Thursday, October 18, 2018

New Distro Releases

Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish

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  • GNOME 3.30 desktop
  • Linux 4.18
  • OpenSSL 1.1.1 LTS (TLSv1.3 support!)
  • Python 3.6.7 (default)
  • Rust 1.28
  • Ruby 2.5.1
  • Perl < 6

MATE 18.04 also released

elementary OS 5.0

elementary OS is an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution. Some of its more interesting features include a custom desktop environment called Pantheon and many custom apps including Photos, Music, Videos, Calendar, Terminal, Files, and more. It also comes with some familiar apps like the Epiphany web browser and a fork of Geary mail.

OpenBSD 6.4

  • The most interesting feature is the unveil() system call which allows applications to sandbox themselves, blocking their own access to the file system. This is especially useful for programs which operate on unknown data which may try to exploit or crash the application:

New unveil(2) system call to restrict file system access of the calling process to the specified files and directories. It is most powerful when properly combined with privilege separation and pledge(2)