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Development Release: LXLE 18.04.3 Beta

Monday 19th of August 2019 03:42:05 PM
LXLE is an easy-to-use lightweight desktop Linux distribution based on Lubuntu and featuring the LXDE desktop environment. The project has published a new development release, based on Lubuntu 18.04 LTS. "LXLE 18.04.3 Beta is now available in 64-bit or 32-bit versions. This one was a long time coming....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 828

Monday 19th of August 2019 12:05:58 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: AcademiX GNU/Linux 2.2News: UBports testing Unity8 desktop changes, Debian getting FreedomBox desktop spin, Slackware tries more direct method of fundraising, FreeBSD phasing out GCC, Fedora project presents new Enterprise Linux channelQuestions and answers: Concerns regarding non-free firmwareReleased last week: Emmabuntus DE2-1.05, Neptune....

Distribution Release: Redcore Linux 1908

Sunday 18th of August 2019 05:56:40 PM
Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based, rolling release distribution which ships with two editions featuring pre-configured desktop environments: KDE Plasma and LXQt. The project's latest release, Redcore Linux 1908, is based on Gentoo's Testing branch to provide more up to date packages: "Starting with this release, Redcore Linux is....

Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 8.6

Sunday 18th of August 2019 04:50:06 AM
Klaus Knopper has announced the release of KNOPPIX 8.6, a new stable version of the project's Debian-based live CD with a choice of LXDE (default desktop), KDE Plasma 5.14 and GNOME 3.30. Interestingly, the distribution comes with a custom init system called "knoppix-autoconfig" which replaces systemd present in....

Development Release: antiX 19 Beta 3

Sunday 18th of August 2019 01:26:11 AM
The third beta release of antiX 19, a lightweight, desktop-oriented Linux distribution featuring the IceWM window manager, is now available for testing. This major new version is based on Debian 10: "antiX 19 beta 3 'full' and 'base' editions (64-bit and 32-bit) are available. Our third beta build....

Distribution Release: Neptune 6.0

Saturday 17th of August 2019 01:24:25 PM
Leszek Lesner has announced the release of Neptune 6.0, the distribution's first stable release based on Debian 10, featuring the KDE Plasma desktop with assorted desktop improvements: "We are proud to announce the release of Neptune 6.0. This new version is based upon Debian 10 "Buster" and it....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs DE2-1.05

Monday 12th of August 2019 02:51:43 PM
Emmabuntüs is a lightweight, Debian-based distribution designed to run on older computers. The project has published a new update to its Debian 9 "Stretch" branch, Emmabuntüs DE2-1.05. The new release works to reduce install media size, makes it easier to work with light and dark themes, and fixes....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 827

Monday 12th of August 2019 12:08:57 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Q4OS 3.8News: Ubuntu works toward ZFS on root, Haiku team improves performance, OSDisc shuts downTips and tricks: How to find filesReleased last week: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7, Ubuntu 18.04.3, Voyager Live 10Torrent corner: AUSTRUMI, BeeFree, Endless, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, KDE neon, OSMC,....

Distribution Release: Voyager Live 10

Saturday 10th of August 2019 12:13:49 PM
Rodolphe Bachelart has announced the release of Voyager Live 10, a major update of the project's desktop Linux distribution branch based on Debian 10 and featuring a customised GNOME desktop: "Voyager Live 10 is based on Debian 10 'Buster', with 3 edition. A unique, free and open-source, 64-bit....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 18.04.3

Thursday 8th of August 2019 02:46:10 PM
Adam Conrad has announced the release of new install media for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The new media carries to the version number 18.04.3 and contains minor updates and package fixes. Ubuntu community editions, including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Kylin have also published updated....

Distribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 09:47:34 PM
Red Hat has announced a new update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7. The new release, 7.7, is expected to be the final feature update to Red Hat's 7.x series as the platform is now shifting into its maintenance phase. "Beyond new capabilities, Red Hat Enterprise Linux....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 826

Monday 5th of August 2019 12:13:40 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Resilient Linux, PrimeOS and BlueLightNews: Librem 5 hardware finalized, Manjaro introduces new package manager, Trident warns of video driver issue, NetBSD reveals 9.0 featuresQuestions and answers: Flagship distributions for desktop environmentsReleased last week: Linux Mint 19.2, SparkyLinux 2019.08, Pardus 19.0Torrent corner: 4MLinux,....

Distribution Release: Pardus 19.0

Saturday 3rd of August 2019 07:35:29 PM
Pardus is a GNU/Linux distribution jointly developed by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and National Academic Network and Information Centre (ULAKBİM). The distribution is built on Debian, with the latest version, Pardus 19.0, being based on Debian 10. The project's release announcement is available....

Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 2019.08

Friday 2nd of August 2019 11:59:08 PM
The SparkyLinux team have published the first new release of the project's semi-rolling branch, which is based on Debian Testing, also known as "Bullseye". The new snapshot, SparkyLinux 2019.08, ships with updated kernels, new compiler options and is available in LXQt, Xfce and two minimal editions. "There are....

Distribution Release: Linux Mint 19.2

Friday 2nd of August 2019 02:38:27 PM
The Linux Mint team has published an update to the distribution's 19.x series. The new version, Linux Mint 19.2, is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, offering five years of support. The new update offers several user interface improvements. For instance, it is now possible to configure the width....

Development Release: Linux Lite 4.6 RC1

Monday 29th of July 2019 05:12:50 AM
Jerry Bezencon has announced that the first release candidate for Linux Lite 4.6 is now ready for public testing. Linux Lite is a beginner-friendly distribution featuring the Xfce desktop, based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (long-term support). Besides upstream updates, this version also brings a number of cosmetic improvements....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 825

Monday 29th of July 2019 12:08:40 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Endless OS 3.6News: Fedora developers discuss optimizations, gNewSense maintainer stepping down, Chris Wright answers questions about Red Hat, Project Trident offers stable branch, Linux can be shipped with a headers moduleTechnology review: UBports 16.04 on a Nexus 5Released last weekTorrent corner: Bicom,....

Development Release: LibreELEC 9.2 Alpha

Thursday 25th of July 2019 10:41:30 PM
LibreELEC is a minimal operating system for running the Kodi media centre. The LibreELEC project has published a new development snapshot in the lead-up to LibreELEC 9.2. The new snapshot includes partial support for the Raspberry Pi 4. Earlier versions of the Raspberry Pi are still supported. "LibreELEC....

Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 Beta

Wednesday 24th of July 2019 02:25:13 PM
Two months after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0, Red Hat is publishing a beta for the upcoming release of version 8.1. The new beta offers improvements to firewall configuration, new SELinux profiles, and more options for Image Builder. "Work on RHEL 8 has continued and....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 824

Monday 22nd of July 2019 12:09:23 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: HexagonOS 1.0News: Mageia publishes media update, Fedora unveils CoreOS and plans to phase out 32-bit repositories, Slackware turns 26Tips and tricks: Limiting a user's disk usage with quotasReleased last week: Q4OS 3.8, Proxmox 6.0 "Virtual Environment", Oracle Linux 8.0Torrent corner: ArcoLinux, Clonezilla,....

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SUSE and Red Hat Leftovers

  • Skuba on SUSE CaaS Platform 4

    With SUSE CaaS Platform 4 we heard our customers feedback and decided to change what the lifecycle of the platform looks like. Previous versions of SUSE CaaS Platform included an administrator node that despite being useful for managing the whole platform, was another component to take care of, and an extra machine to take into account when deploying the platform. This administrator node used Salt to set up and maintain the Kubernetes cluster among the different nodes comprising your cluster. During this time, your feedback has been that a little more flexibility on the deployment was appreciated, so you could experiment with slightly different setups, even if they were for proof of concepts while you were fleshing out the details of production clusters.

  • Kubernetes Rolling Update Strategy in our production infra

    Kubernetes rolling update strategy means suppose we are running pod (containers) in our live infra and we want to update new changes into our running pod like build update, confrontational changes etc. While deployment new pod with new changes suppose our containers got stuck or failed due to any reason. So, we have to redeploy old pod with old changes again to avoid downtime of our application. This complete process is called rolling update strategy in Kubernetes. Kubernetes rolling update strategy Before moving to next we should aware about new pod deployment strategy of Kubernetes means how many new pods it will deploy at a time without taking downtime. Because high availability of our website is our first priority. So, while deploying new pod Kubernetes will deploy 25% or you can say one fourth of the total pod. Suppose we are running four pods first it will terminate 25% of total pod means one pod. Then it will launch 25% new pod and so on.

  • Tackle OpenStack networking woes with SUSE OpenStack Cloud Crowbar

    By far, the most difficult aspect of successfully deploying OpenStack is getting the networking right, a challenge that has caused many a well-intentioned IT team to throw up its hands and toss in the towel. Fortunately, SUSE OpenStack Cloud removes much of that pain by automating most of the network deployment and dramatically simplifying custom network set-ups.

  • Grow your virtualization environments without breaking the bank

    An IT director at a large financial services company shares the benefits and cost reductions they’ve experienced by switching to Red Hat Virtualization. In just three years, it’s paved the way for an efficient, stable and cost-effective virtualization environment.

  • How to Handle OpenShift Worker Nodes Resources in Overcommitted State

    One of the benefits in adopting a system like OpenShift is facilitating burstable and scalable workload. Horizontal application scaling involves adding or removing instances of an application to match demand. When OpenShift schedules a Pod, it’s important that the nodes have enough resources to actually run it. If a user schedules a large application (in the form of Pod) on a node with limited resources , it is possible for the node to run out of memory or CPU resources and for things to stop working! It’s also possible for applications to take up more resources than they should. This could be caused by a team spinning up more replicas than they need to artificially decrease latency or simply because of a configuration change that causes a program to go out of control and try to use 100% of the available CPU resources. Regardless of whether the issue is caused by a bad developer, bad code, or bad luck, what’s important is how a cluster administrator can manage and maintain control of the resources. In this blog, let’s take a look at how you can solve these problems using best practices.

  • How the new Quarkus extension for Visual Studio Code improves the development experience

    Earlier this year, we were introduced to Quarkus, the next-generation, container-first framework for Java applications. As expected, such new frameworks and technologies make way for new developer tools focused on making the development experience even better. The recent Quarkus extension for Visual Studio Code release aims to do just that, by bringing features specific to Quarkus project development within VS Code. The new VS Code extension is dependent on a couple of Java extensions for VS Code, so it is recommended that you have the Java Extension Pack installed. This article outlines what the Quarkus extension for VS Code has to offer: convenient features for an already convenient Java framework.

Security: New Updates and "Optimizing KVM Virtualization Performance Stemming From Spectre"

  • Security updates for Monday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (expat, php-pecl-http, and php7.0), Fedora (ImageMagick, jackson-annotations, jackson-bom, jackson-core, jackson-databind, and rubygem-rmagick), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable, ibus, kernel, samba, and thunderbird), openSUSE (chromium), Oracle (dovecot and kernel), Red Hat (dbus, kernel, kernel-alt, and kpatch-patch), Scientific Linux (dovecot and kernel), and SUSE (expat, ibus, kernel, kernel-source-rt, nmap, openssl, and webkit2gtk3).

  • Red Hat Working On Optimizing KVM Virtualization Performance Stemming From Spectre

    Red Hat's Andrea Arcangeli sent out an interesting patch series on Friday to micro-optimize the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) to enhance the VMEXIT performance in wake of Spectre mitigations. The "KVM monolithic" patch series ends up linking the KVM common code both into kvm-intel and kvm-amd so that the common "kvm" kernel module can be dropped. This occupies more disk space but should yield better run-time performance particularly for systems mitigated against Spectre Variant Two.

  • 10 Best Anonymous Browser Apps for Android to Stay Incognito

    Android isn’t the most secure platform out there, but with the 10 best apps for anonymous browsing, you can greatly enhance your privacy online. Today we’ll define what anonymous browsing actually entails, run through 10 essential Android apps, and present the 2 best Android VPNs for the ultimate mobile cybersecurity.

Kernel: AMD Navi 10 Firmware and Linux 5.4 Additions

  • AMD Navi 10 Firmware Finally Lands In The Linux-Firmware Tree

    While AMD has provided open-source Radeon RX 5700 series (Navi 10) support since launch and that code since worked into the various mainline code-bases from the Linux kernel to Mesa, one kink in their support has been their binary microcode images not being available from the reference linux-firmware.git location as needed to initialize the hardware. That Navi 10 firmware/microcode issue has finally been rectified with the images landing this morning. Up until now any Radeon RX 5700 series Linux customers or distribution/third-party driver packagers have had to pull these binary bits from this Navi10 directory on the personal site of AMDGPU lead maintainer Alex Deucher. Via his site is where he normally stages these binary microcode files until landing in linux-firmware.git as the de facto location for all Linux drivers' firmware files.

  • Linux 5.4 Brings Support For Wacom's MobileStudio Pro 13, Logitech Lightspeed Receivers

    Jiri Kosina on Sunday sent out the HID subsystem updates for the in-development Linux 5.4 kernel. The HID pull once again features support for several new devices particularly on the Logitech side.

  • Wireless USB + UWB Demotion Goes Ahead For Linux 5.4

    Back in August I noted that Wireless USB and Ultra Wideband would be deprecated within the Linux kernel and that is indeed happening for Linux 5.4. The Wireless USB (WUSB) and Ultra Wideband (UWB) subsystems within the Linux kernel were already orphaned for years with having no maintainer while now they are officially deprecated and demoted to the kernel's staging area. If no one steps up soon to maintain the code, it will be dropped in forthcoming kernel releases.

Videos from LibreOffice Conference 2019: OpenDocument Format

LibreOffice can open documents in many formats, including Microsoft Office files (.docx, .xlxs, .pptx). But it’s native file format is the fully open and standardised OpenDocument Format (ODF). At the recent LibreOffice Conference 2019 in Spain, community members gave presentations about news and updates for ODF. So, here are the first videos from the presentations (use headphones for best audio quality). Read more