- 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
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.
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.
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.
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
lenovo laptop g50 series 1tb of hard drive 8gb of ramsubmitted by /u/deathlesgaming
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
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.
- Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: August 5th
- The GNU C Library version 2.24 is now available
GNU C Library 2.24 Released
The glibc 2.24 release drops several deprecated functions/types/options, a new NSS action (MERGE) to facilitate large distributed system administrator, and adding nextupl/nextup/nextdownl/nextdown to libm. The GNU C Library 2.24 release also has a number of security changes and bug fixes.
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.
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.
- Valve is open-sourcing HTC Vive's room-scale tracking tech
- HTC, Valve Open Source Vive VR's Tracking System For Third-Party Hardware: Future Of VR Looks Bright
- Valve opens up the HTC Vive’s tracking system to third-party developers
- Valve Now Offering VR Tech for Free to Third Parties
- Valve Swings The Doors For Lighthouse Tracked Peripherals Wide Open, Giving The Tech Away
- Valve will grant royalty-free licenses to anyone making SteamVR peripherals
- Valve opens up HTC Vive’s tracking tech for the good of VR
- Valve is opening up its Vive VR trackers to custom hardware
- HTC Vive's tracking tech is now open to all - here's what it means for you
- HTC Wants Outside Peripherals And Accessories For Vive
- Valve now licensing SteamVR tracking to third-party hardware companies
- Valve is offering free VR tech to third party hardware companies
- Valve follows through on plan to make SteamVR tracking tech freely available
- Valve Opens Vive’s Tracking Tech to Third-parties for Free, Details Dev Kit for Licensees
- Steam VR Tracking Now Available for All 3rd Party Hardware Makers
- Steam VR tracking technology now available to third parties
- Steam VR tracking for third parties available license free
- Valve Begins Process To License Tracking Technology Royalty Free
- Valve make SteamVR tracking technology available for developers, without licensing fees
- HTC Announces Vive™ Development And Training For Accessories And Peripherals
- Valve announces free SteamVR Tracking for 3rd Party hardware makers starting today
- Valve is opening up SteamVR tracking to third-parties with royalty-free licensing