ContainerCon and LinuxCon Japan 2016 Events to Take Place July 13-15 in Tokyo

The Linux Foundation, a non-profit organization, trying to promote Linux and the open source ecosystem among IT professional, computer manufacturers, and enterprises, announced two important upcoming Linux events.

LinuxCon Japan 2016 and ContainerCon Japan 2016 are two of the most anticipated Linux conference events in Asia, promising to bring together top experts from all over the world, including, but not limited to kernel developers, system administrators, IT industry leaders, community managers, and last but not least users.

The entire schedule is now online, and among the keynote speakers of the upcoming events, we can mention renowned Lin… (read more)

Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium” Is a Linux Distro for Cryptography & Anonymity

A few days ago, Parrot Security OS developer Frozenbox Network teased users on Twitter with the upcoming release of the long anticipated Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium” distribution.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux technologies and borrowing many of the packages from the Debian 8 “Jessie” stable repositories, Parrot Security OS 3.0 just received new Release Candidate (RC) ISO builds that users can now download and install on their personal computer if they want to get an early taste of what’s coming.

For those who are not in the known, Parrot Security OS is a cloud-friendly computer operating system, a penetration testing GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian Linux and designed to be used in various computer forensic, cryptography, anonymity, reverse engineering, cloud pentesting, privacy, and hacking operations.

Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium” to offer six editions

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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 663

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Comparing live version upgrade methodsNews: Ubuntu MATE’s progress, Debian users debate systemd change, Android’s use of Java APIs legally fair use and updated wi-fi drivers in DragonFlyBSDDistroWatch Statistics: DistroWatch turns 15Torrent corner: CentOS, AntergosReleased last week: Tiny Core Linux 7.1, CentOS 6.8,….

NetOS Enterprise Linux 8 Promises to Be a Worthy Alternative to Chrome OS

Designed as a replacement for the Linux kernel-based Chrome OS or Chromium OS operating systems, Black Lab Software’s upcoming NetOS distribution is using the same technologies that have been implemented in the Enterprise Edition of the Black Lab Linux OS.
That’s why it’s called NetOS Enterprise, and the first release is now in development, based on the upcoming Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 operating system, which is also in heavy development these days. So as one might expect, NetOS promises to be a worthy replacement for Chrome OS or Chromium OS web-centric operating systems.
Being a web-centric operating system, NetOS includes dozens of Web Apps. Therefore, users will be able to access online services like Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Play Music, Gmail, Goole Apps for Business, Microsoft Office Online, Oracle Cloud Apps, Microsoft Azure, Slack, Apple iCloud, and Outlook Web Access.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

NetBSD 7.0.1 Released, Adds Security Fixes for BIND, NTP, OpenSSH, and OpenSSL

The NetBSD team announced the general availability of the first point release of the NetBSD 7.0 operating system, adding assorted bug fixes and security updates to its core components.

NetBSD 7.0.1 comes seven months after the release of NetBSD 7.0, during which the skilled developers behind the BSD-based operating system managed to update most of the packages to their latest versions available at the moment of writing this article, thus patching some critical security vulnerabilities.

According to the release notes, NetBSD 7.0.1 fixes multiple vulnerabilities in the compatibility layers and the NTP (Network Time Protocol) daemon, which has now been updated to version 4.2.8p7, and addresses a potential remote code execution in the CGI handlers of the bozohttpd web server, updated by now to version 20160415.

Other major components updated in this first point rele… (read more)

Cinnamon 3.0.4 Desktop Updates the Overlay Scrollbar, Sound and Menu Applets

While the Linux Mint 18 operating system is still in heavy development, Clement Lefebvre and his team of developers have announced a new update for the Cinnamon 3.0 desktop environment.

Cinnamon 3.0.4 is now the latest version of the acclaimed GNOME 3-based open-source graphical desktop interface, which will be used by default for the upcoming Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” OS, on the Cinnamon Edition, of course. It comes a few days after the release of Cinnamon 3.0.3.

Truth be told, the entire month of May has been about the development of the Cinnamon 3.0 desktop, as it has received a total of three maintenance releases, which have fixed many annoyances and bugs reported by users since last month’s release of Cinnamon 3.0, thus improving the overall desktop experience for users.

Cinnamon 3.0.4 continue… (read more)

BSD Release: NetBSD 7.0.1

Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 7.0.1, the first bug-fix and security update of the project’s 7.x release branch: “The NetBSD project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.0.1, the first security/bug-fix update of the NetBSD 7.0 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed….

Black Duck’s Free Tool Digs Out Open Source Bugs

Black Duck Software this week released Security Checker, a free tool based on the company’s Hub open source security solution. Security Checker is a drag-and-drop, Web-based tool that allows users to determine if known open source vulnerabilities exist in the components used to build applications. It scans the code in an uploaded archive file or Docker image and provides a report showing the identified open source code and known bugs. The maximum file size for a Security Checker scan is 100 MB, according to Black Duck.

NetOS Enterprise Linux 8 Promises to Be a Worthy Alternative to Chrome OS

Black Lab Software CEO Roberto J. Dohnert informs Softpedia today about the general availability of the NetOS Enterprise Developer Preview 8 operating system.

Designed as a replacement for the Linux kernel-based Chrome OS or Chromium OS operating systems, Black Lab Software’s upcoming NetOS distribution is using the same technologies that have been implemented in the Enterprise Edition of the Black Lab Linux OS.

That’s why it’s called NetOS Enterprise, and the first release is now in development, based on the upcoming Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 operating system, which is also in heavy development these days. So, as one might expect, NetOS promises to be a worthy replacement for Chrome OS or Chromium OS web-centric operating systems.

“NetOS Enterprise 8’s default mix is 80 percent… (read more)

Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 20160514

The Gentoo project has announced the release of Gentoo Linux 20160514, a comprehensive live DVD image featuring KDE Plasma as the default desktop. This release comes with UEFI support, ZFS on Linux and writable file system on the DVD: “Gentoo Linux is proud to announce the availability of….

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DisplayLink USB 3.0 Driver Now Available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Fedora Linux

DisplayLink has recently updated their DisplayLink USB 3.0 driver for the latest Ubuntu Linux operating system launched by Canonical in the last week of April 2016, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
The latest version of the DisplayLink USB Graphics Software, build 1.1.62, is available now for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating system, including Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).
The driver allows Ubuntu Linux users, as well as users of other Ubuntu-based operating systems to use their USB and wireless monitors, video adapters, docking stations, and any other device that offers support for the DisplayLink technology.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Development: GNOME 3.21.2 Released


The second snapshot of the GNOME 3.21 cycle is now available!!

To compile GNOME 3.21.2, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).


The release notes that describe the changes between 3.21.1 and 3.21.2
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core -
apps -

The GNOME 3.21.2 release is available here:

core sources -
apps sources -


This release is a snapshot of early development code. Although it is
buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking
purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development status.

For more information about 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see:

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:

Solus Project Announces New Tool for Enabling Better Steam Integration on Linux

Ikey Doherty and the Solus Project are proud to announce today the availability of a new project that aims to integrate the Steam client on various GNU/Linux operating systems much better.

Meet Linux Steam Integration (or LSI for short), a small and straightforward utility that promises to solve the issue of the Steam runtime not working correctly on various Linux kernel-based operating systems, such as Solus, because of the old Ubuntu 12.04 LTS libraries Steam for Linux client requires.

Running Steam on some distributions that have nothing to do with Debian packaging has always been a pain in the neck, but now, thanks to this little open-source project, which any OS vendor can integrate into its GNU/Linux operating system, things should run more smoothly for gamers.

And now this little project can help you force the Steam client to run in 32-bit mode, as well as… (read more)

Font improvements in Fedora 24 Workstation

Cantarell is the default font in Fedora Workstation. It comes courtesy of the GNOME desktop community, which designed and chose Cantarell. Recently the maintainers of Canatrell have done a great deal of work on the typeface to improve readability and appearance. There are now two maintainers, Jakub Steiner and Nikolaus Waxweiler, who both contribute to the GNOME desktop environment as well as Cantarell. Here’s a sample of the typeface:

A little sample.

A little sample.

These improvements will be shipped with Fedora 24, which is scheduled for final release in June.

What happened to Cantarell?

We talked a bit with the maintainers to get some more information. According to Steiner, maintenance of the Cantarell font had become quite stagnant. This lack was especially apparent when it comes to font hinting.

Cantarell hinting work.

Cantarell hinting work.

Hinting is a process that helps make a font more readable. Hinting requires precision when modifying a typeface. The developer must make use of zones that affect how the font is adjusted at different sizes. When a font is correctly designed, these zones match your font type and make it look clear and readable. To achieve this result, the design must be consistent and regular.

For instance, the horizontal zones defined in a font (see the image above) are called “blue zones.” If the lines of your typeface go outside of the blue zones, the hinting algorithm simply ignores them. This results in odd or inconsistent type appearance at different resolution or letter sizes.

Waxweiler found that Cantarell was in a somewhat poor state, with inconsistent diacritics and clunky appearance at some common resolutions.

Many fonts, one system.

Many fonts, one system.

Waxweiler set about cleaning up the Cantarell font, fixing for example the blue zones to achieve a more harmonious look. He also addressed a number of issues concerning Cyrillic. In addition, Cantarell now has all its diacritics and accented glyphs fixed in the font. Central European users who make use of these marks will have an improved experience and see characters correctly now.

Will I see the difference?

The new version of Cantarell is already available in Fedora 24. The adjustments in the new release provide a more pleasant default experience for Fedora users.

What if you’ve changed your font settings, for instance with the GNOME Tweak Tool? If you upgrade to Fedora 24, the Cantarell font will still be upgraded. But its appearance is subject to your font settings, which are correctly retained when you upgrade.

You can restore these settings to their defaults using the Tweak Tool, or you can use these commands in a terminal:

gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface font-name
gsettings reset org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings antialiasing
gsettings reset org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings hinting
gsettings reset org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings rgba-order

If you have any issues with this font, please file a bug in  the Gnome Bug Tracker.

Image courtesy Marcus DePaula – originally posted to Unsplash as Untitled

Wine 1.9.11 Released

The Wine development release 1.9.11 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • Better support for long URLs in WinInet.
  • Various Direct3D 11 improvements.
  • Down-mixing support in DirectSound.
  • Some cosmetic improvements in desktop mode.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now.
Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

Ubuntu-Based BackBox Linux 4.6 Launches with Updated Hacking Tools, Kernel 4.2

Raffaele Forte, the maintainer of the Ubuntu-based BackBox Linux operating system designed for penetration testing and forensic analysis operations, has announced the release of BlackBox Linux 4.6.

Powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.2 series, which is currently being used in Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system and maintained by Canonical for a few more months, BackBox Linux 4.6 arrives today, four months after the release of BackBox Linux 4.5, bringing many updated hacking tools.

Among these, we can mention the Metasploit penetration testing software, wxHexEditor free hex and disk editor for huge files, WPScan black box WordPress vulnerability scanner, SE Toolkit for performing phishing attacks, as well as the DirSearch Web path scanner.

Additionally, the Volatility memory forensics framework, OpenVAS open vulnerability assessment system, YARA pattern matching swiss knife for malware researchers, and the BeEF web browser exploitation framework have bee… (read more)

pfSense 2.3.1 FreeBSD Firewall Update Patches Web GUI Security Issue, Seven Bugs

Released a week ago as the first maintenance build in the 2.3 stable series, pfSense 2.3.1 has received its first update, bringing a patch for a major security issue in the Web GUI, as well as seven other bug fixes.

pfSense 2.3.1 was a major point release of the FreeBSD-based network firewall distribution that introduced over 100 changes, but pfSense 2.3 brought a new pkg system that lets the project’s maintainers update only individual parts of the system.

Thus, they can patch single security issues without the need to make a new release of the BSD firewall. pfSense 2.3.1 Update 1 (2.3.1_1) is now live, and all users of the pfSense 2.3.1-RELEASE are urged to apply it as it patches a major security issue.

The issue (pfSense-SA-16_05.webgu… (read more)