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The Symple PC Web Workstation is a strange hybrid. It’s not new; it’s not used; nor is it refurbished — but it is all of those things. Symple PC takes discarded systems from electronics recycling centers, puts the components through rigorous testing, then reassembles them into brand spanking new mini tower cases made from 100 percent recycled vinyl. The resulting PC is new on the outside, but filled with “previously owned” guts.
Because the computers are made from repurposed parts, they don’t all come with the same specs; buyers are guaranteed a minimum of a 2.8 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM and a 80 GB hard drive. Our test machine meets these minimum specs exactly. While gamers and bleeding edge aficionados may scoff at these numbers, they’re more than adequate for nearly any office workstation, which is their intended use.
While it is still not ready for daily usage, its developer has recently announced that the Ubuntu Touch version for OnePlus One got support for WiFi, the OTA updates feature becoming also available.
The rebootless patching support in Linux 4.0 is the descendant of two existing proposals, kpatch (from RedHat) and kGraft (from SUSE). 1 These two descend from earlier research, by Jeff Arnold and Frans Kaashoek, on a solution called Ksplice, which was bought by Oracle in 2011.
As IT departments focus on OpenStack and Ubuntu together, they are also focusing on the OpenStack Interoperability Lab, which Canonical announced in 2013 and has been evolving. Now, PLUMgrid, which provides virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds, has become an Ubuntu Cloud partner and a part of the Canonical OpenStack Interoperability Lab program.
Yes, you read that well. I’m a hardcore Gnome user since… 2002 and I don’t really to switch to KDE/Plasma just yet. However, I just wanted to share some of my thoughts concerning Plasma, the new name of the KDE desktop. Plasma 5 is the brand new KDE desktop, coming after the KDE 4.x series and only a handful of distributions have picked up on it. As it were, you could already install and run Plasma 5 on Arch Linux since about January 2015 and a bit earlier I think but as I was reporting here, I was busy with my new laptop and getting progressively into emacs; as such I did not pay much attention to it. During FOSDEM however I noticed Plasma 5 at the KDE and OpenSuse booths and I spent a minute standing there: I really liked what I was looking at, but I was thinking that some sort of heavy theming of the KDE desktop had been going on for the event.
Google’s mobile operating system Android is something of a phenomenon. The platform rocketed to the top of the mobile market thanks in large part to Google’s open source model. Any vendor can use Android to power its devices for free, and companies can make all sorts of customizations to suit their needs.
If you think that Linux is still the "rebel code”—the antiestablishment, software-just-wants-to-be-free operating system developed by independent programmers working on their own time — then it's time to think again.
The Linux kernel is the lowest level of software running on a Linux system, charged with managing the hardware, running user programs, and maintaining security and integrity of the whole set up. What many people don’t realize is that development is now mainly carried out by a small group of paid developers.
A week ago, the Xubuntu team members were asked to vote if Xubuntu 15.10 should drop GIMP, Abiword and Gnumeric and include LibreOffice by default.
The vote expired yesterday and Simon Steinbeiß, the Xubuntu Project Lead, announced the vote results, which are as follows:
GIMP will be dropped;
Abiword will be dropped;
LibreOffice or parts of it will be installed by default.
This doesn't mean you can't use GIMP, Abiword or Gnumeric - they will continue to be available in the repositories so you can install them via Ubuntu Software Center.
On October 29, 2014, the Drupal Security Team released advisory identifier DRUPAL-PSA-2014-003. This advisory informed administrators of Drupal-based Web sites that all Drupal-based Web sites utilizing vulnerable versions of Drupal should be considered compromised if they were not patched/upgraded before 2300 UTC on October 15, 2014 (seven hours following the initial announcement of the vulnerability in SA-CORE-2014-005).
In the case of the Drupageddon vulnerability, the database abstraction layer provided by Drupal included a function called expandArguments that was used in order to expand arrays that provide arguments to SQL queries utilized in supporting the Drupal installation. Due to the way this function was written, supplying an array with keys (rather than an array with no keys) as input to the function could be used in order to perform an SQL injection attack.
The live kernel patching support was one of the big additions to what became Linux 4.0, but with Linux 4.1 there aren't many improvements to show for the past cycle.
Jiri Kosina of SUSE is maintaining the kernel's livepatching code and explained in the 4.1 pull request, "These are mostly smaller things that got accumulated during the development cycle. The unified solution is still being worked on and is not mature enough for 4.1 yet."
"I think that doing open source work in a full committee style is often like pouring 1,000 engineers into a barrel and hoping they'll produce the works of Shakespeare. The monkeys in the barrel just don't manage to get it together, everybody wants to be the king and the directions and the priorities change.
"It's a very different situation to something like Linux, where you have a benevolent dictator Linus Torvalds controlling everything, or like Docker, where there is a corporate entity ultimately controlling the road map."