Google Touts Android Oreo’s Tasty New Features


Google on Monday pulled the wraps off the latest version of its Android mobile operating system. Version 8.0 Oreo has a number of improvements over 7.1 Nougat, the previous release of the OS.
Google has tweaked Android’s notification feature, for instance, so when an app has notifications pending, a dot appears in a corner of the program’s icon. Press the dot and a window will pop up showing the notifications, which can be cleared with a swipe. In addition, there’s an Instant App feature for entering new apps directly from a browser.

Heading in the Right (Re)Direction


If you’ve taken the time to get the hang of terminal basics, you’re probably at the point where you want to start putting together what you’ve learned. Sometimes issuing commands one at a time is enough, but there are cases when it can be tedious to enter command after command just to perform a simple task. This is where the extra symbols on your keyboard come in. For the shell, the terminal’s command interpreter, those symbols are not wasted keys — they’re powerful operators that can link information together, split it apart, and much more.

CoreOS Tectonic Platform Aims to Free the Cloud


CoreOS has announced the general availability of the Kubernetes container management Tectonic platform on Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The Tectonic platform enables enterprises to run Kubernetes on a single platform across various cloud and bare metal environments. Prior to this release, the Tectonic platform was available on AWS and bare metal servers. Tectonic 1.7 delivers on CoreOS’ vision to bring freedom and portability to the cloud. It enables enterprises to use a single platform to manage modern infrastructure in their hybrid environments.

Ubuntu Budgie Distro: Simple, Clean and User-Friendly


Ubuntu Budgie is one of the few Linux distros to offer integration of a Budgie desktop-only edition, other than Solus OS, whose developers created it. Ubuntu Budgie is classy and user-friendly. It does not sacrifice performance for reliance on a simple design. It is maintained by a United Kingdom-based developer community. Previously called “Budgie-Remix,” it is an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the Budgie desktop. Although based on the Ubuntu Linux family, Ubuntu Budgie is not from Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company.

Is the Path to Secure Elections Paved With Open Source Code?


Increased use of open source software could fortify U.S. election system security, according to former CIA head R. James Woolsey and Bash creator Brian J. Fox. The two made their case for open source elections software after security researchers demonstrated how easy it was to crack some election machines at the recent DefCon hacking conference in Las Vegas. “Despite its name, open-source software is less vulnerable to hacking than the secret, black box systems like those being used in polling places now,” Woolsey and Fox wrote.

Automotive Grade Linux Reaches Key Car Platform Milestones


Automotive Grade Linux has released version 4.0 of the AGL infotainment platform and announced new projects to support telematics, instrument cluster, heads-up-display and a virtualization component. The group also announced that seven new companies have joined AGL and The Linux Foundation, increasing AGL’s membership to more than 100 partners. A major market analysis coming out soon will show AGL as a separate line item, an indication of the momentum it has developed within the industry.

WSL to Ship With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update


Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux will emerge as a fully supported part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update when the OS ships later this year. The new status means that early adopters in the Windows Insider program no longer will see the subsystem’s status as “beta,” beginning with Insider build 16251, Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner noted. With the updated status, WSL can be leveraged as a day-to-day developer toolset, he said. Microsoft will continue to respond to WSL bugs and issues.

Build a portable computer on a USB stick

USB computer
DIY

It’s a PC that you can carry anywhere.

Using modern-day Linux distributions, you can set up a portable computer that will fit on a standard USB flash drive. You simply plug it into any other machine.

The Elusive Total Linux Convergence Dream


Regular readers know that I usually stick to the well-charted territory of essential terminal commands and practical overviews of Linux history, since they are immediately useful to newcomers. Thankfully, the basics don’t change very quickly — but that’s not to say that Linux is a stagnant ecosystem. Far from it. Although most current events in the Linux community have little direct impact on the average desktop user, one recent development that very much does is Canonical’s decision to end development of Ubuntu’s flagship Unity desktop.

SparkyLinux 5: Great All-Purpose Distro for Confident Linux Users


When I first reviewed the Game Over edition of SparkyLinux several years ago, I called it one of the best full-service Linux distros catering to game players you could find. That assessment extends to last month’s release of the non-gaming edition of this distro. The latest edition of SparkyLinux, version 5.0 “Nibiru,” finds its true calling as a Linux distro that falls between those that are beginner-friendly and those that require some amount of Linux knowledge. SparkyLinux 5.0 is based on the testing branch of Debian.