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Mythbuntu Quits, Xubuntu Fresh Air, Stretch Preview

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Today in Linux news, upcoming Debian 9.0 got a bit of a test run by blogger FreewheelinFrank who liked what he saw. Elsewhere, Dedoimedo said Xubuntu 16.10 is "a breath of fresh air" and the Mythbuntu project is no more. Canonical released Yakkety Yak animal arkwork in a single handy download, if the link just worked and Linux Foundation web software told FOSS Force's Christine Hall to upgrade her Mint to Windows or Mac.

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Bodhi 4.0, Life w/o Linux, Solus Goofiboot

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Bodhi Linux 4.0 is here. It was released Saturday with Moksha 0.2.1, Linux 4.4, and LibreOffice 5.1.4. In other news, Dedoimedo's latest foray into SolusOS proved fruitless and Jim Hall is looking for testers for FreeDOS 1.2 RC1. Bryan Lunduke explored an alternative universe where "Linux simply...never was" and most Linux gamers use Ubuntu.

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Mint Update Soon, Better Than Ubuntu?

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Clement Lefebvre today blogged of upcoming Mint 18 update, Serena, saying 18.1 should be released in November or December. He also teased users a bit with a few details of coming attractions. Elsewhere, Maui 2 was announced and Fedora-derivative Chapeau was reviewed. Mohd Sohail compared Mint to Ubuntu and delivered his shocking findings and The Document Foundation put out the call for designers. Micheal Larabel checked in on Fedora 25 progress and Dominique Leuenberger posted his weekly review of Tumbleweed changes.

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  • Monthly News – October 2016

    Many new features and improvements were developed since the last release. We’re now just days away from feature-freeze, trying to squeeze one last thing here and there, before wrapping things up and focusing on the new release.

  • Linux Mint 18.1 is officially named 'Serena'

    Linux Mint is a brilliant operating system. Based on Ubuntu, it aims to make Linux accessible to everyone. You know what? It succeeds.

New KNOPPIX Release, LibreOffice 5.1.6, Rosa Down

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In Linux news today KNOPPIX 7.7.1 was released to the public based on Debian with GNOME 3.22, KDE 5.7.2, and "Everything 3D." The Rosa project is experiencing network issues and folks may experience problems trying to connect to their services the next few days. LibreOffice 5.1.6 was announced today by The Document Foundation, the sixth update to the Still branch for stable users, and a new vulnerability was disclosed in GNU Tar.

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The Fabled New User, Bodhi Themes, Tumbleweed's Latest

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Bruce Byfield may have hit upon something in his latest rumination on the "imaginary new user." This "new user" has been used as an excuse to over-simplify Linux to the "detriment to other type of users." In Linux news, Bodhi chieftain Jeff Hoogland posted Moksha themes for last minute testing hinting that 4.0 must be very close. Douglas DeMaio posted a brief on the latest Tumbleweed snapshots and night falls on Linux.

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Dirty Cow, Ubuntu @ 12, Save a Penguin

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Dirty Cow is a local privilege vulnerability that can allow one to gain root access. Specifically, "race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's memory subsystem handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only memory mappings. An unprivileged local user could use this flaw to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase their privileges on the system." Linus signed off and pushed the patch to git a few days ago and distributions are currently updating their products. This is considered a critical bug and users are encouraged to update as soon as possible because researchers have found code in the wild to exploit it. Worse still, the exploit leaves little or no trace of being compromised. So, keep an eye on your update applets or security advisories over the next few days. Since this bug has been in existence for so long, Kees Cook had to revise his critical bug lifetime average from 3.3 to 5.2 years, while the overall average for all bugs increased only slightly.

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openSUSE Leap 42.2 Approaching with RC, Meet Maui 1

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The openSUSE project today announced the release of Leap 42.2 Release Candidate 1 with less than one month remaining before final. On the other side of town, Dustin Kirkland announced Ubuntu kernel hotfixes and the Hectic Geek reviewed recently released 16.10. Jack Germain said Maui 1 "is stable and easy to use" and Sebastian Kügler blogged on "Plasma's road ahead."

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Ubuntu 16.10 Released, Tumbleweed Gets Wayland, KDE 1 Revived

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The big story today was the release of Ubuntu 16.10 in its various forms and editions. In other distribution news, openSUSE's Douglas DeMaio today announced the arrival of Wayland to Tumbleweed and Jeff Hoogland released an updated Bodhi 4.0 beta for 64-bit architectures. Elsewhere, the KDE project today released KDE 1 and Jim Zemlin was featured recently in The Inquirer's Legends of Linux series.

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Fedora 25 Beta Ready, HandyLinux Pas Parle Anglais

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Fedora 25 Beta was released today for early testers bringing Wayland by default and new server SELinux troubleshooter. Phoronix is already looking ahead to Fedora 26. Elsewhere, HandyLinux has decided to drop its English support and Bruce Byfield asked if Linux has lost the Unix philosophy.

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Unity 8 in Yak, Leap 42.2 Beta 3, Basic Security Tips

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For those hoping Unity 8 on Mir would make it into upcoming Ubuntu 16.10 will be pleased to know it has. Phoronix and OMG!Ubuntu! have tested it. openSUSE 42.2 Beta 3 was announced today, a day ahead of schedule featuring the newly released Plasma 5.8. Elsewhere, Kevin Fenzi shared some good tips for enhanced security and Jack M. Germain test drove stable Apricity OS 7.2016 Aspen.

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Behind the scenes with Pop!_OS Linux

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