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Mozilla's Common Voice Project, Red Hat Announces Vault Operator, VirtualBox 5.2.10 Released and More

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:43:51 +0000

Mozilla open source Apple Red Hat News VirtualBox Chrome OS Cloud Security Containers News briefs April 20, 2018. Participate in Mozilla's open-source Common Voice Project, an initiative to help teach machines how real people speak: "Now you can donate your voice to help us build an open-source voice database that anyone can use to make innovative apps for devices and the web." For more about the Common Voice Project, see the story on Red Hat yesterday announced the Vault Operator, a new open-source project that "aims to make it easier to install, manage, and maintain instances of Vault—a tool designed for storing, managing, and controlling access to secrets, such as tokens, passwords, certificates, and API keys—on Kubernetes clusters." Google might be working on implementing dual-boot functionality in Chrome OS to allow Chromebook users to boot multiple OSes. Softpedia News reports on a Reddit thread that references "Alt OS" in recent Chromium Gerrit commits. This is only speculation so far, and Google has not confirmed it is working on dual-boot support for Chrome OS on Chromebooks. Oracle recently released VirtualBox 5.2.10. This release addresses the CPU (Critical Patch Updates) Advisory for April 2018 related to Oracle VM VirtualBox and several other improvements, including fixing a KDE Plasma hang and having multiple NVMe controllers with ICH9 enabled. See the Changelog for all the details. Apple yesterday announced it has open-sourced its FoundationDB cloud database. Apple's goal is "to build a community around the project and make FoundationDB the foundation for the next generation of distributed databases". The project is now available on GitHub. [...]

Help Canonical Test GNOME Patches, Android Apps Illegally Tracking Kids, MySQL 8.0 Released and More

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:05:45 +0000

GNOME Desktop News Android Security Privacy MySQL KDE LibreOffice Cloud News briefs for April 19, 2018. Help Canonical test the GNOME desktop memory leak fixes in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) by downloading and installing the current daily ISO for your hardware from here: Then download the patched version of gjs, install, reboot, and then just use your desktop normally. If performance seems impacted by the new packages, re-install from the ISO again, but don't install the new packages and see if things are better. See the Ubuntu Community page for more detailed instructions. Thousands of Android apps downloaded from the Google Play store may be tracking kids' data illegally, according to a new study. NBC News reports: "Researchers at the University of California's International Computer Science Institute analyzed 5,855 of the most downloaded kids apps, concluding that most of them are 'are potentially in violation' of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act 1998, or COPPA, a federal law making it illegal to collect personally identifiable data on children under 13." MySQL 8.0 has been released. This new version "includes significant performance, security and developer productivity improvements enabling the next generation of web, mobile, embedded and Cloud applications." MySQL 8.0 features include MySQL document store, transactional data dictionary, SQL roles, default to utf8mb4 and more. See the white paper for all the details. KDE announced this morning that KDE Applications 18.04.0 are now available. New features include improvements to panels in the Dolphin file manager; Wayland support for KDE's JuK music player; improvements to Gwenview, KDE's image viewer and organizer; and more. Collabora Productivity, "the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the cloud", announced a new release of its enterprise-ready cloud document suite—Collabora Online 3.2. The new release includes implemented chart creation, data validation in Calc, context menu spell-checking and more. [...]

Rise of the Tomb Raider Comes to Linux Tomorrow, IoT Developers Survey, New Zulip Release and More

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:21:19 +0000

News briefs for April 18, 2018.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration comes to Linux tomorrow! A minisite dedicated to Rise of the Tomb Raider is available now from Feral Interactive, and you also can view the trailer on Feral's YouTube channel.

Zulip 1.8, the open-source team chat software, announces the release of Zulip Server 1.8. This is a huge release, with more than 3500 new commits since the last release in October 2017. Zulip "is an alternative to Slack, HipChat, and IRC. Zulip combines the immediacy of chat with the asynchronous efficiency of email-style threading, and is 100% free and open-source software".

The IoT Developers Survey 2018 is now available. The survey was sponsored by the Eclipse IoT Working Group, Agile IoT, IEEE and the Open Mobile Alliance "to better understand how developers are building IoT solutions". The survey covers what people are building, key IoT concerns, top IoT programming languages and distros, and more.

Google released Chrome 66 to its stable channel for desktop/mobile users. This release includes many security improvements as well as new JavaScript APIs. See the Chrome Platform Status site for details.

openSUSE Leap 15 is scheduled for release May 25, 2018. Leap 15 "shares a common core with SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 15 sources and has thousands of community packages on top to meet the needs of professional and semi-professional users and their workloads."

GIMP 2.10.0 RC 2 has been released. This release fixes 44 bugs and introduces important performance improvements. See the complete list of changes here.

Microsoft Announces First Custom Linux Kernel, German Government Chooses Open-Source Nextcloud and More

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:31:15 +0000

News briefs for April 17, 2018.

Microsoft yesterday introduced Azure Sphere, a Linux-based OS and cloud service for securing IoT devices. According to ZDNet, "Microsoft President Brad Smith introduced Azure Sphere saying, 'After 43 years, this is the first day that we are announcing, and will distribute, a custom Linux kernel.'"

The German government's Federal Information Technology Centre (ITZBund) has chosen open-source Nextcloud for its self-hosted cloud solution, iwire reports. Nextcloud was chosen for its strict security requirements and scalability "both in terms of large numbers of uses and extensibility with additional features".

European authorities have effectively ended the Whois public database of domain name registration, which ICANN oversees. According to The Register, the service isn't compliant with the GDPR and will be illegal as of May 25th: "ICANN now has a little over a month to come up with a replacement to the decades-old service that covers millions of domain names and lists the personal contact details of domain registrants, including their name, email and telephone number."

A new release of PySoIFC, a free and open-source collection of more than 1,000 card Solitaire and Mahjong games, was announced recently. The new stable release, 2.2.0, is the first since 2009.

Deadline for proposals to speak at Open Source Summit North America is April 29. OSSN is being held in Vancouver, BC, this year from August 29–31.

In other event news, Red Hat today announced the keynote speakers and agenda for its largest ever Red Hat Summit being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, May 8–10.

Bassel Khartabil Free Fellowship, GNOME 3.28.1 Release, New Version of Mixxx and More

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:38:13 +0000

News briefs for April 16, 2018.

The Bassel Khartabil Free Fellowship was awarded yesterday to Majd Al-shihabi, a Palestinian-Syrian engineer and urban planning graduate based in Beirut, Lebanon: "The Fellowship will support Majd's efforts in building a unified platform for Syrian and Palestinian oral history archives, as well as the digitizing and release of previously forgotten 1940s era public domain maps of Palestine." The Creative Commons also announced the first three winners of the Bassel Khartabil Memorial Fund: Egypt-based The Mosireen Collective, and Lebanon-based and ASI-REM/ADEF Lebanon. For all the details, see the announcement on the Creative Commons website.

GNOME 3.28 is ready for prime time after receiving its first point release on Friday, which includes numerous improvements and bug fixes. See the announcement for all the details on version 3.28.1.

Apache Subversion 1.10 has been released. This version is "a superset of all previous Subversion releases, and is as of the time of its release considered the current "best" release. Any feature or bugfix in 1.0.x through 1.9.x is also in 1.10, but 1.10 contains features and bugfixes not present in any earlier release. The new features will eventually be documented in a 1.10 version of the free Subversion book." New features include improved path-based authorization, new interactive conflict resolver, added support for LZ4 compression and more. See the release notes for more information.

A new version of Mixxx, the free and open-source DJ software, was released today. Version 2.1 has "new and improved controller mappings, updated Deere and LateNight skins, overhauled effects system, and much more".

Kayenta, a new open-source project from Google and Netflix for automated deployment monitoring was announced recently. GeekWire reports that the project's goal is "to help other companies that want to modernize their application deployment practices but don't exactly have the same budget and expertise to build their own solution."

Elisa Music Player Debuts, Zenroom Crypto-Language VM Reaches Version 0.5.0 and More

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:15:31 +0000

News briefs for April 13, 2018.

The Elisa music player, developed by the KDE community, debuted yesterday, with version 0.1. Elisa has good integration wtih the Plasma desktop and also supports other Linux desktop environments, as well as Windows and Android. In addition, the Elisa release announcement notes, "We are creating a reliable product that is a joy to use and respects our users' privacy. As such, we will prefer to support online services where users are in control of their data."

Mozilla released Firefox 11.0 for iOS yesterday, and this new version turns on tracking protection by default. The feature uses a list provided by Disconnect to identify trackers, and it also provides options for turning it on or off overall or for specific websites.

The Zenroom project, a brand-new crypto-language virtual machine, has reached version 0.5.0. Zenroom's goal is "improving people's awareness of how their data is processed by algorithms, as well facilitate the work of developers to create and publish algorithms that can be used both client and server side." In addition, it "has no external dependencies, is smaller than 1MB, runs in less than 64KiB memory and is ready for experimental use on many target platforms: desktop, embedded, mobile, cloud and browsers." The program is free software and is licensed under the GNU LGPL v3. Its main use case is "distributed computing of untrusted code where advanced cryptographic functions are required".

ZFS On Linux, recently in the news for data-loss issues, may finally be getting SSD TRIM support, which has been in the works for years, according to Phoronix.

System76 recently became a GNOME Foundation Advisory Board member. Neil McGovern, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, commented "System76's long-term ambition to see free software grow is highly commendable, and we're extremely pleased that they're coming on board to help support the Foundation and the community." See the betanews article for more details.

Mozilla's Internet Health Report, Google's Fuchsia, Purism Development Docs and More

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:52:42 +0000

Mozilla Privacy kernel Google Purism News briefs for April 12, 2018. Mozilla recently published its annual Internet Health Report. Its three major concerns are: "Consolidation of power over the Internet, particularly by Facebook, Google, Tencent, and Amazon." "The spread of 'fake news,' which the report attributes in part to the 'broken online advertising economy' that provides financial incentive for fraud, misinformation, and abuse." The threat to privacy posed by the poor security of the Internet of Things. (Source: Ars Technica's "The Internet has serious health problems, Mozilla Foundation report finds") Idle power on some Linux systems could drop by 10% or more with the Linux 4.17 kernel, reports Phoronix. Evidently, that's not all that's in the works regarding power management features: "performance of workloads where the idle loop overhead was previously significant could now see greater gains too". See Rafael Wysocki's "More power management updates for v4.17-rc-1" pull request. Google's "not-so-secret" operating system named Fuchsia that's been in development for almost two years has attracted much speculation, but now we finally know what it is not. It's not Linux. According to a post on xda, Google published a documentation page called "the book" that explains what Fuchsia is and isn't. Several details still need to be filled in, but documentation will be added as things develop. Instagram will soon allow users to download their data, including photos, videos and messages, according to a TechCrunch report: "This tool could make it much easier for users to leave Instagram and go to a competing image social network. And as long as it launches before May 25th, it will help Instagram to comply with upcoming European GDPR privacy law that requires data portability." Purism has started its developer docs effort in anticipation of development boards being shipped this summer. According to the post on the Purism website, "There will be technical step-by-step instructions that are suitable for both newbies and experienced Debian developers alike. The goal of the docs is to openly welcome you and light your path along the way with examples and links to external documentation." You can see the docs here. [...]

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 Released, Valve Improves Steam Privacy Settings, New Distribution Specification Project for Containers and More

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:52:07 +0000

News Red Hat Distributions Containers Security gaming Privacy News briefs for April 11, 2018. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 was released yesterday. New features include "enhanced security and compliance, usability at scale, continued integration with Windows infrastructure on-premise and in Microsoft Azure, and new functionality for storage cost controls. The release also includes continued investment in platform manageability for Linux beginners, experts, and Microsoft Windows administrators." See the release notes for more information. The Open Container Initiative (OCI) yesterday announced the launch of the Distribution Specification Project: "having a solid, common distribution specification with conformance testing will ensure long lasting security and interoperability throughout the container ecosystem". See also "Open Container Initiative nails down container image distribution standard" on ZDNet for more details. Valve is offering new and improved privacy settings for Steam users, providing more detailed descriptions of the settings so you can better manage what your friends and the wider Steam community see. The announcement notes, "Additionally, regardless of which setting you choose for your profile's game details, you now have the option to keep your total game playtime private. You no longer need to nervously laugh it off as a bug when your friends notice the 4,000+ hours you've put into Ricochet." Thousands of websites have been hacked to give "fake update notifications to install banking malware and remote access trojans on visitors' computers", according to computer researcher Malwarebytes. Ars Technica reports that "The attackers also fly under the radar by using highly obfuscated JavaScript. Among the malicious software installed in the campaign was the Chthonic banking malware and a commercial remote access trojan known as NetSupport." Krita 4.0.1 was released yesterday. This new version fixes more than 50 bugs since the 4.0 release and includes many improvements to the UI. [...]

Feral Interactive Releases GameMode, YouTube Music Videos Hacked, Oregon Passes Net Neutrality Law and More

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:38:23 +0000

News briefs for April 10, 2018.

Feral Interactive today released GameMode, an open-source tool that helps Linux users get the best performance out of their games. According to the press release, "GameMode instructs your CPU to automatically run in Performance Mode when playing games." Rise of the Tomb Raider, which is being released later this month, will be the first release to integrate this tool. GameMode is available now via GitHub.

If you are using ZFS On Linux 0.7.7, which was released in March, upgrade immediately to version 0.7.8 to keep your data safe. Version 0.7.8 is an emergency release to deal with a possible data loss issue, Phoronix reports. See the ZOL bug report for more info.

YouTube was hacked this morning, and many popular music videos were defaced, including the video for the hit song Despacito, as well as videos by Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift. According to the BBC story, "A Twitter account that apparently belongs to one of the hackers posted: 'It's just for fun, I just use [the] script 'youtube-change-title-video' and I write 'hacked'."

Linux computer maker System76 is moving its manufacturing factory from China to Denver, Colorado. In an interview with about the move and bringing manufacturing in-house, System 76 marketing director Louisa Bisio, said "Creating a computer that is open source from the physical design to the OS is the next step in our mission to empower our customers and the community. We believe that by leading with open source design, the rest of the industry will have to follow."

Oregon becomes the second state to pass Net Neutrality law. Governor Kate Brown signed the bill yesterday, "withholding state business from internet providers who throttle traffic, making the state the second to finalize a proposal aimed at thwarting moves by federal regulators to relax net neutrality requirements".

Rise of the Tomb Raider Coming to Linux This Month, phpMyAdmin New Release, Canonical's Kernel Update for RPi 2 and More

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:05:22 +0000

News briefs for April 9, 2018.

Feral Interactive confirms: "Lara Croft is returning to Linux in Rise of the Tomb Raider later this month, shortly after macOS. Specs will be announced closer to launch. In the meantime, gear up for adventure with our Linux livestream tomorrow at 6PM BST / 10AM PDT on Twitch."

phpMyAdmin version 4.8.0 was released over the weekend. This release brings the usual bug and security fixes, and other major changes include "security enhancements, such as removing the PHP eval() function and authentication logging, a mobile interface to improve the interface when used with tablets or mobile phones, and two-factor authentication options."

Canonical released a "major Linux kernel update for Raspberry Pi 2" that addresses various security vulnerabilities. Among other things, 21 security vulnerabilities were fixed for linux-raspi2, "including a race condition that could lead to a use-after-free vulnerability in Linux kernel's ALSA PCM subsystem, and a use-after-free vulnerability in the network namespaces implementation." Update now if you haven't already. (Source: Softpedia News.)

FreeCAD 0.17 was released last week, marking the first release in two years, so it's certainly a major update. Along with several workbench improvements, "more than 6,800 revisions were added to FreeCAD's source code". See the changelog for all the details, and download it here.

A new major version of the HandBrake open-source video transcoder was released this weekend, v. 1.1.0. Updates include an improved user interface, new and improved official presets, improved Apple TV 4K support and more. See all the details on the GitHub page.

Phoronix reports on big changes in store for the Linux 4.17 kernel (expected to be stable mid-June), including "a huge DRM subsystem update", "initial NVIDIA Tegra 'Xavier' SoC support", "fixes for the Macintosh PowerBook 100 series" and much more.