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Linux Mint Debian Edition 4 Released – Finally Supports SecureBoot, Home Encryption

The Linux Mint crew has released LMDE 4 “Debbie” as their hedge against anything dramatic happening to Ubuntu that would limit their ability to offer Linux Mint and for those preferring the upstream Debian base. Linux Mint Debian Edition 4 is re-based against Debian 10 “Buster” and besides the updated packages has a number of other improvements to this second-class Linux Mint version.

With Linux Mint Debian Edition 4 there is finally UEFI SecureBoot support, automated partitioning support for LVM and full-disk encryption, home directory encryption is also supported, and other installation improvements.

[Source: Phoronix]

Open-source project spins up 3D-printed ventilator validation prototype in just one week

In a great example of what can happen when smart, technically-oriented people come together in a time of need, an open-source hardware project started by a group including Irish entrepreneur Colin Keogh and Breeze Automation CEO and co-founder Gui Calavanti has produced a prototype ventilator using 3D-printed parts and readily available, inexpensive material.

The ventilator prototype was designed and produced in just seven days, after the project spun up on Facebook and attracted participation from over 300 engineers, medical professionals and researchers. The prototype will now enter into a validation process by the Irish Health Services Executive (HSE), the country’s health regulatory body.

[Source: TechCrunch]

Top 5 Open Source Serverless Security Tools

The growing popularity of serverless architecture has led to its massive adoption. My organization has jumped on the serverless bandwagon and it lives up to expectations. The advantages have been tremendous—we have more time to focus on the development, marketing and deployment of the software now that we need not spend much time on infrastructure maintenance.

But with that, I’ve always been somewhat concerned about security. As soon as we made the transition to serverless, I began researching ways to ensure maximum security. The numbers were unbelievable when it came to cyberthreats, from DDoS attacks and data injections to business logic manipulations. Just refer to the OWASP list of top 10 threats and you’ll know how much ground there is to cover. That is the reason why we turned to numerous tools and resources in the market—especially open source—to help in our security. They can save a lot of time on manual maintenance of the system.

[Source: Security Boulevard]

Meet The Innovative Linux OS That’s Easier To Use Than Windows 10 and MacOS

As I approach my third year using it as my daily driver for working and playing, I’m still amazed at how frequently Linux surprises me. I approach Linux as an endless rabbit hole of new discoveries. Endless OS, then, is like an oversized amusement park full of intersecting rabbit holes and winding mazes of knowledge you’re happy to get lost in. I never envisioned having this much fun with a Linux operating system — any operating system — while completely disconnected from the lifeline we’ve become addicted to: internet connectivity.

Endless OS isn’t new, but I’m reminded of the old NBC tagline the television network used to fight the stigma of reruns: “If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you!” The first public release of Endless OS happened in 2014, so stacked against popular operating systems like Windows, macOS and Ubuntu, I suppose it’s practically a baby.

[Source: Forbes]

Amazon is looking to bring Target and Walmart into an open source technology group

The e-tailer, which formed an open source organization called Dent last year, is now looking to bring Target and Walmart into the fold, per The Wall Street Journal.

But Target and Walmart reportedly don’t plan to participate at this point. Dent has access to some of the technologies that enable Amazon to operate its Go stores, which feature autonomous checkout, and already works with technology solutions firm Marvell Technology Group and networking software provider Cumulus Networks. The open source nature of Dent means that firms that download Amazon’s software can use it as they like without collaborating directly with Amazon.

[Source: Business Insider Nordic]

Is Clear Linux Just A Toy Distribution By Intel?

A user experimenting with Clear Linux had an opinion to share on their mailing list and referred to it as a “toy” distribution and some of our readers have expressed similar opinions on it. Here is the response by one of the Intel developers central to Clear Linux’s development.

The user referred to it as a toy project over not supporting as much hardware as some distributions, supporting too much GNOME “bloatware”, and not easily supporting as much closed-source software.

Basically, Clear Linux is focused on being a developer OS and not a general purpose OS to satisfy every user’s desire. Their code for third-party / closed-source packages on Clear Linux should help in broadening their software ecosystem but they are marching to the beat of their own drum that doesn’t necessarily align with the ways of other Linux distributions especially on the desktop front.

[Source: Phoronix]

Uber open-sources Piranha, a tool that automatically deletes stale code

Uber today made available in open source Piranha, a tool that automatically deletes stale and unused code from app codebases. The company says it eliminates the need for engineers to engage in the task of code removal themselves, which often prevents them from working on newer features.

Concretely, Piranha could help businesses that maintain apps speed up their development lifecycle, which in turn could cut down on costs and improve end-user experiences. “At Uber, we use feature flags to customize our mobile app execution, serving different features to different sets of users. These flags allow us to, for example, localize the user’s experience in different regions where we operate and, more importantly, to gradually roll-out features to our users and experiment with different variations of the same functionality,” wrote Uber in a blog post.

[Source: VentureBeat]

7 Linux Distros for Security Testing

Linux is often talked about when it comes to security. With this OS, you can choose from a multitude of distributions (distros) to lock down your computer or device, but that’s just for starters. Many Linux distros come with tools to help you perform penetration tests and security audits.

Take a look at just a few Linux distros for security testing. Many are based on Debian or Ubuntu with some added built-in custom tools.

Backbox, for instance, is an Ubuntu-based OS. It comes with a variety of pentesting and security assessment tools for network and systems analysis. These tools can perform such tasks as web application or network analysis, stress tests, sniffing, vulnerability assessment, computer forensic analysis or exploitation.

[Source: Security Boulevard]

How open-source software is tackling COVID-19 coronavirus

In Linux and open-source circles, we’re fond of saying we’ve changed the world. And, well, we have changed the world. But, now, we, along with everyone else, face a new challenge: COVID-19. Here are some of the open-source projects taking on the coronavirus.

One of the biggest problems we face is how to plan and deal with the sheer number of patients that our hospitals will shortly have coming their way. This project, from the Predictive Healthcare team at Penn Medicine, is a tool that leverages SIR modeling, an epidemiological model, which computes the theoretical number of people infected with a contagious illness in a closed population over time, can help hospitals deal with capacity planning.

[Source: ZDNet]

Containers Fundamentals Course Refreshed

The popular LFS253 – Containers Fundamentals training course has relaunched today with updated content. The course features rewritten and expanded content, in line with recent advances to container technology. The course layout and labs have also been completely redesigned to enhance the user experience.

The updated course was written by Chris Pokorni, founder of NQB8 Cloud Tech Consulting and an independent instructor for The Linux Foundation. Chris holds both CKA and CKAD certificates and teaches Kubernetes courses for Administrators and Application Developers. He also co-authored the Introduction to Kubernetes MOOC (LFS158) on edX. As a consultant for small and global enterprises alike, Chris leads workshops and designed HA Middleware/ESB, Datacenter Monitoring and Hybrid Cloud Architecture solutions.

[Source: Linux Foundation Training]