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The Samsung Android tablet that will never access the Internet

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 08:24:29 AM
That left a tablet as the only viable candidate, but my HP (formerly Palm) TouchPad is still kicking, and I don’t want to deal with all the privacy issues that comes with using an Android or iOS tablet.

What's In Store for Cloud Computing, Apache CloudStack in 2017?

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 07:15:52 AM
Cloud computing is on the rise. Gartner predicts that by the year 2020, “a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no Internet’ policy is today.”

KDE Frameworks 5.28.0 Released with Numerous KWayland Improvements, More

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 06:07:15 AM
With a three-day delay, the KDE Framework 5.28.0 collection of add-on libraries for the Qt 5 GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit used in the latest KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, arrived today.

Linux hardware support, Creative Commons translation, and more open source news

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 04:58:38 AM
The world of open source software is a busy place. Sometimes keeping up with all of the news, announcements, and cool things to be discovered can be difficult. Here's a look at some of what we're reading today.

Major Linux security hole gapes open

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 03:50:01 AM
The security hole this time is with how almost all Linux distributions implement Linux Unified Key Setup-on-disk-format (LUKS). LUKS is the standard mechanism for implementing Linux hard disk encryption. LUKS is often put into action with Cryptsetup. It's in Cryptsetup default configuration file that the problem lies and it's a nasty one.

DoS technique lets a single laptop take down an enterprise firewall

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 02:41:24 AM
At a time when the size of distributed denial-of-service attacks has reached unprecedented levels, researchers have found a new attack technique in the wild that allows a single laptop to take down high-bandwidth enterprise firewalls.

Springdale Linux 7.3 Final Available

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 01:32:47 AM
7.3 Final Available. After small tweak/fixes 7.3 is now live and the default 7 release.

Debian 8 KDE: good and evil of FOSS

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 12:24:10 AM
If you ask old Linux users which system is most trusted, stable, solid and supported, Debian of course will be among the leaders of the list.

L2TP over IPsec using OpenSwan with Freeradius authentication on Ubuntu 16.04

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 11:15:33 PM
This article is about the layer 2 tunneling protocol (L2TP) with IPsec to provide end-to-end encryption in the layer 2 VPN. The open source implementations of IPsec are StrongSwan and OpenSwan, both are supported on all Linux distributions. In this tutorial, OpenSwan is used to provide the security channel for L2TP VPN.

Latest Firefox launches today

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 10:06:56 PM
The newest versions of Firefox for desktop and Android are available today. For information on what’s new with today’s release, check out the release notes. Also, keep an eye on this blog, as we have exciting Mozilla and Firefox news … Read more

Minecraft 1.11, the 'Exploration Update' is now live, new launcher coming along nicely

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 08:58:19 PM
Minecraft 1.11 is now available which is the 'Exploration Update' aimed at making the world more interesting. They also showed off the new Minecraft launcher running on Linux recently.

Rugged, expandable embedded PC runs Linux on Skylake SoCs

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 07:49:42 PM
Axiomtek’s latest, ruggedized eBox offers 6th Gen Core CPUs, 4x GbE, 2x mini-PCIe, SATA and mSATA, I/O expansion options, and up to 32GB DDR4. Axiometek’s eBOX670-891-FL, which follows earlier Intel Core based embedded computers like the 4th Gen “Haswell” driven eBOX560-880-FL, joins other 6th Gen Core “Skylake” based embedded computers like Adlink’s MXE-5500 and slightly […]

Free and open sewing patterns gain popularity

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 06:41:05 PM
I've been sewing for six years, and I now make all of my own clothes. Sewing is easy. It really is. What's hard is getting things to fit properly. That's why you use a sewing pattern. It's a blueprint for whatever it is you are making. A good pattern gives you good fit. Most patterns don't.That's because—much like clothes in the shop—patterns come in sizes. And sizes are a crude way to put people in boxes. They are made for an imaginary average person, rather than for you.read more

Set up a Firewall with UFW on Ubuntu

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 05:32:28 PM
If you have an Ubuntu server and you like to control the incoming and outgoing network traffic you need to configure the firewall that is included with your system. Linux kernel includes the netfilter subsystem which is a system for packet filtering. The traditional interface for manipulating netfilter is via iptables, which is primarily a database of firewall rules.

Addressing open source's free rider problem

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 04:23:51 PM
Nadia Eghbal, in her major report on the state of our digital infrastructure, and Jonathan Lister, in his response describing our digital ecosystem, both point to a tragedy of the commons in open source software.read more

Total War: WARHAMMER release date announced for Linux, Tuesday 22nd of November

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 03:15:14 PM
You thought Feral Interactive had done enough Linux ports this year? Wrong. Total War: WARHAMMER now has a release date for Linux!

How to connect a Linux machine to Google Cloud Print

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 02:06:37 PM
If you have a Linux printer server, and you need to enable users to be able to print to your cloud-based printers, one easy method is to attach CUPS to a Google Account for use with Google Cloud Print. Great solution, right? But how do you pull that off?

Almost all the world's fastest supercomputers run Linux

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 11:29:35 AM
498 out of 500 of the world's speediest supercomputers now use Linux.

Tilling the Brownfield: Bumps on the Road to the Container Dream

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 10:20:58 AM
Greenfield buildouts are wonderful and we love them. We get to start from scratch and don[he]#039[/he]t have to worry about compatibility with existing servers and applications, and don't have to struggle with preserving and migrating data. Greenfields are nice and clean and not messy. Greenfields are fun.

Major Linux security hole gapes open

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 09:12:21 AM
An old Linux security 'feature' script, which activates LUKS disk encryption, has been hiding a major security hole in plain sight.

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Open Source Software A Core Competency For Effective Tech M&A

Imagine your company just acquired its competitor for $100 million. Now imagine the company’s most important asset – its proprietary software – is subject to third-party license conditions that require the proprietary software to be distributed free of charge or in source code form. Or, imagine these license conditions are discovered late in the diligence process, and the cost to replace the offending third-party software will costs tens of thousands of dollars and take months to remediate. Both scenarios exemplify the acute, distinct and often overlooked risks inherent to the commercial use of open source software. An effective tech M&A attorney must appreciate these risks and be prepared to take the steps necessary to mitigate or eliminate them. Over the past decade, open source software has become a mainstay in the technology community. Since its beginnings, open source software has always been viewed as a way to save money and jumpstart development projects, but it is increasingly being looked to for its quality solutions and operational advantages. Today, only a fraction of technology companies do not use open source software in any way. For most of the rest, it is mission critical. Read more

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