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Today I am very happy to share with you the first stable release for the third major update to the Bodhi Linux operating system. Notable features in the 3.0.0 release: Enlightenment E19.3, Terminology 0.8.0, ePad 0.9.0, Numix icons, Linux kernel 3.16, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS core. The release images for 3.0.0 support a wide range of hardware including: non-PAE processors, UEFI BIOS, SeaBIOS Chromebooks. Our stable release is not the only thing that is new at Bodhi Linux this month. Our main website, AppCenter, Wiki, and Forums have all gotten complete overhauls to go alongside this new release. If you are new to Bodhi Linux please take a look at the Quick Start Guide that opens by default when you first boot the live CD / operating system.
Do you remember what it was like when you first started out in open source? I recently asked a group of developers to recount what it was like for them and what prompted them to start contributing to open source in the first place. Each has worked professionally as a developer for a range of 3 to 17 years, and represent an interesting cross section of backgrounds.read more
Echoing the concerns many US-based technology companies have about US-led surveillance programs, Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos asked the director of the National Security Agency some pointed questions concerning proposed or existing backdoors placed in encryption technologies. The responses from NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers only underscored the growing divide.
We’re happy to report that the recently released Mozilla Firefox 36.0 web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird 31.5.0 email and news client are now available in the main software repositories of the Arch Linux computer operating system.
Stross is welcome in these pages for that inclusion alone, but in the past we've also featured his declaration that Microsoft Word is ”a tyrant of the imagination” . And that was just for starters. He went on to call it “a petty, unimaginative, inconsistent dictator that is ill-suited to any creative writer's use.”Stross yesterday returned to that theme in a series of Tweets that started with this one featuring his cat.
More than one million websites that run on the WordPress content management application run the risk of being completely hijacked by attackers exploiting critical vulnerability in most versions of a plugin called WP-Slimstat.
Open source has come a long way in the past 30 years and is entering the consciousness of most modern cultures. When thinking of open source projects, people categorize them several ways: governance structure, type of product platform, programming language, utility, technical details (language written in), industry sponsored or fully independent, and more.But what truly defines any open source project, making it a unique entity different from all other open source projects? I would propose that there are three key elements of any open source project that frame, define, and differentiate that project from all others: the code, the community, and the brand.read more
Mozilla's Firefox 36 debuts with support for HTTP/2 protocol as well as 17 security advisories for vulnerabilities that have been patched in the open-source browser.
Are you cheating if you download open source software without paying for it? Recently, Linux distribution elementaryOS angered users by implying that you are -- an opinion that is hardly new, but no more valid than the last dozen times anyone voiced it.
This week is Fair Use Week, according to the Association of Research Libraries, and that's as good a time as any to remind everyone that it's wrong to refer to fair as merely a "limitation or exception" to copyright law -- or merely a defense to infringement. It is a right that is protected by the First Amendment.
3D printing has received a lot of attention for its applications in the health sector, from helping Bespoke prosthetics change patients' lives to enabling huge strides in stem cell research.
Florian Müllner of the GNOME Project has announced the immediate availability for testing of Mutter 3.16 Beta 1, as part of the recently released GNOME 3.16 Beta 1 desktop environment. Mutter, GNOME’s default window and compositing manager, is in charge of displaying and managing your desktop via OpenGL technologies.
Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux MATE 6.1. Black Lab Linux MATE 6.1 is a distribution of Black Lab Linux that uses the MATE Desktop environment. With Black Lab Linux MATE 6.1 you get the same application lineup that you get with Black Lab Linux. Included are the following: Linux Kernel 3.13.0-45, MATE desktop 1.8.1, Firefox 35, Thunderbird 32, Steam Gaming Desktop, LibreOffice 4.4, GIMP, Scribus, Pidgin IM client, OpenShot, VLC, App Grid appstore. As well as all security updates until February 14, 2015 included.
Mobile Safety Accessories unveiled an Android 4.2 rear-view mirror touchscreen with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, backup and DVR cameras, and Google Play support. The NavMirror II follows an earlier Windows CE-based NavMirror rear-view display from Michigan-based Mobile Safety Accessories, which specializes in automotive rearview safety accessories.
Apple's OS X operating system was the most vulnerable in 2014, according to a new report by the US National Vulnerability Database (NVD).
The Symple PC, a planet-friendly computer that ships with Canonical's open source Ubuntu Linux OS and costs only $89, is now on sale.
Finally I had enough free time to get Kde Plasma on my Arch Linux workstation.Installation was pretty easy but...
In today's open source roundup: The Ubuntu Phone and its chances for success. Plus: Mozilla Thunderbird 31.5.0 released, and Lenovo sued because of Superfish adware.
One analyst suggested in a Tweet Storm today that the only cloud that mattered is public cloud and the rest is basically a garbage bin set of terms to please the markets. I can't totally disagree, but I also know a hybrid mix of public and private computing is going to exist for a long time to come.
But it gets worse. Filippo Valsorda has shown that you didn't even need to crack Komodia's weak password to launch a man-in-the-middle attack, but its SSL validation is broken, such that even if Komodia's proxy client sees an invalid certificate, it just makes it valid. Seriously.