Sia Blockchain Encrypted Cloud Storage Technology Now Integrates with Nextcloud

Jos Poortvliet from Nextcloud informed us about the availability of a new external storage app developed by the Sia folks to provide Nextcloud users with blockchain-based cloud storage support.

Sia is known as a blockchain-based, decentralized cloud storage technology, and starting with version 1.1.2, the platform appears to integrate with Nextcloud, providing users with an affordable, distributed, and last but not least encrypted external storage.

“Sia is a blockchain-based, decentralized cloud storage technology. Think Bitcoin for your data, providing an encrypted, distributed and affordable storage,” said the Nextcloud devs. “Sia developed a Nextcloud external storage app providing its redundant and secure data store to Nextcloud users.”

Setting up a Sia node in your Nextcloud server is quite easy. Detailed installation instructions are provided by both Nextcloud and Sia teams in their in-depth… (read more)

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Cloud Computing Leader OVH Joins the Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud Programme

Today, April 3, 2017, Canonical announced that OVH, the leading and fastest-growing cloud computing company offering VPS and dedicated servers, as well as other web services, joined the company’s Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud program.

The new Canonical and OVH partnership will benefit OVH customers running public or private clouds, VPS, and bare metal servers on their infrastructures, minimizing the downtime and bandwidth costs. Being an Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud partner, OVH will now be able to distribute Ubuntu guest images to all of their users.

“We have delivered same-day in-region patches, for every security update since 2013, which has minimized bandwidth costs and downtime for Ubuntu users running on those clouds. OVH users will now benefit from the same,” said Udi Nachmany, head of public cloud at Canonical.

Whether they’re working with OVH’s dedicated servers, VP… (read more)

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PCLinuxOS 2017.03 KDE Edition Lands with KDE Plasma 5.8.6 LTS, Linux Kernel 4.9

The developers of the PCLinuxOS distribution announced the release of PCLinuxOS 2017.03 KDE Edition, an updated install medium that ships with all the latest KDE technologies and applications.

Powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.9.13 kernel, PCLinuxOS 2017.03 KDE Edition includes the KDE Plasma 5.8.6 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, as well as the KDE Applications 16.12.2 software suite, and KDE Frameworks 5.31.0.

PCLinuxOS is a rolling GNU/Linux operating system, but like any other rolling distro is gets ISO snapshots that bring all the recently released software and security updates. As such, PCLinuxOS 2017.03 KDE Edition ships with all the packages released during the past month.

“The KDE Plasma 5 image ISO has been updated to release 2017.03. The image includes all of the updates and bug fixes from the past month. The kernel was updated to 4.9.13. KDE components were updated to Plasma 5.8.6 LTS, Frameworks to 5.31.0 and Applications to 16.12… (read more)

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CloudLinux 7 Users Get New Beta Linux Kernel Update That Addresses CVE-2017-6074

CloudLinux’s Mykola Naugolnyi announced today the availability of a new Beta kernel for the CloudLinux 7 operating system series, which patches a recently discovered and critical security flaw.

As expected, today’s kernel update addresses the recently discovered CVE-2017-6074 security issue, which is marked as important and has been already patched in many GNU/Linux distributions, including those based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), such as CentOS 5.

CloudLinux 7 is also based on RHEL, specifically on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 series, so it always receives the latest security patches as soon as they are released upstream. CVE-2017-6074 is a … (read more)

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UbuCon Summit at SCALE 15x to Take Place March 2-3 in Pasadena, California

Ubuntu project member Nathan Haines is announcing that the next UbuCon Summit conference takes place this spring, between March 2 and March 3, in Pasadena, California, USA, during the SCALE 15x event.

SCALE is a renowned annual Linux Expo held in southern California. It’s also the biggest Linux and FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) showcase event run by various members of the Linux community in North America. SCALE 15x is the fifteenth installation of the conference.

SCALE 15X will be held between March 2-5 at the Pasadena Convention Center, and it would appear that Canonical is planning to organize a new UbuCon Summit event, which will gather together the entire Ubuntu community and all the big names behind one of the world’s most popular free operating systems.

“UbuCons are a remarkable achievement from the Ubuntu community: a network of conferences across the globe, organized by volunteers passionate ab… (read more)

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Canonical Will Soon Make It Easier to Enable Unity 7 Low Graphics Mode in Ubuntu

Canonical’s Eleni Maria Stea is reporting today on the upcoming availability of a new option that would allow users to easily enable the low graphics mode for the Unity 7 desktop environment in Ubuntu Linux.

Last year in September we told you that Canonical is working on improving the low graphics mode of the Unity 7 user interface, which the company behind one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems on the market is currently using on all supported Ubuntu releases.

The low graphics mode makes it possible to have an extremely fast and responsive Unity 7 session when using Ubuntu Linux on a virtual machine, such as those created with VirtualBox. These new improvements reduce many of the animation for various desktop elements, as well as the window shadows, fade in/out and blur effects.

Ubuntu’s Unity 7 … (read more)

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