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BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.8.0

Monday 27th of March 2017 08:32:53 PM
The DragonFly BSD operating system is a former fork of FreeBSD which is now independently developed. DragonFly BSD is well known for its performance and advanced HAMMER file system. The project's latest release, DragonFly BSD 4.8.0, supports booting on UEFI-enabled computers, improves kernel performance and includes updated Intel....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 705

Monday 27th of March 2017 12:22:16 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Minimal Linux LiveNews: New KaOS features, Uplos32 forked from PCLinuxOS, openSUSE 42.1 approaches its end of lifeQuestions and answers: Sharing control of the operating systemReleased last week: Emmabuntus 8-1.02, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9, ExTiX 17.2Torrent corner: 4MLinux, Clonezilla, Emmabuntus, ExTiX, ....

Development Release: Proxmox 5.0 Beta 1 "Virtual Environment"

Saturday 25th of March 2017 03:07:22 PM
Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE) is a Debian-based commercial distribution for running containers and virtual appliances. The Proxmox company has announced the release of a new development snapshot for the distribution, Proxmox 5.0 Beta 1 "Virtual Environment", which is based on Debian 9 "Stretch". "We are proud to announce....

Distribution Release: Plamo Linux 6.2

Saturday 25th of March 2017 01:06:37 AM
Plamo Linux, which was launched back in 1997 as a Japanese language extension for Slackware Linux, is one of the world's oldest surviving distributions of Linux. Its development continues two decades later with the release of version 6.2. Originally tagged at the Open Source Conference (OSC) Tokyo Spring....

Development Release: NuTyX 9.0 RC1

Friday 24th of March 2017 12:11:15 PM
Thierry Nuttens has announced the launch of a new release candidate for the NuTyX distribution, version 9.0. NuTyX is a Linux distribution built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch which features a custom package manager called "cards". The new development snapshot features support for booting....

Development Release: deepin 15.4 RC

Friday 24th of March 2017 04:00:01 AM
Nearly a month after the last development build, the deepin team has announced the availability of the release candidate for the upcoming deepin 15.4, a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution featuring Deepin Desktop Environment as well as a range of custom applications and usability improvements: "After the public test....

Development Release: Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 2

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 11:03:33 PM
Adam Conrad has announced the availability of a new development release for Ubuntu and the project's many community flavours. The snapshot, Ubuntu 17.04 beta 2, features up-to-date software packages and it also introduces installation media for the latest community member, Ubuntu Budgie. "The Ubuntu team is pleased....

Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.9.0

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 04:43:17 PM
Rockstor is a CentOS-based Linux distribution designed for Network Attached Storage (NAS) and private cloud storage solutions. The Rockstor team have announced the release of a new version of their distribution, Rockstor 3.9.0. The new release mostly focuses on bug fixes and improving existing features. "We've just wrapped....

Distribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 11:30:23 PM
Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9, the latest version of the distribution's legacy branch which was originally launched in November 2010 and which will be supported with security updates until late 2020: "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 delivers new hardware support....

Distribution Release: ExTiX 17.2

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 12:30:07 AM
ExTiX is a desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu which features alternative desktop environments. The project's latest release, ExTiX 17.2 features the lightweight LXQt 0.10.0 desktop environment and provides version 4.10 of the Linux kernel. "News about ExTiX 17.2 build 170320 with the LXQt desktop environment: 1. ExTiX....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntus 8-1.02

Monday 20th of March 2017 09:33:11 PM
The Emmabuntus project has announced the release of a stable version of the distribution's Debian Edition. The new release is based on Debian 8.7 and features the Xfce desktop environment. The new Debian Edition of Emmabuntus uses the Lilo search engine by default and includes support for running....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 704

Monday 20th of March 2017 12:09:34 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: ToaruOS 1.0.4News: Mint publishes updated install media, Debian packages Android SDK and starts Project Leader election, Ubuntu 12.04 reaches its end of life, fixing an expired MX Linux signatureMyths and misunderstandings: Linux Mint's security recordReleased last week: Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0, Chakra GNU/Linux....

BSD Release: FreeNAS Corral

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 06:20:38 PM
The developers of FreeNAS, a FreeBSD-based operating system for network attached storage devices, have announced the release of FreeNAS Corral. The new release (which previously carried the version label 10 during the development phase) provides users with a friendly web-based interface for managing storage, includes ZFS support out....

BSD Release: NetBSD 7.1

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:34:15 PM
The NetBSD project develops a lightweight operating system which runs on a wide range of hardware architectures. The project's latest release, NetBSD 7.1, features support for running on the minimal Raspberry Pi Zero computer and includes initial KMS support for NVIDIA video cards with the nouveau open source....

Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2017.03

Tuesday 14th of March 2017 10:39:48 PM
The Chakra GNU/Linux project, a semi-rolling desktop distribution, has received an update. The developers have announced a new version, Chakra 2017.03, which carries the code name "Goedel". The new snapshot features the Calamares 3.0.1.91 system installer which includes support for installing the distribution on Btrfs and LUKS encrypted....

Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0

Monday 13th of March 2017 04:56:31 PM
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the availability of a new version of Porteus Kiosk, a lightweight Gentoo-based Linux operating system which has been downscaled and confined to allow the use of one application only - a web browser. The new release, Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0, features Firefox 45 ESR, Google....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 703

Monday 13th of March 2017 12:17:24 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: SolydXK 201701 - Satisfactory and solidNews: Solus announces new features, KDE Connect sends SMS messages, openSUSE's YaST gets Let's Encrypt moduleDistribution review: CloudReady - focused on the webReleased last week: siduction 17.1.0, Manjaro Linux 17.0, ROSA R8.1Torrent corner: Antergos, Kwort, Manjaro Linux,....

Development Release: Elive 2.8.6 (Beta)

Friday 10th of March 2017 11:50:00 PM
The Elive developers have announced the availability of a new beta snapshot of their Debian-based desktop distribution. The new development release, Elive 2.8.6, offers several performance improvements, an updated application menu and easier access to removable media. "This release includes a good amount of performance optimizations, raising the....

Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.5

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 10:15:30 PM
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.5, the latest update of the Debian-based distribution providing an array of specialist tools for penetration testing and computer forensics: "I am proud to announce the official release of the new Parrot 3.5 ISO files. This update took....

Distribution Release: Tails 2.11

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 07:34:53 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based distribution which is designed for anonymous web browsing and communication over the Internet. The Tails project has announced the availability of Tails 2.11. The new version features a number of bug fixes, including a fix for local root privilege....

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Making your OpenStack monitoring stack highly available using Open Source tools
    Operators tasked with maintaining production environments are relying on monitoring stacks to provide insight to resource usage and a heads-up to threats of downtime. Perhaps the most critical function of a monitoring stack is providing alerts which trigger mitigation steps to ensure an environment stays up and running. Downtime of services can be business-critical, and often has extremely high cost ramifications. Operators working in cloud environments are especially reliant on monitoring stacks due to the increase in potential inefficiency and downtime that comes with greater resource usage. The constant visibility of resources and alerts that a monitoring stack provides, makes it a fundamental component of any cloud.
  • InfraRed: Deploying and Testing Openstack just made easier!
  • The journey of a new OpenStack service in RDO
    When new contributors join RDO, they ask for recommendations about how to add new services and help RDO users to adopt it. This post is not a official policy document nor a detailed description about how to carry out some activities, but provides some high level recommendations to newcomers based on what I have learned and observed in the last year working in RDO.
  • Getting to know the essential OpenStack components better
  • Getting to know core components, speed mentoring, and more OpenStack news
  • Testing LibreOffice 5.3 Notebookbar
    I teach an online CSCI class about usability. The course is "The Usability of Open Source Software" and provides a background on free software and open source software, and uses that as a basis to teach usability. The rest of the class is a pretty standard CSCI usability class. We explore a few interesting cases in open source software as part of our discussion. And using open source software makes it really easy for the students to pick a program to study for their usability test final project.
  • [Older] Drupal member sent out after BDSM lifestyle revealed

    Drupal, like many other open source projects, has a stated goal of welcoming and accepting all people, no matter their heritage, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity or other factors.

  • Controversy Erupts in Open-Source Community After Developer's Sex Life Made Public
    Drupal is a popular open-source content-management system, used to build websites. Like many other open-source projects, Drupal is guided by several committees that are supposed to be accountable to the community and its code of conduct, which enshrines values like "be considerate" and "be respectful." Also like many other open-source projects, Drupal attracts all sorts of people, some of whom are eclectic. Last week, under murky circumstances, Drupal creator Dries Buytaert banned one of the project's technical and community leaders, Larry Garfield. Buytaert attributed the decision to aspects of Garfield's private sex life. Many Drupal users and developers are up in arms about the perceived injustice of the move, exacerbated by what they see as a lack of transparency.
  • HospitalRun: Open Source Software for the Developing World
    When open source software is used for global health and global relief work, its benefits shine bright. The benefits of open source become very clear when human health and human lives are on the line. In this YouTube video, hear Harrisburg, Pennsylvania software developer Joel Worrall explain about HospitalRun software – open source cloud-based software used at developing world healthcare facilities.
  • Scotland emphasises sharing and reuse of ICT
    Scotland’s public administrations should focus on common, shared technology platforms, according to the new digital strategy, published on 22 March. The government says it wants to develop “shared infrastructure, services and standards in collaboration with our public sector partners, to reduce costs and enable resources to be focused on front-line services.”
  • [Older] OpenSSL Re-licensing to Apache License v. 2.0 To Encourage Broader Use with Other FOSS Projects and Products

    OpenSSL Launches New Website to Organize Process, Seeks to Contact All Contributors

  • Austria state secretary promotes open data
    The State Secretary at Austria’s Federal Chancellery, Muna Duzdar, is encouraging the making available of government data as open data. “The administration must set an example and support the open data culture by giving society its data back”, the State Secretary for Digitalisation said in a statement.
  • Study: Hungary should redouble open data initiatives
    The government of Hungary should redouble its efforts to make public sector information available as open data, and actively help to create market opportunities, a government white paper recommends. The ‘White Paper on National Data Policy’ was approved by the government in December.
  • Williamson School Board OKs developing open source science curriculum
    Science textbooks may be a thing of the past in Williamson County Schools. The Williamson County school board approved a proposal Monday night to use open source science resources instead of science textbooks. The switch will require a team of nine teachers to spend a year developing an open source curriculum.
  • How Elsevier plans to sabotage Open Access
    It was a long and difficult road to get the major publishing houses to open up to open access, but in the end the Dutch universities got their much awaited ‘gold deal’ for open access. A recently revealed contract between Elsevier and the Dutch research institutes lays bare the retardant tactics the publishing giant employs to stifle the growth of open access.
  • #0: Introducing R^4
  • RcppTOML 0.1.2

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday
  • FedEx Will Pay You $5 to Install Flash on Your Machine
    FedEx is making you an offer you can’t afford to accept. It’s offering to give you $5 (actually, it’s a discount on orders over $30) if you’ll just install Adobe Flash on your machine. Nobody who knows anything about online security uses Flash anymore, except when it’s absolutely necessary. Why? Because Flash is the poster child for the “security-vulnerability-of-the-hour” club — a group that includes another Adobe product, Acrobat. How unsafe is Flash? Let’s put it this way: seven years ago, Steve Jobs announced that Flash was to be forever banned from Apple’s mobile products. One of the reasons he cited was a report from Symantec that “highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009.” Flash security hasn’t gotten any better since.
  • Every once in a while someone suggests to me that curl and libcurl would do better if rewritten in a “safe language”
  • An insecure dishwasher has entered the IoT war against humanity

    Regel says that he has contacted Miele on a number of occasions about the issue, but had failed to get a response to his missives, and this has no updated information on the vulnerability.

    He added, bleakly that "we are not aware of an actual fix."

  • Monday Witness: It's Time to Reconize a Civil Right Not to be Connected
    Along with death and taxes, two things appear inevitable. The first is that Internet of Things devices will not only be built into everything we can imagine, but into everything we can't as well. The second is that IoT devices will have wholly inadequate security, if they have any security at all. Even with strong defenses, there is the likelihood that governmental agencies will gain covert access to IoT devices anyway. What this says to me is that we need a law that guarantees consumers the right to buy versions of products that are not wirelessly enabled at all.
  • Remember kids, if you're going to disclose, disclose responsibly!
    If you pay any attention to the security universe, you're aware that Tavis Ormandy is basically on fire right now with his security research. He found the Cloudflare data leak issue a few weeks back, and is currently going to town on LastPass. The LastPass crew seems to be dealing with this pretty well, I'm not seeing a lot of complaining, mostly just info and fixes which is the right way to do these things.

Lightroom and Darktable: the verdict two years after switching

In summer 2015, I posted a detailed account of my tentative switch from Windows7 and Lightroom to Linux and Darktable. This was sparked by sudden crashes that were afflicting my system, but in a deeper sense grew from frustration with Windows and, to a lesser degree, with Lightroom. Once I headed for Linux, I decided to plunge in fully and commit to using Ubuntu and free, open-source photo software for several months – at least until the end of that year. That would give me a chance to see whether I could actually run my photography business on the new system. Read more

7 Linux Mainstream Distros Alternatives

Linux Mainstream Distros are quite popular as they have a large number of developers working on them as well as a large number of users using them. In addition, these distros also have strong support system. People often search alternatives for Linux Mainstream Distros but often get confused about which is the best one for them. So listed below are 7 best Linux mainstream distros alternative choices for you. Read more