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TuxMachines: Welcome to Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5r1 Release Notes

Sunday 8th of May 2016 04:59:48 AM

Parsix GNU/Linux is a live and installation DVD based on Debian. Our goal is to provide a ready to use and easy to install desktop and laptop optimized operating system based on Debian's stable branch and the latest stable release of GNOME desktop environment. Users can easily install extra software packages from Parsix APT repositories. Our annual release cycle consists of two major and four minor versions. We have our own software repositories and build servers to build and provide all the necessary updates and missing features in Debian stable branch.

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LXer: Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS – Video Review and Screenhsot Tours

Sunday 8th of May 2016 04:55:04 AM
Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS as part of Ubuntu 16.04 Offical Flavors has been released and announced by Ubuntu MATE Developer. This release include mate desktop 1.12 as default desktop environment and powered by long-term support Linux Kernel series 4.4.

TuxMachines: Not so fast, open standards!

Sunday 8th of May 2016 04:54:28 AM

There are however some hiccups with vendor lock-in, in cloud computing or elsewhere. It just hasn’t disappeared. The lock-in still exists through proprietary or otherwise unimplementable file formats; through undocumented protocols and weak or non existent reversibility clauses. Vendor lock-in has not gone away, it has become more subtle by moving up the ladder. If your entire business processes are hosted and run by a cloud service provider there may be some good reasons for you to have made that choice; but the day the need for another provider or another platform is felt the real test will be to know if it is possible to back up your data and processes and rebuild them elsewhere and in a different way. That’s an area where open standards could really help and will play an increasing role. Another area where open standards are still contentious is multimedia: remember what happened to Mozilla in 2015 when they chose to embed proprietary, DRM-riddled codecs because of industry pressure.

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LXer: Do You Own What You Own? Not So Much Anymore, Thanks To Copyright

Sunday 8th of May 2016 03:00:42 AM
Do you own the things you own? No, that is not a riddle being served up by the Cat in the Hat. Nor is it a rhyme spoken by the Lorax -- after all, he speaks for the trees, not for copyright laws.It seems like every week there is a debate about a new topic involving ownership rights. Consumers are engaged in a constant tug of war with rights holders over what they can do with the products that they already purchased from them.

Reddit: PulseAudio is a Toilet Full of Roses

Sunday 8th of May 2016 01:29:19 AM

LXer: 6 higher ed schools teach open source, Collaboration Summit remarks, and more news

Sunday 8th of May 2016 01:06:20 AM
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at six higher education instructors who are immersing students in open source communities and projects, the co-founder and principal analyst at RedMonk Stephen O'Grady's remarks on the future of open source at the Collaboration Summit in March, and more news.Open source news roundup for May 1 - 7, 2016read more

Reddit: MariaDB vs MySQL

Sunday 8th of May 2016 12:08:41 AM

I kinda assumed that mariaDB was basically like running MySQL. I had read it was binary compatible. I started moving databases over to it then realized that some of the software I use like atlassian products don't officially support it because MariaDB causes problems. Is it not safe to replace MySQL with mariaDB ? Should I move to something like Postgres?

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Reddit: Should I use Linux?

Sunday 8th of May 2016 12:00:48 AM

I've been looking to install Linux for a year or so now, and have dual-booted it several times for a day or so each, but never really got "hooked" on Linux. I used Ubuntu, Mint, and Arch, and liked Ubuntu the most, but couldn't find any reason to use it over Windows.

I do like the package management system in Linux, and how heavily customizable everything is. Software compatibility is a problem, and the number of hoops that I'd have to jump through to play a game, or run some Windows software is a problem as well. I do like OSS and how everything is hackable, and how I can have full control of everything, akin to rooted Android or jailbroken iOS.

I like Windows because it is familiar, I've grown up using it, and everything comes incredibly easily to me. I also have basically no reason to stop using it, I've disabled updates so it doesn't update without my permission. I do dislike the lack of customizability, but I haven't had any problems with the more locked-down aspects of the OS. Some development things are suited much more for Linux, but there are workarounds if I want to get them working on Windows. For instance, I've recently wanted to start developing an operating system for fun, it's pretty hard to do on Windows but much easier to do on Linux.

So, is Linux the right operating system for me? Is there anything more that I should know about Linux that may convince me that it is the OS for me?

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Reddit: Anyone Use Fish Shell?

Saturday 7th of May 2016 11:26:46 PM

Does anyone here use fish shell, and if so, what are your thoughts on it?

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LXer: Open Source ImageMagick Security Bug Puts Sites at Risk

Saturday 7th of May 2016 11:11:58 PM
ImageMagick, an open source suite of tools for working with graphic images used by a large number of websites, has been found to contain a serious security vulnerability that puts sites using the software at risk for malicious code to be executed onsite. Security experts consider exploitation to be so easy they're calling it "trivial," and exploits are already circulating in the wild.

Reddit: Baby's first Linux recommendations?

Saturday 7th of May 2016 10:15:34 PM

I'm looking for a distro suitable for a small child (like, 2-ish years old small), who has recently expressed an actual interest in a spare laptop we had lying around.

Unfortunately, cursory googling turned up either distros that are stale and abandoned, or Sugar which everyone seems to agree is more classroom oriented.

So I turn to you, /r/linux - are there any worthwhile, still-living distros suitable (preferably right from the get-go) for small children?

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Reddit: OSX/Lisp keymap for Linux

Saturday 7th of May 2016 10:01:08 PM

LXer: Adapter interfaces 40-pin Raspberry Pi add-ons over USB

Saturday 7th of May 2016 09:17:36 PM
Ryanteck’s “RTK.GPIO” is a Raspberry Pi 40-pin GPIO header simulator that lets SBCs or other systems interface with Raspberry Pi expansion boards over USB. There have been numerous attempts to turn a Raspberry Pi into the equivalent of a desktop PC. Now UK-based Ryanteck LTD aims to turn your PC (or non-RPi SBC) into a […]

TuxMachines: Linux Mint 18 Will Be Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Offers Better Hardware Support

Saturday 7th of May 2016 09:02:23 PM

The announcement posted by Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre on May 6, 2016, was a pretty big one, revealing a lot of information about the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" operating system.

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Reddit: Email with domain

Saturday 7th of May 2016 09:00:04 PM

Not sure if this is the right place to post, but:

I have a domain and a Ubuntu server. How am I able to route username@domain.com to a email. I want to forward that to another email address (a gmail) where I can send/receive on behalf of that. Any ideas?

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Reddit: Is it possible for a Chromium-based browser to be significantly more secure than Google Chrome?

Saturday 7th of May 2016 08:34:26 PM

I don't really know to what extent Chromium emulates Chrome (as far as I know, it's only aesthetics, but I don't know... very far). Now that Ubuntu 16.04's out, I'm putting together everything for a clean install and would like to move away from Chrome—and Google in general, for that matter. I really like Chrome, so a Chromium-based browser seems like a good idea.

But, if one thinks Chrome isn't private, is it really possible to have a "privacy-oriented" browser based on Chromium?

(Either way, I'll probably end up using Tor Browser)

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TuxMachines: Security Leftovers

Saturday 7th of May 2016 07:50:29 PM
  • This Single Command Can Hack Your Windows AppLocker In Seconds

    If you use Windows AppLocker to restrict others from using some applications and locking down your Windows PC, here’s something to worry about. Casey Smith, a security researcher, has found a way to bypass the AppLocker whitelist and run arbitrary scripts. IT admins are advised to run this command on their systems and see if some loopholes exist in their network.

  • Here's how I verify data breaches

    Other headlines went on to suggest that you need to change your password right now if you're using the likes of Hotmail or Gmail, among others. The strong implication across the stories I've read is that these mail providers have been hacked and now there's a mega-list of stolen accounts floating around the webs.

  • The Top 4 in a Linux Environment
  • An update on SSH protocol 1

    At this stage, we're most of the way towards fully deprecating SSH protocol 1 - this outlines our plans to complete this task.

  • High-Severity OpenSSL Vulnerability allows Hackers to Decrypt HTTPS Traffic
  • Firejail 0.9.40-rc1 Release Announcement

    We are happy to announce the release candidate of Firejail version 0.9.40-rc1 (download). Firejail is a generic Linux namespaces security sandbox, capable of running graphic interface programs as well as server programs. This release includes a number of major features, such as X11 sandboxing support, file transfers between sandboxes and the host system, run-time configuration support, Ubuntu 14.04 AppArmor support, and firecfg, a desktop configuration utility. A number of smaller features, documentation and bugfixes are also included:

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More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • 6 Excellent Console Linux File Managers
    A console application is computer software which can be used with a text-only computer interface, the command line interface, or a text-based interface included within a graphical user interface operating system, such as a terminal emulator (such as GNOME Terminal or the aforementioned Terminator). Whereas a graphical user interface application generally involves using the mouse and keyboard (or touch control), with a console application the primary (and often only) input method is the keyboard. Many console applications are command line tools, but there is a wealth of software that has a text-based user interface making use of ncurses, a library which allow programmers to write text-based user interfaces.
  • PHP Tour 2016 Clermont-Ferrand
  • Enlightenment's EFL Getting New DRM Library
    Chris Michael of Samsung has been working on a new DRM library for the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) with a number of improvements. The initial implementation of this new library, Ecore_Drm2, has been added to EFL Git.
  • Antergos 2016.05.28 Screenshot Tour
  • Gentoo Linux 20160514 Screenshot Tour
  • First coding week with openSUSE, Google Summer of Code
    Embedded below is the blog of Google Summer of Code student Martin Garcia Monterde. Martin detailed his first week coding with openSUSE and the Google Summer of Code.
  • OpenPHT 1.5.2 for Debian/sid
    I have updated the openpht repository with builds of OpenPHT 1.5.2 for Debian/sid for both amd64 and i386 architecture. For those who have forgotten it, OpenPHT is the open source fork of Plex Home Theater that is used on RasPlex, see my last post concerning OpenPHT for details.
  • vcswatch is now looking for tags
    About a week ago, I extended vcswatch to also look at tags in git repositories. Previously, it was solely paying attention to the version number in the top paragraph in debian/changelog, and would alert if that version didn't match the package version in Debian unstable or experimental. The idea is that "UNRELEASED" versions will keep nagging the maintainer (via DDPO) not to forget that some day this package needs an upload. This works for git, svn, bzr, hg, cvs, mtn, and darcs repositories (in decreasing order of actual usage numbers in Debian. I had actually tried to add arch support as well, but that VCS is so weird that it wasn't worth the trouble).

Google and Oracle

Leftovers: OSS

Security Leftovers (Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium”, Regulation)

  • Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium” — Best Kali Linux Alternative Coming With New Features
    The Release Candidate of Parrot Security OS 3.0 ‘Lithium’ is now available for download. The much-anticipated final release will come in six different editions with the addition of Libre, LXDE, and Studio editions. The version 3.0 of this Kali Linux alternative is based on Debian Jessie and powered by custom hardened Linux 4.5 kernel.
  • Regulation can fix security, except you can't regulate security
    Every time I start a discussion about how we can solve some of our security problems it seems like the topics of professional organizations and regulation are where things end up. I think regulations and professional organizations can fix a lot of problems in an industry, I'm not sure they work for security. First let's talk about why regulation usually works, then, why it won't work for security.