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  • Linux Kernel 4.4.17 LTS Has Updated Drivers, eCryptfs, x86 and EXT4 Improvements

    Immediately after announcing on August 10, 2016, the availability of Linux kernel 4.6.6 for GNU/Linux distributions, Greg Kroah-Hartman has also informed us about the release of Linux kernel 4.4.17 LTS.

    The Linux 4.4 kernel series is the most advanced long-term supported one, used in popular GNU/Linux operating systems like Ubuntu. Therefore, it is imperative to get new maintenance updates that patch security flaws discovered by various kernel hackers and developers, as well as update drivers and introduce performance improvements and new features.

    Two weeks have passed since the launch of Linux kernel 4.4.16 LTS, and the new point release promises to change a total of 66 files, with 596 insertions and 256 deletions, according to the appended shortlog and the diff from the previous maintenance version. There are mostly updated drivers in Linux kernel 4.4.17 LTS, with a little bit of arch, filesystems, core networking, core kernel, and mm changes.

  • Eight Features You Will Not Find In The Mainline Linux 4.8 Kernel

    The merge window for Linux 4.8 closed this past weekend and while our feature overview covers all the exciting changes there is some functionality we wish would be in this kernel -- or existing functionality to otherwise be changed / improved upon -- that unfortunately is not.

    Among the features you won't find in the mainline Linux 4.9 kernel include the following eight items. Of course, I just limited it to eight and there may be other functionality you desire that's not present -- if so, feel free to share what you wish would be added to the kernel. Given our focus at Phoronix, this list primarily revolves around graphics driver functionality.

Microsoft Pays the Linux Foundation to Publish Pro-Microsoft Articles

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  • Inside How Microsoft Views Open Source [Ed: So that how it works. Microsoft pays the Linux Foundation and now the Linux Foundation needs to print Microsoft propaganda. Sadly, Linux OEMs that Microsoft is now paying have to play along with Big Lies like "Microsoft Loves Linux". Money talks? Screams? It's also a well established fact that Microsoft demands speaking positions in FOSS/Linux events that it 'sponsors'. "I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences. [...] by injecting Microsoft content into the conference, the conference got shut down. The guy who ran it said, why am I doing this?" -Microsoft's chief evangelist]

    Editor's Note: This article is paid for by Microsoft as a Diamond-level sponsor of LinuxCon North America, to be held Aug. 22-24, 2016, and was written by Linux.com.

Easy Linux Distro Hopping with MultiSystem

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Running Ubuntu MATE for the past week, my Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 has so far been a dream — perhaps too much of a dream, because it’s allowed me to waste even more time playing Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth without interruption than Windows 10 ever could. But on my significantly more ancient and RAM limited Sony Vaio, Ubuntu MATE seems to be more of a resource hog than I’d like. Sure, it still runs better than the Windows XP that came pre-installed, but it doesn’t mean we can’t do better.

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SparkyLinux's Backup System Tool Gets Support for More Desktop Environments

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The SparkyLinux development team is pleased to announce the release of Sparky Backup System 20160808, their in-house built backup tool containing various commands to help you back up your entire system more easily and quickly.

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Professional media production with Linux and free, open source software

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Building a professional media production toolkit on Linux is a viable course of action whether you want to create digital or physical products. More importantly, there are a number of excellent project management and team collaboration tools available to keep your production organized and on track. Are you using Linux and FOSS applications for professional media production? We'd love to hear about your projects: info@dototot.com

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Salix Linux 14.2 Xfce Edition Up to RC State, Final Release Coming in Two Weeks

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Salix OS developer George Vlahavas was happy to announce on August 10, 2016, the release and immediate availability for download and public testing of the first and most probably the last RC version of the upcoming Salix 14.2 Xfce Edition operating system.

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Bedrock Linux Is Working To Combine Different Linux Distributions Into One

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Bedrock Linux is a unique Linux distribution that offers the best elements of different distros. The users are allowed to build a rock-solid base derived from Debian, RHEL etc. After that, one has the choice to add different packages from multiple Linux distributions according to the need. Bedrock Linux is able to perform this trick by manipulating the virtual file systems.

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Opera Data Breach, Security of Personal Data

  • Opera User? Your Stored Passwords May Have Been Stolen
    Barely a week passes without another well-known web company suffering a data breach or hack of some kind. This week it is Opera’s turn. Opera Software, the company behind the web-browser and recently sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million, reported a ‘server breach incident’ on its blog this weekend.
  • When it comes to protecting personal data, security gurus make their own rules
    Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of a company devoted to protecting people from hackers, has safeguarded his Twitter account with a 14-character password and by turning on two-factor authentication, an extra precaution in case that password is cracked. But Cooper Quintin, a security researcher and chief technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, doesn’t bother running an anti-virus program on his computer. And Bruce Schneier? The prominent cryptography expert and chief technology officer of IBM-owned security company Resilient Systems, won’t even risk talking about what he does to secure his devices and data.

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FOSS and Linux Events

  • On speaking at community conferences
    Many people reading this have already suffered me talking to them about Prometheus. In personal conversation, or in the talks I gave at DebConf15 in Heidelberg, the Debian SunCamp in Lloret de Mar, BRMlab in Prague, and even at a talk on a different topic at the RABS in Cluj-Napoca.
  • TPM Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016
    Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades. In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.
  • More translations added to the SFD countdown
    Software Freedom Day is celebrated all around the world and as usual our community helps us to provide marketing materials in their specific languages. While the wiki is rather simple to translate, the Countdown remains a bit more complicated and time consuming to localize. One needs to edit the SVG file and generate roughly a 100 pictures, then upload them to the wiki. Still this doesn’t scare the SFD teams around the world and we are happy to announce three more languages are ready to be used: French, Chinese and German!

Second FreeBSD 11.0 Release Candidate Restores Support for 'nat global' in IPFW

Glen Barber from the FreeBSD project announced the availability of the second RC (Release Candidate) development build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system. Read more