Linux Mint has suffered a reputation damage, which has led to doubts and questions being raised in the community. Valid questions, because you don’t want any private, confidential data to be transmitted to a third party without your knowledge and consent. So you may want to check if Mint is clean, and whether it can be used safely. This article outlines the technical methods.
However, you should also not forget that this is not the first, nor the last hack of a website related to a distro project. All the big names have had similar issues in the past. Moreover, obscurity does not guarantee security. If you’ve never thought about this topic before Feb 20, then you really should not be focusing too much energy on it now. Because all the other times you downloaded packages and updates your system, there could have been a breach somewhere, but since you were not aware of it, you did not do anything about it. Now you are aware, but it does not change the reality, only your perception. You may want to double-check everything now, it’s a natural reaction, but it’s not really grounded in any hard, solid facts. If anything, the hack only helps put more security highlight on the distros and their management, so they should now be more secure than ever before.
We introduce 'Bourbon' start menu, the brand new default start menu in Q4OS. The two panel 'Bourbon' menu is highly efficient and customizable and features a search line, favorites, history and more options.
Q4OS 1.4.9 'Orion' is based on the most recent Debian 8.4 'Jessie' stable version released a few days ago. System packages have been updated and important security patches have been applied. A significant update for the native Q4OS uninstaller fixes the unintentional removal of the 'locales' package. Numerous under the hood improvements is provided as usual.
When a program is free software (free as in freedom), that means it gives users the four freedoms (gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html) so that they control what the program does. In most cases, that is sufficient for the program's distribution to be ethical; but not always. There are additional problems that can arise in specific circumstances. This article describes a subtle problem, where upgrading the free program requires using a nonfree program.
Linux inventor Linus Torvalds has told the world that he has not given up on replacing Windows on the desktop with his glorious creation.
Linux, which is now 25 years old, has done well on the network and on mobiles, but has not ever become a serious threat to Windows. For many years some bright spark declares that this year will be the year of Linux on the desk-top but it never arrived. Lately such calls have been fewer, ironically as more PC's use Linux for gaming.
The colourful Linux creator Linus Torvalds has not given up on replacing Windows on the desktop with his sort of stuff.
Speaking from his bed at the Embedded Linux Conference, Torvalds said that Linux had not been a failure on the desktop.
“The desktop hasn’t really taken over the world like Linux has in many other areas, but just looking at my own use, my desktop looks so much better than I ever could have imagined,” he told the throngs.
In 1995, GNU/Linux was in the fight but was forced to the flanks by exclusive dealing and a war of FUD. In 2016, ARM is designing whole CPUs and systems and manufacturers are designing motherboards perfectly capable of running desktops and mobile thingies and IoTs while Intel fights a rearguard action, trying to stem the tide of applications that don’t involve Wintel or even Intel.
The development team behind the MATE open-source desktop environment has just announced today, April 8, 2016, the release and immediate availability of the MATE 1.14 desktop environment.
GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins and addons. Also their trademark license restricts distribution in several ways incompatible with freedom 0.
Loves Neglects Linux
Microsoft hasn’t updated Skype for Linux since June 2014. In the nearly two years since then, Skype has been falling apart. The Linux client was already behind other platforms, and it’s only fallen further since then. Even the features it does support don’t work reliably. Microsoft still offers Skype for Linux as an officially supported download, but maybe it shouldn’t.
Skype for Linux is way behind Skype for other platforms, and it's Microsoft's fault. Luckily, there is a glimmer of hope in Skype's web-based offering.
Coming to Terms With Microsoft and Linux [Ed: Microsoft does not love Linux but exploits it in an effort to topple Amazon, Oracle etc.]
Ultimately, it's apparent that Microsoft intends to make Linux platforms an equal citizen with Windows on its Azure platform, which most notably is evidenced by the availability of an entire open-source stack of software from Red Hat on Azure. The ultimate goal is to create a critical mass of applications on Azure that will enable Microsoft to counter Amazon Web Services for supremacy in the public cloud.
Hating Microsoft has been part of open source from the start. Infamous for its executives calling Linux unAmerican, the equivalent of communism and a cancer, Microsoft has been the arch-enemy, working behind the scenes in reality almost as much as in the minds of conspiracy theorists, the proprietary and corporate antithesis of everything that open source is about.
Stephen J. Vaughan-Nichols has pointed out that, for all its newfound friendliness, Microsoft continues to enforce patents against Android. Dropping the patent enforcement, he suggests, is the one thing Microsoft needs to do to prove its change of heart -- and probably won't do, because the enforcement is too profitable.
So even if every PC sold this year runs Windows 10 – which won't happen, because lots will be Macs – the new OS is likely to score only about 10 per cent more market share. Remember, also, that smartphones are selling at a rate of a billion a year, most on Android. iPads are still selling decently. Some PCs just won't ever be replaced.
Asked to recommend a Linux desktop, users respond in a number of ways. Many recommend their own preferences. Others suggest the desktop environment that they believe is closest in appearance and function to Windows or OS X.
A while ago, though, I realized that the seven major Linux desktops can be ranked on a spectrum from the highly customizable to those that are little more than launchers for their applications.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), announced it is leveraging the open source community to accelerate adoption of SCTE/ISBE’s Adaptive Power Systems Interface Specification (APSIS), which can reduce power consumption in next-generation network equipment.
SCTE/ISBE will work within the OpenDaylight open source community to support the APSIS standard (SCTE 216 2015) by driving the development of code based on the Internet Engineering Task Force Energy Management framework. One of more than a dozen energy management standards developed in conjunction with the SCTE/ISBE Energy 2020 program, APSIS has been designed to enable cable operators to implement traffic-based energy controls that align power consumption with usage and can help systems respond to national disasters and brownouts.
Indeed, openness is something we all should root for as the Internet of Things gains momentum. The AllSeen Alliance's focus is on the AllJoyn framework, which has already found its way into devices and applications. “We are building out an open source software project that delivers code that will help people build interoperable tools and devices,” said DesAutels when we talked with him. “That is fundamental, and our software is downloadable today, and in production. There are many tools and devices that have AllJoyn today, and it helps ensure that everything works together.”
Do you wish you could play games meant for other platforms on your PC? Do you have an itch to play games meant for old systems that just aren’t cool anymore (or expensive because they’re antique)? Well don’t worry, because you can play your games without having to buy a console for each one. How? Simple, just use Linux! There are so many emulators available for our favorite open source operating system that you can play just about anything your heart desires right on your computer.
Don’t believe me? I’ll show you just how many emulators there really are.
The Manjaro development team has announced today, April 7, 2016, the general availability of the fifteenth update pack for the Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella) operating system.
Including the latest security patches from the upstream Arch Linux software repositories, the new update pack for Manjaro Linux 15.12, the current stable branch of the Arch Linux-based OS for workstations, received initial support for the upcoming Linux 4.6 kernel, as well as updates for some of the most important software components.