We try out Linux on the Microsoft Surface Pro & the results were much better than we expected. We share this odd journey towards the perfect laptop…. Or Tablet…

Plus the major security flaw in the Linux Kernel, the btrfs project recommends you use ZFS, Red Hat is hiring to make Linux run better on laptops & more!

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Microsoft’s Best Linux Laptop?

Surface 3’s touchscreen will soon work with Linux | TechRadar

There’s some good news for those of you who have been mulling the possibility of installing Linux on your Surface 3, as support for the touchscreen is included with the new release candidate of version 4.8 of the Linux Kernel.

Surface Pro 1 Specs

  • Software – Windows 8 Pro. Upgradeable to Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Exterior – Dimensions: 10.81 in (27.5 cm) x 6.81 in (17.3 cm) x 0.53 in (13.46 mm)

Weight: Less than 2lbs
Casing: VaporMg
Color: Dark Titanium
Integrated kickstand
Physical buttons: Volume, Power, and Windows button

  • Storage* and Memory – 64GB, 128GB
  • Display – Screen: 10.6 inch ClearType Full HD Display

Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen)
Touch: 10-point multi-touch

  • CPU and Wireless

  • 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor
    4GB RAM
    Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
    Bluetooth®4.0 technology

  • Battery Life – 42 W-h

  • Camera, Video, and Audio

  • Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing
    Microphone
    Stereo speakers

  • Ports

    Full-size USB 3.0
    microSDXC card slot
    Headset jack
    Mini DisplayPort
    Cover port
    Sensors
    Ambient light sensor
    Accelerometer
    Gyroscope
    Magnetometer
    Power Supply
    48W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)
    Surface Pro Pen Included

    Linux Resources for the Surface

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    Runs Linux

    The Darpa Cyber Grand Challenge at DefCon 24, Runs Linux

    Desktop App Pick

    httping

    Httping is like ‘ping‘ but for http-requests.
    Give it an url, and it’ll show you how long it takes to connect, send a request and retrieve the reply (only the headers). Be aware that the transmission across the network also takes time! So it measures the latency of the webserver + network.
    It supports, of course, IPv6.

    Spotlight

    AllTube Download

    youtube-dl is a command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites.


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    Linux bug leaves USA Today, other top sites vulnerable to serious hijacking attacks

    The vulnerability resides in the design and implementation of RFC 5961, a relatively new Internet standard that’s intended to prevent certain classes of hacking attacks. In fact, the protocol is designed in a way that it can easily open Internet users to so-called blind off-path attacks, in which hackers anywhere on the Internet can detect when any two parties are communicating over an active transmission control protocol connection.

    GUADEC 2016

    The 2016 edition of GUADEC will happen in Karlsruhe, Germany from August 12 — 14 for the core conference days. Come early or stay after for workshops on August 11 **andBoFs and hackfests from August 15 — 17**. All conference events and workshops will be held at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology located in the heart of the city. We would like to thank our sponsors for making the event happen.

    RedHat is hiring to make Linux run better on laptops

    This will be quite varied work and we expect you to be part of a team which will be looking at anything from driver bugs, battery life issues, implementing new stacks, biometric login and enabling existing features in the kernel or in low level libraries in the user interface.

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