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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 758

Monday 9th of April 2018 12:12:20 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Sortix 1.0News: LibreELEC seeks image builders, SLE supports Raspberry Pi, openSUSE introduces atomic updates, Fedora phases out Python 2, SparkyLinux streamlines downloadsQuestions and answers: Locating portable packagesReleased last week: OpenBSD 6.3, NixOS 18.03Torrent corner: Antergos, feren OS, Live Rasizo, NixOS, OpenBSD, Raspberry....

Development Release: Ubuntu 18.04 Beta 2

Friday 6th of April 2018 06:29:10 AM
Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the second and final beta build of Ubuntu 18.04, including all official Ubuntu sub-projects. This is a long-term support (LTS) version the final release of which is scheduled for April 26: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta....

Development Release: Ubuntu 18.04 Beta 2

Friday 6th of April 2018 06:29:10 AM
Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the second and final beta build of Ubuntu 18.04, including all official Ubuntu sub-projects. This is a long-term support (LTS) version the final release of which is scheduled for April 26: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta....

Distribution Release: NixOS 18.03

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 03:03:53 PM
NixOS is an independently developed Linux distribution which is configured and managed using the Nix package manager. The NixOS project has released a new version, NixOS 18.03, which includes version 2.0 of the Nix package manager minor upgrades to the GNOME and KDE Plasma desktops along with several....

Distribution Release: NixOS 18.03

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 03:03:53 PM
NixOS is an independently developed Linux distribution which is configured and managed using the Nix package manager. The NixOS project has released a new version, NixOS 18.03, which includes version 2.0 of the Nix package manager minor upgrades to the GNOME and KDE Plasma desktops along with several....

Development Release: Fedora 28 Beta

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 02:53:15 PM
The Fedora team has launched a new testing version of their Red Hat sponsored project. The new development release, Fedora 28 Beta, features 64-bit ARM support and GNOME 3.28. VirtualBox guest additions are now included by default. The big new feature though across all Fedora editions is the....

Development Release: Fedora 28 Beta

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 02:53:15 PM
The Fedora team has launched a new testing version of their Red Hat sponsored project. The new development release, Fedora 28 Beta, features 64-bit ARM support and GNOME 3.28. VirtualBox guest additions are now included by default. The big new feature though across all Fedora editions is the....

BSD Release: OpenBSD 6.3

Monday 2nd of April 2018 03:57:45 PM
OpenBSD is a security-focused operating system with a focus on correct code and accurate documentation. The project has released OpenBSD 6.3 which introduces SMP support on the ARM64 architecture, includes ISO support in the virtual machine daemon (vmd) and makes memory allocation more efficient. There have also been....

BSD Release: OpenBSD 6.3

Monday 2nd of April 2018 03:57:45 PM
OpenBSD is a security-focused operating system with a focus on correct code and accurate documentation. The project has released OpenBSD 6.3 which introduces SMP support on the ARM64 architecture, includes ISO support in the virtual machine daemon (vmd) and makes memory allocation more efficient. There have also been....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 757

Monday 2nd of April 2018 12:13:37 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Gatter Linux 0.8News: Red Hat turns 25, Ubuntu's minimal desktop option, super long term support kernels, new shortcuts in elementary OS, FreeBSD 10.3 reaching EoLBook review: UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (Fifth Edition)Released last week: Slax 9.4.0, heads 0.4, Qubes OS....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 757

Monday 2nd of April 2018 12:13:37 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Gatter Linux 0.8News: Red Hat turns 25, Ubuntu's minimal desktop option, super long term support kernels, new shortcuts in elementary OS, FreeBSD 10.3 reaching EoLBook review: UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (Fifth Edition)Released last week: Slax 9.4.0, heads 0.4, Qubes OS....

Distribution Release: Redcore Linux 1803

Sunday 1st of April 2018 02:33:39 PM
Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based distribution which strives to be easy to install and features the LXQt desktop environment. The project's latest snapshot release includes several security improvements, such as running a hardened Linux kernel and compiling software with address space layout randomization (ASLR). "The Redcore Linux team....

Distribution Release: Redcore Linux 1803

Sunday 1st of April 2018 02:33:39 PM
Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based distribution which strives to be easy to install and features the LXQt desktop environment. The project's latest snapshot release includes several security improvements, such as running a hardened Linux kernel and compiling software with address space layout randomization (ASLR). "The Redcore Linux team....

BSD Release: TrueOS 18.03

Friday 30th of March 2018 02:38:00 PM
TrueOS is a FreeBSD-based operating system which features a graphical system installer and a rolling release platform. The TrueOS team has announced the availability of a new snapshot, TrueOS 18.03, which includes fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre classes of CPU bugs. "The TrueOS team is pleased to....

BSD Release: TrueOS 18.03

Friday 30th of March 2018 02:38:00 PM
TrueOS is a FreeBSD-based operating system which features a graphical system installer and a rolling release platform. The TrueOS team has announced the availability of a new snapshot, TrueOS 18.03, which includes fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre classes of CPU bugs. "The TrueOS team is pleased to....

BSD Release: pfSense 2.4.3

Friday 30th of March 2018 12:05:43 AM
Jim Pingle has announced the release of pfSense 2.4.3, the latest update of the specialist FreeBSD-based operating system for firewalls and routers: "We are excited to announce the release of pfSense software version 2.4.3, now available for new installations and upgrades. pfSense software version 2.4.3 brings security patches,....

BSD Release: pfSense 2.4.3

Friday 30th of March 2018 12:05:43 AM
Jim Pingle has announced the release of pfSense 2.4.3, the latest update of the specialist FreeBSD-based operating system for firewalls and routers: "We are excited to announce the release of pfSense software version 2.4.3, now available for new installations and upgrades. pfSense software version 2.4.3 brings security patches,....

Development Release: Pop!_OS 18.04 Testing

Thursday 29th of March 2018 01:58:12 PM
Pop!_OS is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed by System76 which features the GNOME desktop. The distribution's developers have published a testing snapshot for the upcoming version of Pop!_OS 18.04. This testing snapshot includes a new installer that offers full disk encryption. However, the new installer also has the limitation....

Development Release: Pop!_OS 18.04 Testing

Thursday 29th of March 2018 01:58:12 PM
Pop!_OS is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed by System76 which features the GNOME desktop. The distribution's developers have published a testing snapshot for the upcoming version of Pop!_OS 18.04. This testing snapshot includes a new installer that offers full disk encryption. However, the new installer also has the limitation....

Distribution Release: Qubes OS 4.0

Thursday 29th of March 2018 12:12:12 AM
Andrew David Wong has announced the release of Qubes OS 4.0, a major new update of the project's security-oriented desktop Linux distribution based on Fedora 25: "After nearly two years in development and countless hours of testing, we're pleased to announce the stable release of Qubes OS 4.0.....

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  • Debian XU4 images updated
    I've updated my Debian images for the ODROID XU4; the newest build was done before stretch release, and a lot of minor adjustments have happened since then.
  • Parrot 4.0 Ethical Hacking Linux Distro Released
  • FBI says Russians hacked [sic] hundreds of thousands of home and office routers

    The warning followed a court order Wednesday that allowed the FBI to seize a website that the hackers [sic] planned to use to give instructions to the routers. Though that cut off malicious communications, it still left the routers infected, and Friday’s warning was aimed at cleaning up those machines.

  • FBI tells router users to reboot now to kill malware infecting 500k devices

    Researchers from Cisco’s Talos security team first disclosed the existence of the malware on Wednesday. The detailed report said the malware infected more than 500,000 devices made by Linksys, Mikrotik, Netgear, QNAP, and TP-Link. Known as VPNFilter, the malware allowed attackers to collect communications, launch attacks on others, and permanently destroy the devices with a single command. The report said the malware was developed by hackers [sic] working for an advanced nation, possibly Russia, and advised users of affected router models to perform a factory reset, or at a minimum to reboot.

Software and Games: KStars, Opera, OpenStack, MariaDB and More

  • KStars 2.9.6 is Released!
    I'm glad to announce the release of KStars 2.9.6 for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. This is a minor bugfix release.
  • Opera 54 Browser Enters Beta with News on the Speed Dial, Update & Recovery Menu
    Opera has promoted its upcoming Opera 54 web browser to the beta channel, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from the final version, due for release sometime next month. Based on the open-source Chromium 67.0.3396.18 web browser, Opera 54 recently entered beta stages of development with a plethora of new features and improvements, among which we can mention a new Update & Recovery Opera menu page that makes it easier for users to update the web browser and reset it to its default state, including the ability to clear temporary data, such as cookies.
  • OpenStack at a Crossroads
    The OpenStack of a few years ago is dead, however. What has emerged from the hype cycle is a materially different foundation, mission and software stack, with a great deal of change still ahead of it.
  • The OpenStack Foundation grows beyond OpenStack
    The OpenStack Foundation has made a considerable change to its development process and governance structure by introducing two open source projects that are not part of the OpenStack cloud platform. This week, the organization launched version 1.0 of Kata Containers - a runtime system with an emphasis on speed and security, enabling users to boot a VM in as little as five seconds - and introduced a brand new project called Zuul, spinning out the software development and integration platform that has been used by the OpenStack community internally since 2012.
  • Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0
    Open-source database biz MariaDB has upped the ante in its war against Oracle, promising enterprise customers better compatibility with – and easier migration from – Big Red. The Finnish firm's latest offering, MariaDB TX 3.0, released for GA today, extends the number of use cases to include temporal processing and advanced data protection for sensitive and personally identifiable information, as well as Oracle compatibility. The broad aim is to tap into customers' grumbles over legacy vendor lock-in, while convincing the bigger customers that they can move to an open-source database without compromising performance.
  • The Humble Monthly Bundle just added two great Linux games
    For those that are interested, you can secure a copy of two great Linux games in the current Humble Monthly Bundle. Just added today are: Get Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth
  • SC-Controller 0.4.3 Released, Support Steam Controller & Sony DS4 Over Bluetooth
    For those looking to manage your Steam Controller and other supported Linux gaming peripheral input devices outside of Steam, there is a new release of the independently-developed SC-Controller Linux user-space software. While Linux 4.18 is bringing the Steam Controller kernel driver, for those looking for a Steam Controller solution right now to enjoy this excellent gaming controller for now outside of Steam, SC-Controller fills that void.

Huawei, Fuchsia and More

  • Huawei will no longer allow bootloader unlocking (Update: Explanation from Huawei)

    "In order to deliver the best user experience and prevent users from experiencing possible issues that could arise from ROM flashing, including system failure, stuttering, worsened battery performance, and risk of data being compromised, Huawei will cease providing bootloader unlock codes for devices launched after May 25, 2018. [...]"

  • Fuchsia Friday: How ad targeting might be a hidden cost of Fuchsia’s structure
     

    Fuchsia, by its nature, comes with the potential for a handful of new opportunities for ad targeting. Let’s peer into the dark side of Fuchsia’s innovative features.

  • iPhone Quarter, ZTE Troubles, Facebook Troubles, Nokia Come-back
     

    So the past month or two? The Quarterly results cycle came in. The item often of great interest is the Apple iPhone performance. 52.2 million iPhones shipped and that gives roughly a flat market share compared to the year before, so about 14%-15%. I'll come and do the full math later of the quarterly data. That race is no longer in any way interesting.

    But two Top 10 smartphone brands ARE in the news. One who is facing imminent death and the other who is making a miraculous return-from-dead. So imminent death and current Top 10 brand first. ZTE. The Trump administration has put a massive squeeze on ZTE and the company is in serious trouble of imminent collapse. Then bizarrely, Trump reversed course and felt he needed to protect CHINESE employment (???) and after yet another typical Trump-mess, we now are at a Never-Neverland where Trump's own party Republicans are revolting against their President and well, ZTE may end up a casualty of this mess. We'll keep an eye on it.

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