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Chromebooks Run Chrome OS, GNU/Linux (e.g. Crouton), and 'Windows' (CrossOver)

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Kernel: USB Vulnerabilities in Linux, Linux Foundation Adds B9lab

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  • Linux kernel: multiple vulnerabilities in the USB subsystem
  • More Than One Dozen USB Vulnerabilities Published For The Linux Kernel

    Made public on Monday were details on 14 known security vulnerabilities within the Linux kernel's USB subsystem while there is also known to be more similar bugs that are yet to be resolved.

    The good news about these USB vulnerabilities is that they would require any rogue individual to first have created a specially-crafted USB device and to have physical address to the vulnerable Linux system.

  • B9lab Joins Hyperledger Project and Linux Foundation

    B9lab is pleased to announce it has joined the Hyperledger Project and the Linux Foundation. This follows the recent launch of their in-depth Hyperledger Fabric course for software engineers. Over the past two years B9lab has been committed to providing high quality education and certification to the wider blockchain industry for both developers and stakeholders.

GNU/Linux Releases: antiX MX, IPFire, Antergos 17.11

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  • antiX MX 17 Enters Beta, Ships with Latest Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Updates

    Following on the footsteps of the recently released antiX 17 GNU/Linux operating system, the development of the antiX MX 17 distribution is now officially open with the first beta out the door.

    antiX MX is an open source GNU/Linux distro based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment. Its development schedule is different than that of the big brother antiX and includes additional software packaged by the MX community.

  • Lightweight Linux Distribution antiX-17 Released!

    AntiX-17 supports both 32-bit and 64-bit processors which is not surprising because it focuses on supporting older hardware. It can support Pentium III computers with a minimum 256 MB RAM requirement. The installer needs a minimum of 2.7 GB hard drive space to run.

  • Latest IPFire 2.19 Linux Firewall Update Patches OpenSSL, Wget Vulnerabilities

    The development team behind the IPFire professional and hardened Linux firewall distribution announced the release of the IPFire 2.19 Core Update 116 software patch, which addresses several security issues.

  • ISO Refresh: antergos 17.11

5 of the Best Linux Distros for Gaming

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Gaming

When it comes to Linux, few people really associate it with gaming. Most people feel that gaming in Linux is not well supported and that there are very little or no games for Linux (which is a myth). Obviously this is not correct as there are plenty of open-source games for Linux as well as Windows-based games that you can install via Wine. The only thing that can hamper the experience is the Linux distro itself. While any Linux distro may be used for gaming, there are some distros specifically optimized for gaming. Here are the best five.<

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CAINE 9.0 Linux Helps Investigators With Computer Security Forensics

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While there are many security-focused Linux distributions on the market, one distribution distinguishes itself by targeting forensic investigators. Instead of penetration testing tools, CAINE - which is an acronym for Computer Aided INvestigative Environment and was investigated to version 9.0 on Oct. 25 - is loaded with applications and tools to help investigators find the clues and data points that are required for computer security forensics.

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Upgraded Zynq-based Zybo SBC targets embedded vision apps

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Digilent’s “Zybo Z7” SBC runs Linux on the Xilinx Zynq-7010 and -7020 ARM/FPGA SoCs, and offers HDMI in and out, MIPI-CSI, and up to 6x Pmod connectors.

Digilent, which is owned by National Instruments, is known for its FPGA-driven Pmod peripheral modules and Arty FPGA development board. In 2012, the company also launched a Zybo board supporting the lowest end Xilinx Zynq-7010 version of the Zynq family, which combines dual Cortex-A9 cores running Linux with an FPGA. Now Digilent has introduced a more capable Zybo Z7 board aimed at embedded vision applications. The Zybo Z7 offers an option for the Zynq-7020, which has a faster FPGA, as well as enhancements including the addition of a MIPI-CSI camera interface and separate HDMI in and out ports.

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Linux Foundation and Linux Development

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  • Linux Foundation Publishes Enterprise Open Source Guides

    The Linux Foundation added to its collection of enterprise guides for the development and use of open source software with three new offerings.

    The 17-year-old nonprofit organization is tasked with supporting open source communities and as part of that mission in September published six Open Source Guides for the Enterprise touching on subjects ranging from recruiting developers to using open source code.

  • AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization Patches Updated For Linux

    AMD Linux developers today sent out the latest revision to their big set of patches adding in support for Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) to the Linux kernel.

  • Linux User Management as a Service

    Managing Linux users has been an interesting topic in the identity management world. Early on, Linux machines weren’t that popular, so the management of the associated users was handled manually. But now, as Linux becomes more commonplace, controlling access to Linux systems is an important aspect for most IT admins to have covered. Fortunately, a new generation of Linux user management has arrived – and it simplifies the task for IT by coming in the ‘as a service’ form.

  • Project Treble Brings Extended Linux Kernel Security Support to Combat Fragmentation

IPFire 2.19 - Core Update 116 released

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Just days after releasing Core Update 115 with our brand new Captive Portal, we are releasing the next update for IPFire which is necessary because some security vulneratbilities have been found in some packages that IPFire uses. Those are openssl and wget, but this update also brings some smaller bug fixes.

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Best Lightweight Linux Distros

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Zeroing in on the best lightweight Linux distro is something of a personal mission for me. That said, I'll be the first to acknowledge that what works for me might not be a perfect match for you.

To better address the lightweight distro needs for everyone, I've crafted this article to provide distro options that are the best of the lightweight variety, but also cross different user types.

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today's leftovers: Linux and Mesa

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Misc
  • Intel User-Mode Instruction Prevention Support Revised For The Linux Kernel

    An Intel engineer over the weekend sent out the latest patches for implementing the company's User-Mode Instruction Prevention (UMIP) support within the Linux kernel.

    User-Mode Instruction Prevention appears to be on track for upcoming Cannonlake processors and prevents certain instructions from being executed if the ring level is greater than zero. These instructions include the store task register, store machine status word, store global descriptor table, and store interrupt descriptor table. To fend off possible escalation attacks, Intel's UMIP security feature will prevent these instructions from being executed outside of the highest level privileges.

  • Mesa 17.3 Features - Vulkan Updates, Better Performance

    Mesa 17.3 is due out in the days ahead as the Q4'2017 installment of Mesa 3D for delivering the updated open-source OpenGL and Vulkan driver stacks for Linux and other platforms. As usual, this quarterly update to Mesa introduces a ton of new features, performance improvements, and other enhancements.

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'Turbo Boost Max 3.0' and Mesa 17.2.4

  • Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Support For Skylake Fixed With Linux 4.15
    The platform-drivers-x86 updates have been sent in for Linux 4.15 and include a range of improvements for Intel hardware support. One of the bigger items is support for Skylake CPUs with Turbo Boost Max 3.0.
  • Mesa 17.2.4 Graphics Stack Lands for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10 Gamers
    Canonical's Timo Aaltonen reports on the availability of the Mesa 17.2.4 open-source graphics drivers stack on the X-SWAT updates PPA for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10 systems. Ubuntu systems have always lagged behind the development of the Mesa 3D Graphics Library, the Linux graphics stack containing open-source drivers for Intel, AMD Radeon, and Nvidia GPUs, but they usually catch up with it through a specially crafted PPA (Personal Package Archive) repository that can be easily installed by users.