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Latest ExTix: Lots of Flexibility and a Few Flaws

Friday 1st of November 2019 04:38:01 PM
ExTiX 19.10, released with the LXQt desktop on Oct. 23, is a customized Linux distro that leaves you wanting more but settling for less. ExTix is a lightweight modular Linux operating system that is part of the Exton Linux/Live Systems family of distributions hosted by The Swedish Linux Society. The Society hosts 16 Exton distributions. The ExTix distro line is perhaps the best known of Exton's Linux platforms. However, the Exton Linux inventory of distributions is a fertile repository of custom distros you will not find elsewhere.

Linux Inside Azure Sphere on the Horizon

Wednesday 30th of October 2019 07:16:57 PM
Azure Sphere will be generally available in Feb 2020, Microsoft announced at the IoT Solutions World Congress. Its scheduled arrival highlights Microsoft's readiness to fulfill its promise for better Internet of Things device security at scale, company officials said. Microsoft first introduced Azure Sphere in 2018, opting to use its own version of a Linux operating system instead of Windows 10 to drive its new Azure Sphere OS to securely connect Internet of Things devices. Security is one of the leading barriers to IoT adoption.

Dragora Linux Is Anything But Simple

Friday 25th of October 2019 06:33:30 PM
Dragora is a fledgling Linux distribution that neither works out of the box nor is user-friendly. That said, if you have an adventurous interest in practically starting from scratch and somewhat building your own computing platform, Dragora could be an interesting side project to learn how a distribution works on the inside. Brace yourself for a strong measure of frustration, especially if you are not already familiar with how the Linux operating system works. he Argentina-based developer, Matías Fonzo, offers very little documentation.

Samsung's Support for Linux on DeX Fizzles

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 04:45:10 PM
Samsung has called quits on its effort to provide a full Linux desktop platform for Android. In an email to beta testers last week, Samsung said it would not support its Linux on DeX beta program for future operating system and device releases. Samsung's announcement coincides with Google's release of the Android 10 OS update and its rollout on Samsung phones. Neither company will provide Linux on DeX support. Linux on DeX allows users to connect smartphones or tablets to monitors to simulate a full Linux desktop computing experience.

Solus Brightens Computing Across the Linux User Spectrum

Friday 18th of October 2019 05:00:34 PM
The Solus Project is alive and well and continues to offer a fresh approach to uncomplicating the computer desktop. That says a lot, given the sometimes sordid developmental path of the almost 5-year-old Linux distribution. Solus 4.0 Linux "Fortitude" was updated earlier this month. The Solus team provided improvements to each of the distribution's supported desktop environments -- Budgie, GNOME and MATE. An independent Linux distribution built from scratch, Solus is available for 64-bit computers only.

'Serious' Linux Sudo Bug's Damage Potential Actually May Be Small

Wednesday 16th of October 2019 05:09:33 PM
Developers have patched a vulnerability in Sudo, a core command utility for Linux, that could allow a user to execute commands as a root user even if that root access was specifically disallowed. The patch prevents potential serious consequences within Linux systems. However, the Sudo vulnerability posed a threat only to a narrow segment of the Linux user base, according to Todd Miller, software developer and senior engineer at Quest Software and a maintainer of the open source Sudo project. "Most Sudo configurations are not affected by the bug," he said.

Austrumi Linux Has Great Potential if You Speak Its Language

Thursday 10th of October 2019 06:55:25 PM
Austrumi Linux is an unusual distribution. With a little more polish, it could be a good tool for running the Linux operating system on any computer you touch without changing anything on the hard drive. Last updated on Oct. 3 to version 4.08, Austrumi Linux is a bootable live Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux. It was created and is maintained by a group of programmers from the Latgale region of Latvia. One of the things that makes Austrumi so interesting is its desktop -- FVWM, or Feeble Virtual Window Manager.

Devs Engage in Soul-Searching on Future of Open Source

Tuesday 8th of October 2019 06:26:51 PM
Two things to avoid in online discussions are politics and religion. Open source technology may be an explosive third topic that software developers should be wary of subjecting to a virtual debate. Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg and Ruby on Rails creator and Basecamp cofounder David Heinemeier Hansson got into an all-out Twitter slugfest last week about the role of open source. The bantering touched on issues that included the monopoly-making power of WordPress and forking applications to blunt runaway growth.

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