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This week in KDE: fixing all the things

Plasma 5.17 was released this week to glowing reviews! As with most new releases, our loyal users wasted no time in finding all the bugs we missed! So you know what that means, right? We all burned the midnight oil fixing the problems you found, and Plasma 5.17.1 will be released in just a few … Continue reading This week in KDE: fixing all the things →

FPgM report: 2019-42

Here’s your report of what has happened in Fedora Program Management this week. Fedora 31 was declared No-Go. We are currently under the Final freeze. I have weekly office hours in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. Announcements Orphaned packages seeking maintainers The […] The post FPgM report: 2019-42 appeared first on Fedora Community Blog.

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Android Leftovers

LG launches an Android 10 preview for the G8 ThinQ, coming next month to the V50 OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T get first Android 10 Open Beta, available now Google Boss Confirms HTC Built The Pixel 3a Google Android's biggest problem has just been exposed by Apple 15 crossword solvers for Android, iOS, and the web that actually work! Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 review: The only Android tablet that matters read more

deepin Linux 20 looks incredible

I recently sold my MacBook Pro for a few reasons, but probably most importantly, macOS just wasn't wowing me anymore. While Apple's desktop operating system is good for basic users, it is far too limited for the more hardcore. Ultimately, I found my productivity was negatively impacted by macOS -- my workflow with Windows 10 and various Linux distributions was simply better. Of course, with all of that said, macOS is much prettier than Windows 10 -- even Microsoft would confess to that. But is it more attra[..]

New TenFourFox and Mozilla Firefox Team News

TenFourFox FPR16 SPR1 available TenFourFox Feature Parity Release "16.1" (SPR 1) is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). As noted, this is a pure security update and there are no user-facing changes; the big under-the-hood change of those is that we are now pulling entirely from 68ESR, including locale data, certificate roots and so forth. There is also a small update to the ATSUI font blacklist. Assuming no issues, it will go live Monday evening Pacific time as usual. Chris H-C: Fo[..]

Linux 5.4 Lands A Number Of Memory Management Fixes

While mid-way through the Linux 5.4 development cycle with RC4 due out on Sunday, a number of memory management fixes just hit the mainline kernel. Andrew Morton's pull request was merged on Friday night and he noted, "Rather a lot of fixes, almost all affecting mm/" Indeed there were memory management fixes in this pull ahead of 5.4-rc4. Changes include a zRAM race condition fix, avoiding access to uninitialized memory maps, allow dropping transparent huge-pages (THP) from the page cache, and other fixes i[..]

Programming: eMMC Flash, Compilers and Python

Some Tesla EV’s Control Screens Went Dark as Excessive Logging killed the eMMC Flash Despite wear-leveling techniques, eMMC flash memories tend to wear out over time as they have limited write cycles. AMD Zen 2 Improvements For LLVM Have Been Held Up For Months By Code Review Back in February for LLVM Clang 9.0 was the initial AMD Zen 2 "znver2" enablement, but like the GCC support at the time it was the very basics. With time GCC picked up Zen 2 scheduler improvements and other work while sadly in the case[..]

today's howtos

How to install Chromium on Ubuntu using SNAP 3D using Godot It is time for another installment of Godot (previous entries: introduction, 2D). This time, I have dived into the world of 3D. The goal is to recreate parts of an old time favorite: Kosmonaut. Something I remember playing a lot on my dad’s 286 with amazing EGA graphics. The state of the game when writing can be seen in the short screen capture below. This is more of a tech demo status than a full game at the moment, but I hope you will still find [..]

Xfce 4.16 development phase starting

In the 4.14 cycle we tried to do a 1:1 port of what used to be our Gtk2 desktop environment, avoiding visual changes. In the 4.16 cycle we plan to harmonize the appearance of certain elements that either became inconsistent through the port or already were inconsistent before (e.g. toolbars or inline toolbars). We will also play with client-side decorations where we feel it makes sense (for instance replacing the so-called XfceTitledDialog, that is used for all settings dialogs with a HeaderBar version). Be[..]

GNU/Linux Distros on Distrotest

Some New Operating Systems on Distrotest that Caught My Attention! Distrotest is one site that provides a variety of Linux distributions that can be run directly on the browser. Or you can also run it on a remote desktop client application, for example using Remmina. So, you can try various linux distributions online without having to install it or make a live CD. when I visited the distrotest. Apparently, there have been many new systems added. However, there are several new systems that caught my attentio[..]

kwin-lowlatency 5.17 Brings A Better Experience To The KDE Desktop

Following this week's release of KDE Plasma 5.17, a new release of the independent kwin-lowlatency code has been re-based against version 5.17. read more

FreeBSD 12.1-RC2 Now Available

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA256 The second RC build of the 12.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Installation images are available for: o 12.1-RC2 amd64 GENERIC o 12.1-RC2 i386 GENERIC o 12.1-RC2 powerpc GENERIC o 12.1-RC2 powerpc64 GENERIC64 o 12.1-RC2 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE o 12.1-RC2 sparc64 GENERIC o 12.1-RC2 armv6 RPI-B o 12.1-RC2 armv7 BANANAPI o 12.1-RC2 armv7 BEAGLEBONE o 12.1-RC2 armv7 CUBIEBOARD o 12.1-RC2 armv7 CUBIEBOARD2 o 12.1-RC2 armv7 CUBOX-HUMMINGBOARD o 12.1-RC2 ar[..]

Five best screen recorders for Linux

Screen recording comes in handy when creating a video tutorial, recording gameplay, live streaming or even something cool you just did and want to showcase it to others. Uses of a screen recorder are diverse and there are a ton of reasons to have one installed on your PC. In this article, we will provide a brief overview of five best screen recorders for Linux which include some basic as well as some advanced screen recorders. read more

Games: Stellaris, Crusader Kings III and More

Stellaris: Federations and Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack announced at PDXCON PDXCON is now in full swing and the announcement are being handed out like candy. First up, Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio have announced Stellaris: Federations and Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack. Crusader Kings III announced for release next year, to be more welcoming to new players As I suggested they would when setting Crusader Kings II permanently free (but not the DLC), Paradox Interactive have announc[..]

Android Leftovers

You won’t believe how cheap this brand new Android flagship is 5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly [Update: Limited rollout] Twitter’s all-black ‘Lights Out’ mode coming to Android [Report] The upcoming Huawei P40 could dual boot HarmonyOS and Android & that's probably the Right Way Forward HTC reveals €219 Exodus 1s cryptocurrency phone with... Android Oreo read more

Theme Updates, Offline Upgrades Headline New Additions to Pop!_OS 19.10

Offline upgrades are now live on Pop!_OS 19.04, bringing faster, more reliable upgrades. When an upgrade becomes available, it is downloaded to your computer. Then, when you decide to upgrade to the newest version of your OS, the upgrade will overwrite the current version of your software. However, this is not to be confused with an automatic update; your OS will remain on the current version until you yourself decide to upgrade. To upgrade to 19.10 from a fully updated version of Pop!_OS 19.04, open the Se[..]

Android Leftovers

Android TV Play Store starts getting its long-awaited redesign Android TV’s redesigned Play Store rolls out over the ‘next few weeks’ Huawei Mate 30 Doomed? No Android Support But Next Device Does Huawei P40 series to come with dual OS (Android & Harmony) Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 review: As good as Android tablets get Pixel 4 vs. OnePlus 7T: Which Is the Better Android Phone? 14 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Pokémon Wave Hello, PhotoStack, and Hiitmi - Interval Timer (10/5/19 -[..]

Leftovers: GNOME/GTK, Android-x86, Fedora, LibreOffice and More

g_array_steal() and g_ptr_array_steal() in GLib 2.63.1 Another set of new APIs in the upcoming GLib 2.63.1 release allow you to steal all the contents of a GArray, GPtrArray or GByteArray, and continue using the array container to add more contents to in future. This is work by Paolo Bonzini and Emmanuel Fleury, and will be available in the soon-to-be-released 2.63.1 release. GNOME Shell Hackfest 2019 This week, I have attended the GNOME Shell Hackfest 2019 held in Leidschendam, The Netherlands. It was a fa[..]

Proprietary Software, Games, Patent Traps/Tax and Openwashing

Adobe Announces Plan To Essentially Steal Money From Venezuelans Because It 'Has To' Due To US Sanctions Adobe has long had a history of questionable behavior, when it comes to the rights of its customers, and how the public is informed on all things Adobe. With the constant hammering on the concept that software it sells is licensed rather than purchased, not to mention with the move to more SaaS and cloud-based software, the company is, frankly, one of the pack leaders in consumers not actually owning wha[..]

Linux Devices/Open Hardware

Site.js and Pi Chatting about Pi, on a Pi, with a chat server running on Site.js on the same Pi. This MicroATX Motherboard is Based on Phytium FT2000/4 Arm Desktop SoC @ 3.0 GHz Rikomagic R6 Review – Part 1: Android Mini Projector’s Unboxing and First Boot Rikomagic R6 is a mini Android projector that looks like a vintage radio, or depending on your point of view a mini vintage television. Brief on Behalf of Amicus Curiae Open Source Hardware Association in Curver Luxembourg, SARL v. Home Expressions Inc., [..]

Graphics: Gallium3D and AMDGPU

Gallium3D's Mesa State Tracker Sees "Mega Cleanup" For NIR In Mesa 19.3 AMD developer Marek Olšák has landed a "mega cleanup" to the Gallium3D Mesa state tracker code around its NIR intermediate representation handling. As part of getting the NIR support in good enough shape for default usage by the RadeonSI driver, Marek has been working on a number of clean-ups involving the common Gallium / Mesa state tracker code for NIR. AMDGPU DC Looks To Have PSR Squared Away - Power-Savings For Newer AMD Laptops It [..]

today's howtos and programming bits

CentOS 8 Package Management with DNF on the Command Line AdamW’s Debugging Adventures: “dnf is locked by another application” Managing user accounts with Cockpit Download Ubuntu 19.10 ISO image to install on VirtualBox VM GNU poke: Dealing with alternatives - Unions in Poke Computing with data whose form is not the most convenient way to be manipulated, like is often the case in unstructured binary data, requires performing a preliminary step that transforms the data into a more convenient representation, u[..]

Server: Mirantis, Containers, GraalVM and Pensando

Mirantis Partners With OpenStack Foundation to Support Upgraded COA Exam “With the OpenStack market forecasted to grow to $7.7 billion by 2022 according to 451 research, the demand for Certified OpenStack Administrators is clearly strong and set to continue growing for many years to come,” said Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation. “We are excited to collaborate with Mirantis, who has stepped up to provide the resources needed to manage the COA, including the administration of the vendor-neutral Op[..]

SUSE/OpenSUSE: Ceph and OpenSUSE's Tumbleweed Progress

Can I deploy Ceph on older hardware? You just retired a bunch of servers and disk arrays, but before you place hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars’ worth of equipment on the curb, you’re wondering if you can use it for a Ceph-based storage solution like SUSE Enterprise Storage. The answer is: maybe. SUSE prides itself on supporting a wide range of hardware, from blades to retail terminals to IoT devices. In fact, SUSE makes it possible to easily deploy a wide range of software on that hardware and [..]

EPA and EPAAR

EPA Rule Will Make Its Custom Code Open Source By Default The Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to default to making all its custom code open source, finally meeting an Office of Management and Budget policy instituted during the last administration. The EPA will publish a notice Friday in the Federal Register soliciting public comment on a new open-source policy that will be added to the agency’s acquisition regulations. The clause—which will be added to all EPA contracts that include the us[..]

Project Trident Ditches BSD for Linux

FreeBSD based BSD distribution Trident is not happy with slow development and updates in BSD. They have decided to base their distribution on Linux.

Samsung discontinues ‘Linux on DeX’ program

Samsung discontinues ‘Linux on DeX’ program, removing support w/ Android 10 Late last year, Samsung and Canonical partnered on an app that allowed select Galaxy phones to run a full Linux desktop on top of Android. Less than a year later, Samsung has announced that they’re discontinuing the Linux on DeX program, coinciding with the update to Android 10. One of the sci-fi-style dreams that many of us have had since the onset of smartphones is the idea of plugging your phone into a desktop-size monitor to get[..]

Android Leftovers

Sling TV launches free content for Android, Android TV apps Chrome 77 for Android Gets Google's 'Site Isolation' Feature to Protect Against Spectre-Like Attacks Google extends Site Isolation feature to Android users with Chrome 77 update Google Chrome adds site isolation security measures to Android New Android Warning: 40M Users Installed Video App Hiding Devious Malware—Delete Now Android Circuit: Galaxy Fingerprint Bug Confirmed, Google Launches Pixel 4, OnePlus 7T Pro Reviewed Android gets new security [..]

To space and beyond with open source

The Cambridge Dictionary defines curiosity as "an eager wish to know or learn about something." It's curiosity that fuels our drive to acquire knowledge about outer space, but what drives our curiosity, our "eager wish," in the first place? I believe that our curiosity is driven by the desire to escape the unpleasant feeling of uncertainty that is triggered by acknowledging our lack of knowledge. The intrinsic reward that comes from escaping uncertainty pushes us to find a correct (or at least a less wrong)[..]

Announcing the release of LTTng 2.11

We're happy to announce the release of LTTng 2.11 "Lafontaine". This is a combined release announcement for the 2.11.0 - "Lafontaine" release of the LTTng Tools, LTTng UST, and LTTng modules projects. This release is named after a modern Saison beer from Montréal's Oshlag microbrewery. It is a refreshing, zesty, rice beer with hints of fruit and spices. Some even say it makes for a great Somaek when mixed with Chamisul Soju, not that we've tried! Lafontaine is also a tongue-in-cheek reference to a water lea[..]

Top 20 Best Openbox Themes for Linux System in 2019

Have you ever heard about the stacking window manager, Openbox? It is broadly used in Unix-like systems. Most probably, it’s among the most customizable parts out there. You can easily modify and beautify this with a little bit of effort. The question may arise- with what and how can you do this? Well! We are going to disclose it now. It’s by Openbox themes, which lets you have a minimalist and fantastic visual interface for your desktop manager. read more

Fedora IoT Review

With the rise in IoT use, we are witnessing a demand for ready-made operating systems to support smart device development. Currently, the race is between proprietary versions such as IoT Plug and Play by Microsoft and open source operating systems. One such emerging open source player is Fedora which has a workstation that supports virtualization and containers. Fedora is also slated to release an Internet of Things edition called “Fedora IoT” in future. Here is a review of the open source product’s support[..]

5 Practical Examples of the Read Command in Linux

With read command, you can make your bash script interactive by accepting user inputs. Learn to use the read command in Linux with these practical examples. read more

Programming: C++, C and Python

Extend C++ capabilities with LLVM STLExtras.h The LLVM compiler project provides a header file called STLExtras.h that extends the capabilities of C++ without any dependency on the rest of LLVM. In this article, we take a quick look at its basic functionality. Rewriting Old Solaris C Code In Python Yielded A 17x Performance Improvement While we normally hear of rewriting code from Python and other scripting languages into C/C++ when its a matter of performance, in the case of Oracle Solaris it was taking ol[..]

OSI Announces Appointment of New Board Directors

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is pleased to announce the appointments of Deb Bryant and Tracy Hinds to fill the two vacant seats on the OSI Board of Directors. Their terms will begin immediately and run through October 2021. We hope you will join us in welcoming both to the OSI. Deb Bryant is returning to the OSI Board after spending several years away. After spending her days as the Senior Director of the Open Source Programs Office at Red Hat, Deb volunteers for open source organizations and supports t[..]

A Trustworthy Free/Libre Linux Capable 64bit RISC-V Computer

My goal is to build a Free/OpenSource computer from the ground up, so I may completely trust that the entire hardware+software system's behavior is 100% attributable to its fully available HDL (Hardware Description Language) and Software sources. More importantly, I need all the compilers and associated toolchains involved in building the overall system (from HDL and Software sources) to be Free/OpenSource, and to be themselves buildable and runnable on the computer system being described. In other words, I[..]

Dragora 3.0-beta1 released

I am pleased to announce the release of Dragora 3.0 Beta 1. Dragora is a complete and reliable distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system that is entirely free software. Dragora is founded on the concepts of simplicity and elegance, it can be run for almost any purpose (desktop, workstation, server, development, etc.). The intended audience is people interested in learning more about the technical aspects of a friendly GNU/Linux distribution. Also people looking to use the purest ethical software for [..]

PCLinuxOS 2019.10 updated installation media release

The PCLinuxOS project has announced the release of updated installation media for PCLinuxOS. The new media carries the version number 2019.10 and contains a fully updated system as of October 15 2019. Please note it is not required to do a clean installation each month since PCLinuxOS is a rolling release. These ISOs are being provided so new users don’t have a large update to perform after installation from a dated ISO. read more

Firefox Reality Top Picks - Bringing You New Virtual Reality Experiences Weekly

So you bought yourself a fancy VR headset, you’ve played all the zombie-dragon-laser-kitten-battle games (we have too!) and now you’re wondering… what else is there? Where can I find other cool stuff to explore while I have this headset strapped to my face? We felt the same way, so we built Firefox Reality to help you in your quest for the most interesting, groundbreaking and entertaining virtual reality content on the Web. The real promise of VR is the ability to immerse yourself into countless other place[..]

today's howtos

How to install MicroPad on Linux How to install Ubuntu 19.10 How to install notepad++ Editor on Debian 10 How to configure wireless wake-on-lan for Linux WiFi card How to Install Kali Linux How to Install PHP on CentOS 8 Xournal++ 1.0.5 Released! How to Install it in ubuntu read more

Wine 4.18 Released

Wine 4.18 Released The Wine development release 4.18 is now available. Please look at this Wine graph showing a 4.18 increase I decant believe that title! The latest and greatest code from the Wine hackers has been sweetened to perfection with the Wine 4.18 development release now available. Wine 4.18 Released With Many Bug Fixes, Some Feature Work 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 th[..]

DXVK 1.4.3

DXVK 1.4.3 Works On State Cache Improvements, Lowering CPU Overhead As another release in time for weekend gamers, DXVK 1.4.3 was released today as the newest update for this library mapping Direct3D 10/11 to Vulkan for accelerating the Wine/Proton-based Linux gaming experience. The biggest change with DXVK 1.4.3 is the introduction of a new state cache file format, which should lead to smaller file sizes for the caches. DXVK 1.4.3 still supports reading old state caches for automatically converting to the [..]

COM offers 9th or 8th Gen Coffee Lake with 10Gbps USB 3.2 and up to 96GB RAM

Avalue’s Linux-friendly “ESM-CFH” is a COM Express Basic Type 6 module with 8th and 9th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs, up to 96GB DDR4, and support for 4x USB 3.2 Gen2, 4x SATA, 8x PCIe, and triple displays. Avalue has announced a COM Express Basic Type 6 that represents the current pinnacle of Intel-based compute modules […]

Android Leftovers

'Hey Google' Bug Is Zapping Android Phone Battery Life Mi A3 October patch rolling out ahead of much-anticipated Android 10 update Android 10 gesture navigation now works with third-party launchers on Pixel 4 Samsung improves its face unlock on Android 10 so it won’t fooled by a picture Factory image for OnePlus 7 Pro's Android 10 update now available Chrome 77 brings Site Isolation to '99 per cent' of Android users Some Android adware apps hide icons to make it hard to remove them After Android, now Google[..]

Solus Brightens Computing Across the Linux User Spectrum

Regardless of how you spend your time at the keyboard, Solus can be an ideal solution for all your computing needs. It comes with a collection of specially designed tools to make using and maintaining the operating system a uniquely easy experience. For technically minded users, Solus supports a wide variety of editors, programming languages, compilers and version-control systems. It has tools for containerization/virtualization technology, such as Docker and Vagrant. Whether you're writing drivers in C or [..]

today's leftovers

Molly de Blanc: Autonomy and consent When I was an undergraduate, I took a course on medical ethics. The core takeaways from the class were that autonomy is necessary for consent, and consent is necessary for ethical action. There is a reciprocal relationship between autonomy and consent. We are autonomous creatures, we are self-governing. In being self-governing, we have the ability to consent, to give permission to others to interact with us in the ways we agree on. We can only really consent when we are [..]

Apache Rya matures open source triple store database

The open source Apache Rya database effort is continuing to move forward as it reaches a new level of project maturity and acceptance. Rya (pronounced "ree-uh") is an RDF (resource description framework) triple store database. The project started at the U.S. government's Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences with an initial research paper published in 2012. The project joined the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in 2015 as an incubated project, and in September 2019 achieved what is known as Top-Level P[..]

The Spectre Mitigation Impact For Intel Ice Lake With Core i7-1065G7

For those wondering if -- or how much -- of a performance impact mitigations still make regarding Spectre for Intel's long-awaited 10nm+ Ice Lake processors, here is the rundown on the mitigation state and the performance impact. One of the areas that Phoronix readers have requested testing on with the recent purchase of the Dell XPS 7390 with Core i7 1065G7 is regarding the mitigation state and performance. Ice Lake with its Sunny Cove microarchitecture -- similar to Cascade Lake -- is no longer affected b[..]

Networking SBCs run Linux on quad -A53 and -A72 NXP LS chips

Forlinx’s sandwich-style OK1043A-C and OK1046A SBCs run Linux on NXP’s quad -A53 LS1043A and quad -A72 LS1046A SoCs, respectively, and offer a 10GbE port and up to 6x GbE ports with optional SFP. Forlinx has posted product pages for two similar COM Express modules and carrier boards that run Linux on NXP’s networking focused LS series processors. The FET1043A-C module taps the up to 1.6GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A53 LS1043A while the FET1046A-C uses the up to 1.8GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A72 LS1046A. All the proce[..]