Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and elementary OS All Patched Against WPA2 KRACK Bug

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As you are aware, there’s a major WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access II) security vulnerability in the wild, affecting virtually any device or operating system that uses the security protocol, including all GNU/Linux distributions.

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef was the one to discover the WPA2 bug, which affects the wpa_supplicant and hostapd packages on Linux-based operating systems, allowing a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information like credit card numbers, passwords, usernames, etc. with key reinstallation attacks (a.k.a. KRACK).

This security issues alone is extremely important, and it’s been documented over several CVEs, including read more)

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Solus Gets Driverless Printing, Improvements to Linux Steam Integration, More

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Solus’ communications manager Joshua Strobl is reporting today on the latest goodies and software updates that landed recently in the software repositories of the Linux-based operating system.

Let’s start with the GNOME edition of Solus, which is managed by Joshua Strobl, as it recently received a massive flood of packages in a successful attempt to upgrade the GNOME Stack to the latest upstream release, namely GNOME 3.26.1, which is the first point release of the GNOME 3.26 “Manchester” desktop environment, along with the GStreamer stack, now at version 1.12.3.

“In total, roughly 400 packages were either upgraded or rebuilt across those two stack upgrades. Part of the GNOME stack upgrade also enabled us the opportunity to patch GNOME Control Center to integrate well into Solus, such as ensuring “Check for update” functionality that is exposed will open up the Solus Software Center,” said the developer in read more)

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Canonical Adds Last-Minute Finishing Touches to Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark)

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Ubuntu contributor Didier Roche shares today with the community some of the last minute finishing touches that he and the Ubuntu Desktop team had to add to the forthcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release.

First of these is a mass upgrade of the GNOME Stack to the latest upstream release, GNOME 3.26.1, which introduces all the bug fixes and improvements to make the GNOME 3.26 desktop environment a reliable, mature, secure, and safe place for use in production environments. A second point release, GNOME 3.26.2, will be available after the release of Ubuntu 17.10 on October 19, 2017.

As you are aware, Ubuntu 17.10 is the first release of the popular and free GNU/Linux operating system in seven years to ship with the GNOME desktop environment by default as Canonical dropped development of its Unity user interface. Thus, the Ubu… (read more)

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DragonFly BSD 5.0 Operating System Debuts Next-Generation HAMMER2 File System

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More than six months after the release of the 4.8 series, the BSD-derived DragonFly BSD operating system has been updated today to version 5.0, a major new stable series that introduces new features and numerous improvements.

Probably the biggest new feature of the DragonFly BSD 5.0 release is the introduction of a bootable variant of the next-generation HAMMER2 file system developed specifically for the operating system. Users can finally install DragonFly BSD on a HAMMER2 file system, though it is considered experimental at the moment.

“Preliminary HAMMER2 support has been released into the wild as-of the 5.0 release. This support is considered EXPERIMENTAL and should generally not yet be used for production machines and important data,” said the devs. “The boot loader will support both UFS and HAMMER2 /boot.”

When installing DragonFly BSD 5.0 on a HAMMER2 formatted disk drive, the installer will use a UFS formatted /boot partition because, by design, the file s… (read more)

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KDE Celebrates 21st Anniversary with New Updates of KDE Applications, Frameworks

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Today, the KDE Project celebrates the 21st anniversary of the well-known and widely used desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-like operating systems with new releases of its KDE Frameworks and KDE Applications software stacks.

KDE recently unveiled KDE Plasma 5.11 as the latest and most advanced version of the KDE desktop environment, and today they released KDE Applications 17.08.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.39.0, which are now available to download for users of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments, as well as GNU/Linux distros that use the KDE Stack.

KDE Applications 17.08.2 is the second of three minor releases of the KDE Applications 17.08 software suite, bringing a month’s worth of bug fixes and translation updates. Over 25 issues were addressed in this update to improve popular apps like the Dolphin file ma… (read more)

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Wine 2.19 Supports 32-Bit Float Audio on Android, Has iTunes 11.1.x Improvements

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The bi-weekly release of Wine is here today with a new development release, versioned 2.19, which adds a few new features and fixes a total of 16 bugs in multiple Windows apps and games.

Let’s start with the new features and improvements, as the Wine 2.19 release introduces support for 32-bit float audio on Android, support for a new Microsoft root certificate, the ability for the Wine server to fully handle named pipes, a bunch of optimizations to heap allocation, as well as an extra layer of transform fixes in GdiPlus.

Continuing with the bug fixes, it would appear that Wine 2.19 development release improves support for Apple’s iTunes 11.1.x media player and organizer, the Paint.NET 3.5.10 image and photo manipulation app, the Microsoft DirectX 9.0c Redistributable (June 2010) installer, as well as the .NET 4.0 installer.

League of Legends and Farming Simulator 15 will work better now

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elementary OS 0.5 “Juno” GNU/Linux Distro Could Use Ubuntu’s Snappy Technologies

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The guys over elementary OS, the popular GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, were interviewed recently by Canonical’s Sarah Dickinson about upcoming integration of Snap packages into their infrastructure.

As you are aware, there are three main universal binary packages available for GNU/Linux distributions, Snappy, Flatpak, and AppImage, and OS maintainers are free to implement which one they think it’s best for their users, or even more of them.

In the interview, elementary’s devs revealed the fact that they want to go with Ubuntu’s Snappy technologies to provide their users with a modern and secure confined app format because of the extra layer of security Snaps provide by design.

“The confinemen… (read more)

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