Jan 212019

News briefs for January 21, 2019.

Orange Pi 3 SBC is now available. Linux
reports that the open-source hardware platform, Allwinner H6-based Orange Pi 3 SBC
is now available for $30, or for $40 with 2GB of RAM and 8GB eMMC. Also,
other highlights include “GbE, HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, WiFi-ac, and
mini-PCIe.” For more info, visit the Orange
Pi 3 AliExpress page

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 have discovered
malware that targets Linux servers to mine cryptocurrency. According to
the Softpedia
News post
, this malware was launched by a group named “Rocke” to
“infiltrate into Linux systems and look for five different cloud
security products that could block further malicious activities on the
compromised hosts”. The article mentions that “Flaws in Apache Struts 2,
Oracle WebLogic, and Adobe ColdFusion are being used.”

Google recently released Chrome OS 73 for the Dev Channel, and the
new version has “quite a few new items related to Project Crostini, for
Linux app support”, according to the About
Chromebooks post
. One new feature is the “choice of running Linux
apps in either high or low density”, and another is “a new flag that
will enable backups of your Crostini container data files”. And, you now
can “share Android’s Google Play Files, My Files and even
Google Drive with Linux in the native Chrome OS Files app.” See also the
for more details.

Inkscape is finally reaching the 1.0 milestone after 15 years of
development. Softpedia
reports that Inkscape 1.0 will feature “an updated user
interface that offers better support
for 4K/HiDPI screens and theming support, the ability to rotate and
mirror canvases, new options for exporting to the PNG image format,
variable fonts (requires pango 1.41.1 or higher), as well as much faster
path operations and deselection of a large amounts of paths.”
You can download the pre-release alpha as an Appimage from here
and see the release notes here.

5.0-rc3 was released yesterday
. Linus writes that “This rc is a bit
bigger than usual. Partly because I missed a
networking pull request for rc2, and as a result rc3 now contains
_two_ networking pull updates. But part of it may also just be that it
took a while for people to find and then fix bugs after the holiday
season.” He concludes his release message with “Nothing particularly odd
strikes me.”

Orange Pi 3 SBC Now Available, New Malware Targeting Linux Servers to Mine Cryptocurrency, Chrome OS 73 for the Dev Channel Released, Inkscape Nearing Version 1.0 Milestone and Linux 5.0-rc3 Is Out
Source: Linux Journal

Jan 212019

The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting the GNOME.Asia Summit during the second half of 2019.

GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, contributors, foundation leaders, governments, and businesses to discuss the current technology and future developments.

Over the last eleven years, GNOME.Asia Summit has been held in many cities throughout Asia, including Beijing, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Taipei, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Depok, New Delhi, and Chongqing.

The Committee’s preference is to find a new location each year in order to spread GNOME throughout Asia, and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent GNOME event. The GNOME.Asia committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and execution of the event.

How to Submit a Proposal:

Interested parties are hereby invited to submit a formal proposal to the GNOME.Asia Committee. The deadline for the proposals is February 24, 2019. Please email your proposal to gnome-asia-committee-list@gnome.org. 

We might invite you to present your proposal in more details over our regular IRC meetings, or send you additional questions and requests. Results will be announced by the first week of April 2019.

The conference might require availability of facilities for 3-5 days, including a weekend, during the second half of 2019. Final event dates should avoid other key free software conferences or other events that may conflict. 

The key points that should be included in the proposal, and which will be used to decide among candidates, are.

  • Local community support for hosting the conference.
  • Venue details. Information about infrastructure and facilities to hold the conference should be provided.
  • Preliminary schedule with main program & different activities.
  • Information about how Internet connectivity will be managed.
  • Lodging choices ranging from affordable housing to nicer hotels, and information about distances between the venue and lodging options.
  • The availability of restaurants or the organization of catering on-site, cost of food/soft drinks/beer.
  • The availability and cost of travel from major Asian and European cities.
  • Local industries, universities and government support.
  • Please provide a reasonably detailed budget (sponsorships, expenses, etc).
  • Provide plans for local sponsorship.
  • Provide plans to encourage student and youth participation.

Below, we have included resources for people interested in submitting a proposal. Please do not hesitate to contact the GNOME.Asia committee with any questions at gnome-asia-committee-list@gnome org.

 We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

– GNOME.Asia Committee

Resources for Interested GNOME.Asia 2019 Organizers: 

[1] Wiki about GNOME Asia: http://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia
[2] Check list: https://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia/SummitCheckList
[3] HowTo’s: https://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia/HowToOrganizeGNOME.Asia%20Summit
[4] GNOME Foundation conference requirements: https://wiki.gnome.org/Foundation/Conferences
[5] Sample winning proposal: http://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia/2012Summit/Bids?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=Proposal_of_HongKong_GNOME_Asia_Hackfest_2012_20120124.pdf

Please help us spread the word! If you haven’t already, please follow us on Twitter: @gnome_asia and @gnome, and on Facebook.

Call for Proposals to Host GNOME.Asia Summit 2019
Source: GNOME