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Weekly Linux news and analysis by Chris and Joe. The show every week we hope you'll go to when you want to hear an informed discussion about what’s happening.

    Goodbye from Linux Action News

    Goodbye from Linux Action News

    In what turns out to be our final publication, we say goodbye.
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    Linux Action News 152

    Linux Action News 152

    WireGuard officially lands in Linux. We cover a bunch of new features in Linux 5.6 and discuss the recent challenges facing LineageOS.


    Plus the PinePhone UBports edition goes up for pre-order, and our reaction to Huawei joining the Open Invention Network.
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    Linux kernel 5.6 release announcement — This has a bit more changes than I'd like, but they are mostly from
    davem's networking fixes pulls, and David feels comfy with them. And I
    looked over the diff, and none of it looks scary. It's just slightly
    more than I'd have preferred at this stage - not doesn't really seem
    worth delaying a release over.
    The Best Features Of The Linux 5.6 KernelWireGuard Christened As A Modern Secure VPN AlternativeWireGuard VPN makes it to 1.0.0 — It's a good day for WireGuard users—DKMS builds will soon be behind us.WireGuard VPN reviewPinePhone UBports Community Edition Pre-orders — Today we're pleased to announce the first PinePhone 'Community Edition', which will ship with Ubuntu Touch pre-installed.PINEPHONE – “Community Edition: UBports” - PINE StoreUbuntu Touch Q&A 72 — We are very pleased to announce that we are now working together with German phone startup Volla. They are joining us as a sponsor and will have a place on our Advisory Board. We expect that UT will be available as a pre-installed option with the new Volla phone.Linux phones running postmarketOS can now run (some) Android apps — “Android in a Box” solution that basically installs Android in a container in a way that lets you run Android apps as if they were native apps.LineageOS 17.1 based on Android 10 is now officially available — The team has also decided to jump up on the subversion, going from 17.0 to 17.1Huawei signs non-aggression patent pact with membership of Open Invention Network — Chinese giant plays nice with open sourcePress Release Details - Open Invention NetworkXbox co-creator Rob Wyatt sues Atari for failing to pay him for design of VCS console — Xbox co-creator Rob Wyatt has filed a lawsuit against Atari for failing to pay him for the design work he did in creating the Atari VCS console.Game over: Atari VCS architect quits project, claims he hasn’t been paid for six monthsAtari VCS: Managing the Unexpected — We believe it would be unfair to use the balance to fulfill only a small number of Indiegogo orders, so Atari’s plan is to ship to all backers at the same time when enough VCS units and peripherals are available.

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    Linux Action News 151

    Linux Action News 151

    Mozilla puts your money where your mouse is and partners with Scroll to launch Firefox for a Better Web. We'll explain the details, and why it might just have a shot.


    Plus we try out Plasma Bigscreen, cover Telegram's really bad news, and much more.
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    Try our latest Test Pilot, Firefox for a Better Web, offering privacy and faster access to great content — Today we are launching a new Test Pilot initiative called Firefox Better Web with Scroll. Scroll partners with Firefox to build a better internetScroll - a better internetFirefox Better Web with ScrollFirefox is launching a new test pilot with Scroll to pay web publishersPlasma Bigscreen — Plasma BigScreen is a platform intended to use on smart TVs with big remote-friendly UI controls, and Voice activation. What technology did we use for it? Plasma (of course!) and Mycroft.Plasma Bigscreen HomepageGoogle Play’s malicious app problem infects 1.7 million more devices — Apps went undetected by Google and antivirus scanners.Google Enlists Outside Help to Clean Up Android's Malware Mess — The newly formed App Defense Alliance will try to solve a malware problem that has bedeviled the Play Store since inception.Chrome and Chrome OS release updates resume — Today we’re sharing an update as we’re now resuming releases with an adjusted scheduleMicrosoft goes into Windows lockdown for builds from May — Microsoft on Tuesday said it has decided to halt Windows preview releases in May due to health concerns arising from the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.Federal court judge grants temporary injunction against Telegram — Judge sides with the SEC and says that Telegram's upcoming crypto is likely a security. It's barred from distributing Grams, the currency for its TON blockchain network, until trial.

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    Linux Action News 150

    Linux Action News 150

    Why Debian is facing one of its most critical moments yet, Microsoft and GitHub buy npm, and our thoughts on Linux Mint Debian Edition 4 "Debbie."


    Plus, why "Works with Chromebook" might be great for Linux, and using your GPU to fight the Coronavirus.
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    npm is joining GitHub — I’m excited to announce that GitHub has signed an agreement to acquire npm.The npm Blog — Next Phase MontageMicrosoft's GitHub absorbs NPM into its code-hosting empireGitHub for mobile is now availableLMDE 4 “Debbie” released! — LMDE is a Linux Mint project which stands for “Linux Mint Debian Edition”. Debian Project Leader Elections 2020 — Jonathan Carter
    Sruthi Chandran
    Brian GuptaPlatform for Jonathan CarterPlatform for Sruthi ChandranWorks With Chromebook — You’ll begin to see the Works With Chromebook badge on certified accessories in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Chromebooks Accessories & ChargersChrome OS to get native app for printing and scanningUpcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases — Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, we are pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases. PAPPL Is A New Printer Application Framework Made By The Founder Of CUPS — Michael Sweet, the lead developer of CUPS who had been at Apple for more than a decade since they acquired it, is now developing PAPPL as a printer application framework in addition to his work on the new LPrint project.Crowdsourced supercomputing project sets sights on coronavirus — Folding@home targets COVID-19, number of volunteer ‘folders’ skyrocketsThousands of These Computers Were Mining Cryptocurrency. Now They're Working on Coronavirus ResearchGamers... assemble. It's time to join forces with @NVIDIAGeForce and @OfficialPCMRNVIDIA GeForce on Twitter: PC Gamers, let’s put those GPUs to work. Firefox 74.0 Released — Firefox now provides better privacy for your web voice and video calls through support for mDNS ICE by cloaking your computer’s IP address with a random ID in certain WebRTC scenarios.

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    Linux Action News 149

    Linux Action News 149

    Solid releases from GNOME and Firefox, bad news for custom Android ROM users, and a new container distro from Amazon.


    Plus Mozilla and KaiOS team up to bring the modern web to feature phones, and the surprising way Microsoft is shipping a Linux kernel.
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    Firefox 74 arrives with stricter add-on rules, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 disabled — Starting with Firefox 74, users will need to take explicit action to install the extensions they want, and will be able to remove previously sideloaded extensions when they want to.Introducing GNOME 3.36: “Gresik” — GNOME 3.36 is the latest version of GNOME 3, and is the result of 6 months’ hard work by the GNOME community. It contains major new features, such as new login and unlock experience, and a dedicated app for managing extensions.GNOME 3.36 Released with New Lock Screen, Better Performance — Six months of development later and the official GNOME 3.36 release is finally here, with source code available to download from the usual places.Announcing Bottlerocket — Bottlerocket comes with a single-step update mechanism and includes only the essential software to run containers. These properties enable customers to use container orchestrators to manage OS updates with minimal disruptions, enabling better uptime for containerized applications and lower operational cost.Docker: Helping You and Your Development Team Build and Ship Faster — How are we going to do this? By focusing on developer experience through Docker Desktop, partnering with the ecosystem, and making Docker Hub the nexus for all the integrations, configuration, and management of the application components which constitute your apps and microservices.
    VMware Announces Expanded Portfolio of Products and Services to Help Customers Modernize Applications and Infrastructure — Tanzu, first introduced at the VMworld event in August 2019, is a portfolio of products centered on K8s. Also announced was vSphere 7, newly rearchitected using Kubernetes,
    and optimized to run both modern container-based and traditional virtual machine-based workloads.KaiOS Technologies and Mozilla partner to enable a healthy mobile internet for everyone — This partnership bolsters the security and performance of KaiOS-enabled smart feature phones, as well as the platform’s developer tools, security, and available functions, including better Progressive Web App and WebAssembly support. Magisk may no longer be able to hide bootloader unlocking from apps — Users have noticed that their bootloader-unlocked devices are failing SafetyNet’s Basic Integrity check even though they used Magisk to patch the boot image. According to Magisk creator John Wu, this is because Google may have implemented hardware-level key attestation to verify that the boot image has not been tampered with.
    Kernels for WSL2 will come from Windows Update — WSL2 will soon be officially available as part of Windows 10, version 2004! As we get ready for general availability, we want to share one additional change: updating how the Linux kernel inside of WSL2 is installed and serviced on your machine.

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    Linux Action News 148

    Linux Action News 148

    Let's Encrypt is forced to revoke customer certificates, the big change coming to FreeNAS, and the trick to running Android on an iPhone.


    Plus our concerns about Debian's future, and the unfixable Intel flaw announced this week.
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    Let’s Encrypt discovers CAA bug, must revoke customer certificates — On Leap Day, Let's Encrypt announced that it had discovered a bug in its CAA (Certification Authority Authorization) code.Let’s Encrypt changes course on certificate revocation — Administrators are getting a little more time to replace affected certificates.Check code loop blunder strikesLet's Encrypt Has Issued a Billion Certificates2020.02.29 CAA Rechecking BugRevoking certain certificates on March 45 years of Intel CPUs and chipsets have a concerning flaw that’s unfixable — Converged Security and Management Engine flaw may jeopardize Intel's root of trust.New AMD Side Channel Attacks Discovered, Impacts Zen ArchitectureOpposite of a Platform for DPL 2020 — I hope to be DPL again some year, but 2020 is the wrong year for me and for the project. So I will not nominate myself this year, but hope to do so some future year.DPL elections 2019, congratulations Sam Hartman! — The Debian Project Leader elections just finished and the winner is Sam Hartman!Bits from the DPL For December 2019systemd v245 released, with homed stuff — A small new service systemd-homed.service has been added, that may be
    used to securely manage home directories with built-in encryption.FreeNAS and TrueNAS are Unifying — With the 12.0 release coming in the latter half of the year, we will not only bring more features and improvements than any release that has come before it, we will also unify both products into a single software image and name!Facebook is shifting its Libra cryptocurrency plans — The Libra project will now support existing currencies in addition to the proposed Libra tokenJailbreak your iPhone using a rooted Android phone and checkra1n — Checkra1n gained support for Linux, making it possible to jailbreak iOS 13 devices using a Linux computer.Install Android 10 on your Apple iPhone 7 — Project Sandcastle, allowing you to run Android on your Apple iPhone 7.

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