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NexDock Touch Turns Your Android Phone or Raspberry Pi into a Touchscreen Laptop

Thursday 4th of June 2020 05:02:00 PM

Dream of turning your Android phone or Raspberry Pi into a fully-fledged laptop? Well, with the all-new NexDock Touch you can! Like the original NexDock the new model is a 14.1-inch laptop shell, complete with […]

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Geary’s Getting a Linux Phone Friendly UI

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 02:13:00 AM

I’m a big fan of desktop e-mail client Geary — it’s in our list of the best Ubuntu apps after all — so I’m particularly thrilled to hear that a “mobile version” is in the […]

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Lenovo Will Sell Ubuntu on More ThinkPads, ThinkStations This Summer

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 07:09:16 PM

Lenovo has announced that all of its ThinkStation desktop PCs and ThinkPad P series laptop will be available to buy preloaded with Ubuntu this summer.

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Firefox 77 Released with Minor Changes

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 05:41:30 PM

Firefox 77 has arrived with a whole load of …nothing major. Still, iterative improvement is as welcome as shiny new features so read on to discover more.

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Linux Marketshare Increased Again Last Month (So Did Ubuntu’s)

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 03:23:58 PM

Usage of Linux-based desktop operating systems grew again in May 2020, according to stats shared by web analytics firm NetMarketShare.

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Foliate Makes Finding Free eBooks Easier, Adds Support for Comics

Monday 1st of June 2020 02:30:54 PM

Finding free ebooks to read in Foliate, a GTK ebook reader for Linux desktops, just got a whole lot easier. The new Foliate 2.2.0 release comes with several enhancements, one of which is better eBook […]

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Linux 5.7 Released, This is What’s New

Monday 1st of June 2020 11:51:04 AM

Linux 5.7 has arrived, serving as the latest mainline release of the Linux Kernel — but what’s changed? Well, in this post we recap the new features and core changes bundled up inside this kernel […]

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The Raspberry Pi 4 is Now Available With 8GB RAM

Thursday 28th of May 2020 02:31:11 PM

A Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB RAM is now available to buy. This model is the most powerful version of the device released so far, and the most expensive at $75.

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Android Mirroring App ‘Scrcpy’ Just Added a Bunch of New Features

Thursday 28th of May 2020 01:11:33 AM

If you read this blog regularly enough you’ll be familiar with scrcpy, an ace root-free way to mirror your Android smartphone on your Ubuntu desktop and interact with it. Scrcpy is free, it’s open source, […]

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GNOME Devs Make Major Improvements to the Apps Grid

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 03:11:02 PM

Some interesting things are happening upstream in GNOME Shell that affect the "Applications" screen, app folders, and the associated code.

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First Ubuntu 20.04 Point Release Arrives August 6 (Updated)

Monday 25th of May 2020 01:31:42 PM

The Ubuntu 20.04.1 point release is due for release on July 23, 2020. The update doesn't have a new hardware enablement stack but is notable for LTS users.

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Transmission 3.0 Released, Here’s How to Install it on Ubuntu

Sunday 24th of May 2020 04:45:43 PM

A new version of open-source torrent client Transmission is available to download. In this post I share details on what’s changed and show you how to install the update on your system using the official Transmission […]

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Ubuntu 20.10 Release Date & Planned Features

Friday 22nd of May 2020 01:31:00 PM

With Ubuntu 20.04 LTS done and dusted developer attention now turns towards Ubuntu 20.10 which is due for release on October 22, 2020. Learn when Ubuntu 20.10 will be released and what new features it […]

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Notorious is new keyboard-driven note taking app for Linux

Tuesday 19th of May 2020 09:10:58 PM

Last week I spotlighted Noted, a (rather splendid) keyboard-driven note taking app for macOS and Linux — but some of you weren’t convinced. It wasn’t the app per se; you liked its clean UI, and […]

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Microsoft’s Open Source Terminal App Hits Version 1.0

Tuesday 19th of May 2020 06:19:43 PM

Microsoft's Windows Terminal app has hit version 1.0. The open source app is available to install on Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store and on GitHub.

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Windows 10 is Getting Support for GUI Linux Apps

Tuesday 19th of May 2020 04:56:49 PM

Dream of being able to run your favourite Linux apps on the Windows 10 desktop? Me neither, but Microsoft is going ahead and doing it anyway in WSL 2.

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How to Give Audacity Audio Editor a Flat, Dark & Modern Look on Ubuntu

Tuesday 19th of May 2020 02:32:29 PM

Audacity is a powerful audio editing tool but its appearance is utilitarian looking. In this post we show you how to theme Audacity with a dark, flat look.

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KDE Plasma 5.19 is Out, This is What’s New

Monday 18th of May 2020 05:38:18 PM

KDE Plasma 5.19 features a modest crop of changes, with various visual improvements and usability enhancements designed to make the release more enjoyable.

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Audacity 2.4 Released with New Audio Effects, New Time Toolbar (Updated)

Monday 18th of May 2020 12:41:28 AM

Audacity, the open source audio editor, has a new version available to download with a new noise reduction effect, improved time toolbar, and other changes.

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Enlightenment 0.24 Released with Assorted Changes

Sunday 17th of May 2020 11:51:51 PM

Enlightenment 0.24 is available to download. The latest release of the Linux and BSD desktop includes an improved screenshot tool and lower memory usage.

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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.