- Friday's security updates
Linux hardening: a 15-step checklist for a secure Linux server [Ed: paywall]
Most people assume Linux is secure, and that’s a false assumption. Imagine your laptop is stolen without first being hardened. A thief would probably assume your username is “root” and your password is “toor” since that’s the default password on Kali and most people continue to use it. Do you? I hope not.
Homeland Security Issues 'Strategic Principles' For Securing The Internet Of Broken Things
For much of the last year, we've noted how the rush to connect everything from toasters to refrigerators to the internet -- without adequate (ok, any) security safeguards -- has resulted in a security, privacy and public safety crisis. At first, the fact that everything from Barbies to tea kettles were now hackable was kind of funny. But in the wake of the realization that these hacked devices are contributing to massive new DDoS botnet attacks (on top of just leaking your data or exposing you to hacks) the conversation has quickly turned serious.
Security researchers have been noting for a while that it's only a matter of time before the internet-of-not-so-smart-things contributes to human fatalities, potentially on a significant scale if necessary infrastructure is attacked. As such, the Department of Homeland Security recently released what they called "strategic principles" for securing the Internet of Things; an apparent attempt to get the conversation started with industry on how best to avoid a dumb device cyber apocalypse.
Microsoft gives third-parties access to Windows 10 Telemetry data
Microsoft struck a deal with security company FireEye recently according to a report on Australian news magazin Arn which gives FireEye access to all Windows 10 Telemetry data.
Meet Pinebook, A Low Cost Linux Laptop That Looks Like A MacBook
PineBook is a budget laptop running an Allwinner quad-core 64-bit processor. The device comes in two screen sizes both of them having 2GB RAM and 16GB eMMC storage along various ports and connectivity options. PineBook supports a number of Linux distros and Android versions.
Meet the Pinebook, a $89 ARM Laptop That Runs Ubuntu
The Pine64 Pinebook is an ARM laptop priced from $89. It can run Android, ChromiumOS and various flavours of Linux, including Ubuntu.
- Light and Thin 64-bit ARM based Open Source Notebook
The 12 Most Ridiculous Windows Errors of All Time
Computers and humans are so different. While computers are infinitely faster at processing information, they run into trouble if they try to stray from their course. These “fast idiots” contrast to people, who can’t think as fast as machines but can adapt much more easily.
These relations have produced some hilarious situations where novice users failed to grasp the basics of using Windows. On the other side of this are error messages. When a computer runs into an unexpected scenario, it usually throws up a message box for the user to review.
Starting the faster, more secure APT 1.4 series
We just released the first beta of APT 1.4 to Debian unstable (beta here means that we don’t know any other big stuff to add to it, but are still open to further extensions). This is the release series that will be released with Debian stretch, Ubuntu zesty, and possibly Ubuntu zesty+1 (if the Debian freeze takes a very long time, even zesty+2 is possible). It should reach the master archive in a few hours, and your mirrors shortly after that.
Debian package build tools
When I was first introduced to Debian packaging, people recommended I use pbuilder. Given how complex the toolchain is in the pbuilder case, I don’t understand why that is (was?) a common recommendation.
vmdebootstrap Sprint Report
This is now a little overdue, but here it is. On the 10th and 11th of November, the second vmdebootstrap sprint took place. Lars Wirzenius (liw), Ana Custura (ana_c) and myself were present. liw focussed on the core of vmdebootstrap, where he sketched out what the future of vmdebootstrap may look like. He documented this in a mailing list post and also presented (video).
Ana and myself worked on live-wrapper, which uses vmdebootstrap internally for the squashfs generation. I worked on improving logging, using a better method for getting paths within the image, enabling generation of Packages and Release files for the image archive and also made the images installable (live-wrapper 0.5 onwards will include an installer by default).
Quicker Debian installations using eatmydata
Two years ago, I did some experiments with eatmydata and the Debian installation system, observing how using eatmydata could speed up the installation quite a bit. My testing measured speedup around 20-40 percent for Debian Edu, where we install around 1000 packages from within the installer. The eatmydata package provide a way to disable/delay file system flushing. This is a bit risky in the general case, as files that should be stored on disk will stay only in memory a bit longer than expected, causing problems if a machine crashes at an inconvenient time. But for an installation, if the machine crashes during installation the process is normally restarted, and avoiding disk operations as much as possible to speed up the process make perfect sense.
App: Navitel Navigator is available in Tizen Store for Samsung Z2 & Z1
Navitel Navigator is a satnav application that was first available for the Samsung Z2, but has now been released for the Z1 but still not on the Z3 yet ? but it’s still worth a mention to our readers The application boasts that it is a precise offline GPS navigation app with free geosocial services and detailed maps of 64 countries. It has had over 20 Million downloads and ranks as one of the Top 5 Navigation apps in 12 countries.
Gujarat Lions – A new Cricket Game added to the Tizen Store
Indian cricket fans will be delighted to hear about a new cricket game, created by Zapak Mobile Games Pvt. Ltd, released in the Tizen Store named Gujarat Lions and is for the Samsung Z1, Z2 and Z3, with a download file size of 43MB.
T20 Cricket Champion 3D game for Tizen Smartphones
Zapak Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. has released another cricket game in the Tizen Store named T20 Cricket Champion 3D. You can play this game with your favorite country team. Many countries are available including India, Bangladesh, England, South Africa, Pakistan etc. You can play this game in two different modes: Quick Match and T20 Cricket Champions. In Quick Play mode you can select your favorite team and your opposing team and in Tournament mode you’ve to select your best team to play for. You can also play this game in 3,5,10 or 20 overs and easy, medium or hard (3 difficulties.) Also you get a chance to play in different places in India ie. Mohali, Delhi & Rajkot. A store is available where you can purchase power-ups and different articles. There is also a spinwheel machine available where you can earn coins like a lottery play. Daily rewards also available. The cheerleaders will dance when you hit a six or a four. This is a realistic 3D Cricket Game on your Tizen smartphone.
Game: Super Truck Parking is Available in Tizen Store
Super Truck Parking is a game created by Black Cobra Studios Ltd and run on all Tizen smartphones such as the Samsung Z1, Z2 and Z3. This game is about parking your trucks and passing your lessons / the ultimate test. You need to go through your lessons (try to do well on each of them) to come to what is called the ultimate test, yes, your driving test, the test that will finish it all! You have to navigate your way across the city, starting from the Greenhorn Driver Only Backyard Zone and then travel across the city to the Warehouse Noob Transport Truck Driver zone and complete the ultimate parking simulation with The Circuit Only for Real Truck Driver Load Zone.
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Impatient for Korora 25?
We are busy preparing Korora 25 'Gurgle' for release but those who already have Korora 64 bit 24 or 23 installations don't have to wait.
- Running Fedora 25 Design Suite on ASUS X550ZE laptop
Summary report on FUDCon APAC, Phnom Penh
This year FUDCon APAC happened in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for two days 5th and 6th of November. This FUDCon happened as part of bigger conference called as BarCamp, ASEAN 2016. This BarCamp happened at Norton university from 4th to 6th November.
On the first day of this BarCamp/FUDCon when we reach to the venue, we found it to be very nice place, full of people like students, volunteers, banners of BarCamp everywhere. It was a five floor building and the inauguration talk happened at the top 5th floor where all the honourable guests including Brian Exelbierd, Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator talked about FOSS.
Android 7.1 Update Release Date Revealed?
Back in October, Google confirmed that the final build of Android 7.1 Nougat will start rolling out to Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices in early December. There was no specific date mentioned then, and Google is yet to announce the exact date. However, a mobile carrier has listed the firmware rollout information on its website.
Vodafone Australia has gone live with a dedicated webpage that details the Android 7.1 Nougat rollout for its Nexus 6P will begin on December 6. It mentions that the OTA update is about 650MB in size and will roll out incrementally to the users in the country. The details even include the schedule of the entire rollout, with 10,000 Nexus 6P users selected at random receiving the update in the first 3 days. The update will be rolled out to 10 percent of the remaining users daily over the next 10 days, with all eligible devices slated to receive the update within 14 days i.e. by December 19.
- Android 7.1 will be released to Nexus devices with December 5th security patch
Android-Powered Alcatel Idol 4S Now Available For $349, No VR Headset
If you want to save a few bucks, then you can snag the Idol 4S' Android variant for just $349.99, which is a savings of $50. This offer does not include the VR headset or any other freebies. So if you are not bothered about this aspect, then the Amazon offer is a great bargain.
- Report: Android Nougat Encryption Is Far From Perfect
- Android Malware Used to Hack and Steal a Tesla Car
- OxygenOS 3.2.8 update rolling out for the OnePlus 3
- Black Friday 2016 Smartphone Deals: Best Apple And Android Devices On Sale
- Black Friday: The best Android phone & accessory deals
- Top Black Friday Deals from Android Central Digital Offers
- Android Nougat hitting unlocked HTC 10 on Black Friday
- Xiaomi's Hugo Barra makes dubious claim that Xiaomi isn't hurt by company's declining smartphone sales
- Nokia Android Smartphone News & Updates: Andriod 7.01 Running Device On Screen
- Android 7.1 Nougat Update For Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C And Others To Launch On Dec. 6
- Huawei Is Now The Most Profitable Android Brand, As Samsung Falters
- Android 7.0 Nougat Beta 3 Update For Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge Arrives, Program To Open In More Countries?
Hey all, installed xfce4 on my chromebook maybe a year ago (following a tutorial), and have since forgotten my localhost login. I know nothing about Linux and stuff so sorry if I'm using annoyingly bad terminology. Anyway, is there any way (lol) for me to bypass this? Thanks!submitted by /u/CandleJakkz
Reddit: Quick question: yellow on white on my (Gnome) terminal is unreadable. Can't remember what to change and how.
I used to have a couple of pages bookmarked but lost them. I seem to remember that I changed something in /etc to make yellow a lottle more brown but last did it sooo long ago I can't remember what.
I've googled 'til I'm blue .. er .. yellow!
TIA.submitted by /u/throwawaylifespan