Devil-Linux 1.8.0 Distro to Add Google Authenticator for PAM, Moves to SquashFS

Devil-Linux developer Heiko Zuerker has announced that the Devil-Linux 1.8.0 operating system is now open for development, and a Release Candidate is ready for public testing.

Devil-Linux 1.8.0 promises to be a major release with many improvements and additions, among which we can mention the use of SquashFS as the main file system, along with high compression LZ4, and a Google authenticator was added for PAM (Pluggable Authentication Module).

Additionally, there’s now the Sieve filtering support for the Dovecot secure IMAP and POP3 server, thanks to the addition of Pigeonhole, Linux-HA (High-Availability Linux) has been replaced with Corosync 2.x and Pacemaker for those who want the new industry standard tools to create a high availability (HA) server infrastructure.

“This is a major overhaul of Devil-Linux. Most programs and libraries have been updated and unmaintained ones have been removed,” said Heiko Zuerker in the release read more)

A New Research Cloud on Ubuntu OpenStack





If you’re starting from almost scratch, and – where many people are – you don’t have any skill, you don’t have any training, you don’t have much of an idea of what you want to do, Then [BootStack] is a very good place to start.

The University of Cape Town (UCT), in South Africa, recently switched on their first Ubuntu OpenStack-based research cloud. It’s no surprise, since a recent OpenStack user’s group survey showed that over 41% of OpenStack operators plan to run scientific or engineering workloads. Not uniquely, but also not the norm, UCT’s OpenStack is a cloud built only for scientific and research workloads.

UCT wanted to focus on the workloads they’d be hosting, and the potential users of the system, not the system itself. As many have found out, if you don’t have the operational expertise, or the right toolset, OpenStack is often not easily tamed as a useful cloud. So, UCT partnered with Canonical to leverage both our expertise and our toolset to begin offering this research cloud as a service. They opted for BootStack.

BootStack is a service and a product. Canonical’s OpenStack engineering team (the same ones that run our own OpenStack infrastructure) install and manage a private OpenStack cloud at your location. BootStack reduces a process that could take weeks, or even months, for the uninitiated, down to a matter of days.

UCT is starting small. They’re offering up the use of their new research cloud for training programs across the university. Their belief is that as these users become familiar with the environment they will naturally begin building solutions on top of it.

The ICTS team even see the possibility of offering the research cloud to stakeholders beyond the UCT campus. They believe that offering compute capabilities to smaller universities in the region could be tremendously beneficial to the research community as a whole.

Starting small doesn’t mean staying small. BootStack is designed for scalability, to thousands of nodes. Since BootStack uses Canonical’s application modeling tool, Juju, to model and deploy the OpenStack environment, scaling, and even upgrading, is easy.

If you want to learn more about BootStack, and how you can have a dynamic OpenStack cloud in production in just a few days, visit ubuntu.com/bootstack

Friday 24 June: Next Bug Hunting Session

Help to fix bugs in the next version of LibreOffice, and make it the best yet! As we mentioned last week, we are holding a Bug Hunting Session on Friday 24 June, from 07:00 to 20:00 UTC, and everyone is welcome to take part. All you have to do is:

And as thanks for your help, if you find or confirm a bug we’ll award you a shiny Badge that you can proudly show on your website, blog or social media. For more details, see the full Bug Hunting Session wiki page.

We hope to see you on Friday, at some point between 07:00 to 20:00 UTC – and thanks in advance for your help!

Rockstor 3.8-14 Linux-Based NAS Solution Gets New Interface to Power Down HDDs

Softpedia has been informed today, June 20, 2016, by Suman Chakravartula about the immediate availability for download of the Linux kernel-based Rockstor 3.8-14 NAS-oriented operating system.

Rockstor 3.8-14 arrives as an upgrade to the previous release (Rockstor 3.8-13) announced exactly two months ago, bringing a new interface that lets users power down HDDs to conserve electricity and reduce noise, as well as an easy-to-use method for browsing and fetching logs.

But that’s not all that has been added to the Rockstor 3.8-14 update, as more than 30 bugs and issues reported by users since Rockstor 3.8-13 or previous releases have been resolved, and there are also the usual enhancements to offer better support to paid customers.

“To better organize support matters and provide a reliable platform for our paying users, we’ve launched a new support portal, using osticket. We hope to provide more value to customers purchasing incident bundles,” says Suman Chakravartula… (read more)

qBittorrent 3.3.5 Open-Source BitTorrent Client Adds Torrent Management Mode

Today, June 20, 2016, the free, cross-platform, and open-source qBittorrent BitTorrent client has been updated to version 3.3.5 for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

qBittorrent 3.3.5 has been in development for the past three months, during which the project’s development team managed to include some very exciting new features, such as a Torrent Management Mode (TMM), a brand new dialog for managing cookies, as well as support for using unique temporary directories.

Another feature that probably many of you out there have waited for so long is the ability for qBittorrent to display notifications when torrents are added. Starting with qBittorrent 3.3.5 users will be able to sort labels using a natural sort algorithm, which has been implemented in the right-click context menu.

Furthermore, there’s now a new option that users can enable in the setting for qBittorre… (read more)

Distribution Release: NethServer 6.8

Alessio Fattorini has announced the release of NethServer 6.8, a new stable version of the server-oriented distribution, featuring a web-based management console and based on CentOS 6.8: “I’m proud to announce that NethServer 6.8 has been released and is publicly available. It is the newest long-term support release…..

Zenwalk 8.0 Is Just Around the Corner, Final Release Candidate Out for Testing

Zenwalk developer Jean-Philippe Guillemin has informed users of the Slackware-based operating system that the final Release Candidate (RC) milestone of the upcoming Zenwalk 8.0 release is now available for public testing.

Zenwalk 8.0 Linux Release Candidate 2 promises to be the last one, as the developer informs the community and public testers that it should be at 99% the stable target. “This is most probably the final release candidate for the upcoming Zenwalk 8.0,” says Jean-Philippe Guillemin in the release announcement.

Featuring the latest long-term supported Linux 4.4.13 kernel, the RC2 build of Zenwalk 8.0 already includes all the newest software releases, including the LibreOffice 5.1.3 office suite, Chromium 51.0 web browser, MPlayer 1.3 video player, FFmpeg 3.0.1 multimedia backend, and Slackware Current’s security updates.

New desktop layout for Xfce 4.12 is in place<... (read more)

Peppermint 7 Could Land on June 30, Will Be an LTS Release Based on Ubuntu 16.04

In a brief Google+ announcement, the Peppermint OS developers have informed the community about the possible upcoming availability of the Peppermint 7 Linux operating system.

Not many of you out there have heard of Peppermint because it hardly sees the light of day with announcements or press releases. So we will take this opportunity to inform you that Peppermint is an Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux distribution, with the current stable release being Peppermint 6, based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Trusty Tahr).

It’s a lightweight, well-designed, very fast and stable computer operating system that you can install as your daily driver on either a laptop or desktop PC. It also looks like Peppermint aims to be a long-term support (LTS) release only, so that’s why we only see news from this part of the GNU/Linux ecosystem so rarely.

Peppermint 7 is coming soon

Now that Canonical has released it… (read more)

Oracle Releases Third Beta of VirtualBox 5.1 with 64-Bit Solaris and Qt5 Fixes

Simon Coter, Principal Product Manager Oracle VM and VirtualBox, has announced the release of the third Beta build of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.1 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software.

VirtualBox 5.1 promises to be a major release that will introduce a significant number of new features and improvements, among which we can mention a revamped installer based on the latest Qt5 technologies, and the ability to rebuild kernel modules without the Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) framework.

A great number of performance improvements are also coming to VirtualBox 5.1 thanks to the implementation of new APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller) and I/O APIC technologies. And it also looks like the upcoming release sports multiple enhancements to Solaris operating systems.

The third Beta of VirtualBox 5.1 comes hot on the heels of read more)

Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.8-14

Suman Chakravartula has announced the release of Rockstor 3.8-14, an updated version of the project’s CentOS-based distribution designed for use as Network-Attached Storage (NAS) nodes: “I am happy to announce that Rockstor 3.8-14 is now released. We’ve added big new features including an interface to power down HDDs….

Monitor Linux With Netdata

Netdata is a real-time resource monitoring tool with a friendly web front-end developed and maintained by FireHOL. With this tool, you can read charts representing resource utilization of things like CPUs, RAM, disks, network, Apache, Postfix and more. It is similar to other monitoring software like Nagios; however, Netdata is only for real-time monitoring via a web interface.

Understanding Netdata

There’s currently no authentication, so if you’re concerned about someone getting information about the applications you’re running on your system, you should restrict who has access via a firewall policy. The UI is simplified in a way anyone could look at the graphs and understand what they’re seeing, or at least be impressed by your flashy setup.

The web front-end is very responsive and requires no Flash plugin. The UI doesn’t clutter things up with unneeded features, but sticks to what it does. At first glance, it may seem a bit much with the hundreds of charts you have access to, but luckily the most commonly needed charts (i.e. CPU, RAM, network, and disk) are at the top. If you wish to drill deeper into the graphical data, all you have to do is scroll down or click on the item in the menu to the right. Netdata even allows you to control the chart with play, reset, zoom and resize with the controls on the bottom right of each chart.

Netdata chart control

Netdata chart control

When it comes down to system resources, the software doesn’t need too much either. The creators choose to write the software in C. Netdata doesn’t use much more than ~40MB of RAM.

Netdata memory usage

Netdata memory usage

Download Netdata

To download this software, you can head over to Netdata GitHub page. Then click the “Clone or download” green button on the left of the page. You should then be presented with two options.

Via the ZIP file

One option is to download the ZIP file. This will include everything in the repository; however, if the repository is updated then you will need to download the ZIP file again. Once you download the ZIP file, you can use the unzip tool in the command line to extract the contents. Running the following command will extract the contents of the ZIP file into a “netdata” folder.

$ cd ~/Downloads
$ unzip netdata-master.zip
Netdata unzipped

Netdata unzipped

You don’t need to add the -d option in unzip because their content is inside a folder at the root of the ZIP file. If they didn’t have that folder at the root, unzip would have extracted the contents in the current directory (which can be messy).

Via git

The next option is to download the repository via git. You will, of course, need git installed on your system. This is usually installed by default on Fedora. If not, you can install git from the command line with the following command.

$ sudo dnf install git

After installing git, you will need to “clone” the repository to your system. To do this, run the following command.

$ git clone https://github.com/firehol/netdata.git

This will then clone (or make a copy of) the repository in the current working directory.

Install Netdata

There are some packages you will need to build Netdata successfully. Luckily, it’s a single line to install the things you need (as stated in their installation guide). Running the following command in the terminal will install all of the dependencies you need to use Netdata.

$ dnf install zlib-devel libuuid-devel libmnl-devel gcc make git autoconf autogen automake pkgconfig

Once the required packages are installed, you will need to cd into the netdata/ directory and run the netdata-installer.sh script.

$ sudo ./netdata-installed.sh

You will then be prompted to press enter to build and install the program. If you wish to continue, press enter to be on your way!

Netdata install.

Netdata install.

If all goes well, you will have Netdata built, installed, and running on your system. The installer will also add an uninstall script in the same folder as the installer called netdata-uninstaller.sh. If you change your mind later, running this script will remove it from your system.

You can see it running by checking its status via systemctl.

$ sudo systemctl status netdata

Accessing Netdata

Now that we have Netdata installed and running, you can access the web interface via port 19999. I have it running on a test machine, as shown in the screenshot below.

An overview of what Netdata running on your system looks like

An overview of what Netdata running on your system looks like

Congratulations! You now have successfully installed and have access to beautiful displays, graphs, and advanced statistics on the performance of your machine. Whether it’s for a personal machine so you can show it off to your friends or for getting deeper insight into the performance of your server, Netdata delivers on performance reporting for any system you choose.


Image courtesy Mitchel Bootoriginally posted to Unsplash here.

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.7 Release Candidate 4, Go Test It Now

Just a few minutes ago, Linus Torvalds announced the general availability of the fourth RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel.

We were waiting for the Release Candidate 4 build of Linux kernel 4.7 to appear online on Sunday, June 19, but it looks like Linus Torvalds had other plans for the weekend that has just passed, so he dropped a short announcement an hour after midnight, on June 20, 2016.

According to Mr. Torvalds, the fourth Release Candidate of Linux kernel 4.7 includes about two-thirds drivers (USB, GPU, iiO, LEDs, DMA, etc.), multiple architecture updates (mostly ARM and x86), small improvements to various filesystems, updated documentation, as well as a bunch of other patches to core kernel components and the usual bug fixes.

“It’s been a fairly normal week, and rc4 is out,” said Linus Torvalds in today’s announcement. “The bulk of the driver updates are … (read more)

4MRescueKit 18.0 Enters Beta, Adds Antivirus Live CD 18.0-0.99.2 & 4MParted 18.0

Today, June 20, 4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki has proudly informed Softpedia about the general availability of a Beta release of his upcoming 4MRescueKit 18.0 Live CD project.

For those of you not in the known, 4MRescueKit is a collection of popular Live CDs based on the independent 4MLinux operating system and designed for those who want the easiest-to-use tools for either backing up data, recovering lost partitions and data, cleaning PCs of viruses, or partitioning disk drives.

Therefore, 4MRescueKit 18.0 includes Antivirus Live CD 18.0-0.99.2 based on Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV) for cleaning PCs for viruses and other malware, BakAndImgCD 18.0 based on Partimage/Partclone for cloning disk drivers and GNU ddrescue backup data, as well as GParted-based 4MParted 18.0 for partitioning disk drives.

Additionally, the 4MRescueKit 18.0 project also comes with 4MRecover 18.0, … (read more)

NetOS 8.0.2 Arrives with Improved Support for Chromebook Pixel and Surface Pro

Black Lab Software (PC/OpenSystems LLC) CEO Roberto J. Dohnert has informed Softpedia today, June 20, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of the NetOS 8.0.2 operating system.

NetOS 8.0.2 comes only a couple of weeks after the release of the 8.0 series, which promised to be a worthy alternative to Google’s Chrome OS. It offers users greater hardware supported, the latest GNU/Linux technologies, as well as, of course, the ability to run both cloud (web-based) and locally installed applications.

This is the second maintenance release in the series, introducing a few enhancements, the latest software versions, as well as all the security updates that have been released during the month of June 2016. Upgraded apps include Google … (read more)

Solus 1.2 “Shannon” Officially Released, First OS to Ship with Arc Icon Theme

Softpedia has been informed today, June 20, 2016, by Solus Project‘s Ikey Doherty about the release and immediate availability for download of the Solus 1.2 “Shannon” operating system.

We’ve talked a lot lately about Solus 1.2 and the fact that it is coming soon. Well, today is that day, and you can finally enjoy all the goodies the great Ikey Doherty and the skillful team of developers behind the Solus Project have prepared for you during the past three months since the release of Solus 1.1.

“Solus 1.2 builds upon the groundwork of 1.1 and 1.0, with continued improvements to Budgie, a huge focus on software optimizations, in addition to laying the framework for providing a performant gaming experience. Solus 1.2 furthers us on our journey to realizing the future of home computing,” reads the announcement.

Here’s what’s new in Solus 1.2read more)

Distribution Release: Solus 1.2

Josh Strobl has announced the release of Solus 1.2, a new version of the project’s Linux distribution that features a custom desktop (Budgie) and package manager (eopkg): “We are proud to announce the release of Solus 1.2, the second minor release in the Shannon series of releases. Solus….

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 666

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Comparing more live version upgrade methods News: Ubuntu’s snap packages, Fedora presents new upgrade method, Antergos drops 32-bit media, openSUSE adopts GCC 6, GeckoLinux unveils Rolling edition Questions and answers: Getting to know how the system works Torrent corner: Antergos, Manjaro Linux….

Gower Quest – free to play

Some quest for fame, others for loot, some want to save cabbages – play now!

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Development Release: Zenwalk Linux 8.0 RC2

Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced that the second release candidate for the upcoming Zenwalk Linux 8.0 is ready for testing: “This is most probably the final release candidate for the upcoming Zenwalk 8.0. This pre-release ISO image should be at 99% the stable target, you will get latest LibreOffice….