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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)

Tails Anonymous OS Promises Secure Boot Support and More Robust Upgrades in 2020

Monday 2nd of December 2019 11:27:00 PM
The Tails project, which develops the Debian-based Tails amnesic incognito live operating system, has announced today some of their major plans for 2020 to improve the anonymous OS used by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden to stay hidden online.

In 2020, the Tails project plans to release numerous updates to its Tails anonymous OS, some of which will be major ones implementing big new features like support for Secure Boot to offer better compatibility with more hardware components, thus making it easier to start Tails on PCs and Macs.

While Secure Boot support is planned for July 2020, when the Tails 4.9 release should hit the streets, the project also aims to deal with the manual upgrades as soon as January 2020. These manual upgrades have been bugging users for a long time now, but Tails wants to make the upgrade process less painful, lighter and more robust.

Additionally, the project wants to rev... (read more)

Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" Beta Now Available to Download with a Fresh New Look

Monday 2nd of December 2019 05:38:00 PM
The beta version of the upcoming Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" operating system is now avilable to download ahead of tomorrow's release for all supported flavors and architectures.

Initially revealed earlier this fall, the Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" operating system will be the third installment in the Linux Mint 19 series, based on Canonical's Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) long-term supported operating system series.

As expected, Linux Mint 19.3 will features packages from the Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS release, but it will also introduce some exciting new features that are yet to be revealed to the public, as well as new apps and refresh artwork, such as new icons and wallpaper, which you can see in the screenshot gallery below.

"We’re really excited about this release. The 19.x series is two years old and feels very polished. There are exciting features in 19.3 we haven’t talked about on the blog yet. The software selection changed and three new apps are coming in. The art... (read more)

openSUSE Leap 15.0 Reached End of Life, Upgrade to openSUSE Leap 15.1 Now

Sunday 1st of December 2019 02:40:00 PM
The openSUSE Leap 15.0 operating system release has reached end of life on November 30th, 2019, which was the last day when it received software updates and security patches.

openSUSE Leap 15.0 was released 18 months ago, on May 25th, 2018, and it was based on the SUSE Enterprise Linux 15 operating system series. It was the first openSUSE Leap release to adopt a new versioning scheme that's in sync with upstream SUSE Enterprise Linux (SLE) releases.

As of November 30th, 2019, openSUSE Leap 15.0 will no longer receive software updates and security patches for its core components or apps. Therefore, users are encouraged upgrade their computers as soon as possible to the latest version, openSUSE Leap 15.1, which will be supported with software updates and security patches until November 2020.

"openSUSE Leap 15.0 will receive no further maintenance or security updates after that date. It is recommended for openSUSE Leap users to upgrade to the current release openSUSE... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.4 Gets First Point Release, It's Now Ready for Mass Deployments

Friday 29th of November 2019 06:47:00 PM
Renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman released today the first point release to the latest Linux 5.4 kernel series, which is now stable and ready for mass deployments.

Announced by Linus Torvalds on November 24th, the Linux 5.4 kernel series is the latest and most advanced kernel branch that GNU/Linux users can install on their favorite distributions. It ships with the long-anticipated support for Microsoft's exFAT file system, a new highly-anticipated "lockdown" security feature, and many hardware improvements.

Additionally, Linux kernel 5.4 brings improved app memory management on Android, a new high-performance virtio driver called virtio-fs, which can be used for sharing files between hosts and guests, dm-clone for live cloning of block devices, a new security feature called fs-verity for detect... (read more)

Exton|OS Distro Is Now Based on Ubuntu 19.10 and Ships with Linux Kernel 5.4

Friday 29th of November 2019 06:24:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his Ubuntu-based Exton|OS distribution that's now based on the latest Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system and Linux 5.4 kernel series.

As we reported last week, Arne Exton started upgrading some of his GNU/Linux distributions on the latest Linux 5.4 kernel series, but Exton|OS is the first to ship with the stable version of Linux kernel 5.4, which was announced by Linus Torvalds on November 24th, a major release that features exFAT support, AMD improvements, and a new lockdown feature.

This new Exton|OS release is built for UEFI PCs and ships with the latest Budgie 10.5 desktop environment by defaul... (read more)

Kali Linux Ethical Hacking OS Switches to Xfce Desktop, Gets New Look and Feel

Tuesday 26th of November 2019 07:12:00 PM
After teasing the community on Twitter earlier this week, Offensive Security released today a major update to their Kali Linux ethical hacking and penetration testing GNU/Linux distribution with cool new features and improvements.

Powered by Linux kernel 5.3.9, Kali Linux 2019.4 is now available and it's a major update to the very popular ethical hacking and penetration testing operating system due to its massive look and feel changes. This is the first Kali Linux release to switch to the lightweight Xfce desktop environment by default, and also implement a brand-new desktop theme for both Xfce and GNOME desktops.

"We are really excited about this UI update, and we think you are going to love it. However, as UI can be a bit like religion, if you don’t want to leave Gnome don’t worry. We still have a Gnome build for you, with a few changes already in place. As time goes by, we will be making changes to all of the desktop environments," said Offensive Security.

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Bliss OS Now Lets You Run Android 10 on Your PC, Based on Android-x86 and AOSP

Tuesday 26th of November 2019 06:52:00 PM
Bliss OS, an open-source operating system based on the Android-x86 project promises to let you run the latest Android 10 mobile OS on any Linux, Windows or Chromebook PC or tablet device.

Based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and Android-x86 projects, Bliss OS offers numerous customization and theming options, customized settings for big and small screens, battery optimizations, extra security options and features, support for many gamepads, and ARM/ARM64 app compatibility.

The latest release, Bliss OS 12, has recently entered development, currently in early alpha testing, promising to let you run the latest Android 10 mobile operating system on your PC. But it's not for the faint of heart as the developers ask you to become a tester via read more)

You Can Now Turn a Raspberry Pi 4 SBC into an Edge Gateway with Ubuntu 19.10

Tuesday 26th of November 2019 05:44:00 PM
Canonical has published a tutorial on how to turn a Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer into an Edge Gateway with the latest Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system.

Edge computing is becoming more and more popular, and Ubuntu maker Canonical innovates on the edge and IoT space with its popular Linux-based operating system, and now the London-based company aims to give developers new opportunities to innovate and hack on edge applications with the Raspberry Pi 4, Ubuntu Linux, and EdgeX Foundry as a snap.

"When it comes to IoT edge, EdgeX Foundry is a feature-rich platform for accelerated development. Not only is EdgeX Foundry open source, but it also put a strong accent on interoperability. These factors combine to catalyse an ecosystem of components federating the IoT space. The platform thereby accelerates ... (read more)