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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 777

Monday 20th of August 2018 12:18:31 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: YunoHost 3.0.0.1News: Fedora makes it easier to convert file systems, Red Hat responds to hardware bugs, Lubuntu plans migration to Wayland, Debian turns 25 years oldTips and tricks: Limiting resource usageReleased last week: Zorin OS 12.4, Quirky 8.6Torrent corner: Clonezilla, Container, Quirky,....

Distribution Release: Quirky 8.6

Friday 17th of August 2018 03:28:24 PM
Barry Kauler has announced the release of a new version of the lightweight Quirky distribution. The new version, Quirky 8.6, is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and contains mostly bug fixes and minor improvements over previous 8.x releases. "Quirky Linux 8.6 is the latest in the 'Xerus' series,....

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12.4

Monday 13th of August 2018 03:09:32 PM
Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based distribution which strives to provide a desktop interface that will look familiar to Windows users. The project has published an update to the distribution's 12.x series, offering improved hardware support and bug fixes. The release announcement for Zorin OS 12.4 states: "We are....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 776

Monday 13th of August 2018 03:07:46 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: NomadBSD 1.1News: Debian tackles bugs, openSUSE extends life of 42.3 release, update on the Librem 5 phone, NAS4Free renamed to XigmaNASQuestions and answers: Maximum storage limits on LinuxReleased last weekTorrent corner: 4MLinux, Antergos, AUSTRUMI, Bluestar, Container, ExTiX, StarOpinion poll: Review of Linux....

Development Release: SparkyLinux 5.5 RC

Sunday 12th of August 2018 05:27:03 PM
The SparkyLinux team has announced a new development snapshot of the project's SparkyLinux 5.5 Testing branch. The new release candidate is based on Debian Testing, features an updated kernel, fixes issues with setting up Btrfs in the installer and language support has been improved. "There are new ISO....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 775

Monday 6th of August 2018 12:17:37 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Secure-K OS 18.5News: Korora tests community spin, elementary OS hires developer, ReactOS boots from BtrfsOpinion: Linux is about choiceReleased last week: IPFire 2.21 Core 122, OPNsense 18.7, Ubuntu 16.04.5Torrent corner: KDE neon, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Netrunner, Pinguy, Runtu, SwagArch, Ubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu....

Distribution Release: Netrunner 2018.08 "Rolling"

Sunday 5th of August 2018 05:59:13 PM
The Netrunner team has published a new snapshot of the distribution's Manjaro-based Rolling edition. The new snapshot, Netrunner 2018.08 "Rolling", features updated KDE Plasma packages, improves GTK+ application integration into the default Plasma desktop and upgrades the Krita drawing software. "GTK Apps now use Kwin borders integrating nicely....

Development Release: LibreELEC 9.0 Alpha

Friday 3rd of August 2018 07:09:33 PM
LibreELEC is a minimal Linux distribution for running the Kodi media centre. The LibreELEC project has published a new development snapshot, LibreELEC 9.0 Alpha (which also carries the build number 8.90.003). The new alpha release introduces changes to hardware support and is available for generic x86 personal computers....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 16.04.5

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 02:53:15 PM
The Ubuntu team has announced the availability of a new point release for the distribution's 16.04 long term support branch. Ubuntu 16.04.5, along with its community editions, features updated packages, security fixes and additional hardware support. "Like previous LTS series', 16.04.5 includes hardware enablement stacks for use....

BSD Release: OPNsense 18.7

Tuesday 31st of July 2018 02:47:32 PM
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based specialist operating system designed for firewalls and routers. The project has released OPNsense 18.7 which introduces better IPv6 support, improved routing, a pluggable backup framework that features an Nextcloud option, and the ability to boot from a ZFS root volume. "These are the most....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.21 Core 122

Monday 30th of July 2018 02:31:24 PM
IPFire is a Linux distribution for firewalls which offers a range of security tools and is designed to be easy to set up. The distribution's developers have released IPFire 2.21 Core Update 122, which features an upgraded Linux kernel and a corresponding removal of the grsecurity patches. "The....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 774

Monday 30th of July 2018 12:13:06 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Ubuntu 18.04 -- MATE and Budgie editionsNews: NetBSD changes its support policy, Lubuntu shifts focus and Slackware's financial troublesQuestions and answers: Upgrading software from source codeReleased last week: Ubuntu 18.04.1, Slax 9.5.0, ExTiX 18.7Torrent corner: ArchLabs, ExTiX, HardenedBSD, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, NethServer, Nitrux,....

Distribution Release: TurnKey Linux 15.0

Saturday 28th of July 2018 03:46:55 AM
Jeremy Davis has announced the release of TurnKey Linux 15.0, a large set of single-purpose server appliances for various specialist tasks: "I am overjoyed to announce stage 1 of the TurnKey 15.0 stable release is now available. Stage 1 includes nearly half the library (47 appliances to be....

Development Release: SparkyLinux 5.5 Dev

Friday 27th of July 2018 02:03:56 PM
SparkyLinux is a Debian-based distribution which maintains multiple branches and editions. The Sparky team has released a new snapshot of the project's Rolling branch, SparkyLinux 5.5. The new snapshot includes updates from Debian's Testing branch, features Timeshift and improved file system support for Btrfs and XFS. "Changes: system....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 18.04.1

Thursday 26th of July 2018 08:32:24 PM
Adam Conrad has announced the release of new and updated installation media for the Ubuntu distribution and its community editions. The new media carries the version number 18.04.1 and includes security fixes and improvements available to the latest LTS release since 18.04.1 was launched in April 2018. "The....

Development Release: OPNsense 18.7 RC1

Tuesday 24th of July 2018 02:55:07 PM
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based specialist operating system designed for firewalls and routers. The project has published a new development snapshot, OPNsense 18.7 RC1, for testing. The new snapshot includes new Intel network driver improvements and better IPv6 support. "The main goal for 18.7 is stability so we have....

Distribution Release: ExTiX 18.7

Monday 23rd of July 2018 05:47:32 PM
The ExTiX project provides an Ubuntu-based distribution which features alternative desktop environments and applications. The project's latest release is ExTix 18.7 which features the LXQt desktop instead of Ubuntu's default GNOME environment. "ExTiX 18.7 LXQt DVD 64-bit is based on Debian 9 Stretch and Ubuntu 18.04 'Bionic Beaver'.....

OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.9

Monday 23rd of July 2018 02:38:19 PM
ReactOS is an open source operating system which strives to provide binary compatibility with Microsoft Windows as well as a visually similar user interface. The project has released a new version, ReactOS 0.4.9, which offers a number of small improvements that enhance stability, allow the operating system to....

Distribution Release: Slax 9.5.0

Monday 23rd of July 2018 12:00:09 PM
Tomáš Matějíček has announced the release of Slax 9.5.0, the latest build of the project's minimalist and modular desktop Linux distribution based on Debian's "stable" branch: "Slax 9.5.0 released. I am happy to announce that a new version of Slax Linux has been released. Slax is a minimalistic,....

More in Tux Machines

Keeping patient data safe with open source tools

Healthcare is experiencing a revolution. In a tightly regulated and ancient industry, the use of free and open source software make it uniquely positioned to see a great deal of progress. I work at a scrappy healthcare startup where cost savings are a top priority. Our primary challenge is how to safely and efficiently manage personally identifying information (PII), like names, addresses, insurance information, etc., and personal health information (PHI), like the reason for a recent clinical visit, under the regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, HIPAA, which became mandatory in the United States in 2003. Read more

Security Leftovers

  • Indian Bank Hit in $13.5M Cyberheist After FBI ATM Cashout Warning

    But according to Indian news outlet Dailypionneer.com, there was a second attack carried out on August 13, when the Cosmos Bank hackers transferred nearly $2 million to the account of ALM Trading Limited at Hang Seng Bank in Hong Kong.

  • How to Protect Yourself Against a SIM Swap Attack

    A sobering caveat: If a skilled SIM hijacker targets you, there’s realistically not much you can do to stop them, says Allison Nixon, threat research at security firm Flashpoint. “In most of the cases that we’ve seen, a sufficiently determined attacker can take over someone’s online footprint,” she says.

    That’s because ultimately, the machinations behind SIM swaps are largely out of your control. [...]

  • Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 110 - Review of Black Hat, Defcon, and the effect of security policies
    Josh and Kurt talk about Black Hat and Defcon and how unexciting they have become. What happened with hotels at Defcon, and more importantly how many security policies have 2nd and 3rd level effects we often can't foresee. We end with important information about pizza, bananas, and can openers.

YunoHost 3.0.0.1

At this point I have only set up YunoHost, created a few user accounts and installed a handful of applications. While I may play with it further, my main focus going into this trial was how well the framework of the distribution functions. That is: is it easy to install, how hard is it for new users to add services and accounts, and is it straight forward to keep the system up to date? Basically, I wanted to know whether I could give this distribution to someone who wanted to set up home-based network services for the first time and expect them to be able to use it. Based on my experiences so far with YunoHost, my answer is: probably. The distribution does make it pretty easy to create user accounts and install web-based services. In fact, YunoHost does this quite well. The admin panel is very streamlined, uncluttered and easy to navigate and getting something like a game of Hextris or a media streaming service installed is about as easy as a few mouse clicks. Managing the firewall, monitoring the system and creating backups are nearly as easy. The administrator still needs to figure out how to get backup archives off the disk to another location for safe keeping, but the bulk of the work in backing up and restoring the operating system is done for us. Where I feel the distribution runs into trouble is mostly little details, and a few general concepts. For example, asking the user to create an "admin" password but leaving the root password as the default is both likely to confuse people and leave a permanent security hole on the servers of most inexperienced hobbyist administrators. On the topic of accounts, it makes sense, from a security standpoint, to separate web accounts from system accounts. But, this means there may be some confusion as to why, once an account has been created, it cannot log into the system. Little concepts like this may throw new users and I don't feel these issues are well addressed by the documentation. The first time through, the system installer failed during the partitioning section. It worked the second time though with the same settings, so I'm not sure if this is a semi-persistent bug or a one-time error with my system. On the whole, YunoHost performs well. It's light on resources, it offers a lot of common network services home administrators will probably want and it is pretty easy to run and maintain. There are a few little wrinkles in the experience, but in general I found the distribution to be straight forward to use. For people looking to set up a home server, this is probably a good platform on which to build. Read more

Software: GIMP, Password Safe, and Podcasts

  • GIMP 2.10.6 Introduces Vertical Text, New Filters, and GIMP Extension Public Repo
    A brand-new point release for popular photo editing software GIMP has been released today, bringing GIMP to version 2.10.6 – this update doesn’t bring a whole load of significant features, but there are some great improvements and new functionalities. For starters, GIMP 2.10.6 finally introduces support for vertical text (top to bottom), which has been a highly requested feature particularly for East-Asian writing systems. Thus, users can now set text in mixed orientation (as is typical in East-Asian vertical writing) or upright orientation (more common for Western vertical writing), with right-to-left, as well as left-to-right columns.
  • Password Safe is a KeePass-Compatible Password Manager for Linux
    Password Safe is an open-source KeePass-compatible password manager for Linux, designed specifically for use on the GNOME desktop.
  • Linux users finally get a decent podcasts app called, well, ‘Podcasts’
    Podcasts are a hugely popular form of “infotainment” these days, with almost any and every niche you can think of catered for with a show or a segment. If you’re not enjoying the wealth of podcasts out there, you’re really missing out. Podcasts provide you with the experience of a radio show, covering a wide range of topics ranging from gospel to science fiction to music and every thing in between. There are so many ways to enjoy your podcst. On mobile, popular apps such as PocketCast offer users a one-stop-shop for all the podcasts you can listen to. Many music streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify offer dedicated sections on Podcasts.