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Hacker finds hidden 'god mode' on old x86 CPUs
Some x86 CPUs have hidden backdoors that let you seize root by sending a command to an undocumented RISC core that manages the main CPU, security researcher Christopher Domas told the Black Hat conference here Thursday (Aug. 9). The command - ".byte 0x0f, 0x3f" in Linux - "isn't supposed to (...)
[OSNews]

Opera launches as a Snap for Linux users
Opera and Canonical today announce that Opera, the popular web browser, is now available as a Snap in the Snap Store. Opera is the latest notable addition to the Snap Store providing ever more choice to Linux users via an easy to install, always up to date application direct from the software (...)
[WebWire Computer software]

Opera launches as a Snap for Linux users
Opera and Canonical today announce that Opera, the popular web browser, is now available as a Snap in the Snap Store. Opera is the latest notable addition to the Snap Store providing ever more choice to Linux users via an easy to install, always up to date application direct from the software (...)
[WebWire Internet technology]

PowerShell launches as a snap
PowerShell Core from Microsoft is now available for Linux as a Snap. Built on the .NET Framework, PowerShell is an open source task-based command-line shell and scripting language with the goal of being the ubiquitous language for managing hybrid cloud assets. It is designed specifically for (...)
[OSNews]

Slackware turns 25
On July 16th, 1993, Slackware Linux distribution was officially released. Based entirely on the Softlanding Linux System (SLS) system, it was designed for the machines with a 3.5" boot floppy. Over the past 25 years, Slackware has turned out to be one of the most influential Linux distros (...)
[OSNews]

Writing a Game Boy emulator
Eventually, I decided to write a minimalist Game Boy interpreting emulator, without support for custom mappers or sound, (and probably many inaccuracies). I called the project Cinoop. Cinoop is written in C and is open source. It can be run on Windows, DS, GameCube, 3DS, Linux based OSes, PSP, (...)
[OSNews]

SUSE Linux sold in $2.5 billion deal
SUSE, the open source software company, has been sold to a Swedish private equity firm. EQT Partners will acquire SUSE from current owners Micro Focus in a deal worth $2.5 billion USD and is expected to close in early 2019. EQT is described as "a development-focused investor with extensive (...)
[OSNews]

Linux Mint 19 released
Linux Mint 19 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable. In Linux Mint 19, the star of the show is Timeshift. Although it was introduced in Linux (...)
[OSNews]

'Machina' brings support for running Linux on top of Fuchsia
One of the greatest struggles of creating an entirely new OS, especially today, is the chicken-and-egg problem. Without good apps, why would consumers buy a product? And conversely, with no consumers, why would developers make apps? We've looked, time and time again, at the possibility of (...)
[OSNews]

Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design
Microsoft has ported Windows 10 and Linux to E2, its homegrown processor architecture it has spent years working on mostly in secret. As well as the two operating systems, the US giant's researchers say they have also ported Busybox and FreeRTOS, plus a collection of toolkits for developing and (...)
[OSNews]

A broad overview of how modern Linux systems boot
For reasons beyond the scope of this entry, today I feel like writing down a broad and simplified overview of how modern Linux systems boot. Due to being a sysadmin who has stubbed his toe here repeatedly, I'm going to especially focus on points of failure. I always find it fascinating to read (...)
[OSNews]

C gfx library for the Linux framebuffer with parallelism support
FBGraphics was made to produce fullscreen pixels effects easily with non-accelerated framebuffer by leveraging multi-core processors, it is a bit like a software GPU (much less complex and featured!), the initial target platform is a Raspberry PI 3B and extend to the NanoPI (and many others (...)
[OSNews]

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