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DragonFlyBSD Now Defaulting To HAMMER2 File-System and Playing Bluetooth Audio with OpenBSD

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  • DragonFlyBSD Now Defaulting To HAMMER2 File-System By Default

    After being an experimental option in DragonFlyBSD for more than the past half-decade, HAMMER2 is the new default file-system of this FreeBSD derivative. 

  • Playing Bluetooth Audio with OpenBSD

     

    OpenBSD removed Bluetooth support in 2014, so officially there is no way to connect a Bluetooth to your OpenBSD system. However, jcs@ posted on Twitter that he found a simple way to play audio via Bluetooth. He recommended the Creative BT-W2 USB dongle.

The DragonFly BSD Team is Working in Reducing of ISO Image Size

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Usually an operating system’s installation media grows from one release to the next release as they add more features.

The DragonFly BSD team is working in reducing of ISO image size by reducing the size of packages on the operating system’s media.

The next release of DragonFly BSD ISO image size should be smaller.

They have removed enough packages on the installer image to drop the package disk usage 50%.

How it can be done?

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Direct: Reduce the size of /usr/local on the IMG/ISO considerably.

Stable release: HardenedBSD-stable 12-STABLE v1200059

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MFC r348167, r348168, r348359, r348361: Add posixshmcontrol(1) utility. (a6d485ce245aa9798f9e402c446010f26ab974ba)
MFC 347033: Increase the VirtIO segment count to support modern Windows guests. (8fb552d38dcee4f17df31d13ac823568a76c5988)
MFC r348052: NDFREE(): Fix unlocking for LOCKPARENT|LOCKLEAF and ndp->ni_dvp == ndp->ni_vp. (7b981e827b29bdf244f703e789cb02e6a37729b9)

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FreeBSD 11.3 Beta 3

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The third BETA build of the 11.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available.

Installation images are available for:

o 11.3-BETA3 amd64 GENERIC
o 11.3-BETA3 i386 GENERIC
o 11.3-BETA3 powerpc GENERIC
o 11.3-BETA3 powerpc64 GENERIC64
o 11.3-BETA3 sparc64 GENERIC
o 11.3-BETA3 armv6 BANANAPI
o 11.3-BETA3 armv6 BEAGLEBONE
o 11.3-BETA3 armv6 CUBIEBOARD
o 11.3-BETA3 armv6 CUBIEBOARD2
o 11.3-BETA3 armv6 CUBOX-HUMMINGBOARD
o 11.3-BETA3 armv6 RPI-B
o 11.3-BETA3 armv6 RPI2
o 11.3-BETA3 armv6 PANDABOARD
o 11.3-BETA3 armv6 WANDBOARD
o 11.3-BETA3 aarch64 GENERIC

Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
system.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

    https://download.freebsd.org/ftp/releases/ISO-IMAGES/11.3/

The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.

If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
system or on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
system, use the "stable/11" branch.

A summary of changes since 11.3-BETA2 includes:

o Support for the IPV6_NEXTHOP option has been restored.

o Warnings for IPsec algorithms deprecated in RFC 8221 have been added.

o Fix for FC-Tape bugs.

o A fix in jail_getid(3) for jail(8) ID 0.

o Warnings for weaker geli(4) algorithms have been added.

o Various updates and fixes in libarchive(3).

o A fix in cxgbe(4) to address a connection hang when running iozone
  over an NFS-mounted share.

o A fix to the zfs(8) 'userspace' subcommand where all unresolved UIDs
  after the first were ignored.

o An apm(8) fix to correct battery life calculation.

o The default size of Vagrant images has been increased.

o Reporting on deprecated features for all major FreeBSD versions has
  been merged.

A list of changes since 11.2-RELEASE is available in the stable/11
release notes:

    https://www.freebsd.org/relnotes/11-STABLE/relnotes/article.html

Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
updated on an ongoing basis as the 11.3-RELEASE cycle progresses.

=== Virtual Machine Disk Images ===

VM disk images are available for the amd64, i386, and aarch64
architectures.  Disk images may be downloaded from the following URL
(or any of the FreeBSD FTP mirrors):

    https://download.freebsd.org/ftp/releases/VM-IMAGES/11.3-BETA3/

The partition layout is:

    ~ 16 kB - freebsd-boot GPT partition type (bootfs GPT label)
    ~ 1 GB  - freebsd-swap GPT partition type (swapfs GPT label)
    ~ 20 GB - freebsd-ufs GPT partition type (rootfs GPT label)

The disk images are available in QCOW2, VHD, VMDK, and raw disk image
formats.  The image download size is approximately 135 MB and 165 MB
respectively (amd64/i386), decompressing to a 21 GB sparse image.

Note regarding arm64/aarch64 virtual machine images: a modified QEMU EFI
loader file is needed for qemu-system-aarch64 to be able to boot the
virtual machine images.  See this page for more information:

    https://wiki.freebsd.org/arm64/QEMU

To boot the VM image, run:

    % qemu-system-aarch64 -m 4096M -cpu cortex-a57 -M virt  \
	-bios QEMU_EFI.fd -serial telnet::4444,server -nographic \
	-drive if=none,file=VMDISK,id=hd0 \
	-device virtio-blk-device,drive=hd0 \
	-device virtio-net-device,netdev=net0 \
	-netdev user,id=net0

Be sure to replace "VMDISK" with the path to the virtual machine image.

=== Amazon EC2 AMI Images ===

FreeBSD/amd64 EC2 AMIs are available in the following regions:

  eu-north-1 region: ami-07fd27786377bc6fd
  ap-south-1 region: ami-01f208a9f001a22e2
  eu-west-3 region: ami-085439f21755d95a4
  eu-west-2 region: ami-0993e4ba21a62262d
  eu-west-1 region: ami-0f2f6a13b79dd804b
  ap-northeast-2 region: ami-07164fb9df8db807f
  ap-northeast-1 region: ami-0c1b2bbd0b1cced6e
  sa-east-1 region: ami-0d51b7b8c6a2f8a57
  ca-central-1 region: ami-054c4785980cbfbb4
  ap-southeast-1 region: ami-07cbfed103b47434a
  ap-southeast-2 region: ami-06e7f111242f4a03e
  eu-central-1 region: ami-05b82446f270f2c7e
  us-east-1 region: ami-0b3ea59d3140af471
  us-east-2 region: ami-0b59f21c8a159bf51
  us-west-1 region: ami-0a6d215b372bd8a86
  us-west-2 region: ami-0861887499c7e29c3

=== Vagrant Images ===

FreeBSD/amd64 images are available on the Hashicorp Atlas site, and can
be installed by running:

    % vagrant init freebsd/FreeBSD-11.3-BETA3
    % vagrant up

=== Upgrading ===

The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of amd64 and i386
systems running earlier FreeBSD releases.  Systems running earlier
FreeBSD releases can upgrade as follows:

	# freebsd-update upgrade -r 11.3-BETA3

During this process, freebsd-update(8) may ask the user to help by
merging some configuration files or by confirming that the automatically
performed merging was done correctly.

	# freebsd-update install

The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before
continuing.

	# shutdown -r now

After rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to install the new
userland components:

	# freebsd-update install

It is recommended to rebuild and install all applications if possible,
especially if upgrading from an earlier FreeBSD release, for example,
FreeBSD 10.x.  Alternatively, the user can install misc/compat10x and
other compatibility libraries, afterwards the system must be rebooted
into the new userland:

	# shutdown -r now

Finally, after rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to remove
stale files:

	# freebsd-update install

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BSD: NetBSD 8.1 and OpenBSD Foundation Has New Sponsor

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  • NetBSD 8.1 available

    The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.1, the first feature and stability maintenance release of the netbsd-8 stable branch.

    Besides the workarounds for the latest CPU specific vulnerabilities, this also includes many bug fixes and a few selected new drivers. For more details and instructions see the 8.1 announcement.

    Get NetBSD 8.1 from our CDN (provided by fastly) or one of the ftp mirrors.

  • NetBSD 8.1 Released With MDS Mitigations, Driver Improvements

    NetBSD 8.1 is out today as the latest feature update to this popular BSD operating system.

    NetBSD 8.1 brings Zombieload/MDS mitigations as well as the ability to turn off SMT/HT in the name of security. With Hyper Threading looking increasingly insecure, NetBSD is the latest OS providing an easy tunable for disabling it if so desired.

  • Smartisan becomes Iridium Donor for 2019

    The OpenBSD Foundation is excited to announce that it has received its largest ever donation. Smartisan has topped its own previous record donation with a 2019 donation of CDN$380,000.00. This makes Smartisan the first Iridium level donor of 2019.

BSD: OpenBSD and FreeBSD Reports

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  • g2k19 Hackathon Report: Andrew Fresh on portgen (1), coffee, and more
  • FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report - First Quarter 2019

      The FreeBSD CI team maintains continuous integration system and related
       tasks for the FreeBSD project. The CI system regularly checks the
       changes committed to the project's Subversion repository can be
       successfully built, and performs various tests and analysis of the
       results. The results from build jobs are archived in an artifact
       server, for the further testing and debugging needs. The CI team
       members examine the failing builds and unstable tests, and work with
       the experts in that area to fix the code or adjust test infrastructure.

       Starting from this quarter, we started to publish CI weekly report at
       freebsd-testing@ mailing list. The archive is available at
       https://hackfoldr.org/freebsd-ci-report/

       We also worked on extending test executing environment to improve the
       code coverage, temporarily disabling flakey test cases, and opening
       tickets to work with domain experts. The details are of these efforts
       are available in the weekly CI reports.

       We published the draft FCP for CI policy and are ready to accept
       comments.

  • FreeBSD Had A Very Busy Q1-2019 As It Approaches Its 26th Birthday

    FreeBSD had a very busy first quarter with a status report out today providing a look at to all of the ongoing development activities for this leading BSD platform. 

FreeBSD 11.3-BETA2 Now Available

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  • FreeBSD 11.3-BETA2 Now Available
    The second BETA build of the 11.3-RELEASE release cycle is now
    available.
    
    Installation images are available for:
    
    o 11.3-BETA2 amd64 GENERIC
    o 11.3-BETA2 i386 GENERIC
    o 11.3-BETA2 powerpc GENERIC
    o 11.3-BETA2 powerpc64 GENERIC64
    o 11.3-BETA2 sparc64 GENERIC
    o 11.3-BETA2 armv6 BANANAPI
    o 11.3-BETA2 armv6 BEAGLEBONE
    o 11.3-BETA2 armv6 CUBIEBOARD
    o 11.3-BETA2 armv6 CUBIEBOARD2
    o 11.3-BETA2 armv6 CUBOX-HUMMINGBOARD
    o 11.3-BETA2 armv6 RPI-B
    o 11.3-BETA2 armv6 RPI2
    o 11.3-BETA2 armv6 PANDABOARD
    o 11.3-BETA2 armv6 WANDBOARD
    o 11.3-BETA2 aarch64 GENERIC
    
    Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
    console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
    freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
    the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
    to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
    system.
    
    Installer images and memory stick images are available here:
    
        https://download.freebsd.org/ftp/releases/ISO-IMAGES/11.3/
    
    The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.
    
    If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
    system or on the -stable mailing list.
    
    If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
    system, use the "stable/11" branch.
    
    A summary of changes since 11.3-BETA1 includes:
    
    o The fsck_readdir() and dircheck() functions have been rewritten for
      clarity and correctness.
    
    o contrib/zlib has been moved to sys/contrib/zlib so that it can be used
      in the kernel.
    
    o The bhyve SMBIOS table has been made topology-aware.
    
    o Accessor function for vm->maxcpus have been added.
    
    o The bectl(8) jail with numeric boot environment (BE) names has been
      fixed.
    
    o OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.2s.
    
    o An update to prevent calling hw_mds_recalculate() from
      initializecpu().
    
    o An upstream LLVM fix has been merged to fix an assertion when building
      the graphics/mesa-dri port for PowerPC64.
    
    o A fix to the NDIS driver printing "(null)" when uninitialized when
      using the '-h' (help) flag.
    
    o An uart emulation bug has been fixed.
    
    o Increase the VirtIO segment count to support modern Windows guests.
    
    o A fix to prevent exposing the uptime via the TCP timestamps.
    
    o Expose the MD_CLEAR capability used by Intel MDS mitigations to
      guests.
    
    A list of changes since 11.2-RELEASE is available in the stable/11
    release notes:
    
        https://www.freebsd.org/relnotes/11-STABLE/relnotes/article.html
    
    Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
    updated on an ongoing basis as the 11.3-RELEASE cycle progresses.
    
    === Virtual Machine Disk Images ===
    
    VM disk images are available for the amd64 and i386 architectures.
    Disk images may be downloaded from the following URL (or any of the
    FreeBSD FTP mirrors):
    
        https://download.freebsd.org/ftp/releases/VM-IMAGES/11.3-BETA2/
    
    The partition layout is:
    
        ~ 16 kB - freebsd-boot GPT partition type (bootfs GPT label)
        ~ 1 GB  - freebsd-swap GPT partition type (swapfs GPT label)
        ~ 20 GB - freebsd-ufs GPT partition type (rootfs GPT label)
    
    The disk images are available in QCOW2, VHD, VMDK, and raw disk image
    formats.  The image download size is approximately 135 MB and 165 MB
    respectively (amd64/i386), decompressing to a 21 GB sparse image.
    
    Note regarding arm64/aarch64 virtual machine images: a modified QEMU EFI
    loader file is needed for qemu-system-aarch64 to be able to boot the
    virtual machine images.  See this page for more information:
    
        https://wiki.freebsd.org/arm64/QEMU
    
    To boot the VM image, run:
    
        % qemu-system-aarch64 -m 4096M -cpu cortex-a57 -M virt  \
    	-bios QEMU_EFI.fd -serial telnet::4444,server -nographic \
    	-drive if=none,file=VMDISK,id=hd0 \
    	-device virtio-blk-device,drive=hd0 \
    	-device virtio-net-device,netdev=net0 \
    	-netdev user,id=net0
    
    Be sure to replace "VMDISK" with the path to the virtual machine image.
    
    === Amazon EC2 AMI Images ===
    
    FreeBSD/amd64 EC2 AMIs are available in the following regions:
    
      eu-north-1 region: ami-010af11cb640a6dee
      ap-south-1 region: ami-02b1930180c7e1f84
      eu-west-3 region: ami-02c0fbb70c27140c9
      eu-west-2 region: ami-0a153ee6417cc762a
      eu-west-1 region: ami-0d408e28706df7df4
      ap-northeast-2 region: ami-06fb52e8cf793dd53
      ap-northeast-1 region: ami-0bf79180cdb0e6923
      sa-east-1 region: ami-0f4aff5453cb72b01
      ca-central-1 region: ami-056a0b9ce2bd839f5
      ap-southeast-1 region: ami-0f73e82a020a5137f
      ap-southeast-2 region: ami-06468078ec3e31029
      eu-central-1 region: ami-0a6e0eb4c2a169f66
      us-east-1 region: ami-0bc8f1f1ed85baa0f
      us-east-2 region: ami-041a4cee6e5445ee3
      us-west-1 region: ami-00c3ebed64c1338e2
      us-west-2 region: ami-01288513b23077913
    
    === Vagrant Images ===
    
    FreeBSD/amd64 images are available on the Hashicorp Atlas site, and can
    be installed by running:
    
        % vagrant init freebsd/FreeBSD-11.3-BETA2
        % vagrant up
    
    === Upgrading ===
    
    The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of amd64 and i386
    systems running earlier FreeBSD releases.  Systems running earlier
    FreeBSD releases can upgrade as follows:
    
    	# freebsd-update upgrade -r 11.3-BETA2
    
    During this process, freebsd-update(8) may ask the user to help by
    merging some configuration files or by confirming that the automatically
    performed merging was done correctly.
    
    	# freebsd-update install
    
    The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before
    continuing.
    
    	# shutdown -r now
    
    After rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to install the new
    userland components:
    
    	# freebsd-update install
    
    It is recommended to rebuild and install all applications if possible,
    especially if upgrading from an earlier FreeBSD release, for example,
    FreeBSD 10.x.  Alternatively, the user can install misc/compat10x and
    other compatibility libraries, afterwards the system must be rebooted
    into the new userland:
    
    	# shutdown -r now
    
    Finally, after rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to remove
    stale files:
    
    	# freebsd-update install
  • FreeBSD 11.3 Beta 2 Brings Virtualization Updates, Exposes MD_CLEAR MDS Bit To Guests

    The second weekly beta of FreeBSD 11.3 is now available for testing.

    FreeBSD 11.3 should be released in July and offers up various bug fixes and other minor improvements compared to last year's 11.2 release. FreeBSD 12 remains the current stable series while new development is happening for FreeBSD 13.

  • FreeBSD 11.3-BETA2

    The second BETA build for the FreeBSD 11.3 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, arm64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

Project Trident version 19.05 is now available!

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This is a minor update to synchronize packages and move Project Trident to the 19.05 version of TrueOS (v20190516). This brings in all of the FreeBSD security fixes for the Intel vulnerabilities that were announced last week.

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FreeBSD 11.3 Beta 1

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  • FreeBSD 11.3 BETA

    24 May: The first BETA build for the FreeBSD 11.3 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, arm64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

  • FreeBSD 11.3-BETA1 Now Available

    The first BETA build of the 11.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available.

    Installation images are available for:

    o 11.3-BETA1 amd64 GENERIC
    o 11.3-BETA1 i386 GENERIC
    o 11.3-BETA1 powerpc GENERIC
    o 11.3-BETA1 powerpc64 GENERIC64
    o 11.3-BETA1 sparc64 GENERIC
    o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 BANANAPI
    o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 BEAGLEBONE
    o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 CUBIEBOARD
    o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 CUBIEBOARD2
    o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 CUBOX-HUMMINGBOARD
    o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 RPI-B
    o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 RPI2
    o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 PANDABOARD
    o 11.3-BETA1 armv6 WANDBOARD
    o 11.3-BETA1 aarch64 GENERIC

    Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
    console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
    freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access. Additionally,
    the root user password is set to root. It is strongly recommended
    to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
    system.

  • FreeBSD 11.3 Enters Beta Ahead Of July Release

    While FreeBSD 12 is the latest and greatest stable series since the end of last year, for those still on FreeBSD 11 there is the 11.3 update due out for release in July while this weekend the first beta was issued.

    FreeBSD 11.3 offers up the latest security updates and other stable bug fixes over FreeBSD 11.2 that was released nearly one year ago. But for those craving all the latest features and functionality, FreeBSD 12 is in release form or there is also FreeBSD 13-CURRENT.

DragonFlyBSD 5.4.3 Released With Various Fixes

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DragonFlyBSD 5.4.3 was released on Monday with just a hand full of changes over last month's 5.4.2 point release.

DragonFlyBSD 5.4.3 takes care of an SMP race condition within the PF code, fixes a FP bug in its kernel, restores the trim_enabled device sysctl, ensures the ca_root_nss certificate is installed, sets GID_TTY for non-root users by default, and stubs out pthread_equal() for its C library.

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  • Linux Foundation Hosting Open Source Project on UAS Interoperability

    The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit technology consortium, plans to host the InterUSS Platform Open Source Project, which is designed to enable “trusted, secure and scalable” interoperability among unmanned aircraft system (UAS) service suppliers (USSs) to advance “safe, equitable and efficient” drone operations, the foundation has announced. Initial contributors include both industry and regulatory organizations: Wing, AirMap, Uber and the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation. Similar to the evolution of cities, our skies are becoming busier with traffic, the Linux Foundation explains. In an effort to unleash innovation and ensure safety, aviation regulators around the world are implementing UAS traffic management to support increasing and diverse drone operations. Under UTM, a set of USSs (also known as U-Space Service Providers, or USPs) assists drone operators with conducting safe and compliant operations.

  • #CFSummit2019: Open Source Community Witnesses High-Velocity Of Change

    This time last week, The Hague, The Netherlands welcomed over 700 people all attending the 2019 European Cloud Foundry Summit. While last year, the theme was very much tailored around pushing enterprise-ready platform-as-a-service portfolio, as it continues to strike closer relationships with the world’s biggest cloud service providers, but this year, the summit took a more forward-thinking approach with its ‘Building the Future’ theme.

  • CEDIA 2019: Home Assistant Is an Open-Source Home Automation Platform, Uses Raspberry Pi
  • Homura Is A Windows Game Launcher For FreeBSD - Supports Steam, Origin, UPlay + More

    While FreeBSD doesn't see much in the way of game ports besides compatibility with open-source games/engines, FreeBSD's Linux binary compatibility layer for years has allowed running Linux games on FreeBSD and there is also Wine support for FreeBSD to handle Windows software. Thanks to those efforts, it's possible to make a FreeBSD gaming box. Homura is a newer open-source project focused on providing a Windows game launcher for FreeBSD systems. Homura is akin to CrossOver or Lutris and wraps around Wine/WineTricks and makes it easy to deploy various Windows games and gaming services under FreeBSD.

  • The Hardware FOSDEM Uses To Carry Out Linux Video Recordings Of Their Event

    Not only is FOSDEM one of the best open-source/Linux events in the world for those who make the journey each February to Brussels, but they also for years now have done a masterful job at recording the different talks and developer room sessions. Each year gets better both for the event itself as well as the video recordings even with FOSDEM operating on a very limited budget due to the event being free to attend. For those curious about the hardware/software setup powering their video setup, here's an interesting blog post.

  • Matplotlib titles have configurable locations – and you can have more than one at once!

    Just a quick post here to let you know about a matplotlib feature I've only just found out about.

  • Microsoft Operating Systems BlueKeep Vulnerability

    BlueKeep (CVE-2019-0708) exists within the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) used by the Microsoft Windows OSs listed above. An attacker can exploit this vulnerability to perform remote code execution on an unprotected system. According to Microsoft, an attacker can send specially crafted packets to one of these operating systems that has RDP enabled.[1] After successfully sending the packets, the attacker would have the ability to perform a number of actions: adding accounts with full user rights; viewing, changing, or deleting data; or installing programs. This exploit, which requires no user interaction, must occur before authentication to be successful.

Software: Accounting, TrueCrypt Alternatives and Shotcut 19.09.14

  • 5 Popular Free and Open Source Accounting Software
  • 5 Best TrueCrypt Alternatives - Open source encryption apps

    If you want to protect your data from prying eyes, then you need to encrypt it. Previously many of us relied on Truecrypt to do this, however, as the popular encryption app was mysteriously discontinued, we have created this article to give you five alternatives to TrueCrypt. If you are serious about security, then you will do this yourself rather than using a third-party to do it for you. This is what is meant by end-to-end encryption (e2ee). But even if you are using e2ee, how do you know that the software is not doing something untoward? Such as secretly sending your encryption keys back to its developers, or creating a backdoor in the encryption. The only guarantee we can have against this is the use of open-source code. Only if a program can be freely examined to ensure it does what it is supposed to (and only what it is supposed to) can we place a reasonable amount of confidence in it.

  • Shotcut 19.09.14

    Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k.

KMyMoney 5.0.7 released

The KMyMoney development team today announces the immediate availability of version 5.0.7 of its open source Personal Finance Manager. This release becomes necessary due to the new regulations of the PSD2 which affects the online banking availability for German users. To make KMyMoney compatible with them, especially the Strong Customer Authentication part, KMyMoney had to be adapted to updated APIs of the Gwenhywfar and AqBanking libraries which provide the banking protocol implementations. KMyMoney now requires a Gwenhywfar minimum version of 4.99.16 and an AqBanking version of 5.99.32. Read more Also in KDE right now: Roman Gilg: Political activism in KDE [Ed: Gilg is wrong. Climate change is science. It is not politics. AstroTurfing by oil giants tried for decades to warp it into a partisan 'political identity issue'.]