Mint Recovery, Tumbleweed Updates, Charlie Brown Ubuntu

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 03, 2016

Today in Linux news Clement Lefebvre today said that things are back up and running over in Mintland with more security measures in place. Douglas DeMaio posted of the latest Tumbleweeds news including new KDE app store and Jack Wallen asked, "Why's everybody all pickin' on Ubuntu?" The Free Software Foundation said to 'read the fine manual' in answer to the ZFS GPL question and another security vulnerability involving SSLv2 was announced.

In the monthly news this week Clem Lefebvre said all their efforts and resources have gone into addressing the February 20 attack. "We had to work really hard, day and night for more than a week on this. We had to learn a lot too, fortunately we weren’t alone. We received help, we purchased new resources, we made new friends and we acquired help and expertise."

Lefebvre placed stricter restrictions on the servers and moved (or are moving) all the sites to HTTPS. They'll emphasize SHA256 with GPG over MD5Sum and are thinking of bringing Gufw to the default installation. He said they'll continue to improve configuration and documentation in future releases.

Tumbleweed has been rolling along since gearing back up and Douglas DeMaio today blogged that the KDE app store is now available. Users can zypper install discover to get that AppStream-like software installer. Also mentioned were new OpenLDAP features, Linux 4.4.2, Firefox 44.0.2, and KDE Framework 5.19.0. LibreOffice 5.1.0 and GNOME 3.20 are coming in the near future.

In Jack Wallen"s latest love letter to Ubuntu he said folks should stop "picking on Ubuntu Unity" and listed 10 reason he thinks so. He listed things like Canonical pushed the boundaries of interface limitations and brought "pure efficiency." Touch on mobile is the future and Ubuntu's convergence will lift limitations of the smartphone. They listen to their users, according to Wallen, and the pudding is Canonical's willingness to disable the online desktop search (even though "it isn't really a privacy risk") and adding the ability to move the launcher around. He said, "It's the best of all worlds" in the way it blends old school with new hat. "Ubuntu Unity has evolved into a beautiful, efficient interface that does not deserve the scorn and derision heaped upon it by so many."

In other interesting bits:

* ReactOS Extended Review

* KDE Makes the Desktop Practical Again

* DROWN Attack on TLS – Everything You Need To Know

* A short update on GNU General Public License (GPL) compatibility questions

* Time For Desktop Linux To Focus On Niche Applications, Not Flashy GUIs