Clear Linux Gets Mesa 3D 12.0.0 and Linux Kernel 4.6.4, Performance Improvements

Softpedia was informed by the Clear Linux developer on the availability of the first newsletter of the Linux kernel-based operating system that informs users about the latest GNU/Linux technologies implemented during the week that passed.

Entitled “This Week in Clear Linux,” the first installation informs the Clear Linux community about the fact that the Linux kernel-based operating system designed specifically for Intel architecture received the latest Linux 4.6.4 and 4.4.15 LTS kernels, the Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0, and Rust language 1.10.0.

“The kernels in Clear Linux were updated to the latest stable versions, kernel 4.6.4 for the normal kernels, and 4.4.15 for the LTS kernels. As usual, the stable kernels contain “important updates”,” said Eva P. Hutanu. All of the Clear Linux package sources are now available as git trees.”

Caffe machine learning framework performan…

Nvidia 367.35 Linux Graphics Driver Released with VDPAU Feature Set H Support

Today, July 15, 2016, Nvidia published a new long-lived graphics driver for UNIX-like operating systems, including GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris, Nvidia 367.35.

The Nvidia 367.35 video driver comes as an upgrade to the previous update, Nvidia 367.27, announced exactly one month ago, which introduced support for Nvidia’s recently released GeForce GTX 1080 and GTK 1070 graphics cards on Linux kernel-based operating systems.

However, this appears to be a small maintenance update bringing fixes for some annoyances reported by users since the previous release, but also to implement support for VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) Feature Set H to the Nvidia VDPAU driver on all supported platforms.

Thanks to the support for VDPAU Feature Set H, your Nvidia graphics card will be capable of hardware-accelerated decoding of 8K (8192×8192) H.265/HEVC encoded video streams. Also new,…

You Can Now Use Netflix on Vivaldi and Other Chromium-Based Web Browsers

Vivaldi’s Ruarí Ødegaard managed to create a handy script that would allow you to watch Netflix movies on Vivaldi, as well as any other Chromium-based web browser.

As you’re probably aware of by now, Netflix only supports the Google Chrome and Opera web browsers when we talk about watching movies streamed via their online platform on Linux kernel-based operating systems. On Windows and Mac the there are more browsers supports, including Mozilla Firefox and Safari.

That is not the case for Linux users, whose open source and free personal computing platform is not even mentioned on the Netflix website. Therefore, if you’re using a GNU/Linux distro and you want to watch Netflix movies, you are kind of forced to use the Google Chrome or Opera web browsers, though only the first is fully supported.

Here’s how to watch Netflix movies on Vivaldi and Chromium-based browsers

If your web browser of choic…

Linux Kernel 4.6.4 Lands in the Stable Arch Linux Repositories, Update Now

Just a few moments ago, July 15, 2016, the Arch Linux kernel maintainers have managed to upgrade the operating system’s stable kernel to the recently released Linux 4.6.4 version.

Announced four days ago, on July 11, Linux kernel 4.6.4 has been introduced by Greg Kroah-Hartman as being a pretty small maintenance update changing a total of 36 files, with 216 insertions and 98 deletions. However, the developer urged GNU/Linux distribution maintainers to upgrade to this version as soon as possible.

To get an overview of the changes implemented in Linux kernel 4.6.4, we can tell you that it updates a few USB drivers, and the networking stack, with improvements for the AX.25 data link layer protocol, the IPv6 and IPv4 protocols, kernel connection multiplexer (KCM), bridge, and the…

What’s new on Drupal.org? – June 2016

Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.

In June the Drupal Association had our annual staff retreat, where the remote team members joined the Portland, OR team for a three day retreat. This year’s retreat was particularly important as we found our feet as a smaller, leaner team, and focused on our organizational roadmap for the next twelve months.

For the engineering team in particular, our focus will be on maintaining the critical systems that make project successful: issue queues, updates, testing, packaging, etc, while at the same time finding new ways to support and enable Drupal’s evolution.

These were some heady days, but even as we worked through the best ways to continue serving the Drupal community on a strategic level in June, we also found the time to keep making Drupal.org a better home.

Drupal.org updates

Documentation Migration

A long running initiative this year has been the creation of a new Documentation system for Drupal.org, a topic we’ve touched on in many prior updates as it has begun to come online. We are very happy to say that we are moving to the next stage of the documentation project: moving from development to migration.

In June tvn recruited several volunteers to join our documentation migration team, and to become some of the first maintainers for the new Documentation Guides. General documentation, such as Understanding Drupal, Structure Guide, etc. will be migrated first. Documentation for contributed projects will follow in the coming weeks.

Documentation Preview

Maintainers of contributed projects, who currently have their documentation on Drupal.org, will be added as maintainers to respective documentation guides and are encouraged to clean/tidy up their documentation post-migration.

if you are interested in helping, or sign up as a maintainer for some of the new documentation guides.

Composer Repositories are now in Beta

Drupal.org Composer Logo

Drupal.org’s Composer repositories allow developers building sites with Drupal to use the Composer command line tool for dependency management. In June we collected feedback from a variety of users, as well as the community volunteers who assisted us with the Composer Community Initiative.

We spent the month iterating quickly on the alpha implementation: fixing bugs and rebuilding the meta data to ensure that users get consistent and expected results. Because of those fixes, and after gathering yet more feedback from the community, we were able to move the Drupal.org Composer repositories to beta.

We encourage you to begin transitioning your composer based workflows to use Drupal.org’s composer facade. Package names are stable, and downtimes will be planned and announced. For more information on how to use Drupal.org’s Composer repositories, read our documentation.

Better issue credit tools for maintainers

The Drupal.org issue credit system is a unique innovation of our community. By allowing users to attribute their contributions as volunteers, to their employers, or to client customers, we have an insight into the contribution ecosystem for Drupal that is unparalleled among open source projects. We’ve also already seen the impact of incentivizing organizations to give back to Drupal, by using the credit system as the basis for organization rankings in the marketplace.

Credit Others

Credit comment generated

In June we added two new tools for maintainers to improve how they grant credit to users. Firstly, maintainers can now deselect the automatic credit attribution for users who have submitted patches. This change was important to prevent gaming the credit system. Secondly, we’ve given the maintainers the ability to credit users who have not commented in the issue. Whether that help was provided in IRC, Slack, on a video call, or in a sprint room, maintainers can now ensure that those users who helped resolve an issue receive credit for their contributions. Any user who is credited this way can edit their credit attribution if they want to extend that attribution to a supporting organization or customer.

Friendly path aliases for release nodes

We also made a relatively small change that will have a big impact. Path auto is now enabled for project releases, so you for any project a specific release can now be found at:
drupal.org/project/[project_name]/[version]
And you can also find a list of all the releases for a project at:
drupal.org/project/[project_name]/[version]

Take, for example, the Token module:
https://drupal.org/project/token/

You can find the complete index of releases for this project at: https://www.drupal.org/project/token/releases and individual releases now have friendly urls, like this one: https://www.drupal.org/project/token/releases/8.x-1.0-alpha2

Spam Fighting Improvements

Fighting spam on Drupal.org is a never ending battle, but in June we deployed a refinement to our spam fighting tools that helps us to find patterns in registration behavior and prevent spam registrations before they’ve even started. After flipping on our latest iteration of this spam fighting tool we saw an immediate and dramatic drop-off in suspicious account registrations. With the additional data we’ve been able to collect we already see ways to improve this even further, so we hope to continue make Drupal.org a cleaner home for the community.

Highlighting Supporting Technologies

Drupal is many things to many different people, but one central function of Drupal is to be the hub of interconnected and complementary technologies. Several of the companies that build these technologies have chosen to support the Drupal project by becoming supporters. To better highlight some of these supporting technologies that work well with Drupal, we’ve added a supporting technologies listing to the marketplace.

Sustaining support and maintenance

DrupalCon

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DrupalCon Dublin is coming up soon, from September 26 – 30th. This year we smashed all our previous records for session submissions, and the caliber of speakers and topics is higher than ever before.

In June we opened registration for the event. We encourage you to buy your tickets now! Early bird registration will end soon.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure is the bedrock of Drupal.org – and we’re continuing to tune the infrastructure for efficiency, economy, and performance. Alongside the launch of registration for DrupalCon Dublin, we implemented APDQC to improve the performance of the Events website under heavy load.

We’ve also been upgrading our configuration management from Puppet 3 to Puppet 4, and continuing to standardize our configuration across all of our environments to make our infrastructure durable, consistent, and portable.

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As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.

If you would like to support our work as an individual or an organization, consider becoming a member of the Drupal Association.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra

Fedora Linux Needs Your Help to Port Several Python Packages to Python 3

Today, Fedora Project has informed us through Miro Hrončok that they need the community’s help to port certain applications written in the Python dynamic programming language to Python 3.

It’s a known fact that Python 3 is currently being adopted by more and more GNU/Linux operating systems, as the world always tries to move forward and implement the newest of technologies. Additionally, support for Python 2 slowly starts to fade on some of the most popular OSes.

Miro Hrončok is a Fedora ambassador and packager working at Red Hat, focusing on the Python stack and 3D printing for the Fedora Linux operating system. Today, July 15, 2016, he has informed us that his team needs volunteers to help with the Python 3 porting of various packages from the Fedora Python 3 Porting Database.

“Fedora is always moving forward and that means switching to Python 3….

Canonical Patches Security Issue on Ubuntu Forums, Passwords Weren’t Compromised

It would appear that, on the day of July 14, 2016, the Ubuntu Forums were compromised by someone who managed to get past the security measures implemented by Canonical and access the forum’s database.

Canonical was immediately notified of the fact that someone claimed to have a copy of the Ubuntu Forums database. After some investigation, it appears that the forum’s database was indeed attacked at 20:33 UTC on July 14, 2016, by someone who injected certain formatted SQL to the database servers on the Ubuntu Forums.

“Deeper investigation revealed that there was a known SQL injection vulnerability in the Forumrunner add-on in the Forums which had not yet been patched,” said Jane Silber, Canonical CEO. “This gave them the ability to read from any table but we believe they only ever read from the ‘user’ table.”

Canonical reports that …

Notice of security breach on Ubuntu Forums

There has been a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums site. We take information security and user privacy very seriously, follow a strict set of security practices and this incident has triggered a thorough investigation. Corrective action has been taken, and full service of the Forums has been restored.  In the interest of transparency, we’d like […]

Keep your desktop awake with the Caffeine shell extension

The Fedora Workstation has a number of features in the GNOME desktop environment to conserve power and increase security. These are both important considerations for desktop and laptop users. One of these features is the automatic screensaver lock function. By default, if idle for… Continue Reading →

Development: GNOME 3.21.4 unstable tarballs due (responsible: mcatanzaro)

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-07-18 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.21.4
unstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them. Pl…

Behind the Scenes: The Arc | New T-Shirts

Get a taste of the maritime magnificence coming your way from 25th July.

Canonical Patches Linux Kernel Vulnerability in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Today, July 14, 2016, Canonical has published multiple security notices to inform users of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating systems about the availability of a new kernel up…

Watch: Security Researchers Use Ubuntu Linux to Hack ROS-Powered Surgical Robots

Today we’re continuing our “Watch” series of articles with a new one, where you’ll be able to see a group of security researchers attempting to hack a surgical robot, courtesy of Motherboard.

There’s nothing out of the ordinary in that, but it appears that they are using a computer with the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system to do part of their job, which is to make sure that these type of machines can’t be easily hacked, especially when they are used to operate on patients remotely.

“In the future, your surgeon could be a machine. Teleoperated surgical robots can be controlled from a distance to operate on patients in hard-to-reach places. But as information travels between a human on one side of the world and a robot on the other, it’s vulnerable to attack,” reads the description of the video.

What you’ll see below is the debut of a new series of videos created by the well-known Motherboard technology website, e…

Latest Steam Beta Client Adds More Goodies to Steam Controller, Linux Chat Fix

Today, July 14, Valve has released a new Beta version of its desktop Steam Client for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

The most important changes have been implemented, as usual, in the Steam Controller support. Therefore, users are now getting a “Set Cursor Position” binding controller action that lets them set a random X/Y position to be moved to a button press, but it’s more versatile than this.

“This allows an arbitrary X/Y position to be moved to on a button press and optionally warp back to the original position on release. When combined with a click via either multi-binding or an additional activator, allows for on-screen UI to be bound to buttons even if they have no hotkey,” reads today’s announcement.

Additionally, Valve has also implemented multi-bound to a single button for Multiple Set Cursor Position inp…

SlackEX Is Based on Slackware 14.2, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.6.4 & KDE 4.14.21

Today, July 14, 2016, Arne Exton informs us about the availability of a new build of his SlackEX Live Linux operating system, which has been rebased on the latest Slackware release.

Based on Slackware 14.2, powered by the latest and most advanced Linux 4.6.4 kernel with support for the latest hardware devices, and using the KDE Development Platform 4.14.21 that shipped with the KDE Applications 16.04.2 software suite, SlackEX Build 160711 is a 64-bit (x86_64) OS that brings support for installation on USB flash drives.

The announcement comes one day after Arne Exton informed us about the availability of a custom 64-bit kernel based on the Linux 4.6.4 kernel for various Slackware-based operating …

Facebook’s OpenCellular Offers DIY Wireless Access for Remote Regions

Facebook last week introduced OpenCellular, an inexpensive, open source wireless access platform. Telecom operators, entrepreneurs, OEMs and researchers will be able to build, implement, deploy and operate wireless infrastructures to serve people living in remote areas.
The platform is available in various options, ranging from a network in a box to an access point.

Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS to Drop Broken GNOME Maps App from Default Install

Ubuntu GNOME maintainer Jeremy Bicha informs the community today, July 14, 2016, about the fact that the popular GNOME Maps application from the GNOME Stack has recently lost its free map tile service, MapQuest, which disabled access to its feed.

Of course, this automatically translates to the fact that, as of July 12, 2016, GNOME Maps is no longer a functional application, and it appears that it might take weeks or even months for the GNOME development team responsible for the maintenance of the app to find a new free service for displaying the maps.

As a consequence, the Ubuntu GNOME devs are currently discussing the possibility of dropping GNOME Maps from the default installation medium starting with the upcoming point release for the Xenial Xerus series, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS, which is expected to hit the streets on July 21, 2016.

“I spoke briefly with Tim Lunn (darkxst) and we’…

bc: Command line calculator

If you run a graphical desktop environment, you probably point and click your way to a calculator when you need one. The Fedora Workstation, for example, includes the Calculator tool. It features several different operating modes that allow you to… Continue Reading →

You Can Now Upgrade from Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon and MATE to Linux Mint 18

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” computer operating system arrived two weeks ago, on June 30, with the usual Cinnamon and MATE editions, but an upgrade patch was not available for users running Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa.”

Today, July 14, 2016, Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre informs the community that the upgrade path from Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” to Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” is now open. They can thus start upgrading their operating systems as we speak, following the instructions provided below.

“If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience. It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.3 to version 18. The upgrade instructions are available at: https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2316,” says Clement Lefebvre.

Don’t upgrade if …

How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18

If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience. It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.3 to version 18. The upgrade instructions are available at: https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2316 Upgrade for a reason “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Linux Mint 13 is supported […]