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Story ut2004 Update Out srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 4:00am
Story Coolest Homepage Yet! srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 4:00am
Story IBM Sets Its Sights on Linux Software srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:59am
Story Review of PCLOS srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 6:24am
Story The Myth of Linux Security srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:39am
Story M$ Plans more Secure Browser :roll: srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:38am
Story Whoops: KDE fliccd Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 6:30am
Story Study Find Open Source More Secure srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:36am
Story Interview with Bill Gates srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:36am
Story Security Showdown: Back & Forth srlinuxx 11/04/2005 - 3:35am


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Kernel Space/Linux and Linux Foundation

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  • ZAC / Shingled Magnetic Recording Device Work For The Linux 4.7 Kernel

    Another one of the interesting pull requests this week for the Linux 4.7 merge window is the addition of ZAC (Zone ATA Command) support for Singled Magnetic Recording (SMR) devices.

    Tejun Heo reported in, "This pull request contains Zone ATA Command support for Shingled Magnetic Recording devices. In addition to sending the new commands down to the device, as ZAC commands depend on getting a lot of responses from the device, piping up responses is beefed up too."

  • DRM Changes For Linux 4.7 Bring Four New ARM Drivers, AMD Polaris Support

    The DRM subsystem updates have been submitted for the Linux 4.7 kernel. This is a big pull with more than 80,000 lines of new code for the mainline kernel!

  • Key Blockchain Project Adds Numerous New Leaders

    As we've reported, if you ask some people, they'll tell you that the concept of the Blockchain is as dramatic as the creation of the Internet. A continuously growing group of top technology and finance companies including IBM, Wells Fargo and the London Stock Exchange Group is partnering and working with The Linux Foundation to advance blockchain technology, which is central to how many businesses process transactions.

    Now, the Hyperledger Project, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, has announced that eight new members have joined the initiative to establish an open standard for distributed ledgers that will transform the way business transactions are conducted globally. Well-known open-source developer and leader Brian Behlendorf is now the executive director of Hyperledger.


    Behlendorf is very well-known. He was the founding CTO of CollabNet, CTO of the World Economic Forum and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm. Under his stewardship, Blockchain technology should advance even faster.

  • A Look Into Cloud Foundry’s Past, Present, and Future

    In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, you’ll hear about some of Cloud Foundry’s core values in its approach to multi-cloud application development, containers, and how Cloud Foundry hopes to help improve the OpenStack and open source communities. The New Stack founder Alex Williams and managing editor Joab Jackson spoke with Chip Childers, Cloud Foundry vice president of technology and Abby Kearns, Cloud Foundry vice president of industry strategy to hear their thoughts.

Leftovers: Gaming

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GNOME Software Package Manager Has Just Received Support for Flatpak Packages

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The GNOME developers are hard at work these days to push the second milestone towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, due for release on September 21, 2016, to public beta testers.

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Tiny IoT-oriented i.MX6 UL module includes Linux BSP

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The ConnectCore 6UL module is aimed at IoT applications including healthcare, precision agriculture, building access/control, transportation, and gaming. The module follows in a long line of Digi’s “Connect” branded, Linux-based embedded devices, many of which have used Freescale (now NXP) SoCs, such as the ConnectCard for i.MX28.

The 528MHz i.MX6 UltraLite shifts from the i.MX6’s usual Cortex-A9 cores to the more power-efficient Cortex-A7. It has a stripped down WXGA display interface along with new security and power management features.

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Black Lab Linux 7.6.1 OS Launches with Google Chrome 50 and LibreOffice 5.1.3

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Black Lab Software CEO Roberto J. Dohnert informs Softpedia today, May 23, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of the first point release of the Black Lab Linux 7.6 operating system.

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Linus Torvalds wins the desktop; Chromebooks outsell Macbooks

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Three facts: PC sales continue to decline. Macbooks continue to grow as a share of PC shipments. And in the first quarter of 2016, Chromebooks outsold Macbooks. Yes, you read that right. According to IDC analyst Linn Huang, Chromebooks beat Macs in overall shipments in the U.S.

With that news, Linus Torvalds is ready to declare desktop victory. On Thursday last week, Torvalds posted on his Google+ page: “Hey, either Macs don't count much on the desktop, or we may have to finally lay the 'year of the Linux desktop' joke to rest.”

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Quortus selected in joint Lime, Ubuntu wireless network development

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Quortus and Lime Micro today announce that the Quortus EdgeCentrix (ECX) technology has been selected as part of a fully programmable mobile network capability launched last month by Lime Micro. The new network capability, itself a collaboration between Lime and Canonical, two of the UK’s leading open source technology innovators, will dramatically change the way mobile networks are built in the future.

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The Italian Army Switches to LibreOffice

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Following announcements made last year, the Italian army has moved forward with its plan to replace Microsoft Office with LibreOffice. So far, the army has tested its transition plan across 5000 workstations without significant problems. Following its LibreDifesa plan, the army aims to replace all MS Office installations by the end of the year.

In doing so, the Italian army will join government departments from Spain, France, the UK, Holland and Germany in setting an example for the rest of the public sector to follow.

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All About the DC/OS Open Source Project

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The DC/OS project is a software platform that’s comprised entirely of open source technologies. It includes some existing technologies like Apache Mesos and Marathon, which were always open source, but also includes newer proprietary components developed by Mesosphere that we’ve donated to the community and which are fully open sourced under an Apache 2.0 license. Features include easy install of DC/OS itself (including all the components), plus push-button, app-store-like installation of complex distributed systems (including Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Apache Cassandra and more) via our Universe “distributed services app store”. We’re also tightly integrating our popular Marathon container-orchestration technology right into DC/OS, as the default method for managing Docker containers and other long-running services (including traditional non-containerized web applications, as well stateful services such as databases).

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Voice of the masses: Debian moves on

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Debian are dropping support for 586-class processors in the newer versions of the distro. In simple terms, this means that original Pentium chips will stop working after Debian Jessie (which is supported until 2020). Pentium 2 (which came out in 1995), Pentium Pro and newer chips will continue to work. This change should increase the performance on newer chips by making it easier for software to take advantage of more modern processor features. By the time the support ends, Debian, a non-profit organisation run by volunteers will have supported this hardware for over 25 years

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Smartwatches go open source

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Until now, the open source community has largely been left behind when it comes to the world of smartwatch operating systems. With Google and Apple leading the charge in this field, there’s been little competition, and any independent launches have been heavily restricted in what they can do. However, we now finally have a choice with the launch of AsteroidOS.

Developed by Florent Revest, AsteroidOS is the first true open source distribution that’s been specifically made for smartwatches. In its current state, AsteroidOS contains only the bare minimum of functions. So things like a calculator, stopwatch and calendar are all ready to use, but many of the smartphone connection features we’ve become accustomed to are not.

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10 more pointless (but awesome) Linux terminal tricks

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One year ago, I put together a list of my favorite “pointless but awesome” Linux terminal tricks—filled with such classics as making a cow talk with “cowsay” and rainbow-coloring your terminal with “lolcat.” As was correctly pointed out to me at the time, there are a lot of ridiculous (but cool) things you can do in the terminal that didn’t make that list. So, here’s round two. You’re welcome. (Note: Some of these you will need to install using apt-get, zypper or whatever package manager your Linux distribution uses.)

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Open Source Governance: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

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Open source solutions – primarily in software but increasingly also in hardware – cost roughly one tenth of proprietary offerings. The switch to open source software enables financial and public service scalability as well as quality sustainability at all levels of governance. Unfortunately this understanding is not widespread.

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CentOS-Based NethServer 7 Linux Adds Active Directory Integration in Third Alpha

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Today, May 23, 2016, Alessio Fattorini has informed Softpedia about the release and immediate availability for download of the third Alpha build of the upcoming NethServer 7 server-oriented operating system.

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Security Leftovers

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  • TOTP SSH port fluxing

    Beware: I would not really recommend running this software - it was only written as a joke.

  • TeslaCrypt no more: Ransomware master decryption key released

    The developer has handed over the keys to the kingdom in a surprising twist in TeslaCrypt's tale.

  • Thoughts on our security bubble

    Last week I spent time with a lot of normal people. Well, they were all computer folks, but not the sort one would find in a typical security circle. It really got me thinking about the bubble we live in as the security people.

    There are a lot of things we take for granted. I can reference Dunning Kruger and "turtles all the way down" and not have to explain myself. If I talk about a buffer overflow, or most any security term I never have to explain what's going on. Even some of the more obscure technologies like container scanners and SCAP don't need but a few words to explain what happens. It's easy to talk to security people, at least it's easy for security people to talk to other security people.

  • Ransomware Adds DDoS Capabilities to Annoy Other People, Not Just You

    Ransomware developers seem to have found another way to monetize their operations by adding a DDoS component to their malicious payloads.

    Security researchers from Invincea reported this past Wednesday on a malware sample that appeared to be a modified version of an older threat, the Cerber ransomware.

    The malware analysis team that inspected the file discovered that, besides the file encryption and screen locking capabilities seen in most ransomware families, this threat also comes with an additional payload, which, when put under observation, seemed to be launching network packets towards a network subnet.

Leftovers: OSS

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  • 19 years later, The Cathedral and the Bazaar still moves us

    Nineteen years ago this week, at an annual meeting of Linux-Kongress in Bavaria, an American programmer named Eric Raymond delivered the first version of a working paper he called "The Cathedral and the Bazaar." According to Raymond, the exploratory and largely speculative account of some curious new programming practices contained "no really fundamental discovery."

    But it brought the house down.

    "The fact that it was received with rapt attention and thunderous applause by an audience in which there were very few native speakers of English seemed to confirm that I was onto something," Raymond wrote a year later, as his treatise blossomed into a book. Nearly two decades after that early-evening presentation in Bavaria, The Cathedral and the Bazaar continues to move people. Now, however, it's not so much a crystal ball as it is an historical document, a kind of Urtext that chronicles the primordial days of a movement—something Raymond and his boosters would eventually call "open source." The paper's role in Netscape's decision to release the source code for its web browser has cemented its place in the annals of software history. References to it are all but inescapable.

  • Time to choose: Are you investing in open source or not?

    In 1996, the term "open source" didn't exist. Yet 20 years later, open source technology spans countless projects and brings together the collective talent of millions. Take a close look at any open source project or community of developers and you'll find incredible levels of speed, innovation, and agility.

    Open source participation varies wildly. Some developers devote their professional lives to open source software projects; others contribute their time and talent as an avocation. While the communities behind the software continue to grow, the technology itself is playing both a foundational role in the most important technology developments of the past 20 years and is also an integral role in the strategies powering many of today's leading organizations.

  • Open Source Employment Trends

    We often think of open source as a volunteer or community based activity community. However open source is increasingly important to companies who need to keep up with new technologies.

    The latest survey from Dice and The Linux Foundation goes beyond Linux to examine trends in open source recruiting and job seeking. The report is based on responses from more than 400 hiring managers at corporations, small and medium businesses (SMBs), government organizations, and staffing agencies across the globe and from more than 4,500 open source professionals worldwide.

  • 10 most in-demand Internet of things skills

    The Internet of things is ramping up into a multi-billion dollar industry and with it goes demand for employees with IoT skills. Here we look at the skills that employers want

Flip phones are coming back – as Motorola releases new Android RAZR

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Motorola’s RAZR phone was an early noughties fashion icon – and the king of flip phones, with worldwide sales of 130 million units.

Now it’s coming back – and it might make iPhones look a bit ‘last year’.

New Motorola owner Lenovo promises a new RAZR handset next month, which will ‘flip back to the Razr days of yesteryear and get ready for the future.’

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Linksys Sees Value Open Source Market for WRT Wireless Routers
    The wireless router world remains safe for open source -- at least for users of certain Linksys Wi-Fi devices, which will still allow the installation of open source firmware like DD-WRT after new FCC rules take effect next week. Here's the back story: Last fall, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) introduced new regulations that required device manufacturers to ensure "that third parties are not able to reprogram the device to operate outside the parameters for which the device was certified." Those rules go into effect June 2.
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    In this Keynote, Luciano Resende, Architect, Spark Technology Center at IBM, will showcase Open source Analytic platforms. Luciano will also discuss how they are being leveraged by different organizations to upend their competition, as well as enable new use cases.
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    The field of pure mathematics has always depended on computers to make tables, prove theorems and explore new theories. Today, computer aided experiments and the use of databases relying on computer calculations are part of the pure mathematician's standard toolbox. In fact, these tools have become so important that some areas of mathematics are now completely dependent on them.
  • Asa Dotzler: My New Role @ Mozilla
    After a couple of years working on Mozilla’s mobile operating system project, I’m coming back to Firefox! I’ll be doing some familiar things and some new things. My official title is Product Manager, Firefox Roadmap and Community. What that means, first and foremost, is that I’ll be returning as our storyteller, making sure that we’re communicating regularly about where Firefox is heading, and that we’re fully engaged with Firefox users, fans, and contributors.

Big Data and Databases


What containers and unikernels can learn from Arduino and Raspberry Pi

There is a lot of interesting buzz around specialized container hosts, rump kernels, and unikernels because they hold the potential to revolutionize certain workloads (embedded, cloud, etc.). Keep your eye on this exciting, fast moving space, but cautiously. Currently, unikernels seem quite similar to building printed circuits. They require a lot of upfront investment to utilize and are very specialized, providing benefits for certain workloads. In the meantime containers are quite interesting even for conventional workloads and don't require as much investment. Typically an operations team should be able to port an application to containers, whereas it takes real re-engineering to port an application to unikernels and the industry is still not quite sure what workloads can be ported to unikernels. Here's to an exciting future of containers, rump kernels, and unikernels! Read more