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BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 5.6.0

Monday 17th of June 2019 07:05:26 PM
The DragonFly BSD team has published a new stable version of the project's operating system. The new version, DragonFly BSD 5.6.0, introduces improved video driver support, performance improvements for the HAMMER2 advanced filesystem, and speed improvements for virtual machine environments. "HAMMER2: The filesystem sync code has been rewritten....

Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2019.06

Monday 17th of June 2019 04:09:49 AM
The developers of PCLinuxOS have announced the release of the project's latest stable build, version 2019.06. This systemd-free and beginner-friendly distribution features the just-released KDE Plasma 5.16 and the very latest Linux kernel 5.1.10: "PCLinuxOS 2019.06 KDE Full Edition has been released and is now available for download.....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 819

Monday 17th of June 2019 12:14:48 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: OS108 and Venom LinuxNews: Debian 10 scheduled for release, working with Fedora's Modularity, Ubuntu packaging Chromium as snapQuestions and answers: Renaming multiple files and checking integrity of live USB driveReleased last week: OpenMandriva 4.0, CRUX 3.5, Endless OS 3.6.0, Untangle NG Firewall....

Development Release: Porteus 5.0 RC1

Sunday 16th of June 2019 07:29:06 PM
The Porteus team has published a new release candidate for Porteus 5.0. The new development snapshot of this Slackware-based distribution is available in seven desktop flavours. The distribution has migrated from Python 2 to Python 3 and offers an updated kernel and hardware support. "Neko is now generating....

Distribution Release: OpenMandriva Lx 4.0

Sunday 16th of June 2019 10:13:31 AM
OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 has been released. OpenMandriva Lx is a cutting-edge, desktop-oriented Linux distribution with KDE Plasma as the default desktop environment. This version introduces the Linux kernel 5.1.9, Plasma 15.5.5, LibreOffice 6.2.4, the latest version of the Calamares installer and many under-the-hood improvements: "OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 final....

Distribution Release: Kwort Linux 4.3.4

Sunday 16th of June 2019 03:54:22 AM
David Cortarello has announced the release of Kwort Linux 4.3.4, the latest stable version of the project's CRUX-based distribution featuring the Openbox window manager and custom package manager called kpkg: "Yes, it's that time again, Kwort 4.3.4 is out. We included PulseAudio which is now very stable and....

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.3-RC1

Saturday 15th of June 2019 01:36:34 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 11.3: "The first RC build of the 11.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since 11.3-BETA3 includes: bug fix in the mxl5en(4) driver; minor fix to ipfilter; miscellaneous USB fixes; fix for....

Development Release: Q4OS 3.7 Testing

Friday 14th of June 2019 02:45:54 PM
Q4OS is a Debian-based distribution which runs either the Trinity or KDE Plasma desktop environments. The project has published a new development snapshot, Q4OS 3.7 which is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit builds. "We are entering the final phase of the Q4OS 3 Centaurus development, so it's....

Development Release: antiX 19 Beta 1

Thursday 13th of June 2019 10:59:20 AM
The first beta build of antiX 19, a fast, lightweight and systemd-free distribution based on Debian "Buster", is now ready for testing. This new version of antiX features the very latest IceWM window manager, version 1.5.5: "Our first beta build of the upcoming antiX 19 release, based on....

Distribution Release: CRUX 3.5

Wednesday 12th of June 2019 10:18:05 AM
Matt Housh has announced the release of CRUX 3.5, a new stable version of the project's lightweight, x86-64 optimised Linux distribution featuring a simple tar.gz-based package system, BSD-style init scripts, and a small collection of trimmed packages: "The CRUX team is happy to announce the release of CRUX....

Distribution Release: Endless OS 3.6.0

Wednesday 12th of June 2019 05:36:50 AM
Will Thompson has announced the release of Endless OS 3.6.0, an updated build of the project's Debian-based distribution featuring a streamlined and simplified desktop environment forked from GNOME. This release upgrades the underlying operating system to the upcoming Debian 10 "Buster", with a 5.0 Linux kernel and GNOME....

Distribution Release: Untangle NG Firewall 14.2

Wednesday 12th of June 2019 02:32:39 AM
Untangle Inc. has announced the release of Untangle NG Firewall 14.2, the latest update of the company's Debian-based firewall and network gateway with pluggable modules for network applications. It is designed primarily for small to medium-sized businesses. From the release announcement: "Untangle NG Firewall 14.2 includes significant enhancements....

Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 6

Tuesday 11th of June 2019 09:58:43 PM
BackBox Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. It is designed to be fast and easy to use and features the Xfce desktop environment. The project's latest release is BackBox Linux 6 which features an updated kernel, UEFI support, and offers several....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 818

Monday 10th of June 2019 12:13:53 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: openSUSE Leap 15.1News: openSUSE 42 approaches end of life, FreeBSD's status report, DragonFly BSD reduces media sizeQuestions and answers: Improving boot timesReleased last week: NetBSD 8.1, Zorin OS 15, Enso OS 0.3.1Torrent corner: ArchBang, ArcoLinux, AUSTRUMI, Clonezilla, Condres, Enso, HardenedBSD, IPFire, NetBSD,....

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.3-BETA3

Saturday 8th of June 2019 01:26:26 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the third, and final, beta build of FreeBSD 11.3: "The third BETA build of the 11.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since 11.3-BETA2 includes: support for the IPV6_NEXTHOP option has been restored; warnings for IPsec algorithms deprecated....

Distribution Release: Enso OS 0.3.1

Thursday 6th of June 2019 03:19:27 PM
Enso OS is a Linux distribution based on Xubuntu. Enso features the Xfce desktop with Gala, imported from elementary OS, as the default window manager. The project's latest release, Enso OS 0.3.1, is based on packages from Ubuntu 18.04 and features improvements to the software manager. "Built on....

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 15

Wednesday 5th of June 2019 08:42:45 PM
The Zorin team have announced a new version of Zorin OS, an Ubuntu-based distribution with a Windows-theme desktop environment. The project's new version, Zorin OS 15, ships with Zorin Connect (based on KDE Connect) for sharing information between devices, improved performance, and scheduled theme changes: "We've designed the....

BSD Release: NetBSD 8.1

Wednesday 5th of June 2019 05:50:22 PM
NetBSD is a free, secure, and highly portable UNIX-like open source operating system available for many CPU platforms. The project's latest release is NetBSD 8.1 which provides minor improvements and enhancements over NetBSD 8.0. The project's release announcement reports: "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.1,....

Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 Beta

Wednesday 5th of June 2019 03:10:42 PM
Red Hat has published a development snapshot of the company's updated Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x series. The new beta, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.7 Beta, includes a number of bug fixes and performance improvements, along with fixes for the MDS/ZombieLoad vulnerabilities. "RHEL 7.7 Beta includes a....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 817

Monday 3rd of June 2019 12:19:34 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Manjaro Linux 18.0.4 News: Ubuntu presents Security Podcast, Dell and System76 unveil powerful Linux laptops, Condres OS introduces new control centre, SparkyLinux adds QtFM file manager Hardware review: Entroware Apollo Released last week: MX Linux 18.3, GParted Live 1.0.0-1, 4MLinux 29.0 Upcoming....

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All Linux, all the time: Supercomputers Top 500

Starting at the top, two IBM-built supercomputers, Summit and Sierra, at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, respectively to the bottom -- a Lenovo Xeon-powered box in China -- all of them run Linux. Linux supports more hardware architectures than any other operating system. In supercomputers, it supports both clusters, such as Summit and Sierra, the most common architecture, and Massively Parallel Processing (MPP), which is used by the number three computer Sunway TaihuLight. When it comes to high-performance computing (HPC), Intel dominates the TOP500 by providing processing power to 95.6% of all systems included on the list. That said, IBM's POWER powers the fastest supercomputers. One supercomputer works its high-speed magic with Arm processors: Sandia Labs' Astra, an HPE design, which uses over 130-thousand Cavium ThunderX2 cores. And, what do all these processors run? Linux, of course. . 133 systems of the Top 500 supercomputers are using either accelerator or co-processor setups. Of these most are using Nvidia GPUs. And, once more, it's Linux conducting the hardware in a symphony of speed. Read more

Red Hat and SUSE Leftovers

  • Are DevOps certifications valuable? 10 pros and cons
  • Kubernetes 1.15: Enabling the Workloads
    The last mile for any enterprise IT system is the application. In order to enable those applications to function properly, an entire ecosystem of services, APIs, databases and edge servers must exist. As Carl Sagan once said, “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” To create that IT universe, however, we must have control over its elements. In the Kubernetes universe, the individual solar systems and planets are now Operators, and the fundamental laws of that universe have solidified to the point where civilizations can grow and take root. Discarding the metaphor, we can see this in the introduction of Object Count Quota Support For Custom Resources. In English, this enables administrators to count and limit the number of Kubernetes resources across the broader ecosystem in a given cluster. This means services like Knative, Istio, and even Operators like the CrunchyData PostgreSQL Operator, the MongoDB Operator or the Redis Operator can be controlled via quota using the same mechanisms that standard Kubernetes resources have enjoyed for many releases. That’s great for developers, who can now be limited by certain expectations. It would not benefit the cluster for a bad bit of code to create 30 new PostgreSQL clusters because someone forgot to add a “;” at the end of a line. Call them “guardrails” that protect against unbounded object growth in your etcd database.
  • Red Hat named HPE’s Partner of the Year at HPE Discover 2019
    For more than 19 years, Red Hat has collaborated with HPE to develop, deliver and support trusted solutions that can create value and fuel transformation for customers. Our work together has grown over these nearly two decades and our solutions now include Linux, containers and telecommunications technologies, to name just a few. As a testament to our collaboration, HPE has named Red Hat the Technology Partner of the Year 2019 for Hybrid Cloud Solutions.
  • Demystifying Containers – Part II: Container Runtimes
    This series of blog posts and corresponding talks aims to provide you with a pragmatic view on containers from a historic perspective. Together we will discover modern cloud architectures layer by layer, which means we will start at the Linux Kernel level and end up at writing our own secure cloud native applications. Simple examples paired with the historic background will guide you from the beginning with a minimal Linux environment up to crafting secure containers, which fit perfectly into todays’ and futures’ orchestration world. In the end it should be much easier to understand how features within the Linux kernel, container tools, runtimes, software defined networks and orchestration software like Kubernetes are designed and how they work under the hood.
  • Edge > Core > Cloud: Transform the Way You Want
    For more than 25 years, SUSE has been very successful in delivering enterprise-grade Linux to our customers. And as IT infrastructure has shifted and evolved, so have we. For instance, we enabled and supported the move to software-defined data centers as virtualization and containerization technologies became more prevalent and data growth demanded a new approach.
  • SUSE OpenStack Cloud Technology Preview Takes Flight
    We are pleased to announce that as of today we are making a technology preview of a containerized version of SUSE OpenStack Cloud available that will demonstrate a future direction for our product. The lifecycle management for this technology preview is based on an upstream OpenStack project called Airship, which SUSE has been using and contributing to for some time. This follows our open / open policy of upstream first and community involvement.

NSA Back Doors in Windows Causing Chaos While Media is Obsessing Over DoS Linux Bug

  • U.S. Government Announces Critical Warning For Microsoft Windows Users
    The United States Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has gone public with a warning to Microsoft Windows users regarding a critical security vulnerability. By issuing the "update now" warning, CISA has joined the likes of Microsoft itself and the National Security Agency (NSA) in warning Windows users of the danger from the BlueKeep vulnerability. This latest warning, and many would argue the one with most gravitas, comes hot on the heels of Yaniv Balmas, the global head of cyber research at security vendor Check Point, telling me in an interview for SC Magazine UK that "it's now a race against the clock by cyber criminals which makes this vulnerability a ticking cyber bomb." Balmas also predicted that it will only be "a matter of weeks" before attackers started exploiting BlueKeep. The CISA alert appears to confirm this, stating that it has, "coordinated with external stakeholders and determined that Windows 2000 is vulnerable to BlueKeep." That it can confirm a remote code execution on Windows 2000 might not sound too frightening, this is an old operating system after all, it would be unwise to classify this as an exercise in fear, uncertainty and doubt. Until now, the exploits that have been developed, at least those seen in operation, did nothing more than crash the computer. Achieving remote code execution brings the specter of the BlueKeep worm into view as it brings control of infected machines to the attacker.
  • Netflix uncovers SACK Panic vuln that can bork Linux-based systems