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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 905

Monday 22nd of February 2021 12:12:26 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Septor 2021News: Manjaro to be PinePhone's default operating system, Slackware prepares for a new release, UBports unveils new Devices page, Mint urges users apply security updatesQuestions and answers: Using older kernels on Ubuntu LTS releasesReleased last week: siduction 21.1.0, Devuan 3.1.0, Q4OS....

Development Release: FreeBSD 13.0-BETA3

Sunday 21st of February 2021 05:08:25 AM
Glen Barber has announced that the third BETA build of the upcoming FreeBSD 13.0 (scheduled for final release on 23 March) is now ready for testing: "The third BETA build of the 13.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since 13.0-BETA2 includes: a fix to....

Distribution Release: Netrunner 21.01

Saturday 20th of February 2021 11:14:13 PM
Netrunner 21.01, an updated version of the project's desktop Linux distribution based on Debian's "stable" branch, but featuring the latest LTS (long-term support) kernel, has been released: "The Netrunner team is happy to announce the release of Netrunner 21.01 'XOXO'. This version is based on the current Debian....

Distribution Release: Mabox Linux 21.02

Thursday 18th of February 2021 03:48:09 PM
Mabox Linux is a Manjaro-based rolling release distribution. Mabox Linux features the Openbox window manager as its default interface and provides a welcome screen with access to utilities which add additional software to the operating system. The project's latest snashot, Mabox Linux 21.02, updates the default kernel to....

BSD Release: pfSense 2.5.0

Wednesday 17th of February 2021 04:49:02 PM
pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD specifically tailored for use as a firewall and router that is entirely managed via web interface. The project's latest release, pfSense 2.5.0, is based on FreeBSD 12.2. The release announcement highlights changes in the new version: "Base OS....

Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 12.0

Wednesday 17th of February 2021 02:04:02 PM
Tiny Core Linux is one of the world's smallest Linux distributions which uses the BusyBox userland utilities. The project's latest release, Tiny Core Linux 12.0, introduces a number of new fixes, package updates, and updated hardware support. "Changelog for 12.0: kernel updated to 5.10.3, glibc updated to 2.32....

Distribution Release: Q4OS 3.14

Tuesday 16th of February 2021 10:40:23 PM
The Q4OS team have announced a new version of their lightweight, Debian-based distribution. The Q4OS distribution is available in two editions, featuring the KDE Plasma and Trinity desktop environments. The Q4OS developers have introduced an automatic guide for VirtualBox guest additions along with a tool for selecting the....

Development Release: Slackware Linux 15.0 Alpha 1

Tuesday 16th of February 2021 05:43:12 AM
We haven't had any Slackware news since the release of Slackware Linux 14.2 in July 2016. Today we are happy to report about an approaching release of version 15.0 of the world's oldest surviving Linux distribution as its "Current" development branch has now been declared "alpha 1": "Here....

Distribution Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 3.1.0

Monday 15th of February 2021 02:33:04 PM
The Devuan GNU+Linux team have announced the availability of a new point release of their distribution. The new point release, Devuan GNU+Linux 3.1.0, now supports three init options at install time: OpenRC, SysV init, and runit. The installer now also allows users to install an alternative bootloader (lilo)....

Distribution Release: siduction 21.1.0

Monday 15th of February 2021 10:50:44 AM
Ferdinand Thommes has announced the release of siduction 21.1.0, a brand-new version of the project's set of rolling-release distributions based on Debian's "unstable" branch with a choice of Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt and Xfce desktops: "The siduction team is proud to present siduction 2021.1. After a long....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 904

Monday 15th of February 2021 12:09:34 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Laxer OS 1.2 and new Linux Mint featuresNews: Tails project improves onion-grater, openSUSE announces Step, Ubuntu publishes hot fix and new mediaQuestions and answers: Implementing KDE Connect functionality for PCsReleased last week: Finnix 122, OpenMandriva 4.2Torrent corner: Finnix, Kubuntu, Septor, Ubuntu, Ubuntu....

Development Release: FreeBSD 13.0-BETA2

Saturday 13th of February 2021 07:30:43 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the second beta snapshot of FreeBSD 13.0, the upcoming new stable version scheduled for final release on 23 March (after one more BETA and three RC builds): "The second BETA build of the 13.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary....

Distribution Release: OpenMandriva Lx 4.2

Saturday 13th of February 2021 02:48:42 AM
Cristina Sgubbi has announced the release of OpenMandriva Lx 4.2, an updated build of the project's desktop-oriented Linux distribution originally forked from the defunct Mandriva Linux. This is the project's first release supporting the Aarch64 architecture: "The OpenMandriva team is pleased to announce the general availability of the....

Distribution Release: Finnix 122

Tuesday 9th of February 2021 07:11:23 PM
Finnix is a self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution for system administrators, based on Debian. The project tries to remain lightweight and provides a command line interface only. The distribution's latest release is Finnix 122 which reduces ISO image size, improves boot times, and adds a number of new....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 903

Monday 8th of February 2021 12:10:50 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Split LinuxNews: Ubuntu to get new system installer, IPFire phasing out 32-bit support, UBports explains app confinement, Raspberry Pi OS users discuss new package repository, Debian updates install mediaQuestions and answers: Keeping files in RAMReleased last week: Ubuntu 20.04.2, Solus 4.2, EndeavourOS....

Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2021.02

Sunday 7th of February 2021 10:31:08 PM
PCLinuxOS, an independently-developed desktop Linux distribution which continues to use SysV as its init system, has been updated to version 2021.02. The new release features updated kernel and applications, as well as improved compatibility with VirtualBox: "PCLinuxOS installation media has been updated so new installations do not require....

Development Release: Mageia 8 RC

Saturday 6th of February 2021 07:06:51 PM
The Mageia team have announced a release candidate for Mageia 8. The development snapshot includes several package upgrades, including a move to the latest version of PHP and the latest long-term support release of the kernel. There have also been a number of video driver updates. "PHP was....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 20.04.2

Thursday 4th of February 2021 11:26:41 PM
The Ubuntu team has announced a new update to the distribution's install media and community editions. The new version is 20.04.2 and it includes bug fixes that have become available since 20.04 was launched along with support for additional hardware. The release announcement states: "The Ubuntu team is....

Distribution Release: EndeavourOS 2021.02.03

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021 06:27:16 PM
EndeavourOS is a rolling release Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. The project aims to be a spiritual successor to Antergos - providing an easy setup and pre-configured desktop environment. The project's latest snapshot is EndeavourOS 2021.02.03 and it includes a large collection of updated packages. A number....

Distribution Release: Solus 4.2

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021 03:46:34 PM
Solus is a Linux distribution built from scratch. It uses a forked version of the PiSi package manager, maintained as "eopkg" within Solus, and a custom desktop environment called "Budgie", developed in-house. The project's latest version is 4.2 which includes package updates across key components. The Budgie desktop....

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IBM/Red Hat: Podman, OpenShift, Upselling Security, and Free Software Contributions

  • 6 resources and 3 tips to help you enter the world of Linux containers

    Here are some tips, ideas, and resources to help you develop your container vocabulary and start working with this useful technology.

  • Bringing manufacturing to the edge with Red Hat OpenShift

    We are excited to announce today that Siemens is using Red Hat OpenShift to help its customers leverage the open hybrid cloud for edge deployments in the manufacturing industry. Let's take a look at why this is important for Siemens and why the approach is important for the industry at large. With Red Hat OpenShift for MindSphere, Siemens industrial IoT as a service solution, manufacturers will be able to run MindSphere across the hybrid cloud, including on-premise, for speed and agility in factory floor operations, as well as in the cloud for seamless product support, updates and enterprise connectivity. With MindSphere on Red Hat OpenShift, manufacturers will have control over factory floor data processed at the edge, as well as the agility and flexibility they require to meet expectations for higher quality products. [...] Red Hat OpenShift has long provided a control plane across the hybrid cloud but we have also focused efforts around updating OpenShift to better meet the unique needs of edge-specific deployments like Siemens'. A few of the latest edge related updates include three-node cluster support, which brings the capabilities of the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform to bear at the network’s edge in a smaller footprint. We’ve also added remote worker nodes. Remote worker nodes enable IT organizations to place single worker nodes in remote locations that can then be managed by centralized supervisor nodes at a larger site, such as a core or regional datacenter. This provides an additional topology choice to organizations pursuing Kubernetes innovation at the edge.

  • Defense in depth with Red Hat Insights

    Vulnerability and patch management can be time-consuming and painful. Standard practices for vulnerability management rely on scanning for vulnerabilities and rescanning to confirm that patches have been applied. Unfortunately, this can lead to false positives and can be time consuming. In this post we will discuss how Red Hat Insights complements vulnerability management processes by providing deeper visibility to the risks associated with vulnerabilities based on your environment. Not only does Red Hat Insights identify vulnerabilities but it prioritises them based on any mitigations already in place and gives immediate validation when a patch is applied. This additional validation can serve as defense in depth security strategy, as Insights helps you monitor policy, identify vulnerabilities and validate that appropriate mediations are in place remediation.

  • How your career goals can focus your open source contributions

    One of the quiet secrets of open source software projects is how much direct experience you can gain from domains and disciplines beyond software development. And the reverse is true—if you have non-developer skills and job experience, you are valuable to open source projects. There are relatively common forms that a contribution might end up taking when submitted to an open source project. We can examine from an outside perspective how your skills and career development goals map to these types of contributions. While conversation around technology sometimes focuses on the code and developers, it is a maxim of open source software projects that contribution is more than just code. This is evident when you study a project’s success holistically from within its ecosystem. A skilled project manager or user interface designer, for example, is just as likely as a software developer to provide the ideas and efforts behind a major success.

  • Scaling with partners in 2021: How partner momentum is driving Red Hat success

    Taking a page from Red Hat president and CEO, Paul Cormier’s post, I’d like to take a moment to recognize what the past year has meant for the partner ecosystem and where we go from here. Not for the first time, we heard Paul explain the importance of partners in Red Hat’s story: "The channel is what made Red Hat. Without our partner ecosystem, Red Hat would be a very different company." Partners are the connective tissue between Red Hat and customers. This has remained true throughout most of Red Hat’s history, this was true in 2020, and it will be our truth as we grow in 2021 together. Red Hat and our partners proved to be resilient this past year, but what stands out to me is the momentum fueled by partners in a time filled with uncertainty and challenges.

today's howtos

  • GNU Linux (CentOS8) – how to enable power tools repository and install sshfs
  • Apt Update and Apt Upgrade Commands - What's the difference?

    In an earlier article, we looked at the APT command and various ways that you can make use of the package manager to manage packages. That was a general overview, but in this guide, we pause and shine the spotlight on 2 command usages. These are apt update and apt upgrade commands. The apt update and apt upgrade are two of the most commonly used yet misunderstood commands for many Linux users. For some, these play the same role, which is not the case. In this guide, we seek to distinguish the differences between the two and how each one of them is used.

  • Remap custom keyboard keys in Linux - Tutorial

    Modern problems require modern solutions. I've recently got meself a new Linux test laptop, one IdeaPad 3, which I bought (unfortunately, due to market shortages) with the UK keyboard layout instead of the US layout. This means suboptimal physical key placement - even if you do use a different keyboard variant. Namely, the bar and backspace keys and such are placed all wrong, plus the Enter key is too small. Moreover, this also means, muscle memory and all, you end up typing \ when you actually want to jump to a new line, and this can be quite annoying. So I thought, perhaps I can remap keyboard keys in a small way? But I didn't want to just remap the backspace key (bearing the UK tilde and hash symbols) to a "second" Enter, thus effectively making a larger Enter key, I still wanted to have the bar and backspace keys available. Hence a more complex exercise. Let me show you how you can this somewhat convoluted but super-nice setup.

  • Linux server certifications becoming a must-have for IT pros | Network World

    Linux certification is increasingly significant for tech workers as the public cloud and software-defined networking become ever more important. A Linux cert can set IT professionals apart from the herd and potentially put a lot more money in their bank accounts. Once these certifications were a gauge of reliability, according to CompTIA chief tech evangelist James Stanger. “Twenty years ago, Linux tended to attract people who were a little edgier,” he said. “So certification was traditionally used in the Linux side just to find people you can work with—will they show up on time?” Now, these certifications are a demonstration not only of proficiency but also dedication to self-improvement. “You can’t go wrong with a certification,” said Joe Faletra, director of infrastructure services at Modis, a technology staffing and consulting firm. “I’ll lean towards certs over experience [in hiring], because this person has put the effort into learning and passing the exam.”

  • How to install Discord on a Chromebook in 2021 - Desktop version

    Today we are looking at how to install Discord, the desktop version, on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

  • How to fix Ubuntu boot issues

    There can be many reasons behind Ubuntu being unable to boot, like, GRUB error, broken package installation, or even a faulty hardware issue. We will be looking at these issues one-by-one and try to solve it.Here are some of the most common Linux Boot issues and their solutions. Bear in mind that these steps are generally for Ubuntu, but could be applied to any Linux system.

  • How To Install AnyDesk on Manjaro 20 - idroot

    In this tutorial, we will show you how to install AnyDesk on Manjaro 20. For those of you who didn’t know, AnyDesk is the world’s so much completely satisfied remote computing device application. Access all your programs, documents, and documents from anywhere, without needing to entrust your information to a cloud service. You could say it is an alternative to the TeamViewer, that’s available free. Anydesk offers a faster remote connection than any other current distant computer application. This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of AnyDesk Remote desktop on a Manjaro 20 (Nibia).

  • How to use scp command in Linux to transfer files securely using ssh

    On Unix or Linux operating systems, the scp utility, stands for secure copy, is similar to the more famous command, cp, but is used to transfer files and directories between hosts on a secure encrypted network. Since it relies on ssh for data transfer, it offers the same security and uses the same authentication ssh. The scp command will prompt for passwords for authentication (if needed), unlike rcp. In this article, we will dive into the world of secure transfer of files in Linux and learn how to use scp command. You will see how to use this utility through detailed explanations and example use cases of the commonly used scp switches and options.

Kali Linux 2021.1 Release (Command-Not-Found)

How you choose to interact with Kali is completely up to you. You may want to access Kali locally or remotely, either graphically or on the command line. Even when you pick a method, there are still options you can choose from, such as a desktop environment. By default, Kali uses Xfce, but during the setup process, allows for GNOME, KDE, or no GUI to be selected. After the setup is complete, you can install even more. We have pre-configurations for Enlightenment, i3, LXDE, and MATE as well. [...] When we use Kali, we spend a significant amount of time using the command line. A lot of the time, we do it using a local terminal (rather than in a console or remote SSH). With the options of desktop environments, there are also choices when it comes to the terminals (same with what shell to use). Read more Also: Kali Linux 2021.1 released: Tweaked DEs and terminals, new tools, Kali ARM for Apple Silicon Macs

Kernel: Millennium Prize, Compute Express Link 2.0, HP Platform Profile Support

  • Millennium prize problems but for Linux

    There is a longstanding tradition in mathematics to create a list of hard unsolved problems to drive people to work on solving them. Examples include Hilbert's problems and the Millennium Prize problems. Wouldn't it be nice if we had the same for Linux? A bunch of hard problems with sexy names that would drive development forward? Sadly there is no easy source for tens of millions of euros in prize money, not to mention it would be very hard to distribute as this work would, by necessity, be spread over a large group of people. Thus it seems is unlikely for this to work in practice, but that does not prevent us from stealing a different trick from mathematicians' toolbox and ponder how it would work in theory. In this case the list of problems will probably never exist, but let's assume that it does. What would it contain if it did exist? Here's one example I came up with. it is left as an exercise to the reader to work out what prompted me to write this post. [...] A knee-jerk reaction many people have is something along the lines of "you can solve this by limiting the number of linker processes by doing X". That is not the answer. It solves the symptoms but not the underlying cause, which is that bad input causes the scheduler to do the wrong thing. There are many other ways of triggering the same issue, for example by copying large files around. A proper solution would fix all of those in one go.

  • Compute Express Link 2.0 Support Sent In For Linux 5.12, Enabling CXL 2.0 Memory Devices - Phoronix

    Immediately following the publishing of the Linux enablement patches for CXL 2.0 and that continued in the months since over several rounds of patches. That initial CXL 2.0 code is now slated for mainlining with the Linux 5.12 kernel. The initial Compute Express Link 2.0 focus for the Linux kernel has been on supporting Type-3 Memory Devices. The CXL 2.0 type-3 memory device support being fleshed out first is for serving as a memory expander for RAM or persistent memory and can optionally be interleaved with other CXL devices. For the lack of any CXL 2.0 hardware yet even within the confines of Intel, Widawsky worked out this initial enablement code thanks to writing up support around the specification within QEMU for emulation.

  • Linux 5.13 Should See HP Platform Profile Support - Phoronix

    Linux 5.12 is bringing the initial infrastructure around ACPI Platform Profile support and with this kernel it's implemented for newer Lenovo ThinkPad and IdeaPad laptops. The support allow for altering the system's power/performance characteristics depending upon your desire for a speedy, quiet, or cool experience. With Linux 5.13 it looks like HP laptops with this capability will begin to see working Platform Profile support too. Lenovo is the initial Linux user/supporter of this Platform Profile support while Dell has also expressed interest in supporting it on Linux for letting users manipulate their desire desired balance of performance vs. cool/quiet operation. There has been an HP patch implementing the support and it's looking like that is now ready to be queued into the x86 platform driver tree once the current Linux 5.12 merge window is over, which would mark it as material for 5.13.