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The Latest VLC Media Player Update Comes with a Critical Security Fix

Wednesday 17th of June 2020 04:30:00 AM
VideoLAN has recently released a new version of VLC Media Player that comes to resolve a critical security vulnerability that could eventually allow for remote code execution.

The update, which brings VLC to version 3.0.11 on Linux, Windows, and Mac, specifically targets the vulnerability documented in CVE-2020-13428 and which only affects the desktop client.

VideoLAN explains that a potential exploit can use a specifically crafted file which when launched with VLC Media Player can trigger a buffer overflow in the H26X packetizer.

In most of the cases, the whole thing would just cause the application to crash, which albeit isn’t something very convenient, is not really that dangerous. But on the other hand, VideoLAN warns that a more complex attack could actually lead to an RCE attack and a potential leak of user information.

Don’t open files or streams from untrusted sources

The good news is that no RCE attacks have been recorded so far, so it’... (read more)

Linus Torvalds Announces Massive Linux Kernel 5.8 Update

Monday 15th of June 2020 04:43:00 AM
Linus Torvalds has officially started the development of Linux kernel 5.8 with the very first release candidate, and the single word that best describes this new version is “big.”

“5.8 looks big. Really big,” Torvalds explains.

At this point, the key numbers shared by Torvalds indeed seem to confirm this is the case: there are over 14,000 files that have been changed, 14,000 non-merge commits, and some 800,000 new lines.

Torvalds says that at some level, Linux kernel 5.8 reminds of 4.9, which itself has been one of the biggest releases in a long time.

“As of -rc1, it's right up there with v4.9, which has long been our biggest release by quite a bit in number of commits. Yes, 5.8-rc1 has a couple fewer commits than 4.9-rc1 did, but in many ways it's a much more comprehensive release despite that,” Torvalds explains.

“The 4.9 kernel was artificially big partly because of the greybus subsystem that was merged in tha... (read more)

DebConf20 Debian Developer Conference Will Take Place Online

Sunday 14th of June 2020 08:17:00 AM
This year’s edition of DebConf, the Debian Project developer conference, will only take place online due to the global health issue, the organization announced this weekend.

Just like before, the DebConf20 will take place between August 23 and August 29, however, the team expects the event itself to be shorter than before, albeit they explain that everything depends on the proposals that it receives until the kickoff date.

This year’s edition of the conference was scheduled to take place in Haifa, so now the entire schedule is pushed back for one year. In other words, while the 2020 edition will happen online, the 2021 venue will take place in Haifa, followed by Kosovo in 2022 and Kochi, India in 2023.

“The DebConf team has had to take the hard decision that DebConf 20 cannot happen in-person, in Haifa, in August, as originally planned. This decision is based on the status of the venue in Haifa, the local team's view of the local health situation, the existing tra... (read more)

Ouch: Linux Monster Laptop Powered by AMD, Not Intel

Friday 12th of June 2020 06:47:00 AM
The Linux world has just received another monster laptop from System76, and the most notable tidbit concerns the processor that powers the whole thing.

While you’d normally expect one of the best Linux laptops out there to come with the latest-generation Intel chip, nope, this isn’t the case of the System76 Serval WS.

This laptop/workstation promises nothing more than insane performance, so contrary to everyone’s expectations, it’s not powered by Ryzen mobile chips, but by desktop-optimized 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors.

The workstation-class performance is offered by the AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900, which comes with no less than 12 cores, being clocked at 3.1 GHz at normal speeds and 4.3 GHz in turbo mode.

“Having this kind of desktop-calibur power in a laptop body helps if you need to run complex simulations at your desk or quickly render 3D scenes while on the road. Another bonus: AMD CPUs are known for havin... (read more)

elementary OS Now Coming Pre-Installed on Several Laptops

Friday 12th of June 2020 04:12:00 AM
elementary OS Linux distribution will now come pre-installed on a series of laptops as part of an effort that the parent company has worked on in order to establish a network of retailers and partners.

While elementary says it’s a lot more difficult to build its own devices and ship them with its operating system pre-loaded, the company just decided to go the easy way and sign a collaboration with a couple of companies that will install elementary OS on their devices out of the box.

The two are Laptop With Linux and Star Labs, both of which are now selling elementary OS computers with various configurations and form factors.

“While we would love to design and build our own devices for elementary OS, we’re a small team, comprised largely of volunteers. Hardware is hard, margins are thin, and it takes a ton of capital to start up. At this point, it makes more sense for us to focus on our relationships with existing ... (read more)

Linux Mint 20 Beta Download Links Are Now Live

Friday 12th of June 2020 03:52:00 AM
If you’re a Linux Mint user who can’t wait to try out the all-new version 20, then you’re in luck, as the team working on this distro has just published the latest beta builds on the official servers.

In other words, yes, Linux Mint 20 beta is now available for download and everybody can give it a try by simply downloading the ISO images.

Now, there are a few things that are worth mentioning here.

Discovered on reddit, these download pages are hosted at linuxmint.com, so they seem to be the official links that will be used when Linux Mint 20 beta is announced officially too. Most likely, a blog post to reveal all changes and everything else is supposed to go live sometime very soon too.

In addition, there are several other mirrors for those who want to download from other sources, but since this isn’t an official rele... (read more)

How Linux Kernel Updates Are Now Distributed on Windows Update

Thursday 11th of June 2020 07:45:00 PM
Microsoft has become fully committed to the world of Linux, so the recently-released Windows 10 version 2004, also known as May 2020 Update, come with welcome updates in this regard, including the second-generation Windows Subsystem for Linux.

WSL2 is based on the same approach as the original version and allows users to run Linux on top of Windows 10 but obviously introduces a series of refinements, including support for full Linux kernels in the installed distributions.

And one of the changes that are going live today is a new distribution model for Linux kernel updates.

Microsoft brings Linux kernel updates to Windows Update, which means that new versions can now be downloaded by simply checking for updates on Windows 10.

This means the Linux kernel is now serviced like a native Windows 10 feature or driver pack i... (read more)

Customized elementary OS Is a Smart Mix of Eye-Candy UI and Improved Usability

Thursday 11th of June 2020 07:07:00 AM
elementary OS is already one of the best distributions out there, but as any other Linux operating systems, it can be further enhanced in so many ways that are just limited by every user’s imagination.

Someone on reddit managed to mix the eye-candy looks of elementary OS (with a bunch of custom refinements) with web apps that are powered by custom userChrome.css for Firefox profiles and Ulauncher to take care of everything from the desktop.

The result is what you can see in the video embedded at the end of the article and which you can also enable for yourselves on elementary OS if you like this kind of customization.

The extra details about this awesome customization include the Ark-Dark theme and the Papyrus icon pack, all using the default elementary light theme that comes default with Ulauncher.

Super-fast app launchingread more)

Educational Linux Operating System Now Comes with Zoom Pre-Installed

Thursday 11th of June 2020 06:21:00 AM
Installing Zoom on Linux is already possible regardless of the distribution that you’re using, but as an operating system focused on education, Escuelas just needs to come with the official client pre-loaded.

And in case you’re wondering why, it’s because the usage of apps like Zoom has skyrocketed lately, not only among people working remotely, but also because students are staying at home due to the health crisis and trying to continue their classes online.

This is why apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and others are becoming must-have these days, so the team working on Escuelas wants to make the whole thing much more straightforward for everybody.

The latest version of Escuelas Linux thus features Zoom pre-loaded – as said, it was already possible to install the app on this distro but after updating to version 6.9, you’ll get the client without any other steps on your side being required.

“One a... (read more)

Security-Focused Linux OS Hacked by Facebook and the FBI to Track Down Criminal

Thursday 11th of June 2020 05:37:00 AM
Security experts at Facebook worked together with the FBI to track down a child predator the social network has been monitoring for years, eventually being able to determine its location using a zero-day in the video player installed on his operating system.

Buster Hernandez, who has already been charged and arrested in August 2017, used Tails Linux OS to remain anonymous while connected to the Internet, but according to a report from Vice, he often turned to Facebook in an attempt to extort underage girls for nude photos and videos.

He also sent several threats for rape and terrorist attacks, but Facebook failed to track him down because of the operating system that powered his system and which routed all traffic through the Tor network.

The report reveals that the FBI itself tried to break into the child predator’s computer several times but failed to... (read more)

The Cheapest Linux Tablet Ever Launched Can Now Be Yours

Thursday 11th of June 2020 05:01:00 AM
Pine64 has recently started taking pre-orders for the PineTab, its very own Linux tablet that comes with an unbeatable price. It costs only $99.99, and it can even work with a keyboard for a 2-in-1 form factor.

There are two reasons why the PineTab itself is a tablet that you should get.

First of all, if you’re in the market looking for a Linux tablet, you probably noticed there aren’t too many options right now, so yes, the PineTab is definitely worth a look.

And second of all, if you don’t want to spend a fortune on a perfectly capable tablet, it really can’t any cheaper than this.

At $99.99, the PineTab is equipped with an Allwinner A64 quad-core processor paired with 2GB RAM and 64GB eMMC for storage. The 6,000 mAh battery should offer decent battery life given the 10-inch 1280x720 pixels IPS LCD screen.

Shipping ne... (read more)

Microsoft Announces Linux Changes in the Latest Windows 10 Preview Build

Thursday 11th of June 2020 04:44:00 AM
Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 preview build to users enrolled in the Windows Insider program, this time announcing a series of changing that concern the Linux kernel.

Beginning with the May 2020 Update, or version 2004, Windows 10’s Windows Subsystem for Linux (which has reached the second generation with this feature update) features a Linux kernel, and today’s preview build comes with an important change.

Starting with this version, the Linux kernel is serviced via Windows Update, just like a native Windows component.

“We changed the servicing model for the Linux kernel inside of Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 distributions. This build includes this change to remove the Linux kernel from the Windows image, and instead have it be serviced via Microsoft Update, the same way that 3rd party drivers (like graphics, or touchpad drivers) are installed and updated on your machine today,” Microsoft explains.

In other words, Microsoft now promises smoother updat... (read more)

Canonical Will Attend the Microsoft European Virtual Open Source Summit

Wednesday 10th of June 2020 05:51:00 AM
Microsoft’s upcoming European Virtual Open Source Summit will take place online, and Ubuntu-maker Canonical is one of the companies that will attend it.

And today, Canonical announced that Christian Reis, VP Public Cloud, will also hold a keynote to discuss open source with Ubuntu Pro for Azure.

Furthermore, Canonical will have its own “virtual” booth at the Microsoft European Virtual Open Source Summit, which means you can get in touch with company officials and discuss everything Ubuntu and open source.

“To meet the Canonical team, talk Ubuntu, Kubernetes, WSL or more generally open source in the cloud, come hang out around the Ubuntu virtual booth. Technical experts, PMs, evangelists, cloud specialists will be ready for your questions,” Canonical explains.

The event will take place on June 16 exclusively online due to obvious reasons – Microsoft itself has also moved several other major conferences to the WWW, including Build, which is the company’s biggest an... (read more)

How to Disable Brave Browser Automatically Adding Affiliate Codes in URLs

Monday 8th of June 2020 08:55:02 AM
Brave is one of the browsers that have always insisted for uncompromised user privacy, but a recent discovery has made many once again consider the switch to an alternative app.

And it’s all caused by an affiliate code that’s being added to the URL when users manually type specific websites in the address bar.

More specifically, when someone launches Brave browser on desktop and mobile and starts typing certain site addresses, the application auto-completes the entry by adding an affiliate code.

The sites in question include Binance (which Brave has recently signed a partnership with), Ledger, Trezor, and Coinbase.

So technically, if you try to type the following URL in the address bar:

[TERMINAL]binance.us[/TERMINAL]

The browser ends up su... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 78: The Tab Changes Coming to the Desktop Browser

Monday 8th of June 2020 06:32:00 AM
Mozilla has recently shipped Firefox 77, but as per the company’s new release schedule, a new version is already in the works and is supposed to go live in some three weeks.

Mozilla has moved to a faster release cadence, which means that major Firefox updates are rolled out every four weeks. So after Firefox 77 shipped earlier this month, Firefox 78 is now due on June 30 for all supported platforms.

While no major new features are expected to be part of this update, there are a bunch of changes that will still come to those running the browser on the desktop.

And some of them concern the way we work with tabs in Firefox, so I expect these to become rather controversial, especially for those who like things just the way they are right now.

First and foremost, Firefox will further polish the tab context menu to simplify the experience overall (albeit I’m pretty sure some will think the whole thing is actually getting more complicated with all these changes).

So if... (read more)

Peppermint 11 Linux OS on Its Way, Likely Based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Monday 8th of June 2020 05:20:00 AM
The world of Linux distributions is about to get back one of the distributions that everyone believed it was abandoned after the death of the company’s CEO.

Peppermint OS is set to return at some point in the future, according to a report from Forbes citing a new dev team that’s trying to bring everything back together.

Peppermint CEO Mark Greaves passed away in January this year and the OS that he created and which so many people used was more or less abandoned, with the official website and community forums also going offline a few months after the unfortunate event.

But as it turns out, the project is once again being worked on by a new dev team, which according to the aforementioned source, is “sorting thru the voluminous work [Mark] left behind.”

Based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

This is the good news. The bad ne... (read more)

Brave Open-Source Browser Caught Adding Referral Codes to Typed-in URLs

Monday 8th of June 2020 04:25:00 AM
Open-source browser Brave, which has become famous for its focus on user privacy, has been caught adding referral codes to typed-in URLs in the address bar.

The discovery was made by Twitter user @cryptonator1337 (in the meantime, his findings have also gone viral on other social media sites, including reddit), who noticed that whenever someone manually types binance.us in the address bar, Brave browser auto-completes the URL with a referral code.

While this isn’t a privacy issue, it’s something that doesn’t sit well with Brave users who expect nothing but full transparency from the app developer.

And as it turns out, referral codes are being added not only when Binance, but also other websites like Ledger, Trezor, and Coinbase.

Fix already on its way

Brave CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich has already r... (read more)

Sparky Linux 2020.06 Officially Announced

Monday 8th of June 2020 03:54:00 AM
The dev team working on Sparky Linux has recently announced the June snapshot, which just as expected, comes with a series of improvements, including a new Linux kernel.

First and foremost, Sparky 2020.06 is based on Debian testing “Bullseye,” so no surprise here.

But one of the highlights of this release is that it ships with Linux kernel 5.6.14, though if you use the unstable repos, you can also switch to Linux kernel version 5.7.0.

Needless to say, Sparky Linux has received the system upgrade powered by the latest Debian testing reports as of June 5, 2020, so you’re getting plenty of improvements with this release.

The applications that come pre-loaded have also been updated to the latest versions, so for example, Sparky 2020.06 ships with Firefox 77, Thunderbird 68.8.1, and LibreOffice 6.4.4.2.

Easy upgrade

There are also other notable changes in this release, such as debi-tool being replaced by gdebi and spterm, ... (read more)

MX Linux 19.2 Is Now Available for Download

Thursday 4th of June 2020 06:37:00 AM
MX Linux is a Linux distribution that’s getting more fans, and the updates that it receives is one of the reasons its userbase appears to be constantly increasing.
 

More recently, the team working on MX Linux released version 19.2, a new update that is specifically focused on bug fixes and additional polishing for the experience with the main 19.0 update.

As for what’s new in this release, MX-19.2 comes with the typical improvements that are borrowed from Debian 10.4 Buster, including GIMP 2.10.12, MESA 18.3.6, Firefox 76, VLC 3.0.10, and Thunderbird 68.6.1.

Furthermore, today’s update also brings LibreOffice 6.1.5 and security fixes, but if you’re looking for the latest version of the office suite, then version 6.4 is available for installation in MX-Packageinstaller->Popular Apps.

“The standard MX-19.2 releases (32 bit and 64 bit) feature the latest debian 4.19 kernel and unlike in the past the kernel will now auto-update along with debian sources by default. T... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 77.0.1 Now Available on Linux, Windows, and Mac

Thursday 4th of June 2020 06:05:00 AM
Mozilla has just released a new version of Firefox for all supported desktop platforms, only a few days after the company officially rolled out Firefox 77.

The new build is Firefox 77.0.1, and it comes with single fix that concerns DNS over HTTPS. The changelog explains the following:

“Disabled automatic selection of DNS over HTTPS providers during a test to enable wider deployment in a more controlled way.”

Mozilla further discusses the issue on a report published on Bugzilla, where the company explains that the release of DNS over HTTPS might cause issues for some providers, including for NextDNS.

“We need to be able to roll this out gradually so that we don't overload any providers. Even the dry-run involves up to 10 requests per client which can be very significant when the entire release population updates,” an engineer explains.

Firefox 77 rollout suspended

Mozilla explain... (read more)

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libinput 1.16.0

libinput 1.16.0 is now available.

No significant changes since the second RC, so here's slightly polished RC1
announcement text.

This has been a long cycle, mostly because there weren't any huge changes on
the main development branch and a lot of the minor annoyances have found
their way into the 1.15.x releases anyway.

libinput now monitors timestamps of the events vs the current time when
libinput_dispatch() is called by the compositor. Where the difference
*may* result in issues, a (rate-limited) warning is printed to the log.
So you may see messages popping up in the form of
  "event processing lagging behind by XYZms, your system is too slow"
This is a warning only and has no immediate effect. Previously we would only
notice (and warn about) this when it affected an internal timer. Note that
these warnings do not show an issue with libinput, it shows that the the
compositor is not calling libinput_dispatch() quick enough.

The wheel tilt axis source was deprecated. No device ever had the required
udev properties set so we should stop pretending we support this.

Touchpads now support the "flat" acceleration profile. The default remains
unchanged and this needs to be selected in the configuration interface. The
"flat" profile applies a constant factor to movement deltas (1.0 for the
default speed setting).

Events from lid or tablet-mode switches that are known to libinput as being
unreliable are now filtered and no longer passed to the caller.
This prevents callers from receiving those known-bogus events and having to
replicate the same heuristics to identify unreliable devices that libinput
employs internally.

A new "libinput analyze" debugging tool is the entry tool for analysing
various aspects of devices. Right now the only tool is
"libinput analyze per-slot-delta" which can be used to detect pointer jumps
in a libiput record output. This tool used to live elsewhere, it was moved
to libinput so that reporters can easier run this tool, reducing the load on
the maintainers.

The tools have seen a few minor improvements, e.g.
- "libinput record touchpad.yml" does the right thing, no explicit --output
  argument required
- libinput measure touchpad-pressure has been revamped to be a bit more
  obvious
- libinput measure touchpad-size has been added (as replacement for the
  touchpad-edge-detector tool)
- libinput measure fuzz has been fixed to work (again and) slightly more
  reliable

The libinput test suite has been fixed to avoid interference with the
currently running session. Previously it was virtually impossible to work
while the test suite is running - multiple windows would pop up, the screen
would blank regularly, etc.

And of course a collection of fixes, quirks and new bugs.

As usual, see the git shortlog for details.

Diego Abad A (1):
      FIX: typo on building documentation

Peter Hutterer (2):
      test: semi-fix the switch_suspend_with_touchpad test
      libinput 1.16.0

git tag: 1.16.0
Read more Also: >Libinput 1.16 Released - Ready To Warn You If Your System Is Too Slow

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