Fedora’s GRUB2 EFI Build To Offer Greater Security Options

In addition to disabling root password-based SSH log-ins by default, another change being made to Fedora 31 in the name of greater security is adding some additional GRUB2 boot-loader modules to be built-in for their EFI boot-loader.
GRUB2 security modules for verification, Cryptodisk, and LUKS will now be part of the default GRUB2 EFI build. They are being built-in now since those using the likes of UEFI SecureBoot aren’t able to dynamically load these modules due to restrictions in […] Continue Reading…

Ubuntu Developer Talks Down Impact Of 32-Bit Changes For Ubuntu 19.10

Following Valve saying they won’t be officially supporting Ubuntu 19.10 and Wine developers questioning their Ubuntu 32-bit builds following the announcement this week of not providing new 32-bit packages for new Ubuntu releases, longtime Ubuntu developer and Canonical employee Steve Langasek is trying to provide some clarity into the situation.
Steve “vorlon” Langasek commented overnight on the Ubuntu Discourse: I’m sorry that we’ve given anyone the impression that we are “dropping support for i386 applications”. That’s simply not the case. […] Continue Reading…

Mesa 19.1.1 Is Coming Next Week With A Variety Of Fixes

Debuting two weeks ago was the Mesa 19.1 quarterly feature update while due out early next week is the first bug-fix point release.
Mesa 19.1 is a huge update over 19.0 and earlier. Mesa 19.1 brought multiple new Gallium3D drivers as well as a new Vulkan driver (TURNIP), performance optimizations, new Vulkan extensions, mature Icelake support, and a variety of other features as listed in the aforelinked article. Mesa 19.1.1 is now coming with more than two dozen fixes. The […] Continue Reading…

Wine 4.11 Brings Ability To Enumerate Display Devices, Updated Mono

Wine 4.11 is out tonight as the latest bi-weekly development release for running Windows games/applications on Linux and other platforms.
With Wine 4.11 is initial support for enumerating display devices. In particular, a Xinerama display device handler is added to the Wine X11 driver and the ability to handle display device changes. Wine 4.11 also ships with an updated version of the Mono engine, more DLLs are now built as PE files by default (continuing a recent trend), there is […] Continue Reading…

In Zuck We Trust: Facebook to Launch Own Cryptocurrency | Privacy


Facebook’s plans
to mint its own digital coin next year will test the company’s consumer credibility. After being savaged for months for its cavalier attitude toward users’ privacy, the social network will be asking those same users to trust its new cryptocurrency.
The currency, called “Libra,” will be stashed in a digital wallet, the first product of new Facebook financial services subsidiary Calibra, announced Tuesday. The wallet will be available in Messenger and WhatsApp, as well as in a […] Continue Reading…