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  • Calibre Gets Support for the Crazy Expensive and Fun SONY DPT-S1

    The Calibre eBook reader, editor, and library management software, has been updated to version 2.33. It's one of the smallest updates, and it's just here to bring support for an important new device and deliver a few small changes.

  • Jack Wallen Gets It

    In 2015, we see the huge sluggishness of Wintel markets. This will motivate retailers to seek other solutions. Better GNU/Linux on those retail shelves than a product that’s not selling… Last Christmas was a wake-up call for retailers. GNU/Linux sold well, and “8.1” did not. Q1 of 2015 showed huge increases in usage of GNU/Linux according to web-stats. When school resumes in the north, I expect more increases. Then, what worked last Christmas will work again. 2015 will be the last year we see reluctance on the part of retailers to sell GNU/Linux. They’ve seen what Android/Linux has done. They will be ready to give GNU/Linux a try on the desktops. The OEMs are OK with whatever ships because the lock-in to M$ is gone. US DOJ v M$ and EU v M$ fixed that.

  • GUADEC presentation preview: compiling GNOME apps with the Meson build system

    If you talk with software developers, sooner or later the topic drifts to tools. The most obvious one is the editor. People really love their editors and are happy to talk about the wonderful features they have and how they increase productivity. The second tool is the compiler, which also receive a lot of praise. The compilers we have today are massively better, faster and more powerful than ones from just 10 years ago. And then there’s the build systems, which are, well…

  • openSUSE releases first milestone for Leap

    Leap1The newest openSUSE release Leap 42.1, which is based on core SUSE Linux Enterprise source code, has just released its first development milestone.

  • openSUSE Leap 42.1 Is Based on SUSE Linux Enterprise, Milestone 1 Ready for Testing

    We reported the other day that the openSUSE Project had plans on publishing the first development milestone of their anticipated openSUSE Leap 42.1 operating system, which promises to change the openSUSE Linux distribution as we know it.

  • libuser vulnerabilities

    It was discovered that the libuser library contains two vulnerabilities which, in combination, allow unprivileged local users to gain root privileges. libuser is a library that provides read and write access to files like /etc/passwd, which constitute the system user and group database. On Red Hat Enterprise Linux it is a central system component.

  • Thursday's security updates

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  • Watch: Linus Torvalds Has His Name Written on a T-33 Fighter Jet Aircraft

    We reported a few days ago on a very interesting and awesome fact about the creator of the Linux kernel, Mr. Linus Torvalds, who apparently loves to go Zero-G in a T-33 fighter jet aircraft to relax in between kernel pulls, besides scuba diving.

  • Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.2 Release Candidate 3 with Updated Drivers

    Another Sunday, another Linux kernel release is available for testing, as announced by Linus Torvalds a few minutes ago. The third Release Candidate version of the forthcoming Linux 4.2 kernel series is now ready for download.

  • Linux Foundation 'census' to assess planet's project population & health

    The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) has launched The Census Project.

  • Make Music with these Sublime Open Source Tools

    Linux is an attractive platform for professional audio production. It is an extremely stable operating system that has good support for audio hardware. Using a Linux machine as the focus of your recording setup opens a world of possibilities for an affordable price.

    Software that creates music can often be expensive. The heavyweight Cubase, Apple LogicPro, FL Studio, Adobe Audition, and Sony ACID Pro are all impressive software music production environments. Unfortunately, they cost hundreds of dollars and are released under a proprietary software license. Fortunately, there is a good range of open source software that lets you produce professional quality recordings.

  • Fiber: Yet Another Web Browser For Qt/KDE

    Ken was even experimenting with ways for Fiber to potentially remove the address bar from his browser, but those experiments haven't panned out and instead will be complemented by many browser extensions. The design of Fiber are many extensions: everything down to basic navigational elements and bookmark handling will be through extensions.

  • Pisi Linux 1.2 is available!

    This confirms Megatotoro's finding: Pisi Linux is alive!

  • Another stable release, GlusterFS 3.5.5 is ready

    Packages for Fedora 21 are available in updates-testing, RPMs and .debs can be found on the main Gluster download site.

    This is a bugfix release. The Release Notes for 3.5.0, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, 3.5.3 and 3.5.4 contain a listing of all the new features that were added and bugs fixed in the GlusterFS 3.5 stable release.

  • Red Hat Given “Outperform” Rating at Cowen and Company (RHT)
  • Company Shares of Red Hat, Inc. Rally 0.66%
  • Fedora Hubs and possible communication improvement suggestion

    Mostly Fedora has a plenty amazing services, but right now we suffering from a lack of integration to the desktop back and forth (between users – devs, and our infra and services between them) , and this doesn’t serving us well as I see. But Fedora .Next doesn’t stopped, it’s rolling like a thunder, and Mizmo Hub design can be our critical piece of the puzzle…

  • Announcing UbuContest 2015

    Canonical Ltd., the Ubucon Germany 2015 team, and the UbuContest 2015 team, are happy to announce the first UbuContest today! We are excited to bring you an engaging, enlightening, community-organised competition, where the Ubuntu community brings forward innovative, creative and incredible apps, scopes and ideas for the converging Ubuntu world of the future. Contestants from all over the world will have until September 18, 2015 to build and publish their apps and scopes using the Ubuntu SDK and Ubuntu platform, starting today.

  • Canonical Announces the First UbuContest Event with Ubuntu Phones as Prizes

    Canonical, the company behind the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu, the UbuContest 2015 team, as well as the Ubucon Germany 2015 team are proud to announce the first UbuContest event.

  • Reach Technology Launches 7″ Linux Touchscreen Display Modules

    Reach Technology, Inc. a leader in Linux Touchscreen Display Modules, today launched a new 7″ Standard Resistive Display Module (Model: G2H2-7R) to help engineers add user interfaces that look like an iPad® or iPhone® (scrolling, sliding, transparencies, 3D graphics, and animations) to their medical or industrial products

  • doas - dedicated openbsd application subexecutor

    Talking with deraadt and millert, however, I wasn’t quite alone. There were some concerns that sudo was too big, running too much code in a privileged process. And there was also pressure to enable even more options, because the feature set shipped in base wasn’t big enough. Hurray, tension. It wasn’t the problem I was trying to solve, but it was an opening from which to launch my diabolical plan.

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  • KDevelop Checker Framework – pushed

    I’m pleased to announce that the KDevelop Checker Framework has been pushed to the KDevPlatform repository.

  • Fedora for Science (and the KDE desktop)

    Being an amateur Theoretical Physcist is alot of work, I searched just about everywhere for a scientific version of Linux, while I had previous, but short uses of Ubuntu and Mint proved them, to me, unsatisfying. So after more digging around I decided to look at Fedora, it seemed great, but I still needed the scientific software pre-installed so I don't have to go do more digging. After a small bit of reading I saw the spins, sounded intresting, but I needed more, then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the LABS page, it had everything from Art, to Cybersecurity, with all the applications pre-installed, I just had to go for it. You know what, it was completely worth it, it had a comprehensive library of everything, and after installing Libre Office, I was ready to go. It is safe to say that this got me HOOKED on linux, I adore having it dual booting on my Windows 7, so I can have a personal and scientific system. It runs on the modern and functional KDE desktop. One of the biggest pluses I found was that it ran on my 1920x1080 moniter right out of the box, without even running in render mode, or requiring drivers.

  • Unity 8 And Mir Has Received Interesting Improvements

    Canonical’s Kevin Gunn has recently announced that Unity 8 has received updates and enhancements, including UI improvements, code cleanups and better multi-monitor support via QtMir, LXC support for Xapps, work for the launcher parity has been done, some features landed in the Slim greeter, the preparations for implementing the Vulkan API from the Khronos Group have been made.

  • Bruce Schneier: IT Teams Need Cyberattack Response Planning More Than Prevention

    Schneier will give a keynote on “Attacks, Trends, and Responses” at LinuxCon, CloudOpen and ContainerCon North America in Seattle, on Tuesday Aug.18, 2015. Here, he discusses the need for a conceptual shift on security and what organizations can do to better prepare for the - inevitable - cyberattack.

    Schneier has authored 12 books as well as hundreds of articles and essays. He writes a popular and respected newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and his blog “Schneier on Security” boasts more than 250,000 readers.

  • Sudo Replacement Hits the Tree

    As noted in the commit message, this is under active development.

  • And finally, Adobe’s afterthought

    Adobe must think Linux users are a bunch of retards.

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Once-theoretical crypto attack against HTTPS now verges on practicality

    Almost a third of the world's encrypted Web connections can be cracked using an exploit that's growing increasingly practical, computer scientists warned Wednesday. They said the attack technique on a cryptographic cipher known as RC4 can also be used to break into wireless networks protected by the Wi-Fi Protected Access Temporal Key Integrity Protocol.

  • Estonia to host first international cyber summer school

    The first international cyber security summer school will be held in Estonia next week.

    IT experts from the US, the UK and Estonia will investigate information security, and discuss, among other topics, how to keep data safe, how to safely share it and anonymize it.

    Speakers will come from Oxford University, Columbia University, UC Berkeley, the University of Tartu and the Tallinn-based NATO Cyber Defense Center of Excellence.

  • How to enable SSL for MySQL server and client
  • How to Setup Android/SmartPhone Test Farm (STF)
  • Point-And-Click Adventure 'The Apotheosis Project' Released On Steam For Linux

    The Apotheosis Project is a traditional point-and-click adventure game where you control two protagonists with supernatural powers, and the game is now available for Linux on Steam.

  • Laptops, PCs: Not Quite Dead Yet

    About six months ago, I placed tongue firmly in cheek and wrote satirically in FOSS Force about how we are entering the “pre-post-PC era” in technology. Depending on whom I’m talking to about this topic, sometimes I bring it up just to watch their eyes glaze over.

    But for all intents and purposes, I unequivocally believe that all the talk about desktops and laptops being obsolete is hilariously misguided nonsense.

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