Microsoft: we’ve got your back, Linux, here are 60,000 patents to protect you (Neowin)

Neowin: Microsoft: we’ve got your back, Linux, here are 60,000 patents to protect you . “Microsoft loves Linux. And it really wants to prove it. In lieu of a wedding ring, the company has decided to show its dedication to open-source software by joining the Open Innovation Network (OIN), a community designed to protect Linux and other open-source software from legal liability. As part of its grand gesture, the company is also planning on making 60,000 of its patents public, and making them available to the OIN.”

Threatpost: Another Linux Kernel Bug Surfaces, Allowing Root Access

Threatpost: Another Linux Kernel Bug Surfaces, Allowing Root Access. “A high-severity cache invalidation bug in the Linux kernel has been uncovered, which could allow an attacker to gain root privileges on the targeted system. This is the second kernel flaw in Linux to debut in the last week; a local-privilege escalation issue was also recently discovered.”

Google Project Zero to Linux distros: Your sluggish kernel patching puts users at risk (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Google Project Zero to Linux distros: Your sluggish kernel patching puts users at risk. “Jann Horn, the Google Project Zero researcher who discovered the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws, has a few words for maintainers of Ubuntu and Debian: raise your game on merging kernel security fixes, you’re leaving users exposed for weeks.”

Neowin: Canonical releases Ubuntu 18.10 ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish’ beta ISOs

Neowin: Canonical releases Ubuntu 18.10 ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish’ beta ISOs. “Canonical has announced the availability of the Ubuntu 18.10 ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish’ beta ISOs. The firm has announced the availability of the beta for Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud as well as Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu.”

Gizmodo: Get More Out of Your Chromebook by Running Linux Apps

Gizmodo: Get More Out of Your Chromebook by Running Linux Apps. “Chrome OS, itself based on the Linux kernel, can now run Linux apps—the circle is complete. If you’ve got the latest version of Chrome OS, and a fairly new Chromebook, you can now install some of the best applications Linux has to offer. Here’s how to go about it, and why you might do it in the first place.”

BetaNews: Ubuntu-based elementary OS 5.0 ‘Juno’ Beta 2 Linux distro now available

BetaNews: Ubuntu-based elementary OS 5.0 ‘Juno’ Beta 2 Linux distro now available. “For beginners, once installed, their chosen Linux distro should be easy to use with an intuitive desktop environment. I’m a big fan of GNOME, but understandably, not all folks like it — especially Linux novices. One particular Linux-based desktop operating system has been focusing on accessibility to all — elementary OS. This distro is polished and aims to be easy to use for both experts and beginners alike. Today, version 5.0 of the OS — called ‘Juno’ — reaches Beta 2. Impressively, there have been over 200 fixes implemented since Beta 1.”

ZDNet: ​Linus Torvalds takes a break from Linux

ZDNet: ​Linus Torvalds takes a break from Linux. “In a surprising move, Linus Torvalds, Linux’s creator, is taking a break on his Linux kernel work to work on his behavior to other developers. In a note to the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), Torvalds wrote, ‘I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely.'”