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Security: Updates, 2017 Linux Security Summit, Software Updates for Embedded Linux and More

TuxMachines - 8 hours 49 min ago
  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • The 2017 Linux Security Summit

    The past Thursday and Friday was the 2017 Linux Security Summit, and once again I think it was a great success. A round of thanks to James Morris for leading the effort, the program committee for selecting a solid set of talks (we saw a big increase in submissions this year), the presenters, the attendees, the Linux Foundation, and our sponsor - thank you all!

    Unfortunately we don't have recordings of the talks, but I've included my notes on each of the presentations below. I've also included links to the slides, but not all of the slides were available at the time of writing; check the LSS 2017 slide archive for updates.

  • Key Considerations for Software Updates for Embedded Linux and IoT

    The Mirai botnet attack that enslaved poorly secured connected embedded devices is yet another tangible example of the importance of security before bringing your embedded devices online. A new strain of Mirai has caused network outages to about a million Deutsche Telekom customers due to poorly secured routers. Many of these embedded devices run a variant of embedded Linux; typically, the distribution size is around 16MB today.

    Unfortunately, the Linux kernel, although very widely used, is far from immune to critical security vulnerabilities as well. In fact, in a presentation at Linux Security Summit 2016, Kees Cook highlighted two examples of critical security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel: one being present in kernel versions from 2.6.1 all the way to 3.15, the other from 3.4 to 3.14. He also showed that a myriad of high severity vulnerabilities are continuously being found and addressed—more than 30 in his data set.

  • APNIC-sponsored proposal could vastly improve DNS resilience against DDoS

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The Pirate Bay Takes Heat for Testing Monero Mining

LinuxInsider - 9 hours 4 min ago
The Pirate Bay has come under fire for testing a Monero javascript miner as a possible means for generating new revenue to replace its current model of making money through advertising on the site. It reportedly hijacked the processing power of its own users to help generate revenue. Monero is an open source digital currency, like bitcoin, with one important difference. "Monero is one of the few valuable cryptocurrencies that can be mined with CPU power," noted Sherrod DeGrippo, director, emerging threats, at Proofpoint.

4 ways to check size of physical memory (RAM) in Linux

LXer - 9 hours 10 min ago
Article explaining how to check physical memory (RAM) in Linux server. 4 different commands to get memory information from Linux server.

What's New In Linux Lite 3.6

LinuxToday - 9 hours 19 min ago

What's new in the latest Linux lite release?

Can Artful Aardvark Regain Ubuntu's Popularity on the Desktop?

LinuxToday - Tue, 2017-09-19 23:00

Datamation: For desktop users, the pressing issue is whether the coming changes can help Ubuntu regain its domination of the desktop.

Open Source Summit: Day 1 in 5 minutes

LXer - Tue, 2017-09-19 22:55
As you can see in the video below, the first day of the Open Source Summit was quite educational. My day was filled with clouds, containers, community building, flavors of Linux, and Linus Torvalds. Here are the links that go with the video above:read more

What's New In Linux Lite 3.6

TuxMachines - Tue, 2017-09-19 22:50

Linux Lite 3.6 is a good distribution, you just have to put your hands in the engine, but the assistance offered by Linux Lite helps us to set the system as well as possible. The XFCE desktop installed by default adds ease-of-use to this distribution, and the dashboard and main menu layout help the user from another operating system quickly find its brands

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AMD Threadripper 1950X on Linux

TuxMachines - Tue, 2017-09-19 22:32

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KDE: Plasma Mobile in Randa, Calligra Suite Rant, Kubuntu Updates

TuxMachines - Tue, 2017-09-19 22:30
  • Plasma Mobile in Randa(aaaaaaaa)

    Last week I had a chance to attend the Randa meetings 2017, my plan was to work on the Plasma Mobile during the sprint, improve the state of current images.

  • Progress On KDE Plasma Mobile From Randa 2017

    KDE contributor Bhushan Shah has shared some highlights of Plasma Mobile progress made from this year's Randa Meetings in Switzerland.

    At this annual KDE developer event in the Swiss mountains, some of the Plasma Mobile advancements worked on or reviewed included:

    - Plasma Mobile images are now being assembled by the KDE Neon build system rather than the Plasma Mobile CI.

  • Calligra Suite does not suit me

    It pains me to say so, but the split from KOffice to Calligra has given this program only a temporary infusion of hope, and looking back at my 2013 trial, it's not made any progress since. On the contrary. Calligra Suite is slow, difficult to use, and it comes with less than ideal file format support. My conclusion here is much the same regarding different Linux software, be it distros or desktop environments. 90% of it just shouldn't exist, and the effort must be focused on just one or two select programs with the highest quality and chance of making it big. The infinite forking doesn't do anyone any good.

    Calligra Suite has the potential, but it's far, far from realizing it, and the world of Plasma has left it behind. The interface split is bad, too much equity is taken by a confusing maze of options, the performance is dreadful, the stability flaky, and the rest does not scale or compare against LibreOffice, let alone Microsoft Office. I wish my findings were different, but it cannot be. Ah well. Like so many other flowers of the open-source world, this one must wilt. I'll keep an eye, but I doubt there is ever going to be enough focus or love to make Calligra into a serious competitor. Dedoimedo's sad prose out.

  • Plasma 5.11 beta available in unofficial PPA for testing on Artful

    Adventurous users and developers running the Artful development release can now also test the beta version of Plasma 5.11. This is experimental and can possibly kill kittens!

  • Kubuntu: Writing Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana) Easily

    On Kubuntu system, we can write Japanese easily using Fcitx-Mozc tool! This awesome tool eases you with word-suggestions popup on-the-fly, with ability to switch between Kanji-Hiragana-Katakana-ASCII as simple as one click. It's very well integrated to the whole screens inside KDE Plasma desktop, enables you to write Japanese in Firefox browser, LibreOffice, Kate text editor, and even Konsole terminal.

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Red Hat and Fedora: AnsibleFest SF 2017, So-called 'Open Organisation', and Pipewire

TuxMachines - Tue, 2017-09-19 22:05
  • AnsibleFest SF 2017

    AnsibleFest was amazing, it always is. This has been my Third one and it's always one that I look forward to attending. The Ansible Events Team does an absolutely stellar job of putting things together and I'm extremely happy I was not only able to attend but that I was accepted as a speaker.

  • The eye-opening power of cultural difference

    Inclusivity is the quality of an open organization that allows and encourages people to join the organization and feel a connection to it. Practices aimed at enhancing inclusivity are typically those that welcome new participants to the organization and create an environment that makes them want to stay.

    When we talk about inclusivity, we should clarify something: Being "inclusive" is not the same as being "diverse." Diversity is a product of inclusivity; you need to create an inclusive community in order to become a diverse one, not the other way around. The degree to which your open organization is inclusive determines how it adapts to, responds to, and embraces diversity in order to improve itself. Interestingly enough, the best way to know which organizational changes will make your group more inclusive is to interact with the people you want to join your community.

  • Red Hat (RHT) PT Raised to $120 at Barclays Into Q2 Print
  • Barclays Holds To Rating And Raises Price Target On Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)
  • Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Volatility in Focus
  • Share Activity Lifted for Red Hat Inc (RHT) in Session
  • Red Hat Formally Rolls Out Pipewire For Being The "Video Equivalent of PulseAudio"

    Red Hat has quietly been working on PipeWire for years that is like the "video equivalent of PulseAudio" while now it's ready to make its initial debut in Fedora 27 and the project now has an official website.

    Pipewire has been talked about a few times in recent months while Red Hat's Christian Schaller wrote a blog post today about Launching Pipewire!

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Ubuntu: Applications Survey, Mir support for Wayland, Canonical OpenStack Pike and Bright Computing

TuxMachines - Tue, 2017-09-19 22:01
  • Results of the Ubuntu Desktop Applications Survey

    I had the distinct honor to deliver the closing keynote of the UbuCon Europe conference in Paris a few weeks ago. First off -- what a beautiful conference and venue! Kudos to the organizers who really put together a truly remarkable event. And many thanks to the gentleman (Elias?) who brought me a bottle of his family's favorite champagne, as a gift on Day 2 I should give more talks in France!

  • Mir support for Wayland

    I’ve seen some confusion about how Mir is supporting Wayland clients on the Phoronix forums . What we are doing is teaching the Mir server library to talk Wayland in addition to its original client-server protocol. That’s analogous to me learning to speak another language (such as Dutch).

    This is not anything like XMir or XWayland. Those are both implementations of an X11 server as a client of a Mir or Wayland. (Xmir is a client of a Mir server or and XWayland is a client of a Wayland server.) They both introduce a third process that acts as a “translator” between the client and server.

  • Mir 1.0 Still Planned For Ubuntu 17.10, Wayland Support Focus

    Following our reporting of Mir picking up initial support for Wayland clients, Mir developer Alan Griffiths at Canonical has further clarified the Wayland client support. It also appears they are still planning to get Mir 1.0 released in time for Ubuntu 17.10.

  • Webinar: OpenStack Pike is here, what’s new?

    Sign up for our new webinar about the Canonical OpenStack Pike release. Join us to learn about the new features and how to upgrade from Ocata to Pike using OpenStack Charms.

  • Bright Computing Announces Support for Ubuntu

    right Computing, a global leader in cluster and cloud infrastructure automation software, today announced the general availability of Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 with Ubuntu.

    With this integration, organizations can run Bright Cluster Manager Version 8.0 on top of Ubuntu, to easily build, provision, monitor and manage Ubuntu high performance clusters from a single point of control, in both on-premises and cloud-based environments.

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A quick tour of MySQL 8.0 roles

LinuxToday - Tue, 2017-09-19 22:00

Roles are a helpful way to simplify user management in a database environment.

W3C Rejected Appeal on Web DRM. EFF Resigns from W3C

Reddit - Tue, 2017-09-19 21:59

EME aka Web DRM as supported W3C and others has the very real potential of Locking Linux out of the web, especially true in the Linux Desktop Space, and double true for the Fully Free Software version of Linux or Linux running on lesser used platforms like powerPC or ARM (rPi)

The primary use case for Linux today is Web Based technology, either serving or Browsing. The W3C plays (or played) and integral role in that. Whether you are creating a site that will be served by Linux, or using a Linux desktop to consume web applications the HTML5 Standard is critical to using Linux on the Web.

Recently the W3C rejected the final and last appeal by EFF over this issue, EME and Web DRM will now be a part of HTML5 Standard with none of the supported modifications or proposals submitted by the EFF to support Software Freedom, Security Research or User Freedom.

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Linux Foundation Courses and Events

TuxMachines - Tue, 2017-09-19 21:41
  • Linux Foundation LFCE Georgi Yadkov Shares His Certification Journey

    The Linux Foundation offers many resources for developers, users, and administrators of Linux systems. One of the most important offerings is its Linux Certification Program. The program is designed to give you a way to differentiate yourself in a job market that's hungry for your skills.

    How well does the certification prepare you for the real world? To illustrate that, The Linux Foundation is highlighting some of those who have recently passed the certification examinations. These testimonials should help you decide if either the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator or the Linux Foundation Certified Engineer certification is right for you. In this article, recently certified engineer Georgi Yadkov shares his experience.

  • Diversity Empowerment Summit Features Stories from Individual Persistence to Industry-wide Change

    Last week at The Linux Foundation’s first Diversity Empowerment Summit we heard from so many amazing speakers about how they are working to improve diversity in the tech industry.

    Leaders from companies including Comcast, DreamWorks, IBM, Rancher Labs, Red Hat and many others recounted their own personal struggles to fit in and advance as women and minorities in tech. And they gave us sage advice and practical tips on what women, minorities, and their allies can do to facilitate inclusion and culture change in open source and the broader tech community.

  • Open Source Summit: Day 1 in 5 minutes

    As you can see in the video below, the first day of the Open Source Summit was quite educational. My day was filled with clouds, containers, community building, flavors of Linux, and Linus Torvalds.

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What's New In Linux Lite 3.6

LXer - Tue, 2017-09-19 21:41
I have reviewed this Ubuntu based distro, Linux Lite before and concluded that it could be a great distro to start off with Linux and stay forever. In this article, I'm going to take a look at the latest version of Linux lite 3.6 which team recently released.

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