BetaNews: Ubuntu Linux 19.10 ‘Eoan Ermine’ Beta available for download. “Today, Canonical releases the official beta for the upcoming Ubuntu Linux 19.10. Code-named ‘Eoan Ermine,’ it features Linux kernel 5.3. There are several great desktop environments from which to choose too, such as KDE Plasma, Budgie, and the default GNOME. Ubuntu 19.10 is not a long term support (LTS) version, sadly, so support for the stable release will only be a mere 9 months.” I hope Ubuntu releases a version one day called “Pronounceable Panda”.
Lifehacker: How to Access Google’s Secret Easter Eggs in Android 9 and Android 10. “Google, in its infinite capacity for silly, has dropped a fun hidden feature into Android 10 that you should spend a little time exploring. (At the very least, you’ll be a hit at your next party when you pull out your updated phone and show off your secret knowledge.)”
Ars Technica: Android 10 launches today, and Pixel phones get the day one update. “Android 10 is finally finished! The next big Android update, which we’ve been examining for most of the year as the ‘Android Q Beta,’ starts rolling out to devices today. As usual, Android 10 is arriving on Pixel phones first (even the three-year-old Pixel 1), and Google says it is ‘working with a number of partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 10 this year.'”
Ars Technica: Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure. “Maybe its pervasiveness has long obscured its origins. But Unix, the operating system that in one derivative or another powers nearly all smartphones sold worldwide, was born 50 years ago from the failure of an ambitious project that involved titans like Bell Labs, GE, and MIT. Largely the brainchild of a few programmers at Bell Labs, the unlikely story of Unix begins with a meeting on the top floor of an otherwise unremarkable annex at the sprawling Bell Labs complex in Murray Hill, New Jersey.”
Neowin: Linux Mint 19.2 ‘Tina’ is approaching release, final testing underway. “The next version of Linux Mint is very close to its stable release according to project head, Clement Lefebvre. Two weeks ago, the project released beta ISOs of Linux Mint 19.2 ‘Tina’ so that users could test the upcoming release and report any last-minute bugs; Lefebvre said that “many bugs” were identified and fixed, meaning other users are less likely to encounter problems when Mint 19.2 is finally released.”
Ars Technica: 200 million devices—some mission-critical—vulnerable to remote takeover. “In all, researchers with security firm Armis identified 11 vulnerabilities in various versions of VxWorks, a slimmed-down operating system that runs on more than 2 billion devices worldwide (this section of Wikipedia’s article on the OS lists some of its more notable uses). Billed collectively as Urgent 11, the vulnerabilities consist of six remote code flaws and five less-severe issues that allow things like information leaks and denial-of-service attacks.”
BetaNews: Ubuntu-based Linux Mint 19.2 ‘Tina’ BETA is here with Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce. “Today, Linux Mint 19.2 BETA is finally released. Codenamed ‘Tina,’ it will be supported until 2023 — long after Windows 7 support ends in January of 2020. In other words, when it achieves stable status, Linux Mint 19.2 should make a great replacement for Windows 7.”