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TuxMachines: Leftovers: BSD

Thursday 6th of April 2017 08:47:38 AM

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TuxMachines: A business plan for Ubuntu

Thursday 6th of April 2017 08:23:20 AM

Back in 2010 I wrote a post about Canonical’s business direction, in response to something Bradley Kuhn had posted. Both he and I were worried about Canonical becoming reliant on an “open core” business model – worried not just from the perspective that it would dilute the principle of Ubuntu, but that frankly every time I have seen this executed before it has been a dismal failure.

The posts are worth re-reading in the context of Mark Shuttleworth’s announcement today that Ubuntu will be dropping a number of their in-house technologies and, more importantly, abandoning the explicit goal of convergence. I would also say, read the comments on the blogs – both Bradley and I found it deeply strange that Canonical wouldn’t follow the RHEL-like strategy, which we both thought they could execute well (and better than an open core one).

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Reddit: Visual Studio Code March 2017

Thursday 6th of April 2017 08:23:03 AM

TuxMachines: A beginner's guide to microblogging on Mastodon

Thursday 6th of April 2017 07:47:19 AM

GNU Social is a social communication software for both public and private communications. It's a microblogging platform in which any person or group of people can run their own nodes of communication, and also connect these nodes to one another for intercommunication. It solves the ownership problem in both the literal and emotional sense: the code, being open source (AGPL), is owned by everyone, and the nodes themselves are so numerous that users can shop around to find a community that best suits them, or start a personal node.

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Reddit: LWN.net Weekly Edition for March 30, 2017

Thursday 6th of April 2017 07:28:43 AM

TuxMachines: GoboLinux 016.01 Operating System Improves UEFI Support, Introduces CryptSetup

Thursday 6th of April 2017 07:22:02 AM

GoboLinux developer Lucas Correia Villa Real announced the release of the first maintenance update to the GoboLinux 016 series, which was a major update of the independently developed Linux-based operating system.

Development of GoboLinux 016 started more than two years, and the major release brought a container-free filesystem virtualization tool called Runner and a daemon-free network manager called GoboNet. GoboLinux 016.01 is the first point release, coming only three and a half months after GoboLinux 016.

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LXer: Mozilla Thunderbird 52.0 Debuts with PulseAudio Support on Linux, New Features

Thursday 6th of April 2017 07:19:41 AM
Mozilla officially launched the final release of the Thunderbird 52.0 open-source email, chat, calendar and news client for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

TuxMachines: Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 Are Not Dead, UBports Community Will Keep Them Alive

Thursday 6th of April 2017 07:19:37 AM

UBports' Marius Gripsgård is well known in the Ubuntu Phone community for porting Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system to a bunch of devices that we wouldn't even dream to request from Canonical.

In early February, the developer announced that he and his team at UBports managed to successfully port Canonical's Ubuntu OS to the Fairphone 2 modular smartphone, joining the OnePlus One and Nexus 5 ports. Fairphone 2 Ubuntu Phone devices were showcased at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017 in Barcelona.

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TuxMachines: Univention Corporate Server 4.2 Officially Released, Based on Debian 8 "Jessie"

Thursday 6th of April 2017 07:03:07 AM

Univention GmbH, through Maren Abatielos, informs Softpedia today about the official release and immediate availability of the Univention Corporate Server 4.2 operating system.

Univention Corporate Server 4.2 entered developed in early February, and the biggest new change of this release is, of course, the switch to the latest Debian Stable repositories. In other words, the server-oriented operating system is now powered by the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" series.

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TuxMachines: Red Hat Software Collections 2.4 and Red Hat Developer Toolset 6.1 Enter Beta

Thursday 6th of April 2017 07:00:41 AM

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux team, through John Terrill, informs Softpedia today, April 5, 2017, about the availability of the Beta releases of the upcoming Red Hat Software Collections 2.4 and Red Hat Developer Toolset 6.1 tools.

Designed for aspiring developers who want to create modern applications, Red Hat Software Collections 2.4 Beta delivers a set of new language additions that include nginx 1.10, Node.js 6, Ruby 2.4, Ruby on Rails 5.0, and Scala 2.10, along with the Apache 2.4, Apache Maven 3.3, Eclipse 4.6.2, Python 2.7, and Thermostat 1.6 updated runtime languages and databases.

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TuxMachines: Flatpak 0.9.2 Backports Many Changes from 0.8 Series, Supports GPG Signatures

Thursday 6th of April 2017 06:52:04 AM

Just two days after releasing the 0.8.5 maintenance update for the Flatpak 0.8 stable series of the open-source Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework, Alex Larsson publishes a new build from the 0.9 branch.

We still don't know if the Flatpak 0.9 series is a stable branch or not, but it's already been adopted by the developers of the Arch Linux and Solus operating systems. Flatpak 0.9.2 is here about 22 days after the first maintenance update in the new series, version 0.9.1.

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TuxMachines: Security News

Thursday 6th of April 2017 06:02:02 AM
  • Critical Xen hypervisor flaw endangers virtualized environments

    A critical vulnerability in the widely used Xen hypervisor allows attackers to break out of a guest operating system running inside a virtual machine and access the host system's entire memory.

    This is a serious violation of the security barrier enforced by the hypervisor and poses a particular threat to multi-tenant data centers where the customers' virtualized servers share the same underlying hardware.

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    Qubes OS, an operating system that uses Xen to isolate applications inside virtual machines, also put out an advisory warning that an attacker who exploits another vulnerability, for example inside a browser, can exploit this Xen issue to compromise the whole Qubes system.

  • CentOS Linux 6.9 Drops Support for Insecure Cryptographic Algorithms & Protocols
  • Canonical Outs New Kernel Security Update for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

    Canonical released earlier a new kernel security update for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases that appears to patch a vulnerability discovered recently in the upstream Linux kernel packages.

    According to the Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3256-1 advisory, the system could be made to crash under certain conditions. The security issue (CVE-2017-7308) was discovered by Andrey Konovalov in Linux kernel's AF_PACKET implementation, which incorrectly validated some block-size data.

  • CloudLinux 7 Beta Kernel Released to Patch 2 Important Security Vulnerabilities

    CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi announced today, April 5, 2017, the availability of a new Beta kernel update for users of the CloudLinux 7 operating system series, patching a couple of vulnerabilities discovered lately.

    The announcement comes just one day after CloudLinux released a new stable kernel version for CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Hybrid users, which included a fix for an out-of-bounds heap access security issue in XFRM framework of the Linux kernel, which was patched upstream in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

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TuxMachines: Vivaldi and Opera Web Browsers

Thursday 6th of April 2017 05:54:30 AM

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TuxMachines: End of an Era at Ubuntu

Thursday 6th of April 2017 05:49:29 AM
  • A Look Back At The Desktop & X.Org/Wayland/Mir Milestones Of Ubuntu

    With Unity 8 (and Mir) being years behind schedule, Mark Shuttleworth today made the surprise announcement of abandoning Unity 8 and shifting back to GNOME while also stopping their Ubuntu Phone efforts. This was the biggest Ubuntu shock in years and as such I've thrown together today a bit of a tribute or look back at the various desktop milestones of Ubuntu since its first release covered by Phoronix back in 2004. Check it out if you are a relatively new Linux user or just wish to relive the old screenshots of GNOME2, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Ubuntu TV, the early Unity days, the ambitious Mir plans, and more.

  • Ubuntu switches to GNOME desktop and gives up smartphone hopes

    Canonical is re-shifting its priorities to its strong suit: The cloud and the Internet of Things.

  • Ubuntu Rejoins the GNOME Fold

    Today we all read the announcement of Ubuntu's decision to refocus on cloud and IoT activities, dropping Unity 8 to move back to a GNOME-based desktop for the 17.04 LTS. This marks a return to the fold, with Ubuntu having originally shipped GNOME all those years ago, and lest we forget, having contributed to early Wayland discussions.

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TuxMachines: Mozilla Thunderbird 52 Released

Thursday 6th of April 2017 05:47:32 AM

Thunderbird 52.0 is now available as the latest stable release for those using this Mozilla-developed mail client.

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TuxMachines: RPi HAT add-on does 192kHz 24-bit audio and MIDI too

Thursday 6th of April 2017 05:44:47 AM

The Pisound is a sound card HAT add-on for the Raspberry Pi with 192kHz 24-bit stereo I/O, classic MIDI In and Out ports, onboard knobs, and a user button.

A Lithuania-based Pisound project has tripled its funding goal on Indiegogo, with 23 days left. You can buy the Pisound audio and MIDI card for $89 with shipments expected in July. The 100 x 56mm HAT add-on works with any 40-pin Raspberry Pi board, communicating via SPI, as well as a translator microcontroller for the MIDI interface. The board draws under 300mA @ 5.1VDC, and is powered directly from the Raspberry Pi.

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Distributions News: Ubuntu, Manjaro, and Lakka

  • Ubuntu founder retakes the CEO throne, many employees gone
    Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonincal has once again returned to his positition of CEO, as Jane Silber, the previous CEO now heads to the Board of Directors; and big changes happen to the staff lineup as a result. In a blog bost by Sibler, she says, “I originally agreed to be CEO for 5 years and we’ve extended my tenure as CEO by a couple of years already. We’ve been preparing for a transition for some time by strengthening the executive leadership team and maturing every aspect of the company, and earlier this year Mark and I decided that now is the time to effect this transition.”
  • [Video] Manjaro 17.0 KDE Edition - See What’s New
    Manjaro 17.0 KDE is the latest release of Manjaro Linux. This release brings new KDE Plasma 5.9.x as desktop environment include the most of KDE applications 16.12 and KDE Frameworks 5.32.
  • Make your own NES Classic Edition with Lakka 2.0 LibreELEC Linux distro and Raspberry Pi
    The NES Classic Edition is a very fun nostalgia-based gaming console. As someone who grew up with Nintendo, I knew I wanted the mini system as soon as it was announced. A family member was able to score me one on launch day, and I've been very happy with it. Unfortunately, other people have not been so lucky. Supply was very limited and it has since been discontinued. If you do not already have it, you are sort of out of luck without paying high prices on eBay or Craigslist. If you are only looking to replay the NES games of your youth, and you are OK with doing it in an unofficial way, emulation is another route. In fact, if you'd rather not play these games on your PC, you can instead use a Linux-based operating system and a Raspberry Pi (or other devices) hooked to a television. One such distro is Lakka, which just reached version 2.0. It is arguably better than an NES Classic Edition as it can also play games from other systems, such as SNES, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, PlayStation 1, and many more.

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Linux Mint's Plans

  • Some Of The Features Coming To Linux Mint's Cinnamon 3.4 Desktop
    In the latest monthly progress report on Linux Mint, some of the upcoming changes for the GNOME3-forked Cinnamon Desktop Environment were shared.
  • Monthly News – April 2017
    Many thanks to all the people who donated to us and who help to fund our project. Donations are down to about 60% of what they were last year, but they’re still quite high. In the first trimesters of 2015, 2016 and 2017 we respectively received $23k, $40k and $25k. Our development team has gotten bigger and our budget is being extended to include some administrators and designers. Other figures and metrics indicate we’re growing so this probably just reflects an exceptional year for donations in 2016.
  • Linux Mint Is Adopting LightDM as its Login Manager
    Linux Mint is adopting the LightDM display manager to handle and authenticate user sessions. Revealing plans in its latest monthly update, Mint says it will formally drop the MDM Display Manager (MDM) in favour of LightDM with Mint 18.2, release date for which is as-yet unknown. The popular Ubuntu-based Linux distribution mooted a possible switch earlier this year, noting that it had a key feature MDM lacks (guest sessions), and has become something of a standard across distributions.
  • Linux Mint 13 support ends, LMDE to get MATE 1.18 soon, big changes heading to Cinnamon
    The news from the Linux Mint team was quite interesting this week. First up, Linux Mint 13 has officially hit EOL (end of life), so you really do need to upgrade. LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is set to get the MATE desktop version 1.18 "this week" and they have ported mintMenu over to GTK3, since the rest of MATE is now using GTK3 too it makes sense.