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MX Linux MX-18 & 10-year-old EeePC netbook - Fantastic

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I am more than happy with the outcome of this experiment. I really didn't know what to expect, and I thought the MX Linux would give pretty much the same results as the rest. But no. This is a true old-device Linux, and this is where it shines when the rest don't even dare step out into the sunlight. And there are no compromises. The frugality does not impact usability in any way. You still get great looks, excellent modern software, and solid hardware compatibility. Plus, of course, blazing nimble for a 10-year relic.

MX Linux MX-18.1 Continuum has restored life to my netbook. It runs beautifully fast, it's elegant, loaded with real, practical goodies. The tremendous part is really the speed. This mini-laptop was weak even when I bought it, but to be able to keep using it in a nice fashion a decade later is truly an achievement. I want to thank all of you for your suggestions, and the MX Linux team for their excellent little product. Powerrr!

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GNUnet 0.11.1 released

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We are pleased to announce the release of GNUnet 0.11.1.

This is a bugfix release for 0.11.0, mostly fixing minor bugs, improving documentation and fixing various build issues. In terms of usability, users should be aware that there are still a large number of known open issues in particular with respect to ease of use, but also some critical privacy issues especially for mobile users. Also, the nascent network is tiny (about 200 peers) and thus unlikely to provide good anonymity or extensive amounts of interesting information. As a result, the 0.11.1 release is still only suitable for early adopters with some reasonable pain tolerance.

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AV Linux 2019.4.10 Released!

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This release is basically an update of the ISO that fixes a couple of annoying bugs from the 2018.6.25 release with some notable updates and additions. It will mark the last release based on Debian Stretch and sadly it will also be the last release of the 32bit version. Future AVL development will focus on Debian ‘Buster’ and 64bit only. In the meantime I think this 2019.4.10 version will provide a fast, stable well prepared platform for AV Content creation for quite some time.

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Desktop GNU/Linux Links/Leftovers

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  • The Jolly Rogers - An open-source Unity game

    Today Heroic Labs, the creators of the open-source distributed game server Nakama, has made available the next tool in their open-source tools for the games...

  • Taking Another Look at Manjaro
  • SolidRun ClearFog: A 16-Core ARM ITX Workstation Board Aiming For $500~750 USD

    Edge computing solutions vendor SolidRun is working on "ClearFog" as an ITX-based ARM64 workstation platform. They hope for an early bird launch price later this year of around $500~500 USD for this board that has 16 ARMv8 cores, multiple 10 GbE SFP+ connections, Gigabit Ethernet, multiple USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, 2 x mPCIe, four SATA ports, and can handle up to 64GB of laptop DDR4 memory.

  • The state of the USB-C connector in 2019

    In episode 2×46 of the Bad Voltage podcast, Stuart Langridge predicts companies will finally embrace the USB-C connector in 2019. Which prompts both Jono Bacon and Jeremy Garcia to ask: “What doesn’t ship with USB-C today”?

    After about six minutes of discussion it becomes clear no-one seems to have any reliable data on this topic. Depending on which market segment you’re in, either all devices already use USB-C ports and connectors, or everything still comes with Micro-USB-B or something even older.

  • Chrome OS is Getting Fragmented (and This Time It’s Google’s Fault) [Ed: Stop using this word "fragmentation" (or "fragmented") when referring to choice, diversity etc. This is Microsoft propaganda amplified. They want monopoly over a back-doored OS.]

    Android “fragmentation” has long been a talking point about the OS. As I’ve said before, however, manufacturers are to blame for that. But now I fear that Chrome OS is going down the same path—and this time it’s Google’s fault.

9 Best Free Linux Digital Forensics Tools

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Digital forensics is a specialist art. It allows investigations to be undertaken without modifying the media. Being able to preserve and analyze data in a safe and non-destructive way is crucial when using digital evidence as part of an investigation, and even more so when a legal audit trail needs to be maintained. Digital forensics can be used in a wide range of investigations such as computer intrusion, unauthorised use of computers including the violation of an organisation’s internet-usage policy, gathering intelligence from documents and emails, as well as the protection of corporate assets.

We have extolled the virtues of open source software in many of our previous articles. The debate between open source and closed source software has often centered on factors such as freedom, reliability, interoperability and open standards, support, and philosophy.

In this instance, open source software offers a legal benefit, as it can increase the admissibility of digital forensic evidence. This is because open source tools enable the investigator and court to verify that a tool does what it claims and makes it easier to prove that the original drive has not been modified, or that a copy has not been modified.

Linux has a good range of digital forensics tools that can process data, perform data analysis of text documents, images, videos, and executable files, present that data to the investigator in a form that helps identify relevant data, and to search the data.

To provide an insight into the software that is available, we have compiled a list of 9 of our favorite digital forensics tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who needs to undertake digital investigations.

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This IPO market is nothing like late 1990s craziness

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An unprofitable software company named VA Linux still holds the record for the largest one-day gain for an IPO. Shares skyrocketed nearly 700% on its debut day in December 1999.

That valued the company at $1.6 billion even though VA Linux had annual sales of only $17.8 million.

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Make the switch to a Linux operating system

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Why settle for bugs, planned obsolescence and less personalized support when you can get a much better operating system with Linux?

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Debian and Sparky Reports for March

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  • Chris Lamb: Free software activities in March 2019

    My activities as the current Debian Project Leader are covered in my Bits from the DPL (March 2019) email to the debian-devel-announce mailing list. Attentive followers of the on-going Debian Project Leader Elections will have noted that I am not running for a consecutive third term, so this was therefore my last such update, at least for the time being…

  • Joerg Jaspert: Miscellaneous, DPL election, Archive changes, Crazyness

    As some may have noticed, I nominated myself for this years DPL election. Crazy times, indeed. Got four other candidates, one has withdrawn in the meantime, so we will have a ballot with 5 options (don’t forget famous NOTA).

    My company helpfully agreed on quite a bunch of time I can take, should I really get elected, which I think will also help the other areas I am active in.

    I won’t bore you with repeating what I said in my platform or on the Debian Vote List, if you are interested in the DPL election business, feel free to read through it all. It is certainly an interesting campaigning period until now.

    Whoever will win in the end, I am sure it will be a good DPL.

  • Jonathan Carter: Free Software Activities (2019-03)
  • Sparky news 2019/03

    The 3rd monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:
    • Sparky Tube received a few improvements
    • Advanced Installed has a new option which lets you choose autologin without password (suggested by Elton)
    • Sparky 5.7 released (LXQt, MinimalGUI/Openbox, MinimalCLI)
    • Sparky 5.7 Special Editions released (GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue)
    • Linux kernel updated up to version 5.0.5 & 4.20.17 (EOL) & 5.1-rc2
    • Added to repos: mkusb, qCalculator, qCamera, Sway, tbsm, mako, bemenu
    • Updated sddm-theme-sparky: replaced existing theme by a new one, which doesn’t need plasma as a dependency any more; added another sddm theme to a new ‘sddm-theme1-sparky’ package

Computer-recycling nonprofit seeking new space

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The computers run on a customized version of Linux, an open source operating system, that is provided to users for free.

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My First 24 Hours With Purism's Librem 15 v4 Laptop And PureOS

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Purism's 15-incher starts at $1499, so it needs to look and feel premium. In my opinion it accomplishes that with its anodized black aluminum chassis, although the color becomes a magnet for fingerprints -- one complaint I've never had with my XPS 13 9370. You'll also notice a pleasing lack of branding. No logo on the lid or display. No stickers under the keyboard. It's just a sleek black slab.

Opening up the laptop reveals a top-right power button, a full-size backlit keyboard (10-key included) and a touchpad that boasts a thin silver trim that really makes it pop. The keyboard is exponentially better than any recent MacBook as it's more tactile and has more travel, but falls just short of the newer XPS 13 or any modern ThinkPad.

The touchpad feels just slightly sluggish compared to XPS 13 or MacBook (but this can improved by tweaking acceleration), resulting in tracking that isn't quite as smooth as its competitors out of the box. It's no deal breaker and is quite comfortable to use; it's just not the best of the bunch.

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ExTiX 19.4 "The Ultimate Linux System" is Based on Deepin 15.9.3 and Linux 5.0

The biggest news about the ExTiX Deepin 19.4 release is that it's the first GNU/Linux distribution to be based on the upcoming Deepin Linux 15.9.3 release, which is currently in beta stages of development and has not yet been officially released by Deepin Technology. Additionally, ExTiX Deepin 19.4 comes with the Linux 5.0.8 kernel for the best possible hardware support, making ExTiX worthy for its "The Ultimate Linux System" nickname. Latest Refracta Snapshot is included as well by default for those who want to make their own ExTiX Deepin 19.4 live systems, along with Spotify and Skype apps. Read more

FreeBSD ZFS vs. ZoL Performance, Ubuntu ZFS On Linux Reference

With iX Systems having released new images of FreeBSD reworked with their ZFS On Linux code that is in development to ultimately replace their existing FreeBSD ZFS support derived from the code originally found in the Illumos source tree, here are some fresh benchmarks looking at the FreeBSD 12 performance of ZFS vs. ZoL vs. UFS and compared to Ubuntu Linux on the same system with EXT4 and ZFS. Using an Intel Xeon E3-1275 v6 with ASUS P10S-M WS motherboard, 2 x 8GB DDR4-2400 ECC UDIMMs, and Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe solid-state drive was used for all of this round of testing. Just a single modern NVMe SSD was used for this round of ZFS testing while as the FreeBSD ZoL code matures I'll test on multiple systems using a more diverse range of storage devices. Read more

Why Linux stands out amongst other OSes

Up until recently, Elementary OS was my platform of choice. It's an elegant, simple, and user-friendly solution for the desktop. One thing that the Elementary developers do that I believe is fairly wise is to not allow upgrades from one major release to another. In other words, if you use Elementary OS Loki, you can't upgrade to Juno. To get the benefits of Juno, you must do a full-blown re-install of the OS. Why is this route wise? My latest adventures in Linux will help explain. A few months ago, I purchased a System76 Thelio. It's a beast of a desktop, while at the same a masterful work of art. Preinstalled on that desktop machine was System76's own Pop!_OS. Based on Ubuntu, it seemed like a great way for me to dive back into the GNOME desktop. So I did. It took no time to get accustomed to the new workflow with GNOME. Once my fingers understood the new keyboard shortcuts, I was good to go. Read more