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Canonical Releases Ubuntu Updates to Mitigate New MDS Security Vulnerabilities

Tuesday 14th of May 2019 10:58:00 PM
Canonical has released today new updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux operating system series to mitigate the recently disclosed Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) security vulnerabilities in Intel CPUs.

Four new security vulnerabilities affecting Intel microprocessor have been publicly disclosed earlier, and Intel already released updated microcode firmware to mitigate them, but in the case of Linux-based operating system these flaws cannot be addressed only by updating the CPU firmware, but also by installing new Linux kernel versions and QEMU patches.

The vulnerabilities (CVE-2018-121... (read more)

Nvidia 430.14 Linux Driver Improves Performance for DiRT 4 and Wolfenstein II

Tuesday 14th of May 2019 07:34:00 PM
Nvidia has released today new long-lived stable graphics drivers for Linux, BSD, and Solaris systems to add a bunch of various enhancements, bug fixes, and performance improvements for some games.

The Nvidia 430.14 display driver is now available for Linux-based operating system with performance improvements for the DiRT 4 video game, which was ported last month by UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive to Linux and Mac platforms, as well as for the Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus first-person shooter video game, which is available as a Steam Play title.

The Nvidia 430.14 display driver also adds new functionality to the Nvidia VDPAU driver, including support for decoding HEVC YUV 4:4:4 streams, new per-decoder profile capability, support for accessing YUV 4:4:4 surfaces, support for creating YUV 4:4:4 video surfaces, and support for allocating VDPAU video surfaces with explicit frame or field picture structure.

New OpenGL extension, updated nvi... (read more)

Google and Collabora Add Major Change to Linux Kernel 5.1 for Chrome OS Devices

Monday 13th of May 2019 06:04:00 PM
Collabora and Google engineers have been working on a new, exciting new feature that would benefit users of Chrome OS and Android devices, which recently landed in the latest Linux 5.1 kernel series.

According to Collabora's latest report on their contributions to the Linux 5.1 kernel, which arrived last week, it is now possible to mount and boot a mapped device by adding a kernel parameter via command-line at boot time, thus bypassing initramfs image. For Linux kernel 5.1, twelve Collabora's developers also contributed 64 commits and 111 sign-offs, along with lots of bug reports and testing.

"Helen Koike contributed a major change, providing a mechanism to mount a mapped device at boot time through a kernel command line pa... (read more)

KDE Applications 19.04 Open-Source Software Suite Gets Its First Point Release

Monday 13th of May 2019 04:20:00 PM
The KDE Project announced the general availability of the first of three maintenance updates to the recently released KDE Applications 19.04 open-source software suite series.

Coming three weeks after the April 18th release of the KDE Applications 19.04 software suite, the KDE Applications 19.04.1 point release contains numerous bug fixes and translation updates for various of the included apps, including Ark, Cantor,  Dolphin, Kdenlive, Kontact, Spectacle, and Umbrello.

More than 125 changes are included in the KDE Applications 19.04.1 stability release, improving various features like tagging of files on the desktop so it no longer end up with a truncated tag name, KMail's text sharing plugin so it no longer crash, and numerous regres... (read more)

ExTiX 19.5 "The Ultimate Linux System" Officially Released with Linux Kernel 5.1

Monday 13th of May 2019 03:40:00 PM
A new version of the ExTiX "The Ultimate Linux System" GNU/Linux distribution from developer Arne Exton has been released with the latest Linux 5.1 kernel series and LXQt 0.14.1 desktop environment.

Based on the recently released Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system, ExTiX 19.5 is now available featuring the lightweight LXQt desktop environment by default instead of GNOME, the latest and most advanced Linux 5.1 kernel series, and the upcoming Kodi 19 "Matrix" media centre with the Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Plex add-ons pre-installed.

The ExTiX 19.5 release also ships with Refracta Installer as default graphical installer instead of Ubuntu's Ubiquity live installer, with buil... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop Environment Will Bring Completely Revamped Notifications

Monday 13th of May 2019 02:38:00 PM
The upcoming KDE Plasma 5.16 release already promises great new features and improvements for fans of the acclaimed desktop environment used by numerous GNU/Linux distributions.

In his latest weekly report, KDE developer Nate Graham highlights some more of the new features coming to the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment next month, including a completely revamped notification system that will support a Do Not Disturb mode, better support for multi-monitor configurations, and persistent notifications.

The notification history will finally feature grouping while being more intelligent, file transfer operations will also benefit of much-improved notifications, and full-screen applications will show critical notifications. On top of that, the System Settings page was made more usable to allow users to configure everything related to notifications.

"The first thing you’ll notice i... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.1 Gets First Point Release, It's Now Ready for Mass Deployments

Monday 13th of May 2019 01:06:00 PM
The recently released Linux 5.1 kernel series received its first  point release over the weekend, which marks it as a stable kernel branch ready for mass deployments.

Announced by Linus Torvalds on May 6th, the Linux 5.1 kernel series brings numerous new features and improvements, among which we can mention better file system monitorization, new cpuidle governor called TEO, support for configuring Zstd compression levels in Btrfs, and the ability to boot to a device-mapper device without using initramfs.

Linux kernel 5.1 also adds support for cumulative patches in live kernel patching, the ability to use persistent memory as RAM, faster and more scalable asynchronous I/O, support for delivering safe signals in presence of PID reuse, more preparations for the year 2038, and lots of new and updated drivers.

Now ready for mass dep... (read more)

Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 Released for Ubuntu Phones with Refreshed Look, Improvements

Wednesday 8th of May 2019 07:00:00 PM
The UBports community released today the OTA-9 for their Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for all supported Ubuntu Phone devices, a maintenance release that adds various improvements and a refreshed look.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 comes two months after the OTA-8 update with a refreshed look consisting of new and updated Suru symbols and folder icons to give users a better Ubuntu Phone experience, improvements for the Nexus 5 camera so users can now record videos again, better detection of the system-wide dark theme, as well as a new "Busy" indicator.

Also included in this release is support for the OpenStore V3 API in the update handler of System Settings, the ability to save images using the previously used compression settings, improvements to the characters counter for messages, support for searching the Web with Lilo, simplified transitions for the Stack View, and a new "Paste and Go" option in the browser.

"OTA-9 is mainly a stability improvement release. We ar... (read more)

GNOME 3.32 Desktop Environment Gets Second and Final Point Release, Update Now

Wednesday 8th of May 2019 04:29:00 PM
The GNOME Project announced today the general availability of the second and final point release of the GNOME 3.32 "Taipei" desktop environment for all Linux-based operating systems.

Coming a month after the first point release, GNOME 3.32.2 is here to add a final touch of bug and security fixes, miscellaneous improvements, and translation updates to various of GNOME's core apps and components. Being a stability release, GNOME 3.32.2 is recommended to all users running the latest GNOME 3.32 desktop environment.

"Another month, another bugfix release. GNOME 3.32.2 is now available. This is a stable release in the 3.32 series, all distributions shipping GNOME 3.32 are encouraged to upgrade," said Abderrahim Kitouni on behalf of the GNOME Release Team. "The [GNOME] 3.32 Flatpak runtimes on Flathub have been updated as well."

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KDE Plasma 5.15 Desktop Reaches End of Life, KDE Plasma 5.16 Arrives on June 11

Tuesday 7th of May 2019 04:21:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the fifth and last point release for the KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment, marking the end of life of the series.

KDE Plasma 5.15.5 comes only a month after the KDE Plasma 5.15.4 point release to address more issues and improve various parts of the desktop environment, including the Plasma Discover package manager, KWin window and composite manager, Plasma Desktop, Plasma Workspace, Plasma Audio Volume Control, Plasma Networkmanager, Plasma Addons, System Settings, and Breeze GTK.

Highlights of this last point release include breeze_cursors as default cursor theme in Breeze GTK, better support for the Flatpak universal binary format, improvements for non-BMP emoji characters in KWin and non-metric locales Weather add-on, compatibility fixes for Qt 5.13 and Qt 4, as well as improvements to Folder View, Kickoff, and Widget Explorer. More details are available in the read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Officially Released, Here's What's New

Tuesday 7th of May 2019 03:30:00 PM
Red Hat announced today the general availability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 operating system series, a major update to its powerful, enterprise-ready Linux-based operating system for cloud environments and enterprise IT.

Coming almost five years after the release of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 series, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 series is now available with powerful new features and optimizations that lets you run it on any environment and supports any workload. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 lives up to its name as the world's leading enterprise Linux-based operating system, meeting the unique technology needs of evolving enterprises.

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 is the operating system redesigned for the hybrid cloud era and built to support the workloads and operatio... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.1 Reaches End of Life on May 29, Upgrade to LibreOffice 6.2 Now

Tuesday 7th of May 2019 02:28:00 PM
The Document Foundation announced today that the LibreOffice 6.1 office suite series got its sixth and last point release as version 6.1.6, which is now available to download for all supported platforms.

LibreOffice 6.1.6 is now available for Linux, Windows, and Mac platforms, coming three months after the release of LibreOffice 6.1.5 back in February when The Document Foundation launched the latest LibreOffice 6.2 office suite series. It's a maintenance update that includes a total 57 bug fixes for various of LibreOffice's components.

"This is a more mature version of the software which includes some months of back-ported fixes," said Italo Vignoli in a press release. "Organizations looking for an enterprise class application backed by support and service level agreements (SLA) should source a LibreOffice LTS (Long Term Supported) version from those TDF Advisory Board members."

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Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Is Now Available in Microsoft’s Hyper-V Gallery

Tuesday 7th of May 2019 01:59:00 PM
Canonical announced today that its recently released Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system is now available as an optimized desktop image in Microsoft’s Hyper-V gallery.

Last year in September, Canonical announced that it collaborated with Microsoft to bring the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, the latest LTS (Long Term Support) release of Ubuntu Linux, as an optimized desktop image for Microsoft’s Hyper-V gallery, and now the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) release is available as well alongside Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

"Today we're very happy to announce that a new 19.04 image joins the LTS version. This will help make life a bit easier for people working with Ubuntu desktop on Windows," said Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Director at Canonical. "Our plan at this point is to provide the latest LTS and the most recent non-LTS release. Tha... (read more)

Microsoft Brings a Full Linux Kernel to Windows 10

Tuesday 7th of May 2019 08:29:00 AM
Microsoft announced at the Build developer conference this week that it’s working on a custom Linux kernel that would be integrated into Windows 10 as part of the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, or WSL 2.

The Redmond-based software giant says its decision to ship a real Linux kernel with Windows comes as a result of all its efforts to improve the performance of WSL and make full system call compatibility possible.

“This isn’t the first time Microsoft has shipped a Linux kernel, as we have already shipped one in 2018 when we announced Azure Sphere. However, this will be the first time a Linux kernel is shipped with Windows, which is a true testament to how much Microsoft loves Linux!” Microsoft explains.

The WSL team will use the latest stable branch to create the custom kernel, and the original build will be based on version 4.19. The kernel will be serviced... (read more)

Microsoft Announces Windows Subsystem for Linux 2

Tuesday 7th of May 2019 08:01:00 AM
Microsoft has announced the second version of Windows Subsystem for Linux, the company’s own platform that lets users run Linux on top of Windows 10.

Simply called Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, or WSL 2, this new version comes with substantial file system performance increases and full system call compatibility.

In a blog post detailing the tweaks the company has given to WSL with this new release, Microsoft explains that WSL 2 is mostly based on feedback, addressing top requests like more apps working inside of WSL.

“WSL 2 is a new version of the architecture that powers the Windows Subsystem for Linux to run ELF64 Linux binaries on Windows. This new architecture changes how these Linux binaries interact with Windows and your computer’s hardware, but still provides the same user experience as in WSL 1 (the current widely available version),” Microsoft explains.

Users will be able to run ... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.10 to Be Dubbed "Eoan Ermine," Arrives on October 17th

Monday 6th of May 2019 10:30:00 PM
The codename of the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 operating system, which is scheduled for release later this fall, has been revealed today by Canonical as "Eoan Ermine".

We already knew the first part of the codename of Ubuntu 19.10 as being "Eoan" when Canonical kicked off the development cycle and pushed the first daily builds, but we had no idea which animal that starts with the letter E the company decides to add to the upcoming operating system, and today is has been revealed as the "Ermine".

Ok, so what's an Ermine you might ask? Well, according to the New World Encyclopedia, the Ermine is a common name given to a small, northern we... (read more)

Linux Lite Users Are the First to Try Linux Kernel 5.1, Here's How to Install It

Monday 6th of May 2019 10:02:00 PM
Linux Lite users are once again among the first to install the latest Linux kernel series on their personal computer, in this case the just released Linux 5.1 kernel.

Linux kernel 5.1 arrived over the weekend as the first major update to the Linux 5.0 kernel series, adding numerous new features and a bunch of improvements. Highlights include preparations for year 2038, configurable Zstd compression levels for the Btrfs file system, as well as support for cumulative patches in live kernel patching.

Additionally, Linux kernel 5.1 introduces the ability to use persistent memory as RAM in addition to the physical memory, support for booting a system to a device-mapper device bypassing initramfs, a new cpuidle governor called TEO (Timer Events Oriented), faster and scalable asynchronous I/O, and better file system monitorization.

Linux Lite... (read more)

Ubuntu Linux Is Now Supported on Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2

Monday 6th of May 2019 09:00:00 PM
Canonical announced today that its popular Ubuntu Linux operating system is now fully supported on Microsoft's second generation of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 was announced by Microsoft earlier today during its annual Microsoft Build conference, and it introduces a Linux kernel capable of providing the full set of functionality required for enterprise certification, as well as support for lightweight virtualisation, bringing Ubuntu on WSL to the same level as Azure and AzureStack's capabilities.

"Performance optimisation of Ubuntu in Azure and WSL ensures total efficiency for enterprises developing new Linux applications on Microsoft platforms," said Kiko Reis, Vice President Cloud at Canonical. "Our commitment to security updates for the full stack on any cloud or virtualisation extends naturally to this new WSL environment."

Canonical worked with Microsoft to certify Ubuntu on WSL

In order to simplify t... (read more)

GNU Linux-Libre 5.1 Kernel Officially Released for Those Seeking 100% Freedom

Monday 6th of May 2019 02:30:00 PM
The GNU Linux-Libre project announced today the release and general availability of the GNU Linux-libre 5.1-gnu kernel for GNU/Linux users who seek 100% freedom for their computers.

Based on the recently released Linux 5.1 kernel series, the GNU Linux-Libre 5.1 kernel is now available for users who want to run Linux kernel 5.1 on their personal computers but don't want to deal with any proprietary code. As such, the GNU Linux-Libre 5.1 kernel deblobbs and cleans up several firmware from the upstream Linux 5.1 kernel.

"Besides the usual assortment of firmware name updates, new drivers for mt7603 and goya required disabling of blob requests, wilc1000 had some files renamed which required adjusting the deblobbing logic, and a driver that we used to deblob (lantiq xrx200 firmware loader) was removed," said developer Alexandre Oliva in a read more)

Freespire 4.8 Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS

Monday 6th of May 2019 01:38:00 PM
The Freespire development team has announced the release of the Freespire 4.8 operating system, a free and open-source version of the controversial Linspire Linux operating system.

Launched last year on August, the Freespire 4.x operating system series continues to be updated with new point releases, Freespire 4.8 being the latest in the series, packed with some of the latest software updates and security fixes. Freespire 4.8 is the latest version and it's recommended for new installations.

"Freespire is released bi-annually and showcases the best of the FOSS and KDE communities. Freespire is the best, most usable FOSS only based distribution in the world today," said Roberto J. Dohnert. "While Freespire 4.8 is an incremental release, it has a ton of new features and enhancements that we normally reserve for a major release."

Here's what's new in Freespire 4.8

Highlights of the Freespire 4.8 release include the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.12... (read more)

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Anime studio, Khara, is planning to use open-source Blender software

The open-source 3D creation software, Blender, will be picked up by the Japanese anime studio, Khara. It’ll begin partially using the software for its current development ‘EVANGELION:3.0+1.0’ but will make the full switch once that project is finished. The current project is expected to end in June next year, so after that point, its employees will start using Blender for the majority of their work. At the moment, Khara uses 3ds Max from Autodesk on a subscription basis; however, the company found that it had to reach out to small and medium-sized businesses for its projects. Due to the limitations of those companies, it’s harder for them to afford 3ds Max. By switching to Blender, Khara says it can work better with external firms. Read more

FOSS From Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

  • Australian Signals Directorate open sources data analysis tool

    The security agency described Constellation as a NetBeans Java application that can be “used to inform decision making and advance data-driven innovation”. The source code has been released under the Apache License 2.0.

  • ASD makes in-house data analysis app open source

    The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has released an open source version of its in-house data visualisation and analysis tool, Constellation, connecting the security agency with the outer world.

    The tool — which is available via GitHub — was designed to help “inform decision-making and advance data-driven innovation” and can be used to “solve large and complex problems in a simple and intuitive way”, according to the agency.

Today in Techrights

today's leftovers: OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, Fedora Program Management, Security and More

  • Dominique Leuenberger: openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2019/33

    Week 2019/33 ‘only’ saw three snapshots being published (3 more were given to openQA but discarded).

  • FPgM report: 2019-33

    Here’s your report of what has happened in Fedora Program Management this week. I have weekly office hours in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. (Just not this week because I will be traveling)

  • Security updates for Friday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (freetype, libreoffice, and openjdk-7), Fedora (edk2, mariadb, mariadb-connector-c, mariadb-connector-odbc, python-django, and squirrelmail), Gentoo (chromium, cups, firefox, glibc, kconfig, libarchive, libreoffice, oracle-jdk-bin, polkit, proftpd, sqlite, wget, zeromq, and znc), openSUSE (bzip2, chromium, dosbox, evince, gpg2, icedtea-web, java-11-openjdk, java-1_8_0-openjdk, kconfig, kdelibs4, mariadb, mariadb-connector-c, nodejs8, pdns, polkit, python, subversion, and vlc), Oracle (ghostscript and kernel), Red Hat (mysql:8.0 and subversion:1.10), SUSE (389-ds, libvirt and libvirt-python, and openjpeg2), and Ubuntu (nginx).

  • A compendium of container escapes

    My name is Brandon Edwards, I’m Chief Scientist at Capsule8. Today we’ll be talking about a compendium of container escapes in the podcast. We’ve previously talked about escaping containers and the sorts of vulnerabilities people should be concerned with a while back. In particular we’re discussing how the RunC vulnerability had engendered all this interest, or concern, or almost shock, the trust the people are placing in containers was broken. Oh wow, an escape could happen! I think it’s really valuable to be able to communicate and show all the other ways that that sort of thing can happen, either from misconfiguration, or over granting privileges, or providing host mounts into the container, or having kernel vulnerabilities that could somehow compromise any of the elements of the security model of container, which is both fragile and complex.

  • Apollo data graph brings managed federation to enterprises

    Data graph vendor Apollo is aiming to help overcome several obstacles to enterprises using graph databases with its latest Apollo Data Graph Platform update, which became generally available on July 16. Among the key new features in the platform are federated management capabilities that enable more scalability across different GraphQL data graph instances. GraphQL is an open source query language for APIs, originally created by Facebook that is used to enable data graph capabilities.