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Purism's Privacy and Security-Focused Librem 5 Linux Phone to Arrive in Q3 2019

6 hours 18 min ago
Purism announced today that it delayed its upcoming Librem 5 privacy and security-focused Linux smartphone for the third quarter of 2019.

Initially planned to ship in early 2019, the revolutionary Librem 5 mobile phone was delayed for April 2019, but now it suffered just one more delay due to the CPU choices the development team had to make to deliver a stable and reliable device that won't heat up or discharge too quickly.

Purism had to choose between the i.MX8M Quad or the i.MX8M Mini processors for their Librem 5 Linux-powered smartphone, but after many trials and errors they decided to go with the i.MX8M Quad CPU as manufacturer NXP recently released a new software stack solving all previous power consumption and heating issues.

"This accounts for the time it took us to properly benchmark test the newest CPU choices from NXP for theLibrem 5, and the question of whether or not to choose the i.MX8M Quad or the i.MX8M Mini, mean we have adjusted our delivery plan... (read more)

GNOME 3.32 Desktop Environment Gets a Second Beta Release, RC Lands March 6th

8 hours 17 min ago
The GNOME Project released today the second beta version of the forthcoming GNOME 3.32 desktop environment for public testing.

The GNOME 3.32 beta 2 release is here two weeks after the first beta version to add even more improvements and squash as many bugs as possible before the final release hits the streets next month. The second beta release of the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment also marks the beginning of the String Freeze development stage.

"GNOME 3.31.91 is now available. This is our second beta for the GNOME 3.32 release cycle. It also marks the beginning of the string freeze. From now on, we are concentrating on fixing bugs and updating translations to ensure a great 3.32 stable release," said Abderrahim Kitouni in an email announcement.

Those interested in test driving the second beta of GNOME 3.32 can us... (read more)

First LibreOffice Asia Conference to Take Place May 25-26, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan

Tuesday 19th of February 2019 05:22:00 PM
The Document Foundation published today more information on when and where the first ever LibreOffice Asia Conference event will take place this year.

LibreOffice Asia Conference 2019 will be the project's first conference event to take place in a country in the Asia region where the free and open source software movement is rapidly growing. The Document Foundation decided it's time to put together a conference in Asia after the massive success of the LibreOffice Conference Indonesia 2018 event.

"It’s a real leap of faith," says Franklin Weng, an Asian member in the Board of Directors of The Document Foundation. "Asia is a rapidly growing area in adoptions of ODF and LibreOffice, but our ecosystem for LibreOffice and FOSS has not been good enough yet. In this conference, we’re not only trying to make the FOSS ecosystem in Asia more healthy but also to encourage Asian community members to show their potential.”

LibreOffice Asia Conference 2019 will take pla... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.15 Desktop Gets First Point Release with over 35 Improvements

Tuesday 19th of February 2019 02:51:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the first point release of the latest KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment series to address various issues and annoyances reported by users.

The KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment was released last week on February 12th with numerous new features and improvements, including a much-improved Discover package manager, improved integration with third-party technologies and apps like Firefox, refinements to the configuration interfaces, new options for complex network configurations, as well as redesigned icons.

The KDE Plasma 5.15.1 point release is a maintenance update addressing various issues in an attempt to offer users a more stable and reliable KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment. Highlights include restoring of legacy sessions, improvements to the Kickoff applications menu to return ... (read more)

Kali Linux Ethical Hacking OS Kicks Off 2019 with Metasploit 5.0 and ARM Updates

Tuesday 19th of February 2019 01:33:00 AM
Offensive Security announced today the general availability of the Kali Linux 2019.1, the first update of the popular ethical hacking and penetration testing operating system in 2019.

Kali Linux 2019.1 kicks off the new year in style for fans of the penetration testing GNU/Linux distribution, which is based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, as it's the first release to ship with the latest, greatest, and widely used Metasploit 5.0 penetration testing framework.

Metasploit 5.0 is a major update that introduces numerous new features and improvements to the penetration testing framework, among which we can mention a new search engine, new evasion modules, integrated web services, support for writing shellcode in C, as well as a new json-rpc daemon.

"The big marquee update of this release is the update of Metasploit to version 5.0, which is their first major release since version 4.0 came out in 2011," reads today's read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 "Stretch" Live & Installable ISOs Now Available to Download

Monday 18th of February 2019 05:28:00 PM
The Debian Project released live and installable ISO images of their latest Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 "Stretch" operating system, which is now available to download for all supported architectures.

Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 is the eighth point release of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series, adding no less than 186 updated packages that include security and bug fixes. As of today, the Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 "Stretch" installable and live images are now available to download from the project's homepage or via our free software portal.

While the Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 live images come in six different editions with the KDE Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, and Cinnamon desktop environments, supported on 64-bit and 32-bit hardware architectures, the install-only images are available for all the architectures that t... (read more)

LibreOffice-Based Collabora Online 4.0 Adds New Look, Numerous Improvements

Monday 18th of February 2019 05:07:00 PM
Collabora Productivity released Collabora Online 4.0, a major release of their cloud-based office suite, which puts the widely-used LibreOffice in the cloud, that introduces numerous new features and improvements.

Collabora Online 4.0 comes almost a year after the previous release with a new look that refreshes the toolbar icons, colors, and layout, adds a new icon to let users hide the menu bar, as well as various other smaller tweaks to simplify the user interface while giving users a more enjoyable and productive LibreOffice Online experience.

Collabora Online 4.0 also improves support for HiDPI and Retina displays, as well as interoperability with other popular office suites, and enables easier shape editing. Additionally, it introduces more secure documents by implementing support for Vereign’s blockchain-powered platform to allow users to sign their documents with Swiss standar... (read more)

Arne Exton's Six-in-One MultiBootCD Updated with Latest GNU/Linux Releases

Monday 18th of February 2019 04:20:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his EXTON Linux MultiBootCD six-in-one OS to include the most recent versions of the bundled GNU/Linux distributions.

EXTON Linux MultiBootCD 6-OS is a live, bootable ISO image that consists of six popular and minimalist GNU/Linux distributions, including GParted Live, 4MLinux, Tiny Core Linux, Porteus Linux, PuppEX Slack64, and SliTaz Linux. The latest version, build 190215, is here to update several of these bundled OSes.

As such, EXTON Linux MultiBootCD 6-OS Build 190215 ships with 4MLinux 28.0, Porteus 4.0, Tiny Core Linux 10.0, SliTaz 5.0, and PuppEX Slack64 160822, a GNU/Linux distribution based on the popular Puppy Linux operating system. Also included is the older GParted Live 0.26.1-5 distribution.

"A new version of EXTON Linux MultibootCD 6-OS is ready. Includes new (latest) versions of Porteus, GParted Live, Puppy Linux (PuppEX Slack64), 4MLinux, SliTaz and Tiny Core," said Arne Exton in the read more)

Linspire Cloud Edition 8.0 Office 365 Officially Released, Here's What's New

Monday 18th of February 2019 02:52:00 PM
The Linspire team informs Softpedia about the availability of the Cloud Edition (CE) Office 365 of the latest Linspire 8.0 operating system release.

Targeted at corporate and education users, the Linspire Cloud Edition 8.0 Office 365 operating system brings together the security and stability of the GNU/Linux technologies and the standard Microsoft Office online platform called Office 365 into a single, affordable package that can be easily installed on a personal computer or deployed across a network in offices and classrooms.

"We have worked diligently to thoroughly integrate Microsoft’s web services into this product," said Roberto J. Dohnert. "Who was this designed for? For our business and education users who rely on Microsoft’s web services in their offices and classrooms. CE Office 365 offers the standard Microsoft Office online platform married to the stability and security of the Linux desktop."

Here's what's new in Linspire Cloud Edition 8.0 Offi... (read more)

Slax 9.8 Linux Distro Released with Various Updates from Debian GNU/Linux 9.8

Monday 18th of February 2019 02:22:00 PM
A new version of the minimalist Slax Linux distribution has been released today, bringing all the security fixes and updates from the stable Debian GNU/Linux repositories.

Slax 9.8 is now available for download and comes about three weeks after the release of Slax 9.7, which improved compatibility with new USB devices and made the ISO image even smaller by using 1MB blocks to compress the SquashFS filesystem. 

Slax 9.8 is based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 operating system and incorporates all of the upstream security updates and miscellaneous bug fixes that were included in the Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 "Stretch" point release.

"Slax project is please... (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 Released with over 180 Security Updates and Bug Fixes

Saturday 16th of February 2019 08:10:00 PM
The Debian Project announced today the general availability of the eighth point release to the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series.

Coming only a month after the Debian GNU/Linux 9.7 emergency release that, which included only an important security update for the APT package manager, the Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 point release is here as an up-to-date install media that contains numerous security and bug fixes, offering users a way to install the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series without having to download hundreds of updates from the official software repositories.

"This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems," said the Debian Project in an email announcement. "Please note that the point release does not constitute a new... (read more)

Windows 10 Will Let You Access Linux Files Using File Explorer

Saturday 16th of February 2019 07:07:00 PM
Microsoft’s Linux push in Windows 10 will continue with the release of the April 2019 update, also known as version 1903, and the company detailed some of the changes coming to users in a blog post.

One of the most important improvements is the addition of support for Linux files that can be accessed directly using File Explorer, which is the default file manager in Windows 10.

Right now, this option is part of Windows 10 build 18836, which is actually a preview build of the April 2020 Windows 10 feature update, but Microsoft says it’ll go live with version 1903 this spring.

Microsoft explains that the implementation is as simple as it could be. Just type explorer.exe in your favorite Linux distribution installed on Windows 10 with WSL and the command should open a File Explorer window with the Linux files available as part of a dedic... (read more)

Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS Released with Linux Kernel 4.18 from Ubuntu 18.10, More

Thursday 14th of February 2019 11:13:00 PM
After a one-week delay, Canonical released today the second point release of its latest LTS (Long Term Support) operating system series, Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS (Bionic Beaver).

Initially planned for release on February 7th, 2019, the Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS operating system has been delayed by Canonical until Valentine's Day, February 14th, due to a bug in the Linux 4.18 kernel inherited from Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) causing boot failures with certain graphics chipsets.

The kernel regression was quickly addressed in the Linux 4.18 kernel package of both Ubuntu 18.10 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS systems, so Canonical now released Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS (Bionic Beaver) with up... (read more)

Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.15 Desktop and KDE Applications 18.12.2

Thursday 14th of February 2019 07:12:00 PM
Users of the Chakra GNU/Linux distribution have received yet another batch of updates that bring them all the latest KDE technologies and security fixes.

Less than a week after the previous update, which brought the KDE Plasma 5.14.5, KDE Frameworks 5.54.0, and KDE Applications 18.2.1 releases, Chakra GNU/Linux users can now install the recently released KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment, along with the KDE Frameworks 5.55.0 and KDE Applications 18.12.2 open-source software suites.

The KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop en... (read more)

Ethical Hacking, Ubuntu-Based BackBox Linux OS Is Now Available on AWS

Thursday 14th of February 2019 03:14:00 PM
The Ubuntu-based BackBox Linux operating system designed for penetration testing, ethical hacking, and other security evaluations is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

If you want to run BackBox Linux in the cloud, on your AWS account, you should know that the ethical hacking operating system is now available on the Amazon Web Services cloud platform as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) virtual appliance that you can install with a few mouse clicks.

The BackBox Linux operating system promises to offer Amazon Web Services users an optimal environment for professional penetration testing operations as it puts together a collection of some of the best ethical hacking tools, which are already configured and ready for production use.

""The open-source technology allows you to run all of your security checks guaranteeing a high control of your privacy," reads the announcement. "Our expert engineers are available to sup... (read more)

KDE neon Systems Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Have Reached End of Life, Upgrade Now

Thursday 14th of February 2019 02:30:00 PM
The development team behind the Ubuntu-based KDE neon distribution announced the end of life of an older series of the operating system based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

With the rebase of KDE neon on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) on September 2018, the development team have decided it's time to put the old series based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) to rest once and for all as most users already managed to upgrade their systems to the new KDE neon series based on Canonical's latest Ubuntu LTS release.

"KDE neon was rebased onto Ubuntu bionic/18.04 last year and upgrades have gone generally smooth. We have removed xenial/16.04 build from our machines (they only hang around for as long as they did because it to... (read more)

Canonical Patches Dirty Sock Vulnerability Affecting Ubuntu, Other Linux Distros

Thursday 14th of February 2019 06:18:00 AM
Canonical this week rolled out an update for the Snapd daemon in order to resolve a vulnerability called Dirty Sock which allowed hackers to gain root access on Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

The security flaw, tracked as CVE-2019-7304, was discovered by researcher Chris Moberly of The Missing Link, who explained in a technical analysis that Snapd versions 2.28 through 2.37 are all affected.

Moberly says that the local privilege escalation vulnerability was reported to Canonical, the makers of both Ubuntu and Snapd, in late January. The patch was published this week by Canonical as Snapd 2.37.1, alongside security updates for Ubuntu and other Linux distros, including Fedora, Arch Linux, and Debian.

The researcher notes that the Snapd daemon, which is being used on m... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.15 Desktop Environment Officially Released, Here's What's New

Tuesday 12th of February 2019 02:20:00 PM
The KDE Project released today KDE Plasma 5.15, a major new series that introduces numerous new features and improvements to the popular GNU/Linux graphical desktop environment.

Six months in development, the KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment comes with a lot of changes to make your Plasma experience more enjoyable. These include various refinements to the configuration interfaces, new options for complex network configurations, redesigned icons, improved integration with third-party technologies and apps, and a much-improved Discover package manager.

"For the first production release of 2019, the Plasma team has embraced KDE's Usability & Productivity goal and has been working on hunting down and removing all the papercuts that slow you down," reads today's announcement. "With this in mind, we teamed up with the VDG (Visual Design Group) contributors to get feedback on all the annoying problems in... (read more)

Good Guy Malware: Linux Virus Removes Other Infections to Mine on Its Own

Tuesday 12th of February 2019 08:09:00 AM
Coin miners have become the new norm in the malware world, and new versions are getting more complex, being able to hide their processes more effectively in order to avoid detection.

But security vendor Trend Micro has recently come across a new Linux coin miner whose purpose isn’t only to run without users being aware of it, but to also remove the other malware and miners that are found on a compromised system.

In an analysis of the script, the security company explains that it uses code from KORKERDS and relies on crontabs to make sure it launches after reboot.

The script that the malware uses for spreading downloads a modified version of XMR-Stak, a cryptocurrency miner that is specifically aimed at Cryptonight currencies and which can use the most CPUs, as well as NVIDIA and AMD GPUs for its processes.

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KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop to Improve Multi-Screen Support, System Settings Pages

Monday 11th of February 2019 10:19:00 PM
While we're all eagerly waiting for the KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment to hit the streets, which will happen tomorrow, February 12th, 2019, the KDE Project already works on new features and improvements for future releases.

Renowned KDE developer Nate Graham published another weekly report on the new features and improvements he and his team worked on for upcoming versions of the KDE Plasma desktop environment, as well as the KDE Applications and KDE Frameworks software suites. The good news is that the issue is already fixed in KDE Plasma 5.15.

First and foremost, the developer reveals the fact that a KDE Plasma bugfix release will be available this week to address a critical issue in the latest KDE Plasma 5.14.5 desktop environment which prevents users from updating their system via the Plasma Discover package manager.

"We’ve pushed a fix into the 5.14 branch that should cause the stuck backend to time out after one minute, allowing everything else... (read more)

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Purism's Privacy and Security-Focused Librem 5 Linux Phone to Arrive in Q3 2019

Initially planned to ship in early 2019, the revolutionary Librem 5 mobile phone was delayed for April 2019, but now it suffered just one more delay due to the CPU choices the development team had to make to deliver a stable and reliable device that won't heat up or discharge too quickly. Purism had to choose between the i.MX8M Quad or the i.MX8M Mini processors for their Librem 5 Linux-powered smartphone, but after many trials and errors they decided to go with the i.MX8M Quad CPU as manufacturer NXP recently released a new software stack solving all previous power consumption and heating issues. Read more

Qt Creator 4.9 Beta released

We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 4.9 Beta! There are many improvements and fixes included in Qt Creator 4.9. I’ll just mention some highlights in this blog post. Please refer to our change log for a more thorough overview. Read more

Hack Week - Browsersync integration for Online

Recently my LibreOffice work is mostly focused on the Online. It's nice to see how it is growing with new features and has better UI. But when I was working on improving toolbars (eg. folding menubar or reorganization of items) I noticed one annoying thing from the developer perspective. After every small change, I had to restart the server to provide updated content for the browser. It takes few seconds for switching windows, killing old server then running new one which requires some tests to be passed. Last week during the Hack Week funded by Collabora Productivity I was able to work on my own projects. It was a good opportunity for me to try to improve the process mentioned above. I've heard previously about browsersync so I decided to try it out. It is a tool which can automatically reload used .css and .js files in all browser sessions after change detection. To make it work browsersync can start proxy server watching files on the original server and sending events to the browser clients if needed. Read more