Linux Academy Rolls Out New Cloud-Based Training Platform

By David Jones

Linux Academy, an online training platform for the Linux OS and cloud computing, on Tuesday announced a public beta rollout of its Cloud Assessments platform, which is designed to let large enterprise firms train and assess their IT workers and prospective job candidates. The academy offers training on a variety of cloud-based platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Open Stack, DevOps, Azure and others. The Cloud Assessments platform will focus initially on training and testing of AWS, due to strong demand.

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Malware Found Preinstalled on Dozens of Android Phones

By John P. Mello Jr.

Malware has been discovered preinstalled on 36 Android phones belonging to two companies, security software maker Check Point reported. “In all instances, the malware was not downloaded to the device as a result of the users’ use — it arrived with it,” noted Oren Koriat, a member of Check Point’s Mobile Research Team. The malicious apps on the phones of a telecommunications company and a multinational technology business were not part of the official ROM supplied by the vendor, he explained. They were added somewhere along the supply chain.

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Black Lab Linux 8.0 Is a Rare Treat

By Jack M. Germain

The latest release of Black Lab Linux, an Ubuntu 16.04-based distribution, adds a Unity desktop option. You will not find Unity offered by any other major — or nearly any minor — Linux distributor outside of Ubuntu. Black Lab Linux 8.0, the consumer version of PC/OpenSystems’ flagship distro, also updates several other prominent desktop options. Black Lab Linux is a general purpose community distribution for home users and SMBs. Black Lab Enterprise Linux, its commercial counterpart, targets businesses that want support services.

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The Terminal Is Where Linux Begins – and Where You Should, Too

By Jonathan Terrasi

Once you have a sense of the vast potential of Linux, you may be eager to experience it for yourself. Considering the complexity of modern operating systems, though, it can be hard to know where to start. As with many things, computers can be better understood through a breakdown of their evolution and operation. The terminal is not only where computers began, but also where their real power still resides. I’ll provide here a brief introduction to the terminal, how it works, and how you can explore further on your own.

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Google Invites Open Source Devs to Give E2EMail Encryption a Go

By Jack M. Germain

Google last week released its E2EMail encryption code to open source as a way of pushing development of the technology. “Google has been criticized over the amount of time and seeming lack of progress it has made in E2EMail encryption, so open sourcing the code could help the project proceed more quickly,” said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. That will not stop critics, as reactions to the decision have shown, he said. However, it should enable the company to focus its attention and resources on issues it believes are more pressing.

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Zorin Desktop Is a Crowd Pleaser

By Jack M. Germain

Zorin OS developers on Tuesday released Version 12.1, offering Linux users a patchwork of software and hardware updates with some performance enhancements and bug fixes. Zorin 12.1 follows the introduction three months ago of the project’s 12 series. It is a minor update, but the amount of tweaking applied makes it worth upgrading to the .1 release. For instance, Zorin OS 12.1 introduces an updated hardware stack. It also includes Linux kernel 4.8, an upgrade from kernel version 4.4, and an updated X server graphics stack.

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Zero W Joins Raspberry Pi Family on 5th Birthday

By David Jones

Raspberry Pi turned 5 years old on Tuesday, and to mark the occasion, the foundation announced a new member of the family, the Raspberry Pi Zero W, and a case to go with it. Raspberry Pi Zero W adds wireless LAN and Bluetooth capabilities to tiny computer’s growing list of capabilities. Priced at just $10, the device is affordable for anyone who wants to take the Pi for a test drive. “We imagine you’ll find all sorts of uses for the Zero W,” said Raspberry PI founder Eben Upton.”It makes a better general purpose computer because you’re less likely to need a hub.”

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