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[$] Trying out openSUSE Tumbleweed

Saturday 27th of August 2016 05:22:13 AM
While distribution-hopping is common among newcomers to Linux, longtime users tend to settle into a distribution they like and stay put thereafter. In the end, Linux distributions are more alike than different, and one's time is better spent getting real work done rather than looking for a shinier version of the operating system. Your editor, however, somehow never got that memo; that's what comes from ignoring Twitter, perhaps. So there is a new distribution on the main desktop machine; this time around it's openSUSE Tumbleweed.

Nextcloud 10 released

Friday 26th of August 2016 07:20:32 PM
Nextcloud 10 has been released with new features for system administrators to control and direct the flow of data between users on a Nextcloud server. "Rule based file tagging and responding to these tags as well as other triggers like physical location, user group, file properties and request type enables administrators to specifically deny access to, convert, delete or retain data following business or legal requirements. Monitoring, security, performance and usability improvements complement this release, enabling larger and more efficient Nextcloud installations."

The long-awaited Maru OS source release

Friday 26th of August 2016 05:52:46 PM
The Maru OS handset distribution that includes an Ubuntu desktop (reviewed here in April) is finally available in source form. "If you're interested in contributing in general, please check out the project's GitHub (, get up and running with the developer guide (, and join the developer group (!forum/maru-os-dev)"

Security advisories for Friday

Friday 26th of August 2016 04:51:25 PM

Arch Linux has updated mediawiki (multiple vulnerabilities).

CentOS has updated java-1.6.0-openjdk (C7; C6; C5: multiple vulnerabilities).

Debian has updated flex (code execution), imagemagick (multiple vulnerabilities), quagga (two vulnerabilities), and rails (cross-site scripting).

Fedora has updated gnupg (F24: flawed random number generation), openvpn (F24: information disclosure), and rubygem-actionview (F24; F23: cross-site scripting).

Red Hat has updated java-1.6.0-openjdk (RHEL5,6,7: multiple vulnerabilities).

Scientific Linux has updated java-1.6.0-openjdk (SL5,6,7: multiple vulnerabilities).

OpenSSL 1.1.0 released

Friday 26th of August 2016 12:24:05 PM
Version 1.1.0 of the OpenSSL TLS library is available. A list of changes can be found on this page; they include a new threading API, a number of new algorithms and the removal of a number of older ones, pipelining (parallel processing) support, extended master secret support, and more.

Rintel: NetworkManager 1.4: with better privacy and easier to use

Thursday 25th of August 2016 08:30:39 PM
Lubomir Rintel takes a look at new features in NetworkManager 1.4. "It is now possible to randomize the MAC address of Ethernet devices to mitigate possibility of tracking. The users can choose between different policies; use a completely random address, or just use different addresses in different networks. For Wi-Fi devices, the same randomization modes are now supported and does no longer require support from wpa-supplicant." Also a newly added API for using configuration snapshots that automatically roll back after a timeout, IPv6 tokenized interface identifiers can be configured, new features in nmcli, and more are covered. (Thanks to Paul Wise)

Thursday's security updates

Thursday 25th of August 2016 04:23:48 PM

Fedora has updated eog (F23: out-of-bounds write).

openSUSE has updated ImageMagick (Leap42.1: three vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated qemu-kvm-rhev (RHOSP9: two vulnerabilities) and Red Hat OpenShift Enterprise 2.2.10 (RHOSE: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated eog (out-of-bounds write), harfbuzz (16.04, 14.04: two vulnerabilities), and libidn (multiple vulnerabilities).

[$] Weekly Edition for August 25, 2016

Thursday 25th of August 2016 02:24:03 AM
The Weekly Edition for August 25, 2016 is available.

[$] 25 Years of Linux — so far

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 04:26:21 PM
On August 25, 1991, an obscure student in Finland named Linus Benedict Torvalds posted a message to the comp.os.minix Usenet newsgroup saying that he was working on a free operating system as a project to learn about the x86 architecture. He cannot possibly have known that he was launching a project that would change the computing industry in fundamental ways. Twenty-five years later, it is fair to say that none of us foresaw where Linux would go — a lesson that should be taken to heart when trying to imagine where it might go from here.

In Memory of Jonathan “avenj” Portnoy

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 03:52:23 PM
The Gentoo community is mourning the loss of Jonathan Portnoy. "Jon was an active member of the International Gentoo community, almost since its founding in 1999. He was still active until his last day. His passing has struck us deeply and with disbelief. We all remember him as a vivid and enjoyable person, easy to reach out to and energetic in all his endeavors."

Wednesday's security updates

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 02:56:31 PM

CentOS has updated kernel (C6: TCP injection).

Debian-LTS has updated libgcrypt11 (flawed random number generation).

Fedora has updated eog (F24: out-of-bounds write), kernel (F23: use-after-free), mariadb (F23: multiple vulnerabilities), mingw-lcms2 (F24: heap memory leak), postgresql (F23: multiple vulnerabilities), and python (F23: proxy injection).

openSUSE has updated libidn (Leap 42.1: multiple vulnerabilities) and kernel (13.2: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated kernel (O6: TCP injection).

Red Hat has updated kernel (RHEL 7.1: multiple vulnerabilities; RHEL6: TCP injection) and qemu-kvm-rhev (RHOSP8: multiple vulnerabilities).

Scientific Linux has updated kernel (SL6: TCP injection).

Slackware has updated gnupg (flawed random number generation), kernel (14.2: TCP injection), and libgcrypt (flawed random number generation).

KDevelop 5.0 released

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 12:31:38 AM

Version 5.0.0 of the KDevelop integrated development environment (IDE) has been released, marking the end of a two-year development cycle. The highlight is a move to Clang for C and C++ support: "The most prominent change certainly is the move away from our own, custom C++ analysis engine. Instead, C and C++ code analysis is now performed by clang." The announcement goes on to describe other benefits of using Clang, such as more accurate diagnostics and suggested fixes for many syntax errors. KDevelop has also been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5, which opens up the possibility of Windows releases down the line.

Tuesday's security updates

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 02:35:45 PM

Arch Linux has updated libgcrypt (information disclosure).

Fedora has updated kernel (F24: use-after-free vulnerability), pagure (F24: cross-site scripting), and postgresql (F24: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated qemu-kvm-rhev (RHEL7 OSP5; RHEL7 OSP7; RHEL6 OSP5; RHEL7 OSP6: multiple vulnerabilities).

SUSE has updated MozillaFirefox (SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities).

Android 7.0 "Nougat" released

Monday 22nd of August 2016 07:06:12 PM
Google has announced that the Android 7.0 release has started rolling out to recent-model Nexus devices. "It introduces a brand new JIT/AOT compiler to improve software performance, make app installs faster, and take up less storage. It also adds platform support for Vulkan, a low-overhead, cross-platform API for high-performance, 3D graphics. Multi-Window support lets users run two apps at the same time, and Direct Reply so users can reply directly to notifications without having to open the app. As always, Android is built with powerful layers of security and encryption to keep your private data private, so Nougat brings new features like File-based encryption, seamless updates, and Direct Boot." See this page for a video-heavy description of new features.

Stable kernels 4.7.2, 4.4.19, and 3.14.77

Monday 22nd of August 2016 01:27:03 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the 4.7.2, 4.4.19, and 3.14.77 stable kernels. As usual, they contain fixes throughout the tree and users of those series should upgrade.

Monday's security advisories

Monday 22nd of August 2016 01:22:28 PM

Arch Linux has updated linux-lts (connection hijacking).

CentOS has updated kernel (C7: connection hijacking).

Debian-LTS has updated cracklib2 (code execution) and suckless-tools (screen lock bypass).

Fedora has updated firewalld (F24: authentication bypass), glibc (F24: denial of service on armhfp), knot (F24; F23: denial of service), libgcrypt (F24: bad random number generation), and perl (F23: privilege escalation).

openSUSE has updated apache2-mod_fcgid (42.1, 13.2: proxy injection), gd (13.2: multiple vulnerabilities), iperf (SPHfSLE12; 42.1, 13.2: denial of service), pdns (42.1, 13.2: denial of service), python3 (42.1, 13.2: multiple vulnerabilities), roundcubemail (42.1; 13.2; 13.1: multiple vulnerabilities, two from 2015), and typo3-cms-4_7 (42.1, 13.2: three vulnerabilities from 2013 and 2014).

Scientific Linux has updated kernel (SL7: connection hijacking) and python (SL6&7: three vulnerabilities).

Kernel prepatch 4.8-rc3

Monday 22nd of August 2016 11:36:15 AM
The 4.8-rc3 kernel prepatch is out. "It all looks pretty sane, I'm not seeing anything hugely scary here."

Fedora 25 to run Wayland by default

Friday 19th of August 2016 06:46:45 PM
The Fedora engineering steering committee has agreed that the upcoming Fedora 25 release should use the Wayland display manager by default. "There are still some bugs that are important to solve. However, there is still time to work on them. And the legacy Xorg session option will not be removed, and will be clearly documented how to fallback in cases where users need it." If this plan holds, it may be an important step in the long-awaited move away from the X Window system.

kdenlive 16.08.0 released

Friday 19th of August 2016 05:56:16 PM
The kdenlive video editor project has announced the 16.08.0 release. "Kdenlive 16.08.0 marks a milestone in the project’s history bringing it a step closer to becoming a full-fledged professional tool." Highlights include three-point editing, pre-rendering of timeline effects, Krita image support, and more.

Friday's security updates

Friday 19th of August 2016 03:16:14 PM

CentOS has updated python (C7; C6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated ca-certificates (F24: update to CA certificates) and spice (F23: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated kernel (O7: TCP injection) and python (O7; O6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated kernel (RHEL7; RHEL6: TCP injection), kernel-rt (RHEL7: TCP injection), python (RHEL 6,7: multiple vulnerabilities), python27-python (RHSC: multiple vulnerabilities), python33-python (RHSC: multiple vulnerabilities), realtime-kernel (RHEM2.5: TCP injection), rh-mariadb101-mariadb (RHSC: multiple vulnerabilities), rh-python34-python (RHSC: multiple vulnerabilities), and rh-python35-python (RHSC: multiple vulnerabilities).

SUSE has updated the Linux Kernel (SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities) and xen (SLE11: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated gnupg (12.04, 14.04, 16.04: flawed random-number generation), libgcrypt11, libgcrypt20 (12.04, 14.04, 16.06: flawed random-number generation), and postgresql-9.1, postgresql-9.3, postgresql-9.5 (12.04, 14.04, 16.04: multiple vulnerabilities).

More in Tux Machines

Opera Data Breach, Security of Personal Data

  • Opera User? Your Stored Passwords May Have Been Stolen
    Barely a week passes without another well-known web company suffering a data breach or hack of some kind. This week it is Opera’s turn. Opera Software, the company behind the web-browser and recently sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million, reported a ‘server breach incident’ on its blog this weekend.
  • When it comes to protecting personal data, security gurus make their own rules
    Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of a company devoted to protecting people from hackers, has safeguarded his Twitter account with a 14-character password and by turning on two-factor authentication, an extra precaution in case that password is cracked. But Cooper Quintin, a security researcher and chief technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, doesn’t bother running an anti-virus program on his computer. And Bruce Schneier? The prominent cryptography expert and chief technology officer of IBM-owned security company Resilient Systems, won’t even risk talking about what he does to secure his devices and data.

Android Leftovers

FOSS and Linux Events

  • On speaking at community conferences
    Many people reading this have already suffered me talking to them about Prometheus. In personal conversation, or in the talks I gave at DebConf15 in Heidelberg, the Debian SunCamp in Lloret de Mar, BRMlab in Prague, and even at a talk on a different topic at the RABS in Cluj-Napoca.
  • TPM Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016
    Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades. In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.
  • More translations added to the SFD countdown
    Software Freedom Day is celebrated all around the world and as usual our community helps us to provide marketing materials in their specific languages. While the wiki is rather simple to translate, the Countdown remains a bit more complicated and time consuming to localize. One needs to edit the SVG file and generate roughly a 100 pictures, then upload them to the wiki. Still this doesn’t scare the SFD teams around the world and we are happy to announce three more languages are ready to be used: French, Chinese and German!

Second FreeBSD 11.0 Release Candidate Restores Support for 'nat global' in IPFW

Glen Barber from the FreeBSD project announced the availability of the second RC (Release Candidate) development build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system. Read more