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Raptor bus proof
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/14/linux_kernel_mailing_list_archives_will_return_soon/

  • Is there only the one mirror for the lkml archives?
  • That seems… odd.

 

Solus wants Discord
https://feedback.discordapp.com/forums/326712-discord-dream-land/suggestions/32596645-allow-linux-distributions-to-control-update-flow

  • Not locking people out of a glorified browser window would be a good thing to have.
  • Then again, you could just login to Discord on your browser proper and work around the issue until the repo version updates to match upstream.

 

Lose one gain another
https://itsfoss.com/barcelona-open-source/

  • It was always the one thing they pointed at was the lack of support and maintenance of Limux.
  • Going for Ubuntu and just setting your restrictions/rules seems like a much more sensible alternative.
  • And leaves you open to the possibility of giving Canonical money and having them fix your screw ups.

 

Cut your render times in half (video incoming)
https://github.com/unfa/kdenlive-multirender
https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/01/kdenlive-reduce-render-time/

  • Careful with how many threads you launch, almost took down Tipsy Danger.
  • Not going to see a big performance gain with 4/8 thread systems.

 

Core boots
https://coreboot.org/releases/coreboot-4.7-relnotes.txt

  • Coreboot is the open source, but not libre, firmware alternative for laptops and basically anything with an EFI or UEFI type system.
  • The latest version comes with support for a lot of new hardware.
  • Chief among which is the support for a bunch of Intel chipsets, which opens up coreboot to run on Chromebooks and several other laptops.
  • There’s even support for the Stoney Ridge AMD chipset (think Excavator series APUs).

 

Don’t drink the
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/7ql4kl/the_screenshots_of_photoshop_cc_2018_64bit_on/

  • Neat but no thank you.
  • GPU support?
  • Plugin support?
  • Support support?

 

What is my purpose
https://www.monterail.com/blog/thunderbird-new-interface-redesign-survey

  • Us dihard Thunderbird users know it’s a dying product.
  • Not Thunderbird itself but the whole idea / need for a standalone mail client.
  • No amount of UX redesign is going to revive the dwindling need for such a client.
  • What it will do is anger and confuse the existing user base that have a legitimate need for the product.
  • You could update the spellcheck to include words from the 20th century.
  • The UI redesign is probably a good thing if you’re using thunderbird in a corporate environment and you want users to not feel like they’re using software from the 90s.
  • It will still be software from the 90s, but it will at least not look it.

 

Remember that time DS9 lost internet access?
https://github.com/OpenGenus/quark


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Head Pi
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/zero-wh/

  • Zero WH available to purchase.
  • Zero + header.
  • GPIO all the things.
  • This is a good idea!
  • People who are worried about the footprint can still get the zero W and keep the smaller form factor.
  • I say they can get the Zero W, if it’s not completely sold out everywhere.

 

Ding
http://blog.yarm.is/kindleberry-pi-zero-w.html

  • Alright this is neat and all but does he explain the WHY anywhere in the blog?
  • I mean, if you like challenging yourself not to lose things.

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  • This was a TIL since the Tubes never said a word to us.
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Ubuntu Meltdown
https://insights.ubuntu.com/2018/01/04/ubuntu-updates-for-the-meltdown-spectre-vulnerabilities/

  • By the time you hear this everything should be sorted.
  • Patch, yo, shite.

 

No Gnome
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/04/linux_mint_18_3_review/

  • Linux Mint is a great distro for a new user, and its installer is one of the fastest of any distro!
  • I use it on a USB drive to test all my computer builds 😀
  • So, it’s 16.04 with a body kit.
  • Not shipping with GNOME is neither here nor there since it takes all of 2 seconds to install.

 

Who needs icons
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/01/gnome-desktop-icons-removed-3-28

  • I screamed bloody murder when XFCE added desktop icons.
  • This may not be so good for new users coming from Windows and MacOS who love to clutter their desktops with lots of icons.
  • GNOME has been doing things that both anger and confuse me for almost two decades.
  • This is one reason I use the XFCE.
  • I could hand 4.12 to 1996 Venn and he could sort it with ease.

 

TTY X
https://github.com/tombh/texttop

  • Unable to think of a use but glad it exists.
  • Oh boy, now I have an alternative to using lynx or links/elink
  • for some linux web browsing CLI goodness 😀  It is not quite
  • aalib or cacalib but it will do ;-D

 

Hi NSA!
https://community.libre.space/t/gpredict-2-2-released/1577
http://gpredict.oz9aec.net/

  • Can it track items in the ocean? #Zuma
  • Finished migration to Gtk+ 3
  • Updated satellite data

 

Meltdown checker
https://github.com/speed47/spectre-meltdown-checker

  • I always wanted to sudo random scripts from the internet
  • If CPU > 95 == yes
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day. But this thing was. Don’t look at the shellcheck output, either.

 

Introducing the new SourceForge
https://sourceforge.net/blog/introducing-the-new-sourceforge/

  • “We’ve also created a GitHub Importer tool”
    • Oh, that’s funny.
  • Listen, mo options mo better.
  • That said, for the love of FSM get rid of the SourceForge name.
  • It’s beyond tainted and no manner of ANYTHING will change that.
  • It’s been so hard to see a stalwart website in the Open Source community
  • get so bad 🙁  We can only hope that this will let it recover just a little bit.

 

Linux 486 (Rtheren)
http://yeokhengmeng.com/2018/01/make-the-486-great-again/

  • I ran Linux on a 486 granted, it was a router /lawn
  • Give them a stack of Slackware floppies, dialup, and block access to all major search engines.

 

Linux gets LOUD
https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/01/l-g-c-how-to-increase-recording-volume/

  • I made a thing we use here at L.G.C. Actual.

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Hydra 0
https://hackaday.com/2018/01/03/upgrading-a-3d-printer-with-octoprint/

  • Here is an OctoPrint project to RGB all the things 😉

           https://hackaday.io/project/9191-illuminatrix

 

Strong ARM
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/why-raspberry-pi-isnt-vulnerable-to-spectre-or-meltdown/


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Why does this exist?
https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/85018.html?rss=1

  • Just run Wordperfect like a normal person.
  • “SoftMaker Office could be a first-class professional-strength replacement for Microsoft Office on the Linux desktop.”
    • That is a completely pointless sentence and it means nothing.
  • $70 for the base license, that’s a bit steep.
  • Fully compatible or 100% guaranteed compatible?
  • Alright, I downloaded the free beta and it wants a registration key.
  • Yeah, I think I will stick with the literal dozens of free non DRM encumbered alternatives.

 

ChromeOS multitasks
https://chromeunboxed.com/news/android-parallel-tasks-incoming-chrome-os-64/

  • Multiple Android apps running in parallel is a big plus for Chrome OS.
  • As if I didn’t want a Chromebook bad enough already!
  • Awww, it’s like ChromeOS is trying to become a real boy.
  • You will finally be able to take advantage of your Chromebooks hardware.
  • Unless you got one of those $200 short-bus ones for XMAS.
  • Yeah, whoever bought you that doesn’t love you.

 

APK from CLI
https://github.com/matlink/gplaycli

  • This is real handy if you have your own F-droid server.
  • The main goal was to be able to run this script with a cronjob, in order to automatically update an F-Droid server instance.

 

Now with Vulkan support
https://github.com/mpv-player/mpv/releases/tag/v0.28.0

  • Don’t know why you would need a Vulkan output but i’m glad we got it.
  • From my testing MPV seems to be the only player able to play 720p videos on my T42 at the actual video framerate.
  • Bringing Vulkan support seems geared to make it more appealing to people on high end hardware as well as the low end.

 

*sigh*
http://www.openshotvideo.com/2018/01/happy-new-year-2018.html

  • I honestly cannot recommend OpenShot 2.X series to anyone at this point.
  • It’s still a hot crashy mess and that makes me sad.
  • Linux needs a simple, easy to use My First Video Editor and OpenShot 1.X really fit that bill.
  • 2.X wants to be somewhere between Windows movie maker and KDENlive.
  • A niche that simply does not exists.
  • Plans for 2018 include Stability, UI Improvements, additional effects, and 32-bit Windows Builds.

 

No root for you
https://iwf1.com/kde-dropping-run-as-root-feature-stumbles-backlash-from-the-community

  • Remember when VLC did this?
  • Outside of ARRRCH users, who does this really effect?
  • Like most people I found myself installing gedit and geany to do my root text editing.

 

Https is now a thing
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/12/tipping-scales-https

  • Easy to forget that at the beginning of 2017 you didn’t expect EVERY webzone to support https.
  • Now, as 2017 comes to a close, an average of 66% of page loads on Firefox are encrypted, and Chrome shows even higher numbers.
  • Let’s Encrypt’s total issuance volume has exceeded 177 million certificates.
  • With both Chrome and Firefox putting exclamation marks and red strikes above the left corner of the URL bar if your site doesn’t do https, a lot of people decided to take LetsEncrypt up on their free certificates.

 

OggaBooga!
http://pythonsweetness.tumblr.com/post/169166980422/the-mysterious-case-of-the-linux-page-table/amp?

  • This is some FSM damn interesting stuff.
  • Potential Intel Hardware bug could result in 30-35% performance hit when fixed.
  • “AMD processors are not subject to the types of attacks that the kernel page table isolation feature protects against”
    • Intel tried to cripple all X86 processors but the dude from AMD told him their products weren’t vulnerable.
    • ^ From a PMTS Software Engineer at AMD.
  • Kernel 4.14.11 is out with patches for Intel cpu mem leak.
  • Seems the problem lies in Intel’s implementation of branch prediction.
  • These haven’t been a good few months for Intel.
  • First AMD releases a competitive CPU, then Coffee Lake rumors of it being just a more expensive Kaby Lake, the management engine issue, now loss of performance to fix a security bug.
  • And it’s not just Linux, this seemingly affects every operating system which uses any type of memory predictions between processes and the kernel.  

 

This is just neat
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/12/source-code-for-apples-historic-lisa-os-to-be-made-available-in-2018/

  • I look forward to running it in a browser exactly once, saying “neat” and never touching it again.
  • You mean the one Steve Jobs lifted wholesale from Xerox?
    • In all fairness Xerox was just sitting on it with no plans for development.

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Boxes of Pi
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3244253/computers/best-raspberry-pi-kits.html

  • I might pick up a few of those Pi for dummies for my local nonprofit.
  • PiTop looks neat… but that price don’t.
  • The retro gaming kit seems to have far too agreeable a price for this sorta thing.

 

Edge Pi
http://linuxgizmos.com/raspberry-pi-sized-sbc-runs-linux-on-single-core-cortex-a53-soc/

  • 2x GbE ports and 2x USB 3.0 ports because REASONS!
  • Single core 64-bit Cortex-A @ 1W.

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LWDW: Wayland Zombie Apocalypse https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/lwdw-wayland-zombie-apocalypse/ Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:52:31 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11793 https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/lwdw-wayland-zombie-apocalypse/#respond https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/lwdw-wayland-zombie-apocalypse/feed/ 0 NVIDIA drops 32-bit support, KDE travels back in time, Grsecurity gets slapped and Wayland hates zombies. All this plus your emails! NVIDIA drops 32-bit support, KDE travels back in time, Grsecurity gets slapped and Wayland hates zombies. All this plus your emails!

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Ha HA!
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/12/22/grsecurity_defamation_perens_dismissed/

  • The judge denied the SLAPP claim in the best possible way.
  • “…the plaintiffs [GR Security] have not shown a probability of prevailing on their claims.”
    • HAH!
  • Breaking: Expressing an opinion alone does not amount to intentional commerce disruption.
  • With luck they will now catch a clue and drop this nonsense and they should.
  • Why? Because this has harmed their company far FAR worse than anything Bruce Perens could have done.
  • In closing: Dear Grsecurity, quit acting like absolute tools #comeatmebro

 

Xdate
https://lists.x.org/archives/xorg-announce/2017-December/002830.html

  • Fixes and more fixes.
  • Adam Jackson says there will probably be another 1.19 release with the remainder of the patches from Master.
  • If you were expecting new features, you will have to wait until the 1.20
  • Fixed a non-argb cursor conversion /w xwayland and speaking of.

 

Not dead yet
https://blogs.s-osg.org/wayland-zombie-apocalypse-near/

  • That’s an odd way to fix zombie object issues.
  • Instead of killing the zombie object, it changes it to a generic zombie and when the compositor sends the delete request it deletes the generic zombies.
  • Since this wasn’t a fix, Derek sent another round of patches to create a zombie per object which respect the delete request from Wayland.
  • army of bespoke zombies would make a proper band name,

 

Cliiiiick
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/7lb5l7/new_screenshot_alternative_for_wayland/

  • If you don’t want to use the default screenshot tool in your Wayland session, you don’t have much of a choice.
  • “now master works with Ubuntu 17 Gnome Wayland (it should)”
    • Well? Does it work or not?
  • gnome and plasma desktop only
  • If you were thinking Wayland still has a looong way to go well, claim your prize.
  • Also, something something security argument.

 

RIP32
http://www.pcgamer.com/nvidia-is-ending-gpu-driver-support-for-32-bit-operating-systems/

  • They will keep the security patches until 2019, at which point those will drop too.
  • I like to play the FSMs advocate on things like this but I’m unable to come up with a reason to maintain 32-bit driver support.

 

Official Atom
https://github.com/atom/atom/issues/2956#issuecomment-353225330

  • Tried the *.deb and it installed without issue.
  • Oh look, electron nope.
  • The *.deb uninstalled with issue,  

 

Jack 3
http://kxstudio.linuxaudio.org/News/?action=view&url=jack2-1912-release-and-future-plans

  • As someone who has been using Jack for the last three days I believe myself fully qualified to speak on behalf of the community.
  • JACK1 is in bug-fix mode only.
  • From now on the focus will be on JACK2.
  • Development of new features will happen in the JACK2 codebase.

 

Decided lack of Linux BOB
https://blogs.gnome.org/uraeus/2017/12/19/why-hasnt-the-year-of-the-linux-desktop-happened-yet/

  • Why?
  • Because Linux does not ship preconfigured enmass like windows.
  • Until that changes there will be no Year of the Linux Desktop, period.
  • You could pretend it was other factors at play… but you’d be wrong.

 

Remember when KDE was good?
http://www.heliocastro.info/?p=319

  • If you think the Trinity Desktop is not retro enough, there you go!
  • Damn kids, with their new fangled KDE2 nonsense.

 

Oh look, it’s useful now
https://ubports.com/blog/latest-news-1/post/android-apps-on-ubuntu-touch-with-anbox-107

  • We mentioned Anbox a while back but the main issue still stands.
  • The Play store is not installed by default and there is no easy way to do it.
  • And Google could frown on that and nope it.
  • You could use F-Droid or other third party stores, but that’s not where the meat of Android is.

 

Try try again
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/290746744/eelo-a-mobile-os-and-web-services-in-the-public-in

  • Do I need to explain why these projects never work, again?
  • I’m sure Google’s lawyers will have something to say about that logo.

 

Trouble
https://github.com/gulzar1996/auto-like-my-gf-insta-pic

  • This is a fantastic idea to let your loved ones know you care about the pointless things they share on social media.
  • That is, until you get caught.
  • And you gonna get caught, eventually.

Slice of Pi
https://hackaday.com/2017/12/26/fast-3d-printing-with-raspberry-pi-but-not-how-you-think/


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M’lady
https://fedoramagazine.org/fedora-27-server-classic-release/

  • Limiting software availability in a server distro, unless the maintainers/packagers/developers jump through a bunch of new hoops for the sake of “modularity”, is a sure fire way to get some negative feedback.
  • I’m pretty sure everyone who’s ever packaged software for a distro could have told you that from the get go.
  • Also, how do you get off on creating another, completely different, packaging system for the sake of “modularity” in the face of the flatpack vs. Snaps war?
  • 2017, the year of backtracking stupid decisions.

 

MS SSH
https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/13/putty-begone-microsoft-will-ship-an-openssh-client/

  • Putty is perfectly serviceable and portable.
  • While I agree /w Rene it’s nice knowing this is built in.

 

Secure the lightning
https://christian.kellner.me/2017/12/14/introducing-bolt-thunderbolt-3-security-levels-for-gnulinux/

  • Adding one more layer on top of DBus for the sake of security.
  • Granted, this layer of security could entice developers to expose more stuff directly on the firmware level instead of needing their own proprietary software to access them.

 

Noscript is your friend
https://9to5google.com/2017/12/14/google-chrome-64-beta-features/

  • This is what happens when autoplay video becomes the norm.
  • Took’em long enough.
  • That said, they still haven’t killed Flash.
  • “on websites that display non-compliant ads”
    • That’s important to note!

 

Do no evil
https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/15/mozillas-mr-robot-promo-backfires-after-it-installs-firefox-extension-without-permission/

  • It took’em a weekend to come up with a non-apology.

 

The Non-Apology
https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/update-looking-glass-add/

  • We didn’t get paid for it so it’s all good, right?
  • We’re sorry for the confusion and for letting down members of our community.
    • So, you’re not sorry you pushed adware on your users without asking for permission, not giving anyone a choice to opt-in/out, or even not giving people a bit a of a heads up.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, Mozilla! A soulless corporation like any other.
  • Not malicious but holy hell they should have known better than to push anything, minus security updates.
  • People don’t like knowing that they can do that.  

 

The end is neigh
https://www.collabora.com/news-and-blog/blog/2017/12/11/why-linux-hdcp-isnt-the-end-of-the-world/

  • Do you have a GLX compositor running? You can pirate the pants out of everything HDCP, then.
  • It’s actually so pointless to bitch about HDCP as DRM, I’m surprised anyone at Google even gave enough of a damn to implement this.
  • And, if this means 4K Netflix/Prime for Linux, the net result is actually positive.
  • Also, if this means laying the groundwork for Android apps on desktop Linux, bring it!
  • HDCP is the TSA of DRM.
  • It’s all security theatre.
  • Problem is, it don’t work half the time on devices that support it.

 

Smooth proxies
https://kdenlive.org/2017/12/kdenlive-17-12-0-released/

  • This is a maintenance release focused on stability.
  • Proxy clips were given some attention and should provide a better seeking experience as well as reduced memory usage for images.
  • Appimage is available.
  • Now if they could only get MTL to take full advantage of my Ryzen 7.

 

See Spot Linux
https://thenextweb.com/tech/2017/12/20/spotify-gives-linux-users-early-christmas-present-new-desktop-client/

  • Good to see them support Linux.
  • Snap only at the moment.
  • Electron?
    • CEF, same smell different chromium derivative.

 

Can’t stop the signal
https://github.com/haecker-felix/gradio/releases/tag/v7.0

  • Someone looked at the radio bits of Rhythmbox/VLC and said: “That needs an application all of its own!”
  • If your hobby is finding and listening to internet radio stations it might worth a look. 

 

VLC Snap
https://forum.snapcraft.io/t/call-for-testing-vlc-3-0-0-rc1/3202?u=popey

  • It’s now available for snap testing.
  • Protip: Ya might consider letting people know what’s in the RC.

 

Plexamp
https://www.plex.tv/plex-labs/#

  • Electron wrapped NOPE.
  • And, and (get this) it’s not available for Linux.  

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Classy Pi
https://steamuniverse.com/articles/2017/12/14/free-cstem-studio-adds-curriculum-for-raspberry-pi-arduino-lego-mindstorms.aspx

 

Ho Ho EXTERMINATE
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/deep-learning-santa-detector/

  • This is all well and good but we need motion tracking guns.

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And nobody noticed
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/12/google-shuts-down-the-apps-section-of-the-chrome-web-store/

  • I for one welcome our Progressive Web App overlords.
  • With most of the relevant Chromebooks now supporting Android apps, I don’t see the point in duplicating efforts in maintaining 2 stores.

 

ReactOS 0.4.7 released
http://www.reactos.com/project-news/reactos-047-released

  • Nice to see that Windows 2000 simulator is still plugging along.
  • Moved from SVN to Git.
  • Became the top contributed to project in the win32api and osdev categories.
  • Supports a great deal of Windows XP msstyles themes.
  • Only really old games work properly ootb.

 

ARM flavoured laptops
https://www.pcper.com/news/Mobile/Qualcomm-HP-and-ASUS-announce-first-Windows-Snapgdragon-devices

  • Because the Surface RT was such a good, well received and unit shifting product.
  • Oh, no. Wait! It wasn’t. It was a load of lukewarm spooge with gimped functionality and barely any use.
  • Unlike the Surface this is something people might actually want.
  • I’m willing to bet these things will Linux within the first six months of release.

 

Chrome flags
https://9to5google.com/2017/12/06/google-chrome-63-stable-mac-windows-linux-features/

  • Finally, a nice, clean interface that allows you to break your browser in new and interesting ways.

 

NVIDIA V
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12135/nvidia-announces-nvidia-titan-Vennvideo-card-gv100-for-3000-dollars

  • That’s a bit much even for enthusiast.
  • It’s basically a consumer level Tesla card.
  • Bandwidth has been neutered at only 653 GB/sec due to the 3,072 bit Memory Bus Width compared to 900 GB/sec of the Tesla V100.
  • “poor man’s” Tesla V100 built for AI.
  • This is not a GTX card.
  • Unless you’re doing CUDA work or any kind of compute really, you probably don’t want to spend $3k on a GPU.
  • Also, $3000? Nvidia has gone full Intel now, with the lack of competition.

 

Wanna get Hi
http://blog.system76.com/post/168340008923/hidpi-is-released-work-on-initial-setup

  • You have my attention.
  • Also, WHAR code?
    • Probably will be in the source file in their ppa.
  • So even if you have a 3840×2160 13” display laptop, you can plug it in to a 1280×720 projector and get the “ideal” DPi all around without having to sacrifice three goats to the elder gods, on a waxing gibbous of a leap year.

 

Alsafox because you really hate pulse
https://codelab.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/firefox-drops-alsa-apulse-to-the-rescue/

  • I have several legit issues with Pulse but it’s 2017.
  • Does Pulse really nom 10% more battery or is this guy desperately trying to cling onto something?
    • 97% of all percentage numbers you see on the internet are made up on the spot.
  • Here’s someone with a one track mind, so he can only listen to one stream per device and he’ll be damned if anyone will make him move on.
  • Most of pulse’s problems nowadays, outside of the gripe some people (legitimately) have with Lennart Poettering, is the alsa compatibility layer.
    • The moment that archaic piece of crap is dropped, I’m sure pulseaudio will less much less battery than it does now. I’m gonna say 11% less.

 

Discord RNG
https://blog.discordapp.com/12-11-2017-change-log-da15b978d7f9

  • Changing your input device will now properly change your input device \:D/
  • I know that might not sound like much but it’s a big deal for people unfamiliar with pavucontrol.

 

GIMPy Wayland
https://www.gimp.org/news/2017/12/12/gimp-2-9-8-released/

  • Implemented screenshots for KDE/Wayland
  • Color Picker widget will now also work in KDE/Wayland.
  • GIMP should now be able to paste contents of the clipboard at exact coordinates the contents was originally copied from.

 

UHD BD support incoming
https://www.myce.com/news/aacs-2-0-copy-protection-ultra-hd-blu-ray-discs-actively-exploited-loophole-83221/

  • This could get me to install a spinny drive for the first time long time.
  • I own The Martian and John Wick in the UHD but neither have been opened.
  • Mind you, I’ve watched them #ethicalpiracy
  • UHD has built in copy protection, it’s call file size.
  • I’m not talking about storage, nay.
  • I’m talking about 8MB DL speeds.

 

Will have you in stitches (no not that one)
http://libregraphicsworld.org/blog/entry/valentina-seamly2d

  • Check it out!
  • A genuine case of fragmentation in an open sauce project!

Slice of Pi

Super non-Pi
https://liliputing.com/2017/12/libre-computer-renegate-raspberry-pi-like-35-pc-usb-3-0-gigabit-ethernet.html

  • The first SBC with up to 4GB of DDR4, 4K, Gigabit Ethernet, and USB 3.0
  • WARNING: Indiegogo with flex funding.
    • This was what stopped me of just throwing them $35 right now.

 

Expand
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/gpio-expander/

  • You can easily access a Pi Zero’s GPIO pins from your x86 laptop without using SSH.
  • Ethernet-connected computer running pigpio will provide you with remote GPIO pins.
  • Good if you have a gang of projects on different Pi’s?

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Pop
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?TNLMUs5

  • Hahahahahahahahahahahahah NO.
  • I plan to Strider the technology and see if it’s worth tinkering with.
  • In all fairness XFCE4 does a proper job dealing with it OOTB.

Sound
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?gPFxyXO

  • Yeah yeah, it’s in the works.
  • Most people are interested in our audio chain and that business is in a state of flux, Brad.
  • If I did a video two weeks ago I would have to do another tomorrow because I am altering the plan further.
  • Depending on how this month shakes out I should be able to yoink the BEHRINGER U-PHORIA on our Wishlist.
  • That will big the last BIG thing in the audio chain.
  • So Patreons should expect something resembling a “tour” mid Jan?
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LWDW: Goodbye Linux Journal https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/lwdw-goodbye-linux-journal/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:22:26 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11658 https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/lwdw-goodbye-linux-journal/#respond https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/lwdw-goodbye-linux-journal/feed/ 0 Linux Journal reaches EOL, System76 disables Intel’s Management Engine, Edge comes to Android and TeamViewer 13 goes native. All this plus your emails. post thumbnail

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RIP Linux Journal
http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/linux-journal-ceases-publication

  • It’s sad to see a non-clickbait publication go out of existence.
  • I think they relied on some type of subscription model.
  • You can grab the archive for 25 bucks
  • This sorta speaks to a larger issue of quality journalism dying.  The sad fact is that nobody wants to pay for news.   They’d rather get ads and clickbait
  • I honestly can’t remember what the last thing it was I read on Linux Journal.
  • I’m almost positive it was a story we talked about on this very show but I can’t remember.

 

Mozilla release their voice nuggets
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/11/29/announcing-the-initial-release-of-mozillas-open-source-speech-recognition-model-and-voice-dataset/

  • has an accuracy approaching what humans can perceive when listening to the same recordings
  • the world’s second largest publicly available voice dataset
  • pre-built packages for Python, NodeJS and a command-line binary
  • 400,000 recordings, representing 500 hours of speech.
  • Once again, mozilla is attempting to play the smart long game
  • Making it opens source and available will allow a lot of clever people to get a huge jump start on voice recognition enabled apps.
  • They’re still accepting english contributions and will be opening up other languages in 2018
  • Around 6% error rate in word recognition for something that’s only just started, that’s not bad.

 

When even Google fails
https://fossbytes.com/tldr-pages-linux-man-pages-alternative/

  • a collection of simplified and community-driven man pages.
  • Cliff notes for man pages.
  • If you have access to a terminal you have access to Lynx, thus Google.
  • I see nodejs as a dependency and I run
  • I think this is an attempt at addressing a very real issue though.   Man documentation is not that well organized and incredibly variable in quality
  • There really should be a larger mandate to include more practical examples in man pages
  • This would’ve made RTFM less painful to deal with in 2005.

 

Yeah they will
https://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/Existing-AM4-Motherboards-Will-Support-Upcoming-Raven-Ridge-Desktop-APUs-BIOS-Upda

  • I thought the VGA port on the back of my B350 was just for show.
    • Sometimes they cram a GPU on the chipset too
  • Still waiting on those ryzen APU laptops.   Gonna yank me one of them
  • In the meantime, in Intel land, you need different sockets (and therefore motherboards) to use processors of the same generation.

 

System 76 does the right thing
http://blog.system76.com/post/168050597573/system76-me-firmware-updates-plan

  • Know thy audience.
  • DELL is also making this option available.
  • I wonder if other companies will take up a similar tack
    • Also wonder if they’ll be providing an option to nix the amd PSP as well in newer ryzen based systems
    • Other companies have started to do this. Dell being the most prominent.

 

Will you install it?
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/30/microsofts-edge-browser-is-now-available-for-android-and-ios/

  • $3.50 says MS will have Edge on Linux by the end of 2018.
  • Anyone want to take that Pepsi challenge?
  • I think it’ll start making it’s way onto consumer android phones soon as a default browser.
    • Thanks patent extortion

 

I made a thing
https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/l-g-c-how-to-rename-pulseaudio-devices/

  • One person may find this usefull in the future and they will be ecstatic.
  • This is 100% a YU no built into pavucontrol.
  • This is a poorly documented feature.

 

Swag 17.12
https://swagarch.github.io/#about

  • Arch for people who don’t want to read good?
  • Naturally there is an ARCH distro called Swag.

 

Remember remember
https://github.com/yauhen-l/remember-last-position-totem-plugin

  • It’s a neat little plugin, but let’s be real.  Nobody uses totem.    They just install VLC, which has this already.
  • I use totem for previewing our videos and taking screenshots.
  • Willing to bet a lot of people use it because built in.
  • I tend to watch most of my Linux *.iso’s through Plex because it does this across all devices.

 

Plasma Mobile [tech] Preview on QEMU/KVM container of business (Steve0)
http://blog.bshah.in/2017/11/23/emulate-plasma-mobile/

  • Get a headstart on developing your mobile enabled KDE apps
  • Could be useful if a KDE phone ever came to fruition

 

No good will come of this
https://www.contextis.com/blog/dont-feed-them-after-midnight-reverse-engineering-the-furby-connect

  • Apparently the new furbies are part of the internet of shit!
  • So when can we hack them to just play black sabbath?

 

European Parliament has approved budget for VLC bug bounty program
https://hackerone.com/vlc

  • I’m team all gubments should only use open source so, good.
    • ^
  • Lower bounties are sub 750, but a top tier critical bug could net you 2000 euro.   Pretty sweet
  • I’m glad more and more companies are adopting a bug bounty programme.
  • Looking at you, Apple.

 

Teamviewer native
https://community.teamviewer.com/t5/Linux/Update-TeamViewer-13/td-p/24537

  • Never used it but if it’s native (non electron) I would be interested in giving a look.
  • They’ve ditched wine and gone full QT
  • There’s outgoing remote control support for wayland, but you gotta be running X if you want to take over a system
  • Kids, if you ever think that it’s a good idea to install Ubuntu on your parents’ computers, make sure you get intimately familiar with this app
    • Or you set tigervnc up and forward port whatever you set it to on the router.
  • Which actually brings the biggest selling point teamviewer’s ever had. No need to forward any ports.
  • But it’s also the reason when their central servers got hacked, everyone was at risk because even if you were not actively using it, it would still broadcast the connection code and pin to the server.
  • They changed that behavior but I trust it even less now.
  • And as I say this: https://thehackernews.com/2017/12/teamviewer-hacking-tool.html?m=1

Slice of Pi

ICU
https://hackaday.com/2017/11/29/rage-against-the-dying-of-the-light-with-a-raspi-night-vision-camera/

  • DIY sex tapes
    • The footage totally does have that “One night in Paris” look to it.

 

Cliiiiick
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/30/google-diy-ai-camera-kit-raspberry-pi/

  • Comes with a Intel Movidius MA2450 IPU and software to drive it that can recognize either faces, up to 1000 objects, or differentiate between people and animals
  • Could potentially be combined with the former story for additional shenanigans

 

Vivaldi Pi
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/12/vivaldi-browser-arm-raspberry-pi

  • Is the Pi 3 usable with a GUI?\
    • Is it usable with webkit and a GUI is the real question
  • I remember setting up X on the Pi 1 and had a yeah, no moment.

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Boxes
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Sthap, does that count as input?
https://community.ubuntu.com/t/mirs-next-steps-we-need-your-input/2140

  • I’m glad they are still plugging along /w it but
  • Real talk, why does Mir need to support Wayland again?
  • Did Mir gain enough traction to justify its continued existence?
  • Obviously the answer to both of those questions is a resounding no but the door is open for someone to explain to me how it’s not a Hobbit.  

 

That G-Drive Integration
https://community.kde.org/KIO_GDrive

 

Anyone not see this coming?
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/7ez9zc/apparently_linux_security_people_kees_cook_brad/

  • GRSecurity and Kees Cook drop 0 days on each other to swing their security epeen.
  • Both of them have been on the receiving end of Linus’ rants and this is just lending more credence to those stern words.
  • Grow the hell up, the both of you.
  • Seriously, that’s coming from me.

 

GUI gerbil manipulation
https://github.com/edward81/Thermaltake-level10m

  • Similar to the Kova GUI but still actively maintained.
  • “If the program crash the mouse stop working. You have to detach and reattach the Usb cable”
    • Yeah, that’s a bit of a bug.

 

Chromebooks get usefull for business
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/11/microsoft-office-arrives-on-chromebooks-provided-you-pay-for-office-365/

  • Unless your business is so embedded in the MS ecosystem, the powers that be won’t even consider anything that doesn’t have a multi-billion dollar corporation behind it.
  • This is an example of MS putting their product where their mouth is.
  • They want their products everywhere.
  • End users (especially in business) give zero gosh darns about what OS their applications run on.
  • Microsoft knows it will be unable to compete with free when free gets good enough.

 

The price of freedom
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-switchover-will-cost-linux-champion-munich-50m/

    • This is only happening because of stupid monkey politics.
    • Good thing we never have to deal with politics in the FLOSS community.

 

  • “The council says the move to Windows 10 will make it easier to source compatible applications and hardware drivers than it has been using a Linux-based OS, and will also reduce costs by not having to run a Windows and LiMux client side-by-side.”

 

  • Do you know what’s not included in the €50m figure?
  • The €29.9m EXTRA on licenses—for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, software distribution, print and profile management, identity management and related to virtualization—and €3.1m on testing and training.

 

RIP 32
http://news.softpedia.com/news/openmandriva-is-dropping-32-bit-support-openmandriva-lx-3-03-is-the-last-one-518657.shtml

  • One distro I was never curious about and never even tried.
  • And nothing of value was lost.
  • Some 32-bit apps like wine32 will be supported via i586 libraries.

 

Streaming done hipster
https://github.com/tizonia/tizonia-openmax-il

  • I’m only half joking.
  • This could be handy because headless.
  • Or you can add it to your collection of apps you have ran exactly once from terminal because neat and never used again.

 


Slice of Pi

Nightmares
https://howchoo.com/g/otewzwmwnzb/amazon-echo-furby-using-raspberry-pi-furlexa

 

Pi 64
https://blog.oshpark.com/2017/11/24/interface-the-raspberry-pi-zero-w-to-commodore-64/

  • Then, then you can run a C64 emulator on the Pi and Bwaaaammmmm!111!!

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Kodi
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?s4g2jJx

  • Corporations dare to do the stupidest things so long as they have money to throw at the problem.
  • Thing is, they don’t really go after stuff unless it already is or is in the process of becoming very mainstream/easy to use.
  • Perfect example, the MPAA went after Popcorn Time and it was very much a bittorrent client.
  • One which was so easy to use, your average person could easily download and watch pirated movies/series.
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LWDW: Big Slappy Penguin Kisses https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/11/lwdw-big-slappy-penguin-kisses/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:58:11 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11564 https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/11/lwdw-big-slappy-penguin-kisses/#respond https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/11/lwdw-big-slappy-penguin-kisses/feed/ 0 Linus goes on a tear, Microsoft brings GVFS to Linux, Dell continues to embrace the penguin and nano records a stroke. All this plus your emails. post thumbnail

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Linus hates security
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/20/security_people_are_morons_says_linus_torvalds/
https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/11/21/356

  • So, the proposed patches wanted to create a whitelist of applications and every other bit of software that acted out of place would get killed.
    • Remember how many times Linus has said that the Kernel shouldn’t break userspace?
    • And once again, I find myself agreeing with Linus because the developer submitted a broken patch.
    • He knew it was broken, because he had to go back and create a fallback mode for the few bits of software he forgot to account for when creating the exclusion list.
    • Linus views security issues as bugs.
  • “IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE when security people set magical new rules, and then make the kernel panic when those new rules are violated.”
    • Kinda has a point.
    • The kill on sight approach works but you have to implement things like fallback modes.
    • Because things gonna go wrong.
  • Linus is more of a mark it and track it then sort it if need be vs LOIC.
  • Cook backed down and admitted his fixes could not be tested in a single development cycle.

 

Linus lets it in
https://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/dri-devel/2017-November/157803.html

  • AMD too has often been at the end of a Linus denial with accompanying torrent of (deserved) insults.
  • This time, though, instead of going to Linus directly they had Dave Airlie help them with and submit the patches.
  • Good idea, AMD! Because clearly, he is much better at this whole Linux thing than AMD ever was.

 

Git Filesystem on Linux by Microsoft
https://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2017/11/microsoft-and-github-team-up-to-take-git-virtual-file-system-to-macos-linux/

  • There is so much wrong with that article title, I don’t even know where to start.

 

Yet another Google Drive
https://github.com/MStadlmeier/drivesync

  • And it will break soon as Googs changes something.
  • This is rsync for Google drive; not a Google drive replacement.

 

Tunderchicken got you down?
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/11/mailspring-email-snap-app

  • Tired of looking at your email through an old version of Firefox with a funky layout?
  • Now you can look at your email through an old version of Chromium with a funky layout.
  • The more things change the more the stay the same, right?
  • For example, the Snap version doesn’t follow your system theme at all.
  • Oh look, it wants me to create a mailspring account to check my mail.
  • Also, gnome-software is rubbish.
  • Tried to install mailspring, it failed complaining about snap.
  • It actually installed but didn’t register so uninstalling it was not presented as an option.
  • Had to snap remove mailspring to nope the critter.

 

DELL continues to embrace the penguin
https://betanews.com/2017/11/14/dell-ubuntu-linux/

  • I still like the look of that Precision AIO
  • “The better option is to buy a computer with Linux pre-installed”
    • Somebody needs to tell Mr. Brian that it’s 2017.
  • DELL offers RHEL and Ubuntu 16.04.
  • Big, honking, downside? AMD graphics.

 

There’s a black helicopter flying over my house
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/11/new-quad9-dns-service-blocks-malicious-domains-for-everyone/

  • I plugged them digits into the main router.
  • It works (I guess) but don’t really see any advantages.
  • GCA & IBM have partnered with Packet Clearing House to launch a DNS that blocks malware from phoning home.
  • GCA is a non-profit—so the long-term growth of the service is based largely on government and industry continuing to fund it.

 

Recording strokes
https://www.nano-editor.org/news.php

  • Macros… Because if there’s one thing a CLI text editor needs, it’s macros.
  • Improved syntax highlighting? Allowing people to cycle between them in the editor itself? No?

 

This will eventually happen
http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-microsoft-could-embrace-and-extend-linux-on-the-desktop/

  • So, build a glorified Chrome Desktop?
  • That said, MS is slowly pivoting into a services company.
  • They are even taking steps to make windows a subscription service.
  • However I don’t see them using Linux to deliver that anytime soon.

 

Goodby OS/2
https://www.qbittorrent.org/news.php

  • I’m more impressed that OS/2 HAD a torrent client.
  • Allow custom tray icons when system icon theme is used.

 

Speaking of
https://torrentfreak.com/kodi-developers-quit-following-threats-from-mpa-netflix-amazon-171116/

  • The industry will tolerate programs used primarily for piracy (Plex)
  • However, if they become too easy to use (Kodi) prepare for a smackdown.

Slice of Pi

VMU Pi
http://www.sudomod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=4613

  • I know we have a few people in Shatrealm with some of that Nostalgia for the Dreamcast
  • Hope you kept your VMUs in good repair, at least the outside!

 

Gift idea
https://deals.geeky-gadgets.com/sales/magickey-3-in-1-diy-midi-gamepad-keyboard#product_17709-specs-content

  • I can think of a gang of things to hook the musical bits up to.
  • Yes, most of them are highly inappropriate.

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Compiling
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?w1a6hSq

 

Ryzen
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?inZAF6M

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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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News

Breaking: physical access still a problem
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/linux-has-a-usb-driver-security-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
https://www.techspot.com/news/71836-nearly-every-intel-cpu-since-2008-found-vulnerable.html

  • 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
https://medium.com/@caspervonb/electron-is-cancer-b066108e6c32

  • 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
https://fossbytes.com/linux-distros-galaxy-first-demo-samsung/

  • 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
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/12/linux_4_14_released/

  • 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
https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/red-hat-introduces-arm-server-support-red-hat-enterprise-linux

  • 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
http://www.openshotvideo.com/2017/11/openshot-241-released-improved-playback.html

  • 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
http://blogs.opera.com/desktop/2017/11/opera-49-adds-snapshot-tool-editing-tools/

  • 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
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

  • 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
https://fedoramagazine.org/whats-new-fedora-27-workstation/

  • 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?
https://github.com/vigzmv/IPFS-CRDT-shared-editing

  • 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
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/piwheels/

 

Imagine a beowulf cluster
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12037/cheap-supercomputers-lanl-has-750node-raspberry-pi-development-clusters


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