Firefox 57 coming soon: a Quantum leap

A few packages in Fedora get major updates outside the regular release cycle. The kernel is one of these, and Firefox is another. The maintainers do their best to handle these situations. Of course they always try to avoid any breaking changes to the user experience. However, there are times an upstream provides a path that makes this unavoidable. One of those rare situations is happening at present. Upstream work on Firefox 57 Over the past year, Mozilla has been working on a series of major changes to the Firefox... Read more

Surface Devices Receive New Firmware and Drivers – Get October 2017 Updates

Microsoft has made available the download links for its new October 2017 updates developed for the Surface Pro, Surface Pro 3, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, and Surface Studio devices, which include numerous changes and improvements.  Specifically speaking, the Surface Book receives the Power Slider feature to improve battery life and adaptive brightness, while the Surface Pro 3 gets new Realtek HD Audio and USB 3.0 Card Reader drives that prolongs battery life while in Connected Standby mode. Moving forward, Surface Pro, Laptop, and Studio system owners will benefit from an... Read more

How to align your team around microservices

Microservices have been a focus across the open source world for several years now. Although open source technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Swarm make it easier than ever for organizations to adopt microservice architectures, getting your team on the same page about microservices remains a difficult challenge. read more Read more

Flint OS, an operating system for a cloud-first world

Given the power of today’s browser platform technology and web frontend performance, it’s not surprising that most things we want to do with the internet can be accomplished through a single browser window. We are stepping into an era where installable apps will become history, where all our applications and services will live in the cloud. read more Read more

Distribution Release: Lubuntu 17.10

Simon Quigley has announced the release of Lubuntu 17.10, a desktop distribution built from Ubuntu packages, but featuring the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) which is suitable for older computers: “Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, Lubuntu 17.10 has been released. With the code name…. Read more

How To Install Vanilla GNOME Shell on Ubuntu 17.10

So you’ve installed Ubuntu 17.10 but you’re not 100% sold on the direction Ubuntu has taken the GNOME desktop in — no shame in that. The customized version of GNOME that Ubuntu 17.10 uses is very much in the mould of the (now defunct) Unity desktop, so it won’t be to everyone’s tastes. If you’d like […] This post, How To Install Vanilla GNOME Shell on Ubuntu 17.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!. Read more

Google: Hack Top Android Apps and Get Paid

Google has launched another bug bounty program, yet this time it’s not aimed only at its own apps, but also at those developed by third-party companies and published on the Play Store. Google’s new effort is called Play Security Reward Program and calls for hackers to find remote code execution (RCE) flaws in specific popular Android applications running on Android 4.4 and newer. For the time being, only eight different developers have been approved for the program, namely Alibaba, Dropbox, Duolingo, Headspace, Line,, Snapchat, and Tinder, but Google says... Read more

The Sweet Taste of Revenge: Microsoft Lashes Out at Google for Chrome Flaw

Google has been one of the most vocal companies lately when it comes to security flaws in Microsoft products, with members of its security team disclosing vulnerabilities in a series of Windows-related programs, including Edge browser. And now here’s Microsoft finding a security flaw in Google Chrome and posting an analysis of a remote code execution exploit trying to emphasize how secure its Edge browser actually is. Discovered by Microsoft’s Offensive Security Research (OSR) team, the vulnerability is documented as CVE-2017-5121 and could allow attackers to access online services that... Read more

Distribution Release: Ubuntu Studio 17.10

Ross Gammon has announced the release of Ubuntu Studio 17.10, the latest version of the project’s official Ubuntu variant designed for audio, video and graphics professionals. This is routine release with the usual round of software updates and a new experimental feature for improved performance during recordings: “We…. Read more