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Linux Marketshare Climbed to All-Time High in June, Stats Show

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 01:12:34 PM

A new month means new Linux marketshare stats from net analytics company NetMarketshare and they show Linux and Ubuntu were up for the fourth consecutive month in a row.

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Arc Menu 47 Released with New Layout, Other Improvements

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 05:16:38 PM

A new version of Arc Menu, a popular extension for GNOME Shell, has been released. It includes a new, neater menu layout and alphabetical grouping options.

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Firefox 78 Released, Bumps Linux System Requirements

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 11:11:00 AM

Mozilla Firefox 78 is now available to download for Windows, macOS and Linux. We cover the notable new features and changes, and show you how to upgrade.

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‘Rolling Rhino’ Turns Ubuntu into a Rolling Release

Sunday 28th of June 2020 07:55:11 PM

Ubuntu desktop lead Martin Wimpress has created a tool called Rolling Rhino. Its aim: convert an Ubuntu daily build image into a "rolling release" distro by opting into and tracking the devel series of changes/packages.

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Stop ‘Messages from Firefox’ Showing on the New Tab page

Sunday 28th of June 2020 03:06:12 PM

Learn how to disable the 'messages from Firefox' feature so that message no longer show in the footer of the New Tab page — and spoiler: it's easy!

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Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Now Comes with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020 12:00:00 PM

Been holding out for word on a new Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition preloaded with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS? Well you're in in luck as Dell has announced one!

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How to Enable Wobbly Windows Effect on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Monday 22nd of June 2020 03:05:02 PM

Want to enable a wobbly window effect on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS? You can using this free Compiz-style window effect extension for the GNOME Shell desktop.

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How to Change Snap App Theme on Ubuntu (With Examples)

Thursday 18th of June 2020 03:36:00 AM

Want Snap apps to use your system theme? Learn how to make Snap apps use popular GTK themes like Layan, Orchis and Qogir in this short guide.

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Microsoft Makes it Easier to Install WSL on Windows 10

Wednesday 17th of June 2020 09:42:27 PM

Microsoft is making it easier to install WSL on Windows 10 on systems where the feature isn't currently enabled. Fittingly: it now takes a single command.

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Small Things that Bug Me in Ubuntu: The Blank Snap Folder

Monday 15th of June 2020 09:38:47 PM

I had to take new screenshots for our list of the best GTK themes this weekend and in doing become acutely aware of how much the "Snap" folder bugs me.

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PinePhone Community Edition with postmarketOS Now Available to Buy

Monday 15th of June 2020 07:14:49 PM

It might not be Ubuntu related but I figured a bunch of you will be interested in knowing that a second PinePhone Community Edition will go on sale shortly, this one pre-loaded with postmarketOS.

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Entangle 3.0 Improves Tethered DSLR Shooting on Linux

Monday 15th of June 2020 01:22:43 PM

Entangle 3.0 has been released with a modest set of improvements including the ability to flip image previews. The update is available from Flathub.

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KDE Plasma Switches to Windows-style Icon-only Task Bar

Sunday 14th of June 2020 06:09:01 PM

With work on KDE Plasma 5.20 is underway, developers plan to introduce a small but significant layout tweak: using an icon-only task bar by default.

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Linux Mint 20 Blocks Snap App Installs, So Here’s the Workaround

Friday 12th of June 2020 02:17:00 AM

Linux Mint 20 disables support for Snap apps entirely on your behalf, but in this post I'm going to show you how to re-enable it by deleting a single file.

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Linux Mint 20 Beta is Now Available to Download

Friday 12th of June 2020 12:00:00 AM

Download Linux Mint 20 beta to help test things out ahead of the final stable release later this month. The beta includes a new kernel and many UX tweaks.

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GIMP 2.10.20 Released with Improved Crop Tool, New Blur Filters

Thursday 11th of June 2020 02:15:04 PM

A new version of GIMP, the popular open source graphics editing software, is now available to download. GIMP 2.10.20 features all of the usual stuff like bug fixes and performance tweaks but adds a collection […]

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The Vivaldi Browser Now Has a Built in, Er, Word Processor?!

Thursday 11th of June 2020 09:00:46 AM

Want your web browser to have a built-in word-processor? Of course not, but the bods behind Vivaldi have added one anyway, and here's how It works.

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Preorder the PineTab, a $99 Linux Tablet [Update: Sold Out]

Wednesday 10th of June 2020 02:52:58 PM

The $99 PineTab Linux tablet is now available to buy from the Pine64 website. The 10.1-inch tablet runs Ubuntu Touch on a 64-bit ARM processor.

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Official Ubuntu Desktop Support for the Raspberry Pi 4 is On the Way

Monday 8th of June 2020 02:38:46 PM

Your dream of being able to run Ubuntu desktop on the Raspberry Pi 4 may be closer to reality than you think. October’s Ubuntu 20.10 release may introduce official support for Ubuntu desktop on the […]

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How to Install WSL 2 on Windows 10 May 2020 Update

Saturday 6th of June 2020 12:34:00 PM

If you want to try out the improved Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (aka WSL 2) included in the latest Windows update you’ll need to roll your sleeves up — but don’t worry: we cover […]

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More in Tux Machines

HeliOS is a Tiny Embedded OS Designed for Arduino Boards

Mannie Peterson (aka FellFromTree) has developed an embedded operating system called HeliOS that’s designed specifically for 8-bit and 32-bit Arduino boards, and can easily be used from the Arduino IDE. HeliOS is said to have only 21 function calls and implements cooperative and event-driven multitasking, task notification/messaging, timers, and memory management. It’s a non-preemptive multitasking kernel so you won’t have to deal with mutexes. The developer explains how scheduling works with HeliOS: HeliOS uses a run-time balanced strategy which ensures tasks with shorter run-times are prioritized over tasks with longer run-times. This ensures all running tasks receive approximately equal total run-time without using context switching. The other multitasking option available in HeliOS is event driven multitasking, which uses the wait/notify and timer interfaces. Mixing cooperative and event driven tasks in HeliOS is not a problem. Read more

Debian vs Ubuntu in 2020- The Ultimate Showdown

As a computer software distribution package, Ubuntu and Debian are utilized in two ways... Desktop Operating System Server Although they are similar in many ways, they have their differences. Ubuntu is based on the testing branch of Debian and often, Debian involves too many manual works and so it is not recommended for beginners. While Ubuntu is easy to use for beginners, it is not as stable as Debian in its built. Let us have a comparison between Debian vs Ubuntu. Read more

[email protected] ARM64 Linux Beta Release for COVID-19 Vaccine Research

A few months ago, we reported that [email protected] supported 64-bit Arm SBC’s and Servers in the Fight against COVID-19. But [email protected] did not support Arm hardware just yet, but thanks to work from Nercotix, Linaro, Arm, miniNodes, and Packet.com, we now get support for [email protected] on ARM64 meaning you can help researchers studying SARS-CoV-2 virus and help them develop a COVID-19 vaccine with Raspberry Pi 3/4 boards, or other 64-bit Arm SBC’s and servers. The solution relies on Neocortix Cloud Services Platform allowing the unused capacity of large numbers of individual mobile phones or other connected nodes to be harnessed into a single, unified computational engine. The very first application that made use of the platform was Neocortix PhonePaycheck were users get paid to let businesses perform calculations on their phones at night while charging and connected to WiFi. That way users of premium phones like Galaxy S10 or S20 can make around $80 a year when used for 8 hours a day, or $240 per year with a spare phone running 24/7. Read more

Security Leftovers

  • An Average IT Org

    Supply chain attacks are a known issue, and also lately there was a discussion around the relevance of reproducible builds. Looking in comparison at an average IT org doing something with the internet, I believe the pressing problem is neither supply chain attacks nor a lack of reproducible builds. The real problem is the amount of prefabricated binaries supplied by someone else, created in an unknown build environment with unknown tools, the average IT org requires to do anything. [...] Yes some of that is even non-free and might contain spyw^telemetry. [...] In the end the binary supply is like a drug for the user, and somehow the Debian project is also just another dealer / middle man in this setup. There are probably a lot of open questions to think about in that context. Are we the better dealer because we care about signed sources we retrieve from upstream and because we engage in reproducible build projects? Are our own means of distributing binaries any better than a binary download from github via https with a manual checksum verification, or the Debian repo at download.docker.com? Is the approach of the BSD/Gentoo ports, where you have to compile at least some software from source, the better one? Do I really want to know how some of the software is actually build?

  • NSA and FBI warn that new Linux malware threatens national security
  • Critical vulnerabilities in Quiz And Survey Master WordPress Plugin

    Quiz and Survey Master is a WordPress plugin for creating quizzes and surveys easily on WordPress sites. It is installed on over 30,000+ websites. Recently WordFence‘s Chloe Chamberland discovered two critical vulnerabilities in Quiz and Survey Master plugin version 7.0.

  • Pros & Cons of WordPress Plugins Auto-updates

    WordPress has released a major update yesterday with some big changes. One of the features is the ability to apply all the plugins and themes updates automatically. Earlier plugins updates could be automatically applied with the help of additional plugins. One popular plugin is Jetpack that can apply available updates automatically. Now WordPress 5.5 core supports auto-updates out of the box. In this article, we will discuss the auto-update feature of WordPress. For many websites, this feature can be a lifesaver but for some, there may involve some risks.