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TuxMachines: Security News

Friday 5th of August 2016 10:10:24 AM
  • Security updates for Thursday
  • Risk From Linux Kernel Hidden in Windows 10 Exposed at Black Hat [Ed: "Alex Ionescu, chief architect at Crowdstrike" - well, enough says. CrowdStrike Microsoft-tied. CrowdStrike are the same chronic liars who recently accused Russia of DNC leaks despite lack of evidence. The corporate press cited them. How can GNU and Linux running under a piece of malware with keyloggers and back doors be the main security concern?]
  • Italian-based Android RAT spies on mobiles in Japan and China, say researchers

    Researchers discover an Italian-based Android RAT designed for spying that is targeting mobile devices using their unique identification codes

  • keysafe

    Have you ever thought about using a gpg key to encrypt something, but didn't due to worries that you'd eventually lose the secret key? Or maybe you did use a gpg key to encrypt something and lost the key. There are nice tools like paperkey to back up gpg keys, but they require things like printers, and a secure place to store the backups.

    I feel that simple backup and restore of gpg keys (and encryption keys generally) is keeping some users from using gpg. If there was a nice automated solution for that, distributions could come preconfigured to generate encryption keys and use them for backups etc. I know this is a missing peice in the git-annex assistant, which makes it easy to generate a gpg key to encrypt your data, but can't help you back up the secret key.

    So, I'm thinking about storing secret keys in the cloud. Which seems scary to me, since when I was a Debian Developer, my gpg key could have been used to compromise millions of systems. But this is not about developers, it's about users, and so trading off some security for some ease of use may be appropriate. Especially since the alternative is no security. I know that some folks back up their gpg keys in the cloud using DropBox.. We can do better.

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TuxMachines: Mint KDE Turns Green, ROSA R8 Out, Ubuntu 14.04.5

Friday 5th of August 2016 09:52:26 AM

Russian ROSA Company recently announced the release of ROSA Fresh R8 with your choice of four desktops. The final point release for Ubuntu 14.04 was announced and Clement Lefebvre said upcoming Mint 18 KDE will no longer sport its distinctive blue icon in favor of the green. In other Mint news, ArsTechnica's Scott Gilbertson said Linux doesn't get any better than Mint 18. Jamie Watson reviewed the difference between point and rolling Linux releases and two users share their personal Linux stories.

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LXer: 10 skills to land your open source dream job

Friday 5th of August 2016 09:41:23 AM
In 2014, my colleague Jason Hibbets wrote up a great article based on an excellent talk from Mark Atwood on the skills necessary to get a job with open source.read more

TuxMachines: The best Chromebook you can buy

Friday 5th of August 2016 09:25:04 AM

If you’re looking for a cheap computer, the first thing you should do is check out just how much you can get with a Chromebook.

Chromebooks are increasingly looking like the perfect laptops for a whole lot of people. Sure, they don’t have the wide desktop app ecosystem that Mac and Windows laptops have. But ask yourself how many of those apps you actually use each day, and of those, how many you actually need. Could you trade Outlook for outlook.com? Would you be fine in Google Docs instead of Office? (And if not, would your answer change if it meant saving several hundred dollars?)

Most of our time is spent online, and Chromebooks stick to the basics, offering just enough power to do that. The best of them should let you browse the web without problem and manage to impress you with how nice they are for the price.

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Reddit: HOLY SHIT PLEASE HELP ME

Friday 5th of August 2016 09:08:02 AM

Okay so I have windows 10. I wanted to install kali linux with a dual boot. Unfortunately when partitioning the hard drive I thought I was taking away 20% when in fact I was choosing the remaining hard drive space for windows. I need to get back all that hard disk space I gave to linux is there any way to partition it back. Please help me

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lenovo laptop g50 series 1tb of hard drive 8gb of ram

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TuxMachines: Linux Devices

Friday 5th of August 2016 08:49:42 AM
  • DIY Linux Computer and 6LoWPAN Gateway

    We toss together our own PCB designs, throwing in a microcontroller here or there. Anything more demanding than that, and we reach for a Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone (or an old Linksys router). Why don’t we just whip together a PCB for a small Linux computer? Because we don’t know how…but [Jonas] apparently does. And when we asked him why he did it, he replied “because I can!”

  • 15W Skylake SBCs include Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX, and 3.5-inch

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LXer: 15W Skylake SBCs include Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX, and 3.5-inch

Friday 5th of August 2016 08:27:03 AM
Commell announced three Intel 6th Gen Skylake-U boards in Mini-ITX, Pico-ITX, and 3.5-inch formats, with DDR4 RAM, GbE, USB 3.0, and triple display support. Commell, which in April announced an LV-67S Mini-ITX board running Intel’s 6th Gen (“Skylake”) Core S-Series and Xeon processors, has followed up with three SBCs offering the more energy-efficient, 15W, dual-core, […]

TuxMachines: Creating affordable solutions with open source tools

Friday 5th of August 2016 08:21:06 AM

Open source is often the heart of many civic technology solutions because using open source leverages the minds of many. Small web solution providers, in particular, often turn to open source as a way to deliver services without having to reinvent the wheel. I recently found out about Digital Deployment, a civic web solution provider in Sacramento, that leverages open source, and so I asked them to share their story with me. I chatted on the phone with Chief Operating Officer Sloane Dell'Orto and Lead Software Engineer Dennis Stevense.

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TuxMachines: GNU News, GNU C Library Release

Friday 5th of August 2016 08:01:24 AM

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TuxMachines: 10 reasons you should use LibreOffice and not Microsoft Word

Friday 5th of August 2016 07:48:51 AM

The Document Foundation just released version 5.2 of its fully open source office suite LibreOffice. This release brings many new features and UI improvements. When I got the press release, I started updating LibreOffice on my MacBook. But here's the thing: I'm also a user of Microsoft Word.

That made me pause and consider why I use LibreOffice when I am forking over $99 a year to Microsoft. The flash of introspection surprised me. I'm an unabashed open source and Linux fan, but I am kind of agnostic when it comes to the tools I use. I use what works for me. So I reached out to my followers on Google+ and Facebook to learn about their reasons for using LibreOffice.

Here are some of the many reasons why people, myself included, love LibreOffice.

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TuxMachines: Linux 4.7 - Btrfs vs. EXT4 vs. F2FS vs. XFS vs. NTFS Benchmarks

Friday 5th of August 2016 07:42:50 AM

Continuing on from yesterday's Linux 4.4 To 4.7 - EXT4 vs. F2FS vs. Btrfs Benchmarks comparison, here is a wider look at mainline file-systems on the Linux 4.7. File-systems tested on the NVMe SSD included Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, XFS, and NTFS.

Each of the five file-systems were tested on the same NVM Express SSD from the Linux 4.7.0 mainline kernel and using the stock mount options. The NTFS support was powered by FUSE. For a future article will be a look at non-mainlined file-systems, including ZFS On Linux.

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TuxMachines: Valve is open-sourcing HTC Vive's room-scale tracking tech

Friday 5th of August 2016 07:19:03 AM

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LXer: Making the switch to open source as a non-programmer

Friday 5th of August 2016 07:12:43 AM
"Dad, I killed Windows, but I just realized I still need it. Can you help me?""No, you broke it, you fix it." This was sometime around 2008. I wasn't even 20 years old. I didn't know how to code (apart from basic HTML stuff), nor did I have any particular tech skills. However, I was part of a community radio station that was embedded in an open source culture. After a full year as a member of that community, I decided it was time to fully convert and decided to install a Linux-based OS on my first ever laptop.read more

LXer: Mozilla Awards $585,000 to Nine Open Source Projects in Q2 2016

Friday 5th of August 2016 05:58:22 AM
“People use Tails to chat off-the-record, browse the web anonymously, and share sensitive documents. Many human rights defenders depend on Tails to do their daily work, if not simply to stay alive.”

LXer: Mint 18 review: “Just works” Linux doesn’t get any better than this

Friday 5th of August 2016 04:44:02 AM
So if you're looking for an Ubuntu-like system but don't want to be Canonical's lab rat for the transition to Mir and Unity 8, Mint is for you. Mint 18.x should make for a familiar but stable Linux environment.In some ways, that means Mint has become what Ubuntu once was—a stable, new-user-friendly gateway to Linux. Mint installation is now simpler than upgrading to Windows 10 (though there is one additional headache with 18.0). And once installed, both the Cinnamon and MATE desktops will be familiar to anyone switching from Windows.

LXer: Linux Kernel 4.7 Offers New Support for Virtual Devices, Drivers, and More

Friday 5th of August 2016 03:29:42 AM
So, Linux kernel 4.7 is here. The release happened July 24, just over 10 weeks after the release of 4.6 and two weeks after the final release candidate (4.7-rc7). This release cycle was slightly longer than usual due to Torvalds traveling commitments.

LXer: 10 reasons you should use LibreOffice and not Microsoft Word

Friday 5th of August 2016 02:15:22 AM
If you've been considering moving away from Microsoft Word, here are some solid reasons why LibreOffice might be the right choice for you.

More in Tux Machines

'Open' Processor

  • 25-core open source chip could pave way for monster 200,000-core PC
    PRINCETON UNIVERSITY BOFFINS have developed a 25-core open source processor that can be scaled to create a monster 200,000-core PC stuffed with 8,000 64-bit chips. The chip is called Piton after the metal spikes driven by rock climbers into mountain sides, and was presented at the Hot Chips symposium on high-performance computing in Cupertino this week.
  • New microchip demonstrates efficiency and scalable design
    Researchers at Princeton University have built a new computer chip that promises to boost performance of data centers that lie at the core of online services from email to social media. [...] Other Princeton researchers involved in the project since its 2013 inception are Yaosheng Fu, Tri Nguyen, Yanqi Zhou, Jonathan Balkind, Alexey Lavrov, Matthew Matl, Xiaohua Liang, and Samuel Payne, who is now at NVIDIA. The Princeton team designed the Piton chip, which was manufactured for the research team by IBM. Primary funding for the project has come from the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
  • Manycore ‘Piton’ Climbs Toward 200,000-Core Peak

Android Leftovers

Lubuntu 16.10 Beta Out Now with Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS and the Latest LXDE Desktop

As part of today's Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Beta launch, Simon Quigley from the Lubuntu Linux team released the first Beta build of the upcoming Lubuntu 16.10 operating system. Read more Also: Ubuntu MATE 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Beta Removes the Heads-Up Display (HUD) Feature Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 Beta 1 Released with GNOME 3.20 and GNOME 3.22 Beta Apps Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Beta Released, Ubuntu GNOME Has Experimental Wayland

Facebook open sources its computer vision tools