Nextcloud Partners with Nitrokey, Unauthorized Version of Arch Linux Available from the Microsoft Store, VirtualBox 6.0.8 Released, Help Test Plasma Theme Switching and Intel Announces Major Clear Linux Update

News briefs for May 15, 2019.

Nextcloud this morning announced a new partnership with Nitrokey, maker of
highly secure, open-source encryption USB keys. From the press release: “The
Nitrokey Pro 2 and Nitrokey Storage 2 devices have been verified to
work easily with Nextcloud’s one-time passwords for secure two-factor
authentication (2FA). This protects users’ accounts in the event of
compromised passwords. Furthermore the USB keys feature a password manager,
a cryptographic key store for email encryption and SSH administration. In
addition the Nitrokey Storage 2 contains an encryption mass storage drive
with the option of hidden volumes.” In addition, Nextcloud and Nitrokey
will explore further collaboration “especially in the area of end-to-end
encryption and secure storage of
cryptographic keys”. See the Nextcloud
blog
for more details.

An unauthorized version of Arch Linux for WSL is now available from the
Microsoft Store. Bleeping
Computer reports
that “an Arch Linux team member has also pointed out that
the distribution on the Microsoft Store added an unknown repository to the
pacman.conf file, so if you install packages through it, it is not known if
they have been tampered with.”

VirtualBox 6.0.8 has been released. According to Softpedia
News
, this is a maintenance and stability release, but it does fix some
important problems, such as saved state resume failures and mouse click
pass-through issues. For Linux platforms, this release also adds “support
for shared folders on systems powered by Linux kernel 3.16.35 LTS, support
for correctly handling the read-only flag of shared folders, and support
for successfully building the VirtualBox kernel module in both non-default
and debug build setups.” See the full changelog for
more information.

KDE
needs your help with testing Plasma Theme switching
: “Please get one of
the Live images with latest code from the Plasma developers hands (or if
you build manually yourself from master branches, last night’s code
should be fine) and give the switching of Plasma Themes a good test, so we
can be sure things will work as expected on arrival of Plasma 5.16:
KDE neon
Unstable Edition
and
openSUSE
Krypton
.
If you find glitches, please report them here
in the comments
, or better on
the #plasma IRC channel.

Intel announces a major update to Clear Linux and a new developer edition.
ZDNet
reports
that “In the new developer edition, besides giving developers a
Linux designed to make the most of Intel hardware, its basic programmer
bundles are curated to provide all the relevant developer tools with one
installation command.” With this update, Clear Linux also includes “Intel
hardware optimized programmer software stacks for Deep Learning and Data
Analytics
“.

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