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Kernel 4.14 is out! Samsung demos Dex, Fedora opens the Pipe and Quantum has arrived. All this plus your emails.

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Breaking: physical access still a problem

  • You know what other operating system is vulnerable to having someone getting physical access to a machine?
  • All of them!
  • Not all of these 79 vulnerabilities have been reported, let alone patched.
  • Most are simple DoS (Denial of Service) bugs that freeze or restart the OS.
  • You know what prevents all of this? Glue.


Intel’s minix OS now open for business

  • AMD has a similarly terrifying thing living in it and many other architectures
  • I am curious to see what kind of tomfoolery can be achieved with a standard run of the mill intel processor after the internet at large grabs a hold of this.
  • What if we went through all this trouble and nothing malicious was found.


Modern day Java has image issues

  • TLDNR: Electron is for the lazy.
  • It’s the lazy man’s framework. Baby’s first app maker.
  • There’s a reason most electron apps chug worse than a high school freshman at a frat party.
  • Electron is a lot like Virtual Programming’s eON, a crappy wrapper which its sole selling point is quickly dissipating.


Year of the Linux desktop is here

  • Again, this will not become a “thing” until it’s 100% wireless.
  • I still support the one phone army knife concept of a single device.
  • While you’re walking about during the work day, it’s your phone.
  • You get home, you plug it into a dock with an external GPU enclosure, a few monitors and peripherals, boom! You got all your device needs in something which fits in your pocket.
  • This still isn’t it.


Ctrl+F ryzen

  • Installed it on the 17.10 box using mainline.
  • No issues and the NVIDIA binary blob worked OOTB.
  • Alright, one issue with the Steam controlla but it was a bit bizarre.
  • Memory limits have been increased to 128PiB of virtual address space and 4PiB of physical address space.
  • AMD Secure Memory Encryption support has been added.
  • Heterogeneous Memory Management has been added for GPUs.
  • There’s also lots of fixes for the recent crop of USB vulnerabilities that have turned up.
  • First to have a six-year support cycle.


Begun, the encroachment has

  • With parts like the Centriq 2400 server system-on-a-chip (SoC) about to show up this comes as no surprise.
  • For the server space ARM just makes sense.
  • And servers mean RHEL… in any type of environment where people care more about getting stuff done than politics.


Let it go, let it go

  • Improved image quality and playback smoothness.
  • Yeah, at this point you would have to introduce something that would bring me back.
  • That, that ain’t going to do it.


Opera is still a thing

  • Opera 49 offers a snapshot tool with editing features, including a selfie camera.
  • VK Messenger joins built-in sidebar communicators.
  • Five new currencies for currency converter.
  • I noticed the other day I still have Opera installed in this box.


Quantum of browsers

  • Seems about the same in Google Docs.
  • Good luck getting me back, and I mean that, no snark.
  • The style inspector feels a lot more like Chrome.
  • Google is now default for search.
  • Still runs like a dog on Android.
  • Remember when I said Firefox betas are always faster than the actual released version?
  • Well, someone better pick up that phone because I called it!


Fedora brings the Pipes

  • Not going to lie, I really want to start messing around with Pipewire.
  • GNOME 3.26
  • LibreOffice 5.4
  • GNOME Boxes


Is Google Docs too mainstream?

  • Something similar to Google Docs, but without any coordinating server.
  • Right now you can edit a text document but that’s about it.
  • It’s google docs without any other functionality than the multiple people editing it at once.

Slice of Pi

Super pip


Imagine a beowulf cluster




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