The kernel's random-number generator (RNG) has seen a great deal of attention over the years; that is appropriate, given that its proper functioning is vital to the security of the system as a whole. During that time, it has acquitted itself well. That said, there are some concerns about the RNG going forward that have led to various patches aimed at improving both randomness and performance. Now there are two patch sets that significantly change the RNG's operation to consider.
Mozilla is fighting to force the FBI to disclose details of a vulnerability in the Tor web browser. The company fears that the same vulnerability could affect Firefox, and wants to have a chance to patch it before details are made public.
The vulnerability was exploited by FBI agents to home in on a teacher who was accessing child pornography. Using a "network investigative technique", the FBI was able to identify the man from Vancouver, but Mozilla is concerned that it could also be used by bad actors.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the government says that it should be under no obligation to disclose details of the vulnerability to Mozilla ahead of anyone else. But the company has filed a brief with a view to forcing the FBI's hand. The argument is that users should be kept protected from known flaws by allowing software companies to patch them.
AryaLinux is a source-based Linux distribution inspired by LFS/BLFS. AryaLinux use bash scripts for building the entire distribution ground up. As of now, AryaLinux has Mate and XFCE spins as the supported desktop environments but support for other desktops is in progress.
One might wonder what might be the need to compile an Operating system from scratch and not use an existing one, especially since there are hundreds of thousands of Linux and their variants out there and there are doing a great job.
The LinHES Dev team is pleased to announce the release of LinHES R8.4!
LinHES R8.4 updates MythTV to 0.28-fixes as well as updates to the kernel, system libraries, nvidia drivers and many other parts of LinHES.
GLXOSD is an extensible on-screen display (OSD)/overlay for OpenGL applications running on Linux with X11 which aims to provide similar functionality to MSI Afterburner/RivaTuner OSD. It can show FPS, frame timings, temperatures and more in OpenGL games and applications. It can also be used to benchmark games, much like voglperf.
Intel's Tiago Vignatti has written a blog post about sharing CPU and GPU buffers on Linux using a new API introduced by DMA_BUF with the Linux 4.6 kernel.
Tiago and others at Intel OTC have been working on zero-copy texture uploads for Chrome OS and other improvements for quite some time in the context of Chrome OS while with Linux 4.6 will be new API for real Linux systems to share CPU and GPU graphics buffers.
Vulkan 1.0.13 Brings Another Week Worth Of Fixes
LinHES maintainer Cecil Watson today announced the release of LinHES R8.4, an open source attempt to make the installation of a GNU/Linux operating system and the MythTV media center software as trivial as possible.
Earlier this week, we reported on the release of a new build of the Ubuntu-based Exton|OS Linux distribution, version 160512, which has been rebased on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).
However, it was a bit strange that the distro shipped with an older version of the MATE desktop environment, a clone of the old-school GNOME 2 (also known as GNOME Classic) graphical interface, version 1.12.7, despite the fact that MATE 1.14 was released last month.
CIO.com: CoreOS's Matthew Garrett talks about the security risks in containers and how he and others are working to mitigate such risks.
Linux is also great for education and learning. Students are learning how to install learning games directly from a command line. Examples include Tuxtype, for fun arcade style typing practice, and Stellarium, which turns your computer into a fully functional planetarium. Children’s Linux distributions include Qimo (like Eskimo), KidX, and Edubuntu. Students at MIS are now learning how to run fully functional versions of Linux Mint and Qimo in VirtualBox right on top of Windows.
One of the challenges of teaching people to use desktop Linux is that immersion is really the best method. I learned Linux by throwing Linux on my laptop and living with it.
Google engineers have been busy this week working on Coreboot: monsterous work at the start of the week, adding in a Qualcomm "Gale" device later in the week, and now today adding in support for another Chromebook.
Im wondering if you great Redditors can help suggest websites/mailing lists/etc that one could use to stay abreast of the current changes and releases for linux kernels (4.6, 4.7) and teh new AMDGPU driver with specific regards to GCN 1.1 (Hawaii Pro/Grenada Pro) support?submitted by /u/invalidpath
Cinnamon is a GTK+-based desktop environment. It originally started as a fork of the GNOME Shell, which is a user interface and was initially developed by (and for) Linux Mint. Cinnamon provides many features, including: Desktop effects, including animations, Applets, Desklets, and transition effects; A movable panel equipped with a main menu, launchers, a window list and the system tray; Various extensions; Applets that appear on the panel; Overview with functions similar to that in GNOME Shell; and Settings editor for easy customization. It can customize: The panel, The calendar, Themes, Desktop effects, Applets, Extensions.
the new BQ ubuntu m10 convergence tablet - 10 inch - the good the bad the ugly ... plus the logitech keyboard and mouse.
Michael Hall of Canonical is going through an experimental phase with Unity 8 and Mir under 16.04 Xenial Xerus and his tests have revealed more than a few interesting things about the future desktop environment of Ubuntu.
It’s quite a long documentation that will be continually updated to reflect his latest challenges and experiments, so I’ll basically give you a breakdown on how far his exploration has taken him and you can always visit his blog to fully delve into the lot of his experience with the Unity 8 DE and the Mir display server.
If you're as unlucky as I am - although in my case it is purely by choice - then your laptop may have a Realtek Wireless card, in which case you're probably experiencing a load of problems. This is exactly what afflicts my Lenovo G50 machine: intermittent network freezes and other random problems. True for almost EVERY single distro out there.
I already showed you how to work around the network freeze issue in my article written for Trusty. Now that Ubuntu 16.04 is here, and the problem still persists, it is time to revisit the tutorial. Then, we will handle yet another manifestation of this issue, and that is the total loss of Wireless networking after waking from suspend. I mentioned this in the Xerus distro review, and now we elaborate.
Linux Mint will no longer come with multimedia codecs pre-installed, the project has announced.
Full out-of-the-box multimedia support had been a key differentiator for the Ubuntu-based distribution, helping it earn recommendations as the ideal choice for newcomers to Linux.
The next version of Linux Mint is expected to launch later this year with the beta for Linux Mint 18 tentatively scheduled for June 2016. The upcoming release will feature a couple of important changes: xapps and a new way multimedia codecs will be handled. Mint's xapps are GNOME-based applications that are designed to provide a consistent user experience across multiple desktop environments.
Wallch is free wallpaper utility for Linux, it offers user friendly graphical user interface to manage desktop background. Developer introduced live clock and web wallpaper in Wallch 4.0 version. Wallch is open-source application, which allows anyone to download and modify code as per needs. It supports all major Linux desktops such as Unity, Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, and Mate.