OpenSUSE’s Big Leap | LAS 385

OpenSUSE’s Big Leap | LAS 385

It might just be the future of openSUSE. We take a indepth look at openSUSE Leap 42.1 beta. Find out why this might be the most ambitious Linux distribution release to date, the features that appeal the power user & the newbie.

Plus the Linux malware that fixes up your box, why it might never be the year of the Linux desktop, the Linux botnet that hits with 150 Gbps DDoS attacks & more!

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Leap – openSUSE

It secures the future of openSUSE. Maintaining a distribution is a lot of work. By basing openSUSE on SLE (SUSE Linux Enterprise), the core of openSUSE will be maintained by SUSE engineers. That means it will get fixes and security updates from SLE.

The openSUSE project can then replace and add the bits and pieces of software that contributors want and are willing to maintain.

openSUSE Leap will also complement Tumbleweed better. When there was one openSUSE, it was torn between those who wanted newer software and those who wanted a stable system. Tumbleweed caters to those who want newer software, which allows the regular release to do an even better job of providing a highly stable system.

Users wanting a long-term, stable Linux system can expect Leap to use the most advanced long-term supported branch of the Linux kernel, 4.1 series, which provides significant improvements to ARM hardware architecture.

Long-Term support for Leap

Yup – the easiest way of saying it is actually:

Leap 42.x will be supported until AT LEAST Leap 43.0 is out – and that will happen around about when SLE 13 is out (which is certainly a few years away)

The exact deadlines and schedules are somewhat unknown, because no one knows when SLE 13 will be out yet

And also, dependant on that, we might focus and fine tune the lifecycle of the final version of Leap 42.x to give it a comfortable overlap with the release of 43.0

But until we’re closer to that, we dont know for sure

So we’re saying what we’re saying..

Quick Notes

  • btrfs on / and for many subvolumes, some with copy on write disabled (libvert, mailman, pgsql, mariadb)

  • xfs on /home – Really smart since /home gets filled by me from time to time. Avoids that btrfs slowdown when you fill it up

  • Possible to set system to use NTP, even when not connected to the Internet at time of install.

  • Firewall set to enable (one click disable)
  • SSH Port set to blocked
  • SSH Service set to disabled

  • YaST always bitches that a software source is missing. It’s the USB drive I installed the distro from. How common is it to install from a thumb drive, and then leave it forever plugged in? (Easy to fix)

  • Online Update tool shipped without any sources configured. (Again an easy fix)


Runs Linux

Smarter Every Day – Finds Linux

Sent in by Arthur H

Desktop App Pick

Gpick Project – Home

Gpick is an advanced color picker and palette editing tool.

KColorChooser is a simple application to select the color from the screen or from a pallete.

Weekly Spotlight

FeedReader – RSS desktop client

  • Desktop notifications
    • Fast search and filters
    • Full articles instead of previews for known sites
    • Tagging (plugin needed for Tiny Tiny RSS)
    • Sharing to “read-it-later” services like Pocket and Instapaper
    • Handy keyboard short-cuts
    • Keep all your old articles as long as you like
    • Consistent formatting of articles
    • automatically saved state of the UI

— NEWS —

​Why there will never be a year of the Linux desktop

Oh, don’t get me wrong, Linux, as Android tablets and smartphones and Chrome OS Chromebooks, will become the most popular end-user operating system of all. But, the desktop? That’s another story.

Security firm discovers Linux botnet that hits with 150 Gbps DDoS attacks

Akamai announced on Tuesday that its Security Intelligence Response Team has discovered a massive Linux-based botnet that’s reportedly capable of downing websites under a torrent of DDoS traffic exceeding 150 Gbps. The botnet spreads via a Trojan variant dubbed XOR DDoS. This malware infects Linux systems via embedded devices like network routers then brute forces SSH access. Once the malware has Secure Shell credentials, it secretly downloads and installs the necessary botnet software, then connects the newly-infected computer to the rest of the hive.

Is there an Internet-of-Things vigilante out there?

The further we dug into Wifatch’s code the more we had the feeling that there was something unusual about this threat. For all intents and purposes it appeared like the author was trying to secure infected devices instead of using them for malicious activities.

Gigabytes of user data from hack of Patreon donations site dumped online | Ars Technica

Hackers have published almost 15 gigabytes’ worth of password data, donation records, and source code taken during the recent hack of the Patreon funding website.


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