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Canonical Releases Updated Ubuntu Images for All Supported Raspberry Pi Boards

Monday 9th of December 2019 04:27:00 PM
Canonical released today updated Ubuntu images for all supported Raspberry Pi single board computers with out-of-the-box USB ports functionality and various bug fixes.

Last month, Canonical pledged to fully support its popular Ubuntu Linux operating system on all Raspberry Pi boards, including Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3, and the latest Raspberry Pi 4 model. Ubuntu 19.10 shipped with a Linux kernel bug blocking the use of USB ports out of the box in the official arm64 image on the Raspberry Pi 4 SBC with 4GB RAM.

Today, the company released updated Ubuntu images for all supported Raspberry Pi single board computers to fix the said bug and provide users with fully functional USB ports for the 4GB RAM version of the Raspberry Pi 4 board. Most probably, the updated Raspberry Pi image also contains other bug fixes and... (read more)

Canonical Needs Your Help to Improve Ubuntu, Take the Ubuntu 20.04 Survey Now

Monday 9th of December 2019 03:26:00 PM
Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, have published today a survey to encourage the community to contribute suggestions and ideas to make future Ubuntu releases even better than before.

Dubbed Focal Fossa, Ubuntu 20.04 will be the next LTS (Long Term  Support) series of Ubuntu Linux, due for release in April 2020. Development kicked off officially back in October, and daily build ISOs are already available for public testing, but Canonical now asks the entire community for feedback to make Ubuntu 20.04 LTS the release of their dreams and also shape future Ubuntu releases.

"Today, we would like to ask our broader community for similar feedb... (read more)

First Look: Ubuntu Cinnamon, Beautiful Remix Worthy of Becoming Official Flavor

Monday 9th of December 2019 02:49:00 PM
A Cinnamon flavor of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system is now finally available in a usable state for mass adoption, so we decided to have a first look and show you what the fuss is all about.

As we reported over the weekend, Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix has seen its first ever release as an unofficial Ubuntu Cinnamon flavor featuring the beautiful and modern Cinnamon desktop environment, which is developed and maintained by the developers of the Linux Mint distribution.

To make things clear, Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix is called a "remix" because it's not yet an official flavor recognized by Canonical, but we believe it has all the odds to become an official Ubuntu flavor. However, this doesn't mean you won't get all the benefits of Ubuntu.

First look at Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix

First, a bit of intro. Ubu... (read more)

New Linux Kernel Update for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 & CentOS 7 Fixes Two Bugs

Monday 9th of December 2019 02:19:00 PM
Red Hat Security team have published a new Linux kernel update that addresses two important bugs in the Linux 3.10 kernel packages of all supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 systems.

The new Linux kernel update, which is available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 7 systems, is only a bugfix release, not a security update, addressing a bug that made applications consume the entire allocated CPU quota, as well as to backport the "sched: Fix race between task_group and sched_task_group" fix.

Users are advised to update their kernel packages in all the supported systems (see below for details) to kernel-3.10.0-1062.9.1.el7.x86_64.rpm and related packages, all of which are available to install for free from the stable software repositories of all supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system variants and CentOS Linux 7.

Affected products

Affected Red Hat pro... (read more)

Linus Torvalds Kicks Off Development of Linux Kernel 5.5, First RC Is Out Now

Monday 9th of December 2019 01:34:00 AM
The two week-long merge window that opened with the release of the Linux 5.4 kernel series last month ended today with the launch of the first release candidate of Linux kernel 5.5, which was announced by Linus Torvalds himself.

That's right, Linus Torvalds has officially kicked off the development cycle of the next major Linux kernel series, Linux 5.5, which is now available for public testing from the kernel.org website. Linux kernel 5.5-rc1 is the first milestone in many to come and gives the community a first look at the new features and changes.

"We've had a normal merge window, and it's now early Sunday afternoon, and it's getting closed as has been the standard rule for a long while now," said Linus Torvalds. "Everythin... (read more)

Ubuntu Cinnamon Unofficial Flavor Gets Its First Ever Release, Download Now

Sunday 8th of December 2019 04:39:00 PM
After many months of hard work, the team behind the unofficial Ubuntu Cinnamon flavor has announced the release of the first ever version.

The popular Ubuntu Linux operating system comes with a wide range of variants, with some of the most popular Open Source desktop environments, including GNOME, KDE Plasma, Xfce, LXQt, MATE, and Budgie, but it never had an official flavor featuring the Cinnamon desktop environment made by the creators of the Linux Mint distro.

Well, someone has been working on a Cinnamon flavor for Ubuntu for quite some time now, and we kinda observed the progress during several months. After a lot of hard work, a final release is now finally available for download of the first, unofficial Cinnamon flavor, which, for now, is called Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix.

"I am speechless. I have gained so much help from the community, and people across the world. ... (read more)

Canonical Loves Windows 10: Ubuntu Maker Wants to Lead Microsoft’s WSL

Sunday 8th of December 2019 08:05:00 AM
The Windows Subsystem for Linux, or WSL, is a feature bundled in Windows 10 that allows users to run Linux on top of Microsoft’s operating system.

Already at the second generation, WSL managed to bring together the worlds of Windows and Linux, and contrary to what many users would have imagined a few years ago, the majority of Linux developers have already joined this new push.

This is why right now, the Linux distros available in WSL include top names like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Kali, and openSUSE.

When it comes to WSL, Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu, not only that is committed to supporting it, but wants to be “at the forefront of what’s possible on WSL.”

Leading the WSL push

That’s why Canonical has recently started hiring desktop software engineers for WSL, with the job ad itself providing not only useful information for those who want to join the company, but also clear hints as to how it sees its investment in Windows 10 in the long term.... (read more)

Canonical Announces Ubuntu AWS Rolling Linux Kernel for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS AMIs

Saturday 7th of December 2019 07:24:00 AM
Canonical announced that the default Linux kernel in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) is moving to a rolling kernel model.

Until now, the Ubuntu images for AWS (Amazon Web Services) have been using a normal Linux kernel that was updated whenever a new security update was available. With the new rolling model, the kernel in the Ubuntu AWS images gets all the latest fixes, performance tweaks, and security patches from upstream, as soon as they are available.

"The Ubuntu rolling kernel model provides the latest upstream bug fixes and performance improvements around task scheduling, I/O scheduling, networking, hypervisor guests and containers to our users," said Canonical. "Canonical has been following this model in other cloud environments for some time now, and have found it to be an excellent way to deliver these benefits while continuing to provide LTS level stability."... (read more)

Purism Announces "Made in USA" Librem 5 Linux Phone, Now Available for Pre-Order

Thursday 5th of December 2019 09:00:00 PM
Purism announced today that it has started manufacturing a special version of their Librem 5 Linux-powered smartphone that's being built in the US to address supply chain security concerns.

It's a known fact that Purism has done everything they could to make the Librem 5 the most secure and private smartphone on the market, but the fact of the matter that it's not built in the United States of America might not please some customers.

As such, the company, which is known for their security- and privacy-focused Linux-based laptops and phones, is now offering a special Librem 5 version manufactured in the US, with components made in the USA, in the same US facility where the Librem 5 devkits and Librem Key were built.

"Having a secure auditable US based supply chain including parts procurement, fabrication, testing, assembly, and fulfillment all from within the same facility is the best possible security story," said ... (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" Installer Is Now Available for Public Testing

Thursday 5th of December 2019 04:56:00 PM
The Debian Project released today the first alpha development build of the installer for their upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system series.

Unveiled earlier this year during the DebConf19 conference, Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" will be the next major release of the acclaimed Linux-based operating system used by millions of computer users around the globe. It's development kicked off a few months ago, so now it's time to test drive the very first alpha build of the Debian Bullseye Installer.

"It's high time we started doing this: many components were updated, replacing “CD”/“CD-ROM” with “installation media”. Such changes are not documented individually below. That also explains why many languages are not fully translated in this alpha release," said Cyril Brulebois on behalf of the Debian release team.

Here's what's new in Debian Bullseye Installer Alpha 1

The first alpha build of the Debian Installer for the upcoming Debia... (read more)

Canonical Patches Intel Microcode Regression in Ubuntu PCs with Skylake CPUs

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 06:04:00 PM
Canonical has published a new security advisory today where the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system apologizes for a regression introduced by the latest Intel microcode firmware update.

On November 12th, 2019, Canonical published important kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases to address two flaws (CVE-2019-11135 and CVE-2019-11139) discovered by various security researchers in Intel processors using Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX), as well as on certain Intel Xeon processors.

While the first vulnerability could allow a local attacker to expose sensitive information, such as memory contents that were previously stored in microarchitectural buffers, the second issue could allow a local privileged attacker to cause a denial of service (system crash). The in... (read more)

Canonical Announces Ubuntu Pro, Premium Images for Amazon Web Services

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 04:57:00 PM
Canonical today announced Ubuntu Pro, a set of premium images for Amazon Web Services (AWS) that are available right now in the AWS Marketplace for enterprise customers.

Ubuntu Pro, as Canonical likes to call these new premium images for AWS, covers the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS releases and allows enterprises to purchase longer updates and security maintenance, critical compliance features, as well as broader security coverage with no contract required. The Ubuntu Pro images are supported on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

"The new Ubuntu Pro images will deliver a further optimised experience to our customers, providing additional security and performance to their Ubuntu instances," said Deepak Singh, VP of Compute Services at AWS. "Available directly through AWS Marketplace, Ubuntu Pro can be purchased, deployed and launched on AW... (read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS 7 Receive Important Kernel Security Update

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 04:31:00 PM
Red Hat and CentOS have announced the availability of important kernel security updates for their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 7 operating system series that address two security vulnerabilities and numerous other bugs.

Marked by Red Hat Product Security as having a security impact of "Important," the new Linux kernel security update is here to patch two vulnerabilities, namely CVE-2019-14821, an out-of-bounds memory access issue via MMIO ring buffer discovered in Linux kernel's KVM hypervisor, and CVE-2019-15239, a flaw that could allow a local attacker to trigger multiple use-after-free conditions, which may lead to a kernel crash or potentially in privilege escalation.

Additionally, the kernel update also addresses several bugs, including ... (read more)

Mozilla Thunderbird 68.3.0 Released for Linux, Windows, and macOS

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 02:50:00 PM
Mozilla has released Thunderbird 68.3.0 for all supported desktop platforms, namely Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Thunderbird continues to be one of the preferred email clients on the desktop, despite most platforms already coming with a native mail app. Windows 10, for example, now bundles a modern Mail app, while macOS integrates its very own email client developed by Apple.

But despite these, Mozilla Thunderbird remains a leading email client, and the updates released by the parent company every now and then further polish the experience with it on all platforms.

While the new features that are being added in version updates aren’t necessarily substantial, they do contribute to Thunderbird better responding to the needs of users running modern operating systems.

For example, Mozilla Thunderbird 68.0.3 fully supports the message display toolbar action WebExtension API, which was first introduced in Thunderbird 71. Mozilla explains:

“It is similar to Firefox’s bro... (read more)

Firefox 72 Enters Development with Picture-in-Picture Support on Linux and macOS

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 10:52:00 PM
With the release of Firefox 71 to the stable channel, Mozilla already kicked off the development of the next major release of its open-source and cross-platform web browser, Firefox 72.

Firefox 72 is now available for public beta testing, which means that we can have an early look at its features and improvements. One of these will certainly please Linux and macOS users as Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support is finally coming to their platforms.

Picture-in-Picture support has just been added for Windows users in the Firefox 71 release announced earlier today, but with Firefox 72 it also comes to Linux and macOS users, allowing them to detach a video from its web page and watch it in a floating window while working in other tabs.

More Enhanced Tracking Protection improvements, other changes

Besides Pi... (read more)

Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" Beta Officially Released with New Apps, Updated Artwork

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 09:52:00 PM
The Linux Mint project released today the beta version of the upcoming Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" operating system for all official flavors, including Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce.

In development since early September, the Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" operating system has entered public beta testing today ahead of its official launch later this month around the Christmas holidays.

This release is based on Canonical's latest Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system and ships with the Linux 5.0 kernel. Just like Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, it will be supported with software updates and security patches until 2023.

"Linux Mint 19.3 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use," reads today's announcement.

Here's what's new in Linux Mint 19.3 beta

Highlights of the... (read more)

Tails 4.1 Anonymous OS Released with Latest Tor Browser, Linux Kernel 5.3.9

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 07:38:00 PM
The Tails project released today Tails 4.1, a monthly update to their Debian-based amnesic incognito live system (also known as Anonymous OS) that brings all the latest software updates and various improvements.

Coming five weeks after Tails OS 4.0, a major release based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, Tails OS 4.1 is here with a new default OpenPGP key server, namely https://keys.openpgp.org/, which the project says is "more trustworthy than other OpenPGP public key servers."

According to the Tails developers, the new default OpenPGP key server doesn't distribute third-party signatures, references OpenPGP public keys only after sending a confirmation email to the addresses listed in the key, and also blocks OpenPGP certificate flooding attacks.

Tails OS 4.1 also comes with various updated components, among which we can me... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.17.4 Desktop Environment Released with Nearly 50 Fixes, Update Now

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 05:45:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the fourth maintenance update to the latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment, which brings more fixes and improvements for better stability, security and reliability.

Coming only three weeks after the previous release, KDE Plasma 5.17.4 is here as yet another maintenance update that addresses a bunch of issues or adds minor changes to improve the overall KDE Plasma experience for users who updated to the latest  KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment series. This bugfix release adds a total of 49 changes that can be viewed in detail here.

"Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.17.4. Plasma 5.17 was released in October 2019 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a month's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but impo... (read more)

elementary OS 5.1 "Hera" Officially Released with Flatpak Support, New Greeter

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 05:00:00 PM
The elementary team proudly announced today the official availability of the elementary OS 5.1 "Hera" operating system, a major update that adds many improvements and new features, as well as updated components and fresh new artwork.

elementary OS 5.1 "Hera" is the culmination of one year of hard work, during which the development team implemented out-of-the-box Flatpak support to make it easier and secure for users to install third-party apps that are not available in the AppCenter, but are essential for their everyday tasks.

For this, elementary OS 5.1 comes with Sideload, a new, in-house built graphical utility that lets you install Flatpak apps with single click. In addition, elementary OS 5.1 adds Flatpak support to the AppCenter so that users can manage Flatpak apps alongside regular applications from the official repositories.

"Rather than encouraging users to drop to a Terminal, add inherently insecure PPAs, or install packages that end up getting root acc... (read more)

Canonical Releases Major Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 19.10 and 18.04 LTS

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 04:31:00 PM
Canonical released major kernel security updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux operating system series to address up to 15 security vulnerabilities.

The biggest kernel security patch released in December 2019 is for Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and fixes 12 vulnerabilities affecting Linux 5.3's OverlayFS and ShiftFS drivers, the Wi-Fi driver stack, ARM Komeda display driver, VirtualBox guest driver implementation, ADIS16400 IIO IMU driver, and Intel OPA Gen1 Infiniband driver.

Issues discovered in the AMD Audio CoProcessor driver, Qualcomm FastRPC driver, Cascoda CA8210 SPI 802.15.4 wireless controller driver, AMD Display Engine driver, and Chelsio T4/T5 RDMA driver were also addressed in this new kernel security update. The majority of these flaws could allow a local attacker to cause a denial of service (memory exhaustion or system crash).

Affecting the Linux 5.0 kernel of Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) and Ubuntu 18.04.3 L... (read more)

More in Tux Machines

Daniel Stenberg: Mr Robot curl

Vasilis Lourdas reported that he did a “curl sighting” in the show and very well I took a closer peek and what do we see some 37 minutes 36 seconds into episode 8 season 4… (I haven’t followed the show since at some point in season two so I cannot speak for what actually has happened in the plot up to this point. I’m only looking at and talking about what’s on the screenshots here.) Elliot writes Python. In this Python program, we can see two curl invokes, both unfortunately a blurry on the right side so it’s hard to see them exactly (the blur is really there in the source and I couldn’t see/catch a single frame without it). Fortunately, I think we get some additional clues later on in episode 10, see below. He invokes curl with -i to see the response header coming back but then he makes some questionable choices. The -k option is the short version of --insecure. It truly makes a HTTPS connection insecure since it completely switches off the CA cert verification. We all know no serious hacker would do that in a real world use. Perhaps the biggest problem for me is however the following -X POST. In itself it doesn’t have to be bad, but when taking the second shot from episode 10 into account we see that he really does combine this with the use of -d and thus the -X is totally superfluous or perhaps even wrong. The show technician who wrote this copied a bad example… Read more

Ampere's Arm-based eMAG CPU is now available in a workstation

Avantek offers the workstation with a few graphics cards options including the AMD FirePro W2100 2GB, a Radeon Pro WX 5100 8GB, and the Nvidia Quadro GV100 32GB. The workstation is only offered running Linux with a few different flavors including Ubuntu, centOS and Linux SUSE / openSUSE. Read more

It's Not A VPN-busting Bug, It's A Social Media Enhancer For UNIX Users

Kidding aside, this vulnerability applies to most UNIX based OSes, with most Linux distros, Android, iOS, macOS, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD all affected. The attacker needs to be able to intercept your data, which means they need to already be on the same network span as your machine or by having control of the router or other exit point, but if they do they can use this flaw to determine the exact SEQ and ACK numbers in your encrypted session. That information can be used to successfully inject data, hijack the connection and possibly redirect your VPN session to imposter pages or other places on the web you really don’t want to go to. Not all VPNs are vulnerable, the researches quoted at The Register tested this on OpenVPN, WireGuard, and IKEv2/IPSe. Read more

New GNU/Linux Screencasts and Audiocasts: Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix 19.10, Debian 11 Alpha 1, This Week in Linux and Linux Headlines

  • Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix 19.10 | Cinnamon, Ubuntu's new flavor.

    In this video, I am going to show an overview of Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix 19.10 and some of the applications pre-installed.

  • Debian 11 Alpha 1 Gnome Run Through

    In this video, we are looking at Debian 11 Alpha 1, the Gnome edition.

  • Episode 89 | This Week in Linux

    01:32 = Sponsored by Digital Ocean · [link] 02:30 = elementary OS 5.1 “Hera” Released · [elementary.io] 07:15 = Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Pre-release Survey · [ubuntu.com] 09:36 = Ubuntu Cinnamon – First Release · [Links: ubuntu.com, 13:35 = Tails 4.1 Released · [tails.boum.org] 16:39 = Kali Linux 2019.4 Released · [kali.org] 19:49 = CAINE 11.0 Released · [caine-live.net] 21:13 = DLN + FreeGeek = DLN Charity Drive · link coming soon 23:19 = Firefox 71 Released · [mozilla.org] 25:17 = Timekpr-nExT (Parental Controls) · [launchpad.net/timekpr-next] 29:24 = TWinL Housekeeping 33:21 = KDE Improvements for Plasma 5.18 · [Links: pointieststick.com 36:40 = Lutris 0.5.4 Released · [Links: lutris.net, 39:02 = Humble Choice Replaces Humble Monthly · [tuxdigital.com/go/humble-choice] 41:45 = Indie Hits Sale on Humble Store · [tuxdigital.com/go/humble-indie-hits-sale] 42:13 = Humble Sonic Bundle 2019 · [tuxdigital.com/go/humble-sonic-bundle-2019] 43:27 = Data Science Book Bundle · [tuxdigital.com/go/ 43:56 = Yogscast Jingle Jam · [humblebundle.com] 45:14 = Outro

  • 2019-12-09 | Linux Headlines 64

    The Raspberry Pi 4 Ubuntu bugs get sorted out, and Canonical reaffirms its commitment to the platform and all future devices. Plus an approachable way to give back to KDE, and more.