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Features of Kali Linux 2018.2 Released Tools, Features & package Updates Download Links

Download and check the features of Kali Linux 2018.1 Operating System in the PC or VMware. Read the full details virtualbox

Kali Linux 2018.2 Features & Support

Kali Linux has released a new version of Kali Linux 2018.2 with the features like Kernel 4.15 that has x86 and x64 fixes for the much-hyped Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

The general features are

  • AMD GPUs Support
  • AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization :- This supports allows for encrypting virtual machine memory such that even the hypervisor can’t access it.
Kali Linux 2018.2 Features & Support
Kali Linux 2018.2 Features & Support

Main Features of Kali Linux 2018.2

Easier Metasploit Script Access

A metasploit user spends a good amount of time in writing exploits & you must be familiar with the Metasploit scripts that are avail i.e. pattern_create, pattern_offset, nasm_shell, etc. You must also be aware about the other helpful scripts which are tucked away under  /usr/share/metasploit-framework/tools/exploit/, which makes them more than a little difficult to make use of. Now in the metasploit-framework_4.16.34-0kali2, here you can make use of these scripts directly where you can include links to the PATH, each of them prepended with msf-.

Package Updates

The above changes also includes the number of applications including Bloodhound, Reaver, PixieWPS, Burp Suite, Hashcat, and more. There are so many packages to include in the default ISO.

Download Kali Linux 2018.2

So if you want to see the latest updated Kali Linux 2018.1 , here we are showing you the download ISO and torrents on the given links.

root@kali:~# apt update && apt full-upgrade

As always, if you encounter any bugs at all, we implore you to open a report on our bug tracker. We can’t fix what we don’t know about.

Kali Linux 2018.1 has been released in the new year’s second month. The release has been updated with the various updated packages and bug fixes after release of November 2017. Before we see all the update details. let’s have an introduction of Kali Linux

Introduction of Kali Linux in 2018

Kali Linux is the successor of old Ubuntu based Backtrack Linux. It is hacking & pen testing OS. The new version is a rolling release where a user can receives all the updates after it is installed once. There is no need to reinstall.

What’s New in Kali Linux 2018.1

The release is launched after the challenges like from the Meltdown & Spectre excitement to a couple of nasty bugs. The new version has been work to provide best installation pleasure.

Kernel Updated to 4.14

Kali Linux is powered by new 4.14.12 kernel.There are lots of features in this kernel. The most promising are specified here.

  • AMD Secure Memory Encryption Support :- This feature is new in AMD processors which enables automatic encryption & decryption of DRAM. The additional features claims to vulnerable to the cold boot attacks because with physical access , the memory will be not readable.
  • Increased Memory Limits :– The 64-bit processors of present & few years later have a limt of 64 TB of physical address and 256 TB of virtual address space (VAS), which was sufficient for more than a decade but with some server hardware shipping with 64 TB of memory, the limits have been reached. Fortunately, upcoming processors will enable 5-level paging, support for which is included in the 4.14 kernel. In short, this means that these new processors will support 4 PB of physical memory and 128 PB of virtual memory. That’s right, petabytes.

Package Updates

The packages update includes

The existing Kali machine can be updated by the commands used to update the OS.

apt update && apt full-upgrade

if your Kali machine is not updated the few versions before. Then “repository key being expired (ED444FF07D8D0BF6)” error will be seen. The solution for this is given by Offensive Security.

Run the command as root.

wget -q -O – https://archive.kali.org/archive-key.asc | apt-key add

Hyper-V Updates

If you use Hyper V to run kali virtual machines by Offensive security. The Hyper-V is now generation 2. It is now UEFI-based and expanding/shrinking HDD is supported. The Hyper-V integration services are also included, which supports Dynamic Memory, Network Monitoring/Scaling, and Replication.

Download Kali Linux 2018.1

Download Kali Linux 2018.1 ISO images links are given here. Download it in your PC & share your expereinces after using it.

Kali Linux 2017.3 is Released with New & Updated Tools for Pentesters

Kali Linux is a very popular Pen testing Operating System which is developed & released by Offensive Security. The developers of Offensive security released a rolling version of the Kali Linux OS , which can be updated easily.

This continued in 2017 with two previous versions of Kali Linux i.e. Kali Linux 2017.1 & 2017.2. The latest version is now released in November after two months i.e. Kali Linux 2017.3

Changes and new tools in Kali Linux 2017.3

The latest release of Kali Linux is powered by Linux Kernel 4.13.10, which provides us more new updates in the new version.

  • The EXT4 directories can have 2 billion entries.
  • Built in TLS support in kernel.
  • CIFS uses SMB 3.0 by default

The psoftwar packages of Kali Linux 2017.3 are updated. Some notable tools are written as follows.

  1. Veil 3.0
  2. Reaver v1.6.3
  3. Social Engineering Toolkit v7.7.4
  4. O-Saft 17.04.17
  5. cuckoo 2.0.4,
  6. Burpsuite v1.7.27,
  7. Pixiewps v1.3, and
  8. Ethtool.
  9. There were bugs in some packages which are resolved now. (Metasploit, Openvas 9, Setoolkit, Nmap)

Newly Introduced Tools in Kali Linux 2017.3

  • InSPY :- Finds people on LinkedIn on the basis of required criteria.
  • CherryTree :- A simple note taking tool.
  • Sublist3r :- It can Enumerates subdomains across multiple sources. With Sub-Brute you can brute force sub-domains using a wordlist.
  • OSRFramework :- It enumerate users, domains, etc. with a collection of scripts.
  • Massive Maltego Metamorphosis :- Combination of Maltego and Casefile.

How to Update your Existing Kali installation

If you have already installed Kali Linux in your PC, then with the help of three commands, you can upgrade your system.

  1. apt update
  2. apt dist-upgrade
  3. reboot

If you are going to make a new installation, then you can download it in any form i.e. ISO file, Virtual Box & VMWare images. You can visit the official website of Official website of Kali Linux to download it. Download Kali Linux 2017.3

So if you are Kali Linux user &  going to use this new version of Kali, then you can comment below & share your views here. Thank You.

Kali Linux 2017.2 Released – 20 New Hacking Tools Added in the new version

If you are Linux user & mostly interested in Hacking & pen testing, then you must have a interest in Kali Linux. Kali Linux is the most popular OS in the pen-testing field. This Linux Distro is made by Offensive security& is developed by the secret developers. The new version of Kali Linux came with new tools & fixes.

For all the readers , who don’t know about the Kali Linux, we are giving a brief introduction for the same. Kali Linux is the best pen-testing OS for hackers & security researchers. This Linux distro has almost all hacking Tools built-in with the installation.

Some Popular Books to learn Kali Linux

Kali Linux 2017.2 New Features

There are various fixes & updates that are added to the new version. The development team of this distro has worked to improve the integration of Kali Linux with other Linux distro. This version has also sorted the Program usage examples.

Hacking Tols in Kali Linux 2017.2

Here we are going to explain some of the new hacking tools. Some of them are described below.

  • hurl – This is used as a URL encoder / decoder for hexadecimal.
  • phishery – You can inject SSL-enabled basic auth phishing URL into a docx word document.
  • ssh-audit – SSH server auditor which checks encryption types , banner , compression etc.
  • apt2 – This automated pen testing Toolkit can run its own scans & imports results & take action on them.
  • bloodhound – Reveals hidden & unintended relationship within active directory using graph theory.
  • crackmapexec – It automates assessment of large Active Directory networks
  • dbeaver – The Graphical based GUI manager supports databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQLite.

Update Kali installation , if already installed

If you are a Kali Linux user , then you can update this by using some of the commands & upgrade it into 2017.2 version.

Linspire 7.0 And Freespire 3.0 Released – Lindows is Back with a New Name for Linux Community

Today we are going to tell you about a very old Linux Distro. You must have heard this name i.e. Lindows. Someone tried to make a linux based Windows OS. It was a strategic step to cash the name of Microsoft’s popular OS. But due to the name, Microsoft has killed the OS by the legal systems.

Lindows Suffers a lot on it’s Name

Now after all the events, it came back again with a new name “Linspire”. After the legal actions, Lindows gone from the spotlight. Without a good name, it is not easy to come in the world of so many Linux distros. The project was re-started in 2008, but was shutdown by the then owner Mr. Xandros.  Now in 2018, it came back as FreeSpire 3.0 & Linspire 7.0.

Then renamed as FreeSpire & Linspire

The development team of Opensystems LLC has announced the Freespire 3.0 & Linspire 7.0. There are many similarities in both of them i.e. kernel & common utilities. The user base is different in both.

Linspire 7.0 And Freespire 3.0 Released
Linspire 7.0 And Freespire 3.0 Released

FreeSpire is an open source distribution for general linux community where all the open source components are available & no proprietary applications. But this is not limitation, as users of FreeSpire can install anything they want to with the use of our software center and extensive repositories,they wish.

Linspire is a commercial release which is made by FreeSpire foundation. It has no proprietary software for a student, researchers and developers. It is made to utilize cloud based web applications  & other legacy software from our Debian or Ubuntu’s repositories.

Features of Freespire 3.0

  • Kernel 4.10.0-42
  • Firefox Quantum Web Browser
  • Geary e-mail client
  • Ice SSB
  • Abiword
  • Gnumeric
  • Parole Media Player
  • Pinta Graphics tool
  • Font Manager

Features of Linspire 7.0

  1. Kernel 4.10.0-42
  2. Google Chrome
  3. Thunderbird e-mail with Calender,
  4. MS Exchange and Google Sync
  5. IceSSB
  6. LibreOffice
  7. Software Center
  8. VLC Media Player
  9. Rhythmbox
  10. Font Manager
  11. Wine integration
  12. VirtualBox Virtual Machine
  13.  XFS, JFS, ZFS, BTRFS support
  14. .NET Core support
  15. ClamAV Virus Scanner
  16. Bleachbit
  17. Intrusion Detection System
  18. Integrated Build Environment

Linspire 6.0 and Freespire 3.0: Commercial and Free releases

If you are installing FreeSpire, then download from here.Linspire will cost  you $79 which includes one year support of phone & e-mail. The other feature will be

  • Custom ISO generation
  • On-Site setup and auditing services
  • Free Upgrade to major releases
  • 10 percent off of all hardware purchases

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Parrot 3.10 is released & available with New Security Patches , Updates & other features

ParrotSec Security OS PDF

Hello , friends,all of you who love Parrot Linux , I come up with a good news for you. Parrot Security OS has released a new version i.e. Parrot 3.10. This is the latest version of security oriented GNU / Linux distribution.Before reading this, you can see some useful articles of ours on Parrot OS

New Features in FrozenBox Parrot 3.10

FireJail AppArmor / Sandbox

It brings full firejaill + apparm or sand boxing system to proactively protect the OS by isolating the components with combination of different techniques.

New Features in FrozenBox Parrot 3.10
New Features in FrozenBox Parrot 3.10

This was experimented in Parrot 3.9 when it has firejail. The team mentioned that they took a period of one month of development in improvement of many profiles. AppArmor supports enough time to conduct all the tests.

New Firefox 57 (Quantum)

Parrot 3.10 has introduced the new Firefox 57 (Quantum) that landed on Parrot with complete browser restyle.

With the help of Italian Mozilla Community, the release of Firefox 57 with all the favorite plugins & custom profile was able to made.

Parrot Security OS has also joined the Mozilla Community with the common mission of protecting the internet and its users with privacy awareness campaigns and with resilient, free and effective self-defense tools.

Latest Linux 4.14 kernel in Parrot 3.10

Parrot 3.10 has introduced the latest Linux 4.14 kernel which helps to improve the features with improved hardware support.

Debian Updates in Parrot 3.10

All the  updates that were introduced by Debian are tested for parrot & released slowly in the stable branch after test were conducted. The new version has been delivered with all the latest updates with the new ISO. Parrot community release all the updates , security patches & latest Debian packages to the users who use Parrot in Live Mode.

New / Updated Tools in Parrot 3.10

The Pentesting tools receive important upstream updates

  • Metasploit Framework 4.21 version.
  • Maltegoce.
  • and Casefile that merges into a unique launcher provided by new Maltego 4.1.

According to the team, they have written in thier official blog ” That the project had faced many difficulties with maintenance of some tools which didn’t let us working on effective arsenal restyle & forced to stay on current development line. They also promised to release some new tools & programs that other community members have asked for.

Daily Use Light weight Programs in Parrot 3.10

There are some light-weight programs included for daily tasks for the users who uses Parrot as their main operating system. These are

  1. Todo list
  2. Planner program
  3. Personal finance management suite and,
  4. Mind map designer.

The team also told about the custom flavors for desktop environment & they didn’t worked as expected so they decided to postpone the release in near future to improve them. Some users asked parrot community to work on KDE Plasma, cinnamon and xfce,but it was not possible without the help of community to develop official derivatives without flaws.

They promised to include a new user friendly installer too in future versions of Parrot.

How to upgrade the Parrot System to Parrot 3.10

  1. open a terminal window
  2. and type the following command

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

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How To Verify MD5 Checksum File in Linux Image (ISO) using Command Line

This post is aimed to explain the concept of Checksum (md5, sha256, & sha -1). The use of checksum in Linux & why it is used.

What is Checksum in Linux?

Checksum is a digital identity of a file. In other words you can say that Checksum is small size unit of data in a block of digital data to detect any error while the file is transmitted through a network or after it is stored.

To deepen your understanding for checksum, it is a long string of data which contains letters & numbers. These are used when you download a file from a network. For ex:- Linux distribution image, software packages etc.

Use of Checksum

The most common use of checksum is to check whether a downloaded file is corrupted.

For example the download page of Ubuntu places a SHA256 checksum for every ISO file available there. After your image is downloaded, generate a SHA256 checksum & verify the checksum to match the value mentioned in the site of Ubuntu.

What is Checksum in Linux?
What is Checksum in Linux?

If the value is not matched , then your version of downloaded file is corrupted during the download process.

How is Checksum generated?

Checksum is generated by Checksum algorithm. Think it as an input of a file & the output is checksum value of the file.There are multiple algorithms for generating checksum , the most popular algorithms are

  • Secure Hash Algorithms and variants (SHA-1, SHA-2 etc.) and
  • MD5 Algorithm

How to use checksum using GUI for a file

By using a GUI method, you can use GtkHash.

GtkHash is a nifty tool to generate & verify checksum. It supports a wide range of checksum algorithms. like algorithms – including SHA, MD5 and others. Here’s a list of supported algorithms:

  • MD2
  • MD4
  • MD5
  • MD6-224
  • MD6-256
  • SHA1
  • SHA256
  • TIGER128
  • HAVAL 128-3
  • ADLER32
  • SNEFRU256

How to Instal GtkHash on Ubuntu / Kali Linux

To install GtkHash on your Ubuntu system, run this command in your terminal.
sudo apt install gtkhash

& its done.

For selecting the checksum algorithms to use:

  • Go to Edit > Preferences menu option.
  • Select the ones you would like to use.
  • Hit Close button.

By default – MD5, SHA-1 and SHA256 is selected.

Using GtkHash

Using it is quite straight-forward.

  • Select the file you want to check
  • Get the Checksum value from the website and put it in Check box.
  • Click the Hash button.
  • This will generate the checksum values with the algorithms you selected.
  • If any one of them matches with the Check box, it will show a small tick sign beside it.

Here’s an example showing GtkHash generating checksum for UbuntuMATE iso image (ubuntu-mate-16.10-desktop-amd64.iso)

Command Line Checksum Tools

Linux distributions come with tools for checksum algorithms. The generation & verification of checksum can be done by them. The tools for the command-line checksum are :-

  • md5sum :- MD5 checksum tool
  • sha1sum :- SHA-1 checksum tool
  • sha256sum :- SHA-256 checksum tool

There are many more like this i.e. sha224sum, sha384sum etc. All uses sha256sum. We are using ubuntu-mate-16.10-desktop-amd64.iso” file for it.

Generating and Verifying SHA256 Checksum with sha256sum

Go to the directory where the .iso is saved.

cd ~/techbud

To generate SHA256 checksum, enter the command.

sha256sum ubuntu-mate-16.10-desktop-amd64.iso

This command will show the checksum on the terminal window.

Generating SHA256 Checksum for an ISO File

If the checksum generated matches with the provided in the Ubuntu MATE website, then your file is correctly downloaded.If the value is not same, then your file is corrupted & you have to download it again.Other tools like this are same.

 

Working of Checksum

The checksum are very delicate to work in the same. They are designed to check the corrupted files. If just one character in a file is changed, then the resultant checksum will be different from the good file.

The checksum is an effective way to check for a corrupted file.

If you have installed Linux after using the checksum, then its good. But if you haven’t , then have you faced any problem while installing the Linux OS.

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Top 10 Video Editor for Linux Users in 2018 – Audio Editing Software for Ubuntu Users

If you are a Linux Lover like me, then you must be thinking about the video editing software that can be used for slight or core video processing. Yes , there are so many options for the Linux user for Video Editing. Check some of them from here.

Top 10 Linux Video Editors

Shotcut

shotcut video editor for linux
shotcut video editor for linux

Shorcut is a very popular Video editing software for Linux . The User Interface of this editor is similar to a media player. The editing is simple with Shotcut with the features it provide to its users. If you are in need of simple editing application, then it is good. But if you are trying to complex features, then you must check some other option. Being a decent video editor, it is good to use in a Linux Environment.

Kdenlive

Kdenlive video editor for linux
Kdenlive video editor for linux

Kdenlive is an open source Video Editor which is available on various platforms i.e. GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and Mac Os X. There are various options of video editing in Kdenlive i.e. cutting, splitting, transitions, video effects, copy paste, etc. The support of various file formats & devices (like camcorder & Cameras) are given to the user.

Pitivi

Pitivi video editor for linux
Pitivi video editor for linux

Pitivi is an open source video editor that is freely available for the users. This software is designed to create simple video tutorials. Pitivi supports snapping, trimming, splitting, and clips cutting etc.  It has audio mixing features , keyboard shortcuts & scrubbers. You can mix audio & video from your side. This open source video editor supports MEF- material exchange format. The user friendly interface for drag & drop, direct manipulation, reducing complexity and native theme navigation. Pitivi supports multiple languages & a user manual support.

Avidemux

avidemux video editor for linux
avidemux video editor for linux

Avidemux is a free & open source video editor designed for simple cutting, splitting, merging, filtering and encoding, etc. This cross platform free video editor supports multiple file formats like AVI, MPEG, MP4, ASF, etc.It can create videos for many devices like iPhone , iPad & PSP.

Blender

blender video editor for linux
blender video editor for linux

Blender is a 3D graphics software. This is made mainly for visual effects , video games , animated films & 3D applications. The application is written in C, C++ & python. The main features of this software are skinning, 3D modeling, texturing, UV unwrapping, smoke and fluid simulation etc.

The computer graphics features are like rendering, video graphics editing, animating, sculpting, compositing, match moving, camera tracking, particle and soft body simulation.It supports 3D vector graphics ,special scan-line ray tracing can export in various variety system for internal render engine.

Cinelerra

cinelerra video editor for linux
cinelerra video editor for linux

Cinelerra is a simple video editing software that is made for capturing, compositing, and editing audio and video with sample level accuracy with a intuitive and friendly UI.

LiVES

lives video editor for linux
lives video editor for linux

LiVES is a specific video editor for Linux users. It is a combination of real time video performance & non-linear editing. The editing can be done without worrying about the video formats, rates, frame sized, etc. One application of LiVES is Video Jockey as it can work on multitrack timelines, mixing of clips and switching.

Open Shot

openshot video editor for linux
openshot video editor for linux

OpenShot is a video editor for Linux platform. This open source application is written in python & freely available. It supports many audio & video formats. The drag & drop feature is very good. The cutting , trimming , snapping & cropping is easy for the user. The support of video transition, compositing, 3d effects and motion picture credits is also included. It provides tools to work on HD video i.e. HDV & AVCHD.

Flowblade

flowblade video editor for linux
flowblade video editor for linux

Flowblade was released in 2014. This multi-track non linear video editor provides more precise & faster experience of editing.The various tools provides great experience of audio video editing. The techniques of appending, overwriting and inserting a clip on the timeline.It has more than 50 image filters & 30 audio filters to create a good output of video & audio.

Vivia

vivia video editor for linux
vivia video editor for linux

Vivia was released in 2008. This free editor is for both OS i.e. Linux & Windows. Vivia is an easy to use editor u

Latest version of Vivia was launched in 2008. This highly user friendly free video editor is not only made for Linux but is also appropraite for windows. The Vivia is an easy to handle video editor which is free for both personal as well as commercial purpose. Vivia ensures easy and simple non linear editings and real time transitions on a friendly interface. It also supports multi camera feature on which clips obtained simultaneously from different cameras can also be edited.

An additional feature that makes vivia more popular than other’s is that vivia has got a crash recovery. This features help you recover your work which was interupted because of system crash or failure.

How to install Kali Linux on your PC Step by Step – Manual Partition / Virtual Box & VMWare

Kali Linux is very popular Pen testing OS. It has the highest number of pen-testing tools which are available to the hackers for doing security related tools.

Kali Linux Minimum System Requirements

  • a 20 GB Hard Disk is required minimum.
  • 2 GB RAM is required for Dual Installation (i.e. Windows & Kali).If you are going to use VMWare then you must have 4 GB RAM.
  • CD-DVD Drive or USB Support

 Initial Steps of Kali Linux Installation

  1. Download Kali Linux ISO from the official website of Kali Linux. (https://www.kali.org/downloads/)
  2. Create Bootable USB pen drive with any software like Rufus / UNetBootin
  3. In case you are using Virtual Machine installation, then load the ISO file in the VMWare. (select Linux Type Debian -> VDI hard disk).
  4. An Internet Connection with LAN wire

Installation Procedure for Kali Linux in PC / VMWare

STEP 1 : Select to Boot your PC via Pen Drive. Soon you will see the Kali Screen , Choose Graphical Install from the options given.

STEP 2 : Select the Language from the options.

STEP 3 : Select your Country

STEP 4 : Select the preferred keyboard. The automatic installer will install the components from the ISO.

STEP 5 : Stay with the default username i.e. Kali.

STEP 6 : Now you will see a default domain name for the system , keep it or leave it & Continue.

STEP 7 : Use a password for your Kali Linux & Click continue.

STEP 8 : Now choose about the partition of Disk . Choose LVM for the beginners.

Step 9 : From the partitioning disk option & Select All Files in one partition for beginners.

Step 10 :Select finish partitioning and write changes to disk then hit continue .

Select Yes to write changes & click on continue. Wait for some time , installation is in process.

Configure the network mirrors. Select Yes on mirror network & click on continue.

This mirror helps the installation to download the kali repositories.

After the mirror process is complete & package manager is configured next step is taken.

Step 12 : Install the grub boot loader manually & select Yes & hit on continue.

Step 13 : Select the device to install the GRUB boot loader & select the Hard disk. You can also select the device manually.

Step 14 : Click on Finish Installation.

The installation process is done.

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Parrot 3.9 Security OS / Intruder released with new features – Download link & Review

ParrotSec has announced that it will release the Latest Parrot Security 3.9 Operating System in few weeks. The latest version of their OS has been released by them & calling the pen testers for the testing process. So, if you are a beta tester , then you can start with the beta release.

Parrot Security OS 3.9 (Intruder) review  & Download

The official announcement & the release notes of parrot 3.8 can be seen on the official website of Parrot OS. The announcement was also made on the official Facebook page of Parrot OS by the following sentence i.e. “Parrot 3.9 (codename intruder) is now available for download”.

Parrot Security OS 3.9 (Intruder) review
Parrot Security OS 3.9 (Intruder) review

Features of Parrot 3.9 Linux

The announcement also told about the future plans that they showed about the introduction of new features. These features are

  1. Fire-jail sand-boxing
  2. AppArmor,
  3. SELinux
  4. Tomoyo support

The flagship edition of parrot 3.9 is available for 32 & 64 bit platform. The main elements of Parrot 3.9 are

  • Linux kernel 4.13
  • The new Parrot 3.9 is based on the Debian 10 Buster.
  • MATE 1.18 desktop environment.

Besides this, you will get some pre-installed applications like Libre Office & Mozilla Firefox in the beta version. The full version will also have AnonSurf, TOR Browser, Cryptographic tolls, Security Pentesting tools, Digital Forensics Tools, Development Tools, Electrum Bitcoin wallet, Wine support, and UEFI support.

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KDE neon 5.11 is Out with Latest Plasma Release – Download or Upgrade to use the New Features

In our Last post we have written about the KDE Plasma 5.11 desktop release. This new version was developed by KDE Developers. There were so many features for which we have written in the same post, you can read it from here.

Also Read :- Features of KDE Plasma 5.11

After some days after the release of Plasma 5.11 desktop , the developers of same name have released the new product i.e. KDE Neon 5.11.

This website is made by me to inform people about various linux release & other updates related to the Linux. You can check it , if you are also a person of interest in Linux technologies. While , this went on a little promotion.

Coming back to the Neon 5.11 release. It is a perfect OS for a KDE lover. The other reason to install the OS are lightweight , stable distro that can enhance the capabilities of KDE Plasma & look for further options.

The developers of KDE were working on this to build farm. The compilation of packages were available on KDE Neon User Edition  & were upgardd to few hours ago.

As we all know who are familiar to the KDe Plasma 5.11 release , that the highlighted feature of KDE is the Vault. This vault can encrypt the files & decrypt them very smoothly.

KDE Neon 5.11
KDE Neon 5.11

Download KDE Neon 5.11 ISO Files

Those who are already using the KDE Neon can update their systems from the command. The command is given as below.

Note :-  The update is not available for KDE  Neon users LTS edition & is based on Plasma 5.8 desktop.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

The second case i.e. If you are going to make a fresh installation , then you have to download the ISO images from the link given.

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KDE Plasma 5.11 Release Announcements – Features like Vault will Make you a Fan of

KDE Plasma 5.11 Features , Release Notes

KDE has released their new autumn Plasma Feature release i.e. KDE Plasma 5.11. This release has bring a redesigned settings app , better notification & more powerful task manager. This release a new & unique feature among all the prev releases i.e. Vault. This Vault system allows the user to encrypt & open the documents in a secure environment. This helps for the people who deals with security documents & confidential information.

kde plasma download
kde plasma download

New System Settings Design in KDE Plasma 5.11

System Settings' New Design
System Settings’ New Design

The system settings has been updated with the new interface. This allows us to use the settings tab faster , as the mostly used settings will always be seen. The new design can be also be reverted to the old one , if any of the user prefers to use the old icon or tree views & use the same type of navigation.

Notification History

Notification History
Notification History

The demands let the developers to store the missed & expired notifications in history. This time , the notification system in Plasma release has been updated. By this, you will be able to see all the notifications which comes in your absence, as some of the notifications are override by the same application.

Task Manager Improvements

Kate with Session Jump List Actions
Kate with Session Jump List Actions

Task Manager in Plasma release provides dynamic jump list actions. In Plasma 5.10, the applications has additional actions to add the task entries statistically. The new app enables the access of internal functions i.e. text editor’s list of sessions, options to change application or document state, etc.. The access depends on the app which is running.

The windows can be rearranged in group popups can be done now. This can predict the order the opened applications. The task manager is improved for a smoother operation.

Plasma Vault in KDE Plasma 5.11

Plasma Vault Stores Your Files Securely
Plasma Vault Stores Your Files Securely

The most popular feature of this release is Plasma Vault. This vault will help you to work with sensitive & confidential information. The Plasma Vault allows to encrypt the set of documents & hide them from any other user when they are logged in. The encryption & decryption process of these documents are done very easily.

App Launcher Menu Improvements

Plasma Vault Stores Your Files Securely
Plasma Vault Stores Your Files Securely

The launchers have search results which were previously available for application menu. Now there is no need to manually install or edit an applications. The Kicker application launcher will be hidden if there is no favourites there. It also chooses an icon from a current icon theme from the pictures present on your hard disk. You can set multiple favourites per activity.

The menus of different menus share the favourite applications so as to save your settings if you change the launcher app.

Folder View

The user’s feedback has been taken to action & the default desktop layout in Plasma 5.10. There are some keyboard shortcuts which will help you to spread the icons uniformly on the unpleasant gaps i.e. on the right & bottom edges of screen. There is one mechanism introduced with the icons for less disk access.

Plasma 5.11 Wayland

One app window, two monitors, two DPIs
One app window, two monitors, two DPIs

The Linux Desktop has got the next generation display server tech called Wayland. It allows improved visual quality & less overhead which provides more security with clear protocol semantics. A session of Wayland has visible features i.e. probably smoother graphics & cleaner user’s experience. The Plasma Wayland is not the replacement for X11, but more users enjoy with Wayland.

The Plasma Wayland has given a lot of effort. Plasma can now automatically apply scaling based on the pixel density of a screen & does the same for each screen individually. This results in improved user experience on multiple monitors. This helps when an external monitor is connected to the laptop. Moreover, legacy applications not supporting this functionality may be upscaled to remain readable.

It allows for a complete X-free environment , starting the Xwayland compatibility layer only when an application requires. This improves the performance & security and reduces resource consumption.

The Wayland session can be set up by ConsoleKit2 instead of Logind, which increase the number of supported platform.

Some Other Improvements in Plasma 5.11

  • The Application identification logic i.e. used to pin apps in Task Manager is improved.
  • The Audio Indicator denotes the sound in Task Manager.
  • Windows can be moved easily.
  • Wayland Windows can be controlled by Window shortcuts.
  • Window title logic has been unified between X and Wayland windows

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Mint Linux 18.3 Sylvia is Going to release on December 2017 – The new Base of Release is Ubuntu 16.04.3

Mint Linux 18.2 Sonya was released in June this year which was based on Ubuntu 16.04.02 LTS with many new & updated features. Now they have started the development of their next version i.e. Linux Mint 18.3.

Code Name for Linux Mint 18.3

The code name for the new version is Sylvia & the actual name is Mint Linux 18.3.

Linux Mint 18.3 Release Date –  Features of Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia in December 2017

The development of the Mint Linux have already started telling about the new features that are successfully imposed on the OS. The release date of new OS is not confirmed yet, but the experts are expecting it in the December 2017.

Hope you Know the base of new Linux Mint 18.3 is Ubuntu 16.04.3 base.

Linux Mint 18.3 features that have been implemented

Login screen, HybridSleep

There are lot of configuration options in the login screen of Mint Linux. This can be used to hide the user list & place the names manually. The Linux Mint Cinnamon Desktop supports Hybrid Sleep which supports Hibernation & sleep at the same time.

Mint Software Manager

The Software manager of Mint Linux 18.3 has some improvements to get more modern & polished. The application is now for GTK3 for HiDPi support , earlier it was based on Webkit. User Interface is based on GNOME software now, which is faster than before.

Mint Software Manager Mint 18.3
Mint Software Manager Mint 18.3

Window Progress

A Window progress bar has been added to the new OS which can be used to improve your efficiency. Using this you can change the window before a task gets complete. This is implemented using a C library called LibXApp.

Linux mint 18.3 progress bar
Linux mint 18.3 progress bar

Mint Backup Tool

This application is written again to improve some of the things in this. Now it can work without Root & it can backup your Home Directory. The backup is stored in tar archive & it can restore all your files exactly as before.

Linux mint 18.3 backup tool
Linux mint 18.3 backup tool

System Reports

The new version will also release a new tool called mintReport which helps to generate system reports & help to troubleshoot.

Other Improvements

Some applications like Upload Manager & Domain Blocker are not pre-installed here. These are to be downloaded from Mint Repositories.

Hope this will be released in December 2017.

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