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Linux Kernel 5.4 to Arrive on November 24th as Linus Torvalds Releases Last RC

Monday 18th of November 2019 03:40:00 PM
The highly anticipated Linux 5.4 kernel finally has a release date as Linus Torvalds announced over the weekend the last Release Candidate (RC).

Last week, Linus Torvalds was considering if there's need for an eighth Release Candidate (RC) for the upcoming Linux 5.4 kernel series, which is only needed on very busy development cycles, but while things were quite calm he still released the RC8 milestone just to make sure everything is in place and working out-of-the-box because more testing never hurts.

"I'm not entirely sure we need an rc8, because last week was pretty calm despite the Intel hw workarounds landing. So I considered just making a final 5.4 and be done with it, but decided that there's no real downside to just doing the rc8 after having a release cycle that took a while to calm down," said Linus Torvalds in a mailing list announcement.

And it turns out that there are some intere... (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" Live & Installable ISOs Now Available to Download

Sunday 17th of November 2019 03:42:00 PM
Just one day after announcing the availability of the Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" maintenance update, the Debian Project now published live and installable ISO images for all supported architectures and flavors.

Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" consists of over two months of updates release through the official software repositories. It includes a total of 115 security updates and bug fixes, offering the community the most up-to-date install mediums for the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series.

Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" ISO images are now available to download (see download links below) for all supported architectures, including 32-bit (i386), 64-bit (amd64), ARM64 (AArch64), Armel, ARMhf, MIPS, MIPSel (MIPS Little Endian), MIPS64el (MIPS 64-bit Little Endian), PPC64el (PowerPC 64-bit Li... (read more)

PCLinuxOS Gets November 2019 ISO with Refreshed Themes, Latest Updates

Saturday 16th of November 2019 10:10:00 PM
The PCLinuxOS community released their monthly ISO snapshots for November 2019, a release that contains all the latest bug and security updates, as well as various improvements.

PCLinuxOS 2019.11 is out now as the latest and most up to date installation medium for this independently developed and user-friendly GNU/Linux distribution, including a fully updated system with all the updates released as of November 12th, 2019, with refreshed themes for GRUB, bootsplash, and the desktop.

PCLinuxOS 2019.11 is available in there different edition, with the KDE Plasma 5, Xfce, and MATE desktop environments. The PCLinuxOS 2019.11 KDE edition ships with the latest KDE Plasma 5.17.3 desktop environment, as well as the KDE Applications 19.08.3 and KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 open-source software suites.

On the other hand, the PCLinuxOS 2019.11 Xfce edition includes the latest Xfce 4.14 desktop environment with the Thunar 1.8.10, Xfburn 0.6.1, xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin 2.3.4, and xfce... (read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS Now Patched Against Latest Intel CPU Flaws

Saturday 16th of November 2019 08:20:00 PM
Red Hat and CentOS have announced the availability of important kernel security updates for their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 and CentOS Linux 6 and 7 operating system series.

After responding to the latest security vulnerabilities affecting Intel CPU microarchitectures, Red Hat has released new Linux kernel security updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating systems to address the well-known ZombieLoad v2 flaw and other issues. The CentOS community also ported the updates for their CentOS Linux 6 and CentOS Linux 7 systems.

The security vulnerabilities patched in this new Linux kernel security update are Machine Check Error on Page Size Change (IFU) (CVE-2018-12207), TSX Transaction Asynchronous ... (read more)

First Major Update to Oracle Linux 8 Brings Enhanced Security, Latest Updates

Saturday 16th of November 2019 07:47:00 PM
Oracle announced the release and general availability of the first major update to the lasts Oracle Linux 8 operating system series.

Based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 release, Oracle Linux 8 Update 1 is here six months after the release of the Oracle Linux 8 operating system series, which adds a new distribution method combining BaseOS and Applications Streams. It adds updated components and enhanced security to better control and protect your installations on desktop and cloud.

"With Oracle Linux 8, the core operating environment and associated packages for a typical Oracle Linux 8 server are distributed through a combination of BaseOS and Applications Streams. BaseOS gives you a running user space for the operating environment. Application Streams provides a range of applications that were previously distributed in Software Collections, as well as other products and programs, ... (read more)

Android-x86 Project Finally Lets You Install Android 9 Pie on Your PC

Saturday 16th of November 2019 06:53:00 PM
The Android-x86 project finally lets users users install the Android 9 Pie mobile operating system on their personal computers with the upcoming Android-x86 9.0 release.

Android-x86 9.0 has recently entered developed, of course based on the Android 9 Pie (android-9.0.0_r50) operating system, and the first release candidate images are now available to download for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x86_64) computers to let you run Android 9 Pie on your PC.

But Android-x86 9.0 doesn't only rebases the OS on Android 9 Pie, it also brings numerous enhancements like support for OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration on AMD, Intel, Nvidia and QEMU (virgl) systems thanks to the latest Mesa 19.0.8 graphics stack, along with OpenGL ES 3.0 support for via SwiftShader for software rendering on unsupported GPUs.

Furthermore, Android-x86 9.0 promises support for hardware accelerated codecs on devices with Intel HD ... (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" Released with More Than 100 Bug & Security Fixes

Saturday 16th of November 2019 05:28:00 PM
The Debian Project announced today the availability of the second point release to its latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, Debian 10.2.

Coming a little over two months after the first point release, Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" is here as a new installation medium for those who want to deploy the operating system on new computers or reinstall and don't want to download hundreds of updates from the repositories after installation.

Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" contains a total of 115 changes, consisting of 66 miscellaneous bug fixes and 49 security updates for various core packages and applications included in the main archives. These have read more)

The PinePhone Open Source Linux Smartphone Is Now Available for Pre-Order

Friday 15th of November 2019 10:00:00 AM
After being available only to developers interested in hacking the device, PINE64's PinePhone open source Linux smartphone is now available for pre-order and anyone can get one.

Even though the road to bring us the PinePhone has been a bit bumpy for PINE64, mostly due to the issues encountered during the manufacturing process of the developer units, which turned out to become a good thing as the feedback received was very positive, the device is now ready for early adoption by the mass.

Called the "Brave Heart" edition, this is the first batch of PinePhone units that will be delivered into the hands of regular people like you and me. And they're not an incomplete or rushed product as PINE64 did numerous in-house testing on the developer units and fixed all known and major bugs.

"We have carried out extensive in-house testing of prototypes and sent prototype phones to a number of key developers from partner projects," said PINE64. "We have addressed all known issue... (read more)

Debian Project Releases Linux Security Updates to Patch Latest Intel CPU Flaws

Thursday 14th of November 2019 05:55:00 PM
The Debian Project released new Linux kernel security updates for its supported Debian GNU/Linux releases to address the latest vulnerabilities affecting Intel CPU microarchitectures.

As reported earlier this week, four new security vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel and with an impact on Intel CPUs, namely CVE-2019-11135, CVE-2018-12207, CVE-2019-0154 and CVE-2019-0155, which may lead to privilege escalation, information leak, as well as denial of service.

Following on the footsteps of read more)

Canonical Enhances the Reliability of Its Kubernetes for IoT, Multi-Cloud & Edge

Thursday 14th of November 2019 03:10:00 PM
Canonical today announced updates for its MicroK8s Kubernetes deployment to deliver high-availability clustering for edge, multi-cloud, and IoT (Internet of Things).

MicroK8s is an upstream Kubernetes deployment certified by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and developed entirely by Canonical to run offline on your workstation or edge device for all your development, prototyping, and testing needs. MicroK8s is delivered as a snap, which makes it possible to run all Kubernetes services natively and comes bundled with all the libraries and binaries required.

The latest MicroK8s 1.16 release adds high-availability clustering by integrating enterprise SQL database through Canonical's in-house built Dqlite distributed SQL engine to enable rapid deployment of highly standardized small K8s clusters. Dqlite is designed to reduce memory footprint of the cluster in MicroK8s by embedding the database inside Kubernetes itself.

"The rapid rise of enterprise and edg... (read more)

Canonical Donates More Ubuntu Phones to UBports and You Can Get One Right Now

Wednesday 13th of November 2019 10:03:00 PM
Canonical has donated more Ubuntu Phone devices to the UBports Foundation for further development of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, which they deprecated a few years ago.

Once again, Canonical decided to donate even more Ubuntu Touch devices to UBports, but this time there's even better news for those interested in contributing to the development of Ubuntu Touch, the mobile OS created by Canonical for Ubuntu Phones, which is now entirely maintained by the UBports Foundation.

This time, UBports decided to donate the Ubuntu Touch devices, which consists of two dozen BQ Aquaris E4 phones, two BQ Aquaris M10 tablets, one Meizu MX4 phone, and several other we can't identify, to any developer interested in joining the Ubuntu Phone movement and contribute to the development of Ubuntu Touchread more)

Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu OSes - Updated

Wednesday 13th of November 2019 03:00:00 PM
Canonical released today a new batch of Linux kernel security updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux releases to address the latest Intel CPU vulnerabilities, as well as other important flaws.

As announced the other day, Canonical was quick to respond to the latest security vulnerabilities affecting Intel CPU microarchitectures, so they now published Linux kernel updates to mitigate them. These are CVE-2019-11135, CVE-2018-12207, CVE-2019-0154, and CVE-2019-0155, which could allow local attackers to ei... (read more)

Canonical Announces Ubuntu Updates to Mitigate Latest Intel Vulnerabilities

Tuesday 12th of November 2019 11:02:00 PM
Following on the footsteps of Red Hat, Canonical also announced today that it has prepared updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux releases to mitigate the latest Intel CPU security vulnerabilities.

As we reported earlier, Intel announced today that several new security vulnerabilities are affecting various of its Intel CPU microarchitectures, as well as associated GPUs. These vulnerabilities are known as TSX Asynchronous Abort (CVE-2019-11135), Intel Processor Machine Check Error (CVE-2018-12207), and Intel i915 graphics hardware  vulnerabilities (read more)

Red Hat Responds to ZombieLoad v2 Security Vulnerabilities Affecting Intel CPUs

Tuesday 12th of November 2019 09:30:00 PM
Red Hat informes Softpedia today on a series of three new security vulnerabilities affecting the Intel CPU microarchitecture, but which have been already patched in the Linux kernel.

The three new security vulnerabilities are CVE-2018-12207 (Machine Check Error on Page Size Change), CVE-2019-11135 (TSX Asynchronous Abort), as well as CVE-2019-0155 and CVE-2019-0154 (i915 graphics driver-related vulnerabilities). These are marked by Red Hat Security team as having an important and moderate security impact, which could allow attacker to gain read access to sensitive data, and which affects all supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.

"Red Hat is aware of a microarchitectural (hardware) implementation issue that could allow an unprivileged local attacker ... (read more)

Volla Phone Promises to Support Ubuntu Touch, Gets Kickstarter Campaign

Tuesday 12th of November 2019 08:25:00 PM
UBports, the creators and maintainers of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, inform us today about an upcoming mobile device called Volla Phone that might be capable of running the Linux-based operating system.

Founded by Dr. Jörg Wurzer, an experienced entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in research and development in user experience, machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and product management, Volla Phone promises to be a privacy-focused mobile phone powered by a free and open source operating system.

At its heart, the Volla Phone device will use Nemo Mobile, an OS based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) promising increased security and privacy features, as well as simplicity for the everyday user. For developers, Volla Phone also promises to support an alternative, free, and open-source operation system like read more)

Here's KDE Plasma Mobile Running on the PinePhone Open Source Linux Smartphone

Tuesday 12th of November 2019 06:11:00 PM
The PinePhone is almost here and it looks like it already supports KDE's Plasma Mobile-based operating system for phones.

KDE developer Bhushan Shah posted today on Twitter a photo of his PinePhone open source Linux-powered smartphone from PINE64 running the latest KDE Plasma Mobile, which is mostly an open-source user interface designed for small screens, like those on phones and tablets.

KDE Plasma Mobile is currently available from various Linux OS makers, including KDE neon, Debian GNU/Linux, and postmarketOS. Of all three, KDE neon is the recommended choice for installing a Linux-based operating system on a supported devices to run the latest KDE Plasma Mobile user interface.

And it looks like the upcoming PinePhone open source Linux smartphone is capable of doing just that, running KDE neon with KDE Plasma Mob... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.17.3 Desktop Environment Released with More Than 40 Bug Fixes

Tuesday 12th of November 2019 02:32:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the third maintenance update to its latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment series to address  more issues and update translations.

Coming two weeks after KDE Plasma 5.17.2, KDE Plasma 5.17.3 is here as yet another bugfix release that addresses a total of 43 issues across various core components and apps, including Plasma Workspace, Plasma Desktop, System Settings, KWin, KScreen, Plasma Addons, Plasma Discover, Breeze GTK, Dr Konqi, KDE GTK Config, and xdg-desktop-portal-kde.

"Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.17.3. Plasma 5.17 was released in October 2019 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a fortnight's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typic... (read more)

The Many Features & Improvements of the KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS Desktop Environment

Monday 11th of November 2019 08:01:00 PM
Work on the next major release of the open-source KDE Plasma Desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems kicked off a few months ago, promising numerous new features and enhancements.

With the KDE Plasma 5.17 release out the door last month, it's time to take a closer look at the new features and improvements coming to KDE Plasma 5.18, which will be released early next year as the next LTS (Long Term Support) version of open-source desktop environment designed to run on GNU/Linux distributions.

Among the enhancements of the KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS desktop environment, we can mention the ability to select and remove multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneous... (read more)

Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Slated for Release on February 6th, 2020

Monday 11th of November 2019 06:11:00 PM
Canonical has recently updated the release schedule for its latest long-term supported Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, with the release dates for the next two point releases.

Released in April 2018, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) is the latest LTS (Long Term Support) version of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, supported by Canonical with software and security updates for 5 years, until 2023, but reaching end of life in April 2028.

As all Ubuntu LTS series, the Bionic Beaver will receive up to five point releases that bring a new installation medium with up-to-date components to make the deployment of the operating system less painful. The latest point release in the series being Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS, released on August 8th, 2019.

Besides updated core components and applications, as well as various improvements, the Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS point release also brought upgraded kernel and graphics stacks from Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), such as Linux kernel 5.0... (read more)

Ubuntu-Based Linux For All Distro Gets New Release Powered by Linux Kernel 5.4

Monday 11th of November 2019 04:43:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released today a new version of his Ubuntu-based LFA (Linux For All) GNU/Linux distribution that brings updated components, as well as new apps and tools.

LFA (Linux For All) Build 191111 is now available to download based on Canonical's latest Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, but shipping with a much newer kernel, namely Linux 5.4 RC6. As such, LFA is one of the first distros to adopt the upcoming Linux 5.4 kernel series.

LFA (Linux For All) Build 191111 is not just an update to previous releases of the Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux distribution, but a total rebuild that now uses packages from the latest Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) release instead of those used in the latest Ubuntu Linux release.

"The system is based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS and Debian. It’s a total rebuild. I.e. nothing is left of the old LFA system," said Arne Exton. "Why Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS? Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is supported until April 2023. Ubuntu 19.10... (read more)

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