Big Blue buys Redhat, Xfce 4.14 nears completion, an open source FIDO2 security key lands on Kickstarter and Pine64 is working on a Linux Smartphone.
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- Largest software purchase in history.
- Expect to see tn (for telnet), help (for man) and all other sorts of atrocities grafted from AIX into RedHat Linux.
- Anything thing that helps kill off z/OS.
- As we have talked about before, there has been speculation of an acquisition with Red Hat for a while now, including by the likes of Novell and Microsoft.
- Actually, makes sense though, because IBM has been using Red Hat’s cloud services for quite some time.
- Red Hat has the software and IBM has the hardware. AIX Unix is not a thing anymore.
- IBM is playing catch up with Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.
- 15 years since the release of Fedora Core 1.
- GNOME 3.30 for the desktop.
- Enable ZRAM for swap on ARMv7 and aarch64 pre generated images to improve performance and reliability on ARM Single Board Computers such a the Raspberry Pi.
- ZRAM works by compressing part of memory and using it as a swap space.
- A new Fedora Scientific spin which includes open source scientific and numerical tools.
- As we have mentioned in the past, Ubuntu is the most popular linux distribution for cloud, server and enterprise infrastructure.
- Mark Shuttleworth talks about this in his statement, and that many Red Hat customers had switched to Ubuntu.
- After reading this article several times and reading between the lines, I felt that Shuttleworth was saying that Ubuntu will remain committed to business as usual, and no company will be acquiring its assets.
- Many people in the community are speculating a Microsoft takeover of Ubuntu, and I think this is Shuttleworth’s answer to that.
- It didn’t turn into a plug for Ubuntu until the fourth paragraph, progress.
- RHEL and Ubuntu are not in competition, different bases.
- Buntu has seen wide adoption in cloud / vps while RH deals with enterprise.
- Since they are discussing it, we might as well touch on it.
- I am so sorry Joshua Strobl wants us to stop supporting Solus on Patreon because they can’t access the account due to Ikey’s absence.
- Just cancelled my Patreon donation to Solus and here is what I wrote Patreon and Tweeted for the reason why:
- The creator Ikey Doherty is ill and not communicating, and the Solus Core Team can not access this account to get funded.
- Please fix this Patreon so they can receive the money from this account that they deserve!!!!
- For those of you not wanting to decipher a wall of text in chat log format.
- Ikey is cool, but MIA.
- Solus was not raptor bus proof.
- Something went wrong, they has issues getting control of services.
- Most things are sorted and in better shape than they were originally.
- Solus has applied to join the Software Freedom Conservancy.
- Development has resumed.
- Bit of a heads up in case anyone finds themselves in a similar situation.
- Google account, gone, export what you can and create a new one.
- As for PayPal, Patreon or any service that holds financial / personal data (tax id, addresses, bank info) let it go.
- For a GANG of reasons they cannot hand over control of those accounts nor should you want them to.
- Protip: Deadman switch email system that poops out any and all logins if someone goes MIA for X amount of days.
- Member how I told everyone to ignore the first email if I disappear after jury duty?
- If you don’t have something like that set up, get it done right meow.
- A Torrent repository you can search via command line or webserver, sweet!
- And it works great!
- It’s neat but the initial list is from TPB.
- People, don’t download your ISO’s from TPB.
- Photopea is a free online tool for editing raster art and vector graphics with support for PSD, XCF and Sketch files.
- Photopea has been one of my favorite free online photo editors for several years, and is one of the most advanced and Photoshop like in this space.
- It has many of the features of a professional photo editor you would expect:
- Selection tools
- Layers and layer masks
- Blend modes, color adjustment tools and image filters.
- A great selection of fonts with previews
- Many of the other more sophisticated online photo editors either have free trials but charge for later use or have a free version that is lighter and a pro version you have to pay for, like Pixlr Editor.
- Little critter opens *.xcf files, didn’t expect that.
- You can do some basic image editing and throw in a few filters.
- Solo, the world’s first open source security key that supports the newest FIDO2 standard for secure 2 factor authentication login!
- I do love my YubiKeys but the Solo Keys are much cheaper and completely open source, including the hardware and software.
- One Solo Key will retail $17.50 and one YubiKey is $45.00.
- Yubico of YubiKey fame helped draft the open U2F or Universal 2nd Factor, and FIDO2 standards used by the Solo Keys.
- I don’t normally back hardware Kickstarters but these are priced to sell.
- Then again, if they have showed up at my house they probably remembered to bring a crowbar.
- Several outlets tried to make this a booga booga story.
- On all other Nix OSes, with the exception of OpenBSD, it looks like you have to have an active console session to initiate an attack.
- For the 11 people using IPV6, myself included.
- A security bug in Systemd can be exploited over the network via systemd-networkd, causing your linux computer to be pwned and malicious code injected.
- Lennart Poettering has already published a security fix for the vulnerable component, and it will be rolling out to distros, so update your OS ASAP.
- Xfce 4.14 is ~80% done.
- They should have the other 80% sorted i short order.
- All components of -core will be ported to Gtk+ 3.
- This will be completed 7 hours before the release of GTK 4.
Slice of Pi
- A display driver that lets you play games at 60fps from a Raspberry Pi!
- Incredible, using a technology that is used for video codec compression is being used for a display driver.
- The first PinePhone developer kit will be given to selected developers for free on November 1.
- This is a combo kit of PINE A64 baseboard + SOPine module + 7″ Touch Screen Display + Camera + Wifi/BT + Playbox enclosure + Lithium-Ion battery case + LTE cat 4 USB dongle.
- The target price is in the 100+ range so, $500?