Raspberry Pi foundation announces RISC-V foundation membership, Entroware launches a thread ripping workstation, Solus outlines their 2019 roadmap, and Pedro draws a picture.
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Colour key – Venn Jill Pedro
- LHQ will see a beta in 2019 and I’m interested in seeing how well that critter works.
- In Q2 work begins in their nextgen package manager, Sol.
- In Q2 the Software Center will include Snap and Flatpak support.
- Budgie 10.5 will be released in a few weeks, and the new Budgie 11 development cycle will begin in April Q2.
- I am so happy that Joshua Strobl and his team are focusing so much on improving Budgie in the coming year. I have always felt that Budgie is a wonderful desktop for new users coming to Linux, because it has the look and feel of both Windows and MacOS.
- With a few tweaks and a more unified user experience Budgie has the potential of being the default desktop environment for many distros in the future.
- Looking forward to the continued improvement and development of Solus.
- Even if I wish they included something like DKMS for automatic kernel module building.
- I had to setup a hook to look for kernel updates whenever eopkg finishes and build all the kernel modules that are on the DKMS list.
- For some reason the author of this article seems to believe anyone in the history of ever would think Canonical and Redhat played in the same ballpark.
- The good news, profit is up.
- In March 2018, Red Hat’s total annual revenue was $2.9 billion and Canonical’s reported a profit of over $11.1 million.
- Another reason that canonical hasn’t made as much money as Red Hat, well, they haven’t been around as long and they didn’t invent Docker.
- And let’s face it if you’re using Ubuntu server, you’re not paying for support.
- Why would you? The distro was made so easy to use, those specific things you want to do are described somewhere on page 1 of google with the right search.
- This will allow the sysadmins deploying these chromebooks to pick which distro to install in similar Crostini fashion, including any custom brew the company may use.
- There’s also talks (in this article) of gLinux, Google’s internal distro, being included.
- Googs seems bent on turning their nice little OS into a 900lb gorilla.
- This is like installing Linux with a bunch of extra steps thrown in.
- There isn’t any mention yet of this being available to everyone, only device administrators.
- When the Googs in not busy being evil it does cool things like this.
- It does a good job explaining what open source is and the benefits it brings without going full-metal Stallman.
- Includes links to several projects as well.
- This is a wonderful resource needed by the community.
- This is one of the number one questions I get from my students and people who want to learn Linux.
- Admittedly I spent the longest time on this just clicking on the different little circles with the logos and the projects they put out.
- “that could allow unprivileged local attackers”
- Right… That’s what I wanted to know.
- You’d need to have someone sit unchecked for 70 minutes in front of your PC to even have a chance to pull this with the proof of concept.
- Unless your CPU is 32bit, at which point it only takes 10.
- The vulnerabilities, which were discovered and reported by security researchers at Qualys, affect all systemd-based Linux distributions, including Redhat and Debian.
- SUSE Linux Enterprise 15, openSUSE Leap 15.0, and Fedora 28 and 29 are not affected, as “their userspace [code] is compiled with GCC’s -fstack-clash-protection.”
- Accidentally discovered CVE-2018-16864 while working on the exploit for Mutagen Astronomy (CVE-2018-14634); if we pass several megabytes of command-line arguments to a program that calls syslog(), then journald crashes, and the adventure begins.
- This is exactly why the Systemd unified init system was not well-liked by many in the community in the first place.
- And why distros like devuan exist: https://devuan.org
- Now that you know what OSS is.
- As Linux users, we all know that Linux and OSS have taken over the world, and that companies like Google, IBM and Microsoft are leveredging themselves for the Linux cloud future.
- This article does a good job at explaining the reasons why in layman’s terms:
- “the software is never “sold”; it is adopted by the developers who appreciate the software more because they can see it and use it themselves rather than being subject to it based on executive decisions. In other words, open-source software permeates itself through the true experts, and makes the selection process much more grassroots than it has ever been historically.”
- Interesting how the article mentions Linux as becoming second to Windows server but doesn’t mention how the Linux kernel is now the market leader for servers, embedded and mobile.
- Popcorn Time for legal departments is more like it.
- How long until the RIAA catches wind of it and shuts it down?
- Similar to the look and feel of the Rey Youtube music player for the web and desktop I like and use that we talked about in LWDW137.
- Nuclear has an excellent music genre search function with artist suggestions.
- Nuclear doesn’t have GDrive playlist backup like Rey.
- I smell electron ;-)
- I have that case, it’s hella cheap.
- You can have any CPU you want as long as it’s Threadripper.
- It’s nice to have another competitor in this space with the likes of System76’s Thelio.
Fedora logo (RTheren)
- There are people who can tell the difference between the first and most recent logo.
- I am not these people.
- But hey, FLOSS font is a welcome change.
- Hey Fedora, if your problem is the negative/unused space in the logo, you could have just done this:
- If I had to choose a candidate from one of those two, I’d go with #1.
- Yes, over the years there has been the mistake of the “f” in the logo looking like Facebook’s.
- I prefer candidate #1, as candidate #2 visually has to much negative space.
Slice of Pi
- Awesome! The Raspberry Pi Foundation has joined the RISC-V Foundation as a silver member.
- What better way to sustain the future of the Raspberry Pi, than to start developing via software for the future open source hardware chip RISC-V.
- And as Mfoxdogg commented in our show notes, two of the three lowRISC founders are from the Raspberry Pi Foundation–Robert Mullins and Alex Bradbury–who are developing an inexpensive RISC-V SoC for the educational market and beyond.
- Does it have a speaker?
- The creator says he was inspired by self contained computers that run in keyboards, and found that no one had tried a full computer running in a mouse that he could find, thus The “Computer” Mouse was born!
- That keyboard needs to be on a rotation mechanism to allow having it on either side for us non right handed people.
- Also the screen could easily be a full 4-5”
- Yes, is the answer to that.
- I would only raise the caveats that if one of the systems has an NVidia card and the other doesn’t, you’ll have to remove/install the proprietary driver.
- In a perfect world, that wouldn’t even be the issue since GLVND would automatically pick either NVidia or Mesa accordingly, but we don’t live in a perfect world.