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BSD Release: FreeBSD 12.0

7 hours 59 min ago
The FreeBSD team has announced the project's first release in its 12 series. FreeBSD 12.0 features a number of software updates, including OpenSSL 1.1.1, OpenSSH 7.8, and the Clang compiler has been updated to version 6.0.1. TRIM support has been improved for the UFS filesystem and the bhyve....

Distribution Release: Tails 3.11

10 hours 30 min ago
A new version of Tails has been released. Tails is a Debian-based live distribution whose goal is to help its users to browse the Internet anonymously and to circumvent censorship. This version is a standard minor upgrade and bug-fix release: "Upgrades and changes: Add a confirm dialog between....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 793

Monday 10th of December 2018 12:08:36 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: openSUSE Tumbleweed (2018)News: Debian struggles with usrmerge, Void provides technical tips, Hyperbola gets FSF approvalQuestions and answers: Finding and removing non-free packagesReleased last week: DragonFly BSD 5.4.0, Scientific Linux 7.6, CentOS 7-1810Torrent corner: Antergos, AUSTRUMI, CentOS, DragonFly BSD, ExTiX, FreeNAS, GuixSD, HardenedBSD,....

Development Release: Mageia 7 Beta 1

Saturday 8th of December 2018 02:00:47 AM
Donald Stewart has announced the availability of the initial beta release of Mageia 7, an upcoming major version from the project that forked the then defunct Mandriva Linux in late 2010: "Everyone at Mageia is very happy to get the first step towards Mageia 7. There is still....

Distribution Release: UBports 16.04 OTA-6

Friday 7th of December 2018 05:11:00 PM
UBports is a community project which continues the development of Ubuntu Touch, a mobile operating system originally started by Canonical. The UBports team has announced the release of a new update, 16.04 OTA-6. The new version brings fixes and stability improvements, as well as several enhancements to the....

Distribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.16.0

Thursday 6th of December 2018 06:18:27 PM
Guix System Distribution (GuixSD) is a Linux-based, stateless operating system that is built around the GNU Guix package manager. The operating system provides advanced package management features such as transactional upgrades and roll-backs, reproducible build environments, unprivileged package management, and per-user profiles. The project's latest release is GuixSD....

Development Release: Linux Mint 19.1 Beta

Thursday 6th of December 2018 02:13:07 PM
The Linux Mint team has announced the availability a new development release, Linux Mint 19.1 Beta. The new snapshots - available in Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce editions - improve the speed of the Nemo file manager, the Update Manager has been adjusted to show alternative mainline kernel versions....

BSD Release: FreeNAS 11.2

Thursday 6th of December 2018 04:04:04 AM
Ladislav Sirovy has announced the release of FreeNAS 11.2, the latest stable version of the project's specialist FreeBSD-based operating system designed for computers providing Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services. The new release brings a completely redesigned web interface, among many other changes: "FreeNAS 11.2-RELEASE introduces a ton of new....

Distribution Release: Proxmox 5.3 "Virtual Environment"

Tuesday 4th of December 2018 04:32:05 PM
Proxmox is a commercial company offering specialised products based on Debian GNU/Linux. The company's latest release is Proxmox 5.3 "Virtual Environment" which includes several improvements for storage and containers. "Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH today unveiled Proxmox VE 5.3, its latest open-source server virtualization management platform. Proxmox VE is....

Distribution Release: CentOS 7-1810

Tuesday 4th of December 2018 08:50:08 AM
Karanbir Singh has announced the release of CentOS 7-1810, the latest update in the CentOS 7 series, built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6: "We are pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 7 (1810) for the x86_64 architecture. Effective immediately, this....

Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 7.6

Tuesday 4th of December 2018 01:53:16 AM
Pat Riehecky has announced the release of Scientific Linux 7.6, a new update of the entereprise-class Linux distribution rebuilt from source packages provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux and sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, USA. The new release comes with several minor updates and a....

Development Release: MX Linux 18 Beta 1

Monday 3rd of December 2018 06:36:15 PM
MX Linux is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Debian's Stable branch and is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities. The project has released a new development snapshot, MX Linux 18 beta 1. "We are pleased to offer MX Linux 18 beta 1....

BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 5.4.0

Monday 3rd of December 2018 03:15:24 PM
The DragonFly BSD project has announced a new version of their operating system. The new version, DragonFly BSD 5.4.0,includes a number of performance improvements, ships with version 8.0 of the GNU Compiler Collection, and HAMMER2 file system bug fixes. "Big-ticket items: Better support for asymmetric NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 792

Monday 3rd of December 2018 12:09:32 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: GhostBSD 18.10 - Changing the baseNews: DragonFly BSD improves wireless support, Fedora plans temporary pause in development, Fedora 27 reaches EOL, Redcore changes ports management tools, interview with GhostBSD founderQuestions and answers: When to use swap spaceReleased last week: Calculate Linux 18....

Distribution Release: 4MLinux 27.0

Sunday 2nd of December 2018 04:07:09 AM
4MLinux 27.0 has been released. 4MLinux is a project building a set of Linux distributions for desktops (with JWM, 32-bit only) and servers (with the complete LAMP stack, 64-bit). The new version comes with assorted improvements on the multimedia and gaming fronts: "The status of the 4MLinux 27.0....

Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-RC3

Saturday 1st of December 2018 07:32:59 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the third release candidate for FreeBSD 12.0. Unless there are any unexpected showstopper bugs, this should be the last release candidate before the final release on 11th of December: "The third RC build of the 12.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available.....

Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2018.12.01

Friday 30th of November 2018 11:14:16 AM
A new version of BlackArch Linux, an Arch Linux-based distribution with a collection of over 2,800 penetration-testing and security tools, has been released: "Today we have released a new BlackArch Linux ISO and OVA images. Here is the changeLog: added more than 150 new tools; enabled wicd service....

Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 18 "LXQt"

Thursday 29th of November 2018 09:15:48 AM
Alexander Tratsevskiy has announced the release of Calculate Linux 18 "LXQt" edition, a new variant of the project's Gentoo-based set of distributions with LXQt as the default desktop: "We are happy to announce the release of a new Calculate Linux Desktop flavour, featuring the LXQt desktop and therefore....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 791

Monday 26th of November 2018 12:08:45 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Haiku R1 beta 1News: Slax and Kodachi update their download media, dual booting DragonFly BSDTips and tricks: Default passwords on live mediaReleased last week: FreeBSD 12.0-RC2Torrent corner: Bluestar, Clonezilla, Kodachi, Pisi, Slax, SmartOS, Ultimate EditionUpcoming releases: FreeBSD 12.0-RC3Opinion poll: Does Haiku suit....

Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-RC2

Sunday 25th of November 2018 04:00:46 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the second release candidate for FreeBSD 12.0, the project's upcoming major version currently scheduled for final release on 11 December: "The second RC build of the 12.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Please note that the 12.0-RC2 armv7 RPI2 build failed,....

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • Director v1.6.0 is available
    Icinga Director v1.6.0 has been released with Multi-Instance Support, Configuration Baskets and improved Health Checks. We’re excited to announce new features that will help you to work more efficiently.
  • Fedora Looks To Build Firefox With Clang For Better Performance & Compilation Speed
    Following the move by upstream Mozilla in switching their Linux builds of Firefox from being compiled by GCC to LLVM Clang, Fedora is planning the same transition of compilers in the name of compilation speed and resulting performance. FESCo Ticket 2020 laid out the case, "Mozilla upstream switches from gcc to clang and we're going to follow upstream here due to clang performance, maintenance costs and compilation speed. Tom Stellard (clang maintainer) has asked me to file this ticket to comply with Fedora processes."
  • Work in progress: PHP stack for EL-8
  • Sandwich-style SBC offers four 10GbE SFP+ ports
    SolidRun’s “ClearFog CX 8K” SBC is built around a “CEx7 A8040” COM Express Type 7 module that runs Linux on a quad -A72 Armada A8040. Features include 4x 10GbE SFP+ ports and mini-PCIe, M.2, and SATA expansion. In August, SolidRun updated its ClearFog line of Linux-driven router boards with a high-end ClearFog GT 8K SBC with the same 2GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A72 Marvell Armada A8040 SoC found on its MacchiatoBIN Double Shot Mini-ITX board. Now, the company has returned to the headless (no graphics) Armada A8040 with the ClearFog CX 8K. [..] It’s rare to see an Arm-based Type 7 module.
  • Watch Out: Clicking “Check for Updates” Still Installs Unstable Updates on Windows 10
    Microsoft hasn’t learned its lesson. If you click the “Check for Updates” button in the Settings app, Microsoft still considers you a “seeker” and will give you “preview” updates that haven’t gone through the normal testing process. This problem came to everyone’s attention with the release of the October 2018 Update. It was pulled for deleting people’s files, but anyone who clicked “Check for Updates” in the first few days effectively signed up as a tester and got the buggy update. The “Check for Updates” button apparently means “Please install potentially updates that haven’t gone through a normal testing process.”

OSS Leftovers

  • DAV1D v0.1 AV1 Video Decoder Released
    Out today is DAV1D as the first official (v0.1) release of this leading open-source AV1 video decoder. This release was decided since its quality is good enough for use, covers all AV1 specs and features, and is quite fast on desktop class hardware and improving for mobile SoCs.
  • PikcioChain plans for open-source MainNet in roadmap update
    France-based PikcioChain, a platform designed to handle and monetize personal data, has announced changes to its development roadmap as it looks towards the launch of its standalone MainNet and block explorer in the first quarter of 2019.
  • New Blockstream Bitcoin Block Explorer Announces The Release Of Its Open Source Code Esplora
    Blockstream has just announced a release of Esplora, its open source software. This is the software that keeps the website and network running. This new release follows on the heels of its block explorer that was released in November to the public. The company released the block explorer, and after making sure it was successful, released the code behind that block explorer. This way, developers can easily create their block explorers, build add-ons and extensions as well as contribute to
  • Will Concerns Break Open Source Containers?
    Open source containers, which isolate applications from the host system, appear to be gaining traction with IT professionals in the U.S. defense community. But for all their benefits, security remains a notable Achilles’ heel for a couple of reasons. First, containers are still fairly nascent, and many administrators are not yet completely familiar with their capabilities. It’s difficult to secure something you don’t completely understand. Second, containers are designed in a way that hampers visibility. This lack of visibility can make securing containers extremely taxing.
  • Huawei, RoboSense join group pushing open-source autonomous driving technology
    Telecommunications equipment giant Huawei Technologies, its semiconductor subsidiary HiSilicon and RoboSense, a maker of lidar sensors used in driverless cars, have become the first Chinese companies to help establish an international non-profit group that supports open-source autonomous driving projects. The three firms are among the more than 20 founding members of the Autoware Foundation, which aims to promote collaboration between corporate and academic research efforts in autonomous driving technology, according to a statement from the group on Monday. The foundation is an outgrowth of Autoware.AI, an open-source autonomous driving platform that was started by Nagoya University associate professor Shinpei Kato in 2015.
  • 40 top Linux and open source conferences in 2019
    Every year editors, writers, and readers attend open source-related conference and events hosted around the world. As we started planning our 2019 schedules, we rounded up a few top picks for the year. Which conferences do you plan to attend in 2019? If you don't see your conference on this list, be sure to tell us about it in the comments and add it to our community conference calendar. (And for more events to attend, check out The Enterprisers Project list of business leadership conferences worth exploring in 2019.)
  • Adding graphics to the Windows System for Linux [Ed: CBS is still employing loads of Microsoft boosters like Simon Bisson, to whom "Linux" is just something for Microsoft to swallow]/
  • Kong launches its fully managed API platform [Ed: Typical openwashing of APIs, even using the term "open source" where it clearly does not belong]g
  • How Shared, Open Data Can Help Us Better Overcome Disasters
    WHEN A MASSIVE earthquake and tsunami hit the eastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant failed, leaking radioactive material into the atmosphere and water. People around the country as well as others with family and friends in Japan were, understandably, concerned about radiation levels—but there was no easy way for them to get that information. I was part of a small group of volunteers who came together to start a nonprofit organization, Safecast, to design, build, and deploy Geiger counters and a website that would eventually make more than 100 million measurements of radiation levels available to the public. We started in Japan, of course, but eventually people around the world joined the movement, creating an open global data set. The key to success was the mobile, easy to operate, high-quality but lower-cost kit that the Safecast team developed, which people could buy and build to collect data that they might then share on the Safecast website.

Security: Updates, Ransomware, and DNS Blame Misplaced

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • Ransomware still dominates the global threat landscape

    Ransomware attacks continues as the main world’s main security threat and the most profitable form of malware, but a new global report indicates that despite “copious” numbers of infections daily there’s emerging signs the threat is no longer growing.  

  • Someone messed with's DNS to deface the website's homepage [Ed: That's not "deface"' but more like redirect and it's not the site's DNS system but something upstream, another company that's at fault]
    SO IMAGINE YOU REALLY LOVE OPEN SOURCE; you've poured yourself a glass of claret from a wine box and have settled into a night of perusing You feel a tingle of excitement as you type in the URL - you're old skool - but that sours to despair as you see a defaced website greet your eyes. Yep, it looks like someone managed to get into the website's domain name service (DNS) settings and point the domain to another server that served up a defaced webpage, which depending on when you may have accessed it, greeted visitors with racial slurs, an obscene picture and a protest against the revised Linux kernel developer code of conduct.

Tails 3.11 and Tor Transparency (Financials)