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Linux Virus Removes Security Software to Mine Monero

6 hours 16 min ago
Security researchers warn that a new form of malware targets Linux servers and disable their security products in order to mine cryptocurrency.

Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 reveals that it came across samples of malware used by a group called Rocke to infiltrate into Linux systems and look for five different cloud security products that could block further malicious activities on the compromised hosts.

The analysis reveals that successful attacks launched by Rocke first require them to exploit vulnerabilities found in other software solutions that would allow them to deploy the malware. Flaws in Apache Struts 2, Oracle WebLogic, and Adobe ColdFusion are being used.

Once the host has been compromised, the malware downloads a script called a7 on the system and enables persistence using cronjobs.

Furthermore, it can kill all the other m... (read more)

Purism Announces PureOS App Store for Its Upcoming Librem 5 Linux Phone, Laptops

Thursday 17th of January 2019 11:47:00 PM
Purism surprised everyone today by announcing that it works on an app store for its Linux-based operating system, PureOS, in order to be able to deliver apps to its laptops and the upcoming Librem 5 Linux phone.

Envisioned as a hub for delivering apps to both mobile and desktop ecosystems in a secure manner, Purism’s upcoming PureOS Store promises to respect the privacy and freedom of users while make it easier for them to download well-tested software on their Librem laptops, as well as the Librem 5 privacy-focused mobile phone that the company plans to release worldwide in April 2019.

“We envision PureOS Store as the primary community interface for app developers to contribute to the wider ecosystem, without having to understand the underlying technology like packaging or the mechanism of pushing apps upstream. We want to incentivize developers to create software that meets community values with t... (read more)

Inkscape 1.0 Open-Source Vector Graphics Editor Is Finally Coming After 15 Years

Thursday 17th of January 2019 09:23:00 PM
After being in development for the last 15 years, the Inkscape open-source and free vector graphics editor is finally reaching the 1.0 milestone, proving its maturity with new and exciting features and improvements.

Inkscape is quality SVG editor that runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows systems and can be used to create or edit vector graphics like logos, diagrams, illustrations, charts, and anything else in between. Inkscape 1.0 is a major release that all fans of the open source software have expected for so long, and it finally brings long-anticipated features and improvements.

Highlights of Inkscape 1.0 include an updated user interface that offers better support for 4K/HiDPI screens and theming support, the ability to rotate and mirror canvases, new options for exporting to the PNG image format, variable fonts (requires pango 1.41.1 or higher), as well as much faster path operations and deselection of a large amounts of paths.

“The user interface has been changed... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.15 Desktop Environment Enters Beta, Promises Numerous Improvements

Thursday 17th of January 2019 04:35:00 PM
The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the beta version of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

More than three months in development, the KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment sees a public beta release today, allowing users to get an early taste of the huge number of improvements and new features implemented by the hard-working people behind this Open Source project before the final release next month.

"Plasma 5.15 brings a number of changes to our configuration interfaces, including more options for complex network configurations. Many icons have been added or redesigned. Our integration with third-party technologies like GTK and Firefox has been made even more complete," reads today's announcement.

Here's what's new in KDE Plasma 5.15

While no major feature stands out, the KDE Plasma 5.15 release includes dozens... (read more)

GNOME Software Package Manager to Feature Better Flatpak Support for GNOME 3.32

Thursday 17th of January 2019 05:11:00 AM
GNOME Software, the app used for installing, updating, and removing software from your GNOME-based GNU/Linux operating system, will get a major revamp in functionality for the upcoming GNOME 3.32 desktop environment.

A new development snapshot of GNOME Software 3.32 landed this week with lots of improvements for the Flatpak universal package format, allowing new permissions for Flatpak updates and displaying permissions for installed Flatpak apps. GNOME Software also now shows correct version numbers for installed Flatpaks.

The update mechanism for Flatpak apps was switched to use a single transaction, allowing the GNOME developers to share more code with the flatpak command-line utility, and it looks like GNOME Software 3.32 will offer better support for installing Flatpak repository files, also known as flatpakref, and for Flatpak plugins.

GNOME Software to start up faster and use less memory

Besides the Flatpak improvements, the upcoming GNOME... (read more)

Android-x86 8.1 Officially Released, Lets You Run Android 8.1 Oreo on Your PC

Thursday 17th of January 2019 02:44:00 AM
The Android-x86 Project announced the general availability of the Android-x86 8.1-r1 stable release, a GNU/Linux distribution that lets you run Google's Android mobile operating system on your PC.

After entering development last year in June, the Android-x86 8.1 release, which is based on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo mobile operating system, saw two RC (Release Candidate) builds that allowed testers to try the upcoming OS on their PCs. Three months after the last RC build, the Android-x86 8.1 release is now finally stable and ready for mass adoption.

Software rendering is also possible on unsupported GPU devices with OpenGL ES 2.0 support via SwiftShader, and Android-x86 8.1 also comes with support for hardware accelerated codecs on devices powered by Intel HD and Intel G45 graphics cards series. For newer Intel and AMD GPUs, this release adds experimental Vulkan support available via Advanced opti... (read more)

Deepin Linux 15.9 Released with Support for Touchscreen Gestures, Faster Updates

Wednesday 16th of January 2019 01:55:00 PM
Deepin 15.9 was released today two months after the Deepin 15.8 update, adding yet another layer of improvements and performance optimizations, but also a couple of new features for fans of this Linux-based operating system.

Packed with all the updates that have been released through the official channels since Deepin 15.8, the Deepin 15.9 update is here to add support for multiple touchscreen gestures, including click, double click, long press to open the context menu, as well as slide up and down, an  on-screen keyboard, and faster updates thanks to a new Smart Mirror Switch function.

The Deepin 15.9 release also brings some performance optimizations by making power management more efficient and convenient to laptop and desktop users alike. "Whether your computer is connected to power supply or not, you can easily change the monitor and computer suspend time for different scenarios," explained the devs in today's read more)

VirtualBox 6.0.2 Released with Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.4

Tuesday 15th of January 2019 05:52:00 PM
Oracle released today the first point release to the massive VirtualBox 6.0 series announced at the end of 2018, fixing various annoyances and implementing more new features and enhancements.

VirtualBox 6.0 brought numerous new features and improvements to the open-source and cross-platform virtualization software used by millions of computer users worldwide to run multiple operating systems on their PCs. These include a major user interface revamp, the ability to export virtual machines to the Oracle Cloud infrastructure, better 4K/HiDPI support for high-end displays, and support for Linux kernel 4.20.

VirtualBox 6.0.2 is the first maintenance update to the VirtualBox 6.0 series, adding support for building the VirtualBox drivers on the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.4 operating system, implementing a new virtual optical disk creation window in the UI, making the VirtualBoxVM command accessible on Linux and macOS hosts, supporting older Linux kernels for building... (read more)

GNOME 3.32 Desktop to Feature a Revamped Theme, Beta Coming Early February

Tuesday 15th of January 2019 02:24:00 PM
The GNOME Project is currently working hard on the next major release of their beloved desktop environment for Linux-based operating system, GNOME 3.32, due for release in Spring 2019, and they recently unveiled some changes to the default theme.

GNOME's Matthias Clasen talks in his latest blog article about some of the theme changes coming to the GTK+ 3 toolkit, which is the core of the GNOME desktop environment, revealing the fact that the upcoming GNOME 3.32 desktop environment would feature a revamped default Adwaita theme with more modernized elements.

It's been a while since GNOME's default theme Adwaita saw some changes since it was completely revamped and modernized three years ago as part of the GNOME 3.16 series, but Clasen explains that it is a challenge to update Adwaita as most GTK+ apps are still using the stable GTK+ 3.x series and any major change could cause issues.

"We are hopi... (read more)

Debian-Based Netrunner 19.01 "Blackbird" Officially Released with New Dark Look

Monday 14th of January 2019 10:15:00 PM
The development team behind the Netrunner Linux project announced today the official release and general availability of the Debian-based Netrunner 19.01 operating system.

Dubbed Blackbird, Netrunner 19.01 comes ten months after the Netrunner 18.03 "Idolon" release with a fresh, dark new look and feel with a more 3D-looking design, which was created using the Kvantum theme engine and the Alpha-Black Plasma theme. The new theme comes with some bling too as there's now a light glow for the "Minimize all Windows to show Desktop" function.

"Around this time of the year, we thought we could try something more vivid and colorful to lighten up the shortened days. So instead of going with the previously used “material look”, we thought of something different. Blackbird ships with a new Look and Feel Theme called “Netrunner Black” that is based on a dark, yet not too harsh contrasting visual," reads today's read more)

Solus 4 and Budgie 10.5 Desktop Will Finally Be Released in Spring 2019

Monday 14th of January 2019 08:19:00 PM
Solus Project's Joshua Strobl announced today in a lengthy blog post that the long-anticipated Solus 4 operating system release will finally arrive in Spring 2019 along with the Budgie 10.5 desktop environment.

It's been a year since the former leader of the Solus Project, Ikey Doherty, promised us the release of Solus 4, but after many trials and tribulations the team is now stable and ready to continue from where they left off. According to experience lead developer Joshua Strobl, the Solus 4 release is on its way very soon, as soon as Budgie 10.5 desktop environment hits the streets.

"I’m hoping that Budgie 10.5 will be ready for release in the next few weeks, which also means Solus 4 will also be released, finally moving us away from the Solus 3.x release and subsequent ISO refresh and opening the door to our previously announced change in our In Full Sail blog post to how we release new versions... (read more)

Canonical Patches GNOME Bluetooth Vulnerability on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Update Now

Monday 14th of January 2019 05:03:00 PM
Canonical announced today the availability of a security patch for the GNOME Bluetooth tools inside its Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system to address a vulnerability that could allow unintended access to devices.

Security researcher Chris Marchesi recently discovered a security vulnerability, documented as CVE-2018-10910, in the BlueZ Linux Bluetooth stack, which made it incorrectly handle disabling Bluetooth visibility, allowing a remote attacker to possibly pair to Bluetooth devices.

Canonical was quick to release today patched versions of the BlueZ components for the long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, addressing the security vulnerability, which might also affects all of the derivatives of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, including Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, and Ubuntu MATE.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS users urged to update their syst... (read more)

Linus Torvalds Says Things Look Pretty Normal for Linux 5.0, Releases Second RC

Monday 14th of January 2019 03:45:00 PM
Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced today the general availability for testing of the second RC (Release Candidate) of the upcoming major release of the Linux kernel, Linux 5.0.

According to Linus Torvalds, things are going in the right direction for Linux kernel 5.0 series, which should launch sometime at the end of February or early March 2019, and the second Release Candidate is here to add several perf tooling improvements, updated networking, SCSI, GPU, and block drivers, updated x86, ARM, RISC-V, and C-SKY architectures, as well as fixes to Btrfs and CIFS filesystems.

"So the merge window had somewhat unusual timing with the holidays, and I was afraid that would affect stragglers in rc2, but honestly, that doesn't seem to have happened much. rc2 looks pretty normal. Were there some missing commits that missed the merge window? Yes. But no more than usual. Things look pretty normal," said Linus Torvalds in a mai... (read more)

Purism Announces 4K Librem 15 Linux Laptop, Updated CPU and GPU for Librem 13

Monday 14th of January 2019 02:32:00 PM
Linux hardware vendor Purism announced today on Twitter that they recently updated their Librem laptop line-up with more powerful processors and graphics.

Purism is known for manufacturing and shipping security and privacy-focused laptops powered by Linux-based operating systems. They have their own GNU/Linux distribution called PureOS, based on the popular Debian GNU/Linux distribution, which they ship pre-installed with all their Librem laptops.

The company announced today a new hardware promotion where you can buy the Librem 13 and Librem 15 high-end laptop series with updated CPU and graphics, including the 7th Generation 3.50GHz Intel Core i7-7500U processors with two cores and four threads, with integrated Intel HD Graphics 620.

"Protect your digital life, security, and privacy with our Librem laptops and phone. Today we bring an updated CPU and graphics for all models of our famous Librem laptops, and a 4K/HiDPI screen for the 15" model," said Purism on Twi... (read more)

Here's the Default Theme and Artwork for Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Monday 14th of January 2019 01:15:00 PM
The Debian Project unveiled today the default theme and wallpaper/artwork of the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, due for release in Spring 2019.

Created by Alex Makas, the "futurePrototype" artwork set was selected the winner of the artwork proposals for Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" and will be used as the default theme for the upcoming operating system. The "futurePrototype" artwork set consists of a wallpaper, login theme with the Debian Buster logo, as well as a theme for the GRUB bootloader.

"After the Debian Desktop Team made the call for proposing themes, a total of eleven choices have been submitted, and any Debian contributor has received the opportunity to vote on them in a survey," said the Debian team in an announcement. "We received 3,646 responses ranking the different choices, and futurePrototype has been the winner... (read more)

Entroware Launches Hades, Its First AMD-Powered Workstation with Ubuntu Linux

Monday 14th of January 2019 11:35:00 AM
UK-based computer manufacturer Entroware has launched today Hades, their latest and most powerful workstation with Ubuntu Linux.

With Hades, Entroware debut their first AMD-powered system that’s perfect for Deep Learning, a new area of Machine Learning (ML) research, but also for businesses, science labs, and animation studios. Entroware Hades can achieve all that thanks to its 2nd generation AMD Ryzen “Threadripper” processors with up to 64 threads, Nvidia GPUs with up to 11GB memory, and up to 128GB RAM and 68TB storage.

“The Hades workstation is our first AMD system and brings the very best of Linux power, by combining cutting edge components to provide the foundation for the most demanding applications or run even the most demanding Deep Learning projects at lightning speeds with impeccable precision,” says Entroware.

Technical specifications of Entroware Hades

The Entroware Hades workstation can be configured to your needs, and you’ll be abl... (read more)

KDE Frameworks 5.54 Released for KDE Plasma 5.15, Adds Android Notifications

Sunday 13th of January 2019 07:21:00 PM
The KDE Project announced the general availability of the KDE Frameworks 5.54.0 open-source software suite for current and upcoming releases of the KDE Plasma desktop environment.

Consisting of more than 70 addon libraries for the open-source and cross-platform Qt application framework, the KDE Frameworks software suite features numerous components essential to the KDE Plasma desktop environment.

The KDE Frameworks 5.54.0 a monthly update that adds numerous improvements, as well as various new features in an attempt to stabilize the software suite. Also, this release is just in time for the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop, due for release on February 12.

Here's what's new in KDE Frameworks 5.54

Highlights of the KDE Frameworks 5.54.0 release include the implementation of a notification backend in the KNotification  component for Android devices, finally allowing you to see... (read more)

Freespire 5.0 "Coho" Planned for Mid-November 2019, Linspire 9.0 Comes Late 2020

Sunday 13th of January 2019 05:24:00 PM
The development team behind the Freespire and Linspire GNU/Linux distributions have announced their roadmap for new releases during the 2019-2020 period.

With the recent launch of Linspire 8.0, the development team kicks off the new year with big plans for the next major versions of their Linspire and Freespire operating systems. They recently informed Softpedia about the Linspire and Freespire development roadmap for 2019 and 2020.

"This roadmap reflects development efforts and projected release dates. There may be a few incremental releases to address security flaws, system bugs, and functionality," said project lead Roberto J. Dohnert. "Every Service pack and incremental release will include a new ISO being issued as well."

Freespire 5.0 arrives November 15, 2019, Linspire 9.0 lands October 31, 2020

According to the roadmap, it looks like Linspire will be ... (read more)

VLC Media Player Passes 3 Billion Downloads Mark, AirPlay Support Coming Soon

Friday 11th of January 2019 01:34:00 AM
The open-source VLC Media Player app from VideoLAN reached a major milestone today as it just passed the 3 billion downloads mark on the project's official website.

VLC is probably the most popular cross-platform media playback application available to date, used by millions of computer users worldwide on all major platforms, including GNU/Linux, Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, and even Windows Phone OS.

It became one of the most popular media player apps mostly because of its ability to play any type of video without needing a codec pack. Most of the widely used video and audio codecs are incorporated into the application for a hassle-free video playback experience.

But you probably already knew that and already using VLC as your main video player app on your personal computer, tablet, or mobile phones. What you probably didn't know, is that VLC reached has been downloaded more than 3 billion times on the official website.

The read more)

Linux Kernel 4.20 Gets First Point Release, It's Now Ready for Mass Deployments

Wednesday 9th of January 2019 06:40:00 PM
Two weeks after the launch of the Linux 4.20 kernel series, renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman released today the first maintenance update, Linux 4.20.1, marking the new branch as stable and ready for mass deployments.

The Linux 4.20 kernel series was released by Linus Torvalds on December 23rd, 2018, and it is currently the most advanced Linux kernel branch available to date. Linux kernel 4.20.1 is out now to mark the new series as "stable" instead of "mainline" on the website, meaning that it's ready for mass adoption by most Linux OS vendors, with Arch Linux being the first.

And it looks like Linux kernel 4.20.1 is a major update to the Linux 4.20 kernel series, changing a total of 187 files, with 1790 insertions and 872 deletions. Therefore, we recommend installing it as soon as it's available in the stable repositories of your favorite GNU/Linux distribution if you're already using Linux kernel 4.20. More details can be found in today's read more)

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Review: Sculpt OS 18.09

The Sculpt OS website suggests that the operating system is ready for day to day use, at least in some environments: "Sculpt is used as day-to-day OS by the Genode developers." Though this makes me wonder in what capacity the operating system runs on the machines of those developers. When I tried out the Haiku beta last year, the operating system had some limitations, but I could see how it could be useful to some people in environments with compatible hardware. In theory, I could browse the web, perform some basic tasks and develop software on Haiku. With Sculpt though, I was unable to get the operating system to do anything, from a user's point of view. The small OS could download packages and load some of them into memory, and it could display a graph of related components. Sculpt could connect to my network and mount additional storage. All of this is good and a fine demo of the Genode design. However, I (as a user) was unable to interact with any applications, find a command line, or browse the file system. All of this put a severe damper on my ability to use Sculpt to do anything useful. Genode, and by extension Sculpt OS, has some interesting design goals when it comes to security and minimalism. However, I don't think Sculpt is practical for any end-user tasks at this time. Read more

This Week in Linux, Chrome OS, and Death of Windows 10 Mobile

  • Episode 51 | This Week in Linux
    On this episode of This Week in Linux, we got some new announcements from Inkscape, Purism, Solus, Mozilla, and Steam. We’ll also check out some new Distro releases from Netrunner, Deeping, Android X86 and more. Then we’ll look at some new hardware offerings from Purism and Entroware. Later in the show will talk about some drama happening with a project’s licensing issues and then we’ll round out the episode with some Linux Gaming news including some sales from Humble Bundle. All that and much more!
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    Microsoft has formally set the end date for support of its all-but-forgotten Windows 10 Mobile platform. The Redmond code factory said today that, come December 10, it's curtains for the ill-fated smartphone venture. The retirement will end a four-year run for a Microsoft phone effort that never really got off the ground and helped destroy Nokia in the process. "The end of support date applies to all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise," Microsoft declared.