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If Microsoft thinks old Tor clients are risky, why not Windows XP?

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Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that it had been going into users computers and removing outdated Tor clients. At first glance, this might seem like a crazed, misplaced attack on the Tor network, not unlike a campaign by a certain Irish politician, but the issue runs deeper than first thought.

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1984 is Here: Microsoft Remotely Deletes Free/Open Source Software From Windows, Sells Malware Under Pretense of ‘Openness’ (Newspeak)

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Microsoft is not about openness. It makes and maintained (with new back doors) insecure-by-design software for the NSA. This includes Skype. Watch the new article titled “Skype ready to share users’ data with Russian police” [2].

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Delhi government to switch to free software

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Delhi: Delhi government is set to opt for free software. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held initial discussions with free software guru Richard Stallman. The meeting was facilitated by Joseph C Mathew, former IT advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala V S Achuthanandan, before he was shunted out falling foul of the powerful official faction of the CPI {M} in Kerala. The first phase will be introduced in the education sector. Significantly, this new initiative follows close on the heels of Kejriwal’s announcement that monopolies will not be allowed in the retail sector. Stallman said that he shared the philosophy of the Aam Aadmi Party.

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Spark.io Hackers Make An Open-Source Nest Thermostat

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Sure it’s not made of metal, nor did it convince Google to give its creators billions of dollars, but dammit if this isn’t a cool hack. The folks at Spark.io, creators of the Spark Core, a unique Wi-Fi development board that allows you to add Wi-Fi controls to Arduino projects, have used their tech to create a Nest-alike with some of the same features as Tony Fadell’s popular wall wart.

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Introducting Youth to Open Source

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It was a bit of serendipity that today after attending my local school technical committee meeting I ran across three articles on the role of open source in education. In the first, Lauren Egts from Opensource.com interviews computer science teacher James Allen on how to engage with middle and high school age kids. The second from Foss Force encourages us to blame FUD for the proliferation of Microsoft in public schools. Finally, the third, again from Opensource.com, provides a list of open hardware projects to use to teach kids the fundamentals of the industry.

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Make: Article on Novena

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I was surprised to find the laptop was well-received by hackers, given its homebrew appearance, relatively meager specs and high price. The positive response has encouraged us to plan a crowd funding campaign around a substantially simplified (think “all in one PC” with a battery) case design. We think it may be reasonable to kick off the campaign shortly after Chinese New Year, maybe late February or March.

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Cell security in Apache HBase

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Apache HBase is “the Apache Hadoop database”, a horizontally scalable nonrelational datastore built on top of components offered by the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, notably Apache ZooKeeper and Apache Hadoop HDFS. Although HBase therefore offers first class Hadoop integration, and is often chosen for that reason, it has come into its own as a good choice for high scale data storage of record. HBase is often the kernel of big data infrastructure.

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Novena whips up an open source laptop from scratch

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Novena Project aims to create an entirely open source laptop, from the iron down to the bits, and a prototype already exists

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OpenSaaS and the future of government IT innovation

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For government agencies in particular, OpenSaaS presents a profound opportunity to both save tax dollars and increase agility, all while affording government buyers more freedom and control over key technologies that are driving government innovation today.

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7 Great New Open Source Projects

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Linux and FOSS have a lot of energy going into great big projects: cloud, mainframe, supercomputing, and large-scale distributed computing. So bigtime projects like OpenShift, OpenStack, Hadoop, Xen, KVM, and enterprise offerings from Red Hat, SUSE, and Canonical are getting all the glory.

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  • OpenStack Summit Tokyo 2015: Presentation
  • Common problems in open source communities (and how to solve them)
    In her Texas Linux Fest keynote, Joan Touzet talked to us about how to improve our open source communities. Joan's talk was a series of stories about communities who have faced a crisis and then rose above it.
  • OpenStack Was Key To Building Servers.Com
    When XBT Holding S.A. decided to simplify how its subsidiaries provided global hosting, network solutions, and web development they turned to the open source cloud infrastructure platform OpenStack. By consolidating the offerings under a single service provider, Servers.com, customers can more easily browse, mix, compare and choose the most suitable services.
  • ZeroStack Comes Out of Stealth, Focused on Private Clouds
    There is another OpenStack-focused startup on the scene, and you have to appreciate its creative name: ZeroStack. The cloud computing company has come out of stealth mode to introduce a private cloud solution that it claims is easier to configure, consume and manage than any other technology on the market.
  • Apache Ignite, a Big Data Tool, Graduates as a Top-Level Project
    Only a few days ago, Apache, which is the steward for and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects, announced that Apache Lens, an open source Big Data and analytics tool, has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Now, the ASF has announced that Apache Ignite is to become a top-level project. It's an open source effort to build an in-memory data fabric that was driven by GridGain Systems and WANdisco.
  • Funding the Cloud: Top VCs Aim for the Silver Lining
  • How Apache Spark Is Transforming Big Data Processing, Development
  • PiwigoPress release 2.31
    I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release incorporates new features for the sidebar widget, and better interoperability with some Piwigo galleries.
  • How to teach student sys admins
    Students spend the 16-week long course learning practical skills using real tools. To support their systems, students learn about using support tickets and documentation by using RT and MediaWiki. To deploy and maintain their systems, they learn about configuration management using Puppet, system monitoring using Nagios, and backup and recovery using Bacula. But the broad concepts are more important than the specific software packages I just mentioned. The point is to learn, for example, configuration management, not to be trained to use Puppet. The software used by Clark is used because it works for him, but the software is flexible and changeable.
  • ownCloud beefing up security with bounty program
    ownCloud Inc. have announced a partnership with HackerOne to help with the newly created Security Bug Bounty Program in an effort to find vulnerabilities and fix them before they become an issue for users.
  • National Science Foundation Commits $6 Million to Secure IoT
  • Schiphol Airport working on open innovation
    ...open data and an open programming interface...
  • How open film project Cosmos Laundromat made Blender better
    If you're not familiar with the string of open projects that the Blender Institute has kicked out over the years, you might not be familiar with the term "open movie." Simply put, not only is Cosmos Laundromat produced using free and open source tools like Blender, GIMP, Krita, and Inkscape, but the film itself, and all of its assets—models, textures, character rigs, animations, all of it—are available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Want to see what a production character rig looks like? Or know how that giant color tornado was created? How about actually using a character (or just a prop) in your own project? Maybe you even want to redo the entire film to your own tastes. It's an open movie! You can!
  • Making strides in container integration, and more OpenStack news
  • The thin line between good and bad automation
    I don't like automation -- I love it. I whisper sweet nothings, come 'round with flowers, and buy milkshakes for automation. I've even stood outside the window with a boombox for automation. I will go out of my way to automate tasks that, while they are not terribly tedious, I don't want to have to remember exactly how to do them somewhere down the road, when months have gone by since the last time I had to relearn them.
  • The new IT is all about the customer
    Open source code. GitHub and other cloud repositories enable developers to share and consume code for almost any purpose imaginable. This reflects today's practical, non-ideological open source culture: Why code it yourself if someone else is offering it free under the most liberal license imaginable?

Leftovers: BSD

  • Coming Soon to OpenBSD/amd64: A Native Hypervisor
    Earlier today, Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) published a teaser for something he's been working on for a while.
  • the peculiar libretunnel situation
    The author of stunnel has (once, twice) asserted that stunnel may not be used with LibreSSL, only with OpenSSL. This is perhaps a strange thing for free software to do, and it creates the potential for some very weird consequences. First, some background. The OpenSSL license and the GPL are both free software licenses, but they are different flavors of freedom, meaning you can’t mix them. It would be like mixing savory and sweet. Can’t do it. Alright, so maybe technically you can do it, but you’re not supposed to. The flavor, er, freedom police will come get you. One workaround is for the GPL software to say, oh, but maybe wait, here’s an exception. (Does this make the software more or less free?) Here’s a longer explanation with sample exception.
  • FreeBSD on Beagle Bone Black (with X11)
    X11 clients on the Beagle Bone Black .. that’s X11 over the network, with the X Server elsewhere. No display as yet. The FreeBSD wiki notes that there’s no (mini) HDMI driver yet. So I built some X11 programs, xauth(1) and xmessage(1), and installed them on the Bone. Since I bought a blue case for the Bone, and it is the smallest computer in the house (discounting phones .. let’s call it the smallest hackable computer in the house) the kids decided to call it smurf. Here’s a screenshot of poudriere’s text console as it builds packages.

OpenSSL Security: A Year in Review

Over the last 10 years, OpenSSL has published advisories on over 100 vulnerabilities. Many more were likely silently fixed in the early days, but in the past year our goal has been to establish a clear public record. Read more Also: Tuesday's security advisories Linux Foundation publishes best practices for secure workstations