Linux & Open Source News Of The Week — “Biggest Ever” Linux Kernel 4.9

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Last week, Linux kernel 4.9–the biggest ever Linux release–arrived. We also witnessed two big Linux distros in the form of Linux Mint 18.1 and CentOS 7 1611. For more open source and Linux news, read our weekly roundup and stay in the know.

Linux & Open Source News Of The Week

“Biggest ever” Linux kernel 4.9 released

Linux boss Linus Torvalds unleashed Linux kernel 4.9. This is the biggest ever Linux kernel release in terms of commits. A big bulk of code came from AMD GPU register definition files and Ara’s “greybus.”

Most Ubuntu installations affected by remote code execution bug

A security researcher named Donncha O’Cearbhaill found a remote code execution bug in Ubuntu Linux, which affected all default Ubuntu installations of versions 12.10 and later. Canonical has released the patch for the same, which can be grabbed via Ubuntu update.

Linux Mint 18.1 And CentOS 7 1611 Released

Linux Mint 18.1 ‘Serena’ was released with Cinnamon 3.2 and MATE 1.16. The latest version of this popular Linux distribution is based on Linux kernel 4.4 and Ubuntu 16.04. Mint 18.1 will remain supported until 2021.

CentOS 7 1611, the fourth major update to the RHEL-based Linux distro for servers, was also released. CentOS now supports 7th generation Intel Core processors, Bluetooth LE, etc.

Android Things: Google announces new Android-based IoT OS

Google announced the developer preview of Android Things–its new Android-based platform for IoT devices. It comes preloaded with multiple tools like Android Studio, Android SDK, Google Play Services, etc. If you’re interested, you can go ahead and get the Android Things Developer Preview from Google’s website.

Ultra Minimal Ubuntu Budgie is coming, uses 220MB or less or RAM

The Ubuntu Budgie developers teased a new spin of their distro that’s supposed to be “Ultra Minimal.” This version is expected to consume 220MB or less of RAM. Also, it’s supposed to ship without any standard desktop or preinstalled applications.

Sandboxed Tor Browser 0.0.2 Alpha is here to protect your anonymity

Due to the lack of proper sandboxing mechanisms in Mozilla’s Firefox web browser, a Tor developer has created his own version of Sandboxed Tor Browser. The interested users can download an early version of Sandboxed Tor Browser 0.0.2 Alpha.

Browsix: A Unix-like open source OS in your browser

The developers from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, have created a Unix-like operating system named Browsix that can run in your web browser. Using a JavaScript-based kernel, it extends the JS runtimes for C++, C, Node.js, and Go programs.

Ubuntu 17.04 — Release date and new features

Ubuntu 17.04 is scheduled to release on April 13, 2017. This short term release will be supported for nine months. While more details about the project are unavailable at the moment, it’s expected to bring more capabilities to Unity 8 and make Snaps a more prominent part of Ubuntu.