HowToForge: While plugins are no doubt one of Vim's biggest strengths, there are several other functionalities that make it one of the most powerful and feature-rich text editors/IDEs available to Linux users today.
Olimex announces Teres 1 open hardware laptop
Based on the company's successful range of single-board computers for educational, embedded, and industrial use, the Teres I laptop isn't likely to win any awards for performance. At its heart is a quad-core 64-bit AllWinner A64 system-on-chip (SoC) based on the ARM Cortex-A53 core, linked to 1GB of RAM and with 4GB of eMMC flash storage. This is then linked to a keyboard, touchpad, and 11.6in 1,366 x 768 LCD display with webcam and housed in a compact chassis with a 7000mAh battery to keep it running.
Olimex Teres I is an open source, DIY laptop kit for $240
There are laptops that run open source software. And then there’s the Olimix Teres I laptop, which is not only designed to run Linux-based software, but which features open source hardware: you can find the CAD files necessary to build your own laptop at the project’s github page.
Kontron launches Linux-friendly Kaby Lake COMs
Kontron has shipped three COM Express Basic and Compact Type 6 modules with Intel’s 7th Gen Kaby Lake CPUs, up to 32GB DDR4, and extended temp support. Kontron has stepped up to Intel’s “Kaby Lake” generation by launching three COM Express Type 6 modules supporting the latest 7th Generation Intel Core and Xeon processors.
- Debian Fun in January 2017
First Tails beta release based on Stretch
Today, I have released the first beta for Tails 3.0, that will be the first version of Tails based on Debian 9 (Stretch).
Our automated test suite pretends it works pretty well and matches our safety expectations. I'm inclined to trust it. But as we learned after porting Tails to Squeeze, Wheezy and Jessie: quick, exploratory testing of pre-releases will not identify all the remaining regressions.
Mir Display Server Lands API Changes, Relicenses Headers To LGPL
Canonical's Mir developers are working to get Mir 1.0 released in 2017 and in preparation for that stable milestone they have just landed a number of API changes.
Just a few days ago we were talking about the Mir 0.26 features while the latest Mir happenings is a number of API changes. Today there were a number of new APIs published for the Mir client library, the Mir render surface APIs were deprecated, and other API changes.
Linux Kernel 4.9.7 Brings Updates to the Intel i915 and InfiniBand Drivers, More
It's time to upgrade the Linux kernel packages of our GNU/Linux distributions once more, as renowned Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman today, February 2, 2017, announced the release of Linux kernel 4.9.7.
While still not marked as "longterm" on the kernel.org website, the Linux 4.9 kernel series recently become LTS (Long Term Support), which means that it will be supported with security patches for a couple of years. It also means that OS vendors need to adopt the Linux 4.9 kernel series for their distros as soon as possible. Arch Linux and Solus are already powered by Linux kernel 4.9, so make sure you update your PCs right now.
Linux Kernel 4.4.46 LTS Is Yet Another Small Patch, Updates InfiniBand Drivers
Immediately after announcing the availability of Linux kernel 4.9.7, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the immediate availability of the forty-sixth maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series.
Linux 4.4 is currently the most popular LTS (Long Term Support) kernel branch, used by popular GNU/Linux distributions like Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Alpine Linux, openSUSE Leap 42.2, as well as Arch Linux. Just like today's Linux 4.9.7 kernel release, Linux kernel 4.4.46 LTS comes one week after the previous maintenance update to change a total of 32 files, with 152 insertions and 81 deletions.
NVIDIA 375.27.08 Vulkan Driver Released
NVIDIA has released a new beta of their Vulkan driver for Windows and Linux.
4 of the Best Linux Distributions for Mac Users
In late 2016 Apple released a new Macbook that they stated would be everything everyone wanted. The result was that the public wasn’t so happy with it. People found themselves needing to use dongles for everything, even SD card readers. The escape key and top command keys were replaced with a gimmicky “touch bar,” and as a result the Macbook had a lukewarm reception.
As a result of all this, Linux PC manufacturer System76 reported getting the highest amount of Mac switchers in its history. It’s safe to say that when it comes to macOS, the honeymoon is over. Longtime users are starting to get fed up with Apple from the way they force everyone to use dongles, to their amateur file system, to the way their operating system takes away advanced functions longtime users are used to using.
[Older] Best Linux Distributions To Try In 2017
Hey folks! Here is the new year of 2017. As a new year comes we all are excited to know what is new in the world of Linux. Whether you are a newbie or a regular user we want to know which are the best and awesome distro for this year to have a new experience. So Here am I who is gonna help you to see and choose the best Linux distro to try in 2017.
My base of selection of OS will depend on updates, stability, standout features so that my readers can get the best experience without any problem.
- Testing Kubernetes on Fedora Atomic using gotun
- Outreachy- Week 6 & 7 Progress
- How to run a virtual machine on Kubernetes using KubeVirt
- Extended dataset generation possibilities of QSoas
- Control Characters (such as Newline), Leading Dashes, and Other Problems [Ed: just updated]
- How to: Dual Boot Ububntu With Windows 10 on an Intel NUC
- How To Dual Boot Windows 7 And Ubuntu
- How to improve VirtualBox guest performance in five steps
- Linux Malware Detect (LMD) Overview
- How to Customize the Terminal in Ubuntu
Red Hat, Boston University Enter Tech Research & Education Partnership Agreement
Red Hat added the partnership will facilitate research, incubated projects and fellowship and internship programs for students and visiting scientists as part of efforts to integrate academic research and with open source technology.
The agreement will also support research efforts from Red Hat and Boston University communities through the Red Hat Emerging Technology Lab at BU.
- The Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) Downgraded by Vetr Inc.
- The Vetr Inc. Upgrades Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) to “Strong-Buy”
- Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) Cut to “Hold” at Vetr Inc.
- Earnings Forecast Research on Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)
PHP version 7.0.16RC1 and 7.1.2RC1
Release Candidate versions are available in remi-test repository for Fedora and Enterprise Linux (RHEL / CentOS) to allow more people to test them. They are available as Software Collections, for a parallel installation, perfect solution for such tests (for x86_64 only), and also as base packages.
- Thursday's security advisories
The design of Chacha20
Chacha20 is a secure, fast, and amazingly simple encryption algorithm. It's author Daniel J. Bernstein explains it well in his Salsa20 and Chacha20 design papers (which I recommend), but did not dwell on details experts already know. Filling the gap took me a while.
Quick summary: Chacha20 is ARX-based hash function, keyed, running in counter mode. It embodies the idea that one can use a hash function to encrypt data.
Ransomware completely shuts down Ohio town government [iophk: “Microsoft = lost productivity”]
These sorts of attacks are becoming more commonplace and, as mentioned before, can be avoided with good backup practices. Sadly not every computer in every hospital, county office or police department is connected to a nicely journaled and spacious hard drive, so these things will happen more and more. Luckily it improves cryptocurrency popularity as these small office finally give up and buy bitcoin to pay their ransom.
Windows DRM Social Engineering Attacks & TorBrowser
HackerHouse have been investigating social engineering attacks performed with Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected media content. Attackers have been performing these attacks in the wild to spread fake codec installers since Microsoft introduced DRM to it’s proprietary media formats. Despite their prevalence we could not find many tools to misuse these formats. We found only a small number of blog posts  on identifying the files being used to spread malware. We observed some interesting behaviours during our analysis which we have shared here. DRM is a licensing technology that attempts to prevent unauthorised distribution and restrictive use of a media file. It works by encrypting the video and audio streams with an encryption key and requesting a license (decryption key) from a network server when the file is accessed. As it requires network connectivity it can cause users to make network requests without consent when opening a media file such as a video file or audio file. WMV is using Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) to store audio and video as objects. This file format consists of objects that are labelled by GUID and packed together to make a media package. A number of tools such as ffmpeg & ASFView support opening, viewing and browsing these objects. There are three objects with the following GUID’s which are of interest for these attacks.