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LXer: Kali Linux 1.1.0 Runs a Linux 3.18 Kernel Patched for Wireless Injection Attacks

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 05:44:19 AM
After two years of development, Offensive Security, the creator of the famous BackTrack Linux distribution, has announced today, February 9, that the first point release for its Kali Linux computer operating system designed for penetration testing and digital forensics operations is now available for download.

Reddit: Linux popularity seems to be increasing lately.

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 05:43:18 AM

If you look at the 7 day and 30 day snapshots of Distrowatch an awful lot of distro's are getting increased activity.

Yes I know DW isn't an accurate representation of marketshare. But it does highlight the interest Distro's are getting from people.

I think it shows that a lot of Distro's are getting it right as far as polish and stability goes, and happy people recommend their distro's.

If AMD's new drivers coming relatively soon are good, And Logitech continues it's linux oriented push, and if OGL-N is great, and if AMD/NV/Intel support OGL-N. We might really, actually, honest to god see 2015 being the year of desktop linux, or at least the year when it all started to go right.

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LXer: PC-BSD 10.1.1 Cinnamon review

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 04:47:08 AM
An installation of the Cinnamon desktop, which shipped with Cinnamon 2.2, was especially bad. Out of the box, it was unusable. When PC-BSD 10.1.1 was released (on February 2 2015), I knew I had to take another look at a Cinnamon installation.

Reddit: exim and dovecot in RHEL 6

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 04:15:52 AM

as far as i have seen there are no good guides on the internet to do this:

I am looking for a really simple guide to setup dovecot / exim and use authentication to send email. I tried with virtual mailboxes but nothing worked so i ended up having to use system users. now i am just trying to get exim to authenticate with system users in dovecot to send email. I dont seem to be doing it right. the only way I can send email is if i have an open relay, which is dangerous, does anyone know how to fix this?

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LXer: Ubuntu Phone’s Flash Sale Will Be This Week, but Not Today, Says BQ

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 03:49:57 AM
Some news sites claimed earlier that the Ubuntu Phone Aquaris E4.5 smartphone will ship today, February 9. It turns out that the information is completely false, as BQ immediately posted on their Twitter account that the device will be available this week, but not today.

LXer: New Security Features in Fedora 21. #1 -Werror=format-security

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 02:52:46 AM
One of the best ways to improve the security of a distribution, is improvements in the compiler for detecting bugs that could potentially lead to exploits. At Fedora, whenever a new compiler check gets written we like to rebuild the entire distribution finding and fixing these issues.

LXer: High-end dev board uses octa-core A80 SoC

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 01:55:35 AM
Merrii announced a high end, Android- and Linux-ready “H88 Hummingbird” SBC based on the octa-core Cortex-A15/-A7 Allwinner A80 SoC.

LXer: MAGEEC energy reduction – open start-ups column

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 12:58:24 AM
Embecosm combines work on open source CPUs and system-on-chips, with cutting edge research on superoptimisation in compilers

Reddit: Tried to install on laptop; fucked up

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 12:26:22 AM

Hey all, I'm hoping you guys'll be able to help me out.

I wanted to make the switch to Linux and backed up my important files to an external HD. I tried installing Deepin on it (got recommended as a beginner distro), but I got stuck in an installation loop. I tried fixing this all day and it ended up with me having a laptop that has no OS installed, with two flash drives (both bootable, one for Ubuntu and one for Deepin) that no longer get recognized by my BIOS. Frankly the fact that I can still get into my BIOS is the only hope I have. My hard-drive is completely unpartitioned. It was a relatively new laptop that came with Windows 8.1. Have any of you been at this point and could you salvage it?

E: I'm currently in GParted and it is showing my hard drive as an ext4 with about 18GB used (from about 1TB). This means that the installation was succesful, but for some reason my HD doesn't show up in BIOS

E2: I managed to get my HD showing up again in BIOS thanks to GParted (I reformatted it and changed the partition to a FAT32 one). Here's hoping I can get a Linux distro installed soon.

E3: I fixed it. Thanks a lot for the help, guys!

Many thanks in advance

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Phoronix: Linux 3.20 To Support New HID Hardware, Improve Logitech HID++ Support

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 12:25:23 AM
The newest early pull request to the Linux 3.20 kernel are the HID features for this next kernel cycle...

LXer: Ubuntu Linux Phone Debuts—for a Select Few

Tuesday 10th of February 2015 12:01:13 AM
The world's first Ubuntu Linux phone is now available, two years after the effort to bring Ubuntu to phones was first announced by Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux. The new Ubuntu phone is actually not new hardware; it's an Ubuntu Linux edition of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 device that is already in the market as an Android smartphone.

Reddit: Download Linux Voice issue 3 | Linux Voice

Monday 9th of February 2015 11:57:44 PM

Reddit: Natron 1.2 released

Monday 9th of February 2015 11:52:48 PM
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Reddit: elementary OS: Freya Beta 2 released

Monday 9th of February 2015 11:34:12 PM

LXer: Linux kernel 3.19 released

Monday 9th of February 2015 11:04:02 PM
In today's open source roundup: Linus signs off on Linux kernel 3.19. Plus: Korora 21 released, and FocusWriter provides distraction-free writing.

Reddit: My college has a server running Ubuntu 8.04

Monday 9th of February 2015 11:03:41 PM

So I'm taking a Web Development class this semester and we each got our own account to log into a server. During the orientation on the first class the professor mentioned that it was running Ubuntu Linux. We got our accounts to login via ssh to it and upload our PHP files for our homework this semester.

So I get in and I see a really basic prompt of just


and no tab complete.

So I type and see

$ echo $SHELL /bin/sh

I try to switch to bash and it turns out they don't even have bash installed!

Then I try some other stuff

$ uname -r 2.6.24-19-server

KERNEL 2.6.24?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!

And finally I do a

$ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 8.04.1 Release: 8.04 Codename: hardy

So they are running 8.04.1. Now correct me if I'm wrong but that means that since it's still on the .1 instead of .4 that they haven't updated since around 2009! 6 Years of no updates on a public facing server! I brought it up to the teacher and told him that whoever is in charge of the server for the school is running an OS that has been unsupported for two years but that it appeared that it hadn't even received any updates in 6 years!

Anyway, how often do you guys experience something like this? It seems like if they had competent IT staff (and my school is smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley) that they wouldn't have this problem. Maybe I should offer up my services to install Ubuntu 14.04? :) Or geez if they like to leave stuff alone forever maybe something like CentOS would be better. The newest version is supported until 2024. (Though I guess that means nothing if no updates ever get applied)

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TuxMachines: elementary OS Freya Beta 2 available For Download [Screenshots]

Monday 9th of February 2015 10:24:12 PM

Six months after the first beta, elementary OS Freya beta 2 was released yesterday. Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (which is supported until April 2019), Freya beta 2 comes with various UI improvements, UEFI/SecureBoot support along with other interesting changes as well as almost 600 bug fixes.

Also: elementary OS Freya Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

elementary OS Freya Beta 2 Released with Over 600 Fixes, Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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TuxMachines: Is LibreOffice better than the competitor?

Monday 9th of February 2015 10:17:56 PM

Let's have a look at some of the areas where LibreOffice is actually BETTER than the competitor Microsoft Office.

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This month, as we do every March, we reported on the Who Writes Linux report from the Linux Foundation. Usually, this is a fairly rote affair: Red Hat and Intel contribute tons of code, Greg Kroah-Hartman does a ton of the work, and we learn about some small firm somewhere that’s cranking out kernel code disproportionate to its size. Read more

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KDE Applications 14.12 has been released by its makers, and it’s a regular maintenance update. It comes with a ton of bug fixes and will be soon available in various repositories. Read more

Understanding The Linux Kernel's BPF In-Kernel Virtual Machine

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