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Brave Open-Source Browser Caught Adding Referral Codes to Typed-in URLs

Monday 8th of June 2020 04:25:00 AM
Open-source browser Brave, which has become famous for its focus on user privacy, has been caught adding referral codes to typed-in URLs in the address bar.

The discovery was made by Twitter user @cryptonator1337 (in the meantime, his findings have also gone viral on other social media sites, including reddit), who noticed that whenever someone manually types in the address bar, Brave browser auto-completes the URL with a referral code.

While this isn’t a privacy issue, it’s something that doesn’t sit well with Brave users who expect nothing but full transparency from the app developer.

And as it turns out, referral codes are being added not only when Binance, but also other websites like Ledger, Trezor, and Coinbase.

Fix already on its way

Brave CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich has already r... (read more)

Sparky Linux 2020.06 Officially Announced

Monday 8th of June 2020 03:54:00 AM
The dev team working on Sparky Linux has recently announced the June snapshot, which just as expected, comes with a series of improvements, including a new Linux kernel.

First and foremost, Sparky 2020.06 is based on Debian testing “Bullseye,” so no surprise here.

But one of the highlights of this release is that it ships with Linux kernel 5.6.14, though if you use the unstable repos, you can also switch to Linux kernel version 5.7.0.

Needless to say, Sparky Linux has received the system upgrade powered by the latest Debian testing reports as of June 5, 2020, so you’re getting plenty of improvements with this release.

The applications that come pre-loaded have also been updated to the latest versions, so for example, Sparky 2020.06 ships with Firefox 77, Thunderbird 68.8.1, and LibreOffice

Easy upgrade

There are also other notable changes in this release, such as debi-tool being replaced by gdebi and spterm, ... (read more)

MX Linux 19.2 Is Now Available for Download

Thursday 4th of June 2020 06:37:00 AM
MX Linux is a Linux distribution that’s getting more fans, and the updates that it receives is one of the reasons its userbase appears to be constantly increasing.

More recently, the team working on MX Linux released version 19.2, a new update that is specifically focused on bug fixes and additional polishing for the experience with the main 19.0 update.

As for what’s new in this release, MX-19.2 comes with the typical improvements that are borrowed from Debian 10.4 Buster, including GIMP 2.10.12, MESA 18.3.6, Firefox 76, VLC 3.0.10, and Thunderbird 68.6.1.

Furthermore, today’s update also brings LibreOffice 6.1.5 and security fixes, but if you’re looking for the latest version of the office suite, then version 6.4 is available for installation in MX-Packageinstaller->Popular Apps.

“The standard MX-19.2 releases (32 bit and 64 bit) feature the latest debian 4.19 kernel and unlike in the past the kernel will now auto-update along with debian sources by default. T... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 77.0.1 Now Available on Linux, Windows, and Mac

Thursday 4th of June 2020 06:05:00 AM
Mozilla has just released a new version of Firefox for all supported desktop platforms, only a few days after the company officially rolled out Firefox 77.

The new build is Firefox 77.0.1, and it comes with single fix that concerns DNS over HTTPS. The changelog explains the following:

“Disabled automatic selection of DNS over HTTPS providers during a test to enable wider deployment in a more controlled way.”

Mozilla further discusses the issue on a report published on Bugzilla, where the company explains that the release of DNS over HTTPS might cause issues for some providers, including for NextDNS.

“We need to be able to roll this out gradually so that we don't overload any providers. Even the dry-run involves up to 10 requests per client which can be very significant when the entire release population updates,” an engineer explains.

Firefox 77 rollout suspended

Mozilla explain... (read more)

These Are the New Features in elementary OS 5.1.5

Thursday 4th of June 2020 04:25:00 AM
elementary 5.1.5 comes with a series of welcome improvements for the AppCenter and Files, but of course, as it happens with every release, there’s more to discover after installing it.

As far as the AppCenter is concerned, there’s one major change here: users no longer require administrator rights to install updates.

And while some may think that this isn’t the right way to go from a security perspective, the whole thing actually makes sense because administrators must already approve the installation of apps by standard users. So technically, once a user has already been granted with the permission of installing an app, why not letting them update that app as well?

This is the reasoning behind the change, as elementary co-founder Cassidy James Blaede himself explains.

“Since an administrator had to approve the original installation and we provide clear expectations around curated versus non-cura... (read more)

Lenovo to Preload Ubuntu, Red Hat on More PCs

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 07:07:00 AM
Lenovo has just announced that it would begin preloading Ubuntu and Red Hat on some of its existing devices in an attempt to provide workstation customers with more options regarding the operating systems powering the machines.

“While many users prefer to customize their own machines – either on hardware without an OS or by wiping an existing client OS, then configuring and installing Linux – this can raise uncertainty with system stability, restricted performance, compatibility, end-user productivity and even IT support for devices,” Lenovo says.

“Now that these users are making their way out of the proverbial shadows and onto the enterprise floor, the demand is high for an out-of-the-box solution that removes the barrier for deployment of enterprise-grade hardware within a Linux software ecosystem.”

The entire ThinkStation and ThinkPad P Series lineup will be certified for Red Hat Enterprise and Ubuntu LTS, and the company explains that this process guarantees e... (read more)

Another German City Wants to Replace Microsoft with Open Source Software

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 06:29:00 AM
The migration from Microsoft software to open-source alternatives comes with a series of benefits, including reduced licensing costs and better local control over the code powering the whole thing, and this is one of the reasons some authorities across the world are looking into such a transition.

Munich, for example, has become a pioneer in this regard after switching from Microsoft software to Linux and open source alternatives, and now it looks like another German city is pondering a similar decision.

Hamburg is reportedly looking into embracing open-source software on local computers in an attempt to reduce reliance on paid products and to become what’s being described as “a model in digital sovereignty.”

A report from German publication Der Standard indicates that the plan is still in its early days and details are scarce, to say the least, albei... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 78 to Launch with Major Changes for Linux and macOS Users

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 05:05:00 AM
Mozilla has just released Firefox 77 to production devices across the world, and now the company has started the work on the very next release due later this month.

Firefox 78 is projected to come with major changes for Linux and macOS, but also with a highly-anticipated new feature on Windows.

First and foremost, let’s see what’s new for users running Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Firefox 78 will come with a built-in PDF client, which means that you will be able to use Firefox as a PDF reader. At this point, such tasks are handled by Microsoft Edge by default on Windows, but some people turn to dedicated PDF clients or even to Google Chrome.

Additional information on PDF support in Mozilla Firefox is available here.

Linux requirements

Then, Firefox 78 will come with updated system requirements on Linux d... (read more)

Major Linux Event to Take Place Online Due to Obvious Reasons

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 04:43:00 AM
The Document Foundation (TDF) has recently announced that the openSUSE + LibreOffice conference will take place online as the two organizations are trying to reduce the risks caused by the global health issue.

The event was originally scheduled to take place October 13-16, but the organizers now explain that these dates could change as they’re working on a scheduled for the new digital event.

Proposals for talks, workshops, and workgroups can still be submitted until July 21, and everyone will be able to attend using a video conferencing solution whose name is yet to be disclosed.

“Shifting the conference online is good news and the organisers intend to provide a great conference that is filled with insightful talks, technical presentations and sessions dedicated for those who want to socialise during the event,” The Document Foundation ex... (read more)

Why Linux Adoption Skyrocketed in 2020

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 04:27:00 PM
Linux has long been considered the underdog of the desktop operating system world, as many believed that giving up on Windows and embracing anything like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or others made absolutely no sense.

Many of these people pointed to the gaming support in the Linux world, while others claimed that no matter how much is improved, Linux would never replace Windows simply because it lacks the familiar approach that’s making Microsoft’s operating system the preferred choice for so many users out there.

But the most recent statistics show that the adoption of Linux is improving at a really fast pace, and while it’s still far from overtaking Windows, all these numbers suggest that sooner or later, choosing an operating system doesn’t just come down to Microsoft and Apple products.

While Linux has gradually improved its market share in the last ... (read more)

Ubuntu Linux Overtakes Windows XP, Only Sky Is the Limit Now

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 09:41:00 AM
As we’ve told you earlier today, Linux keeps growing, and growing, and growing, as third-party statistics show that the adoption of this Windows alternative keeps improving.

Out of all Linux distributions that users can try out today, however, there’s one that’s getting the most love, it seems. And unsurprisingly, it’s Ubuntu, the Linux distro that has recently managed to overtake the Windows XP and is now increasing its market share at a faster pace overall.

NetMarketShare numbers for May 2020 show that Ubuntu is now running on 2.11 percent of all systems out there, while Windows XP is down to 0.96 percent.

While at first glance this doesn’t sound like a notable achievement, it actually is, as many preferred to use Windows XP on older computers in an attempt to delay a more substantial hardware upgrade. But as it turns out, some of those who don’t want to invest... (read more)

Linux Keeps Growing and Growing and Growing

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 08:43:00 AM
Linux keeps growing, according to new market share data, and if the same trend is continued in the next few months, it’s likely to overtake Apple’s macOS and become the second most-used desktop platform worldwide.

While Windows continues to be the preferred choice for the majority of users, its market share keeps declining, and Linux appears to be the one benefitting from this substantial change in usage trends.

More specifically, Windows was running on 86.69 perc... (read more)

Linux Lite 5.0 “Emerald”: Everything You Need to Know

Monday 1st of June 2020 01:29:00 PM
Linux Lite has just received a highly-anticipated update in the stable channel, so anyone who wants to give this distro a try can now download version 5.0.

Described as the most advanced version of Linux Lite, this new release obviously comes with a series of major improvements, and this article is supposed to provide you with a closer look at everything you need to know if you want to download the latest update.

What’s new

It goes without saying that Linux Lite 5.0 introduces a series of changes versus the previous releases, so the changelog is the thing that most people are looking for.

While we’re not going to dissect every little change because this is a massive release, worth highlighting is the full support for UEFI and a new Updater notifier that lets you know whenever new updates are available.

There are also new logout changes... (read more)

Linux on Phones Gaining Ground as postmarketOS Keeps Evolving

Monday 1st of June 2020 06:15:00 AM
postmarketOS is the ambitious project that can bring Linux to mobile phones out there, and after three years of hard work, it has reached several important milestones, including booting on no less than 200 different devices.

While this doesn’t sound like a huge achievement for some, it’s certainly something truly notable given it’s based on a community effort that keeps getting more contributors.

postmarketOS is now based on Alpine Linux 3.12 stable, and the developing team explains that the platform currently boots on over 200 phones, albeit only the QEMU virtual device is supported in the main channel.

Categorized devices

And speaking of channels, postmarketOS now has several categories for the devices included in the development process, namely main, testing, and community.

“All existing device ports have been moved... (read more)

Linux Lite 5.0 “Emerald” Is Now Available for Download

Monday 1st of June 2020 05:01:00 AM
Linux Lite 5.0, also known as Emerald, is finally available for download, as the developing team has just released the stable version for everyone.

As every new stable release of Linux Lite, this new update is considered “the most feature rich, complete” version to date, so if you want to give a try to this Linux distribution, this is undoubtedly the one that you should install.

Version 5.0 obviously comes with massive improvements, and one of the most notable is the full support for UEFI, which is now supported out of the box without the need for any other changes.

There’s no hidden telemetry in this release (heard that, Windows 10 users?), and Linux Lite 5.0 Emerald comes with a new update notifier that shows notifications whenever new updates are available for download. Beginning with this release, you should see a notification telling you how many updates are available, with an “Install Updates” button let... (read more)

Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB RAM Officially Launched

Thursday 28th of May 2020 03:37:00 PM
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has officially launched an upgraded version of the Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB of RAM, and it is available today for just $75.

The organization explains that the BCM2711 chip allows for up to 16GB of RAM on the Raspberry Pi 4, so it decided to partner with Micron to make an 8GB version available this year.

Needless to say, the upgrade to 8GB on the Raspberry Pi 4 has also come with other changes on the board.

“To supply the slightly higher peak currents required by the new memory package, James has shuffled the power supply components on the board, removing a switch-mode power supply from the right-hand side of the board next to the USB 2.0 sockets and adding a new switcher next to the USB-C power connector,” the Raspberry Pi Foundation explains in a post.

64-bit operating system with a new name

In addition, the group also announces a 64-bit beta v... (read more)

Canonical: Ubuntu Is Ready for Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux 2

Thursday 28th of May 2020 04:39:00 AM
Microsoft has recently announced Windows 10 May 2020 Update, or version 2004, for users who want to manually download it from Windows Update, and with this new release, the company officially debuts a series of major improvements, including the new Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2).

WSL is Microsoft’s attempt to merge the worlds of Linux and Windows, allowing users to run Linux on top of Windows 10.

And the new version that’s part of the May update comes with massive improvements for Linux users, including a real kernel.

Ubuntu ready for WSL 2

Of course, Ubuntu is one of the first distros to fully support WSL 2, and today Canonical announced that whoever wants to give WSL 2 a try on the May 2020 Update can download version 20.04 LTS from the Microsoft Store.

“Ubuntu was the first Linux distribution for WSL and remains the most popular choice of WSL users. Ubuntu 20.... (read more)

Linux Laptop Spotlight: System76 Adder WS

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 07:49:00 AM
As Linux itself is growing, the world of Linux laptops is also expanding with more and more laptops, so if you’re in the market looking for such a device, it really shouldn’t be too hard to find the one that perfectly fits your needs.

Today we’re going to have a closer look at one of the best (and also the most expensive) Linux laptop out there. It’s the Adder WS from System76, one of the companies that are fully committed to Linux devices, as it builds not only laptops, but also desktops, mini computers, and servers.

The Adder WS is one of the company’s best laptop, and I specifically selected this one for today’s spotlight article especially because it comes with Intel’s 10th Gen processors. This is living proof the device was built from the very beginning with power in mind, but at the same time, it’s also an indication that you shouldn’t expect it to come cheap.

First and foremost, this is a Linux laptop that co... (read more)

The Linux Laptop You’ve Been Waiting for Is Finally Here

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 05:18:00 AM
The number of Linux laptops available out there is growing, and today we’re adding another big name to the list.

TUXEDO Computers and Manjaro Linux have worked together on what’s officially known as the Manjaro InfinityBook S 14 v5, a Linux laptop that tips the scales at just 1 kg and features an impressive 73 Wh battery.

The laptop was originally announced in April, and it’s available today beginning at 1,264 Euros ($1,384).

One of the highlights is certainly the battery life, as the two companies claim it can even reach a full day per charge.

“In combination with Intel's newest 10th gen ("Comet Lake") ultra low voltage (ULV) processors the TUXEDO InfinityBook S 14 reaches a record-breaking battery life of up to 24h! And if you need to recharge, the extremely compact and 140g lightweight power supply fits easily int... (read more)

Linus Torvalds Drops Intel After 15 Years, Announces Linux Kernel 5.7 RC7

Monday 25th of May 2020 04:30:00 AM
Linus Torvalds has recently announced a new Linux kernel release candidate, but the bigger news isn’t necessarily related to this new update.

Torvalds has also revealed that he upgraded his computer, and while this isn’t necessarily surprising, the configuration he embraced actually is.

“For the first time in about 15 years, my desktop isn't Intel-based,” Torvalds announced on Sunday.

Certainly, the switch from Intel to anything else is a major hit for the company so many people refer to as Chipzilla, but on the other hand, it’s something that has become more common these days.

Beginning this week, Torvalds is using an AMD-powered system, and by the looks of things, he’s totally impressed with how everything is working right now on the Threadripper 3970x-powered system.

“My 'allmodconfig' test builds are now three times faster than they used to be, which doesn't matter so much right now during the calming down period, but I will most definitely notice the upgrad... (read more)

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