Purism Launches First Security Key with Tamper Evident Protection for Laptops: Purism announced today that its highly anticipated Librem Key security key is now available for purchase as the first and only OpenPGP-based smart card to offer a Heads-firmware-integrated tamper-evident boot process for laptops.
Developed in partnership with Nitrokey, a company known for manufacturing open-source USB keys that enable secure encryption and signing of data for laptops, Purism’s Librem Key is dedicated to Librem laptop users, allowing them to store up to 4096-bit RSA keys and up to 512-bit ECC keys on the security key, as well as to securely generate new keys directly on the device. Librem Key integrates with the secure boot process of the latest Librem 13 and 15 laptops.
“It’s not feasible or healthy to monitor your computing devices every second – and that’s especially the case when you travel,” says Kyle Rankin, Chief Security Officer at Purism. “With the Librem Key, we are giving Librem users the keys to completely lock their computer if they’re … (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
New SparkyLinux 5.5 “Nibiru” ISOs Released with Latest Debian Buster Updates: A new respin of the SparkyLinux 5.5 “Nibiru” Rolling images released in July 2018, are now available to download with all the latest software and security updates from the Debian Testing repositories.
The new SparkyLinux 5.5 “Nibiru” Rolling images are now synced with the Debian Testing (soon to become Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster”) software repositories as of September 17, 2018, which means that they are now shipping the Linux 4.18.6 kernel, the Calamares 3.2.1 installer, as well as the latest GCC 8 system compiler by default aas GCC 7 has been completely removed.
“There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 5.5 “Nibiru” available to download. The live system of MinimalGUI/CLI uses Debian’s Linux kernel 4.18.6 as default. The live system of LXQt, due to a problem with long loading the desktop, features Sparky’s Linux kernel 4.18.8 (32bit pae/64bit amd64) as default; and the Debian’s one as well,” reads the rele… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10 Hybrid Laptop Users Invited to Test Nvidia PRIME Support: Ubuntu developer Alberto Milone is calling all hybrid laptop users running either the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) or the upcoming Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating systems to test Nvidia PRIME support.
With the release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) as the first LTS (Long Term Support) Ubuntu release to ship with the GNOME desktop environment by default instead of Canonical’s in-house built Unity desktop, hybrid laptop users with Intel and Nvidia GPUs lost the way Nvidia PRIME worked in the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) series.
But it looks like some Ubuntu developers like Alberto Milone never stopped looking for a fix, and he and his team have successfully released a patch for the bug causing increased power consumption when using the power saving profile with the Nvidia GPU turned off, as well as the inability to switch between power profiles when logging out.
“Both issues should be fixed in Ubuntu 18.10, and I have backported my work to Ubu… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
KaOS Linux Gets the KDE Applications 18.08 Treatment, Latest Calamares Installer: KaOS Linux got a new release that brings all the latest software updates, as well as various improvements and bug fixes need to enrich users’ experience when using the operating system on their personal computers.
KaOS 2018.08 is August 2018’s ISO snapshot for the independently developed GNU/Linux distribution inspired by Arch Linux and built around the latest KDE technologies. It ships with the most recent KDE Applications 18.08.0 open-source software suite, as well aas the KDE Plasma 5.13.4 desktop environment and KDE Frameworks 5.49.0, all built on the Qt 5.11.1 framework.
“It is with great pleasure to present to you the August release of a new stable ISO. With almost 70 % percent of the packages updated since the last ISO and the last release being over two months old, a new ISO is more than due. No major changes this time to announce, as was with last ISO, just the usual large package movement,” said the developers in the read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Escuelas Linux Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Major Release, Here’s What’s New: Alejandro Díaz from Escuelas Linux wrote to us that his project reaches a major milestone this year, the 20th anniversary, so what better way to celebrate this moment but with a new release.
Continuing the Edubuntu legacy of delivering Linux-based operating systems and Open Source software projects to schools and other educational institutions around the world, Escuelas Linux 6 has been released earlier this month with major improvements and new features. The biggest highlights of this release being the availability of dedicated English language ISO images for non-Spanish users.
“Escuelas Linux 6 as a massive amount of improvements, but one of them is key around Softpedia,” said Alejandro Díaz. “And, at this point came your help, that above improvement would not be worth the effort if English language people are not aware of our existence. In fact, we recognize that most downloads from non-Spanish language countries are due to your nice articles about us.”
Previou… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
You Can Now Run Android 8.1 Oreo on Your PC with Microsoft/Windows 10 Launchers: Developer Arne Exton released today a new version of his Android-x86 fork AndEx that lets you run Google’s Andriod 8.1 Oreo mobile operating system on your personal computer.
The biggest changes of the AndEX Oreo 8.1 build 180918 release is that it now includes not one, not two, but three pre-installed launchers to make your Android experience more fun on your PC. These include Microsoft Launcher, Windows 10 Launcher, and OO Launcher, an enhanced Android Oreo-style launcher with lots of useful features.
Additionally, the developer addressed various bugs and updated several components to make sure everything works out of the box. For example, Google Play Store now works as intended, and users will find the Aptoide App Manager pre-installed as an alternative package manager they can use to install Android apps on their PCs.
Also included there’s the GAPPS (Google Apps) package that gives users access to various of Google’s services, including Google Play Services, G… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Open-Source AMDGPU and ATI Linux Graphics Drivers Updated with New Features: Michel Dänzer, the maintainer of the open-source X.Org graphics drivers for ATI/AMD Radeon GPUs supported by the “amdgpu” and “radeon” Linux kernel drivers, announced the release of xf86-video-ati 18.1.0 and xf86-video-amdgpu 18.1.0.
While not major updates, the xf86-video-ati 18.1.0 and xf86-video-amdgpu 18.1.0 releases bring several new features that should boost the performance of your AMD Radeon or ATI graphics cards on various GNU/Linux distributions. Both releases are compatible with X.Org Server versions 1.13 to 1.20, the latest available right now.
Highlights of xf86-video-amdgpu 18.1.0 include support for advanced color management functionality and support for X11 colormaps and gamma correction when X.Org Server runs at depth 30. Both features can be used with the new AMDGPU DC (Display Code) feature implemented in Linux kernel 4.17 or later.
On the other hand, the xf86-video-ati 18.1.0 open-source graphics driver is here to address random screen corrupti… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
BlackArch Linux Ethical Hacking OS Now Has More Than 2000 Hacking Tools: The BlackArch Linux penetration testing and ethical hacking computer operating system now has more than 2000 tools in its repositories, announced the project’s developers recently.
Used by thousands of hundreds of hackers and security researchers all over the world, BlackArch Linux is one of the most acclaimed Linux-based operating systems for hacking and other security-related tasks. It has its own software repositories that contain thousands of tools.
The OS is based on the famous Arch Linux operating system and follows a rolling release model, where users install once and receive updates forever, or at least until they do something that can’t be repaired and need to reinstall.
BlackArch Linux now has more than 2000 hacking tools
Earlier this month, the team of developers behind BlackArch Linux took to Twitter to proudly announce that there are now over 2000 ethical hacking and penetration testing tools in the main software repositories, a majo… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Debian Outs Updated Intel Microcode to Mitigate Spectre V4 and V3a on More CPUs: The Debian Project released an updated Intel microcode firmware for users of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system series to mitigate two of the latest Spectre vulnerabilities on more Intel CPUs.
Last month, on August 16, Debian’s Moritz Muehlenhoff announced the availability of an Intel microcode update that provided Speculative Store Bypass Disable (SSBD) support needed to address both the Spectre Variant 4 and Spectre Variant 3a security vulnerabilities.
However, the Intel microcode update released last month was available only for some types of Intel CPUs, so now the Debian Project released an updated version that implements SSBD support for additional Intel CPU models to mitigate both Spectre V4 and V3a on Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” systems.
“This update ships updated CPU microcode for additional models of Intel CPUs which were not yet covered by the Intel microcode update released as DSA-4273-1 (and thus provides SSBD support (needed to address… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Canonical Announces Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Extended Security Maintenance: Canonical announced today that it would extend its commercial Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) offering to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series starting May 2019.
Last year on April 28, 2017, when the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system series reached end of life, Canonical announced a new way for corporate users and enterprises to receive security updates if they wanted to keep their current Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installations and had no plans to upgrade to a newer LTS (Long Term Support) release. The offering was called Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and had a great success among businesses.
Now, after almost five years since its release, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is also approaching end of life, which will happen next spring on April 30, 2019. Therefore, Canonical announced today that it plans to extend the ESM pr… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux