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BackBox 4.3 review: Not just for penetration tests and security assessments

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Reviews
Ubuntu

BackBox is a Linux distribution that’s based on Ubuntu and designed for conducting “penetration tests and security assessments”.

If you’re not familiar with the distribution, this brief review will give you an idea what else it can be used for other than being an OS for pentesters.

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Canonical Apologizes for Telephony Regression in Ubuntu Touch for Nexus 4, Fix Released

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Ubuntu

On July 27, Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report informing us all about the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in the last couple of days, as well as to apologize for a regression introduced by the Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 update.

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ARNU Box Announces the First Pure Linux Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" Powered Set-Top Boxes

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Linux

On July 27, ARNU Box (formerly Armada) had the great pleasure of informing Softpedia about the immediate availability for purchase of two new Pure Linux set-top box devices powered by the recently released Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" media center software (formerly XMBC Media Center).

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Fedora's Package Growth Rate Has Begun To Stall

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Red Hat

The number of Fedora packages within their repository has seemed to plateau, but it's not necessarily a bad sign.

Fedora contributor Jiri Eischmann published some interesting statistics today indicating that the number of Fedora packages have leveled off since Fedora 20. Fedora 22 currently is comprised of 17,021 packages, which is largely flat since the Fedora 20 days.

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After Firefox, LibreOffice Has Been Hacked to Work on Wayland - Video

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LibO
Moz/FF

Caolán McNamara, a renowned Red Hat engineer, has recently published some interesting details, claiming that he managed to get the well-known LibreOffice open-source office suite to run on the next-generation Wayland display server.

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Docker 1.8 Linux Container Engine to Bring Better LXC and Fedora 22 Support, More

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Server
OSS

The developers of the famous open-source Docker Linux container engine have recently announced that the first RC (Release Candidate) version of the anticipated Docker 1.8 app is now available for download and testing.

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OnePlus 2: A Big Android Phone for Relatively Little Money

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Android

The new model looks to be an improvement over its predecessor in nearly every way. “We started this company because we didn’t think any Android phones on the market were good enough,” OnePlus director and co-founder Carl Pei said. “We still think that’s the case, and we learned a lot from the OnePlus 1. The OnePlus 2 not only flagship worthy, but something that will remain cutting edge next year as well.”

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Mozilla and Linux

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Linux
Moz/FF
  • How is Firefox OS Different from Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Ubuntu Touch

    firefox-os-phone-firefox-os-phone-While choosing a new mobile phone to buy, you must consider all different available options. Earlier I’ve written about the differences between Ubuntu Touch, Android OS, and Windows Phone. Today I’m going to add another contender in the list – the Firefox OS – and I’ll discuss how is Firefox OS different from others.

  • Firefox 42 Nightly Is Now Built In GTK+3

    Firefox Nightly for Linux has been compiled with GTK+3 and the stable version of Firefox 42 may be the first one to be released with GTK+3.

  • Mozilla Toys with Crowdsourcing Ideas for its Browser and Tools

    Can your ideas make one of the most popular Internet browsers better? Mozilla is considering the possibility. The company is launching a testing initiative next month that will let Firefox users try out possible changes to the browser. The project is called "Idea Town" and basically seeks to crowdsource ideas for browser- and web-centric new concepts.

KDE and Akademy

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KDE
  • KWallet5 can be auto-unlocked during login again

    I've just pushed a patch to KWallet5 allowing you to have your wallet unlocked automagically during login. This patch was originally done by Alex Fiestas for KWallet4, so all credits and free beers go to him; I've merely just forward-ported it.

  • Major update in cauldron

    Now that cauldron is open, the kde team has updated KF5 to 5.12.0, Plasma to 5.3.2 and Kde Applications to 15.04.3.

  • KDE's Plasma Mobile Not Giving Proper Credit to Ubuntu Touch, Says Developer

    KDE developers have announced that they are working on a new project called Plasma Mobile. From what the developers are saying, it's running on Wayland, and it's capable on running Ubuntu apps. One of the problems is that at least one of the Ubuntu developers has noticed that even if the project is based on Ubuntu for phones, credit is not given.

  • Plasma Mobile SDK

    When approaching this issue I had been thinking about the issue for a while. I had mainly 2 problems: I was rather frustrated with previous Linux-based systems so far and the one I liked didn’t really scale for us.

  • KDE Applications Versioning

    A common problem for many applications contained in the KDE Applications releases are non-incremented version numbers. Often the maintainer forgets to update the version number of the application, like I did it for Kate since the first KF5 based release.

  • Licensing of KDE Code

    Akademy, the yearly KDE conference is alive and kicking. During the last days we were discussing again about potential KDE licensing issues (for instance code that is licensed under GPLv2, but not GPLv3). That’s why KDE is maintaining a relicense checker script, that every KDE contributor should enter herself/himself.

  • Akademy Day 1
  • Akademy Day 2

    The second day at Akademy started off with 10 or so hours of sleep!, which was much needed for basic functions (really happy I don’t have to drive here). The hotel (Rialta) had great breakfast with coffee, OJ, bread with meat and cheeses, yogurt, cereal all the basics that makeup a great day!

  • Akademy Talks Day 2
  • Akademy Day 3 the start of BoFs, meetings and workshops

Mr. Robot TV Show Now Uses BackTrack Linux's Successor, Kali Linux for Hacking

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Linux

I wrote an interesting editorial a while ago related to the Mr. Robot TV show that runs on the USA Network channel every Wednesday, starring Rami Malek as a computer hacker that goes by the name of Elliot.

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Exton|OS Light Distro Brings Linux Kernel 4.0 and Openbox to Ubuntu 15.04

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OS
Linux

On July 27, Arne Exton, the creator of several Linux kernel-based operating systems, had the pleasure of informing us about the immediate availability for download of a new build of his Exton|OS Light distribution.

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FreeBSD Making Progress With Their Linux Binary Emulation & More

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BSD

The FreeBSD project made much progress during this past quarter (Q2'2015) on many fronts from working on FreeBSD 10.2 to landing new work in FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT for improving their Linux binary emulation layer.

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The Companies That Support Linux: MariaDB

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Server
Interviews
OSS

MariaDB Corporation is a provider of open source database solutions for SaaS, cloud and on-premise applications that require high availability, scalability, and performance. Built by the founder and core engineering team behind MySQL, MariaDB has more than 2 million users globally and over 500 customers in more than 45 countries -- most of whom are running Linux.

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UK health service nurtures open source communities

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OSS

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is nurturing a growing number of communities of software developers working on open source solutions. NHS’ Code4Health team is now supporting 17 communities that bring together health care providers, developers and supporters.

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LG's got a flip phone that runs Android Lollipop

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Android

Flip phones aren't just for retro hipsters and the elderly anymore... well, actually they kind of are. But they're super popular in Asia, and now you can get one that'll run the latest apps: LG's Gentle flip phone. The faux-leather adorned device is running a bleeding edge version of Android 5.1 Lollipop and packing 4G LTE. Otherwise, it's not exactly a power-user's dream with a 3.2-inch 480 x 320 screen, 3-megapixel rear camera, 4GB of (expandable) storage and 1GB of RAM. But for just 20 million won ($175) it would make a fine second phone, provided you live in Korea -- it's unlikely to come here, and similar flip phones can be pricey to import.

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Next-gen Android One phone launches in India for $176

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Android

The Lava Pixel V1 offers a solid value for the price, combining mid-range hardware with the latest Android software updates from Google.

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Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 Update with All the Latest Linux Kernels

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Linux

Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 has received a fresh update pack and the developers have upgraded some of the supported Linux kernels, a number of important packages have been updated, and some important fixes have been implemented.

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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Review - A Diamond in the Rough

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Ubuntu

The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is the latest phone to ship with the operating system built by Canonical, and it's also the most powerful available right now. We'll take a closer look at it, and we'll try to determine whether it's good enough to stand on its own.

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Also: Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Gets Big Improvement for Battery

AMD issues new Linux drivers

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

AMD has released new Linux drivers for the upcoming Linux 4.2 kernel.

The drivers include the new "AMDGPU" kernel driver which succeeds the "Radeon" DRM kernel driver.

For those who came in late this is part of AMD's long talked about new Linux driver architecture for supporting the latest GPUs and all future GPUs.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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Linux
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