BackBox 4.3 review: Not just for penetration tests and security assessments
BackBox is a Linux distribution that’s based on Ubuntu and designed for conducting “penetration tests and security assessments”.
If you’re not familiar with the distribution, this brief review will give you an idea what else it can be used for other than being an OS for pentesters.
Canonical Apologizes for Telephony Regression in Ubuntu Touch for Nexus 4, Fix Released
On July 27, Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report informing us all about the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in the last couple of days, as well as to apologize for a regression introduced by the Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 update.
ARNU Box Announces the First Pure Linux Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" Powered Set-Top Boxes
On July 27, ARNU Box (formerly Armada) had the great pleasure of informing Softpedia about the immediate availability for purchase of two new Pure Linux set-top box devices powered by the recently released Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" media center software (formerly XMBC Media Center).
Fedora's Package Growth Rate Has Begun To Stall
The number of Fedora packages within their repository has seemed to plateau, but it's not necessarily a bad sign.
Fedora contributor Jiri Eischmann published some interesting statistics today indicating that the number of Fedora packages have leveled off since Fedora 20. Fedora 22 currently is comprised of 17,021 packages, which is largely flat since the Fedora 20 days.
LibreOffice 5.0 to Bring Better Support for Special Scientific Formats
The fourth Release Candidate for LibreOffice 5.0 has been released by The Document Foundation and it looks like the development cycle is coming to an end.
Open source software is the only way to keep up
Between 2005 and 2010, software development accelerated so quickly that some said open source had won the corporate market. But it didn't stop there. In 2015, surveys showed that companies were using, supporting, and creating more open source software.
If we look at this pattern, then we can see open source will just keep growing. It's not going anywhere. If you're not using, contributing, or supporting it, then you're going to be left behind.
Following Debian's GNU/Hurd in 2015
The Debian project is best known for its stable GNU/Linux operating system, a platform which is used as a base by over one hundred distributions. However, the Debian project is home to other operating systems, including a port of GNU's Hurd. The GNU/Hurd port combines Debian packages and package management with GNU userland software running on GNU's microkernel. The project offers this description: "The Hurd is a set of servers running on top of the GNU Mach microkernel. Together they build the base for the GNU operating system. Currently, Debian is only available for Linux and kFreeBSD, but with Debian GNU/Hurd we have started to offer GNU/Hurd as a development, server and desktop platform, too. We hope to be able to release Debian GNU/Hurd for Wheezy."