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AMD Secure Processor Support and Sound in Linux 4.14

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 18:00
  • AMD Secure Processor Support In Linux 4.14

    The crypto subsystem updates have been pulled in for the Linux 4.14 kernel and it includes more complete AMD Secure Processor support, among other changes.

  • Sound Updates Ready To Be Heard On Linux 4.14

    Takashi Iwai of SUSE has mailed in his sound driver updates for the Linux 4.14 kernel. This time around there isn't too many speaker-shattering changes, but a wide range of fixes and a few notable changes.

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Shuffle the Decks with These Ace Open Source Card Games

LinuxToday - Thu, 2017-09-07 18:00

Many of the biggest computer games concentrate on explosion-filled genres.

Ditching Apple and Microsoft for GNU/Linux

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 17:58
  • Switching to xmonad + Gnome – and ditching a Mac

    I have been using XFCE with xmonad for years now. I’m not sure exactly how many, but at least 6 years, if not closer to 10. Today I threw in the towel and switched to Gnome.

    More recently, at a new job, I was given a Macbook Pro. I wasn’t entirely sure what to think of this, but I thought I’d give it a try. I found MacOS to be extremely frustrating and confining. It had no real support for a tiling window manager, and although projects like amethyst tried to approximate what xmonad can do on Linux, they were just too limited by the platform and were clunky. Moreover, the entire UI was surprisingly sluggish; maybe that was an induced effect from animations, but I don’t think that explains it. A Debisn stretch install, even on inferior hardware, was snappy in a way that MacOS never was. So I have requested to swap for a laptop that will run Debian. The strange use of Command instead of Control for things, combined with the overall lack of configurability of keybindings, meant that I was going to always be fighting muscle memory moving from one platform to another. Not only that, but being back in the world of a Free Software OS means a lot.

  • Google is trying to poach Microsoft Azure partners by sending them free Chromebooks
  • Google’s Cloud Team Is Sending Chromebooks To Microsoft Partners

     

    Microsoft has its Azure platform, Amazon has AWS, Google is entering the arena with Google Cloud and each company is throwing serious money to grab a slice of this market as it continues to expand.

  • Windows loses the market share growth battle against Linux [Ed: Almost no site (that I've stumbled upon) mentions that the firm behind these numbers is Microsoft-connected. Microsoft sites like this one say Windows "market share collapsed from 90.45% to 88.77%." But no, it's more like 50%. ChromeOS, Android etc. are conveniently unaccounted for.]

    In August, Windows dropped to a 90.70% market share from 91.45% from July, despite Microsoft’s effort. This drop of 0.75% is the biggest one that the operating system had recorded since April 2016. Back then, the OS’s market share collapsed from 90.45% to 88.77%.

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LTS Distros: Security

Reddit - Thu, 2017-09-07 17:36

Are LTS distros such Ubuntu, Mint, openSUSE etc. really secure?

For example Ubuntu: Main repository is supported by Canonical, which is "useless" for user because there is no programs like: torrent client, media player, office etc. So user download it from Universe (community-maintained) repository.

Recently security issue was found in VLC: https://fossbytes.com/subtitle-hack-affects-millions-device-vlc-kodi-fix-released/ Fix for Ubuntu was released in August, 3 months after it was reported. This case shows that Universe repo isn't always secure. Of course you can always add ppa (if exist) or compile from source, but majority of Ubuntu/Mint users are noobs. They just want system that works.

If someone is new to Linux, he should choose more secure distro. Forget about rolling release systems (too unstable). But Debian Stable is perfect with that. Debian provide security updates for all packages. If hole is found, they fix it. There is only one problem. It's not beginner friendly, however few distros: MX Linux, antiX, LMDE, SolydX which are Debian Stable based are perfect for beginners. Maybe we should recommend these ones instead of Ubuntu or Mint? Maybe I am paranoid and problem with Universe is not that big.

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3 Cool Linux Service Monitors

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 17:24

The Linux world abounds in monitoring apps of all kinds. We're going to look at my three favorite service monitors: Apachetop, Monit, and Supervisor. They're all small and fairly simple to use. apachetop is a simple real-time Apache monitor. Monit monitors and manages any service, and Supervisor is a nice tool for managing persistent scripts and commands without having to write init scripts for them.

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Android Oreo Adds Linux Kernel Requirements and New Hardening Features

TuxMachines - Thu, 2017-09-07 17:22

The Linux kernel continues to add security protections so developers don’t have to build them on their own. As a result, one of the first steps security experts recommend for protecting against embedded Linux malware threats is to work with the latest possible kernel release and then regularly update field devices. Now that Android is getting long in the tooth -- it was nine years ago this month that Sergey Brin and Larry Page rollerbladed onto the stage to announce the debut of the flagship HTC G1 phone -- more and more Android devices are being attacked due to out-of-date Linux kernels. To address the problem before it adds to Android’s substantial challenge with malware generated from rogue or unprotected apps, Google has announced new requirements in Android 8.0 (“Oreo”) to build on Linux kernels no older than kernel 4.4.

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There's Now A Patch Adding Ryzen / AMD Zen Temperature Support On Linux

Phoronix - Thu, 2017-09-07 17:19
Linux hwmon developer Guenter Roeck has posted a patch adding support for Family 17h (Ryzen/Threadripper/Epyc) temperature monitoring support to the existing k10temp Linux kernel driver...

Opshell: DevOps Shell

Reddit - Thu, 2017-09-07 17:12

23 Useful PKG Command Examples to Manage Packages in FreeBSD

LinuxToday - Thu, 2017-09-07 17:00

Learn how to manage pre-compiled binary package applications in FreeBSD with the help of the package management tool named PKG via Ports software collection repository.

Apache Struts Update Patches Critical Vulnerabilities

LXer - Thu, 2017-09-07 16:58
Apache Struts is a widely used Java framework that is embedded into many enterprise applications, which means that any vulnerabilities provide a potentially very large attack surface. Today the open-source Struts project announced its 2.5.13 update fixing three vulnerabilities.

Wine Staging 2.16

Reddit - Thu, 2017-09-07 16:22

Wine-Staging 2.16 Released With More D3D9/D3D11 Bits

Phoronix - Thu, 2017-09-07 16:19
Building off last week's Wine 2.16 bi-weekly development snapshot, the crew working on the more bleeding-edge/experimental Wine-Staging branch have released their v2.16 update with various features tacked on...

Linux 4.14 Will Be The Next LTS Kernel Branch (Confirmed)

LinuxToday - Thu, 2017-09-07 16:00

Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has confirmed on his blog that Linux kernel 4.14 will be the next LTS kernel branch

New Media Drivers Ready For The Linux 4.14 Kernel

Phoronix - Thu, 2017-09-07 15:49
Mauro Carvalho Chehab has sent in a big pull request of the media subsystem updates for the Linux 4.14 kernel. This time around there are multiple new drivers yielding around a net addition of around 30k lines to the Linux kernel...

Android Oreo Adds Linux Kernel Requirements and New Hardening Features

Linux.com - Thu, 2017-09-07 15:30

The Linux kernel continues to add security protections so developers don’t have to build them on their own. As a result, one of the first steps security experts recommend for protecting against embedded Linux malware threats is to work with the latest possible kernel release and then regularly update field devices.

New Intel DRM Code For Testing, Material For Linux 4.15

Phoronix - Thu, 2017-09-07 15:16
Intel developers have published a new round of drm-intel-testing updates for those developers or enthusiasts wishing to begin testing this in-progress code for the Intel Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver with this code eventually being queued for the Linux 4.15 cycle...

PulseAudio 11 Debuts with Support for Newer AirPlay Hardware, Bluetooth Goodies

LXer - Thu, 2017-09-07 15:15
The open-source and cross-platform PulseAudio sound system has been updated recently to version 11, a major release adding numerous new features and improvements to the audio to make it sound better on your favorite GNU/Linux distribution.

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