The developers of Mofo Linux talk a good game. From the name’s origin in abusive street slang to its self-description on the home page as “Linux designed to defeat state censorship and surveillance,” Mofo presents itself as a champion of security and privacy. Nor is the claim unjustified. However, rather than putting security and privacy into the hands of ordinary users, Mofo simply presents the tools and leaves users to figure them out with a minimum of help. The result is a promising distribution that with only slightly more work, could be a leading one.
Just possibly, though, this approach is a deliberate tactic, and not the carelessness it appears. Based on Ubuntu, the current release of Mofo offers nothing different in the way of productivity tools. It uses Unity for a desktop, and its applications are the standard GNOME ones. In fact, Mofo shows such little interest in such matters that it does not bother to change the title bar in the installer from Ubuntu.
Happily Announcing Mageia 5.1
As we’re getting closer to the end of the year, Mageia has a present for you! We are very pleased to announce the release of Mageia 5.1!
This release – like Mageia 4.1 was in its time – is a respin of the Mageia 5 installation and Live ISO images, based on the Mageia 5 repository and incorporating all updates to allow for an up to date installation without the need to install almost a year and a half worth of updates. It is therefore recommended for new installations and upgrades from Mageia 4.
The new images are available from the downloads page, both directly and through torrents.
Also: After a long wait, Mageia was released! Well, sort of...
Razer has been a big proponent of Open-Source development for a while now, with its biggest push for open standards coming from OSVR, an open-source virtual reality initiative founded by Razer and supported by quite a few studios. Now, Razer is getting involved with open-source graphics technology by joining the Khronos Group, which maintains Vulkan, OpenGL and OpenCL.
So starting today, some openSUSE Heroes started to spend the first December weekend in the SUSE Headquarter in Nuremberg. And they really have a lot to do, as you might imagine! That might be the reason why some of them started at 02:00 in the night to arrive at 07:00 in Nuremberg…
A new version of MirAL is now available, the Ubuntu project for making it easier to develop new Mir servers by offering a stable ABI and other shared/common components.
The MirAL 0.5 release has some utility scripts for common tasks, improved the tiling window manager mode for miral-shell, more configuration options for the MirAL kiosk mode, and other bug fixes and enhancements.
The rugged, Linux-supported WinSystems “EPX-C414” is an EPIC SBC with an Atom E3800, mini-PCIe and PC/104 expansion, and industrial temperature support.
WinSystems, which recently announced an EBX-style EBC-C413 single board computer based on the Atom E3800, once again taps a Bay Trail Atom, this time for an industrial strength, EPIC form-factor EPX-C414. This upgrade for legacy EPIC environments offers customers modern accoutrements such as dual simultaneous displays, HD video, AES-NI cryptography, dual GbE ports, and dual full-size mini-PCIe slots in addition to old-school PC/104-Plus (ISA + PCI) expansion.