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Will Android and Chrome marry?

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GNU
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The WSJ reported that "Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of engineering for its Android mobile-operating system, is now also overseeing the engineering team behind Google’s Chrome operating system." The paper believes that is a sign that Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president in charge of Android, Chrome and Apps since 2013, plans on merging the two operating systems sooner rather than later.

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IPFire 2.15 Core 84 Firewall OS Gets Fixes for Shellshock and Other Issues

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Linux

A developer of the ipfire.org team, Michael Tremer, has announced that the IPFire 2.15 Core 84 Linux-based firewall distribution has been released and comes with a long list of fixes, some of them for the latest security issues.

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Leave No Trace Online or Offline with the Tails 1.2 Linux-Based OS

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Debian

Tails is, above all else, a Linux distribution and is based on Debian. It shares some of the characteristics of the Linux base, but it integrates a unique collection of applications that are available for users who want to remain anonymous.

For this purpose, the OS has cryptographic tools that allow people to encrypt anything, ranging from files and folders to simple email messages, users don't leave any sort of trace on the computer that is running this OS, and all the network traffic is routed through the Tor network, making it hard (if not impossible) to track the data.

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Modular smartwatch runs Tizen on Edison

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A startup is prepping a modular “Blocks ” watch that runs Tizen on an Atom-based Intel Edison module, and houses modular components in the watchband links.

Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S, Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo are no longer the only Tizen-based smartwatches on the planet. A startup called Blocks, inspired by the modular smartphone concept from Phonebloks and Google’s related Project Ara , has announced a modular smartwatch that runs Tizen on an Intel Edison module. The Blocks watch houses modular components in each link of the watch wristband, which can be snapped and unsnapped using plug connectors.

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DOCKER 1.3: SIGNED IMAGES, PROCESS INJECTION, SECURITY OPTIONS, MAC SHARED DIRECTORIES

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Server
Security

First up, in this release, the Docker Engine will now automatically verify the provenance and integrity of all Official Repos using digital signatures. Official Repos are Docker images curated and optimized by the Docker community to be the best building blocks for assembling distributed applications. A valid signature provides an added level of trust by indicating that the Official Repo image has not been tampered with.

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The Advantages of Computer Hardware Designed For Linux

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When you buy a computer with Linux pre-installed, like when you buy from Apple, you can be sure that the hardware works beautifully with your chosen operating system. OK, so the hardware may not have been designed specifically to run Linux, but the computer vendor has chosen that hardware specifically because it DOES work well with Linux -- any Linux!

You can install Linux on almost any computer hardware -- Mac or Windows PC. There is a reason, when you buy a computer to run Linux, that you should get one with Linux pre-installed. It's because you can be sure you'll have the "just works" experience with whatever version of Linux you choose to install in the future.

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Integrating Trac, Jenkins and Cobbler—Customizing Linux Operating Systems for Organizational Needs

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Linux

Organizations supporting Linux operating systems commonly have a need to build customized software to add or replace packages on production systems. This need comes from timing and policy differences between customers and the upstream distribution maintainers. In practice, bugs and security concerns reported by customers will be prioritized to appropriate levels for the distribution maintainers who are trying to support all their customers. This means that customers often need to support patches to fill the gap, especially for unique needs, until distribution maintainers resolve the bugs.

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Sony Z1 and Z2 added to Xperia open-source project with unified kernels

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Linux
Gadgets

The Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 are now a part of Sony's open source efforts, and unifies them with a common kernel based on the Qualcomm MSM8974 platform. This won't mean much for everyday users, since applying the software to either device means you won't be able to take pictures or make phone calls, but it will make life easier for folks who tinker with custom ROMs.

The kernel unification means developers will be able to cook something up for both devices at once, rather than needing separate ROMs for each. This is a great start, but there are plenty of Z variant models that could benefit from this AOSP treatment as well.

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New open hardware: Raspberry Pi B+

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Hardware
Reviews

The main differences between the B+ and the Raspberry Pi model B are the new model has:

four USB ports (versus two in the model B )
a microSD card (versus a full size SD card in model B )
a video jack integrated with the audio jack (versus two separate jacks in the model B )
GPIO pins extended to 40 pins (versus 26 pins in the model B )
lower power consumption
four mounting holes
What has not changed:

The price, it is $35 USD
The amount of RAM, it has 512 Mb

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Linux is on the right side of history, says open source figurehead

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Linux

JIM ZEMLIN is excited. We've caught up with him backstage at LinuxCon in Dusseldorf where, as executive director of The Linux Foundation, he has just given a keynote. But it's not that which is exciting him right now. It's the fact that he's in the home of Kraftwerk.

"The other people with me in the room hadn't heard of this band, but did you know that Kraftwerk are from Dusseldorf? One of the original German electronica bands! I told you guys!" he beams.

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The main technical challenges faced by KDE developers is ensuring application consistency will continue to work under various form-factors. When Kwin (the KDE window manager) controls window borders, it can quickly and gracefully adapt to multiple form-factors. For example, in Plasma active space is at such a premium KDE can hide window decorations and embed them into the workspace itself. The other technical challenge is protocol and cross-enviornment consistency. It’s known that CSD-enabled applications can look extremly awkward when window borders are wrapped around an application not designed to use them. In addition, protocols for drawing CSDs on Linux are a mish-mash at best, and CSD code tends to be far less portable to other desktop environments. Compounding that, KDE has additional features (such as window tabbing) which are inherently incompatible with the feature. Read more

GNOME: A WEEKEND HACK

I’ve been working on making GtkInspector use a different display connection. This helps isolating it from some of the changes you can trigger from inside the inspector UI. Then I thought, why not use a different backend ?! We did enough work on GDK backend separation that it could almost work. But since we didn’t add API to actually connect to specific backends (users and applications get some control with GDK_BACKEND and gdk_set_allowed_backends()), nobody has ever used multiple backends in the same process. And things that don’t get used don’t work. So some fixes were necessary. Read more

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