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One of the more recent discoveries resulting from the breach two weeks ago of malware-as-a-service provider Hacking Team is sure to interest Android enthusiasts. To wit, it's the source code to a fully featured malware suite that had the ability to infect devices even when they were running newer versions of the Google-developed mobile operating system.
The leak of the code base for RCSAndroid—short for Remote Control System Android—is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it provides the blueprints to a sophisticated, real-world surveillance program that can help Google and others better defend the Android platform against malware attacks. On the other, it provides even unskilled hackers with all the raw materials they need to deploy what's arguably one of the world's more advanced Android surveillance suites.
A respected security researcher has denied any involvement with Hacking Team after open-source code he wrote was found in smartphone spyware sold by the surveillance-ware maker.
Jeff Hoogland today posted some updated information for fans of his Bodhi Linux distributions as well as requesting help testing new desktop Moksha. Elsewhere, Clement Lefebvre today said the upgrade path from 17.0 and 17.1 to 17.2 is now open to all. Also, The Linux Foundation today announced its keynote speakers for upcoming conferences in Dublin and QEMU is the Software Freedom Conservancy's newest member.
Microsoft could get the boot from the French government if a new recommendation from an official advisor is adopted.
DISIC (Direction interministérielle des systèmes d'information et de communication de l'État) has recommended that French authorities ditch Microsoft Office tools in favour of the Open Document Format (ODF).
DISIC is responsible for harmonising and reducing the costs of all state computers, including government ministries, state and regional departments and local authorities, and sees ODF as the best way to make them all interoperable.
According to sources, an initial draft of the report envisaged outlawing Microsoft’s Open XML altogether, although with some agencies using tools specifically developed for use with Open XML, DISIC relented.
The Android of 2015 is a world away from that 2008 version, where the Android Market was in its infancy, there were no native video playback capabilities and the G1 had no multi-touch support. But Google is going to have to keep innovating and improving its mobile OS to keep the lion's share of the smartphone market.
President of Huawei Central Software Wang Chenglu insists that open source is in the firm’s blood from core business networking (where the firm helped drive the network openness as founding member of OPNFV), to cloud computing and the IoT (where the firm open sourced LiteOS — a lightweight IoT Operating System).
After having published details about a new Linux kernel update for its Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system, Canonical has posted two more Ubuntu Security Notices informing users of the Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS OSes about the availability of kernel updates for their systems.
Infotainment systems are actually the worst part of a modern car. In fact, a study by Nielsen and SBD Consultancy found the systems in new cars to be the biggest cause of customer complaints. Much like during the beginnings of the modern smartphone, the car infotainment trend takes a bunch of manufacturers that traditionally have only made hardware and asks them to create software. It should be no surprise that they are terrible at it. (And that says nothing of their typical sloth-ish product cycles.)
Non programmers can write docs. They can design logos. They can help with user interface design. They can test fixes or new features. They can triage bugs by verifying that the submitted report can be recreated and adding additional details, logs, or config files. Larger projects need some infrastructure support that is more administration and security compliance than Java programmer. Many people who consider themselves non-programmers do have some pretty good scripting skills and can assist with packaging for distributions.
Monoid, designed by Andreas Larsen, is designed to be sleek and precise. Every single character in Monoid’s library has been designed by Larsen to be beyond easy to tell apart, so you don’t ever have to worry about confusing thetas, o’s, O’s, and 0’s (zeros). The font is also monospaced (each character takes up the same width), so it makes it easy to skim your code and spot any errors that might be fudging things up. The spacing between the characters is small, however, so you can fit as much as you need into a line of code. What makes Monoid even better is the fact that it’s alive. Since it’s an open source font, it can be adjusted and perfected over time by the very people that use it. You can check out Monoid at the link below.
Debian and Ubuntu are moving to update all C++ packages with GCC5, which was released in April. GCC stands for Gnu Compiler Collection, and it is used to convert source code to executable code and libraries. These compilers are used to build everything from the Linux kernel to user applications, so it's a far-reaching change.
GCC5 has introduced more fundamental updates than previous versions, as it is the first version to fully support the latest version of C++. This new standard, released in 2011, contains numerous improvements to the previous standard, which dates back to 1998. It gives developers the tools they need to build more stable software rapidly, at all levels of the Linux ecosystem.
Samsung Electronics have announced the addition of four services that provide real-time on-screen Information on their Tizen based Smart TVs. You can display Information that relates to sports, news, entertainment, and social. The Information is displayed on the right hand side of the screen on a transparent window, and can be accessed via the TV remote when the viewer is watching cable TV or IPTV.
In this sense, software commons make sense, and because these commons do not effectively exist in some village somewhere in Europe during the Middle Ages, but much rather all over the Internet, they are of primary importance for software and for the world we live in.
GNOME 3.17.4 is out. This is a development snapshot, so use it with caution.
Among the new things in this release, you can find improved Wayland hi-dpi
support in mutter, IP addresses for vms in gnome-boxes, MathML support in
orca, performance improvements in tracker, events from different boots in
gnome-logs, a new places view in the GTK+ file chooser, a new application
preview: gnome-todo, and many small improvements and bug fixes all over