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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 921

Monday 14th of June 2021 12:10:26 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Bodhi Linux 6.0.0News: FreeBSD from a NetBSD developer's perspective, Slackware updating to a newer kernel, UBports installs on more devices, Mageia 7 nearing its end of life, Matthew Miller answers community questionsQuestions and answers: Combining the storage space of multiple disksReleased last....

Development Release: Rocky Linux 8.4 RC1

Wednesday 9th of June 2021 03:50:15 PM
Rocky Linux is a community enterprise operating system designed to be 100% compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The project's latest version is a release candidate for Rocky Linux 8.4. A focus has been placed on kernel improvements, networking, and security. "The Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation (RESF) is....

Distribution Release: Redcore Linux 2101

Wednesday 9th of June 2021 11:56:41 AM
Ghiunhan Mamut has announced the release of Redcore Linux 2101, the latest stable release of the project's Gentoo-based distribution whose goal is to "bring the power of Gentoo Linux to the masses": "More than a year after our previous stable release, I'm happy to announce that Redcore Linux....

Distribution Release: GeckoLinux 153.210608

Tuesday 8th of June 2021 11:41:26 PM
GeckoLinux is a Linux spin based on the openSUSE distribution, with a focus on polish and out-of-the-box usability on the desktop. The project's latest release is based on openSUSE 15.3 which offers binary compatibility with SUSE Linux Enterprise. "GeckoLinux is pleased to announce the 153.210608 update to....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 920

Monday 7th of June 2021 12:16:10 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: openSUSE 15.3News: Nemo gets new search capabilities, Rocky publishes status update and seeks volunteers, tips for protecting against out of memory terminationQuestions and answers: Writing an ISO directly from the web to a thumb driveReleased last week: CentOS 8.4.2105, openSUSE 15.3, Kali....

Distribution Release: CentOS 8.4.2105

Friday 4th of June 2021 08:29:57 AM
Johnny Hughes has announced the availability of an updated release of CentOS, a Linux distribution compiled from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The new version is labelled as CentOS 8.4.2105 and is derived from RHEL 8.4: "We are pleased to announce the general availability....

Distribution Release: Rescuezilla 2.2

Thursday 3rd of June 2021 07:09:22 PM
Rescuezilla is a specialist Ubuntu-based distribution designed for system rescue tasks, including backups and system restoration. The project's latest version is Rescuezilla 2.2 which introduces, among other features, support for working with virtual machine disks. "Flash the Rescuezilla image to a USB stick using balenaEtcher (this will erase....

Distribution Release: NixOS 21.05

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021 04:01:54 PM
NixOS is an independently developed GNU/Linux distribution that aims to improve the state of the art in system configuration management. In NixOS, the entire operating system, including the kernel, applications, system packages and configuration files, are built by the Nix package manager. The distribution's latest release is NixOS....

Distribution Release: openSUSE 15.3

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021 01:20:08 PM
The openSUSE team have announced the release of a minor update to the project's 15.x branch. openSUSE 15.3 is assembled using the same binary packages as SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) which facilitates testing and migration across both platforms. "The newest minor version of openSUSE Leap is the most....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2021.2

Tuesday 1st of June 2021 08:58:19 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The distribution's team have released Kali Linux 2021.2 which includes two new significant tools: Kaboxer and Kali-Tweaks. Kaboxer allows the developers to package troublesome software in containers which are presented in a transparent fashion....

Distribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.7.2-38

Tuesday 1st of June 2021 09:54:10 AM
Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 2.7.2-38, a new stable version of the project's Debian-based utility live CD for partitioning, backups and disk-cloning tasks: "Stable Clonezilla Live 2.7.2-38 released. This release includes major enhancements and bug fixes. Enhancements and changes since 2.7.1-22: the underlying GNU/Linux....

Distribution Release: JingOS 0.9

Monday 31st of May 2021 05:53:42 PM
JingOS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution for tablet computers. It can run desktop Linux applications like VS Code and LibreOffice. The project's latest release is JingOS 0.9 which features a number of key interface changes: "JingOS v0.9 updates: . Adaptive layouts: JingOS can now run perfectly on different....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 919

Monday 31st of May 2021 12:13:44 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: EndeavourOS 2021.04.17News: PureOS updates its user interface, Kali provides seamless application containers, Valve plans new Steam gaming deviceMyths and misunderstandings: Does physical access mean root access?Released last week: VzLinux 8.3, AlmaLinux OS 8.4, Univention Corporate Server 5.0-0Torrent corner: 4MLinux, ALT, Bluestar, KDE....

Distribution Release: ALT Linux 9.1 "Simply"

Sunday 30th of May 2021 01:55:26 AM
Michael Shigorin has announced the release of ALT Linux 9.1 "Simply" edition, a variant of the project's independently-developed distribution aimed at home desktop and available for several popular processor architectures. It comes with the Xfce 4.14, desktop and Linux kernel 5.10. The supported architectures include x86_64, i586, aarch64,....

Distribution Release: VzLinux 8.3

Thursday 27th of May 2021 08:01:09 AM
VzLinux is the latest of the growing numbers of Red Hat Enterprise Linux clones and another potential alternative for those thinking to migrate away from the abandoned CentOS 8 distribution. It is a completely free and open-source product developed by Swiss-based Virtuozzo International GmbH and it compliments its....

Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 8.4

Thursday 27th of May 2021 04:00:04 AM
Simon Coter has announced the release of Oracle Linux 8.4, the latest update from the project that develops an enterprise-class Linux distribution supported by Oracle and built from source packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL): "Oracle is pleased to announce the availability of the Oracle Linux 8....

Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 8.4

Wednesday 26th of May 2021 10:49:13 PM
AlmaLinux OS is an open-source, community-driven project that is built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). AlmaLinux OS introduces support for Secure Boot. "You can read more about it by checking out the Release Notes. The biggest change you'll notice is that the #1....

Distribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 5.0-0

Wednesday 26th of May 2021 04:53:42 PM
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is an enterprise-class distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. It features an integrated management system for central administration of servers. The distribution's latest release is Univention Corporate Server 5.0-0 which is based on Debian 10 and uses a new dark theme for the web interface.....

Distribution Release: OSGeoLive 14.0

Wednesday 26th of May 2021 02:13:30 AM
Astrid Emde has announced the release of OSGeoLive 14.0, the latest version of the project's specialist, Lubuntu-based distribution featuring a collection of open-source geospatial software and free world maps: "The OSGeoLive team is proud to announce the release of version 14.0 of the OSGeoLive GIS software collection. We....

Development Release: OpenMandriva 4.3 RC

Monday 24th of May 2021 06:21:09 PM
The OpenMandriva team has announced a new release candidate. OpenMandriva 4.3 RC introduces several package upgrades, along with a migration to the LLVM 12 build system. "Major updates: Linux kernel 5.12.4; LLVM 12 - We have updated our main toolchain to LLVM 12, and rebuilt the entire system....

More in Tux Machines

WordPress 5.8 Beta 2 and a Milestone for Kiwi TCMS

  • WordPress 5.8 Beta 2

    WordPress 5.8 Beta 2 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so it’s not recommended to run this version on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with it.

  • Kiwi TCMS: Thank you for downloading Kiwi TCMS 500000 times

    We are happy to announce that Kiwi TCMS has been downloaded more than 500000 times via Docker Hub! You can check the real-time stats here.

Listen to LibrePlanet 2021, FSF Drops the Mic on Freenode

  • Listen to LibrePlanet 2021 audio in your podcast app

    LibrePlanet 2021 had a fantastic range of talented speakers, and we want to showcase their terrific talks in every way we can. So if you prefer listening to viewing, it's time to plan a long afternoon walk, fire up your favorite free podcasting app, and listen to LibrePlanet! The audio from this year's entertaining and educational talks is now available. We have uploaded the sessions in conjunction with an RSS feed you can import into your favorite podcasting app or RSS reader, enabling you to listen using a free podcast app like AntennaPod via Android, or gPodder, if you are on your desktop computer.

  • Update to the FSF and GNU's plan to move IRC channels to Libera.Chat

    Following our announcement of a planned gradual switch from the Freenode IRC network to Libera.Chat, Freenode staff, with no notice, seized control of the #fsf and #gnu channels away from FSF staff and GNU volunteers during the early hours of Sunday morning (EDT). This happened despite members of Freenode staff participating in the community meeting, as well as reassuring us publicly and privately that they would respect and support the resulting review and our decision. These channels were seized without informing the FSF or GNU representatives of any disagreements Freenode staff had with our plan, whether by means of the group contact system or otherwise. Adding to the situation's instability was their switch to a new IRC daemon late last night, also without notice, which dropped all existing nicks and channels from the database. This has forced us to adjust our plans for the transition, a move that was already necessary due to an abrupt change in Freenode policy that occurred shortly after our announcement, which eliminated the distinction between # and ## channels that we planned to use to pass ownership of the #fsf and #gnu channels over to the wider free software community.

  • GStreamer: IRC Channel has moved from Freenode to OFTC

    Due to the widely reported issues at the Freenode IRC network, the official GStreamer discussion IRC channel has moved to #gstreamer on the OFTC IRC network alongside other Freedesktop projects.

  • Developer chat moving

    For years, most development discussion for Krita has happened on the #krita channel on the Freenode IRC network. IRC is a venerable chat system (that’s to say, it’s old and quirky) but it works very well for us because it’s free and open source software and because it treats chat as chat: it doesn’t keep logs for you if you’re not in the channel, there are many clients and interaction is simple and limited to just text. However, the freenode IRC network is no longer a good host for our development work. The people currently managing the network are doing very strange things, and the people who used to manage the network have created a new network,

  • Freenode Is IRC; As In "Dumbest Takeover In History"

    Just today morning, freenode pulled the trigger on their servers and removed all channels, all users, all settings… Everything. And they say that they have restarted the network and will move to a new “fork”: [Global Notice 1/3] We are moving past legacy freenode to a new fork. The new freenode is launched. You will slowly be disconnected and when you reconnect, you will be on the new freenode. We patiently await to welcome you in freedom’s holdout – the freenode. [Global Notice 2/3] If you’re looking to connect now, you can already /server 6697 (ssl) or 6667 (plaintext). It’s a new genesis for a new era. Thank you for using freenode, and Hello World, from the future. freenode is IRC. freenode is FOSS. freenode is freedom. [Global Notice 3/3] When you connect, register your nickname and your channel and get started. It’s a new world. We’re so happy to welcome you and the millions of others. We will be posting more information in the coming days on our website and twitter. Otherwise, see you on the other side! freenode, which was the largest active IRC network, was taken over by Andrew Lee; The Korean crown prince. Former staff and volunteers say that there was absolutely no way this selling process could be legal, but due to his wealth and powerful relations, the Korean prince could not be stopped. Until today, by his own stupidity. The madman paid a large sum of money to buy the network – which is not yet disclosed – and then, started taking channels from their owners whenever they mentioned LiberaChat; an alternative to the freenode IRC network. One channel after another… Almost all FOSS community migrated away in a matter of few days when the controversy started. showed that 30-40K users migrated to the new network in less than a week.

Programming Leftovers

  • The curious world of check digits

    In many standardised numerical codes, one or more digits are special. They're called check digits and they can be used to check that the code hasn't changed due to human or computer error. For example, my Australian Business Number, or ABN, is 42 021 773 747. The last nine digits are my unique identifier and the first two digits are for checking.

  • Tau Station considered Dangerous: Game Review

    I thought I’d try out Tau Station for a couple of days and get a quick blog post out of it. That was three months and 11 levels ago. It took 2 months to wind down my obsessive nature and if not for Tau, I could have pushed a couple of new module versions to CPAN by now. That’s rather the reason that I don’t play games in the first place, so I can’t give great comparisons.

  • Live streaming the release of Perl 5.35.1

    In my talk at The Perl and Raku Conference in the Cloud 2021, I already announced it. I'm doing the release of the Perl developer version 5.35.1, and you can watch it live Sunday, 20th June on Twitch.

  • Daniel Stenberg: What goes into curl?

    curl is a command line tool and library for doing Internet data transfers. It has been around for a loooong time (over 23 years) but there is still a flood of new things being added to it and development being made, to take it further and to keep it relevant today and in the future. I’m the lead developer and head maintainer of the curl project. How do we decide what goes into curl? And perhaps more importantly, what does not get accepted into curl? Let’s look how this works in the curl factory.

  • Announcing Aya

    Aya was built with a focus on developer experience and operability. It does not require a C toolchain to build and doesn't even require kernel headers. Compiling the crate in release mode takes only a few seconds.

  • Aya: writing BPF in Rust

    The first release of the Aya BPF library has been announced; this project allows the writing of BPF programs in the Rust language. "Over the last year I've talked with many folks interested in using eBPF in the Rust community. My goal is to get as many of you involved in the project as possible! Now that the rustc target has been merged, it's time to build a solid foundation so that we can enable developers to write great eBPF enabled apps".

  • Testing cameras with lc-compliance on KernelCI

    Earlier this month, the very first KernelCI sprint or "hackfest" was held virtually, with more than a dozen engineers & developers from different communities in attendance. Initiated as a joint effort by the Google Chrome OS team and Collabora, the sprint's main objective was to extend KernelCI's coverage, including adding new tests such as the ability to detect regressions on the Linux kernel that can directly affect cameras. With Linux powering so many things and in so many different settings, there's great interest in making sure that it runs well in as many of them. KernelCI fills this purpose with an ever-increasing amount of tests and environments. The media subsystem is of course no exception, and it's just been joined by a new test suite.

  • C++ Coroutines, or "why are the templates failing aaaaaAAAAAAA"

    Qt's networking code has always been one of its more obtuse parts, requiring using signals for something that didn't quite seem right for them. A linear flow of code would become a jumbled mess of member functions and signal connections. When developing Challah's netcode, I quickly realised this wasn't going to suffice for the large amount of it I was going to be writing. Thus begins my journey through signal hell, arriving at many bumps before I discovered that integrating Qt's networking stuff with coroutines is possible.

  • Please welcome Boxy, Léo Lanteri Thauvin and the8472 to compiler-contributors

    Please welcome Boxy, Léo Lanteri Thauvin and the8472 to the compiler-contributors group! Boxy has been working on pushing const generics forward by implementing parts of the const_evaluatable_checked feature, fixing bugs and making rustdoc work with const generics. Boxy is also a frequent contributor to #project-const-generics discussions and meetings. Léo Lanteri Thauvin has been a consistent contributor of refactorings and improvements to rustc. Recently, Léo has been implementing a Major Change Proposal to migrate the unsafe checker to operate on THIR instead of MIR.

  • 1.53.0 pre-release testing | Inside Rust Blog

    The 1.53.0 pre-release is ready for testing. The release is scheduled for this Thursday, June 17th. Release notes can be found here.

Security and Privacy Leftovers

  • Security updates for Tuesday

    Security updates have been issued by CentOS (389-ds-base, dhcp, firefox, glib2, hivex, kernel, postgresql, qemu-kvm, qt5-qtimageformats, samba, and xorg-x11-server), Fedora (kernel and kernel-tools), Oracle (kernel and postgresql), Red Hat (dhcp and gupnp), Scientific Linux (gupnp and postgresql), SUSE (postgresql10 and xterm), and Ubuntu (imagemagick).

  • CloudLinux releases UChecker security tool for Linux servers | ZDNet

    Linux is more secure than Windows. We all know that. But that doesn't mean it has perfect security. Nothing does. CloudLinux is helping to improve Linux's operational security with the release of UChecker. The company is best-known for its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)/CentOS server clone, CloudLinux, and its CentOS fork.

  • Privacy Redirect To A More Friendly Alternative

    Services like Nitter, Bibliogram, Open Street Maps and the countless private search engines are great but if you interact with normal people you will always end up on the original site as someone will send you a link, how about we fix that by just redirecting to where we want to go.

  • Apple's Subpoenas Show They Own You

    Most journalists seem to miss the larger civil liberties point when Big Tech companies get subpoenas for people’s digital archives. With the most recent example being where the Justice Department subpoenaed Apple while being gagged from disclosing such a subpoena, it is time to remind nearly everybody: You don’t own your digital life, Big Tech does. If you did own your digital files You would get the warrant not a tech giant. “Who gets the warrant?” is as defining of the evidence of ownership as “Follow the money” is to evidence of corruption. [...] Obviously at Purism we are investing heavily and working tirelessly daily to create products that are ever more convenient, with the end-goal of having a just alternative for society to avoid the freedom crushing status quo of products from Big Tech. We are a Social Purpose Corporation, whose reason for being—enshrined in our articles of incorporation— is to build products that respect the users right to freedom and civil liberties fully. This is why Purism will not get a warrant for your phone nor phone data—we don’t have it—because everything you buy from us you own fully. And every dollar of purchasing with Purism advances a future where your civil liberties will be respected in the digital world as well as the physical world. Think about Funding an App, or buying Purism products, to put your money toward a future you want to live in.

  • Western Australia rushes out legislation after cops access contact-tracing data to investigate serious crimes

    Police accessed COVID tracking QR check-in data to investigate a murder, causing the state of Western Australia (WA) to introduce urgent legislation in Parliament today. The app collecting the data, SafeWA, is free, mandatory, and has been used over 245 million times for people to register their presence at relevant venues in WA. The description for the app says the data is encrypted and stored for 28 days.