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Ubuntu Touch Demoed on the PineTab Linux Tablet [Video]

Friday 15th of May 2020 02:11:06 PM

Watch Ubuntu Touch running on a PineTab in this short video shared by Pine64, the company behind the (upcoming) $89 Linux tablet with dockable keyboard.

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Noted is keyboard-driven note taking app for macOS & Linux

Monday 11th of May 2020 05:59:37 PM

Noted is a new keyboard-driven note-taking app freely available for Linux and macOS. The app is inspired by open source Mac app 'Notational Velocity'.

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Ready, Set, Bake: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is Now Certified for the Raspberry Pi

Friday 8th of May 2020 12:48:24 PM

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is now certified for the Raspberry Pi. The support for the successful single board computer includes additional testing and security fixes.

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Ubuntu Dev Details Work Done to Make GNOME Shell Faster in 20.04

Thursday 7th of May 2020 03:30:05 PM

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS's improved GNOME Shell performance didn't arrive out of nowhere. Now, in a new forum post the Ubuntu dev behind the effort explains more.

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Microsoft’s New Surface Book Ad Mentions …Linux?!

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 11:28:43 PM

A new product video for the Microsoft Surface Book 3 make the ability to 'run Linux on Windows' a core selling point, cementing Microsoft's love for its former rival.

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Linux Marketshare Doubled Last Month, Stats Reveal

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 10:51:48 PM

We've all had to adapt to different ways of working of late, and according to stat trackers NetMarketShare that includes making more use of Linux!

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14 projects chosen by GNOME for Google Summer of Code 2020

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 08:23:47 PM

Improved desktop notifications and a Wayland-compatible battery testing tool are among the 14 projects selected by GNOME for this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC).

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SoftMaker Office 2021 Hits Beta, is Free to Download (For Now)

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 10:07:00 AM

A beta release of SoftMaker Office 2021 is available to download for free on Windows, macOS and Linux. For those unfamiliar with it SoftMaker Office is a paid, closed-source productivity suite created by SoftMaker, a […]

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Firefox 76 Released with New Password Protections, Better Picture in Picture Mode

Tuesday 5th of May 2020 08:20:24 PM

Mozilla Firefox 76 is available to download for Windows, macOS and Linux. The latest update to this web browser includes various security enhancements.

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Superpaper 2.0 is an Advanced Multi-Monitor Wallpaper App for Windows & Linux

Tuesday 5th of May 2020 07:51:15 PM

I wrote about Superpaper, an advanced multi-monitor wallpaper tool for Linux and Windows, last year, finding it particularly good at what it sets out to do.

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How to Make VLC Look at Home on Ubuntu 20.04

Monday 4th of May 2020 03:33:01 PM

Want VLC to look more at home on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS? If you do then download this Yaru Dark VLC skin. It themes the media player based on the Yaru GTK theme.

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Android Screen Mirror Tool ‘Scrcpy’ Adds Rotation Lock, Improves Quality

Sunday 3rd of May 2020 04:33:25 PM

Handy mobile tool scrcpy app gains rotation locking and improved quality on smaller displays through trilinear filtering in its latest release.

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How to Freeze Ubuntu By Pressing One Key (Don’t Try This at Home)

Friday 1st of May 2020 02:56:41 PM

Fool around with function keys in Ubuntu at your own peril folks, 'cos today I came across a frustrating (if middle funny) bug that can freeze the desktop.

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Xubuntu has made a video to show off its newest release

Friday 1st of May 2020 02:01:00 AM

With the weekend approaching you might be planning to take some of the official Ubuntu 20.04 flavours for a spin — if so, Xubuntu has a little something to tempt you its way.

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Pop!_OS 20.04 is here, and it boasts impressive new features

Thursday 30th of April 2020 10:53:00 PM

Pop OS 20.04 is available to download based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The update features some major new desktop features that we take a look at in this post.

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Ubuntu 20.10 Daily Builds Now Available to Download

Thursday 30th of April 2020 04:29:46 PM

Buckle up for the ride as you can now download Ubuntu 20.10 daily builds for testing! Freshly spun ISOs of what will become the next stable Ubuntu release will be produced each and every day […]

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‘Folder Color’ Now Works with Ubuntu 20.04 and the Yaru Icon Set

Wednesday 29th of April 2020 10:47:14 PM

A new add-on for the Folder Colors tool is available. When installed it lets you instantly change folder colors on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS with the Yaru icon set.

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VLC 3.0.10 Adds SMB2/3 Support, Improved Chromecast Audio

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 11:55:30 PM

VLC 3.0.10 is out with various fixes and improvements, including support for SMB2/3 shares, adaptive streaming, and better audio quality with Chromecast.

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BleachBit, the Open Source System Cleaner, Sees New Release

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 10:24:52 PM

System cleaner Bleachbit 4.0 is now available to download for Linux and Windows. In this post I recap the core changes (spoiler: it involves Python 3).

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Regolith Linux 1.4 Released Based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 08:30:29 PM

Learn what's new in Regolith Linux 1.4, the latest version of the i3-based Ubuntu spin, in this post. There's a new theme, a new login manger, and more.

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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.