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Addressing the IoT Security Problem

Thursday 29th of September 2016 10:12:04 PM
Last week's DDOS takedown of security guru Brian Krebs' website made history on several levels. For one, it was the largest such reported attack ever, with unwanted traffic to the site hitting levels of 620 Gbps, more than double the previous record set back in 2013, and signalling that the terabyte threshold will certainly be crossed soon. It also relied primarily on compromised Internet of Things devices.

Real business innovation begins with open practices

Thursday 29th of September 2016 09:14:53 PM
To business leaders, "open source" often sounds too altruistic—and altruism is in short supply on the average balance sheet. But using and contributing to open source makes hard-nosed business sense, particularly as a way of increasing more

Dig into DNS: Part 4

Thursday 29th of September 2016 08:17:42 PM
Previously in this series (see links below), I’ve described the dig utility and its many uses in performing DNS lookups, along with several examples to help solve specific problems. In this final installment, I’ll look briefly at some security options and wrap up with additional examples.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, Chaos Rising and Retribution released for Linux, port report and thoughts

Thursday 29th of September 2016 07:20:31 PM
Feral Interactive have ported another set of cracking good games. This time we have Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, Chaos Rising and Retribution to fill our strategy needs!

What are configuration management tools?

Thursday 29th of September 2016 06:23:20 PM
For most people, computers don't stay the same. Software is added, removed, and updated. Configurations are changed. Think about the changes you've made to your computer since the first time you booted it up. Now imagine making those changes to 10, 100, or 1,000 more computers. Configuration management tools are what make implemententing and enforcing these changes more

Journalist Tom Henderson on Cloud Vendor Lock-In

Thursday 29th of September 2016 05:26:09 PM
There is little worse than deciding "you've had it up to here" with a particular vendor, only to discover that due to vendor lock-in, migrating away from the vendor's proprietary platform would cost enough to put your company in the bankruptcy courts.

Meet Apache Spot, a new open source project for cybersecurity

Thursday 29th of September 2016 04:28:58 PM
Cloudera and Intel on Wednesday announced that they've donated a new open source project to the Apache Software Foundation with a focus on using big data analytics and machine learning for cybersecurity.

Google's Open Source Fuchsia OS: The Mystery Linux Distro

Thursday 29th of September 2016 03:31:47 PM
Few things are more tantalizing than a good mystery, and Google is making waves for an open source-centric mystery that may end up having profound implications. It all started in August when an extensive and unusual code repository for a new operating system called Fuchsia was discovered online, and now the growing source code set is on GitHub.

Riak TS for time series analysis at scale

Thursday 29th of September 2016 02:34:36 PM
Until recently, doing time series analysis at scale was expensive and almost exclusively the domain of large enterprises. What made time series a hard and expensive problem to tackle? Until the advent of the NoSQL database, scaling up to meet increasing velocity and volumes of data generally meant scaling hardware vertically by adding CPUs, memory, or additional hard drives. When combined with database licensing models that charged per processor core, the cost of scaling was simply out of reach for more

Node.js 6.x LTS coming to EPEL 7

Thursday 29th of September 2016 01:37:25 PM
What is Node.js? Node.js® is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. It uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient. Its package ecosystem, npm, is the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world.... Continue Reading →

The Tiny Internet Project, Part I

Thursday 29th of September 2016 12:40:14 PM
As LJ readers well know, Linux drives many of thetechnologies we use every day, from smart TVs to Web servers. Linux iseverywhere—except most homes and classrooms.

MintBox Mini updated with faster AMD SoC and 8GB RAM

Thursday 29th of September 2016 11:43:03 AM
CompuLab’s Linux Mint flavored MintBox Mini Pro mini-PC updates the Mini with an AMD A10 Micro-6700T, plus BT 4.0, mini-PCIe, and twice the RAM and storage. The CompuLab built, $395 MintBox Mini Pro, which ships with the Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon distribution, updates the $295 MintBox Mini with a lot more performance and features in […]

Oracle's 'Gamechanger' Evidence Really Just Evidence Of Oracle Lawyers Failing To Read

Thursday 29th of September 2016 10:45:52 AM
Then on to the main show: Oracle's claim that Google hid the plans to make Android apps work on Chrome OS. Google had revealed to Oracle its "App Runtime for Chrome" (ARC) setup, and it was discussed by Oracle's experts, but at Google I/O, Google revealed new plans for apps to run in Chrome OS that were not using ARC, but rather a brand new setup, which Google internally referred to as ARC++. Oracle argued that Google only revealed to them ARC, but not ARC++ and that was super relevant to the fair use argument, because it showed that Android was replacing more than just the mobile device market for Java. But, here's Oracle's big problem: Google had actually revealed to Oracle the plans for ARC++. It appears that Oracle's lawyers just missed that fact. Ouch.

Raspberry Pi Foundation Unveils New LXDE-Based Desktop for Raspbian Called PIXEL

Thursday 29th of September 2016 09:48:41 AM
Raspberry Pi Foundation's Simon Long proudly unveiled a new desktop environment for the Debian-based Raspbian GNU/Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi devices.

Ubuntus new take on Kubernetes

Thursday 29th of September 2016 08:51:30 AM
Canonical has looked into its cloud and container crystal ball and they see Kubernetes.

Watch Docker CTO Solomon Hykes and More Talk Live at LinuxCon + ContainerCon Europe Next Week

Thursday 29th of September 2016 07:54:19 AM
Watch open source leaders, entrepreneurs, developers, and IT operations experts speak live next week, Oct. 4-6, 2016, at LinuxCon and ContainerCon Europe in Berlin. The Linux Foundation will provide live streaming video of all the event’s keynotes for those who can't attend.

Time to Kill Security Questions-or Answer Them With Lies

Thursday 29th of September 2016 06:57:08 AM
The notion of using robust, random passwords has become all but mainstream-by now anyone with an inkling of security sense knows that "password1" and "1234567" aren't doing them any favors. But even as password security improves, there's something even more problematic that underlies them: security questions.

EXTON MultiBootCD 6-OS Now Includes 4MLinux, Tiny Core, SliTaz, Porteus & PuppEX

Thursday 29th of September 2016 05:59:57 AM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us about the availability of a new version of his EXTON MultiBootCD 6-OS project, a Live CD that includes six tiny GNU/Linux distributions.

Is the Linux kernel a security problem?

Thursday 29th of September 2016 05:02:46 AM
Security is an ongoing issue for all operating systems, including Linux. While Linux has generally had a good reputation compared to Windows when it comes to security, no operating system is perfect. A writer at Ars Technica recently examined the issue of security and the Linux kernel.

Unsafe at any clock speed: Linux kernel security needs a rethink

Thursday 29th of September 2016 04:05:35 AM
The Linux kernel today faces an unprecedented safety crisis. Much like when Ralph Nader famously told the American public that their cars were "unsafe at any speed" back in 1965, numerous security developers told the 2016 Linux Security Summit in Toronto that the operating system needs a total rethink to keep it fit for purpose.

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  • UKCloud Creates an Open Source Alternative for UK Public Sector with Red Hat OpenStack Platform
    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that UKCloud, the foremost public cloud provider for UK government, has standardized on Red Hat OpenStack Platform with Red Hat Ceph Storage to lead its public sector customers through their digital transformation journey. The Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud platform is designed to enable UKCloud’s customers to deliver digital services directly to citizens by providing the required levels of scalability, performance and assurance.
  • Rackspace Enhances Private Cloud with Red Hat CloudForms
    Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) today announced support for Red Hat CloudForms, an enterprise management platform. With this new capability, enterprise customers can now use the power of Red Hat CloudForms in conjunction with Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat, which is managed and supported by two leading OpenStack vendors in the industry. This is an important milestone for Rackspace customers who want to deliver a complete private cloud solution to their users across multiple cloud platforms. For Rackspace and Red Hat, it is a continuation of the companies' commitment to empowering customers by enhancing capabilities in the core OpenStack project, while also integrating value-added software when appropriate.
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  • The perils of long development cycles
    As for today, latest version of systemd is v231, released in July 2016. This is the version that will be in Fedora 25 (to be GA in three weeks). That's quite a long time between releases for systemd – we used to have a new version every two weeks. During the hackfest at systemd.conf 2016, I've tried to tackle three issues biting me with Fedora 24 (v229, released in February this year) and F25. The outcome was… unexpected.
  • Switchable / Hybrid Graphics support in Fedora 25
    Recently I've been working on improving hybrid graphics support for the upcoming Fedora 25 release. Although Fedora 25 Workstation will use Wayland by default for its GNOME 3 desktop, my work has been on hybrid gfx support under X11 (Xorg) as GNOME 3 on Wayland does not yet support hybrid gfx,

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Tizen News

  • Samsung’s Quantum Dot SUHD named ‘TV of the Year’ in UK
    It is evident that Samsung has been having a hard time to gain back customers’ trust after the Note 7 disaster. However, not everything’s going wrong for the South Korean Electronics giant. The company’s Tizen Based Quantum DOT SUHD (2016) TV was named as the “2016 TV of the year” by some of the top IT magazines in the UK. Samsung’s Quantum DOT SUHD TVs bagged 5 out 5 points from “WHAT HI-FI” internet tech magazine which also obviously had to be the top score.
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    Last week lots of games were added to the Tizen store. Zombie Derby 2 is one of them by Herocraft Ltd. Today they added another game in the Tizen Store named FootLOL – Crazy Football.
  • Putin’s standard for IoT is the new 1984
    As the Internet of Things gets more popular new questions arise: which protocol will become the open standard for supporting IoT networks across a huge array of devices around the world? Today we start hearing some answers from Russia. Igor Shchyogolev, former Minister of Telecommunications between 2008 and 2012, is thinking about a service that involves both an Internet card and a City card for citizen to use the Internet, hence named “Internet + City card” or just “Internet + City”. Long story short, Russia is contemplating the hypothesis of domestic regulation, rather than an intergovernmental agreement between major countries involved. Testament to this intent are Russian focus towards cryptographic protection and the plan of the country to substain such autarchics drives with national production of chips and direct control of both analog and digital TV frequencies.
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