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All about Debian 9 'Stretch,' the Linux distro that just works

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Debian 9 "Stretch" just came out, and as far as Linux distros go, Debian stands apart as a distribution meant for stability. Sure, most desktop users might choose Ubuntu or Fedora for their desktop PC, while users who are more willing to get their hands dirty might opt for Arch or Gentoo. Hackers might gravitate to Kali, while the paranoid among us might look for something like TAILS.

There's a lot to take in with a Debian release, but there are a few key notes for the average desktop user.

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Meet ROCK64, a 4K-Capable Single-Board Computer That Can Run Android 7.1, Debian

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After launching PINE A64 as the world's first $15 open source gaming machine that runs Android and other Linux-based operating systems, the PINE64 company has created a new, more powerful single-board computer that they call ROCK64.

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Debian vs Ubuntu: Which is Best for You?

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Debian and Ubuntu are the most influential Linux distributions ever. Of the 290 active distributions currently listed on Distrowatch, 131 are derived from Debian, including Ubuntu, and another 58 are derived directly from Ubuntu -- roughly two-thirds. Yet the experience of using them differs in just about every aspect. Consequently, choosing between them is no easy matter.

Asked to explain the difference between the two distributions, most users would describe Debian as an expert's distribution, and Ubuntu as a beginner's. These characterizations are partly true, but exaggerated. Debian's reputation rests on its state over a decade ago, and today Debian allows as much hands-on control as each user chooses. Today, it would be better described as a distribution for all levels of users, provided that they are willing to do their own maintenance. Extensive help on the Debian wiki makes this do-it-yourself philosophy less formidable than it might first sound.

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Debian-Based Pardus 17.0 Linux Distribution Released with Xfce 4.12 Desktop

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The development team behind the Debian-based Pardus Linux distribution for Turkish-speaking users are proud to announce today the release and immediate availability for download of Pardus 17.0.

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Leftovers: Debian and Ubuntu

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  • Debian 9 release party at Co-hive

    One of the exercises that I do in physiotherapy sessions is walk cross-legged on a line. While doing it today, it occurred to me that this is the same test that a Police inspector would do if they caught you drinking or are suspected of drunk driving. While some in the police force have now also have breath analyzer machines to determine alcohol content in the breath and body (and ways to deceive it are also there) the above exercise is still an integral part of examination. Now few of my friends who do drink have and had made expertise of walking on a line, while I due to this neurological disorder still have issues of walking on a line. So while I don’t think of a drinking party in the near future (6 months at least), if I ever do get caught with a friend who is drunk (by association I would also be a suspect) by a policeman who doesn’t have a breath analyzer machine, I could be in a lot of trouble. In addition if I tell him I have a neurological disorder I am bound to land up in a cell as he will think I’m trying to make a fool of him. If you are able to picturize the situation, I’m sure you will get a couple of laughs.

  • Simplifying local development: The ./run executable

    Canonical’s webteam manage over 18 websites as well as many supporting projects and frameworks. These projects are built with any combination of Python, Ruby, NodeJS, Go, PostgreSQL, MongoDB or OpenStack Swift.

    We have 9 full-time developers – half the number of websites we have. And naturally some of our projects get a lot of time spent on them (like www.ubuntu.com), and others only get worked on once every few months. Most devs will touch most projects at some point, and some may work on a few of them in any given day.

  • Ubuntu Foundations Development Summary: July 5, 2017

    This newsletter is to provide a status update from the Ubuntu Foundations Team. There will also be highlights provided for any interesting subjects the team may be working on.

Debian GNU/Linux: Jessie is out, Stretch is in, Buster is started

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The recent release of Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch) has gotten me thinking about the Debian development/release cycle again.

It is actually pretty interesting, and quite different from any other Linux distribution that I am familiar with. There are three main Debian branches - "stable", "testing" and "unstable", with names (taken from characters in the Toy Story movies) given to each branch, and numbers assigned to each release as they move to "stable". That may sound confusing, but a little bit of an example should clear it up.

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First Point Release of Tails 3.0 Anonymous Linux OS Supports Latest Tor Update

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The Debian-based Tails amnesic incognito live system, also known as the anonymous operating system, has been updated today to version 3.0.1, the first point release of the major Tails 3.0 stable series.

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Open-spec, RPi-style SBC features new Rockchip RK3328

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Pine64’s Raspberry Pi-style “Rock64” SBC offers a quad -A53 RK3328 SoC with GbE and USB 3.0 ports for $25, $35, or $45 with 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of RAM.

Yet another community-backed SBC with the same size, layout, expansion connector, and basic specs of a Raspberry Pi has reached market. While most of the pseudo Pi clones are based on Allwinner SoCs — and Pine64 previously tapped an Allwinner A64 for its Pine A64 SBC and SoPine A64 COM — the new Rock64 instead runs on Rockchip’s brand new quad-core, Cortex-A53 RK3328.

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Debian/Ubuntu and Derivatives: End of Life, Proxmox, Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Wallpapers, Linux Mint 18.2 Upgrade, and Zorin OS Release

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  • Ubuntu 16.10 Yaketty Yak Support Ends On July 20, Time To Say Goodbye

    If you’re running Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak on your machine, it’s time for an upgrade. The open source Linux distribution has reached the end of its support cycle after nine months. It has been announced that Canonical will be cutting off all the updates and security patches for Ubuntu 16.10 on July 20.

  • Proxmox Virtual Environment 5.0 Released, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch"

    Proxmox VE (Virtual Environment) project leader Martin Maurer is pleased to announce today the release and immediate availability for download of the Proxmox VE 5.0 operating system.

    Based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system, Proxmox 5.0 "Virtual Environment" is here to introduce a bunch of new functionalities and under-the-hood improvements, and the biggest of them all is the implementation of a new Proxmox VE storage replication stack.

  • Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Wallpaper Contest Is Open for Entries

    Grab your camera, your best lens and head outside because the Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Wallpaper Contest is now open for entries. Inspired by the Ubuntu wallpaper contests of old, Ubuntu Budgie is seeking out a sumptuous set of stunning scenes to ship as background images by default in its upcoming release.

  • Linux Mint 18.2 in-place upgrade path now ready

    Linux Mint 18.2 was released just a couple of days ago, and already the development team have enabled the upgrade path for users running Linux Mint 18 or Linux Mint 18.1; this is quite surprising as it has usually taken a week or so, in the past, to switch on upgrades.

  • Zorin OS 12 Lite Edition Released as the Biggest Leap Forward for the Distro Yet

    The Zorin OS developers are pleased to announce today the release and immediate availability of the Zorin OS 12 Lite operating system, the biggest leap forward for the lightweight distro designed for old and low-spec computers.

    Based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and powered by the Linux 4.8 HWE kernel from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Zorin OS 12 Lite introduces support for more hardware components, an extra layer of performance improvements, the latest security enhancements, and an updated user experience with up-to-date applications and a refreshed design.

Proxmox VE 5.0 released

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We are really happy to announce the general availability of Proxmox VE 5.0!

This new major release 5.0 sets another milestone in the 9-year-long history of the open-source virtualization and container platform Proxmox VE, and also is the base for many new features to come within the Proxmox VE 5.x family.

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Security: WPA2, Smartwatches, Google, NSA, Microsoft and Flexera FUD

  • WPA2 flaw's worst impact on Android, Linux devices

    The flaw in the WPA2 wireless protocol revealed recently has a critical impact on Android phones running version 6.0 of the mobile operating system and Linux devices, a security researcher says.

  • Why the Krack Wi-Fi Mess Will Take Decades to Clean Up

    But given the millions of routers and other IoT devices that will likely never see a fix, the true cost of Krack could play out for years.

  • 'All wifi networks' are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers

    WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken by Belgian researchers, highlighting potential for internet traffic to be exposed

  • Kids' smartwatches can be 'easily' hacked, says watchdog

    Smartwatches bought for children who do not necessarily need them can be hacked [sic], according to a warning out of Norway and its local Consumer Council (NCC).

  • John Lewis pulls children's smartwatch from sale over spying fears

    The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) revealed that several brands of children’s smartwatch, have such poor security controls that hackers [sic] could easily follow their movements and eavesdrop on conversations.

  • Google's 'Advanced Protection' Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before

    Google hasn't shared the details of what that process entails. But the CDT's Hall, whom Google briefed on the details, says it will include a "cooling-off" period that will lock the account for a period of time while the user proves his or her identity via several other factors. That slowed-down, intensive check is designed to make the account-recovery process a far less appealing backdoor into victims' data.

  • NSA won't say if it knew about KRACK, but don't look to this leaked doc for answers
    Given how involved the NSA has been with remote and local exploitation of networks, systems, devices, and even individuals, many put two and two together and assumed the worst. What compounded the matter was that some were pointing to a 2010-dated top secret NSA document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, which detailed a hacking tool called BADDECISION, an "802.11 CNE tool" -- essentially an exploit designed to target wireless networks by using a man-in-the-middle attack within range of the network. It then uses a frame injection technique to redirect targets to one of the NSA's own servers, which acts as a "matchmaker" to supply the best malware for the target device to ensure it's compromised for the long-term. The slide said the hacking tool "works for WPA/WPA2," suggesting that BADDECISION could bypass the encryption. Cue the conspiracy theories. No wonder some thought the hacking tool was an early NSA-only version of KRACK.
  • You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early [Ed: Says the company that gives back doors to the NSA and attacks FOSS with patents, lobbying etc.]
  • Why Open Source Security Matters for Healthcare Orgs [Ed: marketing slant for firms that spread FUD]
    Open source software can help healthcare organizations remain flexible as they adopt new IT solutions, but if entities lack open source security measures it can lead to larger cybersecurity issues. A recent survey found that organizations in numerous industries might not be paying enough attention to potential open source risk factors. Half of all code used in commercial and Internet of Things (IoT) software products is open source, but only 37 percent of organizations have an open source acquisition or usage policy, according to a recent Flexera report. More than 400 commercial software suppliers and in-house software development teams were interviewed, with respondent roles including software developers, DevOps, IT, engineering, legal, and security.

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The most promising linux distributions in 2017

Linux distributions have already gained recognition of its users and with every year new products appear in the market. Many of them focus on the certain tasks, so you can’t create a single list of the best ones. Here we have chosen several fields of Linux use and those distributions that have all chances to take the initial positions in their niche in 2017. Read more

Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) released

Codenamed "Artful Aardvark", Ubuntu 17.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technology into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. As always, the team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs. Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 4.13-based kernel, glibc 2.26, gcc 7.2, and much more. Ubuntu Desktop has had a major overhaul, with the switch from Unity as our default desktop to GNOME3 and gnome-shell. Along with that, there are the usual incremental improvements, with newer versions of GTK and Qt, and updates to major packages like Firefox and LibreOffice. Read more Also: Ubuntu 17.10 Debuts Officially with GNOME 3.26 on Top of Wayland, Linux 4.13 How to: Upgrade Ubuntu 17.04 to Ubuntu 17.10 Ubuntu 17.10 ISOs Officially Released 10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.10 Ubuntu 17.10 Now Available to Download, This Is What’s New How to Enable Night Light on Ubuntu 17.10 Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark Released With New Features — Download Torrents And ISO Files Here Ubuntu Flavors, Including Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Are Available to Download Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' ditches Unity for Gnome