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Linux Top 3: Tails 2.6, Android-x86 6.0 and Deepin 15.3

  • September 21, 2016
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Tails 2.6

The latest update to the TAILS (the amnesic incognito live system) is now out, providing users with a pair of new features, and a long list of incremental updates.

Among the new features, TAILS 2.6 supports kASLR address space layout randomization to protect against buffer overflows. Random number generation is improved with the support of rngd.

In terms of incremental updates:

  • Upgrade Tor to
  • Upgrade Tor Browser to 6.0.5.
  • Upgrade to Linux 4.6. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.)

2) Android x86 6.0

The Android x86 project, which enables Google's mobile OS to run on regular x86 desktop hardware is finally ready to support Marshmallow, just as Nougat is rolling out.
The 6.0-r1 release is based on the the Android Marshmallow-MR2 release (6.0.1_r66) with latest AOSP security updates. In addition to all key features since 6.0-rc2 it includes:

  •     Update kernel to 4.4.20 with more patches from AOSP.
  •     Update Mesa to 12.0.2.
  •     Preliminary HDMI audio support.
  •     Add F2FS support.
  •     Change trackpad cursor from circle to normal mouse pointer (back-ported from Android N).
  •     Improve suspend/resume issues caused by wifi drivers.

3) Deepin 15.3

 The latest edition of the Deepin linux distribution from China is now out with the big new feature being an improved system dock.

  • Dock
  •     Combined power plugin and shutdown button
  •     Optimized network, sound, mounting and other plugins
  •     Optimized system tray management
  • Control Center
  •     Fixed the issue in display module that double-screen switching is invalid occasionally
  •     Fixed the issue in display module that contents on desktop misplaced after switching double screens several times
  •     Fixed the issue in network module that new users are required to identify when logging in to use network
  •     Fixed the issue in sound module that sound play can not be switched to HDMI external device manually
  •     Fixed the issue in date and time module that unable to add time zone occasionally
  •     Fixed the issue in keyboard and language module that the setting of repeat delay is invalid after rebooted
  •     Fixed the issue in boot menu that the resolution of boot menu is very low after installed the system and rebooted

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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