TuxMachines

Subscribe to TuxMachines feed
Your source for Linux and Open Source news, reviews, and howtos.
Updated: 28 min 40 sec ago

An Everyday Linux User Review Of Peppermint OS 7 - Nice Ice Baby

Tue, 2016-06-28 23:53

I like to watch videos by the Linux Help Guy who has changed his Youtube channel to English Bob. He has always been an advocate for 2 distributions and they are Peppermint OS and Manjaro.

I have to say he is going to be over the moon when he tries this out for the first time.

It has been such an easy experience thus far and the theming is excellent. There isn't really all that much to review software wise but the way Peppermint integrates web applications with desktop applications is really nice.

I highly recommend this. One of the best distributions that I have reviewed recently.

read more

Wileyfox Spark hands-on: What an £89 Android phone looks like

Tue, 2016-06-28 23:46

Regardless, Wileyfox CEO Nick Muir describes the phones' price as "competitive," and it's hard to argue with the balance of hardware and software when you consider the base model Spark costs less than many accessories for rival handsets. Going forward, the firm clearly has big plans — Muir told us the company has shipped 250,000 units of its existing Swift and Storm models, and is aiming at the 2 million mark in the next 12 months. That includes not just the Spark devices, but future, higher-end offerings. Spark is "not indicative of Wileyfox's pricing direction," Muir told us, adding that higher-end models would follow in the next few months.

For the moment, Wileyfox finds itself with an augmented, product portfolio, but one still laser-focused on affordability.

read more

Qubes OS 3.2 to Use Xfce4 by Default Because KDE 5 Is Bloated, Unstable and Ugly

Tue, 2016-06-28 23:35

Joanna Rutkowska, a member of the Qubes OS project, has published today an interesting ticket to the list of issues for the upcoming Qubes OS 3.2 operating system on the project's GitHub page.

read more

Next-Generation Secure Network Tunnel Announced For The Linux Kernel

Tue, 2016-06-28 21:30

Jason Donenfeld announced today WireGuard, what he describes as a next-generation secure network tunnel for the Linux kernel.

read more

Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon and MATE Editions Are Now Available for Download

Tue, 2016-06-28 21:23

Thanks to one of our regular readers who constantly monitored the development progress of the Linux Mint 18 operating systems, we've been informed that the final ISO images are now available for download for both Cinnamon and MATE editions.

At a first glance, it would seem that Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre has approved the ISO images earlier today, June 28, 2016, for landing. Therefore, we checked the Irish mirror, where the ISOs usually appear first, and it looks like they are already available for download in their final, production-ready form.

read more

Red Hat and Microsoft, Other News

Tue, 2016-06-28 21:00

read more

Leftovers: Gaming

Tue, 2016-06-28 20:34

read more

Snapcraft 2.12 Coming Soon to Ubuntu 16.04, Lets You Access the Parts Ecosystem

Tue, 2016-06-28 14:05

The development of Snapcraft, the handy Ubuntu utility that lets you create Snaps for your applications, which you can now distribute across multiple operating systems, is advancing at a fast pace, and it looks like Snapcraft 2.12 will land soon.

read more

GeckoLinux 421.160627.0 "Static" Editions Released Based on openSUSE Leap 42.1

Tue, 2016-06-28 13:20

Users of the GeckoLinux distribution are in for yet another treat after the announcement of updated GeckoLinux 421.160623.0 "Rolling" Editions based on the latest openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots.

read more

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 and 8.10 Receive New Security Patches, Latest LTS Kernels

Tue, 2016-06-28 13:19

Today, June 28, 2016, the developers behind the Debian-based Parsix GNU/Linux computer operating system have announced that new security patches and kernel versions are available for both Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 and 8.10.

read more

Five reasons to switch from Windows to Linux

Tue, 2016-06-28 13:17

Linux has been in the ascendancy ever since the open source operating system was released, and has been improved and refined over time so that a typical distribution is now a polished and complete package comprising virtually everything the user needs, whether for a server or personal system.

Much of the web runs on Linux, and a great many smartphones, and numerous other systems, from the Raspberry Pi to the most powerful supercomputers. So is it time to switch from Windows to Linux? Here are five reasons why.

read more

today's leftovers

Tue, 2016-06-28 11:23

read more

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Tue, 2016-06-28 11:18

read more

Security Leftovers

Tue, 2016-06-28 11:13
  • Chrome vulnerability lets attackers steal movies from streaming services

    A significant security vulnerability in Google technology that is supposed to protect videos streamed via Google Chrome has been discovered by researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC) in collaboration with a security researcher from Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin, Germany.

  • Large botnet of CCTV devices knock the snot out of jewelry website

    Researchers have encountered a denial-of-service botnet that's made up of more than 25,000 Internet-connected closed circuit TV devices.

    The researchers with Security firm Sucuri came across the malicious network while defending a small brick-and-mortar jewelry shop against a distributed denial-of-service attack. The unnamed site was choking on an assault that delivered almost 35,000 HTTP requests per second, making it unreachable to legitimate users. When Sucuri used a network addressing and routing system known as Anycast to neutralize the attack, the assailants increased the number of HTTP requests to 50,000 per second.

  • Study finds Password Misuse in Hospitals a Steaming Hot Mess

    Hospitals are pretty hygienic places – except when it comes to passwords, it seems.

    That’s the conclusion of a recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and USC, which found that efforts to circumvent password protections are “endemic” in healthcare environments and mostly go unnoticed by hospital IT staff.

    The report describes what can only be described as wholesale abandonment of security best practices at hospitals and other clinical environments – with the bad behavior being driven by necessity rather than malice.

  • Why are hackers increasingly targeting the healthcare industry?

    Cyber-attacks in the healthcare environment are on the rise, with recent research suggesting that critical healthcare systems could be vulnerable to attack.

    In general, the healthcare industry is proving lucrative for cybercriminals because medical data can be used in multiple ways, for example fraud or identify theft. This personal data often contains information regarding a patient’s medical history, which could be used in targeted spear-phishing attacks.

  • Making the internet more secure
  • Beyond Monocultures
  • Dodging Raindrops Escaping the Public Cloud

read more

Windows 'Upgrade'

Tue, 2016-06-28 10:50
  • When A Computer Is Ready for the Junk Pile

    To that point, there was a report that a mail server failure in a large business office remained a mystery for two days until someone found an old Pentium II back in the corner of some obscure closet with a burned out power supply. It is reported that the Slackware/Debian/Red Hat machine had been plugging away as a mail server for a number of years, completely unattended. That’s feasible I suppose, but I further suppose that it’s a modern day parable about how open source can indeed, carry the day.

  • Microsoft draws flak for pushing Windows 10 on PC users

    With about a month left for many PC users to upgrade to Windows 10 at no charge, Microsoft is being criticized for its aggressive — some say too aggressive — campaign to get people to install the new operating system.

  • Microsoft forks out thousands over forced Windows 10 upgrade

    Microsoft has had to pay a Windows user in California US$10,000 over a forced upgrade to Windows 10, according to a report in the Seattle Times.

    The user, Teri Goldstein, runs a travel agency in Sausalito, a San Francisco Bay Area city in Marin County, California.

  • A lawsuit over an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade just cost Microsoft $10,000

    Microsoft recently paid a (very small) price for its Windows 10 upgrade tactics, and that was before they became increasingly aggressive.

  • Updategate: California woman awarded $10,000 for borked Windows 10 upgrade

    A CALIFORNIA woman has set a precedent after a court ruled that she was entitled to damages over the installation of Windows 10 on her machine.

    Teri Goldstein, a travel agent, testified that the new operating system had auto-downloaded, started to install, failed, and left her Windows 7 computer running painfully slowly and often unusable for days.

    "I had never heard of Windows 10," Goldstein told reporters. "Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update."

  • Microsoft pays out $10,000 for automatic Windows 10 installation

    Company withdraws appeal leaving it liable for $10,000 compensation judgment after botched automatic upgrade of travel agent’s computer

  • Microsoft Pays Woman $10,000 Over Its Forced Windows 10 Upgrade

    As a result of a legal suit, Microsoft has paid a woman $10,000 over the forced Windows 10 upgrade.

  • 'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

    A California woman has won $10,000 from Microsoft after a sneaky Windows 10 update wrecked the computer she used to run her business. Now she's urging everyone to follow suit and "fight back."

    Teri Goldstein – who manages a travel agency in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco – told The Register she landed the compensation by taking Microsoft to a small claims court.

    Rather than pursue a regular lawsuit, she chose the smaller court because it was better suited to sorting out consumer complaints. Crucially, it meant Microsoft couldn't send one of its top-gun lawyers – or any lawyer in fact: small claims courts are informal and attorneys are generally not allowed. Instead, Redmond-based Microsoft had to send a consumer complaints rep to argue its case.

read more

Canonical Releases New Kernel Update for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Tue, 2016-06-28 10:16

We reported the other day that Canonical released a major kernel update for its Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, and it appears that it also affected users of the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) distribution.

read more

This programmable, open source outlet can do things that off-the-shelf smart plugs can't

Tue, 2016-06-28 10:14

Excited by the idea of an open-source, Arduino-based outlet, capable of remotely controlling your various household devices?

If so, you’ll definitely want to check out the Portlet: a versatile portmanteau of “portable” and “outlet,” which — despite only consisting of 4 buttons and a simple 2×15 character LCD screen — can be programmed to do everything from switching your lights on at a certain time to keeping your coffee heated at the perfect temperature.

read more

How I welcomed an immigrant family with a Linux laptop

Tue, 2016-06-28 10:13

From the LibriVox website, I downloaded the free, public domain audio reading of Helen Keller’s amazing autobiography, The Story of My Life, which is an excellent book that was first published in 1903. Then, I downloaded the text of the book (it's in the public domain) from Project Gutenberg and imported the text into Calibre, the free ebook reading software. Using my favorite Linux screencasting software, SimpleScreenRecorder, I married the text (in a large font) to the audio recording. I created the first 11 chapters of the book as video files in this way, and uploaded them to YouTube. I also copied these onto the Dell Inspiron 9400, so these video files could be viewed offline.

read more

Linux Practicality vs Activism

Tue, 2016-06-28 09:46

One of the greatest things about running Linux is the freedom it provides. Where the division among the Linux community appears is in how we value this freedom.

For some, the freedom enjoyed by using Linux is the freedom from vendor lock-in or high software costs. Most would call this a practical consideration. Others users would tell you the freedom they enjoy is software freedom. This means embracing Linux distributions that support the Free Software Movement, avoiding proprietary software completely and all things related.

read more

Pages