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September 3, 2014
Open-source advocates tend to make for rotten magicians. Whereas most illusionists insist on taking their secrets to the grave, we tend to give away the secret sauce to anyone who'll listen. Heck, sometimes we create things just so we can explain to others how they work! And, that is how this issue was born. We love the How-To concept. Heck, our entire magazine is based on the idea of spreading knowledge, and this month, we specifically go out of our way to show not only the result, but the "How" as well.
Minix is prepping a sub-$150 mini-PC running Android 4.4 on a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F and featuring WiFi, Bluetooth, IR, Ethernet, and USB connectivity. Intel’s Atom Z37x5 system-on-chip, the second generation of its 22nm Z3000 (Bay-Trail-T) family, is beginning to appear in Android- and Windows-ready tablets such as the Toshiba Excite Go, as well as a “Sharks Cove” single board computer from Intel and Microsoft. Now we’re starting to see mini-PCs built on the tablet-focused SoC. Last week Zotac unveiled a tiny Zbox P1320 Pico computer that ships with Windows 8.1, and now Minix is prepping a Minix “Neo Z64? miniPC for those who would prefer to run Android 4.4.
Remember when Randy Pitchford of Gearbox told us not to get our hopes up? Then Borderlands: The Pre-sequel was confirmed for Linux? Well he's a funny guy as Borderlands 2 is now showing signs of coming over to Linux anyway.
The web forum 4chan is known mostly as a place to share juvenile and, to put it mildly, politically incorrect images. But it’s also the birthplace of one of the latest attempts to subvert the NSA’s mass surveillance program.
Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.1.1, is out. All users must upgrade as soon as possible - this release fixes numerous security issues. Notable user-visible changes include: upgrade the web browser to 24.8.0esr (Firefox 24.8.0esr + Iceweasel patches + Torbrowser patches); add an I2P boot parameter, without adding 'i2p' to the kernel command line, I2P will not be accessible for the Live user; I2P was upgraded to 0.9.14.1 and stricter firewall rules are applied to it, among other security enhancements; upgrade Tor to 0.2.4.23 (fixes CVE-2014-5117); upgrade Linux kernel to 3.14.15 (fixes CVE-2014-3534, CVE-2014-4667 and CVE-2014-4943); prevent dhclient from sending the hostname over the network; override the hostname provided by the DHCP server.
Tronsmart has launched an $80-and-up “Orion R28? mini-PC that runs Android 4.4 on a quad-core, Cortex-A17 Rockchip RK3188 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz. Like Ugoos, Tronsmart has tapped Rockchip system-on-chips such as the quad-core, Cortex-A9 RK3188, which fuels its Android-ready Tronsmart T428 stick computer. Tronsmart’s latest mini-PC — the Orion R28 — advances to Rockchip’s quad-core RK3288 SoC, which uses the Cortex-A17 architecture, a faster, smaller, and more power efficient heir to the Cortex-A9. The SoC has already appeared in the Rikomagic MK902II and the Ugoos UT3 mini-PCs.
Mozilla is out today with its Firefox 32 release, providing users of the open-source Web browser with new security fixes and features. Firefox 32 now provides support for public-key pinning, which enables enhanced security for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate authenticity.
A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 from Arcen Games are now available on Linux, and that folks is their entire back catalogue ported to Linux.
The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the September 2014 issue.
Virtual Programming are again delivering on their promises of better performance. The Witcher 2 has kicked off another round of beta versions and it comes with AMD related fixes too.
Before companies like Microsoft and Apple release new software, the code is reviewed and tested to ensure it works as planned and to find any bugs. Hackers and cybercrooks do the same. The last thing you want if you're a cyberthug is for your banking Trojan to crash a victim's system and be exposed.
The Linux Foundation's Allseen Alliance has a new member today. Sony has announced that it is joining AllSeen in a bid to bolster its Internet of Things (IoT) presence. The AllSeen project got started in December of 2013 as an effort to build an open standards based approach to IoT. The big initial core code contribution that started the project is open-source technology first built by Qualcomm, known as the AllJoyn project.
September 2, 2014
systemd is a replacement for the sysvinit daemon used in GNU/Linux and Unix systems, originally authored by Lennart Poettering of Red Hat. It represents a monumental increase in complexity, an abhorrent and violent slap in the face to the Unix philosophy, and its inherent domineering and viral nature turns it into something akin to a "second kernel" that is spreading all across the Linux ecosystem. This site aims to serve as a rundown and a wake-up call to take a stand against the widespread proliferation of systemd, to detail why it is harmful, and to persuade users to reject its use.
We make Firefox for Android so that you can personalize your Web experience and get to the Web content you want to see quickly, easily and safely, no matter where you are in the world. Now, you can make Firefox for Android your own in any of 55 languages, regardless of the language you originally downloaded your favorite browser in.