MintBox 3 Linux Mint-Powered Mini PC Announced as the Most Powerful MintBox Ever

In their latest monthly newsletter, the Linux Mint project announced that they are working again with Compulab on the next MintBox mini computer.

Yes, we’re talking about MintBox 3, the third generation of the tiny and powerful MintBox computer powered by the ever popular Linux Mint operating system. MintBox 3 comes in two variants and promises to be the most powerful MintBox computer ever built in collaboration with Compulab.

“We’re working with Compulab on the most powerful MintBox ever,” said Clement Lefebvre, leader of the Linux Mint project. “MintBox 3 will be based on the Airtop 3. I’ve been using an Airtop 1 as my main computer for a while now and it’s a beautiful machine.”

MintBox 3 will be available in two configurations, a basic one with a Intel Core i5 processor with 6 cores, 16GB RAM, 256GB EVO 970 SSD storage, Wi-Fi, and FM-AT3 FACE Module, and a high end variant powered by an Intel Core i9 processor, N… (read more)

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Linux Mint 20 and Future Releases Will Drop Support for 32-bit Installations

The Linux Mint project announced today that they have decided to follow Canonical’s decision to drop support for 32-bit system in future releases of their Ubuntu operating system.

As you might know, Canonical announced last month that they plan to drop support for 32-bit systems all together, not only for new installations, but they ended up realizing that some major projects like Wine and Steam still need 32-bit libraries, so starting with Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) they’ll only build select 32-bit packages.

Many users were asking if Ubuntu-based distributions will be affected by this major change, which shouldn’t be a surprize to  anyone in 2019, so it looks like Linux Mint, one of the most popular Ubuntu-based operating systems out there will follow on Ubuntu’s steps to drop support for 32-bit systems in future releases, starting with Linux Mint 20.

“The announcement from Canonical that 32-bit support was to be dropped in Ubuntu 20.04 means that the future Linu… (read more)

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Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) Wallpaper Competition Is Now Open for Submissions

Canonical announced today that the wallpaper competition for the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system is now open for submissions.

With every new Ubuntu release, Canonical puts together a wallpaper contest where artists and designers from all over the world are invited to submit their artwork with the ultimate prize of it being shipped with the next major release of the Ubuntu operating system.

This year’s wallpaper contest is for Ubuntu 19.10, dubbed Eoan Ermine, a release that will see the light of day this fall on October 17th. The contest is open to anyone and stars today, July 2nd, until the beginning of September, a few weeks before the launch of the beta release on September 26th.

Here’s how to submit your artwork for Ubuntu 19.10

To enter the Ubuntu 19.10 wallpaper competition, all you have to do is simply upload your images to the dedicated Ubuntu Community Hub thread read more)

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Security-Focused Whonix Linux Is Now Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster”

Patrick Schleizer announced today the release and general availability of the Whonix Linux 15 operating system, a major release of this security- and privacy-focused Debian-based distribution.

After being in development for the past year, Whonix 15 is now available and it’s based on the soon-to-be-released Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series, due for release on July 6th, 2019. It comes with lots of new features and enhancement, including kernel hardening, systemd unit sandboxing, and Xfce as default desktop environment.

“After approximately one year of development, the Whonix Project is proud to announce the release of Whonix 15,” said developer Patrick Schleizer. “Whonix 15 is based on the Debian buster (Debian 10) distri… (read more)

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Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” ISOs Now Ready for Testing Ahead of July 6th Launch

The Debian Project has put out a call for help from the Linux community to test the release images of the forthcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series.

Scheduled for release on Saturday, July 6th, 2019, the Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system has been in development for the past few years and it is shaping up to be a great release with cool new features and improvements, along with more update components compared to the current release, Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch.”

But, before it hits the streets later this week, the Debian Project is looking at the community to help them download, install, and test the release images of Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” and report any issues they might encounter during the installations, etc., to ensure the final release is bug-free and rock-stable.

“If you can spare the time your help would be greatly appreciated in testing some of these images on the day. If you have time to test before then too, that … (read more)

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KaOS Linux Gets July Release with KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop, Linux Kernel 5.1

The KaOS Linux operating system received July 2019’s snapshot release with all the latest updates and security fixes published in the main repositories since the previous ISO milestone.

Packed with all the latest and greatest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software, KaOS 2019.07 is now available for download and comes with the KDE Plamsa 5.16.2 desktop environment accompanied by the KDE Applications 19.04.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.59.0 software suites, all build against the Qt 5.13.0 application framework.

It also ships with the LibreOffice 6.2 office suite featuring native support for the Qt5/KF5 toolkit, replacing Calligra as the default Office app for KaOS. Other updated components include Linux kernel 5.1.15, X.Org Server 1.20.5, Glib2 2.60.4, ICU 64.2, 1.69.0, NetworkManager 1.18.1, GStreamer 1.16.0, iptables 1.8.3, GNU nano 4.3, Krb5 1.17, Proj 6.0.0, and Poppler 0.78.0.

Now featuring the latest Calamares installer

As it is targeted mo… (read more)

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Mageia 7 Linux OS Released with Linux 5.1 Kernel, KDE Plasma 5.15 and GNOME 3.32

The Mageia community has released today the Mageia 7 Linux operating system, a major version that brings up-to-date components and several new features for fans of this Mandriva derivative.

Almost two years in the work, the Mageia 7 Linux operating system is now available to download and comes packed with numerous of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software. Mageia 7 is powered by one of the most recent kernels from the Linux 5.1 series and features the latest Mesa 19.1 graphics stack.

Mageia 7 also features a wide range of desktop environments and window managers, but it’s shipped in three main editions with the KDE Plasma 5.15.4, GNOME 3.32, and Xfce 4.14pre desktops. Support for Wayland and hybrid graphics cards has been enhanced as well in Mageia 7, which comes with an extended collection of games.

“As with everything to do with Mageia, this release would not have happened without the help of our amazing community that gives their time to mak… (read more)

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Have You Checked Your Hard Drive Lately?

Do you actually check your hard drive? For all you know, your hard drive is about to crash and you just don’t know it. The signs are all showing but you’re probably not aware of them. Even worst, you’re ignoring them.

Your computer’s hard disk drive (HDD) works diligently at storing and protecting your data, including files, operating system, and software. Although rarely visible, unless it is an external drive, this workhorse is consistently performing its duties. That is until your computer starts crashing.

Maybe you have seen your PC blue-screen and reboot, or your system takes an unusual amount of time to open a folder. Possibly the hard drive is producing strange noises you have never heard before, or you have noticed files seem to be disappearing.

If any of these events have occurred with your computer, whether it be Windows or a MAC, these signs are indicative of a failing HDD. When your hard drive dies, which it will eventually, without a proper backup, your data can perish as well. To prevent this demise from happening, here are six free sites that will help detect issues with your hard drive.

(Via: https://www.komando.com/cool-sites/564562/6-free-sites-to-check-your-hard-drive)

Yes, there are six free sites that can help you check your hard drive. Take note that these six sites can just detect issues with your hard drive. They will not, in any way, prolong the life of your hard drive. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t hurt to try them out.

The PassMark DiskCheckup boasts of its Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology feature.

Although Windows OS has tools such as Error Checking built-in, there are alternatives that may provide greater insight to your problems. For example, this HDD test that works for most hard drives using Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2008/2003. It’s easy to use with two types of self-tests: short (5 minutes) and long (up to 45 minutes), and can be configured to email you when specific events occur.

In addition, DiskCheckup can help predict HDD failure by tracking Self-Monitoring Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) attributes such as spin-up time, the number of start/stops, hours your system is powered on and the hard drive

Purism’s Security Key Will Generate Keys Directly on the Device, Made in the USA

Purism, the hardware manufacturer known for its secure Linux-powered laptops and the upcoming Librem 5 security-focused Linux smartphone, announced the upcoming release of the second version of its Librem Key security key.

Launched last year in September, Librem Key is the first and only OpenPGP-based security key designed to offer a Heads-firmware-integrated tamper-evident boot process for laptops. It has the ultimate goal of protecting users’ digital lives by storing security keys on the devices, encrypted with the highest cryptographic algorithms.

Next month, Purism wants to launch the second generation of Librem Key, which promises even more protection for users by securely generating security keys directly on the device, while being able to store up to 4096-bit RSA keys and up to 512-bit ECC keys. Best of all, Purism has moved the production of the Librem Key to the U.S..

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