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In a fast-moving project like OpenStack, it seems like there's more to learn with every day that passed. There are plenty of tools out there to help you keep up, including hands-on training courses, books, and of course the official documentation. And to add to the mix, every month, Opensource.com takes a look back at recent OpenStack tips, tricks, guides, and tutorials created by the open source community that might help you in your journey.
‘You Hacked,’ Cyber Attackers Crash Muni Computer System Across SF [Ed: Microsoft Windows]
That was the message on San Francisco Muni station computer screens across the city, giving passengers free rides all day on Saturday.
This weekend, San Francisco’s public transit riders got what seemed like a Black Friday surprise: The system wouldn’t take their money. Not that Muni’s bosses didn’t want to, or suddenly forgot about their agency’s budget shortfalls.
Nope—someone had attacked and locked the computer system through which riders pay their fares. Payment machines told riders, “You Hacked. ALL data encrypted,” and the culprit allegedly demanded a 100 Bitcoin ransom (about $73,000).
The agency acknowledged the attack, which also disrupted its email system, and a representative said the agency refused to pay off the attacker. Unable to collect fares, Muni opened the gates and kept trains running, so people could at least get where they were going. By Monday morning, everything was back to normal.
Online criminals—at least some of them wielding the notorious Mirai malware that transforms Internet-of-things devices into powerful denial-of-service cannons—have begun exploiting a critical flaw that may be present in millions of home routers.
No matter what your Linux, you need to protect it with an iptable-based firewall.
Yes! You’ve just set up your first Linux server and you’re ready to rock and roll! Right? Uh, no.
By default, your Linux box is not secure against attackers. Oh sure, it’s more secure than Windows XP, but that’s not saying much.
openSUSE is a community distribution which shares code and infrastructure with SUSE Linux Enterprise. The openSUSE distribution is available in two editions. The first is a stable, point release edition with a conservative base called Leap. The second edition is an experimental rolling release called Tumbleweed. The openSUSE project recently released a new update to the Leap edition, launching openSUSE 42.2 Leap in mid-November. Leap editions receive approximately three years of security updates and minor point releases are published about once per year. The new 42.2 release includes a long term support kernel (Linux 4.4) and KDE's Plasma 5.8 desktop which is also supposed to receive long term support from its upstream project.
openSUSE 42.2 is available primarily for 64-bit x86 computers. There are ARM ports available, but they need to be tracked down through the project's wiki and are not available through the main Download page. The new release is available in two builds, a 4.1GB DVD and a 95MB net-install disc. I opted to download the larger of the two ISO files for my trial.
The future for one of the few remaining alternative mobile OS platforms, Jolla’s Sailfish OS, looks to be taking clearer shape. Today the Finnish company which develops and maintains the core code, with the aim of licensing it to others, announced Sailfish has achieved domestic certification in Russia for government and corporate use.
In recent years the Russian government has made moves to encourage the development of alternatives to the duopoly of US-dominated smartphone platforms, Android and Apple’s iOS — flagging Sailfish as one possibility, along with Tizen. Although Sailfish looks to have won out as the preferred Android alternative for Russia at this point.
Today in Linux news the Devuan project is two years old while the world waits for its inaugural release. Jesse Smith was happy with openSUSE 42.2 saying, "openSUSE succeeded in providing a stable, responsive environment." Elsewhere, KDE and NTP are fundraising and OMG!Ubuntu! looked at the difference 10 years can make in a distribution's ranking. Canonical said today that Mir isn't only for Unity and a newly funded sci-fi game looks promising indeed.
systemd-less Devuan may have turned two recently, but the project has yet to release 1.0. As Phoronix.com's Michael Larabel noted a beta was released in April but the project has been a bit quiet since. Larabel also said that systemd "hate" has calmed down this year, implying interest has probably waned in a systemd-free alternative. I think folks might still be interested in testing a release if and when a stable version is announced.
Looking at the storage encryption Google has implemented in Android Nougat (7.0) through the metaphor of the glass that's either half full or half empty, cryptography expert Matthew Green sees Google's glass as all but drained.
In a blog post last week, Green, assistant professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University, said that optimists may feel that Android is moving in the right direction and that its "half-baked" implementation of file-based encryption is better than its implementation of full-disk encryption. Then he noted that such people "probably also think clowns are nice."
Google and Bertelsmann have launched a new digital skills program which will offer 10,000 scholarships for Android developers in the European Union.
The so-called "digital divide," the separation between those who have access to computers and the Internet and those that do not without difficulty, is estimated to cost the UK alone £63 billion a year in lost economic revenue.
In many ways, the Linux desktop is as close as I can get to the perfect computing experience. Don't misunderstand, there are missing components that affect me on a daily basis. But for the most part it's as good as I can make it.
This article will address a negative aspect of something that usually provides me with a great deal of satisfaction – Linux. Despite my preference for the platform, today's distros are by no means perfect.
There are two types of open source projects: those with corporate sponsorship and those that fall under the “labor of love” category. Actually, there’s a third variety: projects that get some support but have to keep looking ahead for the next sponsor.
Some open source projects are so widely used that if anything goes wrong, everyone feels the ripple effects. OpenSSL is one such project; when the Heartbleed flaw was discovered in the open source cryptography library, organizations scrambled to identify and fix all their vulnerable networking devices and software. Network Time Protocol (NTP) arguably plays as critical a role in modern computing, if not more; the open source protocol is used to synchronize clocks on servers and devices to make sure they all have the same time. Yet, the fact remains that NTP is woefully underfunded and undersupported.
Today we have some great news for our Ubuntu Linux readers, as Canonical recently published the release schedule for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system.
Sixfab has launched an open source “Raspberry Pi IoT Shield Family” of RPi communications shields, including GPS, XBee, GPRS, 3G, and 4G add-ons.
Sixfab, which is known for its Arduino-compatible Tinylab maker boards and kits, several of which integrate ESP8266 wireless SoCs, has now turned to the Raspberry Pi shield market with its Raspberry Pi IoT Shield Family. The Turkish-born, Syracuse, N.Y.-based company has gone to Kickstarter to sell the GPS, XBee, GSM/GPRS, 3G, and 4G/LTE shields separately at up to half-off prices ranging from $19 to $99, with shipments due in March. Sixfab needs about $8,000 in the next 18 days to meet its $50,000 goal.
Google will offer up to 10,000 scholarships to individuals in the European Union interested in acquiring Android application development skills.
Up to 9,000 of the scholarships will be reserved for an Android Basics course designed for individuals with no previous programming skills. The remaining 1,000 scholarships have been earmarked for a new Associate Android Developer Fast Track program for developers with at least one year of Java programming experience.
Google will deliver the Android scholarship program in collaboration with Bertelsmann, a global media and education services giant and e-learning company Udacity.
Matt Brittin, Google's vice president of sales and operations for Northern and Central Europe, described the initiative as a response to a worsening digital skills shortage in Europe.
Throughout 2015 cheap Android smartphones were released by the dozens. This year there are more choices than ever before. Devices like the Moto G, ZTE Axon 7, OnePlus 3 and others. Cheap phones that can easily rival the best of the best. With that in mind, these are some of the absolute best cheap Android smartphones you can buy right now. Including the new OnePlus 3T.
Those who don’t need a high-end Android phone, want to sign a 2-year contract, or pay over $600 for a smartphone have other options. And if you’re one of the millions looking for a cheaper route you’ll be happy to know plenty of great phones won’t break the bank.
Two weeks ago, we discussed here the upcoming features of the Docker 1.13.0 open-source and cross-platform application container engine as part of the new version's first Release Candidate build.
And now, Developer Victor Vieux announced the availability of the second RC version for the Docker 1.13.0 release, which appears to bring lots of improvements and bug fixes. Notable changes include support for labels on volumes, the ability to filter volumes by label, along with the ability to purge data from a deleted volume using the "--force" parameter in the "docker volume rm" command.
AWS recently launched a Docker container image for its Amazon Linux operating system, complementing the EC2 specific Amazon Linux AMI with a versatile deployment option for custom cloud and on-premise environments. The image is available through the Amazon EC2 Container Registry (Amazon ECR), and also as an official repository on Docker Hub.
The Amazon Linux AMI is a "supported and maintained Linux image provided by Amazon Web Services" that is designed to "provide a stable, secure, and high performance execution environment for applications running on Amazon EC2". It has long been the base image for most of AWS' Linux based offerings, such as the AWS Elastic Beanstalk platforms, the Amazon Elastic MapReduce releases, and the Amazon EC2 Container Service instances.
In previous articles, we’ve discussed four notable trends in cloud computing and how the rise of microservices and the public cloud has led to a whole new class of open source cloud computing projects. These projects leverage the elasticity of the public cloud and enable applications designed and built to run on it.
Early on in cloud computing, there was a migration of existing applications to Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft’s Azure. Virtually any app that ran on hardware in private data centers could be virtualized and deployed to the cloud. Now with a mature cloud market, more applications are being written and deployed directly to the cloud and are often referred to as being cloud native.
Here we’ll explore three emerging cloud technologies and mention a few key projects in each area. For a more in-depth explanation and to see a full list of all the projects across six broad categories, download our free 2016 Guide to the Open Cloud report.
To explain this, I’m going to have to recap on some old work with a particular focus on co-evolution.
Looking for a nifty screensaver for Ubuntu? Check out Gluqlo, a Linux version of the popular Fliqlo screensaver for Windows and OS X.
Ubuntu no longer bundles a screensavers with the default build. Instead, when you leave your computer idle for a set period Ubuntu blanks the display to conserve power.
Emmanuele Bassi, senior software engineer at Endless and GNOME/GTK+ collaborator, reports today, November 28, 2016, on the work that happened this last week for the cross-platform and open-source GTK+ GUI toolkit.
With 1551 lines added and 1998 lines removed, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 40 commits since Emmanuele Bassi's last report, and it appears that the first GTK+ 4 development snapshot is now ready for public testing, versioned 3.89.1. According to the current GTK+ road map, all deprecated APIs have now been removed.
Last year Pine64 debuted a tiny little Linux computer that packs an Allwinner A64 ARM processor inside a small, clear shell. The big deal with that tiny computer was that it cost only $15 or starters. Pine64 is back and this year it has a new laptop that is impressively cheap called the Pinebook.
This laptop packs in the Allwinner quad-core, 64-bit processor and pairs that processor with 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is 16GB and the Pinebook features WiFi and Bluetooth built-in. The machine has dual USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot, a mini HDMI output, and a headphone port. It’s not going to be a powerhouse machine, but the hardware isn’t bad considering that the 11.6-inch screen version sells for $89.
The world almost certainly needs to wait another week for Linux 4.9, says the operating system's overlord Linus Torvalds.
In his weekly post on the progress of the next kernel release, Torvalds announced release candidate seven of Linux 4.9, saying “ I think we got all the silly problems I was aware of fixed, and on the whole things are looking pretty good.”
Today, November 28, 2016, Collabora's Emil Velikov announced the release of the second maintenance update to the stable Mesa 13.0 3D Graphics Libray for Linux-based operating systems.
There's now patches for bringing up open-source graphics driver support in the Freedreno stack for Qualcomm's latest-generation Adreno graphics hardware.
The Adreno 505, 506, 510, and 530 GPUs are found in Qualcomm's Snapdragon SoCs like the Snapdragon 820, 821, 650, and 430. The Adreno 500 series is fully Vulkan 1.0 compliant, supports OpenGL ES 3.1/3.2, and has full support for OpenCL 2.0.
Laminar Research has released their first public beta of the massive X-Plane 11.0 flight simulator update. It's a huge update and expect some bugs at this stage, but should be a very exciting release.
X-Plane 11 is nearing release, so the developers have put up a beta and a demo of the beta for you to try before you buy.
'Battle Chasers: Nightwar' is a visually stunning RPG inspired by a comic, that might be released next year
I can count with the fingers of a single hand the number of comics I read in my whole life, and the Battle Chasers aren't the exception; though, if this upcoming game is being loyal to their style and tone, I have to say I would be more tempted to do so. Personally, I don't expect for games to have state-of-the-art technology behind their graphics, but I care a lot about the artistic design, and this one truly seems to deliver on that. Plus, if you check this news on the official site, after a successful Kickstarter campaign they announced to be completely funded by Nordic Games without sacrificing the creative control of the project, so basically the quality of the game now simply relies on how talented they are and how well they spend the budget on the game.