Linux Mint 18: Will run Cinnamon 3.0 and might be called Sarah

In today's open source roundup: Linux Mint 18 will use Cinnamon 3.0 and might be named Sarah. Plus: Gameloft's Order & Chaos 2 available for Android. And a hack bypasses Android's lock screen

Linux Mint 18: Cinnamon 3.0 and Sarah

The Linux Mint developers have been busy toiling away in the background on Linux Mint 18. When it is released it will use Cinnamon 3.0 and it might be named Sarah, according to a recent report in Softpedia.

Silviu Stacie reports for Softpedia:

The Cinnamon desktop is currently the default one being used with Linux Mint, although the distro can be found in other flavors, like MATE, Xfce, and KDE, not to mention that there is a version out there based on Debian and not Ubuntu.

"The release after 17.3 is version 18 (i.e. we’re starting a new base on 16.04, it’s another LTS). 17.x releases are then supported until 2019 for bug fixes and security fixes, but in terms of new features, after 17.3 we’ll start targeting 18.x. To give you an example Cinnamon 2.8 is planned for Mint 17.3, whereas Cinnamon 3.0 is planned for Mint 18," writes Clement.

The developer has also made a comment about the name of the Linux Mint 18 and he has said that it could be named Sarah, but that's not set in stone.

More at Softpedia

Order and Chaos 2 available for Android

Gameloft's new MMORPG Order and Chaos 2 is now available for Android. The first version of the game proved to be quite popular since it offered a World of Warcraft type experience on mobile devices.

Jimmy Westenberg reports for Android Authority:

In Order and Chaos 2, you’ll be able to join thousands of other players from around the world to complete online multiplayer quests. You can choose from five different races at the start – Orc, Human, Elf, Mendel and the all-new Kratan – and choose between five classes such as Blood Knight, Ranger, Mage, Warrior and Monk. Of course, you’ll be able to upgrade and evolve your weapons and armor throughout your journey, as well.

There are hundreds of unique quests available in the game, complete with some pretty terrifying MMO bosses. There are two new features available in this game, solo dungeons and instant quests, which we first checked out a few weeks ago. Solo dungeons are meant for players who don’t have any other group members or are pressed on time. Instant quests allow you to skip through dialogue with NPCs to get quicker access to a quest. These are two new features that will definitely make the title more enjoyable for fans of all types of MMORPGs.

More at Android Authority

Hack bypasses Android lock screens

Speaking of Android, Wired has a report about a hack that bypasses the Android lock screen. Hopefully Google is working on a patch for the bug, but it remains to be seen when it will be available for Android users. 

Andy Greenberg reports for Wired:

A security analyst at the University of Texas’s information security office in Austin has discovered that the widespread version 5 of Android is vulnerable to an easy lock-screen-bypass attack. The hack consists of basic steps like entering a long, arbitrary collection of characters into the phone’s Emergency Call dial pad and repeatedly pressing the camera shutter button. UT’s John Gordon, who outlines the full hack in this security notice and demonstrates it in the video below, says the trick offers full access to the apps and data on affected phones. And by using that access to enable developer mode, he says that an attacker could also connect to the phone via USB and install malicious software.

Gordon tested the attack only on Nexus devices, but he believes it likely works on other Android devices that use version 5 of the operating system. He reported the issue to Google in late June, and Google issued a patch for the problem last month. But given Android’s problem of depending on carriers to push out patches to devices, Gordon believes that most of the affected phones remain vulnerable for now. Google hasn’t yet responded to WIRED’s request for comment.

More at Wired

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