An introduction to Mozilla's Secure Open Source Fund
Thanks Mark. Mozilla is a unique institution—it's both a nonprofit mission-driven organization and a technology industry corporation. We build open source software (most notably the Firefox Web browser) and we are champions for the open Internet in technical and political fora. We've been a global leader on well-known policy issues like privacy and net neutrality, and we're also very active on most of today's big topics including copyright reform, encryption, and software vulnerabilities.
Ubuntu Snappy Core 16 Up to Release Candidate State, Raspberry Pi 3 Image Is Out
This past weekend, Ubuntu Snappy developer Michael Vogt announced the availability of the Release Candidate (RC) development milestone of the upcoming Ubuntu Snappy Core 16 operating system.
Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Service Pack 1 Supports Rebootless Kernel Installs
Softpedia was informed by the Black Lab Linux development team about the immediate availability of the first Service Pack (SP) of the Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 OS.
Based on the long-term supported Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now powered by Linux kernel 4.4.0-45.66, the same version used upstream, which is patched against the nasty "Dirty COW" bug that could have allowed a local attacker to gain administrative privileges.
Now that Canonical is offering kernel live patch services for its Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release, Black Lab Linux developers also implemented the well-known Kspice tool for offering users rebootless kernel installs. Additionally, Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 SP1 adds full UEFI support and the ability to install Snap packages.
"Service Pack 1 is jam packed full of innovations and features," reads the announcement. "Black Lab Enterprise Linux is the fastest growing Enterprise desktop Linux offering on the market today. Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1 is a hybrid operating system meaning you can deploy local applications that you need as well as the cloud-based applications that you want."
Upgrading to Yakkety
I UPGRADED the operating system on my MacBook Air last week and I figured I ought to do the same on my Linux desktop.
Moving from Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) to 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) on my desktop PC was nowhere as quick and easy as it was to upgrade from OS X 10.11 to macOS 10.12, but the process was nonetheless pretty straightforward and relatively trouble-free.
While it took less than an hour to perform the upgrade on my Mac, it took several hours to download and install the latest version of Ubuntu.
Much has already been written about how Unity 8, the new converged interface being developed for mobile and desktop devices, again failed to make it to the latest version of Ubuntu—although a rough preview of it is built into Yakkety (just log out and choose Unity 8 in the log-in screen).
On the surface, Ubuntu 16.10 doesn’t look very different than previous releases, and its built-in Unity 7.5 interface features just minor improvements and a few bug fixes.
To find out what’s new about Ubuntu 16.10, you have to look inside.
Also: Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" Is Open for Development, GCC Linaro Used for ARM PortCanonical Pushes First Live Kernel Patch to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Users, Update Now