FSF are encouraging Microsoft to give Windows 7 away as Free Open Source Software to allow the community to maintain it.
I don’t see this happening any time soon based on how long it took Microsoft to release DOS as open source
FSF Petition: https://www.fsf.org/windows/upcycle-windows-7
#FSF #Microsoft #OpenSource
Google will soon be blocking third-party cookies in Chrome / Chromium , and implementing a new Privacy Sandbox under the guise of Building a more private web.
In my opinion the changes will actually make it harder for users to control their privacy as it will force tracking companies to become more invasive and gather other metrics about your system in order to identify all your browsing habits.
I’m proud of the improvements I’ve made in this release, which I worked on over the Christmas holidays.
NoTrack is a network-wide DNS server which blocks Tracking sites
GitLab page: https://gitlab.com/quidsup/notrack
Wallpaper by Charlie Henson: https://www.pling.com/p/1341199/
Official support for Windows 7 ended on 14 Jan 2020. I discuss some of the security aspects of keeping with Windows 7 or moving to Windows 10.
I also mention the recent CryptoAPI and Remote Desktop Gateway vulnerabilities.
Feren OS is based on Linux Mint (correction Ubuntu 18.04) and now uses the KDE Plasma Desktop. Its an excellent Linux distribution for new users thanks to the Welcome Screen, look switcher, and customisations they’ve made to the Plasma desktop.
This review is of Dec 2019 release, codenamed Yttrium.
Taking a look at the first formal release of Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix which is based on Ubuntu 19.10.
It’s an alternative to Linux Mint for those who like the Ubuntu Theming and want access to the full selection of apps provided by Canonical.
In 2018, Clem stated that Linux Mint 19 Won’t Collect or Send Any of Your Personal or System Data.
But how well has this claim held up? Very well apparently, as I couldn’t find any evidence of data collection from the OS.
#LinuxMint #Privacy #Telemetry
There is no mention of the Zorin OS Census in the system installer.
#ZorinOS #Telemetry #Privacy
Previous advice given regarding the Green Padlock for HTTPS to tell a site is genuine and Passwords complexity / length has been wrong.
#HTTPS #CyberSecurity #Passwords
Between 2004 and 2017 Munich ran a custom Linux distribution called LiMux in the city offices. The project was ended in a political move to return to “Industry Standard” of Windows 10 by 2020.
Linux Magazine in Germany did an interview with former Mayor Christian Ude who was instrumental in LiMux’s creation.
Accenture Report: https://www.ris-muenchen.de/RII/RII/DOK/SITZUNGSVORLAGE/4277724.pdf
#LiMux #Munich #München
News that new strain of malware calling itself Nextcry has been targeting vulnerable Linux servers running Nextcloud.
It leverages a vulnerability in Nginx and PHP (specifically php-fpm, CVE-2019-11043) and then executes a Python script which then encrypts the first 1,000,000 bytes of files using AES Encryption.
Wallpaper by Charlie Henson: https://www.pling.com/p/1336103/
#Nextcloud #Nextcry #Malware
Review of Elisa Music Player for KDE Linux. Elisa has been developed by the KDE community and its been designed to integrate with the Plasma desktop and can be controlled by other KDE products like KDE Connect.
The initial focus has been on the offline music player, although online services maybe added in a future version.
Wallpaper by Charlie Henson: https://www.pling.com/p/1335325/
#Linux #KDE #Elisa
We recently had a Police Cyber Crime Prevention presentation at my place of work. In this video I take a look through the booklet they gave us and talk about the presentation.
It was interesting to see the employees take an interest in Cyber Security – a topic which we have tried to discuss with them, but found they rarely paid any attention to.
You give Grammarly a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free and fully-paid, transferable and sublicensable, perpetual, and irrevocable license to copy, store and use your User Content.
#Grammarly #CyberSecurity #Privacy
It’s still possible to install Unity 7 desktop in Ubuntu 19.10 thanks to a community effort to keep the desktop going.
$ sudo apt install ubuntu-unity-desktop
$ sudo apt install unity-tweak-tool
Unity 7 Community:
#UnityDesktop #Ubuntu #Linux
The focus of Ubuntu MATE 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) has been on paper cut bugfixes and improving the user interface.
Ubuntu MATE offers salvation for Unity desktop lovers with their Mutiny desktop. Or you can choose from 7 other desktop layouts
#Linux #UbuntuMATE #Choice
Ubuntu ISO Downloader is available as a Snap package. Its a terminal based application to download a supported Ubuntu ISO file from the Canonical website, and it will carry out SHA256 Checksum verification on the downloaded file.
Wiki page on version names:
$ sudo snap install ubuntu-iso-download
$ ubuntu-iso-download flavour codename
#Xubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) is now using #XFCE 4.14 desktop. I forgot to mention the new keyboard shortcuts Super+D and Super+L which are show desktop and logout respectively.
#Kubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) is an interim release and comes with #KDE #Plasma 5.16.5 desktop.
Qt 4 packages have been removed, as well as many of the 32bit packages too.
Deb to Snap transition has started with Chromium.
Many KDE Apps are at version 19.04.3, and a couple are at 19.08
How to install Kubuntu Backports Repository: https://youtu.be/anxHnReRwOI
Wallpaper by Charlie Henson – KDE Plasma Scenery 76:
Ubuntu 19.10, codenamed Eoan Ermine, is an interim release of Ubuntu which is supported for 9 month and comes with Gnome 3.34 desktop. There have been significant performance improvements. Deb to Snap transition has begun. There is a significant drop in the number of supported 32 bit packages.
Miss Quids covers the basics of the LaTeX package TikZ for vector graphics, including how to draw lines, circles/ovals, arcs, and how to use colour.
LaTeX Tutorial Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzZ0JczEkZfkqJeVy1-BZ2tdtZFTuEBZv
Canonical are transitioning some packages from being Deb based to Snap based. The change has started with Chromium in Ubuntu 19.10 and will be backported to earlier supported releases of Ubuntu.
More packages will be transitioned to being only Snap based over time.
There is no debate, it’s a firm plan that will eventually resources in building and testing.
#DebToSnap #Ubuntu #EoanErmine
Mozilla won’t be implementing DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Firefox for UK users because movie companies rights to block websites are more important. Oops I mean concerns for the Children.
Wallpaper by Charlie Henson:
#DoH #Firefox #Cleanfeed
Endeavour OS is attempting to fill the void left by Antergos. I looked at the September 2019 release which comes with their flagship XFCE Desktop.
The distro is easy to install with the Calamares GUI installer. Although it seems like early days with limited choice in terms of available desktops.
Charlie Henson’s wallpapers: https://www.pling.com/search/projectSearchText/impress/f/tags/
#EndeavourOS #Arch #Linux
Discussing news that public schools in Wolcott Connecticut are battling with a second ransomware attack.
Sounds like they’ve failed to contain and recover from the first incident, and as a result have been hit again.
Watching You Watch Paper:
Wallpaper by Charlie Henson:
#CyberSecurity #News #Ransomware
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Long time Linux reviewer, and creator of anti-tracking system NoTrack.
I also focus on IT Security News, Ubuntu, KDE, and Kodi Tutorials, Linux Gaming, and App Reviews.
My current OS of choice is Kubuntu 18.04 which I have customised to look like Unity desktop