THRONES OF BRITANNIA Coming to Linux June 7, Google Brings Linux App Support to Samsung's Chromebook Plus, Jailhouse v. 0.9 Now Available and More

News briefs for June 5, 2018.

Feral Interactive announced this morning that Thrones of Britannia
is coming to Linux on June 7, 2018.
Linux system requirements are as follows: OS = Ubuntu
18.04; processor = Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent; memory = 8GB of RAM;
graphics = 2GB AMD R9 285 (GCN 3rd Gen and above), 2GB Nvidia 680 or better;
storage = 15GB available space; in addition, it requires Vulkan
AMD graphics cards; Mesa 18.0.0 or later (Mesa 18.0.4 is recommended); and
Nvidia graphics cards require driver version 390.59 or later. You can
pre-order it now from the Feral
Store
for $39.99, and you can watch the trailer here.

Google is now bringing Linux app support to Samsung’s Chromebook Plus, The
Verge reports
. The story notes that “You’ll have to opt-in to the
developer-only build of Chrome OS, enable things labeled as beta and
experimental, and then use the Terminal to install Linux apps.” See also the quick How-To
on Reddit
to get started.

The Privacy Awareness Academy announced its “sponsorship of a new social media awareness campaign that is designed
to educate business owners about the European Union’s new GDPR”. Dale Penn,
Privacy Awareness Academy President, says “Our privacy
awareness insights, combined with our web-based interactive employee training
content will help businesses fortify their own human firewall.”

The new version of partitioning hypervisor Jailhouse, version 0.9, was released
yesterday. New features include introducing unit infrastructure to the
hypervisor, simplifying build-time additions of complex features and
improving the Linux loader command with better control over kernel vs.
initramfs distance and more. You can download it from here.

Ubuntu’s new server installer soon will support RAID and LAN bonding,
Phoronix
reports
. The next point release is expected end of July.

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Data Privacy: Why It Matters and How to Protect Yourself

When it comes to privacy on the internet, the safest approach is
to cut your Ethernet cable or power down your device. But,
because you can’t really do that and remain somewhat productive, you
need other options. This article provides a general overview of the situation, steps
you can take to mitigate risks and
finishes with a tutorial on setting up a virtual private network.

Sometimes when you’re not too careful, you increase your risk
of exposing more information than you should, and often to the wrong
recipients—Facebook is a prime example. The company providing
the social-media product of the same name has been under
scrutiny recently and for good reason. The point wasn’t that Facebook
directly committed the atrocity, but more that a company linked to the
previous US presidential election was able to access and inappropriately
store a large trove of user data from the social-media site. This data
then was used to target specific individuals. How did it happen though? And
what does that mean for Facebook (and other social-media) users?

In the case of Facebook, a data analysis firm called
Cambridge Analytica was given permission by the social-media site to
collect user data from a downloaded application. This data included
users’ locations, friends and even the content the users “liked”.
The application supposedly was developed to act as a personality test,
although the data it mined from users was used for so much more and
in what can be considered not-so-legal methods.

At a high level, what does this all mean? Users allowed a third party
to access their data without fully comprehending the implications. That
data, in turn, was sold to other agencies or campaigns, where it was
used to target those same users and their peer networks. Through
ignorance, it becomes increasingly easy to “share” data and do
so without fully understanding the consequences.

Getting to the Root of the Problem

For some, deleting your social-media account may not be an option. Think
about it. By deleting
your Facebook account, for example, you may essentially be deleting the
platform that your family and friends choose to share some of the
greatest events in their lives. And although I continue to throw Facebook in
the spotlight, it isn’t the real problem. Facebook merely is taking
advantage of a system with zero to no regulations on how user privacy
should be handled. Honestly, we, as a society, are making up these rules
as we go along.

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Shedding Old Architectures and Compilers in the Kernel

The kernel development process tends to be focused on addition: each new release supports more drivers, more features, and often new processor architectures. As a result, almost every kernel release has been larger than its predecessor. But occasionally even the kernel needs to slim down a bit. Upcoming kernel releases are likely to see the removal of support for a number of unloved architectures and, in an unrelated move, the removal of support for some older compilers.

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