Mycroft Mark II, Chronicle, Intel and Bionic Beaver

News briefs for January 26, 2018.

The Mycroft Mark II Open Source Voice Assistant (that doesn't spy on you) just launched on Kickstarter. Mycroft source code is available on GitHub.

Alphabet, Google's parent company, recently launched a security company named Chronicle, "a cybersecurity intelligence platform that can help organizations better manage and understand their own data".

Intel announced yesterday that it plans to release new chips with built-in mitigations for Spectre and Meltdown sometime this year.

The next Ubuntu LTS release, Bionic Beaver, will default to the traditional Xorg graphics stack rather than the newer Wayland. See the Ubuntu Community Hub for more info.

Jill Franklin is an editorial professional with more than 17 years experience in technical and scientific publishing, both print and digital. As Executive Editor of Linux Journal, she wrangles writers, develops content, manages projects, meets deadlines and makes sentences sparkle. She also was Managing Editor for TUX and Embedded Linux Journal, and the book Linux in the Workplace. Before entering the Linux and open-source realm, she was Managing Editor of several scientific and scholarly journals, including Veterinary Pathology, The Journal of Mammalogy, Toxicologic Pathology and The Journal of Scientific Exploration. In a previous life, she taught English literature and composition, managed a bookstore and tended bar. When she’s not bugging writers about deadlines or editing copy, she throws pots, gardens and reads.

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