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Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2019.06.01

Friday 24th of May 2019 09:59:01 AM
The developers of BlackArch Linux, an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers, and containing a large collection of penetration-testing and security utilities, have announced the release of version 2019.06.01. As usual, the new release updates the underlying Linux system and brings several new tools:....

Distribution Release: openSUSE 15.1

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019 02:33:26 PM
The openSUSE team have announced the release of openSUSE 15.1. The new version introduces updated graphics support, Network Manager will handle network connections on desktop computers by default and YaST now offers more options for handling services, taking advantage of systemd features. "An entirely new graphics stack update....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2019.2

Tuesday 21st of May 2019 07:46:16 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The distribution has published a new update, Kali Linux 2019.2, which includes updated tools and changes to the project's ARM builds: "Welcome to our second release of 2019, Kali Linux 2019.2, which is available....

Distribution Release: Tails 3.14

Tuesday 21st of May 2019 05:02:10 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB image with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The product ships with several Internet applications, including web browser, IRC client, mail client and instant messenger, all pre-configured with security in mind and with....

Development Release: NetBSD 8.1 RC1

Monday 20th of May 2019 03:20:04 PM
Martin Husemann has announced the availability of a new release candidate for NetBSD 8.1. The new release candidate ships with CPU vulnerability workarounds, a new wireless driver and several performance improvements. Husemann writes: "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.1 RC1, the first (and hopefully final)....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 815

Monday 20th of May 2019 12:11:37 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Sabayon 19.03News: Clear Linux outlines features for developers, Red Hat explains MDS flaws, developers patch Linux networking vulnerabilityTips and tricks: Overview of options for running open Linux distros on mobile devices (2019 edition)Released last week: Emmabuntus DE2-1.04, ArcoLinux 19.05.2, Peppermint OS 10Torrent....

Distribution Release: Robolinux 10.5

Sunday 19th of May 2019 03:06:32 PM
Robolinux is a user-friendly and desktop operating system based on the latest long term support release of Ubuntu. The project's latest release of Robolinux 10.5 which includes many security fixes, including a patch for the Zombieland CPU vulnerability and an updated kernel. The project's release announcement reports: "The....

Distribution Release: Peppermint OS 10

Saturday 18th of May 2019 12:14:53 AM
Peppermint OS is a lightweight, desktop distribution based on packages from Ubuntu which merges components of the Xfce and LXDE desktop environments. Peppermint OS also tries to integrate web-based applications into the desktop, using site-specific browsers, and local programs. The project's latest version, Peppermint OS 10, is built....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.23 Core 131

Friday 17th of May 2019 01:03:30 AM
Michael Tremer has announced the release of IPFire 2.23, a major update of the project's specialist Linux distribution for firewalls. The new version brings a brand-new intrusion detection system: "Finally, we are releasing another big release of IPFire. In IPFire 2.23 Core Update 131, we are rolling out....

Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 19.05.2

Wednesday 15th of May 2019 02:25:40 PM
ArcoLinux is an Arch-based distribution which is available in three main branches, which provide a range of complete solutions, minimal editions designed to be customized by the user, and community flavours. The ArcoLinux project has published a new update, version 19.05.2, that adds some short-cuts and trims out....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs DE2-1.04

Monday 13th of May 2019 09:41:59 PM
Emmabuntüs is a desktop Linux distribution with editions based Xubuntu and Debian's Stable branch. It strives to be beginner-friendly and reasonably light on resources so that it can be used on older computers. The project has published an update to its Debian-based branch, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2-1.04, which....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 814

Monday 13th of May 2019 12:29:40 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Fedora 30 Workstation and Fedora 30 SilverblueNews: Distributions publish fixes for Firefox, Fedora launches new community platform, CentOS team reveals roadmap to 8.0, Debian plans to use Wayland by default, Endless creates educational gamesQuestions and answers: Why distributions ship with different kernel....

Development Release: OpenMandriva LX 4.0 RC

Sunday 12th of May 2019 07:13:53 PM
Cristina Sgubbi has announced the availability of the release candidate for OpenMandriva LX 4.0, a desktop Linux distribution with KDE Plasma as the preferred desktop environment: "OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 RC released. We are almost there. The final step before the long-awaited OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 is the release candidate....

OS Release: OpenIndiana 2019.04

Sunday 12th of May 2019 12:11:51 PM
Alexander Pyhalov has announced the release of OpenIndiana 2019.04, the latest stable build of the project's open-source operating system, originally forked from the discontinued OpenSolaris project. This version integrates VirtualBox packages into the operating system and updates many packages, including the MATE desktop and the Firefox browser: "We....

Distribution Release: LibreELEC 9.0.2

Saturday 11th of May 2019 03:10:00 PM
LibreELEC is a minimal Linux distribution for running the Kodi media centre software. The LibreELEC team has published a new release, LibreELEC 9.0.2, which introduces new default firewall tools for protection on public networks, moves system updates to their own menu, and makes it possible to change secure....

Development Release: Rescatux 0.71 Beta 7

Thursday 9th of May 2019 01:50:30 AM
For those stressful moments when one desperately needs to recover a broken Linux installation, Rescatux, a Debian-based distribution (now with LXQt instead of LXDE desktop), is a handy live CD to keep around. A new development build, Rescatux 0.71 beta 7, was announced yesterday. Although the project's past....

BSD Release: Project Trident 19.04

Wednesday 8th of May 2019 09:58:13 PM
Project Trident, a desktop operating system based on TrueOS (derived from FreeBSD's development tree), has been updated to version 19.04. This release continues to use the technologies from the FreeBSD 13.0-CURRENT branch and it comes with updated Lumina desktop environment, version 1.5.0: "Project Trident version 19.04 (based on....

Distribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0

Tuesday 7th of May 2019 02:55:13 PM
Red Hat has announced the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0, a brand-new release which ships with GNOME 3.28 running on Wayland as the default desktop environment. The new version also includes the Image Builder utility for creating custom images of the distribution for deployment. "Based on....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 813

Monday 6th of May 2019 12:20:16 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: ROSA Fresh R11News: Linux Mint 17 and Kubuntu 14.04 reach end of life, MX asks for help with systemd-shim, FreeBSD testing base updates through pkg, interview with Gaël DuvalQuestions and answers: Wiping web browser changes from the systemReleased last week: Fedora 30,....

Distribution Release: Fatdog64 Linux 801

Saturday 4th of May 2019 03:20:56 PM
Fatdog64 Linux is a small, desktop, 64-bit Linux distribution. Originally created as a derivative of Puppy Linux with additional applications. The project has published a new version, Fatdog64 Linux 801, which is mostly a bug-fix and maintenance release following version 800. However, the distribution also includes some new....

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Programming: Rust and Python Miscellany

  • This Week in Rust 300
  • Python String Interpolation with the Percent (%) Operator

    There are a number of different ways to format strings in Python, one of which is done using the % operator, which is known as the string formatting (or interpolation) operator. In this article we'll show you how to use this operator to construct strings with a template string and variables containing your data.

  • Your Guide to the CPython Source Code

    Are there certain parts of Python that just seem magic? Like how are dictionaries so much faster than looping over a list to find an item. How does a generator remember the state of the variables each time it yields a value and why do you never have to allocate memory like other languages? It turns out, CPython, the most popular Python runtime is written in human-readable C and Python code. This tutorial will walk you through the CPython source code. You’ll cover all the concepts behind the internals of CPython, how they work and visual explanations as you go.

  • Python 3.8 support in PyCharm

    The release of Python 3.8 brought new features to the Python coding realm. The language is evolving according to its community’s needs by addressing cases where new syntax or logic become necessary. From new ways of assigning expressions to restriction of usage of function declarations, calls, and variable assignations, this latest release presents new options to code. Of course, PyCharm couldn’t get behind, so we now support some of the major features coming with this new version. This article will walk you through the features currently supported by our latest PyCharm release. To try them out, get the latest version of PyCharm and download the current beta release of Python 3.8 from here. From there you will just need to switch to Python 3.8 as your interpreter in PyCharm (if you’re not sure how to switch the interpreter, jump into our documentation for help).

  • Python Arrays in a Nutshell

    Python arrays are homogenous data structure. They are used to store multiple items but allow only the same type of data. They are available in Python by importing the array module. Lists, a built-in type in Python, are also capable of storing multiple values. But they are different from arrays because they are not bound to any specific type. So, to summarize, arrays are not fundamental type, but lists are internal to Python. An array accepts values of one kind while lists are independent of the data type.

Mozilla: WebAssembly Interface Type, Bryce and Brady, FPR16

  • WebAssembly Interface Types: Interoperate with All the Things!

    People are excited about running WebAssembly outside the browser. That excitement isn’t just about WebAssembly running in its own standalone runtime. People are also excited about running WebAssembly from languages like Python, Ruby, and Rust.

  • Support.Mozilla.Org: Introducing Bryce and Brady

    I’m thrilled to share this update with you today. Bryce and Brady have joined us last week and will be able to help out on Support for some of the new efforts Mozilla are working on towards creating a connected and integrated Firefox experience. They are going to be involved with new products, but also they won’t forget to put extra effort in providing support on forums and as well as serving as an escalation point for hard to solve issues.

  • FPR16 delays

    FPR16 was supposed to reach you in beta sometime tomorrow but I found a reproducible crash in the optimized build, probably due to one of my vain attempts to fix JavaScript bugs. I'm still investigating exactly which change(s) were responsible. We should still make the deadline (September 3) to be concurrent with the 60.9/68.1 ESRs, but there will not be much of a beta testing period and I don't anticipate it being available until probably at least Friday or Saturday. More later.

Games: Loria, Dota Underlords and Steam in China

  • Classic inspired RTS Loria is now available DRM-free on GOG

    If you're like me and you enjoy a good real-time strategy game, Loria is actually pretty good. It added Linux support on Steam earlier this year and now it's also available on GOG. While it's inspired by titles like Warcraft II, it's not just a retro RTS. There's a few RPG-like elements including hero units, item collection, quests and more.

  • The Underlords are actually coming to Dota Underlords, plus a new Duos mode

    Valve continue to push out changes rapidly to their auto-battler Dota Underlords, with some of their upcoming plans now being detailed in a fresh update. One big new feature planned to be available in a few weeks is a new Duos game mode. Valve say it's a new way to play cooperatively with a friend. You party up and battle against other teams and it will support both Casual and Ranked play. The actual Underlords are going to be making an appearance soon too. This feature Valve said they're "excited" about, as they're a "core part of the game". They haven't said how they will work but they will "add a layer of fun and strategy to every match" so I'm very curious to see what happens.

  • Steam for China Is Called 'Zhengpi Pingtai'

    The digital games service will be run almost entirely independent of Steam and by Valve's Chinese partner company Perfect World.