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Debian Devs Urge Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake Users to Disable HyperThreading

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Debian developer Henrique de Moraes Holschuh is warning users of the popular GNU/Linux distribution about a new security flaw that affects Intel's 6th and 7th generation Skylake and Kaby Lake processors supporting HyperThreading.

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Debian 9 Review: Stable Like Ever, Better Than Most

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Reviews
Debian

Debian is one of the oldest and most famous Linux distributions of all time. Its development started back in 1993 by its founder Ian Murdock who passed away in 2015. It’s also known to be the mother-distribution of tens of other Linux distributions such as Ubuntu.

Debian has a strict policy on software packages. It only ships free software by default. It doesn’t even ship non-free firmware and drivers. If you want, you can enable the non-free package repository later to install those packages. But you won’t find it there by default.

Debian is well-known for its stability. They don’t ship new updates to users unless it was tested. Which is why you may notice some very old package versions when using Debian. It’s correct that they are old, but they are also tested and secure. Most discovered vulnerabilities get patched in Debian in a matter of hours or few days.

Those users who would like to get latest and most updated software could switch to using the testing or unstable branch. Both contain more modern software according to a different policy.

The effort which is being done by the Debian project for each release is huge. Currently, they offer 25000 source packages and 51000 binary packages. Getting all of those software from upstream projects, packaging them, testing them, debugging issues and fixing them is definitely not something you hear about everyday.

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Also: Upgrade to Debian Stretch - GlusterFS fails to mount

New: VOYAGER 9 Debian Stretch

Raspberry Pi Foundation's Raspbian OS to Soon Be Rebased on Debian 9 "Stretch"

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Hardware
Debian

Raspberry Pi Foundation UX engineer Simon Long is reporting on the availability of a new stable update to the project's Debian-based Raspbian operating system for Raspberry Pi and x86 computers.

The Raspbian 2017-06-21 images are now available for download, and besides being synced with the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" repositories to include all the latest security and software updates, they add a couple of big new changes, such as the inclusion of an offline version of Scratch 2.0 and Thonny Python IDE.

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Debian Linux 9.0.x and Skolelinux Leftovers

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  • [Older] Download of The Day: Debian Linux 9 ( Stretch )

    Debian GNU/Linux version 9.0 stretch has been released ( jump to download ) after many months of constant development and available for download in various media format. Debian 9.0 is a free operating system includes various new features such as support for mips64el architecture, GNOME 3.22, KDE Plasma 5.8, LXDE, LXQt 0.11, MATE 1.16, Xfce 4.12, Linux kernel 4.9 and more. Debian 9 is dedicated to the project’s founder Ian Murdock, who passed away on 28 December 2015.

  • [Older] All Debian 9 Live Images Are Broken, Developers Working On a Fix

    Debian 9 was just released two days ago. Most of us got excited to download the new version and see what’s new. And also to test the new images and whether a safe upgrade can be done at the moment or not.

  • Calibre 3 for Debian

    I have updated my Calibre Debian repository to include packages of the current Calibre 3.1.1. As with the previous packages, I kept RAR support in to allow me to read comic books. I also have forwarded my changes to the maintainer of Calibre in Debian so maybe we will have soon official packages, too.

  • [Older] Debian Edu / Skolelinux Stretch released

    Debian Edu, also known as Skolelinux, is a Debian derivative aimed at making it easy to administrate a computer lab or a whole school network. Version 9 "Stretch" has been released. "Would you like to install servers, workstations and laptops which will then work together? Do you want the stability of Debian with network services already preconfigured? Do you wish to have a web-based tool to manage systems and several hundred or even more user accounts? Have you asked yourself if and how older computers could be used? Then Debian Edu is for you."

Debian 6.0 Through Debian 9.0 Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Debian

Continuing in our benchmarks of Debian 9, here is a comparison when re-testing 6.0.10 "Squeeze", Debian 7.11 "Wheezy", Debian 8.8 "Jessie", and the newly-released Debian 9.0 "Stretch".

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Also: First Experiences with Stretch

SparkyLinux 4.6 Released as First GNU/Linux Distro Based on Debian 9 "Stretch"

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Debian

The Polish developers behind the Debian-based SparkyLinux GNU/Linux distribution were proud to announce today the general availability of the final SparkyLinux 4.6 release codenamed Tyche.

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Debian 9.0.1 Released

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Linux
Debian
  • New live images released (9.0.1)

    We found multiple issues in the live images released at the weekend. Since then, I've been working on fixes for the worst problems. I've just published a new set of images as 9.0.1.

  • Debian Re-Releases All Live Images of Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Due to Bugs

    Debian developer and the team lead of "debian-cd" Steve McIntyre announced on the project's mailing list that he and his team worked hard during the past 72 hours or so to rebuild all the live images of the new Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" release.

    Launched this past weekend, Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" is now the most stable and advanced release of the acclaimed Linux-based operating system, shipping with tons of new features and updated technologies. The OS has been in development for the past two years.

Debian, Red Hat and CentOS All Patch the Stack Clash Linux Kernel Vulnerability

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Security
Debian

Red Hat, Debian, and CentOS have all announced that they have patched the recently discovered "Stack Clash" Linux vulnerability in the kernel packages for their supported operating systems.

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Debian and Ubuntu Leftovers

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Ubuntu
  • Why I will not write a full-feature review of Debian 9

    Its codename is Stretch, which is yet another character from the Toy Story animated film.

    It is available for download in both Install and Live versions, and Live version is available in many flavours: GNOME, KDE, Xfce, Cinnamon, LXDE and so on.

    I hope you will read the review of Debian 9 somewhere else, but I will not feature it on my blog.

  • Debian 9 "Stretch" Download Links & Release Info
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Is Finally Unifying and Cleaning Up the Networking Configuration

    Last year in August, Canonical's Martin Pitt, the systemd maintainer for the Ubuntu Linux operating system at that time, announced the company's plans to unify and clean up the networking configuration in Ubuntu Linux.

    They introduced netplan, a project that promised to centralize the network configuration for all Ubuntu Linux operating system versions, including Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core (Snappy) under a single file (e.g. /etc/netplan/*.yaml) instead of using /etc/network/interfaces files.

  • Former Ubuntu Phone Insider Shares His Thoughts on Why the Project Failed

    Former Ubuntu Phone developer, Simon Raffeiner, which many of you know as sturmflut, has written a detailed article on his blog to share his thoughts on why he thinks the Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Touch projects failed.

    Simon Raffeiner worked on the Ubuntu Touch operating system since its official announcement back in 2013, believing in the project's goals and objectives. He worked for about three years, up until mid-2016, on various Ubuntu Phone-related things, including but not limited to Click apps, bug reports, and tutorials for others to start hacking on Ubuntu Touch.

Univention Corporate Server 4.2-1

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  • Debian-Based Univention Corporate Server 4.2 Linux OS Gets First Point Release

    Univention GmbH's Maren Abatielos is today informing us about the release and immediate availability for download of the first point release to the Debian-based Univention Corporate Server 4.2 server-oriented operating system.

    Being the first to be rebased on the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" operating system series, Univention Corporate Server 4.2 launched in early April this year with increased binary compatibility with Debian, systemd as default init system for new installations, MBD3 support for the Univention Directory listener, and a new configurable web portal.

  • First point release of UCS 4.2 published

    With UCS 4.2-1 the first point release for Univention Corporate Server 4.2 is now available.

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  • Code Search for GNOME Builder: Indexing
    Goal of Code Search for GNOME Builder is to provide ability to search all symbols in project fuzzily and jump to definition from reference of a symbol in GNOME Builder. For implementing these we need to have a database of declarations. So I created a plugin called ‘Indexer’ in Builder which will extract information regarding declarations and store them in a database.
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    The GNOME documentation team started planning the next docs hackfest after some (rather long) months of decreased activity on that front. The previous docs sprint was actually held in Cincinnati, OH, in 2015, produced lots of content updates and we’d like to repeat that experience again this year from August 14th through 16th, 2017.
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LibreOffice 5.3.4 immediately available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.3.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.4 integrates over 100 patches, with a significant number of fixes for interoperability with Microsoft Office RTF and OOXML documents. Read more

18 open source translation tools to localize your project

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