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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)

Linux Mint 17 Reached End of Life, Users Urged to Upgrade to Linux Mint 18 or 19

Monday 6th of May 2019 01:05:00 PM
In the latest monthly newsletter, the leader of the Linux Mint project reminded the community that the Linux Mint 17.x series has reached end of life and will no longer be supported with security or software updates.

Released on May 31st, 2014, the Linux Mint 17 operating system series was an LTS (Long Term Support) version that received security patches and software updates for five long years. It comprised of a total of four releases, including Linux Mint 17 "Qiana", Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca", Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela", and Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa".

The Linux Mint 17 series was based on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series, which recently reached end of life. While Canonical is continuing to support Ubuntu 14.04 installations through its commercial ... (read more)

Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Reached End of Life, Upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Now

Monday 6th of May 2019 12:53:00 PM
Canonical announced that the Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) operating system series has reached end of life and it will no longer be supported unless you purchase a commercial offering called ESM (Extended Security Maintenance).

Released on April 17th, 2014, the Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) was an LTS (Long Term Support) version supported with security and software updates, as well as regular maintenance releases (the last one being Ubuntu 14.04.6, released on March 5th, 2019) for a total of five years, until April 25th, 2019, when Canonical announced the availability of the extended maintenance support.

"Ubuntu 14.04 LTS basic support has ended. No more package updates will be accepted to the 14.04 primary archive, and any subsequent support will be done via Extended Security Maintenance," said Adam Conrad in an email announcement. "Over the coming weeks, various images will be archived, and the primary archive will be copied to old-releases."

Users urged to up... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.1 Officially Released, Here's What's New

Monday 6th of May 2019 01:43:00 AM
Linus Torvalds has announced today the release of the Linux 5.1 kernel series, a featureful kernel branch that brings lots of great additions, as well as improvements to existing features.

After one and a half months in development, the Linux 5.1 kernel  series is finally here, and we can tell you all about its new features and enhancements. First and foremost, we'd like to remind everyone out there attempting to grab and install Linux kernel 5.1 that this isn't a long-term supported branch, so you better stick with your current LTS kernel instead.

"The past week has been pretty calm, and the final patch from rc6 is not all that big," said Linus Torvalds in a mailing list announcement. "On the whole, 5.1 looks very normal with just over 13k commits (plus another 1k+ if you count merges). Which is pretty much our normal size these days. No way to boil that down to a sane shortlog, with work al... (read more)

Linux Apps Getting Major Improvements in Chrome OS 74

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 08:22:00 AM
Google has released Chrome 74 with a long list of improvements, and one of the key changes concerns the way the platform gets along with Linux apps.

Beginning with this version, Linux apps can finally output audio on ChromeOS, so Google managed to resolve one of the biggest issues with its Linux implementation in the operating system.

Google says the same release includes USB camera support for the Android Camera app, which technically means that you are able to use any USB webcam with the official Camera app on Android.

ChromeOS 74 also introduces support for new files and folders in the “My files” local root, as well as deeper integration with Google by allowing users to see their most recent apps and searchers by simply clicking the search box.

Security improvements

The new release comes with significant improvements in terms of accessibility, as this has become one of the key focuses for Google as part of the ChromeOS development. Starting w... (read more)

Android 9 Pie OS for Raspberry Pi 3 Gets Yalp Store and Evie Launcher

Tuesday 30th of April 2019 07:45:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his RaspAnd Pie operating system, which lets you run Android 9 Pie on your Raspberry Pi computer, to add a few much-needed improvements.

The RaspAnd Pie Build 190429 is here a month and a half after the first release that brought Google's latest Android 9 Pie mobile operating system to the tiny Raspberry Pi computers, which, unfortunately, did not ship with Google Play Store, though you could install Android apps via the Aptoide package manager.

The new release adds Yalp Store, a replacement for Google Play Store that lets you install Android apps directly from Google Play Store in the APK file format. You don't even need to have a Google account to install Android apps, except if you want to install paid apps or access your owned apps or write reviews.

"Y... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.10 to Be Released on October 17th, Now Open for Development

Tuesday 30th of April 2019 05:12:00 PM
Canonical announced today that the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 operating system is now officially open for development, giving us a first glimpse of what to expect from the final release this fall.

Following the daily build ISO images, which were seeded to public testers last week, Ubuntu 19.10 has officially entered development with the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 9 series as default system-wide compiler, as well was Python 3.7 as default Python implementation with Python 3.8 available in the repositories.

The ICU (International Components for Unicode) package will also be bumped to version 64.2 or newer in the development cycle of Ubuntu 19.10, the Boost libraries to version 1.70 or newer, and the Glibc (GNU C Library) to version 2.30, which shou... (read more)

Purism Announces Librem One Privacy-Focused Software Suite for Android and iOS

Tuesday 30th of April 2019 03:30:00 PM
Purism, the company behind the Librem laptops and phone powered by a Linux-based operating system, announced today a privacy-focused suite of applications for Android, iOS, and Linux platforms.

Tired of the privacy issues with the big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple, Purism decided to launch a suite of apps that truly respects user's privacy, doesn't track users' activity, do not show ads, nor analyze or sell your data. The Librem One suite aims to offers alternatives to your most used apps on iOS and Android.

Librem One currently consists of an end-to-end encrypted chat app, end-to-end encrypted email client, end-to-end encrypted VPN solution, as well as a social network platform for everyone. In the near future, the Librem One suite will also include end-to-end encrypted cloud storage, payments, and phone service for the upcoming Librem 5 Linux phone by Purism.

"With all the recent news surrounding the privacy problems of Google, Apple, Facebook,... (read more)

Fedora 30 Released with GNOME 3.32 and Linux Kernel 5.0, Here's What's New

Tuesday 30th of April 2019 02:40:00 PM
The Fedora Project announced today the final release of the long-anticipated Fedora 30 Linux-based operating system for personal computers.

After more than six months in development, the Fedora Linux 30 operating system is finally here to give fans access to some of the latest and greatest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software. Besides up-to-date components, Fedora 30 comes with many new features, optimizations, and several other improvements for a richer Fedora Linux experience.

There are some great additions in Fedora 30, such as the ability to install the Deepin and Pantheon desktop environments alongside existing and renowned flavours like GNOME, KDE Plasma, Xfce, LXQt, MATE, Cinnamon, and others. Of course, Fedora 30 ships with the latest GNOME 3.32 and KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environments, and it's powered by Linux kernel 5.0, GCC 9, Bash 5.0, and PHP 7.3.

DNF improvements, supp... (read more)

More in Tux Machines

Events: LibreOffice Conference 2020, MariaDB's Thomas Boyd and Upcoming Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit

  • LibreOffice Conference 2020 Proposals

    The Document Foundation has received two different proposals for the organization of LibOCon 2020 from the Turkish and German communities. When this has happened in the past, in 2012 (Berlin vs Zaragoza) and 2013 (Milan vs Montreal), TDF Members have been asked to decide by casting their vote. This document provides an outline of the two proposals, which are attached in their original format.

  • Thomas Boyd Discusses Which Open Source Database is the Best Fit for the Business

    The world's largest and most innovative businesses are turning to enterprise open source databases for mission-critical applications, with the most popular open source relational databases being MariaDB, MySQL, and Postgres. However, while all three of these databases are open source, mature, and available in enterprise editions, there are significant differences between them — both in terms of application development as well as database administration and operations. DBTA recently held a webinar featuring Thomas Boyd, director of technical marketing, MariaDB Corporation, who discussed the differences between MariaDB, MySQL, and Postgres. [...] EnterpriseDB is heap only while MySQL and MariaDB offer InnoDB, Columnar, Aria, MyRocks, and more.

  • Open Source Summit welcomes Platform9 experts

    Cloud-native experts share tips and practical learnings for Kubernetes in the enterprise, Kubernetes on bare metal or with stateful MySQL databases, and optimizing the cost and performance of Serverless applications.

  • Transform Your Career: Attend Open Source Summit North America this August in San Diego

    For the last decade, The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit has proven to be invaluable for attendees.  A 2018 participant recently wrote an article on OpenSource.com stating “Last August, I arrived at the Vancouver Convention Centre to give a lightning talk and speak on a panel at Open Source Summit North America 2018. It’s no exaggeration to say that this conference—and applying to speak at it—transformed my career.” We encourage you to read the article and discover why attending Open Source Summit can be a game changer for you as well.

OSS Leftovers

  • Intervalometerator: Open Source Code for a Remote Timelapse DSLR

    Want to set up a remote DSLR for shooting a time-lapse? The Intervalometerator (AKA ‘intvlm8r’) is an open-source intervalometer that can help you do so at minimal hardware cost (as long as you’re comfortable tinkering with hardware and software). Created by Sydney-based coder Greig Sheridan and his photographer partner Rocky over the course of a year, the Intervalometerator is designed to be both cheap and easy to build with familiar tools and using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontrollers. “My partner and I have been working for over twelve months now on an intervalometer in order to shoot a DSLR-based time-lapse of the construction of our friends’ home in NZ,” Sheridan tells PetaPixel. “It was at the time a seemingly clever idea for a house-warming present, but it grew like tribbles to consume an incredible amount of effort).

  • Open Source Tools & Framework: Microservices Perspective
  • Open Source flexiWAN SD-WAN Software Beta Ships
  • Agile and open source can complement each other

    Despite the growing popularity of both Agile development and open-source practices, it’s not often that they come up in the same conversation. When these two concepts do intersect, it’s often to highlight the contradicting viewpoints that these two models supposedly represent. While there are core differences, Agile doesn’t have to be the enemy of open source—in fact, I would argue the opposite.

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Twilio CLI

    In an effort to help its developers be more productive, Twilio has announced the beta version of Twilio CLI. It is an open-source command line interface that enables developers to access Twilio through their command prompt. “It’s hard to beat the flexibility and power that a CLI provides at development time. Until now, there was no CLI designed for typical communications requirements,” Ashley Roach, the product manager for developer interfaces at Twilio, wrote in a post.

  • Using open source in your enterprise? What to look out for

    According to Statista, the open source market was valued at $11.4 billion in 2017 and is estimated to grow to $32.95 billion by 2022, showing it has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. Founded on the belief that collaboration and cooperation build better software, open source sounds closer to a utopian dream than to the cold digital world of programming. Research showed that open source code takes over proprietary one in applications at 57%. This has numerous benefits, such as speeding up the software development process or creating more effective and innovative software. For example, open source frontend development frameworks, such as Angular, are often found in custom web apps, which allows companies to get their products to market at ever-increasing rates. In addition, companies tend to engage open source when at the cusp of technological innovation, especially when it comes to AR, blockchain, IoT, and AI.

  • Open Source Technology: What's It All About?

    To understand how open source works, it is important to appreciate where it all began. The very idea behind its inception isn’t exactly a new one. It’s been adopted by scientists for decades. Let’s imagine a scientist working on a project to develop a cure for an illness. If this scientist only published the results and kept the methods a secret, this would undoubtedly inhibit scientific discovery and further research in this area. On the other hand, teaming up with other researchers and making results and methodologies visible allows for greater and faster innovation. This is the premise from which open source was originally born. Open source refers to software that has an open source code so it can be viewed, modified for a particular need, and importantly, shared (under license). One of the first well known open source initiatives was developed in 1998 by Netscape, which released its Navigator browser as free software and demonstrated the benefits of taking an open source approach. Since then, there have been a number of pivotal moments in open source history that have shaped the technology industry as we know it today. Nowadays, some of the latest technology you use on a daily basis, like your smartphone or laptop, will have been built using open source software. [...] Recent research found that 60 percent of organizations are already using open source software. Many businesses are realizing the benefits that the technology can bring in relation to driving innovation and reducing costs. This in turn is seeing a growing number of organizations integrate open source into their IT operations or even building entire businesses around it. With emerging technologies such as cloud, AI and machine learning only driving this adoption further, open source will continue to play a central and growing role throughout the technology landscape.

  • How to Take Your Open Source Project from Good to Great

    Whether or not you expect anyone to contribute to your project, you should be prepared for the possibility of others wanting to help your cause. And when that happens, your contributing guide will show those helpers exactly how they can get involved. This guide, usually in the form of a CONTRIBUTING.md file, should include information on how one should submit a pull request or open an issue for your project and what kinds of help you’re looking for (bug fixes, design direction, feature requests, etc.).

  • ForgeRock Delivers Open Source IoT Edge Controller for Device Identity

    According to a recent announcement, ForgeRock, a platform provider of digital identity management solutions, has launched its IoT Edge Controller, which is designed to provide consumer and industrial manufacturers the ability to deliver trusted identity at the device level.

  • Browser Settings Too Complex? Let Firefox Handle That for You

    Firefox SVP David Camp doesn't want internet users wasting time 'understanding how the internet is watching you.'

  • Exclusive: Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on what’s next for Tumblr

    It’s been a long and winding road for Tumblr, the blogging site that launched a thousand writing careers. It sold to Yahoo for $1.1 billion in 2013, then withered as Yahoo sold itself to AOL, AOL sold itself to Verizon, and Verizon realized it was a phone company after all. Through all that, the site’s fierce community hung on: it’s still Taylor Swift’s go-to social media platform, and fandoms of all kinds have homes there. Verizon sold Tumblr for a reported $3 million this week, a far cry from the billion-dollar valuation it once had. But to Verizon’s credit, it chose to sell Tumblr to Automattic, the company behind WordPress, the publishing platform that runs some 34 percent of the world’s websites. Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg thinks the future of Tumblr is bright. He wants the platform to bring back the best of old-school blogging, reinvented for mobile and connected to Tumblr’s still-vibrant community, and he’s retaining all 200 Tumblr employees to build that future. It’s the most exciting vision for Tumblr in years. Matt joined Verge reporter Julia Alexander and me on a special Vergecast interview episode to chat about the deal, how it came together, what Automattic’s plans for Tumblr look like, and whether Tumblr might become an open-source project, like WordPress itself. (“That would be pretty cool,” said Matt.) Oh, and that porn ban.

Apache: Self Assessment and Security

  • The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Annual Report for 2019 Fiscal Year

    The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of the annual report for its 2019 fiscal year, which ended 30 April 2019.

  • Open Source at the ASF: A Year in Numbers

    332 active projects, 71 million lines of code changed, 7,000+ committers… The Apache Software Foundation has published its annual report for fiscal 2019. The hub of a sprawling, influential open source community, the ASF remains in rude good health, despite challenges this year including the need for “an outsized amount of effort” dealing with trademark infringements, and “some in the tech industry trying to exploit the goodwill earned by the larger Open Source community.” [...] The ASF names 10 “platinum” sponsors: AWS, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, the Pineapple Fund, Tencent Cloud, and Verizon Media

  • Apache Software Foundation Is Worth $20 Billion

    Yes, Apache is worth $20 billion by its own valuation of the software it offers for free. But what price can you realistically put on open source code? If you only know the name Apache in connection with the web server then you are missing out on some interesting software. The Apache Software Foundation ASF, grew out of the Apache HTTP Server project in 1999 with the aim of furthering open source software. It provides a licence, the Apache licence, a decentralized governance and requires projects to be licensed to the ASF so that it can protect the intellectual property rights.

  • Apache Security Advisories Red Flag Wrong Versions in Patching Gaffe

    Researchers have pinpointed errors in two dozen Apache Struts security advisories, which warn users of vulnerabilities in the popular open-source web app development framework. They say that the security advisories listed incorrect versions impacted by the vulnerabilities. The concern from this research is that security administrators in companies using the actual impacted versions would incorrectly think that their versions weren’t affected – and would thus refrain from applying patches, said researchers with Synopsys who made the discovery, Thursday. “The real question here from this research is whether there remain unpatched versions of the newly disclosed versions in production scenarios,” Tim Mackey, principal security strategist for the Cybersecurity Research Center at Synopsys, told Threatpost. “In all cases, the Struts community had already issued patches for the vulnerabilities so the patches exist, it’s just a question of applying them.”

Google and Android Code

  • Google releases source code for I/O 2019 app with Android Q gesture nav, dark theme

    The Google I/O companion app for Android often takes advantage of the latest design stylings and OS features. It demoed Android Q’s gesture navigation and dark theme this year, with the company today releasing the I/O 2019 source code.

  • Introducing Coil, an open-source Android image loading library backed by Kotlin Coroutines

    Yesterday, Colin White, a Senior Android Engineer at Instacart, introduced Coroutine Image Loader (Coil). It is a fast, lightweight, and modern image loading library for Android backed by Kotlin.

  • Google open-sources Live Transcribe’s speech engine

    Google today open-sourced the speech engine that powers its Android speech recognition transcription tool Live Transcribe. The company hopes doing so will let any developer deliver captions for long-form conversations. The source code is available now on GitHub. Google released Live Transcribe in February. The tool uses machine learning algorithms to turn audio into real-time captions. Unlike Android’s upcoming Live Caption feature, Live Transcribe is a full-screen experience, uses your smartphone’s microphone (or an external microphone), and relies on the Google Cloud Speech API. Live Transcribe can caption real-time spoken words in over 70 languages and dialects. You can also type back into it — Live Transcribe is really a communication tool. The other main difference: Live Transcribe is available on 1.8 billion Android devices. (When Live Caption arrives later this year, it will only work on select Android Q devices.)