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Meet Zorin Grid: A Slick Linux Desktop Management Tool For Schools And Businesses

If you’re a decision maker for a business, school or organization that’s been tempted to migrate your PCs to Linux now that free support has ended for Windows 7, you’ve probably identified some pain points. Desktop Linux distributions like Zorin OS are fast, secure and feature an attractive desktop that feels familiar. But you need a solution for centrally managing, securing and monitoring those PCs. You also need cross-platform software that fills the void when you make the switch permanent. That’s exactly where the newly announced Zorin Grid plans to enter the picture later this year.

[Source: Forbes]

Locking and unlocking accounts on Linux systems

If you are administering a Linux system, there will likely be times that you need to lock an account. Maybe someone is changing positions and their continued need for the account is under question; maybe there’s reason to believe that access to the account has been compromised. In any event, knowing how to lock an account and how to unlock it should it be needed again is something you need to be able to do.

One important thing to keep in mind is that there are multiple ways to lock an account, and they don’t all have the same effect. If the account user is accessing an account using public/private keys instead of a password, some commands you might use to block access to an account will not be effective.

[Source: NetworkWorld]

Google announces end of support dates for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS

The end of support for Chrome apps has been a long time coming — Google announced more than two years ago that it was going to start winding things down.

The Chrome Web Store has already been stripped of the App section on Windows, macOS and Linux, and now Google has announced that it is to be pulled from Chrome OS too. The company has also revealed the dates on which support will be dropped completely for all platforms.

Unsurprisingly, it is Chrome OS users that will enjoy support for longer, but over the course of the next couple of years Google will be “phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems”. Later this year, no new submission will be accepted in the Chrome Web Store, and by the middle of the year Chrome Apps on Windows, macOS and Linux will no longer be supported.

[Source: betanews]

Microsoft opens up Rust-inspired Project Verona programming language on GitHub

Microsoft recently created a stir after revealing it was taking some ideas from the popular Rust programming language to create a new language for ‘safe infrastructure programming’ under the banner Project Verona. Matthew Parkinson, a Microsoft researcher from the Cambridge Computer Lab in the UK, detailed Project Verona for the first time in a talk late last year and promised that Microsoft would open-source the project soon.

Microsoft Research has now followed through and open-sourced Project Verona on GitHub, offering a few more details about the project and its ambitions for building safer systems through better memory management, compartmentalization, and “pervasive sandboxing”. Project Verona is also being aided by academics at Imperial College London.

[Source: ZDNet]

Google is Reportedly Working to Bring Steam Support to Chromebooks

It would appear that Google is working to bring official Steam support to its Linux-based Chrome OS operating system for supported Chromebook devices.

According to a report from the Android Police website, Kan Liu, director of product management for Google’s
Chrome OS, revealed the fact that Steam support could be enabled on Chrome OS in the near future by taking advantage of the implementation of support for Linux apps that landed in Chrome OS last year.

[Source: Softpedia]

Facebook Releases Open Source Speech Recognition Platform

Facebook has announced that it will be making its wav2letter@anywhere online speech recognition framework more readily available as an open source platform. The framework was developed by Facebook AI Research (FAIR), which claims that it has created the fastest open source automatic speech recognition (ASR) platform currently on the market.

“The system has almost three times the throughput of a well-tuned hybrid ASR baseline while also having lower latency and a better word error rate,” wrote a group of eight FAIR researchers in a recent paper.

[Source: Mobile ID World]

Finance goes agile as open source checks the security box

It wasn’t long ago that mixing financial data and open-source software seemed like the recipe for a security disaster. But yesterday’s problems bring today’s solutions. New DevSecOps tools, such as those offered by DevOps platform GitLab, are embedding security in the workflow. Meaning that even establishment giants such as Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. are embracing new, agile methodology and joining the open-source community.

“At Northwestern Mutual, we’ve finally gotten past that curve,” said Sean Corkum (pictured, right), senior engineer at Northwestern Mutual. “Now we’re trying to make it even easier for our internal developers to participate in open source … and contribute more to the community.”

[Source: SiliconAngle]

Top NLP Open Source Projects For Developers In 2020

The year 2019 was an excellent year for the developers, as almost all industry leaders open-sourced their machine learning tool kits. Open-sourcing not only help the users but also helps the tool itself as developers can contribute and add customisations that serve few complex applications. The benefit is mutual and also helps in accelerating the democratisation of ML. Take a look at few open-source NLP projects that would be exciting both for the developers as well as the users…

[Source: Analytics India Magazine]

There Is Finally Open-Source Accelerated NVIDIA Turing Graphics Support

Here is another big feature coming for Linux 5.6: the Nouveau driver will have initial accelerated support for NVIDIA “Turing” GPUs! This is coming at long-last with NVIDIA set to release publicly the Turing firmware images needed for hardware initialization.

As of writing, NVIDIA hasn’t yet volleyed the signed firmware needed for Turing hardware initialization, but it appears advanced copies went out to Nouveau DRM maintainer Ben Skeggs of Red Hat. With the firmware bits and some DRM driver hacking, Skeggs now has the Turing GPUs lighting up with the open-source driver.

[Source: Phoronix]

PinePhone Braveheart Linux smartphone begins shipping January 17th

The PinePhone is an inexpensive smartphone designed to run Linux-based operating systems. Developed by the folks at Pine64, the $150 smartphone was first announced about a year ago — and this week the first units will ship.

Pine64 says it will begin shipping the PinePhone Braveheart Edition on January 17th — although it could take a few weeks for customers to receive their phones. This Braveheart edition phone is aimed at early adopters willing to tinker and test the hardware and try out various software environments.

[Source: Liliputing]