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Fedora 23 review: Skip if you want stability, stay to try Linux’s bleeding edge

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Fedora 23 is such a strong release that it highlights what feels like Fedora's Achilles heel—there's no Long Term Support release.

If you want an LTS release in the Red Hat world, it's RHEL you're after (or CentOS and other derivatives). Fedora is a bleeding edge, and as such Fedora 23 will, as always, be supported for 12 months. After that time, you'll need to upgrade.

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The Nexus 6P takes Android smartphones to new heights (Review)

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Thanks to Huawei and Google, I have become a true fan of stock Android and simply do not desire to change to another smartphone which is a first for me. The Nexus 6P truly is premium and is a product that both should be tremendously proud of. Both companies should take a bow and we all should stand and applaud this device. With superior software, gorgeous and durable build, a super high resolution display, fantastic camera, a new fingerprint reader, dual-front facing speakers and incredible battery life, the Nexus 6P leaves no detail behind.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Chakra Linux 2015.11 "Fermi"

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Chakra probably also isn't for you if you are a casual computer user who has chosen Linux because you prefer it to Windows but you still like it to be straight forward with perhaps menus, point and click installers and straight forward connections to your hardware.

Chakra might be for you however if you have been using Linux for quite some time and you are looking to have more control, use the command line a little more and have a closer affinity with how things really work.

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Thecus N4310: A 4-Disk Linux NAS

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The Thecus N4310 is a small business oriented Linux NAS (Network Attached Storage) device that makes it easy to setup an EXT4-based RAID storage environment with encryption support. The Thecus web-based software makes it easy to take full advantage of the NAS with features such as BitTorrent support, media streaming for iOS/Android, and more.

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Sabayon 15.11 KDE: hot, hotter and burnt

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Sabayon 15.11 KDE left quite contradictory impressions on me.

On the positive side, KDE 5, or Plasma 5 in this operating system was very much polished. I tried Plasma 5 in Kubuntu several times, but felt myself very uncomfortable there. Up until now I thought that Plasma 5 is a bit too unpolished. Sabayon 15.11 KDE fixed that my prejudice. I know now that KDE5 is the Desktop Envirnment everyone can use. Maybe that's the reason for Kubuntu team to revisit their approach.

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Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf - Not a silver bullet

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Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf is not a bad distro. It's okay. But it's a disastrous result if you compare to the last few editions. I guess the developers didn't have that much freedom having to work with a wonky, beta baseline, but still. If the product isn't ready, do not release it. Very simple. Keeping to arbitrary deadlines makes no sense, especially since Xubuntu is not a commercial offering. It only harms the user experience and loyalty.

Most of the stuff worked, the beauty and elegance and speed are there, but this autumn's release sacrifices lots of things to get there. Stability, for one thing. Battery life isn't the best either. Crashes and bugs are not becoming a top performer. An occasional niggle or two certainly do not help. All in all, if you're after Xubuntu, then Vivid is a much better choice. Werewolf isn't the Xfce's finest hour. 8/10. We know what it can do. We demand it. Let this be a polite warning.

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Google Nexus 6P review: The Android flagship phone to go for

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If you have read the review completely, you may have seen some words quite often such as smooth, fast, quick. In the Android ecosystem, the Google Nexus 6P clearly stands much higher than other flagship competition. The Samsung Galaxy S6 series is the only true competitor to the Nexus 6P. But the Nexus 6P has one weapon which is still to come to competition – Android 6.0 Marshmallow!

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Linux Lite 2.6

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When I decided to review Linux Lite this time around I was slightly perturbed by the fact that there isn't a UEFI image available and without much software installed I wonder what would make somebody choose Linux Lite over Linux Mint.

Even if you are using older hardware Linux Mint has an XFCE version or even the MATE version meaning that it would be every bit as Light as Linux Lite.

Therefore I needed something that would give Linux Lite an edge over Linux Mint.

Then I stumbled across the Control Centre and the Software Installer and these applications make Linux Lite a worthy Linux distribution.

Linux Lite is every bit as good a Linux Mint and highly recommended especially on older or less powerful hardware.

It is a worthy replacement for Windows XP, Vista and even Windows 7.

Thankyou for reading.

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Review: BlackBerry's keyboard not enough to make it stand out in Android pack

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BlackBerry, the longtime device maker that helped pioneer the smartphone market but is now struggling to stay relevant, has done what previously might have been considered unthinkable.

Earlier this month, BlackBerry released a phone called the Priv that runs not on one of the company's own, home-brewed operating systems, but on Google's Android. The new phone has a BlackBerry keyboard and some of the company's software, but it looks and works like an Android device.

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Review: Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 is what vanilla Ubuntu should be

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Ubuntu

But… that's a bit of a problem. Since Ubuntu is so laser-sight focused on their in-house developed Unity environment, other environments simply don't work as well. I experienced multiple problems trying to run GNOME on vanilla Ubuntu 15.10 – and had similar issues with KDE Plasma.

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NuTyX 10.1-rc1 Available

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Events: FOSDEM Samba Talks, USENIX Enigma, LCA (linux.conf.au) and FAST18

  • Authentication and authorization in Samba 4
    Volker Lendecke is one of the first contributors to Samba, having submitted his first patches in 1994. In addition to developing other important file-sharing tools, he's heavily involved in development of the winbind service, which is implemented in winbindd. Although the core Active Directory (AD) domain controller (DC) code was written by his colleague Stefan Metzmacher, winbind is a crucial component of Samba's AD functionality. In his information-packed talk at FOSDEM 2018, Lendecke said he aimed to give a high-level overview of what AD and Samba authentication is, and in particular the communication pathways and trust relationships between the parts of Samba that authenticate a Samba user in an AD environment.
  • Two FOSDEM talks on Samba 4
    Much as some of us would love never to have to deal with Windows, it exists. It wants to authenticate its users and share resources like files and printers over the network. Although many enterprises use Microsoft tools to do this, there is a free alternative, in the form of Samba. While Samba 3 has been happily providing authentication along with file and print sharing to Windows clients for many years, the Microsoft world has been slowly moving toward Active Directory (AD). Meanwhile, Samba 4, which adds a free reimplementation of AD on Linux, has been increasingly ready for deployment. Three short talks at FOSDEM 2018 provided three different views of Samba 4, also known as Samba-AD, and left behind a pretty clear picture that Samba 4 is truly ready for use. I will cover the first two talks in this article, and the third in a later one.
  • A report from the Enigma conference
    The 2018 USENIX Enigma conference was held for the third time in January. Among many interesting talks, three presentations dealing with human security behaviors stood out. This article covers the key messages of these talks, namely the finding that humans are social in their security behaviors: their decision to adopt a good security practice is hardly ever an isolated decision. Security conferences tend to be dominated by security researchers demonstrating their latest exploits. The talks are attack-oriented, they keep a narrow focus, and usually they close with a dark outlook. The security industry has been doing security conferences like this for twenty years and seems to prefer this format. Yet, if you are tired of this style, the annual USENIX Enigma conference is a welcome change of pace. Most of the talks are defense-oriented, they have a horizon going far beyond technology alone, and they are generally focused on successful solutions.
  • DIY biology
    A scientist with a rather unusual name, Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow, gave a talk at linux.conf.au 2018 about the current trends in "do it yourself" (DIY) biology or "biohacking". He is perhaps most famous for being prosecuted for implanting an Opal card RFID chip into his hand; the Opal card is used for public transportation fares in Sydney. He gave more details about his implant as well as describing some other biohacking projects in an engaging presentation. Meow-Meow is a politician with the Australian Science Party, he said by way of introduction; he has run in the last two elections. He founded BioFoundry, which is "Australia's first open-access molecular biology lab"; there are now two such labs in the country. He is also speaks frequently as "an emerging technology evangelist" for biology as well as other topics.
  • Notes from FAST18

    I attended the technical sessions of Usenix's File And Storage Technology conference this week. Below the fold, notes on the papers that caught my attention.

Security: Vista10 and uTorrent Holes Found by Google

  • Google drops new Edge zero-day as Microsoft misses 90-day deadline

    Google originally shared details of the flaw with Microsoft on 17 November 2017, but Microsoft wasn’t able to come up with a patch within Google’s non-negotiable “you have 90 days to do this” period.

  • Google Goes Public with Another Major Windows 10 Bug
    After revealing an Edge browser vulnerability that Microsoft failed to fix, Google is now back with another disclosure, this time aimed at Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709), but potentially affecting other Windows versions as well. James Forshaw, a security researcher that’s part of Google’s Project Zero program, says the elevation of privilege vulnerability can be exploited because of the way the operating system handles calls to Advanced Local Procedure Call (ALPC). This means a standard user could obtain administrator privileges on a Windows 10 computer, which in the case of an attack, could eventually lead to full control over the impacted system. But as Neowin noted, this is the second bug discovered in the same function, and both of them, labeled as 1427 and 1428, were reported to Microsoft on November 10, 2017. Microsoft said it fixed them with the release of the February 2018 Patch Tuesday updates, yet as it turns out, only issue 1427 was addressed.
  • uTorrent bugs let websites control your computer and steal your downloads

    The vulnerabilities, according to Project Zero, make it possible for any website a user visits to control key functions in both the uTorrent desktop app for Windows and in uTorrent Web, an alternative to desktop BitTorrent apps that uses a web interface and is controlled by a browser. The biggest threat is posed by malicious sites that could exploit the flaw to download malicious code into the Windows startup folder, where it will be automatically run the next time the computer boots up. Any site a user visits can also access downloaded files and browse download histories.

  • BitTorrent Client uTorrent Suffers Security Vulnerability (Updated)

    BitTorrent client uTorrent is suffering from an as yet undisclosed vulnerability. The security flaw was discovered by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who previously said he would reveal a series of "remote code execution flaws" in torrent clients. BitTorrent Inc. has rolled out a 'patch' in the latest Beta release and hopes to fix the stable uTorrent client later this week.