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Kali Linux Versus Parrot Security OS: Pentest Linux Distribution Comparison

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Today, there are Linux distributions for all kinds of applications. While most people are familiar with general-purpose distributions like Debian, Fedora, or Arch Linux, pentest (short for penetration testing) Linux distributions are typically used only by security professionals, researchers, and hackers.
If you don’t fit into any of those categories, it doesn’t mean that you have no use for pentest Linux distributions. Regardless of whether you want to pursue a career in information security, become a Linux administrator, or just learn more about computers and networks, pentest Linux distributions let you get hands-on experience with technologies most people only read about.

In this article, we compare what are currently the two most popular pentest Linux distributions, Kali Linux and Parrot Security OS, to help you get started on your pentest journey. While you can use both Kali Linux and Parrot Security OS as your main operating system, most pentesters run them from a USB drive instead to increase their privacy and security.

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The 10 Best Linux Games You Can Play for Free

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Are you just setting off on your Linux gaming adventure? Then you need to know about the best Linux games you can play for free. So many great Windows games are available on Linux, and there’s even a few unmissable titles that are only available on Linux.

So, if you’re looking for the best Linux games to play for free, here are 10 titles to get you started…

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GNU/Linux on Chromebooks: the Latest

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  • GPU Acceleration Enabled For Linux Apps on Pixelbook and Handful of Other Chromebooks

    According to a recent report over at About Chromebooks, Google’s Pixelbook and devices based on the ‘Nami’ baseboard are getting a very early taste of GPU acceleration for Linux Apps.

    We’ve talked about all this a bit more in-depth in the past, but here’s the reason this is important: GPU acceleration allows applications to fully leverage the GPU (graphics processing unit) present in all Chromebooks to better run graphic-intensive tasks like image editing, video editing, and gaming.

  • Testing the Linux virtual machine on Chrome OS

    As part of my ongoing quest to assess the feasibility of alternative (i.e. non-Windows or –macOS-based) computing platforms, regular readers may remember that I've so far published two posts on my experiences using a Chrome OS-based Google Pixelbook (its predecessor, a Toshiba Chromebook 2 2014 edition, still doesn't have long-promised Android support, by the way ... and if you'd like to follow in my footsteps, Pixelbook refurbs are on sale at Best Buy). In my most recent writeup, I discussed how the ability to run Android apps on top of Chrome OS significantly enhanced its viability as a mainstream operating system alternative. However, I also commented "these are [Android] apps originally intended for use on comparatively resource-poor smartphones and tablets." While they may have "light memory and CPU horsepower demands (versus, say, a full-blown macOS or Windows app equivalent)," this means that they also tend to be feature-deficient compared to a full-blown macOS or Windows app equivalent.

  • Snapdragon Chromebook ‘Cheza’ Ushers In Updated Linux Kernel

    Currently, the most recent version of the Linux kernel that can be found in a Chromebook is 4.4 and that only includes a relatively small percentage of all the Chrome devices on the market.

    With the exception of older Baytrail devices, kernel version 4.4 is found exclusively in Kaby Lake, Apollo Lake and OP1(RockChip RK3399) machines. These Linux kernels are at the core of what makes an operating system a functioning thing. The central nervous system, if you will.

ArchLabs Refresh Release, 2019.01.20

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Gidday ArchLabbers,
Happy New Year. With the new year comes an ISO refresh.
All changes are listed at the change-log.
If you encounter any issues, please post them at the forum. Also, ArchLabs related bugs need to be raised at BitBucket.

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GNU Parallel and FreeDink Releases

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Radio Telescopes Horn In With GNU Radio

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Who doesn’t like to look up at the night sky? But if you are into radio, there’s a whole different way to look using radio telescopes. [John Makous] spoke at the GNU Radio Conference about how he’s worked to make a radio telescope that is practical for even younger students to build and operate.

The only real high tech part of this build is the low noise amplifier (LNA) and the project is in reach of a typical teacher who might not be an expert on electronics. It uses things like paint thinner cans and lumber. [John] also built some blocks in GNU Radio that made it easy for other teachers to process the data from a telescope. As he put it, “This is the kind of nerdy stuff I like to do.” We can relate.

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New Releases: Kodachi 5.8, Tails RC, HardenedBSD Stable, KookBook 0.2.0

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  • Kodachi 5.8 The Secure OS

    Linux Kodachi operating system is based on Debian 9.5 / Ubuntu 18.04 it will provide you with a secure, anti-forensic, and anonymous operating system considering all features that a person who is concerned about privacy would need to have in order to be secure.
    Kodachi is very easy to use all you have to do is boot it up on your PC via USB drive then you should have a fully running operating system with established VPN connection + Connection established + service running. No setup or knowledge is required from your side we do it all for you. The entire OS is functional from your temporary memory RAM so once you shut it down no trace is left behind all your activities are wiped out.
    Kodachi is a live operating system that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to:

  • Call for testing: [Tails] 3.12~rc1

    You can help Tails! The first release candidate for the upcoming version 3.12 is out. We are very excited and cannot wait to hear what you think about it, especially the new simplified USB installation method (see below). Smile

  • Stable release: HardenedBSD-stable 12-STABLE v1200058.2
  • KookBook 0.2.0 available – now manage your cooking recipes better

    Some people have started talking about maybe translation of the interface. I might look into that in the future.

    And I wouldn’t be sad if some icon artists provided me with a icon slightly better than the knife I drew. Feel free to contact me if that’s the case.

    Happy kooking!

GNOME/Xfce/GTK: Exo 0.12.4 and Libhandy 0.0.7 Released

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  • Exo 0.12.4 Released

    Exo 0.12.4 is now available with an improved icon view, better icon rendering, and reduced disk usage.

  • My Name is Handy, Lib Handy

    Libhandy 0.0.7 just got released!


    A common pattern in GNOME applications is lists, which are typically implemented via GtkListBox. More specific patterns arose, where rows have a title at the start, an optional subtitle below it, actions at the end and an icon or some other widget like a radio button as a prefix. These rows can also be expanded to reveal nested rows or anything else that fits the need.

    So far every application using these patterns implemented the rows by hand for each and every row. It made using these a bit cumbersome and it led to inconsistencies in sizing, even inside a single application. To make these patterns easier to use, we implemented HdyActionRow, HdyComboRow and HdyExpanderRow.

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Roundup of Wine 4.0 Release Coverage

  • Wine 4.0 Released
    The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 4.0 is now available.
  • Wine 4.0 Officially Released with Vulkan & Direct3D 12 Support, HiDPI on Android
    The Wine project proudly announced today the general availability of the Wine 4.0 release, a major version of the open-source software that lets Linux and macOS users install and use Windows apps on their computers. Wine 4.0 comes about a year after the Wine 3.0 release, which was the first to introduce an Android driver to allow users run Windows apps and games on devices powered by Google's Android mobile OS, Direct3D 11 support by default for AMD Radeon and Intel GPUs, a task scheduler, as well as AES encryption support on macOS. With Wine 4.0, the team continues to improve the free and open-source compatibility layer that allows Windows program to run on Linux and Mac computers, adding new features like support for the next-generation Vulkan graphics API, Direct3D 12 support, HiDPI (High-DPI) support on Android, and support for game controllers.
  • Wine 4.0 Released With New Features: Run Windows Apps On Linux Efficiently
    With Microsoft’s initiative to bring Linux Bash Shell on Windows 10, the Windows users are now able to run their favorite Linux tools on their current operating system. But what if you need to run full-fledged Windows apps and games on a Linux distro? In that case, a software like Wine is really helpful. The developers of this utility have recently released the new version, i.e., 4.0, with lots of features. Wine 4.0 is the result of a year of development effort.
  • Wine 4.0 Released With Vulkan Support, Initial Direct3D 12 Support, CSMT Enabled By Default
    After being in development for a year, Wine 4.0 is now available for download. The new stable Wine release includes important changes like support for Vulkan, Direct3D 12 and game controllers. For those that might not be familiar with it, Wine is a Windows compatibility layer for Linux that lets you run Windows applications and games on Linux, macOS, and Android (experimental). Wine is used by Proton, Valve's Steam Play compatibility layer that allows playing Windows games on Linux, and by CrossOver, a commercial Microsoft Windows compatibility layer for macOS and Linux, among others.
  • Wine 4.0 is Here with Significant New Features
    Not everyone prefers to use Wine. But, if you have a favorite app/service that is not yet available for Linux, you can try Wine in order to run Windows apps or games. For those who are not aware of Wine, it’s a software that lets you run Windows-only applications and games on Linux. Want iTune on Linux, Wine is your best bet.
  • Wine 4.0 Released With Vulkan Support, Initial Direct3D 12 and Better HiDPI
  • Wine 4.0 Officially Released With Vulkan Support, Initial Direct3D 12 & Better HiDPI
    Wine 4.0 is now officially available as the new annual stable release to Wine for running Windows programs and games on Linux and other operating systems. Following seven weekly release candidates, Wine 4.0 was ready to ship today as judged by Wine founder Alexandre Julliard. Wine 4.0 is a big release bringing initial Vulkan graphics API support, Direct3D CSMT is enabled by default, early Direct3D 12 support via VKD3D, continued HiDPI work, various OpenGL improvements, multi-sample D3D texture support, 64-bit improvements, continued Android support, and much more... See our Wine 4.0 feature overview to learn more about this big update.
  • Just over a year after the last main release, Wine 4.0 is officially here
    You might want to grab a glass for this one, no not that dusty old thing, one of the nice ones. The ones at the back of the cupboard for special occasions! Wine 4.0 is officially here. Comparing Wine 3.0 to 4.0, naturally it's a pretty huge release. Although, most people have likely been using the development builds for some time.

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