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Linspire 9.0 Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Linux 5.4 LTS

1 hour 15 min ago
Linspire 9.0 has been released today as a major update to this commercial distribution derived from Ubuntu Linux and using the lightweight Xfce desktop environment.

AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC – Web Browsing – Week 6

2 hours 17 min ago
This is a weekly blog chronicling my experiences of using the AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC on Linux.

Screen Recording on Debian 10

3 hours 18 min ago
There are several free desktop recording tools for Linux, but in this article, we’ll talk about the SSR (Simple Screen Recorder) tool, which is great for recording high-quality screencasts with advanced customization options.

Sysadmin tools: Using rsync to manage backup, restore, and file synchronization

4 hours 20 min ago
Rsync is a command-line tool for copying files and directories between local and remote systems that should be in every Linux sysadmin's toolbox.

Vim: Basic and intermediate commands

5 hours 21 min ago
Here are some of my most frequently used commands in the Vim text editor.

Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS Released with Linux Kernel 5.4 LTS from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

6 hours 23 min ago
Canonical released today Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS as the fifth and last planned point release in the long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series.

New RISC-V CTO On Open Source Chip Architecture’s Global Data Center Momentum

Friday 14th of August 2020 06:50:02 AM
With more big international players on board, the foundation's new head of technology sees signs of "state of the art moving forward."

How to Install Matomo Web Analytics on Ubuntu 20.04

Friday 14th of August 2020 05:48:30 AM
Matomo formerly known as Piwik is a free and open-source web analytics application that helps you to tracks online-visitors on your website. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Matomo web analytics on Ubuntu 20.04 with Nginx and Let's Encrypt SSL.

Open source takes on earthquake early warning project

Friday 14th of August 2020 04:46:58 AM
It[he]#039[/he]s not just Google that[he]#039[/he]s trying to get a handle on earthquakes. The Linux Foundation and partners are working on an open-source earthquake early warning system as well.

Pros & Cons of WordPress Plugins Auto-updates

Friday 14th of August 2020 03:45:26 AM
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.

LibreOffice 6.4.6 Office Suite Update Arrives with 70 Bug Fixes, Download Now

Friday 14th of August 2020 02:43:54 AM
The Document Foundation released today LibreOffice 6.4.6 as the sixth of seven maintenance update to the LibreOffice 6.4 office suite series, adding more bug fixes and improvements.

Ubuntu needs feedback on some possible major WiFi changes

Friday 14th of August 2020 01:42:22 AM
Are you an Ubuntu Linux user on either Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy - unreleased, in testing) or 20.04 LTS (Focal - the current release)? The Ubuntu Foundations Team needs feedback on some possible major WiFi changes.

Indoor air quality HAT for Raspberry Pi boasts high-res TVOC sensor

Friday 14th of August 2020 12:40:50 AM
Avnet’s $49.95 “Renesas ZMOD4410 Indoor Air Quality HAT for Raspberry Pi” can be used to measure volatile organic compounds, humidity, and temperature, as well as estimate carbon dioxide levels. Avnet has launched a Renesas ZMOD4410 Indoor Air Quality HAT for Raspberry Pi (AES-RHSEN-ZM44-G) that joins other indoor air quality measurement add-ons for the Pi including […]

Red Hat Offers Certification Exams Online in Response to COVID-19

Thursday 13th of August 2020 11:39:18 PM
With travel and in-person gatherings made difficult by COVID-19, Red Hat is now offering certification testing online – and using a unique solution to deter cheating.

Facebook joins The Linux Foundation as a platinum member

Thursday 13th of August 2020 10:37:46 PM
For years, Facebook has relied on Linux and open-source software. Now it[he]#039[/he]s taking a leading role in The Linux Foundation. Most web-based companies are built on Linux and open-source software. Two-billion member social network Facebook is no different.

Love Ubuntu but want the latest KDE Plasma? KDE neon now sits atop Ubuntu 20.04

Thursday 13th of August 2020 09:36:14 PM
Merging together a solid Ubuntu 20.04 LTS foundation and the latest KDE Plasma packages, KDE neon has a fresh rebase out for you to try out. So what exactly is it? Is it another Linux distribution? Well, sort of. Not quite. It's just the long-term supported versions of Ubuntu with the freshest releases of the KDE Plasma desktop environment (plus Qt and other KDE software) stuck on top of it.

Add Trash Can to Activities Panel in GNOME Desktop

Wednesday 12th of August 2020 11:01:52 AM
In this article we will learn how to add the Trashcan to the Activities panel in the Debian system. We will create a script to add the trash can to the list of applications and then add it to your favorites.

Dont ignore .gitignore

Wednesday 12th of August 2020 09:47:31 AM
I have noticed that many developers do not use a .gitignore file, even though it[he]#039[/he]s a best practice to use one to designate files you don[he]#039[/he]t want Git to track in version control. Because .gitignore can boost your code quality, you should not ignore .gitignore in your repositories. What is .gitignore?

RetroArch 1.9 Released with Many Goodies for Retro Linux Gamers

Wednesday 12th of August 2020 08:33:11 AM
Daniel De Matteis released today RetroArch 1.9, a new major version of the popular and open-source frontend for emulators, video games, game engines, and media players.

New Foundation Aims to Tighten Security Across the Open Source Ecosystem

Wednesday 12th of August 2020 07:18:51 AM
While generally as safe as proprietary software -- if not safer -- open source software has some open source-specific problems.

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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.