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TROMjaro Updates Deliver Lighter, Better Manjaro

Friday 17th of January 2020 05:48:21 PM
The current version of TROMjaro is as close as it gets to being a Manjaro clone. However, a much different philosophy gives users something more than the Manjaro distro itself offers. The latest ISO release, issued Nov. 11, is labeled "version 11.11.2019" and is based on Manjaro 18.1.2 "Juhraya." As such, TROMjaro is part of the Arch Linux family. However, thanks to TROMjaro's frequent rolling release update schedule, the distro already has advanced beyond the features baked into the almost three-month old ISO.

Arduino Aims to Secure IoT With New Dev Platform, Hardware

Friday 10th of January 2020 05:59:22 PM
Arduino announced a new low-code Internet of Things application development platform at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. It also introduced the low-power Arduino Portenta H7 module, a new family of Portenta chips for a variety of hardware applications. Arduino's open source microcontroller platform simplifies the creation of modular hardware to power everyday objects that are smart and connected. Arduino chose a good time and venue for its announcement, noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

New Feren OS Does Plasma Better

Tuesday 7th of January 2020 06:53:59 PM
Feren OS now is built around Ubuntu Linux 18.04 and the KDE Plasma desktop instead of Linux Mint. The Cinnamon desktop version could retire later this year. The Feren OS community has released a mostly maintenance snapshot update for the Feren OS Cinnamon version. This new Feren OS release meets the goal of mixing the Cinnamon desktop with the more capable KDE Plasma 5 to make a better distro. It comes with a transition tool that literally rolls the updated system components in the snapshot release into the modified KDE desktop.

Samsung Debuts Sleek Galaxy Chromebook

Tuesday 7th of January 2020 12:00:00 PM
Samsung introduced a high-end Galaxy Chromebook at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The new model could serve as an extension of the company's smartphone lineup and spawn a premium device demand in the category. Samsung aims to position it as the company's flagship Chromebook to meet potential demand for a more useful and powerful multipurpose premium mobile device. That could amount to little more than wishful thinking, suggested Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. Demand for ultra powerful Chromebooks has yet to develop much traction.

Remix Could Bring Some Cinnamon Lovers Back to Ubuntu

Friday 20th of December 2019 06:55:35 PM
Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix arrived just in time for the holidays. Its first stable version is based on Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine. It utilizes Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop environment on top of Ubuntu Linux's codebase. Work on several release candidate and beta versions stretches back to 2013. The efforts stayed under the radar until the announcement of the new distro's debut stable release. As its name suggests, Cinnamon is the only desktop option. This release supplies a missing link in the current Ubuntu Linux desktop family.

Data-Munching Bug Throws Chrome 79 Android Rollout Into Chaos

Tuesday 17th of December 2019 06:32:12 PM
Google has stalled the rollout of its Chrome 79 Web browser for Android devices until it can find a way to neutralize a data-destroying bug. Affected users have been vilifying Google and app developers for failing to head off the problem. The latest Chrome version contains two highly anticipated new features: phishing protection, and the ability to reorder bookmarks. Google started rolling out Chrome 79 last Wednesday. App developers and users began reporting a problem with missing data in some of their Android apps by Friday morning.

Plenty of Linux Power Is Built Into Linux Lite 4.6

Friday 13th of December 2019 06:13:05 PM
Serving two masters, in theory, is nearly impossible. In practice, the Linux Lite distribution easily satisfies Linux newcomers and veteran penguin fans as well. This distro is very beginner-friendly -- in large part due to a fine-tuned Xfce desktop interface that gives former Windows and macOS users a familiar base. More established Linux users can tweak the Xfce settings to adjust its functionality beyond the already well-suited default settings. I have always considered the distro's name -- "Linux Lite" -- to be a distracting misnomer.

Should Discord Be in Your Incident Response Toolbox?

Wednesday 11th of December 2019 07:24:41 PM
Cybersecurity incident response teams have choices when it comes to communication tools: Microsoft Teams, Slack, Zoom and numerous others. Some require a subscription or commercial license -- others are free. Some are niche tools specifically designed for incident response. Some are generic business communication tools that IR teams have adapted for use during a cybersecurity incident. Professionals working in incident response know that sometimes, in a live event situation, normative communication channels unexpectedly may be unavailable.

Devs: Open Source Is Growing Despite Challenges

Tuesday 10th of December 2019 12:00:00 PM
Optimism about the future of open source is high among software developers worldwide. However, a growing number of devs worry that a lack of funding and corporate support threatens its sustainability. That is one of the key takeaways from DigitalOcean's second annual open source survey. The online survey provides a snapshot of the state of open source, as well as a gauge of the inclusivity and friendliness of contributors. More than 5,800 developers from around the world participated.

Linux For All Shines on LXDE Desktop

Thursday 5th of December 2019 07:55:56 PM
Linux For All very well could be a unifying Linux distribution that provides a common computing platform. LFA comes in just one flavor, the LXDE environment. However, LXDE is an inviting option that eliminates confusion and complexity in favor of a powerful desktop that is lightweight enough to run on low-powered aging hardware. A major advantage for adopting this particular distro is better hardware support for Nvidia graphics. Another advantage is the inclusion of Refracta Snapshot tools. You can install LFA on a hard drive or on a USB drive.

OSGeoLive Distro Opens Doors to Geospatial Worlds

Friday 29th of November 2019 06:00:00 PM
If you ever have considered investigating or working with elements of the geospatial world, check out the latest edition of OSGeoLive. OSGeoLive is a Linux distribution that runs directly from a bootable DVD or USB thumb drive. You also can load a pre-made virtual machine disk file that runs in a VMware Workstation or VirtualBox environment. Or you can install it the old-fashioned way as a dual-boot or sole operating system on a hard drive. Whichever approach you take, OSGeoLive gives you a complete Linux OS.

You've Come a Long Way, Linux-Baby

Wednesday 27th of November 2019 06:04:00 PM
When Linux first emerged from its cocoon in a frenzied Usenet thread, it is doubtful that almost anyone imagined the project would ascend to global prominence. Even more astonishingly, its dominance was driven as much, if not more, by its adoption by the private sector -- although it posed an antithesis to its business model -- as by any of its other notable traits. It is precisely because its road from obscure curiosity to corporate mainstay was so unlikely that it pays to appreciate how Linux got to where it is today.

How the Quantum Tech Race Puts the World's Data at Risk

Wednesday 27th of November 2019 12:00:00 PM
The technology one-upmanship between the United States and China is fast becoming the new space race. There's been a lot of talk in the press about the competition to reach 5G, but little traction outside of the tech community about something more momentous: the dangers of computing in a post-quantum world. The recent news from Google about its quantum capabilities is exciting. However, the prospect of supercomputing on this level raises several concerns about data integrity and the overall security threat.

Cleverly Reimagined Slax Distro Pushes Portable Linux's Limits

Friday 22nd of November 2019 06:44:12 PM
Slax Linux is a handy portable operating system that can be a useful alternative to bulky, more complicated Linux options that install to a hard drive. However, it is far from a complete out-of-the-box solution. That is not a bad thing, though. Slax works. Copying just one folder from the downloaded ISO directly to a USB drive gives you a fully functional Linux OS. Without any tinkering, you can add applications and change configurations with all changes permanently stored on the USB drive.

GitHub Aims to Make Open Source Code Apocalypse-Proof in Arctic Vault

Tuesday 19th of November 2019 07:35:38 PM
GitHub wants to make sure its entire warehouse of open source code survives an apocalypse by burying it deep within an Arctic vault as one of several preservation strategies. Microsoft-owned GitHub is creating the Arctic Code Vault as a data repository for the existing Arctic World Archive. The AWA is a very-long-term archival facility about 0.16 miles deep in the permafrost of an Arctic mountain. Located in a decommissioned coal mine in the Svalbard archipelago, the archive is closer to the North Pole than the Arctic Circle.

ALT Linux: Worthy Linux Alternatives, With a Catch

Friday 15th of November 2019 06:08:32 PM
ALT Linux offers a buffet of Linux distributions that meet a variety of specialized needs. Its inviting selections could be a good source of alternative Linux OS solutions if you take the time to sort out the menus. You might find navigating the poorly designed website a tedious chore. Still, persevering could get you a few tasty options to satisfy your computing appetite. ALT Linux is a Russia-based independent distribution that forked from Mandrake Linux, an independent distribution that forked from Fedora-based Red Hat Linux.

KaOS Linux Brings Order to the Desktop

Friday 8th of November 2019 06:29:41 PM
The KaOS distro is an up-and-coming Linux operating system that provides one of the best integrations yet of a refreshed KDE-based computing platform. Two types of users gravitate to this solidly maintained distribution: those who are frustrated by poor user experiences with Linux distros that are bloated and cumbersome to use; and those who want a better and more controlled KDE desktop environment. If you already are sold on the efficiency that the KDE desktop offers, you will be pleased with the unique design of this distro.

Microsoft's Chromium-Based Edge Browser Available as Release Candidate

Tuesday 5th of November 2019 08:10:09 PM
Along with unveiling its new Edge browser logo, Microsoft announced the official launch date of its nearly finished Chromium-based Edge browser and made its Release Candidate available for download immediately. The latest beta edition of the browser is stable enough for anyone to use, Microsoft said, and it will help IT admins prepare for the mid-Jan. 15 rollout. Microsoft relied on the Chromium open source project in developing Microsoft Edge for the desktop to create better Web compatibility and to reduce fragmentation for all Web developers.

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.