MX Linux 18.2 Released with Latest Updates from Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 “Stretch”

The MX Linux development team released a new version of their desktop-oriented, Debian-based operating system that brings latest software and security updates from Debian Stable.

MX Linux 18.2 is now available as a maintenance update to the latest MX Linux 18 operating system series, based on the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” stable operating system series, consisting of updated components, bug fixes, and security updates from the Debian Stable software repositories.

MX Linux 18.2 is based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 “Stretch” release, which means that it borrows all of its updated components. Most notable, this release ships with the Mozilla Firefox 66.0.2 web browser and VLC 3.0.6 media player, as well as many other updated apps.

It also introduces new configurable encryption cipher options and the ability to select an ESP install location to the mx-installer, along with partition alignment impr… (read more)

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AV Linux to Drop 32-Bit Support, Focus Its Development on Debian 10 “Buster”

The developers of the Debian-based AV Linux multimedia oriented GNU/Linux distribution have released a new version and announced some major upcoming changes in the development of the project.

AV Linux is currently based on the stable Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system series and features support for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, but AV Linux 2019.4.10 appears to be the last release with these features as the devs decided it’s time for a change.

They announced that the next major release of AV Linux will be based on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” (currently developed under the Debian Testing umbrella), and that it will drop support for 32-bit installations. However, most probably current 32-bit installations will still be supported.

“This release is basically an update of the ISO that fixes a couple of annoying bugs from the 2018.6.25 release with some notable updates … (read more)

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Official Raspberry Pi OS Gets Performance Improvements and Latest Debian Updates

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a new version of its Debian-based Raspbian operating system for the tiny Raspberry Pi computers with various performance improvements and latest updates.

Powered by the Linux 4.14.98 kernel, Raspbian 2019-04-08 has been released this week and it’s packed with a bunch of updated components, among which we can mention the Chromium 72 web browser, VLC 3.0.6 media player, RealVNC Server 6.4.0, and Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.156 plugin.

Raspbian 2019-04-08 also includes new programs, such as the ethtool utility displaying and modifying various parameters of the network interface controllers and respective device drivers, the rng-tools utility related to random number generation in the Linux kernel.

Performance improvements and optimisations

Apart from the new and updated software, Raspbian 2019-04-08 introduces a new option in the startup wizard to let users set display underscan, support for PINN restore, suppo… (read more)

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Mozilla Firefox 66.0.3 Now Available for Download on Linux, Windows, and Mac

Mozilla has just released a new version of Firefox browser that comes with bug fixes on the supported desktop platforms.

First and foremost, it’s worth noting that Firefox 66.0.3 is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS, and it includes changes that have previously been tested as part of the beta updates.

Needless to say, there are no new features in this release, as Mozilla typically uses these smaller updates for bug fixes and further performance improvements. New features are usually included in major browser updates.

As per GHacks, Firefox 66.0.3 addresses performance issues with certain HTML5 games on Pogo.com. The browser should now work correctly when accessing this website and games should no longer run slower than expected on the platform.

Then, Mozilla has resolved several keypress events for a number of Microsoft and IBM cloud applications. In other words, the experience… (read more)

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Best IP Address Management Tools for Linux

If you are a network administrator, you surely know, how important it is to keep track of the leased IP addresses within your network and easily manage those addresses. For short the IP address...

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Easy Data Retrieval From Hard Drives

It’s easy. You might think it’s not but it is. Retrieving data from the hard drive is not as hard as you think. Unfortunately, most people think it’s hard. For that reason, not a lot of people think about retrieving data from their hard drive. When their computer or laptop gets busted, they just end up buying a new one. If they want to salvage any of their files, they’ll just try to retrieve data from their external drives. They won’t bother with hard drive of their computer or laptop.

Hard drive data retrieval can get pretty intimidating for most people, especially the ones who hardly have any kind of computer background. Of course, there’s no excuse for ignorance but there are really some people who just don’t think much about their hard drive.

Now that could be a problem, especially for some people who are still using Windows 7. If you’re one of these people who are still using Windows 7, you should probably start to think about hard drive data retrieval. If you are not aware of the latest new on Windows 7, then here it is. Microsoft will discontinue its support for this particular operating system.

Windows 7, which was released in 2009 – when the Internet was a very different place – will no longer be supported for free starting January 15th, 2020.

For most people, the best course of action is to migrate to Windows 10, which will provide you with ongoing security updates to protect you.

(Via: http://ktar.com/story/2438607/what-are-my-options-when-microsoft-discontinues-support-for-windows-7/)

Considering the latest news on Windows 7, it really doesn’t take a computer or laptop breakdown to think seriously about hard drive data retrieval. If your computer is still running on Windows 7, your data could eventually be in danger. There is a security risk if your Windows 7 is no longer updated from time to time, unless you are using Windows 7 Pro.

If you have specialized software or devices running on Windows 7 Pro, you can purchase the extended support through January of 2023.

Unlike previous operating system extended support options that were very expensive, Microsoft is making it a lot more affordable

Canonical Announces AWS IoT Greengrass as a Snap to Increase Linux App Security

Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced the availability of the Amazon IoT Greengrass software as a Snap universal app.

Developed by Amazon for IoT device manufactures and system integrators, the AWS IoT Greengrass software seamlessly extends the Amazon Web Services (AWS) to edge devices, allowing them to use the cloud for management while acting locally on the data they generate. AWS IoT Greengrass brings together data caching, local compute, messaging, sync, and ML inference capabilities to IoT devices.

In an attempt to increase application security and developer productivity across Linux-based operating systems, Canonical and Amazon joined forces to make AWS IoT Greengrass available as in the Snap universal binary format, which will enable device manufactures and system integrators build IoT appliances in weeks without compromising on security, nor long-term support.

“Rigado Cascade Gateways provide flexible connectivi… (read more)

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Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Security Patch for All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Canonical released a major Linux kernel security patch for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems to address more than two dozen of vulnerabilities discovered lately in the upstream kernels.

Available for the Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), as well as all the official derivatives like Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, etc., the new Linux kernel security patch is here to fix more than 20 security vulnerabilities affecting the Linux 4.18, Linux 4.15, Linux 4.4, and Linux 3.13 kernel series.

Among the fixed issues, we can mention a use-after-free vulnerability in Linux kernel’s ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) subsystem, which could allow a physically proximate attacker to crash the system, as well as an information leak discovered in the Bluetooth implementation, which could let an attacker within Bluetooth range to … (read more)

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10 Best File and Disk Encryption Tools for Linux

It wasn’t too long ago that we published a list of 10 cool command line tools for your Linux terminal. Today, we turn our focus to encryption methods as we bring you a list...

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