Monthly Archives: July 2021

Wine 6.14 Implements More 32-bit To 64-bit Thunks, Updated Mono


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Wine developers have popped open a new bi-weekly development snapshot of this software that allows Windows games/applications to run on Linux and macOS along with being what powers Valve’s Steam Play (Proton) and CodeWeavers’ CrossOver.

Wine 6.14 is this latest development snapshot for enjoying Windows applications and game support under Linux. With Wine 6.14 their integrated Mono engine is updated against Mono 6.3, more 32-bit to 64-bit thunks have been implemented in the WOW64 DLL, there is continued preparations around GDI system call support, and various bug fixes.

There are 30 known bug fixes with Wine 6.14 including for games like Star Citizen, Dead Rising, GTA V and Eve Online to applications like Autodesk 3dx Max and Microsoft Xbox Live Developer Tool.

More details on the Wine 6.14 changes in full via WineHQ.org.


Keynote Speakers and Conference Schedule Announced for Open Networking & Edge Summit + Kubernetes on Edge Day 2021


Hosted by The Linux Foundation, along with LF Networking, LF Edge and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, this is the industry’s premier open networking & edge computing event gathering developers, architects and business leaders across enterprises, government, global services providers and cloud for education, inspiration and collaboration.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, 2021 —  The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, along with co-hosts LF Edge, LF Networking, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) today announced the full schedule for Open Networking & Edge Summit + Kubernetes on Edge Day. The events are taking place October 11-12 in Los Angeles, California and are being co-located with KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America, among others. The schedule can be viewed here.

Open Networking & Edge Summit (ONE Summit) is THE event for End to End Connectivity Solutions powered by Open Source. It enables the collaborative development necessary to shape the future of networking and edge computing; between companies, across industry verticals and between developers, architects and business leaders. 

Kubernetes on Edge Day, held alongside ONE Summit, gathers developers and adopters to share lessons learned in building, breaking, and bettering their edge infrastructure on top of Kubernetes.

The events will feature an extensive program of 80+ talks covering the most important and timely topics across networking & edge and business & technical sessions. Conference session tracks include: Enterprise Networking & Edge, Cloud Networking & Edge, Kubernetes on Edge, The New Service Provider (Open Core, Unified Edge & Universal Access) and Business Critical & Innovation.

“This year’s ONE Summit will once again bring together industry luminaries, representing edge, core, cloud, enterprise, RAN, and more,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge, and IoT, The Linux Foundation. “With both in-person and hybrid options for attending, this year’s event promises to be even more collaborative and inspiring than ever.”

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Koby Avital, Executive Vice President of Technology Platforms, WalmartYves Bellégo, Director Network Strategy, OrangeSrini Kalapala, VP – Technology Strategy and Network Cloud, VerizonReg Orton, Chief Technology Officer, BRCKShah Rahman, Engineering Lead, FacebookPriyanka Sharma, General Manager, Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Additional keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

Conference Session Highlights:

Living the Dream: Achieving Cloud Native Network Function Deployment at the Edge – John Belamaric & Stephen Wong, Google (Enterprise Networking & Edge Track)Choosing from the Many Flavors of Edge – KubeEdge, OpenYurt, K3S, and K8S – Malini Bhandaru & Enyinna Ochulor, VMware; Yin Ding, Futurewei; Itohan Ukponmwan, Salesforce; and Fei Guo, Alibaba (Kubernetes on Edge Day)Building Modern Cloud-Native Network Services with ONAP – Ranny Haiby, Samsung; Catherine Lefèvre, AT&T; Łukasz Rajewski, Orange; Seshu Kumar, Huawei; and Byung-Woo Jun, Ericsson (The New Service Provider Track)Brewing Coffee Beyond the Edge: A Hardware Engineer’s Guide to Kubernetes – Pedro Leao da Cruz & Alex Chalkias, Canonical (Kubernetes on Edge Day)5G – Prioritizing Security Now – Brian C. Newman, Verizon (Business Critical & Innovation Track)Lessons Learned from Cloud-Native Design of Network Functions – Xuxia Zhong & Qihui Zhao, China Mobile (Cloud Networking & Edge Track)

Registration (in-person) is offered at the early price of US$950 through Aug 4. In-Person Academic and Hobbyist Passes are available for US$575 and Student Passes for US$275. Registration to attend virtually is US$50 for all attendee types.

Members of The Linux Foundation, LF Networking, LF Edge and CNCF receive a 20 percent discount off registration and can contact events@linuxfoundation.org to request a member discount code. 

Attendees looking to attend ONE Summit + Kubernetes on Edge Day and KubeCon + CloudNativeCon can register for all events through the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon registration form and add their ONE Summit registration at a discounted rate (US$599 for Corporate or US$399 for Individual or Academic).

Diversity & Need-Based Scholarships and Travel Funding
Applications for diversity and need-based scholarships are currently being accepted here. The Linux Foundation’s Travel Fund is also accepting applications, with the goal of enabling open source developers and community members to attend events that they would otherwise be unable to attend due to a lack of funding. We place an emphasis on funding applicants who are from historically underrepresented or untapped groups and/or those of lower socioeconomic status. To learn more and apply, click here.

Health and Safety
In-person attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and will need to comply with all on-site health measures, in accordance with The Linux Foundation Code of Conduct. To learn more, visit the Health & Safety webpage and read our blog post.

Sponsor
Open Networking & Edge Summit + Kubernetes on Edge Day is made possible thanks to our sponsors, including Diamond Sponsor: Intel, Platinum Sponsor: IBM, and Gold Sponsor: Cloud Native Computing Foundation. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here or email us for more information and to speak to our team.

Press
Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Kristin O’Connell.

About the Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 2,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more. Learn more at linuxfoundation.org.

About LF Networking
LF Networking is the umbrella organization fostering collaboration and innovation across the entire open networking stack. LFN software and projects provide platforms and building blocks for Network Infrastructure and Services across Service Providers, Cloud Providers, Enterprises, Vendors, and System Integrators enabling rapid interoperability, deployment, and adoption. Learn more at lfnetworking.org.

About LF Edge
LF Edge is an umbrella organization for open source projects that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system. It fosters collaboration and innovation across a range of industry verticals, all of which stand to be transformed by edge computing. Learn more at lfedge.org.

About Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Cloud native computing empowers organizations to build and run scalable applications with an open source software stack in public, private, and hybrid clouds. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of the global technology infrastructure, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy. Learn more at cncf.io.

Linux Foundation Events are where the world’s leading technologists (90,000 a year) join together to learn, share and collaborate in order to advance innovations that support the world’s largest shared technologies. Visit our website and follow us on Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook for all the latest event updates and announcements.

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see its trademark usage page: www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. 

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AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Launching For 1080p RDNA2 Gaming At ~$379 USD


AMD just lifted the embargo on the Radeon RX 6600 XT, its newest entry in their RDNA2 line-up and optimized for delivering a superior 1080p gaming performance against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 series. The RX 6600 XT isn’t hitting retail availability until August and that is when we’ll be able to publish benchmarks, but for now here is an overview of this new graphics card launching at the $379 price point.

The Radeon RX 6600 XT graphics card features 32 compute units, 8GB of GDDR6 video memory, a 32MB infinity cache, and a 2359MHz game clock. This RDNA2 graphics card has a 160 Watt TDP and thus requires just a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. During AMD’s press briefing on the RX 6600 XT it was brought up repeatedly that the focus of the RX 6600 XT is on delivering a superb 1080p gaming experience.

Given the continuing popularity of the GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, AMD referred to the RX 6600 XT as delivering up to 2.5x more performance. Or gen over gen, the RX 6600 XT is 1.4~1.7x faster than the RX 5600 XT or RX 5700 Navi cards.

AMD’s Windows-based figures put the Radeon RX 6600 XT at roughly up to 15% faster on average than the GeForce RTX 3060. It will be interesting though to see how the performance compares under Linux once getting our hands on the card and being able to share those performance numbers.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the Radeon RX 6600 XT presentation was the price… $379 USD for this 1080p focused card. Back in the day, the GeForce GTX 1060 launched at $250 USD. Or even just a generation ago the RX 5600 XT pricing started out at around $280 USD. AMD acknowledged that this suggested retail pricing on the RX 6600 XT is driven by the current market conditions and they opted for setting a realistic price versus putting an artificially lower price knowing full well the prices for what other graphics cards are commanding these days and retailers would likely otherwise mark-up the card pricing themselves. AMD will be monitoring the market conditions and will be adjusting accordingly. They are also working on ensuring there is sufficient supply of the Radeon RX 6600 XT, but we’ll see how that goes once these cards launch in August. AMD isn’t releasing a reference card of the RX 6600 XT but relying on their AIB partners.

Stay tuned for our plethora of Linux benchmarks of the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT starting 11 August.

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Solus 4.3 Available for Download and Installation » Linux Magazine


Solus is the Linux distribution dedicated to the Budgie desktop. And this time around Budgie has received plenty of bug fixes and updates that add up to a much-improved performance and reliability. Those changes to the desktop environment also include new themes, window customizations, improved notifications, screen tracking, and more.

But the big additions come by way of the Linux 5.13 kernel. By shipping with this new kernel, Solus introduces support for Apple’s M1 chipset, Intel’s Alder Lake S Graphics, AMD’s FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync, and a generic USB display driver. These additions mean Solus can run on even more hardware and will benefit from the performance gains offered by those chipsets and features.

If you opt to install Solus with the GNOME desktop, you’ll be treated to version 40.2, which adds several new additions, such as tap-drag-release, horizontal workflow, improved gesture support for trackpads, and better keyboard shortcuts. Mutter (the window manager for GNOME) has also received numerous improvements, such as support for clipping (during background drawing) as well as scroll button locking. The GNOME developers have also resolved several X11 issues, such as unwanted position changes and window resizing during moving.

For those who opt to go the KDE route, you’ll find the beautiful Plasma 5.22.2, which adds plenty of enhancements to the experience.

To get your copy of Solus 4.3, head over to the official download page.



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For Overstretched IT, Zero Trust Safeguards Remote Workers


The transition toward a more distributed, remote workforce has been steadily gathering momentum. However, the pandemic has dramatically accelerated that trend as work from home (WFH), and hybrid approaches have become the norm. This new workplace model has placed an increased burden on already stretched security teams as attack surfaces widen, unsuspecting end users become targets, and organizations face increased risk levels.

In today’s threat environments, endpoint security is vital for protecting users and strengthening the security postures of organizations. To highlight this transformation, recent research found that 91% of IT security leaders spent more time on endpoint security than they did two years ago. In this report, we explore the role of zero trust for enabling SecOps teams to combat new cybersecurity threats that have intensified due to remote and hybrid work environments.

Confronting new attack vectors

Today’s WFH environments have shifted the security boundary and created perimeterless organizations where remote workers regularly access sensitive data via insecure connections. Indeed, employees have been found to take more risks in WFH environments than they normally would in the office. For example, a significant portion of SecOps leaders (89%) are concerned that employees regularly forego using a secure network connection, such as a VPN.

Hybrid and WFH scenarios put enormous pressure on security teams to protect an ever-expanding number of IT assets, requiring them to take a multidimensional view of security. For example, along with rising attacks on wireless and Internet of Things (IoT) hardware, a range of endpoints are being targeted. For instance, more than half (56%) of remote printers were accessible to cyberattackers via open printer ports, and more than a third of SecOps leaders (35%) expressed concerns over increased organizational risk, according to research.

Since the pandemic, workplaces and homes have merged into one environment, and employees increasingly employ work devices for personal tasks. However, indiscriminate use of corporate devices only increases risk and allows cybercriminals to gain a foothold inside systems, exfiltrate data, spy on, and disrupt business processes. For example, phishing attacks and other types of malware increase significantly when using personal email on corporate devices. In 2020, the most common tactics used by hackers to carry out ransomware attacks were phishing campaigns, remote desktop protocol (RDP) vulnerabilities, and software security holes, according to a report from CISA.

Employees in WFH and hybrid environments also use unsecured personal devices for business. Based on the rise in cyber incidents, attackers have identified these vulnerabilities and regularly target remote and hybrid workers by using dedicated malware campaigns that exploit human error through social engineering. These operations represent a trend that SecOps leaders continue to grapple with as they search for effective counter-measures.

Neutralizing threats with zero trust

The transition to WFH and hybrid scenarios across the business spectrum have shifted the center of gravity in terms of security. However, organizations with hybrid and remote work environments don’t have to settle for constant threat vulnerabilities. Instead, a zero trust approach disrupts the standard security model and rebalances the need for protection rather than relying on detection. Zero trust states that nothing should be relied on implicitly and that only context allows access, such as user identity, device, location, and security posture.

Zero trust represents a fundamental building block of HP Wolf Security which employs defense-grade, hardware-enforced isolation to help organizations successfully respond to current threat levels. HP Wolf Security uses micro virtualization (micro-VM) for threat containment and analysis. Once a user exits the micro-VM, the malware is destroyed, ensuring that the endpoint is not compromised. Attackers can’t access the sensitive information they seek, and protection is achieved without any impact to end user productivity.

The HP Wolf Security platform helps overstretched security teams defend against the plethora of new attacks and risks associated with our increasingly distributed way of life. From the maker of the world’s most secure PCs* and Printers**, HP Wolf Security represents a new breed*** of endpoint security. HP’s portfolio of hardware-enforced security and endpoint-focused security services are designed to help organizations safeguard PCs, printers, and people from circling cyber predators. HP Wolf Security provides comprehensive endpoint protection and resiliency that starts at the hardware level and extends across software and services. For more information, visit www.hp.com/wolf.

***HP Security is now HP Wolf Security. Security features vary by platform; please see the product data sheet for details.



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