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Would Steam Losing Ubuntu Support Make You Switch Distro? [Poll]

Sunday 23rd of June 2019 03:41:56 PM

This week's poll asks whether Steam dropping official support for Ubuntu 19.10 would make you switch (or consider switching) Linux distribution.

This post, Would Steam Losing Ubuntu Support Make You Switch Distro? [Poll], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Microsoft Makes It Easier to Try the New Windows Terminal App

Sunday 23rd of June 2019 03:28:27 PM

I carry word that users can now install the new Windows Terminal app on Windows 10 direct from the Microsoft Store – no need to build the app from source.

This post, Microsoft Makes It Easier to Try the New Windows Terminal App, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu NOT Dropping 32-bit App Support After All?

Sunday 23rd of June 2019 02:34:34 PM

A forum post from a leading Ubuntu developer appears to contradict early suggestions that Ubuntu will drop 32-bit app support beginning in 19.10.

This post, Ubuntu NOT Dropping 32-bit App Support After All?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Steam will no longer support Ubuntu, says Valve developer

Saturday 22nd of June 2019 08:17:46 PM

Steam is dropping official support for Ubuntu, which is currently the world’s most popular desktop Linux distribution. The bombshell news was delivered by Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais on Twitter: The move, not unexpected, follows Ubuntu’s […]

This post, Steam will no longer support Ubuntu, says Valve developer, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Tauon Music Box is a Minimally Minded Music Player with Neat Micro Modes

Friday 21st of June 2019 04:37:59 AM

Tauon is a lightweight music player for Linux and Windows desktops that uses the BASS audio library as its backend for (some say) better audio quality.

This post, Tauon Music Box is a Minimally Minded Music Player with Neat Micro Modes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Pinebook Pro, the $199 Linux Laptop, Gets Keyboard & Bluetooth Spec Bumps

Thursday 20th of June 2019 11:12:02 PM

Pine64, the company working on the upcoming Pinebook Pro Linux laptop, have shared more details on keyboard options and connectivity specs in the device.

This post, Pinebook Pro, the $199 Linux Laptop, Gets Keyboard & Bluetooth Spec Bumps, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Wayfire Brings Compiz Bling Back to the Linux Desktop

Thursday 20th of June 2019 06:24:03 PM

Wayfire is a open-source Wayland compositor designed to be showy. It recreates some of the best Compiz window animations and effects.

This post, Wayfire Brings Compiz Bling Back to the Linux Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

A Quick Look at GNOME Shell 3.34’s Newly Improved Theme

Thursday 20th of June 2019 03:17:56 PM

A number of improvements are headed to the default GNOME Shell theme ahead of the desktop's next major release. We spotlight the notable changes.

This post, A Quick Look at GNOME Shell 3.34’s Newly Improved Theme, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Snappy Now Lets You Install Multiple Versions of the Same Snap App

Thursday 20th of June 2019 02:13:49 PM

Snappy, the cross-distro app packaging format, has gained an experimental feature that lets users to install multiple versions of the same app.

This post, Snappy Now Lets You Install Multiple Versions of the Same Snap App, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Mint Vs Windows 10 Speed Test [Infographic]

Wednesday 19th of June 2019 04:00:56 PM

Is Linux Mint faster than Windows 10 when run on the same laptop, launching the same apps? Check out the results of these speed tests to find out!

This post, Linux Mint Vs Windows 10 Speed Test [Infographic], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Arc Menu Extension Now Lets You Pin Your Fave Apps to the Sidebar

Tuesday 18th of June 2019 09:40:13 PM

If you’re a fan of the Arc menu extension for GNOME Shell you may be interested to hear that an update is on the way. A new version of the traditional-style app menu, which is […]

This post, Arc Menu Extension Now Lets You Pin Your Fave Apps to the Sidebar, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Confirms It’s Dropping All 32-bit Support Going Forward

Tuesday 18th of June 2019 04:09:43 PM

Ubuntu has confirmed plans to drop all support for 32-bit (i386) systems going forward, beginning with the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 release.

This post, Ubuntu Confirms It’s Dropping All 32-bit Support Going Forward, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

App Release Roundup: Fondo, Foliate & Shotcut Video Editor

Tuesday 18th of June 2019 03:13:10 PM

We recap the latest releases of the Fondo wallpaper finder, Foliate ePub reader and Shotcut video editor, all of which are available on Flathub.

This post, App Release Roundup: Fondo, Foliate & Shotcut Video Editor, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Slimbook’s New All-in-One Linux PC Looks a Little Bit Familiar…

Monday 17th of June 2019 02:09:39 PM

The Slimbook Apollo is an all-in-one Linux PC with a 23.6-inch FHD display and powered by a choice of Intel i5 or i7 chip. Prices start from €799.

This post, Slimbook’s New All-in-One Linux PC Looks a Little Bit Familiar…, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Use Xournal++ to Take Handwritten Notes or Annotate PDFs on Linux

Monday 17th of June 2019 01:49:50 PM

Take handwritten notes and annotate PDFs on Linux using Xournal++, a free open-source note taking app with a stack of tools and features.

This post, Use Xournal++ to Take Handwritten Notes or Annotate PDFs on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Lenovo ThinkPad P Laptops Are Available with Ubuntu

Sunday 16th of June 2019 04:07:14 PM

Lenovo's new ThinkPad P series laptops are available to buy with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preinstalled. They will be available to buy in the US this summer.

This post, Lenovo ThinkPad P Laptops Are Available with Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME 3.34’s Sleek New Desktop Background

Sunday 16th of June 2019 01:19:50 PM

Get a sneak peek at the new GNOME 3.34 wallpaper. It boasts a richer, warmer color palette than previous designs, and a less angular look.

This post, GNOME 3.34’s Sleek New Desktop Background, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Regolith Linux is the i3 Ubuntu Spin You’ve Been Waiting For

Friday 14th of June 2019 04:58:57 PM

Regolith Linux is a new Ubuntu-based distro that offers an easy to use i3 desktop. It is also available to install as an desktop session on Ubuntu.

This post, Regolith Linux is the i3 Ubuntu Spin You’ve Been Waiting For, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Microsoft Devs Say Edge for Linux is “Something We’d Like to Do”

Friday 14th of June 2019 12:30:23 PM

Microsoft has reiterated its desire to bring the Chromium-based Edge browser to Linux desktops, describing the task as "something we'd like to do".

This post, Microsoft Devs Say Edge for Linux is “Something We’d Like to Do”, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Give Ubuntu a Bold New Look with the Qogir Theme

Friday 14th of June 2019 11:01:37 AM

Find out how to install the Qogir theme on Ubuntu and Linux Mint. The GTK theme has a unique look and is available in light, dark and mixed versions.

This post, Give Ubuntu a Bold New Look with the Qogir Theme, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

There's A Professional Grade Digital Cinema Camera Powered By Linux

Digital camera startup Octopus Cinema has been designing the "OCTOPUSCAMERA" as a digital cinema camera that's professional grade yet is an open platform with removable/upgradeable parts and this camera platform itself is running Linux. The OCTOPUSCAMERA supports up to 5K full frame recording, weighs less than 1kg, and is powered by Linux. It's a rather ambitious device and they aim to be shipping in 2020. Read more Also: Old Linus Torvalds is back: Linux page caching sparks 'bulls**t' outburst [Ed: Anti-Linux writers of the CBS tabloid ZDNet are mobbing Torvalds into silence again]

Android Leftovers

One Mix Yoga 3 mini laptop demostrated running Ubuntu

If you are in interested in seeing how the Ubuntu Linux operating system runs on the new One Mix Yoga 3 mini laptop. You are sure to be interested in the new video created by Brad Linder over at Liliputing. “ I posted some notes about what happened when I took Ubuntu 19.04 for a spin on the One Mix 3 Yoga in my first-look article, but plenty of folks who watched my first look video on YouTube asked for a video… so I made one of those too.” The creators of the One Mix Yoga 3 have made it fairly easy to boot an alternative operating system simply by plugging in a bootable flash drive or USB storage device. As the mini laptop is powering up simply hit the delete key and you will be presented by the BIOS/UEFI menu. Simply change the boot priority order so that the computer will boot from a USB device and you are in business. Read more

Security: Curl, Fedora, Windows and More

  • Daniel Stenberg: openssl engine code injection in curl

    This flaw is known as CVE-2019-5443. If you downloaded and installed a curl executable for Windows from the curl project before June 21st 2019, go get an updated one. Now.

  • Fedora's GRUB2 EFI Build To Offer Greater Security Options

    In addition to disabling root password-based SSH log-ins by default, another change being made to Fedora 31 in the name of greater security is adding some additional GRUB2 boot-loader modules to be built-in for their EFI boot-loader. GRUB2 security modules for verification, Cryptodisk, and LUKS will now be part of the default GRUB2 EFI build. They are being built-in now since those using the likes of UEFI SecureBoot aren't able to dynamically load these modules due to restrictions in place under SecureBoot. So until now using SecureBoot hasn't allowed users to enjoy encryption of the boot partition and the "verify" module with ensuring better integrity of the early boot-loader code.

  • Fedora 31 Will Finally Disable OpenSSH Root Password-Based Logins By Default

    Fedora 31 will harden up its default configuration by finally disabling password-based OpenSSH root log-ins, matching the upstream default of the past four years and behavior generally enforced by other Linux distributions. The default OpenSSH daemon configuration file will now respect upstream's default of prohibiting passwords for root log-ins. Those wishing to restore the old behavior of allowing root log-ins with a password can adjust their SSHD configuration file with the PermitRootLogin option, but users are encouraged to instead use a public-key for root log-ins that is more secure and will be permitted still by default.

  • Warning Issued For Millions Of Microsoft Windows 10 Users

    Picked up by Gizmodo, acclaimed Californian security company SafeBreach has revealed that software pre-installed on PCs has left “millions” of users exposed to hackers. Moreover, that estimate is conservative with the number realistically set to be hundreds of millions. The flaw lies in PC-Doctor Toolbox, systems analysis software which is rebadged and pre-installed on PCs made by some of the world’s biggest computer retailers, including Dell, its Alienware gaming brand, Staples and Corsair. Dell alone shipped almost 60M PCs last year and the company states PC-Doctor Toolbox (which it rebrands as part of ‘SupportAssist’) was pre-installed on “most” of them. What SafeBreach has discovered is a high-severity flaw which allows attackers to swap-out harmless DLL files loaded during Toolbox diagnostic scans with DLLs containing a malicious payload. The injection of this code impacts both Windows 10 business and home PCs and enables hackers to gain complete control of your computer. What makes it so dangerous is PC-makers give Toolbox high-permission level access to all your computer’s hardware and software so it can be monitored. The software can even give itself new, higher permission levels as it deems necessary. So once malicious code is injected via Toolbox, it can do just about anything to your PC.

  • Update Your Dell Laptop Now to Fix a Critical Security Flaw in Pre-Installed Software

    SafeBreach Labs said it targeted SupportAssist, software pre-installed on most Dell PCs designed to check the health of the system’s hardware, based on the assumption that “such a critical service would have high permission level access to the PC hardware as well as the capability to induce privilege escalation.” What the researchers found is that the application loads DLL files from a folder accessible to users, meaning the files can be replaced and used to load and execute a malicious payload. There are concerns the flaw may affect non-Dell PCs, as well. The affected module within SupportAssist is a version of PC-Doctor Toolbox found in a number of other applications, including: Corsair ONE Diagnostics, Corsair Diagnostics, Staples EasyTech Diagnostics, Tobii I-Series Diagnostic Tool, and Tobii Dynavox Diagnostic Tool. The most effective way to prevent DLL hijacking is to quickly apply patches from the vendor. To fix this bug, either allow automatic updates to do its job, or download the latest version of Dell SupportAssist for Business PCs (x86 or x64) or Home PCs (here). You can read a full version of the SafeBreach Labs report here.

  • TCP SACK PANIC Kernel Vulnerabilities Reported by Netflix Researchers

    On June 17th, Researchers at Netflix have identified several TCP networking vulnerabilities in FreeBSD and Linux kernels.

  • DNS Security - Getting it Right

    This paper addresses the privacy implications of two new Domain Name System (DNS) encryption protocols: DNS-over-TLS (DoT) and DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH). Each of these protocols provides a means to secure the transfer of data during Internet domain name lookup, and they prevent monitoring and abuse of user data in this process. DoT and DoH provide valuable new protection for users online. They add protection to one of the last remaining unencrypted ‘core’ technologies of the modern Internet, strengthen resistance to censorship and can be coupled with additional protections to provide full user anonymity. Whilst DoT and DoH appear to be a win for Internet users, however, they raise issues for network operators concerned with Internet security and operational efficiency. DoH in particular makes it extremely difficult for network operators to implement domain-specific filters or blocks, which may have a negative impact on UK government strategies for the Internet which rely on these. We hope that a shift to encrypted DNS will lead to decreased reliance on network-level filtering for censorship.