August 21, 2019
We spend our weekend with Wayland, discover new apps to try, tricks to share, and dig into the state of the project. Plus System76's new software release, and Fedora's big decision.Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Drew DeVore.Links:System76 Blog — The New Firmware Manager — we’re excited to announce that you can now check and update firmware through Settings on Pop!_OS, and through the firmware manager GTK application on System76 hardware running other Debian-based distributions.pop-os/firmware-manager — Generic framework and GTK UI for firmware updates from system76-firmware and fwupd, written in Rust. Richard Brown on Twitter — Today I’m stepping down as openSUSE Chairman, leaving the Project in the fine hands of the openSUSE board and it’s new Chair, @GeraldPfeifer.Approved: Fedora 31 To Drop i686 Everything/Modular Repositories - Phoronix — The FESCo group gave their formal approval today for permitting these i686 repositories to be removed beginning with Fedora 31Jupiter Extras: Chris and Wes React to LINUX Unplugged — Nothing is worse than your past self. So we play old clips of LINUX Unplugged and react. Scan for network vulnerabilities w/ Nmap - Linux Academy YouTube — With data breaches becoming so common, it's vital to be proactive in finding and patching severe vulnerabilities on our system. One of the free/open-source ways you can scan for these vulnerabilities is by using Nmap. How to copy directories with SCP recursively tutorial - Linux AcademyYouTube — When working with servers you will often find yourself in a situation where you need to copy files from one machine to another. You can package them into a tarball and then copy a tarball over to a remote machine and then unpack it there. This is not a bad option but you can also use SCP to copy the files as they are and preserve the directory structure, without the need for packaging. Linux Archives – Linux AcademyWhat’s Taking Wayland So Long? » Linux Magazine — Over the years, the project’s goals have evolved, but more or less remained: the development of a simpler, more efficient, and more secure display server.pp3345/gnome-with-patches Copr — This repo contains gnome-shell and mutter builds based on the official Fedora ones with some additional patches (mainly to improve performance). rafaelmardojai/firefox-gnome-theme — A GNOME👣 theme for Firefox🔥 Tilix: A tiling terminal emulator — Tilix is an advanced GTK3 tiling terminal emulator that follows the Gnome Human Interface Guidelines. GNOME 3.34 Works Out Refined XWayland Support For X11 Apps Run Under Sudo - Phoronix — This allows the X11 clients to now work from a different VT without any extra environment variables set besides the DISPLAY. In other words, the same user on the same system can now more easily run clients with XWayland thanks to this commit coming late in the 3.34 cycle. The MATE Desktop Is Becoming Quite Usable On Wayland Via Mir - Phoronix — The MATE desktop is seeing Wayland support thanks to Mir doing the heavy lifting. This is also becoming one of the leading examples of Mir's use-case following Canonical engineers re-tooling their display server with Wayland support after pulling back from their original design goals around Ubuntu Touch and mobile/convergence.Plasma/Wayland Showstoppers - KDE Community Wiki — This page tracks the Wayland showstoppers through out the stack . Wayland misconceptions debunked | Drew DeVault’s Blog — This article has been on my backburner for a while, but it seems Wayland FUD is making the news again recently, so I’ve bumped up the priority a bit. For those new to my blog, I am the maintainer of wlroots, a library which implements much of the functionality required of a Wayland compositor and is arguably the single most influential project in Wayland right now; and sway, a popular Wayland compositor which is nearing version 1.0.Flameshot — Powerful yet simple to use screenshot software. Auto Move Windows - GNOME Shell Extensions — Move applications to specific workspaces when they create windows. Ed Therriault on Twitter — @ChrisLAS I’ve been out of the loop for a bit as I’ve been focusing on work and family but I need to know what’s a good incremental backup solution that will use very little storage. I’ll be uploading them to google drive. Ubuntu server 19. Thank you for your time.seemoo-lab/opendrop — An open Apple AirDrop implementation written in Pythonanirudhajith/process-wallpaper — Shell and python scripts that set the desktop wallpaper to a word cloud of the most resource-hungry processes.Huge Survey of Firmware Finds No Security Gains in 15 Years – The Security Ledger — A survey of more than 6,000 firmware images spanning more than a decade finds no improvement in firmware security and lax security standards for the software running connected devices by Linksys, Netgear and other major vendors.
August 14, 2019
It's huge, and it's getting bigger every month. How do you test the Linux Kernel? Major Hayden from Red Hat joins us to discuss their efforts to automate Kernel bug hunting. Plus our honest conversation about which Linux works best for us.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, Ell Marquez, Major Hayden, and Neal Gompa.Links:Unpatched KDE vulnerability disclosed on Twitter — When a user opens the KDE file viewer to access the directory where these files are stored, the malicious code contained within the .desktop or .directory files executes without user interaction.KDE rips out ability for KConfig to run shell code — KDE responded on Wednesday by removing the feature to have shell commands as values in the KConfig files, which was described as an intentional feature that allowed for flexibility. First modern coreboot server platform — This platform is the first modern upstream coreboot server platform on the market with an Intel Xeon E3-1200 v6 processor also known as Kabylake-DT.Open-source firmware is the future - Blog | Mullvad VPN — This is the first time a modern off-the-shelf server platform gains coreboot support, and it is an integral part of realizing our vision of transparent and independently auditable VPN servers. Adder WS - System76System76 Preparing To Roll Out Their First Coreboot-Enabled Laptop - Phoronix — Ahead of this year's Open-Source Firmware Conference (OSFC) being held from 3 to 6 September at the Google and Facebook offices in Mountain View, System76 announced the Darter Pro OSFC Edition that ships with Coreboot.System76 Granted A Thunderbolt License To Integrate Into Their Open Firmware - Phoronix — System76 has been granted a Thunderbolt license, meaning that we can now integrate Thunderbolt compatibility into our open firmware.Jupiter Extras — New ideas, great interviews, events, and other content you will love. We bring you the Extras. Free Courses at Linux Academy — August 2019 – Linux Academymajor.io — words of wisdom from a systems engineerContinuous integration testing for the Linux kernel | Opensource.com — The call for continuous integration (CI) grows for more and more projects, the Continuous Kernel Integration (CKI) team forges ahead with a single mission: prevent bugs from being merged into the kernel.Major's Continuous Kernel Integration Talk at Texas Linuxfe 2019CKI Project — Continuous Kernel IntegrationContinuous Kernel Integration project on GitHubCKI hackfest agenda for Plumbers0-Day Continuous Integration (CI) Test Service from Intel — With so much code contributed to each release, it’s impossible to avoid potential regressions. To eliminate them, you must first find the bugs that cause them, which can be like finding a needle in the proverbial haystack. This is what makes the 0-Day Continuous Integration (CI) Test Service so important. 0-Day delivers comprehensive, automated and continuous integration testing that monitors the Linux mainline and 800+ developer trees for regressions, helping find bugs before they reach the Linux kernel so problems can be fixed before they impact users. Simply put, 0-Day helps ensure Linux kernel quality in a highly complex development environment.Snowpatch: continuous-integration testing for the kernel — The Linux kernel project lags many others in its use of CI testing for a number of reasons, including a fundamental mismatch with how kernel developers tend to manage their workflows. At linux.conf.au 2019, Russell Currey described a CI system called Snowpatch that, he hopes, will bridge the gap and bring better testing to the kernel development process.Kernel CI Dashboard — FAQLinux Test Project — Linux Test Project is a joint project started by SGI, OSDL and Bull developed and maintained by IBM, Cisco, Fujitsu, SUSE, Red Hat, Oracle and others. The project goal is to deliver tests to the open source community that validate the reliability, robustness, and stability of Linux. patchwork — Patchwork is a web-based patch tracking system designed to facilitate the contribution and management of contributions to an open-source project. Kernel Patch-Evaluated Testing — KPET is a framework which will execute targeted testing based on changes introduced in the patch, e.g. a network driver or similar would trigger network related testing to be invoked, or a filesystem change would invoke filesystem testing. Beaker lab automation project — Beaker is open-source software for managing and automating labs of test computers. google/syzkaller — syzkaller is an unsupervised, coverage-guided kernel fuzzer openQA | Introduction to the heart of openSUSE's automated testing — OpenSUSE is way too versatile for humans to test even the most common configurations. Therefore openQA was introduced and became an indispensable part of the openSUSE development and release processes. openQA is an automated test tool for operating systems. It allows to test the whole installation process of an operating system in a wide range of software and hardware configurations by leveraging qemu. This talk gives an introduction to openQA and explains how openQA works to help understand what it's output means.OpenQA - Fedora Project Wiki — Fedora uses the openQA automated testing system as a significant part of the release validation testing process, and for testing updates. On this page you can find more information about openQA, how Fedora uses it, and how to install your own instance of openQA so you can try it out and contribute to test development. AppImage by probonopd · Pull Request #72 · JupiterBroadcasting/CasterSoundboard — This PR, when merged, will compile this application on Travis CI upon each git push, and upload an AppImage to your GitHub Releases page. TeleCast with popey — An experiment in lean audio delivery via Telegram. TeleCast with popey is an informal short-form audio podcast-like showLINUX Unplugged 202: Halls of Endless Linux — Michael Hall from Endless joins us to discuss his new role, Endless’ involvement with Gnome & the unique approach they are taking with EndlessOS. End of life - Fedora Project Wiki — Fedora Project maintains each release of Fedora according to the Fedora Release Life Cycle. The following releases have reached End of Life, and are no longer maintained and do not receive any updates. quicktile — Adds window-tiling keybindings to any X11-based desktop.
August 7, 2019
We put the Raspberry Pi 4 to the desktop test, and try it as our daily driver. Plus some neat and powerful uses for recent Pis, and our thoughts on Manjaro's change of heart.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, and Brent Gervais.Links:Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain. You Can Download Them Free — Prior to 1964, books had a 28-year copyright term. Extending it required authors or publishers to send in a separate form, and lots of people didn't end up doing that. Thanks to the efforts of the New York Public Library, many of those public domain books are now free online.About FreeOffice - it's not being installed by default - Announcements - Manjaro Linux Forum — Manjaro will not be installing FreeOffice by default. This isn't happening.Join the new Minimization Team - devel-announce - Fedora Mailing-Lists — I'm starting a Minimization Objective focusing on minimising the installation size of some of the popular apps, runtimes, and other pieces of software in Fedora.Google Engineers Get Windows Booting When Kexec'ed Under Linux - Phoronix — An interesting summer internship at Google has led to an experimental effort to get Microsoft Windows running via Kexec from Linux. The engineers involved have been implementing enough of the EFI Boot Services to be able to kexec Windows from Linux. Roy Hopkins on Twitter — That's a coincidence. Today I managed to boot Windows 10 directly from Linux on a real platform using a kernel module to emulate UEFI. I hate to say it but achieving ExitBootServices is only the beginning... LinuxBoot — LinuxBoot is a firmware for modern servers that replaces specific firmware functionality like the UEFI DXE phase with a Linux kernel and runtime. The 2019 SeaGL CFP is open for business! | Seattle GNU/Linux Conference — Calling all speakers or speakers-to-be! Our 2019 Call for Proposals is open! Chris Fisher on Instagram — Raspberry Pi 4 desktop kit unboxing Benchmarking the Raspberry Pi 4 - Gareth Halfacree — Although appearing similar at first glance, the new board is slightly larger thanks to ports extending further from the PCB for improved case compatibility, the Ethernet and USB ports have been switched around, the power input is now a USB Type-C connector, and the full-size HDMI output has been swapped out for not one but two micro-HDMI connectors. Chris' pi4 BenchmarksRpi4-sql Benchmarks - OpenBenchmarking.orgRPI4-CPU-PERF Benchmarks - OpenBenchmarking.orgHP 4000 Pro SFF Desktop Intel Core 2 Duo (E7500) 2.93GHz 4GB DDR3 250GB HDDInitial Raspberry Pi 4 Performance Benchmarks - Phoronixmotioneye — motionEye is a web frontend for the motion daemon, written in Python. Motion — Motion is a highly configurable program that monitors video signals from many types of cameras. CodiMD - Realtime collaborative markdown notes on all platforms. — CodiMD lets you collaborate in real-time with markdown. Built on HackMD source code, CodiMD lets you host and control your team's content with speed and ease. r-darwish/topgrade: Upgrade everything — Keeping your system up to date mostly involves invoking more than a single package manager. This usually results in big shell one-liners saved in your shell history. Topgrade tries to solve this problem by detecting which tools you use and run their appropriate package managers.
July 31, 2019
Manjaro takes significant steps to stand out, and the shared problem major distributions are trying to solve, and why it will shape the future of Linux. Plus macOS apps on Linux, and our first impressions of the Raspberry Pi 4.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Drew DeVore, Martin Wimpress, Neal Gompa, and Philip Muller.Links:ThinkTiny — The ThinkTiny is a miniature laptop computer with a 0.96 inch display and a design that’s heavily inspired by Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad style. There’s even a TrackPoint-like pointing nub. Darling Picks Up New Contributors For Its macOS Compatibility Layer On Linux — Darling is the long-standing (albeit for some years idling) effort to allow macOS binaries to run on Linux that is akin to Wine but focused on an Apple macOS layer rather than Windows. This summer it's been moving along and seeing some new developer contributions. Darling Progress Report Q2 2019 — We are very excited to say that in Q2 2019 (April 1 to June 30) we saw more community involvement than ever before. Many pull requests were submitted that spanned from bug fixes for our low level assembly to higher level modules such as the AppKit framework. Thanks to everyone for your contributions and we hope for this level of engagement to continue. Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit — Full desktop computer kit - just connect to HDMI display(s) Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now from $35 — A 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU (~3× performance) Raspberry Pi 4 Ubuntu Server 18.04.2 Install / Config Guide — Right now there is a memory limitation of 1 GB in 64 bit mode on the Raspberry Pi 4. This is apparently due to the SD card driver breaking when more than 1 GB of RAM is present. This will all be solved eventually but until then I recommend using the 32 bit version of Ubuntu or waiting until the Raspberry Pi 4 support catches up. If you want to run the 64 bit one now anyway it works fine other than the memory limitation. Raspberry Pi 4 on Arch Linux ARMFedora 30 - Rasbberry Pi 4 support - arm - Fedora Mailing-ListsManjaro announces partnership, will start shipping closed source FreeOffice suite by default — Additionally we ship FreeOffice 491 by default. This is possible since we partnered up with Softmaker 70.[Testing Update] 2019-07-29 - Kernels, XFCE 4.14-pre3, Haskell - Announcements / Testing Updates - Manjaro Linux ForumPhil's GitHubUbucon Europe 2019 – Sintra, 10th-13th October — Ubucon is an event organized by the Ubuntu Communities from all around the world. The focus of the event is Ubuntu, an open source, community-driven and free linux distribution,  and other free and open source technologies. This year, this event will be organized in Sintra, Portugal, in October 2019. We are preparing four full days of sprints, workshops, conferences, talks and social events for all participants.AWS Cloud Practitioner Study Group — RSVP to this study group created to help you pass the AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification starting on Wednesday July 31st at 11am Pacific.Introducing Fedora CoreOS — Fedora CoreOS is built to be the secure and reliable host for your compute clusters. It’s designed specifically for running containerized workloads without regular maintenance, automatically updating itself with the latest OS improvements, bug fixes, and security updatesFedora CoreOS - Getting Started — Fedora CoreOS has no install-time configuration. Every Fedora CoreOS system begins with a generic, unconfigured disk image. On first boot Ignition will read the supplied config and configure the system. Ignition configs are usually supplied via the cloud’s userdata mechanism, or, in the case of bare metal, injected at install time. This guide will show you how to launch Fedora CoreOS on AWS, QEMU, and bare metal as well as how to create Ignition configs. Podman — What is Podman? Podman is a daemonless container engine for developing, managing, and running OCI Containers on your Linux System. Containers can either be run as root or in rootless mode. Simply put: `alias docker=podman`.Buildah, Podman, and Skopeo – the BIT that matters — Still doing all your Linux container management using an insecure, bloated daemon? Well, don’t feel bad. I was too until very recently. Now I’m finding myself slowly saying goodbye to my beloved Docker daemon and saying hello to Buildah, Podman, and Skopeo. In this article, I explore the exciting new world of rootless and daemon-less Linux container tools.Replacing Docker with Podman — Yeah, you read it right… while Docker is a buzzword in the tech industry now. we will see the consequences of using it and how we can solve the problem with Podman. Replacing Docker with Podman etcd: Distributed reliable key-value store for the most critical data of a distributed system — etcd is a distributed reliable key-value store for the most critical data of a distributed systemUbuntu Core — We redesigned the entire system from first boot to create the most secure embedded Linux for devices and connected things.
July 24, 2019
Keynote presenter from Texas LinuxFest and established industry expert Thomas Cameron joins us to discuss the end of the distro wars, the future of Linux jobs, his personal take on IBM's acquisition of Red Hat, some really great Linux job tips, and much more. Plus we catch up on some community news from old friends, complain about a few Linux bugs, and share a "magical" app pick.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Martin Wimpress, and Thomas Cameron.Links:Hiding Data In Music Might Be The Key To Ditching Coffee Shop WiFi Passwords | Hackaday — By encoding data into the audible range of music, coffee shops could broadcast their WiFi passwords inside their Sia-heavy playlists. (Why is it always Sia?) Cell phones could then detect the password and automatically connect.Dropbox added support for zfs, eCryptFS, xfs, and btrfs filesystems — The latest version 77.3.127 Dropbox added support for zfs (on 64-bit systems only), eCryptFS, xfs (on 64-bit systems only), and btrfs filesystems.Fedora To Stop Providing i686 Kernels, Might Also Drop 32-Bit Modular/Everything Repos - Phoronix — Under this secondary proposal, Fedora 31 would stop producing and distributing Modular and Everything i686 repositories.Changes/Noi686Repositories - Fedora Project Wiki — Stop producing and distributing the Modular and Everything i686 repositories. Kernel 5.2 KVM VFIO BugLinuxServer Joins Open CollectiveDownload – Endeavour OS — We’re proud to present you our very first stable releasePassing the AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam — Whether you need the Cloud Practitioner certification for work or as a personal goal, studying and staying on track is hard because life gets in the way. Join this study group and we’ll help you pass the exam by meeting on a bi-weekly basis and going over the main topics covered in the certification exam. Free Cloud Courses at Linux AcademyThomas Cameron at Texas Linux Fest 2019 — Thomas Cameron has been an IT Professional since 1993. He's worked with Linux at multinational financial services companies, transportation companies, manufacturing, and more. He's a Red Hat Certified Architect, and was a regional chief architect at Red Hat. He's currently on the Amazon Linux team at Amazon.Serverbuilds.netThe Perfect Media Server - 2019 Edition — There's a ton of resources on serverbuilds but you should definitely take a few minutes to browse the excellent CPU spreadsheet before buying a new CPU. You'll probably think twice about that Sandy Bridge chip now (in a good way). croc: Easily and securely send things from one computer to another — croc is a tool that allows any two computers to simply and securely transfer files and folders.GPD ProductsGPD Pocket: 7.0' Indiegogo
July 16, 2019
What’s surprised us, what we got wrong, right, and what the biggest game changers have been in 2019 so far.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Jim Salter.Links:Firefox Now Available with Enhanced Tracking ProtectionMozilla: Want ad-free news on Firefox? That'll cost you $5Google's Manifest V3 will change how ad blocking Chrome extensions workEnd of Scientific LinuxEnd of Antergos LinuxEnd of Korora ProjectLibreOffice 6.3 Drops 32-bit Linux BuildsIntel 32bit packages on Ubuntu from 19.10 onwardsAnnouncing WSL 2Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now from $35Google Stadia announcedSubscriptions Are About to Swallow GamingCisco Leap Frogs H.264 Video Collaboration with Real-Time AV1 CodecIntel To Work On AV1 Decoding Support, FFmpeg / GStreamer Pluginsdav1d 0.3.0 release: even faster!LINUX Unplugged - Blog - LinuxFest Northwest 2019LINUX Unplugged - Blog - Red Hat Summit 2019LINUX Unplugged - Blog - Clear Linux OS 2019LINUX Unplugged - Blog - KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2019LINUX Unplugged - Blog - Texas Linuxfest 2019LINUX Unplugged - Blog - BSides San Antonio 2019GNOME Shell Gets a Major Speed BoostPassMark - CPU Comparison Intel i7-9700 vs AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
July 10, 2019
Open Source has taken over the world, as IBM's purchase of Red Hat closes. We reflect on this historic moment. Plus Mozilla's been labeled an Internet Villian, we deep dive into the tech behind all the controversy and how you can self-host secure DNS.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Drew DeVore.Links:Red Hat, Inc. on Twitter — As #RedHat's acquisition by @IBM closes, Red Hat will maintain independence and neutrality to give customers freedom, choice and flexibility. IBM Closes Landmark Acquisition of Red Hat for $34 Billion; Defines Open, Hybrid Cloud Future — Joining forces with IBM gives Red Hat the opportunity to bring more open source innovation to an even broader range of organizations and will enable us to scale to meet the need for hybrid cloud solutions that deliver true choice and agility.Ubuntu-Maker Canonical’s GitHub Account Gets Hacked — An unknown hacker yesterday successfully managed to hack into the official GitHub account of Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux project and created 11 new empty repositories.Ubuntu Security on Twitter — We can confirm that on 2019-07-06 there was a Canonical owned account on GitHub whose credentials were compromised and used to create repositories and issues among other activities.Raspberry Pi admits to faulty USB-C design on the Pi 4 — After reports started popping up on the Internet, Raspberry Pi cofounder Eben Upton admitted to TechRepublic that "A smart charger with an e-marked cable will incorrectly identify the Raspberry Pi 4 as an audio adapter accessory and refuse to provide power." Upton went on to say, "I expect this will be fixed in a future board revision, but for now users will need to apply one of the suggested workarounds. It's surprising this didn't show up in our (quite extensive) field testing program."Firefox 68.0, See All New Features, Updates and Fixes — Dark mode in reader view expands so that windows are also dark on the controls, sidebars and toolbars.Linux Millionaire Question Form — Jupiter Broadcasting wants to create a fun game for Linux enthusiasts to test their knowledge on the depths of technology and Linux history. Please help by providing us your thoughtful questions and suggested answers! Linux Academy on Twitter — The AWS #DevOps Professional certification exam has just been updated with new emphasis on the AWS #Developer Tools suite. Choose Linux 12: Regolith, Rosa, and Antsy Alien Attack — Two new hosts join Joe to talk about a nice i3 implementation and an amazing arcade game written in Bash. Linux Academy is Hiring!Passing the AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam — Whether you need the Cloud Practitioner certification for work or as a personal goal, studying and staying on track is hard because life gets in the way. Join this study group and we’ll help you pass the exam by meeting on a bi-weekly basis and going over the main topics covered in the certification exam. Emma on Twitter — Hey @system76 fans! I'm looking for a few people to join the HAPPINESS TEAM at System76! Understanding Burnout Study GroupISPA announces finalists for 2019 Internet Heroes and Villains: Trump and Mozilla lead the way as Villain nominees — Mozilla, for their proposed approach to introduce DNS-over-HTTPS in such a way as to bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK.How to enable DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) in Firefox | ZDNet — The DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol is currently the talk of the town, and the Firefox browser is the only one to support it. DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH)  |  Public DNS  |  Google Developers — Google Public DNS provides two distinct DoH APIsPublic recursive name server - Wikipedia — List of public DNS service operatorsDNS Over HTTPS Proxy — A set of python 3 scripts that supports proxying DNS over HTTPS as specified in the IETF Draft draft-ietf-doh-dns-over-https. DNS Privacy Projectdnscrypt-proxy 2 — A flexible DNS proxy, with support for modern encrypted DNS protocols such as DNSCrypt v2 and DNS-over-HTTPS. Running a DNS over HTTPS Client — There are several DNS over HTTPS (DoH) clients you can use to connect to in order to protect your DNS queries from privacy intrusions and tampering. curl/doh — A libcurl-using application that resolves a host name using DNS-over-HTTPS (DOH). RFC 7858 — Specification for DNS over Transport Layer SecurityDNS Security with DNSCrypt — While OpenDNS has provided world-class security using DNS for years, and OpenDNS is the most secure DNS service available, the underlying DNS protocol has not been secure enough for our comfort. DNSSEC – What Is It and Why Is It Important? - ICANN — Engineers in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the organization responsible for the DNS protocol standards, long realized the lack of stronger authentication in DNS was a problem. Work on a solution began in the 1990s and the result was the DNSSEC Security Extensions (DNSSEC). DNS Security and Privacy — Choosing the right provider — However, with all great options out there (eg:,,, come great responsibilities. Which provider to choose? Which protocol to choose? DNSCrypt? DNS over HTTPS or TLS? What about DNSSEC? … pi-hole/pi-hole: A black hole for Internet advertisements — Those who want to get started quickly and conveniently may install Pi-hole using the following command Configuring DNS-Over-HTTPS on Pi-hole - Pi-hole documentation — DNS-Over-HTTPS is a protocol for performing DNS lookups via the same protocol you use to browse the web securely: HTTPS. Segmentation fault on raspberry pi 2 model b · Issue #38 · cloudflare/cloudflaredDevilsPie — A totally crack-ridden program for freaks and weirdos who want precise control over what windows do when they appear. If you want all XChat windows to be on desktop 3, in the lower-left, at 40% transparency, you can do it. Devilspie2 — Devilspie2 is a window matching utility, allowing the user to perform scripted actions on windows as they are created.
July 2, 2019
Our crew walks you through their PCI Passthrough setups that let them run Windows, macOS, and distro-hop all from one Linux machine. Forget multiple partitions, dual booting, and Hackintoshes; you can do it all with Linux and KVM. Near-native VM performance doesn't have to be painful. You only need a few prerequisites and a little help. Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.Links:Windows VirtIO Drivers — 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and newer require the drivers to be digitally signed.Alex's arch-vfio-ovmf scripts — Arch Linux installation and VFIO setup scripts Looking Glass - Quickstart Guide — These guides are designed to help you get Looking Glass up and running on an already configured QEMU KVM Virtual Machine that has a VGA PCI Passthrough device. duncanthrax/scream — Scream is a virtual device driver for Windows that provides a discrete sound device. Audio played through this device is published on your local network as a PCM multicast stream. ACS patch COPR — Fedora kernels with add-acs-overrides patch from Arch AURACS Override Kernel Builds — This page contains links to the latest kernel builds with the ACS override patch applied for PCI devices. natalie-/fedora-acs-override — Using the ACS override patch for FedoraVFIO tips and tricks: IOMMU Groups, inside and out — Sometimes VFIO users are befuddled that they aren't able to separate devices between host and guest or multiple guests due to IOMMU grouping and revert to using legacy KVM device assignment, or as is the case with may VFIO-VGA users, apply the PCIe ACS override patch to avoid the problem.  Let's take a moment to look at what this is really doing. "Error 43: Driver failed to load" on Nvidia GPUs passed to Windows VMs — Since version 337.88, Nvidia drivers on Windows check if an hypervisor is running and fail if it detects one, which results in an Error 43 in the Windows device manager. Starting with QEMU 2.5.0 and libvirt 1.3.3, the vendor_id for the hypervisor can be spoofed, which is enough to fool the Nvidia drivers into loading anyway.Mac OS Adds Early Support for VirtIO, Qemu - The Passthrough POST — In a new development uncovered by Qemu developer Gerd Hoffmann, Apple has apparently added early support for VirtIO and framebuffer graphics in a later Mac OS Mojave release. New and Improved Mac OS Tutorial, Part 1 (The Basics) - The Passthrough POST — Due to certain recent developments, It’s become clear to us that it’s necessary to update and improve our OSX VM guide. A lot’s changed since we wrote it, and rolling in those changes will make the process much more user friendly and accessible to newer VFIO users. Mac OS VM Guide Part 2 (GPU Passthrough and Tweaks) - The Passthrough POST — We’ve made every attempt to make this as straightforward as possible, but there’s a lot more ground to cover here than in the first part of the guideUGREEN USB 3.0 Sharing Switch Selector 4 Port 2 Computers Peripheral Switcher Adapter Hub for PC, Printer, Scanner, Mouse, Keyboard with One Button Swapping — This USB Switch 4 Port device allows up to 2 users to share 4 USB 3.0 peripheral devices, such as printer,scanner,mouse,keyboard or usb disk etc without the need to constantly swap cables or set up complicated network sharing software. It's a great for use at home if you have multiple PCs or Macs.How to setup VFIO GPU passthrough using OVMF and KVM on Arch Linux — This article will detail the steps required to passthrough your GPU to a guest VM which will in our case be a Windows 10 VM used for gaming. Yes, this is the exact same technology made popular by Linus on his LinusTechTips YouTube channel in the seven gamers, one CPU video.Chris' HDMI Monitor 1920x1080 16: 9 LCD ScreenLenovo G0A10170UL Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock — Amplify your ultrabook’s graphics performance with the integrated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. Mantiz Venus MZ-02 External Graphic Enclosure eGPU — Connects Full High Full Length 120" Width 2.5 PCIE Desktop Power GPU to computer WITH an Intel Certified Thunderbolt 3 port.Synergy — Synergy is a software download that shares one mouse and one keyboard between multiple computers. Simply move your mouse between your computers effortlesslybarrier: Open-source KVM software — Barrier is KVM software forked from Symless's synergy 1.9 codebase. Synergy was a commercialized reimplementation of the original CosmoSynergy written by Chris Schoeneman. foxlet/macOS-Simple-KVM — Documentation to set up a simple macOS VM in QEMU, accelerated by KVM.
June 26, 2019
Go full self-hosted with our team’s tips, and we share our setups from simple to complex. Plus what really happens on a 64-bit Linux box when you run 32-bit software, some very handy picks, our reaction to the new Raspberry Pi 4 and more.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.Links:These 5D Glass Discs Store 360 TB Of Data For 13.8 Billion Years — Researchers at the University of Southampton have showcased their new nanostructured glass discs that have the ability to store digital data for billions of years. The university announced that they've managed to build a device that can store huge amounts of data on small glass discs using laser writingThe Raspberry Pi 4 launch site runs on a Pi 4 cluster | Ars Technica — The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B has launched. It's a pretty big upgrade from the Raspberry Pi 3, with the company claiming that the device can provide "desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems."Is 4 GB The Limit For The Raspberry Pi 4? | Hackaday — It’s not the lack of an Oxford comma that caught his eye, but the tantalising mention of an 8 GB Raspberry Pi 4. Could we one day see an extra model in the range with twice the memory? It would be nice to think so. Buy a Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit – Raspberry Pi — Full desktop computer kit - just connect to HDMI display(s) Steam is dropping support for Ubuntu, but not Linux entirely | PC Gamer — Last Friday, a developer at Valve announced that Ubuntu Linux 19.10⁠—which is due to come out this October—won't be supported by Steam. Valve is still supporting Linux, just not future versions of the Ubuntu operating system. Pierre-Loup Griffais on Twitter — Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases will not be officially supported by Steam or recommended to our users. We will evaluate ways to minimize breakage for existing users, but will also switch our focus to a different distribution, currently TBD.Statement on 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS | Ubuntu — Thanks to the huge amount of feedback this weekend from gamers, Ubuntu Studio, and the WINE community, we will change our plan and build selected 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS. What it takes to run a 32-bit x86 program on a 64-bit x86 Linux system — Suppose that you have a modern 64-bit x86 Linux system (often called an x86_64 environment) and that you want to run an old 32-bit x86 program on it (a plain x86 program). What does this require from the overall system, both the kernel and the rest of the environment?Nextcloud — The self-hosted productivity platform that keeps you in control NextCloud Phone SyncNextCloud workflow scriptsNextcloud Registration PluginNextCloud Keep or SweepNextcloud NewsNextcloud file-drop — Convenient and secure file exchange for enterprises.Install Nextcloud for Linux using the Snap StoreNextCloud docker-compose examplesLinuxServer.io NextCloud docker imageCSRF Check Failed · Issue #768 · nextcloud/ioslexicon — Manipulate DNS records on various DNS providers in a standardized way. ARandR: Another XRandR GUI — ARandR is designed to provide a simple visual front end for XRandR. Relative monitor positions are shown graphically and can be changed in a drag-and-drop way.
June 19, 2019
We attempt something you never should, we live flip our FreeNAS ZFS install to a Fedora server. Plus a REALLY weird PC, and our command line picks.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Martin Wimpress, and Neal Gompa.Links:Netflix Uncovers TCP Bugs Within The Linux & FreeBSD Kernels - Phoronix — As Netflix's first security bulletin for 2019, they warned of TCP-based remote denial of service vulnerabilities affecting both Linux and FreeBSD. These vulnerabilities are rated "critical" but already being corrected within the latest Git code. Initial Benchmarks Of Microsoft's WSL2 - Phoronix — Since the release of WSL2 as a Windows 10 Insider Preview update this week, we've been putting the new Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 under some benchmarks compared to WSL1 and bare metal Linux. While WSL2 has improved the I/O performance thanks to the new Hyper-V-based virtualization approach employed by WSL2, the performance has regressed in other areas for running Linux binaries on Windows 10.The Future of Docker Desktop for Windows - Docker Engineering Blog — ith WSL 2 integration, you will still experience the same seamless integration with Windows, but Linux programs running inside WSL will also be able to do the same. This has a huge impact for developers working on projects targeting a Linux environment, or with a build process tailored for Linux. No need for maintaining both Linux and Windows build scripts anymore! As an example, a developer at Docker can now work on the Linux Docker daemon on Windows, using the same set of tools and scripts as a developer on a Linux machineCheck Out the Snap Store's New Distro Install Pages - OMG! Ubuntu! — In an effort to improve the experience for users wishing to install Snap apps on non-Ubuntu distributions, the Snapcraft team have launched distro-specific store pages for Snap apps.Call for testing: chromium-browser deb to snap transition - Desktop - Ubuntu Community Hub — The chromium browser has been available as a deb package for all supported Ubuntu releases and as a snap since version 60, and the time has come to start transitioning away from the debs. Atari VCS goes on $250 pre-order with Linux running on Ryzen R1000 — Atari has opened $250 pre-orders for its Atari VCS retro game console, which will run Linux on the new AMD Ryzen R1000 SoC. Indiegogo backers are set for a December release while new orders will be fulfilled in Mar. 2020. A EALLY Weird PC… - System76 Thelio Review — There’s more than one company that makes its own operating system and hardware, and today, we’re taking a look at System76’s Thelio, an open source design you can build yourself. Fedora · zfsonlinux/zfs Wiki — Only DKMS style packages can be provided for Fedora from the official zfsonlinux.org repository. This is because Fedora is a fast moving distribution which does not provide a stable kABI. These packages track the official ZFS on Linux tags and are updated as new versions are released. Replacing a failed drive in ZFS on FreeBSD – Dan Langille's Other Diary — One of my new hard 3TB drives was acting up. I removed it and sent it off to be replaced. In the meantime, I received some 5TB drives and I added one of them into the existing vdev of the zpool.Sharing ZFS Datasets Via NFS | Programster's Blog — The great thing about ZFS is that it is very easy to split your "pool" into as many datasets as you like. Each dataset is treated like its own filesystem, with its own rules and settings, which means with regards to sharing over NFS, that you can share more securely as client's will not be able to reach out of the bounds of that dataset/filesystem that you decided to share.How to easily configure WireGuard - Stavros' Stuff — At its core, all WireGuard does is create an interface from one computer to another. It doesn’t really let you access other computers on either end of the network, or forward all your traffic through the VPN server, or anything like that. It just connects two computers, directly, quickly and securely.Use Public Key Authentication with SSH — Password authentication is the default method most SSH (Secure Shell) clients use to authenticate with remote servers, but it suffers from potential security vulnerabilities, like brute-force login attempts. An alternative to password authentication is public key authentication, in which you generate and store on your computer a pair of cryptographic keys and then configure your server to recognize and accept your keysrga: ripgrep, but also search in PDFs, E-Books, Office documents, zip, tar.gz, etc. - phiresky's blog — rga is a line-oriented search tool that allows you to look for a regex in a multitude of file types. rga wraps the awesome ripgrep and enables it to search in pdf, docx, sqlite, jpg, zip, tar.*, movie subtitles (mkv, mp4), etc.pindexis/marker: The terminal command palette — Marker is a command palette for the terminal. It lets you bookmark commands (or commands templates) and easily retreive them with the help of a real-time fuzzy matcher.
June 12, 2019
Is Resilient Linux truly an indestructible distro? Or is this our toughest distro challenge yet? Plus why openSUSE is looking at a renaming, and if we’d pay for Firefox Premium.Special Guest: Brent Gervais.Links:VLC 3.0.7 and security - Yet another blog for JBKempf — We just released VLC 3.0.7, a minor update of VLC branch 3.0.x. This release is a bit special, because it has more security issues fixed than any other version of VLC.Renaming openSUSE — The primary motivation for a name change is, as described by openSUSE board chair Richard Brown, trademarks. Since "openSUSE" contains "SUSE", the company will have to retain a significant amount of control over what the foundation can do with its own name, which "makes such things rather complicated".openSUSE:Board election rules - openSUSE Wiki — The openSUSE board has currently six seats: Five members get elected by the community and an appointed chairperson. Introducing Matrix 1.0 and the Matrix.org Foundation — This means that after just over 5 years since the initial work on Matrix began, we are proud to have finally exited beta!Firefox Premium Coming Later This Year, But Will You Pay for It? — “We will probably launch some new services first and then we will think carefully about which model makes the most sense, while ensuring the best user safety. Firefox and many security features and services, like ETP [Enhanced Tracking Protection], will still be free.”Mozilla working on Firefox premium subscription offering — Mozilla is looking into options that would result in the launch of a paid-for version of Firefox this autumn. It has been reported that Mozilla CEO, Chris Beard, said that the company is aiming to launch the premium offering by October, with features like a VPN and secure cloud storage built-in - justifying a subscription fee. LINUX Unplugged - Blog - BSides San Antonio 2019 — I’m writing this post the day after BsidesSATX and it’s almost like the day after Christmas. BsidesSATX is the conference I look forward to all year because I get to see all of my Infosec family.JediMammoth on TwitterLinuxAcademy.com on Twitter — The AWS #DevOps Professional certification exam has just been updated with new emphasis on the AWS #Developer Tools suite. BSD Now 301 — GPU passthrough on bhyve, confusion with used/free disk space on ZFS, OmniOS Community Edition, pfSense 2.4.4 Release p3, NetBSD 8.1 RC1, FreeNAS as your Server OS, and more. FOSS Talk Live 2019The Friday Stream Episode 6: Mic And Coke — The funniest 17 seconds from Texas Linux Fest and we learn some remarkable things about our crew’s past. UnOfficial Hacker Family Dinner - Bsides San AntonioBack to the Basics: Linux Permissions 101 — Join Alex Juarez (Rackspace) and Ell Marquez for an introduction to Linux permissions! Whether you are brand new or have been doing Linux for a while or even professionally there will be something for you. New Mobile Video Player Experience and Fire TV - Linux Academy BlogJupiter Broadcasting Sticker Packswlistener/M6CIH on Twitter — @ChrisLAS @wespayne one for the JB team to have a look at for the tinfoil hat brigade? Resilient Linux – A resilient Debian GNU/Linux derivative for indestructible installations — A Debian GNU/Linux (Stretch) derivative with a unique partitioning scheme crafted for maximizing the strength against filesystem corruption: ISO9660 system partition is read-only by design at filesystem-level. Resilient Linux on GitHubmarco-buratto/resilientlinux-usb-installer — Resilient Linux USB Installer is the deployment system for writing Resilient Linux onto a USB key.liveng — liveng 1.0 documentation — A live operating system allows booting from a removable medium, such a USB key, without the need of being installed to the hard drive.MuhammedKpln/chob: An universal app search tool for Linux — Chob is an helper tool for searching application accross platforms (Flathub, Snapcraft and AppImage)Only 5.5% of all vulnerabilities are ever exploited in the wild — The research -- considered the most extensive of its type to date -- found that only 4,183 security flaws from the total of 76,000 vulnerabilities discovered between 2009 and 2018 had been exploited in the wild.
June 5, 2019
Adopting a distro like it’s a religion is stupid. That’s one of many hard lessons we take away from Texas Linux Fest this week; we’ll share some of the best. Plus some old friends visit the show, reading eBooks on Linux, and a new Ryzen handheld. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Martin Wimpress.Links:Ctrl Shift Face - YouTube — Now, here’s another reminder that the tools to craft deepfakes are widely available for just about anyone with the right skills to use: the manipulated videos posted on YouTuber Ctrl Shift Face are particularly creepy.The Smach Z AMD+Linux Gaming Handheld Might Actually Ship This Year - Phoronix — Smach Z is expected to make its formal debut next week at the E3 gaming conference next week. The Smach Z in its current form is using an AMD Ryzen Embedded V1605B SoC with Vega graphics and still appears to be running Linux. The base model has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for $629~699 USD but goes up to around $989~1099 for 16GB RAM / 256GB storage.PeerTube Release v1.3.0 — Be part of a network of multiple small federated, interoperable video hosting providers. Follow video creators and create videos. No vendor lock-in. All on a platform that is community-owned and ad-free.Phoronix Turns 15 Years Old Next Week So Here's Something Special — The 5th of June marks 15 years since the start of Phoronix.com and 11 years since the Phoronix Test Suite 1.0 release, so let's celebrate! Jim Kopps on Twitter — I would be interested in @ChrisLAS and the Jupiter crew's opinion of this. For the record, it has been my opinion since the first "year of the Linux desktop" what seems like fifty years ago: "The current situation with dozens of distributions, each with different rules, each with different versions of different libraries, some with certain libraries missing, each with different packaging tools and packaging formats ... that basically tells app developers "go away, focus on platforms that care about applications."The Linux desktop's last, best shot | ZDNet — Sure, Linux will continue to dominate the end-user experience, thanks largely to Android and Chrome OS, but the traditional desktop? I fear only Linux power users, developers, and engineers will continue to be its users. FOSS Talk Live 2019 — FOSS Talk Live is back for 2019! It is happening on the 8th June at The Harrison near King's Cross in London. The Friday Stream Episode 5: Junk Yard Sale — Chris and Brent are back from their buddies trip to Portland and share a few stories, but the big surprise comes when Chris’ wife joins to share big life-changing news. Redesigned Hands-On Labs Interface & 2 New Courses – Linux Academy Weekly Update — After returning from the holiday weekend, we are ready to show off the new Hands-On Labs interface along with a ton of new hands-on labs and two new courses.UnOfficial Hacker Family Dinner - Bsides San Antonio | Meetup — Join us for a meet and greet with fellow Bsides San Antonio attendees. There will be good food, good friends, and we hope some good conversation.Back to the Basics: Linux Permissions 101 | Meetup — Join Alex Juarez (Rackspace) and Ell Marquez for an introduction to Linux permissions! Whether you are brand new or have been doing Linux for a while or even professionally there will be something for you. New Mobile Video Player Experience and Fire TV — A new video player and all the new features that come with it. While they’re not ready for release yet, I’m happy to be able to share more details about all of the exciting work going on!LINUX Unplugged Article - Texas Linuxfest 2019 — Our journey to Texas Linuxfest (TXLF) began Friday afternoon with a five-hour drive from the Texas coast north to the hill country. The plan was to rendezvous at Hard Eights BBQ from 6:30 to 8:00. Since we had to make a five-hour journey it had us arriving a little later to the meetup. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot that smell of slow-smoked Texas BBQ slapped me right in the face, and I knew I had arrived; Google did not even have to tell me.Thomas Cameron on Twitter — Cloud dude. Linux advocate. Open Source evangelist. Amazonian.Foliate — A simple and modern eBook viewerTXLF19 Keynote: Linux State of the Union - YouTube
May 29, 2019
We visit Intel to figure out what Clear Linux is all about and explain a few tricks that make it unique. Plus Wes and Ell are back from KubeCon in Barcelona and return with some great news for open source.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.Links:Assigning GPU Devices - Red Hat Customer Portal — To assign a GPU to a guest virtual machine, you must enable the I/O Memory Management Unit (IOMMU) on the host machine, identify the GPU device by using the lspci commandUbuntu 19.10 To Bundle NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver — The open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" drivers will remain the default for NVIDIA graphics on new Ubuntu installations, but this change is positioning the mainline and legacy NVIDIA proprietary drivers onto the Ubuntu ISO so that they can be easily obtained locally post-install.ZFS On Linux 0.8 Released With Native Encryption and TRIM — ZFS On Linux 0.8 adds native encryption support as well as raw encrypted ZFS send/receive support. Please don’t theme our apps — An open letter from independent app developers to the wider GNOME communityLeave the themes alone — If you don't like our themes, create your own Linux distribution, where Adwaita theme will be installed, which cannot be changed, or close source code of GNOME.Texas Linux Fest 2019 — Texas Linux Fest is an annual Linux and open source software event for Texas and the surrounding region. We are excited to bring you two days of general sessions and vendor sessions this year along with two full days of expo floor! Texas Linux Fest is for the business and home Linux user, and for the experienced developer and newcomer alike.The Friday Stream Episode 5: Junk Yard Sale — Chris and Brent are back from their buddies trip to Portland and share a few stories, but the big surprise comes when Chris’ wife joins to share big life-changing news.Linux Academy Redesigned Hands-On Labs UI — After returning from the holiday weekend, we are ready to show off the new Hands-On Labs interface along with a ton of new hands-on labs and two new courses.Mobile Apps Now Open to Community Edition students — Starting with today’s release (3.0), Community Edition students will be able to log in and use the our mobile appsEll's KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2019 ARTICLE — Great pictures and more details from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2019.Barcelona '19: KubeCon + CloudNativeCon - YouTube — KubeCon talks posted on their YouTube Channel. More Pictures from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2019Brent's Clear Linux OS 2019 ARTICLE — The part of the story that can only be told in pictures.phmccarty (Patrick McCarty)Clear Linux OS - Architecture Overview — Describes how Clear Linux OS is designed, highlighting core features, operating models, and foundational tools that are key to understanding how the distro operates.Clear Linux OS MeetUp: An Introduction and Beyond Source - YouTube — We had the Intel Clear Linux OS MeetUp last night in Oregon and it was a success! Docker Bug Allows Root Access to Host File System — The basic premise of this attack is that FollowSymlinkInScope suffers from a fairly fundamental TOCTOU attack
May 22, 2019
Can the Free Desktop avoid being left behind in the going dark revolution? Cassidy from elementary OS joins us to discuss their proposal. Plus we complete our Red Hat arc by giving Silverblue the full workstation shakedown, Drew shares his complete review, and we discuss the loss of Antergros.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Cassidy James Blaede, and Drew DeVore.Links:Antergos Linux Project Ends — Today, we are announcing the end of this project. As many of you probably noticed over the past several months, we no longer have enough free time to properly maintain Antergos.The Need for a FreeDesktop Dark Style Preference — OS-wide dark styles are hard. For ages you’ve been able to forcibly change out the system style on GTK, KDE, Android and Windows with something that’s dark by default instead of light, but this causes issues when apps don’t expect itWireGuard in NetworkManager — NetworkManager 1.16 got native support for WireGuard VPN tunnelsGDC 2019 Developer Session: First Light - Bringing DOOM to Stadia — The inside story of how DOOM came to life on Stadia.System Builder - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core, Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC, P300 ATX Mid TowerUser ErrorThe Friday Stream Episode 4: The Techxorcist — Chris tries to convince Brent to take a buddies trip, we try to get the audience a discount chicken deal, and Ell’s trying to get out of a locked server room.Texas Linux Fest 2019 — Texas Linux Fest is an annual Linux and open source software event for Texas and the surrounding region.Mobile Apps Now Open to Community Edition students - Linux Academy Blog — Starting with today’s release (3.0), Community Edition students will be able to log in and use the our mobile apps Team Silverblue — Before we chose the name Team Silverblue, the team was the Fedora Atomic Workstation SIG, and the Atomic Workstation is what we are producing, now under its new name, Silverblue. At its core, it is a variant of the Fedora Workstation which uses rpm-ostree to provide an immutable OS image with reliable updates and easy rollbacks.MineTime — MineTime is part of a research project to build a modern, multi-platform, AI-powered calendar application.New Guake Drop-Down Terminal PPA (Ubuntu And Linux Mint Installation) - Linux Uprising Blog — Guake is a drop-down terminal for the GNOME desktop which includes split terminal functionality, session save/restore, support for transparency, and many other features.
May 15, 2019
We scale the Red Hat Summit and come back with a few stories to share. Plus some big community news, finding threats on the command line, and our reaction to Microsoft shipping the Linux kernel in Windows.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Ell Marquez, and Neal Gompa.Links:Scientists Develop Software That Simulates Sound Of Stars — A team of astronomers from University of Wisconsin-Madison successfully developed a software called GYRE that can simulate the complex vibrations that stars produce.GitHub Package Registry: Your packages, at home with their code — Discover and publish public and private packages in one place. Then seamlessly use and reuse any package as a dependency in a project by downloading it straight from GitHub. About GitHub Package Registry — GitHub Package Registry is a software package hosting service, similar to npmjs.org, rubygems.org, or hub.docker.com, that allows you to host your packages and code in one place.Package hello-world-npm — This is a simple npm package that demonstrates the GitHub Package Registry. Lenovo adds AMD Ryzen Pro-powered laptops to its ThinkPad family — The biggest differences between these laptops and Intel-powered ThinkPads are performance and ports. According to Lenovo, the second-gen AMD Ryzen 7 Pro processors combined with integrated Vega graphics should provide an 18-percent improvement in performance over previous generationsClear Linux Further Enhances Its Desktop Installer, Launches Help Forums — This week I was pleased to find they have further improved the graphical interface for making their desktop Linux installation on-par with other Linux installers. If you recall, it was only towards the end of last year that they rolled out a new desktop installer and now with their latest design improvements, their latest installer looks much better off than their previous version. It's Time To Pay Attention To Intel's Clear Linux OS Project — This is neither a review nor an endorsement of Clear Linux at this stage, but it is an open invitation to be curious about it. To explore it. Maybe to even actively contribute to it. Especially as we edge closer to Intel's assault on the dedicated GPU market.Install Clear Linux* OS from the live desktop — The live desktop allows you to boot Clear Linux* OS in a GNOME desktop without modifying the host system, offering the chance to explore developing on Clear Linux OS. Better yet, launch the Clear Linux OS installer to install on your target system.Clear Linux* OS - An Introduction and Beyond — We invite you to join us for the first in a series of Intel Clear Linux OS MeetUps. The aim of this initial MeetUp is to introduce you to the Clear Linux* project and help you learn how to better use the Clear Linux OS in your everyday job. Light refreshments and dinner provided.Ulauncher is migrating to Python 3. Changes to Extension API and more — It's been a while since the last significant update in Ulauncher. One of the reasons was the migration from Python 2 to 3. For a regular user it may not mean a lot, but Python 2 end of life is coming very soon so that had to be done.2019 Is the Year of Linux on the Desktop — Traditional Linux distributions may not be taking over the world, but Linux is becoming even more pervasive than ever.The Friday Stream Episode 3: Fluffle of Fools — Back from Boston and we have a few stories to share, the best 39 seconds from Red Hat Summit, and the protest we found our selves in the middle of. Texas Linux Fest 2019 — Texas Linux Fest is an annual Linux and open source software event for Texas and the surrounding region. We are excited to bring you two days of general sessions and vendor sessions this year along with two full days of expo floor! Texas Linux Fest is for the business and home Linux user, and for the experienced developer and newcomer alike.Can I get a RHEL yeah? Version 8 arrives at last as IBM given go-ahead to wolf down Red Hat • The Register — Distributed with the Linux 4.18 kernel, the OS supports AMD and Intel 64-bit architectures, as one would expect, as well as 64-bit Arm, IBM Power Systems and IBM Z.Introducing the Red Hat Universal Base Image — With the release of the Red Hat Universal Base Image (UBI), you can now take advantage of the greater reliability, security, and performance of official Red Hat container images where OCI-compliant Linux containers run - whether you’re a customer or not. Azure Red Hat OpenShift, a Kubernetes service jointly managed by Microsoft and Red Hat, is now available — The two companies announced Azure Red Hat OpenShift at last year’s Red Hat Summit. OpenShift is available on other public clouds, but Microsoft and Red Hat will jointly manage and support this service on Azure and customers will be able to pay for it through a single unified bill from Azure under a revenue-sharing agreement.Red Hat Summit 2019 — Are cloud and culture alive and well at Red Hat? If I've taken away anything from this year's Red Hat Summit (my first), it's the two simple words "cloud and culture." Two words echoed several times this past week which to me is obviously by design. Red Hat and IBM want us to know they are ready for the cloud, hybrid-cloud, other person's Linux box, and its culture is still alive and well despite grumbling in the community about the IBM acquisition.Red Hat Summit 2019 RecapCommand Line Threat Hunting — That viruses and malware are Windows problems is a misnomer that is often propagated through the Linux community and it's an easy one to believe until you start noticing strange behaviour on your system. What do you do next? Join Ell Marquez (Jupiter Broadcasting/Linux Academy) and Tony Lambert (redcanary.com) in discussing a common sense approach to threat detection using only command line tools. Command Line Thread Hunting Study Group - YouTube
May 7, 2019
Is Fedora 30 the peak release of this distribution? We put it through the ultimate test, live on the air, and put everything on the line. Plus Red Hat’s new logo, Dell’s new Linux workstations, and meet a new member of our crew.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Neal Gompa.Links:I made a smart watch from scratch — I decided sometime last year that I wanted to make a smart watch from scratch. I am an electrical engineer and product designer by day, so this was a fun side project that had been rolling around in my head for a while now.smarchWatch_PUBLIC on GitHubWe’ve launched new corporate brand and logo system - Red HatNew hat, same vision video — We are Red Hat. We believe that transparency, sharing, and collaboration are the best ways to create better technology..and logos. See the transformation of the Red Hat logo.Canonical Releases "WLCS" Wayland Conformance Suite 1.0 — As part of their Wayland interests and namely as part of developing Mir now with Wayland support, for a while they have been working on the "Wayland Conformance Suite" for testing the Wayland protocols for conformance to the specifications. This is for ensuring Wayland compositors behave correctly against the intentions of the protocols.Wayland Conformance Test Suite on GitHub — wlcs aspires to be a protocol-conformance-verifying test suite usable by Wayland compositor implementors. L4T Ubuntu - A fully featured linux on your switch — L4T Ubuntu is a version of Linux based on nvidia's linux for tegra project. It uses a different kernel compared to previous releases which allows it to use features not yet in mainline. Such as audio, docking support and vulkan.JoyCon Jig on AmazonJupiterBroadcasting/Talks: Public repository of crew talks, slides, and additional resources. — We'll be updating this with slides and additional audio files as they become available. Changes/FlickerFreeBoot - Fedora Project Wiki — Make Fedora Workstation boot graphically smooth, without the display briefly turning off and without any abrupt graphical transitions.Releases/30/ChangeSet - Fedora Project Wiki — These changes have been accepted by the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee for the Fedora 30 Release as System Wide Changes. Security Lab — The Fedora Security Lab provides a safe test environment to work on security auditing, forensics, system rescue and teaching security testing methodologies in universities and other organizations. Fedora LXQt Desktop — Fedora LXQt provides a lightweight, well-integrated LXQt desktop environment. In addition to LXQt itself it provides a small, well selected collection of applications like the QupZilla browser, which combines Chromium's rendering engine with a nice Qt experience.Fedora Silverblue Documentation — Fedora Silverblue is an immutable desktop operating system. Aiming at good support for container-focused workflows, this variant of Fedora Workstation targets developer communities. My 30 days with Fedora 29 Silverblue — Silverblue is a Fedora variant that uses OStree and Flatpak instead of dnf. So basically you've got an immutable (read-only) system image built with OStree.Fedora Python Classroom — The Python Classroom lab is shipped as a live operating system. It's everything you need to try out Fedora's Python Classroom - you don't have to erase anything on your current system to try it out, and it won't put your files at risk. Buku: Browser-independent bookmark manager — buku is a powerful bookmark manager written in Python3 and SQLite3.Sysctl Explorer — Sysctl Explorer is an initiative to facilitate the access of Linux' sysctl reference documentation. This is a work in progress and you may consider this increment as a Minimum viable product (MVP) version. termshark: A terminal UI for tshark, inspired by Wireshark — If you're debugging on a remote machine with a large pcap and no desire to scp it back to your desktop, termshark can help!Upgrading Fedora 29 to Fedora 30
May 1, 2019
Fresh back from LinuxFest Northwest we share a few of our favorite stories and memories. Plus our concerns with Purism's new subscription services, Fedora 30 is released, and we spin up the Distro Hoppers.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Ell Marquez.Links:What's new in Fedora 30 Workstation — Fedora 30 Workstation includes the latest release of the simple, beautiful GNOME 3.32 desktop environment.Librem One by Purism — A growing bundle of ethical services. Librem One Campaign Wants to Help De-Google Your Life — Purism, perhaps best known for the Librem 5 Linux phone crowdfunding campaign, has launched a new initiative offering “privacy protecting, no-track, no-ads” apps and services for mobile users. Apps/Geary - GNOME WikiAndroid Apps by Purism on Google PlayRed Hat Summit 2019 — Red Hat Summit 2019 will feature executives, open source leaders, and some of our most innovative customers discussing trends, telling stories, and anticipating the future.DockerCon San Francisco 2019 — Whether you’re just getting started with containers or consider yourself an expert, DockerCon enables you to advance your technical expertise with hands-on learning and expert-led sessions.Linux Academy Sale! — Last chance to get the #1 Cloud Training Platform for 33% OFF!LinuxFest Northwest 2019 Reflections — As the mountains shrink in the distance the realization that LinuxFest Northwest (LFNW) has actually come to a close begins to sink in. I don’t think anyone would argue that this year’s LFNW was a fantastic success. Being that this was my first LFNW to attend I was pleasantly surprised how this event felt more like a large family reunion than a Linux conference. With friends traveling from as far away as the United Kingdom and Shanghai, this event was truly a unique experience that I'll never forget. Smart RGB LED strips with Home Assistant — 2019 is the year I am taking back control of my smart devices by bringing as much 'smarts' back inside my LAN as possible.Linuxfest Northwest 2019 - Day 1 Complete — Full unedited stream from GeekGamer.TV coverage of LinuxFest Northwest 2019LinuxFest Northwest 2019: Fifty years of Unix, Internet and more — Besides 1969 being a year of landmarks, it was the start of a unique operating system and (later) a free operating system that captured people's minds.Linux Lite, A Free Operating System — Linux Lite is a 'gateway operating system'. It was created to make the transition from Windows to a linux based operating system, as smooth as possible.
April 24, 2019
This week we discover the good word of Xfce and admit Joe was right all along. And share our tips for making Xfce more modern. Plus a new Debian leader, the end of Scientific Linux, and behind the scenes of Librem 5 apps.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Ell Marquez.Links:Pepsi drops plans to use orbital billboard — “This was a one-time event; we have no further plans to test or commercially use this technology at this time.”Ataris VCS Delayed, But Does Anyone Even Care? — There’s no prototype (yet). There’s no Ubuntu-based OS (yet). There’s not even a convincing demo of any of the games which will run on it (yet). Announcing my Contract with Purism for an Adaptive Fractal UI — Overall, I’m very excited that Purism accepted my proposal and that I get to work on this. I have been looking forward to the day where I can run Fractal on my phone, and I’m glad to be bringing that closer.Scientific Linux Discontinued — Fermilab will continue to support Scientific Linux 6 and 7 through the remainder of their respective lifecycles. Thank you to all who have contributed to Scientific Linux and who continue to do so.Debian Project Leader Elections 2019DPL Platform for Sam Hartman — One of my key roles as DPL will be to make sure Debian is a community where we can be heard, and where we have the opportunity to reach understanding regardless of whether our ideas are chosen. I will do this by personally participating in such mediation and recruiting others to these mediation efforts. Eventually, I hope many of us will get better at seeking to understand and avoiding escalating discussions on our own.Red Hat Summit 2019DockerCon San Francisco 2019Linux Academy Sale!Manjaro XFCE Stable Edition — This edition is supported by the Manjaro team and comes with XFCE, a lightweight and reliable desktop with high configurability.Xubuntu — Xubuntu is a community developed operating system that combines elegance and ease of use. I Can't Believe I'm Writing This Linux Article About Loving The Xfce Desktop Environment — At this point, my Xfce desktop looks just as good or better than the Gnome DE I'm accustomed to.Ulauncher - The Linux Desktop Application Launcher — It has a minimal design, searches fast and uses less system resources, which makes it one of the best desktop launcher for Linux.OpenAudible — An open-source cross-platform audible audiobook manager. Download, view, convert to MP3, and manage all your audible.com content with our easy-to-use desktop application.Subspace: A simple WireGuard VPN server GUISubspace by Portal Cloud — Subspace is an open source WireGuard® VPN server that supports connecting all of your devices to help secure your internet access. Dunst: Lightweight and customizable notification daemon ARandR: Another XRandR GUI — ARandR is designed to provide a simple visual front end for XRandR. Relative monitor positions are shown graphically and can be changed in a drag-and-drop way. Wavebox — The best of the web, in one focused place.nativefier — Make any web page a desktop application pop-os/icon-theme — System76 Pop icon theme for Linux
April 17, 2019
Ubuntu's new release is here, and this one might be one of the most important in a while. But is it worth upgrading from an LTS? We review and debate just that. Plus some great picks, community news, and more.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Ell Marquez, and Martin Wimpress.Links:Announcing the evolution of the Red Hat Certified Engineer program — In the updated program, we are shifting the focus to automation of Linux system administration tasks using Red Hat Ansible Automation and will be changing the requirements for achieving an RHCE credential.Linux for Chromebooks: Secure Development - Google I/O 2019 — Learn how Chrome OS gives you a secure, safe sandbox for the Web, Android, and Linux through Chrome OS design principles, Sandboxing Chrome, ARC++, and Linux (Crostini). This session will also cover ways to handle challenges to high performance and tradeoffs with safety.Pop!_OS featured on Linus Tech Tips Linux gaming episode as preferred Linux distribution The first Devuan Conference - report, videos and interviews — The submarine looking building gave home to an event gathering open source super heroes and all sorts of magical creatures because to quote the first Devuan docsprint in December 2016 from a booklet called ‘Software freedom your way’ : “We must apply thought and attention to software development and we share responsibility, as users and developers of software systems, to foster values of cooperation in the spirit of science, human cultures, and the diversity of life.”Ubuntu Still Working On ZFS Install Support, But Not In Time For 19.04 — For the past number of months we've seen Canonical developers working on ZFS support in the Ubuntu desktop and ZFS root partition support so that the Ubuntu desktop could (optionally) be installed to a ZFS On Linux partition. TechSNAP Episode 401: Everyday ZFS — Jim and Wes sit down to bust some ZFS myths and share their tips and tricks for getting the most out of the ultimate filesystem. Plus when not to use ZFS, the surprising way your disks are lying to you, and more!Linux Academy Limited Time Sale!LFNW Telegram GroupSimplot CareersOur Trip to Dell | LAS 464 — Is Dell’s new hardware a sign of serious commitment to Linux or a large company’s hedge against market changes? We go inside Dell, get exclusive access to the teams & people behind many of Dell’s products that run Linux & find out. Plus we discuss Ubuntu dropping Unity for Gnome, Lightworks’ latest release & more!DiscoDingo ReleaseSchedule — Final release on April 18th, 2019.Ubuntu ReleasesUbuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) BetaPartyLoud — PartyLoud is a tool to create fake internet traffic in order to mitigate tracking on local networks.Wes' PartyLoud Demoncspot — Cross-platform ncurses Spotify client written in Rust, inspired by ncmpc and the likes.iwd — iwd (iNet wireless daemon) is a wireless daemon for Linux written by Intel that aims to replace WPA supplicant. Xfce BlogElectronPlayer — An Electron Based Web Video Services Player. Supporting Netflix, Youtube, Twitch, Floatplane And More. ElectronPlayer on GitHubspotifyd: A spotify daemon — An open source Spotify client running as a UNIX daemon.
April 10, 2019
The way we’ve been thinking about Desktop Linux is all wrong. We start by defining Desktop Linux, and where it might be going in the future. Plus we throw a studio party for our new look, and the text editor that’s taking the crew by storm.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Ell Marquez, and Martin Wimpress.Links:Cross-Technology Communications for Heterogeneous IoT Devices Through Artificial Doppler ShiftsHappy 14th anniversary: What do you love about Git?Proton: One Graph To Sum It All — Don’t we all feel that the world of Linux gaming is in a better spot right now than let’s say, 7-8 months ago? Thanks to Valve, Codeweavers, DXVK and all the gang we can now enjoy a lot more games coming from the Windows world than ever before. I decided to take some time to show what kind of progress we are talking aboutLutris Release v0.5.2Lutris 0.5.2 Released With Various Improvements For Linux Gaming — Lutris 0.5.2 adds the Vulkan ICD (installable client driver) loaders to the system options, adds a sample count option to Wine for enabling MSAA anti-aliasing in older games, a warning is now displayed if Vulkan is not properly setup, and various other bug fixes and enhancements. Visual Studio Code is now available as a snap on Ubuntu — Launched in 2015 by Microsoft, Visual Studio Code has imposed itself as one of the preferred code editors in the developer community. Install Visual Studio Code for Linux using the Snap Store | SnapcraftWhat do WLinux and Benedict Cumberbatch have in common? They're both fond of Pengwin — Hayden Barnes, of Whitewater Foundry, told El Reg that WLinux was only ever supposed to be a codename, and the new name "reflects our distribution's connection to both Linux and Windows".WLinux is now Pengwin, Fedora Remix for WSL updated, and WSL at Build : bashonubuntuonwindowsCoder Radio Episode 352: Self Driving Disaster — Mike’s away so Chris joins Wes to discuss running your workstation from RAM, the disappointing realities of self driving cars, and handling the ups and downs of critical feedback. Opportunities for Women of Color and Women from Untapped Pathways - Grace Hopper Celebration — This year, AnitaB.org is thrilled to be offering two additional opportunities for women of color from underrepresented groups and women from untapped pathways to attend the 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC 19)Linux Academy - Full Stack Ruby on Rails Developer (Remote) — Your primary focus will be development of all server-side logic, definition and maintenance of the central database, and ensuring high performance and responsiveness to requests from the front-end. You will also be responsible for integrating the front-end elements built by you or your co-workers, matching a design given to you, into an Angular 6 application, using NGRX. The Linux desktop is in trouble | ZDNet — Why? Because we don't have a standardized Linux desktop.  A Half-Year Since Valve Released Steam Play For Linux, Its Marketshare Is Still Sub-1% - Phoronix — But for February 2019, they had been reporting a 0.77% Linux market-share, which would have been a 0.05% increase.Ubuntu MATE 19.04 and 18.04.2 Are Now Available for GPD Pocket & GDP Pocket 2Reasons to Abandon Windows For Linux - SlashGearwkhtmltopdf — wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage are open source (LGPLv3) command line tools to render HTML into PDF and various image formats using the Qt WebKit rendering engine. These run entirely "headless" and do not require a display or display service.ArchiveBox | 🗃 The open source self-hosted web archive. Takes browser history/bookmarks/Pocket/Pinboard/etc., saves HTML, JS, PDFs, media, and more… — ArchiveBox takes a list of website URLs you want to archive, and creates a local, static, browsable HTML clone of the content from those websites (it saves HTML, JS, media files, PDFs, images and more).
April 3, 2019
Is there really any advantage to building your software vs installing the package? We discuss when and why you might want to consider building it yourself. Plus some useful things Mozilla is working on and Cassidy joins us to tell us about elementary OS' big choice.Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, and Martin Wimpress.Links:Office Depot rigged PC malware scans to sell unneeded $300 tech support — Office Depot and a partner company tricked customers into buying unneeded tech support services by offering PC scans that gave fake results.Bye Bye vi: GNU/Linux Distros Drop SupportThe Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 20 Years of Community-led Development "The Apache Way"Reducing Notification Permission Prompt Spam in Firefox — According to our telemetry data, the notifications prompt is by far the most frequently shown permission prompt, with about 18 million prompts shown on Firefox Beta in the month from Dec 25 2018 to Jan 24 2019. Not even 3% of these prompts got accepted by users.Standardizing WASI: A system interface to run WebAssembly outside the web — Today, we announce the start of a new standardization effort — WASI, the WebAssembly system interface.A Real-Time Wideband Neural Vocoder at 1.6 kb/s Using LPCNet — It’s the first time a neural vocoder is able to run in real-time using just one CPU core on a phone (as opposed to a high-end GPU) with quality that is much better than existing very low bitrate vocoders and comparable to that of more traditional codecs using a higher bitrate.elementary AppCenter + Flatpak — We’re excited to announce that elementary will be joining the larger independent open source movement and adopting Flatpak for AppCenter and our third-party developer ecosystem.NGINX and F5: Our Continued Commitment to Open Source — Just to repeat that. F5 is committed to the NGINX open source technology, developers, and community. Raspberry Pi Keyboard and Mouse — I’m delighted to announce the official Raspberry Pi keyboard with integrated USB Hub, and the official Raspberry Pi mouse.DIY Pro Audio Kit for Raspberry PiUbuntu MATE 18.04 Beta 1 for Raspberry Pi — We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) for the Raspberry Pi. With this Beta pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.What’s Free at Linux Academy — April 2019UK Open Source Awards — Now in their 6th year, UKOSA is a free non-profit event that celebrates and acknowledges the contributions from the community of technology experts that make open source such a powerful and unstoppable disruptive force in the current technology landscape.Feedback: is compiling faster?
March 27, 2019
Why we sometimes go too far with our Linux advocacy, and a few humble strategies to switch people to Linux. Plus an update to the most important text editor in the world, the new distro causing controversy, and what is a tainted kernel. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Ell Marquez, and Neal Gompa.Links:Could ‘alcosynth’ provide all the joy of booze – without the dangers? — David Nutt has long been developing a holy grail of molecules – also referred to as “alcarelle” – that will provide the relaxing and socially lubricating qualities of alcohol, but without the hangovers, health issues and the risk of getting paralytic.Happy 21st, curl — We estimate that there are now roughly 6 billion curl installations world-wide. In phones, computers, TVs, cars, video games etc. With 4 billion internet users, that’s like 1.5 curl installation per Internet connected human on earth.nano 4.0 has been released — An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped, smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default, and more!Hackers Hijacked ASUS Software Updates to Install Backdoors on Thousands of Computers - Motherboard — The researchers estimate half a million Windows machines received the malicious backdoor through the ASUS update server, although the attackers appear to have been targeting only about 600 of those systems.Malicious updates for ASUS laptops — The trojanized utility was signed with a legitimate certificate and was hosted on the official ASUS server dedicated to updates, and that allowed it to stay undetected for a long time. The criminals even made sure the file size of the malicious utility stayed the same as that of the original one.Shadow Hammer APT MAC Check — Check if your device has been targeted by the ShadowHammer cyberattackSigintOS: A Linux Distro for Signal Intelligence — SigintOS is an Ubuntu based distribution with a number of built in signal intelligence applications for software defined radios such as RTL-SDRs and other TX capable SDRs like the HackRF, bladeRF and USRP radios. SigintOS — SigintOS; as the name suggests, SIGINT is an improved Linux distribution for Signal Intelligence. This distribution is based on Ubuntu Linux. It has its own software called SigintOS. With this software, many SIGINT operations can be performed via a single graphical interface.Careers – Linux Academy — Ruby on Rails Dev? Maybe some angular love or willing to learn? Linux Academy is hiring RIGHT NOWLFNW: T-shirt preorder closes on 3/31 — While we will have some for sale on site during LFNW2019, the only way to guarantee that you get a shirt is to register for the event, and buy an Individual Sponsorship. Virtual Linux Ansible Fundamentals Study Group | Meetup — Join us before Linux Unplugged for an introduction to Ansible. Call for Proposals - DebConf19 — The DebConf Content team would like to call for proposals in the DebConf 19 conference, which will take place in Curitiba, Brazil, between July 21th and 28th. Fedora 29 Wifi Warning BugTainted kernels — The Linux Kernel documentation — The primary reason for the ‘Tainted: ‘ string is to tell kernel debuggers if this is a clean kernel or if anything unusual has occurred. What is a tainted kernel in Linux? — The feature is intended to identify conditions which may make it difficult to properly troubleshoot a kernel problem. For example, the loading of a proprietary module can make kernel debug output unreliable because kernel developers don't have access to the module's source code and therefore cannot determine what the module may have done to the kernel. Likewise, if the kernel had previously experienced an error condition or if a serious hardware error had occurred, the debug information generated by the kernel may not be reliable.Install Fests - Free Software Foundation — My new idea is that the install fest could allow the devil to hang around, off in a corner of the hall, or the next room. (Actually, a human being wearing sign saying “The Devil,” and maybe a toy mask or horns.) The devil would offer to install nonfree drivers in the user's machine to make more parts of the computer function, explaining to the user that the cost of this is using a nonfree (unjust) program.NexDock 2 by Nex Computer — Kickstarter — Turn your Smartphone or Pi into a laptop.
March 20, 2019
Developers at Netflix are creating the next set of super powers for Linux, we'll get the details straight from the source. Plus some good Debian news, our tips for better battery life, and we play a little Hot SUSE Potato. Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Ell Marquez.Links:Google Stadia announced, a game streaming service for Chrome, Android, and TVs — Powered by Linux, it supports the Vulkan graphics API and Google partnered with Unreal to fully support the Stadia platform. Chris on Instagram — We found a great spot to work for the day, great signal. Just one problem. We sorta got taken hostage for a few hours. Debian Project Leader Elections 2019: Candidates — We're now into the campaigning period. We have 5 candidates.Linux Laptop Battery Optimization Tool TLP 1.2 Released — TLP 1.2 was released today after being in development for more than a year, and it brings support for NVMe, and removable drives like USB and IEEE1394 devices, support for multi queue I/O schedulers (blk-mq), and other significant enhancements.TLP – ConfigurationSuse is once again an independent company — Few companies have changed hands as often as Suse and yet remained strong players in their business. Suse was first acquired by Novell in 2004. Novell was then acquired by Attachmate in 2010, which Micro Focus acquired in 2014. The company then turned Suse into an independent division, only to then announce its sale to EQT in the middle of 2018.SUSE is now an independent company after being acquired by EQT for $2.5 billion | Packt Hub — As the company has been owned by EQT, so according to few users it’s still not independent. One of the users commented on HackerNews, “Being owned by a Private Equity fund can really not be described as being “independent”. MATE 1.22 released — Wanda the Fish now works properly on HiDPI displaysAlbert Vaca Cintora on Twitter — KDE Connect has been removed from @GooglePlay for violating their new policy on apps that access SMS. The policy has an explicit exception for companion apps (like KDE Connect), but it was removed anyway and *there's no way to talk to Google*Use of SMS or Call Log permission groups - Play Console HelpFull-system dynamic tracing on Linux using eBPF and bpftrace — What if you want to trace what happens inside a system call or library call? What if you want to do more than just logging calls, e.g. you want to compile statistics on certain behavior? What if you want to trace multiple processes and correlate data from multiple sources? In 2019, there's finally a decent answer to that on Linux: bpftrace, based on eBPF technology.Learn eBPF Tracing: Tutorial and Examples — eBPF can be used for many things: network performance, firewalls, security, tracing, device drivers, and more!IO Visor Project — The IO Visor Project is an open source project and a community of developers to accelerate the innovation, development, and sharing of virtualized in-kernel IO services for tracing, analytics, monitoring, security and networking functions. It builds on the Linux community to bring open, flexible, distributed, secure and easy to operate technologies that enable any stack to run efficiently on any physical infrastructure.IO Visor Project on GitHub — Organization that hosts the repos for bpftrace, bcc, and other tools.BCC - Tools for BPF-based Linux IO analysis, networking, monitoring, and more — BCC is a toolkit for creating efficient kernel tracing and manipulation programs, and includes several useful tools and examples. bpftrace: High-level tracing language for Linux eBPFInstall bpftrace for Linux using the Snap StoreBCC Tool Diagram — Diagram that breaks down useful tools in BCCeBPF Perf Tools 2019: SlideseBPF Perf Tools 2019: Video (resynced by Squigly)eBPF Perf Tools 2019: Video (original)
March 13, 2019
A new voice joins the show, and we share stories from our recent adventures at SCaLE 17x. Plus we look at the Debian project's recent struggles, NGINX's sale, and Mozilla's new service.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Ell Marquez.Links:On 30th anniversary of web, Amazon shares first homepage, Google keeps doodling and more – GeekWireThe Web Foundation on Twitter — In 1989, @timberners_lee submitted a proposal that would change the world. To celebrate #Web30, for the next 30 hours we're asking everyone to contribute to a crowdsourced timeline of web milestones.Introducing Firefox Send, Providing Free File Transfers while Keeping your Personal Information Private - The Mozilla Blog — Send makes it easy for your recipient, too. No hoops to jump through. They simply receive a link to click and download the file. They don’t need to have a Firefox account to access your file. F5 Acquires NGINX to Bridge NetOps & DevOps, Providing Customers with Consistent Application Services Across Every Environment - NGINX — F5 is committed to continued innovation and increasing investment in the NGINX open source project to empower NGINX’s widespread user communities.NGINX to Join F5: Proud to Finish One Chapter and Excited to Start the NextAnnouncing the release of sway 1.0 | Drew DeVault’s Blog — 1,315 days after I started the sway project, it’s finally time for sway 1.0! I had no idea at the time how much work I was in for, or how many talented people would join and support the project with me. In order to complete this project, we have had to rewrite the entire Linux desktop nearly from scratch. Nearly 300 people worked together, together writing over 9,000 commits and almost 100,000 lines of code, to bring you this release. xyproto/wallutils: Utilities for handling monitors, resolutions, wallpapers and timed wallpapers — Detect monitor resolutions and set the desktop wallpaper, for any window manager.Winding down my Debian involvement — When I joined Debian, I was still studying, i.e. I had luxurious amounts of spare time. Now, over 5 years of full time work later, my day job taught me a lot, both about what works in large software engineering projects and how I personally like my computer systems. I am very conscious of how I spend the little spare time that I have these days. The following sections each deal with what I consider a major pain point, in no particular order. Some of them influence each other—for example, if changes worked better, we could have a chance at transitioning packages to be more easily machine readable.A (Partial) Defense of Debian | The Changelog — I was sad to read on his blog that Michael Stapelberg is winding down his Debian involvement. In his post, he outlined some critiques of Debian. In his post, I want to acknowledge that he is on point with some of them, but also push back on others.Leaderless Debian - LWN.net — One of the traditional rites of the (northern hemisphere) spring is the election for the Debian project leader. Over a six-week period, interested candidates put their names forward, describe their vision for the project as a whole, answer questions from Debian developers, then wait and watch while the votes come in. But what would happen if Debian were to hold an election and no candidates stepped forward? The Debian project has just found itself in that situation and is trying to figure out what will happen next.Chris Fisher on Twitter — Went hands on with @Azure Spehere dev kits. I would not be surprised if @linuxacademyCOM students start asking for courses in this stuff. They keep the #Linux based OS up to date for 10 years, no subscription.System76 on Twitter — Jupiter Broadcasting meetup photo! It’s always a guaranteed great time with @ChrisLAS and @jupitersignal! Why snaps? - Popey’s talk at SCaLE 17xJupiter Broadcasting Meetup PageTrying out software? - Feedback from Ken — I'm intrigued by and curious about much of the software you mention regularly. I'm tempted to try some of it, but I don't have a good sense of how easy it is to delete or clean off installed programs in a way that ensures a stable system without a lot of left over junk. Can you give some insight about how you usually handle this. I'd rather not have to nuke-and-pave the OS over and over to insure a stable system.Home automation tips from Paul — I have only recently started to use node-red on my ubuntu box at home. Connected it easily to Alexa and also my Broadlink IR/RF blaster. But I am hardly scraping the surface.
March 5, 2019
We reveal all and look at the mess that is our home directories. How we keep them clean, back them up, and organize our most important files. Plus Gnome lands a long awaited feature, Firefox gets a bit more clever, and the big money being made on Open Source.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Anthony James, Brent Gervais, Daniel Fore, Dustin Krysak, and Martin Wimpress.Links:systemd-nspawn - ArchWiki — systemd-nspawn may be used to run a command or OS in a light-weight namespace container.Transparently running binaries from any architecture in Linux with QEMU and binfmt_miscQemuUserEmulation - Debian Wiki — This page describes how to setup and use QEMU user emulation in a "transparent" fashion, allowing execution of non-native target executables just like native ones.Firefox 67: automatically unload unused tabs to improve memory — If things go as planned, Firefox 67 will introduce a new feature to unload unused tabs to improve memory. The initial bug report dates back eight years but work on the feature began in earnest just a short while ago. Chrome OS 74 dev channel brings Linux app improvements (Crostini) — There’s now support for audio playback when using Linux apps. Up until now if you wanted to use Linux software to watch videos, listen to music, or do anything else that requires sound, you were out of luck.GNOME 3.32 Lands Long-Awaited Fractional Scaling Support — Fractional scaling allows for greater control over the UI scaling than the previous integer based scaling of 2, 3, etc, to instead support fractions like 3/2 (1.5) increase in user-interfaces. Fractional scaling is primarily to improve the user experience with modern HiDPI displays. Systemd-Free Debian "Devuan" Planning Their First Developer Gathering This Spring — Taking place in Amsterdam from 5 to 7 April will be the first Devuan conference for "init freedom lovers".Canonical adds containerd to Ubuntu Kubernetes — Enabling Kubernetes to drive containerd directly reduces the number of moving parts, reduces latency in pod startup times, and improves CPU and memory usage on every node in the cluster.Jupiter Broadcasting MeetupsUbuntu Podcast Listener Get Together — We're having a Get Together in Reading, UK on Saturday March 16th. We'll meet at Breddog in Reading!Dotfile madness — To those of you reading this: I beg you. Avoid creating files or directories of any kind in your user's $HOME directory in order to store your configuration or data. This practice is bizarre at best and it is time to end it. I am sorry to say that many (if not most) programs are guilty of doing this while there are significantly better places that can be used for storing per-user program data.More home directory pollution — I looked in my home directory and now see (in addition to 26 dot-files) directories named go, snap and systems.Steve Reaver on Twitter — There is so much junk in my home dir I had to ls it in column format. I've just about given up using ~ because of all the crap that application put in there!“Please move the “$HOME/snap” directory to a less o...” : Ubuntu Bug #1575053 Why do hidden files in Unix begin with a dot? — The answer is very simple, because it's extremely easy to test if a file is hidden or not by simply testing the first character of the filename.Yet Another Dotfiles Manager — When you live in a command line, configurations are a deeply personal thing. They are often crafted over years of experience, battles lost, lessons learned, advice followed, and ingenuity rewarded. When you are away from your own configurations, you are an orphaned refugee in unfamiliar and hostile surroundings. You feel clumsy and out of sorts. You are filled with a sense of longing to be back in a place you know. A place you built. A place where all the short-cuts have been worn bare by your own travels. A place you proudly call… $HOME.Lyft to spend $300 million on Amazon Web Services by 2022 — Notably, Lyft said that if its usage of Amazon's cloud doesn't hit or exceed that $300 million threshold, it'll have to pay the difference. Lyft committed to spending at least $80 million in each of the three years of the deal, with the stipulation that it will spend $300 million in aggregate overallMongoDB shares plunge on concerns that Lyft is moving to AWSFlowblade — Flowblade is a multitrack non-linear video editor released under GPL3 license. From beginners to masters, Flowblade helps make your vision a reality of image and sound. Shotcut — Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k.
February 27, 2019
We head to the Raspberry Pi corner and pick the very best open source home automation system. Plus some great news for Gnome users, OBS studio has a new funding model, and a nostalgic chat with our study buddy Kenny.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Martin Wimpress.Links:More GNOME Shell / Mutter Performance Optimizations & Latency Reductions Still Coming - Phoronix — Specifically on the Ubuntu front, Daniel has released a fix for Ubuntu 19.04 Disco and Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic to deal with 144/120Hz displays where GNOME's Mutter caps the rendering to 60 FPS. The fix for Ubuntu 18.10 is still being in the process of SRU'ed. OBS Studio 23.0 Released With VA-API Video Encoding, New Audio Filters - Phoronix — OBS Studio 23.0 also has several new audio filters, batch remuxing support, multi-track audio support to FFmpeg output, and a variety of other alterations. Open Broadcaster Software | New Ways to Support OBS Development — It’s amazing to think that the first version of OBS was publicly released over six years ago. What started out as a small side project by Hugh “Jim” Bailey to make a free and open source program to stream StarCraft 2 has grown into a powerful force in the streaming and video production industry. Hundreds of thousands of people use OBS Studio every day not just for video gaming, but also for broadcasting everything from conferences to sports competitions to school announcements. It’s a tool that can be used freely by anyone, from large studios with big budget productions to individuals who just want to engage with a community online.Available Now: New GeForce-Optimized OBS — We have collaborated with OBS, the industry-leading streaming application, to help them release a new version with improved support for NVIDIA GPUs. The new OBS Studio, version 23.0, reduces the FPS impact of streaming by up to 66% compared to the previous version, meaning higher FPS for your games.Jupiter Broadcasting MeetupWhat’s Free at Linux Academy — March 2019 - Linux Academy Blog — Each month, we will kick off our community content with a live study group, allowing members of the Linux Academy community to come together and share their insights in order to learn from one another.LiNUX Courses - Linux Operating System Fundamentals — Kenny first encountered Solaris UNIX while I was in the military, and found out about Linux through the grapevine. He has worked with Linux in local government, fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and by providing training. I have received Linux certifications from LPI, CompTIA, and Red Hat. Kenny has been working with Linux for nearly two decades and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others about the system, and strives to learn more about the operating system every day.Raspberry Pi Updates Devices to Linux 4.19Martin Wimpress on Twitter — This week I am working on @ubuntu_mate 18.04.2 images for the @Raspberry_Pi models 2 and 3/3+ Nothing exciting to report just yet, build system is configured and the root file system is being generated. Next up is adding the kernel and boot loader.Python Wheels for the Raspberry Pi — piwheels is a Python package repository providing Arm platform wheels (pre-compiled binary Python packages) specifically for the Raspberry Pi, making pip installations much faster. StableReleaseUpdates - Ubuntu Wiki — Once an Ubuntu release has been completed and published, updates for it are only released under certain circumstances, and must follow a special procedure called a "stable release update" or SRU. OpenHab vs Home Assistant vs Domoticz - Best Open Source Home AutomationAwesome Home Assistant — Awesome Home Assistant is a curated list of awesome Home Assistant resources. Home Assistant — Open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first. Powered by a worldwide community of tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts. Perfect to run on a Raspberry Pi or a local server. openHAB — a vendor and technology agnostic open source automation software for your home.Domoticz — Domoticz is a Home Automation system design to control various devices and receive input from various sensors. IronicBadger: Home Assistant configuration files — This repository contains all configuration used to configure my home automation setup using Home Assistant. This is a living and breathing repository and as such is subject to change.Linux Action Show special about Home Assistant — Our founder Paulus Schoutsen is interviewed by Chris Fisher for a Linux Action Show special about home automation, Hass.io and the new Home Assistant podcast.smacke/subsync: Automagically synchronize subtitles with video.Podcast Generator — Podcast Generator is an open source Content Management System written in PHP and specifically designed for podcast publishing. It provides the user with the tools to easily manage all of the aspects related to the publication of a podcast, from the upload of episodes to its submission to the iTunes store.
February 20, 2019
Will there ever be another "big" Linux distro, or has that time passed? Plus two popular Linux desktop apps see a big upgrade, and Wes explains to Chris why he should care a lot more about cgroups.Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Neal Gompa.Links:MX-18.1 Continuum Official Release — MX-18.1 is a refresh of our MX-18 release, consisting of bugfixes and application updates since our original release of MX-18.Bootstrap Your Snap | Snapcraft — The goal of Snapcraft Live is to bootstrap developers in building snaps and publishing them in the Snap StoreShoreline Firewall Maintainer Retires — Shorewall 5.2.3 will be my last Shorewall release. If you find problems with that release, I will attempt to resolve them. But, I am now departing on an extended trip to visit some of the places in the world that I have always dreamed of seeing.Shoreline Firewall — Shorewall is a gateway/firewall configuration tool for GNU/Linux. Geary 0.13.0 released! — This is a major new release, featuring a number of new features — including a new user interface for creating and managing email accounts, integration with GNOME Online Accounts (which also provides OAuth login support for some services), improvements in displaying conversations, composing new messages, interacting with other email apps, reporting problems as they occur, and number of important bug fixes, server compatibility fixes, and security fixes.digiKam 6.0.0 is released — Dear digiKam fans and users, following the long stage of integrating a lots of work from students during the Summer of Code, and after 2 years of intensive developement, we hare proud to announce the new digiKam 6.0.0. Fedora 31 Planning To Use Cgroups V2 By Default - Phoronix — Enabling Cgroups V2 by default will allow systemd and the various Linux container technologies along with libvirt and friends to make use of the new features and improvements over the original Cgroups like offering a unified hierarchy.CGroupsV2 Changes - Fedora Project Wiki — The world will eventually move to CGroupsV2 and Fedora should lead the way.Why Clear Linux OS? - YouTube — A quick introduction to why and what the Clear Linux OS is about. Pi MusicBox - A Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Music player for the Raspberry Pi, with remote control — Welcome to the Swiss Army Knife of streaming music using the Raspberry Pi.eta: Generic tool for monitoring ETA and progress of an arbitrary process. — A tool for monitoring progress and ETA of an arbitrary process.netdata, the open-source real-time performance and health monitoring, released v1.12 ! : linux — Introducing netdata.cloud, the free netdata service for all netdata users High performance plugins with go.d.plugin (data collection orchestrator written in Go) 7 new data collectors and 11 rewrites of existing data collectors for improved performance A new management API for all netdata servers Bind different functions of the netdata APIs to different ports Improved installation and updates
February 13, 2019
The hype around a new security flaw hits new levels. Fedora has a bunch of news, and we discover what's new in the latest Plasma release. Plus we fall down the openSUSE rabbit hole when Ell updates us on her desktop challenge.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Daniel Fore, Ell Marquez, Martin Wimpress, and Neal Gompa.Links:KDE Plasma 5.15: Lightweight, Usable and Productive — Discover, Plasma's software and add-on installer, has received tonnes of improvements to help you stay up-to-date and find the tools you need to get your tasks done.CVE-2019-5736: runc container breakout (all versions) — However, it *is* blocked through correct use of user namespaces (where the host root is not mapped into the container's user namespace). Container Bug Allows Attackers to Gain Root Access on Host Machine — The container bug, CVE-2019-5736, affects runc, the underlying container runtime for Docker, containerd, Kubernetes, cri-o and other container software, which means that nearly everyone running containers is affected. Doomsday Docker security hole uncovered | ZDNetLinux Coin Miner Removes All Other Malware and MinersFedora logo redesign — The current Fedora Logo has been used by Fedora and the Fedora Community since 2005. However, over the past few months, Máirín Duffy and the Fedora Design team, along with the wider Fedora community have been working on redesigning the Fedora logo.Fedora's FESCo Approves Of A "Sane" Approach For Counting Fedora Users Via DNF — Baked over the past month was a new privacy-minded plan for counting users via DNF that relies upon a "countme" bit that will be incremented weekly or so and not have any UUID as originally envisionedFedora 30 Will Get Bash 5.0 But Yum's Death Sentence Postponed To F31Draft Fedora 31 schedule available – Fedora Community Blog — After some discussion before the end of the year, we decided not to go with an extended development cycle for Fedora 31. SCALE Saturday Dinner JB Meetup — Let's eat and be merry at P.F. Changes Saturday night of SCALE17x!Containers: What you need to know; so you know what you need to know - Ell Marquez at SElementary Staging COPR Repo — This repository contains packages of official elementaryOS projects which are not (yet) ready for inclusion in fedora as official packages.Ellopunk/OSchallenge - openSUSE — Ell's openSUSE journey notes.Pantheon Desktop on Fedora — The Pantheon desktop environment is the DE that powers elementaryOS. It builds on GNOME technologies, but utilizes components that were written from scratch in vala, using the GTK+3 toolkit. UberWriter — It's a simple markdown editor that offers a lot of features.solVItaire — An implementation of the classic solitaire games Klondike and Spider which has some nice to use vi(1) like keybindings, but can also be played with standard cursor keys, the number pad/row or even the mouse.VIM Adventures — Learn VIM while playing a game!Solvitaire As a SNAPFireQOS ReferenceFireQOS New User Tutorial
February 6, 2019
Why FOSDEM might be the quintessential community event, and our thoughts after playing with Pi-Hole. Plus community news for everyone’s favorite video player, GNOME Shell gets a major speed boost, and why cryptocurrency might truly be dead.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Daniel Fore, and Martin Wimpress.Links:Rename some references to GTK+ to GTKVLC 4.0 Plans — VLC lead developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf talked about their plans for version 4.0, codenamed Otto Chriek. For VLC 4.0 they want a new playlist, a redone user-interface, a new video output architecture that supports VR/3D content, and removal of old platforms.GNOME Shell Gets a Major Speed Boost — Anyone who’s tried the latest GNOME builds on the bleeding edge can attest: these are real, perceptible improvements that give GNOME Shell the peppiness and responsiveness that users have been longing for.Crypto Exchanges Experience Lowest Trading Since 2017 — The Bitcoin market reduced by more than 40 percent in comparison to December 2018.JupiterDev Telegram GroupJupiterBroadcasting/fm — Simple script to receive an RTMP stream and re-stream to Icecast.Linux Academy Study Group Survey — What course should our next study group cover?Fifty years of Unix and Linux advances - Jon 'maddog' Hall at FOSDEM — 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Unix, but it is also the fiftieth anniversary of the ArpaNet/Internet, and people walking on the moon.Good Will Snapping - Alan Pope at FOSDEM — Thousands of users, millions of downloads, dozens of distributions. Numbers going up and down and sideways. A look behind the scenes of Snapcraft, the highly popular universal app store for Linux.LINUX Unplugged - Blog - Playing with Pi-holePi-hole PatreonPi-hole v4.2 Available — In preparation of the new API we are working on, FTLDNS will now store its data in a shared-memory space, so that the API can come in and read from that memory to fulfill requests.Prerequisites - Pi-hole documentationPiHole-Panel — PiHole-Panel is a control panel and real-time statistics for the Pi-hole Adblocker.Easily Overclock NVIDIA GPUs on Linux with This New App — It’s called “Green with Envy” and is a tool designed to let you manage fans of, view info on, or overclock a NVIDIA GPU on Linux.Open Source Event Manager — An event management tool tailored to Free and Open Source Software conferences.
January 30, 2019
We're playing Robin Hood with the content, and a new member of our team joins to tell you all about it. Plus some hard details on the Librem 5, we visit the Canonical Corner, and a big batch of great Linux picks.Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Ell Marquez, and Martin Wimpress.Links:Choose Linux Episode 1: elementary OS and OpenMediaVault — The show that captures the excitement of discovering Linux.Firefox 65.0 — Simplified content blocking settings give users standard, strict, and custom options to control online trackers.What are the phone specs? – PurismPurism's PureOS Store To Be Based Around Flatpaks — The very first application to the PureOS Store is Lollypop.Kodi 18.0 — The Kodi team is very pleased to announce the immediate availability of Kodi 18.0 "Leia" for all supported platforms.Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Update for Ubuntu 18.04 — These vulnerabilities could allow attackers to either execute arbitrary code or crash the system via a denial of service attack by utilizing a maliciously crafted EXT4 image that could be mounted on the vulnerable machine. Ubuntu Users Can Now Keep PPAs And Third Party Repositories Enabled When Upgrading To A Newer Ubuntu Version — Another recent change makes sure third party repositories support the release to which the user is trying to upgrade.SCALE 17x — Pasadena Convention Center March 7 - 10, 2019Privacy Could Be The Next Big Thing — Upcoming talk by Stuart Langridge at SCALE 17xBad Voltage Live | SCALE 17xEll on TwitterLinux Academy Study Group Survey — What course should our next study group cover?What’s Free At Linux Academy February 2019Shortwave: Internet radio in RustShortwave Hello World | Felix Häcker — I wanted to rewrite Gradio entirely from scratch using Rust and thought it’s better to start a completely new project.fx_cast: chromecast for firefox — Enables Chromecast support for casting web apps (like Netflix or BBC iPlayer), HTML5 video and screen/tab sharing.Cool-Retro-Term 1.1.1 is out! — Big performance improvements (and lowered resource consumption), new shiny (literally) frame, system fonts support, and more!
January 23, 2019
An embarrassing vulnerability has been found in the apt package manager, we’ll break it all down. Plus Alessandro Castellani tells us about his plans to build a professional design tool for Linux. We also have a batch of big community news, and the case for the cloud killing Open Source.Special Guests: Alessandro Castellani and Brent Gervais.Links:OggCamp 19 — OggCamp is an unconference celebrating Free Culture, Free and Open Source Software, hardware hacking, digital rights, and all manner of collaborative cultural activities.OggCamp on TwitterRemote Code Execution in apt-get — A vulnerability in apt allows a network man-in-the-middle (or a malicious package mirror) to execute arbitrary code as root on a machine installing any package. The bug has been fixed in the latest versions of apt.Why does APT not use HTTPS?Turkish ISP Swapped Downloads of Popular Software with Spyware-Infected AppsWhich block I/O scheduler is the best? We asked eBPF. — I set out expecting to see differing distributions of latencies for each block scheduler, but ultimately found that I didn’t understand low-level systems behavior to the degree I thought I did.Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass. — Windows 10 developers have been gifted yet another way of running Linux on their desktop in the form of Canonical's Multipass. Microsoft Employee Hints at Windows Core OS Open Source ComponentsTechSNAP Episode 395: The ACME EraLinuxFest Northwest 20th AnniversaryLFNW Telegram GroupLinuxFest Northwest Parking Lot BBQ MeetupSCALE 17xSCALE Telegram GroupTexas Linux Fest 2019Public Speaking: A repository of resources about public speaking, specifically in the context of software development and IT conferences.Linux Operating System Fundamentals — Have you heard of Linux, but don't really know anything about it? Are you a non-technical person just wanting to know what this 'Linux' thing is? Then this course is for you.Akira: Native Linux App for UI and UX DesignAkira on KickstarterExponent episode 159 — Inverted PyramidsLate Night Linux – Episode 55 — Are you better off with the elasticity of public clouds like AWS, or should you avoid lock-in by running servers on premises?AWS, MongoDB, and the Economic Realities of Open SourceOpen source confronts its midlife crisis
January 16, 2019
ZFS on Linux is becoming the official upstream project of all major ZFS implementations, even the BSDs. But recent kernel changes prevent ZFS from even building on Linux. Neal Gompa joins us to discuss why it all matters. Plus some surprising community news, and a few great picks!Special Guests: Dalton Durst and Neal Gompa.Links:This Guy Made a Computer Mouse That Is Itself a ComputerApple’s FoundationDB open sources CloudKit database layer — The FoundationDB Record Layer is an open source library that provides a record-oriented datastore with semantics similar to a relational database, implemented on top of FoundationDB.FoundationDB Record Layer: A Multi-Tenant Structured Datastore'Celluloid' is the new name of GNOME MPV — “The current name is a bit unelegant, and doesn’t really fit in with other apps on the GNOME platform. Good app names are usually a single noun that’s related to the app’s domain (e.g. “Fragments” for a torrent app, or “Peek” for a screen recorder).”Google is Adding 'Apt Search' to the ChromeOS App Launcher — Now, based on a code commit uncovered by Chrome Story, users of the Linux (beta) for Chromebooks will also be able to search for and install Linux apps from the Chrome OS launcher. Chrome OS to let companies use other Linux distros for apps — Device administrators will be able to designate a URL for Chrome OS to download the Linux distro, and a hash to ensure the download was successful.Ubuntu Touch OTA-7 Release — OTA-7 is the release where we take a breath and focus on getting the launch just right.ZFS On Linux Runs Into A Snag With Linux 5.0 — ZFS On Linux currently fails to build against the Linux 5.0 kernel sources.Linux 5.0: _kernel_fpu{begin,end} no longer exported · Issue #8259 · zfsonlinux/zfsThe future of ZFS in FreeBSDDatto — Datto offers business continuity and disaster recovery, networking, business management, and file backup and sync solutions, and has created a one-of-a-kind ecosystem of partners that provide Datto solutions to half a million businesses across more than 130 countries. Neal Gompa - DevOps Engineer II - Datto, Inc.Neal Gompa on Twitter @Det_Conan_KudoChezmoi: Manage your dotfiles securely across multiple machines.Introducing Ephemeral – Cassidy James Blaede — The always-incognito web browser for elementary OS.Introducing The Elementary OS 5 Linux Community ChallengeChris losing it on the Linux Academy Live Stream — Time code link to just before it all happens.
January 9, 2019
Joe joins Wes to discuss the state of Adobe's Creative Cloud on Linux and why the Fish shell might be your favorite new tool. Plus community news, a reality check on Linux gaming, and some shiny new hardware.Special Guests: Jason Evangelho and Peter Ammon.Links:Pretty much every recent Windows Phone is now hackableFedora 31 Isn't Expected To Be Delayed After All — Since November the developers behind Fedora Linux had been discussing whether to significantly delay or even cancel Fedora 31 so they could spend around one year working on re-tooling how the distribution is crafted and work on other fundamental changes. But it turns out now they have decided against this big shake-up delayFedora Planning A Per-System Unique Identifier For DNF — The proposal is quick to acknowledge the intent isn't for tracking users but only counting and this UUID wouldn't be re-used by other systems.Linux 5.0 is on the way — The numbering change is not indicative of anything special. If you want to have an official reason, it's that I ran out of fingers and toes to count on, so 4.21 became 5.0Track Chris and Lady JupsGNU ed 1.15 releasedBash 5.0 release availableFish Shell 3.0.0 — Fish 3 is a major release, which introduces some breaking changes alongside improved functionality.Peter (@ridiculous_fish) | Twitter"Would totally skip Linux." — We shipped Planetary Annihilation on Win, Mac, and Linux. Linux uses we're a big vocal part of the Kickstarter and forums. In the end they accounted for 20% of auto reported crashes and support ticketsGame dev: Linux users were only 0.1% of sales but 20% of crashes and tickets | Hacker NewsJason Evangelho on Twitter — Re: Adobe Premiere on Linux. I have a call next week with both Bill Roberts (Sr. Director Product Management) & Patrick Palmer (Principal Product Manager). They reached out to ME. I think a genuine effort is being made here to listen to & understand various perspectives.Jason Evangelho @ Forbes
January 3, 2019
We start off the new year with our hopes and dreams for Linux and open source in 2019 and beyond. Plus Clear Linux aims to build the ultimate Linux desktop based on Xfce, and it looks like GNOME is closing the performance gap.Special Guests: Alan Pope and Brent Gervais.Links:Clarity in the Desktop | Clear Linux* Project — Clear Linux* recently introduced a series of updates that incorporate a developer-optimized desktop experience. This experience is built upon Xfce 4.12, created with the goal of enabling you to get what you need perform your work quickly and efficiently.Reiser4 File-System Port To The Linux 4.20 Kernel — Edward Shishkin, the last main Reiser4 developer involved and former employee of Hans Reiser's Namesys company, has updated his Reiser4 kernel tree where there is now the few code changes necessary to get the file-system kernel module building for Linux 4.20 along with a patch containing a fix. Chrome OS to test early GPU support for Linux appsThe Many Features Coming To The Wine 4.0GNOME Shell Desktop Gaming Benchmarks
December 27, 2018
We get serious and bring in a special referee to help us lock in our Linux predictions for 2019.Special Guest: Alan Pope.Links:Predicting 2015 | LUP 73Ghost of Predictions Past | LAS 4532015 Linux Predictions | Linux Action Show 345
December 18, 2018
We’re just back from touring System76’s new factory, and getting the inside scoop on how they build their Thelio desktop. This is our story about walking in as skeptics, and walking out as believers. Plus some surprising community news, a few great picks, and more!Links:ProtonMail is auctioning a Lifetime Account to support WireGuardMir 1.1 Released With EGLStreams Support To Work With NVIDIA's Binary DriverASUS is releasing encrypted kernel sources for the ZenFone Max Pro M1, Max Pro M2 and Max M2Keyboardio: A Startling Discovery — On the one hand, there's a lot of money missing. We think there's a decent chance that money has vanished never to be seen again. Products that we said we sent you...simply never existed. We're genuinely sorry about that.User ErrorLinux Academy supports St. Jude's — For each Learning Activity that you complete between 12/16 and 12/26, Linux Academy will donate $1 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital this holiday season.LinuxFest Northwest — 20th Anniversary! Past, Present & FutureLINUX Unplugged Blog - System76 Factory TourMeet the New Linux Desktop Champion: System76 ThelioFeedback: Xrandr tip for wimpyFeedback: Try minidlnaReadyMedia - ArchWikiFeedback: How can we tolerate systemd?Microsoft/ethr: Ethr is a Network Performance Measurement Tool for TCP, UDP & HTTP.remove.bg: A tool to remove background from imageStreama - Self hosted media server
December 12, 2018
We have a WireGuard success story to share, and it's probably not what you're expecting. Plus we check in on Ubuntu 19.04, start the search for an Emby replacement, and how to use Reddit on the commandline.Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.Links:Fire effect for the Keyboardio Model 01 keyboardKeyboardio: heirloom-grade keyboards for serious typistschrimbus_'s self hosted streaming questions — Yo @ChrisLAS / @ubuntupodcast I'm tired of depending on our internet to play movies for the kiddo. I was trying to rip some dvds tonight using VLC and AcidRip in hopes to run them off a home server. Either the video ends up glitchy af or no audio. Any suggestions?Beta source code missing · Issue #3479 · MediaBrowser/EmbyAnnoucing Jellyfin - a free software fork of Emby — After the announcement of Emby transitioning to a proprietary model, a number of us decided to fork it to focus on delivering a free software media solutionStreama: Self hosted streaming media server.Ubuntu 19.04 Release Date & Planned Features — The Ubuntu 19.04 release date is scheduled for April 18, 2019.GNOME Shell In Ubuntu 19.04 Should Be FasterUbuntu Desktop 19.04 Cycle | Trello​Canonical makes Kubernetes moves — Canonical wants to make it darn clear that, besides being the leading cloud Linux distributor, it's also a major Kubernetes player.Proposed Energy Aware Scheduling For The Linux Kernel Revised A Tenth Time — The ARM Linux developers continue working on Energy Aware Scheduling (EAS) for the mainline Linux kernel to better handle systems with asymmetric CPU topologiesMike's systemd udev fixWhich two names work best for the Jupiter Broadcasting Automation system?LinuxFest Northwest 2019WireGuard for iOS - TestFlightHow to easily configure WireGuard - Stavros' StuffUse Reddit In The Terminal With RTV (Reddit Terminal Viewer)Easily Convert Audio File Formats with SoundConvertersshuttle: Transparent proxy server that works as a poor man's VPNcorkscrew: A tool for tunneling SSH through HTTP proxiesTest utility for cve-2018-1002105
December 5, 2018
We chat with a developer who's gotten Linux running on iOS devices, do a deep dive into Clear Linux, and discuss Xubuntu ending 32bit support. Plus why Android in the cloud, and a bunch of community news.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Martin Wimpress, and Theodore Dubois.Links:One Raspberry Pi 3 not powerful enough? Try this five Pi cluster for computing on the edgeXubuntu Will Stop Producing 32-bit ISOs Beginning With Xubuntu 19.04 — The Xubuntu development team has now decided to go ahead and eliminate their 32-bit builds moving forward.Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser — Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10, this time powered by Chromium. Steam Link now in BETA on Raspberry Pi — The Steam Link app is now available in beta on the Raspberry Pi 3 and 3 B+ running Raspbian StretchSputnik turns 6: Presenting the folks behind it — Thanks to the interest and support of the community, eight months later, the project became a product. On November 29, 2012 the Dell XPS 13 developer edition was born.Running Android in the Cloud with Amazon EC2 A1 instances — W demonstrated a fully automated solution deployed by Juju to run Android within LXD containers in the cloud and stream out the display of a  gaming app from an Amazon EC2 A1 instance to a mobile phone over the internetAmazon's homegrown 2.3GHz 64-bit Graviton processor was very nearly an AMD Arm CPUiSH: The Linux Shell on iOS — iSH is a project to get a Linux shell environment running locally on your iOS device, using a usermode x86 emulator.iSH on GitHubBleeping computer's review of iSHBug #1759836 “systemd-udevd consumes 100% of CPU” : Bugs : systemd package : UbuntuHigh cpu usage on kernel 4.14 and 4.15 from systemd-udevd which seems to be the synaptic touchpad driverBluetooth adapter stopped working after upgrade to 4.14 kernelClear Linux Homepage — Clear Linux OS is an open source, rolling release Linux distribution optimized for performance and security, from the Cloud to the Edge, designed for customization, and manageability.Intel's Clear Linux Ups Their Desktop Offering, Rolling Out New InstallerHow to Clear — Training documentation to teach users how to make a Clear Linux OS derivative distribution.Trying To Make Ubuntu 18.10 Run As Fast As Intel's Clear Linuxclr-boot-manager — clr-boot-manager exists to enable the correct maintenance of vendor kernels and appropriate garbage collection tactics over the course of upgrades.
November 28, 2018
Fedora might take a year off, to focus on it self. Project Lead and Council Chair Matthew Miller joins us to explain this major proposal. Plus Wimpy shares his open source Drobo alternative, and our final Dropbox XFS hack.Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Martin Wimpress, and Matthew Miller.Links:NASA runs KDEAre people forgetting what open source is? — There is a responsibility for the dev to make sure they vet what is being put into, but also a larger responsibility for large company's to vet dependency themselves, such as this package event-stream International Space Station switches from Windows to Linux — “We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable.”LinuxFest Northwest 2019 — LinuxFest Northwest is an annual Open Source event co-produced by Bellingham Linux Users Group and the Information Technology department at Bellingham Technical CollegeSnapRAID — SnapRAID is a backup program for disk arrays. It stores parity information of your data and it recovers from up to six disk failures. mergerfs — A featureful union filesystem.Fedora 31 Will Likely Be Cancelled Or Significantly Delayed — It's about trying to re-tool the distribution and restructure the way its developed to rely more upon automated testing, improving the release processes, and related infrastructure to make it more scalable and better for the longer-term.Fedora Mailing-Lists: Lifecycle objective - problems, solutions, and proposalFedora Wiki: Objectives/Lifecycle/Problem statementsCurrent 12-18 Month Community ObjectivesFedora Council CharterDropbox Filesystem Fix — Fix the filesystem detection in the Linux Dropbox client.
November 21, 2018
Android and Ubuntu are working exceptionally hard to create longer support cycles. We’ll highlight the work that makes this possible, and what’s motivating these two different projects to strive for Very Long Term Support. Plus Chris reviews how his new Thunderbolt 3 GPU docking station works under Linux, and why he’ll never be undocking again.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, and Martin Wimpress.Links:Pioneers — Pioneers, the wonderfully addicting game based on "The Settlers of Catan"XPRA — multi-platform screen and application forwarding system or "screen for X11"Valve discontinues the Steam Link — Farewell to the Steam Link, the best wireless HDMI gadget ever madeBringing the Android kernel back to the mainline — Android devices are based on the Linux kernel but, since the beginning, those devices have not run mainline kernels.Linux Deepin 15.8 Released with Various Neat ImprovementsUbuntu 18.04 LTS is getting 10-Year SupportUbuntu Security PodcastLINUX Unplugged Feedback: Docking Stations? Lenovo G0A10170UL Thunderbolt 3 Graphics DockLenovo Thunderbolt 3 Dock on Debian Linux | The Blog of JuhoThunderbolt 3 device managerprime-select: A fork of FedoraPrime enhanced for all linux distributionsBlack Friday Sale | Linux AcademyName the Automation System — Which two names work best for the Jupiter Broadcasting Automation system?Feedback from Albert: Youtube on the Desktop?Minitube, YouTube app for Mac, Windows and Linuxyoutube-dl — youtube-dl is a command-line program to download videos from YouTubewebtty: Share a terminal session over WebRTCunite-shell: Unite makes GNOME Shell look like Ubuntu Unity Shell.WireGuard VPN Road Warrior Setup
November 14, 2018
Christian F.K. Schaller from Red Hat joins us to discuss seamless Linux upgrades, replacing PulseAudio, some of the recent desktop Projects Red Hat’s been working on... And the value they get from them. Plus a big batch of important community news, Wimpy’s Thunderbolt Dock experiments, and way to run pacman on any Linux distribution.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Christian F.K. Schaller, and Martin Wimpress.Links:Radio GardenPlayStation Classic relies on open source emulator for its 20 games - SlashGear — Kotaku got some early hands-on time with the PlayStation Classic and discovered that it uses the PCSX ReARMed emulator.snes9x — For those packaging the GTK+ port, note that building with GTK+ 3 is now highly recommended over GTK+ 2 and should have no regressions. Also note that Wayland compatibility is implemented, which, if enabled, also requires GTK+ to have been compiled with Wayland support. Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth says he has no plans to sell anytime soon — “I value my independence,” he told me during a brief chat on the outskirts of the OpenStack Summit in Berlin today. In part, that’s because he simply doesn’t personally need the money but also because he’d like to see through to the end his vision for Canonical and UbuntuOpen Invention Network Expands Linux Definition — The expansion includes 151 new packages, bringing the total number of protected packages to 2,873. “With this update to the Linux System definition, OIN continues with its well-established process of carefully maintaining a balance between stability and innovative core open source technology,” stated Mirko Boehm, OIN’s director for the Linux System definition. “While the majority of the new additions are widely used and found in most devices, the update includes a number of key open source innovations such as Kubernetes, Apache Cassandra and packages for Automotive Grade Linux.”Bitwarden Completes Third-party Security Audit — We are pleased to announce that Bitwarden has completed a thorough security audit and cryptographic analysis from the security experts at Cure53.Adding an optional install duration to LVFS firmware — We’ve just added an optional feature to fwupd and the LVFS that some people might find useful: The firmware update process can now tell the user how long in seconds the update is going to take.Help wanted - SuperTuxKart networking testersSupertuxkartPipeWire Hackfest — The event kicked off with Wim Taymans presenting on current state of PipeWire and outlining the remaining issues and current thoughts on how to resolve them. Most of the first day was spent on a roadtable discussion about what are and should be the goals of PipeWire and what potential tradeoffs there would be going forward.Thunderbolt 3 GPU Dock — Integrated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. Automation System Name Poll — Vote on the Automation System name.Junest — The lightweight Arch Linux based distro that runs upon any Linux distros without root access.Wimpy’s xrandr Script
November 7, 2018
Have the revolutionaries won the war against proprietary software? That’s the argument being made. And we argue, what else did you expect? Plus some performance improvements inbound to Linux, and the perfectly proportioned open source project we’ve recently discovered.Special Guests: Alan Pope and Brent Gervais.Links:Celebrate Fifteen Years of Fedora — On November 6, 2003, Red Hat announced Fedora Core 1KDE Connect — Today we released version 1.10 of the KDE Connect Android app. Therefore it’s time again to share what we’ve been working on. Apple's New Hardware With The T2 Security Chip Will Currently Block Linux From Booting — At least until further notice, these new Apple systems sporting the T2 chip will not be able to boot Linux operating systemsProcDump-for-Linux: A Linux version of the ProcDump Sysinternals tool — A Linux version of the ProcDump Sysinternals toolThe Faster FUSE Has Been Fused Into Linux 4.20 — Performance work for FUSE in this next version of the Linux kernel includes symlink caching, a hash table optimization, and copy file range support. The Open Source Revolution Is Over - the Revolutionaries Won — What happens when the revolutionaries win? After they've stormed the castle, tried on the king's clothes, slept in his bed and drunk the royal wine, then what?Hybrid Cloud Architecture: What Is It and Why You Should CareHuginn: Create agents that monitor and act on your behalf. — Create agents that monitor and act on your behalf. Your agents are standing by! Automation System Naming FormCPod: An Open Source, Cross-platform Podcast App — It is an Election app, which gives it the ability to run on the largest operating systems (Linux, Windows, Mac OS).
October 31, 2018
We speculate about a future where IBM owns Red Hat, and review the latest Fedora 29 release that promises a new game changing feature. Plus Chris returns from MeetBSD with his review, and we get the inside scope on System76’s Thelio hardware.Special Guests: Alan Pope and Martin Wimpress.Links:LKML: Greg KH: Linux 4.19 — These past few months has been a tough one for our community, as it is our community that is fighting from within itself, with prodding from others outside of it. Don't fall into the cycle of arguing about those "others" in the "Judean People's Front" when we are the "We're the People's Front of Judea!" That is the trap that countless communities have fallen into over the centuries. We all share the same goal, let us never loose sight of that.Samsung Open-Source Group Reportedly Shuts Down - Phoronix — Samsung has apparently shut down the Samsung Open-Source Group (Samsung OSG) as a blow to the wider free software ecosystem considering the group's prolific contributions over the years from low-level open-source projects to desktop/user-facing code-bases. You Can Play Over 2,600 Windows Games on Linux Via Steam PlayProtonDBThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Workstation Dock — The ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 WorkStation Dock is a pioneering docking solution powered by Intel Thunderbolt technology and is designed exclusively for ThinkPad Mobile Workstations, delivering up to 230W power to charge both notebook and a full range of productivity and connectivity peripherals. System76 Shares With Us More Details On Thelio Open Hardware, Pricing Starts At $1,100 USDSystem76 on US Manufacturing and Open Hardware — To further our open computer ambition, we’re working to remove functionality from the proprietary mainboard. To that end, we designed Thelio Io, a daughter board that manages thermal and chassis control while also providing a storage backplane for the drives in Thelio. It’s open hardware and open source firmware, and a big step in the right direction. 1 Billion pulls from Docker Hub.IBM TO ACQUIRE RED HAT — IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion.Statement on the IBM acquisition of Red Hat — Nevertheless, the world has moved on. Replacing UNIX is no longer sufficient. The decline in RHEL growth contrasted with the acceleration in Linux more broadly is a strong market indicator of the next wave of open source. Public cloud workloads have largely avoided RHEL. RHEL 7.6 Released — Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 is designed to be the trusted bedrock for hybrid cloud deploymentsAnnouncing the release of Fedora 29 — This release is particularly exciting because it’s the first to include the Fedora Modularity feature across all our different variants. Modularity lets us ship different versions of packages on the same Fedora base. What is Modularity :: Fedora Docs Site — Different users have different needs. Developers want the latest versions possible, system administrators want stability for longer period of time. There are many Linux distributions out there, each targeting a different audience, for example Fedora vs. CentOS.Working with modules in Fedora — This article puts one of those modules to practical use, covering installation and setup of Review Board 3.0 using modules.Blog - Chris Goes to MeetBSD — MeetBSD 2018 took place at the sprawling Intel Santa Clara campus. The venue itself felt more like an olive branch than a simple friendly gesture by Intel. In truth it felt like a bit of an apology. You get the subtle sense they feel bad about how the BSD's were treated with the Meltdown and Specter flaws.TAP ROOM For the Ask Noah PartyDbxfs - Mount Dropbox Folder Locally As Virtual File System In Linux — The dbxfs officially supports Linux and Mac OS. However, it should work on any POSIX system that provides a FUSE-compatible library or has the ability to mount SMB shares.PSA: Dropbox ext4 limitation workaround — Create a loopback!TaskBook — Popey recommended!
October 23, 2018
The lead developer of PipeWire Wim Taymans joins us to discuss Linux’s multimedia past, and its exciting future. They promise to greatly improve handling of audio and video under Linux. Plus we review the professional grade Precision 5530, tour our new studio in a box, and release one of our first production tools as free software!Special Guest: Wim Taymans.Links:JACK Audio Connection Kit|HomeGetJacked · GitHub — Some simple scripts to build a "Studio in a Box" with JACK.PipeWire — PipeWire is a project that aims to greatly improve handling of audio and video under Linux. PipeWire WikiLaunching Pipewire! Precision 15 Inch 5530 Developer Edition — Dell’s thinnest, lightest and smallest 15" mobile workstation is more powerful than ever. Precision 5530 Benchmarks — JB1 Reaper Custom Build vs Dell Precision 5300TechSNAP Episode 385: 3 Things to Know About Kubernetes — Kubernetes expert Will Boyd joins us to explain the top 3 things to know about KubernetesTechSNAP Episode 386: What Makes Google Cloud Different — We bring on our Google Cloud expert and explore the fundamentals, demystify some of the magic, and ask what makes Google Cloud different. TechSNAP Episode 387: Private Cloud Building Blocks — We bring in Amy Marrich to break down the building blocks of OpenStack.
October 17, 2018
elementary OS’ latest and greatest released today, and we talk with Dan and Cassidy from the project about their biggest release yet. Then community news, a preview of upcoming Ubuntu 18.10, and we announce our own free software project. Plus a chat with Dalton about the new Ubuntu Touch release and we find a real Photoshop replacement for Linux. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Dalton Durst, Daniel Fore, and Martin Wimpress.Links:Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans - BBC News — A tiny Android smartphone designed to be a "companion phone".KDE e.V. receives a sizeable donation from Handshake Foundation | KDE.news — We are excited to announce that the KDE e.V. received a donation of 300,000 USD from the Handshake Foundation. elementary OS 5 Juno is Here — Refinement, Productivity, & an Improved Developer Platform.Allen questions the Flatpak FUD - Pastebin.comFlatpaks, sandboxes and security — What Flatpak brings to this is understanding of the specific desktop app problem space Should GNOME Drop Support for GTK3 Themes? — It seems that our love of customisation is merely an illusionRestyling apps at scale — tl;dr: If you want to change how an app looks, you need a designer in the loop.DXVK 0.90 released : linuxPumpkin Carving Contest #JackOLinux — Submission deadline is October 24, 2018, and the top 3 winners will be announced on October 31st!Chrome OS Stable Channel Gets Linux AppsDid Microsoft Really Just “Open Source All Its Patents”?? — This means the company can use or distribute ‘Linux System’ technologies without risk that another OIN participant may assert their patents against such ‘Linux System’ technologies.Ubuntu 18.10 Release Date and New Features [Updated] | It's FOSSGPD Pocket 2 Preview — The GPD Pocket 2 is a handheld computer that looks like a laptop, but which is small enough to fold up and slide into your pocket.UBports — Ubuntu Touch is the touch-friendly mobile version of Ubuntu. This operating system is developed and maintained by UBports: An international community of passionate volunteers. This means Ubuntu Touch is 100% community driven and independent. Read more about the OSUbuntu Touch OTA-5 — While many have already joined the community on 16.04 with OTA-4, in addition to the long-term support of upstream Ubuntu development, OTA-5 will include a more stable experience, new tweaks, and new features to show off this next stage of Ubuntu Touch development.Dalton Durst's GitHubDaltonDurst - Ubuntu WikiAutomation System NamingJupiter Broadcasting · GitHubPhotopea
October 10, 2018
Red Hat developer Andy Grover joins us to discuss Stratis Storage, an alternative to ZFS on Linux and its recent milestone. Also Google subtracts Plus, some KDE and GNOME news, and a bit of forgotten Linux history.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, Andy Grover, and Martin Wimpress.Links:IRL GlassesGoogle Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public — Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage, according to people briefed on the incident and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.Project Strobe — The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.Google Has 'No Plans' to Enable Chrome Hardware Acceleration on LinuxKDE Plasma 5.14 — A lot of work has gone into improving Discover, Plasma's software manager, and, among other things, we have added a Firmware Update feature and many subtle user interface improvements to give it a smoother feel. Farewell, application menus! — These menus have been with us since the beginning of the GNOME 3.0 series, but we’re planning on retiring them for the next GNOME release (version 3.32). Creative Selection (Audiobook) by Ken KociendaEazel - Wikipedia — Eazel was founded by Andy Hertzfeld in August 1999 in Mountain View, California. It had 22 initial employees and raised $12 million from a number of venture capital investment companiesEazel launches Nautilus software then lays off 40 workers — After releasing the first version of its new Nautilus open-source desktop software with much fanfare Monday, Eazel Inc. bit the bullet just a day later and laid off more than half of its 70-member staffJobs at Linux AcademyAndy Grover (@iamagrover) — Hacks on @StratisStorage at Red Hat, and has other creative dreams too. Bass. Rustlang. Mostly cat and political retweets these days.Stratis Storage (@StratisStorage) — Easy to use local storage for Linux. Stratis Storage Project PageStratis: Easy local storage management for Linux [LWN.net] — Stratis is a new local storage-management solution for Linux. It can be compared to ZFS, Btrfs, or LVM. Its focus is on simplicity of concepts and ease of use, while giving users access to advanced storage features. Internally, Stratis's implementation favors tight integration of existing components instead of the fully-integrated, in-kernel approach that ZFS and Btrfs use. XFS vs EXT4 – Comparing MongoDB Performance on AWS EC2 — In performance terms, XFS is indeed a force multiplier when paired with high speed disks that it can take real advantage from. For low to mid-end systems, it doesn’t seem to be able to do much to improve your performance.Todoist for Linux, an electron wrapper for the official Todoist web app. — Todoist for Linux, an electron wrapper for the official Todoist web app.
October 3, 2018
What if desktop computing went a very different direction in the late 90s? Deeply multithreaded from the start, fast, intuitive, and extremely stable. This is the world of Haiku, and we go for a visit. Plus the latest community news, true flicker freedom comes to Fedora, and our favorite tools for easy virtual machines on our laptops.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.Links:System76 To Release A "New Open-Source Computer"Fedora 29 Succeeds At Flicker-Free Boot Experience On Intel HardwareGoogle gets into game streaming with Project Stream and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in ChromeHalloween DocumentsBeOS R5R1/beta1 – Release Notes | Haiku Project — It’s been just about a month less than six years since Haiku’s last release in November 2012Ars spends too much time trying to work in Haiku, the BeOS successor — What starts as a joke Turned into a fool's errand "I'll work in Haiku."The Be Book - The Application Kits-tui: Terminal based CPU stress and monitoring utility — Terminal based CPU stress and monitoring utilityLenovo-throttling-fix — Workaround for Intel throttling issues in Linux.fwupd - ArchWiki — fwupd is a simple daemon allowing to update some devices firmware, including UEFI BIOS for several machines. Virtual Machine Manager Home — The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers).Kimchi — Kimchi is an HTML5 based management tool for KVM. It is designed to make it as easy as possible to get started with KVM and create your first guest.python-imaging Ubuntu Package
September 26, 2018
We chat with Nate Graham who’s pushing to make Plasma the best desktop on the planet. We discuss his contributions to this effort, and others. Plus we get the scope on a new Juno feature from the source, and the creator of WSLinux a distro built specifically for Windows 10’s Windows Subsystem for Linux joins us. Also some community news, some old friends stop by, and more!Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Martin Wimpress, and Nate Graham.Links:ytdl-webserver: 📻 Webserver for downloading youtube videos. Ready for docker.Google Secretly Logs Users Into Chrome Whenever They Log Into a Google Site — Starting with Chrome 69, whenever a Chrome user would access a Google-owned site, the browser would take that user's Google identity and log the user into the Chrome in-browser account systemChristoph Tavan on Twitter — "Clear all Cookies except Google Cookies", thanks Chrome."PlayOnLinux 5.0 Alpha Released With Redesigned UI, Phoenicis — PlayOnLinux 5.0 Alpha has a completely redesigned user-interface and rolls out their new "Phoenicis" platform. This new platform is decentralized, Git-based, and improves POL's script engine. The current PlayOnLinux 5.0 Alpha release has support for about 135 different games. AppCenter and Content Ratings — Starting with Juno, we’ll display a content warning when a user goes to download an app that meets or exceeds a certain level of OARS data—think nudity, violence, or language content.Getting the team together to revolutionize Linux audio — With the video part of PipeWire already in production we decided the time has come to try to accelerate the development of the audio bits. So PipeWire creator Wim Taymans, PulseAudio developer Arun Raghavan and myself decided to try to host a PipeWire hackfest this fall to bring together many of the core Linux audio developers to try to hash out a plan and a roadmap.Precision 15 Inch 5530 Mobile Workstation LaptopNate Graham is creating KDE Plasma | Patreon — I'm Nate Graham, and I'm on a mission to make KDE Plasma the best and most widely-used computer operating system interface on planet Earth. KDE's Goals for 2018 and Beyond | KDE.news — Nate reasons that focusing on irksome details of the most common and commonly used of KDE's software, such as Plasma, Dolphin, Okular and Discover, would be the first step towards polishing the whole. This week in Usability & Productivity, part 37 — Here’s your latest Usability & Productivity report–and we’ve got all kinds of goodies to share!Recommended Watch: Konquering the World'Netflix for Open Source' Wants Developers to Get Paid — A startup called Tidelift hopes to help these unsung programmers get paid with a business model the company compares to Netflix. The idea is that a company pays a subscription fee to Tidelift, which takes a cut and then distributes the remainder to open source projects that the subscriber uses, such as Babel. In exchange, the subscriber gets assurance that the software is properly maintained.TideliftWLinux — A Linux distro optimized for WSL based on Debian.WLinux: GitHubJohn's +1 to Root on ZFSzedenv — ZFS boot environment managerTraefik - The Cloud Native Edge Router / Reverse Proxy / Load BalancerKDE - KDE Community Code of Conduct
September 19, 2018
Linus takes a break and the Linux kernel adopts a new Code of Conduct. We work through these major watershed moments, and discuss what it means for the community. Plus our review of our brand new ThinkPad T480’s running Linux, the bug you need to know about, and why this might be one of the greatest Linux laptops of all time.Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Daniel Fore, and Eric Hendricks.Links:Cloudflare goes InterPlanetaryLinux 4.19-rc4 released, an apology, and a maintainership noteCode of Conduct: Let's revamp it.Code of conduct - Gentoo WikiNCoC: No Code of Conduct: A Code of Conduct for Adults in Open Source SoftwareRichard M. Stallman on the Linux CoCCode of Conduct: Let's revamp it.Lenovo ThinkPad T480Ubuntu on Lenovo ThinkPad T480Lenovo ThinkPad T480 - ArchWikiT480s Linux throttling bugWorkaround for Intel throttling issues in Linux.ThinkWikiKXStudioOptimised Ubuntu Desktop images available in Microsoft Hyper-V gallery
September 12, 2018
We announce our big news, Jupiter Broadcasting is joining Linux Academy and what we have planned for the future is huge! Plus a new NextCloud lands, concerns are brewing for the Solus project, and a report from the recent Libre Application Summit.Special Guests: Alan Pope, Anthony James, Brent Gervais, and Martin Wimpress.Links:Jupiter Broadcasting Joins Linux Academy — Jupiter Broadcasting has been creating the world’s favorite podcasts on Linux, open source, and free software since before they were even called podcasts. By teaming up, we’re bringing together two industry-leading companies that develop and deliver the content that our community really wants.Nextcloud 14 now availableSupercharging Solus Infrastructure — Because of the timing of these upgrades and our lack of access to the solus-project.com domain, Bryan and I are going to be shifting Solus services over to the getsol.us domain.
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