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How to think like open source pioneer Michael Tiemann (Opensource.com)

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 06:09:42 PM
Opensource.com is running an interview with Michael Tiemann. "Make no mistake: For Tiemann, open source is not simply a business model. It's not just a method of developing software. It isn't an ethic. It's a Platonic form—perhaps something like a force, a tendency. Throughout history, many people have tried to glimpse it, if only for a moment. Tiemann knows he is but one of them: the programmer, the hacker, attempting to articulate, through code, this thing that abides. Failure to recognize the magnitude of what makes open source businesses successful, Tiemann says, is what has led so many to misunderstand them."

[$] Reconsidering ffmpeg in Debian

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 04:46:29 PM
For better or for worse, forks are a part of the free software landscape. Often a fork will result in a reinvigorated development community and the removal of unneeded roadblocks. But not all forks work out well. What is a distributor to do if, at some point, it concludes that it chose wrongly when it followed a fork of an important project? Going back to the original may not always be an easy thing to do, even if there appears to be a consensus for that move. The presence of security concerns can make such a change even harder to contemplate. The recent discussion on welcoming ffmpeg back into Debian illustrates the potential hazards nicely.

Tuesday's security updates

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 04:03:15 PM

CentOS has updated yum-updatesd (C5: bypass RPM package signing restriction).

Debian has updated icedove (multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated yum-updatesd (RHEL5: bypass RPM package signing restriction).

Scientific Linux has updated yum-updatesd (SL5: bypass RPM package signing restriction).

SUSE has updated openjdk (SLED11 SP3: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated eglibc (multiple vulnerabilities).

CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 Released

Monday 4th of August 2014 07:54:31 PM
CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 has been released. "This release marks the first ever (non-nightly) release for the Xperia Z2 ‘sirius’, Xperia Z2 Tablets ‘castor’ and the HTC One ‘m8′ – kudos to their maintainers and all the other maintainers that bring you these releases every month!"

Security advisories for Monday

Monday 4th of August 2014 03:59:24 PM

Debian has updated lzo2 (code execution).

Fedora has updated exim (F19; F20: code execution).

Gentoo has updated ZendFramework (SQL injection).

Mageia has updated gcc (code execution).

Slackware has updated dhcpcd (denial of service) and samba (remote code execution/privilege escalation).

SUSE has updated firefox (multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated samba (14.04 LTS: remote code execution/privilege escalation).

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Nouveau X.Org Driver Released With DRI3+Present, Maxwell, GLAMOR

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Ten Linux Desktops Showing Just How Far Behind Mac OS X and Windows Designs Are

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