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OpenIndiana 2015.03 "Hipster" Solaris OS Adds Enlightenment 0.19 as Alternative Desktop

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After half of year of development, Ken Mays announced earlier this week the availability of a new OpenIndiana release, 2015.03, dubbed Hipster. OpenIndiana is the continuation of the OpenSolaris operating system, and this new release introduces several updated packages, an alternative desktop environment, and various under-the-hood improvements.

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elementary OS 0.4 Loki Will Be Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Development Started

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elementary OS 0.3 Freya is not even finished and the hard working team behind one of the most beautiful distributions of Linux have started development on the next major release of the operating system, elementary OS 0.4, which is rumored to be released sometime in 2017.

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Scientific Linux 7.1 Is Coming Soon, Up To An RC State

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 was released in March and since then all of the RHEL derivatives have been busy testing and pushing out their updates. The Scientific Linux development community is close to getting out their SL7.1 release but they're hoping for some last-minute testing.

Scientific Linux 7.1 RC1 was released last night with all of the RHEL 7.1 changes incorporated. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 brought Kpatch support, SSSD for CISF, USB 3.0 support for KVM as a tech preview feature, vCPU support in KVM up to 240 vCPUs, Btrfs improvements, and many package updates throughout. Those wanting to find out about the upstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 improvements can find the release notes at RedHat.com.

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Evolve OS Forced to Change Name Because of Stupid Trademark Held by UK Government

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The developers of Evolve OS have just announced that they need to change the name of the distribution because it apparently infringes on a trademark held by the Secretary of State in UK.

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elementary OS News: New Wallpapers Added and No True HiDPI Support in This Cycle

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It's been rather quiet on the elementary OS front in the past couple of months, with the exception of a new Beta version that was made available. Now we can see that some new wallpapers have been added to the distro, which might spice things up a little bit.

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Tails 1.3.2 Anonymous Live CD Now Uses Tor Browser 4.0.6, Based on Firefox 31.6.0 ESR

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The famous Tails amnesic incognito Live CD operating system that has been used by Edward Snowden to stay invisible online and browse websites anonymously, has been updated on March 30 to version 1.3.2 with a number of improvements and security fixes.

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Also: Tails 1.3.2 Screencast

OpenELEC 5.0.7 Out Now with Kodi 14.2 and Linux Kernel 3.18.10, Optimized for Raspberry Pi 2

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The OpenELEC development team has announced today, March 29, the seventh maintenante release of the OpenELEC 5.0 Linux kernel-based operating system for embedded devices, such as Raspberry Pi or Apple TV, transforming them into portable media centers based on the popular Kodi software, formerly XBMC Media Center.

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Final 4MLinux 11.1 Allinone Edition Is Now Available for Download with MakeMKV

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Zbigniew Konojacki, the developer of the independent 4MLinux computer operating system built from scratch, was proud to announce earlier today, March 22, the immediate availability for download of the final versions of 4MLinux 11.1 Allinone Edition, 4MLinux Core, and 4MLinux distributions.

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Evolve OS’ New Beta Brings Linux Kernel 3.19.1 and systemd 218 - Screenshot Tour

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The Evolve OS development team, through Ikey Doherty, had the pleasure of announcing earlier today the immediate availability for download and testing of a new Beta release for the upcoming Evolve OS Linux distributions. Evolve OS Beta 1.1 is now powered by Linux kernel 3.19.1 and systemd 218. In addition, this new Beta release of Evolve OS includes the GCC 4.9.2 and Clang/LLVM 3.5.0 compilers.

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Free Software: Kiwi TCMS 4.2, PeerTube in the News

  • Kiwi TCMS: Kiwi TCMS 4.2
    We're happy to announce Kiwi TCMS and tcms-api version 4.2! This is a security, bug-fix and enhancement update which upgrades to the latest Django version under Python 3.6. We've pushed new kiwitcms/kiwi:latest docker image to Docker Hub and updated the demo instance at https://demo.kiwitcms.org! This version also includes GDPR related changes which affect our project. Read below for the details.
  • PeerTube: An Open Source YouTube Alternative To Beat Censorship
    When it’s about watching videos online, YouTube is the first thing that comes to our minds. But the popular video sharing platform is often subjected to censorship in many countries. There are many countries including China and North Korea that ban YouTube from time to time. Leave the others, recently, even YouTube ended up blocking many legitimate Channels as a collateral damage of its copyright crackdown. Ultimately, the content creators are the ones who get affected due to all of this blocking.
  • PeerTube: A ‘Censorship’ Resistent YouTube Alternative

    YouTube is a great video platform that has a lot to offer to both consumers and creators. At least, those who play by the rules. For creators, there is a major drawback though, one that put a spotlight on the alternative 'free-libre' software PeerTube this week.

OpenBSD chief de Raadt says no easy fix for new Intel CPU bug

Recompiling is unlikely to be a catch-all solution for a recently unveiled Intel CPU vulnerability known as TLBleed, the details of which were leaked on Friday, the head of the OpenBSD project Theo de Raadt says. The details of TLBleed, which gets its name from the fact that the flaw targets the translation lookaside buffer, a CPU cache, were leaked to the British tech site, The Register; the side-channel vulnerability can be theoretically exploited to extract encryption keys and private information from programs. Read more

Kernel Space: Linux and Systemd

  • Linus Torvalds tells kernel devs to fix their regressive fixing
    Linus Torvalds has given the Linux kernel development community a bit of a touch-up, after finding some contributions to Linux 4.18 complicated the kernel development process. In his post announcing release candidate 2 of Linux kernel 4.18, Torvalds mentioned “some noticeable filesystem updates, particularly to cifs.” “I'm going to point those out, because some of them probably shouldn't have been in rc2. They were ‘fixes’ not in the ‘regressions’ sense, but in the ‘missing features’ sense.”
  • Why data centers need log management tools

    Even though systemd is a common logging method, rsyslog offers more features. One main capability is being able to write log messages to a specific database. You can also configure rsyslog logs on one main server for centralized access.

  • Systemd v239 released
    Systemd v239 has been released with a long list of changes; click below for the full set. "A new system.conf setting NoNewPrivileges= is now available which may be used to turn off acquisition of new privileges system-wide (i.e. set Linux' PR_SET_NO_NEW_PRIVS for PID 1 itself, and thus also for all its children). Note that turning this option on means setuid binaries and file system capabilities lose their special powers. While turning on this option is a big step towards a more secure system, doing so is likely to break numerous pre-existing UNIX tools, in particular su and sudo."