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Debian and Ubuntu: LTS, Debian on the Raspberry Pi3, and Development Updates

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  • My Free Software Activities in July 2017
  • Debian on the Raspberry Pi3

    Back in November, Michael Stapelberg blogged about running (pure) Debian on the Raspberry Pi 3. This is pretty exciting because Raspbian still provide 32 bit packages, so this means you can run a true ARM64 OS on the Pi. Unfortunately, one of the major missing pieces with Debian on the Pi3 at this time is broken video support.

    A helpful person known as "SandPox" wrote to me in June to explain that they had working video for a custom kernel build on top of pure Debian on the Pi, and they achieved this simply by enabling CONFIG_FB_SIMPLE in the kernel configuration. On request, this has since been enabled for official Debian kernel builds.

  • The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 514
  • Weekly Kernel Development Summary – Aug 2, 2017
  • Artful Aardvark Alpha 2 Released

    The second alpha of the Artful Aardvark (to become 17.10) has now been released!

    This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Ubuntu Budgie and Ubuntu Kylin.

Ubuntu and Debian Development Reports

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Debian and Ubuntu Development Insights/Reports

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  • Apache Mesos on Debian

    I decided to try packaging Mesos for Debian/Stretch. I had a spare system with a i7-930 CPU, 48G of RAM, and SSDs to use for building. The i7-930 isn’t really fast by today’s standards, but 48G of RAM and SSD storage mean that overall it’s a decent build system – faster than most systems I run (for myself and for clients) and probably faster than most systems used by Debian Developers for build purposes.

  • Introducing the debhelper buildlabel prototype for multi-building packages

    For most packages, the “dh” short-hand rules (possibly with a few overrides) work great. It can often auto-detect the buildsystem and handle all the trivial parts.

    With one notably exception: What if you need to compile the upstream code twice (or more) with different flags? This is the case for all source packages building both regular debs and udebs.

  • More Lintian hacking
  • Antoine Beaupré: My free software activities, July 2017
  • uim package integration is working in progress
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Is Getting Volume Improvements, More GNOME Apps Ported as Snaps

    Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop team continues to work hard on making the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system the best GNU/Linux distro with the GNOME 3 desktop environment by default.

    Now that Unity is no longer the default desktop of Ubuntu for future releases, the stakes are high because there are some very popular Linux OSes out there already shipping with an out-of-the-box, well-designed GNOME desktop experience, so Canonical needs to up their game and bring as many user-requested features as possible.


Leftovers: Family Activity, Artful Alpha 2, Debian 9.1 and Ukuu

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  • Family - Find relatives

    Family_find_relatives is an extension of the Family activity which is aimed at providing a bit more challenge for someone who has already finished the family activity. The goal of this activity is: given a relation, the user will have to select a pair of node that correctly represents the given relation.

  • Artful Alpha 2 release candidate is ready for testing!

    Test if you can, on real hardware if possible, in virtual machines if not.

  • [Older] Debian patches plenty in new version 9.1

    The new release rolls up 26 security fixes that have landed since June. This one, which landed last week, is worth plucking out of the noise, with Debian joining others in patching the Heimdal Kerberos man-in-the-middle bug.

  • [Video] Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility (Ukuu)

    Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility (Ukuu) is a GUI tool to install a new Linux Kernel from Ubuntu Mainline PPA. Very useful tool if the existing Canonical managed kernel is causing you driver issues.

Debian: Forking Mon and DKIM, DebConf17

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  • Forking Mon and DKIM with Mailing Lists

    I have forked the “Mon” network/server monitoring system. Here is a link to the new project page [1]. There hasn’t been an upstream release since 2010 and I think we need more frequent releases than that. I plan to merge as many useful monitoring scripts as possible and support them well. All Perl scripts will use strict and use other best practices.

    The first release of etbe-mon is essentially the same as the last release of the mon package in Debian. This is because I started work on the Debian package (almost all the systems I want to monitor run Debian) and as I had been accepted as a co-maintainer of the Debian package I put all my patches into Debian.

  • Getting ready for DebConf17 in Montreal!
  • DebConf17 Schedule Published!

    The DebConf17 orga team is proud to announce that over 120 activities have been scheduled so far, including 45- and 20-minute talks, team meetings, and workshops, as well as a variety of other events.

Debian News, Ubuntu News, and Ubuntu-based BackBox Linux 5

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  • RC bugs 2017/08-29
  • Stable Debian releases
  • Debian 9.1 (Stretch) Brings Security Fixes For Anonymous Connections Over Tor and Drupal 7 CMS & Apache 2 Fixes
  • Plans for DebCamp17

    In a few days, I’ll be attending DebCamp17 in Montréal, Canada.

  • Yakkety Yak won’t come back: Linux users, it’s time to upgrade Ubuntu

    If you’re running Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak, released on October 13 2016, Ubuntu developer Canonical warns that now is the time to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04, known as Zesty Zapus. If you’re running a Linux distribution which is a version of Ubuntu with a different desktop environment, such as Kubuntu or Xubuntu, the same applies to you.

    Support for Yakkety Yak ceased on July 20, which means that version of Ubuntu will no longer receive security patches. However, if you’re running Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, you’ll still receive functionality and security patches until April 2021. That’s because it’s a long term support (LTS) release. Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus will be supported until January 2018.

  • Someone Finally Asks Why Ubuntu Has 3 Terminal Apps…

    I’ve often wondered why Ubuntu ships with several different terminal apps installed by default.

    It’s a minor little quirk, granted, and something few people will notice. But a query that has, from time to time, confused me.

    Naturally I presume there to be some differences between GNOME Terminal, Xterm and UXTerm. But those differences are, to my end-user eyes at least, not especially self-evident.

  • BackBox Linux 5 Released For Ethical Hacking And Pentesting Purposes

    If you’re looking for an Ubuntu-based ethical hacking and penetration testing operating system, BackBox Linux can fulfill your needs. BackBox Linux 5 has been just released after 7 months of development. It comes with Linux kernel 4.8, updated hacking tools, and a new logo.

Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 "Stretch" Live & Installable ISOs Now Available to Download

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As we reported the other day, the Debian Project unveiled the first point release of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system, but no installation or live ISOs were made available to download.

That changes today, July 23, 2017, as the Debian CD team lead by Steve McIntyre has prepared the new installation images of Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 "Stretch" for 64-bit (amd64), 32-bit (i386), PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian (ppc64el), ARM64 (AArch64), ARMhf, Armel, MIPS, MIPS 64-bit Little Endian (mips64el), MIPSEL, and IBM System z (s390x) hardware architectures.

Multi-arch images supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit (i386 and amd64) PCs are also available for download, along with a set of twelve source ISO images. On the other hand, the Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 "Stretch" Live ISOs come in the usual flavors with the GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, and Cinnamon desktop environments, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

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Also: Debian 9.1 GNU/Linux Released With 26 Security Fixes

Updated Debian 9: 9.1 released

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The Debian project is pleased to announce the first update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename "stretch"). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available.

Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 9 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old "stretch" media. After installation, packages can be upgraded to the current versions using an up-to-date Debian mirror.

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Also: Updated Debian 8: 8.9 released

Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 "Stretch" and Debian 8.9 "Jessie" Officially Released

Debian 9.1 Released Along With Debian 8.9

Debian and Ubuntu: /etc/motd, HackerNews, Default Apps For 18.04 LTS, EoL, and Ubunsys

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  • Fear and Loathing in Debian^H^H^H^H^H^H/Ubuntu (or: who needs /etc/motd)

    You know what’s even better then making something overcomplicated? Changing decades of expected behavior and not providing a way to, say, opt out. I don’t want to run a fuckload of stupid shell scripts every time I login that do super informative tasks like telling me the IP address assigned to my loopback device. I also don’t want to be told that I should use Landscape, or that there are 83 processes running on my machine.

  • ThankHN: A Thank-You Note to the HackerNews Community, from Ubuntu

    A huge THANK YOU to the entire HackerNews community, from the Ubuntu community!  Holy are an amazing bunch!  Your feedback in the thread, "Ask HN: What do you want to see in Ubuntu 17.10?" is almost unbelievable!

    We're truly humbled by your response.

    I penned this thread, somewhat on a whim, from the Terminal 2 lounge at London Heathrow last Friday morning before flying home to Austin, Texas.  I clicked "submit", closed my laptop, and boarded an 11-hour flight, wondering if I'd be apologizing to my boss and colleagues later in the day, for such a cowboy approach to Product Management...

  • Ubuntu Is Trying To Figure Out The Default Apps For 18.04 LTS

    Canonical is running a survey in trying to figure out what should be the default applications for next year's Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release.

  • Ubuntu 16.10 reaches end of life

    Nine months after its release, the "Yakkety Yak" Ubuntu release, also carrying the version number 16.10, reaches its last day of support. Those still using it should upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04.

  • Ubunsys An Advanced System Utility for Ubuntu (Dangerous As Well)

    Ubunsys gives you power to access some dangerous features of your Ubuntu system. It is an advanced system utility application designed for Ubuntu to manage you system with just mouse clicks. It can be help with package list, able to do changes on system configuration, updates, execute improves, fixes, executing actions to blow of mouse click.


Hands-on with Sparky Linux 5, powered by Debian

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I mentioned in my recent post about the release of Debian 9 (stretch) that the changes in Debian should soon start filtering through into the Debian-derived distributions. Sure enough, Sparky Linux announced a new release last weekend.

Sparky Linux is one of the few distributions which offers two versions, based on the Debian stable and testing branches. The new release is Sparky Linux 5, based on Debian testing.

The release announcement gives a brief overview, but because this version of Sparky is a rolling release distribution, there are not huge changes from the previous version.

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