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Kids Using Kali Linux Are the Next-Generation Hackers, UK Police Warn

Saturday 15th of February 2020 06:48:00 AM
A poster created by the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU) and also featuring the logo of UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) warns that the kids using software like Tor Browser, Kali Linux, Discover, and Metasploit could be the next-generation hackers.

The warning was published online by Twitter user G_IW and obviously generated an avalanche of reactions from the WWW, many of which criticized the British police for what they consider to be disinformation.

“If you see any of these on their computer, or have ea child you think is hacking, let us know so we can give advice and engage them into positive diversions,” the warning reads.

The software which the police say could be used for bad purposes includes Tor Browser, virtual machines, Kali Linux, WiFi Pineapple, Discord, and Metasploit.

The team behind Kali Linux, a Linux distribution that’s mostly supposed to be used for penetration... (read more)

Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu 18.04.4 LTS Now Available for Download

Thursday 13th of February 2020 05:53:00 AM
Canonical has recently announced a new long-term support version of Ubuntu for desktop, server, and cloud, all running on Linux Kernel 5.3

Known as Bionic Beaver, Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS comes alongside all the other flavors that are based on this system, including Kubuntu and Xubuntu (you can find the full list, along with links to their release notes, in the box after the jump).

Just as expected, the new release comes with all the patches and security fixes included in the latest updates, and given it’s an LTS version, it’s specifically focused on stability and compatibility going forward.

Five years of maintenance updates

“Like previous LTS series, 18.04.4 includes hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware. This support is offered on all architectures and is installed by default when using one of the desktop images,” the Ubuntu team explains.

“As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated installation media has been pr... (read more)

One More Linux Distro Tries to Convince Windows Users to Make the Switch

Wednesday 12th of February 2020 07:38:00 AM
With Windows 7 already discontinued, it kind of makes sense for Linux operating systems to go after Microsoft users, and in addition to Canonical and several others, the Freespire developers also attempt to convince some to make the switch.

The team has recently released Freespire 6.0 running the MATE desktop, with the KDE version coming soon.

“This release is our FOSS solution, with no binary-only drivers or multimedia codecs included and strictly Libre applications. Freespire is released bi-annually and showcases the best that the open-source community has to offer. Our users enjoy a multitude of different desktops - for this release we are releasing the MATE desktop first; KDE comes next, keep an eye out for it,” the Freespire devs explain.

The new version comes with MATE 1.20 and kernel version 5.3.0-28 and includes the Chromium web browser and Abiword.

Moving to Linuxread more)

Goodbye, Windows: Another Government Plans En-Masse Transition to Linux

Tuesday 11th of February 2020 05:59:00 AM
The South Korean government is looking into an en-masse migration from Windows 7 to Linux, and according to local reports, the officials are eyeing the adoption of three different operating systems across various agencies.

Windows 7 reached the end of support on January 14 this year, and now the government wants to avoid upgrading to Windows 10 in order to cut licensing costs, but also to reduce reliance on Microsoft.

One report indicates that the strategy is to complete the migration to Linux by 2026, at which point Linux should be powering devices that are used for Internet access. If Windows continues to power any computers, they must be used for intranet services, meaning they would be isolated from the rest of the network where access from the outside is available.

The Korean Postal Service will move from Windows 7 to TMaxOS, a Linux-b... (read more)

KDE Applications Start Conquering the Windows 10 World

Tuesday 11th of February 2020 04:50:00 AM
There was a time when Windows and Linux were considered fierce rivals and the two really couldn’t stand each other, but Windows 10 stepped in to change everything.

Not only that it’s now possible to run Linux on top of Windows 10, but a lot of Linux apps are also migrating to the world of Windows 10 for a cross-platform experience.

KDE applications are particularly popular on Windows 10, as several are already available from the Microsoft Store, and more recently, another big name landed on Microsoft’s operating system promising the same experience as on Linux.

Elisa, which is “a modern and beautiful music player made with love by KDE,” as the official description published in the store reads, is now up for grabs from the Microsoft Store, of course with a free license. The app is obviously open source, and it’s supposed to read pretty much any audio files on a Windows 10 device, just like its Linux sibling.

Kate and Okular leading the Windows pushread more)

Elementary OS to Build the Next-Generation Linux App Store

Monday 10th of February 2020 10:01:00 AM
The AppCenter ecosystem is projected to receive a massive upgrade in elementary OS if a new Indiegogo fundraising campaign proves to be successful.

And by the looks of things, it’s all just a matter of time until elementary Inc. raises the necessary $10,000 for “bringing together a team from around the world to work together in person for a week-long sprint in Denver, Colorado.”

Basically, what elementary wants is cover the expenses of the people making this happen, as it paves the way for the next-generation Linux app store.

The team working on the project include developers from Endless, Flathub, and GNOME, and elementary says the help it receives from these groups is essential for the future of the AppCenter.

“With AppCenter and Flatpak, apps will be installed per user and won’t require advanced permissions to download; so you won’t have to type your password anymore to get apps or their updates,” it says on the read more)

elementary OS 5.1.2 Hera ISO Images Officially Released

Thursday 6th of February 2020 07:00:00 AM
New elementary OS ISOs are now available for download, as the developing team has published the official images for version 5.1.2.

“The release of elementary OS 5.1 Hera marked the first time we built the stable ISO for elementary OS via our new, completely open source pipeline. With the new process, it has become much easier to tag and release incremental builds of the OS, and consequently today we’ve released a new spin of the 5.1 ISO,” Keli Grubb, elementary OS developer, said today.

The new ISO images obviously come with lots of improvements, including all the updates that were part of the January 2020 release.

For example, this new version comes with Code 3.2, Terminal version 5.5.1, Files, and System Settings refinements, so using these ISOs for a clean install provides you with the latest release of elementary OS.

Latest sudo patch also included

Additionally, the dev team says you’ll also get hardware and security updates, including the c... (read more)

Canonical Really Wants Windows 7 Users to Install Ubuntu

Wednesday 5th of February 2020 10:07:00 AM
Windows 7 officially reached the end of support on January 14, so users still running this version should now be looking for a new operating system, which can be either Windows or non-Windows.

When it comes to the latter, the Linux world has long been recommended as a possible destination for Windows 7 users, with many anticipating an influx of Linux adopters once the 2009 Microsoft operating system is retired.

Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu, obviously wants to benefit from this potential en-masse migration, so in the last few weeks, the company has been publishing several articles to explain “why you should upgrade Windows 7 to Ubuntu” and to highlight the hardware and software considerations when planning to switch to Ubuntu.

How to upgrade to Ubuntu

This week, Canonical published a super-detailed tutorial for the migration from Windows 7 to Ubuntu, providing an impressive amount of information for every little step that someone who’s been usin... (read more)

Ten-Year-Old Sudo Bug Giving Root Privileges to Any User Gets a Fix

Wednesday 5th of February 2020 07:32:00 AM
A ten-year-old sudo vulnerability that exposed Linux and macOS allowed any user to obtain root privileges has finally been patched with the release of version 1.8.31.

The security flaw resides in the pwfeedback option, which is enabled by default on distros like Linux Mint and elementary OS. Because of the bug, any user can trigger a stack-based buffer overflow even if they aren’t listed in the sudoers file.

The vulnerability exists in versions 1.7.1 to 1.8.25p1, but versions 1.8.26 through 1.8.30 can be abused because they include changes in EOF handling that block such an exploit. Sudo 1.7.1 was released on April 19, 2009, while the first patch version (1.8.26) landed on September 17, 2019, so the bug is about 10 years old.

Patch already available

Version 1.8.31 includes a patch to block the exploit, but if installing this latest release isn’t possible, disabling p... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.4 Released with New Features, Performance Improvements

Thursday 30th of January 2020 07:52:00 AM
LibreOffice 6.4 is now live on all supported platforms, bringing a long list of new features, but also performance optimizations and further compatibility improvements for Microsoft Office document formats.

The new version includes a QR code generator, which technically makes it easier for users to add QR codes in their documents. The QR codes can then be scanned with a mobile phone for links and other information.

The Document Foundation says it has also focused on improving consistency across the entire suite, so it updated the hyperlink context menus to display the same options regardless of the app you’re using. So beginning with this release, there are four hyperlink options, namely Open Hyperlink, Edit Hyperlink, Copy Hyperlink Location and Remove Hyperlink.

LibreOffice 6.4 also comes with an updated help section which now includes localized screenshots. There are also “more precise” search results, TDF promises, so it’s easier to find assistant for a specif... (read more)

Kali Linux 2020.1 Now Available for Download

Wednesday 29th of January 2020 05:14:00 AM
Kali Linux 2020.1 is now live with a long list of improvements, including the highly-anticipated non-root by default that’s supposed to add an extra layer of security by using a standard unprivileged user.

Beginning with this release, if you run the live version of Kali, both the default user and password are “kali.” On the other hand, if you install the distro, you are prompted to create a non-root user with administrative privileges.

“Tools that we identify as needing root access, as well as common administrative functions such as starting/stopping services, will interactively ask for administrative privileges (at least when started from the Kali menu),” the dev team explains.

Three Kali Linux images now offered to users

Kali now comes with a single installer image, which can be used to deploy the OS without a network connection if the default package selection is used. However, there will be two more images available for download in addition t... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.5 “Kleptomaniac Octopus” Officially Launched

Tuesday 28th of January 2020 06:38:00 AM
Linus Torvalds has officially released Linux kernel 5.5 according to the original schedule, despite the delays that were expected due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Codenamed Kleptomaniac Octopus, the new Linux release comes with a series of major improvements, including full Raspberry Pi 4 and Chromebook Wake-On-Voice support.

“Despite the slight worry that the holidays might have affected the schedule, 5.5 ended up with the regular rc cadence and is out now,” Linus Torvalds announced.

Furthermore, the new Linux kernel introduces AMD GPU overclocking, which is one of the most anticipated improvements especially as Linux is pushing harder in the gaming ecosystem, as well as full support for the newly-released and the upcoming Intel chipsets.

Linux 5.6 on its way

There are additional improvements for virtual machines running o... (read more)

Canonical Kills Off Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo)

Friday 24th of January 2020 06:26:00 AM
Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) has officially reached the end of support on January 23, 2020, approximately 9 months after its public launch. Users are obviously recommended to upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10 to benefit from bug fixes and security updates going forward.

As we told you earlier this month, Ubuntu installations aren’t the only ones affected by the retirement of Disco Dingo, but also other distros based on the same release, including here the likes of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu.

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) is the recommended upgrade for all users, Canonical says in a security advisory published this week.

“As of today (Jan 23, 2020), Ubuntu 19.04 is no longer supported. No more package updates will be accepte... (read more)

Wine 5.0 Officially Released with Multi-Monitor and Vulkan 1.1 Support, More

Tuesday 21st of January 2020 06:50:00 PM
Big news today for Linux gamers and ex-Windows users as the final release of the Wine 5.0 software is now officially available for download with numerous new features and improvements.

After being in development for more than one year, Wine 5.0 is finally here with a lot of enhancements, starting with support for multi-monitor configurations, the reimplementation of the XAudio2 low-level audio API, Vulkan 1.1.126 support, as well as built-in modules in PE (Portable Executable) format.

"This release is dedicated to the memory of Józef Kucia, who passed away in August 2019 at the young age of 30. Józef was a major contributor to Wine's Direct3D implementation, and the lead developer of the vkd3d project. His skills and his kindness are sorely missed by all of us," reads today's announcement.

Improvements to Windows games

Wine 5.0 also brings improvements to numerous Windows games, so Linux gamers... (read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 Enters Beta with Enhanced User Experience, More

Tuesday 21st of January 2020 04:04:00 PM
Red Hat announced today the availability of the beta version of the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 operating system, the second maintenance update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 series.

Packed with six months' worth of updates and bug fixes, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 promises to enhance the user experience by implementing a new way for both new and existing users to register a Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription, directly from the installer. As such, users won't have to perform a YUM update after installation to confirm the subscription.

"Additionally, Red Hat Insights, Red Hat's proactive management analytics service that helps to keep RHEL systems running at a high level, can be enabled during the installation process. This capability delivers Insights monitoring immediately after the installation is finished," said Red Hat.

Furthermore, Red Hat Ente... (read more)

Canonical Announces Anbox Cloud, Ubuntu-Powered Scalable Android in the Cloud

Tuesday 21st of January 2020 08:01:01 AM
Canonical announced today a new product aimed at enterprises, allowing them to distribute Android applications at scale from the cloud.

Meet Anbox Cloud, a new platform developed by Canonical to conternize Android workloads as a guest operating system for the distribution of Android mobile apps at a scale directly from a cloud provider. As its name implies, Anbox Cloud is based on the Anbox technology, a free and open-source compatibility layer that allows Android apps to run on GNU/Linux distributions.

Based on the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS kernel, Anbox Cloud takes advantage of Canonical's secure and isolated LXD system containers to offer a more lightweight alternative to emulating Android in virtual machines. Anbox Cloud also uses Canonical's MAAS (Metal as a Service) for remote infrastructure provisioning and Juju for easy deployment and management at reduced operational costs.

"Driven by emerging 5G networks and edge computing, millions of users will benefit from acc... (read more)

GParted 1.1 Open-Source Partition Editor Is Out with Various Enhancements, Fixes

Monday 20th of January 2020 09:52:00 PM
GParted, the open-source partition editor used by numerous Linux-based live systems to help users partition their disk drives before installing the OS, has been updated today to version 1.1.0.

Curtis Gedak released GParted 1.1.0, a maintenance update aiming to include enhancements, bug fixes, as well as translation updates. Highlights include the adoption of faster minfo and mdir to read FAT16 and FAT32 usage, and the ability to calculate the size of JFS partitions more accurately.

Moreover, this release adds support for recognizing ATARAID members, as well as to detect their busy status, and improves the moving of locked LUKS-encrypted partition. The xvfb-run dependency has been added and it's required for the "make check" and "make distcheck" commands during compilation.

Bug fixes

Of course, GParted 1.1.0 also addresses various issues reported by users or discovered by the development team since the last release. Among the bugs fixed, we can me... (read more)

AMD Zen 3 Microcode Spotted in the Linux Kernel

Monday 20th of January 2020 06:47:00 AM
AMD Zen 3 microcode has recently been spotted in the Linux kernel, months ahead of the expected launch of this new line of processors.

The discovery was shared on Twitter by @KOMACHI_ENSAKA, who says the new code is linked with EDAC, or Error Detection and Correction.

By the looks of things, the Linux kernel is updated to support the AMD Family 19h processors, which represents the new Zen 3-based chip family.

As the leaker notes, AMD 17h series can still be used, as they’re already supported – Family 17h is the existing AMD Zen 2 series.

Possible launch at Computex?

While this new report is without a doubt good news for the Linux ecosystem, it’s also a sign that we’re getting closer to the public unveiling of AMD Zen 3.

Official details on the launch date are still very limited, as AMD has remained rather tight-lipped on any specifics. However, the company did confirm t... (read more)

Manjaro Linux Laptop with 10th Gen Intel Chips to Launch as “Dell XPS 13 Killer”

Monday 20th of January 2020 05:55:00 AM
Tuxedo Computers has teased new laptops coming with high-end specs, including an AMD Ryzen model that would specifically be aimed at competing against Dell XPS 13.

Manjaro Lead Project Developer Philip Müller confirmed in an interview with Forbes that a partnership with Tuxedo Computers will bring us several new Linux laptops powered by Intel’s 10th Generation Core i7 chips.

In essence updated versions of the InfinityBook Pro 15 model, the Manjaro-powered laptops will boast a maximum of 64GB RAM and feature 2TB SSD storage thanks to a Samsung EVO Plus NVMe drive.

Like several other Tuxedo Computers, all devices support aftermarket upgrades without losing warranty.

“All devices have a maintenance-friendly design. Depending on the model, the essential hardware components such as processor, drive, hard disks, RAM, WIFI mod... (read more)

PinePhone, the $149 Linux Phone, Has Started Shipping for the Brave of Heart

Friday 17th of January 2020 11:08:00 PM
The long-anticipated PinePhone Linux-powered smartphone has finally started shipping to customers who were brave enough to purchase the first batch.

The PinePhone Linux phone has been available for pre-order since mid-November 2019, and those who bought one paid as low as $149 USD for the device, which doesn't ship with an operating system preinstalled. After a bit of delay, the PinePhone is now finally shipping to customers, starting today, January 17th.

"We’re now ready and I am happy to confirm that PinePhones will begin shipping on January 17th, 2020," said PINE64's Lukasz Erecinski. "The dispatch process will take a couple of days, however, so your unit may ship anytime between the 17th and 25th. At any rate, you’ll have your PinePhone soon."

What you need to know about the PinePhone Braveheart Editionread more)