FOSS Project Spotlight: Ravada

FOSS Project Spotlight: Ravada

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Francesc Guasch
Fri, 04/13/2018 – 13:48

Ravada is an open-source project that allows users to connect to a
virtual desktop.

Currently, it supports KVM, but its back end has been designed and
implemented in order to allow future hypervisors to be added to the
framework. The client’s only requirements are a web-browser and a remote
viewer supporting the spice protocol.

Ravada’s main features include:

  • KVM back end.
  • LDAP and SQL authentication.
  • Kiosk mode.
  • Remote access for Windows and Linux.
  • Light and fast virtual machine clones for each user.
  • Instant clone creation.
  • USB redirection.
  • Easy and customizable end-user interface (i18n, l10n).
  • Administration from a web browser.

It’s very easy to install and use. Following the documentation, virtual
machines can be deployed in minutes. It’s an early release, but it’s
already used
in production. The project is open source, and you can download the code
from GitHub. Contributions welcome!

choose a screenList of virtual machines

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Elisa Music Player Debuts, Zenroom Crypto-Language VM Reaches Version 0.5.0 and More

News briefs for April 13, 2018.

The Elisa music player, developed by the KDE community, debuted yesterday, with
version 0.1. Elisa has good integration wtih the Plasma desktop and also supports
other Linux desktop environments, as well as Windows and Android. In addition, the
Elisa release announcement notes, “We are creating a reliable product that is a joy to
use and respects our users’ privacy. As such, we will prefer to support online services
where users are in control of their data.”

Mozilla released Firefox 11.0 for iOS yesterday, and this new version turns on
tracking protection by default
. The feature uses a list provided by Disconnect to
identify trackers, and it also provides options for turning it on or off overall or
for specific websites.

The Zenroom project, a brand-new crypto-language
virtual machine, has reached version 0.5.0. Zenroom’s goal is “improving people’s awareness of how their data is
processed by algorithms, as well facilitate the work of developers to create and
publish algorithms that can be used both client and server side.” In addition, it
“has no
external dependencies, is smaller than 1MB, runs in less than 64KiB memory and is
ready for experimental use on many target platforms: desktop, embedded, mobile, cloud
and browsers.” The program is free software and is licensed under the GNU LGPL v3.
Its main use case is “distributed computing of untrusted code where advanced
cryptographic functions are required”.

ZFS On Linux, recently in the news for data-loss issues, may finally
be getting SSD TRIM
support
, which has been in the works for years, according to Phoronix.

System76 recently became a GNOME Foundation Advisory Board member. Neil McGovern,
Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, commented “System76’s long-term ambition
to see free software grow is highly commendable, and we’re extremely pleased that
they’re coming on board to help support the Foundation and the community.” See the betanews
article
for more details.

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RHSA-2018:1125-1: Critical: python-paramiko security update

Red Hat Enterprise Linux: An update for python-paramiko is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4
Advanced Update Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Advanced Update Support,
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Advanced Update Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6.6 Telco Extended Update Support, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Extended
Update Support.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of
Critical. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a
detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE
link(s) in the References section.
CVE-2018-7750

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RHSA-2018:1124-1: Critical: python-paramiko security update

Red Hat Enterprise Linux: An update for python-paramiko is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of
Critical. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a
detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE
link(s) in the References section.
CVE-2018-7750

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