22 Aug 2016

Linux Kernel 3.16.37 LTS Update: Networking Changes

An announcement was released on the update of the Linux 3.16.37 kernel.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.16.37 kernel. All users of the 3.16 kernel series should upgrade,” says Ben Hutchings. “The updated 3.16.y git tree can be found at: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.16.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git.”

Linux kernel 3.16.37 LTS will have huge improvements to the networking stacks, especially for the packet scheduler, but also for the mac80211 wireless framework, B.A.T.M.A.N. Advanced, both the IPv6 and IPv4 protocols, Netfilter, Bridge, SunRPC, and TIPC (Transparent Inter-process Communication). And it also looks like various Ethernet, PHY, TUN, and Wireless drivers got updated too, for Broadcom, Mellanox, IBM, or Intel.

The list of changes continues with dozens of updated drivers, in particular for ACPI, ATA, Bluetooth, CPUFreq, CpuIdle, Crypto, EDAC, GPIO (General-purpose input/output), HID, iiO, InfiniBand, IOMMU, IRQ Chip, MCB, MFD, MMC, MTD, PCI, PINCTRL, s390, SCSI, SPI, TTY, USB, and Xen devices, multiple improvements to the Btrfs, CIFS, eCryptfs, EXT4, HPFS, NFS, NILFS2, UBIFS, and XFS filesystems, as well as better support for ARM, MIPS, AArch64, PowerPC (PPC), PA-RISC, x86, s390, Alpha, and ARC architectures.

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21 Aug 2016

Linux Distro: SparkyLinux, 4.4 Update, New Desktops

SparkyLinux is a lightweight, fast and simple Linux distribution designed for both old and new computers featuring customized Enlightenment and LXDE desktops. It has been built on the “testing” branch of Debian GNU/Linux.

The SparkyLinux distribution is based on Debian’s Testing branch and is available in several editions. The project’s latest release, SparkyLinux 4.4, is available in five different desktop flavors.

The new version offers updated packages for the kernel and Firefox. The ability to easily install additional desktops, including PekWM, Trinity and Lumina, through the APTus utility has been added.

New, updated live/install ISO images of SparkyLinux 4.4 ‘Tyche’ are available for download now. As before, SparkyLinux ‘Home’ editions provide full-featured operating system based on Debian ‘Testing’, with desktops of your choice – LXDE, LXQt, KDE, MATE and Xfce. Changes between versions 4.3 and 4.4: full system upgrade as of August 15, 2016; Linux kernel 4.6.4 (4.7.1 is available in Sparky repositories); Firefox 45.3.0 ESR (Firefox 48 is available in repositories); Calamares is available….

Download SparkyLinux: http://sparkylinux.org/download/

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20 Aug 2016

Linux Distro To Try: BlackArch Linux

BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers. It is supplied as a live DVD image that comes with several lightweight window managers, including Fluxbox, Openbox, Awesome and spectrwm. It ships with over a thousand specialist tools for penetration testing and forensic analysis.

Gaurov Soni has announced the release of BlackArch Linux 2016.08.19, an Arch-based live distribution with a large collection of tools designed for penetration testing and security research:

Today we released new BlackArch Linux ISO image. The new ISO image include over 1,500 tools. Here’s the changeLog: include Linux kernel 4.7.1; updated BlackArch Linux installer; added more than 100 new tools; updated all BlackArch tools; updated all system packages; updated menu entries for window managers (Awesome, Fluxbox, Openbox). The following newest tools have been added: anti-xss – an XSS vulnerability scanner; shelling – an offensive approach to the anatomy of improperly written OS command injection sanitisers; pathzuzu – checks for path substitution vulnerabilities and logs the commands executed by the vulnerable executables; gef – multi-architecture GDB enhanced features for exploiters and reverse engineers….

DOWNLOAD:  http://blackarch.org/downloads.html

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18 Aug 2016

Learn About Steam OS

SteamOS is a Debian-based Linux distribution designed to run Valve’s Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode (GNOME) which can run regular Linux applications. In addition to a stable Debian base, SteamOS features various third-party drivers and updated graphics stack, a newer Linux kernel with long-term support, and a custom graphics compositor designed to provide a seamless transition between Steam, its games and the SteamOS system overlay. The base operating system is open-source software, but the Steam client is proprietary.

Download Steam here [FREE]:
http://store.steampowered.com/about/

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17 Aug 2016

Anybody Can Code (VIDEO)

Learn how to build websites and apps, write code, or start a business at Treehouse. Learn from over 1,000 videos created by our expert teachers on web design, coding, business, and much more. Treehouse teaches the in-demand technology skills you need to land your dream job.

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16 Aug 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Maui Linux

Maui Linux is a desktop Linux distribution based on KDE neon and featuring KDE’s Plasma desktop.

It was created in August 2016 as a continuation of Netrunner’s Kubuntu-based “Desktop” edition, but it was re-based on KDE neon which is a more cutting-edge project with frequent updates and a semi-rolling release model.

Besides providing a KDE-centric distribution with many popular KDE packages included on the live DVD, the project also focuses on integrating non-KDE software, such as Firefox, Thunderbird or VLC with the underlying infrastructure of the Plasma desktop.

Maui 1 starts with shipping the following software versions (excerpt):

    • Linux Kernel 4.4.0~36
    • Plasma 5.7.3 on Qt5.7.0
    • Frameworks 5.24
    • KDE Applications 16.04.3
    • Firefox 48.0
    • Thunderbird 38.6.0
    • LibreOffice 5
    • Virtualbox 5
    • VLC 2.2.2
    • Gmusicbrowser 1.1.15
    • Kamoso 3.2

Download: https://mauilinux.org/download/

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14 Aug 2016

Learn: Kubuntu 16.04

Kubuntu 16.04 has been release an announced by Kubuntu Development Team, this release brings KDE Plasma 5.5.4 desktop environment, Include the KDE Applications 15.12.1 software suite and the latest KDE Framework 5 packages. Also include Non-KDE applications LibreOffice 5.1 and Firefox 45. Kubuntu 16.04 powered by long-term support of linux kernel series 4.4.

Kubuntu 16.04 comes with  all your favourite apps from KDE, including Dolphin. Even more applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 but those which aren’t, should fit in seamlessly.
Download Kubuntu 16.04 : http://kubuntu.org/getkubuntu

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13 Aug 2016

Apricity OS Overview

Apricity OS is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. Apricity features a trimmed down desktop (GNOME or Cinnamon) and provides the ICE Site Specific Browser to integrate web-apps into the desktop environment.

 Break free with Apricity OS, the operating system with a customizable, clean, and easy setup.Apps like ICE, which creates site-specific browsers, and Syncthing, which makes remote file sharing easier than ever, enable a more productive lifestyle.
Prebuilt packages from the AUR along with the Pamac updater and Wine, allow for the most up-to-date experience.
Finally, the no-frills integration with the GNOME and Cinnamon environments keep your desktop looking beautiful, leaving you everything you want, and nothing you don’t.

http://apricityos.com/

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12 Aug 2016

Linux Distro To Try: SELKS

SELKS, a product of Stamus Networks, is a Debian-based live distribution designed for network security management. It provides a complete and ready-to-use Suricata IDS/IPS ecosystem with its own graphic rule manager. The system also includes Kibana IDS/NSM dashboards (for visualising logs and other time-stamped data) a Scirius (a rules management interface for Suricata). SELKS is released under the GNU GPLv3 licence.

SELKS is both Live and installable Network Security Management ISO based on Debian implementing and focusing on a complete and ready to use Suricata IDS/IPS ecosystem with its own graphic rule manager. From start to analysis of IDS/IPS and NSM events in 30 sec. The name comes from its major components: Suricata Elasticsearch Logstash Kibana Scirius. After starting or installing SELKS, you get a running Suricata with IDPS within a NSM platform, Kibana to analyse alerts and events and Scirius to configure the Suricata ruleset. SELKS is released under GPLv3 license. Sources, README, issues tracker and wiki are hosted on GitHub. To ask any questions or get help you can use our mailing list. You can thus build your own SELKS ISO or just download the ready to use ISO’s below. SELKS exists in two flavors with and without desktop interface. SELKS with desktop download links:

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10 Aug 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Salix

Salix is a Slackware-based Linux distribution that is simple, fast, easy to use and compatible with Slackware Linux. Optimised for desktop use, Salix OS features one application per task, custom package repositories, advanced package management with dependency support, localised system administration tools and innovative artwork.

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