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Welp! Mozilla Has Axed Firefox Test Pilot

Wednesday 16th of January 2019 04:08:24 PM

If you were a fan of the Mozilla Test Pilot programme, I’ve some bad news to share: it’s being axed. Mozilla has announced that is closing the Test Pilot programme effective January 22, 2019. Launched three years ago, the Test Pilot programme was a playground in which Mozilla could test innovative new Firefox features and experiment […]

This post, Welp! Mozilla Has Axed Firefox Test Pilot, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Deepin 15.9 Released with Touchscreen Support, Various Fixes

Wednesday 16th of January 2019 02:31:09 PM

There’ll little else like Deepin Linux in the distro ecosystem. It has its own bespoke desktop, custom apps, and is a true standout in a sea of (sometimes) broadly samey desktops. The first major update to the China-based distro this year, Deepin 15.9 features a number of improvements, optimisations, and refinements. Deepin 15.9 Features The […]

This post, Deepin 15.9 Released with Touchscreen Support, Various Fixes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Entroware Hades is a Powerful Linux Workstation

Tuesday 15th of January 2019 04:14:39 PM

British Linux computer company Entroware has unveiled its latest Linux-powered offering — and it’s something of a beast! The Entroware Hades is the company’s first workstation PC to offer AMD processors and multi-GPU configurations. The base model comes equipped with an octa-core AMD Ryzen 1900X, Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 (2GB) and 16GB RAM and a 120GB SSD. […]

This post, Entroware Hades is a Powerful Linux Workstation, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME’s New GTK Theme is Ready for Testing

Tuesday 15th of January 2019 03:25:14 PM

Cast your minds back to December and, amid all the baubles and wrapping paper, you may recall us sharing some screenshots of a refreshed version of the Adwaita GTK theme, used by GNOME. Now, GNOME’s Matthias Clasen has spilled the beans on the refresh. In a post on the GTK blog Clasen reveals plans to test the […]

This post, GNOME’s New GTK Theme is Ready for Testing, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu’s Icon Theme Now Extends to Branded & Third-Party Apps

Monday 14th of January 2019 05:09:48 PM

The single biggest issue I have with the Suru icon theme Ubuntu 18.10 debuted with was the lack of consistency. Shipping an icon set with a uniform shape and glyph style is a bold move, but it’s one that only works when it extends to and covers every app icon on the system. Alas, Suru did […]

This post, Ubuntu’s Icon Theme Now Extends to Branded & Third-Party Apps, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Google is Adding ‘Apt Search’ to the ChromeOS App Launcher

Monday 14th of January 2019 04:30:16 PM

Chrome OS’s ability to run Linux apps continues to mature. Having recently revealed plans to let device managers specify a Linux distro for use with the feature comes word of another key feature tasked with making ‘Linux (beta) for Chromebooks’ more user-friendly. Apt search. The default Chrome OS application launcher already allows users to search […]

This post, Google is Adding ‘Apt Search’ to the ChromeOS App Launcher, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Rhythmbox is Finally Adopting Client Side Decorations

Monday 14th of January 2019 12:12:24 PM

Rhythmbox music player is finally sorting its oversized toolbar out! The next major release of the well-known Linux audio app is set to adopt a GTK header bar by default. The aim? A refined, more compact toolbar with buttons that are consistent, sharp, take up less room, and better adhere to modern Linux app development trends […]

This post, Rhythmbox is Finally Adopting Client Side Decorations, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Celluloid’ is the new name of GNOME MPV

Sunday 13th of January 2019 04:53:10 PM

GNOME MPV — a GTK UI for my favourite Linux video player tool — has been given a brand new name. The versatile open-source video app is switching away from the ‘GNOME MPV’ moniker to ‘Celluloid’. Why? Because ‘GNOME MPV’ is a little un-descriptive, as GNOME dev Tobias Bernard explains: “The current name is a bit unelegant, […]

This post, ‘Celluloid’ is the new name of GNOME MPV, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Linux for Chromebooks’ May Let Chromebook Owners Choose Which Distro to Use

Saturday 12th of January 2019 01:11:24 PM

Last year Google wowed Linux geeks the world over with a feature that lets Chromebook users run desktop Linux apps on Chrome OS. The feature, dubbed ‘Crostini’ at the time, but now known by the catching title “Linux (beta) for Chromebooks”, continues to improve with each new dev update to Chrome OS (for instance, it will […]

This post, ‘Linux for Chromebooks’ May Let Chromebook Owners Choose Which Distro to Use, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

SuperTuxKart’s Online Multiplayer is Ready for Testing

Friday 11th of January 2019 01:21:10 PM

SuperTuxKart online multiplayer is ready for testing! The SuperTuxKart dev team has announced a new beta version of the karting game that features long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated feature online racing support. SuperTuxKart online multiplayer lets you: Race against other players worldwide in LAN or WAN games Multiple game modes, inc. regular race and ‘capture the flag’ Easily host a game […]

This post, SuperTuxKart’s Online Multiplayer is Ready for Testing, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

VLC Just Passed 3 Billion Downloads

Friday 11th of January 2019 12:43:43 PM

Open-source video player VLC today celebrates a gargantuan milestone — it’s 3 billionth download! The devs behind app say this is the total number of downloads they’ve been able to count via their website, with 25 percent of downloads coming from mobile platforms. Since most Linux users install VLC from a distributions’s archive, the true […]

This post, VLC Just Passed 3 Billion Downloads, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Lightworks Video Editor Has Big Plans for 2019

Friday 11th of January 2019 12:32:20 AM

The Lightworks video editor is one of a number of professional-leaning media tools now available for Linux, and over the next year it’s going to get even better. That’s according to EditShare, the company behind the free (but not open-source) app. They’ve shared details on their plans for 2019, including a tease of a brand […]

This post, Lightworks Video Editor Has Big Plans for 2019, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

And Then They Were Gone: GNOME Reverts Back to Brown for Folder Icons

Thursday 10th of January 2019 07:11:16 PM

Development is a perpetual, constantly changing and iterative landscape upon which changes can evaporate as fast as they made form. Case in point this week? A shocking design u-turn — said in jest, lest you panic — by GNOME designers, who’ve reverted back to brown folder icons in the promising new flat icon set it plans […]

This post, And Then They Were Gone: GNOME Reverts Back to Brown for Folder Icons, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Help Pick a New Logo for Fedora

Thursday 10th of January 2019 03:46:12 PM

The Fedora “Infinity” logo has been a staple part of the Linux landscape for as long as I’ve been using it — but that could be about to change. Fedora plans to update its famous logo and word mark with a fresher, more modern version that’s easier for designers to work with. To help decide, […]

This post, Help Pick a New Logo for Fedora, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

7 Best Games Available on the Snap Store

Tuesday 8th of January 2019 01:55:03 PM

In this post we list the best Ubuntu games that you can install as Snap apps, for free, from the official Snapcraft store on Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

This post, 7 Best Games Available on the Snap Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Stream Media From Ubuntu to Chromecast with ‘Cast to TV’

Sunday 6th of January 2019 03:33:41 PM

It just got a little easier for Ubuntu users to cast video, music and pictures to a Chromecast equipped TV direct from the desktop. We’ve previously shown you how to cast video from Ubuntu to a Chromecast using the open-source MKChromecast tool, and the latest versions of the popular VLC media player has Chromecast support […]

This post, Stream Media From Ubuntu to Chromecast with ‘Cast to TV’, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Pretend you’re a CLI wizard with Blessed-Contrib

Saturday 5th of January 2019 04:02:49 PM

Want to feel like a Hollywood hacker or the sort of super-powered sysadmin that always show up in low-budget cable shows? Then check out blessed-contrib. Blessed-contrib is a Node.js based terminal utility that can be used to create data-rich command line dashboards using ascii/ansi art and javascript. All sorts of widgets can be created to relay […]

This post, Pretend you’re a CLI wizard with Blessed-Contrib, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Tilix 1.8.7 Released, Here’s How to Install it on Ubuntu

Friday 4th of January 2019 01:55:40 PM

A brand new version of the Linux terminal emulator Tilix is available to download. Now, chances are you already know about this app. It’s one of the most popular tiling terminal emulators available for Linux desktops. So good is it that some people think Tilix should be included as part of the GNOME core app suite! However, […]

This post, Tilix 1.8.7 Released, Here’s How to Install it on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Tweet Tray’ is a Distraction-Free Twitter App for Your Desktop

Thursday 3rd of January 2019 01:43:24 PM

If you like to tweet a lot, but don’t like the distraction of other people’s tweets, tirades and trivia, read on. I discovered a marvellous little app called Tweet Tray. Tweet Tray is a desktop Twitter app that lets you to compose new tweets on your desktop, without a web browser, and without any of the social […]

This post, ‘Tweet Tray’ is a Distraction-Free Twitter App for Your Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Thunderbird UI Refresh, Better Gmail Support Coming in 2019

Wednesday 2nd of January 2019 11:44:48 PM

The dev team behind the Thunderbird e-mail client have detailed their ambitions for the coming year — and if you’re a fan of fast, pretty things, you’re gonna be pretty well pleased. Mozilla’s desktop email client might not be as popular as its desktop browser, but Thunderbird remains a venerable app with a large following. After […]

This post, Thunderbird UI Refresh, Better Gmail Support Coming in 2019, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Nginx vs Apache: Which Serves You Best in 2019?

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Security: Updates, 'Smart' Things, Android Proprietary Software and Firefox Woes on Windows

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  • How Do You Handle Security in Your Smart Devices?
    Look around your daily life and that of your friends and family, and you’ll see that smart devices are beginning to take over our lives. But this also means an increase in a need for security, though not everyone realizes it, as discussed in a recent article on our IoT-related site. Are you aware of the need for security even when it’s IoT-related? How do you handle security in your smart devices?
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    One of our major pain points over the years of dealing with injected DLLs has been that the vendor of the DLL is not always apparent to us. In general, our crash reports and telemetry pings only include the leaf name of the various DLLs on a user’s system. This is intentional on our part: we want to preserve user privacy. On the other hand, this severely limits our ability to determine which party is responsible for a particular DLL. One avenue for obtaining this information is to look at any digital signature that is embedded in the DLL. By examining the certificate that was used to sign the binary, we can extract the organization of the cert’s owner and include that with our crash reports and telemetry. In bug 1430857 I wrote a bunch of code that enables us to extract that information from signed binaries using the Windows Authenticode APIs. Originally, in that bug, all of that signature extraction work happened from within the browser itself, while it was running: It would gather the cert information on a background thread while the browser was running, and include those annotations in a subsequent crash dump, should such a thing occur.