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Chrome OS to support running Linux software in virtual machines

Chrome OS to support running Linux software in virtual machines

The idea of a fusion of Android and Chrome OS might not be totally dead but is, instead, taking on a different form. And that form comes in Chrome OS’ ability to run almost any kind of software from any OS, officially or otherwise. A recently spotted change to the Chromium source seems to imply that, in just a few months, Chromebooks might officially support running Linux software, considerably expanding the number of possible uses these “cloud” machines can have.

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Signal Foundation: WhatsApp co-founder makes private chat a nonprofit

Signal Foundation: WhatsApp co-founder makes private chat a nonprofit

A nonprofit organization was just revealed, made by the folks at Signal (the chat platform and app) and co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton. This nonprofit organization was "made possible" by Brian Acton and aims to "support, accelerate, and broaden Signal’s mission of making private communication accessible and ubiquitous." In short, it'll turn Signal into an organization into which funds can flow for the betterment of Signal, a truly private form of communication.

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Nintendo Switch running Linux will get homebrewers excited

Nintendo Switch running Linux will get homebrewers excited

Even though the Switch is still a relatively new console (it isn't even a full year old yet), modders and hackers have been hard at work trying to bend it to their will. Modding communities always pop up around new consoles, but it's particularly exciting with the Switch because of its portable nature. Those modders have made some progress with the Switch in the time since launch, but today we're seeing the most impressive development yet.

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Nintendo Switch now runs a Linux graphical desktop

Nintendo Switch now runs a Linux graphical desktop

The Nintendo Switch has easily become the darling of gamers and, unsurprisingly, a few modders seeking to push the handheld gaming console to the limits. And, no, were not just talking about homebrew game development. A little over a week ago, hacker fail0verflow demonstrated booting up Linux on the Switch, albeit with just an image of a bootup screen. Now to address doubts and maybe even stir up more speculation, fail0verflow releases a short video clip of the Switch running a more conventional and fully graphical Linux desktop setup.

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Nintendo Switch Linux hack offers good news for homebrew

Nintendo Switch Linux hack offers good news for homebrew

For as long as consoles have been around, people have been hacking them. Nintendo in particular has a long and storied history with hackers, especially with its more modern consoles. Healthy homebrew scenes popped up around the Wii, DS, and 3DS, and now that the Switch is on the scene, hackers have turned their attention to it.

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Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel isn’t exactly having a good few months as far as security goes. Just two months ago, the chip maker admitted to having discovered quite a number of severe security flaws in its firmware, specifically those related to its Management Engine. Now another, still undisclosed vulnerability has both Linux and Windows kernel programmers scrambling to put out a fix. Unfortunately, this is a case where the cure is almost, just almost, as bad as the disease, potentially causing almost all modern Intel processors to perform significantly slower than they do today.

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Samsung Linux on Galaxy might run full, graphical Linux desktops

Samsung Linux on Galaxy might run full, graphical Linux desktops

Samsung sometimes tries to be too much like Google and engages in moonshot projects that are often abandoned quickly. So when it launched its new DeX “phone as a desktop” platform, it was natural for some people to wonder how long it would last. At least, for now, it seems that Samsung is investing a sizeable amount of resources to expand its coverage, like its upcoming Linux on Galaxy feature. Samsung just posted a concept video hinting that it could be more than what others have been able to do.

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Samsung DeX Linux on Galaxy really wants you to ditch your PC

Samsung DeX Linux on Galaxy really wants you to ditch your PC

There is no shortage of phones, platforms, and tools that promise the ability to use only your smartphone as your day to day computing device. Almost all of them, however, fall short when it comes to a few use cases, especially those related to multimedia work and software development. Samsung DeX is the latest such attempt and comes close to that dream. Soon, it will be taking one step closer with its upcoming Linux on Galaxy app that delivers a Linux environment of your choice right on your phone and, of course, on your makeshift desktop.

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KRACK hack means every WiFi device is at risk

KRACK hack means every WiFi device is at risk

It isn't often we hear of a vulnerability that could potentially affect every device you own, but a new type of attack being detailed today could very well do that. Described as key reinstallation attacks (KRACK, for short), these new exploits "work against all modern protected WiFi networks." That, in case you were wondering, is bad news.

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GPD Pocket Ubuntu Editon Review

GPD Pocket Ubuntu Editon Review

Netbooks are often ridiculed as a solution looking for a problem but they are also regarded as the ancestors of present day Chromebooks and “cloudbooks”. With the resurgence of these more modern but still low-performance devices, it might seem that the netbook is due for a revival as well. Or so that seems to be the proposition GPD makes with its almost literal Pocket computer. But does that make more sense now than it did before, especially in an age of powerful smartphones? We take the Ubuntu Edition of the GPD Pocket for a good and thorough testing to find out.

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Purism Librem 5: the promise of a truly free, truly open phone

Purism Librem 5: the promise of a truly free, truly open phone

Part of the appeal of Android is its openness, at least compared to iOS. But, let’s face it. Google isn’t running a charity and Android’s direction will always be aligned with Google’s business. There will always be a large hole to be filled as far as a truly open, truly free, truly secure, and truly private phone goes. And Purism, the people behind the more or less successful Librem laptops, is diving into that space with the Librem 5 phone, and it is taking open source communities along for the ride.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux leaves beta in Fall Creators Update

Windows Subsystem for Linux leaves beta in Fall Creators Update

“Windows Linux”. Two words I would have never thought I’d mention so close to each other, and yet that is the reality that the computing world will face this coming Fall. Microsoft has made it official that its Windows Subsystem for Linux, a.k.a. WSL, a.k.a. Linux on Windows, will be shedding off its beta tag once Windows 10 Falls Creators Update comes around. While nothing really changes, it does mean that Microsoft is making a big commitment to offering official support for this feature that nobody really saw coming years ago.

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