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I know everyone says don't write your own crypto code but with gnupg being so broken by design and the python bindings being so bad I don't blame people. Is there anything else other than GPG that can create and verify a public/private detached signature? Thanks.
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I've seen libsodium highly recommended, particularly if you don't need to choose a particular algorithm for interoperability.

https://download.libsodium.org/libsodium/content/public-key_cryptography/public-key_signatures.html would be the public key signature API; you'd want the detached-signature code.
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Lots of nice ODRS reviews coming in, especially from +Christoph Brill, thanks!

If anyone wants to see the moderator queue just use gnome-software --mode=moderate and you'll get a list of reviews you can probably read. There's a 'meh' button if the review is neither good or bad, or if you can't understand the language.
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So, it seems impossible to use #OpenShift application scaling with a python 2.7 wsgi application. :/
Description of problem: Met 'BrokenPipeError' when rhc tail application of python-2.7 & python-3.3 Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): devenv_2969 rhc-1.6.3 How reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Create a scalable python-2.7 or python-3.3 app rhc app create ...
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It seems that converting everything to Python3 makes it magically work: http://apps-xdgapp.rhcloud.com/haproxy-status/
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So much truth here, based on the fact I've read source code from both projects.
 
so I wrote up my thoughts on this whole #snappy thing long-form:

https://www.happyassassin.net/2016/06/16/on-snappy-and-flatpak-business-as-usual-in-the-canonical-propaganda-department/

summary: snappy is +Canonical's attempt to build an app-store like mechanism for Linux. It is not remotely 'done' yet, in the sense their PR claims it is. It does not have anything like the cross-distribution buy-in their PR heavily claims it has. It is not going to replace apt or dnf. The packages for other distributions are half-assed and have half the claimed features of snappy disabled. Canonical made no bona fide attempt to build consensus behind their system before issuing a press release claiming it was all ready to take over the world. There is a competing system, #flatpak , which arguably has greater cross-distro buy-in at this point (though really, neither system has any significant support outside of its sponsors). But sure, aside from that, it's all true!
NOTE: this post is entirely personal. The opinions are my own and do not represent Fedora or Red Hat. The facts, however, are all 100% truthy.. You may have read some stuff this week about an application delivery mechanism called Snappy and how it's going to unite all distributions and kill ...
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The duplicity of Canonical still creating proprietary web services angers me. How many times do they have to be smacked upside the head by the open source industrial realities before Mark stops being a wanker with his company. sigh
[note: I worked briefly in Canonical's web team many years ago]
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Flatpak support in gnome-software is getting really good now. I wrote a mail to the gnome-software mailing list explaining some new functionality in master. If stuff like this interests you, please join in the discussion on the mailing list.
New symlink behaviour in master. From: Richard Hughes ; To: gnome-software-list gnome org; Subject: New symlink behaviour in master; Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 18:48:40 +0100. Hi all, I've just checked in some functionality into master that automatically symlinks the ...
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Perhaps a long shot, but does anyone have any unused professional USB audio hardware (only expensive devices, it seems)... The full list of devices here: https://github.com/hughsie/fwupd/issues/50#issuecomment-222478121
There have been a variety of reports of USB audio failing to work properly when booted with it plugged in. fwupd has a spin lock on the CPU in these situations, and replugging the device seems to ...
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+Seb Brosig​ yes please! Can you email me and I'll send you my address details.
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Does anyone have any firmware files for ARM devices laying around? Any device firmware is useful for my test program as long as it is for ARM and not just a squashfs-style router-firmware thing. Gaming mouse firmware is probably interesting, router firmware probably less so. If you have anything please just email it to me at richard_at_hughsie.com along with a short note about what hardware it is for. I'll get back to you if I need more details; thanks!
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+Peter Robinson Yes please.
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Looking at the numbers from the ODRS review server since the launch of #Fedora 24:

NumberVotesDown=87
NumberVotesUp=534

I was totally expecting the other way around; indeed the karma-fudge-factor code assumes a 5:1 negative:positive distribution, which popular literature seems to suggest was a good ball park figure. It seems us Linux people are a lot nicer than the average netizen!
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+Michael Catanzaro that's a client bug, the server refused the action.
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With the latest Fedora 24 release my ODRS instance (the anonymous application review server shared between distros) is getting a workout; all okay so far and lots of nice reviews rolling in fast.

I'm actually really surprised how nice everyone has been, there has been 3 reviews reported as inappropriate, and only one of those was offensive. If the reviews continue rolling in like they are at the moment we'll have a large amount of data so we can start offering useful and relevant end-user reviews to new users browsing the software center.

In other news, I'm back from my holidays and will answer emails as fast as I can type! :)
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I admit I'm surprised.

(I guess people from YouTube comments don't install Linux. I hope spammers don't either.)
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Hey look, here's how to write a press release!

http://flatpak.org/press/2016-06-21-flatpak-released.html

#flatpak #snappy
Announcing Flatpak – Next Generation Linux Applications. Stockholm, Sweden – 21st June 2016 – The development team behind Flatpak is excited to announce the general availablity of their new framework for desktop applications on Linux. Previously named xdg-app, Flatpak is available on a range of ...
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»Flatpak is the new name for GNOME’s XDG-App initiative, though ‘…95% of the commits come from one Red Hat employee,’ Shuttleworth cheekily noted. ‘We would be delighted if they’d work with us.'« – Sorry +Mark Shuttleworth, but this is FUD.
1. flatpack currently has 29 different committers, most of them not Red Hat employees; one is even a Debian developer.
2. +Alexander Larsson has 78% of the commits, not 95%.
3. snappy has 5 only committers, all of them Canonical employees.
4. If you want people to help you with your snaps, don't require them to sign Canonical's CLA, open all snap components (including the server side) and stop spreading FUD in first place.

Kthybye.
Ubuntu’s Snap packages will now work on other Linux distros. Snapd, the tool powering them, has been ported to Arch, Gentoo and Fedora among others.
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My main concern is that as an application developer I want to see the free
software community develop a single solution that makes it easier and more
efficient to securely distribute applications to the end-user. I don't care
much for a Gnome-only solution, or an Ubuntu-only solution. I want to see
free software developers cooperating with each other to achieve that goal.
Do you share that goal too? If so, put your fears and hurt feelings aside,
build trust, and make it happen!

My second concern is that I see here people repeating the same pattern we
saw with the never-ending attacks on Miguel de Icaza. Equating Canonical
with Microsoft is juvenile, but it's indicative of a desire on behalf of
some to run down the good work of others. It's just so destructive to the
free software community.

With respect to money issues and the Banshee project, man, take a look
around you! Generally speaking, do you think that the allocation of money
in the free software community is all hunky-dory? Why single out Canonical
as being the bad guys when (1) they've got to cover their expenses too,
just like the rest of us and (2) the entire issue is much bigger than any
single one of us. John you give the impression that you've got it all
worked out, whereas the reality is that no one has. These are tough issues,
with no single solution. And with a tidal wave of automation and robotics
on the way, these issues are only going to intensify.
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So, no rpmfusion for F24? That makes life difficult...
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So as a follow up to this thread it looks like, just in the nick of time, that rpmfusion might be looking up for F-24. They''ve FINALLY moved all the building to koji/distgit etc, potentially why they've been trailing in this cycle as that work was being done and hopefully make it easier to maintain and people to contribute going forward :-)
 
http://koji.rpmfusion.org/koji/
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