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Development Release: Elive 3.8.12 (Beta)

Friday 8th of May 2020 12:54:36 PM
The Elive project has published a new development snapshot based on Debian 10 "Buster" and featuring the Enlightenment desktop environment. The new version reportedly offers the ability to create usernames with non-ASCII characters at install time, improved support for Broadcom wireless cards, and better disk accessing performance. "The....

Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 2020.05

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 01:08:46 PM
The SparkyLinux team has published a new snapshot of the distribution's semi-rolling branch. The new snapshot, SparkyLinux 2020.05, is based on Debian Testing and features updates to both the kernel and the system installer. "The May snapshot of Sparky 2020.05 of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is....

Distribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.6.6-15

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 08:33:17 AM
Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 2.6.6-15, a new stable version of the project's Debian-based utility live CD designed for partitioning, backups and disk-cloning: "Stable Clonezilla Live 2.6.6-15 released. This release of Clonezilla live includes major enhancements and bug fixes. Enhancements and changes from 2.6.4-10:....

Distribution Release: Tails 4.6

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 12:03:39 AM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The project's latest release fixes a number of vulnerabilities and introduces some changes. One of the key adjustments is a reorganization of the application menu which....

OS Release: OpenIndiana 2020.04

Tuesday 5th of May 2020 02:17:47 PM
OpenIndiana is a community project which maintains a continuation of OpenSolaris. The project's latest release, OpenIndiana Hipster 2020.04, migrates from Python 2 to Python 3 and upgrades the compiler to the GNU Compiler Collection 7. The release announcement reports: "We have released a new OpenIndiana Hipster snapshot 2020.04.....

Distribution Release: TurnKey Linux 16.0

Monday 4th of May 2020 10:33:28 AM
Jeremy Davis has announced the release of TurnKey Linux 16.0, a new stable version of the project's specialised, single-purpose server appliances. This is the distribution's first release based on Debian 10: "With great excitement and a sense of relief, it is my immense pleasure to announce the highly....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 864

Monday 4th of May 2020 12:09:42 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Ubuntu 20.04News: Linux Mint developers prepare for version 20, Debian testing package builds with Clang, eFoundation partnering with FairphoneReview: Xubuntu 20.04Released last week: Fedora 32, CentOS 7.8.2003, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2Torrent corner: AUSTRUMI, CentOS, Fedora, Linuxfx, Live Raizo, Parrot, Pop!_OS, Simplicity,....

Distribution Release: KaOS 2020.05

Sunday 3rd of May 2020 03:25:18 PM
KaOS is an independent, rolling release distribution which focuses on providing one desktop environment (KDE Plasma) for one architecture (x86_64). The project's latest snapshot is KaOS 2020.05 which includes a number of toolchain updates. "KaOS is very proud to announce the availability of the May release of a....

Distribution Release: Endless OS 3.8.0

Saturday 2nd of May 2020 03:00:05 PM
Andre Magalhaes has announced the release of Endless OS 3.8.0, a major new update of the project's Debian-based, family-oriented distribution that integrates more than 100 apps for working, studying or playing games. This release updates the GNOME desktop to version 3.36: "Endless OS 3.8.0. In this release the....

Distribution Release: elementary OS 5.1.4

Saturday 2nd of May 2020 11:01:14 AM
Cassidy James Blaede has announced the release of elementary OS 5.1.4, the latest update from the project that develops a beginner-friendly Linux distribution with a custom desktop called Pantheon, based on Ubuntu. This version updates (and renames) the parental control application and revamps the application menu: "Informed by....

Distribution Release: Simplicity Linux 20.4

Friday 1st of May 2020 08:24:41 AM
David Purse has announced the release of Simplicity Linux 20.4, a new stable version of the project's Devuan-based distribution set with a choice of Cinnamon or LXDE desktop environments: "We are pleased to announce the release of Simplicity Linux 20.4. This time there are four editions, all based....

BSD Release: GhostBSD 20.04

Friday 1st of May 2020 02:35:22 AM
The GhostBSD project creates a desktop-oriented, FreeBSD-based operating system. The project has published a new version, GhostBSD 20.04, which fixes a number of installation and ZFS-related issues at setup time. "I am happy to announce the availability of GhostBSD 20.04, but first thanks to all people that gave....

Distribution Release: Pop!_OS 20.04

Friday 1st of May 2020 12:02:03 AM
Pop!_OS is an Ubuntu-based, desktop distribution developed by System76. The company has published a new version, 20.04, of Pop!_OS which introduces improved keyboard navigation, enables Flatpak support with the Flathub repository enabled, and the ability to assign applications to run on a specific graphics card. "Previously on Pop!_OS:....

Distribution Release: Parrot 4.9

Thursday 30th of April 2020 11:27:03 PM
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot 4.9, the latest stable version of the project's distribution set based on Debian's "Testing" branch. It comes in "Home" and "Security" editions both of which are available with either KDE Plasma or MATE desktops. "Parrot 4.9 is now available for....

Distribution Release: Voyager Live 20.04

Wednesday 29th of April 2020 02:14:06 PM
Voyager Live is an Xubuntu-based distribution and live DVD showcasing the Xfce desktop environment. The project's latest release is Voyager Live 20.04 which includes version 4.14 of the Xfce desktop, Linux 5.4, and offers three years of security updates. "Good morning all. I introduce you Voyager 20.04 LTS....

Distribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2

Wednesday 29th of April 2020 04:04:55 AM
Red Hat has announced the release of the second update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.x series, an enterprise-class Linux distribution with comprehensive support options. This version provides, besides many other improvements, an in-place upgrade tool for the users of RHEL 7.x series: "Red Hat Enterprise Linux....

Distribution Release: Fedora 32

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 02:29:19 PM
Matthew Miller has announced the release of Fedora 32. The projects latest release upgrades development tools and compilers, removes most of the legacy Python 2 packages, and ships with the GNOME 3.36 desktop. The distribution now includes the EarlyOOM memory monitor which can remove processes which are consuming....

Distribution Release: CentOS 7.8.2003

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 04:08:59 AM
Johnny Hughes has announced the release of CentOS 7.8.2003, the latest update to the legacy series of the project's community distribution recompiled from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux: "We are pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 7 (2003) for the x86_64 architecture.....

Development Release: Emmabuntus DE4 Alpha 1

Monday 27th of April 2020 02:12:26 PM
The Emmabuntüs distribution has published a new development release, based on Debian's Testing development branch. The project's new release, Emmabuntüs DE4 Alpha 1, uses the LXQt desktop by default and ships with the Falkon web browser. "This new version of our distribution is built on the foundations of....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 863

Monday 27th of April 2020 12:15:19 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Star 2.1.0News: DragonFly BSD discusses removing Google API keys from Chromium, Arch Linux provides package rebuilder, Fedora shipping on Lenovo laptopsQuestions and answers: Looking for specific distributionsReleased last week: Ubuntu 20.04, Manjaro Linux 20.0, NixOS 20.03Torrent corner: Absolute, Alpine, FuryBSD, IPFire, Manjaro,....

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, 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 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.