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Elasticsearch Honeypot Snares 8,000 Attacks Against RCE Vulnerability

Thursday 14th of May 2015 03:48:29 AM
Hackers have taken an interest in Elasticsearch, a popular enterprise search engine. A researcher based in Texas, whose own Elasticsearch server was hacked, today published results collated from a honeypot he built to get a sense of how widespread attacks are against the vulnerability that did in his server.

HP to Sell Notebooks and All-in-One PCs with Ubuntu in Russia

Thursday 14th of May 2015 02:51:18 AM
HP is one of the big companies that provide users with computers that came with Ubuntu pre-installed, and now those PCs are going to be sold in Russia as well.

For Venom security flaw, the fix is in: Patch your VM today

Thursday 14th of May 2015 01:54:07 AM
Don't think you're vulnerable? You might want to double check that.

The death of Foresight Linux

Thursday 14th of May 2015 12:56:56 AM
In today's open source roundup: Foresight Linux has died. Plus: Must-have apps and extensions for Chrome OS. And Mystery Moto phones with QHD screens.

Tails 1.4 Screencast and Screenshots

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 11:59:45 PM
Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.4, is out.This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible.

2015 is shaping up to be the Year of Ubuntu

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 11:02:34 PM
Ubuntu has been making big promises since 2011 when they chose Unity to be at the center of their universe. And while they failed to deliver on Ubuntu TV or Ubuntu for Android, they've got other tricks up their sleeves.

From Windows XP to Linux: Adding to the List

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 10:15:14 PM
Starting with the simple premise — lost on some FOSS elitists (and you know who you are) — that most Windows XP users are actually people of average intelligence or better, and not digital Neanderthals who need to be shown where the on-button is, the path from Windows XP to Linux is somewhat simple.

Samsung taps Yocto for dual- and octa-core IoT modules

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 09:27:54 PM
Samsung unveiled a series of IoT-focused “Artik” SoCs and modules, including dual- and octa-core COMs that integrate wireless radios and run Yocto Linux. After Samsung acquired home automation hub vendor SmartThings, we imagined it would quickly convert the RTOS-based system to Tizen Linux. Instead the Gen 2 SmartThings hub announced in January ran another Linux […]

Snappy Ubuntu Linux Now Used in Networking, Refrigerators

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 08:40:34 PM
With its number of uses growing, the Snappy Ubuntu Core Linux operating system is now coming to network switches and refrigerators.

Canonical tips Snappy projects involving Acer, GE, Microsoft

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 07:43:23 PM
Canonical announced collaborative, cloud-oriented IoT projects using the lightweight Ubuntu Snappy OS with Acer (aBeing One), GE (ChillHub), and Microsoft. In January, When Canonical announced its lightweight, IoT-oriented Snappy version of its Ubuntu Core OS, it was revealed that Snappy was baked into the Ninja Sphere home automation hub, as well as a special version […]

News: Linux Top 3: Tails 1.4, 4MLinux 12 and TinyCore Linux 6.2

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 06:46:12 PM
Minor updates abound for interesting distros

Wireshark 1.12.5 Officially Released, Still the World’s Most Popular Network Analyzer

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 05:49:01 PM
Wireshark, the world's most popular open-source, cross-platform, and free network analyzer software, has been updated to version 1.12.5, a release that fixes numerous issues, patches important security vulnerabilities, and updates protocol support.

Practical Python programming for non-engineers

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 04:51:50 PM
"Learn to code" is the new mantra for the 21st century. What’s often lost in that statement is exactly what makes programming so useful if you’re not planning to switch careers and become a software engineer. Just because we’re surrounded by computers doesn’t mean the average person needs to be able to reprogram their smart fridge.read more

Installation Steps of MediaWiki on Linux

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 03:54:39 PM
Mediawiki is a free open source wiki software which is written in PHP and allows the visitors of your website to edit the pages.

Why Can't Ubuntu Play Well With Others?

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 02:57:28 PM
Last week, founder Mark Shuttleworth opened the Ubuntu Online Summit with a challenge to Linux desktop developers.

How to install and setup Debian 8 minimalist Docker Host

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 02:00:17 PM
Task is to configure x86 bare metal machine as a docker host using Debian 8. You will need a network connection to the host to follow this guide. Also a connected keyboard and monitor.

Communication is the key to herding cats

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 01:03:06 PM
John Dickinson is Director of Technology at SwiftStack and Program Team Lead (PTL) of the OpenStack Swift project. Last year, he gave us an update on Swift's progress with Storage policies: Coming to an OpenStack Swift cluster near you for Opensource.com. In this follow up interview, John offers tips for improving community collaboration on open source projects, and gives us a preview of his upcoming OpenStack Summit talk.read more

SPDX v2 simplifies open source license dependency tracking

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 12:05:55 PM
The Linux Foundation has updated its SPDX standard to v2.0, enhancing the ability to track complex open source license dependencies to ensure compliance. The Linux Foundation (LF) released version 1.0 of the Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) standard in 2011, promoting it as a common format for sharing data about software licenses and copyrights. Now the LF’s SPDX workgroup has released version 2.0 of the standard, with new features that let you relate SPDX documents to each other to provide a “three-dimensional” relationship view of license dependencies.

Update on Digital Rights Management and Firefox

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 11:08:44 AM
A year ago, we announced the start of efforts to implement support for a component in Firefox that would allow content wrapped in Digital Rights Management (DRM) to be played within the HTML5 video tag. This was a hard decision because of our Mission and the closed nature of DRM. As we explained then, we are enabling DRM in order to provide our users with the features they require in a browser and allow them to continue accessing premium video content. We don’t believe DRM is a desirable market solution, but it’s currently the only way to watch a sought-after segment of content.

The best way to protect passwords may be creating fake ones

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 10:11:33 AM
Password managers are a great way to supply random, unique passwords to a high number of websites. But most still have an Achilles’ heel: Usually, a single master password unlocks the entire vault.

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Malware is not only about viruses – companies preinstall it all the time

In 1983, when I started the free software movement, malware was so rare that each case was shocking and scandalous. Now it’s normal. To be sure, I am not talking about viruses. Malware is the name for a program designed to mistreat its users. Viruses typically are malicious, but software products and software preinstalled in products can also be malicious – and often are, when not free/libre. In 1983, the software field had become dominated by proprietary (ie nonfree) programs, and users were forbidden to change or redistribute them. I developed the GNU operating system, which is often called Linux, to escape and end that injustice. But proprietary developers in the 1980s still had some ethical standards: they sincerely tried to make programs serve their users, even while denying users control over how they would be served. Read more

Tessel 2, A $35 Linux Computer That’s Truly Open Source

We’ve seen the first version of the Tessel a few years ago, and it’s still an interesting board: an ARM Cortex-M3 running at 180MHz, WiFi, 32 Megs of both Flash and RAM, and something that can be programmed entirely in JavaScript or Node.js. Since then, the company behind Tessel, Technical Machines, has started work on the Tessel 2, a board that’s continuing in the long tradition of taking chips from WiFi routers and making a dev board out of them. The Tessel 2 features a MediaTek MT7620 running Linux built on OpenWRT, Ethernet, 802.11bgn WiFi, an Atmel SAMD21 serving as a real-time I/O coprocessor, two USB ports, and everything can still be controlled through JavaScript, Node, with support for Rust and other languages in the works. Read more

openSUSE Tumbleweed Gets Linux Kernel 4.0.3 and GNOME 3.16.2

A new set of improvements has landed in openSUSE Tumbleweed, the rolling release branch of the famous openSUSE Linux distribution. Read more

Google Chrome 44 Dev Gets Better Page Capture Resolution

Google developers have released a new development version of the Google Chrome browser, and the latest version is now at 44.0.2403.9. It's not a big update, but it does bring some interesting changes. Read more