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Story Linux Kernel Security is Lacking? srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:42pm
Story Did SCO end up helping Linux? srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:42pm
Story Night that the Lights went Out in TN srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 12:46am
Story More Summit Notes srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:43pm
Story New Slack is Out srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 5:01pm
Story New O'Reilly Security Book Released srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:53pm
Story 97 bugs found in MySQL srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:54pm
Story Intel Has Been Busy Busy Busy srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:54pm
Story On the Redmond Front srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:55pm
Story M$ Continues its Attack srlinuxx 10/04/2005 - 11:56pm

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • DNS server attacks begin using BIND software flaw

    Attackers have started exploiting a flaw in the most widely used software for the DNS (Domain Name System), which translates domain names into IP addresses.

    Last week, a patch was issued for the denial-of-service flaw, which affects all versions of BIND 9, open-source software originally developed by the University of California at Berkeley in the 1980s.

  • Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs

    The common wisdom when it comes to PCs and Apple computers is that the latter are much more secure. Particularly when it comes to firmware, people have assumed that Apple systems are locked down in ways that PCs aren’t.

    It turns out this isn’t true. Two researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of MACs. What’s more, the researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.

Brocade CEO: Transition To Open Source Will Be Difficult For Cisco

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OSS

Communications CEO Lloyd Carney said traditional vendors like Cisco will have a tough time adapting to a more software-defined, open source space.

That's because traditional vendors like Cisco's revenue streams are tied to closed architectures, Carney said.

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Open Source Players Show Dedication To Heightening Security Measures

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OSS
Security

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the Core Infrastructure Initiative, a group formed last year after the Heartbleed bug targeted vulnerabilities in OpenSSL encryption software, has invested $500,000 in three new projects aimed at improving the security of open source code. Participants in the Core Infrastructure Initiative include large corporations such as Microsoft, Facebook, and Cisco Systems; it is managed by the nonprofit Linux Foundation. This collaboration demonstrates a desire from both the open source community and technology leaders to preserve free and open standards while continuing to make security a top priority.

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ExtremeTech explains: Why you should (or shouldn’t) root your Android device

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Android

Android is based on the Linux kernel, so right from the start, tinkerers and power users were interested in gaining root access to make changes and graft on new features. In the early days, this was a fairly simple procedure on most devices. There were several apps and tools that could root almost any Android phone or tablet, and you’d be ready to truly master your device in mere minutes. As Android became more capable, the allure of rooting has diminished somewhat — and it’s also much harder than it used to be.

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The Companies That Support Linux: Solace Systems

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Linux

Solace Systems makes messaging middleware technology that moves data between distributed applications, devices and users to enable big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things. Solace is expanding its involvement with The Linux Foundation through new corporate membership with The Linux Foundation and participation in the OpenMAMA project, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project that provides a high-performance messaging API that interfaces with a variety of message-oriented middleware systems. Their technology is well-suited to the demands of OpenMAMA-based market data distribution systems used in banking and trading systems.

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AMD Publishes Open-Source Fiji GPU Support For AMDGPU

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Graphics/Benchmarks
OSS

AMD has published the initial patches for supporting the "Fiji" GPU with HBM memory, a.k.a. the new Radeon R9 Fury graphics cards, by the open-source "AMDGPU" Linux driver stack.

Alex Deucher today sent out the initial patches for adding Fiji support. "This patch set adds Fiji support to the open source amdgpu driver. The relevant mesa and ddx changes have also been sent out the their respective mailing lists."

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Linux Distro: Your Best Choice?

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Linux

I believe one of the biggest advantages to running a Linux distro on your desktop is the number of choices available. Linux enthusiasts enjoy a wide range of desktop environments, file managers, terminals, GTK vs Qt software, and of course the distributions themselves.

On the flip side of this coin, however, all of these choices can seem overwhelming. Regular folks that are trying to switch from other platforms to Linux are bombarded by conflicting advice and often it just leads to information overload. In this article, I’ll offer up some helpful guidelines to cut through the noise. I'm going to provide my tips on selecting the best distribution for you based on your needs, not the needs of others.

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Ubuntu drone puts robotics in the classroom

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Ubuntu

The company has created a DIY kit for building an Ubuntu drone. It is a Linux-based platform with Erle’s Ubuntu core running on the APM Autopilot hardware platform from 3DRobotics. It sells for €299.

This is an all-in-one drone controller with point-and-click programming, command modes, failsafe programming and 3-axis camera control.

It uses the Robot Operating System (ROS) framework for writing robot software. It is a collection of tools, libraries created by the Open Source Robotics Foundation.

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Unity 8 and KDE Will Be Able to Coexist on the Same Ubuntu OS

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KDE
Ubuntu

Unity 8 promises to be an evolution over the current Unity version, and it's a profoundly different piece of software. Yes, it brings a lot of new features and improvements, but it will also create a lot of issues. Like the ability to install a different desktop environment alongside, such as KDE.

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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Is Now Back in Stock

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Ubuntu

The new Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is now back in stock after being absent for a few days. It looks like the decision to make it freely available actually led to being sold out.

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8-Way Linux Desktop OpenGL Comparison Atop Fedora 22

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Linux
Red Hat

Beyond last week's Debian GNU/Hurd vs. GNU/Linux comparison, another set of updated benchmarks sought by some Phoronix Premium members have been a fresh cross-desktop environment comparison when running various games / OpenGL benchmarks across desktops / window managers.

I haven't run any cross-desktop OpenGL performance comparisons recently, but with the request coming in from the premium bunch, I did some modern tests on Fedora 22 x86_64. With an Intel Core i7 5775C system sporting Iris Graphics Pro 6200, I tested the following desktops from their F22 packages with their out-of-the-box settings.

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NVIDIA 355 Beta Linux Driver Released, Closer To Supporting Wayland/Mir

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Graphics/Benchmarks

NVIDIA this morning released their first public Linux driver beta in the 355.xx series, and it's quite an exciting update!

In stepping closer toward supporting Wayland and Mir, there's a lot of EGL improvements in the 355 series! There is now experimental full OpenGL support under EGL, the EGL_KHR_swap_buffers_with_damage and EGL_NV_stream_consumer_gltexture_yuv extensions are now supported, and other changes.

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LibreOffice 5.0 RC Brings More DOCX Improvements, Final Version in Two Days

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LibO

The Document Foundation has released the fifth and final Release Candidate for LibreOffice 5.0, which should be identical to the stable edition that will be made available in a couple of days.

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Manjaro 0.8.13 Gets the Latest NVIDIA Drivers with the Seventh Update, and Much More

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Linux

The Manjaro developers are on a roll, and they've just released yet another update for Manjaro 0.8.13, bringing numerous Linux kernel updates and quite a few other packages.

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Torvalds 2.0: Patricia Torvalds on computing, college, feminism, and increasing diversity in tech

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Linux
Interviews

At 18, Patricia is a feminist with a growing list of tech achievements, open source industry experience, and her sights set on diving into her freshman year of college at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. She works for Puppet Labs in Portland, Oregon, as an intern, but soon she'll head to Durham, North Carolina, to start the fall semester of college.

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Best Android smartphones for work and play: August 2015 edition

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Android

There's never been a better time to buy an Android smartphone. Not only is there a huge array of different handsets from a multitude of manufacturers to choose from, but what you get for your money is simply incredible.

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A call to policy makers: Open source is where innovation is happening

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OSS

There are multiple lists to be found detailing the ways in which open source is besting—or "eating"—proprietary offerings. But to understand the significance of this, it's useful to return to Andreessen's original argument. They key to his 2011 thesis is that "all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at global scale." The very characteristics that are allowing software to "eat the world"—a networked world enabling faster innovation, scalability, customization, and collaboration—are the same characteristics that put open source ahead of proprietary. Open source means quality, security, and cost-effectiveness. And, most importantly, it means genuine interoperability to fully enable the networked world.

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Ubuntu Devs Willing to Work on GNOME Software to Replace Ubuntu Software Center

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GNOME
Ubuntu

The Ubuntu Software Center managed to be the center of news stories after the Ubuntu MATE project decided to ditch it as default (still available in the repos), and discussions about a possible replacement in the regular Ubuntu desktop have started once more.

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FreeBSD 10.2 Release Candidate 2 Adds Better Hyper-V Support on Windows Server 2012

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BSD

While not a GNU/Linux operating system, FreeBSD is an imperative open-source project, the most acclaimed BSD distribution on the market. Today, we announce the availability for download and testing of the second RC (Release Candidate) version of FreeBSD 10.2.

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Debian-Based Clonezilla Live 2.4.2-29 Is Out with Partclone 0.2.81 and Lots of Bugfixes

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Debian

On the first day of August 2015, Steven Shiau has released a new testing version of his popular Clonezilla Live CD, which can be used for disk cloning and imaging operations, version 2.4.2-29.

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