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|Story||Red Hat's Software Collections 2.3 and Developer Toolset 6 Suites Enter Beta||Rianne Schestowitz||21/10/2016 - 12:14am|
|Story||Linux users urged to protect against 'Dirty COW' security flaw||Rianne Schestowitz||21/10/2016 - 12:12am|
|Story||Leslie Zhai Talks 20 Years of KDE in China||Rianne Schestowitz||21/10/2016 - 12:06am|
|Story||Budgie 10.2.8 Desktop Brings New Places Indicator Applet, Countless Improvements||Rianne Schestowitz||20/10/2016 - 11:57pm|
|Story||Ubuntu Turns 12, Happy Birthday!||Rianne Schestowitz||20/10/2016 - 11:55pm|
|Story||Android Leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||20/10/2016 - 4:32pm|
|Story||Linux 4.8.3||Rianne Schestowitz||20/10/2016 - 3:25pm|
|Story||Today in Techrights||Roy Schestowitz||20/10/2016 - 2:13pm|
|Story||ARTIK is the Tizen’s Trojan Horse to dominate the IoT ecosystem||Rianne Schestowitz||20/10/2016 - 1:12pm|
|Story||today's leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||20/10/2016 - 11:32am|
Organisations and individuals have been urged to patch Linux servers immediately or risk falling victim to exploits for a Linux kernel security flaw dubbed ‘Dirty COW'.
This follows a warning from open source software vendor Red Hat that the flaw is being exploited in the wild.
Phil Oester, the Linux security researcher who uncovered the flaw, explained to V3 that the exploit is easy to execute and will almost certainly become more widely used.
"The exploit in the wild is trivial to execute, never fails and has probably been around for years - the version I obtained was compiled with gcc 4.8," he said.
In 2002, as a computer science major university student, I went to a Legal Authoried software store in Wuhan, Guangputun, and bought Redhat7 including four install CDs, three src.rpm CDs and a very exquisite user manual for only RMB 50, because other software for Windows 98 was too expensive to a univerty student! It was my first time to use KDE 3. Yes I chose KDE as my default desktop enviroment, but I tried GNOME of course. Then I tried to migrate my university's course assignment developed in Turbo C to compile with GCC. I used Konsole and VIM to edit my source code, I tried Emacs but I did not know how to make coffee with it, so I switched to VIM and my teachers switched to use Redhat8 instead of Windows 98 when teaching operating system courses.
What’s in a name? Well, when we say Kodak, for a lot of people it might be waves of nostalgia concerning rolls and rolls of Kodachrome film and for those a little younger it might simple be a failed camera brand from yesterday. The Bullitt Group, however, is hoping to revive the Kodak brand, and to do so they’re launching yet another Android-powered smartphone, this time around one with better specs and a little more in the design department. The Kodak Ektra is a 21-megapixel packing Android smartphone with a MediaTek Helio X20, lots of extra software features, and a sleek camera look and feel.
The name Kodak has been tied up with photography and photography accessories like printers for decades. The company has stepped into a new product category with an Android-powered smartphone that is called the Kodak Ektra. This smartphone is aimed at photographers and is suitable for enthusiasts to experts claims Kodak. The Ektra is specifically tuned for the best in image quality and media management.
Since the phone is aimed directly at photographers, the photo features are what Kodak talks most about. The main camera is a 21MP fast focus sensor with a f2.0 aperture. The front camera is a 13MP unit with Phase Detection Auto Focus PDAF and a f2.2 aperture. The camera uses a custom camera app that is controlled by haptic touch.
Kodak resurrected a legend - the Kodak Ektra is a new phone, named after an innovative and feature-loaded 35mm camera produced in the distant 1941. The Android-powered digital version is surprisingly impressive, given how underwhelming the first Android-powered Kodak IM5 was.
I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.3 kernel.
All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade.
The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at:
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
Also: Linux 4.7.9
- Battistelli Ruins Not Only the EPO But Also the Whole of Europe By Ushering in Software Patents That Patent Trolls Love So Much
- EPO Spokesman Lies to IP Watch in Order to Save Face and Save the King (Battistelli)
- Unitary Patent (UPC) is Dead, But ‘Managing IP’ and Selfish Patent Law Firms Still Try to Resurrect It
- Links 20/10/2016: Linux 4.10 Preview, ONF and ON.Labs to Merge
As part of the Forum “Tizen for the Internet of Things” held on September 22 in Moscow, Samsung Electronics has presented a new family of maker boards and modules named ARTIK, in addition to the infrastructure of the operating system Tizen 3.0.
Samsung ARTIK’s value proposition, as declared by Samsung, is to reinvent the prototyping process by leveraging world-class data security granted by the company as well as a wide array of tools, both hardware and software, such as the ARTIK Modules and Cloud, formerly known as SmartThings Open Cloud.
It looks like in the last few days the 'nvc0' driver for Nvidia cards in Mesa has hit OpenGL 4.5 compatibility, joining Intel and AMD. Another great week, see this commit for the magic.
The last extension needed was 'GL_ARB_enhanced_layouts' from OpenGL 4.4 (with OpenGL 4.5 already done) which is now enabled for 'nvc0'.
All the different driver naming schemes sure are confusing. You can see more about the Nvidia codenames here. This states the 'nvc0' driver is for the 'Fermi' generation and some of 'Kepler'.
As always, you can keep track on the MesaMatrix website.
The year of the Linux desktop has long been the unicorn of the open source movement. People have looked for it for quite a long time, but nobody’s ever seen it. But hope springs eternal, and for some the quest for the year of the Linux desktop goes on.
Yesterday Gammu 1.37.90 has been released. This release brings quite a lot of changes and it's for testing purposes. Hopefully stable 1.38.0 will follow soon as soon as I won't get negative feedback on the changes.
Like each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.
Commell’s 3.5-inch “LE-37I” SBC features Intel 6th Gen Core CPUs, and offers SATA 3, dual GbE, dual Mini-PCIe with SIM, and a wide-range power supply.
Like Commell’s 3.5-inch LE-37G single board computer, the LE-37I supports Intel’s 6th Gen (“Skylake”) Core processors, but this model uses the higher-end, mostly quad-core Skylake-H series processors rather than the LE-37G’s 15W, dual-core, 6th Gen U-Series chips. No OS support was listed, but Linux and Windows should run just fine.
Welcome to the age of Google Hardware. Apparently tired of letting third-party Android OEMs serve as the stewards of Android handsets, Google has become a hardware company. (Again).
Earlier this year Google, launched a hardware division with former Motorola President Rick Osterloh at the helm. With the high-ranking title of "Senior Vice President," Osterloh doesn't oversee a side project—his group is on even footing with Android, Search, YouTube, and Ads. The hardware group is so powerful inside Google that it was able to merge Nexus, Pixel, Chromecast, OnHub, ATAP, and Glass into a single business unit. The group's coming out party was October 4, 2016, where it announced Google Home, Google Wifi, a 4K Chromecast, the Daydream VR headset, and the pair of phones we're looking at today: the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.
The arrival of the Pixel phones marks the apparent death of the Nexus line; Google says that it has "no plans" for future Nexus devices. With the new branding comes a change in strategy, too. The Pixel brand is about making devices that are 100 percent Google, so despite Google's position as the developer of Android, get ready for Google-designed hardware combined with exclusive Google software.
LeEco’s flagship Le Pro3 smartphone isn’t trying to compete with the Google Pixel, which puts modern Google services in front of a stock Android backdrop. After playing with the Le Pro3 at the company’s U.S. launch event in San Francisco today, I’m left feeling that it’s an easy, low-cost way to get the full experience of LeEco’s applications.
There are proprietary LeEco utility tools like the browser, email, calendar, messages, notes, and phone apps, along with bloatware like Yahoo Weather, but mostly the Pro3 is a means of distribution for the LeEco apps, like Live, LeVidi, and Le. There is also a standard-issue My LeEco app for managing services like EcoPass membership. Under it all is the EUI custom user interface.
If you swipe left from the home screen, you see videos that LeEco recommends you watch — not Google Now.
Becoming a QA Engineer for OpenStack was a career shift for Emily Wilson who has a background in research microbiology. But there's an odd similarity between the two careers—they both involve figuring out what makes complicated systems work and where the weak points are. Paradoxically, this requires both a big picture perspective of a system, as well as an in-depth understanding of how the individual components function.
At the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona later this month, Emily is giving a presentation on her first year working in the OpenStack community. In this interview, she talks to me about contributing to a large and complex project like OpenStack.
What's OpenStack's killer app? Users say it's dev and test.
According to the latest OpenStack User Survey, most deployments of the open source cloud infrastructure project are on-premises private clouds for dev-and-test work that serve teams of fewer than 100 users.
Microsoft’s CEO Says Windows Is “The Most Open Platform” Ever [Ed: Not just a company of crooks of extortioners. It also lies. A lot. And without shame...]
Mesosphere half-year pledge: Fresh DC/OS open source baking [Ed: Very Microsoft-connected company that cannot be trusted]
More than 10,000 dead, hundreds of thousands affected, and a world paralyzed with fear at the prospect of contagion. It is hard to fully grasp the impact of the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the valor of those who put their own lives on the line to save the lives of others.
The vibrance and diversity of East London is captured through the physical gestures of its inhabitants in Rosana Antolí’s Virtual Choreography, what the artist calls the world’s first digital archive of everyday motions. From the thumbs-up of a security guard to the flick of the wrist of a basketball player, the project combines performance and moving image to evoke daily life in the rapidly-changing neighborhood of Hackney Wick.
SafariSeat is a low cost, all-terrain and open source wheelchair designed for people in developing countries. It can be made in basic workshops using bicycle parts, which makes it easy to repair.
SafariSeat has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, to raise money to build as many chairs as possible, and develop an open source manual. Local workshops can then use the manual to make SafariSeats for their communities.
One of the biggest trends today in the government sector is high demand for open source software. If you're an MSP, it's time to take notice.
Traditionally, open source was not a major part of IT operations for government agencies, at least in the United States. If you look at the list of the top 100 IT contractors for the federal government in 2016, you won't see any names associated with open source software. What you will notice are several hardware and software companies that deal mostly with closed source code, such as Microsoft, IBM and Cisco.
The game doesn't show up in the newly released list for SteamOS/Linux games on Steam, as it gained a Linux version after the original release. I really do hope Valve fix that one day.
Today, October 19, 2016, Valve's engineers working on the SteamOS gaming platform have pushed a new Beta update to the brewmaster_beta channel for the upcoming major release of the Debian-based operating system.
SteamOS 2.95 Beta arrives three weeks after the release of the SteamOS 2.93 Beta build, but it looks like it's a small maintenance update adding Bluetooth firmware for the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 card, implemented in the firmware-nonfree package, and the latest security patches from upstream.
As you might know, SteamOS is based on Debian Stable a.k.a. Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 "Jessie," which means that it's always in sync with its software repositories, getting the newest security fixes and software updates. Therefore, SteamOS 2.95 Beta updates the BIND9, NSS, NSPR, and libgd2 packages.
Guild Software developers finally made time to update the news page of the Vendetta Online MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) game and let us know what new features landed in the latest updates.
It appears that Vendetta Online received a total of eight maintenance updates since our last report back in August 2016, which was about version 1.8.385. The latest stable update is now versioned Vendetta Online 1.8.393, and it introduces an updated Oculus Rift version of the game with updates from Samsung Gear VR.
What do distributions like Qube OS, Subgraph, Tails, and Whonix have in common? Besides an emphasis on security and privacy, all of them are Debian derivatives -- and, probably, this common origin is not accidental.
At first, this trend seems curious. After all, other distributions ranging from Slackware and Gentoo to Arch Linux all emphasize security and privacy in their selection of tools. In particular, Fedora's SE Linux can be so restrictive that some users would rather disable it than learn how to configure it. By contrast, while Debian carries many standard security and privacy tools, it has seldom emphasized them.
Similarly, Debian's main branch consists of only free and open source software, its contrib and non-free branches not being official parts of the distribution. With many security experts favoring the announcement of vulnerabilities and exploit code rather than relying on security through obscurity, the way that many pieces of proprietary software do, this transparency has obvious appeal.
Yet although the advantage of free software to security and privacy is that the code can be examined for backdoors and malware, this advantage is hardly unique to Debian. To one or degree another, it is shared by all Linux distributions.
More from Susan: Why Use Linux, Systemd Complications, Debian's Security
This year at the Grace Hopper Conference I'm moderating a panel on why, and how, to incorporate open source into computer science classes. The panelists are four computer science instructors—all women—who have already used open source projects in their classrooms.
I've asked these four talented instructors to tell you a little about themselves, what teaching open source has meant for them and their students, and what you'll hear at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. This year the event is at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas from October 19-21.
A play on the Audi slogan: Vorsprung Durch Technik. Except we’re going to talk about something that is clearly not progress. Systemd. Roughly 6 years ago, Systemd came to life as the new, event-based init mechanism, designed to replicate the old serialized System V thingie. Today, it is the reality in most distributions, for better or worse. Mostly the latter.
Why would you oppose progress, one may say. To that end, we need to define progress. It is merely the state of something being newer, AKA newer is always better, or the fact it offers superior functionality that was missing in the old technology? After all, System V is 33 years old, so the new stuff ought to be smarter. The topic of my article today is to tell you a story of how I went about fixing a broken Fedora 24 system – powered by systemd of course, and why, at the end of, my conclusion was one of pain and defeat.
Hello Planet Fedora! I'm pleased to announce that a Bodhi 2.3.0 beta has been deployed to Fedora's staging infrastructure.
You can read the draft release notes if you'd like to learn about what has changed since Bodhi 2.2.4. The beta is currently deployed to staging if you would like to help with testing. If you would like to try the new packages for yourself, you can grab the beta from my bodhi-pre-release Copr repository.