Red Hat 7.1 Beta, Malware History, and Bug Reports

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 11, 2014

In the Linux feeds this evening was the announcement of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta. In other news, Jon Gold takes us down Linux malware memory lane and Derrik Diener looks at some terminal emulators - one that was new to me. Elsewhere Bruce Byfield discusses why he don't file bug reports and Jack Germain says 4MLinux is so lightweight it's anemic.

Our top story today is the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta, "which delivers a number of enhancements and improvements to the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, with an emphasis on ease-of-use, improved manageability, security, and performance." The announcement further states that support for POWER8 has been added this release as well as " one-time password (OTP) authentication via LDAP and Kerberos." Thin provisioning has been added to LVM and Ceph support was added to userspace and kernel. Some hardware should see improved performance and newly added kpatch allows patching the kernel without a reboot. This release also introduces Trusted Network Connect, Berkeley Packet Filter, and Intel QuickAssist Technology. Unfortunately, only customers and subscribers can test drive this beta.

It may be hard to believe but there has been malware for Linux since nearly its beginnings. These earlier efforts had very little success but today Jon Gold takes us on a little trip down Linux malware memory lane. Staog in 1996 and Bliss in 1997 predate me, but I remember the Ramen worm in 2001. It's an interesting look back so check that out.

Derrik Diener at today briefed Linux users on their terminal emulator choices in Linux. Several popular commandline interfaces were highlighted including the Termite. Diener says it's a minimal emulator that "sports a lot of modern features (color schemes, transparency, fonts, etc). Termite is a great option for those looking to go lightweight."  Be sure to see that full article.

In other news:

* An Everyday Linux User Review Of Puppy Linux Tahr 6.0 CE

* 4MLinux Is So Lightweight It's Anemic

* Why I rarely file bug reports

* Linux leader: Dependency on a platform is good for the platform

* Gentoo Monthly Newsletter: November 2014