News briefs for December 6, 2018.
Facebook, Google and Uber have joined the OpenChain
Project as platinum members. OpenChain is
hosted by The Linux Foundation and is the “only standard for open source compliance in the supply
chain”. It also “provides
a specification as well as overarching processes, policies and training that companies
need to be successful”. See the press
release for more details and links to further reading.
ownCloud today announces the the second generation of End-To-End Encryption (E2EE) for ownCloud
Enterprise. The new plugin “enables encryption and decryption by generating a ‘key pair’
including a private key and public key, which takes place directly with the sender and recipient
in the web browser. The new Version also provides the option of using hardware keys on which a
private key is stored and never leaves the token, such as smart cards or USB tokens.”
Tuxedo Computers announces that its new Infinity
Pro 13 is coming soon. The machine is small and light: 1.3 kg with a 13.3″ display. It also sports
a new CPU and USB type C charging capability. Other specs include Intel UHD 620 graphic, standard
2.5″ HDD or SDD, up to 32GB DDR4, and an illuminated and lasered keyboard with Tux Super key. In
addition, you can remove the bottom of the case, so all components are easy to maintain, clean or
rolling release Tumbleweed had five snapshots this week, and it’s preparing for an update
to the KDE Plasma 5.14.4 packages in upcoming snapshots. Package updates include kernel 4.19.5,
GNOME’s Flickr app, VirtualBox 5.2.22, an update to Firefox 63.0.3 and more.
PHP 7.3 was released today. According to Phoronix, this
release marks the first big update in a year to the programming language. In addition, “PHP 7.3
introduces the Foreign Function Interface (FFI) to access functions/variables/structures from C
within PHP, a platform independent function for accessing the system’s network interface
information, an is_countable() function was added, WebP is now supported within the GD image
create from string, updated SQLite integration, and a range of other improvements.” See the
official release documentation here.
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