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If you have an old computer that you'd love to breathe some new life into, there are plenty of different Linux distributions to choose from. None other than the Raspberry Pi Foundation has just added its own distribution to that list with PIXEL. A few months ago, the RPi Foundation released PIXEL for use on its RPi devices, and after a successful launch, its founder decided to invest time and energy into a fork of the OS that can run on regular x86 machines. This version of PIXEL is identical in all regards to the RPi version with the exception of missing Wolfram Mathematica and Minecraft licenses. It seems like every company out there wants a product called "Pixel", but RPi Foundation has come... Read more...
We wrote just the other day about Zorin Linux, a distro that targets Windows users, or at least those who appreciate ease-of-use and a great aesthetic. Today, Windows convert hopefuls have another solution: Fedora 25. Understanding that it's not exactly easy for a life-long Windows user to make the transition to a completely new operating system, the Fedora team has made the transition to Fedora 25 a bit easier by defaulting the download for macOS and Windows users to a tool that will automatically fetch the latest version and let them flash the image to a thumb drive (or DVD). With Fedora 25 copied to a flash drive, users just need to keep it plugged into their computer and reboot. The first... Read more...
It should be safe to call Windows 10 a "great" OS, but we can't ignore some maddening aspects of it including its data mining features and frustrating Windows Update mechanism. More than ever, the latest batch of Windows releases has clued the world into the fact that alternatives exist, and we're not just talking macOS. Free alternatives exist, such as the Ubuntu-based Zorin OS. Some Linux distributions make their goal of catering to those familiar with Windows clear, and Zorin OS is no exception. The GNOME-based desktop is designed to mimic Windows in some key areas, such as by having a taskbar at the bottom, and the main system menu located to its left. The clock and other system tray icons... Read more...
Security researchers have found a rather alarming vulnerability in Linux that could ultimately allow an attacker to copy, modify, or destroy the contents of a hard drive, along with with configure the network to exfiltrate data. That in and of itself is cause for concern, but the real harrowing part about this is how easy it is to activate—an attacker need only boot up the system and hold down the enter key for 70 seconds. In less time than it takes to microwave a bag of popcorn, an attacker could compromise a Linux machine with potentially serious consequences. The vulnerability that makes it possible lies in Cryptsetup and the scripts it uses to unlock the system partition when it's been encrypted... Read more...
Up until Satya Nadella took the reigns at Microsoft, it wasn't a secret that Redmond company didn't take too kindly to Linux. The situation has sure changed over the past couple of years, though. Even the company's massive Azure platform supports Linux, and a couple of months ago, it ported its popular PowerShell admin tool to the Penguin-fueled platform. But now the company has officially fortified its interest in Linux by joining the Linux Foundation as a top-tier Platinum member. It joins the likes of Intel, Samsung, IBM, Cisco, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Qualcomm, NEC, and Huawei. This even gives Microsoft a better standing than Google, a company that has had Linux running through... Read more...
In late October, we were all alerted to the existence of the Dirty COW exploit, which has been lurking in the Linux kernel ever since 2007. Dirty COW gets its name from the fact that the exploit takes advantage of the Linux copy-on-write (COW) function. At its core, Dirty COW is a privilege escalation exploit that has some pretty serious consequences for Linux-based operating systems, including Android. The exploit could allow an attacker to gain root access to just about any Android device (under nearly perfect conditions). “The problem comes down to the fact that there was a logic error in the Linux kernel that said you could exercise a race condition so that before the kernel separates... Read more...
Whether you use Linux at home or manage a Linux server, you'll want to waste no time in making sure your OS is completely up-to-date. An exploit called "Dirty COW" has now been revealed, and while it's not the most dangerous one ever released, the fact that it's been around for nine years is causing some serious alarm throughout the Linux community. If not for the fact that Linux developer Phil Oester was impacted by this exploit, we might still not even know about it. With his own servers, Oester has been capturing all incoming traffic so as to spot issues easier, this one included. While the binary found on his server was compiled in the summer of 2015, there's no reason to believe that this... Read more...
Microsoft released a new preview build of Windows 10 Redstone 2, the second major update to Windows 10 that's currently a work in progress (the first was the Anniversary Update, which was codenamed Redstone 1 prior to its release). It's available to Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the program's Fast ring and it brings with it a handful of updates, including improvements to the Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL) and some nifty Windows Ink Workspace updates.Starting with WSL, there are two large updates to note. The first is official support for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial), which is installed for all new Bash on Ubuntu on Windows instances starting with this newest build (14951). Ubuntu 16.04 replaces... Read more...
A recent discovery has the Linux community buzzing, and it involves a bug in systemd, an init (initialization) system used in many modern Linux distributions to bootstrap the user space and manage all processes. Many regular Linux users might not even understand what systemd is, and that's because it just works, it simply flies under the radar as part of the OS. For some, systemd is a good way forward. It would be nice to think that most every modern distro has adopted it for good reason. For others, though, it's the target of extreme ire. Whether that's justified or not, there's no denying that any discussion about systemd is bound to lead to a heated argument. Look no further than a recent... Read more...
Are Microsoft and Lenovo conspiring to keep Linux off Signature Edition PCs? Not so says both companies. The issue came to light after one user bought a Lenovo Yoga 900 Signature Edition convertible with the intention of installing Linux on it. However, his efforts were thwarted, as the machine refused to install Linux. Yesterday, Lenovo confirmed that Linux cannot be installed on the machine because there are no OS-specific drivers for the device’s proprietary RAID configuration. Given that this machine has been designed to work with Windows 10, it should come as no surprise that Lenovo probably didn’t want to devote too much of its resources to developing alternative drivers for this particular... Read more...
If you're a Linux fan who's on the hunt for a new notebook, you have plenty of options. As weird as it might sound, even Microsoft's own "Signature" line of machines could prove tempting, as the requirements a notebook needs to obtain that status are very strict. However, as a reddit post highlights, Linux users need to exercise extreme caution when considering to take this route. reddit user BaronHK purchased a Yoga 900 ultrabook from Lenovo with full intention to install Linux on it. When the time came to make the move, it didn't work, and so he decided to leave some feedback about it. Some of that feedback was on Lenovo's own forums, and after accusing the user of being "disruptive",... Read more...
If you operate a Web server that runs on Linux, we're here to give you a bit of a prod in case you haven't updated it in a while. A piece of ransomware called FairWare is floating around, and as you'll soon see, its name is ironic as it's anything but "fair". Reports are coming in of users who have been struck with this awful type of malware, although it doesn't seem clear at this point exactly how the infection takes place. It's also not clear if this is some sort of automated attack -- one that simply scans the internet at large and infects where it can -- or if the attacks are focused. Either way, if you are hit with it, you are in for a bad day. Once infected, you'll notice that you no longer... Read more...
If you're a Linux fan, then you should know that this week is a very special one. On August 25, 1991 - 25 years ago - Linus Torvalds shot out a simple message to a Minix usergroup which stated that he was working on a Minix replacement. Within, he famously said that his creation wouldn't "be big and professional like GNU". Not even Linus Torvalds could have predicted what his OS - eventually called Linux - would become. While it might have taken a little while to get off the ground in a big way, Linux was a pet project that had no goals of world domination, but over time, that eventually happened anyway. To say that Linux is "everywhere" would be accurate. Android users are using a variant of... Read more...
Earlier this month, the Linux Mint developer team released the Xfce edition of Linux Mint 18 'Sarah', which followed the main release at the end of June. But now it's time for some Plasma action, with a beta release of the upcoming Linux Mint 18 KDE edition. It's worth noting that all three Linux Mint 18 editions are LTS releases (long-term support), with a promise to be supported until 2021. For that reason, these releases don't include bleeding-edge software, but instead software that can be assured to be stable right-out-of-the-box. Tying into that, the recently released KDE 5.7 isn't bundled here; instead, KDE 5.6 is. Unless you're looking for richer Wayland (X window system replacement)... Read more...
It seems like we have had to report on some major new hack or threat every week as of late. Black-Hat Hackers are becoming more sophisticated, while their wares are becoming more diverse and complicated. One of the latest pieces of malware, the nasty Rex Linux Trojan, packs in DDoS attacks, ransomware, and a Bitcoin miner. Stu Gorton, CEO and Co-Founder of Forkbombus Labs, disclosed a new kind of ransomware that targeted Drupal websites this past May in an interview with Softpedia. It was not particularly effective and could easily be defeated. This particular ransomware has evolved in the last three months, however, and now is far more dangerous. The malware is developed in Go, Google’s... Read more...
It's been clear for a good while that Linux (and Unix) can prove to be a great fit for a countless number of use cases. From mobile devices to smartwatches, IoT devices, and so forth; Linux can extend far beyond the desktop and data center. But, in some cases, it's not light enough, or not fine-tuned enough. It's customizable, but at some point, it just might make more sense to start from scratch. As it appears, that's just what Google is targeting with a project it calls "Fuchsia." This project appears on Google's own Git project site, and it doesn't take much imagination to understand what its purpose will be: to be super-optimized for a next generation of devices. Whether that means that... Read more...
Today's a bad day security. First it was discovered that Microsoft accidentally leaked what amounts to a golden key for Secure Boot system, and now we find out there's a rather serious vulnerability in the TCP implementation in all Linux systems since version 3.6 of the Linux kernel was deployed four years ago. Is anyone safe? As it pertains to Linux, if exploited the vulnerability could allow attackers to sniff out hosts that are communicating over the protocol and hijack the traffic. And according to the researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory who discovered the vulnerability, attackers don't even need to be in the traffic stream, otherwise... Read more...
The first release candidate of the 4.8 Linux kernel has just been unleashed, which means its stable release is not too far behind. This particular version packs a serious wallop, so let's dive right in. For starters, there's some serious graphics love in 4.8, which includes initial NVIDIA Pascal support. That support relates to the open-source Nouveau driver, and is quite minimal at this point: it just adds mode-setting support. For users of Pascal-based graphics cards in Linux, NVIDIA has been offering proprietary drivers since each card's respective launch (including the new GeForce GTX 1060). What's a little unexpected in this kernel is the addition of AMD GPU overclocking, which like the... Read more...
If you're a Linux user who happens to dual-boot with Windows, you should exercise extreme caution when upgrading to the just-released Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Not long after Microsoft's latest release, reports began to hit the Web concerning issues of hard drives having their data deleted. The issue has proven to have enough credence to push Ubuntu's Community Manager Alan Pope to shoot out a warning: Seen multiple reports that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update deletes other partitions (containing Linux installs) without asking. :S— Alan Pope  (@popey) August 3, 2016 Another Twitter user says that the upgrade deleted everything on their non-Windows drives (we're not sure how many there... Read more...
We learned a couple of weeks ago that Microsoft and Canonical would be teaming up to bring some Linux goodness to Windows 10, and a mere week later, we saw the functionality hit the 14316 Insider Preview build. With that build now in the hands of tinkerers, some neat features are now being discovered. After Microsoft made the mind-blowing announcement that Linux's BASH terminal would be supported on Windows 10, many began to wonder if it'd be possible to initiate an X server (the accelerated window manager for Linux) to run GUI applications. In its shipping form, both Microsoft and Canonical expect people to use only command-line based applications in the BASH terminal, but as it happens,... Read more...
Earlier this week, we reported on a sleek, low-end tablet running Ubuntu Linux — a world first according to Canonical. But while that was definitely exciting news in the Linux world, today’s announcement from Microsoft and Canonical is quite Earth-shattering. The two companies announced today that they have partnered to bring the Bash Unix shell directly to Windows 10. And before you even go there, no, this isn’t just Ubuntu running in a virtual machine. Instead, Ubuntu will be fully integrated into the Linux subsystems that course through Windows 10’s veinswhat the hell ? Windows 10 14251 has lxcore.sys and lxss.sys ? aren't they part of Project Astoria ? and for Mobile only ?— WalkingCat (@h0x0d)... Read more...
Wondering where the love for Linux is from big box OEMs? Look no further than Dell and its XPS 13 Developer Edition laptops. Also known as "Project Sputnik," Dell came up with the idea of offering developers a powerful and thin XPS notebook running Linux and launched its first models over three years ago. Now in its 5th generation, Project Sputnik is still going strong today with the latest models combining Ubuntu 14.04 with Intel's Skylake processors. To kick off its newest generation of Developer Edition laptops, Dell is offering three Core i7 configurations, including two that feature 16GB of RAM, which is something Dell received a lot of requests for. Dell said it also plans to add a Core... Read more...
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