Bluetooth 5 Has Arrived! Twice The Speed, Four Times The Range

Bluetooth 5 has arrived at last, but few accessories will be able to support it before 2018.

If you are looking for a Bluetooth accessory, maybe it’s better to wait until next year. The two major smartphone manufacturers, Samsung and Apple, are moving quickly towards the Bluetooth 5 , already present in the Galaxy S8 .

However, the accessories can be found with difficulty on the market ; probably when the three best-selling smartphone will go to Bluetooth 5, then the market of third-party accessories will move accordingly.

Windows Defender: Ported To Linux By A Google Engineer

Tavis Ormandy, known engineer Project Zero Google has developed a tool that allows you to run Windows Defender DLL in GNU / Linux.

The name given to the tool, LoadLibrary , was chosen with little imagination. Fantasia and a dash of audacity, however, are behind this titanic work carried out by Ormandy.

The tool was released on GitHub, and allows you to bring Linux to Windows Defender on the DLL (Dynamic Link Library). But to what end? The project aims to help researchers in the field of security to carry out testing of fuzzy for vulnerabilities on Windows software faster, effective and scalable.

GNU/Linux Debian 9 “Stretch” Will Be Released On June 17

The highly anticipated Debian 9 “Stretch” finally has an official release date.

Here is good news for users of Debian , one of the most popular distributions and appreciated environment GNU / Linux . The new major release is just around the corner and sharply arrives early even than the most optimistic forecasts.

Saturday, June 17 is the date chosen by the developers for the transition from Debian GNU / Linux 8 ” Jessie ” to ” Stretch “.

In these three weeks of work remaining before 17/06 developers will correct the last bugs and try to optimize the update process by Jessie Stretch to make it as easy and efficient as possible.

Lubuntu LXQT Now Available as a Daily Build

We are hearing a lot about the next version of Ubuntu but not so much on the upcoming versions of the official flavors, which bring their own contribution to the wholesome of the Ubuntu family. However, one of the developers of Lubuntu, Simon Quigley, has recently talked about Lubuntu and about the future distribution Lubuntu 17.10.

This new version will have two images, one image with LXDE and another image of installation with LXQT. Something that many users of the distribution have waited for some time.

What is the difference between LXQT and LXDE?

  • LXQt is maintained because of it is based on Qt libraries that are actually developed.
  • LXDE is based on Gtk2 libraries, which are no more developed. Moreover, LXDE won’t be ported to Gtk3.
  • It will be much easier for LXQt to be ported to Wayland and new technologies in general. That’s due to Qt and not Gtk2.

KDE Plasma 5.11 Could Get Night Color

A filter for blue light, Night Colors, could also arrive soon on KDE Plasma.

The developers have been working on color correction kwin (the KDE window manager / compositor) with Wayland .

Although the function Night Color is not yet implemented it is possible that it is ready for release Plasma 5.11 , expected next September.

The function that will be implemented in Plasma definitely will not be called ‘Night Light’, as on GNOME, but ‘Night Color’ and the operation is entirely analogous.

Lenovo Denies Blocking of Linux Installation on Its Laptops

Lenovo denies that it intentionally blocks the installation of Linux and other operating systems on computers. Wednesday, there were rumors that laptops with Windows 10 Home had this block in the Microsoft Signature Series as a result of an agreement with Microsoft.

The company denies the rumours: “Lenovo has recently switched to RAID configurations for SSDs in some systems, so additional steps are required to use all the features.”

The issue of Lenovo started building-up when a Reddit user got a response from an allegedly Lenovo employee on is negative review of Yoga 900 ISK2 laptop from Lenovo. He had tried to install Linux, but he was unsuccessful due to a particular RAID configuration. In response, suggested the “Lenovo Product Expert”, that this was not possible because Windows Signature devices are “closed following an agreement with Microsoft”. After the Reddit post received more attention, Lenovo limited temporary access to a thread on his forum on this topic.

Grandparents of Text Editing got Updates: Vim to 8.0 and Emacs to 25.1

Text editors Vim 8.0 and Emacs 8.0 are out. The two editors remain heavily used by experts in the Unix world, both by system administrators but also by developers.

We were able to see in the recent Jenkins World 2016 that most presentations (including that carried out by the boss of CloudBees) were accomplished with tools like Vi (Vim, in general), or with Emacs excellent mcedit proposed.

Chapeau “Cancellara”, based on Fedora 24, will soon be released

ince Pooley, the developer of Chapeau, has announced that Chapeau 24 “Cancellara” will soon be available for download. This announcement comes after almost a year of complete silence.

Chapeau 23 ” Armstrong ” was released last December and since then we have not heard a word from the developers. A few days ago, Pooley wrote an announcement on the official blog stating that Chapeau 24 is prepared, and is based on Fedora 24.

We took all the time needed to perfect Chapeau 24. As you know, we devote every distro to a cycling champion, this time we have dedicated our work to Fabian Cancellara, said Chapeau lead developer, Vince Pooley.

Chapeau is a high-performance, cutting-edge operating system built from the GNU/Linux distribution Fedora Workstation with the Gnome desktop environment.

In comparison to Fedora, Chapeau adopts a more relaxed approach to software licences and is intended to be just as useful for advanced users as it is easy for those new to using a Linux system There is built-in access to third-party software & sources repositories not included in Fedora such as RPMFusion, DropBox, Steam, Adobe Flash & Oracle VirtualBox.

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE Edition Released

Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

Clement Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, announced the release of Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE, the new LTS edition of Linux Mint 18 with KDE as a desktop environment.

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE, based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS , has been in beta until yesterday, but the ISO images for systems to 64-bit and 32-bit are available for download.

Umbreon Virus for Linux, Inspired by Pokemon

Trend Micro, the world leader in Internet data protection and cloud security, has detected a few days ago a new rootkit that targets Linux-based devices. The rootkit is able to strike 32 bits or 64 bits systems based on both Intel or ARM processors. Even embedded systems (such as routers) are at risk.

The name of the rootkit is Umbreon, in the video game Umbreon is a Pokemon that is hiding in the shadows, hence the name of the virus.

After infiltrating your PC Umbreon creates a user account that hackers uses to access the device via SSH. The picture below shows the welcome screen shown when this backdoor account is accessed via SSH.