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As deep as the NSA has dug its tentacles into the likes of industry giants such as Microsoft, why would we assume they haven’t managed to get inside some of our favorite Linux distros and/or free software applications? I would be willing to bet they have. I have no evidence; I figure it’s a numbers game. Somewhere along the line, the NSA has to have been able to make the right threat or the right offer to get some developer to send our right to privacy to storage on a government server.
Distrowatch is one of the most useful resources a new user can utilise. The Distrowatch rankings can be confusing to a new user as the top 10 distributions include everything from Ubuntu to Arch. This article takes a look at the top 10 distros of 2013 and discusses their suitability for new users.
Last year was the last time we had a chance to talk about Wine on Android for running Windows programs on Google's mobile operating system. While it's not quite mainline yet, Wine on Android has been making much progress and can now run Windows' Solitaire game on your Android device...
The Debian project is pleased to announce the fourth update of its stable distribution Debian 7 (codename wheezy). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.
The latest release of the FSF-sponsored gNewSense Linux distribution is now available for those that can get by without needing any binary blobs for their hardware drivers or non-free software...
The Debian GNU/Linux Project's bid to reach agreement on which init system it would have as default for its next release appears to have gone completely off the rails.
Rise and shine, Ruby devs, it's patching time!Ruby on Rails developers using the Paperclip uploader to receive files need to update to a new version, after a developer turned up an XSS bug in the software that could possibly be extended to remote code execution.…
The GNOME development team released yet another testing version of the upcoming GNOME Maps 3.12 application for the GNOME 3.12 desktop environment, brings some new features, improvements, bugfixes and updated translations.
For those curious how the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" performance has evolved with the new hardware enablement stacks of the Long-Term Support point releases, here are some fresh benchmarks this weekend looking at the new release of Ubuntu 12.04.4.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5 highly promising open source IDEs. They are all in a fairly early stage of development, but are making real strides to become polished environments. They also have in common the fact that they run on Linux, Windows and OS X.
For those tired of manually making CMake files for your software's build system, Autovala is a new project developed by a Phoronix reader that seeks to automate the process of generating CMake scripts.
You probably don't remember, but I told you about The Last Federation in November of 2013. The Last Federation is developed by Arcen Games the same developers that created Bionic Dues, AI War and Skyward Collapse. Their newest game has finally been shown off.
At long last we're on the heels of a new Warsow game release. Warsow, one of the more interesting open-source first person shooters and is powered by Qfusion rather than ioquake3 and others, has now reached a beta state for its forthcoming 1.1 release.
Debian technical committee was discussing the default init system for Debian and it bioled down to basically systemd, which is developed by the larger free software community (lead by Lennart Poettering), and Upstart which was developed by Canonical employees.
DSM’s NanoServer NI-QM87 computer features a 4th Gen., Intel Core i5 with 10 USB ports, PCIe and Mini-PCIe expansion, and support for up to six SATA drives. Following in a line of NanoServers dating back to the circa-2008, Geode LX800 based NanoServer E8, DSM’s new NanoServer NI-QM87 taps a decidedly more robust processor, the Intel […]
From the files of J. K. Rowling.Dear Ms. Rowling,Thank you for submitting your manuscript Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. We will be happy to consider it for publication. However we have some concerns about the excessive length of this manuscript. We usually handle works of 5-20 pages, sometimes as much as 30 pages. Your 1337-page manuscript exceeds these limits, and requires some trimming.We suggest that this rather wide-ranging work could usefully be split into a number of smaller, more tightly focussed, papers. In particular, we feel that the “magic” theme is not appropriate for our venue, and should be excised from the current submission.Assuming you are happy to make these changes, we will be pleased to work with you on this project.
It seems that Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), a Canadian spy agency, has been using the free Wi-Fi at “a major Canadian airport” to track wireless devices, which presumably would include laptops as well as phones and tablets. The surveillance would continue for days after visitors passed through the airport.
I[he]#039[/he]m a newcomer to the tech industry. I don[he]#039[/he]t have a degree in Computer Science or Engineering. I[he]#039[/he]m a writer by trade and training, so coming to work for Red Hat after years of freelancing and crappy office jobs was a real shock. Which is to say, a pleasant shock.[he]nbsp[/he]Tattoos? Sure. Pink hair? Oh, yes. Start time? Whatever suits you best. And unlike other places I[he]#039[/he]ve worked, not a single man has expected me to make them a cup of coffee, and nobody tells me to "smile love, nobody likes a sadsack in the office!" (I frown when I concentrate. I[he]#039[/he]m sorry! And by that I mean I[he]#039[/he]m totally not sorry.)
A few days after Asus announced the first Chromebox mini-PC to be introduced the original Samsung Chromebox, HP unveiled its own Chromebox model, which similarly runs on Google’s Linux-based Chrome OS. Meanwhile, Google announced “Chromebox for Meetings,” an enterprise video-conferencing system that initially will be built on the Asus Chromebox, but later this year be available with the HP Chromebox and an upcoming Dell Chromebox
We've written about the problems of DRM and anti-circumvention laws since basically when we started way back in 1997. Cory Doctorow has been writing about the same stuff for just about as long (or perhaps longer). And yet, just when you think everything that can be said about this stuff has been said, Doctorow comes along and writes what may be the best column describing why DRM, combined with anti-circumvention laws, is so incredibly nefarious. Read the whole thing. It's so well done, and so important, I'm actually going to write two posts about it, because there are two separate issues that deserve highlighting.