Distribution Release: Lakka 5.0

The DistroWatch news feed is brought to you by TUXEDO COMPUTERS. Tomáš Kelemen has announced the release of Lakka 5.0, a major new version of the project’s lightweight Linux distribution with a goal of transforming a small computer into a full-blown retro-gaming console. This release updates the distribution’s build system to LibreELEC 11.0 and adds support to Raspberry Pi…. The source page, where this article … Continue reading Distribution Release: Lakka 5.0

Smuggling Gold by Disguising it as Machine Parts

Someone got caught trying to smuggle 322 pounds of gold (that’s about 1/4 of a cubic foot) out of Hong Kong. It was disguised as machine parts: On March 27, customs officials x-rayed two air compressors and discovered that they contained gold that had been “concealed in the integral parts” of the compressors. Those gold parts had also been painted silver to match the other … Continue reading Smuggling Gold by Disguising it as Machine Parts

Development Release: Ubuntu 24.04 Beta

The DistroWatch news feed is brought to you by TUXEDO COMPUTERS. Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the beta release of the upcoming Ubuntu 24.04 (code-named “Noble Numbat”). Delayed by one week due to the backdoor found in the xz data compression library, the Ubuntu 24.04 will be LTS (long-term supported) release with standard security maintenance until April…. The source page, where this article … Continue reading Development Release: Ubuntu 24.04 Beta

Backdoor in XZ Utils That Almost Happened

Last week, the internet dodged a major nation-state attack that would have had catastrophic cybersecurity repercussions worldwide. It’s a catastrophe that didn’t happen, so it won’t get much attention—but it should. There’s an important moral to the story of the attack and its discovery: The security of the global internet depends on countless obscure pieces of software written and maintained by even more obscure unpaid, … Continue reading Backdoor in XZ Utils That Almost Happened