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Tiny compute module and dev kit give root to STM32MP1 applications

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 06:30:21 PM
MYIR’s tiny “MYC-YA15XC-T” module runs Linux on ST’s STM32MP1 with up to 512MB DDR3L and 4GB eMMC and optional -45 to -85°C support. The module is supported with a “MYD-YA15XC-T” dev kit. MYIR announced a 39 x 37mm MYC-YA15XC-T module as a more compact alternative to its 45 x 43mm MYC-YA157C module, which similarly runs Linux on STMicroelectronics’ 650MHz to 800MHz, single- or dual-core, Cortex-A7 STM32MP1. The SoC also integrates a 209MHz Cortex-M4 MCU, cryptography, and secure boot.

Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” Users Get New Linux Kernel Security Update, 4 Flaws Patched

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 05:16:01 PM
The Debian Project released today a new Linux kernel security update for its Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series to address several security issues.

Firefox May Have Lost Up to 12% Of Its Users So Far In 2021

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 04:01:40 PM
In January, Firefox marketshare was 8.1% of worldwide desktop usage, but at the end of June, it became 7.17%, which indicates that the browser has lost a large portion of its userbase in a matter of 6 months.

The data worker's guide to psiphiorrhea

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 02:47:20 PM
In the same way that someone who talks far too much is exhibiting logorrhea, or excessive word-iness, someone who uses far too many digits in their numbers is exhibiting psiphiorrhea, or excessive digit-iness. No amount of explaining about significant figures or measurement error will convince the psiphiorrhea sufferer that their numbers are absurd.

Ubuntu on a phone, anyone? UBports reaches 18th stable update, but it's still based on 16.04

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 01:33:00 PM
UBports, which took on the task of maintaining the Ubuntu Touch mobile OS after Canonical abandoned it, has released OTA-18 with lots of improvements, but still based on the ancient Ubuntu 16.04. According to the team, one of the big changes in this release is a rewritten Media-hub service, responsible for media playback and control. "20,526 lines of code later, the new media-hub emerged – with better tests, a more contributor-friendly structure, and a few fixed bugs to boot," said the post introducing the release.

How to Find Recent or Today’s Modified Files in Linux

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 12:18:39 PM
One of the common problems Linux users encounter on the command line is locating files with a particular name, it can be much easier when you actually know the filename.

How to Set Up Unattended Upgrades Ubuntu 20.04

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 11:04:19 AM
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install unattended upgrades on Ubuntu 20.04 and 21.04. Ubuntu has a convenient feature for installing unattended updates to security and upgrades to software if you so choose it. The set-up is quite good, and you have multiple options to fine-tune the automatic process compared to coming from a Windows environment.

VirtualBox 6.1.24 Released with Support for Linux 5.13 and Ubuntu Specific Kernels

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 09:49:59 AM
Oracle released today VirtualBox 6.1.24 as a new maintenance update to this very popular, free, and open-source virtualization software for Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms.

Plasma Mobile 21.07 Released with Improvements for Kasts, Dialer, Shell, and More

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 08:35:39 AM
The KDE Project announced today the general availability of Plasma Mobile 21.07 as another hefty update to this powerful and ever growing mobile desktop environment for Linux smartphones.

How to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 20.04 and 21.04

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 07:34:07 AM
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Chrome on Desktop and with Terminal option on Ubuntu 20.04 and the newest 21.04 Hirsute in a complete guide with screenshots.Linux based systems come with Firefox naturally for most. However, what about Google Chrome? Is it available for Linux based systems? The answer is yes. It certainly is. Google Chrome is the most widely used web browser in the world at the moment. In April 2021, Chome has 64.47% of the current market, with the next major competitor being Safari at 18.69%, then Firefox at 3.59%. Chrome has been on Linux for a while but is facing some more competition with Microsoft Edge Beta being on the market recently; however, Chrome is the go-to choice for many Linux users not happy with Firefox native install.

How to Install and Configure Memcached with Apache and PHP

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 06:32:35 AM
In this guide you are going to learn how to install and configure Memcached in your server alongside with Apache and PHP on Ubuntu 20.04.

How to Install Latest PHP 8.0 on Rocky Linux 8

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 05:31:03 AM
PHP 8.0 was officially released back on November 26, 2020, and is a major update to PHP 7.4. At the time of publishing this guide, the latest stable release is PHP 8.0.8, which was released on July 1, 2021.

Release Roundup: Flameshot 0.10.0, HandBrake 1.4.0, Szyszka 2.0.0, Clight 4.6 And Zellij 0.15.0

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 04:29:31 AM
This article covers the new release (in short summary) of Flameshot (screenshot and annotation tool), HandBrake (video transcoder), Szyszka (file renamer), Clight (tool to match your backlight level to ambient brightness using the webcam or ambient light sensors) and Zellij (terminal multiplexer with extras).

How to Install Duf Disk Usage Utility Ubuntu 20.04 and 21.04

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 03:27:59 AM
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to use this great disk usage utility on Ubuntu 20.04 and the newer version Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute.No, it is no Duff beer if that rings a bell. Today, we are talking about Duf disk utility, an open-source, free “Disk Usage Free Utility” written in Goland and released under MIT license. The disk utility supports multi-platforms such as BSD, Linux, macOS and Windows operating systems.Duf is a command-line utility to find disk usage in Linux and Unix-like systems terminals. One of the excellent features of Duf is its ability to display the disk usage details in a beautiful, user-friendly layout in tab form. Some extra features with Duf include disk usage out in JSON output.

Linux 5.12 Kernel Reaches End of Life, Upgrade to Linux Kernel 5.13 Now

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 02:26:27 AM
It’s that time of the year again when we have to say goodbye to another Linux kernel series, in this case Linux 5.12, which has now reached end of life and will no longer be supported upstream.

How to Set Up a Minecraft Server on Debian 10

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 01:24:55 AM
Minecraft is a game that has taken the world by storm. In this tutorial we will show you how to set up your own Minecraft server on Debian 10, using open-source tools available from their official website.

How to Install Rust on Ubuntu 20.04

Wednesday 21st of July 2021 12:23:23 AM
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Rust programming language on Ubuntu 20.04 along with how to update and remove the software. A bonus of how to create a test application is also included.Rust is an open-source systems programming language that focuses on speed, memory safety and parallelism. Developers use Rust to create a wide range of new software applications, such as game engines, operating systems, file systems, browser components and simulation engines for virtual reality. Rust is syntactically similar to C++ but can guarantee memory safety by using a borrow checker for validating references.

How to Upgrade to Debian 11 from Debian 10

Tuesday 20th of July 2021 11:21:51 PM
This guide explains the steps to upgrade debian 11 from debian 10.

HandBrake Free Video Converter 1.4 Released, Here’s What’s New

Tuesday 20th of July 2021 10:20:19 PM
If you’re looking for a free video converter, HandBrake is a solid choice. It is a powerful tool you can use to convert one video format in to another, with broad support for modern and widely used video codecs.

Run a Linux virtual machine in Podman

Tuesday 20th of July 2021 09:18:47 PM
Fedora CoreOS is an automatically updating, minimal rpm-ostree-based operating system for running containerized workloads securely and at scale.Podman "is a tool for managing containers and images, volumes mounted into those containers, and pods made from groups of containers. Podman is based on libpod, a library for container lifecycle management."read more

More in Tux Machines

Lutris 0.5.9 Beta Released With Epic Games Store Support, DXVK-NVAPI/DLSS, Gamescope

The Lutris 0.5.9 beta delivers on initial support for the Epic Games Store, support for DXVK-NVAPI and DLSS, FidelityFX Super Resolution is now an exposed option for compatible Wine versions, Valve's Gamescope Wayland game compositor is now an option, Esync usage is now enabled by default, the Dolphin emulator is now available as a game source, improved process monitoring, and other enhancements. It's quite a hearty update for this game manager. Read more

today's leftovers

Audiocasts/Shows: Missing OBS Features On Arch Linux, Going Linux, and GNU World Order

Proprietary Software and Security Issues

  • SolarWinds [Attack] Reached 27 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, Justice Says

    The attack compromised Microsoft 365 accounts of at least 80% of the department’s employees working in offices located in the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York. Also affected to a lesser degree were employees in U.S. Attorneys’ offices in 14 other states, including California, Florida, Maryland, Texas and Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

  • Safari isn't protecting the web, it's killing it

    There's been a lot of discussion recently about how "Safari is the new IE" (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

    I don't want to rehash the basics of that, but I have seen some interesting rebuttals, most commonly: Safari is actually protecting the web, by resisting adding unnecessary and experimental features that create security/privacy/bloat problems.

    That is worth further discussion, because it's widespread, and wrong.

    More specifically, Safari's approach isn't protecting the web from bloat & evil Google influence, because: [...]

  • Hasta la Vista Gmail

    I’ve been a Gmail user pretty much since day 1, when it was still an invite-only service in 2004.1 Not anymore. Over the past month I’ve migrated most of my email to Fastmail and I’m extremely happy with the result.

    Why bother? Well, I guess it won’t come to you as a shock that I’ve felt progressively more uncomfortable with how Google (and the like) are handling my personal data. I’ve also been getting quite frustrated with attempts to make email/my inbox “smarter”. I never needed a “priority inbox”, auto-categorization of email, etc. Simple is good. Just put the newest emails on the top and I’ll sort it out from there.

  • Google dodges regulation, hits advertisers with “regulatory” charges: What’s the Scam?

    We are not familiar with what draconian regulatory schemes exist for Google in Austria and Turkey, but here in Australia we know what it is – which is not much at all. And they paid no tax on their 2020 revenue of $5.2 billion.

  • Storing Encrypted Photos in Google’s Cloud

    Cloud photo services are widely used for persistent, convenient, and often free photo storage, which is especially useful for mobile devices. As users store more and more photos in the cloud, significant privacy concerns arise because even a single compromise of a user’s credentials give attackers unfettered access to all of the user’s photos. We have created Easy Secure Photos (ESP) to enable users to protect their photos on cloud photo services such as Google Photos. [...]

  • Spyware revelations are a crucial moment for Indian democracy
  • Joint Open Letter: States Must Implement Moratorium on Surveillance Technology - PEN America

    We the undersigned civil society organizations and independent experts are alarmed at the media revelations that NSO Group’s spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale. These revelations are a result of the Pegasus Project and are based on the leak of 50,000 phone numbers of potential surveillance targets. The project is a collaboration of more than 80 journalists from 16 media organizations in 10 countries coordinated by Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based media non-profit, with the technical support of Amnesty International, who conducted forensic tests on mobile phones to identify traces of the Pegasus spyware.

  • Canonicalization Attacks Against MACs and Signatures

    Canonicalization Attacks occur when a protocol that feeds data into a hash function used in a Message Authentication Code (MAC) or Digital Signature calculation fails to ensure some property that’s expected of the overall protocol.

    The textbook example of a canonicalization attack is the length-extension attack against hash functions such as MD5–which famously broke the security of Flickr’s API signatures.

    But there’s a more interesting attack to think about, which affects the design of security token/envelope formats (PASETO, DSSE, etc.) and comes up often when folks try to extend basic notions of authenticated encryption (AE) to include additional authenticated (but unencrypted) data (thus yielding an AEAD mode).