GParted Live 0.27.0-1 Disk Partitioning Live CD Out Now, Based on GParted 0.27.0

Just one day after announcing the release of the GParted 0.27.0 open-source partition editor software, Curtis Gedak is informing us about the availability of the GParted Live 0.27.0-1 stable release.

For those not aware, GParted Live is an open source project that aims to offer users a Debian-based Live CD distribution built around the GParted application, which can be used for manipulating (partition, merge, split, format, etc.) disk drives independent of the operating system installed on the target computer.

As mentioned before, GParted Live 0.27.0-1 is the latest stable release, and it ships with GParted 0.27.0, which brings automatic detection of GRUB2 core.img files, addresses an issue with the Mount Point column on openSUSE distributions and fixes a bunch of bugs reported by users since the previous maintenance update, nam… (read more)

Linux Kernel 4.8.4 Released with EXT4 and Btrfs Improvements, Updated Drivers

Just two days after announcing the release of Linux kernels 4.8.3, 4.7.9, and 4.4.26 LTS, renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of the fourth maintenance update to the Linux 4.8 kernel series.

That’s right, Linux kernel 4.8.4 is now the latest stable and most advanced kernel version, which is already available for users of the Solus and Arch Linux operating system, and it’s coming soon to other GNU/Linux distributions powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.8 series. And even if only two have passed since the previous update, it looks like Linux kernel 4.8.4 changes a total of 64 files, with 580 insertions and 286 deletions.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.8.4 kernel. And yeah, sorry about the quicker releases, I’ll be away tomorrow and as they seem to have passed all of the norma… (read more)

Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon” Is Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8, KDE Plasma 5.7.5

Today, October 23, 2016, the development team behind the Debian-based Netrunner GNU/Linux distribution proudly announced the release of Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon.”

Based on the latest technologies and open source software packages from the Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” (Debian Stable) repositories, Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon” is here after being in development for the past year or so, and it gives users an early taste of what’s coming to the full-featured Netrunner Desktop version later this year.

“Netrunner Core (like its upcoming big brother Netrunner Desktop) is based on Debian Stable with the latest Qt, Plasma, Framework and KDE Applications,” reads the announcement. “CORE is the streamlined version of the upcoming full Desktop version, and therefore provides only a few essential applications on top of the latest Plasma Desktop.”

Here’s what’s new in Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon”

Shipping with the KDE Plasma 5.7.5, KDE Applications 16.04, … (read more)

Distribution Release: Netrunner 16.09 “Core”

The Netrunner project has released a new version of their distribution. The new version is Netrunner 16.09 “Core” which carries the code name “Avalon”. Netrunner’s new Core edition is based on Debian’s Stable (Jessie) branch and ships with modern KDE Plasma packages. “Netrunner Core (like its upcoming big….

Linux Kernels 3.16.38, 3.12.66, 3.10.104, and 3.2.83 Patched Against “Dirty COW”

We reported the other day that an ancient bug, which existed in the Linux kernel since 2005, was patched in several recent updates, namely Linux kernel 4.8.3, Linux kernel 4.7.9, and Linux kernel 4.4.26 LTS.

One day later, the maintainers of other supported Linux kernel branches patched the bug, which is dubbed by researchers as “Dirty COW” and documented as CVE-2016-5195. As such, today we’d like to inform those of running GNU/Linux distributions powered by kernels from the Linux 3.16, 3.12, 3.10, and 3.2 series that new updates are available for their systems.

The “Dirty COW” vulnerability, which is tagged in the appended shortlogs of the new kernel versions mentioned above as “mm: remove gup_flags FOLL_WRITE games from __get_user_pages()”, was read more)

Canonical Patches Ancient “Dirty COW” Kernel Bug in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

The kernel vulnerability could be used by a local attacker to run programs as an administrator, and it looks like it also affects all supported Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), as well as all of their official or unofficial derivatives running the same kernel builds.
Canonical urged all users to patch their systems immediately by installing linux-image-4.8.0-26 (4.8.0-26.28) for Ubuntu 16.10, linux-image-4.4.0-45 (4.4.0-45.66) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, linux-image-3.13.0-100 (3.13.0-100.147) for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and linux-image-3.2.0-113 (3.2.0-113.155) for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, as well as linux-image-4.4.0-1029-raspi2 (4.4.0-1029.36) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS for Raspberry Pi 2.
The Xenial HWE kernel for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was updated as well today, to version linux-image-4.4.0-45 (4.4.0-45.66~14.04.1), and the Trusty HWE kernel for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to version linux-image-3.13.0-100 (3.13.0-100.147~precise1).

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Distribution Release: SalentOS 1.0

Gabriele Martina has announced the release of SalentOS 1.0, a new line of the desktop-oriented distribution featuring a customised desktop based on the Openbox window manager. Code-named “Luppìu”, this is the project’s first release based on Debian’s stable branch, rather than Ubuntu as was the case with the….

Linux Foundation Spurs JavaScript Development

The Linux Foundation earlier this week announced the addition of the JS Foundation as a Linux Foundation project. The move is an effort to inject new energy into the JavaScript developer community. By rebranding the former JQuery foundation as the JS Foundation and bringing it under the Linux umbrella, officials hope to create some stability and build critical mass. The goal is to spark greater interest in pursuing open source collaboration by intermingling some promising new players with some venerable stalwarts.

Nvidia 375.10 Beta Linux Graphics Driver Released with GeForce GTX 1050 Support

On October 20, 2016, Nvidia published a new Beta graphics driver for the Linux platform, adding support for some new GPUs the company launched recently, as well as various improvements and bug fixes.

The Nvidia 375.10 Beta is now available for early adopters, but we don’t recommend installing it just yet if you’re looking for a stable and reliable gaming experience, adding support for Nvidia’s recently announced Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards, as well as Nvidia Quadro P6000 and Nvidia Quadro P5000 GPUs.

Another interesting change implemented in the new Beta video driver, which should hit the stable channels next month, is the addition of two new X11 configuration options, namely ForceCompositionPipeline and ForceFullCompositionPipeline, overriding the MetaMode tokens with the same names.

RandR 1.5 now supports the RandR TILE property

Other… (read more)

Distribution Release: Slackel 4.14.21 “KDE Live”

Dimitris Tzemos has announced a new release of the Slackware-based Slackel distribution. The new version, Slackel 4.14.21 “KDE Live”, is available in 32-bit and 64-bit builds with the 64-bit media supporting UEFI. The 32-bit builds will boot on machines with or without PAE-enabled processors. The new release includes….

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Is Coming to Linux on November 3, Ported by Feral

After giving us Mad Max, today, October 21, 2016, UK-based video game publisher Feral Interactive made another awesome announcement for GNU/Linux gamers: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming on the 3rd of November.

And we thought that Mad Max was the biggest news of the year for Linux gamers, right? Well, wrong, as in just two weeks from the moment of writing this article we’ll be able to play the superb Deus Ex: Mankind Divided action role-playing stealth video game on our Linux-powered gaming rigs.

“As augmented covert agent Adam Jensen, choose between combat, stealth, social, and hacking approaches to achieve your aims. Your choices will open closed doors, invite new challenges, and shape the fate of mankind,” reads the announcement page. “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Mac … (read more)

Joomla! 3.6.4 – Important Security Announcement – Patch Available Soon

Security Announcement

A Joomla! 3.6.4 release containing a security fix will be published on Tuesday 25th October at approximately 14:00 UTC

The Joomla! Security Strike Team (JSST) has been informed of a critical security issue in the Joomla! core.

Since this is a very important security fix, please be prepared to update your Joomla installations next Tuesday.

Until the release is out, please understand that we cannot provide any further information.

Linux users urged to protect against ‘Dirty COW’ security flaw

Organisations and individuals have been urged to patch Linux servers immediately or risk falling victim to exploits for a Linux kernel security flaw dubbed ‘Dirty COW’. This follows a warning from open source software vendor Red Hat that the flaw is being exploited in the wild. Phil Oester, the Linux security researcher who uncovered the flaw, explained to V3 that the exploit is easy to execute and will almost certainly become more widely used. “The exploit in the wild is trivial to execute, never fails and has probably been around for years – the version I obtained was compiled with gcc 4.8,” he said. “As Linus [Torvalds] notes in his commit, this is an ancient bug and impacts kernels going back many years. All Linux users need to take this bug very seriously, and patch their systems ASAP.” Oester said that he uncovered the exploit for the bug, which has been around since 2007, while examining a server that appeared to have been attacked.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Managing your physical infrastructure from the top of rack switch


At the last OpenStack Design Summit in Austin, TX we showed you a preview of deploying your physical server and network infrastructure from the top-of-rack switch, which included OpenStack with your choice of SDN solution.

This was made possible by disaggregating the network stack functionality (the “N” in Network Operating System) to run on general purpose, devices-centric, operating systems. In the world of the Open Compute Project and whitebox switches, a switch can be more than just a switch. Switches are no longer closed systems where you can only see the command line of the network operating system. Whitebox switches are produced by marrying common server components with high powered switching ASICs, loading a Linux OS, and running a network operating system (NOS) functionality as an application.


The user has the ability to not only choose hardware from multiple providers, they can chose the Linux distribution, and the NOS that best matches their environment. Commands can be issued from the Linux prompt or the NOS prompt and most importantly, other applications can be securely installed alongside the NOS. This new switch design opens up the ability to architect secure distributed data center networks with higher scale and more efficient utilization of existing resources in each rack.


Since the last ODS we have witnessed a continued trend for whitebox switches to provide more server like and general purpose functionality from increases in CPU, memory, storage, internal bandwidth between the CPU and ASIC, to power-management (BMC), and secure boot options (UEFI+PXE). This month Mellanox announced the availability of their standard Linux kernel driver included in Ubuntu Core 16 (and classic Ubuntu) for their Open Ethernet Spectrum switch platforms. More recently Facebook announced the acceptance of the Wedge 100 into OCP that includes Facebook’s OpenBMC and their continued effort to disaggregate the stack.
“We are excited to work with Facebook on next generation switch hardware, adding Facebook’s Wedge OpenBMC power driver to our physical cloud (‘Metal-As-A-Service’) MAAS 2.1, and packaging the Facebook Open Switch System (FBOSS) as a snap.” said David Duffey, Director of Technical Partnerships, Canonical. “Facebook with OCP is leading the way to modern, secure, and flexible datacenter design and management. Canonical’s MAAS and snaps give the datacenter operator free choice of network bootloader, operating system, and network stack.”

At this OpenStack Design Summit we are also going to show you the latest integration with MAAS, how you can use snaps as a universal way to install across Linux distributions (including non-Ubuntu non-Debian based distributions), and deploying WiFi-based solutions, like OpenWrt, as a snap.

Please stop by our booth and let us help you plan your transition to a fully automated, secure modern datacenter.

Nasdaq Chooses Drupal 8

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Nasdaq chooses Drupal 8

I wanted to share the exciting news that Nasdaq Corporate Solutions has selected Drupal 8 as the basis for its next generation Investor Relations Website Platform. About 3,000 of the largest companies in the world use Nasdaq’s Corporate Solutions for their investor relations websites. This includes 78 of the Nasdaq 100 Index companies and 63% of the Fortune 500 companies.

What is an IR website? It’s a website where public companies share their most sensitive and critical news and information with their shareholders, institutional investors, the media and analysts. This includes everything from financial results to regulatory filings, press releases, and other company news. Examples of IR websites include http://investor.starbucks.com and — all three companies are listed on Nasdaq.

All IR websites are subject to strict compliance standards, and security and reliability are very important. Nasdaq’s use of Drupal 8 is a fantastic testament for Drupal and Open Source. It will raise awareness about Drupal across financial institutions worldwide.

In their announcement, Nasdaq explained that all the publicly listed companies on Nasdaq are eligible to upgrade their sites to the next-gen model “beginning in 2017 using a variety of redesign options, all of which leverage Acquia and the Drupal 8 open source enterprise web content management (WCM) system.”

It’s exciting that 3,000 of the largest companies in the world, like Starbucks, Apple, Amazon, Google and ExxonMobil, are now eligible to start using Drupal 8 for some of their most critical websites. 

Getting started with Inkscape on Fedora

Inkscape is a popular, full-featured, free and open source vector graphics editor available in the official Fedora repositories. It’s specifically tailored for creating vector graphics in the SVG format. Inkscape is great for creating and manipulating pictures and illustrations. It’s also good for creating diagrams, and user interface mockups.


Windmill Landscape illustration created using inkscape

The screenshots page on the official website has some great examples of what can be done with Inkscape. The majority of the featured images here on the Fedora Magazine are also created using Inkscape, including this recent featured image:


A recent featured image here on the Fedora Magazine that was created with Inkscape

Installing Inkscape on Fedora

Inkscape is available in the official Fedora repositories, so it’s super easy to install using the Software app in Fedora Workstation:


Alternatively, if you are comfortable with the command line, you can install using the following dnf command:

sudo dnf install inkscape

Dive into Inkscape (getting started)

When opening the app for the first time, you are greeted with a blank page, and a bunch of different toolbars. For beginners, the three most important of these toolbars are the Toolbar, the Tools Control Bar, and the Colour Palette:


The Toolbar provides all the basic tools for creating drawings, including tools such as:

  • The rectangle tool, for drawing rectangles and squares
  • The star / polygon (shapes) tool
  • The circle tool, for drawing ellipses and circles
  • The text tool, for adding labels and other text
  • The path tool, for creating or editing more complex or customized shapes
  • The select tool for selecting objects in your drawing

The Colour Palette provides a quick way to set the colour of the currently selected object. The Tools Control Bar provides all the settings for the currently selected tool in the Toolbar. Each time you select a new tool, the Tools Control Bar will update with the settings for that tool:

Drawing shapes

Next, let’s draw a star with Inkscape. First, choose the star tool from the Toolbar, and click and drag on the main drawing area.

You’ll probably notice your star looks a lot like a triangle. To change this, play with the Corners option in the Tools Control Bar, and add a few more points. Finally, when you’re done, with the star still selected choose a colour from the Palette to change the colour of your star:


Next, experiment with some of the other shapes tools in the Toolbar, such as the rectangle tool, the spiral tool and the circle tool. Also play around with some of the settings for each tool to create a bunch of unique shapes.

Selecting and moving objects in your drawing

Now you have a bunch of shapes, and can use the Select tool to move them around. To use the select tool, first select it from the toolbar, and then click on the shape you want to manipulate. Then click and drag the shape to where you want it to be.

When a shape is selected, you can also use the resize handles to scale the shape. Additionally, if you click on a shape that is selected, the resize handles change to rotate mode, allowing you to spin your shape:



Inkscape is an awesome piece of software that is packed with many more tools and features. In the next articles in this series, we will cover more of the features and options you can use to create awesome illustrations and documents.

Debian-Based Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 “Nev” Gets First Test Build, Ships GNOME 3.22

Today, October 21, 2016, the developers of the Debian-based Parsix GNU/Linux operating system proudly announced the availability for download of the first test build of the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 “Nev” release.

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 “Nev” was announced last month, and, since then, the development team behind this ready-to-use and easy-to-install GNU/Linux distribution have worked hard to bring you all the latest applications and components from the recently released GNOME 3.22 Stack.

“Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 (code name Nev) ships with stable GNOME 3.22 desktop environment and an updated kernel,” reads today’s announcement. “This version has been synchronized with Debian Jessie repositories as of Oct 12 2016. Parsix Nev ships with LibreOffice 4.3.3 productivity suit by default.”

As you can see, the distro remains based on the stable Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” repositories, yet ships with the brand… (read more)

Distribution Release: GParted Live 0.27.0-1

Curtis Gedak has announced the availability of GParted Live 0.27.0-1, the latest stable version of the Debian-based live CD featuring a set of disk management and data rescue tools: “The GParted team is happy to announce another stable release of GParted Live. This release includes GParted 0.27.0, patches….

Canonical Patches Ancient “Dirty COW” Kernel Bug in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

As reported earlier, three new Linux kernel maintenance releases arrived for various Linux-based operating systems, patching a critical and ancient bug popularly known as “Dirty COW.”

We already told you that the kernel vulnerability could be used by a local attacker to run programs as an administrator, and it looks like it also affects all supported Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), as well as all of their official or unofficial derivatives running the same kernel builds.

“It was discovered that a race condition existed in the memory manager of the Linux kernel when handling copy-on-write breakage of private read-only memory mappings. A local attacker could use this to gain administrative privileges,” reads Ca… (read more)

BTS | Halloween 2016

Halloween content lands on Monday and Mod Orion is here to tell you all about it.