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By Namerah S
How to enable the dark theme on Facebook desktop
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Social media giant Facebook released dark mode for the desktop and iOS platforms in March last year. Even though testing of the Android version of the dark theme began earlier, general availability came out after the desktop and iOS versions.
We have already done a tutorial to turn on dark mode on Android. Today's guide will walk you through the steps of toggling the desktop version of dark mode. Follow the below instructions to say hello to the dark side of Facebook on PCs.
Step 1: Visit Facebook on your PC's web browser. Once open, locate the small arrow pointing downwards on the upper left corner of the dashboard and click on it.
Step 2: After clicking on the little downwards-pointing arrow, a dropdown menu will pop up. Select the "Display & accessibility" option.
Step 3: Clicking on the "Display & accessibility" option will take you to the dark mode feature. Simply click "on" to enable it.
Here are some before and after screenshots to showcase the differences in theme on Facebook's desktop dark mode:
With that, we conclude this short and easy tutorial to toggle the dark mode on Facebook on desktops. Happy browsing!
By News Staff
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by Steven Parker
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With a step-by-step recipe approach, the book starts by introducing you to various threats to Linux systems. Then, this book will walk you through customizing the Linux kernel and securing local files. Next, you will move on to managing user authentication both locally and remotely and mitigating network attacks. Later, you will learn about application security and kernel vulnerabilities. You will also learn about patching Bash vulnerability, packet filtering, handling incidents, and monitoring system logs. Finally, you will learn about auditing using system services and performing vulnerability scanning on Linux.
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By Abhay V
Google rolling out dark theme for Search on the desktop for some users
by Abhay Venkatesh
Google seems to be rolling out a new dark mode for Search on the desktop for some users. A new pop-up message suggesting that “Dark theme is now available has begun showing up for people, based on user posts on Twitter, which was corroborated by folks over at 9to5Google as well. The feature seems to also be showing up for users when accessing Google Search from the desktop in Incognito mode.
The prompt reportedly redirects users to a setting that lets them choose between light, dark, or system theme. This means that the search engine will adapt to the system theme settings on Windows and macOS, making it a much more streamlined option for those that prefer to switch between themes regularly. However, it is not clear if the rollout is part of an A/B test or an actual staggered release since the feature supposedly gets disabled for some users after a page refresh or when users navigate to image search.
This isn’t the first time that users have been able to spot dark mode for Search on the web. Back in May last year, the company was testing the theming option on mobile browsers via a hidden flag. Early this year, there were reports of a randomized test with an experience similar to what users are reporting today.
As for the theming option itself, the company is keeping the experience in line with its mobile apps, which means that the UI adapts a dark grey background color with white text. From the screenshots posted by users, it does not look like there are too many rough edges, although, the theme is applicable only to a few pages.
The addition of a dark theme for Search on the web will be a welcome addition for those that prefer the theming option, especially when working in dimly lit environments. It will be interesting to see if the Mountain View company expands the rollout of the feature soon or if this is another toe dip in the water to gauge reception from users.
Debian 10.8 launches with new software patches and updates
by Paul Hill
Image via Alex Makas The Debian Project has announced the availability of Debian 10.8, the eighth update to its stable distribution Debian 10. Each time a point release is made available, a new ISO is spun with all the latest security fixes and software updates so that they do not need to be installed when Debian is installed on a new system.
Some packages that have received updates with Debian 10.8 include Firefox ESR, Chromium, Flatpak, VLC, the Linux kernel, OpenSSL, X.Org, APT and Thunderbird. The NVIDIA graphics drivers have also been updated to a newer upstream version that fixes a denial of service issue.
Appealing to users to think about the environment, the Debian Project said:
Debian 10 was first launched on July 6, 2019, and it’s set to receive long-term support until 2024. Each new version of Debian arrives every two years but launch dates are not set in stone. If there aren’t any delays, Debian 11 should come out this year and Debian 10 will be demoted to the status of Old Stable alongside Debian 9 which is maintained by the main Debian security team until July 18, 2020.
Canonical releases second point release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
by Paul Hill
Canonical has announced the availability of Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS – the second point release for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. As with other point releases, Canonical has spun a new ISO that includes all the security and software updates and it comes with the latest hardware enablement stacks so that newer hardware works properly.
Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS is available for the Desktop, Server, and Cloud products as well as other flavours of Ubuntu such as Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu. If you want to download any of the Ubuntu products or the spins, head over to the Ubuntu downloads page and find what you want.
According to the Ubuntu 20.04 release notes page, Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS ships with the Linux 5.8 kernel instead of Linux 5.4 which was the original kernel shipped last April when Focal Fossa came out. Those installing Ubuntu Server will have to opt-in to using the new kernel through the installer bootloader as it’s not the default choice.
As with all Ubuntu LTS releases, you should expect security and software updates for five years until the first half of 2025. The derivative flavours are an exception, however, receiving support for just three years.