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Wine 5.0 Officially Released with Multi-Monitor and Vulkan 1.1 Support, More

Big news today for Linux gamers and ex-Windows users as the final release of the Wine 5.0 software is now officially available for download with numerous new features and improvements.

After being in development for more than one year, Wine 5.0 is finally here with a lot of enhancements, starting with support for multi-monitor configurations, the reimplementation of the XAudio2 low-level audio API, Vulkan 1.1.126 support, as well as built-in modules in PE (Portable Executable) format. “This release is dedicated to the memory of Józef Kucia, who passed away in August 2019 at the young age of 30. Józef was a major contributor to Wine’s Direct3D implementation, and the lead developer of the vkd3d project. His skills and his kindness are sorely missed by all of us,” reads today’s announcement.

[Source: Softpedia]

Setting up passwordless Linux logins using public/private keys

Setting up an account on a Linux system that allows you to log in or run commands remotely without a password isn’t all that hard, but there are some tedious details that you need to get right if you want it to work. In this post, we’re going to run through the process and then show a script that can help manage the details.

Once set up, passwordless access is especially useful if you want to run ssh commands within a script, especially one that you might want to schedule to run automatically.

[Source: NetworkWorld]

9 favorite open source tools for Node.js developers

Node.js is a cross-platform, open source runtime environment for executing JavaScript code outside of the browser. It is also a preferred runtime environment built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime and is mainly used for building fast, scalable, and efficient network applications.

For 49% of all developers, Node.js is at the top of the pyramid when it comes to front-end and back-end development. Take a look at this list of 9 of the best open source tools for simplifying Node.js development.

[Source: Opensource.com]

Nextcloud Hub takes on Google Docs and Office 365

For years, Nextcloud has set the standard for run-your-own Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private clouds. Now with the open-source Nextcloud Hub, it’s taking on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) office programs such as Google Docs and Office 365.

Nextcloud has long offered Collabora Online Office, a SaaS version of the open-source LibreOffice office suite to its customers. Hub, though, is a new product. It combines Nextcloud’s outstanding cloud file system, Nextcloud Files, with Ascensio System’s ONLYOFFICE. Together they are a complete productivity office suite with word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software document management, project management, customer relationship management (CRM), calendar, and mail.

[Source: ZDNet]

MNT Reform, an Open Source Laptop, Expected to Hit Crowd Supply in February

MNT Reform is a laptop that aims to utilize all opensource materials, everything from firmware, hardware and software. This device is expected to hit Crowdsupply in February and aims to offer a very modular design, having easily replaceable parts which are a combination of both standard components and 3D printed parts.
Modern Hardware, But All Open Source!

The MNT Reform laptop is expected to come with 4 GB of DDR3 memory, an NVMe slot for SSD, a port for Gigabit Ethernet. This offers decent expandability, all featured in a fully anodized CNC-milled aluminum case.

[Source: wccftech.com]

New Linux System Call Proposed To Let User-Space Pin Themselves To Specific CPU Cores

A “pin_on_cpu” system call has been proposed for the Linux kernel as a new means of letting user-space threads pin themselves to specific CPU cores. User-space processes requesting to be run on specific CPU cores can already e done by the likes of Linux’s sched_setaffinity to get/set the CPU affinity mask while pin_on_cpu would be a new and simpler way. The current calls also run into issues around CPU hot-plugging, as explained further in the RFC mailing list post.

Setting the CPU core to run on with the proposed pin_on_cpu system call would still require that the specific CPU be part of the allowed CPU mask.

[Source: Phoronix]

ProtonVPN goes open source to build trust

Proton Technologies has announced that it is open sourcing its VPN tool, ProtonVPN. The Swiss firm says that not only is it releasing the source code for its VPN tool on all platforms, but also that it has conducted an independent security audit. Created by CERN scientists, ProtonVPN has amassed millions of users since it launched in 2017 and the decision to open source the tool gives users and security exports the opportunity to analyze the tool very closely.

[Source: BetaNews]

Canonical Gets Into Cloud Gaming & More With Anbox Cloud For Cloud-Based Android Apps/Gaming

Canonical this morning has announced Anbox Cloud for containerized workloads using Google’s Android as the guest operating system.

Canonical is advertising Anbox Cloud for enterprises wanting to distribute Android-based applications from the cloud. Interestingly, Canonical is also using Anbox Cloud to talk up “cloud gaming” with Android games but equally so also talking up possibilities for enterprise workloads, software testing, and mobile device virtualization.

[Source: Phoronix]

Snyk raises $150 million at $1 billion valuation for AI that protects open source code

Snyk, a cybersecurity platform that helps developers find vulnerabilities in their open source applications, has raised $150 million in a round of funding led by New York-based private equity firm Stripes, with participation from Salesforce Ventures, Coatue, Tiger Global, BoldStart, Trend Forward, and Amity.

This takes Snyk’s total funding to $250 million from backers including Alphabet’s GV and Accel, including a $22 million series B round in 2018 and a $70 million follow-on round just a few months ago. A Snyk spokesperson said that the company is now worth more than $1 billion, which is at least double the $500 million it was valued at back in September.

[Source: VentureBeat]

13 of the best React JavaScript frameworks

React.js and React Native are popular open source platforms for developing user interfaces (UIs); both rank well for desirability and use in StackOverflow’s 2019 Developer Survey. React.js was developed by Facebook in 2011 as a JavaScript library to address the need for cross-platform, dynamic, and high-performing UIs, while React Native, which Facebook released in 2015, is used for building native applications using JavaScript.

The following are 13 of the best React JavaScript frameworks; all are open source—the first 11 (like React) are licensed under the MIT license and the latter two are licensed under Apache 2.0.

[Source: Opensource.com]