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Security: WordPress 4.9.5, Updates, EXT4, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee

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  • Richard Stallman's Privacy Proposal, Valve's Commitment to Linux, New WordPress Update and More

    Richard Stallman writes "A radical proposal to keep personal data safe" in The Guardian: "The surveillance imposed on us today is worse than in the Soviet Union. We need laws to stop this data being collected in the first place."

    WordPress 4.9.5 was released yesterday. This is a security and maintenance release, and it fixes 28 bugs, so be sure to update right away. To download or view the changelog, go here.

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • EXT4 Gets Extra Protection Against Maliciously Crafted Container Images

    Given the booming popularity of Linux containers, it's little surprise but unfortunate that Linux file-systems are having to protect against specially-crafted file-system images by malicious actors looking to exploit vulnerabilities in the code.

    Ted Ts'o today sent in the EXT4 Linux file-system updates and it's mostly mundane maintenance work with no major features this cycle. He did note of the bug fixes to protect against potentially malicious EXT4 file-system images.

  • Walden seeks to bolster cybersecurity on Linux open source software system

    U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) has asked the head of The Linux Foundation to explain the nonprofit’s efforts around securing the open source software (OSS) ecosystem against vulnerabilities that could make the sensitive information of hundreds of millions of users vulnerable to cyber attacks.

    “As the last several years have made clear, OSS is such a foundational part of the modern connected world that it has become critical cyber infrastructure. As we continue to examine cybersecurity issues generally, it is therefore imperative that we understand the challenges and opportunities the OSS ecosystem faces, and potential steps that OSS stakeholders may take to further support it,” wrote Rep. Walden, chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, and U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), chairman of the panel’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Games: Neko Ghost, Jump! and Seafarer+

  • 2D and 3D switching puzzle-platformer Neko Ghost, Jump! has a new demo and release window

    After a successful Kickstarter campaign and an Epic MegaGrant, Neko Ghost, Jump! which combines 2D and 3D platforming together is coming along nicely to release. What is it? Neko Ghost, Jump! is a puzzle-platformer that utilizes the unique mechanic of switching between a side-scrolling 2D perspective and a full 3D one. Traversal in Nekoworld will require players to utilize each perspective wisely and challenge their reflexes to quickly change between 2D and 3D to solve puzzles. Not only will players have to effectively change camera perspectives, they will also be able to switch between Nekoman’s physical form and his ghost form. Ghost form is used to attack enemies, as well as solve some environmental challenges.

  • Seafarer+ now live for wilderness survival roguelike Wayward with a new temperature system

    Wayward is an Early Access survival roguelike about being out in the wilderness, and now it's getting a little bit tougher with the Seafarer+ update adding in a new temperature system. Not only are you now worried with your normal needs and crafting, you also need to battle directly against the elements with three temperature-related status effects, a new "insulation" property for equipment and containers, and more! The developer says it's one of the biggest updates to the game ever.

  • Mindustry: I Big Brain Enough For This Game

Leftovers: Corporate Distros, Eee PC, EasyOS and LHS

  • Does the choice of enterprise Linux really matter anymore?

    We speak to Canonical, Red Hat and SUSE about the place of Linux in a cloud-based future - and what the CentOS EOL foretells

  • You ever think about how Asus put out like 40 models of a laptop called the “Eee PC”

    There were two products that arrived in 2007 that fundamentally changed computing: one, of course, was the iPhone. The second, obviously more important product was the $399 Eee PC 701. It originally ran a custom Linux operating system that reviewers loved (Laptop Mag’s Mark Spoonauer said it was “ten times simpler to use than any Windows notebook”) and was generally heralded as a new kind of computer with tremendous mass appeal. Spoonauer: “Pound for pound, the best value-priced notebook on the planet.”

    Again, this was a weirdo little two-pound plastic laptop that ran a custom Linux distro that was basically a front for various websites. (We hadn’t invented the phrase “cloud services” yet.)

    Windows getting shown up by Linux was not allowed, so Microsoft did some Microsoft maneuvering, and by January 2008 the Eee PC was running Windows XP instead. It was also part of a larger category called “netbooks,” and we were all made to know what netbooks were.

  • Bugfix for gFTP in EasyOS

    gFTP is a gtk+2-based FTP client. The first time that a ssh2 connection is made, there is a popup asking to confirm key authorization, with yes/no buttons. However, in EasyOS Dunfell-series, the popup dialog window does not appear, so unable to confirm the connection. This problem does not occur in EasyOS Buster-series.

  • LHS Episode #407: The Weekender LXX

    It's time once again for The Weekender. This is our bi-weekly departure into the world of amateur radio contests, open source conventions, special events, listener challenges, hedonism and just plain fun. Thanks for listening and, if you happen to get a chance, feel free to call us or e-mail and send us some feedback. Tell us how we're doing. We'd love to hear from you.

Educational Distro Escuelas Linux 6.13 Introduces OBS Studio and Kolibri

Escuelas Linux is an educational distro designed for the use in educational institutions from preschools to high schools. The latest version, Escuelas Linux 6.13, is here two months after Escuelas Linux 6.12 to introduce two new apps that are now pre-installed in the installation image. These are the famous OBS Studio video recording and live streaming software, which is ideal for teachers and students to share their knowledge, as well as Kolibri, an adaptable product ecosystem for offline-first, high-quality teaching and learning, and it’s ideal for places where there’s no Internet connection. Read more

Linux Kernel Additions and Vulkan Graphics Drivers

  • Realtek RTL8156 2.5G Chips + RTL8153 To Be Supported By Linux 5.13 - Phoronix

    Realtek has contributed support for the RTL8153 and RTL8156 Ethernet chipsets to their "r8152" USB network driver for the upcoming Linux 5.13 cycle. The Realtek RTL8153 Ethernet controller supports Gigabit connectivity and interfacing with USB 3.0/2.0/1.1. The Realtek RTL8153 is found in a variety of current USB network dongles but can also be used by some motherboards and notebooks. The RTL8153 is used by some Anker and TP-LINK USB network adapters as well as some Lenovo ThinkPad branded adapters.

  • Linux 5.13 Set To Introduce A WWAN Framework - Phoronix

    Hitting the Linux networking subsystem's "net-next" branch on Friday was the long in development WWAN subsystem/framework. This code now queued up for introduction with the imminent Linux 5.13 merge window is a Wireless WAN (WWAN) framework. This new code is for dealing with the complexity and heterogeneity of Wireless WAN hardware. Linaro spearheaded the work.

  • The Best Linux Vulkan Driver For AMD GPUs: Mesa RADV vs AMDVLK - LinuxReviews

    There are two Vulkan drivers for AMD graphics cards available: The RADV driver that comes with Mesa and the AMDVLK driver from AMD. Here is a test of the latest AMDVLK 2021.Q2.1 driver against the latest Mesa 21.0.3 RADV driver in some graphical and compute applications. [...] Both drivers will mostly provide the same performance with Vulkan compute as a notable exception. Which you should use is therefore mostly a question of what driver works best with the game(s) you would like to play. Both AMDVLK and RADV work fine with most games, but there are some that work better with AMDVLK or vice versa. It is, luckily, quite easy to have both drivers installed and choose what game or application uses what driver.