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Microsoft (and Accenture/Lenovo) Attacks on GNU/Linux

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  • Rockstor 3.8-15 Linux and Btrfs-Powered Open Source NAS Solution Now Available

    It's been almost five months since Rockstor 3.8 open-source and free Linux-based NAS (Network-Attached Storage) operating system received an update, and project developer Suman Chakravartula informed us about the release of Rockstor 3.8-15.

    Rockstor 3.8-15 appears to be a substantial update that closes a total of 43 issues reported by users since Rockstor version 3.8-14 announced on the 20th of June 2016, and it also looks like it's the 30th release of the GNU/Linux distribution that uses Btrfs as default file system.

  • IPFire 2.19 Linux-Based Firewall OS Patched Against "Dirty COW" Vulnerability

    On November 8, 2016, Michael Tremer from the IPFire project, an open source initiative trying to produce a hardened, professional, secure, and easy-to-use Linux-based firewall operating system, announced the release of IPFire 2.19 Core Update 107.

    IPFire 2.19 Core Update 107 is the latest, most stable and advanced version of the IPFire 2.19 series, and it looks like it finally patches that nasty "Dirty COW" Linux kernel vulnerability that was fixed by Linus Torvalds himself awhile ago in all supported Linux kernel branches.

    "This update patches the IPFire Linux kernel against a recently disclosed vulnerability called Dirty COW. This is a local privilege escalation bug which could be used by a local attacker to gain root privileges," said Michael Tremer in the release announcement for the IPFire 2.19 Core Update 107 update.

  • Alpine Linux 3.4.6 Updates PHP, BusyBox, and cURL, Uses Linux Kernel 4.4.30 LTS

    A new stable release of the open-source, server-oriented Alpine Linux operating system has been announced on the 8th of November 2016, bringing a brand new kernel and many up-to-date components.

    Alpine Linux 3.4.6 is the sixth maintenance update in the stable 3.4 series of the GNU/Linux distribution used in numerous smaller or big server environments worldwide, and it comes only two weeks after the 3.4.5 release to bump the kernel version to the latest upstream release, namely Linux kernel 4.4.30 LTS, which was a minor update patching a bug in Linux kernel 4.4.29 LTS and older builds.

GoboLinux 016 Enters Beta, Gets New Kernel with Support for Generic 64-bit CPUs

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On November 9, 2016, GoboLinux developer Lucas C. Villa Real happily announced the release of the Beta milestone of the upcoming GoboLinux 016 Linux-based computer operating system.

GoboLinux 016 Beta comes exactly one month after the release of the Alpha snapshot from the new development series, and it looks like it adds a large number of improvements in many areas, including the kernel, which got updated with support for generic 64-bit (x86_64) processors.

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Open-source pioneer Munich debates report that suggests abandoning Linux for Windows 10

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Microsoft

Over a nine year period starting in 2004, the council moved about 15,000 staff from using Windows and Office to LiMux—a custom version of the Ubuntu desktop OS—and other open-source software. At the time, Munich was one of the largest organizations to reject Windows, and Microsoft took the city's leaving so seriously that then CEO Steve Ballmer flew to Munich to meet the mayor.

Now a report commissioned by current mayor Dieter Reiter to help determine the future of IT at the council has outlined a project to make Windows 10 and Microsoft Office available to all departments, and give staff the choice about whether to use Windows or LiMux.

If Windows subsequently became a popular choice, the report says "it could be investigated whether it makes economic sense to continue using Linux as a client operating system".

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New Releases: Alpine Linux 3.4.6, Rockstor 3.8.15, IPFire 2.19

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  • Alpine Linux 3.4.6 released

    The Alpine Linux project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 3.4.6 of its Alpine Linux operating system.

    This is a bugfix release of the v3.4 musl based branch, based on linux-4.4.30 kernels and it contains important security fixes for the kernel.

  • Announcing Rockstor 3.8.15

    I am thrilled to announce the release of Rockstor 3.8.15. It’s been a long release cycle and It’s our 30th release, woohoo! We have entered a new phase of Rockstor community growth with steady patches from dedicated contributors. A total of 43 issues were closed making this a substantial update. Several enhancements were made to the UI, prominently to the dashboard. I’d like to also highlight the big(design and implementation) refactoring of our backend disk management. Last but not least, numerous improvements and bugfixes were committed throughout the stack. Please see the list below for detailed log of all patches that went in.

  • IPFire 2.19 - Core Update 107 released

    This is the official release announcement for IPFire 2.19 – Core Update 107. It mainly comes with a fix for the Dirty COW vulnerability in the Linux kernel and fixes various issues with the latest DNS proxy update in Core Update version 106.

Q4OS 1.8 "Orion" GNU/Linux Distro Ships with Brand New Trinity 14.0.4 Desktop

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Today, November 9, 2016, the developers of the Q4OS GNU/Linux distribution were pleased to inform Softpedia about the release and immediate availability of the Q4OS 1.8 "Orion" release.

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'Open source' is not 'free software'

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In the open source universe, using terms such as FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software) is common and represents a casual conflation of the terms open source and free software, which are often used interchangeably. I would be remiss if I didn't also admit that I have been guilty of same. I won't be doing that anymore—or at least I'll try not to—for a simple reason: Using the terms interchangeably is dangerous to the goals of free software and open media advocates (read "anti-DRM"). To continue this practice is to undermine beliefs that are fundamental to free software and associated movement.

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Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" May Land Early 2017, Full Freeze Set for February 5

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Debian

On November 5, 2016, Debian developers Emilio Pozuelo Monfort and Niels Thykier were proud to announce that the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system entered the Transition Freeze development stage.

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Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 and 8.10 Get Linux Kernel 4.4.30 LTS, New Security Updates

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Users of the Debian-based Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 "Nev" and Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" distributions are in for a treat this weekend, as a new kernel update and latest Debian Stable security updates landed in the software repositories.

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New Parabola GNU/Linux Release Enables Parabola Community Repository by Default

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It's been more than three months since the free, lightweight, open-source and simple Parabola GNU/Linux-libre operating system received an updated install medium, so the development team recently announced Parabola GNU/Linux-libre 2016.11.03.

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