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Distribution Release: Linux Lite 5.0

Sunday 31st of May 2020 10:20:25 PM
Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 5.0, a lightweight desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. The project's latest release features the Xfce desktop and is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The new version improves UEFI support and swaps out the old firewall utility for FireWallD. The....

Distribution Release: EasyOS 2.3

Saturday 30th of May 2020 12:17:33 PM
Barry Kauler has announced the release of EasyOS 2.3, the latest stable version of the project's experimental Linux distribution derived from Puppy Linux. The new release continues to draw packages from the Debian 10 "Buster" repositories, although it uses a newer kernel (version 5.4.40): "Version 2.3 is built....

Development Release: openSUSE 15.2 RC

Saturday 30th of May 2020 04:18:24 AM
Douglas DeMaio has announced that the most recent openSUSE development snapshot, build 665.2, has become the release candidate for the upcoming version 15.2 (scheduled for release on 2 July 2020): "The openSUSE community, contributors and release engineers for the project have entered into the release candidate phase today,....

Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.12.0

Friday 29th of May 2020 10:08:49 PM
Alpine Linux is a community developed operating system designed for routers, firewalls, VPNs, VoIP boxes and servers. The project has published a new version of their lightweight distribution, launching Alpine Linux 3.12.0. The new version introduces initial support for the mips64 architecture and the D programming language. A....

Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2020.06.01

Friday 29th of May 2020 01:31:51 PM
BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers. The project's latest release, BlackArch Linux 2020.06.01, features many additional tools, disables the iptables and VirtualBox services, and introduces several package upgrades. The distribution's release announcement states: "Today we released the new BlackArch Linux....

Distribution Release: Linux Kodachi 7.0

Monday 25th of May 2020 04:00:19 AM
Warith Al Maawali has announced the release of Linux Kodachi 7.0, an updated version of the project's privacy-focused Linux distribution that also includes a number of forensic tools. Despite a major change in version number, this release is still based on Xubuntu 18.04. From the changelog: "Linux kernel....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 867

Monday 25th of May 2020 12:23:31 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Pop!_OS 20.04News: Slackware merges PAM support, glimpses behind the scenes at the Finnix project, Haiku developing support for additional filesystemsTips and tricks: Creating, removing, modifying, and ignoring aliasesReleased last week: OpenBSD 6.7, NuTyX 11.5, GoboLinux 017, Redcore Linux 2004Torrent corner: Bicom Systems,....

Distribution Release: Redcore Linux 2004

Sunday 24th of May 2020 08:19:24 PM
Redcore Linux, a Gentoo-based distribution featuring the KDE Plasma desktop environment and pre-built binary packages, has published a new version. The latest release is Redcore Linux 2004 "Neptune" which features new kernel versions, rebuilt packages with an updated tool chain, and swaps out SysV init for OpenRC's init....

Distribution Release: GoboLinux 017

Sunday 24th of May 2020 03:01:24 AM
Lucas Villa Real has announced the release of GoboLinux 017, a new stable build of the project's independently-developed Linux distribution which departs from the standard UNIX filesystem hierarchy by replacing it with an database-like structure. The new GoboLinux also introduces a Homebrew-style package management and the latest version....

Distribution Release: NuTyX 11.5

Thursday 21st of May 2020 01:52:44 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 distribution's latest release is version 11.5 which ships with a number of package updates. "I'm very pleased to announce the new....

BSD Release: OpenBSD 6.7

Tuesday 19th of May 2020 03:16:14 PM
The OpenBSD project produces and operating system which places focus on portability, standardisation, code correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography. The project's latest release is OpenBSD 6.7 which introduces several new improvements to the cron scheduling daemon, improvements to the web server daemon, and the top command now....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 866

Monday 18th of May 2020 12:04:49 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Fedora 32 WorkstationNews: UBports status report, TrueOS shuts down, an overview of Fedora SilverblueQuestions and answers: Why distros offer custom builds of packagesReleased last week: Proxmox 6.2 "Virtual Environment", Q4OS 3.11, Kali Linux 2020.2Torrent corner: 4MLinux, Android-x86, ArcoLinux, BackBox, Bluestar, Finnix, Kali....

Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 7

Friday 15th of May 2020 01:03:20 PM
BackBox Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. The distribution's latest release is BackBox 7 which is based on Ubuntu's 20.04 long-term support release. The distribution now features version 5.4 of the Linux kernel and Xfce 4.14. "The BackBox team, ten years....

Distribution Release: UBports 16.04 OTA-12

Thursday 14th of May 2020 01:05:59 PM
The UBports team has published an update to their mobile operating system. The new version, 16.04 OTA-12 introduces a new version of the Lomiri (formerly Unity8) user interface and Mir now supports working with Wayland clients. "The headline feature of this new release is our import of Canonical's....

Distribution Release: Finnix 120

Thursday 14th of May 2020 07:11:57 AM
After a 5-year hiatus, the Finnix distribution has come to life once more with a release of version 120. Finnix is a Debian-based live Linux CD made for system administrators and designed to manipulate hard drives and partitions, monitor networks, and rebuild boot records. The new version is....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2020.2

Tuesday 12th of May 2020 09:21:15 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The project's latest release makes it easier for users to access PowerShell, updates themes for KDE Plasma, and the size requirements for the distribution's ARM-build SD cards has been increased from 8GB to 16GB.....

Distribution Release: Q4OS 3.11

Tuesday 12th of May 2020 05:07:43 PM
Q4OS is a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution designed to offer classic-style user interface (Trinity) or the more modern Plasma desktop. The project's latest version, Q4OS 3.11, offers several package upgrades and introduces new dedicated installers for the Firefox and Palemoon web browsers. The release announcement offers further details:....

Distribution Release: Proxmox 6.2 "Virtual Environment"

Tuesday 12th of May 2020 03:06:37 PM
Proxmox is a commercial company which offers specialized products based on Debian. The company has launched Proxmox Virtual Environment version 6.2 which is based on Debian 10.4 "Buster". The release announcement covers the highlights of the new version which include updates to the kernel and ZFS support. "We....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 865

Monday 11th of May 2020 12:07:19 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: EndeavourOS 2020.04.11News: Ubuntu Studio plans move to KDE Plasma desktop, openSUSE Leap release rescheduled, Gentoo resumes Bugday event, Debian publishes new install mediaQuestions and answers: How to share a terminal sessionReleased last week: Turnkey Linux 16.0, OpenIndiana 2020.04, Tails 4.6Torrent corner: ArchLabs,....

Distribution Release: Zentyal Server 6.2

Friday 8th of May 2020 04:54:25 PM
Zentyal Server is a unified network server that offers easy and efficient computer network administration for small and medium-size businesses. The company's latest release is Zentyal Server 6.2 which is based on Ubuntu 18.04.4, offers several package upgrades, improved DNS management, and updated anti-virus tools. "Important enhancements to....

More in Tux Machines

HeliOS is a Tiny Embedded OS Designed for Arduino Boards

Mannie Peterson (aka FellFromTree) has developed an embedded operating system called HeliOS that’s designed specifically for 8-bit and 32-bit Arduino boards, and can easily be used from the Arduino IDE. HeliOS is said to have only 21 function calls and implements cooperative and event-driven multitasking, task notification/messaging, timers, and memory management. It’s a non-preemptive multitasking kernel so you won’t have to deal with mutexes. The developer explains how scheduling works with HeliOS: HeliOS uses a run-time balanced strategy which ensures tasks with shorter run-times are prioritized over tasks with longer run-times. This ensures all running tasks receive approximately equal total run-time without using context switching. The other multitasking option available in HeliOS is event driven multitasking, which uses the wait/notify and timer interfaces. Mixing cooperative and event driven tasks in HeliOS is not a problem. Read more

Debian vs Ubuntu in 2020- The Ultimate Showdown

As a computer software distribution package, Ubuntu and Debian are utilized in two ways... Desktop Operating System Server Although they are similar in many ways, they have their differences. Ubuntu is based on the testing branch of Debian and often, Debian involves too many manual works and so it is not recommended for beginners. While Ubuntu is easy to use for beginners, it is not as stable as Debian in its built. Let us have a comparison between Debian vs Ubuntu. Read more

[email protected] ARM64 Linux Beta Release for COVID-19 Vaccine Research

A few months ago, we reported that [email protected] supported 64-bit Arm SBC’s and Servers in the Fight against COVID-19. But [email protected] did not support Arm hardware just yet, but thanks to work from Nercotix, Linaro, Arm, miniNodes, and Packet.com, we now get support for [email protected] on ARM64 meaning you can help researchers studying SARS-CoV-2 virus and help them develop a COVID-19 vaccine with Raspberry Pi 3/4 boards, or other 64-bit Arm SBC’s and servers. The solution relies on Neocortix Cloud Services Platform allowing the unused capacity of large numbers of individual mobile phones or other connected nodes to be harnessed into a single, unified computational engine. The very first application that made use of the platform was Neocortix PhonePaycheck were users get paid to let businesses perform calculations on their phones at night while charging and connected to WiFi. That way users of premium phones like Galaxy S10 or S20 can make around $80 a year when used for 8 hours a day, or $240 per year with a spare phone running 24/7. Read more

Security Leftovers

  • An Average IT Org

    Supply chain attacks are a known issue, and also lately there was a discussion around the relevance of reproducible builds. Looking in comparison at an average IT org doing something with the internet, I believe the pressing problem is neither supply chain attacks nor a lack of reproducible builds. The real problem is the amount of prefabricated binaries supplied by someone else, created in an unknown build environment with unknown tools, the average IT org requires to do anything. [...] Yes some of that is even non-free and might contain spyw^telemetry. [...] In the end the binary supply is like a drug for the user, and somehow the Debian project is also just another dealer / middle man in this setup. There are probably a lot of open questions to think about in that context. Are we the better dealer because we care about signed sources we retrieve from upstream and because we engage in reproducible build projects? Are our own means of distributing binaries any better than a binary download from github via https with a manual checksum verification, or the Debian repo at download.docker.com? Is the approach of the BSD/Gentoo ports, where you have to compile at least some software from source, the better one? Do I really want to know how some of the software is actually build?

  • NSA and FBI warn that new Linux malware threatens national security
  • Critical vulnerabilities in Quiz And Survey Master WordPress Plugin

    Quiz and Survey Master is a WordPress plugin for creating quizzes and surveys easily on WordPress sites. It is installed on over 30,000+ websites. Recently WordFence‘s Chloe Chamberland discovered two critical vulnerabilities in Quiz and Survey Master plugin version 7.0.

  • Pros & Cons of WordPress Plugins Auto-updates

    WordPress has released a major update yesterday with some big changes. One of the features is the ability to apply all the plugins and themes updates automatically. Earlier plugins updates could be automatically applied with the help of additional plugins. One popular plugin is Jetpack that can apply available updates automatically. Now WordPress 5.5 core supports auto-updates out of the box. In this article, we will discuss the auto-update feature of WordPress. For many websites, this feature can be a lifesaver but for some, there may involve some risks.