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Q4OS 3.4 Centaurus, testing

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A significant update to the Q4OS Centaurus testing version is available for download, you can find 64bit iso image at the dedicated Testing releases site. Anybody is invited to try it out and report bugs and glitches.

This release brings quite significant changes and improvements, the most important one is that Q4OS switched to the Calamares installer. That offers nice new installation features, for example fully encrypt target system, easy disk drive partitioning and many others. Another important change is move to the new Trinity 14.0.6 development version. All dependencies from the current stable Q4OS Scorpion has been removed, so the Centaurus now becomes fully independent getting its own repositories and dependencies. Secure boot support has been improved too. The Calamares installer detects, if secure boot is active and adjusts the target system accordingly. If secure boot is switched off in the firmware, no Secure boot stuff is installed.

Q4OS Centaurus 3.4 is based on the current Debian 'Buster' and Trinity desktop 14.0.6 development branches. Q4OS Centaurus will be in development until Debian Buster becomes stable, and will be supported at least five years from the official release date.

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New SparkyLinux 5.5 "Nibiru" ISOs Released with Latest Debian Buster Updates

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The new SparkyLinux 5.5 "Nibiru" Rolling images are now synced with the Debian Testing (soon to become Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster") software repositories as of September 17, 2018, which means that they are now shipping the Linux 4.18.6 kernel, the Calamares 3.2.1 installer, as well as the latest GCC 8 system compiler by default aas GCC 7 has been completely removed.

"There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 5.5 “Nibiru” available to download. The live system of MinimalGUI/CLI uses Debian’s Linux kernel 4.18.6 as default. The live system of LXQt, due to a problem with long loading the desktop, features Sparky’s Linux kernel 4.18.8 (32bit pae/64bit amd64) as default; and the Debian’s one as well," reads the release announcement.

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Debian Patches for Intel's Defects, Canonical to Fix Ubuntu Security Flaws for a Fee

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  • Debian Outs Updated Intel Microcode to Mitigate Spectre V4 and V3a on More CPUs

    The Debian Project released an updated Intel microcode firmware for users of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series to mitigate two of the latest Spectre vulnerabilities on more Intel CPUs.

    Last month, on August 16, Debian's Moritz Muehlenhoff announced the availability of an Intel microcode update that provided Speculative Store Bypass Disable (SSBD) support needed to address both the Spectre Variant 4 and Spectre Variant 3a security vulnerabilities.

    However, the Intel microcode update released last month was available only for some types of Intel CPUs, so now the Debian Project released an updated version that implements SSBD support for additional Intel CPU models to mitigate both Spectre V4 and V3a on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" systems.

  • Announcing Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS – “Trusty Tahr” [Ed: Canonical looking to profit from security flaws in Ubuntu like Microsoft does in Windows.]

    Ubuntu is the basis for the majority of cloud-based workloads today. With over 450 million public cloud instances launched since the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, a number that keeps accelerating on a day-per-day basis since, many of the largest web-scale deployments are using Ubuntu. This includes financial, big data, media, and many other workloads and use cases, which rely on the stability and continuity of the underlying operating system to provide the mission-critical service their customers rely on.

    Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) was introduced for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS as a way to extend the availability of critical and important security patches beyond the nominal End of Life date of Ubuntu 12.04. Organisations use ESM to address security compliance concerns while they manage the upgrade process to newer versions of Ubuntu under full support. The ability to plan application upgrades in a failsafe environment continues to be cited as the main value for adoption of ESM. With the End of Life of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in April 2019, and to support the planning efforts of developers worldwide, Canonical is announcing the availability of ESM for Ubuntu 14.04.

  • Canonical Announces Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Extended Security Maintenance

    Canonical announced today that it would extend its commercial Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) offering to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series starting May 2019.

    Last year on April 28, 2017, when the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system series reached end of life, Canonical announced a new way for corporate users and enterprises to receive security updates if they wanted to keep their current Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installations and had no plans to upgrade to a newer LTS (Long Term Support) release. The offering was called Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and had a great success among businesses.

Debian-based Liberado MiniNo Queiles 3.1 LTS, Early Look at Debian-based Elive 3.0 and a DD's Request

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  • Liberado MiniNo Queiles 3.1 LTS
  • The Blue Bird Effect: Scanning with an Epson XP 231 multifunction printer on Elive 3

    Mamerto Menapace, an Argentinian monk, wrote a story entitled "El Pajaro Azul" ("The Blue Bird").  In this story, a prince gradually falls very sick and no doctor can determine the source of his disease. A hermit is brought from his mountain as the last hope, and this wise man tells everyone that the prince is dying of nostalgia.  To get cured, the prince must start a journey looking for a rare blue bird. 

    [...]

    In Elive, one has to basically use SciTE as root to open the files dll.conf (to add the line example-backend), epson.conf, and epson2.conf (to add the values that one gets with the comand sane-find-scanner in Terminology).  In my case, I had to uncomment, in both files, the line usb 0x01aa 0x0001 and modify it to read:

    usb 0x04b8 0x1102

    That was it.

    Now I can both print and scan on Elive 3.0

  • Recommendations for software?

    Secondly the excellent Have I Been Pwned site provides an API which allows you to test if a password has been previously included in a leak. This is great, and I've integrated their API in a couple of my own applications, but I was thinking on the bus home tonight it might be worth tying into PAM.

    Sure in the interests of security people should use key-based authentication for SSH, but .. most people don't. Even so, if keys are used exclusively, a PAM module would allow you to validate the password which is used for sudo hasn't previously been leaked.

    So it seems like there is value in a PAM module to do a lookup at authentication-time, via libcurl.

Debian and Ubuntu: Decommissioned Mirror, TeX Live, and Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter

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  • PSA: the.earth.li ceasing Debian mirror service

    This is a public service announcement that the.earth.li (the machine that hosts this blog) will cease service as a Debian mirror on 1st February 2019 at the latest.

    It has already been removed from the official list of Debian mirrors. Please update your sources.list to point to an alternative sooner rather than later.

  • Debian/TeX Live binaries update 2018.20180907.48586-1

    A new set of TeX Live binaries has been uploaded to Debian, based on the Subversion status as of 7 September (rev 48586). Aim was mostly fixing a bug of (x)dvipdfm(x) introduced by a previous upload. But besides fixing this, it also brought the new version of dvisvgm (2.5) into Debian.

    [...]

    The current sources also contain another cherry picked bug fix for dvipdfmx, but unfortunately I will have to stop now using the subversion tree as is, due to the inclusion of an intermediate luatex release I am not convinced I want to see in Debian before the proper release of TeX Live 2019. That means, from now on I have to cherry pick till the next TeX Live release.

  • How to install the Dolibarr ERP/CRM on Ubuntu 18.04
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 544

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 544 for the week of September 3 – 9, 2018.

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New Site and Release: Elive 3.0

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More than 2500 own packages with detailed customizations, tons of customizations and integrations between parts to communicate and work together, own designs, special and unique features, and the gigantic list of characteristics listed here... definitively this is not just a debian with enlightenment.

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  • ELIVE 3.0 STABLE IS RELEASED!

    After 8 years of silent development, the third stable version of Elive is out, the result is simply amazing and the integration is gorgeous, it is not even possible to describe every inside feature and the new website only contains a small portion of its characteristics.

    Unfortunately not everything is rainbows and perfection, the lack of resources made the release being too much delayed, and this leaded to old packages and drivers, but even with that, the final result is really worth of it, Elive 3.0 is the most useful system ever made, perfect for the daily use, rock solid, beautiful and full of hidden features, with every simplified aspect to make it usable for any user level.

    If all this was not enough this version is the most powerful version, maintaining its lightness in resources and blazing fast responsiveness, do not hesitate to put this polished and ready to use system in every computer for any purpose.

    And even better again, the final stable version is entirely cost-free, limitless with all its features, to make it easier to more people in the world can use it, specially the ones with the lower resources.

New Review of LMDE and Late Announcement of Release

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  • Cinnamon Mint for Debian Just as Tasty

    The official release of version 3 of Linux Mint Debian Edition hit the download servers at summer's end, offering a subtle alternative to the distro's Ubuntu-based counterpart.

    Codenamed "Cindy," the new version of LMDE is based on Debian 9 Stretch and features the Cinnamon desktop environment. Its release creates an unusual situation in the world of Linux distro competition. Linux Mint developers seem to be in competition with themselves.

    LMDE is an experimental release. The Linux Mint community offers its flagship distro based on Ubuntu Linux in three desktop versions: Cinnamon, Mate and Xfce.

    The Debian version is different under the hood.

    For example, the software package base is provided by Debian repositories instead of from Ubuntu repositories. Another difference is the lack of point releases in LMDE. The only application updates between each annual major upgrade are bug and security fixes.

  • Linux Mint Debian Edition 3 "Cindy" Cinnamon Is Out, Here's How to Upgrade Now

    Linux Mint's Clement Lefebvre announced the release of the Linux Mint Debian Edition 3 "Cindy" Cinnamon Edition operating system based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux technologies.

    Continuing the dream of offering users an alternative to the standard, Ubuntu-based Linux Mint editions, Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 3 "Cindy" Cinnamon Edition is now available to download and ships with the latest Cinnamon 3.8 desktop environment and it uses the repositories of the latest stable Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

Tails 3.9 is out

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Tails 3.9 is the biggest update of Tails this year!

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UCS 4.3-2 Published! New: Maintenance Mode for Release Updates …

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UCS 4.3-2 now offers a maintenance mode for importing release updates via Univention Management Console (UMC). UMC is the web-based, graphical user interface for the administration of the entire domain. In the past, when a release update was recorded, short-term failures of the UMC could occur, for example, because the updated services were restarted. This new maintenance mode significantly improves the reliability during the import of release updates via UMC. In addition, you can now track the progress of the updates.

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Debian and Ubuntu: LTS Work, LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition), Ubuntu 18.10, ‘Software Center’ Revamp, Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter

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  • Holger Levsen: 20180901-lts-201808
  • My Free Software Activities in July & August 2018 [by Raphaël Hertzog]

    My monthly report covers a large part of what I have been doing in the free software world. I write it for my donors (thanks to them!) but also for the wider Debian community because it can give ideas to newcomers and it’s one of the best ways to find volunteers to work with me on projects that matter to me.

  • Ubuntu free Linux Mint Project, LMDE 3 ‘Cindy’ Cinnamon, released

    The Linux Mint Project community announced the release of LMDE 3 Cinnamon, codenamed as ‘Cindy’. LMDE( Linux Mint Debian Edition) is a Linux Mint project where the main goal of Linux Mint team is to see how viable their distribution would be and how much work would be necessary if Ubuntu was ever to disappear.

    LMDE aims to be similar to Linux Mint, but without the use of Ubuntu. Instead, LMDE package base is provided by Debian.

    LMDE 3 Cindy includes some bug and security fixes. However, the Debian base package stands unchanged. Mint and desktop components are updated continuously. Once ready, the newly developed features get directly into LMDE. These changes are staged for inclusion in the next upcoming Linux Mint point release, which is not yet disclosed.

  • Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish WON’T Ship With Android Integration

    Earlier this year in May, we reported regarding Canonical’s interest in shipping Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish with inbuilt Android integration. In the latest development, as it turns out, it’s not going to happen.

    As per a report by OMGUbuntu, the Ubuntu developers aren’t satisfied with the current state of GSconnect GNOME Shell extension. For those who don’t know, the developers were planning to bring an out-of-the-box Android integration with the help of this extension only.

  • See Canonical’s Mockups for a Major ‘Software Center’ Revamp

    A major redesign of the Ubuntu Software app is being proposed by Canonical.

    The planned overhaul, hammered out at a design sprint hosted by Canonical back in June, wants to make it easier for you, me, and everyone else to “discover” new apps, more often,

    Canonical design team member Matthew Paul Thomas has produced a series of mockups depicting an idealised “front page ” for the GNOME Software & Ubuntu Software stores, aimed at making the catalog a more exciting and dynamic place

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 543

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 543 for the week of August 27 – September 2, 2018.

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