Debian Security   [more] [xml]
 2016-05-05 DSA-3570 mercurial - security update

Blake Burkhart discovered an arbitrary code execution flaw in Mercurial, a distributed version control system, when using the convert extension on Git repositories with specially crafted names. This flaw in particular affects automated code conversion services that allow arbitrary repository names.

 2016-05-05 DSA-3569 openafs - security update

Two vulnerabilities were discovered in openafs, an implementation of the distributed filesystem AFS. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems:

 2016-05-05 DSA-3568 libtasn1-6 - security update

Pascal Cuoq and Miod Vallat discovered that Libtasn1, a library to manage ASN.1 structures, does not correctly handle certain malformed DER certificates. A remote attacker can take advantage of this flaw to cause an application using the Libtasn1 library to hang, resulting in a denial of service.

Debian Wiki   [more] [xml]
 2016-05-05T20:48:33Z FreedomBox/Hardware/Cubietruck
 2016-05-05T20:27:37Z FreedomBox/Hardware/Debian
 2016-05-05T17:32:52Z PrinterDriver/Canon/UFR-II
Added TableOfContents, Introduction and link to Titles reformatted. Is GNOME really a requirement?   [more] [xml]
 Thu, 05 May 2016 09:00:00 -0700 XDM is a Download Manager for Linux that ramps up Your Speed to 500%

 Who doesn't want faster downloads?

 Thu, 05 May 2016 08:00:00 -0700 Fedora-Based Sugar on a Stick Is One Sweet Desktop

LinuxInsider: The Sugar environment is both a desktop and a collection of activities or apps that involve user engagement.

 Thu, 05 May 2016 07:00:00 -0700 Bufferbloat Is Still Being Fought In Linux Kernel, Another Big Improvement Queued

Phoronix: Bufferbloat is the excess buffering of packets resulting in high latency, jitter, and lower network throughput.

OSNews   [more] [xml]
 Thu, 05 May 2016 22:39:00 GMT Microsoft demos hover gestures for Windows phones
Microsoft had been planning to introduce a unique 3D Touch feature with a flagship Windows phone back in 2014. While the device was canceled, the work behind Microsoft's Kinect-like gestures lives on. In a new Microsoft Research video, the software maker is revealing some of the features it was working on under the guise of "pre-touch sensing for mobile interaction." This is exactly the kind of cool stuff that could've given Windows Phone a very interesting edge. Unlike Apple's 3D touch, which is a completely pointless gimmick, the examples in the Microsoft video seem quite useful, and do actually streamline a number of mobile UI interactions. I hope this isn't shelved permanently.
 Wed, 04 May 2016 09:39:47 GMT Only 7.5 percent of Android phones are running Marshmallow
Two weeks shy of Google detailing the next big revision of Android at its annual developer conference, the current Android version is still struggling to make its way out to devices. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is currently running on just 7.5 percent of active Android devices that have access to the Google Play Store. The rest of the field is dominated by 2014's Android Lollipop at 35.6 percent, 2013's KitKat at 32.5 percent, and 2012's Jelly Bean at 20.1 percent. 2011's Ice Cream Sandwich still clings on to a stubborn 2 percent and the immortal Android Gingerbread (version 2.3!) accounts for 2.2 percent of Android smartphones. Using an iPhone 6S since it came out has made me appreciate more and more just how much better Android is than iOS - but it's all for naught if Google doesn't get off its bum and fixes this long-running problem. Now that Android at 6.x is definitively better than iOS, it's way, way, way, way beyond time for Google to drop everything they're doing and somehow find a way to forcefully and resolutely address this deficit. If the latest version of Android is the best (i.e., the least crappy) mobile operating system out there, but nobody is running it, is it really the best mobile operating system?
 Wed, 04 May 2016 09:39:40 GMT Tim Cook's failed Apple pitch
Apple CEO Tim Cook insisted last week that everything was great with his company despite its first quarterly revenue decline since 2003. He and Apple's chief financial officer used the word "optimistic" 10 times during a conference call with analysts. Then the company's share price pessimistically fell for eight consecutive market days -- something that hasn't happened to Apple in nearly 18 years. Declaring victory didn't work the first time, so Cook made a trip to Jim Cramer's therapy couch on Monday to try to soothe investors. It's unfair to compare Apple's numbers to the 2014 debut of the iPhone 6, which was a tough act to follow, Cook said. He added: Everything is great. Look at how much money we're making. The smartphone market has plenty of room to run. Customers love us so much. Then Cook attended a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here's what Cook didn't say: 1) Apple has been misjudging its own business, and that makes it tough to believe what executives say; and 2) The company failed to prepare investors for an inevitable slowdown in growth -- even if that slowdown proves temporary. If one duty of public company executives is to underpromise and overdeliver, Apple has flopped in that job. A lot of people will just mockingly file away articles like this under the "Apple is doomed!" moniker, but what these people don't understand is that most of the stock market isn't about whether or not Apple is doomed or not - it's all about meeting expectations. You can suffer a massive loss, but if the loss is less than what you and the market predicted, your shares would go up. You could be doing incredibly well like Apple, but if you underdeliver, your shares will go down. And this article makes a strong case Cook failed at underpromising. News   [more] [xml]
 2016-05-04T13:29:24+00:00 Distribution Release: Simplicity Linux 16.04
The Simplicity Linux project, a Puppy-based distribution, has announced the launch of a new stable release. The new version, simplicity Linux 16.04, is available in three flavours: Mini, Desktop and X. The Mini and Desktop editions are available in 32-bit builds while the X edition provides a 64-bit....
 2016-05-02T00:06:06+00:00 DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 659
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Ubuntu 16.04 LTSNews: Linux Mint unveils new version of Cinnamon, Debian Wheezy gets long term support, Devuan releases beta, Sabayon supplies ARM images and NetBSD gains ASLR supportQuestions and answers: Compiling a custom kernel for performance gainsTorrent corner: Sabayon, Slackel, TailsReleased last....
 2016-05-01T17:19:14+00:00 Distribution Release: Voyager Live 16.04
The developers of Voyager Live, a desktop distribution based on Xubuntu, have released a new version. The new release, Voyager Live 16.04, is based on Xubuntu 16.04 and ships with the Xfce 4.12 desktop environment. The new release will receive three years of security updates. The release announcement....
 2016-05-01T14:17:44+00:00 Distribution Release: 4MLinux 17.0
The 4MLinux project has announced the release of a new version of the miniature Linux distribution. The new version, 4MLinux 17.0, provides mostly package updates, including Firefox 46 and LibreOffice 5.1.3. "The status of the 4MLinux 17.0 series has been changed to stable. Create your documents with LibreOffice....
 2016-04-30T17:57:40+00:00 Distribution Release: GParted Live 0.26.0-1
The developers of GParted, the GNOME Partition Editor, have released GParted Live 0.26.0-1. The new release is based on Debian's Unstable branch and features read support for LUKS. The new release ships with version 4.5.1 of the Linux kernel and has added progress bars for several file system....
 2016-04-30T14:56:33+00:00 Development Release: GhostBSD 10.3-ALPHA1
Eric Turgeon has announced the availability of a new testing release for the GhostBSD operating system. GhostBSD is a desktop oriented project that is based on FreeBSD. The new version, GhostBSD 10.3-ALPHA1, supports installation of both UFS and ZFS file systems, the desktop environment has been updated to....
 2016-04-29T13:21:56+00:00 Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.3
Pawel Piganowski has announced the release of SparkyLinux 4.3. The Sparky Linux distribution is based on Debian's Testing branch and provides users with a variety of desktop editions. In the latest release, the Linux kernel has been updated to version 4.5.1, the Iceweasel web browser has been replaced....
 2016-04-27T17:10:02+00:00 Distribution Release: Proxmox 4.2 "Virtual Environment"
Proxmox is a commercial company that builds Debian-based specialized products. The company has released Proxmox 4.2 "Virtual Environment" with support for running LXC containers alongside KVM virtual machines and out of the box ZFS support. "Vienna, Austria - April 27, 2016 – Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH, the company....
 2016-04-27T13:38:32+00:00 Distribution Release: Ubuntu GNOME 16.04
The Ubuntu GNOME project suffered some website issues last week, delaying their announcement, but the project has officially launched Ubuntu GNOME 16.04, a long term support release that will receive security updates for three years. "Ubuntu GNOME is an official flavor of Ubuntu, featuring the GNOME desktop environment.....
 2016-04-26T23:11:39+00:00 Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2016_04_26
The Parted Magic distribution, an independent commercial project that provides partitioning and data recovery tools, has released a new version. The new release, Parted Magic 2016_04_26, includes several updates, including version 4.5.2 of the Linux kernel and TestDisk 7.1. The Chrome web browser has been dropped from this....

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