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LibrePlanet on Openwashing, New FUD, and Microsoft Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL, "Linux 'Glued' to Microsoft")

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  • A newcomer’s perspective on & patches for the free software movement

    The future of any philosophical movement is in its youth membership. The average age of a member of our movement, however, is at least the age of the movement itself. Thanks to "open"-washing, prospective members likely have a preconceived notion of software freedom that is less than optimal for the perpetuating the movement. How easy is it for a modern user to join us? How do so-called "millennials" and the like, who characteristically grew up with (mostly proprietary) software, perceive the imposition of ethical issues on their favorite practical tools -- and what is the best way to introduce them? Are older members, or older ways of thinking, holding the movement back from spreading like wildfire? Are our methods too focused on developers and technophiles, and poor at converting mere mortals? In this discussion, we will not only ask ourselves these difficult questions, but also discuss concrete, actionable solutions.

  • 4 million open source security flaws identified [Ed: Anti-FOSS firm Snyk recently got more money with which to badmouth FOSS like this, counting repetition of bugs to make FOSS look bad]

    A recent Snyk's survey also revealed that over 16% of developers don't update dependencies and less than 50% use tools to alert themselves to known vulnerabilities.

    According to Derek Weeks, vice president at open source governance and DevSecOps automation company, Sonatype, this is set to change. Authorities around the world are starting to get tough on developers who fail to protect the public from data theft and misuse resulting from their less-than-stringent application of vulnerability fixes.

  • Despite risks, open source is now an unstoppable force in mobile networks
  • Microsoft’s Tool for Running Linux on Windows 10 is now Open Source
  • Linux 'glued' to Microsoft: Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

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A Proposal To Allow Python Scripting Within The GCC Compiler, Replacing AWK

A SUSE developer is seeking feedback and interest on the possibility of allowing a scripting language -- most likely Python -- to be used within the GCC compiler code-base. This would primarily be used for replacing existing AWK scripts. GCC developer Martin Liška at SUSE is seeking comments on the possibility of adding Python as an accepted language within the GCC code-base. This isn't anything along the likes of replacing existing GCC C compiler code into a scripting language or anything to that effect, but is targeting at replacing current AWK scripts that are hard to maintain. Read more

GNU: The GNU C Library, IRC Break, and GNUstep

  • Intel CET With Indirect Branch Tracking & Shadow Stack Land In Glibc
    Landing yesterday in Glibc for Intel's Control-flow Enforcement Technology (CET) were the instructions for Indirect Branch Tracking (IBT) and Shadow Stack (SHSTK). These Intel CET bits for the GNU C Library amount to a fair amount of code being added. The commit message explains some of the CET steps taken. The Control-flow Enforcement Technology behavior can be changed for SHSTK/IBT at run-time through the "GLIBC_TUNABLES" environment variable.
  • No Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup on Friday July 20th
    No meeting will be taking place this week due to travel, but meetings will return to our regular schedule starting on Friday, July 27th.
  • Graphos GNUstep and Tablet interface
    I have acquired a Thinkpad X41 Tablet and worked quite a bit on it making it usable and then installing Linux and of course GNUstep on it. The original battery was dead and the compatible replacement I got is bigger, it works very well, but makes the device unbalanced. Anyway, my interest about it how usable GNUstep applications would be and especially Graphos, its (and my) drawing application. Using the interface in Tablet mode is different: the stylus is very precise and allows clicking by pointing the tip and a second button is also possible. However, contrary to the mouse use, the keyboard is folded so no keyboard modifiers are possible. Furthermore GNUstep has no on-screen keyboard so typing is not possible.

Oracle Solaris 11.3 and Solaris 11.4

  • Oracle Solaris 11.3 SRU 34 Brings GCC 7.3, Other Package Updates
    While Solaris 11.4 is still in the oven being baked at Oracle, the thirty-fourth stable release update of Solaris 11.3 is now available.
  • Oracle Solaris 11.3 SRU 34 released
    Full details of this SRU can be found in My Oracle Support Doc 2421850.1. For the list of Service Alerts affecting each Oracle Solaris 11.3 SRU, see Important Oracle Solaris 11.3 SRU Issues (Doc ID 2076753.1).
  • Oracle Solaris 11.4 Open Beta Refresh 2
    As we continue to work toward release of Oracle Solaris 11.4, we present to you our third release of Oracle Solaris 11.4 open beta.
  • Oracle Solaris 11.4 Public Beta Updated With KPTI For Addressing Meltdown
    In addition to sending down a new SRU for Solaris 11.3, the Oracle developers left maintaining Solaris have issued their second beta of the upcoming Solaris 11.4. Oracle Solaris 11.4 Open Beta Refresh 2 is an updated version of their public beta of Solaris 11.4 originally introduced in January. They say this is the last planned public beta with the general availability release now nearing availability.

Security: Back Doors in Voting Machines, Two-Factor Authentication, Introduction to Cybersecurity, and Reproducible Builds

  • Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States
    The nation's top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them. In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had "provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006," which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them. The statement contradicts what the company told me and fact checkers for a story I wrote for the New York Times in February. At that time, a spokesperson said ES&S had never installed pcAnywhere on any election system it sold. "None of the employees, … including long-tenured employees, has any knowledge that our voting systems have ever been sold with remote-access software," the spokesperson said.
  • PSA: Make Sure You Have a Backup for Two-Factor Authentication
  • An Introduction to Cybersecurity: The First Five Steps
    You read all these headlines about the latest data breaches, and you worry your organization could be next. After all, if TalkTalk, Target, and Equifax can’t keep their data safe, what chance do you have? Well, thankfully, most organizations aren’t quite as high profile as those household names, and probably don’t receive quite so much attention from cybercriminals. At the same time, though, no organization is so small or insignificant that it can afford to neglect to take sensible security measures. If you’re just starting to take cybersecurity seriously, here are five steps you can take to secure your organization more effectively than 99 percent of your competitors.
  • Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #168