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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 678

Monday 12th of September 2016 12:02:35 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Apricity OS 07.2016 News: Mageia adopts DNF, KDE neon to use Wayland, FreeBSD updates Linux compatibility, Adobe to update Linux Flash player Questions and answers: All about cron jobs Torrent corner: AryaLinux, Frugalware Linux, Solus Released last week: Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0, Frugalware....

Development Release: Porteus 3.2 RC5

Saturday 10th of September 2016 03:18:53 AM
Jay Flood has announced the availability of the fifth and final release candidate for the upcoming Porteus 3.2, a set of minimalist, Slackware-based live CDs featuring Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, MATE and Xfce desktops, delivered on separate CD images. This build is based on the recently-released Slackware Linux 14.2:....

Distribution Release: elementary OS 0.4

Friday 9th of September 2016 10:00:26 PM
The elementary OS team has announced the launch of elementary OS 0.4, code name "Loki": "After a little over a year of development, elementary is proud to announce the stable release of elementary OS Loki." The new version includes many new features, such as a new software manager....

Distribution Release: Linux Mint 18 "KDE"

Friday 9th of September 2016 02:26:41 PM
Clement Lefebvre has announced the release of Linux Mint 18 "KDE", an edition of the Mint family featuring the KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop: "The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 18 'Sarah' KDE edition. Linux Mint 18 is a long-term support release which will....

Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.10

Thursday 8th of September 2016 03:25:40 AM
Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) 7.10, the latest version of the project's electronic book of step-by-step instructions on how to build a base Linux system from scratch. A separate book, Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS), which extends the base system with additional....

Distribution Release: AryaLinux 2016.08

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 08:36:49 PM
Chandrakant Singh has announced a new release of AryaLinux, a cutting-edge distribution based on Linux From Scratch. The new release of AryaLinux, version 2016.08, features MATE 1.15, support for KDE and LXQt desktop environments and Qt4 has been dropped in favour of Qt 5. The GNU Compiler Collection....

Distribution Release: AV Linux 2016.8.30

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 06:03:11 PM
The AV Linux distribution is a Debian-based project which features many applications to assist the user in working with audio and video formats. The project has released a new version, AV Linux 2016.8.30, with a long list of changes: "Fixed UID/GID issue and restored live and installed UID/GID....

Development Release: Elive 2.7.6 (Beta)

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 02:50:38 PM
The Elive project has announced a new beta release of their Debian-based distribution. The new development snapshot, Elive 2.7.6 (beta), includes a welcome panel in the distribution's live mode, offers faster application launches and the default shell has been switched from bash to zsh. "When you run the....

Distribution Release: Solus

Wednesday 7th of September 2016 02:43:56 AM
Joshua Strobl has announced the release of Solus, the latest stable version of the desktop-oriented Linux distribution with the home-built Budgie as the preferred desktop user interface. Despite the tiny increment in the version number, the new release is packed with fresh software updates, including the latest....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntus 1.01 "Debian"

Monday 5th of September 2016 08:51:57 PM
The Emmabuntus project, which creates a desktop operating system designed to be run primarily on older computers, has announced an update to the distribution's "Debian" edition. The new version, Emmabuntus 1.01 "Debian", is based on Debian 8.5 and introduces support for the 64-bit x86 architecture. "This 1.01 version....

Distribution Release: Frugalware Linux 2.1

Monday 5th of September 2016 05:00:30 PM
The Frugalware development team has announced the availability of a new version of the Frugalware Linux distribution. Frugalware Linux is an independent distribution which follows a "keep it simple" style of design and features the pacman package manager. With the release of Frugalware 2.1, the team has announced....

Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0

Monday 5th of September 2016 06:33:04 AM
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0, a new version of the project's Gentoo-based distribution for web kiosks: "I'm pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0 is now available for download. Linux kernel has been updated to version 4.4.19, Mozilla Firefox to version 45.3.0ESR and....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 677

Monday 5th of September 2016 12:04:34 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Peppermint OS 7 News: Changes to Manjaro's leadership, openSUSE plans extra beta release, TrueOS becomes rolling-release Tips and tricks: Copying columns of text, organizing files, creating torrents Torrent corner: Kali Linux, Manjaro Linux, OpenBSD Released last week: Salix 14.2, GhostBSD 10.3, Kali....

Development Release: FreeNAS 10-BETA

Friday 2nd of September 2016 11:22:14 PM
The FreeNAS team has announced the release of a new beta snapshot which is now available for testing. The new version, FreeNAS 10-BETA, fixes many bugs and introduces Docker support. The developers have noted that this is still an early preview of features to come in FreeNAS 10....

Distribution Release: wattOS R10

Thursday 1st of September 2016 04:26:34 PM
Ronald Ropp has announced a new release of the low energy wattOS distribution. The wattOS project uses Ubuntu as a base and ships a collection of software suitable for old and low-end hardware. The new version, wattOS R10, is based on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS and ships with the....

BSD Release: OpenBSD 6.0

Thursday 1st of September 2016 01:39:00 PM
The OpenBSD team has announced the availability of a new stable release of their security-oriented operating system. The new release, OpenBSD 6.0, introduces many bug fixes, improved driver support for many devices and fixes a number of potential security issues in OpenSSH. The new release also features a....

Distribution Release: Remix OS 3.0.203

Thursday 1st of September 2016 10:01:38 AM
Jide Technology has announced the availability of an updated release of Remix OS, version 3.0.203. Remix OS is a distribution project working on porting Google's Android (6.0 "Marshmallow") operating systems to desktop and laptop PCs. From the release announcement: "Remix OS for PC version 3.0.203. Optimizations for the....

Distribution Release: Manjaro Linux 16.08

Thursday 1st of September 2016 06:00:41 AM
Philip Muller has announced the release of Manjaro Linux 16.08, a desktop-oriented distribution originally forked from Arch Linux. This version comes in two editions, shipping the Xfce 4.12 and KDE Plasma 5.7 desktops: "After two months of development, we are happy to present Manjaro 'Ellada' to you! The....

Development Release: Pisi Linux 2.0 Beta 2

Thursday 1st of September 2016 01:49:16 AM
The second beta release of the upcoming Pisi Linux 2.0, a new version of the desktop Linux distribution forked from the original Pardus Linux, is now ready for testing: "The new 2.0 beta 2 is now available. What is waiting for you in this version? Many programs, such....

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Networking and Security

  • FAQ: What's so special about 802.11ad Wi-Fi?
    Here are the broad strokes about 802.11ad, the wireless technology that’s just starting to hit the market.
  • 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet Now Official Standards
    In 2014, multiple groups started efforts to create new mid-tier Ethernet speeds with the NBASE-T Alliance starting in October 2014 and MGBASE-T Alliance getting started a few months later in December 2014. While those groups started out on different paths, the final 802.3bz standard represents a unified protocol that is interoperable across multiple vendors. The promise of 2.5 and 5 Gbps Ethernet is that they can work over existing Cat5 cabling, which to date has only been able to support 1 Gbps. Now with the 802.3bz standard, organizations do not need to rip and replace cabling to get Ethernet that is up to five times faster. "Now, the 1000BASE-T uplink from the wireless to wired network is no longer sufficient, and users are searching for ways to tap into higher data rates without having to overhaul the 70 billion meters of Cat5e / Cat6 wiring already sold," David Chalupsky, board of directors of the Ethernet Alliance and Intel principal engineer, said in a statement. "IEEE 802.3bz is an elegant solution that not only addresses the demand for faster access to rapidly rising data volumes, but also capitalizes on previous infrastructure investments, thereby extending their life and maximizing value."
  • A quick fix for stupid password reset questions
    It didn’t take 500 million hacked Yahoo accounts to make me hate, hate, hate password reset questions (otherwise known as knowledge-based authentication or KBA). It didn't help when I heard that password reset questions and answers -- which are often identical, required, and reused on other websites -- were compromised in that massive hack, too. Is there any security person or respected security guidance that likes them? They are so last century. What is your mother’s maiden name? What is your favorite color? What was your first pet’s name?
  • French hosting provider hit by DDoS close to 1TBps
    A hosting provider in France has been hit by a distributed denial of service attack that went close to one terabyte per second. Concurrent attacks against OVH clocked in at 990GBps. The attack vector is said to be the same Internet-of-Things botnet of 152,464 devices that brought down the website of security expert Brian Krebs. OVH chief technology officer Octave Klaba tweeted that the network was capable of attacks up to 1.5TBps.
  • Latest IoT DDoS Attack Dwarfs Krebs Takedown At Nearly 1Tbps Driven By 150K Devices
    If you thought that the massive DDoS attack earlier this month on Brian Krebs’ security blog was record-breaking, take a look at what just happened to France-based hosting provider OVH. OVH was the victim of a wide-scale DDoS attack that was carried via network of over 152,000 IoT devices. According to OVH founder and CTO Octave Klaba, the DDoS attack reached nearly 1 Tbps at its peak. Of those IoT devices participating in the DDoS attack, they were primarily comprised of CCTV cameras and DVRs. Many of these types devices' network settings are improperly configured, which leaves them ripe for the picking for hackers that would love to use them to carry our destructive attacks.

Android Leftovers

  • Goodbye QWERTY: BlackBerry stops making hardware
    BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been hinting at this move for almost a year now: today BlackBerry announced it will no longer design hardware. Say goodbye to all the crazy hardware QWERTY devices, ultra-wide phones, and unique slider designs. Speaking to investors, BlackBerry CEO John Chen described the move as a "pivot to software," saying, "The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners. This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital." The "Outsourcing to partners" plan is something we've already seen with the "BlackBerry" DTEK50, which was just a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4. Chen is now betting the future of the company on software, saying, "In Q2, we more than doubled our software revenue year over year and delivered the highest gross margin in the company's history. We also completed initial shipments of BlackBerry Radar, an end-to-end asset tracking system, and signed a strategic licensing agreement to drive global growth in our BBM consumer business." BlackBerry never effectively responded to the 2007 launch of the iPhone and the resulting transition to modern touchscreen smartphones. BlackBerry took swings with devices like the BlackBerry Storm in 2008, its first touchscreen phone; and the BlackBerry Z10 in 2013, the first BlackBerry phone with an OS designed for touch, but neither caught on. BlackBerry's first viable competitor to the iPhone didn't arrive until it finally switched to Android in 2015 with the BlackBerry Priv. It was the first decent BlackBerry phone in some time, but the high price and subpar hardware led to poor sales.
  • Oracle's 'Gamechanger' Evidence Really Just Evidence Of Oracle Lawyers Failing To Read
    Then on to the main show: Oracle's claim that Google hid the plans to make Android apps work on Chrome OS. Google had revealed to Oracle its "App Runtime for Chrome" (ARC) setup, and it was discussed by Oracle's experts, but at Google I/O, Google revealed new plans for apps to run in Chrome OS that were not using ARC, but rather a brand new setup, which Google internally referred to as ARC++. Oracle argued that Google only revealed to them ARC, but not ARC++ and that was super relevant to the fair use argument, because it showed that Android was replacing more than just the mobile device market for Java. But, here's Oracle's big problem: Google had actually revealed to Oracle the plans for ARC++. It appears that Oracle's lawyers just missed that fact. Ouch.
  • Understanding Android's balance between openness and security
    At the 2016 Structure Security conference, Google's Adrian Ludwig talked about the balance between keeping Android as open as possible, while also keeping it secure.
  • Google's Nougat Android update hits the sweet spot: Software 'isn't flashy, but still pretty handy'
    Nougat, Google's latest update of its Android smartphone software, isn't particularly flashy; you might not even notice what's different about it at first. But it offers a number of practical time-saving features, plus a few that could save money — and perhaps even your life. Nougat is starting to appear on phones, including new ones expected from Google next week.
  • How to change the home screen launcher on Android
  • Andromeda: Chrome OS and Android will merge
  • Sale of Kodi 'fully-loaded' streaming boxes faces legal test
  • Android boxes: Middlesbrough man to be first to be prosecuted for selling streaming kits

Endless OS 3.0 is out!

So our latest and greatest Endless OS is out with the new 3.0 version series! The shiny new things include the use of Flatpak to manage the applications; a new app center (GNOME Software); a new icon set; a new Windows installer that gives you the possibility of installing Endless OS in dual-boot; and many bug fixes. Read more

Expandable, outdoor IoT gateway runs Android on i.MX6

VIA’s “Artigo A830” IoT gateway runs Android on an i.MX6 DualLite SoC and offers HDMI, GbE, microSD, numerous serial and USB ports, plus -20 to 60° operation. As the name suggests, the VIA Technologies Artigo A830 Streetwise IoT Platform is designed for outdoor Internet of Things gateway applications. These are said to include smart lockers, vending machines, information kiosks, and signage devices that run “intensive multimedia shopping, entertainment, and navigation applications.” The outdoors focus is supported with an extended -20 to 60°C operating range, as well as surge and ESD protection for surviving challenges such as a nearby lightning strike. Read more