Bloke accused of Linux hack nabbed during traffic stop

A man who allegedly hacked the Linux Kernel Organization’s and the Linux Foundation’s servers has been collared by cops. Donald Ryan Austin, 27, of El Portal, Florida, will appear in court in San Francisco later this month, and is accused of intentional transmission causing damage to a protected computer. The four charges were filed

Fighting Back Against Secrecy Orders

Mozilla today is joining a coalition of technology companies, including Apple, Lithium, and Twilio, in filing an amicus brief in support of Microsoft’s case against indiscriminate use of gag orders. Such orders prevent companies from notifying users about government requests … Continue reading

Development Release: FreeNAS 10-BETA

The FreeNAS team has announced the release of a new beta snapshot which is now available for testing. The new version, FreeNAS 10-BETA, fixes many bugs and introduces Docker support. The developers have noted that this is still an early preview of fea…

Batch file renaming and integrated archive support added to Nautilus

The Files application (aka Nautilus) is getting a major update in Fedora 25 Workstation. Fedora 25 is slated to include Nautilus 3.22, adding a new GUI interface for  batch renaming of files, and will also add integrated archive support. GNOME… Continue Reading →

QtCon FInished First Day of 13 Tracks of Talks

Today is a historic day for KDE, a community founded 20 years ago. We are celebrating with like-minded communities doing what we do best; discussing and promoting technical achievements with our friendly communities of FSF-E, Qt and VLC. A massive thi…

Expanding Fedora t-shirt lineup: Ultimate Fedora woman’s shirt

One of the things that I love most about the Fedora Project is how we work hard to be more inclusive to everyone, to create a more diverse and better community. (By the way, have you considered helping out our… Continue Reading →

How to encrypt your Fedora file system

What is encryption? In cryptography, encryption is encoding information so that only authorized parties can read it. Encryption doesn’t necessarily prevent someone else from getting access to your data. However, if they do, it can prevent that data’s content from being read. Encryption… Continue Reading →

FairWare Hackers May Take Ransoms, Keep Stolen Files

The latest ransomware intrusion that targets Linux servers, dubbed “FairWare,” may be a classic server hack designed to bilk money from victims with no intent to return stolen files after payment in bitcoins is made. The attack reportedly targets a Linux server, deletes the Web folder, and then demands a ransom payment of two bitcoins for return of the stolen files.

BlackArch Linux Ethical Hacking OS Is Now Powered by Kernel 4.7.2, New ISOs Out

The development team behind the BlackArch Linux penetration testing distribution based on Arch Linux announced the release of new Live ISO images with updated components and various improvements. The BlackArch 2016-08-30 ISO images are here to replace the previous ISOs, namely BlackArch 2016-08-19, and upgrade the kernel packages to the latest Linux 4.7.2 release, as

KDE Connect links your Android phone with your Linux desktop

Linux can now sync notifications from your Android phone and reply to SMS messages. It works just like Cortana does between Windows 10 PCs and Android phones, and like Apple’s Continuity feature works between Macs and iPhones. Despite the name, KDE Connect isn’t just for KDE Plasma desktop users. You can install KDE Connect on

Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 to Be Released on September 14, Add Numerous Improvements – Exclusive

We’ve been asked by many of our readers what’s going on with the development of the next major OTA software update for Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, the OTA-13.

Well, we’ve been monitored the development of Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 quite closely in the past month, and we can tell you that almost all components, including default apps and Scopes, have received improvements. As expected, there will also be optimizations to the Unity 8 interface, which is now powered by the Mir 0.24 display server.

Right now, Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 is in Final Freeze, which means that no new features will be added to the final release, which should happen around the 14th of September. The first official RC (Release Candidate) images might land later today for those brave enough to use the rc-proposed channel on their Ubuntu Phone/Tablet devices.

As mentioned in one of our previous articles, the biggest attractions of the OTA-13 u…

OpenBSD 6.0 Operating System Adds Support for ARMv7 Architectures, OpenSSH 7.3

On September 1, 2016, Theo de Raadt from the OpenBSD project had the enormous pleasure of announcing the release and general availability of the OpenBSD 6.0 operating system.

OpenBSD 6.0 has been in development for the past five months, and as expected, it’s yet another massive update that contains numerous updated components, new features and under-the-hood improvements, such as support for the ARMv7 architectures, as well as better IEEE 802.11 wireless stack support. Core components like OpenSSH 7.3, OpenSMTPD 6.0.0, OpenNTPD 6.0, and LibreSSL 2.4.2 are also included.

“EFI bootloader added, kernels are now loaded from FFS instead of FAT or EXT filesystems, without U-Boot headers. A single kernel and ramdisk are now used for all SoCs,” reads the release announcement. “Hardware is dynamically enumerated via Flattened Device Tree (FDT) instead of via static tables based on board id numbers and miniroot installer images i…

wattOS 10 LXDE Edition Linux Distro Arrives, Is Based on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS

wattOS developer Ronald Ropp is pleased to announce on the first day of September 2016 the release and immediate availability for download of the LXDE Edition of his Ubuntu-based wattOS 10 computer operating system.

wattOS 10 LXDE Edition is the newest version of wattOS, and also the most advanced one, based on the recently released Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and shipping with some of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and open-source software projects for continued stability and long-term support.

Powered by Ubuntu’s Linux 4.4.0-36 kernel, wattOS 10 LXDE Edition comes with the Mozilla Firefox 48.0 web browser, PCManFM 1.2.4 file manager, Transmission 2.84 BitTorrent client, gThumb 3.4.3 image viewer, Lollypop 0.9.112 music player, Filezilla file transfer client, Evince 3.18.2 document viewer, and Gufw 16.04.1 firewall.

wattOS now offers support for more wireless devices and hardware

But the latest open-source prog…

Behind the Scenes: The Month Ahead – September

Join Mod Osborne for a look at what this September brings.

4MLinux 19.0 Distro Officially Released with LibreOffice 5.2, Linux Kernel 4.4

Softpedia has been informed today, September 1, 2016, by 4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki about the immediate availability for download of the final, stable release of 4MLinux 19.0.

4MLinux 19.0 entered development one and a half months ago, on July 16, 2016, and it only received a single Beta snapshot, which users were able to download and test on their personal computers. Now the status of the GNU/Linux distribution has been changed to stable, and we’re happy to tell you all about its new features.

First of all, you should know that 4MLinux 19.0 is powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel (version 4.4.14 is available in this stable ISO image). Second, it comes with some of the most recent open-source applications, including the LibreOffice 5.2 office suite, GIMP 2.8.18 image editor, and Mozilla Firefox 48.0.2 web browser.

Additionally, users will find installed the Mozilla Thunderbird 45.3.0 email and news client, Chromium 52.0.2743.116 web browse…

PC-BSD Operating System Gets Renamed to TrueOS, Follows a Rolling Release Model

Ken Moore, developer of the PC-BSD operating system for personal computers and creator of the Lumina Desktop Environment project, has informed the community today, September 1, 2016, about a major change in the development of the OS.

First off, PC-BSD is no longer PC-BSD, as it got renamed to TrueOS. Yes, it’s still based on the FreeBSD operating system, and yes, you can still install it on your PC, but the biggest change is that the project now follows a rolling release model, tracking FreeBSD’s “Current” branch to bring users all the latest and most advanced BSD technologies and applications.

“TrueOS combines the convenience of a rolling release distribution with the failsafe technology of boot environments, resulting in a system that is both current and reliable. TrueOS now tracks FreeBSD’s ‘Current’ branch and merges features from select FreeBSD developer branches to enhance support for newer hardware and technologies,” reads today’s

Unreal Engine 4.13 Launches with Many New Rendering Features, Alembic Support

Today, September 1, 2016, Epic Games has been extremely happy to announce the release of yet another maintenance update of its free and cross-platform Unreal Engine 4 game engine for serious game developers.

That’s right, Unreal Engine 4.13 is here, coming exactly three months after the previous maintenance update, version 4.12, to add numerous new rendering features, such as GPU morph targets, Blueprint drawing to render targets, mesh decals, and more, and a major update to Sequencer, the non-linear cinematic editor introduced in Unreal Engine 4.12, making it ready for high-end cinematography and improving live recording.

Among other changes, we can notice the implementation of Alembic support, which lets game developers import complex vertex animations, as well as a new Physical Animation component to add realistic response to physical forces to your game characters by using motors for their skeletal animation. What’s more, there are lots of optimizations to dyna…

FreeNAS 10 Beta Open-Source Storage Solution Ships with over 800 Resolved Issues

The awesome FreeNAS development team was proud to announce on the last day of August 2016 the release and immediate availability for download of the Beta milestone of their upcoming FreeNAS 10 open-source storage operating system.

Approximately one year has passed since the debut of the Alpha version of FreeNAS 10, but the development team has been pretty busy during all this time fixing as many reported issues as possible. Therefore, they are happy to announce that FreeNAS 10 Beta is here to address a total of 830 reported bugs.

However, that’s not all they’ve been doing, as this Beta release adds many new technologies to the upcoming FreeNAS 10 network-attached storage solution based on the newest FreeBSD 10.3 distribution, such as better support for the ZFS file system, Docker container support, which still needs a lot of work to become production-ready.

There are also many GUI changes since the Alpha release, such as support for sidebar notifications, file sel…

Turkish Distro Pisi GNU/Linux 2.0 Gets Second Beta, Adds Linux Kernel 4.7.2

The Pisi GNU/Linux development team is happy to announce the availability of the second Beta release of the upcoming Pisi GNU/Linux 2.0 operating system for personal computers and laptops.

It appears that we omitted to write here anything about a first Beta build of Pisi GNU/Linux 2.0, because the last thing we wrote was about an Alpha development milestone back in February 2016. However, development of Pisi GNU/Linux 2.0 started somewhere in September 2015.

And today we have the pleasure of test driving the Beta 2 release, which promises to add many improvements to the Pardus Linux-based operating system, such as the latest Linux 4.7.2 kernel and KDE Plasma 5.7.2 desktop environment, along with KDE Frameworks 5.24.0 and Qt 5.6.0, as well as the brand new LibreOffice 5.2 office suite.

There are many other updated core components and open-source applications in the Pi…

A Tale of Two Architecture Models: A Peek into Canonical Cloud Architecture Design Rationale

A Tale of Two Architecture Models When designing clouds for customers and partners, Canonical Consultants and Architects follow a standard process that creates designs based upon use-cases and requirements. Over the years working with many thousands of customers and partners, we have zeroed in on two Cloud Architecture Models that serve as the base for… Continue reading A Tale of Two Architecture Models: A Peek into Canonical Cloud Architecture Design Rationale