It is with great pleasure to announce that the Community run respin team has yet another Updated ISO round. This round carries the 4.7.9-200 kernel along with over 800 MB of updates (avg, some Desktop Environments more, some less) since the Gold release back in June.
LinuxCon EU 2016 took place from Oct 4-6 in Berlin, Germany. LinuxCon is one of the biggest FOSS conference where developers, sys admins, architects and all levels of technical talent gather together under one roof for three days. Since I am currently living in Berlin, there was no way I could miss this conference – even though the tickets for attending the full conference were around 1000 euros and way out of my league as a student researcher. Thankfully, I was awarded the Minority scholarship by Linux Foundation to attend the conference (including the talks and workshops) – and also the Women in Open Source Lunch and some other evening events ! I was also a part of the Fedora ‘crew’ at LinuxCon and helping out with Fedora Booth !
Today, October 25, 2016, Alex Larsson had the great pleasure of announcing the release of Flatpak 0.6.13, a new major update for the universal binary package format for GNU/Linux distributions.
For those not in the know, Flatpak is an application container that lets you package your open source project as a standalone binary that can be easily distributed across multiple Linux-based operating systems, independent of the package manager of that particular OS. Flatpak 0.6.13 is now the latest version, coming three weeks after Flatpak 0.6.12, and it looks like it's the biggest so far, bringing app layering support to flatpak-builder, as well as support for extension directories.
With the intention to make Samsung’s latest Tizen based smartphone- the Samsung Z2 reach out to possible customers all across India, the company has now partnered with two more e-commerce giants Flipkart and Snapdeal. This partnership comes just a month after the company started distributing the Z2 via Amazon India prior to which Paytm was the only exclusive online store to get hold of the Smartphone.
Here is something for our developer community out there who are Interested in the Knox Tizen Wearable SDK. Tomorrow, there is a special Webinar taking place online entitled Build powerful and secure apps on the Samsung Gear S3.
Wearables are growing in popularity in the enterprise space and many businesses are seeing the benefit of Integrating a wearable device into their business processes. In the consumer market they are doing well, as only yesterday we reported that Samsung had a Year over Year growth of 9% to currently have 15% of the smartwatch market, whilst the majority of other vendors saw their market share decline. Apple has been severely hit with almost a 72% decline.
According to a korean report, Samsung are said to be slowing down some of their future projects due to the battery issues encountered by the Note 7. This knock on effect was due to the fact that some of these projects would potentially make use of Cloud and iris recognition technologies that the Note 7 was to come Integrated with. Also Billions of lost dollars in revenue has made the tech giant rethink its approach to future tech.
Smartphones put a wealth of games at users' fingertips, but many of the proprietary games are loaded with advertisements, in-app purchases, and other features that create less-than-stellar play experiences. While the open source world is not exactly known for the quality of its games, there are a wide variety of open source games available in the F-Droid repository that are polished and very playable.
Everyone has been sweating the DirtyCOW bug that has been in the Linux kernel for over 9 years. I recently discovered the Open Source Security Podcast and their most recent episode covers DirtyCOW some in a way I found interesting so I thought I'd share. Enjoy!
Today, October 25, 2016, CentOS maintainer and lead developer Johnny Hughes informed the community of the server-oriented Linux-based operating system about the availability of an important kernel update for CentOS 7.
Today's CentOS Errata and Security Advisory 2016:2098 is marked as important, and users of the CentOS 7 Linux distributions are urged to update the kernel packages to version kernel-3.10.0-327.36.3.el7.x86_64 as soon as possible. As expected, the new version addresses the infamous "Dirty COW" vulnerability patched upstream in the Linux kernel 3.10.104 LTS maintenance release.
Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a few minutes ago, October 26, 2016, that a patched kernel is now available for the Debian-based Raspbian GNU/Linux distribution for Raspberry Pi devices to address the "Dirty COW" bug.
We believe that by now every single one of you is aware of the fact that there was nasty security flaw in the Linux kernel that could have allowed a local attacker to gain administrative priveledges (root access) on a vulnerable system, and was patched recently by Linus Torvalds himself and pushed to almost all supported kernel branches, including Linux 4.8, 4.4, 4.1, 3.18, 3.16, 3.12, 3.10, and 3.2.