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Canonical Closes Numerous OpenSSH Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu

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Canonical has published details in a security notice about a few of OpenSSH vulnerabilities that have been found and fixed in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems.

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Ubuntu Gets Firefox Update to Correct Default Search Engine Switching to Yahoo

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Canonical has just upgraded the Firefox packages in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems after a regression has been identified. From the looks of it, the default search engine was set to Yahoo.

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Might be Delayed Due to Bugs in PulseAudio Implementation

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On August 20, Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report informing Ubuntu Touch users and developer alike about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch devs for Canonical's mobile operating system in preparation for the OTA-6 software update.

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OTA-6 for Ubuntu Touch Is Now Being Tested

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The new OTA update for Ubuntu Touch is in the works, and it looks like it's entering its last stages. It's in the hand of the QA team, and it should be out in the next couple of weeks.

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Also: WifiTransfer App for Ubuntu Touch Upgraded, Lets Users Send Files to OS

Unity 7 to Use the GNOME Scrollbars Starting with Ubuntu 15.10 - Video

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The famous "almost invisible and difficult to make appear when you need them most" scrollbars in Unity 7 are going away, and they are being replaced by the upstream version from GNOME.

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Aquaris E5 HD, E4.5 Ubuntu Edition phones priced at India launch

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Many of us are familiar with Android and iOS devices but those interested in an alternative operating system may be pleased that two Ubuntu-running smartphones are now arriving for India. The BQ Aquaris E5 HD and Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition phones have been priced at the India launch and will be available from Snapdeal by the end of this month.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Stupendously Hot Charmander Concept Looks Amazing

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Linux users don't really get to see a lot of concepts for desktops, but from time to time we get to experience some pretty interesting designs. The same can be said about the Ubuntu 16.04 Stupendously Hot Charmander concept, which looks superb.

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Ubuntu Linux and Ubuntu Touch Get an Extremely Fast, Scalable Thumbnailing Service

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Canonical's Michi Henning wrote a very interesting article on his blog, where he explains in detail how he, James Henstridge and Xavi Garcia Mena managed to implement a fast and scalable thumbnailing services for both Ubuntu Linux and Ubuntu Touch operating systems.

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A New Django Vulnerability Has Been Closed in Ubuntu

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The Ubuntu 15.04, 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems have been updated in order to fix an important Django vulnerability that has been identified.

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Canonical's IP Policy Is Deliberately Vague, Says Matthew Garrett

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Canonical's IP policy seems to remain a hot topic to this day, especially for developers. A conversation between Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, and Matthew Garrett, a prominent Linux developer and one of the opponents of Canonical's IP policy, revealed some interesting information.

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Is Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.17, KDE Plasma 5.13 Landed

As of today, the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system is now powered by the latest and most advanced Linux 4.17 kernel series, which landed in the most recent snapshot released earlier. Tumbleweed snapshot 20180615 was released today, June 17, 2018, and it comes only two days after snapshot 20180613, which added the Mesa 18.1.1 graphics stack and KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment, along with many components of the latest KDE Applications 18.04.2 software suite. Today's snapshot 20180615 continued upgrading the KDE Applications software suite to version 18.04.2, but it also upgraded the kernel from Linux 4.16.12 to Linux 4.17.1. As such, OpenSuSE Tumbleweed is now officially powered by Linux kernel 4.17, so upgrading your installs as soon as possible would be a good idea. Read more

today's howtos and leftovers

OSS Leftovers

  • Using Open Source Software in a SecDevOps Environment
    On 21 June 2018 the Open Source Software3 Institute is hosting a discussion that should be of high interest to enterprise technologists in the DC/Northern Virginia, Maryland area. From their invite: Come hear from our panelists about how the worlds of Open Source Software and the Secure Development / Operations (SecDevOps) intersect and strengthen one another. SecDevOps seeks to embed security in the development process as deeply as DevOps has done with operations, and Open Source Software is a major factor in Security, Development, and Operations. Tickets are free, but you need to register soon because seating is limited.
  • TenFourFox FPR8b1 available
    TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 8 beta 1 is now available (downloads, release notes, hashes). There is much less in this release than I wanted because of a family member in the hospital and several technical roadblocks. Of note, I've officially abandoned CSS grid again after an extensive testing period due to the fact that we would need substantial work to get a functional implementation, and a partially functional implementation is worse than none at all (in the latter case, we simply gracefully degrade into block-level divs). I also was not able to finish the HTML input date picker implementation, though I've managed to still get a fair amount completed of it, and I'll keep working on that for FPR9. The good news is, once the date picker is done, the time picker will use nearly exactly the same internal plumbing and can just be patterned off it in the same way. Unlike Firefox's implementation, as I've previously mentioned our version uses native OS X controls instead of XUL, which also makes it faster. That said, it is a ghastly hack on the Cocoa widget side and required some tricky programming on 10.4 which will be the subject of a later blog post.
  • GNU dbm 1.15
    GDBM tries to detect inconsistencies in input database files as early as possible. When an inconcistency is detected, a helpful diagnostics is returned and the database is marked as needing recovery. From this moment on, any GDBM function trying to access the database will immediately return error code (instead of eventually segfaulting as previous versions did). In order to reconstruct the database and return it to healthy state, the gdbm_recover function should be used.

Server: GNU/Linux Dominance in Supercomputers, Windows Dominance in Downtime

  • Five Supercomputers That Aren't Supercomputers
    A supercomputer, of course, isn't really a "computer." It's not one giant processor sitting atop an even larger motherboard. Instead, it's a network of thousands of computers tied together to form a single whole, dedicated to a singular set of tasks. They tend to be really fast, but according to the folks at the International Supercomputing Conference, speed is not a prerequisite for being a supercomputer. But speed does help them process tons of data quickly to help solve some of the world's most pressing problems. Summit, for example, is already booked for things such as cancer research; energy research, to model a fusion reactor and its magnetically confined plasma tohasten commercial development of fusion energy; and medical research using AI, centering around identifying patterns in the function and evolution of human proteins and cellular systems to increase understanding of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, or addiction, and to inform the drug discovery process.
  • Office 365 is suffering widespread borkage across Blighty
     

    Some users are complaining that O365 is "completely unusable" with others are reporting a noticeable slowdown, whinging that it's taking 30 minutes to send and receive emails.