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Red Hat Software Collections 2.4 and Red Hat Developer Toolset 6.1 Enter Beta

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The Red Hat Enterprise Linux team, through John Terrill, informs Softpedia today, April 5, 2017, about the availability of the Beta releases of the upcoming Red Hat Software Collections 2.4 and Red Hat Developer Toolset 6.1 tools.

Designed for aspiring developers who want to create modern applications, Red Hat Software Collections 2.4 Beta delivers a set of new language additions that include nginx 1.10, Node.js 6, Ruby 2.4, Ruby on Rails 5.0, and Scala 2.10, along with the Apache 2.4, Apache Maven 3.3, Eclipse 4.6.2, Python 2.7, and Thermostat 1.6 updated runtime languages and databases.

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Fedora: The Latest

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  • BacktrackAcademy is going to offer an online course using FEDORA and GNOME

    Thanks to BacktrackAcademy, newcomers and enthusiasts can learn more about the basics of Linux Administration. I am in charge of teaching an online course called Introduction to GNU/Linux in the platform that BacktrackAcademy offers. The course is going to be released into two weeks, and of course, the Operating System that I use is Fedora 25 and the user friendly Desktop: GNOME 3.22.

  • Fedora 26 Alpha released, and blivet-gui Anaconda Test Day on Thursday (2016-04-06)

    Hi again folks! Two bits of Fedora 26 news today. First off, Fedora 26 Alpha has been released! It got delayed by a couple of weeks due to rather a grab-bag of issues – mainly problems with FreeIPA and several kernel bugs – but the delays did at least mean we wound up with a really pretty solid build, according to our testing so far. Please do grab the Alpha, play around with it, and see how it works for you. Remember to read the Common Bugs page, though I’m still working on it at the moment.

  • Stepping out of Fedora: May to August 2017

    Transparency is the best policy and communication is key. This is why I felt it was important to make this announcement ahead of time to make clear expectations for the coming months. This past December, I was happy to accept a Production Engineer Intern position at Jump Trading, LLC. From June to August, I will be working at their office in Chicago, IL. I’m excited for this opportunity to learn from some of the sharpest people in the industry and to leave my own mark as an intern during the summer.

    During the hiring process, I was happy to ensure that contributing to open source software would still be possible during my time of employment. I saw during my on-site interview that Jump Trading employs open source software throughout the company but also contributes back to open source, either with hours or donations. However, while I am still able to contribute to Fedora, I do not anticipate being able to maintain the level of activity that I contribute at now during my internship.

  • Read your MRI using aeskulap in Fedora

    Open source probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about medicine. But with standards for exchanging digital data comes a foot in the door for open source. By implementing these standards, open source gives patients access to their medical data. An example is MRI image data.

  • Article about Nitrate in Methods & Tools

    Nitrate is an open source test plan, test run and test case management system I have been working on for a while now. I have been maintaining a custom fork over at Mr. Senko which includes various bug fixes and enhancements which are not yet upstream.

  • Updated F25-20170404 live isos released

    We the Fedora Respins-SIG are happy to announce new F25-20170404 Updated Lives. (with Kernel 4.10.8) This Release includes Security and Robotics Labs as Special requests.

Release for CentOS Linux 6.9

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We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS Linux
6.9 and install media for i386 and x86_64 Architectures. Release Notes
for 6.9 are available at:

CentOS Linux 6.9 is derived from source code released by Red Hat, Inc.
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9. All upstream variants have been placed
into one combined repository to make it easier for end users.
Workstation, server, and minimal installs can all be done from our
combined repository. All of our testing is only done against this
combined distribution.

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Red Hat and Fedora

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  • New CloudLinux 7 Kernel Security Update Fixes Out-of-Bounds Heap Access in XFRM

    CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi announced today, April 4, 2017, the general availability of an updated kernel package for the CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Hybrid operating system series.

    The new CloudLinux 7 kernel (version 3.10.0-427.36.1.lve1.4.44) is here to fix the CVE-2017-7184 security vulnerability discovered and patched in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating systems, which Red Hat marked as important and described as an out-of-bounds heap access in the XFRM framework.

  • Risk Malaise Alert in Option Market: Red Hat Inc Implied Price Swing Hits A Weakened Level
  • Fedora 25 Gets Another Set of Updated Live ISOs, Now with Linux Kernel 4.10.6

    Ben Williams, a Fedora Ambassador and founder of the Fedora Unity Project, announced the release of yet another set of updated Live ISO images for the Fedora 25 operating system series.

    Dubbed as Fedora 25 20170331 Lives, the new ISO snapshots are powered by the Linux 4.10.6 kernel and ship with all the latest security and software updates released on the official repositories of the operating system during the entire month of March 2017, since the release of the Fedora 25 20170228 Lives.

  • Fedora 26 Alpha Arrives with DNF 2.0, GNOME 3.24, GCC 7, and Linux Kernel 4.11

    Fedora Project's Ryan Lerch announced today, April 4, 2017, the release and immediate availability for download of the Alpha milestone of the upcoming Fedora 26 Linux operating system.

    After being delayed three times, Fedora 26 Alpha is finally here to let early adopters get a taste of what's coming in the final release of the GNU/Linux distribution. It's the first big step in the development cycle of the upcoming release, and it shows the progress made so far by the Fedora developers.

Red Hat and Fedora

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Fedora 26 Alpha available now

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The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Fedora 26 Alpha. The Alpha release is an important milestone towards the Fedora 26 release later this year.

You can download the Alpha versions of Fedora 26 Workstation and Fedora 26 Server from the pre-release pages of the Get Fedora website. Pre-release versions of the Fedora Spins, Fedora Labs, and Fedora for ARM are also available.

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Also: Fedora 26 Alpha Released

Red Hat and Fedora

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CentOS Linux, Scientific Linux, Red Hat and Fedora

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  • CentOS Linux 5, Scientific Linux 5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Reach End of Life

    The end of March 2017 concluded with the end of life for various GNU/Linux distributions based on the Red Hat's RHEL5 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5) series.

    Red Hat published today, April 3, 2017, the final notification for the retirement of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system, targeted at customers subscribed to the company's Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 channel. Users are being notified that Red Hat won't provide active support for RHEL5 starting March 31, 2017. However, Red Hat offers a special add-on for those who don't want to upgrade.

  • Flatpak 0.8.5 Improves Detection of Flatpakref Extensions, Needs Automake 1.13.4

    Alex Larsson from the Flatpak (formerly XDG-App) project, an open source initiative to develop a distro-agnostic Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework, announced today the release of Flatpak 0.8.5.

    Some of you out there reading our regular Flatpak reports may wonder what's Flatpak 0.8.5 doing here when we already got Flatpak 0.9.1. Well, it looks like the Flatpak devs are still maintaining the stable 0.8 series of the project for various GNU/Linux distributions that did not yet moved to the 0.9 branch.

  • (Spring-)Cleaning the Fedora Package Collection

    Spring arrived and doing spring-cleaning I thought about all the cleanup tasks in Fedora. If you are interested in doing some Fedora spring-cleaning, I will show you some opportunities to get your hand’s dirty and Fedora cleaner.

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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday
  • Recursive DNS Server Fingerprint Problem

    Our goal is to identify hijacked resolvers by analyzing their fingerprints, in order to increase safety of Internet users. To do that, we utilize data collected via RIPE Atlas (

  • Online developer tutorials are spreading XSS and SQL injection flaws

    The researchers, from across three universities in Germany and Trend Micro, checked the PHP code bases of more than 64,000 projects on Github and uncovered more than 100 vulnerabilities that they believe might have been introduced as a result of developers picking up the code that they used from online tutorials.

  • BrickerBot, the permanent denial-of-service botnet, is back with a vengeance

    BrickerBot, the botnet that permanently incapacitates poorly secured Internet of Things devices before they can be conscripted into Internet-crippling denial-of-service armies, is back with a new squadron of foot soldiers armed with a meaner arsenal of weapons.

  • Reproducible Builds: week 104 in Stretch cycle
  • Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files
    Webroot's security tools went berserk today, mislabeling key Microsoft Windows system files as malicious and temporarily removing them – knackering PCs in the process. Not only were people's individual copies of the antivirus suite going haywire, but also business editions and installations run by managed service providers (MSPs), meaning companies and organizations relying on the software were hit by the cockup. Between 1200 and 1500 MST (1800 and 2100 UTC) today, Webroot's gear labeled Windows operating system data as W32.Trojan.Gen – generic-Trojan-infected files, in other words – and moved them into quarantine, rendering affected computers unstable. Files digitally signed by Microsoft were whisked away – but, luckily, not all of them, leaving enough of the OS behind to reboot and restore the quarantined resources.
  • How The Update Framework Improves Security of Software Updates
    Updating software is one of the most important ways to keep users and organizations secure. But how can software be updated securely? That's the challenge that The Update Framework (TUF) aims to solve. Justin Cappos, assistant professor at New York University, detailed how TUF works and what's coming to further improve the secure updating approach in a session at last week's DockerCon 17 conference in Austin, Texas. Simply using HTTPS and Transport Layer Security (TLS) to secure a download isn't enough as there have been many publicly reported instances of software repositories that have been tampered with, Cappos said.
  • Security Updates for Ubuntu Phone to End in June
    Security updates for Ubuntu phone and tablet will end this June, Canonical has confirmed. Current OTA updates are currently limited to critical fixes and security updates — a decision we were first to tell you back in January. But after June 2017 Canonical “will no longer deliver any further updates”.
  • Canonical to stop supporting Ubuntu Phone in June
    Canonical had already announced development of its Ubuntu Phone software was ending. Now we know when the final nail goes in the coffin: June.
  • Malware Hunts And Kills Poorly Secured Internet Of Things Devices Before They Can Be Integrated Into Botnets
    Researchers say they've discovered a new wave of malware with one purpose: to disable poorly secured routers and internet of things devices before they can be compromised and integrated into botnets. We've often noted how internet-of-broken-things devices ("smart" doorbells, fridges, video cameras, etc.) have such flimsy security that they're often hacked and integrated into botnets in just a matter of seconds after being connected to the internet. These devices are then quickly integrated into botnets that have been responsible for some of the worst DDoS attacks we've ever seen (including last October's attack on DYN).


  • The Way GNOME Handles Wallpapers Really Annoys Me
    I love GNOME Shell — and no, not just because I’ve little choice now that is Ubuntu’s default desktop! But the more I use GNOME the more I learn that the desktop environment, like every other, has its own share of quirks, bugs and inconsistencies. Like the following appreciably niche niggle in the the way GNOME handles desktop wallpapers.
  • Drag-and-drop in lists
    I’ve recently had an occasion to implement reordering of a GtkListBox via drag-and-drop (DND). It was not that complicated. Since I haven’t seen drag-and-drop used much with list boxes, here is a quick summary of what is needed to get the basics working.

Containers News

  • How Kubernetes is making contributing easy
    As the program manager of the Kubernetes community at Google, Sarah Novotny has years of experience in open source communities including MySQL and NGINX. Sarah sat down with me at CloudNativeCon in Berlin at the end of March to discuss both the Kubernetes community and open source communities more broadly. Among the topics we covered in the podcast were the challenges inherent in shifting from a company-led project to a community-led one, principles that can lead to more successful communities, and how to structure decision-making.
  • How Microsoft helped Docker with LinuxKit and Moby Project [Ed: Microsoft 'helped'... embrace, extend, coerce; haven't Docker employees learned from history?]
    Today, supporting Linux is as critical to Microsoft as it is to Red Hat and SUSE.
  • How to make branding decisions in an open community
    On April 18, Docker founder Solomon Hykes made a big announcement via a pull request in the main Docker repo: "Docker is transitioning all of its open source collaborations to the Moby project going forward." The docker/docker repo now redirects to moby/moby, and Solomon's pull request updates the README and logo for the project to match. Reaction from the Docker community has been overwhelmingly negative. As of this writing, the Moby pull request has garnered 7 upvotes and 110 downvotes on GitHub. The Docker community is understandably frustrated by this opaque announcement of a fait accompli, an important decision that a hidden inner circle made behind closed doors. It's a textbook case of "Why wasn't I consulted?"

Ubuntu 17.04: Unity's swan song?

For the most part, not much has changed on Ubuntu's Desktop edition in the past year. Unity 7 has more or less remained the same while work was progressing on the next version of the desktop, Unity 8. However, now that both desktops are being retired in favour of the GNOME desktop, running Ubuntu 17.04 feels a bit strange. This week I was running software that has probably reached the end of its life and this version of Ubuntu will only be supported for nine months. I could probably get the same desktop experience and most of the same hardware support running Ubuntu 16.04 and get security updates through to 2021 in the bargain. In short, I don't think Ubuntu 17.04 offers users anything significant over last year's 16.04 LTS release and it will be retired sooner. That being said, I could not help but be a little wistful about using Unity 7 again. Even though it has been about a year since I last used Unity, I quickly fell back into the routine and I was once more reminded how pleasant it can be to use Unity. The desktop is geared almost perfectly to my workflow and the controls are set up in a way that reduces my mouse usage to almost nothing. I find Unity a very comfortable desktop to use, especially when application menus have been moved from the top panel to inside their own windows. While there are some projects trying to carry on development of Unity, this release of Ubuntu feels like Unity's swan song and I have greatly enjoyed using the desktop this week. While there is not much new in Ubuntu 17.04, the release is pretty solid. Apart from the confusion that may arise from having three different package managers, I found Ubuntu to be capable, fairly newcomer friendly and stable. Everything worked well for me, at least on physical hardware. Unity is a bit slow to use in a virtual machine, but the distribution worked smoothly on my desktop computer. Read more