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Hacked by the NSA

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There is little doubt that the NSA’s activities will have a negative effect on the U.S. tech sector. Some countries are already considering mandating that business servers be located in-country in an attempt to thwart intrusions by the agency. The Swiss are taking a further step and have hopes of profiting from their strong privacy laws with “Swiss Cloud,” a cloud service being developed with security in mind by Swisscom, in which the Swiss government has a majority stake.

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Linux in Government and Why There is Still NSA Agenda to Keep Wary Eye on

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Even as Linux advocates we should recognise that there is a diversity of interests and the agenda of the NSA is to spy on everything and everyone, not to protect our privacy and security.

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Mozilla's web security guru talks open source

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Mozilla is about more than just web browsers

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Trusting Trust and Trusting Red Hat et al.

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With all sorts of National Security Letters, gag orders, oppressive laws like PARTIOT Act etc. we just know that those based in the US can be forced to facilitate surveillance (without ever speaking about it publicly).

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Report: NSA has little success cracking Tor

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computerworld.com: The agency has attacked other software, including Firefox, in order to compromise the anonymity tool, according to documents

Linux is more secure but not invulnerable

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techrepublic.com: Jack Wallen believes Linux is more secure than other platforms, but it's only as secure as the packages installed.

Linux “HoT” bank Trojan: Failed malware

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  • Linux “HoT” bank Trojan: Failed malware
  • Shuttleworth: Prism Will Drive Cloud to ‘Other Jurisdictions’
  • NSA 'altered random-number generator'
  • Federal Courts Still Scaremongering About Spooky "Open Source" Software
  • ‘Hand-of-Thief’ Undergoing Construction to Become Commercially Viable
  • Is OpenSSL's Cryptography Broken?
  • How to create an encrypted zip file on Linux
  • Really basic intro to encrypted filesystems in openSUSE
  • What You Need to Know About Encryption on The Internet
  • Open Source Security
  • Semplice Linux 5 Will Protect You from NSA

Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

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theregister.co.uk: 'We actually know what we are doing. You don't' says kernel boss. "Where do I start a petition to raise the IQ and kernel knowledge of people?"

Also: Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

Worms and Linux

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linuxjournal.com: If you look back at the history of computer worms, you'll see that the computer worms that caused the most damage were directed toward the Microsoft Windows OS. Is this because of the number of Windows vulnerabilities, or is it merely due to the number of Windows users? The question remains unanswered. Meanwhile, apart from the Morris worm, very few worms have been directed toward Linux.

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Jonathan Riddell gets full support from the Kubuntu community

By now, you’ve probably met the donate page on Ubuntu, the one you see when you go to download an Ubuntu ISO. This donation page has led to a schism between the Ubuntu Community Council and Jonathan Riddell, the ‘leader’ of the Kubuntu project. All stemming from a perceived lack of transparency regarding donations made to Canonical. Read more Also: Challenges and opportunities Mark Shuttleworth keynote at the OpenStack Summit

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Ubuntu for Desktop Spotted Running on NVIDIA Shield Tablet

The NVIDIA Shield Tablet is a gaming device built by Nvidia that has very specific user niche, but a user of this tablet managed to run Ubuntu on it; not the mobile version, but the desktop one. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Xfce Power Manager 1.5.0 Finally Ported to GTK3+
    Xfce's Power Manager was getting behind the times, but it has been updated and ported to GTK+ 3.14. As you can imagine, this is an important update, and it packs other changes as well.
  • There Are 140k Benchmark Results So Far On LinuxBenchmarking.com
    Yesterday data access to LinuxBenchmarking.com was opened, the public results viewer to the immense amount of test data -- primarily the Linux kernel, LLVM Clang, and GCC -- collected on a daily basis within the new server room. Here's some numbers behind it.
  • Interview with Andrei Rudenko
    When I became interested in Linux and open source. I found Krita, it had everything that I needed for a digital painting. For me it is important to repeat that feeling like you paint using traditional materials.
  • KDE Plasma 5.3.1 Is Out with Fix for "Show Desktop"
    The KDE Community has just revealed that Plasma 5.3.1, the desktop for the KDE project, has been made available, and it comes with a large number of changes and various small fixes.
  • Friction Building Around An Ubuntu Community Council Decision
    Scott Kitterman exposed the email exchanges today of the Ubuntu Community Council informing Jonathan Riddell that due to his aggressive, confrontational behavior towards some within the Ubuntu community and Canonical, he should step away from "all positions of leadership in the Ubuntu Community for at least 12 months." His leadership positions should be put aside for both Ubuntu and Kubuntu while he would be able to keep his upload/commit rights and still participate as a member of the Ubuntu community.
  • Reaffirmed on the Kubuntu Council
    I’d like to thank all the Kubuntu members who just voted to re-affirm me on the Kubuntu Council. Scott Kitterman’s blog post has a juicy details of the unprecedented and astonishing move by the Ubuntu Community Council asking me to step down as Kubuntu leader. I’ve never claimed to be a leader and never used or been given any such title so it’s a strange request without foundation and without following the normal channels documented of consultation or Code of Conduct reference.
  • Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Community Council ask Kubuntu developer to step down as leader
    Friction between the lead Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell and Ubuntu reached extreme temperatures on Monday when the Ubuntu Community Council (UCC) asked Riddell to step down from the position of Kubuntu Leader.
  • The last planned Qt 4 release is here: Qt 4.8.7. Is your app runnning with Qt5?
  • Qt 4.8.7 Released with over 150 Improvements and Bug Fixes
    On May 26, the Qt Company, through Tuukka Turunen, had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the seventh maintenance release of Qt 4.8.
  • Qt 4.8.7 Released - Marks The End Of Qt4
    While Qt 5 has so many compelling advantages over Qt4, for those still running the older version of the Norwegian toolkit, version 4.8.7 of Qt4 is now available and it ships with tons of changes.
  • GNOME Disk Utility 3.17.2
    The GNOME Project released version 3.17.2 of Disks, better known as GNOME Disk Utility. This utility contains several significant improvements and new features, for example D-Bus is now activatable and the appearance of the volume grid has been refined.
  • Technology Is A Tool, Not A Learning Outcome
    Croatia is gaining in usage of GNU/Linux. That TFA was written shows the awareness of a lack of availability of IT. All that is needed to bridge the digital divide is for Croatian schools to catch up with and to exceed the rest of society in using GNU/Linux, the right way to do IT in education. Croatia needs to treble its IT in schools. That isn’t going to happen with Wintel. With FLOSS it is possible and can be done within a few years for no extra expenditure. With a little extra effort the change can be done in two years.
  • Gartner Reports Strong Chromebook Sales in Schools, Enterprises...Not So Much
    Gartner researchers report that worldwide Chromebook sales are set to reach 7.3 million units in 2015, a 27 percent jump from the 5.7 million units sold last year.
  • You might be surprised by how few businesses protect their Linux servers with antivirus
  • Alpine 3.2.0 Features MATE 1.10, Xfce 4.12, and Linux Kernel 3.18
    Natanael Copa has been happy to announce today, May 26, the immediate availability for download of the Alpine Linux 3.2.0 operating system, which includes several attractive new features.
  • Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Started Updating The GNOME Packages To Version 3.16
    Canonical has added some of the GNOME 3.16 packages in their Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf system, but the changes will not be spotted by the regular user. The problem is not with the updated applications, but with an upgraded GTK version, which may really affect the system. Before implementing apps by default, Canonical patches them to work well with Unity, basic on the philosophy that an app that works well does not need to get updated.