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Meet Karmbian OS: Kali Linux For ARM-Based SBCs Like Raspberry Pi

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Kali Linux is undoubtedly one of the most popular operating systems for ethical hackers and pentester. But when it comes to small systems like ARM-based Single Board Computers (SBC) using low power, we need a specific and optimized Kali image to run it efficiently.

Even though you can use other Linux distro like Armbian based on Debian and Ubuntu, Kali is not a widely usable option for ARM-based SBC units. Hence, GoVanguard, an Information Security firm, has launched a new operating system, Karmbian, that lets you run Kali Linux on numerous SBCs.

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Is Linux an Operating System?

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An operating system is a set of tools or software that you install on your computer or device and create a base system that allows you to extend its functionality by installing additional applications. In other words, an operating system is the minimum environment necessary to make your computer or device usable, then Linux is not an operating system because Linux by itself does not make your computer usable, in fact if you grab the Linux source code and compile it you will not get any practical use because the first thing you need is a boot loader (GRUB the most used is part of the GNU project), second an initialization system like systemd that take care of the initialization process (drivers, devices, file system, services) and finally the user tools: bash, ls, dir, top, find, grep (part of the GNU project) so what is Linux? Linux is a kernel, a kernel is a very important component of any operating system that interacts with the computer hardware (manages memory, processes, interrupts, devices, ...), interact with the file system and with the user land, which is the correct name? GNU/Linux, see What's in a Name? for more details.

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Server-Oriented Omarine 7.0 Linux OS Released with Enhanced Security

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Omarine 7.0 comes about ten months after version 6.2 and more than a year after the 6.x series. It’s a major release that implements a new security policy to enhance the overall security of the operating system and make it easier to use SELinux.

Of course, the toolchain has been updated in this release, which ships with Glibc (GNU C Library) 2.31, GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 9.3.0, systemd 245, Python 3.8.2, PHP 7.4.5, MySQL 8.0.17, QEMU 5.0.0, BIND 9.16.4, NFS-Utils 2.4.3, Krb5 1.18.1, Qt 5.14.2, and OpenJDK 14.0.1.

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Released: GeckoLinux [Static] [all editions] 152.200719

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SUSE

GeckoLinux is pleased to announce updated spins of its Static series, generated from openSUSE Leap 15.2 and Packman package repositories. Despite the lack of new ISO refreshes during the past couple of years, users have continued to be able to install and update GeckoLinux systems thanks to the fact that it directly uses openSUSE and Packman repository sources. But for users that need to install GeckoLinux on newer hardware, and to continue improving the default configuration, the GeckoLinux Static 152.200719 series is now available. Updated spins of GeckoLinux NEXT Plasma and the GeckoLinux ROLLING series will also be released in the near future.

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KaOS Linux 2020.07 Released with KDE Plasma 5.19, Linux Kernel 5.7

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The new release comes two months after KaOS Linux 2020.05 to offer those who want to install this Arch Linux inspired operating system on their personal computers without having to download hundreds of updates from the software repositories.

Included in the KaOS Linux 2020.07 release, there’s the latest KDE Plasma 5.19.3 desktop environment, KDE Applications 20.04.3 and KDE Frameworks 5.72.0 software suites compiled against the Qt 5.15 application framework, and Linux kernel 5.7.8.

Noteworthy updates for core components include Glib2 2.64.3, Mesa 20.1.3, NetworkManager 1.26.0, Boost 1.72.0, Perl 5.30.3, Poppler 0.90.1, Cfitiso 3.480, Krb5 1.18, Pciutils 3.7.0, Guile 2.2.6, Git 2.27.0, Libacp 2.39, Pam 1.4.0, and ICU 66.1.

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GloDroid Brings Android 10 OS to Raspberry Pi 4, Orange Pi SBC’s, PinePhone, and PineTab

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The community of developers working on software for single board computers often prefer to focus on Linux support, as companies will often provide Android firmware images.

But those Android OS images are often not maintained at all, so we’ve seen some projects like the past such as H3droid bringing a better Android OS to Allwinner H3 and H2+ boards and devices. The project is still using Android 4.4 KitKat and that’s getting old with some apps like the latest version of Kodi not working anymore.

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Deepin OS could soon support tablets, suggests newly leaked images

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Deepin, a Linux operating system for computers, seems to be getting ready to power tablets. An image of the Deepin OS powering a laptop as well as a tablet has surfaced online through Weibo.

This seems to indicate that the company is gearing up to launch a tablet version of its operating system and thus, will support multi-terminal collaboration. Currently, not much information is available regarding this development.

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Release UCS 4.4-5 brings improvements in Single Sign-on, Self Service, more performance for LDAP and compatibility with Python 3

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The release of version 4.4-5 of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) brings a series of technical innovations for the Single Sign-on of users to applications connected to UCS. There are also new functions for the UCS Self Service. Users can now register themselves at a UCS domain via the User Self Service and create a user account, assign a user name and password, and store further information. Performance improvements in the LDAP directory service have accelerated the replication of groups. And in preparation for UCS 5.0, which is scheduled for release at the end of this year, our development department has made more than 45 UCS packages compatible with Python 3. So when you upgrade to UCS 5.0, the corresponding code parts in UCS will run for both Python 2 and Python 3. In addition, we have also published a preview of the new UCS 5 portal as an app in the App Center for testers. It already brings important new technical features such as embedding apps directly into the portal page.

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Fuzzing Rumpkernel Syscalls Part 1

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BSD

It has been a great opportunity to contribute to NetBSD as a part of Google Summer Of Code '20. The aim of the project I am working on is to setup a proper environment to fuzz the rumpkernel syscalls. This is the first report on the progress made so far.

Rumpkernels provide all the necessary components to run applications on baremetal without the necessity of an operating system. Simply put it is way to run kernel code in user space.

The main goal of rumpkernels in netbsd is to run,debug,examine and develop kernel drivers as easy as possible in the user space without having to run the entire kernel but run the exact same kernel code in userspace. This makes most of the components(drivers) easily portable to different environments.

Rump Kernels are constructed out of components, So the drivers are built as libraries and these libraries are linked to an interface(some application) that makes use of the libraries(drivers). So we need not build the entire monolithic kernel just the required parts of the kernel.

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This Ubuntu-Based Linux OS Looks Shockingly Similar To Windows 10

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I can confidently say that an Ubuntu-based Linux OS called “WindowsFx” really admires the appearance of Microsoft’s Windows 10. In fact, this distribution goes to such painstakingly detailed lengths to emulate the look and feel of Windows 10, I’m surprised Microsoft hasn’t called in the army of lawyers to shut it down. But is WindowsFx a comfortable gateway into Linux for Windows users, or merely an Ubuntu clone with a clever Windows skin?

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The August 2020 Issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

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