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Development Release: openSUSE 15.1 Beta

Thursday 21st of February 2019 12:49:18 AM
Ludwig Nussel has announced the availability of the initial beta of openSUSE 15.1 "Leap" (build 416.2). This is the first of the several planned testing snapshots that will conclude with the final release in the second half of May: "Leap 15.1 entered the beta phase with build 416.2....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2019.1

Monday 18th of February 2019 08:44:23 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The project's first release of 2019 offers wider support for ARM devices and an updated version of Metasploit: "Welcome to our first release of 2019, Kali Linux 2019.1, which is available for immediate download.....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 802

Monday 18th of February 2019 12:22:21 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Slontoo 18.07.1 "LXDE"News: NetBSD testing newer compiler, Void reminds users of its official domain, Fedora porting the Deepin desktop, Debian updates media, changes in Ubuntu StudioTips and tricks: What being free, stable and light-weight meanReleased last week: Ubuntu 18.04.2Torrent corner: Archman, ArcoLinux,....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 18.04.2

Friday 15th of February 2019 04:54:53 AM
Adam Conrad has announced the release of Ubuntu 18.04.2, a set of updated builds of the project's flagship Linux distribution with long-term support. Most of the official Ubuntu sub-projects, notably Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin and Xubuntu, have also been updated to version 18.04.2: "The....

Development Release: Fatdog64 Linux 800 RC

Wednesday 13th of February 2019 04:08:45 PM
The Fatdog64 Linux team has announced a new development snapshot of the project's lightweight desktop distribution. The new release candidate previews features coming to Fatdog64 Linux 800, and offers fixes to the update utility and many package upgrades. "Fatdog64-800 RC was released 13 February 2019. The Fatdog64 team....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 801

Monday 11th of February 2019 12:10:48 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: First impressions of Project Trident 18.12News: FreeBSD Foundation overviews works in progress, Project Trident includes LXQt packages, Plasma Mobile developers answer questionsQuestions and answers: Reading status information from topReleased last week: MidnightBSD 1.1, IPFire 2.21 Core 127, Redcore 1812Torrent corner: Antergos, Archman,....

Distribution Release: MX Linux 18.1

Sunday 10th of February 2019 09:14:35 AM
Dolphin Oracle has announced the release of MX Linux 18.1, an updated build of the project's desktop Linux distribution (with Xfce, based on Debian's "stable" branch) built as a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities. This version is an "ISO refresh" release, featuring bug....

Development Release: OpenMandriva 4.0 Beta

Saturday 9th of February 2019 07:49:19 PM
The OpenMandriva distribution is a full-featured Linux desktop and server, sponsored by the OpenMandriva Association. The project has published a new development snapshot, OpenMandriva 4.0 Beta, which offers several improvements and package upgrades. "Our first release in 2019 is OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Beta, a close preview of the....

Distribution Release: Linux Kodachi 6.0

Saturday 9th of February 2019 01:35:52 PM
The rapid development of Linux Kodachi continues with the release of version 6.0. This is the latest stable build of the project's Xubuntu-based distribution and live DVD with focus on preserving the privacy and anonymity on the internet through various specialist tools, including integrated Tor and Virtual Private....

Distribution Release: Refracta 9.0

Friday 8th of February 2019 10:09:39 AM
Version 9.0 of Refracta, a desktop Linux distribution based on the systemd-free Devuan distribution and featuring an Xfce 4.12 desktop, has been released. The new version comes with several improvements, including the ability to create a live ISO image from an installed Refracta system: "Refracta GNU/Linux has a....

Distribution Release: Redcore Linux 1812

Friday 8th of February 2019 02:59:57 AM
Redcore Linux is a desktop-oriented distribution based on Gentoo. Redcore's latest release, version 1812, ships with KDE Plasma and LXQt editions as well as many package updates and a few new features: "Changelog: resync with Gentoo portage tree (2019-01-31); new GRUB theme, new Plymouth theme; Firefox browser updated....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.21 Core 127

Wednesday 6th of February 2019 03:38:15 PM
The IPFire project creates a Linux distribution for firewalls which offers a range of security tools and is designed to be easy to set up. The project has published an update, IPFire 2.21 Core Update 127, which improves web proxy speed and removes some old features in order....

BSD Release: MidnightBSD 1.1

Monday 4th of February 2019 04:27:05 PM
MidnightBSD is a FreeBSD-derived operating system. A critical goal of the project is to create an easy-to-use desktop environment with graphical ports management, and system configuration using GNUstep. The project's latest release, MidnightBSD 1.1, mostly focuses on security updates and improving hardware support. "I'm happy to announce the....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 800

Monday 4th of February 2019 12:10:33 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: FreeNAS 11.2News: Using Ubuntu Studio as an add-on, Nitrux developing a tool to manage multiple distributions, Mint experimenting with new Cinnamon featuresQuestions and answers: Matching operating systems with file systemsReleased last week: OPNsense 19.1, Tails 3.12, Alpine 3.9.0Torrent corner: 4MLinux, Alpine, Container,....

Distribution Release: LibreELEC 9.0

Saturday 2nd of February 2019 07:26:34 PM
LibreELEC is "just enough OS" to run the Kodi media centre. LibreELEC is a Linux distribution built to run Kodi on current and popular hardware. The project's latest release, LibreELEC 9.0, includes a number of security improvements. "Changeable SSH passwords and a default firewall configuration have been added....

Distribution Release: SystemRescueCd 6.0.0

Saturday 2nd of February 2019 03:18:32 PM
SystemRescueCd is a Linux system on a bootable CD-ROM or USB drive, designed for repairing a system and data after a crash. The distribution's developers have published SystemRescueCd 6.0.0 which deviates from previous releases in two significant ways: 32-bit support has been dropped in favour of a 64-bit....

BSD Release: OPNsense 19.1

Thursday 31st of January 2019 07:30:32 PM
OPNsense is a specialist operating system (and a fork of pfSense) designed for firewalls and routers. The project's latest release, OPNsense 19.1, shifts the operating system's base from FreeBSD to HardenedBSD which includes a number of security enhancements. "The 19.1 release, nicknamed "Inspiring Iguana", consists of a total....

Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.9.0

Wednesday 30th of January 2019 02:41:46 PM
Alpine Linux is a lightweight distribution which features the BusyBox userland utilities and the musl C library. The project has published a new release, Alpine Linux 3.9.0, which expands hardware architecture support and switches its security library from LibreSSL to OpenSSL. "New features and noteworthy new packages: Support....

Distribution Release: Tails 3.12

Tuesday 29th of January 2019 07:03:48 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The project's latest release is Tails 3.12 which introduces a new install method: "The biggest news for 3.12 is that we completely changed the installation methods....

Distribution Release: MakuluLinux 2019.01.25

Monday 28th of January 2019 03:13:18 PM
MakuluLinux is a Debian-based desktop distribution which ships with many applications and media codecs installed out of the box. The project has published an update, MakuluLinux 2019.01.25, to its Core series which experiments with mouse gestures. This allows users to optionally use their computer almost entirely without the....

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Redis Licence/Licensing Getting Weirder, Swim Openwashing

  • Redis Labs drops Commons Clause for a new license
    Redis Labs is dropping its Commons Clause license in favor of its new "available-source" license: Redis Source Available License (RSAL). This is not an open-source license. Redis Labs had used Commons Clause on top of the open-source Apache License to protect its rights to modules added to its 3-Clause-BSD-licensed Redis, the popular open-source in-memory data structure store. But, as Manish Gupta, Redis Labs' CMO, explained, "It didn't work. Confusion reigned over whether or not the modules were open source. They're not open-source." So, although it hadn't wanted to create a new license, that's what Redis Labs ended up doing. RSAL covers some Redis Modules, which run on top of open-source Redis. The current modules covered by RSAL are: RedisSearch, RedisGraph, RedisJSON, RedisML, and RedisBloom. Redis remains under the BSD license.
  • Redis Labs changes its open-source license — again
    Redis Labs, fresh off its latest funding round, today announced a change to how it licenses its Redis Modules. This may not sound like a big deal, but in the world of open-source projects, licensing is currently a big issue. That’s because organizations like Redis, MongoDB, Confluent and others have recently introduced new licenses that make it harder for their competitors to take their products and sell them as rebranded services without contributing back to the community (and most of these companies point directly at AWS as the main offender here). “Some cloud providers have repeatedly taken advantage of successful opensource projects, without significant contributions to their communities,” the Redis Labs team writes today. “They repackage software that was not developed by them into competitive, proprietary service offerings and use their business leverage to reap substantial revenues from these open source projects.”
  • Redis Labs Changing Its Licensing for Redis Modules Again, Raspberry Pi Rolling Out the Linux 4.19 Kernel, Windows Subsystem for Linux Updates Coming, Facebook Removing Its Spyware Onavo VPN from the Google Store and openSUSE Leap 15.1 Beta Pizza Party
    Redis Labs has changed its licensing for Redis Modules again. According to TechCrunch, the new license is called the Redis Source Available license, and as with the previous Commons Clause license, applies only to certain Redis Modules created by Redis Labs. With this license, "Users can still get the code, modify it and integrate it into their applications—but that application can't be a database product, caching engine, stream processing engine, search engine, indexing engine or ML/DL/AI serving engine." The TechCrunch post notes that by definition, an open-source license can't enforce limitations, so this new license technically isn't open source. It is, however, similar to other "permissive open-source licenses", which "shouldn't really affect most developers who use the company's modules".
  • Swim Open Sources Its Machine Learning Platform for Edge Computing [Ed: "Taking the "open core" route" means proprietary software or 'free' bait, so this headline is a tad misleading to say the least]
    Taking the "open core" route, the startup wants the open source community to take its platform in more directions than it's been able to so far.

GNU/Linux Security Leftovers

  • Major 9.8 vulnerability affects multiple Linux kernels— CVE-2019-8912 (af_alg_release())
    Our assessment is that the cause is this commit, the introduction of a "sockfs_setattr()" function. This function neglects to null-out values in a structure, making their values usable after exiting from the function (a so-called ‘use-after-free’ error).
  • Linux use-after-free vulnerability found in Linux 2.6 through 4.20.11
    Last week, a Huawei engineer reported a vulnerability present in the early Linux 2.6 kernels through version 4.20.11. The Kernel Address Sanitizer (KASAN) that detects dynamic memory errors within the Linux kernel code was used to uncover the use-after-free vulnerability which was present since early Linux versions. The use-after-free issue was found in the networking subsystem’s sockfs code and could lead to arbitrary code execution as a result.
  • Taking Care of Your Personal Online Security (For Paranoids)
    So, use Linux, and preferably coreboot or Libreboot (open source BIOS). You can buy hardware based on the recommendations of well-known and respected (still a bit paranoid) cypherpunk Richard Stallman.
  • Why do PAM projects fail? Tales from the trenches
    Privileged accounts hold the keys to highly sensitive company information and once these credentials are targeted, they can easily lead to a breach of a company’s most valuable assets; from databases to social media and unstructured data. Most enterprises have implemented some form of Privileged Access Management (PAM), but many find these initiatives fail to live up to expectations. Below are some common reasons why a PAM project might fail to meet the initial expectations; coupled with practical insights on how to prevent it from becoming a dud.
  • Sailfish OS: Security and Data Privacy
    Mobile World Congress is back again! Like every single year during the Jolla journey, we are excited to take part in this event. We have had great experiences in the past MWC’s, our main drivers for attending are the current and relevant topics discussed during the congress. One of this year’s core themes is Digital Trust; “Digital trust analyses the growing responsibilities required to create the right balance with consumers, governments and regulators.” It makes us happy that these topics are being discussed, especially since several scandals have recently affected trust in digital solutions. At Jolla we work constantly towards providing a secure and transparent solution. Our value towards our customer’s privacy is reflected in our values and actions. Back in May of 2018 our CEO Sami Pienimäki wrote a blog post on the GDPR laws passed within the European Union and stated the cornerstones on how Jolla views data privacy. This stand on privacy is not rocket science – the core idea is to respect our customers’ privacy and allow them to be in control of their data.
  • Security updates for Friday
  • Which is More Secure: Windows, Linux, or macOS? [Ed: security is not an OS feature but a separate product, insists company that sells "security" as a proprietar ysoftware product]

Games: BATTLETECH, Tesla vs Lovecraft and More

Linux Foundation, Linux 5.0 and Linux 5.1

  • Certified danger
    I suspected Linux Foundation went to the dark side when they started strange deals with Microsoft. But I'm pretty sure they went to dark side now.
  • The Most Interesting Highlights To The Linux 5.0 Kernel
    With the Linux 5.0 kernel due out within the next week or two, here's a look back at the biggest end-user facing changes for this kernel release that started out as Linux 4.21.
  • AMDGPU Squeezes In Revised Context Priority Handling For Linux 5.1
    With the Linux 5.1 kernel cycle soon to kick-off, an early batch of fixes for the AMDGPU DRM driver and other fixes were sent in on Thursday to queue along with all of the new functionality being staged in DRM-Next. There's a lot of DRM improvements and throughout all the kernel subsystems of new material queuing up for Linux 5.1. On the AMDGPU side there is AMDGPU DC seamless boot bits, PCI Express bandwidth utilization is now exported to user-space, Vega power management updates, DCC support for scanout surfaces, better page-flipping in DC, and various Vega 20 fixes.