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LibreOffice 6.3.2 Open-Source Office Suite Released with 49 Bug Fixes

Thursday 26th of September 2019 03:48:00 PM
The Document Foundation has announced the general availability of the second maintenance update to the latest LibreOffice 6.3 open-source and cross-platform office suite series.

Coming three weeks after the first point release, LibreOffice 6.3.2 is here to address a total of 49 bugs and regressions across various of its core components, including Writer, Draw, Math, Calc, and Impress. The goal is to make the LibreOffice 6.3 office suite series more stable and reliable until it is ready for enterprise deployments, which is supported until May 29, 2020.

"LibreOffice 6.3.2 “fresh” is targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, who are suggested to update their current version," said Italo Vignoli. "For enterprise class de... (read more)

Debian Releases New Linux Kernel Security Update for Debian 10 and Debian 9

Wednesday 25th of September 2019 08:11:00 PM
The Debian Project released a new Linux kernel security update for all supported versions of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system to address several security vulnerabilities.

Five security vulnerabilities have been fixed in this new Linux kernel security update for Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" and Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series, including a backporting error (CVE-2019-15902) reported by Brad Spengler, which reintroduced a Spectre V1 vulnerability in Linux kernel's ptrace subsystem, in the ptrace_get_debugreg() function.

Also fixed is a race condition (CVE-2019-14821) discovered by Matt Delco in KVM's coalesced MMIO facility, which could allow a local attacker with access to /dev/kvm to escalate his/her privileges or cause memory corruption or system crash, as well as a missing bounds check (read more)

Zorin OS 15 Education Edition Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Wednesday 25th of September 2019 03:26:00 PM
The Zorin OS project announced today the release and general availability for download of the Zorin OS 15 Education Edition operating system for schools, students, and teachers.

Talking advantage of all new GNU/Linux technologies and features of the Zorin OS 15 operating system, which was released in early June 2019, the Zorin OS 15 Education Edition is packed with a great selection of educational apps for all educational levels, aiming to provide a free alternative to the Microsoft Windows OS in schools and other educational institutions.

"It pairs the latest and greatest software with educational apps that make learning better and more impactful at preschool, primary, secondary and tertiary levels. It helps prepare students with the skills they need to understand the world of today and build their world of tomorrow," reads today's announcement.

H... (read more)

First Librem 5 Linux Phones Start Shipping to Customers Around the World

Tuesday 24th of September 2019 10:00:00 PM
Purism, the hardware manufacturer known for their security and privacy focused Linux laptops, announced that the new Librem 5 Linux phone has started shipping to customers around the world.

Earlier this month, Purism announced their shipping plans for the Librem 5 Linux smartphone, which has been in development since October 2017. Two years later, the Librem 5 phones will finally start ship to customers who pre-ordered them, in batches, until Q4 2020. The first batch, will start shipping from September 24th until October 22nd.

Librem 5 promises to be the very first smartphone on the market that focuses only on security and privacy by not tracking, nor exploiting your digital life. It features hardware encryption, layered security protection, hardware kill switches, decentralized and IP-native communication, and use... (read more)

Red Hat and CentOS Unveil CentOS Stream, a New Rolling Release Linux Distro

Tuesday 24th of September 2019 08:24:00 PM
Red Hat and CentOS Project announced today the availability of a new GNU/Linux distribution called CentOS Stream, providing a rolling release operating system to developers and contributors.

CentOS Linux has always been an Open Source alternative to the commercial, enterprise-ready Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system, and now, both Red Hat and CentOS have decided to bring their alliance to the next level and create a developer-centric distribution for the community, as well as Red Hat partners.

Meet CentOS Stream, a new GNU/Linux distribution developed in parallel with the current CentOS Linux operating system to offer the community access to the latest development code of the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases. CentOS Stream follows a rolling releas... (read more)

CentOS Linux 8 Officially Released, It's Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Tuesday 24th of September 2019 07:38:00 PM
The CentOS project announced today the release and general availability of the CentOS Linux 8.0 open-source operating system for all supported architectures.

Coming hot on the heels of the CentOS Linux 7.7 release, CentOS Linux 8 is now officially available, based on the sources of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 operating system, which means that it comes with all of its great new features and enhancements for the hybrid cloud era.

Highlights include support for Application Streams, which consists of fast-moving frameworks, programming languages, and developer tools that are frequently updated, the ability for systems administrators to automate complex tasks more easily, as well as built-in support for the OpenSSL 1.1.1 and TLS 1.3 cryptographic standards.

CentOS Linux 8 also ships with improvements to support for A... (read more)

These Are the Default Wallpapers of Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine)

Tuesday 24th of September 2019 03:38:00 PM
Canonical has announced the winners of the Ubuntu wallpaper competition and unveiled the default wallpapers for the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system.

The Ubuntu wallpaper competition opened its doors to photographers and graphic designers since early July, and more than 160 artists have submitted their beautiful artwork for inclusion in the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system, due for release on October 17th. However, only nine of them had their artwork included in Ubuntu 19.10.

Canonical recently announced the winners of the Ubuntu wallpaper competition, which are Nicolas Ibraim Carvalho Silva, Manuel Arslanyan, Gustavo Brenner, Eiz, A N K, Midge Sinnaeve, Julian Tomasini, Marcel Kaechele, Mateus Cruz, and Jelly Joe, along with the default wallpaper. You can see their beautiful photos and artwork in the gallery im... (read more)

Canonical Releases New Kernel Live Patch for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS

Tuesday 24th of September 2019 02:41:00 PM
Canonical has released a new Linux kernel live patch for the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series to fix an important security vulnerability.

The new Linux kernel live patch is here to address just a single security vulnerability, namely a buffer overflow (CVE-2019-14835) discovered by security researcher Peter Pi in Linux kernel's virtio network backend (vhost_net) implementation, which could lead to DoS attacks.

"Peter Pi discovered a buffer overflow in the virtio network backend (vhost_net) implementation in the Linux kernel. An attacker in a guest may be able to use this to cause a denial of service (host OS crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code in the host OS," reads the read more)

ReactOS 0.4.12 Released with Window Snapping, New Themes and Kernel Improvements

Monday 23rd of September 2019 04:37:00 PM
The ReactOS development team announced today the general availability of the ReactOS 0.4.12 open-source computer operating system compatible with Microsoft Windows binaries.

ReactOS 0.4.12 is here more than six months after version 0.4.11 to introduce window snapping, a feature that lets users snap windows to be aligned to sides, along with the necessary keyboard shortcuts, more robust and correct font rendering for buttons in various apps, two new themes, namely Lunar and Mizu, and support for Intel e1000 NIC.

"ReactOS now possesses a driver that supports this NIC out of the box instead of requiring end-users to manually find and install a driver, a finicky process if one does not have a working network connection in the first place. Furthermore, the new driver should also be compatible with e1000 NICs in real hardware," said Colin Finck.

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Collabora Adds MPEG-2 Decoding to the Linux 5.3 Kernel, Many Other Changes

Monday 23rd of September 2019 03:55:00 PM
With the release of the Linux 5.3 kernel series, it's time to take a look at the contributions made by Collabora's kernel development team during this cycle.

Officially announced by Linus Torvalds on September 15th, the Linux 5.3 kernel series introduces numerous new features and enhancements, among which we can mention support for AMD Radeon Navi GPUs, support for Zhaoxin x86 processors, support for the utilization clamping mechanism in power-asymmetric CPUs, as well as Intel Speed Select support. 

It also adds support for the lightweight and flexible ACRN embedded hypervisor, support for 16 millions new IPv4 addresses in the 0.0.0.0/8 range, support for the umwait x86 instructions, a new pidfd_open(2) system call that enables handling of PID reuse issues in service managers, and numerous new and updated drivers for better hardware sup... (read more)

Parrot 4.7 Ethical Hacking OS Released with Linux Kernel 5.2, MATE 1.22 Desktop

Monday 23rd of September 2019 03:00:00 PM
Lorenzo "Palinuro" Faletra of the Parrot Security development team announced the release of the Parrot 4.7 ethical hacking and penetration testing Debian derivative GNU/Linux distribution.

Coming more than four months after version 4.6, the Parrot 4.7 release is here with up-to-date penetration testing and ethical hacking tools for security researchers and everyone else how wants to get started with security releated tasks. Powered by the Linux 5.2 kernel, Parrot 4.7 introduces a new sandbox behavior to make it easier to use sandboxed apps.

"In Parrot 4.7 the sandbox is disabled by default, and users can decide wether to start an application sandboxed or not," explains Lorenzo Faletra. "You can easily start the sandboxed version of an installed program from the /sandbox/ folder or from a dedicated menu that we plan to improve in the future, or you can re-enable it by default by using the firecfg t... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.17 Desktop Environment Enters Beta, Final Release Lands October 15

Monday 23rd of September 2019 02:12:00 PM
The KDE Project has announced the public availability of the beta version of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

KDE Plasma 5.17 promises some really cool new features and enhancements, among which we can mention multi-screen and HiDPI improvements, fractional scaling on Wayland, support for managing and configuring Thunderbolt hardware in System Settings, Night Color support on X11, and much-improved notifications with automatic Do Not Disturb mode for presentations.

Several of the pages in System Settings got redesigned to help you configure your KDE Plasma system easier, the Breeze GTK theme now offers users a better appearance for the Chromium and Google Chrome web browsers and supports system color s... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.3 Gets First Point Release, It's Now Ready for Mass Deployments

Monday 23rd of September 2019 01:16:00 PM
Renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced over the weekend that the latest Linux 5.3 kernel series is now marked as stable and ready for mass deployments.

Released by Linus Torvalds on September 15th, Linux kernel 5.3 is the latest and most advanced kernel series for Linux-based operating systems and introduces support for the Intel Speed Select feature to make power tuning much easier on some Xeon servers, as well as support for AMD Radeon Navi GPUs in the AMDGPU driver.

It also adds support for Zhaoxin x86 CPUs, support for utilizing the clamping mechanism in power-asymmetric processors, support for the umwait x86 instructions for more power efficient userspace, support for 16 millions new IPv4 addresses in the 0.0.0.0/8 range, and support for the lightweight and flexible ACRN embedded hypervisor.

Linux ker... (read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and CentOS 6 Receive Important Kernel Security Update

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 06:50:00 PM
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and CentOS Linux 6 operating system series have receive an important Linux kernel security update that addresses two critical vulnerabilities and other issues.

Marked by the Red Hat Product Security team as having a security impact of "Important," the new Linux kernel security update is here to patch a memory corruption (CVE-2018-9568) that occurred due to incorrect socket cloning and a NULL pointer dereference (CVE-2019-11810) discovered in drivers/scsi/megaraid/megaraid_sas_base.c, which could lead to a denial of service.

Also fixed in this update are two bugs affecting the performance of the Linux kernel on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and CentOS Linux 6 systems, namely a fragmented packets timing out issue and the backport TCP follow-up for small buffers. These two bugs can be corrected... (read more)

CentOS Linux 7.7 Officially Released, Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 05:40:00 PM
The CentOS Project has announced the release and general availability of the CentOS Linux 7.7 operating system, an incremental update to the CentOS 7.x series.

While the project is still working on the CentOS 8.x series, which will be based on the recently released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 operating system series and will be released next month, the CentOS 7.x series has been updated to version 1908, an incremental update based on the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7.

Highlights of the CentOS Linux 7.7 (1908) release include the Python 3.6 interpreter by default, BIND 9.11 as default Domain Name System software, and Chrony 3.4 as default Network Time Protocol implementation, improved security profiles in Anaconda, improved bug reporting, as well as all the important security and package updates from upstream.

"Updates released since the upstream release are all posted, across all architectures. We strongly recommend every user apply all updates, inclu... (read more)

Fedora Linux 31 Enters Beta, Says Goodbye to 32-Bit Systems

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 04:01:00 PM
The Fedora Project has announced the general availability for public testing of the beta release of the upcoming Fedora 31 operating system.

Fedora 31 has been in development since early this summer and the beta version is now available to download for those who want to get an early taste of what's coming in the final release later this fall. The most important change in the Fedora 31 release is the fact that there won't be any 32-bit (i386) ISO images released, nor software repositories.

"We recognize that this means newer Fedora releases will no longer work on some older hardware, but the fact is there just hasn’t been enough contributor interest in maintaining i686, and we can provide greater benefit for the majority of our users by focusing on modern architectures," said Matthew Miller, Fedora Project Leader.

Another interesting change in the Fedora 31 release is the availabilit... (read more)

Canonical Outs New Linux Kernel Security Update for All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 02:51:00 PM
Canonical released today a new Linux kernel security update for all supported Ubuntu releases to address three vulnerabilities across all supported architectures.

The new Linux kernel security update addresses three vulnerabilities affecting the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 ESM (Precise Pangolin) operating systems.

The first security issue addressed in this update is a a buffer overflow (CVE-2019-14835) discovered by Peter Pi in Linux kernel's virtio network backend (vhost_net) implementation, which could allow an attacker in the guest system to either execute arbitrary code in the host OS or crash the host operating system by causing a denial of service.

The second and third Linux kernel security flaws (read more)

First-Ever Microsoft Linux Conference Announced for March 10-11, 2020

Monday 16th of September 2019 03:13:00 PM
Microsoft announced something Linux users would have never dreamed of, the first Microsoft Linux Conference for their WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) implementation.

If you never heard of WSL, let us tell you that Windows Subsystem for Linux is a compatibility layer designed by Microsoft to let you install GNU/Linux distributions and natively run Linux binaries on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 operating systems.

WSL 2, the latest version of Windows Subsystem for Linux, was announced by Microsoft earlier this summer and it introduces major new features like an entirely new architecture that uses a real, in-house built Linux kernel, as well as full system call compatibility to run more Linux apps.

"This kernel has been specia... (read more)

GNU Linux-Libre 5.3 Kernel Arrives for Those Seeking 100% Freedom for Their PCs

Monday 16th of September 2019 02:20:00 PM
The GNU Linux-libre project has announced today the release of the GNU Linux-libre 5.3 kernel, a 100% free version of the Linux 5.3 kernel that does not include any proprietary code.

Packed with all the new features of the recently released Linux 5.3 kernel series, including support for Intel Speed Select, support for AMD Radeon Navi graphics cards, and support for Zhaoxin x86 processors, the GNU Linux-libre 5.3 kernel is here for those seeking 100% freedom for their PCs by not including any proprietary drivers or firmware.

GNU Linux-libre 5.3 kernel adjusts already cleaned up drivers for updated blob names embedded in the upstream Linux kernel sources, and disables blob loading in several new drivers, including Allegro-DVT, DRM (HDCP), Meson-VDEC, and ... (read more)

PulseAudio 13 Released with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Support, More

Monday 16th of September 2019 01:35:00 PM
PulseAudio, the open-source sound system/server used by numerous Linux-based operating systems by default, has been updated to version 13, a major release that introduces new features and improvements.

Released three months after the PulseAudio 12 series, PulseAudio 13 is here with support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, support for the SteelSeries Arctis 5 USB headset, improved initial card profile selection for ALSA cards, as well as S/PDIF improvements for CMEDIA USB2.0 High-Speed True HD Audio.

The PulseAudio 13 series also adds several new module arguments, including "max_latency_msec" for module-loopback, "stream_name" for module-rtp-send, and "avoid_resampling" for module-udev-detect and module-alsa-card, and no longer uses persistent Bluetooth card profile choices by default, recommending users to use A2DP by default.

"Which profile to use with Bluetooth is highly context dependent (HSP/HFP for phone calls, A2DP for everything else), so there's n... (read more)

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