May 29, 2014

Suspicious TrueCrypt Announcement Declares The Tool Insecure, Development Stopped

TrueCrypt was an application which could be used to create virtual encrypted disks within a file or encrypt entire partitions or storage devices. I said "was" because Truecrypt's homepage started redirecting to its SourceForge page and a warning is displayed at the top of the page:

"WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues

This page exists only to help migrate existing data encrypted by TrueCrypt.

The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images. Such integrated support is also available on other platforms (click here for more information). You should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform

And then, the page goes on, explaining how to migrate your data from TrueCrypt to BitLocker.

On a first look, this doesn't seem legit because of the redirection (why not change its homepage?), the message (if there are security issues, why not fix them or at least try to? also, a recent security audit didn't reveal major issues though more audits were pending) and because of the alternative the page recommends: BitLocker, a proprietary full disk encryption feature included with Windows, which poses quite a few security concerns itself.

The TrueCrypt SourceForge page now hosts a new version of TrueCrypt which contains warnings that the program isn't safe to use. Also, the application was changed so that it allows users to decrypt data but not to create new volumes.

There are various speculations as to what actually happened with TrueCrypt, including scenarios in which the NSA had pressured the developers into doing this or that they've refused to add NSA backdoors. On the other hand, Matthew Green, a professor specializing in cryptography at Johns Hopkins University and one of the people that worked on the TrueCrypt audit, says that he thinks this is legit.

Here are some interesting articles / comments on this topic:

What do you think?

via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog

May 27, 2014

Spice Up Your Linux Desktop With The Moka Project GTK / Icon Themes

Many of you are probably already familiar with the Moka Project but, since I never covered it, and the project has evolved a lot recently, I though I'd write an article about it now.

Stark Ceru GTK theme / Faba Ceru icon theme in Unity (Ubuntu 14.04)

Moka started as a single icon theme but it has evolved into an entire project which includes multiple GTK and icon themes for the Linux desktop as well as icon themes for Android, all designed / developed by +Sam Hewitt.

Currently, the Moka Project consists of 3 beautiful GTK themes (Moka, Orchis and Stark) and 3 icon themes (Moka, Faba and Faba Colors) for Linux desktops, accompanied by a GNOME Shell and a Plank theme.

Here are a few screenshots with some of the GTK / icon themes included in the Moka Project:

Moka Icon Theme

Faba Colors

To allow you to choose from 6 different folder colors, there's a supplementary theme to Faba called Faba Colors (along with Faba Light/Dark) which you can see above. Faba Color matches the Stark GTK theme, which is available in the same color variations:

Stark GTK theme

Below you can see some of the Moka Project GTK / icon themes in action:

Orchis GTK theme / Moka icon theme in GNOME Shell

Orchis GTK theme / Faba Roja icon theme in Unity

Moka GTK theme / Faba Viol icon theme in Unity

Moka GTK3

Orchis GTK3

Stark Lutu GTK3

Stark Roja GTK3

Stark Verd GTK3

Moka GNOME Shell theme

It's also worth mentioning that according to Sam Hewitt, Orchis is the main project GTK theme, and not Moka, as you would expect. Moka GTK theme is still maintained though.

Download the Moka Project GTK / icon themes

All the Moka Project GTK / icon themes are available in repositories for Ubuntu / Linux Mint (Launchpad PPA), Fedora, openSUSE and Arch Linux (AUR).

The themes are free to download but there's also an option to donate to help its development and for this reason, I won't add installation instructions here. Instead, head over to the Moka Project website and simply click the theme you want to install, then click the Download button and follow the instructions.

To change the GTK / icon theme, use a tool such as Unity Tweak Tool, GNOME Tweak Tool, Ubuntu Tweak, etc.

Important note: the Moka Project website doesn't mention the GTK version required by the GTK themes. I've tested the GTK themes with Ubuntu 12.04 (which uses GTK 3.4) and the themes looked broken so I assume the GTK themes require at least GTK 3.6 (the themes seemed to look ok in my brief Ubuntu 12.10 / GTK 3.6 test).

Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.

some images via Moka Project

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Leadwerks Game Engine Available In Ubuntu Software Center (Native Linux Game Development Software)

Last year, Leadwerks Software ran a Kickstarter campaign to bring their game development software to Linux. The company raised $42,358 (of the $20,000 goal) so Leadwerks Game Engine is now available for Linux and starting today, you can buy it via Ubuntu Software Center.

The Leadwerks Engine is a 3D game engine powered by OpenGL 4.0 which made its debut in 2008. The engine makes use of the Newton Game Dynamics SDK 2.0 for physics and OpenAL and EAX for sound and 3D sound effects.

It features built-in level design tools, an integrated LUA script editor, visual flowgraph and so on. For more information, check out the official feature list.

Josh Klint, the Leadwerks CEO, wrote in an email sent to WebUpd8 recently that their software is important for two reasons:

  • Linux users are no longer reliant on games ported from Windows; they can now make and play their own games, without ever leaving Linux.

  • We are opening the door for more games to come to Linux, like "Rogue System" and the other titles featured on our site.

In a press release, Josh Klint also mentions that:

"The PC platform plays to the company’s strengths in graphics and development tools. Linux is where the really exciting developments are happening, on the desktop and in the living room. Leadwerks for Linux is designed to bring user-friendly game development to desktop Linux, and Ubuntu is the leader in this space, so it makes sense to focus our efforts there. Growing a community of Ubuntu game developers is our primary goal over the next 12 months".

Below you can watch a quick video on building games for Ubuntu with Leadwerks:

(direct video link)

Install Leadwerks Game Engine in Ubuntu

Leadwerks Game Engine: Standard Edition is available in the Ubuntu Software Center starting today and it costs US$ 199.99. Click the button below to open it in Ubuntu Software Center:

Or, search for "Leadwerks" in Ubuntu Software Center.

A Leadwerks Game Engine demo is also available, HERE.

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