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Microsoft finally admits Windows Phone is dead

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-10-09 13:10

In a series of tweets, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. While Windows Phone fans had hoped Microsoft would update the platform with new features, it’s now clear the operating system has been placed into servicing mode, with just bug fixes and security updates for existing users.

“Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates,” says Belfiore. “But building new features/hw aren't the focus.” During the recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update development phase, it has been obvious Microsoft is no longer working on the mobile experience. The software maker branched its development process into “feature2,” leaving Windows Phone fans disappointed.

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QupZilla 2.2 Released As The Browser's Last

Phoronix - Mon, 2017-10-09 13:07
QupZilla 2.2 has been released as the last feature release for this open-source web-browser project prior to its re-branding initiative under the KDE umbrella as the Falkon project...

Microsoft Lobbying, the EPO, and Software Patents Disguised as 'Internet of Things'

LinuxToday - Mon, 2017-10-09 13:00

techrights: The European Patent Office (EPO) continues to act like a vassal of patent aggressors

10 layers of Linux container security

LXer - Mon, 2017-10-09 12:35
Containers provide an easy way to package applications and deliver them seamlessly from development to test to production. This helps ensure consistency across a variety of environments, including physical servers, virtual machines (VMs), or private or public clouds. These benefits are leading organizations to rapidly adopt containers in order to easily develop and manage the applications that add business value.read more

Qt 5.10 Beta Released

Phoronix - Mon, 2017-10-09 12:12
Qt 5.10 Alpha had arrived last month as two weeks late while The Qt Company has managed to tighten things up and deliver Qt 5.10 Beta now less than one week later than originally scheduled...

AMD Packs In More AMDGPU Features For Linux 4.15

Phoronix - Mon, 2017-10-09 12:07
The Linux 4.15 kernel is looking to be a very exciting update for AMDGPU DRM driver users...

Security: AWS, Disqus, Drone Program

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-10-09 11:44
  • Forget stealing data — these hackers broke into Amazon's cloud to mine bitcoin

    A report from the security intelligence group RedLock found at least two companies which had their AWS cloud services compromised by hackers [sic] who wanted nothing more than to use the computer power to mine the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The hackers [sic] ultimately got access to Amazon's cloud servers after discovering that their administration consoles weren't password protected.

  • Disqus discovers hack [sic] of 17.5m user details after five years

    The biggest Web comment hosting service Disqus was breached in 2012 but the company only knew of it last week, according to an announcement made on Friday.

  • A Mysterious Virus Has Infiltrated America's Drone Program

    There’s something deeply wrong at Creech Air Force Base, the notorious home of America’s drone program, where pilots remotely order US Reaper and Predator drones to unleash destructive missile strikes on unsuspecting villagers in Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other war zones.

    Less than a week after the Department of Homeland Security advised all federal agencies using anti-virus software created by Kaspersky Labs to remove the programs from their systems immediately, Ars Technica reports that two weeks ago the Defense Information Systems Agency detected mysterious spyware embedded in the drone “cockpits” – the control stations that pilots use to control the deadly machines.

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Linux 4.14-rc4 Arrives With This LTS Cycle Still Being Very Busy

Phoronix - Mon, 2017-10-09 11:31
Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux 4.14-rc4 as the latest weekly test candidate for this kernel version that will be the 2017 long-term support release and be supported for a period of six years...

Software: SDDM, Simple Weather Indicator, Borg Backup

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-10-09 11:00
  • SDDM v0.16.0

    SDDM is a Qt based Display Manager used by multiple desktops, such as Liri, KDE and LXQt. After a little more than one month since v0.15.0, I released SDDM v0.16.0 today. It contains a few bug fixes, translation updates and improvements to the configuration system. Read the release notes and download here.

  • SDDM 0.16 Released - The Simple Desktop Display Manager

    SDDM 0.16 is now available as the latest feature release of the Simple Desktop Display Manager, commonly used by some KDE-based Linux desktops for log-in management needs.

  • Simple Weather Indicator Hits 1.0, Adds “Feels Like”, More Stats

    Simple Weather Indicator for Ubuntu's Unity desktop has reached version 1.0. It adds more meteorological metadata including 'feels like' temperature.

  • Borg Backup 1.1 Released

    Borg Backup for those that haven't heard is a deduplicating backup program that also builds in compression and encryption abilities.

    For those hearing about Borg for the first time, it's explained in more details via their documentation, "BorgBackup (short: Borg) is a deduplicating backup program. Optionally, it supports compression and authenticated encryption. The main goal of Borg is to provide an efficient and secure way to backup data. The data deduplication technique used makes Borg suitable for daily backups since only changes are stored. The authenticated encryption technique makes it suitable for backups to not fully trusted targets."

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4MParted 23.0 Disk Partitioning Live OS Enters Beta Based on Latest GParted Tool

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:58

After he released last week the third minor maintenance update for the stable 4MLinux 22.0 operating system series, developer Zbigniew Konojacki‏ today informed us on the availability of a Beta version of his upcoming 4MParted 23.0 disk partitioning live system.

Based on the forthcoming 4MLinux 23.0 operating system series, 4MParted 23.0 Beta is using the latest Gparted 0.29.0 open-source and free disk partitioning tool at its core, giving users an independent live system for all sorts of disk partitioning tasks, supporting numerous filesystems.

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KaOS 2017.09

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:56

KaOS is a rolling release distribution built from scratch. It's stated aim is "to create the highest quality distribution possible". For that, it uses the Linux kernel, the KDE Plasma desktop and Arch's Pacman package manager. Interestingly, the project's website states that they are hoping to one day replace the Linux kernel with the Illumos kernel.

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Debian GNU/Linux News

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:46
  • Debian GNU/Linux 9.2 "Stretch" Live & Installable ISOs Now Available to Download

    As expected, the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 9.2 "Stretch" maintenance update is now available to download from the official mirrors as installable and live ISOs for those who want to deploy the Linux OS on new PCs.

    Debian GNU/Linux 9.2 is the second point release of the Debian Stretch operating system series, coming two and a half months after the first maintenance update. As initially reported, it brings more than 150 security and bug fixes combined, offering users an up-to-date installation medium.

  • Debian 9.2 'Stretch' Linux-based operating system is here -- download the distro now

    Debian is one of the most important Linux-based operating systems. It is a great distribution in its own right, but it is also the foundation of many other distros. For instance, Ubuntu is largely based on Debian, and then many operating systems are based on Ubuntu. If you were to look at a Linux "family tree," many roads would lead back to the wonderful Debian.

    The most recent version of Debian is 9.x, code-named "Stretch". The second point release for the operating system, version 9.2, is now available. There are many bug fixes -- plus significant security patches -- so despite being a point release, it is still very important.

  • Debian GNU/Linux 9.2 “Stretch” Released With Tons Of Fixes

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Chakra 2017.10 "Goedel" released

TuxMachines - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:43

We are excited to announce the second Chakra release of 2017, which you can download now via torrent or https.

Also: Chakra GNU/Linux 2017.10 "Goedel" Released with KDE Plasma 5.10.5, Linux 4.12.4

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How To Enable Jumbo Frames In Linux

LXer - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:24
Are file transfers slow on your network? Are you constantly passing data between your computers? Well, maybe jumbo frames are for you. Jumbo frames are larger than standard network packet payloads. Normally the payload size or MTU(Maximum Transfer Unit) is set to 1500 bytes. Jumbo frames can support to 9000 bytes per packet. Jumbo frames decrease the overhead associated with transferring files by limiting the number of packets that your networking equipment needs to process.

An awk primer

Reddit - Mon, 2017-10-09 08:14

BlackBerry Motion Is Now Official with Android 7.1 and No Physical Keyboard

LXer - Mon, 2017-10-09 07:32
Only a few days after it leaked online, the Android-powered BlackBerry Motion smartphone was made official earlier today by BlackBerry at the GITEX 2017 event that takes place these days in Dubai, UAE.

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