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Microsoft Ubuntu Rumors and Kernel Resignation Opinions

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The Linux Journal today addressed the Microsoft-buying-Canonical rumors saying it's against Ubuntu's founding principles. Reactions to the two kernel resignations this week are mixed and we'll take a look. Elsewhere, KDE signs the User Data Manifesto 2.0 and American Trade Journal looks at the business end of Red Hat lately.

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Calligra Words Port to KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5 Now Complete, Here's How It Looks

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We reported earlier this year that the Calligra developers started work on porting the KDE's number one open-source office suite to the latest Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 technologies used in the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

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Enlightenment 0.19.12 Desktop Environment Drops Support for Wayland

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The developers of the Enlightenment open-source desktop environment used in numerous GNU/Linux distributions have announced the release and immediate availability of a new maintenance version of the Enlightenment DR 0.19 series.

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HP and pals release open source switch OS

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OpenSwitch offers the now-familiar, thanks to the likes of Big Switch and Cumulus Networks, chance to buy a white box switch and run your own operating system on it. In a colossal non-surprise, the NOS is Linux-based. HP will happily install it on its own Altoline switches, or you can have a go yourself on Open Compute Project boxen.

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Linux Security: Lock Down a New System Immediately

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PCWorld recently published an article about Linux botnets launching DDoS attacks. The attackers find and exploit poorly secured Linux systems. Some Linux users have a fairly cavalier attitude about security, assuming the supposedly superior design of the OS somehow protects them. It doesn't. Now that Chromebooks outsell Windows laptops and Amdroid devices are ubiquitous the days when Linux was a secondary target for malware are long gone. Linux' prominence in both the server room and on consumer devices make it a prime target.

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Linux Kernel 3.12.49 LTS Out Now with PowerPC and ARM64 Improvements, More

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Jiri Slaby, the maintainer of the long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel series, has just announced the release and immediate availability for download of the forty-ninth maintenance version of the Linux 3.12 LTS kernel.

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Puppy Linux-Based Quirky 7.2 Distro for Android Devs Gets Major X11 Update

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Barry Kauler, lead developer and creator of the Puppy Linux distribution, has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the Quirky 7.2 distrolette.

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Linksys unveils Linux-powered WRT1900ACS router -- open source, faster CPU, more RAM

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When it comes to home networking, nothing is more iconic than the classic blue Linksys router. When I worked at CompUSA, I sold a ton of them, and for good reason -- they worked well. Over the years, some of the models proved popular for open-source firmware replacements, making them attractive to tinkerers.

Fast forward to today, and Linksys announces a new open source-friendly router, witch builds upon the existing WRT1900AC. With a faster processor and double the RAM, the new model gets an "S" moniker -- reminiscent of Apple's iPhone naming -- as WRT1900ACS. Are you excited for this Linux-powered home router?

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Developer creates an open source glucose monitoring and tracking app he can trust

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According to, in 2012 over 29.1 million Americans (that's 9.3% of the population) had diabetes. Chances are, you know someone who has diabetes and you can help them by supporting an open source project that they can trust. If you are a developer, contribute to improve the code; you can help with documentation, or language so it can be translated.

That’s the only way any open source project succeeds – through collaboration and contribution; through people.

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Proposed Principles for Content Blocking

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Content is not inherently good or bad – with some notable exceptions, such as malware. So these principles aren’t about what content is OK to block and what isn’t. They speak to how and why content can be blocked, and how the user can be maintained at the center through that process.

At Mozilla, our mission is to ensure a Web that is open and trusted and that puts our users in control. For content blocking, here is what we think that means.

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today's leftovers

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Xen Open Source Hypervisor Now Available in CentOS 7 Linux for ARM64 Servers

    Stefano Stabellini of the Xen project has informed us today, on October 5, that the Xen open-source hypervisor is now available for CentOS 7 for ARM64 (AArch64) Linux operating systems.

  • Go For It!: A Simple Todo.txt-Based To-Do List Manager And Timer Productivity App

    Go For It! is a simple, yet very useful 2 in 1 productivity app which includes to-do list management as well as a timer, available for Linux and Windows.

  • Git 2.6.1 Open-Source Distributed Version Control System Adds Xdiff Changes

    The developers of the world's most popular free, cross-platform and open-source distributed version control system, Git, have announced the release and immediate availability for download of the first point release of Git 2.6 for all supported platforms.

  • NetworkManager 1.0.6 brings metered connections API and more

    We’re proud to announce that today we’ve released NetworkManager 1.0.6, a latest update in the NetworkManager 1.0.x stable series.

  • Audacious 3.7 Beta 1 Available In PPA

    Audacious 3.7 beta 1 was released recently and is available in the WebUpd8 Unrelease/Backports PPA. The new beta version brings various new features such as playlist shuffle by album, record Internet streams and more, along with Qt interface improvements and bug fixes.

    For those not familiar with Audacious, this is a fast, lightweight audio player that's focused on high audio quality and low system resource usage.

  • Fortigate SSL VPN support added to NetworkManager
  • RcppArmadillo

    The somewhat regular monthly upstream Armadillo update brings us a first release of the 6.* series. This follows an earlier test release announced on the list, and released to the Rcpp drat. And as version 6.100.0 was released on Friday by Conrad, we rolled it into RcppArmadillo release yesterday. Following yet another full test against all reverse dependencies, got uploaded to CRAN which has now accepted it. A matching upload to Debian will follow shortly.

today's howtos

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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  • The Ubuntu Conspiracy

    A recent rumor has sparked waves of fear and outrage throughout the Linux community. The word is that Microsoft is in secret negotiations to purchase Canonical, the Ubuntu company.

    With Ubuntu and its derivatives installed on millions of home computers and Web servers, the takeover would be disruptive to say the least. After all, in a world where most people think that Windows is "just how computers work", not using Microsoft products is a deliberate choice. If Microsoft bought Canonical, millions of users would have to jump ship or accept life under the Microsoft banner.

  • Microsoft Agrees Linux is Best for Cloud

    Ever since the new CEO, Satya Nadella, has taken the place of the Linux-hater Steve Balmer, the change in Microsoft’s rhetoric regarding Linux has been clear. Now, Microsoft is officially recommending Linux on Twitter.

  • Ubuntu Plans To Make ZFS File-System Support Standard On Linux
  • UbuContest 2015 Winners Announced, Gaming Is Leading the Charge on Ubuntu Touch

    The winners of the UbuContest 2015 have been announced and it's not really a huge surprise that the game "Falldown" has been mentioned first.

  • Canonical Plays With Internet of Toys Idea

    Canonical last week announced plans to launch the Internet of Toys, an open source initiative calling on toy makers, hackers, Internet of Things fans and innovators to build the next generation of Web-accessing toys. Participants will build the next generation of toys around open source tools such as Cylon JS, Gobot, Snappy Ubuntu Core, Snapcraft, ROS and Erle-Spider. "The idea is that any toy, for kids and not-so-kids, can be app-enabled and have an app store and, potentially, peripherals," said Maarten Ectors, a vice president at Canonical.

Android Leftovers

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Leftovers: OSS (Long, Catching Up After Absence)

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Leftovers: Sharing Culture

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Development News

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  • Larry Wall Unveils Perl 6.0.0

    The first thing he did was thank Craigslist "for sponsoring me these last few years". On October 5th, 2015 Larry Wall addressed a crowd of geeks at San Francisco's Exploratorium, saying he couldn't properly express his gratitude to Craigslist. Then he acknowledged how long the development arc had been for Perl 6. "As the old joke goes, Perl 6 is coming out this Christmas." Only this time, he meant it.

  • The End of Linearity, git Implementation in Professional Services
  • Open Source JVM Application Deployment Tool: Capsule

    The process of deploying a piece of software to run on a computer is, perhaps surprisingly, not trivial. An application is a complicated creature that, when deployed, may find itself in unfamiliar environments where it interacts with different hardware, different infrastructure software, and other neighboring programs. Ensuring that an application survives and thrives is the responsibility of both its code and its deployment process. The balance between the two often depends on the languages, runtime and tools used to construct the program, and therefore, different deployment tools may be appropriate for different technology stacks.

  • Docker Founder Sets Up School to Help Next Generation of Developers

    The method for educating developers in Europe comes to American shores, via the new Holberton School, which uses project-based methods to train developers.

  • Rogue Wave Software Acquires PHP's Zend

    A month out from the launch of PHP 7, Rogue Wave Software has announced they've acquired Zend Technologies, the main company behind PHP for the enterprise.

  • Ken Thompson UNIX systems father

    Kenneth Thompson, or as they call him “Ken”, the creator of UNIX and co-inventor of the “C” language. He was born in February 1943, New Orleans, Louisiana. Ken is a computer scientist and co-winner of the A.M. Turing Award with Dennis Richie in 1983, this award is the highest honor in computer science. Thompson and Ritchie were jointly cited for development of generic operating systems theories and specifically for implementation of UNIX operating system which they invented at Bell Laboratories. Ken earned the Bachelor’s degree in 1965 and the Master’s degree in 1966 in electrical engineering field from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). He went to work at Bell Labs after graduation, where he worked first on the Multics project.

  • Open Source RAML Parsers for Various Languages Turn Up

    Earlier this month, ProgrammableWeb published an article featuring several standalone RAML API mocking tools that have surfaced on GitHub. Open source RAML Parsers for various languages have also recently turned up on GitHub such as PHP RAML Parser, RamlParser, RAML Ruby, and Pyraml-Parser. These RAML parsers are in addition to the Java, JavaScript, and .Net parsers created by RAML sponsor MuleSoft.

  • Apple’s Swift Breaks Into The Top 20 Programming Languages

    The results of RedMonk’s bi-annual programming language study provides some clues as to the answers they need. Since 2010, the developer research company has been rating and ranking the myriad languages that developers use on a regular basis, and the latest survey has actually thrown a few curve balls into the mix.

Security Leftovers

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  • LinuxCon 2015 Report: Shrinking the Security Holes in OSS

    Dublin native James Joyce famously wrote that “mistakes are the portals of discovery.” LinuxCon 2015 keynote speaker Leigh Honeywell grabbed hold of the same theme here in Dublin, reminding hundreds of open source professionals that “you’re going to make mistakes; you’re going to introduce security bugs.” The goal, said Honeywell, who works as a senior security engineer at Slack Technologies, shouldn’t be the all-out elimination of these mistakes. Instead, security engineers should strive to make different mistakes next time around.

  • The perils of free digital certificates

    The current certificate is not cross-signed, so loading the page over HTTPS will give visitors an untrusted warning. The warning goes away once the ISRG root is added to the trust store. ISRG expects the certificate to be cross-signed by IdenTrusts’s root in about a month, at which point the certificates will work nearly anywhere. The project also submitted initial applications to the root programs for Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, and Apple so that Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Safari would recognize Let's Encrypt certificates.

  • Get Simplified Web Encrytion For Your Website With Let's Encrypt
  • InvizBox Go Offers Open Source Online Privacy And Security (video)

    Team InvizBox have unveiled a new pocket sized device which has been created to provide an open source solution to online privacy and security.

    The small InvizBox box is capable of offering users a broad range of privacy options, allowing secure connectivity to the Internet from both desktop and mobile devices.

  • New programmer pow-wow for coders paranoid about Android

    DevSecCon is a newly formed, non-profit conference for DevOps and SecOps practitioners, run by practitioners. By creating a neutral platform, it will exchange and create new ideas on how to leverage the best of both worlds and adopt a new mind-set of inclusiveness and collaboration.

  • Cisco disrupts $30 million browser plug-in hacking operation
  • ​Cisco: notorious hackers using Linux cloak earn $30m a year

    Cisco notes that Linux servers were being managed remotely via SSH using root, adding that they were likely compromised systems in Europe and Asia.

  • Linux.Wifatch: The Wireless Router Malware that Increases IoT Security
  • Vigilante Malware
  • Creators of the Benevolent Linux.Wifatch Malware Reveal Themselves

    The Linux.Wifatch malware, also dubbed as the "vigilante malware" has been going around the Internet, infecting IoT devices, cleaning out malware infections, and boosting the devices' security.

  • Linux.Wifatch Is Protecting Unpatched Routers, Devices

    Today's topics include how vigilante malware is protecting unpatched routers, HP launches its Open-Source Network OS, Twitter locks in Jack Dorsey as its permanent CEO, and Cisco is driving its investments in network chip startup Aquantia.

    Countless numbers of routers and Internet-connected devices around the world are not properly updated, leaving the devices, their owners and the Internet at large at risk. A new code infection, however, dubbed Linux.Wifatch, is taking unpatched routers and devices a different route, protecting them, rather than exploiting them.

  • Microsoft OWA falls victim to password-pinching APT attack

    SECURITY RESEARCHERS FROM Cybereason have sounded a klaxon over a problem with the Microsoft Outlook Web Application (OWA) that could let attackers swoop in and tag and bag data and documents through the use of APT techniques.

    Cybereason discovered the bug when a customer with some 19,000 endpoints suspected that it was the victim of infection.

  • New Outlook mailserver attack steals massive number of passwords

    Backdoor in Outlook Web Application operates inside target's firewall.

  • Vint Cerf: The Headline I Fear Is '100,000 Fridges Hack Bank of America'

    When the ILOVEYOU worm struck on May 4, 2000, it thrust the reality of computer vulnerabilities into the public consciousness in a very big way.

    Sure, computer worms had spread before, but some estimates pegged this particular worm as causing billions of dollars in damage. Entire government departments were crippled. The nature of its spread was unprecedented in scale.

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