IBM’s New Security-First Nabla Container, Humble Bundle’s “Linux Geek Bundle”, Updates on the Upcoming Atari VCS Console, Redesigned Files App for Chromebooks and Catfish 1.4.6 Released

News briefs for July 17, 2018.

IBM has a new container called Nabla designed for security first, ZDNet
. IBM claims it’s “more secure than Docker or other containers by cutting operating system
calls to the bare minimum and thereby reducing its attack surface as small as
possible”. See also this article for more
information on Nabla and this
on how to get started running the containers.

Humble Bundle is offering a “Linux Geek Bundle” of ebooks from No Starch Press
for $1 (or more—your choice) right now, in connection with It’s FOSS. The Linux
Geek bundle’s books are worth $571 and are available in PDF, ePUB and MOBI
format, and are DRM-free. Part of the purchase price will be donated to the
EFF. See the It’s FOSS post for
the list of titles and more info.

More information on the upcoming Atari VCS console due to launch next year
has been released in a Q&A
on Medium
with Rob Wyatt, System Architect for the Atari VCS project. Rob
provides more details on the hardware specs: “The VCS hardware will be
powered by an AMD Bristol Ridge family APU with Radeon R7 graphics and is now
going to get 8 gigabytes of unified memory. This is a huge upgrade from what
was originally specified and unlike other consoles it’s all available, we
won’t reserve 25% of hardware resources for system use.” In addition, the
Q&A covers the Atari VCS “open platform” and “Sandbox”, compatible
controllers and more.

Google’s Chrome OS team is working on redesigning its Files app for
Chromebooks “with a new ‘My Files’ section that promises to help you better
organize your local files, including those from any Android and Linux apps
you might have installed.” See the Softpedia
News post
for more information on this redesigned app for Android and
Linux files and how to test it via the Chrome OS Canary
experimental channel.

1.4.6 has been released
, and it has now officially joined the Xfce
family. According to the announcement, it’s “lightweight, fast, and a perfect
companion to the Thunar file manager. With the transition from Launchpad to
Xfce, things have moved around a bit. Update your bookmarks accordingly!”
Other new features include an improved thumbnailer, translation updates and several bug fixes. New
releases of Catfish now can be found at the Xfce release archive.

Source: Linux Journal