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KDE Plasma 5.16.3 Desktop Environment Released with More Than 30 Improvements

Thursday 11th of July 2019 03:59:00 PM
The KDE Project released the third of five maintenance updates to the latest KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment series, a bug fix release that addresses various issues.

KDE Plasma 5.16.3 comes two weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.16.2 update with more than 30 changes across various core components and apps, including Plasma Workspace, Plasma Desktop, Plasma Audio Volume Control, Plasma Networkmanager (plasma-nm), KWin, Plasma Discover, DrKonqi, KWayland-integration, plasma-browser-integration, plasma-integration, and kde-cli-tools.

"Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.16.3. Plasma 5.16 was released in June with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a fortnight's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes a... (read more)

Ethical Hacking OS Kali Linux Is Now Available on the Raspberry Pi 4 Computer

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 05:12:00 PM
Offensive Security, the makers of the Kali Linux ethical hacking and penetration testing operating system announced the general availability of a dedicated image for Raspberry Pi 4 devices.

Announced last month, the Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer is the latest and most advanced Raspberry Pi SBC ever built. It  features a powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU, up to 4GB of RAM, support for up to 4K resolutions, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 2 and 2x USB 3 ports, 2x micro-HDMI ports, and a USB-C power supply.

The Offensive Security team was quick to build an image of their popular Kali Linux operating system for the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B single-board computer to give security researchers and hacking enthusiasts a more affordable way to run their favorite Linux OS for ethical hacking and penetration testing tasks.

"We love the Raspberry Pi, and judging by the response we ... (read more)

System76's Linux-Powered Thelio Desktops Now Available with AMD Ryzen Gen 3 CPUs

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 07:53:00 PM
System76, the US-based maker of powerful Linux computers, announced on Twitter that its Thelio desktop line-up can now be configured with 3rd-generation AMD Ryzen processors.

System76's Thelio line-up offers customers out-of-this-world handcrafted desktop systems powered by the company's in-house developed Pop!_OS Linux operating system or Canonical's Ubuntu Linux, and ships with state-of-the-art hardware components that make your Linux computing experience more enjoyable.

Available in three models, only two of the Thelio desktops can now be configured with AMD Ryzen CPUs, including the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 with 5 core and 8 threads, 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 3600X with 6 cores and 12 threads, 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 3800X with 8 core and 16 threads, 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 9 3900X with 12 Cores and 24 threads, AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs.

Thelio and Thelio Major models now ship with AMD Ryzen CPUs

The cheapest of them all is Thelio, whose price starts from $999 ... (read more)

GNU Linux-Libre 5.2 Kernel Released for Those Seeking 100% Freedom for Their PCs

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 04:16:00 PM
The GNU Linux-libre project has released the GNU Linux-libre 5.2 kernel, a 100% free version of the Linux kernel that doesn't include any proprietary drivers, firmware, or code.

Based on the recently released Linux 5.2 kernel series, which introduces the Sound Open Firmware support for DSP audio devices, the GNU Linux-libre 5.2 kernel also ships with the open-source firmware, which wasn't included in previous versions of the GNU Linux-libre kernel because they were overlooked.

"I had not realized the SOF files were Free Software in recent earlier releases, so the requests for these files were disabled in them," said developer Alexandre Oliva in a mailing list announcement. "Only while cleaning up the new kernel module specifically devoted to SOF-supporting devices did I realize my mistake."

The GNU Linux-libre 5.2 kernel also deblobs several new drivers, including btmtksdio, iqs5xx, is... (read more)

Linux Lite Users Are the First to Try Linux Kernel 5.2, Here's How to Install It

Monday 8th of July 2019 03:28:00 PM
As of last night, Linux kernel 5.2 is out and Linux Lite users are once again among the first to install it on their computers to enjoy all the new features and improvements.

Announced by Linus Torvalds on June 7th, 2019, Linux kernel 5.2 is now the most advanced kernel series featuring a new open-source firmware for DSP audio devices, a new mount API for mounting file systems, new open-source GPU drivers for ARM Mali devices, and a new CPU bug infrastructure to protect devices against the Intel MDS hardware flaws.

Linux kernel 5.2 also improves resource monitoring for Android devices, adds some notable performance improvements to the BFQ I/O scheduler, allows case-insensitive names in the EXT4 file system, and introduces a new, arch-independent "mitigations=" boot option to make it easier to enable and disable mitigations for CPU vulne... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.2 Officially Released, Here's What's New

Sunday 7th of July 2019 11:47:00 PM
Linus Torvalds has announced today the release and general availability of the Linux 5.2 kernel series, a major release that adds several new features, updated drivers, and many improvements.

After seven RCs (Release Candidates), the Linux 5.2 kernel  series is now available and it comes with some very interesting features and enhancements. However, before we dive into what's new, you should know that this release is not a long-term supported (LTS) branch, which means that you stick with your current LTS kernel instead.

"I was somewhat pre-disposed towards making an rc8, simply because of my travels and being entirely off the internet for a few days last week," said Linus Torvalds in a mailing list announcement. "So despite a fairly late core revert, I don't see any real reason for another week of rc, and so we have a v5.2 with the normal release timing."

Here's what's new in Linux k... (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" Operating System Officially Released, Download Now

Sunday 7th of July 2019 01:17:00 AM
The Debian Project has officially announce today the release and general availability of the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series as the new stable version of Debian.

More than two years in development, Debian Buster or Debian 10 has now been declared stable, available for download for all supported architectures, and ready for deployment in production environments. It's a major release that brings numerous updated components and lots of new features and improvements.

"After 25 months of development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 10 (code name buster), which will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and of the Debian Long Term Support team," reads the release announcement.

Here's what's new in Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Major new features of the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" release include W... (read more)

Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) Will Reach End of Life on July 18th, 2019

Friday 5th of July 2019 01:30:00 AM
Canonical announced today that the Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system is approaching end of life later this month, urging users to upgrade to a newer release.

Released last year on October 18th, Ubuntu 18.10 was dubbed as Cosmic Cuttlefish by Canonical's CEO Mark Shuttleworth. It shipped with the GNOME 3.30 desktop environment and the Linux 4.18 kernel series, and featured a fresh new look based on the in-house developed Yaru theme, formerly Communitheme.

Ubuntu 18.10 also brought support for unlocking your PC with your fingerprint, mobile phone integration, as well as support for managing Thunderbolt devices. However, being supported for only nine months, Ubuntu 18.10 will reach end of life on July 18th, 2019, which means it will no longer receive security or software updates.

"Ubuntu announced its 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) release almost 9 months ago, on October 18, 2018.  As a non-LTS release, 18.10 has a 9-month support cycle and, as such, the s... (read more)

IPFire Open-Source Linux Firewall Now Patched Against SACK Panic Vulnerabilities

Thursday 4th of July 2019 08:48:00 PM
Michael Tremer announced the release of IPFire 2.23 Core Update 134, a new maintenance update to the open-source, hardened, and versatile Linux-based firewall that adds the latest security fixes and component updates.

IPFire 2.23 Core Update 134 is here to address the recently discovered SACK Panic (CVE-2019-11477 and CVE-2019-11478) security vulnerabilities, affecting Linux kernel's networking subsystem processed TCP Selective Acknowledgment (SACK) segments. These are serious flaws and could allow remote attackers to cause a so-called SACK Panic attack (denial of service).

"The Linux kernel was vulnerable for two DoS attacks against its TCP stack. The first one made it possible for a remote attacker to panic the kernel and a second one could trick the system into transmitting very small packets so that a data transfer would have used the whole bandwidth but filled mainly with packet ov... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.2.5 Open-Source Office Suite Released with More Than 115 Bug Fixes

Thursday 4th of July 2019 07:32:00 PM
The Document Foundation has announced today the release and general availability of the fifth maintenance update to the latest LibreOffice 6.2 open-source office suite series for all supported platforms.

Coming one and a half months after the previous point release, LibreOffice 6.2.5 is now available as yet another maintenance update to the LibreOffice 6.2 office suite series, adding a total of 118 bug fixes across many of its core components, to ensure LibreOffice 6.2 becomes as stable and reliable as possible for enterprise deployments.

The Document Foundation still recommends the LibreOffice 6.2 office suite series to tech-savvy users, including power users, technology enthusiasts, and early adopters, for evaluation. However, they are also inviting enterprise users to give LibreOffice 6.2.5 a try as it will become replace the LibreOffice 6.1.6 release in August 2019.... (read more)

MintBox 3 Linux Mint-Powered Mini PC Announced as the Most Powerful MintBox Ever

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 05:47:00 PM
In their latest monthly newsletter, the Linux Mint project announced that they are working again with Compulab on the next MintBox mini computer.

Yes, we're talking about MintBox 3, the third generation of the tiny and powerful MintBox computer powered by the ever popular Linux Mint operating system. MintBox 3 comes in two variants and promises to be the most powerful MintBox computer ever built in collaboration with Compulab.

"We’re working with Compulab on the most powerful MintBox ever," said Clement Lefebvre, leader of the Linux Mint project. "MintBox 3 will be based on the Airtop 3. I’ve been using an Airtop 1 as my main computer for a while now and it’s a beautiful machine."

MintBox 3 will be available in two configurations, a basic one with a Intel Core i5 processor with 6 cores, 16GB RAM, 256GB EVO 970 SSD storage, Wi-Fi, and FM-AT3 FACE Module, and a high end variant powered by an Intel Core i9 processor, N... (read more)

Linux Mint 20 and Future Releases Will Drop Support for 32-bit Installations

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 05:15:00 PM
The Linux Mint project announced today that they have decided to follow Canonical's decision to drop support for 32-bit system in future releases of their Ubuntu operating system.

As you might know, Canonical announced last month that they plan to drop support for 32-bit systems all together, not only for new installations, but they ended up realizing that some major projects like Wine and Steam still need 32-bit libraries, so starting with Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) they'll only build select 32-bit packages.

Many users were asking if Ubuntu-based distributions will be affected by this major change, which shoul... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) Wallpaper Competition Is Now Open for Submissions

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 03:00:00 PM
Canonical announced today that the wallpaper competition for the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system is now open for submissions.

With every new Ubuntu release, Canonical puts together a wallpaper contest where artists and designers from all over the world are invited to submit their artwork with the ultimate prize of it being shipped with the next major release of the Ubuntu operating system.

This year's wallpaper contest is for Ubuntu 19.10, dubbed Eoan Ermine, a release that will see the light of day this fall on October 17th. The contest is open to anyone and stars today, July 2nd, until the beginning of September, a few weeks before the launch of the beta release on September 26th.

Here's how to submit your artwork for Ubuntu 19.10

To enter the Ubuntu 19.10 wallpaper competition, all you have to do is simply upload your images to the dedicated Ubuntu Community Hub thread read more)

Security-Focused Whonix Linux Is Now Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 01:55:00 PM
Patrick Schleizer announced today the release and general availability of the Whonix Linux 15 operating system, a major release of this security- and privacy-focused Debian-based distribution.

After being in development for the past year, Whonix 15 is now available and it's based on the soon-to-be-released Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, due for release on July 6th, 2019. It comes with lots of new features and enhancement, including kernel hardening, systemd unit sandboxing, and Xfce as default desktop environment.

"After approximately one year of development, the Whonix Project is proud to announce the release of Whonix 15," said developer Patrick Schleizer. "Whonix 15 is based on the Debian buster (Debian 10) distri... (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" ISOs Now Ready for Testing Ahead of July 6th Launch

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 01:13:00 PM
The Debian Project has put out a call for help from the Linux community to test the release images of the forthcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series.

Scheduled for release on Saturday, July 6th, 2019, the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system has been in development for the past few years and it is shaping up to be a great release with cool new features and improvements, along with more update components compared to the current release, Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch."

But, before it hits the streets later this week, the Debian Project is looking at the community to help them download, install, and test the release images of Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" and report any issues they might encounter during the installations, etc., to ensure the final release is bug-free and rock-stable.

"If you can spare the time your help would be greatly appreciated in testing some of these images on the day. If you have time to test before then too, that ... (read more)

KaOS Linux Gets July Release with KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop, Linux Kernel 5.1

Monday 1st of July 2019 08:01:00 PM
The KaOS Linux operating system received July 2019's snapshot release with all the latest updates and security fixes published in the main repositories since the previous ISO milestone.

Packed with all the latest and greatest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software, KaOS 2019.07 is now available for download and comes with the KDE Plamsa 5.16.2 desktop environment accompanied by the KDE Applications 19.04.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.59.0 software suites, all build against the Qt 5.13.0 application framework.

It also ships with the LibreOffice 6.2 office suite featuring native support for the Qt5/KF5 toolkit, replacing Calligra as the default Office app for KaOS. Other updated components include Linux kernel 5.1.15, X.Org Server 1.20.5, Glib2 2.60.4, ICU 64.2, 1.69.0, NetworkManager 1.18.1, GStreamer 1.16.0, iptables 1.8.3, GNU nano 4.3, Krb5 1.17, Proj 6.0.0, and Poppler 0.78.0.

Now featuring the latest Calamares installer

As it is targeted mo... (read more)

Mageia 7 Linux OS Released with Linux 5.1 Kernel, KDE Plasma 5.15 and GNOME 3.32

Monday 1st of July 2019 04:40:00 PM
The Mageia community has released today the Mageia 7 Linux operating system, a major version that brings up-to-date components and several new features for fans of this Mandriva derivative.

Almost two years in the work, the Mageia 7 Linux operating system is now available to download and comes packed with numerous of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software. Mageia 7 is powered by one of the most recent kernels from the Linux 5.1 series and features the latest Mesa 19.1 graphics stack.

Mageia 7 also features a wide range of desktop environments and window managers, but it's shipped in three main editions with the KDE Plasma 5.15.4, GNOME 3.32, and Xfce 4.14pre desktops. Support for Wayland and hybrid graphics cards has been enhanced as well in Mageia 7, which comes with an extended collection of games.

"As with everything to do with Mageia, this release would not have happened without the help of our amazing community that gives their time to mak... (read more)

Purism's Security Key Will Generate Keys Directly on the Device, Made in the USA

Sunday 30th of June 2019 08:45:00 PM
Purism, the hardware manufacturer known for its secure Linux-powered laptops and the upcoming Librem 5 security-focused Linux smartphone, announced the upcoming release of the second version of its Librem Key security key.

Launched last year in September, Librem Key is the first and only OpenPGP-based security key designed to offer a Heads-firmware-integrated tamper-evident boot process for laptops. It has the ultimate goal of protecting users' digital lives by storing security keys on the devices, encrypted with the highest cryptographic algorithms.

Next month, Purism wants to launch the second generation of Librem Key, which promises even more protection for users by securely generating security keys directly on the device, while being able to store up to 4096-bit RSA keys and up to 512-bit ECC keys. Best of all, Purism has moved the production of the Librem Key to the U.S..

"Having a secure supply chain is critical for hardware that holds your most sensitive se... (read more)

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