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Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 17.12.2

8 hours 10 min ago
Calculate Linux is a Gentoo-based rolling release distribution which is available in several desktop and server editions. The project's latest version, Calculate Linux 17.12.2, features fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown CPU bugs, restores functionality for LXC containers, permits renaming of network interfaces and makes it possible to....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 751

Monday 19th of February 2018 12:11:50 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: DietPi 6.1News: Nitrux packages AppImage, OpenIndiana upgrades compiler, Canonical explores collecting hardware data, Solus experiments with WaylandTechnology review: KDE's Plasma MobileReleased last week: Zevenet 5.0Torrent corner: Bluestar, Container, IPFire, Live Raizo, Manjaro, ZevenetOpinion poll: Getting software not in a distro's official repositoriesNew....

Development Release: Porteus 4.0 RC4

Thursday 15th of February 2018 05:36:57 AM
Jay Flood has announced the availability of a development build of the upcoming Porteus 4.0, a set of portable Linux distributions based on Slackware Linux, with a good choice of desktop environments. Although labelled as "release candidate 4", this is actually the first public development release of the....

Development Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0.0 Beta

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 12:48:08 AM
Devuan GNU+Linux is a fork of Debian which features the SysV init software instead of systemd. The Devuan team has announced the availability of a new development release which carries the codename ASCII: "The long-awaited release of Devuan 2.0 ASCII beta (minor planet number 3568) is here. What's....

Distribution Release: Zevenet 5.0 "Community"

Tuesday 13th of February 2018 05:34:37 PM
Zevenet is a load balancer and application delivery system based on Debian. The Zevenet team has announced the release of Zevenet 5.0 "Community" edition. The new version is based on Debian 9 Stretch and features the following changes: "A new web GUI frontend in Angular. New API JSON+REST....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 750

Monday 12th of February 2018 12:24:25 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Solus 3 and the Budgie desktopNews: NetBSD reports on security work, elementary OS exploring AppCentre changes, Ubuntu 18.04 to include Snap packages, run-time kernel protection for LinuxOpinion: Packages not flowing upstream into DebianReleased last week: Peppermint OS 8-20180203, Kali Linux 2018.1, Quirky....

Distribution Release: Endless OS 3.3.10

Saturday 10th of February 2018 08:55:27 PM
Endless OS is a Linux-based operating system which provides a simplified and streamlined user experience using a customized desktop environment forked from GNOME 3. The project has released a new version, Endless OS 3.3.10, which features automatic updates, improved launch speed for applications and some Flatpak programs will....

Distribution Release: Robolinux 9.1

Saturday 10th of February 2018 12:48:34 AM
Robolinux is a desktop operating system and one of the project's more interesting features is the availability of a pre-configured virtual machine support pack with Windows XP, 7 or 10. The project's latest release, Robolinux 9.1, is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and includes support for UEFI, Secure....

Distribution Release: Quirky 8.4

Friday 9th of February 2018 03:12:25 PM
Barry Kauler has announced the release of a new version of the Quirky distribution. Quirky is a lightweight distribution and a sister project to Puppy Linux. It is assembled using a custom tool called Woof. The new version, Quirky 8.4, is built using the latest available packages from....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2018.1

Tuesday 6th of February 2018 11:23:40 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution that includes a collection of security and forensics tools. The Kali developers have released a new version, Kali Linux 2018.1, which features an updated kernel and two new security features: "Kali Linux 2018.1 has a shiny new 4.14.12 kernel. New kernels always....

Distribution Release: Peppermint OS 8-20180203

Monday 5th of February 2018 07:01:09 PM
Peppermint OS is a lightweight distribution based on Lubuntu. The Peppermint team has released a new minor update to the project's version 8 release. The new installation media features bug fixes and an updated version of the Linux kernel. "This is a security refresh of the Peppermint 8....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 749

Monday 5th of February 2018 12:19:47 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Freespire 3 and Linspire 7.0News: Red Hat acquiring CoreOS, Korora slows release schedule, the OSI turns 20Myths and misunderstandings: Wayland, X.Org and MirReleased last week: Linux Lite 3.8, Emmabuntus 9-1.01, OPNsense 18.1Torrent corner: 4MLinux, Archman, Emmabuntus, KDE neon, Lite, Manjaro, OPNsense, Pardus....

Development Release: Qubes OS 4.0 RC4

Thursday 1st of February 2018 02:41:30 AM
Andrew David Wong has announced the availability of the fourth release candidate for Qubes OS 4.0, un upcoming new version of the project's Fedora-based, security-oriented desktop Linux distribution: "We're pleased to announce the fourth release candidate for Qubes 4.0. This release contains important safeguards against the Spectre and....

Distribution Release: Linux Lite 3.8

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 05:49:55 PM
Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 3.8, an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the lightweight Xfce desktop. "Linux Lite 3.8 Final is now available for download. There have been a number of changes since the 3.6 release. This is the last release for Series 3.x. Linux Lite....

Development Release: openSUSE 15.0 Beta (Build 109.3)

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 03:31:39 PM
Ludwig Nussel has announced the availability of a new testing snapshot for the Leap branch of the openSUSE distribution. The new snapshot, openSUSE 15.0 (Build 109.3), is part of a rolling release series of development snapshots and considered a beta release. "Leap 15 finally got a fresh look....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs 9-1.01

Monday 29th of January 2018 08:58:31 PM
Emmabuntüs is a desktop Linux distribution with editions based on based on Xubuntu and Debian's Stable branch. It strives to be beginner-friendly and reasonably light on resources so that it can be used on older computers. The project's latest release is based on Debian and includes several....

Development Release: Q4OS 3.1 Testing

Monday 29th of January 2018 06:20:31 PM
Q4OS, a Debian-based distribution featuring the Trinity desktop environment, has launched a new development branch. The project's new testing branch, Q4OS 3.1 Testing, carries the code name "Centaurus" and uses packages from Debian's Testing "Buster" branch. "We introduce the initial development build of the new major Q4OS version....

BSD Release: OPNsense 18.1

Monday 29th of January 2018 03:17:11 PM
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based specialist operating system (and a fork of pfSense) designed for firewalls and routers. The latest release, OPNsense 18.1, is built on FreeBSD 11.1 and includes PHP version 7.1. The new release also features strict interface binding for OpenSSH connections and a new Realtek network....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 748

Monday 29th of January 2018 12:26:18 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: siduction 2018.1.0News: openSUSE 42.2 reaches EOL, SolydXK releases 32-bit community editions, building an Ubuntu robot, Ubuntu 18.04 to use Xorg by default, Mint improves testing processQuestions and answers: Desktop-friendly Debian and systemd boot timesReleased last week: Proxmox 5.0 "Mail Gateway", Netrunner 2018.01....

Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.11

Sunday 28th of January 2018 11:27:26 PM
Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing and computer forensics. The project's latest release, Parrot Security OS 3.11, includes fixes for Metasploit and PostgreSQL as well as a new automobile hacking menu which includes tools for testing real....

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  • Comment: Many happy returns to open source
    Twenty years ago the phrase “open source” was first used and the development of software – and hardware – was changed forever. Very few designers today will not use some element of open source software in their development projects.
  • Percona Unveils Full Conference Session Schedule for the Annual Percona Live Open Source Database Conference 2018
  • Worth seeing in Barcelona: Open source for white box vRAN solutions
    News this week from cloud and carrier infrastructure platform company Kontron builds on our earlier coverage of the emerging virtual radio access network (vRAN); a promising technology that could help the evolution to 5G by maximising available bandwidth while lowering costs. The market for open vRAN solutions is gaining wider acceptance as operators seek more cost-effective approaches to network architectures and deployment. According to analyst firm Research and Markets, the growth of the vRAN market is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 125 per cent during the next three years.
  • Barcelona is the first city council to join the FSFE's "Public Money? Public Code!" campaign
  • Earlham Institute releases open source software to help identify gene families
    Researchers at Earlham Institute (EI) have released ‘GeneSeqToFamily’, an open-source Galaxy workflow that helps scientists to find gene families based on the ‘EnsemblCompara GeneTrees’ pipeline. Published in Gigascience, the open source Galaxy workflow aims to make researchers job of finding find gene families much easier.
  • 3 reasons to say 'no' in DevOps
    DevOps, it has often been pointed out, is a culture that emphasizes mutual respect, cooperation, continual improvement, and aligning responsibility with authority. Instead of saying no, it may be helpful to take a hint from improv comedy and say, "Yes, and..." or "Yes, but...". This opens the request from the binary nature of "yes" and "no" toward having a nuanced discussion around priority, capacity, and responsibility.
  • 5 rules for having genuine community relationships
    As I wrote in the first article of this three-part series on the power and importance of communities, building a community of passionate and committed members is difficult. When we launched the NethServer community, we realized early that to play the open source game, we needed to follow the open source rules. No shortcuts. We realized we had to convert the company in an open organization and start to work out in the open.
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  • Rust Typestates
    A long time ago, the Rust language was a language with typestate. Officially, typestates were dropped long before Rust 1.0. In this entry, I’ll get you in on the worst kept secret of the Rust community: Rust still has typestates.
  • It's Time To Do CMake Right
    Not so long ago I got the task of rethinking our build system. The idea was to evaluate existing components, dependencies, but most importantly, to establish a superior design by making use of modern CMake features and paradigms. Most people I know would have avoided such enterprise at all costs, but there is something about writing find modules that makes my brain release endorphins. I thought I was up for an amusing ride. Boy was I wrong.

OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability

  • OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability
    A few days back FreeBSD 11 stable was mitigated for Meltdown (and Spectre vulnerabilities), which came more than one month after these nasty CPU vulnerabilities were disclosed while DragonFlyBSD was quickly mitigated and the first of the BSDs to do so. While OpenBSD is known for its security features and focus, only today did it land its initial Meltdown mitigation.
  • Meltdown fix committed by guenther@

    Meltdown mitigation is coming to OpenBSD. Philip Guenther (guenther@) has just committed a diff that implements a new mitigation technique to OpenBSD: Separation of page tables for kernel and userland. This fixes the Meltdown problems that affect most CPUs from Intel. Both Philip and Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) spent a lot of time implementing this solution, talking to various people from other projects on best approaches.

    In the commit message, Philip briefly describes the implementation [...]

France Proposes Software Security Liability For Manufacturers, Open Source As Support Ends

It sometimes seems as though barely a week can go by without yet another major software-related hardware vulnerability story. As manufacturers grapple with the demands of no longer building simple appliances but instead supplying them containing software that may expose itself to the world over the Internet, we see devices shipped with insecure firmware and little care for its support or updating after the sale. The French government have a proposal to address this problem that may be of interest to our community, to make manufacturers liable for the security of a product while it is on the market, and with the possibility of requiring its software to be made open-source at end-of-life. In the first instance it can only be a good thing for device security to be put at the top of a manufacturer’s agenda, and in the second the ready availability of source code would present reverse engineers with a bonanza. Read more

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