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Ubuntu Leftovers

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  • Yakkety Yak Alpha 2 Released
  • Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Alpha 2 Released

    Today marks the second alpha release for Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" flavors participating in these early development releases.

    Participating in today's Yakkety Yak Alpha 2 development milestone are Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Kylin. No Xubuntu or Kubuntu releases to report on this morning.

  • PSA: Ubuntu 15.10 Hits End of Life Today

    It's time to wave a weary goodbye to the Wily Werewolf, as Ubuntu 15.10 support ends today.

  • Jono Bacon on Life After (and Before) GitHub

    Do you want to know what it takes to be a professional community manager? This interview will show you the kind of personality that does well at it, and how Jono Bacon, one of the world’s finest community managers, discovered Linux and later found his way into community management.

    Bacon is world-famous as the long-time community manager for Ubuntu. He was so good, I sometimes think his mother sang “you’ll be a community manager by and by” to him when he was a baby. In 2014 he went to XPRIZE, not a FOSS company, but important nevertheless. From there he dove back into FOSS as community manager for GitHub.

    Now Bacon is a freelance, self-employed community manager. One of his major clients is HackerOne, whose CEO is Bacon’s and my mutual friend Mårten Mickos. But HackerOne is far from his only client. In the interview he says he recently got back from visiting a client in China, and that he has more work then he can handle.

I've been Linuxing since before you were born

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GNU
Linux

Once upon a time, there was no Linux. No, really! It did not exist. It was not like today, with Linux everywhere. There were multiple flavors of Unix, there was Apple, and there was Microsoft Windows.

When it comes to Windows, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite adding 20+ gigabytes of gosh-knows-what, Windows is mostly the same. (Except you can't drop to a DOS prompt to get actual work done.) Hey, who remembers Gorilla.bas, the exploding banana game that came in DOS? Fun times! The Internet never forgets, and you can play a Flash version on Kongregate.com.

Apple changed, evolving from a friendly system that encouraged hacking to a sleek, sealed box that you are not supposed to open, and that dictates what hardware interfaces you are allowed to use. 1998: no more floppy disk. 2012: no more optical drive. The 12-inch MacBook has only a single USB Type-C port that supplies power, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, external storage, video output, and accessories. If you want to plug in more than one thing at a time and don't want to tote a herd of dongles and adapters around with you, too bad. Next up: The headphone jack. Yes, the one remaining non-proprietary standard hardware port in Apple-land is doomed.

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More Evil from Microsoft

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  • You will use Cortana, Microsoft says

    Surprise, surprise. If things remain as they are, Windows 10 users who upgrade to the Anniversary Update won't be able to turn off Cortana anymore using the Cortana settings.

    If you compare the start menu settings of Cortana of the current version of Windows (version 1511) with those of the Anniversary Update (version 1607) you will notice that Cortana's off switch is no longer available (thanks Ian Paul @ PC World for spotting that)

  • You can't turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update [Ed: A listening device, cannot switch it off anymore; keylogger next?]

    Microsoft made an interesting decision with Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, which is now in its final stages of development before it rolls out on August 2.

    Cortana, the personal digital assistant that replaced Windows 10’s search function and taps into Bing’s servers to answer your queries with contextual awareness, no longer has an off switch.

Arch Linux-Based ArchEX Distro Receives Linux Kernel 4.6.4, Latest LXDE Desktop

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Linux

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton has released a new build of its ArchEX computer operating system based on the latest Arch Linux technologies and open-source software.

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Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Reached End of Life, Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Ubuntu

Today, July 28, 2016, was the last day when the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system received updates for the software available in the repositories, as well as security fixes.

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systemd and DebConf16

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Debian
  • systemd backport of v230 available for Debian/jessie

    At DebConf 16 I was working on a systemd backport for Debian/jessie. Results are officially available via the Debian archive now.

    In Debian jessie we have systemd v215 (which originally dates back to 2014-07-03 upstream-wise, plus changes + fixes from pkg-systemd folks of course). Now via Debian backports you have the option to update systemd to a very recent version: v230. If you have jessie-backports enabled it’s just an `apt install systemd -t jessie-backports` away. For the upstream changes between v215 and v230 see upstream’s NEWS file for list of changes.

    (Actually the systemd backport is available since 2016-07-19 for amd64, arm64 + armhf, though for mips, mipsel, powerpc, ppc64el + s390x we had to fight against GCC ICEs when compiling on/for Debian/jessie and for i386 architecture the systemd test-suite identified broken O_TMPFILE permission handling.)

  • DebConf16 low resolution videos

    If you go to the Debian video archive, you will notice the appearance of an "lq" directory in the debconf16 subdirectory of the archive. This directory contains low-resolution re-encodings of the same videos that are available in the toplevel.

Linux Kernel

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Group-buy site launches 40Msps BeagleBone ADC cape

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GNU
Linux

The Raspberry Pi was given consideration, but Google Research chose the BeagleBone on the strength of its PRUs, which can access all 512MB of the BeagleBone’s system RAM. “This lets us dedicate the PRUs to the time-sensitive and repetitive task of reading each sample out of an external ADC, while the main CPU lets us use the data with the GNU/Linux tools we’re used to,” says Google Research.

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Users Get Latest KDE Goodies, Linux Kernel 4.7 Coming Soon

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SUSE

Today, July 27, 2016, openSUSE Project's Douglas DeMaio has informed the Tumbleweed community about the latest software updates that landed recently in the main software repositories of the rolling release operating system.

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Antivirus Live CD 19.0-0.99.2 Released Based on 4MLinux 19.0 and ClamAV 0.99.2

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GNU
Linux
Security

Softpedia has been informed by GNU/Linux developer and creator of the 4MLinux project, Mr. Zbigniew Konojacki, about the immediate availability for download of the Antivirus Live CD 19.0-0.99.2 distrolette.

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LaunchKit Now FOSS

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Android
Google
OSS
  • Google acquires LaunchKit to make life easier for Android developers
  • LaunchKit team heads to Google and open-sources its tools for helping devs launch their apps

    The team behind LaunchKit, a set of tools that helps developers launch their apps, is heading to Google and joining the Developer Product Group.

    It doesn’t look like LaunchKit’s products are moving over to Google, so the team decided to open-source its products and make them available on GitHub. LaunchKit’s hosted services will be available for the next 12 months. After that, they will be discontinued.

    LaunchKit currently offers four tools and developers will now be able to take them and run them themselves: Screenshot Builder for easily creating annotated screenshots for Apple’s and Google’s store, App Website Builder for creating responsive landing pages for new apps, Review Monitor for — well… — tracking reviews in Apple’s App Store, and Sales Reporter for keeping track of sales. The team has also written a couple of how-to guides for developers, too.

ArchStrike Linux Distro For Ethical Hackers: Security Of Kali + Performance Of Arch

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GNU
Linux

The first ISO release of ArchStrike Linux distribution comes as a great news for ethical hackers and security researchers. If you are finding the new ArchStrike unfamiliar, let me tell you that it was previously called ArchAssault.

As the name suggests, ArchStrike Linux distro is based on the highly customizable and lightweight Arch Linux distro.

Now, the ArchStrike developers have announced that ISO images have been made available for download as the official installation medium. So, if you are willing to try out the latest ArchStrike Linux distro for hackers, you can go ahead and download ArchStrike 2016.07.21 ISOs for 64-bit and 32-bit CPUs.

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Another Linux Terminal App Guake

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Linux
Reviews

Linux users have a lot of terminal emulators to choose. Recently I mentioned one terminal app i.e. Terminator. Here is another one of the most interesting Quake-style drop-down terminal named Guake. It is a terminal app for GNOME which can be used quickly using shortcut keys. ​

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GTK+ 3.21.4 GUI Toolkit Fixes Clipboard Handling on Wayland, Adds New APIs

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Development
GNOME

As part of the GNOME 3.21.4 desktop environment release, the development team behind the popular and widely-used GTK+ GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit have released development version 3.21.4.

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Puppy Linux Cousin Toutou Linux 6.3.2 "SlaXen" Alpha Released for Public Testing

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Linux

Toutou, one of the fastest and most comprehensive minimalist GNU/Linux distributions, is again in development, it looks like we're now able to test drive the 6.3.2 Alpha release of the upcoming Toutou Linux SlaXen series.

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Linux 4.6.5

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Linux

I'm announcing the release of the 4.6.5 kernel.

All users of the 4.6 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.6.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.6.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st...

thanks,

greg k-h

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Also: Linux 4.4.16

Linux 3.14.74

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