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Distribution Release: UBports 16.04 OTA-19

Tuesday 21st of September 2021 09:20:54 PM
The UBports team has announced a new version of the project's mobile operating system. The project, which continues the work of Ubuntu Touch, has published a new update: UBports 16.04 OTA-19. This reelase fixes a number of small issues and annoyances which occurred when messaging and connecting to....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntus DE4 1.00

Monday 20th of September 2021 07:48:23 PM
Emmabuntüs is a desktop Linux distribution with editions basedon Debian's Stable branch with the Xfce and LXQt desktop environments. The project has published a new version which is based on Debian 11 "Bullseye". "On September 20th 2021, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 935

Monday 20th of September 2021 12:06:43 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Obarun 2021.07.26News: The cgroup filesystem ported to the BSDs, Solus works to replace GNOME components, Ubuntu to ship Firefox as a SnapQuestions and answers: Keeping a specific application window on topReleased last week: Ubuntu 18.04.6, Kali Linux 2021.3, ExTiX 21.9Torrent corner: Bluestar,....

Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 2021.09

Sunday 19th of September 2021 01:31:20 PM
The SparkyLinux project develops a lightweight distribution based on Debian. The Sparky team has published a new update to the distribution's semi-rolling branch which presents users with software from Debian's development "Bookworm" branch. The project's release announcement lists the following changes: "Sparky 2021.09 of the (semi-)rolling line is....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 18.04.6

Friday 17th of September 2021 02:50:33 PM
The Ubuntu team has announced an updated version of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is now available. The new media includes security fixes, including a fix for the BootHole security issues. "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 18.04.6 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop and....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2021.3

Tuesday 14th of September 2021 08:37:31 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The project has published a new release, Kali Linux 2021.3, which introduces changes to the OpenSSL software. "OpenSSL - Wide compatibility by default - Keep reading for what that means. New Kali-Tools site -....

Distribution Release: ExTiX 21.9

Tuesday 14th of September 2021 04:38:52 PM
ExTiX is a deepin-based distribution with alternative installer and utilities. The project's latest release, ExTiX 21.9, features the Deepin desktop and a number of changes. "I've released a new version of ExTiX Deepin today (21-09-14). This ExTiX build is based on Deepin 20.2.3 released by Deepin Technology 210816.....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 934

Monday 13th of September 2021 12:13:07 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Archcraft 2021.06.06News: KDE neon running on a SlimBook, openSUSE addressing unzip issue, Red Hat looks back on early Linux developmentQuestions and answers: Dealing with Btrfs snapshotsReleased last week: Tails 4.22, Lakka 3.4, Finnix 123 Torrent corner: ArcoLinux, BunsenLabs, CloudReady, Finnix, GhostBSD, KDE....

Distribution Release: Whonix 16

Saturday 11th of September 2021 12:34:00 AM
Patrick Schleizer has announced the release of Whonix 16, a major update of the project's Debian-based distribution designed for advanced security and privacy via fail-safe, automatic and desktop-wide use of the Tor network. The new release is based on the recently-released Debian 11: "After approximately two years of....

BSD Release: GhostBSD 21.09.06

Tuesday 7th of September 2021 05:48:28 PM
GhostBSD is a user-friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. The project has published a new version, GhostBSD 21.09.06 which migrates service management from OpenRC to FreeBSD's rc.d approach. "What is new in 21.09.06? GhostBSD moved back to FreeBSD rc.d to start services. Github ticket completed: Disable access....

Distribution Release: Tails 4.22

Tuesday 7th of September 2021 02:14:49 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The project's latest release introduces a number of polishing touches to the user interface. In particular, the system does a better job of checking to see....

Distribution Release: Finnix 123

Monday 6th of September 2021 05:52:50 PM
Finnix is a small, self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution for system administrators, based on Debian. The project's latest release is Finnix 123 which is based on Debian 11. The new release provides the option of setting OpenSSH credentials at boot time, FTP client packages have been removed, the....

Distribution Release: Lakka 3.4

Monday 6th of September 2021 02:30:35 AM
Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution that transforms a small computer into a full blown game console. The project's latest release is Lakka 3.4 and it updates RetroArch support, the Mesa package, DOS support, and popular console support. "New version of Lakka has been released! We are happy....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 933

Monday 6th of September 2021 12:16:37 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: elementary OS 6.0 "Odin"News: Linux Mint polishes its look, GhostBSD swaps out OpenRC for FreeBSD's service manager, Qubes publishes a canaryQuestions and answers: Cleaning special characters out of filenamesReleased last week: Linux Lite 5.6, EndeavourOS 2021.08.27, Linux From Scratch 11.0Torrent corner:....

Development Release: MX Linux 21 Beta 2

Sunday 5th of September 2021 07:02:26 AM
The second beta of the upcoming MX Linux 21 is now ready for testing. This new build of the popular Debian-based distribution is available in Xfce, KDE Plasma and Fluxbox editions: "MX 21 beta 2 is now available for testing. MX 21 is built from Debian 'Bullseye' and....

Distribution Release: EasyOS 2.9

Saturday 4th of September 2021 08:23:35 AM
Barry Kauler has announced the release of EasyOS 2.9, an updated build of the project's minimalist Linux distribution with roots in Puppy Linux. This version has been completely recompiled in OpenEmbedded, a build framework for embedded Linux: "There has been a complete recompile in OpenEmbedded, with some package....

Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 11.0

Thursday 2nd of September 2021 02:26:13 AM
Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) 11.0, the latest version of the project's book that provides step-by-step instructions of building a Linux system from source code: "The Linux From Scratch community announces the release of LFS version 11.0. The reason for the major....

Distribution Release: Linux Lite 5.6

Tuesday 31st of August 2021 12:52:27 PM
Linux Lite is a beginner-friendly Linux distribution based on Ubuntu's long-term support (LTS) release and featuring the Xfce desktop. The project's latest release, Linux Lite 5.6, is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and offers a number of conveniences and upgrades. Python 3 is now used by default, it....

Distribution Release: EndeavourOS 2021.08.27

Monday 30th of August 2021 07:29:10 AM
Bryan Poerwo has announced the availability of EndeavourOS 2021.08.27, the latest stable version of the project's rolling-release Arch Linux-based distribution with Xfce as the default desktop. This release brings major changes to the Calamares system installer: "The changes for Calamares are the most significant ones made on this....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 932

Monday 30th of August 2021 12:10:46 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Zorin OS 16News: How Debian imports new package versions, Haiku publishes progress report, Linux celebrates its 30th birthdayQuestions and answers: Continuing the Linux kernel and alternative access to the terminalReleased last week: Ubuntu 20.04.3, Voyager Live 11, Clonezilla 2.7.3-19Torrent corner: Alpine, Archman,....

More in Tux Machines

The 3 Best Alternatives to Mandriva Linux

Mandriva Linux has been discontinued for a long time now. Check out these three alternatives to relive the pure Mandriva experience. Mandriva Linux is a fusion of Brazilian distribution Conectiva Linux and French distribution Mandrake Linux. It is developed by Mandriva S.A.; however, the company has not released any new version since 2011. Although the distro has not been updated for a long time and considering the features it offered, it’s a little difficult to undermine its existence. Mandriva might not exist any longer, but its memories are still functional in the form of different Linux distros, discussed below. Read more

Building A Custom Linux Single Board Computer Just To Play Spotify

Housed inside a tidy little wooden enclosure of his own creation, the Spotify Box can turn any amplifier into a remote-controlled Spotify player via Spotify Connect. Pick the songs on your smartphone, and they?ll play from the Spotify Box as simple as that. The project is based on the Allwinner V3S, a system-on-chip with a 1.2GHz ARM-Cortex-A7 core, 64MB of DDR2 RAM, and an Ethernet transceiver for good measure. There?s also a high-quality audio codec built in, making it perfect for this application. It?s thrown onto a four-layer PCB of [Evan?s] own design, and paired with a Wi-Fi and BlueTooth transceiver, RJ-45 and RCA jacks, a push-button and some LEDs. There?s also an SD card for storage. With a custom Linux install brewed up using Buildroot, [Evan] was able to get a barebones system running Spotifyd while communicating with the network. With that done, it was as simple as hooking up the Spotify Box to an amp and grooving out to some tunes. Read more

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Wednesday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (grilo), Fedora (curl, firefox, mingw-python-pillow, python-pillow, python2-pillow, and webkit2gtk3), openSUSE (chromium, grafana-piechart-panel, kernel, libcroco, php-composer, and xen), Oracle (curl, kernel, and nss and nspr), Red Hat (nodejs:12), Slackware (alpine), SUSE (ghostscript, grafana-piechart-panel, kernel, and xen), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-hwe, linux-hwe-5.11, linux-hwe-5.4, linux-raspi, linux-raspi-5.4, and linux-raspi2).

  • FBI held back ransomware decryption key from businesses to run operation targeting hackers [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

    The FBI refrained for almost three weeks from helping to unlock the computers of hundreds of businesses and institutions hobbled by a major ransomware attack this summer, even though the bureau had secretly obtained the digital key needed to do so, according to several current and former U.S. officials.

  • FBI Had REvil's Kaseya Ransomware Decryption Key for Weeks: Report

    After the Kaseya attack, the feds somehow came into possession of a decryption key but waited nearly a month before delivering it into the hands of businesses.

  • FBI Had the REvil Decryption Key - Schneier on Security [Ed: Those "trade-offs" should include removing Windows altogether]

    Fighting ransomware is filled with security trade-offs. This is one I had not previously considered.

  • Ransomware Attacks Have Gone Stratospheric: Report [Ed: Overlooks the fact that many target Windows in particular; instead it focuses on "UNIX" and "Linux", which seems strange. What's the motivation? Meanwhile, mainstream media barely even mentions "Windows" when only Windows is impacted.]

    Positive Technologies on Wednesday released a report that indicates ransomware attacks have reached “stratospheric levels.”

  • Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome | CISA [Ed: Proprietary software]

    Google has released Chrome version 94.0.4606.54 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system.

today's leftovers

  • Windowsfx 11, a whole Linux flavored like Windows 11 and without the need for TPM -

    Windowsfx 11 is the new version of another of the GNU / Linux distributions that try to bring the free system closer to Windows users using the fantastic possibilities of visual and interface customization of Linux. Windowsfx already had custom versions of Windows 7 and Windows 10 and before Microsoft publishes the final version of Windows 11 they already have the one dedicated to the new system. And it offers what is expected. Windowsfx 11 Preview for x86 adapts the user interface to what Windows 11 offers, the general visual appearance and icons, a new start menu or the default centered start panel, as well as using Wine 6 to run Windows applications.

  • Mecanum Omnidirectional Robot Car using the Quantum Integration System

    In this project, we’re going to be building a wireless robot car that uses mecanum wheels to enable omnidirectional movement. If you haven’t heard of mecanum wheels before, they’re tireless wheels with a series of rubberized rollers around the circumference.

  • Keeping things creative: Real-world learning from a remote perspective

    Teaching students complex concepts from a remote distance is something that many educators have had to get to grips with over the last 18 months. Especially where engineering is concerned. Keeping things hands-on and with a strong connection to real-world scenarios is vitally important for students to progress. We recently discovered this MathWorks mechatronics article by Mojtaba Azadi at the San Francisco State University. Azadi was able to create several different types of drawing robots using the Arduino Education Engineering Kit. Aiming to foster independent confidence and strengthen the skills and abilities of students, this project is perfect for those teaching outside of the classroom setting or when running courses online.

  • LibreOffice Conference 2021: How-to for participants

    The online LibreOffice Conference 2021 starts tomorrow! Here’s how to take part…

  • 17 Best Open-source Headless eCommerce Solutions

    A headless software is a program that can work and performs without a user interface. A headless Linux and a headless Google Chrome can perform seamlessly and smoothly without the need to run its GUI. Likewise, a headless web system is a functional web app but without a user interface. Developers often use a headless web app as a base to build mobile, desktop, web, and IoT apps.

  • Patch origin trust vs GitHub’s URL hierarchy

    Attentive readers may have noticed something a bit weird with the GitHub patch links in my last article. I shared links to two patches for Ruby's Rake build system which I also said hadn't yet been accepted into Rake. Yet, the patches looked like they came directly from the Rake project's official code repository at So, how did I get a patch URL that’s indistinguishable from commits/patches that are part of a project? [...] You could trick someone through social engineering to deploy a malicious patch that appears to legitimately have originated from a target project. All it would take to get a legitimate-looking URL is to open and close a pull request in the project. It’s not unheard of that large deployments receive an early heads up about critical security patches. The malicious source code and intent would then be public, but a quick “oops, that was stupid — honest mistake” comment on the pull request could be enough to defuse suspicions.

  • Best Free Alternatives to Microsoft Bing [Ed: Well, hardly anyone even uses this junk from Microsoft and the first 3 entries violate privacy, including DDG and Startpage. LinuxLinks spreads Microsoft misinformation about "embracing" Open Source by naming proprietary things like GitHub and Visual Studio Code (both proprietary). Very disappointing.]

    Microsoft’s stance for decades was that community creation and sharing of communal code (later to be known as free and open source software) represented a direct attack on their business. Their battle with Linux stretches back many years. Back in 2001, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously tarnished Linux “a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches”. Microsoft also initiated its “Get the Facts” marketing campaign from mid-2003, which specifically criticized Linux server usage, total cost of ownership, security, indemnification and reliability. The campaign was widely criticized for spreading misinformation.