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Git thee behind me, Git client bug!

Friday 19th of December 2014 12:28:21 PM
GitHub has acknowledged there's a flaw in its client software and recommended that users upgrade, as soon as possible. News of the flaw was announced at GMANE and GitHub has confirmed the existence of the flaw and issued a recommendation for “all users of GitHub and GitHub Enterprise to update their Git clients as soon as possible.”

Myriad Loses Appeals Court Bid to Block Breast Cancer Tests

Friday 19th of December 2014 11:31:10 AM
Myriad Genetics Inc. (MYGN) can’t block competitors’ DNA tests to determine risk for breast and ovarian cancer after a U.S. appeals court said three patents on the tests never should have been issued.The patents cover products of nature and ideas that aren’t eligible for legal protection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in an opinion posted today on the court’s docket. The court upheld a trial judge’s decision to allow the competing tests, including those made by Ambry Genetics Corp., to remain on the market.

Linux & FOSS Predictions for 2015

Friday 19th of December 2014 10:33:59 AM
Not to be outdone by the FSF and looking to appeal to more cosmopolitan tastes, Linux Mint will change over the course of the year to something a little more contemporary and stylish. It becomes Linux Merlot, with a bouquet that resonates from the north side of the vineyard. The distro will have a more celebratory nature and it will go a lot better with most cheeses.

I’m running Fedora 21 with Wayland, and so far (almost) everything is working just fine

Friday 19th of December 2014 09:36:48 AM
After saying I wouldn’t jump into a Fedora 21 upgrade, I rather quickly had a change of heart and mind, ran a Fedup upgrade and am now running Fedora 21 on my go-to HP Pavilion g6 laptop. With Wayland.

Master ExifTool Basics with Practical ExifTool

Friday 19th of December 2014 08:39:37 AM
digiKam, darktable, RawTherapee, and other open source photo management applications allow you to read and tweak metadata, but it’s fair to say that none of them can compete with ExifTool in terms of sheer power, flexibility, and speed.

The Difference Between Wi-Fi Security Protocols: WPA2-AES vs WPA2-TKIP

Friday 19th of December 2014 06:25:53 AM
Setting up encryption on your wireless router is one of the most important things you can do for your network security, but your router probably offers various different options—WPA2-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES), and WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) among the alphabet soup. How-To Geek explains which one to choose for a faster, more secure home network.

Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

Friday 19th of December 2014 05:28:42 AM
More facts needed before class-action suit can proceedA US District Court judge has cast doubt on an antitrust lawsuit filed against Google, describing the damages sought as "speculative."…

WordPress 4.1 and distraction free writing mode

Friday 19th of December 2014 04:31:31 AM
WordPress 4.1 is out and one of its best new features is a revised “distraction free writing mode.” I seem to remember that it had something like this before, but it was not as well implemented as it is in WordPress 4.1. Now, when you push the distraction free writing mode button, everything else fades away except what you need to write your post.

Free software GNU/Linux laptop in development

Friday 19th of December 2014 03:34:20 AM
There are lots of Linux laptops, but none that have the Free Software Foundation's blessings. That may change.

The Grinch That Tried to Exploit Linux

Friday 19th of December 2014 02:37:09 AM
A security vendor alleges there's a vulnerability in the Linux kernel. Developers disagree, but ironically an unrelated critical bug was found.

Top 10 open source interviews in 2014

Friday 19th of December 2014 01:39:58 AM
This year on Opensource.com, we published a fantastic number of interviews with open source professionals. Our writers had the opportunity to talk to many talented leaders, engineers, community managers, and more—all of them stars in their fields, at their companies. Here are my favorite 10 interviews on Opensource.com in 2014. I highly recommend you bookmark them today!

Wi-Fi Security: Should You Use WPA2-AES, WPA2-TKIP, or Both?

Friday 19th of December 2014 12:42:47 AM
On our Comcast Xfinity router, WPA2-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES), and WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) are all different options. Choose the wrong option and you’ll have a slower, less-secure network.

2014: The Open Source Tipping Point

Thursday 18th of December 2014 11:45:36 PM
Jim Zemlin's final blog post of the year, kindly contributed by The Linux Foundation: "As we review 2014, a new story emerges: software development has fundamentally shifted toward an open source model."

Handling the workloads of the Future

Thursday 18th of December 2014 10:48:25 PM
The history of computing can be traced by the popular buzzwords of the day. In fact, at some point we should run a contest where everyone submits their 5 all-time favorite computer industry buzzwords. There have been dumb terminals, smart terminals, client server, thin client, peer-to-peer, virtualization, containers, cloud, paas, saas, iaas…the list, and the acronyms stretch to the horizon.

OpenStack Proposes New Model for Projects and Integrated Releases

Thursday 18th of December 2014 09:51:14 PM
OpenStack Release Manager Thierry Carrez and the OpenStackopenstack Technical Committee have proposed a major overhaul to the project structure at OpenStack.

How Linux containers can solve a problem for defense virtualization

Thursday 18th of December 2014 08:54:03 PM
As the virtualization of U.S. defense agencies commences, the technology’s many attributes—and drawbacks—are becoming apparent.Virtualization has enabled users to pack more computing power in a smaller space than ever before. It has also created an abstraction layer between the operating system and hardware, which gives users choice, flexibility, vendor competition and best value for their requirements. But there is a price to be paid in the form of expensive and cumbersome equipment, software licensing and acquisition fees, and long install times and patch cycles.read more

Find out what the ultimate Raspberry Pi and FOSS robots are in Linux User & Developer 147

Thursday 18th of December 2014 07:56:52 PM
Also make sure you protect your online privacy, and not just with Tails, in total privacy guide

The elements to a better future for software

Thursday 18th of December 2014 06:59:41 PM
In this interview, I take a deep dive into the life and motivations of Kyle Simpson, an open web evangelist and the author of the book on javascript, You Don't Know JS. Find him on GitHub and see his many projects and posts on Getify.me.read more

Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

Thursday 18th of December 2014 06:02:30 PM
Purrs like a beauty once you get her runningReview As has become par for the course with Fedora, the latest – Fedora 21 – has arrived months behind schedule. To its credit, it's well worth the wait.…

How to create a jailed ssh user with Jailkit on Debian Wheezy

Thursday 18th of December 2014 05:05:19 PM
How to create a jailed ssh user with Jailkit on Debian WheezyThis document describes how to install and configure Jailkit in Debian Wheezy Server.  Jailkit is a set of utilities to limit user accounts to specific files using chroot() and or specific commands. Setting up a chroot shell, a shell limited to some specific command, or a daemon inside a chroot jail is a lot easier and can be automated using these utilities.

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Leaked videos, screenshots reveal an HTC One running Android Lollipop

No, you won’t get this gift in time for Christmas, but perhaps seeing an HTC One running Lollipop may make the wait slightly less painful. A batch of videos and screenshots show HTC’s flagship with the newest build of Android, though of course it’s merged with the Sense 6.0 user interface (the HTC One currently runs Sense 5.0). We got a small hint of how Lollipop looks on the One in November, but this leak lays out what the entire operating system makeover looks in clearer detail. Read more

The winning Linux kernel live patch: All of the above

Life's choices often amount to one of two options: Linux or Windows? Android or iOS? Kgraft or Kpatch? That last pair consists of the two major contenders for the technology Linux could use for live kernel patches. Now a winner is in, and it amounts to all of the above. According to a post on the official Linux kernel developer's mailing list, a kernel patching system that works with both Kgraft and Kpatch and uses "core functionality abstracted out of [those] already existing implementations" has been proposed as an addition to the Linux 3.20 kernel. Read more

UNIX Industry Banks on Linux Strategies

Struggling UNIX server makers are strengthening their Linux strategy in line with the open-source application environment. The move is aimed at maintaining remaining customers, since users are increasingly abandoning UNIX servers. However, it is receiving a lukewarm response from the market. According to industry sources on Dec. 22, server vendors such as IBM and HP are concentrating on the development of products so that the Linux operating system and related applications can be used as UNIX servers. Read more

Mageia Beta Delayed, Christmas Quiz, and 7 Best Alternatives

Today in Linux news the Mageia project announced another delay in version 5 Beta 2. The Linux Voice is running a Linux quiz for Christmas and Gary Newell offers up his list of the seven best alternative Linux distributions of the year. The Register says 2015 will be the year of Linux - on mobile. Three reviews need to be highlighted and, finally today, Matt Hartley says everyone should switch to Ubuntu MATE. Read more Also: Linux Bloat, Linux Lite, and Devuan Update