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The OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Rolling Distribution Goes Mainstream

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I almost bought an Android phone. I hesitated, wondering whether it would be upgradeable to 2.2 or 2.3? I am not in the habit of changing phones even once a year. So, I got myself a phone that is, well, ‘just a phone’. Upon reflection, all I needed was the ability to receive calls and SMS messages and, rarely, make some calls. If I couldn’t upgrade the software versions, its value as a playground for experimenting with mobile applications was very limited.

Desktop distribution versions can be equally frustrating. For several years, I have felt that while version upgrades may be very useful for proprietary distributions, they are counter-productive for open source options.

Moving to Tumbleweed

So, what do you need to do to try it? The machine I was going to install Tumbleweed on was a Lenovo S10-3 netbook. I was going to use the Plasma Netbook Workspace, which is what I used with Arch Linux and Fedora on this system. You obviously do not need to stick to a netbook or the KDE desktop. However, you do need to start with an OpenSUSE 11.4 distribution. There was one distributed with LFY’s April 2011 issue.

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    One more thing is coming to add to the capabilities of the recently released Firefox 57 aka Firefox Quantum. Mozilla is working on a new feature for Firefox, dubbed Breach Alerts, which will warn users when they visit a website, whether it was hacked in the past or not.
  • GCHQ: change your passwords now even if Uber says it contained the breach
    Uber claims to have paid $100,000 to secure 57 million accounts exposed in a breach last year, but the UK's spy agency, GCHQ, suggests consumers don't place too much faith in Uber’s claim. The GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on Thursday published guidance for Uber users, reminding those affected by the firm’s just revealed 2016 breach they should take precautionary action even if their personal details may not have been compromised. The agency warned that Uber drivers and riders should “immediately change passwords” that were used for Uber.
  • Drive-By Phishing Scams Race Toward Uber Users
    Indeed, hardly any time elapsed after Uber came clean Tuesday about the year-old breach it had concealed before crack teams of social engineers unleashed appropriately themed phishing messages designed to bamboozle the masses (see Fast and Furious Data Breach Scandal Overtakes Uber).
  • EU authorities consider creating data breach justice league to tackle uber hack
    Multiple investigations prompted by Uber's admission that it concealed a hack could join together for one big mega-probe into the incident. An EU working group which has responsibility for data protection will decide next week whether to co-ordinate different investigations taking place in the UK, Italy, Austria, Poland and the Netherlands.
  • Intel Didn't Heed Security Experts Warnings About ME [Ed: Intel refused to speak about back doors until it became too mainstream a topic, then pretended it's a "bug"]
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