|Story||today's howtos||Roy Schestowitz||29/10/2014 - 11:26pm|
|Story||Leftovers: Gaming||Roy Schestowitz||29/10/2014 - 11:25pm|
|Story||Kubuntu Vivid in Bright Blue||Roy Schestowitz||29/10/2014 - 11:13pm|
|Story||Parallels CTO: Linux container security is not the problem||Roy Schestowitz||29/10/2014 - 10:28pm|
|Story||Good dog: Puppy Linux reaches version 6.0||Roy Schestowitz||29/10/2014 - 10:14pm|
|Story||Ubuntu Survey Results Show Unity, Heron’s and Dual-Boots Are Popular||Roy Schestowitz||29/10/2014 - 9:45pm|
|Story||12 of the best new features in Android Lollipop||Roy Schestowitz||29/10/2014 - 9:26pm|
|Story||Zend Server 8 Delivers Z-Ray Application Insight||Rianne Schestowitz||29/10/2014 - 9:08pm|
|Story||Ubuntu Could Give a Fatal Blow to Windows in China||Rianne Schestowitz||29/10/2014 - 9:03pm|
Ittia announced a design win for its lightweight embedded DB SQL database in Wasserbauer’s uClibc Linux based “Butler Gold” robot designed to feed cattle.
The Ittia DB SQL database and its antecedents, including .db*, have shipped in a wide variety of devices, including a circa 2005, Linux-based Oshkosh A3 HEMTT tactical truck. The lightweight, Linux- and Android-compatible embedded relational database has now found its way into barnyard life in its role within a Butler Gold cattle-feeding robot from Germany’s Wasserbauer GmbH. Linux has previously played a role in DeLaval’s Voluntary Milking System robot for cattle, but this is the first time we’ve seen it helping out on the other end.
This Public Service Announcement is a follow up to SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection. This is not an announcement of a new vulnerability in Drupal.
Automated attacks began compromising Drupal 7 websites that were not patched or updated to Drupal 7.32 within hours of the announcement of SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection. You should proceed under the assumption that every Drupal 7 website was compromised unless updated or patched before Oct 15th, 11pm UTC, that is 7 hours after the announcement.
To me, this is quite an important period because the only reason I migrated to GNU/Linux was to be free of crashes. Later I was glad I did because of performance, lack of malware, avoidance of the EULA from Hell, easy back-ups and installation, easy management, etc. Many other famous migrations happened around the same time and I would bet stability was an issue for them too. Certainly cost, flexibility, and independence from M$ were issues. Many businesses were spending ~$1000 per seat per annum just to keep things running, so it’s not just about licences or being “cheap”. FLOSS is the right way to do IT.
We previously reported that the Tizen based Samsung Gear S was looking at a release date of 24th October, which happened to be last week by many of the major UK online tech retailers. Well, as what happens quite often in the Tech world the release has been delayed, and we are now looking at the week commencing 11 November 2014 for its UK launch. No specific reason has been given by Samsung to the delay.
So today's challenge for hackers, I think, is putting that advice into practice by writing a new generation of free software programs with strong crypto baked in as a matter of course. That means strong crypto in connectivity software (more things like OpenVPN, TOR, Commotion); in communications programs (MailPile, Cryptocat, RedPhone), and in content applications (FreeNet, GNUnet).
As I concluded, the power of the open source methodology has given us a world where openness is increasingly the default. Now we need to go back to Richard Stallman's original vision, and use free software to give us a world where something much more precious, and much more difficult to gain and keep - *freedom* - is the default.
For nearly a month now, we at FOSS Force have had no trouble reaching the popular FOSS sites Tux Machines and TechRights. Both sites are published by Roy Schestowitz and both sites, especially the former, had been offline during much of September due to a prolonged DDOS attack.
On October 4th, when we last reported on this, accessibility to both sites was greatly improved but still somewhat spotty. During most of this month, however, we’ve had no noticeable difficulty reaching either site.
According to Schestowitz, although the site continues to be under fire, he and his team have developed methods to deal with the attacks.
Comparing LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice is like comparing identical twins. Even people who know them well have trouble distinguishing one from the other, and, when you find a difference, it is often trivial. All the same, the differences are growing, and LibreOffice has at least eleven advantages over OpenOffice – see the list below.
Both of these free office suites are descendants of OpenOffice.org (just don't ask in a crowd of Linux users which is true descendant of OpenOffice.org unless you're fond of flame wars). They have identical system requirements and feature sets. Both are supported by libraries of templates and extensions, and, if one acquires a new feature, the other frequently adds the feature in the next release.
Today we've received some information a device dubbed the "UT One" that is an Ubuntu Touch tablet powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor and aims to ship in December.
According to the information we've been supplied, the UT One is going to launch in late November for pre-ordering with hopes of shipping by late December. The Ubuntu Touch tablet is based around an Intel Atom Z3735D "Bay Trail" SoC that's quad-core with 1.33GHz base frequency and 1.5GHz turbo frequency. The Intel Z3735D features Intel HD "Gen7" graphics like the other Bay Trail (formerly "Valley View") designs.
Unity 8, seen in the Ubuntu Desktop Next images and Ubuntu Touch phones, removes a controversial feature branded “spyware” by some and fixes one of Ubuntu’s most long-standing complaints. When Unity 8 is stable and ready, Ubuntu won’t send your local searches over the web and show you Amazon product results anymore, quelling some longstanding fears in the open-source community.
The Center for International and Intercultural Communication (ZiiK) at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) has been helping with the reconstruction of academic organizations in Afghanistan since 2002. Under the supervision of the Berlin IT lecturer, Dr. Nazir Peroz, Director of the ZiiK, computer centers have been established at five college locations in Afghanistan.
Through the project, many students and college employees have been trained in the use of the computers. A new curriculum tailored to the requirements and prerequisites of Afghan students has been developed and Afghan IT students and future lecturers have been trained for Masters degrees in Germany.
Here's the first RC for X server 1.17. We're a bit behind, due to my
travel schedule and illness, but I don't see any particular reason to
change the rest of the schedule at this point:
Non-critical bugs 2014-10-16 - 2014-11-30
Critical-bugs 2014-12-1 - 2014-12-31
Some high points that I know of:
* Adam continues to strip out stale code and clean up the
server. Thousands of lines of unnecessary code have disappeared yet
Kristian's latest patches being made public are enabling support for vertex shaders to be generated using Intel's SIMD8 scalar back-end for Broadwell hardware and newer. "With Broadwell we have the option to run vertex shaders in scalar (SIMD8) mode which potentially gives us better throughput and more vertices per thread dispatch. This patch series implements this by repurposing our [fragment shader] backend to also work for vertex shaders."
This patch series for VS SIMD8 support deals with just under one thousand lines of code. This should hopefully lead to a performance win, but of course we're still waiting for Broadwell hardware to actually arrive. The Broadwell ultrabooks / convertible tablets should hopefully not be too many weeks out now in the US (so far it's mostly just the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro available) and it will be interesting to see how they perform compared to Haswell but the Broadwell desktop CPUs won't see the light of day until 2015. The Broadwell Linux support should be fairly rock solid by now with the open-source Intel developers working on the hardware enablement for more than one year with most work now just being about more fine tuning and optimizations.
Why? The majority of them have switched to open source because they perceive open source development programs as having better performance and reliability. This, as Hammond observed, is a change. "Open source used to be popular because of the lower cost. Now the cost of tools is the least important element for developers."
This popularity, said Hammond, means that "open source is taking over. This is a golden age for developers." A consequence from this is that "We are now seeing open source tech compete with open source tech; it's no longer open-source software vs proprietary."
A couple of months ago, Canonical released Ubuntu Developer Tools Center (UDTC), a project to "enable quick and easy setup of common developers needs on Ubuntu".
In the release announcement, Didier Roche, Software Engineer at Canonical, mentioned that for now, Canonical is focusing on Android developers, but more will follow, like Go developers, web developers, Dart and more.
Since version 11 came out, there have been three updates - what SUSE calls service packs - in June 2010, February 2012 and January 2013.
One major change is the introduction of systemd as the default init system. However, SUSE has chosen not to include journald, the new system logging method.
Matthias Eckermann, senior product manager at SUSE, told iTWire in response to a query: "We have done a thorough review of all INIT systems about three years ago. Despite the negative sentiment in the open source community, our evaluation back then has shown that systemd is the most promising approach going forward.
Hi, folks. Instead of relval (for a change) I spent some of my non-work time today working on ownCloud packaging (I’m the owner/’primary contact’/whatever for the ownCloud package, these days).
I’ve been in touch with ownCloud’s awesome security folk, Lukas Reschke, recently, and he confirmed that the ownCloud version currently in Fedora 19 and EPEL 6 – 4.5.13 – is known to have some security vulnerabilities. It’s also unmaintained and is very unlikely to be upgradable directly to ownCloud 7, so I really needed to Do Something for folks on those releases.
"Today we think nothing of watching video and audio natively in the browser, and nothing of running a browser on a phone," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "We expect to be able to share photos, shop, read the news, and look up information anywhere, on any device. Though they remain invisible to most users, HTML5 and the Open Web Platform are driving these growing user expectations."
HTML5 brings to the Web video and audio tracks without needing plugins; programmatic access to a resolution-dependent bitmap canvas, which is useful for rendering graphs, game graphics, or other visual images on the fly; native support for scalable vector graphics (SVG) and math (MathML); annotations important for East Asian typography (Ruby); features to enable accessibility of rich applications; and much more.
As a follow-up to last week's Ubuntu 14.04 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 AMD Performance Comparison and yesterday's Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst driver comparison, here's taking things further in looking at the performance of the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver in several configurations while compared against the closed-source AMD Catalyst graphics driver as found on Ubuntu 14.10.