AryaLinux: A Distribution and a Platform

2018-08-17 16:27:23

Lennart Jern: How Do You Fedora?

2018-08-17 16:20:55

How Orchestration, Automation Help SOCs Do More With Less

2018-08-17 15:55:00

Linux Scaling Benchmarks With The AMD Threadripper 2990WX In Various Workloads

2018-08-17 15:49:15

While yesterday were the benchmarks showing how Linux games struggle to scale past a few CPU cores/threads, in this article is a look at the scaling performance of various applications/workloads under Linux up to 64 threads using the AMD Threadripper 2990WX. Here's a look at how the Linux performance changes in a variety of applications from one to sixty-four threads with this new HEDT processor.

Distribution Release: Quirky 8.6

2018-08-17 15:28:24

Barry Kauler has announced the release of a new version of the lightweight Quirky distribution. The new version, Quirky 8.6, is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and contains mostly bug fixes and minor improvements over previous 8.x releases. "Quirky Linux 8.6 is the latest in the 'Xerus' series,....

Copying and Pasting Text onto the Linux Terminal

2018-08-17 15:25:42

While working with the Terminal, we sometimes require copying a long command, file name or text from the web. In this tutorial we will show you how to do so through a few examples we ran on Ubuntu 18.04.

Mir Has Partial Support For The NVIDIA Proprietary Driver, X11 Support Remains WIP

2018-08-17 15:15:47

Canonical's team responsible for continuing to advance the Mir display server has been making good progress this summer on fleshing out some missing functionality...

Crowd-sourcing Threat Intelligence & Response Guidance

2018-08-17 15:15:00

AlienVault SVP Russ Spitler encourages participation in the large-scale crowdsourced OTX threat intelligence community - as well as the rich expertise of "crowd-curated" response guidance.

Endless OS and Asus, Update on L1TF Exploit, Free Red Hat DevConf.US in Boston, Linux 4.19 Kernel Update

2018-08-17 15:00:12

Some of us may recall a time when ASUS used to ship a stripped down version of Xandros Linux with their line of Eee PC netbooks. Last week, the same company announced that Endless OS will be supporting non-OS offerings of their product. However it comes with a big disclaimer stating that ASUS will not officially support the operating system's compatibility issues. The latest update on the L1TF exploit: the 4.18, 4.17, 4.14, 4.9 and 4.4 Linux kernels have all been updated to mitigate the vulnerability. From today to Sunday, August 19, Red Hat is hosting their first free and annual DevConf.US developer summit in Boston. If you are interested in attending or wish to learn more, details can be found here. Many updates and features are finding their way into the Linux 4.19 kernel; features that include better CPU power management. Also included are NVM block device, file system, video code enhancements and more. Asus Red Hat kernel

Sharing Linux Terminal Sessions With Tmux and Screen

2018-08-17 15:00:00

Tmux and GNU Screen are well-known utilities which allow multiplexing of virtual consoles.

Simplifying Endpoint Hardening, Defense & Response

2018-08-17 14:35:00

Ziften CEO Mike Hamilton advocates taking complexity, time, and cost out of multi-faceted endpoint protection, with a single-agent solution for laptops, desktops, servers, and cloud VMs.

AI could make dodgy lip sync dubbing a thing of the past

2018-08-17 14:32:38

Researchers have developed a system using artificial intelligence that can edit the facial expressions of actors to accurately match dubbed voices, saving time and reducing costs for the film industry. It can also be used to correct gaze and head pose in video conferencing, and enables new possibilities for video postproduction and visual effects.

The 5 Challenges of Detecting Fileless Malware Attacks

2018-08-17 14:30:00

Simply applying file-based tools and expectations to fileless attacks is a losing strategy. Security teams must also understand the underlying distinctions between the two.

New AI camera could revolutionize autonomous vehicles

2018-08-17 14:23:50

The image recognition technology that underlies today's autonomous cars and aerial drones depends on artificial intelligence: the computers essentially teach themselves to recognize objects like a dog, a pedestrian crossing the street or a stopped car. The problem is that the computers running the artificial intelligence algorithms are currently too large and slow for future applications like handheld medical devices.

Linux Release Roundup: Communitheme, Cantata & VS Code

2018-08-17 14:03:57

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for some well known Linux projects, with developers clearly choosing to make hay while the sun shines (and boy has it been shining here in the UK!).  This post serves as a roundup a some of those recently Linux app releases, providing you with a highlight of the […] This post, Linux Release Roundup: Communitheme, Cantata & VS Code, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Simplifying Defense Across the MITRE ATT&CK Matrix

2018-08-17 14:00:00

Endgame's Mark Dufresne says SOCs can achieve better results within their existing staff and budget constraints with unified, AI- and visualization-empowered defense across the MITRE ATT&CK(TM) matrix.

A light-weight and accurate deep learning model for audiovisual emotion recognition

2018-08-17 13:30:02

Researchers at Orange Labs and Normandie University have developed a novel deep neural model for audiovisual emotion recognition that performs well with small training sets. Their study, which was pre-published on arXiv, follows a philosophy of simplicity, substantially limiting the parameters that the model acquires from datasets and using simple learning techniques.

The Rise of Bespoke Ransomware

2018-08-17 13:15:00

Drawing from a recent study by SophosLabs, Principal Research Scientist Chester Wisniewski highlights a shift to the rise of more targeted and sophisticated ransomware threats, such as SamSam.

How to Set Up Your First CentOS 7 Server on Alibaba Cloud

2018-08-17 13:02:01

Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) provides a faster and more powerful way to run your cloud applications as compared to traditional physical servers. With ECS, you can achieve more with the latest generation of CPUs as well as protect your instance from DDoS and Trojan attacks. In this guide, we will talk about the best practices for provisioning your CentOS 7 server hosted on an Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance.

How to Install OpenMeetings on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

2018-08-17 12:57:02

OpenMeetings is an open source web-based application for presenting, online training, web conferencing, collaborative whiteboard drawing and document editing, and user desktop sharing. In this tutorial, we will be going to explain how to install OpenMeetings on Ubuntu 18.04 server.

More efficient security for cloud-based machine learning

2018-08-17 12:52:51

A novel encryption method devised by MIT researchers secures data used in online neural networks, without dramatically slowing their runtimes. This approach holds promise for using cloud-based neural networks for medical-image analysis and other applications that use sensitive data.

openSUSE: 2018:2404-1: important: the Linux Kernel

2018-08-17 12:20:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that solves 14 vulnerabilities and has 41 fixes is now available.

openSUSE: 2018:2402-1: moderate: qemu

2018-08-17 12:15:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that solves three vulnerabilities and has four fixes is now available.

openSUSE: 2018:2400-1: important: samba

2018-08-17 12:12:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that fixes 5 vulnerabilities is now available.

openSUSE: 2018:2399-1: important: Security ucode-intel

2018-08-17 12:10:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that solves three vulnerabilities and has one errata is now available.

openSUSE: 2018:2397-1: moderate: apache2

2018-08-17 12:09:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that fixes one vulnerability is now available.

16-Year-Old Teen Hacked Apple Servers, Stole 90GB of Secure Files

2018-08-17 12:07:03

Well, there's something quite embarrassing for Apple fans. Though Apple servers are widely believed to be unhackable, a 16-year-old high school student proved that nothing is impossible. The teenager from Melbourne, Australia, managed to break into Apple servers and downloaded some 90GB of secure files, including extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access to users, as well as

openSUSE: 2018:2396-1: important: samba

2018-08-17 12:07:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that solves one vulnerability and has three fixes is now available.

Oracle Open-Sources GraphPipe to Support ML Development

2018-08-17 12:00:00

Oracle has open-sourced GraphPipe to enhance machine learning applications. The project's goal is to improve deployment results for machine learning models, noted Project Leader Vish Abrams. That process includes creating an open standard. The company has a questionable relationship with open source developers, so its decision to open-source GraphPipe might not receive a flood of interest.

The Communist Dogifesto, an open source first-person shooter has a big update

2018-08-17 11:56:59

Tags: FPS, Itch.io, Steam, Open SourceThe Communist Dogifesto has quite an amusing setting, with Russian space dogs aboard a space station becoming really rather intelligent and taking it over. It's open source and it just had a rather big update. About the game: The Communist Dogifesto is a science fiction first-person shooter set on a Soviet space station in Lunar orbit, which has been used as a platform for experimentation on the Russian space dogs. Unfortunately, dogs this deep in space have more tricks in their vac suit than the scientists accounted for. Now Laika has taken over and you are the only one left who can take back the station, or at least attempt to escape with your life! I was actually quite impressed when I tried it before, now it's even more impressive. The developer has been listening to player feedback and so yesterday they put out quite a big patch to improve many aspects of the game. Improvements include: the addition of in-game music including ambient soundtrack and combat music, a quicksave/quickload feature, a custom in-game cursor, better tutorial text, an end-game stats screen, improved enemy behaviour, better precision of target selection for when you're picking up items and plenty more. See the full patch notes here. It's also currently 50% off on itch.io. It's available on Steam too, but the sale is only on itch.io although buying it on itch does give you a Steam key too. Source code along with assets is available on GitLab, purchasing a copy enables the developer to continue patching it and make more games—I like their style!

Strategy game Oligopoly: Industrial Revolution is now out in Early Access

2018-08-17 11:39:08

Tags: Early Access, Simulation, Strategy, Indie Game, SteamInspired by the likes of Transport Tycoon and Industry Giant, Oligopoly: Industrial Revolution is out in Early Access on Steam today with Linux support. Note: Key provided by the developer to our Steam Curator. About the game: Oligopoly is a strategy game where you have to set up the production, distribution and trade of various goods. Exploit natural resources, build factories and infrastructures, produce goods and distribute them using trucks, trains or ships. Adjust prices and sell the goods in proccedurally generated cities which grow or shrink depending on your supply. Features: Procedurally generated cities which grow and shrink depending on your supply Build complex infrastructure using roads or rails Configure detailed transportation routes using trucks, trains and ships Create huge product chains, construct factories, warehouses, transportation facilities and stores I've only just started testing this one and so far it seems okay. Definately not a fan of how the camera works, that's going to need some serious adjustments to start with. The scroll wheel for example, not only zooms in and out but it also spins the camera in circles which actually made me feel a little sick. One minor issue I did encounter was initially the hardware cursor is displayed on top of their software cursor, switching over to the hardware cursor in the options did fix it. A more pressing issue is some weird graphical corruption seen when you zoom out, with the water rendering screwing up. It does show a lot of promise, with the construction side of it being really easy to understand and it's good to see more of these production and distribution sims, so I will be following progress along. Find it on Steam.

MacBuntu 18.04 Transformation Pack Ready for Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver/Linux Mint 19

2018-08-17 11:38:40

MacBuntu (Macbuntu Mojave/High Sierra/El Capitan/Yosemite) transformation pack is ready for Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver/Linux Mint 19, we were constantly asked for this pack to be available on our site, so here it is for you guys. In this transformation pack we are featuring many themes for almost every desktop, so you don't have to worry about the desktop you are using whether it is Gnome Shell, Mate, Xfce, Cinnamon or any other desktop. You can simply install it in Ubuntu/Linux Mint or any other Ubuntu based distribution and make your desktop look like Mac OS X. The Unity desktop is still supported in case you are using unofficial version of Unity desktop. In this pack you will find plenty of light variants as well as dark versions, which is managed by different creators and I would like to thank all of them for contributing these themes (McOS-themes, macOS High Sierra, macOS 11, macOS High Sierra - ELBULLAZUL).  There are two themes for cursors, for dock we recommend you to install Plank dock and we are providing themes for it as well (credits: KenHarkey and erikdubois. Also we are including themes for Gnome Shell, for Cinnamon, and three icon packs in this transformation pack.You may have already know that long ago we dropped some tweaks such as boot screen, login screen etc.. Because there were some issues with them and we couldn't get them work properly, and can't share because they are highly unstable and can make your system not boot. We are featuring albert which is equivalent to Mac spotlight and Slingscold which is known as launchpad, Slingscold may not work with some desktop environments and you see the blank launcher. Enough said, lets start making your Ubuntu 18.04 desktop look like Mac OS X by following instructions below...Note: If you encounter any bug in theme/icons/any stuff, report to us with screenshot or problem with details.>> MacBuntu Pack For Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus/Linux Mint 18>> MBuntu Pack For Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr/Linux Mint 17>> MacBuntu Pack For Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr/Linux Mint 17>> MacBuntu Pack For Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin/Linux Mint 13 What's in this Version?Many themes which are better coded, looks shiny, smooth, fastThemes for almost every desktop such as Gnome, Mate, Xfce, CinnamonThree Icons PacksAlso themes and icons from previous packPlank dock themesCursor themes1: MacBuntu wallpapersDownload MacBuntu OS Wallpapers and extract to pictures directory.Default Mac wallpapers in 5K can be downloaded from here.2: MacBuntu OS Y Theme, Icons and cursors:Enter these commands in terminal to get themes, icons and cursors.Terminal Commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntusudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-icons-v1804sudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-ithemes-v1804After installation choose theme, icons and mac cursor from tweak tool.To Uninstall themes and iconsTerminal Commands:sudo apt-get remove macbuntu-os-icons-v1804 macbuntu-os-ithemes-v18043: Slingscold (Alternative to Launchpad)To install Slingscold Launcher (Launchpad) in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:Terminal Commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntusudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install slingscold4: Albert Spotlight (Alternative to Mac Spotlight)Albert alternative to OS-X spotlight created by Manuel, it offers pretty much same features like Spotlight or maybe better than Spotlight. It is a selection-based search system, which creates an index of all items and files on the system. It is designed to allow the user to quickly locate a wide variety of items on the computer, including documents, pictures, music, applications, and System Preferences. You can set custom hotkey and modify search criteria for albert.You can also checkout Cerbero which is also similar to Albert.Terminal Commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntusudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install albertAfter installation you can open Albert from Menu/Dash, and first set hotkey to activate albert.5: Plank DockThis time we chose Plank it seems a best choice for this pack because it doesn't have any kind of issues, it is lightweight and we are providing themes with this pack for Plank dock.First of all install Plank dock with following command then install Mac themes for Plank:Terminal Commands:sudo apt-get install plankInstall themes for Plank dock, enter following commands in terminal:Terminal Commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntusudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-plank-theme-v1804Press "Ctrl + Right Click" on the plank to access context menu.Use these commands to remove Plank dock themes from your system:Enter following command to remove Plank dock and themes:Terminal Command:sudo apt-get autoremove plank macbuntu-os-plank-theme-v1804Tip: To pin application to dock just open Application and right click on app icon then select 'Keep in dock'.6: Tweak Tools to change Themes & Icons:You can use these popular tools to change themes and icons in Ubuntu, Also you can change other settings from these tweak tools.Enter following command to install tweak tools.Terminal Command:sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool7: Install Monochrome icons for Libreoffice:Human icons are default in LibreOffice which kind of look weird with this transformation pack, to make LibreOffice more elegant with monochrome icons follow these instructions.Enter following commands to install monochrome icons for libreoffice.Terminal Command:sudo apt-get install libreoffice-style-sifrAfter installation go to LibreOffice menu select "Tools" > "Options" > "LibreOffice" > "View" and select "Sifr" under "Icon size and style". See following screenshots8: (Optional) Mac fonts:Last time I received request about Mac fonts, so this time I am including them with this pack. So here are fonts for you.Terminal Commands:wget -O mac-fonts.zip http://drive.noobslab.com/data/Mac/macfonts.zipsudo unzip mac-fonts.zip -d /usr/share/fonts; rm mac-fonts.zipsudo fc-cache -f -vYou can change fonts from Unity-Tweak-Tool, Gnome-Tweak-Tool.What do you say about this pack?Visit on site http://www.noobslab.com

The Chromebook Grows Up

2018-08-17 11:30:00

by Philip Raymond Android apps meet the desktop in the Chromebook. What started out as a project to provide a cheap, functional, secure and fast laptop experience has become so much more. Chromebooks in general have suffered from a lack of street-cred acceptance. Yes, they did a great job of doing the everyday basics—web browsing and...well, that was about it. Today, with the integration of Android apps, all new and recently built Chrome OS devices do much more offline—nearly as much as a conventional laptop or desktop, be it video editing, photo editing or a way to switch to a Linux desktop for developers or those who just like to do that sort of thing. Figure 1. Pixelbook in the Dark Before I go further, let me briefly describe the Linux road I've traveled, driven by my curiosity to learn and see for myself how much could be done in an Open Source world. I've used Linux and have been a Linux enthusiast ever since I first loaded SUSE in 2003. About three years later, I switched to Ubuntu, then Xubuntu, then Lubuntu, then back to Ubuntu (I actually liked Unity, even though I was fine with GNOME too). I have dual-booted Linux on several Gateway desktops and Dell laptops, with Windows on the other partition. I also have owned a Zareason laptop and most recently, a System 76 laptop—both exclusively Ubuntu, and both very sound, well-built laptops. Then, since I was due for a new laptop, I decided to try a Chromebook, now that Android apps would greatly increase the chances of having a good experience, and I was right. Chrome OS is wicked fast, and it's never crashed in my first six months of using it. I mention this only to provide some background as to why I think Chrome OS is, in my opinion, the Linux desktop for the masses that's been predicted for as long as I've used Linux. Granted, it has a huge corporate behemoth in the form of Google behind it, but that's also why it has advanced in public acceptance as far as it has. This article's main purpose is to report on how far it has come along and what to expect in the future—it's a bright one! Chromebooks now have access to Microsoft Office tools, which is a must for those whose employers run only MS Office products. Although Google Docs does a good job with basic document creation and conversion, and although you can create a slide presentation with it, it won't do things like watch or create a PowerPoint presentation. That's where the Microsoft PowerPoint Android app comes in handy. If you need to watch one, simply download the PowerPoint file and open it with PowerPoint (you can do this without paying for Microsoft office). However, if you want to create or edit one, you'll have to pay for a yearly subscription or use your company's subscription. Go to Full Article

DXVK 0.70 is out with support for Direct3D 10 over Vulkan in Wine

2018-08-17 11:21:04

Tags: Wine, VulkanDXVK [GitHub] continues the amazing progress towards helping Linux gamers play their favourite Windows-only games on Linux. Just released minutes ago, DXVK 0.70 adds in the previously announced Direct3D 10 support (more info here). In addition to this, it also adds in support for the D3D11.1 ClearView method and  D3D11.1 extended double instructions. There's also some setup changes to be aware of: Instead of having to set up 32-bit and 64-bit DLLs separately, the release binaries now come with a custom winetricks verb which sets up both sets of DLLs for 64-bit wine prefixes, and only the 32-bit ones for 32-bit prefixes. Release notes here for more info on that. I do honestly love watching DXVK evolve and I'm still shocked and just how quickly it has progressed. I don't personally make use of it, but it's nice that it exists for those who want to be on Linux, but don't want to give up Windows games that are likely to never be ported over.

AMD Begins Staging AMDGPU Patches For Linux 4.20/5.0, Including FreeSync Refactoring

2018-08-17 11:17:15

With the DRM feature work for Linux 4.19 now in the kernel, AMD's stellar open-source driver team has begun staging their work-in-progress changes for the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver for the next kernel cycle...

Steampunk-ish detective adventure 'Lamplight City' confirmed to be on Linux at launch on September 13th

2018-08-17 11:14:06

Tags: Adventure, Point & Click, Coming Soon, Steam, GOGGreat news for those looking forward to another good looking point and click adventure, as Application Systems Heidelberg have announced that Linux support for Lamplight City [Official Site] is now confirmed for the release date. Previously, they weren't too sure as they needed to do more testing. However, landing in our mailbox of no return a few days ago was confirmation, which reads: We are confirming the game will be available for PC, Mac AND Linux. In addition to this, it's confirmed to be coming to GOG as well as Steam for $14.99. No word on any release discount yet. Also, they've sent over a build for us to test and so hopefully I can get them to solve any issues I encounter to give you all a smooth release. Release trailer:  It will feature: Be the detective you want to be. But prepare to face the consequences. Investigate crime scenes, interrogate suspects, get information by any means necessary. Follow the law or make your own rules, but how you choose to act will affect people's attitudes towards you. Five cases to solve, with multiple suspects, false leads, and different outcomes. Never find yourself stuck in a dead-end situation. If the case becomes unsolvable, simply move on to the next one. The story will adapt based on your choices. Single click interface with no inventory. Gather clues and documents in your casebook for review. Item manipulation is handled via a context-sensitive cursor. A fictional city with four boroughs to explore, each with their own unique flavor. Players will visit each of these boroughs throughout the game, exploring themes such as class divide and the public's fear of emerging steam tech. Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens. Meet over 50 professionally voiced characters. Original score by Mark Benis It already has a Steam page up you can follow, the GOG store page is not yet live.

A Raspberry Pi-style computer you can build yourself: Blueberry Pi

2018-08-17 11:09:00

Provided you can think of something useful to do with a board with only 64MB of on-chip RAM.

DXVK 0.70 Released With Initial Direct3D 10 Over Vulkan Support

2018-08-17 11:06:08

Just in time for any weekend Linux gamers, a new release of DXVK is available that maps the Direct3D API to Vulkan for allowing faster Windows gaming performance under Wine...

Subsideria aims to modernise classic space shooters, releasing with Linux support on August 24th

2018-08-17 11:03:40

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Coming Soon, Action, ArcadeAre you a fan of arcade space shooters? Subsideria [Official Site] might be your cup as the developer said their aim is to put a modern spin on it with boss battles, different game modes and so on. Releasing on August 24th, here's their trailer: Features: 4 intense boss battles 3 game modes with 4 difficulty settings each Over 70 challenging achievements 6 unique asteroids to keep you on your toes 10 life saving abilities and power ups Online leaderboards to challenge the world In game Datalog of Tenebra's secrets Original orchestrated soundtrack with over 10 unique pieces Crisp HD graphics The developer sent along a key to our Steam Curator, so we should have some thoughts up at release. Thanks to "the northerner" for the reminder on that. As far as I can tell, it works fine but more on that after release. Follow it on Steam. This month seems absolutely packed with news, there's no end to all the games!

Linux mount an LVM volume / partition command

2018-08-17 10:39:04

Designing your garden with Edraw Max

2018-08-17 10:28:22

I watch a lot of BBC Gardeners World, which gives me a lot of inspiration for making changes to my own garden. I tried looking for a free and open source program for designing gardens in the openSUSE package search. The only application that I found was Rosegarden, a MIDI and Audio Sequencer and Notation Editor. Using google, I found Edraw Max, an all-in-one diagram software. This included a Floor planner, including templates for garden design. And there are download options for various Linux distributions, including openSUSE.

AI in cybersecurity: what works and what doesn't

2018-08-17 09:52:50

LinuxSecurity.com: Let's start by dispelling the most common misconception: There is very little if any true artificial intelligence (AI) being incorporated within enterprise security software. The fact that the term comes up frequently is largely to do with marketing, and very little to do with the technology.

Mastering email security with DMARC, SPF and DKIM

2018-08-17 09:47:15

LinuxSecurity.com: Despite making some progress, a trio of email security protocols has seen a rocky road of deployment in the past year. Going by their acronyms SPF, DKIM and DMARC, the three are difficult to configure and require careful study to understand how they inter-relate and complement each other with their protective features.

Lubuntu Planning Switch To Wayland, Porting Openbox To Mir

2018-08-17 09:47:08

Ubuntu derivative Lubuntu that is now using the LXQt desktop environment has laid out more of their plans to switch over to Wayland rather than the existing X.Org based session...

Qualcomm Adreno 600 Series Support Submitted For Linux 4.19

2018-08-17 09:39:22

Following the main DRM features update for Linux 4.19, a secondary pull request has now been submitted that offers up the nine thousand lines of code for bringing up the Adreno 600 series support for supporting the very latest Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs...

More AMDGPU Work For Linux 4.19 Has VCN + PSP Firmware Hookup For Future Hardware

2018-08-17 09:29:07

The good news is that the open-source AMD graphics team continues working on support for upcoming hardware, but the bad news is that it looks like their VCN video hardware might be a bit more locked down than it is now...

New PHP Code Execution Attack Puts WordPress Sites at Risk

2018-08-17 09:26:21

Sam Thomas, a security researcher from Secarma, has discovered a new exploitation technique that could make it easier for hackers to trigger critical deserialization vulnerabilities in PHP programming language using previously low-risk considered functions. The new technique leaves hundreds of thousands of web applications open to remote code execution attacks, including websites powered by

When ok is not ok: Security presenter talks about synthetic clicks

2018-08-17 09:20:01

A warnings bypass in macOS High Sierra made news this week in security land. Think on lines such as security check-ins, where the user is asked to confirm that an app should be granted permission to do things like access contacts or location data, as noted in 9to5Mac.

POWER Changes On The Way To Linux 4.19 Include More Spectre Work

2018-08-17 09:09:30

The POWER architecture changes have been submitted for the in-development Linux 4.19 kernel...

Security: WebAssembly, HTTP Tokens and More

2018-08-17 08:56:05

The Problems and Promise of WebAssembly WebAssembly is a format that allows code written in assembly-like instructions to be run from JavaScript. It has recently been implemented in all four major browsers. We reviewed each browser’s WebAssembly implementation and found three vulnerabilities. This blog post gives an overview of the features and attack surface of WebAssembly, as well as the vulnerabilities we found. [...] Overall, the majority of the bugs we found in WebAssembly were related to the parsing of WebAssembly binaries, and this has been mirrored in vulnerabilities reported by other parties. Also, compared to other recent browser features, surprisingly few vulnerabilities have been reported in it. This is likely due to the simplicity of the current design, especially with regards to memory management. There are two emerging features of WebAssembly that are likely to have a security impact. One is threading. Currently, WebAssembly only supports concurrency via JavaScript workers, but this is likely to change. Since JavaScript is designed assuming that this is the only concurrency model, WebAssembly threading has the potential to require a lot of code to be thread safe that did not previously need to be, and this could lead to security problems. WebAssembly GC is another potential feature of WebAssembly that could lead to security problems. Currently, some uses of WebAssembly have performance problems due to the lack of higher-level memory management in WebAssembly. For example, it is difficult to implement a performant Java Virtual Machine in WebAssembly. If WebAssembly GC is implemented, it will increase the number of applications that WebAssembly can be used for, but it will also make it more likely that vulnerabilities related to memory management will occur in both WebAssembly engines and applications written in WebAssembly. Detecting Bomb And Guns Using Normal WiFi: Researchers Find A New Way The test was able to give out accurate results on 15 different objects ranging in there different categories — Metal, liquid, and non-dangerous items. While it’s not clear whether the government will adopt and use the newly developed tracking method in public places, this certainly looks like the best way to stop guns and bombs get into school premises. What OpenShift Online customers should know about L1TF OpenShift SRE Security On Aug. 14, 2018, information was released about another set of “speculative execution” issues with Intel microprocessor hardware known as “L1 Terminal Fault”. As with earlier issues like Spectre and Meltdown, this information was coordinated with the release of updated software solutions to help mitigate the issue. At the time the embargo was lifted, the OpenShift SRE team worked to begin remediation (detailed below) on all OpenShift Online clusters. All Pro clusters finished remediation shortly before 18h00 EDT August 14, 2018. All Starter clusters were patched as of 23h30 EDT August 14, 2018. L1TF (AKA Foreshadow) Explained in 3 Minutes from Red Hat Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure A key member of the Google Chrome security team has proposed the death of cookies to be replaced with secure HTTP tokens. This week Mike West posted his "not-fully-baked" idea on GitHub and asked for comments. "This isn't a proposal that's well thought out, and stamped solidly with the Google Seal of Approval," he warns. "It's a collection of interesting ideas for discussion, nothing more, nothing less." So far, people are largely receptive to the idea while pointing to the complexities that exist in trying to replace something that has become an everyday part of online interaction. Mozilla Recommend a Privacy Extension That Is Tracking Your Web History Web Security, a Firefox extension with over 200,000 current users, tracks every website users visit and stores that information on a German web server. The extension was recommended by Mozilla in a blog post last week about add-ons that improve users’ privacy. Mozilla has since edited the post, removing Web Security. read more

Windows 10 Linux Distribution Overload? We have just the thing

2018-08-17 08:53:07

Processes, Services, Installations: One UI to rule them all. Almost. An attempt to cure the headache of a Windows 10 desktop festooned with Linux distributions has arrived in the form of WSLTools from Opsview.…

Programming: Perl, Python, CRAN

2018-08-17 08:52:04

Garbage collection in Perl 6 In the first article in this series on migrating Perl 5 code to Perl 6, we looked into some of the issues you might encounter when porting your code. In this second article, we’ll get into how garbage collection differs in Perl 6. There is no timely destruction of objects in Perl 6. This revelation usually comes as quite a shock to people used to the semantics of object destruction in Perl 5. But worry not, there are other ways in Perl 6 to get the same behavior, albeit requiring a little more thought by the developer. Let’s first examine a little background on the situation in Perl 5. An introduction to the Django Python web app framework In the first three articles of this four-part series comparing different Python web frameworks, we covered the Pyramid, Flask, and Tornado web frameworks. We've built the same app three times and have finally made our way to Django. Django is, by and large, the major web framework for Python developers these days and it's not too hard to see why. It excels in hiding a lot of the configuration logic and letting you focus on being able to build big, quickly. That said, when it comes to small projects, like our To-Do List app, Django can be a bit like bringing a firehose to a water gun fight. Let's see how it all comes together. Dirk Eddelbuettel: RcppArmadillo 0.9.100.5.0 A new RcppArmadillo release 0.9.100.5.0, based on the new Armadillo release 9.100.5 from earlier today, is now on CRAN and in Debian. It once again follows our (and Conrad's) bi-monthly release schedule. Conrad started with a new 9.100.* series a few days ago. I ran reverse-depends checks and found an issue which he promptly addressed; CRAN found another which he also very promptly addressed. It remains a true pleasure to work with such experienced professionals as Conrad (with whom I finally had a beer around the recent useR! in his home town) and of course the CRAN team whose superb package repository truly is the bedrock of the R community. read more

Red Hat News/Leftovers

2018-08-17 08:49:19

Talking UX at DevConf.us 2018 DevConf.us 2018 is the first annual, free, Red Hat sponsored technology conference in North America for contributors to free and open source projects. It follows on the success of DevConf.cz and DevConf.in, and will highlight emerging technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence, serverless, containers and orchestration, as well as important foundational practices like quality engineering and user experience. We sat down with a few of the Red Hat speakers presenting on user experience (UX) in open source technologies to talk about user experience and how it impacts them in all of their different roles. Visualizing a DevOps mindset These two stocks can make you build again: Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CZR) Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) is at $139.13 per share and SendGrid, Inc. (SEND) is listed at $30.93 The Bears Are Wrong Again: Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) Form 4 RED HAT INC For: Aug 15 Filed by: ABBASI SOHAIB read more

Install LXD pure-container hypervisor on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

2018-08-17 08:47:43

Debian: DSA-4276-1: php-horde-image security update

2018-08-17 07:28:00

LinuxSecurity.com: Fariskhi Vidyan and Thomas Jarosch discovered several vulnerabilities in php-horde-image, the image processing library for the Horde groupware suite. They would allow an attacker to cause a denial-of-service or execute arbitrary code.

OERu makes a college education affordable

2018-08-17 07:02:00

Open, higher education courses are a boon to adults who don’t have the time, money, or confidence to enroll in traditional college courses but want to further their education for work or personal satisfaction. OERu is a great option for these learners. It allows people to take courses assembled by accredited colleges and universities for free, using open textbooks, and pay for assessment only when (and if) they want to apply for formal academic credit. read more

Mixing software development roles produces great results

2018-08-17 07:01:00

Most open source communities don’t have a lot of formal roles. There are certainly people who help with sysadmin tasks, testing, writing documentation, and translating or developing code. But people in open source communities typically move among different roles, often fulfilling several at once. In contrast, team members at most traditional companies have defined roles, working on documentation, support, QA, and in other areas. read more

Cloudgizer: An introduction to a new open source web development tool

2018-08-17 07:00:00

Cloudgizer is a free open source tool for building web applications. It combines the ease of scripting languages with the performance of C, helping manage the development effort and run-time resources for cloud applications. read more

Linux iotop Check What's Stressing Increasing Load On Hard Disks

2018-08-17 06:22:00

TransmogrifAI From Salesforce

2018-08-17 04:48:57

Salesforce plans to open-source the technology behind its Einstein machine-learning services Salesforce is open-sourcing the method it has developed for using machine-learning techniques at scale — without mixing valuable customer data — in hopes other companies struggling with data science problems can benefit from its work. The company plans to announce Thursday that TransmogrifAI, which is a key part of the Einstein machine-learning services that it believes are the future of its flagship Sales Cloud and related services, will be available for anyone to use in their software-as-a-service applications. Consisting of less than 10 lines of code written on top of the widely used Apache Spark open-source project, it is the result of years of work on training machine-learning models to predict customer behavior without dumping all of that data into a common training ground, said Shubha Nabar, senior director of data science for Salesforce Einstein. Salesforce open-sources TransmogrifAI, the machine learning library that powers Einstein Machine learning models — artificial intelligence (AI) that identifies relationships among hundreds, thousands, or even millions of data points — are rarely easy to architect. Data scientists spend weeks and months not only preprocessing the data on which the models are to be trained, but extracting useful features (i.e., the data types) from that data, narrowing down algorithms, and ultimately building (or attempting to build) a system that performs well not just within the confines of a lab, but in the real world. read more

Windows Games On Linux and Linux Gaming Performance

2018-08-17 04:46:27

Windows Games On Linux? Valve May Be Working On New “Steam Play” Tool Even though there are quite a few Linux-based distro options for gamers, hardcore gamers often go back to Windows to play the games they love. SteamOS from Valve, the most popular gaming Linux distro, seems to be making headlines from time-to-time, but things have been quiet for some time. A Look At Linux Gaming Performance Scaling On The Threadripper 2950X On Monday when the launch embargo expired on the Threadripper 2950X and Threadripper 2990WX I hadn't run any gaming benchmarks since, well, most games even on Windows can't scale out to 32 threads let alone 64 threads... Especially on Linux. It's far more practical getting these Threadripper 2 processors if you want to compile with 32 or 64 make jobs -- among many other common multi-threaded Linux workloads -- versus using this $899 or $1799 processor for a Linux gaming system. But if you are curious how Linux games scale with the Threadripper 2950X, here are some benchmark results when testing both AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics. read more

Kernel: Linux 4.19 and Security Aspects

2018-08-17 04:42:50

Some Of The Smaller Features Hitting The Linux 4.19 Kernel This Week Here is a look at some of the smaller features landing in the Linux 4.19 kernel this week in a variety of different subsystems. Linux Kernel Diverts Question To Distros: Trust CPU Hardware Random Number Generators? In a controversial move, the Linux kernel will be pushing the question off to distribution vendors on whether to put trust in CPU hardware random number generators. Google's Ted Ts'o sent out the random subsystem updates this week for the Linux 4.19 kernel merge window. In addition to the recent change of better protecting entropy sent in from user-space, the decision on whether to trust the CPU hardware random number generators like Intel's RdRand will now be left up to the Linux distribution vendors or end-users having the final say in overriding that decision. L1TF / Foreshadow Mitigations Land In Linux 4.18 / 4.17 / 4.14 / 4.9 / 4.4 Kernel Update Linux stable maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman has released new updates across the Linux 4.18, 4.17, 4.14, 4.9, and 4.4 kernel channels to address the recently exposed L1 Terminal Fault "L1TF" / Foreshadow Meltdown-like CPU vulnerability affecting Intel processors. Linux 4.4.148, 4.9.120, 4.14.63, 4.17.15, and 4.18.1 are all out this morning with their principal changes in these patch releases being the inclusion of L1TF/Foreshadow mitigation. As covered already, the default behavior is to carry out conditional L1D flushes on VMENTER, but there are kernel knobs available for always forcing L1 cache flushes on VMENTER and the full protection of disabling SMP/HT support. Linux 4.19 Goes Ahead And Makes Lazy TLB Mode Lazier For Small Performance Benefit Last month I wrote about lazy TLB mode improvements on the way to the mainline kernel and this week the changes were indeed merged for the in-development Linux 4.19 kernel. read more

CollectD on Ubuntu 18.04 [Video]

2018-08-17 04:01:01

Games: Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark, Orwell, Megaquarium, Moonlighter

2018-08-17 03:52:50

Turn-based tactical RPG 'Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark' is out in Early Access Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark [Official Site] from 6 Eyes Studio and publisher 1C Company is a turn-based tactical RPG with a focus on storytelling and strategic battles. From the press release: “Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark invites players to experience the classic era of tactical RPGs, but with new twists that update the gameplay for the modern age,” said Nikolay Baryshnikov, VP of 1C Company. “The team at 6 Eyes Studio has a strong vision fueled by a love of the genre, and the game unveils an epic story with challenging tactical combat and lovely visuals for RPG fans to enjoy.” You can get the original Orwell free from Humble Store for a limited time Aquarium tycoon game 'Megaquarium' releasing September 13th with Linux support Megaquarium from Twice Circled will have you dazzle your visitors with all sorts of aquatic attractions and it's releasing with Linux support on September 13th. I spoke to the developer today after the announcement was sent out, they confirmed to me the date does include the Linux version—just to be clear on that. The action RPG that has you adventure as well as run a shop 'Moonlighter' is now on Linux Good things come to those who wait, as today the Linux version of the action RPG Moonlighter is now officially available. read more

Learn how to install several VPN protocols on your Linux device

2018-08-17 00:33:39

Linux is one of the most used operating systems, and it is highly regarded for its top-notch security and privacy features. However, it is never a bad idea to mix in a VPN with powerful encryption just to add that extra layer of security.

Intel launches seven NUCs with Coffee Lake or 10nm Canyon Lake CPUs

2018-08-16 23:10:52

Intel has launched five, barebones “Bean Canyon” NUC mini-PC kits equipped with 14nm, 8th Gen “Coffee Lake” CPUs starting at $299. It also unveiled two configured, Windows 10 equipped NUCs that tap its 10nm “Canyon Lake” chips. Intel has opened pre-orders on its first 14nm fabricated 8th Gen “Coffee Lake” based NUC (Next Unit of […]

Intel launches seven NUCs with Coffee Lake and 10nm Canyon Lake CPUs

2018-08-16 23:10:52

Intel has launched five, barebones “Bean Canyon” NUC mini-PC kits equipped with 14nm, 8th Gen “Coffee Lake” CPUs starting at $299. It also unveiled two configured, Windows 10 equipped NUCs that tap its 10nm “Canyon Lake” chips. Intel has opened pre-orders on its first 14nm fabricated 8th Gen “Coffee Lake” based NUC (Next Unit of […]

Intel launches seven NUCs with Coffee Lake and 10nm Cannon Lake CPUs

2018-08-16 23:10:52

[Updated: Aug. 17] — Intel has launched five, barebones “Bean Canyon” NUC mini-PC kits equipped with 14nm, 8th Gen “Coffee Lake” CPUs starting at $299. It also unveiled two configured, Windows 10 equipped NUCs that tap its 10nm “Cannon Lake” chips. Intel has opened pre-orders on its first 14nm fabricated 8th Gen “Coffee Lake” based […]

ASUS Begins Offering Linux-Based Endless OS On Select Laptops

2018-08-16 22:28:28

It has been a while since ASUS last offered any Linux options for laptops, but they appear to have a new effort underway with Endless OS...

Google clarifies location-tracking policy

2018-08-16 22:08:23

Google has revised a help page that erroneously described how its "Location History" setting works, clarifying for users that it still tracks their location even if they turn the setting off.

DevSecOps: How to conquer 3 big culture challenges

2018-08-16 22:04:59

Tips for building a DevSecOps culture that bakes security into development from the start

NVIDIA is working towards better support for NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

2018-08-16 22:00:00

Thanks to a little Twitter tip, we've learned today that NVIDIA are indeed working to provide better support for NVIDIA Optimus on Linux.

How to Generate a Short and Unique Digital Address for Any Location Using AngularJS and PHP

2018-08-16 21:52:55

SciLinux: Moderate: mariadb on SL7.x x86_64

2018-08-16 21:44:00

LinuxSecurity.com: mysql: Client programs unspecified vulnerability (CPU Jul 2017) (CVE-2017-3636) * mysql: Server: DML unspecified vulnerability (CPU Jul 2017) (CVE-2017-3641) * mysql: Client mysqldump unspecified vulnerability (CPU Jul 2017) (CVE-2017-3651) * mysql: Server: Replication unspecified vulnerability (CPU Oct 2017) (CVE-2017-10268) * mysql: Server: Optimizer unspecified vulnerability (CPU Oct 20 [More...]

Necurs Botnet Goes Phishing for Banks

2018-08-16 21:30:00

A new Necurs botnet campaign targets thousands of banks with a malicious file dropping the FlawedAmmyy remote-access Trojan.

Red Hat and Flock

2018-08-16 21:04:08

What the CoreOS Acquisition Means for Red Hat and the Container Space Red Hat, the 800-pound gorilla of the open source software world, bought CoreOS at the end of January. That was important for anyone interested in containers, and here's why: by combining the two companies Red Hat hoped to consolidate its position as one of the leading players providing useful software based around Kubernetes, the open source container management system. You'll recall that CoreOS developed Tectonic, an entire container management platform built around Kubernetes, and has been a champion of the software for some time. Since then, the CoreOS team at Red Hat has been hard at work, and at the beginning of May it introduced what it is calling an "Operator Framework" for building Kubernetes applications. Instant alterations:: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) Fluctuating Stocks: Extended Stay America, Inc., (NASDAQ: STAY), Red Hat, Inc., (NYSE: RHT) Notable Traders Alert: Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., (NASDAQ: FOXA), Red Hat, Inc., (NYSE: RHT) Jonathan Dieter: Flock 2018 read more

Debian GNU/Linux project to mark 25th birthday on Thursday

2018-08-16 21:00:00

The Debian GNU/Linux project will turn 25 on Thursday, with the Linux distribution having made its debut on 16 August in 1993 under the leadership of the late Ian Murdock.

Debian: DSA-4275-1: keystone security update

2018-08-16 20:49:00

LinuxSecurity.com: Kristi Nikolla discovered an information leak in Keystone, the OpenStack identity service, if running in a federated setup. For the stable distribution (stretch), this problem has been fixed in

Debian: DSA-4274-1: xen security update

2018-08-16 20:47:00

LinuxSecurity.com: This update provides mitigations for the "L1 Terminal Fault" vulnerability affecting a range of Intel CPUs. For additional information please refer to

Researcher Finds MQTT Hole in IoT Defenses

2018-08-16 20:45:00

A commonly used protocol provides a gaping backdoor when misconfigured.

Debian: DSA-4273-1: intel-microcode security update

2018-08-16 20:43:00

LinuxSecurity.com: This update ships updated CPU microcode for some types of Intel CPUs and provides SSBD support (needed to address "Spectre v4") and fixes for "Spectre v3a".

Happy 25th Birthday, Debian!

2018-08-16 20:30:00

Today, August 16, 2018, the Debian Project celebrates its 25th anniversary since the late Ian Murdock announced the Debian Linux Release, which is now known as the Debian Project. It's been 25 years since the late Ian Murdock, the founder of the Debian project, send his famous email to the comp.os.linux.development mailing list announcing that he is working on a new release and was looking for suggestions. He called it the Debian Linux Release, which was put together from scratch by the Linux software developer, though it was inspired by Softlanding Linux System (SLS). "When the late Ian Murdock announced 25 years ago in comp.os.linux.development, "the imminent completion of a brand-new Linux release, [...] the Debian Linux Release", nobody would have expected the "Debian Linux Release" to become what...

The action RPG that has you adventure as well as run a shop 'Moonlighter' is now on Linux

2018-08-16 20:09:18

Tags: Action, RPG, Humble Store, Steam, UnityGood things come to those who wait, as today the Linux version of the action RPG Moonlighter is now officially available. As far as I can tell, they did a pretty good job with the Linux build. Performance seems to be really smooth, the Steam Controller works perfectly without any issues and I haven't yet encountered any bugs. About the game: During a long-passed archaeological excavation, a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions – providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure. Rynoka, a small commercial village, was founded near the excavation site providing refuge and a place for adventurers to sell their hard-earned riches. Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements following the everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that dreams of becoming a hero. I have to say, I'm quite impressed with it so far! The art style and animations are simply wonderful. The actual dungeon crawling element seems to be designed a fair bit like The Binding of Isaac with small enclosed rooms, with some leading to other rooms that could be filled with enemies and loot. There's multiple different dungeons to explore, all of which seems to have a boss that will provide a key. These dungeons are apparently not what they seem… The shopkeeping element is also quite interesting and keeps it feeling quite fresh. When you go through a dungeon, you like in many games you will collect various items—which you then sell yourself in your own little shop. Each item can be sold at a price of your choosing, but you need to watch the reactions of your shoppers to see if you're giving it a good price. It's not exactly in-depth, but it's a nice change mix-up of game mechanics to have you doing both sides. Grab it on Humble Store or Steam. It's also on GOG, but no linux build there yet.

Games: Tropico 6, 7 Billion Humans, CrossCode, Evergarden

2018-08-16 20:03:17

Tropico 6 to launch in January 2019, Linux support still happening Tropico 6 is having a little extra time in the oven, with it being announced today for a January 2019 release. One thing that concerned me, was that their announcements and PR emails only mentioned Windows for the PC release. They cleared that it up on the Steam forum post after I asked about it, to confirm Linux support is still happening. When speaking to them over email, they clarified further that they are aiming to launch the Linux version at the same time as Windows, but they can't give a 100% guarantee on that right now. Either way it's happening—great! 7 Billion Humans from Tomorrow Corporation to arrive with Linux support on August 23rd Tomorrow Corporation have officially announced that their programming puzzle game 7 Billion Humans will launch on August 23rd with Linux support. Always love their style, I have fond memories of World of Goo which was one of the indie games that came to Linux back in the "early days" of 2009. Tomorrow Corporation also previously put out Human Resource Machine and Little Inferno, so it's really great to see yet another developer continue supporting Linux for so long. CrossCode, the 2D action RPG set in the distant future to officially launch on September 20th The absolutely gorgeous puzzle game Evergarden is now out Puzzle game Evergarden from Flippfly is out today with Linux support and not only is it gorgeous, it's also a very interesting puzzle experience. read more

Active Third-Party Content the Bane of Web Security

2018-08-16 19:50:00

New reports shows many of the world's most popular sites serve up active content from risky sources.

Aquarium tycoon game 'Megaquarium' releasing September 13th with Linux support

2018-08-16 19:16:34

Tags: Simulation, Strategy, Humble Store, Steam, Indie Game, Coming SoonMegaquarium from Twice Circled will have you dazzle your visitors with all sorts of aquatic attractions and it's releasing with Linux support on September 13th. I spoke to the developer today after the announcement was sent out, they confirmed to me the date does include the Linux version—just to be clear on that. About the game: From the creator of Big Pharma comes a brand new economic simulation game. Megaquarium follows in the footsteps of classic theme park management tycoon games and adds an aquatic spin! A living simulation - Starting with just a few tanks and the most basic of livestock, you’ll grow your aquarium to a thronging metropolis filled with hundreds of guests, tens of staff and a multitude of different aquatic lifeforms, each with their own unique care requirements. Megaquarium features almost 100 different marine species including fish, sharks, crustaceans, corals, jellyfish, other invertebrates and even a turtle! You’ll be spoilt for choice as you design, decorate and populate your tanks. Pretty excited about this, as I've been following development along since it was announced. I absolutely love my building games, so this will likely suck up a lot of my time. I'm hopefully going to be doing some pre-release testing of the Linux build for the developer, so hopefully I can spot any bugs before everyone gets their hands on it. Follow it on Humble Store and Steam.

Happy 25th birthday to Debian Linux!

2018-08-16 19:09:45

KDE Applications 18.08 Open-Source Software Suite Released, Here's What's New

2018-08-16 19:09:00

The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the KDE Application 18.08 open-source software suite for the KDE Plasma desktop environment, as well as GNU/Linux distributions who want to use KDE apps. Being in development for the past several months, KDE Applications 18.08 goes stable today and will hit the software repositories of various popular GNU/Linux distributions during the next few days. This is a major release and brings numerous new features and improvements across multiple apps, including Dolphin, Konsole, Gwenview, KMail, Akonadi, Cantor, Spectacle, and others. "We continuously work on improving the software included in our KDE Application series, and we hope you will find all the new enhancements and bug fixes useful," reads today's announcement. "More than 120 bugs have been resolved in applications including the Kontact Suite, Ark, Cantor, Dolphin, Gwenvie...

You can get the original Orwell free from Humble Store for a limited time

2018-08-16 19:03:58

Tags: Free Game, Humble StoreIf you're in the mood for a free game, head on over to Humble Store as they're giving away the original Orwell. Game features: Investigate the digital lives of citizens - Search web pages, scour through social media posts, dating site profiles, news articles and blogs to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks. Invade the private lives of suspects - Listen in on chat communications, read personal emails, hack PCs, pull medical files, make connections. Find the information you need to know. Determine the relevance of information - Only the information you provide will be seen by the security forces and acted upon. You decide what gets seen and what does not, influencing how the suspects will be perceived. Secure the freedom of the Nation - Find the terrorists so the citizens of the Nation can sleep safe, knowing Orwell is watching over them. Grab free on the Humble Store until Saturday, August 18 at 5PM UTC.

Rugged, Linux-friendly embedded PC plugs you into the CANBus

2018-08-16 18:51:10

IEI announced an IP40-protected “DRPC-130-AL” DIN-rail computer with an Atom x5-E3930, CANBus, SATA, eMMC, 4x USB 3.0, dual HDMI and GbE, extended temperature support, and shock and vibration resistance. IEI’s fanless DRPC-130-AL may be the quintessential compact industrial embedded PC. Nothing much stands out except for the CANBus port, but IEI Technology has crammed a […]

How To Setup Latest Oracle OpenJDK On Linux

2018-08-16 18:30:00

OpenJDK is an open source version of Java Development Kit and is available on most Linux package repositories. Sadly, the version is quite outdated since Java programs today are compiled for the latest Java Environment (which is now version 10), the package found on most Linux repositories is still in previous stable release ie., v1.8. This article will guide you on how to install the latest OpenJDK on your Linux computer, and how to set its environment variables so you can start right away with [...]

How to Install Asterisk on Debian 9

2018-08-16 18:21:58

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the installation of Asterisk on a Debian 9 VPS. Asterisk is the most popular open source software implementation of a telephone private branch exchange (PBX).

Debian-Based Q4OS Linux Operating System for Raspberry Pi Goes Stable

2018-08-16 18:20:00

The developers behind the Debian-based Q4OS Linux operating system informed Softpedia about the availability of the Q4OS 2.5 stable release for ARM devices, including the Raspberry Pi. Q4OS emphasizes the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE), which continues the legacy of the old KDE 3.5 desktop. The latest release, Q4OS 2.5, was available only for 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (i686 PAE) hardware architectures, but now it can also be installed on ARM hardware like the Raspberry Pi, Pine64, and Pinebook. "Q4OS on Raspberry Pi performs at lightning speed due to its exceptionally low hardware requirements," say the devs in the announcement. "All the native Q4OS features, for example "Desktop profiler" and "Setup tool," are available and fully functional within the Raspberry Pi Q4OS edition." Q4OS is now optimized for Raspberry Pi devices A lot of work went into optimizing the Q4OS operating system f...

Stable kernels 4.18.1, 4.17.15, 4.14.63, 4.9.120 and 4.4.148

2018-08-16 17:46:17

Linux 4.18.1 Linux 4.17.15 Linux 4.14.63 Linux 4.9.120 Linux 4.4.148 read more

Ubuntu 3658-3: procps-ng vulnerabilities

2018-08-16 17:43:00

LinuxSecurity.com: Several security issues were fixed in procps-ng.

Facebook Awards $1M for Defense-Based Research

2018-08-16 17:30:00

The company today awarded $200,000 to winners of the Internet Defense Prize after spending $800,000 on the Secure the Internet grants.

A Quick Look At The Windows Server vs. Linux Performance On The Threadripper 2990WX

2018-08-16 17:24:07

One of the frequent requests/comments stemming from the launch-day Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarks on the new AMD Threadripper 2990WX were questions about whether this 32-core / 64-thread processor would do better with Windows Server given Microsoft's obvious tuning of that Windows flavor to high core/thread counts... Well, here are some initial figures with Windows Server 2016 and a Windows Server 2019 preview.

Debian Linux Turns 25

2018-08-16 17:20:00

BrianFagioli writes: Debian is one of the most important open source projects ever. The Debian Linux operating system is extremely popular in its own right, but also, it is used as the base for countless other distributions. Ubuntu, for instance -- one of the most-used distros -- is Debian-based. Even Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, also has a Debian edition. Not to mention, Raspbian -- the official Raspberry Pi OS -- which is based on Debian too. Today, Debian is celebrating a very important milestone -- a 25th birthday! Yes, it is seriously that old -- its development was announced on August 16, 1993. When the late Ian Murdock announced 25 years ago in comp.os.linux.development, the imminent completion of a brand-new Linux release, [...] the Debian Linux Release', nobody would have expected the 'Debian Linux Release' would become what's nowadays known as the Debian Project, one of the largest and most influential free software projects. "Its primary product is Debian, a free operating system (OS) for your computer, as well as for plenty of other systems which enhance your life. From the inner workings of your nearby airport to your car entertainment system, and from cloud servers hosting your favorite websites to the IoT devices that communicate with them, Debian can power it all," says Ana Guerrero Lopez of Debian. Further reading: Slackware, Oldest Actively Maintained GNU/Linux Distribution, Turns 25. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Turn-based tactical RPG 'Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark' is out in Early Access

2018-08-16 16:50:16

Tags: Strategy, RPG, Steam, Early AccessFell Seal: Arbiter's Mark [Official Site] from 6 Eyes Studio and publisher 1C Company is a turn-based tactical RPG with a focus on storytelling and strategic battles. From the press release: “Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark invites players to experience the classic era of tactical RPGs, but with new twists that update the gameplay for the modern age,” said Nikolay Baryshnikov, VP of 1C Company. “The team at 6 Eyes Studio has a strong vision fueled by a love of the genre, and the game unveils an epic story with challenging tactical combat and lovely visuals for RPG fans to enjoy.” Today's Early Access release follows a successful Kickstarter campaign which finished back in October last year. They managed to raise well over $45K and they did provide a Linux demo at the time, so it's pleasing to see the Early Access release have Linux support ready. Features: Experience an epic and mature story, unfolding through over 40 story encounters and topped with challenging end-game content. Classic tactical combat battles, with rugged terrain and elevation, taking place on beautiful hand-drawn environments. A deep and complex class system with over 20 classes and 200 abilities lets you truly customize every one of your characters through the selection of their class, sub-class and passives. Carefully craft the character you envision, be it a versatile generalist, a dedicated spell-caster or a mighty foe-crushing specialist! Customize your troops' appearance your way, by selecting their portrait, outfit, colors and overall visuals from a wide selection. Equip your army with over 240 pieces of equipment, either purchased, gathered from fallen enemies or created from crafting. They plan to remain in Early Access for around 6 months, while they work on feedback and adding in the remaining story battles, more sound effects, a hard mode and some optional story-characters events. Find it on Steam for $19.99/£15.99. We're hopefully getting a key to give it thoughts at some point.

The absolutely gorgeous puzzle game Evergarden is now out

2018-08-16 16:40:22

Tags: Puzzle, Indie Game, SteamPuzzle game Evergarden from Flippfly is out today with Linux support and not only is it gorgeous, it's also a very interesting puzzle experience. Note: Key provided by the developer. About the game: Lose yourself in an endlessly satisfying puzzle game set in the midst of a mysterious forest world. Transform your garden by combining plants into strange new forms, and unearth deeply hidden secrets as you become engrossed in the game’s calming rhythm. Wander into the forest and help bring it back to life with the help of Fen, your creature guide. Evergarden may feel familiar at first, but you will discover it is like no game you have played before. The basic idea of it is really simple, with you essentially shooting seeds from one plant into a free tile or combining the same plants to create a more advanced variant. That sounds easy enough, but it will require you to combine them into specific patterns to get a higher score, which can be damn tricky depending on how you've set yourself up. A game where a fair bit of experimentation of patience is needed, because practically nothing is explained and there's a lot of hidden rules and such you will find as you play more of it. Truthfully, I actually find it quite difficult! Even so, I absolutely love the incredible design (both in terms of graphics and the gameplay) and they're certainly not kidding about losing yourself in it, time seemed to slip away as I attempted to get further into it. Every time I managed to beat my previous score, I would check the scoreboard and see I still managed to slip down it—there's obviously a lot of people way better than me at this. Works great on Linux too, haven't found any issue with it. Find it on Steam where it's 17% off until August 23rd.

KDE Applications 18.08 Released

2018-08-16 16:40:22

Today the quarterly update to the collection of KDE software applications has shipped with its newest features...

ShareBackup could keep data in the fast lane

2018-08-16 16:16:14

Anyone who has ever cursed a computer network as it slowed to a crawl will appreciate the remedy offered by scientists at Rice University.

How to Stay Anonymous Online Using a VPN?

2018-08-16 16:11:11

According to Wombat Security’s 2017 User Risk Report, more people are using VPNs in the US and UK than ever before. This has much to do with the growing privacy fears online, and also the desire to explore another country’s Netflix content. Regardless of what the reason may be, the truth is that VPNs like PureVPN have made Internet anonymity a reality. And as a result, people like you and me can go about our online activities (such as downloading, streaming, etc.) without the fear of being watched. In the following paragraphs, we’ll explore what are VPNs exactly, the way they function, and how this tool can be used to achieve an undetectable degree of anonymity on the Internet. So without further ado, let’s get started:What is a VPN?A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a technology that creates a secure, encrypted tunnel between your computer or device and a VPN server. All your traffic is sent through this ‘private’ connection, keeping it safe from any prying eyes.Furthermore, your original IP address is replaced with a virtual one to make it appear like you’re situated in another country. This not only adds an extra layer of privacy, but also helps you unblock websites and services blocked in your region. While there are many VPNs that promise anonymity, the one we can always vouch for is PureVPN. It’s based in privacy-friendly Hong-Kong, operates a galactic network of 2,000+ VPN servers in 141+ countries, and has a whopping 300,000+ anonymous IPs to hide your identity behind. How to Use a VPN for Anonymity?Here are the steps that you need to follow for setting up and using an anonymous VPN service:Step #1: Subscribe to PureVPNIn order to use a VPN, you’ll first have to sign up for a service of your choice. If you’re going with our recommendation (you won’t regret it!), go to PureVPN’s order page and select a plan that best suits your needs. The service is backed by a generous 31-day money-back guarantee which means you have plenty of time to test it thoroughly. Step #2: Download and Install PureVPNOnce you’ve signed up for an account and received your credentials via email, it’s time to download and install PureVPN on the device of your choice. While there are apps available for all major platforms, you can also setup the service manually on compatible devices. You have the ability to stream Netflix US and other streaming services with ease using their Firefox and Chrome extensions.Step #3: Choose a ModeAfter installing PureVPN on your device, initiate the app and provide your Username and Password to proceed further. Now, click on the settings icon on the top right corner of the window and choose Security / Privacy as your Mode. It’ll provide you with the perfect balance of security, privacy, and anonymity!Step #4: Select a VPN ServerNext, select the location of the VPN server you want to use and wait a few seconds for your connection to establish. PureVPN also comes with a must-have Internet Kill Switch feature which automatically terminates your online activities upon VPN disconnection to ensure your privacy doesn’t get compromised. Step #5: Check Your IP AddressWhen connected, you’d want to test whether the VPN connection is actually working or not. To see what your IP address and virtual location is, you should use an IP lookup tool. If the IP and location is that of the VPN server you chose, then you can be sure that your browsing sessions are totally anonymous.Final WordsAnd that’s all folks… If you want to stay anonymous online, then your best bet is getting your hands on a reliable service provider like PureVPN. It offers all the features that you need to protect your Internet privacy and anonymity, that too, at an extremely affordable price!Visit on site http://www.noobslab.com

RedHat: RHSA-2018-2486:01 Important: Red Hat JBoss Core Services Apache

2018-08-16 16:07:00

LinuxSecurity.com: Red Hat JBoss Core Services Pack Apache Server 2.4.29 packages for Microsoft Windows and Oracle Solaris are now available. Red Hat Product Security has rated this release as having a security impact of Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score,

RedHat: RHSA-2018-2482:01 Moderate: docker security and bug fix update

2018-08-16 16:06:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update for docker is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Extras. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Moderate. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which

Test Your Knowledge with Our AWS Practice Quiz

2018-08-16 16:00:46

Preparing to take an exam can be stressful. The post Test Your Knowledge with Our AWS Practice Quiz appeared first on Linux Academy Blog.

ARM Aims To Deliver Core i5 Like Performance At Less Than 5 Watts

2018-08-16 15:31:13

ARM has made public an aggressive CPU forward-looking road-map and some performance expectations. ARM is hoping to deliver year-over-year performance improvements of more than 15% through 2020...

openSUSE: 2018:2376-1: important: libheimdal

2018-08-16 15:22:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that solves one vulnerability and has two fixes is now available.

GNOME 3.30 Desktop Environment Gets Beta 2 Release Ahead of September 5 Launch

2018-08-16 15:15:00

The GNOME Project, through Michael Catanzaro, announced the availability of the second beta release of the forthcoming GNOME 3.30 desktop environment, due for release early next month. Coming two weeks after the first beta release, the highly anticipated GNOME 3.30 desktop environment received a second beta release today as Michael Catanzaro informed us via an email announcement. This beta 2 release is tagged as GNOME 3.29.91, and it marks the Software String Freeze stage in the development cycle. But it doesn't look like it was an easy release for the GNOME Release Team, as Michael Catanzaro reports build failures for several components, including GNOME Boxes, which didn't make it for this second beta release. As a consequence, numerous components weren't updated in this beta 2 release. "A couple informal notes. F...

How to Retrieve Let's Encrypt SSL Wildcard Certificates using CloudFlare Validation on CentOS 7

2018-08-16 15:06:54

RedHat: RHSA-2018-2469:01 Important: Red Hat JBoss Web Server 3.1.0 Service

2018-08-16 15:02:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update is now available for Red Hat JBoss Web Server 3.1 for RHEL 6 and Red Hat JBoss Web Server 3.1 for RHEL 7. Red Hat Product Security has rated this release as having a security impact of Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score,

These tags turn everyday objects into smart, connected devices

2018-08-16 14:57:04

Engineers have developed printable metal tags that could be attached to everyday objects and turn them into "smart" Internet of Things devices.

Fedora 27: rsyslog Security Update

2018-08-16 14:56:00

LinuxSecurity.com: rebase to 8.37.0 ---------------------- - few fixes and enhancements handling journal input - now requires librelp at least 1.2.16, adding support for setting address to bind - various other rsyslog core bugfixes and stability fixes

RedHat: RHSA-2018-2470:01 Important: Red Hat JBoss Web Server 3.1.0 Service

2018-08-16 14:51:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update is now available for Red Hat JBoss Web Server 3.1. Red Hat Product Security has rated this release as having a security impact of Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability

Happy Birthday, Debian. Here are 10 Interesting Facts about Debian project

2018-08-16 14:38:58

One of the oldest Linux distribution still in development, Debian has just turned 25. Let’s have a look at some interesting facts about this awesome FOSS project.

Chrome Bug Allowed Hackers to Find Out Everything Facebook Knows About You

2018-08-16 14:35:35

With the release of Chrome 68, Google prominently marks all non-HTTPS websites as 'Not Secure' on its browser to make the web a more secure place for Internet users. If you haven't yet, there is another significant reason to immediately switch to the latest version of the Chrome web browser. Ron Masas, a security researcher from Imperva, has discovered a vulnerability in web browsers that

Install Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 18.04

2018-08-16 14:31:01

In this post, I will show you how to easily install Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 18.04. Visual Studio Code is based on the Atom Text editor. Visual Studio Code is a free code editor from Microsoft.

CrossCode, the 2D action RPG set in the distant future to officially launch on September 20th

2018-08-16 14:30:25

Tags: Action, RPG, Indie Game, Early Access, Humble Store, GOG, SteamIt's been a really long time coming, with the 2D action RPG CrossCode being in development for almost 7 years! It now has an official release date of September 20th. If you've never seen it, the trailer below is a little old but you get the idea: At release it will contain the full main story with cutscenes, "dramatic plot elements", plenty of new areas and expanded existing areas, new party members, 9 new enemy types and variations, over 13 new boss fights, 12 new quests and more. As expected nowadays, releasing doesn't mean they're finished with it. They outlined some plans for future updates, which they hope will include: a New Game+ mode, several additional NPCs, quests, and enemies along with more areas to explore. The current Early Access version is still pretty damn good. I've tried it at version points and I've always come off pretty impressed by it, despite a few minor issues that were expected from an unfinished game. The whole idea of the game is quite awesome, as it's set within a futuristic MMO. To make things even more interesting, the protagonist Lea can't even speak at all. You can find it on Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

2018-08-16 14:30:07

Sleeker, slimmer and now a bit greyer Hot on the heels of Slackware's quarter century comes the 25th anniversary of the announcement that Debian was incoming.…

Overcoming 'Security as a Silo' with Orchestration and Automation

2018-08-16 14:30:00

When teams work in silos, the result is friction and miscommunication. Automation changes that.

GNU Linux-Libre 4.18 Kernel Officially Released for Those Who Seek 100% Freedom

2018-08-16 14:27:00

Alexandre Oliva announced the release and general availability of the GNU Linux-libre 4.18 kernel for Linux users seeking 100% freedom for their personal computers. Following in the footsteps of the recently released Linux 4.18 kernel series, the GNU Linux-libre 4.18 kernel is now available for those who don't want to run any proprietary firmware on their Linux-based operating system or the GNU operating system. Including pretty much the same new features and enhancements as Linux kernel 4.18, the GNU Linux-libre 4.18 kernel cleans up the new psp-dev crypto and icn8505 touchscreen drivers, removes the atom isp driver, and adjusts numerous others. Furthermore, the developers also adjusted the deblob-check script to search if any components, such as some new firmware loading interfaces like firmware_request and firwmare_request_nowarn, are looking and asking for proprietary software. "fi...

RedHat: RHSA-2018-2462:01 Important: qemu-kvm security and bug fix update

2018-08-16 14:18:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update for qemu-kvm is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability

RedHat: RHSA-2018-2439:01 Moderate: mariadb security and bug fix update

2018-08-16 14:18:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update for mariadb is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Moderate. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from

7 Billion Humans from Tomorrow Corporation to arrive with Linux support on August 23rd

2018-08-16 14:13:56

Tags: Puzzle, Indie Game, Coming Soon, Humble StoreTomorrow Corporation have officially announced that their programming puzzle game 7 Billion Humans will launch on August 23rd with Linux support. Always love their style, I have fond memories of World of Goo which was one of the indie games that came to Linux back in the "early days" of 2009. Tomorrow Corporation also previously put out Human Resource Machine and Little Inferno, so it's really great to see yet another developer continue supporting Linux for so long. About the game: Automate swarms of office workers to solve puzzles inside your very own parallel computer made of people. A thrilling followup to the award winning Human Resource Machine. Now with more humans! Features: More puzzles, more humans, more rippling brain muscles - over 60+ levels of programming puzzles! 77.777778% more levels than Human Resource Machine. A whole new programming language to enjoy! Where Human Resource Machine was based on Assembly and executed by a single worker, 7 Billion Humans has an all new language that lots of workers can all execute at the same time. You'll be taught everything you need to know. Even useless skills can be put to work! Feeling stressed out? There are now friendly hint and "skip" systems to facilitate your career's ascent. Available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Korean, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, and Russian. With more languages on the way! Incomprehensible cutscenes! You will be delighted and bewildered. Includes a new soundtrack by Kyle Gabler. You can follow along on Humble Store and Steam.

Happy 25th Birthday, Debian Linux!

2018-08-16 14:13:09

Debian is one of the most important open source projects ever. The Debian Linux operating system is extremely popular in its own right, but also, it is used as the base for countless other distributions. Ubuntu, for instance -- one of the most-used distros -- is Debian-based. Even Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, also has a Debian edition. Not to mention, Raspbian -- the official Raspberry Pi OS -- which is based on Debian too. Today, Debian is celebrating a very important milestone -- a 25th birthday! Yes, it is seriously that old -- its development was announced… [Continue Reading]

Using an ApsaraDB for RDS Client With Auto-Completion Features

2018-08-16 14:03:02

MyCLI is a command line interface (CLI) for MySQL, MariaDB, and Percona with auto-completion and syntax highlighting features. This tool supports auto-completion of table names, database names, aliases, and SQL syntax. It also keeps track of the queries entered for your convenience. You'll need to use the pip command to install it on Linux or Unix-like system as MyCLI is written in Python. You can learn more about MyCLI here http://mycli.net/

Valve Working to Make Windows Games Run in Linux, Intel Vulnerability Being Patched, CentOS 7.5 Available, GNOME 3.29.91 Released

2018-08-16 14:01:06

  Happy belated 21st birthday to GNOME! The project celebrated this milestone by releasing version 3.29.91. Good news to all the gamers out there: Valve is working on a set of compatibility tools to allow Windows developed games to run on Linux. More can be read here. In recent security related news, a new Intel-focused vulnerability affecting Linux, the L1TF or "Foreshadow", is being patched by all the major distributions. Details about these exploits can be found here. A bit of advise to our travelers with laptops: you should limit or refrain from placing stickers on your devices. It may be a great way to express oneself but anything ranging from political, recreational or business related content can be used against (or possibly detain) you when attempting to cross international borders. In other news, the CentOS project just announced the availability of version 7.5 for the IBM Power9 architecture. GNOME gaming

James Bottomley on Linux, Containers, and the Leading Edge

2018-08-16 13:56:05

It’s no secret that Linux is basically the operating system of containers, and containers are the future of the cloud, says James Bottomley, Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research and Linux kernel developer. Bottomley, who can often be seen at open source events in his signature bow tie, is focused these days on security systems like the Trusted Platform Module and the fundamentals of container technology.

Tropico 6 to launch in January 2019, Linux support still happening

2018-08-16 13:43:03

Tags: Simulation, Coming Soon, Unreal Engine, City BuilderTropico 6 is having a little extra time in the oven, with it being announced today for a January 2019 release. One thing that concerned me, was that their announcements and PR emails only mentioned Windows for the PC release. They cleared that it up on the Steam forum post after I asked about it, to confirm Linux support is still happening. When speaking to them over email, they clarified further that they are aiming to launch the Linux version at the same time as Windows, but they can't give a 100% guarantee on that right now. Either way it's happening—great! Good to know Kalypso Media won't be letting down Linux gamers and it's going to be interesting to see what Tropico is like with Limbic Entertainment developing it this time, since Haemimont Games who did the previous games are now working with Paradox on Surviving Mars. They also have a new video out as they're heading to Gamescom: What they say it will feature: Play on large archipelagos for the first time in the series. Manage multiple islands at the same time and adapt to various new challenges. Send your agents on raids to foreign lands to steal world wonders and monuments, to add them to your collection. Build bridges, construct tunnels and transport your citizens and tourists in taxis, buses and aerial cable cars. Tropico 6 offers completely new transportation and infrastructure possibilities. Customize the looks of your palace at will and choose from various extras. Tropico 6 features a revised research system focusing on the political aspects of being the world’s greatest dictator. Election speeches are back! Address the people and make promises that you can’t possibly keep. Co-operative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players. I'm pretty excited to give this a go, absolutely love my city building sims. There's a closed Steam beta coming this autumn, which will sadly be Windows only.

How to Monitor your Linux Server using osquery

2018-08-16 13:41:47

Osquery is an open source Operating System monitoring, query, and analytics software. Created by Facebook, it exposes an operating system as a high-performance relational database that can be queried using SQL-based queries. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install osquery on

How a drone can soar without using GPS

2018-08-16 13:29:37

Drones use GPS to find their way without a pilot. But GPS signals can be easily blocked by tall skyscrapers or trees—leaving drones lost.

Neural net activations are aligned with gamma band activity of the human visual cortex

2018-08-16 13:20:02

Researchers at the University of Tartu's Computational Neuroscience Lab, in Estonia, have discovered that activations of deep convolutional neural networks are aligned with the gamma band activity of the human visual cortex. Their study, published in Communications Biology, further highlights the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to broaden understanding of the human brain.

4.5 Reasons Why Tech Skills Aren’t Enough

2018-08-16 13:07:17

Communication kills or propels your career. The post 4.5 Reasons Why Tech Skills Aren’t Enough appeared first on Linux Academy Blog.

Major Zorin OS Linux Release Is Coming This Fall Based on Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS

2018-08-16 13:04:00

The Zorin OS developers announced the release and general availability of Zorin OS 12.4, the fourth maintenance update to the latest Zorin OS 12 operating system series based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). Shipping with the updated HWE (Hardware Enablement) stack from the recently announced Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS point release, which is powered by the Linux 4.15 kernel from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), as well as an updated X graphics stack, Zorin OS 12.4 brings all the latest software and security updates from the Ubuntu repositories, along with performance enhancements and bug fixes. "Zorin OS 12.4 introduces an updated hardware enablement stack. The newly-included Linux kernel 4.15, as well as an updated X server graphics stack," reads the

Install a Hadoop Cluster on Ubuntu 18.04.1

2018-08-16 13:01:01

In this post, I will be installing a three-node Hadoop Cluster on Ubuntu 18.04.1 including HDFS. In a previous post called Install Hadoop on Ubuntu 17.10, I walked through how to install a single node Hadoop server.

A Look At Linux Gaming Performance Scaling On The Threadripper 2950X

2018-08-16 12:57:49

On Monday when the launch embargo expired on the Threadripper 2950X and Threadripper 2990WX I hadn't run any gaming benchmarks since, well, most games even on Windows can't scale out to 32 threads let alone 64 threads... Especially on Linux. It's far more practical getting these Threadripper 2 processors if you want to compile with 32 or 64 make jobs -- among many other common multi-threaded Linux workloads -- versus using this $899 or $1799 processor for a Linux gaming system. But if you are curious how Linux games scale with the Threadripper 2950X, here are some benchmark results when testing both AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.

Presence of 'mean' robot found to improve human concentration

2018-08-16 12:31:13

A team of researchers from institutions in France and Switzerland has found that people asked to do a concentration test performed better when a "mean" robot was watching them. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, the group describes experiments they carried out with human volunteers and robots and what they found.

How to Use htop to Monitor System Processes in Ubuntu 18.04

2018-08-16 12:27:47

In this article, we will show you how to install and use htop to monitor processes in Ubuntu. Htop is a Linux command line tool with a functionality that is similar to Windows Task manager.

FOSS Project Spotlight: SIT (Serverless Information Tracker)

2018-08-16 12:15:15

by Yurii Rashkovskii In the past decade or so, we've learned to equate the ability to collaborate with the need to be online. The advent of SaaS clearly marked the departure from a decentralized collaboration model to a heavily centralized one. While on the surface this is a very convenient delivery model, it simply doesn't fit a number of scenarios well. As somebody once said, "you can't FTP to Mars", but we don't need to go as far. There are plenty of use cases here on Earth that are less than perfectly suited for this "online world". Lower power chips and sensors, vessel/offshore collaboration, disaster recovery, remote areas, sporadically reshaping groups—all these make use of central online services a challenge. Another challenge with centralization is somewhat less thought of—building software that can handle a lot of concurrent users and that stores and processes a lot of information and never goes down is challenging and expensive, and we, as consumers, pay dearly for that effort. And not least important, software in the cloud removes our ability to adapt it perfectly for use cases beyond its owner's vision, scope and profitability considerations. Convenience isn't free, and this goes way beyond the price tag. SIT is a free, open-source project that addresses these and other concerns in software that enables us to collaborate. It allows sporadically connected parties to continue collaborating seamlessly, over just about any digital transport (ranging from a P2P network to a USB drive). At its core, it's a very small tool that records every change as an immutable, additive-only set of files and allows this information to be displayed and operated on in a familiar way, though browser-based applications or the command line. Figure 1. SIT Issue Tracker Although its foundation is rather generic, its first real application is in issue tracking, and it enables a lot of scenarios that were previously rather difficult to achieve. For example, if a SIT repository is committed to a project repository, this allows you to see a snapshot of all issues for any revision, making it much easier to maintain separate versions or trace changes. Another interesting feature is its merge request functionality, where a patch, by its nature, can contain file changes that affect a project's issues, giving enormous flexibility in managing dependent issues (say you developed a feature and want to attach a "to-do" list to it as a part of the patch, so those new issues will appear only once the patch has been merged—with SIT this is a rather trivial task). Go to Full Article

openSUSE: 2018:2343-1: moderate: aubio

2018-08-16 12:12:00

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that fixes two vulnerabilities is now available.

Linus Torvalds burned the pull request with STACKLEAK security feature

2018-08-16 12:10:20

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Linux 4.19 Goes Ahead And Makes Lazy TLB Mode Lazier For Small Performance Benefit

2018-08-16 11:45:40

Last month I wrote about lazy TLB mode improvements on the way to the mainline kernel and this week the changes were indeed merged for the in-development Linux 4.19 kernel...

L1TF / Foreshadow Mitigations Land In Linux 4.18 / 4.17 / 4.14 / 4.9 / 4.4 Kernel Update

2018-08-16 11:28:38

Linux stable maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman has released new updates across the Linux 4.18, 4.17, 4.14, 4.9, and 4.4 kernel channels to address the recently exposed L1 Terminal Fault "L1TF" / Foreshadow Meltdown-like CPU vulnerability affecting Intel processors...

Linux Kernel 4.18 Gets First Point Release, It's Now Ready for Mass Deployments

2018-08-16 11:11:00

Just a few days after the release of the Linux 4.18 kernel series, Linux kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the availability of the first point release, Linux kernel 4.18.1. Linux kernel 4.18 was released on Sunday, August 12, 2018, by Linus Torvalds, and it's currently the most advanced kernel series available for Linux-based operating systems. The first point release, Linux 4.18.1, is now available, which marks the Linux 4.18 kernel series as stable and ready for mass deployments. All Linux OS vendors are now urged to adopt the latest Linux 4.18 kernel series for their operating systems on supported architectures as it brings various new features, improvements, and updated drivers for better hardware support. Linux kernel 4.18.1 is now available for download from kernel.org or...

CentOS Linux 7.5 Operating System Is Now Available for IBM POWER9 Architecture

2018-08-16 10:45:00

The CentOS project announced the general availability of the latest CentOS Linux 7.5 (build 1804) operating system on the IBM POWER9 (PPC64le) hardware architecture. Released back in May 2018, CentOS Linux 7.5 is based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 operating system and supported 32-bit (i386), 64-bit (x86_64), ARM64 (AArch64), PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian (PPC64el), PowerPC 64-bit (PPC64), and ARMhf architectures. However, the initial release only supported IBM POWER8 processors, but it's now available for IBM POWER9 processors too. "I am pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 7 (1804) for POWER9 processors (ppc64le - powerpc 64-bit little endian). This release is derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 ALT," said James O'Connor. "Note this release is 99% equivalent to the existing CentOS 7 Linux 7 (1804) for POWER8 processors (ppc64le - powerpc 64...

Hands-on with Linux Mint Debian Edition 3 Beta

2018-08-16 10:23:58

The long-awaited LMDE update is finally (really) on the way!

Security assessment of corporate information systems in 2017

2018-08-16 10:00:27

Each year, Kaspersky Lab’s Security Services department carries out dozens of cybersecurity assessment projects for companies worldwide. In this publication, we present a general summary and statistics for the cybersecurity assessments we have conducted of corporate information systems throughout 2017.

Ubuntu, Debian, RHEL, and CentOS Linux Now Patched Against "Foreshadow" Attacks

2018-08-16 09:55:00

A new Spectre-like flaw affects Intel x86 CPUs once again, called L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) or Foreshadow, and patches are now available for the most popular Linux-based operating systems. Both Canonical and Red Hat emailed us with regards to the L1 Terminal Fault security vulnerability, which are documented as CVE-2018-3620 for operating systems and System Management Mode (SMM), CVE-2018-3646 for impacts to virtualization, as well as CVE-2018-3615 for Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX). They affect all Linux-based operating system and machines with Intel CPUs. "It was discovered that memory present in the L1 data cache of an Intel CPU core may be exposed to a malicious process that is executing on the CPU core. This ...

Linux Kernel Diverts Question To Distros: Trust CPU Hardware Random Number Generators?

2018-08-16 09:45:18

In a controversial move, the Linux kernel will be pushing the question off to distribution vendors on whether to put trust in CPU hardware random number generators...

Indian Bank Loses $13.5m in Global Attack

2018-08-16 09:37:44

LinuxSecurity.com: An Indian bank has lost nearly 944m rupees ($13.5m) after hackers withdrew the funds from ATMs around the world and made other fraudulent SWIFT transfers.

UK Identity Fraud Falls but Online Scams Rise

2018-08-16 09:35:37

LinuxSecurity.com: Identity fraud in the UK has fallen for the first time in four years but the number of online scams continue to rise, especially in the retail sector, according to Cifas.

Some Of The Smaller Features Hitting The Linux 4.19 Kernel This Week

2018-08-16 09:22:38

Here is a look at some of the smaller features landing in the Linux 4.19 kernel this week in a variety of different subsystems...

How to Create a Dummy Zombie Process in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

2018-08-16 08:39:03

As software testers, we sometimes need to know how a zombie process looks like on our system. If there is no zombie process running on your system, you can create a dummy for testing purposes as described in this article.

Fedora 28: gdm Security Update

2018-08-16 08:08:00

LinuxSecurity.com: gdm 3.28.3 release, fixing CVE-2018-14424. - CVE-2018-14424 - double free fix - lifecycle fixes to libgdm/GdmClient - follow up fixes dealing with login screen reaping form last release - allow pam modules to use SIGUSR1 - set PWD for user session - tell cirrus not to use wayland - Translation updates

Fedora 28: units Security Update

2018-08-16 08:08:00

LinuxSecurity.com: - units_cur: validate rate data from server (#1598913)

Fedora 28: wpa_supplicant Security Update

2018-08-16 08:08:00

LinuxSecurity.com: fix for CVE-2018-14526

Embedded Linux Conference Europe tackles techs diversity problem

2018-08-16 07:41:52

The Linux Foundation has posted session descriptions for the Embedded Linux Conference Europe and OpenIoT Summit Europe, to be held Oct. 22-24, in Edinburgh, with topics ranging from RISC-V to deep learning to workplace diversity.

Debian Turns 25! Here are Some Interesting Facts About Debian Linux

2018-08-16 07:25:30

One of the oldest Linux distribution still in development, Debian has just turned 25. Let’s have a look at some interesting facts about this awesome FOSS project. read more

An introduction to the Django Python web app framework

2018-08-16 07:02:00

In the first three articles of this four-part series comparing different Python web frameworks, we covered the Pyramid, Flask, and Tornado web frameworks. We've built the same app three times and have finally made our way to Django. read more

Garbage collection in Perl 6

2018-08-16 07:01:00

In the first article in this series on migrating Perl 5 code to Perl 6, we looked into some of the issues you might encounter when porting your code. In this second article, we’ll get into how garbage collection differs in Perl 6. read more