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Anonymous Live CD Tails to Use Tor Browser 6.0, Firewall and Kernel Hardening

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The next major version of the Tails amnesic incognito live system, also known as the Anonymous Live CD used by ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden to stay hidden online using the latest Tor technologies, is now in the works.

Tails 2.4 development is open, and it looks like the first Release Candidate (RC) build has already landed for public beta testing, incorporating some major new features and changes, among which we can mention the upgrade to the latest Tor Browser 6.0 web browser based on Mozilla Firefox 45.2.

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Also: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Release Party in Japan to Take Place June 26

Debian Is Dropping Support for VLC Media Player, Mediawiki for Wheezy LTS

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The Debian Long Term Support (LTS) developers have announced that they are dropping support for certain packages as part of the extended life cycle for the Debian GNU/Linux 7 "Wheezy" operating system.

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Debian and the Internet of Things

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Everybody is talking about the Internet of Things. Unfortunately there is no sign of it in Debian yet. Besides some smaller packages like sispmctl, usbrelay or the 1-wire support in digitemp and owfs, there is not much software to control devices over a network.

With the recent upload of alljoyn-core-1504 this might change.

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Voice of the masses: Debian moves on

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Debian are dropping support for 586-class processors in the newer versions of the distro. In simple terms, this means that original Pentium chips will stop working after Debian Jessie (which is supported until 2020). Pentium 2 (which came out in 1995), Pentium Pro and newer chips will continue to work. This change should increase the performance on newer chips by making it easier for software to take advantage of more modern processor features. By the time the support ends, Debian, a non-profit organisation run by volunteers will have supported this hardware for over 25 years

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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  • Reproducible builds: week 56 in Stretch cycle
  • Adopting pristine-tar

    As of yesterday, I am the new maintainer of pristine-tar. As it is the case for most of Joey Hess’ creations, it is an extremely useful tool, and used in a very large number of Debian packages which are maintained in git.

    My first upload was most of a terrain recognition nature: I did some housekeeping tasks, such as making the build idempotent and making sure all binaries are built with security hardening flags, and wrote a few automated test cases to serve as build-time and run-time regression test suite. No functional changes have been made.

  • No Audio in Lubuntu? - Lubuntu Audio Configuration and Volume Control
  • Vulkan Support Might Be Implemented in Ubuntu Linux's Mir Display Server Soon

    As many of you might already know, Canonical is working hard these days on pushing the Unity 8 user interface and its convergence vision to the Ubuntu desktop.

    Unity 8 is the next-generation Unity desktop environment for the popular GNU/Linux operating system, Ubuntu Linux, and Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth promised earlier this month that it would be available, installed by default, in the upcoming Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) release.

    Installed by default does not mean enabled by default, as Unity 7 will remain the main desktop environment for Ubuntu 16.10, which should see the light of day later this year, on October 20, 2016. And, of course, the new Unity 8 interface will be ready for use, without the need for users to install any special packages.

Why Linus Torvalds Doesn’t Like Using Debian Or Ubuntu Linux?

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From the past 25 years, Linus Torvalds is working tirelessly to make Linux a more efficient and user-friendly computing platform. His creation is now available to the open source lovers in the form of many Linux distros that serve a wide variety of users.

Linux and open source software support the idea of choice and it acts as their driving force. However, with time, the internet is filled with tons of Linux distros based on Debian and Ubuntu-like feature

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Debian-Based Q4OS 1.4.10 Distro Improves the Bourbon Start Menu, Adds Tweaks

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Today, May 23, 2016, the Q4OS development team informs Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of a new stable update for their GNU/Linux operating system, Q4OS 1.4.10 "Orion."

The last update for the Orion branch has been released in the first week of April 2016, based on the Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 "Jessie" operating system, the latest Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE), and introducing the "Bourbon" Start Menu, a two-panel, highly customizable Applications menu.

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Leftovers: Devuan and Ubuntu

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  • Debian Fork Devuan Beta Released

    A team of developers made good on their threats to fork Debian Linux late last year, after the community’s leadership voted to replace sysvinit with systemd, making systemd the default init boot process.

  • A Telegram Snap Package Is Available on Ubuntu 16.04

    Using Ubuntu 16.04 and want to install the official Telegram Linux app?

    Don’t run off to the official website to get the official binary: there’s now a Telegram app snap package available on Ubuntu 16.04.

  • Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition: a tablet that runs like a desktop

    At first, the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition — often called the Ubuntu tablet — resembles most modern tablets, with a hard plastic case that folds into a stand, limited multi-tasking from an overview screen, and some ability to act like a workstation or laptop. However, even a tentative exploration reveals that the Ubuntu Edition is much more, due mostly to its operating system and the Unity interface, which comes of age at last on this tablet.

  • Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition Review
  • UbuntuBuzz Magazine #11 - Converting PDF
  • UbuntuBuzz Magazine #10 - sK1
  • NoNotifications: Use Do Not Disturb Feature in Ubuntu

    If you are trying to focus on your work and don't want to disable notifications completely then here is a tool called "NoNotifications" for you, which works in Ubuntu Unity. It is just a simple panel indicator which allows you to disable notification temporarily. This tool should be enhanced to offer more features like mobile OS's already have, to completely disable everything Like: tones, alerts, notifications, and so, and schedule a time to activate/deactivate could be a plus for this small application.

  • Temporarily Disable Notifications In Ubuntu (w/ Unity 7) With NoNotifications Indicator

    NoNotifications is a simple indicator for Ubuntu (Unity 7) that allows you to temporarily suppress NotifyOSD notifications. The tool is useful for presentations, when working, and so on, to prevent unwanted notifications from getting in your way or distracting you.

  • Ubuntu’s Got Tablet, Fedora’s Kernel Decision & More…

    Back in the hippie days there was a lot of talk about plastic people, which would be fake people. Back in those days, plastic people were to be avoided, as was plastic anything.

    How times have changed. These days we embrace a plastic world. As example, we replace carefully hand crafted wristwatches made to last a lifetime with electronic rhinestone wearables that will be obsolete in a year or two because they tell us how fast and how seldom we walk.

    You see, by the ’60s definition, plastic didn’t need to be made of plastic to be plastic. You dig?

    [...]

    Swapnil Bhartiya at CIO found BQ’s hardware to be more than up to the task and also thought that nearly all aspects of the Ubuntu Touch with convergence to be beyond super fantastic. Gesture swiping is amazing, Scopes are the best thing since sliced bread, and using convergence to run in full blown desktop mode is “one of it’s greatest features.” The App Store, which he calls the “most exciting part of this Ubuntu tablet,” disappoints him because despite having tons of cool apps he’s never seen offered for phones before, it doesn’t have a few things he likes.

    “After using the tablet for a while,” he opines, “I had to face the harsh reality that as much as wanted to like the tablet, the lack of what I consider essential native apps will prevent me from using it as my primary, or even as a secondary, device.”

    The only apps he mentions that he would like but which are MIA? “[N]one of the streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime are available on the device.”

    Maybe he should just buy himself a TV.

    [...]

    In case you missed it, the conference live streamed Corey Doctorow’s Thursday morning keynote address, called “Open, Closed, and Demon Haunted: An Internet of Things That Act Like Inkjet Printers,” along with all other keynotes throughout the event. Included below is a short snippet of the talk that’s available on YouTube. Doctorow’s complete talk is available online, but requires the opening of an account with O’Reilly in order to view it.

  • Cinnamon 3.0 - See What's New

    Cinnamon 3.0 is the latest release of Cinnamon Desktop Environment and it will become as default desktop for upcoming Linux Mint 18 codenamed "sarah".

Debian Installer Stretch Alpha 6 release

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  • Debian Installer Stretch Alpha 6 release
  • The Sixth Alpha Release For Debian Installer Stretch

    The sixth alpha release of the Debian Installer for the upcoming "Stretch" release is now available.

    The Debian Installer Stretch Alpha 6 release has various bug fixes, now uses the Linux 4.5 kernel rather than 4.3, fixes various partitioning issues, udev support is now present in wget, various installer enhancements, and much more.

  • Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Installer Now Lets Users Enable Debian Pure Blends

    The team behind the Debian Installer open-source project have announced earlier, May 21, 2016, the release and general availability of the sixth Alpha build of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch."

    As you might be aware of, Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" is the next major version of the award-winning and highly acclaimed Debian GNU/Linux operating system, which is currently being developed under the Debian Testing umbrella, and the Debian Installer team is working very hard to bring in new features and technologies.

Leftovers: Debian

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  • 4 months of work turned into GNOME, Debian testing based tablet

    Huh, where do I start. I started working for a great CEO and great company known as Purism. What is so great about it? First of all, CEO (Todd Weaver), is incredible passionate about Free software. Yes, you read it correctly. Free software. Not Open Source definition, but Free software definition. I want to repeat this like a mantra. In Purism we try to integrate high-end hardware with Free software. Not only that, we want our hardware to be Free as much as possible. No, we want to make it entirely Free but at the moment we don't achieve that. So instead going the way of using older hardware (as Ministry of Freedom does, and kudos to them for making such option available), we sacrifice this bit for the momentum we hope to gain - that brings growth and growth brings us much better position when we sit at negotiation table with hardware producers. If negotiations even fail, with growth we will have enough chances to heavily invest in things such as openRISC or freeing cellular modules. We want to provide in future entirely Free hardware&software device that has integrated security and privacy focus while it is easy to use and convenient as any other mainstream OS. And we choose to currently sacrifice few things to stay in loop.

  • Improving the process for testing build reproducibility

    I'm going to be one of the Outreachy interns working on Reproducible Builds for the summer of 2016. My project is to create a tool, tentatively named reprotest, to make the process of verifying that a build is reproducible easier.

  • My free software activities, May 2016

    This is my 6th month working on Debian LTS, started by Raphael Hertzog at Freexian. This is my largest month so far, for which I had requested 20 hours of work.

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  • Why Open-Source Pros Are in Great Demand
    The majority of hiring managers predict that the demand for open-source IT professionals will rise more than other recruitment-based areas of interest over the next six months, according to a recent survey from the Linux Foundation and Dice. The resulting report, "Moving Toward Professionalization: Rising Need for Open-Source Skills in 2016," indicates that these managers struggle to fill open-source positions, especially when trying to find candidates with needed cloud, networking and/or security experience. Meanwhile, when considering an offer, open-source professionals said they're most interested in working on appealing projects with cutting-edge technology challenges. Money and perks are of secondary interest, even though, given the hot market, many open-source specialists are able to negotiate a great compensation package. According to the report, "In the last decade, open-source development has experienced a massive shift: Once a mostly community and volunteer-based concern, the model has since become a mainstay of the IT industry. Flexibility in accommodating new technologies and speed at adapting to a changing market have made open source vital to modern companies, which are now investing zealously in open source and open-source talent. More and better code is the way forward, and the skilled professionals who can make it happen are highly in demand." More than 400 hiring managers and 4,500 open-source professionals took part in the research.
  • Open Source Realm Mobile Database Hits Version 1.0
    Citing advantages over the SQLite and Core Data databases commonly used in iOS and Android apps, Realm today launched version 1.0 of its namesake "mobile-first database."
  • Realm has hit the version 1.0 milestone, and now reaches over 1 billion users
    As mobile databases go, Realm was already a fan favorite. Now we get an idea of just how popular it really is, as the company notes it now reaches one billion iOS and Android users via 100,000 active developers.
  • Rackspace Adopts OX's Dovecot Pro Open Source IMAP Email Platform
    Dovecot, the open source email platform from Open-Xchange, received a significant endorsement this week from Rackspace, which announced that it will use the company's Dovecot Pro product for email hosting.
  • An Apparent Exodus Continues At OwnCloud
    This week we've now seen the announcements by Jos Poortvliet, Lukas Reschke, Björn Schießle, and Arthur Schiwon are among those leaving ownCloud Inc. Each of their blog posts confirm they are leaving but don't shed much light on the underlying situation at the company.
  • Upcoming governance workshop for the European Catalogue of ICT Standards for Public Procurement
    On the 15th June, 2016, DG Connect and DG Growth wil be co-hosting an interactive workshop for the European Catalogue of ICT Standards for Public Procurement. This catalogue of standards is being developed to assist public procurers implement interoperable ICT solutions across Member States, as well as reducing incidence of vender lock-in, and ultimately to assist in the continued development of the Digital Single Market.
  • American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong
    To truly impact an children’s cognitive development, and prepare them for future computing jobs that may not even exist yet, we must move beyond pop computing. I strongly believe that learning computing should become mandatory in all schools, and should be viewed in the same context as reading and writing. Students must be challenged and encouraged to think differently in each grade level, subject matter, and read/write various computing projects every day in their academic life. With this mindset and approach we’ll help this generation of students fill those one million jobs, all of which require so much more than dragging and clicking.
  • Google Inbox Notifications
    I made a Firefox addon that brings that functionality to Google Inbox. It gives you a notification when new mail arrives and updates the pages title with the unread mail count. You can get it here!
  • Upcoming Webinar on Getting Linux Certified - Tips, Tactics, and Practical Advice