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A look at TAILS – Privacy oriented GNU/Linux Distribution

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The Amensic Incognito Live System, is a Debian based distribution that routes all internet traffic through the TOR network, and leaves no trace of its existence or anything done on the system when the machine is shut down. The obvious aim in this, is to aid in keeping the user anonymous and private. Tails is not installed to a users computer, but instead is run strictly as a LiveUSB / LiveDVD.

TAILS does not utilize the host machines Hard Disk at all, and is loaded entirely into RAM. When a machine is shut down, the data that is stored in RAM disappears over the course of a few minutes, essentially leaving no trace of whatever had been done. Granted, there is a method of attack known as a Cold Boot Attack, where data is extracted from RAM before it has had a chance to disappear, but TAILS has you covered on that front too; the TAILS website says,

“To prevent this attack, the data in RAM is overwritten by random data when shutting down Tails. This erases all traces from your session on that computer.”

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Debian-Based Univention Corporate Server 4.2 Linux Gets Second Security Update

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Univention's Maren Abatielos is pleased to inform us about the availability of the second point release of the Debian-based Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.2 operating system for servers and the cloud.

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Debian 10 "Buster" Switches GNOME Session To Wayland By Default

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  • Debian 10 "Buster" Switches GNOME Session To Wayland By Default

    For those not riding the in-development Debian "Buster" packages or the "Sid" bleeding-edge packages, the default desktop GNOME session is using Wayland by default.

    Changed back in July for Debian Sid and then during the middle of August for the Buster packaging, the gnome-session for Debian testing/Buster is defaulting to Wayland as outlined via the change-log (thanks to reader Fran for pointing it out).

  • Debian 10 development builds switch to Wayland

    Work on Debian 10 is under way already even though we won’t see it ready for mainstream consumption until 2019. One of the latest changes discovered in Debian 10 is that it drops X11 for Wayland. Debian is considered quite conservative in terms of how quickly it adopts new technologies in order to provide a stable experience and therefore will still continue to offer X11 as an alternative.

Debian and Ubuntu: MATE in Debian, Ubuntu Server Development, Linux Mint 18.3

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  • MATE 1.18 landed in Debian testing

    This is to announce that finally all MATE Desktop 1.18 components have landed in Debian testing (aka buster).

  • Ubuntu Server Development Summary – 05 Sep 2017

    The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update and highlights for any interesting subjects from the Ubuntu Server Team. If you would like to reach the server team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-server channel on Freenode. Alternatively, you can sign up and use the Ubuntu Server Team mailing list.

  • Artful Aardvark Beta 1 Released!
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 518
  • Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Preview Part 4: New Theme!

    The latest upgrade to Artful gives me GNOME Shell 3.25.19 with beautiful interface changes! It has new theme, new look, new login screen color, more orange color style everywhere. This new look is a new step towards GNOME 3.26 planned for Artful final version. Overall, as an Ubuntu user I like this interface. Thanks to all Ubuntu developers especially Didier Roche.

  • Linux Mint 18.3 Features & Release Date — What’s Hot In Next Version

    Linux Mint 18.2 ‘Sonya’, based on Ubuntu 16.04.02 LTS, was released in June with MATE 1.18, KDE 5.8, Xfce 4.12, and Cinnamon 3.4 desktop environments. That release, obviously, started the development process for the next iteration, i.e., Linux Mint 18.3.

    Linux Mint 18.3 Release Date

    On Linux Mint blog, the development team has started telling about the features that are getting implemented. But, what about Mint 18.3 release date? As Mint 18.2, based on Ubuntu 16.04.2, was released in June 2017, we can expect Mint 18.3 towards the end of December 2017 with Ubuntu 16.04.3 base.

Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" Installer Enters Alpha with Linux 4.12 Support

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Work on the next major version of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system is ongoing since early July, a couple of weeks after the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" series arrived, and it now looks like it's already in Alpha stages of development.

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Debian Activities and DebConf

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  • My Debian Activities in August 2017

    This month I accepted 217 packages and rejected 16 uploads. Though this might seem to be a low number this month, I am very pleased about the total number of packages that have been accepted: 558.

  • Summary of the DebConf 2038 BoF

    Steve McIntyre reports from a BoF session on the year-2038 problem at DebConf 17. "It's important that we work on fixing issues *now* to stop people building broken things that will bite us. We all expect that our own computer systems will be fine by 2038; Debian systems will be fixed and working! We'll have rebuilt the world with new interfaces and found the issues. The issues are going to be in the IoT, with systems that we won't be able to simply rebuild/verify/test - they'll fail. We need to get the underlying systems right ASAP for those systems."

  • FOSScamp Syros 2017 – day 1

    During Debconf17 I was asked by Daniel if I can attend FOSScamp Syros to help with Debian’s l10n in the Balkans. I said I would be happy to, although my visit would be short (2.5 days) due to previous plans.

Debian Installer Buster Alpha 1 release

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  • Debian Installer Buster Alpha 1 release

    The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the first alpha release of the installer for Debian 10 "Buster".

  • The First Alpha Of Debian 10 "Buster" Installer

    While it will be quite some time before Debian 10 "Buster" is released, the first alpha of its installer is now available.

    Debian Installer Buster Alpha 1 is now available with a variety of updates, some EFI fixes, machine database entries for various ARM boards, and a variety of other niche improvements and fixes.

Elive is getting closer to version 3.0!

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I also discovered that Elive was criticized because it was a project that offered free live CDs but, to be able to install the distro, one had to pay. Back then, I believed that free software had to be also cost-free, so I did not pay. However, I kept thinking about the project for a long time and, after understanding more about free software, my vision changed.

I have to say that this took some years. While some distros seem rushed to get releases according to an inflexible calendar, let us just say that Elive prefers to take its time. The last stable release I was referring to dates from 2010... It is so old that the EliveCD page suggests visitors to download the latest beta instead of trying out Elive Topaz!

In October 2014, my need to have Elive running on my laptop was so big that I paid for the module to install beta 2.3.9, the 19th release of a long development stage that started back in 2013. And I could not have been happier than I did: the beta has run like a stable release on my hardware. What's more, I have never had a problem with it since the install!

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Also: Ubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 All Flavors Released

Debian: Indexing Debian's buildinfo, Latest Development Reports (LTS)

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  • Indexing Debian's buildinfo

    Debian is currently collecting buildinfo but they are not very conveniently searchable. Eventually Chris Lamb's buildinfo.debian.net may solve this problem, but in the mean time, I decided to see how practical indexing the full set of buildinfo files is with sqlite.

  • My free software activities, August 2017

    This is my monthly Debian LTS report. This month I worked on a few major packages that took a long time instead of multiple smaller issues. Affected packages were Mercurial, libdbd-mysql-perl and Ruby.

  • F/LOSS activity, August 2017
  • My free software activities, August 2017

    This is my monthly Debian LTS report. This month I worked on a few major packages that took a long time instead of multiple smaller issues. Affected packages were Mercurial, libdbd-mysql-perl and Ruby.

Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint

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  • Monthly News – August 2017

    First, I would like to thank you for your donations and for your support. It’s a real pleasure to work on improving Linux Mint not only because it’s fun to develop and integrate software and technology but also because we see how happy and excited you are about what we do.. and that’s an amazing feeling for us.

  • Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 1

    We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) for distribution on October 19th, 2017 With this Beta pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.

  • Free software activities in August 2017
  • New Debian Developers and Maintainers (July and August 2017)

    The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

    Ross Gammon (rossgammon)
    Balasankar C (balasankarc)
    Roland Fehrenbacher (rfehren)
    Jonathan Cristopher Carter (jcc)

    The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

    José Gutiérrez de la Concha
    Paolo Greppi
    Ming-ting Yao Wei
    Boyuan Yang
    Paul Hardy
    Fabian Wolff
    Moritz Schlarb
    Shengjing Zhu

  • Ubuntu Rally in NYC

    The Ubuntu Rally, taking place in New York City September 25th-29th, is a forward-thinking five day software hackathon attended by major software vendors, Ubuntu developers working at every level of the stack, and community contributors.

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