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TuxMachines: Canonical Releases New Kernels for Ubuntu Linux to Fix a Single Vulnerability

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:30:00 PM

Canonical published several security advisories to inform Ubuntu users about new kernel versions for their Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating systems.

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TuxMachines: Parrot Security OS 3.5 Ethical Hacking Distro Brings Cryptkeeper, Kernel 4.9.13

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:28:35 PM

The developers of the Debian-based Parrot Security OS distribution have announced today, March 8, 2017, the general availability of version 3.5 of the ethical hacking and penetration testing oriented OS.

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TuxMachines: Radeon Linux 4.11 + Mesa 17.1-dev vs. NVIDIA 378.13 Graphics Performance

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:26:33 PM

With Mesa recently landing their RadeonSI GLSL on-disk shader cache and enabling it by default plus other recent optimizations, plus in kernel-space there now being Linux 4.11-rc1 and that showing potential improvements, here are some fresh benchmarks of AMD Radeon vs. NVIDIA on Ubuntu Linux.

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TuxMachines: Tails 3.0 Anonymous Live OS Gets New Beta, Will Be Based on Debian 9 "Stretch"

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:22:25 PM

Just one day after announcing the general availability of the Tails 2.11 anonymous live system, the development team behind this Debian-based distribution released today the second Beta version of the upcoming Tails 3.0 release.

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TuxMachines: Firefox 53.0 Won't Work on Linux PCs with CPUs Older Than Pentium 4, AMD Opteron

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:15:17 PM

As expected, Mozilla kicked off the development of the next major Firefox release, just one day after launching Firefox 52.0 as the new ESR (Extended Support Release) branch for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Also: Firefox 53 Beta Drops Pre-P4/Opteron On Linux, New Compact Themes

Mozilla Outs Thunderbird 45.8 to Fix 9 Security Vulnerabilities, 5 Are Critical

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TuxMachines: 8 reasons to use LXDE

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:09:59 PM

Late last year, an upgrade to Fedora 25 brought issues with the new version of KDE Plasma that were so bad it was difficult to get any work done. I decided to try other Linux desktop environments for two reasons. First, I needed to get my work done. Second, having used KDE exclusively for many years, I thought it was time to try some different desktops.

The first alternate desktop I tried for several weeks was Cinnamon, which I wrote about in January. This time I have been using LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) for about six weeks, and I have found many things about it that I like. Here is my list of eight reasons to use LXDE.

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TuxMachines: Chakra's Heritage theme gets a refreshing facelift

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:09:01 PM

We are excited to introduce a refreshed version of our homegrown Heritage theme which will ship with the upcoming ISO release! In this update we have included subtle changes that we hope will improve the overall desktop experience for Chakra users.

As always, current Chakra users simply need to update their existing installations to receive the latest changes, there is no need to reinstall with the new ISO which will be released very soon. Just wait until your mirror has synchronized so you can upgrade to chakra-heritage-themes 2016.12.

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TuxMachines: SparkyLinux 4.6 Distro Enters Development Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch"

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:07:23 PM

The development team behind the Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system have announced today, March 8, 2017, the availability of the first unstable builds of the upcoming SparkyLinux 4.6 release.

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TuxMachines: Tor Browser 6.5 Gets First Point Release to Support Tor 0.2.9.10, OpenSSL 1.0.2k

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:05:46 PM

The Tor Project announced the immediate availability of the first point release of the Tor Browser 6.5 stable branch of the open-source, Firefox-based anonymity web browser with enhanced security and privacy features based on Tor.

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TuxMachines: The Terminal Is Where Linux Begins - and Where You Should, Too

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:01:17 PM

Once you have a sense of the vast potential of Linux, you may be eager to experience it for yourself. Considering the complexity of modern operating systems, though, it can be hard to know where to start.

As with many things, computers can be better understood through a breakdown of their evolution and operation. The terminal is not only where computers began, but also where their real power still resides. I'll provide here a brief introduction to the terminal, how it works, and how you can explore further on your own.

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LXer: Industrial thin Mini-ITX runs on 7th Gen Intel CPUs

Thursday 9th of March 2017 09:34:54 AM
Congatec’s “Conga-IC175” is a Linux-friendly thin Mini-ITX board with Kaby Lake CPUs, wide-range power, Intel Optane support, and PCIe and M.2 expansion. Congatec’s Conga-IC175 thin Mini-ITX board is almost identical to last year’s Conga-IC170 except that it offers 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” Intel Core processors instead of 6th Gen Skylake CPUs. Similarly, Advantech is overhauling […]

TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:50:44 AM

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LXer: Why Using Open Source Software Helps Companies Stay Flexible and Innovate

Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:26:17 AM
Open source software offers more flexibility because it’s vendor neutral, there are no contractual limits on deployment, the source code allows customization, and open source communities support development and maintenance.

Reddit: Suggestion for decent laptop with "Pen pressure sensitivity" with Linux (arch or ubuntu)

Thursday 9th of March 2017 07:22:46 AM

Hey guys, I am in search for the linux laptop in which i can take my visual notes with good pen support on linux. Are there any suggestions?

Thank you in advance.

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LXer: Android gets patches for critical OpenSSL, media server and kernel driver flaws

Thursday 9th of March 2017 07:17:40 AM
A five-month-old flaw in Android's SSL cryptographic libraries is among the 35 critical vulnerabilities Google fixed in its March security patches for the mobile OS.

Reddit: Is there a way to make trackpads work under Linux?

Thursday 9th of March 2017 06:50:01 AM

This is a question I have every time I use Linux on a laptop. The trackpad makes me want to smash the thing into a million pieces and go live like a hermit somewhere far away... When you type the cursor jumps everywhere without any warning so you type and type and then youre typing in the wrong place. And then it won't move and then it moves too fast... Gah!!!

But seriously OS X and even Windows works nicely... Is there a development project I can join to contribute code to or anything like that?

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LXer: Open Source adoption in Education Sector: Interview with Patrick Masson from OSI

Thursday 9th of March 2017 06:09:03 AM
With the perceived growth of FLOSS deployments in the world's education sector, we wanted to try to confirm our intuition. What better way of doing so than going directly to the source. In this instance, we reached out to Patrick Masson, Director and General Manager at Open Source Initiative (OSI). He was kind enough to put a lot of time and effort into answering questions in this area. He provides plenty of reasons to confirm our initial thoughts. Please enjoy reading through the immense amount of information Patrick provided to us.

LXer: Firefox 53.0 Won't Work on Linux PCs with CPUs Older Than Pentium 4, AMD Opteron

Thursday 9th of March 2017 05:00:26 AM
As expected, Mozilla kicked off the development of the next major Firefox release, just one day after launching Firefox 52.0 as the new ESR branch for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems.

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  • Open-source developers targeted in sophisticated malware attack
    For the past few months, developers who publish their code on GitHub have been targeted in an attack campaign that uses a little-known but potent cyberespionage malware. The attacks started in January and consisted of malicious emails specifically crafted to attract the attention of developers, such as requests for help with development projects and offers of payment for custom programming jobs. The emails had .gz attachments that contained Word documents with malicious macro code attached. If allowed to execute, the macro code executed a PowerShell script that reached out to a remote server and downloaded a malware program known as Dimnie.
  • A scramble at Cisco exposes uncomfortable truths about U.S. cyber defense
    When WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disclosed earlier this month that his anti-secrecy group had obtained CIA tools for hacking into technology products made by U.S. companies, security engineers at Cisco Systems (CSCO.O) swung into action. The Wikileaks documents described how the Central Intelligence Agency had learned more than a year ago how to exploit flaws in Cisco's widely used Internet switches, which direct electronic traffic, to enable eavesdropping. Senior Cisco managers immediately reassigned staff from other projects to figure out how the CIA hacking tricks worked, so they could help customers patch their systems and prevent criminal hackers or spies from using the same methods, three employees told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
  • NTPsec: a Secure, Hardened NTP Implementation
    Network time synchronization—aligning your computer's clock to the same Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) that everyone else is using—is both necessary and a hard problem. Many internet protocols rely on being able to exchange UTC timestamps accurate to small tolerances, but the clock crystal in your computer drifts (its frequency varies by temperature), so it needs occasional adjustments. That's where life gets complicated. Sure, you can get another computer to tell you what time it thinks it is, but if you don't know how long that packet took to get to you, the report isn't very useful. On top of that, its clock might be broken—or lying. To get anywhere, you need to exchange packets with several computers that allow you to compare your notion of UTC with theirs, estimate network delays, apply statistical cluster analysis to the resulting inputs to get a plausible approximation of real UTC, and then adjust your local clock to it. Generally speaking, you can get sustained accuracy to on the close order of 10 milliseconds this way, although asymmetrical routing delays can make it much worse if you're in a bad neighborhood of the internet.
  • Zelda Coatings
    I assume that every permutation of scams will eventually be tried; it is interesting that the initial ones preyed on people's avarice and dishonesty: "I will transfer millions to your bank account, then you share with me" - with subsequent scams appealing to another demographic: "I want to donate a large sum to your religious charity" - to perhaps capture a more virtuous but still credulous lot. Where will it end ?

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