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SubgraphOS: Security Becomes Accessible

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Increased security often comes at a price in Linux distributions. Tails, for example, allows anonymous browsing at the cost of running from a flash drive. Similarly, Qubes OS provides comprehensive security but with an enormous increase in memory requirements. By contrast, Subgraph OS (SGOS) increase security by installing existing security features that other distributions leave out, adding graphical access to them at a cost no higher than some extra configuration after installation.

The maker of SGOS is Subgraph, an open source security company based in Montreal, Canada. Subgraph is also the developer of Vega, a web application security testing tool, and Orchid, a Java Tor client. SGOS itself is a Debian-derivative running a GNOME desktop environment, and currently in a usable if somewhat rough alpha release.

SGOS uses the standard Debian installer, with options for a Live Disk, and a standard or advanced installation. The standard install differs from Debian’s chiefly in the fact that disk encryption is mandatory and that partitions are over-written with random data before set up before installation — a process that can be skipped, but at the cost of some unspecified loss os security. Somewhat surprisingly, it enforces strong passwords or passphrases only by the number of characters, although whether that is due a conviction that passwords are weak security, or of less concern with disk encryption is uncertain. Or possibly SGOS will enforce passwords that include characters and a variety of cases in later releases.

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  • Corebird 1.3 Released, Adds Profile Muting, Self Retweets, More

    Linux Twitter app Corebird has a new release. We preview its new features, like profile muting, and show you how to install it on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

  • Stellarium 0.15.0 Open-Source and Free Planetarium Software Is a Massive Release

    Stellarium developer Alexander Wolf was happy to announce today, July 31, 2016, the release of the Stellarium 0.15.0 update for all supported platform, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

    Stellarium remains the world's best free, open-source and cross-platform planetarium application, an astronomy program that lets users watch stars, planets, and nebulae in real time. Stellarium 0.15.0 is a massive release, ending the 0.14.x series of the software and introducing numerous internal improvements, bug fixes, and new features.

    Among the best new features implemented in the major Stellarium 0.15.0 release, we can mention the brand new StelProperty system that promises offer simpler access to internal variable and new ways of operation to the astronomy app, as well as a new plugin for planetariums and exhibitions, called Remote Control.

  • This Linux App Makes Typewriter Sounds As You Type

    Do you want to hear keyboard sounds when you're typing? This little app lets you hear exactly that.

  • Gradio – Let’s You Search and Listen to Internet Radio Stations on Linux Desktop

    Gradio is a new Internet Radio Station for Ubuntu and Linux Mint. It lets you listen to music from all around the world, from any genre, language, country or state.

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  • Wireshark 2.0.5 Released — World’s Most Popular Network Traffic Analyzer

    Wireshark is widely used as the primary network protocol analyzer by security researchers all across the world. Wireshark 2.0.5, the latest maintenance update, is now available for download with various security fixes and updated network protocols.

  • ownCloud 9.1 Community Edition Cloud Server Adds Innovative Security Features

    ownCloud announced the availability of the first major release for the 9.x series of the open-source self-hosting cloud server software for GNU/Linux operating systems recently.

    ownCloud 9.1 Community Edition is now the latest stable and most advanced release of the ownCloud Server, which promises dozens of attractive new features, among which we can mention a bunch of innovative security enhancements, such as support for token-based authentication sessions and pluggable authentication support.

    Additionally, ownCloud 9.1 introduces the ability to list all the devices that are connected to your personal user page, from where you'll be able to invalidate certain session. Device specific tokens are supported as well in the ownCloud 9.1 release, giving users new ways to control the access to their personal and private cloud servers.

  • Deluge 1.3.13 Free BitTorrent Client Adds an Extremely Large Set of Bugfixes

    It's been a while since we last heard something from the Deluge project, an open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent client that's available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    Deluge is quite a popular software for downloading torrent files over the Internet, and it comes with pretty much everything you would expect from a BitTorrent client, including protocol encryption, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), Distributed Hash Table (DHT), uTorrent Peer Exchange, wet-PMP, and, of course, the ability to manage the program remotely via a web browser.

  • Krita 3.0.1 Coming September 5, First Development Builds Are Out Now for Testing

    Now that the final release of the Krita 3.0 digital painting software has been released for our personal computers, the time has come for the project's development team to concentrate their efforts on the first point release.

  • Docker Built-in Orchestration Ready for Production: Docker 1.12 Goes GA
  • Docker 1.12 App Container Engine Officially Released with Built-in Orchestration

    Docker, the award-winning and widely-used open-source application container engine, has just released a major milestone that introduces approximately 100 changes since the previous stable update.

    That's right, Docker 1.12.0 is finally here after being in development for the past two months, during which it received a total of five Release Candidate (RC) builds that have been seeded to public testers and those who wanted an early taste of what's coming to the final Docker 1.12 release.

    "We wanted to thank everyone in the community for helping us achieve this great milestone of making Docker 1.12 generally available for production environments. Docker 1.12 adds the largest and most sophisticated set of features into a single release since the beginning of the Docker project," reads the release announcement.

  • The State of GIMP & Its Future

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  • Anonymous publishing with Riffle

    Preserving anonymity online is an understandably hot topic these days. But it can be confused with related concepts like privacy and secure communication. A new protocol called Riffle was recently published [PDF] by researchers at MIT; it offers a different take on anonymity than that implemented by other projects. A Riffle network could be used to implement an anonymous but verifiable blogging or publishing platform: one in which the messages are visible to everyone, but the identity of all users remains hidden.

    For comparison, the most well-known anonymity project is, no doubt, Tor, which enables users to access Internet services without revealing their physical location on the network. It is possible to use Tor to access publishing services like Twitter and, thus, to broadcast content to the Internet at large without revealing one's identity. But Tor is just as useful at solving other problems, such as accessing remote servers that are blocked by a firewall. While important, that usage of Tor does not necessarily involve anonymity; one could, for instance, use it to log in to Facebook, and Tor alone does not prevent the use of web trackers by sites.

    Furthermore, Tor is the focus of near-constant attacks (against the network itself and against the algorithms that keep it working), and it may be vulnerable to large-scale traffic analysis—such as a national ISP could perform. One of the stated goals of Riffle is to prevent such traffic analysis, which has led to popular reports and online discussions referring to Riffle as a Tor competitor.

    But Riffle, in fact, tackles a narrower problem set. In a Riffle network, every message sent or file uploaded is eventually published in plaintext form where everyone can see it. The Riffle protocol offers strong guarantees that the identity of the message's uploader cannot be discovered—even in cases where multiple servers in the network have been compromised.

  • Announcing Serval!

    Serval is launching on Tuesday the 2nd of August, 2016. It will be available under the GPLv2 and is completely free to use.

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  • 5 Best Calendar Apps for Linux Desktop

    Time is money, as goes an old saying, therefore you need to manage it very well. This then calls for proper planning of your daily schedule, future events, appointments and several other daily activities.

  • Pandora Client `Pithos` Sees New Major Release

    Pithos 1.2.0 was released today and it includes a new explicit content filter option, new dialog design, along with other improvements and important bug fixes.

  • Terminix Now Available In PPA For Ubuntu 16.04 And Linux Mint 18 [Quick Update]

    Terminix was uploaded to the Debian Sid repositories recently. To make it easier to install and stay up to date with the latest Terminix versions, I used the official Debian packaging (thanks to the packagers!) and created a Terminix PPA for Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint 18.

  • Geary – A Good Looking Modern Email Client for Linux

    Geary is a free and open source email client. It’s simple to setup and install, in a few minutes your done. No need to add extra features or add ons to install, it just works. The user interface is the easiest and simplest to use.

  • PVS-Studio confesses its love for Linux

    This post is about love. About the love of the static code analyzer PVS-Studio, for the great open source Linux operating system. This love is young, touching and fragile. It needs help and care. You will help greatly if you volunteer to help testing the beta-version of PVS-Studio for Linux.

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  • Git-Series Helps You Track Changes To Patches Over Time

    Kernel developer Josh Triplett has announced the work he's been doing recently on developing git-series, a way to track changes to a patch series over time...

  • remctl 3.12

    This release adds a new, experimental server implementation: remctl-shell. As its name implies, this is designed to be run as a shell of a dedicated user rather than as a server. It does not use the remctl protocol, instead relying on ssh to pass in the command and user information (via special authorized_keys configuration). But it supports the same configuration as the normal remctl server. It can be useful for allowing remctl-style simple RPC in environments that only use ssh public key authentication.

  • RcppGetconf 0.0.1
  • Instagraph — An Unofficial Instagram App for Ubuntu Phone

    An all-new, native Instagram app is coming to Ubuntu Phone. Say hello to Instagraph.

  • Ring – A free, open source and secure alternative to Skype messenger

    In this fast paced modern world, almost all of us are using smartphones and computers to connect with our Family, Friends, and Colleagues from anywhere in the world. All we need is just an Internet enabled device, like a Computer or Smartphone, so that we could easily send text messages, make audio/video calls whenever we want to our beloved ones at any time from anywhere instantly. There are numerous communication applications, both free and paid versions, are available on the market. One of the popular and most widely used application is Skype messenger. Some of you might aware that Microsoft had closely worked with NSA, and helped them to intercept the users Skype video calls. So, Skype lost its integrity, and users started to look for some other alternatives. There are so many alternatives over time. The one we are going to discuss in the tutorial is Ring.

  • Skype for Linux Alpha 1.3 released with few improvements and bug fixes

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Pithos 1.2

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  • New Version of Linux Pandora Client ‘Pithos’ Released

    A new release of open-source Linux Pandora client Pithos is now available for download.

  • Pithos 1.2 Improves The Open-Source/Linux Pandora Desktop Experience

    Chances are if you've ever dealt with Pandora music streaming from the Linux desktop you've encountered Pithos as the main open-source solution that works out quite well. Released today was Pithos 1.2 and it ships with numerous enhancements for this GPLv3-licensed Pandora desktop client.

    Pithos 1.2 adds a number of new keyboard shortcuts for the main window, initial support for translations, an explicit content filter option, reduced CPU usage with Ubuntu's default theme, redesigned dialogs and other UI elements, and more.

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  • The Linux Deepin File Manager Is a Thing of Beauty

    China-based Linux distro Deepin has shown off its all-new desktop file manager. And to say it's pretty is an understatement.

  • GRadio Lets You Find, Listen to Radio Stations from the Ubuntu Desktop

    Love to listen to the radio? My ol’ pal Lolly did. But let’s say you want to listen to the radio on Ubuntu. How do you do it? Well, the Ubuntu Software centre should always be the first dial you try, but you’ll need to sift through a load of static to find a decent app.

  • Reprotest 0.2 released, with virtualization support

    reprotest 0.2 is available in PyPi and should hit Debian soon. I have tested null (no container, build on the host system), schroot, and qemu, but it's likely that chroot, Linux containers (lxc/lxd), and quite possibly ssh are also working. I haven't tested the autopkgtest code on a non-Debian system, but again, it probably works. At this point, reprotest is not quite a replacement for the prebuilder script because I haven't implemented all the variations yet, but it offers better virtualization because it supports qemu, and it can build non-Debian software because it doesn't rely on pbuilder.

  • Calibre 2.63.0 eBook Converter and Viewer Adds Unicode 9.0 Support, Bugfixes

    Kovid Goyal has released yet another maintenance update for his popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, version 2.63.0.

    Calibre 2.63.0 arrives two weeks after the release of the previous maintenance update, Calibre 2.62.0, which introduced support for the new Kindle Oasis ebook reader from Amazon, as well as reading and writing of EPUB 3 metadata.

    Unfortunately, there aren't many interesting features added in the Calibre 2.63.0 release, except for the implementation of Unicode 9.0 support in the regex engine of the Edit Book feature that lets users edit books that contain characters encoded with the recently released Unicode 9.0 standard.

  • Mozilla Delivers Improved User Experience in Firefox for iOS

    When we rolled out Firefox for iOS late last year, we got a tremendous response and millions of downloads. Lots of Firefox users were ecstatic they could use the browser they love on the iPhone or iPad they had chosen. Today, we’re thrilled to release some big improvements to Firefox for iOS. These improvements will give users more speed, flexibility and choice, three things we care deeply about.

  • LibreOffice 5.2 Is Being Released Next Wednesday

    One week from today will mark the release of LibreOffice 5.2 as the open-source office suite's latest major update.

    LibreOffice 5.2 features a new (optional) single toolbar mode, bookmark improvements. new Calc spreadsheet functions (including forecasting functions), support for signature descriptions, support for OOXML signature import/export, and a wealth of other updates. There are also GTK3 user-interface improvements, OpenGL rendering improvements, multi-threaded 3D rendering, faster rendering, and more.

  • Blackmagic Design Finally Introduces Fusion 8 For Linux
  • Why Microsoft’s revival of Skype for Linux is a big deal [Ed: This article is nonsense right from the headline. Web client is not Linux support. And it's spyware (centralised too).]
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