest Windows patch is breaking even more PCs with antivirus installed

    Earlier this week we reported that Microsoft halted updates to Windows PCs running Sophos and Avast’s security solutions, following user complaints that their machines were locking up or failing to boot. Since then, the list of known issues for the rogue update was itself updated to acknowledge compatibility issues with Avira and ArcaBit antivirus installed, with Microsoft temporarily blocking updates to those affected systems, too. Today, Ars Technica noticed that Microsoft is investigating compatibility issues for systems with McAfee antivirus installed, though it hasn’t started blocking the April 9 update from those PCs just yet.

  • ‘WannaCry Hero’ Marcus Hutchins Pleads Guilty to Making Banking Malware [iophk: "It looks like they squeezed malware tech with a “plea bargain”. So I would take reports of a guilty plea with a large grain of salt. They probably threatened him with 1000s of years in prison as an alternative. The plea “deal” is not mentioned in the summary, thus misleading the public about the situation."]

    Marcus Hutchins, a security researcher known for helping stop the destructive WannaCry ransomware, plead guilty to hacking crimes on Friday.

    Hutchins was accused of writing a banking malware called Kronos in 2014, after he finished high school. The researcher was arrested in Las Vegas after attending the hacker conference Def Con in 2017. Days later, he plead not guilty in a Milwaukee courtroom. He was scheduled to be tried this summer.

  • Google will begin to block sign-ins from embedded browser frameworks in June

    Phishing — schemes to nab personal data with disguised malicious webpages and emails — constituted more than 70% of all cyber attacks in 2016, according to a Verizon report. In an effort to combat them, Google last year announced it would require users to enable JavaScript during Google Account sign-in so that it could run attack-detecting risk assessments, and today, the company said it’ll begin to block all sign-ins from embedded browser frameworks like Chromium Embedded Framework starting in June.

  • A deeper look into OpenVPN: Security vulnerabilities

    OpenVPN is the backbone of online security. It is supported in many popular virtual private network (VPN) providers such as NordVPN and ExpressVPN, and continues to receive frequent updates well into its 17th year in operation.

    It’s an unwritten rule of information technology, however, that popular security protocols will attract the largest contingent of hackers. As OpenVPN is open source, it is therefore much easier for hackers to locate and exploit security vulnerabilities within the software design.

    Nevertheless, the value of the open-source model is that it promotes open collaboration, thus encouraging other programmers to suggest changes to the design. This way, security vulnerabilities can be communicated directly to the developers, who then have the option to patch the software and eliminate the vulnerability.

  • DARPA’s New/Old Plan for a Hack-Proof Voting Machine

    The Pentagon’s top research arm is working to build a hack-proof voting machine by combining something brand new with something old – specifically, secure open-source hardware and software using advanced cryptography on one end, and good old paper on the other.

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently awarded the tech company Galois a $10 million contract for the project, which grew out of a broader agency project to remedy hardware vulnerabilities, the snappily named SSITH, for System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware.

    Galois, which focuses on ensuring the trustworthiness of hardware and software, will design the system, which will start with a different approach used by established voting machine makers, who have come under criticism over the vulnerabilities in their systems, Motherboard reported. For one, it will use open-source software, rather than the proprietary systems used by companies such as Election Systems & Software. It also will use open-source hardware, built from designs developed under the SSITH program.

  • New Attacks (and Old Attacks Made New)

    This is shown again in Fortinet's latest Global Threat Landscape Report for the fourth quarter of 2018, where we reported that exploits that targeted individual organizations — often variations of existing malware or the misuse of FOSS (free/open source software) security tools — continue to grow at a rapid pace: 10% over the quarter, while the number of unique exploits they experienced increased by 5%. This suggests that, despite some reports suggesting that malicious actors follow the same work routines as their victims, cybercriminals didn't take much of a break over the holidays. And as you would expect, all of this malware — especially botnets — is becoming more complex and harder to detect.

  • Security flaw in French government messaging app exposed confidential conversations

    Tchap wasn’t built from scratch. The DINSIC, France’s government agency in charge of all things digital, forked an open-source project called Riot, which is based on an open-source protocol called Matrix.

    In a few words, Matrix is a messaging protocol that features end-to-end encryption. It competes with other protocols, such as the Signal Protocol that is widely used by consumer apps, such as WhatsApp, Signal, Messenger’s secret conversations and Google Allo’s incognito conversions — Messenger and Allo conversations aren’t end-to-end encrypted by default.

  • French Government's 'Secure' WhatsApp Replacement Hacked In Just 90 Minutes

    In order to better protect official conversations, the French government developed its own secure instant messaging alternative to WhatsApp.

Free/Libre LMS and CMS: Why FOSS, Sakai 'Outage' and CMS Wire on Tools Worth Checking Out

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  • Should Your LMS Be Open Source or Closed Source?

    When looking for a new learning management system, there are a multitude of questions that you must ask, starting with: What do I need my LMS to be able to do to allow us to reach our e-learning goals? One initial consideration that people often overlook is the type of technology an LMS uses. This is important to consider when evaluating whether an LMS will be able to provide the type of functionality you’ll need to meet your e-learning goals.

    When beginning the LMS evaluation process, you must first choose whether to use an open-source or closed-source learning management system. Let’s explore the differences between the two and highlight a few of the advantages of choosing an open-source LMS.

  • OIT team, students respond to recent Sakai outage

    Hoffman said that this outage is an anomaly.

    “IT professionals in the OIT completed performance improvements for Sakai in mid-December, following intermittent performance and availability issues last fall. These changes have resulted in improved reliability for Sakai in recent months, the recent unrelated Saturday evening outage not withstanding,” he said.

    The outage ended up affecting a number of students in its 9-hour duration.

    “I logged onto Sakai around 1 a.m. on Sunday to study for my psychology exam and noticed there was a “time out” message. I couldn’t do anything, so I just studied for another class,” said Diana Nguyen, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year.

  • 12 DevOps Tools for 2019 Worth Checking Out

    The merging of development and operations (DevOps) has introduced us to a whole new perspective regarding software development, from best practices such as continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) to an entirely different cultural philosophy. As a result we've seen an array of DevOps tools come into the mix to help enterprises meet the needs of these new practices and cultural requirements.

    Here are the top DevOps tools, in no particular order, sourced from G2 Crowd’s compiled list of “popular continuous delivery and source code management tools used by DevOps professionals”.

Google's Openwashing and Use of FOSS

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  • 5 Key AI Announcements From Google Cloud 2019 & Why It’s Still The Big Friendly Open Source Giant [Ed: Google is not "Big Friendly Open Source Giant"; it's a proprietary software company (all the core things are proprietary) with 'surveillance capitalism' as the business model.]
  • Why You Should Consider Google AI Platform For Your Machine Learning Projects
  • Google Anthos reaffirms “managed open-source” as the future of hybrid cloud

    Google Anthos is a huge validation for Platform9’s approach to fully managed hybrid clouds powered by open-source technologies. In particular, the 5 tenets below that are at the core of the technology we’ve pioneered years ago are being used in production since 2015 by our enterprise customers across thousands of cloud deployments every today to power their business.

  • Google Cloud adds Confluent, MongoDB and other open-source projects as managed services

    Confluent, the company founded by the creators of the Apache Kafka streaming data platform, announced last week that its Confluent Cloud for Apache Kafka is to be available natively on the Google Platform.

  • Q&A: Advice from Red Hat aided Google Anthos’ open-source journey

    Even as Google has built one of the world’s most successful businesses on cloud computing, translating its innovations into enterprise-ready services has been a challenge in a competitive field. Now under new leadership and rebranded as Anthos, the contemporary Google Cloud Platform is the result of a series of decisions spanning open-source partnerships and storage technologies, layered with strong software support for a multicloud world.

    “I’ve been working with Google on their cloud efforts for almost 10 years now, and it started back when Google was about to get into the cloud business. They had to decide whether they were going to use KVM or Xen as their hypervisor, and we helped them do that,” said Mike Evans, vice president of technical business development at Red Hat Inc., noting his company’s role in aiding Google’s contemplation of open-source hypervisors for running their virtual machine services.

UK grant for open source healthcare

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The UK government has awarded a GBP 790,000 (about EUR 990,000) grant to research and implement eObs, an open source digital healthcare observation solution that can identify patients who are deteriorating and alert medical specialists. The solution, which uses information gathered by handheld devices, also helps cut workloads in medical wards by reducing the length of time patients stay and minimising the number of transfers and referrals.

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Goodbye Joe

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Joe Armstrong is mainly known as the father of Erlang, and the Erlang family has always been relatively small and closely knit. Anyone whose first Erlang conference (usually Erlang Factory, Erlang User Conference, or CodeBEAM) had Joe in the attendance would have a similar reaction. There was a feeling of awe about how accessible the community was. Here you were, and big names like Joe and Robert—who everyone knew by their first names—were right around the same room, friendly, and willing to talk to anybody. You'd feel like you were welcome no matter who you were.

Today, we've learned of Joe's passing away. I wasn't a super close friend of Joe, but I have known him and talked with him at various conferences over the last ten years or so. He's unsurprisingly been a huge influence in my career, and so I thought I should write this little post about him and his impact. My words can't give justice to the man he was, but I felt I needed to write this up.

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Software: Chats, LogRunners, Containers and Chrome 74

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  • 6 Top open source team chat software for self hosted environment

    Verbal communication is in society since the inception of the period when humans found a way to express feelings in words/sound. This communication wasn’t only limited verbal mode it latter came on paper and then on computers. The value of good communication has its own significant place not only professional but in personal life too. However, here we only talk about professional.

    Now, the enterprises or business are not confined to only small space or tract, they are spreading their arms and legs in multiple directions to achieve targeted growth. In such a scenario, the chatting among company’s employees working on some particular project is either on email or some public chatting applications. But from the perspective of security and exchange of sensitive over a public chatting platform such as WhatsApp would not be a wised idea.

    The office team chat software should be in the control of businesses or teams using them for some project. Where they can add different features into as they required, such kind of needs can be fulfilled by the open source collaboration group chat platforms without the interface of any third party. However, while implementing self-hosted open source team chat servers or applications for the team make sure that they are behind a firewall for enhanced security.

  • Scalyr Launches Open Source Community LogRunners for All Things Observability

    Log monitoring company Scalyr this week launched an open community, deemed LogRunners, for individuals in the observability space. The community is designed to help developers, architects, site reliability engineers, and DevOps and CloudOps professionals identify, solve, and prevent challenges in this market.

    While observability has quite a few definitions, it broadly refers to capabilities — such as logs, metrics, and traces — that help with testing, understanding, and debugging systems and architectures. For LogRunners this will also include Kubernetes, distributed tracing, and logging.

  • Klusterkit: Three open source Kubernetes tools for on-prem, air-gapped environments

    Kubernetes and open source go together hand in hand with Platform9’s new announcement: three new open source Kubernetes tools simplify cluster orchestration and deployment. Each of these tools can be used independently or together, on air-gapped environments and on-premises deployment.

  • Platform9 Open-sources Klusterkit to Simplify the Deployment and Operations of Production-grade Kubernetes Clusters on On-premises, Air-gapped Environments
  • Platform9 open sources Klusterkit to simplify the deployment and operations of Kubernetes clusters

    Today, Platform9 open sourced Klusterkit under the Apache 2.0 license. It is a set of three open source tools that can be used separately or in tandem to simplify the creation and management of highly-available, multi-master, production-grade Kubernetes clusters on-premise, air-gapped environments.

  • 12 open-source tools that make Docker better

    Blink and you might miss some of the most interesting developments around Docker these days. Kubernetes may be getting more of the hot-new-tool thunder, but Docker continues to offer “just enough” container orchestration for most development projects and deployments.

    Plus Docker has its own rich ecosystem of third-party tools that extend Docker, jazz it up, or make it less persnickety. Here are 12 open-source creations that get a boost from Docker or give Docker a boost, leveraging Docker for specific use cases or making Docker easier to work with.

  • What’s New in Chrome 74, Arriving April 23

    The stable version of Chrome 74 is set to land on April 23rd. It will include a dark mode on Windows, Incognito detection blocking, support for media keys in PiP, various Chrome OS improvements, and a lot more.

    It’s worth noting that while these are all planned features in Chrome 74, there’s always the chance they don’t end up making it into the final release and get pushed to 75 (or beyond). Still, we do expect to see at least most of this stuff in 74, even if still behind a flag.

Linux Foundation: 'Networking Superpowers' and Zephyr

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  • The Linux Foundation And Its Networking Superpowers

    I’ve written before about the Linux Foundation and the power of open, standards-based networking. Open source is having a significant impact in both the enterprise and with carriers around the globe. It’s also rubbing off on companies such as Cisco Systems, who are embracing a design philosophy that no longer locks customers into a specific networking stack. I recently had the opportunity to attend both the Open Source Leadership Summit (OSLS) in Half Moon Bay and the Open Network Summit (ONS) in San Jose. I would like to share some of my thoughts and insights from both events.

  • The Zephyr Project Announces Major Technical Milestone with New Long Term Support Code Release

    The Zephyr™ Project, an open source project at the Linux Foundation that aims to build a secure and flexible real-time operating system (RTOS) for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced a technical milestone with the first Long Term Support (LTS) release. The Zephyr 1.14 LTS release, which has been developed by the diverse Zephyr community of almost 500 contributors, will offer vendors a customizable operating system that supports product longevity, security and interoperability.

Programming: Python, Pyodide, GitLab, Google’s MorphNet, OpenJDK, JITLink and Microsoft Spyware

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  • Ten industries using Python programming

    The report is part of ActiveState’s undertaking to better understand the needs and pain points of industry related to open source languages. ActiveState aims to decrease the costs and risks of managing open source languages and enable enterprises to maximize their related benefits.


    Write and run code every step of the way, using Android Studio to create apps that integrate with other apps, download and display pictures from the web, play sounds, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development.

  • Mozilla details Pyodide, which brings Python to browsers

    In a step toward its goal of building out a data science development stack for web browsers, Mozilla today detailed Pyodide, an experimental Python project that’s designed to perform computation without the need for a remote kernel (i.e., a program that runs and inspects code).

    As staff data engineer Mike Droettboom explained in a blog post, it’s a standard Python interpreter that runs entirely in the browser. And while Pyodide isn’t exactly novel — projects like Transcrypt, Brython, Skulpt, and PyPyJs are among several efforts to bring Python to browsers — it doesn’t require a rewrite of popular scientific computing tools (like NumPy, Pandas, Scipy, and Matplotlib) to achieve adequate performance, and its ability to convert built-in data types enables interactions among browser APIs and other JavaScript libraries.

  • Mozilla's Open Source Browser Tool Iodide Can Be A Gamechanger For Data Scientists

    The last couple of years or so has witnessed the emergence of newer platforms for implementing Data Science projects. But the developers at Mozilla feel that these platforms couldn’t funnel in the potential of modern day browsers.

    To increase the ease of use and the way Data Analysis is done and communicated across the data science community, Mozilla launched a browser based platform Iodide for data science experiments.

    Iodide is a tool for data science experimentation and communication based on state-of-the-art web technologies. Notably, it’s designed to perform data science computation within the browser rather than on a remote kernel.

  • GitLab’s DevOps Plans Ride Growing Kubernetes Federation

    GitLab used the recent Google Next event to further tighten its embrace of the Google cloud ecosystem that it fully jumped into last year. That includes a deeper integration of Kubernetes into its DevOps processes.

  • Google Open Sources TensorFlow Version of MorphNet DL Tool

    Designing optimum deep neural networks remains a non-trivial exercise. “Given the large search space of possible architectures, designing a network from scratch for your specific application can be prohibitively expensive in terms of computational resources and time,” write Andrew Poon and Dhyanesh Narayanan on Google’s Research blog. “Approaches such as Neural Architecture Search and AdaNet use machine learning to search the design space in order to find improved architectures. An alternative is to take an existing architecture for a similar problem and, in one shot, optimize it for the task at hand.”

  • Google’s MorphNet optimizes AI models without sacrificing accuracy

    Machine learning algorithms have a fatal flaw: They’re costly to fine-tune (in terms of time and resources) from scratch for specific apps. Some automated approaches attempt to expedite the process by searching for suitable existing models, but researchers at Google’s AI research division have a better idea.

  • OpenJDK 11 replaces OpenJDK 10 as the default Java package in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

    Canonical has announced that OpenJDK 11 has replaced OpenJDK 10 as the default Java package in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Canonical recently released Ubuntu 19.04 which also uses OpenJDK 11 as default, the move to bump the version in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS means that users who don’t want to upgrade can enjoy the latest features from OpenJDK 11.

    OpenJDK is an open source implementation of Java and is used by developers around the world to develop enterprise-grade applications.

  • JITLink Lands In LLVM 9.0

    Being merged into the LLVM code-base this Saturday is JITLink, a just-in-time linker for parsing object files and letting their contents run in a target process.

    The initial focus on JITLink is serving as a replacement to RuntimeDyld for dynamically linking Mach object files (Mach-O) for Apple/macOS platforms. But the plan is once the Mach-O x86_64 support is squared away to extend JITLink to also serve the likes of COFF/ELF object files and support other non-x86_64 architectures.

  • Weekly Python StackOverflow Report: (clxxiv) stackoverflow python report
  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: code-server [Ed: This helps promote and spread Microsoft's proprietary software with surveillance]

    This week’s highlighted open-source project makes it easy for developers to use VS Code on the go.

    Code-server is a VS Code instance developed by Coder that runs on a remote server, enabling VS Code to be accessed through a browser. Coder open-sourced the solution in March.

    Because VS Code is being hosted on a large remote server, tests, compilations, and downloads are faster, the code-server team explained. It also removes the computation limitations of local machines.

    It’s particularly useful for developers on the go who may be running off their laptop battery. Because computations are performed on the server, devices battery life can be preserved, the team explained.

  • Open Source Visual Studio Code Without Trackers Launched [Ed: When Microsoft says "open source" it doesn't mean "not spyware"; its "open source" actually helps sell proprietary software (MSVS) and has surveillance (Calculator also)]
  • Open Source Atom Editor Eases Code Reviews [Ed: It is in NSA PRISM now.]

Security: Iran, Google, GrammaTech, FireEye and Latest FUD From WhiteSource

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  • Someone is Leaking an Iranian Hacking Group's Arsenal

    For the last few weeks, someone has been publishing the source code of the hacking tools used by a high-level attack team that’s been linked to the Iranian government. The tools belong to a group known variously as APT34 and OilRig, and whoever is dumping them appears to have some interest in not just exposing the tools but also the group’s operations.

    The leaks began in late March on a Telegram channel and have continued through this week. Researchers at Chronicle, a security company owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, have examined the leaked tools and confirmed that they are indeed the same ones used by the OilRig attackers. OilRig has been connected to a number of intrusions at companies and government agencies across the Middle East and Asia, including technology firms, telecom companies, and even gaming companies. Whoever is leaking the toolset also has been dumping information about the victims OilRig has targeted, as well as data identifying some of the servers the group uses in its attacks.

  • Google will examine new Android developer accounts more closely

    For the better part of two years, Google has made a concerted effort to improve control over data in Android apps, chiefly by introducing system-level changes in Android, refining its Google Play developer policies, requiring developers to disclose the collection and use of sensitive data, and restricting access to certain permissions (like those involving SMS and call logs). But it hasn’t always been fully transparent with about these changes, and toward that end, the Mountain View company today announced that it’s “clarifying” several of its rules and reviewing the way it handles noncompliant apps.

  • GrammaTech Releasing Binary Analysis and Rewriting Interface into Open Source
  • Adobe Flash security tool Flashmingo debuts in open source community [Ed: Just kill Adobe Trash. The sooner, the better. This one helps openwashing of that malicious proprietary software blob, courtesy of CBS.]
  • Open Source Tool From FireEye Automates Analysis of Flash Files

    Security company FireEye this week announced the release of an open source tool designed to automate the analysis of Adobe Flash files in order to identify malware and prevent infections.

  • Counting Vulnerabilities In Open Source Projects and Programming Languages [Ed: Microsoft partner and anti-FOSS front group WhiteSource is once again using FUD in order to promote its brand and its non-FOSS 'services'; they advertise by bashing FOSS. Microsoft proud.]

FOSS in Blockchain

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Nvidia Uses "Open Source" for Marketing of Expensive Hardware

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  • Nvidia to publish open source version of Quake II RTX

    HEXUS shared the Quake II RTX video as an appendage to the news about real-time raytracing coming to the GTX 1060 or higher, back in March, during the GTC 2019 event. In brief, the video was presented by Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang during the opening keynote of GTC 2019. The demo's real-time ray traced global illumination and reflections, HDR visuals, dynamic direct and indirect lighting effects, mimicked physical material light reflection properties, and volumetric lighting effects were met with rapturous applause by GTC attendees.

  • NVIDIA To Transform Quake II RTX Demo Into An Open Source Retro Gaming Classic

    Applause broke out from the crowd at GTC 2019 when NVIDIA showcased a modded version of Quake II with overhauled graphics featuring real-time ray tracing and HDR visuals. Quake II RTX, as it is called, looks almost like a completely different game than the original version that launched over two decades ago. It was an impressive demo for sure, but NVIDIA has bigger plans for the mod.

    "Our goal is to publish an open source version of Quake II RTX," Principal DevTech Engineer and Quake II RTX's lead programmer, Alexey Panteleev, told AusGamers in an interview.

  • NVIDIA To Release Open Source Version Of The Quake II RTX Demo In The Future

    Last month, during GDC 2019, NVIDIA showed an impressive Quake II RTX demo, which showed how ray tracing can improve even old games, and it seems like players will soon be able to experience it for themselves.

    Speaking with Aus Gamers, Alexey Panteleev, the lead programmer of the Quake II RTX demo, confirmed that an open source version of it will be released in the future.

SuperTuxKart 1.0 Release

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  • SuperTuxKart 1.0 Release

    Yes, if you have followed our development a bit, that might be a bit of a surprise. But we have been asked why we don't call this release 1.0, and the majority of us developers discussed this and decided that indeed this release is a major milestone that deserves the big 1.0 number.

  • SuperTuxKart 1.0 Released For Open-Source Linux Racing

    SuperTuxKart, the open-source racing game inspired by Mario Kart and themed around Linux/Tux, has reached its 1.0 version after being in development the past 12+ years.

    SuperTuxKart 1.0 has been released now that there is networking support for SuperTuxKart for competitive racing across LANs or the Internet. The networking support isn't yet perfect but is quite suitable and has come together nicely in recent months.

The NULL TTY Driver Is Coming To The Linux 5.2 Kernel

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While initially some questions were raised over the usefulness and practicality of this driver when it was first proposed on the kernel mailing list, the NULL TTY driver is set to make its maiden voyage to mainline with the upcoming Linux 5.2 kernel cycle.

The NULL TTY driver is intended for use-cases where no console driver is present/enabled as intended or otherwise. For init scripts and programs attempting to access /dev/console, it will error out while attempts like linking the console device to /dev/null will cause issues depending upon usage since it doesn't behave like a TTY.

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Netrunner Rolling 2019.04 released

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The Netrunner Team is happy to announce the immediate availability of Netrunner Rolling 2019.04 – 64bit ISO.

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today's leftovers

  • Announcing Akademy 2019 in Milan, Italy (September 7th - 13th)
    Akademy 2019 will be held at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy, from Saturday the 7th to Friday the 13th of September. The conference is expected to draw hundreds of attendees from the global KDE community to discuss and plan the future of the community and its technology. Many participants from the broad Free and Open Source software community, local organizations and software companies will also attend. KDE e.V. is organizing Akademy 2019 with unixMiB — the Linux User Group of the University of Milano-Bicocca. unixMiB aims to spread Open Source philosophy among students.
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