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Story It's Been Three Years Since "GNOME 4.0" Was Proposed Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 11:34pm
Story The FSF's statement on Windows 10 Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 10:19pm
Story More AMD Radeon R9 Fury Linux Benchmarks Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 10:15pm
Story Lubuntu 15.10 Alpha 2 Is Ready for Download, Still Using the LXDE Desktop Environment Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 10:11pm
Story Ubuntu Kylin 15.10 Alpha 2 Is Out for Testing with Linux Kernel 4.1, More Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 10:10pm
Story Linux-powered smart sniper rifle can be hacked Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 10:01pm
Story 5 heroes of the Linux world Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 9:57pm
Story Open source part of Bulgarian eGovernment tender requirements Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 9:53pm
Story Phoronix on Graphics Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 8:26pm
Story More Reliable Upgrades Hoped For With Fedora 23 Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 8:11pm

It's Been Three Years Since "GNOME 4.0" Was Proposed

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GNOME

Three years ago this week was GUADEC 2012 where GNOME 4.0 was proposed along with GNOME OS. While GNOME 4.0 was supposed to materialize in 2014, that obviously didn't happen, but at least GNOME 3.x has matured a lot and garnered much better support than it had years ago.

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The FSF's statement on Windows 10

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GNU
Microsoft

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, July 30, 2015 -- The Free Software Foundation urges everyone to reject Windows 10 and join us in the world of free software. Like all proprietary software, Windows 10 puts those that use it under the thumb of its owner. Free software like the GNU/Linux operating system treats users as equals and gives them control over their digital lives.

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Also: Safeguarding Choice and Control Online

More AMD Radeon R9 Fury Linux Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Continuing on from yesterday's first Linux review of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury, here are some more Catalyst Linux benchmarks from this $550 graphics card.

Since yesterday's review of the R9 Fury on Ubuntu Linux I have run some more tests covering a few other test profiles as well as delivering some more 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440 (rather than 4K) benchmarks for those wishing to run their own side-by-side comparisons against this air-cooled Fiji graphics card with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory.

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Lubuntu 15.10 Alpha 2 Is Ready for Download, Still Using the LXDE Desktop Environment

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Ubuntu

The development team behind Lubuntu, an open-source and freely distributed flavor of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced a few minutes ago the release of the second Alpha build for the upcoming Lubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) distribution.

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Ubuntu Kylin 15.10 Alpha 2 Is Out for Testing with Linux Kernel 4.1, More

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Ubuntu

The development team behind the Ubuntu Kylin computer operating system have announced earlier today the immediate availability for download and testing of the second Alpha build of the upcoming Ubuntu Kylin 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) distro.

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Linux-powered smart sniper rifle can be hacked

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Linux
Security

Two years ago, TrackingPoint burst on to the scene with a Linux-powered smart sniper rifle that took the guesswork out of killshots. Now, however, a pair of hackers have figured out how to make it miss every single time.

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5 heroes of the Linux world

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Linux

Linux and open source is driven by passionate people who write best-of-breed software and then release the code to the public so anyone can use it, without any strings attached. (Well, there is one string attached and that’s licence.)

Who are these people? These heroes of the Linux world, whose work affects all of us every day. Allow me to introduce you.

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Open source part of Bulgarian eGovernment tender requirements

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OSS

The Bulgarian government has added open source as a requirement to its 'Preliminary criteria for the eligibility of eGovernment projects'.
The document states that:
all rights with regard to the interface design and the source code of the project must be transferred from the contractor to the contracting party;
the source code developed for the project must be made publicly available in an online Revision Control System during development;
for all projects, it should be explored whether the whole or part (i.e. libraries, packages, modules) of the software can be based on existing open source software; if it is financially justified, using open source is the preferred approach;
to facilitate the use of the online Revision Control System and to guarantee the real-time availability of the latest version of the source code, the system should function as the central and original repository.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks

More Reliable Upgrades Hoped For With Fedora 23

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Red Hat

It looks like reworking the Fedup upgrade tool may still happen for Fedora 23. The upgrade to this upgrade tool would involve relying on DNF and systemd functionality to provide more reliable Fedora system upgrades.

Earlier this year was talk of replacing Fedup in Fedora 23 to overcome existing problems with this upgrade tool that's been affected by issues in the past. Because of Fedup reliability concerns is also why I haven't upgraded to Fedora 22 on my main workstation over Fedup frights.

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Also: Upgrading Fedora Easily To Mesa 10.7/Git

Fedora Begins Preparing For RPM 4.13

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha 2 Officially Lands Without Ubuntu Software Center

Martin Wimpress has announced that Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Alpha 2 (Wily Werewolf) has been released, and it comes with some pretty interesting changes. The biggest one is the removal of the Ubuntu Software Center.

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Also: Kubuntu 15.10 Alpha 2 Is Now Available for Download with the Latest KDE Plasma 5

today's leftovers

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Misc

Leftovers: Software

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Software

Leftovers: OSS

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Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Secure Server Deployments in Hostile Territory, Part II

    There are a few other general security practices I put in place. First, as I mentioned before, because each host has a certificate signed by an internal trusted CA for Puppet, we take advantage of those certs to require TLS for all network communications between hosts. Given that you are sharing a network with other EC2 hosts, you want to make sure nobody can read your traffic as it goes over this network. In addition, the use of TLS helps us avoid man-in-the-middle attacks.

  • Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target

    At the Black Hat hacker conference in two weeks, security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger plan to present the results of a year of work hacking a pair of $13,000 TrackingPoint self-aiming rifles. The married hacker couple have developed a set of techniques that could allow an attacker to compromise the rifle via its Wi-Fi connection and exploit vulnerabilities in its software. Their tricks can change variables in the scope’s calculations that make the rifle inexplicably miss its target, permanently disable the scope’s computer, or even prevent the gun from firing. In a demonstration for WIRED (shown in the video above), the researchers were able to dial in their changes to the scope’s targeting system so precisely that they could cause a bullet to hit a bullseye of the hacker’s choosing rather than the one chosen by the shooter.

  • Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

    Yosemite, aka version 10.10, is the latest stable release of the Mac operating system, so a lot of people are affected by this vulnerability. The security bug can be exploited by a logged-in attacker or malware on the computer to gain total unauthorized control of the Mac. It is documented here by iOS and OS X guru Stefan Esser.

    It's all possible thanks to an environment variable called DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE that was added in Yosemite. It specifies where in the file system a component of the operating system called the dynamic linker can log error messages.

    If the environment variable is abused with a privileged program, an attacker can modify arbitrary files owned by the powerful user account root – files like the one that lists user accounts that are allowed administrator privileges.

Open-Source CMSs Appeal To Control-Oriented Media

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OSS
Web

Snubbed by local media in their infancy for being too rudimentary, news outlets are taking a growing interest in using open-source content management systems like WordPress and Drupal.

Media companies’ tech execs say they like the open-source CMS platforms because the software now offers all the extras and options that managed CMS platforms do, while also allowing them more creativity and control.

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Also: Execs from Kentico and HIPPO debate pros and cons of open source CMS

Jahia Provides Open Source User Experience Platform to Samsung Subsidiaries as a Global Platform Partner

Fedora's Rawhide Kernel Adds In KDBUS Support, Ready For Testing

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Red Hat

Lennart Poettering announced today that KDBUS is now in Rawhide. "Josh [Boyer] thankfully added it to the Rawhide kernel packages, and our systemd RPMs come with built-in support, too now. If you are running an up-to-date Rawhide system adding "kdbus=1" to your kernel command line is hence everything you need to run kdbus instead of dbus-daemon. (No additional RPMs need to be installed.) If you do, things should just work the same way as before, if we did everything right. By adding or dropping "kdbus=1" to/from the command line you can enable kdbus or revert back to dbus1 on each individual boot."

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Announcing the general availability of Oracle Linux 6.7

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Linux

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 7, the seventh update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and our public yum repository and ISO installation images are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 ships with the following kernel packages:

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 (kernel-uek-3.8.13-68.3.4.el6uek) for x86-64
Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 2 (kernel-uek-2.6.39-400.250.7.el6uek) for i386
Red Hat Compatible Kernel (kernel-2.6.32-573.el6) for i386 and x86-64

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Gnumeric 1.12.23 Open Source Spreadsheet Editor Brings Fuzzed File Hardening

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GNU
Linux
GNOME

The development team of the open-source Gnumeric spreadsheet editor software used in numerous GNU/Linux distributions announced the immediate availability for download of Gnumeric 1.12.23.

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