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The Fabled New User, Bodhi Themes, Tumbleweed's Latest

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Bruce Byfield may have hit upon something in his latest rumination on the "imaginary new user." This "new user" has been used as an excuse to over-simplify Linux to the "detriment to other type of users." In Linux news, Bodhi chieftain Jeff Hoogland posted Moksha themes for last minute testing hinting that 4.0 must be very close. Douglas DeMaio posted a brief on the latest Tumbleweed snapshots and night falls on Linux.

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Dirty Cow, Ubuntu @ 12, Save a Penguin

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Dirty Cow is a local privilege vulnerability that can allow one to gain root access. Specifically, "race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's memory subsystem handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only memory mappings. An unprivileged local user could use this flaw to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase their privileges on the system." Linus signed off and pushed the patch to git a few days ago and distributions are currently updating their products. This is considered a critical bug and users are encouraged to update as soon as possible because researchers have found code in the wild to exploit it. Worse still, the exploit leaves little or no trace of being compromised. So, keep an eye on your update applets or security advisories over the next few days. Since this bug has been in existence for so long, Kees Cook had to revise his critical bug lifetime average from 3.3 to 5.2 years, while the overall average for all bugs increased only slightly.

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openSUSE Leap 42.2 Approaching with RC, Meet Maui 1

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The openSUSE project today announced the release of Leap 42.2 Release Candidate 1 with less than one month remaining before final. On the other side of town, Dustin Kirkland announced Ubuntu kernel hotfixes and the Hectic Geek reviewed recently released 16.10. Jack Germain said Maui 1 "is stable and easy to use" and Sebastian Kügler blogged on "Plasma's road ahead."

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Ubuntu 16.10 Released, Tumbleweed Gets Wayland, KDE 1 Revived

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The big story today was the release of Ubuntu 16.10 in its various forms and editions. In other distribution news, openSUSE's Douglas DeMaio today announced the arrival of Wayland to Tumbleweed and Jeff Hoogland released an updated Bodhi 4.0 beta for 64-bit architectures. Elsewhere, the KDE project today released KDE 1 and Jim Zemlin was featured recently in The Inquirer's Legends of Linux series.

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Fedora 25 Beta Ready, HandyLinux Pas Parle Anglais

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Fedora 25 Beta was released today for early testers bringing Wayland by default and new server SELinux troubleshooter. Phoronix is already looking ahead to Fedora 26. Elsewhere, HandyLinux has decided to drop its English support and Bruce Byfield asked if Linux has lost the Unix philosophy.

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Unity 8 in Yak, Leap 42.2 Beta 3, Basic Security Tips

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For those hoping Unity 8 on Mir would make it into upcoming Ubuntu 16.10 will be pleased to know it has. Phoronix and OMG!Ubuntu! have tested it. openSUSE 42.2 Beta 3 was announced today, a day ahead of schedule featuring the newly released Plasma 5.8. Elsewhere, Kevin Fenzi shared some good tips for enhanced security and Jack M. Germain test drove stable Apricity OS 7.2016 Aspen.

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KDE 5.8 LTS, Fedora PSA, Magic Security Dust

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The top story today was the release of KDE Plasma 5.8 which was covered by all the top sites. This release brings some new features and long term support. It's already in KDE neon as well. Elsewhere, The Inquirer began a new series on the legends of Linux and Fedora's Adam Williamson posted a public service announcement for version 24. A bit of drama emerged from Andrew Ayer's systemd post and Martin Owens ruminated on Free Software Faith.

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HPE Donates Hardware to Debian Project, GNOME Sans systemd

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The Debian project today announced the "in-kind" donation of several servers to "boost reliability of Debian's core infrastructure." The new hardware will be deployed in Canada, US, and Australia to replace some aging machines as well as expand core services and storage. In other news, a new project aims to provide GNOME 3.22 to Slackware without systemd or Wayland, right as a new ugly systemd bug gives another reason to avoid it. Mageia bid farewell to a lost friend and contributor today and Matt Hartley shared his picks for best firewall distribution.

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LibreOffice at 6, New Souped up Mint Mini

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September 28 was the official birthday for LibreOffice and Italo Vignoli looked back at some of the milestones for the project. Elsewhere, the Ubuntu family got new betas and Clement Lefebvre announced a new Mintbox Mini. Jack M. Germain reviewed Panther OS and Ryan Lynch recommended four distributions for Windows users.

Happy Birthday LibreOffice! It was officially six years ago September 28 that The Document Foundation and LibreOffice were announced. The project consisted of former OpenOffice.org developers and volunteered who feared the worst after its sale to Oracle. Since that time, LibreOffice has grown and matured into an award winning Open Source office suite. Group photos taken at the LibreOffice conference at Brno were also shared including one of the attendees who were there on day one, as Bjoern Michaelsen explained. Although they were the seed, the project has grown to hundreds of contributors from all over the world. Italio Vignoli said the project attracted new developers every month for 72 straight months. He also said tomorrow begins the LibreOffice 5.3 developmental cycle, which is planned for release in January 2017.

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Linux Users v Windows Users, Debian Mourns Another

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The Debian project today shared the news of the passing of a long time contributor on September 17. In other news, the Linux Journal offered a free digital copy of their September 2016 magazine. Bruce Byfield compared Linux users to Windows users and My Linux Rig spoke to elementary OS founder Daniel Foré about his "Linux Setup."

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Parental Controls for Linux Unleashed

For years, one of the overlooked areas for the Linux desktop was access to “effective” parental controls. Back in 2003, I remember the now defunct Linspire (then known as Lindows) offered a proprietary option called SurfSafe. Surprisingly, at least back then, the product worked very well in providing accurate content filtering capabilities; something that was not,in fact, available and easy-to-use at that time. Years later, an open-source alternative was released to the greater Linux community known as GNOME Nanny. Fantastic in terms of usage control, its web content web filter was laughably terrible. As expected, crowd-sourcing a filtering list isn’t a great solution. And like SurfSafe, the project is now defunct. Read more

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Mofo Linux: The Raw Materials for Security

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Happily Announcing Mageia 5.1

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