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Linus Torvalds Kicks Off Development of Linux Kernel 5.5, First RC Is Out Now

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The two week-long merge window that opened with the release of the Linux 5.4 kernel series last month ended today with the launch of the first release candidate of Linux kernel 5.5, which was announced by Linus Torvalds himself.

That's right, Linus Torvalds has officially kicked off the development cycle of the next major Linux kernel series, Linux 5.5, which is now available for public testing from the kernel.org website. Linux kernel 5.5-rc1 is the first milestone in many to come and gives the community a first look at the new features and changes.

"We've had a normal merge window, and it's now early Sunday afternoon, and it's getting closed as has been the standard rule for a long while now," said Linus Torvalds. "Everythin... (read more)

Ubuntu Cinnamon Unofficial Flavor Gets Its First Ever Release, Download Now

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After many months of hard work, the team behind the unofficial Ubuntu Cinnamon flavor has announced the release of the first ever version.

The popular Ubuntu Linux operating system comes with a wide range of variants, with some of the most popular Open Source desktop environments, including GNOME, KDE Plasma, Xfce, LXQt, MATE, and Budgie, but it never had an official flavor featuring the Cinnamon desktop environment made by the creators of the Linux Mint distro.

Well, someone has been working on a Cinnamon flavor for Ubuntu for quite some time now, and we kinda observed the progress during several months. After a lot of hard work, a final release is now finally available for download of the first, unofficial Cinnamon flavor, which, for now, is called Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix.

"I am speechless. I have gained so much help from the community, and people across the world. ... (read more)

Canonical Loves Windows 10: Ubuntu Maker Wants to Lead Microsoft’s WSL

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The Windows Subsystem for Linux, or WSL, is a feature bundled in Windows 10 that allows users to run Linux on top of Microsoft’s operating system.

Already at the second generation, WSL managed to bring together the worlds of Windows and Linux, and contrary to what many users would have imagined a few years ago, the majority of Linux developers have already joined this new push.

This is why right now, the Linux distros available in WSL include top names like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Kali, and openSUSE.

When it comes to WSL, Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu, not only that is committed to supporting it, but wants to be “at the forefront of what’s possible on WSL.”

Leading the WSL push

That’s why Canonical has recently started hiring desktop software engineers for WSL, with the job ad itself providing not only useful information for those who want to join the company, but also clear hints as to how it sees its investment in Windows 10 in the long term.... (read more)

Canonical Announces Ubuntu AWS Rolling Linux Kernel for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS AMIs

Saturday 7th of December 2019 07:24:00 AM
Canonical announced that the default Linux kernel in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) is moving to a rolling kernel model.

Until now, the Ubuntu images for AWS (Amazon Web Services) have been using a normal Linux kernel that was updated whenever a new security update was available. With the new rolling model, the kernel in the Ubuntu AWS images gets all the latest fixes, performance tweaks, and security patches from upstream, as soon as they are available.

"The Ubuntu rolling kernel model provides the latest upstream bug fixes and performance improvements around task scheduling, I/O scheduling, networking, hypervisor guests and containers to our users," said Canonical. "Canonical has been following this model in other cloud environments for some time now, and have found it to be an excellent way to deliver these benefits while continuing to provide LTS level stability."... (read more)

Purism Announces "Made in USA" Librem 5 Linux Phone, Now Available for Pre-Order

Thursday 5th of December 2019 09:00:00 PM
Purism announced today that it has started manufacturing a special version of their Librem 5 Linux-powered smartphone that's being built in the US to address supply chain security concerns.

It's a known fact that Purism has done everything they could to make the Librem 5 the most secure and private smartphone on the market, but the fact of the matter that it's not built in the United States of America might not please some customers.

As such, the company, which is known for their security- and privacy-focused Linux-based laptops and phones, is now offering a special Librem 5 version manufactured in the US, with components made in the USA, in the same US facility where the Librem 5 devkits and Librem Key were built.

"Having a secure auditable US based supply chain including parts procurement, fabrication, testing, assembly, and fulfillment all from within the same facility is the best possible security story," said ... (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" Installer Is Now Available for Public Testing

Thursday 5th of December 2019 04:56:00 PM
The Debian Project released today the first alpha development build of the installer for their upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system series.

Unveiled earlier this year during the DebConf19 conference, Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" will be the next major release of the acclaimed Linux-based operating system used by millions of computer users around the globe. It's development kicked off a few months ago, so now it's time to test drive the very first alpha build of the Debian Bullseye Installer.

"It's high time we started doing this: many components were updated, replacing “CD”/“CD-ROM” with “installation media”. Such changes are not documented individually below. That also explains why many languages are not fully translated in this alpha release," said Cyril Brulebois on behalf of the Debian release team.

Here's what's new in Debian Bullseye Installer Alpha 1

The first alpha build of the Debian Installer for the upcoming Debia... (read more)

Canonical Patches Intel Microcode Regression in Ubuntu PCs with Skylake CPUs

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 06:04:00 PM
Canonical has published a new security advisory today where the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system apologizes for a regression introduced by the latest Intel microcode firmware update.

On November 12th, 2019, Canonical published important kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases to address two flaws (CVE-2019-11135 and CVE-2019-11139) discovered by various security researchers in Intel processors using Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX), as well as on certain Intel Xeon processors.

While the first vulnerability could allow a local attacker to expose sensitive information, such as memory contents that were previously stored in microarchitectural buffers, the second issue could allow a local privileged attacker to cause a denial of service (system crash). The in... (read more)

Canonical Announces Ubuntu Pro, Premium Images for Amazon Web Services

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 04:57:00 PM
Canonical today announced Ubuntu Pro, a set of premium images for Amazon Web Services (AWS) that are available right now in the AWS Marketplace for enterprise customers.

Ubuntu Pro, as Canonical likes to call these new premium images for AWS, covers the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS releases and allows enterprises to purchase longer updates and security maintenance, critical compliance features, as well as broader security coverage with no contract required. The Ubuntu Pro images are supported on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

"The new Ubuntu Pro images will deliver a further optimised experience to our customers, providing additional security and performance to their Ubuntu instances," said Deepak Singh, VP of Compute Services at AWS. "Available directly through AWS Marketplace, Ubuntu Pro can be purchased, deployed and launched on AW... (read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS 7 Receive Important Kernel Security Update

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 04:31:00 PM
Red Hat and CentOS have announced the availability of important kernel security updates for their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 7 operating system series that address two security vulnerabilities and numerous other bugs.

Marked by Red Hat Product Security as having a security impact of "Important," the new Linux kernel security update is here to patch two vulnerabilities, namely CVE-2019-14821, an out-of-bounds memory access issue via MMIO ring buffer discovered in Linux kernel's KVM hypervisor, and CVE-2019-15239, a flaw that could allow a local attacker to trigger multiple use-after-free conditions, which may lead to a kernel crash or potentially in privilege escalation.

Additionally, the kernel update also addresses several bugs, including ... (read more)

Mozilla Thunderbird 68.3.0 Released for Linux, Windows, and macOS

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 02:50:00 PM
Mozilla has released Thunderbird 68.3.0 for all supported desktop platforms, namely Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Thunderbird continues to be one of the preferred email clients on the desktop, despite most platforms already coming with a native mail app. Windows 10, for example, now bundles a modern Mail app, while macOS integrates its very own email client developed by Apple.

But despite these, Mozilla Thunderbird remains a leading email client, and the updates released by the parent company every now and then further polish the experience with it on all platforms.

While the new features that are being added in version updates aren’t necessarily substantial, they do contribute to Thunderbird better responding to the needs of users running modern operating systems.

For example, Mozilla Thunderbird 68.0.3 fully supports the message display toolbar action WebExtension API, which was first introduced in Thunderbird 71. Mozilla explains:

“It is similar to Firefox’s bro... (read more)

Firefox 72 Enters Development with Picture-in-Picture Support on Linux and macOS

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 10:52:00 PM
With the release of Firefox 71 to the stable channel, Mozilla already kicked off the development of the next major release of its open-source and cross-platform web browser, Firefox 72.

Firefox 72 is now available for public beta testing, which means that we can have an early look at its features and improvements. One of these will certainly please Linux and macOS users as Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support is finally coming to their platforms.

Picture-in-Picture support has just been added for Windows users in the Firefox 71 release announced earlier today, but with Firefox 72 it also comes to Linux and macOS users, allowing them to detach a video from its web page and watch it in a floating window while working in other tabs.

More Enhanced Tracking Protection improvements, other changes

Besides Pi... (read more)

Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" Beta Officially Released with New Apps, Updated Artwork

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 09:52:00 PM
The Linux Mint project released today the beta version of the upcoming Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" operating system for all official flavors, including Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce.

In development since early September, the Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" operating system has entered public beta testing today ahead of its official launch later this month around the Christmas holidays.

This release is based on Canonical's latest Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system and ships with the Linux 5.0 kernel. Just like Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, it will be supported with software updates and security patches until 2023.

"Linux Mint 19.3 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use," reads today's announcement.

Here's what's new in Linux Mint 19.3 beta

Highlights of the... (read more)

Tails 4.1 Anonymous OS Released with Latest Tor Browser, Linux Kernel 5.3.9

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 07:38:00 PM
The Tails project released today Tails 4.1, a monthly update to their Debian-based amnesic incognito live system (also known as Anonymous OS) that brings all the latest software updates and various improvements.

Coming five weeks after Tails OS 4.0, a major release based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, Tails OS 4.1 is here with a new default OpenPGP key server, namely https://keys.openpgp.org/, which the project says is "more trustworthy than other OpenPGP public key servers."

According to the Tails developers, the new default OpenPGP key server doesn't distribute third-party signatures, references OpenPGP public keys only after sending a confirmation email to the addresses listed in the key, and also blocks OpenPGP certificate flooding attacks.

Tails OS 4.1 also comes with various updated components, among which we can me... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.17.4 Desktop Environment Released with Nearly 50 Fixes, Update Now

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 05:45:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the fourth maintenance update to the latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment, which brings more fixes and improvements for better stability, security and reliability.

Coming only three weeks after the previous release, KDE Plasma 5.17.4 is here as yet another maintenance update that addresses a bunch of issues or adds minor changes to improve the overall KDE Plasma experience for users who updated to the latest  KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment series. This bugfix release adds a total of 49 changes that can be viewed in detail here.

"Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.17.4. Plasma 5.17 was released in October 2019 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a month's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but impo... (read more)

elementary OS 5.1 "Hera" Officially Released with Flatpak Support, New Greeter

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 05:00:00 PM
The elementary team proudly announced today the official availability of the elementary OS 5.1 "Hera" operating system, a major update that adds many improvements and new features, as well as updated components and fresh new artwork.

elementary OS 5.1 "Hera" is the culmination of one year of hard work, during which the development team implemented out-of-the-box Flatpak support to make it easier and secure for users to install third-party apps that are not available in the AppCenter, but are essential for their everyday tasks.

For this, elementary OS 5.1 comes with Sideload, a new, in-house built graphical utility that lets you install Flatpak apps with single click. In addition, elementary OS 5.1 adds Flatpak support to the AppCenter so that users can manage Flatpak apps alongside regular applications from the official repositories.

"Rather than encouraging users to drop to a Terminal, add inherently insecure PPAs, or install packages that end up getting root acc... (read more)

Canonical Releases Major Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 19.10 and 18.04 LTS

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 04:31:00 PM
Canonical released major kernel security updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux operating system series to address up to 15 security vulnerabilities.

The biggest kernel security patch released in December 2019 is for Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and fixes 12 vulnerabilities affecting Linux 5.3's OverlayFS and ShiftFS drivers, the Wi-Fi driver stack, ARM Komeda display driver, VirtualBox guest driver implementation, ADIS16400 IIO IMU driver, and Intel OPA Gen1 Infiniband driver.

Issues discovered in the AMD Audio CoProcessor driver, Qualcomm FastRPC driver, Cascoda CA8210 SPI 802.15.4 wireless controller driver, AMD Display Engine driver, and Chelsio T4/T5 RDMA driver were also addressed in this new kernel security update. The majority of these flaws could allow a local attacker to cause a denial of service (memory exhaustion or system crash).

Affecting the Linux 5.0 kernel of Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) and Ubuntu 18.04.3 L... (read more)

Tails Anonymous OS Promises Secure Boot Support and More Robust Upgrades in 2020

Monday 2nd of December 2019 11:27:00 PM
The Tails project, which develops the Debian-based Tails amnesic incognito live operating system, has announced today some of their major plans for 2020 to improve the anonymous OS used by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden to stay hidden online.

In 2020, the Tails project plans to release numerous updates to its Tails anonymous OS, some of which will be major ones implementing big new features like support for Secure Boot to offer better compatibility with more hardware components, thus making it easier to start Tails on PCs and Macs.

While Secure Boot support is planned for July 2020, when the Tails 4.9 release should hit the streets, the project also aims to deal with the manual upgrades as soon as January 2020. These manual upgrades have been bugging users for a long time now, but Tails wants to make the upgrade process less painful, lighter and more robust.

Additionally, the project wants to rev... (read more)

Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" Beta Now Available to Download with a Fresh New Look

Monday 2nd of December 2019 05:38:00 PM
The beta version of the upcoming Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" operating system is now avilable to download ahead of tomorrow's release for all supported flavors and architectures.

Initially revealed earlier this fall, the Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" operating system will be the third installment in the Linux Mint 19 series, based on Canonical's Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) long-term supported operating system series.

As expected, Linux Mint 19.3 will features packages from the Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS release, but it will also introduce some exciting new features that are yet to be revealed to the public, as well as new apps and refresh artwork, such as new icons and wallpaper, which you can see in the screenshot gallery below.

"We’re really excited about this release. The 19.x series is two years old and feels very polished. There are exciting features in 19.3 we haven’t talked about on the blog yet. The software selection changed and three new apps are coming in. The art... (read more)

openSUSE Leap 15.0 Reached End of Life, Upgrade to openSUSE Leap 15.1 Now

Sunday 1st of December 2019 02:40:00 PM
The openSUSE Leap 15.0 operating system release has reached end of life on November 30th, 2019, which was the last day when it received software updates and security patches.

openSUSE Leap 15.0 was released 18 months ago, on May 25th, 2018, and it was based on the SUSE Enterprise Linux 15 operating system series. It was the first openSUSE Leap release to adopt a new versioning scheme that's in sync with upstream SUSE Enterprise Linux (SLE) releases.

As of November 30th, 2019, openSUSE Leap 15.0 will no longer receive software updates and security patches for its core components or apps. Therefore, users are encouraged upgrade their computers as soon as possible to the latest version, openSUSE Leap 15.1, which will be supported with software updates and security patches until November 2020.

"openSUSE Leap 15.0 will receive no further maintenance or security updates after that date. It is recommended for openSUSE Leap users to upgrade to the current release openSUSE... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.4 Gets First Point Release, It's Now Ready for Mass Deployments

Friday 29th of November 2019 06:47:00 PM
Renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman released today the first point release to the latest Linux 5.4 kernel series, which is now stable and ready for mass deployments.

Announced by Linus Torvalds on November 24th, the Linux 5.4 kernel series is the latest and most advanced kernel branch that GNU/Linux users can install on their favorite distributions. It ships with the long-anticipated support for Microsoft's exFAT file system, a new highly-anticipated "lockdown" security feature, and many hardware improvements.

Additionally, Linux kernel 5.4 brings improved app memory management on Android, a new high-performance virtio driver called virtio-fs, which can be used for sharing files between hosts and guests, dm-clone for live cloning of block devices, a new security feature called fs-verity for detect... (read more)