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  • 5 steps to becoming a quality Docker contributor

    But getting started on a new codebase can be daunting. Docker has many, many lines of code. Fixing even the smallest issue can require reading through a lot of that code and understanding how the pieces all fit together.


    The software described in this article is designed for a Beowulf-style cluster. Such a cluster commonly consists of consumer-grade machines and allows for parallel high-performance computing. The system is managed by a head node and accessed via a login node. The actual work is performed by multiple compute nodes. The individual nodes are connected through an internal network. The head and login node need an additional external network connection, while the compute nodes often use an additional high-throughput, low-latency connection between them, such as InfiniBand.

  • Linbit Launches New Synchronous Server Storage Software

    DRBD9 provides enterprise Linux users with synchronous server storage replication including support for native remote direct memory access, or RDMA, and OpenStack integration.

  • Linode introduces KVM to help it move away from Xen

    The upgrade to KVM is very easy to carry out, on a Xen Linode’s dashboard, there is a link on the right sidebar titled ‘Upgrade to KVM’. Once you do the upgrade you should then be switched over to KVM. If you want to set your account to default to KVM for new Linodes just go to your Account Settings and set the ‘Hypervisor Preference’ to KVM, any new Linodes you create will be KVM. On a 1GB instance, one user reported the downtime to be between 8-9 minutes while he switched to KVM.

  • Linux Foundation Beefs Up Scholarship Program

    The Linux Foundation Training Scholarship Program provides funds to applicants who otherwise would not have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses. It attempts to help developers, IT professionals, and promising students to build Linux careers and contribute to shaping the future of the operating system and the enterprise.

  • Linux Foundation Calls for Submissions for Expanded 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program
  • 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program is now Accepting Applications
  • Who's Afraid of Systemd?

    Last year, the free software community was full of debates about systemd, the system manager that replaces init, the process that boots a Linux system. Now that systemd is uneventfully running the latest releases of major distributions like Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu, you might imagine that opposition to it is melting away -- but you'd be wrong.

    Instead, casual references on social media show that the rumors are as common as ever. And while you don't hear much recently about Devuan, the anti-systemd fork of Debian, it is still trudging towards a release while making the same arguments as ever.

    The situation is not unique. Some free software circles have always seemed to require an enemy. For instance, in the first decade of the millennium, it was Mono, an adaptation for Linux of Microsoft's .Net. Hundreds of thousands of words were written denouncing Mono, yet today it attracts no attention, although it is still available in repositories.

    Perhaps, too, free software users are becoming conservative as they age, as indicated by the user revolts against GNOME and KDE. Yet no precedent comes close to the viciousness of attacks on systemd, or had so little foundation, either.

  • Understanding Systemd
  • What will be the future of Linux without Linus?

    Linus: I’ve never been much of a visionary — instead of looking at huge plans for the future, I tend to have a rather short time frame of ‘issues in the next few months’. I’m a big believer in that the ‘details’ matter, and if you take care of the details, the big issues will end up sorting themselves out on their own.

  • [Reposted] The creator of Linux OS is calm about the future
  • If I get hit by a bus, Linux will go on just fine says Linus Torvalds

    Just a few days after asking the Linux community to let him take a break, Linus Torvalds has said the project he kicked off 1991 can now get along without him.

    He was, characteristically, blunt in his recent interview with Bloomberg, saying Linux would survive his death.

  • Another angle... Linux: a future without Torvalds [reposted in Ireland]
  • Will Linux survive the death of Linus Torvalds?
  • Linus Torvalds Says Linux Can Move On Without Him
  • Linux Top 3: Linux 4.1 delayed 1 Week, Kaos and Clonezilla Update

    Linux 4.1 is going to take a little longer than some of its predecessors, with Linus Torvalds release a rare eighth release candidate on June 14.

  • Examining the design patterns

    I wanted to share a brief update on the Outreachy project that Gina and I are working on, where Gina is preparing for a usability test in GNOME.

    So far, we've been in an "information gathering" mode, where she has been learning about some of the basics of usability testing. In our next step, Gina will now start doing an analysis in preparation for a usability test.

  • Plans for GNOME’s apps

    I’ve been a bit quiet about GNOME’s applications of late. This isn’t because nothing has been happening, though – quite the opposite. We’ve been steadily working away behind the scenes, and our application designs have evolved considerably.

  • Why I use Gentoo Linux (and if you develop software you should too)

    I first discovered Gentoo Linux when I left Oracle/Sun in 2010, gave up my Mac and decided to experiment with creating a mac-like desktop experience on Linux. The initial reason was the optimizations you can do to squeeze every bit of performance out of your hardware (I'd bought a cheap Lenovo laptop).

  • Ravello Empowers Open Source Community With Free Smart Labs on AWS and Google for Red Hat Certified Engineers
  • Rackspace's Carl Thompson Named 2015 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year
  • Red Hat (RHT) to Release Quarterly Earnings on Thursday
  • Rite Aid, Red Hat, Smith & Wesson earnings in focus
  • Red Hat Earnings Expected to Rise

    Optimism surrounds Red Hat, as it gets ready to report its first quarter results on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Analysts are expecting the company to book a profit of 27 cents a share, up from 24 cents a year ago.

  • Is Red Hat's (RHT) Q1 Earnings Likely to Surprise Estimates?

    Red Hat reported strong results in the last quarter with both earnings and revenues surpassing the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.

  • Fedora 22 - workstation - Gnome - Do not disturb

    Fedora 22 comes with the newest version of Gnome - 3.16. You've probably heard about this already. The new version brought quite a few shiny changes, a major one of which was a brand new notification area. You don't have a notification bar at the bottom any more, your notifications now come up at the top with the calendar. It's really neat! More information can be found in the release notes here.

  • Testing rawhide apps using xdg-app

    An important aspect of xdg-app is application sandboxing, which will require application changes to use sandbox-specific APIs. However, xdg-app is also a good way to deploy and run non-sandboxed (or partially sandboxed) regular applications.

  • Contribute to pkgdb2

    Pkgdb2 is the application managing in Fedora, who is allowed to access which git repo containing the files necessary to build the packages present in the distribution.

  • IRC on Hubs

    Still, since the idea for hubs is also to help new contributors get integrated more smoothly into the Fedora community, an effective way to message people did seem like it would be valuable. Since the team/project hubs will have the ability to include an embedded IRC channel, using IRC to send private messages seemed logical. But Fedora Hubs is not an IRC client – it will use IRC to send private messages between users and to enable the channel discussions, but every channel must be directly associated with a hub and the messaging interface will only support messages between Hubs users, not to anyone external. This is an active design choice that Mo and I made, based on the concept of keeping the hub as the central organizing principle of this app in order to help fend off scope creep.

  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Update Causes Problems, Canonical Apologizes for Issues and Promises Fixes

    It would appear that many users reported issues after upgrading their Ubuntu phones to the massive OTA-4 software update released by Canonical for their Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, which is used in devices like BQ Aquaris E4.5.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 'Rafaela' RC now available

    Ubuntu is one of the best overall Linux distributions, but it does have its fair share of detractors. Many people dislike the direction Canonical takes sometimes, including the much-maligned Unity desktop environment. Truth be told, I rather like Unity, but I can understand why some people prefer different desktop environments.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela available for download
  • Finally, an official Raspberry Pi case has been released!

    Rejoice Pi fans! The team behind Raspberry Pi have announced an official case for the Pi 2 Model B and the Pi Model B+. The case was announced today on their blog and is available from all the main Pi retailers for a cheap £6 (which works out to about $9).

  • Raspberry Pi Open Source Wireless Speakers Hit Kickstarter (video)

    Axiom Audio has this week unveiled a new range of wireless speakers they have added to their existing range that are powered by the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC.

  • Tuesday's security advisories
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • US Navy Soliciting Zero Days

    The National Security Agency may find and purchase zero days, but that doesn’t mean it’s sharing its hoard with other government agencies such as the U.S. Navy, which apparently is in the market for some unpatched, undisclosed vulnerabilities of its own.

    A request for proposal posted last Wednesday—which has since been taken down—to was a solicitation by the Naval Supply Systems Command seeking a CMMI-3 (Capability Maturity Model Integration) contractor capable of producing operational exploits that integrate with commonly used exploitation frameworks, the RFP said.

  • Your data is at risk if you are running iOS or Mac OS X

    Six university researchers from Indiana University have revealed that Apple’s password manager, Keychain, is susceptible to hackers. If exploited, the flaw would give a hacker access to the users passwords. The really worrying thing here is that Apple has known about the issue for months and still hasn’t managed to issue a fix.

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  • Linux Kernel 3.18.15 Longterm Released, Install/Update In Ubuntu 15.05 And Other Derivatives
  • AMD GPU LLVM Back-End Renamed From R600 To AMDGPU

    Last year upstream developers decided to rename the R600 AMD GPU LLVM back-end to "AMDGPU" and that move finally happened... But not to be confused with the new AMDGPU Linux kernel DRM driver.

  • Pinentry and GNOME issues

    Pinentry is an application to handle prompts for GnuPG, it should be able to ask for passwords and make questions.

  • Manjaro 0.8.13 Ships A Tweaked Xfce 4.12 Desktop

    Manjaro 0.8.13 has been released as the newest version of this easy-to-use derivative of Arch Linux. Manjaro 0.8.13 was developed over the past four months and ships with a tweaked Xfce 4.12 desktop and as an alternative is KDE Plasma 5.3.1 with KDE Frameworks 5.10 and KDE Applications

  • Arch Linux Performance With The Intel Broadwell NUC5i7RYB

    Results have started appearing on of the new Intel NUC5i7RYB that's powered by an Intel Core i7 "Broadwell" CPU.

  • Barclays Raises Red Hat Price Target to $84.00 (RHT)

    Barclays has also modified their ratings on a number of other information technology stocks in the few days. The firm raised its price target on shares of Citrix Systems, Inc. from $68.00 to $74.00. They have an overweight rating on that stock. Also, Barclays raised its price target on shares of Ellie Mae Inc from $70.00 to $75.00. They have an overweight rating on that stock. Finally, Barclays reiterated its equal weight rating on shares of TiVo Inc.. They have a $13.00 price target on that stock.

  • Meet Fedora 22 KDE : Include Video Overview and Screenshot

    All KDE applications are well integrated, with a similar look and feel and an easy to use interface, accompanied by an outstanding graphical appearance.

  • Mir-On-X & Dynamic Double Buffering Are The Latest Mir Work

    The work being done on Mir by Canonical developers include buffer semantic changes to help nested bypass support, dynamic double buffering (switching to/from triple buffering), continued work on detecting hung client applications, working out input changes, Mir-on-X is still being worked on, and there's improved testing and security work items also being tackled.

  • MATE 1.10 is out, here are its new features

    It’s taken fifteen months of development but the wait has paid off, MATE 1.10 has been released and Linux Mint users will be able to grab the new update after updating to Linux Mint 17.2 due to be released at the end of June. Of course Arch users can grab it right now.

  • Do it yourself open-source sampling with SamplerBox

    If you're into coding, DIY, or just trying to save some money, then you might be interested in the SamplerBox Player - a project born out of the frustrations of modern-day sampling.

  • Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

    Mortenson, who is the ex-Microsoft director of development for the .NET Framework, admitted the switch from HTML5 to React Native had been a challenge, but said: “It was a really big shift we had to make. We decided the phones were not yet powerful enough to have a really awesome, first-class experience for iOS and Android, so we bit the bullet.”

  • Friday's security updates

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  • FLOSS Weekly 340: VeraCrypt

    Randal and Aaron are joined by Mounir Idrassi to talk about VeraCrypt. VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and is based on TrueCrypt 7.1a.

  • GNU/Linux Desktops Climb A Mountain In Bahrain

    Even if you lump Desktop and Mobile together, Android/Linux beats all other operating systems in Bahrain by a wide margin. These folks are not tied to the past in IT…

  • Video: The Linux Kernel Report

    Somehow I missed this when it was first posted (Feb. 24th, 2015) from the Collaboration Summit 2015... but here it is... Jon Corbet's most recent Kernel Report.

  • StackIQ Has New Open Source Linux Server Provisioning Tool

    StackIQ is now offering an open source version of Stacki (short for “Stack Installer”), a Linux server provisioning tool. StackIQ initiated the open source project with the goal of providing systems administrators with a tool to install Linux at high speed. Stacki is a streamlined version of the base installer from StackIQ’s flagship product StackIQ Boss.Z

  • Call For Translators: coala!

    coala is a code analysis framework designed to ease the task of static code analysis for both users and developers. In the last months the coala community has been growing more and more active so we’re able to get even better code out to the world of free software.

  • Outreachy week 2 - personas

    I am honored to work with Gina this cycle on usability testing, as part of Outreachy and GNOME. We are off to a great start. I wanted to share Gina's excellent description of personas, and how they are used in usability testing.

  • My install for June

    I have been doing monthly installs of Tumbleweed, mainly to test out the installer. For June, I installed the 20150608 snapshot. I used the DVD installer (written to a USB), and this was for the 64-bit version.

  • Notable Session Mover: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)

    A notable mover in today’s trading session is Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) as the stock opened the most recent session at 78.82 and at the time of writing the last Bid was at 78.30. In the current trading session the stock reached as high as 78.97 and dipped down to 78.11. Red Hat, Inc. Common Stock, a NYQ listed company, has a current market cap of 14.35B and on average over the past 3 months has seen 1358910 shares trade hands on a daily basis.

  • Red Hat: Don't Cloud Over the Importance of Support

    A few months ago when Nebula folded, and then again this month when tech titans IBM and Cisco announced high-profile purchases of OpenStack-focused companies, we drove home the point that the OpenStack scene is starting to consolidate. Eventually, there will only be a few players of any significance, and I've made the point before that support will be the big differentiator as enterprises increasingly deploy OpenStack.

  • Debian-branded USB keys

    I've had some 8GB USB keys made, with the Debian swirl and text. By buying a reasonable number, I've got what I think is a good price for nice high-quality keys (metal body with a solid loop for attaching to a keyring). I'm now selling these for 7 pounds each, and I'm planning on bringing some to DebConf 15 too, where they'll be 10 EUR.

  • Ubuntu 15.10 Is Now Based on Kernel 4.0.5, But the System’s Final Version Will Use Kernel 4.1

    Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury has recently announced that Kernel 4.0.5 has been made the default kernel of Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, being already used on the daily images.

  • Vimix Icons Another Great Lightweight Icon Set for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Vimix icon set is elegant, modern, lightweight designed for Linux desktop. It offers flat type style with a minimal use of shadows for depth. This icon theme is based on two icon sets are Numix Circle and Paper icons by snwh. Since this icon theme based on two icon sets, the creator recommends that install those icons as well to get enhanced and greater experience. Vimix icons offers two panel theme so if you are using dark theme then you can select Vimix dark and if you are using light theme then you can select light version. It is compatible with most of the Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Lxde, and others. For this icon theme most of the application icons available, still if you found any missing icon or bug in this set then report it. Ambiance Blackout Colors theme used in following screenshots. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool or Ubuntu-Tweak to change themes/icons.

  • System76 unveils hardcore Serval WS laptop running Ubuntu Linux

    If you are a Linux user looking to buy a computer, System76 is one of the best manufacturers to target. Rather than buy a Windows machine and formatting the drive to install your favorite distro, the company's machines come pre-loaded with Ubuntu. Even cooler, its laptops do not have the Windows logo on the super key, instead having the Ubuntu logo. Even if you are a fan of a different distro such as Fedora, supporting a Linux-focused seller is good for the overall community.

  • WIN! The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

    The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition's slim design and 4.5 inch screen are perfect to experience Ubuntu's edge interactions and Scopes.

  • DRC-HUBO Run Linux and It Just Won the DARPA Robotics Challenge

    The DARPA Robotics Challenge is now over, and the competition has been won by a team from South Korea with a robot called DRC-HUBO. It's not hard to imagine that the robot is actually running a modified Linux distribution.

  • Top 10 Linux and Android Hacker SBCs of 2015
  • Top 10 Best Hacker SBC Boards of 2015
  • QEMU Affected By Another Security Vulnerability

    Back in May a security vulnerability went public that let VMs escape QEMU's security and gain access to the host via an issue in QEMU's virtual floppy disk driver code. Another QEMU security issue is going public today.

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Security advisories for Thursday
  • Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

    On May 9, a test flight of the A400M, intended to replace the aging Hercules as a mainstay of NATO's air mobility fleet, crashed in Spain, killing four of the six crew. According to Reuters today, a faulty software installation on the aircraft's systems deleted configuration information, and caused three of the four turboprop engines to shut down after takeoff.

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  • GNU/Linux Bests “8.1” In Uruguay and Venezuela
  • Docker’s New Microservices Monitoring Program Looks Like an OS-Style Approach

    Docker is a container host, a multitude of corrections tell us, and not an operating system. But the “container host” took another huge step towards looking like an operating system, as Docker Inc. officially launched this week the first in what appear to be several ecosystem technology partner programs, this one geared toward certifying monitoring systems.

  • XWayland Hit By Its First Security Advisory: Missing Authentication

    It turns out that the XWayland server currently starts up in a non-authenticating mode, thus any client with access to the server UNIX socket could connect to the server and use it. However, there's no Wayland compositors out there known to start XWayland with open TCP access, so at least remote exploits aren't expected. But this does mean that locally, untrusted users could capture input meant from other X11 clients, etc.

  • Qt 4.8 Forked Into New "CopperSpice" C++11 GUI Library

    Making some rounds on the Internet today is CopperSpice, a fork of Qt 4.8 from two years ago that's starting to take shape as a nice C++ GUI library for developers.

  • Calligra 2.9.5 Arrives with Kexi and Krita Improvements and New Features
  • Krita 2.9.5 Released

    The Kickstarter was a success, but that didn’t keep us from adding new features and fixing bugs! We made quite a bit of progress including adding pass-through mode to group layers, allowing inherit alpha to be used on all layer types, better PSD support, and adding an on-canvas preview of the color being picked. We even added a new brush preset history docker! You can see the full release notes below.

  • Harden Advanced Gtk+ Sequencer v0.4.2

    Advanced Gtk+ Sequencer is intended to use for music composition. It features a piano roll, as well a synth, matrix editor, drum machine, soundfont2 player, mixer and an output panels designed to be highly configurable. You may add effects to its effect chain and add or remove audio channels/pads. You may set up a fully functional network of engines, thus there is a link editor for linking audio lines.

  • Playing with GtkAssistant

    I decided to spend some time today to play with GtkAssistant, more precisely, I tried to build a mock installation wizard mimicking Boxes' one in order to test how I could adapt its behaviour to make it GtkAssistant ready.

  • Clonezilla 2.4.2-10 Makes Use Of OverlayFS & Systemd

    A few days ago Clonezilla, the popular Linux distribution with a focus on disk imaging and cloning, released version 2.4.2-10, and this release is a big one.

  • REMnux 6.0 Screencast and Screenshots
  • SolydXK 201506 Screencast and Screenshots
  • Red Hat launches Software Collections 2

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) launches on a not-to-frequent basis, RHEL 7 launched last year, three years on from RHEL 6. To prevent applications becoming to out-of-date the Red Hat Software Collections are released which contain newer web development tools, dynamic languages and databases.

  • Fedora 23 Will Get System Firmware Updates & Default Local DNS Resolver

    The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee met today to discuss features proposed for Fedora 23.

    Approved at today's FESCo meeting was the system firmware updates item along with having a default local DNS resolver.

  • Linux Top 3: Debian 8.1, Sabayon 15.06 and REMnux 6.0
  • Zyne is now in Debian

    Zyne is a modular synthetizer written in Python. Anyone can create and extend its modules using the Pyo library. Zyne's GUI is coded using WXPython and will look nicely in GNU/Linux, Mac and Windows systems. It's written by the same author of Pyo, and together with Cecilia and Soundgrain is part of an amazing set of libre tools for sound synthesis and electronic music composition.

  • Ubuntu powered BQ Aquaris E5 HD hit the market

    Following the release of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 earlier this year, BQ have started selling the Aquaris E5. The device will not ship until June 21 and shipments will only be made to the European Union, Norway and Switzerland. On the plus side however it comes in at a relatively cheap €199.90/£146.83/$224.70.

  • Graphics Microconference Accepted into 2015 Linux Plumbers Conference

    Although the Year of the Linux Desktop has yet to arrive, a surprising number of Linux users nevertheless need graphics support. This is because there have been a number of years of the Linux smartphone, the Linux television, the Linux digital sign/display/billboard, the Linux automobile, and more. This microconference will cover a number of topics including atomic modesetting in KMS, buffer allocation, verified-secure graphics pipelines, fencing and synchronisation, Wayland, and more.

  • rence Accepted into 2015 Linux Plumbers Con

  • Hacker Can Send Fatal Dose to Hospital Drug Pumps

    When security researcher Billy Rios reported earlier this year that he’d found vulnerabilities in a popular drug infusion pump that would allow a hacker to raise the dosage limit on medication delivered to patients, there was little cause for concern.

  • Tuesday's security advisories
  • Numerous QEMU Vulnerabilities Found and Closed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

    Canonical has released some details in a security notice about quite a few QEMU vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, operating systems.

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  • Progress Report On The Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop

    Clearly, there is still a lot of work to do spreading GNU/Linux desktops but a lot of progress has been made.

  • Cross-Platform HiDPI Support Ready For Testing In Qt

    Sorvig Morten of The Qt Company has announced that the cross-platform high-DPI support for the Qt tool-kit has entered a tech preview state.

  • Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 14.16.2 Switches to the OpenRC Init System

    Alexander Tratsevskiy has had the great pleasure of informing Calculate Linux users about the immediate availability for download of a new maintenance release for the 14.16 series of the distribution.

  • Esperanto openness in Red Hat Software Collections 2

    With just a couple of weeks to go before Red Hat Summit in Boston, the firm is clearly not holding back on news to save it for the event itself.

    This week sees the firm come forward with new web development tools, extensions to dynamic languages and databases -- and support for multiple language versions.

  • Red Hat Delivers Cloud Suite for IaaS and PaaS Management

    Red Hat has announced that it is bringing together components in its software portfolio to create a suite of software that makes it easier to build private clouds. Red Hat Cloud Suite for Applications mashes up the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform with the OpenShift by Red Hat platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment with Red Hat CloudForms IT management software allowing for a complete private cloud stack.

  • Video: The Open Organization book trailer
  • Red Hat Announces Keynote Speakers for Red Hat Summit 2015

    Red Hat Summit 2015 will feature keynote presentations by several Red Hat executives, including: Jim Whitehurst, president and chief executive officer; Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies; Craig Muzilla, senior vice president, Application Platform Products Business Group; and Marco Bill-Peter, vice president, Customer Experience and Engagement.

  • Fedora leadership openings, F23 change plans, updates and apps, and Venom

    Jan Kirik, the Fedora Program Manager as of this week, announced the call for nominations for positions on FESCo, the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee and for one of the elected postions on the Fedora Council, our top-level leadership and governance body. If you’re interested in helping lead Fedora’s technical and/or strategic direction, add your self-nomination.

  • FESCo and Council elections in June 2015
  • Win an Ubuntu Phone in Ten Minutes by Taking This Survey

    Canonical announced earlier today, June 6, on its Twitter account that you can win a BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, and many other prizes, is you take a short, 10-minute survey.

  • Uk based Canonical launches second Ubuntu based BQ Aquaris E5 HD smartphone; to go on sale in mid June 2015

    The UK- based computer software company Canonical in partnership with Spanish manufacturer BQ has announced the second Ubuntu smartphone, Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition. Canonical said that the Aquaris E5 HD will be available for sale from mid June 2015.

  • Type 6 COM and 3.5-inch SBC harness new Braswell SoCs

    Nexcom launched a 3.5-inch SBC and COM Express Type 6 module featuring Intel’s 4K-ready, 14nm “Braswell” SoCs, and offering extended temperature operation.

    Nexcom’s 3.5-inch EBC 356 SBC and ICES 621 COM Express Type 6 computer-on-module are part of a new wave of embedded devices running Intel’s Braswell SoCs, including the Congatec Conga-QA4 Qseven COM we covered earlier this week.

  • USB 3.0 cameras from Lumenera now supported by Linux

    With the release of Lumenera’s Linux software development kit 2.0—which supports the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system—the company’s line of USB 3.0 cameras now feature Linux support.

  • Let's Encrypt Root and Intermediate Certificates

    Let’s Encrypt will issue certificates to subscribers from its intermediate CAs, allowing us to keep our root CA safely offline. IdenTrust will cross-sign our intermediates. This will allow our end certificates to be accepted by all major browsers while we propagate our own root.

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Phishers Going the Long Way Round to Avoid Filtering Systems

    Any human with an email address likely has gotten thousands of spam messages that look like delivery notifications, invoices, or other alleged communications from shipping companies such as UPS or DHL. They typically contain malicious attachments with exploits for a browser or plug-in vulnerability, but a researcher at the University of Cambridge has run across a novel twist on this kind of spam that turns out to be a completely different kind of attack.

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  • HP's The Machine Prototype Coming Next Year, But Is Proving Less Exciting

    Earlier this week I was pondering the state of HP's "The Machine" and Linux++ with the Linux++ software platform supposed to come in June of 2015. Not much information has been heard on these experimental projects, but now there's some new information coming out.

  • Linux looks to edX for second MOOC
  • Linux is becoming a key software skill

    According to the 2015 Linux Jobs Report, 50% of the managers said they will hire more Linux professionals than in 2014.

  • "Essentials of Linux Systems Administration" course arrives on EdX

    A recent Linux Foundation survey revealed that more than 9 in 10 hiring managers are planning to bring Linux talent on board this year, and 50 percent report they will hire more Linux professionals than in 2014.

  • Kernel 4.1, the Next Long Term Stable (LTS) Kernel Version

    Greg Kroah-Hartman, has announced that Kernel 4.1 will become the LTS version of 2015, meaning that it will still receive updates, despite the fact that newer Kernel 4.x versions will be released.

    For now, Kernel 4.1 available only as a RC (Release Candidate) version, the stable version being scheduled for release in the few next weeks.

  • Linux Kernel 4.1 Will Be an LTS Release
  • RIP Mandrake, the Linux Company Killed by Mandriva

    The promise of open-source is that code is open and there is less risk of vendor lock-in. Such is the case with Mandriva the Linux vendor that went out of business in May. Though Mandriva is gone, the code, and forks of its code remain open-source and can be picked up by those that wish to extend it.

  • Latest Monthly Release: Sabayon 15.06

    Sabayon 15.06 is a modern and easy to use Linux distributionbased on Gentoo, following an extreme, yet reliable, rolling release model.

    This is a monthly release generated, tested and published to mirrors by ourbuild servers containing the latest and greatest collection of softwareavailable in the Entropy repositories.

  • Red Hat Software Collections 2 Delivers Latest, Stable, OpenTools for Traditional and Container-Based Application Development

    With a more frequent release cadence, Red Hat Software Collections 2 expedites the creation of production-ready, modern applications, including those built with Linux container deployments in mind.

  • "PulseAudio Is Still Awesome"

    Paul Frields, the manager of Fedora Engineering and former Fedora Project Leader, has written a blog post today about how "PulseAudio is still awesome." While this common Linux sound server has a bit of a bad reputation, he wanted to share how great it's been doing and working out for his needs.

  • Debian-Based Elive Linux Distribution Now Supports USB 3 in Version 2.6.6 Beta

    On June 4, the Elive development team announced the immediate availability for download and testing of version 2.6.6 Beta of the Debian-based Elive Linux distribution built around the Enlightenment desktop environment.

  • Ubuntu’s second phone adds an HD screen and a 13-megapixel camera

    Only four months after the original Aquaris E4.5 UE was released to the public, Canonical, the mind behind the Ubuntu operating system, is at it yet again with the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition.

    Other than having a longer name than the original, the E5 HD now packs a 5-inch 1,280 x 720 pixel display, which is quite the upgrade from the original’s underwhelming 4.5-inch 960 x 540 pixel display. In addition, you’ll now find a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel shooter on the front, with the rear camera a nice upgrade from the 8-megapixel snapper found on the E4.5.

  • See Mark Shuttleworth’s Keynote From This Year’s “Internet of Things World” Event

    As you may know, Canonical is not focusing only on Ubuntu Touch, convergence and Ubuntu Desktop.

    Also, the Ubuntu Snappy Core, developed to be the most advanced Internet of Things (ioT) OS, is important for Mark Shuttleworth.

  • LibreOffice 4.4.3 Now Available via the Default Repositories of Ubuntu 15.04
  • USB 3.0 cameras from PixeLINK now feature support for Linux

    By supporting Linux Ubuntu, users of PixeLINK’s USB 3.0 CMOS camera line can use the PixeLINK software development kit in both the Linux Ubuntu and Microsoft Windows operating environments.

  • ATM industry endorses Windows 10, but future cash machines could run Android or Linux

    A paper from the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) warns that ATMs need to be updated "without delay" with 2020 in mind, because Windows 7 will reach end of life at this time. But the ATMIA has also hinted that the future may not lie with Windows at all.

  • Airbnb announces Aerosolve, an open-source machine learning software package

    The new tool, announced at Airbnb’s 2015 OpenAir developer conference in San Francisco, powers new pricing tips for hosts, which was also announced today. Written mostly in the Java and Scala programming languages, Aerosolve can also more intelligently rank and order things like images.

  • HP reveals Grommet open source app development framework

    Martin Fink, HP's chief technology officer, revealed Grommet in a keynote speech at HP's Discover conference in Las Vegas, explaining the framework will be available to everyone looking to create consistent user experiences in enterprise apps.

  • Stream processing, for dummies

    DataTorrent will be making it RTS core engine available under the Apache 2.0 open source license.

    The firm is a player in the real-time big data analytics market.

    It is also the creator of a unified 'stream and batch processing' platform.

  • Angry redditors rally to stop SourceForge's mirror service

    SourceForge has been in the news a lot lately, and not for positive reasons. Angry redditors are rallying to encourage the mirror providers of SourceForge to stop supporting the site.

  • BlueData Offers Support for Hadoop and Spark on Docker Containers
  • What's Behind the Surge in OpenStack Consolidations

    Why were two OpenStack companies acquired on the same day, and what does that mean for the future of OpenStack?
    June 3 was a busy day for OpenStack news, as not one, but two vendors were acquired: First, Piston Cloud Computing was bought by Cisco, and then Blue Box Cloud was picked up by IBM.

  • Juniper CEO: OpenStack Is a Business Driver

    Juniper CEO Rami Rahim discusses why OpenStack is important to his business and why he's doubling down on security.

  • IBM and Cisco Make Big OpenStack Purchases as Consolidation Continues
  • Apache Kafka + Spark + Database = Real-Time Trinity

    As technology fits into our lives and onto our wrists, demands increase for intelligent and real-time mobile applications. These applications need to deliver information and services that are relevant and immediate. To keep up with the flow of information coming in, applications must stream data with a real-time infrastructure to capture, process, analyze and serve massive amounts of data to millions and sometimes billions of users.

  • MediaGoblin 0.8.0 Open Source Media Server Released with Initial Python 3 Support

    Deb Nicholson has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of a major new release of the open-source media server software MediaGoblin.

  • Defence body looks for messy data platform

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is dipping its toe into the waters of unstructured data with a competition for the development of prototypes for an open source analytics platform.

  • Embrace open source, says Ministry of Defence CIO

    The Ministry of Defence has launched a competition to build an 'evolutionary' new open source analytics platform to help it better understand its data, as CIO Mike Stone announced the MoD needs to drop its cautious approach and embrace open source.

  • 5 Essential Duties of Legal Counsel in an Open Source Compliance Program

    Establishing an Open Source Review Board is one key way that companies can help ensure compliance with open source licenses, community norms and requirements (see the previous article, Why Companies That Use Open Source Need a Compliance Program, for more details.) In larger companies, a typical board is made of representatives from engineering, product teams and legal resources in addition to a Compliance Officer (sometimes called Director of Open Source).

    While FOSS compliance is more of an operational challenge related to execution and scaling than a legal challenge, legal counsel is an essential component of any review board and compliance program. Companies may choose to use internal legal counsel, or utilize external counsel on a fee basis. Regardless of how it’s achieved, there are five essential duties of an open source lawyer to ensure that a company observes all of the copyright notices and satisfies all the license obligations for the FOSS they use in their commercial products.

  • Open protocols for cars and phones, and more open source news
  • OGP: Finland publishes the 100th National Action Plan

    In its plan, Finland has committed to making online services more consumer-friendly and is focused on youth participation in government and Open Data.

  • Beginning software delivery acceleration with DevOps

    Time and time again, we hear of companies achieving rapid acceleration with DevOps. Companies are touting success with the metric of deploys per day, sharing new baselines of 10, 50, or even 100 deploys a day. In more mature organizations, like LinkedIn, Netflix, Etsy, Facebook, and others, this number is a startling 1,000+ number. But, what does this even mean?

  • MS Supports SSH, Keeping Up With the Kubuntus & More…

    Hmmm. Yeah, it’s smirk-inducing to see them finally want to join the rest of the world in the SSH department after all these years. But after reading Christine Hall’s article yesterday about our friends in Redmond and their “fox guarding the henhouse” security teams and their affinity for backdoors, you have to wonder, on a privacy level, if this is a good idea. I guess we’ll just have to see.

  • Thursday's security alerts
  • Assume your GitHub account is hacked, users with weak crypto keys told

    The keys, which allow authorized users to log into public repository accounts belonging to the likes of Spotify, Yandex, and UK government developers, were generated using a buggy pseudo random number generator originally contained in the Debian distribution of Linux. During a 20-month span from 2006 to 2008, the pool of numbers available was so small that it made cracking the secret keys trivial. Almost seven years after Debian maintainers patched the bug and implored users to revoke old keys and regenerate new ones, London-based developer Ben Cartwright-Cox said he discovered the weakness still resided in a statistically significant number of keys used to gain secure shell (SSH) access to GitHub accounts.

  • Why Longer Passphrases are More Secure than Passwords [VIDEO]
  • This Hacked Kids’ Toy Opens Garage Doors in Seconds

    Nortek didn’t immediately respond to WIRED’s request for comment. Another major brand of garage door opener, Genie, didn’t respond to to a request for comment either, but says on its website that its devices use rolling codes. A spokesperson for Chamberlain, the owner of the Liftmaster brand and one of the biggest sellers of garage door openers, initially told WIRED the company hasn’t sold fixed code doors since 1992. But when Kamkar dug up a 2007 manual for a Liftmaster device that seemed to use fixed codes, Chamberlain marketing executive Corey Sorice added that the company has supported and serviced older garage door openers until much more recently. “To the extent there are still operators in the market begin serviced by replacement parts, part of the objective is to get to safer and more secure products,” he said in a phone interview. “We’d love to see people check the safety and security of their [devices] and move forward.”

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