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New Announcements From the Linux Foundation: Xen, LF Edge, O-RAN Alliance

Sre, 04/03/2019 - 01:59
  • Xen Project Hypervisor 4.12 Offers Smaller Code Size and Improved Security

    The Xen Project, an open source hypervisor hosted at the Linux Foundation, today announced the release of Xen Project Hypervisor 4.12. This latest release adds impressive feature improvements around security and code size, x86 architectural renewal and additional updates making the technology ideal for embedded and automotive industries.

    The leaner architecture in Xen 4.12 reduces the lines of code and in turn, reducing the potential for security vulnerabilities while making Xen an attractive option for use in mixed-criticality systems. Additionally, improving de-privileged QEMU, through defense-in-depth techniques, as well as improving VMI, reduces exposure to unknown security threats. This version of Xen will be more configurable, significantly reducing integration costs for business and organizations which customize Xen heavily. Additionally, Xen 4.12 continues to build upon previous versions regarding cleaner architecture, improved user experience, and future proofing.

    “Xen Project Hypervisor 4.12 is a clear example of the project delivering on its promise for revamped architecture, a major step forward to unlock market segments such as security products as well as embedded and automotive,” said Lars Kurth, chairperson of the Xen Project Advisory Board. “As we continue to serve the hosting and cloud markets, we will also focus on streamlining the certification process for Xen while helping the security embedded automotive vendors that are invested in Xen continue to build attractive products on top of the hypervisor.”

  • LF Edge Builds Momentum with New Members, Blueprints as Community Works Toward Interoperability for Open Edge Computing

    LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced growing momentum with new blueprints from Akraino Edge Stack and four new general members including Alef Mobitech Inc., HarmonyCloud Inc., Section, and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. The Akraino blueprints will debut at the Linux Foundation’s Open Networking Summit (ONS) on April 3-5 in San Jose.

    LF Edge is comprised of projects that will support emerging edge applications in the area of non-traditional video and connected things that require lower latency, faster processing and mobility. Akraino, a project creating an open source software stack that supports high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications, is marking a technical milestone with eight blueprint families with more than 19 under development to support a variety of edge use cases. The Akraino community tests and validates the blueprints on real hardware labs supported by users and community members. The first release of Akraino is scheduled for Q2 2019 and will include several validated blueprints.

    “LF Edge hit the ground running when we launched in January,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, The Linux Foundation. “Our collaboration for edge solutions across multiple industries in IoT, Enterprise, Telecom and Cloud has been very well received by the community.”

  • How O-RAN SC Completes the Open Source Networking Telecommunications Stack

    As network traffic continues to increase with the advent of 5G, mobile networks and the equipment they run on need to evolve quickly to become more agile, flexible, intelligent, energy-efficient and software-defined.

    Broad efforts to bring agility and speed to the telecom industry started about six years ago with open source Software Defined Networking (SDN), then on to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), then to orchestration of NFV. Open source projects like OpenDaylight, OPNFV, OpenStack, CORD, ONAP, and others have enabled more rapid innovation across telco components and the network stack.

    However, the last piece of the puzzle — Radio Access Networks (RANs), which are at the edge of the network allowing physical access to devices — has a long history in full, proprietary solutions from the hardware on up to the application layer (e.g., full cell tower solutions). That makes it incredibly difficult to innovate at the same pace as the rest of the market.

  • The O-RAN Alliance and Linux Foundation Launch Industry-Leading O-RAN Open Source Community

    Today, the O-RAN Alliance (www.o-ran.org) and the Linux Foundation (https://www.linuxfoundation.org) jointly announced the creation of the O-RAN Software Community (O-RAN SC) (www.o-ran-sc.org).

    The telecom industry is experiencing a profound transformation and 5G is expected to radically change how we live, work, and play. This means it’s critical to make network infrastructure commercially available as quickly as possible to ensure business success for operators. It’s time to turn to open source, as it is one of the most efficient ways to accelerate product development in a collaborative and cost-efficient way.

    The O-RAN SC will provide open software aligned with the O-RAN Alliance’s open architecture. As a new open source community under the Linux Foundation, the O-RAN SC is sponsored by the O-RAN Alliance, and together they will develop open source software enabling modular, open, intelligent, efficient, and agile disaggregated radio access networks. The initial set of software projects may include: near-real-time RAN intelligent controller (nRT RIC), non-real-time RAN intelligent controller (NRT RIC), cloudification and virtualization platforms, open central unit (O-CU), open distributed unit (O-DU), and a test and integration effort to provide a working reference implementation. Working with other adjacent open source networking communities, the O-RAN SC will enable collaborative development across the full operator network stack.

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Linux developer abandons VMware lawsuit

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 23:06

In August 2006, well-known Linux developer Christopher Helwig spotted Linux source code being used illegally in the VMware ESX bare-metal virtual machine (VM) hypervisor. Helwig, with the aid of the Software Freedom Conservancy, eventually sued VMware, Now, after the German Hamburg Higher Regional Court dismissed Helwig's appeal, he has decided that it would be pointless to appeal the decision.

The heart of the lawsuit had been that Hypervisor vSphere VMware ESXi 5.5.0 violated Linux's copyright. That's because VMware had not licensed a derivative work from Linux under the GNU General Public License (GPL). True, VMware had disclosed the vmklinux component under the GPL, but not the associated hypervisor components.

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Additional Xeon Platinum 8280 Cascade Lake Benchmarks - See How Your Linux System Runs

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 22:56

In this morning's Intel Xeon "Cascade Lake" launch article joined by initial benchmarks of the high-end 2 x Xeon Platinum 8280 processors there are dozens of benchmarks compared to various AMD EPYC and IBM POWER9 processors. If you are wanting to compare your own system's article to a smaller set of focused results, this article is for you with some additional reference figures under a variety of different workloads.

See the main article for all the comparison figures while this article is just providing some additional standalone results for your easy comparison purposes with the Phoronix Test Suite. Additionally, the launch article was testing all hardware using Linux 5.0 with the GCC 9.0 compiler and CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS of "-O3 -march=native" while for these standalone numbers are a reference Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS installation with its default Linux 4.18 kernel and GCC 8 compiler.

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25 Years Later: Interview with Linus Torvalds

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 22:53

Well, I'll be 75 by then, and I doubt I'll be involved day to day. But considering that I've been doing this for almost 30 years, maybe I'd still be following the project.

And the good news is that we really do have a pretty solid developer base, and I'm not worried about "where will Linus be" kind of issues. Sure, people have been talking about how kernel developers are getting older for a long time now, but that's not really because we wouldn't be getting any new people, it's literally because we still have a lot of people around that have been around for a long time, and still enjoy doing it.

I used to think that some radical new and exciting OS would come around and supplant Linux some day (hey, back in 1994 I probably still thought that maybe Hurd would do it!), but it's not just that we've been doing this for a long time and are still doing very well, I've also come to realize that making a new operating system is just way harder than I ever thought. It really takes a lot of effort by a lot of people, and the strength of Linux—and open source in general, of course—is very much that you can build on top of the effort of all those other people.

So unless there is some absolutely enormous shift in the computing landscape, I think Linux will be doing quite well another quarter century from now. Not because of any particular detail of the code itself, but simply fundamentally, because of the development model and the problem space.

I may not be active at that point, and a lot of the code will have been updated and replaced, but I think the project will remain.

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Intel Xeon Scalable "Cascade Lake" Processors Launch - Initial Xeon Platinum 8280 Linux Benchmarks

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 18:31

Intel's 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable Cascade Lake processors are officially launching today! Last month we were briefed out at one of Intel's campuses in Oregon and have been testing the new Xeon Platinum 8280 processors in recent days. In this article is a look at what's new with Cascade Lake as well as our preliminary Ubuntu Linux performance figures for the Xeon Platinum 8280 processors.

With Cascade Lake there is now a higher memory frequency (DDR4-2933 rather than DDR4-2666 amd now an overall capacity up to 4.5TB system memory processor), Intel AVX-512 VNNI / DL BOOST for helping AI workloads and related fields, support for Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, mitigations for Spectre vulnerabilities, and increased frequency / power efficiency compared to the previous Skylake Xeon Scalable processors.

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Plasma 5.15.4

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 18:28

Today KDE releases a Bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.15.4. Plasma 5.15 was released in February with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

This release adds three week's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include...

Also: KDE Plasma 5.15.4 Desktop Environment Released with More Than 35 Changes

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Announcing the release of Fedora 30 Beta

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 18:25

The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Fedora 30 Beta, the next big step on our journey to the exciting Fedora 30 release.

Fedora 30 Beta includes two new options for desktop environment. DeepinDE and Pantheon Desktop join GNOME, KDE Plasma, Xfce, and others as options for users to customize their Fedora experience.

Also: Fedora 30 Beta Released With GNOME 3.32, Many New Features

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Desktop GNU/Linux Links/Leftovers

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 17:19
  • The Jolly Rogers - An open-source Unity game

    Today Heroic Labs, the creators of the open-source distributed game server Nakama, has made available the next tool in their open-source tools for the games...

  • Taking Another Look at Manjaro
  • SolidRun ClearFog: A 16-Core ARM ITX Workstation Board Aiming For $500~750 USD

    Edge computing solutions vendor SolidRun is working on "ClearFog" as an ITX-based ARM64 workstation platform. They hope for an early bird launch price later this year of around $500~500 USD for this board that has 16 ARMv8 cores, multiple 10 GbE SFP+ connections, Gigabit Ethernet, multiple USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, 2 x mPCIe, four SATA ports, and can handle up to 64GB of laptop DDR4 memory.

  • The state of the USB-C connector in 2019

    In episode 2×46 of the Bad Voltage podcast, Stuart Langridge predicts companies will finally embrace the USB-C connector in 2019. Which prompts both Jono Bacon and Jeremy Garcia to ask: “What doesn’t ship with USB-C today”?

    After about six minutes of discussion it becomes clear no-one seems to have any reliable data on this topic. Depending on which market segment you’re in, either all devices already use USB-C ports and connectors, or everything still comes with Micro-USB-B or something even older.

  • Chrome OS is Getting Fragmented (and This Time It’s Google’s Fault) [Ed: Stop using this word "fragmentation" (or "fragmented") when referring to choice, diversity etc. This is Microsoft propaganda amplified. They want monopoly over a back-doored OS.]

    Android “fragmentation” has long been a talking point about the OS. As I’ve said before, however, manufacturers are to blame for that. But now I fear that Chrome OS is going down the same path—and this time it’s Google’s fault.

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OSS Leftovers

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 17:15
  • Iris by Lowe’s is gone, but here’s the open source code to keep your smart devices alive

    For those still holding on to Iris products — and are a bit comfortable around coding — Lowe's released open source code to support its former line of smart home devices. As promised, Lowe's put the code up on GitHub, renaming the line Arcus. (While Iris is the Greek goddess of rainbow, Arcus is her Roman name.)

  • March 2019 License-Discuss Summary

    The CAL has provisions that ensure user's access to their data, which goes in a similar direction as the EU's GDPR – it even references the GDPR in an interpretation clause. The CAL defines a concept of Lawful Interest as the trigger for user access rights.

    Henrik Ingo notes that this grants rights to third parties, which is fairly novel and could raise OSD issues. Van Lindberg says these are just third party beneficiaries that receive no rights other than access to the Source and to their own User Data. The data protection in the CAL is not a grant of rights to third parties, but a limitation on the grant to the licensee, similar to the GPLv3's anti-Tivoization clause.

    Henrik Ingo [1,2] dives a bit deeper into the CAL ↔ GDPR relationship, and finds CAL User Data to be inconsistent the GDPR personal data concept.

    Van Lindberg responds that the CAL and GDPR have different angles: GDPR is primarily concerned about privacy, the CAL primarily about User Autonomy. Lawful Interest is intended to not only capture rights through ownership or the GDPR, but also things like the right to an ebook the user possesses or has licensed. The CAL's User Data concept is more broad than the GDPR's Personal Data. Based on Ingo's feedback, Lindberg updates the wording of the CAL to clarify its relationship with the GDPR.

    [...]

    Bruce Perens thinks that restricting the license grant to copyright and patents may be too narrow for jurisdictions that recognize additional rights. Perens suggests the license should grant all necessary rights, and only exclude trademarks. Van Lindberg considers broadening the grant.

  • March 2019 License-Review Summary

    In March, the License-Review mailing list saw the retraction of the SSPL from review, and discussed a set of GPLv3 Additional Terms.

    The License-Discuss list (summarized at https://opensource.org/LicenseDiscuss032019) was far more active. Among other things, it discussed Van Lindberg's upcoming Cryptographic Autonomy License, and saw extensive discussion about the license review process: whether the conduct of the list is appropriate, whether there might be alternatives to using email, and whether PEP-style summaries would help.

  • LibreOffice at the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage 2019

    Free software projects, such as LibreOffice and GNU/Linux, are developed by communities spread across the world. Most of the work takes place online, but there are many events for developers and supporters to meet face-to-face. One such event is the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage (Chemnitz Linux Days), in Saxony, which took place this year on 16 and 17 March. And the LibreOffice community was there!

  • Making computer science curricula as adaptable as our code

    Educators in elementary computer science face a lack of adaptable curricula. Calls for more modifiable, non-rigid curricula are therefore enticing—assuming that such curricula could benefit teachers by increasing their ability to mold resources for individual classrooms and, ultimately, produce better teaching experiences and learning outcomes.

  • InMotion Hosting Launches Industry-First Website Solution Based on Open Source and Ensuring Ownership of Digital Assets
  • GnuCash 3.5

    GnuCash is a personal and small business finance application, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It’s designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible. GnuCash allows you to track your income and expenses, reconcile bank accounts, monitor stock portfolios and manage your small business finances. It is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.

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Debian: Freexian, Reproducible Builds, Append-only Backup and Debian India (DebUtsav)

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 16:59
  • Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, March 2019

    I was assigned 20 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative and carried over 16.5 hours from February. I worked 22.5 hours and so will carry over 14 hours.

  • Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #205

    On our mailing list this week, Vagrant Cascadian posted a request for suggestions for Reproducible Builds-related ideas that students from Portland State University could work on. In addition, Holger Levsen made an announcement that registration for a MiniDebConf in Hamburg during June 2019 is now open and will likely involve a number of people involved in Reproducible Builds.

  • Append-only backups with borg to another VPS or dedicated server

    Prerequisites to follow this guide is to use Debian Stretch (9) or Debian Buster (10) and have two servers available, one main server from which the backups are taken, and another backup server where the backup archives will be stored. These two servers should be in separate locations for optimum protection.

    This guide will start with the configuration on the backup server in the first section. In the second section, we will configure the main server and then perform a backup, a test restore and show how to manually prune of old backup archives.

  • DebUtsav Delhi

    Debutsav-Delhi is the third edition of its kind. Initially Mozilla Delhi backed the Debutsav-delhi when they pitched the idea but later they withdrew for some reason and just became a supporting member. I must say Debian India events are happening frequent now. Some years ago in India Debian hang around with other FLOSS events. Now its DebUtsav giving chance to other FLOSS people to meet around Debian.

    As the usual way of DebUtsav, this one also was two day event with separate track for Debian related talks and for general FLOSS talk. I gave a talk about Debian LTS project. On first day evening some speakers and organizers gathered for dinner.

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Servers: Cloud Foundry, Pixeom, SUSE Cloud Application Platform, Telecom and Canonical

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 16:47
  • Pivotal adds features from service-mesh tech Istio and Envoy into new version of Cloud Foundry

    When companies tap into the benefits of cloud computing, a lot of complexity comes along for the ride. Pivotal’s latest version of Cloud Foundry hopes to reduce some of that complexity by borrowing some technology from two key open-source projects built to handle the rise of microservices.

    Cloud Foundry 2.5 will become generally available on Tuesday, and it comes with several new features that will make it easier to upgrade software development platforms and use Pivotal’s flagship product with Microsoft Windows Server. One of the most interesting features is the introduction of a “routing tier” based around components from Envoy and Istio, two of the more buzzed-about open-source projects of the last year or so.

  • Pixeom raises $15M for its software-defined edge computing platform

    Pixeom, a startup that offers a software-defined edge computing platform to enterprises, today announced that it has raised a $15M funding round from Intel Capital, National Grid Partners and previous investor Samsung Catalyst Fund. The company plans to use the new funding to expands its go-to-market capacity and invest in product development.

    [...]

    At the time of its launch, Pixeom also based its technology on OpenStack,  the massive open source project that helps enterprises manage their own data centers, which isn’t exactly known as a service that can easily be run on a single machine, let alone a low-powered one. Today, Pixeom uses containers to ship and manage its software on the edge.

  • SUSE Cloud Application Platform v1.4 released

    Cloud Application Platform has always worked well on GKE. Some of our first public demonstrations of our software were done on Google’s Kubernetes service two years ago at SUSECON in Prague. Over the past year, we’ve seen growing interest from customers wanting to run our software on Google Cloud, so we’re adding GKE to our list of officially supported Kubernetes platforms along with SUSE CaaS Platform, Azure AKS, and Amazon EKS.

  • A Cool Twist on Linux Certification from Cumulus Networks [iophk:"maybe too much of an advertisement but the intro is good"]

     

    I believe that the Cumulus Certified Open Networking Professional (CCONP) makes a great addition to any cloud- and/or datacenter-oriented IT pro’s training and certification portfolio. Why do I say this? Because "an increasing number of cloud providers and datacenter operators are getting onboard with Linux-based solutions for networking as well as for more traditional server roles.

  • ONF, TIP to collaborate on open optical transport

    ONF and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) have agreed to work together to foster open optical transport technology and processes. The two groups say ONF’s Open Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) project and TIP’s Open Optical & Packet Transport (OOPT) group are naturally synergistic, having started with similar goals but then pursuing different, albeit complementary paths, and have already conducted joint demonstrations.
    The ONF’s ODTN project has taken a software-centric approach to the promotion of open, disaggregated optical transport networks. The ODTN effort launched last May with the goal to create an open source software stack that will support the disaggregation of optical transponders and open optical line systems (OLSs). The effort became part of the ONF reference design initiative, part of the group’s overall Strategic Plan (see “ONF puts new strategic plan pieces in place”).

  • AWS IoT Greengrass released as a snap

    Canonical and AWS are excited to announce the public release of AWS IoT Greengrass as a snap. AWS IoT Greengrass is software that brings local compute, messaging, data caching, sync, and ML inference capabilities to your IoT device. IoT and embedded developers can now easily install and get started with IoT Greengrass in seconds on an ever-expanding list of Linux distributions. By combining IoT Greengrass as a snap and Ubuntu Core, an IoT-focused OS built entirely from snaps, device manufacturers and system integrators can build an IoT appliance in weeks with no compromise on security and long-term support.

    Warehouse-vendor Prologis determined that using Rigado Cascade 500 devices running Ubuntu Core 16 to deploy IoT Greengrass was the best choice because of the increased security that Ubuntu Core and snaps bring as well as the control and flexibility provided by Rigado’s Edge Direct service. Using Ubuntu Core on the Rigado Cascade 500, Prologis can gather and process Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) data directly on the device with IoT Greengrass – doing compute on the edge or easily pushing their data up to their AWS cloud.

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Programming: Laravel-Built Unified Transform, Java vs Python, Wing Python IDE 7.0 Release Candidate 2

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 16:43
  • Unified Transform Open-source School Management Platform

    Unified Transform is an open-source school management platform built with Laravel 5.5 (current LTS)...

  • Java vs Python: Battle Of The Best

    This comparison on Java vs Python will provide you with a crisp knowledge about both the programming languages and help you find out which one fits your goal better. Java and Python are two of the hottest programming languages in the market right now because of their versatility, efficiency, and automation capabilities. This Java vs Python blog will provide you with a complete insight into the languages in the following sequence:

    Let’s go back in time and look at the origin of both the languages and find out if Python is similar to Java.

    Java is an object-oriented language with a C/C++-like syntax that is familiar to many programmers. It is dynamically linked, allowing new code to be downloaded and run, but not dynamically typed.

    Python is the older of the two languages, first released in 1991 by its inventor, Guido van Rossum. It is a readable, efficient and powerful high level language with automatic memory management.

  • Product Review: Python Flash Cards

    No Starch Press is best known for creating books on computer programming. However they recently released a new product called Python Flash Cards by Eric Matthes, the author of Python Crash Course. I thought this was a unique product and decided to ask for a review copy.

  • Wing Python IDE 7.0 Release Candidate 2 - April 2, 2019

    The second release candidate of Wing Python IDE version 7 is now available through our Early Access Program. This release fixes about 15 issues, in preparation for the final release of Wing 7.

  • Parallel computation in Python with Dask

    One frequent complaint about Python performance is the global interpreter lock (GIL). Because of GIL, only one thread can execute Python byte code at a time. As a consequence, using threads does not speed up computation—even on modern, multi-core machines.

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Security: Commando VM, Kali Linux, 2FA, Huawei Hysteria, Bezos Crack, Windows Ransomware, FinalCrypt 4.0.3 and Apache Bug

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 16:24
  • Commando VM Is A Windows-based Kali Alternative For Ethical Hacking
  • Security clashes with cloud: Offensive Security CEO talks cultural mindsets, leadership challenges=

    Offensive Security, known for the development of the Kali Linux penetration testing suite and security certification courses including OSCP Certified Professional, OSEE Exploitation Expert, and the new OSWE Web Expert qualification, became the responsibility of the new CEO Ning Wang three months ago.

  • 2FA is Still Too Complicated for Most People

    Currently, enabling 2FA for various services requires more knowledge and organization than it seems at first glance. Not the mere act of activating a 2FA method, but using it continuously in comparison with the security benefits 2FA provides. Things are moving in the right direction to improve the ergonomics but, contrary to some recent articles, it might still be too complex.

  • New Zealand again says Huawei not banned from 5G networks

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has again said that her country has not banned Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies from playing a role in its 5G networks.

  • Amazon's Jeff Bezos was [cracked] by Saudi Arabia, investigation finds

    The investigation suggests that the Saudi government has been gunning for Bezos since his paper reported extensively on the Khasoggi murder.

    Furthermore, it found that many of the hacking techniques used to bring down Khasoggi were in use in exposing the Bezos member.

  • This Ransomware Improves Your PC’s Performance. Initially.

    So while the affected users will think of the performance increase as something beneficial in the background, the ransomware will encrypt all the files in the system even faster. Some of the most common file extensions targeted by the ransomware include .txt, .docx, .xls, .ppt, .zip, .xml, .wmv etc.

  • FinalCrypt 4.0.3 adds uncrackable encryption to your most sensitive files

    FinalCrypt is an open-source, cross-platform file encryption platform with two trump cards up its sleeve. The first is its use of Symmetric OTP encryption, of course, while it’s also been designed for bulk file encryption purposes, supporting up to four billion files and directories in one go for encryption and decryption purposes.

    The app sports a two-paned window -- on the right you select an existing file for your key file, or click 'Create Key' to create a random file from scratch -- its default size 256 MB, but you can increase it to terabytes in size if you so wish.

    A more logical choice would be around 8-16 GB -- large enough to fit on a cheap USB key, ensuring the key file can be transported wherever it’s needed to decrypt files, plus kept locked away in a safe place when not required. Be sure to take advantage of the 'Password (set)' option, which adds a secondary layer of encryption to ensure possession of the key file isn’t enough on its own to unlock the files.

  • Apache Bug Lets Normal Users Gain Root Access Via Scripts

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Proprietary Software: Tools for VMware Administrators, Paragon Patent Tax and WPS Office

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 16:12
  • Top 26 Tools for VMware Administrators

    VMware software provides cloud computing and platform virtualization services to various users and it supports working with several tools that extend its abilities.

  • Microsoft NTFS For Linux Now Supports Kernels To 4.20.x a

    Paragon Software Group has released Microsoft NTFS for Linux by Paragon Software, a tool granting full access to NTFS and HFS+ volumes from Linux devices. The transfer rate is the same for native Linux file systems and, reportedly, in some cases even better.

  • WPS Office for Linux Update Available to Download

    A new version of WPS Office for Linux, a free (as in beer) productivity suite modelled after Microsoft Office, is now available to download.

    WPS Office v11.1.0.8372 ships with a modest set of improvements and fixes, the majority of which are pulled from the recent Windows’ release of WPS Office 2019.

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Fedora 30 Beta is here -- try the next version of the best Linux distro now

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 15:44

Fedora is the best overall Linux distribution. It's really not up for debate -- even the father of Linux, Linus Torvalds uses it. The focus of the operating system is truly free and open source software, making it one of the most pure experiences. And while there are many flavors to choose with various desktop environments, the default is GNOME -- the overall best DE. While Fedora maybe isn't the best distro for beginners, it should be the eventual choice for those that "level up" to being an experienced Linux user later.

Today, after a bit of a delay, Fedora 30 is finally available for download. Details are a bit sparse regarding new features, but we will add them as we know more. What we do know, however, is the Workstation variant (which is what most users care about) uses GNOME 3.32 -- the latest and greatest version of that desktop environment.

Also: Ben Williams: F29-20190329 updated Live isos Released [Ed: New builds/ISOs of Fedora 19 are available]

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GrapheneOS is an Android-based, security-hardened, open source operating system

Tor, 04/02/2019 - 15:37

There’s a new(ish) smartphone operating system aimed at folks who want to be able to run Android apps, but want additional security and privacy features. It’s called GrapheneOS, and it comes from Daniel Micay, the former lead developer of another security-based Android fork called CopperheadOS.

After the founders of Copperhead had a falling out last year, Micay turned his attention to the Android Hardening Project, which he recently renamed GrapheneOS to better reflect what the project has become.

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