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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition to Launch in Europe Soon, but Not for Everyone

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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is coming to Europe soon, but it would be available for everyone straight away. The latest Ubuntu insider event provided some more information about the impending launch.

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BQ And Canonical Launch The Second Ubuntu Phone

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Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, today announced the launch of the second Ubuntu phone in partnership with Spanish manufacturer BQ. While it can’t rival any recent (or even older) Android flagship phones in terms of basic specs, the new BQ Aquaris E5 HD is a step up from BQ’s first Ubuntu phone.

With a mediocre 4.5-inch 540×960 display, 1GB of RAM and 1.3 MediaTek A7 processor, the first Ubuntu phone wasn’t exactly a head-turner. The new device still uses the same MediaTek quad-core processor and only 1GB of RAM, but the rest of the specs have improved a bit.

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Ubuntu SDK Receives Important Updates, Converging UI Coming Soon

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Zoltán Balogh posted recently some information regarding the latest changes implemented in the Ubuntu SDK (Software Developer Kit), which is used for developing applications for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.

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Ubuntu Is in Urgent Need for a systemd Maintainer, Developer

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Martin Pitt, a renown Ubuntu developer, who apparently is in charge of the systemd maintenance/development for the Ubuntu Linux operating system, posted a message on the Ubuntu mailing list asking for assistance in maintaining systemd in Ubuntu.

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Aging Ubuntu Software Center Is Another Reason Why Ubuntu Needs Snappy Packages

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The Ubuntu Software Center is a great piece of technology that has lived its life and needs to either go away or go through a major transformation. The new Snappy packages that will be soon used in the Ubuntu desktop would be a great opportunity.

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Ubuntu MATE Devs Want to Know If You'd Like an Ubuntu MATE Basic Edition

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The Ubuntu MATE developers are looking for community feedback regarding the creation of a new alternative image that would pack a minimum amount of packages and that would fit on a single CD.

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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Dissapears from Official Store

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The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu phone has disappeared from the official store, and there is no information as of yet why that has happened.

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Black Lab Linux Enterprise Desktop 6 SR4 Released, Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Black Lab Software had the great pleasure of informing us earlier today, June 1, about the immediate availability for download of the fourth service release (SR) of the Black Lab Enterprise, Education and Forensics Desktop 6 distributions.

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wattOS R9 Released!

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The wattOS team is pleased to announce the release of the newest version of wattOS – Release 9 – (also known as R9). We have made the switch back to Ubuntu as the upstream distro and built the latest version from 14.04 LTS for long term support and stability.

We have simplified things this time around with wattOS and are only releasing two types of desktops. Previously having the extra desktop versions created additional work. This time we are more focused and have released only two desktop versions.

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Turn-By-Turn GPS Navigation App Available Now for Ubuntu Phones, Powered by OpenStreetMap

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Developer Marcos Costales had the great pleasure of unveiling what it appears to be the first ever turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system from Canonical, which powers the so-called Ubuntu phones.

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Security Leftovers

  • One-stop counterfeit certificate shops for all your malware-signing needs

    The Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's nuclear program almost a decade ago was a watershed piece of malware for a variety of reasons. Chief among them, its use of cryptographic certificates belonging to legitimate companies to falsely vouch for the trustworthiness of the malware. Last year, we learned that fraudulently signed malware was more widespread than previously believed. On Thursday, researchers unveiled one possible reason: underground services that since 2011 have sold counterfeit signing credentials that are unique to each buyer.

  • How did OurMine hackers use DNS poisoning to attack WikiLeaks? [Ed: False. They did not attack Wikileaks; they attacked the DNS servers/framework. The corporate media misreported this at the time.
    The OurMine hacking group recently used DNS poisoning to attack WikiLeaks and take over its web address. Learn how this attack was performed from expert Nick Lewis.
  • Intel didn't give government advance notice on chip flaws

    Google researchers informed Intel of flaws in its chips in June. The company explained in its own letter to lawmakers that it left up to Intel informing the government of the flaws.

    Intel said that it did not notify the government at the time because it had “no indication of any exploitation by malicious actors,” and wanted to keep knowledge of the breach limited while it and other companies worked to patch the issue.

    The company let some Chinese technology companies know about the vulnerabilities, which government officials fear may mean the information was passed along to the Chinese government, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • Intel hid CPU bugs info from govt 'until public disclosure'

    As iTWire reported recently, Intel faces a total of 33 lawsuits over the two flaws. Additionally, the Boston law firm of Block & Leviton is preparing a class action lawsuit against Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich for allegedly selling a vast majority of his Intel stock after the company was notified of the two security flaws and before they became public.

  • Intel did not tell U.S. cyber officials about chip flaws until made public [iophk: "yeah right"]

    Current and former U.S. government officials have raised concerns that the government was not informed of the flaws before they became public because the flaws potentially held national security implications. Intel said it did not think the flaws needed to be shared with U.S. authorities as hackers [sic] had not exploited the vulnerabilities.

  • LA Times serving cryptocurrency mining script [iophk: "JS"]

    The S3 bucket used by the LA Times is apparently world-writable and an ethical hacker [sic] appears to have left a warning in the repository, warning of possible misuse and asking the owner to secure the bucket.

  • Facebook's Mandatory Malware Scan Is an Intrusive Mess

    When an Oregon science fiction writer named Charity tried to log onto Facebook on February 11, she found herself completely locked out of her account. A message appeared saying she needed to download Facebook’s malware scanner if she wanted to get back in. Charity couldn’t use Facebook until she completed the scan, but the file the company provided was for a Windows device—Charity uses a Mac.

  • Tinder plugs flaw that enabled account takeover using just a phone number

    As Tinder uses Facebook profile pics for its users to lure in a mate or several, the 'dating' app is somewhat tied to the social network. When a swipe-hungry Tinder user comes to login to their account they can either do so via Facebook or use their mobile number.

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Report from Debian SnowCamp and a Look at Solyd XK, a Debian-Based Distribution

  • Report from Debian SnowCamp: day 1
  • Report from Debian SnowCamp: day 2
    Of course, we’re still sorely lacking volunteers who would really care about mentors.debian.net; the codebase is a pile of hacks upon hacks upon hacks, all relying on an old version of a deprecated Python web framework. A few attempts have been made at a smooth transition to a more recent framework, without really panning out, mostly for lack of time on the part of the people running the service. I’m still convinced things should restart from scratch, but I don’t currently have the energy or time to drive it… Ugh.
  • Installing Solyd XK, a Debian based Linux distribution : Cooking With Linux
    It's time for some more "Cooking With Linux" without a net, meaning the video you are about to watch was recorded live. Today, I'm going to install a new Linux distribution (new to me, anyhow) called Solyd XK.