FreeBSD-Based TrueOS 17.12 Focuses on Faster Boot, Bhyve and LibreSSL Support

Ken Moore, the creator of the FreeBSD-based TrueOS computer operating system and Lumina desktop environment, released the TrueOS 17.12 update, which introduces multiple enhancements. Synced with the FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT and FreeBSD ports tree software repositories as of December 4 and November 30, 2017, respectively, TrueOS 17.12 is an incremental update to the operating system adding improvements to the OpenRC-based boot process, removable-device management, LibreSSL and SysAdm API integrations, as well as Bhyve support for TrueOS Server Install. “We have also been working quite a bit on the server offering of... Read more

Google Researcher Finds Flaw in Pre-Installed Windows 10 Password Manager

Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who has previously discovered, reported, and disclosed several major bugs in Windows and its features, came across a new security vulnerability affecting Microsoft users. This time, the flaw exists in the Keeper password manager that comes pre-installed in some Windows 10 versions, with Ormandy explaining that it’s similar to a vulnerability that he discovered in August 2016. “I remember filing a bug a while ago about how they were injecting privileged UI into pages,” Ormandy explained on December 14. “I checked and, they’re doing the... Read more

What Is Happening with Net Neutrality (And How Does It Affects You)?

How things can change in under two years. On Make Tech Easier, we previously wrote about the US Court of Appeal’s landmark decision in favor of net neutrality, ensuring that all-powerful Internet service providers in the US continued to be regulated so that they couldn’t prioritize certain content, or even dictate what content gets shown and what doesn’t. In principle, net neutrality offered a free and open internet to consumers, where no matter your ISP, you had access to all the sweeping joys of the Internet at the same speed... Read more

Getting Started in Bitcoin? Check Out These 5 Bitcoin Clients for Linux

By now you have probably heard of Bitcoin or the Blockchain. The price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed several times in the past months, and the trend continues almost daily. The demand for Bitcoin seems to grow astronomically by the minute. Accompanying the demand for the digital currency is the demand for software to manage the currency: Bitcoin clients. A quick search of “Bitcoin client” on Google Play or the App Store will yield quite a number of results. There are many Bitcoin clients that support Linux, but only 5 interesting ones... Read more

Linux Kernel Developer: Thomas Gleixner

Since the beginning of the Git era (that is, the 2.6.11 release in 2005), a total of 15,637 developers have contributed to the Linux kernel, according to the recent Linux Kernel Development Report, written by Jonathan Corbet and Greg Kroah-Hartman. One of the top 30 developers is Thomas Gleixner, CTO at Linutronix GmbH, who serves in various kernel maintainer roles. In this article, Gleixner answers a few questions about his contributions to the Linux kernel. Read more