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Ubuntu saves Munich millions -- should all governments switch to Linux?

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Ubuntu

Trust in government is not exactly at an all-time high. Sure, there are oppressive governments such as Iran and China that filter and block web content, but even the USA has a spotty record. With all the news of PRISM and other spying programs, it is hard to tell which way is up anymore.

One way to solve this dilemma is through transparency and honesty. Unfortunately, as long as governments use closed-source software, it is hard to audit and trust the actions. Today, Canonical announces that not only has Munich taken an open approach to computing with Ubuntu, but the city is saving millions of euros too. Using open-source software and saving money? Hell, maybe all governments should make the switch to Linux.

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The Linux Kernel Might Use FreeBSD's Capsicum Security Framework

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BSD

A Linux kernel developer is working on porting FreeBSD's CAPSICUM security framework over to the Linux kernel.

In announcing his work at the end of June that's now being discussed amongst kernel stakeholders, David Drysdale wrote, "The last couple of versions of FreeBSD (9.x/10.x) have included the Capsicum security framework, which allows security-aware applications to sandbox themselves in a very fine-grained way. For example, OpenSSH now uses Capsicum in its FreeBSD version to restrict sshd's credentials checking process, to reduce the chances of credential leakage. It would be good to have equivalent functionality in Linux, so I've been working on getting the Capsicum framework running in the kernel, and I'd appreciate some feedback/opinions on the general design approach."

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4MLinux 9.0 Allinone Edition Has Been Declared Stable

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Linux

Zbigniew Konojacki announced the stable release of the 4MLinux 9.0 Allinone Edition operating system, which includes the 4MLinux 9.0 Media Edition, 4MLinux 9.0 Game Edition, 4MLinux 9.0 Rescue Edition, and 4MLinux 9.0 Server Edition distributions.

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Linux Kernel 3.10.47 LTS Includes ReiserFS and NFS Improvements

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Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the immediate availability for download of the Linux 3.10.47 LTS (Long Term Support) kernel, along with the Linux kernels 3.4.97 LTS, 3.14.11 LTS and 3.15.4.

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Linux Kernel 3.4.97 Arrives with Updated Drivers and PowerPC Improvements

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Greg Kroah-Hartman announced yesterday, July 6, that a new maintenance release for the Long Term Support 3.4.97 Linux kernel branch of the Linux kernel is available for download, urging users to upgrade to it as soon as possible.

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Operating System U Now Solicits Community Ideas

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Linux

Operating System U, the newest distribution out there that plans for commercial opportunities with laptop pre-loads and is powered by Arch Linux and Wayland, is now soliciting development ideas from the community.

Operating System U has been largely criticized by Phoronix readers since mentioning it on Saturday. OSu plans for a Kickstarter campaign to provide initial funding for the distribution that has commercial endeavors and is hoping for pre-loads on systems to compete with the likes of Windows and OS X while to date having no partners. OSu has also drawn heat for trying to be end-user and newbie friendly while being based on Arch, the choice of the MATE Desktop especially with the Wayland goal, little upstream collaboration/contributions from the software packages it plans to use, etc.

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SystemRescueCd 4.3.0 Officially Released with GParted 0.19.0

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Linux

François Dupoux had the pleasure of announcing on July 7 that a major release of his popular SystemRescueCd Linux operating system designed for rescue and recovery tasks has been made available for download.

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New Linux Kernel Vulnerability Patched in Three LTS Ubuntu Distros

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu development team announced a couple of days ago, on July 5, in a security notice that they have updated the Linux kernel packages on the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx), Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating systems, fixing a security issue that was found recently in the upstream Linux kernel packages.

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Linux's DistroWatch site stumbles

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Web

It appears that DistroWatch went down because of some kind of account issue with its web-hosting provider. This would not be the first, nor last, time an important site went down because of a simple payment problem. The website's last update, a listing for the new version of Scientific Linux, was posted on July 4th.

The one thing we know for certain is that DistroWatch's dropping off the net at this point is not because its domain registration has expired. DistroWatch's domain doesn't expire until July 3, 2018.

It appears that DistroWatch went down because of some kind of account issue with its web-hosting provider. This would not be the first, nor last, time an important site went down because of a simple payment problem. The website's last update, a listing for the new version of Scientific Linux, was posted on July 4th.

The one thing we know for certain is that DistroWatch's dropping off the net at this point is not because its domain registration has expired. DistroWatch's domain doesn't expire until July 3, 2018

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Linux 3.16-rc4 Kernel Brings More Fixes

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Linus Torvalds has done another traditional Sunday afternoon development release of the Linux kernel. We're now just a few weeks out from seeing the release of Linux 3.16.

Released just a few minutes ago was Linux 3.16-rc4. Merged over the past week was just the usual assortment of bug/regression fixes with nothing too major standing out from my Git watching of the code; Linus has yet to send out his official 3.16-rc4 announcement with his few remarks. The 3.16 activity to point out though from the past week for Phoronix readers would be Radeon DRM going for BAPM by default.

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