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Linux User & Developer No. 192

Linux User and Developer is the UK’s only magazine aimed solely at Linux professionals and IT decision makers. Every month, Linux User and Developer provides the best in tutorials, features, hardware reviews, information and inspiration to help GNU/Linux professionals expand their knowledge base and perform more effectively in the workplace. Written by experts in the field, the magazine also features informative interviews with leading figures from the GNU/Linux scene and high-profile companies that have built their businesses using OpenSource software. Please note: Digital versions of the magazines do not include the covermount items or supplements that you would find on printed editions.

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in this issue

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welcome to issue 192 of linux user & developer

Welcome to the UK and North America’s favourite Linux and open source magazine. You may have noticed quite a ‘cloudy’ theme to this issue. I jetted off to Copenhagen to attend KubeCon + NativeCloudCon with thousands of engineers and developers. Cloud native is an industry on a steep upward curve and the complexity of technology is both impressive and frankly mind-boggling. Turn to page 32 to find what’s so exciting about this growing industry. We devoted the main feature to getting into private, public and hybrid cloud as, well, our reader survey indicated that it’s a subject you want to know more about. Thanks to everyone who responded! You are helping us make the mag better. And if you weren’t sick of fluffy clouds already, we show you how to set up…

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purism and ubports partnership revives ubuntu touch

“Ubuntu Touch was developed with the goal of being Android-free” Purism’s forthcoming Librem 5 phone will run Ubuntu Touch in addition to PureOS, it has been revealed. The device, which is set to be the most anticipated new mobile launch in years, will have three operating system options: Purism’s PureOS, PureOS with KDE Plasma Mobile, and now Ubuntu Touch. Since Canonical abandoned the mobile version of its Ubuntu desktop, Ubuntu Touch has been maintained and updated by UBports, a Canonical-free, community-based project. Unfortunately, device compatibility has been limited to a handful of handsets, such as the Nexus 5 (Hammerhead), OnePlus One, and the Meizu Pro 5. Ubuntu Touch – complete with its phone-to-desktop environment ‘Convergence’ – needs a modern, new platform, and Librem 5 looks set to be the answer. Developments include improvements…

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crostini brings linux apps to chromebook

Running Linux apps on Chrome OS devices looks set to become far easier, with a new feature, Crostini, set to be introduced later this year. Chromebooks have their uses, but again and again Google’s Linux-kernel-based, cloud-centric operating system has been pushed to do more. It’s not just hackers who want to get more out of Chrome OS (or its open source parent, Chromium); Google itself has been prodding the boundaries of the OS it created. First came Chrome Apps, web applications that look as if they’re native apps. For many, this was enough… but the fact that Android could do much more than Chrome OS was lost on no one. In 2016, after a period of experimentation with Android apps on Chrome OS (often aided, at least in intent, by the…

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distro feed

Top 10 This month • In development (7) • Stable releases (25) Unsurprisingly, it is the month of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, with various flavours of the popular distro being released within hours of the main version. Highlights Ubuntu Studio 18.04 Curiously only a standard release, Ubuntu Studio features a collection of open source apps intended for audio, video, and graphical media creation. Ubuntu MATE 18.04 Transitioning to GTK+ 3.22, Ubuntu MATE 18.04 features improved touchpad gestures, accessibility support for visually impaired users, and HiDPI support. Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 This is the first LTS release for the refreshingly simple Ubuntu flavour. It features new Budgie applets, a new GTK+ theme called Pocillo, features and fixes. Latest distros available: filesilo.co.uk…

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hacked nintendo switch now runs ubuntu 18.04

Following news that the Nintendo Switch console has been hacked to run Linux (see News, LU&D190), a hacker on GBAtemp. net’s gaming forum has shared a photo of a Switch running the newly released Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Details of the hack were shared by fail0verflow, who originally discovered the exploit, dubbed ShofEL2. Said to be a “bug in the boot ROM” of the NVidia Tegra X1 processor stack, the exploit is equivalent to “a USB-based rescue mode intended for initial flashing of Tegra devices and recovery of bricked devices.” The bug allows non-signed software images to be loaded, the initial result being an Arch Linux-based boot stack (available via fail0verflow.com). Having a hardware vulnerability of this type in the console is a major problem for Nintendo with regards to piracy. The Nintendo…

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microsoft’s azure sphere features linux kernel

After decades of it dismissing Linux, the past few years have seen the Redmond-based software giant become a fan of open source computing. While a Linux kernel at the heart of Windows itself remains unlikely, Microsoft’s support for things such as the Linux Subsystem for Windows 10, joining the Linux Foundation, and releasing the Windows 10 IoT Core for the Raspberry Pi proves that it at least recognises the importance of Linux to modern computing. Announcing the news on 16 April (which some took to be a late April Fool!), Microsoft President Brad Smith revealed “After 43 years, this is the first day that we are announcing, and will be distributing, a custom Linux kernel.” Designed to safeguard microprocessors in the Internet of Things and other compact devices, Azure Sphere is a…