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TuxMachines: Android Studio 2.0 brings faster emulation and a Cloud Test Lab

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 08:00:35 PM

Android Studio 2.0 introduces a faster emulator, new Instant Run, app indexing, and Cloud Test Lab features, and an improved GPU Developer debugger.

When Google released Android Studio 1.0 integrated development environment (IDE) back in 2013, it was welcomed as a substantial improvement over Eclipse. Yet, Apple’s Xcode tools for iOS has been widely considered to be superior. With the recent release of Android Studio 2.0, however, Google may have flipped the equation.

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Phoronix: pfSense 2.3 Released With New Web UI

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 07:52:54 PM
PfSense 2.3 was released today as the newest version of this popular FreeBSD-based firewall/router OS appliance software...

TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 07:46:06 PM

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TuxMachines: Security Leftovers

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 07:44:52 PM
  • Tuesday's security updates
  • Leaving Beta, New Sponsors

    Let’s Encrypt is leaving beta today. We’re also excited to announce that founding sponsors Cisco and Akamai have renewed their Platinum sponsorships with 3-year commitments, Gemalto is joining as our newest Gold sponsor, and HP Enterprise, Fastly, Duda and are our newest Silver sponsors.

  • Mozilla-supported Let’s Encrypt goes out of Beta

    In 2014, Mozilla teamed up with Akamai, Cisco, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Identrust, and the University of Michigan to found Let’s Encrypt in order to move the Web towards universal encryption. Today, Let’s Encrypt is leaving beta. We here at Mozilla are very proud of Let’s Encrypt reaching this stage of maturity

    Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated and open Web certificate authority that helps make it easy for any Web site to turn on encryption. Let’s Encrypt uses an open protocol called ACME which is being standardized in the IETF. There are already over 40 independent implementations of ACME. Several web hosting services such as Dreamhost and Automattic, who runs, also use ACME to integrate with Let’s Encrypt and provide security that is on by default.

  • Experts crack nasty ransomware that took crypto-extortion to new heights

    A nasty piece of ransomware that took crypto-extortion to new heights contains a fatal weakness that allows victims to decrypt their data without paying the hefty ransom.

    When it came to light two weeks ago, Petya was notable because it targeted a victim's entire startup drive by rendering its master boot record inoperable. It accomplished this by encrypting the master boot file and displaying a ransom note. As a result, without the decryption password, the infected computer wouldn't boot up, and all files on the startup disk were inaccessible. A master boot record is a special type of boot sector at the very beginning of partitioned hard drive, while a master boot file is a file on NTFS volumes that contains the name, size and location of all other files.

  • Open source code is rarely patched when vulnerabilities are found [Ed: propaganda from Microsoft proxies makes it through to other sites]

    Open source code is a convenient and cost-effective way for developers to build apps. However, as CIO noted in a recent article, once that code makes its way into an app, it's rarely ever updated to fix vulnerabilities that are found later. CIO offered up some tips on how to keep open source products secure.

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LinuxToday: Another OpenToonz Tutorial Video

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 07:00:00 PM

More direction for those looking to use newly open-source tool for 2D animation

LXer: Microsoft's Linux and Open Source Moves: A Look Back

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 06:54:43 PM
In February 2016, Microsoft announced that it was bringing Red Hat Enterprise Linux -- the flagship product of Microsoft's biggest open source competitor -- to its Azure cloud as a new OS option. It had good reason to think the move would please customers, since Microsoft also reported at the time that 60 percent of the Azure images were Linux-based even before RHEL became an option.

Reddit: Linux+ certification help.

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 06:23:21 PM

Hello I am relatively new to Linux and have dabbled with it at work. I want to get my Linux plus certification with comptia which will also give me my lpic-1. I was wondering what should I use for some practice at home? Ubuntu? Debian?

Also what can I do to study and prepare myself? Are there online resources that will help teach me some basics and help me prepare. Any help is appreciated.


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Reddit: Please patch Samba servers asap.

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 06:14:30 PM

TuxMachines: OpenStack and Hadoop

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 06:13:44 PM

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TuxMachines: Arduino Comes To The Raspberry Pi, Linux ARM Devices

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 05:58:13 PM

Arduino is the perfect introduction to microcontrollers and electronics. The recent trend of powerful, cheap, ARM-based single board Linux computers is the perfect introduction to computer science, programming, and general Linux wizardry. Until now, though, Arduino and these tiny ARM computers have been in two different worlds. Now, finally, there are nightly builds of Arduino IDE on the Raspberry Pi and other single board Linux computers.

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Reddit: This Week in Solus – Install #26

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 05:54:14 PM

TuxMachines: Wine 1.8.2

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 05:49:08 PM

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LXer: Xfce 4.14 Desktop Environment Will Finally Be Ported to GTK+ 3.x, Completely

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 05:40:23 PM
Yes, we're talking about Xfce 4.14, the successor of the current stable version, Xfce 4.12, which is used in numerous Linux kernel-based operating systems by default.

LXer: Teaching New Linux on Old Hardware

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 04:26:03 PM
My inclination was to go back to school and get the certs I needed to work in the Linux administration field. I already had the base knowledge and experience; it was just a matter of jumping through the hoops to get a piece of paper saying I already knew what I was learning. Not that I wouldn’t learn a thing or two along the way.

TuxMachines: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 NVIDIA OpenGL Performance

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 04:03:20 PM

With having a clean Windows 10 installation around for the benchmarking of Ubuntu Bash on Windows 10 and Windows vs. Linux Vulkan benchmarking, I also took the opportunity to run a number of OpenGL benchmarks on both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 Linux with the same hardware and set of graphics cards. In this article are benchmarks of Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 with various NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards.

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TuxMachines: Canonical Releases LXD 2.0 Next-Generation Container Hypervisor for Ubuntu 16.04

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 04:01:20 PM

Canonical's Stéphane Graber has had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the LXD 2.0 next-generation container hypervisor for Ubuntu Linux.

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More in Tux Machines

No Ubuntu Back Doors, Windows and Mac Migrations

Today in Linux news Microsoft's market share has dipped below 90% and Mac is disappearing from Linux conventions. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth said in an interview today that security and encryption are a commitment of Ubuntu's. Jesse Smith reviewed the latest version of Ubuntu and OMG!Ubuntu! shared some glimpses of Ubuntu in the wild. Bryan Lunduke listed 12 "Linux geeks" all users should follow on social media and Sandra Gittlen highlighted six colleges that "immerse students in Open Source." Read more

pfSense 2.3 Open-Source BSD Firewall Gets Patch That Fixes NTP Security Issues

pfSense developer Chris Buechler announced the availability of a small update for the stable pfSense 2.3 open-source firewall platform based on the FreeBSD operating system. Introduced as pfSense 2.3 Update 1, this is a small patch that only fixes the recently discovered security issues in the Network Time Protocol (NTP) packages, upgrading them from version 4.2.8p6 to 4.2.8p7, and it shouldn't be confused with pfSense 2.3.1, which will be released in the coming weeks as the first maintenance build. Read more

Contributing to open source software with Ian Varley of Salesforce

With open source, you're expanding the sphere of people who might potentially care a lot about your code. You find others who have similar problems, and who can leverage your work and maybe even extend it. The knowledge that you've helped someone avoid "rebuilding the wheel" is really gratifying, and it's amplified when those people actually start getting so involved that they give you contributions of code or ideas. The project picks up steam, and you might even get unforeseen help tackling those issues you didn't have bandwidth to tackle yourself. Really, it's the gift that keeps on giving. Read more

IPFire 2.19 Core Update 101 Patches Cross-Site-Scripting Vulnerability in Web UI

The development team behind the IPFire software have announced the general availability of the Core Update 101 of the IPFire 2.19 Linux kernel-based firewall distribution. Read more