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Distribution Release: Proxmox 5.0 "Mail Gateway"

7 hours 55 min ago
Proxmox is a commercial company which offers specialized products based on Debian. The company recently launched Proxmox Mail Gateway version 5.0 based on Debian 9 "Stretch". "Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH today announced the major release of its open-source email security solution Proxmox Mail Gateway 5.0. The Proxmox Mail....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 747

Monday 22nd of January 2018 12:12:50 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Ubuntu MATE 17.10News: KDE to focus on Wayland features, DragonFly BSD dropping insecure remote tools, VirtualBox support being added to Linux kernelQuestions and answers: Recovering open files, starting a new Linux distroReleased last week: Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0, SolydXK 201801, NuTyX 10.0Torrent corner:....

Distribution Release: KaOS 2018.01

Saturday 20th of January 2018 03:43:22 PM
KaOS is an independent, rolling Linux distribution featuring a polished KDE Plasma desktop and the Pacman package manager. The KaOS project has released a new snapshot, KaOS 2018.01, which features fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs. "It is with great pleasure to present to you a....

Distribution Release: NuTyX 10.0

Wednesday 17th of January 2018 03:41:04 PM
NuTyX is a French Linux distribution (with multi-language support) built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch, with a custom package manager called cards. The project has published a new release, NuTyX 10.0, which is available in 32-bit and 64-bit builds. There are two editions, one....

Distribution Release: SolydXK 201801

Tuesday 16th of January 2018 02:48:30 PM
SolydXK is a Debian-based, desktop distribution which offers two main flavours, with one edition featuring the KDE Plasma desktop and the other featuring the Xfce desktop. The SolydXK project has released a new snapshot which features fixes for the Meltdown CPU flaw and a number of new configuration....

Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0

Monday 15th of January 2018 07:49:36 AM
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0, a new update of the project's specialist Gentoo-based Linux distribution designed for web-only kiosks. This version is predominantly a security update: "I'm pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 746

Monday 15th of January 2018 12:12:51 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: deepin 15.5 - A different desktopNews: openSUSE unveils YaST changes, Ubuntu kernel update causes boot problems, new Ubuntu 17.10 media, Devil-Linux shutting downQuestions and answers: All about Spectre and MeltdownReleased last week: Parted Magic 2018_01_08, Tails 3.4, OSMC 2017.12-1Torrent corner: AUSTRUMI, Bluestar,....

Development Release: Redcore Linux 1801 Beta

Sunday 14th of January 2018 07:52:33 PM
Ghiunhan Mamut has announced the availability of a new development version of Redcore Linux, a desktop-oriented distribution based on Gentoo. The new version includes many new packages, new artwork and requires less RAM to install. The installer now supports setting up the distribution with full disk encryption. "It....

Development Release: Absolute Linux 15.0 Beta 1

Friday 12th of January 2018 05:32:31 AM
Paul Sherman has announced the availability of the initial beta build of Absolute Linux 15.0, a major update of the project's Slackware-based distribution featuring the IceWM window manager. This version drops support for the x86 processors and introduces the Kodi media player application: "Absolute 15.0 beta 1 released,....

Development Release: OPNsense 18.1 RC1

Thursday 11th of January 2018 02:19:58 PM
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based operating system designed for firewalls and routers. The project has released a new release candidate for OPNsense 18.1. "We humbly present to you the sum of another major iteration of the OPNsense firewall. Over the second half of 2017 well over 500 changes have....

Distribution Release: OSMC 2017.12-1

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 02:57:43 PM
OSMC (formerly Raspbmc) is a Debian-based minimal Linux distribution that brings the Kodi media centre software to a Raspberry Pi, Apple TV and Vero devices. The OSMC project has released a new version featuring a Debian 9 "Stretch" base and version 17.6 of the Kodi media centre. This....

Distribution Release: Tails 3.4

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 09:45:50 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 developers have released Tails 3.4 which includes kernel fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, updates uBlock Origin and includes fixes for package installation.....

Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2018_01_08

Monday 8th of January 2018 08:58:57 PM
Parted Magic, a Linux distribution run from a live disc for managing hard drives and partitions, has been updated. The new version, Parted Magic 2018_01_08, introduces a new kernel with better support for a range of video cards. File system tools, such as those used to manage Btrfs....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 745

Monday 8th of January 2018 12:23:34 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: GhostBSD 11.1 - FreeBSD for the desktopNews: Linspire and Freespire return, Parsix shuts down, wide-spread CPU bugs, Ubuntu 17.04 reaching its end of lifeTips and tricks: Adding an AppImage to the application menuReleased last week: Freespire 3, Linspire 7.0, Robolinux 8.10Torrent corner:....

Distribution Release: GeckoLinux 423

Sunday 7th of January 2018 02:05:51 AM
GeckoLinux is an openSUSE-based spin which features non-free packages not found in openSUSE's default repositories. The distribution's latest release, GeckoLinux 423, uses a new build system, called Kiwi: "Thanks to Kiwi, GeckoLinux now boasts the following improvements: Much smoother and more reliable startup. Splash screen during live system....

Development Release: Elive 2.9.22 (Beta)

Friday 5th of January 2018 04:13:19 PM
Elive is a Linux distribution featuring the Enlightenment desktop environment and based on Debian 8.0 "Jessie". The project has released a new development snapshot featuring improved language support for a number of Asian languages and reorganised desktop menus. The release announcement states: "The Elive team is proud to....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.19 Core 117

Thursday 4th of January 2018 11:01:57 PM
IPFire is a Linux distribution that is focused on easy setup, good handling and high level of security. It is operated via an intuitive web-based interface which offers many configuration options for beginning and experienced system administrators. The project has released a new update, IPFire 2.19 Core Update....

Distribution Release: Robolinux 8.10

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018 03:22:59 PM
Robolinux is a Debian-based desktop distribution which offers pre-configured virtual machines to help users run Windows software from their Linux desktop. The project's latest version, Robolinux 8.10, is based on Debian 8. "This major Robolinux upgrade involved several months of hard work finding every way possible to improve....

Distribution Release: Linspire 7.0, Freespire 3

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 05:35:02 PM
PC/OpenSystems has announced the organisation has purchased the rights to the commercial Linspire distribution and its community branch, Freespire. PC/OpenSystems is re-launching these two, long-dormant Linux distributions with refreshed packages and features. The new releases, Linspire 7.0 and Freespire 3.0, are based on Ubuntu. "Today the development team....

Development Release: NuTyX 10.0 RC1

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 03:28:10 PM
NuTyX is a French Linux distribution (with multi-language support) built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch, with a custom package manager called "cards". The project has released a new development release, called NuTyX 10.0 RC1, which features updated desktop packages, Linux 4.14.10 LTS and a....

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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • Initial Retpoline Support Added To LLVM For Spectre v2 Mitigation
    The LLVM code has been merged to mainline for the Retpoline x86 mitigation technique for Spectre Variant 2. This will be back-ported to LLVM 6.0 and also LLVM 5.0 with an immediate point release expected to get this patched compiler out in the wild. The compiler-side work -- similar to GCC's Retpoline code -- is to avoid generating code where an indirect branch could have its prediction poisoned by a rogue actor. The Retpoline support uses indirect calls in a non-speculatable way.
  • Teen Hacker Who Social Engineered His Way Into Top-Level US Government Officials' Accounts Pleads Guilty To Ten Charges
    The teenage hacker who tore CIA director John Brennan a new AOL-hole is awaiting sentencing in the UK. Kane Gamble, the apparent founder of hacker collective Crackas With Attitude, was able to access classified documents Brennan has forwarded to his personal email account by posing as a Verizon tech. Social engineering is still the best hacking tool. It's something anyone anywhere can do. If you do it well, a whole host of supposedly-secured information can be had, thanks to multiple entities relying on the same personal identifiers to "verify" the social engineer they're talking to is the person who owns accounts they're granting access to. Despite claiming he was motivated by American injustices perpetrated around the world (Palestine is namechecked in the teen's multiple mini-manifestos), a lot of what Gamble participated in was plain, old fashioned harassment.
  • The Guardian view on cyberwar: an urgent problem [Ed: Lists several attacks by Microsoft Windows (but names neither)]
    The first known, and perhaps the most successful of these, was the joint US/Israeli Stuxnet attack on the Iranian nuclear programme in 2009. Since then there has been increasing evidence of attacks of this sort by Russia – against Estonia in 2009, and then against Ukraine, where tens of thousands of attacks on everything from power supplies to voting machines have opened an under-reported front in an under-reported war. Across the Baltic, the Swedish government has just announced a beefed-up programme of civil defence, of which the most substantial part will be an attempt to protect its software and networks from attacks. Meanwhile, North Korean state hackers are blamed by western intelligence services for the WannaCry ransomware attacks which last year shut down several NHS hospitals in the UK. Persistent reports suggest the US has interfered in this way with North Korea’s nuclear missile programme.
  • Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #143
  • Don’t Install Meltdown And Spectre Patches, Intel Warns It Would Increase System Reebots
  • On that Spectre mitigations discussion
    By now, almost everybody has probably seen the press coverage of Linus Torvalds's remarks about one of the patches addressing Spectre variant 2. Less noted, but much more informative, is David Woodhouse's response on why those patches are the way they are.

Tails 3.5 Anonymous OS Released to Mitigate Spectre Vulnerability for AMD CPUs

Tails, the open-source Linux-based operating system designed to protect user's privacy while surfing the Internet, also known as Anonymous OS, was updated today to version 3.5. Coming only two weeks after the Tails 3.4 release, which included patches for the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities publicly disclosed earlier this month, today's Tails 3.5 update is here to bump the Linux kernel to version 4.14.13 and include the microcode firmware for AMD CPUs to mitigate the Spectre flaw. Read more

Graphics: Freedreno, Gallium3D, AMDGPU, RadeonSI, Mesa

  • Code Aurora Working On Adreno 6xx Support For Freedreno
    The Qualcomm-aligned Code Aurora is working on supporting the latest-generation Adreno A6xx graphics hardware with the open-source Freedreno+MSM driver stack.
  • Work Revised On Adding SPIR-V Support To Clover Gallium3D
    Last May we reported on a Nouveau developer adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's OpenCL state tracker. Finally the better part of one year later, Pierre Moreau is ready with the second version of these patches to accept this IR associated with Vulkan / OpenCL 2.1+ within Clover.
  • Trying Out DRM-Next For Linux 4.16 With AMDGPU On Polaris & Vega
    I have spent some time this weekend trying out the DRM-Next code slated for inclusion in Linux 4.16 when its merge window opens next week. The DRM-Next state of the AMDGPU driver appears to be in good shape, at least for the RX 580 and RX Vega cards used for my initial testing.
  • RadeonSI NIR Back-End Picks Up Support For More OpenGL Extensions
    It was just a few days ago that Valve Linux developer Timothy Arceri enabled GLSL 4.50 support for RadeonSI's NIR back-end after previously taking care of tessellation shaders and other requirements. Now he has taken to implementing some other extensions in RadeonSI's NIR code-path.
  • mesa 18.0-0-rc1
    The first release candidate for Mesa 18.0.0 is now available. The plan is to have one release candidate every Friday, until the anticipated final release on 9th February 2018. The expectation is that the 17.3 branch will remain alive with bi-weekly releases until the 18.0.1 release. NOTE: Building the SWR with LLVM 3.9 is currently not possible. Please use newer LLVM version until the issue is resolved. Here are the people which helped shape the current release.
  • Mesa 18.0 Now Under Feature Freeze With 18.0-RC1 Premiere
    Feature development on Mesa 18.0 has now ended with the release today of 18.0-RC1 following the code-base being branched. Emil Velikov of Collabora just announced the availability of Mesa 18.0-RC1. As usual, he's planning on weekly release candidates until the 18.0.0 stable release is ready to ship. Velikov tentatively expects to ship Mesa 18.0.0 around 9 February, but as we know from past releases, it might end up slipping by some days.

Using Dual 4K Monitors Stacked With GNOME

The setup for my main production system that is still on Fedora Workstation 26 with GNOME Shell 3.24.3 has been working out fine. The two displays are the ASUS MG28UQ monitors that work out well on their own and do work with AMDGPU FreeSync on Linux. A GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is enough to power the dual 3840 x 2160 displays for desktop tasks mostly limited to many terminals, Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird, and other GNOME desktop applications. Certainly that lower-end Pascal GPU isn't fast enough for 4K gaming, but it's not like I have the time for any gaming and for a purely desktop system it's working out fine paired with the 387.34 proprietary driver on Fedora 26 paired with Linux 4.14. Read more