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Reddit: LWN.net Weekly Edition for August 4, 2016

Thursday 11th of August 2016 09:05:06 AM

Reddit: Linux Voice issue 21 is now Creative Commons

Thursday 11th of August 2016 08:17:04 AM

LXer: Linux 4.8 rc1 lands, with Surface 3 support promised!

Thursday 11th of August 2016 07:49:54 AM
10787 files changed, 612208 insertions, 272098 deletions and lots of doc updatesLinux overlord Linus Torvalds has loosed the first release candidate for version 4.8 of the Linux Kernel.…

LXer: Tough, expandable Bay Trail SBC measures just 95 x 55mm

Thursday 11th of August 2016 06:29:51 AM
Versalogic’s sandwich-style “Osprey” SBC offers Atom E3800 SoCs, dual GbE ports, dual mini-PCIe slots, MIL-STD-202G ruggedization, and -40 to 85°C support. Like Versalogic’s recent BayCat and earlier Bengal single-board computers, the Osprey is based on Intel’s “Bay Trail” Atom E38xx family of SoCs. Unlike those boards, which conform to 4.2 x 3.8-inch (107 x 97mm) […]

LXer: Copperhead OS: The startup that wants to solve Android’s woeful security

Thursday 11th of August 2016 05:09:47 AM
A startup on a shoestring budget is working to clean up the Android security mess, and has even demonstrated results where other "secure" Android phones have failed, raising questions about Google's willingness to address the widespread vulnerabilities that exist in the world's most popular mobile operating system.

Reddit: What Win2Linux migration tool does this automatically?

Thursday 11th of August 2016 04:42:49 AM

I am looking for a tool that will automatically collect most of the settings and preferences in my Windows machine and set them up in Linux for me. My backgrounds, Firefox bookmarks and tabs, cookies, preferred apps etc. I am sure that this kind of tool could improve the migration experience for numerous new Linux users

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TuxMachines: More on SUSE, Mirantis, Red Hat, and OpenStack

Thursday 11th of August 2016 04:27:19 AM

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TuxMachines: Linux Foundation and Linux

Thursday 11th of August 2016 04:20:27 AM

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TuxMachines: FOSS in Government (NZ and US)

Thursday 11th of August 2016 04:09:02 AM

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TuxMachines: Open Source Tool ‘Rethinks’ Databases

Thursday 11th of August 2016 04:04:07 AM

An open source tool for writing queries and modeling data designed for use with the RethinkDB query language is being positioned as an alternative to developing applications using the ReQL query language.

Compose, a provider of hosted databases founded in 2010, acquired by IBM (NYSE: IBM) last year and incorporated into its Cloud Data Services unit, is pitching the ReQL alternative dubbed “Thinky.” The tool is described as an open source object relational mapper (ORM) designed for RethinkDB. IBM is offering RethinkDB and a batch of other hosted database services through its Compose Enterprise platform.

Also: Where the Database Market Goes From Here

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Reddit: How do I use WINE?

Thursday 11th of August 2016 04:04:05 AM

I have WINE on Ubuntu and I am trying to download Dishonored from Steam for a test run to see what it can handle. My problem is that Dishonored can only be downloaded on Windows and I don't know how to use WINE.

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LXer: LFCE Prep Course: Test Your Knowledge (Part 6)

Thursday 11th of August 2016 03:49:44 AM
Welcome to part 6 of our Linux Foundation Certified Engineer Training Course sneak peek blog. This is the last blog in this series, and today we will test our knowledge with quizzes and exercises. The answers are at the bottom.

TuxMachines: Security News

Thursday 11th of August 2016 03:42:32 AM
  • Containerized Security: The Next Evolution of Virtualization?

    We in the security industry have gotten into a bad habit of focusing the majority of our attention and marketing dollars on raising awareness of the latest emerging threats and new technologies being developed to detect them. One just has to look at the headlines or spend fifteen minutes walking the show floor at a major security conference to see this trend. However, while we are focusing on what all the bad guys are doing, we’ve taken the eye off the ball of where our infrastructure business is going.

  • SDN Security Researchers State Their Case at Black Hat

    So say two of his grad students, Seungsoo Lee and Changhoon Yoon (left and right, respectively, in the photo above). But along with Shin, who’s now an assistant professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist) and a research associate at the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), they’re hoping the industry is ready to start looking at the vulnerabilities that SDN introduces.

  • Widespread Linux Flaw Allows TCP Session Hijacking, Termination
  • Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea [Ed: Microsoft and backdoor should become synonymous. At every level, online and offline, Microsoft products booby-trapped with backdoors.]

    Microsoft leaked the golden keys that unlock Windows-powered tablets, phones and other devices sealed by Secure Boot – and is now scrambling to undo the blunder.

    These skeleton keys can be used to install non-Redmond operating systems on locked-down computers. In other words, on devices that do not allow you to disable Secure Boot even if you have administrator rights – such as ARM-based Windows RT tablets – it is now possible to sidestep this block and run, say, GNU/Linux or Android.

    What's more, it is believed it will be impossible for Microsoft to fully revoke the leaked keys.

    And perhaps most importantly: it is a reminder that demands by politicians and crimefighters for special keys, which can be used by investigators to unlock devices in criminal cases, will inevitably jeopardize the security of everyone.

    Microsoft's misstep was uncovered by two researchers, MY123 and Slipstream, who documented their findings here in a demoscene-themed writeup published on Tuesday. Slip believes Microsoft will find it impossible to undo its leak.

  • Microsoft Creates Backdoor In Windows, Accidentally Leaks UEFI Secure Boot Keys

    Two researchers reported that Microsoft accidentally compromised the golden keys to its UEFI Secure boot feature.

  • Can Copperhead OS fix Android's security problems?

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TuxMachines: Bedrock Linux Is Working To Combine Different Linux Distributions Into One

Thursday 11th of August 2016 03:39:56 AM

Bedrock Linux is a unique Linux distribution that offers the best elements of different distros. The users are allowed to build a rock-solid base derived from Debian, RHEL etc. After that, one has the choice to add different packages from multiple Linux distributions according to the need. Bedrock Linux is able to perform this trick by manipulating the virtual file systems.

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TuxMachines: React Native

Thursday 11th of August 2016 03:34:06 AM

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Uganda's Move to Free/Open Source Software

  • Uganda: Govt to Cut Costs With Open Source Software
    The private sector and government departments have been urged to adopt Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to increase their efficiency and competitiveness, writes ALI TWAHA. FOSS is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance to suit their needs, something that is not possible with commercial software currently being used in most government departments. Speaking during the seventh African conference on FOSS at Speke Resort hotel in Munyoyo, ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze said government departments will gradually integrate the use of FOSS to reduce the cost of public service delivery. "Presently, government has been spending over $40m (Shs132bn) annually on commercial software from the like of Oracle systems and Microsoft Cooperation. [Using] FOSS will result into enormous savings that can be re-injected into other under-funded areas," Tumwebaze said.
  • Uganda: New Software Policy to Boost Innovation in Offing
    A Science, Technology and Innovations driven economy may soon be a reality in Uganda if Cabinet approves a free and open software being developed. Speaking at the 7th Africa Conference on Open Source Software at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo on Monday, Mr James Saaka, the executive director of National Information and Technology Authority Uganda, said there is a lot of registered software being used but is very costly. He said globally, people develop Free Open Source Software (Foss) which Uganda would emulate for national development. Mr Saaka said the country is in the initial stages to develop Foss, adding that the software can spur investment in research and development. "We see that the Proprietary software is still expensive and if we are going to develop more online services, we can't afford but use alternative means to develop our e-government service," Mr Saaka said. He also added that in Uganda, there is an advent of talent skilled in Foss and can help in innovations.

Linux Turns 25 Exactly Today. More LinuxCon and Anniversary Coverage. Plus Microsoft Interjection PR.

Red Hat Virtualization 4

  • Red Hat’s gunning for VMware with virtualization platform update
    Open-source Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. has thrown in support for OpenStack Neutron and other new technologies with the latest release of its software virtualization package, in what looks like a bid to steal customers away from VMware Inc.’s more widely-used solution. Targeted at convergence, Red Hat Virtualization 4 is the first version of the platform that doesn’t include the word “enterprise,” in a move that suggests the company is hoping its virtualized stack will become the platform for convergence, rather than a server density product. OpenStack Neutron is the open-source networking project used by Software-Defined Networks (SDNs), which up until now has only been available as a preview. Many have criticized Neutron’s development for lagging behind the rest of OpenStack’s code base, and Red Hat was one of several vendors to concede that things could be sped up a bit. With the inclusion of the software in Red Hat Virtualization, the company says its Linux platform can be used to run both cloud-enabled and “traditional” workloads in concert.
  • Red Hat Virtualization 4 woos VMware faithful
    It's easy for a virtual machine user to feel left out these days, what with containers dominating the discussion of how to run applications at scale. But take heart, VM fans: Red Hat hasn't forgotten about you. RHV (Red Hat Virtualization) 4.0, released today, refreshes Red Hat's open source virtualization platform with new technologies from the rest of Red Hat's product line. It's a twofold strategy to consolidate Red Hat's virtualization efforts across its various products and to ramp up the company's intention to woo VMware customers.

NOAA Breaks Weather Apps, Slackware Updates, Valve @ 20

The LinuxCon headlines continue to dominate but, more importantly, our desktop weather apps are broken thanks to NOAA decommissioning the site. Liam Dawe looked back at 20 years of Valve and Sebastian "sebas" Kügler introduced new KDE kscreen-doctor. Slackware rolled out some updates including a rare kernel upgrade and The VAR Guy wants to hear about your first time. Read more