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Development Release: Mageia 6 Sta 2

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 01:19:11 AM
Donald Stewart has announced the availability of the second development build of the upcoming Mageia 6. Labeled as "Sta 2" and considered a "stabilisation snapshot", this testing build arrives eight month after the first snapshot. Besides the usual 64-bit KDE Plasma and GNOME live DVDs, this release also....

Distribution Release: siduction 17.1.0

Monday 6th of March 2017 04:59:27 AM
Ferdinand Thommes has announced the release of siduction 17.1.0. As the name implies, siduction is based on Debian's unstable branch (also called "Sid") and it comes in various desktop flavours which include Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce. From the release notes: "Today we are....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 702

Monday 6th of March 2017 12:10:20 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Fatdog64 Linux reviewNews: elementary OS bundled with a new notebook, Haiku announces new features, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 approaching its end of lifeQuestions and answers: Security and the size of a distribution's team, update on streaming Netflix on RaspbianReleased last week:....

Distribution Release: Kwort Linux 4.3.2

Sunday 5th of March 2017 08:05:55 AM
Kwort Linux 4.3.2 has been released. Kwort Linux is a minimalist distribution with a desktop built around the Openbox window manager and its own package manager called kpkg. It is based on CRUX and is designed for advanced Linux users. "Kwort 4.3.2 is available for download. Clean system,....

Distribution Release: Maui Linux 17.03

Sunday 5th of March 2017 03:41:04 AM
Leszek Lesner has announced the release of Maui Linux 17.03, a new version of the project's desktop Linux distribution featuring the latest KDE Plasma desktop. It is based on KDEneon. This release comes with updated packages, an improved Calamares system installer, and various desktop enhancements: "The Maui team....

Distribution Release: Greenie Linux 16.04

Friday 3rd of March 2017 10:24:30 AM
Stanislav Hoferek has announced the release of Greenie Linux 16.04, a Lubuntu-based desktop distribution optimised primarily for Slovak and Czech users, but also supporting English, Hungarian and Polish languages: "Greenie Linux 16.04 is here. There are two editions. "Lite" is a useful system for everyday use with only....

Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2017.03

Friday 3rd of March 2017 03:45:36 AM
The PCLinuxOS development team has released a new version of the project's rolling-release distribution for the desktop. Featuring a modified Plasma 5 user interface, PCLinuxOS 2017.03 comes with Plasma Desktop 5.8.6 (which is part of the long-term support branch), Linux kernel 4.9.13, updated software packages, and several new....

Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2017.03.01

Thursday 2nd of March 2017 04:36:39 AM
Gaurov Soni has announced a release of BlackArch Linux 2017.03.01, an updated build of the project's Arch Linux-based live distribution featuring a collection of over 1,700 penetration testing and forensic analysis tools: "Today we released new BlackArch Linux ISO images. Here's the changelog: add more than 50 new....

Development Release: Lakka 2.0 RC1

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 01:47:09 PM
The Lakka distribution is a lightweight, Linux-based operating system that turns a desktop or single-board computer into a gaming console. The Lakka project has published a new release candidate, Lakka 2.0-RC1, which shifts the distribution's base from OpenELEC to LibreELEC. "During the last two months, we've been busy....

Development Release: Linux Lite 3.4 Beta

Tuesday 28th of February 2017 08:06:10 AM
Jerry Bezencon has announced the availability of the beta release of Linux Lite 3.4, a lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu 16.04.2: "Linux Lite 3.4 beta is now available for testing. There have been a number of changes since the 3.2 release. Linux Lite 3.4 final will be released....

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12.1

Monday 27th of February 2017 06:49:27 PM
The Zorin OS team has announced a new release of the project's Ubuntu-based desktop distribution. Zorin OS is designed to provide a familiar interface for people transitioning from a Windows environment. The newest version, Zorin OS 12.1, is a minor update to the project's 12 series and includes....

Development Release: deepin 15.4 Beta

Monday 27th of February 2017 01:57:46 PM
deepin is a Linux desktop distribution based on Debian's Unstable branch. The deepin project develops the custom Deepin Desktop Environment, along with a collection of graphical application for playing media and installing software. The deepin project has announced the availability of a new development snapshot, deepin 15.4 Beta.....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 701

Monday 27th of February 2017 12:05:22 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: OBRevenge OS 2017.02News: Mageia 6's ongoing delays, NetBSD offers reproducible builds, Red Hat considers if we still need swap spaceMyths and misunderstandings: Can Netflix run on a Raspberry Pi?Released last week: pfSense 2.3.3, Rebellin Linux 3.5, Zenwalk 220217Torrent corner: AUSTRUMI, Elastix, KaOS,....

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Leftovers: OSS

  • SAP buys into blockchain, joins Hyperledger Project
  • foss-north speaker line-up
    I am extremely pleased to have confirmed the entire speaker line-up for foss north 2017. This will be a really good year!
  • Chromium/Chrome Browser Adds A glTF Parser
    Google's Chrome / Chromium web-browser has added a native glTF 1.0 parser. The GL Transmission Format, of course, being Khronos' "3D asset delivery format" for dealing with compressed scenes and assets by WebGL, OpenGL ES, and other APIs. There are glTF utility libraries in JavaScript and other web-focused languages, but Google adding a native glTF 1.0 parser appears to be related to their VR push with supporting VR content on the web. Their glTF parser was added to Chromium Git on Friday.
  • Sex and Gor and open source
    A few weeks ago, Dries Buytaert, founder of the popular open-source CMS Drupal, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal community, “to leave the Drupal project.” Why did he do this? He refuses to say. A huge furor has erupted in response — not least because the reason clearly has much to do with Garfield’s unconventional sex life. [...] I’ll unpack the first: open-source communities/projects are crucially important to many people’s careers and professional lives — cf “the cornerstone of my career” — so who they allow and deny membership to, and how their codes of conduct are constructed and followed, is highly consequential.
  • Hazelcast Releases 3.8 – The Fastest Open Source In-Memory Data Grid
  • SecureDrop and Alexandre Oliva are 2016 Free Software Awards winners
  • MRRF 17: Lulzbot and IC3D Release Line Of Open Source Filament
    Today at the Midwest RepRap Festival, Lulzbot and IC3D announced the creation of an Open Source filament. While the RepRap project is the best example we have for what can be done with Open Source hardware, the stuff that makes 3D printers work – filament, motors, and to some extent the electronics – are tied up in trade secrets and proprietary processes. As you would expect from most industrial processes, there is an art and a science to making filament and now these secrets will be revealed.
  • RApiDatetime 0.0.2

Security Leftovers

  • NSA: We Disclose 90% of the Flaws We Find
    In the wake of the release of thousands of documents describing CIA hacking tools and techniques earlier this month, there has been a renewed discussion in the security and government communities about whether government agencies should disclose any vulnerabilities they discover. While raw numbers on vulnerability discovery are hard to come by, the NSA, which does much of the country’s offensive security operations, discloses more than nine of every 10 flaws it finds, the agency’s deputy director said.
  • EFF Launches Community Security Training Series
    EFF is pleased to announce a series of community security trainings in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. High-profile data breaches and hard-fought battles against unlawful mass surveillance programs underscore that the public needs practical information about online security. We know more about potential threats each day, but we also know that encryption works and can help thwart digital spying. Lack of knowledge about best practices puts individuals at risk, so EFF will bring lessons from its comprehensive Surveillance Self-Defense guide to the SFPL. [...] With the Surveillance Self-Defense project and these local events, EFF strives to help make information about online security accessible to beginners as well as seasoned techno-activists and journalists. We hope you will consider our tips on how to protect your digital privacy, but we also hope you will encourage those around you to learn more and make better choices with technology. After all, privacy is a team sport and everyone wins.
  • NextCloud, a security analysis
    First, I would like to scare everyone a little bit in order to have people appreciate the extent of this statement. As the figure that opens the post indicates, there are thousands of vulnerable Owncloud/NextCloud instances out there. It will surprise many just how easy is to detect those by trying out common URL paths during an IP sweep.
  • FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash
    Bribes on offer as courier's custom printing service needs Adobe's security sinkhole

GNOME Extensions Website Has A New Look

Every GNOME Shell user will visit the official GNOME Shell Extensions website at least once. And if those users do so this weekend they’ll notice a small difference as the GNOME Shell Extensions website is sporting a minor redesign. This online repo plays host to a stack of terrific add-ons that add additional features and tweak existing ones. Read more