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Microsoft’s Patent Attacks on Free Software Intensify as Microsoft’s Mobile Ambitions Officially Dead and Vista 10 Failing

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 05:53:47 PM
Microsoft is very desperate to extract money out of Linux (which has won major battles and billions of users), using software patents and royalty stacking with help from patent trolls

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 6.6 Released

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 04:56:36 PM
Today we have released Black Lab Enterprise Linux 6.6. Black Lab enterprise Linux 6.6 is a bug fix and application update for the Black Lab Enterprise Linux 6.x line. With this release we added full Docker integration and it also includes the Black Lab SDK 2.0. Black Lab Enterprise Linux 6.6 being based on LTS Technologies will continue to get security updates until 2021.

CPU Pinning and NUMA Topology on RDO Kilo on Fedora Server 22

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 04:16:58 PM
Posting bellow follows up http://redhatstackblog.redhat.com/2015/05/05/cpu-pinning-and-numa-topology-awareness-in-openstack-compute/ on RDO Kilo installed on Fedora 22 . After upgrade to upstream versionof openstack-puppet-modules-2015.1.9 procedure of RDO Kilo install on F22significantly changed. Details follow bellow

Teaching students the value of open source

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 03:19:47 PM
Open source is not just about making something publicly accessible. It is a set of values—a way of working that practices open collaboration between a community to build or maintain something. On the basis of these values, today we can observe a vibrant and thriving open source community responsible for many of the great successes in many industries.read more

FFmpeg project leader quits, says he's had enough with these forking AV libraries

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 02:22:36 PM
Won't have Niedermayer to kick around anymoreThe leader of the FFmpeg open source project has resigned amid ongoing turmoil among the project's developers.…

Three lessons from a summer of data wrangling

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 01:25:25 PM
Data is the new black.And not without reason—it's keeping companies in the black. It helps them understand consumer interaction with their products, make tailored recommendations, improve their services, and optimize everything from supply chains to talent acquisition. Simply put, we can use data to identify problems and engineer solutions. Statistics enable businesses to create data-driven systems like Red Hat's Access Insights and many others.read more

Ada Initiative Closes Up Shop

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 12:28:14 PM
With an announcement on the Linux Weekly News site on Tuesday, the Ada Initiative will be tying up the loose ends and wrapping up their work in October.

Design electronic circuits with MeowCAD

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 11:31:03 AM
At the heart of most electronic circuits is the printed circuit board (PCB) that serves to both physically support electronic components and connect those components together. PCBs are often designed and laid out using Electronic Design Automation software (EDA). There are many desktop EDA software packages available and with some EDAs now running in browsers, there’s been a recent trend to place PCB design entirely 'in the cloud', executing the design software in the browser and communicating back to a central server.read more

DebConf15, the Annual Debian Conference, Announced for August 15-22 in Germany

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 10:33:52 AM
The Debian Project proudly announced the dates, the schedule, and the venue for the annual meeting of all Debian developers, contributors, and supporters for 2015, DebConf15.

5 Essential Tips And Tricks When Using Android x86 Within VirtualBox

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 09:36:41 AM
This guide provides a list of 5 useful tricks you will be glad you knew about before installing Android x86 within Virtualbox. Screen rotation for instance is a royal nuisance.

CentOS 7 Linux for ARM64 (AArch64) Architectures Is Now Officially Available

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 08:39:30 AM
CentOS developers, through Jim Perrin, had the great pleasure of informing us all about the immediate and general availability for download of the CentOS 7 Linux operating system for AArch64 (ARM64) compatible machines.

Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 07:42:19 AM
You had one job, Microsoft. One job. Microsoft had one job to do with Windows 10 – but it looks like it's failed to get even that right.

Ubuntu Touch Support Will Be Provided for as Long as Technically Possible

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 06:45:08 AM
Ubuntu Touch is now available by default in three phones, the Bq Aquaris e4.5, Bq Aquaris e5 HD, and Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition, and it looks like Canonical plans to support them for as long as possible.

So long (Vista), it's been good to know yah

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 05:47:57 AM
And there is a silver lining for Vista owners: At least their OS is more popular than Linux.

Updated Rig Exploit Kit Closing in on 1 Million Victims

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 04:50:46 AM
LAS VEGAS - A rampant malvertising campaign fueled by a new version of the Rig Exploit Kit has claimed at least 950,000 victims worldwide and is doing so with an unprecedented success rate.

Ada Initiative organization to end, but its work will continue

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 03:53:35 AM
Today the Ada Initiative announced that the nonprofit will be shutting down in mid-October. Founded in 2011, the Ada Initiative is a nonprofit feminist organization created to help improve open source culture and build a more inviting, productive, safe environment for women. In this interview, the co-founders, Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora, look back at the organization's successes, and the work that still needs to be done.

Bodhi 3.1.0 Pre-Release

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 02:56:24 AM
Jeff Hoogland, one of the developers of the Bodhi Linux distribution has created a 32bit pre-release disc for Bohdi 3.1.0.

Debian Finally Moves to GCC 5

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 01:59:13 AM
Ubuntu and Debian developers have been working for some time to make GCC 5.x the default compiler for the project, and they have finally made it. Ubuntu was the first one to achieve this, and now it looks like Debian has joined the party as well.

Compact, rugged i.MX6 SBC expands via PCIe and SATA

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 01:02:02 AM
F&S has launched a Linux-ready, “ArmStone A9-v2? Pico-ITX SBC with an i.MX6 SoC, SATA, mini-PCIe, extended temperatures, and an optional 7-inch touchscreen.

Three More Lessons

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 12:04:51 AM
[In June 2015, I gave a commencement address to the graduating class of High Mowing School in New Hampshire. I wrote many drafts for the talk, all toward extemporizing the final thing. My experience with Linux and open-source hackers had an influence on it and gets credit as well. That's why I'm sharing it here. Doc]

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Leftovers: OSS

  • The FCC Builds Open-Source Video Calling For The Deaf
    The FCC has gotten behind a new platform that helps the deaf talk to each other over video link. The idea of Accessible Communications for Everyone, or ACE as it’s being called, is that it lets all kinds of different apps talk to each other. It’s kind of how you can email anyone without worrying what app they use, only for video, and text and audio, all together.
  • Why Intel made Stephen Hawking's speech system open source
  • NodeConf EU all set for blarney in 'Nodeland'
    It's NodeConf EU time again -- the third annual gathering of what is hoped to be 400 of the top influencers in Node.js at Waterford Castle from September 6th to 9th.
  • 3 steps for planning a successful open source meetup
  • Starting in September, Chrome will stop auto-playing Flash ads
    Google has announced that, beginning September 1, Chrome will no longer auto-play Flash-based ads in the company's popular AdWords program
  • Apache Software Foundation Makes Lens, a Big Data Tool, a Top Level Project
    Whenever the Apache Software Foundation graduates an open source project to become a Top Level Project, it tends to bode well for the project. Just look at what's happened with Apache Spark, for example. Now, the Foundation (ASF), which is the steward for and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects, has announced that Apache Lens, an open source Big Data and analytics tool, has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP).
  • Intel Pumps OpenStack Up
  • LibreOffice 5.0.1 released, to keep the momentum going
  • First Update to LibreOffice 5 Lands
    The Document Foundation today announced the first update to the milestone LibreOffice 5.0 released a few weeks ago. This is a bug fix release bringing over 75 commits since version 5.0 was unveiled August 5. It is recommended that those using the 5.0 branch upgrade their LibO installs with today's update.
  • Salesforce Aura ventures into open source -- to a point
    Salesforce's splashy new UI, the Lightning Experience, is more than a pretty face. It was built with Aura, the company's open source UI framework, available for use independent from Salesforce's services. With Lightning -- and Aura -- Salesforce emphasizes how users can design applications that not only look great, but plug into more than Salesforce. Where, then, does Salesforce's open source offering end with Aura, and where do its own services begin?
  • Infosys talks open source, cloud and value
    Last year, when Infosys hired Abdul Razack to own the company’s platform division, he came with a mandate to use open source first. Eleven months on and Infosys Information Platform (IIP) is flourishing with 120 projects on the go, some proofs of concept, many moving to production, but with open source at their heart in most situations.
  • Eclipse Foundation Moving to Donations to Support Open Source Projects
  • Intel invests $60 million in drone venture
    Intel is investing $60 million in UAV firm Yuneec, whose prosumer “Typhoon” drones use Android-based controllers. Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich and Yuneec International CEO Tian Yu took to YouTube to announce an Intel investment of more than $60 million in the Hong Kong based company to help develop drone technology. No more details were provided except for Krzanich’s claim that “We’ve got drones on our road map that are going to truly change the world and revolutionize the industry.” One possibility is that Intel plans to equip the drones with its RealSense 3D cameras (see farther below).
  • Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: August 28 [Ed: out fo date now]
    Join the FSF and friends every Friday to help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones.
  • What Will Become of the World’s First Open Source GPU?
    Dr. Karu Sankaralingam, who led the team’s effort at the University of Wisconsin, where the project is based, says that building an open source or any other hardware project is bound to incur legal wrangling, in part because the IP almost has to be reused in one form or another. Generally, he says that for open source hardware projects like this one, the best defense is to use anything existing as a base but focus innovation on building on top of that. He says that to date, AMD has not been involved in the project beyond a few individuals offering some insight on various architectural elements. In other words, if the team is able to roll this beyond research and into any kind of volume, AMD will likely have words.

Security Leftovers

  • Friday's security updates
  • Security updates for Thursday
  • nsenter gains SELinux support
    nsenter is a program that allows you to run program with namespaces of other processes
  • Iceland boosts ICT security measures, shares policy
    Iceland aims to shore up the security of its ICT infrastructure by raising awareness and increasing resilience. And next to updating its legislation, Iceland will also bolster the police’s capabilities to tackle cybercrime.
  • A Project to Guarantee Better Security for Open-Source Projects
    Open-source developers, however, can take steps to help catch these vulnerabilities before software is released. Secure development practices can catch many issues before they become full-blown problems. But, how can you tell which open-source projects are following these practices? The Core Infrastructure Initiative has launched a new "Best Practice Badge Program" this week to provide a solution by awarding digital badges to open-source projects that are developed using secure development practices.

Hortonworks and NSA